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Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC receives academic accreditation

June 28, 2004 -- The verdict is in-the U.S. Army War College academic program has received its initial accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

    "We were officially notified June 25th that we received our accreditation," said Dr. Anna Waggener, director of Institutional Assessment and USAWC Accreditation Liaison Officer. "This means that we have been judged by our peers to be on par with the other educational institutions that offer graduate-level education."

     "MSCHE is the accrediting body for all academic institutions in our geographical region," 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."

    The accreditation evaluation process culminated in March when the MSCHE conducted its final on-site visit to Carlisle Barracks. The accreditation will cover both the resident and distance education programs.

     "Typically accreditation for a federal institution takes eight to nine years," said Waggener. "It's only taken about seven 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." 

    The Master's of Strategic Studies Degree has been awarded to USAWC graduates since the class of 2000. Approximately 2,700 graduates have received this degree.  The Master's of Strategic Studies Degree is the equivalent of a master's degree awarded from a civilian institution. Graduates of the years 1999 and earlier hold the USAWC Diploma.

    The final step in the process occurred 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. After the visit, the MSCHE presented the USAWC application to the National Commission on College during a conference June 23-24.

    "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 in March."

    Accreditation for the USAWC certifies 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 explained that the commission has 14 standards that it uses to measure each institution. These measures include students, faculty and curriculum data.

    Now that the USAWC has received its initial accreditation, it doesn't mean that the work is over.

    "Now we'll use the suggestions and recommendations of the evaluation team to continually assess and improve our program," said Waggener. When 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.

    "We are proud of the institution, and achieving this status recognizes our commitment to excellence, " said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr., USAWC commandant. "My thanks to all the faculty, staff, and students, past and present, who contributed to this substantial and noteworthy effort of examining our mission, goals, activities, resources, and educational program. You are to be congratulated for the excellent work you have done throughout the application, candidacy periods, institutional self-study, and consistent assessment and improvement of our program."


Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Post CSM bids farewell to Soldiers, civilians

    June 30, 2004 -- When he arrived here in March 2003, he stated that his focus would be to take   care of Carlisle Barracks Soldiers and enforce the Army standards.   As he prepares to leave at the end of the month, Command Sgt. Maj. David Roman feels he has accomplished that mission and is now ready to tackle a new one.

    "When I first arrived at Carlisle Barracks, there was no doubt that this was a great place to live and work," said the 24-year career Soldier. "I wanted to ensure that Soldiers having the privilege to serve at Carlisle understood that, and I reminded them every day of that."

    Roman made a huge impact on Soldiers by jumping into his new duties as U.S. Army War College and U.S. Army Garrison command sergeant major as soon as he arrived. 

    "I wouldn't be where I'm at today without him," said Sgt. William Ross, command executive assistant NCO. "By him moving on it allows him to stay in the Army longer, which is a great benefit to the Army."

    "I really respect him because he's a very straight forward person who tells you the way it is, " said Sgt. John Hennessey, commandants driver. "He was also my division Sgt. Maj. with the 2ID, so it was great to serve under him again."

    Now Roman is taking that "for Soldiers" passion to his new assignment as the command sergeant major of the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va. "I expect that wherever I'm assigned doing the job of taking care of Soldiers, that I be allowed to do that and hopefully, make a positive impact on them and the organization," Roman said.  "I like to feel like I am part of the team and not just a body without a purpose."

    Roman's new assignment with the DLA will provide him with that opportunity to be a part of the worldwide logistical team as he will be the senior enlisted advisor to the DLA director and will travel throughout the world asking service members about their equipment.

    As exciting as his new job is expected to be, Roman does express some reservations about leaving the Soldiers and family he has worked with and for at Carlisle. He reflects on his transition from the 2nd Infantry Division, Korea, to the "college like atmosphere" of the U.S. Army War College, and shared his secret to maintaining and enforcing the Army standards.

    "Coming from 2ID Korea to Carlisle Barracks, I had to make a few adjustments; the number of Soldiers was smaller than I was accustomed too, and going from TA-50 to no TA-50 was different, not to mention the civilian population at Carlisle was much larger, but I focused on making sure that the Noncommissioned Officer always set the Army standards. As an individual, I kept up with the operational Army everyday by setting the best possible example for our Soldiers and leaders alike.

    "Some challenges NCOs face include keeping young Soldiers with first time duty stations like Carlisle Barracks focused on being a Soldier. A young Soldier with no other exposure to the rest of the Army can become a challenge if supervision, mentoring, Soldier skills and Army standards are not enforced."

    The slate for the new command sergeant major is still out with about 10 names on it. Roman promises that his replacement will be better than he was because "the Soldiers deserve the best possible leader."

    "I know some things required change in order to be in compliance with the rest of the Army, and I only tried to do what I set out to do, and that was to enforce the Army standards, take care of Soldiers, and ensure that Carlisle Barracks remains a wonderful place for Soldiers and civilians to work and live in. I hope that I was able to do that," Roman said.


Andrea Cassell, Public Affairs Office

Efforts of Dunham lab technician helps track down one of worlds most wanted men

  June 29, 2004 -- When two Iraqi locals were flown to the clinic for treatment, Dunham's Beth Shapiro had no idea her compassion and commitment to medical care would result in the capture of an infamous leader.
    For the past three years Beth Shapiro has been a familiar face at Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic. As a microbiology lab technician, she grows bacteria in order to diagnose patients' ailments. This staff sergeant in the Air National Guard gave up her lab coat for a military uniform in Dec. 2002, when she learned of her activation to the 193rd Special Operation Wing's medical squadron in Middletown, Pa.
    "I was excited about going," said Shapiro who had served six years active duty in the Air Force. "Although, at the time, I did not know when the war in Iraq would start."
    Because the 193rd has the reputation of being the most deployed Air National Guard unit in the country, Shapiro ensured that the members were medically ready to deploy. She also medically in-processed the members that returned from the deployed locations and sent those with injuries to Dunham for initial care.  During her nine-month partial mobilization, she took care of 115 line-of-duty injuries.
    "She is a very dedicated NCO and believes in 'Service before Self,' one of the United States Air Force Core Values," said Chief Master Sgt. Kenney L. Souders, Senior Health Superintendent of the 193rd Medical Squadron." She is a true asset to the 193rd Medical Squadron."
   Shapiro soon received orders herself for Iraq in August 2003.
    After three days of travel, Shapiro arrived at Kirkuk Air Base, approximately 240 kilometers north of Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.  There she utilized her laboratory skills once again by maintaining the blood supply for the Army surgical team and 506 Expedition Medical Squadron (EMEDS). 
    "We worked 10-hour days in the hospital, six days a week," explained Shapiro.  "And because I was the only lab tech, I was always on call to issue blood."
    One particular day in November sticks out in Shapiro's mind. After a motor vehicle accident at a checkpoint, two Iraqi locals with critical injuries were flown via helicopter to the base hospital. Administering care to Iraqi causalities was nothing out of the ordinary so the team did not hesitate to provide world-class medical care.
     "We didn't even know their names or who they were," said Shapiro. "To us they were just Patient One and Patient Two."
    Like most casualties, "we patched them up and put them on a plane-never expecting to see them again," said Shapiro. 

    The injured Iraqis were so appreciative of the care and compassion shown to them at the base hospital that they ultimately risked their own lives to provide vital information to military intelligence officials about Saddam Husseins whereabouts. This information combined with concerted coalition efforts eventually led to the capture of the Iraqi leader on Dec. 13.
    It was not until New Years Eve that Shapiro learned of her involvement. 

    "I can't believe I had that much of an impact," Shapiro said after hearing on the news. "We were just doing our jobs."
     Shapiro and her team slept in tents, used combat showers, had a daily diet of chicken and rice and shared four working washing machines. A gymnasium, movie theater, Burger King and Pizza Hut were also on base. But even with these comforts of home, this was still a war zone.
    "There was gunfire and mortar attacks all night long," said Shapiro. "We eventually had to wear bullet-proof vests every night between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m."
    The team of seven returned to Pa. in early March and have since gone back to their civilian jobs.

    "Beth helps to bridge the gap between civilians and Soldiers," said Sandy Greenfield, Shapiro's supervisor at Dunham.
     In the event of deployment, Shapiro has always kept her personal affairs in order, but it was difficult to leave her family.
    "My mother was worried, but she has always been supportive," said Shapiro, who lives in Shippensburg.  "She knows my military career is important to me."

    It is important to her four-year-old son too.

    "He thinks it is really cool that I am in the military," Shapiro said.  "He told all his friends that his mommy was in Iraq."

    And after Hussein was imprisoned, Shapiro said her son's words were:  "Ok, now mommy can come home."

    After spending time in Iraq, no one could come home unchanged.

    "This is something every military member should experience," Shapiro said. "It gives you a different perspective on your career and your life."

    With the mistreatment of the Iraqi prisoners by the U.S. military in the news, Shapiro feels it is important to remember thee good things Soldiers are doing.

    "We treated everyone the same-Iraqi, Afghani, Turkish or British-we treated them all with dignity and respect," she said.

    This may seem ordinary for people here in America, but in Iraq it sparked an extraordinary response.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Army adds Microsoft to its Employee Purchase Program offerings

June 23, 2004 -- Army Soldiers, including National Guard and Reserve, and civilian employees are authorized to take advantage of a new offering from Microsoft, the Employee Purchase Program.

    The EPP is a voluntary program offered by Microsoft. Soldiers and civilian employees will be able to purchase select Microsoft software, hardware, and press books at a discount in price. Due to the volatility of market prices, users are encouraged to conduct their own price comparisons prior to purchase through the EPP.

    Soldiers and civilian employees may purchase up to three copies of each product on the list for their personal use including their families. In addition to the discount, Microsoft will provide one technical support incident to assist with product installation and set-up per item purchased. Since purchases through the EPP are between Microsoft and the eligible Army employee, the Army is not responsible or liable for payments, refunds, returns, upgrades, etc. Currently, Army contract employees are not eligible for the EPP.

    Soldiers and civilian employees can access the MS EPP ordering site through the Army Small Computer Program (ASCP) website ( Users must have a valid AKO email account. Ordering instructions can be found at the ASCP website



Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Long year of study ends as class of 2004 graduates


June 15, 2004-After 10 months of classes, seminars, reading journals, writing reports, wartime simulations and more, the 336 members of the class of 2004 graduated on a warm, sunny day in front of family, friends and colleagues.

    The U.S. Army War College Class of 2004, representing students from all branches of the military service, selected civilians and International Fellows from 42 different countries, finished out the year with a ceremony at Wheelock Bandstand on June 12.           

    "It's been a great year to spend with professionals from all services," said Marine Lt. Col Mike Oehl. "It's been a great year to broaden my experiences."

    The Training and Doctrine Command Commander, Gen. Kevin Byrnes, gave the keynote address and spoke of the challenges facing the graduates and the Army with the current situation in the Middle East. He said it will be a challenge for them to lead in this violent war, but they now have the knowledge and skills to do it better.

    "You will have the tools to lead in this environment," said Byrnes.

    Byrnes also spoke of the responsibility that comes with the positions the graduates will fill for the remainder of their careers. Responsibilities that not only involve completing the mission, but leading by example.

    "Set an example at all times for your subordinates," said Byrnes. "Every Soldier matters."

    Byrnes said that the country is depending on the graduates of 2004 and all other senior leaders in the Army to do their job and maintain freedom for all. But the Soldiers and their families, who are the ones who sacrifice the most in times of war, depend on the leaders to do their best.

    "Our Soldiers are counting on you, and their families are counting on you," said Byrnes.

    Many of the students initial questions about strategic studies and being senior leaders when they arrived here months ago were answered, but the students also learned to ask the important questions that make a military successful.  

    "I've learned a lot, but I'll leave here with more questions than I arrived with," said Col. Mick Slater an International Fellow from Australia.

    Many of the students commented on their experiences here, saying it was a great way to learn about the world around them.

        After all the graduates crossed the stage and received their diplomas, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David Kenehan gave the benediction.

    "Lord, go with them as they go to the four corners of the Earth," said Kenehan.

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Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

The U.S. Army-229 years old, 229 years strong

June 14, 2004-After 229 years of service to the nation and the world, the United States Army is still celebrating its birthday with honor and respect.

    Carlisle Barracks Soldiers, staff and faculty celebrated the Army birthday on June 14 with a ceremony in the Bliss Hall foyer, which recognized the accomplishments of the past, while looking toward the future.      

    "This 229th birthday is a recognition of the Army's history, tradition and service to the nation, the Army at war and in transformation," said Col. Craig Madden, U.S. Army War College deputy commandant. "Our Army has answered every call. We have always been there for our nation and we always will."

    After the speech, Madden and two soldiers, Pvt. Ryan Wofford, who is the most junior ranking Soldier on post, and Staff Sgt. Fuatia Bair, cut an Army birthday cake with a saber before everyone joined in the singing of the Army Song.

    To Col. Ruth Collins, director of personnel management systems, the Army's birthday means, "everything good about the Army's relationship with our country."

    Young Soldiers coming into the Army today join for many reasons, but many enlist to be part of the long-lasting tradition of the Army.

    "I saw the squared away traditions of the Army with everything they do, and I decided I wanted to be a part of that," said Pvt. Ryan Wofford, military police enforcer. Wofford joined the Army six months ago and Carlisle Barracks is his first duty station.

    Over the years the Army has gone through many changes.

    "The Army has changed from a smooth-bore fighting Soldier's Army to an agile, mobile, efficient fighting force," said Dr. Richard Sommers, USAWC historian.

    The event was sponsored by the Army War College Foundation, Carlisle Barracks - Cumberland Valley Chapter of AUSA and the Army War College Alumni Association.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

New AHEC director lays out plans for the future

June 15, 2004 -- "The Army Heritage and Education Center is the preeminent Army research facility and tells the Soldiers story like nowhere else and I intended to keep it that way," said Col. Robert Dalesandro, the new director of operations of the Army Heritage and Education Center.

    The 24-year Army Chemical Corps officer and 2002 U.S. Army War College graduate took over the top AHEC job earlier this month after serving as the Chief of Staff at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.

    "It's great to be back in Carlisle," said Dalessandro. "I'm really looking forward to making this move and working with all of these great folks at the AHEC and at the War College."

    No stranger to history, Dalessandro holds a bachelors degree in history from the Virginia Military Institute and a masters degree in historical archaeology from the College of William and Mary. He also taught history at the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Dalessandro has worked at a number of museums as well, including the Frontier Army Museum, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, in Williamsburg, Va.

    Coming back to Carlisle, Dalessandro has big plans for the new research facility, which will open to the public on August 1. 

    "MHI has a world-class collection and great history here on Carlisle Barracks and this new facility will really help us to organize for more success," he said. The packing of the collection at Upton Hall is nearly 75 percent complete and remains on schedule.

    "Everything is looking great and we're really looking forward to opening in August and for the official ceremony on September 24," he said. "The folks are doing a great job."

    Dalessandro went on to explain how he hoped the AHEC could help strengthen the educational experience of the USAWC students, staff, and faculty. "We are well-known through the research community and now I want to strengthen the educational aspect."

    "I'd like to deepen the relationship between the AHEC and the War College by becoming the history department of the college," Dalessandro said. "Just because MHI is moving to a new facility off-post I don't want to lose that relationship between the facility and the class."

    Also new will be a "Soldiers Memorial Walk" trail that will connect with the existing golf course running path and encircle the entire AHEC area.

    "We hope to have some displays set up around the trail as well so that people might be able to learn about the history of the Solider as they walk," Dalessandro said. The trail should be completed this summer.

    Making sure the employees of AHEC had an opportunity to learn more about their field is also something important to Dalessandro.

    "I'd like to be able to let some of these great folks here get an opportunity to work and learn from agencies inside and outside of the Army," he said. "By taking part in various inter-agency trainings we'll be able to foster a relationship with those in the history community, which really helps everyone."

    He also talked about what makes AHEC such a special place, and different from other military history collections around the nation.

    "I'm very excited, this place is really a one-of-a-kind facility-- where you can get more than just a look at pieces of history, you get the whole story," he said. Dalessandro. "Being able to see, touch and feel the Soldiers story is what makes this place truly special."


Andrea Cassell, Public Affairs Office

You're only as old as you feel



June 17-Proving that you're only as old as you feel, more than 70 senior citizens from Cumberland and Dauphin Counties demonstrated their skills here June 17 at the 2004 Senior Games.

"Even with the heat and the threat of storms, the 2004 Senior Games were successful," said Abby Gruber, program director for Dauphin County Parks and Recreation.

    These backyard athletes and iron-men took part in events such as track and field, golf, basketball, bowling, billiards, horseshoes, table tennis, darts and Pinochle. 

    Progressive Pinochle was a new event this year.  Ruth Miller, member of the West Shore Senior Center, was one of 22 seniors who came out for the "single deck with partners" game.

    "These games are a great way to meet people from other senior centers," said Miller, who is hoping these games will spark interest in more local Pinochle tournaments. 

    The 2004 Senior Games was sponsored by DCPR and the Cumberland County Office of Aging, which provides programs and services that allow senior citizens to maintain their health, welfare and independence. Anyone in the community over the age of 55 is welcome to register for the annual event.  Many of these athletes also consider the games as training for more serious competitions.   

    Betty and Fred Feldman from Grantville, Pa., competed in bowling, table tennis and hotshot basketball. Participating in the local senior games for 10 years, this couple will also be at the 24th Pa. Senior Games, held at Shippensburg University, June 28 to July 3.

    "We love the camaraderie of the games," said Betty Feldman. "We have even been to Orlando, Fl., and Baton Rouge, La., and San Antonio for the National Senior Games."

    In his 11th year at the annual event, Burt Hughes of Shiremanstown, Pa., participated in the 400-m run, 1 K run, hotshot basketball, horseshoes and darts. 

    "I believe in keeping in shape," said Hughes, who is currently training for the 2005 World Masters Games in Edmonton, Canada.

    At the conclusion of the day, event coordinators and athletes celebrated in the Letort View Community Center with an ice cream social and awards ceremony. 

    "This is probably the most rewarding day I remember since working here," Chuck Gentile, Carlisle Barracks sports director, said to the participants.  "Thanks for making my day."

Col. Michael Colpo, U.S. Army War College Chief of Staff, spoke to the athletes and presented ribbons to first, second and third place winners in each event, according to gender and age. 

    "I was not able to witness your energy on the playing field," Colpo said, "but I can certainly feel it here in this room." 

    For more information or to learn about next year's Senior Games, call the DCPR at 717-599-5188.






Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Annual campaign will assist with scholarships, vehicle repair

  June 23, 2004 -- Congratulations and thank you to the service members, staff, civilian employees and family members at Carlisle Barracks for making the annual Army Emergency Relief campaign successful, said Cora Johnson, post AER assistant officer.

    To date, more than 93 percent of the $25,000 goal has been achieved and more contributions are expected. More than half of the contributions were from U.S. Army War College students and staff.

    "Some of the larger contributions we received were from the Alumni Association, the Center for Strategic Leadership staff, and the war college students and staff made significant contributions to this year's campaign," Johnson said.

    All contributions of $300 or more will be published in the annual AER worldwide contribution booklet.

    Anyone can contribute to AER. Ninety-six percent of all contributions go to assist Soldiers and family members with emergency financial assistance for utilities, food, funeral expenses, emergency travel, loss of funds, medical, dental and hospital and other emergency expenses.

    "In the past six moths, the Carlisle Barracks AER program has provided more than $25,000 in assistance to service members and their families," Johnson said.

    Categories of AER assistance have been amended and/or additions made as the needs of Soldiers changed. As of April 2004, two more changes have been made. AER assistance is now available for routine maintenance on privately owned vehicles.  Conditions for assistance under this category are that the Soldier must be eligible to repay the assistance by allotment, as this type of assistance will always be as a loan, no grants are authorized.

    Another addition to AER assistance categories is for Soldiers and families who incur financial hardships during crisis such as the current war in Iraq. AER is available to all active duty Soldiers, Reserve and National Guard component Soldiers ordered to active duty for more than 30 consecutive days. AER scholarships will also be awarded to graduating high school students whose parent died during Operation Enduring Freedom and/or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    The 2004 AER campaign for Carlisle Barracks ended May 31, however, contributions can be made throughout the year, said Johnson. Active duty and retiree Soldiers may contribute by monthly allotment. Check or cash contributions are also accepted.  Donations may be sent to Army Emergency Relief Attn: Donations, 200 Stovall Street Room 5-N-13, Alexandria, Va. 22332, or locally at 632 Wight Ave, Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013  

Ann Marie Wolf, Prevention Coordinator, Army Substance Abuse Program

Summer Sense: Fourth of July Message

Enjoy the Holiday, but drink responsibly

    It's summer, it's hot and it's the 4th of July. That means yard work, vacations, barbeques, fireworks and holiday celebrations. Everyone needs to relax and unwind, but doing it responsibly is the key.  Responsibly means making smart decisions, having a plan, using a designated driver, or just not drinking. Eat food while you are having a drink.  This doesn't completely absorb the alcohol from your system, but it slows down the absorption rate. Sip your drink, you might be less likely to want another one. Be aware of unfamiliar drinks, save those for a time when you are not driving. And always pay attention to any medications you may be taking if you are planning to have a drink.

     Pennsylvania has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country.  Did you know that PA is one of only a few states that can arrest a driver with a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) of .08? Or, that in 2001, PA State Troopers arrested 12,345 drunk drivers?  Or, that some of the police officers with the highest rates of DUI arrests in the state are right here in Cumberland County?

    Can you afford a DUI? Besides the cost of an attorney, if you are convicted, you face the possibility of a $5,000.00 fine and up to 2 years in prison. Your driver's license could be suspended for one year.  Do you really want to take the bus for a year? And that's just for your first DUI.

    Think before you drink! And do it responsibly. Save your own life, as well as that of someone you love or someone that is loved by another.


Drinking, Boating and the Law.

     It's a bright, sunny day on the water and you're getting very thirsty. As you start looking for something to quench your thirst, remember to choose a nonalcoholic drink.  The combination of boating and drinking alcohol would be very dangerous for you, your passengers and other boaters as well. Each year more than 700 people die in boating accidents.  Alcohol is involved in close to 40% of these fatalities.

    Long before a person becomes legally intoxicated, alcohol impairs his or her balance, reaction time, vision, and judgment. On the water elements like motion, engine noise, vibration, sun, and wind can intensify alcohol's effects. The result of boating under the influence can be just as tragic as drinking and driving.


What happens if you are caught?

    If you are arrested for operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, you could face:

  fines between $500 and $7,500

 up to two years in jail

 suspension of boating privileges for up to one year


If you refuse to take a breath, blood, or urine test, the Boating Commission will suspend your boating privileges for one year.


Homicide by watercraft while under the influence carries fines up to $15,000, and three to seven years in prison. Boaters who drink often face other charges, such as:

reckless or negligent operation of boats

 public drunkenness

 disorderly conduct

 open containers

 underage drinking


    For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576 or the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board at 1-800-453-PLCB.




Sgt. 1st Class Marcia Triggs, Army News Service

Army gets new combat uniform

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 14, 2004) - The Army will be fielding a new combat uniform designed by NCOs and tested by Stryker Brigade Soldiers in Iraq since October.
    On the Army's 229th birthday, senior leadership introduced the Army Combat Uniform during a Pentagon cake-cutting ceremony. Soldiers were on display, suited-up in the wrinkle-free uniform with a digitized camouflage pattern.
    Three different versions of the ACU have been developed, and more than 10,000 uniforms have been produced and dragged through the sand in Iraq and at Army training centers. Even more are on American production lines to be issued by April 2005 to Soldiers in deploying units. Fielding to the total Army should be complete by December 2007, said officials from the Program Executive Office, known as PEO Soldier.
    There were 20 changes made to the uniform, to include removing the color black and adapting the digital print from the Marine Corps uniform to meet the needs of the Army, said Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Myhre, the Clothing and Individual Equipment noncommissioned officer in charge.
    Black is no longer useful on the uniform because it is not a color commonly found in nature. The drawback to black is that its color immediately catches the eye, he added.
    "The color scheme in the ACU capitalizes on the environments that we operate in," Myhre said. "The current colors on the ACU are green-woodland, grey-urban environments and sand brown-desert. The pattern is not a 100-percent solution in every environment, but a good solution across the board."
    "This isn't about a cosmetic redesign of the uniform," said Col. John Norwood, the project manager for Clothing and Individual Equipment. "It's a functionality change of the uniform that will improve the ability of Soldiers to execute their combat mission."
    Every change was made for a reason. The bottom pockets on the jacket were removed and placed on the shoulder sleeves so Soldiers can have access to them while wearing body armor. The pockets were also tilted forward so that they are easily accessible. Buttons were replaced with zippers that open from the top and bottom to provide comfort while wearing armor.
    Patches and tabs are affixed to the uniform with Velcro to give the wearer more flexibility and to save the Soldier money, Myhre said. Soldiers can take the name-tapes and patches off their uniforms before laundering, which will add to the lifecycle of the patches. Also the cost to get patches sewn on will be eliminated, he added.
    The ACU will consist of a jacket, trousers, moisture wicking t-shirt and the brown combat boots. It will replace both versions of the BDU and the desert camouflage uniform. The black beret will be the normal headgear for the ACU, but there is a matching patrol cap to be worn at the commander's discretion.
    At $88 per uniform, about $30 more than the BDU, Soldiers will eventually reap gains in money and time by not having to take uniforms to the cleaners or shine boots.
    The life of the ACU began in January 2003 when PEO Soldier teamed with Myhre, Master Sgt. Alex Samoba and Staff Sgt. Matt Goodine - from the 1st Stryker Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash.
      The team looked at a number of uniforms and took the best part of each uniform and combined it into one. They built their first prototype and delivered 25 uniforms to Stryker squads at the National Training Center. After listening to their comments, the team went back to the lab and created prototype two.
     Twenty-one uniforms were then delivered to Stryker Soldiers at the Joint Training and Readiness Center, Fort Polk, La.
    "We watched them as they entered and cleared rooms, as they carried their rucksack and all of the things they had to be able to do in the uniform, and then we came up with prototype three," Myhre said.
    Two issues of the third version were given to the Stryker Soldiers deploying to Iraq. Three months ago, Myhre was among a team who visited Iraq to get more feedback from Soldiers.
    "We would talk to Soldiers right after they had completed a mission while the benefits of the uniform were still fresh in their minds. We wanted to know how did the uniform help the mission."
    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston is one of the ACU's biggest supporters. He said major command sergeants major had a chance to see the uniform and give advice toward the final version.
    "We have not made a major change to our uniforms since the BDUs (battle dress uniforms) were introduced in the early 1980s," Preston said. "This new uniform performs well in multiple environments. Its new pockets and color designs are a result of feedback from Soldiers in combat. Every modification made on the uniform was designed with a specific purpose and not just for the sake of change."

Uniform changes include:

1. Mandarin collar that can be worn up or down
2. Rank insignia centered on the front of the blouse
3. Velcro for wearing unit patch, skill tabs and recognition devices
4. Zippered front closure
5. Elbow pouch for internal elbow pad inserts
6. Knee pouch for internal knee pad inserts
7. Draw string leg cuff
8. Tilted chest pockets with Velcro closure
9. Three-slot pen pocket on bottom of sleeve
10. Velcro sleeve cuff closure
11. Shoulder pockets with Velcro
12. Forward tilted cargo pockets
13. Integrated blouse bellows for increased upper body mobility
14. Integrated Friend or Foe Identification Square on both left and right shoulder pocket flap.
15. Bellowed calf storage pocket on left and right leg
16. Moisture-wicking desert tan t-shirt
17. Patrol Cap with double thick bill and internal pocket
18. Improved hot-weather desert boot or temperate-weather desert boot
19. Two-inch, black nylon web belt
20. Moisture-wicking socks


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Got something to sell? Use new folder on Outlook

    June 14, 2004 -- Trying to get rid of that couch from the 1970s but none of your neighbors want it? Going overseas and that oak wall unit puts you over the weight limit? Well fear not, you now have a new place to advertise these items to people on post.

    In the past, people were using the post email system to sell their used items, tickets to concerts and football games and other personal items. Since this practice is against Carlisle Barracks policy, a new option on the Outlook email system has been created.   

    "Carlisle Barracks Memorandum 380-19 says that the post email system is for official correspondence only. We may use the email system to collect, process, store and disseminate only that information which is necessary for the proper functioning of official Carlisle Barracks business," said Lt. Col. Jim Redwine, head of the post Directorate of Information Management. "We should not use the system for personal, financial gain. Little difference exists between a military person's offering an automobile for sale and a local vendor's offering a line of his products for sale."

    To help users who are selling or looking for items to purchase, a special folder has been introduced on the Outlook server.

    "This was created to eliminate the phenomenon of people sending such private sale announcements via mass emails," said Redwine. "We realize that the nature of our government service forces continual dislocations and that some limited system for discarding excess baggage should exist." 

    After 90 days announcements are deleted.


Instructions on how to post an announcement can be found below.


How to Post an Announcement:

1. Open Outlook Email

2. Go to: Public Folders > All Public Folders > Private Announcements

3. Open your desired sub-folder:

            a. Automobile for sale

            b. Homes for sale

            c. Household Goods

4. Click "New"

5. Type in your Subject

6. Choose applicable Categories

7. Type in your text

8. Attach your flyer

9. Click "Post"


How to Delete an Announcement:

1. Open Outlook Email

2. Go to: Public Folders > All Public Folders > Private Announcements

3. Open your desired sub-folder:

            a. Automobile for sale

            b. Homes for sale

            c. Household Goods

4. Click on desired announcement, but do not actually open it

5. Click on the "X" for "Delete"


Safety campaign video on Cable 14
     As part of the  2004 Army Safety Campaign Plan, the Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff require that every Soldier view the "Be Safe!" video by the July 4th holiday.  Their intent is to reduce the number of accidental fatalities and save Soldiers lives.
     If you are unable to attend the viewing provided by your organization, the video can be viewed on Cable 14 on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, June 29 at 11a.m.
Thursday, July 1 at 11a.m.



Maj. Gen David Huntoon, Jr., USAWC Commandant

Command Reflections


"Thank you and good evening. I'm honored to visit the Army War College. Generations of officers have come here to study the strategies and history of warfare..."


    With those words, George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States began his speech to the Nation from here at Carlisle Barracks May 24. The occasion was historic for the installation and for the U.S. Army War College. The President's visit was supported with great attention to detail and professional skill by our entire team, and clearly reflected the breadth and depth of talented and caring people that make this post such a special place. Thanks to each one of you for the outstanding work you did for the visit of our commander in chief. By all accounts it was a very successful hosting that was important to the Nation, and appreciated by the President and his staff.

    After nine months now I continue to be very proud of all our men and women here at the U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks. Each day your efforts are about shaping our future strategic leaders, about taking care of Soldiers and their families, and about serving our Nation at a time of war. Let me address each one of these in turn.

    This month, the Class of 2004 graduates and heads off to senior strategic leadership responsibilities around the globe. They have done a superb job this year in their studies, in their development of strong professional bonds, and in contributing to the community in many positive ways. It is clear from their efforts this year that they are well prepared for the tough missions that lie ahead. During Jim Thorpe Days they demonstrated strong athletic skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. In restoring the War College crest on Bliss Hall at their own expense, they demonstrated pride in the institution, selflessness and generosity. Their leadership is also reflected by the families of the Class of 2004 who have contributed so much to the spirit of volunteerism in the communities of greater Carlisle. Time and again they have shown a deliberate and disciplined focus in the academic year that will best prepare themselves for the "VUCA" world that is their future. The International Fellows in the Class of 2004 have played a complete part in all these tasks, and have played a uniquely critical role in the high quality of professional team building; one that will have great payoff for everyone in the Class in the years to come. Finally, we very much appreciate our outstanding staff and faculty who have helped to guide those students over the past year.

    All our other teams at Carlisle Barracks continue to perform at a very high level of excellence. With HHC's leadership, our Soldiers have executed excellent training at Fort Indiantown Gap. BOSS has done a commendable job of supporting major events, and creating special opportunities for our Soldiers. We are moving out rapidly on our Residential Communities Initiative, and will break ground for new family quarters within one year. The Ashburn gate is open again, and our traffic flow is moving well. Our entire force protection team is performing very well.  From DPW to CSL, from SSI to APFRI, and from Dunham to the Vet Clinic, this installation is executing its visible missions at a high standard. The Army Heritage and Education Center is making its own history in the move from Upton Hall to the new academic research facility.

    Our links to the Carlisle community remain strong, particularly those with Dickinson College with whom we are seeking new, creative approaches to partnering in education. Every one of our units is placing the appropriate level of emphasis on workplace safety, and on dignity and respect for each other.

    We continue to serve a nation that fights the Global War on Terror. This was central to the message that the President brought to us at Thorpe Hall Gymnasium. That operational reality is also reflected in the deployments of several of our student and faculty members this year to OEF and OIF, and we are proud to support their service.

    Our connections to our Army's senior leadership, to the Joint Team and to our Combatant Commanders are significant and purposeful. We are linked to them through strategic communications efforts, through exercises like Unified Quest 04, and through the publication of insightful documents that help to shape national security strategic policy. All these things indirectly support our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who are deployed in historic numbers overseas in the GWOT.

    Let me close by reinforcing what we spoke of six months ago in my first "Command Reflections." All of us serve the Nation by embodying clearly defined Army values, simple but profound in their implications. We hold ourselves and those with whom we labor to a very high ethical standard, we do what is right each and every day, and we hold ourselves accountable for our actions.

    I am confident that those of us at Carlisle Barracks are doing this to the requisite standard that the Nation demands, especially in this time of war. Stay the course with our Army values, and hold fiercely to their standards in all that you do. 



Former Director of AHEC to retire

    Col. Alan C. Cate Jr., 47, the former director of the Army Heritage and Education Center is retiring effective Sept 1.

    The Commanding General of Carlisle Barracks has exercised administrative options to address charges made by Cumberland County authorities on Feb. 29. Cate was charged with simple assault and harassment.

    Until his retirement Cate will remain assigned to the Center for Strategic Leadership.

    Dr. Conrad C. Crane has been the acting director of the AHEC pending the assignment of a new director.


Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Police chase ends with crash at post gate


June 7, 2004 - The driver of a motor vehicle crashed into the barrier at the entrance to Carlisle Barracks at Route 11 Sunday evening after allegedly fleeing local police.

    Martha A. Vaughan, 48, of Carlisle, attempted to enter post without stopping at the Ashburn Gate checkpoint. The gate guard immediately deployed the gate barrier and the vehicle struck the barrier at an unknown speed.

    Carlisle Barracks Military Police and first responders rendered first aid to Vaughan who was moved by Life Lion medical helicopter service to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center where she is being treated.

    Vaughan's car impacted the Ashburn Gate inbound lane pop-up barrier demolishing her automobile and causing damage to the barrier.  Repairs to the barrier have been scheduled with the manufacturer and the gate reopened the afternoon of June 10.

    "While it's unfortunate that this situation happened, this is another example of how the quick-thinking and reaction of the guard may have saved lives," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander. "The men and women who stand out here every day protecting us truly deserve our praise."

    The incident is under investigation by Carlisle Police.



Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

RAP 101 hashes out needs, wants of post residents


What are the five things you like most about on-post housing?

What are the five things your like least?

What are five things you would like to have in your home design?

What are five things you would like to have in your community design?


    June 10, 2004 -- These four questions probed the minds of the Soldiers, students and staff who participated in the first Residential Advisory Panel held June 9 at the Letort View Community Center. 

    Post residents will help determine what designs, floor layouts and amenities are included in post housing as part of the Residential Communities Initiative, a partnership between the Department of the Army and private sector contractors to improve housing for military families.

    "We really need to get a lot of people involved in this," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, garrison commander.

    "The more participation we get, the better homes we will have," said Alan Thompson, Carlisle Barracks RCI director.

    Members of American Eagle Communities, the development partner for RCI at Carlisle Barracks, tallied the votes and narrowed it down to the top three for each question. These ideas and/or concerns will be presented to the design team who will create several sketches to accommodate requests and remain within the project budget.

    "Some things will have to be trade-offs for others, but we will work together to make sure as many of your requests are met," said Stacie LaFontaine, regional property manager for American Eagle Communities.


     Here are the top three answers given during the RAP:

What are the five things you like most about on-post housing?

a.)     Convenience, close nit neighborhoods

b.)     Recreational areas and security

c.)     Savings on rent and utilities

What are the five things your like least about on-post housing?

a.)     Lack of parking and storage space

b.)     Poor maintenance/Small quarters

c.)     Clearing process

What are five things you would like to have in your home design?

a.)     More closet and storage space

b.)     Newer appliances

c.)     More square footage

            What are five things you would like to have in your community design?

a.)     Two-car garages; more parking and parking lots

b.)     More green areas and nature trails

c.)     Playgrounds and ball fields that address the demographics on post


Help design the new floor plans

    The next RAP is scheduled for July 8, but a design meeting will be held June 22 to look at floor plans and design details for the homes and communities.

    All current post residents and anyone eligible to live on post, Soldiers and family members are invited to participate in RAP meetings to share opinions, ideas and concerns. Ideas may also be submitted at the RCI office located at 312A Lovell Ave, or call 245-4520.


Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Annual seminar is final task for graduates

    June 10, 2004 -- Carlisle Barracks hosted more than 160 business, government, media, and academic leaders from across the country at the 50th Annual National Security Seminar June 7-10.  This annual seminar is the capstone event of the 10-month curriculum at the Army War College.

    While the principal purpose of the seminar is to permit the War College student body to hear a "civilian viewpoint" on defense matters, it also gives participants an opportunity to meet and exchange views with the nation's future military leaders. Throughout the week participants were assigned to one of 20 student seminar groups to discuss national security issues.

    Participants also have the opportunity for more informal discussions at several social events, including the Commandant's Reception, a "staff ride" to the Gettysburg Battlefield and a dinner buffet.

    Usually a five-day event, this year's seminar will conclude a day early on June 10 with a performance by the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus from Fort Bragg, N.C. President Bush has declared Friday, June 11, a national day of mourning for former President Ronald Reagan.

     Seminar participants attended a retreat ceremony June 7 during which USAWC commandant Maj. Gen. David H. Huntoon, Jr. commented on the life and service of the former president, and the explained the symbolism of retreat.

    "Ceremonies are about remembrance not for remembrance's sake, but to speak to us about sacrifice and courage, about honor and service. Here in the simplicity of retreat we remember the price of freedom each day," Huntoon.

    The NSS is an annual program of the USAWC Department of National Security and Strategy.  


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Youth Services offers programs to help beat summertime blues 


 June 7, 2004 -  It's almost summer again, so that means no school for kids, and lots of free time. What better place to spend some of that free time than at the post Youth Services?

    "We've got a lot of fun programs this year for the kids on post," said Bob Salviano, Youth Services director. 

    Beginning June 14, the School Age Services Program Summer Camp for children will start for kids who are entering first grade through sixth grade. There are a number of program options.

    "We have an all-day program from 6:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and a part-day program from 6:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Both of these programs can be either five or three days a week," said Salviano. "So the parents have four options that they can sign up for."

    Proper nutrition is important to many parents and as part of the program, participants are provided breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.   
    In addition, plenty of activities and field trips are planned to help kids enjoy their summer.

    "We have certified staff that conduct activities throughout the day, both indoors and outdoors," said Salviano. "We use the Bowling Center once a week, the swimming pool twice a week, the art program is in full operation during three of the days each week, and we have six field trips planned during the summer or two each month. We'll be going to the Civil War Museum, Lancaster County Historic Museum, Double Day Science Camp, Clyde Peelings Reptiland, Cherry Crest Farm and Corn Maze, and Catactin Wildlife Preserve," he said.

    Also available is a program for older youths. For the middle school and teen program the Youth Center is open from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day. For the older group there are five field trips planned; a golf outing, fishing trip, a trip to the Sports Emporium, a paintball trip, and a day trip to Hershey Park. 

   "We have a lot more activities planned this summer for both the middle school/teen program and the School Age Services Summer Camp. We'll have even more than we did last year," Salviano said. "If the kids liked last year's summer camp, they will like this year's even more."

    The fees for the summer camp are based on the parents' total annual income. Registration is ongoing and will continue throughout the summer months.

    To introduce new families to the Youth Services program there will be an open house and welcome party on Aug. 4. For more information call 245-4555.


Summer is almost here, post pool open for business


The Splash Zone swimming pool, located behind the Letort View Community Center opened for business May 29, and will be open until September 26. The hours of operation are 12 - 12:50 p.m. (lap swimming), 1 - 7 p.m. (open swimming) and the pool will be cleared daily during "Retreat." On day's when High School is in session the hours of operation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m. Times are subject to change based on participation.


Eligible users for the pool are any active duty military, national guard, reserve, retired military and their family members who are in possession of a valid DoD ID card; civilian employees and their family members who are in possession of a valid DoD ID card or Community Recreation ID card (CBks Form 834R).


Guest are permitted but only eligible users, 10 years of age and older, may bring guests to the pool. When the sponsor leaves, the guest must also leave. A guest may have only one sponsor per day.

Appropriate attire

    A bathing suit is required at all times (i.e., no one will be permitted in the pool with cut-offs or t-shirts).

    Shoes, flippers or shower clogs are not permitted on the pool deck. Sponsors are responsible for the conduct of their guest.


    Once lightning or thunder is observed, or it starts to rain, the pool will be cleared. The pool will not be reopened until there is a 45-minute period without lightning and/or thunder. If swimming cannot be continued for the day, season pass holders will be issued a free game of bowling at the Strike Zone Bowling Center for that day.

Refund policy:

    Refunds will only be made for persons who become physically incapacitated and have purchased season passes, pool rental and/or lessons. All refunds will be charged a $15 processing fee. There will be no refunds for daily passes, pool equipment rental, and food and drinks purchased at the "Splash Zone" snack bar. Pool rental must be canceled within 15 days of the rental date in order to receive any refund.

Pool rental:

    The pool is available for rental from 7-10 p.m.daily. Rental rates are $100 per hour, with a minimum two-hour rental. Sponsors will be responsible for the conduct of their guests, making sure that all rules and regulations governing the pool are observed.

    To reserve the pool call 245-4029/4375/3560/4343 during regular operating hours.

Use of volleyball sand court:

A sand volleyball court is available for use during the pool hours of operation. Must be an authorized user and present a valid ID card. Volleyballs are available at the snack bar. Patrons may provide their own personal volleyball.

Smoking or the use of tobacco in any form is not permitted.

Season pass:

Individual Enlisted: $65 Enlisted Family of 2: $90 Maximum: $120

Individual Officer: $85 Officer Family of 2: $115 Maximum: $145

Other: $95 Other Family of 2: $125 Maximum: $155


Individual Enlisted: $20 Enlisted Family of 2: $30 Maximum: $45

Individual Officer: $30 Officer Family of 2: $40 Maximum: $55

Other: $40 Other Family of 2: $50 Maximum: $65


Individual Enlisted: $40 Enlisted Family of 2: $60 Maximum: $90

Individual Officer: $60 Officer Family of 2: $70 Maximum: $100

Other: $80 Other Family of 2: $80 Maximum: $110


(AGE) (I.D. Card Holder) (Guest)

Five and under FREE

6-17             $3    $4

18 and older $4    $5

Seniors (65+) $3   $4


Swim lessons

    There is a maximum of 10 students per class. Each lesson is 50 minutes

in duration and two weeks long. Sessions will begin June 14. A $35 per student, per session fee must be paid at the time of registration. Carlisle Barracks Youth Services' Day Camp children will be given a $5 discount when registering for their swimming lessons. Registration will be accepted by calling 245-4029/4375/3560. You may also register at the Sports Office (Root Hall Gymnasium Bldg 120) or at the swimming pool during regular hours. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Rules

A complete list of rules will be posted at the pool

1. Children nine years of age and younger must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or family member 12 years of age or older.

2. Smoking IS NOT permitted in the pool area.

3. Glass containers are not permitted within the pool area.

4. Swimmers with open wounds, bandages and/or communicable diseases will not be permitted in the pool area.

5. Only inflatable devices and pool toys issued by the Carlisle Barracks pool staff will be permitted in the pool. Masks, snorkels and fins must be approved by the on-duty lifeguard.

6. Squirt guns are not permitted in the pool area.

7. Cut-offs and t-shirts are not permitted in the pool.




Gen. Peter Schoomaker, U.S. Army Chief of Staff and Les Brownleee, Acting Secretary of the Army

Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army Birthday message


    On the fourteenth day of June in 1775, the Continental Congress established our Army. In the 229 years since that day, our Army has proven itself on countless battlefields as liberty's best friend and oppression's worst foe.

    Since its birth-over a year before the Declaration of Independence-the United States Army has played a vital role in the growth and development of the American nation. From winning our new nation's independence in a tough eight-year fight, to preserving the Union through the tortuous struggle of the Civil War, through the global conflicts of the 20th Century, our citizens can draw great satisfaction from knowing that whenever the nation was in need, our Army answered the call.

    Sixty years ago, in the Army's birth month of June 1944, our brave Soldiers stormed ashore at Normandy to begin the final thrust to liberate Western Europe. While that beachhead was expanding, our Soldiers liberated Rome, made gains against Japanese invaders in New Guinea, struggled against terrain, weather and a tough enemy in Burma, and reinforced the U.S. Marine Corps on Saipan. We celebrate our veterans of 1944 on this 229th Army birthday, as we also celebrate the service of our younger U.S. veterans who fought in Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflicts.

    Today's Army is the greatest land fighting force in the history of the world. This spring, we completed the largest troop movement since World War II, while continuing our engagement in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Our Army is serving in more than 120 countries, conducting missions across the spectrum of conflict from humanitarian assistance to combat operations. While at war, we are continuing to change our Army to meet the needs of the current and future strategic environment.

    Our Army is strong, and this strength comes from our greatest asset: the American Soldier, whose courage, compassion, and determination have for generations been the bedrock upon which our victories have depended. In all that the Army has accomplished, and all that it will be called upon to do, the American Soldier remains the single most important factor in our success.
We are proud of you, our Army family-Soldiers, civilians, retirees, veterans, and your families, and you are always foremost in our prayers and in our actions. Thank you for your service, for your sacrifices, and for your steadfast devotion to duty. Your courage, dedication, and selfless service to the nation are the hallmarks of the United States Army.
     God bless each and every one of you and your families, and God bless America.


Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Sisters give hair to help others


June 3, 2004 -- Bradley and Bailey Vancosky gave one of their most prized possessions to help disadvantaged children they don't know and will probably never meet.

    Eight-year-old Bradley cut off 12 inches of her blondish brown hair to donate to the Locks of Love organization. Her six-year-old sister Bailey cut off ten inches.

    "We wanted to help people who have to take medicine that makes their hair come out and so we cut it off to give it to them," said Bailey, daughter of Maj. Joe Vancosky, deputy commander for administration, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic.

    "This is probably one of the more selfless things they have done in their short lives," Vancosky said.

    Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 suffering from medical hair loss. Each hairpiece is custom fit and made entirely from donated hair. The vacuum fit is designed for children who have experienced a total loss of scalp hair.

    Most of these children suffer from an immune condition for which there is no known cause or cure. Others have suffered severe burns or endured radiation treatment to the brain stem.

    Donated hair must be at least ten inches in length and be free of chemical processing. Hair must be clean and dry, and approved stylists at participating salons must cut it.

    "It was very sad for me, but this is what they wanted to do," said Meredith Vancosky, Bradley and Bailey's mother. "They look so old now, and this is the first time Bradley has gotten her hair cut."

    The Vancosky sisters got the idea to cut and donate their hair from neighbor Lauren Gibbs. Gibbs donated ten inches of hair last year.

    "My girls really admired what she had done last summer and that is one of the things that brought it to our attention that another teenager had done it. We are very excited to help," said Meredith.

    For more information about this organization, log onto

USAWC announces Class of 2004 award winners

    The Commandant of the U.S. Army War College is pleased to announce the names of students who will be receiving awards as part of graduation on June 12.

    Want the list of winners?



Andrea Cassell, Public Affairs Office

Got water?


June 3, 2004 -- Drink six to eight glasses of water each day-which is what noted medical journals recommend-and we can continue to fill our glasses on post.

    According to the recently released Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2003, the drinking water at the Carlisle Barracks meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements for water quality.

    People use water to brush their teeth, wash cars, and prepare meals, but do they ever think about its quality? Ken Malick, chief of Environmental Health, Dunham U.S. Army Medical Clinic, does. 

    In addition to testing and monitoring the sanitation of food services and testing of mosquitoes for the West Nile Virus, Malick and his team of preventive medicine specialists retrieve monthly water samples from buildings on post.

    "The state requires at least three samples for bacteria per month, but here we do four and sometimes five," said Malick.

     Water is collected and tested for proper pH balance, chlorine content and fluoride.  The water is then incubated for 24 hours at 35 degrees Celsius, because this temperature is similar to normal body temperature and can therefore accurately predict the effect on people, according to Malick.

    Only a sample that remains clear is considered good.  If it turns yellow, then it contains a contaminant and is not satisfactory due to bacteria.  If the sample turns blue under a black light, then the contaminant can be more specifically identified as E. Coli.

    "The content of chlorine and fluoride differs from plant to plant, but the Carlisle Barrack's plant maintains its levels and keeps the water clean," says Malick. "As far as I know, there has never been a problem with contaminants or a need to retest the water."

    If something were detected, then Malick would immediately notify the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Keith Bailey, Biological Science Technician for the Carlisle Barracks Engineering and Environmental Office. Tests would then be run at the site where the contaminant was found and at buildings on either side of the original sampling site.

    In addition to these monthly tests, the state also mandates that the water be tested for different contaminants such as arsenic, lead and mercury.  Some contaminants are tested every month, some every year; some every three years Bailey said. The state identifies all parameters for the tests under the Clean Water Act. 

    The samples are sent to a local contractor and in about two weeks, the results are sent to Bailey who compiles them for the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

    A complete copy of the report can be found at

    If you have any questions about the report or the water quality, call 245-3612.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

New drug of choice for some teens can be found on store shelves  

   June 2, 2004 -- Just when parents thought the only dangerous drugs out there were on the streets, now they have to worry about the dangers lurking in their medicine cabinet.

    A new and disturbing trend among teens involves taking large doses of Coricidin HBP, an over-the-counter cold and cough medicine. The problem with taking these large doses is that Coricidin HBP already contains the highest amount of dextromethorphan (DXM) per dosage - 30 mg per tablet. According to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, DXM is found in more than 140 over-the-counter products, including cough syrups with the words "DM" or "Tuss" in their name. DXM, in unusually high amounts, induces a high similar to LSD, which may cause hallucinations, vivid dreams, and an "out of body" state. Street names for Coricidin and DXM include C-C-C, Triple C, Candy, Robo, Red Devils and Dex. Coricidin HBP is sold in tablet and gelcap form.

    "There can be terrible consequences for anyone who abuses these medications," said Col. Gordon Miller, director of the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic. "If a patient has a pre-existing medical condition, or takes these medications in conjunction with alcohol or other medicines, they could be heading for serious adverse effects, to include death."

      "AAFES has placed age restrictions on the sale of Coricidin HBP," said Jack Scott, post exchange manager.  Only people over the age of 18 are able to purchase the medicine. The same restrictions exist at civilian retail outlets like Wal-Mart and Giant. The drug is currently undergoing the process of being added to the restricted purchase list at the commissary.

    Taken in large enough doses, Coricidin HBP can cause dilated pupils, impaired judgment, loss of coordination, slurred speech, dizziness, nausea, increased heart rate, respiratory distress, high blood pressure, kidney damage, liver damage, seizures, brain damage and even death. Some users are also grinding up the pills and snorting the powder.

    DXM abuse is not a new phenomenon. The Drug Enforcement Administration's Diversion Control Program reports that Robitussin-DM and similar cold and cough remedies have been abused for years. However, the 15 mg of DXM found in Robitussin is half of that found in Coricidin HBP.

    According to the New Hampshire Poison Information Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, misusing cold medicine resulted in 14 deaths in the U.S. last year. Coricidin abuse is linked to at least five deaths around the country.

       These are possible signs of abuse:

  • Large quantities of cold medication in rooms, purses or backpacks

  • Medication missing from your home

  • Any illness, unusual change in behavior, or appearance

    While there have been no reported instances of abuse at Carlisle Barracks, parents and their children play an important role in prevention.

    "I think that the best thing that parents can do is to talk to their children on a regular basis.  Parents need to be aware of what is going on in the community, including the schools.  Good communication is critical to educating children on the dangers of this sort of drug abuse," said Miller.  "It's much easier to know what's going on in their lives if you talk with them on a daily basis."

    If you believe that your children or someone you know may be abusing any substance Carlisle Barracks has agencies that can help.

    "We have tremendous staff members here, who work in Army Community Services and the Alcohol and Drug Prevention programs, who can help in these types of situations," Miller said. ACS can be reached at 245-4357and ASAP at 245-3258.

    For more information visit


Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Working on Eagle Scout award, helping orphans



June 3, 2004-  To earn the highest award in Boy Scouts, a post teen organized an effort to send hygiene, educational and entertainment supplies to an orphanage in Honduras.

    Dan Cogan, son of a U.S. Army War College faculty member, along with other members of Boy Scout Troop 173, sent supplies to more than 60 children, ages eight to 16 in a Honduras orphanage.

    Cogan, who has been a Boy Scout since 1994, wanted to do something a little different for his Eagle Scout project.

    "Most of the projects involve cleaning something," said Cogan. "I wanted to do something that would really help people."

    Cogan got the idea from his sister, who was stationed in Honduras last summer as a nurse. Cogan's parents visited her and brought home a video of the area and of an orphanage. When he saw the video, Cogan wanted to send them packages that would help them in their everyday lives.

    "We have been asking for donations for things to put in the packages since November," said Cogan.

    Cogan said they received donations from stores and individuals who wanted to help.

    "We put coloring books, crayons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, writing paper, nail-clippers, floss, toys, T-shirts and other stuff, said Cogan. "I also wrote a form letter in Spanish that each Boy Scout who put together a package signed, and some even put pictures of themselves in the boxes."

    These packages will be shipped out this month and are expected to arrive in Honduras in July.

    "This is a great project," said Col. Mike Courts, Troop 173 Scoutmaster. "This one is really an outreach program. It's unique and everyone gets to participate."

    Even when the packages are on their way the project is not over. Once the orphans receive their packages, Cogan will have to submit his project to the Keystone Area Council.

    The Keystone Area Council, located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., review Boy Scouts projects to determine if they are worthy of receiving the Eagle Scout Award.  The Keystone Area Council serves the counties of Dauphin, Perry, Cumberland, Franklin, and a small part of York and Adams. This territory is divided into five districts and oversees the Scouting program for more than 7,000 youth in 275 Scout units.

    Cogan doesn't want to stop helping the orphans after the packages are delivered and he has earned his Eagle Scout Award. He would like to visit the orphanage this summer to see how the packages have benefited kids.


ROCKS, Inc. release

Carlisle graduating seniors receive scholarship award


    June 3, 2004 -- Two graduating seniors received scholarships for academic excellence and community involvement in a ceremony held May 13.

    Carlisle High School graduates Ashlee Nelson and Rebecca Fowler were each presented with a $1,000 scholarship from the ROCKS, Inc at the school's annual Senior Awards ceremony.

    Nelson plans to become an officer in the U.S. Navy. She is the daughter of Marine Lt. Col. Neil Nelson, who is currently a student at the U.S. Army War College. Fowler, daughter of Army Col. Christopher Fowler, plans to become a scientist or microbiologist.

    The ROCKS, Inc. awards scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors in the Carlisle area.  The purpose of the scholarship is to provide recognition, inspiration and encouragement to aspiring students who are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree.

    The ROCKS, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of active duty, reserve, retired and former commissioned officers of the U.S. Armed Forces, widows and widowers or deceased members and other uniformed services. The Army War College Chapter was established in 2000 with the mission of providing community outreach, fellowship, professional networking and mentoring.

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

State reminds residents to help prevent spread of West Nile Virus


  June 2, 2004 -- Pennsylvania is continuing this year's effort to detect and control mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus. Last year, West Nile virus was detected in Pennsylvania in humans for the first time.

    "Those people recovered," said the state's Health Secretary Robert S. Zimmerman Jr. "But last year's experience makes it clear that Pennsylvanians need to do their part to eliminate mosquito breeding areas around their homes."  No mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile or human cases have been reported in the local area yet this year.

    Last year though, a dead American Crow found on Carlisle Barracks tested positive for the virus, and reminded residents of the dangers of the mosquito-borne disease.

    Carlisle Barracks has a team that cooperates with local authorities to help fight the spread of the virus. The Department of Public Works, Dunham Environmental Health Office and Allegheny District Veterinarian Command have been monitoring the situation and are doing what they can to keep the post safe.

    "Heavy rains this spring have caused some water pools to develop, which is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes," said Keith Bailey, post biological science technician. "We will take the necessary steps to help control the mosquitoes should it be required by the Dunham Environmental Health Office."

    Post residents who find a dead bird on post should call the Vet Clinic at 245-4168 or call the Environmental Office at 245-3902. However only "fresh" dead birds can be tested (within 24 hours), and there is no need to test birds with obvious cause of death such as from a predator or car.

   Simple steps can reduce the risk of contracting the West Nile virus. Because mosquitoes breed in standing water, even a small bucket that has stagnant water in it for four days can become home to many mosquitoes.

   Eliminate standing water by disposing of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers - especially discarded tires -- on your property. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are outdoors.  Clean clogged roof gutters; they can produce millions of mosquitoes each season. Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.  Turn over wheelbarrows. Don't allow water to stagnate in birdbaths. Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish; water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.

    Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts for more than four days. Use landscaping to eliminate water that collects in your yard.

   Mosquito season began in April and so, too, does vigilance even though West Nile virus cases occur primarily in late summer or early fall.

     When transmitted to people, the virus can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can cause an inflammation of the brain. Anyone can get the virus, but older adults and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk of developing severe illness because their bodies have a harder time fighting off the disease.