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AAFES rolls out the red carpet at Camp Doha for the premier of Hidalgo

  
  The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES) is set to continue its aggressive efforts to bring the latest Hollywood movies to deployed troops with the March 6 Kuwait premier of Hidalgo. The Touchstone Pictures film, which chronicles the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Saudi Arabia to compete while riding his horse, is scheduled to premiere at AAFES' Camp Doha "Reel Time Theater" on the same day as its CONUS commercial release. 

    First-run movies are a tremendous quality of life benefit, according to Richard Sheff, AAFES' Vice President of Food and Theater . "These films offer an entertainment break for those serving in harsh and austere conditions. Providing entertainment for service men and women plays a key roll in maintaining morale. Installation commanders and participants are equally thankful to Touchstone for the special support they're extending AAFES theaters," Sheff said.  

    The premier of Hidalgo is just the beginning of AAFES' efforts to bring more entertainment to deployed Operation Iraqi Freedom troops. "The further we can extend this support, the better," said Sheff. "By working closely with top-notch distributors such as Touchstone, it is AAFES' hope to bring 35mm first-run movies to the troops in Iraq before the end of this month."

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

'Frederick Douglass' visits Carlisle Barracks

 

 February 24, 2004-A famous abolitionist from the 1800's visited the Letort View Community Center last week to share stories about his life and heighten awareness of black history.

    James Ligons, an actor with Cornish and Associates, gave a dramatic interpretation of the life and struggles of Frederick Douglass as part of Carlisle Barracks celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 20.

    Ligons was dressed in authentic clothing from the time of Douglass and had his hair and makeup done to accurately depict the abolitionist who lived from 1817 or 1818 to 1895.  The date of his birth is unknown because records of slaves were not kept accurately during this period, said Vera Cornish, narrator for Cornish and Assoc.

    The actor walked around the room in character and talked about the life of Douglass, telling all about the hard work and hard times of his life. Despite efforts by his owners, Douglass learned how to read and write so he could better himself and help free slaves.

    "Frederick Douglass exemplifies what a man, a woman or a child can do to learn how to read," said Cornish.

    After escaping from a life of slavery, Douglass became an accomplished speaker and representative for the black people, said Ligons. He went on speaking tours in the United States and in England. As a result of his views he was a hunted man, but he never gave up on his dream and he continued to speak out for blacks until his death in 1895.

    "Seeing this [dramatic interpretation] lets me know where we came from and shows me where we can go," said Sgt. 1st Class Byron Gillespie, Education Center. "It was inspiring listening to his speech. It shows me what I can do."

    The program was part of the Black History Month celebration, which takes place every February. Besides the dramatic interpretation, there was socializing and traditional African American cultural food.

    "It's a time to reconnect with our roots," said Col. Ray Lamb, U.S. Army War College student, about Black History Month. "It's a time to share the experience of a culture that is part of America."

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

EFMP program helps families with special needs

 

 

Feb. 24, 2004 - "It brings a huge smile to my face to see these kids out, having fun and doing things they really enjoy," said David Myers, who runs the Exceptional Family Member Sports Program at Carlisle Barracks.

    The sports program is just one part of a Carlisle Barracks program that is designed to help families of special needs children.

    "The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program that works with military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to families with special needs, " said Anne Hurst, post EFMP coordinator. 

    The term "special needs" covers a wide range of physical and mental abilities and can include anything from physical handicaps to depression and asthma.

    "The program is two parts, the clinical, which helps look at specialized care if necessary, and the Army Community Services part, which helps with the social service end," said Hurst. "EFMP can even help in determining a Soldier's assignments. If EFMP determines that they are scheduled to go somewhere that doesn't have adequate facilities to treat their child, their assignment can be changed. It's all about taking care of families." EFMP has been at Carlisle Barracks since the early 1990's.

 

What does EFMP do?

    The program at Carlisle Barracks provides assistance from a wide range of areas, including youth services, the school liaison office, post housing office, Dunham Clinic and the Directorate of Community Activities to name a few. EFMP coordinates with off-post agencies as well. They can help kids with getting into a school district, finding childcare and finding medical care.

    "Here we try and make sure that families area aware of where they can get help with anything," Hurst said. "We hold monthly meetings so that the families and the people involved here in the program can talk, and answer any questions or concerns they may have."

    Families with special needs are identified prior to coming to Carlisle Barracks, so EFMP can help to make sure the proper arraignments can be made.

    "With the new HIPPA laws it's made it more difficult, but we're still able to have some things ready before they get here," Hurst said. "Once they get here we schedule a EFMP briefing so that all of their options can be laid out." After that the family decides which services to use.

    One of the roles the program plays is a liaison between the family and the school districts.

    "We help place them in the schools, usually the Capital Area Intermediate Unit," Hurst said. "We try and bring the families and the school officials together, so any questions can be answered."

   

Sports program a part as well

    Another part of the EFMP program is a sports program run by David Myers, who works at the post Youth Services.

    "It started about 5 years ago, with only one or two sports," Myers said. "We've been able to expand it now to four; bowling, basketball, soccer and baseball." About 30 kids, ranging in age from 6-25 take part in the program. 

    Myers got involved in the program because he just wanted to find some way to help out.

    "I had heard about the program, and got to see first hand how much the kids enjoyed it," he said. "The more involved I got the harder I worked to help find new sports to play, and ways to make it better."

    Myers pointed out that the program brings kids together from on and off post for activities, many of whom they may already go to school with or know from other programs.

    "We've got kids from on and off post who play, and a lot of them have been coming since we started," Myers said. "Sometimes these kids aren't able to or don't want to play in regular sports leagues, and this gives them an opportunity to be comfortable and to have fun."

    Each sports season lasts about two months, and is run strictly on a volunteer basis.

    "My volunteers really help to make a lot of this possible," said Myers. "With out the help from folks like Zach Zimmerman, Brian and Priscilla Stambaugh, Blanche Drumheiser, Drew Lamparter, and Tara Myers this program wouldn't work. The games are usually on the weekends, and people give up their time to come help us out. It's really great and I know the kids appreciate it." Myers said that more volunteers are always welcome.

 

More on EFMP

    Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a family member with a physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process. Family members must be screened and enrolled, if eligible, when the soldier is on assignment instructions to an OCONUS area for which command sponsorship/family member travel is authorized, and the soldier elects to serve the accompanied tour. This screening consists of medical records review for all family members, and developmental screening for all children six years of age and younger.

    To find out more visit http://www.armycommunityservice.org/vacs_efm/home.asp or to volunteer for the sports program call Dave Myers at 245-3354.

 

Important notice about Dunham Clinic x-rays

 

    Dunham US Army Health Clinic Radiology is in the process of routine purging of the file room.  All diagnostic x-rays (except mammograms) done before Jan. 1 1999 will be destroyed beginning  April 1, 2004.  Mammograms are maintained at DUSAHC indefinitely.  If you received an x-ray prior to Jan. 1 1999 and would like the film for your own records, please pick up the film from DUSAHC Radiology during normal business hours (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed for lunch noon-1 p.m. ), no later than March 15, 2004.   Per AR 40-66 and DoD 6025-18-R, sponsors may NOT pick up x-rays for family members without the family members signed consent.

 

 

Olivia Jones, Carlisle Barracks Education Center

Students excel through GT improvement classes at post Education Center

      Feb. 20, 2004 --  Pop Quiz: What's the difference between the square of 49 and the square of 36?

    If you answered 1,105, you are correct.  If you answered incorrectly then your math skills are probably like those of many others - a little rusty. (The answer to the pop quiz is found by multiplying each number by itself then subtracting the totals to come up with the difference.)

     This math problem is similar to one found on the General Technical, or GT Improvement Test at the Carlisle Barracks Education and Training Support Center. GT is the part of the Armed Forces Classification Test similar to the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery taken before entering armed service. It includes arithmetic reasoning, vocabulary and paragraph comprehension.  

    Dorothy Gourdine Mitchell, instructor at the education center administers the AFCT and conducts lunchtime classes for soldiers to improve their GT Score.

    "The GT is not a difficult test," said Mitchell  "Each student's need is different and the training is geared individually."  For example, if someone is weak in vocabulary, she recommends studying the meanings of all the choices given on the practice tests to be sufficiently prepared.  "When you run across a word you're not sure of, look it up.  Once you take the time to do that, it's unlikely you will forget the definition.  After that, it's your word!"

    Mitchell stressed that "it's nice to be prepared for a test, but it would be nicer to be able to keep those skills after the test as well."

     Students are in class two days a week from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for four weeks. 

    "In order for the class to work, the students have to do a lot of work on their own," said Mitchell.  "Discipline is important."  She recommends using the tutorial programs at the education center. Mitchell is proof that if you apply yourself, you can overcome shortcomings.  She uses the tutorial programs to hone her own math skills.  "I had my own struggles with math in high school," she said.  "I think for those of us who have had difficulty for whatever reason, we view math as some sort of mystery.  A lot of times it's just a mental block."  She also uses old math books, GED and SAT study guides, as well as Lifetime Library, an automated basic skills instruction program.  It is a series of multimedia lessons of basic skills in Mathematics, Algebra, Reading and Writing.  GED preparation via tutoring is also available for soldiers who do not have a high school diploma.

     Mitchell wants the students to leave the course with the ability to teach themselves.  "With the right instruction, you can send a person away self-sufficient.  That's my ultimate objective.  At the end of the four weeks, each student is given a predictor, or practice test.  If they are ready, they then retake the AFCT", she said.  "If not, they join the next class for remedial work."

    Students have 11 minutes to answer 35 vocabulary questions; 13 minutes to answer 15 paragraph comprehension questions; and 36 minutes to answer 30 math word problems.   The GT can only be taken three times, and students must wait six months between retakes.

    "GT improvement is an individual decision," said Mitchell.  "If you want to do better, you can learn how."

     One student taking advantage of the lunchtime class is Spc. Jeremy Thorne.  "Any kind of education is an improvement, whether you're learning for a promotion or soldier board, GT improvement, or just improving ones self," said Thorne. "The class covers the basics and then goes into more difficult areas. If you don't use the math skills you learned in high school or college, you lose them."

    The next GT improvement class begins Tuesday, March 9th, 1145 at the Education Center.

    For more information on this program, contact Dorothy Mitchell at 245-3943.

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

SMA Preston describes his three-step process for growth, development of future leaders

 

 

Feb. 12, 2004 -- The Army's new top enlisted Soldier said that sergeants grow sergeants by setting and enforcing standards.

    "I was always told that everything in the Army has a standard," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ken Preston. "The standard is Army Regulation 670-1, how we wear our uniform. It's AR 600-9, our weight control and physical fitness. Those are all standards - polices and regulations that we abide by."

    Preston, sergeant major of the Army since Jan. 15, visited Carlisle Barracks during a conference at Collins Hall Feb. 11.  He said that sergeants have a responsibility for enforcing the standards.

    "First, establish a standard. Second, first-line leaders are charged with enforcing the standard for their little piece of the Army," Preston said. "Step three is to hold that first-line leader accountable so when you see a young "PFC" not in the right uniform or not performing a "PMCS" to standard -- first the soldier is wrong, but also, it's the first-line leader's fault because he or she is responsible for enforcing the standard."

     Preston's process for growth and development is not a new concept in the Army, but comes at a time when the fast-paced operations tempo requires that Soldiers apply basic military training, polices and procedures in every action.

    "We are an Army at war supporting a nation at war, and at the same time we're transforming," Preston said.  "That's probably going to be the biggest challenge, not just for me, but for all the Soldiers. And we're going to try to make this as transparent as we can for the individual Soldier."

    This process is essential because that's going to get the Army ready for the future, he added.

    One of the future changes that Preston supports is the ongoing effort to develop a system to stabilize Soldiers at "home bases" for six or seven years. It's good for Soldiers, their careers and their families, he said.

    "Soldiers will have the ability to do all the career enhancement assignments that they need to do on that installation," he said. "They wouldn't necessarily stay in one particular unit, they could move around. There's room there for career progression."  See related article

    Preston was sworn in as the 13th sergeant major of the Army in ceremonies held at the Pentagon. His most recent assignment was as the command sergeant major for Combined Joint Task Force 7 serving in Baghdad, Iraq. Preston will testify before Congress, giving a state of the Army address from the enlisted Soldier's point of view. He also plans to visit every Army installation during his tenure and speak directly with Soldiers.

 

 

 

USAWC library celebrates African American history month

   Post residents and employees are invited to the USAWC Library to see the special display of materials in honor of African American History Month.  Below is a sampling of book titles on display as well as other materials in the library collection:

 

Autobiography of a People:  Three Centuries of African American History Told by Those Who Lived It compiled by Herb Boyd.  (E185 .A97 2000)

 

The Bicycle Corps:  America's Black Army on Wheels by PBS Home Video.  (Videos UB418 .A47B43 2000)

 

Black Livingstone:  A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-Century Congo by Pagan Kennedy.  (BV3625 .C63S32 2002)

 

Blood for Dignity:  The Story of the First Integrated Combat Unit in the U.S. Army by David Colley.  (D769.31 394th .C54 2003)

 

Buffalo Soldiers by Turner Pictures.  (Videos E185.63 .B82 1998)

 

From My People:  400 Years of African American Folklore edited by Daryl Cumber Dance.  (GR111 .A47D15 2002)

 

Generations of Captivity:  A History of African-American Slaves by Ira Berlin.  (E441 .B26 2003)

 

Having Our Say:  The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany.  (Cassettes E185.96 .D371 1994)

 

The Hellfighters of Harlem:  African-American Soldiers Who Fought for the Right to Fight for Their Country by Bill Harris.  (D639 .N4H16 2002)

 

Long Passage to Korea:  Black Sailors and the Integration of the U.S. Navy by Bernard C. Nalty.  (VB324 .A47N35 2003)

 

"The Martin Luther King Jr. Nobody Knows" in Ebony 59 (January 2004):  102-110.

 

My Rise to the Stars:  How a Sharecropper's Daughter Became an Army General by Clara L. Adams-Ender.  (UB418 .A47A33 2001)

 

The Paradox of Loyalty:  An African American Response to the War on Terrorism edited by Julianne Malveaux and Reginna A. Green.  (HV6432.7 .P16 2002)

 

The Reckoning:  What Blacks Owe to Each Other by Randall Robinson.  (E185.86 .R52 2002)

 

  For more information about these or any of the resources offered by the Library ask in person or call 245- 3660.  

 

 

February is Black history month

   February is Black History Month and, each week, The Banner will post "Black History Facts" and other commemorative information.

 

1831

    William Lloyd Garrison begins publishing the anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator, advocating emancipation for black Americans held in bondage.

 

C.1895

Cornetist Buddy Bolden, semi-legendary founding father of jazz, leads a band in New Orleans.

 

1915

Jack Johnson, first black heavyweight champion of the world, loses the title to Jess Willard, the "Great White Hope," in 26 rounds in Havana. Rumors claim he lost to avoid legal difficulties.

 

 

     Also, the following list of children's books, written by black authors, can be found at your local library. 

 

    "The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves: Or, What You Are You Are," by Gwendolyn Brooks

 

    "The Sun is So Quiet," by Nikki Giovanni

 

    "Beautiful Blackbird," by Ashley Bryan

 

    "Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?" By Sandy Lynne Holman

 

    "I Love My Hair," by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

ESPC project has progressed, but still has long way to go

 

    Feb.10, 2004 -- The Root Hall heating system was originally designed to operate with an anti-freeze agent so it wouldn't freeze in the event of an extended power outage. On Feb. 13 as part of the Energy Saving Performance Contract requirement, the contractor will drain the system and re-fill it with an anti-freeze mixture. The system is currently operating with water.

    "It works fine with water, but would freeze if we had an extended power outage and weren't circulating warm water," said Bill Tarman, directorate of public works.

    The shutdown should to be limited to about 36 hours, but over the weekend the contractor will have time to work out any unforeseen problems that may arise, according to Tarman.

    "It's fairly low risk, though, since they are just draining and refilling," Tarman said.

 

ESPC project update

    Almost all of the system installations are complete. The acceptance process is currently on-going with a walk-through to identify things that may have been overlooked during the installation.

    "Shutting down the heat plant was a big accomplishment," Tarman said. "That was our original goal when we began this project. However, there are some failed wells and there were some things missed that had to be redone or added and we have had some problems in the historic houses. So, the project has progressed, but we still have a long way to go."

    There are some positives. The service call volume has decreased, even through the recent severe cold weather, according to Tarman. The repair process is slow at times because of the analysis and design work required for the repair and/or upgrade. Sometimes this requires the use of tools such as data loggers, ammeters or infrared cameras.

    So what's the next step in this project? The steam manhole demolition and final turf restoration are two projects that will be complete when the weather breaks.

     "It all takes time and some of these issues just don't have a quick fix, but most folks have been very patient and we're grateful for that," Tarman said.

 

 

New location for vehicle registration    

    Effective Friday, Feb. 6, the new location for the Vehicle Registration Office will be Bldg. 842, the ITR Building. Office hours are Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

 

 

TRICARE release

Non-availability statements no longer required for off-post OB Care

Make Sure Your Choice is Informed

  With the exception of TRICARE beneficiaries who have had to obtain an obstetric non-availability statement (OB NAS) in the past, most beneficiaries may not have noticed recent news articles or flyers in their local military treatment facility (MTF) about the OB NAS elimination. Most beneficiaries probably think it does not apply to them. The OB NAS elimination, however, potentially affects all female Military Health System family members of child-bearing age. Understanding the OB NAS elimination is crucial for those who wish to make informed decisions about their maternity care.

    "The decision to receive maternity care through a military treatment facility or civilian provider is personal. With the OB NAS elimination, TRICARE Standard users will be happy to know that they have more choices for their prenatal care, delivery, and post-natal care under TRICARE," said Dr. William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.

    Because of the new law, beginning Dec. 28, 2003, TRICARE Standard beneficiaries who have not yet had their first prenatal visit may choose a civilian provider for their care without first seeking permission from their MTF. TRICARE Prime patients will continue to go to the MTF if the services are available there. In most cases, expectant mothers with TRICARE Prime must have their prenatal care and deliver their babies in the MTF.

    Because of the elimination of the OB NAS requirement, some TRICARE Prime beneficiaries who currently receive care at their MTF might be wondering if they should disenroll from TRICARE Prime and seek civilian maternity care under TRICARE Standard. In addition, some TRICARE Standard beneficiaries may be undecided about receiving maternity care at their MTF. There are four things these beneficiaries should know.

    The Military Health System provides outstanding, family-centered maternity care for all patients. Military treatment facilities have professional health care providers who understand the unique needs of military families, especially in today's climate of increasing deployments. These professionals are experienced in supporting the emotional well-being of the beneficiaries whose loved ones are serving overseas.

Beneficiaries may have difficulty locating an OB provider or one who participates in TRICARE Standard and accepts the TRICARE maximum allowable charge for his or her services. It is best to check for the availability of an OB or other maternity care provider before making the decision to disenroll from Prime. Beneficiaries also should check for the availability of an authorized pediatrician for their infant before disenrolling from Prime.

    With TRICARE Standard, medical services other than maternity care, are subject to out-of-pocket expenses including deductibles and co-payments. For example, if a pregnant woman or infant over three days of age suffers an injury or illness, there will be unexpected out-of-pocket expenses which could be considerable.

    TRICARE Prime patients may opt to use the TRICARE Prime Point-of-Service option, which allows Prime enrollees to receive non emergency, TRICARE-covered services from any TRICARE-authorized civilian provider without a referral from their primary care manager or authorization from a health care finder. Using the TRICARE Prime Point-of-Service option is more costly to the enrollee, and Point-of-Service charges are not subject to the catastrophic cap, which means beneficiaries could pay thousands of dollars out of pocket in a year. However, with the Point-of-Service option, beneficiaries remain enrolled in Prime.

    Health care needs change during pregnancy and no decision about health care, especially at this time, should be rushed. "We encourage our beneficiaries to think about how they can get the best possible personalized, coordinated care during this special time," said Dr. Winkenwerder. Beneficiaries who are uncomfortable making this decision on their own are encouraged to speak with a TRICARE service center representative or a MTF beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinator/health benefits advisor to learn more about their options under the new law. Information about the new law also is posted on the TRICARE Web site at Tricare Family Care

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Coroner: 'My purpose in coming here is to cut down on my work load'

    February 5, 2004- "Imagine, if you will, knocking on a door at two in the morning to tell someone that their 16- year- old son is dead," said Michael Norris, Cumberland County Coroner. "That is the worst part of my job."

    Norris, a 33-year veteran of the Cumberland County Coroner's office and former police officer, spoke to Carlisle Barracks and Quick Reaction Force Soldiers in Upton Hall Thursday, Feb. 5. Norris spoke about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.  Soldiers are trained in different areas every Thursday, but the training on this day was on a grave topic.

    "Normally when someone speaks to a group of young people there is a little talking and whispering in the audience, but when I get started on this topic and start showing the slides, there is total silence," said Norris. "They understand the severity of the problem."

    Slides of mangled cars wrapped around trees and lodged under truck-trailers with bodies crushed inside were enough to make at least some of the Soldiers think about the dangers of drinking and driving.

    "That subject is a little touchy to me," said Spc. Sheldon Arthur, computer technician for CSL.  "When I first joined the military, one of my friends died on his way to come see me.  I didn't know at the time that he was intoxicated.  Like the man said, you never now what your limit is. It really hits you when someone you care about is gone."

    Capt. John Kunstbeck, Headquarters Company commander said, "this type of training is extremely important.  Safety is continually at the forefront of everything we do in the Army."

    About 1,000 people are arrested each year in Cumberland County for driving under the influence of alcohol, said Norris. Even a small amount of alcohol will affect your judgment and driving performance.

    "One drink doubles the time it takes for you to react," said Norris. "If you drink, you can not drive.period!"

    One of the biggest messages that Norris was trying to drill into the Soldier's minds is that if you are drinking you need to have someone sober drive you home.

    "What do you think it's going to cost you to call a cab to come out of Harrisburg to take you home?" asked Norris. "Let me make a comparison. The flower arrangements that sit on top of a casket and say, 'loving wife and daughter' are going for about $120. What's the better deal?"

    With his years of experience, Norris was very knowledgeable on the subject of DUI.

    "There was no better person to express the importance than the coroner himself, because he sees the end results of driving under the influence," said Kunstbeck.

    "My purpose in coming here today, very bluntly, is to cut down on my work load," said Norris.

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

MPs receive national sobriety certification

 

 

Feb. 12, 2004 -- If you ever get stopped by the military police for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, don't expect to recite the alphabet backwards or walk a straight line. Those tactics are not part of the national standard.

    "A few years ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed a standard test so that all law enforcement across the country use the same three tests to process a DUI," said Spc. Jessica Percoco, post MP.

    Percoco and three other MPs from Carlisle Barracks earned national certification  recently on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test during a three day-course in Allentown, Pa.  The SFST battery is composed of three separate tests with an average of 79 to 88 percent accuracy according to the NHTSA website. The validity of SFST results is dependent upon law enforcement personnel following the established, standardized procedures for test administration and scoring. SFSTs should be administered under ideal conditions, but ideal conditions do not always exist in the field. 

    "The training is taught using the NHTSA standards, which is recognized by all U.S. courts and stands on it's own as testimonial evidence," said Staff Sgt. David Looye, platoon sergeant, U.S. Army Garrison.

    The ability to have measurable proof in court proceedings is one of the reasons NHTSA developed this standardize test. The SFST battery is composed of three tests - horizontal gaze nystagmus, walk-and-turn  and one-leg stand. Since law enforcement officials are permitted the discretion to withhold a test,  it is reasonable to question if a change in the administration of one of the three tests would disqualify the entire battery.

    "When you are processing a DUI, you are going to use everything from what they were doing, why you stopped them, were they driving all crazy, and in the middle of it you can throw in count back from 60 to 49," Percoco explained. "But these three tests are the standard and are what will hold up in court."

     These three tests were selected from a possible six tests as the national standard to get clues for level of intoxication according to Stephanie Freedman, deputy director, Cumberland County District Attorney for Central Processing. Beginning in 1981, law enforcement officers used NHTSA's SFST battery at roadside stops to help determine whether motorists who are suspected of DWI have blood alcohol concentrations greater than 0.10 percent. Since then, many states have implemented laws that define DWI at BACs below 0.10. For this reason, NHTSA sponsored additional research to determine the accuracy of the battery to distinguish above or below 0.08 percent, and above or below 0.04 percent BAC.

    "These are the three that you can actually score. This is not a pass or fail test, but just one more indicator in levels of intoxication that would help support the basis of arrest," Freedman said.

    Military police receive a portion of this training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., but it is not to the NHTSA standard according to Looye. They are trained in accordance with alcohol influence reports, but this is not recognized by some U.S. courts.

    "With this training, Carlisle Barracks MPs will be able to effectively detect, apprehend and process drunk drivers, therefore taking them off our roadways and creating safer roads for the community," Looye said.

    "I'm a lot more comfortable with the procedures and if I were to pull someone over, I'm confident in my decision," Percoco said.

    For more information on these tests, go to www.nhsta.dot.gov

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Soldiers helping Soldiers

 

    February 11, 2004-Nearly everyone, at some point in their life, has been in a situation when they needed emergency financial assistance. The Army Emergency Relief program is here make sure that Soldiers are not left without help at their time of need.

    Whether it was for a car repair, to travel home to see a dying loved one or for assistance paying for college, AER can help, said Anne Hurst, assistant AER officer.

   "It's time again for the annual AER campaign. From March 1 to May 15, representatives for AER will be in departments all over post collecting money for the campaign," said Hurst.

    Since 1942 AER has been helping soldiers with their financial emergency needs, but the money that goes to helping the Soldiers doesn't come from the governmental budget. The money comes from Soldier and civilian donations, according to the AER website.

    The money that you donate will go to Soldiers and their families needing financial assistance with things such as food, rent, utilities, emergency transportation, vehicle repair, funeral expenses, medical and dental expenses and more, according to the AER website.

    "Donations can be made in the form of cash, check, money order or allotment," said Cora Johnson, consumer affairs financial assistant program manager.

    To make a donation, find the AER representative in your department.

    "Last year the post raised more than $21,000 during the AER campaign," said Hurst, "but they helped Carlisle Barracks Soldiers with over $30,000."

    AER has helped 2.9 million Army people with more than $837 million in financial assistance since the beginning of the program, according to the official AER web site.

    "You can take pride in the fact that your Army Emergency Relief remains well positioned to continue its support of our soldiers," said retired Army Gen. E.C. Meyer, president of AER.
     For more information about AER, call Army Community Services at 717-245-4357 or go to the AER website at http://www.aerhq.org/.

 

Snow piles aren't a safe place to play

     Parents, please do not allow your children to play on or make snow forts in the snow piles created by DPW snowplow operators, requests the employees of Public Works here.  These piles are dangerous places to play, they note.  Snowplow operators may add additional snow to these piles and may not be able to see your children playing on or in them. Due to warming conditions these piles may also collapse, which could trap them underneath.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
Diversity keeps life interesting

 

di·verse

Pronunciation: dI-'v&rs, d&-', 'dI-" Function: adjective Etymology: Middle English divers, diverse, from Old French & Latin; Old French divers, from Latin diversus, from past participle of divertere

1 : differing from one another: UNLIKE

2: composed of distinct or unlike elements or qualities synonym, see DIFFERENT

    This is how Webster's Dictionary defines diverse. Here at the U.S. Army War College, diversity can mean many things.

    As the senior school in the Army's professional education system, the USAWC educates military students who are identified by a central selection board, as well as senior military officers nominated by other nations and selected civilians.

    What is important about the last statement is that the student body, faculty, and community are made up of people from all different service branches, government agencies, academic institutions, ethnic and religious backgrounds, countries and generations.

    America is often called a "melting pot" because of our ability to blend so many cultures into one.

At Carlisle Barracks, we are more like a jigsaw puzzle; each person has their place in completing the whole picture.

    I think it's necessary in an academic environment, and in the military as a whole, to have an open forum for the expression of ideas. It's impossible to know everything, and sometimes someone can see something we've missed, or give us another viewpoint on the same problem. The seminars are organized so that this type of interaction and communication can occur.

    For example, an Air Force student may respond one way to a situation and a Marine student suggests something different, and a conversation could start highlighting both views. They may come to an agreed upon solution on how to best handle the problem.

    Years down the line those same students might use that knowledge during a real-life event. You can't put a price on that kind of interaction, and it highlights how important diversity is.

    For a real-life example of diversity, nothing highlights our community more than the recent controversy over the report written by Dr. Jeffrey Record, 'Bounding the Global War on Terrorism'.

    Record, a visiting professor, came under scrutiny for publishing a report that criticized the current administrations strategy on the Global War on Terrorism. Whether you agree or disagree with this report, it's important to remember that's why he is here, to provide a different viewpoint than you might traditionally see in a military environment.

     If everyone here had the same ideas and opinions, there would never be an opportunity to focus the military on the problems of the future. After all, one of the things that make America great is the right to express our opinion.

    In my opinion, that's one of the qualities that make Carlisle Barracks such a great place to learn and work. Every day I am exposed to people and ideas that I would otherwise have no way of knowing.  Diversity of ideas, diversity of people is what makes this installation, this Army and our nation what it is today.

    People in countries like Iraq haven't had this opportunity. That's why our brave men and women risk their lives every day defending the values of America.

    So, the next time someone says something in class or during a discussion that you disagree with, remember, that's why they are here.

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Theater heating repairs underway

 

Feb. 5, 2004 -- Dedicated movie buffs who have braved two weeks of cool temperatures in Reynolds Theater will not have much longer to wait; plans to get the heating system back online are currently in progress.

    The cooler temperatures were first noticed in mid-January after the geothermal well collapsed.  It is difficult to assess the actual cause of the collapse at this time but it is thought that a geological fault known as a "mud seam" opened, pushing debris in to the well. This caused a reduction in the amount of water running through the system, and it shut off by default to prevent damage to the equipment.

    "The heating system at the theater requires water from a well to operate correctly," said Bill Tarman of the directorate of Public Works. "The well that provides that water has caved in and will need to be cleaned out with a well drilling rig. The contractor is in the process of providing a temporary water source to the heating system so the theater can be opened for movies on the weekends."

    A plan was in place to begin the process of transferring the water to the heating system, but a second cave-in occurred and left very little water to run the system.

    "The geo-thermal well, which is over 100 feet, collapsed to about the 95 foot mark," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander. "We were hoping to be able to "limp" the system through this past weekend, but the well collapsed even further."

    According to Tarman, the problem with the original heating system in the theater was that it operated off the central steam heat plant which has been shut down as part of the Energy Savings Performance Contract. The new system has two ground source heat pumps which functioned well until the geo-thermal well was degraded.  Since that time, system efficiency gradually declined. The plan now is to use a temporary water source connected to the installation potable water system until repairs are made.

    "The current proposed solution is to use potable water in a configuration known as a pump and dump," Koivisto explained. "Water will be pumped in from our post water supply, run through the system and dumped in a street drain behind the theater at the entrance to Indian Field. That area will be monitored and maintained by DPW and the ESPC contractors."

    This pump and dump system will have no effect on post residents, according to Tarman, because there is enough excess capacity in the system to handle the required amount of water without any pressure drops or other effects.

    "We regret the terrible inconvenience this most recent challenge has presented to our Soldiers and their families. Every effort will be made to minimize the impact and water lines will be routed and ramped to allow the use of Indian Field and the track," Koivisto said.

    "The temporary system is scheduled to be operational this week and will continue to be used until the well driller can be scheduled to rework the well," Tarman said.

    The existing well will be cleaned out and possibly drilled deeper to prevent another collapse. Currently, the well is scheduled to be reworked the week of Feb. 16.

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Snow, sleet slows symposium, but doesn't stop it

Issues presented at post AFAP correlate with command concerns

 

Feb. 5, 2004 -- In a wintry mix of snow, sleet, rain and freezing temperatures Feb. 3, the voices of the Carlisle Barracks community members were heard loud and clear at the 10th annual Army Family Action Planning Symposium.

    "This is the forum that the Army community - active duty, reservists, retirees, family members and civilians - uses as a direct link to Army leadership," said Darrell Clay,  director of community activities.

    Celebrating its 20th year of service to Army communities, AFAP brings together representatives from the entire Army community to recognize things being done well, raise issues and concerns, and recommend possible solutions to improve the quality of life for Carlisle Barracks and the Army. Many of the issues and concerns presented during this symposium were things that the command group has already begun looking into and taking necessary steps for improvement.

    "We are going to fix things we can fix rapidly. We are not going to wait," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, commanding general, Carlisle Barracks. "We have a finite amount of resources for each of our fiscal years, so we'll have to bump up some things against the reality of funding.

    "We may not get to everything on this list, but I like these ideas. It's a reflection of the quality of people here at Carlisle Barracks."

    More than 30 Soldiers, civilians and family members, to include youth representatives, were divided into four small working groups to discuss issues submitted by the post community.

    "My working group was very good. They had a lot of ideas and a lot of good recom-mendations," said Capt. John Kunstbeck, commander, Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison.

    "We had a great discussion and great participation in the group, and I want thank those group members for their participation," said Denise Bagby, Equal Employment Opportunity assistant and AFAP group facilitator.

     A fifth group was also included to directly voice the concerns of the youth whose major concerns included a request for a larger youth center, resurfacing the soccer field and more activities on post for youth. In their opinion, these improvements would produce more youth participation, raise morale and give parents a needed break.

    Other issues presented included the snow removal priority list and random vehicle inspection traffic back-log at the front gate.

    "I love these ideas, they resonate with me because so many of them make great sense," Huntoon said. "We are already looking at lot of these. "

    Not all of the issues were recommendations for improvements or changes. Some of the topics brought up praised services on post.  In fact, the top three most beneficial services on post noted during the AFAP symposium were the medical and dental services, child and youth services and the commissary.

    "AFAP is all about making a difference," Clay said. "AFAP has improved the quality of life for everyone within the Army community."    

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Youth art contest winners to compete nationally

 

  Feb. 4, 2004 - Young Leonardo Di Vinci's and Georgia O'Keefe's hard at work at the Carlisle Barracks Youth Services has paid off.

    Eleven pieces of art earned blue ribbons during the Boys and Girls Club of America winter art show and will be sent to compete in regional and national competitions. There were 120 entrants in the post 2003 competition. 

    "Those awarded blue ribbons will go next to the regional competition in New Jersey to compete against other pieces of art from this region," said Connie Barr, art instructor. "If they win there, they'll go on to the national competition in Atlanta."

    In 2002, a piece of art created by Sen Jen Groft, military family member, was a winner at the national competition. His work, "Reaching Outside the Box," and other winners can be seen at http://www.bgca.org/programs/arts.asp 

 

Other competitions on the horizon

    In addition to the Boys and Girls Club competition, pieces from the Christmas 2003 show have been entered into a competition for youth art. 

    "We sent works to Virginia to compete against military youth centers from across America and overseas," said Barr. Judging for that competition took place at the end of January.

    If that wasn't enough, the youth's art has been entered into another competition.

    "'On the Move' magazine is hosting a juried show this month and those winners will be published in the magazine or in the Military Child Education Coalition's 2005 calendar," Barr said. "The class submitted 20 pieces." During a juried show entrants are critiqued beforehand to judge their appropriateness in the show.

 

Class uses a variety of techniques

    Barr explained that the class uses different techniques to help the youth learn about art and different styles.

    "The class uses a building block approach starting with basic pencil drawing then moving on to charcoal, ink and wash," Barr said. "The next step was pastels and the class is presently working with watercolors and soon will move to acrylics." This spring the class plans to do 3-D work and hopes to hold a final art show and reception at Youth Services or the Letort View Community Center.

     "The students this year are very enthusiastic and talented," she said. "We are having lots of fun and learning quite a bit."

 

Success due to effort, instruction

    Co-workers at Youth Services felt that Barr's work with the students helped contribute to the students success.

    "She does a great job with the kids," said Allen Campbell. "She really works hard to make sure that these kids learn as much as they can and it shows."

    The children's art class plans to have two more shows this year that will be open to the public.

 

The Blue Ribbon winners are:

 

Anthony Scudieri age 8

Emily Wardle age 11

Hailey Starnes age 9

Darby Oehl age 9

Rachel Echevarria age 8

Kay Jensen age 9

Elina King age 8

Tillie Trounson age 9

 

Jr/Sr High School:

Kathryn Harmon age 17

Sara Harmon age 15

Karl Herchenroeder age 12

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Archbishop gives encouragement at National Prayer Breakfast`

 

    February 4, 2004-During a time of international turmoil, the military's top Catholic chaplain gave words of encouragement at a prayer breakfast in the LVCC to uniformed military members and civilians who are serving their country.

    Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, Archdiocese for the Department of Defense, who is one of 180 archbishops in the world, spoke to a large crowd Wednesday morning about the good they are doing for their country and for the world.

    "You have a noble vocation," said O'Brien. "Everything you do is for a higher purpose. Do it for the glory of God."

    The National Prayer Breakfast has a long history, harking back to World War II.      

    "In 1942, prayer breakfast groups were inaugurated in the Senate and House of Representatives," said Col. Craig Madden, U.S. Army War College deputy commandant. "Since then, these groups have continued their weekly meetings to discuss their individual daily spiritual needs and diverse but uninformed dependency of our country on God. In 1953, members of the Senate and House prayer groups established, with President Eisenhower, the first 'Presidential Prayer Breakfast' to seek divine guidance for the national leadership and to reaffirm faith and dependence on God." 

    In 1970, the name was changed to "The National Prayer Breakfast."

    O'Brien said that the National prayer Breakfast gives him a chance to remind people why there role is valued.  In a time when the media is focusing on the killing and negative things going on around the world, we need to focus on the good that we are doing.

    "We have nothing to apologize for," said O'Brien.

    One of O'Brien's goals in speaking at Carlisle Barracks was to attempt to reach some of the military leaders here and make them realize the responsibility they have to lead the troops of the U.S. military to do the right thing for the right reasons.

    "There is a lot of responsibility in this room," said O'Brien. "If I can reach out to these people, I may change a mind."

    The words of O'Brien reached the audience.

    "I have met Archbishop O'Brien several times before," said Sgt. Charles Brewer, chaplain's assistant, Carlisle Chapel. "He is real dignitary and spiritual leader. His words mean a lot to me."

    In his closing remarks, O'Brien challenged the audience to ask themselves, "are we giving ourselves to God or to the things of God?"

 

 

Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, six more weeks of winter


Feb. 2, 2004 -- Good news for skiers, bad news for sunbathers. The world's most famous furry forecaster saw his shadow on a chilly Groundhog Day today, predicting six more weeks of winter.
   Mike and Anne Castledine, a retired couple from Derbyshire, Britain, caught groundhog fever after seeing the 1993 cult movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and just wanted to experience it for themselves.

    "We were quite hooked once we'd seen the movie," Anne Castledine said yesterday. Back home, "There's really no knowledge of what it entails."

    Earlier, the spirited crowd, some clad in furry groundhog hats or even full-length costumes, chanted "Phil! Phil! Phil!" after fireworks and a long night of rock music drew to an end and the hour of the ceremony neared.

    The tradition is rooted in a German superstition that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on February 2 - the Christian holiday of Candlemas - winter will drag on.

    If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.

    In the past 118 years, the famous groundhog is reported to have seen his shadow 104 times.

    Groundhog Day also entails a lot of revelry, although alcohol has been banned from Gobbler's Knob, the site just outside of town where Punxsutawney Phil issues his proclamation. Music and dancing go on all night and the town's population of roughly 6,700 grew nearly six-fold to a record 40,000 last year.

    Because this year's Groundhog Day fell on a weekday, crowds were down considerably, although the festivities still include seven scheduled weddings.

    "We couldn't care less if he sees his shadow," said Bill Cooper, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. "It's a people holiday."

    Don Yoder, a University of Pennsylvania professor emeritus of folklore, documents the day's increasing popularity in his 2003 book, Groundhog Day.

    "It's a secular holiday. It's not religious. It's a fun holiday in between New Year's and Easter," he said. "It's much more important that Valentine's Day."

    The day's popularity is increasing, in part, Yoder said, because of the 1993 movie. More than a dozen states celebrate the day with their own critters, including Dixie Dan in Mississippi, Buckeye Chuck in Ohio and General Beauregard Lee in Georgia.

    "The imitators that exist, we embrace. We encourage," said Mike Johnson of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

    "There's simply no question in anybody's mind, if you're awake and sober, who the Seer of Seers and the Prognosticator of Prognosticators is," he said.

    Over the course of Phil's appearances, Phil has had numerous noteworthy highlights:

  •     During Prohibition Phil threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on the community if he wasn't allowed a drink.

  •     In 1958 Phil announced that it was a "United States Chucknik," rather than a Soviet Sputnik or Muttnik that became the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth.

  •    In 1981 Phil wore a yellow ribbon in honor of the American hostages in Iran.

  •    Phil traveled to Washington DC in 1986 to meet with President Reagan. He was joined by Groundhog Club President Jim Means, Al Anthony and Bill Null.

  •    Phil met Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburg in 1987.

  •    In 1993, Columbia Pictures released the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray.

  •    Phil appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1995.

  •    In the years following the release of the movie, record crowds numbering as high as 30,000 have visited Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney.

 

    Editors note: The preceding information is from a release at http://www.groundhog.org/