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Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

USAWC staff member receives Bronze Star for work in Iraq

 

 March 30, 2005 -- On March 30, Maj. Jeffrey Allen, current operations officer at the U.S. Army War College, received a Bronze Star for the work he did training Iraqi Soldiers. He came home from Iraq with memories that will last a lifetime.

    Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant, pinned the medal on Allen for his nearly six-months in Iraq, training Soldiers and conducting combat operations. He was the team chief for advising and support to the 18th Iraqi rifle battalion. 

    "We were helping the Iraqi people train their own Soldiers," said Allen. "We didn't do much of the actual training, but we showed them the way to train and gave advice."

    The trainers put the Iraqi Soldiers through an eight-week Basic Training and a one-month collective training program. The trainers were also there to advise them during combat operations.

    "The training was modeled after U.S. training," said Allen.

    The work that Allen did in Iraq made him feel as if he was doing his part in helping the Iraqi people.

    "I really felt like I was making an impact on the cause," said Allen. "While training the Iraqi Soldiers I felt like I was having a direct impact.making a difference."

    The visions that the American people are getting from the media of what life is currently like in Iraq is not the whole story, according to Allen.

    "The biggest impression.the picture being painted by the press is only about 10 percent of the reality of what is going on in Iraq," said Allen. "There is so much good that is not getting reported. Very rarely did we go into a village and get a bad welcome. Most of the time we were welcomed with open arms."

    He also said that the American Soldiers were happy to be there and were happy to help the Iraqi people.

    "The morale of the American Soldiers was high," said Allen. "Everyone was happy to be there and they are happy to help."

    Even though many of the Iraqi people are happy with the work the American Soldiers are doing, there are still some that resent the American presence. The U.S. and Iraqi troops are still receiving resistance and Allen got to see this first hand. He arrested several insurgents that blended with the Soldier trainees and attempted to plan attacks.

     "We caught them all before they were able to hurt anyone," said Allen. "They were only in the planning process of their attacks."

    Allen also saw the resistance in another way when he was in combat operations.

   "When you start hearing bullets popping it's not fear that you feel, it's adrenalin," said Allen. "You just run toward the fire. You want to get there and take care of business. It's almost instinctual."

    As a result of current technology, Allen was able to stay in touch with his family while in Iraq to let them know that he was safe and sound. In past conflicts, the Soldiers didn't have the ability to communicate with their families and loved ones as well as they are able to now.

    "I was able to send email to my wife almost daily," said Allen, "then about once a week I could call home."

    Allen was also able to see his family when he was in Iraq because of the Video Teleconference technology at Collins Hall. They were able to speak face-to-face on a television monitor.

    "The people setting up the VTC program are doing a great thing," said Allen. "It was great to actually see my family."

    Receiving the medal, taking the memories home with him, and the sense of accomplishment he received from a job well done during his deployment in Iraq are a great honor.

    "It is a huge honor to receive the Bronze Star," said Allen. "I was doing my job. It was an equally big achievement receiving my Combat Infantry Badge. I didn't do as much as some of the Soldiers that stormed the beaches at Normandy or the Soldiers in the first wave into Iraq, but it is a great honor to join that brotherhood."

    Allen said that his time in Iraq was a great life experience, but he was ready to come home.

    "It was great to come home," said Allen. "I learned to appreciate what I've got and what we've got as Americans."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

War College students focus on the future

  March 31, 2005 -- Students of the U.S. Army War College are preparing to become tomorrow's leaders as they participate in the Strategic Crisis Exercise March 29-April 8 at Collins Hall on Carlisle Barracks.

    SCE is a political-military exercise designed to provide the students an opportunity to use information they acquired from the curriculum in a simulation-driven exercise.

    "SCE started in 1995.  It has changed every year since then, adopting to the changing environment, adding new material and issues for the students to deal with as they become issues for the Nation," said Professor Doug Campbell, director of the Center for Strategic Leadership. 

    During the 10-day exercise, students role-play political leaders that include Deputy National Security Advisor, Under Secretary for Homeland Security, and the Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.  They also assume military roles such as Commandant of the Marine Corps, Chief of Staff of the Army, and commanders of regional commands like Southern Command and Pacific Command. Students face multiple crisis scenarios simultaneously-- which causes them to plan courses of action and make recommendations.

    About 150 additional personnel join the staff and faculty for the USAWC capstone exercise.    

    "Support for the exercise comes from throughout the U.S. government -- representatives from the State Department, Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security are here, in addition to personnel from throughout the Department of Defense," said Campbell. "We also have 10 to 12 members of Congress participate in the exercise, normally by VTC from the House of Representatives.  Additionally we have participation from the U.S. Combatant Commanders staffs, also by VTC from their headquarters, interacting with the students who are role playing planners in the exercise.  Lastly, we have international military planners from the United Nations join us to mentor some of the student cells on UN planning for peacekeeping operations."  The total number of people involved in the planning and execution of SCE, not counting the students, is about 300.

    The exercise is set in the year 2017 in a virtual world of international crisis.

    Students face hurricanes, terrorist attacks, kidnappings, weapons of mass effects, hostage situations, major conflicts, and small-scale operations. They negotiate with other nations, inform the public via the media, testify to Congress, and advise political leaders within the 'game.'

    "I think that SCE is a critical component to the USAWC experience, and I believe so because, after several months of academic focus on discussion, thinking, reflection, and communicating, the SCE focuses the students on deciding, or on making tough recommendations, to senior decision-makers," said Col. Tom Kruegler, Director, SEEG, Center for Strategic Leadership.

   One of the most realistic parts of the exercise is that students are put in front of cameras for press conferences and media interviews.

    "The media is a key part of the strategic environment the students will be working in the future," said Campbell. "It is important that they recognize the value of the media and its importance in accomplishing their mission.  Then need to get familiar with what is important to the media and how to deal with the media."

    The sound bites from these media events are then incorporated into television news broadcasts that are shown twice each day. Behind the cameras, and behind the scenes are members of the 206th Broadcast Operations Detachment, Seagoville, Texas and contractors from Metro Productions, based out of Virginia. The broadcast unit is using SCE for annual training in preparation for deployment to Iraq in July.

    "It's been a very educational experience so far," said Sgt. Brittani Holloway, who does the financial reports for the SNN broadcasts and films standup interviews at Collins Hall. "I've been able to learn how to use different types of equipment which will come in handy down the road." Holloway is a full-time student pursuing a degree in criminal justice in addition to serving as a Reserve Soldier.

    Campbell said the broadcasters are gaining a third dimension to the exercise, which ensures that students take away valuable information from the SCE.

    "We are asking the students to make decisions based upon incomplete knowledge," explained Campbell. "We are asking the students to take the knowledge they arrived with, the knowledge they acquired during the first eight months of the Army War College and now apply it and make decisions focused at the strategic level."

    The experience has been valuable for the students, as well.

    "It's been going great so far," said Lt. Col. Timothy Hilty, USAWC student and Pittsburgh, Pa. native. "We have the opportunity to rehearse leadership positions some of us may have to fill in the future."

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks Soldier crosses spatulas in Army culinary competition, wins top prize

   March 30, 2005 -- More than 200 military chefs, including Carlisle Barracks own Master Sgt. Steven Magnin, USAWC commandant's aide, traded in their body armor for white coats and went spatula to spatula for the 30th Annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition in March at Fort Lee, Va.

    This was Magnin's 11th time in the competition and he has had success in the event in the past, but until now never took the top prize.

    "There are different categories to enter," said Magnin. "I competed for Army Senior Chef of the Year six times and in 1995 I took fifth place, runner up in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. I was humbled and honored to walk across the stage and carry off the trophy this year."

    Besides the 1st place trophy for the 2005 Senior Chef of the Year, Magnin was awarded with a chef's knife, a cook book from the Culinary Institute of America and one weeks training at the La Cachette Culinary Academy in Abentheur, Germany. 

    "I was also selected as a member of the United States Army Culinary Arts Team," said Magnin. "I will train with the team in preparation for the World Cup Culinary Competition at Luxemburg, Germany next year.  We will also train and compete at the National Restaurant Association Food Show in Chicago, and the American Culinary Federation National Show in San Antonio, TX."

    Competitions ranged from preparing four-course meals and sculpting lavish pastries to the Army field cooking event.

    A panel of certified judges from the American Culinary Foundation included the executive pastry chef of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and "Fritz" Sonnenschmidt, chairman of the American Academy of Chefs selected the winners.

    The Senior Chef Competition included a mystery basket that forced competitors to create menus quickly, with little preparation time.

    Each competitor had 30 minutes to plan a menu followed by four hours of intense chopping, slicing, dicing, blending, and mixing ingredients to prepare a four-course meal for judging. After preparation, the competitors had one hour to serve each of the four courses.

    On the opposite spectrum of the culinary competition, Soldiers had few utensils and limited ingredients in the field cooking event.

    Chefs faced the pressure of preparing 50 meals in cramped space with very little room for error.

    Teams of four Soldiers marched into their mobile kitchen trailers and took inventory of equipment. With a mystery basket of ingredients featuring pork chops, the chefs sketched a plan of attack.

    Two senior food service judges from Fort Lee closely observed the teams throughout the morning. Like hawks, they watched the Soldiers butcher meats, knead dough, sauté onions and maintain sanitation procedures to meet the deadline.

    Designed to test the Soldiers in field cookery and teamwork, the event tested how the teams used their equipment, planned, prepared and served their meals. Points were awarded for sanitation, timing, techniques, presentation, nutrition and enhancement. Major points were awarded for flavor, taste, texture, temperature and doneness.

     Given limited resources, Soldiers tackled the challenge of coming up with a creative way to "sell" their product to the judges, said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Arnold Montiel, Basic Food Services Training Division chief and judge.

    "This experience encourages the Soldiers to maximize the use of all their ingredients to better prepare meals when they are out in the field. It teaches them that there is always another way to prepare the same menu," Montiel said.

     Magnin's future plans include continuing on with his culinary career.

    "I will remain on the USACAT team as long as I can contribute to it and have fun at the same time," said Magnin.

 

Editors note: Portions of the story came from an Army News Release

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Technology helps connect families over thousands of miles

 March 21, 2005-Area families are able to speak face-to-face with their deployed loved ones because of modern technology and the efforts of Seminar 21 to bridge the gap of many miles.

    Husbands, wives, sons and daughters are able to sit in a small video conference room in Collins Hall and see their loved ones on a large monitor as they talk with them.

    "It was really cool," said Tonesha Sorrell whose father, Master Sgt. Anthony Sorell, is in Kuwait. "We had to wait about two months to do this, but it was fun." Tonesha wore her track and field jacket to show her father. Being able to do show-and-tell is one of the benefits of the VTC.

    The successful execution of the VTCs takes the hard  work of people here on post combined with the efforts of people in Iraq. Lt. Col. Michael Donovan, who is deployed in Iraq, locates Soldiers that are related to people here on post and then works with his wife, Anne, to get them together for a VTC.

    When a Soldier is located, a time for a meeting is set up based on the Soldier's busy schedule.

    "Sometimes the families have to wait for a couple of months to have their meeting," said Anne Donovan, director of the program.

    Families go into the VTC room one at a time and have about eight minutes to talk to the deployed Soldier. While families wait for the VTC to be set up, they can sit in a waiting room and watch TV, play games and eat snacks.

    When it is a family's turn to see their Soldier they file into the VTC room and wait for the image to pop up on the monitor. Their faces light up when they see him for the first time in months.

    "It was good to see him," said Andrew McConnell, son of Scott McConnell who is stationed at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. "I've been able to email him and I even got to talk on the phone with him one day, but it was very nice to see him face-to-face."

    Modern technology has allowed families to stay in touch with deployed Soldiers much better in the current war than in past wars. The use of e-mail, telephone technology and VTC have made this possible.

   "The communication has been phenomenal during this separation," said Kathy McConnell, Scott McConnell's wife. "We've been separated several times, but this time we are able to communicate much more."

    Occasionally the satellite equipment or computer systems that make the conferences possible go off line and everything comes to a temporary halt. The screens go blank and the families wait.

    "Some days are frustrating dealing with the technology," said Anne Donovan, "but getting five minutes to see their Soldier on the other end is worth it."

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

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

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

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Rain delays Root Hall library roof project

    The project to repair and replace the roof over the Root Hall Library has been delayed due to the large amount of rain that hit the area recently and continues to be forecast for the next five days. The project should begin next week, with major construction starting April 4.

    "The contractor will begin removing the roof in approximately 2,000 square foot sections. The entire roof is 12,000 square feet, with the goal of being able to open up a section and closing it daily to preclude further water damage below," said Tom Kelly, DPW director. "They will start at the Hall of Flags and work out from there.  The goal is to try and have demolition completed by the end of SCE, but this will be weather dependent."

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Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Executive public speaking class holds mock panels

  March 24, 2005 -- The Executive Public Speaking elective held its mock panels on March 8-16 with approximately 127 students participated in the event held in various locations on post throughout the week.

    "The mock panel was one of the seven requirements of the Executive Public Speaking elective," according to Dr. Anna Waggener, course director. " In addition to the mock panel, students gave four speeches, wrote a paper on strategic issues regarding the media, and completed [an external] speaking requirement."

    The topics for the mock panels this year were the Challenges with the Global War on Terrorism, Strategies for Dealing with Terrorism, Homeland Security, the Role of the Media in Combat, and Women in Combat.  Executive Public Speaking instructors Dr. Waggener,  Col. Pete Atkinson, Col. Christine Stark, E.J. Nichols, Carol Kerr, and Karen Keckler served as facilitators for the mock panels. 

 

USAWC Executive Public Speaking contest to be held April 19

    The Seventh Annual U.S. Army War College Executive Public Speaking Contest and Dinner will be held Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Letort View Community Center.

    This year's theme is "The Military Family:  The Unsung Heroes of Our Armed Forces."  This year's contestants are USAWC students Col. Franklin Childress, Lt. Col. Rob Noland, Lt. Col. Bobby Smith, Col. Dean Stodter, and Mr. Richard Swain.

    Sponsors for this event are the Free Speakers Toastmasters of Carlisle Barracks, the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), the Army War College Foundation, and the Alumni Association of the U.S. Army War College.

    The cost of this event is $20 per person and includes dinner.  For reservations and more information, please call Dr. Anna Waggener at 245-3365. 

 

Army Heritage Center Foundation release

Westsylvania Heritage Corporation donates $250,000 to Army Heritage and Education Center

 

    On March 21, the Westsylvania Heritage Corporation made a commitment of $250,000 to the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  This grant will support the continued expansion of the Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks. 

    Additionally, the Westsylvania Heritage Corporation offered the art collection of Sergeant Frederic Counsel.  Comprising 42 water colors, one oil painting, and one egg tempera painting the collection depicts all aspects of Army camp life in the United States during World War II.  Westylvania Heritage Corporation is purchasing the collection, valued at $85,000 from Mr. Counsel's niece, Mrs. Judith Vipond.   The Army Heritage Center Foundation will transfer the collection to the Army Heritage and Education Center for public display. 

    Westylvania Heritage Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization created to enhance heritage tourism and the quality of life on the Storied Landscape of South-central and Southwestern Pennsylvania through the Explore-a-Story America program.  The corporate offices are located in Hollidaysburg and Johnstown, PA. 

Army Heritage Center Foundation

   The Army Heritage Center Foundation is a non-profit located in Carlisle, Pa., which is working with the Army, local and state governments and the public to create the Army Heritage and Education Center.  The Foundation is currently conducting a statewide campaign to raise funds for the construction of the Visitor and Education Center, the next component of the Army Heritage and Education Center campus.  When completed, the campus that is located on 56 acres of land donated to the Army by Cumberland County will include an education and visitor center, the Army Heritage Museum, an artifact conservation laboratory, and an outdoor museum park in addition to Ridgway Hall, which opened in Fall 2004 to house the Army's historical archives: The Military History Institute..

    The Army Heritage and Education Center is one of the components of the National Museum of the United States Army.  The Army Heritage and Education Center will illuminate the experiences of individual soldiers through multiple means - their letters, photographs, diaries, and personal artifacts.  Also under development is the museum at Fort Belvoir, Va., that will present a major public face for the Army in the National Capital Region.  Both facilities will educate the nation about the richness of the Army's history and the sacrifices of its soldiers.

    For more, see http://www.armyheritage.org

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Honoring women's past, celebrating their future

March 17, 2005-National Women's History Month was celebrated at Carlisle Barracks with a motivational speech by the Command Sgt. Maj. of the U.S. Army Reserve.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Michele Jones, the 9th Command Sgt. Maj. of the Army Reserve, spoke to a crowd in Bliss Hall on March 17, about the role women have played in the history of United States and her hopes for the future roles that women will play.

    Jones started by explaining that she wasn't going to just stand behind the podium to give her lecture.

    "Women didn't make the changes that they have made in the world by being idle,' said Jones. "I will never make being a woman an excuse to not succeed."

    After speaking of the some of the things that women have done for the country, including getting the right to vote and the opportunity to reach positions like the one she has risen to, Jones spoke of her theories of how women today can continue to change the world.

    "How did women make the changes that they have in our history?" asked Jones. Then she answered her own question by describing her theory of the four bones.

    The first bone is the backbone and Jones says that women must have one and have the courage to stand up for what they believe. The second bone is the wishbone. Women need to have hope and believe in what could and can be. Third is the funny bone.

    "You have to laugh," said Jones. Sometimes you need to just step back and laugh."

    The final bone in Jones' theory about the success of women is the tailbone. She says that you need to get off of it if you want to make things change.

    "Bones.that's my life theory," said Jones with a smile.

    Jones' words had an impact on those who attended.

    "She is a very dynamic speaker," said Deb Beam, dental hygienist on post. "She had a great message and I really liked her system of values."   

    "That was a very powerful speech," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander. "They were very powerful words."

    Jones also spoke of the role of women in the military and the sacrifices that they make for their country.

    "I am an ambassador for women every time I put my uniform on because I'm a woman who chooses to serve my country," said Jones. She explained that the strength and dedication of the women that serve their country are role models for all women.

    "We serve, not because we are women, but because we are Americans," said Jones. "There are women willing to take risks to make sure the words of the Pledge of Allegiance are not just words."

    Jones finalized her speech with words of hope for the future role of women in society.

    "This is a time to strive for an environment that recognizes who we are, not what we are," said Jones. "My wish is that the women who changed the world continue to do so."

 

Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Officer

New communications system operational on Carlisle Barracks

Area residents advised of the potential for garage door opener interference

 

March 18, 2005 -- Carlisle Barracks will begin the testing phase of the transmitter component of a new Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communications system today.  This system is part of a Department of Defense national security program to strengthen communication among military bases in the United States and with local responders.

    Occasional interference was reported with some garage door opener controls as LMR systems began operational testing in Fla., Pa. and Md.  Some types of garage door openers operate on the DoD frequency band, and the potential exists for similar interference here. 

    System interference includes reduced operating distance or a device failing to operate.  Interference may exhibit the same characteristics as a weakened battery. System interference will not cause a garage door to open or close on its own.

    Carlisle Barracks officials remind area residents that the majority of owners will not experience any interference to their garage door opener controls from the LMR system. It is not possible to accurately predict what areas will or will not experience interference, as this is determined by local conditions like topography, weather, and the testing phase and level of the transmitter.  The best estimate by LMR technicians is that potential interference will likely be limited to a five mile circumference of the transmitter tower. 

    However, because the potential exists, residents are advised of the following:

 

1.  Plan for an alternate way to enter your home in the event your opener control experiences interference.

2.  The Federal Communications Commission FCC advises people who experience what they believe to be interference, to move closer to the door and try again. You can expect the interior, wall mounted control to work and be free from interference since it is hardwired.   

3.  The FCC also advises consumers to contact the manufacturer of the remote control to report the problem and for information on available immediate solutions. 

4.  Carlisle Barracks requests residents who experience interference to call a report line at 717-245-4411 to provide the garage door opener model and brand information.  This information will be compiled locally and will help to inform the LMR initiative within the DoD.   

 

LMR background

    The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is participating in a government-mandated conversion to "narrowband" systems for land mobile radios (LMRs) at military bases around the country.  This transition to a narrowband means that military radio users, to include Carlisle Barracks, will begin using another assigned frequency range for routine operations and homeland defense missions. 

    The LMR is a state of the art radio system for law enforcement and first responders, and will enable reliable communications between Carlisle Barracks and area military installations.  It will also provide future interoperability with local law enforcement.  Eventually, the LMR system will interface with the national Law Enforcement Telecommunications system, as well as the National Crime Center. 

    The initial step of transitioning the radio system involves an around-the-clock simultaneous transmission on one to several frequencies.  After the start-up, day-to-day operations and periodic tests of the system will only involve using some of the channels/frequencies for short time periods, which may not interfere with the normal operation of consumer devices. The potential for interference won't go away entirely, but it is less likely to occur once we move from the testing phase to the operational phase.  The operational phase could begin in mid April.

    The frequency range of 380-399.9 MHz is part of the spectrum the Federal Government assigned to the military more than seventy years ago.  The military had reserved a portion of this radio spectrum but most of these frequencies were not actively used until after 9/11.  Emergency responders had difficulty communicating with one another during the terrorist attacks, so the DoD initiated a program to roll out the LMR system and link military emergency personnel on a common frequency. 

    Consumer electronic manufacturers, who produce unlicensed devices like garage door openers, use the military frequencies under strict FCC guidelines to keep signals weak enough to not interfere with military communications.  Consumer instruction manuals advise purchasers that they may experience interference from military transmissions.

    As the regulator of commercial devices, the FCC is engaged with the garage door opener industry to address this issue.  The DoD has supported these technical meetings to assist the FCC in helping the manufacturers find technical solutions that would allow these devices to operate without impact to military radio operations. 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Work on library will fix leaky roof, add skylight

March 15, 2005 - If all goes according to plan, the roof of the Root Hall library will lose its leaks and drip nets, and gain a skylight.

   Work will begin on April 4 to repair and replace parts of the roof, which has been leaking since Root Hall was constructed in 1967. The work was purposely scheduled to take place during the Spring recess and the beginning of the Strategic Crisis Exercise to help minimize the impact to  students, staff and faculty.

    "The existing Root Hall library roof plaza deck waterproofing system has failed, causing numerous leaks into the library. An entirely new roof membrane is required to correct the problem," said Erin Marshall, DPW engineer.  The Roofing Company Inc. of Baltimore, Md., will perform the work. They have done work at Fort Eustis, Fort Lee, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Detrick, Fort Belvoir, Fort Monroe and various other DoD installations.

    In his 21 years working at the library, Bohdan Kohutiak has seen his share of leaks, and all kinds of ways to prevent them.

    "I've lost track of the different ways that we've tried to catch the water leaks," he said. "We've got drip-nets installed now that seem to do a pretty good job, but it would be nice to get rid of them. I'm optimistic that this will be the right fix."

    What is even more frustrating is the fact that the roof tends to leak at different times.

    "People tend to think that it's just when it rains or snows, Kohutiak said. "But that's not necessarily the case. We just have the nets ready and deal with it."

    The $593,000 project will basically replace the roof, making it less prone to leaking.  In an era of budget shortfalls, this project is considered a "must fund" by the garrison because the unresolved leaks have caused irreversible structural damage to the building.        

    "Demolition will include removing the old waterproofing system down to the structural deck and the contractor will also remove the 'light concrete' layer," said Marshall. She also pointed out that past fixes never addressed the waterproofing below this light concrete layer. URS Corp, an architectural engineering firm designed the new roof.   

    "The granite panels at the walls and pyramid along with the granite coping must all be removed, flashed and reinstalled," Marshall said. "The new membrane will create a 'bathtub' effect essentially funneling all of the water to newly installed drains."

    Traffic on Ashburn Drive is not expected to be interrupted except during the demolition and removal of concrete and during delivery of the skylight. Only a portion of the road would be closed during this time.

    During the demolition period from March 24 - April 11, there will be noise resulting from the removal of the existing membrane and the light concrete layer which is approx 10 inches thick. 

    "Removal of these items will create dust and noise. The Hall of Flags windows will remain shut during demolition and the entrance on that side will be closed," said Marshall. "The exact noise level is hard to predict." Also, during the membrane replacement, there may be a "tar-like" smell.  The membrane is hot liquid applied, which will produce some fumes.

    Visitors to the library should also expect some additional noise and equipment, but they will experience something the library has never had, a skylight.

    "Since the project will require the removal of the granite pavers around the pyramid, a portion of this project will be replacing the existing concrete pyramid with a new skylight," said Marshall. This feature will add day lighting into the library area.

     It's anticipated that the project will only take 90 days, but good weather is important to staying on schedule.  

 

    "The weather plays an important part in keeping the construction schedule on track," said Marshall. The waterproofing cannot be applied during rainy weather.  Moisture in the concrete will cause the membrane to fail."    

    While it will be nice to have the roof repaired, Kohutiak admits it will be strange to have a roof that doesn't leak.

    "It's almost part of the atmosphere of the library," he said. "Every time I run into a graduate or a previous faculty member they always ask if the roof is still leaking. I tell them it is and they always say they feel like they are a part of the War College."

    Be sure to check the Banner Online for any road closings or news on the project.

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

RCI lease signing on track

    March 17, 2005-After only one week of housing lease signing almost 80 percent of the residents have completed the signing process.

    "The signing process is going well," said Caroline Hounshell, property manager for American Eagle Contractors. "We are close to completion." Lease signing started March 8 in the Bliss Hall Foyer. Post residents who have not yet singed their lease can do so at the housing office, located at 29 Garrison Lane.

    "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. The transfer of property is scheduled for May 1. 

 

What to bring to lease signing

  • Military ID

  • Drivers license

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

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

  • Pet information

  • CMPC pet registration

  • Updated pet shot record

  • Micro-chipping information

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

   

"We hope to be completed by March 25," said Hounshell.

 

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 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. 

Changes after May 1

    After May 1, 100 percent of a service member's BAH will be reinvested into the RCI project.  Dual military families will only pay the BAH of the senior ranking person's (with dependant rate) BAH.  The other military family member will retain their BAH. Basic Allowance for Housing will also reflect as an entitlement on the L.E.S. and then shown as a withdrawal in the form of an allotment on the L.E.S.  An allotment will be established equaling the amount the service member will pay in rent.

    The pet policy will also change under RCI. Only two "walking" animals will be allowed per household. Small caged animals such as birds, guinea pigs and hamsters will be permitted as long as they are not a 'nuisance.' Rabbits, ferrets and lizards over 12" will not be permitted. Dogs are allowed, but several breeds will not be permitted because of temperament. The following dogs will not be permitted in post housing: Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull, Yankee Terrier, Rottweiler, Chow Chow, Presa Canario and Trained Guard Dogs.

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

    As a standard, fences will not be permitted on the property. If a resident requires a fence in their yard they must put in a request for one, however, if a fence is placed in a yard the renter of the house will be responsible for any yard work within the fenced area. When the resident moves out of the house they must remove the fence and return the yard to its original condition.

What policies will not change?

    Residents will still sign for their quarters as they have done in the past.  Post residents will still be protected by the Carlisle Barracks police and firefighters and residents will still have 24 hour emergency repair service. Also, the resident's BAH will still pay for quarters and utilities.

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

 

Traveling? Don't' forget to use the Lodging Success Program

   Lodging success program is a government run program that LSP provides high quality lodging at rates typically 20% below the lodging portion of per diem resulting in reduced costs for official Army travel.

    In keeping with requirements to exercise prudence in government travel, it is highly recommended that official travelers utilize LSP government contract quarters when there is an overall travel cost savings. TDY orders (DD 1610 block 16 remarks) should include a statement regarding the fact that travelers may check on-post and government quarters by calling the central reservation center (CRC) at 1-866-dod-LSP1 (1-866-363-5771) or centralreservations@cfsc.army.mil  LSP contract hotels accept the government-sponsored charge card. Many LSP locations are tax exempt.
    Travelers are reminded that cancellation of lodging reservations is their personal responsibility. If the need to cancel occurs prior to the scheduled arrival date, contact CRC (1-866-363-5771). If the need to cancel occurs on the scheduled arrival date, contact the appropriate LSP hotel directly. Failure to cancel reservations that are not utilized may result in automatic charges to the credit card for the first night's stay. This is standard practice in the hotel industry. Travelers are encouraged to retain their cancellation number as a source of reference.
    Most travel within CONUS is subject to applicable hotel taxes. Taxes are a separate reimbursable miscellaneous travel expense. Reimbursement is limited to the taxes on lodging costs IAW the JTR and JTFR. Travelers should request tax exemption when checking into hotels and can check the GSA website (see per diem committee website at https://secureapp2.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/links.html) to see if their CONUS TDY destination provides federal travelers with tax exemption. Travelers can check state tax exempt information at the office of government policy website, select travel management policy and select appropriate state tax exemption listing or at www.lodgingsuccess.com. A listing of current LSP areas and hotels is also available at this address.
    The following are currently LSP areas: National Capital Region -Northern Virginia; Springfield, Va., (Fort Belvoir); Newport News/Hampton, Va., (Fort Eustis, Fort Monroe, Langley Air Force Base); Petersburg, Va (Fort Lee); Aberdeen, Md., (APG/Edgewood); Carlisle, Pa., (Carlisle Barracks); San Antonio, Tx., Atlanta, Ga.; Miami, Fl.

    It is imperative that lodging arrangements be made with CRC (1-800-462-7691) as far in advance as possible to maximize use of contracted hotel room rates. As new geographic areas and hotels are added they will be announced on the LSP website.   

    The CRC is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week except for federal holidays. For all lodging accommodations, call toll free 1-866-363-5771 (1-866-dod-LSP-1)or centralreservations@cfsc.army.mil

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Norway, Bangladesh officers inducted in International Fellows Hall of Fame

 

Two 1992 US Army War College graduates were inducted into the USAWC International Fellows Hall of Fame March 7.

Gen. Sigurd Frisvold, Norway, and Lt. Gen. Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury, Bangladesh, became the 22nd and 23rd USAWC Fellows to be distinguished in the International Fellows Hall of Fame, which honors alumni achievements and recognizes the value of strong partnerships between the United States and the nations that IFs represent.

 

    "The International Fellows Program adds a special dimension to the Army War College," said Ambassador Margaret McMillion, deputy commandant for International Affairs.  "It extends and deepens the professional qualifications of military leaders of allied and friendly nations, and it educates our own students and this institution about the countries, military forces, and regional affairs of our international fellows. Most importantly, it establishes enduring friendships, mutual trust, and strong confidence between the United States and all participating nations."

    Gen. Frisvold, became the Chief of Defense Norway April 30, 1999 and is responsible for the ongoing restructuring and modernization of the Norwegian Armed Forces. Since his USAWC graduation, he has worked with defense studies, served as the Chief of Staff, Army Staff, Headquarters Defense Command Norway; commander of the Norwegian Army 6th Division and Commander Allied Forces North Europe.

    "I feel deeply honored to be selected to the USAWC Hall of Fame and to be included in this group of extremely professional officers from many nations and different services," Frisvold said in a letter to the commandant read by Col. Knut Bjorn Medhus, assistant Defense Attaché. Frisvold was unable to attend the ceremony.

Lt. Gen. Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury became the Army Chief of Staff, Bangladesh, June 15, 2002. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. He also obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University while a fellow at the War College.

    "This is a great honor for me," said Mashhud. "When I first arrived here in June 1991, the world was very different. . the learning process was both rewarding and stimulating."

    "Both Gen. Frisvold and Gen. Mashhud have demonstrated the finest professional competence and courage in their leadership of their nation's armed forces, and in doing so they honor their alma mater, the USAWC," said Maj. Gen. David H. Huntoon, Jr., USAWC commandant. "I am honored to host this event and delighted to honor two remarkable graduates of our AWC for their exceptional service in the highest possible positions of military leadership."

    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 develop mutual understandings 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.

    Since the start of the International Fellows Program in 1978, 815 international officers from 105 different countries have graduated from the USAWC. 

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Krishna M. Gamble, Public Affairs Office

Commissary, PX, medical services named most valuable services at post AFAP Symposium

     Carlisle Barracks community members agreed the top three most beneficial services on post were the commissary, Post Exchange and medical services at the 11th annual Army Family Action Plan Symposium.

     More than 30 Soldiers, civilians and family members, to include youth representatives, were divided into four small working groups to discuss issues submitted by the post community. The groups also determined what the five most valuable services and three least valuable services on post were. Child and youth services and the education center rounded out the top five most valuable, and the beauty shop, the u-do-it, The Banner and Cable 14 were the least.

     "This is the forum that the Army community uses as a direct link to Army leadership to voice their concerns and make recommendations for change," said Brenda Sampson, director of Army Community Services.

    Celebrating its 21st year of service to Army communities, AFAP brings together representatives from the entire Army community to recognize what is being done well, raise issues and concerns, and recommend possible solutions to improve the quality of life for Carlisle Barracks and the Army. The command group is already looking into the issues and concerns presented during the symposium and have begun looking into taking necessary steps for improvement.

     A fifth group was also included to directly voice the concerns of the youth whose major concerns included a revision of the age requirement policy for the use of the equipment in Thorpe Hall gym. According to the youth, you can work in the gym at age 16, but you have to be 17-years-old to use the equipment. Another issue was the need for a covering for the tennis courts and skate park to protect them from rain and winter weather.

    Other issues presented included changes in BAH computations, expanding TRICARE benefits to include eye care and recommended standardized recreational and sports programs. The issues will be reviewed and compiled. Those issues that cannot be fixed by the local command or need the approval of higher echelons will be forwarded to the Department of the Army.

 

National Inhalant Awareness Week March 20 - 26

    You probably don't think about them much when you bring them home.  As a matter of fact, you probably never even give them a second thought.  After all, they're advertised on television, in the newspaper, in magazines, and are found everywhere - home, school, and work.  What are they?  They are ordinary every day things like glue, hairspray, whipped cream, cooking spray, and typewriter correction fluid.  They can also be deadly when misused, and people misuse them daily.

    How are these ordinary, every day items misused?  They are sniffed or snorted, or the fumes may be inhaled from inside a plastic bag, or what has become to be known as "huffing", which is taking an inhalant soaked rag, sock, etc., to absorb the fumes into one's lungs.  What's scary is that 1 in 5 children in America have reported "huffing" before they enter 8th grade, due to ease of accessibility.  It is also on the rise amongst 12 to 14 year olds, and about 22% of the people who try it die the FIRST time they try.

    Death is caused by sudden cardiac arrest.  If the person doing the huffing isn't killed, there's damage to the body EACH AND EVERY TIME they huff!  It causes the most damage to the brain, including memory loss, loss of coordination, hearing loss, and permanent brain damage.  Chronic use can affect the kidneys as well. 

    There are signals and symptoms you can look for if you suspect someone you know of huffing.  They include nausea, lack of appetite, weight loss, nervousness, restlessness, and outbursts of anger.  There is also a possibility of physical and psychological addiction.  With children and teenagers, huffing mostly occurs in groups, so be observant of your children and their friends.  Inhalants generally leave the body in about two weeks through exhalation, so bad breath or breath that smells chemically in nature can also be a clue.  Chemical stains on clothing may also be a clue. 

    Rehabilitation can be lengthy and difficult, so the prevention is the best course of action when it comes to dealing with inhalants.  Most experts believe that age 6 is not too young to begin educating your children about the dangers of inhalants and other drugs, as long as it's done with sensitivity and age appropriateness.

    For more information please contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245-4576

 

TRICARE Retiree Dental Program sweetens benefit for members of the National Guard/ Reserve

TMA grants waiver of 12-month waiting period for full scope of services

 

    Sacramento - National Guard and Reserve personnel who elect to enroll in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) within 120 days after retirement are now eligible to skip the 12-month waiting period normally required for certain TRDP benefits, according to Delta Dental, the program's administrator.

    Effective February 1, 2005, TMA authorized a waiver from requiring retired National Guard/Reserve men and women who meet the criteria to be enrolled in the TRDP for 12 months prior to gaining the maximum allowed benefits for cast crowns, cast restorations, bridges, dentures and orthodontics for both adults and children.

    Additionally, this new waiver will be applied retroactively to February 1, 2004 for any Guard and Reserve enrollees who can document their enrollment in the TRDP within 120 days after their retirement effective date.  Delta will process any claim adjustments resulting from this retroactive waiver, upon notification from the enrollee and submission of the appropriate documentation.

    All new enrollees seeking to obtain the waiver should submit a copy of their retirement orders together with their application.

    The nation's largest voluntary, all-enrollee-paid dental program continues to offer coverage for diagnostic and preventive services, basic restorative services, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, dental emergencies and a separate dental accident benefit with no waiting period. The program currently covers over 800,000 retired members of the uniformed services, including National Guard and Reserve personnel, and their families.

    "We are working in partnership with TMA to offer a comprehensive dental program with the fewest possible restrictions in the first year of enrollment," said Lowell Daun, DDS, senior vice president for Delta's Federal Services division. "We are also working to keep premiums affordable for members of the National Guard/Reserve."

    Eligibility for the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program extends to all retirees of the Reserve and Guard and their family members, including "gray area" retired Reservists who are entitled to retired pay but will not begin receiving it until age 60. Although eligibility for this group has been in effect since the TRDP first began in 1998, many retired Reserve and Guard members, and even more "gray area" retirees, still do not realize they are eligible. It is important to note that as with all new retirees, the 120-day period during which a "gray area" retired Reservist can enroll in the TRDP to qualify for the 12-month waiting period waiver begins with his/her retirement effective date, not the date he/she reaches age 60.

The TRDP, first authorized by Congress in 1997, continues today to offer one of the few affordable, comprehensive dental benefit programs available to the nation's Uniformed Services retirees, as well as to retirees of the Reserve and Guard. The TRDP is a nationwide, combined fee-for-service/ preferred provider program that offers enrollees access to any licensed dentist in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Canada.

    Enrollees may seek care from any licensed dentist, with optimal benefits available when choosing a participating "Delta Dental PPO" dentist in over 80,000 locations nationwide.

    The TRDP carries a $50 per person annual deductible. The program also includes a family deductible cap of $150 and an annual maximum amount of $1,200, against which preventive and diagnostic services are not counted.  In addition to the annual maximum, the TRDP also has a separate dental accident annual maximum of $1,000 and a lifetime orthodontic maximum of $1,200.

    Eligible retirees and their family members can find answers to their questions about the program as well as enroll using Delta's dedicated TRDP web site at www.trdp.org or by calling the toll-free number at 1-866-567-1658. 

    Delta Dental of California belongs to a larger holding company system, formed jointly with Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and several affiliate companies, covering nearly 21 million enrollees in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Both the California and Pennsylvania Delta Plans are members of the national Delta Dental Plans Association, which collectively covers 43 million Americans.

 

 

PAO staff report

Post students honored for academic achievements

    Several Carlisle Barracks youth earned the designation of Advanced Placement Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level AP Program exams in 2004.

    Ryan Kellar, Michael Yuengert, Rebecca Fowler and Kelly Teague were among the 26 Carlisle High School students who took the AP exams in May 2004 after completing challenging college-level courses. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student performance on the exam.

    More than 1,400 institutions award a full year's credit, sophomore standing, to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades. The College Board's Advance Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit and advance placement for successful performance on the AP exams. Thirty-four AP exams are offered in a wide variety of subject areas, each consisting of multiple-choice and free-response questions. An estimated 17 percent of the one million plus high school students worldwide who took the exams earned the AP Scholar recognition.

    Margaret Bounds, Laura Bova and Marjorie Dieter qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Awards by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.   

    Eight students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Awards by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are William Gibson, Kyle Hagar, Christopher Holden, Ryan Kellar, Harmony Robinson, Steven Schiavoni, Benjamin Waring and Michael Yuengert.

    Students who qualified for the AP Scholar award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher were Anna Adams-Sarthou, Melanie Bair, Eric Eikmeier, Rebecca Fowler, Ella Fratantuono, Emily Glick, Emma Kaufman, William Lane, Daniel Massa, Alexander Plocki, David Punihaole, Lauren Snow, Megan Taylor, Kelly Teague and Tyler Thumma.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Bank of America, DoD take action to ensure cardholder security

    March 1, 2005 --  You may have heard that in late December 2004, the Bank of America reported the loss of computer data tapes. A small number of computer backup tapes were lost in shipment and identified as missing in late December.

    These tapes contained government travel card account numbers for 1.1 million Department of Defense Bank of America government travel cardholders, military and civilian; all services; active and reserve components; open and closed accounts.

   Law enforcement agencies have been involved in the investigation to try and find  the missing tapes.

    "Both federal law enforcement and Bank of America have thoroughly investigated the loss of the tapes," said a Bank of America release. "That investigation continues. We also have been closely monitoring accounts with information on the tapes since the tapes were determined to be missing." The U.S. Secret Service is the primary federal agency responsible for financial investigations and is assisting with the investigation.

    The tapes also contained personal information, names, Social Security numbers, and addresses for 933,000 of these 1.1 million accounts. Bank of America began mailing letters to cardholders on Feb. 25. The Department of the Army has approximately 350,000 accounts on the missing tapes. 

    "Forty individuals from Carlisle Barracks were affected. We have begun contacting each individual directly to let them know, and provide them guidance on what they can do,"  said Lt. Col. Lynn Snyder, resource management director. Notices to these employees were sent on March 1. These 40 individuals are part of the U.S. Army War College, TRADOC and IMA\Garrison.

    It's important to note that this data loss only affects government travel cards, not the IMPAC credit cards used by many federal employees.

     According to Bank of America, it doesn't appear that any of the data has been misused.

     "At Bank of America, our first priority is our customers and the security of their financial and personal information," said the release. "At this time, there is no evidence to suggest any personal data has been accessed or misused. Bank of America will continue to monitor all accounts for any unusual or unauthorized activities."

     Bank of America is also offering a complimentary credit report.

 

    "Bank of America is offering a complimentary credit bureau report as part of our ongoing commitment to customer service," said the release. "In addition, under the FACT ACT provisions you are also entitled to a free credit report based on your state of residency. Call 1.800.493.8444 for more information."

    Bank of America has since changed the way that these tapes will be transported in the future.

Can I cancel my travel card account?

    DoD cardholders who receive a letter from the Bank of America describing the loss of the tapes need to understand that their personal information was on the missing tapes. These DoD cardholders should be especially vigilant for any signs that other people may have attempted to exploit their personal information.

    "Canceling the cards will close their current account from unauthorized use, but the bigger issue is the personal info that is available from that account, which could lead to identify theft- closing the account won't protect against this," said Snyder.

    DoD cardholders who receive notification letters should consider placing a fraud alert on their credit files. A fraud alert stays on a credit file for 90 days and tells creditors to contact the cardholder before the creditor opens any new accounts or changes existing accounts. 

    To place a fraud alert, cardholders can call any one of the three major credit bureaus, Equifax, 800-525-6285; Experian, 888-397-3742; TransUnionCorp, 800-680-7289; as soon as one credit bureau confirms a fraud alert, it notifies the other credit bureaus.  All three credit bureaus will then send credit reports to the cardholders, free of charge, for their review. Notified cardholders should review the credit reports for any suspicious activity, such as unexplained new accounts, for at least eighteen months. 

What do I do if I find evidence of fraud?

    If a cardholder detects fraudulent activity on their government travel card, he or she should contact Bank of America immediately.  If a cardholder detects any other suspicious activity or has reason to believe his or her personal information is being misused, the cardholder should contact local law enforcement and the local Secret Service field office.  The cardholder should get a copy of the police report; many creditors want the information the report contains to absolve cardholders of fraudulent debts.  A cardholder who detects suspicious activity also should file a complaint with the FTC at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or at 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338).  Such complaints will be added to the FTC's Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse, where it will be accessible to law enforcers for their investigations.

    Bank of America has established a dedicated toll free telephone number (1‑800-493-8444) for questions or concerns connected with this loss of data. 

    Even if cardholders do not find any suspicious activity on their initial credit reports, the Federal Trade Commission recommends that all consumers check their credit reports periodically.  Checking credit reports periodically can help all consumers spot problems to address them quickly.

   

 

Col. David Brooks, Dept. of Military Strategy

USAWC makes visit to India, Pakistan

    On a trip to India and Pakistan in February, Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College Commandant, conducted mutual discussions with key senior educational and operational leaders of both nations, experienced firsthand the great potential of the International Fellow's program, and obtained an "on the ground" perspective of the complexity and extraordinary strategic importance of South Asia.

    The main purpose of this trip was to meet with counterpart representatives of senior military professional educational institutions in both countries.  In India, Huntoon visited the National Defense College, the Army War College-where he addressed the Higher Command Course on U.S. Army transformation-and the Infantry School.

    In Pakistan, a visit to the National Defense College led to key discussions on senior leader education and cooperative efforts to capitalize on the strengths of the U.S. and Pakistani institutions.  Both visits included discussions with senior strategic leaders of the Indian and Pakistani Armies, both key partners in the Global War on Terror.

    The trip's most significant observation was the reminder of the great value of joint military educational exchanges.  U.S. officers are students in both of the national defense colleges and a variety of junior officer courses throughout India and Pakistan.  Recent Indian and Pakistani graduates of the U.S. Army War College met with the Commandant and spoke of the great importance of their year in Carlisle.  These graduates were continuing very successful careers in their military and in public service professions. Each one reemphasized a significant, long-term professional and personal impact for themselves and their families from their  USAWC experience.  In  both countries, Huntoon visited with the U.S. State department country teams at the embassies. 

    "We are very fortunate to have exceptional leaders in our attaché corps around the world, said Huntoon. "They are highly skilled and highly regarded, and doing critical work for us all. Foreign Area Officers, Security Assistance officers, and the professionals of the State Department are all wining teams overseas."

 

     The War College team focused on the theater security cooperation plans that support U.S. interests in the region through military assistance, exchanges, and exercises between the United States and the two nations. The first leg of the journey began in India's capital, New Delhi, with the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. Gen. J.B.S. Yadava, a recent visitor to Carlisle Barracks.  The discussion focused on the importance of the geo-strategic partnership between the United States and India, the world's largest democracy and home to 15 percent of the world's population.

    Yadava suggested possible exchange opportunities that would enhance interoperability and cooperation.  India's swift response to the December tsunami disaster and it's liaison support with U.S. Pacific Command highlight the benefits of close cooperation in synchronizing similar large scale operations, and in further developing a partnership with the Indian Army, the fourth largest in the world. The Pakistan military leads the world in its participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations worldwide. Pakistan was the second element of the commandant's journey. In the capitol city of Islamabad, Huntoon met with Pakistan Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Ahsan Saleem Hayat for a discussion on cooperative efforts between the two nations' militaries, and the need for continued professional military education engagement with Pakistan. The experience of Pakistani peacekeeping experience offers great benefit to the U.S. military.  The United States and Pakistan are  joined hand in hand in the fight against international terrorism.   At Army headquarters, the Operations Directorate briefed Huntoon on Pakistan military operations conducted in close cooperation and coordination with U.S. forces in the region.

     "India and Pakistan are key strategic allies of the United States," said Huntoon.  "It was a great privilege to meet with some of their key leaders to review our common interests and to discuss our important military education exchanges.  As in every major country in the world, our Army War College Indian and Pakistani graduates are leading the way in their respective militaries."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs

Take command of your healthcare - use TRICARE Online

March 2, 2005 -- TRICARE Prime beneficiaries now have the ability to make their own appointments and avoid the long waiting times and frustrations of dealing with the telephone appointment system.

    TRICARE Online allows beneficiaries to schedule routine, follow up, and acute appointments. Appointments scheduled using TOL can also be cancelled using the system.

    "The main objective of TRICARE Online is to improve healthcare services and benefits to our patients through the use of the internet," said Lt. Col. Mike Hershman, Dunham Deputy Commander for Administration. "Service is available to those enrolled to Dunham, enrolled either in TRICARE Prime, Active Duty, Active Duty Family Members, Retirees and Families in Prime, or TRICARE Plus." 

     TRICARE online interfaces with the Composite Health Care System and the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System to determine eligibility. Routine, Established (follow-up) and Acute appointments are offered for booking. 

    "TRICARE Online pulls appointments directly from CHCS," said Hershman. "It does not reduce the number of appointments available via central telephone appointments, but simultaneously offers another method for beneficiaries to access those same appointments."

            In order to take advantage of TOL each beneficiary must register and create an account using unique identity information. This information is validated by DEERS to ensure that the user is eligible for care. 

    "Each family member is required to have their own personal username and password.  You will be prompted to change passwords every 90 days," said Hershman.

     The types of appointments offered to patients are based on their choice of the "reason for visit" in a dropdown box.  Routine appointments will be designated for patients who require an office visit with the Primary Care Manager for a new health care problem that is not considered urgent. The established appointments will be pulled up for patients requesting a follow-up appointment with the PCM that is not for acute or routine care.  Acute appointments are for patients who have non-emergent, urgent care needs requiring treatment within 24 hours.

    "When the beneficiary logs onto the system, the user will be able to initiate a search for available appointment slots based on the TOL 'Visit Reason' selected from the dropdown box of predefined reasons," said Hershman.  A user selects the best reason and TOL conducts a search.  A list of available slots will be displayed for the patient to make a selection.  Once the user has selected an appointment the request is transmitted to CHCS.  A confirmation is displayed for users informing them that their appointment is made."

   A confirmation message can be printed as a reminder of the appointment.  Users may view their current web-booked appointments and cancel one or more of them by clicking the 'Cancel this appointment' link that appears under each appointment.  A confirmation message will also appear when the appointment has been successfully cancelled in CHCS.

    TRICARE Online also has more than 18 million pages of health and wellness information and disease management tools for military beneficiaries.  Beneficiaries are able to access the Military Treatment Facility clinic and provider web pages, create a personal health journal, and access RX checker for potential medication side effects and interactions.

    News of a new way to get appointments seemed like a great idea to some beneficiaries.

    "It would be great to be able to make an appointment without having to come in or call on the phone," said Janet Anderson, spouse of a deployed servicemember. "The ability to make an appointment when I can, no matter what time it is seems like a great idea."

    Classes are being held at Dunham Health Clinic during the month of March to assist patients in establishing accounts.  If you would like to attend one of the below listed classes please stop by the Information Desk at Dunham or call 245-3915 to sign up for a class.  Each class has limited space available.  All classes will be held in the training room at the clinic.  The training room is located in the central corridor, Room 253.

 

March 17                       9:30 a.m. -11 a.m.   2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

March 23                       2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.                                               

March 24                       9:30 a.m. -11 a.m.

March 30                       9:30 a.m. -11 a.m.  3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.                              

March 31                       9:30 a.m. -11 a.m.  3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

 

    If you are unable to attend one of the above classes, but would like to establish a TOL account, a instruction sheet is available at Dunham. Any questions or concerns can be handled by the personnel at the information desk. 

New policy for travel by DA officials

    The Secretary of the Army has approved a new travel policy effective Jan. 7, 2005 , replacing the previous policy dated March 26, 2003 and incorporating immediate change 1, dated May 19, 2004. Most simply reflect changes in travel authority from the Director, Army Staff to the Administrative Assistant, SA.  However, some changes can affect personnel assigned to TRADOC or other MACOMS.

    Fore more information on the new policy contact the Post Judge Advocate Office or the Department for Resource Management.

 

New Commander's Safety Course available at safety office

    March 2, 2005 -- The new Commander's Safety Course has been released and is now available online or through the Carlisle Barracks Safety Office.

    "This is a brand new program with a different structure, focus, and feel," said Jim Aiello, post safety officer. "The online course has been developed using the latest technology in distance learning initiatives, courseware delivery, and knowledge enhancement. Some of these features include capitalizing on the use of interactivity and application through the use of scenarios and real - world experiences."

    The purpose of the CSC is to provide the necessary knowledge, skill, and resources for both commanders and other leaders to better manage their unit safety programs, according to Aiello.

    "As a comprehensive stand alone tool, the course is focused on the integration of Army safety and risk management into all operations to protect Soldiers, prevent equipment damage or loss, and, ultimately, successfully accomplish the mission while conserving resources," said Aiello.

     A headquarters, Department of the Army, message released in January 2004 makes the course mandatory for company commanders prior to assuming command. Additionally, battalion and brigade level command designees must complete the course prior to attending the Fort Leavenworth pre- command course. The course is also recommended for senior NCOs, and others in leadership positions. It will require approximately 9 hours to complete.

    For more information contact Jim Aiello at 245-4353.    

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

All post employees can help support services, facilities on post

    February 16, 2005  -- Want to know how you can help the post services that depend on non-appropriated funds, including the  LVCC, MWR and the bowling alley? Stay on post for lunch, book a trip through ITR or take the family out for a night of bowling. You can help these NAF services, by utilizing. This applies to all post employees, including civilians and contractors. 

Post fitness centers

    One of the most economical benefits available to DoD civilians is the ability to use the fitness facilities located on post, including the Root Hall Gymnasium. The gymnasium has a full-size basketball and volleyball court, regulation-size racquetball court and men and women's locker rooms with saunas. The free use and location of the facilities draws in many civilians.

    "I use it because it's so close and I can go during my lunch," said Dave Coates, who works in Root Hall. The gym offers many different types of fitness classes and has a full-court basketball and racquet ball courts. Coates is one of the many Carlisle Barracks civilians who take advantage of the services. Civilians may also use the newly renovated Jim Thorpe Gymnasium, located off of Lovell Ave. The gym has a running track, fitness room, a third floor activity room, saunas, a basketball court and a weight room in addition to offering many weekly classes such as Yoga and Tae-Kwon-Do.

Information, Ticketing and Registration

    Another valuable benefit is the Armed Forces Vacation Club.  The AFVC is a "space available" program that offers DoD personnel the opportunity to take affordable condominium vacations at resorts around the world for as low as $234 per unit per week. It can be found online at www.afvclub.com

    Looking to take the family to an amusement park for the day? You should stop by Information Ticketing and Registration. Here you'll find discounts to attractions like Hersheypark, Disney World and Ski Roundtop.

Letort View Community Center

    Also available is the Letort View Community Center who provides catering for those who contract for it.  The facility may is also available for private events, such as wedding receptions or proms.

The Studios at Barracks Crossing

    "Crossings runs an Army-wide complete framing service and offers classes for the 'self-helper' in basic and refresher framing classes," said Bobbi Hill, manger skill development center. The Crossings also offer Laser-Engraving services and do everything from magnetic nametags to trophies and plaques. Co-located with Crossings is the Auto Shop, which is also accessible to civilians. The Auto Shop offers both the PA mandated emissions and safety inspections for only $40. The average cost for an emissions inspection alone in the Carlisle area is $39. The Auto shop also conducts classes in Teen Automotive and a Women's Automotive Workshop.

Education Center, Sports Department

    Other valuable services available, include the Education Center and the Directorate of Community Activities Sports Department. The Education Center has a wide array of education programs and services including on-post classes, tuition assistance, and self-paced computer courses. The sports department organizes leagues for military and civilian employees in football, basketball, softball, volleyball, and bowling. Additionally, tournaments are held for tennis and racquetball.

CDC, Youth Services

    It's important to note that benefits are not only limited to the employees themselves.  Children and spouses of DoD cardholders may also take advantage of some facilities on post. DoD civilians can use the Youth Services programs and the Child Development Center on post. The wide-ranging YS division includes sports programs and summer camps, and the CDC offers child care with a wide range of options.

    "We have a large number of civilian children in our programs. Many times they're the ones who come back year after year," said Bob Salviano, director of Youth Services.

Golf Course

   Civilian personnel also have the opportunity to use the Carlisle Barracks golf course. All DoD card holders are entitled to use the course and may sign up for tee times one week in advance. The par 72, 18-hole course also features the 19th Hole Snack Bar, a pro shop and a new driving range.

    "The course is just beautiful," said John Davidson, who works in Collins Hall. "The green fees are also much lower than at other local courses, so that makes it even better."   

    However, there are some services on post that civilians are not authorized to use. The Post Exchange, Reynolds Theater, Commissary, Dental Clinic, and Class Six are only available for active duty and retired military personnel. These benefits are considered part of the benefit package for active duty military members and their families, many of which are regulated by law.

    Overall, there are a wide variety of services and facilities available to civilian personnel on Carlisle Barracks.  Some can be found below.     

 

Morale Welfare and Recreation

632 Wright Avenue

(717)-245-4332

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

 

Army Community Service

632 Wright Avenue

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(717) 245-4357

 

Barracks Crossing Frame and Engraving Studios and Automotive Center

870 Jim Thorpe Road

Hours of operation:

M,T,W,F: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thurs: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Self Help on Thu, Fri and Sat.
(717)245-3319

(717)245-3156 (Auto)

 

Carlisle Barracks Information, Ticketing and Registration Office  

842 Sumner Road

Hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday noon - 5:00 p.m.
(717)245-3309/4048

 

Strike Zone Bowling Center

Located adjacent to Collins Hall

Hours of operation: Monday- Friday, 11:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m.

Saturday, noon-9:00p.m. 

Sunday, 1:00p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

(717) 245-4109

 

Letort View Community Center

313 Lovell Ave.

(717) 245-3215

 

Root Hall Gymnasium

120 Forbes Avenue

Hours of operation: (1 April - 31 August)

Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays Closed
(717) 245-4343

 

Letort Splash Zone (Swimming Pool)

Located behind the LVCC

Hours of operation (seasonal): Daily, noon-12:50 p.m. (lap swimming), 1-7 p.m. (open swimming)

(717) 245-4029/3560

 

Education Services

609 Butler Road

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m

(717) 245-3943.

 

Moore Child Development Center

455 Fletcher Road

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(717) 245-3701