Banner Archive for September 2011

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College
Town hall meeting provides forum for questions, concerns

Sept. 29, 2011 – Residents, employees and family members were all given a voice during a recent town hall meeting in Bliss Hall Sept. 29.

Lt. Col. William McDonough hosted his first meeting, and fielded topics from lights in the commissary parking lot to water flow in post housing.

“I am always available to answer questions or help you out with concerns,” said McDonough when talking to attendees.  “I have a great team and we are all here to help and support you.”

Questions asked during the meeting:

Q:As a resident of Forbes Ave, I have a question about traffic patterns on post. Frequently students/staff park in my space for a quicker walk to Root Hall. Very often I am forced to either drive around again for a different spot or park behind the housing. Right now in order for me to take a 2nd pass at parking in my spot (in front or behind) I need to traverse a great deal around post. I either have to 1) Circle around Indian Field, 2) Circle around Marshall Rd and Wright Ave or 3) Drive down Letort Rd and Wright Ave. Wouldn’t it make more sense to reverse the traffic on Brook Rd (since it is right behind the housing) and allow for the quick return of people to their houses, and cut down on vehicular traffic on Letort Rd?

A:The reason the traffic pattern is the same on Forbes and Brook road, is to eliminate traffic on Brook Road (the alley), and people would drive through the alley way. Children play in the alley and use that road to get to the playgrounds so we want to minimize traffic in the alley. If someone is parking in your spot, please call the police station at 245-4115.

Q:Why are there so many illegal entries at the Claremont Road gate? Does it need better signage?

A: DPW and the Carlisle Barracks Police Department are looking into new signage.


Q:  The recycle bins near Young Hall always seem to be overflowing.

A:The garrison commander and Tom Kelly the director of DPW are looking into improving the recycling program on post.


A question dealing with why the lights weren’t coming on at the Commissary and Class Six parking lots was asked and resolved that evening.  

During the meeting, garrison staff members briefed upcoming events and important information for post residents.  Some highlights included:

For information on post delays, closures, check:
– Post operations line: 245-3700

- Oktoberfest, will he held Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at USAHEC

- Post trick or treating will be Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. A parade will be held on Indian Field at 5 p.m., prizes will be awarded. For more information visit

- Effective Oct. 13, DoD decals will no longer be required to enter Carlisle Barracks.  Non-DoD ID Cardholders still need to have visitor passes issued by the security guards. For more information read the Banner article.

 - Tips on being prepared for winter weather -- know the forecast before you go out, winterize your vehicle and allow yourself enough travel time.

 -Retiree Appreciation Day, Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  and the Combined Federal Campaign,  which kicks off Oct. 4. For more information on CFC visit the Banner article.

 - Army Family Action Plan Conference, Nov. 1-3 at the LVCC. For more information, or to volunteer call 245-3684.

 - Snow removal plan -- .the priority is the VAC site and the main roads through Carlisle Barracks (Thorpe Road to Delaney Road to Sumner Road to Ashburn Drive).

 - Live utility billing.

  • Army is the utilities provider and reimbursed by BBC for utility consumption.
  • Monthly baseline calculated by averaging the consumption of occupied “like homes” in the same neighborhood each month
  • Resident’s Basic Allowance for Housing covers utility consumption up to baseline.
  • Those who consume less than the month’s baseline can earn a rebate.
  • Those whose consumption exceeds the current month baseline will be billed ONLY for their “excess” consumption above the baseline.
  • All homes of same or similar size and location are considered one profile
  • Actual usage of homes is used to calculate the current month’s baseline
  • To calculate the current baseline per floor plan we:
    • Remove unoccupied homes
    • Remove partial billing periods (move-in and move-outs)
    • Remove top and bottom 10% outliers
    • Calculate current average consumption
    • The average is then considered the baseline per profile
  • Baseline is a rolling baseline
  • More details available online

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Chairman's Corner: A Farewell Message

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2011 - To the men, women and families of the armed forces of the United States:

It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as your Chairman for the last four years. Everywhere Deborah and I went to see you and your families we walked away humbled by the magnitude of the responsibility you have volunteered to carry and strengthened by the willingness and dignity with which you carry it.

From my first day on the job, I pledged to ensure you had the right strategy, leadership and resources to accomplish your missions. I believe we worked hard to get that right. But you are the ones who turned back the tide of violence in Iraq, made huge strides towards a more secure Afghanistan and defended our Nation's interests around the globe. Even with all the demands we've placed on you, you still look for ways to do even more to help those in need.

Not a day goes by that I don't think about the burdens placed on you and your families. Your sacrifices will be forever fixed in my heart, and I am eternally grateful for your service.

Following the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill said, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Today, I could use those very words to describe our thoughts of you. We are deeply honored to have served for and with you. May God bless you and your families always.

Army Heritage Trail Interactive Web Pages Go Live

 The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is proud to announce the Army Heritage Trail Interactive Web Pages section of the USAHEC website. 

While the online trail map used to be a static map with labels of the outdoor exhibits the new map will allow users to click on different areas of the map to access a series of interactive features that include maps, articles, and photographs.

The Army Heritage Trail is the outdoor component of the USAHEC facility and consists of a one mile path featuring a series of large macro-exhibits covering various eras in U.S. Army history. The web pages, accessible from a map of the Army Heritage Trail on the USAHEC's main website, offer an in-depth look at the history behind each of the outdoor macro exhibits. The pages include historical essays, archival finding aids from the Military History Institute, historical videos and photographs, and links to other multimedia content on the USAHEC website.  The pages can be accessed by clicking on the icon of a macro exhibit.

The evolving interactive nature of the site is an excellent resource for teachers and students who plan to visit the USAHEC campus, and  will shortly be accessible via smart phones  to visitors exploring the trail.  Visit the new Army Heritage Trail Interactive Web Pages at

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

USAWC students learn lessons of Gettysburg during staff ride

After spending nearly two months in the classroom studying theory and grappling with concepts, the members of the USAWC Class of 2012 got the chance to walk in the footsteps of giants as they participated in the annual staff ride to Gettysburg Battlefield. 

“The staff ride serves many purposes,” said Professor Len Fullenkamp, a professor of military history for the Department of National Security and Strategy.  “It affords our students an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of leadership at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war, as well as the opportunity to reflect on the complexities of using war and battle to achieve political ends.  It is a tremendous learning experience.”

 Prof. Len Fullenkamp, a professor of military history for the Department of National Security and Strategy at the Army War College, points to where the Confederate Army was positioned near Little Round Top at Gettysburg National Battlefield during a staff ride for Army War College students on Sept. 21.  The staff ride highlights the important strategic decisions made during the battle and the lessons of leadership as the students begin their 10-month resident course.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

 “Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War,” said Fullenkamp on why the site is chosen for the staff ride.  “Today you will be able to stand on the battlefield where the republic was saved.”

As the members of Seminar 4 rode the 30 miles to Gettysburg, Fullenkamp began his narrative of the Battle of Gettysburg with a discussion of the constraints on Confederate General Robert E. Lee as he prepared to take the war to northern soil.

“Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was also responsible for protecting Richmond,” said Fullenkamp.  “So he couldn’t expend all of his men and fire power at Gettysburg because that would have left Richmond vulnerable to attack.  He had to consider the overall Confederate strategy.”

The lessons of the battle are still applicable today.

“When you came to the Army War College you were focused on tactics and the battle directly in front of you,” said Fullenkamp.  “However, when you leave here, you will shift your focus to strategy.  You won’t be able to just focus on the battle in front of you but will also have to focus on the battle that will be fought next week or two months from now.”

Under Fullenkamp’s lead Seminar 4 recreated walked through the same open grassy field that the 12,500 Confederate Soldiers walked as they prepared to charge the Union line, in an assault that would go down in history as “Pickett’s Charge.”

Fullenkamp had the seminar members walk in line at the same speed that the Confederate Soldiers walked.    During the 17 minute one mile walk through the field, Fullenkamp pointed out the Union artillery positions north of Little Round Top which ranked the Confederate right flank, and artillery fire that rained down on the left flank from Cemetery Hill.

As they walked Fullenkamp reminded the seminar members of the three things that make a great Army: leadership, tactics and discipline.

“Of the three, leadership matters the most.”

For some seminar members, the most sobering part of the day was learning about some of the difficult decisions that the Civil War commanders had to make during those three days in July.

“Sacrificing a regiment to delay an advance until reinforcements can arrive is a dilemma that I hope I never have to face,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Mallets, Seminar 5.  “If presented with the situation, I saw the effect that it had on the overall effort and pray that I know the right decision to make.”

At the end of the day, students said that the staff ride provided them insights into strategic leadership.

“I suppose the biggest take away from the staff ride is the role that good leadership, both above and below, plays in accomplishing the end state, whether that’s a military end state or a political end state,” said Lt. Col. Carey Wagen, Seminar 4.

“The personality of the leaders and their qualifications were critical to the success or failure of the individual battles,” said Mallets.  “Commanders taking liberties with what they thought was the right move ended up putting the overall battle in jeopardy.  Not to mention, not all of the commanders were professional military officers.  Their lack of training and experience might have turned the tide for the enemy.”

Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs
Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit
Carlisle Barracks hosts Hispanic American Heritage Observance


The Honorable Pedro A. Cortes was guest speaker for the Carlisle Barracks and U.S. Army War College Hispanic American Heritage Observance, Sept. 20, Letort View Community Center. Photo by Megan Clugh.


Sept. 28, 2011 --   “I encourage all of us to view Hispanic Heritage Month as an opportunity to celebrate America’s rich and diverse cultures,” said the Honorable Pedro A. Cortes, guest speaker for the Carlisle Barracks and U.S. Army War College Hispanic American Heritage Observance, Sept. 20, Letort View Community Center.

Cortes, former Pa. Secretary of State from 2003 to 2010, was the first confirmed Latino Cabinet member and the longest serving Secretary of State in Pa. history.  Presently, Cortes is the Executive Vice President of Everyone Counts, a global election solutions company specializing in military and overseas voting.  A native of Puerto Rico, Cortes has lived in Harrisburg since 1990.

Serving the Nation—

More than one million Hispanics have proudly served and continue to serve in defense of our nation, said Cortes, 43 of them have received the Medal of Honor.

“Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit” is the theme for the 2011 Hispanic Heritage Observance.  The event at the LVCC, also included a food sampling, reading of the Presidential Proclamation, and table displays featuring books and cultural items.

In closing, Cortes said, “Remember, we are a great nation because people are our most important asset, and Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are our guiding principles.”

Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept 15-Oct. 15, celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans.  The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded in 1988 to a month by President Ronald Reagan.

USAHEC hosting free event: Civil War 150: Going to Winter Camp 1861

Open to public, Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Sept. 28, 2011 -- This year kicks-off the observance of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The "Civil War 150: Going to Winter Camp 1861," will recreate Union and Confederate Army Winter Camps and will feature a variety of activities.

During the winter of that first year, both the Union and Confederate armies ceased fighting and entered winter camps due to operational conditions.  The weather conditions posed communication and supply chain problems which made maneuvering extremely difficult.  Because of the decreased activity, the armies were able to set up more permanent log cabin style camps.  This down-time allowed armies to relax after months of fighting.  It also gave troops an opportunity to train and prepare for the coming months of battle, participate in camp activities, and allowed officers to bring their families to visit and stay in the camps.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is hosting the living history event, Civil War 150: Going to Winter Camp 1861, which will recreate Union and Confederate Army Winter Camps, on Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day.  There will be a variety of activities including firing demonstrations, close order drills, cavalry demonstrations, a “Sutler’s Row” and the construction of a replica of the “Pine Cottage” cabin.  Friday, September 30th will include an educational stations program for school-aged children that will encourage children to look for different aspects of the Civil War throughout the event.  There will be a series of lectures on Saturday, October 1, including Remembering “The War of the Rebellion” from the Emmy-Award winning filmmaker and Civil War battlefield preservationist Robert Lee Hodge.  The lectures will be located in the Visitor and Education Center along with a book sale and the exhibit, A Great Civil War 1861: The Union Dissolved

This event will be held Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day.  The event is free and open to the public.  Parking is free.  Handicap parking and transportation are available. For more information on this event visit call 717-245-3972.

2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon
  The 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon--Breast Cancer ... Is it in the "genes" will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Letort View Community Center.  This event is sponsored by the Carlisle Chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW).
  The guest speaker, survivor Brenda Hagar, is a lifetime member of FEW and currently the president for the Greater Oklahoma City Chapter of FEW.  She is a management and program analyst/team lead for the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City.
  In addition there will be a silent auction, information and displays, and door prizes.
  Tickets are $15 and include lunch (Marinated Boneless Chicken, Italian roasted potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, coffee, tea, soda, and cake).    Proceeds will benefit the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition.  For tickets and information call 245-3551/3154.  Tickets can be purchased until Friday, Sept. 23.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

American tradition of war – crusades and nation-building

In the movie Patton George C. Scott as General George Patton says, “Americans traditionally love to fight.  All real Americans love the sting of battle… Americans play to win all the time… the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.”

Michael Lynch, the director of the USAHEC Visitor Services, presents Dr. Dominic Tierney, an assistant professor of political science at Swarthmore College, with a copy of his perspectives lecture poster on Sept. 21.   As part of USAHEC Perspective in Military History lecture series Tierney discussed, “How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War.” Photo by Staff Sgt Corey Baltos.

However,  as part of the Army Heritage and Education Center’s Perspectives in Military History lecture series, Dr. Dominic Tierney, an assistant professor of political science at Swarthmore College,  offered the hypothesis that  Americans only love some wars, while other wars are hateful to them, during his Sept. 21 lecture,  “How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War.”

“While American wars don’t repeat themselves, they do rhyme,” said Tierney.  “We love overthrowing tyrants but we hate dealing with the messy consequences.”

Tierney offered the theory that throughout American history the United States has fought two types of wars: wars against other foreign countries, or inter-state wars, and nation-building wars.

 “The aim of inter-state war is not to seize a few provinces, call it quits, and sign a peace treaty,” Tierney said. “Such limited wars, fought for modest goals are an alien concept to Americans.  American objectives in inter-state wars are grander, compel unconditional surrender, create a new democratic government and transform the world.  The U.S. pubic has supported the goal of regime change in every single inter-state war since the U.S.  Civil War.”

“Inter-state wars are crusader wars,” said Tierney.  “Americans love this type of war.  We love fighting against a tyrant, fighting a decisive victory.  Once the battle commences, Americans believe that the United States should use all necessary force to attain majestic objectives, including regime change, thereby transforming the enemy in America’s own image.”

However once peace is declared the crusader wave crashes, attention reverts to domestic affairs and the public’s interest in transforming the world washes away.

“Nation-building wars, where the objective is not to destroy the enemy but build a new democratic state within an existing state are almost always viewed as incomprehensible quagmires to the American public,” said Tierney. “Even when nation-building wars have been successful, such as in Kosovo, Americans almost always see them as disastrous.”

“Part of the reason Americans see nation-building exercise as failures is because, due to our idealism, we set such a high bar for success, and many of these countries cannot live up to our ideals,” said Tierney.

Tierney argues that America’s first success with a crusader war was the U.S. Civil War.  “While Lincoln stated that his goal was union, many northerners quickly got swept up in the crusading zeal of destroying the old slave regime in the South and remaking the territory into northern image.”  But once the guns fell silent in April, 1865, and the north was faced with rebuilding the vanquished south, Reconstruction was soon viewed in the North as a quagmire. By 1871 support for Reconstruction had almost completely eroded, and by the time it ended, most of the gains that had been made, were systematically destroyed by newly imposed “black codes,” that would remain in effect for nearly 100 years.

Unfortunately for Americans, Tierney stated, the next war will most likely be a nation-building war.

“Even if the United States were to go to war with, say Iran with the purpose of ridding the country of its nuclear reactors, support for overthrowing the current regime would rise, and then after destroying the old regime, America would be faced with the daunting task of rebuilding the country,” said Tierney.  “If you though rebuilding Iraq was fun, wait until you have to rebuild Iran.”

So how can the United Sates prepare for the next nation-building war?  Tierney offered this suggestion.

“America must reconnect with the founding fathers’ belief that the job of Soldiers was not just to destroy, but also to build,” said Tierney.  “In the early republic, troops cut down trees, built forts, schools, and roads.  U.S. troops also helped to survey and map the west.”

“In the modern world we need our own multipurpose army to build roads that bind Afghanistan and give humanitarian aid to those suffering from famine, war or natural disasters.”

“Winning an interstate war is only half the battle,” said Tierney.  “We need to win the peace as well.”

The next Perspectives in Military History lecture, “Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam” is scheduled to take place on Oct. 19, 2011. 

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 Oct. 4 to Nov. 11.

 To kick off the Capital Area CFC campaign a breakfast will be held at the Susquehanna Club, at the Defense Distribution Center in New Cumberland on Oct. 6 at 8 a.m.  The event will include an Agency Fair.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from Elton Manske, the Carlisle Barracks CFC representative in Upton Hall Room 107, or call 245-4898.

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. 

“The goal of the Carlisle Barracks CFC campaign is to raise $162,000 this year,” said Elton Manske, Chairman of the 2011 Central Pennsylvania Combined Federal Campaign.  “This is a three percent increase over last year’s total.”

“Success is not measured by how much (money) we take in,” said Manske.  “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.

For more information visit:            

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Ryan shares tips for thinking strategically

John Ryan, a retired Navy vice admiral and president of the Center for Creative Leadership, spoke to Army War College students in Bliss Hall Sept. 23 about thinking strategically. Photo by Megan Clugh.


Sept. 23, 2011 -- A former naval leader pulled from his military experience and his time as the president of the Center for Creative Leadership to kick off the Army War College course on strategic leadership Sept. 23 in Bliss Hall.

John Ryan, a retired Navy vice admiral, focused his remarks on the “six key skills for leading strategically,” during the hour-long talk. His key skills for leading strategically are:

  • Collaboration/Teamwork
  • Learning agility
  • Communication
  • Judgment
  • Fitness
  • Reflection

Ryan said that an important skill for leaders is the abilities to work across boundaries and to be an active listener.

The topics Ryan discussed were very applicable to the USAWC curriculum, according to retired Col. Charles Allen, professor of Leadership and Cultural Studies.

“It was re-affirming that the ‘Six Keys to Strategic Leadership’ closely parallels the curriculum of our Strategic Leadership Course,” said Allen.  “From the start of the year we have stressed the need and value of self-awareness. We will address the need for leaders to sense the environment, build collaborative teams, and to sustain positive organizational culture and climates.  The key is the role of strategic leader to facilitate the achievement of individual and organization potential.

“His experience is tempered by real-world research that provides evidence-based conclusions about successful and unsuccessful leaders--that is priceless for our USAWC students to hear and consider.” 

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs

Something got you down? Need someone to talk to? Call EAP 

Call the Employee Assistance Program

    Sometimes in life we are presented with challenges. Whether it's financial, emotional or professional, sometimes it helps to talk to someone about those problems. To help with times like these the Army offers the Employee Assistance Program for civilian employees and their family members.

    "The EAP provides free, confidential services, to include screening to identify the employee's problem, and, when appropriate, a referral to a facility or program (within or outside the Army) that can assist the employee in resolving his or her problem," said Anne Wolf, post EAP coordinator. "The EAP acts like a 'triage,' we listen to you, and help point you in the right direction for any help you might need." 

    Participation in the EAP is voluntary and, ultimately is the employee's decision to participate or not.

    "In addition to substance abuse problems, the Army EAPs provide referral services to help employees achieve a balance between their work, family and other personal responsibilities," said Wolf.  

EAP services for employees and supervisors  

  • Assessment and problem identification
  • Referral for treatment and rehabilitation to appropriate community counseling/treatment resources
  •  Follow-up services to aid an employee in achieving an effective readjustment to his or her job after treatment
  • Training and education for supervisors and employees about alcohol and drugs

  EAP can assist employees and their families in finding help for:

  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Marital / relational issues
  • Divorce and separation
  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Job stress / anger issues
  • Parent / child relationships
  • Child / elder care
  • Financial / legal issues

How do I contact the EAP? 

    Contact the EAP office at 245-4576. EAP representatives are available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EAP is located at 632 Wright Ave. Carlisle Barracks. 

    "Appointments may be scheduled at other times if you are unable to come during these hours," said Wolf.

Who can use it?

    The Employee Assistance Program is available to federal employees and their family members. Family members may contact the EAP directly and do not need to be accompanied by the employee when meeting with the EAP Representative.


Is it confidential?


    "One of the EAP professional's highest priorities is to protect the rights of the EAP client," said Wolf.  The meetings and all records are subject to the same regulations as other Occupational Health Services files.

    "No one may be informed of your participation in any of the Employee Assistance Program's without your written permission."

Will using the it affect my job?

    Your job security and promotional opportunities will not be affected because you seek assistance.

    "By working with the EAP professional to resolve your problems before they interfere with your job, you can remain an effective and productive employee," said Wolf.

EAP supervisor referrals

    Occasionally, workers' personal problems manifest themselves and interfere with their work. A supervisor may elect to refer an employee to the EAP for assistance.

    "This is the supervisor's way of saying that he or she cares and is concerned about you," said Wolf. "Their interest is in helping you to resolve any personal problem, which may be adversely affecting your job performance."

    For more information contact the EAP at 245-4576.



Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., American Forces Press Service

Defense leaders laud DADT repeal, return of 'equality'


WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2011 -- The official end today of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law reflects the American values that military members uphold, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.
"Thanks to this change, I believe we move closer to achieving the goal at the foundation of the values that America's all about -- equality, equal opportunity and dignity for all Americans," he told reporters during a Pentagon news briefing.
Panetta reaffirmed his dedication to all who are serving and ensuring everyone who wishes to serve has the opportunity to do so regardless of sexual preference.
"As secretary of defense, I am committed to removing all of the barriers that would prevent Americans from serving their country and from rising to the highest level of responsibility that their talents and capabilities warrant," he said. "These are men and women who put their lives on the line in the defense of this country, and that's what should matter the most."
Panetta credited several groups for helping prepare the Defense Department for the implementation of the repeal.
"I want to thank the repeal implementation team and the service secretaries, along with the service chiefs, for all of their efforts to ensure that DOD is ready to make this change, consistent with standards of military readiness, with military effectiveness, with unit cohesion, and with the recruiting and retention of the armed forces," he said.
"All of the service chiefs have stated very clearly that all of these elements have been met in the review that they conducted," Panetta said. "Over 97 percent of our 2.3 million men and women in uniform have now received education and training on repeal as a result of these efforts.
"I also want to thank the Comprehensive Review Working Group for the work they did on the report that laid the groundwork for the change in this policy," he added.
Panetta also lauded Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for his commitment to the repeal of the 1993 law.
"And above all, I'd like to single out Admiral Mike Mullen," he said. "His courageous testimony and leadership on this issue, I think, were major factors in bringing us to this day. And he deserves a great deal of credit for what has occurred."
Mullen said he steadfastly believed repealing the law was the right thing to do.
"I testified early in 2010 that it was time to end this law and this policy," he said. "I believed then, and I still believe, that it was, first and foremost, a matter of integrity."
"It was fundamentally against everything we stand for as an institution to force people to lie about who they are just to wear a uniform," Mullen added. "We are better than that."
The chairman said the repeal will strengthen the DOD and emphasize positive values.
"Today, with implementation of the new law fully in place, we are a stronger joint force, a more tolerant force, a force of more character and more honor, more in keeping with our own values," he said.
Mullen also emphasized the Defense Department is well prepared for implementation of the repeal.
"I am convinced we did the work necessary to prepare for this change, that we adequately trained and educated our people, and that we took into proper consideration all the regulatory and policy modifications that needed to be made," he said.
"I appreciate [Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's] confidence in me, and his kind praise," Mullen said. "But today is really about every man and woman [in uniform] who serves this country, regardless of how they define themselves."
Panetta said the long-awaited repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" brings the nation closer to true equality.
"Thanks to this change, we move closer to achieving the goal that is at the foundation of American values -- equality and dignity for all," he said.

Gen. Cone lays out TRADOC strategies at annual Maneuver Conference

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Today's Army faces challenges on several fronts, from hybrid threats to budget cuts, and change at the doctrinal level is necessary to meet the demands of the future, the commander of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command said Tuesday.

Adaptive Soldiers, leaders and units are needed to face the uncertainties of future security challenges, Gen. Robert Cone said.

"The world as we know it, as we have known it for 10 years, as the Soldiers on the wings of this auditorium have seen it, will change," he said. "If we do not capture the imagination and energy of this generation's leaders and get them invigorated … we are going to have some significant degradation to our force."

The general touched on Doctrine 2015, the Profession of Arms and squad initiatives during his hour-long presentation Tuesday as the keynote speaker at the 2011 Maneuver Conference in Columbus, Ga.

The conference -- formerly known as the Infantry Warfighting Conference -- draws leaders from across the military to Fort Benning each September to discuss new technologies and the way ahead.

TRADOC is undergoing a "revolution" in training, Cone said of Doctrine 2015, as it seeks to create better Soldiers and leaders.

"We have to make training relevant … to continue the flow of information," he said.
Through leveraging technology for 21st Century Maneuver Training, Soldiers gain relevant training with less time spent at the school house.

Commanders of brigade, battalion and company level units highlighted some of the successes they've experienced through integration of live, virtual, constructive and gaming concepts.
"Over the last 12 months, based on realignments in doctrine, our team has worked hard to transition home station training scenarios to span the entirety of today's conflicts," said Col. Michael Getchell, commander of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

The brigade's training missions revolve around virtual and constructive gaming to prepare Soldiers for combat. The most notable benefit has been to the Soldiers, who can execute missions as they've done on the battlefield, he said.
Fort Hood, Texas, has developed an eight-step Gated Training Strategy model at the battalion level in applying blended training in support of full spectrum operations, said Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, commander of Fort Hood-based III Corps.

The model encompasses principles of unit training, leader development and deliberate training management.

Commanders are still incorporating blended training into their units and as dwell time increases, training time is projected to increase, he said.

Along with 21st Century Maneuver Training, TRADOC is updating doctrine with input from today's battle-tested Soldiers and reinventing how Soldiers are trained. The schoolhouse is just one point along the continuum of life-long learning that Cone envisions for the force. He encouraged commanders to realize their responsibility as the "architect" of the training calendar.

Commanders have forgotten their role to manage training and build calendars that make sense, he said.

Another piece of the doctrinal puzzle is the nature of today's Soldiers.

"This generation is more likely to pick up an iPod than read doctrine so it takes creativity to keep them engaged and motivated," he said.

TRADOC has made inroads in modernizing doctrine and training by making it more accessible through the creation of wiki sites, interactive media, podcasts and mobile applications.
Dovetailing into Doctrine 2015 concepts, the Profession of Arms is also being redefined as
TRADOC broadens its campaign to bring together operational and intellectual traditions. The new initiative, dubbed the Army Profession, seeks to reemphasize the importance of education and treating the military career as a profession.

Since 2001, the Army has gotten away from what the Profession of Arms is all about, he said. In feedback from the field, Soldiers report not receiving meaningful counseling. Many leaders are deferring education because of back-to-back deployments.

Cone said it's time to "reach out" and bring today's Soldiers -- who made efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan successful over the last ten years -- back to the schoolhouse for training to further their careers.

While training was a huge focus of Cone's discussion, the role of the squad and the roll-out of Squad: Foundation of the Decisive Force initiative sparked supportive comments from the general.

"The squad is important. If we lose the fight at the point of attack, we lose the fight. Let's go to that point in the chain and fix it -- put a lot of investment into it," he said.
Cone admitted there may be detractors to the idea of putting focus on the squad level.

"Do you think the Army's going to be getting bigger or smaller? Do you think the value of the squad will become more important or less important? More important. We need to address the problem at the right time -- now," he said.

The challenges of today's complex operating environments aren't going to get any easier, the general said.

"You're going to hear 'reduction' or 'we have to focus on the basics first.' That's a bogus argument," he said, in seeing the need to push forward with technology for the Soldier.
Everything the enemy has used against us before they are going to keep using, he said.
As senior leaders map out the future of the Army, Cone's closing words sum up the risk of not acting on doctrinal changes and professional development: "There is danger if we dilute in any way the essence of what we do as Soldiers."

2011 Welcome Jam for the U.S. Army War College Newcomers
  The annual Welcome Jam for USAWC Newcomers will be held during Carlisle’s Harvest of the Arts, Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., to introduce you to the many reasons to go downtown:  sample and enjoy the arts, shopping, eating, kids’ activities, history, music, and much more. 
  Stop at the Welcome Jam Hospitality Tent at High and Hanover Streets from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and receive a walking guide map and tickets.  Visit Downtown Businesses and be entered to win individual gift certificates and a grand prize of over $200 in downtown gift cards.
  At 3 p.m. there will be a special presentation at the Square--Col. Scott King, USAWC 2011 Class President, will present a 2011 Class print to the Downtown Carlisle Association.  Following the presentation, get ready to dance and enjoy the music from one of the region's hottest bands, "Cheap Sneakers," who will perform until 5 p.m.   

Shippensburg University ROTC Raider Battalion hosts 10K Race

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Adults and teens learn about cyber-bullying

Cyber-bullying is one of the fastest growing problems facing school administrators and local governments around the country.  It has contributed to countless cases of children missing school and suffering from depression and has even led to several high profile cases of victims committing suicide, military kids are not immune.

As part of the Army’s observance of Suicide Prevention Month, Carlisle Barracks hosted two discussions on Cyber-bullying and its effects on teen suicide on Sept. 15.  The first discussion was aimed at parents and educators and the second was aimed at teens.

Cyber-bullying is defined as using the computer or other electronic devices to intimidate, threaten or humiliate another individual. Cyber bullying most commonly takes place on the Internet using e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, posting on websites and text messaging, among students from a given school or neighborhood.

“One of the reasons cyber-bullying is so devastating for kids is that there is no escape,” said Lynne Wilson-Bruchet, a victim assistance specialist for the Department of Homeland Security.  “With old-school bullying, home is refuge.  But kids are now so plugged in, the bullying can continue wherever they are.”

Examples of cyber-bullying are putting someone else’s personal information on a website in order to cause embarrassment, posting rumors or lies, or distributing embarrassing pictures through electronic media.   

Online technologies have certain characteristics that increase the likelihood that they will be used for cyber-bullying.  Unlike physical bullying, electronic bullies can remain anonymous using temporary email accounts and pseudonyms in chat rooms.   Cell-phone text messaging masks the bullies’ identity which can free them from normal constraints on their behavior.

“There are two reasons we are seeing a rise in cyber-bullying,” said Bruchet.  “The first is that it is difficult to separate teens from their smart phones.  Even when they are sleeping the phone is usually on and right next to them.”

“Second, the concept of privacy has eroded in this country.  My idea of what should be private is different from my colleagues that are 20 years younger and their idea is different from teenagers.  Teens have no concept of privacy; they share everything with each other and on the web.  Once something is on the web, it is impossible to get it off.”

While one in five students have reported, there are groups that are more likely to be victims of cyber-bullying, such as students with disabilities and special needs, obese students and teens who have who are perceived to be gay.

“Ninety percent of students who identified themselves as gay or bisexual have reported being bullied,” said Bruchet.  “For every LGBT youth who is bullied, four straight students who are perceived to be gay are bullied,” she said about lesbian-gay-bisexual and transgender youth

As with all forms of bullying, there are warning signs that teens may be a victim of cyber bullying:

  • They avoid using computers, cell phones, on-line gaming machines
  • They appear apprehensive or stressed when receiving e-mails or texts
  • They withdraw or become depressed
  • They are reluctant to attend school or social functions
  • They avoid talking about their online activity
  • Their school performance declines.

“The most important thing a parent can do is talk to their child about their on-line habits,” said Bruchet.  She urged parents to ask the same types of questions they would ask about other activities: “Where do you go?”  “Who do you talk to?”

“Parents also need to educate themselves about the technological capabilities of their children’s electronic devices,” said Bruchet.

If you discover that your child is the victim of cyber-bullying there are steps you can take:

  • Don’t respond
  • Block or delete the bully
  • Save the evidence
  • Contact the authorities.

It's flu vaccination season


Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, receives his flu shot from Col. Stephanie Wilcher, Dunham Clinic Commander, as a reminder that the flu vaccination clinic schedule has been released for this year. Courtesy photo.

Sept. 12, 2011 -- It’s that time of year again, time to get your annual flu vaccination.

To help make it easier for employees, retirees and family members to get their flu vaccinations this year, Dunham Clinic has set up a number of opportunities.


Army War College students, USAWC staff and garrison employees:

Root Hall Gym Sept. 19, 20 and 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Retirees and family members (4 years and older):

Jim Thorpe Gym Sept. 26, 27, 28, and 29 from 1 to 5:30 p.m.


Dunham patients (6 months and older):

Dunham Clinic, Oct 4-13 on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 1 to 4 p.m.


Don’t let the flu bug catch you! Get your immunization early.


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USAWC students, families enjoy games at Air Ship Wreck Ball

USAWC students take part in the Air Ship Wreck Ball games on Indian Field Sept. 16. The games pitted USAWC seminars against each other in friendly competition.  Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

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Sept. 16, 2011 – Army War College students and their families enjoyed the crisp, Fall-like weather with fun and games at the Air Ship Wreck Ball on Indian Field Sept. 16.

The theme of their year’s event was “Survivor” and pitted the 24 USAWC seminars against each other in games of skill and endurance.

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



Members of Seminar 1 poses for a photo before their turn to compete

President presents Medal of Honor to Marine

Karen Parrish, American Forces Press Service


WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2011 - President Barack Obama today draped the pale blue ribbon suspending the Medal of Honor around the neck of Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer, the first living Marine to receive the award for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.


"It's been said that where there is a brave man, in the thickest of the fight, there is the post of honor," the commander in chief said. "Today we pay tribute to an American who placed himself in the thick of the fight again, and again, and again."


Obama said Meyer, who is now 23 and was just 21 that day in Afghanistan, is "one of the most down-to-earth guys you will ever meet."


When the president's staff called the young Marine so the commander in chief could officially notify him of the medal, Obama said, Meyer was at work on his new civilian job at a construction site.


"He felt he couldn't take the call right then because, he said, 'If I don't work, I don't get paid,'" Obama said.


"So we arranged to make sure he got the call during his lunch break," the president added.


Obama then turned to the events of Sept. 8, 2009, the day Meyer earned the medal as a corporal serving with Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar province, Afghanistan.


Just before dawn, a patrol of Afghan forces and their American trainers, on foot and making their way through a narrow valley, was planning to meet with a group of village elders, the president said.


"Suddenly, all over the valley, the lights go out � and that's when it happens," Obama said.


About a mile away, Meyer and Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez could hear the ambush over the radio.


Gunfire poured from houses, the hillsides, and even the local school, Obama said.


Soon, the patrol was pinned down, taking ferocious fire from three sides. "Men were being wounded and killed, and four Americans � Dakota's friends � were surrounded," he said.


After asking four times to go closer to the fight and help, and hearing each time that it was too dangerous, the two Marines got inside a nearby Humvee and headed into the fight, Rodriguez-Chavez at the wheel and Meyer manning the gun turret.


"They were defying orders, but they were doing what they thought was right," the president said.


On two solo trips into the ambush area, Meyer repeatedly got out of the Humvee to help Afghan troops, many wounded, inside the vehicle and back to safety.


"A third time they went back, insurgents running right up to the front of the Humvee, Dakota fighting them off," Obama said.


This time, the men drove right up to the line of fire, and helped a group of wounded Americans battle their way to safety.


They then headed back on the fourth trip with Meyer wounded in the arm and the vehicle riddled with bullets and shrapnel, the president said.


"Dakota later confessed, 'I didn't think I was going to die, I knew I was.' But still, they pushed on, finding the wounded [and] delivering them to safety," Obama said.


On the fifth trip, the two Marines drove through fire "that seemed to come from every window, every doorway, every alley," he said.


Finally, the two reached the four Americans who had been surrounded.


"Dakota jumped out and he ran toward them, drawing all those enemy guns toward himself; bullets kicking up the dirt all around him," Obama said.


Meyer and others who had joined him picked up the fallen Marines and, "through all those bullets, all the smoke, all the chaos, carried them out one by one � because as Dakota says, that's what you do for a brother," the commander in chief said.


"Dakota says he'll accept this medal in their name," the president said. "So today, we remember the husband who loved the outdoors, Lt. Michael Johnson; the husband and father they called 'Gunny J,' Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Johnson; the determined Marine who fought to get on that team, Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick; the medic who gave his life tending to his teammates, Hospitalman 3rd Class James Layton; and a soldier wounded in that battle who was never recovered: Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook."


Obama said while he knows Meyer has thought of himself as a failure because some of his teammates didn't come home, "as your commander in chief, and on behalf of everyone here today and all Americans, I want you to know it's quite the opposite."


"Because of your honor, 36 men are alive today," the president said. "Because of your courage, four fallen American heroes came home, and in the words of James Layton's mom, [their families] could lay their sons to rest with dignity."


Meyer's father, Mike, grandparents, and more than a hundred friends and family members attended today's ceremony.


Because of Meyer's humble example, children all across America will know that "no matter who you are or where you come from, you can do great things as a citizen and a member of the American family," the president said.


The commander in chief then asked Rodriguez-Chavez, now a gunnery sergeant, and all those present at the ceremony who served with Meyer, to stand "and accept the thanks of a grateful nation."


Meyer joined in the applause.


Just before the citation reading and medal presentation, Obama said, "Every member of our team is as important as the other � that's a lesson that we all have to remember, as citizens and as a nation, as we meet the tests of our time here at home and around the world. To our Marines, to all our men and women in uniform, to our fellow Americans, let us always be faithful."


Meyer, who has left the active Marine Corps, and is a sergeant in the Inactive Reserve, is the 298th Marine ever to have received the medal, created during the Civil War. The nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor is awarded for risk of life in combat beyond the call of duty.


Meyer is the third living service member to receive the Medal of Honor for actions during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, following Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, who received the medal Nov. 16, 2010, and Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, who accepted the award July 12.


Of ten Medal of Honor recipients for actions during the Iraq or Afghanistan wars, the only other Marine is Cpl. Jason E. Dunham, who died April 22, 2004, of wounds received when he covered a live grenade with his own body to save the lives of fellow Marines in Iraq. Dunham's parents accepted his posthumous Medal of Honor Jan. 11, 2007.

Army War College celebrates Air Force birthday

Col. Murray “Murf” Clark, USAWC Senior Air Force Representative, talks about the histiry and current operations of the U.S. Air Force during a celebration of their 64th birthday Sept. 16 on the Root Hall patio. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

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Sept. 16, 2011 -- The Army War College Community celebrated the 64th birthday of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 16, on the Root Hall patio. There was a short discussion of the legacy of the Air Force by Col. Murray “Murf” Clark, USAWC Senior Air Force Representative, the singing of the Air Force song and a cake cutting. There are 32 Air Force officers in the USAWC Class of 2012.


Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:

Our Air Force was literally born "in the air." President Truman was aboard the presidential VC-54C -- the Air Force One of its day -- when he signed the National Security Act of 1947. With Truman's stroke of the pen 64 years ago, America's Air Force was launched as an independent service.

Air Force Lt. Col. Craig Baker, a member of the USAWC Class of 2012, talks with fellow classmates Marine Corps Lt. Col. Julie Schaffer and Lt. Col. Flay Goodwin after the completion of the ceremony.  


In the decades since, our Air Force has grown a rich tradition of pushing back the bounds of the possible, rising to meet any challenge.

Wherever the interests of our nation or our allies and partners are at stake, the men and women of our Air Force have been, and continue to be, among the first and fastest to answer the call.

I see this every day as I've watched and worked with Airmen around the globe in my four years as your chairman.

From executing operations simultaneously across the spectrum of conflict and multiple domains, to delivering the highest chance of survival to our wounded of any war in U.S. history, the commitment of our Airmen has been extraordinary and your contributions pivotal.

It has been a tremendous privilege to serve with the finest men and women in the world's greatest air, space, and cyberspace force. I salute each of you and your families for your service and thank you for the difference you make for our nation and for so many around the world. Happy birthday, Air Force!

After the remarks by Clark, the cake was cut.

The 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony
  The Ceremony will take place at the flag pole in front of Root Hall on Friday, Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m.  The ceremony will include an invocation, tentative guest speaker, narration, roll call of alumni, wreath laying, half-staff ceremony, Taps and Benediction.  The inclement weather site is Bliss Hall.
Carlisle Barracks Fall Yard Sale
  Find that special item at the CBks Fall Yard Sale, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The sale will be located throughout the post and in the AAFES parking lot.  For more information call 717-245-4029 or 4343.
Installation Awards Ceremony
  The Commanding General will host the quarterly Installation Awards Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m. in the Letort View Community Center.  Recognition will be given to military and civilian personnel for their accomplishments and contributions.
U.S. Air Force Birthday Celebration
  The U.S. Army War College will celebrate the U.S. Air Force’ 64th Birthday on Friday, Sept. 16, 11:45 a.m. on the Root Hall Patio.
Air-Ship-Wreck Ball
  This annual event for resident class students will be held on Friday, Sept. 16.  The Amazing Race, seminar-focused competitions, will be held on Indian Field from 4-5 p.m.  Families are welcome to watch.  The buffet dinner, adults only, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center and include a table decorating contest, live band, beverages and souvenir glass.  Tickets can be purchased from Seminar Navy and Air Force representatives.
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
   “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories … One American Spirit” is the theme of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 11:45 a.m., at the Letort View Community Center.  The Guest Speaker for this event will be former Pa. Secretary of State from 2003 to 2010, Honorable Pedro A. Cortes.  There will be Hispanic heritage food samplings and a book display.
2011 Basic Motorcycle Safety Course
  This course will be held from Sept. 21-25, classroom sessions will be held at the Chapel; riding sessions will be held in the parking lot adjacent to Buildings 314 & 315.  Registration for class must be accomplished at AIRS website at   Classroom sessions:  6 hours total; part 1 - Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. and part 2 - Thursday, 6-9 p.m.   Riding sessions: 10 hours total; part 1 - Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and part 2 - Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Motorcycles and helmets provided.  This course meets the DOD/DA training requirement.
Perspectives in Military History Lecture at AHEC
  USAHEC presents the September Perspectives lecture:  On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Dr. Dominic Tierney, assistant professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College, will present a lecture on “How we Fight:  Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War.”  The lecture will be held in the Visitor and Education Center Multi-Purpose room, 7:15 p.m.  For details, call 717-245-3803 or visit
Welcome Jam for the Class of 2012 and Families
  The annual Welcome Jam for USAWC Newcomers is held during Carlisle’s Harvest of the Arts, Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., to introduce you to the many reasons to go downtown:  sample and enjoy the arts, shopping, eating, kids’ activities, history, music, and much more.  Stop at the Welcome Jam Booth on the Carlisle Square at High and Hanover Streets and say “I’m here for the Welcome Jam” and, Chamber of Commerce volunteers will give you a USAWC-only map of downtown retailers offering special deals and chances to win gift certificates and merchandise.  A USAWC 2011 Class print will be presented to the Downtown Carlisle Association at 3 p.m. by the 2011 Class president Col. Scott King.
2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon
  The event, presented by the Carlisle Chapter of Federally Employed Women, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Letort View Community Center.  The guest speaker survivor Brenda Hagar, a lifetime member of FEW and currently the president for the Greater Oklahoma City Chapter of FEW, is a management and program analyst/team lead for the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City.  Tickets are $15 and include lunch.  There will also be a silent auction, information and displays, and door prizes.  Proceeds will benefit the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition.  For tickets and information call 245-3551/3154.
Civil War 150 at AHEC
  Civil War 150:  Entering Winter Camp will be held from Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, on the grounds of the Army Heritage and Education Center.  After the first campaigns of 1861 both Union and Confederate armies went into winter quarters for the first time.  This living history event will feature lectures and activities throughout the weekend, including construction of a winter hut, a large sutler’s row, cavalry, artillery and infantry drill demonstrations, Civil War exhibits, a period baseball game and much more.  For more information call 717-245-3972 or visit the website:
Carlisle Car Show Information
  Traffic in the Carlisle area is heavy during these events.
Fall Carlisle Car Show and Auction:  Sept. 28-Oct. 2.
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    Soldiers teach students flag raising

    Sept. 15, 2011 -- Soldiers from Carlisle Barracks taught third graders at Bellaire Elementary School in Carlisle how to raise, lower and properly fold the American Flag on Sept. 14.

     Third graders from Bellaire Elementary School help Staff Sgt. Jasser Gonzalez grab the American Flag as it is being lowered from the school’s flag pole.  Gonzalez and other Carlisle Barracks Soldiers were at the school, on Sept. 14, to teach the children the proper way to raise, lower and fold the American Flag.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

    “Each student who elects to participate in the ‘Order of the Flag’ will be responsible for raising, lowering and properly folding the flag for approximately two weeks during the school year,” said Jim Burgess, Bellaire Elementary school principal.

     To help instill school pride in its students, Jim Burgess, the principal at Bellaire Elementary School has each grade take responsibility for a specific task around the school.  For the third graders, their task is raising and lowering the American flag every day.

     Bellaire Elementary School is one of the few schools where the responsibility for raising and lowering the flag is given to the students.  Last June the Carlisle Exchange Club recognized Bellaire Elementary School for the practice by presenting them with a plaque. 

    Sgt. 1st Class Jason Bowden teaches third graders from Bellaire Elementary School the proper way to fold the American Flag as part of a class on flag etiquette.  Since 2006 Soldiers from Carlisle Barracks have taught Bellaire Elementary third graders how to raise, lower, and fold the American Flag.  Photo by Staff Sgt, Corey Baltos.

    However, before the students can participate in the ‘Order of the Flag’, they have to be taught the proper way to do it.  So, Burgess called Headquarters and Headquarters Company Carlisle Barracks for assistance.   

    “We started asking Soldiers in 2006 because we wanted to make the connection with the students, that raising the flag is more than just a job,” said Burgess.

    Before breaking the children into small groups, Capt. Michael Tompkins, HHC Commander, explained the importance of the flag.

    “The flag was originally used to tell Soldiers where they needed to go on the battlefield,” said Tomkins.  “The flag now represents America to all Americans.”

    After speaking to the students, Tomkins led the Soldiers in a flag folding demonstration. 

    “You fold the flag like a paper football,” he said.  “When it is done correctly all you can see is the blue and the stars.”

     After the flag folding demonstration, the children were broken up into small Soldier-led groups to learn and practice before putting their new ‘skills’ into practice. 

    Civilian personnel office hosting open house events for TRADOC employees


    The Carlisle Barracks Civilian Personnel Advisory Center is extending an invitation to all TRADOC Command employees to participate in the CPAC Open House on September 13, 14, 20, and 21 from 8 am to – noon


    During the open house, TRADOC employees will be provided an opportunity to review their Employee Master Record, a summary of information contained in DCPDS to include important data elements such as Tenure, Service Computation Date (SCD), Veteran’s Preference, and Performance Ratings. 


    “This summary of information does not reflect everything contained in your Official Personnel File,” said Tamara Wasson, CPAC director. “If you would like to review your OPF, we will submit a request to the Civilian Personnel Operations Center (CPOC) to have your OPF sent to the CPAC for employee review.  If you have changes to your employee master record, please document the changes on the Employee Master Record form and provide the applicable supporting documentation (i.e. DD214, performance evaluation, etc.) to your HR Servicing Specialist for timely processing.”   



    Employees may also set up an appointment with a HR Servicing Specialist if you would like assistance in writing a resume.  The HR Servicing Specialist can advise employees on the appropriate format and content of a resume.  Employees are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to work closely with the CPAC Team of HR Professionals to create a resume in USA Staffing and/or Resumix to effectively accentuate your skills, accomplishments, experiences.


    An open house for the Garrison Command employees and other servicing activities to include (DUNHAM, DENTAC, MICC, CID, NEC) will be held during the month of October.  The dates of the open house for the Garrison Command and other servicing activities will be determined. 

    Laurence Fishburne discusses Army Suicide Prevention

    "No Soldier Stands Alone"

    A word from actor Laurence Fishburne about Army Suicide Prevention

    Suicide has the potential to affect us all; suicide prevention is a responsibility we all have. We must continue to get the message out to our Soldiers, Families and Civilians that no one in the Army Family stands alone, and that asking for help is a sign of inner strength, not a weakness. My thanks to Laurence Fishburne for taking the time to discuss this critical issue. Every one of you is important to your Family, friends and our Army.

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    Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch

    commander, Installation Management Command

    President declares disaster For Pennsylvania 


    Sept. 13, 2011 -- Today President Barack Obama issued a Disaster Declaration for many counties in Central Pa. due to the recent tropical storm.


    This makes disaster relief available to residents and businesses in the affected Pennsylvania Counties of Adams, Bradford, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wyoming, and York. 


    “Any of our personnel that may have incurred damages as a result of this past week's flooding, rain, wind, etc can apply for Federal assistance by following the instructions in the linked Disaster Declaration,” said Barry Farquhar, Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security at  Carlisle Barracks.

    The declaration can be found at


    Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at, by web enabled mobile device at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

    Former Pa. Secretary of State to be Guest Speaker at Carlisle Barracks and USAWC Hispanic Heritage Observance
      Former Pa. Secretary of State from 2003-2010, the Honorable Pedro A. Cortes, will be the guest speaker at the Carlisle Barracks and Army War College Hispanic Heritage Observance, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 11:45-1 p.m., at the Letort View Community Center here.
      The event is open to the public.
      Cortes was the first confirmed Latino Cabinet member and the longest serving Secretary of State in Pa. history.    A native of Puerto Rico, Secretary Cortes has lived in Harrisburg since 1990.
      Presently, Cortes is the Executive Vice President of Everyone Counts, a global election solutions company specializing in military and overseas voting.
      This year’s theme is “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit.”
      Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans and to celebrate Hispanic cultural heritage and culture.

    Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

    Carlisle Barracks celebrates employee’s hard work at the installation awards ceremony

    Carlisle Barracks honored some its top employees at the 2nd quarter 2011 Installation awards ceremony held at the LVCC on Sept. 12.  Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, officiated the ceremony. 

    “Today is a special day to honor and thank you, the team, for the work you do every day to make Carlisle Barracks the special place it is,” said Martin.  “I can’t tell you how many students and their families have come up to me to say what a great place this is.  Keep up the good work.”

    Civilian employee of the quarter, 2nd quarter 2011 – Tadd Clouse

    Tadd A. Clouse, an information technology specialist with the Army Heritage and Education Center, was named the civilian employee of the quarter for the second quarter of 2011. 

    “Tadd has effortlessly and seamlessly assumed and taken on many additional assignments and challenges since he arrived in January of this year,” said Terry Myers, AHEC IT Division Chief.  “He assumed my role as the AHEC IT chief I while I was convalescing at home and stepped I  to serve as the technical POC for the IT contracts throughout the new Visitors and Education Center facility.”

    Other garrison staff members recognized for their achievements this quarter were:

    The Army War College Public Affairs officefor being awarded the Department of the Army 2010 Mag. Gen. Keith L. Ware Award for first place for a web-based publication.  The public affairs office was also presented with certificates for winning first place for web based publication and second place for magazine-format publications from the U.S. Army Installation Management Command 2010 Maj. Gen. Kith L. Ware Public Affairs awards.  All three awards are for the “USAWC Community Banner.”

    DA Certification for EEO Counselor Training

    Karen E. Balestrini

    John R. Brown

    Brian Sargeant

    Michelle L. Saville

    Patrick D. Shane

    U.S. Army Garrison Certificates of Appreciation for 2011 Installation Picnic Volunteers: 

    Julia Blessing

    Chris Browne

    Theresa Derr

    Bill Hoffer

    Jean Koser

    Karen Kurzendoerfer

    Tiffney Lane

    Bonnie Moore

    Mary Moreland

    Tiffany Sells

    Donna Strickland

    Staff Sgt.  Michael Warner

    Holly Wentz

    Hilary Winnemore

    U.S. Army Garrison Certificates of Appreciation for the 2011 County Fair and the Welcome Picnic and Boatyard Wars: 

    Tiffany Kline

    Amy Magnuson

    Judy Scott

    Jacqueline Schultz

    Tiffany Sells

    Holly Wentz

    Hilary Winnemore

    Carlisle Barracks observes Suicide Prevention Month

    September is Suicide Prevention Month

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- The Army is committed to the health, safety and well-being of its Soldiers, civilian employees and families.

    To emphasize the commitment, the Army will extend observance of National Suicide Prevention week, Sept. 4 -10, 2011, to a month long focus on total well-being, resilience and the positive results that can be achieved by reaching out to those who may be at risk of suicide.  The Army theme for 2011 is 'Shoulder to Shoulder:  Building resilience in the Army Family."

    A variety of resources are available via the U.S. Army Public Health Command at (ako login required) and the Army G-1 Suicide Prevention Website at

    Local resources include the Suicide Prevention Program Manager (717-245-4576), Chaplains (245-4215), the Military Family Life Consultant (245-4925 office or 717-713-9173 cell phone 24/7), and Behavioral Health providers at Dunham Army Health Clinic (245-4602).  

    Army Suicide Prevention Proclamation is signed by the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Sergeant Major of the Army in support of the Army Suicide Prevention Month.

    At Carlisle Barracks the following activities are planned --

     Cyber-bullying Sept. 15

    "You can't take it back: youth suicide and the internet' is the focus of two presentations, one for adults and one for teens, scheduled here Sep. 15.  Guest speaker Lynne Wilson-Bruchet is a victim assistance specialist for the Department of Homeland Security. For Wilson-Bruchet, it will be a trip 'home;' she previously worked at the Dunham Clinic where she was honored as Civilan Employee of the Year.

    “We want to educate the public on the risks and dangers of all types of computer crimes, including “cyber bullying,” said Wilson-Bruchet.  “A number of high-profile cases have pointed to cyber bullying as a contributory factor in several suicides among young people.  Our presentation will focus on recognizing the signs of cyber bullying, reporting and intervention options, as well as other types of online safety issues.”

    x There will be an adults-only presentation at 1 p.m. in Bliss Hall.

    x A special session for teens about cyberbullying  includes a buffet at the LVCC for teens in grades 6-12, Thursday, Sep. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Gatekeeper Training Sept. 27

    Become a gatekeeper and help military families and spread awareness at a training Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. at Dunham Clinic.

    “Frequently the first person to notice that something is wrong with someone is someone that sees that person every day, a family member or fellow employee,” said Dr. Ines Roe a psychologist at the Dunham Army Mental Health Clinic.

    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.

    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

    For more information call 245-4602.

     TBI, PTSD & Suicide: A Leader’s Perspective Sept. 30

    Paul Ciechoski, the Traumatic Brain Injury program manager at Dunham Clinic, will talk about TBI, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide during a program 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Wil Waschoe Auditorium in Root Hall.

    “We will discuss the stressors of command that add to the burden already faced by all Soldiers in combat and the behavioral health resources and barriers to mental health care,” said Ciechoski.

    “Every suicide represents a tragic loss to our Army and the Nation,” said Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army.    “While the high number of potential suicides in July is discouraging, we are confident our efforts aimed at increasing individuals’ resiliency, while reducing incidence of at-risk and high-risk behavior across the force, are having a positive impact.”

    Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
    Pereira highlights need for international relationships
    Brazilian military leader, USAWC grad, discusses challenges facing region, world


    Brazilian Maj. Gen. Sergio Jose Pereira, Commander of the Brazilian Army Command and General Staff College,discusses the issues and challenges facing his nation during the Gen. Mark Clark - Marshal Mascarenhas de Moraes Lecture Series Sept. 13 in Bliss Hall. Pereira is a Class of 2000 USAWC graduate. Photo by Megan Clugh.


    Sept. 13, 2011 -- Brazilian Maj. Gen. Sergio Jose Pereira, Commander of the Brazilian Army Command and General Staff College, spoke to Army War College students and faculty in Bliss Hall Sept. 13 as part of the Gen. Mark Clark - Marshal Mascarenhas de Moraes Lecture Series.

    Pereira is no stranger to Carlisle Barracks, as he is a Class of 2000 USAWC graduate and a former member of Seminar 17.

    “When I arrived here yesterday I remembered all of the good memories of my time here,” he said.

    Pereira provided an overview of the Brazilian Army, including how it is adapting to face challenges that face his country.

    He said that nations operate in a complex world and change occurs at a fast pace. He stressed that international cooperation and broad relationships between countries are very important.

    He said that factors like scare natural resources, organized crime, nuclear proliferation and cyber attacks are some of the issues that face nations across the world. He outlined educational and doctrine changes, new equipment capabilities for the Brazilian Army and international cooperation as keys to the nation’s future.

    He also said that the immense size of the Amazon region poses its own challenges and that work with the other nations is critical to the security of the entire continent.  

    The U.S. Army Chief of Staff established the General Mark Clark - Marshal Mascarenhas de Moraes Lecture Program in 1981. It commemorates Brazilian - U.S. Army cooperation during World War II and the current relationship between the U.S. and Brazilian Armies.

    Before he left, he shared some thoughts on his USAWC experience.

    “This school changed my way of seeing the world. It opened my mind and helped me in my career. I hope it will do the same for each of you. ”

    Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

    Carlisle Barracks community remembers 9/11

    SFC Anthony Patelunas rings a bell in rememberence of the men and women killed on Sept. 11, 2001 when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into The Pentagon.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

    Sept. 9, 2011 - Members of the Carlisle Barracks community paused this morning to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and to honor the victims of the attacks with a ceremony at Bliss Hall.

    On Sept. 11, 2001, the  U.S. military officers of the current Army War College class were senior captains and majors.  Many of them had just arrived at work when they heard that American Airlines Flight 11 had crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

    They, like nearly all Americans, gathered in front of the television and watched as United Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower 17 minutes after the first crash.

    Among those watching TV that morning was retired Col. Elton Manske, now the director of Human Resource Management for Carlisle Barracks.  In 2001, Manske was the division chief in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel in the Pentagon.  His office was about 100 feet away from where the wing tank of American Airlines Flight 77 exploded.

    Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Rhame, President of the Army War College Foundation and Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, Commandant of the Army War College, honor the alumni, other military, police, firefighters and civilians who lost their lives as result of the terrorist atttacks of Sept. 11, 2001.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

    “The conditions inside the building were ‘hellatious’ but the personal composure displayed by evacuating people and those assisting was phenomenal, said Manske. “ There was no panic.”

    “The individual and collective strength displayed in the Pentagon on 9/11 would prove pivotal over the coming months as we grieved and mourned the loss of our friends and colleagues, w all had a higher calling to answer – reconstitute the organization from scratch and help the Army fight a new war,” said Manske.

    Three Army War College alumni died in the attacks of 9/11.  Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude, Class of 1990, and Col. Canfield Boone, Distance Class of 2002, were killed in the Pentagon.  Retired Col. Richard Rescorla, Class of 1988, was working at the World Trade Center as the security chief for Morgan Stanley.  Rescorla ignored building officials’ advice to stay put and began the orderly evacuation of Morgan Stanley’s 2,700 employees as well as 1,000 other WTC employees.  After leading most of his fellow employees to safety, Rescorla returned to the building to rescue other still inside, stating that he would not evacuate until, “I make sure everyone else is out.”

    Two more alumni have perished in combat in the global war on terrorism.  Col. Brian Allgood, Class of2002, was killed on Jan 20, 2007 when the UH-60 Black hawk helicopter he was riding in crashed near Diyala province, Baghdad.  He was the top medical officer for US. Troops in Iraq.     

    Col. John McHugh, Class of 2009, was killed in Afghanistan on May 18, 2010 when his convoy was hit by a suicide bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He had arrived in country the day prior on temporary duty for the Center for lessons Learned at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he was assigned following graduation from the Army War College.

    Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., American Forces Press Service
    Odierno becomes Army Chief, Dempsey preps for Chairman spot

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, center, conducts a final troop inspection as the outgoing Army chief of staff during a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 7, 2011. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno assumed responsibility from Dempsey as the 38th Army chief of staff. DOD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey  

    JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va, Sept. 7, 2011 - The U.S. Army transitioned to new leadership as it welcomed the 38th Army chief of staff during a change of responsibility ceremony held here today.

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno assumed responsibility as the Army's chief of staff from Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as Dempsey begins his transition to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    "As the new secretary of defense, and as someone who shares the immigrant backgrounds of these distinguished officers we pay tribute to today, it is truly a personal privilege for me to honor two of our military's most talented leaders as they take on new responsibilities," said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.

    Panetta welcomed Dempsey as he prepares to take his position as DOD's senior military officer.

    "Having worked closely with General Dempsey since becoming the secretary of defense, I can say that the president has made a truly inspiring choice in picking him to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," the defense secretary said.

    "He will be the first Army general in 10 years to occupy that post," Panetta said of Dempsey. "As a former intelligence officer in the Army, I am truly pleased to have General Dempsey as a partner in running the Department of Defense."

    Panetta praised Dempsey as a "real 'muddy-boots' soldier," and a "battle-hardened commander" who was responsible for transitioning the Army to nine month deployments and 18-month dwell time.

    "As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marty will have the opportunity to work with the service chiefs [and] craft a joint force that can defeat a wide range of complex security threats that we face today," Panetta said.

    "And that we will face into the future," he added. "Today's military is the finest fighting force in the world. Together, we will work to ensure that it always remains the finest fighting force in the world."

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh greeted Odierno as he takes his post as Army chief.

    "Ray Odierno brings to this job impressive, even impeccable, credentials as a soldier and leader, commanding units at every level during a career that spans some three-and-a-half decades," McHugh said.

    The Army secretary said he was more than familiar with Odierno, having visited Iraq 14 times during Odierno's various commands.

    "As a testament to his leadership and acumen on the battlefield, General Odierno is only the second officer since Vietnam to command at division, corps and Army level during the same conflict," McHugh said.

    Dempsey shared two highlights from his five-month tour as the Army's senior leader.

    "My time as chief was framed by two events -- a visit to the civil war battlefield Antietam early in my tour, and the fact that we're approaching the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 here at the end of it," he said.

    "My brief tenure as chief has produced a lifetime of memories," Dempsey added. "It's been my great honor to serve as the 37th chief of staff of the United States Army. Thank you."

    Odierno expressed his gratitude for being nominated as the 38th Army chief.

    "I appreciate the confidence of President Obama, and all the leaders of the Army and the joint force, in allowing me the honor of assuming duties as the 38th chief of staff of the Army," he said.

    "Over the last 10 years, our Army has proven itself in arguably the most difficult environment this nation has ever faced," Odierno said. "Our leaders at every level have displayed unparalleled ingenuity, flexibility and adaptability."

    "Our soldiers have displayed mental and physical toughness, but most importantly, courage under fire," Odierno added. Today's Army, he said, is the most versatile, rapidly deployable, sustainable, strategic land force the world has ever known.

    "I'm proud to be a part of that Army," Odierno said.

    "I'm proud to have the opportunity to continue to serve with these great men and women, the next great generation," he added, "and I'm humbled and honored to serve as the 38th chief of staff of the Army."

    AFAP Update: General Officer Steering Committee reviews 35 issues

    September 6, 2011

    By Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of Installation Management Command

    Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch: "Be assured that Army leadership is fully aware of the sacrifices Soldiers and their Families have made over the past 10 years."

    SAN ANTONIO -- The Army Family Action Plan is an incredibly important program that allows senior Army leaders to understand the needs of Soldiers, Civilians and Families and continue to deliver on the promise of the Army Family Covenant. It's a grassroots effort by the Army community to identify what's not working, why it should change, and how to fix it.

    Since the inception of AFAP in 1983 there have been 683 issues elevated to the Department of the Army level. Of those, 500 have been completed, 144 were unattainable due to either legislative or budget constraints, and 38 remain active.

    Twice a year, Army senior leaders and program representatives meet to review the progress made against the remaining active issues and assign a status of active, complete or unattainable. The latest review session was held at the beginning of this month. Of the 35 issues reviewed, it was determined that 22 of those should remain active as work is still being done, five are complete, and the remaining eight are unattainable. The results will make life better for Soldiers, Civilians and their Families for years to come.



    Now 38 states offer military spouse unemployment compensation compared to only eight in 2002 when this issue was introduced into the AFAP process. In addition, Maryland and the District of Columbia evaluate eligibility on a case-by-case basis. This issue arose because most states considered leaving a job due to military relocation as voluntary rather than involuntary. To get a complete listing of the participating states and to learn more about this issue, visit the Army OneSource website at and search for issue number 524.

    Through issue No. 574, funding for the Reserve Component Strong Bonds Program is now available. Its mission is to increase Soldier and Family readiness through relationship education and skills training. Attendees voluntarily participate in a Strong Bonds retreat that provides an emotionally safe and secure environment to address the effects of military lifestyle stressors. To learn more about the Strong Bonds Program, visit

    Three medical and behavioral health issues are nearing completion. Funding for issue 583 which mandates that all stateside installations, including Alaska and Hawaii, provide Advanced Life Support services on or near the installation has been requested for the fiscal year 2013 budget. Issue 646, once approved, eliminates generic mail order prescription cost shares beginning in fiscal year 2012. Lastly, an increase in authorizations of career coordinators assigned to Wounded Warrior Soldiers and their Families/Caregivers is also complete. Warrior Transition Units now have Military Career Counselors and Transition Coordinators to assist transitioning Warriors with developing career and education goals.

    Although some issues remain active, considerable progress has been made. An example is issue 641 which recommends a comprehensive strategy to optimize alternative treatment options to manage pain and prevent over medication. Three years ago, more than 95 percent of our Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed were on opioid narcotics. Today that number is 8 percent, and we're moving this practice across to other services.

    Part of this year's process also includes improving our resource management. As the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, it is my responsibility to ensure that the Army delivers on its promise to provide Soldiers, Civilians and their Families a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their service. At the same time, it is also our responsibility to be good stewards of the taxpayer's money.

    Currently we're funding hundreds of Family programs at approximately $2.1 billion. As an Army we have to embrace a cost culture in order to sustain the force and accomplish our strategic imperatives effectively and efficiently. The three fundamental questions we must all ask ourselves are: Do we really need it? Is it worth the cost? What are we willing to do without?

    Of those programs, what are we willing to do without? Which programs should be combined, and which should be eliminated? Which ones are no longer useful, and which programs need more resources?

    Over the past few months through Army OneSource we have asked the Army Family what are our most valuable programs and which ones are least important. I've also received input from senior leaders at the garrison level.

    This information collected at the grassroots level will be invaluable as we move forward in the ever changing fiscal environment. Be assured that Army leadership is fully aware of the sacrifices Soldiers and their Families have made over the past 10 years. With this awareness, we continue to fulfill the promise of the Army Family Covenant.

    Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

    Carlisle Barracks Firefighters practice mayday/self-rescue training

    Cassandra Miller, a firefighter with the Carlisle Barracks Department of Emergency Services, makes her way through a tangle of downed wires as part of the mayday/self rescue course that all Carlisle Barracks firefighters must negotiate.  To make the exercise more demanding, the firefighters are blindfolded to simulate the zero visibility found in many smoke filled fires. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

    Sept. 7, 2011 -  The firefighter makes his way into the smoke filled house and is unable to see anything.  After breaching a wall, the floor collapses and he falls to the floor below.  Grabbing his radio, he utters the words no one wants to hear, “Mayday, firefighter down.”

    “Most firefighters think they can get themselves out of a jam, so they don’t radio for help until their oxygen is low,” said Carlisle Barracks Station Chief, Richard Juday.  “It may take a while for a rapid intervention team (RIT) to find them, so if they wait until they are low on air, it may be too late.  If the firefighter is able to extract themselves they can always cancel the help request.”

    To try to minimize the possibility of an accident, firefighters train on procedures to call for help and on how to extract themselves.

    To simulate a ceiling collapse Richard Juday, Carlisle Barracks station chief, stands on a fence which then pins the firefighter to the ground.  The firefighter must free their hand and use their radio to call for help to successfully negotiate this obstacle. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

    To facilitate training in these types of scenarios, the Carlisle Barracks Department of Fire and Emergency Services built a mayday/self-rescue course at the mill on Route 11 earlier this year.

    “There are two purposes to the training,” said Juday. “The first is to teach the individual firefighters when to call for rescue and how to maneuver through different challenges they may encounter on the fire ground.  The second is to train or incident commanders how to manage a Mayday situation.”

    “The course consists of five obstacles simulating a floor collapse, wall breech, confined space, wire entanglement and ceiling collapse followed by 75' victim drag using a 150 lb rescue Randy dummy,” said Juday.

    “To make the course more demanding, the firefighters are blindfolded while they are going through the course, which simulates the blackout situations found in many fire emergencies,” said Juday.

    One of the most difficult scenarios that a fire fighter may have to face is a ceiling collapse. 

    “When you fall through the ceiling to the floor below, there is a good chance that you could be hurt, plus you are more likely now in a more dangerous part of the dwelling,” said Firefighter Todd Hooper.

    “Self-extraction from a ceiling collapse becomes more difficult when the firefighter ends up on their back because then they are like a turtle trying to roll over on their belly so they can move,” said Bob Suskie, Director of Emergency Services.

    While there is no time limit to complete the course, the firefighters must radio for help after they fall through the ceiling and when they get tangled in the wires.

    Carlisle Barracks requires all of their firemen to complete to go through the training twice each  year.

    Post security update

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- Carlisle Barracks and the US Army War College are now operating with increased security measures. There may be an increased presence of police and security operations throughout the installation. As a community remain vigilant for suspicious persons or activities or packages. Remember there are various ways to report your concerns to the authorities including iWATCH which is available from home or on the Carlisle Barracks ONLINE or call the Police Desk 717-245-4115, or 911.

    Cheryl Pellerin, American Forces Press Service
    Pentagon raises force-protection level for U.S. bases

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2011 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has authorized raising the force-protection level for military installations mainly in the United States, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

    The commander of U.S. Northern Command Commander, Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., requested the action in recent days in advance of the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. homeland, he added.

    Little said Panetta and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reviewed the request.

    "This is not in response to any specific or credible threat surrounding the 10th anniversary of 9/11," Little told reporters, "but we believe it is prudent and precautionary to take such a step."

    It's no secret that al-Qaida has focused on holidays and milestone events in the past, Little added, noting that the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was mentioned in documents seized at the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was killed in May.

    Navy Capt. John Kirby, director of media operations, said the Defense Department does not discuss specific force-protection levels but that the level would be raised at installations throughout the continental United States, including the Pentagon.

    The action, he said, "takes effect today and goes through the anniversary," and it is in keeping with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's Sept. 2 statement on the anniversary of the attacks.

    "While there is no specific or credible intelligence that al-Qaida or its affiliates are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of 9/11," Napolitano said, "we remain at a heightened state of vigilance, and security measures are in place to detect and prevent plots against the United States, should they emerge."

    The four levels of force protection applied to every American military installation are alpha, bravo, charlie and delta, according to Northcom.

    Alpha is the lowest level and Delta is the highest.

    Northcom sets the minimum force-protection condition level for installations in the continental United States because it is the unified combatant command whose geographic area of responsibility is North America.

    Other combatant commands, such as U.S. European Command, set force protection condition levels for American military installations in their areas of responsibility.

    Individual facility and installation commanders can increase local force protection levels but must adhere at least to the minimum level set by Northcom.

    The raised force protection level, Little said, "is a reflection of al Qaida's continued interest in milestone and anniversary events, and is prudent."

    Defense Finance and Accounting Service
    Military retiree pay dates to change

    CLEVELAND, Sept. 6, 2011 - Paydays for military retirees and those who receive portions of retired pay are changing for the months of September and December, as the Defense Finance and Accounting Service changes its pay schedule to comply with the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act.

    The 2011 NDAA requires military retiree pay to be processed on the first day of the month. When that day falls on a weekend or national holiday, the pay date is moved to the previous business day.

    This year payments normally scheduled for Oct. 3, 2011 will be issued on Sept. 30, 2011 and payments normally scheduled for Jan. 3, 2012, will be issued on Dec. 30, 2011. For the calendar year 2011, this means military retirees will receive 13 rather than the normal 12 payments.

    The 13th payday on Dec. 30 falls within the 2011 tax year, which could affect the tax liability of some retirees and those who receive portions of their retired pay. Customers should speak with a tax advisor, the Internal Revenue Service or their state tax authority to determine if their tax withholding will satisfy federal and state income taxes when they file returns next year. DFAS cannot provide tax advice.

    For tax year 2012 and beyond, retirees will receive their normal 12 payments.

    This change affects regular retired pay, Concurrent retirement and disability pay and combat related special compensation. The new rule also applies to retiree allotments, garnishments and court-ordered former spouse and child support payments. It does not affect annuity payments.

    If retirees need to make changes to their federal or state tax withholding, the quickest and most secure way to do so is through myPay. Available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, myPay enables eligible users around the world to make routine changes to their pay information, including tax withholding, that become effective within days.

    Customers who cannot access myPay can change federal withholding amounts by completing a new IRS Form W-4 or W-4P, or change state withholding amounts using a DD 2866. These forms can be found on the DFAS web site,, and should be mailed or faxed to the below address once completed:

    Defense Finance and Accounting Service

    U.S. Military Retired Pay

    P.O. Box 7130

    London, KY 40742-7130

    Fax: 800-469-6559


    It may take up to 30 days for changes to be made when mailing in a paper form.

    The Defense Finance and Accounting Service provides responsive, professional finance and accounting services to the men and women who defend America. DFAS pays about 6.4 million people and in FY 2010 made 8.1 million travel payments, paid 11.4 million commercial invoices, made $578 billion in disbursements to pay recipients, and managed $487.9 billion in military retirement and health benefits funds.

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
    Initial Thoughts - Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

     Sept. 7, 2011 -- I am honored and humbled to be your 38th Chief of Staff.  Over the last 10 years our Army has proven itself in arguably the most difficult environment we have ever faced.  Our leaders at every level have displayed unparalleled ingenuity, flexibility and adaptability.  Our Soldiers have displayed mental and physical toughness and courage under fire.  They have transformed the Army into the most versatile, agile, rapidly deployable and sustainable strategic land force in the world.  Our Army is the Nation's force of decisive action, extremely relevant and highly effective for a wide range of missions.  Trust is the bedrock of our honored Profession - trust between each other, trust between Soldiers and Leaders, trust between Soldiers and their Families and the Army, and trust with the American people.

    Today is like no other time in our history.  We remain at war, and our top priority is to win the current fight.  It is also a time of uncertainty and historic change.  We face a multitude of security challenges, such as transnational and regional terrorism in places like Yemen, Somalia, North Africa and Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.  We have the uncertainty of the Arab Spring, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and challenges of rising powers.  All of this is underpinned by fiscal constraint.

    Despite the challenges, we confront the future from a position of great strength.  Our Army will continue to be the best equipped, best trained, and best led force in the world.  The strength of our Nation is our Army; the strength of our Army is our Soldiers; the strength of our Soldiers is our Families.  This is what makes us Army Strong.

    Along with the Secretary of the Army, in the coming weeks I will share thoughts on our way forward.  This includes sustaining our All-Volunteer Army, providing depth and versatility to the Joint Force, and ensuring flexibility for defense of our interests at home and abroad.

    I am proud to serve in your ranks, filled by great men and women that willingly serve our country.  You are courageous, confident, competent, and compassionate. You live our Army Values 24/7 in all you do. Discipline, high standards, and fitness are your watch words.  You are the best our country has to offer.  I look forward to seeing you as I visit your camps, posts, stations, and operating bases. Thank you for your steadfast dedication and loyal service to our Nation.


    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

    Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

    Carlisle Barracks police host training course for area bike patrol officers 

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- Members of the Carlisle Barracks Police Bike Patrol conducted a International Police Mountain Bike Association certification course for post and other local police department riders the week of Aug. 29. 

    “Since we were training our own officers we thought it would be mutually beneficial to reach out to other local DOD and Civilian departments with training, assisting with the growth of their programs,” said Sgt. 1st Class Svend D. Sheppard III, a post police officer and IPMBA instructor. Sheppard has trained  officers from several local Police agencies to included Carlisle, Dickinson College, Steelton, Swatara Twp, Hampton Twp and New Cumberland Army Depot on how to patrol on a bike.

    During the course, officers are taught slow-speed and balance skills.

    “This is handy when riding through a crowd,” said Sheppard. “We train to go down stairs and up stairs. Anywhere you can go on foot, we can go on a bike. People are blown away when they find out what we can do and how we can conduct business on a bike.”

    The Carlisle Barracks Police Department conducts one or two certification class annually.   

    USAWC employees learn of next steps in position reduction process

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- Col. Bobby Towery, Army War College Deputy Commandant, spoke to civilian employees in Bliss Hall Sept. 6 about the actions that the command has taken and what employees can expect in the next few months in regard to the Army mandated position reductions.

    “We want to keep you informed through the entire process,” said Towery. “This is a complex process with many steps. We are very early in the process with a calculated and appropriate pace.”

    • In September, affected employees are encouraged to apply for currently vacant positions
    • All employees are encouraged to update their resumes with the civilian personnel center
    • All civilian employees will be surveyed to gauge an interest in voluntary early retirement or voluntary separation if it opens a position for an eligible employee
    • Between Sept. 6-16, affected employees will learn of their options
    • On Oct. 1, early Priority Placement Program opens for affected employees.  More information will be available at a PPP briefing Sept. 26. For more on PPP go here

    Is a Reduction in Force going to be necessary?

    The specialized skills and grades of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute would lead you to believe that they cannot be easily absorbed into USAWC positions, said Towery. But if early PPP leads to job placements at Dunham or other locations a RIF may be avoided, he noted.

    Is there a hiring freeze?

    There is no global hiring freeze but all open positions in TRADOC must first be offered to a displaced TRADOC employee, said Towery.

    The next meeting will be scheduled in late October or early November.

    September is National Preparedness Month

    September marks the eighth annual National Preparedness Month. This month encourages Soldiers, families, and civilians to prepare for emergencies at home, at work and in their communities. Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks, we remember the past as we prepare for the future.

    "Whenever our nation has been challenged, the American people have responded with faith, courage, and strength. This year, natural disasters have tested our response ability across all levels of government … Our nation has weathered many hardships, but we have always pulled together as one nation to help our neighbors prepare for, respond to, and recover from these extraordinary challenges ...," said President Barack Obama in his presidential proclamation on National Preparedness Month, 2011

    In January of this year, the Secretary of the Army established the Army Protection Program (APP). The APP functions as the over-arching leadership framework to synchronize, prioritize, and coordinate protection policies and resources. Strategically, the APP expands program oversight, ensures senior leader accountability, and improves risk-based decision making.

    The Army will field three systems that will improve the ability of Army commands to prepare for and respond to an emergency. Within the Emergency Management Modernization Program (EM2P), these systems include a common operating picture which allows commands to effectively exchange emergency information; mass warning and notification so commanders can quickly warn the population of emergencies; and enhanced 911 which utilizes the telephone number and address of the caller to decrease overall emergency response times.

    Protecting the lives of Soldiers, families, and civilians is of primary importance to the Army. Emergency preparedness is an essential component of protection. National Preparedness Month promotes improving emergency preparedness skills in anticipation of a disaster no matter where it may strike.




    TIPS FOR A SAFE LABOR DAY WEEKEND – From The Army Center for Substance Abuse Program

    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 information offers 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.


    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.


    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.


    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 transportation.

    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 tired.

    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 alternatives.

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

    Having trouble accessing the community calendar?


    Recently, Spouse and Family members have reported issues and problems accessing the Carlisle Barracks Community Calendar. To ensure access to this valuable resource, here are a few helpful tips:


    1. To connect to the CC, use the following link:


    a. Go to

    b. Or access directly from the following sites:

    • USAWC External Homepage

    • USAWC Banner Homepage

    • USAG Homepage


    2. Every PC that accesses a DoD/Army system (on or off post) should have the DoD Root Certificates installed to properly access the resources. Users must manually load the certificate. Assistance is provided at:



    3. We have identified some minor compatibility issues with users who have Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9. This results in a minor reduction of functionality, but does not prohibit access to the CC nor the information it provides. The current Army supported platform is Windows Vista with Internet Explorer 8 to which our systems comply. We are currently researching potential solutions to reduce or eliminate these compatibility issues.


    Any issues should be reported to the Webmaster at

    September 11 commemorative services program planned in Chambersburg

    Aug. 31, 2011 -- Details have been finalized for the upcoming September 11th Commemorative Service planned for the dedication of the World Trade Center Artifacts recently received from the World Trade Center site, Ground Zero, in New York.

    The ceremony will be held on September 11 at 5 pm sharp in the Memorial Square of Franklin County’s seat, Chambersburg.   The CASHS Band will play patriotic music beginning at 4:45 PM.   A large crowd is expected to attend.

    The ceremony will include messages from local elected officials; remarks from Colonel (Retired) Rodney Gettig, a first responder from Fort Hamilton in New York who assisted in the World Trade Center rescue efforts after the attack and collapse on September 11, 2001; remarks from Douglas Warnock, a retired Pentagon official who was in the Pentagon when the attack there occurred; and musical selections. Nearly one ton of World Trade Center artifact steel materials will be unveiled and available for viewing. The artist's rendering of the permanent memorial will be unveiled as well.

     “September 11, 2001 was a day that changed the history of our country. The sculpture planned will be a permanent historic memorial to view , visit, and reflect upon for generations to come. It will be a symbol of memory and of hope for our grandchildren”  said Warren Elliott, committee member and master of ceremonies for the event. 

    The Chambersburg Memorial Square will be closed to traffic beginning at 4:30 PM. The program will begin at 5 PM. The public is encouraged to arrive early, park in public parking areas and walk to the downtown Memorial Square area. In the event of threatening weather, the ceremony will be held in the CASHS auditorium.   Announcements of any changes will be made on local radio stations.

    Questions may be addressed to Rev. Dr. William Harter at 717-264-3828, or 717-816-4914, or by email at

    Public Affairs Staff Report

    Meet Your Carlisle Barracks Staff

    Jack Giblin, Director of Visitor and Education Services, 245- 3472

    History has always been part of Jack Giblin’s life.  As a child he played on World War II battleships and took part in historical reenactments.  Now, as the director of the USAHEC Visitor’s Center one of his jobs is to bring history alive for others.

    “When I was a child my grandfather was on the Board of Directors of the Battleship Massachusetts,” said Giblin.  “So I spent my summers playing on the ship.  When I was 12, I started taking part in historical reenactments, mostly Revolutionary War and French and Indian War.”

    It was a trip to Colonial Williamsburg with his high school history class that would prove to be the turning point in his life. 

     “I fell in love with the place,” said Giblin.  “It was living history.  It was what I wanted to do with my life.  Living history gives people a visual connection to things that they can usually only read about in books.  It comes alive for them.”

    Now, as an adult, he has the opportunity to return the favor.  Twice a year, in the spring and fall, USAHEC hosts living history exhibits for the Carlisle community.  In the spring, Army Heritage Days feature living historians and Soldiers from every period of Army history from the French and Indian War through current operations.  This fall, USAHEC will be hosting, “Civil War 150: Entering Winter Camp,” Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

    “This event focuses on the end of the first year of the Civil War, when the Union and Confederate Armies went into winter quarters to prepare for the next season of combat,” said Giblin.  The exhibit will feature the construction of a winter hut, a Sutler’s Row of Civil War era civilian merchants, drilling competitions and a Civil War era baseball game.

    The USAHEC is also a useful resource for Army War College students.  The research collection contains military history books, military newspapers, technical and field manuals, periodicals, veterans’ surveys and photographs.   The oral histories from thousands of Soldiers who served in the Army are also a valuable resource for students.

     “USAHEC is a national treasure right at the front door of the War College,” said Giblin.  “It holds numerous stories about Soldiers, some of them we have heard of, others are not as famous.  AHEC tell the story of us.  Every Soldier should consider donating their military items so we can continue to tell the Army story, one Soldier at a time.”

    More information on USAHEC can be found at:

    Glenda Binger, Balfour Beatty Communities Work Order Clerk, 243-7177

    Boiling Springs native, Glenda Binger is the go-to person if you need something in your on-post housing fixed.  After taking the initial call from the resident, the job is given to the Balfour Beatty maintenance team to repair.

    There are three types of work orders that residents can place, emergency, urgent and routine.

    “Emergencies are anything that cannot wait,” said Binger.  “For example, if a water pipe breaks, or if you lock yourself out of your houses after normal business hours.  We always have someone on call and they will be at your home within an hour.

    “Urgent work orders are placed during the business day and will be repaired within one to three business days,” said Binger.  “Routine work orders will be completed within three to five business days.”

    To submit a work order you can call 243-7177, 24 hours a day/ seven days a week or go to the Balfour Beatty website at  Once at the website, scroll down under Valuable Links and click on “Submit a Service Request.”

    “Website service requests are only checked during business hours,” said Binger. “So, if you have an emergency call us, otherwise you will be waiting until the next business day.”

    Wendi Kent, Manager of Outdoor Recreation and Carlisle Barracks Lodging, 245-4616

    What’s your idea of adventure?  Indoor rock climbing?  White water rafting or kayaking?  How about hiking, fishing or camping?  Wendi Kent has the programs and the equipment to get you there.

    Wendi Kent has done just about every job in FMWR during her 22 year career.  She is currently wearing two hats as the director of the Carlisle Barracks Army Lodging and as the director of the Outdoor Recreation program on post.

    With the arrival of the Class of 2012 Wendi has been busy tailoring Outdoor Recreation to fit the needs and desires of the students and their families. 

    “Based on the input I have received from class members, this class is very interested in outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking, so I am tailoring the programs and services to reflect that,” said Kent.

    “Just because you might not see an activity you are interested in on our list, I can tailor the programs to fit the needs of your family or seminar."

    “One of the most popular fall tours is the Yuengling Brewery Tour,” said Kent.  The tour costs $10 and will take place on Oct. 22.  You must be 21 years old or older to attend. 

    To find out the upcoming trips go to www.carlislemwr.comand click on the outdoor recreation tab, or call 245-4616.

    Darla Grove, Skill Development Center, 245-3319

    Need a prized family photo framed? Want to take a pottery class? Need your oil changed? The Skill Development Center, located adjacent to the Claremont Gate, is your one stop shop for a variety of hobbies and auto needs.

     Darla Grove, SDC Supervisor, began working here nearly 14 years ago as a class instructor, teaching ceramics and wood shop classes. She has a passion for art and credits her creative intuition from her passion for painting.  With the wide variety of custom projects available at the SDC, she helped to create the Skill  slogan,

     “If you can think it, we can do it.”

     The SDC offers a variety of educational hands-on art programs as well as professional services. Included on site is laser and rotary engraving, an elaborate framing design and construction team, t-shirt design and a six bay auto hobby shop with certified mechanics and do-it-yourself hours.

     “That’s one thing I love about this job, you never know what you’re going to do that day,” said Grove. “We have a very creative team and we really go above and beyond for customer satisfaction.”

     The SDC is open Thursday 1pm – 8pm, Fridays 8am 4pm, and Saturdays 9am – 4pm, with  self-help hours Thursday 1pm – 8pm, Friday 8am – 4pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm. Call (717) 245-3319 for information.

     Brian Sarjeant, MWR Fitness Director and Army War College Master Combatives Instructor:  245-3681                      

     Very little makes Brian Sarjeant anxious.  As the 2010 winner of the heavyweight division belt for the North American Grappling Association he has the confidence that goes with the knowledge that he could defend himself in almost any situation. 

     He is, however, excited about taking on new students for this year’s selection of new fitness classes.

     “You know what is great about this year is that we are doing family-based classes, one per month in Zumba, Yoga, and Mother and Daughter Self Defense,” said Sarjeant.  “We will also be teaching TRX suspension training—total body resistance exercise.  I recommend these classes for anyone trying to improve overall fitness, core strength, functional strength and balance.”

     Sarjeant is also introducing piloxing—combined boxing and Pilates, and Saturday morning classes in cardio kick boxing to the array of fitness classes being offered. 

     Sarjeant, who has been certified as a  level 4 Combatives Instructor, level 2 Commando Combatives Instructor and Within Arms Reach--gun and knife defense training, came to Carlisle Barracks in June 2010 from Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., where he taught combatives training to students in the Advanced Leadership Course, the Senior Leadership Course and the Basic Officer Leaders Course. 

     Fitness Class schedules can be picked up at Thorpe Hall Gym or visit the MWR website:

    Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service

    Pentagon leaders dedicate Pentagon USO exhibit

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2011 – Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III was joined by Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in celebrating the dedication of a USO exhibit in the Pentagon today.

    “For 70 years [the USO] has supported our troops wherever they go,” Lynn said. “In the 90s, I personally saw the USO’s contributions in Kosovo and Bosnia, [and now, their service] on this tour in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

    Lynn also said the USO maintains a large presence at Defense Department medical facilities in Landstuhl, Germany; Bethesda, Md.; at Fort Belvoir, Va.; and until recently, Walter Reed Army Medical Center here.

    “[We’re here] to recognize the seven decades of service that the USO has provided,” the deputy secretary said. “They bring so much to our troops and their families.”

    During the dedication, Mullen expressed his gratitude to Sloan D. Gibson, president and chief executive officer for the USO, for the services the USO has provided to countless service members throughout the years.

    “It’s certainly most fitting that we recognize an organization that has truly made a difference in our peoples’ lives,” Mullen said. “There is this association with tours … Deborah and I have been blessed to be overseas with those entertainers, stars and athletes that give up their time.

    “What is most precious about that,” the chairman continued, “is to be halfway around the world and to see, for a moment, the smiles on our men and women’s faces that these individuals bring to them.”

    Mullen also reminded everyone it’s not just the lives of the men and women serving that are changed by entertainers supporting the USO.

    “Oftentimes, the story that doesn’t get told is how those individuals’ lives have changed forever,” the chairman said. “They learn about us in ways that they didn’t expect, and they really have made a huge, huge difference.”

    Lynn and Mullen said the USO is not just about celebrity tours, although that is what they are most known for.

    “They’re known for the celebrity tours that you see going back to the era of Bob Hope,” Lynn said. “That’s certainly an important morale boost that they still do. The chairman has been known to lead a few of those trips. [But] they do so much more -- care packages, phone cards, whatever it is the troops and their families need.”

    Mullen spoke of the USO’s commitment to the nation’s wounded warriors.

    “The USO has been at the heart of the challenges with our wounded [and] our medical challenges from day one when these wars started and have made such a difference there as well,” he said. “So I am grateful for the privilege that we’ve had to participate with the USO during these extraordinarily challenging times.

    “[And] we do focus on these trips to Afghanistan and Iraq, but quite frankly, USO goes all over the globe to engage our men and women in uniform,” Mullen added. “And we are eternally grateful for that.”

    The chairman also thanked Michael Rhodes, director of administration and management for the Pentagon, who helped oversee the design and execution of the USO’s exhibit.

    “Thanks for the work that went into this dedication. All of us in the Pentagon will cherish it,” the chairman said.

    “Thanks again to the USO and all the difference the USO has made for so many years … it is a real treat,” Mullen added. “We are incredibly grateful and we look forward to a long-term, sustained relationship which just gets better and better.”


    Petraeus garners praise at retirement ceremony


    JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL. Va., Aug. 31, 2011 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised Army Gen. David H. Petraeus for his 37 years in uniform, noting the four-star general ranks among the great military leaders in U.S. history.

    Navy Adm. Mike Mullen hosted Petraeus' Joint Service Retirement Ceremony here today. Mullen said Petraeus set the "gold standard for command in wartime."

    Petraeus is one of the most well-known generals of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He commanded the 101st Airborne Division at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq, Multinational Forces-Iraq, U.S. Central Command and NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

    Petraeus is retiring from the Army to become the director of the CIA.

    "You've run the race well, swifter and surer than the rest, and you now stand among the giants not just in our time but of all time, joining the likes of Grant and Pershing and Marshall and Eisenhower as one of the great battle captains of American history," Mullen said to Petraeus. "You've expanded our view of the possible, inspiring our military on to historic achievements during some of the most trying times America has ever known. And today you depart our ranks with the sincere thanks of a grateful nation."

    Petraeus was extraordinarily effective as both a combat leader and a strategist, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said during the ceremony.

    The strategies Petraeus employed in two theaters of war were developed quickly to confront new types of foes, Lynn said.

    "In Iraq and Afghanistan, our forces fought on battlefields different than we had faced before, different than we had trained for and different than we had equipped for," the deputy secretary said.

    Petraeus was instrumental in developing the counterinsurgency strategy and putting it into practice in Iraq and Afghanistan. That strategy is built "around the adaptability and ingenuity of the 9/11 generation," Lynn said. "That strategy enabled the world's most remarkable military to wage a new kind of war.

    "Iraq and Afghanistan have tested our men and women in uniform," the deputy secretary continued. "They have tested the resilience and agility of our institutional military, and they have tested our nation's resolve. But by acting on his belief that the most powerful weapon and most powerful tool any soldier carries is not his weapon but his mind, General Petraeus has redefined how America fought those wars."

    Petraeus' strategies and tactics worked, Lynn said, delivering Iraq from the clutches of sectarian violence, and giving the people of Afghanistan a fighting chance.

    Petraeus was commissioned after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in 1974. U.S. involvement in Vietnam had essentially ended, and the military was changing as the draft ended and an all-volunteer force came into being.

    At his retirement ceremony today, Petraeus paid tribute to all those who stuck by the military and steered it through the "hollow force" era. He thanked the noncommissioned officers who stood with him as he went up the ranks. And he thanked his family for the many moves and long separations they have endured.

    Petraeus also looked to the future and said the military is entering a difficult period.

    "The future requirements include maintaining pressure on al-Qaida, continuing to draw down in Iraq and commencing reductions in Afghanistan -- all while sustaining our hard-fought, hard-won, but still-fragile progress in those areas," he said. "This will be done, of course, against a backdrop of ongoing change in the Middle East and difficult budget decisions here at home."

    All of the decisions leaders make must be made with the people of the force foremost in their minds, he said.

    "The essence, the core of our military is and always will be its people: men and women who raise their right hands and recite the oath of enlistment, even though they know that act may result in them deploying to a combat zone where they will be asked once again to put it all on the line, day after day, in crushing heat and numbing cold, under body armor and Kevlar, against resilient, tough, often barbaric enemies; never knowing, as they go outside the wire, whether they'll be greeted with a hand grenade or a handshake, but being ready and capable of responding appropriately to either," the general said.