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DoD teams up with football stars to offer free SAT/ACT training

 

  In association with the Department of Defense (DoD), eKnowledge LLC announces that a group of NFL, NFL Europe, AFL and CFL football players has sponsored several million dollars worth of  SAT and ACT test prep programs to every family in the U.S. Military (all branches-active or retired) for the school year 2005-2006.

    The sponsorship allows any military person (active or retired) to request as many programs as they need for the students in their lives.  For example a military uncle can use his military status to order a program( for the students in his extended family back home.

    Programs ship to domestic U.S. addresses and APO addresses.  The sponsorship covers the regular purchase price of $199 and the family pays only the $9.95 S&H fee.  The programs have a one-year license and are intended for the sole individual use of students on their personal home or laptop computer.  These are not intended for group or classroom instruction through the schools.

About The SAT/ACT Power Prep CD-ROM Programs

    The SAT/ACT test prep training programs each have two CD-ROMs, that includes more than ten (10) hours of training video and require approximately 40 hours of student participation-it can be used as a stand-alone complete course or as a supplement to other SAT/ACT prep materials. The students select the training they most need and can study at their own pace by picking which of the 120 video lessons they want to view. The program also provides progress tracking and much more.

How Military Families Request the $199 Programs

    A military person visits one of the websites to confirm their military status through the secure Department of Defense main Database. That website will then forward the person to the sponsorship order page where they can request the programs. The sponsorship will cover the $199.99 cost for the program. The families pay only the s/h of $9.95.

    For more information or to register visit www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil

 

 

 

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Proud to be an American

Post Soldier is sworn in as a U.S. citizen

October 31, 2005-A post Soldier is more proud than ever to display the American flag on the right shoulder of his Battle Dress Uniform.

    Pfc. Ryan Tuazon, chaplain assistant, raised his right hand and became an American Citizen on Oct. 5, at the U.S. Citizen Immigration Service in Philadelphia, Pa.

    "It felt good swearing in," said Tuazon. "It really felt great."   

    Tuazon, who spent most of his 22 years in Quezon City in the Philippines, moved to the U.S. with his mother and two younger brothers in 2000. He said that moving was difficult because he had to leave a lot of good friends to start a new life, but he knew he would have a better chance to use his talents in America.

    "My mother wanted us to have better opportunities," said Tuazon, who says he is from a very poor area in the Philippines.

    After living in the U.S. for three years, Tuazon decided that he wanted to serve in the Army because the Army would allow him to pursue an education and the citizenship process would be easier.

    "People in the military get priority for citizenship," said Tuazon. "My mother is also trying to become a citizen, but it might take her five years."

    To become a citizen, Tuazon went through the long process of filling out forms, and ultimately had to pass a test.

    The citizenship test consisted of five questions, which Tuazon said were no problem for him to answer because he put in a lot of hours studying American government and history. Some of the questions included naming what the requirements are to become president and knowing what the stars on the flag represent. 

    Tuazon would like to pursue a degree in architecture and eventually go to Officer Candidate School so he can complete a 20-year Army career as an officer.

    "I am very good at math and science, but the English classes will be difficult," said Tuazon. "I have only been speaking English for four years."

    The entire chapel staff said they are proud of him for the hard work he put into studying for the test and the dedication he has shown through the process.

    "We are very proud of his hard work," said Chaplain (Col.) Richard Pace, installation chaplain. "Becoming an American citizen just shows his dedication to the Army and the nation."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Excellence recognized at awards ceremony

 

 Nov. 3, 2005 -- Carlisle Barracks took some time Oct. 28 to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of military and civilian personnel during the Quarterly Awards ceremony in the Letort View Community Center.

    "This is my favorite thing to do as commandant," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant, when speaking about the awards ceremony. "The work you have done here is recognized worldwide and you are helping to support our troops with everything you do."

    Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips echoed those comments.

    "We're not just recognizing those who are getting awards today for their hard work, but everyone in this room and on the installation," said McPhillips. "Thank you for continuing to do all that you do to make Carlisle Barracks great."

 

Fourth Quarter award winners:

 

NCO of the Quarter, 4th Qtr, FY 05

·            Sgt. Joshua Redmond, HHC , training NCO 

 

Soldier of the Quarter, 4th Qtr, FY 05

·            Spc. Frederick Woods, HHC, supply specialist

 

Civilian Employee of the Quarter, 3rd Qtr, CY 05

·            Deborah Knowles, DMSPO, management & program assistant

 

USAWC Certificates of Achievement for Funeral Honors 

·            Chaplain (Col.) Richard Pace, Chapel

·            Sgt. First Class Kingsley  Thomas, EO

·            Sgt. First Class Billy Whisenant, CSL

·            Staff Sgt. Angela Hampton, CEA

·            Sgt. Joshua  Redmond, HHC

·            Spc.  Douglas Aroca, DUSAHC

·            Spc. David  Daley, CEA

·            Spc. Travis Davis, Vet Command  

·            Spc. Frank  Green, HHC

·            Private First Class Horace Carryl, Vet Command

·            Private First Class Ryan Tuazon, Chapel

 

Length of Service Awards:

·            Dr. Richard Sommers, AHEC - 35 Years

·            Shellie Glass, Library - 15 Years

 

TRADOC Safety Coin:

Supporting the installation motorcycle safety training program, child safety seat check, driving competition

·            Darrell Clay, director, community activities

·            Larry Hoover, Commissary manager

·            Jack Scott, Post Exchange manager

 

Department of the Army 2004 "All Army Photo" Contest

2nd Place- Entry "You've Got a Friend in Philly"  photo was submitted by SDC Barracks Crossing

·            Scott Bryer, military family member

 

U.S. Citizenship (Certificate of Naturalization)

·            Private First Class Ryan Tuazon, Chapel

 

Commanding General's Bonus Award Program:

·            Kaleb Dissinger, museum tech, AHEC

·            Doug Humphrey, management analyst, DRM

·            Jeanne Maines, administrative officer, DAA

·            James Pellegrino, practical nurse, DUSAHC

·            Mike Polinski, ICID-3, security guard, DSES

 

           

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Technology helps bring families together

 

Nov. 3, 2005 - Halloween was exported to servicemembers serving In Iraq and other regions around the world during a Seminar 21 video teleconference Oct. 29, at Collins Hall.

    Sixteen families who are a part of Seminar 21 spent a few minutes talking, laughing and crying with their loved one who is currently deployed. Some of the kids even came dressed in their Halloween costumes.  

    "This is great to be able to see him for the first time since he left," said Brenda Magnin, wife of Master Sgt. Steve Magnin, former commandant's enlisted aide who is now serving in Iraq. "It's nice to be able to see his face and talk with him even if it's only for a little while."

    The VTC was the latest in a series that started in September 2004. Each family receives 13 minutes alone to spend communicating directly with their loved one.

Seminar 21 history

    Seminar 21 is the result of a suggestion made to the Garrison Commander about a way for deployed service members to remain connected with their families. The "seminar" is comprised of spouses of deployed servicemembers and includes local military community members, and current and former USAWC students and staff. 

    "It's more of a family support group than a family readiness group," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander. "This is a capability that most, if not all, Army installations provide to family members of deployed Soldiers. This will be part of our standard operating procedures. We are going to keep doing this as long as we have service members deployed."

   Seminar 21 meets weekly to share information about post activities and services. To become a part of the group or for more information, call 245-3685.

 

 

Tim Hipps, USACFSC Public Affairs
Army leaders stress importance of supporting military families
    Nov. 3, 2005 --
 More than $200 million has been earmarked this fiscal year for Army family programs said the Army's top personnel officer.
    "We've been pushing this for years and it's gotten better and better every year," said Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck, deputy chief of staff, Army G-1, one of numerous speakers during a three-day family forum Oct. 3-5.

Family readiness groups
    Family readiness groups are an official program of the Department of the Army and, as an official program, commanders can now use mission funds to support FRGs the same way they support other mission activities. Hagenbeck said the Army is counting on families' feedback to help ensure the money is properly allocated.
    Hagenbeck and other military leaders speaking at the family forum, part of the Association of United States Army's annual meeting, stressed the importance of supporting Soldiers and their families during the Army's transformation.
    "Too often we focus exclusively on those of us wearing uniforms, but I will tell you that all of you in this room recognize full well that it's much, much more than that," Hagenbeck said. "We need in many instances to do a better job than we do today in recognizing all the families, spouses and supporting agencies that reside inside our Army and all their components."
    Col. Dennis Dingle, director of the Army's human resources policy directorate, oversees programs dealing with alcohol and drug abuse, rest and recuperation leave, sexual assault, mentorship, redeployment and retirement, among others. He introduced Web sites that included: www.army.mil/wellbeing, www.sexualassault.army.mil and www.mentorship.army.mil, among others.
    "There's so much to click on your wrist may grow tired," said Dingle, who stressed military families' needs to serve, live, connect and grow. "There are some great initiatives out there in the field that we're going to take advantage of in the coming fiscal year. We're going to take some more trips out to see what those programs and services are and get the feedback on those programs so that we know how to make them better."

Rest and Recuperation Leave program
    Dingle said that as of Sept. 29, about 68,000 soldiers have used the Rest & Recuperation Leave Program, instituted in 2003. About 40,000 soldiers used the program before the Department of Defense started paying for flights from Dallas or Atlanta to the airport closest their homes, but only about 3,500 have sought reimbursement for air fares they purchased out-of-pocket.
    "We want those [other] Soldiers to come in," he said. "We owe them the reimbursement."
    Brig. Gen. John A. Macdonald, commander of the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center, outlined how the multi-component family support network and virtual family readiness groups provide support and information to assist Soldiers and families before, during and after deployments.
Using the web to help families   

    Macdonald said surveys indicate that 87 percent of enlisted families have a computer in their home and 93 percent of officers' homes are computer-equipped, thus explaining the Army's creation of more and more Web sites to spread the wealth of its programs.
    "You can't expect the industrial age of leaving personal lives at the fence," he said. "We did that for awhile and we had baby carriers on the bleachers during [physical training]. We've gotten smarter than that. You can't hire part of the person. . And if you don't pay attention to all of that, the Department of Defense says, you don't retain that skilled, motivated, very functionally capable [Soldier]. We have a group of people that we can't afford to let go."
    Macdonald touched on refining Operation Ready, the next phase of Army Family Team Building, Family Readiness Groups, Military One Source and the Web site www.MyArmyLifeToo.com, among other programs provided by CFSC.
    Everything discussed in the forum is designed to simplify life for Army families, he said.
    "We want to make every Soldier and every family feel that they can do anything that they want to do," said Brig. Gen. Russell L. Frutiger, U.S. Army Europe's deputy assistant chief of staff, G-1, adding that the Army views deployment as a family affair. "It's just a totally new way of doing business."

 

 

Dr. Thierno A. Diallo, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

What is the bird flu?  

    Bird flu is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses.  These flu viruses occur naturally among birds.  Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them.  However, bird flu is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys very sick and kill them. Influenza A (H5N1) virus- also called "H5N1 virus"- is an influenza A virus subtype that occurs mainly in birds. 

    Bird flu viruses do not usually infect humans, but several cases of human infection with bird flu viruses have occurred since 1997.

    Infected birds shed flu virus in their saliva, nasal secretions, and feces.  Susceptible birds become infected when they have contact with contaminated excretions or surfaces that are contaminated with excretions.  It is believed that most cases of bird flu infection in humans have resulted from contact with the infected poultry or contaminated surfaces.

What are the risks?

    The risk from bird flu is generally low to most people because the viruses occur mainly among birds and do not usually infect humans.  However, during an outbreak of bird flu among poultry (domesticated chickens, ducks, turkeys), there is a possible risk to people

who have contact with infected birds or surfaces that have been contaminated with excretions from infected birds.  The current outbreak of avian influenza A (H5N1) among poultry in Asia is an example of bird flu outbreak that has caused humans infections and deaths.  In such situations, people should avoid contact with infected birds or contaminated surfaces, and should be careful when handling and cooking poultry. 

What types of bird flu exist?

    There are many different subtypes of type A flu viruses.  All subtypes of flu A viruses can be found in birds.  When we talk about "human flu viruses" we are referring to those subtypes that occur widely in humans.  Flu A viruses are constantly changing, and they might adapt over time to infect and spread among humans.

    Symptoms of bird flu in humans have ranged from typical flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches) to eye infections, pneumonia, severe respiratory diseases, and other severe and life threatening complications.  The symptoms of bird flu may depend on which virus caused the infection.

 Treatment  

    The H5N1 virus currently infecting birds in Asia that has caused human illness and death is resistant to Amantadine (Symmetrel) and Rimantadine (Flumadine), two antiviral medications commonly used for influenza.  Two other antiviral medications, oseltamavir (Tamiflu) and Zanamavir (Relenza), would probably work to treat flu caused by the H5N1 virus, though studies still need to be done to prove that they work. 

    There is currently no vaccine to protect humans against the H5N1 virus that is being seen in Asia.  However, vaccine development efforts are under way.  Studies suggest that the prescription medicines approved for human flu viruses would work in preventing bird flu infection in humans.  However, flu viruses can become resistant to these drugs, so these medications may not always work.

    The current risk to Americans from the H5N1 bird flu outbreak in Asia is low.  The strain of H5N1 virus found in Asia has not been found in the United States.  There have been no human cases of H5N1 flu in the United States.  It is possible that travelers returning from affected countries in Asia could be infected.  Since February 2004, medical and public health personnel have been watching closely to find any such cases.

 

For more information go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/facts.htm

  

Gallery to feature wartime posters from AHEC collection

Public invited to visit display on Dickinson Campus

 

   

    The ghostly image of a mother and child on the World War I "Enlist" poster, which commemorated the sinking of the Lusitania, is one glimpse into the recent past from an exhibition at Dickinson's Trout Gallery. "Designing for Victory 1914-1945: Posters from the U.S Army Heritage and Education Center" will be on display in a free exhibition from Oct. 28 to Jan. 14, 2006. The gallery in the Weiss Center for the Arts on West High Street between West and College streets, Carlisle, Pa., is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. (The gallery is closed Nov. 23-28 and Dec. 23-Jan. 2.)

    The posters demonstrate how artists "did their part" during the wars and reveal the transformation of graphic design from the Beaux-Arts tradition of the early 20th century to the comic-book and movie-poster style of the 1940s. The artists whose work appears on the posters include some familiar names like Howard Chandler Christy and Norman Rockwell.

    Designing for Victory 1914 - 1945 examines the role of posters as vital tools of communication on the home front during World War I and World War II. This exhibition considers how artists and government agencies designed posters to justify the war, bolster morale, and persuade citizens to enlist for combat, buy war bonds, conserve resources, and accept sacrifices and losses, according to AHEC photo curator Jim McNally.

    "The vintage posters chosen for this exhibition illustrate how nations used this inexpensive and popular media to motivate and inform their citizens. While these posters were designed to inspire and to move citizens to action, they were not made to last. We are fortunate that so many survive because they are an object of history that opens a window into another time," said McNally.

    This selection of posters represents a fraction of the wealth of the US Army Heritage and Education Center, which aims to deepen understanding of these artifacts and the context that produced them.

 

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

McGruff-meet the man behind the mask

Oct. 25, 2005 -- Everyone knows who McGruff the Crime Dog is, but do you really know who he is?

   On Carlisle Barracks, McGruff is Officer Svend Sheppard, one of the civilian police officers on post. Sheppard took on the duty as McGruff shortly after finishing his law enforcement training here.

    "I enjoy the opportunity to be part of educating kids on the do's and don't of drugs and alcohol," said Sheppard. "McGruff is a huge part of that and I have a lot of fun doing it."

    Sheppard said that when's he's McGruff his favorite part is the look on the kids faces when he comes into a room.

    "I see their faces light up and how intently they listen and that makes it worthwhile," he said. "Some subjects are sometimes hard to explain to kids, but by using McGruff it makes it much easier to capture their attention and help teach them about how to live safer, healthier lives."

    McGruff is also an important member of the post law enforcement team.

    "When McGruff visits the kids it's one of the most important parts of the education portion of the Crime Prevention program on post," according to Sgt. Mike Yurek, program director. "He does a great job of breaking the ice so we can talk to them. I think they look up to him as a role model." 

    Sheppard said it's not just the kids who like to see McGruff.

    "I see a lot of smiles on the parents faces too when I'm at an event," he said. "I think a lot of people remember seeing him as a kid and it's nice for their kids to have the same experience."

    This time of year is busy for Sheppard, who normally does 12-14 appearances a year as McGruff.

    "Red Ribbon Week is a time that we try and get out and warn kids of the dangers of drugs and alcohol," said Sheppard. "Hopefully by using McGruff we're able to let the kids know that it's ok and cool to not use those things. We try and let them know its ok to do the right thing and say no."   

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Jim Thorpe makes one last trip to gym named in his honor

 

    Oct. 25, 2005 -- Famed athlete and Carlisle Indian School alumnus Jim Thorpe trekked from the Root Hall gym to the Thorpe Hall gym on Oct. 24.

    Of course, it wasn't Thorpe himself, it was a 4,000 pound Italian Marble statue of his likeness that had resided in the Root Hall gym since 1986.

    "The statue was originally housed in Bliss Hall until 1986," said Chuck Gentile, post sports director. "The Root Hall Gymnasium, then named the Jim Thorpe Physical Fitness Center was completed in March of 1986 and the statue was moved to the entrance."

    The statue was purchased by the Resident and Correspondent Studies Classes of 1983.  One of the students, Col. Rufus B. Rogers was assisted by the Italian International Fellow from that class.

    "The two of them flew to Italy and picked out the marble and hired the sculptor  to do the work," said Gentile. "When it was finished, the statue was flown in to McGuire AFB New Jersey, and brought to Carlisle Barracks.

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

College selects team for Eisenhower Program

 

    Oct. 25, 2005 -- Things have changed since Lt. Col. Robert  Caslen, Jr., was a member of the Current Affairs Panel in the Class of 1996. The Vietnam-inspired academic outreach program, CAP, has evolved into the Eisenhower Series College Program. ESCP is a subset of the Army's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series of informed discussion and debate engaging military leaders, scholars, businessmen, and journalists about national security issues.

    Now a brigadier general, Caslen is the J5 deputy director for the  war on terrorism, and his enthusiasm for the program hasn't dimmed. He's chosen to personally brief the USAWC Eisenhower team when they head to the Pentagon in November to deepen their knowledge of regional and functional topics.

    The team that heads to the Pentagon for briefings, and across the nation for public programs was selected for diversity in operational experience, training and education, according to program director Col. Mike Hoadley. The 10 Eisenhower students reflect the breadth of experience in the USAWC student body: Col. Dan Baggio, Col. Gregg Gross, Marine Lt. Col. Phil Skuta, Navy Capt. Dan Smith, 'Teddy' Bryan of the US Agency for International Development, Col. J. J. Frazier, Lt. Col. Rick Welch, Col. Paul Wood, Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Jordan, and Air Force Lt. Col. Dave Stillwell.

    Equally telling is what they have in common - a commitment to be communicators on behalf of their service. Many have instructor experience. Many are experienced in cross-service communications - not only the Navy, Marine, Air Force and US AID representatives but those who have served in joint billets. Several have been published. And all competed for the opportunity to represent the U.S. military in to diverse public audiences.

    "We go to some of the top universities in the United States, and I look forward to the dialogue on these truly national issues of great importance to the nation," said Hoadley, who recently joined the USAWC faculty after a one-year deployment to Afghanistan with the 25th Inf. Div. He'll bring operational law experience to the classroom, just as the ESCP team will bring operational experience and War College wisdom to more than a dozen academic, business, and civic programs nationwide this year.

 

 

Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Office

Stanwix family quarters close the doors on 55 years of history

    Oct. 25, 2005 -- Bill Hooke was 10 years old at the time the picture was taken but he remembers the event well. It wasn't unusual for him to accompany his father, a local real estate developer, to construction sites and real estate transactions, but this event was different. This event marked the completion of the Stanwix Apartment complex: his father's company's first collaborative construction project with the U.S. Army.

    "I remember my dad picking me up, probably from YMCA camp because I have my Y shirt on in the photograph, because he thought that I would probably enjoy the event," said Hooke. Hooke remembers that the grand opening was a big deal to his father and his partners, who are also in the photograph.

    Now more than 55 years later Hooke, also a Carlisle real estate developer and realtor, will see another milestone for the Stanwix Apartments, as Carlisle Barracks closes the apartment complex. 

    "In its day, Stanwix Apartments were modern and adequate housing for NCOs," said Patty Essig, post real property manager. This was the first housing project built for Carlisle Barracks under the Wherry program, which was enacted by Congress in 1949 to meet a demand for family housing following WWII. College Arms was also built under the Wherry program using the same local development company.

    The Wherry program provided for privately financed housing construction on or near military installations and on government or leased land. The construction of the Stanwix apartments was completed in 1950 on leased land outside of the actual post boundaries. The government formally acquired the Stanwix property in 1961, according to Essig.

    Stanwix Apartments met a critical need when they were built, but housing requirements today for NCOs on Carlisle Barracks have decreased significantly over the past five years. This is due to an Army initiative that has transferred Soldiers from installation support assignments to deployable units.

 

   "In the last five years, we've transferred more than 40 percent of the Soldiers assigned here, and the need for the Stanwix housing just doesn't exist anymore," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.

    Supply and demand is only one reason for closing the quarters, according to McPhillips. "Stanwix is just too old to maintain to a standard acceptable for our military families. It is dying of old age, and it is too expensive for us to maintain or to refurbish," McPhillips added. 

    The decision to close the facility, however, hinged on the disposition of the families still living there, McPhillips said. The housing office offered the remaining families the option to move into Young Hall on Carlisle Barracks. In the past 90 days 13 families have opted for the move, while several other families have either ended military services or found housing in the local area. The last family is expected to move from Stanwix in early November, when moving to a new assignment.

    Sgt. Walter Szpara, lab technician at Dunham clinic, and his wife lived in Stanwix for three years when housing offered the move from their two-bedroom quarters to the more spacious Young Hall. He sums up their experience living in Stanwix as positive, with great people, but with quarters that were beginning to fall apart.

    "We were glad to make the move," Szpara said. "We won't miss the leaky bathroom, shoveling snow and the car shows." 

    Living outside the post boundaries, "a lot of us felt like we were kind of the forgotten ones," Szpara explained.

    McPhillips cited this perception as another important reason for closing the facility. "We don't want any of our families to feel like they are not an integral part of our family and team," he said.

    Ultimately, Stanwix may be sold to help fund the Residential Communities Initiative, which is on hold pending the final disposition of Base Realignment and Closure decisions. Until then, the building will be put into "hibernation," according to McPhillips. The military police will continue to patrol the area and the grounds will be maintained but no families will live there.

    "It will be sad to see the building go,  an era pass," said Hooke. "But there will be advantages to the community to have additional, upgraded housing."

    When the time and decision does come to sell Stanwix it could certainly be of interest to Bill Hooke, the realtor. But to Bill Hooke, the little boy in the picture, it may be another reminder that people and an era have passed.

 

Stanwix Facts

. Value in 1950 - $290, 000

. Appraised value 2005 - $1.2 million

. Estimated refurbish cost- $1.6 million

. Number of quarters 1950 - 50

. Number of quarters 2005 - 45

. Acres - 8

. Two bedroom - 762 sq ft

. Three bedroom - 949 sq ft

. Four bedroom -1524 sq ft

. Amenities: children's playground, two basketball courts, and picnic area.

 

 

Mary Ann Hodges, Army Management Staff College

Army Management Staff College develops Civilian Education System

 

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (TRADOC News Service, Oct. 21, 2005) - Similar to other Army leader-development programs, the civilian leader-development program is currently under review and revision. A new progressive and sequential leader-development system called the Civilian Education System is in development at Army Management Staff College to serve the 230,000-member Army civilian workforce.

Training and Doctrine Command's commanding general approved the concept plan to design, develop and eventually implement CES and designated AMSC in June as the lead organization for this future CES.

The CES concept plan for the leader-development programs includes four courses that are sequential and progressive. The courses include:

  • The orientation course, designed for civilians entering the Army with various levels of previous experience. This course is to be entirely distributed learning;

  • The basic course, designed for leaders who exercise direct leadership to effectively lead and care for teams. This course is to be a combination of distributed learning and resident attendance;

  • The intermediate course, designed for civilian leaders who exercise direct and indirect supervision. This course is a combination of distributed learning and resident attendance; and

  • The advanced course, which will be for civilian leaders who exercise predominately indirect supervision. This course is a combination of distributed learning and resident attendance.

    As more information becomes available, AMSC officials said they would share it with the civilian workforce.

    To learn more about AMSC, visit the Website http://amscportal.belvoir.army.mil.

 

 

 

 

 

Winners of the 2005 Madigan awards announced

    The U.S. Army War College recently announced the winners of the AY 2004-2005 Colonel John J. Madigan III Madigan Awards, an annual USAWC Staff and Faculty Published Writing Awards competition. The winners are as follows:

    Articles

  • Dr. Tami Davis Biddle, DNSS, "Sifting Dresden's Ashes," Wilson Quarterly.

  • Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II, SSI, "Transforming the Army's Way of Battle: Revising Our Abstract Knowledge," The Future of the Army Profession.

  • Dr. Larry P. Goodson, DNSS, "Building Democracy After Conflict: Bullets, Ballots, and Poppies in Afghanistan," Journal of Democracy

  • Dr. R. Craig Nation, DNSS, "The New International Relations of Central and Eastern Europe," Post-Communist Transition in Europe and Its Broader International Implications.

  • Colonel Joseph R. Nunez, DNSS, "Canada's Global Role: A Strategic Assessment of its Military Power," Parameters.

  • Colonel George E. Reed, DCLM, Dr. Craig Bullis, DCLM, COL Ruth Collins, USA Retired, DDE, and Colonel Christopher Paparone, JFCOM, "Mapping the Route of Leadership Education: Caution Ahead," Parameters.

  • Dr. Marybeth P. Ulrich, DNSS, "Presidential Leadership and National Security Policymaking," U.S. Army War College Guide to National Security Policy and Strategy.

Book

  • Dr. Stephen Biddle, SSI, Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle.

 

    Awards will be presented in the amount of $300 for each winning article and $600 for the winning book, which are funded by the Army War College Foundation.

    "Congratulations to all members of the Carlisle Barracks community who published professional articles or books during the past year," said Col. Lou Yuengert, USAWC Chief of Staff. "Publication of a professional article or book is a significant accomplishment, with or without a subsequent award."

 

 

Carlisle Barracks Safety Office

Fact: Most auto-deer collisions occur in November

    Oct. 25, 2005 - As the weather turns cooler, drivers should be aware that winter weather isn't their only concern.

    "November is the peak mating season for deer and a time when a large number of deer collisions occur," said Jim Aiello, post safety officer. "In Pennsylvania, the two- week hunting season that begins the Monday after Thanksgiving, is also a time when a large number of deer collisions occur, particularly on opening day and the first Saturday of the season."

    Deer collisions are more likely to occur in the early morning or evening hours. In fact, 50 percent of deer collisions between 5 p. m. and midnight, and another 20 percent of collisions occur between 5 a.m. and 8 a. m.

 

Safe driving tips and precautionary measures

·         Always wear your seatbelt and drive at a safe, sensible speed for conditions. Watch for deer, particularly when driving during peak collision times.

·         When driving at night, use high- beam headlights when there is no opposing traffic. The high beams will illuminate the eyes and for deer silhouettes on the shoulder of the road. High- beam headlights will not necessarily frighten a deer but better illuminate the animal.

·         Do not rely exclusively on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer while driving.

·         Deer are often unpredictable, especially when faced with glaring headlights, blowing horns and fast- moving vehicles. Sometimes they stop in the middle of the road when crossing or cross quickly and come back. Sometimes they move toward an approaching vehicle. Assume nothing, slow down and blow your horn to urge the deer to leave the road. If the deer stays on the road, stop, put on your hazard lights and wait for the deer to leave the roadway: do not try to go around the deer while it is on the road.

·         Deer frequently travel in groups and in single file. If you see one deer on or near the road, expect that others may follow.

·         Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drives swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.

·         If you do strike a deer, and are uncertain whether or not the deer is dead, then keep your distance, as this is an injured, wild animal with sharp hooves that can inflict injuries. If the deer is blocking the roadway and poses a danger to other motorists, you should report the incident to the Game Commission or a local law enforcement agency.

 

 

DoD release

New civilian personnel management system announced by DoD

    Oct. 25, 2005 -- The Department of Defense and Office of Personnel Management announced today submission of final regulations for the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) to the Federal Register.  

    The final regulations define the rules for implementing a new human resources system that will affect about 700,000 DoD civilian employees regarding pay and classification, performance management, hiring, workforce shaping, disciplinary matters, appeals procedures and labor-management relations.

    "To transform the way DoD achieves its mission, it must transform the way it leads and manages its people who develop, acquire, and maintain our nation's defense capability," said Gordon R. England, acting deputy secretary of defense, who also serves as the DoD senior executive for NSPS.  "Our civilian workforce is critical to the department's success and NSPS will provide a modern, flexible system to better support them."

   NSPS will improve the way DoD hires, assigns, compensates and rewards its employees, while preserving the core merit principles, veterans' preference and important employee protections and benefits of the current system.

   The regulations are the result of a broad-based effort that included input from DoD employees, supervisors, managers, senior leaders, union representatives, Congress and public interest groups.  As a result of input received from the DoD unions as well as more than 58,000 public comments, DoD and OPM leadership have made a number of changes to the proposed regulations.

    "Preserving the fundamental rights of our employees was a critical factor throughout the design process," said England.  "We believe the regulations strike a balance between employee interests and DoD's need to accomplish its mission effectively and to respond swiftly to ever-changing national security threats."

   The implementation plan for NSPS includes a multi-year schedule.  The Labor Relations System will be implemented for all bargaining unit employees shortly after the enabling regulations are in effect.  The Human Resources System and the appeals process will be phased in once implementing issuances are in place and training is underway.  Spiral One of the transition to NSPS, comprising approximately 270,000 employees, will be phased in over the next year.  Spiral 1.1 organizations, with about 65,000 employees, should transition employees to new performance standards beginning in early 2006.  These organizations will fully convert to NSPS after employees receive the January 2006 general pay increase and within grade buy-ins.  As a result, no employees will lose pay upon conversion to NSPS.

    Spiral 1.2 organizations will begin operating under the Human Resources and appeals system in spring 2006, with Spiral 1.3 conversions occurring later in the year.  Subsequently, we will incrementally phase-in the rest of the eligible DoD civilian workforce, making necessary adjustments to NSPS as it goes forward.

    "Moving forward, implementing the regulations will require a great deal of training and communications with employees to get this right. OPM stands ready to provide the support and technical assistance needed to ensure the success of the NSPS system," said Office of Personnel Management Director Linda Springer.

    Communication is critical to the NSPS transition, and the Department of Defense has made a serious commitment to ensure employees receive the information and training they need throughout implementation of the program.  In addition to the NSPS Web sites, DoD plans a robust training program on all elements of the new system. 

   For a fact sheet on the new system go here

 

'Virtual Commissary' opens for business

    FORT LEE, Va. -- Commissary shoppers looking for a different kind of gift for friends or family at home or abroad can let their "fingers do the clicking" at the new Virtual Commissary. Located under the shopping link at http://www.commissaries.com, Virtual Commissary will open up a whole new world of Internet shopping for authorized users of the commissary benefit.

    "We're excited about DeCA's first adventure into the world of Internet shopping," said Patrick B. Nixon, chief executive officer and acting director for the Defense Commissary Agency.

    Initially, one of DeCA's business partners, Kraft Foods, Inc., is kicking off Internet shopping with a selection of gift baskets. "But the number of vendors and manufacturers participating will continue to increase - along with the variety of products," Nixon said.

    All of the products in the gift baskets at Virtual Commissary can be found on the shelves of "brick and mortar" commissaries, but the unique packaging of products into gift and special occasion baskets adds a new twist. With titles like "Camouflage," "Drill Sergeant" and "Touch of Home," the baskets offer assortments of crackers, canned cheeses, cookies, candies and even beverages and coffee packs.

    To access the extended commissary, shoppers must pass through a secure portal found under the shopping link at http://www.commissaries.com. Personal information entered by the customer is validated to ensure they are an authorized shopper. Access is dependent on whether the customer is entered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Military exchanges use a similar method to check for authorization before permitting access to exchange Web sites or online shopping.

    DoD civilians stationed overseas who are otherwise authorized to shop at commissaries may not be able to access Virtual Commissary until changes are made to the DEERS database by the Defense Manpower Data Center, said DeCA officials. DMDC is targeting completion of the changes for late November.

    Virtual Commissary customers can make selections and fill in their payment and shipping information in one easy and secure step, before being transferred to the manufacturer's site where they can get total cost for the product (including the shipping) and finalize their purchase.

    Shipping and handling charges are paid by the customer, just as at most other Internet shopping sites, and charges will vary depending on the method of shipping selected, location, and the speed of delivery requested. Customers can check for availability of delivery to APO and FPO addresses as well as get more information on what's in the gift baskets by clicking on the image of the gift basket at Virtual Commissary. Payment for orders can be made with any credit card accepted in "real" commissaries and customer information is not archived by DeCA.

    "We're certainly energized by the possibilities offered to our customers through this partnership with industry," Nixon said. "The future of online commissary shopping is unlimited!"

    Down the road, Virtual Commissary expansion could include making a wide variety of commissary products available, a feature that would allow deployed military service members, retirees, and other authorized shoppers to order items they want and need at commissary savings - no matter where they live.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Bliss Hall set to get a new look

 October 19, 2005 -- Bliss Hall is finally set for an "extreme makeover" after going basically untouched for more than 40 years.

    Bliss Hall was built in the 1960's and looks very much today as it did when it was constructed.

    "Except for some minor renovations and cleaning of the seats in the 1990's, Bliss Hall hasn't undergone too many changes," said Hal Newcomer, Chief, Logistics Management Division, DPW. "It's nice to see that it's getting some attention."

    Bliss Hall will be closed starting Dec. 5, and is expected to re-open once renovations are complete in February 2006.

    Each part of Bliss Hall and the foyer will be touched by the renovations.

    "We're talking about a complete overhaul, from the chairs to the paint," said Newcomer.

    The 500 chairs will be replaced by new red, ergonomic chairs with built in desks and microphones. The walls will be repainted white.

    "The carpet will be replaced with blue carpet with blue 'toes' on the stairs," said Newcomer. "New Americans with Disabilities Act compliant chairs are also being installed for those with handicaps."

     Work on the seat removal will kick off the project, followed by the carpet removal, painting, carpet installation and seat installation. The walls of the auditorium and the foyer will also receive a new coat of paint. After the work is completed the stage will be re-finished.

    Replacement of the rigging system is also expected to save some space in Bliss Hall.

    "We're replacing the old 23-piece rigging system with a new 12-piece self-contained one," said Newcomer. "This alone will save a tremendous amount of space behind the screen."

Technology components will also be upgraded

    "The last audio upgrade was in 1995 but was not a complete replacement of all of the equipment. There are still some pieces that are more than 20 years old," said Maj. Carla Campbell, chief of the Director of Information Management. "We are replacing the video projectors and are currently conducting an assessment of the other equipment. This will result in a material list for purchase and installation and will be coordinated with the rest of the Bliss Hall upgrade efforts."

    Timing of the renovations is planned to create the least amount of disruption to users.

    "There really is no good time to shut Bliss Hall down, but this was one time of year where we hope the least amount of lectures and activities will be impacted," said Newcomer.  Events normally planned for Bliss Hall will be held in other locations like Reynolds Theater and Collins Hall.

    Those who work in Bliss Hall are looking forward to the renovations and upgrades.

    "These renovations will bring Bliss Hall into the 21st century with improved sound and seating," said Sam DeProspo, manager of Bliss Hall. "Many of these improvements may not be obvious to some people but will make our jobs in Visual Information much easier and more professional appearing."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

CEC: Computer experts one call away

Oct. 19, 2005 - Not sure how to use that new spreadsheet program you've got? Does Word keep re-formatting your document and you can't make it stop? SRP deadline coming up and you need the correct formatting? Then you need to stop by the Computer Education Center in Root Hall.

    The CEC is located next to the library in the basement of Root Hall and offers an array of helpful handouts and personal instruction for post PC users.

    "The DOIM/RSI team's Computer Education Center (CEC) provides a wide-range of automation support and facilities to support all USAWC and Carlisle Barracks organizations and network account holders," said John Murray, Computer Education Center Manager.

    Resources available in the CEC include,

  • 46 Dell desktop computers

  • Three color scanners for scanning text and pictures

  • Six laserjet printers

  • One digital sender which allows a user to rapidly scan documents into a file and then email the file directly to another user

    The CEC operates three locations, which are available whenever Root Hall is open.

  •  The CEC Lab, Room B20, is located adjacent to the library in the basement of Root Hall It is manned from  7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The lab can support 12 students and it also provides access to digital scanners and TVs for viewing VHS tapes

  •  The CEC Classroom is located in Room B26, adjacent to the CEC Lab.  This classroom can support training of up to 12 students

  •  Another CEC Classroom is located in Room SB15, adjacent to the security office in the sub-basement of Root Hall.  This classroom can support training of up to 20 students

    Both classrooms are available for student, staff and faculty use, unless they have been scheduled for training. To schedule a classroom, stop by the CEC Office in Room B20A or contact the CEC at 245-4213.  The current schedules for the classrooms are posted in the CEC Lab and in Room SB-15.

Training

  In addition to the labs, the CEC provides training handouts, documentation, and assistance for many of the common software products and network resources used at Carlisle Barracks including:

  •  Microsoft Windows XP

  •   Microsoft Office Applications

  •  Remote Access of network resources

  •   USAWC Portal

  The CEC also provides other training to include the following.

  • Informal training on CEC equipment and software

  • Informal training (On-site or over the telephone) on common computer equipment and software used throughout the installation

  • Information Technology (IT) training for the International Fellows

  • Inprocessing IT training for Resident Students and Senior Service College Fellows

  • CEC orientation training for all students

  • Advanced IT training of seminar computer representatives

  • Training on the Strategic Research Project template

  • Formatting support for the Strategic Research Project

 

 

CEC singled out for praise by USAWC students

    The CEC services were singled out for praise by members of last years USAWC class in their end-of-year surveys.   

    "According to the results, the CEC was among the highest rated services offered on post," said Murray. "We estimate that we saw nearly 90% of the SRPs from last year and held more than 100 training sessions and hosted more than 400."

The satisfaction rate seems to have carried over to this year, as well.

    "The majority of the comments we've received have been very positive," said Murray.

    For more information contact the CEC staff at 245-4213 or email CECHELP@carlisle.army.mil

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC gives back to Soldiers at Walter Reed

   

 

 Oct. 15, 2005 -- On Oct. 4, members of Seminar 14 traveled to Walter Reed Army Hospital to make a $600 donation to the American Red Cross.

    "Several weeks prior to the travel our Seminar discussed providing the Red Cross with a financial donation during our visit which would be used to benefit Soldiers recuperating at the hospital," said Lt. Col. Tracy Settle, Seminar 14 member. "We also contacted the USAWC Alumni Association to see if they would assist with the project. They agreed to match our contributions."

    This is the second year that contributions from students in Seminar 14 and the Alumni Association made donations to Soldiers at Walter Reed.

    "Last year the members of Seminar 14 approached me asking if I would match any funds they raised to donate to the Soldiers," said retired Col. Mike Pearson, USAWC Alumni Association president. "This year with the combined funds we were able to buy the gift cards for the Soldiers."

 

Wallace assumes command of TRADOC

Oct. 18, 2005 -- The 12th commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command received a warm welcome to Fort Monroe Thursday at Continental Park. Gen. William S. Wallace accepted the TRADOC colors from Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army Chief of Staff. Other participants in the assumption of command included the commandants and command sergeants major from TRADOC's 33 school and centers across the country.

    Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey also attended the event.

    Wallace comes to Monroe from Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he was the commander of the Combined Arms Center. Prior to that assignment, he commanded V Corps during the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    During Thursday's ceremony, Wallace shared his "vision" of TRADOC's future. "There is no question that we should preserve our focus on Soldiers, the centerpiece of our formations," he said. "We hear much about the asymmetrics of our adversaries, and it is true that they present ... threats that are sometimes daunting. But those threats pale in comparison to our own asymmetric advantage - our Soldiers and leaders. "I have seen our asymmetric advantage at work in war and it is awesome. At once both ferocious and compassionate, the American Soldier is our premiere military accomplishment. "This command makes that happen, and we will preserve it. We will continue to find patriots ready to answer the "Call to Duty" from the most free and forgiving society on earth. We will transform them into warriors who dominate in the most dangerous and unforgiving conditions imaginable. We will continue to grow leaders who are innovative and adaptive ... leaders who deserve the Soldiers they are blessed to lead.

    In closing, Wallace said it all boils down to that one Soldier who walks point in places like Kandahar, Mosel, Kabul and Baghdad. "(It) is a position of great danger and responsibility. His very presence represents opportunity to people who would otherwise have none. It is to him and his future that we dedicate this command, for it is him that we serve. 

 

 

Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic

Influenza vaccine arrives at Carlisle Barracks

    Dunham Clinic has received a partial distribution of its 2005-2006 influenza vaccine, available in both the injectable and nasal inhalation form. 

    The vaccine will be administered to all eligible beneficiaries according to priority groups as defined by the Centers for Disease Control. 

    Dunham does not expect a shortage of the vaccine this year, and after vaccinating  those at high risk, a mass immunization campaign for all beneficiaries will be initiated. 

    Those persons at high risk for contracting the virus or suffering complications as a result of the infection are:

. Persons 65 years and older

. Persons two to 64 years of age with conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and other chronic cardiovascular, pulmonary, or endocrine diseases.

. Children six to 23 months of age

. Pregnant women

. Health care workers

. Household contacts and out-of-home care givers of children younger than six months.

 Beneficiaries meeting the above criteria and older than age nine  may obtain their vaccine on the following dates/times/locations:

DATE    TIME                         LOCATION

Nov. 9,  8 a.m. - 4 p.m.            Chapel

Nov. 15, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.     AHEC

Nov. 17, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.          Upton Hall

    Be sure to bring your ID card to verify eligibility.

    Parents or guardians of high risk beneficiaries under the age of nine should call the Dunham Clinic at 245-3400 to make an appointment for vaccine as soon as possible.

    Beginning Nov. 10, the influenza vaccine will be made available to all remaining beneficiaries desiring the vaccine.  Beneficiaries may call 245-3400 to make an appointment to receive the vaccine.

    Special arrangements have been made for seminar students to obtain their vaccine in the Bliss Hall Auditorium foyer from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Seminars 6 - 10  Nov. 8

Seminars 11 - 15 Nov. 10

Seminars 16 - 20 Nov. 18  (11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m.)

Make-up -Nov. 22

Children should NOT be taken to Bliss Hall to receive their vaccine.

    For the first time, Dunham will be offering the nasal inhalation form of the vaccine to those eligible to receive it.  The nasal formulation should only be used in patients aged five to 49 and avoided in those with asthma, diabetes, and other chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.  If you feel you meet the criteria to receive the inhalation form of the vaccine, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire ensuring you meet the criteria.

 

 

 

Post Halloween Parade and on-post trick or treating Oct. 31

 

    The Halloween Parade and on-post trick or treating will be held this year on Monday, October 31.  

    The line up for the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the parade will start at 5 p.m.  Judging will occur and prizes will be awarded after all participants have circled Indian Field. On-post trick or treating will also start after the parade and will run from 6-8 p.m.

     There will also be a Teen Costume Party at the Letort View Community Center with food, karaoke, and a DJ from 6-9 p.m.  

Quarters One Tours

    Quarters One will be open from 6-9 p.m. for trick or treating and tours of the "secret passageway."

 

 

Food safety tips for Halloween  

   Halloween is a time of fun for children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has provided a few simple tips to parents to ensure that there children's holiday is a safe and healthy one, too.

Tips for parents:

. Children shouldn't snack while they're out trick-or-treating, before parents have a chance to inspect the goodies. To help prevent children from munching, give them a snack or light meal before they go--don't send them out on an empty stomach.

. Tell children not to accept--and, especially, not to eat--anything that isn't commercially wrapped.

. When children bring their treats home, discard any homemade candy or baked goods. Parents of young children should also remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.

. Wash all fresh fruit thoroughly, inspect it for holes, including small punctures, and cut it open before allowing children to eat it.

. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

. If juice or cider is served to children at Halloween parties, make sure it is pasteurized or otherwise treated to destroy harmful bacteria. Juice or cider that has not been treated will say so on the label.

 

 

Disability mini-fair offered on Carlisle Barracks

   On Friday, October 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Carlisle Barracks will host a Disability Mini-Fair in the Letort View Community Center.

  The fair will feature two seminars - 11:30 a.m. to noon - Meeting Needs of Individuals and Families with Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities, conducted by Cumberland County Mental Health and Mental Retardation; 12:15 to 1 p.m. - Women's Health conducted by Alexander Spring Rehabilitation.  

  Stop by and talk to agency representatives; browse through the static displays, and register to attend the seminars. 

  This event is open to the public.

  National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated in October to recognize the significant contributions of our disabled citizens to America's workforce and our nation's future economic growth. The theme for 2005 is Workers with Disabilities:  Ready for Tomorrow's Jobs Today.

 

 

 

Root Hall copy center changing hours of operation

    Starting Monday, Oct. 24, the USAWC Copy Center in Root Hall will be open from 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

    "We want to better serve our customers by expanding our daily hours of operation," said Chet Romberger, DOIM Copier Program manager.

 

 

Ann Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program

Army Substance Abuse program prevention & education

 

   The Army Substance Abuse Office ensures that all military and civilian personnel receive prevention education/training services each year: a minimum of four hours for military personnel and three hours for civilian employees. The ASAP/Prevention Office provides a variety of training opportunities at various times throughout the year, with multiple sites and topics available.

    The following is a schedule of one-hour sessions for FY 06. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Bring your lunch.

For information or to schedule individual organization training, contact the Prevention Office at 245-4576.

 

Army Substance Abuse training schedule

 

DATE                TIME                LOCATION                   TOPIC                         

 

11/3/05             noon              Education Center       Employee Assistance Program (Supervisors)

11/8/05             1 p.m.           CPO Training RM       Employee Assistance Program (Supervisors)

11/10/05           noon              Education Center       Employee Assistance Program (Supervisors)   

11/15/05           1 p.m.           CPO Training RM        Employee Assistance Program (Supervisors)

 

Note: The supervisor class is for supervisors only. This training will provide supervisors with information on a system that is designed to assist you in identifying and helping employees who are experiencing personal problems that may impact their work performance and work environment.

 

11/22/05           1 p.m.             CPO Training RM      Employee Assist. Program (non-supervisor).

11/29/05           1 p.m.             CPO Training RM      Employee Assist. Program (non-supervisor).

12/01/05           noon               Education Center       Employee Assist. Program (non-supervisor).

 

Note: This class will provide valuable information on the Employee Assistance Program and how it can benefit the employee in dealing with personal problems that may impact their work performance and personal life.

 

12/13/05            noon             Education Center    Alcohol Awareness - Tips For The Holidays

12/15/05            1 p.m.           CPO Training RM    Alcohol Awareness - Tips For The Holidays

12/20/05            1 p.m.           CPO Training RM    Alcohol Awareness - Tips For The Holidays                                           

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Rain doesn't keep Civil War buffs away

 

October 8, 2005 -- A steady rain, brisk breeze and the smell of a campfire set the scene for the 1860's during the Army Heritage and Education Centers' Civil War Day, Oct. 8.

     Despite rain for most of the day Friday and continuing into Saturday, more than 500 people turned out to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the inaugural event.

     "We knew it was going to rain but we wanted to come see the displays, especially the cabins," said John Jameson of Bernardsville, N.J. He and his wife Ellen stayed overnight with friends in Middletown, Pa. before coming to the event. "We're both huge Civil War buffs and it's quite an experience to be able to see how they built their cabins and made their food."

    One of the main attractions was the living history demonstrations by 'Union Soldiers' preparing for a winter encampment in 1861.

    At the cabins were living historians who demonstrated everything from how the troops were drilled to how meals were prepared. One of the re-enactors, Don Leonard of Upper Marlboro, Md., served the meals to the other 'troops.' The meal consisted of rice, beans, beef and bread.

    "On a cold day a meal like this really hits the spot," said Leonard. The weather added to the realism, according to Leonard.

   "This is what the Soldiers went through when setting up their winters camps," he said. Rain, mud and water were all things that they had to be concerned with and deal with on a daily basis."

   Other attendees chose the opportunity to stay dry and view the renowned Donald Heckaman collection. The collection is considered a remarkably accurate and complete collection of everything Soldiers wore, carried, fired from the closing days of the Civil War through 1940.  At the official unveiling, Maria Heckaman spoke about her late husband's crusade to assemble the collection of military history.

    "We had a lot of family vacations that were excuses for Donald to find another piece for his collection," she said. "I'm very happy that the collection has found such a great home here at this great facility."

    Visitors to the collection shared her sentiment.

    "It's amazing the things that are in this collection," said Henry Jefferson, a self-proclaimed Civil War buff from Gettysburg, Pa.. Jefferson was most impressed by the complete uniforms that were on display. "It's just really nice to see them in such great condition and on display here."

   Civil War Day also included a book sale, other Civil War living exhibits and the photo exhibit, "The Army Wore Blue" which lined the walls of Ridgway Hall's second floor bridge. The Civil War and Frontier Wars photography features the work of famous and anonymous photographers who captured the faces, actions and spirits of the years when Soldiers wore blue.   

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Famous Carlisle Barracks tree starting to show its age

 

Oct. 13, 2005 -- You may have noticed that the Carlisle Barracks Heritage Tree, located on the parade grounds near Washington Hall is beginning to shown signs of old age.

    "The health of the tree is not as bad as it could be for the age of the tree, but the trunk is showing signs of insect infestation, and decay," said Keith Bailey, the post's Biological Science Technician. "There is also large limb that has died and will need to be cut off.  As the tree limb dies off, the tree will absorb what nutrients are left and at that time we will cut it off."

    The European Beech (fague sylvatica) tree is believed to be more than 220 years old.

    "Without cutting the tree down and coring the trunk it is impossible to tell for sure but the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources' best estimate is that it's more than 200 years old," said Bailey. The average life span is 150 to 200 years but sometimes the tree will live 300 years.

    In order to help the tree, Carlisle Barracks has taken a number of steps.

    "I have been in contact with Penn State University and a local Horticultural Services company that specializes in preserving and improving the tree's condition," said Bailey. "We have also been watering the tree to reduce stress. This was done as soon as we noticed the problems and mulch was placed under the tree to help keep moisture in."

    Bailey is also looking at ways to eliminate the insect infestation.

    "We are still working this issue, but some treatments have been made." Bailey is working with other agencies to help identify possible plans of action.  

    People on post can help, as well.

    "I ask that people refrain from carving their names and other things into the trunk," he said. "Every year that this beautiful tree is with us is a blessing and we want it to be here for future generations."

 

 

Navy celebrates 230th birthday

Oct. 13, 2005 -- To commemorate the Navy's 230th birthday, Oct. 13 2005, Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Mullen released the following message to Sailors around the fleet:
    It was considered by at least one delegate to the Continental Congress "The maddest idea in the world." The creation of an American fleet implied independence and sovereignty. It signaled a readiness for war that not all the colonists were prepared to accept. And yet Oct. 13, 1775, Congress voted to arm two small ships and send them on a cruise to intercept British transports. With the stroke of a pen, the Continental Navy was born.
    However modest that beginning, there can be no question of the vital role played by the U.S. Navy in defending freedom throughout our Nation's history. In wars large and small, at sea and ashore, American Sailors have proven time and time again the enduring value of strength from the sea.
    We prove it yet today. The Nation is again at war - a long and treacherous war - and we are again stepping into the breech to fight it. From the mountaintops in Afghanistan to the windswept sands of Kuwait and Iraq, from the warm, still waters of the north Arabian Gulf to the broad expanse of the Pacific Rim, we are taking the fight to the enemy.
    Let there be no doubt that we are winning. Afghanistan is free. Democracy is being born in Iraq. Al Qaeda, though potent, is weaker. Even the devastation wrought by natural disaster on our own shores - and to our own families - is eased. The lives of millions of people are better because of our efforts and the sacrifices of our loved ones. There is, of course, much work yet to do and challenges yet to face, but I am convinced that this generation of Sailors - at this critical time in our history - will make all the difference.
    It might once have been the maddest of ideas, but today the Navy doesn't just imply independence, sovereignty and readiness. We are those things. In the steel of our ships and the in the hearts of our Sailors, we take them with us wherever and whenever we go. We make them real and we bring them right back home again.
    As Capt. Nora Scott Tyson, former commanding officer of USS Bataan (LHD 5) put it, "we know there's a reason for what we do, whether it's the global war on terrorism or humanitarian relief. If you're not flexible and you're not ready, you're in the wrong business." Well, I've seen it firsthand. You are flexible, you are ready and you are definitely in the right business. John Paul Jones and Stephen Decatur have absolutely nothing on you. I'm thrilled just to wear the same uniform.
Happy birthday, Shipmates!

 

 

 

Heat info for post housing, buildings

    DPW is in the process of transitioning buildings from cooling to heating.  Most of housing has been converted to ground source heat pumps so housing occupants can switch over to heating at their convenience.  Young Hall, Faith Apartments, and lodging boilers have been started.  Heating systems in administrative areas will be started in the next two weeks, depending on outside air temperatures.   

 

 

Campaign Analysis Course offering film and discussion program

    The AY06 Campaign Analysis Course (CAC) is offering an optional Strategic and Operational Art Film and Discussion Program.  A series of films addressing strategic and operational themes will be shown Tuesday evenings, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., in Wil Waschoe Auditorium in Root Hall, according to the schedule below.  Each film will be followed by a discussion period moderated by a faculty instructor familiar with the period and events addressed in the film.  The program is supported by the Association of the U.S. Army and is open to all students, staff, faculty, retirees, and their family members.

 

DATE                                        TITLE                                          MODERATOR

 

Nov. 1                Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Austerlitz     Dr. Jerome Comello

Nov. 15              Horatio Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar               Capt. Albert Lord

Nov. 29              Waterloo                                                             Dr. Jerome Comello

Dec. 6               The Charge of the Light Brigade                             Dr. Jerome Comello

Dec. 13             Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle of the Wilderness  Dr. Jerome Comello

Dec. 20             Zulu Dawn                                                            Dr. Jerome Comello

Jan. 10              The Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871                     Dr. Jerome Comello

Jan. 17              Khartoum                                                             Dr. Jerome Comello

Jan. 24              Rough Riders                                                       Col. John Terrell

Jan. 31              55 Days at Peking                                                Col. Glenn Cunningham

Feb. 7               The Wind and the Lion                                          Dr. Jerome Comello

Feb. 14             Paths of Glory                                                      Dr. Jerome Comello

Feb. 21             Darkness of the Future                                          Dr. Jerome Comello

Feb. 28             Oriental Blitzkrieg                                                 Capt. Albert Lord               

March 7            Twelve O'Clock High                                              Dr. Conrad Crane

March 14           The Longest Day                                                  Dr. Jerome Comello

March 21           A Bridge Too Far                                                  Dr. Jerome Comello

April 11             Patton                                                                  Dr. Jerome Comello

April 18             MacArthur                                                            Dr. Jerome Comello

April 25             Dr. Strangelove                                                     Col Glenn Cunningham

May 2               Thirteen Days                                                      Dr. Jerome Comello

May 9               The Battle of Algiers                                             Dr. Jerome Comello

May 23             We Were Soldiers Once                                       Dr. Jerome Comello

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

 

October 6, 2005 -- Each year from September 15-October 15, Carlisle Barracks and the Nation celebrate and recognize the proud history and rich culture of Hispanic Americans and the significant role they have played in making America strong and free.

    On Thursday, October 6, the post community was greeted upon entering the LVCC by a colorful array of piņatas, sombreros, maracas and flags gracing the ballroom tables for the Hispanic American Heritage Month celebration.

      Hispanic Americans:  Strong and Colorful Threads in the American Fabric was the theme for this year's event that included a variety of activities, including cultural dances presented by International Fellows and their spouses Col. and Mrs. German Giraldo, from Colombia and Lt. Col. and Mrs. Mario Quinteros, from Chile. Cultural displays were provided by International Fellows from Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Spain, along with Puerto Rico. Also at the event were posters depicting famous Hispanics and a book display.  The Master of Ceremony for the event was 1st Sgt. Alberto Delgado from the Defense Distribution Depot in New Cumberland.

  An excellent assortment of sampling food provided by the LVCC, along with Latin music played and sung by Dante Sobrevilla placed everyone in a festive mood.

  "The program is important because it helps us as a nation to understand cultural differences and it improves relations," said Sgt. 1st Class Kingsley Thomas, Carlisle Barracks Equal Opportunity Adviser.

  Winners from the Art and Essay contest entries were announced - Kayla Rowles, 13 and Erin Newcomer, 8, won for the Essay Contest; Glenna Sorrell, 8, and Anna Biddle, 8, won for the Art Contest; Elizabeth Vinette, 9, Brooks Robinson, 9, and Deandre Cumberbatch, 7, will receive an honorable mention.  A special award presentation will be held at Youth Services Oct. 7, at 4 p.m.

 

Hispanic Americans make contributions every day to Carlisle Barracks

    Contributing to the advance of freedom abroad and to the defense of freedom at home, over 200,000 Hispanic Americans serve in the Armed Forces. One of those Soldiers, stationed here at Carlisle Barracks, is Sgt. Karla Illingsworth. Illingsworth has served in the Army since 1996 and is the Operations Noncommissioned Officer in the U.S. Army War College Executive Services Office.  Since March 2003, Illingsworth has been responsible for the transportation, logistical support and other arrangements for all distinguished visitors to the USAWC.

  Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, she left with her family when she was three years old but returned and attended school when she was in the eighth grade when her mother was activated for Desert Storm. 

  "I aced English class but struggled with Spanish grammar, go figure," Illingsworth said. 

  Today, members of Illingsworth's family reside in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Even though she is not able to visit frequently, she keeps in touch with her father, brother, nephews and grandparents as much as possible.

  "I am thankful for the observance because it educates everyone in the difference among the various Hispanic cultures and allows for a better appreciation of them," Illingsworth said.

  Retired Soldier, Luis Mora has worked in the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center as the Administrative Officer since June 2003. His many responsibilities include the administrative, personnel, logistics and fiscal policies that govern the operations of AHEC. 

 

  Born in the small town of Hatillo, Puerto Rico, Mora returns occasionally to visit his mother and other relatives. "I miss many things about Puerto Rico but most important are my memories of growing up in a small town with my friends and the warm hospitality of the people of my hometown," said Mora.

    Mora was drafted into the Army in February 1970 and served in Vietnam for 15 months.  In June 1972 he enlisted in the Army and retired in September 2000 as a Signal Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. with 30 years of service. During his career, Mora served in Korea, Germany, Hawaii, South West Asia, Desert Storm and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, along with many CONUS assignments.

   "The Hispanic Observance is a great way to recognize the outstanding contributions that the Hispanic population has made to this great nation," said Mora.  "Through this observance, this country can provide a better education and understanding of the cultural diversities that we have."

    One of Carlisle Barracks long-time civilian employees, working here since 1976, is Rosa Ortiz.  As a Legal Administrative Specialist (Claims) in the Carlisle Barracks Installation Legal Office, Ortiz is responsible for the payment of any claims to soldiers who suffer losses while moving household goods, automobile accidents, deployments and any incident to service loss.  She also supports the legal assistance section as a notary public.

  Born in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, Ortiz moved to New York City with her family when she was two years old. Raised in Brooklyn, Ortiz calls herself a "Newyorkrican."  After graduating from high school, Ortiz moved to Pennsylvania and started her career here with the federal government as a GS-02.  She said, "The rest is history."  Ortiz vacations in Puerto Rico every chance she gets.

  As a committee member for the Special Emphasis Program, Ortiz says that she is able to understand and learn more about the diversities among different cultures but feels she is also able to contribute and learn more about her own heritage.  Ortiz believes she missed a lot growing up in New York.

  "The National Hispanic Heritage celebration is the best thing Carlisle Barracks has given to the Hispanic community, especially for Hispanics like me whose thirst for knowledge is never ending," said Ortiz.

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

MWR streamlines employee operations here, across U.S. military installations

 

October 4, 2005 -- October ushers in a new Army acronym and a new way of doing business in the world of Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

UFM is Uniform Funding and Management for MWR activities. It's intended to simplify the complex set of rules, regulations and practices of the current system. Funding for MWR activities and manning now moves through two different resource streams: from Congresionally-appropriated funds [AF] and MWR-generated non-appropriated funds [NAF].  UFM will merge those systems under NAF rules and procedures.  UFM doesn't increase or decrease funding or manning levels. Instead, it creates one system at the local level for hiring, personnel management, procurement, and more.

One can't tell by looking at childcare workers or a gym employees, for example, whether they are NAF or AF employees, but the budget managers and personnelists and many others are well aware of the parallel requirement for taking care of business, MWR-style.  The Child and Youth Services activity at Carlisle Barracks, for example, is half AF and half NAF.

The current AF employees of MWR have two options - to transfer to the new system, or to stay with the AF system as long as they are satisfied with their current job and pay level.

The decision is a very personal one for each of the 24 AF workers in Carlisle Barracks MWR positions, according to Chris Fegan, the NAF human resources officer who helped introduce employees to the new system at a town hall meeting here in August. Since then, the post's Civilian Personnel staff has researched retirement and benefits background and options to help each AF employee make their decision. "I have been counseling them so they know where they stand," said Fegan, who noted that, "Rhonda Newcomer did a lot of work to research retirement details for each."

 Eventually, all the MWR positions will be under NAF rules of the UFM system.

All future hiring actions for MWR positions will be within the non-appropriate funds. All changes to job descriptions and promotions must take place in the single UFM system. So the current AF employees may choose to stay put until they consider a new job or seek a promotion, Fegan explained.

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

PKSOI aims to raise the bar for all students of stability operations

 

October 4, 2005 -- The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute signaled a new era in its activities when it hosted the First Annual PKSOI Education Workshop at Collins Hall, September 13-15.

    PKSOI reached out to numerous institutions, both military and civilian, engaged in preparing students for peace and stability operations such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Seeking to raise all students' educational experience, PKSOI challenged them to share educational ideas, identify best practices, and develop new ways of communicating across institutions.

    More than 80 participants gathered to create a "community of practice" and ensure that they move beyond the buzzword and make it a reality. The educators and executives share belief in a strong link between education and the effectiveness of stability and reconstruction efforts across the world's troubled areas.

    Workshop outcomes ranged from new understanding to new visions. Participants identified resources used in certain agencies that could be applied to great benefit in others; several agencies expressed interest in the War College's interactive Military Service DVD. For the multiple recommendations that bubbled to the surface, the group identified ways to execute the recommendations. To encourage research and publication on peacekeeping issues, for example, they urged more visibility and a writing award. The tone of the workshop was one of encouragement - that the group's common cause and commitment would lead to better things, especially with PKSOI leadership. 

    "There's a lot of disparate action taking place. Who'll move the ball forward in the education arena?" asked PKSOI Director Col. John Agoglia in his wrap-up comments. "Your fingers are pointing at us and we'll move out."

    PKSOI is already moving out, he noted. For the past year, PKSOI focused on understanding the big issues facing the community of military and civilians engaged in stability and reconstruction operations. The institute is working in six key areas: civil-military cooperation; transitional security and doctrine; metrics and lessons learned; regional/civilian capacity development; strategic communications; and information sharing and educational training.

 

Ann Marie Wolf, ASAP Prevention Coordinator                                                      

Warrior Pride campaign: Real Heroes Don't Use Drugs

    Starting Oct. 1, 2005, the Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs (ACSAP) will implement a new substance abuse awareness campaign, Warrior Pride.

What is Warrior Pride?

    Warrior Pride is an Army-wide alcohol and drug abuse prevention campaign that illustrates the incompatibility of substance abuse with Army Values and the Warrior Ethos. The Army wide kickoff of this new substance abuse program will be introduced during the 2005 Red Ribbon Campaign.

    Soldiers are our nation's warriors and fight for our freedom; Soldiers must be mentally and physically fit to accomplish this mission.

    Warriors take PRIDE in their jobs and each letter the word PRIDE corresponds to a Soldier value.

Warrior

Personal Courage: Possess the Personal Courage not to use drugs or abuse    

             alcohol and to notify the Chain of Command of Soldiers that do.

Respect: Show your Respect to the Army, your unit, fellow soldiers, and

           yourself by staying drug free and drinking responsibly.

Integrity: Stay true to the Soldier Values and Warrior Ethos by supporting the   

           Army's drug and alcohol policies.

Duty:  Do your duty as a Soldier and stay mentally and physically tough by not  

using drugs or abusing alcohol.

Excellence: Exhibit honorable behavior on and off duty - don't be a substance abuser.

 

What's the bottom line?

    Drug and alcohol abuse will affect your ability to be an effective Warrior. Substance abuse will inevitability affect your relationships with friends and family, your financial stability, your health, and your career.

    For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576.

 

Peter Skirbunt, Ph.D., Defense Commissary Agency

Commissary agency marks 14 years of service,

138 years of history

 

    FORT LEE, Va. - Fourteen years ago, to improve efficiency and increase taxpayer savings, Congress and the Department of Defense created the Defense Commissary Agency by consolidating the military services' retail grocery operations into one organization. Today, the agency, known as DeCA, continues to save taxpayer dollars while preserving a vital military benefit that is important to the recruiting and retention of military personnel.

    While Oct. 1 marks the agency's 14th anniversary, the commissary benefit itself is actually 138 years old. Congress authorized the Army to sell food items at cost to officers and enlisted men beginning July 1, 1867. These sales were authorized at every Army post with a subsistence warehouse. Sales areas consisted of simply a table or counter in the warehouse, and sales were limited to an official stock list of 82 items, but this was the start of the modern commissary benefit.

    In the last 14 years, customer savings have increased, store facilities have been upgraded, and more people became eligible to enjoy the benefit. In 1991, commissaries provided average customer savings of 20 percent when compared with local grocery chains; today average savings is more than 30 percent. During those 14 years, to provide military families with a shopping experience comparably pleasant with stores in the civilian sector, the agency opened 88 new stores, remodeled or made major renovations to 64 existing ones, and upgraded and modernized over a hundred more. The number of items stocked by commissaries has also increased, from about 13,000 in the largest stores in 1991 to 17,000 in the big stores today. More recently, National Guard and Reserve personnel, always key components of the military, have been given full-time commissary benefits. 

    Commissaries provide a substantial savings, they enable military families to make ends meet in areas where the cost of living is high, and they bring a morale-building "taste of home" by providing familiar American food products in overseas locations. They are highly valued by service families and are a major incentive to re-enlistment. 

    When natural disasters strike military installations, as happened this year when Hurricanes Rita and Katrina damaged several bases, commissaries are crucial to military families in need of emergency food and supplies. Even when stores have been damaged beyond repair, temporary commissary operations bring relief and some sense of normality to a stricken area.

    Patrick B. Nixon, DeCA's chief executive officer and acting director, says commissaries have become increasingly important. "There is now recognition of how the commissary benefit helps our people in uniform, wherever they are stationed. When forces deploy, the families left behind depend upon their local community services, including the commissaries, to see them through tough, nervous, lonely times."

    With 14 years of experience and 138 years of heritage behind it, the Defense Commissary Agency is ready to continue providing this highly valued military benefit for years to come.

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Author-Soldier compares counterinsurgency in Iraq, Vietnam for AHEC's Perspectives in Military History lecture, Wednesday

 

'Can We Eat Soup with a Knife?' is free public lecture on Counterinsurgency Lessons from Vietnam and Iraq 

    A Soldier and a scholar, Lt. Col. John Nagl 'wrote the book' about counterinsurgency. His conclusions about military operations against insurgencies in Malaysia and Vietnam became a virtual reference manual for today's planners in Iraq. He'll speak here Wednesday about the newest lessons learned in Iraq.  

    Nagl will be the guest speaker at the Army Heritage and Education Center's Ridgway Hall, Wednesday, October 19 at 7:15 p.m., for a free, public Perspectives in Military History lecture.   He will draw from his research and analysis as well as personal experience in Iraq, to offer insights about the challenge of changing army operations and culture during operations.

    His 2002 book, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife:  Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam offered analysis of the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s, during which the British transformed training and culture unready for insurgency and adapted successful practices and doctrine. In his book, Nagl compared those observations with the Vietnam Conflict.

    A 1988 graduate of the US Military Academy, he was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and completed master's level studies at Oxford University in international relations. After US Army assignments that included tank platoon command during Desert Storm, he returned to Oxford for a PhD. His dissertation in counterinsurgency analysis - a topic with far less attention at the time - was published and ended up on today's military leaders' desks.

    Most recently, he served in Iraq with 1st Brigade of the Big Red One [1st Infantry Division] from September 2003 to September 2004. Currently, Nagl is a military assistant in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense.

   Nagl's lecture is number two in the Perspectives in Military History lecture series sponsored by AHEC/ Military History Institute.  Dr. Theodore A. Wilson [Univ. of Kansas] will address "An Army of Empire: America's Military Deployment Abroad, 1945-1965" at Carlisle Barracks' Letort View Community Center, Nov. 16 at 7:15 p.m.

 

 

 

Public Affairs staff report

National Red Ribbon Campaign October 24 - 31

"Drug Free, I Have The Power"

Red Ribbon history: Enrique Camarena 1943 - 1985:  An American Hero

 October 5, 2005 -- In 1985, the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth joined with DEA and implemented the Red Ribbon campaign that spread to places as far away as Europe. The National Red Ribbon campaign is celebrated every year October 24 - 31, and is dedicated to all of the people who have been wrongly killed due to the violence caused by drugs.

    Since then, millions of Americans have become involved in, and been touched by, the Red Ribbon Campaign efforts. No other single drug prevention movement has impacted so many lives, according the the National Red Ribbon week website.

    The Red Ribbon Campaign is an opportunity to send a consistent "No Drugs" message to people everywhere.  The Carlisle Barracks community is invited and encouraged to take part in this year's campaign. The following activities and events will take place throughout the week.

 

Saturday, Oct. 22

  • Decorate the Youth Center - all youth are invited to join the staff in decorating the center for Red Ribbon Week, refreshments will be provided.

 

Monday, Oct. 24

  • "Plant A Promise," CDC children will plant red tulips at the center, 9 a.m., McGruff will help.

  • Posters and baskets of red ribbons will be distributed at various post locations including Root Hall. Pick one up, wear it proudly and receive discounts at places like the PX and Bowling Alley.

  • Guards will hand out Red Ribbons at the gates in the morning.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 25

  • Official kickoff - Garrison Commander will tie the first red ribbon on a tree at a 4 p.m. ceremony in front of the Youth Center.  Selected youth will assist, and the community is invited. McGruff will be present

  • Celebrate McGruff's 25th birthday - cake, cards at Youth Services

  • Youth decorate the installation trees with ribbons

  • Youth will "Plant A Promise" red tulips as part of celebration

  • Refreshments will be provided in Youth Center following the event

    

Wednesday, Oct. 26    

  • A display table will be set-up at the Post Exchange and soccer fields with give-away gifts from 4 - 5:30 p.m. McGruff will be present

  • Movie-night at youth center (videos on drug-free awareness) free snacks

 

Friday, Oct. 28

  • Last day for poster contest entries

  • Youth Services will host a "Drug-Free" Awareness Lock-in for grades 6 - 12

  • Ghost Walk, 7-9 p.m. , LVCC

  • Adult Halloween Party at the LVCC

 

Monday, Oct. 31

  • Poster contest winners announced at the Halloween Parade.

  • Halloween parade on Indian Field, lineup starts at 4:40 p.m. 

  • DARE vehicle and McGruff will be present from 4:30- 6 p.m.

  • Halloween Party at LVCC, 7-10 p.m., for grades 6 - 12.