Banner Archive for September 2017

Vietnam recognition highlight of upcoming Retiree Appreciation Day

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One of the largest Retiree Appreciation Day in the Army will take place at Carlisle Barracks Sat., Oct. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and many events are scheduled to share important command information briefings for military retirees, family members, survivors, and those who will retire soon.

A special recognition of servicemembers who served during the Vietnam War era will be the highlight of this year’s event.

To thank and honor the veterans of the period, special pins will be presented to those who served during this time period, regardless of if they served in Vietnam or not. This event is being held with the three-year national recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The commemoration is set to begin around 11:30 a.m.


Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. in the Root Hall Gym -- with retirement benefits offered throughout the day

  • ID cards: Anny Ely Hall, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
  • Mini-health screening in Root Hall Gym, 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Flu shots will be available in the Root Hall Gym. ID cards will be required to verify eligibility.
  • A TRICARE representative will be available in Reynolds Theater to answer questions.
  • Dunham Pharmacy will be open 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All refills must be picked up at the PX Pharmacy, all new prescriptions can be brought to/picked up at the main Dunham Pharmacy
  • Commissary open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Exchange open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Briefing schedule:

·         9-9:15 am Opening Ceremonies in Bliss Hall Auditorium

·         9:15-10:15 am Keynote Speaker Mr. Mark Overberg, Director, Army Retirement Services

·         10:15-10:30 am Break

·         10:30-11:00 am Army Community Services Update – Volunteer Opportunities and AER

·         11-11:15 am Dunham Clinic Update

·         11:15-11:30 am Veterans Affairs briefing in Bliss Hall

·         11:30-12:00 pm Vietnam 50th Anniversary Recognition

·         12-1:00 pm LUNCH

·         1- 1:05 pm Welcome Back & Speaker Intro in Bliss Hall

·         1-2:30 pm Bliss Hall for Tricare-For-Life Briefing (over age 65) or go to Reynolds Theater for Tricare Briefing (Under age 65)

·         2:40-3:00 pm Legal Update

·         3-3:10 pm Closing Remarks and Farewells

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Ceremony honoring SFC Randall Shughart slated for Oct. 3

An informal ceremony marking the 24th anniversary of the heroic actions of Newville, Pa resident Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart, will be held Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the Westminster Cemetery off Newville Road in Carlisle.

Shughart, a Soldier in the U.S. Army special operations unit, the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions and sacrifice during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993.

"Without a doubt, I owe my life to these two men and their bravery," said Mike Durant, whose life was saved by the actions of Sgt. 1st Class Shughart and Mater Sgt. Gary Gordon. "Those guys came in when they had to know it was a losing battle," Durant said of the two men. "There was nobody else left to back them up. If they had not come in, I wouldn't have survived."

About Shughart

Randall Shughart was born in Lincoln, Nebraska where his father was stationed at Lincoln Air Force Base. After his father was discharged, the family moved to Newville, Pennsylvania and Shughart grew up on the family’s dairy farm. A graduate of Big Spring High School in Newville, he had a brother and two sisters, and worked hard tending the herd and farming. He enlisted in the Army while still in school, and went to Ranger school at Ft. Lewis in Washington after basic training. After qualifying for Special Forces, he was transferred to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina before being sent to Somalia.

Medal of Honor Citation

Sergeant First Class Shughart, United States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on 3 October 1993, while serving as a Sniper Team Member, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Sergeant First Class Shughart provided precision sniper fires from the lead helicopter during an assault on a building and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fires. While providing critical suppressive fires at the second crash site, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the site.

Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After their third request to be inserted, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader received permission to perform this volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader were inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site.

Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Sergeant First Class Shughart pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position.

Sergeant First Class Shughart used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while traveling the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. Sergeant First Class Shughart continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Sergeant First Class Shughart's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army.

Carlisle Barracks staff assist with state emergency response exercise

Members of the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service and Emergency Management staff recently took part in evaluating a State Health and Human Services exercise.

Becky Myers and Jeff Hanks from ACS and emergency manager Barry Shughart and volunteer Brian Proa took part in the multi-day mass care focused exercise held at Shippensburg University and Penn State Harrisburg Aug. 13-16.

“We were involved in all the planning starting in August of 2015, helped evaluate and contributed to the After Action Review,” said Shughart. “This exercise was a great opportunity for our ACS staff who do sheltering (safe haven) for Carlisle Barracks, to see how sheltering is managed at the state level.”

Shughart also said that the experience allowed the ACS and Emergency Management staff to make valuable contacts at the state, Red Cross and many other strategic level providers that will be invaluable if a large incident requires sheltering of Carlisle Barracks personnel.

“We also better understand the mechanics, management and who to contact in these types of emergency response or requests which will reduce the impact to Carlisle Barracks personnel quickening the recovery process,” he said.

USAWC softball series hits full stride

The Army War College Class of 2018 softball season series hits frull stride this week.

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Meet your Garrison: Retirement officer brings vets perspective

Jack Lentz, the Carlisle Barracks Retirement Services Officer, brings the perspective of a former servicemember to his position which allows him to provide information to the more than 50,000 retirees in the local area.

Lentz, who arrived at Carlisle Barracks in July 2016, is the main point of contact for retirees, veterans, survivors and military family members of all branches of service.

“The best part of my job is working with retirees, veterans and survivors,” he said. “Every day provides a new challenge and satisfaction.”

Born and raised in the Newville, Pa area, Lentz retired in 2005 from Active Duty in the Army National Guard as a master sergeant. He continued to work with the Pennsylvania National Guard from 2005-2016 in Human Resources – Retirement Services. 

Lentz can assist retirees with a variety of concerns to include assistance in the many entitlements such as Tricare, Dental, DEERS/ID Cards, obtaining missing records/documents, preparation of retirement packets at age 60, general medical information, changes and updates to retiree SBP plans, updates to the retired pay system, assist with address changes and provide notary services just to name a few.

One of the most visible events that Lentz helps put on is the annual Retiree Appreciation Day, which is one of the largest on the East Coast. The annual event provides retirees from all services an opportunity to learn about the latest in TRICARE, get their yearly flu shot, meet with representatives from the legal office and more. This year’s event is slated for Oct. 7, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lentz comes from a military family, as all four of his siblings served, his wife is still serving and one of his children is currently serving in the Air Force.

He said he appreciates the small-town feel of Carlisle Barracks and encouraged newcomers to get out and learn more about the history in the Cumberland Valley.

“There is an endless list of things to see and do,” he said.

Army War College uses battlefield staff ride to carry lessons in leadership
CARLISLE, Pa. (September 25, 2017) – Standing in a line of trees along what was once the Confederate Army’s battle line, Doug Douds looked across the nearly mile-long field in front of him. The field had witnessed the ill-fated infantry assault known as Pickett’s Charge. He turned to the Army War College students of Seminar 14 and asked, “What are Lee’s options?”
Standing near the High Water Mark  in Gettysburg, Pa, historian and professor Doug Douds demonstrates how Pickett’s division moved across the open battlefield. The lesson  to students of the U.S. Army War College was part of a battlefield staff ride Sept. 20.
Professor and historian, Douds posed the question as part of a battlefield staff ride Sept. 20, and to engage the group in an exercise in strategic thought. He encouraged the group to consider the geopolitical environment of both the Confederacy and Union, and weigh the pressure from the leadership in Richmond, the strategic goals of Lee’s Northern Campaign, and the logistical and operational stress of maintaining and maneuvering an army behind enemy lines.
The exercise would bridge two elements of the curriculum, linking theories of war with the challenges of strategic leadership, using the decision-making of general officers on the Gettysburg Battlefield in July of 1863. A dozen war college historians moved through the battlefield, each guiding a seminar group to see how the insights of Thucydides, Jomini and Clausewitz were applied by generals Meade and Lee.
“It’s a real case study to see how things actually work together, and it’s very gratifying for me as a professor to see they’re actually making those connections,” said Prof. Vanya Bellinger, part of the seminar 14 faculty team.
Army War College students in Seminar 14 listen as Doug Douds explains Gen. Lee’s options as he moved into the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Douds gave the lesson in strategic leadership as part of a battlefield staff ride Sept. 20.
“Theory of War and Strategy is the first real course the students take, and sometimes it feels too complicated, too theoretical, too abstract, too many great ideas,” said Bellinger,  who is the USAWC Professor of Clausewitz Studies.  “As a professor I sometimes feel like we’re throwing them into the deep water, and it’s really cold water. Sometimes the students can’t make the connection. They have a hard time, in the beginning, realizing why we need to study those ideas:  Why do we need to understand the theory of war?
“When you come to a staff ride like this, then you actually realize these things do matter. Those ideas do matter -- the ideas about the political nature of warfare, about the ends, where we want to go, and what are our means, and what are our ways,” said Bellinger, she said, referring to the ends-means-ways strategy model. “These things do matter.”
At each stop, at places like Little Round Top, The Peach Orchard and the High Water Mark, Douds and the students discussed the leadership decision-making associated with the battle’s development. What were the options available and how did relationships between the key leaders influence the decisions that ultimately led to a Union victory.
Army War College students of Seminar 14 led by historian and professor Doug Douds complete their march across Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg Battlefield. The reenactment of Pickett’s Charge was part of a lesson in strategic leadership and battlefield staff ride Sept. 20.
As they faced the field of Pickett’s Charge, the seminar weighed Lee’s options as he would have understood them. With a better understanding of his decision-making, the war college students set off across the long-ago fields of fire.
Years from now, they may not remember what we talked about here today, said Douds, but they will always remember Pickett’s Charge. That drives home the complexities of senior-leader decision-making – and the effects on soldiers who execute those decisions.
“We study theory of war, and you don’t really get a sense for that human dimension, said Army student Lt. Col. Jim Pangelinan. “We learn from Clausewitz who says, ‘War is fundamentally a human endeavor, it’s a clash of wills,’ but at Gettysburg you get a sense of that human cost, that human dimension.”

USAWC Blackboard has a new  online 'name' 2

The URL for the Army War College's Blackboard site has changed, as of September 6.

You can access it at:   https://

If you are having trouble getting to that URL from your govt. computer using Internet Explorer, open Mozilla Firefox and insert the URL.

Firefox should be loaded on all of the USAWC computers. If you cannot find the orange globe logo for Firefox, and believe you are an exception, contact the work order desk at 717-245-3000.

Army War College honors Hispanic-American contributions
The Army War College celebrated Hispanic American Heritage Month at an event in the Letort View Community Center, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
This year’s event honored the contributions Hispanics-Americans make to our Army and nation.
The celebration was open to the public, and members and neighbors of the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks community were welcomed.
The observance featured a panel of three Army War College speakers, who will shared stories of the contributions Hispani-Americans make to our country as both Soldiers and civilians.
An educational and interactive performance by Los Bomberos De La Calle showcased the traditional music of Puerto Rico with a sampling of traditional food from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and displays related to the many cultures of Latin America.
Each year the nation observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th. The theme for the 2017 month-long observance is “Shaping the Bright Future of America.”
During the month the nation celebrates the diversity that makes our country stronger and more capable, and the histories, cultures, and contributions citizens with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America have made to our nation.

America’s diversity has always been one of our nation’s greatest strengths. Hispanic Americans have long played an integral role in America's rich culture, proud heritage.
Hispanic-Americans contribute their own traditions, culture, language, values, work ethics and ideals to the vitality and meaningful legacy in our Nation’s cultural framework.
Hispanic-Americans have enhanced and shaped our national character with traditions that reflect their multiethnic and multicultural customs.

USAHEC demonstrates the Soldier’s experience in World War I exhibit

Visiting the WWI exhibit to know how individual soldiers experienced the thing we call war.

“Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France” is the theme of the Army Heritage and Education Center’s WWI exhibit. The exhibits takes a look at the Soldier experience, highlighting their stories by using images, artifacts, and archival materials. The exhibit is currently open and will continue through November 11, 2019

As you enter the exhibition you hear what it could have been like for a Soldier during the war. The sounds of weapons firing and shells flying overhead as you get immersed into the stories of WWI Soldiers, like Sgt. Evan Miller while stationed in France at an Army hospital, or Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Lloyd Seibert as he finds himself in the middle of the Argonne offensive armed with just a M1897 shotgun. 

“At this exhibition we take you right down into the trenches of WWI and introduce you to soldiers and, using their words and material, tell the story of what was going,” said John Leighow, Director of the Army Heritage Museum.

 “When you couple the artifacts with photographs, letters, and archival material and put them together in a way that tells the story of World War I, it allows the visitor to really relate to the experience through the eyes of the individual soldier -- and to better understand what was going on at the soldier level,” he said.

Throughout the exhibit, the stories of 16 different soldiers are intertwined with displays of how soldiers peered over the tops of their trenches, the weapons used by the Allies and German Armies, and what it might have look like from a manned observation balloon high in the sky looking down onto the battle fields of France.

 “I am compelled by the material of the individuals that are in this exhibit,” said Leighow. “At the very end we used up-lifting stories from soldiers and the drawings of soldiers about “cooties” (slang term used for body lice). These drawings come from a soldier’s papers and to me that just says a lot about the experience more than can be conveyed with just words.”

“The exhibit also examines how new technologies, such as machine guns, tanks, poison gas, artillery, and aircraft, were important in both influencing the outcome of the war and increasing the devastation and loss of life,” he said.

A second WWI area is located on the bridge deck of Ridgway Hall, with additional artifacts and a photographs exhibit.

After experiencing the WWI exhibit, visit the other exhibits featured at AHEC, including Treasures of USAHEC, and The Soldier Experience, where you’ll find a WWI-era French-built Renault tank. Everything is open to the public and free, with plenty of easy-access parking at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle 17013.

War Colleges spotlight gaming for strategic military education

Sep. 18, 2017 – Wargames entertain, and stir the imagination.  Because they engage, they stimulate the intellect, according to a leading expert in a roundtable discussion of Wargaming in Education, sponsored by the Army War College division of Strategic Simulations.  “They enlighten you. They do that by creating what I like to call ‘synthetic experience’,” he said.




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Perla, quoted above, is the author of ‘The Art of Wargaming: A Guide for Professionals and Hobbyists’. Rounding out the panel of experts on gaming in the classroom:  James Lacey of the Marine Corps War College; David Lai, Army War College research professor; and James Sterrett, chief of Simulations and Education for the Army Command and General Staff College. 

Army Lt. Col. Joe Chretien, of the Army War College, set the stage for the roundtable among participants engaged in strategic education.  “We’re here to discuss the importance of integrating wargames into the curriculum to provide a more interactive and experiential experience for the students.”

“The only thing I want them to be able to do when they leave is think about gaming,” said Lacey. “I don’t want them to react. They’ve spent 20 years learning to react in tactical decision-making, training, actual fighting – they are very good at reacting. Now I want them to think, and I want them to have as much time as I can for them to think.” He contrasted interaction with a strategic thinking game against playing a video game – “a first-person shooting game” – in terms of the effect on the student’s ability to think, learn, and comprehend. 

Lai offered a sports analogy to help in understanding why gaming fits with strategic education. “Sports are a way for warriors to practice mental attitudes and physical traits without fighting – and that’s what games do intellectually,” he said. “They let you develop those mental muscles.”

Perla added: “Games are, in essence, a form of player-developed narrative and they draw on the power of human storytelling … to bring people into the game. And, by doing that, the players engage themselves in the game. They take ownership of the game.

“It’s a game, but, for a little while it’s real,” said Perla. “They don’t just observe it; they don’t just read about it. They have to actually act. They have to do something: they have to move a piece … or make an argument. It makes the intangible tangible.”

Perla pointed to the fact of Navy commanders’ decision-making during World War II as evidence of the success of Navy wargaming between the wars at the Naval War College. Since then, educational methodologies have come and gone, especially with the advent of computers and operations research, but gaming endures.

If debate is a way to more fully deconstruct the issues, then the speaker-audience interaction provided rich understanding of the tactical elements of shaping and executing gaming in education. For example, one educator opined that, “games, by their nature, are reductionist.” Additionally, the audience questioned the speakers on the risk that gaming could reinforce the wrong lessons.   One member of the audience triggered a discussion of the instructor’s roles. ‘What do you want the students to learn’, ‘what’s the purpose’ and ‘how much time is available’ are among the questions, and it’s the answers to these questions that will drive the gaming support specialist in creating an effective gaming experience.  

Army Responds to Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Army (including Active Duty, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard) remains involved in, or prepared to support State, Territory, or other Federal Agencies such as FEMA, as part of Hurricane Irma relief operations.

Virgin Islands National Guard members arrive at the Port Authority facility on St. Croix where they are processed for travel on military aircraft. Tennessee Air National Guard members, alongside VING personnel staff, screen and review credentials before local, military and federal personnel board aircraft on Sept. 9, 2017, for movement to St. Thomas after Hurricane Irma ravaged the island. (Courtesy of the Virgin Islands National Guard)

Governors are best postured to determine the needs of their residents and establish response priorities, and are currently using Army National Guard Soldiers to help meet those needs. The Army has prepositioned or is in the process of positioning equipment and personnel in the affected areas to ensure adequate resources are readily available if/when needed.

Here are a few highlights as of 5pm Eastern time, 10 September 2017:

•  The current Total Army response for Hurricane Irma is more than 9,900 Soldiers and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers civilians in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the continental United States. 

•  The Army has six aircraft, almost 500 trucks, and more than 80 generators committed to relief efforts.  The Army has more than 150 aircraft, almost 600 generators, 150 boats, and nearly 3,000 trucks on standby to support response efforts if called upon.

•  Army National Guard Soldiers from Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are currently on State Active Duty status and are either responding, or prepared to respond to each Governor’s priorities. Additionally, National Guard units in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina are conducting routine inactive duty training, which they will utilize to prepare for a Hurricane Irma response, if required.

A group of Soldiers with the Florida National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Emergency Response Force-Package inflate a zodiac boat used in the rescue operations of civilians during disasters such as Hurricane Irma. The CERF-P joins the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services and Urban Search and Rescue at a staging in Orlando while they await reconnaissance and rescue missions. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen Fleischmann)

The Army Corps of Engineers is already working in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to assist

•  The Corps is also monitoring conditions at the Herbert Hoover Dike (Lake Okeechobee) and continue to provide expert status updates.

•  The Army also has active-duty officers assigned with FEMA Regions II, IV, and V Headquarters to assist with providing expert military advice on storm response efforts.

Spouses find personal, professional opportunities at USAWC
CARLISLE, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2017) – Spouses of Army War College resident students are able to take a series of war college courses and workshops designed to promote personal, professional and family growth, and to complement the experience of their spouse in the war college class. The key to the Military Family Program is the ability to pick and choose classes and workshops, build a personal program, and benefit from war college education. 
Christina Daily, director of the Military Family Program, introduces USAWC spouses to the Military Family Program during a welcome event July 10. The Military Family Program offers courses to promote personal, professional and family growth, and complements the experience of the war college class.
The Army War College sponsors the Military Family Program to enhance family members’ Carlisle experience with graduate-level educational opportunities, some of which mirror selected war college classes.  Interested spouses can elect to take classes with personal or family benefit, such as those about financing college, or understanding the challenges of elderly parents. Other courses offer skills for professional responsibilities in the workforce or in military settings as a member of a command team or in volunteer organizations. Examples are the negotiations workshop, the Senior Spouse Leader Seminar, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator class on interpreting MBTI results.
“The Executive Spouse Leadership Development Course is an opportunity for spouses who want to take it to the next level,” said Christine Daily, MFP Director. “They can actually individualize their learning experience while they’re here.”
The Executive Spouse Leadership Development Program offers a series one hour of classes scheduled across the academic year. Spouses earn a U.S. Army War College certificate upon completion of three foundation courses and six elective classes.  Foundation courses are workshops in Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills (FLAGS), Protocol, and Public Speaking workshops (each offered more than once during the year). Electives are selected by each spouse from a list that addresses social media best practices, spouse employment transition, marriage seminar, mindfulness training, college financial planning and a 3-part financial planning series.
The Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills workshop is a one-week workshop to hone personal skills as a group leader; the workshop is for and by students who exercise their own skills while guiding development of others. FLAGS is offered only at the Army War College,designed as opportunity for senior spouses to develop as strategic thinkers and problem solvers through activities designed to improve self-awareness, communication skills, and decision-making. FLAGS participants develop and enhance skills through a combination of classroom experience, self-assessment instruments and small group activities.
A strength of the MFP is the opportunity for strategic discussions with other spouses, sharing different experiences and anticipating future experiences, said Dailey.
The MFP Dress for Success workshop, presented by Rita Gworek, is one of the more popular professional development offerings. Dress for Success, Aug 24, offered guidance to students and spouses alike about wardrobe selections appropriate to business or professional attire.
“This is something the War College felt was important for students’ spouses to provide graduate level educational opportunities for the spouses to help develop that strategic team,” said Dailey. “They’re exposed to some of the same materials the resident students are. It helps with conversation and teambuilding within their units or family units.”
Dailey’s office is in Root Hall but she is more easily contacted by email, phone or facebook:, 717-245-4784, Find the full array of program offerings on the MFP website, which accepts registration:

Sergeant Major of the Army urges Army War College, community to remember: Where were you on 9/11?
CARLISLE, Pa. (Sept. 11, 2017) – Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey returned to his home state, Pennsylvania, to help the Army War College and community remember together the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the subsequent 16 years of worldwide operations to safeguard America.
Army War College Command Sergeant Major Christopher Martinez, USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. John Kem and Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey salute as Taps plays to honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and in the following years of worldwide operations. The wreath laying was a part of a Patriot Day ceremony held in front of the war college’s Root Hall Monday.
In a somber ceremony in front of the war college’s Root Hall, Dailey greeted Gold Star family members, as well as elected, corporate, ROTC, and veteran service organization representatives from the Carlisle area community. They gathered with the Army War College’s student body of U.S. and international officers to look back at personal impacts and to look forward to the national commitment made possible by those who serve as first responders, Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.
Sergeant Major of the Army Dailey spoke of the importance of remembering Sep. 11, 2001 – pausing and reflecting on the things we must continue to do to make sure events of that nature never happen again.
People across this country feel, still, the impact of that historic day in an enduring, personal and meaningful way, he noted. Like the generations who remembered exactly where they were Dec. 7, 1941, when the Pearl Harbor tragedy became a part of history, people today have searing memories of where they were during the Sep. 11, 2001, blow to our nation.
Representing civilians, first responders and military personnel, Todd Wheeler, Roy Carte, David Myers, Richard Lewis and Staff Sgt. Brian Bartko each ring a bell in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The ringing of the bell was part of a Patriot Day ceremony held Monday at the Army War College to honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, and in the year of worldwide operations.
 “So much has happened, and so many people have been affected, that it’s important that we continue to ask that question. It’s important that the next generation, the generations who were not alive on that day, remember the impact on the nation as a whole.
“But most importantly, it’s a tribute to over 2900 people who lost their lives that day,” said Dailey.
He added that remembering is a tribute to the first responders, to families who lost someone in the attack or in responding without hesitation. It’s a tribute to those who have lived in fear of terror.
Surveying the audience composed overwhelmingly of first responders, military members and national security professionals, Dailey said, “It’s a reminder, ‘when we ask Where were you that day?’ of the people who continue to serve today.  It’s a reminder that we can never allow those events to happen for the people of the United States of America ever again.
Army War College Command Sergeant Major Christopher Martinez, USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. John Kem and Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey lay a wreath in front of the war college's Root Hall Monday. Monday's wreath laying was part of the Army War College's Patriot Day ceremony held in honor of the lives lost in the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and subsequent 16 years of worldwide operations.
“It’s a reminder that people are going to have to continue to serve and sacrifice for this nation to ensure those events never happen again on American soil,” said Dailey. “It’s a reminder that we have to continue that legacy for the next generation and the generation after.”

On 'Patriots' Day' consider how you might be a true patriot | Opinion

By Charles D. Allen

This Monday marks the 16th observance of Patriot Day as the National Day of Service and Remembrance following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

On that day, nearly 3,000 people were killed at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a field in Shanksville Pa.

The victims were not only those in the planes and buildings targeted for attack; they included first responders from police and fire departments. Crisis response and emergency medical teams also answered the call of service to others in that time of chaos.

The diverse collections of first responders did not care about the nationality, ethnic background, race, or religion of those in need. In fact, 372 non-Americans from more than 90 countries perished in those 9-11 attacks.

The Oxford Dictionary defines patriot as "A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors." To be a patriot requires the understanding that our country--The United States of America--has its founding principles clearly presented in the preambles of two documents.

From the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." And the U.S. Constitution begins "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

A true American patriot embraces the values of our nation, which are based on "unalienable Rights" of individuals, irrespective of their origins. A patriot seeks "Justice" in accord with the rule of law and strives for the "general Welfare" of those who pursue Life, Liberty, and Happiness in our society.

As I contemplated the events of this summer, and especially August, I have seen and heard of many who claim to be patriots.  With the devastation and still unfolding consequences of Hurricane Harvey, we are witness to true patriotism displayed by first responders as well as members of the US military (active and reserve components with about 200 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard) as they provide defense support to civilian authorities.

The more compelling examples are the patriots, who without official titles or credentials, were integral to search and rescue operations and continue to be essential to recovery operations.

Whether they are Texans, American citizens or not, they are vigorously supporting those in need and prepared to defend our country's values through their actions.

Across the nation, we will pause for moments of silence this Sept. 11.

In remembering the victims of that horrific day, consider how you will be a "patriot" and, through your service to others, enact the values upon which our nation was founded.

Public Honor and Private Thoughts, Civil War Soldiers in Their Own Words

Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Dr. Long Bao Bui

Perspectives in Military History Lecture is held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on Sep. 20. The lecture begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m.

As each Soldier in the Civil War tramped for endless miles down dusty roads, maneuvered through soggy, slimy mud, or charged into the powder-streaked faces of their enemies on countless battlefields across the warring Nation, they each had an individual reason to continue fighting.

Today, we can explore the innermost thoughts and feelings of these Soldiers through the letters they wrote home. The Civil War was the first major war in the Postal Age of mass communications and mass literacy. The war saw millions of Americans take to letter writing as the means of maintaining an informational and emotional link to loved ones at home.

Through their letters, Civil War Soldiers articulated their feelings, opinions, and observations about their experiences. These letters made it clear that these men fought for more than cause, country, or their brothers in arms. In their hearts and on paper, they nurtured the desire to both win the war, and to perform honorably and known to the public as having done so. Yet in their private letters, these same Soldiers articulated their vulnerabilities, their admissions of doubt and despair, their innermost emotional life, and their revulsion at war and its horrors.

For the men who penned these letters, sentimentality or lack of control was considered effeminate or a sign of masculine weakness. Behind the seal of closed envelopes, Civil War Soldiers lived a life they could not share publically, and Soldiers were left to their own devices to maintain the security of their private thoughts, and by extension, their social reputation and public standing.

Dr. L. Bao Bui received his doctorate in history in 2016 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his dissertation examined the culture of letter-writing during the Civil War. At the University of Illinois and at Ball State University, he has taught courses on American history, foreign policy, military history, human rights, film and social media, food politics, and gender studies. He is a past recipient of the USAHEC's General Matthew B. Ridgway Grant.

The Perspectives in Military History monthly lecture series concentrates on providing a historical dimension to the exercise of generalship, strategic leadership, and the war fighting institutions of Landpower. Featured speakers include Army leaders, veterans, and military historians from around the world.

All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972

Patriot Day

Palmerton Pennsylvania native Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey will address community members joining Carlisle Barracks in its commemoration of Sep. 11, 2001.

The short ceremony will start at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, 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. 

Dailey was sworn in as the 15th Sergeant Major of the Army on January 30, 2015 and is the Army Chief of Staff's personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force. In addition to four tours in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN, SMA Dailey deployed in support of Operations DESERT STORM and DESERT SHIELD. He earned the Bronze Star with Valor for his leadership during the 4th Infantry Division’s two-month “Battle for Sadr City” in 2008.

Key elements of the ceremony:

  • SMA Dailey 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. 
  • SMA Daily, Maj. Gen. Kem and CSM Martinez will lay a memorial wreath.

What’s happening this week at Carlisle Barracks…

Sept. 7- Celebrate the end of summer with your dog at the annual “Doggie Dip & Yappy Hour” Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m. rain or shine at the Splash Zone Swimming Pool. The Tiki Bar will be open 4- 10 p.m.  as well.

Sept. 7-8- Required PPL maintenance at the Carlisle Electrical substation will cause a momentary loss of power on Sept. 7, 8 at 6 a.m. both days.  The below facilities will be affected:

·         Heritage Heights Housing

·         Meadows Housing

·         Young Hall

·         400 Ashburn Drive (Fire Station)

·         650 Wright Ave (Collins Hall)

·         632 Wright Ave (Army Community Services/ASAP/ACOM)

·         686 Butler Road (Bowling Alley)

·         842 Sumner Road (Navy Federal/ITR/Dry Cleaners)

·         849 Patton Road (LRC)


Sept. 9 - Fall Yard Sale is set for 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Residents can set up in their yards or driveways. Non-resident employees of Carlisle Barracks and interested vendors can call (717) 245-4616 to reserve a space on Indian Field.

Sept. 11 – Patriot Day Observance 8:30 a.m. in front of Root Hall. The guest speaker for the event will be Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move into Bliss Hall. Forbes Ave in front of Root Hall will be closed during the ceremony.

Sept. 13- Geo Bachelor/Bachelorette Dinner, 5:30 p.m. at the post chapel. 

Sept. 14- Join local and national employers on Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K Street, for a hiring fair for veterans, military service members, Guard, Reserve and military spouses. Jobs will be available for all ranks and levels of experience. Learn more at

Multiple options available for fall soccerfor post youth

While Carlisle Barracks isn’t able to provide youth soccer on post this year, there are multiple options on-post and in the local community this fall.

The Carlisle Barracks Child & Youth Services program is hosting two soccer clinics – one on Sept. 23 and another on Oct. 14. Each two-hour clinic will focus on soccer fundamentals. Call (717) 245-4555 for more information.


·         Ages 12-18: 10 a.m. – noon

·         Ages 9-11: Noon – 2 p.m.

·         Ages 5-8: 2-4 p.m.  

Two area soccer leagues are also available for post youth – the Carlisle YMCA, which can be found at and the South Middleton Soccer Association at More details can be found at both sites.

Dean Lacquement to speak: Dickinson College's Clarke Forum invites public to N. Korea panel discussion

Sep. 6, 2017 -- Dean Richard Lacquement joins a panel of experts to address "Breaking Issue: North Korea Today," Thursday, 7 pm at the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues on the Dickinson College campus. The Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium is at 208 W. Louther Street, Carlisle, situated between N. West & N. College streets)                                                 

This panel of experts will share their ideas regarding the current North Korean political situation, including such perspectives as the relationship between North Korea and South Korea, tactics to control the nuclear threat, and U.S. policy.

Open to the public, the free event will additionally feature Jina E. Kim, visiting assistant professor of East Asian Studies with a focus on modern Korean history, literature and media; Jeff McCausland, visiting professor of International Security Affairs and former dean of academics at the Army War College;  and moderator Douglas Stuart, the Stuart Chair International Studies at Dickinson College and adjunct research professor with the Army War college.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Dickinson College Departments of Political Science, International Studies and East Asian Studies. See:

The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues has established a series of programmatic events dedicated to the theme of leadership in an age of uncertainty. This new initiative is grounded on the reality that today’s generation of Dickinson students confronts a large number of intractable political, economic, and social problems: terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, environmental pollution, global warming, a sustainable energy policy, the ongoing financial crisis, the federal deficit, the amount of public and private debt, the health care crisis, along with issues regarding race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as technology and privacy.

Other events of note:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Power of Big Social Media Data

H. Andrew Schwartz, Stony Brook University

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Breaking Issue: North Korea Today

Jina Kim, Dickinson College

Richard Lacquement, U.S. Army War College

Jeff McCausland, Dickinson College

Douglas Stuart , Dickinson College

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017 

Morgan Lecture

The Genocidal Foundation of the United States

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, American historian, writer and feminist

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Monday, September 18, 2017 *

Winfield C. Cook Constitution Day Address

Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age

Alexander Heffner, journalist, writer and civic educator

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Priestley Award Celebration Lecture

The Good News on Energy, Environment and Our Future

Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State University

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Everything is Connected

Peterson Toscano, theatrical performance activist

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Remixing the American Dream

Raquel Cepeda, journalist, critic, filmmaker, autobiographer

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Republican Politics Today

Reneé Amoore, Republican Party of Pennsylvania

Robert Borden ’91, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

David O’Connell (moderator), Dickinson College

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Imagining Cuba: Emerging Documentary Filmmaking within Social Change

Damián Sainz, Cuban filmmaker

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Fairness and Accountability in Algorithmic Culture

danah boyd, founder and president, Data & Society

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Contemporary School Segregation

Erica Frankenberg, Pennsylvania State University

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Wesley Lecture

An Indictment of the United Methodist Anti-Gay Doctrine

Franklyn Schaefer, pastor, activist and author

 Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Vaccine-Autism Controversy

Paul Offit, pediatrician and expert on vaccines, immunology and virology

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Friday, November 3, 2017

The Evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America

Sean Sherman, founder, The Sioux Chef

 Stern Center, Great Room, 4:30 p.m.


Monday, November 6, 2017

The Opioid Epidemic in Central Pennsylvania

Jack Carroll (moderator), Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission

Carrie DeLone, Geisinger Holy Spirit Medical Group

David Freed, Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office

Duane Nieves, Holy Spirit EMS

Kristen Varner, The RASE Project

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Shadow of “Fake News”

Jonathan Albright, Columbia University

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 

Using Your Genome and Big Data to Manage Your Health

Michael Snyder, Stanford University

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

An Evening with Solmaz Sharif

Solmaz Sharif, Iranian-American poet

 Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Meet your Garrison: Ops Center chief brings Army, FEMA experience to Carlisle Barracks

Todd Wheeler, (left) accepts an award from Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator, for his work in a Virtual Table Top Exercise program in 2013. Wheeler continues to apply the lessons he’s learned from his time in the Army and FEMA to the operations program at Carlisle Barracks.


The “Meet Your Garrison” series will focus on the men and women of Carlisle Barracks who work each day supporting the programs, tenants, employees, retirees, and servicemembers and their families. Each week we’ll highlight the people working hard behind the scenes to help make Carlisle Barracks one of the best hometowns in the Army.



You may recognize the name Todd Wheeler for a number of reasons – in addition to being a key player in the Installation Operations Center, he also keeps an eye on the sky, sending out the daily weather outlook for the area, helping leaders make informed decisions.

Wheeler, a 2012 graduate of the Army War College and Bloserville, Pa native, brings a wealth of experience from more than 21 years in the Army and three years at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Emergency Training Center.

“My time at FEMA helped provide an understanding of the science and art of the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and Incident Management System (ICS),” he said. “Army doctrine mandates we use both for exercise and response to emergency events with our Garrisons. ICS is also a great tool to use for planned events like Oktoberfest where many partners are involved in the support team with one common purpose and objectives.”

Wheeler has worked in a variety of assignments at Carlisle Barracks, having served in military and civilian positions at the Center for Strategic Leadership, the International Fellows Office, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute and Protocol. He returned to the post in 2015 to assume his current position as the DPTMS IOC Chief.

Wheeler holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University from 1986, a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University from 1998, a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College from 2012, and in 2017 joined his Cohort in pursuit of a PhD in Administration and Leadership with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 He said what makes Carlisle Barracks special is the people.

“Being a part of the Army team and working with great teammates in DPTMS is the best part of my job,” he said.

Rick Gross, Prevention Coordinator, Army Substance Abuse Program
Suicide Awareness Month - Keep It Local

Suicide.  It is a topic that those affiliated with the Army are familiar with.  Whether through one’s own personal or family experience; experiences in one’s unit or larger social circle; or just awareness of the Army’s high suicide rate; suicide is an often-present topic when you are in the Army family.

Before I address the issue of suicide itself, it is important to understand the context of the Army’s problem.  According to the Calendar Year 2015 DoD Suicide Event Report Annual Report (, the Army’s rate of suicide was 24.4 per 100,000 Service Members.  The rate in the general population is 13.0 in 2014 according to the CDC.  Notably, if adjusted for age and gender differences, these two rates would be similar.  The rate in the Army is slightly higher than the Air Force (20.5 per 100,000) and Marine Corps (21.2 per 100,000), but statistically comparable.  The Navy has a statistically lower rate (13.1) than the other three branches.

More concerning is this: from 2003 to 2009 the Army rate of suicide climbed steadily.  It used to be that the Army was a safety net, in a sense, from suicide risk.  The rate was half that of the general population.  As you can see, that is no longer the case.

There is not enough data or evidence to say for sure what is behind this intense rise in suicide.  What we can say with certainty is that many people in the Army family suffer so much and face such hopelessness that ending their own life is perceived as a reasonable option.

The source of suffering is different for each person.  Many Ssoldiers and veterans, especially those who have seen combat, walk around with an entire world inside their head that few can understand.  For others, Soldier and civilian alike, the hidden pain of broken relationships, struggles with addiction, or financial or other burdens weigh on them deeply.  Whatever the primary source of suffering we know another thing about those who commit suicide: most of them felt like they were carrying the burden alone.

I can say this with some certainty because of survivors’ testimonies.  There are plenty of them available to read or watch on the internet.  Virtually all of them say a variation of, “I felt so alone, like no one cared or that I was better off dead to those that did care.”  This “alone-ness” is the real enemy that we fight against in the month of September, Suicide Awareness Month.

During this month, I encourage you to start on the smallest possible level.  Ask friends and family members how they are doing.  Let them know you care.  Then, as days go by, extend the conversations to people you don’t know quite as well: the neighbor you see every day but don’t talk to, or the classmate that is often alone at lunch.  Say hello to them, smile, express gratitude for something they do.  You never know who is walking around with a heavy burden, and reaching out can make a big difference.

With a Soldier population of less than 1,000 at Carlisle Barracks, statistically we should have zero suicides each year.  The good news is that most years we meet that standard.  On the other hand, even a brief survey of colleagues and acquaintances at Carlisle Barracks showed me that most of them have been affected by suicide in the last three years, and one of those suicides was someone affiliated with the installation.  This September, let’s commit as a community to preventing any preventable deaths on this base, starting with suicide.  And let’s do that by starting in our immediate circle of family and friends, and extending it out to those we don’t know so well.

For more information, trainings are available throughout the month:

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1:30 – 3 p.m. in Bradley Auditorium

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Chapel

Thursday, Sept. 21, 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2 – 3:30 p.m. in Bradley Auditorium

Dunham expands hours of operation

As part of Dunham Army Health Clinic's continuing effort to provide the best possible care to our patients, they are adjusting their Thursday afternoon schedule. Starting on Sept. 7, the Clinic will remain open all day for the 1st and 3rd Thursday (5th too, if there is one) of every month. We will be closed for training on the 2nd and 4th Thursday.

For the rest of the calendar year Dunham will be OPEN on the following Thursdays.

- Sept. 7, 21 

- Oct. 5, 19

- Nov. 2, 16, 30

- Dec. 7, 21 

- Jan. 4

Pharmacy renovations underway

The Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic Main Pharmacy will be under renovation from August to December 2017 to improve our ability to provide efficient, safe, quality care to our beneficiary population.  We apologize in advance for any increased wait times you may experience due to decreased work space in the pharmacy and the number of windows we can operate during construction. 

A few tips are provided below:

· Starting September 1st, all Dunham pharmacy refill prescriptions will be dispensed through the PX Pharmacy location.  The PX Pharmacy hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M,T,W,F and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Please allow two business days to process all refill requests and call    (717) 245-3874 if you would like to check on the status of your refill prescription.

· No changes to pharmacy operations at Fillmore U.S. Army Health Clinic or Fort Indiantown Gap pharmacy locations.

· Please call (717) 245-4606 if you would like to check on the status of any new prescriptions that were ordered/faxed/called-in by your provider before traveling to the Dunham Main Pharmacy to pick them up.

· Our Pharmacy Staff is always available to assist you at the Dunham Main Pharmacy with any questions or concerns you have about your medications.

Improvements to the TRICARE Dental Program
On May 1, 2017, United Concordia Companies, Inc. (United Concordia) began managing the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP). Beneficiaries do not need to take any actions to continue their coverage.
The TDP is a voluntary dental benefit for eligible active duty family members, National Guard and Reserve members and their families. Several improvements to the TDP include:
·         The annual maximum TDP will pay will increase from $1,300 to $1,500
·         The TDP will consider sealants a free and preventive treatment, and no longer include a 20 percent cost share
·         The auto-enrollment age for family members will lower from age four to one
·         For most beneficiaries, the monthly premium rate will decrease
The Active Duty Dental Program and TRICARE Retiree Dental Program will not change.
The TDP will continue to provide access to a network of civilian dentists around the world. Your access to quality care will not change. However, some dentists currently in the TDP network may leave, while new ones will join. So, those currently enrolled may need to find a new dental provider. To find participating dentists please visit: You may nominate dentists to participate by clicking on “Nominate Your Dentist” on the page linked above and completing a simple form.

For more information regarding the TDP, please visit the TRICARE website or

DPTMS wins annual games

Members of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security hoist the trophy after receiving it from Lt. Col. Sally Hannan, Garrison Commander, after winning the games during the annual Garrison Organization Day.


Carlisle Barracks marked the end of the summer with food, friendship and athletic competition during the annual Organizational day. Employees brought food to share and faced off in friendly games of volleyball, corn hole, washer toss and horseshoes. The competition was won once again by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

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