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Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Pa. reports first human case of West Nile Virus

   August 2, 2004 -- The Pennsylvania Health Department reported on July 23 the first human case of West Nile virus in Pennsylvania this year. The individual is a 36-year-old male from Bucks County.

    "The fact that we have seen the first human infection from West Nile reminds all of us that we should take precautions to help reduce the risk of illness," Joel Hersh, director of epidemiology for the Pa. Department of Health said. "It is important to keep in mind that all Pennsylvanians -- particularly older adults and people with compromised immune systems -- should take simple precautions to reduce their risk."

    Until preventative measures like vaccines are discovered, surveillance and common sense are the best course of action to avoid infective mosquito bites. "We try to make everyone aware of the disease and where it exists," said Col. Gordon Miller, commander, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic.

    Most people bitten by an infected mosquito never experience symptoms, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 20 percent of those bitten do experience flu-like symptoms. In rare, severe cases, the disease can be life threatening with symptoms including high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. People over 50, and adults and children with weak immune systems are most at risk.
    By following some general guidelines, you can reduce the risk of being infected. Consider staying indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If that isn't possible, wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and use bug repellent containing 5-24 percent DEET. Also, drain standing water, such as birdbaths and wading pools.

    Hersh recommends these simple precautions to prevent mosquito bites, particularly for those most at risk:

·         Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of the home;

·         Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer's instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

    Pennsylvanians also can reduce the risk of West Nile virus by eliminating the places where mosquitoes breed. Mosquitoes can breed in any puddle that lasts more than four days.

    "I urge all Pennsylvanians to remember to take just a few minutes to walk around their homes and get rid of stagnant water," Secretary of Environmental Protection Kathleen McGinty said. She suggests some simple steps that can be taken around the house:

·         Eliminate standing water in all types of containers, including tin cans, plastic containers, bird baths or ceramic pots;

·         Remove standing water from discarded tires;

·         Clean clogged roof gutters and drains, especially if leaves from surrounding trees tend to plug up drains;

·         Clean and chlorinate swimming pools;

·         Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use;

·         Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish; and

·         Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.

    Also, for standing water that can't be disposed of, homeowners can buy Bti products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement, and other stores. Bti is a naturally occurring bacteria that kills mosquito larvae, but is perfectly safe for people, pets, aquatic life, and plants.

    "Horse owners should also be concerned about West Nile virus," said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. "According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania had the second-leading number of reported cases of WNV-infected equine in 2003. If you haven't already vaccinated your horses, I encourage you to contact your veterinarian about taking the necessary steps to protect them from West Nile virus."

    Last year, West Nile virus was found in all 67 counties of Pa. It was identified in 237 people and resulted in eight deaths. There were 546 birds, 953 mosquito pools and 100 sentinel chickens samples that tested positive. Also, there were 532 horses that became ill from infection. Very few of these horses had been vaccinated against West Nile virus. Pennsylvanians should presume that West Nile virus is present throughout the state and should take appropriate precautions.

    For more information about West Nile virus, including current test results for mosquitoes, birds and horses, visit the West Nile virus website at www.westnile.state.pa.us or call the Department of Health at 1-877-PA HEALTH.

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Five minute process reduces vehicle theft, insurance rates

July 30, 2004 -- The most commonly stolen vehicles in the United States include the Acura Integra, Toyota Camry, Honda Civic and Honda Accord, according to reports from CCC Information Services Inc. So what can be done to help keep your car from being one of the statistics?

    The Carlisle Barracks Crime Prevention Office along with Cumberland County law enforcement officers provided free vehicle identification number etching services during the annual installation County Fair on July 30.

    "VIN etching is designed to assist in preventing vehicles from being stolen, and additionally assisting law enforcement officers in recovering vehicles that have been stolen," said Earl Bock, Cumberland County District Attorney's Office.

    A VIN is a unique number issued by an auto manufacturer to each car that it produces. This number is required when registering a vehicle and appears in several places on the car, including the dashboard and driver's door panel. VIN etching involves the use of glass etching acid to etch the car's VIN onto its windshield and windows, making the car less attractive to thieves. Thieves will now have to replace the glass, at considerable cost, before they can sell the stolen vehicle and auto parts buyers will not want to buy parts that have identification numbers.

    "It's easy for thieves to remove the license plate and the public VIN," Bock said. "This way, the VIN is permanently etched on every window so the only other way to remove all identification of the vehicle is to literally bust out every window on the vehicle."

    Thieves follow market trends and target the most popular vehicles because they provide the best market for stolen vehicle parts and illegal export to other countries, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Thieves also seem to prefer cars over SUVs or pickups, as was seen in a recent bust of a Lancaster County "chop shop" according to Officer Michael Yuerk, post Crime Prevention Officer. The more layers of protection on the vehicle, the more difficult it is to steal, according to Yuerk. For this reason, insurance companies are offering reduced rates for vehicles that have been VIN etched.

    "A lot of cars are stolen for the car, and some are stolen for the parts. The more that we can do on the vehicle to prevent someone from stealing the vehicle, the better off the insurance company is," said Jim Harding, agent for Progressive Insurance Company. "We will lower our rates if less cars are stolen."

      "This is a very good thing to have for the safety of the vehicle and also for the reduction in your insurance premium for having additional anti-theft measures applied to your car," said Col. Chuck Allen, U.S. Army War College faculty member. Allen had both of his vehicles VIN etched during the County Fair.

    Some car dealerships also offer the VIN etching services at a nominal cost and consumers can order VIN etching kits via the internet. The Cumberland County Law Enforcement Office provides this service for free at community service events.

    "We do the VIN etching for free through a grant we receive from the state by the insurance industry," Bock said. "When the auto dealerships do it, it can cost anywhere from $300-$400."

 

The top ten most frequently stolen vehicles in 2004 are:

  1. Toyota Camry

  2. Honda Accord

  3. Honda Civic

  4. Chevrolet Full Size C/K Pickup

  5. Ford Full Size Pickup

  6. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee

  7. Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera

  8. Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan

  9. Ford Taurus

  10. Toyota Corolla

Editor's note: The CCC report is based on the number of vehicles thefts in 2003 compared to the number of registered vehicles. The NICB tallies all vehicles reported by law enforcement agencies as stolen each year.

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Post programs offer free financial training, management

  

    ATTENTION SOLDIERS!

    You may qualify to receive up to an additional $500 per month. The Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance is just one of the many services identified through Army Community Services that assist Soldiers and family members with their financial management and consumer affairs.

    Other classes and programs offered at no cost to Soldiers include budgeting, debt liquidation, checkbook maintenance, consumer education, consumer complaints and individual financial concerns. A first time homebuyers counseling program is also available.

    Company commanders and first sergeants are required to provide financial readiness training for all Soldiers, especially first term Soldiers, within 90 days of their arrival, in accordance with Army Regulation 210-60.

    All of these services are now available through ACS. For more information or to set up an appointment, call Mrs. Cora Johnson at 245-4720/4357.

 

BOX/CHART

 

To compute your income vs. expenses, follow the chart below. If you have a SURPLUS, you may want to participate in a productive counseling service program to get more for your money (savings, investments, etc.) If you have a DEFICIT each month, ACS offers programs to help you find a solution to your financial needs.

 

  Monthly NET income              $________________________

(Take-home pay from all sources)

 

Monthly living expenses           - $ ______________________

(Rent/mortgage, food, insurance, etc)

 

Monthly payments to creditors  - $ ______________________

 

Total remaining                          $ ________________________

Surplus (+) or Deficit (-)                      

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC makes historic trip to China

 July 28, 2004 -- The U.S. Army War College recently participated in a historic trip, which was part of a series of visits designed to exchange ideas and address the issues of professional military education with military educators in the Peoples Republic of China.

    Major Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College Commandant, along with Dr. Andrew Scobell and Dr. Douglas Johnson, researchers with the Strategic Studies Institute, and Dr. Conrad Crane, director, U.S. Military History Institute, traveled to China for a series of reciprocal visits to the Peoples Liberation Army research institute.

    "This was an extraordinary opportunity to participate in an important military to military engagement with our counterparts at the war college, staff college and military academy level institutions in the People's Republic of China,"  said Huntoon.  "We were very well received everywhere we traveled, and this will set the conditions for further exchanges and new partnerships for our respective militaries."

    Delegates from the PLA Academy of Military Science visited the USAWC in 2000. During their visit, Gen. Zuxun Wang and other representatives familiarized themselves with the USAWC mission, facilities and methods for senior service education.

    The delegation was also briefed by the SSI, the Center for Strategic Leadership, and the Peacekeeping Institute, and they also toured the Military History Institute. During the visit Wang indicated a desire for a stronger relationship between the two institutions. 

    Nearly four years later, the June trip again brought together senior service school representatives of two of the largest armies on the planet to discuss issues pertinent to both nations' militaries.

    "We are both powerful nations and dominate portions of the globe and both have the potential to cause difficulties for each other," said Johnson. "If we don't talk, we operate blindly and raise the potential for stepping on toes or worse."

    Johnson represented the Art of War department within SSI.

    The team was joined by Lt. Col. Robert Modarelli from the Department of the Army Operations Branch and accompanied by two officers from the defense attaché in Beijing, Col. Frank Miller and Maj. Nick Reisdorff.

    The team stopped in Hawaii en-route for briefings by Lt. Gen. James Campbell, the commander of the U.S. Army Pacific Command, and his staff after which they proceeded to Beijing.

    Following a briefing at the U.S. Embassy, the team was joined by an interpreter, PLA Captain Wu, and escort, PLA Senior Colonel Yao Yunzhu. The team then visited the China Institute of International Studies and the PLA Academy of Military Sciences.

    On June 19, they toured the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square, and the next day, the group visited the Chinese Army History Museum before departing for Nanjing.  

    Crane saw the trip as a great opportunity for everyone involved.

    "I saw the trip as a chance to make contacts with educational and historical agencies in the military of one of the world's most important countries," said Crane.

    "Hopefully those connections will bear fruit in the future in establishing a long-term relationship between the Army Heritage and Education Center and counterparts in the PLA."

    After arriving in Nanjing on June 21, they visited the Army Command College, which is roughly equivalent to the USAWC, followed by a private visit to the Nanjing Massacre Museum.

    The following day, the team flew to Kunming and visited the site of what will become the Flying Tigers Museum, currently a work in progress. The group then proceeded to the Kunming Military Academy for a review, inspection tour, obstacle course demonstration and dinner with the cadets.

    Flying from Kunming the next morning, the team held discussions on the issues of professional military education with the U.S. Mission in Hong Kong and the following day returned to the United States.

    Even though the trip was over, the effects may be felt for many years.

    "We learned a lot, met many interesting people, saw many fascinating places, and had some extraordinary culinary experiences," said Crane.

    "Personally it was a very enriching trip, and I hope the long term professional gains for our organizations will be as valuable."

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Children - our past, our present, our future

Single parents get help with bringing up today's youth

 

    July 29, 2004 -- "Parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world," said Ginger Wilson-Gines, chief, Behavioral Health Clinic, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic. "I think parenting in itself is the most important job there is and to place all those responsibilities on just one person - it's an incredible job."

    Single parents overcome tremendous challenges everyday raising their children. Finding the time, energy and in many cases, a support system, are just the basic requirements a single parent needs to sustain a comfortable living environment for the child. To add the pressure of jobs, financial responsibilities, personal relationships and self-development/improvement to daily parenting duties can be overwhelming, but help is available. The services provided by the post child development and youth center, Army Community Services and Dunham are designed to offer assistance to parents raising children, alone or otherwise.

    "I am a partner with [parents] to help [parents]. Sometimes my help might be advice, role modeling or let me show you how. I'm not going to be the parent, I'm going to be your helper at this point in your life," said Martha Thomas, assistant program manager, infant program, Moore Child Development Center.

    Thomas has been working with the Moore CDC for 15 years and has seen several children "grow up" in the center from infant to preschool.

     "There has to be an ongoing, open communication between the parent and caregiver," said Melody Irwin, Moore CDC director. "It takes the whole center to raise children. Everybody connects differently with the children and it's good moral support."

    The child development center also offers babysitting courses for youth ages 13 and older, and there are two families on post that are certified child care provider homes.

    "These programs and services are invaluable and critical to my family's well-being and overall sense of stability and security," said Shannon Calahan of Georgia. "My children and I would not be able to cope as well as we have over the past two years without the support provided by the Child and Youth Services."

    Calahan is a 'temporary' single parent due to Army Reserve mobilization/activation and the deployment of both her and her husband.

     Help is also available through the post Family Advocacy Program. Classes on and off post, pamphlets, books, videos and other resources for support and advice are available for parents of children from birth to young adult.

    "I don't give any advice, I ask what do you need, what we can do to help you," said Anne Hurst, director, Family Advocacy Program. "Sometimes we give support unknown, sometimes we give support through outside agencies. We reach out with everything we can."

    "Single parents are so stressed because their time is so precious, but we are here to help," Wilson-Gines said. 

     The Dunham Behavioral Health Clinic provides individualized counseling services to single parents who are experiencing problems with their children, or if they are experiencing depression and stress related disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 245-2602.

      Editor's note: This is part two of an article on Single Parenting.

 

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post Soldier masters the Rainier challenge

July 20, 2004- Many people who have visited or lived in the Pacific Northwest have been drawn to Mount Rainier, which is located about 40 miles southeast of Seattle, Wash.  At 14,410 feet it is a massive mountain that dominates the Seattle area sky and seems to call adventurers to it. And so I answered.

     About 9,000 people each year attempt to summit the mountain, but only about 45 percent make it to the top.    On July 13 I started up the mountain with my brother, Scott,  Alex Van Steen, head guide, and several others who wanted to see if they could make it to the top of the mountain. The following day at 8:15 a.m., we summitted the mountain on a cloudy, windy day. It was the adventure of a lifetime and one of the most challenging experiences of my life.

    After learning how to properly climb and use our equipment, we climbed up to Camp Muir at an elevation of 10,000. No one got much sleep the night before the summit climb.

    At about 12:30 a.m., we roped up in teams of four or five climbers, grabbed our equipment and headed toward the summit. We had to start early because we had to summit and get back down over ice bridges and crevasses before the afternoon sun started to melt them, making them even more dangerous.

    We walked across a small glacier, where the portion of the climb was only a slight upward slope and the traveling was not difficult, but that would soon change. After crossing the glacier we arrived at a steep rocky slope covered with jagged boulders. The rocky slope proved to be too much for some of the climbers. About five people went back to Camp Muir with one of the guides after reaching the top of the slope where the rest of the group took a short ten-minute break.

    The next section that we had to traverse was Disappointment Cleaver. This section of the climb is a very steep rock, snow and ice slope with cliffs and a high avalanche danger.  Our guide informed us that there are still bodies buried somewhere at the base of the cleaver from a large avalanche in 1981.

    When we reached the top it was obvious that there was high winds and very cloudy conditions all the way to the top of the mountain.

    "There is no guarantee that we are going to make it to the summit in these conditions," said Van Steen. "If you decide to go on from here make sure that you still feel strong. We can't send another guide back down and it's too cold to leave someone in a tent up there while the rest of us summit."

    After a short maintenance break, we headed toward the summit. The sun was starting to creep up over the Cascade Range, shedding light on our path for the first time of the day. This did help us see where we were going, but it also showed us all the steep slopes and the crevasses that we were walking on the edge of.

    We climbed another 1,200 feet to a new crevasse that recently opened up on the slope.  It was about 30 feet across in the widest spot and looked to be about 100 feet deep. There was a small ice bridge for us to cross, but there were several other rope teams coming back across so we had to wait. The other teams were giving up because of poor visibility near the top and the risk of falling into an unseen crevasse. Our guide was working toward his 196th summit climb and felt confident that we could press on.

    When the ice bridge was clear of climbers, we were on the go again. The rest of the assent was extremely steep and covered with crevasses. I had to take a deep breath with every step, and it was difficult to just put one foot in front of the other.

    We couldn't see the summit because it was still covered by clouds and had no idea how much further we had to go, and then we were there. There was a steep rim, and then we stepped into the crater.

    There was a small descent into the crater and we had to cross one more little crevasse to get to the flat portion of the crater. When I stepped on the ice bridge my foot broke through, making my heart race and forcing me to pull my foot back so I wouldn't fall through completely and risk serious injury. As luck would have it, I was able to easily pull my foot free and cross unharmed.

 

    We all went in and put our equipment down. Many climbers just laid down on their packs to rest, but a few of us needed to get to the highest point and sign the book. On the high point there is a metal box with a notebook inside for climbers to leave their comments and names. When the book fills up it goes into the Mount Rainier museum for others to see.

    We were all exhausted, but the feeling of accomplishing something so big kept us smiling. It was the most physically challenging day of my life, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

 

 

 

 

Col. David Brooks, Department of Military Strategy, Plans, and Operations

Classroom dedicated in memory of DMSPO faculty member

 

    On July 15 the Department of Military Strategy, Plans, and Operations dedicated its new classroom in the memory of Marine Col. (Retired) Brian D. Moore.

    Moore, a U.S. Army War College faculty member who passed away last year, was a member of the Department of Military Strategy Planning and Operations, DMSPO. His wife Stormy and sister Sharon, attended the ceremony. Additionally, members of Seminar 10 of the distance education class of 2004 were also in attendance, representing the numerous resident and DDE seminars that Col. Moore had instructed over the past years.

    The "Moore Room" is the location for the Advanced Strategic Arts Program and the Basic Strategic Arts Program. The room features a state-of-the-art educational suite, artwork on loan from the Military History Institute, and a memorial to Moore.

    The final paragraph on the plaque to Moore reads: "This classroom is dedicated to the memory of Col. Brian D. Moore, who in life exemplified the relationship between the warrior ethos and a warrior's intellect; his spirit will always serve as an inspiration to all who enter here."

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

IF program brings military concepts, cultural awareness to U.S., other nations

    July 21, 2004 -- Twenty-six years ago six U.S. allied countries sent service members to the U.S. Army War College to participate in the International Fellows program. Today, more than 100 countries have participated and sent service members to Carlisle Barracks to study, research and exchange ideas with U.S. service members and government representatives.

    "The critical piece of this program is building relationships between U.S. and international officers as well as among the international officers," said Col. Roy Hawkins, director, USAWC IF program.

    Germany, Japan, Korea, Australia, Canada and Mexico sent senior officers to the first class in 1978, and Germany, Japan and Korea have sent a representative every year since. For the Class of 2005, two new countries are represented - Djibouti and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    "Each combatant command submits their priority list of countries they would like to have attend U.S. Army schools - entry level training, basic officer courses, advanced/specialized training, the Sergeants Major Academy, Command General Staff College and the USAWC. Then the Department of the Army will compose a master list and send it out to the various schools for coordination," Hawkins said. "At the AWC, we provide our recommendations for attendance to ensure an equitable regional representation that enhances the curriculum."

    Each year more than 40 countries are extended an invitation from the Army Chief of Staff to attend the USAWC. The countries accepting the invitation then select an officer that meets the prerequisites for attendance. To date, 814 senior officers from international countries have graduated from the USAWC; 21 are members of the Hall of Fame.

     The Hall of Fame was established to provide a prestigious and visible means of honoring USAWC IF graduates who have attained the highest positions in their nation's armed forces through military achievements or who have held an equivalent position by rank or responsibility in a multinational organization.

    "This is a chance for international officers and their families to see our system - government, economy, socially - first hand and at work," Hawkins said.

 

Conversation and Culture      

    The IFs also bring culture, awareness, diversity and critical thinking concepts from their nations to share with students and faculty, but not all of the research and exchange of ideas occur between students in the seminars.  Spouses also have a program where they can learn from and about each other. Every week, U.S. spouses meet with IF spouses at the post chapel to learn and share life experiences, a variety of food and cultural values.

    "We try to start this early in the year to get IF wives together with each other and with other members of the community," said Sheila Hawkins, coordinator of the Conversation and Culture Program for the USAWC IF Program. "It provides some helpful English instruction, some short field trips or activities such as visit to the commissary or local shops."

 

Sponsorship

    The IF sponsorship program involves volunteers from within Carlisle Barracks and the greater Carlisle/Harrisburg area who provide knowledge, assistance, and friendship to International Fellows and their families attending the USAWC. Each IF family is coupled with military and community members who assist them with everything from getting to the grocery store to finding the nearest playground.

    "The diversity that the IFs bring to this community is definitely a positive aspect of the program," Hawkins said. "Not only do the volunteers enhance the lives of the IF and his family, but the sponsors also reap great benefits from their interaction with the IFs.  Learning about other cultures and countries tremendously broadens one's perspective, and the volunteers gain a greater appreciation for the world around them."

    "This is one of the finest programs that the U.S. military has been connected with. It's the most satisfying people-to-people program, and we are very proud to be a part of this," said Ed Kemp, in a previous interview.  Kemp and his wife, Sonya, have been community sponsors since 1998.

    For more information about the IF program, call 245-4830/3371 or log onto www.carlisle.army.mil

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Children - our past, our present, our future

Single parents talk about joys, woes of bringing up today's youth

 

    July 22, 2004 -- Parenting is one of life's most rewarding experiences, but doing it alone is a challenge that many men and women face every day. In 1998, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that single parents headed 26 percent of all families with children, and that most single-parent children live in metropolitan areas, primarily cities with populations of one million or more.

    Some sociology professors believe that the result of people's choices about how they live their lives, within a context of economic, cultural and social change, are the driving force that lead many households to have only one parent. Still, the prevalence of single-parent families is a matter of concern because single parents and their children may suffer emotional stress, economic need, and social disadvantages. The greatest challenge faced by single parents is the overwhelming amount of work to be done, according to TroubledWith.com, an informational website that offers encouragement and support to single parents. Some people may even wonder if it is possible for one parent to raise children successfully.

    "I don't have time in the mornings so I try to make up for it in the evenings," said Marcella Love, a Soldier at Carlisle Barracks. "My daughter envies all my friends who are stay home moms."

    Love has a nine-year-old daughter, Kenya, and has been in the military for 18 years. She says she has enjoyed her time in the service, the experiences and meeting new people, but being a single parent in the military has been very hard.

    "I've missed everything - her first words, potty training, all her firsts I missed because of deployments and work," Love said. "We do the best we can, but I've missed all her firsts and spending time with my daughter during her childhood. Now she's at that pre-teen stage."

    Nailo Pope, who is also a Soldier, has two daughters, Dystani, age five, and D'ahni, age four. Pope echoes Love's comments about missing out on parts of her daughters' childhood.

    "There are good parts of the military, but unfortunately military children have to grow up faster, especially those of single parents," Pope said. Pope has been on active duty since 1995.

    Time, or lack of time, is not the only obstacle single parents must hurdle. Economic pressures also take a toll. Modern conveniences come at a cost, so more parents are working. Being part of a mobile society has led many family members to live and work far away from the support system of their extended family and in some cases even far away from their spouse.

     "I'm a 'temporary' single parent due to Army Reserve mobilization/activation and the deployment of both my husband and myself," said Shannon Calahan of Georgia. "The command was supportive of me bringing my children on my deployment to Carlisle Barracks as it's usually not allowed nor feasible with a contingency/wartime activation."

    "I'm a single parent because my wife is in Korea," said Demetrius Palmer, who has two daughters, ages seven and two. "The most challenging part for me is trying to divide my time between work and spending time with the children. It's been very difficult for me because I became a parent and then a single parent all in one month, so a lot of things I've been learning as I go."

    Another major concern of many single parents is with whom they leave their children while they are at work. Some feel that although the employees at daycares and youth centers are qualified individuals, the lessons being taught may not be lessons that parents approve.

    "Your kids are a portrait of you, but you are not raising them," Pope said. "The people at the daycare and the child development center are, and you don't know what they are teaching them."

     "We've had a lot of challenges, many childcare related due to some crazy hours I've worked, but nothing insurmountable," Calahan said. "The military community here is much more empathetic and willing to help with the kids than what I believe we would've experienced if we would've had to send the kids to live with a guardian per our family care plan."

    Not all of the experiences of single parenting are as frustrating as they may seem. In some ways, single parents have a few advantages over traditional households.

    "When it comes to discipline, there's only one voice," Palmer said. "I reward the children with their favorite meal, new toy or even a big hug and kiss, but for discipline, I take away the things they like the most."

     And the joy of parenting seems to always make up for any frustrations.

    "My daughters tell me at least once a day that they love me. It is at that time that you know you are doing your best and even they can see it at their age," Pope said.

    So how does a single parent make it through the daily challenges?

    "Take one day at a time and remember that child is depending on you for everything," Palmer said. "Things may be hard, but you have to remain strong and in total control for the child."

    "Try to balance your work life, family life and social life. You must not give too much or too little to either one of these," Pope said.

    Between 1970 and 2000, the number of single mothers increased from three million to 10 million and the number of single fathers increased from 393,000 to two million, according to reports by the U.S. Census Bureau. There are several agencies, churches and other support organizations available to assist single parents in raising their children. For more information on these groups, contact your local state Department of Social Services or log onto any major website and do a search for information on single parents.

    Editor's note: This is part one of an article on Single Parenting. The next edition will focus on the organizations, agencies and other support systems available to single parents.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Class of 2005 begins USAWC experience

 

July 20, 2004 -- Members of the U.S. Army War College class of 2005 began familiarizing themselves with the place where they'll be spending their next 10 months studying, socializing and growing as strategic leaders.

    The centralized inprocessing began July 19 in Collins Hall and included representatives from nearly every organization and academic-related office on Carlisle Barracks. More than 290 resident students and 48 Senior Service Fellows were expected to inprocess.

    "We were able to construct the whole process so that the students could take care of everything in one simple one-stop shop," said Chief Warrant Officer Landy Flowers, human resources directorate.

    "We've been working really hard for the last three years to make this program what it is today, and I think it worked great."

    Students shared praise for the process.

    "I've been through quite a few of these in my career, and this is by far the best I've ever taken part in," said Lt. Col. Edric Kirkman, member of the class.

    "I applaud the professionalism of everyone who helped put this all together."

    Planning for inprocessing begins four months before the actual event takes place.

    "We start planning and asking the different organizations for their input in March or April," Flowers said. "By starting so early we're able to make the improvements necessary so that everything runs smoothly."

    The improvements from year to year also make the experience better for those helping the students adjust to new surroundings.

    "This is my second time doing this and this is by far the most professionally, well-organized process I've seen," said Sgt. Tina Hawkins, who is in charge of awards and ceremonies at HRD. "Everything is going so smoothly, this is a great way to do business."

    Getting a taste of what the USAWC had to offer added to the anticipation of the upcoming school year.

    "I'm really looking forward to learning more about strategic-level operations from my instructors and classmates," said Kirkman. "Being able to learn from not only our sister services but international students makes this program the best of its kind. I can't wait to get started."

 

 

Andrea Cassell, Public Affairs Office

Post residents reminded to register their pets

July 22, 2004 -- As new families join the Carlisle Barracks community, it is important they register pets at the Veterinary Treatment Facility, Building 627A. All cats and dogs owned by on-post residents must be registered within 10 working days of arrival or procurement of the animal.

    "Fifteen to 20 families have already been registered," said Spc. Traci Beri, the animal care technician on post. "Most have more than one pet."

    When bringing a pet to the clinic, owners must show proof of distemper and rabies vaccinations. If no medical history records exist from a previous facility, records of your pet will be initated here.

    A new policy for the installation is the implementation of a microchip. This rice-sized chip with an identification number is embedded right under the skin at the back of the animal's neck. This way a pet may still be identified, even if the tags are missing. Also, there is no need for rabies tags to be displayed on the pet's collar since the rabies vaccination documents are required at the time of registration.

    Many of the incoming families may be unfamiliar with Pennsylvania's climate and woodlands, which may be a habitat for fleas and ticks. Pet owners, especially, should be mindful of this. Because more cases of Lyme disease in pets is occurring in the state, much like the rest of the country, Beri suggests considering the flea and Lyme vaccinations in order to keep pets healthy.

    Pet owners must also remember to keep their dogs leashed as they walk around post. Only in Heritage Park, also referred to as "Dog Park," can dogs roam unleashed under owner supervision, explained Beri. And remember to keep the installation beautiful by cleaning up pet waste (Carlisle Barracks Regulation 40-1).

    Outpatient veterian appointments are available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. For outpatient technician-only procedures, such as vaccinations and blood tests, appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Please call 245-4168 for additional information and to schedule appointments.

 

 

Andrea Cassell, Public Affairs Office

Parking-sometimes it can be a challenge

July 22, 2004 -- When there are no parking spots in the traditional lots available, some Carlisle Barracks employees, students, residents and visitors find themselves forced to park along side streets. If this should occur, take note of the signs posted throughout the installation.

The warehouse behind Root Hall is one place where parking is at a premium. The five spots are reserved for vendors and contractors, and the area by the rear dock is designated for deliveries.

The Logistics Management Division has requested that no one park behind the warehouse on Letort Lane. Cars park by the trash bins and have incidentally hindered trash collection.

"Twice within the past 10 days, the garbage truck has gone by without pickup because it can't get there," said Marianne Barrick of LMD.

With the two trash bins-one for waste and one for recycling-often full, it is vital that the local waste management company can maneuver the vehicle in order to remove the trash.

Signs have been posted to clear up any confusion and alleviate the situation.

"Drivers parking in the designated 'no parking' area will be subject to a traffic ticket that carries a monetary fine," said Lt. Col. Robert V. Suskie, Jr., provost marshal.

Previously, LMD had placed notes on cars parked in inappropriate areas in the hope that the drivers would find another location the next time.

 For more information, call 245-4171.

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Opening ceremony to kick off academic year

   

    August 4, 2004 -- The Opening Ceremony for the Army War College resident class of 2005 is scheduled to take place Monday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. on Indian Field.

    This year's class will be the 104th class to attend the War College.

    The event features performances by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps, and the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," and a Review with a Retreat. After a march-on by the Old Guard Honor Platoon, Color Guard and Commander-in-Chief's Guard, the post's soldiers in colonial uniforms will fire the Revolutionary Cannon for Retreat. A reviewing party will inspect the troops, and the troops will "pass in review" to complete the ceremony.

    The class is comprised of 334 students, which include 213 Army officers, 26 Air Force officers, 13 Marines, 16 Navy officers, one Coast Guard officer, 24 civilians from federal agencies, and 41 International Fellows.  The nations of Djibouti, Botswana, Senegal and Bosnia-Herzegovina are represented this year for the first time at the Army War College.

    The event will be canceled in the event of rain.

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Post welcomes new garrison commander

 July 14, 2004 -- Carlisle Barracks Soldiers and civilians stood in platoon formation Tuesday at the Wheelock Bandstand to witness the transfer of command of the U.S. Army Garrison from Lt. Col. John Koivisto to Lt. Col. Tyrone McPhillips.

   

"To be a commander is the ultimate honor the Army confers upon its leaders, but it is an honor that flies by incredibly fast," said Diane Devens, director, Northeast Region, Installation Management Agency.

"Through his insightful leadership and grasp of the Army strategy in personnel management, John has made changes that have laid the foundation to ensure the future success of the garrison."

Koivisto has served as the garrison commander since June 2002 and will move to a staff position at the U.S. Army War College as the chief knowledge management officer.

"The opportunity to support our Soldiers and their families in these times of uncertainty has been one of the greatest blessings I have ever had. I wish you all the best of luck," Koivisto said in an emotional farewell speech.

 McPhillips comes to Carlisle Barracks from U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii, where he served as the Air and Missile Defense Branch Chief since 2001.

Other assignments include three consecutive battery commands and as an operations officer for air defense artillery units at Fort Bragg, N.C. and Fort Bliss, Texas.

Coming into the garrison environment, McPhillips is faced with the challenge of managing operations in a "ground support collegiate unit."

"The role the garrison commander plays in taking care of families, supporting the local community and protecting the environment, as well as deploying our nation's Soldiers to the world cannot be underestimated," Devens said.

"I charge [Lt. Col. McPhillips] with two key responsibilities - first, provide top quality care and support to Maj. Gen. David Huntoon and the USAWC mission as well as the Soldiers and families of Carlisle Barracks.

"Your second responsibility is to support the Army's transformation. Continue to improve services, seek efficiencies and ensure the best possible support for all our Soldiers," Devens said.  

Devens participated in this ceremony as the reviewing officer - the first time a civilian has been the senior commander in a Carlisle Barracks change of command.

"Our Carlisle team is second to none," McPhillips said.

"Your untiring dedication and professionalism to mission accomplishment while taking care of families and fostering community relationships is legendary. Without your efforts, the installation would not enjoy the status of an institutional flagship.

 "My family and I are excited to join the Carlisle team and look forward to the next two years."

McPhillips is married to the former Anne Casto, and they have three children, Drew, 13; Kathleen, 11; and Rory, 9.

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Changes in HRC allow Soldiers to control records, promotions

     July 14, 2004 -- The Army is now in the final stage of its plan to allow Soldiers more access and control over their military records. As of July 1, the Military Personnel Record Jacket for all active Army enlisted Soldiers will be no longer be initiated or maintained at the installation level.  The paper system should completely phase out by the target date of June 30, 2005.

    "All of the documents are now in the database at the Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center," said William Hoffer, chief, military personnel division, Carlisle. "In fact, our centralized promotion boards are now all done by automation - a paperless board."

    This new initiative to provide for easier management, control and responsibility of military records began in 1995 with the elimination of 47 documents in the MPRJ. The next phase eliminated all active Army officers MPRJ and was completed in 1996.

    "They have finished the officers - smaller numbers, easier to control - and now they've gotten to the enlisted," Hoffer explained. "The key here was to get the Enlisted Records Brief online and that has been done."

    In the revised Army Regulation 600-8-104 dated June 22, 2004, information on enlisted Soldiers that is required to support personnel actions and management functions will now be filed in the Official Military Personnel File online. Documents to transfer with the Soldier at the next PCS are the Enlisted Record Brief, Record of Emergency Data, Servicemen's Group Life Insurance Election and Certificate and Enlistment/Reenlistment Documents. Other documents that will be filed in the online OMPF include the DA Form 2-1, DA Form 2-2. Security clearances will still be hand carried and given to the unit S-2 and DA Forms 3180 and 201 will be given to the Soldier.

    "Soldiers will have more access and control of their records. They will be able to see the same files the promotion board sees, and if they need to make corrections or if there are missing documents, the Soldier can contact EREC directly to make those corrections and get information into the files," Hoffer said.

    In order the minimize disruption of normal operations, the task of eliminating the MPRJ may be done during in and out processing, scheduled records audits or as directed by MPD.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Health Net Federal Service to assume TRICARE duties Sept. 1    

July 13, 2004 - Health Net was awarded the TRICARE North Region contract which provides healthcare services to 2.7 million uniformed services beneficiaries, including those at Carlisle Barracks. Health Net has been a contractor with the TRICARE Program, previously known as CHAMPUS, for over 15 years.

 "We're really looking forward to working with the great people here at Carlisle Barracks," said Matthew Ruest, director of Field Optimization for Health Net. "We can't wait to get onboard." 

The new TRICARE contracts will replace the current seven contracts and be restructured into three TRICARE contracts encompassing three Regions within the United States: The North Region, South Region and West Region.

 According to Col. Gordon Miller, commander of the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, the first major change will be in the way that referral appointments are made to specialists. 

 "Currently, patients, once given a routine referral by their primary care manager, can either call Sierra or the network specialist to make their appointment," said Miller.

After Sept. 1, patients, referred for routine specialty care by their primary care manager, will receive an authorization letter with instructions and a copy of their referral in the mail in three or four days. The letter of authorization will provide patients with an authorization number and the name and office phone number for the approved specialist. 

Patients will have the flexibility to schedule their appointments for a time that best fits their schedule. The specialist is required to meet the TRICARE Access Standards and accept TRICARE as a method of payment. 

  "It is extremely important to wait until you receive your Letter of Authorization before calling a specialist and making your routine appointment," said Miller.  Health Net will ensure that patients are eligible for the care for which they were referred, and that the care is actually covered by benefits. 

"Patients making a specialty appointment, without an authorization number, may be responsible for the entire medical bill," Miller warned. Patients requiring an Urgent or ASAP referral will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the Health Benefits Advisors, as is currently the practice.  

    Patients who fail to receive their Letter of Authorization within five to seven business days, or who would like to make an appointment with a different specialist should call Health Net at 1-877-TRICARE (1-877-874-2273).    

The most important thing patients can do to assist with the transition from one contractor to another is to ensure their address is correct in DEERS.

"Those letters of authorization will be mailed to the address noted in the DEERS data base. If that address is incorrect, patients will never receive their authorizations, and ultimately will be unable to make a referral appointment," said Miller.

Although most addresses are correct in DEERS, there are a number of ways patients can check their status.  They can call 1-800-538-9552 and speak to a representative or go online using the DEERS Website at www.tricare.osd.mil/deers. 

"The online directions are easy to follow, and those with a CAC card may view their personal DEERS information," said Miller.   Lastly, eligible beneficiaries may go to the Military Personnel Division at Carlisle Barracks and speak with Bill Hoffer regarding their status. 

Health Net is scheduled to do a region-wide information mailing in mid-July. Since they will be using the information in the DEERS database to conduct this mail out, if you do not receive the information by Aug. 1, Miller recommends you verify your information in one of the three ways noted above.

Another area where patients will notice a change is when  making an appointment.  Currently, patients have three options to make an appointment: they may call Sierra Military Health Services, call the clinic at 245-3400 during normal duty hours, or go online to www.tricareonline.com to book an appointment. Beginning Sept. 1, patients will no longer have the option to call Sierra Military Health Services to make an appointment, but must rely on the clinic staff or the TRICARE On Line web site to make appointments. 

"We've set up telephones and computers at the clinic's Information Desk to assist patients," said Miller.  In addition, one appointment clerk will be located in the Patient Service Center to assist those requiring personal attention. 

"I believe we are moving to a better system," says Miller. "We have learned a lot working in a managed care environment for the past five years, and this new contract links financial incentives, not only to performance, but to beneficiary and clinic staff satisfaction. By reducing the number of TRICARE regions to three, it enhances the portability benefit for our soldiers and their families.

    "The military medical benefit is a tremendous one, and we have an obligation to our patients and the taxpayers to ensure we deliver a valuable product, high in quality and reasonable in cost. This new contract gets us closer to achieving that goal."   

 

 

      

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds and Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Post problems, concerns solved or works in progress

 

July 14, 2004 -- The majority of issues raised by members of the Carlisle Barracks community at the 2004 Army Family Action Plan Symposium in February have been resolved. 

    "The 2004 AFAP symposium was very successful," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, former garrison commander.

    "We identified 49 issues, 90 percent of which were answered or resolved in one month."

    "Thirteen issues were submitted to the Installation Management Agency, who in turn will submit them to the Department of the Army AFAP Symposium in November," said Brenda Sampson, director, Army Community Services.

    Keeping true to his promise to "fix things we can fix rapidly," Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College commandant, recently received the completed report from the 15th annual post AFAP symposium.

    Some of the resolved issues include the repair, change and upgrade in lighting in front of the Youth Service Center; the addition of a part-time financial counselor to the ACS staff; and hiring a beautician experienced with textured hair at the Post Exchange.

    The final AFAP report was distributed to post agencies the last week of July.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Inside facts help newcomers fit in fast
   Moving to a new area can be confusing. Every place has things about it that make it different- new customs, rules and laws; as well as different services that are available. Becoming accustomed to a new locale can be difficult without adequate guidance. The following can help you adjust to life at Carlisle Barracks and will hopefully make your transition into the community smoother. 

ACS lending closet

Save money during your transition and borrow standard items such as dishes, pots and pans, cots, tables, chairs, and blankets, as well as casserole dishes, vacuum cleaners, and play pens from the Army Community Service Lending Closet, located at 632 Wright Avenue.

Donna Jones, Relocation Readiness Program manager, recommends that interested people call her at 245-3685 first to see if items needed are available. Otherwise, they can walk in anytime from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see what the closet has available.  Items available include:

. military lending kits (8, 6, and 4 piece set of dishes/pots and pans)

. chairs, cots, and tables

. irons and ironing boards

. coffee pots, toasters, and casserole dishes

. high chairs, play pens, strollers, car seats, and child safety gates

. humidifiers and dehumidifiers (for special needs children)

. vacuum cleaners and shampooers (48-hour loan) 

 

Vehicle registration

    Everyone relocating to Carlisle Barracks with a privately owned vehicle is required to register it on post, regardless of whether or not they have registered the vehicle at another installation. This service is provided by the Vehicle Registration Office, located at 632 Wright Avenue. A valid driver's license, military ID, registration paperwork, and proof of insurance are required.

    Incoming personnel new to Pennsylvania may also have to register their POV in the state. For a list of locations where this can be done, people are encouraged to visit the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles web site at: www.dmv.state.pa.us. A "Locations Near You" link will take visitors to the list. Related forms, fact sheets relating to things such as "The Point System," and "Temporary Registration," online photo ID services, fee and license plate information, and a list of answers to frequently asked questions can also be found on the site

 

Key post policies

 

    Every military installation has features that make it unique - Carlisle Barracks is no exception.

Nobody's allowed in the stream to swim or wade for safety reasons, however, said George Fritz, command executive assistant. 

    People arriving at Carlisle Barracks with pets - especially dogs - need to be aware of a few rules, Fritz said.

    Dogs are required to be under control at all times with leashes, regardless of where they're at on the installation. All pet waste needs to be picked up by owners, as well.

    A lot of people new to the post community may find it difficult to adjust to the speed limit, Fritz said.

    "People are not used to going as slow as 15 miles per hour," he said. "We're a small installation, and drivers here must always be alert."

    Motorcyclists have special rules to follow as well. Motorcyclists must wear gloves, long sleeves, long pants, boots, a helmet and a reflective vest, according to post policy.

 

Chapel services

 

     While the health and veterinary clinics heal the bodies of post residents, the Carlisle Barracks Memorial Chapel offers its services as a provider of health care for their souls. All are available to everyone, not just residents

Catholic Masses are on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., Sundays at 9:15 a.m., and Tuesday -Fridays at noon, and Monday, is a Communion service. Protestant Services are also offered on Sundays at 11 a.m., and Wednesdays (prayer and praise) at 7 p.m.

    The chapel offers prayer breakfasts every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. in the chapel assembly room. Newcomers are invited to attend at no cost. For other members of the post community, a donation of $2 is suggested. Some examples from the menu include fresh fruit, biscuits and gravy, cereal, and eggs.

    Chapel Youth Groups will start up Aug. 4 and will meet every Sunday from August to May. The groups participate in fellowship-oriented activities such as devotionals, bible studies, and games, in additional to taking occasional trips.

 
Health care

 

    As if the stress of moving to a new place isn't enough, some newcomers arrive sick, or get sick soon after arrival.  Dunham US Army Health Clinic offers routine and same-day acute care appointments to both soldiers and their family members on:

Monday 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m.through noon. 

    Appointments may be made by:

                Calling:

--106 from any on-post office telephone
                 (for active duty service members only, Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.)

                --245-3400 (Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.)

                --245-3865 (during Mon 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. and Sat 8:00 a.m. - Noon, for same-day appointments only)

               --Or on-line at http://www.tricareonline.com//

    Our facility is essentially an outpatient, family practice clinic with no emergency services, according to Maj. Joseph Vancosky, Deputy Commander for Administrative Services at the Clinic.  Vancosky urges anyone in need of emergency medical care to dial 911.  If an ambulance is not needed, the Carlisle Regional Medical Center Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The hospital is located at 246 Parker Street in Carlisle and can be reached at 245-5252.

    For the convenience of our beneficiaries, we have recently extended our hours to include Monday evenings (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) for Family Practice and Pediatrics.  The Pharmacy is open on Monday evenings as well.

    Newcomers are reminded to enroll themselves and their family members to Dunham and into this TRICARE region if new to it.  This can be done at the Clinic's Patient Service Center from 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m, Monday-Friday.  Health Benefits Advisors are also available to assist incoming families with any medically-related relocation needs they may have.

    For more information about Clinic operations, call 245-3915.  You can also stop by the Clinic and pick up a handbook of services or visit our website at http://www.carlisle.army.mil/dach/dunhamhome.htm

 

Web resources

    The Chief Information Office's Applications Development Team has prepared a number of useful web applications for use by incoming personnel, post visitors and conference/exercise participants, along with people who simply looking for information about Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, and Central Pennsylvania.

    The applications are located within the Collins Hall content on the Carlisle Barracks Internet systems (http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usacsl/index.asp), under the heading "Post and Community". Some of the applications are also available within the "Visitor Information" page at http://www.carlisle.army.mil/aboutcbks.htm - visitor_info.

    Contents include a post map with building numbers and road listings, driving directions from various airports, and listing of local points of interest, restaurants, and lodging facilities.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Having problems with your Outlook reminders?  

    July 12, 2004 - Business is back to normal for post email users after a system crash in April, with one notable exception. 

    "As a result of the server problem in April, many post users have experienced persistent problems with their Outlook calendar reminders," said Lt. Col. Jim Redwine, director, Directorate of Information Management.  "We must know exactly who is having these problems, so we can help them. We've tried centrally managed repairs but have had little luck. We now believe that the only sure method is to meet with each of our customers directly."
    The DOIM needs users to contact them if they are experiencing problems with their calendar reminders. Not everyone has experienced these problems.

    "As soon as we find out exactly who's having the problems, the DOIM will contact those customers and then coordinate a time to visit them, individually," said Redwine.

Using the direct assistance method, the time required to fix the problem is about 10 minutes per user.

     Users with calendar reminder problems should call the Helpdesk at 245-3000 and select option one; or send an email to the Helpdesk.

  

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

How new post homes, communities could look

Architect presents floor plans, design maps at RAP meeting

     July 8, 2004 -- Wall-to-wall carpet, two car garages, tot lots and square footage were the hot topics at the second meeting of the Residential Advisory Panel July 6 as part of the Army's Residential Communities Initiative.

    Soldiers and residents spent time at the Letort View Community Center reviewing and discussing the proposed layouts and designs of the new homes expected to be constructed on post beginning in late 2005.

    "Many of these designs are still works in progress, but we wanted to show these to you to reflect our intent," said Lou Marinelli, architect for American Eagle.

    Marinelli presented several designs for new and expanded community areas on post, as well as housing designs for single, duplexes and four-plex units, walk/run trails, play areas for children, and a new community center.

    The core principals of these designs are to maintain the existing Carlisle Barracks layout while creating a modern residential community.

     "We welcome all of your input. These are plans for what could be," Marinelli said.

Proposed Housing features

    Every home will have a living room, dining room, family room, kitchen w/nook, and washer/dryer area.

    All homes will have a garden style patio/porch and storage areas as well as a two car garage. Each unit will have between 2,110 and 4,185 total sq. feet including the garage and basement.

    "Each unit must have a minimum 150 square feet for the master bedroom with a master bath and walk-in closet," Marinelli said.

    "Each additional bedroom must be 120 square feet. These are our bare minimum requirements for the units we design."

    In addition, the proposed units will be single, duplex, four-plex or eight-plex in design with a "tuck under" garage for some units. Historic units will be renovated and refurbished in consideration of the State Historical and Preservation Office guidelines.

Proposed Community features

    College Arms, Royal American Circle, Garrison Lane and Forbes Avenue and other post communities will be developed to include walking trails, tot lots and playgrounds.

    A new community, The Links, will be built adjacent to the golf course, in the undeveloped area next to the vehicle access control point. It is proposed to include 23 duplexes, with 46 housing units comprised of 20 three-bedroom units, 20 four-bedroom units and six five-bedroom units.

    Marshall Ridge will connect to a proposed addition in Heritage Park where 56 housing units will be constructed as 22 three-bedroom units, 24 four-bedroom units and 10 five-bedroom units. 

    American Eagle's early plans include the proposed demolition of Young Hall and rebuilding the site as an eight-plex unit with 24 three and four-bedroom housing units.

    A new 4,000 square foot community center is also proposed near the chapel that could be used for youth activities, parties, club meetings and other events.

What's next?

  The next step is to finalize the design plans as part of the community development and management plan and present the plan for approval. Once approved and construction begins, the time frame will depend on the rotation dates of residents, but it will take an estimated two years from start to finish for the first residents to move in, according to Marinelli. "Virgin land" will be constructed first and enlisted families are a priority in the housing plan, per guidance from the commandant, according to Lt. Col. John Koivisto, former garrison commander.

    "The toughest part of this is the actual development of the execution plan of how we are going to phase in and out that is the least disruptive to the residents and is the most cost effective," said Ben Hillman, deputy project manager for Carlisle Barracks RCI.

    Community designs and floor plans are available for residents to review and provide input at the RCI office located at 312A Lovell Ave. and Banner online.

    A questionnaire will also be distributed to residents asking what you would and would not like in the new community and/or housing design. All post residents, off-post residents, Soldiers, and family members are invited to participate in RAP meetings, to share opinions, ideas and concerns. Ideas may also be dropped off at the RCI office. 

Editor's note:  See more proposed housing designs and get RCI updates at http:\\www.carlisle.army.mil\banner

    

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

New Installation Chaplain behind pulpit

July 7, 2004- Carlisle Barracks will see a familiar face as a new installation chaplain steps up to the pulpit to give spiritual guidance.

    Chaplain (Col.) Richard Pace, who entered the military in 1982, will be taking over the installation chaplain position in the absence of Chaplain (Col.) Daniel Nagle who is a new faculty member at the U.S. Army War College.

    "I was a student at the War College in 2004," said Pace. "I think being a student here for a year has helped me understand what the Carlisle Barracks mission is all about. I understand the needs of the people here."

    He was born in Harrisburg, Pa., but does not really consider this part of the country home.

    "I was raised in Georgia," said Pace. "We came to this area to visit, but I never came on post here until I joined the military."

    Pace has been stationed in various places around the country and has been deployed twice, including six months in Afghanistan and six months in Iraq. He cites his most memorable experience in the military as a mission he performed in Afghanistan while on deployment.

    "I was flying in a Blackhawk helicopter through mountain passes in Afghanistan to hold a service near the Pakistan border," said Pace. "That was as good as it gets."

     Pace, an ordained minister in The Church of God, felt a calling to the military.

    "I felt a burning desire to minister to Soldiers," said Pace. "The Lord led me that way. This chapel has a very well- developed program, with support from the military and the community. When the new students come in, it will round out our volunteer service here."

    Pace is very focused on the job ahead, and the chapel staff is happy to have him on post.

    "My focus will be creating an environment that promotes a Christian community," said Pace. "I want to make sure that the people of Carlisle Barracks  get the spiritual support they need, and the Soldiers need to feel like this is their chapel as well."

    "He has a very professional mindset," said Sgt. Charles Brewer, installation chaplain assistant, NCOIC. "He is fair, but strict. He's open to new ideas."

    With the resident USAWC class here and his new assignment just getting started, Pace is looking forward to the mission at hand.

    "This is a great post," said Pace. "A great congregation has gathered here. The ministry will be enriching and fulfilling."

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

BOSS: Under new management

     July 7, 2004-There are new faces and new ideas in the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program at Carlisle Barracks.

    On June 30 an election was held in the enlisted barracks dayroom for the official positions in the BOSS program; president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. Not only are all the BOSS officers new to the program, all the positions will now be held by Soldiers ranked E-4 and lower.

    The former acting BOSS president, Sgt. Stacy Bohon will be leaving Carlisle Barracks so she did not participate in this election.

    "I'm glad junior Soldiers are stepping up into the spots," said Bohon. "I hope they take the foundation that we made and improve on it."

    The new BOSS president will be Spc. Tyree Bundy, information systems analyst.

    "I want to make BOSS more noticeable to the public," said Bundy. "We're not here just to play games and have fun; we want to make a difference in the community."

    BOSS is involved in fundraising activities like car washes, food sales, and parking cars during car shows.  They use their proceeds to take trips to various cities, parks and to participate in local sporting  and community events. They also plan on participating in more community charity events like gathering canned goods for local food drives.

    Other officers include: vice-president, Pvt. Allan Houck, military police, and secretary, Pvt. William Broset, personal computer team at Collins Hall. The treasurer position is still open.

    BOSS holds meetings on the first and third Mondays of every month in the barracks dayroom. If anyone has ideas for the BOSS program they can introduce them at that time.

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Life in barracks has changed.for better?

 

    June 22, 2004-People say that change is good, but is that the case with the new and improved Army barracks?

    Along with the upgrade of family housing in the Residential Communities Initiative, the Army's new Quality-Of-Life Initiative calls for an upgrade in Soldiers barracks around the world. They are changing from open bays and shared rooms with group showers, to individual rooms with semi-private bathrooms. According to the military.com website, barracks in European installations will be upgraded by mid-2008 and worldwide by 2014.

    The physical structure and condition of the barracks, which directly affects the emotional and morale condition of the Soldiers has changed dramatically through the years.

    Don Shultz, volunteer worship coordinator for the post chapel and a veteran of WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam remembers what the barracks were like during the Second World War.

    "The buildings were nothing fancy," said Shultz. "They were all wood construction with 2X4's exposed on the inside. There was no paneling or decoration of any sort. The rafters and beams were exposed, too."

    The new barracks are brick structures with drywall interior walls and carpeted rooms.

    According to Shultz, when he stayed at Camp Wheeler, Ga. in 1944 the latrines weren't anything fancy either.  There was one wall with six to eight sinks, one long urinal, about five or six toilets and big polished, metal sheets hung on the wall for mirrors.

    "When we cleaned the mirrors they would get scratched and you couldn't see yourself in them anymore," said Shultz.

        The new barracks bathrooms, which are only shared by two people, have tile floors, a separate shower and sink area, a large glass mirror and glass doors on the shower/tub.

    Other than the physical differences of the barracks, there were also differences in the way the Soldiers bonded. The open bays with only three or four feet between the bunks forced the Soldiers to get along.

    "We were very close," said Shultz. "There was no hazing of new Soldiers, and there was no swearing. That was because of the Company Commander. He wouldn't allow it."

    The common areas were also simple.

    "We had a recreation hall that had some magazines and newspapers," said Shultz. "It was like a doctor's office; we got magazines about six months after they came out."

    With all the simplicity and lack of privacy, Shultz still enjoyed the life.

    "Actually it was a good life," said Shultz. "You made a lot of friends.and did a lot of hell-raising."

    Barracks life has even changed a lot over the past several years. When Staff Sgt. James Simon, supply sergeant, arrived to his first barracks at Fort Bragg in 1996, there were small two-person rooms, community bathrooms and there was only one clothes washer and dryer for about 40 people to share.

    "If there were three people standing in the room, it was crowded," said Simon.

    Simon claims that the Soldiers did nearly everything together when he arrived at his first post.

    "We did barracks maintenance together every morning," said Simon, "and we had G.I. parties in the evenings."

    Even though there was hazing of new Soldiers it was seen as a way to greet them into their new Army family.

    "We hazed a lot of the new guys," said Simon. " One time we taped a new kid to a pipe on the ceiling of the latrine and he slept there all night. It was just good clean fun.  We didn't do it to be mean; it was a bonding thing."

    Not everything in the old barracks was fun and games.

    "We had lots of inspections," said Sgt. William Ross, command executive NCO, whose first duty station was in Germany. "We had inspections every morning. They would measure everything to make sure everything was in its place.

    "You had no choice but to make friends because you lived so close to everyone," said Sgt. Scott Fees, supply specialist.

    Carlisle Barracks is Spc. Melissa Cabrera's, dental technician at Dunham Health Clinic's, first duty assignment, but she notices that the type of barracks the Soldiers live in affects the camaraderie of the Soldiers.

    "Because all the doors are shut it causes people to not get to know each other," said Cabrera. "You don't even know who is moving in and out because all the doors are always closed."

    The new barracks seem to be a nice place to live and they provide privacy to Soldiers, but some feel that the Soldiers seem to be losing the closeness they once had. For some this may be a good thing, but many are missing out on the relationships the Army barracks used to offer, according to others.

    "The new buildings are very nice," said Sgt. John Hennessey, driver for the commandant, "but the Soldiers are missing out on the camaraderie and companionship the old barracks offered."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

West Nile Virus reported in Pa., are you at risk?   

    July 6, 2004 -- You are standing in the backyard, eating barbeque chicken, chatting with friends and family, having a good time. Meanwhile, a female Culex pipiens mosquito is looking for her next meal - blood. She needs the protein to produce several hundred eggs. She bites; you scratch your arm. A few days later, you have a fever, headache and body-aches; typical symptoms of the flu. You visit your doctor and the diagnosis is a mild form of West Nile Virus. Your doctor treats the symptoms, and a few days later, you feel as good as new.

    While no cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Cumberland County yet this year,  one crow tested positive for WNV in Elk County, and a blue jay tested positive in Warren County, according to the Pa. State Department of Environmental Protection. There has also been a mosquito sample that has tested positive for WNV in Union County. No human or animal cases have been reported in the state.  

    Until preventative measures like vaccines are developed, surveillance and common sense are the best course of action to avoid infective mosquito bites. "We try to make everyone aware of the disease and where it exists," said Col. Gordon Miller, commander, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic.

    Most people bitten by an infected mosquito never experience symptoms, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 20 percent of those who do, experience flu-like symptoms. In rare, severe cases, the disease can be life threatening with symptoms including high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. People over 50, and adults and children with weak immune systems are most at risk.
    By following some general guidelines, you can reduce the risk of being infected. Consider staying indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If that isn't possible, wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and use bug repellent containing 5-24 percent DEET. Also, drain standing water, such as birdbaths and wading pools, because this prevents mosquitoes from laying their eggs.
    In 1999, when the virus first appeared in the United States, there were 62 cases and seven deaths, according to the CDC. Already in 2004 there have been 78 human cases and one death reported in America. Human cases have been reported in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.

How you can help protect yourself and others
 There are things every individual can do around the home and farm to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas. Some of these tips include:
· Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property.

· Pay attention to discarded tires. Stagnant water in tires are where most mosquitoes breed.

· Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.

· Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.

· Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. Stagnant water in a wading pool becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed.

· Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths. Both provide breeding habitats for domestic mosquitoes.

· Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use. A swimming pool left untended by a family on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.

· Keep water in buckets and troughs fresh and clean.

· Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes may breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.

     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.

     For more information visit http://www.state.pa.us/
     For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the CDC Web site at www.cdc.gov.