Banner Archive for September 2007

Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Want to help keep Carlisle Barracks beautiful?
Volunteer for real environmentally friendly work Sept. 29

September 13, 2007 – Sure, you can buy credits to offset your energy use or buy more energy-efficient lightbulbs, but what's better for the environment than getting together with a group of friends and planting some trees and flowers?

   You can do just that and help keep Carlisle Barracks beautiful Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon on the Army Heritage Trail as part of the National Public Lands Day event. 

    Rain or shine, volunteers are needed to help plant almost 100 trees and more than 600 flowers. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels and rakes if possible. Everyone is welcome to take part.

Why should you help plant a tree?

    Other than being able to feel good by giving back to your community, planting trees can also benefit you and the environment.  Take a look at these facts from the Arbor Day Foundation:

  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day
  • Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home
  • One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people
  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 - 50 percent in energy used for heating
  • There are about 60-to 200- million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving $4 billion in energy costs

    So, do your part and come out to the post's National Public Lands Day event Sept. 29 and help make Carlisle Barracks a cleaner and more beautiful place to live.

    For more information contact Keith Bailey at 245-3612.


Firefighter training planned for Sunday
Sept. 19, 2007 -- Post firefighters and other first responders will have a training exercise the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 23 in the vicinity of the Army Heritage and Education Center. Visitors to AHEC are advised to be prepared for temporarily delays in this area. 

Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Post Soldier inducted in prestigious club

Sept. 19, 2007 – Sgt. Frances Forand, post chapel NCOIC, accepts a gift from Command Sgt. Maj. William Gainey, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sept. 19 in the Bliss Hall Foyer during a ceremony to induct her into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. The original club was started at Fort Hood, Texas early in 1986. In 1994 at a Sergeant Major of the Army conference, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club spread Army-wide, to all commands with installations retaining the selection process for their own NCOs.

When a Soldier is inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, he/she is given a medallion which is approximately two inches in diameter. The medallion is suspended by a broad powder-blue ribbon representing the traditional color of the infantry. The medallion is worn around the neck on the outside of the Class A or Dress Blue uniform for official functions such as military balls or Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meetings.

Background on Audie Murphy

 Audie Leon Murphy, son of poor Texas sharecroppers, rose to national fame as the most decorated U.S. combat Soldier of World War II. Among his 33 awards and decorations was the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for bravery that can be given to any individual in the United States of America, for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." He also received every decoration for valor that his country had to offer, some of them more than once, including five decorations by France and Belgium. Credited with killing over 240 of the enemy while wounding and capturing many others. He became a legend within the 3rd Infantry Division. Beginning his service as an Army Private, Audie quickly rose to the enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant, was given a "battle field" commission as 2nd Lieutenant, was wounded three times, fought in nine major campaigns across the European Theater, and survived the war.



Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office  

Carlisle Barracks, Pentagon celebrate Air Force 60th birthday

Army War College students, staff and faculty gather on the Root Hall patio Sept. 18 for the Air Force birthday. Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

Sept. 18, 2007 – Under a bright blue sky, great for flying, Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army War College recognized the many accomplishments of the U.S. Air Force during its' 60 years of service to the nation Sept. 18 on the Root Hall patio.

    Air Force Col. Rod Zastrow talked about the early years of the flying service and where it looks to go in the future.

Pentagon also recognizes contributions

    During a ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard, Gates, a former airman, spoke to hundreds who gathered to celebrate the U.S. Air Force's 60-year anniversary. Currently, the Air Force boasts a 700,000-strong force with roughly 25,000 members deployed in 120 locations around the world.

    "It is the men and women of the Air Force who have for so many years made this institution what it is: the sword and shield of the nation, its sentry and its avenger," Gates said, addressing past and present airmen in the audience.

    The secretary said the modern Air Force evolved from man's inherent desire to fly.

    "Ever since the dawn of civilization, the idea of flight has held an unshakeable grip on the human imagination," he said. "The myths of ancient Greece, the musings of great philosophers, the charcoal sketches of Leonardo da Vinci -- all illustrated a dream that one day mankind would travel in the skies and maybe even among the stars."

    Through history, flight by man alternately has been heralded by romantics as a vision of the future or panned by cynics as the wild musings of overactive minds, the secretary said. When human flight was first realized by Orville and Wilbur Wright on Dec. 17, 1903 -- albeit in primitive, yet seminal, form -- the seeds of today's U.S. Air Force were planted, Gates said.

    "That first tentative and halting foray into the sky by a heavier-than-air flying machine -- a mere 10 feet above the sands of Kitty Hawk, 120 feet across the dunes -- marked more than just the dawn of the Age of Flight," he said. "It also marked the beginning of the incredible journey that brings us here today in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the United States Air Force."

Editors note: Portions of this story came from an American Forces Press Service story



 DeCA release
Commissary agency director to retire

FORT LEE, Va. – Patrick Nixon, director and chief executive officer of the Defense Commissary Agency, will retire effective Oct. 27, capping a federal service career that spanned nearly 30 years. 

    Nixon has served the past three years as DeCA's acting director and its director and CEO, after being appointed chief executive officer in 2001. He is the agency's first career civil servant to have been appointed DeCA director. 

    "The decision to retire was certainly not an easy one," Nixon said. "I have enjoyed every job, every friendship and every challenge. I started this ride in 1966 with a three-year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps that included a 21-month tour in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division. I gave my heart pretty early on to the men and women of our country's armed forces, and I have been truly fortunate to have assumed a progressively active leadership role in providing the premier quality of life benefit to our country's most deserving customers and their families around the world." 

    Selected to represent the Marine Corps on the Jones Commission Study of the Military Commissary System, he was the senior civilian tasked with establishing the Defense Commissary Agency—affording him an unprecedented opportunity to act as an advocate to the customers he loved as he led the transition team to meld the four incredibly diverse commissary systems of the military services into a single responsive, relevant and recognized DoD agency.

    Since DeCA's inception, Nixon's leadership has continued to play a pivotal role in shaping the globalization of the commissary benefit we know today. Embracing commercial retail grocery industry practices, Nixon's uncompromising commitment to quality has been the driving force behind the agency's emergence as an industry leader—successfully achieving sales of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2006 and paving the way for DeCA's ranking as the 14th largest supermarket chain in the United States.

    As an unflinching advocate for the nearly 12 million patrons worldwide, Nixon's leadership and commitment to the very highest standards of customer service and satisfaction has propelled the agency's 18,000 employees, serving in 260 stores located in 13 countries around the world, to achieve a phenomenal score of 77—two points higher than the commercial industry average and second only to Publix supermarkets—in the American Customer Satisfaction Index, a uniform and independent measure of household consumption experience established in 1994.

    "I have never been satisfied with anything less than a 'hands-on' leadership role and have sought out a series of leadership challenges over the course of my career," said Nixon. "I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women of DeCA who have worked so very hard to take the commissary benefit to today's extraordinary levels of achievement. We have accomplished incredible things together with our customers and our industry partners, and that will certainly continue in the able hands of the agency's current and future leadership." 

    Graduating with honors in 1972 from the University of Maryland, Nixon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and political theory and went on to complete a Juris Doctor degree in 1978 from the University of Baltimore School of Law, as well as graduate studies with the European Institute of Public Administration in Brussels, Belgium, and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Mass.

    Nixon also holds advanced studies certificates in Corporate Governance from the Tulane University School of Law and its Freeman School of Business and has completed several executive study sessions with the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C.

    His awards include the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Executives and Professionals, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, the Senior Executive Service Exceptional Performance Award, the Defense Commissary Agency's Distinguished Civilian Service Award, four DeCA Meritorious Civilian Service awards, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Army Commanders Award for Civilian Service, and various military decorations including the Navy Achievement Medal with "V" device for valor and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

    "The people of DeCA and all of our stakeholders have a real love and passion for the commissary benefit and America's armed forces and their families. My retirement won't change any of that," Nixon said.

    "I have always welcomed opportunity and challenge, and in the immortal words of Leonardo DaVinci, 'It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things!' The people of DeCA and I will, undoubtedly, continue to get out there and 'happen' to things!" 

    Nixon's replacement as CEO and director has not yet been named.


Army News release
Regular Army Captain retention menu of incentives

    What is it? The Army is implementing a Regular Army Captain Retention Menu of Incentives as part of a concerted effort to retain the extraordinary experience resident in our company grade officers, recognize their value, and grow the Army at key grades and skills to meet increased requirements. The menu allows officers an option for choice depending what is best for their personal situation. Incentives offered in exchange for a three-year active duty service obligation (ADSO) include graduate school, military schooling, branch or functional area transfer, or post of choice, or a Critical Skills Retention Bonus of $25,000 or more depending on the officer's accession branch.

    What has the Army done? Officer retention has taken on renewed interest not because of an increase in officer loss rates, but because of a significant force structure growth and modularity. Company grade officer retention rates are consistent with historical averages but are amplified due to increased requirements – greater number of company grade positions in the modular brigades, and growth in the number of brigades in the Army. The Army has been working several initiatives to retain more of our highly experienced officers, including:

  • Higher promotion rates. The last Major Promotion Board selected 97 percent. The DOPMA goal for this board is 80 percent.
  • Earlier Promotion Pin-on Points. Officers are currently being promoted to major at 10-years time-in-service, down from 11-years.
  • Expanded Graduate School Program (EGSP). In 2005, the Army implemented the EGSP with the dual objectives of increasing officer retention and providing developmental opportunities. EGSP allows Army leaders to identify talented officers for attendance at top quality civilian schools nationwide.
  • Pre-Commissioning Incentives. The Army also implemented a program including post of choice for ADSO and branch of choice for ADSO, as well as Grad School for ADSO, in FY06.
  • Extended Mandatory Retirement Date. The Army has extended the MRD for majors from 24 to 30 years as an additional effort.

    The Army is committed to developing and retaining junior officers. We appreciate their continued sacrifice, and that of their families.


Air Force birthday set for Sept. 18

Sept. 13, 2007 – Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army War College will celebrate the 60th  birthday of the U.S. Air Force at 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 18 on the Root Hall patio.

Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Pieces of post history on display in Root Hall Library
Carvings in wood from Heritage Tree used to tell history of Carlisle Barracks

A carving of a Native American face from a piece of wood from the Heritage Tree on Carlisle Barracks sits in a display case in the Root Hall library. The wood, from the nearly 222-year-old tree, was carved by Ed Otto, who works for the posts Directorate of Information Management. Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

Sept. 13, 2007 --  Even though the Carlisle Barracks Heritage Tree lost its battle against age and illness, it continues to help tell the story of the Army's second active oldest installation.

    Ed Otto, head of the post's Directorate of Information Management, has taken pieces of the nearly 222 year-old European Beech and has carved Indians faces into them, reflecting a period of history at Carlisle Barracks. Some of those carvings are now on display in the Root Hall library. The tree was taken down late last year due to disease and safety concerns.

  According to the plaque that stood in front of the tree, the tree was approximately 10 years old when General George Washington used Carlisle Barracks, then called Washingtonburg, as a rallying point of approximately 13,000 state militia troops to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion.    

    In 1879, the War Department passed the control of the post to the Department of the Interior for the 39-year Indian School program. Founded by Richard Henry Pratt, the school was the first off-reservation government boarding school for Native American Indian children. Carlisle served as the model for dozens of schools throughout the U.S.

    "I thought that carving the faces of Indians into the wood would be appropriate because of the period of time when Carlisle Barracks was home to the Indian Industrial School," said Otto.

    For Otto, the carvings took about 8-10 hours each, but are something he loves to do in his spare time. Some of the larger ones can take up to 20 hours.

    "It's just really relaxing to me to make these carvings," he said. Otto has been doing wood carvings since 1993, when he took a class at the Skill Development Center held by Bill Martin, a retired E-8 from Carlisle Barracks.

    "I really had no idea how to carve, and hadn't done it before I took that class," said Otto. "But after that class I really got into it." Otto also said that he now belongs to numerous carvings clubs to help hone his craft.

    "The first thing I ever carved was a Santa face that I did in the class taught by Bill," he said. "I thought it was great at the time but now my wife won't even let me take it out of the box at Christmas it's so bad looking," he said with a laugh.

    Otto meets once a week with other carvers in Carlisle.

Another carving of a Native American sits in front of a photo of 
the Heritage Tree.  
Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

    "That's how you learn from everybody," Otto said. "You learn a little bit from this guy, a little bit from that guy and eventually you start to develop your own style."

    He said he prefers to carve human figures rather than animals or landscapes.

    "I've done a few birds but they just don't seem to come out right. Otto said that he often buys large picture books at area stores to help gather inspiration for his carvings. "But when I start I have a basic idea of what I want to do, but you really just never know how it's going to come out. That's part of the fun." Otto uses primarily mallets and chisels when he carves.

    To help preserve the wood from the Heritage Tree, Otto soaked it in water before be began to carve.

    "The wood was so dry, that it would just fly apart if you weren't careful with it, the tree was in such bad shape," he said.

    Otto was alerted to the piles of wood by one of his co-workers, Col. Curtis Cheeseman, the Chief Information Officer, who thought they would make good wood for carving.

    "I just hated to see the wood go to waste, and thought that it would be great to carve with."

    Otto hoped the carvings would keep the tree an integral part of telling the Carlisle Barracks story.

    "Hopefully these simple carvings will show a piece of the history of Carlisle Barracks."  


Army Heritage and Education Center release
Market at Washingtonburg 
  An 18th Century Market and Military Encampment comes to AHEC Sept. 15

Aug. 27, 2007 --  – With the shrill of the fife and the thunder of cannon, the 18th Century returns to Carlisle the weekend of September 15-16. The event will be a combination of a period market fair and an 18th Century military encampment.  All this will be done in a tribute to the town of Carlisle and its significance in early American history. From it's foundation in 1751, Carlisle participated in every major 18th Century conflict on the continent. From the French and Indian War (1754-1763) to the American Revolution (1775-1783) to the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794, Carlisle played a prominent role in US military history.  For a schedule of events, go here.

    Sutlers and tradesman will be plying their wares, while a Fife and Drum Corps fill the air with martial music on the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) campus. Companies of infantry and a battery of artillery will maneuver and demonstrate 18th Century battle tactics. There will even be reenactment of a military court martial as well as a parade for the Commandant. In addition to all of this, there will be a book sale in Ridgway Hall.  

    This is a great opportunity for historians, ranging from those with a passing interest to university professors, to experience the AHEC first hand. The AHEC is a state of the art research facility, combined with world class collections and a museum department. In addition to all this, the AHEC has a variety of excellent, educational programming as well as an outdoor Army Heritage Trail with exhibits from almost every period in Army history. The Trail includes a French and Indian War Way station (cabin), a Revolutionary War Redoubt, Civil War Cabins, a full scale World War I Trench and a World War II Core Area complete with barracks, mess hall and even a chapel! All of this is dedicated to "Telling the Story of the Army…One Soldier at Time."

    The AHEC is only a short drive from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore or Washington D.C. and admission to the Market at Washingtonburg is free. There is ample parking on site and auxiliary parking if necessary. Food service is also available onsite. For a schedule of events and information about other AHEC programs please visit our web site at or call 717.245.3472.


Post to honor NCO, Soldier of the Year  

    Sept. 11, 2007 -- On Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Bliss Hall Foyer, Carlisle Barracks will honor the non-commissioned officer and Soldier of the Year during a recognition ceremony. Honored will be Sgt. Brandon Hutson (NCO of the Year) and Sgt. George Frame (Soldier of the Year).


Suicide Prevention Tips – Suicide Awareness Sept. 9 – 15

    Sept. 11, 2007 -- In conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week Sep. 9-15, the Army wants Soldiers and their Families to know what to look for and help is available to those struggling with issues that sometimes bring about suicide.

Most suicides and suicide attempts are reactions to intense feelings of:

  • Loneliness - is an emotional state in which a person experiences powerful feelings of emptiness and isolation. Loneliness is more than just the feeling of wanting company or wanting to do something with another person. Loneliness is a feeling of being cut off, disconnected from the world, and alienated from other people.
  • Worthlessness – is an emotional state in which a person feels low, and they lack any feelings of being valued by others.
  • Hopelessness - is a spiritual/relational issue. It often stems from feeling disconnected from a higher power or other people. Connection with a higher power and other people is a key to helping individuals to withstand grief and loss. This connection allows individuals to rebound from most severe disappointments of life.
  • Helplessness – is a condition or event where the Soldier thinks that they have no control over their situation and whatever they do is futile such as repeated failures, receipt of a "Dear John or Dear Joan" letter, etc.
  • Guilt- is a primary emotion experienced by people who believe that they have done something wrong.

Depression - is considered when one of the following two elements is present for a period of at least twoweeks:

  • Depressed mood or inability to experience life pleasures. If one of these elements is identified,depression is diagnosed when five symptoms from the list below are presented over a two-week period.
  • Feelings of overwhelming sadness and/or fear, or the seeming inability to feel emotion (emptiness).
  • A decrease in the amount of interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, daily activities.Changing appetite and marked weight gain or loss.
  • Disturbed sleep patterns, such as insomnia, loss of REM sleep, or excessive sleep (Hypersomnia).
  • Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day.
  • Fatigue, mental or physical, also loss of energy.
  • Intense feelings of guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, isolation/loneliness and/or anxiety.
  • Trouble concentrating, keeping focus or making decisions or a generalized slowing and memory difficulties.
  • Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), desire to just "lie down and die" or "stop breathing," recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.
  • Feeling and/or fear of being abandoned by those close to the individual.
  • For some individuals, a combination of many factors may cause depression. For others, a single factor may trigger the illness.

Depression often is related to the following:

  • Imbalance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters - Changes in these brain chemicals may cause or contribute to clinical depression.
  • Negative thinking patterns - People who are pessimistic, have low self-esteem, worry excessively, or feel they have little control over life events are more likely to develop clinical depression.
  • Family history of depression – A genetic history of clinical depression can increase one's risk for developing the illness. But depression also occurs in people who have had no family members with depression.
  • Difficult life events – Events such as the death of a loved one, divorce, financial strains, history of trauma, moving to a new location or significant loss can contribute to the onset of clinical depression.
  • Frequent and excessive alcohol consumption – Drinking large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis can sometimes lead to clinical depression. Excessive alcohol consumption is also sometimes a symptom of depression.

Important Telephone Numbers

Crisis Intervention                                                 DAHC Behavioral Health 

Cumberland/Perry: 717 – 243 - 6005                   717 – 245 – 4602

Dauphin: 717 - 232 - 7511                                   Rape Crisis 

Franklin: 717 - 264 - 2555                                   1- 888 – 727 - 2877

York: 717 – 852 - 5320                                      Military One Source

HOTLINES                                                        1- 800 – 342 – 9647

Childline (child abuse hotline): 1-800- 932 - 0313

Domestic Violence: 1 – 800 – 852 – 2102

Teen Line: 1 – 800 – 722 – 5385

Poison Control: 1 – 800 – 521 – 6110

Carlisle Barracks Police: (717) 245 – 4115

Tricare: 1 – 877 – 874 – 2273

Family Advocacy Victim program: Maureen at (717) 245 - 3788

        Contact the Army Substance Abuse Office for additional information at 245 – 4576.























Army News release
National Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 9-15

    What is it? The National 2007 Suicide Prevention week is Sep. 9 -15. The theme for this year is "Suicide Prevention: Moving Forward with Education and Training." This year the Army is bringing a stronger focus to suicide prevention based on the increase in suicidal behavior and in the Army's suicide rate for calendar year 2006.

   The Army Suicide Prevention Program focuses on minimizing suicidal behavior by training Soldiers, leaders and Family Members to recognize signs of suicidal behavior, intervention strategies and how to refer individuals for follow-on support and care. Program strategies include: developing life-coping skills, encouraging help-seeking behavior, buddy aid, maintaining constant vigilance, integrating and synchronizing unit and community programs, and maintaining surveillance of suicidal behaviors.

    What has the Army done? In 2001, the Army Suicide Prevention Program launched a prevention campaign including new strategies and a revised Suicide Prevention model. Each year, the Army reviews its program and strives to improve its strategies based on the current environment and lessons learned.

   The Army has instituted numerous programs and resources to provide for Soldiers and Families in need. For example:

  • The Deployment Cycle Support Process is an initiative to provide a tool for Active Army and Reserve Component Soldiers, their Family Members and Army Civilians to synchronize services available to deal with the stress associated throughout the deployment cycle.
  • In March 2007, the Army Medical Department stood up the AMEDD Suicide Prevention Office, which is committed to translating the results of surveillance and intervention into prevention and treatment programs. It launched a Web site,, which is intended to be a comprehensive venue for Soldiers and Family Members to get information on a variety of mental and behavioral health issues and resources available.
  • Installations and units continue to implement local intervention programs with the assistance of the Community Health Promotion Council, Suicide Prevention Task Force or Suicide Prevention Coordinators.
  • Soldiers and Family Members in need have ready access to existing and new services; all they need to do is ask their chain of command, chaplain, leader, buddy, or person trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) or Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) for help.

   The Army has taken the following additional actions to ensure the adequacy for suicide prevention programs within the Army:

  • Developed new suicide prevention training tools, incorporated real-world vignettes depicting military personnel, and introduced training-support packages that focus on intervention skills for use at the small unit level where it has the greatest impact.
  • Provide Soldiers and leaders deployed and at home with training to recognize warning signs, intervention techniques for at-risk Soldiers and referral processes to support agencies for appropriate follow-on care.
  • Prevention measures have been adapted at the unit level. For example, when a Soldier displays suicidal ideation, a "unit watch" plan is instituted to provide monitoring at all times to ensure they are provided necessary support, care and encouragement to facilitate a healthy recovery.

    Why is this important to the Army? The loss of any member of the Army Family is a tragedy regardless of the reason and can have a profound impact on overall readiness. In the case of suicides, the U.S. Army is committed to providing the support and care necessary to overcome difficult times by providing resources to our Soldiers, their Families and Army Civilians. Our goal is to improve readiness through the development and enhancement of the Army's Suicide Prevention Program policies that are designed to minimize suicidal behavior; thereby, preserving mission effectiveness through individual readiness for Soldiers, their Families and Army Civilians.

For more information:


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks remembers, reflects on Sept. 11, way ahead

Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College Commandant, speaks to students, staff and faculty in Bliss Hall during the Carlisle Barracks September 11th Remembrance Ceremony. Photo by Charity Mutrorff.

Sept. 11, 2007 – A packed-to-capacity Bliss Hall fell silent during the Carlisle Barracks September 11th Remembrance Ceremony held on the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

    The half-hour ceremony encouraged students, staff, faculty and family members to recall the memories of the day that changed American's history.

    "Who among you cannot recall exactly where you were on the 11th of September 2001?" asked Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College Commandant. "Who has not felt again the lump in the throat as the images of that day are replayed and stories retold this week?  Some of us still mourn friends and comrades from the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, and the deadly struggle of flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. They will never be forgotten."

    For Huntoon, the ceremony served to not only remember the day's events, but also how they continue to shape the future.

    "The remembrance of 9/11 also speaks to us about the extraordinary purpose and resolve from this nation and so many others around the world," he said. "That purpose has been to seek out and bring to justice the terrorists responsible, while remaining true to the rule of law." Huntoon also reminded that the very people in the room would be charged with continuing that fight.

    "The campaign against terrorists is one that you will continue to fight for a long time, employing all the elements of international power….We have taken on the responsibility to defeat those threats, guided by the most fundamental values of our civilization. And it is precisely those fundamental values, carried forward by your ethical leadership that over time will make all the difference." 

    Spc. Katrina Adams, assistant to the post's Command Sgt. Maj, attended the ceremony and could remember exactly where she was on that morning.

    "On the morning of September 11th I was getting ready to head to work for a meeting when I turned on the radio and heard about the first plane slamming into the towers," said Adams. "I proceeded to run and turn on the television and that was when I saw the second plane slam into the other tower. Moments later I saw on CNN about the plane that crushed into the Pentagon and that was when reality hit; this is really happening in the United States." Adams joined the Army a year later.

    The effects of that day were life-changing for others.

    "Six years ago I was 20 and living with my parents. I thought I was invincible," said Sgt. George Frame, who works in the Human Resources Directorate. "The shock of it all scared me into reality that anything can happen. I wasn't prepared mentally for something so horrible at that time." Frame joined the Army in Oct. 2003 and said he proudly served in Iraq in part due to 9-11.

    Others in the room had a more close-up view of the attacks.  Col. Linda Herbert, a member of the Class of 2008, was in the Pentagon when the plane struck the building. Her office was impacted, with more than 50 percent of the workers killed or injured.  

    "I was lucky and blessed to make it out alive and unhurt," she said. Herbert helped lead a group of people out of the Pentagon to safety and has since written a book about that day.

    Remembered that day were not only those killed in the terrorist acts, but those who have served around the world defending freedom.

    "Today we remember and honor all the military and civilian heroes of the last six years who have carried forward that campaign," said Huntoon. "We salute the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, civilians and our allies who have put themselves in harm's way to ensure our safety.  Many are with us today in this audience. Today we remember and honor the wounded, the fallen, and their families."   



Time for the Fall Yard Sale

August 27, 2007--Need to clear some space, make some money, find a good deal?

    On Saturday, September 22, 2006 the fall yard sale will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. This yard sale is open to the local community but ONLY Carlisle Barracks residents, students, staff and any other valid DOD ID card holder (retirees and Department of the Army civilians working at Carlisle Barracks) may participate as vendors.

    Carlisle Barracks residents may set up displays in their yards. Spaces will also be available in the grassy area surrounding the Army and Air Force Exchange Service parking lot for vendors.

    Individuals requiring space in the AAFES parking lot area must coordinate with the Sports Director at 245-4029/4343.


Anne-Marie Wolfe, Army Substance Abuse Office

Suicide Awareness Week Sept. 9 – 15
Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs & Risk Factors


Army News release

Suicide prevention: Watch out for your buddy

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sep. 10, 2007) - In conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week Sep. 9-15, the Army wants Soldiers and their Families to know help is available to those struggling with issues that sometimes bring about suicide.
    "This year's strategy focuses on three key points - training the Army Family in positive life skills, buddy care and counseling through a variety of ways," said Army Chief of Chaplains Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Douglas L. Carver. "I think educating our leaders, Soldiers and Families on what to look for in suicidal behaviors has made our people more sensitive and aware."
    Soldiers who commit suicide usually do so because they can't see another way out of a painful situation Chaplain Carver said. Frequent and longer deployments add yet more burden, especially on relationships, he said.
    "We've looked pretty closely at all the various factors involved in Soldier suicide - failed relationships, this long war," said Chaplain Carver, "yet the morale of our Soldiers is as high as it's ever been because they sense the importance of their mission down-range and they look out for one another."
    Still, Soldiers in-theater need to be aware and in-tune with their fellow Soldiers, he cautioned.
    "You might notice alterations in personal behavior or emotional changes in attitude that are just very different from how you know that person," he said. "If you sense something is wrong, one of the greatest things you can do with your battle buddy is say, 'Hey, how are you doing?' Begin to probe. That may open an opportunity for that Soldier to express what's going on in his life.
    "As you begin to care for your buddy, you may realize he or she has issues you can't handle yourself, so the next step is to take the time to ensure they're given proper care, which is where we as chaplains come in," Chaplain Carver said. "Soldiers should physically escort troubled buddies to a chaplain who is trained in suicide prevention and takes care of the soul of our Soldiers and Family members."
    If the chaplain can't help, the struggling Soldier will be provided treatment from community counseling and the medical community.
    Chaplain Carver pointed out that with the operational tempo of the Army and the associated stresses it places on Soldiers and their relationships with loved ones, suicide prevention is not just a one-week effort.
     "As the chief of chaplains and the senior pastor of the Army, my greatest concern is that we watch out for one another and take care of one another," Chaplain Carver said. "That's the beauty of the Army community because we're all in this together. Every Soldier and every Family member is important ... everyone in the Army matters."
    For more on suicide prevention, visit: Suicide Training

Warning Signs:

    When a Soldier/civilian/family member presents with any combination of the following, the buddy or chain of command should be more vigilant. It is advised that help should be secured for the individual.

  • Talk of suicide or killing someone else
  • Giving away property or disregard for what happens to one's property
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Problems with girlfriend (boyfriend) or spouse
  • Acting bizarre or unusual (based on your knowledge of the person)
  • Soldiers in trouble for misconduct (Art-15, UCMJ, etc.)
  • Individuals experiencing financial problems
  • Individuals who have lost their job at home (reservists)
  • Those individuals leaving the service (retirements, ETSs, etc.)
  • When an individual presents with any one of these concerns, the individual should be seen immediately by a helping provider.
  • Talking or hinting about suicide
  • Formulating a plan to include acquiring the means to kill oneself
  • Having a desire to die
  • Obsession with death (music, poetry, artwork)
  • Themes of death in letters and notes
  • Finalizing personal affairs
  • Giving away personal possessions

Risk Factors

    Risk factors are those things that increase the probability that difficulties could result in serious adverse behavioral or physical health. The risk factors only raise the risk of an individual being suicidal it does not mean they are suicidal. The risk factors are often associated with suicidal behavior include:

  • Relationship problems (loss of girlfriend/boyfriend, divorce, etc.).
  • History of previous suicide attempts.
  • Substance abuse.
  • History of depression or other mental illness.
  • Family history of suicide or violence.
  • Work related problems.
  • Transitions (retirement, PCS, discharge, etc.).
  • A serious medical problem.
  • Significant loss (death of loved one, loss due to natural disasters, etc.).
  • Current/pending disciplinary or legal action.
  • Setbacks (academic, career, or personal).
  • Severe, prolonged, and/or perceived unmanageable stress.
  • A sense of powerlessness, helplessness, and/or hopelessness.

Suicidal risk is highest when:

  • The person sees no way out and fears things may get worse.
  • The predominant emotions are hopelessness and helplessness.
  • Thinking is constricted with a tendency to perceive his or her situation as all bad.
  • Judgment is impaired by use of alcohol or other substances.

    For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse office at 245 – 4576.


Sept. 11 designated Patriot Day

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America 

   September 11, 2001, was a defining moment in American history. On that terrible day, our Nation saw the face of evil as 19 men barbarously attacked us and wantonly murdered people of many races, nationalities, and creeds. On Patriot Day, we remember the innocent victims, and we pay tribute to the valiant firefighters, police officers, emergency personnel, and ordinary citizens who risked their lives so others might live.

    After the attacks on 9/11, America resolved that we would go on the offense against our enemies, and we would not distinguish between the terrorists and those who harbor and support them. All Americans honor the selfless men and women of our Armed Forces, the dedicated members of our public safety, law enforcement, and intelligence communities, and the thousands of others who work hard each day to protect our country, secure our liberty, and prevent future attacks.

   The spirit of our people is the source of America's strength, and 6 years ago, Americans came to the aid of neighbors in need. On Patriot Day, we pray for those who died and for their families. We volunteer to help others and demonstrate the continuing compassion of our citizens. On this solemn occasion, we rededicate ourselves to laying the foundation of peace with confidence in our mission and our free way of life.

    By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day."

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2007, as Patriot Day. I call upon the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Patriot Day. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services, to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on that day, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. eastern daylight time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.



Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks lodging wins 2007 Army Lodging Operation of the Year award

Fran Piper answers the phone in Ashburn Hall on Sept. 6. 
The Carlisle Barracks temporary lodging facility won the Army Lodging of the Year (Small Category) for 2007.
Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

Sept. 4, 2007 -- Carlisle Barracks can now claim that it has the best small installation temporary lodging facility in the world after winning the Army Lodging of the Year (Small Category) for 2007.

    The Carlisle team competed against excellent lodging operations in a category that included 12-15 other Army installations.

    "We were really surprised to win," said Wendi Kent, who manages the lodging facilities at Carlisle Barracks. "Sometimes as a smaller facility it's tougher to get recognized." Carlisle Barracks lodging has a total of 45 rooms available.

    Carlisle Barracks' advantage is the great people who work at lodging, said Kent.

    "The folks who work in lodging are great people and they work really hard and do a great job. It's great for them to get recognized" said Kent. "I tell them that all the time but it's nice to have an award that shows how great of a job they are doing."

    Fran Piper, who works in Ashburn Hall, was happy to hear the news. 

    "It's really cool," she said. "I was surprised that we won the award, especially since we were competing against so many facilities."

    The process that leads to the award actually started back in June with an inspection of the facilities according to Kent. The selection process occurs in two phases. There is a panel selection from written nominations and an on-site evaluation of finalists. For the on-site evaluations, the lodging facilities are given only three days' notice. The criteria used for the inspections are based on the Army Lodging standards for service, operation and facilities.

    "We had an idea we were in the running when they came to inspect us, but had no idea we'd win," she said. "The inspection is about 50-60 pages long. It's very thorough." The trophy and award is on display in the lobby of Ashburn Hall.

    There was one person on post though who wasn't suprised by the win.

    ""The award nationally recognizes the 'Best Facility' by category.  Distinguished guests like the Secretary of the Army routinely stay on Carlisle Lodging.  If you take Ashburn, Washington and Pratt Hall lodging facilities combined, the mean age is 107 years." said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander. "Only then can you appreciate the work Wendi Kent and her staff continually does to ensure continuous quality and innovation.  I guess it truly does not surprise me they won this award."

    The posts lodging previously won the award in 1992.

Post lodging information

    On-post lodging provides 45 transient lodging rooms for official travelers and visitors to Carlisle Barracks.

    Washington Hall dates to 1884 when it served as the Indian School hospital. It later housed Pop Warner's athletes, and today offers 14 rooms to Carlisle Barracks visitors and participants in the education, conferencing and wargaming activities here.

    The recently-renovated Ashburn Hall offers 19 rooms for official travelers and PCS servicemembers and their families who are arriving at or departing Carlisle Barracks. Pratt Hall has 12 transient lodging rooms.

    Requests for reservations for official travelers on orders will be accepted at any time, with confirmation 15 days prior to desired occupancy date. Call 717-245-4245 to make reservation. Other reservations will be accepted, and confirmed or denied, three days prior to desired occupancy date. No pets.


Carlisle Barracks remembers Sept. 11

Sept. 6, 2007 – Employees and students of the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks will gather to remember the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States.

    Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 11:45 a.m., the event will include the chaplain's invocation, and remarks by the Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. David Huntoon. Bill Solomon will end the remembrance ceremony with the playing of taps.

    Forbes Avenue in front of Root Hall will be closed from 11:45 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. during the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the flagpole in front of the entrance to Root Hall. The inclement weather site will be Bliss Hall.

Retiree Appreciation Day slated for Sept. 8

Aug. 13, 2007 -- Carlisle Barracks will host the Annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day on Saturday, September 8, 2007 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the U.S. Army War College, Bliss Hall. This event is open to all military retirees, family members, survivors, and pre-retired military personnel.

     Sergeant Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley, U.S. Army-Retired, Co-Chair of the Chief of Staff Retiree Council will be the keynote speaker.

   Following the keynote address, there will be seminars on TRICARE-for-Life (Over Age 65), TRICARE (Under age 65), Legal Affairs, and Veterans Affairs. Literature will be available from the agencies represented as well as from various post activities and military service organizations.   

     Identification cards will be issued from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 315.  A mini-health screening will be available from 8 to 10 a.m.

     A luncheon is available to all attendees at the Letort View Community Center.  Pre-payment by check or money order is required before the day of the Retiree Appreciation Day.  For more information, contact the Retirement Services Office, Carlisle Barracks, at (717) 245-4501 or (717) 245-3984.


Public Affairs Office staff report
Film, discussion program to kick off Sept. 4   

Aug. 17, 2007 -- The AY08 Campaign Analysis Course is offering an optional Strategic and Operational Art Film and Discussion Program. 

    The purpose of this program is to offer interested students insight into selected episodes in the evolution of warfare from antiquity to the present.  A series of films addressing strategic and operational themes will be shown Tuesday evenings, 7- 9 p.m., in the Wil Washcoe Auditorium, according to the schedule below. 

    A discussion period moderated by a faculty instructor familiar with the period and issues addressed will follow each film.  The Association of the U.S. Army supports the program which is open to all students, staff, faculty, and retirees. Refer to the Weekly Schedule and advertisements displayed throughout Root Hall for changes to the schedule.

    The schedule can be found here.


DPW and GMH - partners in creating energy consumption guidelines

  The DPW RCO Chief and GMH Community Manager have partnered to include energy consumption guidelines in the Carlisle Barracks Resident Handbook.  The Internal Review Office recently processed an anonymous fraud, waste and abuse email pertaining to resident energy consumption.  After review, improvements were made to the energy conservation guidelines that will enable our collective operations to become more economical in the future.

  Support your organization in becoming more economical and efficient.  Click on the Anonymous Reporting/Audit Request Form on the Internal Review page on the Garrison website, or go directly to the Internal Review page by clicking on the following link:

Power outages planned for Collins Hall Sept. 15

Aug. 27, 2007 -- Field Support Services, Inc. will perform preventative maintenance on the electrical switch serving Collins Hall on Saturday, Sept. 15, starting 7 a.m. for approximately four hours.

    The emergency generator in Collins Hall will be started prior to the outage to maintain the UPS which will provide limited emergency power throughout the building.


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
New DCIA brings international perspective to college

New Deputy Commandant for International Affairs Cynthia Grissom Efird (left) looks on Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, Deputy Commander U.S. European Command (center) shakes hands with the Angolan Minister of Defense Kundy Pahiama (right) in this courtesy photo from last year. 

Aug. 21, 2007 -- A lifelong commitment to foreign policy and international solutions led the new Deputy Commandant for International Affairs through the capitals of Europe and Africa to the students of the Army War College.

    Amb. Cynthia Grissom Efird, a career Senior Foreign Service Officer, has worked on strategic information and public diplomacy, international trade negotiations, conflict resolution, and democracy development in Central and Eastern European countries and Africa for more than 30 years. Efird assumed her role as the DCIA earlier this month, following a three-year tour as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Angola.

    Efird grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where she attended Kingswood School Cranbrook where her initial interest in foreign relations began.

    "In high school I was the chairman of a seminar that focused on the Middle East," she said. "As part of organizing the seminar I made calls and appointments to the consulates in Detroit, which opened a whole new world of foreign policy to me."

    Also in high school, she participated in an exchange program in Northern Ireland.

    "This was just before all of the trouble began in Northern Ireland so it was a very interesting time," she said. "This experience made me want to be involved in understanding and attempting to find solutions to the issues that have led to conflicts."

    After high school, Efird earned a bachelor of science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and masters degrees from Duke University and the War College of the National Defense University, which named her a "distinguished graduate."

    After joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1977, she served with U.S. embassies in Yugoslavia 1978-1982, the German Democratic Republic 1983-1985, and Mozambique 1988-1989. In Vienna, Austria 1989-1993, she was on the staff of both the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), as well as volunteering for temporary duty in Somalia with the U.S. Liaison Mission to the UN peacekeeping force, UNOSOM. As Deputy Counselor for Public Affairs in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1997 to 2000, she supervised public diplomacy staffs in Moscow and three regional consulates. In 2000, the U.S. government detailed her to the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe to oversee post-conflict reconstruction of the media sector in Kosovo under the United Nations Mission in Kosovo.     

    From August 2002 to July 2004, she directed all public diplomacy and public affairs for the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State.  From 2001 to 2002, she was the Special Adviser to the Associate United States Trade Representative, focusing on the African Growth and Opportunity Act, World Trade Organization, and other trade negotiations.

    The teaching approach used at the Army War College and other senior service schools is one of the things that attracted Efird to come here.

    "I attended the National War College in 1994 and always knew that I wanted to work at a senior service college as a State Department representative," she said. "They are very unique institutions and their innovative approach that have great benefits for their students. I hope that I am somehow able to contribute."   

    As the college's DCIA, Efird will oversee the IF program, and act as liaison with the State Department.

    "The DCIA plays a critical role in all aspects of the USAWC mission," said Dr. Bill Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academics. "Especially important is oversight of the International Fellows Program, as the IFs are such an important contribution to the education of USAWC students and faculty."



Carol Kerr, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Former USMA Superintendent singled out for rare honor 

Retired Lt. Gen. David R. Palmer accepts his Outstanding Alumnus Award from Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC Commandant, in the Command Conference Room Aug. 22. Palmer is a former superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Photo by Lizzie Heard.

Aug. 22, 2007 -- Linking rarity and value, the Army War College Outstanding Alumnus Award was presented today for the ninth time in history.

    Retired Lt. Gen. David R. Palmer was honored as "a great Soldier, great scholar, and strategist of the first rank."  USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. David Huntoon made the presentation on behalf of the college's Alumni Association.

   "Service is the watchword for this great Soldier," said Huntoon. Palmer's career included command at every level through division, and culminated in his role as superintendent of the United States Military Academy. 

    Huntoon highlighted Palmer's contributions after military retirement, as president of Walden University and consultant to the U.S. Army in developing Army Knowledge Online.

    His initiatives still hold sway at the academy, noted Huntoon. His significant history, "Summons of the Trumpet," gave perspective to the Vietnam conflict. And, he is one of the greatest scholars of George Washington.

    His research and conclusions about both George Washington and Benedict Arnold reflected expertise, clarity and eloquence as he spoke at the popular public history event sponsored by the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in the evening. Palmer's lecture, "A Tale of Two Patriots," was a featured presentation of the Perspectives in Military History lecture series at Carlisle.

    "It's exciting to come back to Carlisle because of what you get from the people here," said Palmer to USAWC faculty, staff and friends at the afternoon award ceremony. 

    "You cannot come here and not go away standing a little straighter, and feeling a little better about the Army today in these good hands," he said.


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
New MWR director wants to take care of Soldiers, Families

New Morale, Welfare and Recreation director Barbara George talk over a development plan with Liz Knouse on Aug. 15. George assumed her duties earlier this month. Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

Aug. 15, 2007 --  The new director of the Carlisle Barracks Morale, Welfare and Recreation division has one simple goal in mind: to take care of Soldiers and their Families.

    Barbara George, the new director of MWR, can speak of the value of the programs not just as an employee, but as a customer of its services.

    "Being a military spouse helps me appreciate the programs," she said. "MWR is an important part of the life of military families; it helps ease the transition with moving."

    George comes to Carlisle Barracks from Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, where she was the Chief of the Business Operations Division. She has worked for MWR for more than 25 years, in positions ranging from managing the NCO club to working in the Youth Services and Outdoor Recreation arenas.

    "I have enjoyed every minute of my 25 years in MWR," she said. "To me, supporting the Soldiers and their families is the most important job we have."

    George said she decided to come to Carlisle after visiting the area through a MWR function in State College, Pa.

    "While I was there I just really loved the area, and Carlisle is so close to other major cities, when I saw the job posting go up, I had to apply."

    It's not just the area that attracted George, it's the people here as well.

    "After being here for a little while I am impressed with the great MWR team we have here," she said. "That really sold me on what a great place this is."  

    She said another thing that sold her were the programs already in place at Carlisle.

    "The CDC and Youth Services programs are doing such a great job and thinking forward," George said. "So many of our programs, including the bowling and golf centers are doing a great job, I want to see where we might be able to expand them." George also hopes to expand the arts and crafts programs.

    At the end of the day, George said her main goal is to make people happy and give them the programs and opportunities they want.     

    "Being able to be a part of this and see the appreciation and the smiles you get from people are worth a million dollars. 




Attention all readers - MWR opens book exchange

Aug. 24, 2007 -- The post Morale, Welfare and Recreation office is sponsoring a book exchange in the lobby of 632 Wright Ave., the same building as the Thrift Shop.

   To participate, drop by the book exchange between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday where you can exchange one book for another or borrow a book to read and return it when done. This will be done on the honor system.

   There is also a bulletin board above the bookshelf if you want to note a book or author you might be looking for, according to Mary Anne Turnbaugh.

    Donations have been made by our own Thrift Shop and the Bookery, which is part of the Friends of the Bosler Library.

    For more information contact Turnbaugh at 245-4696.     



Pool, Tiki Bar hours of operations to change

Aug. 29, 2007 – As the Summer winds down; the hours of operation for two post business will change as well.

    The last day of operation for the post pool, for the season will be Labor Day, according to Kevin Small, chief of the business and recreation division of MWR.

   Also changing are the hours of operation for the Tiki Bar. It will close from Saturday-Sunday effective Aug. 31 and will be open only on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m.



Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office

Strong storms batter Carlisle Barracks

A spruce tree behind Root Hall that may be as old as 144 years was uprooted by recent storms in the Carlisle area. Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

Aug. 27, 2007 – Heat, humidity and strong winds provided the perfect mixture for destruction as strong storms swept through the Carlisle area this past weekend, leaving downed trees and branches in its wake.

   Among the "victims" on Carlisle Barracks as a massive spruce tree behind Root Hall that may have been as old as 144, according to Keith Bailey, the post's Biological Science Technician.  The tree was completely uprooted and caused the tree to land across the Letort Spring. Another large tree was snapped near its base outside of the post chapel. No one was hurt during the storms on Carlisle Barracks.

    The damage on post wasn't as bad as it was other places in Cumberland County.

    "As compared to our neighbors in the Borough we were lucky overall," said Tom Kelly, Public Works director. "There was no real damage to structures and we didn't lose power. The majority of our damage is the loss of trees."  Reports in the city of Carlisle after the storm included downed trees, power outages and gas leaks. High winds created most of the damage in the area, some gusting up to 60 mile per hour according to the National Weather  Service.

A tree near the post chapel was also knocked down during the storm. Photo by Charity Murtorff.

Three post Sergeants inducted into NCO Corps


Three new Sergeants were inducted into the Noncommissioned Officer Corps Aug. 28 in the Wil Waschoe Auditorium. Sgt. Douglas Aroca, who works at Dunham Clinic, Sgt. George Frame, who works in the Human Resource Directorate and Sgt. Latoya Harmon, who also works in Dunham. The guest speaker, Sgt. Maj. Raymond Drinkard,  congratulated the three for their accomplishments and reminded them of their new responsibilities as NCOs. Drinkard is the Sergeant Major for TSBN at New Cumberland, Pa. Photo by Charity  Murtorff.

According to the Museum of the Noncommissioned Officer, the history of the United States Army and of the noncommissioned officer began in 1775, with the birth of the Continental Army.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security release
September is National Preparedness Month

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Aug. 31 that more than 1,700 national, regional, state, and local organizations will support the department by participating in National Preparedness Month 2007.  This campaign occurs annually in September, and encourages Americans to prepare for all types of emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. DHS promotes individual emergency preparedness through the Ready Campaign and the department's Citizen Corps Program throughout the year.

     "Too many individuals remain in a state of denial when it comes to personal preparedness," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "Able-bodied Americans need to be prepared to take care of themselves and their families after an emergency, so that first responders can focus on those who need assistance most. With the help of our coalition members, we encourage Americans to get an emergency supply kit, make a family communications plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that may affect them." 

     During September, Coalition Members will share preparedness information with their members, customers, employees, and communities.  National Preparedness Month activities taking place throughout September (for a complete list of events, visit include:

     In New York City, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will kick off National Preparedness Month with the New York City Citizen Corps Council at seven locations throughout the five boroughs. Various city and community partners will be stationed near major transit hubs to distribute copies of the Ready New York pocket-size preparedness guide, part of OEM's Ready New York Campaign, and educate New Yorkers about ways to prepare for emergencies. Ready New York ads will appear during the month on subways, local newspapers, bus shelters, supermarket circulars, and sanitation trucks. Later in September, OEM will debut its much-anticipated Ready New York for kids guide, which will be distributed to all New York City public school students.

     In an effort to prepare citizens for emergencies, Be Ready Alabama is coordinating youth "Be Ready Camps" focused on building preparedness skills and a "Be Ready Sunday" for faith-based organizations across the state to deliver preparedness messages.  In addition, there will be a statewide event called "Be Ready Day" which will educate and train individuals on preparing for emergencies, volunteer opportunities in the communities, and first responders' preparedness and response capabilities.

     Several California cities including San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara will host regional business preparedness events during National Preparedness Month's Business Preparedness Week. These events will offer California business owners and managers guidance on how to develop a business emergency plan that can help secure their employees, operations and assets.

     To promote emergency preparedness in the workplace, Wal-Mart will broadcast Ready Campaign public service announcements on its internal television and radio network in all its United States stores throughout the month of September.

     Senate Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Joe Lieberman and Ranking Member Susan Collins, and House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson and Ranking Member Peter King are serving as honorary Congressional co-chairs of National Preparedness Month 2007 and are leading the effort on Capitol Hill to increase public awareness on the importance of emergency preparedness.

     For the first time, National Preparedness Month is focusing on different areas of emergency preparedness.

  • September 1-8: Back-to-School (Ready Kids)
  • September 9-15: Business preparedness (Ready Business)
  • September 16-22: Multicultural preparedness (Listo)
  • September 23-30: Home and family preparedness, including pets, older Americans and individuals with disabilities and special needs (Ready America)

    The purpose of National Preparedness Month is to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies.  Although significant progress has been made, there is still a long way to go to ensure that all Americans are prepared.