Current Issue Banner Archives      

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Students keep ties to college after graduation

     Recharging the tradition to reach out to graduates, the USAWC Alumni Association has been reaching in to the current students of the Army War College.

    Support to the current class is one of three Alumni Association missions, according to retired Col. Mike Pearson, the executive secretary/treasurer. Pearson joined the student leaders' meeting May 8 to present the association's $190 contribution to the class fund.

    The class appreciates the continuing support of the Alumni Association - to include the contribution to class funds, said class president Col. Larry McCallister. He accepted the check on behalf of the Class of 2003. He anticipated that the contribution will be part of the class's charity donations. 

   The donation arose from a marriage of artwork and class funds for mutual benefit. Pearson A silent art auction in the Root Hall cafeteria in April was a creative approach to bring attention to the Alumni Association.

    "We struck a deal and sold a couple pieces of art. The print that sold for the larger amount -- $190 - is the association's contribution to the class fund," said Pearson. He accepted the second print's $119 high bid on behalf of the Alumni Association.

    The Alumni Association has been a player in many student activities - creating the 101st USAWC birthday celebration in November, supporting the students' Air-Shipwreck Ball, the USAWC-West Point Founders Day and the Delisanti Golf Tournament, participating in the OSC Scholarship Auction and a morale-boosting give-away inspired by the Strategic Crisis Exercise.

    Students in the Distance Education Classes of 2002 and 2003 were beneficiaries of the association's support of social gatherings. 

    The association donated $2,175 in cash or in kind to both the resident and distance student bodies this year.

    The organization is true to its traditional missions, as well. "We help alumni keep in touch with each other, we support student activities, and we support the USAWC Strategic Plan 2005," said Pearson to the student seminar leaders.

   With an eye to the next class, Pearson announced that the association received approval for a student writing award, and is working to establish a speaking award for next year, as well.

    "I am trying to link everything we do to the goals of the college's strategic plan," said Pearson, later. "We support education through the academic awards. We support the Current Affairs Panel efforts as they communicate to external audiences. And we support well-being via donations to the Delisanti fund, to the class fund, and to general betterment of people in the institution."

    "I happen to be one of those who think this institution is important - with an important role in serving the nation's needs,"  said student Lt. Col. Carlton Reid, who stopped at the Alumni office in May to become a life member. "It's contributing to the strategic direction of the Army, providing intellectual thought to decisions made by the Army staff - and the association helps address the War College needs."

    As students join the ranks of the alumni, they'll find their needs are met with the members-only directory and other direct support from the association. And, time will pass quickly to the point of thinking about a reunion.

    Glenn Blackburn recently called the association for some advice. He's not only an alumnus, he's president of the Class of 1993 and is planning an October class reunion.  Dorris Thompson, the association's office manager, described his plans for the weekend reunion as typical - muster for retreat at the flag, greetings and briefing from the commandant, golf outing and dinner program at the Letort View Community Center. Association assistance can include coordination as well as address labels.

 

 

 

 

Peter Baker, Public Affairs Office

USAWC dedicates bench in memory of Tom Echelmeyer

 May 30, 2003 --Army War College students, faculty, and staff gathered in front of Root Hall on May 30 to dedicate a bench to the memory of former USAWC security guard Tom Echelmeyer.

    "Tom was a great person and a true member of the Carlisle team," remarked Garrison Commander Lt. Col. John Koivisto in his opening address.  "There is a permanence here that we'll all be able to remember him by."

    Other speakers echoed Koivisto's sentiments, focusing on what Chief of Staff Col. Michael Colpo referred to as Tom's "personal power."  The post chaplain, Col. Donald Rutherford, described the bench as a "reminder of Tom's good humor, his compassion, and his kindness for all people."

    Following the unveiling of the bench, Tom's wife, Debbie, accepted a Superior Service Award on her husband's behalf.  Civilian Guard Supervisor Ron Hillegass presented the award.  "Tom," he said, "upheld and displayed the highest Army standards."

    Student Lt. Col. Susan Gough gave Debbie a special edition of the USAWC Class of 2003 print, making Tom an honorary member of the current USAWC class.

    Thomas A. Echelmeyer graduated from Warren Area High School, attended the University of Maryland, and served in the U.S. Air Force.  He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1988, after serving in various U.S. and overseas posts, including Vietnam.  Tom served as a USAWC security guard from 1994 until his death at age 56 in 2002.

    A service on his behalf was held in Memorial Chapel on Dec. 10, 2002.  He is survived by his wife, Debbie, and sons, Tom and Bryan.  All three attended the dedication.

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Safety Day makes serious topic appetizing

 

 

 May 29, 2003 --Keith Bailey donned personal protective gear to protect against the risk of volatile organic chemicals during quarterly ground water testing. It might not have been necessary, but he wasn't about to find out the hard way. Six years later, the testing was complete and the state closed the site near the heating plant.  

    "Any time you're working with environmental issues, there's a risk," said Bailey, who's part of the Safety and Environmental Office here. There's the trimming contract, the pest control operations, the radon inspections and lead paint risk assessments, he noted, while tending the hamburger bar at the Safety Awareness Day, May 16 at the Letort View Community Center.  

    Sgt. Terry Bacon learned, when he arrived here from Fort Benning in March, that he'll manage the hazardous waste program for the Dunham Army Health Clinic.

    Across the post, workers use batteries, paint solvents, toner, bleach, photo lab chemicals, and fertilizers - all considered hazardous materials.  The auto shop, maintenance shops and golf maintenance shops are full of hazardous materials.

    Rick Pokrowka knows what's hazardous and he knows the alphabet soup of organizations that keep safety a top priority - OSHA, EPA, Army, TRADOC, IMA. The safety technician for Public Works customized a software program for local use, and tracks the materials and a growing list of mandatory inspections. "We've got to stay up to par on all the new codes," he said.

 

    Pokrowka knows that what's important to the safety agencies is important to the commanders. "We keep 'em smart, we keep 'em safe, and we keep 'em in the guidelines," said Pokrowka. "We've had nothing to worry about in terms of major violations. We've got our odds and ends, but I've worked six, seven years to bring it up to par."

    "People are pretty cooperative," he said.

     Pokrowka is the man behind the installation Safety Day activities, and the man behind the burger grill.

    "Safety day started as a requirement," he said. "It's not mandatory any more, but we still do it." In fact, he's been doing it since 1995 and he's learned the secrets - plenty of information, subject matter experts on hand, food and freebies. 

    "Free food is a call," said Capt. John  Casto, Dunham logistics officer. He brought Bacon to the event to meet Jim Aiello, the post safety manager. "We use the same information and items for our clinic safety course, too," he said. The routine health care course includes safety topics - handling cleaning materials, reporting accidents, recognizing a safety hazard. "We have employees who've been around awhile and are pretty conscientious."

    "I did find out that you can get a tag from the coroner's office for children's car seats," said Casto. "If I get injured in a car accident, the tag identifies my name and my child's."

    Bacon learned about the installation's free motorcycle certification course while at Safety Day.

    Stevie Wilhelm, Library employee, picked up some refrigerator magnets and a few tips. If your kitchen fire extinguisher is older than six years, don't trust it, urged Jim Zipfel. The firefighter from Carlisle Barracks Co. 38 recommended a trip to a local discount store for a new extinguisher after tossing the old one in the trash; recycling isn't necessary, he said.

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

EEO conference pitch: Leverage human 'capital'

 

 

    May 24, 2003--Changes are upon us and we must capitalize on all human resources to be competitive - but the  Defense Department is not there yet, according to several specialists in equal opportunity.

    For one full day at Collins Hall on May 14, more than 100 leaders and supervisors from central Pennsylvania's military installations took stock of the state of equal employment opportunity. Capitalizing on a diverse workforce is the ticket to organizational success, according to speakers at the Equal Employment Opportunity Strategic Conference - billed as a "first annual" event.

    "Jobs will require higher-level analytical skills, working smarter rather than harder. We'll be successful only if we're willing to give up the comfort of old ways of doing business," said Claiborne D. Haughton, Jr.,

    "We have really achieved progress in EO," said Haughton. "We have achieved representation in terms of women and minorities, although underrepresented with Hispanics and the disabled. In the words of Robert Frost, there are miles to go before we sleep."

    Give up the habit of doing things only by the book, when the book itself needs to be thrown out, said the keynote speaker, who shared insights from a career in Defense Dept. equal employment opportunity.

    And the commander holds the key to blending diversity with affirmative action and equal employment opportunity to improve the organization's bottom line.

    For military organizations, the bottom line is readiness and combat effectiveness. That's true for a Navy supply unit, an Army maintenance organization, and an educational institution - where civilian employees are critical to the combat effectiveness of the force.

    "Thirty years ago, when I started flying we were crashing helicopters on a regular basis. Someone finally realized the cost in human lives. Safety was originally resisted and force-fed because it affected how we flew. We knew we were good and we flex to the max," said Navy Capt. Robert D. Watts, commandant of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

    "Then we started safety as part of our culture and, now, it's what we do," he said. A similar acceptance - of diversity as part of our culture - is the next step for military organizations in the face of changing U.S. demographics, he said [see box].   

    It's not news that the commanding officer establishes the climate. Capt. Watts noted that the people in the organization don't tune in on what leaders say, but what they do. He asked -- does the commander go to EO/EEO training, hold others accountable, make EEO part of the strategic plan?

    There's not a commander out there who says, "I want my program to fail," noted Watts.

Leaders must develop skills to understand and use diversity, he said, and they may be surprised at the critical skill involved.

     Listening to people is both critical and difficult, said Watts. "Quite often our leaders see a problem from their perspective only. If I, for example, can learn to understand who I am, I can better listen, said Watts. 

    A real effective way to do this is to incorporate all of this in military education for all services, from E1 to O10, he noted.  Military courses talk about leadership but they don't talk about capitalizing on diversity but he mentioned a couple important exceptions to that observation right here at the Army War College. Faculty member Col. Cortez Dial offers an elective that's a role model: Human Relations for Strategic Leaders. Strategic Studies Institute researcher Dr. Leonard Wong has researched and written on the impact of changing demographics; he authored Generations Apart: Xers and Boomers in the Officer Corps, October 2000, and Stifled Innovation? Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today, April 2002.

    The conference was itself an investment in educating leaders - and developed as a local initiative by the Central Pennsylvania Regional EEO Council. In addition to Watts' and Houghton's addresses, participants attended seminar sessions on disability and reasonable accommodation, EEO law, alternate dispute resolution, the President's agenda for strategic management of human capital, and a senior managers' roundtable.

    "All the feedback from those who attended was very favorable, and we'll meet soon to plan next year's." said Ernie Lopez, the Carlisle Barracks EEO manager. "We had so much to offer, the participants asked for a longer conference next time."

 

 

 

Summer is almost here, post pool set to open

 

 

 

    The Splash Zone swimming pool, located behind the LVCC,  will open for business May 24, and will be open until September 22. 

 

    Hours of operation: Daily,

noon-12:50 p.m. (lap swimming), 1-5:45 p.m. (open swimming) and the pool will be cleared daily during "Retreat."

 
 

SEASON PASSES:

Individual Enlisted: $60

Enlisted Family of 2: $85 Maximum: $115

 

Individual Officer: $80

Officer Family of 2: $110 Maximum: $140

 

Other: $90

Other Family of 2: $120 Maximum: $150

 

DAILY PASS:

AGE I.D. Card Holder Guest

Five and under FREE FREE

6-17 $2.50 $3.50

18 and older $3.50 $4.50

Seniors (65+) $3 $4

 

WEEKEND PASS

(Sat/Sun) $5 $7

Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day three-day weekends, $1 extra

 

POOL RENTAL:

The pool is available for rental from 6-8 p.m. daily. Rental rates are $75 per hour, with a minimum two-hour rental.

Sponsors will be responsible for the conduct of their guests, making sure that all rules and regulations governing of the

pool are observed. To reserve the pool call 245-4029/4375/3560 during regular operating hours.

 
Swimming Lessons:
Session I             June 16-27 Mon-Fri 10 a.m. Level 3,4,5, &6 
                                    11 a.m. Level 1 &2
Session II  July 7-18   Mon-Fri  10 a.m. Level 3, 4, 5, 6
                                    11 a.m. Level 1 &2
Session III July 21-Aug. 1 Mon-Fri 10 a.m.  Level 3,4,5,6
                                         11 a.m.  Level 1 &2
Session IV  Aug. 4-15  Mon-Fri  10 a.m. Level 3,4,5,6
                                                  11 a.m. Level 1 &2
Session V  Aug. 18-29  Mon-Fri 10 a.m. Level 3,4,5,6
                                                   11 a.m. Level 1 &2
 
    There is a maximum of 10 students per class, and each lesson
 is 50 minutes in duration. 
There is a $30 fee per students which must be paid at time of registration,
 which may be done by calling 245-4029/3569/4375. 
    You may also stop by the Sports Office or at the swimming pool 
during regular operating hours.
 Registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis. 
 
 
 
Pool Rules:

1. Children nine years of age and younger must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or family member 16 years of

age or older.

2. Smoking is NOT permitted in the pool area.

3. Glass containers are not permitted within the pool area.

4. Swimmers with open wounds, bandages and/or communicable diseases will not be permitted in the pool area.

5. Only inflatable devices and pool toys issued by the Carlisle Barracks pool staff will be permitted in the pool. Masks, snorkels and fins

must be approved by the on-duty lifeguard.

6. Squirt guns are not permitted in the pool area.

7. Cut-offs and t -shirts are not permitted in the pool.

 

 

Eligible users:

Active duty military, retired military and their family members who are in possession of a valid ID Card; civilian employees and their family members who are in possession of a valid ID card or Community Recreation ID Card (CBks Form 834R).

 

Guest policy:

Only eligible users, 10 years of age and older, may bring guests to the pool. When the sponsor leaves, the guest must also leave. A guest may have only one sponsor per day.

 

Appropriate attire:

Bathing suit is required at all times (i.e., no one will be permitted in the pool with cut-offs or t-shirts). Shoes, flippers or shower clogs are not permitted on the pool deck.

 

Weather:

Once lightning or thunder is observed, or it starts to rain, the pool will be emptied. The pool will not be reopened until there is a 30-minute period that has been lightning and/or thunder free. If swimming cannot be continued for the day, season pass holders will be issued a free game of bowling at the Strike Zone for that day.

 

Refund Policy:

Refunds will only be made for those who become physically incapacitated and have purchased seasonal passes, pool rental and/or lessons. All refunds will be charged a $15 processing fee. There will be no refunds for daily passes, pool equipment, and food and drinks purchased at the snack bar. Pool rental must be canceled within 15 days of the rental date in order to receive any refund.

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Headquarters company changes command

 

 May 22, 2003 --"With command comes responsibility," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander. "I have great faith that John is ready for that responsibility and he will do very well."   

    Koivisto was talking about Capt. John Kunstbeck, who assumed command of the Carlisle Barracks Headquarters Company May 19. Kunstbeck is replacing outgoing commander Capt. Sidney Gourdine.

 

Pa. native ready for challenge

    The Altoona, Pa. native and 1997 Distinguished Military Graduate of Penn State University is no stranger to post, as he has been serving as the Special Security Officer since Jan. 2002.

    "This is a great place to be," Kunstbeck said. "You couldn't pick a better place to take command."

    Kunstbeck hopes to accomplish a few things while he is in command, to include maintaining military standards and maximizing the time he spends with the soldiers. Part of his plan is to have some more training at Ft. Indiantown Gap and concentrate on training that forces soldiers to work more as a unit.

    "This installation is a little different than a Ft. Drum or Ft. Bragg," he said. "At Carlisle Barracks you only have your soldiers for a limited time, so you need to make sure you're operating efficiently."

    Kunstbeck also hopes to start a "PT Olympics" competition which will hopes will make the physical exercise requirement more enjoyable for the soldiers.    

Gourdine says goodbye

    As he departs post, Gourdine took time to thank those he had worked with and for during his time at Carlisle Barracks.

    "I've been truly blessed to work with everyone here," he said. "I'm grateful for this opportunity and look forward to what the future holds for all of us." Gourdine is assuming an Active Component/Reserve Component integrated position in Mississippi. 

    Gourdine felt that Kunstbeck should have no problem handing his new command.

    "He's going to be great," said Gourdine. "I wish him the best of luck and know that he will do very well."

 

 

Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Officer

Merit Scholarships Awarded to 35 High School and College Students

 

  

   May 21, 2003 --More than $24,000 in scholarship money was awarded to Carlisle area high school seniors and college students at a reception and ceremony on May 15 here at Carlisle Barracks.

     This year the fund distributed awards ranging from $300 to $2000 to 13 high school seniors and 22 college students.

      The annual merit scholarship program is jointly sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Officers' Spouses' Club and the Thrift shop and is targeted to military family members living in the Carlisle area and through an outreach effort according to program publicity.

     "The merit scholarship program supports our objectives to promote friendship, foster a spirit of goodwill at Carlisle Barracks and support outreach and community service projects," said Holly Smith, outgoing Officer's Spouses Club president.  "It feels great to help out the young graduates and students in the community."

     A scholarship evaluation committee selected recipients through an application process which details academic merit, volunteer work, leadership, character, school and community involvement, and an essay.

     Scholarship eligibility is considered for any college or high school graduating son or daughter of an active duty, retired, or deceased member of the armed forces whose sponsor resides in the Carlisle Barracks area. 

     Helping the community in this way makes sense, said Smith, because Carlisle Barracks is more than a community; it is a family.

     Funds were raised for the scholarship program through volunteer fundraising efforts in the community and through donations made by industry sponsors. 

    The recipients of the 2003 Merit Scholarship are: 

 

         Melanee Cloy - Carlisle High School

         Allison Cook - Cumberland Valley High School

         Alexander Davis - Carlisle High School

         Keith Dickman - Carlisle High School

         Donovan Groh - Carlisle High School

         Michelle Harvey - Trinity High School

         Carie Hilton - Carlisle High School

         David Lukefahr - Carlisle High School

         Joanne Pearson - Carlisle High School

         Rebecca Roberts - Carlisle High School

         Lisa Snell - Carlisle High School

         Jacob Troxell - Carlisle High School

         Hank Worrell - Carlisle High School

 

         Nickolas Auger - Drexel University

         Amanda Case - University of Washington

         Melissa Colpo - Penn State University

         Samantha Dickerson - Harrisburg Area Community College

         Megan Foster - George Mason University

         Logan Groh - Shippensburg University

         Kristen Herold - Shippensburg University

         Julianne Ivany - Marquette University

         Sarah Johnson - Cedarville University

         Siobhan Kane - St. Bonaventure University

         Katherine Koivisto - Oklahoma Christian University

         Kevin Longo - Pepperdine University

         Matthew McQuaig - Grove City College

         Lauren Meinhart - Rochester Institute of Technology

         Stephanie Miller - Penn State University

         Jennie Murray - California University of Pennsylvania

         Gail Pearson - Mount St. Mary's College

         Ryan Sajac - Haverford College

         Sherry Snell - Kutztown University

         Nicole Wilhelm - Towson University

         Kathryn Willmann - Albright College

         Lauren Worrell - William and Mary

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

DPW gets new director, commitment to improving quality continues   

  

May 20, 2003 - Change is the theme of the Carlisle Barracks Directorate of Public Works as it has made great strides in work order response time, welcomed a new director and balanced the challenges of ongoing projects.

   

Work order response time

   A major DPW initiative has been to streamline methods to handle work orders for repairs at post housing and facilities.

    "We've established a four-priority system that has made responding to emergencies easier," Tom Kelly said, the new head of DPW. The program started under previous director Alan Thompson has continued under Kelly.

    Kelly explained that the system ranges from a priority-one work order, which is an immediate emergency and goes to four which is usually routine maintaince and repairs which do not require immediate attention. 

    "An example of a priority one is that your heat goes off and it's five degrees outside. A four is the majority of our calls, and is typically something like a broken towel rack or other minor repair," he said.

    Response times do vary, depending on the type of work needed.

    "The response time for a priority one is 30 minutes since it is an emergency," Kelly said. "A two, which is a less minor emergency such as your heat or air conditioning going out during temperate times, is 24 hours." Kelly pointed out that response time for night and weekend calls is two hours, since they will need to call someone in to make the repair. Time for priority three or four can range from five to ten days, depending on severity and workload. During periods when there is a large number of work orders, typically when students move in and out, may cause some delays for routine repairs.   

    "Overall with the new system we've seen great improvement in our response times," Kelly said. "We're still working to make it even better but we've come pretty far."

 

Kelly named new director

    Kelly, who assumed his duties as director April 20, is no stranger to the work load on post, having started here in Sept. 1991 in the engineering and plans division.

    "I love working here and I've got to credit everyone down at DPW for helping to make this transition easier," said Kelly, who replaced Alan Thompson as director. Thompson left to become the director of the Residential Communities Initiative.

    "We have a great staff and work with Griffin Services to make sure we both are constantly making improvements, so that we can operate in the most efficient way possible," Kelly said.

 

Griffin Services: Third year at Carlisle Barracks

    Another area of improvement is the relationship and cohesiveness that has developed between the government employees of post and Griffin Services, which is the contractor hired to perform many of the DPW work projects.

   "We experienced some growing pains at first as you would expect," said Kelly. "With time though we've brought in some quality people and it's a great team now." Kelly explained that it was a new experience for all involved; the government employees here weren't used to dealing with contractors and vice versa.

    "We had to find some common ground and once we got used to working with one another, it became much easier for everyone," he said.

    Kelly considers both parties to be highly dedicated to be as efficient as possible, to save taxpayer money, and to maintain and improve the appearance of the historic post, he said.  Weekly meetings are held to judge performance, and suggestions and comments are given on how to do things even better.

   "It's taken a lot of hard work on both sides to get to this point but it's been worth it," said Rick Tibbetts, Griffin Project Manager.

    "Griffin employees look at Carlisle Barracks as theirs and they want it to look the best it possibly can," said Tibbetts.

    "Quality individuals equal quality service," said Kelly. "With that quality service comes savings, which helps make everyone happy."

 

Energy Savings Performance Contract, Grass cutting and Graduation

 

    The large amount of recent rain has taken a heavy hit on schedules.

    "The grass has grown so quickly, we've fallen behind on keeping it trimmed," Kelly said. "Griffin has done a great job flexing the schedules of their employees to make sure we have enough people here for when it's dry, that way we don't fall too far behind."

   Progress continues with the ESPC heat pump project, and a major hurdle has been cleared with regards to drilling on the historic areas of post.

    "Just last night I hand carried a [Memorandum of Agreement] between interested Native American tribes, the State Historic Preservation Office and Carlisle Barracks, which will allow us to install the heat pumps in the historic areas," Kelly said. "We will not have to modify the work schedule now that we have that agreement."

   Kelly said that an agreement reached will ensure that the resident graduation will not be affected by the project.

    "The contractor has agreed to work around the area and alter his schedule to make sure the area remains untouched for the graduation," he said. "We wanted to make sure of that."

    Kelly said that these improvements are all part of an ongoing effort to continually make improvements.

    "Constant improvement is the goal, " he said. "With this great group of people I've got around me, I can see that we can keep getting better."

   

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Armor unit prepares to depart, post community bids farewell May 29 

 

May 22, 2003 --Carlisle Barracks took the time at the Indian Field Pavilion May 29 to honor and bid farewell to members of the 1st Battalion, 127th Armor unit out of Olean, N.Y. The unit will be leaving post on June 25th after wrapping up nine months of service protecting the residents, employees and visitors to post.

     "I can't say enough about how great the people have been here at Carlisle Barracks," said Capt. Roger Lance, the commander of the unit.  "We were thrown into the fire at first with conferences but we settled in and took to our mission pretty quickly," Lance said. "Learning the lay of the land was the toughest part. Once we got that down it was smooth sailing."

     The unit performed a variety of force protection duties during their time here, including participation in the quarterly force protection exercises and working as the quick reaction force.

     "The exercises were great. We really felt like a part of the garrison team," Lance said. "It's one thing to train as a unit, but it's so much better to train beside the other soldiers and MPs."

    The ability to complete a large amount of training was another highlight of their time here, Lance said.

    "Many times in an armor unit there isn't enough time to get everyone the same level of training," he said. "With our time here, we were able to balance our mission requirements while also allowing everyone the chance to take on a leadership role in training."  Their training included almost weekly trips to Ft. Indiantown Gap by members of the unit, who completed everything from weapons to basic leadership trainings. 

     "I learned a lot while we've been here," said Lance. "It's been great getting to work the QRF and do all the training with the MPs we've done. We've learned in months what sometimes can take years."

    The contributions of the unit did not go unnoticed by post leadership either.  

     "They did a great job," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander. "They came into a situation not knowing what to expect and did everything asked of them. They will be missed."

    Lance wanted to thank the post community for their help and assistance while the unit was here, especially the support for their families who were left behind in N.Y.

    "Everyone here was so good to us," Lance said. "Vera Colpo was especially helpful for some of our guys, including myself." Lance explained that his wife and another soldier's wife were going through some health problems and Colpo helped make it easier for them.

    "She gave us all the forms we needed and just made sure that everything was taken care of," he said. "She's a great lady and went above and beyond the call to help us out." Lance presented Colpo with a plaque of appreciation at the April Post Quarterly Awards Ceremony.

    Lance also pointed out that Maj. Gen Robert Ivany, USAWC Commandant and Koivisto made sure to check in on the unit, to see if they needed anything or just to chat.

    "They've both been great," Lance said. "Many times they would stop in to see how we were doing, check on how our families were or just to talk. I've never seen that kind of interest before, it really helped us out."   

    After they depart post the unit will report to Ft. Drum, N.Y., where they will begin the process of demobilization training. After they complete their activities there, they will report back to Olean where they will await further orders. The unit will be replaced by the 2 Battalion, 104th Cavalry 28th Division, a new unit set up in the last few months.

    While the unit is happy to be heading home and back to their families, Lance expressed a desire to come back to Carlisle Barracks.

    "This has been a great experience and we'd come back here in a minute."

 

 

 

 

Sgt. First Class Jolanda Rose, Special to the Banner

Post celebrates Asian-Pacific American month

 

 

    Carlisle Barracks celebrated Asian Pacific-American month recently by bringing the "The Charms of Korea: Korean Traditional Dress" display to the Letort View Community Center,  May 11-13.
    The display was presented by Col. In-Bum Chun, the Korean Fellow of the USAWC Class of 2003.  He and his wife, Prof. Hwa-Jin Shim displayed the culture and fragrance of the Korean people through the exhibit. The theme was "Salute to liberty."
    "Koreans have always held tradition and art as an important part of life, and traditional Korean dress presents the passage of Korean history," explained Shim. "I hope the exhibit will contribute to better understanding of Korean culture and will enhance mutual friendship."
    The three-day exhibit concluded with a fashion show by the Korea Department of Clothing Science of Sungshin Women's University. A luncheon was also held where soldiers and other guests dined on seafood bisque, kim chi, fried rice, steamed rice, egg rolls, Korean pancakes with shrimp and green onions, bulgoki, beef teriyaki, and clear noodles.

Robert Salviano, Youth Services Manager

Youth Services name Carlisle Barracks Boys & Girls Club of America Youth of the Year

 

   May 21, 2003 -- David Lukefahr has been selected as the 2003 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Carlisle Barracks.  Sponsored by Reader's Digest Foundation and administered by Boys & Girls Club of America,  the national program recognizes exemplary character, superior leadership skills, academic achievement and outstanding services to Boys & Girls Clubs and the community.

    A two-year member of the Boys & Girls Club at Carlisle Barracks Lukefahr is a "positive role model for today's young people," said Robert Salviano, youth services manager.

    Born in Fort Carson, Colorado, Lukefahr has moved no less than ten times in the past eighteen years and is still able to become recognized in the community as an accomplished athlete and scholar.

    Lukefahr is a distinguished honor roll high school student at Carlisle High School, taking honors and advanced placement courses. He maintains a strong grade point average that has placed him in both the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.  

    According to Salviano, Lukefahr desires to continually disperse his leadership abilities to throughout each new Youth Services Boys & Girls Club of America, church, school and neighborhood.  He enjoys swimming the 100 Butterfly and Individual 500, and works as a swim instructor at the Carlisle YMCA.

    Upon graduation Lukefahr plans to attend Hawaii Pacific University to become a mathematician and then pursue a career as an officer in the United States Armed Forces. 

    Lukefahr attended the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year program in Lancaster, Pennsylvania competing against 13 other state finalist.  He was one of the top 5 finalists, being awarded a $500 scholarship to the college of his choice.   

                                              

Ann Wolfe, Employee Assistance Program Manager

"Summer Sense:" Drug & Alcohol campaign to run Memorial Day through Labor Day

 

    The DWI "Summer Sense" campaign runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The campaign is designed to raise the awareness level of the Carlisle Barracks community members. This campaign takes a comprehensive approach, focusing on the underage drinker between the ages of 16 and 20, and 21 - 34 year olds, and repeat offenders.  Members of these populations are significantly over-represented in all categories of DWI crash statistics, including fatalities, and are the most resistant to changing drinking and driving behavior.  

    To raise the awareness level of the community, the Army Substance Abuse Program will be highlighting certain issues and will increase public awareness through a variety media sources.  Check the Banner, weekly bulletin, cable T.V. and bulletin boards throughout the installation for important facts and information. 

    For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576.

 

 

Maj. Gen. Robert R. Ivany, USAWC Commandant

Memorial Day safety message   

 

    Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  It is a time for Americans to gather to honor all Americans who died defending our nation and preserving freedom.  From the Revolutionary to the Civil War, from the World Wars to Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and now Enduring Freedom, men and women in the Armed Forces have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect the land we love.

 

   In addition to honoring our fallen comrades, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the "101 Days of Summer" (Memorial to Labor Day).  This is a period of increased family and outdoor activities, from driving to vacation resorts, boating, barbequing, outdoor recreational activities, etc.  These activities are enjoyable and I encourage you and your families to take the time to participate and enjoy them.

 

   Unfortunately, those activities bring with them certain risks and hazards.  For us working and living on or near Carlisle Barracks, we will experience a significant increase in traffic and the associated risks.  For those of you traveling in POVs, I strongly recommend you adhere to the following precautions:

 

         PREPARE your vehicle for traveling.

         PLAN AHEAD.  Choose a route free of construction and heavy traffic.

         DON'T OVER DRIVE.  Stop every four hours to rest and take a stretch break.

         Always wear a SAFETY SEATBELT and ensure all persons in the vehicle are properly secured.

 

    Summer activities, from swimming, boating, camping, and mowing lawns, having barbecues, etc., introduce many new hazards into what should be a fun time of the year.  Some additional safety tips for injury-free summer include:

         Drink plenty of water to prevent heat injuries.

         Use sunscreen to avoid sunburn.

         Swim in supervised areas with lifeguards.

         Wear a Personal Flotation Device when boating and water- skiing.

 

    I hope that all of you, by observing safe practices at home and on the highways, will have an enjoyable and safe holiday.

 

 

National Alert Status elevated
   

    In light of the national "orange" alert status, Carlisle Barracks reviews security measures to provide the appropriate precautions for our soldiers, civilian workers, and family members. The force protection plan can flex as needed with additional and/or random security measures. 

    Supervisors and seminar leaders are responsible to ensure that phone rosters are accurate and available.

    Traveling this weekend?? Inform supervisors and seminar leaders of contact info.

     Carlisle Barracks will provide effective force protection for our community and our missions: education and family support operations.

 

You can help -

Don't discuss force protection levels.

Understand that some security measures are unseen.

Do not discuss detail about the make-up, numbers or training of our force protection forces.

If something alerts your attention on or around the post, do not confront the individuals

involved.

Take note of the details, and call the Military Police at 245-4115.

Or, for immediate response off post, call 911, and inform the MPs as

 

 

 

 

Staff reports

USAWC students to match wits, talents to be Top Speaker

 

   The U.S. Army War College has one of the most active Speakers Bureaus in the Army - thanks to the participation of USAWC students as well as staff and faculty who seek opportunities to connect with America's communities.

    Student-speakers will be profiled at this year's Invitational Speech Contest, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 29 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #477 at 959 Trindle Road in Carlisle.  Five students, representing five seminars of the Executive Speaking elective, will vie for the "top USAWC speaker" title.

    At the Class of 2003 graduation ceremony, the USAWC Foundation will honor one of these speakers with the USAWC Communicative Arts Speaking Award, engraved plaque and $250 award - Col. Jesse Barber, Lt. Col. Scot Ciluffo, Navy Cmdr. Jeff Lamberson, Navy Cmdr. Al Lowder and Lt. Col. Pat Rayermann.

    The evening's theme is "Commemorating the Lewis and Clark Expedition." The "speak-off" at 7 p.m. will follow a 6 p.m. dinner buffet at the VFW post. Cost of the dinner buffet is $20. Reservations with checks, payable to Free Speakers Toastmasters, are due to Anna Waggener by May 18.

    The USAWC Speech Contest is sponsored by the members of the Executive Public Speaking course, the Carlisle Free Speakers Toastmasters Club, the U.S. Army War College Foundation, and the Carlisle Barracks/ Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.

 

 

State reminds residents to help prevent spread of West Nile Virus

  

   May 13, 2003, --Pennsylvania is launching this year's effort to detect and control mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus. Last year, West Nile virus was detected in Pennsylvania in humans for the first time.

    "Those people recovered," said the state's Health Secretary Robert S. Zimmerman Jr. But last year's experience makes it clear that Pennsylvanians need to do their part to eliminate mosquito breeding areas around their homes."

    "We at Environmental Health plan to continue surveys this year," said Ken Malick about the continuing role in the surveillance program at central Pennsylvania military installations.

    Last year, fall, a dead bird found on Carlisle Barracks tested positive for the virus, and reminded residents and employees that force protection measures do not keep us safe from mosquito-borne disease.

   Simple steps can reduce the risk of contracting the West Nile virus. Because mosquitoes breed in standing water, even a small bucket that has stagnant water in it for four days can become home to many mosquitoes.

   Eliminate standing water by disposing of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers - especially discarded tires -- on your property. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are outdoors.  Clean clogged roof gutters; they can produce millions of mosquitoes each season. Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.  Turn over wheelbarrows. Don't  allow water to stagnate in birdbaths. Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish; water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.

    Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts for more than four days. Use landscaping to eliminate water that collects in your yard.

   Mosquito season begins in April and so, too, does vigilance even though West Nile virus cases occur primarily in late summer or early fall.

   The post's surveillance program collects and tests mosquitoes. And, a critical part of the program focuses on dead birds. If you see a dead bird on post, call the post's Veterinary Services, at 245-3430. A veterinary professional will pick up the bird's body and send it for testing. Don't second guess, and don't pick it up.

   When transmitted to people, the virus can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can cause an inflammation of the brain. Anyone can get the virus, but older adults and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk of developing severe illness because their bodies have a harder time fighting off the disease.

   Learn more about the West Nile virus and the surveillance program at www.state.pa.us.

    Last year, the West Nile virus was found in 17 Pennsylvania counties: Berks, Bucks, Bradford, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Pike and York. It was identified in 361 birds, 43 mosquito groups, seven horses and three people.  

 

 

Public Affairs release
Barracks clinic to sponsor family support groups

 

    Families with military members deployed away from home can find support, assistance and tips for dealing with the tough times through newly formed family support programs.

    Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic is working with Carlisle Barracks, and Middlesex United Methodist Church to sponsor a series of family support groups for children, parents and other family members of deployed soldiers. The groups are open to family members from all active-duty service branches, as well as Reserve and National Guard soldiers.

 

    Children of Deployed Family Members

     Meeting Location - Behavioral Health Suite, Dunham Army Health Clinic,  450 Gibner Rd., Suite 1,  Carlisle Barracks, PA

     Every Tuesday evening 6- 7p.m.

 

    Spouses of Deployed Family Members

     Meeting Location - Behavioral Health Suite, Dunham Army Health Clinic, 450 Gibner Rd., Suite 1, Carlisle Barracks, PA

     Every Tuesday evening 6- 7 p.m.

 

    Adults of Deployed Family Members

     This group targets adult parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, etc. of deployed military    personnel who may not have easy access to services on military installations.

     Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. every two weeks

     First meeting dates May 14 & May 28              

     Meeting Location   - Middlesex United Methodist Church

                          118 N Middlesex  Rd.

                          Carlisle, PA  17013

                         

    Registration is required and may be done by contacting Darlene Shughart(717) 245-4602. You can also register for the Middlesex United Methodist Church group at (717) 249-2449.

 

 

Sgt. Shaun Peeler, Public Affairs Office

Motorcycle safety program 'graduates' first class 

 

May 5, 2003 --Carlisle Barracks held its 2003 graduation -- graduation of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Motorcycle Safety Program Basic Riders' Course, that is.

    The class teaches participants all the skills needed to combat everyday hazards on the road. It gives riders of all skill levels the basic fundamentals to safely operate a motorcycle.

    "We teach them how to do an emergency stop, proper braking and cornering, obstacle avoidance, and limited space maneuvers," said Paul Young, MSP instructor. "All they have to be able to do is ride a bicycle."

    The safety course is mandatory for all Army installations, and riders are required to take the course to register their motorcycle on post, explained Jim Aiello, who heads the post's safety program. 

    Each free course is scheduled over a two-week period and requires 15 hours of training: five hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of riding instruction. Motorcycles and helmets are provided, but participants are responsible for eye protection, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear.

    Samantha Dickerson, a first time rider, took the class and said the atmosphere was great.

    "The class is easy to understand," said Dickerson. "I started from scratch and they taught me everything about how to ride a bike." Dickerson said she still has some things to work on before she gets comfortable on the open road.

    Lt. Col. Brian Lein, a student with Seminar 1, said it was great to have the course on post.

    "This is outstanding," said Lein. "This benefits soldiers because they don't have to compete with people off post for classes." Even thought Lein is an experienced rider, he said he still learned a lot.

    The first class was open only to active duty service members, their families, Department of the Army civilians, and military retirees. Additional classes will be open to everyone, including civilians not associated with the post.  Sixteen more classes are scheduled through October.

    After completing the course, each rider earns a PennDoT safety card, and a motorcycle license for those who don't already have one.

    The graduates weren't the only ones to walk way with something after the course. Col. Craig Madden, U.S. Army War College deputy commandant, presented MSP instructors Young and Gary Jones with certificates of appreciation.

    "We thank you for your work, effort, and time," said Madden.

    Young thanked the participants of the class.

    "Our goal is to create safer and responsible motorcyclists. Your attitude and professionalism made it easy for us to do our jobs." 

    To sign up or learn more, contact Aiello at 245-4353.

           

                                   

Col. Gordon Miller, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic

Changes at Dunham Health Clinic improve beneficiary comfort and convenience

  May 6, 2003 --Changes are underway to improve the comfort and convenience of patients while in the new clinic facility, according to Col. Gordon Miller, commander of the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic.

     "We have received several outstanding suggestions to further improve upon our delivery of healthcare, and it is our intent to make Dunham a better place to visit for those that must seek our services."   

 

Clinic Caf unveiled

    The Clinic Caf opened in the clinic atrium May 1, and provides patients and staff with a variety of breakfast and lunch selections. 

    "Maj. Joe Vancosky has worked very closely with the staff at the Letort View Community Club to bring this initiative to fruition," said Miller.  "It is our hope that this relationship will be a mutually beneficial one, with our patients benefiting the most."     

 

Information Kiosk set up

    Also introduced May 1, the Information Kiosk offers computer and telephone access while they wait for their appointment.  The kiosk features two telephones for local access and two computers. 

    "Our intent is to make it easier for our patients to let folks know when things are running behind, to complete local business while waiting for an appointment, things of that nature, without having to go back to the Patient Service Center," Miller said.

    Miller pointed out that the computers will be especially valuable when TRICARE-on-line is implemented. When that program stands up, patients will be able to go book appointments, track TRICARE claims, or access over 18 million pages of health care information."

 

Over-the-counter medication program slated to begin

    On the horizon is the clinic's self-help program, set to launch on June 1.  Under the current system, patients must see a provider to obtain a prescription for common over-the-counter medications, or purchase the medications themselves. With the new system, patients will be able to receive over-the-counter medications without a prescription.

    A newly designed class will be the ticket to participate in the over-the-counter program. To help with this, Miller has planned a two-hour presentation on clinic policies and procedures for TRICARE Prime patients which would allow them to receive those over the counter medications with out a prescription. Those who attend the class will be given a laminated card entitling them to do so at the clinic.

     "Lt. Col. Jane Jacknewitz has worked closely with a team at the clinic to get this program up and running," said Miller.  "I think this is a great way to begin to educate our TRICARE Prime patients on clinic operations and at the same time, provide another benefit to them that goes a long way to eliminate the hassle factor."    

 

Scheduled sick call to start June 1st   

    Sick call is also getting a makeover, as appointments will be scheduled instead of the normal walk-in and wait procedure.

    "One of the things that bugs me the most about sick call is the fact that soldiers hurry over to the clinic in the morning, then wait for the appointed sick call provider to treat them and return them to duty or send them to quarters,"  said Miller, "Most times the provider is not even the patient's primary care manager, and that's not the best we can do." 

    Beginning June 1, all active duty soldiers will be able to call to make an appointment for sick call.  "Sick call will no longer be the morning and noon hurry-up-and-wait time as in the past," said Miller.

    "By spreading sick call appointments throughout the day and with all providers, there is a very good chance that a soldier will have the opportunity to see their own primary care manager for their illness or injury," he said. "It should be easier on their supervisors, as well."  

    The appointment program means that Each soldier's supervisor will know when that soldier should be at the clinic, and approximately when they should be returning to work. 

    "Before, soldiers would spend a considerable amount of time just waiting to be seen, and not seeing their primary care managers for their complaint.  Supervisors were also losing scarce resources for a considerable time, and providers were not being fully utilized," said Miller. 

    Active duty service members can pick up any on-post telephone line and dial 106 to put them in direct contact with the appointing personnel who will help them with their sick call appointment.       

 

Changes designed to make clinic better

    Miller said that these changes are just more in a series designed to provide the best quality experience for their patients.

     "We'll need to watch all of the initiatives closely to make sure that everything is running as we had anticipated," said Miller.  "Since we came up with these changes, based upon suggestions from our patient population, we can adjust as needed. We should continually be assessing the product we deliver.

    "Patients expect good quality care and most consider that a given when they walk through the doors of our facility," Miller said. 

    "We have a solid clinic staff and an obligation to our beneficiary population and our military community to constantly increase the value of our services.  When we say 'Service to the Finest,' we mean it." 

 

 

 

Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Officer

Developers take tour of post housing in next step of RCI project

   May 8, 2003 -- Developers, industry representatives and local business advocates visited Carlisle Barracks May 8 for a tour of installation housing, indicating the next milestone in the Residential Community Initiatives timeline. 

     Representatives of seven real estate development firms were among the visitors who attended the morning "site visit," which included briefings by Army War College and Carlisle Barracks senior leaders and a tour of the installation. 

     "This is the first time potential developers under RCI have visited Carlisle Barracks," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, Garrison Commander.

    "It was an opportunity for us to show them the condition of our housing-the good and the bad," said Koivisto.  "For the developers, this was an opportunity to 'recon the area and see what they would have to work with on this project."

     The visitors toured family quarters in Stanwix Apartments, Young Hall, Garrison Lane, Forbes Avenue and "smurf village."  The orientation was coordinated to highlight both historic homes and the more recent construction. 

     The historic nature of the post will set the tone for any future development, according to Col. Craig Madden, USAWC deputy commandant. 

    "We must maintain the tenor of Carlisle Barracks-our installation has a rich history and any future development must honor this heritage," said Madden. 

    "At the same time, we owe it to our students and soldiers stationed here to provide quality housing," continued Madden.  "Carlisle Barracks should set the standard."   

     Eventually, the RCI will result in the construction or renovation of 277 quarters.  Currently, Carlisle Barracks maintains 316 family housing units.  The reduction of 39 units is the result of a detailed housing market analysis conducted by the Department of the Army which considered how many families the surrounding communities could absorb, among other factors. 

     According to the project timeline, construction on the first units should begin in late 2005, and would be available for families sometime in 2006.

     The Residential Community Initiative is an Army program to eliminate inadequate family housing in the U.S. by 2007.  The concept of the program is for the Army to enter into a partnership with private industry, allowing the developer to become the master community developers and maintainers for installation housing. 

    The primary source of financial return for the developers will be the revenue stream generated from the military personnel's basic allowance for housing which will be paid as rent.

     "It is a win-win situation for everyone involved," said Alan Thompson, Carlisle Barracks RCI program manager.  "Our families will get quality housing, our installation will benefit from the development and renovations and the development partner will earn revenue." 

     For more information on the Army's Residential Community Initiative visit www.rci.army.mil

    

 

Post construction updates

    Wondering when your yard will look normal again? Want to know what construction projects are on the horizon? Then check out the USAWC/Carlisle Barracks transformation page. Updated May 10, it gives you information like:

              Claremont Road gate open for exiting traffic April 23

              Thorpe Hall nearly complete; all remaining is HVAC final testing & balance and landscaping

              Army Research Facility building construction 50% complete

              Shughart Barracks parking lot to be completed by end of May

              Geothermal Heat Pump project-25 of 67 wells completed, drilling on Forbes Ave and trenching on Marshall Ridge continues; Vacuum truck to help clean up mud, debris from drilling expected to arrive within a week.

 

And, check out the video -- Transforming Carlisle Barracks - just click on the USAWC sign

  

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

TRADOC builds the future Army for 'VUCA' world

 

May 7, 2003 --  TRADOC Commander Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes' address to the USAWC Class of 2003 here in Bliss Hall May 5 was a salute to tradition and a sign of things to come.

    The War College commandant traditionally invites the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to speak to the student body about lessons in senior leadership. This year, Gen. Byrnes' remarks were focused on the future even as he assured the students that their time here was well spent.

    "This school delivers," said the USAWC graduate and future head of the War College. When the War College falls under TRADOC as of October 1, there will be tremendous advantages to both institutes, noted USAWC commandant Maj. Gen. Robert Ivany in his introduction. 

    The first War College class - on VUCA [volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity] -- really nails it, he said.

    "My time here really did help," said Byrnes as he mentioned command and staff jobs held since leaving Carlisle Barracks - multinational division commander in Bosnia, for example. "The relationships you develop are absolutely key.

    "I commanded a counter-drug task force and worked in the inter-agency world," said Byrnes. "There was a very steep learning curve. Fundamentally, it's about developing relationships, finding out missions of the agencies you're dealing with, and what motivates the agencies."

    "You're about 30 days out from joining a force with a lot on the plate," said Byrnes.

    "Troops from all services are doing great things for us around the world. Not since perhaps the 2nd World War are they receiving the recognition they so richly deserve. They've done very well and it took something like embedding reporters in our formations to get the story told properly to the American people."

    "This is a critical time in our history, and this year has set you up - allowed you to think about what's important and what's not, and given you the tools to contribute," he said.

TRADOC - Transforming while at war

   Today, TRADOC is fully engaged in supporting the war while keeping faith with the #1 priority: training and leader development.

    TRADOC supports the war with BCTP Operations Group teams, senior leaders, SAMS students "on the road, solving problems," mobile training teams from all service schools, and more. TRADOC is leading the "lessons learned" effort for Operation Iraqi Freedom, to describe how the Army contributed to the fight.

    Meanwhile, drill sergeants promotion rates to E7 and E8 are about 25 percent higher than they are for non-drill sergeants; there's a lot more rigor in Officer Basic Courses; Officer Education System is in redesign. He noted that 100 percent of those in operational career fields will become Leavenworth graduates, and non-operational career fields will get "Leavenworth-like experiences for 100 percent of these but in a different manner. They'll get the three-month common core experience plus something related to their functional area."

    "My priorities are clearly initial entry training, OBC, NCOES [noncommissioned officer education system]. I've got to get my core responsibilities right, and then go fight for resources to do the additional work," he said.

    Building the future Army is the TRADOC combat development mission - moving from concepts to design to equipment fielding.  In another sense, "building the future Army" describes all the TRADOC missions he listed:  train the Army's soldiers, develop leaders, support training in units, develop doctrine, establish standards, and recruit the force.

    The TRADOC future is Army Transformation, experimentation, joint relationships, and TRADOC transformation. The TRADOC partnership with Joint Forces Command is a development with great potential, Byrnes noted about the successful Unified Quest 03 wargame here in early May.

 

                       

Did you know this about the U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command? ..

         USAWC to join TRADOC --  decision announced in January 2003 of an Army Realignment Task Force study that looked at manpower and functions at Army headquarters, major command headquarters and field operating agencies such as USAWC.

         TRADOC organizations -- include Cadet Command (ROTC), high-school based JROTC, U.S. Army Recruiting Command ..

         TRADOC schools  -- include the range of branch schools, from ADA to Transportation, as well as Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Career Center, Sergeants Major Academy, NCO Academies, Drill Sergeant School and the Recruiting & Retention School.

         Institute for Creative Technology - Army partnership with University of Southern California faculty, the gaming industry and the movie industry has been working three years to bring the best of sound/light/motion into powerful training simulations - for realistic training before inserting into theater.

         Education studies - of Officer, Warrant Officer, NCO and civilian education systems - are completed. First decisions from the OES study are being implemented. Further changes are forthcoming. 

         Learn more about TRADOC at http://www-tradoc.army.mil

 

 

National Moment of Remembrance May 26   

    The National Moment of Remembrance will be honored on Memorial Day, 26 May 2003, when Americans are encouraged to observe a moment of silence for 60 seconds at 3:00 p.m. The National Moment of Remembrance is a White House initiative that encourages people to remember and honor the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

 

 

Community Memorial Day Events

             

Sunday, May 25, 2003

Boiling Springs - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8851 will hold a Memorial Service at Otterbein United Methodist Church on Forge Road at 9 a.m.  Please meet outside the church at 8:45 a.m.  The annual Memorial Day Parade will form at 1 p.m. at the Iron Forge Elementary School on Forge Road and start promptly at 1:30 p.m.  The parade will end at the Memorial Clock Tower where ceremonies will be held.  The guest speaker is David M. Birdwell, Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired) of the U.S. Army War College faculty.  Food will be served at the VFW Post 8851 on Hamilton St. after the ceremonies.  Contact person: Jim Baker, 258-5282.

 

   Enola - American Legion Post 751, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion and the Enola Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 617 plan a Memorial Service in front of the Clifford D. Bryner American Legion Post 751 beginning at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available immediately following the services.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact person: Edgar Roche, 732-5622.

 

   Mount Holly Springs - VFW Post 7343 and American Legion Post 674 will hold services at the Mount Holly Springs cemetery.  Following the services refreshments will be served to the public at American Legion Post 674.  Contact person: Roy Hopple, 486-7585.

 

Monday, May 26, 2003

    Carlisle - The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will hold the Annual Memorial Day Parade forming at 8:30 a.m. and starting promptly at 9 a.m. with services following the parade at the Old Courthouse Veterans' Square.  The guest speaker will be Major General Robert R. Ivany, Commandant, U.S. Army War College.  VFW Post 477 and American Legion Posts 101 and 826 will have open houses for veterans. Contact person: Jim Washington, 249-5144.  Also, Ron Strine will be placing American Flags along the parade route.  Anyone interested in helping with this activity should call Ron at 243-4424 before May 23rd.

      Carlisle - American Legion Post 826 will hold a Memorial Service in Memorial Park at 11 a.m.  A firing squad from Carlisle Barracks will render a salute and Taps will be played by Curt Long. The guest speaker is Neal Delisanti, Cumberland County Director of Veterans Affairs.  Frank Jackson is the Master of Ceremonies.  Contact person: Jim Washington, 249-5144.

A Memorial Service at Union Cemetery at 12 p.m.  A Roll Call of all deceased members of American Legion Post 826 will be conducted. The guest speaker is Neal Delisanti, Cumberland County Director of Veterans Affairs.  Contact person: Jim Washington, 249-5144.               

    Mechanicsburg - Vietnam Veterans of Mechanicsburg will hold a program beginning at 2 p.m. to honor 12 Civil War Soldiers at the Lincoln Colored Cemetery off of Winding Hill Rd in Mechanicsburg.  Contact person: Paul Kreiner, 691-1029.

    Mechanicsburg - The Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council will hold a Memorial Day Parade starting at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph's Church parking lot.  The parade route is Filbert, Simpson, Frederick, Marble to the Mechanicsburg Cemetery.  The parade will be followed by a ceremony at the cemetery at 11 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Brigadier General Uzal W. Ent, PANG, Retired.  Lunch will be served at VFW Post 6704, 4709 Carlisle Pike to all attending the ceremony. Contact person: Chuck Barnes, 697-9647.

    New Cumberland - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7415 will sponsor the annual New Cumberland Memorial Day Parade and provide refreshments at the Post following the parade for veterans and parade participant

    Newville - The Joint Veterans Council of Newville will hold its annual parade starting promptly at 1 p.m. followed immediately by a Memorial Service at the Newville Community Center.  The guest speaker is Dr. Howard Bachman, Superintendent of the Scotland School for Veterans Children.  Refreshments for parade participants will be served at Newville VFW Post 6070.  Contact person: Becky Heberling, 532-8871.

      Shippensburg - The Shippensburg Joint Veterans Council (American Legion Post 223 and the Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6168) will hold a Memorial Service at 10 a.m. at the Locust Grove Cemetery, at 11 a.m. at the Spring Hill Cemetery and a Flag Raising Ceremony in Memorial Park at 12 p.m., a Branch Bridge Navy-Marine Service at 1:15 p.m. and the Annual Shippensburg Memorial Day Parade at 2 p.m.  The council will hand out 3,000 American Flags.  Contact person: Tommy Everett, 532-8141.

    Camp Hill - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7530 will hold a Memorial Service at the Post Headquarters 2005 Hummel Ave at 11 a.m.  The public is invited.  Following the service a buffet luncheon will be served for VFW members.  Contact person: William Myers, 761-1943

 

 

Armed Forces Day 2003 schedule of events

May 17, 2003

City Island, Harrisburg, PA

  

ACTIVITIES

 

8 a.m. - Annual "Armed Forces Day" YMCA-sponsored 5K Run 

(Run starts at Carousel and ends Island side of Walnut Street Bridge) 

9 a.m. to Dusk: 

    Exhibits/Displays open to the public  (various locations) 

    Army Rock Wall Challenge

    USMC Chin-up Bar Challenge

    Obstacle Course Challenge

 

 

OPENING CEREMONY

11 a.m. Opening Ceremony: Riverside Stadium

- Master of Ceremony - R.J. Harris, WHP580 AM

- Presentation of the Colors - Joint Services Color Guard

- Patriotic Interlude and National Anthem - 276th PA Army National Guard Band

- Flyover - Air Force A-10

- 21-Gun Salute - 108th Field Artillery, PA Army National Guard

- Remarks:

- MG William B. Lynch, AG, PA National Guard

- MG Karol A. Kennedy, CDR, 99th Reserve Support Command

- Honorable Stephen R. Reed, Mayor, City of Harrisburg

- Closing Music - 276th Army National Guard Band

SPECIAL EVENTS: Soccer Field Stadium

2:30 p.m. - Welcome to the Service - Enlistment Ceremony -

Military Entrance and Processing Station

7 p.m. - Music by 307th Army Reserve Band

Dusk - Fireworks (Riverside Stadium)

SPEAKERS TENT:

Noon. - USAWC Presentation - LTC Joseph E. Thome, "Today's Army"

1 p.m. - Johnny Rife Band

2 p.m. - USAWC Presentation - Dr. Conrad C. Crane, "Reconstructing Iraq"

3 p.m. - Johnny Rife Band

4 p.m. - USAWC Presentation - COL Richard H. Parker, "U.S. and Korea"

5 p.m. - Special Presentation - WWII Speakers "D-Day, a Review"

DEMONSTRATIONS: Horse Corral Area - Reenacting Units from the American Civil War and WWII

9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 13th PA Reserve Infantry "The PA Bucktails"

Noon and 4 p.m.- 11th and 17th PA Volunteer Cavalry

1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 82nd ABN Division, E Co., 508th Infantry WWII

3 p.m and 6 p.m. - 101st ABN Division and 104th Infantry Division, WWII

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO HARRISBURG CITY ISLAND

 

 

FROM I-83 - follow I-81 North to PA-581 E exit - follow PA 581 which becomes I-83 N and take Exit 23 Capitol/Second Street exit - go four lights to Market Street.  Turn left onto Market Street Bridge.  Halfway across Bridge you will see a sign for City Island.  Turn right onto City Island, proceed to the bottom of the hill.  If parking is not available in the lot to the left, turn right at the stop sign and proceed to the new parking garage. 

 

FROM I-81 - follow I-81 North and get off at the Front Street exit (South) (right turn).  At the fifth light make a right onto Market Street Bridge.  Halfway across Bridge you will see a sign for City Island.  Turn right onto City Island, proceed to the bottom of the hill.  If parking is not available in the lot to the left, turn right at the stop sign and proceed to the new parking garage.

 

Staff reports

Historic wargame wraps at Collins Hall

 

May 2, 2003 - This year for the first time the Army and U.S. Joint Forces Command entered into a partnership to co-sponsor Unified Quest 03 at Carlisle Barracks, April 27 - May 2.

    UQ03 is the latest in the Army's long-running transformational wargame series, hosted annually by the Army's premier gaming center: Collins Hall. UQ03 was the capstone event in a yearlong series of wargames, experiments and seminars.

    This year's game breaks new ground in focusing on solutions to current interoperability issues. This move is seen to be opening the door to building a future joint force whose service capabilities will be "born joint."

   More than 600 wargamers participated in UQ03 - and 57 percent represented other service branches with multinational partners and agencies outside of the Department of Defense.   

    "This game is a thoroughly integrated game -- integrated with joint individuals and integrated in terms of joint context," said Bill Rittenhouse, director of wargaming at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

    "I think we all know that jointness wins," he said. "We've seen that over the last couple of days."

    Information from this wargame will be integrated in the the JFCOM-sponsored Pinnacle Impact 03 experiment in Suffolk, Va. The outcome of both UQ03 and PI03 will be sent to the Joint Staff for implementation into the current Joint Operations Concepts.

    JopsC [http://www.jfcom.mil/about/fact_jopsc.htm] is the the family of ideas being developed by the Joint Staff and JFCOM, which provide the framework for future operations. In order to contribute to the JOpsC-refinement, those concepts need to be tested and even "stretched" in experimental war-like scenarios. Challenging these concepts will provide additional insights to how they hold up in a potential adversarial situation.

    The evolution of the current joint transformation wargame, which was once called the Army's Title 10 wargame, is in response to the DoD mandate that the services and U.S. Joint Forces Command put their heads together to develop concepts for future joint operations, Rittenhouse explained.

    "We are in the process of doing that," he said. "And this game is a key aspect."

    The work doesn't begin and end with UQ03, noted Dave Ozolek, JFCOM's assistant director of experimentation.

    "It will continue in similar events over the next months with the other services, combatant command and key agencies like the National Reconnaissance Office. And then we'll continue beyond that.

    "What you're going to see now is more on the level of continuous experimentation, where we're not going back to plow the same ground," said Ozolek. "We're going to be working as a team, to continue to move these ideas quickly."

 

  

Toll-free family line provides valuable customer service

    Family members needing information about any Army quality of life issues, may contact the Army Family Liaison Office Information line at 1-800-833-6622, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    All requests are handled confidentially and dealt with promptly.   Army family members who do not live near a military installation have found the information line particularly valuable.

    Often-asked questions on the toll-free line include, but are not limited to:  Family support questions, particularly about child support;

    Single soldier parent questions;

    Reserve Component family members questions;

    Active-duty soldier-spouse questions;

    Army finance system questions, particularly about allotments.

    The staff answering the telephone doesn't always have the expertise or information, but we are willing to help you find it.

 

 

 

Army Community Services release

AFTB training available to Army families online

    Army family members and spouses can now receive skills training and support at their desks, thanks to the new Army Family Team Building NetTrainer Web site, www.defenseweb.com/AFTB

    The Web site allows anyone interested in AFTB training to register and take available courses online.   This project is part of a Army-wide efforts to use the Internet to improve service and support especially for their geographically dispersed and deployed community members.

    Army Family Team Building is a modular training program designed by the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center to educate family members -- particularly those of the first term soldiers -- about Army culture, benefits, family support and other programs.

    The NetTrainer online system includes web-based versions of the AFTB level one training lessons, along with a "student Union" where students can track individual lesson progress, post questions to trainers, and communicate with each other.

    Lesson topics include "Family Support Groups,"  "Understanding your Benefits,"  " Managing Expectations" and "The Army Chain of Command and Chain of Concern."

    "Our organization has had great success training families on post and enhancing family preparedness," said Vicki Brown, AFTB program director for CFSC, Headquarters, Alexandria, Va.

    "With this site we can reach an even greater number of Army Families, no matter where they are located," she added.

    AFTB has trained more than 20,000 Family members in classroom instruction since 1994, and the Net Trainer site is expected to train an additional 4,000 - 5,000 Army family members annually.

    The Focus on Army families reflects the military's increased emphasis on well-being--quality of life--issues.

    The logic is simple: Soldiers with satisfied and well-informed families are more likely to remain in the service. At a time when all branches  of the military face challenges in making enlistment quotas, retention is a significant topic.

    Training is just one part of the AFTB NetTrainer system. Through the site's "TeamLink" area, trainers, and program mangers read the latest Army family news, share and download program resources, order supplies and file report. CFSC staff uses the system's AFTB programs worldwide, allowing them to allocate resources and determine needs more efficiently.

    Anyone can use the site as a resource without registering. All visitors can access news, site links and a learning center, where they can find answers to commonly asked questions about Army living.   CFSC's AFTB staff partnered with DefenseWeb Technologies to develop the NetTrainer system, utilizing the latest software development tools and graphical interface.

  

USAWC dominates Jim Thorpe Sports Days

Lt. Col. Steve Westphal (right) passes the baton to Lt. Col. Mike Adams during the last leg of the two-mile relay at the Jim Thorpe Sports Day April 25. The U.S. Army War College took overall first place in the events. Also participating in the games were the Naval War College, Air War College, National War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  see more photos

 

 The last race is over, the points added up, and the Army War College is once again victorious at the 28th Annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days.

   Overall, the Army War College team earned 108 points, winning the men's bowling and golf, tennis, volleyball, the men's five-mile run, women's 5k run, and the men's 1-mile relay.

    The Air War College followed closely with 96 points. The National War College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Naval War College came in third, fourth, and fifth.

   "This is just one more opportunity to come together as a group," said Maj. Gen. Robert R. Ivany, USAWC commandant and JTSD host.

    "I want to thank all those who came to compete and continue this great tradition."

   More than 500 students participated in the traditional two-day event.

final standings

 

 

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey T. Ege, Public Affairs Office

New post CSM focuses on taking care of soldiers, enforcing standards

 

 Command Sgt. Maj. David Roman, the new post command sergeant major, addresses post sergeants and staff sergeants in Bliss Hall here April 15.

   

April 30, 2003 --Taking care of Carlisle Barracks' soldiers and ensuring they meet basic Army standards will be the focus of Command Sgt. Maj. David Roman, the new post command sergeant major.

    "I want to make sure the U.S. Army War College continues to be an institution that attracts people to it," said Roman, a command sergeant major since 1998. "I will do my all to ensure it remains a wonderful place to work and a great place for soldiers to be assigned. I am also going to ensure that the soldiers who support it have same great quality of life that soldiers all over the Army have and that they continue to follow the basic Army standards."

    Roman, a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and Just Cause, is the former Division Support Command command sergeant major for the 2nd Infantry Division Support Command and interim 2nd Inf. Div. command sergeant major. After arriving here March 24, he jumped into his new duties while in-processing. "Sergeants-major assume their duties as soon as they're notified and when they arrive for their new assignments," Roman said.

    Roman took the opportunity to talk about his experiences in Korea and dispel some rumors about what it is like to serve there.

    "I had some very good experiences in Korea and with the 2nd Infantry Division," Roman said. "I did a lot of soldiering at 2ID. It brought a lot closer to home why we're there and why we're soldiers. It was a very good opportunity to see the Army's actual mission. We stared an enemy in the face every day.

    "Korea is a beautiful country. It has a lot of things to see and many places to visit," he said.

    Roman served his first tour in Korea in 1979 and said a lot has changed there since then.

    "The quality of life and billets for soldiers in Korea compete with those of any CONUS installation," Roman said. "Other than the fact that they're alone and far away from their families, it's a great place to serve."

    Roman's 23-year career has not only had a big impact on the person he has become; it has greatly affected the lives of his children.

    Daughter Lillian, 27, is an Air Force senior airman serving in Hawaii. Frank, his 24-year-old son, is a Marine sergeant currently training in Norfolk, Va., to be an embassy guard. Twenty-two-year-old son David is an Air Force airman first class serving in Wichita Falls Air Force Base, Kan.

    Roman's wife, Blanca, is a civilian GS (general schedule) medical secretary who has worked at the 121st Army Hospital in Seoul, Korea, and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky. She is waiting for an opening at Dunham Army Health Clinic here.

    Roman held special briefings for the post's enlisted soldiers in Bliss Hall during mid-April. On April 11, he briefed soldiers in the rank of private through specialist. April 15 was the date for sergeants and staff sergeants. On April 16, he addressed the senior noncommissioned officers:  sergeants first class and master sergeants.

    Roman used the briefings to introduce himself. He told the soldiers what his role is, what they can expect from him, what he expects from them, and what he can help them with. "I got a laundry list from the junior enlisted," said Roman, a New York City native.

    The briefings focused for the most part, however, on the need for soldiers here to uphold the basic Army standards.

    "The basic standards will not change because we're here at Carlisle Barracks," Roman said. "Physical fitness training, command task training, looking sharp in the correct uniform, being at the right place at the right time - those are some of the basic Army standards that need to be met here."

    Keeping soldiers - especially young soldiers -- focused on the fact that they're in the Army will be his biggest challenge, noted Roman. 

    "Working for civilians, they may not get the mentoring an NCO could give," Roman said. "I'm going to ensure that we keep them focused on the military basics."

    Sgt. 1st Class Johnny Morgan, NCO-in-charge of the garrison Directorate of Plans of Training, said he's eager to see an extra emphasis on enforcing basic Army standards.

    "The sergeant major is right," Morgan said. "The fact that soldiers can get into a more relaxed atmosphere here can get them too relaxed if they're not careful."

    Although Roman admits that the Army plays a very large role in his life, he insists that there are other sides to him as well.

    A Latin jazz percussionist who specializes with the tambala, congas, and the bass guitar, Roman also enjoys running and traveling with Blanca.

    "I love to run, and that works out pretty well because the Army really likes to run," Roman said with a smile.

    Roman takes his job very seriously, he said, and doesn't wants anyone to think he considers this assignment to be one during which he can relax in the performance of his duties.

    "I did not come here to retire," Roman said. "I don't plan on quitting the Army anytime soon. I would like to continue in whatever capacity, using whatever ingredients I have, either at troop level or command level, after this."

    He is going to put his all into making this a place where the right things are done for the right reasons, he said. 

    "I think the Army War College is a great place for the students," Roman said. "Carlisle Barracks is a excellent community for families to live in, and it's a great place for soldiers who are here to assist with the college's mission. I truly think this is a great place, and now that I'm here I'm going to ensure it continues to be a great place for all -- soldiers and civilians alike."

 

 

Housing Survey on the Way

    April 29, 2003 --Residents of Carlisle Barracks will receive an Army Housing Survey by mail in early May. The survey is being administered to obtain input from current residents on how well the Army is meeting their on-post housing needs.

    This is an Army-wide survey and the results will be used for input to the Residential Communities Initiative. The RCI is a Department of the Army program to eliminate inadequate family housing on CONUS installations.

 

New USAWC web site unveiled

The US Army War College web site is redesigned -- unveiled today at www.carlisle.army.mil

            These new features and functions expand the value of the web site to users --

         USAWC Mission, Vision, and Values page.
This sub-page provides a brief description of the War College's Mission, Vision, and Values.

         Search & Reference page.
This sub-page groups in one area, a number of Search and Reference links. Specifically, links to: Search USAWC Publications, Student Research Projects, SME Search, Search USAWC Web Site, and USAWC Library are provided. "Search USAWC Publications" is a new application providing the ability to search for USAWC publications by Organization, Publication Category, Topic, and/or Word Search (Title, Author, and Executive Summary fields). This tool provides a more specific/targeted search (in that it only searches USAWC publications), than that achieved through use of the "Search USAWC Web Site" program (which contains all web site references for a particular word/phrase).

         News & Publications page.
This sub-page groups in one area, a number of Electronic Mailing List and Online Publication links. Specifically, links to the: Carlisle Barracks Banner Online, CSL E-bulletin Mailing List, SSI Mailing List, and USAWC Publication E-notification Service. "USAWC Publication E-notification Service" is a new application allowing users to receive e-mail notices of new USAWC Publications as soon as they are posted to the USAWC web site.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

 

AER gets boost from donations, fundraising campaign continues

 

 

John Burfete  of the Richard Vaux-Ivanhoe Lodge, presented Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander with the first of three $500 checks for the Army Emergency Relief fund on April 30. The Masons are donating $1500 each for a total of $4500 to the AER, Air Force Aid Society, and the Naval Relief Society.

 

April 30, 2003 --The Army Emergency Relief campaign got a boost recently, as it continues its drive to raise money for soldiers' use in times of need.

    The Richard Vaux-Ivanhoe Lodge was represented by John Burfete, who presented  Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander, with the first of three $500 checks for the campaign. The Masons will donate a total of $4500 to the AER, Air Force Aid Society and Navy Relief Society.

    "We wanted to donate to the military relief funds, to help pay them back in some small way for everything they do for us," said the Dickinson Law School graduate and Army veteran. "It's our hope that this donation will help some soldiers in need."

    After accepting the donation, Koivisto said just how important the AER program is, especially to Carlisle Barracks.

    "This means a lot to us. This is a program which helps out soldiers when they really need it," he said. "Carlisle Barracks supports not just our active duty soldiers, but Reserve and National Guard as well." The campaign began March 1 and will last until May 15.

    Known throughout the Army for being the Army Community Service program that "helps soldiers take care of their own," AER exists solely to help soldiers, be they active duty, National Guard, Reserve, or retired; their family members; widows; or orphans make it through tough financial times. The agency does this by evaluating applications and, when appropriate to do so, granting interest-free loans or grants.

    "Key persons," persons authorized to receive donations for the campaign, have been assigned within Army units and various agencies on post.

    For everyone else, donation boxes are at the Dunham Clinic, PX, and Commissary.  The boxes contain a campaign contribution slip and a pamphlet that explains how AER helps soldiers and their families, answering some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the program.

    "This is a very unique program because it's soldiers helping soldiers," said Anne Hurst, assistant AER manager for the post with ACS.

    "Especially now, with the activation of Reserve and National Guard units, along with our own active duty soldiers, many are experiencing financial problems. AER helps those people, but can only continue to do so with the help of contributions."

    Hurst spoke of a local need and AER response.

    "A local widow of a military retiree was living out of a garage," Hurst said. "AER helped her with a grant to get a home and fix her car in order to get a job and be able to afford to move into a home."

    "Anyone can donate," Hurst said. "We are strongly encouraging everyone to donate because there will be more of an need because of the war in Iraq."

     Anyone who wants to donate to this year's AER campaign but doesn't know a key person and can't get a box on post, can call Hurst at 245-3775.

see related story

 

Command Reflections

Maj. Gen. Robert Ivany

USAWC Commandant

 

Values at work

 

    I recently had the honor of representing the Army at an important event. While the event itself was not one that we ever look forward to, it was one of the most meaningful and vital duties members of our armed forces are called upon to perform. The event I am referring to was the military funeral for a serviceman killed in the line of duty.

    Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Helman was killed in a helicopter crash in Honduras while flying a routine training mission. A resident of McConnellsburg, PA, Chief Helman left behind family, friends, and a community that will miss him dearly.

    During the ceremony, a great source of consolation and pride for Chief Helman's family, friends, and the community was the presence of military personnel who came to honor the memory of a fine soldier.  Most visible among the military personnel present was the Carlisle Barracks Honor Guard who rendered military honors for Chief Helman.

    We may not realize the impact that a professional soldier with pride in his or her actions has on our fellow citizens. The effect of having the Honor Guard perform their solemn duties with care and precision shows how much we care for our comrades in arms, as well as for the communities and families they represent. 

    At the funeral for Chief Warrant Officer Helman, the Honor Guard was lead by Sergeant First Class Todd Sanbury.  His team took this duty seriously, and the attention to detail and professionalism that he and his team displayed was impressive. 

    I want to thank all of the soldiers at Carlisle Barracks who have served or will serve in funeral detail Honor Guards around our community.  You may never know the tremendous impact you have on those who are mourning the loss of a loved one.  Thanks for a job well done, and for giving this detail the attention it deserves.