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Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office.

Garrison team comes up short in flag football

 

    November 18, 2003- The sun was shining and a slight breeze was in the air on the grass field where so many games had been played on this historic post. Football was the theme Nov. 15 as several teams faced off on Indian Field in four playoff games

    In game one, U.S. Army Garrison defeated the Quick Reaction Force 14- 0.  The Defense Distribution Center defeated the Military Police 21-12 in game two, earning a spot in the championship game against the Garrison team.

    In the third game, the consolation game, the QRF defeated the MPs 14-7 and took home the third place trophy.

    The stage was now set for a final showdown between the  DDC and the Garrison team. These gridiron foes had faced off three times earlier in the regular season with the DDC winning two of those games. This game decided who was the best of the best.

    "I told everybody before the game that we need to even out the score with these guys," said Jonathan Frazier of Garrison, "but we need to make this one count."

    DDC struck first as Bob Wall caught a touchdown pass in the end zone to put his team up 6- 0. They were also able to push the ball over the line for a one point extra point.

    On the next drive,  the Garrison team looked as if they were going to tie the game when Jonathan Frazier ran the ball in from seven yards out, but their attempt at the extra point fell short and the game was 7-6.

      DDC answered with a 90 yard kick-off return for a touchdown by Matt White. The extra point attempt was no good and the teams went into half-time with a score of 13-6 in favor of DDC.

    "That kick-off return for a touchdown was a real surprise," said James Simon. "He caught us off guard and that was the changing point for the game. We never really recovered form that."

    Early in the second half, the DDC team struck again with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Vern Lewis, and got the extra point to extend their lead to 14 points over Garrison.      

    The Garrison team fought back hard and it looked like a touchdown pass to James Simon from Scott Fees was going to spark a comeback.  Fees also ran the ball in for the extra point, putting the score at 20 to 13.

   But DDC shut the door with a short run into the end zone making the final score 26- 13 as the final whistle sounded and DDC wrapped up its third straight title.    

    "It was a real dedicated effort,"  said Lt. Col . John Koivisto, Garrison commander,  "It was fought hard and hard won."

    Player/coach for the DDC team, Kirby Treece was sweating and out of breath at the end of the game, but he managed to smile as he explained what the game meant to him.

    "This win makes it three championships in a row for us," said Treece.  We worked hard to get here and we hope to be back again next year."

    Garrison coach, Dante Robinson, was disappointed in the game's outcome, but had nothing but praise for his team's performance.

    "It was truly a great game," said Robinson. "It was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to next year. I would also like to add that I am very proud of my team and the effort they made in this game and throughout the season."

  

         

 

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Something's cookin' in Quarters 3

 Nov. 13, 2003- When you think of Army cooking, you probably don't think of it being award -winning. That's not the case for Carlisle Barracks' own Sgt. 1st Class Steven Magnin, who has won a number of cooking competitions and has been a member of the All Army Culinary Team since 1997.   

    Magnin, who serves as the enlisted aide and cook for Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant,  plans the meals, cooks the food, and prepares Quarters 3 for dinner parties, cocktail parties and just about every other function that takes place in the commandant's quarters.

    Magnin has come a long way since joining the Army 16 years ago.

    "I come from a small meat-and-potatoes town in the northern Midwest," said Magnin about his upbringing in Oconto Falls, Wis. "The meals I cook now are a big change from what I grew up on."

    "Magnin is an absolutely outstanding cook," said Huntoon. "He also has responsibility for the management of the commandant's quarters with regard to all official duties. Given the large volume of very senior visitors to Carlisle Barracks each week, this is a very significant responsibility."

    Besides the cooking, Magnin takes care of other duties around Quarters 3. He does light maintenance, cleans and makes sure Huntoon's Class A uniform is perfect.

    "Every time the general goes out I feel like I am being inspected," said Magnin.

    When Magnin isn't cooking for the Huntoons or performing his other duties around Quarters 3, he cooks in competitions and spends time with his wife, Brenda, sons Matthew, 16, and Justin, 15, and twin daughters, Holly and Sarah, 9.

    "As long as I don't have a function to cook for here I go to as many culinary competitions as I can," said Magnin.

    On Nov. 8 and 9 Magnin competed in a culinary competition in New York as part of a three-man team that took second place overall.

    Cookbooks are not something that Magnin uses to plan out the meals he prepares.

    "I come up with my own recipes," said Magnin. "If I'm familiar with the ingredients, I can taste the meal in my mind before I make it. A lot of people ask me what my favorite thing to cook is, but I really don't have one. I enjoy cooking lots of different meals."

    After he spends hours planning  a meal, shopping for the food and cooking, Magnin takes great pride in its presentation.

    "My theory is that if you can make it taste good, you can always make it look good," Magnin said, speaking about how he places food on a plate. "I lay things out on the plate like an artist painting a picture or building a sculpture, placing everything in positions that are pleasing to the eye."

    Magnin says his biggest culinary goals are to represent the U.S. Army at the World Culinary Olympics next year in Berlin, and to become a Certified Executive Chef and a culinary arts instructor.

    During the rest of his Army career, Magnin plans to remain in the Enlisted Aide field, attend culinary competitions, finish his degree, soldier, and continue to guide his children, he said.

    After the Army, Magnin doesn't plan to change his life too much.

    "I plan to continue in the food service business, maybe open a restaurant, have fun in the kitchen and spend time with my wife," said Magnin.

    "The Army is fortunate to have Magnin as one of our senior NCO leaders," said Huntoon. "He is representative of all our Soldiers here at Carlisle Barracks-a high-quality professional who cares about selfless service to his nation."

    For some of Magnin's favorite recipes go here.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

New machine helps measure blood pressure, manage hypertension

 

Nov. 18, 2003 -- Want to check your blood pressure, weight or body fat?  Just go to the Root Hall cafeteria and take a seat in the new LifeClinic machine recently installed by APFRI.

    The machine was installed in response to new medical guidelines that measure healthy blood pressure levels. Everyone is eligible to use the machine to check their results.

    "Under the new guidelines, your blood pressure is normal only if it's below 120/80 mm Hg. In the past, normal was anything below 130/85 mm," said Maj. Ruth Crampton, a health specialist with APFRI. "This means that we have a lot more people out there who are in the pre-hypertension group."

    The new guidelines encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits, such as regular exercise and limited sodium consumption, to help keep blood pressure in check. Left untreated, high blood pressure can cause a variety of cardiovascular complications, including heart attack and stroke - two of the three leading causes of death among U.S. adults - as well as heart and kidney failure and vision loss.  

    The new guidelines also include a category called pre-hypertension. Pre-hypertension is a blood pressure (top number) ranging from 120 to 139 or a diastolic pressure (bottom number) ranging from 80 to 89. So, under these new classification criteria, if your blood pressure is right at 120/80, you have pre-hypertension - your blood pressure isn't normal or optimal.

     Crampton went on to say that this change impacted many students at the War College, which created the need for an easy way for people to check their health.

    "Some people get nervous when they go to see their health care professional," she said. "This way they can get their results in an informal setting, when they are comfortable and calm."  

    "We take the health and fitness of our students, staff, and faculty very seriously here," said Col. Craig Madden, deputy commandant. "One of the Army War College strategic goals is caring for our people by becoming the model installation for well-being. We try to foster a culture that enhances the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of our future strategic leaders and their families. This blood pressure/weight machine is one of the ways we were able to address the physical aspect of well being.

    The machine measures blood pressure and weight and calculates body fat. The computer can store the information and  keep track of individual health readings over weeks, months and years. APFRI will also place handouts and a list of services offered near the machine for users to  find out more information.

    "We all know APFRI does  a super job of assessing the health of our students. However, we wanted to make sure there was an easy way for everyone to track their progress throughout the academic year," said Madden.  "Initial health assessments set the baseline, but tracking your progress and monitoring key indicators are key to improvement."

     According to the Mayo Clinic, hypertension rates have continued to climb, along with the serious health problems - and medical costs - associated with high blood pressure. More than 50 million U.S. adults now have high blood pressure, and most who have it don't control it well enough to prevent its associated health complications. And the recommendation for better preventive measures reflects evidence showing that even people who have normal blood pressure at age 55 have a 90 percent chance of developing hypertension as they get older unless they actively take steps to prevent it.

    For more information on the new hypertension, guideline please visit The Mayo Clinic.

 

 

Public Affairs Staff Report

Carlisle Barracks takes part in Army Family Housing Satisfaction Survey

 

    Earlier this year, Carlisle Barracks family housing residents participated in a satisfaction survey administered by the Army.  The survey was conducted at 11 installations participating in the Army's Residential Communities Initiative housing privatization program.  According to Alan Thompson, Carlisle Barracks RCI program director, this survey is the pilot of what is expected to be an annual effort to let "our residents tell us how well we are doing in meeting on-post housing needs."

    This is the first year Carlisle Barracks has participated in this survey, but the survey has been conducted at other installations for the past three years.

     "The information gained through this survey will allow us to make better decisions on how we spend our limited housing dollars," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander. "It will also help guide us and our future commercial partners in providing the services and facilities that are important to our customers."

    Carlisle Barracks had the highest participation rate in this year's survey according to Thompson.

    "Our rate was 66 percent participation compared to the average of 36 percent across all 11 installations.  I believe our participation rate is indicative of how important family housing is to our community," he said.

    Overall, there were more than 11,000 surveys returned by the residents at the participating installations, and for the third year in a row, the top predictors of overall satisfaction with family housing remained the same -- housing attributes, housing office, and safety and security.  Carlisle Barracks was just above the average with the overall  satisfaction of its residents and had the highest results for housing office and safety and security among the 11 installations

    "On unit attributes, we were below average," said Wayne Boyd, Carlisle Barracks housing manager. "But I am very pleased with the satisfaction expressed by the residents with my staff. I know they try their best every day and that the other results somewhat confirm what I expected to see from the survey.  There are always a few surprises when you use a tool like this."

    Unit attributes are lacking at Carlisle Barracks and that is why the command is pursuing the RCI program to improve family housing.  For this survey,  the results were tabulated installation wide, by neighborhoods such as Stanwix, Marshall Ridge and College Arms, and other demographic categories.  According to Thompson, this breakdown provided a clearer picture for what improvements are needed and where they are needed most.

    "We hope that our residents continue to participate at a high level and provide us continuous feedback so we can do the best job possible as we move forward with housing improvements," Thompson said.

    Carlisle Barracks is teamed with two New Jersey installations, Picatinny Arsenal and Fort Monmouth, as one RCI project.  The Army's RCI program will eventually consist of 27 projects, and more than 80 percent of the CONUS family housing inventory. The RCI schedule for Carlisle Barracks calls for the commercial partnership to begin operating family housing in June 2005. 

    "Between now and that date we will be selecting a commercial partner and negotiating the improvements and schedule for our family housing," Thompson said. 

    Preliminary plans call for all housing on post to be brought up to standards comparable with what is available in the local community by 2009.  This will involve the demolition and replacement of various housing areas (e.g. Stanwix, College Arms, Armstrong, and Bouquet neighborhoods) and renovation of other quarters.  Input from housing residents will be sought throughout the RCI process.

 

 

Time for Thanksgiving

Command Sgt. Maj. David Roman

Post Command Sgt. Maj.

 

    Thanksgiving is a time for the Army family to pause and enjoy a day of rest, relaxation and fellowship. As families and friends gather, Thanksgiving also provides an opportunity to show our gratitude for the blessings we enjoy in a free and prosperous nation.

    Carlisle Barracks, Soldiers, civilians, retirees and all of their families can take pride in the fact that their service and sacrifices preserve the privilege of living and working in a free society characterized by the highest ideal of liberty.

    Today, the Army fights the War on Terrorism with Soldiers deployed in over 120 countries. Undiminished still today is that same spirit of determination, perseverance, selfless service and courage we share with those who first fought and died to win our freedom. I offer my appreciation to the Soldiers and civilians of Carlisle Barracks for your devotion and selfless service to our community. Thank you.

    Thanksgiving is also a time for families to join in celebration and reunions. Families have long provided strength and values to our soldiers and our Army community. We know that we do not soldier alone and families also sacrifice and make invaluable contributions to the well being of our community. Blanca and I thank you on behalf of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps.

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble

Beef prices increase to record high

  Beef lovers don't have to go out to an expensive restaurant to get the choicest cut at a premium price. Just go to the commissary or any local grocery store and check out the prices. Beef prices have recently increased a considerable amount.

    Prices have gone up by nickels and dimes for about a month according to Albert Malloy, meat manager at the Carlisle Barracks commissary. "Since this week's prices came out, I've had to go up $2-3 on some items."

    U.S. cattle prices are at a record high, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Consumer demand has increased almost ten percent since 1998 after a 20 year decline. This may be attributed to the popularity of high-protein diets such as Atkins diet. The high cost of feeds for farmers in the spring and summer also led to a lull in cattle production.

    "We have a shortage of beef because young calves have not matured and our demand has not changed," said Stephen Oldham, store administrator at the Carlisle Barracks commissary.

    The U.S. ban on imports of Canadian cattle and beef earlier this year are also considered another cause for the price increase, according to a Defense Commissary Agency press release. After the discovery of a case of mad cow disease, Canadian imports stopped and overall beef imports dropped by nine percent. Over a three-week period, beef prices went up as much as $2 per pound.  For example, filet mignon, which is the choicest piece of meat from a cow, once sold at $7.99-$9.99 per pound.

    It now sells for $17.39 per pound.

    "Chain stores were buying low and selling high, so farmers cut back on production," Malloy said. "It was during this time that two cattle in Alberta were found to have mad cow disease and Canadian imports were banned."

    "Most retail stores outside kept prices high when beef prices were low, but the commissary can only sell it for what we buy it for, and the supply has not increased," Oldham said. "The demand is still there and prices will be higher."

    The impact on the Carlisle Barracks community may not be felt until close to New Year's celebrations according to Oldham. Not all consumers have noticed the increase in beef prices, and few have altered their shopping patterns.

    "I don't look at prices. If I need it I buy it,' said Eileen Knowll, commissary shopper.

    "I have noticed that prices were higher and I was curious why," said Susie Navagato, retiree spouse. "I still purchase it, but a little more carefully."

    Prices are expected to be high for several months and possibly into 2005 according to reports by Steve Kay of Cattle Buyers Weekly. Consumers may want to divert their buying to pork, poultry, lamb and veal, said Oldham.

    "Those prices will ease off a little bit, but not much," said Kay. "We look as if we're going to have even tighter cattle supplies for slaughter in 2004 and even into 2005."

    "Lamb and veal are normally the higher-priced meat cuts and a lot of people stay away from them because of that. Now, the prices are pretty even and this may be a chance to try some variety meats," Oldham said.

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble

Lost ID cards a serious matter

 

 Lost or stolen ID cards must be reported to the military police before a replacement card is issued.

    "It's not change. It's just a return to doing things the way they should have always been done."

    That's how Maj. Randy Readshaw, director of human resources at Carlisle Barracks described the replacement procedure for lost and stolen Department of Defense ID cards. Prior to getting a new card issued, the authorized ID card holder must report the loss to the military police, complete a lost/stolen data form and take that form to the ID Card section.

    "At some point along the way, we stopped requiring people who lost their ID card or had it stolen to report it," said Readshaw.

    Everyone is required to show proper military and/or DoD identification to gain access to the installation and most service agencies here. Lost or stolen ID or Common Access Cards must be reported immediately in order to heighten awareness by security personnel. These credit card-sized ID cards allow physical access to secure areas, contain personal identification information, demographics and benefits of the user, and some, like the CAC, permit entry into DoD's computer networks. With present concerns surrounding terrorism, information like this in the wrong hands could pose a serious threat to installation, and possibly national security.

    "From the security side, if the card is lost or stolen, anyone can pick it up and have access to the installation," said Terry Henry, chief of the Military Personnel Office. "No matter how dedicated our work force is in checking ID cards or how secure they make the fences, if someone wants to get in, they may get in."

    ID cards that are found, confiscated or turned into the military police are given to the Criminal Investigative Division that tracks and reports the status of each card through a nationwide system, according to Sgt. 1st Class William Finch, provost sergeant.

    "If anyone finds an ID card, they can turn it in to the MP station and paperwork will be completed on it," Finch said.  "If the MPs confiscate an ID card because it's mutilated, damaged, expired or can't be utilized anymore, the person will still have to complete a form before they report to the ID card section for a new card."

    "Almost everyday we get a stack of ID cards from the MPs that are confiscated or found on the installation," Readshaw said. "We shred all ID cards."

    DoD ID cards are issued to all active and reserve military service members, their immediate family members, retirees, DoD civilian employees and eligible contract personnel. If  anyone finds an ID card, turn it in to the Provost Marshal's Office or drop it in any U. S. postal service mailbox. The lost and stolen ID data form applies only to DoD issued ID cards. Report lost or stolen security badges to the Root Hall security division.

 

 

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

 

    December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month. 3D month is a time when communities join with the National 3D Prevention Month Coalition to conduct public awareness and enforcement campaigns to prevent impaired driving. The Coalition, a public-private sector partnership, provides a focus for communities interested in participating in National 3D Prevention Month by sponsoring national campaign activities.

    Community support for National 3D Prevention Month has grown dramatically since 1982 when President Reagan signed the first proclamation designating December 9 - 15 as 3D Awareness Week.  Since that time, the National 3D Prevention Month Coalition has witnessed increased resolve among communities to expand existing programs and launch new initiatives.

    This year, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) continues their annual "You Drink & Drive You Lose," campaign in conjunction with National 3D Prevention Month.

    The goal of the campaign is to enhance national awareness about the deadly toll impaired driving exacts on America's communities and to generate a greater national urgency to stop the senseless killing and injury on our nation's highways. Impaired driving can be deterred by participating in this national campaign and through education as those people you reach will realize that the costs and risks of driving under the influence simply isn't worth it.

    Once again, The Army Substance Abuse Program will team up with the Installation Safety Office, Youth Services and other organizations in providing the Carlisle Barracks community with Safety and Prevention information.  Each week during the month of December we will publish important information that will assist you, your family and work site to have a safe and happy holiday season. 

    We will also advertise special safety programs that will take place on the Installation such as the Designated Driver Program.

    Additional information can be found on the NHTSA website (www.nhtsa.gov), or contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576.

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

A time to remember family

 

 Nov. 3, 2003-Military families were honored as the National Military Family Month celebration kicked off during an open house at the Army Community Services office November 3.

    "It's very important that we take time in November to remember and celebrate military families," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander.

    National Military Family Month was originally started by the Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association to celebrate the family, said Brenda Sampson, ACS Director.

    The ACS and other departments on post have activities planned for families for the entire month. There will be a craft day, a Thanksgiving feast, a lock-in, a bowling day and more events to promote families and togetherness, said Sampson.

    "It's been said that we enlist Soldiers, but we reenlist families," said Koivisto. "Our Soldiers couldn't do what they do without the support of the family."

    Carlisle Barracks has been observing National Military Family month since its inception in 1996.

    "I think Carlisle is one of the best at taking care of families," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "I've heard year after year that the people at Carlisle take care of families."

    Below is a list of activities that will be happening on post in honor of National Military Family Month.

 

Nov. 15 and 16 - ITR Disney on Ice. Discounted tickets to the Giant Center for Disney on Ice Monsters, Inc.

 

Nov. 20 - Family Game Day. 3-6 p.m. at Youth Services followed by a pizza party. Parents and youth can challenge each other at a variety of games followed by a pizza party and more games.

 

Nov. 21 - Youth Services Middle School Lock-In. 6 p.m. at Youth Services. YS will host a middle school lock-in for youths in grades 6 through 8. Movies, pizza, gym time, Rock-n-bowl (tentative).stay up all night.

 

Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving Feast. 4 p.m. at Youth Services. Parents sit back and relax while SAS and the YS young members prepare and serve a wonderful feast for their loved ones.

 

Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Family Luncheon at the Child Development Center. Parents are invited to come in and dine with their children on a wonderful turkey dinner.

 

Nov. 27 - Traditional Thanksgiving Feast at LVCC. Two seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. $14.95 for adults, $6.95 for kids 6-12 and kids 5 and under eat free.

 

Nov. 28 - Family Fitness Time at the Root Hall gym. Sponsored by Youth Services. Families can have fun and exercise all at the same time. Come and let the staff at Youth Services show you how.

 

Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service

Army Institute Provides ABCs for Peacekeeping Operations

 

Oct. 31, 2003 - The Army agency that has outlined the "ins and outs" of peacekeeping operations for senior military leaders is undergoing a transformation.

    Established in 1993, the U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute, collocated with the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., was renamed the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute on Oct. 28, said professor Jim McCallum, a specialist on the political aspects of peacekeeping.

    In view of its role as part think tank and part school, McCallum noted that PKSOI, like its predecessor, will instruct War College students and provide advice to senior DoD leaders, on-the-ground commanders and governmental agencies involved in peacekeeping or stability operations in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

    "We are a part of the War College, and I think that gives us some unique advantages," McCallum noted. "We're the only institute that's focused on looking at peace operations, stability operations in their total context."

    His old organization, McCallum noted, had provided its expertise for peacekeeping operations in Haiti, Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo, and also was involved in post-war planning for Afghanistan and Iraq.

    With the advent of the war against global terrorism, McCallum observed that the United States and its allies have recognized an increased need for expertise in conducting increasingly complex peacekeeping and stability operations.

    "The post-conflict aspects are as challenging as anything" in Afghanistan and Iraq, he said.

    For example, while some U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq are conducting security patrols to round up insurgents, McCallum explained, others support other peacekeeping requirements, including political, economic, social, human rights, justice, and law and order programs.

    McCallum said PKSOI is changing to better address such 21st-century peacekeeping challenges. The organization's director, Army Col. Mike Dooley, is now at the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., he noted, "looking at ways in which we may be able to advise senior Army leaders and combatant commanders on stability operations in Iraq and Afghanistan."

    McCallum said his organization has proposed an increase of its combined military and civilian staff from 10 to 14 people, to include an engineer to look at reconstruction issues. And a special operations expert also likely will be added to the staff, he noted, in view of that discipline's contributions to modern peacekeeping operations.

    PKSOI also wants to become more joint-service in nature, McCallum explained. Since the Army and Marine Corps are the principal military components of today's stabilization and peacekeeping operations, McCallum said his organization is requesting that the Marine Corps assign two officers to its staff.

    McCallum said his agency also plans to solicit the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide representatives for PKSOI's staff.

    The military "is just one part" of today's peacekeeping and stability operations, McCallum pointed out, noting that interconnections between the military and "all of the other organizations" are critical.

    "As you finish (major) fighting, then you start immediately having to move into reconstruction and peace building," McCallum explained. But, peacekeeping, he added, isn't a linear, or simple, process.

    "A commander could have two or three different kinds of operations going on," McCallum pointed out, such as fighting insurgents while simultaneously supporting reconstruction and other peacekeeping efforts.

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Trees being replaced in front of Root, Anne Ely Halls

 


Editors note: This story previously appeared in The Banner, but is being re-published as the work is expected to begin in the next few days.

 Nov. 4, 2003 -- Several trees located in front of Root Hall and two in front of Anne Ely Hall will be removed and replaced with smaller trees to stop the current root systems from causing further structural damage.

    There are four Norway Maple trees in front of the main entrance of Root Hall, which are causing damage to the large stone and concrete planters, said Keith Bailey biological science technologist with the department of public works.

    "If we don't get them out of there they will destroy the planters," said Bailey. "Plus, they just aren't very healthy.  Those trees never should have been planted there."

   An off-post contractor, Antietam Tree Service, will be removing the trees. They will block off the area for safety reasons for two to three days while the work is being done, said Bailey.

    The Norway Maples will be replaced with European Hornbeam trees in the fall, which is the best time to plant trees, according to Bailey.

    "The European Hornbeam is more suited for the planters," said Bailey. 

    The new trees will be about five or six feet tall when they are planted and will reach forty-feet at maturity in thirty years, said Bailey.

    The root system on the European Hornbeam is smaller than the Norway Maple and will not outgrow the planters, said Bailey.

    There will also be two large Chinese Elm trees removed from in front of Anne Ely, which are causing structural damage to the building.

    The trees are not just removed without some kind of balance to the ecosystem.

    "For every tree removed, we replace it with three," said Bailey. "This is post policy.  We plant an average of 300 trees a year."

    Carlisle Barracks has been listed as a Tree City by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National league of Cities for the past 12 years, said Bailey. 

    There is a list of requirements for  reaching the distinction of Tree City USA and Carlisle Barracks meets and exceeds these, said Bailey.

 

 

It's your future, vote for it

Voters should submit FPCA in 2003 for early 2004 primaries

   

    The registration and absentee ballot request deadlines are quickly approaching in states holding Presidential Preference Primaries in January and February 2004. In some states, voters should submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (SF-76) to their states before the end of 2003 in order to vote in these 2004 elections. The following states are holding Presidential Preference Primaries on:

        *       District of Columbia: January 13
       
*       New Hampshire: January 27
       
*       Arizona: February 3
       
*       Delaware: February 3
       
*       Missouri: February 3 (Submit FPCA no earlier than December 22)

        *       Oklahoma: February 3
       
*       South Carolina: February 3
       
*       Tennessee: February 10 (Submit FPCA no earlier than November 5)

        *       Virginia: February 10
       
*       Wisconsin: February 17

 

    Citizens who are covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) who are residents of these states should register and request a ballot by completing and submitting an FPCA to their Local Election Official before the end of 2003. Voters should also submit a second FPCA after January 1, 2004. FPCAs received after January 1, 2004 will allow voters to receive absentee voting materials the 2004 state primary and November General Elections.

    For assistance, you may contact an FVAP staff member through the DoD Voting Information Center (VIC).  The VIC also provides recorded messages from candidates, as well as other information concerning elections, 24 hours a day. 

    Citizens may reach the VIC toll-free from 59 countries using the toll-free numbers listed on the FVAP website, http://www.fvap.gov.  In the U.S. call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683) or local (703) 588-1343 or use DSN (military) 425-1343. 

     Questions regarding the above may also be referred to the Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program, Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, 1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington DC 20301-1155.  Additionally, the FVAP can be reached via e-mail at vote@fvap.ncr.gov and on the World Wide Web at http://www.fvap.gov.

 

    The Carlisle Barracks voting assistance officers are:

  • Maj. Walt Kilmer, senior voting assistance officer, 245-4712

  • Capt. John Kunstbeck,  alternate senior voting assistance officer, USAG HHC voting assistance officer, 245-3296.

  • Lt. Col. Karl Thoma, USAWC voting assistance officer, 245-3398

  • Lt. Col. Brent Bankus, voting assistance officer for SSI, 245-4073

  • Sgt. 1st Class Frank Hughes, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic voting assistance officer, 245-3933

  • Sgt. 1st Class Ernest Gardner, DENTAC voting assistance officer, 245-3774

  • Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Gilmore, Allegheny Vet Command voting assistance officer, 245-4122

   

    The Carlisle Barracks Voting Assistance Officers will receive the Federal Post Card Applications (SF76) before the end of November and the 2004-2005 voting assistance guides are expected to be received in December.  The voting assistance officers will also receive voting assistance training before the end of the year.

    

     

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Close race for Soldier, NCO competitions

   It all came down to fractions of a point Oct. 23 at the Carlisle Barracks Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year boards held at Garrison Headquarters.

  Specialist Fanquadet Garnett of Dunham Health Clinic edged out Spc. Robert Kemper of Dunham 73.2 to 72.2 for Soldier of the Year, and Sgt. Roy Carte, Garrison Military Police, squeezed by Sgt. Michael Cordery, MP, 84 to 83.4 for NCO of the Year.

  "It was such a close battle," said Sgt. Bill Ross,  board recorder. "It came down to less than a point. Everyone was squared away and they knew nearly every question. It could have come down to just a twitch of an eye."

Command Sgt. Maj. David Roman, post command sergeant major, was impressed with the competitive nature of the participants. 

  "The Soldier of the Year competition is the most fierce competition," said Roman. "At this point they've won Soldier of the Month and Soldier of the Quarter. They have to be outstanding to make it this far."

Roman was not surprised that the boards were as close as they were.

   "We have very high caliber Soldiers here at Carlisle Barracks," said Roman.

  "I was not surprised at all with how close it was."    

  Each contestant had to enter the Garrison Headquarters conference room one at a time, conduct facing movements, deliver a three to five minute prepared speech about what it means to be a Soldier and the Warrior Ethos, recite the NCO creed and answer 40-50 questions in front of a six-member board, said Ross.

   "It's a lot of pressure," said Ross. "I've been to about 10 of these boards myself, and I still get nervous every time."

  Garnett, who is taking classes at Harrisburg Area Community College and preparing for the promotion board, said that she was surprised when she heard that she earned the Soldier of the Year.

 "I was confident in myself, but I was still very surprised. My competition was tough."

 Both winners said they studied very hard for the board, but Carte attributed someone else for helping him win.

 "My wife helped me a great deal," said Carte. "She helped me study and get ready for the board."

 The winners of the competition will receive

. Army Commendation Medal 

. Association of the United States Army memberships

. $200 in savings bonds

. Post Exchange gift packet.

 The awardees will also go on to represent Carlisle Barracks at the Army level at Fort Monroe, said Roman.

 "I was very impressed with the preparation of the competitors," said Roman. "We have some very outstanding Soldiers at Carlisle Barracks and those two will be great representatives for them."

 

Halloween Parade Winners

 

 

4 yrs. & younger

 

Storybook            James the big red engine    J.C. Chambliss

Funniest              Green dinosaur                   Miguel Perez                      

Original                Hula girl with surfboard        Mackenzee Monn

 

5 - 7 years

 

Storybook            Dalmatian                             Lauren Crampton

Funniest              Harry Potter                          Sean Collins

Original                Batman                                Dakota Johnson

 

 

8 - 10 years

 

Storybook             Thing 1 & Thing 2                 Matthew & Joseph  Veit

Funniest               Sumo wrestler                      Tillie Trounson

Original                 Mech Warrior                       Greg Hagar

 

 

11 - 18 years

 

Storybook            Wonder Woman                    Laura Yuengert

Funniest               Boy as girl                           Karl Herchenroeder

Original                Oriental girl                          Carina Hanks

  

 

Post gears up for annual Senior Citizens Holiday Tea

Oct. 22, 2003 -- Carlisle Barracks is preparing to host the 48th annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea on Dec. 4 and 5. Three-hundred senior citizens from eight area nursing homes are invited to this two-day event. Each nursing home selects their attendees. Some of the installation's guests have attended this event several years, often this being the only chance to get out of the nursing home environment.   

    Volunteer escorts from the greater Carlisle Barracks community (military, civilians, spouses) are paired with a nursing home guest and escort that guest throughout the Tea. In addition to providing an escort for each senior citizen, the post arranges an entertainment program for the guests.   Prior to the event, volunteers bake over 700 dozen cookies. The cookies are collected at one central point, where they are sorted and arranged on trays to serve to the guests or placed in holiday bags for them to take back to the nursing homes and enjoy.    

    Upon arrival at the Tea, guests pose for individual photos with their escort in a holiday setting. This picture is framed on-the-spot and presented to the guest as a token of this wonderful afternoon.

    "The Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea provides a wonderful opportunity for the greater Carlisle Barracks community to volunteer to help an extraordinary cause," said event chairperson Capt. Jeff Allen.

    Volunteers decorate the LeTort View Community Center, transport and escort the guests, entertain, take pictures, bake cookies, design the program, work on publicity, solicit donations for the over $4,000 required to fund this event, and other various tasks that are required to make the Tea successful.

    You can help make this year's event a great success, according to Allen. For your convenience, a volunteer / donation sign-up sheet have been placed in the distribution boxes and  will be included with the November edition of The Banner. Additional sheets are placed throughout the installation. Please contact Allen at 245-3086 or Jeffrey.Allen@carlisle.army.mil for more information.

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

USAWC professor to address Balkans decade, sign books

 

    An Army War College faculty member will share insights from his newly published book, "War in the Balkans, 1991 - 2002, at a book release event in Wil Washcoe Auditorium here Friday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m.

    Following the presentation, Dr. R. Craig Nation will take questions and sign books, courtesy of the publisher, U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute.

    Nation's book is arguably the first English-language book to provide a comprehensive history and evaluation of the Yugoslav conflict.

    "We can't let these conflicts fade away," said Nation. "We have to study them carefully to see what happened - it's not self-evident."

    Yugoslavia fell apart in 1991, and the world remained preoccupied a decade later.

The lesson of conflict in the former Yugoslavia, said Nation, is to "address issues up front and effectively, rather than let them take their course.

    "Had we, the international community, been more interventionist early on --right at the run-up to the Yugoslavian break-up - with stronger external direction in the early phases of fighting, things could have been prevented," said Nation. But Europe was divided on the issue, he noted. "The U.S. was not convinced that it was our issue. Neither was I." It was difficult to adopt a balanced position because there was blame to go around on all sides, he added.

    "The region will remain fragile for a long time, and it's an integral part of greater Europe."
   
Nation credited the Army War College for sponsoring scholarship of contemporary security issues. His work was made possible through the award of the Commandant's Temporal Research Grant, and the support of his department, National Security Studies, during the one-year grant period.
    "We have wonderful expertise here - a unique combination of expertise well-placed to do serious study of security issues," said Nation. He could turn to people in the college who were in Sarajevo in 1997, he noted. "It's a great privilege."

Nation has been a USAWC faculty member since 1996. He specializes in security affairs with a special emphasis on European and Eurasian affairs. He has taught history and international relations at Duke University, the University of Southern California, Cornell University and The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.  He earned his Ph.D. in Contemporary History from Duke University.

      Nation worked Balkan issues for most of the 1990s, he said. "I lived two years in Yugoslavia during the Tito period in the late 1970s. It gave me a lasting interest in the Balkan region."

 

 

 

Sierra Military Health Services

Car safety for children

     Car seats and seat belts save lives.   Even so, children are placed at risk of injury and death in motor vehicle crashes when their restraints are used improperly.

As many as 90% of children are restrained incorrectly or not restrained at all when riding in a motor vehicle.  Fewer than 10% of children who need to be in a booster seat are using one.

    Child restraint systems, like rear-facing child safety seats, convertible seats, and booster seats are not easy to select, install and use properly.  The following child car-safety principles should be practiced daily:

         Children should face the rear of the vehicle until they are at least 20 lb. and at least 1 year of age.

         A rear-facing car safety seat must never be placed in the front passenger seat of any vehicle equipped with a passenger-side front air bag.

         A convertible safety seat, which is reclined and facing rear, should be used for a child until at least 1 year of age and at least 20 lb. 

         A convertible safety seat facing forward in a semi-upright position should be used for older children up to 40 lb., and used as long as the child is not too big for the seat.  The child's ear should be below the top of the back of the seat and the child's shoulders should be below the seat straps slots.

         A booster seat should be used when the child has outgrown a convertible safety seat but is too small to fit properly in a vehicle safety belt (60-80 lb.).

 

    It is necessary to properly secure the child in the seat and properly secure the seat in the vehicle. 

 

Editors Note: The information above was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is presented by Sierra Military Health Services, Inc., the TRICARE Administrator for TRICARE Northeast.

 

 

Sierra Military Health Services

Breast Cancer Screening

    Among women in the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer, and only skin cancer occurs more frequently.  These sobering statistics make it imperative for women to understand the disease and learn how to catch breast cancer early.

    Age and health history can affect the risk of developing breast cancer.  Other risk factors include early menstruation and having a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer.

    Protect yourself by using at least one of the three common ways to screen for breast cancer: self-exam, clinical exam and mammogram.  Self-exams involve checking your own breasts for lumps or other abnormalities, and should be performed monthly.  A clinical breast exam is performed by a doctor or other health professional and may be done during a routine physical exam.  A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast, which can help find tumors that are too small to feel.

    Consult your Primary Care Manager to determine which method of screening is best for you.

    If you have questions about breast cancer, call the 24-hour Health Care Information Line.  The line is staffed by Registered Nurses who can help you determine the non-emergency or self-care you need in the proper setting and can provide information on health issues.  Call 1-800-308-3518 anytime, day or night to speak to a nurse or to access the Health Information Library (Pin #208).

    Sierra Military Health Services, Inc., the TRICARE administrator for TRICARE Northeast, presents this information courtesy of the National Cancer Institute.

 

Jim Thorpe 5K run results

 

 

Men overall

Charles Kacsur

17:59

Zachary Brooks

19:11

Steve Kidder

19:44

 

Women overall 

Karen Jones

22:52

 

Christine Stark

24:03

 

Diane Clemente

24:07

 

 

Team overall

 

1st place Boss #1

Keith Cobert

Michael Marchand

Scott Fees

Hector Santiago

David Roman

Sandy Gonzalez

 

2nd place seminar 6

 

Charles Kacsur

 

Zachary Brooks

 

Michael Donovan

 

Timothy Donovan

 

David Brooks

 

 

 

 

 

3rd place seminar 5

 

David Glover

 

Joel Hillison

 

Glenn Starnes

 

Chuck Johnson

 

Diane Clemente