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Toastmasters sign-up starts Sept. 13

September 1, 2005 -- Do you want to improve your public speaking? You can do just that by joining the Free Speakers Chapter of Toastmasters International sponsored by the U.S. Army War College Foundation. 

    The first meeting will be Sept. 13 in Root Hall from 11:45 -12:45.  Membership applications are accepted throughout the year.



Sept. 1 to Sept. 30

Oct. 1  and forward

Start up fee



Monthly fee



Local Club dues






    Free Speakers Toastmasters, established in 1991, is open to all members of the Carlisle Barracks community, including family members.  Toastmasters International start up dues, monthly dues, and local club dues are listed at the right.

    "Free Speakers Toastmasters provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills," said Dr. Anna Waggener, treasurer and VP of the post chapter. This in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth."  Free Speakers Toastmasters teaches the basics of public speaking. 

    "You'll learn how to formulate, express, and sell your ideas and yourself with poise and confidence, said Waggener. "You'll improve your ability to listen and evaluate others' ideas, and you'll learn leadership skills along the way.  Every speech project builds upon prior speeches."

     Most talks are five to seven minutes long.  The group meets twice a month for one-hour sessions in Root Hall.  Each meeting has an agenda that includes 1-4 prepared speeches designed to help the speakers develop competency in such areas as organization, persuasiveness, voice inflection, and sincerity.  Each speaker receives a constructive evaluation (oral and written) on the speech given.  Members also assume other roles at each session.  The roles include Toastmaster of the Day, Timer, Ah Counter, Evaluator, and audience members.  Upon completion of the 10 speeches in the Toastmasters Communications and Leadership Program manual, Toastmasters are eligible to be a "Competent Toastmaster."


Meeting dates (11:45-12:45)

Sept. 13


Sept. 27


Oct. 11


Oct. 25


Nov. 8


Nov. 22


Dec. 6


Dec. 20


Jan. 10


Jan. 24


Feb. 7


Feb. 21


March 7


March 21


April 11


April 25


May 9


May 23




* MWR= Dr. Mary Walker Room, Root Hall

  SB24 = Sub Basement, Room 24, Root Hall


    For more information contact Anna Waggener by email or call 245-3365.





Free, immediate admission available to Holocaust Museum 

    To make a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as convenient as possible, active and retired members of the military, and their dependents, and DOD Personnel are guaranteed immediate entry to the Museum's acclaimed Permanent Exhibition - The Holocaust.  No advance reservations are needed, and there are no fees.

How To Obtain Your Permanent Exhibition Passes

    The Museum is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Special passes for the military are available at the Museum's Pass Desk, located on the main floor Hall of Witness. After showing your military identification you can receive up to 10 passes, which can be used to enter the Permanent Exhibition at any time on the day of your visit. They cannot be used for visits on other days - but you are entitled to receive passes each time you visit the Museum, and there is no limit to the number of visits. While the Museum is open until 5:30 p.m., entry to the Permanent Exhibition, due to the time it can take for a self-guided tour (approximately two hours), must be before 3:45 p.m.

    No passes are needed for entering the Museum or for any other Museum exhibitions.

    For more information  or call (202) 488-0400.  




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Emergency response exercise brings together post, county and medical center responders

    Aug. 18, 2005 --  The Carlisle Special Reaction Team swarmed Carlisle Barracks to free hostages trapped in the Education Center shortly before a "dirty bomb" exploded near the heat plant Aug. 18. Of course all of this was an exercise, but the stress, coordination and safety measures were all real.

    The event was a joint exercise between the post, Cumberland County and Carlisle Regional Medical Center first responders. It kicked off around 2 p.m. when a man took over a classroom in the post education center.  The "hostages" were volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol who were moulaged to make it appear they had sustained injuries during the incident.

    "We wanted to make sure that this exercise was as realistic as possible," said Barry Farquhar, post force protection officer. "The volunteers really made the exercise. It's more realistic to train dealing with people than it is with a mannequin."

    The Civil Air Patrol provided more than just volunteers. They also had an aircraft in the air that provided real-time photos and video to the incident commanders on the ground.

     As the scenario unfolded, Department of the Army Police initially responded to the event, but post law enforcement determined that assistance was needed from the Carlisle SRT team. A call was placed and the team was on the ground shortly thereafter.

     "What was great about this exercise was that we were able exercise the recall procedures and requests for assistance to our local community," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander. "I think that coordination was one of the most important aspects of this exercise."

    As the hostage situation unfolded, it became apparent that it was a diversion from a much bigger incident on the installation. Shortly after 5 p.m., post and community firefighters responded to a vehicle fire near the old heat plant. What they didn't now was that their day was about to get a lot worse.

     "As soon as the firefighters began to put out the fire, a 'dirty bomb' type device was set off, which in effect contaminated the first responders," said Farquhar. 

    "Victims" of the explosion then received a simulated hasty decontamination from the firefighters and were transported to Carlisle Regional Medical Center, where a decontamination tent was established. Personnel from Dunham Clinic were at the hospital were at the hospital working hand-in-hand with personnel to perform the full decontamination. The decontamination effort went further into the afternoon and night and ended shortly before 8 p.m. when the end of the exercise was announced.

      "Overall, I would say the exercise was a tremendous success," said McPhillips.

      Participants and observers included the Pa. National Guard's 3rd Civil Support Team, Carlisle Police Dept., and its Swift Reaction Team, the Pa. Civil Air Patrol, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pa. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Pennsylvania State Police, North Middleton Township Police and numerous local ambulance and fire companies.






Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Chaplain follows calling, arrives in Carlisle

August 22, 2005-There is a new chaplain at the post chapel and he is ready to use his nearly 20 years of military experience to serve the Carlisle Barracks community.

    Chap. (Maj.) Robert Glasgow comes here directly from Germany, but he has been stationed at posts all over the U.S. and around the world, sharing his beliefs and "raising people up in the Christian faith," he said.

    A life as a priest was something that Glasgow thought of when he was a youth, but it wasn't until he was 18 that he knew that was the life for him. One night everything just seemed to fall into place for his current career.

    "I was sitting in the chapel on Dec. 24 before a 9:30 p.m. Mass and I just knew that I had to become a priest," said Glasgow. "It isn't a feeling, you just know that it is what you are supposed to do. You know it's your calling."                

    The Army seemed to know that Glasgow was destined to become a priest as well. He was training to become an infantry Soldier at Fort Polk, La.,  when the Army asked him if he would consider becoming a chaplain's assistant. He said yes. After four years as an enlisted Soldier, Glasgow got out of the Army only to return later as an officer and a chaplain.  

    Having been an Army brat and traveled throughout his childhood, Glasgow claims to not have a hometown. This pattern continued into his Army career. He has been stationed at Fort Monmouth, N.J. twice, Fort Lewis, Wash. twice, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Fort Campbell, Ky., Korea, Germany, and now Carlisle Barracks.

    He received his Bachelor's degree from Creighton University in Nebraska and his Master's from Mount Saint Mary College in New York.

   "He will make a great contribution to the chapel and to post," said Chap. (Col.) Richard Pace, post chaplain. "It will be an enjoyable tour for him here ministering to some of the best people in the military."




Army Heritage Center Foundation

Bank advances the AHEC vision

  August 25, 2005 -- Community support to the Army Heritage and Education Center was demonstrated again today when Beth James of Sovereign Bank presented a $10,000 donation to the Army Heritage Center Foundation's building fund. Sovereign Bank's contribution honors the pledge that Waypoint Bank made to the foundation in late 2004 before being acquired by Sovereign Bank. Sovereign serves the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions and is "dedicated to serving the needs of the community through the investment of the bank's resources and team member participation."

    The next AHEC component to be built will be the Visitor and Education Center, slated to join the Military History Institute, in Ridgway Hall, and the Heritage Trail, which are now open to the public. Heritage Trail will be the site of the next public event with Civil War re-enactors, Saturday, October 8.

    The Army Heritage Center Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation leading the public-private partnership to fund and support the construction and endowment of the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pa.  The foundation is working with the Army, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its local governments, corporations, and private citizens to raise the funds needed to continue expansion of the Army Heritage and Education Center complex.  The Voices of the Past Speak to the Future Campaign invites local organizations and citizens to partner with the Foundation to construct the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle. Learn about the AHEC Foundation and membership at



Ann Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program

What parents need to know about college drinking


    The following information was gathered from The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

A Snapshot of Annual High-risk College Drinking Consequences

    It is important to remember that these consequences may affect your son or daughter whether or not they drink.

  • Death: 1,400 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.

  • Injury: 500,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.

  • Assault: More than 600,00 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

  • Sexual Abuse: More than 70,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

  • Unsafe Sex: 400,00 students between the ages of 18 and 24 have unprotected sex and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex.

  • Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.

  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More that 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use.

  • Drunk Driving: 2.1 million students between the ages of 18 and 24 report driving under the influence of alcohol last year.

  • Vandalism: About 11 percent of college students report that they have damaged property while under the influence of alcohol.

  • Property Damage: More than 25 percent of administrators from schools with relatively low drinking levels and over 50 percent from schools with high drinking levels say their campuses have a "moderate" or "major" problem with alcohol-related property damage.

  • Police Involvement: About five percent of four -year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking. An estimated 110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence.

  • Alcohol Abuse and Dependence: 31 percent of college students met criteria for diagnosis of alcohol abuse and six percent for diagnoses of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking.


Parents are a primary influence - Stay involved:


  • Pay special attention to your son's or daughter's experiences and activities during the crucial first six weeks on campus. With a great deal of free time, many students initiate heavy drinking during these early days of college, and the potential exists for excessive alcohol consumption to interfere with successful adaptation to campus life. You should know that about one-third of first-year students fail to enroll for their second year.

  • Find out if there is a program during orientation that educates students about campus policies related to alcohol use. If there is one, attend with your son or daughter, or at least be familiar with the name of the person who is responsible for campus counseling programs.

  • Inquire about and make certain you understand the college's "parental notification" policy.

  • Call your son or daughter frequently during the first six weeks of college.

  • Inquire about their roommates, the roommates' behavior, and how disagreements are settled or disruptive behavior dealt with.

  • Make sure that your son or daughter understands the penalties for underage drinking, public drunkenness, using a fake ID, driving under the influence, assault, and other alcohol-related offenses. Indicate to them that you have asked the college/university to keep you informed of infractions to school alcohol policies. For alcohol policies on college campuses see

  • Make certain that they understand how alcohol use can lead to date rape, violence, and academic failure.

  • Stay actively involved in the life of your child.


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



Perspectives in Military History schedule for 2005-06

    The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center sponsors a public lecture series, "Perspectives in Military History," throughout Army War College Academic Year. These presentations customarily provide a historical dimension to the exercise of generalship, strategic leadership, and the war fighting institutions of land power.

    All lectures are held at Carlisle Barracks. The Ronald A. Roberge Memorial Lecture inaugurates the series in September, and is conducted in Bliss Hall.

    The remaining lectures throughout the year will take place in the Letort View Community Center. The building opens at 6:45 p.m.; the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. The public entrance to Carlisle Barracks is the gate on Claremont Road, though visitors with a DOD window sticker may use the gate on U.S. Route 11.

    Allow sufficient time to pass through the necessary security check point. Visitors are required to show a photo identification, proof of car registration and car insurance. For directions to the gate, please click on the following link: .

    All are welcome! For further information, please call 717-245-3472.


September 15, 2005 (Thursday)

Dr. David Hackett Fisher

Warren Professor of History

Brandeis University
Subject: "
The Leadership of George Washington"

The Ronald A. Roberge Memorial Lecture


October 19, 2005 (Wednesday)

Lt. Col. John Nagl

Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense

Subject: "Can We Eat Soup with a Knife?  Counterinsurgency Lessons from Vietnam and Iraq"?


November 16, 2005 (Wednesday)

Dr. Thoedore A. Wilson

Associate Chair, Department of History

University of Kansas

Subject: "An Army of Empire? America's Military Deployment Abroad, 1945-1965"


December 14, 2005 (Wednesday)

Dr. Timothy Nenninger

Chief, Modern Military Records Branch

National Archives and Records Adminstration

Subject: "John J. Pershing and Command in the AEF"


January 18, 2006 (Wednesday)

Dr. Arthur Bergeron

Military History Institute, AHEC, U.S. Army War College

Subject: "From Engineer Lieutenant to Corps Commander: The Civil War Career of Godfrey Weitzel"


February 15, 2006 (Wednesday)

Dr. Craig Nation

Professor, Russian & European Studies, Department of National Security Studies, U.S. Army War College

Subject: "The Siege of Sarajevo Revisited"


March 15, 2006 (Wednesday)

Dr. Ronald Spector

Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History

US Army Heritage and Education Center, Army War College

Subject: "Orphans of Empire: The Japanese Military in East Asia after Hiroshima."

April 19, 2006 (Wednesday)

Dr. Carol Reardon

Associate Professor of American History

Pennsylvania State University

Subject: "Not Just B-52s: Naval Attack Squadron 75 and the 1972 Linebacker Air Campaigns."






Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

British soccer coaches invade Carlisle

 Aug. 17, 2005-There was a British invasion on Carlisle Barracks this week as soccer players from  England came to coach post youth the techniques of soccer. 

    Challenger Sports offers soccer camps all over the U.S.  and the Camp has been held on Carlisle Barracks for the past five years.  This seasons camp began on Aug. 15 and ends on Aug. 19.       

    Kids get to make friends and have fun, as well as becoming better soccer players. 

    "You can tell the difference between the kids who have been to the camp, and those that have not.  What better way to learn soccer than from people who live in the country that is best at it?" said Don Watkins, sports director at Children and Youth Services. 

    Participants get to see the way the British approach the game.  Besides a difference in the language, (football instead of soccer and football boots instead of cleats), there is a difference in the way the British view the game.   

    "The kids get to experience soccer from a different perspective," said camp director and coach Graeme Hart, who came to the U.S. from Blackpool, England.  "We've had access to high level professional soccer. American teams play 'pretty soccer.'  Their technique is good, but technically, they are nave."


    Participants range from age 3 to 18.  Younger groups spend a few hours at camp, while older, more advanced groups spend their whole day out on the soccer field. 

    The camp is scheduled every year during the third week of August.  Prices range from $75 for an hour and a half all the way to $145 for a full day. 

    "We want to give them a fun week.  We want them to want to play again," said Hart.  "Soccer keeps you fit and it is a great game to play."

While the coaches are in town they stay with host families who provide them room and board.

    "Without the host families, this program would not work," said Watkins.   "My personal thanks goes out the to the host families."


Banner staff reports

Final burial held at Indian School Cemetery


    June Barr, widow of Master Sgt. Clarence F. Barr, was buried in a private grave-side service Aug. 15 at the Indian Cemetery on Carlisle Barracks. Master Sgt. Barr was interred at the Indian Cemetery on Aug. 28, 1984 and his widow was also granted burial rights along side her husband. 

    Master Sgt. Barr's retired from military service in 1946 and he served 18 years at Carlisle Barracks in various positions from cook to First Sergeant.  Barr assisted in the relocation of the cemetery to the current site due to construction on the post.  Barr requested special permission to be buried at the Indian Cemetery, before his death, in May 1983, and it was approved in July 1983 by the Department of the Army Mortuary Affairs. 

    This burial is the last at the cemetery which now holds 228 burial sites.  There are 13 unknowns buried in the cemetery, 36 non-Indians, which are primarily babies of Soldiers stationed at Carlisle Barracks, and the remainder are predominantly Indian School children.


Installation run changed to twice a year

    Effective immediately, installation runs will be held two times a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.


Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Memory lives on in Battle of the Bulge Memorial Grove

    September 12, 2005 -- Last year, friends and family of Col. Peter Cohen decided there needed to be a lasting memorial to his contributions to the Army.  The result is two, eight foot deluxe benches in the Battle of the Bulge Memorial Grove next to Collins Hall.

        "My brother meant so much to many people and to his country," said Cohen's sister, Susan Cohen Satsky.  "Thanks to the time, effort, and money of people from all over the Carlisle Barracks community the benches will help to make Peter's memory long lasting. May this bench be a memory of his heart and spirit."

    Cohen was a U.S. Army War College Graduate and Chief of Operations and Plans Observer Controller in the Center for Strategic Leadership from 1999 until 2002, when he retired.  He died June 27, 2002. 


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

New personnel join USAWC team

    August 17, 2005 -- August isn't just a time for new students, it's a time for new faculty and leadership, as well. Some new and some familiar faces have assumed positions at the U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks.


Chief of Staff, USAWC


    The U.S. Army War College Chief of Staff is a familiar face for many on post.  Col. Lou Yuengert, a 2003 USAWC graduate, served in the Center for Strategic Leadership after graduation and before deploying to Kuwait to serve as the Chief of Staff of the Forward Coalition Forces Land Component Command /3rd Army Headquarters.  He returned from Kuwait in May 2005 and assumed duties as the Army War College Chief of Staff.

    Yuengert is a native of Hampton, Va., and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1981 where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree. His formal education includes a Masters Degree in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 


Chief Information Officer

   Col. Curtis Cheeseman recently arrived from Tampa, FL where he was assigned to U.S. Central Command. Cheeseman was responsible for all headquarters automation and communication support for the Tampa Headquarters as well as the forward headquarters in Qatar. 

    Cheeseman is a native of St. Ignace, Mich., and holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif., and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the USAWC in 2002.


Deputy Dean


    The Deputy Dean of Academics, Col. Kevin Weddle, is a familiar face to those at the USAWC. He was formerly the director, Advance Strategic Art Program in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations.

    Weddle is a native of St. Paul, Minn., and is a 1979 graduate of the United States Military Academy. His formal education includes a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Master of Arts in History from the University of Minnesota and a PHD in History from Princeton University.  Weddle graduated from the USAWC in 1999.



Deputy Garrison Commander

    The garrison welcomes Joseph Manning to a newly designated position on post.  Manning, a recently retired Army Colonel with 33 years of service, is the new deputy garrison commander.

    Manning is a native of Boston, Mass. and graduate of Loyola College, Montreal, Canada where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  His formal education includes a Masters Degree from Webster University, St Louis, Mo.   Manning is a 1998 graduate of the USAWC.





Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Get out, get active, stay safe

  Fall is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the weather while staying physically fit. But before you go out for a leisurely bike ride, make sure you are familiar with the Carlisle Barracks regulations.   

    Some general rules include using reflective belts for any activities (running, walking etc.)  during the period of one-half hour after sunset to one half-hour after sunrise.  Helmets are required for anyone riding a bike, skateboard, scooter, or rollerblades.  All riders must follow all traffic laws including pedestrian right of way, and walkman-style ear pieces are strictly prohibited.


   Bicycles can be ridden in appropriate areas, to exclude stairways, and within buildings.  Bicycles are not permitted on sidewalks except in front of the person's quarters and at vehicle access points. 


    Skateboards are only allowed at the youth outdoor recreation area located behind the bowling center, and on Delaney Road from the end of the Health Clinic parking lot to the post entrance on Claremont Road.  Skateboarding is allowed during daylight hours and ends one hour after sunset.

Non-Motorized Scooters

   Scooters are not permitted on any stairways, benches, or landscaped areas.  Obstacle riding is not permitted.


    Rollerblading is permitted during daylight hours, and in appropriate areas and must not include obstacle riding.


    Optional jogging areas are Indian Field, the Golf Course jogging trail, and the perimeter route.  Maps of these areas are available at the gym, DPW, Safety, and Environmental Management Office.



Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Soldiers overboard!

    August 18, 2005- Drown-proofing has taken on a new urgency in the Army due to an increase in drowning deaths over the past few years.   A significant number of drowning deaths have occurred during OIF as a result of accidents involving Iraq's many canals and the inability of vehicle occupants to save themselves.

    To help make sure that Soldiers are properly trained, the Soldiers of Headquarters Company jumped into the pool Aug. 18 wearing their BDUs, to perform drown proof training.

    "The training is to give the Soldiers here confidence and show them that they can do this if they are ever in a situation where they have to," said Sgt. 1st Class Billy Whisenant, one of the trainers for the exercise.

    The Soldiers first learned to use their BDU top as a flotation devise. They had to tread water and tie knots in the sleeves to construct a makeshift lifejacket.

    "The key is to remain calm as you take off your gear," said Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Gray, headquarters company 1st Sgt. "You also don't want to lose your gear. You will eventually make it to land and you don't want to walk a couple of miles without your boots and socks."

    The Soldiers then learned how to swim across the pool while carrying an M16 and wearing Load Bearing Equipment with full canteens.

    "They need to learn to side stroke with all their load bearing equipment, boots and weapon, which are items they would need in a tactical situation like crossing a river or stream," said Master Sgt. Robert Browne, NCOIC for the Operations and Gaming Division.

    For some Soldiers this was their first experience with this type of training but they all seemed pleased with the results.

    "I've never had this training before," said Sgt. Joshua Redmond, training NCO for Headquarters Company. "I will feel much more confident about being able to survive if I get stuck in the water for an extended period of time."



TRICARE Extended Care Health Option  

    ECHO, a supplemental TRICARE program, provides financial assistance to eligible active duty family members (ADFMs) who have a qualifying mental or physical disability.  The program offers services and supplies beyond the basic TRICARE benefits covered in Prime, Extra and Standard.  The ECHO benefit also provides a monthly government cost share of $2,500 per eligible family member, a $1,500 increase over the Program for Persons with Disabilities' (PFPWD) cost share.  Additionally, some beneficiaries may qualify for ECHO Home Health Care (EHHC).  EHHC provides medically-necessary skilled services to eligible homebound beneficiaries.

    ADFMs currently covered by the Custodial Care Transition Policy (CCTP) upon ECHO implementation Sept. 1, 2005, and who need skilled medical services that exceed the levels offered through EHHC, will continue to receive coverage under CCTP, as long as it is necessary.  Annual assessments will be conducted to ensure beneficiaries are receiving the care and services needed.



    TRICARE ECHO is only available to ADFMs who are enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), registered in ECHO and have a qualifying condition:

         Moderate or severe mental retardation;

         A serious physical disability; or

         An extraordinary physical or psychological condition of such complexity that the beneficiary is homebound.

    Multiple disabilities involving two or more separate body systems may result in a qualifying condition determination.

    The beneficiary's attending physician or primary care manager (PCM) is responsible for determining if services are needed beyond those offered through basic TRICARE programs.  PCMs must also provide medical documentation to support the determination that the beneficiary has a qualifying condition.  Additionally, health care services must also be provided by TRICARE-authorized providers, or, in the case of educational services, by state-licensed or authorized providers. 

    TRICARE-eligible dependants of active duty service members may qualify for ECHO benefits past age 21 if:

         Enrolled in an institution of higher learning that offers an associate or higher degree;

         The dependant is incapable of self support because of a mental or physical incapacity; or

         The sponsor provides more than one-half of the dependant's support

    TRICARE eligibility must be reflected in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) in order to continue receiving ECHO benefits.


Exceptional Family Member Program Enrollment

    It is important for sponsors to enroll in their Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) to ensure their family members can receive the best care possible at their existing and future duty assignments.  By enrolling in the EFMP, active duty service members will be assigned to installations that can support a family member with special medical and/or educational needs unless they choose to take an assignment that may not be able to provide the medical care needed.

    Eligible beneficiaries must complete a DD form 2792 (medical summary) and/or DD form 2792-1 (special education/early intervention summary) and submit the form(s) to their exceptional family member coordinator to enroll in their Service-specific EFMP. 

    Once enrolled in EFMP, sponsors do not have to re-enroll if their duty assignment changes.  Their EFMP status will automatically transfer to the new region. 


ECHO Registration

    Sponsors must provide evidence of enrollment in EFMP to their regional contractor to be registered in ECHO.  To determine if an ADFM qualifies for ECHO, beneficiaries should contact their TRICARE regional contractor or their military treatment facility's (MTF) special needs coordinator.  TRICARE ECHO requires all eligible beneficiaries to enroll in the EFMP of their sponsor's military service, and to register with their regional contractor or Overseas TRICARE Area Office (TAO) to obtain ECHO benefit authorization. 

    Family members who accompany their sponsor to a new duty assignment are still registered in ECHO.  Upon arrival to the new assignment, ECHO families should contact their regional contractor to discuss case management and coordination of care. 

    Eligible beneficiaries may be granted provisional ECHO status for a period of no more than 90 days until they are enrolled in EFMP and registered with their regional contractor or Overseas TAO.

    Upon completion of the ECHO registration process, the provisional status will be converted to permanent.  If the beneficiary is found ineligible for ECHO, the provisional status will be terminated and all ECHO benefits will end.  Beneficiaries who received ECHO benefits during their provisional status will not have to repay the government for services received.

    Once registered in ECHO, sponsors do not have to re-register at the new duty assignment.  Their ECHO status will automatically transfer to the new region. 



    The following benefits may be offered through ECHO:

         Medical and rehabilitative services

         Training to use assistive technology devices

         Special education

         Institutional care when a residential environment is required

         Transportation under certain circumstances

         6 hours of in-home respite care services per month if the beneficiary is receiving another ECHO benefit


Cost Shares

    Sponsors will pay part of the monthly authorized ECHO expenses for their family members based on their pay grade.

ECHO Cost-Shares

Sponsor Pay Grade

Monthly Cost-Share

E-1 through E-5




E-7 and O -1


E-8 and O -2


E-9, WO/WO-1,CWO-2 and O-3


CWO-3, CWO-4 and O-4


CWO-5, 0-5













    After the monthly cost share is paid, TRICARE will pay up to $2,500 per month for authorized ECHO benefits, except for the EHHC benefit.  If the cost exceeds $2,500 in any month, the sponsor is responsible for the additional costs.

    If two or more persons with the same sponsor receive benefits under ECHO, the sponsor will pay only one monthly cost share and TRICARE will pay up to $2,500 for each ECHO-eligible beneficiary, except for the EHHC benefit.  If the costs exceed $2,500 for any individual in any month, the sponsor is responsible for additional costs.


Special Requirements

    Beneficiaries must use public funds or programs first to the extent they are available and adequate for ECHO benefits related to training, rehabilitation, special education, assistive technology devices and institutional care in private, non-profit, public, and state institutions or other medical facilities and if appropriate, transportation to and from such institutions and facilities.



    For more information about ECHO benefits, eligibility requirements, updates and EFMP registration, beneficiaries may visit or call their regional contractor: North Region (1-877-874-2293); South Region (1-800-444-5445); or West Region (1-800-874-9378).  Overseas beneficiaries may call 1-888-777-8343





Ashley Campbell, Public Affairs Office

Post youth cool off and make new friends

August 9, 2005 -- Post youth got an opportunity to celebrate summer and make new friends Aug. 5 at the Annual Youth Services Kids Day on Carlisle Barracks.

    Entertainment included an over-sized obstacle course, miniature racing cars, food and a giant "rainstorm" provided by post firefighters. A slide at the end of the obstacle course was watered down to help the kids cool down.

    "The slide was very fast because of the water. I had a lot of fun on it," said Andrea Readshaw, a post youth.


    The warm weather and fun made for a great day for everyone.

    "I was a little worried about the weather, but we had a good turnout, and the kids seem to be having a great time. That's all that matters," said David Myers, child and youth program assistant.

    Parents agreed the event was beneficial for new children on post because it gives them the opportunity to meet others and make friends.

    "It's fun and also gives Youth Services an opportunity to get their name out," said Randall Barnes, new post resident. "In the end, everyone wins."


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post contractors receive national awards

August 9, 2005 - The Carlisle Barracks Visual Information Division now ranks among the likes of 3M, Merrill Lynch and Parade Magazine when it comes to excellence in their field.

    Employees of Metro Productions, the Visual Information arm of the Remtech Services Inc. team, recently received their 2005 Communicator Awards. There were more than 5,000 entries in the competition.

    Larry Miller, lead graphic artist, won an Award of Distinction for his entry, "Great Commanders Poster Series-Film and Discussion Program."

    "Larry did an outstanding job with his creativity designing a great poster for each event," said Jim MacNeil, director, visual information department.

    The department also won an Award of Distinction, and an Award of Excellence in the Web Design, Intranet category, for its work designing a Carlisle Barracks web site. Jim Kistler and Nate Morgan received the award.

    "This is our first Award of Excellence and hopefully not our last," said MacNeil. "These awards reflect the hard work of not only the Metro VI folks, but of all of the people who work here,"  referring to the entire RSI team.  

    Ray Walsh, Metro president congratulated the winners and issued a challenge for next year's competition.


    "I'd like to see even more of these awards added to the VI awards case," said Walsh. "The work that everyone does here is great and I thank you for that."

    The Communicator Awards competition is an international awards program founded by communications professionals to recognize excellence in the communication field. Annual competitions for Audio are in October, Video/Film/Multi-Media in November and Print Media in February.

    For information about work orders and to capitalize on the VI creativity visit http://cbnet/orgs/doim/vid.htm.


Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

On your mark, get sit

August 10, 2005 -- Anyone who has spent a few hours with a young child knows that there is more to babysitting than playing with building blocks.  There are many tools that can be utilized to keep kids safe and happy.  This is why Child Youth Services offers a Babysitter Training Course. 

    Students 13 and over met on Aug. 9-10 to learn about babysitting responsibilities. The class is offered yearly when new families arrive on Carlisle Barracks.      

    "I decided to take the course because I wanted to help baby sit children in my community," said Frank Miller, 13, a participant in the course. 

    Students learn CPR and First Aid from Dunham Army Health Clinic staff, and developmental activities from other on and off-post organizations. The future babysitters learn about everything from age-appropriate activities to healthy snack foods for kids.  


   The course is a prerequisite in order to be placed on the CYS Babysitting Referral List, which is available to parents affiliated with Carlisle Barracks.

    "Parents have all sorts of activities going on, and this way, [when they need babysitters] they know these kids have training," said Betsy Ferguson, the Family Childcare Specialist for CYS. 

    The referral list is available through the Child Development Center at 245-3701.   



Ashley Campbell, Public Affairs Office

Teens get equal access at gym

August 9, 2005 -- Teens 14 and older are now authorized to use post cardiovascular and strength equipment without the supervision of an adult, once they've attended the Carlisle Barracks certification class.

    The new policy encourages youth to live healthy and active lifestyles by giving them greater  access to facilities. The policy change was approved by Albert Cole, Jr. director Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division.

    "It makes absolute sense to have youth engaged in sports and exercise," said Col. Craig Madden, deputy commandant. Before the change, teens had to be 16 and older to use the equipment unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Children 12 and older are permitted to use the basketball and racquetball courts, but children 12 and under must have supervision of a parent or guardian. Children under 12 are not authorized to be in the cardiovascular, strength, sauna, steam rooms or the Jacuzzi areas at any time.

    The training/certification class is being coordinated by Youth Services, Carlisle Sports Department, and the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute. Training on proper equipment use will be given during the class.

    The class is scheduled for Aug. 18 from 10-11 a.m., and Aug. 19 from 4-5 p.m. September dates will be announced in the near future.


Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Simple changes can make big impact on health

'Heart disease progression can be reversed' 


August 10, 2005--Good health is not about the pills that you take or the doctors you frequent.   Good health is about the little things that you do every day to keep yourself healthy. That was the prevailing message during the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute health day, held in Bliss Hall auditorium on post.

    The year's health day focused on lifestyle and the changes that can be made to positively affect health.  Key note speaker, Dr. Dean Ornish, detailed the studies on how to combat and even reverse heart disease.  Here are some helpful tips.

  • Exercise is essential to improve your ability to fight off health problems.  Make activity a regular part of your lifestyle. 

  • When making changes to diet, stay away from trans fat and saturated fat.  Instead, eat more healthy fats such as omega 3 fatty acids and canola oil.

  • Supplement your diet with fish oil which contains omega 3 fatty acids.  Ornish recommend three grams per day

  •  A glass of pomegranate juice every day can make a big difference in your health.  It is packed with helpful antioxidants.    

  • Don't diet!  Not giving your body the food it needs is harmful to the body, even if you are losing weight.  Instead, make healthy choices such as low fat and high fiber foods.

  • Mental health affects physical health. People who manage stress well, focus on their relationships and take time to enjoy themselves live longer and happier lives. 

  • Leslie Bonci, a nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Steelers, spoke about the effects diet on the body.  Green tea is a powerful tool in keeping the body strong, says Bonci. 






Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Bliss Hall Auditorium to 'catch up' 

   August 9, 2005 -- Bliss Hall Auditorium will soon be going through some much needed changes.  As well as getting an updated look, the auditorium will receive updated IT. 

    The renovations were initiated following complaints that the chairs in Bliss Hall were beginning to look and feel their age.  The Bliss Hall Auditorium was built to replace the former building of the same name in 1967 and these are the original chairs.

     The age of the auditorium was also starting to show in its IT abilities.  So not only will the chairs be replaced, but the carpeting, and rigging system will all receive improvements.

    "We're upgrading to the current standard in order to stay compatible with the new seminar rooms and Bradley Auditorium," said Hal Newcomer, chief of the logistics and maintenance division. 

    The renovations are to take place during the winter break so as not to disrupt classes.  Reynolds Theater will most likely be the alternative venue during the construction.     


Army relieves general of his command

    Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes was relieved Aug. 8 from his position as commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. The U.S. Army War College is a TRADOC school.
    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker directed the relief of Byrnes based on an investigation into his personal conduct. The investigation is undergoing further review to determine final disposition of the matter, an Army spokesman said, adding that further details could not yet be released.
    Prior to assuming command of TRADOC in November 2002, Byrnes served as director of the Army staff at the Pentagon.
    As TRADOC commander, Byrnes was responsible for recruiting, training and educating the Army's Soldiers; developing its leaders; supporting training in units; developing doctrine; establishing standards; and building the future Army. TRADOC consists of more than 50,000 Soldiers and Army civilian employees operating 33 Army schools across 16 installations.
    In April, Lt. Gen. William Wallace, head of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was nominated for a fourth star and assignment as commander of TRADOC to succeed Byrnes. But Wallace has not yet been confirmed by the Senate.
    In the meantime, the deputy commander of TRADOC, Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Jones, has been designated to serve as the acting TRADOC commander at Fort Monroe, Va.


Ann Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program

Drug of the Quarter - Methamphetamines

    August 9, 2005 -- Also known as speed, meth and chalk, methamphetamines are fast-growing illegal stimulants that have been tried by more than 12 million Americans, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Its presence in the workplace has also soared.

    "Drug abuse in the workplace is decreasing, but ironically, methamphetamine-positive (drug tests) are increasing," says Mark de Bernardo, executive director of the Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace in Washington. "Methamphetamines can create violent behavior. with anxiety and paranoia, and workplace violence is a major concern for employers."


So what are Methamphetamines?

    Methamphetamines are powerful, synthetic psychomotor stimulants. They act on the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the heart and lungs, digestion, seating, and so on.

    Methamphetamines are usually made in clandestine "laboratories" that might be found in garages, shacks, or just about anywhere. Meth cooks rarely have any scientific training.


How are methamphetamines used?

    Methamphetamines are generally a white or off-white powder that can be smoked, snorted, orally ingested, or injected. Smoking or injecting the drug immediately produces an enormous rush. Snorting or swallowing meth creates a less intense high after several minutes. No matter how the drug is taken, users feel worked-up and agitated for up to 12 hours.


Short-term side effects --

    Methamphetamines are hard on a user's body and mind. Serious side effects occur early and include:

  • Users level of physical activity skyrockets

  • Loss of appetites and desire to sleep.

  • Paranoia

  • Aggressive behavior

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Muscle twitches

  • Compulsive jaw clenching causes sore jaw muscles and headaches

  • Often causes acne

  • Body sores from obsessive scratching

  • Elevated breath rate, heart rate, and body temperature


Long-term side effects of heavy use -- 

  • Tooth decay     

  • Anxiety, paranoia, insomnia

  • Psychotic behavior and violence

  • Strokes, heart infections

  • Auditory hallucinations and elusions

  • Elevated blood pressure

  • Homicidal or suicidal thoughts

  • Kidney and liver damage

  • Lead poisoning

  • Brain damage similar to Alzheimer's disease

  • Premature delivery and/or birth defects

  • Increased risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C

  • Death


    Methamphetamine is a vicious, wildly addictive drug. If someone offers you methamphetamine, say, "No, thanks," and "good bye".

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

     Information provided by the Army Center For Substance Abuse and In The Know Zone, Syndistar, INC. 



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. 




Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Two events explore Women and the Military


    August 25, 2005 -- Pick one, or both, as AHEC & EEO/EO sponsor two special events that look at women and the military --  then and now.

    Tonight, at 6:30 p.m., the Army Heritage & Education Center invites the Carlisle Barracks community to its kick-off event for the year.  Dr. Judith Bellafaire and Ms Mary Jo Binker are co-authors of a history about military women - especially nurses - in the Korean era. They are the featured speakers for tonight's Brooks E. Kleber reading and discussion at Ridgway Hall, Army Heritage Drive. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with light refreshments to be offered. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Take advantage of the opportunity to scan a rich collection of photos on display, telling the story of "When the Army Wore Blue" in the Civil War, the Frontier Wars, and . find out more at Ridgway Hall.

    Dr. Judith Lawrence Bellafaire is Chief Historian, Women in Military Service for America Foundation

    Mary Jo Binker is Associate Editor and Project Co-Director, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, George Washington University.

    For more information, contact Capt. Ginger Shaw, 245-3127.


     Tomorrow, the Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity offices will help look at the subject in another way in observance of Women's Equality Day.  Ms. Edna J. Harvin Battle, national executive vice president of Federally Employed Women, will join Dr. Bellafaire and Ms. Binker for a panel discussion of Military and Federally Employed Women, Then and Now. After short presentations, panel members will take questions from the audience.

    The panel discussion will take place in Wil Washcoe Auditorium, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with refreshments available. The Carlisle Barracks community is invited. For details, contact Sgt. 1st Class Kingsley Thomas at 245-3672.



Back-to-school info

    The school year is just around the corner, and it's time to get things in order for kids.  Here's some information you need to know:

  • The first day for all schools in the Carlisle Area School District is Monday, Aug. 29. Cumberland Valley starts Aug. 31.   

  • School registration can be done at the registrar's office at 801 South Hanover.  Office hours are 8:30 -11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.  Make sure to bring child's birth certificate, social security number, updated shot records, and school records.  Any questions can be directed to Jane Schmeck at 240-6800 ext. 17803.

  • Bus routes will be printed in the Carlisle Sentinel on Aug. 21.  If there are questions about the bus schedule, parents can call 240-6800 ext. 17800, 17803, 17804 on Aug. 23 from 6-7 pm.  There is no transportation for Kindergarten until Thursday, Sept. 1. 




Deadline approaching for registration for Fall Youth Sports Programs


    The deadline for registration is Friday, August 26, at 5:00 p.m.

    The following sports are still available:

  • All Soccer Leagues (ages 3 to 17)

  • Tennis Lessons

  • Golf Lessons (only 4 slots remaining)

  • Tae Kwon Do is now full (waiting list only)

    Starting Monday, August 29, anyone registering for youth sports will have to pay the $10 late fee. Registrations can only be completed at Youth Services between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

    For more information call 245-4555.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

New faculty receive orientation at USAWC

   July 28, 2005 -- New U.S. Army War College Faculty recently got a taste of what it's like to be a student as they were introduced to everything they'll need to know while they teach at Carlisle Barracks.

    Twenty-two new faculty from all teaching departments on the installation were represented at the Academic Year 2006 New Faculty Orientation, which was held in late July.

    The philosophy of AY06 New Faculty Orientation was "What do faculty need to know the first three weeks of AY06?" according to Dr. Anna Waggener, director of Institutional Assessment. 

    "The orientation is designed to indoctrinate the new faculty in the teaching departments into the USAWC teaching philosophy, also includes anyone who will be teaching an elective to our students," said Waggener. "With the change in the AY06 curriculum, the orientation was the first 'blend' of the DCLM faculty orientation and the Dean's faculty orientation."

    "We took the best from both events and combined them into one week," said Waggener.  Both the Academic Board and the Curriculum Committee had approved the AY06 plan.

    Events included a welcome from the Commandant, a welcome and a description of the USAWC Strategic Plan and the AY06 Curriculum from the Dean, an overview of "seminar survival" presented by Professor Bill Lord, an introduction to the International Fellows Program, and a tour of the USAWC Library in Root Hall.  

    Two outside speakers contributed to the highlights of the orientation. Dr. Bill Pastille, professor at St. John's College in Maryland, demonstrated Socratic inquiry using readings from "Just and Unjust Wars" and "The Peloponnesian War."  Dr. Jeff King, a national researcher in adult education, presented "adult learning models."  Both speakers and techniques helped to provide faculty with a rounded blend of teaching techniques.

    NFO also highlighted two areas that will be carried throughout Institutional Faculty Development in AY06.  Dr. Larry Miller, director of Communicative Arts, presented USAWC views toward assessment of writing and Dr. Thomas McManus, Director of Educational Methodology and Technology, presented the mission and goal of Educational Methodology and Technology for faculty support during the coming year.

     To wrap up a warm welcome to new faculty, the USAWC Alumni Association, hosted refreshments at the Letort View Community Center.

    "AY06 NFO was a wonderful success.  Of course, we always have room for improvement," concluded Waggener.



Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Campers get 'knee deep' in nature

 August 3, 2005 -- Playing in a creek and collecting bugs are activities many children enjoy, but a group of summer camp participants are getting the chance to do all that and make a difference. 

    Ultimate Journey is a program created using Boys and Girls Club of America materials.  The curriculum encourages an appreciation of nature, and provides lessons that range from understanding the food chain to gardening. 

    The Safari Fit, Youth Services Summer Camp, has incorporated this program for the past two years.  Campers from six to 14 years old can choose to spend their time helping with the program.  It appealed to many of the campers who prefer to be outside.

    "I thought it would be really fun," said Catlin Walton, a nine year old participant.

    The purpose of the program is for kids to see what effect they have on the world around them. 

    "Once they see the impact they have, it really stays with them.  It's a life skill that goes with them for the rest of their lives", said Dave Myers, who runs the Ultimate Journey program. 

    Activities have included bug collecting and identifying, working in the YS garden, and cleaning up Letort Creek.    

    "It gets them outside and gets them active," said Kelly Teague, a children and youth program assistant. "They get too learn from it too."

    The kids who stay with the program throughout the summer are rewarded with ice cream and a party, but they also receive knowledge of the world around them, and advice to give others.

     "Don't throw away trash in the creek!" warned seven year old Kobe Delgado.

    For more information on programs Youth Services has to offer call 245-3354.       



Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Post treated to Carlisle Band concert


    August 1, 2005 -- Families from all over Carlisle Barracks brought a lawn chair and a drink to the parade field on Aug. 1 to enjoy a free concert from the Carlisle Band.

    The hour-long concert featured music that ranged from Man of LaMancha to Amazing Grace.  Refreshments were for sale afterwards in order to raise money for the band. 

    The Carlisle Band is open to Carlisle residents, including members of the Carlisle Barracks community.

    This is the second year of the concert, and from the standing ovation the performers received, they will be welcomed to Carlisle for a third.


Trees causing problems for Anne Ely foundation

    August 3, 2005 -- The landscape on Carlisle Barracks will be going through a change within the next few months.  As a part of the renovations that will take place at Anne Ely, two mature trees will be removed from the area.

    "Unfortunately, the two trees have to come down because their roots are growing into the foundation of the building, causing extensive damage," said Tom Kelly, the head of Directorate of Public Works.    

    The trees are causing the building to become structurally unsound, and a recent Post Office flood was attributed to the trees, according to Kelly.

      "The community will notice the loss of these trees because they are beautiful and provide considerable shade," said Kelly.  "When we take trees down, we will plant trees in their place."      The renovations of Anne Ely have been planned and are waiting for the green light on funding. 

    The relocation plan for building occupants will begin in November or December.  Offices that are currently in Anne Ely may move to Upton Hall or building 315. 


Ashley Campbell, Public Affairs Office

'Where kids are wild about God'

Vacation Bible School focuses on youth relationships

 August 4, 2005 -- Post youth travel this week on an 'African Safari' to make friends and learn about God, all without leaving the post chapel.

    During Vacation Bible School held Aug. 1-5 at the Memorial Chapel, everything relates to the theme of an African Safari. "Where kids are wild about God," is the week's motto.

    VBS is held yearly and usually takes place once the new USAWC class arrives. For this reason, it is an opportunity for youths and their families to meet new friends. 

    "This is an amazing Bible School because it helps new families on post become involved right away. It gets them to know each other, and learn about the Bible," said Laura Barko, volunteer.

    Children 4 -12 were divided into groups based upon the grade level they will enter during the 2005-06 school year. Activities rooms include: 'Wild Games,'  'Bible Expedition,' 'Critter Crafts' and a 'Lion Cub Club' for toddlers.

    The kids learn scripture verses and lessons they can use for life, according to Diane Hall, religious education coordinator. They also learn about service to others.

    "Every day, a different group gives up their game time to prepare snacks for the other groups," said Hall.

    More than 100 children participate each day and more than 60 volunteers help with the various events.

   Children enjoy the school because of the social interaction and the activities planned.

   "I keep coming back because I like everything about it," said Chris Foster, participant. This is the third year Foster attended the Bible School.

    "I like the songs that we sing, and the Chadder's Adventure Theatre.  I also like learning about God," said Chaise Carl, another participant.

     Col. (Chaplain) Richard Pace believes the volunteers have as much fun as the children.

    "This has been a great combined effort for the community and the kids. Everyone has been enjoying it thoroughly," said Pace.


Register now for Youth Services fall sports and activities

   Registration for fall sports and other activities at Youth Services has begun and will continue through Aug. 31.

Fall sports include:

. Soccer leagues

. Tennis lessons

. Golf lessons

. Tae Kwon Do Classes (must be accompanied by an adult to participate in this program)


YS also offers

. Art classes

. Piano lessons

. Homework tutor program

  For more information on any of these programs call 245-3354.




Ashley Campbell, Public Affairs Office

Post rewards accomplishments of civilians, Soldiers


 August 3, 2005 -- Carlisle Barracks recognized the determination, perseverance and accomplishments of military and civilian personnel at the Quarterly Awards Ceremony on Aug. 3, at the Letort View Community Center.

    "This is one of the best things I get to do as Garrison Commander," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.    

    Military and civilian personnel efforts impact worldwide.  Their contribution is especially important during a time of war, according to McPhillips,

    "These great folks give their efforts day in and day out. I feel honored to thank them on behalf of the Army," said McPhillips.

    Soldiers and civilians on the Barracks were recognized during the ceremony. 

    "The work that these people do needs to be recognized," said Spc. Douglas Aroca, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, award recipient. "I feel honored to stand with them."  Aroca received a U.S. Army War College Certificate of Appreciation for military funeral support.



  Award recipients

    Dixie Magni, Directorate of Information Management - Civilian Employee of the Quarter

    Spc. Zebedee White, Dunham U. S. Army Health Clinic - Soldier of the Quarter

    Certificate of Appreciation

    Brenda Sampson, Army Community Service Officer - Installation Management Agency, Northeast Region, Army Community Service 40th Birthday program award

    USAWC Certificate of Appreciation for Military Funeral Support

    Sgt. 1st Class Billy Whisenant, Center for Strategic Leadership

    Staff Sgt. Arletta Gibson, Headquarters Company

    Staff Sgt. Angela Hampton, Command Executive Assistants office

    Staff Sgt. Venice Hagen, Center for Strategic Leadership

    Staff Sgt. Romayne Leake, Center for Strategic Leadership

    Staff Sgt. Hector Santiago, Center for Strategic Leadership

    Sgt. Laydelin Mestre, Headquarters Company

    Sgt. Kelly Miller, Directorate of Security and Emergency Services

    Spc. Doug Aroca, Dunham U. S. Army Health Clinic

    Spc. David Daley, Headquarters Company

    Spc. Travis Davis, Vet Command

    Spc. David Dorville, Human Resources Directorate

    Spc. Zebedee White, Dunham U. S. Army Health Clinic

    Pfc. Ryan Tuazon, Chapel

    Length of Service Awards

    Sidonia Bowman, Directorate of Contracting - 25 Years

    Laurie Christman, Garrison Commander's Office  - 20 years

    John Hefflefinger, Skill Development Center - 10 years




Army News Service

New civilian personnel system launches in 2006

     August 3, 2005 -- The first phase of the National Security Personnel System, the new human resources system for the Department of Defense, is scheduled for implementation in early fiscal year 2006.

    Spiral One of the NSPS will include about 277,000 general-schedule employees of all military services and some DoD agencies, and will be rolled out over a 12-month period.

    During Spiral 1.1., more than 21,500 Army employees will convert to NSPS, according to the Army Civilian Human Resources Agency NSPS training Web site. This total includes approximately 2,400 human resources professionals, 2,000 civilian managers and supervisors and over 17,000 employees.

    Spiral 1.2 is slated for implementation approximately six months after Spiral 1.1. However, no Army organizations will be included in this phase.

    Spiral 1.3 deploys six to nine months following Spiral 1.2. and includes training for over 57,000 employees, including 600 human resources professionals and over 5,600 managers and supervisors.

    Army civilian employees from several organizations will be affected by the phases of Spiral One, including Army Corps of Engineers, Civilian Human Resources Agency, Space and Missile Defense Command, Army Materiel Command and Medical Command.

    Spiral One will impact approximately 78,000 employees in the Department of the Army. Spiral 2 comes after all phases of Spiral One are executed, analyzed and the Secretary of Defense certifies the performance management system. Spiral 3 is scheduled for implementation during the 2008 fiscal year.

    Extensive training of the Army workforce, both managers and employees, will be conducted prior to each phase of implementation.

   NSPS will establish new rules for the hiring, assigning, compensating, promoting and disciplining of civilians.

   For more information on NSPS, visit the Army's civilian personnel Web site at and the DoD NSPS Web site at




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Distance Education Class of 2005 graduates



Three hundred students in the U.S. Army War College Department of Distance Education Class of 2005 graduated July 29, at the Wheelock Bandstand.

 Gen. Dan McNeill, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Ga., was the keynote speaker and gave some advice to the graduates.

"The country looks to you to lead our young patriots," said McNeill. "Our Army is an Army in change. No matter how the tools change, the Soldiers are the most important thing."


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Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Post Soldiers race to Pocono Raceway

 July 26, 2005- Finely-tuned race cars roared around the track at the Pocono Raceway with deafening sound and at speeds of nearly 200 mph as Soldiers of Carlisle Barracks cheered for the racers.

    The raceway donated 37 tickets to the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program for the July 24 race as a way of giving something back to the military.

    "We are extremely grateful to the Soldiers for the jobs they do," said Bob Pallo, vice-president, Pocono Raceway. "Without them we would not have the freedom that we have. We just wanted to give something back to them."

     The tickets included pit passes, seats directly behind the pit crews, meals and memories to last a lifetime.

      "It was an indescribable experience," said Sgt. Karla Illingsworth, executive services NCOIC, who was attending her first NASCAR race. "It was a real privilege to attend the race and to be recognized for our hard work at the same time."

      Staff Sgt. John Hennessey, the USAWC commandant's driver, saw firsthand how much the people at the Pocono Raceway appreciate the work the Soldiers do.

     "I was dealing with the management of the raceway for a couple of weeks arranging for the tickets," said Hennessey. "And I can tell you that they love Soldiers and are grateful for the work they do. The tickets were very expensive and the people were repeatedly telling me how thankful they are."

    The Soldiers were all cheering for different drivers, but the majority were on the side of the Army team.

     The Army car was among the cars in the front of the pack for most of the race, but in the end minor accidents and car trouble left the vehicle wounded. The Chevy car was battered, but not beaten, as it rolled around the track, finishing the race with a gaping hole in the hood, but able to race another day.

     "It was sad to see the Army car not come in first, but they put on a good show and had us on edge for most of the race," said Hennessey.

     It was the first NASCAR race for many of the Soldiers, and many of them left the raceway as fans of the sport, which drew an estimated 150,000 spectators on that hot day.

     "I would definitely go again," said Illingsworth. "It was a lot of fun."



Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Diabetes patients receive more than a diagnosis

    July 26, 2005 -- Being diagnosed with diabetes means a new diet, a new schedule, and a new way of living.  That is why Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic offers a four-week course that teaches newly diagnosed patients how to live with diabetes. 

      The diabetes information class consists of four, three-hour sessions where participants get the chance to speak with providers and Dunham staff.

     "The program takes a multi-directional approach," said Capt. Pascale Guirand, Chief of Nursing Services. "Diabetes is a chronic illness; it does not go away.  It is an individualized disease and must be treated as such." 

     The course teaches the basics of living with diabetes including testing blood sugar levels and important changes in eating habits. Participants also receive information on the long-term effects of the disease and the community resources available.

    "This program will better educate our diabetic population in the ongoing recommendations for treatment and prevention of not only diabetes itself, but the many co-morbid states associated with the underlying disease process," said Col. Gordon Miller, Dunham Commander.     

     The next four-week session will take place in September.  For information contact Guirand at 245-3400. 




Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Civilian employees offered opportunities to learn, to become leaders

   August 3, 2005 --  If you ask anyone who's been successful what has helped make them who they are today, they'll usually tell you that they learned valuable lessons from a mentor. Civilian government employees have new opportunities to learn from others, and work with mentors. Two new programs are available to Carlisle Barracks employees:

Leadership Cumberland   

    Leadership Cumberland is a local 10-month program that teaches participants skills that  enable effective leadership.  The classes require a commitment of eight hours a month and provide internship opportunities at non-profit organizations.   

    The program also allows people of all ages and backgrounds to improve their abilities and create networking opportunities.   

     "One of the strengths of the program is that it's interactive.  You can play off of each other and learn from each other," said Tom Kelly, program graduate and member of the LC Board of Directors.

   Anyone interested in participating in next year's class should contact Kelly in March or April, 2006.  

Civilian Mentoring Program    

    The Civilian Mentoring Program is an Army-wide nominative and competive program that gives commands a chance to improve employee's skills and create a better work environment. A group of 20 employees consisting of 10 mentors and 10 mentees will be selected from throughout the Army to participate in the program.

    Mentees gain valuable experience and training while the mentors help to improve their own leadership skills and expertise.

     "This is a good, solid program because the DOD workforce is an aging workforce, and we need to mentor rising stars to become senior civilian leaders," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.   

    Qualified mentees are grade GS-11 and above while mentors are senior leaders in an organization.  The program lasts for one year or until the goals of the mentoring relationship are fulfilled.    

     Electronic versions of the mentoring forms can be found in Appendix B of IMA Pamphlet 600-8, Civilian Mentoring Program, at

    Applications must be submitted by August 8.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

New sound system, free screenings make post theater place to be


August 4, 2005 -Hot weather has made it hard to go outside but that didn't stop more than 150 people from jamming into Reynolds Theater on July 30 for a free screening of  "The Dukes of Hazzard."

    The showing was the latest in a series of free movie pre-releases held at the theater.

    "We've been able to get quite a few of these free advance showings for the theater," said Jack Scott, Post Exchange manager. The movies are shown at the post theater before they are released to civilian theaters. Various film distributors have teamed with AAFES worldwide to offer free advanced screenings of major motion pictures.

    "This is an excellent way to provide support, services and say thank you to those serving both abroad at various military installations to include those in OIF and OEF," said Scott.

     Adding to the experience is the installation of a new surround-sound system.

    "AAFES purchased a new sound system that really enhances the quality of the experience," said Scott. The $16,000 system replaced the older, less powerful system that was installed in the early 1990's. The sound upgrade comes on the heels of a chair replacement and re-painting project that took place in 2004. Future enhancements to the theater include a new bigger screen as well as a new marquee according to Scott.

    "The theater looks and sounds great," said Tyler Jameson, military family member. "It's nice to be able to come see a movie here where it's nice and cool and sounds great."

    For information on future screenings check the Banner Online Off Duty page.






Stephanie Reed, Public Affairs Office

Graduate students introduced to Army life


  July 25, 2005 -- It is not every day that a bus filled with graduate students goes roaring down Garrison Lane.  However, that was the case on July 24 when the Summer Workshop of Military Operations and Strategy traveled from Cornell University to Carlisle Barracks. 

    SWAMOS is a three-week program at Cornell University for graduate students and junior faculty from all over the country and the world.  Most of the participants are pursuing graduate degrees in political science or history, and some plan to be national security specialists. 

    The barbeque was an opportunity for the students to get a peek into military life.

    "One of our goals is to provide an introduction to the Army for the grad students.  They can see what an Army post looks like, what housing looks like," said Dr. Stephen Biddle, one of three directing faculty and a member of the Strategic Studies Institute.

    The group arrived in Carlisle on Sunday for a two day trip based around a Gettysburg staff ride.  The staff ride will give students a better understanding of civil war battle strategy.   

    "They will be able to better understand the tactics, terrain, and technology by working through the battle on the ground," said Biddle.   

    This is SWAMOS first visit to USAWC, but there has been a long existing relationship between them.  U.S. Army War College faculty commonly comes to Cornell during the three-week program to teach.   

    "We are exceptionally grateful to the Army for making this possible," said Richard Betts, a directing faculty member and professor at Cornell.  "The War College has helped in the past and SWAMOS is thrilled to continue the cooperative relationship."


Tom Vinette, Operations Specialist and Physical Security

How to be secure rather than just feeling secure

    July 28, 2005 - Security is important and we are all responsible to maintain it.

    Everyone wants to know that their home and workplace are safe. There are different approaches to being secure, without developing a false sense of feeling secure.


Know the Physical Appearance of your area of responsibility:

  • What does the outside look like?

  • Are ground floor windows easily peered through?

  • What on the inside can you see from the outside?

  • Is there any damage to the windows and doors that prevent locking devices from working properly?

  • Are all openings; doors, windows, vents etc. secured to prevent access.

  • Is the roof easily accessible from the ground?

  • Are there openings in the roof that could allow something to be dropped into the facility?

  • Are storage buildings or containers secured?

  • Are storage buildings or containers far enough away from the building?


    You can protect your home and family in the same manner.  Lock all of you doors and windows at night, when you leave your home. Leave a light on in the first floor of your home, alternating them from time to time.

   When repairs are needed fix them or bring them to the attention of those responsible. Don't expect someone else to get it done, by then it may be too late. The harder it is to approach a target, the less likely it is that a criminal will choose it for their next target.