Banner Archive for September 2010

Heather Forsgren Weaver, American Forces Press Service
Family Matters Blog: 'Virtual Installation' Opens in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2010 – Heather Forsgren Weaver of American Forces Press Service, is a regular contributor to Family Matters. In this blog, Heather writes about the opening of an Army Strong Community Center in Coraopolis, Pa., that helps military families who live hours away from a military base.

Pennsylvania Center to Help Military Families

The nearest active-component military installation to Pittsburgh is four hours away. That's why the recent opening of the Army Strong Community Center in Coraopolis, Pa., is so important, said Army Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve.

"We cannot do enough to give back, to support our soldiers and families," Gen. Stultz said. "Our men and women in uniform are a national treasure. The least we can do is to bring the support to them."

Army Sgt. 1st Class Alyn-Michael Macleod and Army Sgt. Nicole Dykstra of the 99th Regional Support Command wrote about the Coraopolis center's grand opening in the American Forces Press Service article, "'Virtual Installation' Becomes Reality."

The "virtual installation" concept was developed by Gen. Stultz's wife, Laura, after she realized that services available to military families on installations aren't available to those who don't live near a base.

Military family members want to talk to someone face-to-face and the "virtual installations" let them, Mrs. Stultz told Macleod and Dykstra. For example, a "virtual installation" center staff can provide answers to questions from in-person visitors or callers and connect them to helpful resources.

The Pennsylvania center is the third "virtual installation" to open. Elaine Wilson visited the first center last year in Rochester, N.Y. She wrote about her visit in "Families Find Care at Center" and "Center Offers ‘Personal Touch'."

The second center opened earlier this year in Bevard, S.C.

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania also attended the Coraopolis center's opening ceremony. "It is so important to have this program to help 'wrap the arms' around the citizen-soldiers and their families to provide the help they need," said Rep. Murphy who serves as a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps.

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Army Heritage Center Foundation release

Army accepts Army Heritage Center Foundation's gift proffer of the newly constructed Visitor and Education Center

Sept. 24, 2010 -- Secretary of the Army John McHugh formally accepted the Army Heritage Center Foundation's gift proffer of Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center at the US Army Heritage and Education Center on September 22, 2010.  In his letter thanking the Foundation for the donation, Secretary McHugh stated that "the Visitor Center will be an enduring tribute to the courage, dedication and sacrifice displayed by generations of Army men and women in service to our Nation." 

The Board of Directors of the Army Heritage Center Foundation had forwarded the proffer in early July 2010.  The building’s formal acceptance and transfer to the Army’s Real Property Inventory will now allow the US Army Heritage and Education Center staff to begin occupation and use of the facility.

The 37,000-square-foot Visitor and Education Center will serve as the “front door” to the US Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) located at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building contains an exhibit and interpretive gallery of approximately 7,000 square feet; two multipurpose rooms, totaling 3,400 square feet that can support educational programs and special events; office space and support services for visitors to include a café, catering support area, and a museum store. Site improvements including parking areas, sidewalks, and storm water management resources supported construction of Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center and will support future construction of Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center, the Army-funded Conservation Facility and the future Army Heritage Center that will house additional interpretive galleries.

Funds raised through the Voices of the Past campaign have been used to build Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center. The campaign raised more than $12.5 million in contributions.  Grantees and major donors included the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project, G.B. Stuart Charitable Foundation, the Progress Fund, BAE Systems, CA Technologies and Omar N. Bradley Foundation.

Established in 2001, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is the United States Army's preeminent museum and research complex. The USAHEC, when fully developed, will include the:

*           Military History Institute – the research library and archives;

*           Visitor and Education Center –  the locus of educational activities and the first gallery for the Army Heritage Center;

*           Army Heritage Center – museum-like facility holding multiple galleries with interpretive exhibits and displays;

*           Army Heritage Trail – an outdoor venue to support education, living history and interpretive programs; and

*           Conservation Facility – support facility with laboratories that preserve artifacts and documents entrusted to the Army’s care.

Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs
Fun for the whole Family at Air Shipwreck Ball games

Members of Seminar 1 celebrate completing all of the required parts of one of the game during the Air Shipwreck ball on Indian Field Sept. 24. The annual event pits USAWC seminars against each other in a friendly competition. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

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(September 27, 2010)—Army War College students, faculty and Families gathered Friday, September 24, on Indian Field to compete in field games and a parade before the Air Shipwreck Ball, having some fun and making memories in the process.

“The work done by all the Air Force and Navy people is just incredible and since it is a student-run event, we really don’t know what it is supposed to look like and I think, all things considered, everyone has done a great job and it looks like everyone is having fun,” said Navy Captain Mark Light, of Seminar 20, one of the event organizers.

For many Families, the event served as an opportunity to play together after spending months apart.

“This, for a lot of people, is a very relaxing atmosphere and after multiple deployments and 20 hour workdays, it is a welcome relaxing atmosphere,” said Lt. Col. Chris Eubank, of Seminar 2. “It’s great to get to know everyone and especially in this atmosphere.”

Students were able to have a bit of fun with their seminar mates and faculty members before heading over to the Letort View Community Center for an evening with one another.

“I have never done anything like this before, but it certainly is fun,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Nancy Bozzer, of Seminar 14.

Seminar cohesion for both students and Family members seemed to be a result of all the group work to complete the obstacle courses set up on Indian Field and the theme of the seminar table at the LVCC.

“This has been a really nice group building event for our seminar,” said Melissa Berris, a Seminar 6 Spouse. “I have had a lot of fun working with the other spouses. We met once to discuss a theme and we were able to work really well together.”  

Navy Capt. Mark Light, student,  tahnked those who helped organize and execute the event.

"I need to publicly acknowledge the great performance of the Air Force and Navy team that pulled off Friday's Air Shipwreck Ball.  The entire team worked wonders.  Thanks also to the judges, to the USAWC and Garrison staffs for the operational and admin support, and to LVCC for putting out such a great spread," he said. "Thanks to Seminar 21 for their strong showing, and to all the seminars and spouses for decorating, dressing and attending with such vigor and spirit."

Post fire department responds to small mercury spill

    (September 23, 2010)-- The Army Physical Fitness and Research Institute building is back in operation after a small mercury spill last week forced the building to be shut down until hazmat cleaning crews could clean the site.

    "We have the all clear and the Carlisle Barracks Safety Office and [Directorate of Public Works] did a wonderful job with the hazmat cleaning," explained Dr. Thomas Williams, director of APFRI. "They did readings of the building 48 hours after the spill and they have given us the all clear so we have resumed normal operations."

    A host of regulations and policies exist to protect us from the potential for harm, no matter how small.

     On Sept. 22, a mercury leak from a blood pressure machine at the APFRI assessment center put those policies and the Carlisle Barracks fire fighters to the job they train and plan for: protection from hazardous materials ... to include the mercury in a blood pressure machine.

    "If you have a hazardous material spill on post, call the post police or firefighters to alert first responders, or call 911," said Barry Farquhar, director of Carlisle Barracks Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobility and Security. "If the spill looks like it is going to go down a drain or spread, try to block its path with something that can be taken away with the rest of the spill once first responders arrive, however, do not touch the material."

   With the swift response from Carlisle Barracks Fire Department and emergency response teams in full action, the matter was rapidly addressed. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army War College Public Affairs.

    Firefighters donned hazmat suits to assess the situation, while APFRI personnel awaited outside. Then, Fire Chief Jim O'Connell advised a two-step plan to fully meet federal regulations. Post environmental management coordinator Donna Swauger confirmed that the plan follows EPA recommendations.

    "The building will reopen, however the affected area is sealed off until the area is cleaned," O'Connell said.

    "Today, APFRI personnel were assessing students from the Marine Corps War College, up from Quantico, Va. for senior leader assessments, when a blood pressure machine leaked a small amount of mercury," explained Williams. "The amount was less than a teaspoon, similar to what you would find in a meat thermometer in your kitchen. We were uncertain of the dispersement of the material, so we took careful and prudent steps to evacuate everyone from the building, and then contacted emergency services who contained the area in a very rapid and professional manner."

       First, the firefighters ensured the air was free of hazard. The installation coordinated with Cumberland County 911 Center for a local fire company support with specialized mercury vapor analyzer. 

    Meanwhile, fire fighters sealed with plastic the part of the building where the break occurred.

     "Hazardous material incidents are very rare here on Carlisle Barracks, so I was pleased to note the excellent and professional response to the mercury spill. Immediately we had our police and fire department on scene and our hazardous materials experts in place," said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander for Carlisle Barracks. "We quickly coordinated with the county hazmat personnel and cooperation between our departments was excellent, minimizing the potentially dangerous effects of this incident."

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC public affairs

Lightning strikes Carlisle Barracks

Lightning struck Carlisle Barracks near where a member of the gate guard team was working around 4:25 p.m. yesterday. 

The Department of the Army gate guard at Carlisle Barracks, was working at the small Claremont Avenue pedestrian gate when lightning struck the ground several meters away.

The guard was taken to Carlisle Regional Medical Center for observation and returned home a few hours later, said Lee McLure, captain of the guards.  The guard plans on returning to duty on Saturday, which is his next scheduled duty day.

Public works employees are checking power and communications outlets today for damage.  The digital sign outage at Claremont gate is believed to be related to the lightning strike.

By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs

(September 23, 2010)—An iconic image at Carlisle Barracks is getting a facelift.

Workers have replaced rotted wood encasements and will continue with the maintenance by painting moldings and removing a honey bee hive that has taken up residence the Upton Hall cupola.

Pest controller Eric Engle drills into a column in the cupola on Upton Hall to remove a honey bee hive. Photo by Erin O. Stattel.

“This has all been replaced and next we will repaint the cupola and remove a honey bee hive,” explained Casey Jones, program manager for DoD contractors World Technical Services Incorporated, the company responsible for base operations on the mission side. “Eric Engle, our pest controller, will don a bee keeping suit and cut into the inhabited column up there and remove the queen and the hive.”

A crane will remain in front of Upton Hall until Oct. 1 and as a result, the area around the crane will remain cordoned off.

Jones explained that the hive would be captured in a box and the box would then be left near Upton Hall so bees who were out on pollination “missions” during its removal, can return to the hive before it is carted off post for local bee keeping.

“They could have been simply destroyed, but they are useful insects and we didn’t remove the hive we would run the risk of allowing honey from the hive to further seep into the cupola,” Jones said.

Honey bees, or Apis mellifera, are necessary for the pollination and reproduction of plants and thus, play a vital role in crop production, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture explains on its website.

Larry Piper, of Carlisle Barracks Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is a beekeeper and is assisting with the collection of the hive.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post town hall meeting creates an opportunity for problem solving, dialogue


Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander, talks to post residents and employees during a town hall meeting in Bliss Hall Sept. 21. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

Sept. 22, 2010—Carlisle Barracks and Army War College leadership gathered for a town hall meeting to talk about issues important to post residents and employees and develop solutions together, Bliss Hall Sept. 21.

“We started these meetings last year and they were greatly received,” said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander. “We want to continue this great dialogue.”

Both Holliday and Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, urged families to take advantage of a great opportunity to get to know their community this weekend during the Welcome Jam Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We are so lucky to live in such a great community that they’re throwing a party just for us,” said Martin. “In the Carlisle community we have great neighbors who support us and everyone should enjoy this place while you’re here. It’s a wonderful place to live and work.”  

The Welcome Jam will be held in conjunction with the Harvest of the Arts, Carlisle’s flagship arts and crafts event on High Street from Hanover to West Streets.  There will be plenty of children's events and activities such as arts and crafts, storytelling, a martial arts demonstration, a tumble bus and "Become an Artists" Sidewalk drawing at Sovereign Bank.

Other topics discussed included an update about post construction projects, an update on local school concerns, information about post Halloween activities and an overview of some post security policies.

Martin reminded those at the meeting that their hard work and dedication has far-reaching effects.

“I want to thank everyone here for their role in making Carlisle Barracks such a fantastic community,” he said. “The programs from MWR help create a family and fitness friendly place. The safety and security provided by our guards and police are phenomenal.

“Your work here helps us build solid families, strong people and develop strong leaders. What we do here is crucial for our nation and you are a part of that.”


Notes from the town hall meeting


Construction update

  • A crane will be positioned in front of Upton Hall from Sept. 23-30 for repair work on the cupola on top of the building.  The crane will block the front stairs, and building access will be from the building rear.
  • Site work will start in October for the new Youth Services building near of the Child Development Center.
  • Site work for the new Strategic Studies Institute, near Anne Ely Hall, is scheduled to begin Oct. 30.
  • Work on the fire station garage is expected to be complete Oct.12.
  • Lights on 218 lampposts on post will be replaced with new high-efficiency bulbs.
  • Underground electric cabling for the vehicle inspection areas has been replaced. Cabling for the commissary will be replaced the week of Sept. 27.


Local school updates

The school liaison office is working on the following:

  • Creating a plan to consolidate school bus stops across post.  
  • Advocating post residents’ assignment to a single elementary school, so as to reduce uncertainty about assignments and keep peers together.
  • Exploring foreign language options in Lamberton and Wilson middle schools to be offered to 8th graders not just 7th graders.  Students would be able to take the first half of Spanish I or all of Spanish I in 8th grade.


 Post Halloween activities Oct. 28

  • A Halloween Parade for post youth and their families will be held on Indian Field at 5 p.m. The line-up starts at 4:30. Prizes will be awarded for cutest, funniest and best storybook character and best-dressed pet.
  • Trick or treating will take place on post from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • A free YS Teen party for 13-17 years olds will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information call 245-4555.
  • Balfour Beatty will host a haunted house.


Safety and security issues

  • Under-18 friends arriving at post gates will be given access when the post resident confirms the visit;  residents can call ahead to the desk sergeant at 5-4115.
  • Helmut use for post youths using bikes and skateboards is mandatory.
  • Paintball and air soft guns are prohibited.
  • All adults are required to show identification when entering the installation.


Balfour Beatty/Post housing

  • Leaf clean-up will begin once 50 percent of the leaves have fallen and will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays until all leaves have fallen or the first snow fall.
  • Ten family housing units along Liggett Road and 10 homes on Bouquet Road have been demolished to make room for the new USAWC academic facility the new YS building.
  • The next phase of new construction is expected to start in July 2011 with the demolition of the College Arms housing in the center of the post.  The construction should take about 18 months to complete and the first new units will be available for new USAWC students in July 2012. This phase will compete the new construction phase of the post RCI project. The homes will be similar to those in Heritage Heights and the Meadows.
  • Post residents are responsible for weeding and cleaning flowerbeds after they move in.


Questions from the audience, email

  • Can we install flag holders on homes in the Meadows? Yes. If residents install the flag holder at the preferred location, identified by Balfour Beatty, they can leave it there when they depart. Residents must remove holders in other locations before PCSing. BBC will send the diagram and details to Meadows residents.
  • Can we get a mailbox and home delivery at the Meadows?  USPS policy supports a single outgoing mail box – positioned at a central location in front of Root Hall;  and, we enjoy the benefits of a post office on the installation as a trade-off for home delivery.
  • How do I get permission for a home-based business? Obtain permission from Balfour Beatty and notify garrison leadership.
  • Can I operate home-based child care? Contact Child and Youth Services at 245-3701. Free training, toys and equipment, and additional resources are available.
  • Do I need a TRICARE referral for an emergency rooms visit?  Col. Kenneth Trzepowski, Dunham Clinic Commander, said that if it’s an emergency situation “go to the ER,” and a referral isn’t needed. If it’s a non-emergency situation, beneficiaries should call their physician for a referral.
  • Will there be more outdoor rec options for adults?  Tandem kayaks are the newest rental options at Outdoor Rec. Call 245-4616 for more options and information.  
  • For post closure or delay information call 245-3700, check the USAWC Facebook page at the Carlisle Barracks Banner at




Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

CFC breakfast to kick off campaign

For less than the price of a cup of coffee you can make a difference in someone’s life by donating to this year’s Combined Federal Campaign, the largest workplace charity drive in the country.  The campaign season runs from Sept. 1to Dec. 15.

 To kick off the campaign a breakfast and non-profit agency fair will be held at Carlisle Barracks on Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. at the LVCC.  Tickets are $12 and can be purchased from Elton Manske, the Carlisle Barracks CFC representative at Upton Hall Room 117C, or call 245-4898.

Speaking at the breakfast is Mr. Keith Parsons who will share his life experiences with the group and Channel 27 weatherman, Chuck Rhodes.

The CFC is the only campaign authorized to solicit contributions from government employees and military personnel for thousands of federally qualifying charities.  “The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all,” according to the CFC website.  Last year CFC raised over $66.5 million to help people and communities in need.

“Success is not measured by how much (money) we take in,” said Elton Manske, Chairman, of the 2010 Central Pennsylvania Combined Federal Campaign.  “It is measured by the number of people at the local, state, national and international levels, who receive the assistance they desperately need from the thousands of participating non-profit agencies.”

Civilian and military donors will be able to choose to support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.  Contributions can be made by either a one-time cash or check donation, or be automatically deducted from your paycheck.

“We are all involved, because this is where we work and raise our families,” said Manske.  “I am asking that you commit to make a difference.”

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DEP issues drought warning for 24 counties; drought watch for remainder of state

Below-Normal Rainfall Leads to Water Deficits

Harrisburg – The Department of Environmental Protection today issued a drought warning for 24 Pennsylvania counties and a drought watch for the remaining 43 counties as precipitation deficits continued to worsen statewide, according to Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger.

“The hot, dry summer led to steadily-declining ground and surface water levels, particularly in the southwest and east-central portions of the state,” Hanger said. “Pennsylvania’s Drought Task Force has concurred with DEP’s recommendation that drought watches and warnings be issued for all 67 counties to alert water suppliers, industry and the public of the need to conserve water.”

A drought watch declaration is the first level — and least severe — of the state’s three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary 5-percent reduction in non-essential water use, and puts large water consumers on notice to begin planning for the possibility of reduced water supplies.

A drought warning asks residents to reduce water use voluntarily by 10-15 percent.

The 24 counties under a drought warning are: Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset and Washington.

The 43 counties under a drought watch are: Adams, Armstrong, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming and York.  

Precipitation deficits over the past 90-day period are currently as great as 5.6 inches below normal in Somerset County and 5.5 inches in Bucks County.

DEP is sending letters to all water suppliers statewide, notifying them of the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.

DEP monitors a statewide network of groundwater wells and stream gauges that provide comprehensive data to the state drought coordinator. In addition to precipitation, groundwater and streamflow levels, DEP monitors soil moisture and water supply storage, and shares this data with other state and federal agencies.

DEP offers the following tips for conserving water around the home:

In the bathroom:

  • Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets;
  • Check for household leaks – a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day;
  • Take short showers instead of baths.

Kitchen/laundry areas:

  • Replace older appliances with high efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40-50 percent less energy;
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads;
  • Keep water in the refrigerator to avoid running water from a faucet until it is cold.

The department also offers water conservation recommendations for commercial and industrial users, such as food processors, hotels and motels, schools and colleges, as well as water audit procedures for large water customers.

Water conservation tips and drought information can be found online at, keyword: drought.

Military, overseas voters, it’s time to submit your ballot request for the General Election

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Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs
Post Teen takes part in national youth program

Robby Hume poses with the Clarence Hill thenational commander of the American Legion while at Boys Nation this past July. 


Earlier this summer Robby Hume made history.  He was the first Carlisle high school student to be selected to represent Pennsylvania at Boys Nation.

Hume lives at Carlisle Barracks with his mother while his father, Col. Robert Hume is deployed.

He was selected by the Carlisle American Legion Post 101 and the Pennsylvania Boys State organization to represent Pennsylvania at the 2010 Boys Nation held in Washington DC in July.  “I was honored to have been selected from a group of almost 200 of my peers to represent the state of Pennsylvania at the 2010 session of American Legion Boys Nation,” said Hume.

 Boys Nation, which began in 1946, is designed to give boys an education on the structure and foundation of federal government.

To prepare for Boys Nation Roby first participated in Keystone Boys State.  “Keystone Boys State was key in preparing me for Boys Nation because of the exposure I received to a large, diverse group of kids,” said Hume.  “The other key preparatory aspect was the Senate sessions at Boys State.”

The senate session was key.  At both Boys State and Boys Nation, the participants act as senators.  Like real senators, the boys introduce legislation, sit on committees and vote.  The senate sessions at Boys State helped to prepare Roby for the Boys Nation Senate.  “Debating in the Senate got me familiar with the debate style used by the American Legion and helped me contribute to the Senate at Boys Nation,” he said.

 The skills he learned and the friendships he made at Boys Nation will stay with Robby for the rest of his life.  “I went to Washington DC to expand my knowledge of our government, yet I have returned with the relationships, knowledge, and humility necessary to actuate the change I wish to see in this world,” said Hume.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Ft. Hood shootings frame discussion of ‘officership’ for first CLS

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, speaks with retired Navy Adm. Vern Clark after he delivered the kick-off lecture for the Commandant’s Lecture Series at the Army War College Sept. 14. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Sept. 14, 2010 – One of the darkest days for the Army served as a reminder of the importance of leadership during a frank and open discussion by retired Navy Adm. Vern Clark that served as the Sep. 14 kick- off of the Commandant’s Lecture Series at the Army War College.

 Framed against the findings of the DoD Independent Review of the Fort Hood Shooting Investigation, Clark stressed the importance of professional ethics and officership.

 “The life-saving response to the situation at Ft. Hood was made possible by strong leadership at all levels,” he said. "Leadership is key to every human enterprise.  I open and close every talk with this essential truth. Strategic leaders must have the courage to define and fight for the value set that supports their culture."


Clark said the topic of this year’s lecture series was perfect for today’s environment.


"I'm so impressed by the theme of 'officership and the profession' for your Lecture Series this year,” he said. “It's spot-on as I consider the key issues facing our Services today.  Civil-military relations, ethics, dissent, leader development...I wish I could address all these things today."


Prior to serving as the co-chair of the review board, Clark served as the Chief of Naval Operations, Director of the Joint Staff and multiple other joint service positions during his 37-year career.


The lecture series brings in nationally recognized experts to challenges USAWC students to examine their assumptions and broader national security connects of the issues presented.


“Each year the Commandant’s Lecture Series augments our already robust core and elective curricula,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant. “This year’s theme, officership and the profession, challenges each of us to examine the most basic assumptions of the calling to which those of us in uniform have dedicated ourselves. Rest assured, this theme isn’t a review, it’s a re-examination.”

Martin went on say that the ever-changing world and the growth and development of the students as leaders also plays an important role.


“You’re not the same people you were as junior officers, you’ve changed as well,” he said. “You now have decades of rich and diverse experience that provide the context to bring these ideas to life.”

Martin asked the students to take the opportunity to re-examine their views on the issues presented and reminded them of their immense responsibilities.


 “Your nation will look to you for leadership and judgment as stewards of the profession of arms. You have no higher calling.”   



Dr. Michael R. Matheny , USAWC Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations
USAWC announces landpower essay contest 

Sept. 17, 2010 -- For well over a decade the U.S. Army War College has conducted an annual essay contest on Strategic Landpower.  The purpose of the contest is To stimulate critical and original thinking on the strategic role of landpower in modern warfare not only between the students and faculty at Carlisle Barracks, but also throughout the U.S. Army and the Nation.   Supported by the USAWC Foundation, the award for first prize this year was increased to $4000 in hopes of attracting more contestants. Lt. Col. Daniel Canfield, a Marine, won the last USAWC contest with his essay  Last year’s winner was Lt. Col.  "Back to the Future:  Early American “Perspectives on Winning the Peace and Their Contemporary Utility for the Employment of U.S. Landpower."

    Any one not involved in judging the essays may submit enter.  Contestants may write on any subject related to the strategic use of landpower,  The college has, however, identified a topic of particular interest---the application of the Army’s new doctrinal concept of design to war termination.  This is an excellent opportunity for resident students in this year’s class to make their strategic research paper pay for that next vacation.  The War College’s interest is in stimulating thought on relevant and topical issues.

For more information and the official rules go here

Air Force celebrates 63rd birthday

Sept. 17, 2010 -- The Army War College celebrated the 63rd birthday on the Root Hall patio under a sunny sky, perfect for flying Sept. 17. Air Force Col. Murray Clark, an instructor with the college’s Department of Command, Leadership and Management, shared stories from the services history and led the crowd in singing the Air Force Song.  

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message:

To the Airmen of the United States Air Force:

As we celebrate the establishment of the United States Air Force as a separate service, we are reminded of our proud heritage, and inspired toward a promising future. On this day, we honor those who advocated airpower and an independent air force, and who passed to us the responsibility for continued innovation and leadership in providing decisive effects from the air, space, and cyber domains.

Today, our Air Force delivers Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power with unmatched effectiveness. With 40,000 Airmen supporting combatant commanders from deployed locations, and nearly 180,000 Airmen directly contributing from their home stations, the U.S. Air Force is absolutely essential to our nation's ability to prevail in the joint fight.

We thank you and your family for your service, sacrifice and commitment to the defense of our nation. Through your daily professional efforts, you honor those who served before you, and sustain their legacy for future generations of proud Airmen. As we work together in building an even brighter tomorrow, please join us in proudly celebrating the 63rd birthday of the United States Air Force.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs
USAWC Reserve and National Guard members help honor Pa. companies

Col. Miles Davis, USAWC student, shakes hands with a guest during the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve appreciation luncheon in the LVCC Sept. 16. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

Sept. 17, 2010 -- Sixteen percent of the current class of Army War College students is in the National Guard or Reserves.  They are aware that their compatriots cannot do their military jobs without the support from their employers back home.  Several of them joined the Pa. ESGR at an awards luncheon to honor their commitment to the Guard and Reserves. 

On Sept. 17 the Pennsylvania committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve honored 30 Pennsylvania based companies that have gone above and beyond in their support for their citizen-Soldier employees.

Col. Bobby Towery, USAWC deputy commandant, and a cross-section of the reserve component officers in the current class, were also on hand to honor these companies. 

Towery, who led Guard and Reserve Soldiers into combat, knew firsthand how important it was for the Soldiers to know that their civilian employers had their backs while they served.

All of the companies honored were nominated by their employees.  To get an award from someone who works for you is quite noteworthy,” said retired Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, ESGR Pennsylvania state chairman.

“You held true to your values even when the easier economic decision might be to waiver on that support,” said Towery. 

Towery went on to say that these companies said, ‘I will stand shoulder to shoulder with these warriors and assume the risk of their absence’ ….”That is why we will never be defeated and we will always be Army Strong”.

One of the companies that were recognized was the Pittsburgh-area based Yerecic Label Company which manufactures labels for packaged products.  Five percent of Yerecic’s total work force was recently deployed.  Not only did this company hold their jobs for them, but they continued to pay the Soldiers for their work while they were deployed.  They also recognized them at every company events and sponsored a reception for them when they came home and the company.

Yerecic Label Co. has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for their support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.  The award is the highest employer recognition award given by the Department of Defense.  It was created to publicly recognize employers who provide exceptional support to their National Guard and Reserve employees


September 16, 2010 -- "I Want To Take the Customer Service Assessment" to raise the importance and performance of garrison services. The Installation Management Command hopes that every military person, civilian employee, and family will want to take the customer service assessment -- now available for every Army garrison around the world.  Participate in future decision-making about the full range of garrison services:

IMCOM will use the survey to assess how customers rate services -- and, how they value services. As you take the online survey, you may decide to give high marks to a service and then indicate that it's not as important as others. Questions like these are asked each year at the Army Family Action Plan.

This is everyone's opportunity to use your voice about customer service at Carlisle Barracks. The more voices, the better.

It's easy and quick: about 15 minutes online at

It's timely:  runs through Sep. 26.

It's valuable:  leaders at the garrison and IMCOM levels will use these results to make decisions about the quality of life and services for you.

September is Suicide Prevention month

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks works to combat suicide

 "One suicide is one too many." - Kenneth O. Preston, Sergeant Major of the Army

Sept. 16, 2010 – Suicidal behavior is not rare among human beings.  Everyone knows someone who has thought of committing suicide.  In the Army the rate of suicide has reached epidemic proportions.   While there are no conclusive explanations, Col. Chris Philbrick, director of the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force, stated that continued stress on the force from the wars and the down turn of the economy may have contributed to the deaths.

On Sept. 15, 2010 Carlisle Barracks held two programs, one for teens and one for adults to give them the tools to recognize the warning signs of suicide. 

The program geared towards Carlisle teens covered teen suicide, depression, cutting and substance abuse.  “Being a teenager today is very stressful in itself, said Pete Baltos, the Youth Services middle school & teen lead.  “Being an Army teenager is even more stressful.   This program is designed to help kids get the help that they or their friends may need before it is to late.”

Frequently the first person to notice that something is wrong is their spouse or battle buddy.  So, Carlisle Barracks offered a “Gatekeeper” program to give these people the tools they need to identify possible suicidal behaviors.

 “What we are teaching today is the QPR program which is, question, persuade, referral,” said Dr. Ines Roe, a psychologist at the Dunham Army Mental Health Clinic.  “This program is the equivalent to CPR for suicide prevention.”

Historically the Army culture has stigmatized mental stress as a sign of weakness, so many Soldiers are afraid that seeking help will harm or end their career.  To combat this thinking the Army is training its leaders to be more sensitive to their Soldiers needs.  “Leaders need to be the one to set the stage to allow Soldiers and their families to seek help,” said Roe.   Leaders that ignore the emotional needs of their Soldiers are destined to fail.

If you or someone you know needs help you can call the Dunham Army Health Center Behavioral Health office at 245-4602 or the national suicide hotline at: 1-800-SUICIDE.

Remember: To Save a Life…

Realize someone might be suicidal.

Reach out.  Asking the suicide question DOES NOT increase risk.

Listen.  Talking things out can save a life.

Don’t try to do everything yourself.  Get others involved.

Don’t’ promise secrecy and don’t worry about being disloyal.

If persuasion fails, call your mental health center, local hotline or emergency services.

QPR for suicide prevention

Q Question the person about suicide.

Persuade the person to get help.

R  Refer for help.

Become a Gatekeeper: help military families and spread awareness

What is a gatekeeper?

A gatekeeper is anyone trained to recognize a suicide crisis and because of their training, knows how and where to find help.

What is the training?

The 90 minute session, facilitated by certified instructor, will provide a video presentation and open discussion focusing on acronym QPR - Question, Persuade, and Refer. QPR is intended to teach those who are in a position to recognize the warning signs and clues of those in trouble and to act vigorously to help prevent a possible tragedy.

The Gatekeeper Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 15 at 3:30 pm in the Post Chapel.

What will you learn at the training?

  • Recognize signs of depression
  • Recognize indicators for suicide
  • Learn how to encourage someone to seek help
  • Learn when and where to find help in your community

 Who will provide the training?

Dr. Ines Roes of the Dunham Army Health Clinic is a licensed psychologist and certified QPR instructor.



PKSOI hosts conference with Rutgers University

From 31 August to 01 September 2010, PKSOI hosted a joint conference with Rutgers University titled “New Armies from Old:  Integrating Competing Military Forces after Civil Wars."  The conference brought together scholars from around the world to study the correlation between military integration of former warring factions into a new national army and the likelihood of civil war recurring.  Selecting a number of case studies from Africa as well as Bosnia and the Philippines, the panels examined three themes: the origins of military integration, the creation of an integrated military force, and the outcome of the integration.  Rutgers University plans to publish an anthology once the conference papers are revised.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Market at Washingtonburg offers something for everyone

A display of a M109 howitzer built in 1982 at York-based BAE Systems was dedicated on Sept. 11 as part of the Market at Washingtonburg, a free three-day event. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

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Sept. 11, 2010 – While it wasn’t a weapon used during the 18th century, a M109 howitzer was easily the hit of the Market at Washingtonburg at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

“Just seeing one of these again brings tears to my eyes, it really does,” said Jesse Farmer, a retired Army artillery officer, while seeing the newest display Sept. 11.

Farmer served on a artillery crew during the first Gulf War in the early 1990’s and was excited to show his family what he used in combat.

“I had no idea this was even here,” he said. “Being able to show my kids up close what their dad trained on and used every day for much of his adult life is amazing. I’m so glad we came today.”

The M109 is an American-made self-propelled 155mm howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960s.  It saw its combat debut in Vietnam and also saw service with the U.S. Army in the Gulf War, as well as in the Iraq War from 2003 to present. It was donated to AHEC by York-based BAE Systems and dedicated during a short ceremony that morning. U.S. Representative Todd Platts was a special guest at the dedication.

The display was just one of many that were showcased during the Market at Washingtonburg, a re-creating of life in 18th century Carlisle. Visitors along the trail were able to shop vendors selling era-specific items, play kids games and see an authentic recreation of what life was like during the three-day event.


A living historian talks about life during the 1700’s to visitors during the event.

“The sights, smells and feel of the market really make you feel like you are there,” said Jane Shea, who came from Scranton, Pa. “It’s amazing really.”

“We’ve been coming here every year because we just love how you can get so much history at once and all of it for free,” said David Green, a Harrisburg, Pa. resident.

Besides the market, the day included demonstrations of an 18th century forge, and French and Indian War and Revolutionary War field tactics.  

Visitors and Education Center open for tours

The newest building on the AHEC campus, the Visitors and Education Center was also open for the first time.  The building includes conference rooms, a cafeteria, and gallery and office space.  The VEC is expected to be officially open for visitors next spring after the final work has been completed and the building has been turned over to the Army.

Sept. 15 lecture next AHEC event

The next event at AHEC will be the newest Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with retired Air Force Col. Lee Burcham who will present “Berlin Airlift, Air Bridge to Freedom,” on Sept. 15. The lectures takes place in Ridgway Hall, the Army Heritage and Education Center building. 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.

For more information on AHEC visit

By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs

USAWC community remembers September 11, 2001

     (September 10, 2010)--The Army War college community gathered Friday to share a moment of silence and remember the events of September 11, 2001, a day which lives on in the minds and hearts of many as one to never forget.

      “This kind of event serves as a reminder of the past and helps give us a purpose for what we are going to do in the future,” said Col. Michael Benjamin, a seminar 3 student.

     Carlisle Barracks Police Chief James Chesser rings the bell, signaling when the first tower at the World Trade Center was struck on September 11, 2001. Photo by Tom Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office.

    Nearly three hundred people gathered on the Root Hall patio and listened to a narration of the events of September 11, a benediction and a playing of Taps as Soldiers lowered the flag half staff. The community stood in silence as the flag was lowered, the only sound made by the rings clanging against the pole.

      “I think this serves as a point of unification,” said Col. John Carrell, a seminar 13 student. “It is so we never forget the sacrifices of those people who were killed and then later who served and died as a result of the response to September 11. This reminds us of the important values that this country stands for.”

     A bell rang as the community recalled the efforts made by first responders at the sites of the attacks.

    “We will not forget the first responders who ignored the danger and raced into the towers to save others,” said Lt. Col. Scott Rainey, who served as the narrator of the ceremony and recounted what happened in lower Manhattan, western Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon on that September morning, nine years ago.

Harrisburg native Soldier to receive posthumous Medal of Honor


Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously when President Barack Obama presents the award to his parents at the White House in an Oct. 6, 2010, ceremony at the White House. Miller saved members of his team and 15 Afghan soldiers during a Jan. 25, 2008, battle in Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo.  

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2010 – In an Oct. 6 ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to the parents of a soldier who died while saving members of his team and 15 Afghan soldiers.

Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, who was 24 years old when he died, will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for heroic actions in Barikowt, Afghanistan, on Jan. 25, 2008.

“He displayed immeasurable courage and uncommon valor --eventually sacrificing his own life to save the lives of his teammates and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers,” White House officials said in a written statement issued today announcing the honor.

Miller’s parents, Phil and Maureen Miller, will join the president at the ceremony, the statement said.

Miller was born on Oct. 14, 1983, in Harrisburg, Pa., and graduated from Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, Ill. Shortly after his family moved to Oviedo, Fla., he enlisted in the Army in August 2003 as a Special Forces candidate. He attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., and received his Green Beret in 2005.

He served as a weapons sergeant in Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Special Forces tab, the Ranger tab and the parachute badge.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers Thomas, Martin and Edward and sisters Joanna, Mary, Therese and Patricia.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Senator Bob Casey talks Afghanistan, IED’s with USAWC students

 View a video of the remarks on the USAWC YouTube page

U.S. Senator Bob Casey spoke to Army War College students and faculty Sept. 9 about the U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and the threat posed by ammonium nitrate, the key ingredient used in IEDs. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Sept. 9, 2010 -- Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) spoke about the U.S. efforts in Afghanistan to the future senior leaders who will be charged with responsibilities in the region during a talk in Bliss Hall at the Army War College today.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity and thankful for everything that each one of you has done in this room to protect our freedoms,” he said. “I also come here with great humility. Every one of you could provide me with specific strategic insights to issues that would take me years to learn otherwise.”

During his remarks, Casey highlighted several challenges facing the U.S. in Afghanistan: corruption in the Afghan government, training progress for the Afghan National Army and the police force and the importance of development initiatives. He also highlighted his work on the international effort to address the threat posed by ammonium nitrate, the key ingredient used in improvised explosive devices. 

“Severe corruption has nationwide implications and could serve to undermine the totality of our effort in Afghanistan,” he said. “Our troops are fighting and dying to help extend the reach of the Afghan government outside of Kabul, to show the Afghan people that its government has a monopoly on the use of force and is capable of providing goods and services to its people.  I will put this very simply: we cannot be complicit in helping extend the reach of a corrupt government.” 

Casey also voiced concern over the training of the Afghan National Army.

“While we have made progress in training the ANA over the past year, I have serious concerns that training is not happening fast enough,” he said. “This is an urgent mission.  The sooner that Afghanistan can develop a sound military infrastructure, especially a competent officer corps, it will lessen the burden on international forces operating in the country. 

“But equally as important, it will result in an institution that the Afghan people can rally around.  It will help to build solidarity among the Afghan people and confidence that the government is capable of developing the key institutions of the state.”   

Col. Tom Vaccaro and Lt. Col. Jayson Altieri are two members of the USAWC Class of 2011 know first-hand the issues Casey.  

“Every point and issue he brought up are valid concerns for us in this region,” said Vaccaro, who returned from Afghanistan in late 2009. “Through our actions and operations we are trying to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people, which doesn’t just happen overnight. That’s why the lessons we are taught here at the Army War College are so important, this is a complex issues that will take time to solve.”

Altieri, who returned from Afghanistan in July, agreed.

“We realize the complexity of this issue and opportunities like this to see how our elected officials view an issue are very important to our development as strategic leaders,” he said. “You need to look at issues from the political, economic and military issues to truly understand it.”

Casey focused attention on the availability of ammonium nitrate which is IEDs. Casey sponsored a resolution which has passed the Senate that called for increased support to combat ammonium nitrate and an increased effort and focus by the Governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Central Asian countries to effectively monitor and regulate the manufacture, sale, transport and use of ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

Casey talks with Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, in his office while Amb. Carol van Voorst, Deputy Commandnat for International Affairs, looks on.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

In January 2010, the Afghan government banned the use of and manufacture of ammonium nitrate as a fertilizer.  However, he said, ammonium nitrate continues to flow into Afghanistan from Pakistan, Central Asian countries and Iran. 

“I cannot overemphasize the urgency of this issue,” he said. “Pakistan’s leaders must do everything in their power to ensure that ammonium nitrate and other precursor ingredients are well regulated in Pakistan and not transported into Afghanistan for illicit use.” 

Casey closed his remarks by thanking the military and civilian leaders for their service.

“You’ve committed your lives to preserving peace and deserve the grateful thanks of the American people,” he said. “Thank you for your firm and steadfast commitment to our nation.”


Army launches 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' online inbox

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 2, 2010) -- The Army launched a 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' online inbox today specifically available for Soldiers worldwide to share comments and opinions.

The inbox is accessible via the Army Knowledge Online homepage. The intent of the inbox is to help the Army assess and consider the impacts, if any, a change in 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law would have on operations, readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention, and family readiness.

Complete instructions can be found on the inbox entry page on AKO. The inbox will remain open until Sept. 30, 2010, or until leadership decides the inbox has fulfilled its purpose.

The Army Chief of Staff wants all Soldiers to have the opportunity to share comments and opinions. What is learned from inbox comments will be shared with the DoD Comprehensive Review Working Group to assist in the development of an action plan to support effective implementation, if repeal of current law occurs.

The more comments and opinions provided, the better the Army can gauge Soldier opinion and perception of the potential impact of a repeal.

Additionally, inbox comments could provide insight on how to best manage such impacts during implementation.

To safeguard identity of respondents, the Army will employ control measures. Inbox users are reminded that current 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law remains in effect.

Jack Giblin, Army Heritage and Education Center
Experience the early history of Carlisle Barracks at the Market at Washingtonburg

Students from local schools are taking in all that the AHEC Market at Washingtonburg has to offer today, the first of the three-day event. For more information and a schedule of events visit

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Sept. 7, 2010 -- The Market at Washingtonburg recreates the life and times of 18th century Carlisle and the military post—then called ‘Washingtonburg’ – in a 3-day living history event at the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) in Carlisle, Pa., Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., each day.

The event is free, open to the public, with plenty of free parking to include handicapped parking, with dozens of food and craft vendors and the Market at Washingtonburg attracted more than 11,000 people in 2009. The newest building on the AHEC campus, the Visitors and Education Center, will be open for tours and book sales and history lectures.

Saturday's feature event will be the dedication of the M109 'Paladin'  donated by BAE Systems. A dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. will highlight the role of the artillery in the 20th century, and the work accomplished by BAE Systems to restore it.   READ MOREabout the new M109 addition to the Army Heritage Trail.

Saturday and Sunday highlights include 18th century field and Revolutionary War tactics demonstrations, and special presentations about the crafts that supported the Army and the people of Carlisle.

Examples of demonstrations include:  the 18th century forge; French and Indian War field tactics, Revolutionary War field tactics.  French and Indian War and Revolutionary War military units will portray the inhabitants of the post called “Washingtonburg.”

It was well known that during the 18th century the Carlisle area had a strong military presence. While the military post flourished as well as the town around it, there was an even older culture living in the area that is not quite as obvious. A century before, Carlisle had a strong Native American living in Penn’s Woods before the settlement of Carlisle. As European culture expanded west, Native cultures were pushed west resulting in frontier conflict.  These local Natives had their own unique traditions and customs. Hunting, weaving, and cooking are just some of the daily activities characteristic of Native American culture.  

Turn the clock forward 250 years.  Today there are artisans and craftsman recreating many of those traditional crafts that supported Native American culture before and during European contact. Some of these craftsmen will be demonstrating their talents at the Market at Washingtonburg event at the US Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Sept. 10-12, 2010.

Coming from Virginia, Tom Conde uses traditional techniques to demonstrate to visitors the painstaking process of Native American finger weaving. Having always loved history, particularly the Colonial period, Conde started re-creating the 18th century and eventually began practicing Native American period art forms. Besides being a living history interpreter, Conde takes immense pride in the materials he produces firsthand and in demonstrating to others the methods of a past culture.   

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Benjamin R. Delaney passionately re-creates the 18th century in a variety of ways. Foremost, Delaney interprets Native American culture and lifestyle as a living historian. Furthermore, Delaney reproduces early American accruements such as war clubs and tomahawks which he constructs using period techniques.

Tom Conde and Benjamin R. Delaney are two of the many living history interpreters on hand during USAHEC’s Market at Washingtonburg event to answer questions and perform live demonstrations. The 18th century focused event is free, open to the public, and will run September 10 -12th, 2010 (Friday-Sunday) from 9:00am – 5:00pm each day. A variety of food and beverage vendors will be available on site. There is ample parking, as well as handicapped parking if needed.

For additional information visit www.usahec.orgor call 717-245-3641.

September is Suicide Prevention month – learn the warning signs

Sept. 7, 2010 -- September is Suicide Prevention month. Learn to recognize the warning signs and how you can help save a life.

Warning signs for Suicide

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities - seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped - like there's no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

For more information visit

Army Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, National Guard Bureau
‘We can solve’ Soldier suicides, general says

Sept. 3, 2010 – More vigilant leadership, pre-screening recruits for compatibility with military service and better post-deployment follow up are among solutions proposed by the acting director of the Army National Guard for stemming soldier suicides.

Speaking at a breakout session of 132nd general conference of the National Guard Association of the United States here Aug. 21, Army Maj. Gen. Raymond W. Carpenter sounded the alarm about the Army’s current high suicide rate.

"We [could] be at 100 suicides by the end of this year," said Carpenter, who periodically briefs Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief of staff, on the Army Guard's suicide rate and specific cases.

Carpenter emphasized that stopping soldier suicides isn’t an insolvable problem.

"We have an incredible amount of brainpower to put against this," he said. "We can solve this."

First, leaders at every level in the chain of command must be more vigilant about the welfare of their soldiers, the general said.

"I've got an obligation [as a leader] ... to know who is in my organization and what's going on with them,” Carpenter said.

"If you're a squad leader, you're supposed to know your squad,” he continued. “You need to know whether they're married, whether they have kids, whether they're going to school, whether they have a job."

In one recent suicide case, Carpenter recalled, a person had enlisted in the active Army and was “chaptered out” during basic training, meaning he was separated for inability to perform, or for lack of effort, or failure to adapt to the military, or for discipline issues.

This person later re-enlisted in the National Guard and failed basic training again - this time after a fight, Carpenter said.

Carpenter said this individual enlisted a third time - again in the Guard - and completed basic and advanced training and then returned home, where he had behavioral problems. Personal issues that culminated in the young soldier’s suicide, he said, included an injury, prescription drug and alcohol abuse, and employment and marriage problems. The soldier, he said, had never deployed.

"I would not deny that young soldier help," Carpenter said. "But we've got to figure out whether [such] people are the kind of people who are going to be able to be soldiers in our formations and do what is asked of them by this country.

"We as an organization should have taken a long look at whether that young man was compatible with military service,” he continued. “Three times, and he finally got in.”

The issue of soldier suicides “isn't a deployment problem,” Carpenter said, noting that the majority of suicides are committed by younger soldiers.

“It has to do with significant emotional events in their lives, but beyond that, it has to do with their ability to cope," the general said.

A third piece of the solution was suggested by a second case of soldier suicide that Carpenter said he had briefed to senior leaders. In this case, he said, the soldier had mobilized and deployed. On his post-deployment health assessment, the soldier said he’d experienced suicidal thoughts, had possible post-traumatic stress and slept poorly. The soldier also said he needed help.

The troubled soldier met with Veterans Affairs health care providers at least once and was prescribed medication, Carpenter said. However, he said, the soldier had discouraged his wife from talking with his unit to seek further help.

The lesson is that leaders must be more assertive and involved to help troubled soldiers before issues mushroom, the general said.

"We talk about being part of the Guard family," Carpenter said. "We're going to have to walk the walk instead of talk the talk. ... The soldier is the center of gravity.

"Committing suicide is not a viable alternative. ... We've got to get to the person who is making that decision. ... We have to make that a priority," the general added.

Carpenter highlighted National Guard-sponsored suicide prevention programs in Arkansas, California, New Hampshire and New Jersey.

"There are some great things going on out there," he said. "Every state has a great program."


Military, overseas voters, submit your ballot request for the General Election

There are only eight weeks until the November 2nd general election! If you have not already requested your absentee ballot, do so immediately. It's simple and it’s fast.  Go to and use our online registration and absentee ballot assistant to have your forms completed, printed out, and ready to send back home in less than 10 minutes. 

States begin mailing ballots September 18 (45 days before the general election), however, due to mail delays, you may not get your ballot in time to vote, return it and have it counted. So don’t delay and submit your absentee ballot application today.

As of September 1, the Military Postal Service Agency began providing free expedited ballot delivery and ballot tracking information to your local election office for military and their family members stationed overseas. Go to your local post office or postal clerk and use the Label 11 -  DoD on your absentee ballot and mail it. You will then be able to track the status of your ballot on the U.S. Postal Service website at

If you do not receive your ballot by October 2, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as your back-up ballot! Go to and use our automated assistant to complete the FWAB. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate’s name or their party designation; check your State election website for candidate information, which generally is available 45 days before the election. If you receive your State ballot after submitting the FWAB, vote and return the State ballot as well. The State will only count your FWAB if your State ballot is not received by the deadline.

For more information, visit FVAP at:

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, IMOCOM Commander
IMCOM commander: Putting energy conservation front and center

Aug. 30, 2010 -- In the past, energy has been a side conversation for the Army. It tended to be an area of concern for some experts and specialists, but for a lot of us, whether Soldiers and Civilians in the workplace or Family members in the community, we did not give it much thought. Maybe we paid attention to the Public Service Announcements reminding us to turn off lights, but that was about it.

However, with changing security concerns and increased demands on finite financial and natural resources, energy has become an issue we all have to pay attention to. We must proactively address today's energy challenges for the sake of ourselves, our mission and our nation as well as for future generations.  So I intend to keep the issue front and center. I intend to keep the dialogue focused on what we in the Installation Management Community must do, can do and are doing to increase the Army’s energy efficiency and security.

The Army depends on a reliable, safe, cost-effective supply of energy to accomplish its mission, as well as provide a good quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians and Families on installations worldwide. To the extent that the supply and distribution of energy lay outside the Army’s control, the ability to accomplish our mission is open to risk.


LOE 6 Core Message: The Installation Management Community is committed to enhancing Army capabilities and operations through energy and water efficiency and security.

In January 2009, the Army issued guidance for increasing energy security, the Army Energy Security Implementation Strategy. The Installation Management Campaign Plan, the strategic document directing our actions, includes a section focused on energy efficiency and security; this section, Line of Effort (LOE) 6, was developed in support of the Army energy guidance. The keys to success for LOE 6 focus on reducing energy and water consumption, increasing energy and water efficiency, modernizing infrastructure, and developing renewable and alternative energy supplies.

Since version 1 of the Campaign Plan was released in March, we have continued to work on LOE 6, in particular refining the keys to success and developing meaningful metrics to measure our progress. Version 2 of the Campaign Plan will be released in October, which is national Energy Awareness Month. I did not plan for the two events to coincide, but it is fitting. The revised LOE 6 will show us the way ahead for achieving the energy security and efficiency that is a critical part of achieving and maintaining installation readiness.

While the Campaign Plan is the driving force in changing how we do business, the Installation Management Energy Portfolio is our toolbox. This document, which is also being revised for release in October, describes Army programs and initiatives that help installations realize their energy goals. One example is metering. Residential Communities Initiative housing on 45 Army installations are metered to measure whether the occupants of each unit are using above or below the energy usage baseline every month. Provided with the meter data, occupants have steadily reduced their energy consumption so that 80 percent now receive money back for using less than the baseline each month.  

Other programs and initiatives include efforts to improve the Army’s energy grid security and management, to track and offset utility costs, and to require that new military construction and renovation meet rigorous energy efficiency standards.   

I have always said that vision without resources is hallucination, so the Energy Portfolio also lists a number of resource opportunities. These include Army and private programs, contracts and other vehicles through which installations can partner with private industry to gain expertise and resources to create innovative energy programs.

Finally, the Energy Portfolio highlights several projects in which installations are making creative use of all these resources to save and produce energy. These projects include a 12-acre solar power array at Fort Carson, Colo., a vegetative roof project at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania, a methane gas project at Fort Knox, Ky., the first wind turbine on an active Army installation at Tooele Army Depot in Utah, and solar walls at Fort Drum, N.Y. The revised Energy Portfolio will expand on this last section in particular, to provide ideas and inspiration to other members of the Installation Management Community.

Carlisle Barracks programs aimed at saving energy

Carlisle Barracks has been taking steps to help reduce their energy usage by a variety of projects.

From implementing a Lean 6 Sigma program on the mission side, to the Live Army Green energy conservation program on the residential side, with a push for increased recycling in between, Carlisle Barracks community members are being asked to think, live and work green.

“With our program we are measuring energy usage in buildings around post,” explained Pete Collins, about the Lean 6 Sigma project.  “What we have found is that since 2006, when we began collecting data for mission buildings, certain buildings are actually doing better than we initially thought. One example is the LeTort View Community Center, one of the highest consumers of energy per square feet on post, but they have been able to reduce their usage by some basic energy conservation rules of thumb like changing light bulbs to high efficiency bulbs, diligently turning off lights and appliances when they aren’t in use, things of that nature.”

In post housing a program began July 1 that allows residents who conserve energy below the baseline, or the average usage in a particular neighborhood, to earn rebates or credits, while those who exceed average figures will be required to pay overage fees.

"This OSD directive and Army policy really began as a tool to encourage residents to conserve energy and with all of our new construction and renovations on our residential housing, utility meters have been installed," explained Bif Coyle, chief of the Army Housing and Residential Communities Office.

"Go Green, Be Green, Live Army Green," is the mantra Balfour Beatty Communities is touting at military installations across America. The tagline is designed to get Soldiers and Army families to start thinking environmentally as part of the housing management's Residential Communities Initiative and actual billing process.

Carlisle Barracks residents can learn more about the new utility billing program at Balfour Beatty Communities' Live Army Green website, as well as review a video featuring helpful tips about how to conserve energy and avoid paying overages on utility bills at

Other projects included the installation of motion-activated lighting in Root Hall, the replacing of exterior lighting with new, energy efficient bulbs and the use of alternative energy vehicles such as the electric golf carts used by the garrison.

The post DOIM has also implemented a “wake on LAN” system that allows PCs to put themselves into hibernate mode overnight at a lower energy use level while remaining on to receive necessary security updates. Users have also been encouraged to turn off their monitors at night to help save energy.

When we look at the energy projects around our installations, we can see the Installation Management Community has made a solid start in addressing energy issues. However, when we consider those issues, we can also see how far we still have to go. Last year we spent $1.3 billion for the installation utility bill, which includes electricity, steam, water and natural gas. The Army spent $4 billion for fuel and utilities. That is a large price tag for resources we do not control and that will run out eventually.

I am looking for people who are passionate about energy issues and committed to finding innovative ways to solve the challenges. One key person is the garrison energy manager. Every garrison needs a full-time energy manager, or more than one, depending on the size of the installation, who can help leadership build a robust energy program. And every garrison needs leadership to back a robust energy plan. Leadership has to communicate that every Soldier, Civilian employee and Family member on the installation is responsible for doing his or her part.

Occasionally someone who is less-than-committed to energy efficiency says to me, in effect, “Hey, quit going on about turning off the lights.” Here is an idea: turn off the lights and I will quit talking about it. When we have achieved the energy efficiencies that are possible—when we have found ways to avoid energy costs and reduced unavoidable costs and limited our use of nonrenewable resources—then we can talk about other issues, such as which Soldier and Family programs to apply the savings to.  

Focusing on our energy programs is truly non-negotiable. We have to look to our programs to generate savings that will help with the Army’s part of the $23 billion in efficiencies that the Secretary of Defense is requiring from all the services. We have to look to them to more securely position us to accomplish our missions, to provide an even better quality of life for Soldiers and Families, and to help address some critical environmental issues, so that we do not pass them on to our children and their children. For all of these reasons, it is the right thing to do to get our energy programs right.

Simple energy saving tips:

 -Turn off kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing to retain heated air.
- Many appliances draw small amounts of power when they are switched off. These “phantom” or “vampire” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as DVD players, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. According to the U.S Department of Energy in the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. This can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and using it to cut all power to the appliance.
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Take short showers instead of baths.



Peter Baltos, Carlisle Barracks Middle School Teen Lead
Post teens take part in Army leadership forum

Lamar Newkirk, a teen from Carlisle Barracks makes a presentation of a teen issue on post during the 2010 Youth Leadership Forum held at Sandy Cove Retreat in Northeast Maryland. Newkirk and fellow teen Mitch Doss represented the post in the IMCOM Northeast Region event. courtesy photo.

Sept.  2, 2010 -- It has often been stated that when a Soldier is in the Army, his or her family serves as well so it’s only fitting that family members are given an opportunity to take part in leadership training as well.  

This past month, two teens and a staff member from Carlisle Barracks Middle School Teen Program took part in the annual Youth Leadership Forum held at Sandy Cove Retreat in Northeast Maryland.

Mitch Doss and Lamar Newkirk were the chosen teen representatives of Carlisle Barracks for this year’s event along with Peter Baltos, Middle School Teen Lead. The forum included teens from 23 different Army garrisons in IMCOM’s Northeast Region. During the weeklong event, Doss and Newkirk learned about different aspects of leadership through team building and problem solving activities and a service learning project that dealt with the oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico

“I learned that I had to become confident in myself and with my abilities. I really had to overcome personal nervousness. We had a lot of ideas on how to do things and we needed to have one voice with an idea,” said Newkirk.

Also, each garrison had been tasked with bringing 3 issues that affect teens at their installation. Over 15 different ideas were obtained from the region, and the top 4 were presented to Art Webb,  Northeast Region DFMWR director and  Lt. Col. Tony Boone,  commander of Headquarters Command Battalion at Ft Meade, Md. Two of the three issues that the Carlisle Barracks Teens brought happened to be the top two teen issues in the region.


Doss and Newkirk pose for a photo with Peter Baltos, Carlisle Barracks Middle School Teen Lead and Lt. Col Tony Boone, commander of Headquarters Command Battalion  at Ft Meade, Md., after the completion of the forum.

The forum is the middle part of the “Teen Chain of Command,” that begins at each garrison with youth council meetings, where local issues are discussed. The forum handles regional concerns.  The national Army Teen Panel brings together two teens from each of the six different IMCOM regions to report on teen issues to Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, IMCOM Commander.  

The four most pressing issues of the teens in our region were:

  • A lack of designated teen space
  • Teen employment
  • A need for  a clear voice for teens
  • Healthy opportunities for teens within the facility.

“It felt really good to know that other teens at different bases were having the same issues that we were having here,” said Doss. “It made us feel like we were going through them together.”

During the presentations, both youths represented the Carlisle Barracks Community in two different ways. Newkirk presented the second teen issue to the audience, while Doss received the Character Counts Award for Caring.

“It was amazing to see how fast these teens were able to bond, and work together on different projects. What made it interesting was when they split each garrison group. Then those teens were placed in larger break-out groups where they didn’t know anyone,” said  Baltos. “It definitely tested their communication and leadership skills.”

The teens were also given the task of returning to their posts and creating a Facebook page for the teen program of their respective garrisons. Prior to their departure, they were given courses on OPSEC protocol, photo selection, and photo editing.

 “I am looking forward to doing it again next year. I made some good friends and learned a lot,” said Doss. “I hope I get to be selected for a Junior Advisor Leadership position next year.”

Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs

Gettysburg staff ride has students walking in Lee’s and Meade’s boots

    (August 23, 2010)—Participating in military staff rides may be an old practice, but the insights gained are timeless, as Army War College students recently learned by looking at a historic battleground through a new set of strategically-focused eyes.

     Students listen as Professor Len Fullenkamp reconstructs the events of the Battle of Gettysburg during the Aug. 20 USAWC staff ride. Photo by Erin O. Stattel.

    The lessons from the battle of Gettysburg were viewed through this prism by members of the Army War College Class of 2011 during a staff ride to the historic battleground Aug. 20, a capstone to the strategic thinking course. The nearly 340 member class split into their 21 seminars and walked the grounds learning more about the decisions and strategic thought from USAWC experts like Professor Len Fullenkamp, a professor of military history for the Department of National Security and Strategy.

    “I hope they get a few things out of this experience,” Fullenkamp said. “First, I hope they can appreciate that leadership in war matters. I also want them to appreciate the continuity in their profession, many of them are another in a long line of Americans who, even in 1863, were just like them, and finally I want them to realize the human dimension of this particular war. Being a Soldier in 1863 is just like being a Soldier today.”

    Fullenkamp began his narrative of the Battle of Gettysburg for the members of Seminars three and four before the bus even left Carlisle by pointing out that the Presbyterian Church on the square was where Gen. George Washington once worshipped and the courthouse just next to it still bears pockmarks from bullet holes from Civil War-era activity.

    The staff ride is designed to show real-world examples of strategic leadership and view lessons that are still applicable today through a historical context.

    “Unlike a lecture or presentation, the staff ride is interactive, akin to our seminar discussions,” said Dr. James Helis, chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy.  “Students are drawn into discussing lessons derived from the battle.  Leadership, decision making, the human dimension of war, fog and friction on the battlefield are topics as relevant today as in 1863.”

   “Placing the students on the actual battlefield brings home the effects of terrain and weather much more than any map exercise.  The students are better able to get into the heads of the commanders they are studying by standing on the ground and seeing what they saw.”

    Fullenkamp continued setting the scene of those early July days in 1863, highlighting the mounting frustration between Southern states and Northern states over a hot-button issue, slavery, and in a larger sense, states’ rights. As the bus rolled along past orchards and fruit farms heading toward Biglerville, Fullenkamp broke from talk of 1863 and mentioned recent headlines concerning immigration and how border states seem to have one view of the issue while the federal government supports another -- an interesting side note during a discussion on what started the Civil War.

    The ability to walk the grounds and see first-hand the challenges that Lee and Meade faced brought a realism that can’t be gained from a looking at a map or reading a story in a book. Photo by Erin O. Stattel.

    “In order for us to understand this conflict, we need to understand war as an instrument of policy,” Fullenkamp told the students. “War needs a political end.”

    Under Fullenkamp’s lead, the seminars walked the open, grassy fields at Gettysburg, where he set the scene as the group moves as one. It was hot, much as it would have been on any one of the mornings of the battle days. He told the students of the problems faced by the Soldiers including trouble loading their weapons because they were packed in so tightly with one another, exposed during much of the fight in the open fields or blinded by the hilly terrain. He continued, telling them how the fight moves into places with legendary names like “Devil’s Den,” the “Peach Orchard,” and “Cemetery Hill.”

    Fullenkamp then stopped and posed a question for the students and future strategic leaders, “What would you do?” as they reflected on the challenges which faced opposing Generals George Meade and Robert E. Lee.

    “We are truly getting the general idea and Professor Fullenkamp is drawing parallels so we can understand why they made the decisions they made, then decide if they were the right ones or not,” said Lt. Col. Magatte Ndiaye, of Senegal, an International Fellow and member of the USAWC Class of 2011.

    The ability to walk the grounds and see first-hand the challenges that Lee and Meade faced brought a perspective and realism that can’t be gained from a looking at a map or reading a story in a book. 

    “Problems which are abstract or flat on a map jump out when you stand on Cemetery Hill or McPherson's Ridge or at the Angle,” Helis said. “You can also tie together how tactical conditions and events on the ground are linked to and have effects at the strategic and operational levels of war, and how strategic and operational factors can influence tactical decision making.”

    During the staff ride the students trekked up Little Roundtop to see firsthand the challenges facing Col. Strong Vincent’s and Col. Joshua Chamberlain’s troops with while carrying out orders from their commanders.

    “What is impressive to me is the immensity of the whole thing,” said Lt. Col. Michael Harlan, student.  “In books and movies, we only get little pieces and vignettes but Len has done a great job describing the complexity of this battle. It’s not just about Little Roundtop or the Peach Orchard, and that’s been great to get that detail really helps me understand where the strategists and troops were coming from.”

     Walking the battlefield offered a tangible experience in strategic leadership but Fullenkamp reminded them that at the end of the day basic human traits also play an important role in war.

    “Sure there were people who wanted to leave,” Fullenkamp said of the challenges facing the Soldiers. “But what keeps you in battle?”

    Without any prompting, the group answered in unison -- “Your buddy next to you.”

    At the end of the day, students said that the staff ride provided them not only insights into strategic leadership but also to what is just as important in battle.

    “I think this day has shown the will of Americans and our determination to fight for what is our freedom, and on a bigger scale abroad, fighting for our own freedom and the freedoms of others.” said Col. Kevin Vereen, student. 

Aug. 27, 2010 -- The revised Carlisle Area School District Bus Schedule for academic year 2010-2011 for Carlisle Barracks resident families is listed below:
08:04         YOUNG HALL BAY A
08:05         FORBES AVE & LIGGETT RD
08:06         637 LIGGETT RD (YSC)
08:08         MARSHALL & BRIDGE RDS
08:09         226 MARSHALL RD
08:10         BARRY DR & FORBES AVE
08:05         FORBES AVE & DAVIS RD
08:06         637 LIGGETT RD (YSC) 245-4555
08:07         BUTLER & LIGGETT RDS
08:09         MARSHALL RD & BRIDGE RD
08:11         226 MARSHALL RD
08:13         BARRY DR & FORBES AVE
16E            LETORT   ELEMENTARY
08:11         BUTLER & CRAIG RDS
08:13         YOUNG HALL BAY A
08:15         637 LIGGETT (YSC)
08:18         MARSHALL RD & BRIDGE RD
08:19         BARRY & FORBES
08:05         10003 CHICKAMAUGA DR
08:07         10014 CHICKAMAUGA DR
08:13         1944 W TRINDLE RD
08:14         10 GREYSTONE RD
08:15         SPRUCE & E LOUTHER ST
08:19         314 S SPRING GARDEN ST
07:00         YOUNG HALL - BAY A
07:04         637 LIGGETT (YSC)
07:06         MARSHALL & BRIDGE RDS
07:08         226 MARSHALL RD
07:09         BARRY DR & FORBES AVE
07:17         516 N BEDFORD ST
07:22         245 S WEST ST
35M            LAMBERTON  MS
06:50         10004 CHICKAMAUGA DR
06:51         10014 CHICKAMAUGA DR
06:56         CRAIG & BUTLER RDS
07:12         1944 W TRINDLE RD
07:13         SPRUCE & E LOUTHER STS
07:15         BALTIMORE & JUNIPER ST
07:17         273 E POMFRET ST
16S            SWARTZ, MCGOWAN, WILSON, Carlisle Christian Academy
07:08         531 BUTLER RD
07:10         637 LIGGETT (YSC)
07:12         MARSHALL RD & BRIDGE RD
07:14         BARRY DR & MARSHALL RD
07:15         BARRY DR & FORBES AVE
23S            SWARTZ, MCGOWAN, Carlisle Christian Academy  
07:18         713 SUMNER RD
07:19         SUMNER & BUTLER RDS
07:20         540 CRAIG RD
07:25         38 GUARDHOUSE & GARRISON LNS
27S            SWARTZ, MCGOWAN, WILSON, St. Patrick’s
07:10         10003 CHICKAMAUGA DR
07:12         10014 CHICKAMAUGA DR
07:15         PARKER SPRINGS RD
07:19         1018 HARRISBURG PIKE
07:20         912 HARRISBURG PIKE

Army Center for Substance Abuse Program
Tips for a safe Labor Day weekend


The summer season is coming to an end and we are gearing up for that last big celebration or picnic. Everyone needs to relax, unwind and say good-bye to summer. Many of us will share this time with our families or close friends. It is up to us to enjoy this weekend in a responsible, safe way.

 Every year, hundreds of families are faced with the devastating consequences of someone driving after consuming too much alcohol. The following informationoffers suggestions on how to have a safe Labor Day Weekend.


Remember “It’s Always OK NOT To Drink”. SAFE PICNIC/PARTY PLANNING


When throwing a picnic/party, it is important to remember that you have a responsibility to your guests that they all have a safe afternoon or evening at your party. 

If alcohol is being served it is important to always offer your guests non-alcoholic beverages and food. You should also have activities such as dancing or games so as to not make alcohol the main-focus of the event. By offering your guests other activities, you are encouraging them to spend their time socializing instead of drinking.


As host of the party, be prepared to help identify safe and sober transportation for all of your guests. This can be accomplished by identifying a safe-ride program in your area, providing your guests with the telephone number for a local taxi company or simply offering all of your guests a good nights sleep in your home.

Ensuring a safe and sober ride home for all your guests is the easiest way to ensure a safe holiday event.



How to have a safe Labor Day event


Always know who is driving – Make sure the designated drivers have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.


Serve food – Especially foods such as cheese, nuts, and meat as these foods help slow the body’s alcohol absorption rate.


Obey the law – ID anyone you may not know at your party. Never serve anyone who is under 21 or is already intoxicated.


Focus on fun – Have games, music, entertainment or other activities to shift the emphasis from drinking to socializing.

Know what to look for – Signs of impairment can include lack of coordination, aggressive behavior, very talkative, very indifferent, slurred speech and incoherent speech.


Offer Safe-Rides – Whether it is providing taxi company numbers or having a designated driver available, make sure no one leaves the party to drive impaired.


How to be safe at a Labor Day event


 Decide beforehand who will be the designated driver. Make a pact with your friends that someone will call the Police. While this may be hard to do, it will help deter anyone from leaving the party drunk.


Leave Early – Statistics show that the highest percentage of drunk drivers, are on the road between 12:30 and 3:00 AM.


Be extremely cautious and observant when driving, even if it is early.


Remember that many people begin drinking early at office holiday celebrations.


If you have too much to drink and/or do not feel comfortable with your designated driver, call a taxi or ask the host to help you identify a safe,

sober ride home.


Designated driver program


A designated driver is a person in a group of two or more drinking age adults who agrees not to drink any alcoholic beverages and to safely transport the other group members home.


If it is a large group, more than one Designated Driver may be needed.

Designated Drivers should not drink any alcoholic beverages and are therefore never the person least drunk.


Designated Drivers are also important if someone is taking medication that makes them drowsy or otherwise impaired.


When you use the Designated Driver Program, this does not mean that you should drink beyond control, you too need to be responsible.




1. Eat before and during drinking.

2. Before you celebrate, designate; identify a responsible driver or use public


3. Don’t chug your drinks; drink slowly and make your drinks last.

4. Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

5. Remember the word HALT, don’t drink if you’re Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or


6. Drink responsibly, stay in control of your-self.

7. Remember, it’s ALWAYS ok NOT to drink.


FACT – the loss of lives to impaired driving is completely preventable. There are



For additional information contact your ASAP office at 245-4576.

Public Affairs staff reports
New green upgrades in store for Commissary at Carlisle Barracks

 August 26, 2010 -- Commissary shoppers will see 'green' in the coming upgrades to key shopping experiences with a remodeled meat upright case lineup, deli/bakery lineup, and an expanded frozen food sales area. 

The Defense Commissary Agency announced Aug. 18 that Summit Construction Co, of Lee's Summit, Mo, has been awarded the $3.9 million construction contract for architectural and refrigeration renovation for the commissary at Carlisle Barracks.

The existing sales floor will be removed and replaced; phased work will allow commissary operations to continue during the construction period.

This project will incorporate the use of extensive sustainable and energy saving design features including use of high efficiency lamps, ballasts; lighting controls with daylight sensors. energy star rated equipment,  energy conserving night curtains for open display cases, and refrigeration monitoring and control system (RMCS) for refrigeration, HVAC systems, lighting, and utility metering.



Construction is expected to start in October 2010. Completion is targeted for October 2011.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Collins Hall delivers strategic lessons to thousands

The family of Gen. J. Lawton "Lighting" Joe Collins, whom Collins Hall is named for, receive a tour of the facility by Col. Eric Ashworth, director, Operations & Gaming Division. CSL serves as a high-technology senior leader experiential education center. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

 Aug. 23, 2010 -- Gen. J. Lawton “Lightning Joe” Collins was a man who saw the big picture, looked at issues with an eye to the future and knew the value of education. It’s only fitting that Collins Hall, a building named in his honor and home of the Center for Strategic Leadership, has continued to evolve to serve future leaders since it was first opened in 1994.

Collins, a World War II veteran and former Chief of Staff of the Army, led the effort to reopen the USAWC at Carlisle in 1950. Members of his family got to see first-hand the changes of the facility named in his honor and learn more about the evolving ways the center adapts to an ever-changing world during a tour of the facility Aug. 23. The man leading the charge for many of the new initiatives and strategic games, Col. Eric Ashworth, head of the Operations and Gaming Division, provided the family an overview of the facility and explained how it continues to prepare tomorrow’s strategic leaders and support Army and DoD leadership.

“Gen. Collins believed in the value of higher education in our military which made him the perfect selection when naming the new strategic wargaming facility for the Army,” said Ashworth. “CSL continues today to serve as the Army's high-technology senior leader experiential education center. The center's conferences, wargames, and other learning events keeps Gen. Collins' vision alive.” 

CSL hosts an average of 80 conferences and 520 educational events annually with an estimated 7,000 attendees.

Collins Hall has stayed true to its roots as a “strategic gaming center,” as it was originally called, by providing a physical setting and an online environment for Army War College students and senior national security leaders to receive strategic level education through the use of information technology, war games, simulations and exercises with an emphasis on joint level strategic planning. CSL is the only strategic simulation organization that works in an interagency community, bringing together worldwide resources to create strategic level replications for educational purposes. Exercises such as Unified Quest and the Strategic Decision Making Exercise, are used by military and government leaders to test concepts within a strategic-minded environment.

 “The people of the United States have a presumption that based upon the resources provided to the Army, its senior leaders know how to employ them and protect the country,” said Prof. Doug Campbell, CSL director. “Here at CSL, we provide the education for those senior leaders to continue to deliver on that presumption.”

Staff ride program partners CSL with civilian leaders

CSL also hosts civilian business and military leaders for a Strategic Leader Staff Ride. During the three-day event, leadership experts from the Army War College engage in discussions with government, academic and business leaders to understand strategy and planning in a historical context.                      

For more about Collins Hall and the Center for Strategic Leadership visit


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
BOSS program donates supplies to local school

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chad Bowen, Laura Schaffer, Letort Elementary School principal, 1st Sgt. Carlos Runnels, Staff Sgt. Catherine Hutson, Sgt. Jeffrey Poland and Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander unpack supplies that the Carlisle Barracks Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program donated to the school. BOSS raised nearly $600 for school supplies during a recent fundraiser at County fair. Photo by Scott Finger.

Aug. 26, 2010 -- Carlisle Barracks Soldiers donated nearly $600 worth of school supplies and gift cards to a local school just in time for the back-to-school rush Aug. 26.

Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chad Bowen, 1st Sgt. Carlos Runnels, Staff Sgt. Catherine Hutson, and Sgt. Jeffrey Poland represented the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program and donated pencils, crayons, glue, paper, spiral notebooks, binders, folders, erasers, pencil pouches, tissues and hand sanitizers to the Letort Elementary School using money they collected during a recent fundraiser at County Fair. Letort is part of the Carlisle Area School District, which educates a large amount of Carlisle Barracks children.  

 “It’s like Christmas in September,” said Laura Schaffer, the school's principal. “This will really help out our students and their families, we can’t thank you enough.”

Each year schools send out a list of supplies that students will need for the upcoming school year. If the families aren’t able to afford them, the school provides them for the student. BOSS leadership wanted to help Letort provide these supplies as part of their annual community service project according to Sgt. Jeffrey Poland, BOSS president.

“We wanted to try and help out a school and families in our community,” he said. “I was glad we were able to help the school out with supplies for the kids.”   

By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks works to keep community safe

    August 27, 2010--Security efforts at Carlisle Barracks are taken very seriously by the people who have the task of keeping the community safe.

    In the wake of a Department of Defense review of recommendations made by an independent panel after the Nov. 5, 2009 Fort Hood shooting, several priorities are outlined, including boosting on-base emergency response capabilities, improving law enforcement and force protection information sharing with partner agencies. Read the full story here.

    Carlisle Barracks security measures range from background checks to the availability of occupational health personnel to aid with managing workplace stress.

    “Every employee of the federal government receives a background check,” said Diane Pharo, of the Root Hall Security Office. “That goes for NAF (non-appropriated funds) employees, volunteers and interns and summer hires.”

    Pharo explained that employees not seeking a secret clearance receive an SF85, the lowest level of a security check, but local records, FBI records and police records are still searched when someone is hired to work for the federal government, even if it is for a short time.

    “CPAC does the initial check and security does ongoing background checks and processes any derogatory information that comes in about employees,” she said. “We continually review people for secret, top secret and confidential clearances.”

    Carlisle Barracks also offers the services of an occupational health professional upon in-processing.

    “We do have a few positions on the Post that require a pre-employment physical and those individuals who are hired into those positions must pass the physical requirements prior to being appointed to the position,” said a CPAC representative. “All other employees are given an initial in-processing physical package and asked to contact the occupational health office to schedule an appointment with the occupational health nurse.”

    If a worker feels that they are under stress, they may self-refer for counseling through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), said Dr. James Bruckart, occupational health physician at Letterkenny Army Depot, which is also under the Northeast Regional Medical Command.

    “If a supervisor has concern about the mental health of a worker, they can recommend self-referral or in severe cases, request a fitness for duty evaluation,” Bruckart explained.  “It will be up to the counselor or medical provider to exercise good clinical judgment in determining the mental fitness of the individual and recommend treatment as needed.”

    The DoD-released report also addressed inadequacies throughout 911 systems on military installations. Here at Carlisle Barracks 911 calls are routed through the Cumberland County 911 system, said Carlisle Barracks Police Chief James Chesser.

    “The cell phone towers in this area route the calls depending on where they are, but it is important for callers to remember to clearly identify and explain where they are in order for a dispatcher to contact the proper authorities,” Chesser said. “We do have a mass notification system and reverse 911 capabilities, so we can notify everyone on post of a situation. We are also notified of other situations at military installations through the IOC (Installation Operations Center).”

    Chesser said that he has never seen such a good working relationship between military and local authorities as he has between Carlisle Barracks and Cumberland County.

    “During my military career and as a civilian, I have never seen such a good working relationship with local authorities as I see here at Carlisle Barracks,” he said.

Military Intelligence Hall of Fame accepting nominations

In October, the MI Corps Hall of Fame Board will determine the 2011 Class of Inductees.  The Hall of Fame exists to recognize noteworthy military and civilian personnel who have made outstanding contributions to the MI community.  The MI Corps relies on the input of contributors such as yourselves to identify and nominate worthy candidates for this honor.  To date, 222 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame (please visit the official MI Corps Hall of Fame website at

Although nominations are accepted at any time, to be considered by the 2011 Board, nominations must be received by Sept. 30. Criteria for nominations are provided below.  For full nomination procedures, please contact




All Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, Enlisted Soldiers or professional civilians who have served in a United States Army intelligence unit or in an intelligence position in the US Army are eligible for nomination.  Only nominations for individuals will be accepted. Individuals cannot be self-nominated. No unit or group nominations will be considered. The following criteria must be met by all nominees:


1. Nominees may not be serving on active duty and must have been retired a minimum of three years before consideration; however, they may be employed by the US Government in either a civilian or contractor position, to include continued service in an intelligence role. Government civilians who have not previously served in uniform but who are otherwise qualified and have been retired a minimum of three years may be considered.


2. Although nominees must have served with Army intelligence in some capacity, the supporting justification for their nomination may include accomplishments from any portion of their career, not merely their period of service in Army intelligence.


3. A nominee must have made a significant contribution to Military Intelligence that reflects favorably on the Military Intelligence Corps. When appropriate, the nomination may be based on heroic actions and valorous awards rather than on documented sustained service and a significant contribution to Army intelligence.


Nominations should be sent to:

Command Historian (ATZS-HIS)

US Army Intelligence Center of Excellence

1903 Hatfield Street, Building 62711,

Fort Huachuca, Arizona 85613-7000

Dunham Clinic closures for FY 11
(As of Aug. 30)

Oct. 11-Columbus Day

Nov. 11-Veteran's Day

Nov. 25- Thanksgiving

Nov. 26-Training Holiday

Dec. 24- Christmas

Dec. 27-Training Day

Dec. 31-New Year's

Jan. 3, 2011-Training Holiday

Jan. 17, 2011-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Feb. 21, 2011-Presidents s Day

May 30, 2011-Memorial Day

July 1, 2011- Training Holiday

July 4, 2011-Independence Day

Sept. 5, 2011- Labor Day

Darryl J. Madden, Director, Ready Campaign
September is National Preparedness Month
Taking action to be ready 

Aug.31, 2010 -- Do you have emergency supplies set aside in case there’s a disaster? Does your family have an emergency plan? For many people, planning for an emergency or disaster isn’t a priority.

According to the 2009 Citizen Corps National Survey, only 36 percent of individuals believed there was a high likelihood of a natural disaster to EVER happen in their community. Many people think they have everything they need in the event of an emergency at hand, and can simply “grab and go.”

You are your family’s first responder, and in many ways you are your neighbor’s first responder. All of us as participants in our communities and members of our families need to take concrete steps to proactively prepare for emergencies and disasters. Local, state, and national authorities are going to help, but they may not be able to get to you right away. We all need to be prepared for those first 72 hours before help can reach us.

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM)—the perfect time to take action and get your family Ready. Readiness comes in many forms and preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. We have to work together, as a team, to ensure that our families, neighborhoods, and communities are Ready. Get an emergency supply kit. Make a family emergency plan. Be informed about the risks in your area. Work with your neighbor and know who might need just a little extra help.

To help get your family started, Ready Kids is a family-friendly, children-oriented tool to help parents and teachers educate children, ages 8-12, about emergencies and how they can help families better prepare. The Ready Kids Web site at features fun activities such as a Scavenger Hunt, Pack It Up Matching game, crossword puzzles and coloring pages, as well as age-appropriate, step-by-step instructions on what families can do to better prepare for emergencies and the role kids can play in that effort.

It’s important to explain to your children that families can prepare for emergencies before they take place and that they can help, too. By doing so, you can alleviate anxiety if an emergency does occur and help to nurture a more prepared society for generations to come. Visit today and get Ready!

Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
Gates: War in Iraq Over, U.S. transitioning to Iraqi Forces

RAMADI, Iraq, Sept. 1, 2010 - The war in Iraq is over and the United States is entering the final phase of the U.S. engagement in Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

U.S. combat operations have ceased, the secretary said. American forces are still participating in some counterinsurgency operations with the Iraqis, and they are training and advising and assisting Iraqi forces, but the United States is not at war in Iraq.

Gates said a lot has changed in Iraq since he took office in December 2006. Then Iraq was in desperate straits. Ethnic violence ? encouraged by al-Qaida in Iraq ? threatened to tear the country apart. Sunni and Shia Arabs were at each other's throats and both groups distrusted the Kurds. Insurgents were planting roadside bombs and driving car bombs into Iraqi and coalition forces.

In those dark days came the decision to surge 30,000 more American troops into the country to take and hold areas until Iraqi security forces could take their place.

It worked, but American servicemembers paid a terrible price. Since the invasion in 2003, a total of 4,427 American servicemembers have died in Iraq. Some 34,268 have been wounded. Hundreds of thousands have served in Iraq ? often repeatedly.

Reporters asked Gates if that sacrifice was worth it. "If Iraq ends up a democratic country that is a constructive participant in international life ... then I think looking back the potential for it being the core of significant change in this region as a democratic state is hard to underestimate," he said. "Our men and women in uniform believe we have accomplished something that makes the sacrifice and the bloodshed not to have been in vain. Our men and women have accomplished something really quite extraordinary."

The secretary is optimistic about the future of the country. He said that "politics has broken out here," with opposing sides talking about forming a government rather than shooting at each other. "The efforts of al-Qaida to reignite ethnic violence that we saw in 2006 and 2007 have not been successful," he said. "I'm optimistic that these guys will form a coalition government and continue to make progress. This is going to be a work in progress for a long time. This is a new thing in the several thousand year history of Iraq, and it's a pretty new thing in this region of the world."

Gates gave two examples of the changes he has seen just since arriving in Iraq this morning. The first is how empty it was at al Asad Air Base, where he landed. At one time, the base housed 22,000 Marines and Soldiers.

The other example was reflected in the questions from the Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. Gates visited the Soldiers here and held a question and answer session with them. The Soldiers of the advise and assist brigade "did not ask questions about security or issues relating to Iraq so much as they were about their own situations and plans going forward," Gates said.

There will continue to be tough times in Iraq for the 50,000 American troops that remain to advise and assist Iraqi security forces. He told the Soldiers, for example, that he would not favor stopping the special pays they receive for their service here.