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Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post Soldier requests return to Iraq

    November 15, 2005-Recent world events have created a new "greatest generation," as thousands of Soldiers deploy in and out of the Middle East to fight in the war against terror.  Specialist Ricky Woods, unit supply specialist at Carlisle Barracks, is one of the dedicated Soldiers who, having served in Iraq, is now volunteering to go back.

    Woods spent 15 months in Iraq from Aug. 2003 - Nov. 2004, and saw his share of action, and he will return for another six months.

    "Somebody's got to do it," said Woods with determination in his eyes. "I made it once.  I prayed every day and I made it. I will just do what I have to do over there to stay safe."

    For Woods, the decision to join the military in Oct. 2002 was easy, but his mother, a retired Army colonel, who knows well the dangers of war, was worried when he decided to join.

    "I just needed to get away from the street life and I wanted to do my part," said Woods, who grew up in Petersburg, Va.

    With Woods' father a retired Army Command Sgt. Maj., his grandfather a retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. and his mother a retired Army colonel, there was little doubt what branch he would join. There was also little doubt about the Military Occupational Specialty Woods would choose. All of Woods' family members were in supply specialties during their careers.

    After completing basic training and Advanced Individual Training, Woods was sent to Korea for his first duty assignment. After a six month stay at Camp Page, Korea, Woods went to Fort Lewis, Wash. and joined the newly formed 3rd Brigade, Stryker Brigade.

    Woods was deployed to Iraq in August 2003 and what most stands out in his memory was trying to stay safe and keeping everyone around him safe.

    "Spc. Woods was in a convoy nearly every day he was in Iraq, in some of the most dangerous areas of the country," said Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Saunders, post Command Sgt. Maj.

    Woods was pulling security for Strykers on two to three convoys a day for 15 months.

    "I did my share of shooting over there," said Woods of the two to three attacks a week. "When you are there and it's happening it's instant and you don't even think about it."

    Even though the violence of the attacks was difficult to deal with, Woods said the most difficult part of his deployment "was being away from family."

    No matter what happens when Woods is in Iraq for his second tour, no one can ever say that he didn't do his part in the war against terrorism. Woods will be promoted to Sgt. on Dec. 1.

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Marie Wolf, Prevention Coordinator, Carlisle Barracks

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

    November 17, 2005 -- Since 1982, Army installations have supported National 3D month as part of the annual nationwide public information campaign against impaired driving during the holiday season.

    The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve is one of the busiest on the nation's roadways and also one of the most dangerous, due to a high incidence of alcohol-related traffic crashes.

    That's why Carlisle Barracks and Letterkenny Army Depot are joining with other national, state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials to remind everyone this holiday season to always designate a sober driver before each holiday party or event involving alcohol.

    The holiday season is supposed to be a time for family, friends, and festive celebrations, but it is unfortunately also a time when we see a tragic jump in the number of alcohol-related highway fatalities.  That's why the Army Substance Abuse Program is out early reminding everyone this holiday season, "if you catch a buzz, catch a ride."

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

 

 

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Innovative health program connects APFRI and distance students

    November 17, 2005-A new Tele-Health program is helping Department of Distance Education students stay healthy no matter how far they are away from Carlisle Barracks.

    The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute developed the program, which gives DDE students the ability to interact with health professionals over the phone or through the computer to address health issues and track their physical fitness progress.

    "It's a multidisciplinary group," said Dee Connelly, Tele-Health nurse, about the different groups that are involved in the program. "We work with physical therapy, mental health, dietary specialists and medical."

    When a new DDE class arrives for the first resident course, they are given an in-depth health assessment by the APFRI staff . The student's blood pressure, height and weight are checked, and their body fat, flexibility, strength and nutritional intake are tested and evaluated .

    After the students return to their respective assignments, Tele-Health staff members stay in contact with them to help them with health questions or concerns.

    "I try to touch base with everyone at least once a month," said Connelly. '"If they had specific fitness or nutrition goals that were set up during the initial assessment, we check to see that they are staying on track."

    Students can also call the Tele-Health staff to have specific issues addressed.

    "I take the calls and then direct them to the appropriate department," said Connelly.

    Even though technology has made staying in touch easier, there are some difficulties with giving health advice over the phone or by email.

    "It's a challenge describing the different exercises I want the people to perform," said Maj. Gail Dreitzler, physical therapist. "I'm used to being able to show them what I want them to do. We hope to have illustrations on the internet site soon, which will help."

    Connelly is in the process of establishing a chat room, which would allow DDE students to log on at scheduled times to discuss specific issues.

    "Everyone could share their experiences and get advice," said Connelly.

    The program is new, and the staff has high hopes for it's success.

    "As the program develops we would like to see a lot of feedback from the DDE students," said Connelly. "I hope to see lifelong health changes."

 

 

 

American Indians in the U.S. Army

 

    November 17, 2005 -- To commemorate November as National American Indian Heritage Month, the Army homepage has launched a microsite to honor American Indians in the U.S. Army. The microsite, "Indians in the U.S. Army," includes these features:

  • American Indian Soldiers honored,  

  • Army Code Talkers,  

  • Comanche Heredity Chief Answers 'CALL TO DUTY',

  • World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Van T. Barfoot,

  • Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.,

  • Other related links and videos.

    The new feature can be found at http://www.army.mil/americanindians/index.html.

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

myPay brings earnings statement to your PC

    November 17, 2005 -- For several years, civilian employees have had the option of checking a leave-and-earning statement electronically.  An employee could decide to receive LES electronically instead of the hard-copy mailing to their home. 

    There are many reasons to select electronic versions - privacy, efficient desk-top financial management, cutting government costs, cutting down on paper clutter, and others.

    MyPay has moved to the next phase in the program, and civilian employees should understand that the very act of logging on to myPay is a consent to switch to electronic copies of W2 and LES only.  An April 29 memo, Policy for Electronic Wage and Tax Statements and LES Through myPay, outlined the change and the automatic consent clause.   

    Employees will have noted the new service from SmartDocs@dfas.mil - an email announcement of a newly available LES at myPay. Since July 1, a log-on to a  myPay account with a PIN was in fact a decision to turn off mailing of hardcopy LESs and W2s. 

    Employees can exercise the option to request that LESs or W2s, or both, be mailed by selecting the TurnOff or TurnOn button on the upper right corner of the online LES.

    "I can see a time when it will be mandatory for employees to print off their LES's," said Donna Horton, management assistant for Civilian Pay. "There's a room in DFAS-Denver which is full of returned LESs because people move and don't update their addresses in the system."  Employees will find it easy to get into the habit of printing out their LES every other week when they do the timecard, she noted.

 

 

Elizabeth Marin, Army Community Service volunteer supervisor

Post organizations seeking volunteers

    November 17, 2005 -- A big "thank you" goes out to all the volunteers who give their time and talents to make the Carlisle Barracks community a much better place to work and live.  Your time and talents help those who work on the post to do their jobs more efficiently and help those who really need their expertise. 

    Below are some agencies looking for volunteer support:

 

Photo lab

Anyone who has an interest in photography and has computer skills is needed now for ongoing projects. A few hours a week or whatever you can give on a regular basis is required to help the staff with filing and archiving.  For more information contact Scott Finger at 245-4334.  

 

Child Development Center

The CDC is also looking for people who can give a few hours or any time available on a regular basis to help the staff with filing and computer entry skills.

For more information contact Betsy Ferguson at 245-3701.

 

Senior Citizen Holiday Tea

December 6th and 7th at the LVCC.  Cookie bakers, decorators, drivers and escorts are needed to brighten the Carlisle Senior Citizens Day. For more information contact Lt. Col. Joel Roberts at 245-3086.

 

   For more volunteer opportunities call 245-4357. 

 

 

 

TSA release

TSA seeks public's help to keep security lines moving

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) urged air travelers to plan ahead for air travel security procedures this holiday season.  The agency expects heavy passenger volume throughout the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays.  

    To minimize delays, TSA has created a Holiday Checklist so passengers can prepare for the screening process.  By following a few simple guidelines, travelers can help make passenger screening as efficient as possible.  

    "TSA's security officers' primary focus is ensuring the security of the traveling public," said Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley. "We're asking the traveling public to contribute to the effort and the Holiday Checklist is a great resource to use in planning your next trip."

    Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) also emphasizes preparedness as the key to successful holiday travel.

    "The typical busy travel seasons means passengers should be prepared and security-ready when they arrive at the airport," said ACI-NA president Greg Principato.  "Passengers will have a better experience if they have important travel documents out, coats and jackets off, and carry-on items ready for inspection prior to reaching the security checkpoints."

A few other important items to note:

  • TSA's checkpoint protocols require all passengers to remove outer coats and jackets for X-ray before proceeding through the metal detectors.  That includes suit and sport coats, athletic warm-up jackets and blazers.  If a jacket or blazer is being worn as the innermost garment - not over a blouse or sweater, for example - it does not have to come off.  

  • Passengers who attempt to take firearms and ammunition through the checkpoint in their carry-on luggage continue to be a problem. More than 3,000 firearms had been intercepted since TSA assumed responsibility for security at the nation's 450 airports in February 2002.  Nationwide, ammunition is intercepted more than 2,000 times each month.  All firearms and ammunition must be declared to airline ticket agents and properly stored in checked baggage.  

  • When traveling with children, a discussion in advance of airport security may be helpful.  At the checkpoint, children will need to temporarily part with such things as blankets and stuffed animals, and older children need to know that any comment suggesting a threat to an aircraft or its passengers is taken seriously by TSA security officers.

    Air travelers can help ensure the security process is smooth by following the Holiday Checklist available at www.TSA.gov.  The Web site has a prohibited items list, advice for packing, and information on what types of jewelry, shoes or clothing may set off a metal detector. TSA has also partnered with airlines and airports to make the checklist available at airport ticket counters and on airline Web sites.

Other important TSA travel tips include:

  • Travel with unwrapped gifts.  If a wrapped gift sets off an alarm, TSA security officers will need to unwrap the gift to resolve the alarm.

  • To minimize the risk of damage or loss, don't pack fragile or valuable items in checked baggage. Take them with you in carry-on baggage, or ship them to your destination instead.

  • Put undeveloped film in carry-on baggage because equipment used to screen checked baggage will damage film.  Also, high-speed and specialty film should not be put through X-ray machines, so passengers may ask security officers at the checkpoint to physically inspect film.

  • Remember to put identification tags in and on all baggage including laptops.

  • Everyone, even frequent fliers, should double check the contents of their pockets and bags, particularly carry-on luggage, to ensure no prohibited items were inadvertently packed.

  • Don't over pack bags.  If security officers have to open them, closing overstuffed bags can be difficult and may result in that checked bag being delayed until a later flight.

  • If TSA security officers need to open a locked bag for inspection, they may have to break the lock. If you choose to lock your bag, we recommend using a TSA-approved lock, which has a locking system that enables security officers to open and relock the bag.  

 

 

Post gears up for 50th annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea

    Carlisle Barracks is preparing to host the 50th annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea on December 7 and 8, 2005.  More than 300 senior citizens from eight area nursing homes are invited to this two-day event.

    Volunteer escorts from the greater Carlisle Barracks community (military, civilians, spouses) are paired with a nursing home guest to escort throughout the Tea. 

    "In addition to providing an escort for each senior citizen, the post arranges a wonderful entertainment program to delight the guests," said Lt. Col. Joe Roberts, 2005 Holiday Tea Chairperson.

    Prior to the Tea, volunteers bake over 700 dozen cookies. 

    "We collect the cookies at one central point, where they are sorted and arranged on trays to serve to our guests; or placed in holiday bags for the guests to take back to the nursing homes and enjoy," said Roberts.

    Upon arrival at the Tea, guests have individual pictures taken with their escort in a holiday setting. 

    "This picture is framed on-the-spot and presented to the guest as a token of this wonderful afternoon," he said. "The Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea provides a wonderful opportunity for the greater Carlisle Barracks community to volunteer to help an extraordinary cause."  Volunteers decorate the LeTort View Community Center, transport and escort the guests, entertain, take pictures, bake cookies, design the program, work on publicity, solicit donations for the over $4,000 required to fund this event, and other various tasks that are required to make the Tea successful.

    You can help make this year's Tea a great success!  For your convenience, a volunteer / donation sign-up sheet will be included in the print edition of the Banner. Additional sheets are placed throughout the installation. 

    For more information contact Lt. Col. Roberts, at 245-3086.

 

 

 

Flu mist vs. flu shot, which one is for you?

   November 17, 2005 -- Dunham Clinic has received an additional shipment of flu serum and added dates to the original schedule to accommodate beneficiaries. 

    There are two types of vaccines that protect against the flu. The "flu shot" is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is administered with a needle, usually in the arm. A different form of vaccine, called the nasal-spray flu vaccine (sometimes referred to as LAIV for Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine), contains attenuated (weakened) live viruses, and is administered by nasal sprayer. It is approved for use only among healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49 years. The flu shot is approved for use among people over 6 months of age, including healthy people and those with chronic medical conditions.

    Be sure to bring your ID card to verify eligibility.

    For more information call 245-3400.

Nov. 22

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Bliss Hall Foyer

Seminar make-up

Nov. 23

8 - 11:30 a.m.

Chapel

All Beneficiaries (age 10 and over)

Nov. 29

8 - 11:30 a.m.

Chapel

All Beneficiaries (age 10 and over)

 

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post community names valuable post services

 November 4, 2005-More than 50 members of the post community participated in the Army Family Action Plan Symposium at the Letort View Community Center on Nov. 1, to discuss what they like, don't like and what they think could improve life here at Carlisle Barracks.

    Participants broke into six groups to discuss issues like: a new reservation system at the Child Development Center, the cost of Tricare for retirees, pet leash policy, lack of housing fences, PX and commissary assistance for civilians and contractors, and other issues that effect post residents.

    "This opens the door so people can have their issues about post addressed," said Anne Hurst, Army Community Services program director.

    Each group was given topics to discuss and was asked to come up with options that would improve the service. The topics came from post residents who submitted their issues to the Directorate of Community Affairs.

    At the end of the symposium, the group spokesperson presented their ideas to the rest of the participants.

    The group's ideas will be given to the appropriate directorates for review and they will do what they can to make the programs better for the people of Carlisle.

     The directors of the program were happy with the results of the symposium and felt the groups all worked well together.

    "Overall, we are very pleased with the symposium," said Hurst. "The groups were professional and worked through the problems very well."

    One of the other main tasks for the groups was to list the five post services that they felt were the most valuable to them and the three post services that they felt were less valuable.  These are listed below.

 

Top services:

Commissary

Youth Services

Housing

Chapel

 

Other services received positive mention:

PX

Reynolds Theater

Dunham Clinic

Army Family Action Plan

Education center

Family Advocacy Program

 

The group questioned the value of continuing these products or services unchanged:

Weekly Bulletin

Cable 14

Outdoor Rental

Hard copy of the phone book

Dental Clinic

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Computer giving you fits? Call the service desk

  November 9, 2005 - It's 4:25 p.m. and your briefing is due the boss at 4:30 when all of a sudden your screen goes black. Before you reach out and grab your computer to throw it out the window, grab your phone and call the PC experts at the post service desk, 245-3000.

    The service desk is based out of the Network Operations Center in Collins Hall, and is manned each day by two technicians and one representative from networks. There are also personnel located in both Root Hall and Collins Hall to assist users with their IT issues.

    "We're trying to make sure that we can help most users with their problems with one phone call," said Art Crossley, telecommunications manager, with Remetch Services Inc. "We've been able to get to a 55 percent success rate with resolving their problem on the first call."

    The 10-member RSI service desk is responsible for troubleshooting the more than 1,200 PCs on Carlisle Barracks and is also the starting point for request for assistance with anything IT related. On average the RSI staff responds to more than 1,500 service calls a month.

Network Operations Center

    "Most requests for assistance for IT problems, whether they're computer related or not usually start from the NOC," said Crossley. The NOC is open from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with after-hours alert notification.    

     The design of the NOC allows personnel to easily monitor and troubleshoot the post computer network.

    "We have monitors in the NOC that can display the entire network, and may help us identify possible network problems," said Bev Hersh, Service Desk manager. "The ability to monitor the networks from one location makes the chances of a crash or disruption less likely."

    The design and capabilities of the NOC also allow users to have their problems resolved without someone even leaving Collins Hall.

    "We can use some SMS (Systems Management Server) programs to remotely log into a users PC and see if we can solve their issue," said Hersh. "This helps to cut down on the number of on-site service calls we need to make, which in turn helps cut down on the time needed to get a problem resolved."

    The NOC was set up in June and is a joint venture between RSI and the government to help expedite resolution of post PC user's problems.

Life cycle replacements

    The service desk also helps keep the post PCs up-to-date with life cycle replacements.

    "Usually every three years user PCs are scheduled for replacement," said Hersh. "Sometimes installations are funded earlier than that to help get rid of some older machines as well."

    When Carlisle Barracks is due for an LCR, the service desk jumps into action to identify those PCs that will need to be replaced. Computers can be scheduled for LCRs for a number of reasons including a new operating system or based on processor speed.

    "We work with our IMOs (Information Management Officers) to help identify those computers in their department which need replacing, then our staff helps make sure their new PCs are imaged correctly and ready for use." Imaging a computer involves making sure that the new computer has the proper software and other applications properly installed according to DOIM requirements.

    The time required to image the PCs has also gotten much quicker.

    "We now have one technician who is solely responsible for making the PC images, which has helped cut the time needed to image each PC from one hour to about five minutes per PC," said Hersh. "With these improvements the team can now deploy about 100 machines in one month." 

    The overall goal of the service desk is to help improve the service to post IT users.

     "We are constantly looking for better ways to provide excellent IT services to our customers," said Craig. "We strive every day to deliver excellence. Because that's what the customer expects."

 

 

 

M. W. Hagee, General, U.S. Marine Corps

The Commandant of the Marine Corps' 2005 birthday message

    On November 10th, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Continental Marines marking the birth of our United States Marine Corps. As Major General Lejeune's message reminds us, the ensuing generations of Marines would come to signify all that is highest in warfighting excellence and military virtue. Each November as Marines the world over celebrate the birth of our Corps, we pay tribute to that long line of "Soldiers of the Sea" and the illustrious legacy they have handed down to us.

    This past year has been one of continuous combat operations overseas and distinguished service here at home-a year of challenges that have brought out the very best in our Corps. In Iraq and Afghanistan, Marine courage and mastery of complex and chaotic environments have truly made a difference in the lives of millions. Marine compassion and flexibility provided humanitarian assistance to thousands in the wake of the South East Asian tsunami, and here at home, Marines with AAVs, helicopters, and sometimes with their bare hands saved hundreds of our own fellow Americans in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Across the full spectrum of operations, you have showcased that Marines create stability in an unstable world, and have reinforced our Corps' reputation for setting the standard of excellence.

    The sense of honor, courage, and patriotism that epitomized those who answered that first call to arms two hundred and thirty years ago is still indelibly imprinted on our ranks today. In commemorating our anniversary, let us strengthen our ties to the past by paying homage to those who have gone before us. As we honor the sacrifices of our wounded and fallen comrades, our commitment to one another remains unshakable. We take special pride in the actions of the Marines now serving in harm's way, and rededicate ourselves to the service of our Nation and our Corps.

Happy Birthday, Marines. Semper Fidelis, and Keep Attacking!

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Eye of the Army moves to the 20th century: From Khaki to OD

    The Army Wore Blue photo exhibit featured photos of the Civil War and frontier wars era.  Blue uniforms and posed photos marked the 2nd half of the 19th century.

    The dawn of the 20th century transformed both photography and the Army.  "From Khaki to OD" photo selections are on display now at Ridgway Hall - open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m [except holiday weekends].

Cameras capture action from khaki to olive drab era

    Most of these photos have never before been displayed, said Roger Durham, Army Heritage and Education Center's museum director.  "They are little windows to another time that the general public hasn't looked through before.  By the world wars, cameras had improved greatly and could capture activity and show more candid images than the posed photos of the Civil War period.

    "There's one large picture of paratroopers inside a glider. Everyone knows about the paratroopers who dropped from planes, but not about the gliders and the pilot who has to put it down the first time and hope for the best," said Durham.

    "A large image is of a glider that crashed into a million pieces. The paratroopers are standing around the smashed cockpit and, if you look through the group of men, you can see the pilot they're trying to rescue. Images like that - not staged, something the photographer came upon - are fascinating," he said.  "The men went from there into combat and you wonder how many of them survived that day, survived the week, survived the war.

    "History looks at the moment as passed, but these images let you project the future," noted Durham.

A learning Army

    The Spanish-American war was one of those occasions when we learned from our adversaries, and the photos reflect transformations in uniforms and weapons.

    U.S. forces were still using black powder cartridges which create a big puff of white smoke.  But the Spanish in Cuba were using a smokeless cartridge; they didn't give positions away and neither did their brown uniforms.  After that, the Americans examined the German Mauser weapons the Spanish used and found their designs superior to our own.  The photos reflect the age of the 1903 Springfield rifle with Mauser characteristics and smokeless cartridges, and the shift to earth-tone uniform colors.

    "When we went into World War I, we'd never used a steel helmet before, or saw the need for one, but the European forces were wearing one and we adopted the British version, "said Durham.  We also took note of the new innovation for the French artillery piece: a pneumatic recoil mechanism that absorbed the shock when you fired. Civil War guns rolled back after being fired and required leveling and re-sighting.  The French, however, could set the gun, aim, and fire -- and only the barrel recoiled; you could shoot at the target as rapidly as you could pull the triggering mechanism. "Everybody began developing artillery based on the French 75 mm gun," he said about the images in the photos.

    The photos show the story of a changing Army facing a changing world. Visit the Ridgway Hall photo gallery in the upper hallway, and you'll track the Army's evolution into the 'olive drab' years.  

    It's not too late to see some of the highlights of the Army Wore Blue exhibit. You can still enjoy the most popular photos from the Civil War collection - capturing the life of camp, drill and everyday activities.

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

New rule affects retiring personnel

    November 9, 2005-A new rule went into effect this summer for processing retirement paperwork that will affect everyone planning to retire from the active duty Army.

    The rule changes the time window for submitting retirement paperwork and it will be regulated more closely than in the past, said Jeffrey Bobo, assistant retirement services officer for the Human Resources Directorate.

    The new rule requires the servicemember who is retiring to submit the paperwork no earlier than 12 months and no later than nine months prior to either the beginning of his terminal leave, or the retirement date if no terminal leave is being used. 

    If the paperwork is turned in later that the nine months prior, the military retains the right to extend the retirement date to nine months after the paperwork is filed, said Bobo.

    In the past, military personnel could turn in their retirement paperwork up to six months prior to the retirement date and if it was turned in late the retirement office could process the file as a courtesy without any penalty.

    "It's going to add predictability and stability to the system as requirements for the global war on terrorism demand," said Lt. Col. Randy Readshaw, HRD director.

 

Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service

DoD announces next Operation Iraqi Freedom troop rotation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2005 - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today announced the next major units to deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He emphasized that rotation planning remains flexible and will be based on conditions on the ground, not political pressures or artificial timetables.

    Today's announcement affects about 92,000 servicemembers -- more than 65,000 from the active component and 26,000 from the Guard and Reserve -- who will begin their scheduled rotation in mid-2006, according to Army Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Defense Department spokesman.

Major units to deploy include:

                  Division Headquarters and 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;

                  13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas;

                  1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard;

                  2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany;

                  3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.;

                  3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; and

                  2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

    Individual services will announce smaller, supporting units to deploy for the upcoming rotation, officials announced.

    In other deployment news, the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Brigade, based at Fort Riley, Kan., will not deploy before Dec. 31, officials said. Brigade soldiers had planned to deploy in early December.

    Force rotations ensure that the combatant commander has the forces needed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom while DoD continues to meet its worldwide commitments, Venable said. At the same time, rotation planning helps ensure a degree of predictability for troops, their families, their communities and, in the case of Guard and Reserve forces, their civilian employers, he said.

    The upcoming rotation continues the Army's 12 months "boots-on-the-ground" policy goal for the more than 79,000 soldiers affected and will not increase the mobilization period for the reserve forces, Venable said.

    More than 5,000 Marines to be affected will maintain their seven-month deployment cycle, he said.

    The ultimate goal is for these forces, as part of Multinational Force Iraq, to help maintain the security environment until Iraq's security forces are capable of assuming full responsibility, Venable explained. Good progress is being made in that effort, he said, noting that more than 210,000 Iraqi security forces are now trained and equipped.

    One Iraqi army division, four brigades and 23 battalions currently have the operational lead in their areas, Venable said. Another division, nine brigades and about 50 battalions are expected to be ready to assume lead responsibility by January.

    As they increase in numbers and capability, Iraq's security forces are demonstrating solid professional performance, Venable said. He cited their solid contribution to recent combat operations in Tal Afar and the western Euphrates River Valley and during the Oct. 15 constitutional referendum.

 

 

New post community events calendar

    Want to know what's going on at Carlisle Barracks? Then check the new post community events calendar. Here you can find:

  • What's playing at Reynolds Theater

  • Changes in hours of operation and specials at the Post Exchange and Commissary

  • Special events at the Bowling Center and LVCC

    And much more. For a complete look at post events check out the  Carlisle Barracks Community Calendar

 

 

Clinic offers diabetic education classes

    For patients with diabetes, attendance at all four sessions is required to complete the education course.  Participants may choose the dates and times that are convenient to attend.  To register, please call 245-3400. 

Session I                  Session II                   Session III                Session IV

Nov. 8                       Nov. 15                       Nov. 22                    Nov. 29               

1 -3 p.m.                   1 -3 p.m.                     1 -3 p.m.                  1 -3 p.m.           

Dec. 1                       Dec. 8                         Dec. 15                    Dec. 22    

1 -3 p.m.                   1 -3 p.m.                     1 -3 p.m.                  1 -3 p.m.              

 

 

Veterans Day message to Soldiers
Nov. 8, 2005 -- On this Veterans Day, we honor all Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen for selflessly serving our Nation.
    The history of the United States is replete with stories of Americans who displayed the steadfast courage that defines our country. Today, the brave men and women of our Armed Forces continue that legacy as they write history in the war on terror.
    Nov. 11 has long been a day of reflection on the sacrifices of our Armed Forces. From Woodrow Wilson's 1919 proclamation of Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I, to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the 83rd United States Congress changing the name to Veterans Day in the aftermath of World War II, we have retained the noble purpose of the day - to express gratitude to our servicemen and women.
    We salute our 25 million living veterans, and like President Wilson, have "solemn pride in the heroism" of those who died in service to this great Nation.
   We stand as proudly beside our Soldiers as did President Wilson and the Americans of his generation. Your sacrifices have preserved for people around the world the same blessings of freedom and the limitless opportunity that we enjoy in the United States today.
    May each of you have a safe Veterans Day. May God bless the men and women in our Army. And may God continue to bless our great nation.

Signed,

Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the Army

Peter J. Schoomaker
General, US Army
Chief of Staff

Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the Army

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

2005 CFC ends on a high note

 

    Carlisle Barracks employees reached into their pockets and donated more than $115,000 to this years Combined Federal Campaign, exceeding the post goal of $110,000.

    "Because of the many disasters, I thought many would cut back on their donations this year," said Cora Johnson, post CFC manager. "This shows how we here at Carlisle Barracks can pull together on the behalf of the people who will receive the help they need because of our contributions through CFC."

    According to post leadership, the results of this years campaign was a reflection of the people here on post. The actual total raised this year was $115,301.81.

    "The Carlisle Barracks 'team' displayed a tremendous amount of caring and generosity by exceeding the 2005 CFC goal," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander. "This is especially significant because there have been many difficult days this year with tragedies like the tsunami, hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, along with our county's prosecution of the Global War on Terrorism. I am very proud that our 'team' stepped forward to again help our fellow humans in need."

    McPhillips also took time to thank Army Community Services, who were responsible for organizing and executing the campaign on post.

    "This effort would not have been successful without the efforts of ACS and Cora Johnson, job well done," he said.

    The CFC is an annual program that enables community members to contribute to more than 2,000 local, national and international health, welfare and emergency relief organizations. The program works on a bi-weekly payroll deduction, and participants can donate any amount over $1.00 per pay period.  Participants have the option to select which agencies they wish to contribute to. Any federal employee may contribute to the program by check, cash or payroll deduction.

    "CFC is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations," said Johnson. "It continues to be the largest and most successful workplace fundraising model in the world. This year, many local, national and international voluntary agencies will benefit from your thoughtfulness and generosity."

    Johnson is already looking forward to next years campaign.

    "This is my second year as the Carlisle Barracks CFC Manager, and I was surprised last year when we exceed the Goal by $9,000 and this year I was impressed when we exceed the goal by nearly $6,000," said Johnson. "I'm looking forward to next year's campaign when Carlisle Barracks will host the CFC 2006 Kick-Off Luncheon."

 

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post youth collects more than treats on Halloween

   

November 8, 2005-Frank Miller, son of a U.S. Army War College student, may only be 13-years-old, but he is doing more than his part to help less fortunate people in the surrounding area. Instead of trick or treating, he organized and conducted a canned food drive to support Project SHARE and earn the Boy Scout 'life' rank.

    "I dropped off empty grocery bags to houses in "Smurf Village" and then on Halloween night, instead of going trick-or-treating, I picked up the full bags," said Miller.  "I dropped off 75 bags and got back 62."

    After picking up the bags, Frank and his mother dropped off the food items at Project SHARE.

    "Project SHARE currently helps about 700 families in the area," said Elaine Livas, Project SHARE director. "That makes it about 1,700 people, of which about 650 are children [impacted by this food drive]."

    "It's amazing," said Livas. "It goes to show how one person can make a difference in the community. It shows that anyone can make a difference if the put their mind to it."

    Miller has been involved with the scouts since he was in first grade, but that is not his only extracurricular activity.

   Miller is a member of the Junior National Honor Society, the Student Counsel, and he started a program where he reads course material on a recording to help the international students with their school work. He also participated in the national March for Life rally in Washington D.C., and he started a flag corps at Wilson Middle School.

    "This shows that kids aren't all just sitting around listening to music and hanging out with their friends," said Livas. "They are out contributing to their community."

    Miller said he feels good about the food drive and helping the community.

    "It feels exhilarating," said Miller about doing the project. "I feel like I'm really getting something done, something that is for a good cause."

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Honoring heritage, strengthening nation's spirit

  Carlisle Barracks celebrated the rich heritage of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in the Letort View Community Center on November 9.

  Featured guests were Kimmer Horsen, a member of the Navajo/Iroquois Nations, currently attending Holy Names University in California and serving in the Army Reserve as a specialist with the 801st Engineer Company, and Barbara Landis, Carlisle Indian Industrial School biographer for the Cumberland County Historical Society.

  A variety of sampling food prepared by the Letort View Community Center including fried bread, green and red chili, baked pumpkin, corn pudding and refreshments was available, along with displays featuring Native American-themed posters, books, dolls, pottery and more.

Carlisle Barracks' Native American History

  Landis opened the program by providing the audience with a glimpse into Carlisle's historical past. 

  The audience was taken back to 1879 to visualize through slides from photographs and postcards of the original campus of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Landis highlighted the location of dormitories and classroom buildings that are long gone, student involvement in trades such as nursing, masonry and building construction, and scenes depicting the disciplined separation of boys and girls in classes. She also mentioned a few of the famous athletes who graduated from the school to include Jim Thorpe, Charles Bender and others.  

Soldier shares cultural dances

  Following Landis' presentation, Horsen shared her experiences of living within two cultures-her military experience serving in Iraq and dealing with the loss of fellow soldiers, and her Native American culture.  She emphasized that we are all Americans and when she is asked of her nationality, she replies proudly that she is an American.

  She suggested that if a soldier ever needs healing time after serving in combat and dealing with the effects it has on one's life, to visit a Pow Wow, where one can find solace in the songs and dances.

  After graduating from college, Horsen plans a career in the military.

 She began her program with a song of the Choctaw people - the Flag Song.  Halfway through the song she apologized for becoming melancholy while thinking about her fellow Soldiers.

  Next, Horsen performed a ceremonial Hoop Dance and dedicated it to the Soldiers who served with her.

  The Hoop Dance, a show dance of many tribes, is one of the most individual dances.  The person that performs this dance is the center of the sacred circle.

    "The circle is a continuation of life," said Horsen.  "It is sacred to Native Americans."

  Manipulating a dozen or more hoops over and around her torso, legs, and arms, Horsen formed a variety of geometric shapes and symbolic representation of animals, insects, flowers and birds.

  The hoops used in the dance are wooden and were made by Horsen.

  Horsen learned this creation dance from her father.  It is also known as a dance that provides stamina and endurance for warriors.

    Dickinson College will host the 14th Annual Red Creek Winter Festival (Pow Wow) at the Kline Center from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on March 14. 

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Abracadabra! 

Post Soldier doubles as magician

 

November 7, 2005-Some say a Soldier with proper camouflage can nearly disappear into a tactical surrounding, but Pfc. George Galesky, of the veterinary command at Carlisle Barracks, can disappear anywhere.

    Galesky may be a personnel actions clerk during the day, but at night he turns into his true life passion-George Gee, the magician.

    "Magic is the belief of achieving anything," said Galesky, while shuffling a deck of cards with his nimble fingers.

     He always carries at least one deck of cards with him.

     "I've gone through a lot of rough times in my life, and through magic I've learned that I really can achieve anything."

    The 21-year-old has been doing magic since he was 8-years-old and started performing for crowds shortly after.

    "I was always interested in magic," said Galesky. "I watched all the television shows, and then on my eighth birthday my mom bought me some magic tricks.  I was hooked from then on."

    Since starting magic, Galesky has performed for more than 5,000 groups of varying sizes.

    "For the first couple of years I was only performing for small groups of family members and friends," said Galesky. "Then I started doing some competitions and performing for bigger groups. Probably the biggest performance I did was for more than 950 people at Kaen University in New Jersey."

    Someone would think that it would be difficult for Galesky to single out one particular performance as being the most memorable, but he no trouble pulling a story from his 'magic hat.'

    "I would have to say my most memorable performance was in 2002," said Galesky. "It was at a competition that I had won two years in a row and I was going for my third win, which would tie the record. My performance went great and there was only one little mistake, but the thing that made it so memorable was that when I was coming off the stage I saw my mentor, John Mitsopoulos, sitting in the crowd. It was the first time he had seen me perform on stage. My emotions went crazy."

    Later that night Galesky won the competition, becoming only the second person in history to win it three consecutive times, and he won with a higher score than anyone had ever achieved.

    "John came up to me after the competition and said, 'you remind me of Chappy,'" said Galesky. "That really meant a lot to me. Chappy was the only other person to win the competition three times and then he went on to perform in Las Vegas."

    Galesky does a number of card tricks, can make things disappear, reappear, change form, and many other tricks of illusion.  The biggest trick he has performed is the Zig-Zag.

    "In the Zig-Zag I put an assistant in a box, cut them into sections and then move the middle section to the side," said Galesky. "The crowd's reaction is great because it's the real feet and head, but the midsection has been moved."

    Someday Galesky would like to own a theater or bar that will seat 200 to 300 people, where he and other magicians can perform.

    You can see Galesky and other area magicians on Sat. Nov. 12 at the 'Magic from the Heart' benefit. The benefit is being held to raise money for hurricane victims. The magic show will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Founders Hall Rotunda and Auditorium, Milton Hershey School Campus and tickets are $12 per person. All proceeds will benefit the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

    "It really is a great cause," said Galesky, "and we really want to emphasize the fact that all the money will be going to the victims. Even though we have some very big performers who normally charge a lot, everything is going to benefit the victims."

  

 

Weekly Bulletin to cease publication week of Thanksgiving

    The Weekly Bulletin will cease publication effective this week.

 

Carlisle Barracks Safety Office

Make sure you have a safe Thanksgiving

    This holiday season, follow these fire prevention tips to help you and your family have a safe Thanksgiving.

  • Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.

  • Keep the kitchen off - limits to young children that are not helping with food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.

  • When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove or have someone else monitor what is being cooked.

  • Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.

 

    Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Candles should never be left burning when you are away from home, or after going to bed. Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them.