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Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

What does it take to make Jim Thorpe Sports Days successful?

 

April 26, 2004 -- Jim Thorpe Sports Days are full of competition, excitement, winning, pain and defeat, but what does it take to put on such a big event? What goes on behind the scenes to make it look seamless?

    A handful of workers were responsible for making the event work for hundreds of athletic competitors. Eight full-time sports staff employees, three part-time employees, several physical therapists, several volunteers and contracted referees made it look easy, said Karen Wright, operations manager for the sports office.

    Preparation for the event, which included preparing the athletic fields, was started about a week before the competition began, said Alfred Farris, sports office.

    With the threat of rain looming over Carlisle Barracks on the first morning of the competition, the crews were busy getting everything ready for the day's events.

    "If it rains we just smile  and keep going," said Chuck Gentile, Carlisle Barracks sports director.

    On the first day of competition the radios were filled with chatter from the directors trying to iron out last-minute details. Ice and water were brought to the athletic fields, the infield of the softball field was dragged in preparation for the first game, trophies were dropped off at the Skill Development Center for engravings and all the athletic fields were checked for their condition after the rain from the evening before.

    "This is really a team effort," said Gentile. "This wouldn't work out without everyone working together."

    The first event was the volleyball competition in Thorpe Gym. As the time for the game drew closer there was no sign of the referees. Gentile put the word out to a couple of the sports office employees to change and get ready to referee the first game.

    "One of the biggest issues we have on the first day when kicking this thing off is making sure the referees know where to be," said Gentile.

    With two minutes to spare the referees entered the gym ready to go and Gentile moved on to deal with the next crisis.

    Shortly before the opening ceremony, the West Point mules arrived and needed "parking." The directors had to quickly find a quiet, shaded spot with plenty of grass for them to relax before marching on Indian Field in the ceremony. A grassy spot next to the stream was easily found.

    Spectators poured into the stands at Indian Field to watch the opening ceremonies, while the crews were busy getting the track ready for the parade to move around the track. The track was smoothed out, lines were painted, the torch was prepared and markers were placed in the ground to show the war college students where to stand for the ceremony.

    In past years there has been a problem with the torch staying lit during the lap around the track, but they solved the problem this year.

    "This year we borrowed a real torch from the Special Olympics," said Col. Karen McClellan, faculty advisor to the Jim Thorpe Sports Day committee.

    Despite  the intense competition, there weren't many disputes, but when there were Gentile and McClellan took charge and gave definitive answers.

    Someone protested the Army women's relay win, saying that someone was running along side the runners and pacing them. Gentile and McClellan had a meeting and quickly determined that the person was only encouraging and cheering on the runner and was not in violation of the rules.

    "One of the toughest things as directors is staying impartial," said McClellan. "It's tough not cheering for the Army."

    At the end of the competition, after telling people for two days that the scores were too close to tell who was in the lead, there was finally a winner.  Actually there were two winners. For the first time in the 29 years of the competition there was a tie.

    "The Industrial College of the Armed Forces tied with the Army for the lead," said Wright.

    "To determine a winner we had to look at the number of first place wins from each of the schools," said McClellan. "ICAF had five wins and the Army only had four, so ICAF was declared the winner."

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Giving honor to fallen Soldiers

 

    April 28, 2004-With Taps gently and soothingly playing across the cemetery and the loud salute of M16A2 rifles echoing among the gravestones, the Carlisle Barracks Funeral Team sends off veterans with respect and honor.

    "Many people don't even know we have a funeral team here," said Sgt. John McLaughlin, IMO, "but we go out and practice and perform our duties with respect and professionalism every time we are needed."

    The post funeral team covers most of the state of Pa. and performs about 25 funerals in a year, said McLaughlin.

    When the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge and his or her assistant is notified, they immediately go to work to make sure all is done correctly.

    "First we go to the site and check the layout of the burial site and identify the time of the funeral," said McLaughlin. "Then we make sure everything, like the weapons and transportation is set before we get the Soldiers together and start to practice."

    The team practices in the parking lot near the barracks using an old, unusable casket. They go through the motions over and over again to make sure it is all done right. Every time they do the run-through they treat it as if it's the real thing.

    The team practices for about three or four hours the day before each funeral, said McLaughlin.

    On the day of the funeral there is also a ritual the team goes through to prepare.

    "We do a pre-inspection of the team and the equipment," said McLaughlin. "Then we do some last-minute practicing before we head to the site of the funeral."

    The team shows up at the funeral site or cemetery early so they can practice at the actual location.

    "We want to go over the routine a few times so we know if there are any hills or holes that we need to watch out for and to make sure everyone has it down," said McCall.

    When the hearse arrives at the cemetery the team is ready to escort the body to the burial spot, said Pfc. Tyree Bundy, computer technician at CSL.

    "We set the coffin in place and then take up arms," said Bundy. "After the minister finishes talking we shoot a three round volley before the bugler plays Taps."

    After Taps is played the team stacks arms and returns to fold the flag.

    "Before the flag is given to the family, someone puts three rounds in the folded flag and says, 'duty,' 'honor' and 'country,' after each round is put in," said Bundy.

    When the flag is given to the family and they march away their job is done. 

    The funeral team works hard to make sure everything is done correctly no matter what the situation is.

    "The weather was terrible during one funeral," said McCall. "It was cold, sleeting and raining.  The sleet was just pounding us, but I thought, this will be over soon and we will be on a warm bus home. The person being buried won't be able to do that. They did their service to the country and now their life is over, so we did our best to make all the moves correct and give that person the most respect and honor we could."

    No one funeral stands out for McLaughlin.

    "Every funeral I do now stands out because they are all emotional," said McLaughlin. "I've done about 150 funerals in my ten years of service."

    McLaughlin believes it's good for Soldiers to work on the funeral team.

    "It's good for Soldiers to do this," said McLaughlin. "It shows them how to honor those that served."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

DOIM restores email system, takes steps to reduce chances of recurrence 

April 26, 2004 -- The post email system crashed in early April, leaving almost 2,000 users without email capabilities, and the Directorate of Information Management is taking steps to reduce the likelihood that this crash will happen again.

    "What caused the problem was the configuration of a 'checkbox' in the Norton Ant-Virus software. This configuration permitted the software to delete one of the necessary Microsoft Exchange files, " said Lt. Col. Jim Redwine, head of the DOIM. "We've taken the steps necessary to make sure that we don't have a repeat of what happened. What happened was that by default the program deletes Exchange files that have been infected by a virus.

    As a result of the crash, it took most post email users a week until they had all of their older email and contacts restored.

    "We were able to restore access to send and receive email within a day, which is our number one priority," Redwine said. "After that, it took about a week before we were able to restore all of the emails sent and received before April 8."  Redwine pointed out that there were people working 24 hours a day for seven days straight to restore all of the data.    

    "What compounded the problem was the fact that Norton Anti-Virus doesn't prompt you or let you know that it's going to delete files before it does it," Redwine said. "The anti-virus software is constantly running, and it deleted one of the files necessary to run the email server."

    Redwine went on to point out that the DOIM has now changed the policy to no longer delete these infected exchange files, which does open the server up to some risk.

    "With something like this, there is risk anyway you look at it. But the risk of a file becoming infected pales in comparison to the total loss of productivity caused by a failure," he said. "Also, we're going to make some changes that will help make the system more secure. He added that not deleting infected Exchange Server files is a civilian community standard that Carlisle Barracks is adopting.

    To help guide the DOIM through the restoration process was a Microsoft Rapid On Site Support engineer.

    "This is part of the contract that we pay for just for situations like this," he said. "None of us have ever had to restore a system like this before and he was here for parts of three days to help us get everything up and running."

    The other changes include adding a filter to the email system that will analyze and clean emails before they reach the network server. 

    "We're going to add an email filtering system that will act as a buffer between the outside world and our network," he said. "This will help protect our network from viruses and other malicious programs."

    What helped protect post users and make the restoration process faster was the fact that the DOIM had recently obtained and archived all of the post users' data on new tape back-up drives.

    "It was pretty recent that we were able to get a newer and faster backup system. That really helped us get everything restored for the users," Redwine said. "But of course with about 2,000 users, it still took some time."

    What will further speed email restorations in the event of future crashes is some new software that is being ordered.

    "We're in the process of obtaining CommVault software, which will work with the new tape-backup system we have in place," said Ed Otto, the DOIM technical director. "When we have that software, we'll be able to back up all of the emails and information for post users much more quickly."  The post currently has the capability to back up over 60 terabytes using 300 tapes and eight tape drives.

    "In addition there will be back-ups stored at different locations around post, so if one of the locations is damaged by water, fire or anything else, we won't lose the archived data."

    While it may have affected all post users and left them without email for a period of time, one bright spot is the fact that the DOIM knows that the back-up system works and that a restore can be done.

     "While we never want to experience a situation like that again, I guess it's good to know that our restore systems work," Redwine said. "But we're working hard to reduce the chance that we will have to test it again."

 

 

Study does not recommend changing commissary pricing method

 

    Fort Lee, Va. - The long-awaited independent variable pricing study recommends the Defense Commissary Agency not implement the practice of variable pricing.

    The primary objective of the study was to provide an assessment of the feasibility of using variable pricing within DeCA to reduce appropriated fund costs while sustaining a 30% customer savings rate.

    "We have been studying variable pricing as a means to deliver the highest quality benefit as efficiently as possible. It is one of many tools examined as part of our agency's re-engineering process," said DeCA Director Maj. Gen. Mike Wiedemer. Study results confirm that variable pricing is not a feasible means to reduce taxpayers' cost while maintaining a high savings rate.

    "I am satisfied that this was a thorough and impartial review of the concept of variable pricing. It provides sufficient evidence to rule out variable pricing as a method of operation for DeCA. DeCA and DoD leadership will continue to seek other ways we can improve effectiveness and efficiency in providing the commissary benefit, and ensure that we continue to deliver a sound return on taxpayer investment," stated Charles Abell, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness.

    In the commercial grocery industry, variable pricing means that retailers set prices to meet their profit margins based on factors such as local market conditions, competition, or how much customers can be expected to pay for an item. Since commissaries sell at cost, DeCA's pricing practices do not rely on meeting a profit margin and discounts are passed directly to the customers. Under DeCA's current pricing model, commissary customers pay shelf price plus a five percent surcharge.

    DeCA's current business model delivers an average savings of 30 percent or more for military families. Those savings can amount to about $2,700 annually for a family of four with regular commissary shopping.

    "As we continue to study ways to obtain cost efficiencies, we don't want to lose sight of the fact that commissaries are a benefit," said Wiedemer. "DeCA's 'reason for being' is to deliver that benefit to military members and their families. Our No. 1 concern has to be delivering value, savings and customer service to those families."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Ashburn Drive gate opens for business

April 22, 2004 -- Today the Ashburn Drive gate opened for traffic, just in time for Jim Thorpe Sports Day and a car show weekend.

    The gate is open inbound only to vehicles with DoD decals according to Maj. Bob Suskie, post provost marshal.

    "As long as the vehicle has a DoD decal and is less than eight feet six inches tall it is allowed to use that entrance, " said Suskie. "Visitors, trucks, vehicles without decals and other vehicles will still have to use the Claremont Road entrance and go through the normal procedures." Work on the gate took approximately three weeks to complete.

    Keith Bear, owner of Universal Construction of Carlisle, who performed the work, was pleased that the project was able to remain on schedule despite the weather.

    "Everything went right according to schedule, I'm real pleased with how smooth everything went." Bear said. Bear was given a tent to place over some of the areas he was working on to help keep him out of the elements and allow work to continue.

   There is a horizontal bar placed eight feet six inches above the entrance to discourage large vehicles from attempting to enter at that gate. In addition, signs are posted at the entrance and next to the stoplights on Route 11 informing motorists of the change in traffic patterns.  Vehicles without decals will be turned around and redirected to the Claremont gate.

    Vehicles will still be subject to random checks at both gates, Suskie pointed out.

    "There is an inspection area so people can still expect to be sent for a random inspection if they use that gate."

    The gate is open 24-hours for incoming and outgoing traffic, which will also have an impact on the Claremont exit gate.

    "Cars will be able to make left-hand turns 24 hours a day using the Claremont Road gate once the Ashburn Drive gate is open," Suskie said. "This should really help people get on and off post quickly and efficiently."

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Meet your new 50-year partner

 

May 6, 2004 -- Carlisle Barracks housing residents and military families are invited to meet representatives of  the new development partner for the post Residential Communities Initiative May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center.

    American Eagle Communities Midwest representatives will answer questions from community members, talk about future plans and past projects, and solicit community input for the RCI project.

    Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, American Eagle Communities Midwest was selected to partner with Carlisle Barracks and develop the Community Development and Management Plan, which will serve as the 50-year business plan for the project.

    For the next six months, Carlisle Barracks will collaborate with American Eagle Communities to develop a master plan that will include operations, maintenance, organization and staffing for on-post housing.

    Carlisle Barracks, Fort Monmouth, and Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., are part of a combined project and American Eagle Communities will develop community plans at each installation. 

     The public is also invited to attend a partnership ceremony on May 13 at 10 a.m. in the lot next to quarters 615, Liggett Road on Carlisle Barracks.  Major Gen. David Huntoon, commandant of the USAWC, and community leaders will formally welcome American Eagle Communities to the post.  Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

 

 

AHEC to host Open House

    The Army Heritage and Education Center will host an Open House at its new facility on Army Heritage Drive on  May 7, from 2 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. U.S. Army War College staff, faculty, students and all Carlisle Barracks installation staff and tenant activities are invited to attend. AHEC staff will be present to conduct brief tours of the building and answer questions.

    Shuttle buses will depart from the front of Root Hall (in front of flagpole) on the schedule below: 

Depart Root Hall                        Depart MHI (new building)

2 p.m.                                       2:45 p.m.

3 p.m.                                       3:45 p.m.

4 p.m.                                       4:45 p.m.

5 p.m.*                                      5:45 p.m.

*Time approximate after Retreat

     AHEC staff will be on hand to conduct tours through the building, and the Army Heritage Center Foundation will provide some refreshments. Visitors may drive POVs to the new building, but parking is limited so please adhere to the parking guidance given by the Parking Marshal on site.

    This will be the only opportunity to see the building before the move begins. AHEC will close its doors to patrons in Upton Hall for the last time on Friday,  April 30, and re-open to the public in the new building on Aug. 2.

see related announcement

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Marshall Ridge experiences power outage

 

 

 April 20, 2004 -- Marshall Ridge residents have power again after a three strand 12,000 volt line shorted out, leaving the housing area without power for Sunday night into Monday evening.

    Moisture caused the short which in turn caused the power to go out around  4:00 p.m. Sunday night. Repairs took place all day Monday and power was restored at 10:30 p.m. Monday night.  

    The problem was the fact that the power line itself was made in the 1950's, according to Rick Tibbetts, manager for Griffin Services. Griffin Services made the initial assessment and Gettle Electric performed the repairs.

    "The moisture caused the cable to arc, which caused the outage," Tibbets said. "The electrician we brought in had never seen that old of a power line. We had to pull out about 300 feet of old cable and replace it with new."

    The hard work done to restore power was not overlooked.

    " We had a great team of dedicated professionals from our DPW and our prime contractor, Griffin Services," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander. " Rick Tibbets and his staff stayed on the project through completion."

    Koivisto went on to explain that this situation illustrated one of the difficulties that comes with a historic post like Carlisle Barracks.

    "We discovered that our high voltage infrastructure is very old.  This addresses the need the Army has seen to privatize our utilities to the fullest extent," Koivisto said. "The Garrison and IMA continue to wrestle with the issues of privatization but this clearly demonstrates a need to have a hard look at where we are and where we need to be."

    Koivisto also wanted to thank those residents who were affected by the outage for their understanding.

    "Residents of Marshall Ridge were understanding and patient as we worked to resolve the issue and that was greatly appreciated."

    Marshall Ridge residents will be able to turn in a claim for spoiled food by stopping by the JAG office and picking up the necessary forms. 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Great Soldiers come in small packages

 

 

  April 20, 2004-Sometimes the smallest Soldier can have a large impact on the lives of many people on a post, and chaplain's assistant, Spc. Sandra Gonzalez is one of those Soldiers.

    There are many words that come to mind for Wanda Shaffer, chapel administration assistant, when she thinks of Gonzalez, including: intelligent, self-starter, highly capable, enthusiastic, cooperative, gracious, highly motivated, engaging personality, exuberant, captivating and positive.

    "She arrives each day with her contagious smile, and smiles her way through the day no matter what occurs," said Shaffer.

    The twenty-year-old, five-foot tall, 97 pound Gonzalez sat in the radiant glow of the light streaming through the stained-glass windows in the chapel's sanctuary. A big smile spread across her face as she discussed her upbringing in Sunrise, Fla.

    Gonzalez grew up spending a lot of time on the beach with her friends, her older brother, David, her father, Mario, who is a sewing machine mechanic, and her mother, Mariana, who is a housewife. Hanging out with friends on the beach is still one of her favorite things to do when she gets the chance, she said.

    "Probably the toughest thing about being in the Army is being away from my family, friends and Florida," said Gonzalez. "I am very close with my family. My parents taught me about values. They taught me what was right and wrong.many of the things that help me in my Army career came from my parents."

    When growing up, Gonzalez never thought of joining the Army, she had dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Then one day a recruiter gave her a call and explained all the Army had to offer. Since she didn't feel she was ready to go to college at the time, she enlisted.

    "I never even dreamed of joining the Army, but the recruiter made it sound like something that would really add to my character and prepare me for life," said Gonzalez.

    Gonzalez spent time at a few posts before arriving at Carlisle Barracks a little over a year ago. She trained at Fort Leonardwood and Fort Jackson before heading to Korea to work as a chaplain's assistant with the HHC 2nd Engineers at Camp Castle.

    "I loved Korea, but it was very challenging at times," said Gonzalez. "After being in Korea for only six months the chaplain passed away.  I immediately had to step up and take on responsibility for things I had no experience with. I was in charge of the chapel for another six months."

    With the chaplain gone, Gonzalez had to do her normal duties, which included setting up for events and cleaning up after, greeting people for services, cleaning and many other tasks, plus she had to take on counseling individuals in need and organizing events for the local orphanage.

    When Gonzalez arrived at Carlisle Barracks she had two chaplains to work with and was put in charge of all the chapel's funds.

    "Specialist Gonzalez is a pleasure to work with at the chapel," said Shaffer.

    Chaplain (Col.) Daniel Nagle said that Gonzalez is great at her job and has a special ability that is vital for a person in her line of work.

    "She understands people," said Nagle. "She knows people and she conveys to them that she genuinely cares about their needs. Specialist Gonzalez makes people feel better when they come to the chapel feeling down."

    Besides performing her duties as a chaplain's assistant, Gonzalez has to do her duties as a Soldier. She has made a positive impact on the Soldiers of Carlisle Barracks, said 1st Sgt. Steven Shelton, 1st sergeant.

    "Specialist Gonzalez is a young Soldier who has made a great impact on the unit. She has the potential and ability to do really well in the military," said Shelton. "She has worked really hard to help ensure our single Soldiers have a point of contact for events that affect their lives. She has done good things while she has been assigned here and is truly an asset to the unit and the Army."

    Gonzalez also scored a 295 out of 300 on her Physical Fitness Test, which is a big feat considering she only wears a size three boot.

    The tiny chaplain's assistant may be small, but she has big character, said Spc. Melissa Cabrera, dental assistant and Gonzalez's suite mate.

    "She cares about people and will take the time to listen," said Cabrera, "but she stands up for what she believes in. She will smack you upside the head when you need it. She is someone that I could count on if we were on the same battlefield."

    School is currently one of Gonzalez's priorities in her free time because she someday would like to receive a degree in marine biology, but she also enjoys shopping, recycling old clothes, movies and hanging out with friends. Recently Gonzalez became engaged to her long-time boyfriend in Florida, but does not have a wedding day set.

    Gonzalez is a small person in stature, but because of her large personality, the way she works hard at everything she does and her friendly smile, she really is one of the biggest people on post, said Cabrera.

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Service members, civilians, families give of their time, talents

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April 18, 2004 -- Tabatha Umbelina gave a check for $1.5 million to the post command group April 19 at the LeTort View Community Center.

    Well, not a real check, but the Installation Volunteer Supervisor's symbolic donation represents the total amount of savings the more than 500 volunteers at Carlisle Barracks saved the installation for 2003.

    "The littlest effort means so much," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander.

    Red, white and blue carnations were given to the each representative of the 23 organizations honored during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. National Volunteer week for 2004 is April 18-24. This year's theme, "Inspire by Example," was demonstrated by the 82,000 hours given by the Soldiers, civilians and family members at Carlisle Barracks during the past year.

    "Think of all you have done for this community . a huge thank you is due," said Margaret Huntoon, Installation Volunteer Advisor. "You did it to help others. You are the best of the military community."

    "Volunteering enables military and family members to make a difference in their community," said Suzanne Spak, Installation Volunteer Coordinator.

    "We could not run this post without our volunteers," said Col. Craig Madden, deputy commandant, U.S. Army War College.

    Volunteering is considered one of the most valuable resources a person can give said Staff Sgt. Romayne Leake, who volunteers with the Equal Opportunity Multicultural Programs.  It also can be a learning experience for the individual.

    "The time and talent a persons give to a job or program without pay is rewarded by the feeling of knowing you have made a difference in someone's life and the community," Leake said.

    "A volunteer gives their own personal time to accomplish their tasks," Spak said. "Volunteers have opportunities to learn jobs that they may not have skills in but can obtain them through volunteering. Volunteers can work in many different capacities, but most importantly, volunteers do it from the heart."

    The following is a list of the volunteer hours provided by each organization:

American Red Cross                     2,728

Army Community Service              1,345

AUSA                                             200

BOSS                                          2,000

Boy Scouts                                 10,776

Bowling Center                                 520

Child Development Center                 450

Command Group                              200

Cub Scouts                                   1,288

EEO                                                168

EO/Multi-Cultural Program               1,146

Federally Employed Women            1,400

Girl Scouts                                     1,900

International Fellows                       18,200

Military Family Program                    7,600

Military History Institute                    5,983

Post Judge Advocate                        1,014

Post Chapel                                   11,754

Retirement Services                             156

Senior Citizen Holiday Tea                    948

Spouses Club                                  12,127

Thrift Shop                                         1500

Youth Services                                  2,307

 

 

Col. James R. Pullen, Strategic Studies Institute

USAWC celebrates Army Reserve birthday    

April 21, 2004 -- Students, faculty and community members gathered at the Letort View Community Center April 21 to celebrate the 96th birthday of the U.S. Army Reserves.

    The Army Reserve was created on April 23, 1908, with the establishment of the Medical Reserve Corps in an act signed by President Theodore Roosevelt.  The first mobilization of the Army Reserve came in 1916 as a result of tensions between the United States and Mexico caused by Pershing's Punitive Expedition into Mexico. 

    More than 170,000 Officer and Enlisted Reserve Corps Soldiers served during World War I.

    The Army Reserve (or Organized Reserve as it was then known) provided the majority of the officers running the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps during the Great Depression.  The CCC was an important New Deal program that provided employment for young men.   

    During World War II, almost one quarter of the Army's 900,000-plus officers were members of the Army Reserve.  Famous Army Reserve Soldiers of World War II included Jimmy Doolittle, William Donovan of the OSS, James Earl Rudder of Rudder's Rangers fame, Strom Thurmond, Henry Cabot Lodge, and Ronald Reagan.

    More than 200,000 Army Reserve Soldiers were called to active duty during the Korean War.  

    There was no big Reserve mobilization during the Vietnam War but a small call-up in 1968 did result in an estimated 3,500 Army Reserve Soldiers being deployed to Vietnam.

    More than 84,000 Army Reserve Soldiers were mobilized for the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War and at least 65,000 served in theater.  

    Since 9-11, more than 100,000 Army Reserve Soldiers have served on active duty as part of the Global War on Terrorism. 

    Today, there are approximately 60,000 Army Reserve Soldiers on active duty in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, in the continental United States and elsewhere around the world.   The remaining 151,000 Soldiers of the Army Reserve are training and preparing for mobilization or resting and refitting after being demobilized. 

    To date, 30 Army Reserve Soldiers have been killed in Iraq, one is missing and one is a captive. Six have been killed in Afghanistan. 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Pedestrians plus cars equal danger

 

   April 21, 2004 --  In December 2003, a retired Army colonel and U.S. War College faculty member was seriously injured in an accident after being stuck by a van as he crossed Claremont Road at the post entrance. This accident prompted the Carlisle Barracks Military Police and Safety Office to conduct a survey of this area to identify and correct any safety hazards.

    "We wanted to do a traffic survey to determine if there were some safety precautions we needed to initiate, and to determine if we needed to get with local law enforcement agencies or the Department of Transportation to request a modification to the speed limit in that area," said Staff Sgt. Joseph Keller, Provost Marshal operations sergeant.

    For one week, March 1-7, MPs in an unmarked vehicle tracked the number, volume and time of day that cars and pedestrians crossed the Claremont intersection going in and out of post. The results of this survey indicated that there was no specific traffic pattern for the pedestrians or motor vehicles.

    "What we wanted to do is observe how people were crossing that intersection," Keller said. "What we found was that pedestrians were either non violators, where they would press the cross walk bottom and wait; violators-those who would go with traffic present in the intersection; and safe violators-those who would not wait for the light, but looked both ways to make sure it was safe, and cross when no traffic was present, and there were a lot of them."

    The survey results also indicated what time frames vehicles were speeding the most and when there was a high volume of pedestrian crossings. The safety hazard times were when people were hurrying into work and trying to get off work, according to Keller.

    "The times that we found with the significant amount of speeding was from 4-5 p.m., and typically that's traffic transitioning by, passing post," Keller said.

     Results from the survey were compiled and presented to the command group. With the support and collaboration of the North Middleton Township Police Department, the Provost Marshal will then forwarded a recommendation to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to consider lowering the speed limit to 25 mph on Claremont Road near the post entrance. 

     The Provost Marshal's office is currently awaiting a response. 

Defensive Jogging

    Safety is everyone's responsibility.  -- motor vehicle operators and pedestrians according to Jim Aiello, post safety director. 

    "Defensive jogging like defensive driving is largely a mental attitude. It means being alert to all potentially dangerous situations and knowing how to avoid them," Aiello said.

    In 2000 alone, 4,739 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, a decrease of 27 percent from the 6,482 pedestrians killed in 1990 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  In 2002, 153 pedestrians in Pennsylvania were killed in traffic accidents. Most of these fatalities occurred at non-intersection locations in normal weather conditions.

    "Pedestrians must remember that they do not have the right of way in roadways, except in designated crossing areas," Aiello said. "Pedestrians are required by law to obey all pedestrian traffic signs and traffic lights."

    Tips for pedestrians and joggers:

         Always run on the shoulder or as close to the edge of a road as possible, and in single file when running with other people.

         It is generally considered safer to run against, rather than with traffic, as it enables you to better see and anticipate the movements of vehicles in the line that is the closest and most dangerous to you. Exceptions to this are when you approach a blind curve or the crest of the hill.

         Do not run on roads when it is dark unless you wear light colored clothing with reflecting tape.

         Be familiar with the route you are running. Check out a new course by driving or walking over it first to make sure it is safe. Stay away from lonely or isolated areas, especially if you are running alone.

         Let a family member or friend know the route you are running and how long you will be gone. You are also urged to carry some type of identification along with any medical information, such as blood type and allergies, in case of an emergency.

         Listening to music with a headset poses a real danger while running. You might not hear a danger signal or an oncoming vehicle. Army Regulation 385 - 55 prohibits wearing headphones while jogging on post.

 

    For more information on pedestrian safety, call the post safety office at 245-4353 or log onto www.nhtsa.gov

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Civilian pay, state taxes increase

 

    April 15, 2004 -- Most Pennsylvania residents noticed a slight increase in state taxes reflected on their pay statements on January 1, but for the 433 Carlisle Barracks civilian employees, that increase did not take effect until their mid-March pay statement.

    "The new PA state tax rate of 3.07percent, which is .27 percent higher than the old rate of 2.8 percent, was supposed to be effective starting January 1, 2004, but due to system difficulties at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the new rate was effective starting Feb. 22," said Donna Horton, customer service representative for the Directorate of Resource Management.

    The amount of the increase is very small - an average of about $20-$50 per employee over a two month period.

    The delay in getting this increase input into the system will mean civilian employees will owe money when filling their 2004 state tax returns, according to Horton, but arrangements can be made now to adjust the deductions to accommodate the difference.

    Employees can contact the payroll office on (an individual basis) to make up the difference they owe from those first few pay periods, according to Horton.  Employees have paid the 2.8 percent, but they actually owe 3.07 percent for several pay periods, so they are a little behind. They can get with (the payroll office) now and make catch-up payments or they can put it in at the end of the year when they file their taxes.

Pay raise

    Civilian employees received a pay raise of 1.9 percent for 2004, as part of normal cost of living adjustments. The President authorized an additional 2.0 percent pay raise for civilian employees on Jan. 23, retroactive to Jan. 11. However, as in 2003, not all employees will receive the retroactive part of the pay increase at the same time. The timing for DFAS processing of these actions is contingent upon receipt of corrected personnel actions from the responsible personnel offices. The corrected actions will be processed into the DFAS pay system as soon as they are received.

    DFAS will process the retroactive portion of the increase over the course of at least two pay periods. If an intervening personnel action has been processed for an employee during the Jan. 11 to mid/late March timeframe, the payroll system's retroactive process will calculate and pay from Jan. 11, and stop at the date of the intervening personnel action. If there was more than one intervening action, the retroactive process will stop at the date of the first action.

    The responsible civilian personnel office must process pay corrections for the intervening action and send them to DFAS. The payroll system will then pick up and complete the retroactive processing for the remainder of the prior pay periods. This will happen at a later date than the implementation dates set out above. It may take several months for all of the civilian personnel offices to process corrections to these intervening actions.

    For more information and/or to check on civilian pay status, call 245-4077.


AHEC and MHI to close for move

    For the first time in its 37-year history, the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, will close its doors to the public beginning May 1.    

    The MHI must close to accommodate the move from the 1940's-era Upton Hall on Carlisle Barracks to the new $13.4 million Military History Institute building on Army Heritage Drive, adjacent to Carlisle Barracks. The new building is the first purpose-built archive facility in Army history. The Institute is the Army's central repository for Army unofficial historical materials, and its mission is to acquire, preserve, organize, catalogue, and ensure access to these historical research materials.

    This collection includes the world's premier military history library consisting of nearly 300,000 volumes, 245,000 military publications, 60,000 periodicals, 1,200,000 photographs, and millions of pages of manuscripts, diaries, letters, memoirs, maps, and oral histories.

    The MHI also maintains over 1,200,000 classified documents. The Institute's collection of Civil War manuscripts, diaries, and photographs is the best in the country and an oft-cited source for books, articles, and movies. The MHI is the first of five buildings to be completed in the new Army Heritage and Education Center complex. 

    The center will also include a Visitor and Education Center (2006) and the Army Heritage Museum (2008), and two other non-public support buildings. The new MHI is scheduled to re-open to patrons Aug. 1.

 

Dunham announces extended pharmacy hours

    In order to serve patients better, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic is extending the Pharmacy hours to include Monday evenings.  Starting Mon, April 19, the Pharmacy will be open until 7:30 on Mondays (Tuesdays after a Monday holiday).

    This will insure that patients seen during the Monday evening clinic will be able to get their medications and not have to wait until Tuesday to receive them.  This will also allow patients who are unable to come in during the current hours to pick up prescriptions on Monday evenings.

    In order to make the best use of this change in Pharmacy hours, the Pediatric evening clinic will move to Monday evenings (Tuesdays after a Monday holiday). There will be no  change in the Monday evening Family Practice clinic. 

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Two USAWC staff members recognized for excellence in communications

 

    April 12, 2004-Two post staff members received awards in the Annual Toastmasters International Speech and Evaluation area level competition in York on March 6.

   Lt. Col. Steven Volkman, director of leadership management for the Department of Distance Education, received first runner-up for the speech contest and Lt. Col. Randy Readshaw, director of the Human Resource Directorate, received first runner-up in the evaluation contest.

    The contest was held for Toastmasters International members in the Carlisle and York area and there were five competitors in each of the categories, presenting a speech and evaluating a speech.

    For the speech contest the presenters had to give a five to seven minute speech on a topic of their choice and were judged on development, effectiveness, speech value, delivery and language, said Volkman.

    Volkman gave a speech entitled, "The Cost of Freedom."

    "I've been carrying that speech around in my head since I was a student here back in 2001," said Volkman.

    To prepare for the speech Volkman researched historical aspects, organized the information and rehearsed the presentation.

    "I spent hours rehearsing," said Volkman. "I worked on hand gestures and voice pitch to put emphasis on key points to present the message dynamically."

    In the evaluation contest the participants had to watch a speech and then present an evaluation of the speech.  They were judged on their ability to give an accurate and helpful evaluation.

    "I looked for things like content, delivery, grammar, how smoothly the speech was given, effectiveness, body gestures and I looked at how interesting the topic was," said Readshaw.

    Readshaw's job duties as a Faculty Instructor for the Public Speaking course prepared him for the competition.

    "There wasn't a lot extra I could do to prepare for the contest," said Readshaw. "I do a lot of evaluations in my job so I felt comfortable going into the contest."

    Volkman and Readshaw both said they would do the competition again.

    "These contests are a lot of fun," said Readshaw, "and they keep us focused on our ability to communicate."

    Toastmasters International is open to anyone who is interested in improving their communication skills. If anyone is interested in joining Toastmasters International they should contact Dr. Anna Waggener, vice president of membership, at 717-245-3365.

    On Thursday, May 6, there will be a speech contest for the students of the U.S. Army War College held at the Letort View Community Center at 5:30 p.m. It will be the sixth year for the student competition, which will focus on the military family this year.

    "It's a good event for spouses to come and hear Soldiers talk about families," said Volkman.

    

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Subway coming this summer to post

April 13, 2004 - Post residents and employees will get a new place to eat this summer as the Post Exchange plans to open a Subway restaurant.

    "AAFES is in the process right now of purchasing a franchise for the post PX," Scott said. "Customers will now have more choices of where and what to eat here on post."  The restaurant will be located in the former arcade at the PX entrance. There was a Franks' Franks there during the early 1990's.

    Scott pointed out that with the growth of health-conscious customers, Subway seemed like a perfect fit.

     "This will be a full-functioning restaurant and you will be able to get everything you would at any Subway," Scott said. "We're also trying to see if they can be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner." The restaurant would have longer hours than the PX. "I'd anticipate they'd open at nine in the morning and stay open until at least seven or eight."

    Soldiers on post also seemed excited about the news.

   "I think it's great that a Subway is coming on post," said Sgt. Albert McCall III, from the Human Resources Directorate. "It gives us another option of what to have without having to leave post."

     After final approval of the franchise and the design, it should take about 90 days until the restaurant opens. Scott anticipates that the work will be done before the next USAWC class comes in August.   

 

 

Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Officer

Series of incidents challenge post first responders

Real world events halt unannounced force protection exercise

 

    April 9, 2004 -- A residential housing gas leak on post Thursday and a suspicious package spotted in the hour before a semi-annual force protection exercise was to begin caused post officials a real opportunity to test first responders. 

    The exercise scenario was planned to include two individuals role-playing suicide bombers who had breached security and entered post to detonate explosives. 

    "The intent of the exercise was to test and evaluate our response to a walk-on explosive threat," said Barry Farquhar, post force protection officer.  "We've identified this type of scenario as a possible threat, in addition to vehicle borne explosives."

    Instead, responders faced unplanned scenarios even more unpredictable than the exercise. 

    An hour before the exercise was to begin, contractors working on road repairs inadvertently cut a natural gas line to Young Hall, a residential building with 43 families.  The post fire department responded and evacuated A and B bays before the gas line was shut off.  The line was repaired within several hours of the incident.

    The building occupants were initially evacuated to the Indian Field bleachers before moving to Reynolds Theater to get out of the cold, damp weather. 

    Once the Young Hall situation was stabilized, post officials, who were operating out of the Installation Operations Center at Collins Hall, elected to continue with the planned exercise.  Minutes later, a suspicious 'package' was noticed on the ground near buildings 322 and 314, on Pratt Avenue. 

    Military Police cordoned off the area and evacuated nearby buildings while a hazardous devise explosive disposal team was alerted.  The team supervisor, who is also a bomb technician, was already on the installation participating in the planned force protection exercise. 

    "Initially, there was some confusion during the evacuation, but overall it went well," said Nancy Mallein, chief of the financial management division.  "We were initially evacuated to the LVCC but when that building was also evacuated we were moved over to Indian Field and then to the theater."

    Ultimately, more than 150 residents and employees from area housing units and buildings were evacuated before the suspicious package was determined to be a discarded suitcase and not a threat.  The evacuation lasted about 90 minutes.

    While the evacuation and cordoning was taking place near Pratt Avenue a third incident occurred, adding another layer of ambiguity to the situation.  Exercise participants observed an unidentified male enter Root Hall with a briefcase and quickly leave without it. 

    While security forces were working to determine the significance of that event, the IOC and garrison commander were considering options to evacuate Root Hall.  Ultimately, that never happened once it was determined to be a routine situation involving a student who attempted to enter the building without an identification badge and left the building to retrieve it. 

    "The events today not only tested our emergency response procedures, but also our flexibility and ability to adapt to a changing situational environment," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander.  "Our first responders did a great job of transitioning from one scenario to the next." 

    Koivisto decided not to continue with the planned exercise once the other situations were resolved.  "The three separate real-world incidents today required a crisis management response that helped us to achieve the learning objectives we established for the exercise," said Koivisto.

    First responders and post supervisors participated in a 'hot-wash' later in the morning to review the emergency response and ways to improve procedures.  The discussion turned to the suspicious package, which several people noticed the day before but failed to report. 

    "This is an example of complacency in the face of a very real threat to this post," said Farquhar.  "We are all responsible for reporting suspicious incidents occurring on the post and I encourage everyone to use this as a reminder of how important that is."  

    Cumberland County emergency preparedness officials were also on post to participate as exercise observers.  They were to analyze response procedures and provide recommendations for improvement, which they offered during the 'hotwash.' 

    Members of the 3rd Civil Support Team (WMD) of the Pennsylvania National Guard were also here to test their response to the exercise scenario.  The 3rd CST is one of 32 teams nationwide with the unit mission to support civil authorities during a potential weapon of mass destruction incident. 

 

 

Bonnie Powell, Defense Commissary Agency

'Full Time Finally' sets standard in welcoming Reserve forces to commissary benefit

 

 

    April 10, 2004 -- For the next two months, time will be suspended at the Carlisle Barracks, Pa., commissary. Suspended from the ceiling that is.

    Over 100 historical posters featuring Guard and Reserve members will hang for the coming months from its high ceilings as part of a unique "Full Time Finally" celebration welcoming Guard and Reserve families to unlimited shopping privileges. The two-month long celebration also kicks off a Defense Commissary Agency informational campaign bringing the commissary benefit message to Guard and Reserve families.

    What's the benefit all about? "We started shopping here and cut our grocery bills in half," said Navy Reservist Jon Alvarez, who came with his wife and two sons to participate in the "grand opening" ceremony the morning of April 8. "The meat and milk are the best deals!" A family of four can save about $2,700 annually by using their commissary benefit. That's what it's all about.

    Prior to the signing of the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act in November 2003, Reserve forces were only allowed 24 shopping days per calendar year and were required to obtain a CPC, commissary privilege card, which was initialed at the commissary each day they shopped.

    "This was the method used to keep track of commissary visits," said Patrick Nixon, deputy director of DeCA, as he held up a CPC during his ceremony remarks. "But I can proudly say that today you can tear this up. You don't need it anymore." Nixon punctuated his remarks by tearing the pink card in half.

    "The U.S. Congress has recognized your sacrifices by providing equal access to a benefit that will put money in your pocket and food on your table. Just as you are eager to serve your country, we're eager to serve you," he said.

    Each branch of the Reserve forces was represented at the ceremony, which included a ribbon and cake cutting as well as re-enactors dressed in Civil War uniforms; tastings and giveaways. Industry sponsor provided $25 commissary gift certificates for the first 40 Guard or Reserve shoppers entering the doors - and they were gone within the first hour of business. "We just want to help take care of America's most deserving," said Gregory Davis of Heinz Military, industry sponsor of "Full Time Finally."

    After 125 years of restricted commissary shopping, "most deserving" really does now include Guard and Reserve families. In his remarks, Carlisle Barracks U.S. Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr. noted that "the dedication, hard work and commitment of our Reserve forces is clearly reflected in the spirit and letter of the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act, which provides unlimited commissary privileges for Reserve Component members and their families. That benefit has been fully earned."

    "This event was a lot of work in a short period of time," said Carlisle Barracks Store Director Larry Hoover. "It was something I really wanted to do and possibly it's the start of something that will bring more Guard and Reserve into our commissaries."

    More than 10,000 Guard and Reserve personnel live within 40 miles of the Carlisle Barracks commissary, which was recently named Best Small Commissary in DeCA's Eastern Region. Melissa Myers, whose husband is a Guardsman, drove five-week old Aubree and three-year-old Ashlee 45 miles to attend the ceremony. "I definitely wanted to be here in time to get a gift certificate!" she said. Petra Hebert, whose Army Reserve husband recently returned from 10 months in Iraq, brings 21-month old Nathan and five-year-old Caitlin on her regular commissary trips. "The meat here is much cheaper and better than anywhere else," she said.

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Quarters One renovations nearly complete

April 7, 2004 -- After nearly a year of work, one of Carlisle Barracks oldest residential homes is almost complete.

    Quarters One, which has historically been the residence of the U.S. Army War College commandants, has been undergoing renovations and repairs since May 2003. The project was necessary to repair and replace some of the piping, heating and air conditioning equipment and replace many of the lighting and bathroom fixtures.

    "Most of the work has been done on the interior," said Tom Deremer, engineer with the Directorate of Public Works. "Just some of the work we did was to replace all interior domestic water, waste and vent piping, all electrical wiring, switches, and outlets to include new ground fault current interrupting devices as required by current codes."

    In addition, all of the light fixtures were replaced or refurbished. All of the fixtures were removed, disassembled, rewired to UL specifications, cleaned and or refinished, reassembled and reinstalled.

    "We've made sure that everything is working correctly and matches the other fixtures in the house," said Deremer.

    Much of the work was done in the bathrooms, which were essentially replaced.

    "All of the bathrooms were renovated to include new fixtures, floor and wall coverings, vanities, medicine cabinets, and exhaust fans," Deremer said. The work was done in order to make the fixtures more efficient and save water and electricity.

    Also, Quarters One received a geothermal heat pump, like all of the housing on Carlisle Barracks. All of the window air conditioning units were removed as a result.  

   The majority of the work was done by Lobar, Inc according to Deremer. Energy Performance Service, who installed the other pumps on post, did the heat pump installation.

    The house should be ready for occupation in the near future said Deremer. "Only minor punch list work and restoration of exterior disturbed areas remain on the original contracts. Some additional exterior work is needed as existing gutters were damaged by snow and ice accumulations this past winter," he said.

   Quarters One is more formally named the Edwin E. Barnitz Mansion, after the Carlisle-based lawyer who commissioned the architects Lawrie and Green in 1931 to design and construct the mansion. The mansion was completed in March 1932. Mr. Barnitz died in December 1932 and his wife continued to live there until 1951, at which point the Army leased the house. The Army purchased the house in 1959 and used the facility initially as bachelor officers quarters, and was later converted to General Officer quarters.

   

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Helping others in need

 

    April 8, 2004 -- Life is full of surprises and sometimes those surprises are not pleasant. It is in times like these that the Army Emergency Relief can help.

    For more than 62 years, AER has provided emergency financial assistance to eligible Soldiers and family members for utilities, food, funeral expenses, emergency travel, loss of funds, medical, dental and hospital and other emergency expenses. This non-profit, tax-exempt corporation has a primary goal of helping the Army take care of its own.

    From March 1 through May 31, the annual AER campaign will be conducted at Carlisle Barracks. In 2003, Carlisle Barracks assisted 46 Soldiers, retirees and widows with more than $37,000 in financial assistance. The contribution goal for 2004 is $25,000.

    "The Army family, both active and retired, has long had a reputation for taking care of its own in times of financial stress and misfortune," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, commanding general, Carlisle Barracks. "AER is an important tool for the chain of command to use in helping our Soldiers and their families when faced with financial emergencies."

    AER does not provide assistance for abortion, divorce, marriages, ordinary leave, bad checks, court fees and fines, bail or loss of income tax refund according to Cora Johnson, post AER assistant officer. AER is not a solution to financial problems.

    "AER is for emergency situations, not to liquidate debts," Johnson said. "Its purpose is to meet any emergency and financial need."

    AER assistance is primarily given in the form of no-interest loans that the Soldier repays monthly. Grants are given only when an inability to repay exists. All active duty Soldiers, retirees, Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve on active duty for more than 30 consecutive days, guard and reserve Soldiers who retire at age 60, and widows and orphans of Soldiers who died while on active duty or after they retired are eligible for AER assistance. Family members of deployed Soldiers must have a Power of Attorney to receive assistance, Johnson said.

    "Staff Sergeants and below need to go through their chain of command, first sergeant or commander, to request assistance," Johnson said. "Sergeant 1st Class and above can come directly to the AER office or access an application through Form Flow, DA 1103."

    Anyone can contribute to AER. For active duty and retired Soldiers, contributions can be made through monthly allotments. Check or cash contributions are also accepted. Ninety-six percent of all contributions go to assist Soldiers and their families. Only four percent is used for administrative expenses.

    To contribute to the 2004 AER campaign, contact your organization's representative or call Cora Johnson at 245-4720, or e-mail

 

ROCKS, Inc. release

USAWC student wins Bobby Burke Award

 

    April 8, 2004 -- A national selection committee of the ROCKS, Inc. selected U.S. Army War College student, Lt. Col. Hubert "Ronnie" E. Bagley, as the recipient of the 2004 Bobby B. Burke Achievement Award.  The award was presented at the ROCKS' Gala at the Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, DC on April 3.

    The Colonel Robert "Bobby" B. Burke " Award is awarded to members of the ROCKS, Inc. who are members in good standing, actively engaged in the ROCKS, Inc. as demonstrated through meetings/event attendance, community projects and outreach programs, and demonstrates good moral character.

    "Lt. Col. Bagley best exemplified these traits during his year here at the War College, "said Col. Thomas Freeman, ROCKS Inc. member.

    Bagley is a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from Norfolk State University.  As a military intelligence officer, he served in a variety of command and staff positions in the U.S. and Korea.  As a member of the local Carlisle Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc., he provided outstanding leadership as Vice-President of a Chapter that experiences almost 100% turnover each year. 

    "Ronnie was the steadying, behind-the-scenes influence that took the Chapter's prerogatives and provided quiet and humble leadership over a number of inaugural events and initiatives," said Freeman.  "The Chapter held its first successful community-wide Gospel Concert in celebration of Black History Month and participated in several local NAACP events.  It developed for the first time an attractive and informative web site."

    Freeman also pointed out that the Chapter has already raised enough funds to award two $500 scholarships to local Carlisle students this summer.  Also, the Chapter is heavily involved with mentoring in the local community through efforts such as the Carlisle Victory Circle for disadvantaged youth, the Black Achievers for young career-focused high academic performers, and the Harrisburg Alternative School for at-risk youth. 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Service members, families visit Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C.

   The Carlisle Barracks Equal Opportunity office sponsored a trip for post service members and family members to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. April 3. The purpose of this trip was to educate those who may not know about, and for those who will not forget, the victims of the Holocaust through historical documents, photographs, artifacts and exhibits.

    "April 18-24 is the Days of Remembrance commemoration," said Sgt. 1st Class Jolanda Rose, post Equal Opportunity Officer. "This year's theme, 'For Justice and Humanity', was established to combat the forgetfulness that time brings. I believe it is important to remember this event and apply its lessons to our lives today."

    Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were racially superior and that the Jews were "life unworthy of life," according to historical records. This belief led to the plan to annihilate the Jewish people, which was known as the Final Solution.

    "(The museum visit) was very educational for my children," said Sgt. Sandra Gaines, promotions clerk for Human Resources Directorate. "They really got to see what the Holocaust was," she said about Dominic, her 12-year-old daughter, and Shadrenae, her six-year-old son.

    "One of the highlights of the museum was an exhibit entitled Daniel's Story that recounts the history of the Holocaust from the perspective of a young boy growing up in Nazi Germany," Rose said.

    The museum itself was very well put together and they had items on loan from the actual museum in Germany," said 1st Lt. Jason Hughes, chief logistician at Dunham Army Health Clinic. "Seeing the pile of shoes of the victims in one room was also very emotional."

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, according to its website. Chartered by a unanimous Act of Congress in 1980, the museum strives to broaden public understanding of the history of the Holocaust through multifaceted programs.

    "I think everybody should go to this museum," Gaines said. "In a sense, what the Jewish people went through is worse than slavery. They were tortured and killed for no reason."

    For more information about the museum, go to http://www.ushmm.org/

 

 

 

 Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Entering, exiting post gets easier

April 2, 2004 -- Getting on and off post could be much easier by the end of April due to a construction and reconfiguration project involving both the Claremont and Ashburn gates.

     There will be a period of two to four weeks where delays can be expected, but the changes should make access to post easier for post employees and residents, according to Barry Farquhar, force protection officer.

Construction

     The construction to the Claremont gate has already begun and it is expected to be operational by Saturday, April 3. That is also the date Ashburn Gate will be closed for construction. Pedestrian traffic will still be able to enter and exit the Ashburn gate as normal as there will be a security guard posted to check identification. The entire construction/reconfiguration project, which has been coordinated with the local communities, should be completed by the end of April.

Changes to Ashburn Gate

     The Ashburn (Route 11) Gate will soon be open only to incoming vehicles that have DoD stickers/decals. It will remain open for all vehicles to exit. The entrance at this gate, however, will not be open to trucks or busses. There will be a horizontal bar placed 8 feet 6 inches above the entrance to discourage large vehicles from attempting to enter at that gate, said Maj. Robert Suskie, provost officer.

     Security guards will still be present at the Ashburn Gate to check ID's, and for security reasons there will still be random searches on vehicles that enter at that point. Those with DoD stickers will be able to enter and exit the Ashburn Gate from both directions off of Route 11. The military police will be monitoring the traffic flow at this gate so  the traffic light can be adjusted as needed to avoid backups on Route 11.

Changes to Claremont Gate

     The Claremont Gate will be open for traffic entering and exiting post. There will be limited left turns allowed for exiting.  Left turns will be allowed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Left turns will also be allowed from 6 p.m. on Fri. to 6 a.m. Monday. 

      "The changes will enable us to have better security for the installation, greatly improve traffic flow and reduce the backlog of traffic that occurs at busy times," said Farquhar.

 

Housing residents to receive survey

    March 10, 2004 -- Within the next two weeks housing residents will receive an Army Housing Survey "blue" postcard.  This is an official U.S. Army Survey and Carlisle Barracks will be one of the test sites for accomplishing the WEB BASE version of the survey. 

    The Military Housing and Lodging Institute (MHLI) and the Educational Benchmarking, Inc. (EBI) will mail the post card to all residents with a user identification to enter the WEB site. The survey software is easy to use and answers are strictly confidential.

    EBI will not be tabulating any personal data, and the survey will in no way identify you or the residence you currently occupy.  This survey is also being distributed by mail rather than WEB BASE to other installations participating in the Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) housing privatization program. 
    If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact the RCI office for a survey package,  245-4823.

  

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

 

 Underage Drinking is the focal point for Alcohol Awareness Month 2004.

    This month long campaign is to raise public awareness about underage drinking and other alcohol-related problems. Alcohol is a drug that can affect judgment, coordination and long-term health, and research suggests that early use of alcohol by teenagers may contribute significantly to dependence on alcohol and other drugs later in life, with 40% of children who begin using alcohol before the age of 13 becoming alcoholics at some point in their lives. Alcohol is the number one drug of choice among America's youth and is a factor in the four leading causes of death among persons ages 10 - 14.

    According to NCADD, society has to do a better job persuading our citizens and our young people that alcohol use is a dead end, that they're playing Russian Roulette, not only with their own lives, but with the lives of friends, neighbors, and loved ones.

   "Save a life - End Underage Drinking " is the theme for Alcohol Awareness Month.  Take the time to learn more about alcoholism and it's early symptoms.

Contact the Army Substance Abuse Prevention Program at 245-4576 for additional information.  The Substance Abuse Program will set up an information table at the following locations. Stop by and check us out.

            April 20, at the Youth Center 3 p.m.- 6p.m.

            April 21 in the Root Hall cafeteria 11 a.m. - 1 p.m..

 

 

Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic release

Dunham offers new online service

 

April , 2004-In another step designed to serve patients better, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic has announced a new program called TRICARE Online.

 

What is TRICARE Online?

    TRICARE Online is a secure web portal that allows enrolled beneficiaries to obtain health information at the click of a mouse, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

What can I do on TRICARE Online?

    Schedule routine and follow-up appointments with a Primary Care Manager (PCM); View customized MTF, clinic, and provider Web pages; Access 18 million pages of health and wellness information.

 

Other services include the following:

 - A Health and Wellness Section where you can maintain a personal health journal

 - A Be Well section where you can find out what you can do to stay healthy

 - A Get Answers section where you can learn about symptoms and treatment options

 - An Rx Checker where you can check medication side effects and see if your prescriptions have possible harmful interactions.

 

    For kids there is a learning section with fun interactive tools, and a Get Answers (Kids) section where parents can research their child's symptoms, medications, and treatments.

 

How can I get started with TRICARE Online?

 

    Visit http://www.tricareonline.com Once you are at the website, you will need to create a username and password for each family member. Then you are ready to get started! At this time online appointment booking is available only for routine and follow-up Family Practice visits. For all other appointments including acute, please contact our clinic appointment line at (717) 245-3400.

 

Need personal assistance? If you visit the Information Booth located in the Clinic Atrium, staff can help walk you through the registration process. Two computers are available for you to utilize the TRICARE Online service.

    If you are having technical difficulties please contact the TRICARE Online Help Desk toll free at 1-800-600-9332.

    Other questions regarding the Dunham TRICARE Online program can be directed to the Capt. Andrea Zavos, chief, clinical operations, at 245-4572.

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Army selects development partner for Carlisle Barracks

Carlisle Barracks teamed with Fort Monmouth and Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

 

    The Army announced March 23 the selection of the development partner for the Residential Communities Initiative at Carlisle Barracks. 

    American Eagle Communities headquartered in Dallas, Texas, was selected to partner with Carlisle Barracks and develop the Community Development and Management Plan, which will serve as the 50-year business plan for the project.

    For the next six months, Carlisle Barracks will collaborate with American Eagle Communities to develop a master plan that will include operations, maintenance, organization and staffing for on-post housing.

    Carlisle Barracks, Fort Monmouth, and Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., are part of a combined project and American Eagle Communities will develop community plans at each installation.

    "The announcement is a long time coming," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander. "I have a lot of confidence in American Eagle to provide quality housing for our Soldiers and their families."

     Once the plan is accepted by the Army, and reviewed by Congress, the Department of Defense, and the Office of Management and Budget, a transfer of assets and operations will occur. The transfer is expected to occur in April 2005, after which, American Eagle Communities will begin the demolition and construction of new housing and the renovation of historic homes on Carlisle Barracks.

    "It's an ambitious project that will touch everyone here on post over the next three or four years," Koivisto said.

     Currently, there are 314 residential homes on Carlisle Barracks and under the Residential Community Initiative that number will drop to 277. The reduction is based on a detailed housing market analysis completed to determine the housing requirements for the Post and what the local community could support. 

    "We will need a lot of support from our post residents," Koivisto said. "We have representatives from all tenants who will be working with us and we are talking to the local community."

     American Eagle Communities is a partnership of CEI Investment Corp. and Shaw Infrastructure, Inc.  According to their website, American Eagle Communities is an entity specifically formed to partner with the military services on residential communities throughout the nation.   They are also partnering with Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. 

    The Residential Communities Initiative is successfully underway at numerous military installations across the United States, including Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Hood, Texas and Fort Bragg, N.C.

 

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

'Full Time Finally' campaign targets Guard and Reserves

 

 April 1, 2004 -- The Carlisle Barracks commissary will conduct a three-day "Full Time Finally" celebration, Thursday through Saturday, April 8-10.  This event will kick off a Defense Commissary Agency "Full Time Finally" informational campaign that will focus on spreading the message of unlimited commissary shopping to Guard and Reserve families.

    Activities begin April 8 at 8:30 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the commissary.  Commissary gift certificates will be given to the first 40 Guard or Reserve shoppers entering the commissary when the doors open at 9 a.m.

    More than 10,000 Reserve and Guard personnel live within 40 miles of the Carlisle Barracks commissary, which was recently named Best Small Commissary in the Defense Commissary Agency's Eastern region.

    Much is owed to our brave men and women in uniform. The 2004 National Defense Authorization Act has provided for unlimited commissary shopping privileges for Reserve component members and their families.  Prior to November 2003, Reserve forces were allowed only 24 shopping days per calendar year and were required to obtain a commissary privilege card.  Included in the extended shopping are "gray area" retirees, Guard and Reserve members who were previously not entitled to unlimited commissary shopping until they reached age 60.

Schedule of events for 'Full Time Finally':

April 8, 8:30 a.m. - Ribbon cutting with special guests and giveaways

April 8-10 - Open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

April 17 - Army National Guard and Army Reserve Day:  First 20 Army National Guard and Army Reserve shoppers get a $25 gift certificate.

May 1 - Marine Corps Reserve Day:  First 20 Marine Corps Reserve shoppers get a $25 gift certificate.

May 15 - Coast Guard Reserve Day:  First 20 Coast Guard Reserve shoppers get a $25 gift certificate.

May 29 - Naval Reserve Day:  First 20 Navy Reserve shoppers get a $25 gift certificate.

June 12 - Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command Day:  First 20 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve shoppers get a $25 gift certificate.

 

DFAS announces retroactive civilian pay raise processing plan

ARLINGTON, VA (March 11) - Starting on March 13, 2004, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) will begin processing the retroactive pay increase for Federal general schedule employees directed by the Executive Order signed by President George W. Bush on March 3, 2004.  The retroactive pay increase is effective January 11, 2004.

    As the personnel actions authorizing the increase are received from the responsible civilian personnel offices, DFAS will process the retroactive pay increases during its routine nightly civilian pay system personnel updates.

Whole Groups
Processing of the retroactive pay increase for several specific groups of Federal employees paid by DFAS will proceed according to the following schedule. This schedule is contingent upon DFAS having received and successfully processed the civilian personnel actions.

Pay period ending March 20th:
Executive Office of the President 
Overseas Employees Paid on the Second Thursday Payday
Overseas Employees Paid on the First Friday Payday
Navy Shipyard Employees
Most Other Defense Agencies

Pay period ending April 3rd:
Department of Energy

Split Groups
Three groups, comprised primarily of Army, Air Force and Navy employees, will be processed over the course of two pay periods, due to the large number of employees in each of these databases. Approximately one half of the employees in these groups will be processed during each of the two pay periods.

    In order to conduct these large pay system updates in a reliable manner, specific agencies and major commands within those agencies have been selected for processing each pay period. All employees within the major commands selected will be processed during the specified pay period, provided that the DFAS civilian pay system has received and successfully processed the employees' personnel actions.

    Employees in these three groups can expect to see the retroactive adjustments according to the following schedule:

Army Stateside Employees
Pay Period Ending March 20th:
Army Corps of Engineers
National Guard Units  
Army Medical Command
Army Training and Doctrine Command

Pay Period Ending April 3rd:
All other Army major commands

Air Force Stateside Employees
Pay Period Ending March 20th:
Air Force Materiel Command
Air National Guard Units
Other Air Force employees in this database

Pay Period Ending April 3rd:
All other Air Force major commands

Navy Stateside Employees
Pay Period Ending March 20th:
Naval Sea Systems Command
Naval Air Systems Command
U. S. Atlantic Fleet
U. S. Marine Corps
Other Navy employees in this database

Pay Period Ending April 3rd:
All other Navy major commands  

Impact of Intervening Personnel Actions
    Some personnel actions may have been processed during this retroactive period. These are referred to as intervening personnel actions. If an intervening personnel action(s) has been processed for an employee during the January 11th to mid/late March timeframe, the payroll system's retroactive process will calculate and pay from January 11th, and stop at the date of the intervening personnel action. If there was more than one intervening action, the retroactive process will stop at the date of the first action. The responsible civilian personnel office must process pay corrections for the intervening action(s) and send them to DFAS. The payroll system will then pick up and complete the retroactive processing for the remainder of the prior pay periods. This will happen at a later date than the implementation dates set out above. It may take several months for all of the civilian personnel offices to process corrections to these intervening actions. 

    Increases for Federal Wage System (FWS) employees will be processed during the pay period in which the personnel action is received from civilian personnel offices. At this time, personnel actions for FWS employees have not yet been received.

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 $197.4 billion in military trust funds. For more about DFAS visit
http://www.dfas.mil

 

Dunham 'closes' medical records room 

    March 10, 2004 -- Recently, medical facility commanders were directed to implement changes in the way outpatient medical records room operates and to ensure policies were in place that supported the ability to retrieve documentation of care provided to every patient.  

    In order to comply with this directive, Dunham Clinic will be designing a "closed" medical record system.  After  April 1, patients will no longer be permitted to sign out their personal medical record or the records of any of their family members.  All patients may request copies of their records, but the original record will remain within the clinic and mailed to your next duty station upon receipt of permanent change of station orders. 

    Copies of laboratory results, radiology results, or other pertinent medical information will be provided to patients upon request, but Dunham will need a 7-10 day notice to ensure the information is copied in time for each patient.  In addition, Dunham will maintain the capability to fax pertinent information to referring providers and other medical treatment facilities as required.  Those requesting to pick up medical information for beneficiaries over the age of 18, married and/or pregnant, or high school graduates will be required to present a completed Authorization for Disclosure of Medical or Dental Information, DD Form 2870.  This form can be obtained at the medical records room or clinic's information desk.  This is to ensure Dunham maintains compliance with the requirements set forth under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act. 

    Although your initial reaction may be to request copies of every medical encounter on record, individuals are cautioned against that as each copy you request will have personal identifying information on it in the form of the owner's name and sponsor's full social security number.   

    This is a significant change in culture and the way the Army Medical Department has done business in the past, but converting to a "closed" medical record system will facilitate tighter control of patient confidential information.  It will require your understanding and the foresight to request copies of medical information well in advance of needing them.  As Dunham continually implements newer technologies and complete the transition to the electronic medical record, there will be fewer and fewer reasons to actually hand carry medical records in the future.   

    Questions regarding the above change in policy can be directed to the Privacy and Patient Affairs Officer, Mr. Gary Feathers, at 245-3911.