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A 'soldier's commander' retires after 34 years of serving his country


    July 28, 2003 --After 34 years of service in the United States Army, Maj. Gen. Robert Ivany, commandant, retired in a ceremony today at Carlisle Barracks.

    On a picturesque day in front of a crowd of friends, family, soldiers and honored guests, Ivany relinquished his duties as commandant and ended his career in the Army.

    "The Army owes you a lot because you've made it a better place," said Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. 

    Ivany received several awards, including an American flag which was flown over the nation's capital on July 4, in his honor from Todd Platts, U.S. congressman 19th Pa. District. 

    "I'm honored to give tribute to such a great American," said Platts. "It's a humbling experience to be on this stage for such an important event."

Connection with the Army at an early age

    The child of Hungarian refugees, Ivany's life was inextricably connected with the U.S. Army.

    His mother and father fled their native Hungary in 1944 to escape the march of Communist Russia across Eastern Europe after World War II and they kept moving west, eventually coming in contact with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

    Ironically, Ivany became the commander of the very same unit that helped to liberate his parents. From 1991-93, Ivany commanded the 3rd  Armored Cavalry Regiment stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.

    "When I was a child I loved to play with toy soldiers; when I was at West Point I was proud to be a soldier and ever since I've been proud to lead soldiers," said Ivany.

    His military career started in 1969 when he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy.  During his career he led soldiers in Vietnam, and the Middle East, he was attached to numerous units throughout the world and was a U.S. Army Aide to President Ronald Reagan.

(photo Tom Zimmerman)

 The Ivany family listens during the retirement ceremony

 "It's a day to celebrate success," said Byrnes. "Everywhere he's served he's made life better for the officer, soldiers, and civilians."

    Those who have worked for Ivany call him a "soldiers' commander," said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Stevenson Cuffee, who worked for Ivany at the Military District of Washington from July 1998 to August 2000.

    "He went out of his way to take care of his soldiers," said Cuffee. "That's what I'll always remember about him."

    Ivany's wife, Marianne, was also recognized for her contributions. She received the Department of the Army Public Service Award for her contributions over the last 30 years.

    "Marianne sought out opportunities to support soldiers and their families," said Byrnes.

As one chapter ends, another begins

    Other than spending time on the golf course, the Ivanys' future is undecided as they leave Carlisle Barracks and the Army, but they look forward to what retirement may hold for them. 

    "We look forward to many new challenges in our lives," said Ivany. 


Army War College Class of 2003 distance education students graduate 


    July 28, 2003 -- A perfect summer day, a beautiful and historic Army setting, a sea of well-wishers, a spirit of camaraderie, and the commander of U.S. Army combatant forces conspired to create a celebratory day for the graduating Class of 2003 of the Army War College distance education program here July 25.

    More than 50 general and senior officers joined hundreds of family members as Gen. Larry R. Ellis, commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command spoke to the class of 284. National Guardsmen and Reservists accounted for the majority of the 261 Army officers, 10 Marines and four Navy officers. The class included six civilians and three foreign officers - one from Mexico and two from Hungary.    

    Ellis reminded them, however, that celebration must give way to the hard work ahead.

    A graduate of the Army War College Class of 1986, he focused the students on the unique and uncertain nature of the world for which they've prepared to serve as strategic leaders.

    Images of dragons inhabited the vast expanses of uncharted waters on long-ago maps, he said, remembering the once-chilling message: 'Beyond this there be dragons.' 

    "Today you face a similar situation. There are many unknowns about the threats we face," said Ellis. "We cannot cede the world to those dragons."

    Through two years of study, the students came to understand asymmetric threats and the changing face of the national security environment; they know there are dragons out there, he noted. "What we do not know is where those dragons may be harboring designs right now."    

    "Expect that American ideals will continue to be attacked by religious fanatics, dictators and criminals. They all live in uncharted waters.

    But dragons don't have a chance," he said. "You will lead us to greater triumphs."

    "Be dynamic, creative, energetic senior leaders. Your first duty is to guard this nation. You are the strategic leaders of our forces," said Ellis who reminded them that strategic leaders create the plans that foster conditions for success. He identified four requirements.

    First, we must work preemptively to find dragons where they live, determine their intent and find them before they strike, said Ellis about harnessing the power of intelligence and technology.

    We must expect to be surprised, he continued. Tough, realistic, and relentless training will save lives and lead to success on the next, unknown battlefield.

    We must approach the defense of our interests as one team without regard to reserve or active component, he said. A great many students were among the 800 thousand in the biggest mobilization since the Korean Conflict; some students returned from the Central Command theater to take part in the final two-week resident phase of the War College.

    "In the end, you couldn't tell the difference between the active and reserve soldiers without looking at the patch," he said.

    Finally, we must continuously transform our military, he urged.

    "Transformation is not a goal for tomorrow but an ongoing endeavor - not only force structure, equipment and technology, but also a mentality.

    "I expect each of you to continually transform yourself," said Ellis as he reminded them of the powerful concept behind the U.S. Army War College. It was established in 1901 after the Spanish-American War, when inadequate plans, field maneuvers, training, food and sanitation wounded the U.S. forces more than the enemy did.

    Secretary of War Elihu Root then created the war college as a place to develop senior leaders; the success of the college is evident in the leadership that is executing the war on terrorism," said Ellis. 

    Maj. Gen. Robert R. Ivany, USAWC commandant and 1990 graduate, described the college as the fusion of the warrior spirit and intellectual commitment. 

    Acknowledging Ivany's three years as the college's senior leader, on the occasion of his last graduation ceremony before retirement, Academic Dean Dr. William Johnsen awarded Ivany the honorary Master of Letters, Strategic Studies.



Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Trees being replaced in front of Root, Anne Ely Halls

 July 30, 2003-Several trees located in front of Root Hall and two in front of Anne Ely Hall will be removed and replaced with smaller trees to stop the current root systems from causing further structural damage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

DCLM instructor tapped to be new associate dean


July 30, 2003- The War College has a new Associate Dean for Academic Policy, and he brings cutting-edge classroom experience to help shape the future of the curriculum.

    Col. Jim Thomas has been named the new associate dean and will focus on the long-term development of the curriculum, said Dr. Bill Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academics. Thomas will assume the duties of associate dean after course one has been completed, sometime in early September.

   "One of his main responsibilities [as associate dean] is to make sure the college continues to develop the curriculum to ensure that  the students are receiving the best education possible," Johnsen said. "It will be very busy but I know he will do an excellent job."

    "I am looking forward to contributing to the long-term goals of the college," said Thomas. "I feel honored to be selected, but I will miss the classroom time with the students."

    As a Department of Command, Leadership and Management instructor for seminar six, Thomas teaches during courses one and three, and is also a subject matter expert on homeland security.

    "I think my time in the seminars will help me in this position," Thomas said. "I've seen some of what works and what doesn't so that will be a benefit."

    Knowledge management is also an important part of the deputy's' responsibilities, which is one of Thomas' specialties. He was one of the seminar leaders picked to take part in the enhanced classroom project.

    "We were allowed to experiment with some new software and see how technology would help us teach," Thomas said. "It was a great learning experience."

    "This will help make sure that the college is taking advantage of all the technology options available," Johnsen said. "The more new and exciting ways we can teach and make it better will only help the students in the long run." 

    Thomas has been at the War College since August 2000 teaching in DCLM and is a 1998 graduate of the USAWC.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Clinic, patients win with self-care classes


    July 28, 2003 -- Almost outnumbering the seven clients at the first class, staff members were enthusiastic about a new program that will arm patients with knowledge and a patient card for free over-the-counter pharmacy products. The knowledge comes first, and Dunham Health Clinic offered the July 15 class as a "ticket" to the new service.

    Take the new Dunham class and participants become eligible to pick up OTC drugs or products at the pharmacy without a prescription. Deal with symptoms or prevent the symptoms with products ranging from antacids, antihistamines, and bacitracin to condoms and robitussin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Self-care classes are scheduled for the clinic conference room -

10 a.m. on Aug. 12 & 26 & Sep.9

4 p.m. on Aug. 13 & 27 & Sep. 10

2 p.m. on Aug. 14 & 28 & Sep 11.


For a list of medicines available through this program please go here


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks DOIM undergoes changes, continues to serve customers


    July 29, 2003 --"We're a four-cylinder engine putting out the power of a six-cylinder," said Walt Craig, Remtech Services Incorporated, when speaking about the work being done in the Carlisle Barracks Directorate of Information Management.

    The DOIM, part of the Chief Information Office, handles almost every aspect of communication on post to include computer networks, email, and telephones. The department also handles audio/visual duties and manages a graphics department responsible for developing many of the posters and multimedia presentations seen around the installation. Remtech, along with Cordev Inc. and Metro Productions assumed their duties on April 1st as a result of an A-76 survey done on post.

    "We wanted to make sure the change was as transparent as possible to the users," said Craig. "We experienced some hiccups along the way, but I think overall it's been a success."

    Aiding in the success of the transition was the fact that 24 of the 68 employees of RSI are those who came over from the previous DOIM.

    "Being able to bring aboard so many people who knew how to do the job, and do it well, really eased the transition," said Craig. "That core continuity made it much better for everyone."   

    By building on that continuity, RSI was able to make some changes to help improve service.

    One of the changes implemented by RSI was to create a "one-stop shop" for users needs.

    "In the basement of Root Hall there have been offices organized where you can set up your printing, graphics and audio/visual needs," said Craig. "We wanted to build on what was already there but help to make it more convenient."

    Another way that Craig hopes to improve performance is through surveys that customers complete after they have had work done.

    "We've developed an automated email system that allows customers to give us feedback on the work done," Craig said. "This way we can see what we are doing well and what we need to improve on."

    Even with all of the new programs and changes, Craig attributes the overall success to the excellent cooperation between RSI and the government workers working together.

   "It truly is one team, one fight," he said. "We work together to give the customer the best possible service, that's why we're all here."


Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

BOSS to sponsor food drive to benefit needy Carlisle area families


    July 30, 2003-Members of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program are conducting a food drive on post during the month of August.

    BOSS is working with Project Survival Health and Recipient Education to collect food, which will go to local needy families in the Carlisle area, said Elaine Livas, executive director for Project SHARE.

    "We wanted to do something for the Carlisle  community,"  said Spc. Sandra Gonzalez, chaplain's assistant and president of the BOSS program. "We live in this community and wanted to make a connection.  Project SHARE is a great organization."

    Members of the BOSS program will be placing collection boxes  at the post chapel, Dunham Health Clinic, the veterinary clinic, dental office, Collins Hall, and the commissary, said Gonzalez.

    "We accept all edible food," said Livas. "We especially need juice, canned beef stew, canned fruit, dry milk and baby food."

    Project SHARE helps needy families in the Carlisle area by giving them supplementary food, said Livas.  They currently help about 500 families, equaling 1,200 people.  About one-third of the people helped by Project SHARE are children, said Livas.

    For more information contact Gonzalez at 245-4215.      


Peter Baker, Public Affairs Office

Unforgotten War

On the 50th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, Young Barner, a War College secretary and Korean War survivor, reflects on her experience.


    In 1945, with World War II all but over, the United States began its occupation of the southern half of Korea.  Korea had been annexed by Japan in 1910; with Japan weakened by defeat, the threat of a Soviet-controlled Korea was becoming increasingly realistic.  Korea was, in effect, split by the 38th parallel.  In 1948, it was official: the South, backed by the United States and United Nations, declared itself the Republic of Korea.  The North, with support from the USSR and China, became the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

    The dividing line ran through the province of Kangwon.  Just north of the line sat the remote village of Kumwha.  This is where Young Barner was born.

    Even in tiny Kumwha, the inevitability of war was apparent, said Barner.  When border skirmishes broke out in 1948, thousands of North Korean soldiers returned from China, where they had been fighting on the side of the communists in their civil war.  Barner recalled widespread propaganda, drafting, and persecution of non-supporters.

   In 1949, one year before war broke out on the peninsula, Barner's parents escaped to the South with her.  Six months later, her grandfather and three of his children also escaped.  His wife and three of his daughters, however, remained.  Barner's grandfather planned to return as soon as possible for the rest of his family, but the outbreak of war on June 25, 1950,  made this impossible.

    After the war, he returned to Kumwha only to learn from neighbors that, soon after his escape, his wife had died of typhoid fever, leaving behind his daughters, ages 6 through 10.  The oldest, suffering from polio and the loss of her mother, simply, in Barner's words, "lost the will to live," and starved herself to death.  Soon afterwards, while playing in a field, the second oldest of the three was mistakenly killed by an American B-29 bomber.  The youngest child was finally rescued by U.S. soldiers and placed in a South Korean orphanage.

    On July 27, 1953, the United States, North Korea, and China signed an armistice agreement, ending the war but failing (to this day) to bring about a permanent peace.  July 27, 2003, will mark the 50th anniversary of this agreement.  The Department of Defense website notes that 36,570 American service members died in battle and 7,140 became prisoners of war.  To this day, the Korean Demilitarized Zone is the most heavily fortified place on Earth.

    Barner describes herself as "eternally grateful" to the U.S. military. 

    "I still remember when we had nothing to eat.  On Fridays, American troops would come to our school with bread, powdered milk, and C-rations. We survived on that."  

    During the war, Barner's father was taken prisoner by North Korean soldiers.  She did not see him until well after the fighting had stopped. 

    Once, Barner asked her grandfather if he, given his personal loss, resented American involvement in the Korean War.

    "Listen," he said.  "I'm very sad.  But think about all of the American soldiers who died for our freedom.  They were somebody's children too.  I grieve for them too."

    "Growing up, these words lived in my heart," said Barner.  "I have heartfelt thanks for the U.S. soldiers who served in Korea and who still serve around the world in the name of freedom."

    In 1976, Barner married a U.S. soldier and moved to America.  She has worked for the government for 19 years, and at the Army War College for 13.

    Never forgetting her grandfather's words, Barner views her career "not as a job, but as a mission.  I am so grateful to be able to contribute to the American military."

    Barner's work ethic is a source of amazement for those around her.  One day, AWC Chaplain (Col.) Winfield Buzby asked her a simple question.  "Why do you work so hard?  Is it because of a religious background?"

    "Yes, I am religious," replied Barner, "but I work hard because I am a Korean War survivor.  God has given me the chance to serve the people who fought for my freedom."

    Col. James Oman, chairman of DCLM, summed it up.

    "Mrs. Barner brings a great work ethic and a friendly disposition to the workplace every day," said Oman.  Her meticulous attention to detail, exemplary commitment to excellence, and first-class support of students and faculty make her a valued member of our staff.

    She can always be counted on to do the right thing in the right way, and always with a smile."

     The Korean Conflict is often referred to as "The Forgotten War" on the assumption that it is not as embedded in America's cultural consciousness as other 20th century conflicts.  To those affected by the war, such as Barner, this nickname could not be more misleading.

    "For Koreans and Korean-Americans, the Korean war will live forever," she said.  "It is unforgotten."


    July 25, 2000, to Nov 11, 2003, has been designated by the Department of Defense as the official period commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War.  Commemorative events have included the laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and the Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C., speeches, dinners, and other gatherings.  Hundreds of communities have organized local ceremonies recognizing various combat groups.  Events in cooperation with allied nations who fought alongside American and South Korean forces, such as Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand, have taken place or are in the planning stages.  Events will continue until the closing ceremony on Veterans Day 2003 (from - visit for information on these and other upcoming events, as well as timelines and historical factsheets).


Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Office

Friends, colleagues, and local dignitaries bid farewell to the Ivanys


    "What you've given to all of us is an example of what it means to be a great American," said Congressman Todd R. Platts.

    Platt's sentiments were echoed throughout the July 18 gathering of faculty, staff and friends who had joined together at the Letort View Community Center on Carlisle Barracks to bid farewell to Maj. Gen. Robert R. Ivany and Mrs. Marianne Ivany.

    "You set a personal example for all of us and I am moved by who you are today and what you've given this nation," added Platts. "We are all grateful."

    Cumberland County Commissioner Nancy A. Besch and Carlisle Borough Mayor Kirk R. Wilson also attended and presented the Ivany's with remembrances of their time spent in Carlisle and south central Penn. Both read proclamations honoring the Ivany's and their contributions to the community.

    Wilson noted how the relationship between the installation and the Carlisle community solidified in the days and months following 9/11 and how Ivany was instrumental to helping the community, particularly local school children, cope with the situation. At the commandant's direction, USAWC students and faculty went into local schools with messages of calm and explanation.

    Marianne Ivany was recognized for her contributions to the area schools, as well.

    "She brought her passion as a parent and her knowledge and expertise gathered from previous assignments when she initiated a program to ease the transition of military children into their gaining schools." said Col. Craig K. Madden, deputy commandant, during his remarks.

   The commitment for military kids was formalized when five area school superintendents signed an agreement with the Military Child Education Coalition to partner with other schools nationwide to help kids in transition.

    The Ivanys were also honored with the 'Order of Aaron and Hur' on behalf of the Chief of Army Chaplains. This rare

acknowledgement was presented by post chaplains Daniel K. Nagel and David A. Kenehan in "recognition of all the special contributions they have made to the spiritual well being of soldiers during their 34 years of active service."

    After all of the awards and recognitions were completed Ivany took the opportunity to thank everyone for their support during the last three years.

    "We loved every minute here because of the great people," said Ivany.

    Ivany will participate in a retirement ceremony and relinquish his responsibilities as commandant of the USAWC in an official ceremony here on July 28 at 9:00 a.m.



Peter Baker, Public Affairs Office

Army War College dedicates library to memory of former dean

    Gathered at the entrance of the AWC library in Root Hall, approximately 100 friends, family members, and colleagues of Colonel Kevin R. Cunningham, former Army War College academic dean, observed a July 23 ceremony dedicating the library to Cunningham's name and memory.

    Chap. (Col.) Winfield Buzby began his invocation with quote from soldier-adventurer William Butler.

    "The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its thinking done by fools and its fighting done by cowards," read Buzby.

    Cunningham, said Buzby, epitomized the soldier-academic envisioned by Butler.

    "His was more than a life of learning," stressed the chaplain.  "It was a life of teaching.  May this library be a fitting remembrance and a source of learning."

    Maj. Gen. Robert Ivany, USAWC Commandant, spoke of Cunningham's academic ability.

    "Kevin was more than smart - he was brilliant," recalled Ivany.  "He had that innate ability to take difficult thoughts and concepts and make them understandable to everyone." 

    Ivany went on to explain the aptness of the library dedication by dubbing Cunningham its "number one customer."

    Cunningham's wife, Linda Cunningham, echoed this thought.

    "I can't think of a more appropriate tribute," she said.  "Kevin was a library aficionado who valued and appreciated this library as both a student and faculty member at the Army War College."

   She mentioned Cunningham's tendency to lend out books from his personal library - in fact, the two first met when Cunningham stopped by her office to give her a book. 

    "He believed in sharing," she said.

    Following her remarks, Ivany presented her with an honorary chair on behalf of the command group.

    Cunningham served as Academic Dean of the Army War College from June 2001 until his death in February 2003.  He is survived by his wife, Linda, daughter, Kristen, and sister, Robin Cunningham.  All three attended the dedication. 


Individuals recognized in quarterly awards ceremony

    The Garrison Commander hosted the quarterly installation awards ceremony Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. at the Letort View Community Center (LVCC). Among those recognized were:


SGT Roy Carte, DSES, Soldier of the Quarter, 2nd Qtr, FY03

SPC Robert Kemper, DUSAHC - Soldier of the Quarter, 3rd Qtr, FY03

Kelly Swanger, DNSS - Civilian Employee of the Quarter, 3rd Qtr, FY03

SGT William Ross, MHI, - AAM, 2003 Camp Keystone JROTC Summer Camp

PFC Nicholas Pier, DSES - AAM, Apprehension of Suspects

SGT William Ross, MHI - Certificate of Achievement, Strategic Crisis Exercise

SPC Demitrius Palmer, HRD - Certificate of Achievement, Strategic Crisis Exercise

SPC Sandra Gonzalez, Chapel - Certificate of Appreciation, served as a driver for Theater Logistics Course

PFC Mia Oguinn, Hqs Co - Certificate of Appreciation, served as a driver for Theater Logistics Course

MAJ Jeffery Sterling, CSL - Certificate of Appreciation, National Security Seminar (NSS)

SFC Thomas Vinette, DSES - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

SGT Tina Hawkins, HRD - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

SGT Andrew Hooke, CSL - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

SGT Allan Huhn, DSES - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

SGT Karla Illingsworth, Protocol - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

SGT Michael Marchand, CSL - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

SGT John McLaughlin, DDE - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

SPC Marshall Etienne, CSL - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

SPC Jesus Lopez, DSES - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

SPC Santiago Murillo, DSES - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

SPC Thomas Winhoven, DSES - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

PFC Jessica Green, DSES - Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

Melissa Colpo, Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

Helen Davenport, Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

Anne Miller, Certificate of Appreciation, NSS

Donna Carr, Certificate of Appreciation, Yellow Ribbon Campaign

Trish Dickman, Certificate of Appreciation, Yellow Ribbon Campaign

Bonnie Manga, Certificate of Appreciation, Yellow Ribbon Campaign

Kathy Powers, Certificate of Appreciation, Yellow Ribbon Campaign

Fran Smith, Certificate of Appreciation, Yellow Ribbon Campaign

Vera Williams, Certificate of Appreciation, Yellow Ribbon Campaign

Keith E. Bailey, DPW, 30 Years Length of Service

Patricia Richardson, DCA Army Lodging, 10 Years Length of Service

Kathleen Rowlands, DCA Child Development Center, 10 Years Length of Service


Anne Wolf, Employee Assistance Program

Summer Sense: Club Drugs


    The terms "club drugs" refers to a wide variety of drugs that have become popular among patrons of raves, nightclubs and concerts.  Some of the more common club drugs are ecstasy ( X), GHB (goop, Georgia HomeBoy), Ketamine (Special K), and Rohypnol (roofies).  While they are generally considered "feel good" drugs and safe, they're not safe, and some of the side effects won't leave you feeling so good after all.

    Club drugs have effects that users don't take the time to think about.  For example, they can damage neurons in your brain, which are the transmitters of messages from your brain to your body parts.  The chemicals in club drugs can impair senses, memory, judgment and coordination.  They also have long term and short term effects on the body, and mixing them with alcohol can be a deadly combination. 

    Another effect of club drugs is that they affect your self- control.  Some can cause unconsciousness or immobilize you.  Others can cause amnesia.  These are how the date rape drugs, like Rohypnol, work.  Someone who has ingested a club drug, either knowingly or unknowingly, can easily be taken advantage of. 

    Think about this.  Someone who is taking a club drug may think they know what they are taking, but in reality, there's no way to tell for sure.  These aren't drugs manufactured in a sterile, government regulated facility.  They are made in makeshift laboratories, without regulations.  A user can never be sure exactly what chemicals have been put in, how strong it is, or where it was made. 

    Some people aren't even aware they have been given some of these drugs.  Most are colorless, tasteless and odorless, so there's no way to tell that someone has put one in a drink.  So if you're out, don't walk away from your drink.  Keep it in your sight at all times.  Don't accept drinks from strangers, or from someone that you don't completely, 100%, trust.  If you wouldn't trust them with, say, your car, why would you trust them with your life? 

    No one is saying don't go to parties, or not to have fun.  Just do it sensibly.  Be careful who you trust, and look out for yourself and for your friends.  Party responsibly. 

    For more information contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245-4576


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Army 'Old Guard' to salute Army War College Class of 2004

    August 7, 2003 --The Carlisle Barracks community is invited to the Class of 2004 Opening Ceremony scheduled for Monday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. on Indian Field. 

    Commandant Maj. Gen. David Huntoon and his wife, Margaret,  will join students and spouses in the stands as The U.S. Army 3rd Infantry "Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps and the Army Band "Pershing's Own" will perform.  Post soldiers in colonial uniforms will fire the Revolutionary Cannon for Retreat.  The class president and senior International Fellow will form the reviewing party

    The 340 members of the resident Class of 2004 includes 215 Army officer, 26 Air Force officers, 15 Navy, 11 Marines, one Coast Guard officer, 30 civilians in federal agencies, and 42 International Fellows.  Chad, Lithuania, Moldova and New Zealand are represented for the first time at the Army War College.

    Rain will cancel the opening ceremony.   It will cause the students' Wheelock Bandstand reception to move to the Letort View Community Center.



Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

New MHI building comes closer to a reality

     July 17, 2003-In case you haven't noticed, the new U.S Army Military History Institute building is starting to look more like a state-of-the-art facility and less like a steel skeleton.

    Contractors broke ground in May 2002 on the first of what will become a four building complex on Army Heritage Drive.

   The building is 72 percent complete, said Maj. David Wyche, Army Heritage Education Center project manager. "All the walls are in and they are filing in the interior."

    Phase one of the project is on schedule to be finished February 1 and includes everything from "digging out the foundation to handing over the keys," said Wyche.

    The next phase will include the installation of shelving and furniture.

   "We expected this to be completed by August of next year so we can move in the military artifacts and employees can start working in the new building," said Wyche.

    "After everything is in and the building is fully operational, tests have to be performed on the climate control system to ensure that everything is running properly.  If there is anything that needs to be adjusted they will do it then."
    MHI should be completely operational in the new facility by next fall.

    "All partners are really committed to excellence," Wyche said. "They are excited to see this thing done right."

    The Military History Institute preserves more than nine million items documenting the history of the U.S. Army and military. The collection includes books, rare books, periodicals, photographs, manuscripts - such as diaries, letters and memoirs - military publications and manuals, maps, and oral histories.

    The four building Army Heritage and Education Center complex is scheduled to be complete in 2009. 



Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Changes on the way for Skill Development Center

July 16, 2003-The Carlisle Barracks Skill Development Center is attempting to make some changes to its programs in hopes of improving its helpfulness to service members and their families on post.

    The SDC has been through some major changes in years past, which were not all for the good of the facility or those who use it, said Roberta Hill, manager of the SDC. Hill formerly worked in the Carlisle Barracks Directorate of Information Management as a graphic artist.

    When the current SDC building opened it was home to a six-bay auto shop, a pottery room, a photo lab, a wood shop with state-of-the-art equipment, arts and crafts studios, a framing center and more. The staff was  teaching 40 framing and arts and crafts classes in the fall and 20 classes in the spring.

    In 1998, due to inconsistent participation, the post sold off much of the equipment, including the state-of-the-art wood working machinery, said Hill.

    "Now the facilities are only a skeleton of what they once were," said Hill.

    The rooms that were the pottery room and the photo center are now only used for storage. The only classes the SDC offers now are introductory and refresher framing classes. 

    "We get about 60 to 65 customers a day during the school year, but it's a little slower during the summer and the holiday season," said Hill.


What you can do at the SDC now

    The majority of the business the SDC gets today is for the framing shop and the auto center, said Hill.

    One of the important services the SDC currently provides is a self-help program, which allows customers to come in and do their own framing and auto maintenance. 

    "A lot of people like to do their own work, but they don't have a place to do it," said Hill.  "They can come in and use our tools and equipment."

     The auto shop also offers a full-service shop that will take care of most automobile maintenance and repairs.  The framing and engraving center can make custom frames and engrave nearly anything with its laser engraving machine, said Hill.

    "People really need to look into our engraving services," said Hill.  "We have a wonderful high-tech engraver that can do amazing things at a much cheaper cost than off post."

    "There are 11 employees and a number of volunteers working in the SDC," said Hill. "These are the people that keep the SDC running.  They work hard to fill the framing and engraving orders in the framing center and do maintenance on all the automobiles that come into the auto center."

    Hill said the staff of the SDC would like to see the facility brought back up to a level where military members and their families could find the services provided more useful. They would like to see more equipment brought in and have the ability to provide classes in several different areas.


A vision for the future

    "She's bringing the center back to a multi-faceted arts and crafts facility," said Ken Thompson, director of community activities, about Hill. 

    "Everything but framing and engraving had been done away with. We plan to fund the upgraded facility with requests to NERO to bring these activities back."

    Thompson went on to say that the first priorities are the art supplies-ceramics and inventory of saleable items.  The wood shop would be last because of expense of retooling the shop and equipment.

    Hill also wants to organize classes to bring more people into the SDC.

    The center wants to provide three or four classes this fall and would like to offer classes for kids and teens in the spring, said Hill. 

    A couple of the classes that Hill would like to bring into the program are computer graphics, which is her specialty, and digital photography.


Volunteer to help

    Volunteers are always welcome to come into the SDC, said Hill.

    "We will find out what their area of expertise is and put them in a spot that fits it," said Hill. "We may even put them in a position to teach a class."

    The price for services at the SDC are generally cheaper than off post and in some cases are much cheaper, depending on what you are having done, said Hill.

    Because of the high number of orders for frames from the War College, the framer, engraver and several volunteers are working steadily to complete projects before graduation ceremonies.

    "They help out a lot," said Hill, speaking of the volunteers that work in the framing center.  "We would be hard pressed to accomplish the job if not for them."

    Hill and the other staff of the SDC hope to turn the facility back into what it once was, offering many more services and classes to the post members than it currently does.

    "We just want a place to support the soldiers and their families," said Hill, expressing a genuine interest in the SDC functions on the post.

    The SDC is located at 870 Jim Thorpe road just outside the Claremont gate and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    The self-help hours for the auto shop or the framing center are Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all day Fri. and Sat. For information on services provided or to volunteer at the SDC call (717)245-3319.




Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

International Fellows welcomed to USAWC

   July 8, 2003 --The U.S. Army War College welcomed the 42 International Fellows representing the IF Class of 2004 at a reception July 8 at the Letort View Community Center.    Representing 42 different countries, the fellows ate, drank and mingled as they were officially welcomed to Carlisle Barracks and the Army War College. 

    "The reception was designed as the first step in making the fellows feel comfortable with the staff and other international students, and feel at home in Carlisle Barracks," said Kevin D. Bremer, deputy director of the IF Program.

    The fellows and their families will be involved with many welcoming activities before classes start August 1.  Trips to Hershey Park, a baseball game and other fun events have been scheduled to help introduce them to America, said Bremer.

    Many of the fellows were accompanied by American sponsors.  The sponsors help the fellows adjust to the cultural differences of the United States and help them overcome the language barrier that exists for many of the students.  The sponsors are volunteers whose work is essential to integrate students into the program, said Christine Shelly, USAWC deputy commandant for international affairs.

    International fellows face a range of challenges, from language & jargon to mastering the banking system.

    About one-fourth of the fellows attended language school at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas before arriving at Carlisle Barracks.

    Success at the Army War College requires a working knowledge of English. The language school teaches the students enough of the English language to allow them to function here and succeed at the War College, said Bremer.

    Since 1978 the War College has been hosting International Fellows to the program.  There were only 11 International Fellows in the first class, but now the War College hosts about 42 each year, said Bremer. 

    The program is "an opportunity to build relationships with the officers and their home countries," said Bremer.

    "The fellows are also expected to pass on their personal experiences to the American students.  In 18 of the 20 seminars, there will be two fellows, with origins in different parts of the world, to help teach regional specialization to other students of the program," said Bremer.

    The War College has graduated 773 International Fellows from 97 different countries around the world.  This year's class includes fellows from four countries that have not been represented at the War College in the past.  Fellows from Chad, Lithuania, New Zealand and Moldova are here for the first time and bring the total number of countries represented throughout the history of the program up to 101, said Shelly.

    Over the next year, International Fellows attending the course at the Army War College will learn skills and face pressures that will challenge them and give them the knowledge to use in high-level positions in their home countries, said Bremer.

    "I know this will be rewarding personally and professionally for the fellows," said Shelly.

    The International Fellows will be honored for their hard work when they walk across the stage with the American graduates on June 12, 2004, upon successful completion of the Army War College program. 



Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Manga hands over command of Dental Clinic


    July 10, 2003-Command of the U.S. Army Dental Clinic was transferred today from outgoing commander Col. Robert K. Manga to Col. Dennis L. Slopey, a native of Perry County, Pa., in a ceremony at the Letort View Community Center.

    Manga will move to a position as Assistant Director of the one-year General Dentistry Program at Fort Benning, Ga., after having spent four years at Carlisle Barracks overseeing the 10-person staff. 

    "He's really involved with patient treatment," said Staff Sgt. Daniel Cornman, the clinic's assistant noncommissioned officer in charge. "He spent his time working with patients, not sitting in an office."

     Slopey has served in the Army 26 years and has most recently served as Dental Technician Commander at Fort Polk, La., since 2001.  He has also been Chief of Operative Dentistry in the SHAPE Dental Clinic, Casteau, Belgium; Director of Dental Services and Commander, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Dental Clinic Command, Aberdeen, Md; and Clinic Commander SHAPE Clinic Command, Casteau, Belgium.

    In 1989, he became a Diplomate for the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry. 

    Slopey lives in Carlisle  with his wife Susan. Their daughters, Jordan and Lisa, attend Allegheny College and Syracuse University, respectively.



Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Peacekeeping and PKI make the news    

July 8, 2003 - The Army is reevaluating the decision, announced in January, to close the Peacekeeping Institute here as of September 30.

     "We've put on hold the earlier decision to close the Peacekeeping Institute, and we're in the process of reviewing its charter based on the operational environment right now," Pentagon Army spokeswoman Alison Bettencourt said on July 7. 
    Since January, the institute had  been preparing to end operations.           

    The Army had announced then  a decision to close PKI by September 30. The decision was one of many headquarters changes that resulted  from the Army's Realignment Task Force Study. 
   A decision is expected shortly. 



Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Faculty members scheme about 'essence' of military profession




    If you think military planners at headquarters like CENTCOM have the market on campaign planning, you're missing half the picture.

    Professional instructors at service colleges demonstrated their dedication to the challenge of campaign planning - and how to teach it -- when they participated in the Faculty Symposium on Campaign Planning sponsored here June 11-13 by the US Army War College.

    "The point was to share ideas on how they go about the business of teaching campaign planning - the essence of the profession," said Dr. Jerry Comello, the USAWC professor who planned the workshop. 

   The topic absorbed the interest of 33 instructors from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Senior Service Colleges and Intermediate Service Colleges - like the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. Also represented were National War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

     Standardizing approaches was not the point; being different was. The diversity in schedules, exercises, and philosophies offered opportunity to consider the topic from new perspectives.

    Since Navy officers will attend the Naval War College once, at either the intermediate or the senior level, the instructors get one shot at maximizing learning by the students.   

   "The Navy Operational Planners Course approach was novel," said Comello about the Naval War College's additional course that's similar to the Army's SAMS. 

    "So were some aspects of the ICAF model as presented by Marine Col. Mike Schmitt," added Comello. "They spend less time [on the subject] because of the logistics focus of ICAF, but it's very good and innovative," he said.

    One of the more popular presentations was given by Col. Kevin Weddle, the ASAP director here.

    The Advanced Strategic Art Program is unique among the 14 schools and specialty courses represented. The program provides a highly select group of resident USAWC students with an appreciation of strategic theory, art and, specifically, theater strategic planning skills. While not a history course, it provides an intellectual foundation by using history, theory, and strategy to develop a rich professional perspective on joint theater operations.



Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Thompson helps guide DCA through period of transition


  Carlisle Barracks will welcome a new Director of Community Activities soon. Darrell M. Clay, currently working in Stuttgart, Germany, is expected to take the reins Sept. 2 of the large and complex organization.

    As director, Clay will manage the wide scope of Community Activities:  sports, the skill development center, the ITR ticketing service, bowling, Letort View Community Center, golf, Child and Youth Services, Army Lodging, the Army Community Services and the Education Center. 

   He'll inherit a very tight team that works extremely well together, according to Ken Thompson who has been acting director since March 2002.

    Thompson stepped up to manage DCA after the former director retired.  When he resumes his former position as the DCA's strategic planner and information systems officer, he'll have been responsible for shepherding the organization through several significant changes.

    The past year was marked by several breakthroughs. The new Installation Management Agency was one.

    "For us, the IMA transition has been transparent, because we'd worked for the same TRADOC folks who moved over to become the IMA NERO staff," said Thompson about the Northeast Region Office.

    "There is a new way of handling non-appropriated funds under IMA," he said about the funding system for morale, welfare and recreation.  "As part of that, we've lost some of the income we used to receive from the PX, for example. Those funds are now retained at NERO to be used to support the overall NERO fund for MWR."

    "Fifty percent of PX monies stay local, and the rest is available for us to request for special situations or emergencies," said Thompson.

    That's good news for a small post like Carlisle Barracks that can tap into a bigger pot of money thanks to contributions from the larger posts like Fort Belvoir, he said.

    Another project reached the finish line on his watch. The refurbished gym, Thorpe Hall, is part of a broader initiative to better serve the community - keeping the gyms open 90 hours a week, now. 

    "We took a historical facility, completely remodeled inside and out, and acquired funding to support it with new equipment," said Thompson. "It's a great thing.

    "It gives lots of people multiple opportunities for keeping physically fit -- with weights, treadmill, running track, basketball, and classes to start this Fall based on the desires of the patrons."

    "The other big thing from this period is that we realigned the whole Youth Services support facilities under the Child & Youth Services Program Coordinator," said Thompson.  Elizabeth Knouse.

    Three distinct programs now fall under Elizabeth Knouse. Bob Salviano runs Youth Services for three sets of school aged kids: elementary, middle-school, and senior teens, as well as the youth sports for all school-aged kids. Melody Irwin has responsibility at the Moore Child Development Center for babies through Kindergarten, and Betsy Ferguson is the Family Childcare Coordinator, for home-based child care.

    After managing DCA for more than a year, Thompson said he looks back with satisfaction on his contributions to the DCA outlook on life.



Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Soldiers face results of drug offenses


July 8, 2003 -- After pleading guilty to marijuana and cocaine possession, Carlisle Barracks soldier Sgt. Aaron Bowen received a sentence of 2-4 years in state prison from Cumberland County President Judge George E. Hoffman.

    As a result of the civilian action, the general court-martial convening authority, at Fort Meade,  is expected to approve a separation from the Army. As soon as it is signed, he will be reduced to E1 and immediately separated from the military with an other-than-honorable discharge. 

    "This is a good example of the close working relationship between Carlisle Barracks and the law enforcement community to address a serious offense and ensure justice prevailed," said Col. Mike Colpo, USAWC chief of staff.

    "There is no room in our Army for soldiers who engage in crime," Colpo said.

    Charges against Bowen and three other Barracks soldiers developed from a joint investigation, involving the Cumberland County Anti-Drug Task Force, the local office of Army Criminal Investigation Command, and the Carlisle Barracks Military Police.

    Actions are nearing completion for three soldiers charged with using or conspiring to sell marijuana in companion cases, according to Capt. Sean Summers, the post judge advocate here.

    Former Sgt. Chrishaun Peeler was reduced in rank to E1 and separated from the Army with an other-than-honorable discharge. Former Spc. Gregory Cameron was reduced in rank to private and will be separated within the next several days.  Cameron's administrative discharge was approved, which immediately reduced him to E1 and ordered his immediate separation from the Army with an other-than-honorable discharge.  One final soldier faces an administrative discharge for conspiring with Bowen to sell marijuana. His separation action is with the approval authority and expected to be approved within the next few days, noted Summers. 

    An administrative discharge is characterized as either general or other-than-honorable after considering the soldier's entire record, work history, past awards, rank, recommendations from the chain of command, said Summers.

    A general or other-than-honorable discharge denies GI bill benefits, he added.



Anne Wolf and Amy Burrell, Employee Assistance Program

Summer Sense: Risks of cigarette smoking


    In the early part of the 20th century, smoking was considered the "cool" or "in" thing to do.  In the 17th century, snuff, which is finally ground tobacco, was actually considered a cure for many things, including headaches.  Truth is, not much was known about tobacco and the effects it could have on the body then.  But it's 2003 now, and the facts are in.  Smoking can kill you, and can have harmful affects on your loved ones as well. 

    Not only does smoking make you age faster (do you really want all those wrinkles EARLY?), it turns your teeth yellow and makes your breath smell bad.  You lose your ability to smell and taste foods.  People who smoke are also at a higher risk for certain kinds of cancer, and not just lung cancer.  There's been research to show that smokers have a 50% greater chance of contracting a deadly form of adult leukemia.  Smoking doubles your risk of pancreatic cancer.  Do you even know what your pancreas does?  It helps with digestion and is linked to your colon.  Do you want to risk messing THAT up? 

    Not only are smokers at a higher risk for cancer, there's other health risks as well.  Smokers have been found to develop rheumatoid arthritis more frequently than nonsmokers.  OUCH!  There's a 70% greater chance of developing a hearing loss if you smoke.  There's also a greater chance of developing cataracts and other eye diseases, and a higher risk of diabetes.  These are just a few of the risks you take when you light up a cigarette. 

    So think about it.  These are just the risks to you.  There are risks to those you smoke around as well.  Second hand smoke has been found the cause women to be two to three more times likely to develop breast cancer.  Smoking can cause problems with fertility - it impairs sperm motility and normal development.  This, in turn, increases the chances of infertility, miscarriage and birth defects. 

    Why take these chances?  Don't start, and if you have started, talk to a health professional about quitting.  There's lots of cessation these days, such as nicotine gum and patches.  Your healthcare provider may have more tips or programs to help you. 

            Here are some quick tips from to help you get started:

  • Pick a quitting date and share it with friends and family for support.

  • Get help - there are a number of organizations that provide stop smoking clinics and classes for motivation and support.

  • Talk to your health care provider about ways to quit. There are prescription and over-the-counter medications that may be appropriate for you.

  • Recognize what triggers you to smoke. If you smoke after you have coffee or alcohol, switch to another beverage. If tension or stress makes you light up, examine what is causing the stress and find other solutions.

  • When you feel the urge to smoke, take a walk instead.

  • Find other activities for your hands - puzzles, gardening, and writing.

  • Begin an exercise program - you will begin to feel more energetic and encouraged by the result of smoke-free living.

  • Save the money you would spend for cigarettes and treat yourself to a special gift.

  • Get your teeth cleaned and keep a photo of your whiter teeth.

  • Talk to other people who are quitting - through the Internet or among friends.

  • Surround yourself with non-smokers who will not allow smoking and go to places such as movie theaters where smoking is prohibited.

  • Find a quitting partner and motivate one another.


Peter Baker, Public Affairs Office

Post sycamores host fungal guest


July 2, 2003 --Sycamore trees are often noted by arborists for their beautiful trunks. The juxtaposition of brown, aged bark peeling away from creamy white, young bark is thought to produce a visually striking effect.

    Post tree-watchers, however, may beg to differ - at least temporarily.  The prevailing cool, wet weather of the past month has, according to Keith Bailey, who works in the post safety office,  led to an outbreak of sycamore anthracnose on post.

   Anthracnose is described by the Kansas State University Horticulture Information Center as a fungus that prevents new leaves and twigs from developing.  Repeated blighting of young twigs creates an irregular branching pattern, giving the tree a ragged appearance.  Additionally, fungal structures break through the bark, giving sycamores a "burnt" appearance.

    Fortunately, anthracnose's damage is primarily aesthetic.  The persistence of fungus-favorable weather can, over several years, increase a sycamore's susceptibility to other diseases.  Typically, affected trees grow new, healthy leaves and bark within a year.  Based on this information and Bailey's own experience, no steps will be taken to combat the fungus.

    "The disease can be deadly," said Bailey.  "But we have not had any trees here at Carlisle Barracks die in the past 30 years from it."  He added that the treatment of so many tall trees would be extremely costly, and is, therefore, "out of the picture."


Peter Baker, Public Affairs Office

'We don't decide when emergencies happen'

Barracks' MPs and fire fighters participate in joint emergency response exercise

  June 25, 2003 -- Sgt. Allan Huhn, a Carlisle Barracks military policeman, got the call at 9a.m. -- a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter had crashed in the field by Army Heritage Drive.  His orders: set up a secure perimeter at the crash site. Within minutes, he was there - along with Barracks firefighters, Cumberland County and Middlesex Township firefighters and police, and six local media outlets.

    Of course, this was just a test. The Black Hawk crash was simulated as part of a joint Carlisle Barracks/Cumberland County emergency response exercise.  The exercise was designed to approximate a scenario where Barracks agencies or personnel  would work with county and state officials to minimize danger and save lives.   

    "When you practice doing it right again and again," said Huhn. "You're going to do it right when it's the real deal. We train like we fight."

    Once there, the MPs monitored traffic from the road to the crash site. In an actual crash emergency, all non-essential entry would have been barred: only medics and firemen would have been allowed on-site.  The exercise, however, was a balance between the desires to create a realistic situation and simultaneously minimize the impact on everyday business.  Live, close-up media coverage of the exercise provided the local community a look at the community's readiness measures.

    Within the perimeter, Carlisle Barracks and Cumberland County firefighters extinguished the fire with water and a special foam.

     "This was an excellent exercise," commented Barracks Fire Chief Leon Wolfe. "Now we can put faces to the names and voices of people who we talk to on the phone. Our response to an actual emergency will be that much better." In their heavy, flame-retardant coats, the firemen were particularly aware that it was the hottest day of the year so far.

    Wiping sweat from his forehead, Huhn shrugged,  "We don't decide when emergencies happen.  That's why we practice."




Dunham Clinic Release

Dunham Clinic to offer 'Self Care Program'


June 25, 2003 --Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic will begin offering Self Care classes to promote healthy behavior practices of TRICARE Prime enrollees through the use of an over-the-counter (OTC) medication program.

    The goals are to provide essential information for making proper choices to prevent illness and injury and focus on prevention and promotion of a healthy lifestyle, thus allowing patients to take charge of their health.

    The class will last approximately 2 hours and cover orientation to the clinic, the Self Care Program, and a wellness brief.  A "Take Care of Yourself" book will be given to each family as well as a card allowing them to obtain four OTC medications per week on a walk-in basis.  Renewal of the benefit will be required on a yearly basis. 


    You must attend one of the classes at Dunham to obtain the OTC medications card.


Classes are scheduled for:

 July 15 from 1600-1800

             July 24 from 1000-1200

             July 28 from 1400-1600


For more information contact Maj. Sylvia Dennis, chief, Dunham Nursing Services, 245-3658.




Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Secretary of Defense July 4th message to the troops


    This Fourth of July marks the 227th anniversary of the birth of our nation, the day when brave and dedicated patriots made manifest their love of liberty and founded a nation based on freedom. And from that day to this, the world has never been the same. As Lafayette put it, "Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country." Indeed it does. For more than 200 years, America has stood for freedom.

    So, on the Fourth of July we mark more than a birthday. We celebrate our God-given rights to liberty and life, and we honor all those who, over the centuries, have been willing to fight and die to keep our country free. Today we are engaged in a struggle as great as any America has faced throughout her long and honored history. It is a struggle every bit as much a fight for freedom as the war that was fought in 1776. Once again it is a battle for humanity, for the right of all people - not just Americans - to live in a world free of terror and fear.

   You are the men and women who are fighting this new war. Your gallantry and courage in the face of evil has stirred the souls of all Americans. Day after day, week after week, they have seen your faces and read your stories. They have shared your sorrows and celebrated your victories. And in each one of you they see reflected their deeply-felt honor, pride and patriotism. Through your valor and sacrifice, our Republic has been strengthened and renewed.

   So, as we celebrate the founding of our Nation, we honor you - the men and women of the U.S. military who volunteer to help make our freedom possible.

    Through Operation Tribute to Freedom, Americans across the land are participating in hundreds of local activities and events, honoring their hometown heroes, and expressing their appreciation and support for your service and your sacrifice.

    The global war on terror is far from over. While freedom has been restored to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, dangerous threats remain - in those countries and across the globe. The transition from tyranny to a free society will take time to accomplish. As Thomas Jefferson so aptly described it, "We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed."

    Meanwhile the tyranny of terrorism continues, and so must the global war on terror -- until tyranny has been defeated wherever it threatens free men and women. As President Bush has said, the threat may be new, but America's duty is familiar: to defend the safety and security of our people and the hopes of all mankind.

    I thank you for volunteering to serve our country and the cause of freedom. May God bless and protect you and those you love, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.



Fourth of July Holiday Weekend Awareness

    The July 4th Holiday is a symbolic historical holiday that most Americans celebrate.  Terrorists have not historically conducted attacks on specific dates, rather they are likely to attack during a timeframe when the operation will be a success. 

    Regardless, this weekend represents a perfect opportunity for terrorists to attack soft targets.  Mass gatherings and publicized events will take place throughout cities and towns across the US.

    It's important to remember that individual awareness and vigilance must be maintained at all times. Force Protection is not only the responsibility of the antiterrorism/force protection office or the Provost Marshals office, but is everyone's responsibility.

    Any suspicious activity should be reported to the nearest law enforcement agency.   



Maj. Gen Robert Ivany, USAWC Commandant

Independence Day safety message


    Once again, we anticipate the birthday of our great nation on the 4th of July.  The 4th of July is more than food, fun and fireworks.  It is a tribute to the men and women who had the courage to dream of independence and see it become a reality.

    Enjoy your holiday and have a safe return to your workplace.  Please follow a few simple rules so that the day may be fun and safe!




  • Keep children away from food preparation areas, especially the barbecue grill.


  • Leave fireworks to professionals.


  • Swim only in guarded waters.


  • Don't drink and drive.  Provide transportation for friends who have consumed too much alcohol. State and local police will conduct DUI checks over the holidays.


  • Always wear your seatbelt.


    Marianne and I wish you and your family a most happy 4th of July and a safe and enjoyable summer.


Sierra Military Health Services

Preventing injury in youth sports


    Youth sports are a great way for children to be active and socialize with kids their own age.  During sporting events, injuries cannot always be prevented, but actions can be taken to insure the safety of your children.

    Enroll children in organized sports through schools, community clubs and recreation areas where there will be adult supervision.  In addition, using equipment properly and participating in warm-up exercises like stretching and jogging can prevent injuries.

    Monitor heat and body conditions to avoid conditions like dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  Children need eight ounces of fluid every 20 minutes, plus more after playing.  When possible, kids should wear light-colored, breathable clothing and sunscreen.

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

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



TRICARE claims status easy to check online

    Did you know that you can check the status of your TRICARE claims on line?  By accessing, you can check the status of your TRICARE claims anytime, day or night, receive prompt replies to your e-mail inquiries, or check your eligibility, other health insurance, and out-of-pocket expense information. 

    There is a section for frequently asked questions, and a knowledge bank for your use.  Patients can print forms such as those dealing with Authorizations to Disclose, Other Health Insurance, and even claims forms.

     Link to provider directories can help you find network providers in our TRICARE region.  You may also view and print your TRICARE Explanation of Benefits (TEOB) easier than ever.