Banner Archive for September 2012
 


31st Annual Harvest of the Arts to include the Welcome Jam comes to Downtown Carlisle
 
 
  The Downtown Carlisle Association will host the 31st Annual M&T Bank Harvest of the Arts fine art and craft show on September 29, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on West High Street and will feature over 100 juried and non-juried artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region.  Bringing over 10,000 people in one day, this event has become one of the best end-of-year art shows in Pennsylvania.
 
  In its 31st year, the M&T Bank Harvest of the Arts will host the region's largest autumn juried and non juried arts & crafts show. With over 100 art exhibitors, crafters, food vendors, children's entertainers, sponsors, and performers, this year's event will coincide with Dickinson College's Parents & Alumni Weekend, Penn State Dickinson School of Law's Alumni Weekend, and the event will host the annual U.S. Army War College Welcome Jam.
 
  The Harvest of the Arts juried artists are all artists who are members of the PA Guild of Craftsmen, members of the Carlisle Arts Learning Center, or have exhibited in Harrisburg's Artsfest, Lancaster's Longs Park Art Show, Mt. Gretna's Arts Festival, or the Central PA Festival of the Arts. "Knowing that the artists have been accepted into any of these shows through their stringent jury process shows us the artists have the quality of product and talent that we are looking for Carlisle's Harvest of the Arts" stated Glenn White, Director of the DCA. The juried arts area will showcase oil and watercolor paintings, mixed media artwork, and other fine arts and crafts.
 
  Non juried artists have various buy/sell or kit type art products.  In the non-juried area you will find many holiday decorations, jewelry, and clothing.
 
  Nine Plein Air artists from the Camp Hill area will be on site and around town that day sketching and painting some of the more historical and recognizable sites around Carlisle.  
 
  The Carlisle Theater performing group will be performing excerpts from the upcoming show "Annie" at 11:30 am, and 12:45 pm in front of the Carlisle Theater.
 
  Carlisle Poets Workshop will be performing spoken word poetry in front of the Carlisle Theater at 10 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
 
  Music will fill the air from the CenturyLink Star stage where Carlisle's Mad Men will perform from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Shea & Swish of the Luv Gods will go on from 12-2 p.m., Nashville recording artist Payton Taylor will perform from 2-4 p.m., and Toby Keith Tribute Artist JETT will pay tribute to our U.S. Army War College at the Welcome Jam from 4-5 p.m. Foote Capital is sponsoring the Payton Taylor performance and the VFW Post 477 is sponsoring the Welcome Jam.
  
  Mad Men will be performing throughout the event near the corner of South Pitt and West High Street.
 
  Kid's Alley, sponsored by Carlisle Regional Medical Center, hosts a large array of children's entertainment, arts and crafts, games, activities and children's performances.  Relocated to the First United Church of Christ campus at North Pitt and West Louther, the new set up will allow for larger theater performances and grassy areas for activities.  The First United Church of Christ Kids Stage will host the Popcorn Hat Players at 11 a.m., and the ever popular REACH at 1:15 p.m.
  
  The Ultimate Video Game Party Game Truck will be on site from 10 am - 5 pm offering kids the chance to play their favorite video games on a selection of the hottest new systems. Each video game theater is equipped with HDTVs and a wide selection of games for Xbox360, Wii & PS3 and a GameCoach to manage the playtimes.
 
U.S. Army War College Welcome Jam
 
  As part of the Harvest of the Arts, Carlisle welcomes the incoming U.S. Army War College class with its annual Welcome Jam featuring Toby Keith Tribute Artist JETT. Sponsored by the VFW Post 477 in Carlisle the Welcome Jam will allow these new families to tour downtown businesses, enjoy the festival, and end the day with a special musical performance.
 
  Discover Downtown is the Carlisle event encouraging Dickinson College students and parents to walk downtown and explore their new surroundings. Similar to the Welcome Jam, Discover Downtown will have a map of participating businesses who are interested in meeting and promoting their stores to these new residents.
  
  The Farmer's on the Square Farmer's Market will have special hours during the event. Carlisle's hometown farmers market will be open from 10 am to 3pm with a wide variety of locally grown produce, fruit, cheeses, meats, and flowers.
 
  Harvest of the Arts, the Welcome Jam, and Discover Downtown are being held on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Historic Downtown Carlisle on West High Street.

Gold Star Mothers Day Sept. 30

 

The Gold Star tradition has been in our country for nearly a century as a reminder of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the service of their nation. During World War I, flags were displayed in homes, businesses, schools and churches bearing a blue star for each military service member. A gold star was stitched over the blue one when one of the members of the military had given their life for their country. From this simple expression of community solidarity, the Gold Star Mothers - an organization comprised of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in war - was born.

The Army joins all Americans in support of the 2012 Gold Star Mothers Day on Sunday, September 30. This weekend is dedicated to women who have been forever changed by the pledge their children made to lay down their own lives to defend the values and ideals that define us as Americans. Memorial events will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Please take time on this day to remember both those who have given their lives in the service of our country and the loved ones they have left behind.

“The Gold Star Mothers, as well as all family members who bear the great burden of loss, will always be cherished members of our great Army Family,” said Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army. “We maintain our commitment to support them while honoring the legacy of the fallen -- our Soldiers and their children.”

Gold Star Mothers are an inspiration to all Americans because they exemplify courage, grace and fortitude in the face of incalculable sorrow. The Army is dedicated to providing long-term support throughout the grief process. The Army's Survivor Outreach Services deliver a coordinated, comprehensive, and standardized program across the force that meets survivors needs with dedicated resources and a commitment to first class service for as long as the family desires.


Groups like the Gold Stars Mothers who support the families of the fallen send the critical message that those we have lost will not be forgotten. On behalf of a grateful nation, we salute America's Gold Star Mothers. They are, and always will be, members of our great Army family. The Army, along with our nation, recognizes their courage, and we renew our commitment to support them as we honor the legacy of the fallen - our Soldiers, their children.

 The Army's Survivor Outreach Services has oversight on these programs.

The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. are hosting an event at Arlington National Cemetery Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. For more information visit http://www.goldstarmoms.com/Events/GoldStarMothersSunday/GSMSunday2012/GSMSunday2012.htm


Replacement of Post Sidewalks will continue through October
 
 
  Concrete work on Carlisle Barracks will continue through the month of October. 
 
  The sidewalk in front of the Letort View Community Center is scheduled for replacement on Oct. 8. 
 
  Pedestrians and motorists should proceed with caution in these areas.
 

 

Medication Take-Back event slated in September 

 

  Safely dispose of unwanted medications on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Medical Logistics Warehouse, 911 Harrisburg Pike (between the Carlisle Barracks Ashburn Gate and Cavalry Road).

  What you can bring:  unwanted and expired medications for humans or pets, both prescription and over-the-counter, in tablet, liquid, ointment, inhaler, powder or patch form.

  What you cannot bring:  sharps, syringes, needles, thermometers, bandages, gauze pads, sun block, lipstick, deodorant, skin cream, and similar products.

  How to prepare your medications:  medications should remain in their original containers, do not remove labels, personal information should be crossed out, but information about the medication should be legible.

  For more information contact the Army Substance Abuse Office, 717-245-4576.


by Carol Kerr and Thomas Zimmerman
Army focuses power, attention on suicide prevention

Sep 24, 2012 – Worldwide, the Army will stand down from daily operations and focus on suicide prevention awareness.

At Carlisle Barracks and the Army War College community, Suicide Stand Down Day will bring command attention and senior leader education to the challenge of military suicides.

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This is for you:  Stand-down, Thursday, Sept. 27 activities --

Shoulder-to-Shoulder Walk/Run,  6:30-7:30 a.m. -- start and end at Indian Field -- Starting with  reveilleMaj. Gen. Tony Cucolo will briefly speak before leading off a set-your-own-pace community run/walk:  your choice of a 5K run or 1-mile walk.  This active community gathering  is encouraged for military and civilian employees, Army War College students, families -- and pets!    with educational postings along the route.   Return to Indian Field for coffee, bagels and oranges upon completion.

 Command Focus:  Maj. Gen. Cucolo and Dr. Tom Williams [Senior Leader Development and Resilience Program] will address the Army War College student body in Bliss Hall, 8:30 - 9 a.m.    Presentations will be broadcast to all interested members of the community in Reynolds Theater.  

 Deeper Look, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Reynolds Theater -- All community members are invited to view a special video presentation of The Other War produced by Dunham Army Health Clinic to raise understanding of post-deployment issues and the neurobiology of post-traumatic stress, with following discussion.

Army War College student exercise, concurrent with the Reynolds Theater video presentation -- a leader-focused exercise for which students will review policies and resources and help craft potential policies, drawing from the cross-section of experience in each seminar to  help inform senior leaders about what’s working well and what they see as potential strategies to mitigate the suicide risk.  The student exercise will harness critical thinking, leader responsibility, and "the wisdom of the crowd," according to Dr. Tom Williams, director of the War College's Senior Leader Development and Resiliency Program, who designed the stand-down exercise to create sharper understanding of policies, processes and culture.

Health  Fair,  10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  in Root Hall Gym, open to the entire Carlisle Barracks community - will leverage and share the expertise of those who counsel and work with Soldiers, Families, Veterans and Retirees.    20 partners from on and off Carlisle Barracks will provide health and resiliency information. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Enter post at "Claremont & Jim Thorpe Roads, Carlisle 17013

 Participants:  Holy Spirit Hospital, Military One Source, Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center, American Red Cross, Health Net, Harrisbur Veterans Center, Essentials for Wholeness, Army Wellness Center, Leslie Hoover Soldier Project, Dunham Army Health Clinic Behavioral Health, Tranquility Salon & Wellness, Divine Wellness, Hypnosis Office of Carlisle, TEMPLE Family Center, Camille Baughman & Associates, Carlisle Family YMCA, Military Family Life Counselor, Lifestyle Entrees, and multiple Carlisle Barracks counseling offices

 Facilitated stand-down discussions, in small work groups, scheduled by group leaders

 MORE, this week --

 Gatekeeper training, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Upton Hall's command conference room.   A small-group ‘gatekeepers’ awareness-building workshop for those who can learn to recognize signs in spouses and friends, and know what to say, how to help – led by  Dunham’s Behavioral Health therapist Dr. Inez Roe. Limited seating: call 245-4602.  

Chaplains’ presentation, Friday Sept. 28, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Upton Hall.  The military chaplains'  special perspective:  Sustaining the Soul of a Soldier. Open to all

WHY, this attention? --

The numbers tell part of the story: 38 Soldier suicides in July alone – 116 Soldiers lost to suicide in this year’s first seven months. For a Service that identifies by the warrior ethos tenet -- “I will never leave a fallen comrade” -- the Army’s focus on suicide prevention awareness is designed to heighten awareness, resiliency, risk assessments, and targeted training.   

 “To combat [suicide] effectively will require sophisticated solutions aimed at helping individuals to build resiliency and strengthen their life coping skills,” said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, who ordered the Army-wide suicide "stand down"  Sept. 27 to focus tremendous time, personnel and attention to a formidable problem.

Austin’s insights for making progress in combating suicide has guided the plans for Suicide Prevention Month and for the Suicide Awareness Stand-Down at Carlisle Barracks where senior officers and NCOs and their Families comprise much of the community. 

Month-long awareness and education activities create opportunity to build awareness, strengthen community ties, and create a heightened commitment to resiliency.  Among them --

  • Army and National Football League announced an initiative to work together to improve awareness of traumatic brain injury and increase into its causes, prevention and treatment, Aug. 31
  • Army Wellness Center officially opened a new Public Health Command initiative offering expert assessments and individualized guidance for building physical fitness and resiliency across all of our community’s military, civilian, retiree and Family members,  Sept. 14, 10 am, at 315 Lovell Avenue

Since 2010, suicide has outpaced traffic accidents, heart disease, cancer, homicide and all other forms of death in the military other than combat.

"… suicide continues to be a major concern. It's something that is vexing to us, and we have studied it incredibly hard," said Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, during a recent visit to Ft. Hood. "We're focused on this, and we're going to sustain our focus on this."

“Suicide is the toughest enemy I have faced in my 37 years in the Army,” said Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, vice chief of staff of the Army.  “We must continue to address the stigma associated with behavioral health. Ultimately, we want the mindset across our force and society at large to be that behavioral health is a routine part of what we do and who we are as we strive to maintain our own physical and mental wellness.”

Army response:  better access to quality behavioral health care, effective screening, better documentation of mild TBI and PTS, improved leader awareness of high-risk behavior
 

The Army has been working aggressively to increase the number of behavioral health providers by 83 percent since 2007, according to The Surgeon General of the Army, Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho.  Now, the effort is toembed those providers into brigade combat teams, as well as to make behavioral health a part of a Soldier's primary care experience.

"It's making sure that behavioral health -- the mental and the spiritual, the total aspect of our Soldiers and our family members -- is in the fabric of who we are and it's one component of wellness," Horoho said.

Increased screening of Soldiers’ physical and behavioral health occurs before, during, and after deployments.  

Dunham Army Health Clinic’s Traumatic Brain Injury team is skilled in assessing and treating predominately mild TBI and residual symptoms related to other more serious TBI and PTSD diagnoses, for personnel who have recovered enough to leave major medical centers. 

Comprehensive neuropsychological assessments are available to diagnose and help identify and understand any cognitive problems or symptoms that may be a result of any type of TBI.  Other services have been developed specifically to evaluate and treat symptoms that are related to TBI, such as depression, chronic headache, balance issues, dizziness, fatigue, vision problems, and sleep disturbance.

Access to care:  Personnel eligible to receive medical care in a military treatment facility can schedule an appointment for assessment by calling Dunham Army Health Clinic Behavioral Health at 717-245-4602 or the Clinic Care Line at 717-245-3400 or toll free at 1-877-787-2569.  Eligible beneficiaries include active duty, retired and TRICARE For Life military personnel.  Veterans no longer eligible for care in a military treatment facility can receive further evaluation at a Veteran's Administration facility; find one at   http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?dnum=ALL&STATE=PA


How do Soldiers, Veterans and Families find additional support or behavorial health services ?

  • Dunham US Army Health Behavioral Health Clinic is located in Dunham Clinic, Carlisle Barracks, open 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday, except holidays. TRICARE Prime beneficiaries have access to services, which are confidential except to meet legal obligations or to prevent harm to self or others. Make a self-referral by calling 717-245-4602. After hours, please contact Crisis Intervention at 717-243-6005.

 

  • Army Substance Abuse Programis at 632 Wright Avenue on post, open 7:30 am -4:30 pm 0730-1630 Monday – Friday, except holidays. ASAP services include prevention, urinalysis testing, outpatient treatment, and a work-based employee assistance program. Please call717-245-4694 for further information or assistance.

 

  • Carlisle Barracks Chaplains offer pastoral counseling servicesto individuals, couples or families at no cost, and are confidential. Chaplains’ offices are at the Memorial Chapel at 452 Mara Circle. Call a staff member during business hours at 717-245-3318 for an appointment.

 

  • TRICARE Options   Beneficiaries (except Active Duty Service Members) are entitled to eight sessions from a TRICARE network provider without prior authorization. AFamily Member wishing to use this option can identify a local TRICARE network provider by contacting HEALTHNET at 1-877-874-2273 or online at https://www.hnfs.com/apps/providerdirectory/default.aspx.Active Duty Service Members must first obtain a referral from Dunham Behavioral Health Clinic. This requires a brief assessment at the clinic and is approved on a case-by-case basis.

 

  • Army Community Service offices are at 632 Wright Avenue on post. ACS offers numerous resources as well as stress and anger management classes. Learn more at 717-245-4357.

 

  • Military Family Life Consultant works from ACS offices, and is willing to meet at an off-post location or talk by phone. The consultant is available for all service members, retirees, civilian employees and Family members. The MFLC offers as many as 12 sessions of short-term, solution-focused counseling with a civilian provider at no cost during business hours. Services are confidential except to meet legal obligations or to prevent harm to self or others. Call 717-713-9173 for an appointment.

 

  • Military One Source offers free short-term counseling options, including face to face counseling, telephone consultation or online consultation to active duty, Guard and Reserve Service Members and their families. Counseling services are designed to provide services for short-term issues, not severe or chronic behavioral health problems. Services are confidential except to meet legal obligations or to prevent harm to self or others.You can receive up to 12 sessions, per issue, per counselor at no cost. Those needing care for long-term medical issues will be referred to TRICAREor a Military Treatment Facility. For consultation call 1-800-342-9647 or go online http://www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/About/CounselingServices.aspx and select the "Counseling Options" link.

 

  •  Teen Line at Holy Spirit Hospital:  717-763-2345 -- a 24-hour helpline offers information and assistance with teen-related issues and concerns -- for teens or those involved with teens.

 

 


149-year-old battle provides strategic insights to modern dilemmas

    Insurgents set fire to Carlisle Barracks then fled to rejoin rebel forces for a battle of significant influence over the minds of War College students.

U. S. Army War College students and International Fellows traveled to Gettysburg on Sept. 25 and 26 to learn strategic lessons about the 149-year-old Gettysburg Campaign that took place during the Civil War. Each seminar rode buses to the battlefield, took a tour and gained insights from the battlefield. 

At least that’s what Leonard Fullenkamp, Professor of Military History and Strategy urged the students to gain. “See the battlefield through the prism of the 21st Century,” he said.  Fullenkamp asked the students to see the political significance to military activity.

 

Seminar 6 students examine Civil War era bullets, aka Minie Balls, during a staff ride at Gettysburg, Pa. Sept. 25, 2012.  Photo by Tom Conning.

 

Boone Bartholomees, Professor of Military History and Strategy led Seminar 6’s group around the battlefield where he spoke of how the nature of war is enduring.

“The underlying logic of war, the fact that it’s fought for political reasons and it has these various characteristics that are part of its very nature, is just as easy to see here as it would be in Afghanistan,” he said. “They will see people handling the same kind of problems, maybe at a different scale, with a different technology.”

 

Col. Fred Dummar, Army War College student had travelled to Gettysburg seventeen years ago to study the tactics when he was a captain and mentioned he didn’t consider the overall strategy for the Confederate invasion. “It fits in nicely because you start to see how senior commanders are thinking and interacting with political leaders which, I think, is more appropriate to the War College mission” he said. “One of the most interesting things to me is the interactions of both senior commanders with the president[s]. Both how they interpreted what the political objectives were and how that influenced their actions.”

Boone Bartholomees, Professor of Military History and Strategy speaks to Seminar 6 students at Devils Den during a staff ride to Gettysburg, Pa. Sept. 25, 2012. Photo by Tom Conning.

 

Fullenkamp described the political objectives behind the Union and Confederate governments prior to the staff ride during a noon-time lecture held in Bliss Hall. Students were able to view portions of the movie Gettysburg on Sept. 24 to familiarize them with the Gettysburg campaign.

Bartholomees talks to Seminar 6 students on Seminary Ridge during a staff ride to Gettysburg, Pa. Sept. 25, 2012. Photo by Tom Conning.

 

 

The trip is part of the students’ most recent course, the Theory of War and Strategy, which focuses on understanding how and why battles are fought as they are.  To do this, one must understand the larger operational, strategic, and political context in which they occur. “The staff ride attempts to bring history to life for the students and encourage a dialogue between the students as they view it through the lens of the shared combat experiences of the seminar,” said Frank Jones, the course director.

 


CJCS urges students to think, relax and build relationships

 

 

Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed the Army War College student body today, urging them to take the opportunity of this academic year to learn, think, write, relax, and build relationships in preparation for future leadership challenges.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


By Col. Robert Balcavage and Col. B.J. Constantine
 
International Day of Peace:  The War Dividend
 
  September 21st is the United Nations' designated day for recognizing the efforts of all individuals, organizations, and governments to end conflict and promote peace.  For our Nation, at war for over a decade, this should be an important day for us, as well.  Some might be dismissive of this day of observation, as we are quick to assume the pursuit of "peace" is too idealistic, and, therefore, not worth the effort to promote and enhance its conditions.  Others among us may equate the concept of "peace" with diminished international engagement, particularly given the recent spate of
international anti-American rhetoric.
 
  Is the pursuit of peace realistic?  Less than 8% of our world's recorded history, or 268 of the past 3,400-plus years, have been years without war (or military conflict) somewhere on the planet.  There are currently twenty wars of some form raging across the globe with another twenty various conflicts in well-known areas such as Afghanistan, Yemen, and Syria, to lesser-known conflicts in Kashmir, Mali, and Namibia.  Yet, while world-wide sustainable peace may be difficult to achieve, the pursuit of sustainable peace supports many U.S. interests – including fostering democratic institutions that support free trade.
 
  Therefore, we face once again – the challenging decision of providing global leadership in the pursuit of peace.  Ironically, one of the ways in which we can foster peace is in the application of our military-to-peace operations support missions, in partnership with other nations interested in peaceful solutions to difficult world-wide challenges.
 
  While we have spent the last decade in war and conflict, international peacekeeping missions continued in many other parts of the world.  And while many may be reluctant to deploy our Soldiers overseas, yet again, as international partners in peace, we should know that many of our partners seek and value the organizational and planning skills our Soldiers provide to these missions – as well as our comparatively robust air, maritime, and logistics capacities.   Further, our support to peace missions of the future can support U.S. foreign policy goals while simultaneously advancing the growth of democratic institutions and providing the U.S. venues for engagement at a lower cost in national treasure.
 
  If the possibility of a sustainable International peace is unlikely, is the pursuit of such peace worth our effort and resources at a time when our own domestic challenges are so sizeable?  We believe so.  In the pursuit of peace, one objective is deterrence, or conflict prevention.  Today, we remain armed with the right 'weapons' to attain this objective.  Our Nation’s greatest military capability isn't our air superiority, or our tremendous land power, or our command of the seas.  Our greatest capability in the pursuit of peace is our vast number of combat-experienced leaders who have successfully executed peace and stability missions through the greater part of the past decade-plus of sustained combat operations.
 
  There are other nations with seasoned combat leaders and military planners with extensive experience in intergovernmental and multi-national environments.  However, no other nation can claim the sheer amount of experience the U.S. has in conducting shuras (Islamic deliberative counsels), working to build sustainable rule of law, and encouraging local governance.  Today, the U.S. has the greatest potential to employ this experience as planners and trainers, to assist nations in addressing causes of instability, and deterring conflict, than we have ever had, or may ever have.  This is our war dividend.
 
  We are not suggesting that we embark on global Peace missions at the risk of endangering our proven capability to engage with and destroy the enemies of democracy.  We must maintain this capability as a critical element of our national power. 
 
  However, on today, this International Day of Peace, let us consider how we might best employ our Nation's considerable advantage in the pursuit of conflict deterrence in the future.  We must not allow reports of murdered Soldiers and diplomats and the seemingly vitriolic anti-American language in the international discourse to persuade us to give up on the ideals of global Peace or the opportunities that sustainable Peace provides our own National security and interests.  Through full and active global engagement in Peace and stability operations today, we can sustain the skills and experience essential to succeed at such missions, while assisting partner nations in deterring conflict, and capitalize on our war dividend. 
 
  The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Army, Department of Defense, the U.S. Institute of Peace, or the U.S. Government.
 
  About the authors:  Col. Robert M. Balcavage is an analyst at the U.S. Army War College's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.    Col. B.J. Constantine is a Jennings Randolph Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

Town Hall Meeting provided forum for questions and concerns

Sept. 21, 2011 – Residents, employees and family members were given the opportunity to express their concerns at yesterday’s town hall meeting in Bliss Hall which was also streamed live on the internet.

 

Lt. Col. William McDonough, Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander was the host for this meeting.  McDonough introduced Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, U.S. Army War College Commandant and Commanding General of Carlisle Barracks to his first town hall meeting. 

 

“Town hall meetings are about the town.  “The team that runs my town is the garrison and the commander of the garrison, the person I lean on, is Lt. Col. Bill McDonough,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo.

 

“Help me help you - I need your help, said McDonough.  “Call me, e-mail me, stop me on the street. “Identify the problem and we will get after it quickly,” he said.

 

During the meeting, garrison staff members and representatives from Balfour Beatty briefed on important information and upcoming events/activities to include:

  1. Changes to Army Child Care fee policy to begin Oct. 1 – for more information go to:  www.carlislemwr.com
  2. Snow clearing responsibilities for residents—clear sidewalks from quarters to driveways; do not park POVs or trailers in the street; basketball hoops and garbage cans need to be removed from sidewalk and street and keep children from playing on snow piles
  3. Snow removal priorities are main roads, parking lots and then sidewalks
  4. For weather delays and closures—mass notification system phone calls, www.facebook.com/usawc; post information hotline:  245-3700; local radio and TV broadcasts and Carlisle School District website:  www.carlisleschools.org
  5. Voting – it’s a freedom that you defend so remember to Vote – www.fvap.gov
  6. Commissary coupon policy change and new Rewards Card program – for more information go to:  www.commissaries.com
  7. Flu vaccination campaign, go to: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/banner/article.cfm?id=2694
  8. For a list of Legal services go to:  http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/installation/legal.cfm
  9. For a list of ACS services go to:  http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/acs/default.cfm#nogo
  10. A new youth center and playground upgrades are in the works
  11. Upcoming construction on post – watch out for heavy equipment and keep out of fenced-in areas

 

Upcoming events –

  1. Parents Night Out, Friday, Sept 21, 5-11 p.m.  www.carlislemwr.com
  2. Parent Education & Advisory Council, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-noon, Delaney Field Clubhouse    www.carlislemwr.com
  3. Medication Take Back Day, Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Medical Logistics building, 911 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle
  4. Welcome Jam/Harvest of the Arts, Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Carlisle on High Street from Hanover to College Streets.  The annual Welcome Jam for USAWC and Carlisle Barracks newcomers is held in conjunction with the Harvest of the Arts to introduce you to the many reasons to go downtown.  Check in at the USAWC Hospitality Tent at High & Pitt Streets to pick up your walking guide map, coupons and then visit the businesses to be entered to win individual gift certificates.  At 4 p.m. go to the Star Stage, Hanover and High Streets for the special performance to honor America’s troops with Toby Keith Tribute artist Jett Black.
  5. Combined Federal Campaign runs from Oct. 1-Nov. 16, with a goal of $148,000.
  6. Oktoberfest, Oct. 12, 4-11 p.m., Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Oct. 14, noon-6 p.m.   www.carlislemwr.com
  7. Retiree Appreciation Day, Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  8. Halloween Parade, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4:30-5 p.m., Indian Field; Trick or Treating – 6-8 p.m.  www.carlislemwr.com
  9. Christkindlesmarkt, Saturday, Dec. 1
  10. Christmas Tree Lighting – Wednesday, Dec. 5
  11. Chili Cook Off – Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

 

Questions asked during the meeting:

 

Balfour Beatty

Q:  Do you have dates yet for the construction?

A:  Not yet, we will inform you through the Public Affairs Office.

Q:  Where are we at with utility billing?

A:  Depends on where you are at.  Meadows invoices should be coming out in the next week or so.  Come to the community huddle where a representative will explain the billing process.  Everything is delayed by a month.  

 

Snow Clearing

Q: Can you brief the snow sticks or light sabers and the snow stick amnesty day if one becomes necessary?

A: We have these little green sticks that are fluorescent, aka light sabers because the kids were using them as light sabers.  We mark our sidewalks and electrical utilities so DPW personnel do not hit them or can find them if it snows a lot.  If you find one, please call DPW to turn it in.

 

Inclement Weather

Q:  What radio station do you broadcast inclement weather information?

A:  None on post, but PAO updates off-site radio and TV stations and will provide that information.

 

Safety

Q:  Not all children are wearing bicycle helmets, is it a requirement?

A:  Yes – it is required for bikes, scooters, skateboards, and roller blades.  We have extra helmets at the Safety Office.

Q:  Can runners wear headsets? 

A:  Not allowed except for Indian Field and the Golf Course track.

 

Commissary

Q: What types of coupons can I use?  If I go to Nestlé’s website and print out something from them is that valid?

A: We only accept coupons with the GTN or Global Transaction Number.  No copied coupons.  There are websites that you can go to, to check for fraud.

 

Speeding on Post

Comments were addressed by concerned residents about speeding on post by delivery truck drivers and others.  McDonough informed the residents that Carlisle Barracks is purchasing a device to let people know how fast they are driving.  The device will be placed at higher speed areas.  Patrolmen with radar will also be placed as deterrents.

 

Army Child Care:

There was some confusion among the audience members about child care fees because the Deployment Support Services have changed: the 20% child care fee reduction, SKIES Unlimited Instructional Program fees up to $300 per child per deployment, sports activity fees up to $150 per child per deployment, and a $2.00 per hour fee for reduced hourly child care after 16 hours of free Respite care because these funds have been exhausted.

 

Q: One last confirmation, we are losing all of these things for deployed spouses, we are only keeping 16 hours of free respite care a month?

A: Yes, please review it on our website: www.carlislemwr.comor 245-4070.

 

Final comments from Lt. Col. McDonough:

 

 “We are on the cusp of all the final approvals for a new youth center.  “It will be roughly a year from the time they break ground until it will open next year.  The child development center was selected for a playground update.  These two things are in the works,” he said.


Dedication Ceremony will honor Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo, Jr, Medal of Honor Recipient 
 
 
 
  There will be a ceremony beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Grove behind the State Capital on Commonwealth Avenue in Harrisburg to dedicate a stone in memory of native Pennsylvanian Sgt Leslie H Sabo, Jr, USA, Company B, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, the most recent recipient of the Medal of Honor.
 
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_H._Sabo,_Jr

 
  Leslie Halasz Sabo, Jr. (Hungarian: ifj. László Halász Szabó) (22 February 1948 - 10 May 1970) was a Soldier in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  He received the highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Cambodian Campaign in 1970.
 
  Born in Kufstein, Austria, Sabo's family immigrated to the United States when he was young and moved to Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. 
 
  Sabo dropped out of college and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969, becoming a member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. On 10 May 1970 Sabo's unit was on an interdiction mission near Se San, Cambodia when they were ambushed from all sides by the Vietnam People's Army. Sabo repeatedly exposed himself to North Vietnamese fire, protecting other soldiers from a grenade blast and providing covering fire for American helicopters until he was killed.
 
  Sabo was nominated for the Medal of Honor shortly after his death, but the records were lost. In 1999 a fellow Vietnam War veteran came across the records and began the process of reopening Sabo's nomination.  Following several delays, Sabo's widow received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on 16 May 2012, 42 years after his death.
 
  On 10 May 1970 Sabo's platoon was part of a force of two platoons from Bravo Company on a mission to Se San, Cambodia. They were to engage a force of North Vietnamese Army (NVA) troops that had used the area as a staging ground for the Tet Offensive and other attacks.[1]
 
  There they were ambushed by a force of 150 NVA troops hidden in the jungle and the trees, which had caught the American force in the open and unprepared.[1] This battle became known as the "Mother's Day ambush."[6] Sabo, who was at the column's end, repeatedly repulsed efforts by the North Vietnamese to surround and overrun the Americans.
 
  As the battle continued, a North Vietnamese soldier threw a grenade near a wounded American soldier lying in the open. Sabo ran out from a small tree that had been providing him cover and draped himself over his wounded comrade as the grenade exploded. Then, after absorbing multiple wounds from the grenade blast, Sabo attacked the enemy trench, killing two soldiers with a grenade of his own, and helped his injured ally to the shelter of a nearby tree line.
 
  Later, with the Americans running out of ammunition, Sabo again exposed himself to retrieve rounds from Americans killed earlier in the day.[1][7] Sabo then began redistributing ammunition to other members of the platoon,[6] including stripping ammunition from wounded and dead comrades.
 
  As night fell the North Vietnamese refocused their efforts from wiping out the American force to harassing the helicopters that were carrying more than two dozen wounded soldiers. As that was occurring, the remaining platoon from Bravo Company broke through the North Vietnamese lines and relieved the other two platoons while the first medical helicopter arrived and loaded two wounded soldiers under heavy fire.
 
  Sabo again stepped out into the open and provided covering fire for the helicopter until his ammunition was exhausted. He received several serious wounds under heavy fire by the North Vietnamese while trying to reload.[1] Although mortally wounded, Sabo crawled forward toward the enemy emplacement, pulled the pin of a grenade, and threw it at the last possible second toward an enemy bunker. The resulting explosion silenced the enemy bunker at the cost of Sabo's life.[8][9][10]
 
  In all, seven other members of the platoon were killed in this ambush[6] and another 28 were wounded.[1] The North Vietnamese forces lost 49.[7]
 

 


It’s that time of year again, time to get your annual flu vaccination

Sept. 12, 2012 -- 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.

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo receives a flu shot from Col. Stephanie Wilcher in Root Hall Gym on Sept. 18.  The Carlisle Barracks community will be able to receive flu vaccinations at various times until Oct. 13.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

 

Army War College students, USAWC staff and garrison employees:

Root Hall Gym Sept. 18-20 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Retirees, family members and post employees (4 years and older):

Jim Thorpe Gym Sept. 24-26 and 28 rom 1 to 4:30 p.m. Third floor

 

Retirees, family members and post employees (6 months and older):

Dunham Clinic, Oct 2-11 on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 1 to 4 p.m.

 

Retirees Appreciation Day:

Carlisle Barracks, Oct 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

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

 


Army War College celebrates 65 years of US Air Force air power, Sept. 18

The Army War College celebrated the rich history of the U.S. Air Force with a ceremony Sept. 18 at 11:45 a.m. in Bliss Hall.

Air Force students sing the Air Force Song during the Air Force's birthday celebration at The Army War College on Sept. 18.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

Air Force Lt. Col. Chris Stricklin, a War College student, officiated the brief ceremony.  “We must take occasions such as this at the Army War College as a chance to pause, reflect on our experiences and turn them into learning instead of just memories,” he said.

Faculty, staff and other War College students attended the ceremony that included two Air Force videos, the Air Force Song and a birthday cake.  Army War College student Lt. Col. Tim Huening attended the birthday party and says he appreciates the Air Force’s contribution to Army airborne activities.

“It’s telling that we can get this kind of turnout and we can all celebrate a service and really appreciate the contribution that we all play on today’s modern battlefield,” said Huening.

In celebration of their 65th birthday, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:

As we celebrate the United States Air Force's 65th birthday, we salute all of the dedicated Airmen who serve or have served in our Nation's youngest and most innovative Service.

Throughout our proud history, the Air Force has embraced the technology that continues to revolutionize our capabilities in air, space and cyberspace. We owe an enormous debt to the ground-breaking visionaries and engineering pioneers who brought the technology of flight to life, and to the professional strategists and tacticians who imagined the military possibilities of these new technologies and propelled the science, theory and application forward.

While our Service enjoys an unbreakable connection to state-of-the-art technology, we must never forget that everything we do depends on our people, the living engine of our Air Force. Today, more than ever, the Air Force can take pride that our Service culture promotes and benefits from the know-how, determination, and commitment of a diverse group of men and women who embody our Core Values -- Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do -- while pursuing adaptive and innovative solutions for our Nation's security.

Every day, our Airmen have an opportunity to add a bright new chapter to the Air Force story by serving our Nation in the world's finest air force. The challenges confronting our country are great; but our active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian Airmen have never failed to answer our Nation's call. Working together in common purpose as one Air Force, we will keep America secure today and for all the years to come.

Happy birthday, Air Force! Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win!


September 13, 2012

 House Passes Stolen Valor Act of 2011:  Ensures it’s a crime to knowingly benefit from lying about military service or awards

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) announced today that the House of Representatives has passed (410-3) the Stolen Valor Act of 2011, which makes it a crime to knowingly benefit from lying about military service or awards.

  “Like many in western Pennsylvania, I believe that we must defend the honor and sacrifices of those who have served our great country,” said Congressman Critz, a Member of the House Armed Services Committee.  "That is why, as a proud co-sponsor of the Stolen Valor Act of 2011, I am pleased today that the House of Representatives has passed this important piece of legislation.”

  The bipartisan Stolen Valor Act of 2011 makes a key change to the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, which was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.  Based on the Supreme Court’s ruling, the Stolen Valor Act of 2011 would be constitutional because it focuses on those who seek to benefit from misrepresentations of military service and awards.

  “In light of the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this summer, it is important to clarify current law to continue our long-standing commitment to protect the prestige of military service and decorations awarded to our military heroes,” Congressman Critz added.  “Moving forward, this bill ensures that the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, and other military awards will be shielded from fraud and abuse.”

   The Stolen Valor Act of 2011 amends the federal criminal code to subject an individual, who with intent to obtain anything of value, knowingly makes a misrepresentation regarding his or her military service to a fine, imprisonment, or both.


Everyone is a leader in the fight for life

    We're in this together! LTG Mike Ferriter, Commanding General of Installation Management Command, encourages you "To Stand Up For Life" when it comes to suicide prevention. Everyone is a leader in the fight for life. Please share this message.

Below is a link to LTG Ferriter's PSA on Suicide Prevention.

http://youtu.be/zX8nJvfqWpA


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

 

The Maru Montero Dance Company, DC's premier Latin American Dance company, will be featured at the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks Hispanic Heritage Month observance, Monday, Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center.

Ethnic food sampling will also be available at this event, so mark your calendars to attend.

The Army War College Library also invites you to stop by and check out the array of books that they have assembled on the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

 


Leaders salute new Army Wellness Center at Carlisle Barracks

Sept. 14, 2012 -- He spoke of tremendous frustration as a physician when he could spend only a few moments counseling a patient and of his certainty that the Army Wellness Center team at Carlisle Barracks will play a major new role in guiding the everyday habits and choices that enhance health and prevent disease.

Maj. Gen. Richard Stone introduced a tone of urgency for the Army’s focus on health when he shared his perspective as physician and Army leader at the official opening of the Army Wellness Center here, Sept. 14. The U.S. Army Deputy Surgeon General, Stone joined leaders of the Army Medical Command, the Army War College, and IMCOM’s Garrison at Carlisle Barracks in front of a Civil War-era building that’s been transformed into a suite of rooms that are equally serene and technologically advanced in assessment and education tools.

Col. Bobby Towery, Army War College Deputy Commandant, explains the connection between the the Army Wellness Center mission and Army War College leader education.

 “It is such an accomplishment to open this center which provides the tools to empower this community to prevent disease, improve health and, ultimately, quality of life,” said Col. Stephanie Wilcher, commander of the Dunham Army Health Clinic. The clinic provides oversight to the AWC and creates links between the AWC and the clinic’s healthcare providers.

We hear often about the cost of health care, she noted, saying, “We hear less about the human cost of disease -- the emotional trauma, physical discomfort, and individual financial burden. The human impact of disease is not unique to the person with the diagnosis. It affects their loved ones, their work family, and the community at large.

“Today, we begin to change the consequence of preventable disease through education and programs that focus on health,” said Wilcher. “Pre-diabetes does not have to become diabetes. Obesity does not have to become cardiac disease.

“We can make a difference and save many the human burden of disease.”

When we can help people make good decisions while shopping and cooking and in everyday habits, we will make a difference, said Stone.

The Army Wellness Center programs are designed to help clients recognize their health and wellness status through assessments, find guidance and help in changing habits and lifestyle choices, and learn the health education insights and self-awareness that can improve health.

The Carlisle Barracks center -- number 3 in the nation, and the first co-located with a Army Training and Doctrine Command school – offers a holistic service comprising six core programs. In time, Soldiers, families and civilian team members will find the same set of core programs at 38 Army installations across the United States.

  • Health assessment review: analysis of a person’s health status, risk for disease, and ability to increase physical activity safely
  • Physical fitness: using state-of-art equipment, physical fitness level is assessed and used to create an individualized exercise prescription
  • Healthy nutrition: metabolic testing is used to synchronize the person’s resting metabolic rate to provide tailored strategies for weight loss, gain or maintenance
  • Stress management: education in biofeedback and stress relief techniques, positive coping skills and good sleep habits
  • General wellness education: classes on topics such as healthy lifestyles, increased resiliency, and preventing chronic disease through health living habits and self-care
  • Tobacco education: assessment of a person’s readiness to change, discussion of options for becoming tobacco-free, and appropriate tobacco cessation education.

The AWC program is a U.S. Army Medical Command Program overseen by the Army Public Health Command. Mr. John Rasta, PHC Deputy to the Commander, told the gathering at the formal opening that he’d argued initially to place the nation’s third Army Wellness Center at a major troop center – but came to understand that the Army War College community is exactly where the new AWC should be. 

Col. Bobby Towery, deputy commandant of The War College, echoed the wisdom of exposing the U.S. military’s leaders to what right looks like for the health of the force.

“They will learn the value of a system of health versus a healthcare system,” said Towery about the senior officers studying at the Army’s senior military educational institution.

Army Deputy Surgeon General Maj. Gen. Richard Stone and Carlisle Barracks Cmd. Sgt. Major Robert Blakey signal a new Army investment in the Health of Soldiers and the Army Family.

officially open the Army Wellness Center to the Soldiers, Army War College students and extendCol. B.J. Constantine called himself a believer.  Now an Army War College Fellow, he turned his belief into action as a brigade commander when he directed military unit members to seek Army Wellness Center health guidance. Encouragement and opportunity enticed 90 percent of his civilian team members to tap into the AWC assessment and assistance.

The Army Wellness Center serves civilian team members, active and retired military and their Families.

Army Wellness Centers are staffed by nurses and health educators who deliver programs in primary prevention – before disease, injury or disability occurs.

Referrals can be made to AWCs by medical providers or unit commanders. Self-referrals are welcomed and can be made by contacting the Army Wellness Center at Carlisle Barracks. To schedule an appointment, call 717.245.4004.


Installation Town Hall Meeting Sept. 20

The Commanding General, Garrison Commander and staff, Dunham Commander, AAFES, DeCA, Family Housing, Youth Services, Military Family Program and others will discuss the “State of the Installation,” ongoing and pending construction projects from across the installation, and upcoming programs and services, Thursday, Sep. 20, 4 p.m., Bliss Hall auditorium.

Audience members will be able to present questions in person, by Facebook post at www.facebook.com/usawc or by email at Carl_ townhall@conus.army.mil



Sept. 12, 2012 

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE DEATHS OF U.S. EMBASSY STAFF IN LIBYA

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Every day, all across the world, American diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation.  Often, they are away from their families.  Sometimes, they brave great danger.

Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi.  Among those killed was our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith.  We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed.  And today, the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in our thoughts and in our prayers.

The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack.  We're working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats.  I've also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world.  And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.

Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths.  We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.  But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.  None.  The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

Already, many Libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the United States and Libya.  Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans.  Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’s body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died.

It's especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save.  At the height of the Libyan revolution, Chris led our diplomatic post in Benghazi.  With characteristic skill, courage, and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries, and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya.  When the Qaddafi regime came to an end, Chris was there to serve as our ambassador to the new Libya, and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy, and I think both Secretary Clinton and I relied deeply on his knowledge of the situation on the ground there.  He was a role model to all who worked with him and to the young diplomats who aspire to walk in his footsteps.

Along with his colleagues, Chris died in a country that is still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war. Today, the loss of these four Americans is fresh, but our memories of them linger on.  I have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work that they did far from our shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home.

Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks.  We mourned with the families who were lost on that day.  I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed.  And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi. 

As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it.  Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.  Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.  We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act.  And make no mistake, justice will be done.

 

 

 

 

 


The Army wants YOU to Sound Off about your Army Service Uniform

Soldiers will soon have the opportunity to share their experiences with the new Army Service Uniform (ASU)with Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment (PM SCIE).  An online survey will be posted 17 September 2012 and will run until 9 October 2012.  The Soldier feedback will be used to assess the performance of the uniform and to make improvements.

“The more Soldiers who take the survey, the better informed we will be when we improve the ASU,” says Assistant Product Manager CPT Mia Bruner.  “Soldiers have two years of experience with the ASU, and their opinions will be valuable

The “blue” ASU was adopted to reduce the burden Soldiers faced in maintaining a variety of different uniforms. It has been in use since Autumn of 2010. The new ASU, based on the Army’s “dress blue” uniform, replaced the “Army Green” and “Army White” uniforms.   The new survey will ask questions about how often Soldiers wear the ASU, for what purposes, and how they might want to change particular parts of the uniform.  Questions cover everything from braid on trousers to the preferred type and placement of the combat service identification badge.  It also covers the fit and cut of trousers, blouses, and skirts.  The information, says CPT Bruner, will be used to improve, not replace, the ASU.

“Uniforms are part of Army life,” said CPT Bruner.  “I encourage Soldiers to take the time to register their likes, dislikes, and suggestions.  Soldiers can access and fill in the survey form locations with or without CAC cards.  

CAC:

https://asusurvey.natick.army.mil

NON-CAC:

https://surveys.natick.army.mil/Surveys/asu.nsf


Col. Robert Balcavage,  Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
U.N. publishes Infantry Manual with PKSOI support

The United Nations released the United Nations Infantry Battalion Manual, a practical guide for commanders and their staffs, in peacekeeping operations, 12 September 2012. The US Army War College's PKSOI supported the publication with subject matter expertise.

This United Nations member-approved manual assists battalion commanders in the reorientation of their unit from a national military entity into an integral part of a unified UN peacekeeping force and establishes a baseline for troop contributing countries.

http://pksoi.army.mil/PKM/publications/relatedpubs/documents/UN%20Infantry%20Battalion%20Manual.Vol.I.pdf

http://pksoi.army.mil/PKM/publications/relatedpubs/documents/UN%20Infantry%20Battalion%20Manual%20.Vol.II.pdf



Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2012

On September 11, 2001, a bright autumn day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. Thousands of innocent men, women, and children perished when mighty towers collapsed in the heart of New York City and wreckage burned in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. They were family and friends, service members and first responders -- and the tragedy of their loss left pain that will never fade and scars our country will never forget.

More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed. But as we mark the anniversary of September 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a Nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness. In the spirit that moved rescue workers and firefighters to charge into darkness and danger that September morning, we see the same sense of moral responsibility that drove countless Americans to give of themselves in the months that followed. We offered our neighbors a hand and lined up to give blood. Many helped our Nation rebuild and recover long after the dust had settled, donating and volunteering and helping survivors who had borne so much. We were united, and the outpouring of generosity reminded us that, through challenges that have spanned from acts of terrorism to natural disasters, we go forward together as one people.

Today, as we remember the victims, their families, and the heroes who stood up during one of our country's darkest moments, I invite all Americans to reclaim that abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead. From volunteering with a faith-based organization, to collecting food and clothing for those in need, to preparing care packages for our men and women in uniform, there are many ways to bring service into our everyday lives -- and each of us can do something. To get involved and find a local service opportunity, visit www.Serve.gov, or www.Servir.gov for Spanish speakers.

Even the simplest act of kindness can be a way to honor those we have lost, and to help build stronger communities and a more resilient Nation. By joining together on this solemn anniversary, let us show that America's sense of common purpose need not be a fleeting moment, but a lasting virtue -- not just on one day, but every day.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2012, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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

BARACK OBAMA


By: Tom Conning

They are no longer with us: USAWC remembers 9/11

First Sgt. Sabrina Washington calls roll in honor of the War College alumni who perished in the terrorist attacks and in hostile actions since Sept. 11, 2001. Photo by Megan Clugh.

First Sgt. Sabrina Washington called roll call. “Lt. General Timothy J. Maude.   Col. Canfield D. Boone.  Col. Richard C. Rescorla.  Lt. Gen. Parami Kuatunge.  Col. Briand D. Allgood.  Col. John M. McHugh. ”

 “They are no longer with us,” replied a member of the formation.

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett joined Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo and the United States Army War College community to begin Sept. 11, 2012 with this somber reminder and a ceremony dedicated to the college alumni, police, firemen, emergency responders, civilians and the members of the US Armed Forces who perished on September 11, 2001 and those who have sacrificed their lives in the past decade defending the nation.

 “The best monument we can build to the brave men and women who stood sentinel is to protect the values and liberties for which they gave their last full measure,” said Corbett.

“We are a nation that understands that to live in fear is to live in bondage.”

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Blakey lay a wreath in honor of those who perished in the terrorist attacks and in hostile actions since Sept. 11, 2001. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo set the tone for the observance here, noting that this audience, every day, wake up and recommit their lives to the ideals of the United States Constitution.

“Our expertise is in the force of arms, and, unfortunately, due to the events we recall today, we are well-practiced in the discriminating violence required in that expertise,” he said.

“Our experience with the evil in this world is recent,” he said. “The concept of true sacrifice is well known, personal, and fresh in our minds.”

Army War College student Lt. Col. Timothy Holman was at the Pentagon during the attacks and called the remembrance ceremony surreal.

“I kind of relive the moment and try to think about some of the people I lost.”

They are no longer with us.


By Thomas Zimmerman
Neiberg uses history to frame present-day challenges

Dr. Michael Neiberg, professor of History, Department of National Security and Strategy, discusses Thucydides with Australian Fellow Col. Shane Gabriel after a recent class.

“History gives us perspectives on problem of the past and helps us understand the problems of today in a sharper focus. Whether or not we know it, we’re here because of the events of the past,” said Dr. Michael Neiberg, professor of History in the Department of National Security and Strategy.

An expert on World War I, Neiberg is the author of 10 different books, the most recent one being “Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I,” which was published in 2011 by Harvard University press.

The common explanation for the outbreak of World War I depicts Europe as a minefield of nationalism, needing only the slightest pressure to set off an explosion of passion that would rip the continent apart. But in a crucial reexamination of the outbreak of violence, Neiberg shows that ordinary Europeans, unlike their political and military leaders, neither wanted nor expected war during the fateful summer of 1914. By training his eye on the ways that people outside the halls of power reacted to the rapid onset and escalation of the fighting, Neiberg attempts to dispel the notion that Europeans were rabid nationalists intent on mass slaughter. He reveals instead a complex set of allegiances that cut across national boundaries.

Neiberg, who originally came to the Army War College as the Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History in 2010, shares his love for history with the students in a attempt to help them gain a fresh  perspective on today’s’ challenges.

“I love being here just for the chance to discuss important issues at a higher level with students and faculty with similar interests,” said the Pittsburgh, Pa. area native. “I am very impressed on how much the Army values its history. It’s great to be able to share what I know and also learn from others.”

Neiberg also taught history at the Air Force Academy from 1997-2008. Neiberg is a graduate of the University Michigan and earned a PhD. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Neiberg was driven to history to because of an unique interest in armed conflict. “I’ve always been interested in how wars develop lives of their own and how the periods of peace don’t look like people expect them to,” he said. “How wars begin and why the end is really fascinating to me.”

He also said that an understanding of history and how it affects the presents is an important strategic leadership skill. “History can provide a whole set of critical thinking skills for strategic leaders that will help them see the full complexity of an issue and the range of options open to them,” he said.


By Thomas Zimmerman
Jones applies 30-year policy, strategy experience to War College

Frank Jones, talks about international influences with students Col. Brian Foster and Col. Dan King after a recent seminar discussion.

Many people have heard the saying “find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Frank Jones, professor of Security Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy, seems to have found that job.

 “This has been one of the best experiences in my life,” said Jones of his time as an Army War College faculty member. “The high quality of the students, the caliber of the faculty and the opportunities to personally learn are things you won’t find anywhere else.”

Jones, a life-long strategist, began his career as an intern at Army Headquarters in 1979 and built to a position as the Principal Director, Strategic Plans and Research for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense. He originally came to the War College in 2001 as a visiting professor and came back full-time in 2006.

“The ability to learn from both the students and my fellow faculty along with the ability to study long-term issues and challenges are what make this place special,” he said. “In the seminar rooms you’ll find a very fulfilling, productive and stimulating experience.”

The change of the students during their 10-months here is noticeable, he said.

“I’m always impressed by the intellectual growth of the students as a result of their time here,” he said. “They are never the same person on graduation that they were at convocation.”

Experience as a practitioner at the strategic level is one of the things he brings to the table as a faculty member, he said.

“I hope that with my 31 years of service I am able to share my knowledge and experience in the world of policy and strategy,” he said. “I’ve worked with and for many senior government policy makers and experts in this arena as a former [Senior Executive Service] officer. I hope I’m able to share some of the things I’ve learned with the students.”

The War College experience and curriculum forces both students and faculty to challenge their beliefs and views in a positive way.

 “It really forces you to clarify your ideas on any given situation,” he said. “You’re surrounded by experts from all the armed forces, government and our international partners. The exchange between everyone is the key. It makes you questions your assumptions in a true peer give and take.”

His time here has also allowed him to complete a life-long dream to write a book. “Blowtorch: Robert Kramer and American Cold War Strategy,” is due out in the spring. “I can tell you right now, without being able to discuss ideas and concepts with my fellow faculty and students, this would have never happened,” he said about the book that will discuss Kramer, who Jones considers one of the most influential national security experts of the Cold War era.

The national security expert paid the Army War College the ultimate compliment.

“There have been a lot of things that I’ve learned here that I wish I’d learned earlier,” he said with a laugh.


By Carol Kerr
Bob Delaney’s story: Post-traumatic stress is not a military condition – it’s a human condition

 

Bob Delaney speaks to The War College student body in the first of multiple activities scheduled in September for the Army War College community to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

to view the presentation go here

 

Bob Delaney was excited to be an undercover cop. He was successful. He put mobsters behind bars and testified at a Congressional hearing about it. But when it was over, it wasn’t over. Disappointment in the eyes of the criminal whose friendship and trust he’d betrayed, and a wiretap of mobsters talking about ‘whacking’ him triggered an emotional coaster ride.

Delaney, a former New Jersey state trooper, now speaks to military audiences about the human response to trauma, basing his comments on his own post- trauma stress symptoms and how he learned to cope and continue through a NBA referee career.

“Everybody in 1978 wanted me to be the Robert Delaney they knew in 1975. They didn’t see me for three years while undercover. They didn’t see that I was a different Bobby Delaney,” he said.

 His story is full of details that help those with post-traumatic stress recognize parallels with their own responses to their experiences. Watch the video of Delaney’s story, when he spoke to Army War College students here Aug. 29.

“You’re in the business of trauma,” he said to the military audience. “You see the rest of the world as others do not.”

Post traumatic stress is not what’s wrong with you – it’s about the wrong you experienced, he said, noting that the most common source of PTS is an automobile accident.

“If you’ve served, there’s a level of trauma and stress that came into your life,” he said, noting that law enforcement and military personnel are in high risk for experiencing trauma. “And, you need the tools to deal with the stress that will come.”

“While the Soldier is going through post-traumatic stress, the family is going through active traumatic stress,” he noted.

 It’s the new normal: a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances, he said.

“If I think that I’m the only one going through it, by talking with someone else, I learn that I am not alone,” said Delaney, drawing from his experience. “It’s not the big bad thing under the bed.

He described it as letting the air out of the balloon, and relieving the pressure by taking the simple step of talking about experiences.

“The first one to talk to is yourself. Say it aloud to the mirror,” he recommended. “It can be done with painting or with song. It doesn’t require a clinical setting to help release and be more comfortable in Main Street USA then Main Street Kabul.

Delaney’s talk with The War College students and an evening presentation with families were the first elements of a month-long campaign to reset understanding throughout the military community of PTS and links to suicide, and the professional resources and personal interactions than can save a life.


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Sept 2012 Community Events

9/11 Observance with Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett

The annual 9/11 Observance will include an introduction, invocation, Commanding General remarks, Gov. Tom Corbett remarks, narration and bell ringing, roll-call of USAWC graduates who have lost their lives in hostile action since 9/11, a wreath laying, playing of Taps, and benediction.  The ceremony will begin at 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 11, between the flagpole and front entrance to Root Hall.

 

Army Wellness Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Surgeon General of the Army will discuss the decision to place the 3rdAWC in the nation at the home of the Army War College.  The Army Wellness Center is an Army initiative to build resiliency in Soldiers and Families, reset medical focus from sickness to wellness, and to serve the full military community of active-duty, Families, civilian employees, and military retirees.  Friday, Sep. 14, 10 a.m. in front of 315 Lovell Avenue.

 

Basic Motorcycle Safety Course

Classroom and hands-on riding/driving course will be held Sep. 15-16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Building 314 and 315 parking lot.  For more information call 717-245-4353.

 

U.S. Air Force Birthday Celebration

The celebration for the 65th U.S. Air Force Birthday will be held Tuesday, Sep. 18, 11:45 a.m., Root Hall patio.

  

Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Monthly luncheon

A Game Show luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Sep. 19, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center.  Make your reservations by Friday, Sep. 14 to:  reservations@cbspousesclub.org

 

USAHEC Perspectives in Military History lecture

Wednesday, Sep. 19, “The Grand Design:  Strategy and the U.S. Civil War” will be presented by Dr. Donald J. Stoker, professor of Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval Post Graduate School. This free lecture will be held in the Visitor and Education Center Multi-purpose room, AHEC, 7:15 p.m.  For details, call 717-245-3972 or visit www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec

 

Installation Town Hall Meeting

The Commanding General, Garrison Commander and staff, Dunham Commander, AAFES, DeCA, Family Housing, Youth Services, Military Family Program and others will discuss “State of the Installation,” ongoing and pending construction projects from across the installation, and upcoming programs and services, Thursday, Sep. 20, 4 p.m., Bliss Hall auditorium (streamed to Facebook and CBNet).  Audience members will be able to present questions in person, by Facebook post, or by email at Carl_townhall@conus.army.mil

 

Air Shipwreck Ball

All are invited to watch “Seminar Olympics” the theme for this year’s Air/Shipwreck Ball, Indian Field, Friday, Sep. 21 at 4:30 p.m.  Dinner and dancing will follow at LVCC at 6 p.m. 

For more information contact your seminar POC or for those not assigned to a seminar, contact Lt. Col. Brent Grometer, Lt. Col. James Dermer or Cdr. Sean Dalton.

 

Suicide Prevention

Carlisle Barracks is engaged in the Army-wide recognition of Suicide Prevention Month --

 

  • Army and National Football League announced an initiative to work together to improve awareness of traumatic brain injury and increase into its causes, prevention and treatment

 

  • Army Wellness Center officially opens, a new Public Health Command initiative offering expert assessments and individualized guidance for building physical fitness and resiliency in all of our community’s military, civilian, retiree and Family members,  Sep. 14, 10 a.m., at 315 Lovell Avenue

 

  • Gatekeeper training is a small-group ‘gatekeepers’ awareness-building for those who can learn to recognize signs in spouses and friends, and know what to say, how to help – sponsored by  Behavioral Health therapist Dr. Inez Roe, Sep. 26

 

Suicide Stand-Down Day – Army-wide – September 27

 

  • Shoulder-to-Shoulder Walk/Run– set your own pace for a two-mile distance along with our community of employees and Families, with educational postings along the way, start and end points are Indian Field,  Sep. 27

 

  • Awareness Fair, will leverage expertise of those who counsel and work with Soldiers, Families, Veterans and Retirees,  Sep. 27, at the Walk/Run finish line at Indian Field

 

  • Video, The Other War, is produced by Dunham Army Health Clinic to raise understanding of post-deployment issues and the neurobiology of post-traumatic stress. To be aired Sep. 27, time and location to be announced. 

 

  • Army War College Student Exercise– to review policies and resources available to senior leaders as they make policies and address risk. Students will help craft potential strategies, drawing from the unique cross-section of student experiences, in an exercise designed by The War College’s senior leader development and resiliency program, Sep. 27.
  • Stand-down town-hall meeting for all military and civilian employees,  followed by leader-facilitated small group discussions, Sep. 27

 

  • Chaplains’ presentation, Spiritual Response to Suicide, open to all, with a special perspective:  Sustaining the Soul of a Soldier, Sep. 28, 2-3 p.m. in Anne Ely Hall.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Observance

Ramon Barboza retired law enforcement officer for twenty-five years with the Reno Police Department in Nevada, and now independent consultant on leadership and diversity practices, will be the guest speaker.  Join the Carlisle Barracks community for the Hispanic Heritage Month Observance and food sampling on Monday, Sep. 24, 11:45 a.m. at the LVCC. 

 

World War II Living History Event at AHEC

AHEC presents the fall 2012 WWII-themed living history event:  “Training for the North African Campaign.”  This three-day event will run from Sep. 28 through 30 (Friday-Sunday) and will feature WWII re-enactors, lectures, swing band performances, a basic training camp and more.  Friday’s events are educationally focused with activities and demonstrations geared toward school groups. 

Nearly seventy years ago, American troops and their British Allies landed in North Africa to capture the ports of Algiers, Oran, and Casablanca as part of Operation Torch.  Initiated in Nov. 1942, this expedition began Gen. George Patton’s campaign across the African continent.  For event information call 717-245-3972 or visit:  http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/events.cfm

 

Jim Thorpe 5K Run

This event will be held on Saturday, Sep. 29.  Start and finish at Indian Field Track – registration/check in:  7-7:45 a.m.  The race begins at 8 a.m.  Tee-shirts guaranteed to the first 100 participants. The cost before Sep. 26 is $8, after $10.  For children 11 and under the cost is $5.  Seminar teams - $30 per team – minimum of five runners.  For more information call 717-245-4029/4343 or visit:  www.carlislemwr.com

 

Medication Take Back Event

Safely dispose of unwanted medications on Saturday, Sep. 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Medical Logistics warehouse parking lot, 253 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle (located between the Carlisle Barracks Ashburn Gate and Cavalry Road). 

Acceptable productsare unwanted and expired medications for humans or pets, both prescription and over-the-counter, in tablet, liquid, ointment, inhaler, powder or patch form. 

Unacceptable products--Do not bring sharps, syringes, needles, thermometers, bandages, gauze pads, sun block, lipstick, deodorant, skin cream, and similar products.

Medications should remain in their original containers.  Do not remove labels.  Personal information should be crossed out, but information about the medication should be legible.

 

Welcome Jam/Harvest of the Arts

This annual event for USAWC and CBks newcomers is held in conjunction with the Harvest of the Arts on Saturday, Sep. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  The Downtown Carlisle Association sponsors this event to welcome the USAWC/CBks newcomers to introduce them to the many reasons to go downtown:  sample and enjoy the arts, shopping, eating, kid’s activities, history, music and much more.

A Welcome Jam hospitality tent will be located at High and Pitt Streets for our newcomers to check in, pick up a walking guide map and coupon book, stop by the downtown businesses and drop your coupon at the business to be entered to win gift certificates and a grand prize of over $200 in gift cards. 

At 4 p.m. at the Star Stage at the Square, the mayor will welcome guests and USAWC/CBks newcomers, and introduce Toby Keith Tribute artist, Jett Black, for a special performance to honor America’s Troops.  The Welcome Jam and Jett Black performance are sponsored by Carlisle VFW Post 477 and the Downtown Carlisle Association.

 

Carlisle Events Car Shows

For the 2012 event schedule and information visit:  http://www.carsatcarlisle.com/

 

Carlisle’s First Friday Series, Music in the Garden, and Farmers on the Square

For information on these Downtown Carlisle events, visit:  www.lovecarlisle.com

 

Find More Community Events

  1. Visit the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau at www.visitcumberlandvalley.com
  2. Downtown Carlisle Association at www.lovecarlisle.com
  3. Cumberland County Historical Society at www.historicalsociety.com
  4. The Carlisle Theatre at www.carlisletheatre.org
  5. Dickinson College Calendar of Arts at www.dickinson.edu/arts/
  6. H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center (Shippensburg University) at www.luhrscenter.com
  7. Hersheypark Stadium at www.hersheyparkstadium.com
  8. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts at www.whitakercenter.org
  9. Bosler Library at www.boslerfriends.org

 

  For all post and community events


By Suzanne Reynolds
Carlisle Barracks Child, Youth and School Services receive high marks

Children work with blocks at the Moore Child Development Center which was chosen this summer to be included in a training video for the DoD Child Development Virtual Laboratory School.

“Moore CDC is exceptional” and “CYS programs at Carlisle Barracks are by far the best in the Army!” The quotes by 2012 students in the end-of-year survey were anonymous but unanimous about the standards of service of the Child and Youth programs here.  

  Not only are the CDC and Youth Services ranked high by members of the Carlisle Barracks community, they were chosen this summer to be included in a training video for the DoD Child Development Virtual Laboratory School; one of three installations selected because of the outstanding ratings they received during their last accreditation.

  The DoD Child Development Virtual Laboratory School is a project funded by DoD and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop training materials for teachers and caregivers in U.S. military childcare programs around the world.

  The Virtual Lab School film project was here in August to capture high-quality early child development experiences that use best practices, said Cynthia Burwell, CDC director.

  The Moore Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 

  “Our goal is to provide a quality program in an environment that promotes developmental growth in physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development,” said Burwell.

Youth Services

  “The School Age Before and After School program was accredited in November of 2009 for 4 years, said Bob Salviano, Youth Services director, and received the highest rating of any After-School program of all Army After-School Program and Civilian Programs.”

  “This accreditation comes through the National After-School Accreditation program which accredits After-School programs across the country, as well as the military,” said Salviano.  “We received 465 points out of 467 possible--the highest ever given by this accrediting body,” he said. 

  “We are very proud of that.” said Salviano

  “We also have one of the best summer camps in the Army, as well as competing camps in the local area.  “The camp has been attended by an average of 65 kids each week, and over 100 different kids each summer have experienced part or all of our 11- week camp,” said Salviano.

   “And don't forget the many special events and activities that we offer throughout the year:  Hershey Park, Paintball, Rock N Bowls, Haunted House Trip, Halloween Teen Party, Welcome Jams, Fall Cookout, Lock-ins, Roller Skating, Ghost Walks, Gettysburg Trip, and many others that are planned by our Youth Council (open to all members),” said Salviano.

Programs open for registration

CDC

  “Services are provided for full day, part day and hourly care, 6 weeks-5 years of age, said Burwell.  “There is also a Pre-Kindergarten (Strong Beginnings) program that helps to better prepare children for Kindergarten.”

Registration is currently being taken for the Pre-Kindergarten programs (M-F, 8:30-11:30 a.m.) and part-day (M-W-F, 12:30-3:30 p.m.) for the 2012-2013 school year.

Youth Services

   Registration is currently being taken for the Before and After School program.

 “Parents can choose Before or After, or both programs, said Salviano.  “The prices are very reasonable for what is provided.  We open at 6:30 a.m. for the Before School program, and have hours for the After School program until 6 p.m.,” he said. 

  “Last but not least, we have our Middle School and Teen program,” said Salviano. 

“We are open after school each day until 7 p.m. for youth that are in middle school or high school and are looking for a place to hang out and have some fun playing arcade games, pinball machines, ping-pong, billiards/pool, fooseball, shuffleboard, air hockey, board games, or play one of our many video games,” he said.

  For more information or to register for CDC and Youth Services’ programs call Catherine Heffernan at the Parent Central Registration Office, 717-245-3801. 

 

        


By Jack Giblin
Hard hat tours to be offered during fall living history event, oktoberfest

Exciting expansion is happening at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Lately, visitors have noticed several areas of construction consisting of the extension of the parking lot, the erection of a new outdoor meeting area, and the tear down of the Civil War, “1861: The Union Dissolved,” exhibit to make way for “The Soldier Experience” installation.

Despite construction, the USAHEC continues operations and will begin to offer the unique experience of hard hat tours in the main exhibit gallery during demolition of the previous exhibit through installation of the new $2.5 million exhibit. Behind the scenes tours are scheduled in association with the next two large events this fall. The first event is the WWII Living History Event: Training for the North African Campaign, September 28 – 30, 2012, and the second is Oktoberfest, October 13-14, 2012.

 The sneak peek into the USAHEC’s upcoming exhibit is just a small part of the larger living history event at the end of September. Nearly seventy years ago, American troops and their British Allies landed in North Africa to capture the ports of Algiers, Oran, and Casablanca as part of Operation Torch. Initiated in November 1942, this expedition began General George Patton’s campaign across the African continent. The USAHEC’s annual three-day event will use a variety of activities and demonstrations to explore the challenges of training and the nature of warfare in World War II. Training for the North African Campaign will feature World War II re-enactors, lectures, a swing band performance, veteran meet and greets, a basic training camp and much more. Friday’s events are educationally focused with activities and demonstrations geared toward school groups. Students, teachers, families and the public will have the opportunity to rotate between different stations to learn more about uniforms, weapons, equipment and events from World War II re-enactors. Saturday and Sunday’s events will incorporate lectures, demonstrations, and a variety of other activities related to World War II.

Come experience this unique opportunity as the USAHEC’s professional staff provides insights into the exhibit’s creation and installation. “The Soldier Experience” features interactive stations and immersive displays highlighting some of the best Soldiers’ stories found in the USAHEC collection. The exhibit will showcase U.S. Army history from the Spanish-American War through current operations and include all Army ranks from private to general giving voices to the past and making history come alive. In addition to the timeline of Army history, there will be a changing gallery at the end of the exhibit highlighting the years 1862 and 1863 in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The new exhibit will open to the public starting November 9, 2012 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.


Make sure your car seats are secure, get them checked for free Sept. 16-19

The Pennsylvania State Police will hold a number of child safety seat checks across the state during National Child Passenger Safety Week – the week of Sept. 16 through Sept. 22.

Police say correctly used child safety seats reduce the risk of death as much as 71 percent in the event of a crash, but nearly 73 percent of all child restraints are not used correctly or installed properly. Nearly half of children 14 and under who died in crashes were completely unrestrained, according to police.

Police ask anyone interested in having their child seat checked to make an appointment at their closest location. Appointments are recommended, but those who show up without appointments won’t be turned away.

The Carlisle station will hold a child safety seat check from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 in the parking lot of Target, 246 Westminster Drive in Carlisle. Appointments can be made by contacting 249-2121.

The Newport station will hold its checks from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Newport Barracks, 52 Red Hill Court in Newport. Appointments can be made at 567-3110.

The Chambersburg station will hold its checks from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Pathstone Daycare/Headstart, 301 Lortz Ave., in Chambersburg. Appointments can be made by contacting Troopers Asbury or Garcia at 264-5161.


Message to the IMCOM Workforce From Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice
 
 
  The Installation Management Command has the best workforce we have seen in each of our 30-plus years of service.  At every installation, base and depot we visit, we are impressed by the spirit, energy and teamwork exhibited by the IMCOM team.
 
  We are just as inspired by the dedicated professionals in the IMCOM and region headquarters, who oversee operations that stretch around the globe from Japan and Korea, across the continental United States, to Europe, and even into bases in Afghanistan.  Simply said, no one touches our Soldiers, our Army Families and our civilian workforce and retirees like we do-everyday.
 
  In August, we marked the 10th anniversary of the installation management team-first IMA and then IMCOM.  That means we have experienced 10 years of evolution in our mission, our workforce and our methods of installation service delivery.
 
  Those who have been with the organization all or most of that time know it has been a constant learning experience in a business with really high stakes-the quality of life of our all-volunteer force.  Sustaining such a high quality force relies heavily on us, the installation management professionals, succeeding in our mission.
 
  The installation management team has performed magnificently this year, just as it has in past years.  Our ability to deliver services every day ensures our Soldiers and Families know we care about them and appreciate their service.
 
  The entire Army is now affected by force and funding reductions.  This means IMCOM will also reshape and reduce in size.  This past year we accomplished all of our mandated reductions through voluntary actions.  We also retrained and reassigned people within our IMCOM team to allow for personal growth and to keep our team together.
 
  Even as we reduced our numbers, we approved for hire almost 2,000 positions across IMCOM.  In fact, many of these are vacant and I invite you to the IMCOM Enterprise Placement Program to see what is there and if there is a position that interests you.
 
  Our workforce development is second to none.  Our IMCOM Academy, developmental assignments, the mentor program, career program 29, and schools such as the Civilian Education System and the senior service colleges are providing immediate and positive return on investment in shaping our team for the future.
 
  As we move into the year ahead, my goal is to create even more certainty for you.  I want IMCOM leaders at every level to increase communication to build understanding and certainty for our team.  We're getting ready for the next 10 years of world-class installation services, so we need to get it right now.
 
  To all of our great civilians: thank you for your dedicated service.  Have a super weekend a great week ahead.
 
Army Strong!
Support and Defend
 
LTG Mike Ferriter
CSM Earl Rice

‘Soldier-Scholar’ lends talents, experience as Dean of School of Strategic Landpower

By Thomas Zimmerman

Col. Richard Lacquement, Dean of the School of Strategic Landpower, speaks to Col. Mike Chesney, chairman, Department of National Security and Strategy, and Col. Martin Wilson, Deputy Chairman,  Department of Distance Education, during a recent curriculum meeting.

 

What happens when you take a former Army brat who lived all over the world, add an Army career, and rich academic experiences at Princeton, The Army War College and West Point? You get a perfect example of a “Soldier-scholar,” Col. Richard Lacquement, Dean of the School of Strategic Landpower.

Lacquement credits his career as both a Soldier and academic to his life as a child of a military family. “I really enjoyed my life as an Army brat,” he said.

 “We did move around a fair amount but I think it really prepared me for later in life. One of the things I love about the Army life is the traveling and learning about other cultures and their customs. He lived in Germany, Arkansas, New Jersey, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Belgium and Italy just to name a few. “It really helps you developing a sense of cultural awareness and makes it easier to adapt to new places,” he said of his time in other countries. “I feel that it helped give me an advantage during my deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

After graduation from West Point in 1984. Lacquement embarked on a Field Artillery career that took him to Fort Bragg, Fort Campbell, Bamberg and Nurenburg, Germany just to name a few. His first operational experience was when he deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1991.

“This was my first combat experience and probably the last time I’ve participated in a typical, tactical combat mission,” he said. “We were firing into Iraq in what was basically an open desert so you really only had to worry about the bad guys, not civilians. I think that may be the last of that type of mission we’ll ever see.”

More tactical skills came with operational assignments, including deployments to Iraq in 2003 as special assistant to the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul and to Afghanistan as the strategy advisor for the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul.

Lacquement became a Strategic Planner (FA 59) in 2002.

While he was serving in these tactical and operational positions, his career on the academic side was also taking off, beginning when he was sent to graduate school at Princeton in 1993. After graduation he moved on to an assignment to West Point in 1995, when he served an instructor and later assistant professor of social science. While there he also completed his doctorate from Princeton in International Relations in 2000.

His hybrid career has enabled him to “straddle both worlds” between the operational and the academic worlds, according to Lacquement.

“It’s a reality now that our graduates are going to need to have a solid foundation not only in the tactical and operational worlds, but in academia and problem solving,” he said. “We’ve been blessed lately with perfect examples. Just look at Gen. Dempsey and Gen. Shinseki. They are both what you might call ‘Soldier - scholars’ who can operate in both worlds.”

One of the main challenges, he said, is to take the students, many of whom have spent most of their careers in tactical assignments, and help them make the transition to strategic leadership.

“Once they leave here, they will most likely be working in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, or multinational world,” he said. “We have a duty here to broaden their perspectives so they can make that transition and operate at the edge of our profession.”

He said that his goals as the dean of the School of Strategic Landpower are wide- ranging.

“Educating strategic leaders, advancing research, and strengthening the core professional community for the application of Landpower to critical security issues, is key,” he said. He hopes to advance the professional expertise and clarify jurisdictions of practice for the Profession of Arms, in particular, to help clarify the unique role of Landpower in serving society’s security needs, he said.

“This is a crucial professional responsibility for the Army in particular but for national and international armed forces with whom the Army partners to meet American society’s needs.”

Landpower is important for the students to study because they have a need to understand the critical role of military power and the interaction with other instruments of power to influence and, if necessary control, people, territory and resources, he said.

“The land domain is where human society resides,” he said. “Landpower provides the ability to accomplish critical national security aims in that domain.”

The Army War College faculty is up to this task, he said. “We have the experts the students will need in our faculty,” he said.

 “We have a solid group of people who have practiced what we teach. They are military and national security professionals. On the other side, we have a highly experienced set of academics who have the absolute awareness and a wealth of practical and academic experience of complex topics , including political science and history, that our students will need as well.

“The individual talents we have here are amazing,” he said.

“As a group the faculty has experience in both worlds. They have the mix and talents to help the students learn and broaden their horizons.”

Rewarding are the contributions that come from working with talented faculty and students on issues of great importance to society.

 The curriculum has matured and adapted since his time as a student in 2009, he said.

“The biggest change since I was a student is the incorporation of a more mature approach to design within the curriculum,” he said. “Particularly at the strategic level, design demands a greater attention to framing problems, hypothesizing, and continually assessing progress in pursuing solutions to unstructured or weakly structured problems. “

The curriculum now explores the impact of technology in terms of strategic communications, cyberspace, and social media, affecting U.S. capabilities as well as the capabilities of partners and adversaries, both current and prospective, he said.

“We have also seen refinement in approaches to counterinsurgency, counterterrorism and whole of government integration for national security.”

He discussed changes like the expansion of the International Fellows program.

At the core, recognizing that many of the lessons he learned as a student endure through time, he said.

“In general I would say there’s more continuity than change in the curriculum,” he said. “Given the enduring nature of strategic challenges, I think this makes sense. We draw heavily on the well tested wisdom of classics like Thucydides, Clausewitz and Sun Tzu as we frame, understand and respond to the contemporary security environment.

At the end of the day, the mission of the Army War College remains the same, he said, while issuing a challenge for the Class of 2013.

 “I encourage each of the students to rise to the strategic level,” he said. “We merely serve as the guides to this transition as strategic leaders. It’s up to each of you to make the transitions. We are here to help you every step of the way.”


by David Vergun, Army News Service
Army, NFL team up to fight brain injuries

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno holds an official NFL football signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "The NFL is a longstanding supporter of the Army family," said Odierno. "The NFL season begins next Wednesday and I want to thank Roger Goodell for taking time out of his busy schedule to be here (at West Point, N.Y., to discuss traumatic brain injury)."

WEST POINT, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2012 - The Army and the National Football League are working together to improve awareness of traumatic brain injury and increase research into its causes, prevention and treatment.

The top leaders of both organizations -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell -- met at the U.S. Military Academy Aug. 30 to discuss the issue and sign a letter of agreement to continue sharing resources to combat TBI.

They were joined by a panel of soldiers and retired NFL players who have had concussions while serving on the battlefield and the playing field. About 200 cadets also attended, as well as representatives from Army medicine.

Odierno explained how some of the best traits in soldiers can sometimes prevent them from seeking help following concussions.

"Mental and physical toughness, discipline, team over self and stressing the importance of resilience are fundamental to the cultures of both the NFL and the Army," Odierno said. "We have the Warrior Ethos, reinforced by the Soldier's Creed."

These selfless traits, he said, make it "particularly difficult for individuals to come forward and identify physical and mental issues, especially mental.".

"We are seeking to educate both players and soldiers about TBI, to empower them to seek treatment both on the battlefield and playing field," Odierno said.

The Army and NFL are continuing their dialogue and sharing of research on TBI, said Odierno, citing examples of joint efforts at monitoring TBI, including placing special sensors in the helmets of soldiers and NFL players that can detect a possible concussion following trauma to the head.

NFL players and soldiers are now coordinating strategies and using special types of tests to determine if a concussion has occurred, added Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington. He expects research to continue to reduce TBI.

The NFL commissioner then addressed the cadets. "You are the future leaders of Army," Goodell said. "Together, we can make a big difference, sharing medical research, and helping players and fighters and bringing a greater awareness to society as well. I believe we can change our cultures, with athletes and soldiers sharing their experiences."

The cultural shift to which Goodell referred is the reluctance of many football players and soldiers to ask for help after receiving concussions.

"A frank conversation needs to take place at the lowest levels, with the people most powerful in soldiers' lives -- not me, but their platoon sergeants and first sergeants," Odierno said. "Soldiers must be made to realize that there will not be retribution of any kind for asking for help."

"Sometimes the NCOs must make the decision for the soldiers and not penalize them," said Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Hibbard, addressing the reluctance of many soldiers to seek help on their own. "When I got blown up I felt like, 'Hey, I'm mentally still in the fight.' That NCO must check those injured and remove them from the fight so they can get better." Hibbard said he suffered concussions himself during recent combat operations, but was reluctant to seek help.

Maj. Christopher Molino, who also suffered a concussion during recent combat operations, agreed that small unit leaders must step in and take charge. "Removing yourself is counterintuitive to soldiers' instincts. That's why good leadership is important."

Former NFL player Troy Vincent said he had a concussion on the football field so severe, that he was unconscious and didn't recall the event. No one got him to seek help, he explained. "They protected me with some play calls and didn't expose my weakness at the time," he said.

"The coach told me that 70 percent of you is better than 100 percent of the second string [players]," meaning that despite losing 30 percent of his ability to play due to concussion, he was still better than many of the uninjured players. Vincent was a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.

Bart Oates, who also suffered a concussion on the playing field, agreed that the mindset is hard to change. He played center for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.

Goodell said that old school mentality of not asking for help will no longer be tolerated. He stressed the importance of accountability. "Myself, the coaches and other members of this organization have a responsibility to make the lives of players better, both on and off the field," he said, adding that he hopes those in other sports -- especially young athletes -- get the message and provide proper leadership and supervision.

"We need to learn to rely on the players to do the right thing; to raise their hand if they need help or ask others to seek assistance," he said. "Someone needs to say 'Hey, you're not feeling too well,' and allow medical personnel to make the call whether to stay in the game. The coaches or players should not make that call. You can play smart as well as tough. Seeking help is playing smart."

The commissioner said he's not satisfied that enough progress has been made. "We're not going to stop; we're going to continue, we're going to make a difference."

Odierno agreed that more has to be done, despite recent policies and directives designed to protect the health of soldiers.

Army Directive-Type Memorandum 09-033, for instance, stipulates that soldiers have a minimum of 24 hours of downtime and get a medical clearance before returning to duty following a blast or vehicle incident.

Maj. Sarah Goldman, program director of Army Traumatic Brain Injury at the Office of the Surgeon General, Rehabilitation and Reintegration Division, emphasized that seeking help more often than not does not take a soldier "out of the fight." She said more than 13,000 service members sustained some form of concussion since 2010 and 95 percent were returned to duty.

Odierno, who played high school football, admitted that he likely would not have sought medical attention for a concussion. "I wouldn't have taken myself out. Someone else would have had to." He added that kind of thinking is wrong.

"I worry about our leaders more than anyone else. They're the ones who feel the burden of leadership and responsibility. They're the ones who won't take themselves out of the fight. I'm asking that leaders look after leaders," he implored. "First sergeants looking after NCOs, sergeants major looking after commanders, senior commanders looking out for junior commanders. We've got to have a bond to take care of each other."

The Army and the NFL have had a close working relationship over the last few years. "It was my honor to visit soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Goodell. "Our cultures are similar in so many ways. We owe it to our players and soldiers [to remove the stigma of seeking help]."

"Having played football and been the senior commander in Iraq for almost five years, I've personally seen the impact of traumatic brain injury," Odierno said. "Roger and I got together on several occasions. He's passionate about taking care of his players. Our organizations make a really good match. I'm excited."

Odierno said he hopes the initiative helps both soldiers and football players.


Dr. James Embrey, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
PKSOI develops, fields Army Leader Education Program for Counter-Corruption

Supporting COMISAF’s Operational Needs

Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, as CJIATF-Shafafiyat commander, spoke of corruption as an operational threat.

PKSOI’s leader education program for counter-corruption is preparing deploying leaders to serve as effective mentors and advisors in a rapidly transitioning Afghanistan.  As Afghans decide to trust their own government and security forces rather than the Taliban and narco-criminal networks, the counter-corruption training is a critical aide to leaders.

In 2010, Gen. David Petraeus determined that mission success in Afghanistan would depend not just upon defeating insurgent forces, but in defeating the larger insurgency that caused the Afghan people to distrust and reject their own government.  As Commander ISAF, Gen. John Allen has named corruption as the #1 risk to the mission.   Allen has referred to counter-corruption activity as, an absolute element of overall mission success, across the governance, development and security sectors, where millions of U.S. and international aid monies meant to support the Afghan government are misdirected by criminal patronage networks toward illicit activities.  

“Corruption and organized crime rob the state of revenue, undermine the effectiveness and legitimacy of critical institutions, fuel discontent among the population, and facilitate the narcotics trade and other threats,” said Allen in July.

 Speaking at a Women’s Shura, Allen noted the personal toll of corruption. “Crimes against women, be it abuse, exploitation, or  a question of representation, voice, and access to justice, have been wrongly  attributed to culture or even to religious belief.  More often than not, such crimes are fostered and enabled by corrupt practices and officials, and corrupt actions against women,” he said.           

The joint anti-corruption task force, Combined Joint-Interagency Task Force - Shafafiyat (Transparency), supports efforts to identify and attack the corruption that undermines Afghan people’s confidence and channels resources to support insurgent and narcotics threats. The task force recognizes that success requires that U.S. and coalition military and civilian leaders identify and act upon the threat.

When ISAF turned to the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute for support, PKSOI created a counter-corruption leader education program to be used by deploying NGOs, Dept. of State personnel, and Army units.  Leaders  understand corruption as an operational threat, and learn how to effectively engage and work with Afghan and international counterparts to identify, target and eliminate those criminal patronage activities that divert coalition and Afghan resources and enable narcotics and insurgent networks.  

PKSOI has been supported by the Combined Arms Center and Army G3/7 to develop and field the counter-corruption program now available through the Army Training Network.  The program develops leader understanding of Afghan views on governance and corruption. It illustrates how military and civilian teams can integrate counter-corruption thinking into ongoing operations. And, it provides considerations and approaches for understanding and working with governmental, multinational and non-governmental counterparts more effectively.  The ATN site provides instructional materials, references, and current updates that assist leaders and units, and provides links to other counter-corruption institutes and organizations.

An unclassified, open-source site for counter-corruption materials will be available to interagency and multinational partners.

In the past year, PKSOI has provided instructional support to 12 COIN Seminars for deploying BCTs through Corps level leaders/staffs about Afghan governance, economics and criminal activities and how to design and plan efforts with interagency, multinational and Afghan team-mates. 

Allen noted during a recent OEF Lessons Learned Forum that countering corruption through enforcement of accountable behaviors and better contracting procedures are counter-corruption activities making a difference in eliminating corruption opportunity and impressing upon our partners that the future will be based upon the trust of that the Afghan people place in their own government and security forces.

About the author

Dr. James H. Embrey is the Professor for Stability Operations at the US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. Hejoined PKSOI in March, 2008 after ending his U.S. Army career as a Colonel of Infantry, with final service as a Professor USAWC, Director for Joint Warfighting Studies, and holder of the General John J. Pershing Chair for Military Planning and Operations.  His previous military experience includes command and staff positions with expeditionary experience in peace keeping and stability operations in Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  Doctor Embrey’s responsibilities include the development of training, education and leader development programs in peace and stability operations, academic outreach to educational institutions, and support to interagency and joint organizations in planning, training and exercise development with a focus on stability operations.

 


Suicide prevention: A healthy force is a ready force

By Kirk Frady, Army Medicine

WASHINGTON (Sept. 4, 2012) -- The Army has designated September as Suicide Prevention Month and joins the nation in observing National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10-14, and World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10.

The Army will expand its observance with events occurring during the entire month of September, focusing efforts on total Army family well-being, resilience, stigma reduction, and positive results achieved by getting involved and reaching out for help.

"We are committed to every Soldier and our efforts are focused on prevention well before the individual chooses suicide as their only option," said Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Army Surgeon General and Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command.

To reduce the number of suicides, the Army is taking a holistic approach to health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention. It takes into account the challenges derived from financial, relationship, legal, substance abuse, and medical issues. The Army has partnered with the National Institute of Mental Health, or NIMH, to conduct the largest behavioral health study of risk and resilience factors among military personnel.

Agencies and organizations throughout the Army are planning appropriate educational activities to observe the Army's Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of the Army will sponsor a health fair in the Pentagon Courtyard, Sept. 12-13, with representation from various government and non-government agencies. Similar activities will occur throughout the Army.

Former NFL player Herschel Walker will attend the health fair to share his testimony with attendees. A Suicide Prevention webpage has been established on the Army Suicide Prevention website to facilitate suicide prevention training and resource needs at www.preventsuicide.army.mil.

Public Service Announcements with senior leaders' messaging have been developed and disseminated throughout the Army to support Army leaders. A stand down has been directed by Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III for Sept. 27. The theme for the stand down is "Shoulder to Shoulder, We Stand up for Life."

"Leaders across our Army recognize that the health of our Soldiers, Army civilians, and family members is a top priority," Austin said. "We remain committed to doing what is needed to care for our most precious asset -- our people -- thereby ensuring a healthy and resilient force for the future."

Defeating suicide will take active involvement from everyone. Civilian and military research on suicide has demonstrated that it is a complex phenomenon which defies easy solutions. The Army has expanded access to services and programs to help Soldiers and family members improve their ability to cope with the stresses associated with military service (i.e. separation, deployments, financial pressures, etc.).

The increased use of these services indicates that Soldiers and families are using these programs. For example, the number of Soldiers that have been seen in behavioral health clinics has steadily increased over the past five years, the total number of behavioral health clinic visits increased, and the number of Soldiers that participate in Strong Bonds marital retreats has increased. These types of programs are geared toward getting the Army out "in front" of the suicide, and will ultimately help lower suicide rates.

"Despite the tough enemies our Army encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan, suicide is the toughest enemy we've faced, and I'm confident we will defeat this enemy," said Joseph Westphal, under secretary of the Army. "I've served as a senior leader in the Army and various capacities, across several administrations, and I have never seen a challenge that, when Army leadership put their minds to it, they weren't able to address it successfully."

Stigma toward seeking behavioral health support is a national problem which the Army takes very seriously. Numerous surveys indicate that some Soldiers are reluctant to seek help because they view it as a sign of weakness, or they believe their leaders will view it as a sign of weakness.

However, over the past several years there has been a decrease in the percentage of Soldiers that hold these views. At the same time, the number of Soldiers who are using treatment programs such as behavioral health and substance abuse has steadily increased which indicates Soldiers are overcoming those stigma barriers. It will take time to change this culture, but through actions and example, Army leaders are beginning that transformation.

Army leaders have developed and implemented numerous initiatives to address the issue of stigma as it relates to seeking behavioral (mental) health services including:

-- the co-location of behavioral health and primary healthcare providers (Respect-Mil and Medical Home Model) within medical service facilities
-- stigma reduction messaging is included in all suicide prevention training videos
-- strategic communications initiatives launched to promote help-seeking behavior for Soldiers and their Families (to include PSAs using celebrities as well as Army leaders)
-- policy revisions have been promulgated to discontinue use of the term 'mental' when referring to mental health services and replace it with 'behavioral'
-- continued exploration of opportunities to employ confidential behavioral health and related services

The Army has expanded its Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training,or ASIST, efforts and developed and fielded a number of training tools to facilitate units' training. Other resources include ACE cards, Suicide Prevention Training Tip cards, Leaders' Guides and videos. Additional resources may be accessed on the Army G-1, Suicide Prevention website.

Other programs designed to combat suicide include the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, or CSF2, program, which the Army instituted in 2012. CSF2 an update to the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, which equips and trains Soldiers, family members and Army civilians for the psychological as well as physical rigors of sustained operations.

The CSF2 training equips individuals with valuable life skills which helps to better cope in stressful situations, bounce back from adversity, and avoid self-defeating behavior. CSF2 resilience training will help commanders with "Health of the Force" issues to include suicide prevention.

For assistance, Soldiers and family members can contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


USAWC stability publication on the street

Army Doctrine Publication ADP 3-07 and Army Doctrine Reference Publication ADRP 3-07, Stability, posted September 1, 2012.

 

The USAWC published and posted the US Army's latest Stability Operations doctrine manuals online at http://armypubs.army.mil/doctrine/100_Series_Collection_1.html  September 1.

Army Doctrine Publication ADP 3-07 and Army Doctrine Reference Publication DRP 3-07, Stability, present overarching doctrinal guidance and direction for conducting stability operations.

These publications apply to both the civilian and military leadership of the Army and are intended to serve as a resource for the other government agencies, intergovernmental organizations,international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector entities who seek to better understand the role of the military in broader reconstruction and stabilization efforts. 

Stability tasks are conducted by the US military as part of operations outside the United States using a comprehensive and whole-of-government approach to integrate the cooperative efforts of the departments and agencies of the U.S.Government, international partners, and private sector entities to achieve Unified Action, the unity of effort toward a shared goal. 

 The military history of the United States is one characterized by stability operations, interrupted by distinct episodes of major combat. Of the hundreds of military operations conducted during the relatively short history of the United States, most have been operations where the majority of effort consisted of stability tasks.


Carlisle Barracks Yard Sale set for Sept. 8

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – If you love Yard Sales, you will definitely want to be on Carlisle Barracks Saturday, September 8, for the annual Fall Yard Sale.

     The event, sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) is open to the public.

     The Yard Sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine) in front of the participating individuals’ on-post quarters and in the grassy area surrounding the Exchange parking lot off Sumner Road.

    All visitors will enter Carlisle Barracks through the Claremont Road Vehicle Access Center at Claremont and Jim Thorpe Roads.  Visitors must show a driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. 

    The Ashburn (Route 11) gate is closed on weekends.

For more information call 717-245-4616 or visit www.carlislemwr.com


September is National Preparedness Month

What is it?

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is a commemorative event recognized each year to emphasize the importance of preparedness. Soldiers, families, and civilians are encouraged to turn awareness into action by Being Informed, Making a Plan, Building a Kit, and Getting Involved. This year marks the ninth annual NPM campaign and the Armys focus remains steadfast: to educate, empower, and involve the Army community in preparedness activities that enhance the resiliency of the Army and increase our nations readiness for all-hazards events.

What has the Army done?

In 2009, the Army established the Army Emergency Management Program outlined in Army Regulation 525-27 implementing all-hazards preparedness planning. To bring awareness to this program and increase Army preparedness, HQDA G-3/5/7 executed the Ready Army campaign. Ready Army is a proactive community awareness campaign to empower Soldiers, families and civilians to prepare in advance for all-hazards, natural or man-made. Earlier this year, HQDA G-34 renewed the Armys teaming commitment with the Federal Emergency Management Agencys Ready Campaign (Ready.gov) to develop a unique Army component that applies to Soldiers and their families.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue for the future?

The Ready Army campaign continues to incorporate the best outreach tools and educational material to encourage Soldiers, families, and civilians to turn awareness into action that enhances individual and family preparedness. The Army will stride forward and align stakeholders such as Family Readiness Groups with the all hazards planning process. The Army plans to modernize installation emergency management systems beginning in 2013 to enhance protection capabilities. These initiatives increase Army resiliency for the future.

Why is this important to the Army?

According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), 2011 was the United States costliest and deadliest hurricane season in recent years. It was also the fourth deadliest and second worst active season for tornadoes. Events such as these continue to stress the importance of proactive planning to allow installations to prepare for all-hazards and restore full operational capability in minimal time and cost.

Learn more at http://www.acsim.army.mil/readyarmy/


PKSOI releases report on recent peacekeeping training centers’ workshop

A report is now available  from the 17th Annual Conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) held at Carlisle Barracks from Nov. 14-18, 2011. It provides the attendees with a concise reference of the proceedings, and chronicles the key points of discussion throughout the conference.

The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute has been a part of the IAPTC since its inception in 1995, and hosted the event along with the United States Army War College and Center for Civil-Military Relations for the first time ever in the United States.

This report will be distributed in hardcopy to all of the IAPTC delegates attending this year's conference in Helsinki Finland from Sept. 16 - 20, 2012 and made available to all IAPTC members.

The report can be found at http://pksoi.army.mil/PKM/publications/collaborative/collaborativereview.cfm?collaborativeID=12