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Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Post family receives 2004 NMFA award

January 27, 2005 -- One of only three families nationally recognized as family of the year across all services is now a part of the Carlisle Barracks family.

    The National Military Family Association awarded the NMFA Family Award to Col. Dean and Bobbie Stodter and family Nov 17, 2004. This newly established award recognizes families that exemplify the best of the military lifestyle and the ideals of service.

    "We are humbled," said Bobbie.

    "No one can accept such an award feeling like they deserve it. You feel real lucky and honored to represent a lot of great military families," Stodter said.

    Stodter is a member of U.S. Army War College Class of 2005. His family was also named the 2003 Fort Sill Family of the Year. While there, the commander of the US Army Field Artillery Training Center nominated them for the NMFA award.

    "They are people who do good things just because it is the right thing to do," said the commander, Col. Chris Fulton.

    "A tour in a troop unit or at a troop post is different from, say, the Pentagon.  At a Pentagon assignment you may get involved in the community. Whereas at Fort Sill, you get involved in the community, the unit, the church and everything. You dive in deep," Stodter said.

    The Stodter family started several volunteer organizations at Fort Sill. Bobbie founded "Guardian Angels," a volunteer organization that assists the large military retiree widow population of nearby Lawton, OK. Guardian Angels perform "honey do" tasks ranging from helping with heavy lifting or setting a VCR.

    "We established an active duty group of spouses to take care of the military widow as their own children would," Bobbie said. "For things that your husband or grown kids would do, or things that you would have to pay somebody to do but shouldn't have to, they would just call one of us."

    Travis, 15, formed "Teen Guardian Angels" with his neighborhood friends to pick up donations and deliver them to the Community Free Closet and Soldiers' Free Closet.

    Bobbie and Kady, 7, organized the first ever "Hair raiser" event to benefit children suffering from medical conditions that cause hair loss. They recruited hairdressers and a make-up artist to give free hair cuts and make up to those interested in donating their hair for wigs or hairpieces.

    "I gave my hair to Locks of Love for children who don't have any or can't grow any," Kady said. Kady donated 13 inches of her red hair.

    Stodter and his wife also volunteered to help serve their spiritual community during the time the post was without an Episcopal chaplain.

    "There were a lot of people to take care of there- widows and Soldiers" Bobbie said.

    The Stodter family motto, "When You're Hot, You're Hot," is evident in everything they are involved in. Golf, tennis and music are favorite family activities.  They are also active in church and school. All three children, Travis, Charlie, 11, and Kady are A students, with plans to enter the Army, Navy and the medical field.

    "I tell them its okay for them to not know what they want o be when they grow up, because I still don't know what I want to be," Stodter said.

    After the graduation, Stodter will go to Afghanistan and his family may remain here at Carlisle Barracks, but they are not sure yet. Stodter and his wife plan to one day retire to a community with both golf courses and a beach.

    The NMFA is a national organization whose sole focus is the military family, and whose goal is to influence the development and implementation of policies that will improve the lives of those family members. Its mission is to serve the families of the seven uniformed services through education, information and advocacy.

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Seminar 2 wins annual chili cook-off

   

 January 21, 2005 -- Granny Hillbilly Chili, made by members of U.S. Army War College Class of 2005 Seminar 2, took home the prize and, for the second year in a row, BOSS took first runner up at the annual Carlisle Barracks Championship Chili cook-off.

    Twenty teams entered this contest to vie for best chili. Service members, spouses, and U.S. Army War College and Garrison staff members served as judges.

    "There were a lot of interesting and very unique ingredients in these recipes," said Sgt. 1st Class Jolanda Rose, one of the event judges. "Some were better than others, but I had a great time tasting them all."

   "It was easy to judge the appearance, but a lot of them tasted the same or had similar ingredients," said chili judge Bob Foltz. "But some of them really stood out. I had a great time."

    Each chili entry was scored in six categories: best booth, most interesting ingredient, chili color, taste, aroma and best splat. At each station, the judges were also greeted with entertainment ranging from song and dance to tricks and southern hospitality.

    "It's good stuff. This is Texas Chili, so hold on to your hats," said Lt. Col. Lee Henry of Seminar 10. Henry began making his chili two days before the event to allow the ingredients and seasonings to marinate and blend together.

    BOSS chili, made by Sgt. Albert McCall, III, was slow simmered the night before. Each ingredient was cleaned, cut and prepared separately in a specific order, then one by one added together. The main ingredient is still a secret.

    "It's my grandmother's recipe and I always call her when I make it so I don't mess up," McCall said.

    "It was good," said Master Sgt. Steven Magnin, commandant's aide and award winning Army chef, about the BOSS chili.. "I literally scraped the spoon to get more. You just can't give someone the recipe and it come out that good."

    The best booth award went to Seminar 6, the Beach Bunnies and Seminar 3, Outback, won for the most interesting ingredients of venison and emu.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Canopy to provide relief for guards at Route 11 gate

 January 26, 2005 - Guards working at the Ashburn Road gate will soon be getting some well-needed protection from nature.

    A project began Jan. 25 to install a 42 by 42 by 14 foot high canopy, prefabricated shelter and restroom for the security personnel working at the Route 11entrance to post.

    "We're doing this to help provide protection from the elements to the guards and vehicle occupants during inspections," said Barry Farquhar, post force protection officer. "This will help enable the guards to focus on the vehicle more than the elements, and also allow the vehicle operator to stay out of the elements as well."

    During the installation process, there may be times when there will be temporary delays in traffic.

    "We will try to keep the gate open as much as possible," said Gary Sweppenhiser, Public Works project manager. "There will be times when the gate may be closed due to delivery of materials, concrete trucks, and safety issues.  We anticipate that these will be minimal."

Be sure to check the Banner Online for updates to when there may be closures.

    The project, slated to end by mid-April is being done by Eichelberger Construction Inc. of Dillsburg, Pa., and is virtually identical to one installed at the Defense Depot in Susquehanna, Pa.

   

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

YS art contest winners to compete in national competitions

 January 26, 2005 -- Carlisle Barracks may be home to the next great artist if the works displayed at the Youth Services Annual Art Show are any indication.  

    Sixteen pieces of art won blue ribbons during the Boys and Girls Club of America winter art show and will be forwarded to compete in numerous competitions nationwide. There were 120 entrants in the post 2004 competition. 

    "Those awarded blue ribbons will go next to the regional competition in New Hampshire to compete against other pieces of art from this region," said Allen Campbell, YS coordinator. "If they win there, they'll go onto the national competition in Atlanta."

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

 

Art classes offered art YS

    The art was done as part of the YS art program, which offers classes during the school year and the summer.

    "We offer two art classes each semester from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday," said Bob Salvaino, YS director. "We also offer art classes during Summer Camp, three days a week in the morning from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m." 

    According to Salviano, the classes generally use a building block approach starting with basic pencil drawing then moving on to charcoal, ink and wash. The class then moves on to pastels, watercolors and acrylics. Each class, led by art teacher Connie Barr, usually has about 20 participants. For more information or to find out how to register call YS at 245-3354.

  

Art show for young artists around the country

    The Boys and Girls Club of America of Carlisle Barracks is one of more than 3,300 across the country joining in a search to identify talented young artists.  The competition is part of Boys and Girls Club of America's National Fine Arts Exhibit program.

 

   "BGCA's National Fine Arts Exhibit program is a comprehensive initiative promoting young people's creativity and encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment," said Campbell.

   As a participant in the National Fine Arts Exhibit program, the Boys and Girls Club of Carlisle Barracks submits artwork in four age divisions and 10 categories, including watercolor, mixed colors, acrylic and collage. Selected artwork is then screened at the regional level and a limited number are sent to BGCA's Atlanta headquarters for judging at the national level. Forty national winners are named and their artwork displayed at special events through out the year.

 

 

The Blue Ribbon winners are:

Name:                      Title of Art:                                     Form:                       Ages:

Brenna Toy                Girl                                     Monochromatic                9 and under

Elizabeth Ketchum     Flowers                               Multi Color

Madison Thomas        Mountains                            Water Color

Kendra Downing         Bear Buddy Bash                  Sculpture      

 

Sara Reyes                Lady                                  Monochromatic                10-12

Kylynn Richey            Ice Snow                            Multi Color                   

Kendell Chance          Water Color Mountains         Water Color

Alexa Cook                Faith Hope Love                   Mixed Media

William Kacsur           Mole'                                  Collage

Paul Devlin                 Anubis                                Sculpture

 

Kristina Riedler            Rogue                                Monochromatic             13-15

Kristina Riedler            Colors                                Multi Color

John Clark                   Dad's Mug                         Sculpture

Billy Knouse                My Favorite Fishing Spot     Photographer

 

Betsy Nunez                Caged Cheetah                 Sculpture                       16-18

Betsy Nunez                Bean Field                        Photography

   

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

A new face in the chief's office

 January 25, 2005-There is a new person watching the USAWC Chief of Staff's back and she doesn't even carry a weapon.

    Candi Smith is Col. Michael Colpo's new secretary and she is charged with doing many of the tasks that help him look good, and the staff run smoothly.

    Smith, who was born and raised in Waynesboro, Pa., has been working as a secretary for more than 10 years. She actually started preparing for the career even before she graduated from high school.

    "I majored in secretarial work when I was in high school," said Smith. "It's something that I always wanted to do."

    Upon graduating, Smith took a summer hire position at Fort Ritchie, Md., and at the end of the summer she was hired as a full-time secretary.

    "I stayed there for 10 years, from 1981 to 1991," said Smith. "Then I quit so I could take care of my kids."

    She has two kids, Brittany, 14, and Jared, 12, who keep her busy when she isn't at work.  

    "I want to help my kids do their best in life and be good people," said Smith.

    Also during her time off, Smith worked various temporary secretarial jobs and sold Longaberger baskets. She is now a branch leader with Longaberger and provides support for others getting into the business.

    After a 13-year hiatus, Smith decided it was time to get back into secretarial work.

    "I came back to work for the government because I really liked what I did when I was at Fort Ritchie," said Smith.

    She accepted a secretarial job with the Army Corp of Engineers in Baltimore, Md., but the long drive became taxing on her and her family so she sought a closer place of employment. That is what brought her to Carlisle Barracks and to Colpo's office.

    Currently Smith is responsible for doing many daily tasks for the chief, and What her job really comes down to is that she is there to take some of the load off of Colpo.

    "Candi performs numerous administrative functions that free me up as a Chief of Staff to be able to deal with people and the issues of the War College and Carlisle Barracks," said Colpo. "Without her efficient assistance, I would be totally trapped in managing external/internal suspenses, evaluations, awards and administration, and not be available to this installation to focus on other important and enduring issues."

    There are many challenges for new employees at the War College, but Smith says her biggest obstacle is learning all the organizations and the people who work in them, as well as the different acronyms here.

    "She is working through the acronym challenges and learning what goes on here," said Colpo. 

    So far, Smith is satisfied with her new job.

    "One of the most satisfying parts of my job is working one-on-one with the chief and helping him get his daily schedule straight and his duties accomplished," said Smith.

    Colpo is not the only person that is happy to see a new face in the office.

    "It's great to have her here," said Phyllis Myers, secretary for the commandant. "We had to do the work for the commandant and the chief of staff before she was hired. It was a lot of work trying to keep everything organized."

    "She is very pleasant to work with," said Staff Sgt. John Hennessey, commandant's driver who shares an office with Smith. "She is always upbeat, friendly and has a great sense of humor. It is a real pleasure being in an office with her."

    Smith doesn't cite any specific life goals, but says she wants to do the best she can do at any job or task she has. Colpo also has hopes for her future here.

    "I want her to stick around for longer than two months!  The bets are out there that I will again 'drive out my assistant within two months'," said Colpo. "Joking aside, I simply want Candi to get comfortable with her job, feel that she is making a meaningful contribution, and continue to develop personally and professionally in accordance with her goals."

 

E.J. Nichols, Security Office

Root Hall security system enters 'tweak' phase

    All of the pieces are currently installed into the new Alarm and Access system within Root Hall.  Now begins the "tweaking" of the system. 

    Some helpful hints:

  • If the card reader shows red - try your card one more time before thinking you are locked out - if data was downloaded, it may require revalidation of your card.  That's what happens when it shows red.

  • In the past there were big red buttons to let you out of certain areas. Now the buttons are small and clear.  Check when you enter a room with a card reader and see if you need a card or will use the button to exit - most rooms have a button.  Bliss Hall has a button now to exit to the Hall of Flags - however, make sure that the other end of the Hall of Flags has not been key-locked or you will be stuck and will only be able to exit to the outside.  

  • All students and most staff and faculty are currently only programmed for front door of Root Hall, Hall of Flags entrance to Root Hall and the two doors to the back patio.  Wil Waschoe Auditorium and the Command Conference Room will only be secured when a classified or restricted access conference will be occurring.  At that time, specific individuals will have their cards programmed for access to those areas.  Those individuals who previously were programmed for Bliss Hall or the Log & Maintenance doors will again be programmed for those doors. 

  • Some of the cards are not holding their programs.  If yours does not work, see Randolph Scott or Adam Priester , in Root Hall Security office, to exchange cards.

 

 

New tool makes school transition easier for military children

     The MCEC Interactive Counseling Center (ICC) makes your child's transition to a new school even easier.

    The ICC offers.

         Video Teleconferencing

         Secure, Real-Time Communication

         Authorized Sharing of Records

         Face-to-Face Contact with Counselors

 

    For further information:  Jacqueline Schultz, School Liaison Officer, Jacqueline.Schultz@carlisle.army.mil, 717-245-4638  or visit http://www.militarychild.org/

 

 

Post residents, employees reminded to call 245-3700 for official post weather information

   It's snowing outside and you need to know whether post will be open or not. You can find out fast by calling the Carlisle Barracks operations line: 717-245- 3700, the official source for post information.

    In addition, local TV and radio stations may announce closures and delays, but they won't provide the detail of the post operations line: 717-245 3700.

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Congress approves Carlisle Barracks housing plan

Post residents can expect to sign leases for new homes

    January 20, 2005 -- Months of hard work and discussion paid off Jan. 18 as Congress approved the Community Development and Management Plan and gave the official notice to transition for the Carlisle Barracks Residential Community Initiative.

    "Now we can do some of the things we have been talking about for so long," said Alan Thompson, post RCI director.

    The next step will be the signing of leases by post residents.

    On-post residents will sign a 12 month lease for the homes they currently live in. The lease, still being drafted, will be similar to those issued by a rental office off-post with a military clause. Post residents will begin to sign leases in February. In the coming weeks, housing officials will notify residents of lease signing procedures.

    "All families must sign the lease prior to the Army transferring housing assets and the start of the initial development plan," said Scott Lowe, American Eagle Communities project director. "We expect the transfer of assets and all leases to be signed by May 1."

What's next?

    Financial details and the transfer of assets are scheduled to be completed by May 1 and the initial development period will begin. Residents will also begin to pay rent at this time.

    "Service members will use their BAH for housing and essentially pay rent," Thompson said. "BAH rates vary for each rank, but what ever the BAH is for that rank, that is what the rent will equal."

    "Soldiers have the option to live on post or off, but our goal is to provide quality family housing so Soldiers will want to live on post," Lowe said. "Soldiers BAH will stay within the project."

    Active duty post residents will also have an added benefit of a renter's insurance policy with a deductible that will include theft coverage. This policy is automatic and the premium cost for this coverage is included in the rent payment.

    "We are providing every active duty service member living in post housing $10,000 in renter's insurance with a $250 deductible," Lowe said. "This includes personal liability coverage of $100,000."

    American Eagle has also initiated several hiring actions for full, part-time and summer staff positions at Carlisle and Fort Monmouth. For more information about these positions, email scott.lowe@american-eagle.cc

Construction plan

    Housing construction begins in June on "virgin land." A new community, called 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 all three-bedroom units.

    Major deconstruction projects will start in the second year of the project with the demolition of College Arms, followed by new construction and renovations along Forbes Avenue. The demolition and new construction of Marshal Ridge and Young Hall will complete all new construction at Carlisle Barracks. Renovations of the remaining homes will occur over the final year of the IDP.

    College Arms, Royal American Circle, Garrison Lane, Forbes Avenue and other post communities will be developed to include walking trails, tot lots and playgrounds. Marshall Ridge will connect to a proposed addition in Heritage Park where 18 new housing units will be constructed as three-bedroom and four-bedroom units. Plans also include the proposed demolition of Young Hall and rebuilding the site with three eight-plex townhouse units.  

    Once construction begins, it will take an estimated 12 months from start to finish for the first residents to move in with all construction and renovation completed within five years. 

Housing policy changes

    Pets will be allowed in the new homes and the transitional properties. No pet deposit is required, but there are restrictions consistent with current Army housing regulations.

Only two walking pets are allowed per household. However, nursing litters are exempt from this limitation. Pet limits do not apply to small caged animals such as birds, fish, turtles, hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs as long as they do not disturb other community residents and are not kept for commercial purposes. Rabbits, ferrets and lizards more than 12 inches in length are prohibited. Insects, spiders, livestock, wild or exotic animals are also prohibited.

    All dogs and cats must be registered with the post veterinary service within seven days of arrival on post. All dogs and cats must wear collars with registration and rabies tags at all times.

    Certain breeds of dogs are restricted and include Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull, Yankee Terrier, Rottweiler, Chow Chow, Persia Canario and trained guard dogs. Other breeds may be added at the discretion of the Garrison Commander.

    "Families currently residing on post that have one of these types of pets or more than two walking pets, will be grandfathered as long as the pet has no history of aggressive behavior or pose any problems," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.

Background

    Carlisle Barracks, Fort Monmouth, and Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., are part of a combined project under the Residential Communities Initiative, a partnership between the Department of the Army and the private sector to improve housing for military families. American Eagle Communities, the project partner, has developed different community plans for each installation.

    There are currently 316 residential homes on Carlisle Barracks. At the end of the development phase, 277 housing units will remain. Historic homes will also be renovated, but will maintain their historic appearance. Each home will have a living room, dining room, family room, kitchen w/nook, and washer/dryer area. All new homes will have a garden style patio/porch and storage areas as well as a two car garage. Each new unit will have between 1800 and 2000 total sq. feet of living space not including the garage.

    Editor's note: Each month the Banner will feature updates for housing amenities, polices and services related to the RCI project.

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post law enforcers complete explosives training

  

  January 18, 2005-Explosions echoed through the air and heavily armed tactical teams moved in to get the bad guys and rescue hostages at the York County Fire School January 13.

    Sgt. Mark Brummit, Carlisle Barracks Military Police, and Alf Alexis, Department of the Army Police officer, were sent to the Tactical Explosives Entry School to learn how to set off charges and enter a tactical team into a building.  The school is set up for police and military personnel to learn how to handle hostage situations and to safely enter buildings without injuring their own people.

    "This class gave our MP and DA police officer a better understanding of explosives and their capabilities," said Lt. Col. Robert Suskie, provost marshal. "This information will then be taught to all other post law enforcement personnel."

    "The training enabled our installation law enforcement to become proficient in a technique and tactic that is very successful in dealing with hostage and/or terrorist incidents," said Barry Farquhar, force protection officer.

    The training was held in an open space on the York County Fire School property. Large wooden door frames were built so crews could attach metal doors for the training. More than 25 doors were demolished as students repeatedly applied explosives and rehearsed entry procedures.

    "This is a good example of a door that had too large of a charge attached to it," said Rob Ulisney, TEES instructor, pointing out a door that was folded in half. "We don't want to use too much if we don't know what is directly behind the door. If there are hostages, we don't want to cause them harm."

    The students used expired IV bags with explosives attached to them to knock the doors down. When the door opened, officers with weapons drawn entered as one swift tactical team, ready to attack the bad guys.

    "We are using explosives and water, and making a battering ram," said Ulisney. "Plus the water helps keep the dust down so the officers can see what is inside the building when they enter."

       "Doing the exercises was great," said Brummit. "The explosions were exciting, but the thing that was really great about the training was working with people from other law enforcement agencies. I learned different techniques from them that I can take with me."

    The training is something that Brummit and Alexis will bring back to Carlisle Barracks and train the other law enforcers. 

     "All of the instructors were very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. I came away with a good knowledge of explosives that I can take to post to make it a safer place," said Alexis who will be the post Explosive Detector Dog Handler with the new Carlisle Barracks police force.

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

 Help for tax season

    January 18, 2005-Get your W-2 forms ready because on Feb. 1, the Carlisle Barracks Tax Center opened and is ready to help with your filing needs.

    Once again the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Bouquet Hall will help individuals prepare tax forms at no charge.

    "We will provide free Federal and Pennsylvania state tax preparation services to active duty military, their family members and retirees within this community," said Staff Sgt. Willyum Beach, post tax NCO. "We also offer free electronic filing of Federal and Pennsylvania tax returns.  This service may limit the time it takes to receive a refund to approximately 14 days from the date of filing."

    In the past the Tax Center has been successful preparing both simple and complex tax returns.

    "In 2004 the volunteers saved tax payers $111,707 in preparation fees. This year we expect to exceed that figure," said Beach.

    Tax services will be provided by appointment.  Call 245-3898 to schedule a date and time to have your taxes done or to become a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant. The center is always looking for assistants to help.

    Another important filing note is that military spouses, family members or military personnel who work a second job in Pa. can file as nonresidents. This is a benefit to them and the tax center can help them do this.

    If you make an appointment for tax assistance, ensure that you bring the following documents the day of your appointment.

  •  W-2 form (you can get these through "My Pay")

  • W-2 forms for each family member who earned income

  • Military ID card

  • Social security card for every family member listed on your return

  • A voided check or deposit slip to ensure refund monies are dispersed properly.

  • 1099-INT for any taxable interest paid to you or credited to your account.

  • 1099-DIV for any income from stocks, mutual funds, investment companies, or a real estate trust.

  • If you sold stocks, bonds, or mutual funds during the tax year, you must know your cost basis.  If you do not know your cost basis, call your broker to obtain the information.

  • A copy of last year's tax return

 

New floor plans available

    There are new RCI floor plans available on our RCI page

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

DOIM lays out plans for coming year

January 19, 2005 - The coming months could be exciting for post computer users as the Directorate of Information Management is working to add tools, servers and software to make the network more secure and easier to search and navigate.

    In the next few months, the DOIM is planning to add a new Spam filter, to help reduce the unsolicited emails users receive in their inboxes.

    "We're going to replace our current filter with one that is more powerful and will eventually allow us to provide a greater degree of filtering control" said Lt. Col. Jim Redwine, DOIM director. "We hope that this may help make managing your inbox even easier."

    Next on the agenda, probably three to four months out will be a series of search applications that will be made available to users.

    "DOIM is working closely with the Chief Knowledge Officer and the CIO to provide users with a number of new tools that will let them search for information more easily," said Redwine. One of the new tools will let users search both the SRP and Biographical databases at the same time for information.

    Another tool will let users search different types of files on their own PCs for information.

    "The desktop search tool is something we plan to have in the next three to four months," said Redwine. "This will allow you to search all types of files, including email, office documents and others you may have for related data. For example if you do a search on Desert Storm on your PC, you'll see all of the files you have on your PC related to Desert Storm, no matter what file type they are."

    The final tool is a Share Point Portal that will allow users to more easily post, share, and retrieve information to, on, and from the network. It's expected that this tool may be available in six months.

    Returning to the areas of more typical network improvements, the DOIM hopes to install a new Exchange 2003 email server in the next year.

    "Upgrading to the new server will help users in a number of ways, including a better Outlook Web Access Client, better integration with Office 2003 and will enable us to replace the older Exchange 5.5 software on the Email Server," said Redwine. Other projects on the agenda are expansions to the SIPRnet, and possible use of Voice Over IP technology for telephones.

    In addition to the upcoming projects, the DOIM continues to perform other important projects.

    "The life-cycle replacement is always something we work hard at," said Redwine. Each year the DOIM replaces 20 percent of the PCs for Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army War College, and 33 percent of the network infrastructure. It's estimated that there are more than 2300 PCs on post.

    "Deploying a given year's life-cycle replacement PCs is basically a year-round job," said Redwine.

    According to Redwine, all of the projects are designed to help make common tasks easier for post computer users.

    "The hope is that by combining these common searches and functions, it will help people find things much faster and easier."

     

Editor's note: The timeframes given in this article are an estimate. Be sure to check The Banner for updates on these and other stories.

    

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Subway coming this April to post

January 19, 2005 -- Work is ongoing and the doors should open in April for the new Subway restaurant on post.

    "The work has started for the new restaurant," said Jack Scott, Carlisle Barracks Post Exchange manager. "We've had to contract out for some of the plumbing work, that's why it will open a little later than we had anticipated."

    When the restaurant opens, it will give all post employees and their family members a new place to eat without going off-post. Civilian employees are authorized to use the Subway and Anthony's Pizza.

     "This will be a full-functioning restaurant and you will be able to get everything you would at any Subway," Scott said. "Subway will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner." The restaurant would have longer hours than the PX. "I'd anticipate they'd open at 9 in the morning and stay open until at least 7 or 8 p.m."

    The restaurant will be located in the former arcade at the PX entrance. There was a Franks' Franks there during the early 1990's.

    Scott also pointed out that this will be the first Subway store opened in the east region.

    "They've made this store their first priority."

    Visitors to the PX were excited about the news.

    "I'd heard something about the Subway coming in, and was pretty excited about it," said Margaret Jones, spouse of a retired Air Force officer. "I know that I'll here the first day it opens."

 

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Kids helping tsunami victims

    January 19, 2005-Carlisle Barracks Youth Services members in conjunction with the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club are organizing a fund raiser to help the victims of the recent tsunami disaster in South Asia and East Africa.

    On Dec. 26 a tsunami, which was triggered by an earthquake in the ocean, took thousands of lives, destroyed homes, left thousands orphaned and many with only what they have on their backs. The kids of YS are trying to do a little something to ease the suffering of the affected children by conducting a fund raiser through the end of January.

    The national president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Roxanne Spillett, reached out to all the chapters around the country and asked them to pull together for a fund raiser, said Bob Salviano, YS director.

    "This is a defining moment for the Boys and Girls Club Movement," said Spillett. "As members of this family, we are united by a common bond of providing children with the greatest gift of all-that of hope."

    Spillett is asking for each chapter to raise $250, which would make the total donation around a million dollars, but Salviano believes the Carlisle Barracks chapter can exceed that amount.

    "We can raise more money than that," said Salviano. "We aren't going to sell things, have a bake sale. We are simply going to ask people to reach out and help these kids. We have to act fast to help."

    The members of YS will be placing signs around post, handing out flyers and sending out emails asking for support with their fund raiser.

    "All the money will get to the people in need," said Salviano. "The money that we raise here will be sent to the national headquarters and then be turned over to UNICEF or Red Cross, who will distribute the money to the victims of the tsunami."

    Also helping with the fund raiser is the Key Club of Cumberland Valley, who have already raised close to $500 according to Salviano.

    Donations can be made at the YS building, 637, through the end of the month. Make checks payable to Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club (CBSC). For more information call 245-4555, 245-3354 or 245-4514.

    "Our kids are helping kids on the other side of the world who need help now," said Salviano. "I hope the people here at Carlisle Barracks can see this and dig deep in their pockets to help."   

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC pauses to remember, celebrate life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

January 12, 2005 -- Bliss Hall was transformed into the Mason Street Temple Church of God in Christ Memphis, Tenn., on January 12 as attendees got to experience the last speech given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Kings Jr., before his assassination on April 4, 1968.

    Post Soldiers and U.S. Army War College students took on the roles of ministers, church members and invited guests of the historic "I've been to the Mountaintop" speech, which he gave at the church on April 3, 1968. The program was in observance of the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

    "It was amazing to see how our Soldiers and students transformed into the roles," said Capt. John Kunstbeck, Headquarters Company Commander. "It shows the many talents of everyone here at Carlisle Barracks."

    During the program, the part of Dr. King was played by Col. Charles Benson, a member of seminar four. Benson gave the historic speech and was greeted with a standing ovation after the program. Making the performance feel authentic was important to Benson.  

    "I read over the speech a couple of times, when I first received it," said Benson. "Then, I began to think, and visualize myself giving the speech before an audience. My primary concern was not to read the speech to the audience, but to tell the story to the audience. I presented the speech to a couple of friends to get critiques, practiced, practiced, and I practiced until I felt like I was telling a story."

     Benson was a Mass Communications major in college and has done many radio and stage broadcasts. The importance of these types of events is evident to the former Equal Opportunity advisor.

     "I understand, and value all of the EO programs the Department of Defense observes each year.  No matter how many observances I attend, I always learn something new, even when I did the speech today," said Benson. "I believe awareness and doing things professionally is the key to it all." 

    The performance was well received by attendees.

    "The reenactment was amazing.  It was well planned and very well performed," said Megan Zeller, USAWC photographer. "I really felt like I was there the day he preached his sermon."

    The program was organized by members of the Carlisle Barracks Equal Opportunity Office, the Diversity Club, and members of the Carlisle Barracks Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc. 

    After the ceremony certificates were handed out to the participants by Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.

    "This is a time to remember the message of change through the non-violence that Dr. King preached," said McPhillips. "His legacy has helped to change this country and the world. Thanks for all of your hard work to remind us of that."

    Participants in the play were also happy to take part in spreading the messages of Dr. King.

    "It was an honor to be a part of this," said Sgt. Albert McCall III, human resource directorate, who played the pastor of the church. "The life of Dr. King and the change he helped bring to this country will never be forgotten."

Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    On Jan. 15, 1929, the first son of Rev. Martin Luther King and his wife Alberta was born in Atlanta, Ga. Christened Michael, it was soon decided that he should be named after his father and was renamed Martin Luther King, Jr.

    A quick learner, Martin was accepted as a freshman at Morehouse College at age 15. At age 18 he was ordained as a minister. He graduated from Morehouse College at age 19 and was accepted at Cozier Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa. where he received his master's degree. He later received a doctorate degree from Boston College. It was here he met Coretta Scott. They later married and had four children.

    On April 4, 1968, Dr. Kings' life was ended by an assassin's bullet while he was on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. Although he is most known for his "I have a Dream speech," what has been called his most "prophetic" speech was the last one given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 3, 1968 at the Mason Street Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tenn.

    In 1986, President Ronald Regan signed legislation which marked the third Monday of each January as a federal holiday. Across the nation, schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close to celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Youth Services offering kids homework help

    January 13, 2005-Members of the "Power Hour" tutoring program at Youth Services are improving their grades and having fun in the process.

    On Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. kids gather in a room in the YS building to work on their homework and benefit from the knowledge of certified teachers.

    There are 14 kids on an average day, scattered around the study area, working on their homework assignments and playing educational games. Two tutors, Barbara Ulrich and Sarah Clausen, monitor the room watching the kids work and giving advice on how to do the work properly.

    "We do not teach the kids," said Ulrich. "That is for the teachers. We just reinforce what they are learning. We're just here to help them with any problems they may have."

    Some of the kids work alone, under the watchful eyes of the tutors, but others are put in pairs of one English speaking student and one international student. There are currently 14 children of International Fellows in the program.

    "I think the interaction is a big part," said Clausen. "It really helps the IF children. We have kids from all over the world and it helps them learn English and they (international students) help the other kids in areas that they are strong in, such as math and science."

    It's not just the match up between American and international students that helps to increase the student's learning.

    "The older kids help out the young kids," said Clausen. "It's like a one-room school house."

    When the kids are finished with their homework they play educational games to have a little fun and continue learning.

    "We play fun games and they help me learn," said Madelynn Beach, a third grader in the tutoring program.

    The work that the kids do is on a point system that results in the kids getting rewards for finishing their work and accomplishing goals.

    The students receive 20 points for completed homework, playing an educational game, and for reading to other students and points for many other things. With the points the kids can earn snacks, T-shirts, games, and even a pizza party if they earn enough points.

    "It's fun and I learn a lot," said Kylah Jennett, a second grade student in the program. "It helps me with my school work and my grades are getting better."

    All school age kids are welcome, but there is currently a short waiting list to get into the program.

    "The program has been funded through a grant from the Boys and Girls Club of America," said Bob Salviano, YS director. "The Homework Tutor Program is a vital part of our Youth Services programs," said Salviano.

    For more information about the program contact Barbara Ulrich at Youth Services, 245-4555

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

USAWC faculty member receives Fulbright grant

 January 13, 2005 -- On Oct. 15, 2004, Secretary of State Colin Powell released the official list of U.S. student Fulbright grantees for the 2004-2005 academic year, a total of 1,099 grants.  Among those listed was Col. Jiyul Kim, Director of Asian Studies, U.S. Army War College.

    "I'm excited about doing the research. The whole idea of this program is to create a forum for cultural exchange to take place," Kim said.

    Kim joined the USAWC staff in July 2004. A participant in the Professor, USAWC program, Kim will travel to Korea for six months of intensive study and research in the field of history to complete his doctoral dissertation. Kim is the first USAWC faculty member to receive a Fulbright.

    "Colonel Kim's ability to study abroad as a Fulbright Scholar will greatly enhance his capabilities as a member of our teaching faculty," said Col. James Helis, director of National Security and Strategy. "He will be able to apply the knowledge and experience he gains in the classroom and as an adviser to students. His selection for such a prestigious program also highlights for the larger academic community the high caliber individuals we have on the faculty at Carlisle Barracks."

    More than 100,000 U.S. graduates are a part of the Fulbright Program, doing their part to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other nations. Kim, a former military intelligence officer and North Asia Foreign Area Officer, applied to this program on the advice of a former professor. Expressing his gratitude to the Army and the USAWC for allowing him this opportunity, Kim describes his upcoming experience as 'daunting'.

    "I'm going to be buried in archives and working with documents in libraries. It's going to be mentally exhausting. It's going to be a long, lonely existence. I've never been separated from my family for so long," Kim said.

    "As Fulbrighters, these Americans have important responsibilities. First and foremost, they engage in serious academic study or research abroad. In addition, they will immerse themselves in learning about their new host country and will have opportunities to share their perspectives on the United States with their hosts," Powell said in his statement.

    "He was an excellent adviser for USAWC students in the class of 2005, and he has led a complete revision of the Asia-Pacific Regional Strategic Appraisal course," Helis said. "We expect Col. Kim to come back having increased his knowledge in his areas of expertise," Helis said. "This will greatly enhance his ability to execute his responsibilities related to teaching core and elective courses and assist in the development of future curriculum.  He will also be able to continue to contribute to the USAWC mission of research and publication on important issues of national security."

 

History of Fulbright Program

    The United States Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building international cooperation.

    With this as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 255,000 participants-chosen for their leadership potential-with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.

    Since the establishment of the Fulbright Program, more than 158,000 participants from other countries have benefited from the Fulbright experience. Currently, the U.S. Student Program annually awards approximately 1,000 grants to U.S. citizens to study overseas. In addition, approximately 3,000 non U.S. nationals are currently in the U.S. on a Fulbright Grant. Prominent alumni include former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, author Jonathan Franzen, opera singer Renee Fleming, and other leading Americans in all fields. 

 

The Professor, USAWC program

     Officers who are either enrolled in or graduates of Senior Service College programs are eligible for selection for long-term assignments on the faculty of the USAWC.  Officers selected for the Professor program are sent to attend civilian graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree in a discipline related to their prospective teaching duties. 

    After two years of graduate studies, they are assigned to the faculty of the USAWC and remain here until they reach their mandatory retirement date.  The program allows the USAWC to develop selected officers for long-term service on the faculty, providing continuity and experience in our academic programs.  Two officers may be selected for the program each year. 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Dunham working hard to reduce, asks for help with prolonged pharmacy wait times

 

    January 13, 2005 -- Patients who have recently utilized the pharmacy services at Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic may have noted a increase in the waiting times to receive their prescription medication.   

    "For the past 18 to 24 months, greater than 90% of patients received their meds within 20 minutes, Dunham's standard to attain a "green status," said Col. Gordon Miller, Dunham Clinic Commander.  "However, due to personnel shortages and increased workload, our waiting times have increased to the point that only 65% of patients are receiving their medications within our 20-minute standard." The decrease is due to a number of factors.

    Although Dunham has not lost any health care providers or nurses in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the clinic has been tasked several times for sergeants and enlisted staff commonly referred to as "ancillary staff."  These soldiers provide valuable services such as physical therapy, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, and immunizations.

    "Currently, Dunham is short three military pharmacy technicians and one technician activated in support of the war effort," said Miller. "This has significantly reduced our staffing, while at the same time, our workload has increased from approximately 750 prescriptions per day to almost 800 per day during the last few months." 

    Dunham is working to augment their staff by accelerating the process of converting military positions to civilian positions in the pharmacy. 

     What pharmacy users can do to assist during this time is to utilize the pharmacy during off peak times as much as possible.  Data demonstrate that the peak periods of pharmacy usage, and subsequently prolonged waiting times, are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  Utilizing the pharmacy before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m. or on Mondays will lessen the chance of a prolonged waiting period. 

    In addition, the pharmacy is also open on Tuesday evenings until 7:30 p.m. Evening pharmacy hours have not been associated with a significant waiting time.  Lastly, there are the options of utilizing the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy program or a local network civilian pharmacy for a nominal fee. Information on these options can be obtained from the pharmacy staff.

    Miller expects that these steps together will help reduce the waiting time for pharmacy users.

    "I have placed a high priority on the accurate dispensing of medications, over and above the issue of prolonged waiting times. We cannot afford to make mistakes filling prescriptions in an attempt to decrease waiting times," said Miller. "Action on our part to obtain funding for additional personnel and action on the part of our patrons by utilizing the pharmacy during off-peak hours of operation as much as possible will assist everyone in getting through this stressful period."

 

Editors note: Information used in the story came from a Dunham Clinic release.

    

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Pulitzer-winning Atkinson to headline busy AHEC year

 

January 12, 2005 -- Ridgway Hall is a quiet place. Patrons in the reading room pore over documents and books. Librarians use hushed tones with the patrons. Yet there must be something more going on here with all those cars in the parking lot every day.

The quiet belies the steadily building business of the evolving Army Heritage and Education Center.  More visitors, more employees, more planning, more special activities are developing the AHEC.

Rick Atkinson, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for History, will read from his award-winning book, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942 - 1943 for Ridgway Hall's first public event on January 27 at 6 p.m. The author's book reading and discussion period will be complemented by light refreshments. New visitors will be welcome to visit the upstairs gallery.

 The gallery is merely a teaser for the wealth of military stories to be told by artifacts and related documents in the Army Heritage Museum in planning by Roger Durham and his staff.  For now, visitors are attracted to a handful of exhibits to include a display of posters from World Wars I and II, the History in the Attic exhibit, and an example of a Spanish-American War veteran's survey and that veterans' uniform and personal equipment.

The gallery and new building attract as many visitors as the archives attract researchers since the Ridgway Hall opening.  About 100 visitors monthly, and growing, motivate the next-planned hiring actions, for an education coordinator and four visitor center staff members.  The AHEC Visitor and Education Center could start construction in Spring, according to Maj. Mike Lynch, AHEC operations officer. The visitor center staff will be busy throughout the 18-month construction period. They'll attend to the growing numbers of visitors to Ridgway, plan for operations in the new center, and develop monthly outdoor programs to kick off in warm weather.

 Runners and walkers who now enjoy the Heritage Trail will be joined by other visitors when construction starts, as early as March, on World War II "barracks." By then, the new Traditions Field on the AHEC site will be leveled, graded and marked - and visitors this summer will see encampments, drills and baseball games played with another century's rules and uniforms.

 Durham envisions Traditions Field as a stage to interpret history in the heritage area. "As the Visitor and Education Center comes on line, we'll have an auditorium and classrooms for stand-alone programs and over time we'll tie them into outside activities," said Durham. 

 

 

 

 

 

FBI warns of scams for tsunami relief

    The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center received complaints regarding unauthorized solicitation for charitable donations on behalf of Mercy Corp. The spoofing attempt was designed to solicit financial contributions for tsunami victims in Asia, according to Lt. Col. Robert Suskie, post provost marshal.

    An unknown individual has solicited for donations via Spam under the guise of the Mercy Corps charitable organization. The fraudulent email was sent on 01/07/2005 and contains a hyperlink for recipients to make financial donations. This link deposits the funds in an account that is not Mercy Corps.

    The actual Mercy Corps PayPal account can be accessed from PayPal's homepage. People are encouraged to verify the web addresses before making donations. Mercy Corps has taken steps to change the graphics on the email to reflect a fraud warning.

 

Message from Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant

  We mourn the deaths of thousands of men, women, and children from over 40 countries who perished as a result of the devastating earthquake and Indian Ocean tsunamis on  December 26, 2004.  We also extend our condolences to the governments of each one of those nation states in the zone of the disaster as they work to heal the injured and sick, manage the inevitable challenges of follow-on health dangers, and work to rebuild their infrastructure. 

    The strategic leaders we educate here today will inevitably confront and help to manage this kind of unanticipated crisis--global in scale and scope, sometimes marked by difficulty in providing relief to ungoverned regions or areas controlled by terrorists, and whose devastation to local economies will have far reaching consequences for our increasingly interconnected global market. 

    We must all study this event closely; its tragedy compels us to reflect on our own role as citizens, leaders, problem solvers, and agents of compassionate and orderly change.  The application of all the elements of international power--diplomatic, information, military and economic will play key and varying roles in the response to this natural calamity. 

    One of the few certainties will be the primary relevance of our military capacity to provide order out of chaos, and to bring solace and healing to those who are at great physical risk.  Around the world our comrades in uniform, in other government departments and agencies, and in NGOs, are engaged in the exhausting work necessary to respond to this catastrophe.

    As a community we must also embrace the international fellows from Thailand, Malaysia, and India, and their families, and as they deal with this tragedy so far from home. Keep them in your prayers, as well as those who have been lost and those who are in peril.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Root Hall bookstore opens with new look

January 5, 2005 -- The Root Hall bookstore reopened Jan. 4 with a new look and rave reviews after being closed for renovations during the winter recess.

    "The store has new carpet, light fixtures, book shelves and shelving for the retail products," according to Jack Scott, Carlisle Barracks post exchange manager. "The large shelving unit that is currently in the middle of the store has been replaced by a shorter one that will allow the store to appear more open."

    As part of the renovations, the books were moved to four foot racks in the middle of the store, and the other retail products have been placed on shelves around the walls.

 

    "The idea is to make the store easier to navigate through, and allow customers to see everything the store offers at once," said Scott. The lighting and other wall fixtures have also been replaced with more modern looking ones.

    Employees of the store were excited about the changes.

    "I think the new look is great," said Maureen Hancock, who works in the bookstore. "We've gotten a lot of positive feedback from our customers about the way it looks now. It looks so much bigger."

    "I really like the way it looks," said Mary Davis, who works in Root Hall. "The new shelves and the way that it's arranged really help make things easier to find and makes the whole place look much better. They really did a great job."

    The bookstore is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. with a half-hour lunch break.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Unseasonably warm weather good for heat bills, bad for skiers

 

January 6, 2005 -- It's January, but you wouldn't know it judging by the warm weather that has dominated Central Pennsylvania the last few weeks.

    After suffering through the last two winters with colder and snowier than normal conditions, statistics suggest that this winter should not follow suit, according to the National Weather Service website. The data suggests that there is a very small possibility of experiencing a third snowy-cold winter in a row. Statistics suggest that there is a 66 percent chance of having a warmer than average and less snowy winter. The NWS service analyzes data from previous winters to help predict what the season could look like.        

    The historic average high temperatures for December and January are between 35-40 degrees. After a record high of 63 degrees on Jan. 1, forecasts called for highs in the 40's and 50s for the remainder of the week.

    Experts don't expect the warm trend to continue. A "ridge" over the eastern portion of the country that pushes the jet stream to the north has brought mild weather to this part of the country and colder temperatures to the West. The NWS expects the patterns to return to normal by the end of the month, which is usually the coldest time of the year.

    No snow is expected for the next couple of weeks either, according to Accu-Weather experts. The fact that Pennsylvania hasn't received any snow is very unusual, since December usually brings the first measurable snow. So far this winter Harrisburg International Airport has registered only a "trace" of snow.

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

2005 is the Year of the Rooster

    January 6, 2005 -- 2005 is the Year of the Rooster -- the break of dawn, the beginning of a fresh start, according to the Chinese Zodiac.  Among the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, the rooster is the only one with wings. It has been regarded as the messenger that connects the two worlds, heaven and earth. The last rooster year was 1993 and the next one after 2005 will be 2017.

    The rooster is historically known to have five virtues: knowledge, military expertise, courage, benevolence and credibility. The sign of the Rooster indicates a person who is hard-working and definite about their decisions. Roosters are not afraid to speak their minds and can therefore sometimes come across as boastful. Cheery, sharp and humorous, the magnificent Rooster will never pass up an opportunity to recount their adventures and specify their accomplishments. Some famous people born in the Year of the Rooster are Yoko Ono, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton.

    The Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2600BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. Like the Western calendar, the Chinese Lunar Calendar is a yearly one, with the start of the lunar year being based on the cycles of the moon. A complete cycle takes 60 years and is made up of five cycles of 12 years each.

    The Chinese Lunar Calendar names each of the 12 years after an animal. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from earth. Only 12 came to bid him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: "This is the animal that hides in your heart."

    Editor's note: Information used in the article can be found at www.chiff.com or www.c-c-c.org

 

Adam Austin, Defense Commissary Agency

Scholarships for military children application deadline Feb. 16

    FORT LEE, Va. - There's still time to submit an application to the Scholarships for Military Children program. The deadline for the $1,500 scholarships is Feb. 16 and all applications must be delivered to the commissary by the close of business that day. At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants.

    The application can be downloaded through a link on the front page of http://www.commissaries.com or downloaded directly from http://www.militaryscholar.org and filled out by hand or on the computer. Copies of the application are also available at commissaries worldwide.

    DeCA program liaison Edna Hoogewind stresses that students should put emphasis on writing the essay portion of the application. "In past years the essay has been a key factor in deciding among the many outstanding applicants," said Hoogewind. This year's topic is "How has the heightened awareness of terrorism impacted your life?"

    Students who are not hand-delivering applications are advised to use a delivery method that supplies a return receipt. Applicants may visit http://www.militaryscholar.org and click on the "Verification of Receipt" section. Scholarship managers will respond to "Verification of Receipt" e-mails until June 15.

    Applicants should check all materials carefully for simple things, like making sure the application is signed or that it's the 2005 application, not one from previous years.

    The scholarship program is open to unmarried children under the age of 21 (23 if enrolled in school) of active duty personnel, including Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, and retired military. Eligibility will be determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are currently enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current ID card.

    The applicant must be planning to attend, or already attending, an accredited college or university full-time in the fall term of 2005, or be enrolled in a program of study designed to transfer directly into a four-year program. Additional instructions can be found on the application or at http://www.militaryscholar.org.

    Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization best known for building comfort homes near military medical facilities, administers the Scholarships for Military Children program. Scholarship Managers, a professional firm that has handled more than 400 programs, screens applicants and awards scholarships. Neither Fisher House nor DeCA is involved in the decision process.

    The Scholarships for Military Children program is in its fifth year and has awarded nearly 3,000 scholarships and more $3 million since the first scholarship was awarded. Scholarships are primarily funded through the voluntary donations of the various manufacturers, brokers and suppliers that sell products in commissaries. The general public can also contribute through a link at http://www.militaryscholar.org.

    The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of nearly 275 commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of 30 percent or more on their purchases compared to commercial prices - savings worth about $2,700 annually for a family of four. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

 

 

Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr., USAWC Commandant

Commandant's holiday safety message

    Congress established the third Monday in January as a federal holiday to commemorate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthday. Dr King was a man of peace, yet his words and actions moved our nation. This is a special time to reflect on Dr. King's ideals of freedom and justice for all. As our nation observes this holiday, let's apply the lessons from his life so that his dream becomes our reality.

    Many of us will be on the road over the upcoming weekend. It is essential that all individuals be reminded of the need for extra caution during the holiday period. I urge everyone in the community to obey the laws of the road, buckle up, and don't drink and drive. By observing safe practices at home and on the highways, we can all enjoy a safe holiday.

 

 

2CB-What you need to know about the new designer street drug

 

    This is part of a series of stories each quarter that will focus on illegal drugs and other substances that parents, guardians and others may encounter with children, teens and co-workers.

    This article focuses on 2CB, An hallucinogen related to ecstasy also known as Nexus or Brom, or by chemists as 4-Bromo-2,5-Dimethoxyphenethylamine. A relative newcomer to the illicit market, it made its emergence in dance clubs as an alternative and a complementary drug to ecstasy. The drug is sold either as a white powder or as small pills.

    Army Substance Abuse Program services are available for Soldiers, family members, civilians, retirees and reserve components. If you have a problem or just need some information ASAP is available to help. For additional information contact the ASAP office at 245-4576.

 

 

Drug of The Quarter: 2CB

 

Street Names: Bromo, nexus, spectrum

 

What is 2CB?

    2CB, or 4-bromo 2.5 dimethoxyphenethylamine, is a Schedule I drug that belongs to the "phenethylamine" family with mescaline and MDMA (Ecstasy). While 2C-B is widely known for its hallucinogenic properties it also has entactogenic properties, similar to Ketamine, when lower doses are ingested. Dancesafe.org defines entactogenic properties as those that stimulate feeling of being "in ones body."

 

What Does 2C-B Look Like?

     Traditionally, 2C-B is a white powder that is often pressed into a pill form. The DEA reports that 2C-B is most often found as either off-white pills with brown specks, small off-white pills with a bullhead logo stamp or as a capsule (clear, yellow, gray or blue).

    While 2C-B is often sold as its own drug, it is more often falsely sold as MDMA.

 

What Are The Side Effects of 2C-B?

    While there is still much to be learned about 2C-B, there are several known side effects of the drug. Many of these effects are similar to those found with LSD and MDMA. Side effects include: upset stomach, cramping, diarrhea, muscle clenching, claustrophobia, severe coughing, frightening visions, and severe anxiety attacks.

 

How is 2C-B Consumed?

    While 2C-B is most often consumed orally in a pill or as a capsule, it can also be ingested via snorting. Those users that choose to snort 2C-B often complain of severe pain in the nasal cavity for up to thirty minutes following ingestion.

    After ingestion, the effects of 2C-B are felt by the users, for up to 4 - 8 hours. This time frame includes the onset of the drug, the coming up, plateau, coming down and the after effects.

 

Is 2C-B Addictive?

    While 2C-B is not physically or psychologically addictive, users do build up a tolerance to the drug. Once the user builds a tolerance he/she often begins to ingest larger amounts of the drug and the side effects become more apparent. Users who have ingested 2C-B multiple times have reported increased diarrhea and coughing.

 

Where Can I Find More Information?

 

More information on 2C-B can be found on the following websites:

www.acsap.army.mil

www.dea.gov

www.health.org