Banner Archive for September 2009
 

CSM Chavez speaks at Hispanic Heritage Month Observance

Music, colors and dancing filled the Letort View Community Center Sept. 22 as Carlisle Barracks celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month.

    The event celebrated the culture and contributions of the 26 million Americans of Hispanic origin. Of new Soldiers, 11 percent are Hispanic, and 9 have earned the rank of General, said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Chavez, Installation Management Command Northeast Region Command, was the keynote speaker for the event.

    "I am proud to be a Soldier, noncommissioned officer and Hispanic American serving in this highest enlisted position," he said. "Hispanic Americans have always been a part of this country, and have pursued their dreams of freedom here. Today and this month, we honor the Hispanic Americans who have come to this country in search of a better life."

    He spoke about the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the country.

    "We benefit from their rich culture. It has made America's fabric strong," he said. "Hispanics have shown their loyalty to the United States through their continued military service, answering the call of duty. They are fighting overseas and protecting the homeland."


Oktoberfest comes to Carlisle Barracks

 

  Sept. 23, 2009 -- Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 17 to attend the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest--an all-day, family-oriented event to be held on Indian Field off Ashburn Drive. 

  Come out and enjoy the live entertainment, food and beverages, and fun activities for both adults and children that are scheduled throughout the day.

  The event will be held rain or shine. 

  All events and activities are free; food and beverages to be sold include:  bratwurst, hot dogs, corn on the cob, pizza, soft pretzels, funnel cakes, ice cream and more.

  The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division.

  For more information call 717-245-4069.

  Events include:

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – 5K Volksmarch (first 100 adults and children who finish the Volksmarch will receive free T-shirts)

     A Volksmarch is an organized non-competitive hike or walk.  Developed in Europe, Volksmarching is good exercise and encourages outdoor physical activity for people of all ages.

 

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Craft Show/Static Displays

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Food and Beverages (“tapping” of first beer 11 a.m. at the Fest Tent)

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Happy Wanderers (Oompha Band)

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. – International Soccer Game

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Paint Ball

12 - 5 p.m. – Children’s Games

12 - 5 p.m. – Caricature Artist

1 – 2 p.m. – Best Bavarian Costume Contest (Adult/Child)

2 - 3 p.m. – Polka Demo

3 – 6 p.m. – Nate Myers and the Aces

4-4:30 p.m. – Hot Dog Eating Contest

 

  Kids activities scheduled from 12-5 p.m. include:

Videoke (kideoke)

Face Painting

Carmel Apple Dipping

Pumpkin Bowling

Mini Golf

Bingo

Ring Toss

Duck Bobbing

Craft Station            

Moon Bounce

 

 

                     

 


 2009 Fall Yard Sale Sept. 26
    Yard sales will be conducted in front of the participating individuals’ on-post quarters and in the grassy area surrounding the Army and Air Force Exchange Service parking lot from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 26.
    Eligible vendors are Carlisle Barracks residents, students, staff, and any other valid DoD ID card holder, which includes retirees.  To request space in the AAFES parking lot area via the Sports Office at 245-4029/4343. No set up before 6 a.m. 


 President awards Medal of Honor to fallen Soldier's family

Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti

 

What is it?

 

The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces. Since the medal's creation in 1862, there have been 3,447 recipients; 2,404 of those were Soldiers.

 

Read More:

http://www.army.mil/standto/archive/2009/09/17/?ref=email


Hispanic Heritage month celebration Sept. 22

Carlisle Barracks will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 22 at the Letort View Community Center from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. IMCOM Northeast Region Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Chavez will be the guest speaker. Stop by for ethnic food, fun and information!


Spc. Jennifer Hoerner, Army War College Public Affairs
Retiree Appreciation Day focuses on clinic services, insurance, benefits

Representatives from across the post and Carlisle community offered information to the guests at Carlisle Barracks' 35th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day Sept. 12. Photos by Spc. Jennifer Hoerner.

Carlisle Barracks' 35th annual Retiree Appreciation Day was full of information, friends and fun for our local military retiree community Sept. 12.

    After registration and a "get to know you" session, Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, U.S. Army War College commandant, welcomed everyone to the day's events and stressed the importance of everyone in the room.

    "We all stand on your shoulders," he said. "I have the honor of wearing this uniform because of everything you all did before us.  All of us today, the servicemen and women in Iraq an Afghanistan, are standing on your shoulders, building on your legacy."

    Keynote speaker retired Navy Cmdr. Katherine O'Neill Tracy, director of Benefits Information for the Military Officers Association of America, detailed changes in TriCare, including recent changes, changes in the works and goals from the future.

    She also discussed insurance information regarding premiums, cost shares and co-pays when using TriCare and a third party insurance company.

   Tracy went into detail on the effects of remarriage to surviving spouses.

    "Surviving spouses remain eligible for all benefits except space-available travel," she said. "But, upon remarriage, you would lose all military benefits, including TriCare. If that marriage ends because of death or divorce, your military benefits would be reinstated."

    Maj. Christopher Lindner, deputy commander of allied services at Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, also provided information about medical services.

    He told the audience that Dunham is increasing their services every day. In the last year, three new providers have been hired to increase the appointments available to each patient.

    On Sept. 23, Dunham will be opening a prescription refill site at the Post Exchange, Lindner said. It will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All called-in refill items will be available at the new location except narcotic and refrigerated items.

    He added that at this time, hand-carried refill requests will not be able to be filled.

Maj. Christopher Lindner,  deputy director of allied services at Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, talked to the audience 
about services available at the clinic, an upcoming project and the 
availability of flu shots to the community.
      

    Regarding the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccinations, Lindner said, "H1N1 vaccinations are not currently available at Dunham. However, we have been certified to administer those medicines if we receive them."

    The clinic is offering regular, yearly flu shots, and a record number of retirees made their way to the clinic after the presentations to receive them.

    Lindner offered several tips for not getting and spreading the flu:

  • Wash your hands often, and use hand sanitizer
  • If you aren't feeling well, stay home
  • Try to avoid touching your face. The eyes, nose and mouth are direct ways for viruses to enter your bloodstream

  Over all, the day was deemed a success by the Carlisle Barracks leadership and retirees alike.

    "It was a great day," said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander. "We had a record number of ID cards, Department of Defense decals and flu shots given." 

    Dunham Clinic is offering flu shots for retirees, servicemembers, familes and faculty on several dates. Click here to see the schedule. 


Post Memorial Chapel schedule of events

Services:

    Catholic Mass: weekdays at 12 p.m.
                            Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
                            Sunday at 9:15 a.m.

    Protestant: Sunday at 11 a.m.

Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC): Thursdays at 9 a.m.

Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW): First Friday of each month at 9 a.m.
                           


Post parking lot to close Sept. 19

The parking lot between Armstrong Hall and The Army Physical Fitness Resesarch Institute building will be closed Sept. 19 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for motorcycle safety training.


Army expects H1N1 vaccine in October

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 2, 2009) -- Soldiers and families can expect to get two flu shots this year.

In addition to the conventional flu shot administered each fall, the H1N1 or "Swine Flu" vaccine should be available by mid-October, said Col. Deborah Knickerbocker, chief of Emergency Preparedness and Response, the Office of the Surgeon General and Army Medical Command.

Knickerbocker spoke during the Army Emergency Management Conference, Sept. 1, at the Pentagon. The conference coincided with the start of National Preparedness Month.

Getting flu shots, in addition to taking measures to prevent exposure to the virus or spreading the virus is part of preparedness, Knickerbocker said. And it is important to maintaining mission readiness.

"When Soldiers and family members take care of themselves and prepare, they not only help the Army be more resilient, they help the local communities they are in be more resilient," she said.

"There's going to be vaccine, and there's going to be enough to go around," Knickerbocker said. "Everybody is going to get their shots."

Knickerbocker said the H1N1 vaccine will be distributed to Soldiers, families and other beneficiaries mostly through primary care providers.

"They'll get their seasonal shots, and the H1N1 shot, as soon as they become available," Knickerbocker said.

Along with the vaccinations, Knickerbocker recommends a number of common-sense measures to prevent the spread of H1N1.

"Just teaching people about how easy it is to prevent disease by washing our hands, and cough- and sneeze-hygiene and etiquette, it's pretty simple," she said. "Part of what we need to do is instill in the culture of the military -- which does not really usually think this way -- to stay home when you are sick. If you go to work sick, you'll make office mates sick, or squad mates."

The H1N1 virus has made headlines because it's a "novel" virus, Knickerbocker said.

"We haven't seen the virus before. And when we have a virus that people have not been exposed to before, we have no immunity to it," Knickerbocker said.

Many of the deaths from H1N1 occurred in Mexico, and in those already immuno-compromised, so the virus gained notoriety, Knickerbocker said. But the effects of the virus have not been what was expected -- not even as bad as seasonal flu.

"The message has been sent out there that this particular virus is not as virulent as we had been planning for with the H5N1, not as virulent as the seasonal flu," she said. "And seasonal influenza kills about 36,000 in this country each year."

Knickerbocker said that while Soldiers can expect to get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu virus, the Army does not expect the H1N1 to have damaging effects on the Army.

"I don't think the Army is worried about this particular H1N1 virus. If it stays at the level of severity that it is now, which it is mild, it should have no more effect on operations than the seasonal flu does," she said. "But we have to take care during flu season to try to prevent getting ill, and staying home if we are ill, to prevent operational impact." 


Free AHEC living history event this weekend
Visitors to the 2008 the "Market at Washingtonburg" talk with one of the living historians Sept. 20. More than 8,000 people came to the three-day event that showcased 18th century life.  This years event will take place Sept. 18-20. file photo.

Sept. 16, 2009 -- The Army Heritage Trail will transformed into an 18th Century market Sept. 18-20 for the "Market at Washingtonburg," a living history event that gave a glimpse at life more than 200 years ago. This  free, three-day event is open to the public and features sutlers, living historians and demonstrations on the Trail.

    More than 300 living historians typically take part in the three-day Army Heritage and Education Center event, which traces the early history of Carlisle Barracks from the French and Indian War through the American Revolution when the Barracks was known as Washingtonburg.  

Market at Washingtonburg Master Schedule

Friday, September 18, 2009 (Education Day)

 

Time

Event

Location

8:30

Parking Lot Opens to the Public

 

9:00

School Tours Begin

 

10:30

Demonstration at the 18th Century Forge

Blacksmith Shop

11:00

Brett Walker: "Recruiting For St. Crispin's Army"

Speakers Tent

1:00

 Ernie Cowan/Rick Keller:  "British Rifles of the American Revolution"

Speakers Tent

2:00  

Demonstration of 18th Century Field Tactics

Public Demo Area

3:00  

Demonstration at the 18th Century Forge

Blacksmith Shop

3:30

Bill Reynolds:  "Making the Perfect Weapon: The Use of a Rifling Machine"

Sutler Area

4:00  

Drilling the Army

Public Demo Area

4:00

Roland Cadle:  "Horn Making in 18th Century America"

Speakers Tent

5:00

Program Closes

 

 

   Saturday, September 19, 2009

Time

Event

Location

8:30

Parking Lot Opens to the Public

 

9:00  

Program & Book Sale Open to the Public

 

9:30

Rich Fox: "Scientist to Statesman: The Life of Benjamin Franklin"

Speakers Tent

10:00

Demonstration at the 18th Century Forge

Blacksmith Shop

11:00

Ernie Cowan/Rick Keller:  "British Rifles of the American Revolution"

Speakers Tent

12:00

Mark Dubin/Art Snyder:  "Wagonmasters and Their Inland Ships of

Commerce"

Conestoga Wagon

1:00 

Dr. Christine Swager: "How England Lost the South in the War for Southern Independence"

Ridgway Hall

2:00 

Demonstration of 18th Century Field Tactics

Public Demo Area

3:00  

Demonstration at the 18th Century Forge

Blacksmith Shop

3:30

Dave Troxell: "Rev. Samuel Davies - Paving The Way for Revolution"

Speakers Tent

4:00

Parade for the Commandant

Public Demo Area

4:30

Pam Blaha:  "The Art of Using Natural Dyes"

Speakers Tent

4:30

Book Sale Closes

 

5:00

Program Closes

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Time

Event

Location

8:30

Parking Lot Opens to the Public

 

9:00  

Program & Book Sale Open to the Public

 

10:00

Rich Fox: "Scientist to Statesman: The Life of Benjamin Franklin"

Speakers Tent

10:30

Demonstration at the 18th Century Forge

Blacksmith Shop

11:00

Linda Zeigler: "Tools and Techniques of Food Preparation in the 18th Century"

Sutler Area

12:00

Mark Dubin/Art Snyder:  "Wagonmasters and Their Inland Ships of

Commerce"

Conestoga Wagon

1:00 

Mark Thomas:  "The Fine Art of Silver Engraving"

Sutler Area

2:00

Book Sale Closes

 

2:00 

Court Martial at Carlisle

Camp Area

3:00  

Demonstration at the 18th Century Forge

Blacksmith Shop

3:30

Brett Walker:  "Supply & Demand, or Demanding A Supply?"

Speakers Tent

4:00

Demonstration of 18th Century Field Tactics

Public Demo Area

5:00

Program Closes

 

Alternate Speaker –

Mike Slease:  The French and Indian War and the Forbes Road – FRENCH & INDIAN CABIN

 

(Note: Schedule is subject to change as necessary.)


Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs Office

CPAC works hard to serve employees

CPAC director Shelley DeIvernois and deputy director Rhonda Newcomer discuss ways to deliver HR policies to Carlisle Barracks staff managers. The team at CPAC handles all personnel in-processing and human relations functions for the installation. Photo by Erin O. Stattel.

Sept. 16, 2009 – A growing mission and the challenge of hiring employees in today's competitive environment is no sweat for the six-member Civilian Personnel Advisory Center team.

     When civilians seek employment or are appointed to positions at Carlisle Barracks, the CPAC handles most of the paperwork and the always-important details. They often work behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transition for incoming civilians and civilian family members seeking employment.

    The team, headed by director Shelley DeIvernois, has taken over duties previously handled by the processing center at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

     "We do everything here now," DeIvernois said. "We have four specialists and two technicians, so we work in two teams of three."

    DeIvernois, who came to Carlisle Barracks last September, said there were only two people in the office when she arrived. Expanding the office to the six human resource specialists and technicians was one of the first actions she took as CPAC director.  

    The team takes care of the basics from human resources needs and recruitment, to classification and security checks, she said.

    "Basically, our specialists advertise jobs, send referral lists to supervisors, contact appointees and make job offers," DeIvernois explained. "When an appointee accepts a position, a technician will handle what is known as in-processing and will contact the selectee."

    During in-processing, DeIvernois explained, technicians select the appropriate paperwork according to the selectee's position and past history with the government.

    "Technicians review all the paperwork and then, depending on an appointee's security clearance level, send the paperwork to the security office for further investigation," she said.

    "All of this used to be done in Aberdeen and we used to only do advisory work when a manager would come to us and tell us there was a vacancy, we would help identify an RPA, or a Request for Personnel Action, which would then be processed by Aberdeen."

    That is no longer the case, DeIvernois said.

    Thanks to the increase in staff, Carlisle Barracks' personnel are largely processed by the posts' CPAC.

    "Now, Aberdeen only processes the action," she said.

CPAC handles challenges daily

    Armed with her dedicated staff, DeIvernois said that the CPAC team is capable of meeting the many challenges of running a well-oiled human resources machine.

    One of the challenges that DeIvernois and her team meet head-on is scheduling training for working instructors.

    "Training can be a challenge with War College instructors who cannot participate in a regular training because they have to be in the classroom," she said. "So we have to develop ways to reach people in unique ways.

    "One of those ways we do that now is brown bag training events which we hold every Thursday for a half hour during lunch," she added.

    On the upside, these challenges provide unique opportunities for the CPAC team daily, DeIvernois said.

    "Nothing is the same every day," she said. "You might be doing the same thing every day, but you are doing it for a different person, and that is part of what I like about this job, the customer service."

    The 34-year Army worker is no stranger to customer service and the CPAC world.

      "I started off in CPAC for about 14 years or so and then moved to TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command) headquarters and then to the Installation Management Agency for the Northeast Region," DeIvernois recounted. "But eventually I wanted to come back to CPAC because I wanted to hone my skills and really get back into the work."

Experienced staff backs CPAC

     "I have been working here in Carlisle since 1979," said Rhonda Newcomer, HR specialist and CPAC deputy director. "We generalists do a little bit of everything from staffing to classification, to employee relations."

    Newcomer said she had just about every job in CPAC over the years, so when it came time to finally land in one spot, HR was it.

    "I like the customer service aspect of it as well," she said. "I am a people person and whatever I can do to help others, I'll do. I always try to put myself on the other side of the desk and treat people the way I like to be treated." 

HR specialist Karen Meinhart and technician Debra McKenzie review files before initiating the in-processing procedure. Photo by Erin O. Stattel.

    To Newcomer, the retirement counseling and other customer service related tasks are the most rewarding.

    "I do a lot of retirement counseling, since I know so much about it, having worked there, and I also handle any problems with pay and I also assist with job applications," she said.

    Michelle DeShong is an HR Specialist and works with title tens, or the War College's professors and summer hires. DeShong also works with staffing management to coordinate hiring War College instructors, reviewing resumes and processing interview information.

    As with most CPAC staff, DeShong said that customer service is one of the best aspects of her job.

    "I like being able to assist and provide customer service to people and we have been able to do that locally now," DeShong said. "That is better for us and it is better for the customer. Now, we can have face-to-face discussions instead of dealing with people remotely through Aberdeen."

    DeShong, who has 25 years experience working for the Army, handles title tens and serves organizations such as SSI and CSL, as well as the Dean of Academics and various teaching departments.

    "I have been working in CPAC since 2005, but I came to Carlisle Barracks in 1996," she recounted. "Before going to work for the Army at Letterkenny in 1986, I started working for the Navy in 1984."

    For HR Specialist MaryAnn Farrell, meeting with customers face-to-face was a bit of a change for the former Navy CPAC worker.

    "For me, at first it was a challenge having people walk in here all the time and having to deal with them in person, rather than over the phone, as I did in the Navy's Regional Service Center."

     But the transition into the Army's CPAC way is proving to be a unique one, she said.

     "I have been at Carlisle Barracks since December and no two days here are alike," she said. "I am responsible for doing recruitment, classification, everything to bring someone on board and get him or her set up in the system and I enjoy it."

Dunham Clinic hiring provides unique challenges

    Karen Meinhart is also a human resources specialist for CPAC and has found creativity in her adjustment from the CPAC at Letterkenny.

    "I have 15 years experience with the Army and have been here at Carlisle Barracks for the past six months and the areas that I serve are the medical activities and the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic," she said.

    Meinhart is a bit of a one stop shop for Dunham and provides the clinic with all the regular HR specialist duties, but also assists with the clinic's direct hiring authority.

    "Since the clinic has direct hiring authority, we have to be creative with how we find medical people in central Pennsylvania," she said. "That is the challenging part, since central Pennsylvania and this is a small area."

    For the HR technicians, the name of the game is support and with former Air Force Master Sgt. Sherry Hegan and newcomer Debra McKenzie on CPAC's roster, the HR Specialists and staffing agents receive thorough and accurate assistance.

     "We support the staffing agents and make contact with new employees, we make sure all of the documentation is taken care of and conduct the different types of in-processing for new hires and transfers," Hegan said. "We also do security checks and determine if it is necessary to send the request to other officers. We also take care of benefits and customer service as well."

    Hegan said the most important part of her job is to get the right information to the right people.

     "I like getting information to people who desperately need it," she said. "I like finding the right answer to questions people have that are important to them."

    Prior to joining CPAC, Hegan worked at the Dunham clinic while McKenzie is completely new to the HR world, having also worked at the Dunham clinic as a nurse.

     "I would have to agree with Sherry," she said. "Getting people the right information and the correct information is really important and it is rewarding to see them move forward with the help you have given them."

CPAC also handles NAF hiring

     Non-appropriated funds HR officer Chris Fegan and NAF HR assistant Robyn Thompson run the MWR, or Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, which is not funded by Congress.

     "We generate business to make money so we can run these programs," Fegan explained. "We hire personnel who are not civil servants and we help the Army by providing things like the bowling alley, sports programs, child and youth care."

    In addition to the programs she mentioned, Fegan also listed the Root Hall cafeteria, lodging, arts and crafts, golfing and car inspections among some of the services made available at the Barracks which generate revenue to give back to Soldiers.

    Thompson, having been born and raised in Carlisle, said the job brings a lot of new faces into the office.

    "Getting to meet with new people and explaining what to do, telling them where to go and helping them follow the right commands are the best part of the job," she said.

     Just like the rest of the ladies in CPAC, Fegan said the people she meets are what make the job worthwhile.

    "I like the people," the former Navy personnelist said. "I like to meet them and help them."


 Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs 

Finding a new uniform in a different setting

Speaker Rita Gworek, a DC-based image consultant, spoke to students and family members about dressing for success at the Sept. 14 "Dress for Success" presentation in Bliss Hall. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

Sept. 14, 2009 -- For many Army War College students, camouflage may be the standard for everyday attire, but in corporate settings, business dress does anything but hide an individual from watching eyes.

    "What we wear sends a message," said Rita Gworek, a DC-based image consultant and the guest speaker at the Sept. 14 "Dress for Success" seminar in Bliss Hall. "The message we want to send depends upon the quality of our dress."

    For many of the attendees at both the male and female portions of the seminar, worrying what to wear in the corporate world has never been an issue.

    "Students are allowed to wear civilian clothing in the classrooms and many of them are used to only wearing a uniform," said Joe York, head of Military Family Programming, and one of the event's organizers. "At some point, the students will need to go out and buy professional clothing, especially if they are at the strategic level, which means more interaction with civilian communities and uniforms can be intimidating."

   For Gworek, the translation from military dress to civilian clothing is not as difficult as it may sound.

    "Having been in the military, many of you are used to wearing a uniform, but we wear uniforms in the private sector as well," Gworek said. "In the military, rank sends a message, well, in the corporate world, how you look and the quality of your clothing is reflective of your rank."

    Gworek had plenty of advice for the men in the room, emphasizing to her listeners the importance of fit.

    "Well-fitting clothing is probably the best piece of advice I can give you," she said. "Men tend to have an easier time with clothing than women but they still need to find clothing that fits well. When it fits well, it looks polished and you are more credible."

    Women should find a trustworthy tailor as well.

    "I think women need to be more realistic about their bodies and who they are," she said. "I think we try to compare ourselves to others but that's not who we are. We need to work with who we are and make it better."

    Covering up means more respect for women in the workplace, but throwing oversize clothing on bulkier frames won't hide fuller figures, Gworek said.

    "It is important for women to send the right message, be taken seriously and yet still retain their femininity," she advised. "A well-cut skirt suit can send a very strong message in the corporate world, and it is one of the things we can wear and men can't."

    For men, sticking with the classics will go a long way in both the closet and the wallet, Gworek advised.

    "Try to stay with fabrics like wool," Gworek said. "Regular wool can take you year round and it breathes; it is stain resistant; and it won't wrinkle as easily as synthetics will."

    Speaking of wallets, Gworek suggests having clothing tailored with a wallet in a pocket, so adequate room can be left.

    Women should stay with more traditional cuts of suits too, but should keep the accessories up to date so outfits are fresh, she said.

    "Women can wear more synthetics because the styles change so often for women that we tend to buy more every season," Gworek said. "But having classic pieces, you can mix and match as well as update the ensemble with different tops, blouses and accessories."

   Gworek had a word of warning about mixing suit pieces for both men and women.

    "If it is a $100 or cheaper, then you can mix and match the pieces, but if you have a really expensive suit, don't mix and match the pieces because you will wear them out at different rates, making the suit look worn and tired in places," she said.

   In addition to fit, Gworek said the color of a suit or ensemble can dictate how the person wearing it is perceived.

    "For men, jet black suits are reserved for intimidation, that is why we see the Secret Service wearing them," she said. "Try to avoid dark black and go with charcoal gray or a dark navy blue suit. Paired with the right color shirt and tie, they will take you far."

    Women were cautioned against wearing colors that contradicted their personalities.

    "If you are an introvert, don't wear a red suit, it calls attention to you," she said. "Wear colors that not only compliment you, but colors you are confident in."

    Many audience members said they had previously underestimated some of Gworek's speaking points and would pay more attention to them in the future.

Gworek provided students and family members with examples of how to dress in corporate and professional settings, where a military uniform is not typically worn. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

    "I learned a lot about the importance of accessorizing, which I like because I don't always accessorize very well," said Renee Warren, family member, after the presentation. "The presentation, for me, reaffirmed that buying off the rack is not easy and that finding a good tailor can make all the difference."

    "I found her suggestion of going out to high end stores and actually feeling the high quality fabrics to learn their textures really interesting," said Col. Poncho Madkins. "It gives us the opportunity to learn about what is current and since most of us have been in uniforms, we have to get out there and see what is new."

    Lt. Col. Jim Anderson said he was surprised to hear such emphasis placed on color.

    "Most of us Army guys focus on color coordination and 'Does this match?' not about what message we are sending," he said. "I am going to try to pay more attention to that aspect now."

      For York and the event's co-organizer Jeffrey Hanks, of the Family Member Employment Program, a presentation such as Gworek's provides service members with a new outlook on the corporate world.

    "We tailor jobs to individuals," Hanks said. "So this helps them have an idea of what to expect and helps us to help them find what they are looking for when they leave the Army."

    The importance of Gworek's presentation is not lost on military personnel.

    "It is important," Madkins said. "People see the clothes before they see the person."


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Boas shares Brazilian perspective with USAWC

Brazilian Lt. Gen. Villas Boas, deputy chief of staff for strategy for the Brazilian Army, speaks with a Army War College student before the question and answer period Sept. 15.  Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

Sept. 15, 2009 -- Lt. Gen. Villas Boas, deputy chief of staff for strategy for the Brazilian Army, spoke to students, staff and faculty as part of the Mark Clark Lecture Program Sept. 15 in Bliss Hall. The presentation addressed the role of the Brazilian Amazon in national defense strategy.

    The program was founded in 1981 to commemorate the U.S. and Brazilian relationship during World War II. As part of the program, general officers from both nations exchange places for a lecture series to discuss national defense strategy.

   "In Brazil, much like the U.S. we strive to protect our nation while maintaining the freedom of our people," said Boas. He went on to point out issues that face Brazil due to geography, the sharing of the Amazon River and environmental issues.

   Boas went on to explain that the national strategy of Brazil is undergoing a restructuring of the armed forces while trying to encourage participation by its people.

    "While we may not face a direct threat right now, we must always be vigilant," he said. "We must always protect our nation and the Amazon region."  

    His background in strategic planning made him a perfect fit for the lecture.

   "He is especially suited to address our class," said Brazilian Lt. Col. Frederico Pinto Sampaio, a member of the USAWC Class of 2009.  

 

 

 


By Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs

Carlisle Borough and the Barracks work together on repairs 

September 14, 2009 --The Borough of Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks are working together to repair a damaged sewer line that runs through the post along Letort Lane.

    Crews began work on Friday, Sept. 11 under the Ashburn Drive bridge (near the post entrance from Route 11) and will continue for approximately three weeks. The line serves residents of Carlisle and North Middleton and has caused problems for both townships. 

    The overall impact for Carlisle Barracks residents and employees should be minimal and will not affect drinking water on post.

    The repairs will close a small portion of Letort Lane, from the staircase to the bridge, to both pedestrians and vehicle parking. Remaining parking along the road is open as usual. Fencing surrounds the work area and pedestrians are asked to stay outside the fence line for safety purposes.

     "As the Borough makes repairs on the line, there will be some controlled flooding in the areas we have blocked off by fencing, as well as a loss of some parking spots along Letrort Lane," said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander.

    Despite these minor drawbacks for the post, the payoff for the surrounding community would be worth it, she said.  

    "They always go the extra mile for us here at the barracks," said Holliday.

    Tom Kelly, director of Public Works for Carlisle Barracks agreed.

    "This is another example of the great partnership we have with the Borough of Carlisle," said Kelly.

    "We have an excellent working relationship with the borough's directorate of public works and have worked successfully with them on projects in the past," he said.


Local schools perform well on PSSA tests

Sept. 14, 2009 -- Test results released Thursday show that 78 percent of Pennsylvania public schools are meeting federal academic performance targets, an increase of 4 percentage points over last year.

“Overall, we did great,” Karen Quinn, director of curriculum and instruction for the Carlisle Area School District, said. “We made AYP in every building, every subject, every sub-group we have.”


State education officials said 2,443 of 3,115 total schools achieved what is known as “adequate yearly progress” under the No Child Left Behind Act in the 2008-09 school year. That’s up from just under 2,300 in the prior term.

Schools can meet the academic achievement standard in various ways. They can have at least 63 percent of students read at grade level and at least 56 percent at grade level in math; have a 10 percent reduction in students below grade level; or make progress that would have the school reach its targets in two years.

Read more at http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2009/09/04/news/local/doc4aa11095b3733751766135.txt






Patriot Day: A time to remember, a time to prepare

 

 

Sept. 11, 2009 -- On September 11, 2001 nearly 3,000 people were lost on a single day -- a day that is remembered as the worst attack on American soil. Every year on September 11, which was designated as Patriot Day on December 18, 2001, we remember those who lost their lives and the people they left behind.

 

   Patriot Day is a time for reflection. It is a time to remember the brave first responders who risked their lives to save others. It is a time to remember the Pentagon workers who survived the events of September 11th but were still profoundly affected. But it is mostly time for us to remember those people who are no longer with us because of that horrible day.

 


Upcoming Suicide Prevention Month events

Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 4:00 p.m.

The Behavior Health team at Dunham Clinic will open its doors to the Carlisle Barracks community on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 4:00-6:30 p.m. The clinic invites all TRICARE beneficiaries to visit the Behavioral Health office, Suite 800, next to the Administration Entrance. The event will feature interactive displays designed to inform beneficiaries of the various programs and resources offered.  The staff will also hand out information on programs, sign-up sheets, and contact information.

at 4:30 p.m.

Youth Services and the Holy Spirit Crisis Intervention Team will host a presentation for teens on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m.at the YS. The presentation will engage teens on topics including stress management, coping behaviors, and problem solving. The presentation is open to all YS registered children in grades 6-12.  The presentation will last approximately one hour.

Monday, Sept. 21 at 11:45 a.m.

The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute presents Executive Stress Management: Sustainment Operations for Strategic Leaders on Monday, Sept. 21 at 11:45 a.m. in the Bradley Auditorium, Upton Hall. The presentation will focus on sustaining the strategic leader through building resources to manage the increasing demands of leadership, especially in today's military. 

Future events…

Behavioral Health events will continue throughout the fall.  Look for more information on a spouse forum and theatre performance on The Banner and facebook.

Read more on suicide prevention month http://www.carlisle.army.mil/banner/article.cfm?id=1086


By Kathleen T. Rhem, Defense Logistics Agency News

Wounded officer thanks, inspires logistics professionals

September, 11, 2009 -- Double-amputee Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, a former Army football player, was on the sidelines as honorary co-captain when the New York Giants won the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2008, and many of the Giants players said they couldn't have done it without Gadson's inspiration.

But Gadson said he wouldn't have been there if it weren't for the team of logistics professionals that contributed to saving his life in Iraq in 2005.

As guest speaker at a 9/11 remembrance event at the McNamara Headquarters Complex on Sept. 11, Gadson said that he and all warfighters owe a debt to the people supporting them from far behind the front lines.

"I'm truly in debt to those of you in the defense logistics arena. I consider myself blessed beyond my wildest expectations because I stand before you today," he said. "If it wasn't for the great work of many of you that will never get the credit, I wouldn't be here today."

Gadson was a field artillery battalion commander in 1st Infantry Division when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in May 2005. Both of his legs have been amputated as a result of injuries he suffered that day. He said he credits the military logistics system as having a hand in saving his life because of the medical supplies and equipment that were available in Iraq.

He became an honorary member of the New York Giants during the 2007-08 season after attending the team's game against the Washington Redskins and giving an inspirational speech to the players.

Gadson was invited by Giants wide receiver coach Mike Sullivan, a teammate of Gadson's at West Point in the late 1980s. After an 0-2 start to the season, the Giants won the game against the Skins, the start of a 10-game winning streak and a storybook season that culminated in the Super Bowl championship.

In the speech he gave at the McNamara Headquarters Complex, Gadson said combat troops are able to fight America's battles because of the strong support system behind them.

"It's your hard work, it's your service and it's your sacrifice that makes it possible to continue to serve, for us to carry on this fight," he said. "You see, the U.S. service member goes forward willing to make the ultimate sacrifice because he knows that his country is behind him, and you all here represent what that commitment means."

The McNamara Headquarters Complex remembrance event was sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and also featured remarks by that organization's director and deputy director, as well as two moments of silence to honor those killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and patriotic music.

The ceremony took place on the 2nd floor atrium above the main entrance, and employees lined the railings on all four stories of the building to participate. Many wiped away tears and some softly sang along during a playing of Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American." The song has come to symbolize the outpouring of patriotism and military support that followed the attacks.

DTRA Director Kenneth Meyers III, who also is director of U.S. Strategic Command's Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction, urged those in attendance to maintain that spirit of patriotism.

"Sometimes eight years seems very far away, sometimes it seems like just yesterday. But we all must continue to remember that day, to remember the friends and family we lost," he said. "Today is a special day of remembrance. But don't limit your thoughts to just one day, remember those people every single day; remember them always."

Gadson echoed that theme in his remarks.

"It's important for us to remember what we're [fighting for ] on the lines – the front lines and the rear lines," he said. "We're fighting for our freedom. We're fighting to deny the extremism and show that the values that we have in America can exist everywhere."

Gadson finished his remarks with an inspirational message for the Defense Logistics Agency employees at the ceremony.

"Realize that you are part of a team. And often as team members you will never get the credit you deserve, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart as we remember those that perished on 9/11," he said.


Emergency sewer repair 

September 10, 2009 --The Borough of Carlisle will repair and replace a part of the sewer line along Letort Lane under the Ashburn Drive bridge (as you enter post from the Route 11 gate) beginning Friday, Sept. 11. A small portion of Letort Lane, from the staircase to the bridge, is closed to pedestrians and vehicle parking. Remaining parking along the road is open as usual. The repair is expected to take approximately three weeks.  

 


 


9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11   
    Carlisle Barracks will commemorate 9-11-2001 starting at 8:40 a.m. in Bliss Hall. 


Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club Luncheon Sept. 16

Sept. 9, 2009 --  How are you at trivia?  You could be the next contestant at our monthly game show themed Carlisle Spouses' Club luncheon Wednesday, Sept 16 from 10:30 AM - 1 PM at the LeTort Community Center. 

    This Purple Book Trivia Challenge electronic show will test your knowledge of "totally useless trivia" while you learn more about the Carlisle Community.    

    The menu will consist of your choice of soup - Vegetable or Cream of Broccoli, Caesar or Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Soft Serve Ice Cream with all the fixings.  Cost $13.00 Reserve your seat by Sept. 11 by contacting the following:

International Fellows - Beth Woods

Board Members - Kristie Hildreth

A-L - Leslie Sullivan reservations@cbspousesclub.org or (706) 577-9795

M-Z - Michele Pritchard reservations@cbspousesclub.org or (717) 386-5272


Retiree Appreciation Day Sept. 12
The 35th annual Retiree Appreciation Day will be held here Saturday, Sep. 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout Root and Bliss halls.  The event is a one-stop opportunity for military retirees, their family members, and spouses of deceased retirees to get acquainted or updated on military rights, benefits, and privileges.
  Dunham Health Clinic will offer a mini-health screening and will open the pharmacy for prescription drop-off and pick-up. 
 


Looking to further your development as an Army Leader?

Sept. 9, 2009 -- Do you want to network and share best practices with fellow Army colleagues from around the world?

Would you like to learn from the best and brightest faculty and staff?

If so, the Civilian Education System leader development program is for YOU!

    CES is a progressive and sequential leader development program at Army Management Staff College that includes the following courses: Foundation Course, Basic Course, Intermediate Course, and Advanced Course. In addition, we offer senior Civilian and Military leaders the Continuing Education for Senior Leaders Program. Lastly, AMSC offers three distributed Learning (online) courses: Action Officers Development Course, Supervisors Development Course and Managers Development Course. For more details and eligibility requirements, visit http://www.amsc.belvoir.army.mil/academic/ces/.

    For its resident courses, the FY10 course schedule (1st and 2nd quarters) for the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced courses, and Continuing Education for Senior Leaders program is available at http://www.amsc.belvoir.army.mil/registrar/scheduleS/. There is still an opportunity to reserve your seat in our next classes open for enrollment. Deadlines are quickly approaching, so enroll today!

    As you plan for FY10 and incorporate training into your Individual Development Plan, consider any these courses that will contribute to YOUR development in becoming a strong, multi-skilled and agile leader in the Army. The CES Program is not only an investment in your, your organization's, and Army's future, but it is also centrally funded-meaning it doesn't cost a dime to your Army organization to send you if you are in a permanent appointment. The program is also centrally funded for Local Nationals. Military supervisors of civilians and other DoD civilians are also welcome to sign up for courses.

    The staff and faculty at Army Management Staff College are eager to welcome YOU to the CES courses this upcoming fiscal year. If you haven't had the opportunity to attend a course, we invite you to mark your calendars to attend this year. If you are a graduate and you meet the requirements for the next course, we invite you to return to AMSC for your next level of development.

    We look forward to seeing you at Army Management Staff College, where we are Transforming Leaders through Education. For more information, e-mail amscmarketing@conus.army.mil.

    For questions about eligibility and enrollment, e-mail the AMSC Registrar Office at amscregisrar@conus.army.mil.

 

 

 


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to speak Sept. 23

"Magnificent Desolation: The Long Road Home from the Moon"

The building opens at 6:45 p.m.; the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. All are welcome! For further information, please call (717) 245-3803.

Tickets for the Buzz Aldrin lecture on Sept. 23 will be available beginning at noon on Sept. 8. A limited number of tickets are available for both Bliss Hall and Reynolds Theater. To reserve tickets, please call 245-3803 or 245-3641. U.S. Army War College Students may see their seminar leaders for tickets.

This lecture will be streamed live from the USAHEC Homepage starting at 7:15 pm on September 23rd for those unable to attend in person.

This lecture takes place in Bliss Hall, Carlisle Barracks

September 23, 2009 (Wednesday)

The Colonel Ronald A. Roberge Memorial Lecture,
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
Dr. Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
"Magnificent Desolation: The Long Road Home from the Moon"
 
 Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind’s greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had their Earth-centric perspective unalterably changed by the iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the surface of the moon, the blackness of space behind him and his fellow explorer and the Eagle reflected in his visor. Describing the alien world he was walking upon, he uttered the words “magnificent desolation.” And as the astronauts later sat in the Eagle, waiting to begin their journey back home, knowing that they were doomed unless every system and part on board worked flawlessly, it was Aldrin who responded to Mission Control’s clearance to take off with the quip, “Roger. Understand. We’re number one on the runway.”

Bike Ministry reaches out to USAWC international children

Col. Naif Altaimni, Saudi Arabian International Fellow from the Army War College Class of 2009, poses with his son, Abdulaziz, on a bike provided by a community bike ministry. The ministry began as a way to provide for IF children who may not have been able to bring their bikes to the United States with them. Courtesy photo.

September 8, 2009 -- Summer can be turbulent for military families with packing, moving, and unpacking. Exploring new communities and discovering new friends are commonplace for our children.

    Now imagine being the child of an International Fellow arriving at a strange new place in another country. The kids in your new neighborhood have a common language, a variety of toys (which you couldn't pack), and bicycles to use for exploring their new neighborhood. This is what Ann Allen noticed in the summer of 2008 in the Keystone Arms subdivision just outside of Carlisle Barracks as the American kids were riding bikes around the neighborhood and the IF children just stood on the sidewalks and watched.

    What came to mind was a bicycle ministry that quickly changed the lives of those children.  Ann and her friend, Laura Hume, started searching the Post Fall Yard Sales and found that several American families generously offered to donate bikes that their children had outgrown.  

    Pam Lord, an avid Carlisle cyclist, joined the group and linked the ministry with Cole's Bike Shop, who checked the bikes for safe operation. The group quickly handed out the bikes to IF children. In that first summer, nineteen bikes were distributed among the families.

    At the end of the academic year, the bikes were collected, had quick checkups and repairs at Cole's, and then stored in the Lord family barn. Before the International Fellows for the class of 2010 arrived, the inventory climbed to 40 bikes. In July and August, many of the bikes were passed on to the new children of the IF community. The word has spread, and the ministry is in need of more bikes, especially bikes with training wheels and ones for teens. If you have a bike that your child outgrew or doesn't need, consider donating it during this year's Fall Yard Sale Sept. 26. 

    For more information contact Allen at allencd@pa.net 



Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Force protection exercise unites community, increases coordination

Sept. 3, 2009 – Carlisle Barracks first responder teamed up with their local partners to test, teach and learn during an emergency operations exercise Sept. 3 at the county fire training center.

        While the main objective is training, another important component is giving the first responders from post and the community an opportunity to work together.

    "As we have a number of our personnel who live in the local community, it is extremely important for us to maintain a good working relationship with the local police and fire departments," said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander. "We are the second responder for some of the local fire departments and work and train together, so an event such as this just helps reinforce that relationship."

    Participants in the exercise included Cumberland County Department of Public Safety, the PA National Guard, Carlisle Fire Department Companies 40, 41, and post first responders.

Firefighters from Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks train together at the county fire training center as a part of a force protection excercise.  The  exercise conducted Sept. 3 included participants from Cumberland County Department of Public Safety, the PA National Guard, Carlisle Fire Department Companies 40, 41, and post first responders. Want more photos? Visit the Banner photo gallery. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

    During the exercise first responders had to deal with a downed helicopter and a HAZMAT tanker accident with caused a simulated evacuation of the Meadows housing area.

    "The communication and coordination between the post and community first responders is really critical in a situation like this," said Barry Shughart, Carlisle Barracks exercise director. "It important that we work together with our off-post response organizations to enhance our ability to function jointly."


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks Retirement Services provides a wealth of information to Military Retirees

Carlisle Barracks Retirement Services and Casualty Affairs officer, Theresa Derr, assists retired Army 1st Sgt. Larry Babitts of Boiling Springs, with questions on his military disability status on Aug. 10.  The CBks Retirement Services Office covers all of Pennsylvania with the exception of the Philadelphia counties.  With 15 years of experience, Derr counsels military spouse survivors and military retirees on their options and benefits. Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.

 

Aug. 24, 2009 -- For the last 15 years military retirees and surviving military spouses living throughout most of Pennsylvania know who to contact on a wide range of questions concerning retirement and casualty affairs benefits – the Carlisle Barracks Retirement Services Branch in the Directorate of Human Resources.

  As the Carlisle Barracks retirement services and casualty affairs officer for the last 15 years, Theresa Derr takes pride in her work to assist surviving spouses, retirees or Army pre-retirees with their questions. 

  "I try to take my time and work for everyone I see in my office," she said.  "They are the most important members of the military family." 

  "I was re-rated by the VA from 80 percent disability to 100 percent so I contacted Theresa to find out if this new status changes my benefits," said Larry Babitts of Boiling Springs.  "Theresa knew the changes by heart and what she did not know she found out for me.  It is very difficult to find this information on my own," he said. 

  Babitts enlisted in the Army in 1950 and retired after 25 years of service as an Infantry 1st Sgt.  Babitts served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars and was wounded in both. 

  Derr also works closely with other government agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to provide up-to-date information.

   "It is a rewarding experience to assist military members and families with any problems or issues that occur throughout their retirement years," she said.

  Derr is also responsible for the Carlisle Barracks Retiree Bulletin and the annual Retiree Appreciation Day.      

  The Retiree Bulletin, published each summer for 27 thousand addressees, updates information on Pa. military ID Card locations, TRICARE, Veterans Affairs, military retiree websites, finance issues, Carlisle Barracks resources like the post exchange, commissary, MWR resources for retirees, key contact information, and information on the Retiree Appreciation Day.

  The 35th annual Retiree Appreciation Day will be held here Saturday, Sep. 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout Root and Bliss halls.  The event is a one-stop opportunity for military retirees, their family members, and spouses of deceased retirees to get acquainted or updated on military rights, benefits, and privileges. 

  Dunham Health Clinic will offer a mini-health screening and will open the pharmacy for prescription drop-off and pick-up. 

  Retirees consider the annual Retiree Appreciation Day a chance to meet old friends and make new ones.

  Even though Derr is responsible for a particular geographical area, she is willing to assist anyone who contacts her.  In a year, Derr has assisted about 750 retirees or survivors who have contacted her via e-mail, by phone, individual appointments, or walk-ins.

  "If I can make someone smile and feel comfortable, and I get a sincere 'thank you' that's all I need to make me feel like I did my job," said Derr.

  For more information on retirement services, contact Theresa Derr at 717-245-4501 or the deputy retirement services officer, Jeffrey Bobo at 717-245-3894 or visit http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/services/rso.cfm

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Bike ride helps teach life lessons 

Air Force Col. Lee DeRemer, Army War College Senior Air Force Representative, and his nephews Zhenya and Sasha pose for a photo after completing a ride through Logans  Pass  during  a 30-day, 1,155 mile bike ride through Wyoming and Montana. courtesy photo.

Aug. 18, 2009 -- For Air Force Col. Lee DeRemer, USAWC Senior Air Force Representative, a recent 1,155 mile bike ride was about more than just exercise, it was about mentorship and relationship building with his two nephews, Zhenya and Sasha DeVeny.

   The 17-year-old Zhenya and 14-year-old Sasha had recently lost their father Mike, and DeRemer said he wanted to make sure that they boys still knew they had someone looking out for them.

    "The trip was a great opportunity to talk with them, provide some mentorship and give them some 'guy' time," said DeRemer. "We've always been close and I wanted it to be a time we could laugh, see some beautiful scenery and just spend time together."

   The 30-day trip started in Great Falls, Montana and went in a loop through Montana and Wyoming.  The ride included a trip through Yellowstone National Park twice, across the Continental Divide five times and through Glacier National park. The distance travled is the same as a trip from York, Pa, to Miami, Florida.

    "This was something that I had always wanted to do and this was a perfect opportunity," he said.  The trio started off with some practice rides before tackling the main event.

   The trip included a 100-mile day, an almost 11,000 foot climb while traveling on the Beartooth Highway and more than 30,000 feet in vertical climbs. 

    "We climbed for three hours on the day we summitted Beartooth Pass at 10,950 feet on the Wyoming/Montana border," said DeRemer. "Though we were well-heated from the exercise, we climbed into snow, which turned to rain and you can imagine the rest.  We all had hypothermia, a steep descent, and 18 miles to cover before getting down off the mountain." 

    The resolve shown by the kids impressed DeRemer.

   "The kids were just amazing during the ride," said DeRemer. "Those guys didn't complain once during the whole trip, it was a great time. They just kept going and going. They inspired me.

    The lessons they learned and the confidence they gained will serve them a life time."

    The confidence gained is one memory DeRemer said he'd take away from the trip.

    "The look of accomplishment on the Zhenya's and Sasha's faces after they climbed 3,400 feet to summit "Going-To-The-Sun Road" in Glacier National Park on our final day," he said. "They had become different young men in 24 days and 1,155 miles."

    DeRemer's wife Marcie kept a blog going of their trip so friends and family could keep track of their journey.  For more stories and photos visit http://marcieandlee.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Military and social media, a new partnership

August 21, 2009 -- Admiral Michael Mullen is reading New York Times journalist Dexter Filkins' book, The Forever War.  According to his tweet on twitter.com, Mullen called it a "gripping account of tough fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan."

    Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, is asking for your questions…through youtube.com. Both Gates and Mullen will host virtual town halls through the internet and asked viewers to submit questions via youtube during the month of August.  

    General Ray Odierno, Commanding General of Multi-National Forces-Iraq, recently met with students of the Counter Insurgency Academy in Taji, Iraq, said his Facebook fan page. According to the page, he also enjoys listening to classic rock acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Aerosmith and watching the television show 24.

    Everywhere on the internet, from Facebook to Flickr or from Twitter to youtube, military leaders are taking advantage of technology and communicating globally at the push of a button.

    In June, after years of blocked websites on Army posts, the Army opened up social media access to sites like Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. The decision, sent out via e-mail, encouraged Soldiers to 'tell the Army story' and to facilitate the dissemination of strategic, unclassified information.

    This past January, Army headquarters took an early lead and started the Online and Social Media Division through Army Public Affairs at the Pentagon. The goal was not only to communicate internally with Soldiers and families but to also take the Army to the American public, many of whom are tech savvy, said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips, Deputy Chief of Army Public Affairs.   

    Pete Geren, former Secretary of the Army, shared in the forward thinking.

    "The future of our Army depends on how we communicate with our audience in between the ages 15 to 25," he said when discussing the new social media division.

   Senior military leaders have continued to highlight the need for social media and the need for higher-ranking officers to embrace it.  For example Mullen said leaders need to develop awareness about the technologies that have become almost second nature to the service members they lead.
    "I think communicating that way and moving information around that way -- whether it's administrative information or information in warfare -- is absolutely critical," he said.

   The Secretary of Defense called the freedom of communication, including social media, a huge strategic asset to the United States. Information warfare, leaders have noted, is a top priority. An example could be by increasing the capability of a deployed Soldier in Afghanistan to tell their story; they may be able to decrease the credibility of the Taliban story on the same event. 

    Army Regulation 25-2 states that social networking sites provide an excellent opportunity to collaborate and share information. But also warns that these sites could expose Army networks to malicious software and security concerns. The regulation also places commanders in charge of enforcing standards.

   The Army and the Department of Defense are embracing a new partnership with social media and exploring its possibilities. It can connect to a younger generation that would make worthy recruits, disseminate information to fellow Soldiers and families, get the right information out faster than the enemy, and connect a four-star general with a private first class with a simple click.  

   The U.S. Army War College, is doing the same. On Facebook, find videos, photos, and more shared by students, families, and alumni, and friends of the Army War College.  On Twitter, get real-time news alerts and updates as events are taking place.

    Become part of the USAWC Facebook community, and become a follower on Twitter.

Army War College on Facebook                                                                        

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carlisle-PA/US-Army-War-College/113116603681

Army War College on Twitter

http://twitter.com/ArmyWarCollege

 

Gen. Odierno on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/RayOdierno?ref=search&sid=10802208.2586524397..1#/RayOdierno?v=wall&viewas=10802208

 

Admiral Mullen on Twitter

http://twitter.com/thejointstaff

 

Secretary of Defense on Social Media

http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/2009/0709_socialmedia/  

 


Carlisle Barracks Force Protection Exercise Sept. 3

Who:   Carlisle Barracks Police, Fire and Local first responders

What:   Conducts a Force Protection Exercise

When:   Thursday, September 3, 2009 from 1000 To 1600

Where:  Helipad (near the Golf Course Club House), Cumberland County Fire Training center (past AHEC on Army Heritage Road), and in the Meadows Housing Area.

Why:  To exercise the installation's ability to respond to emergency situations and our ability to work with local emergency response organizations

How this may affect you:

General info:

-You may experience minor traffic delays at Claremont Gate and near AHEC
-Exterior Mass Notification System (Giant Voice  loudspeakers) will be used
-Telephonic Mass Notification System will be used to call Meadows Family Housing Area residents
-Police and guard presence in the Meadows Family Housing area simulating evacuation procedures (No resident actions or disruptions will occur)
-A UH-60 helicopter will be at the Helipad with numerous fire apparatus for static training from 10 a.m. to noon 
-Fire and smoke may be seen at the County Fire Training  Area in the afternoon from 1- 3 p.m.
 
Who to contact for more information:  The Installation Emergency Manager, Mr Barry Shughart , at 245-4131,or Barry.Shughart@us.army.mil

    The military ID card office at Carlisle Barracks will be closed Monday, Aug 31 thru Wed, Sep. 2. The ID card office will be upgrading equipment.

    Check the ID card web site for a list of other ID card office locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York. Recommend – always call first.

    For further information on the Carlisle Barracks office, call 717-245-3533.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
USAWC experts share leadership lessons with business leaders

Retired Army Col. Jim Helis, director of the National Security and Strategy program, shares a lesson about the 20th Maine Division and the role of leaders during a Gettysburg Staff Ride Aug. 20. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Aug. 20, 2009 –The lessons of the Gettysburg, Pa., battle of 1863 are valued by military and civilian leaders more than 140 years after the last shot was fired.

    Multiple times a year, the Army War College hosts business leaders for a Strategic Leader Staff Ride. During the three-day event, leadership experts from the Army War College engage in professional discussions with government, academic and business leaders using the Gettysburg Campaign as a historical setting that's widely understood to have been a turning point in the war.

    "The focus of the Army War College is senior leadership development," said Prof. Doug Campbell, Center for Strategic Leadership director. "These staff rides help us better understand what leadership issues are facing the business sector, and helps them see what issues the Army is facing. We're sharing issues associated with senior leader development."

     Campbell recalled a staff ride with a company's senior European manager who questioned the value of a day with the Army. By the end of the staff ride, he'd changed his tone. There are many executive programs like Harvard's, he'd concluded, but only one like the Army War College's.

    Army War College faculty link expertise in the leadership domain with lessons of Gettysburg to demonstrate that the strategy, sacrifice and leadership lessons are as applicable in 2009 as they were in 1863.

   "Trust, innovations and adaptive thinking are crucial no matter if you're fighting a battle in Iraq or running a major company," said Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, special assistant to the TRADOC Commander.  "Apply these lessons to your organizations."

    Staff rides are a tradition dating to the 1880s. Then and now, officers eyed the terrain as they reviewed the battlefield commanders' tactics, leadership techniques, and command decisions. Then and now, the lessons offer meaning.

    The Army War College staff ride includes three elements customized for the staff ride: goal-setting, battlefield visit, and AAR -- the after-action report.  The first day, the business leaders provide an overview of their company and lay out the goals for the learning event.

    "The chance to learn from the experts at the War College about leadership is a great opportunity," said Frank Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of RPM International, who participated in a recent staff ride. "The experience and knowledge that is gained is great for rising leaders of any organization."  

    "As leaders we have to analyze what causes a conflict or problem," said Chuck Leichtweis, Testor Corporation president. "One decision can alter everything."   

 

Staff-ride leader Jim Helis points out an important position before walking the grounds of Picketts Charge, an infantry assault ordered by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee against Maj. Gen. George G. Meade's Union positions on Cemetery Ridge.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

       After the introductions, participants receive an overview of the history leading up to the Gettysburg Battle and the leadership decisions and conditions that led both armies to the battlefield.  The main event is a day-long leadership tour of the Gettysburg battlefields with a focus on the decisions made by the leaders at all levels. The guide helps facilitate a discussion between participants investigating the leadership climate, leadership issues, questions of strategy, lessons learned, communications, dealing with change, and other issues that can be applied to any profession.

    "The discussion is the most important part of the day," said Dr. Jim Helis, director of National Security and Strategy at the Army War College, who led the RPM staff ride. "The battle was one where decisions that won or lost the battle were made at all levels, which can be directly applied to the business world."

    The tour includes stops at the major battle sites and they also walk the infamous "Pickett's Charge," an infantry assault ordered by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee against Maj. Gen. George G. Meade's Union positions on Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863, the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

    Approximately 12,500 men in nine infantry brigades advanced over open fields for three quarters of a mile under heavy Union artillery and rifle fire. Although some Confederates were able to breach the low stone wall that shielded many of the Union defenders, they could not maintain their hold and were repulsed with more than 50 percent casualties, a decisive defeat that ended the three-day battle and Lee's campaign into Pennsylvania.

    Its futility was predicted by the charge's commander, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, and it was arguably an avoidable mistake from which the Southern war effort never fully recovered psychologically.

    "The decision to make this charge has either been characterized as a last-ditch effort by Lee or a brave attempt to win the battle," said Helis. "It truly says something about the reverence and esteem the southern Soldiers had for Lee, marching into almost certain death."

     The charge isn't just highlighted for historical purposes; it is selected to illustrate the value and importance of leadership that carries on to this day.

    "When you walk this soil there are so many great lessons you can learn. The fate of a nation was decided here in three days," said Hertling.

    "This experience truly illustrates how the Army really knows what they're talking about when it comes to developing strong leaders," said Sullivan. "The Army does a great job in identifying potential leaders, developing them and empowering them. This is the fourth group I've brought here just for that reason. We have so much we can learn."

    On the last day, corporate participants and USAWC experts host a series of facilitated discussions held on topics of leadership and managing change, the changing environment in both the military and business worlds and leading a global organization.

    "The Army today is at the forefront of leader development," said Sullivan. "This opportunity is truly an extraordinary and unique experience to take some of their techniques and apply them to our future leaders in the business world."

 


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Suicide prevention: taking care of Soldiers and families

September 1, 2009 – The Army lost more than 130 Soldiers in 2008. This year, in January and February alone, 51 deaths have been confirmed. Perhaps more confounding, these were not combat deaths in Afghanistan or Iraq, but rather the result of Soldier suicide.  

    With these staggering statistics, the Army has worked vigorously over the past few months implementing suicide prevention training at all installations world-wide. As a part of this program, the Army has designated the month of September as Suicide Prevention Month.

    The theme of this year's awareness campaign is, Improving our Soldiers and families health: a healthy force combating high risk behavior.  

    "Improving our Soldiers' and families' health means helping them address any needs to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being," said Ginger Wilson-Gines, behavioral health chief at Dunham Health Clinic.

    "My goal is to develop a program at Carlisle Barracks that offers a variety of services including some nontraditional treatment approaches that help individuals develop a tool kit to address whatever challenges come their way," said Wilson-Gines.

Ending the stigma

    There has been much effort from senior military leaders to address the perceived stigma of seeking help, said Wilson-Gines.

    "We need to get those in the Army and families to understand, this is no different than any other injury," said Gen. Pete Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff, in a speech given to Soldiers at major military installations this past March.

    "You need to seek professional help when you realize you need it and not let the stigma get in the way of that," he said.

    Chiarelli explained that many Soldiers worry it may affect their career, peers may think less of them, feel they just need to tough it out. He emphasized that a Soldier's career will not be put at risk, and encouraged anyone in need to seek help.

     "No longer are providers required to report to Commanders unless there is a risk of safety," said Wilson-Gines.

    "Solders at all levels are beginning to recognize that seeking treatment is actually a sign of strength rather than weakness," she said.

     Along with this stigma, directors at Dunham also noted that many people assume that with Carlisle Barracks' atypical population, it would not have behavioral health problems.

    "Here at the Army War College, I worry about enabling," said Brigit Mancini, clinical director of the Army Substance Abuse Program supporting Carlisle Barracks and Army units throughout Pennsylvania. 

    Mancini also said she has seen commanders who are aware of a problem, try to fix it themselves without higher command involvement, but eventually feel the need to send their Soldier to get help. However, she said, by that time, the symptoms of depression, abuse, or dependencies on drugs or alcohol are much worse.

  "A lot of Soldiers and their commanders see going to ASAP counseling sessions as a career ender. But that is not the case at all," she said.

    The Army Times reported that only 70 percent of Soldiers who tested positive for illegal drugs in the past three years have been referred to ASAP for treatment. That rate must be 100 percent, said Chairelli in a message to ASAP leaders.

   The Army also pointed to alcohol as a main factor in many Soldier suicides.

   "Typically, I will find a Soldier who has come back from a deployment with problems echoing PTSD," said Mancini of her clients. "They have visited the VA or another doctor and were prescribed medication to help them sleep or to calm them down. But they still aren't talking to anyone," she continued. "They then start mixing the medications with alcohol or taking too many at once."

   The trend worsens if a Soldier doesn't get needed help before deploying yet again, she said. But the Dunham staff notes, there are programs in place now that can help.

Getting help  

    Carlisle Barracks provides numerous resources for Soldiers, family members, veterans, and DA civilians struggling with behavioral health problems.     

    "They have many resources available to them. At Dunham, we already are offering specialized treatment in PTSD, couples, child, and family therapy. This year we plan to offer individual and group services in 'mindful behavior,' meditation and relaxation, and biofeedback," said Wilson-Gines.

    "ASAP offers group, individual, and marital counseling," said Mancini. "You can self-refer yourself, or be referred by a commander, a life consultant, or a chaplain."

    A helpful resource can be the post's Military and Family Life Consultant: designated anonymous counselors provided through Army Community Services.

     "MFLC is different than the many other programs offered to military families in that it is non-medical and offers short-term, situational, problem-solving services that are fully confidential," said Linda Slaughter, Army Community Service Director. 

    Along with confidentiality, the program is also known for its accessibility.

    Advocates of the program said often Soldiers and families are embarrassed or afraid to seek help, concerned about their privacy. With MFLC, Slaughter contends, it is not a problem. The consultant can not only meet in a closed door office at ACS, but also will meet someone off-post, after work, or on weekends if necessary in order to maintain complete confidentiality.

    Another option available on Carlisle Barracks is our chaplains. 

     "As chaplains, we provide confidential counseling and seek to honor the person's desire to assist and help based on their needs," said Lt. Col. Jim Carter, chaplain. 

    "We provide spiritual counseling and pastoral care to those who are hurting or depressed. Additionally we provide both individual and family counseling," Carter said.

    Outside of post, 24-7 phone hotlines are offered by the military and the VA for those wishing simply to talk to someone.

Your Carlisle Barracks resources

Dunham Army Health Clinic, 450 Gibner Rd.

Behavioral Health Services                                 54602

24 hour crisis/suicide assistance line                  866-284-3743

Military and Family Life Consultant, 46 Ashburn Dr.

MFLC                                                               717-713-9173

Memorial Chapel, 452 Mara Circle

CH Col. Gregory D'Emma, Catholic                    53318/54205

CH Lt. Col James Carter, Protestant                   53318/53867

 VA's Suicide Hotline                                        1-800-273-8255

 Military OneSource

www.militaryonesource.com                   1-800-342-9647

 

September Behavioral Health Events

Sept. 1 -    Suicide Prevention Month Kick-off

                  ACE Card Handout

Sept. 15 -  Teen Presentation by Holy Spirit Crisis Intervention

                  4:30 pm @ Youth Services, Grades 6-12, YS registered

Sept. 15 -  Dunham Behavioral Health Open-house

                  4-6:30pm @ Dunham Clinic, open to TRICARE beneficiaries

Sept. 21 -  Executive Stress Management: Sustainment Operations for Strategic Leaders

                 11:45 @ Bradley Auditorium, APFRI presentation

Continue to check The Banner for more events this month


Carol Kerr, Army War College Public Affairs Officer 
Class of 2010 is largest international class to date

    The USAWC class of 2010 includes 50 officers from 49 nations of the world – up from a recent average of 40 per student body.  The 25 percent increase in international fellows reflects the importance of diverse voices and diverse experiences for students developing thinking skills and deepening their understanding of the international security environment.

        Three nations are represented for the first time: Kazakhstan, Serbia and Tanzania. Pakistan is represented by two Fellows. They join the ranks of more than 1000 IFs since 1978.  In late September, the college will honor a 2002 Canadian alumnus whose achievements have earned him a place in the USAWC International Hall of Fame. Gen. Walter J. Natynczyk currently serves as the Chief of the Defense Staff, Canadian Forces, and will be honored by the current class here Sept. 23.

    Amb. Carol van Voorst will play a key role this year influencing the process by which the Fellows, student representatives from the State Dept and USAID, and the U.S. military officers learn from each other. The new deputy commandant for international affairs is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland from 2006 to 2009.

    She referred to herself as the dean of the international fellows. "And, as the senior State Department representative here, I bring the interagency community to the war college," she said at class orientation recently.

    She asked students to open themselves to new perspectives.

    "Consider that you might be wrong," she said, referring to a 1650 quote from Gen. Oliver Cromwell that she considers a fundamental today. "The international fellows are here to question your assumptions and their role is important for the students here and for those in government who must make decisions.

    "We are going to try to fill you with material that you will draw on later," she said about the USAWC curriculum. "It's difficult to go back and develop more knowledge at the time of decision. Try to develop the kind of capital you will need in your future career," she urged.  


Carol Kerr, Army War College Public Affairs Officer
Commentary: Readiness is everyone’s responsibility

Ready?  It’s time to take an ‘I’m responsible’ attitude toward the likelihood of natural disaster, contagious medical conditions, and a host of surprises. 
    Bottom line up front? Everyone should have a 3-day emergency supply kit, a family emergency plan, and understanding of the emergencies that could occur and appropriate responses.
    Be educated to be ready. This Banner’s theme is awareness … resources … readiness for possibilities ahead.
    •Be aware of cardiovascular conditions in order to understand your role in health and fitness. Be ready to change, thanks to assessment programs of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute and its APFRI Health Day to focus attention on awareness and resources. Women’s Health Day, Oct. 5, will present cardiovascular issues and nutrition for women.
    •Be aware that seasonal flu and H1N1 flu are not the same. Dunham Clinic will initiate seasonal flu shots here at the end of September. Be ready for flu shots, to be publicized in the Banner.
    •Be aware that, this year, many will need a second vaccination, for H1N1. It’s expected to be available about the time that seasonal flu vaccinations are completed. Be ready -- to wash hands often and avoid touching nose and mouth; know the symptoms, much like seasonal flu, and when to seek medical attention._Check the Banner online for updated information.
    •Be aware that military kids here are at the head of the line for creative programming. Be ready to take advantage of the YS programs that link up on-post and off-post expertise for an extraordinary set of youth fun and learning.
    •Be aware of the challenges and resources for aging parents, financial planning, family development, and more. Be ready to take advantage of the rich variety of Military Family Programs. 
    •Be aware that winter ice and snow are likely culprits for natural calamity in central Pennsylvania, although tornadoes visit irregularly. Be ready: keep ice-melt at home, retrain for winter driving tactics, and prepare an emergency kit for possible heat/power outage.
    •Be aware that suicides are an alarming probability within our military force, and that your colleague or spouse could be showing signs of depression. Be ready to Ask – Care – Escort to help.
    “The fact that these some of the Army’s toughest Soldiers doesn’t protect them from inner demons,” said David Martin, CBS News, reporting from Fort Campbell earlier this year.
    “We didn’t know depressions could kill you. We did not know you could die from depression,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, who has spoken frankly about his son Kevin’s 2003 suicide.
    “We train our Soldiers to be hard, to be tough for a fight because their life depends on it,” he said. “We also train them to help those fellow Soldiers that are hurt or wounded.
    “If a Soldier’s got a broken leg, they know exactly what to do: they take them for help.
    “Senior leaders Admiral Mullen, Chief of Staff Gen. Casey and Vice Chief Gen. Chiarelli are personally involved in this …. What we’re trying to do now is get ahead of suicide,” said Graham.
    What are the warning signs? What do you do?
    “If a Soldier starts feeling sad, or you start seeing that sad feeling in him, or if they’re not sleeping, or their attitude changes, or they start drinking too much …
    What do you do? You do something.
Ask the question: are you thinking about killing yourself?
Care for them if they are ... let them talk to you,
Escort them: “Physically go with them to get some help,” said Graham. “We do the buddy thing in the Army for so many things. We need to continue to do it here.
    “Every door that a Soldier walks through for help needs to be a right door.”
Be aware of the warning signs. Be ready to A.C.E.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Ready Army: Are you prepared?

The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared,” but that’s good advice for anyone. As we begin to enter the time of year that we remember the Sept. 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and prepare for the snow and ice of winter, it’s a good idea to make sure you are prepared in the event you are forced to take shelter  in your home for an extended period.
This may sound like a daunting task but it’s not as hard as you might think. You probably have almost everything you need in your house right now. 
    Liz Knouse, the Child and Youth Services coordinator for Carlisle Barracks, knows from experience about being prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. While her husband was stationed in Florida, they were evacuated three times, and having the preparedness kit ready to go with food, water, asthma medication for her son, first aid supplies, pet foot and other necessities made the evacuation gomore quickly and more efficiently.
    Lt. Col. Michael Wertz knows that its always a good idea to have a preparedness kit on hand because you never know when something could happen. He keeps a first aid kit ready to go along with a few gallons of water and a flashlight.
    Charity Murtoff, photographer, believes it is a necessity to have one in your vehicle  in case of breaking down or coming across an accident. She has a first aid kit and blankets in her car.
    Although Scott Finger, photographer, doesn’t have a kit ready to go, he believes you should have a plan. The kit should be dependent on the types of emergencies or disasters relevant to you and your area.
   Never knowing what could happen, Douglas Chun, summer hire, says his family has non-perishable food, water, blankets, flashlights, and things to build a fire in their kit. They believe it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
    Megan  Clugh, photographer, said the kit helps to survive during a natural disaster. She has food, water, clothes, and duct tape in her kit.
Retired Marine and former Boy Scout, “G.K.” Cunningham possesses a 72-hour kit. His contains food, water, clothes, and bedding. He has all the essentials to survive because disasters strike in unexpected frequency.
Col. Mike Moyer believes that the necessities should be packed in preparation for an emergency. He suggests food, water, flashlights, and batteries to be in any emergency kit.
    Col. Dean Stodter, DEP faculty, said that kits should be dependent on location and time of year. You wouldn’t want a snow shovel in the kit in case of a hurricane or an umbrella in a tornado.
Check out the 3-day preparedness kits on display at locations throughout post.

Making a plan for your family
    Make and practice a family emergency plan. Consider the range of potential emergencies and all the places your family members might be. Family members may not be together when an emergency strikes. Planning ahead for various emergencies will improve the chances of keeping in touch, staying safe and quickly reuniting.


Spc. Jennifer Hoerner, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks helps Soldiers, civilians at Letterkenny Army Depot

The Carlisle Barracks Child, Youth and School Services is branching out its program to include the Letterkenny Army Depot.
    The project was started in 2007 when surveys found a need for child care services at Letterkenny. The previous facility was shut down 10 years ago due to a lack of need, explained Liz Knouse, chief of the Carlisle Barracks CYSS. Letterkenny is located in Chambersburg, Pa., about 30 miles from Carlisle Barracks.
    “Letterkenny will be able to do a lot more for their employees with the addition of this facility,” she said. “It will allow more people to potentially work there because they will have child care close by.”
    The project started with an assessment of the need for a child care program, which was determined by focus groups of Carlisle Barracks MWR personnel and the Letterkenny leadership and workforce.
   “The Child Development Center is necessary to support the workers who support the Warfighters,” said First Sgt. Gregory Stevens, acting sergeant major of the depot. “The hard working men and women of Letterkenny Army Depot deserve a first rate facility and staff for their children. Supporting the families of Team Letterkenny is a priority for this command, and vital to the morale and welfare of its workforce.”
    Phase one of the $5million project has been completed, with the plans and and site preparation being done. The facility will be a modular building, meaning parts will be constructed and then moved into position on the Letterkenny grounds. The building is tentatively slated to be completed and ready for use in the spring of 2010.
    Once up and running, Letterkenny will have the same top-notch programs offered at Carlisle Barracks, from homework tutoring to physical fitness education. Hiring for the new staff is expected to begin at the end of this year. Some potential Letterkenny CYSS employees - experienced staff and college students - are spending this summer learning the capabilities of Army CYSS programs, Knouse said.
    The Letterkenny leadership understands the importance of providing for their employees.
    “We want to be a model employer and to do that we must support soldiers, employees and their families,” said Dr. John Gray, deputy garrison commander. “Top quality child care is an issue affecting many. We want to do all we can to make life a little better by working through Carlisle Youth Services to provide the best possible child care to everyone associated with Letterkenny. It has been several years we have tried to make this a reality and finally it is happening.”
    Currently, Letterkenny youth enjoyed the Carlisle Barracks Summer Camp program. The kids are either bused into Carlisle for the day, or the camp directors, Don Watkins and Bobbie Stodter, travelled to the depot.

 


Upcoming post, community events

Force Protection Exercise slated for Sept. 3
 Carlisle Barracks police, fire and local first responders will hold a Force Protection Exercise Sept. 3, approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may experience minor traffic delays at Claremont Gate and near AHEC and the exterior Mass Notification System (Giant Voice  loudspeakers) will be used. 
    The post’s first responders will exercise their capabilities and the ability to worh with regional emergency responders.

Carlisle First Friday  Sept. 4
    Check out all that West High Street has to offer with entertainment, music, kids activities, specials and more.  The free event runs from 5 to 8 p.m.
    For more information visit http://www.downtowncarlisle.com 

2009 Kipona Celebration in Harrisburg
    On Front Street and City Island, Harrisburg , more than  30 food and beverages vendors; ArtFest featuring over 150 artists and craftspersons; more than 60 activities, rides and performances just for children; more than 34 hours of continuous music by 80 musicians and performers; Chinese Dragon Boat Races; The Dick Reese Canoe Classic Race; PA State Chili Cook-off; Native American Pow-Wow and River activities.
    A Grand Fireworks Display will take place on Sunday, September 6,at  8:35 p.m. For more information, visit www.harrisburgevents.com

Commissary to close Sept. 7, 8
    The Commissary will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on   Sept. 7, and for restocking on Sept. 8. It will reopen on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11
    Carlisle Barracks will commemorate 9-11-2001 starting at 8:40 a.m. in front of Root Hall.

Retiree Appreciation Day Sept. 12
The 35th annual Retiree Appreciation Day will be held here Saturday, Sep. 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout Root and Bliss halls.  The event is a one-stop opportunity for military retirees, their family members, and spouses of deceased retirees to get acquainted or updated on military rights, benefits, and privileges.
  Dunham Health Clinic will offer a mini-health screening and will open the pharmacy for prescription drop-off and pick-up.

AHEC Market at Washingtonburg Sept. 18-20   
    The Market at Washingtonburg is an 18th Century market and military fair.  This  free, three-day event is open to the public and features sutlers, living historians and demonstrations on the Trail.

Buzz Aldrin to speak Sept. 23
The Roberge Memorial Lecture, kicks off of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with U.S. Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, who will present “Magnificent Desolation: The Long Road Home from the Moon,” Sept. 23 at 7:15 p.m. in Bliss Hall.

2009 Fall Yard Sale Sept. 26
Yard sales will be conducted in front of the participating individuals’ on-post quarters and in the grassy area surrounding the Army and Air Force Exchange Service parking lot from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Eligible vendors are Carlisle Barracks residents, students, staff, and any other valid DoD ID card holder, which includes retirees. 
Request space in the AAFES parking lot area via the Sports Office at 245-4029/4343.
No set up before 6 a.m. 

Carlisle Barracks: Then and Now to debut Oct. 15
AHEC’s exhibit of the history of Carlisle Barracks from the 18th century to today will debut in Ridgway Hall  Oct. 15.

Oktoberfest slated for Oct. 17
Carlisle Barracks will celebrate Oktoberfest on Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  More details to come.
 

Hispanic Heritage celebrated Sept. 22
The IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Chavez will speak at the luncheon Sept. 22 at the LVCC. For more information, call 245-3950/3151

 Find More Community Events
For all post and community events, check the Carlisle Barracks Community Calendar at --
http://publicportal.carlisle.army.mil/