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Story and photos Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Seminar 21 keeps families, service members informed

Monthly VTC, weekly briefings, daily emails, help family members cope with deployments


    October 28, 2004 -- Hand-made pottery, worry beads, a musical band demonstration and a few tears were some of the gifts that family members brought to share with their spouse, father, brother and friends who are currently serving in Iraq at a video teleconference Oct. 23 at Collins Hall.

    Seven families out of the 22 that make up Seminar 21 spent 17 minutes each talking, laughing and crying with their loved one currently deployed to Iraq.

    "It's absolutely wonderful," said Mary Beth Fowler, whose husband is currently stationed at Camp Victory, Iraq. "Our daughter Becky left for college around the same time as he left, so it's been hard on everyone."

     "It's so different from past deployments," said Nancy Halton, wife of Marine Col. Pat Halton. "Just to see him for a few minutes and talk face to face - there's no comparison. I know it's a big morale booster for him."

    Halton's husband was to retire from service on June 30, but agreed to be retained on active duty. His sister from New York and her son along with his girlfriend from Philadelphia came to post for the teleconference visit.

    "I try to send him something daily via email. I used to send him the day-to-day routine, but I  then I thought this must be so boring. He wrote back and said it's great to just read about day-to-day activities," Halton said.

    The first VTC was held in September with each family getting 13 minutes to spend communicating directly with their loved one. Nine families participated in this first event. The VTC is expected to occur every month and two are planned for December.

    "It helps a lot because we get to see him once a month along with the emails and phone calls," said Emily Fowler. Emily brought a handmade pottery bowl to show her father her latest school project.

    "It was simply an awesome experience," said Jennifer Allen, wife of Maj. Jeff Allen. "I've had a chance to talk with Jeff on the phone and we communicate via email nearly everyday, but to see him interact with our son after so long was just great."


   This was Jennifer's first participation in the VTC. She and her 20-month-old son Hunter will travel to Germany in a few weeks to meet her husband who will take R&R.

    Seminar 21 is the result of a suggestion made to the Garrison Commander about a way for deployed service members to remain connected with their families. The "seminar" is comprised of  spouses of deployed servicemembers to include local military community members, and current and former USAWC students and staff.  Seminar 21 is under the leadership of Anne Donovan, who's husband is also deployed.

    "It's more of a family support group than a family readiness group," said Lt.Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander. "This is a capability that most, if not all, Army installations provide to family members of deployed Soldiers. This will be part of our standard operating procedures. We are going to keep doing this as long as we have service members deployed."

    "We are included in things on post and we get a lot of information," Fowler said. "Carlisle Barracks has really done a great job of making the families that are going through this still feel a part of the life here."

    Seminar 21 meets weekly to share information about post activities and services. To become a part of the group or for more information, call 245-3685.




Jim Thorpe 5k official results

    Want to see where you and your friends finished in the Jim Thorpe 5k? Check out our Sports page for the official results.



Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

A leader of Soldiers moves on

October 19, 2004-Carlisle Barracks Soldiers will soon be losing one of their leaders.

    Headquarters Company's 1st Sgt. Steven Shelton will hand over his duties to 1st Sgt. Joanne Cox on October 25 before he heads to Korea.

    Soldiers at Carlisle Barracks have seen a lot of change since Shelton took over 1st Sgt. duties a year ago. Training is much different as world events have put an increased emphasis on Soldier readiness.

     "What I saw when I arrived here were timid Soldiers who really wanted to learn to be better Soldiers," said Shelton. "Inside they wanted to be the best Soldiers they could be, but we did not instill this in them. The company commander and I went over the system and changed some things," he said about Capt. John Kunstbeck.

    The new training broadened the Soldiers' skill and ability levels. They were good at their jobs, but they were not receiving enough training on basic Soldier tasks, said Shelton.

    "We had the best at the different MOSs," said Shelton. "We had the best computer people, the best supply people, the best journalists, and so on, but they were all lacking in Soldier skills. Over time, the NCOs in the unit trained the Soldiers and made them able to perform well anywhere. Now, we can shoot, move and communicate as a unit. We are physically fit. We are ready to go anywhere in the Army."

    After the garrison commanders approved the training plan, it was not difficult to put into action.

    "When I arrived here it was tough to change the mindset that we need to train Soldiers," said Shelton. "After we got a plan together we were supported completely. I can't stress enough how much we were helped with and allowed to train the Soldiers the right way."

    It was important to Shelton that the Soldiers be trained the right way. He wanted to make sure that they were, and are, ready to handle any situation that they may face in their future Army careers.

    "We are a nation at war," said Shelton. "The Chief of Staff of the Army wants every Soldier to be a rifleman first. We need to maintain that thought. We do that through our Warrior Ethos every day. Sometimes our mission here is to support conferences and things like that, but we don't want that to cloud our Soldier skills or interfere with the mindset that we are riflemen first."

    The company needed a leader who would teach Soldiers to be prepared for any action according to Lt. Col. John Koivisto, former Garrison commander.

    "He was what the company needed at the right time," said Koivisto. "He was not only a leader, he was tactically and technically sound. He trained the Soldiers of Carlisle Barracks to be ready to go to Iraq if they are needed. That can't be said of a lot of posts."

    The position of a unit first sergeant does not come without its challenges and that is no exception here at Carlisle Barracks. Shelton has seen his share of challenges since he has been here.

    "My biggest challenge here has been challenging the Soldiers," said Shelton. "Our Soldiers want to be challenged. They want it. They may not say that, but deep down they want it. We have great Soldiers that are up to any challenge."

    In words and actions, Shelton shows that the welfare of Soldiers is on his mind.

    "You always look for senior NCOs to mentor you, to guide you, when you get to a new post" said Staff Sgt. Willyum Beach, Judge Advocate General's office. "The 1st Sgt. is always there for all the Soldiers. If it's troop stuff or work stuff, he is always there. The Soldiers will never know the amount of care and personal interest he has taken in them. He takes the act of taking care of Soldiers personally. You just don't see that in a lot of leaders."

    "He's the most Soldiers-oriented first sergeant I've ever seen in all my years in the Army," said Koivisto. "He'd do anything for his Soldiers."

    Korea is the next stop for Shelton's Military Police career.

    Shelton would like to leave the Soldiers here with one last message before leaves Carlisle Barracks. .

    "It's natural to fear the unknown," said Shelton. "As they go to new places they do not need to be afraid. The standards they set here are as good as or better than anywhere in the Army. They can feel confident about who they are and what they can do. I've enjoyed my time here at Carlisle Barracks. Our Soldiers and NCOs are as good as any in the Army. They shouldn't allow anyone to tell them different."

    The change of responsibility ceremony will be Monday, Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m. on Indian Field.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

CBN brings the news you want to know to you 24 hours a day


October 20, 2004 -- Some new and exciting changes have come to the Carlisle Barracks Network that you'll want to check out.

A few months ago we told you that in addition to adding the Pentagon Channel programming to our post command channel, located on Comcast channels 14 in post housing and channel 10 in post facilities.

Well, that time has come!

Now when you tune into CBN, not only will you see the exciting and informative Pentagon Channel, you will also see news and information about post organizations, events and changes in hours of operations.

Want to know what's happening in the local community for the Veterans Day holiday? CBN has it.

Need to know when the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club will be performing gift wrapping at the PX? CBN has it.

Need to know when the next newcomers brief is? CBN has it.

CBN and the Banner Online are your one-stop shops for all the post information you need to know.

In addition to airing the Pentagon Channel and programming information slides, CBN will also be the place to turn to during snow-related and force protection events. CBN will be updated with the most current information, day or night when it comes to delays, closings or emergency situations. Why sit through 10 minutes of delay and school closing information on the local news channels when you can turn to CBN and get it right away? Important information will either run on the screen, or appear as a scroller on the bottom.

Finally, CBN will also bring you videos and presentations of post events that are important to you. Did you miss the opening ceremony for Ridgway Hall? It will run on CBN in the near future. This and other important events will be re-broadcast on CBN as they become available.

This is your station that has the news and information that's important to you. Tune into CBN today.

    To see what's happening on CBN tune to channels 10 or 14 or visit the CBN site.



Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Programs keep kids safe, out of trouble


October 15, 2004- Youth Services sponsored the Lights On Rally Oct. 14 to show the importance of after-school programs in the lives of the children who attend them.

    "The program is to promote a fun and safe environment for kids whose parents are not home before or after school," said Bettie Anderson, education technician for School Age Services.

    Cumberland County's 4H Coordinator, Wendy Griest, was at the rally to show the kids all the different programs offered for in the area for post youths.

    "The 4H has a great partnership nationally with the military," said Griest. "We have several programs for kids to participate in. They are somewhat limited because their situation will not allow them to have many animals, but we have other programs that they can get involved in."

    One of those is a photography class through 4H that YS will be starting this fall.

    Several booths demonstrated how to stay safe in different situations. The veterinary clinic explained to kids how to avoid being bitten by dogs and how to avoid catching diseases from animals. The MPs were there to teach the kids how to avoid being victims of crime. Representatives from the Army Substance Abuse Program were present to tell kids about the danger of drugs and alcohol and the Red Cross demonstrated how to do simple First Aid.

    An important message was that getting kids involved in after school activities can reduce juvenile crime.

    "Between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. are the peak times for juvenile crime," said Ann Wolf of the Army Substance Abuse Program. "Teens who do not participate in after school activities are three times more likely to do drugs and experiment with sex."

    YS wants to get the word out that there are alternatives to leaving your kids at home alone when they get out of school for the day.

    "We just want to tell people that there are programs here for kids so they are not on the streets," said Kathleen Rowland, lead for School Age Services.  

    There are currently about 15 school age kids at YS after school on any given night who take advantage of the services offered.

    For information on Youth Services programs call 245-4555.



Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Post services offer support, encouragement for victims, families


October 21, 2004 -- An estimated eight million American couples experience physical abuse each year. More than three million of those episodes involve serious violence. One of those couples lived here in 2003.

    "Domestic violence affects all socio, economic and ethnic groups," said Ginger Wilson-Gines, chief of the Behavioral Health Clinic at Dunham Health Clinic.  "The figures are higher in certain areas, but here we have about 25-30 cases per year."

    Those cases Wilson-Gines refers to encompass all military installation in Pennsylvania. There are three open cases at Carlisle.

    "Most abusers are in denial and don't accept responsibility for how violent they are, but in the 20 years I have been here, I have seen the impact incidents have on an individual and their family," Wilson-Gines said. "People are getting into treatment earlier."

    Treatment for both victims and abusers is available through Dunham and local services. The first step for abusers is to admit they have a problem and get help. The first step for victims is to leave the relationship.

    "People always say, why didn't she just leave?  I say, 'she,' because 95 percent of all abusers are male," said Anne Hurst, who directs the Family Advocacy Program. "She will stay because of the kids, pets, financial reasons, education, and lack of knowledge."

    Fear is the abuser's primary weapon, Hurst explained. It is followed by isolation and feelings of guilt, helplessness and shame. These feelings soon become a way of life for the victims as the cycle of abuse continues. Those who see it may ask questions about it, but the victim will cover it up, protecting the abuser.

    "The victims are made to feel as if it's their fault," Hurst said. "It's a secret. It's embarrassing."

    But, help is available. The Family Advocacy Program and Social Work services provides counseling, safe havens, legal and financial assistance, and networks with other local and national agencies to help victims and families overcome the effect of domestic violence and lead productive lives. To schedule an appointment, call 245-2602.



Ann Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program

Army Substance Abuse Program to offer training


    October 20, 2004 --  The Army Substance Abuse Office ensures that all military and civilian personnel are provided prevention education/training services (that is a minimum of four hours for military personnel and three hours for civilian employees). In an effort to accomplish this the ASAP/Prevention Office will be providing a variety of training opportunities throughout the year. Numerous sites and topics will be available for all personnel to fulfill this obligation. The following is a schedule of (no more than) one-hour sessions for FY 05. Just show up and sign in. Bring your lunch.

    For information or to schedule individual organization training, contact the Prevention Office at 245-4576.


11/2/04             11:30 a.m.                     Root Hall Room B26                  Methamphetamine

11/4/04             11:30 a.m.                     Dunham Clinic                          Methamphetamine

11/16/04           11:30 a.m.                     CPO Training Room                   Methamphetamine

11/23/04           11:30 a.m.                     Education Center                       Methamphetamine


12/7/04             11:30 a.m.                     Root Hall Room B26          Drinking/Driving/Drugged

12/14/04            11:30 a.m.                     CPO Training Room                   3 - D Month

12/16/04            11:30 a.m.                     Dunham Clinic                           3 - D Month

12/21/04            11:30 a.m.                     Education Center                       3 - D Month


1/6/05               11:30 a.m.                     Root Hall Room B26                   Heroin

1/13/05             11:30 a.m.                     CPO Training Room                    Heroin

1/20/05             11:30 a.m.                     Education Center                       Heroin

1/27/05             11:30 a.m.                     Dunham Clinic                           Heroin


2/3/05               11:30 a.m.                     Root Hall Room B26                   Marijuana

2/10/05             11:30 a.m.                     CPO Training Room                    Marijuana

2/17/05             11:30 a.m.                     Education Center                       Marijuana

2/24/05             11:30 a.m.                     Dunham Clinic                           Marijuana



3/1/05               11:30 a.m.                     Root Hall Room B 26               Stress Management

3/8/05               11:30 a.m.                     CPO Training Room                 Stress Management

3/15/05             11:30 a.m.                     Education Center                     Stress Management

3/22/05             11:30 a.m.                     Dunham Clinic                         Stress Management


4/12/05             11:30 a.m.                     Root Hall Room B26                 Alcohol Awareness

4/19/05             11:30 a.m.                     CPO Training Room                  Alcohol Awareness

4/26/05             11:30 a.m.                     Education Center                      Alcohol Awareness


5/5/05               11:30 a.m.                     Root Hall Room B26                  Summer Sense

5/12/05             11:30 a.m.                     CPO Training Room                   Summer Sense

5/19/05             11:30 a.m.                     Education Center                       Summer Sense


ROCKS Inc. kicks off annual scholarship program

    October 21, 2004 -- The Major General Charles C. Rogers Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc. is currently accepting applications for the 2003-2004 academic year Major General Charles C. Rogers Achievement Scholarship. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2005.  Two $500 scholarships will be awarded.

    The purpose of the scholarship is to provide recognition, inspiration and encouragement to aspiring students who are interested in pursuing and undergraduate degree.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

    -         Must demonstrate academic excellence; minimum overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher

    -         Plan to pursue/pursuing undergraduate study at a college or career/technical institute

    -         Provide three letters of recommendation (i.e., teacher, coach, Pastor, etc.-one must be a teacher)

    -         Conduct interview with Scholarship Committee

    -         Complete a scholarship application and include a 500-word essay on one of the below listed questions: 


1.  How I have demonstrated leadership qualities in my community, or school during the last year?

2.  Why is a college degree important to me?

3.  What do I think is the most important issue facing the United States today and why?


    The MG Charles C. Rogers Chapter will present scholarships in May 2005. 




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Winners of the 2004 Madigan awards announced

    The winners of the Academic Year 2003-2004 Madigan Awards, the annual USAWC Staff and Faculty Published Writing Awards competition are indicated below.

Article category

    Dr. Robert H. Dorff, DNSS, "Strategy, Grand Strategy, and the Search for Strategy," The Search for Security: A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Twenty-First Century.

    Dr. David Jablonsky, DNSS, "Churchill and Technology," Churchill and Strategic Dilemmas Before the World Wars.

    Dr. Gabriel Marcella, DNSS, "U.S. Strategy in Colombia: From Ambiguity to Clarity," Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement.

    Dr. Steven Metz, SSI, "Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Iraq," The Washington Quarterly.

    Dr. R. Craig Nation, DNSS, "The Balkan Wars and the International War Convention," War in the Balkans, 1991-2002.

    Col. Kevin J. Weddle, DMSPO, "'The Magic Touch of Reform': Samuel Francis Du Pont and the Efficiency Board of 1855," The Journal of Military History.

Book category

    Dr. Andrew Scobell, SSI, China's Use of Military Force: Beyond the Great Wall and the Long March.

    Awards will be presented in the amount of $250 for each winning article and $500 for the winning book. The awards are funded by the Army War College Foundation, Inc. An award ceremony will be held this later this fall.     


RCI property survey to begin Oct. 19

    The property survey of the various parcels involved with RCI will start Oct. 19 and continue for approximately 3-4 weeks. Post residents and visitors may notice crews will put in temporary and permanent markers as their work progresses.


Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Only you can prevent fires

Fire department holds open house to educate post


    October 12, 2004-An open house at the Carlisle Barracks fire department brought in more than 200 visitors as a finale to National Fire Prevention Week.

    It was a week full of fire department tours, training classes, fire drills and other fire preventive exercises for the Carlisle Barracks fire department, but it was all capped off on Oct. 7 when the firefighters opened their doors to the public.

    There was food, prizes and plenty of fire prevention talk, as the firefighters showed everyone in attendance how they live and do their jobs.

    "We had a great turnout," said Bob Farrell, post firefighter. "I was pleasantly surprised by how many people came out for this."

    There were a lot of things there for the kids to participate in. They climbed on the fire trucks wearing plastic firefighter hats, played with Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, won prizes, colored in firefighting coloring books, played with balloons and many other fire awareness activities.

    Every 15 minutes, Farrell would have someone pull a name out of a hat to see who would be the next to collect a prize. For the children there were movie and pizza passes and for the adults there were carbon dioxide/smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. The Post Exchange donated the prizes.

    "Everyone is having a good time, but the message that we are trying to convey by this open house is very serious," said Farrell.

    "All week we did demonstrations and held fire prevention classes," said Farrell, "but we don't want this to be just a week long thing. We want fire prevention and fire safety to be a 52 week thing."

    There was a video playing in the background that showed actual house fires with lifeless and nearly lifeless bodies being carried from houses by actual firefighters. This made some people really think about the importance of fire prevention.

    "This really makes me think," said Spc. Melissa Cabrera, dental technician. "This makes me think about how important fire prevention really is."

    Many people only think about fire prevention when they see a fire or when there are special events like the open house at the fire department.

    "Fire prevention is something you don't think about until you need it," said Barb Beam, dental clinic hygienist and guest at the open house," but it really is important to practice fire drills and know what to do if your house catches on fire."

    The firefighters were happy with the turnout at the open house and how National Fire Prevention Week activities went at Carlisle Barracks.

    "Bob Farrell did a great job putting this together," said Jim O'Connell, Carlisle Barracks fire chief. "He did a great job with this event and getting the word out about fire prevention to the people on post."



Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

New law stops floating of checks

    October 14, 2004 -- You've probably bought something in a store with a check even though you don't have the money in your account at the time. You figure you have a few days for the check to clear and by then the money will be there. It's called the float. Well, the float is slowly becoming a thing of the past.

    As of Oct. 28, it will no longer be possible to float a check.

    A new program called Check 21 will allow retailers to scan checks through a machine that deducts the cash within minutes from your account, even at night and on weekends.

    "Whatever day you write the check, that's the day it's going to the bank," said Cora Johnson, post financial advisor. "Don't write a check unless funds are available."

    Check 21 is a federal law that is designed to enable banks to handle more checks electronically, which should make check processing faster and more efficient. Banks can capture a picture of the front and back of the check along with the associated payment information and transmit this information electronically. As a result, checks may reach banks faster and be paid sooner.

    "There are alternatives to writing checks. There are debit cards and credit cards. It's your money," Johnson said. "Be aware of what you are doing and the affect it could have on your credit rating and career. Make sure funds are available before you write a check."

    The Federal Reserve Board signed Check 21, into law October 28, 2003. More information and frequently asked questions can be found at  or



Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Results are in, residents here are happy

    October 14, 2004 -- More than 60,000 family housing residents received a satisfaction survey from the Army in April.  The survey was conducted at 32 installations participating in the Army's Residential Communities Initiative housing privatization program. The purpose of this survey was to find out from residents how well on-post housing needs are being met. Ninety-six residents at Carlisle Barracks responded.

    "This gives us a baseline to determine how successful we are and a benchmark for improvements," said Alan Thompson, post RCI program director. 

    Carlisle Barracks is teamed with Fort Monmouth and Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. as part of a combined project by American Eagle Communities to develop community plans at each installation. Throughout the year, post housing residents and military families have participated in Residential Advisory Panels to provide input for the RCI project designs, floor layouts and amenities. The results of the Army survey reinforced what was discussed during our local meetings, according to Thompson.

    "This survey gives us an idea of why people choose to live on post and what's important to them; what amenities they want in housing," Thompson said. "The RAP sessions and input from our RCI survey are what we will use in our housing designs."

    Of all the surveys sent out Army-wide, 18,533 were returned by the residents at the participating installations, and for the fourth year in a row, the top predictors of overall satisfaction with family housing remained the same -- housing attributes, housing office, and safety and security.  Carlisle Barracks ranked sixth out of 32 installations for overall satisfaction.

    "First, and foremost, my staff are special people and that's why Soldiers and their families desire to reside on this installation," said Wayne Boyd, post housing manager. "Since my arrival here, I have seen the housing staff bend over backwards to assist our Soldiers, and under some very heavy pressure at times. The housing operations here at Carlisle Barracks are not the same as in other places, therefore, we have to sometimes find ways to make things happen, and on many occasions, we're limited on time, so it makes things difficult."

    The Army's RCI program will eventually consist of 27 projects, and more than 80 percent of the CONUS family-housing inventory. The RCI schedule for Carlisle Barracks calls for the commercial partnership to begin operating family housing in June 2005. Preliminary plans call for all housing on post to be brought up to standards comparable with what is available in the local community by 2009.


Rick Brink, DECA

Gift certificates available in commissaries


    FORT LEE, Va. - Beginning October 15, commissary shoppers in the continental United States only have to go as far as their store's customer service office to get commissary gift certificates in time for the holidays.

     Gift certificates in stores are available in one denomination of $25. A $1 per certificate handling fee is added to offset printing, shipping and handling costs. The certificates can be used in any of DeCA's 273 commissaries.

    "We've listened to our customers and we're especially pleased to offer this expanded service around the holidays when people think about giving gifts to friends and loved ones," said Patrick B. Nixon, DeCA's chief executive officer.

    The in-store gift certificate offer is an expansion of the popular Internet Certifichecks program made possible through a business agreement with CertifiChecks Inc. at no cost to the Defense Commissary Agency or the federal government. The program, featured in a link on, lets anyone purchase any of nine denominations of commissary gift certificates over the Internet or by calling a toll free number within the United States (1-877-770-4438).

    All certificates, whether obtained in a commissary or over the Internet, can be given as gifts, but only authorized commissary shoppers can redeem them.

    The gift certificates have a one-year expiration date. Customers can return expired or nearly expired certificates to CertifiChecks Inc., which will re-issue new certificates at face value without any processing charges.




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

AAFES Reel Time Theater ticket prices increase, to close for renovations



Ticket prices will increase for the first time in ten years at Reynolds Theater. Adult tickets will increase $.50 and children's $.25. Also, the theater will be closed for renovations from Oct. 29 until Dec. 3. The ticket increases are not related to the renovations.


October 14, 2004 -- You may notice a price increase for post movie theater tickets, but those prices are still much lower than you would pay at an off-post theater.

    "The new AAFES Reel Time theater admission prices are still more than 33 percent lower than the 2003 average commercial prices posted on the National Association of Theater Owners Web site, making AAFES theaters one of the best entertainment bargains available to troops," said Richard Sheff, vice president of the food and theater division for AAFES.

    "This is the first increase that has occurred in 10 years," said Jack Scott, the local post exchange manager.

    As of Oct. 15, AAFES theaters in the United States ticket prices are $3.50 for adults and $1.75 for children with  a minimum admission rate of $0.99.

Prices outside the continental US at AAFES facilities are slightly higher. Prices may vary based on local survey or competition.

    "Also, the theater will be closed Nov. 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, and 26 and 27. The theater will reopen with its new look the weekend of Dec. 3 and 4. The increase in ticket prices is in no way related to the ongoing renovation at the Carlisle Theater."

    As part of the renovations, the theater will get new seats, a new concession area and other cosmetic improvements.

    "The seats will be like those you find at civilian movie theatres," said Scott. "They will have a cup holder attached and will recline as well."

    The concession stand will also be new and the lobby area will be redesigned to allow more people to stand inside during cold weather.


National Red Ribbon Campaign October 23 - 31

"Drug Free, I Have The Power"

Red Ribbon history: Enrique Camarena 1943 - 1985:  An American Hero

    October 14, 2004 -- It was February 7, 1985 at 2:00 p.m. a warm winter afternoon in Guadalajara, Mexico, when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena locked his badge and revolver in his desk drawer and left to meet his wife for lunch. Kiki unsuspectingly crossed the street to his pickup truck. While unlocking the doors to his vehicle, he was grabbed by five men who shoved him into a beige Volkswagen. One month later, his body was discovered in a shallow grave.  Kiki and his informant, Alfredo Zavala Avelar, were savagely and grotesquely murdered.

    Kiki joined the DEA in 1974 and asked to be transferred to Guadalajara, Mexico, the center of the drug trafficking empire. While investigating a multi-billion dollar drug scam, he confiscated thousands of pounds of cocaine, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana. He suspected the drug scam involved officers of the Mexican army, police and government. Kiki was a believer that one person CAN make a difference and he sacrificed his life to prevent drugs from entering the United States.

    In 1985, the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth joined with DEA and implemented a Red Ribbon campaign that spread places as far away as Europe. The National Red Ribbon campaign is celebrated every year October 23 - 31, and is dedicated to Kiki Camarena and all of the people who have been wrongly killed due to the violence of drugs.

    Since then, millions of Americans have gotten involved in, and been touched by the Red Ribbon Campaign efforts. No other single drug prevention movement has had such impact on so many lives.

    The Red Ribbon Campaign is an opportunity to send a consistent "No Drug" message to people everywhere.  The Carlisle Barracks community is invited and highly encouraged to take part in this year's celebration. The following activities and events will take place 23 - 31 October.


Saturday, Oct. 23

  • Decorate Youth Center - all youth are invited to join the staff in decorating the center, refreshments will be provided.

Monday, Oct. 25

  • "Plant A Promise," CDC children will plant red tulips at center, 4 p.m., McGruff will be present.

  • Posters and baskets of red ribbons will be distributed throughout post at various locations. Pick one up, wear it proudly and receive discounts at various locations.

Tuesday, Oct. 26

  • Official kickoff - Garrison Commander will tie first red ribbon on tree @ 4 p.m. ceremony in front of the Youth Center.  Selected youth will assist, and the community is invited. McGruff will be present.

  • Youth decorate the installation trees with ribbons.

  • Youth will "Plant A Promise" red tulips as part of celebration.

  • Refreshments will be provided in Youth Center following the event.

Wednesday, Oct. 27   

  • A display table will be set-up at the Post Exchange and soccer fields with give-away gifts from 4 - 5:30 p.m. McGruff will be present along with PMO reps.

  • Movie-night at youth center (videos on drug-free awareness) free snacks

Thursday, Oct. 28

  • Last day for poster contest entries

  • Halloween parade on Indian Field at 5 p.m.

  • DARE vehicle and McGruff will be present from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Halloween DARE Party at LVCC,  6 p.m.- 9 p.m., for grades 6 - 12.

Friday, Oct. 29

  • Winners of poster contest announced

  • Youth Services will conclude Red Ribbon Campaign with a  "Drug-Free" Awareness Lock-in for grades 6 - 12.

  • Ghost Walk, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., LVCC

  • Adult Halloween Party @ LVCC

Sunday, Oct. 31

  • Posters will be on display at LVCC during Sunday Brunch

Monday, Nov. 1

  • Photo of poster contest winners with the Garrison Commander will be taken and submitted to post newspaper.   Winners will receive a prize and certificate of participation.  Join us at the Youth Center. All entries submitted for the poster contest will be displayed at the Youth Center & Garrison HQ. 



    During the week of Oct. 25 - 31 the following organizations will be offering a special promotion for all individuals wearing a Red Ribbon:

  • Bowling Center - a free small soft drink with the purchase of a food item.

  • Golf Course - $2.00 off an electric cart rental during a round of golf.

  • LeTort View Community Center - reduced cover charge for adult Halloween party on Friday 29 Oct.

$1.00 off the Sunday Brunch fee and all children 12 and under wearing a red ribbon will enjoy their Sunday Brunch for FREE (Oct. 31 )

Anthony's Pizza - free small drink or coffee with food order

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


Drug of the Quarter: Ketamine



    Ketamine, a white liquid or powder, is a central nervous system depressant that is also classified as a dissociative anesthetic, or a drug that separates perception from sensation.

    While the DEA has classified Ketamine as a Schedule III drug, it is often used legally in the United States as an anesthetic for animals and small children.


How is Ketamine used?

    While Ketamine is traditionally snorted, it can also be consumed in a variety of ways:

Injected -  Ketamine can be injected into muscle tissue or directly into the blood stream.

Drank  - Often diluted in water or orange juice.

Eaten - Ketamine has been known to come in pill form and is sometimes sold as Ecstasy.

Smoked - Ketamine, in it's powder form, is sprinkled on tobacco or marijuana. When smoked with marijuana it is know as "boat".


How does Ketamine effect the user?

    At lower doses, Ketamine produces a dreamy, drowsy euphoric feeling. It has been reported that users that ingest low doses often feel as if they are floating and are almost outside of their body.

    When taken in large doses, Ketamine produces a hallucinogenic, or trippy, effect that causes the user to feel completely outside of his or her body. This feeling is also know as a "K-Hole" and has been compared to a near death experience as the user has a sensation of being above their body. While K-Holes are sometimes described as a spiritual moment, they have also been known to incite irrational, sometimes violent, behavior because it frightens the user.


What are the side effects?

    The side effects of Ketamine can be extremely serious and are common amongst CNS depressants: slurred speech, amnesia, muscle rigidity, chronic flashbacks, impaired motor functions, respiratory distress, paralysis, heart failure, coma and even death.


Where can I find more information?

More information on Ketamine can be found on the following websites:







    For additional assistance contact the Army Substance Abuse Office, Prevention Coordinator at 245-4576.



Leaf clean-up beginning around post

    The leaves are falling and leaf pick-up season is upon us again. A leaf collection machine will be picking up leaves throughout post.  Dust and dirt are some of the drawbacks to leaf collection. DPW has taken all possible steps to reduce the amount of debris generated by this machine but cannot eliminate it altogether.  Post residents are advised that there may be some delays on post during the clean up. In some instances, roads may be closed for short periods as crews work in that area. The leaf machine is large and difficult to maneuver. Please yield if possible.  

Leaf collection methods

    Please rake leaves to a curbside that does not allow parking or to an area that is accessible to the leaf vacuum. Leaves should not be bagged - bagged leaves will not be picked up. Please do not mix leaves with other yard waste (i.e., sticks, trimmings, pumpkins, etc.). These will clog or damage the machine. Mixed piles will not be picked up. All non-leaf waste can be scheduled for pick up by calling the work order desk at 245-4019. 

    The leaf vacuum machine cannot reach piles of leaves that are behind parked cars. Leaves in housing areas will be vacuumed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to the extent possible. Leaves in common areas will be vacuumed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please be patient, as all leaf piles that are accessible to the vacuum will be picked up.


$35,000 in cash prizes to "Principles of War" essay contest winners

ANNAPOLIS, MD- The winners of the Principles of War Essay Contest, sponsored by the Naval Institute, Johns Hopkins University and Royal United Services Institute working in partnership with National Defense University, Army War College, Air Force War College, Naval War College, Office of Force Transformation, and the Department of Defense will be eligible to win the largest cash prizes offered since the Naval Institute began providing a forum for those who are willing to address the most challenging issues affecting our world today.

    The cash prizes for the winning essays are as follows: First Prize - $15,000; Second Prize - $10,000; Third Prize - $5,000 and $1,000 each to the five essays receiving Honorable Mention.

    Essays should be no longer than 3,500 words and focus on the debate, "Have the principles of war are they changing.or, do they remain valid?" The top three winning essays will be published in Proceedings magazine. The contest is open to all and the deadline for submissions is February 1, 2005. For more information, go to:




Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Army Olympian highlights record turnout, Jim Thorpe 5K


Want the results of the Jim Thorpe 5k?

    October 4, 2004-A record crowd turned out at Indian Field on the morning of Oct. 2 to participate in the Jim Thorpe 5K run and to meet a U.S. Olympian.

    One hundred and eighty-five people from Carlisle Barracks and the surrounding community came to run or walk in the annual event. 

    "The most runners we've had in the past was 68," said Chuck Gentile, post sports director. "It was great to have such high participation."

    2004 Olympic athlete Capt. Matthew Smith, who competed in the summer games in Athens, Greece, was part of the reason for the increased participation this year, said Gentile.

    "It was great to have him here," said Gentile. "He is a class guy and was great speaking with the people."

    The overall winner was Graham Rockwell from Dickenson College's ROTC Ranger Challenge program with a time of 16 minutes, 53 seconds.  

    "It was a fun run and a good route," said Rockwell.

    Mary Ayers, wife of a member of the U.S. Army War College's class of 2005, was the first female to finish the run with a time of 20 minutes, 16 seconds.



Olympian Capt. Mathew Smith

    Before and after the event Smith talked with participants and signed autographs. 

    Smith is currently involved with the Army World Class Athlete Program where he trains to compete around the world. The program is set up to allow athletes the chance to train and perform in a sport in which they excel.

    "The AWCAP is a great program," said Smith. "The Army will support you on whatever you want to do. They have given me the opportunity to do something that many people just dream of."

    Smith began rowing in high school in Woodbridge, Va., and after finishing the ROTC program at the University of Wisconsin he joined the Army in 2000. He then became part of the AWCAP.

    "I'm doing two things that I love, representing my country in athletics and serving my country in the military," said Smith.

    After rowing for more than four years, Smith is ready for a short break from the sport.

    "I'm going to take a year or so off and do Army stuff," said Smith. "I just want to get away from the sport for a little while and then come back to it rejuvenated and ready to go."

    Smith's accomplishments include: 1999 U.S. Men's Lightweight Pair Trials Gold medalist, 2002 U.S. Elite Nationals Bronze Medalist, 2002 U.S. National Rowing Team member, 2002 World Championships Bronze Medalist, 2002 Head of the Charles Regatta Gold Medalist, 2003, World Cup Bronze Medalist and 2003 World Championship 8th place finish.

    Smith enjoyed his first visit to Carlisle Barracks and the Jim Thorpe 5K and was impressed with the amount of participation.

    "This was a great event," said Smith. "I wasn't expecting to see so many people here."


The future of the Jim Thorpe 5K

    The sports department would like to see the Jim Thorpe 5K grow even more in the future.

    "For next year we are looking for outside sponsors," said Gentile. "We would also like to do a video and build up the walking portion next year. There were only eight walkers in the event this year."

    Technology may also have a larger role in the future. Calculating the times for the different age and gender groups took longer than the sports department would have liked.

    "We would like to get a computerized scoring system for next year," said Gentile. "We don't want people to have to sit around waiting for us to do all the calculations. "

    There are big hopes for next year's run.

    "Our goal for next year is 250 participants," said Gentile. "I think if we get more enlisted and staff and faculty participation we can reach our goal."


Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Scouts help improve public lands on post    


October 2, 2004 -- Jeff Willmann has two great memories to add to his list of life accomplishments. He will soon earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouts, and he is the last Boy Scout from Troop 173 to coordinate for the clean up of the Heritage Park Historic Trail.

     Girls Scouts from Troop 619, parents and community volunteers joined Willmann and other Boy Scouts Oct. 2 to mulch the trail, clear brush and weeds, and plant wildflowers and bulbs along the historic trail. In 2005, construction is scheduled to begin on post for the Residential Community Initiative project to provide quality housing and communities for Soldiers and their families. A portion of Heritage Park is included in this project.

     "The RCI project will be using much of Heritage Park for new homes and yards, but there will still be areas all along the creek for the Scouts to clean," said Alan Thompson, RCI program manager.

     "Some areas will be lost, but RCI is working with us to minimize the damage to the trail," said Keith Bailey, the post's Biological Science Technician. "There are other areas on post that work can and will be done."

     For the past six years, Carlisle Barracks has participated in the National Public Lands Day, which promotes the care of public lands. Post Boy and Girl Scout troops have used this opportunity to earn rewards for community service and also to learn more about the environment. Their volunteer efforts also help save thousands of dollars in labor each year.

     "This is to help educate our youth and the Carlisle Barracks community about the importance of our environment," said Bailey. "The work that is accomplished saves Carlisle Barracks an estimated $10,000 in work each year that would not be completed if the community did not lend a hand."

     Public land improvements at Carlisle Barracks over the years include the Historical Marker by Thorpe Hall, shrubs and perennials at 12 monuments around post, and development of new wildlife habitats. National Public Lands Day is an annual event founded by the National Environment Education and Training Foundation. This nationwide volunteer effort is the largest of its kind with more than 500 sites throughout the country.

     "We have planted trees, developed walking trails along the Letort Spring Run, improved the historical walking tour around Carlisle Barracks by planting flowers and performing maintenance," Bailey said. "We have established no-mow areas for post wild life."

     In previous years, Carlisle Barracks has received grants from the Department of Defense to purchase supplies for public land improvement. President George W. Bush and the Governors of 30 states formally recognized National Public Lands Day in 2001.  Last year nearly 80,000 volunteers worked in 550 locations and in every state. Nine federal agencies also participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.



Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Post celebrates Hispanic Heritage

   October 4, 2004 -- Ethnic foods, music, dance and displays of clothing, jewelry, artwork and artifacts from the countries of Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Spain kicked off the annual Hispanic American Heritage Month Observance Oct. 4 at the Letort View Community Center. These dishes and displays were courtesy of International Fellows of the 2005 U.S. Army War College Class of Hispanic descent and their families.

    "This is a fantastic opportunity to recognize all the contributions and the diversity of Hispanics," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.

    Hispanic Americans represent 14 percent of the entire population, according to McPhillips.  People of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican or Cuban. Hispanic Heritage month begins on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries-Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

    "Since 1978, the USAWC has been enriched by the presence of International Fellows in large numbers," said Maj. Gen. David H. Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "Hispanic Americans bring tremendous culture and diversity to our great nation."

    Posters of three Carlisle Barracks Soldiers symbolized the achievements that Hispanic Americans have made in the U.S. military.  Sgt. Sandra Gonzales, Sgt. Manuel Saucedo and Staff Sgt. Hector Santiago represent the countries of Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

     "I was surprised they chose me," Santiago said. "It's an honor that we take time to recognize the contributions of Hispanics to the U.S. and the military. To be part of the U.S. Army is something that brings me a lot of pride."

     Santiago has been in the Army for 15 years. More than 125,000 Hispanics serve on active duty, comprising about 9.1 percent of the military.

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Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Pubic Affairs Office

Take action before lives are lost


    October 7, 2004 -- In January 2003, a 27-year-old man hired a hit man to kill his 28-year-old wife in East Pennsboro. In April, a 26-year-old mother of two was fatally stabbed by her 34-year-old ex-boyfriend in Plainfield.

    From January to December 2003, 124 domestic violence incidents resulted in 162 deaths in Pennsylvania according to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Seventy of these victims were females and 55 were males. Ninety-three of the killers were men and 22 were women.

    So far this year, 53 people have been killed. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    "There has never been a more pressing need to work together to enhance safety for victims of domestic violence," said Alison Everett, PCADV media relations specialist in a June press release.

    Domestic violence is behavior used to establish power and control over another person. Victims of this type of behavior usually don't view the person doing this to them as abusive, but over a period of time this behavior can become life threatening.

    Abuse can take many forms. It may include emotional, economic or sexual abuse, using children, threats, intimidation or isolation to maintain fear, power and control. In all cultures, the men are most common abusers of the family and women are most commonly the victims of violence. Elderly and child abuse are also prevalent.  All of these acts of abuse are indications of domestic violence.

     "It is the victims who instill in us the strength and determination to pursue our mission to end violence against women and children, to challenge a society that fails to acknowledge the brutality and lethality of domestic violence, to confront a criminal justice system that is often reluctant to hold batterers responsible for their violence, and to empower battered women so they may regain control over their own lives," said Dolly Wideman-Scott, president of the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County.

     A private non-profit organization, PCADV is the first state domestic violence coalition in the country. Established in 1976, PCADV offers consultation and technical expertise to state domestic violence coalitions, and private and government agencies. The center is a resource for information for the media and general public. It offers extensive training to law enforcement and criminal justice personnel, health care providers, religious leaders, drug and alcohol counselors and batterer intervention service providers. The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County is a member of PCDAV.

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

Editor's note: Each week in October, The Banner Online will feature an article related to domestic violence awareness and/or abuse. Information used in this article can be found at








Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Army's premier military history institute opens at Carlisle

AHEC dedicates new MHI, breaks ground for Visitors & Education Center




 September 24, 2004 -- Under a sunny blue sky in front of more than 1,000 people, a $13.4 million facility and new home of the U.S. Military History Institute was dedicated on Sept. 24.

    Located off Army Heritage Drive, between Claremont and Trindle Roads is Ridgway Hall, the Army's premiere repository for 14 million items documenting the Army's history and the story of its Soldiers.

    "Thanks for coming on this beautiful Pennsylvania day, and what a great turnout to celebrate our nation and Army," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College Commandant. "Occasions like this are not so much about brick and mortar, but about the achievements and sacrifices of millions of Soldiers for 229 years."

    The building is named for Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, former Chief of Staff of the Army and Pa. native. One of the Army's most dynamic leaders, Ridgway rose to prominence leading the airborne assaults on Sicily in April 1943 and Normandy in June 1944. Acting Secretary of the Army Les Brownlee spoke of the many accomplishments and contributions Ridgway made to the Army. Brownlee found it fitting that the facility was named after Ridgway as he felt the Ridway's service was one of the greatest in the nation.


    "He gave his country 35 years, and served in three major wars," said Brownlee. "His was one of our nation's greatest Soldiers.

    "The Military History Institute's holdings are unique and in many instances priceless," said Brownlee. "We're happy with the local community and the relationships we have here."

    One of the new holdings are papers that were donated to MHI during the ceremony by former Maj. Dick Winters, a member of the 101st Airborne Infantry Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, E Company. His writings helped form the foundation of the HBO mini series Band of Brothers.

    "My experience will be remembered with this donation," said Winters. "When I say my experience, I mean the experience of other men. It's my duty to donate these papers, so that their stories may be told."

    Former Private First Class David Hamilton, 81, attended the ceremony and shared his thoughts on the ceremony and the new building.

    "I thought the ceremony was really nice," said Hamilton. "I think that this means a lot to Soldiers." Hamilton served during World War II.

    Duane Myers attended the ceremony and also donated some items to the facility.

    "My great-grandfather was wounded during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, and I donated his diary, which was from Sept. 1863 to June 1865. This is just a great facility and I loved the ceremony."

Groundbreaking for new visitors and education center


  The ceremony kicked off with a jump from members of the 82nd Airborne Division Free-fall Parachute Team, who landed in the area that will one day become the Visitors and Education Center.

    The day also symbolized a new phase for AHEC as they move into the construction and planning of three additional buildings on the campus, intended to create a center for preserving and teaching the stories of America's Army through its Soldiers.

    More than a dozen dignitaries and military officials - including Brownlee, Pa. Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, Pa. Rep. Will Gabig, and Cumberland County Commissioners - broke ground Friday on the third AHEC building, the $16 million Visitors and Education Center.

    "As you are well aware, this facility will be much more than Ridgway Hall," Knoll said. "This complex is situated in the midst of Pennsylvania's preeminent tourist region. The new Army Heritage and Education Center will have a profound impact on the state's economy."

    After the ceremony, Knoll presented the Army Heritage Center Foundation with a check for $250,000 to support architectural and engineering costs for the construction of the Visitors and Education Center. Construction is planned to start in mid 2005.

    "Pennsylvania will continue to support the efforts to make the visitors and education center a continued reality," Knoll said.

Special recognition for operations officer

    The ceremony included special recognition for Lt. Col. David Wyche, who was the operations officer during the majority of the building's construction.

    "I'm glad we could take the time to give a special thanks to someone who worked tirelessly to make sure this building would become a reality," said Col. Robert Dalessandro, Army Heritage and Education Center Director.

    Editor's Note: Andrea Cassell contributed to this story.


Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, director, Army Heritage and Education Center

AHEC staff expresses thanks to Carlisle community

    On behalf of the staff of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, I would like to thank the entire Carlisle Barracks community for your efforts in making the AHEC Grand Opening the tremendous success that it was.

    For a little over a year, we have been planning this ceremony to be the biggest event at Carlisle Barracks. We wanted a ceremony that would not only have the official components of dedicating our new building, but would at the same time showcase the community for our out of town guests.

     An undertaking of this magnitude could not have been accomplished without the dedicated efforts of many people and organizations across the community.

    Establishing the Army Heritage Trail would have been impossible without the Directorate of Public Works who cut and paved the footpath and posted signs directing visitors to the trail. Executive Services was indispensable prior to the ceremony, handling literally several thousand invitations and arranging for the special entertainment who participated in the opening. 

    The Directorate of Resource Management and Directorate of Contracting adeptly handled the financial planning and all of the contracts that were necessary as the event took shape.

    Garrison Headquarters planned for the security, parking, and transportation that were necessary, smoothly accommodating the large crowd.

     The tireless work done by the great employees of Metro Productions was also vital to the success of the ceremony. The photos, graphics, posters, banners and videos they produced were top-notch.

     Thanks to Dunham Clinic medical personnel were also on hand, anticipating any emergencies. The PX and Bookstore purchased books that were signed by the authors present at the ceremony and coordinated all of the vendors who distributed information the day of the event.

    Thank you to everyone from the Carlisle Barracks community who contributed to the tremendous success of AHEC's Grand Opening.

    Many departments and individuals shared their time and talents to plan this event and served in support roles during the ceremony. Quite simply, we could not have put together this event without your help.


Experience life as a firefighter

    The Carlisle Barracks fire department will be having an open house on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. in honor of National Fire Prevention Week.

    Visitors can see what life is like for the Carlisle Barracks firefighters and meet McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog and Smoky Bear.  There will also be complimentary hot dogs, snacks and refreshments.

    Sponsors for the open house are the Carlisle Barracks commissary, the Military Police, UTZ and McDonalds.



DoD to release flu vaccine policy next week

    October 7, 2004 -- The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs will publish specific guidance next week for issuing flu vaccines during the 2004-2005 flu season.  Currently, draft recommendations include prioritizing groups by risk category.  Prioritization is necessary in the event vaccine shortages exist and Department of Defense clinics are presented with limited supplies. 


Priority 1: Deployed or deploying service members.


Priority 2:  Medically high-risk individuals as identified in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, which include health-care workers,  all children aged 6-23 months and adults aged 65 years and older.


Priority 3: Recruits.


Priority 4: Non-deployed and healthy active duty service members.


Priority 5: Other healthy eligible beneficiaries.


    The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) is coordinating efforts due to a possible nationwide shortage of the influenza vaccine.  Efforts are underway to obtain additional vaccine and a nasal flu vaccine (Flu-Mist) approved for use in healthy individuals between 5 and 49 years of age.  All vaccines, including Flu-Mist, will be detailed in the forthcoming policy guidance.


Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Day of Unity celebrated Oct. 4

    September 30, 2004 -- October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence, or intimate violence, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. 

    Abuse between partners can take many forms. It may include emotional or verbal abuse, denial of access to resources or money, restraint of normal activities or freedom, isolation from friends and family, sexual coercion or assault, threats to kill or to harm, and physical intimidation or attacks. In extreme cases, domestic violence may result in the death of a partner.

    Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Day of Unity became a special week of activities conducted at the local, state and national levels. These activities included mourning those who died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who survived ,and connecting those who work to end violence.

    The Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday in October.

    Editor's note: Each week in October, The Banner Online will feature an article related to domestic violence awareness and/or abuse. Information used in this article can be found at



Hand-carrying of children's shot records

    Families moving from one post to another post in the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, or anywhere else in the world, should ensure that they hand-carry copies of their children's immunization record (Public Health Service (PHS) Form 731, International Certificates of Vaccination), which is the parent's property. 

    School children are arriving without the immunization records necessary to comply with states' and overseas Department of Defense Dependent School System immunization requirements and being denied enrollment in schools.  

    Proof of immunizations is necessary for most school enrollment. Parents should hand carry child's immunization records. Don't pack it with  household goods, hold baggage, or inside checked luggage that might get lost by an airline when flying to your next duty station.


Bonnie Powell, DeCA

Ivan 'the terrible' has far-reaching effects

FORT LEE, Va. - Military installations in Florida and surrounding states have been closed and evacuated with regularity during the 2004 storm season, but installation damage has been minimal. Then, "Ivan the terrible" struck the Florida panhandle and moved north, causing widespread damage, power outages and loss of life and property.

    Military commissaries did not escape Ivan's wrath either.

    Customers are advised to check with their local commissary before driving long distances to shop or attend case lot sales. Further information and store contact information may be found at the worldwide case lot sale page on

Commissaries cope with storm after-effects

    Commissaries in several states near the projected path of the storm were closed prior to Ivan's arrival and several Florida stores, such as Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Whiting Field, were closed five days or more. At Pensacola Naval Air Station, where nearly all of the buildings on base sustained some storm damage, 60 sailors assisted in the cleanup and stocking of the commissary so it could reopen.

     "DeCA employees have overcome incredible personal and professional challenges to get stores back open in the wake of the storm," said Patrick B. Nixon, chief executive officer for the Defense Commissary Agency. "Several commissaries had some storm damage, and we lost at least some frozen and chilled foods in nearly every commissary affected by Ivan."

    But Ivan's affect on commissaries runs even deeper than the immediate area as power outages, downed phone lines, and impassable roads affected the ability of grocery distributors to supply up to 40 commissaries in the Southeast with groceries - even in locations where it never rained a drop.

    Grocery Supply Company in Pensacola, the area hardest hit by Ivan, services

approximately 40 commissaries in the Southeast. When GSC Director of Sales Pat Johnson got to the warehouse after Ivan had moved off to the north, he wasn't sure what he would find. The building was in one piece, unlike many of its neighbors. But the roof was damaged and there were no phone lines working to take grocery orders from any commissaries.

    "It was catastrophic here," said Johnson of the conditions in Pensacola. "Many employees had homes damaged and some people are living in garages. But our business is 100 percent military and we service a lot of commissaries, not just Florida, so we knew we needed to come 'out of the gate' shipping groceries!"

    GSC flew in crews to patch the roof and electricians to hook up a tractor trailer-size generator. Employees worked around the clock and GSC provided them with food around the clock - and even gas to get back and forth to work.

    As a result of the hard work, the flow of groceries to Southern commissaries was only impacted slightly. "The biggest problem now is the roads," said Johnson. "We've had to take detours of up to four or five hours to get around the damage, but it's not as hard for us to get shipments out as it is for the manufacturers trying to get here to deliver product to us."

    "It took a lot of team effort on the part of DeCA employees and industry to get up and running in areas hardest hit by the storm," said Nixon. "It's extremely important that all commissaries are always fully stocked and operating for military families, but where there have been power outages, one of the major needs people have is restocking their refrigerators, freezers and pantries."

    The constant stream of storms this summer - and hurricane season is far from over - is also having far-reaching effects on stores and customers in the southeast when it comes to the popular September commissary case lot sales. Case lot sales scheduled for the Sept. 17 weekend had to be cancelled or rescheduled. Several will now be held in October - that on top of a few sale date changes due to Hurricane Frances and now Hurricane Jeanne.




Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Annual campaign officially kicks off

     September 22, 2004 -- The annual Combined Federal Campaign is officially underway!

A "Every One of Us" campaign kickoff luncheon was held Sept. 22 at the Susquehanna Club, New Cumberland. 

     "We serve in many capacities in many different ways, but we all have the opportunity to participate in CFC," said Navy Capt. James Naber, commander, Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.

     This annual program enables community members to contribute to more than 2,000 local, national and international health, welfare and emergency relief organizations. The program works on a bi-weekly payroll deduction, and participants can donate any amount over $1.00 per pay period. Any federal employee may contribute to the program by check, cash or payroll deduction. Participants have the option to select which agencies they wish to contribute to until Nov. 1.

     "Everyone has benefited from one of the organizations supported by CFC, directly or indirectly," Naber said.

    In 2003, more than $550,000 was contributed to CFC from the Greater Harrisburg Area, making it the third year in a row that this region had passed the half million mark. The goal for 2004 is $545,000. Carlisle Barracks has set a post goal of $110,000.

     "All post CFC project officers will have mini thermometers posted in their areas to show the progress of the campaign in addition to the two big thermometer on post," said Cora Johnson, Carlisle Barracks CFC Campaign Manager. "These will be updated weekly so everyone can see how close we are to our goal."

    Carlisle Barracks also plans to increase participation.  In 2003, 25 percent of the post population contributed more than $100,000 to the CFC. This year, the goal for Carlisle Barracks is to have 40 percent of the population participate.

     For more information, see your organization project officer or call 245-4720/4357.


Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Fire prevention week coming

Test your smoke alarms

    September 27, 2004- Is your home safe from fires? Have you tested your smoke alarm lately?

    October 3- 9 is fire prevention week and that means it's time to evaluate how safe your home is.

    "We stress that people need to check their fire detectors," said Randy Cramer, Carlisle Barracks firefighter.

    "People need to change the batteries regularly because you never know when a fire will start. We also want to stress the importance of calling 911 in an emergency. People tend to call the MP's first and that is not the fastest way to receive emergency treatment."

    The Carlisle Barracks fire department will have a displays set up on Monday, Oct. 4 at the PX and Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the commissary. The displays will include a fire truck and fire fighting equipment. There will also be fire drills performed throughout the week at post buildings and fire department tours for children.

    Channels 10 and 14 on the Carlisle Barracks Network will feature a fire safety video during the week as well. Check The Banner online for networks times.

    Fire Prevention Week is nothing new. It has been around for 79 years. The first Fire Prevention Day was held in 1911, but it wasn't until 1925 that former President Calvin Coolidge declared the week that contains Oct. 9 as Fire Prevention Week.

    October 9 is significant because the Great Chicago Fire occurred on that day in 1871. In 27 hours, the fire took the lives of nearly 300 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed 17,400 structures and more than 2,000 acres. There are several stories about how the Great Chicago Fire started, but the truth is that no one really knows.

     Smoke alarms provide early warning when a fire occurs, yet they are useless if not working properly.  Most home fire deaths and injuries can be prevented through early warning and quick response, according to Cramer.

    Minimum safety requirements suggest that smoke alarms be installed outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home, near the kitchen and in the basement. Testing the devices every month helps ensure they are in top condition and ready to work in a fire. Make sure the batteries work by replacing them every year, or when you hear intermittent beeping. Replace alarms that are older than 10 years.

    When you hear the sound of your smoke alarm you should be prepared by developing and practicing a fire escape plan. Establish at least two exits from each room and arrange to meet at a place away from the home.

    "Everyone should work to maintain a fire safe living environment," said Cramer.




Experience life as a firefighter, visit open house Oct. 7

    The Carlisle Barracks fire department will be having an open house on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. in support of National Fire Prevention Week.

    Visitors can see what life is like for the Carlisle Barracks firefighters and meet McGruff, the Crime Fighting Dog, and Smokey Bear.  There will also be complimentary hot dogs, snacks and refreshments.

    Sponsors for the open house are the Carlisle Barracks commissary, the Military Police, UTZ and McDonalds.