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Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Area Memorial Day events

 

Friday, May 27, 2005

 

Gardners - Mount Tabor American Legion will hold their annual Memorial Day parade at 6 p.m.   A memorial service will follow at the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church.  In case of inclement weather the memorial service will begin at 6 p.m.  The guest speaker is Col. Joseph McNeill, U.S. Army War College Class of 2005.  Also present at the event will be Mr. James Getty who will portray Abraham Lincoln.

 

Sunday, May 29, 2005

 

Boiling Springs - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8851 will hold a memorial service at Otterbein United Methodist Church beginning at 8:45 a.m. The annual Memorial Day parade will form at 1 p.m. at the Iron Forge Elementary School on Forge Road and start promptly at 1:30 p.m.  The parade will end at the Memorial Clock Tower at Children's Lake where the ceremony will be held.  The guest speaker is Jeff Rudolph, Police Chief, North Middleton Township, a Vietnam Veteran and graduate of Boiling Springs High School.

 

Enola - American Legion Post 751 will host a memorial service in front of the post headquarters at 1 p.m.

 

Mt. Holly Springs - American Legion Post 674 and VFW Post 7343 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery on Watts St. Guest speakers will be Col. James Shumway, U.S. Army War College Class of 2005 and Borough Councilman James Collins. 

 

Landisville-Salunga - The community will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Hempfield Fire Department Park Pavilion.  The guest speaker will be Cmdr. Richard  Rosene, U.S. Army War College Class of 2005.

 

Codorus - The Jefferson Memorial Service Committee will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. at the cemetery.  The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Mitchell Medigovich, U.S. Army War College Class of 2005.

 

Monday, May 30, 2005

 

Camp Hill - Veterans of Wars Post 7530 will host a Memorial Day ceremony on May 30, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Post Headquarters, 2005 Hummel Ave.

 

Carlisle - The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will hold their annual Memorial Day parade at 9 a.m. with services following the parade at Veterans' Memorial Courtyard.  The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Patricia Ryan, U.S. Army War College Class of 2005.  VFW Post 477 will be open to the public after the parade.   

 

Carlisle - American Legion Post 826 will hold a memorial service in Memorial Park at 11 a.m. followed immediately by a roll call and service at noon at Union Cemetery.

 

Littlestown - VFW and American Legion Post will hold a Memorial Day parade and ceremony at the cemetery.  The guest speaker will be Col. Richard  Stockhausen, U.S. Army War College Class of 2005.

 

McConnellsburg - American Legion Post 561 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Courthouse.  The guest speaker will be Col. Bryan Watson, U.S. Army War College Class of 2005.  

 

Mechanicsburg - Vietnam Veterans of Mechanicsburg will hold a program beginning at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Colored Cemetery off Winding Hill Rd in Mechanicsburg.  The public is invited to attend.

 

Mechanicsburg - Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council will hold a Memorial Day parade starting at 10 a.m. from Filbert St, Simpson, Frederick, Marble to the Mechanicsburg Cemetery.  A ceremony at the cemetery will follow at 11 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Capt. Donald Root, U.S. Army War College Class of 2005.  In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held at VFW Post 6704. Lunch will be served at VFW Post 6704, 4907 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg to all attending the ceremony.  

 

Newville - The Joint Veterans Council of Newville will hold its annual parade starting promptly at 1 p.m. followed immediately by a memorial service at the fountain in the town square.  The guest speaker will be Col. Dan Jennings, U.S. Army War College Class of 2005.  Refreshments for the public will be served at Newville VFW Post 6070.  In case of inclement weather the services will be held at the Newville Community Center.

 

Honorable Francis J. Harvey, Secretary of the Army

Moment of Remembrance May 30

    Along with other Americans, you are asked to observe the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. local time (duration: one minute). The time 3:00 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when many Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace the traditional Memorial Day observances. It is intended to a be a unifying act of remembrance for Americans of all ages. As you participate in the Moment you are helping reclaim Memorial Day for the noble and sacred reason for which it was intended-to honor those who died in service to our Nation.

    Participation is voluntary and informal. You may observe in your own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever you are doing for a moment of silence or listening to "Taps." You may also organize the observance more formally at such places as your neighborhood, local pool, picnic grounds, etc., for one minute of remembrance. You may ring a bell to signify the beginning and the end of the Moment or tune in to a local radio station that is observing the Moment with the playing of "Taps" or "On This Day." If you are driving a vehicle, you may turn on your headlights.

 

 

Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC Commandant

Memorial Day safety message

    Memorial Day is the day Americans honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, those who gave their lives so we can live ours in a democracy.

    Memorial Day also begins the 101 days of summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day), with its myriad of fun and work experiences. With this new season comes a greater potential for accidents. More driving increases the possibility of traffic accidents. More outdoor time exposes us to heat, humidity, lightning storms, and lawn equipment accidents. Warm weather allows us to use pools, lakes and the ocean more, thus exposing us to boating and swimming danger. Be mindful of the hazards of the season, obey the laws of the road, buckle up, and don't drink and drive.

    Please enjoy your Memorial Day weekend activities in a safe, healthful, and responsible manner.

 

Thorpe Hall hours modified over Holiday weekend

    The Thorpe Hall Fitness Center will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  The Center will be closed on both Sunday and Monday, which has an historically low attendance rate during the holiday weekend.  The Fitness center will re-open at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31.

 

 

Mobile ATM stationed behind Reynolds Theater May 26

    For several years the suggestion of an ATM in Root Hall has surfaced at the Army Family Action Plan symposium. In an effort to help satisfy this issue, Members 1st will place a mobile ATM vehicle behind Reynolds Theater on Thurs, May 26  from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. to measure use.

    "Members 1st will use this and future dates to determine if they will place an ATM in or around Root Hall," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander. 

    Be sure to check the Banner Online and Weekly Bulletin for future scheduled dates.

 

 

 

Program Manager Soldier displays the latest military gear

(Spc. David Hopkins)

gt. 1st Class Thomas Gray, provost Sgt, talks with Victoria McDermott, director of military sales for Phantom Products, Inc., about the lighting products that she displays at PM Soldier events around the country.

 

Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Gray, provost Sgt, talks with Victoria McDermott, director of military sales for Phantom Products, Inc., about the lighting products that she displays at PM Soldier events around the country.

 

May 4, 2005-Thorpe Gym was converted into a high-tech military equipment, clothing and weapons showroom on May 3 and 4, showcasing the latest and greatest in military gear.

    Project Manager Soldier brought 34 vendors to the gym for all to see. There were knife, clothing, lighting, robotics, boots and other military product companies represented.

    "This was mainly set up to show the Army War College students what equipment is available for their Soldiers when they go out to their units," said Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Saunders, post Command Sgt. Maj. "They are the ones that are going to be buying the equipment to supply their Soldiers."

    USAWC students, Soldiers from Carlisle Barracks and surrounding posts and local retirees wandered through the displays, looking at the gear the vendors had on display.

   "There was a lot of good safety equipment there," said Pfc. Allan Houck, military police officer. "I was especially impressed with the body armor and other gear that will be useful for MPs."

    USAWC Students gathered information about the new gear and free samples that they can use in their future military careers.

    "These companies are putting out a product that will really help Soldiers complete their missions," said Lt. Col. Gerald Galloway, USAWC Student. "The technology is cutting edge."

    Both the military personnel and the vendors benefit from the interaction at the exhibition.

    "We talk with a lot of Soldiers so we can find out what their equipment needs are," said Ken Trbovich, project coordinator for Ontario Knife Company. "We custom design and build the knives to fit their needs."

    "This is great for me," said Victoria McDermott, director of military sales for Phantom Products, Inc. "I make contacts with Soldiers that spread the word about our products. We only sell to military personnel, so word of mouth is very important."

    The displays were part of a week-long series of events that were set up to show military personnel where the future of military gear and tactics is going.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

YS hosts accreditation team

May 4, 2005 -  The post Youth Services is the only Carlisle Area youth center currently accredited by the National AfterSchool Association. The YS was last accredited in 1999.   Carlisle Barracks Youth Services hosted a team recently to renew their national accreditation.

    "We were observed for two days to see how we do business, and how we interact with the children," said Bob Salviano, YS director. "They take a look at everything from records of the YS and our staff to how the staff talks with the kids. It's really quite impressive."  The accreditation is valid for 4 years.

    Upon completion of the visit, the team consulted with the YS staff of the center being evaluated. Out of 144 standards, the post YS was only asked for more information on three of them.

    "We learned quite a bit about how you do business and you do a great job," said Michelle Litch, NAA endorser. Litch and her fellow endorser Sharon Schweninger will present their findings to the NAA board who will make a final determination on accreditation. The entire process should take about eight weeks.

    The Moore Child Development Center goes through a similar accreditation program for child development centers.  The CDC is current on their accreditation.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

RCI financial transfer delayed until at least June 1

    While there has been an operational and maintenance transfer made with the RCI project to American Eagle Communities, the development and financial transfer has been delayed until at least June 1.

    "Due to higher than expected interest rates and the complex nature of this project, the financial closing date has been delayed by the Department of the Army," said Alan Thompson, post RCI manager. "With a project of this size a delay is not uncommon. The RCI project is being partially financed through the sale of bonds and the interest rates on bonds at the end of April were not favorable to the scope of this project."  Closings are scheduled to occur on the first of a month to coincide with the schedule BAH payments.   

    Post residents are reminded that the housing maintenance contact has changed and to call 1-866-897-2672 for all housing maintenance issues.

 

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

'Must-see' history to entertain, educate

    From Army Heritage Drive, you'll see the Conestoga Wagon representing one moment in our nation's history . and the WW2 USO show trailer from another. The USO trailer is covered with the signatures and graffiti of over 800 WW2 Soldiers - including contributions from a dozen Medal of Honor winners.

       On Heritage Trail at the Army Heritage & Education Center, historic vehicles and weapons and handcrafts as well as the 'living history' reenactors will beckon the public to the free event: Army Heritage Day, Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Army Heritage Drive, between Claremont and Trindle roads.

    Army Heritage Day will celebrate several new firsts here on Saturday --  first time the Military History Institute's famous archives will be open on Saturday - and the introductory day for the Heritage Trail - and, the first living history exhibition at central Pennsylvania's newest destination for history buffs.

'Market Fair' historic craft and food demonstrations and sales, food vendors, and the Living History Encampment will provide interact with the public throughout the day. Both colorful and authentic, the Market Fair will showcase Civil War goods, 18th century leather gear, a Civil War-era Sutler Wagon, and 18th and 19th Century period items.

Activities are scheduled to take place on the Heritage Trail's outdoor setting and inside the Military History Institute's new Ridgway Hall, opened Fall 2004. 

Engage with re-enactors who explain their actions as they build a redoubt, or gun emplacement, prepare food on the march, build a log hut, and more. Paper Dolls, the national women's living history group, will portray women who served the nation in WW2 as WACs and WAACs.  The Pennsylvania State Rifle Regiment from Harrisburg is a premier Revolutionary War group. The Liberty Rifles is a group of living historians whose equipment and actions authentically portray the soldiers and organizations of the War Between the States. The day's event will also feature South Mountain Battlefield Artillery of Maryland.

Understand the life and times through historical lectures by some of the nation's top historians and militaria collectors.

9 a.m.       Program begins

9:30          Pennsylvania Regimental Rifles individual and volley firing demonstration

10:00        '19th Century Gutta Percha and Rubber Goods' - Mike Worshner lecture

10:30        South Mountain reenactors artillery demonstration

11:00        WACs and Nurses -- "Paper Dolls" presentation

11:30        'The Army of the Indian Wars' - Mike Vice lecture

1:00 p.m.             'The firearms of Lewis and Clark' - Rick Kellar presentation

1:30          Soldier equipment in Korean and Vietnam conflicts - Butch Maisel

2:00          South Mountain artillery demonstration

2:30          Liberty Rifles' Civil War company fire

3:00          'US Soldier equipment of the 19th century' - Fred Geady presentation

3:30          80th Division presents WWI trenches and troops

4:00          28th Infantry Division presents the division in WWII

 

 

 

Post yard sale May 14

   Enjoy an opportunity to find that small or large treasure you have been searching for when you visit Carlisle Barracks  May 14, between the hours of 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  This event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine.   Come out and enjoy the treasure hunt!

  Only Carlisle Barracks residents, students, staff, or valid Department of Defense ID card holders (retirees and Department of the Army civilians working at Carlisle Barracks) may participate as vendors.

  For more information contact Directorate of Community Activities at 245-4375/4343/4029.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC celebrates Army Reserves birthday

Reserve component 97 years old

May 5, 2005 -- Students, faculty and community members gathered at the Letort View Community Center May 4 to celebrate the 97th birthday of the U.S. Army Reserves.

    "We are an Army Reserve serving an Army and a Nation at war. Tens of thousands of our Soldiers are serving courageously around the world. Army Reserve Soldiers are either deployed, preparing to deploy, or returning from deployment.our Soldiers know that their service involves sacrifice," said Lt. Gen. James Helmly, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Command on their website.

    Since September 11, 2001, more than 130,000 Army Reserve Soldiers have been called to active duty. Of those, 70 have been killed in action, with hundreds more wounded.

    The Army Reserve was created on April 23, 1908, with the establishment of the Medical Reserve Corps in an act signed by President Theodore Roosevelt.  The first mobilization of the Army Reserve came in 1916 as a result of tensions between the United States and Mexico caused by Pershing's Punitive Expedition into Mexico.    

    The Army Reserve had performed a complementary role to the Active component, providing combat support and combat service support functions to enable the Army to ramp up its capabilities to protect combat forces and sustain mobilization.

    To meet the challenges of the 21st century in the war on terrorism, the Army has had to redefine and restructure itself. It is becoming smaller, lighter and quicker. The Army Reserve is playing a critical role in this transformation. With over one million Soldiers available at any time, the Army Reserve provides a highly skilled, flexible force that can support the Army when and where they are needed most.

   

    Information for this story came from http://www.armyreserve.army.mil/usar/home/

 

Army Emergency Relief campaign 2005 ends May 15

     Only a few days remain until the end of the annual AER fund raising campaign. This years campaign ends May 15. Donations may be made in the form of cash, check, or money order.  For more information about AER, call Cora Johnson, AER campaign manager at 717-245-4720/4357 or stop by Army Community Services Bldg 632, or visit the AER website at http://www.aerhq.org.

 

 

Next perspective lecture May 18

    The next Perspectives in Military History series will be "Vietnam and Iraq," by Dr. David Kaiser, professor Department of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College May 18, at 6:45 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center.  For more information, call 245- 4114.   

    For updates and any last-minute changes in "Perspectives" meeting times and places, please check the AHEC homepage:  http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/index.htm .

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post honors Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day

 May 5, 2005 -- Today was a day of remembrance on Carlisle Barracks as post Soldiers, civilians and family member gathered in the Upton Hall auditorium to remember the Holocaust.

    Soldiers read letters written by WWII soldiers that were at the concentration camps at the time of liberation in 1945. The letters painted a picture a grim scene of death and torture that will never be forgotten. These Soldiers wrote home to tell family members about what they saw and seek their support to help them deal with the images that invaded their minds during the time they spent at the camps.  

   It has been nearly 60 years since the Holocaust. To survivors, the Holocaust remains real and ever-present, but for some others, sixty years makes the Holocaust seem part of ancient history.

    For Jews, their history, their family, and their relationship with God have shaped their religion and their identity. The Hebrew calendar is filled with varied holidays that incorporate and reiterate the history and tradition of the Jewish people.

    After the horrors of the Holocaust, Jews wanted a day to memorialize this tragedy. The Holocaust spanned years with suffering and death spread throughout these years of terror. No one day stood out as representative of this destruction.

    For two years, the date was debated. Finally, in 1950, compromises and bargaining began. The 27th of Nissan was chosen, which falls beyond Passover but within the time span of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Orthodox Jews still did not like this date because it was a day of mourning within the traditionally happy month of Nissan. As a final effort to compromise, it was decided that if the 27th of Nissan would affect Shabbat (fall on Friday or Saturday), then it would be moved to the following Sunday.

    Information for this story came from http://www.armymwr.com/yom/

 

 

 

 

Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks family housing operations and maintenance transitioned to civilian partner May 1

 

   The Residential Communities Initiative took another step forward May 1 as post housing officially transitioned operations and maintenance to American Eagle Communities.

   This is only part of the transitioning process. The financial closing and changes to Basic Allowance for Housing will take place on
June 1.

    The first phase of the transition will bring many changes to housing and to Carlisle Barracks, and the two main changes that residents will see deal with trash pick up and who to call when something breaks in their homes.

    "We've been working with American Eagle Communities for about a year and so far it's been going very smoothly," said Wayne Boyd, property assets manager. "We think the transition will be very transparent."

Trash pick up changes to Monday

     American Eagle Communities has awarded York Waste Disposal Company the refuse and recycling contract. The current refuse contractor, Waste Management, conducted their final trash pick-up on April 29. Waste Management will continue to service the non-residential buildings on post.

   York Waste Disposal Company provided residents receiving curbside pickup a 96 gallon trash cart and a 22 gallon recycle bin. Young Hall and Stanwix residents were provided with new dumpsters and recycle carts.

    York Waste Disposal will begin providing weekly trash collection on Mondays, beginning May 9. Bulk trash pick ups will be provided on the third Mon. of every month with May 16 being the first pick up.

New phone number for housing maintenance  

    Also on May 1, All Star Maintenance began handling all residence housing maintenance problems, yard work and appliance problems.

    "They are available 24 hours a day to handle anything," said Boyd. "They have hit the ground running."

   Residents no longer call DPW when they need assistance. The new number to call for work orders is 1-866-897-2672.

    "All Star Maintenance is a large company and I am optimistic that they will do a great job here at Carlisle," said Boyd. All Star also has the maintenance contracts with the other RCI partners at Fort Monmouth, and Picatinny Arsenal. 

    Starting on May 1, residents started seeing the All Star Maintenance trucks and personnel on post. The trucks are white with the American Eagle Communities logo combined with the All Star logo on the side. Griffin Services, the former maintenance company, will continue to perform grounds maintenance on the post, although they will not be responsible for housing grounds maintenance.

Other Changes after June 1

  After financial closing, scheduled for June 1, all of a service member's BAH will be reinvested into the RCI project. Dual military families will  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 has also changed. Only two "walking" animals are allowed per household. Small caged animals such as birds, guinea pigs and hamsters are permitted as long as they are not a 'nuisance.' Rabbits, ferrets and lizards over 12" are not permitted. Dogs are allowed, but several breeds are not permitted because of temperament. The following dogs are not 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, are 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 resident 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.

Construction and renovations

    Housing construction will begin on "virgin land"in late summer. A new community, called Thomas Meadows, 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.

What policies have not changed?

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

  Questions or concerns may be directed to American Eagle Communities at 717-258-8900.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC staff member applies lessons learned as a student while at work in Iraq

April 26, 2005 -- If you thought it was hot in Central Pa. in July, imagine how hot it is in Baghdad, Iraq. That was where Col. Chris Fowler, USAWC Class of 2002 graduate and current Director of the Science and Technology Division in Collins Hall found himself.

    The Carlisle, Pa., native was deployed to the headquarters of Multi-National Forces-Iraq in July of 2004 and returned to post in February, 2005. While in theater, Fowler served as the Chief of the Commander's Initiatives Group for Gen. George Casey, commanding general for MNF-I.

    "I was responsible for helping develop the structure and transition plan to convert the headquarters to a theater - strategic command," said Fowler. "We had to determine the best way to organize the staff, especially since we had a split headquarters. Part of the staff was at Camp Victory and the other was at the Embassy Annex in the International Zone. At the same time, we were reducing the headquarters strength from over 1500 to just under 1000."

     Another one of Fowlers main projects while deployed was working on a special team that helped develop post elections strategies.

    "We started in November working on a team with U.S. Embassy staff to draw up the possible outcomes of the Iraqi elections and the possible implications for the U.S and Multi-National Forces," said Fowler. "The results of the elections were much like we expected them to be, and I had the opportunity to work with some really bright and dedicated folks at the embassy."

    Fowler went on to say that his time as a USAWC student really helped prepare him for the environment that he went into.

    "Planning at MNF-I meant that we had to consider all elements of national power to accomplish the CG's mission," said Fowler. "That's exactly what the Army War College teaches. You have to integrate elements beyond just military force to be successful."

    Fowler has spent a lot of time at Carlisle Barracks, not just as a student and staff member, much of his early years were spent in Carlisle.

    "My father was stationed here for five years in the 1960's and we moved back to Carlisle after my father retired from the Army," said Fowler. He graduated from Carlisle High School in 1977.

   One of the hardest parts about being deployed was being away from his family for months, but advances in technology made the time away easier.

    "We had monthly VTCs, weekly phone calls, and daily emails," said Fowler.  He credits the hard work by all the people at the Carlisle Barracks garrison and the seminar 21 support system for making communications with home much more available.  "Also, my daughter would take pictures with her camera phone at college and send them to me. It was very entertaining to get her daily report from class."

    The heat was also an issue. "Dealing with the heat was tough, in July and August it was 115 degrees," said Fowler. "I have great respect for all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines that are out on patrol each and every day in their full gear in the heat. We've got great folks in Iraq that are doing an outstanding job."

 

    Fowler said that being deployed was professionally rewarding.

    "There is so much good work going on there right now, and the violence you see on TV is not indicative of what's going on across all of Iraq," he said. "In much of the country, you can see the people exercising their new-found freedoms, almost every building has a satellite dish so they can see the news from all over the region, sewer lines are being built, the electric grid is being repaired and restored, we're helping develop governmental and judicial systems. We and our coalition partners are using all elements of power to help our Iraqi partners achieve the objective of a free and prosperous Iraq."

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Hessian closed for renovations

 

    The Revolutionary War-era Hessian Powder Magazine closed April 27 for an upgrade project that's expected to be completed for an early June reopening. With the 250th anniversary of Carlisle Barracks on the horizon, the Hessian is undergoing a series of assessments and improvements to ensure the 1777 building remains an historic centerpiece for Pennsylvania and the Army.

    Recently, historical masonry structure specialist Bryan Blondell, president of the Preservation Trades Association, completed a detailed assessment and concluded that the building was structurally in good condition, with minor issues regarding paint and mortar between the bricks. Plans are being developed to upgrade those elements.

    The current project will include cleaning and preparing the walls for new paint, painting the floor, and redesigning the landscaping so as to direct rainwater away from the building and minimize dampness.  The Army Heritage and Education Center will replace the existing graphics with a new series of graphic displays about the Hessian and Carlisle Barracks. Among the new exhibits will be "Firsts at Carlisle," and a panoramic "I Was at Carlisle" collage of photos featuring those people who have passed through Carlisle Barracks and played notable roles in the history of the nation and its armed forces.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post volunteers recognized for selfless service

Tax center saves filers more than $100,000

 

April 25, 2005 --  Time is money and post volunteers were recognized during a recent ceremony for  donating almost two million dollars worth of hours during the last twelve months. 

  "You bring a great wealth to all of us here," said Margaret Huntoon, installation volunteer advisor. "What you contribute to this community can't be measured in hours of dollars, your good will helps inspire by example."

Tax center saves, brings refunds to filers

  One group of volunteers honored at the ceremony were from the Tax Assistance Center. This tax season the center saved customers $101,852 in filing fees and processed more than $650,000 in federal tax returns.

   "We sure were busy this year," said Nick Mineo, one of the volunteers. "It really picked up as the year went on." Mineo has been volunteering at the tax center for nine years.

    In total, the four volunteers processed 495 federal tax returns, and 285 Pa. and local tax returns. Last year the tax center processed 390 federal returns. This was an increase of almost 25%.

   Check back each month as the Banner will profile Carlisle Barracks volunteers. 

 

 

 

 

Public Affairs Staff reports

BRAC list to be released May 13, results not final until Presidential approval

     On May 13, the Secretary of Defense will release the Department of Defense BRAC recommendations and submit the list to a Presidentially appointed commission for eventual Congressional deliberations.  The BRAC list is the culmination of two years of deliberative work by the military services and the DoD.

     Throughout the BRAC process, emphasis was placed on transforming the Defense Department. BRAC is considered an opportunity to match facilities to forces, meet the threats and challenges of a new century, and make the wisest use of limited defense dollars. The DoD contends that consolidating facilities will save billions, allowing the department to focus funds on maintaining and modernizing facilities, recruit quality personnel, modernize equipment and infrastructure, and develop the capabilities needed to meet 21st Century threats.

     The list is not yet final and must be approved by the President in Nov. 2005 before any closures or realignments take place. 

 

Q: What is the BRAC 2005 Commission?

A: The commission is an independent commission; responsible for reviewing the Secretarys recommendations for BRAC 2005.  BRAC legislation specified the selection process for commissioners.  The President was required to consult with the congressional leadership on nominations to serve on the commission.

 

Q:  What authority does the commission have?

A:   The commission has the authority to
change the Department's recommendations, if it determines that a recommendation deviated from the force structure plan and/or selection criteria.  The commission will hold regional meetings to solicit public input prior to making its recommendations.  History has shown that the use of an independent commission and public meetings make the process as open and fair as possible. 

 

Q:  Who was selected as the Chairman of the BRAC 2005 Commission?

A:  Anthony J. Principi has been nominated by the President to serve as the chairman of the commission.  Secretary Principi has had a distinguished career in the public and private sectors and recently served as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  He is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., saw active duty aboard the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, and later commanded a River Patrol Unit in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Principi earned his law degree from Seton Hall University in 1975 and was assigned to the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps in San Diego, Calif.  In 1980, he was transferred to Washington as a legislative counsel for the Department of the Navy.

 

Q:  Who are the members of the BRAC 2005 Commission?

A:  James Bilbray, of Nevada, a former Congressman who has served on the foreign affairs, armed services and intelligence committees. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1955 to 1963.

Philip Coyle, of California, a senior adviser to the Center for Defense Information who served as the assistant secretary of defense and director of operational test and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Retired Adm. Harold Gehman Jr., of Virginia. Gehman served in the U.S. Navy for 35 years and last acted as NATO's supreme allied commander, Atlantic, and as the commander in chief of the U.S. Joint Forces Command.

James Hansen, of Utah, a former Congressman and member of the Armed Forces Committee. He also served in the Navy for four years from 1951-1955.

Retired Gen. James Hill, of Florida. Hill served in the Army for 36 years, with his last assignment as combatant commander of the U.S. Southern Command.

Retired Lt. Gen. Claude Kicklighter, of Georgia. Kicklighter is the assistant secretary for policy and planning at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He served in the Army for nearly 36 years.

Samuel Knox Skinner, of Illinois, who served as a chief of staff and as secretary of transportation for former President George H.W. Bush. Skinner also served in the Army Reserve from 1960 to 1968.

Retired Brig. Gen. Sue Ellen Turner, of Texas, who served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years, most recently as director of nursing services in the office of the Air Force Surgeon General at Bolling Air Force Base.

 

Q:  What happens to the commissions recommendations?

A:  The commission forwards its recommendations to the President for review and approval, who then forwards the recommendations to Congress.  Congress has 45 legislative days to act on the commission report on an all-or-none basis.  After that time, the commission's realignment and closure recommendations become law.  Implementation must start within two years, and actions must be complete within six years.

There are several significant events taking place throughout the remainder of 2005.

- By May 16, 2005; the Secretary of Defense will forward the recommendations for closure and realignment to the independent BRAC commission, at which time the information will be available to the public. 

- By September 8, 2005; the BRAC commission must forward its report to the President

- By September 23, 2005; The President will accept or reject the recommendations on an all or nothing basis and forward the recommendations to Congress. 

-Once the President forwards the recommendations to Congress, they  will have 45 legislative days to enact a joint resolution rejecting all the recommendations or they become binding on the department.

 

    Be sure to check the Banner Online for updates and watch CBN on May 13 for the scheduled Secretary of Defense press conference. The time of the press conference will be publicized in the Banner Online.  Channel 14 in Root Hall and Comcast channel 10 carry the Carlisle Barracks Network. 

 

 

 

Hugh C. Laughlin/TRADOC News Service

Unified Quest '05 to test lessons learned

    April 29, 2005 - Planning has been ongoing for nearly a year for the Future Warfighting Division at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and during the coming days, the Army, partnered with U.S. Joint Forces Command, will play out the future wargame exercise Unified Quest '05.

    The Unified Quest wargame sets out to explore the application of future Joint, interagency and multinational concepts. More specifically, wargame planners are asking what concepts and capabilities can defeat adaptive, networked adversaries who have weapons of mass destruction and a strategy of protracted, asymmetric operations employing all forms of conventional, unconventional and irregular warfare.

   "We are seeking to determine how well our projected concepts and capabilities will enable us to meet the challenges of the future operational environment that we characterize consisting of traditional, irregular, catastrophic and disruptive threats," said Col. Robert Johnson, the chief of future warfare at TRADOC. "There is an emphasis on addressing those in the same battlespace at the same time by a single commander."

    This year's exercise will drive at testing what the Army has learned through its past wargame exercises. "Last year the Chief of Staff of the Army's guidance was, if you had to do this again and apply the lessons learned, would we have the same outcome?" Johnson explained. "We are applying the lessons-learned and attacking the problem again."

    In this year's exercise, you will see the wargame players introducing new concepts and operations garnered from the experience of the previous two years.

    Following the exercise at the Army War College, the results from this year's exploration of future warfare will be briefed to the Army Chief of Staff, along with the other service chiefs, the JFCOM commander and possibly the deputy secretary of defense. According to Johnson, following that session the Future Warfighting Division will receive guidance from the CSA for the upcoming year and the second half of the Unified Quest future warfare study.