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What’s the story with Upton Hall?

‘What’s the story with…?’ is a phrase commonly heard at Carlisle Barracks. With more than 50 buildings in the National Historic Register, the post has a history unlike many others.   

This is the latest in a series that will take a look at historic buildings, photos and more that tell the story of Carlisle Barracks. Throughout it’s nearly 260 years of history, the post has been the home to many pioneering schools, events and leaders that have helped shape our Nation. Want to learn more? Check out the Carlisle Barracks history page at or visit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at

Upton Hall, then called Hoff Hall as seen during the early 1940's.

This week’s entry focuses on Upton Hall.

The site of Upton Hall has seen numerous changes throughout the history of Carlisle Barracks. Originally, this was the site of the “Public Works of Carlisle,” which was established in 1776 by George Washington with funds appropriated from Congress. The “Public Works of Carlisle” became the main supplier of goods, weapons, and ammunition to the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The forge of the “Public Works of Carlisle” manufactured many weapons and goods, including nails, swords, and muskets on site.

Before and during the Civil War, this site housed Barracks Two, which served many purposes. Prior to it’s burning in 1863, Barracks Two served as soldiers’ housing. Rebuilt in 1867 and utilized by garrison Soldiers and the band in 1870. During the era of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, it became a large boys’ dormitory until the school closed. The building then served as a hospital ward when General Hospital No. 31 operated on post. Finally, during the early years of the medical school's operation on post, it served as enlisted men’s quarters. It was then turned over for academic use and renamed Hoff Hall, in honor of Major John R. Hoff.

On April 29, 1939, Hoff Hall was determined unsafe and needed to be rebuilt. August 1, 1940 marked the start of this project and within three weeks, Hoff Hall was torn down. The new building became an academic facility and better served the Medical Field Service School, which later relocated to Fort Sam Houston in Texas in 1946. Between 1946 and 1951, six schools used Hoff Hall: Army Information, Military Police, Adjutant General, Chaplain Corps, Army Security Agency, and a school for the Government of Occupied Areas. These schools later moved to other Army posts.


Upton Hall as seen today.

Renamed Root Hall after Army War College founder Elihu Root in 1951, the Army War College used the building for classrooms until the College moved to the new Root Hall in 1967. After construction of Root Hall, the building was renamed Upton Hall, after General Emory Upton. The U.S. Army Military History Institute (USAMHI) was located in Upton Hall from 1967 to 2004 when, as part of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), it moved to Ridgway Hall. Upton Hall now serves as the headquarters for the U.S. Army Garrison, Carlisle Barracks, and the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI).

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USAWC offers both education and culture in celebrating Hispanic-American Month

Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016 – A celebration of Hispanic-American cultural took place today in the Letort View Community Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. today for all members, family members, and neighbors of the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks community. The event educated and entertained with food samplings and a cultural displays.

Col. Lyles answers a question posed to him from Maj. Gen. Rapp during the question and answer portion of Hispanic-American celebration, Letort View Community Center, Sep 29.

Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp opened the event followed by guest speakers Army Col. Ian Lyles, USAWC faculty, and Army Lt. Col. Luis Fuchu, USAWC student, with a question-and-answer session moderated by Army Lt. Col. Chuck Matallana. International fellows from Chile, Colombia, El Salvador and Peru offered items included in the cultural display for event attendees to enjoy while sampling a variety of Latin America-inspired food choices.

“This is an important opportunity to pause and reflect on our shared history as Americans, of the many cultures that have created this mosaic of a people that we are today” said Maj. Gen. Rapp. “These cultures together have built this country, they have secured our country and they have made this nation,” he said.

Lyles talked about the significance of Latin American countries to US national security interests. An Army War College faculty instructor, Lyles is a Latin American Foreign Area Officer with a doctorate degree in Latin American History and a master’s in Latin American Studies.

Col. Luis Fuchs speaks to members of the Carlisle Community about his experiences in the Army during the Hispanic-American celebration, Letort View Community Center, Sep 29.

Fuchu offered personal insights about the Hispanic-American experience. He is a current Army War College student, a Latin American Foreign Area Officer and a native of Puerto Rico.

“Hispanic-Americans do not hesitate to show their allegiance to our great nation in many ways, especially in military service,” said Col. Fuchs. ‘Latino contributions to our all-volunteer Army have been at a steady increase provid9ing the Army the strength and diversity to reflect our contemporary environment,” he said.

Gettysburg staff ride drives strategic level decision making lessons

Effective communication and interpersonal relationships with peers and subordinate leaders as well as understanding that senior-level leadership decisions are made within a political environment affect a leader’s decision-making about operational priorities and management of military resources. The relevance of those lessons endure today; and in today’s operational environments, informed decision making at the senior level can mean the difference between success and failure.

USAWC Students gather near some of the monuments raised in commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg while listening to staff ride leaders explain events that unfolded on Little Round Top.

 Tying the lessons of Gettysburg, 1863 to the Army War College lessons of senior leadership, students and faculty of the U.S. Army War College boarded buses bound for the Gettysburg National Military Park on Sept. 20 and 21. The annual staff ride used the historic battlefield as a case study in senior leader competencies and attributes with respect to the major strategic decisions that determined the outcome of the battle of Gettysburg.

“There are some eternal things that remain from studying these battles, even back into antiquity, and it’s about the relationships among people,” said Dr. Paul Jussel, the lead faculty historian for staff rides at the U.S. Army War College. “It’s about decision-making at the senior level. It’s about managing the challenges that senior leaders have, because those challenges are very, very similar through history,”

“It gives a lot for us to think about as we move up into those roles, and opens our eyes to the types of situations we’ll be in, and what decisions we’ll need to make.” said Navy Cmdr. Kenny Jensen, student.

Students and faculty listen to staff ride leaders while taking aim at Pickett’s Charge before reenacting the infamous mile long march across open field.

The students approached the historic battlefield along the same route J.E.B. Stuart’s Cavalry used as they approached Gettysburg following their siege of Carlisle. Upon arriving at the battlefield the students stepped onto the battlefield in nearly the same spot where the opening shots of the battle were fired. Standing there they listened to the guides as they discussed the events of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 1863. 

Of the decisions at Gettysburg, the students discussed many senior level challenges represented on both sides.  Staff ride leaders shattered the myth that Gen. Robert E. Lee had no cavalry when he arrived in Gettysburg. In fact, because of personalities and biases Lee did not use the available units.  Other examples related to actions taken that confirmed biases of seeing only federal militia when the Union Army of the Potomac was on the field. Staff ride leaders discussed ways to avoid such situations.  They also discussed instances of toxic leadership, senior leader incompetence, misplaced loyalties, building effective teams, and communicating vision.

“Leaders have to articulate their vision and make sure their subordinates understand that leadership matters,” said Romeo Wright, an Army civilian in the class. 

As the students surveyed the Peach Orchard they discussed the political decisions that placed Gen. Daniel Sickles in command, and how  a communication breakdown between Sickles and his commanding officer Gen. George G. Meade led to an overextended Union line in an indefensible position.

Dr. Paul Jussel, the lead faculty historian for staff rides at the U.S. Army War College, explains to a group of students some of the senior-level leadership decisions made during the Battle of Gettysburg.

“You find yourself in situations where you can fall back on things that have occurred in the past and think about; how have other people managed these kinds of challenges. And what we see at a place like Gettysburg is … many of those challenges, in decision making, in leadership, and in managing the uncertainties of warfare that are very similar to today,” said Jussel. “The relationship between decision making, national policy, and military strategy … the same challenges Lincoln had to face with his generals, as the president does today.”

The staff ride concluded at the Gettysburg National Cemetery, standing near a grave dedicated to the unknown. It served as a stark reminder to the students that from this point in their careers forward their decisions can have substantial consequences.

“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain …” - Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address.

Students arrive at The Angle to complete their reenactment of Pickett’s Charge. The Angle marks the point where Confederate soldiers broke through the Union line. It is considered the high-water mark of the Confederacy.

Large water tower project slated to start Oct. 4

The Directorate of Public Works will drain the large water tower near the Commissary at the corner of Sumner and Butler Roads starting Thursday, Sept. 29.

Residents may hear water draining into the storm culverts during this time. It is expected to take 2 days to drain the water tower.

The tower is being drained in preparation for repair work that is scheduled to begin on Oct 4, and will last for approximately one month. Work on the water tower will include refinishing the interior and exterior surfaces of the tank and there may be temporary road closures during this period. Residents will be notified in advance of any road closures or possibly delays.  We will be using water from the Borough of Carlisle during the refurbishment of the tank.

Sept. 23, 2016 -- The U.S. Army War College (Carlisle, PA) invites qualified civilian scholars to apply for fulltime faculty positions in a variety of academic disciplines.  The Army War College educates the top echelon of U.S. military officers, U.S. government civilians, and military officers from scores of foreign countries.  It awards a Master of Strategic Studies degree accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

Detailed information on each position and application procedures are available at    

  • Provost (Chief Academic Officer):  Focused on academic excellence, strategic planning, faculty management, research oversight, and integration of effort across the institution.
  • Chair of Strategic Leadership:  A newly established position focused on developing strategic leaders and effective organizations for the Army. 
  • Professor of Strategic Leadership and Ethical Development:  Focused on strategic leadership, discretionary judgment, relationships between policy and strategy, ethics of military operations, use of force, civil-military relations, and the military profession.
  • Professor of Educational Methodology:  Focused on creative application of new instructional methods and supporting technologies to enhance student learning.
  • Professor of Asian Studies:  Focused on Asia-Pacific security studies, defense policy, strategy formulation, international relations, and diplomatic history.
  • Professor of National Security Studies:  Focused on national security policy, strategy formulation, strategic leadership, theories of war and strategy, and regional studies.
  • Professor of Strategic and Operational Art:  Focused on military strategy, operations, concepts, and doctrine.
  • Professor of Theater Strategy:  Focused on military strategy, operations, concepts, and doctrine.
  • Professor of Theater and Campaign Planning:  Focused on military strategy, operational art, and joint, interagency, and multinational operations.

 Review of applications will begin October 28, 2016, for the Provost position and November 14, 2016, for all other positions. 

 A talented, committed, and diverse faculty is our most important resource in educating the nation’s future strategic leaders.  We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity and compliance with the full range of fair employment practices and non-discrimination laws.  Federal law dictates that the position may be offered to US citizens only.


Forbes Ave, parking area closed Oct. 1

Forbes Ave, from Barry Drive to Ashburn Drive, will be closed for traffic and parking due to surveying work Saturday, Oct. 1.

Employees and residents are asked to move their vehicles Friday Sept. 30 so the area can be coned off. The police will begin coning off open spaces starting at 5 p.m.

Temporary detours will be in effect and Marshall Ride residents should use Letort Lane for travel. Forbes Ave residents may turn right onto Barry Drive and use Letort Lane as well. Motorists are asked to follow the instructions given by traffic personnel. A map can be found at

Work will begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 1 and the road will be open immediately after the work is finished.

Child Development Center operations to shift to McConnell Center Oct. 17-21

In order to perform required maintenance of the HVAC system at the Moore Child Development Center, child care operations will take place at the McConnell Youth Center Oct. 17-21. Hours of operation will remain the same, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Parents will enter into the McConnell Youth Center and you will swipe your child into the CDC swipe station.  Hourly Care will sign their children in at the front desk.

For questions call the CDC at (717) 245-3701.

Pirates to Invade Indian Field

Avast Ye, Me Hearties! This year’s 2017 Air/Shipwreck ball will be held on Sep. 30 at 5:30 p.m. and will go on until the last lawn chair is folded up on Indian Field. All Army War College students, faculty and Families are invited to have some fun and make memories in the process.

This year’s theme is: Pirates, so get your best swashbuckling garb and pirate do-dads for your chance to win prizes for best seminar table decorations and costumes. Also, for you college football fans, a big screen television will be on the field so Friday night’s game between #7 Stanford and #9 Washington will not be missed.

Tickets are on sale now, see a seminar rep. or go by the Root Hall Deli to purchase yours. Ticket prices are: $20 for adults, $12 for the ages from 5 to 12 and free for those younger than 5. The menu for the event is fried chicken, bratwurst, hot dogs and BBQ with assorted fixings, desserts and drinks.

Live music will be provided by the North Mountain Ramblers.

The event is coordinated by Air Force and Navy resident students and is meant as opportunity for families to be together in a relaxing atmosphere after spending months apart.

New hours of operation for Ashburn Gate starting Oct. 2

In order to maintain appropriate levels of security, there are changes coming to the hours of operation for the Ashburn Drive Gate Oct. 2.

Starting Oct. 2, the Ashburn Drive gate will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Closed Federal Holidays). The gate is currently open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The reduced hours will allow Carlisle Barracks to maintain the necessary levels of security as well as remain open on the weekends.

Pedestrians who need to access or depart the installation using Ashburn Gate between 5:30- 9:30 p.m. can call (717) 245-4115/3465 and a police patrol will open the gate. 

Army Heritage Center Foundation presents USAHEC with $2.25 million dollar building addition

The Army Heritage and Education Center’s latest building addition changed hands five times during a ceremony transferring ownership of the recent $2.25 million construction.  The new, 7500-square foot Hall of the American Soldier represents the Army Heritage Center Foundation’s continuing effort to support Army Heritage and Education Center’s mission of telling the Army’s story one soldier at a time.

Representatives from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, the Army Heritage Center Foundation as well as Army War College and the Carlisle Barracks Garrison were present at the ceremony, which was held in the Army Heritage and Education Center on Friday Sept. 16.

Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander, presents Col. Ken Adgie, USAWC Deputy Commandant, with a Transfer of Real-Estate form during a ceremony held at the Army Heritage and Education Center on Friday Sept. 16. 

The expansion includes two multipurpose rooms, an additional gallery, expanded seating for the café and increases the center’s ability to support public programs and additional exhibits.

"We're very excited about the possibilities the new Hall of the American Soldier expansion provides the Army Heritage and Education Center and the Army War College,” said Crean. “I'm especially excited about the new exhibit space that will allow us to present more Soldier stories. We're already planning a fantastic World War I exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of our entry into that war. Our partnership with the National World War I Centennial Commission will draw nationwide attention to the exhibit and the Army Heritage and Education Center." 

The $2.25 million dollar expansion was financed through donations from private donors and a $2 million dollar grant awarded to the Foundation through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program which was approved by Gov. Tom Corbett on Sept. 24, 2014. 

 “We have been able to do this, thanks to a whole panel of actors,” said retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales, chair of the Army Heritage Center Foundation Board of Directors. “We could not have completed this mission without the tremendous support of our donors, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the senior leadership of the Army War College.”

Don Mowery, of R.S. Mowery & Sons design-build team presented Scales with the Certificate of Substantial Completion to represent the passing of responsibility to the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

Scales then presented to Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander here, with the Transfer of Real-Estate form, symbolizing the transfer of responsibility to the U.S. Army Garrison.

Ank passed the document to Col. Ken Adgie, USAWC Deputy Commandant, signifying acceptance of the Army War College’s oversight.

Col. Peter Crean, Director of the Army Heritage and Education Center, accepts the Transfer of Real-Estate form from Col. Ken Adgie, USAWC Deputy Commandant, during a ceremony held at the Army Heritage and Education Center on Friday Sept. 16.

And lastly, Adgie presented the form to Col. Peter Crean, the Director of the Army Heritage and Education Center, whose duty it is to breathe life into the new addition, and bring military and public audiences into this new space.

“The Army Heritage and Education Center is already a tremendous asset to the U.S. Army, the Army War College and the American people,” said Adgie. “Today, through the Foundation’s effort, we add to the ability of the Army Heritage and Education Center to serve Army, the college and the citizens of our great nation.”

What’s the story with Frederick the Great?

 ‘What’s the story with…?’ is a phrase commonly heard at Carlisle Barracks. With more than 50 buildings in the National Historic Register, the post has a history unlike many others.   

This is the latest in a series that will take a look at historic buildings, photos and more that tell the story of Carlisle Barracks. Throughout it’s nearly 260 years of history, the post has been the home to many pioneering schools, events and leaders that have helped shape our Nation. Want to learn more? Check out the Carlisle Barracks history page at or visit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at

This week’s entry focuses on the statue of Frederick the Great, which stands at the West end of the Carlisle Barracks Parade Grounds.

The statue of Frederick the Great currently stands watch over the Old Parade Ground. When the Army War College came to Carlisle in 1951, so did the bronze statue of Frederick the Great.

Kaiser Wilhelm II presented the replica of a marble figure in Berlin as a gift to President Theodore Roosevelt as a goodwill gesture. It was unveiled in November 1904 at Washington Barracks (currently Fort McNair) in D.C.

During World War I, both Congress and the public pressed for the removal and/or destruction of the statue. After a failed attempt to blow up the statue in 1918, the Army placed it in storage. It returned to its pedestal in November 1927, but was removed yet again during World War II.

Never restored to its former home on Washington Barracks, it finally moved with the Army War College to Carlisle Barracks, where it still stands today. It was enshrined here because of Fredrick’s renowned reputation for brilliant military strategy and war campaigns. 

You can also find “Freddy” in the background of many military promotion, retirement and other official ceremonies as it is a popular spot after the Army War College graduation ceremonies and weddings held on Carlisle Barracks.

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News, events you need to know Sept 19-26

Sept. 21- Just a reminder that Carlisle Barracks will conduct their monthly test of the outdoor mass notification (Big giant voice) at 1 p.m. Any messages heard are for testing purposes only.

Sept. 21 - Perspectives in Military History Lecture, USAHEC Visitors and Education Center. This lecture is free and open to the public. Author Jonathan W. Jordan will present a lecture entitled, "American Warlords." It begins at 7:15 p.m. and the question and answer period concludes around 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 - LTS Washington, DC Trip, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.. For more information visit  

Oct. 1- Forbes Ave, from Barry Drive to Ashburn Drive, will be closed for traffic and parking due to surveying work Saturday.  Employees and residents are asked to move their vehicles by 7:30 p.m., Friday Sept. 30, so the area can be coned off.Temporary detours will be in effect and Marshall Ride residents should use Letort Lane for travel. Forbes Ave residents may turn right onto Barry Drive and use Letort Lane as well. Motorists are asked to follow the instructions given by traffic personnel. Work will begin at 8 a.m. and the road will be open immediately after the work is finished.

Oct. 2In order to maintain appropriate levels of security, there are changes coming to the hours of operation for the Ashburn Drive Gate Oct. 2. Starting Oct. 2, the Ashburn Drive gate will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Closed Federal Holidays). The gate is currently open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The reduced hours will allow Carlisle Barracks to maintain the necessary levels of security as well as remain open on the weekends. Pedestrians who need to access or depart the installation using Ashburn Gate between 5:30- 9:30 p.m. can call (717) 245-4115/3465 and a police patrol will open the gate.  

September 19, 2016 -- Key positions are open for qualified and interested individuals to shape the education of US Army War College students within the ethos of a unique educational institution.

USAWC Provost (Chief Academic Officer), Open period to Friday, 28 October 2016

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What’s the story with Armstrong Hall?

‘What’s the story with…?’ is a phrase commonly heard at Carlisle Barracks. With more than 50 buildings in the National Historic Register, the post has a history unlike many others.   

This is the latest in a series that will take a look at historic buildings, photos and more that tell the story of Carlisle Barracks. Throughout it’s nearly 260 years of history, the post has been the home to many pioneering schools, events and leaders that have helped shape our Nation. Want to learn more? Check out the Carlisle Barracks history page at or visit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at




This week’s entry focuses on Armstrong Hall

Armstrong Hall, built in 1895, served as the school laundry for Carlisle Indian Industrial School students and staff and for Soldiers when the post came back under Army control. In the image above an electric trolley can be seen that provided transportation to and from Carlisle for Soldiers at the post. It entered the post through the Pratt Avenue Gate and could be boarded at Armstrong Hall for the short trip to Carlisle.

The building is named for Maj. Gen. John Armstrong, an American civil engineer and Soldier who served as a brigadier general in the Continental Army and as a major general in the Pennsylvania Militia during the Revolutionary War. He was also a delegate to the Continental Congress for Pennsylvania. Armstrong County, Pennsylvania is named in his honor. John died at home in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on March 9, 1795, and is buried in the Old Carlisle Cemetery.

It is now home to Carlisle Barracks Resource Management and Contracting Offices.

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PKSOI analyst guides Joint Pub on Stability

Sep. 7, 2016 -- An analyst  in the Peacekeeping and Stability  Operations Institute was honored today  for his work as lead author of the Joint Publication 3-07, Stability.

Mike Esper was singled out by USAWC Commandant  Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp for his work in guiding the publication to completion. The new update, signed Aug. 3, aligns joint doctrine with current concepts, and adds the concept of combining defeat mechanisms with stability mechanisms to conduct operations. It reviews the application of stability mechanisms:  compel, control, influence, and support.

Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp congratulates Mike Esper on his achievement with joint doctrine on Stability at a command meeting, Root Hall, Sep. 7.

The updated doctrinal publication on Stability expands the discussion on stability across the conflict continuum, to clarify the role of stability actions in all types of joint operations and the phasing construct.

"This was a substantial revision of the doctrine," said Esper, noting that it represented a more-than-50 percent change. "This publication distinguishes "stability actions" as the appropriate phrasing. The term recognizes that stability actions may a matter of tasks or activities in a theater security cooperation plan, for example, a training team instructing a host nation military on stability tasks.

"Any operation includes stability actions throughout, to include combat operations," he said.  

Esper is the lead author of the 2012 Army doctrine on Stability -- ADRP 3-07 -- carrying expertise throughout military doctrine on stability. He is revising it now.

"It's a long series of steps -- writing, staffing, adjudication of comments -- taking an 18-24-month process to get to signature," he noted about doctrine revision.

Find the new  JP 3-07 in the Joint Electronic Library:

Esper has worked as an analyst with PKSOI in civilian capacity since 2004; prior to an Iraq deployment, he had joined the former Peacekeeping Institute in 2000 while on active duty. He applies the experience of a 28-year military career as an Infantry officer, with experience in operational planning and responsibility in 2004 as director of the Iraqi Forum, a civilian-military cooperation center in Baghdad.

Robert Martin, USAWC PAO
Australian Fellow in class of 2016:  ‘Know that you were never alone’

“The phrase 9/11 will provoke forever a special meaning throughout the world, and for the United States of America in particular it would forever change your history,” said Australian Colonel Susan Coyle, the vice president of the resident class of 2017, who addressed the 15 years since September 11, 2001.

Today in front of Root Hall, members of both the Army War College and Carlisle communities joined to pay respect to those first responders who gave their lives during the attacks on 9/11, and to those who have fallen or wounded in the war on terrorism. 

Austrialian Col. Susan Coyle speaks to the Carlisle Community during the USAWC 9/11 Remberance, Sep. 9.Seated behide Coyle from left to right are: Chaplain Col. Woods, USAWC Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Martinez and USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. William Rapp. 

“At 8:46 a.m. on the 11th of September, 2001, not only the United States, but the entire world would be transformed,” said Coyle.

“As we meet here this morning on the 15th anniversary of those tragic attacks, know that you were never alone,” said Coyle to her U.S. colleagues.  “Today, 74 international fellows remember with you the kindness and the resolute that was born out of that faithful day.”

Five Carlisle Barracks individuals continued the age-old tradition of honoring fallen comrades with the sounding of a bell. Five individuals each rang the bell to commemorate five critical moments that between 8:46 and 10:28 a.m. on September 11, 2001. Carlisle Barracks Civilian of the Year Dale Clements represented the courageous civilians involved in 9/11.  Carlisle Barracks Police Officer Roy Carte, Fire Fighter Dave Myers, and Emergency Medical Technician Andy Boyle represented the first responders on that day. And, Army Capt. Shavayey Cato represented Soldiers.

In his remarks, Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp welcomed Gold Star families who gathered with representatives of members of Congress, local government and the AWC Foundation.   

“Our minds go back to Lincoln, who talked about not being able to assuage your sorrow, but hopeful there is a solemn pride in the sacrifice of your sons,” said the commandant to Gold Star family members Richard and Emily Hansen, Tom and Coral Miller, Cherriney Kondor, Ann Sherman Wolcott and, from the Vietnam War, Mrs. Alzrio McDonald.

Before the playing of taps, Command Sgt. Major Christopher Martinez formally acknowledged the Army War College alumni and local Soldiers whose lives were lost in combat in the global war on terrorism.

Cpl. Rex Sherman of West Virginia was represented by his mother Ann Sherman Wolcott.  Richard and Emely Hansen were present on behalf of their son Senior Airman James Hansen, of Michigan.  Tom and Carol Miller were attendance to honor their son Staff Sgt. Keith Bennett of Harve De Grace, Md., as well as Cherrieny Kondor from York who was here for her son Spec. Martin Kondor.

Carlisle has lost Sgt. Kimberly Voelz, Sgt.Andrew McConnell, Capt. Wesley Hinkley, and Sgt. Patrick Hawkins.  Pfc. Kenneth Ziegler and Cmdr. Philip Murphy-Sweet were from Mechanicsberg;  Petty Officer 3rdClass John Fralish from New Kingstown; Master Sgt. Scott Ball of Mount Holly Springs,

Fallen alumni include Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude, Class of 1990, Col. Canfield Boone, Class of 2002, Col. Richard Rescorla, Class of 1988, Lt. Gen. Parami Kulatunge, Class of 2003, Col. Brian Allgood Class of 2002, Col. John McHugh, Class of 2009, and Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, Class of 2003.

Col. Susan Coyle is a 28-year Australian Army officer: a Signals officer. Most recently, she commanded the Australian Task Group in Afghanistan.  She is a graduate of the Australian Defense Force Academy, the Royal Military College Duntroon, and the Australian Command and Staff College. She holds post-graduate qualifications in a Master of Management and a Master of Organizational Development and Human Resource Management. She received a Conspicuous Service Cross for command of 17 Signal Regiment.

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. 

Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs
Suicide prevention: YOU (yes, I mean you) have a role to play

Suicide (Noun) - the act of killing yourself because you do not want to continue living.

That’s the Webster’s definition of suicide, but you know what it really is? It’s a son growing up without a father, it’s a mother burying their daughter, it’s a unit losing a valuable member of the team, it’s a life stopped short before reaching its full potential.

It’s something that each of us have a role in trying to prevent.

Each year the Army designates September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, but in truth, suicide prevention is a 24/7, 365-day a year job that each of us need to take seriously. According to Department of Defense, nearly 300 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines took their own lives in 2015.

Soldiers, Civilians, Officers, NCOs, family members, friends, office mates, and contractors – everyone has the power to save and change a life.

What can you do?

You’re probably asking, how can I help? The first step is recognizing the signs of suicide in others. Some of the most common signs are listed below.

- Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves

- Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live

- Making a plan or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun

- Talking about great guilt or shame

- Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions

- Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain)

- Talking about being a burden to others

- Using alcohol or drugs more often

- Acting anxious or agitated

- Withdrawing from family and friends

- Changing eating and/or sleeping habits

- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

- Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast

- Talking or thinking about death often

- Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy

- Giving away important possessions

- Saying goodbye to friends and family

- Putting affairs in order, making a will

But these aren’t the only signs, pay attention to those around you and keep an eye out for changes in behavior, moods or interactions with others.

How to get help

If you suspect someone has suicidal thoughts, you need to help them get help. Keep in mind that many times suicidal thoughts are related to other life concerns inducing depression, loneliness, and financial or martial problems.  On Carlisle Barracks there are many services and options.

  • If the threat is immediate, call 911, seconds and minutes count.
  • If you or the person is a servicemember, veteran or family member you can call the Military Crisis Line at (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. You can also visit and chat live and confidentially with an expert.
  • Pennsylvania also has man resources including hotlines that are available 24/7.
  • Carlisle - (717) 249-6226
  • Harrisburg- (717) 652-4400
  • Adams, Franklin, Perry, Upper-Dauphin - 1-800-932-4616
  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255, an online chat is also available at
  • Carlisle Barracks has two certified family life chaplains who can speak confidentially to servicemembers, family members and civilians. Call (717) 245-3318 to reach the chapel.
  • Army Community Services is also home to a Military Family Life Consultant who can be reached at (717)205-9048. The Military and Family Life Consultant (MFL C) Program is designed to provide support and assistance to active duty Soldiers, National Guard & Reserves, military Family Members and civilian personnel. Military and Family Life Consultants can help people who are having trouble coping with concerns and issues of daily life.
  • The Employee Assistance Program is available to employees. With just a phone call or a keystroke, you can access services on the Internet and via a professionally staffed call center. EAP services are convenient and confidential. Licensed counselors are available to help with difficult personal issues. 1-800-222-0364 and select Letterkenny Army Depot to identify your agency. You can also visit for information and resources, self-help assessments, webinars, podcasts, and more.

Chapel boasts two family life chaplains

The year at Carlisle Barracks is a great time for Army War College students and their families to grow intellectually, physically and spiritually during their time here. When it comes to the spiritual aspect, Carlisle Barracks is home to two experts trained in helping families. 

Both Col. (Chap) Jerry Sieg, Garrison Chaplain and Lt. Col. (Chap) Tyson Wood, are both Family Life Chaplains, in addition to their duties shepherding the spiritual programs here.

“Senior leaders are human and are not exempt for any of the challenges of being in a military family,” said Sieg. “It’s just as important for them to take care of their professional and personal well-being during their time here.”

One of the benefits of speaking to a FLC is that everything discussed is strictly confidential. Both Sieg and Wood are trained marriage counselors which enables them to provide pastoral counseling to Soldiers, married couples, and military families.

About Chaplain Sieg

A card in the mail changed the career for the new installation chaplain, who recently took over duties at the Memorial Chapel.

Chap. (Col.) Jerry Sieg recently assumed duties as the Garrison Chaplain, taking over for Chap. (Col.) Greg D’Emma, who retired this summer after more than 40 years of service.

Sieg originally joined the Army as a lance missile officer in the early 1980’s after completing ROTC in college, but felt a calling to the church and the military.

“I had already been questioning God's call into the ministry and that call became even stronger as I served in the military,” he said. “I saw the difference good chaplains could make in the lives of Soldiers.  I got out of the Army and went to seminary, hoping that one day I'd come back in as a chaplain. Sieg got married in seminary, took a small parish in the United Methodist Church near Lock Haven, PA, and had put the idea of chaplaincy away as our family grew.  Then one day I got a card in the mail and I had to decide to leave the Individual Ready Reserves or do something about being a chaplain.”

Sieg served at Fort Richardson in 2009 and was eventually selected to become a clinical supervisor for students at the Family Life Chaplain Training Center at Fort Bragg in July 2011 where he worked with chaplains going through the family life program to hone their counseling skills.  Sieg became the director of the program in 2013.

Sieg said that he hopes to continue the success of his predecessor and thank the community for his welcome to the community.

“The chapel congregation welcomed us with open arms and showed up the day we arrived to help us get the house cleaned and some rooms painted before the movers came the following day,” he said. “It was amazing.  They have been very supportive and welcoming.”

About Chaplain Wood

One of the most recent arrivals on post, Wood and his family arrived at Carlisle Barracks earlier this summer. Wood enlisted in the Army in 1985 and has continued to serve on active duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve ever since. What is unique about Father Wood is that he was originally a Lutheran Minister who entered Mount St Mary’s seminary for three years of study, being ordained in June 2005.

Wood was a Lutheran Chaplain with the 82ndAirborne Division when he felt a call to serve as a catholic priest.  He said that a thirst for knowledge about “over-arching questions” led him to the Catholic Church.

“I found in the Catholic Church the Christian faith so well-articulated that I started to find answers for those over-arching questions,” he said. Those are important questions to answer because everything makes sense when they are answered and nothing makes sense without those answers.”

Coming to Carlisle was an adjustment for Wood who has spent most of his career at large installations like Ft. Bragg, Ft. Hood and Ft. Stewart.

“Carlisle has the feel of a college campus,” he said.  “I'm excited about this assignment because it is very different than previous assignments and I believe it will stretch me in positive ways.”

Wood also said that he was impressed by the Catholic congregation here at Carlisle Barracks.

“This is a very dynamic congregation who get community and want to do all they can to support the War College students and their families - this congregation knows it's mission and it's exciting to be the pastor,” he said. “Our Christian duty is to help build up the Kingdom of God and that is as simple and complex as blossoming where you are planted.  To that end, I endeavor to help build up a community that meets the various needs of our parishioners who are War College students, permeant party and our honored retirees.”   

He said that he hopes that the community takes to heart the words “Facta non verba” - Latin for deeds not words. 

“The world, but starting with our corner, needs for us to love our faith, really live our faith and to boldly share it with a world in trouble,” he said. “I'm boldly Catholic and aim to help my Catholic congregation to be the same.  For those who are not boldly Catholic I will hope to help you become boldly something - something that make a difference in the world.” 

Sunny Burford, Family Education Specialist, Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Back to School with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders

September is also “back to school” time for many students and children with FASD will face profound educational challenges. Families should know that no amount of alcohol at any time during pregnancy is considered safe.  Of all the substances that a person may abuse, alcohol has the most damaging effects to the developing fetus, at any stage during a pregnancy—including the earliest stages, which may be before a woman actually knows she is pregnant.  Exposure to alcohol literally causes irreversible brain damage to the unborn child.  One does not simply “outgrow” FASD, and the challenges of a child born with FASD become more evident as the child matures.  Inevitably, these children face far more struggles academically than the average student.  FASD may cause a wide range of behavioral problems and cognitive problems that may affect a child’s ability to successfully perform in school.  Research has shown that students with this disability may have attention deficits, impulsivity, tantrums, outbursts, memory problems and problems learning in general.  Although alcohol exposure during pregnancy may have negative effects on the development of any part of the brain, the frontal lobes seem to suffer the most damage.  The frontal lobes of the brain control behavior and judgment.  The child’s ability to control his/her behavior can be very inconsistent, and it is often difficult for others to comprehend that the child simply cannot help it.  The brain damage he/she has experienced drives these behaviors, making typical interventions fruitless.  Children with FASD also often experience problems socially because they may not pick up on social cues from others.  They are unable to consider the consequences of their actions and have an extremely difficult time controlling their impulses.

Deciding if a child has FASD can often be challenging and may involve many different tests and criteria.  To complicate matters, other disorders have similar symptoms.  Yet without recognition and understanding of FASD, an affected child’s academic career poses many obstacles.  Early diagnosis and intervention is the key to success for those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, as well as having the proper supports in place within the classroom.

Consuming alcohol during pregnancy remains the leading cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities, despite the fact that it is the only disability that is 100 percent preventable. An estimated 40,000 babies in the United States are born each year with FASD.  But, this number could be zero; none of this has to happen.  Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should remember this message: “nine months, zero alcohol.”

This September marks the 17thanniversary of international Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month. In 1999, due to a lack of public awareness and available resources, frustrated family members and parents organized a movement to bring awareness to FASD.  The 9thminute of the 9thhour of the 9thday of the 9thmonth of 1999 was chosen as the first official FASD Awareness Day to remind the world that alcohol should not be consumed during the nine months of pregnancy.

Resources for families and educators are available at the following website:


New series takes a look at Carlisle Barracks history

‘What’s the story with…?’ is a phrase commonly heard at Carlisle Barracks. With more than 50 buildings in the National Historic Register, the post has a history unlike many others.   

This is the first in a series that will take a look at historic buildings, photos and more that tell the story of Carlisle Barracks. Throughout it’s nearly 260 years of history, the post has been the home to many pioneering schools, events and leaders that have helped shape our Nation. Want to learn more? Check out the Carlisle Barracks history page at or visit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at

Kicking off the series is a look at the oldest building on post, the Hessian Powder Magazine.

During the Revolutionary War, the British government hired Hessian soldiers from German speaking states in Europe to fight in America. Following the American victory at the Battle of Trenton in December 1776, General Washington and his men took several Hessian soldiers prisoner. Some of these Hessian prisoners were sent to Carlisle to provide labor. It is thought that about 40 of them built the Hessian Powder Magazine in 1777.

The structure is 70 feet x 22 feet and is made of limestone with brick-lined interior walls which are four feet thick. It has a vaulted stone roof covered by timbers and tin. Within the building are three main rooms and four cells on the west end of the building. The doors to the cells are thought to be from around the late 1700s.

Though this building was constructed for the purpose of storing sulfur, brimstone, and other explosive materials, the building has served many purposes throughout its history. After the War of 1812, this original usage continued, but the building was refitted with vaulted brick ceilings, traversed entrances, ventilation shafts, and lightning rods, to make it safer to store highly flammable supplies.

By the 1830s, the Hessian Powder Magazine took on its new name of “Hessian Guardhouse,” along with its new function as a guardhouse for the Cavalry School, which operated on Carlisle Barracks from 1838-1871.

During the Carlisle Indian Industrial School days selected students received law enforcement training at the guard house and eventually used those skills at the new entrance to post, located on Pratt Ave, near the Letort Spring Run.

In 1948, the Hessian Powder Magazine became the Hessian Powder Museum and was opened to the public, a function it still holds today. Inside you will find static displays that highlight all of the major eras of Carlisle Barracks history.

What buildings would you like to learn more about? Send an email to with the Subject Line: “What’s the story with?” and we’ll include in an upcoming edition.

Commandant's Reading Program sharpens critical thinking, writing

Sep. 7, 2016 -- Reading is an interactive process between the words on the page and the thoughts in the reader’s head. But, how much more powerful is it if you can make that interaction more dynamic and more personal?

The USAWC students enrolled in the Commandant’s Reading Program check their impressions with book authors in extensive, informal and candid evening engagements that are punctuated with ‘operational’ pauses for sharing ideas with other students.

Student Lt. Col. Chris Lindner iintroduces Pulitzer author Rick Atkinson to his colleagues of the Commanandant's Reading Program at an evening engagement at Quarters One, during academic 2016.

Themes, like a thread, weave through the books, the author engagements, and the students’ papers.  

These themes are teased out by the students themselves – not imposed by the program or its supporting faculty.  

 “For the Commandant's Reading Program, we purposefully choose books and authors who offer thoughtful perspectives not likely in line with what the majority of students believe to be true,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, USAWC Commandant.  This creates some very beneficial cognitive dissonance among the students and great discussion when the author comes to talk with them about the book.” 

 In academic 2016, students met with retired Lt. Gen. Dan Bolger, author of “Why We Lost,” who explored more deeply his premise that military leaders missed opportunities to advise civilian policy makers about Iraq. They asked Pulitzer Award-winning Rick Atkinson to use insights from his book, “The Guns at Last Light," to talk about attributes of the leaders in the allied campaign in Western Europe of World War II.

The group met with Rachel Maddow in New York City in her ’30 Rock’ offices where one student found opportunity to ask how she decided to weight her focus on the Reagan Administration in her book, Drift. They shared an evening with retired Gen. Stan McChrystal, who further developed for them his beliefs about organizational dynamics, from his book, Team of Teams.  And, at a dinner scheduled during the National Capitol Staff Ride, they and Eliot Cohen pushed ideas back and forth about strategic leadership in war years.  

Retired Gen. Stan McCrystal gets a firm grip from British Fellow  Col. Kevin Copsey, who participated in the Commandant's Reading Program. The 30 students met with McCrystal at his offices in an evening session during the National Capital Region staff ride, May 2016.

“This year, the selected books and authors will enable the student to assess how  we got to where we arein current operational theaters during the war on terror,” said Prof. Chuck Allen, who leads the FI team. “We’ll explore deliberations in national security strategy and policy. Once we digest those, then the students can examine how we are doing.” They’ll come to informed assessments of the implications of the past 15 years and lessons to be carried forward, he added, noting that CRP students find themselves adding perspective to core course studies and discussions.

Col. Nick Lancaster, right, exchanges ideas with author Rachel Maddow in NYC during the AY 2016 year.

As satisfying as it can be to question and trade ideas with prominent authors, the program is an academic pursuit with requirements to write a critical review s of the books.

                “Failure, adaptation, and innovation … are three key concepts reinforced throughout … [as McChrystal] presents a dramatically different architecture for military operations at the operational level, but putting them into action across the military poses difficult challenges to many organizations.” – AY 2016 student 

               “Based upon four masterfully developed case studies, [Cohen’s book] contends that great statesmen and leaders do not accept an artificial dividing line that separates the civilian and the military sphere in wartime.” – AY 2016 student

               “Atkinson’s approach … ably links the political tensions surrounding strategic decisions during the war and their impact on the inexperienced soldier, defeated          enemy or innocent civilian.” – AY 2016 student

               “Coalition warfare is a crucial theme of today’s military operations, and a take-home point … for those studying strategic leadership.” – AY 2016 student, about The Guns at Last Light

Students are joined by Dean Dr. Richard Lacquement and Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp for the evening engagement with author Eliot Cohen, May 2016.

Rapp summed up the CRP experience:  “Critical thinking, the challenging of assumptions, and the gaining of key insights from other perspectives is what makes the CRP so rich and rewarding.”

 Another great lineup of authors, both new  and returning, is scheduled for this academic year.

  • The Unravelingby Emma Sky, reflects on ‘High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq’
  • Mission Failureby Michael Mandelbaum, addresses ‘America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era’
  • Just War Reconsidered, by James Dubik, presents principle for ethical warfighting, to address a perceived gap in current just war theory
  • America’s War for the Greater Middle Eastby Andrew J. Bacevich, confronts his assessment  that U.S. military victory is unlikely
  • Drift, by Rachel Maddow, explores ‘The Unmooring of American Military Power’
  • Supreme Command, by Eliot A. Cohen, examines ‘Soldiers, Statesmen and Leadership in Wartime.’  

As is true with other special programs, interested students apply to enroll in the Commandant’s Reading Program via OASIS online site, managed by the Registrar.  It is a typical elective, despite an a-typical schedule that beings iin late September. Selection is on a first-come, first-served basis, with faculty advisor endorsement.  Planned enrollment is 20 students, with some flexibility, limited by logistics.

The US Army War College Foundation is the financial benefactor for the CRP as a tribute to Dr. Sarah Morgan, former USAWC faculty member and CRP advisor.

National Security Policy Program introduces federal interagency decision-making environment








Relationships matter. They can seem convoluted -- specifically federal interagency relationships and the processes by which these agencies interact. Yet, these relationships are the foundation by which national security policy for the National Security Council, the president and his key advisors.  

There’s a real need for senior leaders to understand relationships critical to national security policy, and that’s why there’s a National Security Policy Program, developing military and DoD civilian students to navigate the interagency community and the national security policy and decision-making environment.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with members of the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House. September 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



 “The goal is to take individuals that don’t really understand this process in this environment and make them familiar and comfortable with the environment and how it works,” said Col. Scott Sanborn, who directs the National Security Policy Program. “This program takes military professionals, whether they be senior military officers or DoD civilians, if they have served in Washington, or if they have not, and gives them insights into the Washington interagency process.”

Students who go through the program will be better prepared to hold critical planner positions, and will have a better understanding of why our government functions the way it does, but more importantly they will have a better appreciation for how to effectively operate in the interagency environment in order to achieve more meaningful outcomes.

The special program is available to 15 U.S. students each year, and is taken in lieu of the required electives credits. Students interested in the program can apply for the National Security Policy Program and be selected by the program’s staff and the School dean. Students can apply now via OASIS, and registration closes on Oct. 7.

The program includes agency visits to meet senior officials, an interagency fellowship during the year for firsthand experience, and a series of guest speakers some notables of past years have been former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers and former Deputy Director of National Intelligence David Gomper, who has served in every administration from President Nixon to President Obama.

"He was able to, in one hour, give us executional insights into the leadership styles of different presidents, and their interactions with the National Security Council and the national security advisors who they had selected to run that National Security Council’s staff,” said Sanborn. “It was an intense one hour, with this one individual who had served on every administration, shared 35 years of experience in one hour. That was just priceless for the students.”

Fifteen students meet at length with individuals whose unique and privileged experiences give first-hand insights about interagency policy development – and that’s the power of this program, said Sanborn.

Advanced Defense Management Program follows the money  

Imagine you are a U.S. Army War College graduate, and received orders to a Pentagon staff for which Senate hearings, boardroom meetings and budget talks loom in your immediate future. You’ll be expected to have mastery of the complex topics. Will you be prepared? 

With a faculty-driven initiative, the School identified a way forward for students who will need a deep understanding about the processes and systems of the Defense Department.

Chief of Staff of the Army Mark Milley and Acting Secretary Patrick Murphy testify to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services on the posture of the Department of the Army at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 7, 2016. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Chuck Burden ) 

The Advanced Defense Management Program is a linked series of electives that enables interested students to develop a richer grasp of the processes by which our nation’s military operates. It is an in-depth extension of the core Defense Management Course that every student takes.

“The Advanced Defense Management Program is a tailored elective track that allows students who are interested in getting more information and more knowledge about defense management and force management issues to do so in a program that is tailored for them,” said Doug Waters, who directs the Advanced Defense Management Program.

Waters is a retired Navy officer who has extensive experience working strategic issues and processes within the Pentagon in both Joint and Service staff positions.

The program fulfills three of the four elective requirements for students selected for the program, while allowing a fourth free elective to suit their individual needs or interests. The three program electives are --

  • Defense Resource Management
  • Research, Development and Acquisition Management
  • Choice:  Force Management (for Army personnel) or, Joint Issues and Processes (for joint involvement).

The program includes engagements at the Pentagon, meeting with the Army Budget Office. On Capitol Hill, they’ll meet with Senate and House Appropriations Committee members and professional staff. Additional engagements will take place at places like BAE Systems in York, PA, and Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA.


 The program will enroll 12 students this year. Students interested in furthering their knowledge, beyond what is already built into the core curriculum here at the Army War College, must apply for the Advanced Defense Management Program, and will be selected by the program’s staff based on need and previous experience with Department of Defense systems.

“We don’t just look at people’s records and try to go for the strongest students,” said Waters. “We look at those who say, ‘I don’t know anything about this, and I’m about to go to the Army Staff at the G8. Please help.’

“That’s a perfect student we want to bring in,” he said. “But we also want to have some students who have some knowledge and experience in these systems as well, so it’s a blend and we have a pretty good balance.”

Provided by the Army Resiliency Directorate, G-1
September is Suicide Prevention Month

What is it?

Suicide Prevention is a 365-days-a-year effort and a top priority for Army senior leaders. The Army is taking a comprehensive and holistic approach to strengthening its people and mitigating risk by providing education, building protective factors, encouraging engagement, and emphasizing early intervention. The Army is highlighting its message of prevention through the summer months, culminating in September with Suicide Prevention Month. The Army is in support of the Department of Defense, whose 2016 theme is: #BeThere.

What has the Army done?

The Army sees an increase in suicide events in the summer months. In 2015, the Army saw a 68 percent increase in the number of suicides from June to July. In 2016, the Army stressed suicide prevention by executing a communication campaign beginning in July. The goals of the campaign are to reinforce Army values, beliefs, and attitudes and to inform and educate members of the Army team about the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. This campaign includes Army senior leader messaging, videos and graphics.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

In the Army, every Soldier counts, which is why messaging about suicide prevention continues and remains embedded in Army culture. The Army will continue to emphasize that it is the responsibility of individual Soldiers to have visibility and take responsibility to sustain their own personal readiness and the personal readiness of their buddy.

In addition, the Army is finalizing a new intervention training module called "Engage," which empowers individuals to engage and do something when a situation is risky or has the potential to escalate. This module redesigns intervention training to meet suicide prevention and substance abuse prevention training requirements. Based on Army valuestraining, the module emphasizes that all members of the Army team have a duty and obligation to intervene when alerted.

The Army will continue the ACE training (ask, care, escort) to ensure that individuals are equipped with the skills to intervene when someone is at the point of crisis.

Why is this important to the Army?

Suicide Prevention Month reminds all members of the Army team that Soldiers and units must be capable of building and sustaining their personal readiness, which is critical to mission readiness and deployability. High-risk behavior is preventable. Although tragic events, like suicide, are complex, members of the Army team have a duty and obligation to engage to strengthen themselves and others and #BeThere to connect fellow Soldiers in crisis with support.


September is Suicide Awareness Month - “Be There – Be There for your buddy, Be There for your family, Be There for yourself”

As members of the Army Team, we all have a responsibility to prevent high-risk behaviors and suicide. Although suicide is a rare event (in 2015, approximately .02% of the Total Army population died by suicide), one loss is one too many. Each loss has a profound effect on teammates, family and friends, and also affects deployability and readiness.

The Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy

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.

The Army will amplify its Ready and Resilient (R2) messaging and call members of the Force (Soldiers, Army Civilians, and Family members) to "Be There" be there for your buddy, for your family, for yourself, by treating one another with dignity and respect, becominginterveners instead of bystanders, and living the Army Values daily.

Enhancing Resiliency – Strengthening Our Professionals  

Be There - ACE – ASK – CARE – ESCORT

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


  • Encourage people to reach out for help when they are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Help those who are concerned about family members, spouses, or fellow service members who may be suicidal.
  • Provide a personal contact help center.
  • Provide activities to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.
  • For more information contact:


Application timeline extended for U.S. Army War College Provost (Chief Academic Officer)

September 1, 2016 -- The United States Army War College at Carlisle, PA invites qualified leader-scholars to apply for a full-time, long-term, civilian faculty position as Provost (Chief Academic Officer). The Army War College educates the top echelon of US military officers of all services, U.S. government civilians, and military officers from scores of foreign countries. It develops strategic leaders through rigorous academic programs resulting in the award of an accredited Master’s of Strategic Studies degree. The Army War College also administers numerous professional development programs focused on strategic thinking and leadership.

The Provost must be an accomplished leader, teacher, and scholar with the ability and temperament to achieve integrations and synergy among Army War College entities. The selectee must have expertise in a relevant discipline and familiarity with senior-level professional military education. Additionally, the selectee must be able to work collegially with military and civilian educational institutions and operate effectively within federal and military bureaucracies, all while embodying the finest traditions of civilian academia.

The person selected as the Provost would find employment at the Army War College enjoyable, satisfying, and rewarding. The position comes with a compensation package befitting the nature and scope of enterprise leadership, as well as the many benefits of working at an innovative, vibrant, and collegial military educational institution.

To view the full job announcement, see --,%208%20Aug%2016.pdf

Review of applications will begin October 28, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. Finalists for the position will be invited to the Army War College for an interview with the search committee, presentation to the faculty, meetings with faculty and administrators, and a tour of the campus.

A talented, committed, and diverse faculty is our most important resource in educating the nation’s future strategic leaders. We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity and compliance with the full range of fair employment practices and nondiscrimination laws.

Federal law dictates that the position may be offered to US citizens only.

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