Banner Archive for September 2014

Gold Star Mothers Day is Sept. 28

What is it?

Gold Star Mothers are women who have been changed forever, through the ultimate sacrifice of their sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation. These mothers are an inspiration to all Americans. They exemplify courage, grace and fortitude in the face of incalculable sorrow.

Enacted June 23, 1936, the 74th United States Congress designated "Gold Star Mother's Day" as a national commemoration for the American people to pause and honor the continued service of the Gold Star Mothers.

During World War I, Americans displayed flags in homes, businesses, schools and churches bearing a blue star for each military service member. Families stitched a gold star over the blue one to honor those members who died in military service.

What has the Army done?

The Army joins all Americans annually in support of Gold Star Mother's Day on the last Sunday in September. Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier all hold memorial events. Army leaders encourage department personnel and their families to take time on this day to remember the service members who have given their lives in the service of the country and recognize the sacrifices of the loved ones, who have been left behind.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army is dedicated to providing long-term support throughout the grief process of these Gold Star survivors. Army Survivor Outreach Services delivers coordinated, comprehensive, and standardized programs across the force to meets survivors needs. These dedicated resources represent the Army's commitment to first-class service for as long as the family desires.

Why is this important to the Army?

Groups like the Gold Star support the surviving military families by echoing the critical message that their sacrifices will not be forgotten. The Army, on behalf of a grateful nation, salutes America's Gold Star Mothers. They are, and always will be, members of the great Army family. The Army, along with the nation, recognizes their courage and is committed to support them while honoring the legacy of the fallen - the Soldiers, their children.


Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest returns Oct. 9-12


The attraction of Oktoberfest reaches across the military base and into surrounding communities with a Fall-in-Germany recreation theme for all ages. Oktoberfest is open to the public with free admission and free parking.


Carlisle Barracks, Pa.–Enjoy the traditional German salute to fall with a fun twist at the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest. There will be fun for all ages to include: Carnival rides and games, 5K Volksmarch, food and craft vendors, local wine, crisp apple cider and seasonal beverages.  

Oktoberfest is scheduled from Oct. 9-12 at the Army Heritage Trail, Army Heritage and Education Center.  Event hours:  Thursday, Oct. 9 from 4-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10 from 4-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Volksmarch registration 8-11 a.m. and Arts and Crafts Fair inside of USAHEC is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 12 from noon–7 p.m.

The annual event features a traditional fest tent with live music, soccer, games, craft fair, Red 102.3 and WIOO Country Gold “Red Stage” including Oompah, Pop, Rock and Country music and more.

Admission and parking are free. The event will be held rain or shine.

Free shuttle service will be available to the public from Dickinson College, Carlisle High School and Comfort Suites all four days.  A schedule of events, shuttle service, and more is available at

 Highlights include

Oct. 9-12        Carnival rides and games for all ages: 4 - 9 pm Thursday & Friday; Sat. 11 am. - 9 pm; Sun, noon - 7 pm

Oct. 9-12        Red 102.3 and WIOO “Red Stage”

Sa, Oct.11       5K Volksmarch: 8 am to 1 pm to register: start any time ... complete by 4 pm
Sa, Oct.11        Arts and Crafts Fair inside of USAHEC: 9 am - 4 p m

Sa, Oct.11 Tapping Oktoberfest Brew: noon

Sa, Oct. 11      Soccer game: International Fellows of Army War College vs Chester County Businessmen: follows the tapping

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

The Army Heritage and Education Center is located at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle.  For directions:

Political Activity Reminder

It’s an election year! During this election cycle all DoD personnel – military and civilian should be mindful of the various limitations that exist when it comes to participation in political activity.

A quick summary of the rules and links to substantive guidance are included in the information below.

Army Heritage Center Foundation

Pennsylvania awards $2m grant to Army Heritage Center Foundation

Gov. Tom Corbett today announced a Pennsylvania Economic Growth Initiative Grant of $2 million to the Army Heritage Center Foundation to facilitate expansion of the Visitor and Education Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.

The Economic Growth Initiative Grant is intended to support construction activities only toward an additional 37,00 square feet for visitation and programs. The vision for expansion includes  an exhibit and interpretative gallery to highlight soldier art; two multi-purpose rooms to host more complex educational programs; and improved conferencing capabilities to accommodate larger veterans' reunions and special events. The estimated cost of the expansion project is $8.4 million.

“This expansion helps USAHEC better educate the Army public about the service and sacrifice of our Soldiers and furthers the U.S. Army War College support of the Army’s strategic outreach initiatives” said retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales, Chair of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

 the Army Heritage Center Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that directs donated support to fund the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center—the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center. As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain as part of the Center.

The grant proposal for the expansion project was developed with the support of the Cumberland County Industrial Development Authority and the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation as a means to improve the local economy and promote tourism. The federal government’s construction of the Conservation Facility on USAHEC’s campus served as a match for the Foundation’s grant request.  The Economic Growth Initiative Grant will support construction activities only; the Foundation is responsible for meeting qualifying requirements and all other costs associated with the project.

 Learn more about the Foundation at .

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center makes available contemporary and historical materials related to strategic leadership, the global application of Landpower, and U.S. Army Heritage to inform research, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers, past and present.


Cumberland County medication take back event set for Sept. 27 at USAHEC

Safely dispose of unwanted medications on Saturday, Sep. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center at 950 Soldiers Drive.

Acceptable products are 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.

Can't make it on that date? You can turn-in medications year-round at the locations below.


Camp Hill Police Dept.

2199 Walnut Street

Camp Hill, PA 17011


Hours of Availability: M-F 7:30am-3:30pm

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Carlisle Borough Police Dept.

240 Lincoln Street

Carlisle, PA 17013


Hours of Availability: M-F 7am-11pm

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Cumberland Co. Bureau of Justice Svcs.

37 East High Street

Carlisle, PA 17013


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Cumberland County Courthouse

One Courthouse Square

Carlisle, PA 17013


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Cumberland County Human Svcs. Building

16 West High Street

Carlisle, PA 17013


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Dickinson College Dept. of Public Safety (Kauffman Building)

400 West North Street

Carlisle, PA 17013


Hours of Availability: 24 hrs

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East Pennsboro Township Police Dept.

98 South Enola Drive

Enola, PA 17025


Hours of Availability: M-F 8:30am-3pm

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Hampden Township Police Dept.

230 S. Sporting Hill Road

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050


Hours of Availability: M-F 8am-4pm, Sat 8am-Noon.

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Lower Allen Township Police Dept.

2233 Gettysburg Road

Camp Hill, PA 17011


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Mechanicsburg Borough Police Dept.

36 West Allen Street

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


Hours of Availability: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm

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Middlesex Township Police Dept.

350 North Middlesex Road

Carlisle, PA 17013


Hours of Availability: M-F 8am-4pm

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Mt. Holly Springs Police Dept.

200 Harman Street

Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065


Hours of Availability: M-F 8am-4pm

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New Cumberland Borough Police Dept.

1120 Market Street

New Cumberland, PA 17070


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Newville Borough Police Dept.

27 West Big Spring Avenue

Newville, PA 17241


Hours of Availability: M-F 7am-11am

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North Middleton Township Police Dept.

2051 Spring Road

Carlisle, PA 17013


Hours of Availability: M-F 7am-4pm

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Shippensburg Borough Police Dept.

60 West Burd Street

Shippensburg, PA 17257


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Shippensburg University Dept. of Public Safety

1871 Old Main Street

Shippensburg, PA 17257


Hours of Availability: 24 hrs

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Silver Spring Township Police Department

5 Willow Mill Park Road, Suite 1

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050


Hours of Availability: M-F 7:30am-4pm

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Upper Allen Township Police Dept.

100 Gettysburg Pike

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


Hours of Availability: M-F 8am-4:30pm

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West Shore Regional Police Dept.

510 Herman Avenue

Lemoyne, PA 17043


Hours of Availability: M-F 8:30am-3:30pm

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September is Suicide Awareness Month
Enhancing Resiliency – Strengthening Our Professionals

Mandatory Suicide Prevention/ACE Training – September 2014

Monday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.

All training sessions will be held in Reynolds Theater.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1 – 800 – 273 - 8255



  • In 2007, more than 34,000 Americans died by suicide (CDC, 2010)
  • Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans for all ages (CDC)
  •  Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year old Americans (CDC)
  • Men are 4 times likely to die by suicide. However, 3 times more women than men attempt suicide (CDC)
  • In 2010 and 2012 the Army recorded its highest numbers of suicide since 2001
  • The Army experienced a decrease in 2013, but we still lost 303 Soldiers
  • As of mid-August 2014 there have been 148 Army suicides this year.

                                               Why is it Important

    The consequences are destructive to the individual, their Families, their units and our Army.

McConnell Youth Services Center  School Age Center Open House Sept. 25 
Everyone Welcome!

Members of the Carlisle Barracks Community are invited to tour the School Age Center.

Come on over and find out more about the School Age Care (SAC) program

•Meet the staff and hear directly from them about the advantages of SAC.

•Sign up for 4-H Clubs for ages 8-18, featuring:
oCloverbuds (ages 5-7)
…and so much more!!

•Explore all that SAC has to offer
oBefore & After School Programs
oSummer Camp
oArts & Crafts
oHomework Tutor Program
oComputer Lab
oCharacter Building
oBoys and Girls Club
oField Trips
…and so much more!!


International Hall of Fame Inducts General Edward Katumba Wamala

Sept. 18, 2014 – Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, Chief of Defence Forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces, was inducted into the International Hall of Fame at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.

The War College leadership, staff, faculty, students and distinguished visitors honored Wamala, a 2000 USAWC graduate and the 51st international fellow to be inducted. He is the 6thflag officer to be inducted from his USAWC class.

Wamala was commissioned in the Defence Forces after graduating from the Officers Cadet Training Course at the Tanzania Military Academy – Monduli in 1980. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Command and General Staff College. An infantry officer, Wamala has lead military campaigns, most notably Operation Safe Haven and Operation Iron Fist.

“Among the most important things I remember is the experience shared with the members of the class,” said Wamala. This is something you never find in the pages of strategy textbooks he said.

Gen. Wamala recounts his Army War College experiences after his induction into the International Hall of Fame.

“The course content prepares you for any appointment, in my case for example my next appointment was with the police. I was able to fit in to the police force and lead it for five years,” he said.

Wamala noted that he was a ‘geo-bachelor’ while attending the Army War College and thanked his wife for taking care of their family and supporting his career.

Army releases latest policies on female hairstyles, tattoos

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 16, 2014) -- The Army published revisions to Army Regulation 670-1, its policy for "Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia," which included changes to female hairstyles and tattoos standards.

The revisions, dated Sept 15, were effective immediately.

The service determined in a review that authorized hairstyles announced earlier this year limited female Soldiers' hair grooming options. The policy authorizes temporary, two-strand hair twists for women, and includes a number of updates to hairstyles for women. Dreadlocks or locks remain an unauthorized hairstyle.

As for tattoos, the new regulation allows enlisted Soldiers who have "grandfathered" tattoos to be considered for officer candidate school or warrant officer appointment without needing an exception to the policy.

A training package for Army leaders and Soldiers is available online at

The Army plans to continue its long-standing practice of conducting perpetual reviews of its policies. In fact, Soldiers are encouraged to submit a DA Form 2028 to recommend changes. Requests with significant wear or policy changes should be endorsed through the Soldier's senior level chain of command to the Army G-1.

"Wearing of the uniform as well as our overall military appearance should be a matter of personal pride for Soldiers," Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler said. "Our commitment to the uniform and appearance standards is vital to your professionalism."

"Every Soldier has the responsibility to know and follow these standards. Leaders at all levels also have the responsibility to interpret and enforce these standards, which begins by setting the appropriate example," Chandler added. "Your actions help to ensure we continue to be trusted and revered by the American people we serve."


The Army began reviewing its policies on female hairstyles soon after releasing the March 28, 2014, version of the regulation. In conjunction with the service's review, the Department of Defense also requested a review in light of concerns that the hairstyle policies were too restrictive for African American women.

This review included feedback from a panel of Soldiers comprised of the various demographics represented in the U.S. Army. Subsequently, Army officials believe the updated policy gives female Soldiers more options while maintaining a professional appearance.

The new regulation allows female Soldiers to have temporary twists or two pieces of hair neatly twisted together. Twists, cornrows and braids can be up to 1/2 inch in diameter. The previous maximum was a diameter of approximately 1/4 inch.

The Army removed the requirement that no more than 1/8 of an inch of scalp could show between braids. The Army requires braids, twists and cornrows worn against the scalp be uniform in appearance and have the same general size of spacing between them.

Previously, the Army required that the ends of hair in braids be secured with inconspicuous rubber bands. The reference to rubber bands was removed, now the ends just have to be secured inconspicuously.

Braids and cornrows worn against the scalp previously had to be worn in a straight line from the front and go all the way to the back of the head. Now, the language has been changed to say the braids need to follow the natural direction of the hair when worn back or in the natural direction using one part in the hair.

Styles, such as braids, cornrows, or twists worn against the scalp may still stop at one consistent location of the head. When such styles are worn loosely or free-hanging, they must encompass the whole head.

While dreadlocks or locks are still not authorized, their definition has been changed to remove the words "matted and unkempt."

Another change includes increasing the allowable size of a bun, measuring from the scalp out, from three inches to three-and-a-half inches.

The allowable amount of bulk of hair remains two inches.

The shortest hair a female Soldier can have is 1/4 inch from the scalp, which can be tapered to the scalp along the hairline. There is no maximum length a female Soldier's hair can be, as long as it is within regulation and can be worn up to meet the guidance for bulk and bun size.

The new rules clarify that braids, cornrows and now twists can be worn in a ponytail during physical training; it also specifies that wigs, which were previously authorized, cannot be worn to cover up an unauthorized hairstyle.

No matter what the authorized hairstyle, it must allow for the Soldier to be able to properly wear all types of headgear and protective equipment.


As part of efforts to maintain the professional appearance of the force, the Army dialed back the number, size and placement of tattoos in the March regulation.

Previously authorized tattoos were "grandfathered" in, but Soldiers hoping to become an officer had to get an exception to the policy.

The updated regulation takes into account that previously authorized tattoos should not prevent a Soldier from becoming an officer, but that candidates are to be evaluated based on the whole Soldier concept, or all characteristics of a Soldier.

The rest of the regulation from March remains in place, including the restriction on sleeve tattoos and allowing no more than four tattoos below the elbows or knees. Tattoos below the knees or elbows must be smaller than the size of the Soldier's palm with fingers extended.
Permanent ink or branding on the face, neck, and hands, as well as tattoos that can be deemed extremist, indecent, sexist or racist in nature remain banned.


The regulation provides additional clarification that Soldiers who entered the Army with body mutilation prior to March 2014 may request an exception to Army G-1.

Another change of note is that Soldiers can wear a "Next of Kin" lapel pin on their Army service and dress uniforms. The pin is for the immediate family of military members who were killed on duty, outside of combat operations.

Soldiers are already authorized to wear the "Gold Star" lapel pin, which is for the immediate family of service members who were killed in combat.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

What is it?

Each year from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, the U.S. Army community both reflects upon and celebrates the tremendous contributions of Hispanic Americans. These individuals have not hesitated to defend and show their allegiance to the nation in many important ways. The legacy of exceptional service begun by prior generations of Hispanic Americans continues today, and is evident in various functional areas of the force and levels of leadership.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This month takes into account, the independence day of Mexico on Sept.16 and Chile on Sept. 18. Throughout Spain and Latin America, Columbus Day is also celebrated as "Hispanity Day."

Why is this important to the Army?

Army senior leaders acknowledge the great value of embracing diversity within the inclusive military environment. The depth of experience evident in the Army's talent pool helps sustain the legacy as the effective fighting force that America, its allies and adversaries know today. During the Korean War, the Borinqueneers of Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment launched the last recorded battalion-sized bayonet charge and overran the Chinese 149th Division south of Seoul on Feb. 2, 1951. This battle exemplifies the unwavering courage and indomitable spirit that has earned the Hispanic-American Soldiers a distinguished legacy. With more than 40 Medal of Honor recipients dating back to the Civil War, Hispanic Americans continue to represent the Army with deep and abiding patriotism and heroism.

What has the Army done?

As a tribute, a tri-signed letter was signed by the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff and the Sergeant Major of the Army, encouraging the Army community to plan and execute appropriate commemorative activities to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. The Army will also pay tribute to Hispanics by telling their stories in command information products at all levels. Army installations worldwide will also conduct local events to honor Hispanic-American Soldiers.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will continue to recruit the best-qualified Soldiers of all backgrounds and ensure that these individuals are given every opportunity and encouragement to rise to their highest level of ability, so that they can be "Army Strong!" The Army encourages every member of the Army family to learn about and celebrate the contributions of all Hispanic Soldiers, civilians and their families who have given so much to help safeguard the nation's freedom.

Army War College faculty member reflects on Soldier separations:  Mission First, People Always

Prof. Charles Allen, retired Army colonel


Readers of headlines on Army force reduction measures would agree with the

assessment by University of Maryland sociologist Mady Segal that the US

military is a greedy institution.  It makes "great demands on individuals in

terms of commitment, loyalty, time, and energy.. The demands that American

armed forces make on members and their families include the risk of injury

or death, geographic mobility, family separations, [and] residence in

foreign countries." We must acknowledge that its members are all volunteers

and joined to receive some benefits, including altruistic, from their

service. Its members knew what they signed up for when they donned the

uniform of our Armed Forces.


However, the most recent accounts of Army soldiers receiving pink slips as

they are moving to new duty stations (PCS-ing) or deployed in still

dangerous operational environments are uncomfortable.  While we understand

the need to draw down the force, especially with our current budget woes, it

is perplexing and somewhat distressing to read an Army senior official

comment that "we can't do the right thing" when it comes to policy decisions

on how the separations are executed.


I find myself asking, "What did we learn from the drawdowns post-Vietnam and

post-Desert Shield/Desert Storm?"  In many cases this is the continuing

challenge of managing excess inventory of people (in either specialty areas

or grades) based on force structure decisions.


Appropriately in this drawdown from nearly 570,000, the Army sought to first

identify and target relatively poor performers in the officer and

noncommissioned officer ranks for separation through respective Selective

Early Retirement Boards and Qualitative Service Programs for its more senior

members. We are at the point where the Army is now separating good

people-officers and enlisted-who have served faithfully and well.


I am reasonably confident that the trappings of farewell, retirement, and

award ceremonies are happening in keeping with the traditions of a strong

Army culture.  With the recent focus on transitioning veterans back into

society, the Army and Department of Defense have emplaced programs to assist

with and mitigate challenges of separations.


My concern is how people within operational and functional Army units are

treating their separating comrades from the time of notification to release

from active duty.  Are leaders conveying appreciation for their service?  Or

is there an unspoken, "it sucks to be you" or an offering of the trite

saying, "Well, the needs of the ARMY."? I know from personal experience the

discomfort of interacting with colleagues who have received notice.  What

should I say? How should I act?


One can imagine the thoughts of the separating service members as something

like, "Well I joined the Army during our War on Terrorism, deployed X times,

and my evaluation reports said I was a good soldier/officer...but the Army

doesn't need me anymore.  I did what was asked of me and now am being told

to leave." For each, we hope there is a personal reflection of individual

experiences with great training, great teams and esprit, and important

missions.  The reflections would include what they learned about themselves,

about other people and cultures, and about life.


Our unit leaders should engage with empathy and compassion with their

soldiers-they are part of our team. We want separating members to be strong

advocates for the Army and to recommend service as an option for the other

99 percent of our society. While a full career of 20 or 30 years is not

possible for all, the quality of their experience should be high for the

tenure of their service, regardless of the length.


The Army is a greedy institution, but it is made up of people who should

care for each other.  Accordingly, we should live "Mission First, People

Always"-this a part of the Army Strong culture.

Carlisle Barracks unveils McConnell Youth Center

Carlisle Barracks Youth Services employees cut the ribbon for the Sgt. Andrew McConnell Youth Center with Kathy McConnell during a ceremony Sept. 12. Photo by Scott Finger.

Sept. 12, 2014 -- Carlisle Barracks officially introduced a brand new Youth Center – a terrific Army investment in our youth and named in honor of a former member of our community – during a ceremony Sept. 12 here.

Retired Gen. Richard Cody, former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, celebrated the new center, named to honor of Army Sergeant Andrew McConnell, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

“Andrew was an outstanding young man and Soldier, an outstanding example for the thousands of kids that will come through the doors in the next decade,” said Rapp.

“In places like the McConnell Youth Center life-long friends are made and lessons are learned,” said Cody. “After more than a decade of war, we have placed a tremendous burden on the families and the community. This facility is a re-affirmation of the Army commitment to families.”

The ceremony for the $6 million 20,000 square foot building marks the culmination of a project that has been more than 10 years in the making.  Along the way, YS youth have helped plan the features that others would enjoy, like the demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, the full-size gym with rock wall and patio. The gym will have a sport court that can be used, interchangeably, for roller-skating, roller hockey, and basketball.

Liz Knouse, director of the post's family programs, couldn’t hide her excitement that the facility had finally become a reality.

“Through the entire process I kept reassuring our staff and leadership that a new youth center was coming,” she said. “It’s an honor to be able to provide this top-notch facility and programs for our community and our families.”

Retired Gen. Richard Cody, former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army was the keynote speaker for the unveiling of the Sgt. Andrew McConnell Youth Center at Carlisle Barracks.

During the ceremony his former battalion commander, Col. Jeff French, his former roommate at Ft. Bragg and best friend Craig Maniscalco, his father, retired Col. Scott McConnell and his sister, Amelia, shared their memories of McConnell before helping to the ribbon to mark the dedication of the center. 

“'Mac' was the type of man wanted to make a difference in his unit and in the world around him,” said French, about Andrew. “I can think of no one who epitomizes the Army Family more than the McConnell’s, so it’s appropriate that we are naming this center after him.”

McConnell recalled the importance of youth centers and programs to Andrew as he made move after move.

“Andrew felt at home when we moved and met kids like him, that were cut from the same cloth and had many of the same experiences,” said Scott McConnell. “To have this great facility named after him is incredibly humbling.”

The center, adjacent to the Moore Child Development Center, the Delaney Clubhouse and sports fields, creates a one-stop center for post youth.

“Andrew brought joy and laughter to our lives and at times was the backbone of our family,” said Amelia McConnell.  “When kids say now ‘let’s go the McConnell Center,’ it will be full of joy. Everyone who enters lives will be changed.

“I wish I could be a kid again and climb the wall or enjoy the Friday night dodgeball here. I could not think of a more perfect honor than naming this center after him,” she said.

Cumberland Valley JROTC provided a color guard. The national anthem was sung by family friend Rachel Childress.

After the ceremony, guests toured the facility to learn more about the programs awaiting post youth when the center opens for operation Sept. 29.

About Sgt. Andrew McConnell

As an 'Army Brat', Andrew moved eleven times and attended seven different schools. While his father was a student at The War College Andrew was employed by the Carlisle Barracks Sports Office where he left an indelible impression.

Answering a burning desire to serve his country, Andrew enlisted in the Infantry in October 2005, when he knew the country was deeply engaged in two wars.

He arrived at Fort Lewis, Wash., as a Specialist and was assigned to 2-1 Infantry, 5-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. In July 2009, Andrew deployed as an infantry squad leader in B Company, 2-1 Infantry to Afghanistan.

Six weeks into his deployment, while conducting an early morning, mounted patrol, his Stryker vehicle struck a roadside bomb. The blast killed Andrew and his Platoon Leader, 1st Lt. David Wright, and wounded several members of his squad. Andrew was interred at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

Army Community Service seeking feedback through survey

Dear Carlisle Barracks Community Member,

You are a valued member of the Army Family, supporting an important mission at Carlisle Barracks and War College.  The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate invites you to spend a few minutes to take the Army Community Service (ACS) Needs Assessment Survey.

It's brief, it's important, and it's about what matters...YOU.

To access the survey, visit or visit the Carlisle Barracks ACS web page at and you will see the link that will take you directly to the survey.  The survey will close on Dec. 9, 2014.

Your feedback is valuable!  This input will help us gauge how well we are addressing your needs and identify emerging needs related to the military way of life.

Should you have any questions about the survey, please contact the ACS Director, Becky Myers at 245-3868 or email

Dunham Clinic establishes times for military readiness checks

Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic has established clinical time to see those who need to get their military readiness up-to-date for all military stationed on CBKs (USAWC Students/Staff, Garrison and supporting tenant units.

This is not designed to be for regular medical issues but to address military requirements such as PHA/Post-Deployment, etc. The exams will be located in the physical exam section of the clinic.

The dates that have been established are:

                Wednesday Sept. 24  - morning

                Friday October 3 - Afternoon

                Wednesday October 22 - Morning

                Wednesday October 29 - Afternoon


In order to schedule an appointment call 717-245-3723.

Patriot Day Ceremony 2014 at USAWC remembered alumni

Sept. 11, 2014 marked the 13th year since the terrorist attacks on this nation’s soil which took 2,977 lives in all. On Sept. 11, 2011, three of the 2977 lost lives were Army War College alumni, Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude, Col. Canfield D. Boone, and Col C. Richard Rescorla.  Since then an additional four alumni, Lt. Gen. Parami Kulatunga, Col. Brian D. Allgood, Col. John M. Mc Hugh, and most recently Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene perished in conflicts associated with the War on Terror. 

“Our lives have not been the same since,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Commandant of the Army War College. “This has been a long fight and the specter of radical groups like ISIS show us that we have much to do to keep America and our interests safe,” he said.

The people of Pennsylvania and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. have a unique relationship to this tragedy. The crew and passengers of United Flight 40 knew the nation was under attack when they fought for control of the plane that crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pa. on that day in 2001. Their selfless actions may have saved countless more lives, said guest speaker Pa. Senator Patricia Vance.

The Army War College Patriot Day Ceremony attracted many in the community who came to pay their respects and remember the tragedy that sparked America's involvement in its longest war in our history.

“…in the final crash right here in this commonwealth, our response to the terrorism began. Much has been said about the 40 crew members and passengers who fought back against evil,” said Vance. “They understood our country was under attack,” added Vance.

Representing the fire fighters, Soldiers, police, emergency medical services, and civilians who inspired us with their acts of courage on September 11 were Vigilant Hose Company chief emeritus Charles Myers, Staff Sgt. Rodney Joseph, Middlesex Township police Chief Barry Sherman, West Shore EMS Chief Duane Nieves and Army War College Civilian of the Year Dr. Michael Lynch who each rang the bell to commemorate the five critical moments that occurred between 8:46 a.m. and 10:28 a.m. on September 11, 2001.

Representatives of the Pennsylvania delegation to Congress, the Pennsylvania legislature, County and Carlisle Borough were in attendance. Guests this year included representing U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta, Leah Kithkart; Pennsylvania State Representative Stephen Bloom; retired Maj. Gen. William Davies; Carlisle Borough council members, Ms. Linda Cecconello and Mr. Donald Grell.

In 2001, Congress 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."

Preventive medicine expert suggests lifestyle changes for resilient leaders

A leading expert on lifestyle and nutrition spoke to the Army War College Class here Sept. 9 as a component of the Senior Leader Development & Resiliency Program. “… Eat well, stress less, move more and love more,” was the overarching message that cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish presented to the class. He emphasized that looking at underlying causes is key to good health and healing, rather than treating the symptoms which often return.

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“Today the context for this is as an extension of the Senior Leader Development and Resiliency Day we had in early August,” said Dr. Tom Williams, director of the USAWC Senior Leader Development and Resiliency Program.

Can lifestyle changes reverse disease?

Studies show that it is possible to reverse or stop the progression of heart disease and improve blood flow to the heart with lifestyle changes, said Ornish. His own study with men diagnosed with prostate cancer showed that healthy choices could slow, stop or even reverse tumor growth.

Dr. Dean Ornish, a leading expert on lifestyle and nutrition, spoke to the Army War College Class about lifestyle changes to prevent chronic illness and promote health.

“The more people changed, the more they improved,” said Ornish.

This prompted Ornish to take the next step and study the mechanisms that might explain these results.

“We looked at their gene expression,” said Ornish. “What we found was that 501 genes were changed. When you change your lifestyle it actually changes your genes.”  A healthier lifestyle turns on the genes that protect you and turns off the genes that cause prostate or breast cancer, he explained. Even meditation can positively affect gene expression. Elite athletes meditate to gain a competitive advantage, and meditation also calms your mind, said Ornish.

“When you can focus your awareness, you gain power. You can perform better on the battlefield, in the [school room] and the boardroom,” said Ornish.

Dr. Ornish is the founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Are you, your family prepared for an emergency or disaster?

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 8, 2014) -- Every September for the last 11 years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency kicks off National Preparedness Month and more than 3,000 organizations -- national, regional and local, public and private organizations -- follow suit to offer information on emergency preparedness efforts by encouraging Americans to be prepared before a disaster or emergency strikes.

Heading up the Army's Emergency Management Program at the Pentagon, Bill Newman said the Ready Army Program, a spin-off from the Ready Government version, focuses on Soldiers, civilians and their families, and helps them to "Prepare Strong."

"It's an outreach program designed to give ideas on how to plan, assist and prepare them for emergencies by having a kit if you need to evacuate -- what would be the things you might want to take with you," he said. "You want to have a plan for your family while staying informed through your chain of command to keep up with current events."

Each Army family is different and so are their needs and priorities, Newman added, but obviously the first things people need are food and water, so the first part of preparing strong is to get a kit.


Since the water and electricity might be shut down or not working, he says plan for one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, and stock your kit with Meals, Ready-to-Eat, since they're high in calories, which translates to energy.

If you have infants, ensure there's plenty of formula and diapers; a first-aid kit, sanitation supplies such as moist towelettes and a hand-cranked or battery-powered flashlight along with extra batteries of all sizes and solar re-chargers for cell phones. Newman suggested having important documents such as wills, medical and financial powers of attorney, property documents and military service records. He also recommended placing the important documents in a water-proof bag and backing up all paperwork on a portable computer hard drive.

"Overseas other essentials include passports, cash in the local currency, electrical current converter, international driver's license and birth certificates for children born overseas," Newman said.

Lastly, every family member needs to know where the emergency supply kits are located, he said, and the kits should be updated annually as medicines, food and batteries might need to be replaced.


Newman says families should next come up with a family emergency plan.

If your family is often scattered throughout a local area, consider who will call whom and where you'll meet in an emergency such as a tornado, flood or a hurricane.

Newman noted that when Army families transfer from an installation in the tornado belt to one in the hurricane belt, or even to the snow-belt, the emergency plan will need to be reviewed and changed due to weather conditions during the four seasons.

Making an emergency plan involves the five "Ws" of journalism:

Who: Open a family dialogue to discuss preparedness planning and to cover special needs and pets. If special medical assistance or transportation for a family member is needed, ask for advice from the local emergency manager.

What: Plan for hazards and regional weather patterns.

Where: Think about where family members will be throughout the day such as home, office, school or in transit. Discuss meeting places.

When: Emergencies can happen when you least expect it, so the best time to make a plan is when you think about it, then it should be reviewed at least biannually or when there are major changes in schedules or activities.

Why: Establishing a practicing family emergency plan will enable your family to respond more quickly to an emergency.


"No matter where you are in the world, there are emergency notifications and actions," Newman said. "As soon as you can after arriving at a new duty station, check out what mass warning systems are in place."

Local communities are responsible for warning the public after impending danger and Army installations provide on-post mass warding and notification procedures. Overseas, these procedures often include warning by the host-nation to Army family members living off the installation.

In the U.S., the main agencies that warn of natural hazards are the National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. The NWS issues specific terms for natural hazards -- a "warning" that a hazardous event is occurring or imminent, while a "watch" designates conditions are favorable for a hazard to develop or move in.

Newman says within the U.S., other methods of getting the word out include the Emergency Alert System broadcasts on radio and television; interactive, community notification systems; telephones, cellular phones and email.

An administrative broadcast across the Army computer network can also override applications and reach all Army users almost immediately.

If Soldiers, their families and civilians are able to access the Internet, they can report their status online through the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System.   

Public notice

Anyone with debts owed to or by the estate of Col. Steven L. Rohlena, US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, must contact Col. Deacon Maddox, the assigned summary court officer, at (717) 245-4423 or Col. Rohlena passed away July 30.

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Army’s top leader addresses Army War College class of 2015

CSA introduces new Army Operating Concept to those who will evolve, lead the effort

Sept. 8, 2014 -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno sought an opportunity early in the academic year to address the US Army War College Class of 2015, and made them the first major audience with whom he shared the strategic concepts of the new Army Operating Concept, scheduled for later formal release.

Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, shares insights on strategic leadership and introduces the new Army Operating Concept to the USAWC class of 2015.

The new Army Operating Concept for Unified Land Operations, “Win in a Complex World,” will become the responsibility of the senior officers, national security civilians, and international officers in the Bliss Hall audience at Carlisle today. My job is to get it started, he said to the next generation of strategic leaders, and you’ll help us continue to evolve the concepts, develop the technology to support the concepts, and lead us through it.  

Gen. Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, voices his thoughts on the responsibilities of leadership, his vision and his strategic priorities with the Army War College Class of 2015 Sept. 8 in Bliss Hall. He discussed the complex environment these senior leaders will face in the future and offered guidance on what to think about and discuss during their academic year. 

Gen. Odierno achieved instant rapport with the student body with references to his Army War College experience, academic rigor and over-40 fitness. He then moved quickly to remind them that the Army War College year is a significant investment that’s benefited from conscientious adjustments to leverage the multinational and interagency class diversity -- critical to his vision of the Army’s joint land power network.

We’re doing everything we can to establish as much capability as possible …. We have to do all of it, said Odierno, referring to growing uncertainty around the world, reduction in budget and force size, along with growing need for U.S. commitment. “There is no one challenge,” he said.  “The complexity of the world has changed such that we have to be prepared to respond in many different places, many different ways, many different speeds…. We have to realize that and start moving towards that. We have to be expeditionary; we have to be tailored to respond to smaller threats,” said Odierno. “We are going to have to put small capability all around the world and then we’ll develop the situation and decide what we will do from there.”

The new Army Operating Concept will require evolutionary change as we deal with the growing complexity of the environment – and it begins by changing mindsets, he said. Our new Army Operation Concept will be Unified Land Operation, to ‘Win in a Complex World,’ he said, describing a comprehensive approach that synchronizes, coordinates, and when appropriate integrates military operations with the activities of governmental and intergovernmental organizations to achieve unit of effort.


We need to establish a global network of capability that allows us to tap the interagency and other governments, working with them in concert to achieve our objectives.  The future includes regionally aligned forces across the combatant commands, global land power network, and building partner capacity – networks that help us lead.  

One advantage we have, especially in times of decreasing budgets, derives from our ability to develop the right leaders – noncommissioned officers, officers, and civilians – who can think in this very complex world, he said. The new Army Operating Concept will address the idea of creating multiple dilemmas for the enemy. “I believe our leaders can operate much more quickly and can be more adaptable and flexible in operating in an environment that has multiple dilemmas. That’s to our advantage.

“So, we’ve got to create leaders that understand the complexities of the world we face – the increasing speed of human interaction that’s driving the changes we’re seeing around the world and how we will operate.”

The Chief of Staff of the Army urged The War College students to focus attention and discussion on several issues, among them:  How do we sustain overmatch in the future?  What is the future operational environment? How do we think about state, non-state, criminal actors working together?

And, he asked them to consider:  What are the responsibilities of members of the Profession?

“We’re given great responsibility,” said Odierno. “That responsibility is like no other … sometimes given the responsibility to knowingly take other lives. That’s an incredible responsibility, and we have to make sure that we understand the importance of doing it within the moral and ethical values of our nation and who we stand for.”

A profession that is operating appropriately will police itself, he said.  “It’s up to us to make sure that people have confidence in us, that we police ourselves.

He summed their responsibilities as students:  This is your year to think about where we need to go, how we need to develop our military, and what we need to do to do differently.

Child care center renovations nearly complete


Work on a new heating and cooling system for the Moore Child Development Center are nearly complete. The new system is more energy efficent and will allow zone heating and cooling controls of the spaces within the facility. The center will reopen Sept. 22 after a closure Sept. 19 in order to complete the move.


Work on the Moore Child Development Center is nearly complete and all signs point for a more reliable and energy efficient system to greet kids and employees.

The Moore Child Development Center will resume operations in their newly renovated center on Sept. 22. In order to facilitate the move, the center will be closed on Sept. 19. Hourly care will resume on Sept. 29.

The project to install a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system within the facility was set to be completed on Sept. 5 and it will take about two weeks to thoroughly clean and set up the center. The temporary CDC is located by the Commissary.


The new replacement HVAC system will be approximately 30 percent more energy-efficient will provide zone heating and cooling controls of the spaces within the facility during the day.

Carol J. O’Hara, Family Education Specialist for the Arc of Cumberland& Perry Counties
Sept. 9 - National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day

Do you know the significance of the ninth day of the ninth month of the year? September 9th is national FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) awareness day. FASD is an umbrella term for a group of conditions that a person may have if their mother consumed alcohol anytime during, or throughout her nine months of pregnancy. FASD causes birth defects which may be physical, intellectual or both. Alcohol used during pregnancy produces the most serious neurobehavioral effects in the child, more than any other drug. Any alcohol use during pregnancy could cause harm to the unborn child. That is why pregnant women need to follow the rule: nine months no alcohol! Women of child bearing age must not drink alcohol if they: are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or having unprotected sex. FASD lasts a lifetime. There is no cure for FASD. Only 10% of children with FASD are able to live independent lives as adults. Over the lifetime of a person with FASD our society will spend between $2 and $3 million tax dollars to support him or her.

In the U.S. 1 in 500 babies is born each year with identified FASD. The actual number is estimated to be closer to 1 in 300 babies since many children are never diagnosed. Alcohol consumed during pregnancy passes through the placenta to the baby. The baby does not have a fully developed liver to process alcohol so the effects are twice as severe for the baby. The alcohol can cause brain damage, intellectual disabilities, abnormalities to: the central nervous system, face, liver, kidney, heart, joints, limbs as well as: skeletal defects, asthma, vision problems, hearing problems, acting out behaviors and difficulties with socialization and adapting to society.

FASD is the one form of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) that is 100% preventable. Symptoms vary from one child to the next. For example: if the mother consumed alcohol between the 19th and 21st day of the pregnancy the child will have facial features which include, a thin upper lip, almond shaped and widely spaced eyes. If the mother did not consume alcohol during those three days, but drank other times while pregnant the child will not have these facial features, but could have other permanent, serious problems. The baby’s brain is developing throughout the 9 months so it is the one organ most likely to be damaged.

During this month, the Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is conducting some outreach to businesses who sell alcohol to help increase community awareness about FASD as part of a statewide Healthy Babies Signage Initiative. Please take a moment to look for these posters in your local restaurant or bar. If you know someone who is pregnant or breast feeding, support them in abstaining from alcohol. If you are pregnant and need help to stop drinking or using drugs, please call the Cumberland-Perry Drug & Alcohol Commission at 1-866-240-6300.

Carol J. O’Hara is the Family Education Specialist at the Arc of Cumberland/Perry Counties. Carol is also a member of the Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and served on the Healthy Babies Signage Initiative Workgroup. For more information please contact Carol at 249-2611 ext. 126 or

Sebastian Junger to screen new documentary 'Korengal' at USAHEC

Junger offers free public viewing, discussion of 'Korengal' – the story that follows 'Restrepo'

Sept. 9, 2014 -- Now rescheduled ... The special screening and discussion of the new film, Korengal, has been rescheduled for 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15 in order to synchronize schedules with Army War College students who can join the public for the free event with noted journalist and documentary director Sebastian Junger will  – at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

Six years ago, the men of Battle Company, 2ndBattalion, 503rd Regiment welcomed two journalists onto a forward base in the Korengal Valley: writer Sebastian Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington.  Junger’s documentary Restrepo won a 2010 Sundance award and was nominated for an Oscar. Based on his New York Times best-seller book, War, the film chronicled one year with one U.S. platoon in “the deadliest valley in Afghanistan”.

Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off, with the same men, the same valley, the same commanders – but a very different look at the experience of war. The new film seeks understanding: “How does fear work? Courage? What is it like to come home from war? Why do so many soldiers miss the war they were in,” he asked through film.

Hetherington was killed in Libya while covering the civil war there two years ago.  Junger determined to create the follow-up to Restrepo that he and Hetherington had planned as “a way for civilians to experience what combat feels like,” said Junger.  “I think that many of the questions that you have been asked by civilians over the years are answered in this film.”

Junger is the author of The Perfect Storm, Fire, A Death in Belmont, and War.

Parking is always free at the Army Heritage and Education Center at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle Pa; visitors can have lunch at the Café Cumberland and visit the Soldiers Experience Gallery.  For more about AHEC, visit its new web site at www.USAHEC.orgor phone 717.245.3972.

Marine Corps League holding flag retirement ceremony Oct. 11

In what has become a local tradition, the Lewis B. Puller Jr. Marine Corps League Det. 524 of Carlisle Pa. will conduct its' annual Flag Retirement Ceremony. This year the event is scheduled to be conducted at the U.S. Army

Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) at 950 Soldiers Drive on Oct 11, 2014 at 9:30AM. Guest speaker will be the US Army War College Command Sergeant Major CSM Malcolm D. Parrish.

The community is invited to bring any flags that need to be retired to the event.

CBSC Outreach Grant application deadline approaching

The Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club (CBSC) provides Outreach Grants to fulfill our mission of supporting worthwhile service and community activities in the Greater Carlisle area.

This year’s CBSC Outreach Grant application deadlines have been scheduled for October 17, 2014 and March 17, 2015.  Grants will be awarded in December 2014 & May 2015, respectively.  To apply, complete the outreach grant application which can be found at www.cbspousesclub.orgunder the Community Outreach tab.

Some recent outreach grant recipients include:  Bethesda Mission, The Employment Skills Center, Army Distaff Foundation, Army War College Foundation, New Hope Ministries, LeTort Elementary School Library, Sadler Health Center, Project SHARE and The Samaritan Fellowship.

Funds to support Outreach Grants are generated through CBSC fundraising activities.  CBSC is proud of our legacy of community support and we thank you for your interest in our Outreach Program.

For additional information about the Outreach Program, please contact Amy Kirk, Outreach Chairperson, at outreach@cbspouseclub.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Job Fair slated for Sept. 5

The Employment Readiness Program at Carlisle Barracks will host the 26th Annual Fall Job Fair on Thursday, September 5, 2014, at the Army Heritage Education Center, 950 Soldiers Dr., Carlisle, PA 17013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The job fair is open to everyone in the community and has a variety of local, national and government agencies participating in this hiring event.

Carlisle Barracks to unveil new youth center named in honor of fallen Soldier


Carlisle Barracks, Pa.– Carlisle Barracks will officially unveil a brand new Youth Services building – a terrific Army investment in our youth and named in honor of a former member of our community – during a ceremony Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. here.

Retired Gen. Richard Cody, former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, will celebrate the introduction the center, named in honor of Army Sergeant Andrew McConnell, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

The ceremony for the $6 million 20,000 square foot building marks the culmination of a project that has been more than 10 years in the making.  Along the way, YS youth have helped plan the features that others would enjoy, like the demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, the full-size gym and patio. The gym will have a sport court that can be used, interchangeably, for roller-skating, roller hockey, and basketball.

 During the ceremony his former battalion commander, Col. Jeff French, his former roommate at Ft. Bragg and best friend Craig Maniscalco, his father, retired Col. Scott McConnell and his sister, Amelia, will share their memories of McConnell before helping to cut a ribbon marking the dedication of the center.

The Cumberland Valley JROTC will provide a color guard and the national anthem will be sung by Rachel Childress.

The Youth Center is adjacent to the Moore Child Development Center, creating a one-stop center for family access to the YS, CDC, and sports fields. The center will open for operation Sept. 29.

About Sgt. Andrew McConnell

As an Army Brat, Andrew moved eleven times and attended seven different schools. While his father was a student at The War College Andrew was employed by the Carlisle Barracks Sports Office where he left an indelible impression.

Answering a burning desire to serve his country, Andrew enlisted in the Infantry in October 2005, when he knew the country was deeply engaged in two wars.

He arrived at Fort Lewis, Wash., as a Specialist and was assigned to 2-1 Infantry, 5-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. In July 2009, Andrew deployed as an infantry squad leader in B Company, 2-1 Infantry to Afghanistan.

Six weeks into his deployment, while conducting an early morning, mounted patrol, his Stryker vehicle struck a roadside bomb. The blast killed Andrew and his Platoon Leader, 1st Lt. David Wright, and wounded several members of his squad. Andrew was interred at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

In order to provide parking for guests for the Sgt. Andrew McConnell Youth Center Sept. 12, the Anne Ely parking lot will be closed until noon.  

Strategic Broadening Program concludes at USAWC

15 participants in inaugural five-week course

The first Strategic Broadening Program introduced strategic-level Army War College education to 15 mid-grade officers, NCOs, and Army civilians at the Center for Strategic Leader Development, July 28 to Aug. 29.

“Having this seminar at the United States Army War College is especially important, allowing us to take advantage of all the opportunities that are in close proximity to Carlisle,” said Lt. Col. Mike Shekleton, who directs the five-week SBP seminar here, incorporating instruction on the fundamentals of strategy; policy and grand strategy; institutional and theater strategy; and applied case studies – with guest speakers, a capstone project, and strategic staff rides.   “The Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields, our nation's capital Washington D.C., and our nation's financial capital New York City provided tangible experiences to illustrate the ideas discussed in the classroom.”

“The intent of the program is to broaden the students so that when they return to the force, they will have sharpened their critical thinking skills and developed new perspectives for looking at and solving problems our Army and nation faces,” said Shekleton.

SBP participants met with retired Gen. David Petraeus for a Q&A session in New York City.

Engagements with Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, retired Gen. David Petraeus, retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright, among others, allowed the students to see the world through the eyes of strategic leaders.

“The course curriculum provided an understanding of the development and impact of strategy and policy and the many entities involved in the process,” said Maj. Deborah Engerran, Psy.D., the Army Psychology National Training Coordinator, stationed at the Army Medical Department and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. “I applied for the program because of my interest in learning more about global issues and the impact on U.S. policy,” she said, adding that it proved an opportunity to step outside of her comfort zone.

“In the Army, our professional military education is often stove-piped in that we train within our corps or specialties,” said Engerran. “SBP provided the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of Army professionals with different experiences and perspectives,” said Engerran. “I think this adds to the discussion and learning in a way that is less likely to happen within the traditional PME.

Different experiences and perspectives in the class itself complemented the program intent: to broaden students’ exposure, sharpen their critical thinking skills, and develop new perspectives for looking at and solving problems our Army and nation faces, said Shekleton.

“The lessons I learned here will be carried with me for the rest of my career,” said Capt. Keith Twichell, S4, 3rd Battalion, 382nd Regiment Logistics Support Battalion at Fort Riley, Kan. “I learned more about our place as military officers with respect to our political leadership and policy creation from the Washington, D.C. staff ride.”

Chief Warrant Officer James Arnold, a personnel officer at 1St Corps at Fort Lewis, said he appreciated the ability to take a step back and see the bigger picture. “Being able to see the big picture will help as we regionally align to understand what my organization has been tasked to do in the Pacific,” he said about the Rebalance to Asia-Pacific strategy.

 “The program has given me an incredible context in which to understand the current direction of our Army and the ability to communicate it effectively to my Soldiers,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Vern Daley, CSM of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team with the 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Regarding the Antietam Strategic Staff Ride, Daley said, “Walking and talking through the application of strategy in history and evaluating its results gave me a visceral and real understanding of strategy and its application.” Sgt. Maj. Mildred Lonergan, G1 Sergeant Major of the USANATO Brigade in Sembach, Germany noted the power of linking the terrain walk of the Antietam staff ride with the classroom discussions on strategy.

For many of the participants, this was their first exposure in their career to critical thinking and national strategy and policy making.

 “As senior NCOs we have to make ourselves relevant and be able to discuss a multitude of topics with our officer counter parts,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Darren Oliphant, CSM of the 31st Engineer Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. CSMs and SGMs do not have a lot of opportunity for continuing education after the Sergeants Major Academy, he said.

The Army War College is one of several educational institutions that offer the Strategic Broadening Seminars Program. The Chief of Staff of the Army-approved broadening opportunity is for majors, captains, mid-grade warrant officers, senior NCOs, and those Army Civilians in the Strategist career program.

The program is part of the 2013 Army Leader Development Strategy, a means to broaden perspectives of future senior Army leaders. The program has been designed to enhance understanding of the development and impact of national security policy and strategy. Participants will develop skills in critical and creative thinking while building professional relationships, developing a strategic perspective, understanding the Army and Joint Force’s role in national security, and understanding the application of all elements of national power in securing national interests.


Strategic Studies Institute’s 2015 Key Strategic Issues List

KSIL focuses research exploration of pressing Army, Command issues

 Sep. 3, 2014 – The Key Strategic Issues List for 2014-15 has been expanded with the inclusion of Part II, “command-sponsored research topics,” representing research interests of several Combatant Commands and and a wide-range of topics such as Cyber Operations, Transnational Criminal Organizations, AMC-G3/4 Strategic Integration, Enhancing the All-Volunteer Army and Soldier Performance, Future 2020-2040, Big Data Analytics for the Army Medical Department.  Several dozen categories of research priorities comprising the KSIL Part II have been recommended by the Combatant Commands and Major Army Commands.

The Key Strategic Issues List, or KSIL, focuses attention on research priorities for Army War College students and fellows, for researchers who will publish with the Army War College Press, and faculty at Army educational institutions. Part I of the KSIL publishes the Army Priorities for Strategic Analysis (APSA), to assist in decisions about how to organize, train, and equip our Army efficiently and effectively so as to be prepared for the uncertain global environment ahead of us. Research questions in Part I are associated with the five strategic priorities in the 2014 Army Strategic Planning Guidance (ASPG).These topics are compiled through interaction between members of the War College staff and key offices within the Army Staff. Part II topics are directly solicited from Combatant Commands and Major Army Commands.  Research questions are paired with contact information for USAWC research professors, Army staff officers, or POCs from submitting organizations who will help students/researchers frame their research question and determine where to go for more information. 

 “Research on the topics contained in this document will assist us in shaping the Army of the future,” wrote Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno in the forward to this year’s issues list.

 “I have a keen interest in each of the topics listed; however, I highlight at the front of the document a subset of these topics, the analyses of which are truly critical to our future success. I strongly encourage those conducting research through our Senior Service Colleges and Fellows experiences to consider those priority issues, as well as others listed in the APSA. The Army needs your study and analysis today more than ever,” wrote Odierno.

World War I: The Causes

Monday, September 8, 2014, 7 the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, Dickinson College.


Kamaal Haque, professor, Dickinson College
Craig Nation, professor, U.S. Army War College
Michael Neiberg, professor, U.S. Army War College
Karl Qualls, professor, Dickinson College

In recognition of the centennial anniversary of the beginning of World War I, this panel discussion will address the causes of this world-changing event from multiple and diverse perspectives in an effort to better understand the origins of international conflicts.

Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer
IMCOM Commander visits Carlisle Barracks

During his visit to Carlisle Barracks Lt. Gen. David Halverson, Commander, U.S., Army IMCOM and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, toured the temporary Child Development Center, the new Sgt. Andrew McConnell Youth Center, the Farmhouse and Root Hall before meeting with garrison directors and staff to discuss his vision for the future of IMCOM and the Army.  

Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, Commander, U.S., Army IMCOM and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, toured Carlisle Barracks and the Army War College during a visit Sept. 2.

Halverson, a 1998 U.S. Army War College graduate, shared his thoughts on the future of IMCOM, the fiscal challenges and hard choices facing the Army, toured the new Sgt. Andrew McConnell Youth Center and hosted a noontime discussion with garrison directors.

He called the McConnell Center an amazing facility and an example of the Army’s commitment to families.

“This will truly have an effect of the quality of life for children and their families here,” he said.

Halverson acknowledged that while there are many great facilities and programs here, it is the people that make Carlisle Barracks special.

"Be proud of what you and your staffs do on a daily basis," he said. "You are part of a great team. You can tell this is a hard working garrison and it shows."

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Message to the Force on Suicide Prevention Month


To the men and women of the Department of Defense:


Preventing military suicide is one of DoD's highest priorities, and something I'm personally committed to as secretary of defense. As we observe Suicide Prevention Month, we must rededicate ourselves to actively working not only every month, but every day to fulfill our collective responsibility to watch out for each other and take care of each other.


Human beings are fragile, and suicide is a complex and devastating event that affects us all. The painful loss of life and its heartbreaking aftermath spread beyond the individual and immediate family, taking a toll on fellow service members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and society itself. While preventing suicide takes all of us working together, it begins with a personal commitment.


When someone is going through challenges and comes to you for help, it doesn't make them weak. It means they're strong, because asking for help when you need it takes courage and strength. What we need to remember - what our entire country needs to remember - is that these brave individuals shouldn't be avoided or stigmatized. They need to be embraced. Whether you're a service member, a veteran, a DoD civilian, or a friend or family member of someone who is, you have the power to make a difference. It only takes one person to ask one question or make one call - and that single act can save a life.


If you need help, if you know someone who is, or even if you just need someone to talk to, contact the Military Crisis Line via phone, online chat, or text message. Just call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1; visit; or text 838255. It's free, easy, confidential, and trained professionals are always there for you - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


The battle to prevent suicide cannot be waged on a single front. It will only be won if we stand together and take every opportunity - in our homes, at our duty stations, and in conversations with friends and mentors - to support each other and be there for those in our communities who need our help. By fighting as one team, we will help prevent suicide.


Thank you, and your families, for all that you do for our country.


Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel