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Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

USAWC top speakers 'sing' praises of the Military Family: the Unsung Heroes of our Armed Forces

Stodter's salute to family earns USAWC Top Speaker award

 

    He told a story about his golfing buddy and made the audience chuckle. The story continued, and many in the audience swiped a tear from the corner of an eye. When Col. Dean Stodter spoke about his golfing buddy, his mentor, his father, he created vivid images of a deep and meaningful bond within his Army family. The audience was quietly focused and ignored their coffee at the LVCC dinner tables as the story unfolded . and Stodter ended back on a golf course with his own children. His delivery - in 5 to 7 minutes - of a very personal story created an iconic salute to the military family and earned him first place in the USAWC Speaking Contest, May 21.

    Competition was stiff among the five representatives of the Executive Public Speaking elective.  Lt. Col. Bobby Smith, 2nd place, described in loving detail the character and the sacrifice of his own military family who sat among the audience.  In desert camouflage uniform, Col. Franklin Childress, 3rd place, urged the audience of 80 to follow the tradition of his military family in supporting U.S. servicemembers in word and deed.

    Well-crafted and interesting speeches were offered by Chap. (Lt. Col.) Rob Noland, who spoke with eloquence and passion about military families, and Mr. Richard Swain, whose story of the heart-warming response of military families on behalf of his grandson demonstrated the values of "the unsung heroes' of the military family.  

    The military family topic was selected by the sponsors of the 7th Annual USAWC Speech Contest:  USAWC Freespeakers chapter of Toastmasters International, the USAWC Alumni Association, the USAWC Foundation, and the Carlisle Barracks chapter of AUSA. Under the direction of EPS course author Dr. Anna Waggener, the contest followed TMI International Speech Contest rules and judging guidelines.

 

Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service

Bush nominates Pace, Giambastiani as Chairman, Vice

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2005 - President Bush today nominated Gen. Peter Pace as the first Marine to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pace is currently the vice chairman.

    If confirmed by the Senate, Pace will succeed Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, when he steps down in September. Myers assumed the office as senior military adviser to the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council in October 2001.

    The president also nominated Navy Adm. Edmund Giambastiani Jr. to serve as vice chairman. Giambastiani currently serves as the commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. The admiral is based in Norfolk, Va.

    Bush said that his most sacred duty is to protect the American people and that choosing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is one of the most important decisions the commander in chief makes.

    "The first thing America needs to know about Pete Pace is that he is a Marine," Bush said at the White House. "To the American people, 'Marine' is shorthand for 'can-do,' and I'm counting on Pete Pace to bring the Marine spirit to these new responsibilities."

    Pace said the task ahead of him is exhilarating and humbling. "It's exhilarating because I have the opportunity . to continue to serve this great nation," he said. "It's humbling because I know the challenges ahead are formidable, but I have great faith in our ability to meet those challenges."

    Pace said the reason he has such confidence is "that we have the world's best young men and women serving in our armed forces. Active, Guard, Reserve, civilian -- they simply deliver every time our nation calls."

   Bush praised Myers for his work in preparing U.S. military forces for the threats of the new century.

    "This is a huge task, even in peacetime," the president said. "Dick Myers did it while defending America from one of the most determined and vicious enemies we have ever faced."

    Myers was on Capitol Hill when terrorists hit New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001. He sped back to the Pentagon and manned the National Military Command Center with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. "On General Myers' watch, we toppled two brutal dictatorships in Afghanistan and Iraq and liberated more than 50 million people," Bush said. "By removing the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, we have made America safer and put a troubled region on the path to freedom and peace."

    The president said that he is confident the work Myers set in motion at the Pentagon will continue under Pace. Myers, who earned his commission from Kansas State University in 1965, has served in uniform for 40 years. A fighter pilot, he has flown more than 4,100 hours, including more than 600 hours in combat during the Vietnam War.

    Pace was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., and raised in Teaneck, N.J. A 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he began his military career as a platoon leader in Vietnam at the Battle of Hue City in 1968. He has commanded at every level in the Marine Corps and with joint forces. Bush said Pace's commitment to troops has been central to his success at every level.

    Bush noted that under the glass on Pace's desk, the general keeps a photo of Lance Cpl. Guido Farinaro, the first Marine Pace lost in combat during Vietnam.

   Before becoming vice chairman, Pace served as the commander of U.S. Southern Command. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1992 and served in the United States, Somalia and Japan before becoming the director for operations on the Joint Staff in 1996.

    During today's remarks, Bush also lauded Giambastiani. "He has been leading the effort to bring reform to the NATO military so our alliance is prepared for the threats of tomorrow," Bush said.

    He thanked Pace and Giambastiani for their willingness to take on these new assignments. "We still face ruthless adversaries who wish to attack our country," Bush said. "But with the leadership of men like these, the outcome of this struggle is assured: America will defeat freedom's enemies and ensure the security of our country for generations to come.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Conversational Arabic 'spoken here

 

April 20, 2005 - Just for fun, try counting how many times a day you greet other people each day. Now picture yourself in a place where you don't know the language and can't communicate basic things.

    To help learn more about the world around them, 26 people from Carlisle Barracks have begun an eight-week course of survival-level pan-Arabic in coordination with the Carlisle Adult Continuing Education Program. Most of the participants in the class are U.S. Army War College students, staff or faculty. The class meets once a week in Root Hall.

    One of the participants, Bohdan Kohutiak, USAWC library director, took the class to continue a tradition he has had with members of the International Fellows class each year.

    "I make it a goal of mine to be able to learn greetings in each of the native languages for each international student," said Kohutiak. Through the class he has already learned greetings and thanks in Arabic.

    The idea to bring the class to Carlisle Barracks came from Col. George Reed, director of Command and Leadership Studies, who was looking to continue his studies of foreign languages

    "I saw an ad in the paper where they were advertising for a Mandarin language course, and called the Carlisle Adult Ed Center to find out if they offered any other classes," said Reed. "It turns out that they offered an Arabic course before, but no one had signed up for it. I thought it would be a great opportunity for our students and staff."

    Reed went on to point out that in the current operation environment, the opportunity to learn basic Arabic is a near-necessity.

    "I think that it really helps to start to understand a culture by studying its language," said Reed. "Many of our students may be deploying to regions around the world where a basic knowledge of the language and culture could be invaluable."

    The value of the class was echoed by some of its participants.

    "I think everyone in the military should strive to learn foreign languages.  When stationed overseas, being able to converse in the local language is the best way to build bridges with the host-nation," said Lt. Col. Frederick Mooney, USAWC student.

    "Conversations lead to friendships, which lead to better coalition cohesion, and ultimately to better international relations. I was inspired by our International Fellows from the Mid-East, many native Arabic speakers, who are so fluent in English. As coalition partners, they have made the effort to learn English well, and I believe we should do the same." Mooney studied French for six years, and speaks "survival" German.  

    Mooney saw this class as not just an opportunity to learn a new language, but something that would benefit him for the rest of his career.

    "I see it as a personal career investment. Arabic is spoken in Iraq and throughout the Mid-East, and is also one of the four official languages of the African Union," said Mooney. "With the U.S. commitment to those parts of the world, I'm sure I'll get the chance to use this new language skill in the not-too-distant future."

   For more information on other classes offered by the Carlisle Adult Continuing Education Program contact the Carlisle Barracks Education Center .

    The professor, Reginald Heefner, is competent in 15 languages-Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Estonian, Modern Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Hindi, Swahili, Urdu, Latin and Sanskrit. He was recently selected to be included in the 2005 edition of "Who's Who in the World" for his contributions in the field of foreign languages.

 

Post residents asked to conserve water starting April 25  

    Painters are scheduled to return Monday, April 25 to continue work on the large elevated water tank.  With the large tank out of service, the post will need to connect to North Middleton's water system through a metered connection along Post Road. 

    "Residents should never be without water, but may notice a change in water pressure or a slight change in water taste at this time," said Gary Sweppenhiser, engineer with DPW. "DPW will continue to sample and monitor water quality to insure residents continue to receive safe drinking water." Residents are asked to conserve water for approximately four weeks during this time by not washing cars or watering lawns.    

 

 

 

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Vet Clinic offers summer pet safety advice

    April 20, 2005-As summer heat bears down on the area, pet owners need to take special precautions to keep pets and owners safe. Insects, worms and just plain heat can affect the health and safety of pets and Carlisle Barracks wants everyone on post to know how to prevent pet injury.

    There is a rule of thumb to determine if it is too hot for pets to be outside.

    "If it's uncomfortable for you, it's uncomfortable for your pet," said Dr. Heather Henry, veterinarian. "Dogs can get heat stroke just like people can. If your dog is outside it needs shade and plenty of water."

    Never leave pets in cars when it is hot out. Even if the windows are cracked, the temperatures inside can reach levels hot enough to do damage to the animal.

    Pets also need to be protected from insects. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes can pass on diseases to pets, but there are medications and ointments that can prevent illness. To help prevent animals from getting diseases from insects, owners should make sure they are using topical flea and tick ointment on pets when they are outside, and pets should be inspected regularly for fleas and ticks. Animals should be up to date on all their immunizations and should get regular checkups to make sure they are overall healthy.

    All animals should be up to date with all vaccinations to include rabies.

    "There are positive cases of rabies in the area," said Capt. Gwynne Kinley, veterinarian and commander of the vet clinic.    

    All post animals should be on leashes at all times when outside to reduce the possibility of loss or injury.

    "All animals are required to be on leashes," said Pfc. Charles Timothy, animal care specialist. "Even cats and rabbits need to be on a leash."

Microchip open house

    There will be a microchip open house at the vet clinic on from 4 to 6 p.m. May 20. The open house will be open to all friendly pets and their owners. There will be snacks, pet information, pet registration and pet micro-chipping will be done for a $13 fee. All post dogs are required to have a microchip.

 Vet clinic hours of operation

    The vet clinic is open Mon. through Fri. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    There will be extra hours on two days in June to allow people who have busy day schedules to get care for their pets. The extra hours of the clinic are from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thurs. June 2 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sat. June 4. 

    Call 717-245-4168 to make an appointment.

 

 

 

Public Affairs Release

Next Omar Bradley Chair selected

Exceptional practitioner and leadership scholar selected for Dickinson College and Army War College Joint Chair of Strategic Leadership

 

April 18, 2005 -- Dickinson College and the U.S. Army War College  announced today that retired Army Lt. Gen. Don Holder, Jr. will be the next recipient of the General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership. Holder will be in residence effective Jan. 1, 2006 - June 1, 2006 and will conduct seminars at both Dickinson College and the Army War College.

    Named in memory of the World War II hero, the Omar Bradley chair provides a visiting scholar the opportunity to explore with students and faculty the nature of leadership and how it can best and most ethically be exercised in a world transformed by globalization, technology and cultural change. The chair is intended to enhance the study of leadership and to encourage civilian-military dialogue.

    As part of the collaboration between Dickinson College and the Army War College, Holder will participate equally in the academic life at both institutions.  Activities may include: lecturing on leadership; teaching at least one elective course during the year at both Dickinson and USAWC; serving as senior mentor and participant in USAWC exercises; assisting in the organization and execution of conferences; faculty mentoring/development; project adviser for student research efforts and conducting independent research and preparing publications.

    Holder's principal activities in recent years have been in supporting concept development for senior leaders of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, serving as an operational commander and senior observer in Joint and Army experiments, and in assisting in Army future force development.  He is a regular participant in the Unified Quest experimental series, has taught classes for the Canadian Forces College, and is conducting analyses of leader development and education for the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College.

    Gen. Holder's military career alternated between combat units and the training base.  He commanded cavalry units from platoon to regimental levels and served as the commander of the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division from 1993 to 1995.  As a captain, he commanded a cavalry troops operating on the Germany border and in Vietnam.  In his third assignment to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Holder commanded the Regiment through the final days of the Cold War as it continued to patrol the Iron Curtain along the Czech and East German frontiers.  Deploying the unit to Saudi Arabia in the winter of 1990, he led VII Corps' deployment for Desert Shield and its main attack in Desert Storm.

    Gen. Holder also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Support at NATO's Central Army Group.  In that position, he assisted in the transition to the new command structure for land forces in NATO's Central Region and in training allied forces for new post-Cold War missions.

    Holder graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in history and holds a M.A. from Harvard University in European History.  His decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, the Bronze Star for Valor, the German Cross of Honor in Gold and the Russian Medal for Military Excellence. 

    "Gen. Holder is an exemplar for which the Omar Bradley Chair was intended.  He is an exceptional practitioner and scholar of leadership who continues to educate and develop our emerging senior leaders.  The Army War College students and faculty will greatly benefit from Gen. Holder's demonstrated expertise, experience, and passion for the study of leadership," said Col. Charles Allen, a member of the colleges' joint search committee. 

    "At Dickinson, we strive to connect knowledge usefully in and across existing and emerging academic disciplines," said President William G. Durden, Dickinson College.  "The Omar Bradley Chair facilitates scholarly engagement in the context of the unavoidable global challenges we face today. We look forward to the ideas and discussions that Gen. Holder will bring forth."

    Holder was chosen by a committee with representatives from Dickinson College and the Army War College, both located in Carlisle, Pa. 

    Both institutions are deeply committed to understanding leadership, from the perspective of the liberal arts and sciences at Dickinson, and in the environment of international security studies at the Army War College.

    The Bradley Chair was most recently held, in 2004-2005, by Pulitzer Prize winning author, historian and journalist, Rick Atkinson.

    Dickinson College and the Army War College already enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship as neighboring institutions of higher education.

    Over the last seven years alone, collaboration has taken many forms, including guest lectures and panel presentations by faculty and visiting experts from both institutions.  Research, internship and research opportunities for Dickinson students in the War College's Strategic Studies Institute and the Military History Institute have been shared and critiqued during monthly faculty development seminars.  Family members of USAWC International Fellows have received tuition waivers for Dickinson College, and there have been reciprocal adjunct faculty appointments.

 

 

Deputy Secretary of Defense Nominee testifies before Armed Services Committee

    President Bush has nominated Secretary of the Navy Gordon England to be Deputy Secretary of Defense, replacing Paul Wolfowitz, who is leaving to head the World Bank.

     Secretary England testified April 20 before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Following are highlights from "Questions and Responses" he submitted to the committee for the record. The questions ranged from defense reforms; to ensuring the warfighter has the right technology; to the National Security Personnel System, the new hiring and promotion system for Department of Defense civilians.

 

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Heart disease in women difficult to diagnose

    April 19, 2005 - You may not know this, but heart disease is the leading cause of death for both males and females, outdistancing cancer and strokes. 

    "To put things into perspective, by age 50, one in 50 women will develop breast cancer, but by age 49, one in 25 women will develop heart disease," said Col. Gordon Miller, Commander, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic. "I certainly don't want to minimize the effects of breast cancer or appear indifferent, but rather would like to see the same level of enthusiasm generated to prevent heart disease in women as with breast cancer."

    Part of the problem is that most of the research studies to date involve large numbers of men, and few, if any, women. 

    "What we now know is that, what is true with regards to heart disease in males is not necessarily true with female patients.  Most men with coronary artery disease are more likely to complain of chest pain with or without radiation down the left arm, usually associated with exertion, which is considered to be the classic angina presentation," said Miller. "However, women with heart disease are more likely to complain of atypical symptoms such as jaw, neck, or shoulder pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, shortness of breath, or even chest pain at rest.  Because these symptoms tend to be vague and relatively non-specific, women, and practicing health care providers may fail to recognize them as significant ones deserving further consideration."

    In the past, it would not be unusual for female patients presenting with these complaints to be diagnosed with stress, depression, or anxiety, completely missing the presentation of heart disease.

    There are many risk factors for coronary heart disease in women. 

    "Modifiable risk factors include smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and depression.  Unfortunately, as published recently, obesity is approaching epidemic proportions in the United States and along with smoking, is one of the two most important ones in this category," said Miller. "In fact, smoking is a more potent risk factor in women than in men, and 50% of all coronary events in females can be attributed to smoking. Obesity and sedentary lifestyle can predispose you to diabetes and hypertension, and increases the risk of other causes of mortality." 

    Treatable risk factors for coronary heart disease in women include, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Diabetes has been shown to be a more potent risk factor in women compared to men, and 50% of all mortality in women with non-insulin dependant diabetes is related to coronary heart disease. 

    "The more risk factors a woman has, the more likely she is to develop heart disease and the greater effort that is required to reduce her risk," said Miller. "Women need to visit their health care providers regularly to ensure they are aware of their risk factors and to what level, if any, they can be controlled or reduced." 

    "Prevention is the key and education is critical to women of all ages. Women need to learn how to eliminate or reduce their risk factors for heart disease, and what atypical signs and symptoms to look for," said Miller. "Healthcare providers need to recognize the impact that gender has on the development of Coronary Heart Disease and that risk factors impact female and male patients differently. Hopefully, some day the "Go Red for Women" slogan and pin produced by the American Heart Association will be as recognizable as the pink ribbon signifying breast cancer awareness."

    The follow patient resources are available for additional information: 

www.cdc.gov/wisewoman/factsandtools.htm

www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/other/hhw

www.lipidhealth.org

           

Anne Wolfe, Army Substance Abuse Program

Tips for responsible drinking

 

    While the misuse and abuse of alcohol to dangerous and high-risk behaviors, it is possible to drink responsibly. The following are some easy tips to assist in making the responsible decision if you decide to drink:

  • Eat before and during drinking - while a full stomach cannot prevent alcohol from affecting you, eating starchy and high-protein foods will slow it down.

  • Don't gulp or chug your drinks; drink slowly and make the drinks last- try to drink no more than one alcoholic drink per hour.

  • Alternate between alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks - this will give your body extra time to eliminate some of the alcohol.

  • Remember the word HALT: NEVER DRINK if you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired.

  • Before you celebrate, designate - identify a responsible driver who will not drink, or plan ahead to use public transportation.

 

Tips to avoid drinking

    It is always OK not to drink. Whether you always abstain from drinking, you simply aren't in the mood, or because you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired, it is always your choice to make. In instances where you feel pressured to drink alcohol, there are countless ways of saying no:

 

  •  "No, thank you" - It's your choice not to drink.

  •  "Alcohol's not my thing".

  • "I'm the designated driver".

  • "No thanks, I already have a drink".

  • "I'm on medication".

  • Simply walk away.

 

    Another way to avoid drinking alcohol is to enjoy mock tails. Mock tails, contain the same ingredients as many popular alcoholic drinks with one exception, they don't contain alcohol. Refreshing and fun, they can be consumed without having to worry about any of the consequences of alcoholic drinks.

    Information Provided By The Army Center For Substance Abuse

 

   

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

DA police conversion more than half complete

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  April 14, 2005-With the second class of DA police officers graduated and on the job, the conversion of post law enforcement from Military Police to Department of the Army police is more than halfway complete.

    There are currently 13 of the 29 MPs formerly stationed on post. By January 2006, all will have transitioned to other assignments and the DA police will have assumed all post law enforcement activities.

    "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 Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College commandant. "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."

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    The eight graduates of the class possess a combined total of more than 130 years of military and law enforcement experience.

    The 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.

    "All of you have extensive law enforcement experience already and we will call on you to perform this important mission," said Lt. Col. Ty Phillips, garrison commander, about the tasks the DA police will be undertaking.

    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 first class of DA police graduated in Feb 2005 and have been on duty ever since. The second class of DA police officers graduated from the Carlisle Barracks Police Academy in a ceremony April 7, in Bliss Hall.

    The next class of DA police will begin training in May.

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office   

Consider advance directive options

    April 13, 2005 -- A living will or medical power of attorney-- it's something that many people don't want to talk about, but it can be one of the most important decisions you ever make.

    "If recent media coverage of the Terri Schiavo case has taught us anything, it is that no one is more capable of determining the extent of medical care you are willing to undergo than yourself," said Col. Gordon Miller, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic Commander.

    "In the event there is a disagreement among family members regarding your end-of-life care, and you have not taken the steps to document your personal wishes legally, the courts will make those decisions for you.  Although, in most instances, families can agree on end-of-life care issues, we can all learn something from this case and take steps to ensure we better prepare ourselves and our family for what may happen to us," he said.   

    An advance directive is a document that spells out what kind of care someone would like to have if they became incapacitated and unable to make medical decisions themselves.

    "It describes the kind of treatment you would want depending on how ill you are, and what your prognosis is" said Miller. "Advance directives usually tell your doctor (and family members) that you don't want certain kinds of treatment, but they can also direct which treatment you would want no matter what the existing injury or disease." 

    The two most common types of advance directives are living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care. 

    A living will goes into effect when you have or develop a terminal illness, meaning generally, that you have six months or less to live.  However, one important limitation of a living will is that it doesn't give someone the ability to designate someone else to make medical decisions for them in the event they are unable to do so themselves. Living wills do not normally require notarization, but legal offices can assist with creating them.

    A durable power of attorney for health care is also a type of advance directive that states whom you have selected to make health care decisions.  It becomes active anytime you become unconscious or unable to make medical decisions.   

    "It is obviously important to select someone whom you trust with those decisions," said Miller. A durable power of attorney for medical care should be notarized. 

    "Living wills and durable powers of attorney are legal in most states, and can provide your physician, your family and loved ones, and the courts if necessary, your wishes in the event of a mentally incapacitating medical incident or terminal condition," said Miller.

    Both living wills and medical power of attorneys can be obtained at the post Office of the Judge Advocate.  

    "Living wills are done by our Legal Assistance Attorney and we can also do many types of Powers of Attorney," said Capt. Victoria Ko, Deputy Post Judge Advocate. For more information contact the Post Judge Advocate office at 245-4940.

   If you are interested in learning more about advance directives, go to http://familydoctor.org/003.xml

 

 

Cherie Huntington, Defense Commissary Agency

Commissary patrons FAQs 

  Next time you mentally review your "portfolio" of military pay and benefits, take a good look at the one that can put money back in your wallet every day:  the commissary benefit.  If your survey turns up a few questions, join the crowd and take a look at these recurring questions common to commissary patrons around the world. 

Why are some items cheaper "outside the gate?"

    There's a common sales technique of "loss leaders" in the civilian retail world.  Businesses offer certain popular items at prices below cost, taking a loss on those items.  They bank on the probability that you'll buy other items at profit-making prices while in their store so they can recoup losses on loss leaders.

    You'll find great bargains all over town, and if you buy only those specific items, you'll indeed save on those items.  Yet what about your valuable time and expensive gas expended in all that price chasing?  Your commissary offers at least 30 percent savings overall, so compare grocery bills rather than the price of a can of green beans.  Sure, maybe you found a cheaper can of green beans downtown, but what about savings on other items? 

    Check out the price comparison boards in the commissary, and keep your eye on the big picture:  Your commissary saves you more.

What do all the red, white and blue "savings" shelf signs mean?

    The patriotic "signs of savings" map the way to savings of 30 percent or more throughout the commissary.  The program is called "Savings You've Earned," making it easy for shoppers to see what's on sale and what the best deal is.  Signs with large red, white and blue stars indicate notable savings:

 

. Every Day Savings:  better-than-average savings or every day low price

. Value Savings:  lowest price compared to like items at the commissary or commercial grocery stores

. Extra Savings:  best prices anywhere, anytime; offered for limited time and while quantities last

 

 

Kathy Christman, Carlisle Barracks Government Purchase Card Coordinator        

ID thieves use new tricks

Protect yourself from credit card fraud

    April 14, 2005 -- Would you notice or ignore a $30 charge on your credit or debit card statement?  The next time you get your statements you may want to take a closer look at the charges. You may have dozens of legitimate charges and hidden among them may be a unauthorized charge from some company you've never heard of. This is the new wave of credit card fraud and if not only affects personal credit cards, but that of government card holders.

    Recently there have been several reports of this type of fraud affecting the Government Purchase Card.  Some cardholders have had unauthorized charges from Pluto Data for $29.99 and/or $39.99 on their statements. Research has indicated that the phone number listed was an answering service contracted by Pluto Data and those who have called the number and were able to get through were informed that the charge was for a DVD or CD - that the consumer had not ordered. The answering service has reportedly dropped Pluto Data as a customer.

   You are urged to carefully check not only your Government Purchase Card accounts, but also your personal accounts for any unusual charges from this company or any other unrecognized companies.  If you find such a charge, you should immediately call your bank and tell them to remove the charge and cancel your card for possible fraud.  The bank will issue you a new card.  You may also see a small charge for anywhere from one cent to one dollar - the perpetrator is testing to see if the account is active - if the small charge goes through it may be followed by a larger charge within hours or days. 

    Steps to prevent credit card fraud include not giving out your credit card number online unless the site is secure and known to be legitimate, never give your card number over the phone unless you initiated the call and can verify the vendor and never allow anyone else to make charges with your card.  For more tips on avoiding credit card fraud you can go to www.ifccfbi.gov - and clicking on "Fraud Tips".  The FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center sponsors this web site to keep Americans informed about various types of fraud.

    Individuals should report any fraudulent activity to the bank (800 number on the back of the card) as soon as it occurs.  If the suspected fraud involves the Government Purchase Card, contact Kathy Christman, 245-3958.

 

Post housing residents to receive survey

    In the next couple of weeks post housing residents will receive a "Headquarters, Department of Army Resident Assessment" survey postcard. 

    Carlisle Barracks will be one of the test sites for accomplishing the web-based version of the survey.  This is an official U.S. Army Survey.  On behalf of the U.S. Army, the Military Housing and Lodging Institute, and Educational Benchmarking will mail a pale green post card to all residents with the website address for the survey. 

    The survey software is easy to use, and your answers are strictly confidential and we encourage honest responses.  The survey does not tabulate any personal data, and the survey will not identify the respondent or the residence they currently occupy.  This survey is also being distributed by mail to other installations participating in the Residential Communities Initiative housing privatization program.  If you do not have access to the Internet contact Maria Jones at 245-4823 for a survey package.  

 

 

Anne Wolfe, Army Substance Abuse Program

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

What is alcoholism?

 

Alcoholism, also known as "alcohol dependence" is a disease that includes four symptoms:

  • Craving: a strong need, or compulsion, to drink.

  •  Loss of control: the inability to limit one's drinking on any given occasion.

  •   Physical dependence: withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.

  • Tolerance: the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to "get high."

 

What is high risk drinking?

 

    High- risk drinking, also known as episodic drinking, is defined as "the consumption of five or more drinks in a row on one occasion." High-risk drinkers are not necessarily alcoholics, but they do have a greater chance of being involved in other high-risk behaviors. According to a recent Harvard School of Public Health alcohol study, drinkers who frequently participate in high-risk drinking are 21 times more likely to:

 

  • Fall behind at work

  • Damage property

  • Be hurt or injured

  • Engage in unplanned or unprotected sexual activity

  • Drive while intoxicated

  

    When many people think of alcohol abusers, they picture teenagers sneaking drinks before high school football games or at unsupervised parties. However, alcohol abuse is prevalent within many demographic groups in the United States. People who abuse alcohol can also be college students who binge drink at local bars, pregnant women who put their babies at risk of fetal alcohol syndrome when they drink, professionals who drink after a long day of work, or senior citizens who drink out of loneliness.

    April is Alcohol Awareness Month and in recognition of this serious problem of alcohol abuse, the Army Substance Abuse Program will provide the following services/events:

 

   Resource Information Table -

           Root Hall cafeteria  - April 14 , 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.                                          

           Youth Services - April 21, 3-5 p.m.

 

    Alcohol Awareness Class -

            April 12 - Root Hall B-26, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

            April 19  - CPO Training Rm, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

            April 26  - Education Center, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

 

    Look for education awareness information in the weekly bulletin and the Banner. If your organization would like training at your site contact the ASAP office.

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

 

    Editors note: Information used in this story came from the Army Center for Substance Abuse

Post Arbor Day celebration April 29

    The 2005 Arbor Day/Earth Day ceremony will be held on April 29, at 10 a.m. in the Battle of the Bulge Grove by Collins Hall.

    There will be a presentation to Carlisle Barracks from a representative of the National Association of State Foresters.  The presentation will be in recognition of Carlisle Barracks being named a "Tree City USA" for the fourteenth consecutive year.

 

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Special Operations author to speak at Whalen lecture

 

  Linda Robinson is the featured speaker for the 2005 Dr. James Whalen Memorial Lecture in Bliss Hall Thursday, April 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., followed books signing by Robinson.  The event is open to the Carlisle Barracks community.

    Linda Robinson is a Senior Writer for U.S. News & World Report specializing in national security issues. During 2000-01 she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and in 1999 she received the Maria Moors Cabot prize from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining U.S. News in December 1989, Ms. Robinson was Senior Editor at Foreign Affairs magazine. Her book about the U.S. Army Special Forces, Masters of Chaos, was published in October 2004 by PublicAffairs Books and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.

    In 2003 Ms. Robinson covered the U.S. Special Operations Forces as an embedded journalist during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She reported from the waterways of Iraq on the missions of the Naval Special Warfare Task Group and from southern Iraq on the 5th Special Forces Group. She wrote a cover story for U.S. News in February 2003 after an extended stay with the Special Forces in Colombia. She has recently written several cover stories on the counterinsurgency in Iraq, the Special Operations Command and the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

    Since September 11, Ms. Robinson's work has focused on terrorism, building on her prior coverage of low-intensity conflicts and her study of intelligence and technology issues at Harvard. She has written about Saudi Arabia, state sponsors of terrorism, homeland security and military contractors. As Bureau Chief for Latin America, she covered regional wars, coups and conflicts including Operations Just Cause and Uphold Democracy. Ms. Robinson has also published articles in Foreign Affairs, World Policy Journal, Survival, Outside, Conde Nast Traveler, Nieman Reports, The New York Times and elsewhere. Her recent appearances include the Council on Foreign Relations, the National War College, the C.N.A. Corporation, NPR, CSPAN and other television interviews.

    She graduated from Swarthmore College (B.A., Political Science) with high honors. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

 

 

30th Annual Jim Thorpe Sports Days to be held April 21-23

 

   Jim Thorpe Sports Days officially kick off at the opening ceremony on Indian Field, Friday, April 22 at noon. Athletic events start on April 21. For the schedule go here.   

    The opening event features tradition and drama - starting with the parade of student-athletes from the Army War College and sister institutions. The Old Guard Color Guard and the Carlisle Barracks Cannoneers will be present. One highlight will be the parachute demonstration by the U.S. Army's famed Golden Knights. Follow-on highlights are the women's 1-mile relay race and the men's 2-mile relay race.

    During the three-day series of sports competitions, student athletes of the senior service colleges demonstrate the camaraderie, teamwork, dedication and physical fitness of the military culture. The event is named in honor of Olympian Jim Thorpe, among the top athletes of the 20th century and a student of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School at the turn of the 20th century.

    The opening ceremony and athletic events are open to all employees, families, friends and neighbors.

General Overview

Thursday April 21:

  • 5 p.m. Most team events begin

  • Friday April 22:   
    Noon Opening Ceremony on Indian Field (Parade of Athletes,  Old Guard, Army Mules, Golden Knights) followed by Women's and Men's Relays

  • 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Team Events continue

  • 6: 30 p.m. BBQ and Social at Pavilion Next to LVCC Pool

Saturday April 23

  • 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Team Events Continue

  • 1 p.m. BBQ and Social on Indian Field

  • 2 p.m. Awards Ceremony

 

Thorpe hall and root hall gym closures

     Thorpe Hall and Root Hall Gym will close at 1 p.m. on April 21 and will not reopen until 5:30 a.m. on April 25. This is due to Jim Thorpe Sports Days.

 

 

Post volunteers to be honored for service April 25

    The week of April 17-23 has been designated as National Volunteer Week.  This year's theme is "Inspire by Example."

    On Monday, April 25, from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center, Carlisle Barracks will be honoring its volunteers for their hard work with an award ceremony.

    "It truly reflects the power volunteers have to inspire the people they assist, as well as to inspire others to serve," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "I encourage everyone from the Carlisle Barracks community to join me in honoring our volunteers."

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post Soldiers participate in baseball's opening ceremony

(photo by Spc. David Hopkins)

Flags fly at half-mast over Citizens Ball Park in Philadelphia in honor of the death of John Paul II. Soldiers from the Carlisle Barracks BOSS program carried a 100 X 300 foot flag over the field during baseball's season opener for the troops fighting over seas.Flags fly at half-mast over Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia in honor of the death of Pope John Paul II. Soldiers from the Carlisle Barracks BOSS program carried a 100 X 300 foot flag over the field during baseball's season opener in honor of the troops fighting over seas.

   

 

    April 4, 2005 -- Six Soldiers were selected by the post Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program to join more than 60 other Soldiers, Airmen, Seamen and Marines to carry the American flag over the field at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia during the opening ceremonies for the Philadelphia Phillies on April 4.

    The troops carried a 100 X 300 foot American flag onto the field and held on with all their might as the strong winds blew waves across the stars and stripes. The Philadelphia Boy's Choir sang the National Anthem, fireworks and Air Force A-10s decorated the sky as the crowd of more than 44,000 fans cheered for their country and their love of the game of baseball.

    There was also a parachute jump team scheduled to land on the infield, but the high winds didn't allow them to make the jump.

    "It was exhausting, but at the same time exhilarating," Pfc. April Accord, BOSS president, said about holding the flag.

    The flag had handles all around the edges for the Soldiers to grip, but the winds made it difficult to keep the red, white and blue from lifting into the sky. Some of the Soldiers were even lifted off the ground.

    "I was lifted off the ground once and part of the time I was on me knees, pulling down as hard as I could to try to keep it from taking off," said Spc. Tracy Beri from the Vet command.

    After the opening ceremony the Soldiers were able to wander around the stadium and enjoy the game. Many of the baseball fans thanked the Soldiers and shook their hands for their service to their country. One fan said to the Soldiers, "if it wasn't for what you do I wouldn't have the freedom to enjoy this game today."

    "I felt so much pride to be part of such an incredible service," said Accord.  "So many people thanked us and asked questions about the service. It was such an exciting day. I am so proud that Carlisle Barracks BOSS could be a part of such an event."

    At the end of the game and possibly over 100 handshakes from thankful fans, the Soldiers headed back to Carlisle Barracks with a sense of accomplishment for the work they do and with memories that will last a lifetime.

    "This was a great opportunity for Soldiers to attend this event," said Capt. John Kunstbeck, headquarters company commander. "It was a very proud and patriotic day that our Soldiers were honored to be part of.  Especially with the ongoing Global War on Terrorism, it's appropriate for Soldiers to be recognized in public and also to display the high moral values and appearance standards we live by."

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

USAWC has a new sign on Root Hall

    April 8, 2005-A new U.S. Army War College sign was lifted by crane into position on the end of the breezeway of Root Hall on Tuesday, March 29. The sign, which was made by Wartner Signs in Greencastle, Pa. measures 2 feet tall by 16 feet long and is made of heavy foam composite and is carved with gold leaf letters and a black textured background.

    "The new sign is great," said Barbara Creamer, Root Hall bookstore manager. "As a civilian, I am a proud person to walk through that door."

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Recycling the key as Carlisle Barracks enters new phase of environmental care

 

March 17, 2005 - Carlisle Barracks in helping to make our world a cleaner and healthier place to live by taking part in the Environmental Management System program. The good news is that you can help.

    EMS is a federally mandated process that will examine all organizations on post to determine how it can operate more efficiently and environmentally friendly. EMS integrates environmental considerations into day-to-day mission planning and execution. All military installations are required to implement this program by 2009. Carlisle Barracks has met or exceed all of the milestones that the Department of the Army has set forth so far.

    "The U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks' environmental policy actively promotes mission readiness by continually improving environmental performance," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant in a memo about EMS. "This policy is also intended to develop a fully sustainable operation that balances consumption and renewal of natural resources so that the long history of the U.S. Army at Carlisle Barracks extends indefinitely to future generations."

    As part of EMS, posts take a look at what they can do to improve their environmental programs.

    "We have talked with all of the tenant organizations and have identified recycling as the number one issue on post," said Keith Bailey, who works in the DPW environmental division.

    What many post employees and residents may not realize is that the post receives credit for recycled cardboard, and diverts tons of other recyclables from going to the landfill each year. The following are items that can and should be recycled.   

  • Aluminum cans

  • Plastic Beverage Containers PET #1 and #2

  • Clear and Colored Glass bottles and Jars

  • Corrugated Cardboard

  • Newsprint

  • White and Colored Paper

    Everyone can help by making sure they sort their recyclables and make sure that no trash gets mixed in.

    "If even just one small piece of non-recyclable materials gets mixed in then the whole container must be thrown out," said Bailey. Blue recycling bins can be found in various locations on post.  Plans are also in the works for establishing a recycling center on post where people can drop off their materials.

    Just a little bit or work turns into a win-win situation for the post and the world.

    "It's an easy thing to do that can help protect our environment and help the post save money as well," said Bailey.

For more on EMS go here