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Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Local educators learn to help military families

 

 March 25, 2004-School counselors and teachers were on post March 2 and 3 to learn how to help children of military families cope with the many transitions they have to deal with during their school years.

    The Military Child Coalition, which travels to school districts around the world, had representatives in Collins Hall to give a two day course to local educators.  The course, which dealt with the transitions that military children have to face, was phase one of a three-phase program.

    "Military children serve, too," said Elizabeth Knouse, school liaison officer. "It's about children. Our goal is so the people who work closest with the kids can look in their eyes and understand them."

    There were 20 educators, including school counselors and teachers, from four school districts present for the course, said Dr. Mary Keller, executive director of the Military Child Education Coalition.

    Congressman Todd Platts, who spoke to the educators at a luncheon, kicked of the two-day workshop.  He spoke of the important job of educators.

    "What you are doing in educating a child isn't just for a day or a year, it's a lifelong blessing," said Platts.

    Guidance counselors played a big roll in Platts' life when he was a student by helping him with transitions in his life.

    "When I look at guidance counselors, I see the important roll they play," said Platts. "They help kids with their transitions. My seventh grade counselor helped me adjust from my small elementary school to the big junior high school.  I had a very difficult transition.  I lived in the counselor's office for the first month," Platts said, jokingly.

    Phase one training included: learning the issues that military children go through, learning to be aware of the changes military children face, coming up with a local plan, applying the information in a project and looking at what is and isn't working so they can make their plan work for the kids in their area.

    "One of our main goals was to make the educators aware of the resources we have available through our organization," said Keller.

    The organization has many online aids to help counselors and teachers deal with the problems that military children face from day-to-day, said Keller. There is even a page on their website, www.militarychild.org, for asking questions to professionals in the field.

    "The course went very well," said Keller. "Everyone worked well together and I think they all got a lot out of the training."

    The organization will be on post again in the Fall for phase two of the three-part program. 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Noisy bugs return after 17-years of silence

    Would you believe that the humming, buzzing chorus heard on summer nights is made by a group of insects a little over an inch in length, and that this particular breed of insects only comes around once every 17 years? Believe it - the bugs are on the way.

    Beginning in May, swarms of cicadas are expected to emerge for five weeks of activity and then disappear underground.

    Cicadas are small, stout-bodied, large-headed insects with sucking mouth parts. They are an inch or more in length with two pair of wings and are usually green with red and black markings. Cicadas also have a three-jointed beak, an abdomen of six segments, prominent compound eyes and three eyes.

    About 1,500 species of cicadas are known, usually occupying deserts, grasslands and forests. More than 100 species are found in the North. Some appear annually in midsummer, but there are also periodic cicadas. The most common of these is the black and green Harvest Fly, which matures in two years.

    The best known of the common cicadas is the 17-year cicada, which lives only in the U.S. With the exception of the termite queen, this cicada is probably the longest living insect.

    There are at least 13 broods of the 17- year cicada, plus another five broods that surface every 13 years. The last brood to emerge, Brood IX, was seen last spring in parts of West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Brood X, this year's brood, is expected to be heard from Georgia, west through Tennessee and to isolated pockets of Missouri, north along the Ohio Valley and into Michigan and east into New Jersey and New York.

    During their five-week concert performance, adult male cicadas will sit in treetops producing rhythmic ticks, buzzes or whines to attract females. After mating, females deposit eggs in slits they cut into twigs and branches. One female lays from 200 to 600 eggs.

    Eggs hatch into nymphs, which drop to the ground and burrow into the soil as much as six feet. Here, they suck juices from roots of perennial trees and shrubs. Depending upon the species, cicada nymphs remain underground from one to 17 years. Then, by instinct, they leave their burrows to climb the trunk of a tree. Their skins split open and mature cicadas emerge and the cycle begins anew.

    Other than a noise nuisance, the cicadas won't cause much damage.

Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes are little bloodsuckers that can carry diseases such as malaria, encephalitis and as of December 2002, West Nile virus. Mosquitoes become infected by feeding on birds that have the virus circulating in their bloodstream for a few days. The infected mosquitoes then transmit the virus to more birds, as well as to humans and other animals when biting them.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than 10% of  mosquitoes are infected with the West Nile Virus, less than one percent. As of August of 2003, Pennsylvania's human case total for confirmed cases of West Nile virus was 17.

Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

    Another pesky insect during the summer season is the tick. Ticks are blood feeding external parasites of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Approximately 850 species have been described worldwide, but there are two well-established families of ticks- the hard ticks and the soft ticks.

     Ticks transmit the widest variety of pathogens of any blood sucking arthropod, including bacteria, protozoa and viruses. Some human diseases currently in the United States caused by tick-borne pathogens include Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Preventive Measures

    The first and best defense against these pests and the illnesses they may carry is to eliminate the places where they breed. Here are a few suggestions:

· Remove or empty water in old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or other places where mosquitoes might breed.

·Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use. Unused swimming pools should be covered or drained during the mosquito season.

· Apply tick-killing pesticides to pets.

·Mow grass regularly.

    In addition, take these steps to protect yourself when in woods and grasslands:

·Wear long-sleeved shirts tight at the wrists, long pants tight at the ankles and tucked in socks, and shoes covering the whole foot.

· On clothing, use a repellent containing permethrin. On skin, use a repellent containing DEET.

Editor's note: Information used in this article can be found at www.apgea.army.mil, www.fad.gov, and www.westnilevirus.nbii.gov

 

Post vehicle registration hours change

    The Carlisle Barracks vehicle registration hours have changed. Effective immediately, the hours are 9 a.m.-  11 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday, closed Holidays and weekends.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Bronze Stars awarded for valor during OEF, OIF

 

March 15, 2004 - Thousands of miles from the current fighting but still serving their nation, two U.S. Army War College students were each awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for their heroic actions during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

    The awardees, Marine Lt.Col. Niel ("Rick") Nelson and Marine Lt.Col. Mike Oehl, were presented their awards during a special March 15th ceremony attended by family members, USAWC students, faculty, and staff in Bliss Hall .

    "This is probably the best moment I've had here at Carlisle Barracks," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "This award is about valor, which we all know is very important in our business. These two men exhibited uncommon valor."

 

'None of this is possible without others'

    "Our job is all about everyone working as a team," said Huntoon. His words were echoed by both Bronze Star recipients.

    "None of what we did would have been possible without the blood, sweat and tears given by the 1500 others who served with me," said Marine Lt. Col. Niel ("Rick") Nelson, who was awarded a Bronze Star with "V" for his actions as the Commanding Officer of the 8th Engineer Support Battalion while attached to the 1st Force Service Support Group,  I  Marine Expeditionary Force.

 From January to April 2003, in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Nelson was able to organize his Engineer Support Battalion into an Assault Brigade Battalion.

    "His flexibility and tenacity under direct enemy fire allowed him to strategically place Bridge Companies in order to meet 1st Marine Division's scheme of maneuver along highways one and seven in Iraq," said Huntoon, while reading the citation. In addition, under direct enemy fire, Nelson led his Battalion in successfully conducting nine gap crossings, five of which were opposed crossings.

"Conducting an opposed crossing is probably one of the toughest things there is to do," said Capt. Bob Dixon, commandant's aide and an Army engineer. "And these guys were able to do five of them -- that's amazing."

    The Battalion further installed two improved ribbon bridges across the Saddam Canal and Tigris River. These bridges allowed the lead Regimental Combat Teams to cross the rivers and strike the enemy's center of gravity.

    "What I'm most proud of is that we were able to do this all without any loss of American lives," Nelson said.

 

Courage Under Fire  

    Marine Lt. Col. Mike Oehl served as the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Tank Battalion attached to the 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom from March to April 2003, was also honored during this ceremony.

 

 "Oehl fearlessly led his battalion during sustained combat operations from Kuwait to Baghdad, Iraq," said Huntoon as he read from the citation before presenting the Bronze Star with Combat "V" to Oehl.

    On April 2, Oehl led his battalion as the forward element of Regimental Combat Team 5 to seize a strategically important bridgehead over the Tigris River in the city of An Numaniyah, Iraq. As the Battalion attacked, his tank was repeatedly taken under fire by dismounted infantry and struck by rocket-propelled grenades. During all of this, Oehl coordinated the maneuver of the Battalion with helicopter close air support and engaged the enemy from his own tank.

    On April 4, Oehl's battalion became the target of an ambush. Again, while under direct fire, Oehl calmly directed his battalion's attack and its continued advance while at the same time securing a landing zone for the evacuation of eight injured Marines.

    "This is a tremendous honor, but I got the energy to do this by working with some great Marines," he said. "They did what all Marines do, and our success is due to their efforts, and those who gave their lives."    

    "This is an opportunity to honor and to thank the Marines and sailors who were in Operation Iraqi Freedom One, and those heading back for OIF Two," Huntoon said. "This is the nature of our business today and these men led heroically from the front."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC reaches final stage of MSCHE accreditation process

 

March 17, 2004 -- The reports have been submitted, all the visits done, now it's time to wait and hear back from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education committee of the accreditation of the U.S. Army War College's academic program.   

    This last step, an evaluation visit, was the final hurdle in a seven-year process of accreditation for the USAWC.

 The accreditation evaluation process, which all graduate level institutions must go through ended last week with the MSCHE conducting its final on-site visit. The process for accreditation began in 1997. The accreditation will cover both the resident and distance education programs.

    "Typically accreditation for a federal institution takes about 8-9 years," said Dr. Anna Waggener, Director of Institutional Assessment and USAWC Accreditation Liaison Officer. "Right now it's only taken about 7 years, and the commission has said themselves that the work we have done with self-studies and other types of reviews has helped to make it an easier process." 

    During the site evaluation, eight MSCHE members met with various academic committees, boards and students, staff and faculty members.

    "The two and a half day visit also included an introduction in joint doctrine and a demonstration of our distance education program," said Waggener. Four of the visiting team members were from military education institutions and four were from civilian institutions.

    "Since 1997 the USAWC has been pursuing accreditation through the U.S. Department of Education," said Waggener. "This has included a self-assessment report, two interim reports, two consultant visits, a year of self-study and an institutional self-study, all of which culminated in the evaluation site visit last week."

    "MCHSE is the accrediting body in our geographical region that accredits all academic institutions," said Waggener. "Accreditation is the way of self-regulating and peer review adopted by the educational community. It's to make sure that an institution has the resources necessary to do the job it needs to."

    Accreditation for the USAWC will certify that the program has the means and resources to offer graduate level education comparable to other graduate institutions across the nation.

    "Every graduate program, no matter if it is military or civilian goes through this process," said Waggener. She went on to point out that the commission has 14 standards that it uses to measure each institution. Some of those are students, faculty and curriculum.

    If an institution receives accreditation, it is subject to periodic reviews, with the first coming five years after accreditation, and then every 10 years after that.

    "I know that no matter what, the USAWC will continue to operate at a high level, " said Waggener.

    The Commissioners of MSCHE will vote on the USAWC accreditation status in June, 2004.

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Pubic Affairs Office

Finding the way

    March 15, 2004-Soldiers of Headquarters Company went to the Reserve and National Guard post at Fort Indiantown Gap March 11 to conduct land navigation training.  Every Thursday the Soldiers conduct basic skills training on common tasks like land navigation and weapons training.

    "I understand that here at Carlisle Barracks the chances of finding ourselves deployed are pretty slim, however, we owe our Soldiers tough, realistic and quality training and that is what the NCO's here are doing." said 1st Sgt. Steven Shelton, headquarters company first sergeant.

    Soldiers went out in two person teams to determine which team was the best at land navigation. Each team had a map, a compass, a list of geographic points and a three hour time limit.

    Dressed in BDU's, soft caps and Load Bearing Equipment, the Soldiers identified the grid coordinates on their maps and departed in all directions in search of the markers and the promised four-day pass for the winners. The markers were located throughout several square miles of mountainous terrain with rivers and streams running through it.

    "The terrain was really rough," said Sgt. Tina Hawkins, human resource specialist. "It was very challenging."

 

   

 Even though the terrain was difficult to navigate and maneuver through, it was a great place for the training.

    "That course enabled us to use all the land navigation methods we learned," said Shelton, "such as dead reckoning and terrain association."

    After three hours of hands-on land navigation, the two-Soldier teams maneuvered back to the start point, one team at a time.

    "The training went great," said Shelton. "We had a great classroom portion prior to going out onto the course and we were only the second unit to ever utilize that course."

    "We have conducted live fire ranges with a variety of weapons systems, we have conducted extensive land navigation training, we have incorporated some of the individual movement techniques into our unit physical training program and we are going to Fort Indiantown Gap in May for three days to further build upon our individual training and small team level activities," said Shelton.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

War College community gathers to celebrate life of professor

 

March 11, 2004 --  On a bright and sunny day, friends, family members and co-workers gathered in the Post Memorial Chapel to pay their respects and celebrate the life of Dr. Winthrop "Win" Rice III, who passed away last week at the age of 51. Rice had been serving as Professor of Education Methodology and Technology in the Directorate of Academic Affairs since November of 2003.

    "Win was very well liked and well respected here," said Lt. Col. Steve McKinney, director, educational technology. "He had a very challenging job, but he adapted very quickly here and was really getting into his job."

    His job wasn't the only thing he was passionate about said McKinney.

    "I know Win had two passions, his job and his family," he said. "The first thing you saw when you went into his office was the big picture he had of his family. He would always tell people to enjoy their kids while they had them."

    During the memorial service Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David Kenehan quoted the scripture when speaking about Rice's life.

    "It's written that we are judged by how much love we put into all of our actions," Kenehan said. "I know that Win understood this and put his heart into everything he did."

 Rice's outgoing personality also had an impact on those around him. McKinney recounted a story about Rice during the interview process that stood out in his mind.

    "When it was getting close to deciding who we wanted to pick, we were trying to place names and faces," he said. "When we saw Win's name we immediately remembered him. He had such an out-going personality, he really brought energy to the office. "   

    Rice came to the USAWC from Syracuse University where he served as Adjunct Associate Professor, IDD&E in the School of Education. Rice has also served as Interim Director, Learning Resource Center, Broome Community College; Academic Program Coordinator, Office of Educational Technology, SUNY Central Administration; and Associate Director, Educational Communications at the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. Rice received his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in 1987 from The University of Texas at Austin. He also held a Master's and Bachelor's of Science in Health Science Education from the State University of New York.

    Rice is survived by his wife of 27 years, Karen (Borsellino) Rice, his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Jennifer Rice; and two daughters, Mary and Kristin.

    The loss of Rice will be felt for quite a long time according to McKinney.

    "He was a great friend and a great professor, he will be missed."

   

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Girl Scouts celebrate 90 years of girl power

 

 

March 11, 2004 -- What 18 girls initiated in Savannah, Ga. in 1912 has become the world's pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls. And what 12 girls at Carlisle Barracks are doing today help keep the Girl Scouts of the USA in that top position.

    "A sense of community service is very important," said Cyndee Gentry, Girl Scout Leader for Cadet Senior Troop 619 at Carlisle Barracks. "We want to instill in them that's it's important to give back to the community." 

    March 10-16 is Girl Scouts Week, a celebration of the past, present and future. Since August 2003, Girl Scouts at Carlisle Barracks have sponsored and/or participated in a myriad of events and activities including Public Lands Day and the Senior Citizens Holiday Tea. Most recently, Girl Scouts from Troop 619 sponsored Thinking Day where more than 200 Girl Scouts representing 18 countries participated. Several of the International Fellows spouses also participated in the event by modeling traditional clothing from their home country.

    "We have a law and a promise that we want the girls to adhere to," Gentry said. "I've been in scouting since I was six years old and Girl Scouts is truly as sisterhood."

    For most of the girls involved in Girl Scouts it is truly a bonding experience and one that will help them succeed in life, meet new people, and fit in wherever they go.

    "Girl Scouts give you the opportunity to work with a very diverse group of people," said Ashlee Nelson, mediator, for Cadet Troop 619.

    "We learn leadership and organization," said Taylor Gentry, secretary fro Cadet Troop 619.

    "It's a good starting point, especially with the military PCS moves," said Amanda Johnson, event coordinator for Cadet Troop 619. Johnson is also the recipient of the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts.

    The largest voluntary organization for girls in the world, Girl Scouts is open to girls ages five to 17, in kindergarten to the 12th grade. Activities planned from now until the end of the term are listed in the box below.  For more information, call Jolanda Rose at 245-3661. 

 

Upcoming events  
My Guy and Me Banquet   March 27
Bridging Ceremony    May 19
White Water Rafting   May 29

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Class of 2004 to restore USAWC crest

 

March 10,  2004-The U.S. Army war College crest located on the Ashburn Drive side of Bliss Hall will soon be getting a much-needed makeover.

    The Class of 2004 voted last week to have the crest, which was donated by the class of 1966, refurbished.  Weather and time have started to deteriorate the condition of the USAWC insignia.

    "Every time I walked by the crest there was an awareness of its condition," said Lt. Col. Robert Chisholm, Class of 2004 student.  "It just didn't look good."

    The crest has started to rust and the paint is peeling as a result of acid rain, cold and wet winters and nesting birds, but the condition will soon be back to its original look. 

    "I will be bringing back the colors to their original luster," said Nancy Stamm, owner and operator of Nancy Stamm Galleria in Carlisle. "Thanks to technology there are better sealants, which will help seal in the colors and protect the crest from the elements."

    When the crest is removed it will take about two to three weeks for the restoration process to take place.

    "I will treat the crest with a chemical that will prime it and dissolve the rust at the same time," said Stamm. "Then I will try to match the exact type of finish that was originally on the crest so we can bring it back to the condition it was in 1966."

    The restoration of the crest will be paid for by the class of 2004 as a class gift.

    Chisholm said that the crest "symbolizes us taking care of something that was important to those that came before us."

 

 

Anne Wolfe, Army Substance Abuse Program

March 21 - 27 is National Inhalant Awareness Week

 

    March 10, 2004 -- You probably don't think about them much when you bring them home. As a matter of fact, you probably never give them a second thought. After all, they're advertised on television, in the newspaper, in magazines, and are found everywhere - home, school, and work. What are they?  They are ordinary every day things like glue, hairspray, whipped cream, cooking spray, and typewriter correction fluid. They can also be deadly when misused, and people misuse them daily.

    How are these ordinary, every day items misused?  They are sniffed or snorted, or the fumes may be inhaled from inside a plastic bag, or what has become to be known as "huffing," which is taking an inhalant soaked rag, sock, etc., to absorb the fumes into one's lungs.  What's scary is that 1 in 5 children in America have reported "huffing" before they enter 8th grade, due to ease of accessibility.  It is also on the rise amongst 12 to 14 year olds, and about 22% of the people who try it die the FIRST time they try.

    Death is caused by sudden cardiac arrest.  If the person doing the huffing isn't killed, there's damage to the body each and every time they huff!  It causes the most damage to the brain, including memory loss, loss of coordination, hearing loss, and permanent brain damage.  Chronic use can affect the kidneys as well. 

    There are signals and symptoms you can look for if you suspect someone you know of huffing.  They include nausea, lack of appetite, weight loss, nervousness, restlessness, and outbursts of anger.  There is also a possibility of physical and psychological addiction.  With children and teenagers, huffing mostly occurs in groups, so be observant of your children and their friends.  Inhalants generally leave the body in about two weeks through exhalation, so bad breath or breath that smells chemically in nature can also be a clue.  Chemical stains on clothing may also be a clue. 

    Rehabilitation can be lengthy and difficult, so the prevention is the best course of action when it comes to dealing with inhalants.  Most experts believe that age 6 is not too young to begin educating your children about the dangers of inhalants and other drugs, as long as it's done with sensitivity and age appropriateness.

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

 

myPay turns four years old

DFAS' online pay information system celebrates four years

ARLINGTON, VA  - The online pay account information system, myPay, celebrates four successful and expansive years.

    On Feb. 26, 2000, myPay, formerly known as Employee/Member Self Service (E/MSS), was brought online as both an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and Internet/Web-based system by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.  myPay is an electronic system that allows customers to access and control their pay account information. myPay is available to all military members, military retirees and annuitants, and Department of Defense civilian employees. 

    Customers can view, print and save their leave and earnings statements, make adjustments to federal and state tax withholdings and update bank account and electronic transfers, all online, by accessing myPay at https://mypay.dfas.mil

    In October 2002, the electronic pay program took a giant leap, creating an extensive system with more features, along with a name change, to what is now known as myPay.  As myPay improved, DFAS continued to gain more and more customers. In May 2003, civilians from Army non-appropriated funds and in September 2003 civilian employees with Department of Energy were added.

    Today, myPay has more than 2.6 million members with customized personal identification numbers. Throughout the past four years, 13 major options have been added with countless enhancements. In January 2004, there were nearly 11 million pay statement views with more than 4.3 million W-2 statement views.  In addition, there were a total of 249,000 transactions submitted through myPay and more than 1.7 million pay inquiries.

    "We are proud that DFAS customers are finding myPay a safe, secure and convenient way of managing their pay accounts," said Patrick T. Shine, acting director of DFAS.

More Features To Come
    DFAS continues to look for opportunities to improve myPay and is planning to add the ability for service members to manage allotments and purchase savings bonds with a planned release late summer 2004.

Security and Privacy
myPay combines a 128-bit encryption software (strong encryption) and Secure Socket Layers(SSL) technology with the user's social security number, PIN, and use of a secure web address or DOD-specific telephone number to safeguard information from unauthorized access. This combination prevents information from being retrieved by outside sources while information is being transmitted. Once a user gets a PIN, myPay can be accessed nearly any time, anywhere.

About DFAS
    The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is the world's largest finance and accounting operation. It provides responsive, professional finance and accounting services to the men and women who defend America. In Fiscal Year 2003, DFAS paid about 5.9 million people, processed more than 12.3 million invoices from defense contractors, disbursed more than $416 billion and managed more than $194 billion in military trust funds. For more about DFAS visit http://www.dfas.mil

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post bids farewell to Pa. Guard unit

 

March 4, 2004 -- A sudden, strong wind blew past the crowd and only the quick actions of Soldiers kept the collection of flags from hitting the ground.

    This moment caused Carlisle Barracks commanding general to point out the similarities between that moment, and the actions of the Soldiers being honored at the formation.

    "Just like those Soldiers leapt into action to pick up the flag," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "These Soldiers leapt into action to help protect our nation."

    Huntoon and others gathered on the sunny Friday morning to recognize, bid farewell and present awards to the Soldiers of the 2-104th Cavalry of the Pennsylvania National Guard  who had served as the post Quick Reaction Force since June of 2003.

    "You all performed an outstanding job," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander. "I hate to see you guys go, but I thank you for the superb job you did while here."  The civilian guards already stationed on post have picked up the QRF mission.

     The leadership of the unit thanked the Carlisle Barracks community for making them feel welcome.

    "We never felt like we were out of place," said 1st Sgt. Rolando Luna, the units' second-in-command. "We weren't treated any differently because we were guardsmen. It was great to feel that way."

 

    Also helping to make their transition easier was the fact that most of the Soldiers are from the surrounding communities.

    "It was great to be deployed in an area so close to your home," said 1st Lt. Adam Grove, unit commander and York, Pa. resident. "It added to the comfort of everyone to have our families so close and still be able to execute our mission."

    Luna also took time to thank the Soldiers of the 104th for all of their hard work.

    "You made my job easier, and without you I wouldn't be who I am today."

    In addition to their jobs and the post QRF, they also have trained to learn their missions as a part of the Pa. Stryker Brigade Combat Team. 

    "These Soldiers here are part of those entrusted to help protect our nation," said Huntoon. "I know that they will continue to make us proud."

    Now that their duties at Carlisle Barracks are done, one of the members will spend his time home finishing an educational degree.

    "I'm only a few credits away from graduation at Shippensburg (University) with a double major in English and Communications, said Spc. Mike Wynchar. "Hopefully I'll be able to get it done this next semester."

   The unit will now head back to Chambersburg, Pa. to demobilized where they will then be released back to their homes.

    "It's been a real pleasure being able to serve our country in our own backyard," said Grove. "We can all head home knowing that we did our job."

 

USAWC PAO Release

Army Colonel faces assault charges

 

    March 3, 2004 -- The director of the Army Heritage and Education Center was charged Sunday with simple assault and harassment by local law enforcement officials. 

    Cumberland County law enforcement officials charged Col. Alan C. Cate Jr., 47, after Pa. State Police responded to an incident at his home in South Middleton Township. A hearing is scheduled for May 4 in Mt. Holly Springs.

    Cate, an infantry officer, was assigned as the AHEC director in July 2003.  He has been assigned alternate duties at the Center for Strategic Leadership during the investigation.

    Dr. Conrad C. Crane, the director of the Military History Institute, will serve as the acting director of AHEC. 

    The Army Criminal Investigation Command resident office at Carlisle Barracks is investigating in cooperation with state police. 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Vision of hope, possibility

 

 

    March 11, 2004 -- Hope is defined as the expectation of receiving or achieving a desire. Possibility means the conditions are right for something to happen or become reality. These two words together form the basis for the theme of the 2004 Women's History Month Celebration.

    "Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility" celebrates the hope and sense of possibility that comes from the inspirational work of women, according to the National Women's History project website. This hope comes in many forms from laws challenged and changed, new medical research, stories of compassion and courage, and watching women stand tall against great odds.

    This year, eight women from various ethnic and career backgrounds are honored for their lives and work accomplishments that embody the truest meaning of hope and possibility. These women were selected because their stories affirm the American spirit.

    The 2004 National Women's History Month honorees are: Sarah Buel, Edna Campbell, Jill Kerr Conway, Marian Wright Edelman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Dr. Susan B. Love, Vilma Martinez and Leslie Marmon Silko.

Sarah Buel, Domestic Violence Activist and Attorney, Educator

    Escaping domestic violence in her own life, Sarah Buel became an impassioned advocate for the legal rights of battered women and abused children. Believing that if she became an attorney she could best defend and advocate for battered women and their children, she graduated from Harvard Law School and now runs a legal clinic for battered women. She is also co-founder and co-director of the National Training Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Edna Campbell, Professional Athlete, Spokesperson for Breast Cancer Awareness

    A professional basketball player with the WNBA Sacramento Monarchs and a breast cancer survivor, Edna Campbell travels the country as a spokesperson for breast cancer awareness, encouraging women to do regular breast exams and inspiring those with cancer to have hope and courage in challenging the disease. She uses these opportunities to recognize other survivors and to raise money for breast cancer research.

Jill Kerr Conway, Educator, Writer, Historian

    As a leader and scholar, Jill Kerr Conway's fearless study of her own life, public role, and intellectual development have given voice and form to the success of woman's education. The first female president of Smith College, Conway's unrelenting belief in a set of high standards and basic values that have the potential to revitalize people and institutions has inspired new possibilities for generations of women.

Marian Wright Edelman, Children Rights Advocate and Civil Rights Activist

    From her earliest years Marian Wright Edelman was encouraged to give hope and aid to others. As a lawyer, civil rights activist, and founder of the Children's Defense Fund, she has provided a strong authoritative voice for those who have been denied the power to speak for themselves. For almost 40 years she has advocated for quality health care, immunizations, nutritious food, and educational opportunities, providing hope and possibility to countless numbers.

Maxine Hong Kingston, Writer, Educator, Peace Activist

    Acclaimed author and poet Maxine Hong Kingston calls on the rich cultural images and traditions of her Chinese ancestry in her melodious and poetic story telling. Kingston often combines autobiography and fiction and uses dreams and memory, myth and desire to investigate life's possibilities and discover the fullness of one's power. She uses the process of storytelling to both heal and expand the human spirit.

Dr. Susan Love, Women's Health and Breast Cancer Research Expert

    A founder of the breast cancer advocacy movement, Dr. Susan Love co-founded the National Breast Cancer Coalition which includes more than 200 organizations and thousands of individuals devoted to gathering input from breast cancer advocates as well as obtaining federal funding for research. As a surgeon and author, Love has inspired generations of physicians to listen more closely to their patients.

Vilma Martinez, Civil Rights Attorney, Community Activist

    Knowing the importance of securing and protecting the rights of all people, Vilma Martinez served nine years as President and General Counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund (MALDF). Her work in education, community development, and employment litigation demonstrates that hope can create unimagined possibilities.

Leslie Marmon Silko, Writer, Poet, Educator

    Acclaimed storyteller and award-winning author, Leslie Marmon Silko credits her Laguna Pueblo heritage with everything that makes her a writer and a human being. Silko's love for storytelling began as a child when she would listen to the stories of her great-grandmother. For Silko storytelling is more than oral history. Storytelling is a ceremony that links the mythical deities and the people themselves creating hope, purpose, and survival.

 

Editor's note: Information used in this article can be found at www.nwhp.org

 

  

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Final stage of ESPC underway

 

March 4, 2004 -- The final phase of the Environmental Savings Performance Contract has started and it just might mean more grass and parking spaces for Carlisle Barracks.

    Work has already begun on the removal of more than 50 manhole covers on post that were previously needed for the steam plant, according to Bill Tarman, engineer with the post Directorate of Public Works.

    "We started last week on the first group of covers and hope to finish one a day," he said. "Hopefully, it'll only take about six to eight weeks and we'll be done sometime in April."

    When the manholes are demolished, the top is knocked off, the steam lines are cut and capped and the piping removed.

    "It's a fairly quick and easy process," said Tarman. "As long as the weather is good and we don't run into any major problems it should go fairly quickly." 

    The manholes are scattered all over post, but some are in higher traffic areas, which could potentially create some temporary road closures.  

    "The lines generally run underneath the streets, so there may be some times that we need to divert traffic for a short period so the work can be done," Tarman said. "This is true of the Garrison Lane area since there are so many along that road. But the positive side is that there may be a few more parking spaces created, especially near Anne Ely Hall."

    The manholes are set in both concrete and grass, and those in the grass will be covered again with sod.

 

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Dunham PA named Pennsylvania's Physician's Assistant of Year

March 4, 2004 -- After the polite "how are you today ?" comes the awkward moment when patient and primary care provider care provider size each other up before moving on to the serious "what seems to be the matter ?"  So the physician's assistant asked 14-year-old John a simple question about his interests. A brief conversation vaulted over the awkwardness, and landed the understanding needed to handle the medical problem.

Gently persistent, Mr. Greg Jaques can make a quiet connection in minutes: the better to serve his patients. His gentle persistence also caught the eye of the awards committee of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician's Assistants. They named him Pa's Physician's Assistant of the Year.

Jaques has served at Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic since Nov. 2003. For the past 6 years, he volunteered to represent the PSPA at State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. The role was limited to observing.

"His presence at the SBOM demonstrated our interest in the actions of the board," said PSPA committee chairman Bernie Schwartz. "His persistence in attending the board meetings paid off when in 2003 he was selected to a seat on the SBOM."

     Having earned the respect of the Osteopathic Medicine board, Jaques has earned a voice and a vote, and looks forward to influencing decisions about PA's.

    "I've been trying to do something to benefit the society and medicine in Pennsylvania A," said Jaques. The role of the PA is to augment the physician's practice and a PA has almost all the same responsibilities, with a physician backing up the PA. "I always thought that. I try to do the best for my patients that I can. If there's something that I don't feel comfortable or competent about, I asks for help," he said. "And then I sleep well at night."

    The Air Force veteran earned his bachelor degree and interest in medicine while serving as an x-ray tech at Lockbourne Air Force Base in Ohio. After completing the Hershey PA program in 1978, he worked in several civilian medical practices before finding a home here. He hopes to retire here - many years from now.

    "Working in the military system in a lot different from civilian practice, and this place is different. Patients are more knowledgeable about health.

    "My patients are a joy to work with," said Jaques, who smiled about working with the international fellows - "They are generous in letting me get a taste of different cultures when we meet over time."  

    "I think it's important for patients to feel comfortable.  You don't always develop that in one or two encounters, but can over time. I think of myself as an easy-going individual," said Jaques. "My mother taught me well." He smiled again.

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian named next holder of Omar Bradley Chair

 

  March 4, 2004 -- Dickinson College and the U.S. Army War College announced that Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Rick Atkinson will be the next holder of the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership.

Atkinson will teach in residence at both Dickinson and the Army War College for one semester beginning September 2004.

Atkinson has been honored three times with the Pulitzer Prize: the 2003 Pulitzer for History for his book, "An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943"; the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting; and the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service, awarded to the Washington Post for a series of investigative articles conceived, directed and edited by Atkinson on shootings by the District of Columbia police department.

Atkinson is the author of two best-selling books, "The Long Gray Line," a narrative account about West Point's class of 1966 and the national leaders it produced; and "Crusade," a narrative history of the Persian Gulf War.

The recipient of the 1983 Livingston Award for international reporting, the 1989 John Hancock Award for Excellence, the 1990 George Polk Award for national reporting, and a 1990 PEN special citation for non-fiction, Atkinson started his journalism career at the Pittsburg (Kansas) Morning Sun in 1976, moved in 1977 to spend six years with the Kansas City Times, and joined the national staff of the Washington Post in 1983.

On the Post staff, he covered the Pentagon, the 1984 presidential election and, as deputy national editor for two years, supervised reporters responsible for defense, diplomacy and other national security beats.

After returning from a book leave in 1989, he worked as a reporter on the newspaper's investigative staff, producing series on the B-2 bomber, public housing, and the savings and loan scandal. In 1991, he wrote most of the newspaper's lead stories on the Persian Gulf War.

 "From its inception as a joint initiative with Dickinson College the selection committee sought to attract chair holders from a wide range of communities including business, military, politics and academia," said Col. George Reed, a member of the colleges' joint search committee.

"Rick Atkinson has studied the nexus of leadership and the military from multiple perspectives and our students will undoubtedly benefit greatly from his insight."

"We are delighted to continue our partnership with the U.S. Army War College in this program and welcome Rick Atkinson's perspective," said Dickinson President William G. Durden.

"It will add an invaluable dimension to our students' cross-disciplinary approach to the study of contemporary issues."

Both institutions are deeply committed to understanding leadership, from the perspective of the liberal arts and sciences at Dickinson, and in the environment of international security studies at the Army War College.

The Bradley Chair was most recently held, in 2003, by Howard Law School Dean Kurt Schmoke, a three-term mayor of Baltimore.

Named in memory of the World War II hero, the Omar Bradley Chair provides a visiting scholar the opportunity to explore with students and faculty the nature of leadership and how it can best and most ethically be exercised in a world transformed by globalization, technology and cultural change. The chair is intended to enhance the study of leadership and to encourage civilian-military dialogue.

The Army War College Foundation and Dickinson College will continue to co-sponsor the General Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership. 

 

Root hall recycling program

    Root Hall occupants are reminded to support the Carlisle Barracks recycling program through the utilization of the blue paper product bins.  If you need additional recycle bins they are available in supply warehouse (Room A02).  The bins are to be used for paper products and should not contain clips or contaminants that would render them non-recyclable.