Banner Archive for September 2015
 

Valued Teammates,

          As you know, Congress has not yet approved a budget or continuing resolution for FY 16, although all indications are they are tracking toward doing so by the deadline of midnight, 30 September 2015. Subsequently, we must take prudent measures to prepare in the event funding does not get approved.

          Today, your leaders will receive guidance on actions to implement an orderly shutdown on 1 October, in the event it becomes necessary.

          IMCOM leaders at every level will carefully review all guidance and communicate with subordinates in full transparency.  For planning purposes, employees will report to work on 1 October to receive final instructions and, if required, conduct an orderly shutdown.  Supervisors will contact employees on leave or in temporary duty status and provide specific information based on their situation.

          I value every one of you and fully understand the stress and frustration the risk of shutdown places on you and your families.  Your

IMCOM leaders will provide information on local resources that may be available to provide support. We will keep everyone informed using all means available as we move forward with these prudent planning efforts.

VR/DDH


Robert D. Martin, USAWC PAO
AUSA-PKSOI workshop highlights stability operations as core U.S. military mission
 
Almost 10 years ago The U.S. Army’s Role in Stability Operations was published by AUSA. The 2006 analysis provided in?depth review about why stabilizing, securing, transitioning and reconstructing weak, failing and failed states are vital to U.S. security interests, how both U.S. military and civilian activities are critical to stability operations and what specific resources the Army and others require to engage for success in stability operations.

A decade later, stability operations are widely recognized as critical to military operations, but there’s work to be done across the force, according to those who create policy: Anne Witkowsky, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs; Maj. Gen. William Hix, Director, Strategy Plans and Policy G-3-5-7, Lt. Gen. Ken Tovo, commander of Special Operations Command; Maj. Gen. John Broadmeadow, commander Marine Corps Logistics Command; Maj. Gen. Dan Ammerman, commander of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne); retired  Lt. Gen. Terry Wolf, director of Near East South Asia, Beth Cole of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Dr. Janine Davidson, a senior fellow for defense policy, Kimberly Field, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.  

 

 

Panel members of the AUSA-PKSOI Stability Conference, from left to right; Beth Cole of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Dr. Janine Davidson, a senior fellow for defense policy, Kimberly Field, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations,  Maj. Gen. William Hix, Director, Strategy Plans and Policy G-3-5-7, Maj. Gen. John Broadmeadow, commander Marine Corps Logistics Command; Maj. Gen. Dan Ammerman, commander of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne),  Lt. Gen. Ken Tovo, Commander of Special Operations Command, The Navy League of the United States in Arlington, Va., Sept. 17.

 “The Army doesn’t get to choose what they do, so it’s worth paying attention to humanitarian assistance, stability operations and peacekeeping that have been on the docket for some time now,” said Sullivan. “We do a lot of work repairing critical infrastructure, supporting governance, rule of law, enabling economic development and providing humanitarian assistance. Our military forces demonstrated great flexibility in meeting these requirements.” 

“Stabilization is something the Army has done since its inception. Having said that, we do so very reluctantly, said Maj. Gen. William Hix, director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, Army G3/5/7.  “If you care about the outcome of the fight you just entered, you are going to wind up staying there a long time, because the outcome matters.

“We have to realize that stabilization occurs across the range of military operations and if done right it can contribute significantly to deterrence, said Hix.

Maj. Gen. William Hix, Director, Strategy plans and Policy G-3-5-7, speaks to the participates of the AUSA-PKSOI Stability Conference  on the military’s future in stability operations at The Navy League of the United States in Arlington, Va., Sept. 17

"Stability must occur and be on the same level as the kinetic tasks of offense and defense. You cannot consolidate the gains of combat without following through with stabilization,” said Hix. “Without stabilization you have not secured the victory.”

The workshop was designed as a 10-year situation update, focused on the 2006 study of The U.S. Army’s Role in Stability Operations (published by AUSA). It provided an analysis of why stabilizing, securing, transitioning and reconstructing weak, failing and failed states are vital to U.S. security interests, how both U.S. military and civilian activities are critical to stability operations and what specific resources the Army and others require to engage for success in stability operations. 

“It’s clear that the global, political and economic landscape has shifted since the AUSA report in 2006, but the underlying theme still rings true,” said Anne A. Witkowsky, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs.  “Stability operations play an essential role in shaping the strategic environment in winning the peace.” 

Dwight Raymond, PKSOI Peace Operations Specialist converses with Anne Witkowsky, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs before the start of the AUSA-PKSOI Stability Conference on the military’s future in stability operations at The Navy League of the United States in Arlington, Va., Sept. 17. 

 PKSOI is the Army’s lead agent for stability operations proponency across the Joint Force.  PKSOI members at the event shared their insights about the state of stability operations doctrine and training today. 

“Higher level strategic guidance and documents clearly state the U.S. must be ready to conduct stability operations and retain and refine the lessons and specialized capabilities that have been developed over the last ten years of stability-centric operations,” said Haseman, chief of PKSOI training, education and leader development efforts. “In this environment, education and training become even more crucial. 

“Joint and Army Doctrine has matured and reached a level of consensus,” said Haseman. “The task now is refinement and integration into training and education.   Stability operations training has seen improvements over the last decade, but challenges remain. We must protect against returning to the era of only training Combined Arms Maneuver tasks,” he added. “Stability tasks must be trained to and resourced on par with offensive and defensive tasks to ensure we turn our battlefield victories into strategic victories.” 

Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan (center), President and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army, and former Chief of Staff of the Army, has the attention of Col. Dan Pinnell, Director PKSOI with former PKSOI Director retired Col. John Agoglia looking on.

“The ability to conduct stability activities in the realm of building partner capacity enables partner countries to prevent instability.  It is a strategic decision to employ resources to be in the prevention mode instead of the reaction mode,” Haseman said. 

“The increased demand for units to perform discrete stability tasks, and stability activities as well as stability task-centric named operations over the last ten years is not an anomaly and will likely increase. This reality demands that the Armed Forces accept and act on an enduring requirement to be proficient in stability operations, and to be in a position to exert resources to prevent crises,” he said. 

“If you care about the outcome of a conflict, you should be willing to stay and commit to executing stability operations to consolidate combat gains and develop a sustainable stable outcome,” said Haseman. 

Demand for stability operations over the past 10 years is not an anomaly, said Bill Flavin, PKSOI deputy director. The interconnected global operating environment will maintain the need to engage in order to stabilize deteriorating security environments and to deter conflict. 

 "Stability Operations is not 'something else' the US military does, but an integral part of what the military is," said Flavin. 

The US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute promotes the collaborative development and integration of Peace and Stability capabilities across the U.S. government and the international community in order to enablethe success of future Peace and Stability activities and missions." Established in 1993 initially as the "Peacekeeping Institute" to develop a doctrinal base for peacekeeping operations, the PKSOI has grown in both size and outreach. Today, PKSOI is a regular partner at the UN in association with the UN DPKO and interacts across US government agencies, NGOs, and IOs with a peacekeeping/stability operations focus to address both the military and non-military aspects of peacekeeping.


MAJ Jason Bugajski, USAWC PAO

PKSOI prepares Army planners for security cooperation

PKSOI and HQDA-G3 co-hosted the Army Security Cooperation Planners’ Course September 21-25.  Nearly 60 staff officers in the rank of Major, Lieutenant Colonel, senior non-commissioned and equivalent civilian grades for the active Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Reserve, National Guard, multinational and other interagency personnel attended the course.  The course provided these students with the necessary planning approaches, resourcing processes, evaluation tools and reference information including best practices and lessons learned as they embark on new roles in security assistance commands. 

Maj. Gen, Mark McDonald, US Army Security Assistance Command, commander, provided graduation remarks.  “The level of engagement going on between countries is exciting, so as planners you really need to think about what capabilities your countries need not what they want.  You do this by staying engaged and thinking it through,” he said.

Maj. Gen. McDonald addresses the nearly 60 planners who completed the Army Security Cooperation Planners Course at Carlisle Barracks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The planners’ new roles will provide capabilities to our partners not just in the form of getting them equipment but also the life cycle management aspect as well,” said McDonald.  He also stressed that as these planners get involved in the diverse portfolio of security cooperation, building the partner capacity is most important, because doing so will help shape the operating environment.  “We’re about providing capabilities going to organizations that can be real game changers,” he said, “and we need to get the security assistance commands and combatant commands working closer together.”

The course format was lecture and small-group discussions culminating in a practical exercise that included partner country land forces assessment, geographic combatant command country planning, country support planning, indicators and measures of performance and effectiveness, and activities and resource planning, according to course descriptions.  All of these aspects are key pieces of the security assistance mission – building coalition capacity, partnerships, and strengthening alliances. 

Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald awards Major Malcolm Day, Canadian Army Exchange Officer with the US Army National Guard, his certificate of completion at the graduation ceremony for the PKSOI/G35 Planners Course held Sept 21-25, 2015.    


Assuring our European Allies that a significantly reduced U.S. force can still meet the increased security threats within the European theater and complete the mission was the challenge presented to the class of 2016 USAWC students by LTG Hodges, USAREUR Commanding General.

The priorities of USAREUR are to enable its Allies, deter external threats, protect civilians against the Islamic State, and protect refugees. To combat the reduced level of troops, U.S. Forces in Europe needs to adapt and improve the responsiveness to support its priorities. LTG Hodges discussed the USAREUR strategy for success in the European environment:

• The complex operating environment serves as a leadership laboratory for empowering junior leaders to succeed. Often these leaders serve as the senior US representative in a foreign country requiring them to apply initiative and mission command concepts to the unique challenges presented that cannot be replicated outside of Europe for their professional development. LTG Hodges praised these leaders for their ability to adapt and serve as the face for U.S. forces interacting with dignitaries and the local press on a daily basis.

• The integration of the National Guard and Reserve Components enables the land force capability by increasing its force size across the USAREUR footprint. The State Partnership Program and the leveraging of Overseas Deployment Training rotations bring 22 states partners with 22 different countries.

• Increase the interoperability with our Allies and partners.

• Possessing Regionally Allocated Forces contributes to the U.S. ability to respond to emerging requirements, improves operations, and reinforces the U.S. commitment to our Allies.

• Essential active engagements are paramount to creating a relevant presence in the region.

Students then viewed a live feed with current USAREUR Theater commanders who provided current assessments of what their troops are doing on the ground. COL Meyer, 2CR Commander spoke on the unique experience that a young troop commander had in planning a 2000km road march back through four countries over a period of two weeks and being able to see those partnerships benefit both areas through the region.

U.S. forces in Europe are adjusting ways to deal with resource constraints and perform effectively in the daunting security environment. Interoperability, commitment to NATO standards and communications will serve as the driving force to succeeding in Europe. Any junior or senior leader wanting to serve in the European theater should be prepared to plug into multinational units and be expected to take responsibility to help figure out the strategy going forward.


Turner returns to Carlisle Barracks as new EEO officer

Denise Turner is the new Carlisle Barracks Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.  

Carlisle Barracks has a new Equal Employment Opportunity Officer who is no stranger to the post or the community.

Denise Turner, who began her work at Carlisle Barracks in the 1990’s, has returned as the post’s EEO Officer after spending the last few years at Letterkenny as an EEO Specialist. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, you may have known her as Denise Bagby. Turner got married last year. She previously served in a variety of positions at Carlisle Barracks including the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, Personnel, EEO Office and the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

“It’s great to be back at Carlisle Barracks,” she said. “I’ve always loved working here and am glad to be back in my new role, providing assistance and advice to our GS and NAF employees.”

“If you believe you have been discriminated against based on race, color, age, sex, national origin, disability or religion, I am here for you,” she said. “I’m here to help you understand the process and function as a neutral entity in these types of incidents.”

One of the keys for people to remember is that there are some important requirements for filing an EEO complaint.

The first step is to contact the office within 45 calendar days (includes holidays/weekends) from the date of the alleged discriminatory action. In some cases employees are given the option to participate in either Traditional EEO Counseling or in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) the Army's preferred method of mediation   

More information on the process can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/fed_employees/complaint_overview.cfm

Turner encourages managers/supervisors and employees to feel free to call or email her with any questions on EEO topics.

“I’m a resource that is here for the entire civilian workforce,” she said. She can be reached at 717-245-3950.


Robert D. Martin, USAWC  PAO
The Battle of Gettysburg lessons in leadership

Basic Strategic Art Program students use the battlefield of Gettysburg as an outdoor classroom in order to gaining insight on leadership challenges and lessons in strategic and operational thinking from the Battle of Gettysburg, Sep. 16.

 “The discussion among the students, Dr. Matheny, and the other instructors did not necessarily change my strategic view of war, but certainly better informed it,” said BSAP student Maj. Geoff Heiple, refereeing to the BSAP instructor who selected points on the battle field to make points on strategy.  “The preparatory reading and selected stands during the staff ride enabled me to grasp that nexus of policy, strategy, and plans.”

Dr. Mike Matheny discusses with BSAP students the failure of  Pickett’s Charge on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

“The battle’s implications have echoed ever since for strategic planners and it was so important that we study the strategic aspects of the Gettysburg battle specifically, and allow that understanding to inform us in crafting strategic approaches generally,” he said

 

Basic Strategic Art Program is the basic qualification course for Functional Area 59, Army Strategists. The course's six modules explore strategic theory, strategic art, Joint and Army Systems, national security decision-making, contemporary strategic challenges and land power. In many cases the modules are presented as case studies that challenge the students to dissect and discuss the strategic aspects of the example.

Dr. Matheny and BSAP students stand under the statue of Maj. Gen. John Fulton Reynolds as Matheny describes the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg from McPherson Ridge.

“We believe that strategists must be able to think, communicate, and lead,” said Shekleton.

“Visiting battlefields is a very worthwhile endeavor.  It serves to remind me that any strategic plan or policy eventually must be executed at the operational and tactical level,” said David Spencer, strategy branch chief at U.S. Army Africom. “It is critically important to get the overarching strategy correct, because no amount of operational or tactical brilliance can correct a flawed strategy.  Once the strategy is established, you have to ensure your operations and tactics are in synch with the strategy.”

This rigorous graduate level 14-week course is run three times a year, graduating an average of 16 strategists per course. These officers will spend the rest of their careers serving as strategists on high level army, joint, and interagency staff. US army War College is the army lead for education strategy


Dunham Soldier recognized for BOSS leadership

 

Spc. Christopher Edwards from Dunham Health Clinic was awarded the Certificate of Achievement on behalf of the garrison leadership team for his outstanding contributions in planning and the execution of a recent BOSS event, the 2015 Warrior Dash. His oversight and planning considerations allowed the BOSS Program to effectively execute this event with no safety violations, according to Capt. Shavayey Cato, Carlisle Barracks HHC Commander.


Large dog park to open for business this week

The work is nearly complete and the finishing touches are being made on the large dog park on Carlisle Barracks, which will be open for business this week. Located at the intersection of Forbes Ave and Liggett Road, the large park is designed for dogs over 35 pounds.

The “soft opening” allows post residents and their furry friends to get a chance to explore the new space before the grand opening in mid-October. The official opening event will be a pet lovers dream with demonstrations from local dog trainers, local vets, giveaways and more. Keep an eye on Facebook and the Banner Online for more information.

Below are the safety rules for both pets and owners for the small and large dog parks. Remember to keep our post clean by picking up after your dogs, both in the parks and in the community.  


Kids Fire Academy set for Oct. 3

Mark your calendars now for Oct. 3 as the always exciting kids fire academy is scheduled for two session, 9 – 11 a.m. and again from 1 to 3 p.m. at the post Fire Station.

The educational and fun event for kids 6 to 13 that lets kids participate in activities including hose rolling, search and rescue, fire hose advancement, water stream direction, and fire extinguisher use simulation all while learning fire safety tips from the Carlisle Barracks pros.

To register stop by the fire station or call 245-4119.


Message from CG IMCOM on Innovation

As CSM Hartless and I travel around the command, we are constantly impressed by the creativity, ingenuity and innovation you display in providing garrison support services to our Soldiers and Families. We recognize that true innovation is not the sole product of leadership, but the result of creative thinking, lessons learned and the sharing of best practices.

The challenge for leaders is "how" to create an environment where this knowledge can be openly shared across the entire enterprise? The IMCOM innovation Lab or iLab is one approach to solving this question.

iLab is built on the .milSuite Department of Defense (DoD) collaboration platform. More convenient then email, the .milSuite platform allows you to share your thoughts, ideas, lessons learned and best practices with your IMCOM colleagues and the wider DoD community. iLab consists of three linked portals:

iLab InfoPortal - Where you'll find articles, videos and links to innovation, best practices and lessons learned related information and materials (both government and private sector).

iLab Open Innovation Portal - Where you're invited to start discussions, post ideas throw out questions or provide responses to what others have posted about their challenges or opportunities you identified at your work place that could be similar to those at other Army garrisons.

iLab Focused Innovation Portal - The CIG innovation team will post questions or issues based on my guidance and direction.  Focused innovation is strategic in nature, and it's here where I'll be looking for your ideas, best practices or lessons learned to guide the conversation in both the near and far terms in support of Army Force 2025.

I encourage you to log-in to the iLab (at the link below), join the "Group" and submit innovative ideas, best practices, lesson learned, challenges or problems. The CIG innovation cell monitors the iLab daily and will often be a part of the conversation(s).

To get to the iLab, click here: https://www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/i-dea-imcom-discussion-forum-for-employees-army-wide

If you have questions or for more information, contact IMCOM's Commander's Initiatives Group Innovation Cell at usarmy.jbsa.imcom-hq.mbx.commanders-initiatives-group-ic@mail.mil or (210) 466-0734.

                                //signed//

                                DAVID D. HALVERSON

                                Lieutenant General, USA

                                Commanding


Civilian employee retirement benefits briefings set for Sept. 22, 23

Always wanted to know about your retirement options under CRS or FERS but were afraid to ask? Or you didn't know how to ask? Carlisle Barracks will host two information sessions with an expert from the Army Benefits Center Sept. 22-23 at the LVCC.

Myesha Williams, a human resource expert with the Army Benefits Center at Ft. Riley, Kansas, will present helpful tools and tips for civilian employees planning for retirement and looking at retirement options.  Each session will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour for lunch (brown bag or on your own). Employees should only attend the eight-hour session that applies to them. The session will also be live-streamed from http://www.carlisle.army.mil/live/

The first day of the session, Tuesday Sept. 22, is focused on employees who will retire under the Civil Service Retirement System. Day two, Wed, Sept. 23,  is aimed at employees who fall under the Federal Employee Retirement System.

Each day of the session will provide an overview of the retirement system, how an employee applies for retirement, all applicable timelines and requirements and a question and answer period. A copy of the slides for CSRS can be found here and for FERS here .  

To confirm attendance please contact one of the following:

U.S. Army War College employees-  kathy.r.benton.civ@mail.mil

U.S. Army Garrison/AAFES/DeCA employees - bonnie.k.mumper.civ@mail.mil

Dunham Clinic employees: sarah.a.simons2.civ@mail.mil


Robert D. Martin, USAWC PAO
A day of solemn reflection to mark 9/11
 
To watch the video of todays event please follow: https://youtu.be/42u0LsRt0ps
 
Sep. 11, 2015 -- Army War College Command Sergeant Major Christopher Martinez read seven names: Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude, Col. Canfield D. Boone, Col. Richard C. Rescorla, Lt. Gen. Parami Kuatunge, Col. Brian D. Allgood, Col. John M. McHugh, Maj. Gen. Harold J. Green.
 
These are United States Army War College alumni who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001, or have been killed in hostile action in the global war on terrorism.

We can all remember where we were on September 11 2001. For me, I was with my battalion in Hohenfels, training,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Commandant of the Army War College, at the USAWC and Carlisle Barracks 9/11 observance today.  “We watched on a small TV in the tactical operations center as the events unfolded. Later that night my commander called us together and said, “Gents, we are going to be in this and it’s going to be a long war,” Rapp said. “How prophetic.”

(Left to right) Post civilian of the year Dana Hare, Carlisle Barracks Fire Chief Capt. Matthew Brady, Post Police Chief Capt. Trevor Kent. Emergency Medical Technician Joshua Paul and Army Master Sergeant Gregory Newton

Guest speaker retired Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Rhame picked up the story of those who have been responding in the past 14 years to the terrorism unleashed on Sept. 11.

“All of you here today -- students, faculty and staff of the community -- have met and supported our nation’s response to the terrorism threat,” said Rhame, who is Chairman of the Army War College Foundation Board.  “Each of you have made meaningful contribution to our nation. Each of you have demonstrated just what America’s democracy and freedom is all about.”

“No one has to tell us how complex the world is today, it will be even more so in the future,” said Rhame. “The education that is received here will provide our leaders for those complexities that lie ahead. They will be better prepared to meet challenges and convert them into opportunities for a more stable world,” he said.

Five Carlisle Barracks people continued the age-old firefighter tradition to honor fallen comrades with the sounding of a bell. 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. 

Post civilian of the year Dana Hare represented the civilians of 9/11.  Carlisle Barracks Fire Chief Capt. Matthew Brady represented fellow firefighters. Post Police Chief Capt. Trevor Kent represented fellow police officers. Representing fellow Emergency Medical Technicians was Joshua Paul and Army Master Sergeant Gregory Newton represented fellow Soldiers.

CSM Christopher M. Martinez (left) retired Lt. Gen. Rhame and Maj. Gen. Rapp render salutes along with representatives of 9/11 first responders, during Carlisle Barracks 9/11 observance today.

The gathering included the USAWC and post community, members of the Foundation Board and dozens of community members from the Carlisle area. Community members included Pa.  Representative Stephen Bloom, Carlisle Borough council members Linda Cecconello and Donald Grell, and Cumberland County Commissioner Jim Hertzler.

In 2001, Congress designated September 11 of each year as Patriot Day, and in 2009, Congress designated September 11 as National Day of Service and Remembrance.  


9/11 observance set for Friday at Army War College

The short ceremony will start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sep. 11 in front of Root Hall. The audience will include military officers and civilian leaders who have spent a good portion of their careers responding to the Sept. 11 attacks.  

Key elements of the ceremony:

  • Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Rhame will offer brief remarks.
  • The civilians, police, firefighters, emergency medical responders, and Soldiers who responded to the tragedies of Sep. 11, 2001, will be represented in tolling the bell for the fallen.
  • Taps will follow a reading of the Army War College alumni killed in the events of 9/11 and in conflict since then. 
  • Retired Lt. Gen. Rhame, Maj. Gen. Rapp and CSM Martinez will lay a memorial wreath. 

Rhame is the chairman of the Army War College Foundation Board. He served 34 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1997 from his last assignment as the Director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Commissary director brings experience, ideas to Carlisle store

 

Scott Conrey, the new Commisary director, talks about the great staff of the facility and his excitement to get to know the Carlisle Barracks community in his store Sept. 9.

From Germany to Pennsylvania, there isn’t much that the new Commissary director hasn’t seen and now he brings his more than 20 years of expertise to one of the best small stores in the DeCA inventory.

Scott Conrey assumed his duties as the Commissary director earlier this summer, and was just one of the many changes at the facility this year. In addition to getting a new director, the previous deputy director and grocery manager also retired in the last few months.

“My focus right now is learning more about this community and finding out how to best serve our customers,” he said. “The great thing about having a new staff is that we can bring in some new ideas and incorporate them into what’s already been successful.”   

Conrey is an Air Force Academy grad who has worked in the commissary business since 1987, all through its different names and organizational structures. He’s spent the majority of the last 10 years as a deputy director and director at stores in Europe.

One of his priorities is to make sure that the Commissary continues to provide healthy food options and maintains its “family” approach to serving customers and each other.

“What hit me immediately was how the staff here is just like a family,” he said. “We may differ on some issues but at the end of the day we all work together and look out for each other, just like we do for our own families.”

One of the biggest adjustments for Conrey is coming from large facilities in Europe that focused primarily on active duty servicemembers and their families.

“It will take some adjustment for me as this customer base is different than the one I’m accustomed to but at the end of the day our number one priority is the customer,” he said. “I look forward to finding out how we can better serve this great community.”

 


Army Heritage Center Foundation Announces 2015 Honorees

The Board of Directors of the Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce the honorees that the Foundation will recognize at its 8th Recognition Dinner and Silent Auction at the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on November 7, 2015.

Awardees

  • Living Legend Award: Colonel Walter J. Marm, Jr., USA Retired
  • Boots on the Ground Award: Mr. Cavan McIntyre-Brewer

Background

Retired Colonel Walter Marm is a native of the Pittsburgh area and served in the U.S. Army for 30 years. He will receive the Living Legend Award for his unwavering service to our Nation and its Army. He joined the Army in 1964 and deployed to Vietnam as a Platoon leader in the 7th Cavalry in September 1965. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Ia Drang in November of 1965. After recovering from wounds sustained during the battle, he requested to return to Vietnam and served a second tour in 1969. His story and that of his unit were portrayed in the book and movie We Were Soldiers.

Mr. Cavan McIntyre-Brewer will receive the Foundation’s Boots on the Ground Award.  This award recognizes individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families. Recently named the Military Child of the Year for the Army, Cavan personifies all children whose parents have been deployed over the past 14 years as part of coalition forces into Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the founder of Socks for Vets which collects and distributes items to veterans in need and wounded warriors and assists his younger sister with a similar program that collects and distributes compression pillows to pediatric heart patients.  He also trains animals to carry packing equipment for wounded veterans who hike.

The Dinner

This annual dinner will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, allowing the Foundation to better showcase the Center’s assets to its guests, to honor Veterans past and present, and those who support Soldiers, and to thank those who support the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in “Telling the Army Story . . . one Soldier at a time.®”

Dinner sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional details about the dinner and silent auction, or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.armyheritage.org.

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding 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 Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed its Voices of the Past capital campaign in 2010, with the construction of Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center, a key component of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus. Opened to the public on May 20, 2011, the Visitor and Education Center is the focal point for the campus, containing the first large exhibit gallery and hosting educational activities.

The Foundation is now seeking grants and donations for its Build on Success Campaign to construct Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program coordinates National History Day in Pennsylvania, complements the Center’s programs and exhibits, and is a state approved continuing education provider. The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

USAHEC is dedicated to educating and preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers. The Center's mission is to educate a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by acquiring, preserving, and making available historical records, materials, and artifacts. A unique Army and public asset, USAHEC is the Army’s only historical organization chartered to acquire and preserve the personal history of our Soldiers through their photos, letters, diaries, and artifacts. USAHEC staff then makes these resources available to the public through accessible archives, engaging education programs, and world-class interpretive displays. Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander
Team Carlisle: Suicide prevention is everyone’s business

 

As you may know, September is Suicide Awareness Month across the entire Army. While you may not think it’s a problem here at Carlisle Barracks, take a moment and remember that depression, PTSD and other associated challenges aren’t exclusive to race, age, rank, or whether your civilian or military – suicide affects and impact all of us.  

It’s not uncommon for service members and civilians to face emotional or psychological concerns such as feelings of anger, isolation, anxiety or guilt following a deployment or as a result of coping with the stress of military or civilian life. These reactions, among others, can be common responses to extraordinary events. For some, these feelings may be signs of more serious concerns, including depression or posttraumatic stress disorder.  Those coping with these concerns may feel like there is no escape from their symptoms, which may lead to thoughts of suicide.

One of the leading factors leading to suicide involves stress. In 2013, there were 41,149 deaths by suicidein theUnited States andsince Jan. 1, 2014, our nation has lost more than 1,800 Soldiers as a result of suicide – and stress is commonly cited as a major factor. Military or civilian, NCO or officer, active duty or retirees – this issue affects us all.

That’s why in coordination with Army Community Services we are hosting a class Sept. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in the ACS classroom at 632 Wright Ave., that will help raise awareness of and provide effective tools in dealing with stress. Open to the entire community this is a great opportunity to learn the warning signs of someone who is overwhelmed with stress, and how to ensure they get the help they need.

In addition, this is so important to my command team that each Soldier and Civilian is required to attend one 90-minute session this month, sponsored by our outstanding ASAP staff, to help identify the signs and get help for those who may be considering suicide. For more information on when these classes are being held visit http://www.carlisle.army.mil/banner/article.cfm?id=24029

Outside of these great opportunites, here are some behavioral changes that you should be aware of as possible warning signs.

  • Being unable to sleep or oversleeping
  • Withdrawing from friends, family or society
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky behavior
  • Experiencing excessive rage, anger or desire for revenge
  • Having feelings of anxiety, agitation or hopelessness
  • Reliving past experiences
  • Experiencing dramatic changes in mood
  • Feeling hopeless

We must remember this; many of these tragic deaths are preventable. Providing support and connecting people with a trained professional can save lives. 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 they need it takes courage and strength. Please 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, 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.

For more information and resources visit http://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Conditions-and-Treatments/Mental-Health/Suicide-Prevention/Resources

 

 

 

 

 


Reminder: Suicide Prevention Training set for Sept.

Carlisle Barracks will host Suicide Prevention Training for FY 16 as part of National Suicide Awareness Month for all Army military and civilian personnel, except students and faculty.  Army military and civilian personnel must attend one of the following training sessions:

Thursday, Sept. 10 Sept. at the Post Chapel

  • 8 – 9:30 a.m.
  • 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24 at the LVCC

  • 8 – 9:30 a.m.
  • 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 28 at the Army Heritage and Education Center

  • 1- 2:30 p.m. (This is also a make-up session)

Power outage for Marshal Ride housing set for Sept. 9

On Wed., Sept. 9 -- In order to make repairs to an overhead power line that was damaged by a fallen branch, DPW will be turning off the power at Quarters 259 starting at 9 a.m. and is not expected to be back on until 1 p.m. Marshal Ridge housing will lose power at approximately 9:15 a.m. and then again from 12:45 -1 p.m.


Carlisle Barracks Soldiers give back to community

During the past few weeks the Soldiers of Carlisle Barracks “paid it forward” by participating in two project aimed at keeping the Carlisle community clean and safe.

On Aug. 15, 10 Soldiers, including Lt. Col. Greg Ank, garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Maldonado, installation CSM, took part in an adopt-a-highway project along Route 11 in Carlisle. The group picked up trash and other debris along the road in an effort to make the area safe for travel and children.

On Aug. 28, alongside students from Dickinson College, several officers from Carlisle Barracks participated in a community cleanup project to reduce the amount of trash and dead trees along the LeTort Spring.

“Several residents of this neighborhood came out to express their gratitude of the project which has helped reduce the number of gangs and drug dealers that have plagued the area for many years,” said Capt. Shavayey Cato, HHD Commander.

 

 


Register now: AtHoc offers immediate emergency information

The current Carlisle Barracks Mass Warning and Notification system is AtHoc. The system connects Carlisle Barracks service members, their families and the civilian/military workforce with emergency, crisis and weather information in real time.

The system alerts users multiple ways through Desktop Alerts, landline phones, mobile phones, email and text message.  AtHoc provides USAG civilian and military members with instant and accurate information from the installation leadership emergency management personnel.

Signing up for the Carlisle Barracks AtHoc Notification System is quick and easy. Those registering their different devices with AtHoc will also receive phone, text, and email alerts to personal home and mobile devices to speed emergency information to system users.

The system relies on the information provided during the online registration process.  Keeping AtHoc updated with accurate and current contact information is critical for the success of the program, and is a responsibility of the individual registrant.

To register, follow the instructions below. Please note you must be on a CBKS government computer and possess a valid Common Access Card (CAC) to register.

Below are instructions for registration. You must first log in to a government computer.

(1)        Click on the up arrow located in the system tray at the bottom right hand side of your screen to "show Hidden icons"

(2)        Right click on the purple globe

(3)        Select "Access Self Service" and update your information on the corresponding pages

(4)        Click on the "Devices" tab and update your email addresses and phone numbers.

(5)        Press "Save"

If you do not have a Common Access Card, work or reside on CBKS, or “purple Globe Issues”, please contact your organization “AtHoc” POC and they can assist you in registering for AtHoc.

  - USAWC Personnel contact your AtHOC POC or the USAWC G3 at (717) 245-4136/4553

  -  USAG Personnel contact DPTMS at (717) 245-4717/4131/3137/4726 or email to    

     usarmy.carlisle.imcom-atlantic.mbx.imne-clb-plo@mail.mil

 


By David Vergun
Army works to open Vietnam War exhibit

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. (Army News Service, Sept. 1, 2015) -- The top of an ordinary-looking plywood box was adorned with lovely bamboo that resembled a cushy seat cover.

But looks can be deceiving. Anyone sitting or standing on the box would be in for quite a nasty surprise. It concealed a Viet Cong-style punji pit.

A man standing next to the box flipped a switch that triggered the top of the box to open. Inside were sharp spikes protruding upward.
Chad Reynolds, a combat veteran who served in the Army from 2004 to 2011, designed the box and the contraption after studying enemy punji pits that were dug during the Vietnam War. He spoke to veterans who had observed them.

He said that during the war, Soldiers sometimes stepped on these well-camouflaged trapdoors, which caused them to fall into a punji pit and be impaled on bamboo spikes, which were often coated with poison.

The punji pit and many other items from the Vietnam War are part of the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center's new Vietnam War exhibit: "Courage, Commitment and Fear: The American Soldier in the Vietnam War," set to open Nov. 10.

Forty artifacts, some 80 images and several interactive exhibits will give visitors a realistic and immersive experience of the war, said Kris Hickok, museum technician at the Heritage Center. There will also be a film, "Our Journey Through War," of Vietnam War veterans telling their own personal stories.

The opening date is the day before Veterans Day and the exhibit is also timed to open just before the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang. Fought Nov. 14-18, 1965, it was the Army's first major battle of the Vietnam War, he said.

For researchers or historians who want even more in-depth material, the Heritage and Education Center contains some 74,000 artifacts, including artifacts from Vietnam, located in 12,000 square feet of warehouse space. Additionally, there are hundreds of oral and written histories of Vietnam veterans collected over the years in the archive, Hickok said.

Hickok has led the Vietnam exhibit work that has been in progress now for two years.

Jack Giblin, chief of the center's visitor and education services, said that visitors can also see exhibits and research veterans stories from other time periods throughout Army history, not just Vietnam.

Most of the artifacts in each exhibit are tied to Soldiers' stories and experiences, he said.

VIETNAM EXHIBIT PREVIEW

The center's staff provided a construction tour of the Vietnam exhibit at their fabrication shop, where workers were creating special effects.

Reynolds, the museum's technician, was working on a "spider hole," popup device. He explained that if a visitor pushes a button, a Viet Cong mannequin pops out of a hole. Reynolds said he designed the hydraulic scissor lift that moves the figure up and then back into the hole.

The exhibit could have been activated by a motion sensor, but the idea was rejected because it might trigger a reaction from a veteran with post-traumatic stress, he said, adding that the entire exhibit was reviewed for sensitivities in conjunction with Vietnam veterans.

Another interactive item that will be displayed is a U.S. bunker bomb with liquid inside, which visitors can pick up and hold. Reynolds added that if it gets dropped, it won't explode.

Nearby were other items, including jungle shrubbery, a bamboo Viet Cong prisoner transport cage and items that will go with a tunnel-rat display.

Some of the items that will be included in the exhibit are located in the center's conservation facility. Unlike the exhibit items in the fabrication shop, the items here are artifacts, Giblin said.

These were items donated by Soldiers. The conservators clean and prepare the items for display and, when necessary, restore the items to museum quality, Giblin said.

Hickok showed some of the items in the conservation lab that will be in the Vietnam exhibit.

A souvenir jacket owned by Spc. Joe Monroe, who served in I Corps in Da Nang from 1968 to 1969, is one such item. Hickok said Monroe, an Army truck driver, made it safely back to the United States and donated the jacket to the center.

There was a helmet cover with graffiti, including a peace sign. The peace sign seemed to be a popular symbol during the second half of the conflict, Hickok said.

Lt. Col. Hal Moore wrote a letter to his wife four hours before he went into battle at Ia Drang, Hickok said, showing the letter and the air mail envelop it came in. Moore commanded 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment during the battle.

There were also enemy artifacts including a Viet Cong's hand-drawn map of Newport Bridge near Saigon. Hickok said the map was used by the enemy during the 1968 Tet Offensive. The attack on the bridge was unsuccessful and a U.S. Soldier found it on a captured enemy combatant.

Another artifact was an inert Molotov cocktail. Hickok said the enemy would use any weapon they could get their hands on or make. Since the Molotov cocktail is an artifact, it will be in a case display.

An interesting item was a bicycle wheel from a bicycle a North Vietnamese soldier used to transport supplies on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. It's more robust than a modern bicycle, he said, since the tire is made of solid rubber and can't go flat.

ALL SOLDIERS CAN TELL THEIR STORIES

Giblin said all Army Vietnam veterans - as well as Army veterans from other wars or even noncombat vets - are encouraged to tell their own stories and have them become a permanent record at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, where they will be invaluable to researchers, historians, genealogists and others.

The center began collecting surveys from veterans during the Spanish-American War in 1898 and has been doing so ever since. The problem, Giblin said, is that the surveys were so many pages long, 15 to 20 pages, that many veterans were discouraged from filling them out.

Because "collecting Soldier history is important to us, we decided to shorten the survey to eight pages," he said. That was about a year ago. It's now available as a pdf download on the center's website.

"Every Soldier is important to the USAHEC [U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center]. Even a clerk who never left the states has important information," Giblin said. "Someday, a researcher may want to look back to see how the duties and responsibilities of a clerk has changed over time."

Besides researchers, Hollywood filmmakers are also interested in the center's archives, he said. Filmmakers who have visited the Heritage Center included those working on "We Were Soldiers," "Saving Private Ryan," "Band of Brothers," and Ken Burns' "The Civil War" TV series.

The center plans to follow up on many of the surveys by contacting the veterans and getting oral histories from them. Volunteers in the Veteran Ambassador Program will do this follow-up work, said Giblin, adding that more veteran ambassadors are needed should anyone be interested. Volunteers can be veterans located anywhere in the world.

The Veteran Ambassador Program started just a year ago, he said.

http://www.army.mil/article/154709/Army_works_to_open_Vietnam_War_exhibit/


National Security Seminar nominations open for June 6 - 9 at Army War College

The academic program for the resident Army War College class of 2016 will close with a four-day forum among USAWC students, faculty, and a cross section of America, invited to participate in the National Security Seminar (NSS).

Nominations close Jan. 15, 2016 for NSS

Each year, the Army War College invites approximately 160 Americans who have no prior association with the U.S. military. They contribute perspectives that reflect a rich variety of career experiences and geographical backgrounds. Their participation in vigorous informed discussion enriches the academic experience for the U.S. military officers, federal civilian leaders, and international officers of the Army War College student body. NSS participants are encouraged to probe and examine the students’ ideas so as to give the benefit of their personal experiences and perspectives.

NSS participants benefit, in turn, from access to and dialogue with students, faculty, and other NSS participants: a cross-section of America. Topics are introduced daily to speakers of national prominence who are selected from the national security policy environment, the military, and academia to address national security issues of interest to military and civilians alike.

The non-attribution policy of the Army War College applies throughout all activities of the National Security Seminar, so as to encourage and protect candid, valuable discussions.

Nominations:

National Security Seminar participants are nominated by Army War College students, alumni, staff and faculty; prior National Security Seminar attendees; and Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army.

The college does not accept self-nominations. Nominations close 15 January 2016 for the 2016 NSS.

Use this NSS link to learn more and find the nomination form.


Post JAG office hours of operations, closures

The Carlisle Barracks Legal Assistance Office is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and closed from noon to 1 p.m. for half hour lunch and half hour prep. For assistance please call for an appointment 245-4940. 

The office will be closed on Friday, Sept. 4 for the training holiday.

Please note that no legal assistance appointments are currently available for Sept. 2-4 and 8-11. The office will still offer walk-in appointments for power of attorneys.


Team Carlisle sponsoring Suicide Prevention class Sept. 21

As you know, September marks the month of Suicide Prevention for the United States Military.  Since Jan. 1, 2014, our nation has lost more than 1,800 Soldiers as a result of Suicide and one of the leading factors to suicide involves stress. The USAG Carlisle Barracks HHC partnered with ACS to sponsor a Stress Management Class on Sept. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in order to raise awareness and provide practical and effective tools to avoid, reduce and manage stress. 


David Vergun
Army War College running parallel study on future of Army

CARLISLE, Pa. (Army News Service, Aug. 27, 2015) -- Army War College, or USAWC, students began research, Aug. 27, on the future size and force mix of all Army components - one of five research projects that faculty-student teams will produce with Army research funding.

On Feb. 1, the students will publish recommendations on the force structure, based on current and anticipated mission requirements, acceptable levels of national risk, in a manner consistent with available resources, and anticipated future resources.

It's no coincidence that the National Commission on the Future of the Army will also release its report and recommendations to Congress, Feb. 1, said Dr. Lance Betros, a former chair of the history department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, who has been assigned as the USAWC's first provost.

Army War College faculty member Dr. Andrew Hill  looks over research material before beginnning the integrated research project with USAWC students.


"What more fundamental question is there for the Army than what kind of an Army should we be," asked Dr. Andrew Hill, the USAWC professor, who will lead the 17-member group. Having students do parallel research will be of great value in informing Army leaders.

"This is not a rebuttal or a criticism of the commission's findings," Hill said. "In fact, we won't even have access to their report before it's released.

"This will also be a completely independent study," he continued. "The students will not be led or nudged to form a particular opinion or view." The study will provide Army leaders with an "alternative point of view."

"Academic freedom here is alive and well," Betros said. "We want students to question, refute and challenge every assumption." Sometimes outsiders don't understand that. They think because it's the USAWC, it's the Army. "We publish some things that are scathingly critical of the Army."

For instance, this year, two members of the USAWC faculty authored a paper, "Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession," he said. It's an indictment on Army culture that's caused a lot of inward-looking analysis within the Army.

Hill said that while the commission's examination of the transfer of Army National Guard AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the Army National Guard to the Regular Army has been the media focal point, the USAWC students will focus more on the big picture of modernization, manning and readiness, which could include the helicopter transfers as well, he said.

Coincidentally, Hill had some involvement in advising the National Commission on the Future of the Army on how to structure their approach, a sort of campaign plan. At the time, he said, he thought this would also be a great project for students at the USAWC to look at. When the funding for it came in - that was the icing.

ABOUT THE RESEARCH

Selection for those in the study was very competitive, Betros said. Those picked were well-suited based on their professional backgrounds and research experiences.

Students at the Army War College are mostly Army colonels and lieutenant colonels or the equivalent in the other U.S. military services and federal agencies. The student body also includes 79 international fellows: military officers from 73 partner nations.

Hill said the 17 students selected are a "really capable group." Four are international students, one Air Force, one Coast Guard, one State Department and one U.S. Agency for International Development. Army National Guard has representation as well as the active Army.

Some of the international students have made recommendations to their defense ministries regarding restructuring their militaries, so they've actually been through this before at their own national levels, Hill said. The U.S. military is unique, of course, but their perspectives will be valuable. They understand fiscal constraints, often more than we do.

The Coast Guard officer will bring a good perspective too, since the Coast Guard has been spread thin with many diverse missions at home and abroad. They've had lots of discussions about where to put their resources and they've been very creative about it, he said.

The study cannot focus solely on the Army, Hill said, since the services have become a lot more integrated in the sense of bringing each of their unique capabilities to the combatant commanders. So the Army will need to be examined through the broader lens of the joint force.

The Army isn't the only service with ground forces just as the Air Force isn't the only service with aviation, he said.

"Students will be mentored by faculty members as they progress," Betros said. "All the while, they will be engaging relevant senior Army leaders in their areas."

Carlisle is well-suited for research, Betros said, pointing out that the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center here holds a massive repository of current and historical archives from Army leaders and other sources. "It's like the National Archives at the Army level. It's the go-to place if you're doing any type of research on the Army."

Hill said students plan to develop force constructs that will be "torture tested" through wargaming various scenarios. The wargame will essentially find the boundaries for the effectiveness of a certain force size and mix and will yield risk levels.

Betros said that the wargaming facilities are in the state-of-the-art Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, which, like the Heritage Center, is also in Carlisle.

In preparing these constructs for testing, the students will grapple with what kind of a force the Army will need in terms of future capabilities and what kinds of war will it need to prepare for, Hill said.

These are difficult topics to wrestle with as predictions in the past have not panned out to what planners anticipated, he said. Cold War-era warfare planning against a mass of Soviet tanks yielded to the counterinsurgency strategy throughout the last 12 years, for example.

Should the Army shelve its counterinsurgency strategy or prepare for a variety of contingencies? If variety, how would it balance size, modernization and readiness? What's the right mix for the Reserve components in terms of manpower and materiel and should it be an operational part of the Army as it has been for the last 12 years? If so, where would the funding to do that come from?

These are also questions the commission is dealing with, Hill said. Because of the wide scope of the study and the time limit, "I don't think we're going to spend a lot of time making specific recommendations regarding the Apache transfer from the Guard to the active, but the other questions, the more conceptual core questions," will be tackled.

"My hope is students challenge assumptions and sensitive issues," Hill said. For example, affordability is not just about size of the force, it's also about compensation reform. "No one wants to touch that in the military, but it gets to the affordability of the force." The students may or may not include this in their scope, he added. It's their call.

The biggest and most obvious challenge for the students is narrowing the broad nature of the study to manageable levels. Hill said he plans to offer them suggestions on ways to do that. "There are a bunch of things the students will just have to set aside or defer to other sources of good research that's already out there. Their focus will be on the more difficult and significant issues, looking at the higher-level concepts like the force structure analysis."

Besides the recommendations contained in the final report that gets published by the USAWC, Hill said he hopes the study raises the right questions for future analysis. "When people read the study, we hope they'll ask themselves questions and form their own analyses. A really good question is worth more than a mediocre explanation."

The nice thing about this study is that it's complementary to the student's academic work and the core USAWC curriculum, Hill said. They'll get a good education and make a significant contribution to the Army at the same time.

Once the work is published, Hill and Betros expect it to be briefed to leaders at the highest level, including Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, who has expressed support for this and other research at the college.

"We're at one of those inflection points where we can shape strategic thinking," Hill said. "Our students have the opportunity to shape that discussion. That's a great contribution.

GENESIS OF THE PROJECT

Last year, 16 students participated in the new Carlisle Scholars Program, or CSP, led by Hill.

Betros said the students were carefully selected, based on their experience and research background and they did "some fantastic work" in publishing a study, "Project 1704: A U.S. Army War College Analysis of Russian Strategy in Eastern Europe."

The USAWC students briefed the chief on that study for 90 minutes in a face-to-face meeting because of the chief's understandable interest in that topic, Betros said.

"This was really a first-rate product," Betros said. It was published by the U.S. Army War College Press and is available on the USAWC's website now.

It became a sort of pilot project for this year's, Hill said.

INTEGRATED RESEARCH PROJECTS

This year, the college is using the CSP as a model for multiple research projects, Betros said. The future of the Army study is one of the five projects, known as Integrated Research Projects, or IRP.

And, for the first time, the school is getting Army money to do it, Betros said. "So instead of the Army spending millions to hire external think tanks, we're doing IRPs that allow us to funnel some of that money back into the Army."

Students do research projects every year, he said. But they've been more or less individually driven, he said, meaning the students choose subjects they're interested in.

"We decided to make the Army War College as relevant as possible to the larger Army, so we found research topics that were of most interest to the chief of staff of the Army." Former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno approved the five current research projects, which in fact, aligned with his priorities, Betros said.

Besides being of interest to the Army and the chief, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Army Capabilities Integration Center will also be closely monitoring the projects and looking at the findings, he said.

Betros said five research proposals have been submitted to the Army Study Program Office, G-8. That's the office that actually approves research funding. This year, the office will allot several million dollars during fiscal year 2016, and USAWC will receive a portion of that. It's a first for us, he said, calling it a significant development.

The five projects are:

- "Study of the Future of the Army." Funding is $61,500, which will cover such things as travel time to visit senior leaders and subject-matter experts.

- "U.S. Army General Officer Leadership Assessment" will examine ways to produce and nurture more effective leaders and manage that talent. Army culture and leader development systems are included. Funding is $50,165.

- "Hybrid and Gray Zone Approaches to Conflict and Their Defense and Ground Force Implications" focuses on conflicts such as those in eastern Ukraine and Iraq and Syria. In those and other areas are a mix of hostile actors, who use a variety of methods and various capabilities, including military, criminal activity, agitation, subversion and so on, to further their goals. China, Russia and Iran also employ complex methods of intimidation to advance regional objectives. The goal would be to formulate a strategic response. Funding is $60,672.

- "U.S. - China Competition in Indo-Asia-Pacific: Land Force Implications" will look for ways to advance U.S. national interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. This study will examine the interests of regional powers (to include the United States), current U.S. strategies and their effectiveness, and possible U.S. policy options. Funding is $55,754.

- "Responding to Crises in Europe: Is the Army prepared to execute the full range of military operations in Europe?" will cover not only the extreme behavior of Russia in its former eastern Soviet Socialist Republics. It also will cover the security risks of the massive wave of migrants coming north into southern Europe, and security concerns given that Islamic extremists may be hiding among them. The economic and political crises in certain parts of Europe could also result in regional security concerns. The Army's role in building partner capacity will be explored, as well as the logistical challenges of moving troops and their equipment from the United States to the region if required. Exploring ways of tempering Russian aggression would be at the top of the list. Funding is $56,732.

The USAWC plans to continue grant-funded research like this in coming years, Betros said.


Carlisle hosting medicine take-back Sept. 12

On Saturday, September 12, 2015, the Drug Enforcement Agency will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets.  A National Take-Back day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. This one-day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. There will be one local collection site on Saturday, 12 Sep. from 1000 – 2:00 PM.

Take Back Day: Saturday, Sept 12, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks at 1538 Commerce Ave, Carlisle, PA 17015.

Carlisle Barracks will not be hosting a site, however to support this program Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program wants to remind the community that Cumberland County now provides permanent MedReturn Boxes to Area Residents as a Safe Way to Dispose of Unused Medications.

The Centers for Disease Control has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. Prescription drug abuse is defined as using a medication that has not been prescribed to you or using a medication in any way other than as instructed by your medical provider.  According the National Institute of Drug Abuse, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are the fourth most commonly abused substances by both teens and adults.  Only alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are abused by more people.  The epidemic of prescription drug abuse has serious consequences. Individuals who abuse prescription drugs risk developing addictions, other health related problems and most seriously death from accidental overdose. In fact, the number of deaths from unintentional overdoses from opioid pain relievers has quadrupled in the last 15 years.

There is something that each of us can do to contribute to ending this crisis. Many individuals who abuse prescription drugs get the drugs from a relative or friend. In fact, this is how most teens who abuse prescription drugs, get them.  We can all pledge to properly dispose of unused medications instead of keeping unused and unnecessary medications in our homes.

Unused medications should not be flushed. Flushed medications enter our water system where they have a negative impact on the environment and eventually the health of everyone in the community. Instead you can deposit unused medications in one of the 18 MedReturn Boxes throughout the county.  This is a free and anonymous service and you can remove any medication labels with identifying information or simply place your pills in a plastic bag before placing your medications in the boxes.  You can use the boxes to dispose of any prescription or over-the-counter pills, tablets, capsules, liquid medications, inhalers, creams, ointments or nasal sprays.  Pet medications can also be placed in the boxes.  Intravenous solutions, injectable medications, hypodermic needles and illegal drugs like marijuana cannot be placed in the boxes. If you unable to bring your unused medications to one of the MedReturn Boxes you can mix your medication in coffee grinds or cat litter and place the mixture in your garbage bag for pick up by the sanitation department. 

The newly formed Cumberland County Opiate Overdose Prevention Initiative (COOP) is working on a public awareness campaign to increase awareness of the dangers of flushing medications and the location of local medication drop boxes.   You may also call the Cumberland-Perry Drug & Alcohol Coalition at 1-866.240.6300.  For more information on prescription drug abuse and information on how to get help for yourself or a loved one visit www.ddap.pa.gov

Let’s all do our part to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our community and our environment by properly disposing of unused medications.

Contact Army Substance Abuse for additional information 245 – 4576.

 

 

 

 


September is Suicide Awareness Month

You see, people who contemplate suicide do not want to die – they just want the pain to stop. The one unifying principle in suicide is hopelessness. Someone once described depression as being in a deep dark hole in the ground with no ladder or rope. This feeling is the sense of hopelessness. The only apparent way out of the hole for them is to end their life.

People who are hopeless will often say things like:

  • Things will never get better.
  • I will never be happy again.
  • I will never get over what happened.
  • There is no point in trying anymore.
  • I just want to give up.
  • Things are hopeless.
  • What do I have to look forward to?
  • There is nothing that I can do to make things better.

It would be too simplistic to just say that people who end their lives are hopeless; suicide is always multi-determined. However, when people have a broken leg they use crutches until the leg heals. When people have a break in their spirit that leads to hopelessness it is “ok” to use a crutch and lean on someone else’s hope until the despair heals.

Depression and hopelessness can be treated.

We must remember this; many of these tragic deaths are preventable. Providing support and connecting people with a trained professional can save lives.

As simple as it sounds lifestyle changes can also have a big impact on depression.

1) Incorporating a healthy diet with Omega3’s has been shown to have a positive impact on depression.

2) Letting the light in by opening curtains or spending time in the sun.

3) Spending time in cardio exercise has a positive impact on both the body and the mind.

4) Developing healthy sleep habits; learning about what is called “sleep hygiene.”

Additional treatment is to be open to working with a therapist who may suggest a consultation with a psychiatrist for medication.

Research shows that therapy alone can have a positive impact on depression. Medication alone can also impact depression. However, the combination of the two has shown to have the most positive impact.

When people question the idea of treatment, a way of thinking about it is to consider what it is like to drive a car with no shock absorbers. Every bump in the road is felt. After several minutes, the car feels like it is “bottoming out.”

With therapy and/or medication it is like changing the shock absorbers in the car. The bumps in the road are still there but the car does not “bottom out. “Treatment can help lessen the impact of the bumps in the road and making life more bearable for the person.

Treatment can change the hopelessness of “Things will never get better” to the possibility of having a rope to help climb out of the hole and we should all strive to recognize and provide resources to as many cases of depression as possible to avoid these tragic circumstances.

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

Mandatory Suicide Prevention/ACE Training

Carlisle Barracks will host Suicide Prevention Training for FY 16 as part of National Suicide Awareness Month for all Army military and civilian personnel, except students and faculty.  Army military and civilian personnel must attend one of the following training sessions:

Thursday, Sept. 10 Sept. at the Post Chapel

  • 8 – 9:30 a.m.
  • 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24 at the LVCC

  • 8 – 9:30 a.m.
  • 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 28 at the Army Heritage and Education Center

  • 1- 2:30 p.m. (This is also a make-up session)