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Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

New family housing vision becoming a reality

    March 2, 2005-Nearly 100 residents of Carlisle Barracks came to the Letort View Community Center on March 1 to learn about the lease signing process under the Residential Communities Initiative and for information about how their lives will be affected by the initiative.

    The project director for RCI, Scott Lowe, briefed the crowd on what to expect over the next few years when the project is underway and what they will need to do in March to sign for their current residences.

    "All families must sign the lease prior to the Army transferring housing assets and the start of the initial development plan," said Scott Lowe, American Eagle Communities project director. A copy of the lease can be found here.

Leasing process

    The lease signing process will involve three stations to help the process move quickly.

    At the first station, the reception station, the residents will be greeted and will receive a leasing packet. At the second station, the document completion area, residents proceed to tables to complete their packets. Pre-filled packets will be available for assistance. At the third station, the checkpoint, packets will be checked to ensure they are properly completed. Any questions will be answered at the third station.

Lease signing schedule

    The main lease signing will be in the Bliss Hall foyer on March 8, 9 and 10, from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m.

    There will also be an open day lease signing on March 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 39 (current housing office).

What to bring to lease signing

  • Military ID

  • Drivers license

  • Power of Attorney giving the service member's spouse the right to sign the lease, if the service member is deployed.

  • Power of Attorney giving the service member's spouse the right to sign an allotment against their pay, if the service member is deployed.

  • Pet information

  • CMPC pet registration

  • Updated shot record

  • Micro-chipping information for pets

  • A copy of any acknowledged "Letters of Exception" to any current housing policies


Construction and renovations

    Housing construction begins in June on "virgin land." A new community, called The Links, will be built adjacent to the golf course, in the undeveloped area next to the vehicle access control point. It is proposed to include 23 duplexes, with 46 housing units comprised of all three-bedroom units.

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

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

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

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

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


Post residents invited to important RCI meetings March 3, and 8-10

    All post residents are invited to a question and answer session March 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. each night at the Letort View Community Center. Post RCI director Alan Thompson, Scott Lowe, American Eagle Communities project director, and other American Eagle representatives will explain the lease agreement and answer any questions residents may have.

    Dates for all residents to sign leases are March 8-10 from 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. in the Bliss Hall Foyer. Residents should bring with them their military ID and driver's license, power of attorney if applicable, copy of all letters of exception and all pet information to include shot records and registration.

    Be sure to check next weeks Banner Online for more information on the new RCI leases.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

IF Hall of Fame to induct two new members

    U.S. Army War College students may wonder, occasionally, which of their peers will someday lead the armed forces of our nation - or another nation's.  The USAWC will honor  two alumni of the USAWC International Fellows program whose military careers have taken them to the highest ranks of their military or their nation.  A Hall of Fame induction ceremony iwill take place on March 7 at 11 a.m. in Bliss Hall.

    The International Fellows Hall of Fame honors alumni achievement and recognizes the value of strong partnerships between the United States and the nations that IFs represent. 

    Gen. Sigurd Frisvold, Norway, and Lt. Gen. Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury, Bangladesh, will be the 22nd and 23rd USAWC Fellows to be distinguished in the International Fellows Hall of Fame. 

    Lt. Gen. Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury is Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh Army, as of June 15, 2002 and will be inducted into the USAWC International Fellows Hall of Fame.  The 1992 Bangladeshi Fellow to the Army War College started his military career in 1969 with the then-Pakistan Army and was most recently Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.  Gen. Mashhud's command experiences are highlighted by service as  Chief of General Staff of the Bangladesh Army, Bogra Area Commander; General Officer Commanding of the 11th Infantry Division; command of three brigades; and command of the Bangladesh Contingent in Saudi Arabia, 1990-91, for which he was awarded the King Abdul Aziz Medal.  He has served as the Commandant of the National Defense College, Defense Services Command and Staff College, and School of Infantry and Tactics. He obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University while a fellow at the War College.

    Gen. Sigurd Frisvold is Chief of Defense Norway as of April 30, 1999, and will be inducted into the International Fellows Hall of Fame.  A 1992 Norwegian Fellow at the US Army War College, he is now responsible for the ongoing restructuring and modernization of the Norwegian Armed Forces for modern Defense for National Security and International Commitment.  Since his USAWC graduation, he worked with defense studies, served as the Chief of Staff, Army Staff, Headquarters Defense Command Norway; commander of the Norwegian Army 6th Division; and from 1996-99, Commander Allied Forces North Europe.  His earlier career with the Norwegian Army included service as Assistant to the Force Commander in the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai; command of the 2nd Battalion/ Brigade North Norway; Chief of Staff/ 6 Division; and Chief of Staff, Land Command North Norway.


    Gen. Frisvold studied twice in the United States - at the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College as well as the Army War College. He has received multiple honors from Norway, Finland, Poland and France.

    Each year approximately 40 senior military officers from different countries are extended an invitation from the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army to attend the U.S. Army War College.  Through the international fellows program, US officers and international fellows developing mutual understand and good working relationships as they extend and deepen the professional qualifications of both sets of USAWC students. Officers are selected for the International Fellows program on the basis of demonstrated professionalism and potential for future service at the national policymaking level - a basis similar to the selection of U.S. officers for attendance at senior service colleges.



Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Local skater helps team make history



  February 23, 2005 -- She has been skating since she was four-years old in her native home of Canada and after moving to the U.S. last summer she has skated into Pennsylvania history.

    Laura Devlin is a member of the Twin Ponds Reflections Synchronized Skating Team (Intermediate Division). The team placed at the Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships held in Buffalo, N.Y. Jan. 29, and will compete in the U.S. National Synchronized Skating Championships in Lowell, Mass. this week. This is the first Pennsylvania synchronized skating team to ever qualify to compete at the national level.

    "I like skating. It's a lot of fun," said Laura who is the daughter of Col. Peter Devlin, a member of the U.S. Army War College International Fellows Class of 2005.

    "It's wonderful. It's a great privilege for her to be on the team," Devlin said. "She loves to skate."

    Synchronized skating was created in 1956 in Ann Arbor, Mich. as merely a way to entertain fans between periods at hockey games. Today is it an extremely competitive international sport. The first world championship was held in Minneapolis in April 2000.

    "We practice two or three days a week," said Amy Henderson, team coach. "It's a combination of a lot of hard work and a great group of girls. We hope to take it up a notch at nationals."

    Henderson also coaches Laura one-on-one several days a week. She is the first child of a USAWC student to be a part of this team of 22 skaters ranging from age eight to 14.

    "She's a great kid. She fits right in with the other girls," Henderson said.

    "I like skating with the team. I've skated freestyle and dance with a partner, but I really like skating with a team," Laura said.

    The Devlin family is involved in a variety of sports. All three boys play hockey with their respective school teams and are members of the Capitol City Vipers traveling hockey team. Soccer, golf and volleyball are other sports the children participate in.

    "They love being active," Devlin said.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

New Tae Kwon Do class a hit with parents, kids


February 24, 2005 -- Looking for a way to spend time with your child, learn and have fun at the same time? Maybe you should try the Family Tae Kwon Do program.

    The program was re-established this school year and involved parents and their kids participating in the same class. On Feb. 23 numerous members of the class received their yellow belts.

    "The class taught basics of Korean Karate: blocking, strikes and punches, kicking, self-defense techniques, and Tae Kwon Do basic forms," said Col. Tom Kruegler, class instructor and director, Strategic Experiential Education Group, Collins Hall. "The class has averaged 20 students per class since its start in September."

    Kruegler has been in and out of Judo, Tang Soo Do, and Tae Kwon Do martial arts for 30 years.

    "After more than 15 years away from the martial arts, I got back into Tae Kwon Do with my daughter in 1999 while I was here as a student at the War College," said Kruegler.

    The best part of the class, according to Kruegler,  was seeing parents and kids learning together.

    "Watching kids and their parents doing it together, watching kids and their parents earn their belt together was great."

     The fun and success of the class was noticed by the post Youth Services as well.

    "It's just a great job by our instructor, Colonel Tom Kruegler," said Bob Salviano, YS director. "We had no idea how successful this program would be because we required at least one parent to take the class with their child, but it has been great. Also, because of the positive response we have had from the parents and the children taking this year's course, we are going to continue this program during the 2005-2006 school year."

    Kruegler also wanted to thank those who had helped him make the program successful.

    "I would not have been able to re-establish the Family Tae Kwon Do program here on Carlisle Barracks with out the support and encouragement of Sensei John Cerifko and the senior belts of the Adult Carlisle Barracks Tae Kwon Do Program."

    For more information on how to register for next years program contact Youth Services at 245-4555.




Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post agencies train to detect, defuse bombs


February 23, 2005- The combined effort of several departments helped locate and destroy a fake bomb that was planted in the commissary.

    On Feb. 16 before the commissary opened for the day, a training exercise was conducted that involved the collaborative efforts of the Commissary employees, the Department of the Army Police, the Military Police, the post fire department and a local sheriffs department.

    Every year all commissaries across the nation must conduct a training exercise in either fire safety or explosives response. This year the Carlisle Barracks commissary administrators decided to do an exercise dealing with a bomb threat.

    "We thought it would be a good opportunity to involve not just our people, but other agencies on post," said Stephen Oldham, store administrator.

    At 8 a.m. on the day of the training, a note containing a bomb threat was handed to an employee of the commissary and everyone jumped into action.

    The police were called, commissary employees were immediately evacuated from the building and roads were blocked off. The commissary and the surrounding area, to include houses across from the "impact" area, were evacuated so the exercise would be authentic.

    When the area was clear the sheriffs department's bomb-sniffing dogs were moved in to check the parking lot, vehicles in the area and the building to see if they could locate a bomb.  An imaginary bomb was quickly located by the dogs and was removed from the building so the firefighters could do their part.

    The firefighters hooked up their hose to a nearby fireplug and doused the fire ignited by the bomb after it was "detonated" in the parking lot.

    When the crews all finished their portion of the exercise, end-ex was called and the event was considered a success.

    "It went very well," said Chief Jim O'Connell, fire chief. "Everything, from a firefighting perspective, went smoothly."

    There were many lessons learned from the exercise.

    "When someone says get out, get out," said Oldham. "The employees knew it was a training exercise, so they didn't exit the building as quickly as I would have liked. They also needed to focus more on details about the person who handed them the note and on making sure they are far enough from the building so they avoid being hit by any debris from an explosion. It was a learning experience."

    The training took place during Commissary Awareness Month, which involves a focus on safety and health. Along with the bomb training, there were lectures on fire safety, slips and falls and other safety related topics.



Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Coroner: 'My purpose in coming here is to cut down on my work load'


   February 24, 2005- "Imagine, if you will, knocking on a door at two in the morning to tell someone that their 16- year- old son is dead," said Michael Norris, Cumberland County Coroner. "That is the worst part of my job."

    Norris, a 34-year veteran of the Cumberland County Coroner's office and former police officer, spoke to Carlisle Barracks and Quick Reaction Force Soldiers in Upton Hall Thursday, Feb. 24. Norris spoke about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.  Soldiers are trained in different areas every Thursday, but the training on this day was on a serious topic.

    "Normally when someone speaks to a group of young people there is a little talking and whispering in the audience, but when I get started on this topic and start showing the slides, there is total silence," said Norris. "They understand the severity of the problem."

    Slides of mangled cars wrapped around trees and lodged under truck-trailers with bodies crushed inside were enough to make at least some of the Soldiers think about the dangers of drinking and driving.

    "It's scary, for sure," said Pvt. Ryan Tuazon, chaplain assistant.  "The photos were horrible and really made me think. I would never drink and drive. It's too dangerous."

    "It was a wakeup call," said Master Sgt. Steven Magnin, commandants aide. "It really puts fear in you of what the consequences are of drinking and driving."

    Those comments were echoed by the company 1st Sgt.

    "The images shown in Mr. Norris' briefing of what he has seen happen to some people who chose to drink and drive might be considered to be unnecessarily graphic by some, however, I would rather we get shocked and queasy sitting in a theater than have any member of our team take the risk," said 1st Sgt. Joanne Cox.

    About 1,000 people are arrested each year in Cumberland County for driving under the influence of alcohol, said Norris. Even a small amount of alcohol will affect your judgment and driving performance.

    "One drink doubles the time it takes for you to react," said Norris. "If you drink, you can not drive.period!"

    One of the biggest messages that Norris was trying to drill into the Soldier's minds is that if you are drinking you need to have someone sober drive you home.

    "What do you think it's going to cost you to call a cab to come out of Harrisburg to take you home?" asked Norris. "Let me make a comparison. The flower arrangements that sit on top of a casket and say, 'loving wife and daughter' are going for about $140 to $150. What's the better deal?"

    With his years of experience, Norris was very knowledgeable on the subject of DUI.

    "My purpose in coming here today, very bluntly, is to cut down on my work load," said Norris.




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Army Emergency Relief:  One Nation - One Army- One Organization


    February 23, 2005 -- Nearly everyone, at some point in their life, has been in a situation when they needed emergency financial assistance. The Army Emergency Relief program is here to make sure that Soldiers are not left without help in their time of need.

    Whether it was for a car repair, to travel home to see a dying loved one or for assistance paying for college, AER can help, said Cora Johnson, assistant AER officer and campaign manager.

    In Nov 2003, Reader's Digest described AER as one of The Best Charities in America "who's worth trusting with your donated dollars".  The Army provides much of the administration requirements; thereby insuring that 95 cents of every dollar you donate goes directly into programs for Soldiers and their families.

   "It's time again for the annual AER campaign. From March 1 to May 15, representatives for AER will be in departments all over post collecting money for the campaign," said Johnson.

    Since 1942, AER has been helping Soldiers with their emergency financial needs, but the money that goes to helping the Soldiers doesn't come from the governmental budget. The money comes from Soldier and civilian donations, according to the AER website.

    The money that you donate will go to Soldiers and their families needing financial assistance with things such as food, rent, utilities, emergency transportation, vehicle repair, funeral expenses, medical and dental expenses and more, according to the AER website.

    "Donations can be made in the form of cash, check, money order or allotment," said Johnson. 

    To make a donation, find the AER representative in your department.

    "Last year the post raised over $24,000.00 during the campaign and we assisted soldiers with over $62,000.00."

    AER has helped 2.9 million Army people with more than $837 million in financial assistance since the beginning of the program, according to the official AER web site.

    "You can take pride in the fact that your Army Emergency Relief remains well positioned to continue its support of our Soldiers," said retired Army Gen. E.C. Meyer, president of AER.
Donations can be made in the form of cash, check, or money order.  Regular Army and Active Duty Reserve Soldiers are authorized to make out a monthly allotment, not to exceed 12 months.  Retirees and Nat'l Guard soldiers can forward their donations to Army Community Services (ACS), building 632, Carlisle, Pa 17013.

    For more information about AER, call Army Community Services at 717-245-4357 or go to the AER website at



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Work progressing according to schedule on Route 11 canopy project


 February 24, 2005 - Work is progressing according to schedule on the Route 11 gate canopy.

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

    A recent string of good weather has helped keep the project on schedule.

    "We've been pretty lucky so far with the weather," said Tom Kelly, DPW director. "We haven't had a lot of snowy weather that can delay a project at this time of year."

    The canopy and facilities are being installed to help protect the guards working at the gate and for motorists who have to pass through the inspection site.

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

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

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

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

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



Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Celebrating women's role in American history

    February 23, 2005 -- The 2005 Women's History Month theme, "Women Change America," honors and recognizes the role of American women in transforming culture, history and politics as leaders, writers, scientists, educators, politicians, artists, historians and informed citizens. There are a myriad of ways in which the spirit, courage, and contributions of American women have added to the vitality, richness, and diversity of American life.

    The Carlisle Barracks Women's History Month Observance luncheon will be held March 17 , 11:30 a.m. in Bliss Hall. Special guest speaker will be Command Sgt. Maj. Michele Jones,  command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Reserves. Refreshments will be served.

     This year marks the 25th anniversary of the multicultural women's history movement and the 85th anniversary of women in the U.S. earning the right to vote.  Special opportunities to promote and honor women's historic achievements are sponsored by the National Women's History Project. In addition, the President of the United States will also issue a proclamation.

    As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County California initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration for 1978. The activities that were held met with enthusiastic response, and within a few years dozens of schools planned special programs for Women's History Week with more than 100 community women participating.

    As word spread rapidly across the nation, state departments of education encouraged celebrations of National Women's History Week as an effective means to achieving equity goals within classrooms. Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Alaska, and other states developed and distributed curriculum materials to all of their public schools. Organizations sponsored essay contests and other special programs in their local areas. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities were celebrating National Women's History Week.

    In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the national celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved and each year, programs and activities in schools, workplaces and communities have become more extensive as information and program ideas have been developed and shared.

    Editor's note: Information used in this article can be found out






Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Officer

Garrison faces budget challenges head on

    February 16, 2005 -  Garrison employees, post tenant staff members and contract workers assembled in Root Hall on Wednesday afternoon to hear Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander, lay out the current garrison budget challenges impacting the installation. 

    "This situation is serious," McPhillips said.  "The Army is going through a very difficult financial period due to the high cost of executing the Global War on Terror while at the same time executing the modular force transformation."

    McPhillips remained confident that a solution to the Army-wide budget shortfall would be found, but he did advise employees that this is "not business as usual." 

    Carlisle Barracks is not the only installation experiencing significant budget constraints.  This is an Army-wide problem, according to the data presented in the briefing. 

    The 28 Army installations in the Installation Management Agency's North East Region (NERO) are all facing budget shortfalls.  Carlisle Barracks is experiencing a $6.2 million "must fund" shortfall for the year, while the total NERO bill exceeds $230 million. 

    McPhillips made it clear that although the challenges are great, at this time the Army does not intend to order or authorize furloughs or RIF's for appropriated fund employees. 

    Non-appropriated fund employees circumstances are unique in that they must focus on their internal business practices as a way to maintain solvency, McPhillips said.   "The non-appropriated fund activities are doing well right now so it is important that we continue to support their efforts and services," McPhillips added. See related story

    McPhillips also expressed confidence that the NERO, TRADOC and Army leadership understand the situation facing the post. 

    "We've informed NERO and the Army of the situation and I'm confident that a solution will be found," McPhillips said.  "However, we must take steps now to do all we can here to reduce the shortfall."

    McPhillips has directed the implementation of the following measures: 

* Stop all building maintenance projects with the exception of the Root Hall Library Roof, which has serious structural damage resulting from an unresolved leak.

* Mission essential/mission critical work orders only.

* The Garrison Commander will review all TDY requests resourced by Garrison Funds. Employees should anticipate minimal TDY expenditures unless directed by higher headquarters.

* All overtime requests must be approved by the Garrison Commander before execution. 

* All anticipated credit card purchases must be approved prior to execution

* Garrison will not fund Summer Hires.

* Non-appropriated funds reimbursement will be cut to 50%.

* Cash awards are suspended until further notice.

* Hiring actions must be approved by Garrison Commander prior to execution

* The funding of Ethnic Observances is suspended, although the observances will continue on a no cost basis.

     Post resource managers admit that while these short term measures will provide limited relief to the constrained budget, every savings is important. 

    "These measures will help us get to April, but more importantly these actions also demonstrate to the Army our willingness and ability to enforce efficient business practices," said Nancy Mallein, Carlisle Barracks financial manager. 

    The next milestone for the post comes on April 1 when funds to operate the installation run out. 

    McPhillips promised employees that the garrison and the War College leadership will continue to aggressively work with NERO and TRADOC to ensure they understand the challenges so they can help to find a solution. 

    Col. Craig Madden, deputy commandant, reiterated that promise saying "the War College stands by the garrison and will do everything they can to assist the garrison where ever possible." 

    "The priorities remain unchanged," said McPhillips.  "Our focus here is the accomplishment of our mission here and taking care of Soldiers, family members and employees." 


Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post youth excels on area hockey team

February 14, 2005- The tough sport of ice hockey isn't too much for one post girl who found a way to bridge the gap between boy's and girl's sports.

    Taylor Suskie, daughter of Lt. Col. Robert Suskie, provost marshal, plays defense on the Carlisle High School's Junior Varsity boy's hockey team and is the only girl on the team.

    "I tried figure skating and dance lessons, but I didn't really like them," said Taylor. "I prefer competitive sports."

    Taylor's interest in hockey started from watching American Hockey League games in Wisconsin when she was in elementary school.  She started skating in first grade and started playing hockey during third grade.

    Even though, she has played hockey for several years, this is Taylor first year playing in Carlisle.

    "The guys on my team treat me fine, but players on other teams say things like, 'girls shouldn't play hockey,' or they try to make me give up the puck so they won't have to check me," said Taylor.

    Her parents are supportive of her hockey, but were a little concerned at first.

    "I was apprehensive about letting her play in a checking league," said her father. "I spoke to the coach about the nature of the league and he assured me that she had the skills and skating ability to compete and was confident she would be fine.  As it turned out, he was correct.  She has done well and had a lot of fun being a member of the team."

    The sport can get a little rough, but Taylor isn't afraid to mix it up.

    "She is incredibly tough - both mentally and physically, said William Pierce, Taylor's coach. "She took some hard checks, then got right up and continued to play. She also delivered many hard checks, has tremendous stamina and she is fearless. She played defense and went out of her way to block shots, this is not something most hockey players her age are willing to do.  During games, she came off the ice with bumps and bruises, but never complained."   

    The team didn't have a very successful year, but Taylor had fun and learned a lot.

    "Taylor is a tremendous athlete who worked hard to improve her skills," said Pierce. "She is an excellent skater who always seemed to be at the right place on the ice. She was one of the stars of the team and is one of those young athletes who listen and respond well to coaching."

    Taylor doesn't want her hockey days to end at the high school level.

    "I would like to play in one of the women's leagues someday and maybe in college if I can find one that has a women's team," said Taylor



Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Post Soldiers compete for highest enlisted honor




   February 25, 2005 -- Today, Staff Sgt. Carlene Chandler, MP, and Sgt. Mark Brummitt, MP, stood before the post command sergeant major and several other senior leaders to vie for selection into the renowned Audie Murphy Club. They didn't compete against each other; they proved that they are two of today's most distinguished NCOs and should be a part of this elite group.

    "Induction and membership into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club is a reward for noncommissioned officers whose leadership achievements and performance merit special recognition, and who have contributed significantly to the development of a professional NCO corps and a combat ready Army," said Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Saunders, post command sergeant major. "Members demonstrate superb leadership characterized by personal concern for the needs, training and development of their Soldiers, as well as concern for their Army families."

    The start of the local Audie Murphy Club will include Carlisle Barracks Soldiers as well as Soldiers from outlying detachments and depots in the state of Pennsylvania, according to Saunders. All active and reserve component Soldiers in the ranks of corporal through master sergeant are eligible to compete for membership.

    The competition will consist of hands on tasks, situational questions and a physical fitness test. Membership in this coveted and exclusive club is based on the truest of U.S. Army values and American NCO leadership styles of Sgt. Audie Murphy who earned each of his promotions on the hard fought battlefields of World War II.

    "Audie Murphy has no peer as the supreme example of American War Hero by which all generations of American War Heroes may measure themselves when confronted by perilous circumstances," said U.S. Congressman Olin E. "Tiger" Teague before his death in 1981.

    Audie Murphy had the reputation of not asking his Soldiers to do anything he wasn't willing to do. He always put his Soldiers first and always led by example.

    When a Soldier is inducted into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, he/she is given a silver medallion approximately two inches in diameter. The medallion is suspended by a broad powder-blue ribbon representing the traditional color of the infantry. The medallion is worn around the neck on the outside of the Class A or Dress Blue uniform for official functions such as military formals or Sgt. Audie Murphy Club meetings.

    Chandler and Brummit both received their medallions.

The History of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

    The original club was started at Fort Hood, Texas early in 1986. There were several key people at Fort Hood - officer, enlisted, civil service, and a Killeen civilian - who were instrumental in getting this club up and running.

    In 1994 at a Sergeant Major of the Army conference, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club spread Army-wide, to all commands with installations retaining the selection process for their own NCOs. In 1998, it was estimated that the club membership was more than 3,000 Soldiers and steadily increasing.

Sgt. Audie Murphy

    Audie Leon Murphy is the highest decorated Soldier in American history. He was a legend in his own time: a war hero, movie actor, country-and-western song writer, poet. He was refused enlistment into the Marines and Paratroopers during World War II for being too small (just under 5'6') and underweight (110 pounds).

    On his 18th birthday he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Army training commanders wanted to make him a cook or clerk, but Murphy insisted on an infantry assignment. In 1943, he was shipped overseas as a member of Company B, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany and was decorated after nearly every battle, receiving just about every U.S. medal, including the Medal of Honor, and several from other countries.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post passes with flying colors during random EPA inspection

    February 15, 2005 -- The emphasis that the Department of Public Works places on environmental safety on Carlisle Barracks paid off during a recent surprise inspection by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    On Jan. 28, DPW received a phone call from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III, Philadelphia, Pa., that they would be performing a random facility inspection covering the post hazardous waste management program the next day.

    "The compliance inspector arrived on the morning of 29 January and began a compliance evaluation inspection," said Tom Kelly, DPW director. "This type of inspection is rigorous and checks all aspects of a facility's hazardous waste operations for compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements." 

    "The CEI evaluated all of our documents such as the hazardous waste management plan, our authorization to operate a generator, the waste streams we generate, the facilities where we generate and store waste, and our health and safety program to ensure we are properly protecting our employees and the environment," he said.

    Kelly felt that the results of the inspection were so good because of the hard work by those involved in monitoring and making sure the post stays in compliance with the environmental laws.

    "The inspector was very impressed with our program, and findings were minor in nature," said Kelly.

    "We have a very sound hazardous waste management program, and this compliance inspection validates the strength of the program," said Kelly. "I give credit to Rick Pokrowka, Installation Hazardous Waste Manager, Keith Bailey, Biological Science Technician, and Bill Tarman for ensuring that Carlisle Barracks continually complies with the applicable laws."

    The "mayor" of Carlisle Barracks was also very pleased with the results of the survey.

    "The results of this assessment show our dedication to helping our environment and the hard work that is done by our folks in DPW," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.



YS fundraiser donates over $1700 to Tsunami relief

    The Carlisle Barracks Youth Services raised $1,725 during the Boys and Girls Club of America Tsunami Fund Raising Campaign. 

    "Our pledge was $1000, so we were able to collect a little more," said Bob Salviano, YS  director. "This was a great project for our kids."




Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks remembers Black History Month

February 10, 2005-In a brief yet powerful ceremony at the LeTort View Community Center on Feb. 10, Carlisle Barracks remembered and celebrated Black History Month.

    Dr. Burrell Brown, Pennsylvania State Conference NAACP president, used a mixture of humor and his knowledge of the history of the black people to convey a message of equality and potential to the people who attended the celebration.

    "Do we really need to celebrate Black History Month?" asked Brown. "Yes," he said, answering his own question. We need to celebrate it for two reasons. The first reason is to motivate, and the second is to set the record straight."

    Brown gave examples of the difference between "his-story versus our-story" to make a point about the misconceptions about African Americans' abilities in society. He described his-story as having been written historically by European Americans who have had a biased view of what African Americans can accomplish, but as he said, our-story, the story of what blacks have actually accomplished is a much different story. He proceeded to go through a list of achievements that African Americans have made to prove his-story to be short sighted.

    Brown's words reached out to some in the crowd and made them think of the role of African Americans in the past, present and future.

    "What Dr. Brown said was absolutely wonderful," said Denise Bagby. "It is as relevant today as in the past, and in the future. He talked about equality, not just for African Americans, but for all people."

    The message that Sgt. 1st Class Briggett Bennett, logistics noncommissioned officer in charge for CSL, got from the speaker was that she, and all African Americans "should continue to strive for success and should not just settle."

    According to Brown, the color of a person's skin should not be the deciding factor in their ability to succeed in society.

    "Upward motion should be based on a person's ability, not the color of your skin," said Brown. 


Dr. Francis J. Harvey, Secretary of the Army

A letter to the Soldiers of the United States Army


    I have been the Secretary of the Army for about two months and I thought it would now be appropriate to share with you - our Soldiers - some of my initial observations, as well as to discuss a number of the priorities that I have established.
    I am truly honored to be appointed the 19th Secretary of the Army and to have the opportunity to serve our country during a time of war. I have been and will be working closely with the Chief of Staff as together we lead the Army in successfully meeting the challenges of the dangerous and complicated 21st Century security environment and, specifically, jointly fighting and winning the Global War on Terrorism.
    My first observation is that the Army isn't just an ordinary institution, it's a great institution with an unparalleled set of enduring core values, a long, rich tradition and a demonstrated ability to change and adapt to new situations. Our traditions and the timeless Army values like loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage have been forged on battlefields around the world by the bravery and dedication of millions of American Soldiers.
    My second observation is that Soldiers are the centerpiece of the Army - without you nothing is accomplished. You are the best our Nation has to offer and I cherish your dedication and sacrifice.
    That leads me to my first priority, which is the well being of Soldiers and their families. Nothing that I do as the Secretary of the Army is more important than this. I will work hard to meet Soldiers' near term needs, including providing the best quality of life possible for families, while building the Army of the future. I am committed to ensuring that Soldiers get the best training and right equipment. I will be your advocate in seeking support from the Department of Defense and Congress.
    Another important priority is the generation of the land forces required to win the Global War on Terrorism by effectively managing the force and ensuring its readiness. What does that mean for you? It means stabilized and standardized deployment cycles resulting in a high degree of predictability for Soldiers and families and, where applicable, their employers. To be successful in generating the required land forces we must be intensely focused on continuing to meet our recruiting and retention goals for both the Active and Reserve Components. Finally, when we are ready to deploy Soldiers, you will be well trained and organized to fight and win with fully operational equipment.
    My next priority is Transforming the Army with an approach that is best described as evolutionary change leading to revolutionary outcomes. This priority, closely related to our effort to generate the land forces required for the GWOT, means we must make a smooth transition from the current Army to a future Army - - one that will be better able to meet the challenges of the 21st Century security environment. It means we must prepare our forces, in mindset, training and equipment, to operate in future ambiguous and austere environments. But to be truly successful, this transformation must build on our enduring Army values and rich traditions - - preserving the best of the past, while changing and improving for the future.
    Under the Chief's leadership, we have made significant progress on Force Transformation with initiatives such as Modularity, Force Stabilization, and Rebalancing of the Force. We have made significant investments in the Future Combat System program and projects to develop and deploy a network centric communications and information systems infrastructure that can dominate any potential adversary. Complementing Force Transformation is Business Transformation, our effort to maximize resources and get the biggest bang for our buck. The resources we gain through Business Transformation will be used to provide more and better equipment and other resources for the war fighter.
    These three priorities - well being of Soldiers and their families, generation of the land forces required to win the Global War on Terrorism, and transforming the Army - are at the top of my list, but there are also other supporting priorities. For example, we must also work hard on Developing Leaders for both the current and future Army. They must be effective leaders in war, but they also must be the leaders to win the peace, fully capable of making sound decisions under challenging conditions.
    In closing, never forget that you are part of a great institution. Our Nation is critically dependent on the Army to keep it safe and secure. Today, that means the Army must jointly fight and win the GWOT. We must never forget that we are fighting an enemy whose fundamental objective is to destroy our Nation's way of life. Your service is essential to protecting our way of life, and our Nation greatly values the sacrifices you are making.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Army Family Action Plan Symposium to be held March 7

Annual event allows Army community opportunity to tell leadership what's working, what's not and how to fix it


February 9, 2005 -- Tired of trying to find a parking space? Wish the commissary had different operating hours? Have a concern with Dunham Clinic? It is easy to complain about a problem, but here is a chance to do something about it.

    All members of the Carlisle Barracks community are invited to take part in the annual Army Family Action Plan Symposium on March 7 at the post chapel.

    The AFAP is one of the Army's principle programs to ensure that well-being in the Army keeps pace with changing times.  By giving all military community members the opportunity to make input into and influence their own standards of living, the AFAP helps the Army attract and retain a well-qualified, high caliber force, and fosters Soldier and family satisfaction. It also helps establish programs that encourage confident, self-sufficient soldiers and family members.

    "As we look at AFAP's history, the program results speak for themselves; 77 changes to legislation, 126 policies revised or established, and 139 programs or services improved," said Anne Hurst, from the Army Community Service office. "Some of our local concerns have included the scheduling of spring break to TRICARE approval for prescriptions. Family support groups, the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program and the TRICARE Dental Program all came out of AFAP recommendations."

     She urges the Carlisle Barracks community to participate to make their experience on post better. There are many levels at which the issues raised are resolved. Those that can be addressed at the local level are diverted to the garrison commander, who handles those issues within his authority. When an issue is beyond the scope of local authorities, it's passed up the chain to higher levels of the Army Family Action Plan.

    "This process lets soldiers and families say what is working and isn't, and what they think will fix it." Hurst said. "It alerts commanders and Army leaders to areas of concern that need their attention, and it gives them the opportunity to quickly put plans into place to work toward resolving the issues.

    "This partnership strengthens the bond between the Army and its families," said Brenda Sampson, ACS director. "It's part of retaining quality soldiers."

    The AFAP is a grassroots program that allows any member of the Army community -- active and reserve Soldiers, families and retirees -- to voice their concerns. The program begins with the completion of an 'issue sheet,' to identify the problem and propose a solution.

   These forms can be picked up at the Post Exchange, Garrison Headquarters lobby, Commissary, Headquarters Company Orderly Room, Army Community Service lobby, and Dunham Health Clinic.  There are boxes at these sites where the completed issue sheets can be dropped off.

    If you have any concerns relating to the quality of life in the military or here at Carlisle Barracks, take the time to complete an issue sheet. You can also find the issues sheets on Form Flow (CBks Form 774re) or stop by the ACS Office, 632 Wright Ave.

    Issues must be received at the ACS Office on or before Feb. 21.

    Another way to participate is to become a volunteer delegate. During the symposium, delegates from the Carlisle Barracks community discuss the submitted issues and recommend ways to find resolutions. Volunteer delegates are needed before Feb. 15, and training will take place the following week of Feb. 22.  If you would like to be a delegate in the 2005 symposium contact ACS at 717 245-4357 or visit the ACS Center at 632 Wright Ave.


Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Important Information for families of deployed Soldiers from Pa.

    The offices of the Pa. Lt. Gov., Cumberland County Veterans Affairs and Carlisle Barracks Army Community Services have teamed up to identify and provide valuable resource material to assist the family members of deployed Soldiers from Pa. 

   The information provided by this group will help those family members find or establish support groups, assist with everyday life issues, identify Veterans' benefits and services and obtain valuable information from military resources websites.

   Army Family Team Building will assist family members to identify or set up support groups in their areas, access on-line training, and up-to-date information about issues facing the Army family today.  For more information, contact Army Family Team Building at 717-245-4357 or visit the AFTB website at

   Army One Source is available to assist with life's everyday challenges that are faced by Soldiers and their families through Family Readiness programs.  For more information, call 1-800-464-8107 or visit the Army One Source website at (User ID:  Army).

   Available Benefits and Services for Veterans.  To apply for benefits and services such as disability claims, health care enrollment, pension claims, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation, emergency assistance, counseling services, employment services, home loan guarantees, burial and death benefits, contact your county's director of Veterans' Affairs.  In Cumberland County the director can be reached at 717-240-6178 or visit for more information.

    Information on various Military Resources.  Valuable information on military resources can be found on the following websites: 
  (Military Family Resource Center)
 (U.S. Army Reserve)
 (Army National Guard)
 (National Military Family Association)
 (Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve)
  (U.S. Army Medical Department)
 (Defense Finance & Accounting Service)
 (Army Housing)
  (Army and Air Force

    Exchange Service)

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Planning the perfect wedding

International customs, traditions, rituals

(courtesy photos)


    February 10, 2005 -- American tradition dictates a bride must wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day. A very simple task when compared to some of the more elaborate customs and traditions of other countries.


   "It took my husband and I three days to marry," said Anita Thapa of Nepal. She is the wife of Brig. Gen. Paban Jung Thapa, member of the U.S. Army War College class of 2005.  After an arranged marriage and six-months of dating, they have been married for 22 years.

    American and IF spouses shared their wedding stories and photos Feb. 8 at the weekly Conversation and Culture social event held at the post chapel.

    "Victor and I courted for a year," said Dottie Felix of the Philippines "We had to have chaperoned dates and after a seven year engagement, we were married."

    Filipino children who get married before they finish college take the chance of being disowned by their parents. The prospective groom also has to come to the bride's house and serve for a period of time. The groom also pays for the wedding. Col. Victor Felix and his wife Dottie have been married for 23 years.

    "We had to get married to be together," said Inge Harmsma of the Netherlands "Ronald was 22 and I was 20, and he was headed off to the military. So in order for us to be together, we had to get married."  They have been married for 21 years.


    In comparison to some of the other IF spouses, Keiko Mitsuru of Japan is still somewhat of a newlywed.  When she married, she had to change clothes three times during the wedding ceremony and her traditional gown weighed nearly 20 lbs. Her marriage to Col. Nodomi Mitsuru is in its 11th year.

    Prearranged marriages, long ceremonies and long engagements are common in countries like India, while other countries have other unique characteristics. Jumping the broom is an African custom that symbolizes jumping the doorway from a carefree single life into the responsibilities of domestic life. At a Filipino wedding, both the bride and groom have money pinned onto them by people dancing with them at the reception.

    In Egypt, families propose to the bride and many marriages are arranged. In Germany, during the ceremony when the couple kneels, the groom may kneel on the bride's hem to show that he'll keep her in line. Then, the bride may step on his foot as she rises to reassert herself. In Italy, ribbons symbolize the tying together of two lives, so a ribbon is often tied across the front of the church door to symbolize the wedding bond.


    Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony. At a Russian wedding, the newlyweds present a gift to each guest as an expression of gratitude. In Korea, brides wear bright hues of red and yellow to take their vows.

    International Fellows have been attending the USAWC since 1978. Conversation and Culture is a social program for IF spouses, supporters and sponsors to bond together and share cultural experiences, traditions, foods and customs.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post 'knowledge workers' get new search tool

    February 8, 2005 -- Trying to find both an a student research paper and a student who has experience in the topic or region? You can find out both at the same time by using the new Expertise Location System which was recently developed by the U.S. Army War College.

    On Feb. 7, the USAWC Knowledge Management Office launched a new tool for use in locating subject matter experts and knowledge here.  The Expertise Location System, or ELS, was developed in response to the need to locate experts and knowledge sources throughout the College. 

    "This is the result of four months of effort by Remtech Services Incorporated under the direction of the CIO and DOIM," said Lt. Col. John Koivisto, Chief Knowledge Officer. "The ELS is the first of many planned innovations to Knowledge Management at the U.S. Army War College."

    Available under the Applications menu on the CBNet homepage, the ELS enables searches of biographic data for staff, faculty, and students as well as the Strategic Research Project database, and can also perform confederated searches of both. 

    "Prior to development of this tool, knowledge workers were required to use two groups of tools, the Bio Book and the SRP Database to achieve the same results," said Koivisto. "This was time consuming and required the use of separate browser windows and multiple screens and pull down menus. The ELS has taken the most frequently used and best features of these tools and developed a system which enables broader access to the knowledge resources of the College."

     The ELS searches several data repositories across the post computer network to provide listings for relevant responses based on the user-defined search criteria. It was developed and designed by two RSI employees, Ryan Kipe, and Craig Sholley. 

     "Kipe designed the search screens, indexed the various databases, structured the results pages, all the things that make it what it is. Craig Sholley was a tremendous help in first determining that it could be done and then roughing out how we could get it done," said Koivisto. Originally the ELS was going to be designed by a private company, but it was determined that the work could be better done by the RSI staff.

    "We actually started by looking to get Google here to do this but when we ran into cost and security issues fell back and built it ourselves, at no additional cost to the college," said Koivisto. "We probably saved at least $75,000 by doing this in-house."

    The work that went into creating the search tool wasn't easy.

    "I estimate that it took about four months," said Kipe. "The hardest part was combining both data types from the Biographical Profiles and Strategic Research Projects." Kipe has been programming web applications since 1997.

    The tool also incorporates the Advanced Search tool used currently with the CBNet Bio Book. The ELS,  permits simultaneous searches across all personnel categories (staff, faculty, resident and non-resident students, and command group), a feature not available under earlier tools.

    The ELS was developed over four months, tested extensively internally, and provided to a test group for assessment. The test group identified requirements which were incorporated into the current version, however, there may be improvements made in the near future.

    "This tool is not intended to be a single response to a single issue; it is a beginning and we are already looking forward to the next enhancement.  We hope to incorporate the SSI (Strategic Studies Institute) database into the tool and both broaden the scope and refine the search criteria providing our users with the best and most relevant knowledge in response to their requirements," said Koivisto. " The development was a cross-College effort with key input and assistance provided by academic departments and support agencies such as the Human Resources Directorate and the U.S. Army Garrison."

    To help new users, the Computer Education Center has developed an instruction sheet to assist  those getting acquainted with the search tool. 

    "There is great potential for this tool, especially in assisting students with research projects by quickly locating subject matter experts and allowing broader searches of the SRP database," said John Murray, training coordinator with Remtech Services Inc.  "The CEC team can assist with any 'usability' issues or questions that you may have." The instruction sheet can be found in the CEC.

    Koivisto did point out that the tool can't possibly replace other knowledge location resources.   

    "By far, our greatest knowledge resource in the college remains our dedicated staff and, in particular, our research assistants in the library," he said. "Nothing replaces years of experience and personal knowledge and our students, staff, and faculty are fortunate to have these people on our team to help in locating resources."   

    The ELS is accessible through the CBNet, it is also available for use off campus and from home via the CBNet-at-home application enabled by the DOIM earlier this year. 

    Potential users of the ELS seemed excited by how it could cut down their search times.

    "I think it will make life easier when you can search multiple things at once," said Mary Jo Weishaupt.

    All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to use the ELS and report comments or findings directly to Koivisto at 245-4506.  


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC professor named one of Homeland Security Policy Institute 2005 Senior Fellows

February 9, 2005- U.S. Army War College Professor Bert Tussing  was named one of the 2005 Homeland Security Policy Institute Senior Fellows.

    Frank Cilluffo, director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, announced Jan. 28 at GWU the appointment of the senior fellows, where the Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Duncan Campbell, together with members of the HSPI Steering Committee, welcomed the group to HSPI. Tussing, the Professor of National Security Affairs, was one of 34 people honored.

    "The senior fellows are a distinguished group that will contribute greatly to the HSPI research agenda," Cilluffo said. "The senior fellows are well positioned to address policy issues currently facing our nation's leaders." 

    Tussing felt honored to be among the first group of HPSI senior fellows.

    "It is an honor, of course, to have been selected; but I think my selection is largely a reflection of the opportunities I have had here at the U.S. Army War College to work with people from the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense, the U.S. Northern Command, and a lot of good folks who are working the issues in and around DC," said Tussing. " I consider myself very fortunate to have been positioned to discover some of these opportunities as they were unfolding, and then given the freedom from the War College and CSL to pursue them. I try, as best I can, to learn what I can from them and bring those lessons home for our curriculum, our exercises, and the various symposiums and other events that we run."

    The senior fellows are drawn from government, academia and the non-profit and private sectors, with expertise in areas ranging from bioterrorism to critical infrastructure protection to intelligence services. Throughout the year, senior fellows participate in roundtable sessions with senior government officials and collaborate with the HSPI Steering Committee to publish policy papers and work on homeland security research projects.

    According to their website, HSPI draws on the expertise of The George Washington University and its partners from the academic, non-profit, policy and private sectors for a common goal of better preparing the nation for the threat of terrorism. Their website also states that HSPI frames the debate, discusses policy implications and alternatives and recommends solutions to issues facing America's homeland security policymakers.

    "By linking academicians and scientists to decision makers at all levels of government, the private sector and the communities we live in, HSPI is working to build a bridge between theory and practice in the homeland security arena," said Cilluffo.

    For additional information about HSPI please visit



The 2005 HSPI Senior Fellows:


Steve Austin, State Farm Insurance

David Aylward, ComCARE Alliance

Mike Balboni, New York State Senator

Tom Barksdale, The Strategic Trade Advisory Group, Ltd.

James Carafano, Heritage Foundation

Sharon Caudle, U.S. Government Accountability Office

John Cohen, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Ethan Cooper, American Defense International

Guy Copeland, Computer Sciences Corporation

Jonah Czerwinski, Center for the Study of the Presidency

Richard Davis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Jim Ferguson, J.G. Ferguson & Associates, L.L.C.

Brian Finch, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

George Foresman, Commonwealth of Virginia

John Frazzini, Secure Systems Integration Corporation

Chris Furlow, Furlow Strategies, LLC

E. Kweilen Kimmelman, U.S. Department of Defense

Scott Lillibridge, University of Texas

Ronald Marks, Digital Sandbox, Inc.

Pat McCrory, Mayor of Charlotte, NC

James McDonnell, USEC

John Nemeth, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

J. Paul Nicholas, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Eric Noji, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jack Oslund, Telecommunication and National Security Program

Daniel Ostergaard, Homeland Security Advisory Council

Bob Shephard, MITRE Corporation

Rhea Siers, U.S. Government

Seth Stodder, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Jack Tomarchio, Hill Solutions, LLC

Bert Tussing, U.S. Army War College

William Vedra, State of Ohio

Mike Wermuth, RAND

Evan Wolff, MITRE Corporation





Anheuser-Busch offers free admission to Its adventure parks

  Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc announced its "Heroes Salute" to honor the U.S. Armed Services by offering free single-day admission to its SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks to active duty military, active reservists, U.S. Coast Guard, National Guardsmen and as many as three direct dependents beginning Feb. 7 through Dec. 31, 2005. Any active duty, active reserve, ready reserve service member or National Guard is entitled to free admission under the program. He or she need only register, either online at or in the entrance plaza of participating parks, and show a Department of Defense photo ID. As many as three direct dependents of military personnel also are entitled to free admission. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their servicemember, though an adult must accompany minor dependents. For more information, visit


Subway opening delayed

    Due to unexpected construction and contracting delays, the Subway restaurant under construction in the Post Exchange may not open until late April. 


Updated Policy for Influenza Vaccine

 Jan. 28, 2005 -- Flu vaccine is available for:

                           --All Military

                           --All Family Members

                           --All Civilian Employees

     Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic will continue to vaccinate ALL eligible beneficiaries on an appointment basis, while supplies of the vaccine are available.  Please call 245-3400 to make an appointment.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Army budget affects commands worldwide


    February 4, 2005 -- USAWC alumna Diane Devens returned to Carlisle Barracks today in her role as director of the Northeast Region of the Installation Management Agency.  In a briefing to the Carlisle Barracks garrison staff and directors, she spoke with a positive attitude about the potential budget challenges that all IMA garrisons now face, and the smart ways to manage them.

    Transformation, modular forces and continuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan require constrained spending in discretionary defense programs.  All Carlisle Barracks missions can expect tight management of funds, but Devens spoke to the questions of funds in the IMA 'pipeline' to garrison.

    "Every month will be like year-end close outs," she said, referring to the intensive budget management needed. "We'll be operating with minimum margins for about two years, but the rest of this fiscal year will require us to tightly rein in discretionary spending."

    All garrison commanders are engaged in the same intensive process - reviewing cost-cutting methods and applying them to their budget to determine savings that can be gained.

    Carlisle Barracks has already executed significant efficiencies in many key programs such as the post energy system. The "A-76" privatization was designed to create long-term cost efficiencies. The challenge is a short-term cash-flow issue, according to Devens, and not an issue of standing inefficiencies at garrisons such as this one.

    Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander, met with his directors in late January to let them know that budget changes could be significant, and to rally their help in combing budgets for cost-cutting options.  "We're to look for additional efficiencies from non-emergency repair costs, overtime costs and discretionary services, he said. He noted that civilian pay is on the top of the commitments to pay, according to budgetary guidance.  

    Civilian pay, utilities, and contracts are considered "must-fund" bills, said Devens.

    The rate of converting positions from 'green-suiters' to civilians will probably slow in the War College as well as the garrison.  The Military Police conversion will continue on a one-to-one basis, said McPhillips, who is reassessing the conversion of other military positions.  The Army War College will face a similar modification to military to civilian conversions, and is looking for ways to overcome this so as to continue to provide the level of required service, noted USAWC Chief of Staff Col. Mike Colpo. Army War College money comes through TRADOC and garrison operating funds through Installation Management Agency. Each funding stream is closed and virtually non-transferable, and each one is expected to feel the impact of pressure on Army budgets. 

    The supplemental funds that Army has requested from Congress are intended for critical requirements in support of the Soldiers engaged in the Global War on Terrorism and to increase combat effectiveness in the GWOT through the "Modularity" force structure reorganization.  "The President pledged that our troops will have what they need to fight and win the war on terror and this supplemental request keeps that pledge." according to White House releases.   


Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Officer

Bogus BRAC list resurfaces 


    February 4, 2005 -- It's Back!

    That's right, the bogus Base Realignment and Closure list is back and making its way through the internet and e-mails around the country.  In the past week, the "list," purported to be official and provided by a "knowledgeable and anonymous source," has been published in two electronic newsletters, Armed Forces News and FEDweek, which compile news for subscribers who are typically federal employees. 

    This list first began circulating through emails and the internet nearly two years ago at the beginning of the BRAC process.  The publication of the bogus list understandably raises concern among residents, employees and the local community, because Carlisle Barracks is featured at the top of the alphabetized roster.   

    "No one should be surprised the bogus list has surfaced again," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.  "BRAC is an emotional hot button and as we near the end of the process and the publication of the real list, we can expect to see the bogus list appear from time to time." 

    A Department of Defense spokesperson also denied the authenticity of the list and reiterated that it is "pure speculation" and that there will be no official list published by DoD until all internal deliberations are completed in May 2005. 

Other myths persist

    There are also persistent myths about BRAC, which include the military to civilian conversion of post employees and the significance of local military construction projects.

    The ongoing reassignment of Soldiers to deployable units is a Department of the Army manning initiative to move uniformed service members from garrison positions and place them in war fighting billets.  This initiative is resource driven and not related to BRAC, according the Col. Mike Colpo, USAWC chief of staff.  

    "This is happening at garrisons everywhere," Colpo added.

    Additionally, there has been conjecture that if a post is engaging in significant construction projects, it is less vulnerable to potential closure, while a post devoid of major construction projects is at greater risk.  This myth is also untrue, according to McPhillips. 

    "Carlisle Barracks, like many other installations around the country is involved in the Residential Communities Initiative, which in our case is paralleling the BRAC 05 timeline," McPhillips said.

    "This does not mean that this installation or any other is immune from realignment or closure," he added.   

    Defense Department officials note that since all installations are being considered under BRAC, the presence or absence of any construction projects should not be considered a clue in the eventual disposition of BRAC.

    "I encourage everyone to be patient and avoid adding to the conjecture by taking stock in the rumors and innuendos," McPhillips said. 


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks to become regional 'hub' for Army Education program


   February 3, 2005 -- Carlisle Barracks, already home to the U.S. Army War College, will once again be a central point for military educational services.

   The post will now be the new educational "hub" for Aberdeen Proving Ground, and Fort Meade, in addition to Soldiers stationed here.

    Due to mandated changes, the Northeast Region, Installation Management Agency Army Continuing Education System is about to undergo a dramatic reorganization, which includes Carlisle Barracks.

    "We centralized as many administrative and managerial functions as possible in as few locations as possible," said Karen Perkins, Chief, Human Resources, Northeast Region. "The new organization will look like a wagon wheel - a center hub where the centralized functions of administration and management will be conducted and "spokes" where the services will be provided at each garrison," she said.

    For Carlisle Barracks this will mean continuing the high level of service already provided to a much wider audience.

    "I have no doubt that our education center will continue to operate at the high level that it currently does," said Darrel Clay, director of community activities. "The feedback we've received from our customers in the past makes me confident that the transition to this educational hub will be seamless."

     Of paramount concern was the desire to provide Soldiers with as many services as possible without requiring them to travel excessively. Essential onsite services such as college classes, learning centers, and testing will still be provided at the "spoke" locations.

    In the Northeast Region of IMA, there will be four "hub' locations, each having two to four "spokes."

    The "hub" locations include Fort Eustis with "spokes" at Fort Lee, Fort Monroe, and Fort Story. Another "hub" at Fort Myer will service "spokes" at Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, and Fort A.P. Hill. The West Point "hub" will support the Fort Dix, Fort Devens, Fort Hamilton, and Fort Monmouth "spokes," while the Carlisle Barracks "hub" will centralize services for Aberdeen Proving Ground, and Fort Meade. Fort Drum will continue as a stand-alone Education Center. The Walter Reed and Fort Detrick ACES programs were not included in the IMA reductions. 

    "This is very good news for our Education Center. They will grow by some number of people not yet determined," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander. "I'm excited. I think it's a good fit for the Carlisle Barracks Education Center. We do a lot of those kinds of activities - distance connecting over the web. It's what we do for USAWC distance education, so we have a strong information technology architecture to support this kind of long-distance communication."

    The locations of the "hubs" and "spokes" were based on recommendations from the NE Region garrison Command Sergeants Majors following their evaluation of oral presentations during late January 2005 at Fort Belvoir.  The criteria used to make the decisions were determined through a collaborative process.  Some of the critical factors in the decision-making process included technological capability, centrality to other garrisons and serviced populations within the assigned geographic area (including the active Reserve and National Guard force), existing regionalized operations, and available facilities.   


Editors note: Information from this story came from a IMA news release.



Next Perspective lecture to be held Feb. 16

  The February Perspectives in Military History lecture will be held Wednesday, February 16. This month's featured speaker is Dr. Tami Biddle, George C. Marshall Chair of Military Studies, Department of National Security Studies, U.S. Army War College.  Dr. Biddle will present "Dresden Firestorm: Assault, Aftermath, and Legacy."

    The city of Dresden was bombarded four times between Feb. 13-15, 1945.  The first two raids were carried out by the RAF's Bomber Command, and the latter two were waged by the US Army Air Forces.  The first raid seeded fires that were exacerbated by the second raid, and overnight the city became an inferno.  It was not the first "firestorm" in Europe during World War II, and it was by no means the most destructive raid of the war.  Dr. Biddle will examine the history of the Dresden raid; she will explain what happened and why it happened, and she will examine the legacy of the Dresden raid as part of the public memory of World War II.

    All lectures in the 2004-2005 Perspectives in Military History lecture series will be conducted in the Letort View Community Center, unless otherwise noted. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the talk begins at 7:15 p.m. They are free and open to the public. Non-government ID card holders will be asked to show photo ID and proof of insurance when entering Carlisle Barracks.


Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Civilian guards take over military police duties as Soldiers transition

February 1, 2005-Nine Department of the Army police officers raised their right hands and took an oath to protect and serve the Carlisle Barracks community.

    The first class of DA police officers graduated from the Carlisle Barracks Police Academy in a ceremony Feb. 1 in Bliss Hall.

    "Our graduates today know full well the importance of their mission here at the barracks," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, commanding general. "This place is a centerpiece for the nation in the education of its strategic leaders, and a key meeting place for the most senior leaders of our joint, interagency, corporate, community and multinational teams. We congratulate you-yesterday's achievements, today's accomplishment and tomorrow's service."

    The ceremony included the transfer of power from Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Gray, MP platoon sergeant, to DA police officer, Capt. Ronald Hillegass. Gray, dressed in full battle gear and carrying an M-16A2 rifle, relinquished his authority to Lt. Col. Robert Suskie, provost marshal, and then Suskie in turn pinned a badge on Hillegass, giving him the responsibility for the Carlisle Barracks police force.

    The graduates of this class possess a combined total of more than 175 years of military and law enforcement experience. The graduates include former Pa. state police officers, a former Baltimore police officer, former MP noncommissioned officers, a career Navy chief, current members of the Air Force National Guard and a Steelton, Pa. police officer. All are U.S. military veterans.

    The nine police officers completed six weeks of class room training and two weeks of on-the-job training. The DA police officers will have the same authority as the current MPs and will perform all the same duties.

    "We received thorough training," said Joseph Keller, Assistant Operations Officer for the DA police. MPs did a bulk of the training. It a good team building experience for the first team of DA police officers."

    The DA police will replace the current Military Police Soldiers who are in the process of transitioning to combat units.

    "We are increasing the number of our high demand and low density military occupational specialties as a part of rebalancing the force across all components," said Huntoon. "The U.S. Army's Military Police have always been in the front lines of the Army's major deployments, and they are critical in the fight against global terrorism."

    The DA police are now ready to take over the job of protecting and serving the citizens of Carlisle Barracks.

    "I could tell when I looked in the eyes of these police that they are fully committed to the safety of this garrison," said Huntoon.

    The next group of trainees will start their training on Feb. 7.



Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Army Chief of Chaplains issues challenge to answer call to service

    February 3, 2005 - Members of the Carlisle Barracks community gathered today in the Letort View Community Center to fellowship and pray during the annual observance of the National Prayer Breakfast. A symbol of faith and hope, this year's theme is Strengthening Our Nation Through Prayer.

     "Our focus is on prayer as our nation was established as one nation under God," said Chap. (Col.) Richard Pace, installation chaplain.

      "We need to go beyond where we are . break the plain of the ordinary expectations and go beyond what is expected," said guest speaker Chap (Maj. Gen.) David Hicks, Army Chief of Chaplains.

     Hicks spoke to the audience of more than 150 service members, employees and family members about his experiences and how he used prayer to succeed in his military career and his ministry.

     "I believe that every one of us has a given talent for spiritual leadership. We all have gifts, talents and given abilities that many of us don't even realize we have. Marry these gifts with purpose and you will have peace," Hicks said.

     Hicks reminded those in attendance that "all of us are people who are under authority." He offered encouragement for individuals to find their gifts and answer calls to service when they come.

    "Throughout the years as members of the Armed Forces we have gathered in military communities all over the world to . honor things spiritual and give thanks for our many blessings," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant.

     After the service, Hicks met privately with Pace and all the chaplains in the current U.S. Army War College class. Of the 325 students, five are chaplains.

History of the National Prayer Breakfast

     In 1775, the Continental Congress made the first national call to prayer, asking the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of "humiliation, fasting, and prayer." And, in 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Harry Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer.

    The tradition of the National Prayer Breakfast dates to the 1942 prayer breakfast groups in the Senate and House of Representatives, and 1953 when the first Presidential Prayer Breakfast established by members of the Senate and House prayer groups.

     In 1970, the name was changed to the National Prayer Breakfast.


Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Soldiers, civilians recognized for accomplishments

    February 2, 2005-Carlisle Barracks recognized the efforts and accomplishments of military and civilian personnel during the Quarterly Awards ceremony Feb. 2 in the Letort View Community Center.

    "I want to thank everyone for their hard work day in and day out," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander. "You are doing excellent work."

    The provost marshal was pleased to see some of his men receive awards for their hard work.

    "It was a good opportunity to recognize the men that work behind the scenes for their hard work they did to put together the new Haz-Mat vehicle," said Lt. Col. Robert Suskie, provost marshal. "

    "The firefighters strive to ensure the safety of everyone on the installation,' said Robert Farrell, fire captain.


Award winners:


Sgt. Carl Whitaker, CIO - NCO of the quarter, 1st Qtr. FYO5

PV2 Allan Houck, DSES - Soldier of the quarter, 1st Qtr. FYO5

Ms. Linda Jackson, DMSPO, USAWC - Civilian of the quarter, 1st Qtr. FYO5


Special recognition

Commander's Award for Civilian Service - AHEC Grand Opening Ceremony

Ms. Linda Berkowitz, Executive Services

Mr. Pete Collins, DPT

Ms. Suzanne Reynolds, PAO


Commander's Award for Civilian Service - AHEC Move

Ms. Louise Arnold-Friend

Mr. Richard Backer

Ms. Pamela Cheney

Mr. John Giblin

Mr. Jay Graybeal

Mr. Randy Hackenburg

Mr. David Keough

Mr. Michael Monahan

Mr. Adam Priester


Distinguished Graduate Diploma

Ms. Tonya Heinbaugh, IOC


DA Certificate of Achievement

Mr. Keith Thompson, Barracks Crossing Auto Craft Shop


Commanding General's Two-Star Note (Remtech Services Employees)

Mr. Kenneth Kennedy

Mr. James Lloyd

Mr. Jarrod Ray


Garrison Commander's Coins (Fire Dept. Employees)

Mr. Jeff Byard

Mr. Randy Cramer

Mr. Larry Davidson

Mr. Douglas Henschel


Residential Communities Initiative Recognition

Mr. Alan Thompson, RCI

Mr. Bill Metcalf, RCI

Ms. Maria Jones, RCI

Mr. Wayne Boyd, Housing Div., DPW

Mr. Bif Coyle, Housing Div., DPW

Ms. Sedina Lupfer, Housing Div., DPW


Length of Service Award

Ms. Susan Berrier, Barracks Crossing Framing Studio - 20 years



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Garrison operations settle into new home in Upton Hall

February 3, 2005 -- After weeks of packing and unpacking, Garrison Headquarters has finally settled into its new home.

    The interior of Upton Hall was remodeled to accommodate the offices formerly located in Bouquet Hall. Garrison headquarters, the Post Judge Advocate's office, the Installation Operations Center along with other offices, moved into the first floor of the building.

    "We are going to progressively keep renovating the building," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.  "We are currently working on the first floor, but we intend to expand to the second floor in the future."

    When entering the building, most garrison offices can be found by turning right into the West Wing, if entering from the Ashburn Drive entrance. The Post Judge Advocates offices are on the left. The Tax Center will continue to operate out of Bouquet Hall.

    One of the new residents found it comforting to be "home" again.

    "I love my new home," said Susan Wise, secretary in the garrison. "It's much better the second time around. I started my career here in Upton Hall 24 years ago, but stayed less than a year. I was in Bouquet Hall for the last 21 years. It's amazing to be working back in this building. " 

    Upton Hall will continue to be a landmark on Carlisle Barracks and represent its educational heritage into the future.

    "Upton is a classic structure that has been important for a number of different Army schools," said Dr. Conrad Crane, director of the Military History Institute. "In many ways it is a symbol of the Army's educational heritage, as well as a recognizable icon of Carlisle Barracks."

    A decision has not been made on the future of Bouquet Hall.


 The new locations for the offices in Upton hall can be found below.

West Wing:

(Garrison Operations)

107                     Command Executive Assistant

108                     CEA Admin

111                     Safety

112                     Plans & Training

114                     Dir, Plans, Training, Mobilization, & Security

115                     Force Protection

117A                  Conference Room

117B                  Plans, Analysis, & Integration

117C                  Internal Review & Audit Compliance

119                    Secretary to the Garrison Commander


East Wing:

(Post Judge Advocate)

104                      Claims

105                      Legal NCO & Legal Assistant

105A                    Assistant PJA

121                      Post Judge Advocate Law Library

122                      PJA

123                      Civilian Counsel



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC, Microsoft sign agreement to provide free software to students, staff and faculty


   February 2, 2005 -- Post students, staff and faculty are now authorized to receive free Microsoft software under a new agreement between the U.S. Army War College and the computer giant.

    All Carlisle Barracks students, staff and faculty, including Garrison personnel, and contractors can now obtain one copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2003 and one copy of Windows XP Professional for use on their personal PC at home.  Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic and Dental Clinic are not entitled to this software, they are licensed separately.

    "The USAWC has purchased a Microsoft Academic Campus Agreement and will save more than $638,000 per year on software costs," according to Maj. Robert Hoss, CIO operations officer. "Since the USAWC is now an accredited college with the June 2004 Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation and qualifies for academic pricing of Microsoft software."  The Campus Agreement also allows the USAWC the ability to offer Microsoft software to all students plus the staff and faculty that work on Carlisle Barracks at no cost.

    Students, staff and faculty and Garrison personnel near Root Hall can go to the Root Hall Mail Room, also known as the Official Mail and Distribution Center, between the hours of 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. (closed during lunch: noon- 1 p.m.) to sign for one copy each of the software. Users are not authorized to install the software on more than one home PC.

    Staff and faculty and Garrison personnel near Collins Hall can go to the Collins Hall Service Desk, Room 1039 between the hours of 7 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. to sign for one copy each of the software they wish to install on their personally owned home computer.

    Both the Root Hall and Collins Hall distribution locations will verify that the person asking for software is a student or works on Carlisle Barracks for the USAWC or Garrison. You may need to show photo identification to receive your software.

    "Users are asked not to sign for the software if they don't need it as quantities are limited to the number of resident and distance students and personnel on post" said Hoss. "The CIO is saving a quantity of the CDs for next year's students."



Some important things to remember:


  • If you want to maintain a previously installed version of Microsoft Office (e.g. Office 97, Office 2000 or Office XP) on your PC, DO NOT click the recommended install "Upgrade" radio button.  Click the "Typical Install" radio button instead.  Then uncheck the "remove all the previous versions" and remove the applications you don't want to keep.  This procedure will leave your old Office programs installed on you PC.  This way you will be able to use an old copy of MS Office for your personal use and Office Professional 2003 for work related purposes.


Technical Questions

     There is no technical support provided by the USAWC in association with the academic software.  The RSI Service Desk is not authorized to perform personal work on home computers. 


  • If users have any technical questions, users can call Microsoft at: 1 (800) 426-9400

    • Press 2 - Home user/student

      • Press 1 - For technical questions (Have your Product Key available - in the back of the CD case).



  • For Online Support:





Student Option.

  • Under the Student Option, all USAWC students (resident and Department of Distance Education (DDE)) are eligible to obtain one copy of the following Microsoft software at no cost (They may sign for one copy of each):


  • Microsoft Office Professional 2003

  • Windows XP Professional


How does the Student Option work? 


  • Students must sign a Campus Agreement Student Users Acceptance Form when they sign for their software.


  • Students are authorized to use the software on a home computer for their exclusive use. 


  • DDE will e-mail DDE AY05 and AY06 students the Student Users Acceptance Form and offer DDE students the software.  If a DDE wishes to receive the software, they must sign the Student Users Acceptance Form and mail it back to DDE.  DDE will then mail the appropriate CD when the signed form is received. 


What happens when students graduate?


  • When a student graduates they are granted perpetual use rights for software they signed for and they can legally keep the software on their personal computers.  Students will receive a Campus Agreement student license confirmation when they sign for their software.  This will be legal proof they own the software when they graduate. 


  • Note:  If a student does not graduate, they are required to uninstall the software and turn the CD(s) back into the USAWC.


Staff and Faculty Work at Home Option

    Under the Work at Home Option, all staff and faculty at Carlisle Barracks, USAWC and Garrison, (this includes military, civilian and contractors with computers on their desktop) are eligible to obtain one copy of the following Microsoft software at no cost.  They may sign for one copy of each.  (Note: The Dunham US Army Health Clinic and Dental Clinic are not entitled to this software.  They are licensed separately.):


  • Microsoft Office Professional 2003

  • Windows XP Professional


How does the Staff and Faculty Work at Home Option work? 


  • Staff and faculty are authorized to use the software on a home computer for work-related purposes.  Staff and Faculty are not licensed to use the Office Professional 2003 at home for personal purposes.  Staff and faculty are on their honor to use the software for work-related purposes and they agree to these terms when they sign a Microsoft Campus Agreement Work at Home Acceptance Form.  Note:  Microsoft has relaxed the policy for Windows XP Professional operating system.  If you had a previous version of Windows operating system on your PC (e.g. Windows 98, ME, 2000), then you are authorized to load Windows XP Professional on your home PC and use it for personal purposes.


  • Personnel without Carlisle Barracks security badges or not in the Exchange E-mail Global Access List (GAL) will not be issued software except on a case-by-case basis.


What happens when staff and faculty leave Carlisle Barracks?


  • Staff and faculty will be required to remove the Software from their home computer immediately upon termination of employment at Carlisle Barracks and return the CD(s) to the USAWC.



    To find out if your computer will meet the minimum requirements visit for Windows XP and for Office 2003.


    Any questions reference the Microsoft Campus Agreement should be directed to Maj. Robert Hoss, CIO, (717) 245-4819



Government employees eligible for discounts on IT products

    Did you know that you can purchase IT Products (home computers/laptops, etc) from DELL, IBM, Micron, Hewlett Packard and Apple at a discount (ranging from 4 to 15% off) for your personal use because you are a Government Employee?  You can also save on Microsoft software for your personal use (AKO account required for Microsoft software).  The savings aren't all that huge, but every $$ helps.

    Visit the Army Small Computing Program Government Employee Purchase Program page at:

    You will need to use the Member ID or company code on the above URL to access some of the sites.



Dr. Douglas Johnson, Strategic Studies Institute

Presidential influence extends worldwide

  American presidential influence is being exercised daily. We've seen the destruction of the oppressive Taliban regime in Afghanistan replaced by the first elected democratic form of government that country has ever experienced.  The extremely difficult election process in Iraq is scheduled to be its first truly "free" election. American refusal to accept the first - clearly manipulated - election in the Ukraine influenced a subsequent largely free election there. And, now, we experience the results of our own electoral process with the inauguration of another democratically elected leader. 

    The last century reflects the steady growth of the international reach of U.S. presidential power and influence. Today, it's common and even expected. Within the last few weeks the world saw the President George W. Bush and two former presidents, William Jefferson Clinton and George H.W. Bush, stand together to announce to the world that the United States not only sympathizes with the plight but is turning all its available power to provide whatever assistance the American people can provide to Tsunami-wracked Southasia. The two former presidents were enlisted to lend their influence to realizing the best support to this humanitarian effort.

    In 1898, however, President William McKinley was reluctant to use the influence of his position although the prospect of war with Spain loomed larger with each daily blast from the "Yellow Press." He reflected deeply upon his Civil War experiences and awoke each morning with a growing sense of dread.  Having seen killing up close, McKinley wanted nothing more to do with death and destruction, but what mattered most was his conception of what the President of the United States was supposed to do.  That concept did not include leading. Instead, he believed that the President's proper role was to sense the mood of the people and give what one might call his "blessing" to their aspirations.


   Thus, when Senator Redfield Proctor reported to the Congress the results of his visit to Cuba and his evaluation of the Spanish counterinsurgency program in progress there, the reaction overwhelmed McKinley's strong aversion to war and he submitted his recommendation for a Declaration of War to the Congress. Congress, all too hastily, voted for it. Never was the country less prepared for war. Never was it slower to organize and never was it taken so completely unawares as to the consequences. 

    As the subsequent president, Teddy Roosevelt commented, "It appears that we have acquired an empire in a fit of absentmindedness."  Admiral Dewey crushed the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay and after a four-year anti-guerrilla campaign, the United States found itself in possession of the Philippine Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico, none of which had been original objectives.

    Teddy Roosevelt became President following McKinley's assassination. His conception of the role of the President was entirely different and he set out to lead the nation toward a greatly expanded role in world affairs. He built up the U.S. Navy and  sent it on a "world tour" to let other nations know that the United States had finally arrived as a power on the world scene. He drove policy at home and abroad, traveling to California to quiet a seriously disturbed populace that had become frightened by the Japanese success in the 1905 Russo-Japanese War. In that war, for the first time, an "Asian" power, Japan, had humiliated a great "European" power, Russia. Roosevelt was asked to negotiate an end to that war, the first time any American president had been asked to perform such a role. For his role, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.


    President Woodrow Wilson kept America out of World War I (1914-1918) for almost three years with the slogan, "Too Proud to Fight." But German submarine attacks on American shipping and the exposť of a German attempt to get Mexico to cooperate with Germany and attack the United States caused him to reverse course.  Believing in the great moral influence of the Presidency of the United States, President  Wilson announced that America was entering the conflict to make it a, "War to End All Wars." 

   America attempted to withdraw from a position of world influence in reaction to the events following the First World War, but, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked the American Congress to declare war on Japan in order to, "Make the World Safe for Democracy."

    Since that time, the influence of the American President, backed by a powerful economy,  a strong military establishment, a unique and enviable system of government, and a set of high ideals, has served to guide world affairs toward the  Wilsonian and Rooseveltian goal of  a democratic world. These themes were forcefully repeated in President George Bush's second inaugural address.

    President Wilson's pronouncement signaled the completion of the movement of American presidential influence from managing internal affairs through participation in world affairs to a position of moral leadership. Since the end of World War II, Presidential influence has evolved to leadership and that leadership has been key to determining the direction of progress for much of the world. We may or may not applaud what America is attempting to do in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Sinai, Bosnia, Kosovo, Haiti and many other places in the world, but ending wars and making the world safe for democracy remain very present and worthy goals. No other world leader has sufficient influence to pursue them effectively.


    Americans are no less ardent than any other people in their desire to see a particular person leading the country, but they are also aware that this person will be one of the most influential people in the world.  As members of the American military establishment, we all vote with the knowledge that our choice affects what happens in our world and, perhaps, where we will be assigned next and what we will be doing once we get "there."


APFRI sponsored lectures slated for coming months

    These classes are focused toward USAWC students, staff, and spouses, but are open to all members of the Carlisle Barracks community.


Hypertension:  The Silent Killer

Date: Feb. 23,  - 11:45 a.m. - Wil Washcoe

Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure, the silent killer.  The class provides information according to the Joint National Committee on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure guidelines.  Specific areas covered include hypertension prevalence, classifications, recommendations, risk factors, management, and an in-depth discussion of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.  Join us, but leave the salt shaker at home. 



Intermediate Strength Training: Moving On from the Beginner

Dates: Feb. 24,  11:45 a.m. - B216 Otto Chaney;

March 10, - 11:45 a.m. - B216 Otto Chaney

Advance training techniques are discussed such as variations of frequency, repetitions, weight lifted, and sets used in workouts.  Increasing strength, power, and lean muscle mass are discussed along with how these increases can improve performance in PT testing or personal goals.  Beginning strength training lecture class is recommended before attending.  This class is designed for individuals who have strength trained consistently for more than 6 months.


2005 Lifeline Series Presentations


Into Every Life, A Little Rain Must Fall

Date: March 2,  - 7 p.m.  - Bliss Hall, Presenter: Karen Jaskot, ACSW,CAC

In today's world, there is no escaping anxiety, stress, and worry.  In this workshop, participants are invited to sample a range of stress reduction tools, from a simple relaxation exercise to learning how to say no effectively. 


Resilience: Love, Faith, and Hope in Difficult Times 

Date: April 13, - 7 p.m.  - Bliss Hall, Presenter:  Kathryn Ellis, Ed.D.

An experienced licensed psychologist and current seminary student will discuss how mature mid-life spirituality enhances resilience.  Genuine self-care and self-love are important components in increasing one's capacities for loving relationships and faithful service to one's community. 


James Aiello, Safety Manager

Motorcycle safety courses being offered March- October

    The next series of Motorcycle Safety Foundation course will be offered at Carlisle Barracks starting in March and continuing through October. The first class starts on March 29 but participants must register by March 1. There is no cost for this course.

    No motorcycle may be registered or operated on Carlisle Barracks unless the operator has attended a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course and possesses an MSF card. This policy applies to all service members their families, Department of Army Civilians, retirees, and contractors and visitors who desire to operate a motorcycle on Carlisle Barracks.

    Successful completion of prescribed motorcycle safety training is mandatory for all Soldiers operating motorcycles on or off post, on or off duty, regardless of whether the motorcycle is registered on post. Solders must be in possession of an MSF card when they ride to verify completion of training. 

    Motorcycle operators who need to complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course can schedule through the Safety Office by calling 245 -4353.



Mark Schatte, Installation Force Protection Division

Radiological Dispersal Device - The 'Dirty Bomb'

    February 9, 2005 -- If you've watched the news at all over the past few years, you know that people have expressed concern about the possibility of a terrorist attack involving radioactive materials, possibly through the use of a "dirty bomb," and the harmful effects of radiation from such an event.

    While there is no identified threat to Carlisle Barracks for a "dirty bomb," or any other type of attacks, below is some helpful information about them, and what their affects may be.


What is a dirty bomb?

    A dirty bomb, or radiological dispersion device, is a bomb that combines conventional explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive material, but does not use that material to produce a nuclear explosion, as in the case of a nuclear weapon. The idea behind a dirty bomb is to spread radioactive material into the area around the explosion. This could possibly cause buildings and people to be exposed to radioactive material. The main purpose of a dirty bomb is to frighten people and make buildings or land unusable for a long period of time.


Where can terrorist acquire sources of radioactive material?

    There has been a lot of speculation about where terrorists could get radioactive material to make a dirty bomb. The most harmful radioactive materials are found in nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons sites. However, increased security at these facilities makes obtaining materials from them more difficult.

    Because of the dangerous and difficult aspects of obtaining high-level radioactive materials from a nuclear facility, there is a greater chance that the radioactive materials used in a dirty bomb would come from low-level radioactive sources. Low-level radioactive sources are found in hospitals, on construction sites, and at food irradiation plants. The sources in these areas are used to diagnose and treat illnesses, sterilize equipment, inspect welding seams, and irradiate food to kill harmful microbes


What are the dangers of a dirty bomb incident?

    If low-level radioactive sources were to be used, the primary danger from a dirty bomb would be the blast itself. Gauging how much radiation might be present is difficult when the source of the radiation is unknown. However, at the levels created by most probable sources, not enough radiation would be present in a dirty bomb to cause severe illness from exposure to radiation.  In all likelihood, the most severe tangible impacts of a dirty bomb would be the social disruption associated with the evacuation, the subsequent clean-up of contaminated property and the associated economic costs.