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Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Visitors from around the world

  November 22, 2004-Officers from the Chinese People's Liberation Communications Command College visited post recently to see how Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army War College educate leaders.

    On Nov. 19 a group of Chinese officers were given a tour of post and visited with USAWC leadership to learn from the way things are done here. The trip was part of a series of visits between the two countries, designed to exchange ideas and address the issues of professional military education.

    Their first stop was Root Hall, where they were greeted by Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. The commandant escorted the visitors into the Command Conference Room and gave them a briefing on what Carlisle Barracks and the USAWC offers its students.

    "I see similarities in our countries and I hope that in the future we can continue to work together," said Huntoon, through the use of a Chinese interpreter.

    The heads of different academic departments in the Army War College met with the visitors, giving them an idea of what they are doing in their areas of expertise to educate the students.

    "I thank you for your eloquent words, General Huntoon," said Maj. Gen. Xuncai Zhang, commandant of the PLA Communications Command College. "You have made us feel very welcome."

    In the afternoon the visitors toured Ridgway Hall at the Army Heritage Education Center campus. The Chinese were shown the new facility and some of the artifacts, including items from Chinese people's participation in American wars.

    "I see from our conversation earlier that Gen. Zhang is a student of history, like me," said Huntoon. "That is why it's fitting that we end your visit here."

    At the end of the AHEC tour, Huntoon and Zhang exchanged gifts, shook hands and gave each other hope for a future of working together to educate strategic leaders.

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Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Soldier skills extend beyond battlefield

 

November 24, 2004 - Guests to the U.S. Army War College would all agree that Master Sgt. Steven Magnin is an exceptional chef, host and Soldier.  The Army agrees, having recently announced that the commandant's senior aide was selected as the Army's top enlisted aide from a field of 85 other Soldiers serving throughout the Army. 

    "He is the best chef we have ever seen," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "He always anticipates the demanding challenges of the official entertaining here at the War College so that every guest feels welcome."

    Magnin received the news while competing in Germany with the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team. The Army team took second place overall in the World Culinary Olympics.

    "I am excited by this honor. It's an awesome feeling," said the blond-hair, blue-eyed Oconto Falls, Wis., native.

    Quarters One serves not only as the Huntoons' home, but as the USAWC's center of hospitality for distinguished visitors, such as a recent visit from representatives of China's People's Liberation Army. From the casual junior Soldier reception to the most formal visit by foreign dignitaries, Magnin's work sets the tone for hospitality.  This year alone he has supported more than  35 official dinners, luncheons, open houses and receptions annually, catering to more than 3,600 guests.

    "Master Sgt. Magnin is the complete Soldier," said Huntoon. "He is professionally competent, exemplifies the values of the Army, maintains the highest standard of physical fitness and always exceeds the standard in every task."

    As a result of his selection as the top Army aide, Magnin will compete for the Department of Defense Enlisted Aide honor, competing against the top chefs in the Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. A self-taught chef, Magnin has earned recognition as first runner-up for the Army Chef of the Year four years in a row. He often teams up with other service members to compete in culinary competitions world-wide.

    "General Huntoon and the command support my participation in workshops and competitions," Magnin said. "Without their support, I would not be able to participate in these competitions."

    Magnin lives on post with his wife and four children. He coaches basketball and soccer, teaches Sunday school, and volunteers in the community.

 

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

International Fellows renew Kiwanis Club tradition

(photos Suzanne Reynolds)

 

November 23, 2004 -- In renewing a long tradition, the Carlisle Kiwanis Club hosted Army War College International Fellows for a get-to-know-you luncheon at the Elks Club on Nov. 23.

   Kevin Bremer, deputy director, International Fellows Office, was the guest speaker.  Bremer provided insight on various aspects of the USAWC IF Program, such as the selection process, the USAWC orientation process, schedules, sponsorship and more.

    After the presentation International Fellows were asked to inform the audience of their families and past and future military assignments. 

    According to Carol Talley, Kiwanis Club member, last year's event was not held because of other commitments.

 

    "We do a program every week, but I didn't know how meaningful it was to stand together as a group and recite the pledge of allegiance," said Linda Myers, Kiwanis Club member.  "We [IF's and Club members] share common bonds of family and service.  In fact, the Kiwanis is all about serving children's needs."

 

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Civilian employment grows at Carlisle Barracks

    

November 24, 2004 -- Federal civilian employment at Carlisle Barracks has come full circle.  After years of stable manning numbers in the 1990s, followed by three bouts of "A76" that privatized dozens of jobs in the information management and public works shops, the tide has turned.

    Recently, the installation has become a very active employer in the local labor force, said Gerry Silverberg, the post's civilian personnel manager.  Some of that can be linked to the number of civilian guards -- a multiple of the seven guards who worked here prior to September 11, 2001. Some can be linked to more people at the Dunham Army Health Clinic and the Army Heritage and Education Center. And, more civilian hiring is underway for the military-to-civilian job conversions happening here and throughout the Army.

    Dunham Clinic almost doubled in size through a major construction project that ended in 2002. Since then the size of the Dunham civilian staff has increased significantly, said Gerry Hubley, who heads Dunham's business office.  Most of the added positions were in the pharmacy and clinical services.

    Wartime demands have diverted a few uniformed Dunham staffers to more directly support the war, and the pharmacy is one of those clinic areas feeling the pinch. But those diversions are temporary. In contrast, permanent changes are scheduled for fiscal 2006 and 2007, when seven Soldiers will be replaced by civilians to work as a human resources specialist, two laboratory technicians, two pharmacy technicians and two eye specialists.

    The Army Heritage and Education Center, alone, accounts for more than 20 new positions since the center received authority for new positions. When the Military History Institute led a solitary existence, about 28 civilians worked there. About 50 civilian employees are now employed in the many missions of the AHEC:  traditional MHI work, AHEC headquarters staff, and planning for the education center and museum. In time, the AHEC will employ 77 civilians.

    Plans are jelling throughout the Defense Department to assign the active duty military tasks of more than 9,000 service members to federal civilian employees. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2004 authorized the change in order to free the military service members for other assignments. As uniformed workers receive orders for new Army assignments or release from active duty, the Civilian Personnel Office is authorized to replace them with as much as 30 days overlap between the military and civilian jobholder. Positions are converted on a one-to-one military-to-civilian basis.

    Carlisle Barracks will account for about 50 of those conversions in fiscal 2005.  Ten Department of the Army Police Officers are being actively recruited, said Humphrey. Nineteen more will be hired this year to complete the transformation of the Military Police force to a civilian force.  Sixteen Soldiers with information technology duties in the Collins Center will be replaced by civilians.  And a handful of other hiring actions are underway for administrative and supply positions. 

    Ironically, despite the headline-making A76 privatization, civilian strength has changed little through the years.  Some directorates lose a few positions and bumps elsewhere offset those trends, said manpower analyst Doug Humphrey.  AHEC growth, contract workers and military-to-civilian conversions, however, are turning a series of bumps into an honest-to-goodness swell in civilian employment at Carlisle Barracks.

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

USAWC seminar 'paying it forward'

   November 24, 2004 -- Hollywood made it a movie, but Seminar 14 will make "paying it forward" a reality.

    Retired Col. Mike Pearson is persuaded that the AWC Alumni Association membership has its rewards for those who join.  To drive that point home, the association's executive secretary/treasurer promises a tangible example of those rewards to each group that registers all US students.

    When Seminar 14 reached 100 percent membership, Pearson and student Lt. Col. Chris White negotiated a reward that would keep on giving.

    Seminar 14 members plan to visit patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. Wednesday, and they'll bring the Alumni Association's $100 contribution - and a few others - on behalf of the service members recuperating there. The American Red Cross will turn the donation into phone cards and stamps -- and "pay it forward."

    The pattern started elsewhere.

    It started with Lt. Col. Andrew Lourake, an Air Force pilot who lost his leg as a result of a motorcycle accident.  He recently returned to duties as a special air missions pilot for the 99th Airlift Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base. He's visited amputees at Walter Reed to offer support and the message that, "if you're wounded in battle, your military career is no longer over, and I'm proof."

    Air Force Col. Scott Voelker had once been Lourake's squadron commander; he missed Lourake's first flight because he was teaching. But he shared Lourake's story with his students in seminar 14.

    "I told the students about Andy visiting the soldiers at Walter Reed and that inspired discussion about what the students could do as a seminar," said Voelker.  "They've been talking about it ever since."

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

The Army Community Heritage Partnership Program, what is it and what will it do

Find out at the Community Meeting on Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m., Comfort Suites, 10 South Hanover Street, Carlisle

    November 24, 2004 -- Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks have been selected by the Department of the Army and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center (NMSC) as one of five communities in the country to be the focus of a project that seeks to strengthen the economic, historic, and social ties between an Army installation and the downtown historic commercial district.

    "Carlisle Barracks being chosen as one of the first installations in the Army to participate in the Army Community Heritage Partnership Program is a great thing," said Maj. Walt Kilmer, Carlisle Barracks garrison executive officer and program co-chair. "We were a perfect fit because Carlisle Barracks is rich in both military and American history.  This partnership will give us the opportunity to showcase how this program can be used to effectively and efficiently share resources and talents between the installation and the local community for the betterment of both."

    Other communities selected for the program include Fort Leavenworth and Leavenworth, Kan., the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Highland Falls, N.Y., Fort Benning and Columbus, Ga., and Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista, Ariz.

    Representatives from the National Main Street Center and the Department of the Army made their initial visit to downtown Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks Aug. 23-25 to introduce the program called Army-Community Heritage Partnerships to the community and to the post. 

    Team members will return Nov. 30 -Dec. 2 to review issues and observations made in the introductory report; review existing plans, discuss organizational aspects of the partnership team, and consider new information that has evolved since the introductory visit.

    Teresa Lynch, NMSC senior program associate and project leader, said she is looking forward to the visit, which will provide valuable insight on "how the relationship between Carlisle Barracks and the community of Carlisle can be strengthened and lead to economic growth for the downtown district."

    Team members accompanying Lynch will be William Armbruster, the Army's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Privatization and Partnerships, Gary Robinson, director of the Army's Office of Historic Properties, and Josh Bloom, senior program associate, NMSC,

    Lynch said that the services and technical assistance that will be afforded to Carlisle will focus on preservation-based economic development strategies that will better connect Carlisle Barracks with the community and assist in increasing the vitality of the historic downtown commercial district.

    A community meeting to discuss the program will be held on Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m., at the Comfort Suites, 10 South Hanover Street, in Carlisle.  The meeting is open to the public.

    "One of the primary goals of the project is to better serve the Army family -- those individuals who make up the military and civilian population and visitors to Carlisle Barracks. This can be done by providing enhanced shopping opportunities, product availability and services in the downtown district," said Lynch.  "Carlisle Barracks offers tremendous market opportunities for downtown Carlisle.  The Heritage Partnership project will assist the community in developing strategies to take advantage of those circumstances."

    Another goal of the project is to create a stronger bond between Carlisle Barracks and the Carlisle community by demonstrating shared heritage.

     "We will be investigating the potential for heritage tourism and the economic opportunities the tourism sector can provide both for the downtown district and for reuse of historic buildings at Carlisle Barracks," Lynch said.

    "It will provide enhanced shopping opportunities, historic-based tourism and improve the overall quality of life for all of the active duty military, reservists, retirees, and family members, not only for those who live or work at Carlisle Barracks, but also for the outlying military personnel who rely on Carlisle Barracks as the flagship military installation for this area," said Kilmer.

    The visiting team will be looking for input from both Army and community representatives on a variety of issues related to downtown's economic development and the downtown's relationship to Carlisle Barracks.

    A partnership team, made up of representatives from Carlisle Barracks and community representatives, was established during the initial visit to Carlisle.  According to Lynch the partnership team and future task forces will meet on a regular basis as the

 

 

TSA release

Partnership is the key to success of security screening during the holidays 

Washington, D.C. - The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today encouraged air travelers to become partners over the holiday season in ensuring security and minimizing passenger wait-times at screening checkpoints.
    Rear Adm. David M. Stone, the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for TSA, said it is important that travelers be prepared for checkpoints during the Thanksgiving to New Year"s holidays when enhanced screening and heavy air traffic will combine with the time-consuming challenge of X-raying bulky winter clothing and added carry-ons.
    "Partnership is the key to success," said Admiral Stone. "We're asking all travelers to take a few minutes to check the travel tips on our Web site so prohibited items are left at home and everyone is ready for screening. If people are prepared, it helps our screeners focus on ensuring security and maintaining low passenger wait times."
    TSA in September announced it was increasing the use of explosives trace detectors, expanding the use of manual pat-down searches, and referring more passengers for additional screening based on visual observations by screeners, even if an alarm has not gone off. As always, passengers have the right to a private screening.
     "A vigilant America may well have discouraged terrorist acts tied to high-profile events like the recent political conventions and the election," Admiral Stone said. "The holidays also are a period when increased vigilance is especially appropriate."
    Thanksgiving has the most concentrated travel of the year. To ensure checkpoints are fully staffed, leave will be restricted for TSA employees, managers will be working alongside screeners, and checkpoints may open earlier or close later, depending on the airport. Also, many TSA Headquarters employees and management will be volunteering to work at airports in non-security roles, such as handling baggage and helping passengers prepare for screening.
    TSA"s checkpoint protocols now require all passengers to remove outer coats and jackets for X-ray before proceeding through the metal detectors. That includes suit and sport coats, athletic warm-up jackets and blazers. If a sports coat or blazer is being worn as the outermost garment " not over a blouse or sweater, for example " it does not have to come off.
    Passengers who attempt to take firearms and ammunition through the checkpoint in their carry-on luggage continue to be a problem. Through October, more than 2,200 firearms had been intercepted since TSA assumed responsibility for security at the nation's 450 airports in February 2002. Nationally in recent months, ammunition has been intercepted more than 2,000 times a month. All firearms and ammunition must be declared to airline ticket agents and properly stored in checked baggage.
    Air travelers can make a significant contribution to security by checking out "Prepare for Takeoff" at www.TSA.gov. The website has good advice for packing smart and not wearing jewelry, shoes or clothing that may set off metal detector alarms, as well as lists of Permitted and Prohibited Items.
    When traveling with children, a discussion in advance of airport security may be helpful. At the checkpoint, children will need to temporarily part with such things as blankets and stuffed animals, and older children need to know that any comment suggesting a threat to an aircraft or its passengers is taken seriously by TSA screeners.
    Other important TSA travel tips include:

  • As you wait in line at the security checkpoint, place all metal items in a carry-on bag and take laptops and video cameras out of their cases.
  • Travel with unwrapped gifts. If a wrapped gift sets off an alarm, TSA screeners will need to unwrap the gift to resolve the alarm.
  • To minimize the risk of damage or loss, don't pack fragile or valuable items in checked baggage. Take them with you in carry-on baggage, or ship them to your destination instead.
  • Put undeveloped film in carry-on baggage because equipment used to screen checked baggage will damage film. Also, high-speed and specialty film should not be put through X-ray machines, so passengers may ask screeners at the checkpoint to physically inspect film.
  • You are NOT REQUIRED to remove your shoes before you enter the walk-through metal detector. However, TSA screeners encourage you to remove them because many types of footwear " including boots, platform shoes, and footwear containing metal or having a thick sole or heel " will require additional screening even if the metal detector DOES NOT alarm.
  • Screeners request certain shoes that match a terrorist profile to be removed for additional checks. This is one of the lessons of the "Richard Reid" incident.
  • Get to the airport in plenty of time.
  • Remember to put identification tags in and on all baggage including laptops.
  • Everyone, even frequent fliers, should double check the contents of their pockets and bags, particularly carry-on luggage, to ensure no prohibited items were inadvertently packed.
  • Passengers selected for additional screening have the right to request it be done in a private location.
  • Don't over pack bags. If screeners have to open them, closing overstuffed bags can be difficult and may result in that checked bag being delayed until a later flight.
  • If TSA screeners need to open a locked bag for inspection they may have to break the lock. There are now products on the market that have uniform locking systems that enable screeners to open and relock a bag. Passengers without such devices may still want to consider leaving bags unlocked.

 

 

AAFES rewards good grades

    AAFES is sponsoring a "You Made The Grade" program for students in grades 1st through 12 who have a B average or better. Students should bring their report cards to the PX customer service counter and receive a coupon booklet which offers a variety of discounts and specials as well as an entry form for the quarterly drawing for a $2,000, $3,000 or $5,000 savings bond.   

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Unfurling the flags of many nations

   

November 18, 2004 -- Carlisle High School's Model United Nations Club honored past and present international students in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the "Cascade of Nations" on Nov. 17, in the high school's Swartz Building.

    Seventy-two flags representing the national flag of every foreign student who has attended Carlisle schools for the last ten years now hang in the bridge area adjoining the Swartz and Fowler Buildings.

    Brig. Gen. Sedky Sobhy, Egyptian International Fellow and IF Class President, and Kevin Wagner, Carlisle High School teacher and Model UN advisor, cut the ribbon dedicating the "Cascade of Nations."  Nine members from last year's Model UN Club, proponents of the idea, were also present for the ceremony.

    "It is so nice that we have this to represent the diverse population at Carlisle High School," said Marta Speck, CHS senior and Model UN Club member. 

    "It's a gorgeous decoration as well," said Regina Hogle, CHS senior and Model UN Club member.    

    "The majority of flags have been displayed since the first week of August, but additional flags were added for the ceremony," said Wagner.  "Eighty-five to ninety percent of the flags represent the countries of sons and daughters of International Fellows who have attended Carlisle schools.."

    The flags are 3 feet by 5 feet in size and are accompanied by a brass plate identifying the country and the name of the sponsor.  Sponsors who donated the flags are members of the community, teachers and area businesses.

    Joining the students from the Model UN Club and other Carlisle School District representatives were USAWC International Fellows. 

    "I am proud.  My son is attending the high school and it is for him," said Lt. Col. Istvan Biro, Hungarian International Fellow. 

    "It is an excellent idea and provides continuity," said Col. Gerd Brandstetter, German International Fellow. "I have a son in the 8th grade."

    Following the ceremony guests were invited to a reception which featured a variety of foods from different countries of the world. 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Post housing project moves forward

    November 18, 2004 -- After more than two years of planning, eight months of negotiating design concepts and ten thousand plus man hours, the five volume Community Development and Management Plan for Carlisle Barracks has cleared the first major hurdle toward final approval. 

     The CDMP was presented to the Department of the Army Nov. 9 by Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander, and post RCI program manager Alan Thompson. The document is now at the Department of Defense and a response is expected in early December.

     "The briefings all went well and we are right on schedule for our project," Thompson said.

     Once approved by DoD, the plan will be forwarded to Congress for a 45 day review.

Some important dates for the RCI project:

  • Jan.  2005       

      Notice to proceed is expected from Congress

  • May 2005                     

     Army housing at Carlisle Barracks will transfer to the partner agency, titled Carlisle, Monmouth Picatinny Communities. From that point forward residents will sign for and clear post housing through this agency, instead of post housing. Students in the USAWC Class of 2005 will be the first student group to transition under this new agency. The post Housing Office, Human Resource Directorate and the partner agency are working to make this transition as smooth as possible.

  • July 2005                     

    Housing construction begins on "virgin land" first, with enlisted families the priority in the housing plan. A new community, called The Links, will be built adjacent to the golf course, in the undeveloped area next to the vehicle access control point. It is proposed to include 23 duplexes, with 46 housing units comprised of all three-bedroom units.

    College Arms, Royal American Circle, Garrison Lane, Forbes Avenue and other post communities will be developed to include walking trails, tot lots and playgrounds. Marshall Ridge will connect to a proposed addition in Heritage Park where 56 housing units will be constructed as three-bedroom units, and four-bedroom units. Plans also include the proposed demolition of Young Hall and rebuilding the site with three eight-plex townhouse units.  

    Once construction begins, it will take an estimated 12 months from start to finish for the first residents to move in with all construction and renovation completed within 5 years. Proposed housing designs can be found here. 

 

Background

    Carlisle Barracks, Fort Monmouth, and Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., are part of a combined project under the Residential Communities Initiative, a partnership between the Department of the Army and private sector developers to improve housing for military families. American Eagle Communities, the project partner, has developed different community plans for each installation. There are currently 316 residential homes on Carlisle Barracks. At the end of the development phase, 277 housing units will remain. Historic homes will also be renovated, but will maintain their historic appearance. Each home will have a living room, dining room, family room, kitchen w/nook, and washer/dryer area. All new homes will have a garden style patio/porch and storage areas as well as a two car garage. Each new unit will have between 1800 and 2000 total sq. feet of living space not including the garage.

How will BRAC affect RCI?

    The development phase will begin about the same time as the results of the Base Realignment and Closure are expected to be published by DoD. According to Thompson, the RCI project will continue unfettered by possible BRAC scenarios.

    "There are provisions within the RCI agreement that address the consequences of BRAC, and our partner is aware of those provisions," Thompson said. One of the provisions includes the right of first purchase by the partner.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Security gate installation behind Root Hall to impact deliveries, parking

 

November 17, 2004 -- There will be a disruption of normal parking and delivery procedures during the installation of a security barrier behind Root Hall beginning the week of Nov. 29.

    On December 1, 2 and 3 heavy freight shipments will be diverted to the Supply and Services building in DPW (building 306) and then stored in the Log and Maintenance storage area, or they will be off loaded near the LVCC and transported to the Root Hall warehouse via forklift.

    There will also be an impact on parking behind Root Hall.  

    "No one will be allowed to park behind Root Hall from Dec. 1 until Dec. 3," said Hal Newcomer, chief of logistics for DPW.  In addition, the parking will now be controlled behind the building.

    "Motorcycles and permit parking only will be authorized behind Root Hall," said Barry Farquhar, force protection officer. "Other temporary parking will be limited to contractors or other maintenance workers doing work in or adjacent to Root Hall."  There will still be space for golf carts and smaller vehicles to access the loading dock and the Root Hall gym without having to lower the barrier.

    The new barrier is designed to help protect Root Hall and comply with the force protection requirement of a 25 meter buffer that must surround key buildings.

    "This gate is necessary to make sure that Root Hall won't be as vulnerable to an attack by vehicle borne improvised explosive devices," said Farquhar.  

    Smaller deliveries will also be affected. 

    "Traffic such as mail distribution, Fed-Ex and UPS, food services for the cafeteria and other vendors will have to make arrangements to deliver through the front entrance of Root Hall during the construction," said Newcomer. 

    Employees are asked to re-schedule shipments during this timeframe if possible. There may also be increased foot and delivery traffic to the main Root Hall entrance during this time.

 

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Flu vaccine still available for high-risk patients

      November 17, 2004 -- Dunham U.S. Army Clinic still has flu vaccine available for eligible beneficiaries in the high risk categories as defined by the CDC. Patients can call 245-3400 to make an appointment to receive the vaccine.

The priority for the vaccination is as follows

         Children 6-23 months of age

         Children 6 months to 18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy

         Adults 65 years of age or older (or will be 65 on or before March 30, 2005)

         People age two and older with an underlying chronic medical condition (heart or lung disease, metabolic disease (such as diabetes), kidney disease, a blood disorder, or a weakened immune system (including HIV/AIDS)

         Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season

         Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities

         Household contacts and caretakers of infants less than 6 months of age

         Health-care workers with direct patient contact

    Patients will be screened at the clinic to ensure that there are enough vaccines for those in the high risk categories. 

    High risk patients older than age two and younger than age 65, who do not receive their routine health care at Dunham will need to bring documentation from their health care provider attesting to their high risk condition.

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Firefighters keeping post safe from hazardous materials

 

November 18, 2004-At a time when the risk of a terrorist attack on the U.S. and even Carlisle Barracks is heightened, combined with the modern day use of toxic industrial chemicals, it is important that the post firefighters are up to date on hazardous material training.

    Carlisle Barracks firefighters took their annual Haz-Mat technician refresher course on Nov 18, honing their skills in detecting hazardous materials, protecting the public from toxic spills and cleaning up a spill.

    "This training is vital for what firefighters do from day to day," said Hank Hoffman, deputy chief at the New Cumberland Supply Depot and Haz-Mat trainer. "We could have a spill at any time and the biggest thing we need to learn is how to stay safe while cleaning it up."

    For the first part of the training the firefighters discussed the different types of chemical spills, types of toxins, how to test for hazardous chemicals and how to properly clean them.

    "The biggest thing we are trying to do is make sure our people are trained to properly handle hazardous materials," said Jim O'Connell, Carlisle Barracks fire chief.

    In the afternoon the firefighters set up a decontamination station, which is used to clean people off after they have been exposed to a hazardous material. The station consists of a shower station made of PVC pipes and a hose. The water fills the PVC frame and then rains down on the individual who is under the framing. Other stations had large tubs the individual to stand in while being scrubbed clean by the firefighters.

    "Ideally, we would have about five stations," said O'Connell. "There would be a shower at the start to get the bulk of the hazardous material off, there would be several scrub stations and there would be another shower at the end."

    The training was just one of the many courses the firefighters take each year to remain certified.

    "Our goal with the training is to be ready at any time to control a hazardous situation as quickly as possible so we can save lives," said Bob Farrell, firefighter.

    There will be a Haz-Mat exercise involving the entire Carlisle Barracks firefighting staff here on post on Nov. 23.

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Get ready, winter's coming!

 

    November 18, 2004-The recent drop in temperatures, the falling leaves and the shorter days mean one thing, winter is on its way. The harsh winter weather can be hard on your home, pets, plants, car and your health.  Are you ready?

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web site, the average winter temperature is 34 degrees in Carlisle and we average over 35 inches of snow per year. This winter could be even colder. In fact, the Farmer's Almanac predicts a colder than normal winter. You need to be ready for whatever the winter months bring.

 

Preparing your home

    Start to prepare your home for the winter cold, snow and ice now so it will be ready when the bad weather arrives. There are several things you can do to make sure your home is ready for winter weather.

    "The first thing that needs to be done is to walk around the outside of the house to make sure vents are clear," said Richard Tibbetts, Department of Public Works. "Also, remove any water hoses from the spouts, as they will freeze and possibly break pipes."

    Tibbetts advises that dead branches should be removed from trees.  Ice and snow could cause weak branches to break, causing damage to structures. Also, as days become shorter, make sure your outdoor lighting is in good working order.  Good lighting can protect you against crime and accidental falls.

    According to Carlisle Barracks fire officials, you should check smoke and Co2 detectors to make sure they are working properly. Replace the batteries if they are not hard-wired to your electrical system.

    "It's a good idea to get into the habit of changing your smoke detector batteries when the time changes for daylight savings," said Jim O'Connell, fire captain, Carlisle Barracks fire department. "When you change your clocks, just make a point to change the smoke detector batteries, too. If you didn't change them when you set your clocks back, do it now."

    Always make sure you have a snow shovel and road-salt on hand to keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

    If you experience a weather related emergency this winter contact the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department.  For all other issues call the Department of Public Works, work order desk at 245-4019.

 

            Home preparation check list

q       Make sure exterior vents are clear.

q       Remove exterior garden hoses and shut off faucets.

q       Remove weak trees and branches.

q       Check outdoor lighting.

q       Check and change batteries in fire and Co2 detectors.

q       Make sure you have a snow shovel and salt for sidewalks.

 

Preparing your car

    A well running car in the winter can mean the difference between making it home and sitting in the cold, said Keith Thompson, mechanic for the Skill Development Center.

    "You will want to change your oil and check all your fluid levels, especially your coolant," said Thompson. "Make sure your belts, hoses and windshield wipers are in good condition, make sure your tires are not too worn and that your thermostat is in good condition."

    It is also a good idea to let your car warm up for a while before driving it on cold mornings, said Thompson. Warming your car will allow all the fluids in your vehicle to flow properly and help your car function as it should.

    The auto shop at the SDC can prepare your vehicle for the winter season by changing your oil, performing a radiator flush, conducting a fluids check and top off, checking belts and hoses, tire pressure check and a wiper blade check. Call the SDC at 245-3319 to make an appointment.

    Thompson also suggests people place a winter emergency kit in each car, which should include a shovel, windshield scraper, battery powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, extra hats and mittens, a flashlight, chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables and emergency flares.

 

            Car preparation check list

q       Keep oil changes up to date.

q       Check radiator fluid/flush.

q       Check fluid levels.

q       Check all belts.

q       Check all hoses.

q       Check or replace wiper blades.

q       Check tire tread.

q       Check or replace battery.

q       Check or replace thermostat.

q       Lubricate working parts.

q       Make sure you have an emergency kit.

 

Winter driving tips

    Ice, snow and slush on the roads in the winter can create a very hazardous situation. Planning ahead can make your road trips much safer.

    Icepack.org reminds you to always plan ahead with safety in mind.  Be sure to check the forecast; if a winter storm is predicted for the area in which you will be driving, think twice, (or) ask yourself if the trip is necessary.  Also, check road condition reports on the television, radio or Internet.

    When driving in the winter, always wear your seatbelt; remove ice and snow from windows, license plates and lights; reduce your speed while driving; watch for slick spots under bridges and on overpasses and keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

 

            Winter driving check list

q       Watch weather reports.

q       Watch road condition reports.

q       Wear seatbelts.

q       Clear ice from windows and lights.

q       Reduce your speed.

q       Watch for slick spots on the road.

q       Keep gas tank at least two-thirds full.

 

    Start preparing for the winter months now so you're ready when harsh weather strikes.

 

 

Campaign Analysis Course offering film and discussion program

 

    The AY05 Campaign Analysis Course (CAC) is offering an optional Strategic and Operational Art Film and Discussion Program.  The purpose of this program is to offer interested students insight into selected events in the evolution of warfare from ancient times to the present. 

    A series of films addressing strategic and operational themes will be shown Thursday evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. in Wil Waschoe Auditorium, according to the schedule below.  Each film will be followed by a discussion period moderated by a faculty member familiar with the events and period addressed in the film.  The program is open to all students, staff, and faculty with priority seating to CAC students.

 

DATE                                        TITLE

 

December 2                   Julius Caesar and the Battle of Alesia

December 9                   Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Ausertlitz

December 16                  Horatio Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar

January 6                      Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

                                    (This will be shown in the Mary Walker Room)

January 13                    The Charge of the Light Brigade

January 20                    Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle of the Wilderness

January 27                    Zulu Dawn

February 3                     Khartoum

February 10                   The Wind and the Lion

February 17                   55 Days in Peking

February 24                   Paths of Glory

March 3                        The Sand Pebbles

March 10                       Tora, Tora, Tora

March 17                       Midway

March 24                       Thin Red Line

March 31                       Command Decisions

April 7                           Twelve O'Clock High

April 14                          The Longest Day

April 21                          Patton

April 28                          MacArthur

May 5                            Dr. Strangelove

May 12                          The Bedford Incident

May 19                          Thirteen Days

May  26                         We Were Soldiers Once and Young       

 

 

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention month

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

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

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

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

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

    The Designated Driver Program on Carlisle Barracks: "You Drink - You Drive - You Lose."  The LVCC and The Strike Zone support the Designated Driver Program.

     A designated driver is a person in a group of two or more drinking adults who agrees not to drink any alcoholic beverages and to safely transport the other group member's home. If it is a large group, more than one Designated Driver may be needed. Designated Drivers should not drink any alcoholic beverages and are therefore never the person least drunk. Designated Drivers are also important if someone is taking medication that makes them drowsy or otherwise impaired. 

     LVCC - inform the bar tender that you are the designated driver and you will receive FREE non-alcoholic drinks throughout the event. They will give you a sticker that will identify you as such. (Wear it proudly).

    STRIKE ZONE BOWLING CENTER - inform the staff that you are the designated driver and you will receive FREE non-alcoholic drinks during your visit. You will receive a sticker that will identify you as such. (Wear it proudly).

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

 

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

This is only a test

Carlisle Barracks, Cumberland County test emergency response

 

    November 8, 2004- An exploding railroad car, injured bodies strewn about on the ground, bombs and emergency crews working hard to react to the terrorist activity -- but it was all just a test.

    Carlisle Barracks conducted a force protection exercise in conjunction with local law enforcement and emergency crews Nov. 6 to practice what they would do in case of an actual terrorist attack against the post and community.

    "It exercised our ability to respond to incidents and provide the emergency and life saving actions," said Barry Farquhar, force protection officer, "More importantly, it provided us the opportunity to work with our local Cumberland County emergency management agency and it enabled our first responders on post and at Dunham to work with their civilian counterparts."

     The exercise started with information that alerted post law enforcement officials of the possibility of an impending terrorist attack. The information included things such as individuals being stopped at the Canadian border with bomb residue on them, individuals being overheard making threatening comments about post, and a captured Al Qaeda operative providing information about a possible attack.

    At about 10:30 a.m. there was a simulated explosion on a railroad car on the tracks crossing Claremont Road. There was a smoke machine in the railroad car to make the explosion seem realistic.

    Close to 20 kids from Cumberland County Juvenile Probation played the part of injured people at the site. The kids were wearing makeup and blood and carried cards to indicate to emergency crews what their injuries were so the crews knew how to properly treat them.

    "I'm playing the part of a person with a severely broken shoulder," said Darryl Scott, an actor at the exercise. "It's kind of fun dressing up and being a part of this."

    Emergency crews acted fast to get to the site of the simulated explosion, but were cautious because of the information that the railroad car was carrying toxic material. The crews parked in an open lot up the street and prepared to evacuate the injured people. A decontamination center was established and several emergency workers dressed in their hazardous materials protective gear.

    The injured kids were ultimately rescued and brought from the contaminated area to receive emergency treatment one at a time.

    When crews were working, two terrorists wearing firefighter clothing and equipment walked into the site carrying simulated bombs in duffle bags. The bombs were left at the site and had they been real, many of the emergency workers would have been killed.

    "Terrorists from Al Qaeda often attack first responders," said Farquhar. "We need to be prepared for this."

    The job of the emergency crews on the scene of the explosion was only part of the exercise. There were people hard at work in the Installation Operations Center, as well. They were getting out the message about the disaster and communicating with key players on emergency crews to make sure everyone was safe. 

    "I think the exercise went very well," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander. "All the key organizations, both on and off-post, met or exceeded our expectations, strongly demonstrating their ability to respond in the event of a real incident of this type.

    "The most significant accomplishment was that we overcame our prior communications difficulties at the tactical and organizational levels with information sharing and dissemination occurring in a rapid and efficient manner."

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Reynolds Theater repairs on schedule

(photos Tom Zimmerman)

November 17, 2004 - A few tiles left to hang, some touch-up painting to do and Reynolds Theater should open on Dec. 3 with a new and improved look.

    "There are just a few things that we have left to do before we're done," said Frank Magni, engineer with the directorate of public works. "The carpet is set to be installed in the next few days and there is just some touch-up painting and acoustic panels left to be set up."

    Eichelberger Construction has performed the work, which began on Oct. 25.

      As part of the renovations, the theater received new seats, a new concession area and other cosmetic improvements. The walls have been repainted, new carpet has been placed in the aisles, new acoustic tiles have been installed and the floor has been repaired.

    "The seats are like those you find at civilian movie theatres," said Jack Scott, post exchange manager. "They have a cup holder attached and the rows are staggered so moviegoers have more room to walk than they did before."

    The concession stand will also be new and the lobby area has been redesigned to allow more people to stand inside during cold weather while paying and getting snacks for the movie.

    The theater can't reopen soon enough for some people.

 

     "I'm really looking forward to seeing what it looks like now," said Mary-Anne Moore, military family member. "The seats squeaked really loud before, but it's nice to be able to walk over and see movies without going off post."

    See related story

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

WWII code talker speaks at American Indian/Alaskan Native Observance

 

   

November 9, 2004-Carlisle Barracks recognized the rich history and culture of Native Americans and their role in military history at the American Indian/Alaskan Native Observance Nov. 9 at the Letort View Community Center.

    Keith Little, a WWII Code Talker, spoke to an audience gathered about the unique and special role Navajo code talkers played in American history.

     The Navajo code talkers had a hand in the success of U.S. troops in WWII, according to the Naval Historical Center web site. The Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945.

     In war, the communication of messages was important for the success of operations, said Little. Thus, intercepting or interfering with enemy communications was vital for victory. One method used for protecting information was to use code.

    Philip Johnston was the first to come up with the idea of using the Navajo as code talkers, said Little. Johnston, son of missionaries to the Navajo tribe, proposed the idea to the military, who then gathered 29 Navajo speakers together to develop a code.

    The complex Navajo language, combined with a system of other code techniques, created a code that enemy forces could not decipher. The code used words such as NI-MA-SI for grenade. The literal translation for the word is potatoes. They also used the word CHAY-DA-GAHI for tank, which translates as tortoise.

    "The Navajo code talkers became so proficient that they could decode as quickly as the messages were received," said Little. "When you do this, you save lives."

    The code talkers had to keep everything they did during the war a secret. They couldn't even tell their families. In 1968 the information about the Navajo code talkers became declassified.

    After the code became declassified the Navajo started to get recognition for their contributions to the war effort. In 2001 the original 29 code talkers who developed the codes received Medals of Honor and the rest of the code talkers, including Little, received Silver Stars.

    Upon earning this honor, Little asked a friend how he felt about finally being recognized.

    "I never thought about it," his friend replied. "I guess, just maybe I may be an American now."

    Those in attendance were glad that Little came and told the story of the code talkers and their contribution to the war effort

    "It was a wonderful program.  Mr. Little was such a good speaker and you can relate to him. It was so relevant because of Veterans Day coming up and the fact that he wasa World War II vet and Native American," said Dot Overcash, from DMSPO.

    Little grew up in the Navajo Nation in Arizona with very little information from the world outside of the Navajo territory. They had no television or radio to give them information on international issues and tensions.

    "At the time World War II started I had never heard of Christianity or even of the Marines," said Little.

    In 1942 when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese, a friend of Little's told him about the attack.

    "I didn't even know where Pearl Harbor was, but it was still a shock to all of us," said Little. "My friend and I said that we would retaliate, some how."

    In May of 1943, Little enlisted in the Marines. Because he was only 17-years-old he and his friend had to have someone sign for them.

    "We got an old man to give us his thumb print," said Little. "Many old people didn't write so they used their thumb prints to sign for things."

    Many people who felt the Navajo were mistreated by the American government questioned why Little was willing to fight for them.

    "I told them that this is our land and I will fight for it," said Little. "That is why we enlisted, to protect our freedom."

    When Little enlisted, he knew nothing of the Navajo Code Talker Project, but by Dec. 1943 he was accepted into the program and went to Camp Pendleton, Calif. to train. After training, Little was assigned to the 24th Marine, Fourth Marine Division. His battle campaigns include: Atools, Marshall Island, Rio-Namur Islands, Kwajelein, Saipan Island, Iwo Jima Island, Volcanos Island and others.

    Little spent his time in the Pacific receiving, sending and deciphering messages about troop movement and placement, military activities and war plans.

    "The Navajo were very important in the war, but they never got recognized for anything," said Little. "The work we did was top secret. I think they thought that if we got awards that it would give up the secret."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Seniors prepare for annual holiday tea

    November 10, 2004 -- Kathryn Reynolds is ready. She has made an appointment with the hair stylist, received a special blue outfit from her best friend and is counting down the days that her date will arrive.

    Every year for the last 48 years, Reynolds has attended the Carlisle Barracks Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea.

    "I love it out there. I love the children and I love to go," said the 80-year-old resident of Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. "I am looking forward to going again."

    Nancy Thomas, 62, is also looking forward to attending the tea. She has been to the post holiday tea for the last 15 years.

    "It's been good. I like the kids," said Thomas. Originally from Enola, Pa., she has lived at Claremont for 30 years. She also has an appointment with the hair stylist and a new outfit for the 2004 Holiday Tea here of Dec. 8 and 9.

    "Everyone who is invited to the tea gets a new outfit and is seen by the hair stylist that morning. That's a special thing that Claremont does for our residents," said Debra Kace, activities director.

    Seeing the kids is not the only high point of the event for Claremont residents, according to Kace. Claremont guests are escorted by Carlisle Barracks and U.S. Army War College personnel who drive their own cars to meet them.

    "The ladies swoon and carry on for about two months after the tea about the men, dressed in uniforms that came and took them to the party," Kace said.

    "One year, a lady gave me a bouquet of flowers that she said was special just for me," Kathryn said. "I just bawled when she gave them to me."

    Tears of joy have also been shed by residents of Chapel Pointe at Carlisle. Ruth Mehne and Elsie Edgren are looking forward to attending.

    "Last year, the young man who was my escort was so friendly and so nice and I really enjoyed the whole thing," said Edgren, who just celebrated her 90th birthday.

    "I have only been once and I was supposed to go last year but they cancelled it," said Mehne, who is originally from Scranton, Pa. "They have a lot of singing that I like."

    Weather caused one of two days to be cancelled in 2002 and 2003.

    New residents are invited to attend first. Then health center and assisted living residents are asked to attend. Of the 214 residents currently residing at Chapel Pointe, 64 are expected to attend this year's event.

    "We make a special effort not to plan anything for that time because it's a highlight for all of the residents," said Jean Rowett, activities coordinator at Chapel Pointe.  

    Mildred Frankenberry and her husband attended the tea for four years before he passed away. One year, they were honored for being the longest married couple at the tea. Mildred has had some problems with her foot, but plans to attend this year's tea if she is feeling better.

    "It's like a kick-off for the holiday season for the residents," said Michelle Shaffer, activities coordinator at Chapel Pointe.  "They know the holidays are coming and they like to idea of having this military person escort them. They really enjoy it."

    The 49th Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Tea is scheduled for Dec 8 and 9 at the Letort View Community Center on post. Volunteers are needed to provide holiday entertainment for the attendees. For more information or to volunteer, call 245-4607 or email Shannon.Calahan@carlisle.army.mil

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Dunham staff tackles referral problems, delays

    November 8, 2004 -- Eight weeks into the partnership with Health Net, the new managed care support contractor for TRICARE North Region, problems with the referral process have been identified and steps are being taken to help correct them.  

    The biggest issue according to Col. Gordon Miller, Dunham commander, is that there weren't enough Health Net employees available to deal with the volume of calls for referrals.

    "Health Net just didn't have enough qualified and trained individuals on board on Sept. 1 to handle the workload for TRICARE North," said Miller. Currently, Health Net is adding additional staff at Dunham to assist with the referral backlog.

    In addition, Health Net has increased their corporate headquarters staff by 86% since Sept. 1 to assist with the referrals authorization process. Future efforts to improve the referral process include customer and specialty provider training and education, as well as implementing tools to track referrals and their results. 

    "Right now, what the patient sees at Dunham is a system that is broken, but, once remedied, the potential of the process to electronically track, not only the referrals, but also the result is a powerful one. One chronic problem that has plagued primary care providers for years, is getting legible reports back from specialists in a timely manner.  The system proposed by Health Net addresses that issue and will ultimately assist providers and patients at Dunham in a very unique and important way," said Miller.          

   Under the new process, the primary care provider electronically enters the referral request. This request, once reviewed for completeness by Dunham's Referral Management Office, is sent electronically to Health Net, where they confirm the beneficiary is eligible for the service requested, and that the care is indeed a covered benefit and that it is medically necessary.

    Once authorized by Health Net, patients should receive notification in the mail within seven to 10 days.  This notification provides them the approval of their referral, an authorization number and the name and phone number of a provider who accepts TRICARE and whose access meets the TRICARE Standard of 28 days.  Presently, patients are receiving their letters in the mail three and sometimes even four weeks after their primary care manager submits the request. 

    "This is clearly unacceptable and is resulting in a significant increase in the number of phone calls to Health Net every day," said Miller.  "Unfortunately, due to staffing shortages, Health Net has not been able to handle all of the calls in a timely manner, and patients have turned to the Dunham staff to assist them. Our staff has been called on to assist with the process despite the fact they have never been trained to do that." 

    Miller praised his staff's flexibility and expressed optimism that the addition of more Health Net staff would help make the process easier for patients and care providers.

     "They have been doing a great job trying to satisfy our patients needs," said Miller, "But they are requiring more time and personnel to meet the new mission. I know that once Health Net is able to get more people on board we'll be able to take care of everyone in a timely and efficient manner."

    Anyone having difficulty obtaining authorization for a routine referral should contact the clinic's Health Benefits Advisor Office at 245-4112. 

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post prepares to migrate network to Active Directory system

AKO standards to apply locally

 

November 9, 2004 -- Post computer users will soon take the next step in an Army-wide initiative to streamline computer networks and allow greater access and consistency across the nation. Users will accomplish this by simply using a new log-in name and switching their domain name at the log-on screen to a different one.

    "By Dec. 31, 2004 we plan on having all users migrated to the new Active Directory system," said Lt. Col. Jim Redwine, who heads the post DOIM. "The major noticeable change for users is that they will be using their AKO log-in User Name each morning when they start their day."

    "Right now, when a user logs-on, they are logging into the Carlisle domain," said Ed Otto, technical director for the DOIM. "After they have been migrated, users will log-in to the NAE domain rather than the Carlisle domain."  The user can make their required change by selecting NAE on the bottom drop-down window in the opening log-on screen. The user's password will not change.

    "That's the only change that most users will notice," said Otto. There won't be any changes to the user's desktop, Outlook email or other files or programs. "This is strictly a migration to a new domain, all of their preferences, permissions and files will be migrated automatically.  Otto has been using AD for over a week and has been able to do everything he did before the migration."   

    Active directory is a new network service designed to help make computer networks easier to manage, to make networks more secure, and to provide users a greater ability to access network resources. It will replace Windows NT which is the standard upon which many networks currently operate.

    "As of the end of this year, Microsoft won't offer support for NT. Microsoft's move toward Active Directory happens to be consistent with the Army's planned move to a more centralized network system," said Redwine.

    Under the Army's new plans, local networks like the one at Carlisle Barracks will be replaced and migrated to a more centralized server system that will be identical to that of other installations.

    "Unlike the current system in which each installation has its own network, with the new Active Directory system each installation will be part of a larger network that is split into different regional domains under a single CONUS forest," said Redwine. Carlisle Barracks will be part of the North America East (NAE) regional domain.  "The long-range plan is that you will be able to log-in to the network from any installation and be able to access data and folders at your home installation. For example if you're TDY at Ft. McNair you will be able to log-in and access your files here at Carlisle Barracks. The migration to Active Directory is one step toward this future plan."

Users should continue to log-in as normal.

    "We haven't yet migrated all of the users on post to the Active Directory system," said Redwine. Users will receive guidance from their respective IMOs when they must start using their new AKO style log-in User Names and must select the NAE domain, rather than the Carlisle domain.

    This is the latest in a series of steps to help make the Army's information technology systems more secure and more stable. "This process started about a year ago for us," said Jarred Ray, RSI system administrator. "There has been a lot of behind the scenes work done so that the transition goes as smoothly as possible." Part of this work was installing and learning how to use the two new servers we received as part of this migration.

    "We received two new servers from NETCOM that will serve as our connection to the new AD network that our folks had to learn pretty quickly how to use," said Redwine. "The folks within RSI have been doing great work to make sure that we can smoothly execute this migration."

 

Anthrax Vaccination program paused

     Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic in conjunction with a new Department of Defense directive has paused Anthrax vaccinations for active duty personnel.

    DoD is currently reviewing an injunction issued recently by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia regarding the department's anthrax vaccination program. 

    The injunction did not question the safety and effectiveness of the anthrax vaccine or the immunization program in the DoD.  The injunction centered on FDA procedural issues stating that additional public comment should have been sought before the FDA issued its final rule in December of 2003.

    Soldiers who have made appointments for getting the shots should call the clinic at 245-3325 and leave a voice message canceling their appointment. Dunham will call when they are permitted to resume the Anthrax Vaccination Program.

    Today's ruling is similar to the judge's injunction issued in December 2003.  At that time DoD paused the vaccination program pending clarification of the legal issues.  The 2003 injunction was lifted roughly two weeks later. 

        A copy of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld's memorandum concerning the action is at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Oct2004/d20041027anthrax.pdf

 

 

 

 

Rick Brink, Defense Commissary Agency

Gift certificates expanding to all commissaries

   

    FORT LEE, Va. - A trip to any commissary in the world is all it will take soon to get the popular commissary gift certificates.

    Made available just last month in commissaries in the continental United States, the offering is being expanded this month to all 273 commissaries worldwide. Gift certificates in stores are available in one denomination of $25. A handling fee of $1 per certificate is added to offset printing, shipping and handling costs.

    "Plans call for them (gift certificates) to be available worldwide by around the middle of this month. We're very pleased to expand this service, especially since this is the time of year for gift giving," said Patrick B. Nixon, DeCA's chief executive officer.

    The in-store gift certificate offer is an expansion of the 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 http://www.commissaries.com, 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

Dunham to begin flu vaccinations for high-risk groups

 

November 4, 2004 -- Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic will begin flu vaccinations for eligible beneficiaries considered high-risk starting Monday Nov. 8, in the clinic.

    Dunham will take patients on a walk-in basis starting at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, and will continue until 7:30 p.m. They will repeat this schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday. The clinic will not give vaccinations on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Vaccinations will resume on an appointment basis Monday Nov. 15, based on the availability of the vaccine.

    The DoD priority lists for the vaccinations are as follows

  • Children 6-23 months of age

  • Children 6 months to 18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy

  • Adults 65 years of age or older (or will be 65 on or before March 30, 2005)

  • People age two and older with an underlying chronic medical condition (heart or lung disease, metabolic disease (such as diabetes), kidney disease, a blood disorder, or a weakened immune system (including HIV/AIDS)

  • Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season

  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities

  • Household contacts and caretakers of infants < 6 months of age

  • Health-care workers with direct patient contact

    Patients will be screened at the clinic to ensure that the vaccines go to those in the high risk categories first.

    "Those who fit into these categories are strongly encouraged to bring a photo ID with their birth date if they are over 65," said Col. Gordon Miller, Dunham commander.  "Parents of children 6-23 months of age are asked to bring a birth certificate. Those with chronic illness who are not regularly treated at Dunham are asked to bring a letter from their doctor or a prescription for their chronic condition," said Miller.  "While these are not required, they will help keep the line moving. We can call someone's doctor to verify eligibility but if they can bring it ahead of time it would really help."

    Dunham will continue to vaccinate until their supply has been exhausted.

    "After this week we will vaccinate by appointment only so now is really the best time to get it done if you fall into the high-risk group," said Miller.

    For updated information make sure to check the Banner Online or turn to the Carlisle Barracks Network, channel 14 on post Comcast Cable and channel 10 in Root Hall.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post recognizes accomplishment of Soldiers, civilians

 

November 3, 2004 -- Carlisle Barracks took some time Nov. 3 to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of military and civilian personnel during the Quarterly Awards ceremony in the Letort View Community Center.

    ""We remain a nation at war and your work everyday is linked to that," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "The work you have done here is recognized worldwide and you are helping to support our troops with everything you do."

    Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips echoed those comments.

    "We're not just recognizing those who are getting awards today for their hard work, but everyone in this room and on the installation," said McPhillips. "Thank you for continuing to do all that you do to make Carlisle Barracks great."

 

Award winner's:

 

Spc. Adam Royds, DSES/Hqs Co - Soldier of the Quarter, 4th Qtr FY 04

Ms. Mary Anne Turnbaugh , DCA - Civilian Employee of the Quarter

 

Dr. Charles A. Krupnick, DDE - Achievement Medal for Civilian Service-CAPSTONE Exercise

 

Certificate of Accomplishment:

Lt. Col. (Ret) Samuel Lombardo, AUSA Volunteer

 

Certificates of Appreciation:

Maj. Carla J. Campbell, DOIM - IMA Stalwart Award Nomination

Mr. Jim Aiello, Safety - Motorcycle Safety Program

 

Certificates of Achievement - Commander's Information Channel Support:

Ms. Rose M. Barnes, DCA

Ms. Mary Anne Turnbaugh, DCA

 

Length of Service Awards:

Ms. Barbara J. Barnes, Child Dev Ctr - 15 Years

Mr. Cary L. Meals, Army Lodging - 15 Years

Dr. Samuel J. Newland, DDE - 15 Years

Mr. Edward T. Otto, DOIM - 15 Years

Dr. Charles A. Krupnick, DDE - 10 Years

 

Garrison Commander's Coin:

Mr. Michael Yurek, DSES - Post Bicycle Rodeo

 

Commanding General Bonus Award:

Iris Baker, DAA

Theresa Derr, HRD

Scarolet Lichtenberger, DSES

Richard Long, SSI

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

New equipment helps Soldiers become better marksmen

   

November 4, 2004-There should be more expert qualifying shooters on post in the near future thanks to new training equipment at the Military Police station.

    Carlisle Barracks has recently acquired an Engagement Skills Trainer, or Weaponeer, for training MPs and other permanent party personnel on post to be more qualified shooters.

    The $60,000 EST system is a computerized system that uses realistic weapons, projected images and a laser to give Soldiers a life-like experience. Soldiers can do everything from zeroing a weapon to qualification on the machine, and can even go through many different everyday scenarios.

    EST systems have been on the market for several years, but they are continually being upgraded.

    "They continually upgrade the system so it has the most up-to-date scenarios and technology to give Soldiers the best training possible," said Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Gray, MP platoon sergeant.

    The operator can select from many different environments and conditions to prepare for any situation they may face.

    "It will do just about any wartime simulation," said Gray. "It can be set up for wooded scenes or urban scenes, we can change the weather to make it rain, we can change it to any time of day or night, we can limit visibility and we can make it have different levels of fog."

    There are three different lanes to allow three different users to get on the machine at the same time. The EST is also capable of training with several different types of weapons.

    "We only have the machine set up to use the M-16A2 and 9 mm, but it is capable of being set up with 10 different weapons," said Staff Sgt. Richard Littlefield, military police.

    A compressed air system helps give the user realistic recoil when shots are fired to give them the feel of being out on the range firing a real weapon.

    The MPs will benefit from some of the lifelike scenarios that simulate situations where firing a weapon into a crowd may not be the best option or to teach them what situations they should or should not fire their weapon at a person. The EST can be set up to show a robbery, a traffic dispute, an unruly crowd or any number of scenarios. There are about 50 shoot/don't shoot scenarios in all.

    "It's important that MPs know when to fire and not fire their weapon," said Gray. "They need to learn that not every situation they walk into is bad. Deadly force is not always needed."

    When a user fires on a person in one of the scenarios the machine will stop and ask them to justify why they shot the individual. The controller will discuss it with them, help them identify situations where they should or shouldn't fire on someone.

    The machine, which is located in Anne Ely Hall, will be available for use by all Soldiers stationed at Carlisle Barracks.

    "I thought it was very realistic," said Spc. Melissa Cabrera, dental assistant. "I'm anxious to see how much it actually helped me when I get on the range.  I feel pretty confident about it."

    Gray is willing to work with any Soldier who would like to improve their qualification score.

    "It's a good environment for training," said Gray. "I can get down and see what a Soldier is doing wrong and I can help them correct it."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween parade photos

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Civilian employees reminded about use-or-lose leave

    It's the time of year when civilian employees need to use any excess leave before Jan. 8, 2005. Unused excess leave will almost always be forfeited. The maximum amount to be carried over is 240 hours.

     For more information contact the civilian personnel office.

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Repairs, painting being done to post water towers

 

October 26, 2004 -- You may soon notice workers around the water towers on post, but the work being done is routine repairs along with a fresh coat of paint.

    "Both elevated water storage tanks on post will be painted inside and out, said Gary Sweppenhiser, general engineer with the Department of Public Works.  "Additionally, we will also make some routine repairs and upgrades to comply with OSHA standards for worker safety including, roof manholes, railings, platforms and ladders."

    Tank painting is normal maintenance, typically done every 10- 15 years. The work could take some time, depending on how much the weather cooperates.

    "Under ideal conditions, we should be able to complete the work in two to three months," said Sweppenhiser. "However, since painting requires certain temperature and humidity ranges, this timeframe may extend longer due to impending winter weather."

    Residents shouldn't worry about a loss of water during this period.

    "The residents should never be without water. When both elevated tanks are out of service, we will connect to North Middleton Authority's water line through a metered connection along Post Road to supply water to the post, "said Sweppenhiser.  "We are going to ask residents to conserve water during this time and they might notice a change in water pressure or a slight change in water taste during the time the work is being done." DPW will continue to sample and monitor water quality to insure residents continue to receive safe drinking water. Flyers will be distributed to the homes affected by painting.  

    There may also be some parking restrictions imposed during some periods of the work process.

    "During painting operations, parking may be restricted within the vicinity of the tanks.  This may include some of the parking lot adjacent to building 46," said Sweppenhiser. "Parking restrictions will depend on wind direction or speed and the type of paint application equipment being used." Parking areas that are affected will be coned off prior to work being done. 

 

Defense Finance Accounting Service News Release

Split disbursement to travel card vendor becomes mandatory for DoD civilian travelers

    Department of Defense civilian employees who travel on temporary duty and use the government travel card are encouraged to use split disbursement to the maximum extent possible.

    While union negotiations take place to make split disbursement a mandatory requirement, the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) directed in his April 23, 2003 memorandum that default split disbursement be implemented for civilian travelers. The default split disbursement process has already been negotiated with most DoD unions.

    To determine if a particular local union has bargained this provision, individuals should check with their labor relations' office. This requirement also applies to partial/accrual payments for long-term TDY if the travel card is used.

    For claims sent to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, effective for travel beginning on or after September 19, 2003, these partial/accrual payments must have a reviewer's signature. Travel claims will be returned, unprocessed, without the reviewer's signature and date.

    The DoD travel voucher is a DD Form 1351-2 (Travel Voucher or Subvoucher). Block 1 of the DD Form 1351-2 tells the travel office how to disburse the travel payment, e.g. check, electronic funds transfer or split disbursement.

    For travel vouchers processed by the DFAS, the travel office will disburse the travel payment in accordance with the instructions in block 1 of the DD Form 1351-2.

    However, if block 1 is empty, DFAS will follow the procedures below to determine how funds will be disbursed. If block 1 of the DD Form 1351-2 is empty, the travel office will look at the travel order.

    Travel orders are required to identify if the traveler has a government travel card. If the travel order states that the traveler is a travel card holder, and block 1 is empty, the travel office will add the lodging, rental car, and air fare (if claimed on the DD Form 1351-2) and send the sum to the government travel card company on behalf of the civilian traveler. This is the default split disbursement provision. Any entitlement in excess of what is sent to the travel Card Company will be sent to the traveler's EFT account.

    If block 1 of the DD Form 1351-2 is empty and the travel order states that the traveler is not a travel cardholder, the entire travel payment will be sent to the traveler's EFT account.

    If block 1 of the DD Form 1351-2 is empty and the travel order is silent about whether or not the traveler has a travel card, the travel office will make one attempt to contact the traveler.

    If clarification is not received within 48 hours, the voucher will be returned to the traveler.

    For more information on the implementation of the default split disbursement policy contact your local travel office for details.

 

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic offers self-care class   

     October 28, 2004 -- Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic continues to offer the Self-Care class which allows participants to become eligible to pick up over-the-counter (OTC) drugs or products at the pharmacy without a prescription.

     Participants learn to handle symptoms or prevent the symptoms with products ranging from antacids, antihistamines, antibiotic ointments to condoms and cough medicine. The next self-care class will be held Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Clinic's Commander's Conference Room.  There will also be a class on Dec. 4 from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. in the same location.  Dates for 2005 will soon be available.

     The class focuses on prevention of illness and promotion of healthy lifestyles.  The goal is to enable healthy behavior of TRICARE Prime enrollees.  Attendees will receive the book "Take Care of Yourself" and a card allowing them to obtain OTC medication from the pharmacy.

     The idea is to help with short-term treatments, said Susan Moeslein, clinical supervisor and one of the class instructors. 

    "A provider should be seen if symptoms persist longer than 48 hours," she added.

     The class may be the ticket to the OTC card, but for Moeslein, it's an opportunity to educate clients about smart health practices and wise interactions with a healthcare provider.  They are encouraged to ask questions, talk about concerns, and call back if you think of a question later.  "No one can take better care of you than you," she said.

     Marge Livingston, LPN, another instructor, will review healthy basics like exercise, not smoking, alcohol consumption, injury avoidance, and weight control.  She may remind the group that the Atkins diet, for example, isn't right for someone with a family history of heart disease.

     During the class, Linda Nelson, chief of pharmacy, or the pharmacy designee, will name a broad number of products that are available.  Some will be generic.  Quantities will be limited--up to four medications per family per week.  The pharmacy's intent is to help the patients, and that means screening patients' profiles to make sure the requested product is safe for the individual.

     The clinic continues to review the costs associated with the OTC program.  Capt. Pascale Guirand, Chief of Nursing Services, feels the program is a wise investment for Dunham.  

    "We see this as an important program," she said.  "This type of OTC program is typically seen at large troop installations to help minimize sick call appointments."  In the long run, patients are asked to make appointments when the OTC medication isn't enough and they need to be seen by a provider.

 

 

 

 

TSP, TSPC currently open - season ends Dec. 31

During this 'Open Season', employees covered by CSRS and FERS can increase their maximum contributions to 10 percent and 15 percent respectively.

The IRS elective deferral limit is increasing to $14,000 for 2005.

The time frames for Open Season elections are: created effective date of  Oct. 15-Dec. 11 with a  pay date of  Dec. 12- Jan. 6, 2005; created effective date of  Dec. 12-25 with a pay date of Dec. 26 - Jan. 20, 2005; and created effective date of  Dec. 26-31 with a pay date of  Jan. 9- Feb. 3, 2005. 

Employees that elect to terminate their TSP contributions during this Open Season will be permitted to participate in the next Open Season (April 15 - June 30). Termination actions will be effective at the end of the pay period in which they are generated.

TSP Catch-Up for 2004 will stay in effect until the pay period ending Dec. 11 Employees that desire to make new elections for TSPC for 2005 will be able to create those elections during the pay period  Nov. 28 through Dec. 11, to be effective Dec. 12.

The limits for 2005 will increase from $3,000 to $4,000 annually.  Due to the changing IRS limits, employees must make a new TSPC election each year.  A new chart for deductions per pay period will be placed on the ABC-C website prior to Nov. 28.

Employees will be able to create their transactions either through the Employee Benefits Information System by accessing the ABC-C homepage (https://www.abc.army.mil) or through the Interactive Voice Response System by dialing 1-877-276-9287.

The EBIS system requires use of the Point-of-Entry password and the Personal Identification Number.  IVRS requires a PIN only. If employees do not remember either their POE password or PIN, they can create a new one by accessing either EBIS or IVRS, and following the instructions.

Technical assistance is available by contacting the Southwest Civilian Personnel Operations Center (SWCPOC) HelpDesk at DSN 856-2000 or 785-239-2000 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time (CT) on normal business days.

 

New E-Army-U enrollment policy

    Everyone with an FY 04 participation agreement (PA) who has not yet completed the required actions to become eligible for E-Army-U has 90 days from the date the PA was issued to complete all required actions and receive the technology package. This means that if you thought you were left out of the program you can still get in if you act quickly.

    FY 05 eArmyU laptop-enrollment targets Soldiers who are in the regular active Army, eligible to reenlist and in the reenlistment window, are in the ranks of CPL/SPC, SGT, and SSG, have less than 10 years active federal service, and reenlist to complete assignment requirements to remain with or go to one of the combat forces/operational units.

    USASOC and all subordinate units are on the list of approved units and can participate in the program.

     SSG and above already on the indefinite reenlistment program desiring to participate in E-Army-U can do so but without the technology package i.e. the laptop and internet access.

     Soldiers should direct any questions to the Bob Cronin, Career Counselor (717)245-3943 at the Carlisle Barracks Education Center, Bldg 609.