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Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

MPs shut out QRF 18-0

 

  October 23, 2003-The Military Police flag football team battled the elements and the Quick Reaction Force team in a Wednesday evening game on Indian Field in an 18-0 victory.

    "You need to watch this team," said Murillo. "We are going to win it all."

    The rain began at the opening kickoff, which lead to a lot of dropped balls throughout the game.

    "No one can hold onto the ball," William Finch of the MP team said in frustration.

    The MPs were the first to strike off a short pass to Robert Monn on a fourth down from two yards out. Murillo dropped a short pass over the line to Monn who was open in the end zone. 

    "I was wide open," said Monn. "I turned and the ball was right there."

    On the first attempt at the extra point the MPs were whistled to a stop before the play materialized. The MPs were hit with a penalty, which pushed them back another 10 yards. The second attempt, a pass by Murillo, missed the receiver. The MPs lead the game 6-0.

 

    Late in the first half,  the QRF team was moving the ball easily up the field and seemed to be on their way to score. But an interception and 45 yard touchdown run along the sideline by Alf Alexis quickly doused the QRF's energy surge. The ensuing extra point the MPs tried, unsuccessfully to pass the ball in, but they went into the half with a comfortable 12-0 lead.

    "The ball just came into my area. I tipped it up once then grabbed it," said Alexis. "No one was around me so I just ran it straight into the end zone."

    The final score of the game didn't occur until the final seconds. Alexis of the MP's team caught a Murillo pass at the 20 yard line and ran it in through a mass of QRF players who were making a desperate attempt to stop the MPs from making a final score. There was no need to attempt an extra point so the game finished in the MPs favor with an 18-0 victory.

  

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post unveils state-of-the-art skate park

 

Oct. 20, 2003 - The shot heard 'round the post officially opened Carlisle Barracks skate park today and many of the post youth wasted no time in trying out the new equipment.

    "Wow, this stuff is really cool," said eight-year-old Aaron Shields as he jumped on his board and skated towards one of the ramps. His father, Lt. Col. Michael Shields, member of the Class of 2004, looked on. Both of his sons were there to try out the new park.

    "It's great that the post now has a skate park," said the eldest Shields. "We've been to some in North Carolina, and this is better than any of the ones I've seen."
    The new state-of-the-art park includes $45,000 worth of equipment, including a half-pipe, quarter-pipe, "pyramid," "ledge," "banks," and a stair set with a handrail and a "skate table". The equipment is made of steel which will hold up to the harsh northern weather, and because of its weight it is more stationery.  The table comes in at around 450 pounds according to Bob Salviano, director of Youth Services.

    "Safe and fun equipment is what we wanted to put in here and I think you can tell the kids really like it," Salviano said. "These kids have their own place to go to skate, and they can do it safely."

  In order to use the skate park, children will need to be a member of Youth Services, and also join the Carlisle Barracks Skate Club. The fee to join Youth Services is $15 a year and membership to the skate club will be $35 a year. Parents will also have to sign a liability release form, said Salviano. 

    "Once registered, kids will be issued a card, which they will need to have to use the skate park,"  he said. "They'll also be able to bring in two guests at a time to use it for $5.00 per person per day, as long as their parents have signed a waiver."

    Shields pointed out that $35 a year was a good deal compared to what they had paid at other skate parks.

    "Some of the places we've been to you pay $7 to use the park for the day and another fee for insurance," he said. "When you have a few kids who like to skate, it can get expensive."

    The skate park was something that former Post Command Sgt. Maj. Don Watkins, now director of youth sports, felt the post needed.

    "I told the garrison commander when I left that one of the first things I wanted to do was to get these kids a real skate park," said Watkins. "It's great to see them out here using it today."

    Another benefit of the park is that it's designed for users of all levels, and can also be added onto very easily according to Will Hemler, park designer for Skatewave Inc., the company who designed and installed the park.

 

 "We wanted to install a community park," said Helmer. "We wanted something that kids of all ages and abilities could use, not just one for the experienced riders."

     Judging from the nearly two dozens kids who were using the park minutes after it opened, the park is perfect for Carlisle Barracks.

    "This place is the best," said Aaron Shields as he flashed a huge smile after completing his turn on the half-pipe. "I can't wait to do it again."

    "That's great to hear, that's exactly what we were going for," said Helmer.

 

Editors note: Youths who wish to play roller hockey may use the basketball court next to the skating rink. There will be a fence put up to separate the two areas.

 

Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Officer

Flexibility key to safe, secure America

 

Oct. 9, 2003 - "The homeland is secure when every hometown is secure," said Tom Ridge, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, while speaking to USAWC students, staff and faculty about the challenges of forming the Department in the wake of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.           

    Ridge and members of his staff were at Carlisle Barracks for two days while attending a conference on strategy development and execution at the Center for Strategic Leadership in Collins Hall.  While here, Ridge participated in a presentation to the students as part of the Commandants Lecture Series.

    During his remarks, Ridge thanked all of those in uniform who have recently returned from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  He acknowledged their "service and sacrifice" and said, "we all agree that the most effective deterrent to terrorism is taking the fight to the enemy, where they plan and where they train."  Ridge also thanked the spouses and children of the campaign veterans and expressed his gratitude for their sacrifices, as well.

    According to Ridge, securing the homeland will require us to be "as flexible as our enemy."

    He also cited flexibility as key to the evolution of the DHS, which developed in less than two years from an initial concept into a newly formed department, representing 22 different agencies and more than 180,000 people. 

    Ridge was sworn in as the first Secretary of the DHS on January, 24, 2003, although he held the title of Director of the Office of Homeland Security since October 2001.  He came to this position after being twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1995 to 2001.

    The evolution of the Department of Homeland Security is based on our country's "need to respond to future events" and to "develop a national strategy" to secure the homeland, said Ridge. 

    He also said he looked to military men and women to help take on this task because he "values the military mind set, can-do attitude and mission focus." 

    One of the first challenges facing the DHS was to organize numerous agencies into a functional department tasked with successfully implementing the nation's Homeland Security strategy, a organization process that is still ongoing.  

    The agencies that are part of the DHS will be housed in one of four directorates: Border and Transportation Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Science and Technology, and Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection.

    Ridge described two as "legacy" directorates, two as "new" and one as the "enabling" arm of the DHS.

    The Border and Transportation Security directorate will bring the major border security and transportation operations under one roof, to include the U.S. Customs Service, Immigration and Naturalization and the newly formed Transportation Security Administration. 

    The Emergency Preparedness and Response directorate will oversee disaster preparedness training and coordinate government disaster response. It will bring together agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the FBI's National Domestic Preparedness Office, and the Nuclear Incident Response Team. 

    The Science and Technology directorate will coordinate research and development efforts, including preparing for and responding to the full range of terrorist threats involving weapons of mass destruction.  Agencies in this directorate include the National Biological Warfare Defense Analysis Center and the Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

    The Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection directorate will analyze intelligence and information from other agencies (including the CIA, FBI, DIA and NSA) involving threats to homeland security and evaluate vulnerabilities in the nation's infrastructure.  This is the directorate responsible for issuing warnings and recommending appropriate protective actions and they will bring together agencies like the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center and the Federal Computer Incident Response Center. 

    The Secret Service and the Coast Guard will also belong to the DHS, remaining intact and reporting directly to the Secretary.  Incidentally, these are the only two organizations that will continue using their distinctive organizational seals, rather than converting to the new DHS seal.

    For more information about the Department of Homeland Security, visit their website at http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/index.jsp

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

From Ship to Shore, soldier finds new opportunities

 Oct. 10, 2003-Spc. Nicholas Simmons, an administration specialist at Headquarters Company, sat proudly in his starched Army BDUs and freshly shined boots as he spoke of his decision to join the Army over re-enlisting in the Navy.

    "The Army just had more to offer me," said Simmons. "The Navy wouldn't give me any of the jobs that I wanted."

    Simmons, a Jamaica Queens, N.Y. native, was a jet mechanic for the Navy from 1990 to 1994. During that enlistment, he traveled to many countries around the world, including: Puerto Rico, Nova Scotia, France and Italy on several different aircraft carriers, but he didn't feel that the Navy was where he wanted to spend the remainder of his career.

    "I didn't think the Navy was making me into the person I wanted to be," said Simmons. "When I was in the Navy. I was fat and there wasn't really any respect in the enlisted ranks. We even called each other by first names. When it came down to making the decision for my future I knew that I didn't want to go back into that environment. I wanted to get into something that would challenge me and help me develop personally for my future."

    In 1997, Simmons made the decision to enlist in the Army. He wanted independence, respect, and to become more of man than he had been in the past.

    "I knew I had to start living on my own again instead of relying on my parents," Simmons said.

    It was a decision that he has never regretted.

    "I'm in better shape now and much more respectful," said Simmons. "The Army has changed my life."

    Simmons 's first job in the Army was as a tank mechanic with the 1-5 Cavalry Mechanized Infantry at Fort Hood, Texas

    After leaving Fort Hood, Simmons PCSed to Korea until he PCSed to Carlisle Barracks in January of  this year.

    Earlier this summer, Simmons reenlisted in the Army for two years. He plans to change his Military Occupational Specialty to Computer/Automations System Repairer in the near future.

    "I just want to try some different things when I'm in the Army," said Simmons.

    Simmons also plans to earn a college degree during his time in the military. He is thinking about a degree in computer technology, but has not committed to anything yet.

    Simmons plans to stay in the Army until retirement.

    "I've been very happy in the military, and I've had a chance to do a lot of things that I wouldn't have been able to do as a civilian," said Simmons. "I'm almost halfway to retirement now, so I might as well stay in and take advantage of what the Army has to offer."

 

 

 Maj. James D. Redwine, Directorate of Information Management

Use government resources for official business ONLY

 

   Editor's note: This information was compiled from a memorandum for Carlisle Barracks Personnel dated Oct. 17, 2003.

 

    All personnel will use government-owned information systems in accordance with Carlisle Barracks Regulation 25-70.  Personnel will use these resources for official and authorized purposes only.  Unauthorized use may result in revocation of user access to systems or services, administrative or disciplinary actions and/or punitive actions.

    Examples of UNAUTHORIZED use include, but are not limited to soliciting business, advertising, or engaging in other selling activities in support of private business enterprises, fundraising activities and other uses that would reflect adversely on the Army, or which are incompatible with public service such as chain letters or "for sale" messages.  Fundraising for private enterprises, conducting a private business, such as a tax preparation service, harassing e-mail, surfing sexually oriented sites, or downloading sexually oriented material is also unauthorized.

    The Joint Ethics Regulation specifically prohibits using government equipment for outside employment.  Personal use also excludes using government office equipment for activities that are illegal, inappropriate or offensive to fellow employees or the public.  Such activities include gambling, hate speech, sexually explicit materials or material that ridicule others on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation. The creation, downloading, storage, copying, transmission, or retransmission of chain letters, broadcast transmissions or other mass mailings, regardless of the subject matter, is inappropriate use.

    Any use that could cause congestion, delay, degradation or disruption of service to any government system or equipment is also inappropriate.  For example, video, sound or other large files, "push" technology on the Internet and other continuous data streams. 

    In general, for personal communications that are reasonably made from the workplace, to include communications by E-mail and brief Internet searches are authorized provided such use causes no adverse impact on the employee's official duties, is of reasonable duration and during personal time. These authorized communications and searches must also serve legitimate public interest, cause no adverse reflection on the Department of Defense and in some way enhance professional development while not detracting from primary duties and mission accomplishment. 

    Examples of authorized purposes include, but are not limited to sending E-mail to build office morale by keeping employees informed of office activities, sending E-mail to families at home while on temporary duty, making a medical appointment, reading a news magazine at a website or browsing for professional information having general relevance to official duties.

    Personnel do not have a right or expectation of privacy while using government-owned information systems or services, including Internet access. Personnel who use government-owned computer systems consent to monitoring in accordance with applicable regulations, directives and laws.

    All personnel have a duty to protect and conserve government information systems.  Personnel who discover unauthorized or illegal use of government information systems have an obligation to report the misuse to the appropriate authorities, e.g., supervisor, Information Assurance Officer, Information Systems Security Officer, Information Systems Security Manager or law enforcement.

 

 

 

Post leaf clean-up

    The leaves are falling and leaf pick-up season is upon us again. Residents are asked to rake their leaves to a curbside that does not allow parking or to an area that is accessible to the leaf vacuum.  Leaves should not be bagged - bagged leaves will not be picked up.  Please do not mix leaves with other yard waste (i.e., sticks, trimmings, pumpkins, etc.).  These will clog or damage the machine.  Mixed piles will not be picked up.

    Please be patient with leaf pick up personnel as some roads may be closed for short periods as crews work in that area.  The leaf machine is large and difficult to maneuver.  Please yield if possible. 

      All non-leaf waste can be scheduled for pick up by calling the work order desk at X54019.  The leaf vacuum machine cannot reach piles of leaves that are behind parked cars. 

    Leaves in housing areas will be vacuumed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to the extent possible. Leaves in common areas will be vacuumed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Please be patient, as DPW will eventually pick up all leaf piles that are accessible to the vacuum. 

 

Former U.S. Army War College Commandant passes away

 

    Retired Army Lt. Gen Howard D. Graves, former commandant of the U.S. Army War College (1987-1989), died at College Station, Texas, on Sept. 13, 2003. 

    In addition to serving as commandant from 1987-1989, Graves was the 54th superintendent of West Point, 1991-1996 and vice director of the Joint Staff, 1986-1987.  Graves was also a member of the West Point Class of 1961.

    Graves was buried at West Point on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003.

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Commandant, CSM host Soldier social

 

  "It's an honor and privilege to share this opportunity with the commandant to thank you for what you do on a daily basis. We know what happens and who makes things happen and we want to show you our appreciation."

    With these remarks, Post Command Sgt. Maj. David Roman kicked off the annual enlisted social Oct. 14 at the Letort View Community Center. More than 150 Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, junior officers and their spouses attended the dinner party hosted by the USAWC commandant, Maj. Gen. David H. Huntoon.

    "The people who make this post work are the Soldiers, NCOs and junior officers on a day-to-day basis," Huntoon said. "It would not happen without your work. I am very, very proud of your work. We count on you; we need you. We are delighted to see you."

    Service members were treated to a hearty buffet that included fried chicken, barbeque ribs, potato salad and a variety of desserts and beverages. 

    "This year's social is better than last year's," said Sgt. Albert McCall III of the Human Resource Directorate. "We are inside, the music is better and the atmosphere is very welcoming."

 

    McCall, along with Staff Sgt. Sonya Hall of Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison and Sgt. Carla Illingsworth from Executive Services, got the evening's entertainment started with a rousing rendition of pop artist Prince's "Kiss."

    "They are doing good," Roman said. "This is all for them to show our appreciation."

    Huntoon sat with soldiers and talked with them about previous duty stations and assignments. To get a feel for what's on the enlisted soldier's mind, he asked, " if you were commandant, what would you change or want to see improved about Carlisle Barracks?" The responses ranged from problems with heating systems and staying informed at Stanwix Apartments, to extending operating hours at the commissary and PX, and expanding clothing sales. Huntoon said he has already looked into the military clothing issue.

    "I think this was very good for him, very nice,"  said Nicole Brewer about the commandant. "This was a great way to start his command, and I am very glad I got to meet him," said the wife of Sgt. Charles Brewer from the chaplain's office.

    "This is a great chance to meet new people and to express concerns about on-post living conditions for Soldiers," said Staff Sgt. Hector Santiago, platoon sergeant, HQ, USAG.

    "He's a good people person. He kept checking on us all evening," said Pfc. Tyree Bundy, from Center for Strategic Leadership. "He's genuinely concerned for his soldiers."

         

CFC still ongoing

    If you still haven't made your contribution to the 2003 Combined Federal Campaign it's not too late. Contact your key person today.

 

Garrison Project Officer and key person - ( to include CEA, DPT, Force Protection, PJA, RCI, ADCO, Saftey, EEO, IRAC, and EO).- Sgt. William Ross

CIO - Master Sgt. David Shrader

PAO/ Chief of Staff - Staff Sgt. Krishna Gamble

USAWC/MHI - Ms. Melinda Torres

APFRI - Sgt. First Class Cynthia Hughes

DPW - Marla Shade

Dunham - Sgt. Mycal Dickson, Debbie McKenzie and Sgt. Christopher Hultgren

Commissary - Larry Hoover, Steve Oldham or Bob Moore

SSI - Jeannie Clubb

CSL - Master Sgt. Kenneth Reeder

Dentac- Staff Sgt. Cornman

HQ Co - Spc. Scott Fees

DOIM- Ms. Maria Jones

DRM- Judy Vetock

HRD-Sgt. Albert McCall

DPW-Marla Shade

AWC Library-Christine Shoffner

AWC/DMSPO-Dorothy Overcash

Deans Office-Lorna Richardson

DCLM-Susan Kennedy

DAA-Staff Sgt. Robert Dodson

CSL-Master Sgt. Paul Pherigo

DCA-Mary Anne Turnbaugh

IOC-Maril Schatt

DDE-Nancy Bie

Chapel-Sgt. Charles Brewer

'The Spirit of  Volunteerism'

 

 As Maj. Gen. David H. Huntoon has reminded us, we are a "Nation at War" and our military volunteers in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard continue to successfully defend our way of life and our national values.  Recently, we honored one of those tremendous volunteers, Col. Thomas Williams, Director of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, with a Bronze Star for the sacrifices that he made during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

    Williams and countless others have exemplified the spirit of volunteerism by not only volunteering for a military career, but also volunteering to go in harm's way to further our nation's goals and values. 

   Throughout October and November, we are presented with another way, perhaps less spectacular but nonetheless as vital, to volunteer and rededicate ourselves to our nation and our neighbors. The Combined Federal Campaign was created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy Jr. and is rooted in the numerous charitable campaigns that began in the early 1960's.  Today, the CFC continues to answer the needs of individuals to volunteer their time, talents, and resources to support those who are less fortunate.  This annual campaign supports more than 1,300 agencies that help people in need at home and around the globe. 

    In 2002, more than $500,000 in charitable donations were received and allocated through the campaign in the Greater Harrisburg Area of Pennsylvania.  Since its establishment, the CFC has become the only authorized conduit to solicit donations in the federal workplace.

   The United States Armed Forces have always been devoted supporters of the campaign.  This year, the Greater Harrisburg CFC volunteers hope to raise $525,000.  Just think of what a difference a monthly donation of $10.00 will make in the lives of those less fortunate.   A seemingly small donation can have a tremendous effect when we all pull together.  Your donation can be distributed to one or several organizations participating in the CFC and it is as easy as indicating your desire to donate through payroll allotment. 

   We may not be able to contribute as directly as Col. Tom Williams,  but we can support our nation through a donation to any of the fine service organizations listed in the CFC brochure. When your CFC Chairperson contacts you please consider, for a moment, the "spirit of volunteerism" that has become the hallmark of our nation.  Since 1

 

Carlisle Barracks Safety Office

Halloween safety tips

 

Before Halloween

 

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.

  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.

  • When shopping for costumes, wigs, and accessories, look for and purchase only those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.

  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.

  • Take extra effort to eliminate tripping or other hazards on your porch and around your property.

 

When Trick-or-Treating

 

  • A parent or responsible Adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

  • Only go to homes with porch lights on.

  • Never cut across yards or alleys.

  • Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.

  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.

  • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.

  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.

  • No treat is to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an Adult at home.

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Love, respect does not equal abuse, violence

 

    Oct. 15, 2003 -- Are you safe in your current relationship? Take a moment and think about it. Are you afraid of your partner? Has your partner ever threatened you? Hit you? Has your partner ever said things that made you feel worthless, ugly or less than human? Has your partner ever done any of these things and promised never to do it again?

    If you answered "yes" to any of these situations, you may be in an abusive relationship. Now is the time to get out, or maybe, now is the time to get help

    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence, or intimate violence, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.  Abuse between partners can take many forms. It may include emotional or verbal abuse, denial of access to resources or money, restraint of normal activities or freedom, isolation from friends and family, sexual coercion or assault, threats to kill or to harm, and physical intimidation or attacks. In extreme cases, domestic violence may result in the death of a partner.

    The number of Pennsylvania homicides that involved domestic violence increased nearly 19 percent in 2002 according to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In 2001, there were 106 victims. In the first eight months of 2003, at least 78 victims were killed in domestic violence crimes.

    "2002 was a particularly lethal year," said Susan Kelly-Dreiss, Executive Director of  the PCADV.  "Victims of domestic violence were toddlers and they were grandmothers. They were murdered as they slept in their beds and as they fled for their lives. They were shot, strangled, suffocated, beaten, bludgeoned, burned, poisoned and mutilated."

    One reason for the increase last year could be the high number of crimes that involved multiple victims. Another contributing factor could be the poor economy. According to a study published in 1998 by the U.S. Department of Justice, women in the United States experienced about 840,000 non-lethal incidents of violence committed by an intimate partner in 1996. These incidents consisted of physical assault, robbery and rape or other sexual assault. The DOJ report indicated that intimate violence occurs almost equally among women of all races, and is slightly more likely to occur among women with low incomes. The report showed that the most common victims of intimate violence are younger women, between the ages of 16 and 24.

    "While domestic violence transcends all social, economic, racial, ethnic and sexual orientation barriers, we know from research that one of the risk factors for family violence is unemployment or poverty," Kelly-Dreiss said.

    Men are also victims of domestic violence. According to the DOJ, men in the U.S. were victims in about 150,000 incidents of intimate violence in 1996. The department's data indicates that women are about six times as likely as men to experience victimization by an intimate partner.  However,  According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than 500 men were killed by their wives and girlfriends in 1996, representing about five percent of all male homicide victims in the U.S.

    "In 2002 there were 126 victims --  women, men and children - killed in domestic violence crimes. According to state police, murder in Pennsylvania went down eight percent in 2002, yet domestic violence murders went up," said Kelly-Dreiss.

    No single factor explains why men and women assault and abuse their partners. The factors most closely related to spouse abuse are age, low income, growing up in a violent family, alcohol or substance abuse, unemployment, sexual difficulties, and low job satisfaction.

    A variety of programs and services, both for victims and offenders, exist to treat and prevent domestic violence. Since 1964, more than 1,800 shelters or refuges for battered women have been established in the U.S. At shelters, victims of abuse receive legal assistance, counseling for themselves and their children, referral to other treatment programs and additional treatment and advocacy services.

    So, is your current relationship safe? If not, take action now to get the help or protection you need. Call the police, get medical attention, or go to a relative's or neighbor's home. Call Domestic Violence Services any time for confidential help at 258-4249 or 1-800-852-2102; or call Family Advocacy at 245-3775.

    Editor's note: Information used in this article can be found at www.ndvh.org and www.pcadv.org

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Local businesses join AUSA

     October 14, 2003-The Association of the United States Army welcomed three local businesses to the Carlisle Barracks and Cumberland Valley Chapter at a luncheon on Oct. 9 in Collins Hall.

    Maj. Gen. David Huntoon Jr. and several members of the CBCVC-AUSA Board of Directors were present as representatives of the new corporate members ate and received awards. Martin's Paint, Body and Trim; B.P.O.E., Elks, Post #578; and retired Lt. Col. John Hassler USAF, Public Accountant, joined the nearly 60 current corporate members of the local AUSA chapter.

    The local chapter has been in existence for less than two years, but enrollment of individual members and corporate members is very high, said Col. Ruth Collins, secretary for the local AUSA chapter.

    "The corporate members will have the names of their businesses placed on a list of supporters of the AUSA, which will help them advertise," said Collins. "But the real benefit to the businesses is their ability to help American Soldiers."

    Membership money goes to supporting the AUSA in its role as being the voice of America's Army, fostering public support of the Army's role in national security and providing professional education and information programs for Soldiers.

    "This is for the Soldiers," said Huntoon in reference to the importance of the AUSA support.  "The success of the Army all falls upon the shoulders of our Soldiers and we need to support them any way that we can."

    Huntoon said that it's the support of AUSA corporate members that help the Soldiers do the important jobs they do.

    "Your work has a great affect on the morale of the Soldiers," said Huntoon.

    For information on joining the CBCVC-AUSA as an individual or as a corporate member, contact retired Col. William Blankmeyer, vice president for membership, at 245-3101.

 

Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic to offer self-care class 

   

  Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic is again offering the self-care class which allows participants to become eligible to pick up OTC drugs or products at the pharmacy without a prescription.

    Participants learn to deal with symptoms or prevent the symptoms with products ranging from antacids, antihistamines, and bacitracin to condoms and robitussin.

    The class will focus on prevention of illness and promotion of healthy lifestyles. The goal is to enable healthy behavior of our TRICARE prime enrollees.  Attendees will receive the book, "Take Care of Yourself" and a card allowing them to obtain over the counter (OTC) medication from the pharmacy.

    The idea is to help out for short-term treatments, said Capt. Andrea Zavos, the clinic's chief of managed care. "See a provider if symptoms persist," she added.

    The class may be the ticket to the OTC card but for Zavos, it's an opportunity to educate clients about smart health practices and wise interactions with a healthcare provider. Ask questions, talk about concerns, and call back if you think of a question later. 

    "No one can take better care of you than you," she said.

    Zavos reviewed healthy basics like exercise, not smoking, alcohol in moderation, injury avoidance and weight control. She reminded the group that the Atkins diet, for example, isn't right for someone with a family history of heart disease.

    Linda Nelson, the clinic's chief pharmacist, listed a broad number of products that will be available. Some will be generic. Quantities will be limited: up to four medications per family per week, she said. Nelson's intent is to help the patients, and that means screening patients' profiles to make sure the requested product is safe for the individual.

    The clinic will review the costs associated with the OTC program, but Lt. Col. Sylvia Dennis, chief of nursing services, expects that this will be a wise investment for the clinic.

    "We think this is an important program," she said. "Typically this is seen at large troop installations to minimize sick call appointments."  In the long run, patients will make appointments when the cold pack isn't enough and they really need an appointment.

 

    Self-care classes will be offered on the following dates:

            Oct. 29, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

            Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-noon

            Dec. 9, from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.1600-1800

    Please call 245-3915 and press 0 or 245-3658 to register for the class.

 

Carlisle Barracks Sports Office
Sports office announces shoe policy

    Now that the fall and winter weather are up on us, and indoor programs will be starting up, it is important that we take care of our facilities.

    Thorpe Hall has had over $2.8M invested in the construction and up grading of equipment. Root Hall Gymnasium has $18.K invested in the resurfacing of the main floor. So it is imperative that we take measures to ensure that these floors are keep clean and free from marks.

    The only shoes authorized for wear inside of the Thorpe Hall, and Root Hall Gymnasium main courts (basketball/volleyball courts) are basketball shoes, sneakers, tennis shoes, and shoes designed especially for indoor sports. No running shoes, and no street shoes. 

    Any shoes that have been worn outside are not authorized for wear in these facilities.  Shoes to be worn inside MUST be carried into the facility. Shoes should be changed in the hallway of both facilities, and not in the court area.

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Get ready, winter's coming!

 

 

October 3, 2003-The recent drop in temperature, the changing of the tree colors and the shorter days mean one thing, winter is on its way. The harsh winter weather can be hard on your home, pets, plants, car and your health.  Are you ready?

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web site, the average temperature was 34 degrees in Carlisle in the 2002-2003 winter season and we received 59 inches of snow. This winter could be even colder. The Farmer's Almanac predicts a colder than normal winter. You need to be ready for whatever the winter months bring to Carlisle.

 

Preparing your home

    Start to prepare your home for the winter cold, snow and ice now so it will be ready when the bad weather arrives. There are several things a person can do to make sure their home is ready for winter weather.

    "The first thing that needs to be done is to walk around the outside of the house to make sure vents are clear," said Richard Tibbetts, Department of Public Works. "Also, remove any water hoses, they will freeze and possibly break pipes."

    According to the FEMA website, dead branches should be removed from trees.  Ice and snow could cause weak branches to break and cause damage to structures. Also, as days become shorter, make sure your outdoor lighting is in good working order.  Good lighting can protect you against crime and falls.

    According to the Case Handyman website, you should check smoke and Co2 detectors to make sure they are working properly. Replace the batteries if they are not hard-wired to your electrical system.

    "It's a good idea to get into the habit of changing your smoke detector batteries when the time changes for daylight savings," said Jim O'Connell, fire captain, Carlisle Barracks fire department. "When you change your clocks, just make a point to change the smoke detector batteries, too."

    Always make sure you have a snow shovel and salt on hand to keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice. This can prevent injury from falls, says the FEMA website.

    If you have a weather related emergency this winter contact the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department.  For all other issues call the Department of Public Works order desk at 245-4019.

 

            Home preparation check list

q       Make sure exterior vents are clear.

q       Remove exterior garden hoses and shut off faucets.

q       Remove weak trees and branches.

q       Check outdoor lighting.

q       Check and change batteries in fire and Co2 detectors.

q       Make sure you have a snow shovel and salt for sidewalks.

 

 

Preparing your car

    A well running car in the winter can be the difference between making it home and sitting in the cold, said Keith Thompson, mechanic for the Skill Development Center.

    "You will want to change your oil and check all your fluid levels, especially your coolant," said Thompson. "Make sure your belts, hoses and  windshield wipers are in good condition, make sure your tires are not to worn and that your thermostat is in good condition."

    It is also a good idea to let your car warm up for a while before driving it on cold mornings, said Thompson.

    The auto shop at the SDC is currently running a sale to help people prepare for winter.  The sale includes an oil change, radiator flush, fluids check and top off, a check of belts and hoses, tire pressure check and wiper blade check for $49.99. Call the SDC at 245-3319 to make an appointment.

    According to the FEMA web site you should place a winter emergency kit in each car, which should include a shovel, windshield scraper, battery powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, extra hats and mittens, a flashlight, chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables and emergency flares.

 

            Car preparation check list

q       Keep oil changes up to date.

q       Check radiator fluid/flush.

q       Check fluid levels.

q       Check all belts.

q       Check all hoses.

q       Check or replace wiper blades.

q       Check tire tread.

q       Check or replace battery.

q       Check or replace thermostat.

q       Lubricate working parts.

q       Make sure you have an emergency kit.

 

Winter driving tips

    Ice, snow and slush on the roads in the winter can create a very hazardous situation. Planning ahead can make your road trips much safer.

    Icepack.org says that you should always plan ahead with safety in mind.  Be sure to check the forecast; if a winter storm is predicted for the area in which you will be driving, think twice, (or) ask yourself if the trip is necessary.  Also, check road condition reports on the television, radio or Internet.

    When driving in the winter, always wear your seatbelt; remove ice and snow from windows, license plates and lights; reduce your speed while driving; watch for slick spots under bridges and on overpasses and keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

 

            Winter driving check list

q       Watch weather reports.

q       Watch road condition reports.

q       Wear seatbelts.

q       Clear ice from windows and lights.

q       Reduce your speed.

q       Watch for slick spots on the road.

q       Keep gas tank at least two-thirds full.

 

 

    Start preparing for the winter months now so you're ready when harsh weather strikes.

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Understanding your rights

 

    The Army's Equal Opportunity policy is to provide equal opportunity and fair  treatment for military personnel, family members and Department of the Army civilian employees without regard to race, color, gender, religion, or national origin, and provide an environment free from unlawful discrimination and offensive behavior. This applies on and off post, and in all working, living and recreational environments.

    The Carlisle Barracks EO office addresses complaints that allege discrimination or unfair treatment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender or national origin. Under the provisions of Army Regulation 600-20, Soldiers, family members and civilian employees have the right to present EO and sexual harassment complaints to the command without fear of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.

    "This is the commander's program; to develop and implement EO programs that promote EO and interpersonal harmony for military personnel and family members based on merit, fitness, and capability in support of readiness," said Sgt. 1st Class Jolanda Rose, post Equal Opportunity Advisor.  "I am an agent for cultural change. I act as the eyes and ears of the command."

    EO concerns are often confused with Inspector General issues, according to Rose. EO focuses primarily on those issues or complaints from Soldiers or family members who believe themselves to be a victim of discrimination or sexual harassment. IG issues center around matters that affect mission performance, discipline, efficiency, economy, morale, training and readiness of personnel.  EO complaints may be filed, formally or informally, through multiple channels such as the IG, chain of command, chaplain, provost marshal, staff judge advocate, medical facility, housing, or at the EO office located in building 632, Army Community Services.

    "I make inquiries (into complaints) and if an investigation is warranted, the commander will appoint an investigating officer," Rose said.

    Individuals have the option of filing a formal or an informal complaint. An informal complaint is any complaint that is not filed in writing. Typically, informal issues can be resolved through discussion, problem identification or mediation, but these are not the only resolutions.

    "The type of punishment is determined by the commander," Rose said.

    With the exception of EO complaints filed with the IG, formal EO complaints are filed in writing using a DA Form 7279-R. These complaints must be filed with the chain of command or one of the alternative agencies. The complainant must swear to the accuracy of the information, provide names of all parties and witnesses involved, and provide a detailed account of incidents, behaviors, and the date of the occurrence. The basis of the complaint must be stated and confidentiality cannot be guaranteed or promised.

    Complaints, except those filed with the IG, must be acted upon within three calendar days. All formal complaints will be reported within 72 hours to the first General Courts-Martial Convening Authority in the chain of command. A progress report must be provided to this authority 20 days after the date the investigation began, and every 14 days thereafter until complete.

    After a final decision of the formal complaint is made, either substantiated or unsubstantiated, an assessment is conducted by the EO advisor to determine the effectiveness of any corrective actions taken, and to detect and deter any incidents of reprisal.

    "We want to process all complaints at the lowest level, using the chain of command," Rose said. "This is the commander's program. I am here to help him and to  help anyone who feels they have been victimized."

    For more information or to clarify whether an incident or behavior qualifies as sexual harassment or discrimination, contact your unit EO representative or call the EO hotline at 245-3661.

Editor's note: EO representatives on post are Staff Sgt. Rogers for HQ CO USAG at 245-3549; Staff Sgt. Thornton for DUNHAM Army Health Clinic at 245-4385; Sgt. Grant for Dental Clinic at 245-7675; and Sgt. Perez, for Veterinary Services at 245-3180. Employment related complaints by civilian personnel alleging discrimination should be handled through the Equal Employment Opportunity Office. 

 

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program needs you  

 

    The key to success of any volunteer program is based on those individuals who sacrifice their time for the benefit of others.  VITA offers an opportunity to aid the military community, as well as the added benefit of learning more about the Federal and Pennsylvania State income tax programs. 

    VITA volunteers will be trained directly by instructors approved by the IRS and the State of Pennsylvania.  They will get valuable resource tools and advice that will allow them to assist others in the preparation and filing of their state and Federal income tax returns. 

    No prior tax experience is necessary just a willingness to learn and help others.  Last year's program was extremely successful (volunteers saved tax payers in excess of $108,000 in preparation fees) and we anticipate this year's program will be even more successful.

    If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, contact Sgt. First Class Victor Kissoon at (717) 245-3993 for further information.

 

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Safe skateboarding and rollerblading helps keep everyone safe   

    Sept. 23, 2003 - -Have a child who like to skateboard or rollerblade? Here is some information to help make their experience and fun and safe one.

    During hours of limited visibility, which is normally considered one hour after sunset, skateboarding may only be done in the lighted skatepark, adjacent to the Strike Zone Bowling Center on Letort Lane.

      Trick skating is prohibited except at the skatepark on approved apparatus.  This includes sliding on curbs, railings, jumping from the sidewalk to the roads, or any other acrobatic attempt.  The safety of pedestrians will remain priority and they will be given the right of way at all times.

    All skateboarders, rollerbladers/skaters, and operators of non-motorized scooters are required to wear proper protective equipment (a helmet is the minimum requirement) and maintain control of the skateboard, rollerblades/skates, or scooter at all times.  

    The following areas are not permitted for the use of skateboards, non-motorized scooters, and rollerblading/skating:

 

         All fenced-in compounds including the motor pool, DPW heat plant area, in and around the electrical supply, heat plant fuel supply area, and water treatment facility.

         In or around DPW Buildings 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 327, 328, 329, and 330.  This area is unsafe due to construction and maintenance vehicles and visibility.

         The rear of the Commissary, and the Garden Shop side of the PX,  Both of these areas are load and unload sites for large trucks and vans.

         The Vehicle Access Control Point, Barracks Crossing, and the RV storage lot.  This area is congested and unsafe due to vehicle traffic.

         Parking areas for any post facilities while open for business should remain off limits.

   

    Skateboarding, rollerblading/skating, and the use of non-motorized scooters is authorized on the post aside from the restrictions cited above.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post to unveil skate park with food, prizes, demonstrations

October 15, 2003 - The future Tony Hawks' of the Carlisle community will finally have their own state-of-the-art skate park next week.

    The Carlisle Barracks Skate Park will officially be unveiled this Monday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. The "Skate Wave Demonstration Team," made of three professional skateboarders will demonstrate how the equipment can be used. Skatewave Inc.is installing the equipment and will have free prizes to give away as well.

   The skate park will be located in the old tennis court behind Collins Hall, where the previous skate park was located back in the early 1990's. 

   "The main reason it was shut down was because the equipment that was put in was made of wood, which breaks down and becomes a safety hazard after a few years. All of the new equipment is made of steel and other weather-resistant materials," said Don Watkins, director of youth sports.  "This equipment is made of the same stuff that was used in the X-Games."

   Both post and Carlisle community youth are eligible to use the skate park, provided they is a member of either Youth Services or the 4-H Skateboard Club, said Watkins.

    "Parents will have to sign a waiver before they can use the park. The fee to join Youth Services is $15 a year and membership to the skate club will be $35 a year."

    Not only can members take part in the Carlisle Barracks Youth Services program, but they will also be able to use some of the benefits of the 4-H Club of Cumberland County.

     "The 4-H Club has a four-level training and safety program which helps kids learn how to do tricks and do them safely," said Watkins. "Youth Services may offer these classes depending on how many youths sign up to use the park." 

    The Skate Park will include:

         One mini half-pipe

         three sets of rails with grind rails

         two banks

         a Pyramid w/rails and steps

         two launch ramps

         two grind boxes

         one "fun" box

    For more information, contact Don Watkins at 245-4013.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

'X-Games' technology coming to Carlisle Barracks

Oct. 7, 2003 -- Carlisle Barracks will unveil its state-of-the-art skate park at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, giving post youth a fun and safe place to enjoy one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

    "After being identified in the post surveys year after year, we knew it was time for Carlisle Barracks to have a skate park," said Don Watkins, youth sports director and former post command Sgt. Maj. "We're about to have a great place for kids on post to go, where it will be fun and safe."

    The new skate park will be installed by Skatewave, a Minnesota based sporting equipment and facilities company. According to their website they have installed skate parks all over the East Coast.

    Helmets must be worn when using the park, but other safety equipment is optional. Safety rules will be posted on the outside of the park.

   The Skate Park will include:

  • One mini half-pipe

  • three sets of rails with grind rails

  • two banks

  • a Pyramid w/rails and steps

  • two launch ramps

  • two grind boxes

  • one "fun" box

    The opening of the skate park will be exciting for skateboarders said Watkins.

    "Skatewave is bringing in three professional skaters to help demonstrate the equipment, and they'll be giving away free products too." Watkins also pointed out that there will be free food and drinks during the opening. 

    In order to use the skate park, children will need to be a member of Youth Services, and also join the Carlisle Barracks Skate Club. The fee to join Youth Services is $15 a year and membership to the skate club will be $35 a year. Parents will also have to sign a liability release form, said Bob Salviano, director of Youth Services.

    Once registered, kids will be issued a card, which they will need to have to use the skate park," said Watkins. "They'll also be able to bring in two guests at a time to use it for a small fee, as long as they are post residents and their parents have signed a waiver."

    In addition to being able to use the skate park, registered users will also be able to take advantage of the 4-H skate program.

    "The 4-H has a four-level training and safety program which helps kids learn how to do tricks and do them safely," said Watkins.

    The skate park will be  located n the old tennis court behind Collins Hall, where the previous skate park was located back in the early 1990's. 

   "The main reason it was shut down was because the equipment that was put in was made of wood, which breaks down and becomes a safety hazard after a few years. All of the new equipment is made of steel and other weather-resistant materials," said Watkins.  "This equipment is made of the same stuff that was used in the X-Games."

    The other reason the old park closed was that the park would commonly flood during long periods of rain. After looking around at the park, it was determined that the drains were not being properly cleaned out and that's why it was flooding.

   For more information contact Don Watkins at 245-4013.

   see related skate board safety article

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Root Hall Heating delayed

 

Oct. 2, 2003 -- Students, faculty members and employees who work in Root Hall may want to bring a sweater to work during the colder days of October because the heating system at Root Hall is not yet on-line.

    According to Directorate of Public Works Director Tom Kelly, Root Hall is on a separate heating system from the rest of post, and because of current construction at Root Hall, the heating system is not on-line. Until the system is up and running, the basement and outer offices of Root Hall may be cooler than the interior of the building.

    All heaters must have proof of being approved by a testing laboratory to ensure that it is safe and functions properly, and have a tip over switch that will turn the system off if it topples over according to Leon Wolfe Carlisle Barracks fire chief.

    The system at Root Hall is expected to be on-line by Oct. 27.

 

    Editor's note:  Because of the installation of new heating systems, some quarters now have their own heating source. Others are still on the central heat plant, which is expected to be operational  by Oct. 11.

 

British historian to weave tale of military
intelligence since WW2
 

 

    His knack for telling great stories rated British knighthood and will rate local excitement when Winston Churchill's biographer speaks as a special guest of the Perspectives in Military History series.

    Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the foremost historians of the 20th century and the official biographer of Great Britain's renowned prime minister. He'll speak Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7:15 p.m. in the Upton Hall Auditorium at a free public presentation with question session on his current topic of interest, "Military intelligence successes since World War II."

    Gilbert himself enjoys remarkable prominence for his 70 books of great 20th century stories. His major works include histories of World War I and II, the Holocaust, modern British politics, Israeli state history, and the 20th century itself - a "concise edition" in three volumes. The New York Times Book Review wrote about the first volume, "Does it enhance the enterprise to acknowledge that Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the most prodigious of contemporary historians, with a sprawling knowledge of Asia and Europe, who has earlier recorded almost day by day the life of Winston Churchill and has written sweeping and touching volumes on the world wars, the Holocaust and related Jewish themes?
   
In 1968, he was appointed official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill. He wrote six of the eight volumes of the landmark biographical series and also compiled eleven volumes of Churchill documents. In addition, he is the author of a definitive history of the Holocaust, a series of twelve historical atlases, and comprehensive studies of both World War I and World War II. Since 1962, he has been a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford (an Honorary Fellow since 1994). He teaches at Merton College and Georgetown University, and is a distinguished fellow at the Claremont Institute. He was knighted in 1995 for service to British history and international relations. He lives in London.
    Upton Hall, at 22 Ashburn Drive, will open Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. The event is open to all.

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Historical marker to be dedicated to baseball hall-of-famer

 

   Carlisle Barracks and other honored guests will dedicate a Pa. historical marker on Carlisle Barracks Indian Field in honor of  Charles Albert Bender Friday, Oct. 17 at noon.

    Bender attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School from 1898-1901. Transferring to Dickinson College in 1902, Bender spent the summer playing semi-pro baseball for The Harrisburg Athletic Club, where he was discovered by the Philadelphia Athletics.  Bender played for the Athletics from 1903-1914 and helped the team win five pennants and three world championships.  After winning 212 games over 16 seasons and becoming one of the first World Series stars, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954.

    The marker dedication will include remarks from Col. Alan C. Cate, director of Army Heritage and Education Center; Linda Witmer, director of Cumberland County Historical Society; John Bloom, professor of American Studies at Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore; and John C. Wesley, the interim executive director of the Pa. Historical and Museum Commission.  The marker dedication is co-sponsored by the Pa. Historical and Museum Commission and the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society.