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Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office


National security dominates discussions between civilian and military leaders

Current military operations set tone for end-of-year seminar


June 13, 2005 -- Guests traveled from as far as Puerto Rico and Hawaii to reach Carlisle Barracks for the 51st annual National Security Seminar held from June 6-10.  The seminar allowed civilian and military leaders to share their views on issues of national security and take a closer look at the War College experience.

    The diverse group of attendees included educators, politicians, government officials, and small and large business owners.

     "I am absolutely amazed and impressed by the diversity of the guests," said guest Roger Depue, Founder of the Academy Group Inc.

    Faculty and students welcomed participants into the senior staff college as a part of the strategic outreach program.  Guests joined one of the twenty student seminar groups in order to participate in open and frank discussions with students.  These discussions provided a mixture of opinions and gave the topics new dimension for faculty and students. 

    "NSS week allows the students to prove to themselves that they can carry on a dialogue about major national security issues," said retired Col. Bill Lord, a USAWC faculty member. "This is when they find out how much they've grown."

    Discussion topics during the week ranged from domestic security issues to America's foreign policy.  Military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan also dominated discussions.  Key note speakers for the week were retired General Tommy Franks, former Commander United States Central Command, Dr. Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and election analyst for CBS News, Dr. Thomas Barnet, former Strategic Researcher at the U.S. Naval War College, Dr. Pauletta Otis, a senior fellow in religion and world affairs at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, and Dr. Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and author of the book "Technological Change and the Future of Warfare".  Speakers presented on Middle Eastern military actions, current American politics, globalization issues, the importance of religion during conflict, and the future of American relations.  A question and answer section allowed participants to engage in a dialogue with the speakers about their topic and other national security issues.  Speakers for the week were sponsored by the U.S. Army War College Foundation. 

    Guests were also given the chance to get out of the classroom and socialize with students and their families.  This included a walking tour of the historic post as well as a tour of the Gettysburg National Battlefield.  The LVCC held luncheons and receptions including a dinner buffe, where the Strolling Strings, from the National Capitol Region, entertained.  Seminar groups arranged dinner for their guests early in the week in order to introduce their families and get acquainted with their visitors.

    Guests felt welcome whether in seminar group discussion or at keynote addresses.  The participants had many compliments for their hosts.  Some comments included: 

·         "If you are going to use one word to describe it, it would be classy."

·         "All the people are tremendous."

·         "We feel honored to be here.  To see so many people devoted to the security of our nation and to become so much a part of the team, it's inspiring."

    Students enjoyed having visitors in their seminars and felt that they learned a lot from the experience.

·         "It's been a great experience and I learned so much from everyone." 

·         "We were able to meet some really great people and hear a lot of different viewpoints"

·         "It was truly an enlightening experience."

    Both guests and students agree that this year's NSS week was an unparalleled success.  "It was a great cap to the whole year," according to Lt. Col. Greg Cusimano, War College student.





Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Students learn new lessons over summer break


 June 28, 2005 --  For most students, a summer job means running a register for eight hours a day or flipping hamburgers for minimum wage.  However, some Carlisle-area students have found alternative summer employment on Carlisle Barracks.

    The Civilian Personnel Office offers summer hire as part of a DOD wide program for high school or college students.  The applicant must be currently enrolled in school, available for the summer and be able to meet minimum office of management personnel requirements.    

     When students apply in March, they can submit applications for clerical, recreational aide, or labor positions.  Students who apply for the first time are selected by lottery and returning students may be requested by supervisors.  

    "The big benefit is that they learn skills that are required to be a part of the work force," said Gerry Silverberg, post Civilian Personal Officer.    

    Silverberg expressed the importance of the summer hire program to Carlisle Barrack's work force.  "We've had the program for well over 30 years because it works very well."   

 The program is able to supplement the post work force during the summer.  This allows civilian and military personnel to take time off without affecting the efficiency of the office.  However, the program offers the most benefits for the summer hire workers themselves.

  "It helps improve people skills. I get to meet a lot of people I would not have met otherwise," said Katie Koivisto, who is going to be a senior at Oklahoma Christian University and is majoring in Family Studies.  She has been employed as an automation clerk along with two other summer hires in the Department of Distance Education.    

    Ryan Keller just finished his freshman year at American University.  In the past he had worked at the commissary bagging groceries but this year he is a labor summer hire for Log and Maintenance.  Keller and his fellow summer hires spend the day setting up equipment for events as well as other tasks on post.   

 "This is my first steady job," said Keller.  "You have to be committed in order to come in everyday prepared to work and listen to instructions." 

    The garrison summer hire program  almost didn't happen due to challenges with the budget. "Through close coordination and support from the War College, we were still able to make the program happen," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.     

    Mc Phillips also expressed how glad he was to have the summer hires working on the garrison and throughout the post.  

  "They do fantastic work throughout the entire installation, whether in the child development center, sports center or public affairs office.  Additionally, it's great experience for the young folks.  It's been a wonderful program and we look forward to continuing it in the future."



Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Senior games show you're only a old as you feel


June 17, 2005-More than 80 senior citizens from Cumberland and Dauphin Counties proved that you're only as old as you feel when they competed at the 2005 Senior Games at Carlisle Barracks on June 16.

    These backyard athletes and iron-men took part in events such as track and field, golf, basketball, bowling, billiards, horseshoes, table tennis, darts and Pinochle. 

    "It was a great time," said Betty Creekpaum of Carlisle. "I have competed in the state games in Florida, but this was my first time competing here. I will definitely be back next year."

    The event isn't just rewarding for the competitors. The staff also had a good time with the competition.

    "This is probably the most rewarding day I remember since working here," said Chuck Gentile, Carlisle Barracks sports director. "Thanks for making my day."

    At the conclusion of the day, event coordinators and athletes celebrated in the Letort View Community Center with an ice cream social and awards ceremony. 

    Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander, spoke to the athletes and presented ribbons to first, second and third place winners in each event, according to gender and age. 

    "I think this is a wonderful event," said McPhillips. "I looked at the scores and everyone did a great job." 

    The event only lasts a day, but the preparation takes nearly a year. 

    "We take about ten months to plan the event," said Abby Gruber, program director for Dauphin county parks. "The people are the best part. You get to know them after seeing them here every year and it's always great to see them."

    The 2005 Senior Games was sponsored by DCPR and the Cumberland County Office of Aging, which provides programs and services that allow senior citizens to maintain their health, welfare and independence. Anyone in the community over the age of 55 is welcome to register for the annual event.  Many of these athletes also consider the games as training for more serious competitions. 

    For more information or to learn about next year's Senior Games, call the DCPR at 717-599-5188.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post bike enthusiast tackle Lake Tahoe bike ride


June 20, 2005 -- On a nice Spring Day like Central Pa., enjoyed recently it's nice to take a nice long bike ride around the Boiling Springs Lake. Now imagine doing the same thing but instead of a short, leisurely ride, it's a one day, 100 - mile up and down trek around Lake Tahoe. That's exactly the challenge that Pete Collins and his wife Karen took on.  

    Pete and Karen participated in the 14th Annual "America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride-Lake Tahoe," on June 5. The ride around the lake is the culmination of endurance events attended by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America's National Team In Training (TNT) spring fund raising program. Each year close to 3,000 riders take part in the ride, of which approximately 1,900 riders are from TNT. The Collins were part of a TNT group from Central Pennsylvania.

    "Team In Training is the athletic component of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society," said Pete. "My dad was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2002 and Karen saw the advertisement for endurance events to raise money for blood cancer research later that year.  We've been taking part in them when we can." 

    The Collins team was part of a 38-member team from Central Pennsylvania. The group was able to raise $110,000 for blood cancer research and patient assistance.  Pete and Karen have raised $4,300 by themselves and are continuing with their efforts until the end of June. Overall the Lake Tahoe ride raised more than seven million dollars.

    The fundraising was only one part of the work necessary for the ride. The train-up took about 18 weeks to prepare for the grueling course.  

    "I started seriously training in January 2005.  I started riding outside about 30 miles per week in early January and was at about 150 miles per week by the middle of May," Pete said.

    What was more impressive was that Karen was still a relatively new rider.

    "I had minimal bicycling experience before last year, when Pete gave me a bike for my birthday and I started riding recreationally with the Harrisburg Bike Club last summer," said Karen. "I still consider myself a novice."

    Even though it was a lot of hard work, there were moments in the Tahoe ride that made it all worthwhile.

    "Some moments really stood out to me," said Pete. "How good the boiled red potatoes and the cantaloupe with salt tasted on two of the rest stops; I just stood there wolfing them down as fast as I could.  Spooner's Ridge is an eight mile uphill ride and we were climbing it in a 30 mph headwind at the 80 mile mark. There were blood cancer survivors and patients waiting for us by the side of the road and cheered us on as we went by. I'll never forget that."

    The ride started at 6 a.m., and both Collins riders finished at 4:30 p.m.

    "It made for a very long day, but the great training program we had really helped," said Pete.

    The Collins family plans to participate in other events.

    "I would like to do another Century Ride or 75 mile event this year, while I'm still conditioned," said Karen. "I can't wait to do another TNT event-it's so much fun and so personally rewarding to be able to contribute to such a wonderful cause. You see people at these events who have participated multiple times-their hats are covered with the award pins from marathons, century rides, and triathlons."

    The ride was also bittersweet for Pete, who lost his father to the disease three weeks earlier.

    "Another thing I'll never forget is saying "good-bye" to my dad above Emerald Bay," he said. "It was a pretty emotional experience. Being able to do that and start and finish side by side with my wife are things I'll never forget."    



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post unveils state-of-the-art Network Operations Center


June 21, 2005 - When you make a call to the computer Service Desk, a team jumps into action behind the scene to fix your problem, thanks to a new Network Operations Center.

    The newly finished Network Operations Center, located in Collins Hall, has all the tools necessary to quickly diagnose your problem.

    "This joint venture between RSI, DOIM and CIO allows more user problems to be fixed on the first call," said Walt Craig, RSI program manager. "In the time since the NOC has been set up, we've seen a 33% increase of success in first call resolution of the problem. NOC personnel discuss problems, arrive at potential fixes, coordinate immediately with all parties concerned to work the issue."

     The NOC was the result of an idea developed in-house by some of the RSI employees.

     "The idea of a NOC came from a group of employees mainly from the old help desk and networks personnel. The idea was presented to me and I saw the potential and gave the word immediately to implement. RSI then, on its own, began moving people and equipment to stand up the initial operation," said Craig. "After some 'test driving', we made some marginal changes and enlisted help in painting the room, restoring the walls and generally turned the area into a highly professional setting." Remtech set up the NOC at virtually no cost to the government.

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

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

    "It really seems like this will allow us to operate and maintain a pretty reliable network with fewer problems," said Col. Craig Madden, deputy commandant, during a recent tour of the facility. "I think this is a great thing for everyone who works on and depends on the Carlisle Barracks computer network."

     The NOC is another step in improving customer service, according to Craig.

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









Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Graduates move on, take on missions defending freedom

    June 13, 2005- Another class of U.S. Army War College graduates walked across the stage at Wheelock Bandstand on June 11, and became the 104th class to complete the course of study.

    Now, the 325 students will assume positions throughout the military and in national security positions around the world.  

    The graduates include 260 officers from various branches of the military, 24 civilians and 41 International Fellows.

    The USAWC commandant, Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, gave encouraging words to the graduates as they waited to walk across the stage and receive their War College diplomas. 

    "As you go forward as senior leaders in command of military formations or in senior positions of policy, plans or governance around the world, you will do so with confidence and competence, candor and courage," said Huntoon, in his address to the graduating class of 2005. "We are proud of your record here, and heartened by the promise of excellence and accomplishment in your future service."

    The graduates will be transitioning to hot spots around the world where their skills are needed in the ongoing war on terrorism.

    "It gave me the background that I need to promote American values overseas," said Peter Tinsley who will be the labor attaché and political officer at the American Embassy in Brazil.

    The students of the class of 2005 gained more than just book knowledge in their ten months at Carlisle Barracks. They attended countless lectures, toured historic sites and political institutions, discussed world events with classmates, fought simulated wars and made lifelong friends.

    "The background we've developed, not only through the books, but through other students is invaluable," said Lt. Col. John McGuiness, who will be working as an acquisition officer at the Pentagon.

    "The biggest thing I got being here was the professional contacts that I made with my peers,' said Col. Gale Harrington, who will be the project manager for the procurement of a major Army system at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

    The main speaker of the graduation ceremony, U.S. Representative Ike Skelton of Missouri, spoke of past wars and the keen thought process that other strategic leaders have used to defend the nation, and he spoke of the jobs ahead for the graduates.

    "Your job will be to deter conflict," said Skelton. "Your job will be to win battles if deterrence fails."

    Huntoon wished the students good luck as they leave Carlisle Barracks to various places around the globe and emphasized his confidence in them.

    "This nation and the world will be well served by your extraordinary professionalism and your uncompromising dedication to all that is right and true, honorable and just," said Huntoon. "Good luck to you and Godspeed."


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

USAWC Class of 2005 links tradition and future

    A unique character emerges for each class of the Army War College. It marks the hearts of the students and the memories of the staff and faculty.  This year is no different. The students were vocal about recognizing the USAWC year as opportunity: their own operational pause.  Library staffers noted their diligence; guest speakers noted their keen interest in the big picture . and faculty comment on a thoughtful student body - leaning forward to return to the Armed Forces at war and make a difference on behalf of their nation.

    The class's legacy may well be the unique contributions to the traditions that enrich military life.

    The student body decided months ago to commission James Dietz to create a painting memorializing the last major action of World War II for the men of the famed "Band of Brothers" - the capture of Noville, Belgium, on January 15, 1945, by Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.  Following tradition, the class donated the original to the college; their unique contribution will be donation of the class print to officials in Noville for display in the Bastogne Historical Center.

    Some will consider athletics to be an outstanding contribution of the Class of 2005 - returning the glory to the U.S. Army War College by capturing the Jim Thorpe Sports Days trophy for excellence in teamwork, discipline and physical fitness during the senior service school competition.

    An exceptional contribution was the brainchild of class member, Cheryl McAuley, who determined to fill a void in the Army War College traditions. Graduation ceremony, June 11, will inaugurate the first public playing of a new piece of music, the Carlisle March.  Commissioned by the class for the US Army, and supported financially by the USAWC Alumni Association and USAWC Foundation, it will join the musical ranks of American military marches.

    Dr. Gordon Bowie created the original music, integrating military themes and the 'march' musical structure of a march. Investing the knowledge and experience of more than 30 years as musician, conductor and composer, he captured the tone and pulse of the college and its people.  Although he visited Carlisle Barracks on a raw, unattractive December day, the sincerity of students and warmth of the gathering at the commandant's holiday reception that day will punctuate the musical composition.

    The U.S. Army Band has recorded the Carlisle composition, and the band's scheduled for the resident and distance education graduations are rehearsing the salute to the Carlisle generation of leaders. "The Army of leaders, charged with preserving the peace, will lead their joint charges through conflicts to cease," wrote McAuley in a poem that Bowie has set to music for chapel services.


Army celebrates its 230th year

June 14, 2005-- More than 70 people gathered in the Bliss Hall foyer today to celebrate the Army's 230 years of service to America.   

    "The U.S. Army has played a vital role in the growth of the Nation," said Col. Craig Madden, deputy commandant, in his address. 

    After the speech, Madden and two Soldiers, Pvt. Edward Webb, who is the junior ranking and youngest Soldier on post, and First Sgt. Joanne Cox, cut the Army birthday cake with a saber before everyone joined in the singing of the Army Song.

    The theme for this year's celebration is "Call to Duty."  In their 2005 birthday message, Army Leadership said, "America is at war, and the call to duty pierces the air once again. Our adversaries have declared war on our way of life, attacked our homeland, and vowed to attack us again. America is threatened, and it is our duty to serve. America's sons and daughters who are answering the call to duty are engaged in the noblest work of life, protecting our Nation and enabling others to live free."  

    After the short ceremony guests enjoyed cake and beverages sponsored by the U.S. Army War College Foundation, U.S. Army War College Alumni Association and the Association of the United States Army.

Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army Birthday message

Dear Army Team Members:

     As our Army celebrates its 230th birthday this month, we pause to reflect on the selfless service and sacrifice of generations of Soldiers, civilian employees, and their families, all of whom epitomize the tenets of the Warrior Ethos:

  • I will always place the mission first
  • I will never accept defeat
  • I will never quit
  • I will never leave a fallen comrade

     The Warrior Ethos is the common thread that has tied us all together throughout 230 years of service to our Nation.  Since 1775, American Soldiers have answered the call to duty.  From Valley Forge to the battlefields of Gettysburg, the Argonne Forest, and the shores of Normandy; from the rice paddies of Korea and Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan and the streets of Baghdad, our military history is rich with the willingness of generation after generation to live by the Warrior Ethos.

     Soldiers serving the Nation today embody the Warrior Ethos.  It is central to all that we do and all that we are.  It is everything we stand for as Soldiers, Army civilians, and family members.  It applies in the broadest sense, not just while in uniform and not just while in service to our country, but throughout our personal and professional lives.  When we understand and live by the Warrior Ethos, it makes us better husbands and wives, better parents, better daughters and sons, and better citizens.  When Soldiers--the centerpiece of our Army--and the civilian employees and family members who serve right along side them live by the Warrior Ethos, it gives us strength to maintain our commitment to freedom and to our way of life. 

     America's sons and daughters who are answering the call to duty are engaged in the noblest work of life, protecting our Nation and enabling others to live free.  To our Soldiers around the world, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families on this 230th Army birthday.  We are proud of you and to serve with you.  The Army and the Nation are grateful for your service and sacrifice.  Thank you for answering the call to duty. 


Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Thorpe Hall Gym hours set to change  

    June 15, 2005 -- In order to maximize resources during a time of budget constraints, the Thorpe Hall Gym will be changing their hours.  The changes will begin on July 1.

    The new hours were determined by looking at statistical data on the gym's usage.  The data was gathered from June to September of 2004. 

   "The new hours are set based on statistics over the past two years that indicate low usage during the later hours throughout the week," said Chuck Gentile, Carlisle Barracks sports director.   


Thorpe Hall Gym Bldg. #23

Monday - Thursday                  5:30 am - 7 pm

Friday                                      5:30 am - 6 pm

Saturday                                  9 am - 5 pm

Sunday                                    Noon - 5 pm

Holidays                                  Closed


Root Hall Gym Bldg. #120  

Monday - Thursday                  Locker Rooms               5:30 am - 7 pm

                                              Gym Floor                     As needed

Friday                                     Locker Rooms                5:30 am - 6 pm

Saturday/Sunday/Holidays                                            Closed


Sports Office Bldg. #120 (BASEMENT)

Monday - Friday                        8 am - 5 pm





Command Reflections

Professor Douglas Campbell, director Center for Strategic Leadership


During the last week of March and the first week of April, the War College students have been dealing with crisis situations ranging from major combat operations to humanitarian assistance, as part of the annual Strategic Crisis Exercise (SCE).  The exercise is a key part of the College curriculum which is designed to develop the next generation of strategic leaders.

Prior to SCE most of the student effort has been directed at thinking, reflecting and communicating at the senior-leader level.  In the complex environment of the Strategic Crisis Exercise the students will focus on deciding.   Through iterative decision-making situations, they will gain greater confidence in their ability to make strategic level decisions or recommendations without the full information that they would like to have available.   The objective of the exercise is to make them better strategic leaders.

In SCE, the students role play strategic leaders operating within three environments, the Washington political, the Washington military and the "field" environment of Regional Combatant Commanders.  Acting as these leaders and staffs in a stressful environment will increase student ability to deal with the strategic positions they will soon occupy.   The SCE includes other events to the exercise to increase this exposure to the strategic environment.  These include requiring the students to conduct media briefings with bright lights and active reporters, all seeking attention.  It also includes standup interviews where students have fifteen minutes notice before talking to reporters about recent crisis events. 

Each year we have ten to twelve serving members of Congress participate in the exercise by video teleconference from Washington.  They act as the House Armed Service Committee with the students testifying in strategic leader roles.  For example, students testify as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a service chief, or an assistant Secretary of State.   The members of Congress eventually come "out of role" to mentor the students about testifying before Congress. 

Another key part of the exercise involves the interaction of current senior leaders with the students.  During SCE, we bring approximately 50 distinguished leaders from the military, diplomatic, interagency, business, and educational communities to interact with the students.   These visitors also role play a part in the exercise, acting as "special assistants to the President of the United States" who has asked them to go investigate the crisis and report back to him.  This helps our students focus on the strategic picture and causes them to translate the many details to the key and essential points necessary to understand the crisis. 

The Strategic Crisis Exercise is a world class political military exercise designed to develop mentally agile strategic leaders.  It challenges the students to apply their prior experiences and the knowledge they have gained in the first eight months of their studies.  It requires them to make decisions outside their normal comfort zone and then to understand the results of those decisions.   







Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

AKO systems allows service members, family to share photos while deployed

June 15, 2005 - Want to share the pictures from graduation with a deployed family member but don't have a place on the web to put them? The Carlisle Barracks Chief Knowledge Office has set up a safe, secure location for families wishing to share photos, no matter where they may be.

    By utilizing a part of Army Knowledge Online, Maj. Rob Hoss, Chief Knowledge Officer, has created a system to help families share memories while apart.

    "AKO Folders can be used for deployed personnel and their family members to exchange pictures, files, etc. via AKO," said Hoss. "There is no limit to the amount of files family members and Soldiers may upload on AKO.  Only deployed personnel and their family members with AKO accounts can see what is in the AKO folders."

    Deploying personnel receive step-by-step instructions during their out-processing on how to set up the program and how to give access to their family members.

    "There is no limit to the amount of family members that they can add," said Hoss. "It's up to them and since there are no space limitations they can share as many images as they want. Family members can easily be sponsored for one year and it takes less then 3 minutes to set up."

    Setting up and managing the folders is a simple five step process.

    "We give the deploying member both electronic and hard copy instructions on how to set it up and add users," said Hoss. "They also can reach out to us or AKO at any time if they have problems."

    The idea started when Hoss was talking to his supervisors about this capability of AKO, and how it could be used for USAWC staff, faculty and students who may be deploying.

    "They loved the idea and we talked to the post leadership about it and they loved it too," said Hoss. "This is just another way to help support the military families and their service members during deployments."



Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

An inside look at preparing for the IMA Soldier of the Year competition

    June 15, 2005-After winning the installation Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year Competitions, Pfc. Allan Houck, Military Police officer, and I are training to compete at the next level.

    From June 20 to 22, we will represent Carlisle Barracks and compete against other Soldiers and NCOs who won installation competitions in the Northeast region of the Installation Management Agency. The competition will include; an Army Physical Fitness Test, a rifle range, day and night land navigation, a written test and essay and an oral board.

    Preparation for the IMA board began the moment we won the installation board in May. We have been working with several NCOs who have expertise in different areas and we have been studying field manuals and doubling our physical training regimen.

    "The Soldiers are being prepared both mentally and physically," said Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Gray, provost sergeant. "Mentally by study halls, boards, map reading and land navigation courses, and physically by running six to eight miles every other day and by doing push-ups and sit-ups on opposite days."

    The training has been very difficult, but parts of it have been more strenuous than others due to busy work schedules and the sudden rise in temperatures in the area.

    "The physical training is the most difficult part for me," said Houck. "The extra PT combined with the hot temperatures and high humidity have made it very tough."

    The extra training has been challenging for us and for the NCOs who have been training us, but we are eager to go through the process for the honor of representing Carlisle Barracks.

    "I'm very proud to represent my first duty station for the entire Northeast region," said Houck, who has ambitions of becoming an NCO in the future. "It's a very high honor. I hope this will show my future leaders that I will be a very capable NCO."

    Gray has been our primary trainer and will be going to Fort Meade with us to give us support during our three days of competition and to see the entire process to the end.

    "It's an honor for me to be going with the Soldiers who are competing," said Gray. "My hopes are simply that we come out of this competition with the first place Soldier of the Year and the first place NCO of the Year. They are working hard and I think they are ready."



National Capital Region tentative Road Closures for holiday weekend

    The National Mall is Washington, D.C. will be opened to the public at 10:00 a.m. The following roads will be closed on July 4th by the United States Park Police: These closures may change- please check back for updates.

    Closed from 6:00 am until after pedestrian traffic clears after the conclusion of the event.

  • Memorial Bridge.

  • Parkway Drive from Rock Creek Parkway to Lincoln Memorial Circle.

  • Rock Creek Parkway from Virginia Ave. to Ohio Drive.

  • Independence Ave. from 15th Street to 23rd Street.

  • Constitution Ave. from 15th Street to 23rd Street.

  • West Potomac Park from Inlet Bridge to 23rd Street, INCLUDES THE FDR MEMORIAL.

  • Maine Ave. from SE Freeway to Independence Ave.

  • 15th Street from Maine Ave to Constitution Ave.

  • 17th Street from Independence Ave. to Constitution Ave.

  • Jefferson Drive from 15th Street to 3rd Street.

  • Madison Drive from 15th Street. to 3rd Street.

  • Daniel French Drive.

  • Henry Bacon Drive.



Lowe's offers military discount for July 4th holiday
    Lowe's Companies, Inc. announced today it will offer all active, reserve and retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10% discount on in-store purchases made during the July 4th holiday weekend. The discount is available June 30-July 4 on all in-stock purchases up to $2,000 (excluding special order and online sales) with a valid military ID.
    "The men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces are the reason America is able to observe Independence Day," said Larry D. Stone, Lowe's senior executive vice president, operations. "Throughout our company's 59-year history, Lowe's has supported current and former military personnel in many ways. Offering a discount to active, reserve and retired military personnel is another way we at Lowe's can express our gratitude."



Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs

Army War College professors collaborate with local educators  


   June 15, 2005 -- Three faculty members from  the Department of Command, Leadership and Management completed the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program in Harrisburg on June 7.  Col. Chuck Allen, Col. George Woods, and Col. Mark Eshelman were recognized at the graduation luncheon hosted by the Education Policy and Leadership Center. 

     The program is a professional development program that included educators from a variety of institutions and organizations at the local, state, and federal level. 

    The purpose of the program is to allow participants to share their concerns and views on educational policy and give educators the chance to create a network with one another.    Some participants have little or no exposure to military education and this gives them a chance to see the military through another lens. 

    "They get a different look at us," said Eshelman.  "They get to know us on a more personal level."

    USAWC participants attended 10 sessions, two of which were national meetings in Miami and Washington DC, over a one year period.  The first session was held at the USAWC where the three officer-fellows presented on Strategic Leadership.  Other sessions revolved around the many issues that face educators across the US.

    "These are domestic issues that impact what we do in the military," said Allen. "The products of the domestic educational system become members of the military."          

  DCLM has participated in the fellowship program for the past five years.  The relationship between the fellowship program and the War College began with Col. Mike Pearson.

   "I wanted to expose the faculty to the educational leaders in Pennsylvania," said Pearson.  In addition, he wanted a chance to allow the faculty, "to tell the War College story."

     Susan Brumbaugh, Executive Policy Specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, expressed what an asset it was to have Army War College faculty involved in the program. 

    "What Chuck, Mark, George, and their predecessors from the USAWC brought to the program, in addition to their engaging personalities and good humor, are personal examples of leadership, questioning minds, and a desire to learn more about policy and practice in the field of education."


Anne Hurst, Family Advocacy Program Manager

Army establishes program to help victims of sexual assault

    The number of military members claiming they were victims of sexual assault has shown a marked increase over previous years.  In 2002, there were 422 reports of alleged assault, while in 2003 there were 469 reports.  The biggest increase is in the numbers for 2004; military criminal investigators received 1,700 reports of sexual assault involving military personnel.

    Does this mean sexual assault is on the rise?  Well, not necessarily.  It may simply mean that due to the increased awareness in the military about sexual assault issues, service members are feeling more comfortable coming forward to report the crime.

    To help support education and prevention, the Army has made a commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy called The Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.  This program focuses on education, prevention, integrated victim support, rapid reporting, thorough investigation, appropriate action, and follow-up. Army policy promotes sensitive care for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.

The goals of the program are to -

  • Establish sexual assault training and awareness programs to educate Soldiers and Army civilians.

  • Ensure that, should an incident of sexual assault occur, victims receive the sensitive, confidential and immediate comprehensive care and treatment they need to restore their health and well-being.

  • Ensure that sexual assault crimes are thoroughly investigated and that offenders are held accountable for their crimes.

  • Create a climate that encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault.

  • Ensure that leaders understand their roles and responsibilities regarding the care and treatment of sexual assault victims.

  • Ensure that leaders understand their roles and responsibilities in thoroughly investigating and reporting allegations of sexual assault.

    To help victims who have been devastated by a sexual assault, the Army has established Unit Victim Assistants who will support the victim and assist them in gaining the treatment they will require.  The victim will have someone to support them throughout the medical procedures and difficult questions.

    Victims now have the option of how to report the incident.  Some individuals may not want to involve the law enforcement agencies, however, they will need medical and emotional support vs. filing charges and seeking legal assistance.  The Army's concern is for the victim to receive the services that they need.  This is classified as "Restricted Reporting" - where there will not be any command or legal involvement, at the discretion of the Soldier.  This is a new procedure developed by the Army to recognize there may be many victims not reporting in order to avoid the legal procedures following such incidents

    As we all know, the U.S. Army recognizes sexual assault as a crime and will not tolerate such incidences.  Sexual assault tears at the moral fiber of our unit formations, degrades readiness and is not consistent with Army values and warrior ethos.

    The new Army guidance on sexual assault prevention and response was released Nov. 12, and will be included in the upcoming revision of AR 600-20, Army Command Policy, in 2005.

    In addition to new guidance for commanders, the Army has launched a website at, to promote steps leaders and Soldiers at all levels can take to prevent and respond to instances of sexual assault. Included in this website are links to training materials developed by the Training and Doctrine Command.

    Sexual assault prevention training will be part of initial entry training, semi-annual training, in-processing for installations and pre-deployment training for all Soldiers. The website also includes links to additional resources for victims of sexual assault, and a checklist for commanders to help sexual assault victims recover.

    "The newly launched sexual assault website and incorporation of the new Army guidance into AR 600-20 reinforces Army leadership's ongoing commitment to ensuring that adequate prevention programs and policies are in place," said Col. Paris Mack, chief, Human Factors Division, Human Resources & Policy Directorate.

    It will also ensure that Soldiers who are victims of sexual assault receive proper treatment, medical and psychological care; that the chain of command will provide full support, dignity and confidentiality to victims; and that any reported incidents of sexual assault will be, "fully investigated and acted upon through the military criminal justice system," Mack said.

    Carlisle Barracks supports the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. The Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program is coordinating the program and services for installation personnel.

    If you need information, assistance or a victim advocate, contact the FAP Manager at 245-3775.



Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program

Summer Sense: Club Drugs

    The terms "club drugs" refers to a wide variety of drugs that have become popular among patrons of raves, nightclubs and concerts.  Some of the more common club drugs are ecstasy ( X), GHB (goop, Georgia HomeBoy), Ketamine (Special K), and Rohypnol (roofies).  While they are generally considered "feel good" drugs and safe, they're not safe, and some of the side effects won't leave you feeling so good after all.

    Club drugs have effects that users don't take the time to think about.  For example, they can damage neurons in your brain, which are the transmitters of messages from your brain to your body parts.  The chemicals in club drugs can impair senses, memory, judgment and coordination.  They also have long term and short term effects on the body, and mixing them with alcohol can be a deadly combination. 

    Another effect of club drugs is that they affect your self- control.  Some can cause unconscious or immobilize you.  Others can cause amnesia.  These are how the date rape drugs, like Rohypnol, work.  Someone who has ingested a club drug, either knowingly or unknowingly, can easily be taken advantage of. 

    Someone who is taking a club drug may think they know what they are taking, but in reality, there's no way to tell for sure.  These aren't drugs manufactured in a sterile, government regulated facility.  They are made in makeshift laboratories, without regulations.  A user can never be sure exactly what chemicals have been put in, how strong it is, or where it was made. 

    Some people aren't even aware they have been given some of these drugs.  Most are colorless, tasteless and odorless, so there's no way to tell that someone has put one in a drink.  So if you're out, don't walk away from your drink.  Keep it in your sight at all times.  Don't accept drinks from strangers, or from someone that you don't completely, 100% trust. 

    No one is saying don't go to parties, or not to have fun.  Just do it sensibly.  Be careful who you trust, and look out for yourself and for your friends.  Party responsibly. 

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



Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post firefighters acquire life-saving certification

    June 8, 2005-Last month, the first of the Carlisle Barracks firefighters went through an Emergency Medical Technician certification training to help better protect those who work and live on post.

    Jerry Wilson, firefighter, completed the 140 hour hands-on practical training and classroom program at Harrisburg Area Community College with eight other area students.

    "The focus of the course was on the care and transportation of the sick and injured," said Wilson.

    The hands-on portion of the training included working with a $30,000 dummy.  The dummy could speak to the trainees, and exhibit changes to its breathing, pulse, heartbeat and other real life medical simulations.

    "That made it more like real life," said Wilson. "It's difficult to simulate those types of conditions in a training environment without finding someone who is actually injured."

    Wilson feels the course gave him skills that will help him do his job more effectively.

    "The course really gave me the self satisfaction and confidence to feel that I can better help serve the Carlisle Barracks community and keep them safe," said Wilson.

    All the other firefighters in the department will be going to the training in the near future to become certified.

    "All primary responding units must be EMT certified by the end of 2006," said Chief Jim O'Connell, Carlisle Barracks fire chief. "In our department that means everyone."

    The department is working on getting a course on post that would allow many of the firefighters to complete the training at one time. The course would be taught by the EMTs from New Cumberland.

    "This will give us a higher level of medical response, which will greatly benefit the post," said O'Connell.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Fox News comes to Carlisle Barracks, other DOIM news

    June 8, 2005 -- Fox news fans can rejoice--Fox news is now available on the CBnet and soon on post televisions.

    After months of effort, Fox News Channel was added to the channels available to post building cable viewers.

    "On June 6, we were up and operational and are conducting a burn-in to ensure the technology is stable," said Maj. Carla Campbell, Director of Information Management." In order to ensure all users can receive the feed from CBnet to your desktop computer, the DOIM pushed the latest version of Windows Media Player to desktop computers on June 8.

" To watch the channel on the CBnet, click on the "Live News Coverage" link, and then on the Fox News link.  Viewers should be aware that there may be periods of time when the channel may be down or appear fuzzy or have audio problems during the initial burn-in period, which is expected to last through the end of the month.

    To watch Fox News on your TV's, a few things will need to be done.

    "Seminar Room TVs will be programmed to receive Channel 14 during June 13-14 and TVs located in individual departments will also need to be programmed to receive Channel 14. This can be done by consulting the owner's manual for the particular model of television the department purchased.

    The technology used to bring Fox News to the USAWC isn't a simple as you may think.

    "A satellite dish on top of Root Hall receives the Fox broadcast and passes it into the TV studio," said Campbell. "From the TV studio it is broadcast through the post television system and digitally encoded to broadcast on the Carlisle Barracks LAN.  We currently have 4 channels available on your PC by accessing the LIVE NEWS COVERAGE Link on CBnet." You can also see CNN, the Carlisle Barracks Network and the post closed circuit station through the CBnet.

DOIM works to eliminate SPAM

    As any email user knows, SPAM emails are on the rise and increasing on a daily basis. 

    "In order to help combat this, the DOIM staff at Carlisle Barracks has upgraded the SPAM filtering software to ensure that they are doing everything possible to keep email inboxes free and clear of SPAM," said Campbell. "However, in our recent efforts, some legitimate emails have been blocked."  "We have refined the initial settings and setup a review process to catch any legitimate emails that may have been blocked."  If you think you have legitimate emails that are being blocked, please contact the Service Desk at 5-3000.

    If you receive any emails that are identifiable as SPAM, please forward that email to  Once this email has been received, the DOIM will institute a block to prevent this email from coming through again.

Students reminded to cancel the forward function on AKO addresses

    Campbell also reminded students with an AKO email account forwarded to a Carlisle email account to cancel the function. After out-processing, all student Carlisle Email accounts will be deleted.



YS hosts summer camps for post youth

School age summer camp

  Starts June 13 and ends August 27. Families can choose two weeks, three, five, eight, or all 11 weeks of camp, which runs from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. five days per week. 

  Fees are based on family income; and whether the child attends all day or just mornings and whether the child attends five days or three days per week.  Summer Camp is for children entering first grade, and up through 6th grade, or ages six to 12.

  Offered is a variety of experiences during Summer Camp including; field trips, bike club, swimming, bowling, art classes, physical fitness programs, 4-H Club activities, reading time, computer instruction, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack (for full day), indoor and outdoor activities each day, and much more.


Middle school/teen program

   Begins June 13 and end August 27, but is 6 days per week from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (closed Sundays). YS membership required ($18 per year). There are also field trips scheduled at an additional cost, Hershey Park twice, Paintball trip to Ski Round Top three times, and a fishing trip.

    This program is designed for youth who are in 6th grade to seniors in high school and have access to all of the facilities in the Youth Center.

    For information on Summer Camp and how to register call 245-3801, 245-4555.  Registration has already started and will continue throughout the summer. 



Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Headquarters Company welcomes new commander     
June 1, 2005 -- The Headquarters Company said both hail and farewell at the change of command ceremony on June 1.  Capt. John Kunstbeck handed command of the company over to Chief Warrant Officer Shirley Rosencutter.  

    Kunstbeck has been stationed at Carlisle Barracks since 2002 when he was assigned as the Special Security Officer at the Army War College. 

   During his remarks, he stressed the role his Soldiers played in the success of the company and importance of staying ready for deployment. 

    At the ceremony, Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Tyrone McPhillips pointed out that Kunstbeck, "served with distinction and grace."

    Special attention was paid to the changes that the Headquarters Company has been facing and the emphasis Kunstbeck has placed on Soldier training.  McPhillips made sure to point out that a company that once had 120 Soldiers now has less than forty. 

    "Chief is the right person for the job," said McPhillips.      

   Rosencutter has been serving as the Personnel Technician at the U.S. Army War College, Human Resources Directorate.  At the change of command, she pointed out that this position was a special sort of opportunity.

    "Today presents an opportunity few Chief Warrant Officers will ever achieve."  

    Rosencutter joined the Army in April 1986.  Before arriving at Carlisle Barracks she was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division G1 and served as a Personnel Technician as well as being a Detachment Commander of the 556th Personnel Services Battalion.

    She will be adding the duties of commander to her position as Personnel Technician at the post Human Resources Directorate and made sure to thank her Soldiers in advance for their support. 

    She also thanked her husband, Robert Rosencutter for his support.

    "Thanks to my husband, not just for today, but for the past 14 years."      


Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Officer

Post Child Care Center nations first 'Star' recipient

'Child friendly' pest management program lauded by EPA


June 2, 2005 -- An Army child development center that has remained pesticide-free since its construction over twelve years ago was awarded the nations first STAR certification today in a ceremony at Carlisle Barracks.

    The Moore Child Development Center (CDC), serving 134 children, is a model for a common sense pest management approach called Integrated Pest Management, or IPM.  This approach is a kid-safe, economical, and scientific approach to pest management and emphasizes methods to lower the risk of exposure to chemical pesticides and reduce childhood injuries from pests. 

    The Environmental Protection Agency's Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, Susan B. Hazen, traveled to Carlisle Barracks to recognize their environmental achievement. 

    "The Moore Center is a model of environmental stewardship, said Hazen.  "By helping to expand the adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the Moore Child Development Center has shown outstanding leadership and achievement." 

    One of the EPA's key priorities is assuring a safe environment for our nation's children, and promoting IPM in childcare centers can play an important role, according to Hazen. 

    While the Department of Defense is not required to adhere to the same state laws that require all public schools to adopt an IPM program, the Army's IPM in Schools and CDCs initiative is putting similar measures in place for Soldiers' family members.

    "IPM has been a foundation of Defense Department and Army pest management policies and practices for more than 20 years," said Keith Bailey, Carlisle Barracks bio science technician.   

    The foundation of the Army school and CDC initiative include planning and professional oversight, high training standards, record keeping and reporting, and targeted pesticide applications, when needed. 

    "I am quite pleased to say that pesticides have never been needed at our center," said Bailey.  "This is due in large part to the commitment of the employees working in the facility to keeping pests out and the kids safe." 

    The employees and caregivers maintain the centers sanitation and food handling, and conduct inspections and report issues that need resolved, added Bailey.

    As part of the program at Moore CDC, a monthly sanitation inspection is conducted by Carlisle Barracks preventative medicine specialists, working off a checklist that includes items like cleanliness of floors, walls, ceilings and furnishings throughout the facility. A second monthly inspection focuses on food storage, preparation and serving areas, and an annual inspection evaluates maintenance and repair needs for the building.

    The Moore CDC was awarded the IPM STAR from the IPM Institute of North America and included an on-site inspection by an independent professional trained in IPM, according to Dr. Thomas Green, president of the institute. 

    The IPM program at the CDC benefits from its sound, twelve-year-old building, according to Green.

    "The facility is well maintained, including door sweeps that keep ants, rodents and other pests from getting in. Trees and shrubs are trimmed so that no branches touch the building to avoid creating travel-ways for squirrels, ants or other potential invaders. Floors are swept and mopped, and countertops and tables wiped down daily. An electronic work order system is used to relay any maintenance or pest management needs from CDC staff to contractors - and lets Barracks supervisors keep a constant eye on progress," he says.

    STAR certification is a rigorous process, added Greene.  "We're very pleased that the Moore CDC has undertaken this process, both to improve their IPM program and increase the visibility of IPM as a great alternative for anyone who has to deal with pest problems," states Green.

    Children from the center participated in the ceremony by singing a butterfly song and modeling home-made bug costumes. 

    "The kids participation is a highlight for me," said Bailey.  "But I get even greater satisfaction knowing that they learn and play in a safe environment and that we all had something to do with that." 





Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Student loses 50 pounds, gains appreciation for health, fitness

June 3, 2004 -- Philip DeMarais arrived at Carlisle Barracks in July 2004 with the idea of making some big changes in his life.

DeMarais, a Defense Leadership and Management Program civilian, is a student in the U. S. Army War College Class of 2005.

Knowing he was overweight at 246 pounds, and not making any progress on his own, DeMarais made a decision to reinvest the time he previously spent on the road, a three-hour round-trip commute to and from work, to exercising.

After years of fast food stops during his lengthy commute to and from work, DeMarais decided to do something about it.

Hearing about APFRI, DeMarais wasted no time in signing up for the physical assessment test and noontime classes. The assessment includes blood work, treadmill stress test, strength testing, BOD POD - body composition and flexibility test. The noontime classes, which are open to everyone on Carlisle Barracks, focus on health problems, such as high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, and more.

Results from DeMarais' physical assessment test were not good, in fact, he ranked in the bottom 20 percent. His profile indicated his body composition, which includes body mass index, waist circumference, and body fat, were all extremely high. According to APFRI a healthy body fat percentage range is between six and 24 percent. DeMarais' results were 36.30 percent. The physical and aerobic fitness scores were low and his blood pressure and cholesterol levels were not within the healthy range.

Based on these test results, APFRI invited DeMarais to join their Senior Leader Fitness and Nutrition Programs, key components of the APFRI Executive Wellness Program. The APFRI Executive Wellness Program consists of the Health, Nutrition, Fitness, Enhancement and the Telehealth Programs. These programs serve as the foundation for APFRI's mission to provide comprehensive health assessments and interventions to USAWC students, staff, faculty and spouses, and conduct longitudinal research on the over-40 population.

As a participant in the Senior Leader Fitness and Nutrition Programs, DeMarais was assigned a physical fitness trainer, Sgt. 1st Class Cynthia Hughes and also a nutritionist, Maj. Lisa Giese. Hughes laid out a personal exercise program to include weight lifting and aerobic training. To analyze his eating habits, a log of all the foods he ate for a month was required by Giese. The results indicated DeMarais needed to eat less fatty foods and sweets, eat more vegetables, eat three regular meals per day and keep a regular eating schedule.

DeMarais also learned about the ideal training heart rate and the importance of maintaining the rate for 30 minutes or more during aerobic exercise.

DeMarais said, "I bought one {a heart rate monitor} and that really helped me to maintain my heart rate, it really kept me focused."

DeMarais was accustomed to jogging but never lifted weights prior to this program. With Hughes' help DeMarais learned the proper techniques for weight lifting and was on his way.

Starting out slowly, DeMarais tackled a combination of weight machines and free weights, starting out with two sets and gradually increasing the weight, e.g., leg press from 90 pounds to 220 pounds; leg curl from 62 pounds to 90 pounds and the chest press from 50 pounds to 110 pounds, and increasing the number of sets to three. For aerobic exercise, DeMarais' started walking on the treadmill for three miles at 48 minutes and progressed to jogging for six miles at 60 minutes - the times include a warm up and warm down.

"The good thing about the Senior Executive Fitness Program is that I have regular meetings with Maj. Giese and Sgt. 1st Class Hughes who monitor my results and provide the necessary adjustments to my exercise program and diet," he remarked.

After nearly eight months in the program, the assessment results came back in April with exciting news. DeMarais lost 43.54 pounds, his blood pressure and cholesterol levels are now in the normal range, and his body composition, along with physical and aerobic fitness, have greatly improved.

"It does take a commitment to do this program," he said. DeMarais spends four hours and 30 minutes a week on weight lifting and four hours a week on aerobic exercise.

When asked how his weight loss has affected his clothing, DeMarais remarked that he is on his third set of suits. "It's been expensive," he said.

In achieving this weight-loss goal, DeMarais credits the APFRI staff for their continued help and his fellow students for their constant encouragement. "I have great appreciation for the APFRI staff, they go out of their way to help and have made exercising for me fun."

"It was a pleasure working with Mr. DeMarais this last year," said Hughes, "I have never had a student show so much interest in all aspects of his/her fitness program. Philip was always asking questions and was determined to make this a life-changing experience while at the War College."

Asked if he will continue to exercise and eat well when he departs the USAWC, DeMarais remarked, "I hope so - time will tell. I will place more of a priority on it because I have developed a lot of good habits."

DeMarais' advice to others who are trying to lose weight - cut out fatty fast foods, eat proper portions during mealtimes, schedule an appointment with a trainer and learn how to lift weights, perform aerobic exercise three to five times a week and lift weights three times a week, exercise at 60-85 percent of your maximum heart rate and try to surround yourself with people who have similar exercise goals.

As of May 23, DeMarais' body composition test results indicate his weight at 195.6 pounds - 157.4 pounds lean weight and 38.2 pounds fat weight, a reduction of his fat weight from 36.30 percent to 19.5 percent.

After a long, hard and determined effort to make big changes in his life, DeMarais accomplished what he set out to do - he lost a total of 50.4 pounds.

"Phil did phenomenal within both programs, said Giese." "He took to heart the information and guidance we provided and changed his exercise and food intake habits - likely with long-lasting results."


Jennifer Johnsen, HQ AAFES Public Affairs

AAFES gift certificates help bring home closer to deployed troops

DALLAS - Anyone who wants to support troops deployed to Operations Iraqi or Enduring Freedom can show how much they care by sending "Gifts from the Homefront" gift certificates, and the American public is doing so in record numbers. In fact, more than 46,000 gift certificates have been purchased and sent to troops since the program began in March 2003. These gift certificates, available for purchase by anyone (even those not in the military), have significantly boosted the morale and welfare of troops and families associated with the U.S. military.

    "This program is a great way for Americans to show their support for deployed troops," said Lt. Col. Debra Pressley, Army & Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES') chief of Corporate Communications. "Gift certificates that can be used at the PX or BX allow troops to immediately acquire items that they want or need."

    Today, AAFES operates 54 stores located throughout Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Reports from AAFES officials in Operation Iraqi Freedom indicate that "Gifts from the Homefront" gift certificates are being redeemed at these facilities to purchase drinks, candy, music, DVDs, health and beauty items, video games, magazines, batteries, powdered drinks, snack, canned food, and much more.

    The most popular items purchased by troops at AAFES facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan include Monster Energy Drinks, global prepaid phone cards and Duracell batteries. "Gifts from the Homefront" gift certificates are redeemable for merchandise at all Exchange facilities worldwide, and can be purchased by logging on to or calling 877-770-GIFT (4438), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. AAFES gift certificates, which can only be redeemed by authorized AAFES customers, come in denominations of $5, $10, $15 and $20.

    "Gifts from the Homefront" gift certificates can be sent to individuals, or distributed to "any service member," through the American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society, USO, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, or Fisher House. To date, AAFES' charitable partners have distributed more than 16,000 "Gifts from the Homefront" gift certificates.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post residents reminded to guard against West Nile Virus

   June 1, 2005 -- Pennsylvania is continuing this year's effort to detect and control mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus. Last year, West Nile virus was detected in Pennsylvania in humans for the first time.

    "Those people recovered," said the state's Health Secretary Robert S. Zimmerman Jr. "But last year's experience makes it clear that Pennsylvanians need to do their part to eliminate mosquito breeding areas around their homes."  No mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile or human cases have been reported in the local area yet this year.

    Sampling and testing of mosquitoes and birds found on Carlisle Barracks in 2004 were all negative for West Nile Virus.

    Carlisle Barracks has a team that cooperates with local authorities to help fight the spread of the virus. The Department of Public Works, Dunham Environmental Health Office and Allegheny District Veterinarian Command have been monitoring the situation and are doing what they can to keep the post safe.

    "Heavy rains that typically occur during the Spring may cause some water pools to develop, which is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes," said Keith Bailey, post biological science technician. "We will take the necessary steps to help control the mosquitoes should it be required by the Dunham Environmental Health Office."

    Post residents who find a dead bird on post should call the Vet Clinic at 245-4168 or call the Environmental Office at 245-3902. However only "fresh" dead birds can be tested (within 24 hours), and there is no need to test birds with obvious cause of death such as from a predator or car.

   Simple steps can reduce the risk of contracting the West Nile virus. Because mosquitoes breed in standing water, even a small bucket that has stagnant water in it for four days can become home to many mosquitoes.

   Eliminate standing water by disposing of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers - especially discarded tires -- on your property. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are outdoors.  Clean clogged roof gutters; they can produce millions of mosquitoes each season. Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. Turn over wheelbarrows. Don't allow water to stagnate in birdbaths.

Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish; water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.

    Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts for more than four days. Use landscaping to eliminate water that collects in your yard.



Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program

Summer sense: drinking, boating and the law

    What could be better than a day of sun and fun on a boat on the Susquehanna River? Not being arrested for Boating under the Influence (BUI). 

    As you start looking for something to quench your thirst, remember to choose a nonalcoholic drink. The combination of boating and drinking alcohol would be very dangerous for you, your passengers and other boaters as well.  Each year more than 700 people die in boating accidents. Alcohol is involved in close to 40% of these fatalities.

    Long before a person becomes legally intoxicated, alcohol impairs his or her balance, reaction time, vision, and judgment. On the water, elements like motion, engine noise, vibration, sun, and wind can intensify alcohol's effects. Alcohol affects a boater very quickly. The results of boating under the influence can be just as tragic as drinking and driving.

    BUI is similar to DUI.  The officer will conduct field sobriety tests, chemical testing, such as Breathalyzer testing, and will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.  If you refuse to submit to chemical testing, your boating privileges will be suspended for up to one year.  If you are arrested for operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, you could face fines not less than $500 but up to $7,500.  There is a chance of prison time, up to two years, plus the loss of boating privileges for a year.  The officer may also decide to charge you with other offenses, such as reckless or negligent operation of boats, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct.  Homicide by watercraft while under the influence carries fines up to $15,000.00, and three to seven years in prison.

    Boating and alcohol consumption are NOT compatible.  Alcohol affects your judgment, your balance and your vision, all of which you need to operate any kind of motor craft.  Combine this with the fact that water conditions are often unpredictable, and it's a deadly combination. 

    Stay safe!  Don't operate a boat under the influence of alcohol.

For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245-4576 or check with the PA Fish and Boat Commission at The above information was provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

SSI researcher first military writer to win prestigious Ross Award



May 25, 2005 -- A Strategic Studies Institute researcher has achieved something no one else associated with the Armed Forces has before, having won a prize in the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations 2005 Arthur Ross Book Awards.

    Dr. Stephen Biddle, Associate Professor of National Security Studies with SSI, won the silver medal and a $10,000 prize for his book Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle, published by the Princeton University Press.

    Biddle heard about the contest while reading previous winners books and based on its reputation in the field.

    "The contest is well-known among scholars in international affairs," said Biddle. The application process began in October 2004 with submission of a one-page summary of the book's main argument, and proceeded through two rounds of winnowing before the winners were finally announced. The prizes will be awarded at a dinner at the Council's offices in New York on June 22.

    "The Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Book Award is the most significant award for a book on international affairs, according to their press release. "It was endowed by Arthur Ross in 2001 to honor non-fiction works, in English or translation, that merit special attention for: bringing forth new information that changes our understanding of events or problems; developing analytical approaches that allow new and different insights into critical issues; or providing new ideas that help resolve foreign policy problems."

    "The Ross competition always attracts a strong field, and I was certainly pleased to get this far," said Biddle. "It's nice to be keeping company with people like Steve Coll, John Lewis Gaddis, James Mann, Francis Fukuyama, and Martin Wolf." 

     Steve Coll, the Ross Gold Medal winner, won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction this year. James Mann won the Ross Bronze medal; John Lewis Gaddis, Francis Fukuyama, and Martin Wolf were finalists but did not win medals.

    Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, by Steve Coll, associate editor of the Washington Post,  and published by the Penguin Press, won the Council's fourth annual Arthur Ross Book Award.

    "The first place winner is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so Steve is in very good company," said Prof. Doug Lovelace, SSI director.

    Biddles book, published in July 2004, was a project that began while he was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    "The majority of the book was the result of two years of 60-hour work week of research and writing," said Biddle. "The remaining part of the book I finished at night and on weekends when I came to the U.S. Army War College."  The book took about six years from start to completion.    

    Biddle plans next to write a book on how private armies may shape the landscape of the military in the coming decades.







Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Trees moved from Heritage Park to Army Heritage Trail


 April 26, 2005-Carlisle Barracks once again shows why they are a Tree City USA by relocating 38 historic trees rather than cutting them down to make room for construction.

    On May 24, the trees were moved from Heritage Park, on Marshal Ridge, to their new location next to the Army Heritage Trail to allow for future construction under the Residential Communities Initiative.  The trees will also provide shade and aesthetic beauty to their new home. 

    The trees, which ranged in trunk diameters from 2 to 11 inches and varied greatly in height, were moved by Treemovers, Inc. out of Hagerstown, Md.

    All of the trees that were moved have markers next to them indicating who donated them to Carlisle Barracks.

    "We are only moving the trees that have the historic markers next to them," said Terry Martin, one of Treemovers, Inc.'s owners.

    The smaller trees were placed on a truck and transported to their new location along the Army Heritage Trail, but the larger trees had to be moved on the spade machine, which was used to remove them from the ground. The spade machine is a large hydraulic machine that consists of four large blades that dig into the ground at an angle around the root system and meet at a point under the tree.

    "We dig the hole ahead of time with the spade so that when we drop the tree in the hole it fits perfectly," said Martin. "A lot of times you can't even tell the tree was just planted."

    The dedication markers and historic markers stay with the trees at all times so they don't get mixed up during the move.

    The crew ran into some difficulty with rock as they tried to remove some of the trees.

    "Depending on the size of the rock and the angle it is sitting in the ground we can work around it, but we are hitting some bedrock," said Martin. "We will make it work one way or another."


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

BRAC process continues, local employees ponder impact


    News across the country suggests plenty of activity related to BRAC, despite the quiet here. BRAC Commissioners are touring Hampton Roads and Fort Monroe this week to gain a better understanding of the bases' military value, environmental clean-up costs, and economic effect on communities.

    The commission is appointed by the President and Congress to provide an independent review and analysis of the DoD recommendations. The commissioners are slated to visit more than 70 bases in the next weeks to prepare for the September 8 deadline, when the commission submits its realignment and closure recommendations to President Bush.  They've scheduled 16 regional public hearings, to include one in Baltimore, Md., on July 8. [See  for details]

    Meanwhile, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday against delaying the current BRAC process.

    The BRAC is expected to reap long-term savings, trading infrastructure costs for investments in manpower and equipment. You can review the data that the DoD BRAC study considered, and the reports that give insight to the decision-making - at

    Some ask, however, whether closures and realignments elsewhere will affect the civilian employment situation at Carlisle Barracks. The short answer is no; there's no impact on current jobholders, according to Civilian Personnel Director Gerry Silverberg. But yes, there is impact for future openings.

    The Defense Department recommended moving the Army's Training and Doctrine Command from Ft. Monroe to Ft. Eustis, affecting 2100 positions. If the recommendation is finalized in Fall 2005, some civilian employees may not elect to move with the command. Those federal employees at Ft. Monroe and other affected bases who are entered into the Priority Placement Program will get first shot at newly opened positions, whenever the PPP individual is qualified, said Silverberg.



Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post hero receives high honor for heroism

    May 17, 2005-When Bob Farrell, station chief for the Carlisle Barracks fire department, started driving back from a training exercise in College Park, Md. on May 11, 2004, he had no idea his rescue training and experience would be needed so soon, and he had no idea that he would become a hero on that day.

    On May 6 this year, Farrell, who has been working at Carlisle Barracks for a year and has over 30 years of emergency experience, received a gold award for excellence in the federal career for heroism because he rescued a man from a burning car in 2004.

    "We are very proud of him here at the department," said Jim O'Connell, Carlisle Barracks fire chief.

    The award was signed and presented by Md. senators Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski in front of more than 1,000 people, including state officials and many safety personnel.

    The events of that day are still very vivid in Farrell's mind.

    Farrell, along with Edward Budnick, Aberdeen Proving Ground fire chief, and Thomas Stanford, fire inspector, were the first on the scene of a serious traffic accident that had just occurred on I-95. At first, the accident appeared to be a tractor-trailer accident with a fire. The accident actually involved two tractor-trailers, two cars and one pickup truck.

    The three men crossed the highway and headed toward the accident. They saw fire between the two trucks, but did not notice the car lodged under the truck until they got closer. Vehicles were on fire and the fuel and flames were spreading rapidly.

    Budnick kept the flames at bay by using fire extinguishers, while Farrell went under the side of the second tractor-trailer to reach the man trapped in the car.

    The situation intensified as the truck's tanks ruptured, pouring combustible fuel onto the ground and the vehicle tires began to explode.

    Farrell reached the car, bent away the twisted window frame, cut the occupant's seatbelt with his pocket knife and pulled him to safety.

    The three men then assisted the other firefighters until the fire was under control. Unfortunately, two people died in the accident.

    "I know that I almost died that day," said Farrell. "The road was graded wrong so when that tank ruptured the fuel poured away from me instead of toward me. If it was done correctly I would have burned."

    This is not the first award Farrell has won for saving a life. He also received an award for saving a boy from bleeding to death in a household injury several years ago.

    "I really am at a loss for words," said O'Connell. "He is definitely an asset to the department."



Post pool to open for business May 28


     The Splash Zone swimming pool, located behind the Letort View Community Center will open for business May 28 through Sept. 6. Hours of operation are daily, 12-1 p.m. (lap swimming), 1 - 7 p.m. (open swimming) and the pool will be cleared daily during "Retreat." On day's when High School is in session the hours of operation will be 12 AM-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

    Times are subject to change based on participation. Lap swim policy may change from day to day depending on the number of swimmers and the weather.


Eligible users

    Active duty military, national guard, reserves, retired military and their family members who are in possession of a valid DoD ID card; civilian employees and their family members who are in possession of a valid DoD ID card or Community Recreation ID card (CBks Form 834R).


Guest policy

    Only eligible users, 10 years of age and older, may bring guests to the pool. When the sponsor leaves, the guest must also leave. A guest may have only one sponsor per day.


Appropriate attire

    Bathing suit is required at all times (i.e., no one will be permitted in the pool with cut-offs or tshirts). Shoes, flippers or shower clogs are not permitted on the pool deck. Sponsors are responsible for the conduct of their guest.



    Once lightning or thunder is observed, or it starts to rain, the pool will be emptied. The pool will not be reopened until there is a 45-minute period that has been lightning and/or thunder free. If swimming cannot be continued for the day, season pass holders will be issued a free game of bowling at the Strike Zone Bowling Center for that day.


Refund policy

    Refunds will only be made for persons who become physically incapacitated and have purchased seasonal passes, pool rental and/or lessons. All refunds will be charged a $15 processing fee. There will be no refunds for daily passes, pool equipment rental, and food and drinks purchased at the "Splash Zone" snack bar. Pool rental must be canceled within 15 days of the rental date in order to receive any refund.


Season pass:

Individual Enlisted: $65 Enlisted Family of 2: $90 Maximum: $120


Individual Officer: $85 Officer Family of 2: $115 Maximum: $145


Other: $95 Other Family of 2: $125 Maximum: $155


One month pass:

Individual Enlisted: $20 Enlisted Family of 2: $30 Maximum: $45


Individual Officer: $30 Officer Family of 2: $40 Maximum: $55


Other: $40 Other Family of 2: $50 Maximum: $65


Two month pass:

Individual Enlisted: $40 Enlisted Family of 2: $60 Maximum: $90


Individual Officer: $60 Officer Family of 2: $70 Maximum: $100


Other: $80 Other Family of 2: $80 Maximum: $110


Daily pass:

(AGE)                                       (I.D. Card Holder)                       (Guest)


Five and under                           FREE                                       FREE

6-17                                          $3                                             $4

18 and older                              $4                                             $5

Seniors (65+)                             $3                                             $4


Swim lessons

     There is a maximum of 10 students per class. Each lesson is 50 minutes in duration and two weeks long. Sessions begin June 13. A $35 per student, per session fee must be paid at the time of registration. Carlisle Barracks Youth Services' Day Camp children will be given a $5 discount when registering for their swimming lessons. Registration will be accepted by calling 245-4072/3560/4029. You may also register at the Sports Office (Root Hall Gymnasium Bldg 120) or at the swimming pool during regular hours. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Pool rules

Complete list of rules will be posted at the pool

1. Children nine years of age and younger MUST BE ACCOMPANIED and supervised at all times by a parent or family member 16 years of age or older.

2. Smoking IS NOT permitted in the pool area.

3. Glass containers are not permitted within the pool area.

4. Swimmers with open wounds, bandages and/or communicable diseases will not be permitted in the pool area.

5. Only inflatable devices and pool toys issued by the Carlisle Barracks pool staff will be permitted in the pool. Masks, snorkels and fins must be approved by the on-duty lifeguard.

6. Squirt guns are not permitted in the pool area.

7. Cut-offs and t-shirts are not permitted in the pool.


Pool rental

    The pool is available for rental from 7-10 PM daily. Rental rates are $100 per hour, with a minimum two-hour rental. Sponsors will be responsible for the conduct of their guests, making sure that all rules and regulations governing the pool are observed. To reserve the pool call 245-4072/4029/3560 during regular operating hours.


Use of volleyball sand court

    A sand volleyball court is available for use during the pool hours of operation. Must be an authorized user and present a valid ID card. Volleyballs are available at the snack bar. Patrons may provide their own personal volleyball.  Smoking or the use of tobacco in any form is not permitted.












Class of 2005 graduation information



  Graduation exercises for the U.S. Army War College will take place at 9 a.m., on Sat, June 11 at Wheelock Bandstand. 

    All guests and friends are invited to the guest seating areas to observe the ceremony.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Bliss Hall with guest seating in Reynolds Theatre and throughout Root Hall. 

    Information on the graduation location will be recorded on the Carlisle Barracks Information Line 245-3700 and Military Police will make announcements at post entry gates, and signs will be posted at entrances. 


Change to normal traffic flow

    Lovell Ave will be one-way traffic from Pratt to Guardhouse Lane and Flower Road will be changed to two-way traffic from 8 a.m. until the ceremony is concluded.  Traffic will remain two lanes on Garrison Lane.  Several main intersections on Carlisle Barracks will be controlled by Military Police, and you are asked to obey all directions given.  Normal traffic routes are expected to open by noon.    


Shuttle bus for graduation ceremony

    Bus service will be provided from 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. to transport students and guests to the USAWC graduation ceremony.  Shuttles will pick up guests from the PX parking lot, housing areas and other parking lots on post. The graduation site unloading/loading point will be behind Anne Ely Hall.  Return shuttle will be provided following the ceremony.  In the event of inclement weather, the bus route will change to drop off guests in front of Reynolds Theatre and graduates at Bliss Hall. 


Reserved parking for USAWC graduation

    On Sat, 11 Jun, the following parking areas will be reserved for graduation:  DRM/HRD (Bldgs 314/315) parking lot for parking of VIPs and the handicapped; parking lot adjacent to Reynolds Theatre for the civilian press; Anne Ely Hall (Bldg 46) parking lot for guests.  Guests may also park in the PX parking lot and Collins Hall Parking lot, which will have shuttle service to the graduation site.  These lots should be open to the public after noon.  Please use alternate parking areas on graduation day.  Off-post students may park in the College Arms housing area and use the shuttle service to the graduation site. 


Attention residents of Coren apartments and area adjacent to the Wheelock bandstand

    Preparation of the USAWC graduation site will begin Wed, June 8.  It will encompass the area bounded by Lovell Avenue, Quarters 2, Coren Apartments, and the Thorpe tennis courts.  Residents are asked not to walk pets in the area of the USAWC graduation site Wed - Sat, June 8-11.



Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Saturday a hit with friends of military history

    May 14, 2005 -- He stood out like a sore thumb in his bright red military uniform and when told he made a great target, he paused before saying, "Thank you, mum," in a lovely British accent.

    Standing sentry on the Heritage Trail Saturday, Dr. Gregory Urwin, a Temple University professor of history, created an authentic portrayal of a member of the 23rd Regiment Afoot, Royal Welsh Fusiliers in America during the U.S. War of Independence. Like many of the living history representatives at Army Heritage Day here, Urwin was ready to share a wealth of knowledge about the life and times of a Soldier of the Revolution War era.  

    Dedicated to authenticity, the living history group members were unlikely to come out of character - even to avoiding sun tan lotion in one pink-legged instance. The common name, re-enactors, doesn't begin to reflect the research and attention to detail that marked each of living history. The regiment is so well considered by the present day Royal Welsh Fusiliers, for example,  that the organization receives an annual letter from the "Colonel in Chief,"  the Queen of England. Urwin was one of dozens of people who reproduced authentic living history on the Heritage Trail - joined by familiar faces.

    AHEC director Col. Rob Dalessandro portrayed a World War II era US Army officer, and his wife Rebecca a WW2 US WAC officer.  Our allies were represented by Maj. Mike Lynch, AHEC operations officer, in the uniform of a member of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, 1st Airborne Division [British] in WW2.

    More than 1000 people reveled in the chance to ask the dozens of re-enactors -- what was it really like to live in a trench for months during WWI, to march through the American forests in bright red uniform as a British soldier, to serve the frontier Soldiers from the side of the sutler's wagon,  to serve as a uniformed woman during WW2 and the Vietnam conflict?

    On its first Saturday opening, the Military History Institute made history available to many who've long awaited the opportunity for weekend research. The 54 researchers in the Reading Room on Saturday far surpassed anything we expected, said Col. Rob Dalessandro, AHEC director.

    Not just for researchers, the Military History Institute offered unique ways to lend eyes and ears to history. "The Eye of the Army" is a new gallery exhibit, completed for the Saturday opening, to display a selection of military photography from "When the Army wore Blue" - from the earliest days of photography in the Spanish-American war, through the Civil War and frontier duty.  The work of Matthew Brady and others are on public display.  The photo exhibit, the second floor gallery and the scheduled speakers enticed people away from the Heritage Trail and into MHI's Ridgway Hall throughout the day. "One lecture alone in Ridgway Hall drew over 175 people," said Dalessandro. "Overall, a grand day for the AHEC project."

    The next living history event is tentatively scheduled for August, according to AHEC representative Lynch. Looking beyond this year, he believes that every weekend will feature some special event in the summer of 2006 - a civil war encampment or demonstration of Revolutionary War crafts for example, he said.

    The Military History Institute will open the Ridgway Hall doors to the public every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The "Eyes of the Army" photo exhibit and several history exhibits are publicly displayed in the second floor gallery.




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Robots invade Carlisle Barracks

May 18, 2005 -- It looked like a scene out of a science-fiction movie as the robots descended on Heritage Park and the parking lots behind Collins Hall May 18. It wasn't an invasion from outer space though, it was a Robotics Day hosted by the Information Warfare Group for the students and staff of the U.S. Army War College.

    The day-long event was the culmination of months of effort by the IWG, part of the Center for Strategic Leadership.

    "It all started off as a small demonstration for students in the technology electives," said John Roley, an S3 Inc. contractor who works in Collins Hall. "Then it kept growing and growing as more people became involved and became what you see here today."

    The purpose of the event was to showcase some of the technologies of tomorrow for the future leaders of tomorrow, said Dave Cammons, an education specialist at CSL.

    "We wanted to be able to show the students some of the advances in technologies that the Army and civilian companies are coming up with to make their jobs easier," Cammons said. "There is a good chance these students will encounter some of these types of machines in the near future."

    Displays included everything from "PackBots," small robots designed for urban operations,  and can be used to survey locations and to detect gunshots to an Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle, a seven-ton vehicle that can remotely operated to investigate areas too dangerous to send a manned vehicle.

     Even with all of the new technologies present, the Robotic Patient Rescue Collaborative Robots, a joint program between TARDEC and the Telemedicine and Advance Technology Research Center was one of the most popular. The two-wheeled, one-person machine was available for people to try out, and use a joystick to control around the grass field. The robots would be able to identify the injuries to Soldiers and protect them until a field medic is able to attend to them. An attachable gurney also enables the robot to evacuate injured Soldiers.

    "It was just like playing a video game," said John Blevins, a 10-year-old family member. "Its a lot of fun."

    Another popular demonstration was the Autonomous Helicopter being developed by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Dr. Omead Amidi of Carnegie Mellon University. The unmanned, autonomous helicopter can map terrain or chase a target.

    "We have developed a "visual odometer" which can visually lock-on to ground objects and sense relative helicopter position in real time," said Amidi. "As the tracked objects leave the field of view, the odometer selects and tracks new objects to continue sensing helicopter motion." Development of the project began in 1991.
    Robotics Day included exhibits from the Robotics and Computer Science departments at Carnegie Mellon University, the Army Research Laboratory, and the Rapid Equipping Force.



Maj. Stephen Layman, APFRI, and Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

New strength equipment brings Thorpe Hall into modern age of fitness


May 18, 2005 - Need an excuse to start going to the gym to work on strength training? Well wait no more as a new line of strength training machines have been installed in Thorpe Hall gym for users of all ages and abilities.   

    The U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks Garrison, and the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute have collaborated to provide more modern strength training opportunities for post users.

    "Sixteen new strength training machines replaced the old machines that reached the end of their life cycle," said Maj. Stephen Layman, APFRI physical therapist. "Fourteen of the new Life Fitness strength training machines were installed in the 2nd floor fitness room, a new cable cross-over machine replaced the existing machine, and a lat pull down machine was placed in the 1st floor free weight area.  The new line of equipment is the Life Fitness - Signature Series and is designed to meet the diverse fitness requirements of the entire Carlisle Barracks community."

    Selection of this new state of the art equipment was accomplished after analyzing the unique characteristics of the Carlisle Barracks population. While a sizable portion of the Carlisle Barracks and U.S. Army War College population is over the age of 40, the new equipment is user friendly for all age groups and accommodates strength training all users.

   "They are very streamlined and smooth," said Mary Rhen, who has been working out at the facility for over six years. "They look wonderful and modern and they just glide."

    "The quality of workmanship, inviting appearance, and state-of-the-art resistance training technology set this line of equipment apart from the rest. This is a significant upgrade of the strength training options available to Carlisle Barracks," said Layman.    

    Some of the features and benefits of the Life Fitness equipment include:


  • Pin loaded weight stacks for ease of use, meeting the resistance requirements of the beginner, intermediate and even many advanced strength trainers.

  • Equipment design accommodates the over-40 population with many machines incorporating adjustable range of motion in a biomechanically correct plane of movement.  This is an important consideration in accommodating a wide range of ages, skill levels, and even those returning from injury.

  • Specific machines selected provide an optimal progression of fourteen strength stations in the 2nd floor fitness room covering all the major upper and lower body muscle groups.  This optimal progression was designed by APFRI Exercise Physiologists to encourage patrons of any skill level to participate in a simple and logical strength training program.  

  • Equipment is suitable for APFRI Senior Leader Fitness Program participants, strength training education programs, and allows for early return to strength training after injury. 

  • Since the needs of many strength trainers will be completely met within the 2nd floor fitness room, most patrons will not have to move from one part of the facility to another to get a complete strength training session.  This will have the added benefit of freeing   space in the congested 1st floor free weight area.

  • Provides a high level strength fitness room that meets the unique spatial and weight requirements of the facility in an aesthetically appealing manner. The machines look good and have the capacity to make you look good as well!


    The $42,000 for the equipment, which included delivery and installation, was provided by the U.S. Army War College to support the senior executive health mission of APFRI.

    Strength training is a vital component of a well rounded fitness program, and APFRI offers Beginning Strength classes several times per month at Thorpe Hall gym to assist those who are ready to start a strength training program under the guidance of a certified Health Fitness Instructor. These small group classes are free and do not require advance sign-up. Additionally, APFRI will be offering new strength equipment orientation classes in the days and weeks after the new equipment is installed to assist in the transition for our regular strength trainers, as well as those who are just getting started.



Post employees, residents asked to take part in Carlisle Barracks Army Community Heritage Partnership Survey

    Carlisle Barracks is conducting a survey to learn how downtown Carlisle can better serve Carlisle Barracks personnel (military families and civilians) in the future. 

    The survey was created through a cooperative effort of Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, and the Army Office of Historical Properties and National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Carlisle Barracks personnel - Active duty and retired military, family members, and civilian employees are asked to complete this survey.  Your answers will provide useful information for existing businesses to help them make better economic development decisions for downtown Carlisle.  Please take a few moments to fill out the survey at




Lisa Alley/TRADOC News Service

DoD recommendations to move headquarters, consolidate 7 TRADOC schools

FORT MONROE, Va. (TRADOC News Service, May 13, 2005) - The Defense Department's 2005 base realignment and closure recommendations released this morning have two major recurring themes: consolidation to achieve military value, and Joint usage. Consolidation will combine seven U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command centers and schools, while Joint usage will establish several Joint centers of excellence at installations that currently host TRADOC schools.

    DoD's recommendations are outlined in Vol. 2, a 398-page report containing the details, found on-line at

TRADOC headquarters

    If, as DoD recommends, Fort Monroe closes, Headquarters TRADOC would move to Fort Eustis, Va., to stay within commuting distance of Joint Forces Command headquarters in Norfolk, Va. U.S. Army Accessions Command and U.S. Army Cadet Command headquarters would move to Fort Knox, Ky., along with the Army's Human Resources Command (moving from leased facilities in Alexandria ,Va.; Indianapolis, Ind.; and St. Louis, Mo.), to join U.S. Army Recruiting Command in a nexus that will create "a center of excellence for military personnel and recruiting functions by improving personnel lifecycle management."

    "This process is just beginning, but I see an opportunity for the Army and TRADOC to become more efficient, modernize our infrastructure and improve how we train," said Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, TRADOC's commanding general. "(Throughout the process), I am committed to keeping (everyone) informed and taking care of our people."


    Seven TRADOC branch schools would consolidate into centers patterned after the Maneuver Support Center at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., which combines the military police, engineer and chemical centers and schools. DoD's recommended actions include:

  • The Air Defense Artillery Center and School, Fort Bliss, Texas, would combine with the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Okla., to establish a Net Fires Center at Fort Sill, which would consolidate net fires training and doctrine development at one location.

    "This recommendation improves the MANSCEN concept by consolidating functionally related branch centers and schools, which fosters consistency, standardization and training proficiency," according to DoD's BRAC report. "It also facilitates task force stabilization by combining operational forces with institutional training. In addition, it consolidates both ADA and field artillery Skill Level I courses at one location, which allows the Army to reduce the total number of military-occupation skills training locations (reducing the TRADOC footprint). . It improves training capabilities while eliminating excess capacity at institutional training installations."

  • The Armor Center and School, Fort Knox, Ky., would move to Fort Benning, Ga., to consolidate with the Infantry Center and School into a Maneuver Center of Excellence for ground-forces training and doctrine development. Consolidation joins both infantry and armor one-station unit training, allowing the Army to reduce the number of basic combat training locations from five to four (Forts Jackson, Sill and Leonard Wood would be the other three besides Fort Benning).

    The Armor Center would be replaced at Knox by the 84th Army Reserve Regional Training Center, moving from Fort McCoy, Wis., and by engineer, military police and combat-service-support units relocating from Europe and Korea under the Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy realignments.

  • DoD plans to create a Combat Service Support Center at Fort Lee, Va., by moving the Ordnance Center and School from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and the Transportation Center and School at Fort Eustis, and merging them with the Combined Arms Support Command, the Quartermaster Center and School and the Army Logistic Management College at Fort Lee. The Missile and Munitions Center would also move from Redstone Arsenal, Ala., to Fort Lee to be part of the new CSS Center. This would consolidate CSS training and doctrine development at one installation.

Other consolidation that would affect TRADOC includes:

  • The Aviation Center and School, Fort Rucker, Ala., would gain the Aviation Logistics School from Fort Eustis, which would consolidate aviation training and doctrine development at a single location.

  • DoD is recommending that the drill-sergeant schools at Fort Benning and Fort Leonard Wood be relocated and consolidated with the DSS at Fort Jackson, S.C. This would consolidate drill-sergeant training from three locations to one, which fosters consistency, standardization and training proficiency.

Joint centers

    Fort Lee would also become the home of two Joint centers: one for consolidated transportation-management training and another for Joint culinary training.

    Transportation-management training would move from Lackland AFB, Texas, to Lee to consolidate similar service schools. As home of the most military-transportation training, Fort Lee would become the Joint Center for Consolidated Transportation Management training.

    The Air Force's culinary training would also leave Lackland AFB, to be relocated at Lee, which would be established as the Joint Center of Excellence for Culinary Training. The Army Center of Excellence-Subsistence is already located at Fort Lee. Lee was chosen because it's the installation with the largest service requirement for culinary training, according to the DoD BRAC report.

    Another Joint training center to be established would be the Joint Center of Excellence for Religious Training and Education at Fort Jackson, S.C. The home of the Army's Chaplain School would gain other services' religious training and education from Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.; Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss.; and Naval Station Newport, R.I.

   "Consolidation at Fort Jackson creates a synergistic benefit by having each service's officer and enlisted programs conducted in close proximity to operational forces," according to the DoD report. "Realized savings result from consolidation and alignment of similar officer and enlisted educational activities and the merging of common support functions."

Other recommended changes

Other recommended changes that would affect TRADOC include:

  • 2nd Recruiting Brigade would move to Redstone Arsenal, Ala., since DoD recommended that the brigade's present home of Fort McPherson, Ga., close.

  • The U.S. Army Reserve's 95th Division (Institutional Training) would move to Fort Sill, as the facility it is based at - the Maj. Gen. Harry Twaddle United States Armed Forces Reserve Center, Oklahoma City, Okla. - would close.

  • The USAR's 100th Div. (IT), Louisville, Ky., would move nearby - onto Fort Knox - as part of DoD's BRAC recommendations.

  • The Army Prime Power School would move from Fort Belvoir to Fort Leonard Wood, since courses at this school are engineer branch courses and the Engineer Center serves as the service engineer proponent. This realignment would consolidate engineer courses at Fort Leonard Wood.

  • DoD is recommending relocation of several service correctional facilities from Lackland AFB, Fort Knox and Fort Sill to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and consolidating them as a single Level II Joint regional correctional facility - one of five Level II Joint facilities. The Midwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Leavenworth would consolidate the Lackland Confinement Facility; the Army Regional Correctional Facility, Fort Knox; the Army Regional Correctional Facility, Fort Sill; and the components of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth.

Next steps

    BRAC is considered an essential step in the transformation of the Army and other military services, maximizing their capabilities to work together more effectively while providing substantial savings in military spending.

    DoD's recommendations will be reviewed by the nine-member independent BRAC commission. The commission, chaired by former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, must submit its recommendations to President George W. Bush by Sept. 8.

   Next steps are that the BRAC commission will hold regional meetings to solicit public input before making its recommendations to the president in September. The president then forwards the recommendations to Congress, which has 45 legislative days to act on the report.

    Under the BRAC statute, actions to close or realign an installation must be initiated within two years after Congressional approval, with completion in six years.

    TRADOC's Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Infrastructure and Logistics has established a Website that includes the TRADOC civilian personnel, engineering and environmental issues related to BRAC. All affected TRADOC activities are included. The site will also link to fact sheets on civilian-personnel issues such as reductions-in-force, realignments and transfers of function.

    The Web address of DCSPIL's site is

    For other information on BRAC and how it affects installations nationwide, visit DoD's BRAC Website at and the Army BRAC Website at






Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program

OxyContin, Drug of the quarter May 2005


OxyContin - OxyContin is the brand name for analgesic or pain reliever. It is available by prescription only and is used to treat moderate to severe pain when pain relief is needed for an extended period of time. OxyContin contains large amounts of the analgesic oxycodone and is formulated for a slow release over a 12-hour period.


What it looks like: The narcotic is available as controlled released tablets.


Also known as: Oxy, poor man's heroin, hillbilly heroin, OS, OC,


How they're used: Tablets are chewed or crushed to destroy the time-released coating on the tablet. The powder is then swallowed, sniffed or injected, causing a rush of euphoria similar to heroin.


Indicators of use: Cold and clammy skin; dizziness; sweating; nausea; weakness.


Physical/psychological impacts: Taking a large, single dose of OxyContin can cause severe respiratory depression that can lead to death. It can also lead to loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, and confusion. Long-term use can lead to a physical dependence and addiction to the drug. Combined with alcohol, this drug can be deadly.


Workplace and Employee impact: The effects of OxyContin are similar to those produced by alcohol abuse. The employee experiences a euphoric high followed by a period of stupor. During the high, the employee will have a false sense of security and take more chances and risks. During the let down, he or she will have difficulty focusing or go back and forth from feeling alert to drowsy.


How it hits home: There is a huge profit margin in re-selling prescribed OxyContin. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), a 40 mg pill costs approximately $4.00 by prescription and can bring up to $40.00 on the street. The DEA reports Philadelphia and southwestern Pennsylvania are two areas that have been most affected by OxyContin abuse. According to the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future survey, OxyContin's use among teens increased by 5 percent between 2002 and 2003.



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


"Summer Sense Campaign"

Presented by The Army Substance Abuse Program


    Summer is upon us and once again the Army Substance Abuse Program will support the Summer Sense Campaign, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    This summer program will emphasize healthy and safe ways to engage in summer activities. The event will kick off with the Installation Safety Awareness Day, May 20 in the LVCC, noon- 3 p.m. Resource information about safe and healthy activities; laws regarding drinking and driving, drinking and boating will be available.

    To raise the awareness level of the community, the Army Substance Abuse Program will be highlighting a variety of topics, and will increase public awareness through a variety of media sources. Check the Banner, Weekly Bulletin, and bulletin boards throughout the installation for important facts and information that will help you and your family enjoy a safe summer.

    To schedule unit or organization training contact the ASAP office at 245-4576.


Summer sense: Throwing a party responsibly


  Every one likes a great party right?  And if you're hosting one, you especially want everyone to have a great time, whether it's an informal barbeque, a sit down dinner, or a family event.  And throwing a great party means being a responsible host.

    One thing you do to have a great party is plan.  So while you are planning, make sure you get together a list containing the following: the numbers for the local police, fire, ambulance, hospital, and poison control.  Make contact with a taxi or shuttle service or two.  Find out their rates and how many vehicles they will have on duty the day of your event, and if they provide service in your area. Keep their numbers and this information handy.  It's a good idea to also have the phone numbers of your neighbors, if they are not going to be present or invited. 

    When you are planning, keep in mind the following ideas as well.  Hire or find someone to volunteer to be bartender (some one who is NOT drinking).  This person can help you by keeping an eye on people who are drinking and how much they are drinking.  Let them know it's okay to refuse people who have had too much. 

    Have beverages available that are not alcoholic.  Virgin drinks, such as virgin margaritas, iced tea, sparkling ciders, juices, water and sodas are options. This is a great way to respect those who choose not to drink or who are serving as a designated driver for the evening.  Some people may prefer to have a cocktail or two and then switch to something without alcohol.

    Make sure to have food available.  Foods that are high in protein, such as meats and cheese stay in the stomach longer, which will slow down the absorption of alcohol in the bloodstream.  It is important to note that THIS DOES NOT EFFECT THE PACE THAT ALCOHOL LEAVES YOUR SYSTEM.

    If possible, try to stop serving alcohol about two hours before your anticipated end of the party.  Don't stop serving food and non-alcoholic beverages, however.  Remember, for most people, this two hour period will not be enough time for all the alcohol they might have consumed to exit their body, but it allows plenty of time to find alternate ways home.

    Don't let your guest's drink and drive.  Wouldn't you rather have a friend that's not speaking to you because you wouldn't let them drive than to attend their funeral?  Don't be afraid to take away the car keys, or to call a taxi.  Another thing to keep in mind is that you may also be held legally responsible as the server if an accident should occur. 

    This may sound cliché, but remember, FRIENDS DON"T LET FRIENDS DRIVE DRUNK! For more information, contact Army Substance Abuse Prevention at 245-4576.




ACS Summer employment opportunities

Truck loading and unloading

    Anyone 16 years and older who would like to load or unload household goods this summer. Must be able to life 50+ pounds.

    Open to all Active Duty Soldiers, Retirees Civilian Employees, and their family members

    The employment readiness office can assist with job search, resume writing, interview preparation and establishing career goals.

    For more information contact Army Community Service at 245-4357.  


Public Affairs report

Annual drinking water quality report for Carlisle Barracks, 2004

May 17, 2005 -- Drink six to eight glasses of water each day-which is what noted medical journals recommend-and we can continue to fill our glasses on post.

    According to the recently released Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2004 the drinking water at the Carlisle Barracks meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements for water quality.

    People use water to brush their teeth, wash cars, and prepare meals, but do they ever think about its quality? Ken Malick, chief of Environmental Health, Dunham U.S. Army Medical Clinic, does. 

    In addition to testing and monitoring the sanitation of food services and testing of mosquitoes for the West Nile Virus, Malick and his team of preventive medicine specialists retrieve monthly water samples from buildings on post.

    "The state requires at least three samples for bacteria per month, but here we do four and sometimes five," said Malick.

     Water is collected and tested for proper pH balance, chlorine content and fluoride.  The water is then incubated for 24 hours at 35 degrees Celsius, because this temperature is similar to normal body temperature and can therefore accurately predict the effect on people, according to Malick.

    Only a sample that remains clear is considered good.  If it turns yellow, then it contains a contaminant and is not satisfactory due to bacteria.  If the sample turns blue under a black light, then the contaminant can be more specifically identified as E. Coli.

    "The content of chlorine and fluoride differs from plant to plant, but the Carlisle Barracks plant maintains its levels and keeps the water clean," says Malick. "As far as I know, there has never been a problem with contaminants or a need to retest the water."

    If something were detected, then Malick would immediately notify the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Keith Bailey, Biological Science Technician for the Carlisle Barracks Engineering and Environmental Office. Tests would then be run at the site where the contaminant was found and at buildings on either side of the original sampling site.

    In addition to these monthly tests, the state also mandates that the water be tested for different contaminants such as arsenic, lead and mercury.  Some contaminants are tested every month, some every year; some every three years Bailey said. The state identifies all parameters for the tests under the Clean Water Act. 

    The samples are sent to a local contractor and in about two weeks, the results are sent to Bailey who compiles them for the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

    A complete copy of the report can be found  here

    If you have any questions about this report contact Keith Bailey at 245-3612. 


    Editors note: Portions of this story came from a previous Banner article.



Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service

BRAC 2005: DoD Uses Process to Revamp Medical System


WASHINGTON, May 13, 2005 - Defense officials have used the base realignment and closure process to transform the way military medicine operates.

    Medical facilities will become more joint, they will consolidate where patients reside and they will become state-of-the-art. "We want to rival Johns Hopkins or the Mayo Clinics," said Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant defense secretary for health affairs.

    Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld delivered his recommendations for base realignment and closure to the BRAC Commission today. The medical recommendations are part of this process.

    The recommendations mean changes to military medicine in the nation's capital and San Antonio, as well as changes in many other military health facilities in the United States.

    The major recommendation would establish the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the grounds of the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. It also will create a brand-new 165-bed community hospital at Fort Belvoir, Va. If approved, this will cost around $1 billion, said Dr. (Lt. Gen.) George P. Taylor, Air Force surgeon general, who headed the joint cross-service group that worked on DoD's medical BRAC recommendations.

    Army, Navy and Air Force medical personnel will staff both facilities. The current hospitals - Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda - are separated by just seven miles. They are the primary receiving hospitals for casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan. "We believe the best way to do this is to place the facility on the Bethesda campus," Taylor said.

    In addition to housing the Walter Reed National Medical Center, the Bethesda campus will keep the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The National Institutes of Health is also right across the street from the Bethesda facility. "The facility is able to accommodate the in-patient activities at this location," Taylor said.

    Part of this recommendation would close the Army's Walter Reed campus in Washington, D.C., and Malcolm Grow Hospital at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., would close its in-patient facilities and become a large same-day surgery center.

    "We know these types of joint medical facilities work," Taylor said. "We have two of them today: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany has been staffed by Army and Air Force for more than 10 years. If you go to Balad Hospital in Balad (Iraq), it is Army and Air Force run."

    Changes would take place in San Antonio also. The two big medical platforms there are Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston and the 59th Medical Wing's Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base. Plans call for medical care to center at Brooke. It will become the San Antonio Regional Medical Center, and will be a jointly staffed, 425-bed center. At Lackland, BRAC recommends building a world-class outpatient and ambulatory surgery center. The trauma center at Lackland will close, and Brooke will expand to handle the need.

    San Antonio also will become the hub for training enlisted medical technicians of all services. Currently, the Army trains at Sam Houston, but the Air Force trains medics at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and sailors train at Great Lakes, Ill., San Diego, and Portsmouth, Va. "All enlisted specialty training would be done at Fort Sam Houston," Taylor said. The approximate student load would be about 4,500.

    Aerospace medicine research will move from Brooks City Base (the one-time Brooks Air Force Base) to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Navy's Aeromedical Research Lab will move from Pensacola, Fla., to Wright-Patterson also.

    The recommendations create six new centers of excellence for biomedical research, and all are joint. Assets will come from Navy, Air Force and Army locations to these new centers. They are the Joint Center of Excellence in Battlefield Health and Trauma at the Brooke Regional Medical Center, the Joint Center of Excellence in Infectious Disease Research at the Forest Glen Complex in Maryland, the Joint Center of Excellence for Aerospace Medicine Research at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Joint Center of Excellence in Regulated Medical Product Development and Acquisition at Fort Detrick, Md., the Joint Center of Excellence in Biomedical Defense Research at Fort Detrick, and the Joint Center of Excellence in Chemical, Biological Defense Research, Development and Acquisition at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

    Overall, the recommendations will cost $2.4 billion to build new facilities and capabilities. Once in place, the services will save $400 million per year, officials said.

    The joint cross-service group, new in this round of BRAC, was able to make recommendations to the secretary. In past BRAC rounds, joint groups merely advised service leaders.

    "It is my view that the group put together a very thoughtful, very comprehensive plan for improving military health care," said Winkenwerder. "It is a plan that allows us to invest in, and modernize key flagship facilities and at the same time, it will allow the military health system to be more efficient."


Carlisle Barracks not included on BRAC recommendation list

Recommendations not final until Presidential approval

May 13, 2005 - The Department of Defense has completed its BRAC 2005 process and the Secretary of Defense has forwarded his recommendations to the independent BRAC Commission. Carlisle Barracks is not on the list of recommended closures.

    While Carlisle Barracks is not on the DoD BRAC recommendation list, nothing will be final until the results are approved by the nine-member BRAC commission and forwarded to the President and Congress for approval. The President must approve or disapprove the list by Sept. 23.

    The complete Army BRAC list of recommendations and more information on closings and realignments can be found here

    Q. If Carlisle Barracks is NOT on the list, can the BRAC commission recommend it for closure or realignment?

    A.  Yes.  The BRAC statute addresses three different options:  additions to the recommendations, expansions of the recommendations, and removal from the recommendations. This is a change from previous rounds.


Option 1 - Additions to the list:  In accordance with the statute, the Commission may not add a new facility unless:

The Commission provides the Sec Def  with at least a 15-day period, before making the change, in which to submit an explanation of the reasons why the installation was not included on the closure or realignment list by the Secretary.

The decision to add the installation for Commission consideration is supported by at least seven of the nine members of the Commission.

The Commission shall invite the Sec Def to testify at a public hearing (or a closed hearing if classified information is involved), on any proposed change by the Commission to the Sec Def s recommendation.


Option 2 - Expansions to the list:  To expand one of the Sec Def realignment recommendations requires:

            At least two members of the Commission must visit the installation before the date of the transmittal of the report to the President.

            The decision to make the change is supported by seven of the nine Commissioners.


Option 3 - Removals to the list:  To remove one of the recommendations requires:

            A majority vote of the Commission.


    Q. What percentage of Sec Def recommendations have become approved closure/realignment actions?

    A. Historically, the BRAC Commissions have accepted 85 percent of the Department's recommendations.

    After the list has been approved, the plan to implement closures and realignments will begin. This plan will be developed while the list is deliberated. Under the BRAC statute, actions to close or realign a base must be initiated within two years of the date the president transmits the BRAC Commission's recommendations report to Congress and must be completed within six years of that same date.   

    Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's recommendations to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission would cut excess military infrastructure between 5 and 11 percent, Rumsfeld said during a Pentagon news conference on May 12.  

    "The department is recommending fewer major base closures than had earlier been anticipated, due in part to the return of tens of thousands of troops through our global posture review, and also due to decisions to reduce lease space by moving activities from lease space into owned facilities," Rumsfeld said.

    But more than simply eliminating infrastructure, the BRAC round will allow the U.S. military to reorder itself to face the new threats of the 21st century, the secretary said.

    Previous BRAC rounds - in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995 - eliminated 21 percent of excess U.S. military infrastructure, and reallocated many billions of dollars to pressing military needs. "This year's recommendation ... should result in some $5.5 billion in recurring annual savings, a net savings of $48.8 billion over 20 years," Rumsfeld said.

    There have been four rounds of BRAC since the program's inception in the 1980s, saving taxpayers more than $18 billion. In the 1990s, the Army alone closed 112 of its bases in the United States and realigned another 27, saving an estimated $3.1 billion.

     The Department used BRAC to achieve several goals:  eliminate excess infrastructure; reshape our military; pursue jointness; optimize military readiness; and realize significant savings in support of transforming the Department of Defense. Today's military is smaller than the Cold War force. It is already more agile and more flexible. And experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan show that joint operations enable the military to focus more power, more quickly exactly where it is needed.


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

- 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.


Online resources

The primary BRAC 2005 website is located at

The DoD s Office of Economic Adjustment

Be sure to check the Banner Online for updates

Carlisle Barracks BRAC site


Editor's note: Portions of the story came from a story



Public Affairs Staff report

Area residents experiencing problems with garage door openers

May 5, 2005 - Some Carlisle area residents have reported problems with their garage door openers, in recent days. These problems may be a result of Motorola's recent optimization and testing of the new Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communications system. The LMR system is part of a Department of Defense communication system recently installed at Carlisle Barracks and at other military bases in the United States.

    "Since the LMR system's activation on March 18, engineers and operators have been optimizing the transmitter, started using all five of the system's channels, and begun significant usage of the system's handheld radios," said Lt. Col. Jim Redwine, DOIM director. "Every 24 hours, the LMR system controller cycles to a new frequency within the range of frequencies from 380 MHz to 399.9 MHz, which the Federal Government has exclusive rights to use. Unfortunately, some garage door opener manufacturers have chosen to code their products to operate on frequencies within this range. Garage door openers operating in this frequency range may experience intermittent interference." 

     In Fla., Pa. and Md., interference was reported with some garage door opener controls as LMR systems began operational testing. Until this week, though, there were few reported problems in the Carlisle Barracks area.  Problems may occur as the optimization continues through June 30.  After that time, the transmitter will begin regular operations and the likelihood of interference may decline but won't be eliminated, according to Redwine. 

       Because the potential for interference exists, area residents are advised of the following:


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

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

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

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