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County Fair to be held Aug. 11

August 3, 2005 -- The 2005 Carlisle Barracks county fair will be held Aug. 11, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Letort View Community Center, Thorpe Hall Gym and the area adjacent to the Wheelock Bandstand.

    The fair provides newcomers to Carlisle Barracks and their family members with information about the various activities and agencies on Carlisle Barracks and in the local Carlisle community.

    The parking lot adjacent to buildings 314 and 315 on Lovell Avenue and a portion of the DPW parking lot will be blocked off to accommodate vehicles from the participating organizations.

    To help reduce some of the traffic and parking problems, a shuttle bus will run from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., and stop every 15 minutes at three designated locations: Post Exchange parking lot, next to the ATM machine; corner of Wright Avenue and Butler Road, adjacent to Collins Hall; and between Washington Hall and Anne Ely Hall (Post Office) on Ashburn Drive.

    For the shuttle map, go here


Annual education fair scheduled for Aug.11

    The education center is sponsoring the 12th Annual Education Fair at Letort View Community Center Aug. 11, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

    The education fair is open to everyone on the installation and the general public.

    Participating educational institutions include:  Academy of Medical Arts & Business, Salve Regina University, Central Pennsylvania College, Columbia Southern University, Dickinson College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Liberty University, North Central University, Penn State Harrisburg, Shippensburg University, University of Maryland College, Temple University Harrisburg, Thomas Edison State College, University of Phoenix, Valley Forge Military College, Veterans Affairs, Wilson College,  and others. 

    For additional information, call the education center (717)245-3943 or DSN 242-3943.




Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs

APFRI's Health Day provides tools for healthy living  


    Heart disease is the number one non-combat killer of Soldiers over 40.  This is why the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute will host a Health Day on August 10, in Bliss Hall. 

    APFRI hopes to accomplish two goals throughout the day.    

  "It's a two pronged approach.  The day is focused on increasing personal awareness and wellbeing," said Williams.  "Also, as strategic leaders, students need to know the implications of health and fitness for their Soldiers."      

  • 8 a.m.- Dr. Dean Ornish speaking on "The Power of Lifestyle Change" who is best known for proving that heart disease can be reversed through lifestyle changes.

  • 9:15 a.m.- Leslie J. Bonci will speak on "The What, When, Why and How to Eat."

  • 11 a.m.- Col. Thomas J. Williams, director of APFRI, will speak about the Leadership Feedback Program. 

  • 1 p.m.  Williams will brief on the Executive Wellness Assessment Protocol. 

  • 7 p.m. - Evening lectures in the Bliss Hall Auditorium area open to the entire Carlisle Barracks community. Topics include:

    • Col. Jerel M. Zoltick, consultant to the Army Surgeon General for cardiology and flight surgeon, will give a presentation entitled, "Coronary Heart Disease in the Middle Aged Population."

    • Dr. Irwin Feuerstein will speak on "EBCT Scanning of the Coronary Arteries," which will address the electron beam computer tomography scanning at Walter Reed Medical Center





Former USAWC Commandant LT. Gen. DeWitt Smith, Jr., dies

  Former U.S. Army War College Commandant, Lt. Gen. DeWitt C. Smith, Jr., died Thursday, July 21. 

  Smith, the longest running commandant at the U.S. Army War College, served from July 1974 - July 1977.  Smith was recalled to active duty on Aug. 1, 1978 and served as commandant for a second time until June 1980.

  Smith was inducted as a U.S. Army War College Distinguished Fellow on Sep. 26, 1990.

  Funeral arrangements are being coordinated and will be announced at a later time.    

   "Lt. Gen. Smith was an outstanding military leader, educator, family man, and patriot," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC Commandant. "He served his country as a courageous combat leader from the battlefields of Normandy to those in Korea.  He had a great appreciation for the Carlisle community and a great love for Carlisle Barracks throughout his three remarkable tours of duty here -- one as a student and two as the Commandant of the Army War College.  We salute his selfless and distinguished service to the Nation."



Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Gettysburg uses Barracks expertise for new visitor center

    July 20, 2005 -- Gettysburg is designing a new visitors center and they've come to the historical experts at Carlisle Barracks for help. A partnership between the Army Heritage Education Center and the Gettysburg National Museum Foundation may soon allow visitors to see historically significant artifacts in state of the art surroundings. The chair that Robert E. Lee used while developing battle strategy and the remnants of Daniel Sickles' leg  are just some of the interesting pieces that will be found at the new visitors center.

    The Gettysburg National Battlefield Foundation identified the scope of the multi million dollar project in the early 90s and decided then to reach out to other organizations for assistance.     

    "We began to realize we needed to branch out to other institutions," said Eliot Gruber, the Vice President for External Affairs at the Gettysburg National Museum Foundation.  "We're just thrilled that AHEC is interested in working with us."

    AHEC is helping to improve the way the visitor center's museum is designed.  This includes finding images and artifacts that will enhance the exhibits in Gettysburg. 

    "We are reviewing the story line and looking for material that we have that can help to tell the Gettysburg story," said Roger Durham, director of the Army Heritage museum.

    Collaboration between Gettysburg and AHEC is not unusual. 

    "The Military History Institute has enjoyed a long relationship with Gettysburg," said Mike Perry, executive director of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.   

    The long term effects of the collaboration benefit both Gettysburg and AHEC.  The 1.79 million visitors that come to Gettysburg each year will be aware that there are other historical attractions in the area.    

    "There is potential for joint marketing between us and Gettysburg," said Perry. 

    The number one goal of the project is to allow visitors to the area to get the best experience they can.

    "Most people go to Gettysburg now, and they are disappointed [with the visitors center]," said Gruber. "We have to ask the question 'How can we excite our visitors?'  Partnerships like this will allow us to show exhibits that will make Gettysburg exciting for everyone."



Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post firefighters destroy car to save lives later

July 20, 2005-Flames raged through a 15 passenger van, burning everything inside, before the Carlisle Barracks fire department arrived to tame the fire.

    A training vehicle at the Cumberland County fire training grounds on Army Heritage Drive was set ablaze on July 14 as a training exercise for the firefighters.

    "We try to give the guys some training any time we can to make sure they are ready in case something happens," said Robert Farrell, shift chief for the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department.

    The van that was used for the training had been used before was already burned out. As a precaution, all the windows, the gas tank, rubber and plastic parts were removed before it was burned the first time. This reduces the amount of toxins being released into the environment and helps prevent explosions.

    The van was filled with scrap wood to make it burn for the training and a little accelerant was poured on the wood to start the fire.

    When the fire was going strong, Farrell gave the signal for the firefighters to move in.

    "They all have different jobs to do," said Farrell. "They all know what their jobs are ahead of time so when they get here everything goes smoothly."

    The truck rolled up next to the burning van and the firefighters sprang into action pulling hose off the truck and getting into position. Within a matter of seconds the hoses were full of water and the flames were being battled into submission. A few minutes later the van was only a pile of smoldering metal and wood.

    "That went well," said Farrell, as the firefighters removed some of their gear to take a little break. "They are going to do it again in a few minutes to give them practice at the different positions."

    When it's hot out it is important to let the firefighters take off some of the gear between practice runs.

    "The temperature inside those suits can reach temperatures well over 100 degrees," said Ed Beam, shift captain. "You really get hot with the suits on, but without them you would burn up when you get close to the fire."

    It didn't take the firefighters long to get the van burning again because the wood was still hot from the first run.

    After the fire was put out the second time they had to go through the process of turning all the wood over to make sure there were no burning embers in the rubble.

    "We have to make sure this doesn't start back up after we leave," said Beam.

    More of the same kind of training is planned for the last week of July.



Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

AHEC Heritage Trail a path to the past

    July 20, 2005 -- World War II barracks, a revolutionary war fortress, and an early 1800's stable with live horses are just a few of the exhibits planned for the Army Heritage Trail. 

    The Army Heritage Trail has been in the works since the first two buildings on the Army Heritage and Education Center campus were completed and opened to the public in August.  By next summer, the trail will be complete and ready for school groups and members of the community to enjoy. 

    "AHEC is a community facility and this is a community park," said Col. Robert Dalessandro, director of AHEC. 

   Eras covered by the exhibits range from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War.  These exhibits are all planned to be emersion exhibits.

   "These are exhibits you walk into, and you feel like you are there," said Dalessandro.

   The importance of historical accuracy makes the timeframes on these projects hard to pin down.  As well as using actual manuals from the time period, the contractors use the same tools as people of the time period did.  This means they must build many of the buildings without the help of machines.    

    The trail will also function as a site for living history exhibits.  An example of this is Traditions Field where demonstrations of drills and games such as polo and baseball will take place.  There will also be a 1800s period stable where horses will be kept for reenactments. 

    Just like many museums, the exhibits on the trail are not static.  Most of the things that are being built now will be able to change to keep the trail interesting.           

    "Our goal is for it to evolve.  People don't want to come back to the same thing again and again.  It's evolving as we go and it will continue to evolve," said Vick Eliot, the project manager for the trail. 

    Make sure to check the Banner Online for regular photo updates on what is happening on the Army Heritage Trail. 


Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

IF spouses welcomed 'home' to Carlisle

    July 18, 2005 -- Being in a new place can be frightening, and imagine being in a place where the people, the language, and the culture are completely foreign to you.  This is a reality for many of the International Fellows spouses.  That is why Conversation and Culture events are organized to make the IFs and their families feel at home.

    The IF Spouses Welcome Tea took place on July 18 at Quarters 2, and included opportunities to meet the other wives, and a variety of refreshments and finger foods. Most of the 40 countries attending the Army War College were represented.     

    "The goal of this event is to introduce everyone with their sponsors and to get them acquainted," said Shelia Hawkins, director of Conversation and Culture.  "Familiar faces will make their transition easier." 

    One of the ways that IF families find "familiar faces" is through the sponsor program.  Every IF is assigned a civilian and a military sponsor.  These sponsors help the IF and his family make their transition into the United States. This ranges from taking them grocery shopping to getting them military ID cards.   

    "We like to help in any way we can.  We think the program is wonderful," said Esther Humphrey, sponsor of the Spanish IF. "Now they have a face to put with the U.S."

    The work of the sponsors and of Conversation and Culture seemed to pay off at the tea.  

    "Everyone is very welcoming and they make you feel very comfortable," said Neeta Chait, from India. 

    Hawkins was also very pleased with the turnout and is ready to get the year started.  "This year the ladies are very enthusiastic.  I think they really enjoyed it." 



Ashley Campbell, Public Affairs Office

Youth Services becomes only accredited center in the area


July 21, 2005 --Following a two-month evaluation, an on-site visit and weeks of waiting, the Carlisle Barracks Youth Services received its certificate of accreditation, making it the only Carlisle Area youth center accredited by the National AfterSchool Association.

    Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander, presented the certificate to Child Youth Services employees, represented by Bettie Anderson, Kathleen Rowland, Brenda Magnin, and Betsy Ferguson at a ceremony on July 20.

     All military installations must have a "Before and After" school program which offers a summer camp for children and a place to stay before and after school, according to Bob Salviano, YS director.  Accreditation guarantees that those programs are of the highest quality.

     The post YS is evaluated every four years by NAA. Food, lesson plans, and safety are some of the areas evaluated and Carlisle passed all 144 with all but two categories identified as outstanding.

    Three local committees were used to help prepare for the evaluation; the Parent Committee, Northeast Region Committee, and the Carlisle Barracks Evaluation Team. These committees monitored and observed the children and staff, and then made suggestions about problem areas.

     Salviano credits the staff with the success of the program, all of whom have an educational background with either a degree or credentials.

    "All of our little pieces of knowledge has made this program a quality program," said Salviano.




Ashley Campbell, Public Affairs Office

Painting begins on Indian Field water tower


 July 21, 2005 -- Parking will be at a premium during the next few weeks as work begins on the Indian Field water tower.

    No roads will close, but some parking spaces in the Anne Ely Parking Lot next to Ashburn Drive will be blocked during the painting. 

   The sidewalks around Young Hall may experience closures and may affect moving trucks off-loading to the building.

    The tower renovations started on July 14, and weather dependent, are expected to be finished around August 1. This is the second water tower on post to be renovated and repaired. The water tower between Butler Road and Sumner Road was completed on July 15.

Water conservation still in effect   

     Both towers have been "flushed," according to Tom Kelly, director of public works, and water samples have been taken to ensure the water is safe.

      Residents and employees at Carlisle Barracks are reminded to conserve water by not watering lawns and washing vehicles until both water tanks are back in operation.  Currently, Carlisle Barracks must buy water from North Middleton through a metered connection along Post Road. Once the water has been tested and is safe, the post will switch back onto its own water supply.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Root Hall roof project showing progress


 July 20, 2005 -- Recent heavy rains have helped more than just the grass and plants at Carlisle Barracks. It has also demonstrated that the new roof membrane on the Root Hall library working.  

    According to DPW, the Root Hall plaza roofing project is progressing well.

    "90% of the new membrane has been installed," said Deamer Davidson, Engineer Technician with DPW. "Once the membrane has been completely installed, a flood test will be performed, and if there are no leaks, insulation, drainage board and pavers will be installed." 

    Stone masonry work has begun on the front wall adjacent to Ashburn Drive and the rest will be completed after installation of the membrane is finished.

    The final phase of the project will be the installation of the skylight.

    "The skylight that is replacing the old granite dome had to be redesigned to meet additional security criteria," said Davidson. "Pending skylight design, approval, construction and delivery, the project should be complete in October."







Col. Gordon Miller, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic Commander

New Army vision classification system key to deployments


    The Department of the Army recently directed the implementation of a Vision Readiness Screening and Classification system to ensure vision readiness and enhance overall Soldier readiness. 

    This new requirement affects all active duty Soldiers who must undergo an annual vision screening and classification process similar to that of dental readiness. 

    Soldiers will receive a classification category based on the most recent eye examination date and the presence or absence of required optical eyewear.  The categories range from Class 1, which indicates their eye examination is current with all required optical devices on hand, to Class 4, indicating the absence of a current eye examination.  Soldiers in Class 1 and Class 2 are considered fully 'deployable", those in Classes 3 and 4 are not.   

    Although all units are required to appoint unit screeners to accomplish this task, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic is prepared to act as unit screeners for all active duty Army personnel assigned to Carlisle Barracks. 

    All Army active duty service members may walk in to the optometry clinic during normal operating hours and receive a vision readiness screening and classification.  In addition, Dunham will assume responsibility for entering all classification information into the MEDPROS tracking module.  Soldiers are reminded to not wear contact lenses to the clinic for this procedure, and to make sure to bring all required optical eyewear for the screening.  A major part of the screening process is a "show me" inspection of all eyewear.   

    The full implementation and official reporting becomes effective in November 2005. 


Army release

London attacks underscore need for public awareness

    July 13, 2005 -- The recent terrorist attacks in London serve as a reminder that vigilance is necessary to help combat terrorism. Post residents and employees are reminded to be alert for any suspicious persons or vehicles, and to report them immediately to the MP desk.

    Post officials will not discuss specific measures that have been implemented, but motorists entering the installation might expect increased wait times at entry gates. 

     Some indicators of suspicious activity include, but are not limited to:


  • An individual seen loitering near a facility or in the lobby of a facility for an extended period of time.

  • Someone wandering through a facility with no visible identification badge.

  • A person dressed in oversized or inappropriate clothing, such a long coat in hot weather, that may conceal something.

  • An individual entering a facility carrying an oversized backpack or large suitcase.

  • Someone photographing, videotaping, or sketching the exterior or interior of any facility or outdoor area.

  • A person who is sitting in a vehicle for a long period of time and may be conducting surveillance of a facility.

  • An individual who does not respond or does not provide a reasonable explanation when challenged.

  • Someone who is asking questions about key personnel and their activities.

  • A person who is asking questions about the installation related to deployment and/or security matters.

  • Rental vehicles or trailers parked near a facility, near a loading dock, or in an unusual place without prior notification.

  • A vehicle that appears to be overloaded or has any substance leaking from it.

  • Any vehicle that is parked illegally or in an unusual location.

  • Any vehicle that appears to be abandoned, with no Department of Defense decal, expired or missing inspection stickers, or missing license plates.

  • Any vehicle passing by an area multiple times, perhaps at a slow speed conducting surveillance.


Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks Soldier doing his part in Iraq

    July 11, 2005- While on a convoy in Iraq, Sgt. Kenneth James, preventive medical specialist, experienced the horrors of war as the truck in front of him was blown to pieces by an Improvised Explosive Devise.

    James went to work bandaging the driver of the truck immediately after the explosion, using his training to help save the man's life.

    Since last winter James, who worked at the veterinary command at Carlisle Barracks, has been attached to E Co. 50th MSB 42nd Infantry Division as a Preventive Medicine Specialist in Tikrit, Iraq.

    James' duties have not changed much from what he was doing at Carlisle Barracks, but the conditions have changed greatly. His duties include sanitary inspections of dining facilities, barber shops and living quarters. He also tests water to make sure it is drinkable and performs studies on different insects that affect the region.

    "The sand flies and mosquitoes are the two most common insects to cause problems," said James. "The sand fly is a carrier of leishmaniasis and sand fly fever, which can be deadly. The mosquito is a carrier of Encephalitis and Yellow Fever, which are very common in this area of the world. Our Preventive Medicine team has kept the number of cases down to zero for all of these diseases this year."

    James says he feels good about the role he is playing to help the Iraqi people. He is especially pleased with the impact the Soldiers are having on the youth of Iraq.

    "You feel like you are doing so much good for the Iraqi people," said James. "Just to see the kids and how much they react to us, which is the most important part. They are the next generation. Every trip we go on the little kids stand on the side of the road, waving and giving peace signs. It just touches so many Soldiers to see the kids and how poor they are. All you want to do is help them."

    Iraq is still a combat zone and mortars are often fired at the Soldiers, which always give them a scare.

    "About two weeks ago we had a mortar hit about 25 meters away from us while preparing to go on a convoy," said James. "With mortars you really don't know how many more are going to rain down on you. You have to react fast here. That is why it's very important to train hard. You never know what might happen over here."

    On top of his other duties, James helps train Iraqi Soldiers.

"I am starting to teach the Soldiers of the Iraqi Army about field sanitation," said James. "This will be difficult because I will be teaching people who have grown up not worrying about sanitation. Many of them have always been so poor that they can't even afford to have running water."

    After completing a nearly year long tour in the Middle East, James is expecting to come back to Carlisle.       

    "The most difficult part about being over here is being away from my wife," said James about his wife, Kristine, who is still living in Carlisle. "Also being away from the rest of my family is difficult, but mainly being away from my wife."


Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

'Down under' delegation goes north

July 6, 2005-After more than 20 hours of travel, a group of Australian Parliament members arrived at the USAWC and Army Heritage Education Center. The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade sent the delegation to participate in a round table discussion with members of SSI, as part of a 15 day tour of the United States. 

    The parliamentarians were especially interested in the War College faculty's perspectives on global issues, including U.S./India strategic policy in relation to Pakistan, the reconstitution of Afghanistan, and the Iranian elections.  An especially important topic during the discussion was Australian/U.S. relations.  Discussions led to Australia's participation in the Global War on Terror and the possibility of creating a bilateral relationship with Australia.

    "The Australian delegation suggested U.S.-Australian cooperation, or even a more formal arrangement for issues of mutual interest related to the Global War on Terrorism, and in particular, those emanating from the southeastern sector of the Muslim world,"  said Dr. Sherifa Zuhur, a visiting professor and SSI participant.

    The Army War College was sought out by the group in order to address their questions on U.S. security policy.  Requests of this nature are common because SSI's audience includes academic and military organizations from all over the world.     

    The USAWC and SSI both benefit by these types of exchanges. 


    "By increasing knowledge of U.S. policy and strategy within important audiences such as this, we forge better relationships, create better allies, and enhance the prestige of the U.S. Army War College," said Professor Douglas Lovelace, Director of SSI. 

    The visit also included a Gettysburg staff ride.  The tour of the battlefield and the discussion of the battle were both interesting and useful for the delegates. 

    "We were able to see the value of battle space communication and how miscommunication has the opportunity to turn the tide adversely," said Johnston.  He also pointed out that the tour was, "fantastic, really exciting."

        The Australian Delegation's visit began in Honolulu at Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command.  Other stopping points for the visitors included the Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., and Washington, D.C. The delegation proceeded to Dayton Ohio on July 7 in order to visit Joint Systems Manufacturing Centre, Lima, Ohio. 


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

DOIM puts SPAM in their cross hairs

    Imagine trying to stop more than 1500 junk email messages every day, while not blocking the legitimate ones. That's the job of the post Directorate of Information Management.

    To help with this challenge, the DOIM has launched a 'personal assistant' to all post email accounts this week to protect users from SPAM and other potentially damaging emails. This tool will allow users to access and even exclude trustworthy sources from being filtered in the future.

     The Army spam filter cannot account for all the variations of legitimate mail. For that reason the Personal Message Manager was provided as a means for users to fine tune the Army filter to their personal preferences

    "To help stop SPAM from clogging up users inboxes we've taken some steps to stop it from getting to them," said Maj. Carla Campbell, DOIM director. "However, by doing this some legitimate emails have been blocked.  The 'personal assistant' program allows users to go into the emails that were blocked, choose those that are legitimate, and select them so they won't be blocked in the future," said Campbell.

    A common problem is when emails are sent from a free, web-based service, such as Hotmail.

    "Much of the email being sent these days comes from free email services," said Campbell. "These services create problems because many have attached advertisements and appear as SPAM to the Army filter."

    The Personal Message Manager will notify you when possible SPAM is intercepted.  

    The first time the filter withholds a message; it creates your account and sends you an email message that includes your password. You can then sign into PMM  by click on the "clicking here" hyperlink, to review your withheld messages. Instructions can be found below or http://cbnet/orgs/doim/service_desk/spam_filtering.htm


   The link will take you to the Personal Message Manager sign in screen.

  • Verify your email address is correct, and type in your assigned password, then "Sign In." 

  • You can view messages on your Personal Message Manager Home Page and configure various options. Options include changing your password, or updating a "Safe List" of trusted senders so that future email messages from those senders will get through.

  • Click on the "My Messages" link to view all of quarantined messages.   

  • Check the box of non-SPAM messages and click "Release."

To change your password

  • Click on the "Options" button along the top of the screen.

  • Click on the "Change Password" link along the left side of the screen,

  • Follow the instructions

  • Click "Save" to save the changes.


Daily Reminders

    Personal Message Manager emails you each day with a digest of your most recent, withheld messages. Review your messages regularly, delete unwanted spam, and release any messages you want to your mailbox. Messages are automatically deleted after five days. The PMM can only be accessed on post computers.

    If any messages do come through that you feel might be SPAM, forward them to and the DOIM will block accordingly. If users have any issues or questions, contact the Service Desk at 5-3000.


Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Reaching out to call someone just got easier


July 7, 2005-If you have ever used the online phonebook on the CBNet you may have been frustrated with how long it takes to search for a phone number. This frustration is now a thing of the past.

    The post phonebook on the Carlisle Barrack Network has been overhauled and features a new look and functionality. The new system is faster, looks better and will be more easily updated to give you the most up-to-date information.

    "The phonebook has a very feature rich, very user-friendly design," said Craig Sholley, project manager of the Applications Group for Remtech Services Inc.

    The applications group recognized the need for a better phonebook system and went to work on a redesign. Brian Jones, Noel Toro, computer system analyst, led the team, that included Ryan Kipe, computer system analyst and Terry Piper, telecommunications specialist.

     Other changes will not be as visible to the users of the phonebook.

    "With little more than a click of a button I can add the information for the new student class to the phonebook," said Piper, who is in charge of updating the information.

     Time and money will be saved with the new system, both for the user and the Remtech Services Inc. staff.

    "With the changes in the data entry procedures in the new system, there will be hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars saved," said Sholley.

    The team has a lot of work into the new system and they are ready to show it off.

    "We have about three months of work into the project," said Jones. "I think everyone will be very happy with the changes."



Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Giffhorn takes over Griffin

    July 13, 2005 -- After an Army career, time in the State Department, and a job with Lowes corporate contracting, Ken Giffhorn will now tackle a new job at Carlisle Barracks.  As the Griffin Services' project manager, he will be in charge of maintenance of the Army's second oldest installation. Giffhorn has been associated with Carlisle Barracks since 1978.  His last tour in the Army was as a Dickinson ROTC officer.

    "I've been tied to Carlisle Barracks for a while, so I do have some friends on post," said Giffhorn. 

    He also said that Carlisle seems to be the perfect settling place for his family. "I am from Illinois and my wife is from Massachusetts.  Pennsylvania is the meeting point in between."    

    Giffhorn's background should prepare him for his many responsibilities as project manager, including contract performance, customer satisfaction, financial performance, and project leadership

     As one of Carlisle Barracks newest employees, Giffhorn takes his new role seriously.   

    "My goal is to keep providing the excellent service we've been providing for the past three years," said Giffhorn.




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Demolition of former garrison headquarters begins

July 12, 2005 -- Post residents will soon notice some action in the vacated Bouquet Hall, the former garrison headquarters, as work begins to demolish the structure.

    Asbestos removal started July 11 and is scheduled to continue through the end of July. During this time there may be some parking spaces blocked off around the building, as necessary. There are no current plans to close any roads.

    "Major demolition of the building is scheduled to start August 1," according to DPW. The work is being done by C&R Environmental Associates Inc., of Baltimore, Md.  The anticipated date of completion is Aug. 24.  After the demolition is complete the area will be graded and re-seeded.

    Bouquet Hall is just one of the buildings on post scheduled for demolition as part of preparation for the Residential Communities Initiative.  Buildings 317, 608 and 634 will also be torn down. Demolition of 608 will start on Aug. 1, 634 on Aug. 10, and 317 on Aug. 12. 



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Happy birthday Banner!


This year marks the 10 -year anniversary of the Banner, and if you take a look at the cover, you'll see that in appearance alone, we've come a long way.

Starting off with humble roots, the post monthly newspaper has expanded not only in size but in its reach. Initially a monthly, 12-page black and white newspaper, the Banner has now been expanded to a 16 page, color paper, and a weekly web edition that reaches around the world.  

While expanding the Banner, the stories, photos and design have continued to maintain a high level of quality. We've also changed with the times. We've been able to use advances in technology to bring a more appealing product to our readers. The staff has brought the Banner into the Internet age with an online edition that is updated weekly, (\banner) and uses state-of-the-art desktop publishing software and digital photography to bring you the monthly hard copy.

Despite being one of the smaller papers in the Army, the Banner has won it's fair share of awards. From the first place award from 1997-1999 for best Army Funded Paper to the award winning online edition, the Banner has been recognized as one of the Army's best.

We've seen plenty of change in our 10 years, and the next 10 are sure to bring much more. The Banner has seen the post adjust and adapt to post 9/11 challenges . We've seen the U.S. Army War College expand its resident and distance education programs and earn final academic accreditation.  We've seen Soldiers transition to hot spots around the world, and highly professional civilians step in to assume their duties. The staff has seen a lot, and through it all we've tried to serve our community the best we can. 

What hasn't changed is our dedication to keeping you, the reader, informed about the important news on Carlisle Barracks, the Army, and the world. We do our best each month to bring you fresh, interesting stories about the people and community around you and that isn't going to change in the next 10 or 100 years. No matter what format this paper may take, it will always be your paper.

Thank you for supporting the Banner for the last ten years and we are looking forward to serving you for the next 10. 



Ashley Campbell, Public Affairs Office

Voices heard, AFAP helps make changes on post

    July 13, 2005 -- You spoke up at the Army Family Action Plan Symposium in March and post leadership was listening. Many of the issues brought up at the symposium have been addressed or are currently being worked on.

    The AFAP enables dialogue between community members and community leaders," said Brenda Sampson, Army community service officer. It also helps strengthen the "existing partnership between Soldiers, civilians, their families and the Army."

    AFAP was started in 1967 when it was recognized that the Army Family needed the opportunity to have their voices heard. The Army also realized that readiness and retention of Soldiers had a direct link between the family satisfaction and their "quality of life," according to Sampson.

    Local issues that have come out of AFAP recommendations in past years include family support groups, the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program and the TRICARE Dental Program.

    Two local issues have been resolved this year. Until now, parents were not able to choose their children's elementary school.  As a result of the symposium, the Carlisle Area School District now allows families living on post to choose between any of the seven elementary schools in the Carlisle area. Parents are responsible though, to provide transportation to and from any school other than Bellaire, Letort, or Hamilton Elementary School.

    Another issue resolved was the lack of child seating in the Root Hall Joint Deli. The recommended change is to provide an estimated six high chairs and booster seats.

    Other issues could not be handled locally and were sent to higher headquarters for resolution. 

ID cards

     ID cards displaying social security numbers was an issue that could not be handled locally. Social security numbers on ID cards leaves people at high risk because it "places all members of the force at risk to becoming victims" of identity theft, according to AFAP documents.

    The short-term solution is to re-issue new cards with another form of identification to all military and their family members as the cards expire. The long-term solution to the issue is being handled by the Department of Army.

Students ID card privileges

    Another issue dealt with ID cards, but for a different reason. Full-time, dependent students lose their Army ID card privileges at age 23, which is inconsistent with other federal services where privileges are lost at 24. The recommended solution is changing the age to 24. This will make it so that all federal agencies have the same age for support of college students. This issue is being handled at the DA level because it is nationwide issue with "broad implications," according to Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.

ASIP numbers

    Another issue forwarded to DA involves equality in Army Stationing Installation Plan numbers. Reserve, National Guard, and family members are not included in the ASIP population and, therefore, the calculation does not fairly represent those areas, which helps determine staffing and facility requirements on installations.

    The recommendation is to add Reserve, National Guard, and family members to the computation to improve resource distribution.

Civilian support and entitlement

    Usage of post retail facilities was a big issue at this year's AFAP.

    "There are two groups in the Army Family," the military family and civilians, according to AFAP documentation. "everyone wants to be treated equally."

    Active duty, retirees, family members, Reserve, and Guard, are entitled to use the Post Exchange Services and Commissary while civilian employees aren't. Some believe that as civilians begin to play a larger role in today's Army, the Army needs to start "walking the walk" according to AFAP documents, and allow all members of the Army family to have the same privileges.

    "Overseas, AAFES and Commissary benefits have been extended to Department of the Army Civilians because they may have limited access to consumer goods and food products.

    "Giving the same privileges to both the military family and civilians has the potential to generate more sales revenues," according to McPhillips.  "This AFAP issue requires congressional approval and change to current law," according to McPhillips. DA is handling this issue

Paperless Timesheet

    The issue of a paperless timesheet system was also on the agenda. Carlisle Barracks still uses a paper timesheet when area Pennsylvania government and some other Army installation employees use a paperless system. 

    The post Directorate of Resource Management has been coordinating with both the Defense Finance Accounting System and Installation Management Agency in an attempt to get the Automated Time Attendance and Production System approved for Carlisle Barracks. It is unknown how long it will take to finish this issue.

    The next AFAP is scheduled for Nov. 1, 2005.



Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, Public Affairs Officer

Army woven into 175-year-old Woolrich history

July 5, 2005  -- The United States Army was already more than seventy years old when the Woolrich Company of rural Penn began supplying troops with woolen blankets during the Civil War. Now, 175 years after this great American company was formed, representatives of the U.S. Army joined with Woolrich employees to celebrate their anniversary.

At the invitation of Woolrich executives, U.S. Army Soldiers representing the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion and Carlisle Barracks traveled to the village of Woolrich, Pa., June 18, to participate in the celebration. Arguably, Woolrich is one our nations earliest and most enduring "defense contractors," and it was fitting that there be military representation at the patriotic celebration.

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the keynote speaker for the official ceremony, took time during a pre-event press conference to comment on his experiences as a student at the U.S. Army War College. The U.S. Army War College education "exposes you to strategies far beyond the military boundaries," Schwarzkopf said. "It was a wonderful education, a wonderful experience." Schwarzkofp graduated in 1973 and is most well known as the commander of coalition forces during the Persian Gulf War.

Schwarzkopf spoke of the Woolrich Company as an "example of the American Dream." In 1830, John Rich built a mill in north-central Penn and began a business selling woolen fabrics to logging camps. Today, Woolrich is still "going strong, selling full range of products for the outdoor lifestyle to customers world wide," according to an anniversary press release. Their motto, "The Original Outdoor Clothing Company," attests to the fact that Woolrich is one of the oldest continuously owned companies in the United States.



Spc. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Graduation signifies beginning of the all DA police force


  July 6, 2005 - With the final ten Department of the Army police officers graduating from the Carlisle Barracks police academy, the post police force will soon be comprised entirely of civilians.

    The third and final class of DA police graduated July 6 in a ceremony in Bliss Hall and the responsibility of serving and protecting the citizens of Carlisle Barracks has officially converted from Military Police to DA police.

    At the beginning of the ceremony, the remaining few Military Police officers on post marched across stage and relinquished their brassards, the armbands worn by MPs, to Lt. Col. Robert Suskie, provost marshal. This gesture represented the transition of power.

    "As I have said many times, this is a bitter sweet moment," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander. "Our Military Police officers are all departing back to war fighting units to fight the global war on terror. Today we have just a few of the 30 MPs we had when I took command. Many of our recently departed Soldiers are in Iraq and Afghanistan engaged in combat."

    Post residents will still see an occasional MP patrolling the streets of Carlisle Barracks through the end of July, but DA police will be doing most of the patrolling.   





Ashley Campbell, Public Affairs Office

Seminar rooms to get a facelift

July 7, 2005 -- In the next few months, U.S. Army War College students may start learning in a new state of the art classroom.

    Approximately two and a half years ago, it was identified that Root Hall needed to be renovated to fit the changing needs of the students and faculty. In response, the Seminar Process Action Team began collaborating with the company that designed the 90-classroom Lewis and Clark Building at Fort Leavenworth, Kan..  The SPAT is comprised of faculty members and headed by Col. George Doran. 

    A model seminar room is expected to be finished by Dec, and renovations of the remaining seminar rooms should occur next fiscal year.

    Col. George Reed, process action team member and director of command and leadership studies, uses the seminar rooms often. He said the technology has grown in an "uncoordinated fashion; the technology in the seminar rooms is a collection of good ideas assembled over time."  The rooms were last updated in 2002 and the technology ranged from outdated VCRs and dry-erase boards to high-tech screens that print whatever is written.

    Reed also cites size as a problem with the seminar rooms. In the average classroom setting, up to 17 students and three or four faculty members will be in the room at a time making it a tight fit. After renovations, a new furniture layout may be considered and stages may be removed for space purposes.

    Col. Craig Madden, deputy commandant, said that a new building with larger rooms to replace Root Hall could be finished in 2011-2012.  Madden said changes are needed now in Root Hall, though, and are beginning with the library roof, then the seminar rooms, and after that updates to Bliss Hall.





Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Banner celebrates ten years of bringing the news to Carlisle Barracks


    July 6, 2005 -- The Carlisle Barracks Banner was first published in January 1995 after an eight-year period with no installation newspaper. It initially began as a community project, with an-all volunteer staff sponsored by the U.S. Army War College. The Commandant at the time, Maj. Gen. Richard Chilcoat, was pleased to once again have a monthly news outlet.

  "Over eight years ago Carlisle Barracks 'stopped the presses' with the last edition of the Carlisle Crier. But eight years is a millennium, especially in this Information Age of which we are now a part," said Chilcoat in the Inaugural edition. "I am excited that we again have this valuable tool for us to maintain open, two-way communication."

  The original Banner staff consisted of Lt. Col. John Falkenbury, chief, public affairs, Spc. Lea Samargia, editor, and Nancy DeVore and Pamela Bennet, editorial staff. Stories were also written by volunteer reporters from various garrison activities. Now the Banner staff is made up of a public affairs officer, a media relations officer, a community relations officer, an editor, and a NCO journalist/photographer and occasionally summer interns.       

  The Banner has come a long way since its' early days. Here are some highlights.

. First edition published January 1995, 12-page black and white newsletter with a distribution of  1,200

. First color edition published in April 1999. Color was only used for that issue

. First full color cover edition was published July 2003. The Banner has been published in color ever since


Some major post news stories over the past 10 years


. First Strategic Crisis Exercise was held in March 1995


. Blizzard of 1996 dumps more than 40 inches of snow on post


. Newly-established Board of Visitors endorses USAWC plan for gaining accreditation to issue Master of Strategic Studies degrees to graduates who successfully complete the curriculum, May 1997


. TRICARE officially arrives at Carlisle Barracks, June 1998

. Labor Day storm bends the flag pole in front of Upton Hall, October 1998


. Post and world brace for possible Y2K computer problems. Banner publishes special issue telling people how they can prepare for possible problems, December 1999


. Redesigned golf course, driving range open, May 2000

. Post holds memorial service for sailors killed in terrorist attack on USS Cole, November 2000


. USAWC graduates officially earn a MSS, June 2001

. Life around the world changes after 9-11 attacks, September\October 2001

. Post holds celebration of Centennial Anniversary, November 2001

. Claremont Road entrance becomes only entrance to post, December 2001.

. Retired Lt. Gen. Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. named the first scholar to hold the Gen. Omar Bradley chair, a new joint teaching chair in strategic leadership between Dickinson College and the U.S. Army War College, December 2001


. First  reserve Military Police platoon deployed to post to assist with force protection mission, January 2002

. Headline news shakes Army community after Suzanne Bartlett was found murdered March 20. Her husband, Lt. Col. David Bartlett was charged and eventually convicted for her murder, April 2002

. Chief Information Office undergoes A-76, decision made to outsource information operations to civilian contractor, May 2002

. Shughart Barracks, named for the Congressional Medal of Honor awardee and Newville, Pa. native, is opened, September 2002

. Residential Communities Initiative process begins at Carlisle Barracks, November 2002

. Groundbreaking ceremony held for new Military History Institute, December 2002


. Carlisle Barracks becomes an Installation Management Agency installation, February 2003

. Geothermal heat pump project starts, March 2003

. Thorpe Hall Gym renovated and reopened April 2003


. President Bush makes historic visit to Carlisle Barracks, May 2004

. War College receives academic accreditation, June 2004

. MHI opens doors of Ridgway Hall, new $13.4 million facility, September 2004


. Civilian guards begin to assume military police duties, February 2005

. Garrison Headquarters moves to Upton Hall, February 2005




Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Distance education students complete first resident course    

    July 1, 2005 -- The 'First Resident Course' is now over and the distance education students here this week can officially say they've completed half of their course requirements. The two week program, which included seminar discussions, lectures, and a trip to Washington, D.C., was the culmination of the students "first year studies."       

    The 385 members of the class of 2006 came to Carlisle Barracks from a variety of assignments around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Germany.  

     "We try to replicate as much of the activities of the resident program in our two week courses as the ten-month resident program," said Clayton Chun, DDE chairman.  "It provides educational opportunities that we cannot provide efficiently or effectively through our web-based program.  For example, we could not conduct our Washington, D.C. trip, Antietam staff ride, or our guest speaker program."

    The keynote speaker was retired General Anthony Zinni, commander-in-chief of the United States Central Command from 1997 to 2000.  Students found the speech both valuable and informative.   

    "I really enjoyed General Zinni's speech.  It was incredible.  He was very smart, very well read, and has a sharp mind," said Lt. Col. Tim Fusik, who came to Carlisle from Kaiserschlager, Germany.      

    At the end of the first week, the class bus trip to Washington D.C. enabled the students to meet with political leaders and visit the Pentagon.   

    "The trip to D.C. gave us the opportunity to meet with senior leaders who would not have had the time to come here," said Lt. Col. Robert Spessert, a DDE student stationed in Stuttgart, Germany.    

    The student visitors also got a chance to experience resident life in Carlisle; picnics and dinners with seminar mates were common events.  An Antietam staff ride and golf tournament were some of the optional opportunities for the students.

   The program was so beneficial some students regretted their eventual departure from Carlisle. 

    "I love it," said Spessert.  "I wish I was a full time resident."

   The DDE program takes two years to complete and includes approximately 300 students in each class.  Over 5,000 students have graduated since the program was established in 1968. 



Tony Lambros

Commentary for Soldiers



Editors note: The following essay was written by Tony Lambros, a patriot and former Army medic. He wrote the essay for the Soldiers who are deployed all over the world and he wanted to emphasize the great gift of freedom that we enjoy and Soldiers fight to uphold everyday. Currently, Lambros runs a commercial alarm and security business in the Baltimore area. He also studies and collects WWII vehicles as a hobby.


    Since the beginning of time, human kind has wanted freedom, it is the seed of life that makes life worth living. What is freedom? What makes it more precious than anything in our existence? Why is freedom so fragile that the cost to regain it exceeds the tyranny that took it away? Once freedom is lost, who has the moral fiber to restore its value, its meaning, its soul? Freedom can be elusive and fleeting, it can echo on the winds of hope. Those who are desperate for freedom cry out to those who are already free.

    The names of freedom are etched in history, Moses, Spartacus, William Wallace, Lincoln, Churchill, Martin Luther King, and America's fighting men and women.

    From the start of American Independence, no other country has been so free, for so long. Our freedom was won in the snows of Valley Forge, the swamps of New Orleans, the trenches of Saint Miheil, the beaches of Normandy, the ash of Iwo Jima, and countless battles of right against wrong, salvation against enslavement. Your patriot ancestors, great grand fathers, grandfathers, and fathers before you knew the cry of liberation and would recognize it today.

    You and your comrades have been tasked to bring the most costly gift a warrior can bring to a trampled people, the gift of freedom.

    What more noble purpose in our life can there be than the one of self determination? Americans know the price of democracy. Our monuments are filled with the names of hero's who fought yesterday's tyrants. Like those American warriors before you, your courage, resolve, and duty will prevail against all. Your mission will succeed because you are a liberator. Despots fall because of you. You are the embodiment of a free nation. You are an American.

    It is your presence in a land struggling to be emancipated that gives you power, because freedom is carried in your heart, mind and body. It becomes an extension of yourself, of America. Your enemies fear your freedom more than anything. They are willing to die to see liberty's light fail. They do not understand, that in each true American the fire of liberty has always burned brightest when challenged by the darkness of hate.

    Now, in this conflict, and others long past, uniformed Americans suffer the trials of combat, the loss of friends and family, the pain of wounds and recovery. They endure fate's cruel sacrifice, a life cut short in pursuit of our nation's defense, and beliefs in all we hold sacred.

    This war shall end, and those who stood the task may never wish to repeat it. Yet, most would not trade the moments they shared with their friends and comrades in arms.

    Some live their entire lives never knowing the miracle of freedom. The oppressed of this world can only wait and hope it will come someday. How many of us, now or in the future, will be able to say, "We helped lift a people out of misery and oppression?" After your tour of duty you will come back to the home of the brave, because you know the value of freedom.

    And you are the reason why America is called the land of the free.


Ann Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program

Summer Sense: Effects of alcohol on older adults

        Alcohol abuse - has it entered the life of an older close friend or family member? You may begin to notice tell-tale signs, which may include:

  • Neglecting their personal appearance

  • Slacking off on household duties

  • Drinking in the early or middle parts of the day

  • Being prone to frequent falls and injuries

  • Becoming defensive about drinking habits

  • Suffering from memory lapses, forgetfulness

  • Experiencing medical, social or financial problems due to drinking

    It is not unusual for friends and relatives not to see these as a problem, or make the connection between these or other signs of alcohol abuse.

   For information, go through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and the PA Department of Aging. For additional information you may contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576 or log on to




Parking and road restrictions for College Arms residents due to painting of water tank 

Residents also asked to conserve water


    The road will be closed at the intersection of Craig and Butler Roads, and the intersection of Patton and Sumner Roads. Traffic northbound on Sumner Road, past the credit union, to the commissary will be restricted to delivery vehicles only. The parking lot at bldg. 849 is closed beginning July 6 for approximately 5-7 days.

    Tarps are available for residents to cover their cars to prevent paint splatters. A contractor representative will be going door to door to offer tarps, or residents can request a tarp at the tank site. There are 30 tarps available. The following homes fall within a 200' radius of the tank; 577, 576, 575, 578, 600, 599, 598, 597, and 596 and should be given first priority.

    Residents are also asked to conserve water by not watering lawns and washing cars until the large water tank in College Arms is back in operation. It will be approximately three weeks before the painting, flushing and sampling is complete on this tank. During this time Carlisle Barracks has to buy water from North Middleton through a metered connection along Post Road.



Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Subway makes big impact with soft opening

June 28, 2005--Carlisle Barracks residents have another way to get a healthy lunch without leaving the post.  The Subway store in the AAFES mall had its 'soft' opening on June 28. 

    The 'soft' opening offered free meal deals and cake to Carlisle Barracks residents.  The event helped publicize the opening of the restaurant as well as give the almost brand new staff some training.

    The space that the Subway is in now was originally a Franks Franks, and was built at the same time as Anthony's Pizza.  However, there was a lack of business, and the space was eventually turned into an arcade. 

    Jack Scott, the AAFES manager, described the process of choosing Subway.  He said there was discussion of putting in a GNC or even moving the pharmacy.  However, the decision was ultimately Subway. 


    "With the health conscience mind set that is becoming popular with our clientele, we thought Subway was the perfect fit for Carlisle," said Scott.    

    The restaurant begins regular service on June 29.  The hours are 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Subway does have a breakfast menu featuring breakfast sandwiches and bagels which is served from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. 

    The official grand opening of the Subway will happen sometime after the new resident class arrives.  However, Carlisle Barracks residents are certainly happy to have the store open now.      "We've been waiting and waiting for Subway to open up.  It's a healthy alternative and it's great to have one on post," said Donna Madden after enjoying a six inch sub at the new Subway.