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Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office
Post fund-raiser helps family with funeral expense


Jan. 26, 2003 -- In one day, Carlisle Barracks community members donated more than $2,300 to help a family suffering a tragic loss.

    The post commissary sponsored a "Bagging for Travis" fund-raiser Jan. 17 to help with the cost of purchasing a grave marker for 20-year-old Travis Reep who died Jan. 3 from injuries sustained in a car accident in York.

    Reep, of Newville, was a 2003 high school graduate of Big Springs High School. He had worked at the Carlisle Barracks commissary since October 2001.

    "You hate to lose anyone and we've lost a family member," said Steve Oldham, store administrator. "Travis was like a brother, a nephew - it's hard. He was a very good kid, very polite, willing to learn and very conscientious."

    Reep was hired as a temporary store worker. Because of his status as a temporary employee, he was not entitled to benefits or insurance. Many of Travis's friends from school and co-workers at the commissary wanted to have a fund-raiser to help with the cost of the headstone.



   "With the cost of the funeral, Travis's family did not really have the financial means to purchase a grave marker for him at this time. His co-workers here felt committed to making that possible.  This is something no parent should have to face, this could happen to anyone of us," said Debra K. Arnsberger, commissary supply technician.

    Twenty-five friends and volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. bagging groceries at the commissary. All tips collected were donated to Travis's family to help with the cost of his grave marker.

    "The support from the Carlisle Barracks community,  as well as our other patrons, was just unbelievable," said Arnsberger. "We had hoped to raise a maximum of $1,500, but we had an absolutely outstanding day.

    "We even had some customers on Friday and Sunday who heard about the fund-raiser and sent money back to us because they wanted to contribute. Travis' father was overwhelmed."



    Reep was the only child of Daniel and Wilma Lee Reep. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.  Graveside services were held Jan. 6.

Editor's note: The donations were presented to Eby's Granite Works. There is still a balance for the grave marker. If anyone would like to contribute, send donations to: The Travis Reep Memorial Fund, C/O Eby's Granite Works, P. O. Box 187, Newville, PA 17241.



Card of thanks from the Reep family

    Thanks to all of you at the Carlisle Barracks and everyone who worked so hard for the Drive for Travis.

    We never expected this. We were totally surprised. It's good to know Travis was so popular and loved.

                                                                Over-again thanks,

                                                                        The Reeps


Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office
Record turnout sees Seminar 20 win chili cook-off
Jan. 23, 2003 -- A record crowd of more than 400 people took up the challenge to taste some of the hottest chili around at the 16th annual Carlisle Barracks Chili Cook-off  Jan. 23 at the Letort View Community Center.

     "The size of the crowd is surprising," said Kim Gardner, general manager of LVCC.

"Last year we had a about 150 people, this is the biggest crowd in at least the past five years and possibly ever. Part of what made this year's Chili Cook-off so successful was that all the seminars participated."

    There were 23 booths decorated in various themes arranged around the ball room of the LVCC.

     "The themes were very extravagant," said Sgt. Albert McCall III, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers team cook. "The creativity level was outstanding to me. They really took the time to think about what their booths would be."

    The winner of the booth decoration was a tie between seminars two and eight. Seminar two had a hillbilly theme and seminar eight went with a Hawaiian theme.



    Each booth had their own special blend of ingredients prepared for guests to sample.   Some visitors had their own bowls or cups, but most went with the small sample cups, which were supplied by the LVCC. Chili lovers went from booth to booth sampling the different recipes to see for themselves who had the best chili.

     "Each one has its own unique taste," said Col. Ed Filiberti, a USAWC faculty member.

"As far as flavor goes, I personally think seminar 13 was the best. They had great flavor, very good consistency and it had a little 'bite'. The BOSS chili is the hottest."

    When the judges were finished with all the sampling it was seminar 20 who came out on top with the overall best chili. The BOSS team was first runner-up and seminar six won and award for the most interesting ingredient, which was wasabi.

    When McCall of the BOSS team was asked what made his chili so good he said, "it was originally my grandmother's recipe, but over the last two years I have been taking some things out and adding some things until I got it where I wanted it. People are afraid to put spices in. The seasoning makes mine special."

    You really missed out if you weren't there, but don't get too down, you have an entire year to perfect your chili recipe for next year's competition.



Post holds awards ceremony

Jan. 29, 2004 -- Carlisle Barracks held the first quarter FY04 Installation Awards Ceremony Jan. 29. The following individuals received awards:


Spc. David J. Drumheller, 2nd/104th Cav, PA National Guard, QRF -- Army Achievement Medal

Spc. Ryan L. Nyswaner, 2nd/104th Cav, PA National Guard, QRF -- Army Achievement Medal

Spc. David J. Weaver, 2nd/104th Cav, PA National Guard, QRF -- Army Achievement Medal

Spc. Michael J. Wycha, 2nd/104th Cav, PA National Guard, QRF -- Army Achievement Medal


Sgt. Mark Brummitt, NCO of the Quarter

Spc. Sandra Gonzales, Soldier of the Quarter

Lisa G. Fetterly, DRM -- Civilian Employee of the Quarter


Length of Service Awards:

Thomas J. Kelly, DPW -- 20 Year LOS

Betty J. Kress, DCP -- 15 Year LOS

Ella F. Hughes, Army Lodging -- 10 Year LOS

Larry J. Piper, Child Dev Center -- 10 Year LOS


Recognition Plaque

Anne Hurst, Army Community Services - 2003 Toys for Tots Campaign                   Recognition



Sgt. Stacy Bohon, BOSS Vice President

BOSS program benefits Soldiers, community

 Have you heard about the Carlisle Barracks BOSS Program? 

    Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is an Army wide program created to offer single Soldiers an avenue to get together and have fun with other single Soldiers, to give back to the community by performing community service, and a voice to the chain of command concerning quality of life issues. This program has grown to include single parents, geographical bachelors and  married Soldiers.

    BOSS is an MWR activity and is funded by various "revenue generating events" throughout the year. In the past, BOSS members here have parked cars at  Carlisle car shows, washed cars in Carlisle, and sponsored candy sales at the Post Exchange. 

    BOSS is currently offering  snow removal services for post housing residents until February 29. BOSS will also be selling "Teddy Grams" at various locations on post for Valentine's Day.  

    Did you know that BOSS won the overall team trophy at the Jim Thorpe 5K in November 2003? BOSS also won first, second and third place in both the male and female 20-29 age group at the 5K. 



    BOSS has sponsored weekend trips to baseball and basketball games, paint ball, Fright Fest, and even shopping. BOSS also  sponsored a bowling night for 49 Soldiers and family members, the second largest bowling party the Strike Zone has held.

    Theme parties such as 70's Night, Favorite Movie Character Night and Casino Night were held in 2003. The BOSS executive council, along with several NCOs from post, prepared a bountiful feast for the soldiers in the barracks on Thanksgiving. 

    BOSS is  also working with the LVCC to keep Enlisted Night going for the enlisted Soldiers of Carlisle Barracks.

    BOSS has come along way in the past year, and is moving forward with several projects for 2004.


Catch Army Newswatch on Cable 14 at noon
Starting Feb, 2 watch Army Newswatch on Cable 14 at noon.  A tape will be received weekly from Army Newswatch and will be broadcast on Cable 14 during the normal workweek. Newswatch will not be broadcast on weekends, holidays, or when post is closed for inclement weather. 

    For questions on the Cable 14 broadcast, call 245-4696.



AAFES to receive American Spirit Award

DALLAS - At the National Retail Federation Annual Convention in New York next Tuesday, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service will be awarded the prestigious American Spirit Award.

    The Board of Director of the NRF selected AAFES to receive the award based on its legendary support to the troops wherever they go.

    "AAFES support in contingency operations is unprecedented in the history of retail, and we are honored that such a respected Trade Association would recognize the commitment, skill, hard work and courage it takes to fulfill our pledge 'We Go Where You Go,'" said AAFES commander, Maj. Gen. Kathryn Frost.

    AAFES' greatest achievement in its efforts to support the troops came when it set up operation in Iraq almost as quickly as the military.

    In April 2003, AAFES began providing merchandise to Soldiers out of the back of a Toyota Land Cruiser. The build up began in earnest in November of 2002. AAFES made its first sale at Tallil Air Force Base, in Iraq April 7, 2003.

    With merchandise carried in backpacks by AAFES folks on site survey the first store was set up. AAFES was in Iraq before the mail, the showers, the latrine or the dining facilities.

    Frost went on to say that the American Spirit Award is, "an honor to so many of our associates who have served in harsh, dangerous and demanding operations; those who have provided the support behind the scenes to enable AAFES contingency work force; and those who have kept the home fires burning by picking up the slack at home station while key personnel have been deployed to serve the 'best customers in the world.' This is an award AAFES truly deserves. No one else does what we can do."

    Today, AAFES has nine stores in Kuwait and 30 in Iraq, with about 450 associates deployed at any given time. Those associates live and work right alongside the deployed troops.

   In addition, AAFES supports 88 unit run Imprest Funds that serve forward operating bases where it is too remote or dangerous to set up a store.  AAFES also runs phone centers throughout the area of responsibility where deployed troops can go to make a call home to their loved ones.

   AAFES' vice commander Brig. Gen. Toreaser Steele summarized AAFES' excitement regarding the NRF award by saying, "Whenever America sends its sons and daughters to fight our Nation's wars, one American retailer goes with them ... AAFES. Those who participate in that process truly epitomize the American Spirit.


Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

USAWC education programs earn recommendations


 Jan. 21, 2003 -- For the next five years, students graduating from the U.S. Army War College will get credit for the first phase of Joint Professional Military Education, thanks to a successful accreditation by a review team.

    The Army War College is a joint professional military education institute. The accreditation status of a college, university or educational program gives indications of its general quality and reputation. It also assures students that they are receiving a basic level of quality education and services.  Both the resident and distance education programs at the war college have been recommended for reaffirmation of accreditation.

    "You have a well-designed institution - wide survey program that includes incremental and end-of-course student critiques, after action reviews, an  end-of-year student survey, faculty climate surveys, and a general officer survey," said U.S. Navy Capt. Cathy Osman, during an outbrief to the USAWC leadership and faculty.

    Members of a Process for Accreditation of Joint Education team visited the war college January 12-16 to review the curriculum of the resident and distance education programs. These team members also met with students, faculty and command group representative to assess their basic understanding and knowledge of the programs.

    The PAJE team will now present its recommendations to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for final approval.  The report is expected no later than March and the next review will take place in 2009.

    "The PAJE team provided some observations and useful suggestions for continued improvement, which we will undertake," said Dr. William Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academics. "But these suggestions will only serve to make an already excellent program even better."

    "Students exceed the required learning levels and we very much appreciated their candor and willingness to talk to us," Osman said. "What a great faculty!  You are qualified, represent years of joint experience, and you are working hard to reduce turnover turmoil."

    The war college resident education program was last reaffirmed for accreditation in November 1998. The distance education program is the only distance program certified for JPME phase 1.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Homework Center program finds success at post Youth Services 


Jan. 20, 2004 --Learning can be fun, just ask any of the participants of the Youth Services Homework Center program.

    "Playing the games are fun, and learning things from them makes it better," said Maria Jose Auz, a sixth grader at Wilson Middle School and the daughter of Lt. Col. Luis Antonio Auz of Ecuador, an International Fellow in the Class of 2004. 

    The program is designed to help kids ages six through 12 in subjects like reading and math, according to Cydnee Gentry, the head of the program. Gentry, whose husband, Marine Lt. Col. Robin Gentry is a member of the USAWC Class of 2004, has been a Department of Defense System teacher since 1986.

    "I've been able to work all over the place," she said. Gentry decided to join the tutor program after walking over to YS to register her children.

    "I asked Bob Salviano if they were looking for any help with the program and he told me they were," Gentry said. "It all worked out great."

    "This program is twice as big as it was last year," said Salviano, Youth Services director. "We've gotten a lot of great feedback from both the kids and their parents."

    The program allows students who may need help with some of their classes to get it in a more one-on-one environment Salviano said.

    "Cydnee is constantly in touch with the children's teachers, which helps develop more specific exercises and activities to help in those areas."

    Gentry said that most of the children who have been in the program since the fall have seen an improvement in their grades.

    "We've had several kids make the honor roll," Gentry said. "What has been even better is the fact that we have several international children who couldn't speak English when we started. They can now speak English very well. I'm very proud of them." She pointed out that they play a number of games like hangman, Boggle and Yahtzee to help teach concepts.

    "I've seen that it's easier to teach a concept at times if you make it part of a game." There are also two parties held during the year to help reward the kids for their hard work.

    "The kids work hard all year, so it's nice to be able to reward them for that," Salviano said.

    Gentry runs the program with help from three volunteers: Kelly Teague, a senior at Carlisle High School, Taylor Gentry, in the eighth grade at Wilson Middle School, and Kan Singh, son of Brig. Gen. Bikram Singh, an Indian Fellow. 

    "I couldn't do it without the help of the volunteers," Gentry said. "They all really help make the program better for the children."

    As part of the program, the children have access to a computer lab, and are provided an incentive to learn with what Gentry called the "Power Hour."

    "Power Hour is a proven homework help program that helps the students in three ways," Gentry said. "It allows kids to earn points for each completed homework assignment, Power Page, or other tasks. These points can then be cashed in for prizes at the end of the month. It's a nice way of rewarding the kids."

    Some of the participants also made great strides during the first half of the program. When Auz started the program she didn't know English very well, but has since shown a great deal of improvement.

    "She came to the United States knowing very little English this summer, and has done an excellent job of adapting and learning our language.  I'm proud to say she is an honor roll student at Wilson."

    According to Gentry, that kind of result is what makes the program so important.

    "When kids understand a concept and that 'light' goes on, that is what makes it special to me," she said. "I'm so happy that these kids are doing well."

    The program meets every Monday  and Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Youth Services at 245-3354. 


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

PX manager brings 'a little bit of home' to deployed troops


Jan. 20, 2003 -- Jack Scott spent the last six months bringing a little bit of home to our troops deployed in the Middle East.

    The Carlisle Barracks Post Exchange general manager returned on Christmas Eve from Doha, Qatar after volunteering to be the retail business manager for Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

    "I worked for six months helping to ensure merchandise was available to our troops," Scott said. "I've got to say it's been the best experience of my 26 years working for AAFES."

    Among Scott's duties were to make sure that 44 stores in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE were receiving their shipments, and helping Soldiers who were going on R&R. The stores ranged in size from small tents to one located in a palace in Iraq. 

    "It was nice being able to give back to our Soldiers and help them in any way we could," Scott said. "We just wanted to help make their time deployed a little easier with some things from home."

One story stands out

    Scott recounted a story where a Solider came to talk to him about some concerns he has with his AAFES Star card.

    "This guy came in, looked like hell, and pulled a mangled Star card from out of his pocket," Scott recalled. "It turns out that he had been ambushed on his way to his R&R, and he needed to make sure that he was able to use the card and take care of some other things before he left." Scott was able to help him take care of what he needed, and  remembers that the Soldier thanked him multiple times for helping him.

    "I felt weird at that point and told him that I should be thanking him," he said. "He's over here risking his life for me, the least I can do is help him out anyway I can."

    Scott said that experiences like that made the time he spent deployed worth it. 

    "It's funny some of the things we take for granted here in the "States" are so much more important over there," Scott said. "The Soldiers were so excited when we would get new DVDs or CDs in that they had been waiting for. They would thank us almost every day for being there."

    The same items are available in the PX in the Middle East that are available here except for some adult-oriented DVDs and magazines, said Scott. "We make sure that we respect the customs and traditions of the countries that we are in."

     He pointed out that portable DVD players were the most popular items for those deployed. Prices are also exactly the same.

A major concern dealt with in an ingenious way


    While it may be something we take for granted here, the heavy weight associated with nickels, dimes and quarters made it impossible for AAFES to ship them overseas. Needless to say, the AAFES outlets in the Middle East were faced with a problem. Instead of rounding off prices to the dollar, a "Pog" system was developed to replace nickels, dimes and quarters.

    "It works like a gift certificate," Scott said. "Instead of traditional metal currency, we used cardboard pogs worth the same amount."

    These pogs also turned into a collectors' item as they displayed different images on them depending on when they were printed.

    "It's sort of like the new quarters," he said. "We ended up printing folders with holes in them for those people who were collecting them." Scott pointed out that the pogs are accepted at face value at any AAFES store worldwide.


While deployed, work at home still had to be done

    Scott pointed out that even though he was deployed, it was business as usual at the Carlisle Barracks PX.

    "AAFES doesn't backfill positions, so when I deployed it left a hole here," Scott said. "Anne King and our team here really stepped it up and picked up the slack and made sure that everything was taken care of. We have a great team here that allowed me to focus on what I had to do while deployed, not worry about business back home." 


A life-changing experience

    Looking back on the experience, Scott said that it gave him a whole new perspective on what he does everyday.

    "In my entire 26 years of working at AAFES I never knew what it was all about," he said. " In my first few days in Qatar I found out what it's all about. There wasn't a day that went by that wasn't satisfying." 


Carrie Williams, Defense  Commissary Agency

Scholarships for Military Children application deadline Feb. 18


    FORT LEE, Va. - Didn't find any "college cash" in your stocking? Don't worry. There's still time to apply for Scholarships for Military Children money. Applications for the $1,500 scholarships are due at the nearest commissary by close of business Feb. 18. At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants.

    The application can be downloaded through a link on the front page of or downloaded directly from and filled out by hand or on the computer. Copies of the application are also available at commissaries worldwide.

    Students should put on their thinking caps and give it their best shot when it comes to writing the scholarship essay. "In past years the essay has been a key factor in deciding among the many outstanding applicants," said program liaison Edna Hoogewind, Defense Commissary Agency. This year's topic is "What aspect of military life has had the greatest influence on you?"

    Applications must be in the store by close of business on Feb. 18, and students who are not hand-delivering applications are advised to use a delivery method that supplies a return receipt.

    After March 29, applicants may visit and click on the "Verification of Receipt" section. Scholarship managers will respond to "Verification of Receipt" e-mails until June 15.

    Applicants should check all materials carefully for simple things, like making sure the application is signed or that it's the 2004 application, not one from previous years.

    The scholarship program is open to unmarried children under the age of 21 (23 if enrolled in school) of active duty personnel, Reserve, Guard and retired military. Eligibility will be determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are currently enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current ID card.

    The applicant must be planning to attend, or already attending, an accredited college or university full-time in the fall term of 2004, or enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program. Additional instructions can be found on the application or at

    Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization best known for building comfort homes near military medical facilities, administers the Scholarships for Military Children program. Fisher House Foundation uses the services of Scholarship Managers, a professional firm that has handled more than 400 programs, to screen applicants and award scholarships. Neither Fisher House nor DeCA are involved in the decision process.

    The Scholarships for Military Children program has awarded nearly 1,500 scholarships and nearly $2 million since the first awards in 2001. Scholarships are funded through the voluntary donations of the various manufacturers, brokers and suppliers that sell products in commissaries.




Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

New parking lot coming near Dunham Clinic

 January 9, 2004-The parking problem at the Dunham Army Health Clinic is close to being fixed. A new parking lot will be built near Dunham in the near future to accommodate the large number of patrons who visit the clinic.

    The new parking lot, which will be located west of the current parking lot, will provide 38 more spaces.  There will also be revisions to the parking lot behind the Bachelor Officer Quarters. A sidewalk leading from the new lot to the clinic will  also be added, which will be lighted by new streetlights, said Bill Tarman, engineer with Public Works here.   

     The clinic has doubled in size and the number of patients has increased greatly since the current parking lot was built, said Maj. Joseph Vancosky, deputy commander for administration at Dunham Health Clinic.

    "Any patient that visits the clinic realizes the need for the new parking lot," said Vancosky,. "We are short spaces for patients and staff."

    Many people have to park in other lots on post and walk to the clinic, which is making them late for appointments, said Vancosky.

    A transportation study was performed by Parsons Corp. who determined that there was a need for additional parking at the clinic, said Tarman.

    The construction will be done by Lobar Inc. who has done other construction projects around post, including the remodeling of Thorpe Hall, said Tarman.

    Tarman said the start date of the $151,305 project is unknown.

    "The time table is dependant on the weather."

    The planning for the project began last October, but there were some delays because of design issues and weather.  The contract states that the contractors must have the construction completed in 180 days, which would put the completion of the project no later than April 17.

    "When the construction begins it could take four to six weeks to complete, but that also depends on the weather," said Tarman. "When the weather is cold you can't get asphalt, plus the work goes slower."

    Many people working and visiting the clinic are looking forward to the new lot.  We believe that the new lot will provide adequate parking spaces for the patients and the staff of the clinic," said Vancosky.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Remote network access becomes more secure 

  Jan. 15, 2004 --  Do you know what TSACS is, and how it can help you out when you go TDY? If you're still using RAS to access the Carlisle Barracks network there are some things you need to know.

    The Terminal Server Access Control System, better known as TSACS is available to government employees who do not have a commercial Internet Service Provider, but need an Internet connection to perform official government business, according to Maj. Jim Redwine, chief of the post Directorate of Information Management. The software must be installed on a government laptop.

    "It's a dial-in service which will allow people to gain access to .mil sites, as well as the Carlisle Barracks CBNet, which is usually only available to those physically connected to the network," he said. He also pointed out that many .mil sites are not accessible by using a commercial ISP, but are available by using TSACS.

    The TSACS system is intended to replace the existing Remote Access System or RAS, which many people have used to connect to the Internet and Carlisle Barracks network in the past. The main difference between RAS and TSACS is the fact that users of RAS could have access to the files on the shared network drives (the P: and U: drives for example). With TSACS, users will only have access to the Internet and CBNet. 

    "The Army has sent out a lot of information identifying RAS types of connections as security risks, due to the fact that they give the user total access to the network, instead of just Internet access," Redwine said. "The inability of an installation's DOIM to ensure that a remotely connected computer possesses all of the latest IAVA patches and Anti-Viral updates creates the risk to the installation's network." Redwine also said, "While TSACS users will lose the ability to directly access the network drives, they can still share documents using the AKO Collaborative tab, which in the long run is probably more beneficial."

    Redwine went on to explain that if someone had their laptop stolen with RAS installed, the person would then have total access to the network and could install viruses or other more damaging programs.

    "It might be possible to corrupt the entire network and do whatever they wanted," he said. "That's an unacceptable risk." Redwine suggested that users who know they will need to access unclassified files while TDY copy them to a CD or Zip disks for use on their laptop.

 Accessing the CBNet

    Users who log in remotely using TSACS will have access to the CBNet and all of its functions though.

    "By using a simple EZ-Proxy, users can log in, and get to the CBNet internal page, and browse the library, look up phone numbers or anything else they would be able to do when logged on physically to the network," said Craig Sholley, who works in the DOIM.

    Users simply have to go to https:\\ and use their Carlisle Barracks network ID and password when prompted. The user will then have access to the CBNet. Users who do not login will only have access to the site.

    "We've seen a lot more people taking advantage of this in the last few months," Sholley said. "The DDE students for example use it quite a bit and it allows them the same CBNet access we have, but from anywhere around the world."

Note: If you have pop-up window software installed it will need to be disabled to access the CBET using these methods

Future solutions

    Redwine did point out that there might be a solution down the road that will again allow users to access the network files without being a security hazard.

    "We're working on possibly installing a Virtual Private Network, which would give uses back the access to the shared network drives, but we're not there yet," he said.

    "We're going to do what we can to make sure that people can use the Internet while TDY or at home when they need to do official business," Redwine said. "While losing RAS may make doing some things tougher at first, the long-term benefits to our networks and security will benefit everyone."

How to get TSACS

    If you do not have a commercial ISP, but you need an Internet connection to perform official government business you can obtain a Terminal Server Access Controller System (TSACS) account.  A government laptop is required to access TSACS, which can be obtained from Log and Maintenance.  Please, plan accordingly when going TDY, since Log and Maintenance's laptop supply is limited.

Instructions for obtaining a TSACS Account

·     Go to <> and print out the form

·    Fill in the form and sign the applicant block

·    Have your Information Systems Security Officer sign the ISSO block.   If you don't know whom your ISSO is, go to the following link on CBNet to identify your ISSO.  http://cbnet/orgs/cio/cad/isso.htm

·   Turn the form into the Help Desk (for Root Hall personnel) or Jimmy Lloyd (for personnel in Collins Hall.)

·   An account will be created and you will be issued a username and password. Then you will sign the official form acknowledging you will only use your TSACS account for official business.


Note:  If you are not conducting official business, you must use a commercial ISP.  Using TSACS for personal business is prohibited.


When going TDY the following apply:

      1.  When at another post, use their TSACS Terminal Server.  The phone listing is on the TSACS web site. <>.  Available when you get your TSACS account.

             2.  When in a hotel, etc. use the 1-800 TSACS #.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

New troop medical clinic to serve thousands at Fort Indiantown Gap

 Dunham clinic soldiers made the hour trip to Fort Indiantown Gap to create a supportive crowd at the Troop Medical Clinic opening, and they found much of the Fort Indiantown Gap community spilling out of the gathering room and into the hallway to celebrate the new facility.

    "It's beautiful, and makes you want to come to work," said Sue Hesser, administrator at the new facility. Formerly a warehouse, the concrete structure was gutted, re-roofed and created from scratch.  

    "It was a joint effort," said Col. Gordon Miller, who commands the Dunham Army Health Clinic. The new clinic provides peacetime medical care, and the great part is that the Guard folks can complete medical requirements for mobilization," thanks to the design of the building. Dr. Eileen Arnold's staff of four provides medical support to Soldiers stationed there and expands in summer training months with a partnership of active Army, National Guard and the Lebanon Valley Veterans Administration. Dunham Clinic provides logistical, administrative, pharmacy and lab support.

    The partnership was reflected in attendance. Brig. Gen. Jessica Wright, recently announced as the next Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, spoke at the event. The audience included Pa. Air National Guard commander Maj. Gen. James Skiff, garrison commander Col. Raymond Hulings, Fort Meade Medical Activity commander Col. Joan Eitzen, and the clinic's director, Dr. Eileen Arnold.


    "Dr. Arnold has tremendous support from the "FIG" community. It's a testament to the great work and dedication that the staff gives to the community - and the community supports back," said Miller.

    The Fort Indiantown Gap community has itself seen change and renewal. A 1998 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decided to end active Army presence at the installation and transfer post operations to the Pennsylvania National Guard. Some 150,000 personnel now train at "the Gap" annually.

    Fort Indiantown Gap was the site of military training in the 1930s, but activity peaked during World War II. Then, the hospital complex covered 45 acres and included 78 buildings connected by covered walkways. The medical detachment of 49 officers, 274 enlisted men and 90 nurses staffed 39 wards, 400 beds, operating rooms and clinic buildings. The years since were marked by continual phase-outs of medical services, and demolition of the WW2 buildings - except for the Troop Medical Clinic in Building 14-118 which the new TMC put out of business.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Army Family Action Plan Symposium to be held Feb. 3

Annual event allows Army community opportunity to tell leadership what's working, what's not and how to fix it




Jan. 8, 2004 -- Tired of trying to find a parking space? Wish the commissary had different hours of operation? Have a concern with Dunham Clinic? Everyone can complain about a problem, but here is a chance to do something about it.

    All members of the Carlisle Barracks community are invited to take part in the annual Army Family Action Plan Symposium on Feb. 3 at the LeTort View Community Center.

    The AFAP is one of the Army's principle programs to ensure that well-being in the Army keeps pace with changing times.  By giving soldiers (active, reserve, guard and retirees), civilian employees, and families the opportunity to make input into and influence their own standards of living, the AFAP helps the Army attract and retain a well-qualified, high caliber force, foster soldier and family satisfaction; and establish programs that encourage confident, self-sufficient soldiers and family member.

    "As we look at AFAP's history, the program results speak for themselves; 77 changes to legislation, 126 policies revised or established, and 139 programs or services improved," said Anne Hurst, from the Army Community Service office. "Some of our local concerns have included the scheduling of spring break to TRICARE approval for prescriptions. Family support groups, the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program and the TRICARE Dental Program all came out of AFAP recommendations."

     She urges the Carlisle Barracks community to participate to make their experience on post better. There are many levels at which the issues raised are resolved. Those that can be addressed at the local level are diverted to the garrison commander, who handles those issues within his authority. When an issue is beyond the scope of local authorities, it's passed up the chain to higher levels of the Army Family Action Plan.

    "This process lets soldiers and families say what is working and isn't, and what they think will fix it." Hurst said. "It alerts commanders and Army leaders to areas of concern that needs their attention, and it gives them the opportunity to quickly put plans into place to work toward resolving the issues.

    "This partnership strengthens the bond between the Army and its families," said Brenda Sampson, ACS director. "It's part of retaining quality soldiers."

    The AFAP is a grassroots program that allows any member of the Army community -- active and reserve soldiers, families and retirees, -- to voice their concerns. The program begins with the completion of an 'issue sheet,' identify the problem and propose a solution.

   These forms can be picked up at the Post Exchange, Garrison Headquarters lobby, Commissary, Headquarters Company Orderly Room, Army Community Service lobby, and Dunham Health Clinic.  There are boxes at these sites where the completed issue sheets can be dropped off.

    Another way to participate is to become a volunteer delegate. During the symposium, delegates from the Carlisle Barracks community discuss the submitted issues and recommend ways to find resolutions. Volunteer delegates are needed before Jan. 15, and training will take place the following week of Jan. 19.  If you would like to be a delegate in the 2004 symposium contact ACS at 717 245-4357 or visit the ACS Center at 632 Wright Ave., or e-mail the ACS Office representative



Lt. Col. John Koivisto, Garrison Commander

Base Realignment and Closure:

Arm yourself with information


    BRAC, a four-letter acronym that has the ability to impact the economic landscape of communities everywhere, to include our very own Carlisle, PA.  This is often exacerbated by an absence of facts and information about this very lengthy and complicated process.  There are many things about BRAC that people don't understand, and few people realize that we are only at the very beginning of the BRAC process.  However, arming ourselves with the latest information and facts will put  BRAC into a proper perspective. 


What is BRAC?

    BRAC is an acronym describing a Department of Defense, congressionally mandated program to eliminate excess physical capacity.  All CONUS based military installations will be examined as part of this process.  Ultimately, BRAC is a means to achieve several goals: Eliminate excess infrastructure, reshape our military, pursue "jointness", optimize readiness, and, of course, save dollars and resources.  The Army has made it clear; BRAC is a key strategic lever for reshaping the structure of the future Army. 

    That's why we're doing it - for all of the right reasons - but that doesn't make it easier to accept that Carlisle Barracks is at risk, right?  Wrong. Carlisle Barracks, like any other installation being examined  has strengths and weaknesses, relative to  the BRAC process.There is nothing we can do to change this.  What we can do, is arm ourselves with the latest information, understand the process and know what our responsibilities are.  Then our task ahead is to focus on our mission and our future here at Carlisle Barracks.  The BRAC deliberative process will not change this. 


How does the BRAC process work?

    The process begins with a DoD threat assessment of the future national security environment, followed by the development of a force structure plan and basing requirements to meet these threats.  The DoD then applies published selection criteria to determine which installations to recommend for realignment and/or closure.  These selection criteria were published in draft last month.

    The Secretary of Defense will ultimately publish a report containing the realignment and closure recommendations, and will forward supporting documentation to an independent commission appointed by the President, in consultation with congressional leadership. 

   The commission has the authority to change the recommendations, if it determines that a recommendation deviated from the force structure plan or selection criteria.  The commission will hold regional meetings to solicit public input prior to making its recommendations. History has shown that the use of an independent commission and public meetings make the process as open and fair as possible. 

    The commission then forwards its recommendations to the President for review and approval, he then forwards the recommendations to Congress.  Congress has 45 legislative days to act on the commission report on an all-or-none basis.  After that time, the Commission's realignment and closure recommendations become law and implementation must start within two years, and actions must be complete within six years. 

When will we know the outcome?

    A process of this magnitude takes time to do right.  BRAC 2005 began in earnest last month when the Department of Defense published the draft selection criteria; a set of principles that will drive the process over the next year and a half.  This is the first of several publicly visible actions. 

Between now and the Spring of 2005, Carlisle Barracks and all CONUS installations will comply with specific reporting and briefing requirements.  This activity should be transparent to the majority of the installation and tenant units, as it involves a series of "data calls" and command level briefs, all of which are confidential in nature.   Ultimately, the Secretary of Defense will publish his BRAC recommendations to the commission in May 2005 and the Presidents final revision is expected by November 2005. 


Myths and facts

    This early in the BRAC process there exists more rumor and speculation, than actual facts about the future of our installation.  One rumor came to light more than a year ago when a rogue web site published an "official" list citing which bases are being considered for the BRAC 2005 list and which are most vulnerable.  Carlisle Barracks was mentioned, along with many other installations, and this list found it's way back to the local military and civilian community through chain email traffic.  The Department of Defense has since refuted this list, but the misinformation periodically resurfaces causing needless angst and concern in the community.  This list will probably pop up from time to time over the next year so the important thing to remember is that it is not an official list and we should not contribute to the rumor mill by forwarding it.

    There is another myth surrounding the BRAC process as it relates to the perceived vulnerability or strength of an installation undergoing major military construction projects.  Carlisle Barracks falls into this category as we are currently embarked upon two major construction projects and planning for several others.  The timeline of the Residential Communities Initiative, for example, parallels the BRAC 05 process and the opening of the Army Heritage and Education Center is scheduled for next Fall.  These two major initiatives will continue as planned, unhindered by the BRAC process.  Many other installations have similar situations and is the position of  DoD  that there is no correlation between construction  activities and a post's BRAC risk.  All installations are being considered under BRAC, construction or no construction projects. 


What can I do?

    The most important role you play as an employee, family member, soldier, retiree or friend of Carlisle Barracks is to remain focused on our future here and our primary mission of educating strategic leaders.  The BRAC deliberative process will be fair and impartial and, most importantly, must remain free of speculation and opinions.  Finally, understand the DoD policy as it applies to you and participation in outside initiatives and organizations attempting to mitigate the BRAC risk to Carlisle Barracks.  Arm yourself with information, it's the best course of action for all of us.  


BRAC Facts:  

· DoD conducted four previous BRAC rounds:  1988, 91, 93, 95.

· Previous BRAC rounds continue to save the DoD nearly seven billion dollars annually and have eliminated approximately 20 percent of DoD capacity. 

· All CONUS based installations are being considered in BRAC 2005.

· There is no target number of installations identified to close or realign. 

· The Secretary of Defense will publish initial recommendations in May 2005.


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Command Reflections

Major General David H. Huntoon Jr.

Commandant, U.S. Army War College


    In my first three months as the Commandant of the Army War College I take great pride in the commitment and the professional competence of all our units here at Carlisle Barracks.  From the Quick Reaction Force to Youth Services, and from the Strategic Studies Institute to the students of the current resident Class of 2004 and their distance education counterparts, we are a strong team of teams that accomplishes important work for the Army and for the Nation.  All of you execute your day-to-day work with energy and compassion that supports our Soldiers, their families, our retirees, our community and our Nation.  Whether you serve in Dunham Clinic, at Collins Hall, or in the libraries of Root and Upton Halls, you are all making a difference for a common cause and a shared vision-to best prepare our senior military and civilians for strategic leadership responsibility, and to support the Army War College as the Nation's premier center for the study of the strategic application of landpower. 


    It is clear to me that behind these 19th century facades on our historic post is a very busy 21st century campus where excellence is the norm, and where the future of the armed forces in national strategy is the focus.  Weekly, we host distinguished visitors from around the world who come to learn, to confer, and in turn to educate about the rapidly changing contemporary operating environment.  Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and his key leaders, senior military officers from all services, and international leaders in business and education have all been recent visitors to the Army War College.  We are also broadly engaged in strategic outreach and strategic communications, both internal and external to the Army, to best tell the story of our profession of arms, its values, its history and its future.


    The town of Carlisle, our neighboring boroughs and counties, and the state of Pennsylvania are great teammates of the Barracks.  From local governments to public and private school systems, and from local law enforcement units to our retired military population, we are linked to our community in many ways that are mutually beneficial.   This is exemplified by our current partnerships with such diverse and important organizations as Dickinson College, the Cumberland County Emergency Preparedness and 911 Center, and the Pennsylvania National Guard.   I commend everyone here at the Barracks and in the local community for their shared commitment to teamwork. 


    We must remain vigilant in taking care of our Soldiers and their families.   With 50% of our Army engaged in combat operations, the Soldier must come first.  Here at the Barracks there are many good examples of this priority.  The Garrison Commander and the Command Sergeant Major have solid Soldier programs in place.  The BOSS program is well organized and is doing useful outreach with the Carlisle community.   We have a farsighted master plan for improvement of every residence and facility on post.  DPW is leading the way in improving our infrastructure with the ESPC program, a tough challenge that everyone is handling well.   Our new chain of command, the Training and Doctrine Command, along with the Installation Management Agency are both in full support of our Soldiers, and responsive to our needs within the resources they have available.  Army War College students and their families are a critical part of the lifeblood of this special place, and the Class of 2004 is doing a great job in contributing to the post and the community.  Volunteerism is crucial to the success of this command, and we are fortunate to have outstanding volunteers with about every organization at the Barracks who provide expert and enthusiastic leadership, help and assistance.  All of this is key in reinforcing the primacy of our Soldiers.


     Finally, we must always be conscious of and remain connected to our larger mission - preparing strategic leaders for the Nation and the world.   That world has changed dramatically in the past two years; it has never been more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.  As General Schoomaker, our Chief of Staff, told us in his recent visit here, we are an Army at War, and we must remain relevant and ready to support the needs of the nation at War.   We must all take a hard look at our day-to-day work, and make sure that we are doing everything possible to meet that intent.  Here at the War College we play an important supporting role for the Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, coastguardsmen, and government civilians who are on the front lines in the war against terrorism.  The efforts of our uniformed men and women overseas sustains our hard earned freedom, and keeps each one of us safe and secure to perform our duties.  Are you doing everything you can to support their sacrifice?   If you are trying your very best in your own work, living the Army's values, and helping others around you to do the same then you are on track.


  In closing, I ask you to keep our Soldiers foremost in your thoughts and to recall the unique context in which we all serve today--in full support of a Nation at War.   As the President of the United States said this Thanksgiving in Baghdad, "Each one of you has answered a great call, participating in an historic moment in world history. You live by a code of honor, of service to your nation, with the safety and the security of your fellow citizens. Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth."  Thanks for your superb efforts each and every day for our Soldiers and our Nation.



Chaplain (Col.) Daniel K. Nagle, Installation Chaplain

Our Journey to Christmas

Luke 2:1-6


    The chapel community sponsors an Advent workshop each year as a part of our preparation for the celebration of Christmas.  This year's workshop includes a mural on the wall which we will use to depict the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.  It is a wonderful way for us to visualize a journey which is not only Mary and Joseph's but is a part of our life experience.  It is a journey the Christian church believes reflects the common experience of all creation.  We move through life toward a destination God has prepared for us.

    Mary and Joseph's journey began long before the angel of the Lord spoke to her of the child she would carry within her to Bethlehem.  Her journey was a continuation of all that had been, from the time of creation to that moment.  The pain and suffering of her people, their victories and joyful celebrations, their moments of doubt and the triumph of faith were all with Mary as she and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem.  With Jesus' birth the journey continues.  Reflecting and embodying all of his people's history and experience in life, he would move forward to the fulfillment of his mission.

    Jesus' followers continue the journey in our time.  All that God has done for his people, all that is promised to people is with us on our journey.  In this season, as we remember the journey of Mary and Joseph, we are carried forward in faith with the story of Jesus within us.  We pray during Christmas and at all times that we might represent him to our world which waits and longs



Ask the Garrison Commander

    Question: Why do the snowplows push snow back into my driveway after I shovel it and why do they pile it up in my yard? 

    Answer: This is a problem endemic to life in Pennsylvania. DPW does the best job possible to clear our streets and keep them safe and trafficable during times of heavy snow.  There is no way to avoid the side casting of snow during plowing operations. We have tried a number of different methods over the years but our current method is the quickest, safest, and most efficient. Help make it easier for the snow crews to do their job:

·When snow is forecast, move cars off the street and into driveways.

·Keep children and pets from playing in mounded snow or along streets during plowing operations.

·Shovel your walks and driveways, moving snow to the sides; do not shovel your driveway by putting the snow in the street.


    Question:  What is the Post policy regarding pets and leashes?  I see several people out running with their animals off leash around the Post and not just in the "dog run" areas.

    Answer:  This is a recurring problem here at Carlisle Barracks and I'm glad for another opportunity to reiterate that the Post policy is that animals must be ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES unless they are in one of the approved dog run areas (Military Heritage Park at the end of Marshall Road or the field at the end of Pratt Ave between the Letort Spring and the Letort Spring Run).  All pet owners must comply with this policy.  As a reminder, pet owners are also required to police after their animals, even in the dog run areas.  All pet owners are encouraged to do their part toward keeping Carlisle Barracks a model installation.

    Note- "Ask the Garrison Commander" will be a recurring Banner feature. If you'd like to ask a question for this forum email

    Due to space constraints not every question will be included, but all will be answered.


AKO Mail Auto-Forwarding


    Army Regulation 25-2 prohibits the practice of auto-forwarding official mail to non-official accounts. To comply with AR 25-2, AKO is discontinuing the option to auto-forward email to non-official accounts. To view this regulation, please visit:

    Enforcement begins  Jan. 5, 2004. This grace period is provided so that all AKO users currently forwarding email may take the appropriate steps to comply with AR 25-2, paragraph 4-20, f. After Jan. 5, 2004, the following email access options will remain available to AKO users:

    ·  AKO Web Mail

AKO Web Mail provides direct access to your email anywhere, anytime. Simply login to AKO and click the AKO mail link on the left bar to view your AKO email.

    ·  Most Common Mail Clients

AKO email can be accessed by either POPS (Post Office Protocol with SSL enabled, or Secure POP) or IMAPS (Internet Message Access Protocol with SSL enabled, or Secure IMAP). For assistance configuring your email client to access AKO email, simply login to AKO and follow this link: How to configure your mail client to access your AKO mail

    ·  Auto-Forward AKO Email to an Official Email Account

AKO email may still be auto-forwarded to an official email account. If you would like to auto-forward mail to an account with a .mil or .gov extension, login to AKO and click on the My Account link on the top right corner of the page. Select the My Email option and change your mail forwarding address. Please note that as of 05 Jan 2004, all auto-forwarded mail that is not being delivered to an email account with .mil or .gov mail extension will remain in the user's AKO inbox.


New BAH rates for 2004 released

    New BAH rates for 2004 are available on the web at



Bonnie Powell, Defense Commissary Agency  

Commissaries respond to reports of 'mad cow' disease
 FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 30, 2003) - In response to news reports concerning an incident of "mad cow" disease, the Defense Commissary Agency has issued a response.
    "We are always very concerned about our customers' safety," said Col. Mark Wolken, chief of public health, safety and security for DeCA. "We are taking every action to make sure our stores and customers are informed about the situation, but I can't emphasize enough that we will continue to follow the USDA lead on any further action to insure the beef in our stores is safe."
    Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced Dec. 23 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has diagnosed a presumptive positive case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in an adult Holstein cow in Washington state. BSE is also known as "mad cow" disease.
    "Despite this finding, we remain confident in the safety of our beef supply," Veneman said.
    "All beef sold in commissaries is USDA inspected, and all commissaries follow USDA guidance," Wolken said. However, customers who wish to return products they purchased in a commissary for a full refund may do so without question.
    Customers should check the food-safety link at for the latest news on the situation as well as links to fact sheets and the latest information from the USDA.
    (Editor's note: From a Defense Commissary Agency press release.)


Vehicle registration new hours of operation

  Beginning Jan. 5, the Carlisle Barracks Vehicle Registration Office, located in Bldg# 400 (lower level) Forbes Ave, will change their hours of operation.  The new hours of operation are:


Mon - Fri                                               9 a.m.- noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Weekends and federal holidays             Closed


    CBks Form 90-R-E is a printable Vehicle Registration Form on Formflow.  Please complete the required information on the form (if you have access) and bring this form, your state driver's license, state vehicle registration, ID card, and valid vehicle insurance card with you to the registration office.  Questions regarding post vehicle registration may be directed to 245-4972. 


Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Exercise your voting rights, here's how


    The Department of Defense slogan for the 2004 election season is "it's your future, vote for it." So do it.

    Registration and absentee ballot request deadlines are a few weeks away for states holding primary elections in January and February. The Carlisle Barracks Voting Assistance Officers currently have federal post card applications and the 2004-2005 voting assistance guides to help all U.S. citizens age 18 years or older exercise their right to vote. This information is also available on line at

    "The procedures and deadlines to vote absentee vary from state to state," said Maj. Walt Kilmer, senior voting assistance officer.

    Military members may vote in their state of legal residency. For many service members, this is the home of record state. If a service member is stationed outside of their state of legal residence and wish to vote absentee should register and request a ballot by completing and submitting a federal post card application to their local election official, i.e. county, city, town or parish clerk. Military members may only vote in the state where they are stationed if they have changed their legal residence to that state.

   Family members or military personnel eligible to vote may also vote absentee and generally follow the same procedures. The best time to apply for an absentee ballot is at least 45 days before election day, according to the FVAP website. This allows enough time to process the request and mail the ballot.

    Specific information on applying for absentee registration can be found at the FVAP website or by calling toll free 1-800-438-8683.

    Post voting assistance officers are: Maj. Walt Kilmer at 245-4712; Capt. John Kunstbeck, USAG at 245-3296; Lt. Col. Karl Thoma, USAWC at 245-3398; Lt. Col. Brent Bankus, SSI, at 245-4073; Sgt. 1st Class Frank Hughes, Dunham, at 245-3933; Sgt. 1st Class Ernest Gardner, DENTAC, at 245-3774 and Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Gilmore, Allegheny Vet Command, at 245-4122.


DoD statement on anthrax

    The Department of Defense is currently reviewing a preliminary injunction recently granted by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia regarding the department's anthrax vaccination program. 

    The Defense Department's anthrax vaccination program is an important force protection measure.  Research conducted by the most prominent medical experts has determined that the anthrax vaccine is safe and effective for all forms of anthrax exposure.

    The Department will stop giving anthrax vaccinations until the legal situation is clarified.


Reynolds Theatre movie schedule

     All movies are subject to change without notice. Unless otherwise noted, the box office opens at 7 p.m., and the movies begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

    The price for 12 and older is $3. The price for 11 and younger is $1.50.

    For more information, please call 245-4108.