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Celebrate by wearing your red ribbon



October 25, 2006-The Red Ribbon Campaign Kickoff took place at Youth Services Oct. 24 and featured several special guests and a room full of wide-eyed and open-eared children.

      Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander, spoke to post youth on the importance of staying drug and alcohol free after red ribbon week history was recounted by Chris Baker, a local high school student.

     "Every year October 23rd - 31st is dedicated to those killed by violence related to drugs," said Baker. McGruff, the safety and crime dog, also stood in the doorway to shake every child's hand as they entered the room.

     "Wear your red ribbon for lots of freebies this week," said Anne Wolf, alcohol and drug abuse program specialist.

      Red ribbon special discounts include:

Thursday, Oct. 26

  • A display table will be set up at the soccer fields with give-away items from 4-5:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27

  • Adult Halloween Party @ LVCC, Tiki Bar.

  • Ghost Walk @ LVCC.

Monday, Oct. 30

  • Winners of poster contest selected.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

  • Poster contest prizes awarded.

  • Halloween parade on Indian Field at 5 p.m., McGruff will be present from 4:30- 6 p.m.

  • Halloween Party at LVCC, 6-9 p.m., for grades 6 - 12.

  • Youth Services will host a "Drug-Free" Ghost Walk, 8-9 p.m., LVCC

 Special promotion:

    During the week of Oct. 23 - 31 the following organizations will be offering a special promotion for all individuals wearing a Red Ribbon:

       Bowling Center - a free small soft drink with the purchase of a food item.

       Golf Course - $2.00 off an electric cart rental during a round of golf.

       LeTort View Community Center-   $1.00 off the Sunday Brunch (Oct. 29).

       $1.00 OFF of any purchase at Anthony's Pizza/ Subway/or Theater.

       Skill Development Center - free self-help in the framing area and auto shop.


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




CPAC hosting health benefits fair Nov. 7

    The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will host a Health Benefits Fair in Room 101 of Upton Hall on Nov. 7, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Health plan representatives will be available to assist employees with questions on health insurance coverage. 

A reminder, FEHB Open Season dates are Nov. 13 Nov - Dec, 11. If you want to make changes to your health benefits during Open Season, please contact the Army Benefits Center at 1-877-276-9287 or log on to 

    If you have questions on the FEHB program, call Rhonda Newcomer, at 245-3923.  Changes will be effective Jan. 07, 2007.





Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense

2006 Election Message from the Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2006 - On Nov. 7, the American people will be voting to elect 33 U.S. senators, the entire U.S. House of Representatives, 37 state governors and hundreds of local officials.

   The outcome of these elections will shape the future for you, your family and our country. You, too, can and should participate in deciding our country's future by exercising your right to vote.

    You don't have to be home to vote; every voting jurisdiction has provisions to distribute, receive and count your absentee ballot. Your ballot will be counted, whether or not the contest is close. But time is short. You must act now!

    If you have received your state absentee ballot, vote and return it to your local election official as soon as possible so that it arrives by the state deadline for counting. If you are registered to vote and have not received your state absentee ballot, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot. You can obtain a FWAB from your unit's voting assistance officer, or from If you are not registered to vote, your state may allow late registration. See your voting assistance officer now!

   Many states allow voters to use electronic media to register, receive blank ballots, and even return voted ballots. Check the Integrated Voting Alternative Site, or IVAS, available through, to see what electronic alternatives might be available to you.

    Your unit commander, your voting assistance officer, and the Federal Voting Assistance Program office have done everything we can to make it possible for you to vote in this election. The rest is up to you.




Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Take a step back in time this weekend at the 'Camp at Carlisle'

   Nov. 1, 2006 --  "Camp at Carlisle, 1757" will recreate the changing frontier of central Pennsylvania in an age when France and Britain raced to build empires, while violent confrontations between American settlers and native Indians resulted in unfortunate consequences. The British "Camp at Carlisle, 1757," set the stage for one of the greatest land-based military expeditions in America to date and secured the door to westward expansion for generations to come.

    The Army Heritage and Education Center hosts "Camp at Carlisle, 1757," a French and Indian War Living History Program on the Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle Barracks.

   Saturday, Nov 4: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

   Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Candlelight tours will feature Soldier's stories.

   Sunday, Nov. 5: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Royal American Regiment & Pa. Provincial Regiment

    More than 200 interpreters will re-enact the British, French and Native American fighting men of the French and Indian War.  The living history program will educate visitors about the development of Carlisle as a fortified camp by the 60th Royal American Regiment and Pennsylvania Provincial Regiment during the French and Indian War (1756-1760).  Programs will focus on the events leading up to the Forbes Campaign of 1758 and the proposed attack on French Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh.

   The "Camp at Carlisle, 1757" will come alive, recreating allies and adversary forces, civilian support to mobilize for war, fortifications and transportation services of the period, a sutler's camp, and demonstrations of camp trades such as blacksmithing and log construction. 

    Lectures and interpretive presentations will offer rich insights about the events leading to the French and Indian War; the 1757 British camp at Carlisle; the Indian way of war in the 18th century; the origins of the Rangers; 18th century field fortifications; civilian support to outfit the army; and stories of the French soldiers, Indian allies, British soldiers, American provincial soldiers, and local civilians.



Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Cumberland Valley High School plays host to free Army Field Band concert

October 18, 2006- It was a free concert for more than a thousand Central Pennsylvania residents and a homecoming for one band member October 18 at the Cumberland Valley High School.

    Master Sgt. Mark Bowling, an Army trombonist, returned to his hometown as the U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers' Chorus, dubbed the musical ambassadors of the Army, put on the free show as a part of its 2006 Fall Tour and their ongoing mission of "carrying into the grassroots of our country the story of our magnificent Army."

    Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, the commandant of the U.S. Army War College, welcomed the crowd on behalf of the men and women who wear the Army uniform, and introduced the band and chorus.

    "The exceptional musicians of the U.S. Army Field Band and the Soldiers' Chorus embody the teamwork, skills and discipline of all our Soldiers in today's Army: active, guard and reserve," said Huntoon.

     "Tonight, as we listen to this wonderful concert, I would only ask you to remember the selfless service of our men and women who wear the uniform around the world in the defense of freedom," he continued.

    In keeping with that thought, before the start of the music Huntoon took time to honor three people who stand by the Soldiers who serve our country today.

    As a part of the Army's Freedom Team Salute program, Huntoon helped to recognize retired Maj. Olivia Jones, Leta White, and Rae-Ellen Bowling.

    Last year the Army introduced Freedom Team Salute to recognize supporters who make it possible for Soldiers to serve our country. The program provides the opportunity to thank their parents, spouses, veterans and employers for their support.

    Olivia Jones, who was assigned to Carlisle Barracks in 1982 as the post adjutant, became the first female at the Carlisle garrison. She served later in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Jones also served in the Army Reserve and was mobilized for active duty in support of the Bosnia Peacekeeping Initiative. Her son, Marine Lance Cpl. Aly Jones, presented her with the Freedom Team pin.

    Leta White is the wife of Chap. (Col.) James White. Col. He is a student at the Army War College and recently returned from a one-year deployment in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division. He presented his wife with a Freedom Team Salute pin for the strength and support she has provided throughout his Army career.

    Master Sgt Bowling stepped out of the band to honor his mother, Rae-Ellen Bowlig, with a pin and thanks for support through every step of his more than 17 years of service. Bowling was also able to recognize his father John, a Korean War veteran. Bowling, along with the help of the audience, sang happy birthday in recognition of his father's 75th birthday.

    The band and chorus, playing selections ranging from the overture from The School for Scandal by Samual Barber, to Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, garnered many rousing ovations from the audience.

    Since its creation in 1946, the U.S. Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages around the world, according to the group's website. As the premier touring musical representative for the U.S. Army, the internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year and through these concerts, "keeps the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world."

    The performance in Mechanicsburg, Pa. was the 11th stop in the show's 2006 Fall Tour. They are scheduled to perform three more shows in Pennsylvania before heading to New York October 23.

     If you are a Soldier and would like to honor someone with a Freedom Team Salute commendation, visit

    For information about U.S. Army Field Band & Chorus current vacancies, performance tours, concert sponsorship opportunities, and education outreach programs, visit their website at


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Class of 1976 gathers to honor former commandant


October 17, 2006 -- It was an emotional reunion for members of the Army War College Class of 1976 as they gathered at Carlisle Barracks to honor the memory of former commandant retired Lt. Gen. DeWitt Smith.

    Smith, who passed away in July 2005, was honored with a tree planting outside of the post chapel. The tree, marked by a marble stone, is directly across from one that honors his father.
    "DeWitt was a great man and it's an honor to be here to plant this tree in his honor," said retired Col. Jack King, the class of 1976 member who helped organize the event.

    Also in attendance was Betty Smith, the former commandant's widow, their son Kevin and daughter Shelby. Smith was the longest-serving commandant of the USAWC, having served from July 1974-June 1980.   

    Before the tree planting ceremony, the class members gathered in the chapel assembly room to talk about their memories of Smith. Former USAWC Deputy Commandant retired Maj. Gen. Ted Atkeson also read a eulogy of Smith.  

    During a special part of the ceremony Curtis Hoglan, a retired Brigadier General, played a "Dixie Land Tune," for Smith.

    "A long time ago DeWitt asked me to play this one at his funeral," Hoglan said. "Unfortunately I was unable to make it, so I want to play it for him now."

    After the tune was over, the group moved outside for the tree planting ceremony. Members of the Smith family spread mulch on the tree in his memory.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the alumni and family members stood at attention and observed a retreat ceremony at 5 p.m.

   "It feels good to stand at attention and retire the colors,' said King. "This is a perfect benediction." 

    This was one of the more elaborate reunions that have been held at the War College.

    "We have had several reunions take place in the past," said Brenda George, USAWC Alumni Association director. "However, this one received a higher level of exposure and coordination because it included the tree dedication to General Dewitt Smith." George added that the Alumni Association has helped facilitate 10th, 20th and 30th - year reunions in the past. 

    "The Alumni Association has always provided reunion assistance to classes wishing to reunite with fellow classmates," she said. "If a class wishes to organize a reunion, they should start by contacting our office at (717) 243-0884 or We work hard to keep our alumni database up-to-date to ensure maximum participation for the class."

Class also makes donation to IF program

     As part of the class reunion, the class members donated money to the college for the International Fellows program, which will help fund the IF orientation speakers that come to the War College each year.

    "The International Fellows program started at the Army War College in 1978, while Gen. Smith was commandant," said Steve Riley, the U.S. Army War College Foundation executive director. "The class of 1976 members indicated a desire to make a donation to the IF program in honor of Gen. Smith. This donation will help fund the honoraria and travel expense for some of the speakers each year."

    The group also received an update on the changes to the USAWC curriculum and other changes to Carlisle Barracks. Finally, during a reception at the LVCC, the names of 40 deceased members of the class of 1976 were read.    


USAWC Alumni Association

    The U.S. Army War College Alumni Association was established in 1967 as a non-profit association to foster, maintain, and strengthen a sense of fraternity among the alumni and to promote continued interest in and support of the War College.

    Membership is limited to students, graduates of U.S. Army War College courses, and present or former staff and faculty. To support its members and the War College, the Association publishes a newsletter, maintains and publishes a Directory of all graduates and present and former staff and faculty, maintains an Alumni memorial on the grounds of the College, sponsors an annual birthday and celebration of the founding of the College, holds an annual meeting and provides support to class reunions and seminars. The Association also operates a small gift shop featuring USAWC mementos.

Army War College Foundation

    The Army War College Foundation, Inc., established in 1977, is proud to provide the "margin of excellence" to the academic experience at the U.S. Army War College. The foundation has enhanced the educational experience of our students through stewardship of traditional programs.

    The foundation funding has directly supported student and faculty events: such as National Security Seminar Week, honorariums for distinguished guest lecturers, writing awards for students and faculty, texts for the College's professional library, projects of the International Fellows Program, and financial assistance for high-level conferences and exercises. Since 2002, the Army War College Foundation has funded jointly, with Dickinson College, the General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership. In 2006 alone, the foundation will help support more tan $330,000 worth or programs for the War College.

    Individual, foundation and corporate constituents are steadfast in their contribution to our national defense through stewardship of academic excellence and traditions at the United States Army War College.



Donald C. Winter, Secretary of the Navy

Navy celebrates 231 years of service to nation  

(Naval News Service) -- America is an amazing success story. From our humble origins we have grown, prospered, and offered freedom to generations of Americans. We cherish our independence, our liberties, and our way of life, and like generations before, we unwaveringly defend these bedrocks from those who would do us harm.
    Since 1775, when the Continental Congress of the United States recognized the need for naval forces, the United States Navy has been vital in protecting our national security. The heroism and courage of the Sailors that have fought our nation's wars since the earliest days of the republic is alive today in each and every one of you; as we once again confront an enemy that openly targets our freedom and our way of life. Your willingness to serve, your steadfastness in the face of pressure, and your inspiring example of courage in confronting danger are what protect us from those who plot our destruction.
   The fact that we live in an increasingly dangerous world is a sobering thought. We have faced great peril before, and we have prevailed. From those in Iraq and Afghanistan, to those deployed at sea and ashore around the world, to those at home who are responsible for recruiting, training, supplying, and providing intelligence to the warfighter, you are all engaged in a noble and worthy endeavor to preserve our way of life and keep America safe.
    On this 231st Birthday of the United States Navy, take unique pride in knowing that your service and your sacrifice continue to do honor to a great nation. Your nation, fellow Americans, and our friends and allies around the world respect and appreciate your commitment.
    It is my honor and privilege to be your Secretary as we celebrate this birthday. May God bless you, your families, and the United States of America.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

International Fellow's spouses take trip to AHEC


October 18, 2006- A group from the Conversation and Culture program visited the Army Heritage Education Center Oct. 18 to gain a further understanding of the facilities' offerings and how it related to their own past, present and future experiences.

    AHEC held the interest of these 11 military spouses, despite their varied nationalities and experiences.

    "The thing that unites all of us in the military is our experiences. We live in new countries, face war.AHEC offers stories of the Soldier. You all have that as you've been militarily engaged over the years," Michael Lynch, AHEC chief of visitor services and programs.

    The group trip included a film viewing and an in-depth tour of the facility. Special displays were presented for the ladies, including books about and/or written by authors from their own nation.

    "We have researchers from all over the world come here, from each of your countries. There are many opportunities to reach out to scholars from all over the world," said Lynch.

    Conversation and Culture is a program established to facilitate a smooth transition to the United States for International Fellows and their families. Every IF and family are assigned a military and civilian sponsor to assist the family in everyday life and to serve as a familiar face.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Leave can be donated for employees affected by Hurricane Katrina

    October 18, 2006 -- Employees affected by Hurricane Katrina are still in need of donated leave, and employees at Carlisle Barracks can donate unused annual leave to assist them.

   One year after Hurricane Katrina, many federal employees in the Gulf Coast region of Louisiana and Mississippi remain affected by the hurricane and its aftermath. In a continued relief effort, a government-wide program is coordinating the interagency transfer of annual leave donated under the Emergency Leave Transfer Program, or ILTP.

    Through the emergency leave transfer program, employees may donate their unused annual leave for transfer to employees of their agency or other agencies who are adversely affected by a major disaster or emergency and who need additional time off from work.

    Employees can donate hours by using PM Form 1638 "Request to Donate Annual Leave Under the Emergency Transfer Leave Program" and submitting it to the Civilian Personnel office here.   A copy of this form may be found at


Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service

DoD resumes mandatory Anthrax vaccinations

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2006 - The Defense Department will resume mandatory anthrax inoculations for servicemembers and civilians deploying to U.S. Central Command and Korea, DoD officials said today.

    The six-shot series provides immunity from a deadly disease that has been used as a biological attack agent, said Dr. William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.
    A small number of servicemembers assigned to homeland defense units will also receive the shots.
    David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, will issue instructions to the services in the next two months. The program will start soon after.
    A court order halted mandatory vaccinations in 2004. In 2005, the order was lifted, and servicemembers deploying to the area or in special units could choose to receive the vaccinations or not. Roughly 50 percent of those deploying did opt for the shots.
    "The anthrax vaccine is safe; it is effective for all forms of anthrax spore exposure," Winkenwerder said. "Time and again (this vaccine) has been looked at by experts, . and each time the conclusion is the vaccine is safe and it is effective."
    The assistant secretary said the anthrax threat is still out there. "Our adversaries continue to remind us that they are determined to obtain nuclear, chemical and biological weapons," he said. "We do not yet know who perpetrated the attacks of October 2001." In that incident, letters filled with anthrax spores killed five, sickened 17 and contaminated the Hart Senate Office Building so badly it was months before the building was deemed safe.
    It's important to make the vaccination program mandatory, Winkenwerder said. "There is a signal sent if a program is voluntary that perhaps it is just not that important," he said. "Our actual view is that it is very important. We believe it should be mandatory, because we want to protect every person to the maximum degree possible who might be a target."
   While the program is mandatory for those deploying to threat areas, the program will be voluntary for servicemembers and civilians who started their vaccine series but had to stop because of the judge's order. "If they wish to continue with their vaccine series, we will make it available," Winkenwerder said.
    Research continues on the anthrax vaccine. The assistant secretary said DoD is looking at studies conducted with the Centers for Disease Control that may allow the department to reduce the number of shots from six to five or even four. "We don't have FDA concurrence or approval for that yet," he said.
    There is no shortage of the vaccine, Winkenwerder said.


TRADOC News Service

Army announces 'Army Strong' campaign theme
  October 19, 2006 -- The U.S. Army announced Oct. 9 the start of its communication and education efforts to assist the Army family to communicate to the Nation about Soldier's skills, leadership, teamwork, and selfless service prior to the launch of a new Army advertising campaign. Army Secretary Dr. Francis J. Harvey unveiled the Army Strong campaign, a key component of the Army's recruiting and advertising efforts, at the 2006 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
    "This morning we will launch our internal communications and education phase lasting several weeks until we formally launch the new advertising campaign on Nov 9," Harvey said. "It is vitally important that the internal Army family understand and embrace this new campaign. I believe this campaign speaks to an essential truth of being a Soldier".
   The Army Strong campaign builds on the foundation of the previous recruiting campaigns by highlighting the transformative power of the U.S. Army. Army Strong captures the defining experience of U.S. Army Soldiers.
    "Army Strong is a strength personified by every U.S. Army Soldier -Active Duty, Army Reserve, National Guard, Cadet and Retired," said Lt Gen. Robert Van Antwerp Jr., commander US Army Accessions Command. "This campaign will show Americans that there is strong, then there's Army Strong. I am both inspired and confident that the campaign will build on the positive momentum within our recruiting program."
    Army Strong was developed to specifically address the interests and motivations of those considering a career in the U.S. military. The campaign also speaks to those who understand and support the decision of a family member, friend or employee to serve.
    A national advertising campaign for the Army Strong message will launch Nov. 9 and will initially involve television, radio and online spots as well as an updated Web site. Print ads are scheduled to begin running in January 2007. The ads will be directed to media that appeals to young adults.
    Army Strong is the creation of the McCann Worldgroup, the U.S. Army's marketing communications agency. McCann Worldgroup was retained Dec. 7, 2005, after a competitive review of potential agency partners. To develop the campaign, McCann conducted extensive research among prospective soldiers and their influencers, and interacted directly with hundreds of Soldiers. "This is a campaign informed by research, and inspired by Soldiers," said Eric Keshin, McCann Worldgroup's worldwide Chief Operating Officer and Regional Director-North America.
    A preview of the campaign and information is available to all Soldiers and their families at Additional details about the Army Strong campaign will be announced when the ads begin airing Nov. 9.

    (Editors Note: This article originally appeared on the Fort Belvoir website)


Army CIO\G6 reports

DoD employees eligible for discounts on personal cell phone plans

    October 19, 2006 -- All Federal Government employees may participate in the DoD Handheld Wireless Enterprise BPAs Sponsorship Program to purchase wireless devices, services, and accessories for their personal use.  Each qualified employee participating in the Sponsorship Program will be referred to as an "Individual Responsibility User". 

    Each Individual Responsibility User (IRU) must enter into and be individually responsible for complying with a separate agreement for service and equipment including, without limitation, the corresponding obligation to pay for all charges incurred; will be individually responsible for complying with all of the terms and conditions of his or her chosen rate plan; and, must follow the established activation procedures and processes.

    Note:  Most vendors are requiring a two year service agreement be established or an existing service agreement must be renewed for an additional two years to qualify for the discount.

    The USAWC or Carlisle Barracks does not endorse any of the services offered.  This is an information only message that might benefit some Federal Government employees.




Dr. Francis J. Harvey, Secretary of the Army

Army unveils new 'Army Strong' campaign

All Army Leaders:

    October 9, 2006 -- For 231 years our Army has been the vanguard of freedom around the globe.  Our ability to fulfill this vital role for the nation depends on each of you, and on the work you do every day.  It also depends on our ability to fill the Army's ranks in the future with committed and capable volunteer Soldiers.   

    Today, I announced the beginning of our effort to inform you and all our Army family about the Army Strong Ad campaign at the Association of the United States Army Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C.  The Chief of Staff of the Army, General Peter Schoomaker and I are confident that the new Army Strong campaign captures the unique character of the Soldier.  As we all know, you become a stronger person by becoming a Soldier.  This is a special kind of strong... it's Army Strong!

    We will take a full thirty days to explain this campaign as thoroughly as possible to help you - our Army's leaders - to understand what it is and the meaning behind it.  I need you to explain it to your Soldiers, their families and your community.  Your public affairs and recruiting professionals have more detailed information - use them to spread the word.  Watch the video which represents the essence of this campaign on AKO (  The public launch (television commercials, new posters, etc.) will take place on November 9.   

    Army Strong stands for a big idea.  It speaks to the truth about the U.S. Army - that Soldiers develop mental, emotional and physical strength forged through shared values, teamwork, experience and training..that by making the decision to join the Army, an individual is choosing to recognize potential strength within him or herself and develop it further . that an individual Soldier is choosing to take charge of his or her future and career . that Soldiers actively choose to make a difference in their lives, their families, their communities and for their nation.

    I firmly believe Army Strong is the truth.  I often speak with Soldiers as you also do.  In different words and in different ways, over and over again, I hear the story of strength.

    General Schoomaker and I are asking for your full support of this important campaign.  Every time you speak to your Soldiers, your peers and your community, please inspire the qualities of Army Strong.  We are asking you to represent Army Strong.  We are asking you to teach your Soldiers, units and community about Army Strong.  We are asking you to encourage others to visit to learn more about the U.S. Army.

    You are Army Strong.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

CFC deadline shifts to Nov. 28

October 12, 2006 -- You now have some extra time to make your contribution to the 2006 Combined Federal Campaign.

    "The campaign materials arrived late and are being distributed Oct 11-13," said Cora Johnson, CFC manager.  

    The CFC, which will now run at Carlisle Barracks from Oct. 13 - Nov. 28, enables community members to contribute to more than 2,000 local, national and international health, welfare and emergency relief organizations.

     From Water for the People to the Armed Forces Foundation and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, donors can decide where they want their contribution to go.  Contributions not directed toward a specific organization will be split up between all organizations.

     The program works on a bi-weekly payroll deduction, and participants can donate any amount over $1.00 per pay period.  Participants have the option to select which agencies they wish to contribute to. Any federal employee may contribute to the program by check, cash or payroll deduction.

    "CFC is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations," said Cora Johnson, Carlisle Barracks CFC Campaign Manager. "It continues to be the largest and most successful workplace fundraising model in the world. This year, many local, national and international voluntary agencies will benefit from your thoughtfulness and generosity."

    Carlisle Barracks raised $119,897 last year and exceeded their goal by $9,897 and was recognized by the Greater Harrisburg United Way for exceeding their goal for two years running. This year's goal is $115,000.
    These charities range from military, veteran and patriotic organizations to human and civil rights organizations to environmental organizations to religious and cultural organizations.
    To receive CFC funds, organizations must meet strict standards - they must have tax-exempt non-profit status; they must provide service, benefits or assistance to activities that promote human well-being; they must spend no more than 25 percent of their revenue on fundraising; and they must not disclose the names of CFC contributors, among other rules.

    "All of the money donated to CFC during this drive can stay in the Central Pennsylvania area," said  Johnson. "That's one of the great things about CFC you can help out those agencies in your own community."

2006 CFC representatives

    Donations can be made by contacting any of the following:



Key worker


Jean Bahner


Patrick Shane /Sgt. 1st Class Toombs


Sgt. Herzog


Laura Popielski


Sgt 1st Class Goyt


Christine Celona


1st Sgt. Scott


Sgt. Forand


Sgt. Mckissen


Daniel Lorenz


Sgt. Forand


Candi Smith


Patricia  Kenyon


Master Sgt. Alfieri


Kay Preslar


Roy Carte


Liz Walton


Larry Piper


Karen Wright


Donna Jones


Marcia Kaseman


Carol Wentzel


Susan Kennedy


William Metcalf


Kimberly McConnell  



Chris Shoffner

Connie Weekly 








Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Memorial dedication honors fallen USAWC graduate


October 11, 2006- A memorial dedication held Oct. 11 honored an international alumnus of the U.S. Army War College who was killed on June 26, 2006 by a suicide bomber in Sri Lanka, according to news reports.

    Sri Lankan Lt. Gen. Paarami Kulatunge, the 3rd ranking military officer in the Sri Lanka Military forces and member of the USAWC Class of 2003, was recounted as a Soldier of the highest merit, particularly in regard to dedication, service and character. His name was added to a plaque that honors USAWC graduates who have been killed in the line of duty.

    The memorial dedication included thoughtful words from several individuals, ranging from former classmates to the Sri Lanka Ambassador to the United States. Kulatunge, known to his friends and family as Paara, is remembered for countless admirable qualities.

    "Paara was a soldier, a patriot and an awfully good, decent man. He was a man whose family, both immediate and extended, meant so much to him," said Ted Smith, a former USAWC classmate. "He carried out duties fearlessly and held fast to his belief that decency in humanity truly mattered."

    There was a palpable sense of loss, both personal and in a larger sense, as others said Kulatunge left a great mark on all that he cared about and acted upon.  

    "We must take increased honor to the cause in his memory," said Col. Chip Dever, former USAWC classmate. "Selflessly he gave life to further freedom of his countrymen in Sri Lanka. Our tribute today pales in comparison to the honor you bestowed upon us."  

    Dever said Kulatunge was not only an inspiration, but a great friend as well.

    "I forgot your birthday, but when I was in Iraq you remembered mine both times," he said. "I remember our first day here [USAWC]. You were the first to turn to me and shake my hand. As a soldier, there is no greater gift than to work with a soldier such as you."

    Kulatunge is remembered as a first-class statesman and scholar.

    "It was Paara's ideas of a bright and secure future for his country in the face of great danger that marked him as a leader of both moral and physical courage, and that so inspired all those with whom he served," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "Paara was a remarkable strategic leader who was bringing about substantive change for his Nation's security in the face of a ruthless enemy.

    His classmates said they hoped Kulatunge's ideals will continue to flourish as he inspired so many during his lifetime.

     "You put service to country, peace and freedom above all else," said Dever.

    "He shared his hope and optimism, and that of his fellow officers, of the peace process in his country. This ceremony speaks volumes of our [Sri Lanka and the United States] common goal and cooperation," said Smith.


    Kulatunge was born on October, 9, 1951 in Lewella, Kandy educated at Trinity College, he entered Officer Candidate Training at the Sri Lanka Military Academy on July 20, 1971. His first assignment was to the 1st Battalion, The Gemunu Watch. Kulatunge progressed through the ranks quickly being promoted to Maj. Gen. in 2000. He was posthumously promoted to Lt. Gen. effective June 26, 2006. He received countless awards for valor, bravery and service during his 35-year career.

    Kulatunge is survived by his wife, Manthri Kulatunge.


Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks Hispanic Americans serving their country

Positive influences can change a person's life


      October 12, 2006 -- "During 9/11 working on death notifications for those killed at the Pentagon, I was informed that I would be the command chaplain on the hospital ship USNS Comfort and to go home and pack my bags immediately," said Chap.(Navy Cmdr.) Sal Aguilera. His main responsibility was on the ship, but he found himself working at Ground Zero also. "Many of the policemen and firemen were Irish Catholic and Italian Catholic, there was a shortage of priests to give blessings and last rites."

    He also remembers the generosity of people, lined along the streets, tossing food and articles of clothing into the cars of workers heading to Ground Zero.  In October 2001 when the USNS Comfort left the harbor, it headed up the Hudson toward the Statue of Liberty to a fanfare of red-white-and-blue water spouts shot from fire boats, helicopters circling in the sky overhead and an escort by the harbor patrol.

    Aguilera, a member of the USAWC Class of 2007, reminiscences about his time on the USNS Comfort and the positive influences in his life that made it all possible.

    Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Aguilera's grandparents, business owners in northern Mexico, moved to the United States because of Pancho Villa's reign of terror, he said.  

  "While my heritage is Hispanic, it is rooted in the American culture."   "It is wonderful to recognize the divergence of culture, but in that diversity, we have to recognize that we are in service to our great country," he said.

    These words come from a man who serves both God and country and was taught by his family to give back to his country.   "We are here to give back, not to take," he said.  "This country has given us a lot."  

   The Aguilera family has certainly given back.  His family members have either served in the U.S. Marine Corps or U.S. Army, spent careers in teaching and social work and strive to help the disenfranchised to better their lives, he said.

    In fact, Aguilera's uncle, who was a teacher in El Paso, made it possible for kids who were using drugs and inhalants on the streets of El Paso to turn their lives around, he said. 

    At his uncle's funeral, Aguilera said he was approached by a state senator from Texas who told him that he used to be one of those boys on the streets of El Paso, whose life was changed because of Aguilera's uncle.

    After receiving educational degrees from San Antonio Community College, Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., and studies abroad, Aguilera was ordained a priest in 1984 and was assigned to the El Paso Catholic Diocese.   

    From 1988 thru the summer of 1991, Aguilera worked as a contract clergyman for the Fort Bliss Post Chapel.  It was there, he said, that the loving support he received from the Fort Bliss community inspired him to become a military chaplain.

   It took a great deal of persistence to persuade his superior to release him to the military, but in 1991, Aguilera was commissioned at the Naval Air Station in Dallas.

    Since that time, Aguilera's  military career has taken him to Okinawa, Japan, Marine Corps Headquarters in Arlington, Va., Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Naval Academy, USS John F. Kennedy, "Stationed on the Air Craft Carrier JFK for six months, you have a very attentive audience because they don't have a choice.  You become a family, a team," recalls Chap. Aguilera.  "I was involved in many community relations projects-humanitarian projects at the different ports of call."  Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Naval Medical Center Bethesda, USNS Comfort, Naval Recruiting Region North in Scotia, N.Y., and the Combined U.S. Naval Center/5th fleet in Bahrain.  "In Bahrain as the force and fleet command chaplain for all chaplains, including our Allies, I would brief the admiral's policy, provide cultural awareness information on ethics, religion and various issues and serve as host.

Choosing the Army War College over the Naval War College

     Because of his memorable experience at Fort Bliss, Aguilera said he has always wanted to give back to the Army. 

    When asked which senior service school he would like to attend, Aguilera didn't hesitate to choose the Army War College.  "I am honored to be here and hope to give back," he said.  He tries to give back by helping out at the Carlisle Barracks Post Chapel. 

    Talking about the college curriculum, he said, "There is a total shift in thought process.  It is challenging for a non-combatant.  My role is to advise commanders and, because of the studies here in strategic leadership, I will be better able to serve my commanders and understand how they are thinking," he said.

    Aguilera will graduate from the Army War College June 9 and leave Carlisle Barracks with the experience and insights to serve his country as a strategic leader.

Dreams do come true if you work hard

    "I always wanted to become a police officer, so I decided to become a military police officer."  For Special Agent Heriberto Rodriguez, CID agent for the Criminal Investigation Command's Carlisle Barracks office, dreams do come true.  

    Rodriguez was born in Newark, N.J., moved to Allentown, Pa. when he was 8 years old, then moved seven years later to Parryville, Pa.

    Rodriguez dropped out of school in the 10th grade to work full time.  At 24, and married with two children, he wanted to improve his family's quality of life, so he decided to get his GED.  One week prior to joining the U.S. Army in July 1995, he obtained it.

    After attending basic training and the Military Police School at Fort McClellan, Ala., his first duty station was Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., followed by a six-month deployment to Saudi Arabia.

    After returning to the States, Rodriguez was selected by the CID to work semi-covert drug investigations.   And three years later, applied to become a CID agent.   After attending and graduating from the basic CID Apprentice Agent School, he returned to Fort Bragg to run the Semi-Covert Drug Suppression Team.

    In August 2002 Rodriguez was assigned to Hawaii and was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq to serve on an Anti-Terrorism Task Force.  Returning to Hawaii, he was selected to run the CID Office Drug Suppression Team-a team of five military police personnel.

    Rodriguez has been stationed on Carlisle Barracks since November 2005 as the detachment sergeant and now as a case agent.

    "Coming from a dead-end high school drop-out life to what I am doing now is sort of unbelievable," he said.  "Who would have thought a person like me would be where I am at today doing what I do?"

Special Agent Rodriguez comes from quite a diverse background

    "I guess you can say I have a diverse background," he said.  My father is Puerto Rican and my mother's father is Yugoslavian and her mother is Syrian.  "I was exposed to a lot of the Puerto Rican culture as I grew up.  Although I never fully picked up the language, I understand and speak a little, he said.  My mother has always made lots of Spanish foods taught to her by my father."

    "I think it's a great idea to show others our culture and heritage. Everywhere you go there is some sort of Hispanic influence on our lives," he said.  "Whether it is food, TV, movies, or the words we use, the Hispanic heritage is a huge part of our country's history."

    Special Agent Rodriguez' plans for the future include completing his degree in criminal justice and attending Warrant Officer Candidate School in the near future.

     "I think my diverse heritage has helped me in all aspects of my career."



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Anne Ely renovation project making progress

October 11, 2006 - Renovations to Anne Ely Hall are moving along as scheduled and all signs point to an April 2007 re-opening.

    "They are really making good progress on the Anne Ely renovations," said Tom Kelly, head of the post Directorate of Public Works.

    According to Kelly, the second floor drywall and painting have been completed and the ceiling grid has been installed.

    As part of the $3 million dollar renovation project, all of the offices in Anne Ely will be re-configured to better use space.

    "The building will have a totally new layout," said Kelly. The walls, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical are just some of the things that are being replaced and upgraded.

    "The building is basically being gutted and everything is being replaced for safety, efficiency and making sure it's ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant." There will even be an elevator installed to help people get around," said Kelly. Currently the first floor plumbing, mechanical and electrical work is still ongoing.

    The renovations will help bring back to life a building that was beginning to show its age. One of the major improvements will be new windows which are expected to be received and installed in the next few weeks.

    The renovations aren't only restricted to the interior of the building.

    "In addition to the interior work, there is sidewalk replacement and new gutters and downspouts added to the building," said Kelly. The renovations are expected to be complete in April 2007.

Power outrage scheduled for Oct 14

    As part of the renovations, there will be a power outage Oct. 14 that will affect the Post Office in Anne Ely as well as the street lights adjacent to the building. The work could continue until Sunday if needed.

Renovations to turn Anne Ely into new personnel center  

   After the renovations, Anne Ely is planned to be a "one-stop-shop" for new personnel and residents of Carlisle Barracks.

    "The plan is for people to be able to visit each organization that they need to in one building when they first some to Carlisle Barracks," said Kelly.

    Once the renovations are complete, CPO, EEO\EO, and HRD will move back to Anne Ely. Other offices planned for Anne Ely are GMH Military Housing, ACS and transportation.       

Post Office renovations completed in July

    Part of the renovation project is already complete. The newly renovated facility includes new post office boxes in addition to a limited number of parcel lockers to better serve patrons.



Col. T. Scott Lloyd, Freedom Team Salute director

Freedom Team Salute

    Octpber 11, 2006 -- The Army recognizes that in this time of war, we are all Soldiers for freedom.  We, as Soldiers, respond to the Call to Duty, which binds us to our service and guides our actions as guardians and defenders of freedom.  This service would not be possible without a strong support network.  Freedom Team Salute recognizes those supporters who make it possible for Soldiers to serve our country. 

    FTS provides all Soldiers - Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve - with the opportunity to recognize and honor our parents, spouses, and employers who make our service possible.  FTS additionally recognizes and honors veteran Soldiers of all generations for their legacy of freedom, duty, and honor to our country and for their continued support of the Army mission.

    Log on to to nominate your spouse, parent, employer (for RC Soldiers) and a veteran today!

    Thank you for what you do for our Army and our nation.    



Sgt. Sara Wood, American Forces Press Service

Soldiers still have time to vote absentee

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 18, 2006) - Servicemembers and U.S. citizens living overseas still have time to register, request a ballot and vote in November's mid-term elections, the Defense Department official in charge of the absentee voting program said here today.
    While the registration deadlines for some states have passed, absentee voters can still register and request a ballot from about 30 states, said Polli Brunelli, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. She also urged overseas citizens who have received a ballot to complete it and send it in to ensure their votes are counted.
    "If you've gotten your ballot, vote it and return it," Brunelli said. "If you haven't gotten your ballot, if you haven't registered and you want to register, there's still time to do it in many states."
    The Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site, at

 also offers a feature that lists electronic voting options for absentee voters, such as faxing or e-mailing ballots.
     Because the mail system can be irregular, many states are instituting these electronic options for absentee voters, Brunelli said. It's up to the individual states to decide what is acceptable, she said, but about 35 states allow a blank ballot to be faxed to overseas citizens, and about 26 states allow a voter to send back a voted ballot by fax. These electronic options are helpful for troops deployed overseas, who often can't rely on the mail system, she noted.
   "We're trying to make voting as easy as possible," she said. "It really isn't that complicated."
    Electronic voting procedures do bring a certain amount of risk for confidentiality, Brunelli acknowledged. Because of that, voters who wish to use electronic procedures have to sign a security waiver saying they understand the risks, she said.
    If overseas citizens have not received their ballots yet, they can use a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, which is available at U.S. embassies, consulates and military installations, Brunelli said. These ballots are accepted by all states and allow the citizen to vote for federal offices, she said. However, if someone has completed the write-in ballot and receives a state ballot later, he or she should still complete and send in the state ballot, she said.
    The military has about 1.4 million potential absentee voters, and federal employees serving overseas and other citizens living overseas bring that number up to a potential 6 million, Brunelli said. Absentee voters usually participate at high rates in presidential elections, but often the smaller elections, like next month's, don't get the participation they should, she said.
    "It's important to vote in all elections," she said. "Mid-term elections are incredibly important     to the military member, to your families. It's your chance to voice your opinion and make a determination on who's going to represent you. It's an opportunity to participate in the electoral process; we want to encourage everyone to do that."
   For more information see: HRC Voting Assistance.




Public Affairs staff report

Workshop focused on education of military children scheduled for Nov. 2

     October 25, 2006 -- The Military Child Education Coalition will hold a workshop Nov. 2, in Collins Hall at Carlisle Barracks.

    "This workshop is open to any military or mobile families that transition their children from one school district to another due to job transfers, work opportunities, etc," said Jacqueline Schultz, school liaison officer. "The Carlisle community has 26% transient population and I think this would be beneficial to families outside our gates that may experience frequent moves due to job security and other opportunities." There is no cost for the workshop.

    The keynote speaker will be Bobbi Lucas-Spahr from Mission Homefront - Center for Schools and Communities in Camp Hill, PA. 

    "Lucas-Spahr is one of the coordinators of the Mission Homefront initiative," said Schultz. "She will speak about addressing the needs of children and families affected by military deployment and how Mission Homefront can support families before, during, after deployments."

Background on Mission Homefront

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Center for Schools and Communities, have joined forces in an initiative entitled Mission Homefront to address the needs of children and families affected by military deployment, particularly as it relates to academic achievement. Mission Homefront is designed to educate and provide resources for Pennsylvania's school personnel and families who are struggling with the impact of deployment on Pennsylvania's children.

    Pennsylvania provides the nation's highest number of National Guard troops and the third largest number of all personnel serving in the military effort. This important initiative will help ensure an optimal learning environment is maintained for children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania affected by military deployment.

Mission Homefront:

       Presents essential facts regarding military deployment

       Provides professional development opportunities to help educators understand deployment and its impact on children.

       Assists schools in identifying the number of students in their district affected by deployment.

       Offers strategies to support students and their families before, during and after deployment.

       Reinforces the critical role of parents and educators in providing stability during the challenges of deployment.

    According to Schultz, the MCEC offers this practical workshop to provide tools for military-connected or mobile parents. Designed to help parents increase their confidence, it is based on "what works" research and useful planning ideas for before, during, and after a change of schools. The Parent Workshop builds upon and encourages the experience sharing of participants.
Workshop Topics
The Parent Workshop includes a number of topics, including the ones identified below:

  • Learning about K-12 school transition lessons based on research

  • Knowing the expectations

  • Looking at the total school experience

  • Preparing for a move - special needs and special programs

  • Transitioning for everyone - pointers and common pitfalls

  • Understanding schools - the cultures: school and military

  • Getting off on the right foot - the "new school"

  • Working through challenges

  • Making progress - academic indicators and milestones

  • Testing and assessment - information about schools, programs, and students

  • Striking the balance - extracurricular and enrichment opportunities

  • Fitting in - social emotional support

  • Preparing for college - transitions, transcripts, and tuition


    In order to register, families can contact Joe York at 245-4787 or Jacqueline Schultz, 245-4638,




Laura Barko, Post Chapel

Post chapel hosting 'Hallelujah Party'     

    October 4, 2006 -- Join us for a "Hallelujah Party" Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 pm at the Carlisle Barracks Chapel. 

    A great alternative to traditional Halloween activities, this party will be held during Carlisle/Carlisle Barracks trick-or-treating hours.  Families will enjoy dinner, crafts, carnival-type games and a special "Gospel Illusion Show" at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. 

   Participants may dress as Biblical characters, animals, Saints, or in non-threatening, non scary costumes. Children age five and younger must be supervised by an adult or teen at all times during the event.  Families are asked to bring a can of food for donation to Project Share AND a large bag of candy (for distribution). 

    Please let us know if you plan to join us and/or want to help.  Call Laura Barko @ 241-0081.


Post Halloween Parade and on-post trick or treating Oct. 31

The Halloween Parade and on-post trick or treating will be held this year on Tuesday, October 31.  

    The line up for the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the parade will start at 5 p.m. at Indian Field. Judging will occur and prizes will be awarded after all participants have circled Indian Field. On-post trick or treating will also start after the parade and will run from 6-8 p.m.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

It's annual Information Assurance training time again

October 24, 2006 -- The days are getting shorter, the winds getting colder, it can only mean one thing-it's time to complete your annual Information Assurance training.

    "All computer users with Carlisle Barracks network access will need to complete this training," said Sam Waldrop, Carlisle Barracks IA Assurance manager. He added that those who have taken it through another command or who have already met the annual requirement, i.e. Class of 2007, International Fellows, Commissary, PX, and MEDDAC do not need to re-take the training.

    Post PC users will need to complete the course by Nov. 7. The course can be found at and users can complete the training by following the on-screen instructions.

    "Once complete, users are also required to submit a Carlisle Barracks Form 117re, Acceptable Use Policy Acknowledgement of Initial/Annual Security Training and Awareness plus a copy of the end of course certificate to your IASO upon completion of the above training," said Waldrop.
    Not completing the course means that users may lose computer access.

    "Failure to comply may result in loss of network access," said Waldrop. "Those who have taken one of the courses since April 2006 do not need to retake the course if their activity IMO/IASO has a record of attendance."





All post residents and employees are invited to the RCI Groundbreaking, Oct 23 at 1 p.m.

October 20 2006 -- William A. Armbruster, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Privatization and Partnerships, Col. Tom Torrance, Deputy Commandant, U.S. Army War College, and Christopher Williams, GMH Military Housing Vice President will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony signifying the first phase of new military family housing to be built by GMH at the Meadows.

    Where: The Meadows, located on Claremont Road, adjacent to the Carlisle Barracks Vehicle Access Center and vehicle checkpoint

    When: Monday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m.

    The Carlisle Town Band will provide music for the event. 



Slippery Rock professor to discuss French & Indian War

     October 11, 2006 -- On Wednesday, Oct. 25, AHEC presents, "The French & Indian War and the Fate of the British Empire in North America," a free public lecture by Dr. David Dixon, Slippery Rock University professor of history.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; the talk begins at 7:15 p.m. in Ridgway Hall, Army Heritage Drive, between Trindle and Claremont roads, Carlisle.

   Dr. Dixon will focus on the long period of Indian uprisings that unsettled the lives of frontier settlers. The colonial government offered little help in the period following the French and Indian War, when peace was not restored, and Pontiac's Uprising 1763-66 illustrated Britain's tenuous hold - leading to the American Revolution. The author of Never Come to Peace Again, Dixon draws on interpretations of Indian cultural history and primary source material  to offer a fresh perspective on the tumultuous period, shaped by competing Indian, colonial and imperial interests.

    This lecture is an education outreach program of the Army Heritage and Education Center. For updates on this and other Perspectives in Military History events, check or call 717-245-3803.



Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Program

National Red Ribbon Campaign - '100% Me Drug Free, United Against Drugs' Oct. 23 - 31

   October 3, 2006 -- The Carlisle Barracks community will celebrate the National Red Ribbon Campaign to facilitate general awareness of chemical abuse, to encourage organizations to take an active stand regarding sobriety and to promote a drug-free America.

Red ribbon history:

Enrique Camarena 1943 - 1985:  An American Hero

    It was February 7, 1985 at 2:00 p.m. a warm winter afternoon in Guadalajara, Mexico, when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena locked his badge and revolver in his desk drawer and left to meet his wife for lunch. Kiki unsuspectingly crossed the street to his pickup truck. While unlocking the doors to his vehicle, he was grabbed by five men who shoved him into a beige Volkswagen. One month later, his body was discovered in a shallow grave.  Kiki and his informant, Alfredo Zavala Avelar, were savagely and grotesquely murdered.

    Kiki joined the DEA in 1974 and asked to be transferred to Guadalajara, Mexico, the center of the drug trafficking empire. While investigating a multi-billion dollar drug scam, he confiscated thousands of pounds of cocaine, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana. He suspected the drug scam involved officers of the Mexican army, police and government. Kiki was a believer that one person CAN make a difference and he sacrificed his life to prevent drugs from entering the United States.

    In 1985, the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth joined with DEA and implemented a Red Ribbon campaign that spread places as far away as Europe. The National Red Ribbon campaign is celebrated every year October 23 - 31, and is dedicated to Kiki Camarena and all of the people who have been wrongly killed due to the violence of drugs.

    Since then, millions of Americans have gotten involved in, and been touched by the Red Ribbon Campaign efforts. No other single drug prevention movement has had such impact on so many lives.

    The Red Ribbon Campaign is an opportunity to send a consistent "No Drug" message to people everywhere.  The Carlisle Barracks community is invited and highly encouraged to take part in this year's celebration. The following activities and events will take place Oct. 23 - 31.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

  • Poster contest, "100% Me Drug Free, United Against Drugs" will run Oct. 10 - 28 for more information contact Youth Services.

Saturday, Oct. 21

  • Decorate Youth Center - all youth are invited to join the staff in decorating the center, refreshments will be provided.

Monday, Oct. 23

  • McGruff to visit CDC children with Red Ribbons and handouts, 0900.

  • Posters and baskets of red ribbons will be distributed throughout post at various locations. Pick one up, wear it proudly and receive discounts at various locations.

  • Guards will hand out Red Ribbons at the gates in the morning.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

  • Official kickoff ceremony 4 p.m. at Youth Services.

  • Teen will read the History of the Red Ribbon Campaign.

  • Garrison Commander will tie a red ribbon on a tree in the center.  Selected youth will assist, and the community is invited. McGruff will be present.

  • Youth will "Plant a Promise" red tulips as part of celebration.

  • Refreshments will be provided in Youth Center following the event.

Wednesday, Oct. 25    

  • McGruff will "man" a display table that will be set-up at the Post Exchange and soccer fields with give-away items from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

  • Movie-night at youth center (videos on drug-free awareness) free snacks.

Thursday, Oct. 26

  • A display table will be set up at the soccer fields with give-away items from 4-5:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27

  • Adult Halloween Party @ LVCC, Tiki Bar.

  • Ghost Walk @ LVCC.

Monday, Oct. 30

  • Winners of poster contest selected.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

  • Poster contest prizes awarded.

  • Halloween parade on Indian Field at 5 p.m.

  • McGruff will be present from 4:30- 6 p.m.

  • Halloween Party at LVCC, 6-9 p.m., for grades 6 - 12.

  • Youth Services will host a "Drug-Free" Ghost Walk, 8-9 p.m., LVCC


Special promotion:

    During the week of Oct. 23 - 31 the following organizations will be offering a special promotion for all individuals wearing a Red Ribbon:

       Bowling Center - a free small soft drink with the purchase of a food item.

       Golf Course - $2.00 off an electric cart rental during a round of golf.

       LeTort View Community Center-   $1.00 off the Sunday Brunch (Oct. 29).

       $1.00 OFF of any purchase at Anthony's Pizza/ Subway/or Theater.

       Skill Development Center - free self-help in the framing area and auto shop.


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



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Rain doesn't keep volunteers from working on heritage trail as part of  beautification project


  October 4, 2006 -- Area Girl Scouts and other volunteers braved the rain and cool temperatures and got their hands and clothes dirty to help beautify the Army Heritage Trail as part of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 30.

     For the past eight years, Carlisle Barracks has participated in National Public Lands Day, which promotes the care of public lands. Local Boy and Girl Scout troops have used this opportunity to earn rewards for community service and also to learn more about the environment. Their volunteer efforts also helps save thousands of dollars in labor each year.

    "This is to help educate our youth and the Carlisle Barracks community about the importance of our environment," said Keith Bailey, the post's Biological Science Technician. "The work that is accomplished saves Carlisle Barracks an estimated $10,000 in work each year that would not be completed if the community did not lend a hand."

   This year, the Girl Scouts helped to rake in soil additives, planted seeds, bulbs, trees and plants and spread mulch.

    "We had about 20 girls and leaders on the trail this year," said Mary Winslow, an adult leader with the Hemlock Girl Scout Council. "This is the third year that Girl Scouts has formally linked with National Public Lands Day folks and the projects. Keith Bailey originally promoted the idea on the Barracks and that's how I got involved." The girls were all members of the E-2 and E3 service units, which encompass the Big Spring and Carlisle Area School Districts.

   Winslow added that the Girl Scouts participation is part of a larger, nation-wide program.

   "The Girl Scouts have their own 'Linking Girls to the Land' partnership with several federal agencies focusing on conservation and outdoor programs," she said. "One of the requirements for earning the 'Get With the Land' patch is to work with a federal natural resource agency in a joint volunteer conservation project." 

    Public land improvements at Carlisle Barracks over the years include the Historical Marker by Thorpe Hall, shrubs and perennials at 12 monuments around post, and development of new wildlife habitats. National Public Lands Day is an annual event founded by the National Environment Education and Training Foundation. This nationwide volunteer effort is the largest of its kind with more than 500 sites throughout the country.

     "We have planted trees, developed walking trails along the Letort Spring Run, improved the historical walking tour around Carlisle Barracks by planting flowers and performing maintenance," Bailey said. "We have established no-mow areas for post wildlife."

    Winslow added that many of the girls who participated are anxious to come back to see the fruits of their labor.

    "Adult leaders told me their girls were interested in returning to see progress and growth in the areas where they had worked," said Winslow. "I am hopeful we will have some volunteer 'weeders' in the fall and word should spread so we'll have more participation in 2007."

     In previous years, Carlisle Barracks has received grants from the Department of Defense to purchase supplies for public land improvement. President George W. Bush and the Governors of 30 states formally recognized National Public Lands Day in 2001.  Last year nearly 80,000 volunteers worked in 550 locations and in every state. Nine federal agencies also participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.

  National Public Lands Day maintains the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an army of 3 million Americans who in the 1930's countered the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the American chestnut blight by planting more than 3 billion trees, building 800 state parks, and fighting forest fires.









Col. Bill Buckler, USAWC DDE Class of 2006

Commentary: Distance education class of 2006 donates class prints to USO


 October 3, 2006 -- This past weekend Rod Seitter and I were able to make the presentation of one of the class gifts to the USO at the Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport.  We were met by Linda Robinson, Director of Special Events / Projects for the DFW USO. 

    Linda has a son who deployed as part of an Army Reserve Engineer Battalion, the 980th Engineering Battalion and now serves as an infantry Soldier in the National Guard, so she said the print had special meaning for her. After seeing the extremely nice facility that the USO runs in Terminal B, Rod and I made the presentation to Linda and the USO. The USO was very happy with the gift we gave and will place the print in a place of honor. 

    Helping us in the presentation was Sgt. First Class Edwin Brockell, who is a member of the DFW Personnel Assistance Point,  - a cell of 11 Soldiers who assist any members, of all services, while they are on R&R, or passing through. Brockell and Robinson then offered Rod and I the opportunity to meet a plane of returning servicemen on their way back from theater for R&R.  This was a true highlight for both of us.   The ceremony, which happens every day, was truly outstanding and left us with a lump in our throats.

    First, as the plane lands, the DFW Airport renders it a "Shower of Appreciation."  In this case the carrier was actually WORLD Airlines, the carrier portrayed in our print.  Rod and I were able to be on the jetway and greet the servicemen and women as they exited the plane. 

    When they entered the terminal, all the passengers in the area gave them a standing ovation as they passed. After receiving their safety briefing and retrieving their luggage, they were greeted by a group of well-wishers who came out to meet and greet them. We even met a 76- year-old veteran of the US Marine Corps who was there in dress blues, complete with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star to greet them.

    We often have opportunities to see our young Soldiers and realize what great Americans they are.  Rod and I were proud to see all these other great Americans there to welcome these men and women home.




Department of Defense site highlights 'Faces of Defense'

September 21, 2006 -- An ongoing web series highlights the "Heroes in the Global War on Terror." One of the Soldiers highlighted is Army Reserve's Specialist Jeremy Church.

    Spc. Church's 26-vehicle convoy was on an emergency fuel run from Balad to Baghdad International Airport on April 9, 2004, when more than 150 insurgents ambushed their convoy near Abu Ghraib. Church began firing back at the enemies while steering his Humvee through the kill zone. When a Soldier in his Humvee was struck in the head by insurgent fire, Church continued through the attack -- performing first aid as he drove. Even after an improvised explosive device blew out one of the tires, Church continued driving. After delivering the wounded Soldier to medics in a secured perimeter, Church rallied nearby soldiers to get back out into the fight to help the stranded trucks. Church and his newly-banded team members made their way back to help 10 trapped and wounded soldiers and contractors. In February 2005, Church became the first Army Reserve soldier to receive the Silver Star Medal in the Global War on Terror.









Dr. Peter D. Skirbunt, DeCA historian 

Defense Commissary Agency has 140-year history, 231-year heritage


FORT LEE, Va. - The Defense Commissary Agency preserves a military benefit officially established 140 years ago, with a heritage extending back to the American Revolution. In 1775, Congress created the Office of the Commissary General of Stores and Purchases to provide the Army's daily rations. Fifty years later, the "Commissariat," as it was then known, began selling items from its warehouses "at cost" to Army officers for their personal use. By 1841, officers could also purchase items for their families.

    The dietary needs of enlisted men, whose official rations were not particularly healthy, were largely dependent upon civilian merchants for additional food. Merchants selling to the Army were "sutlers;" those who sold to the Navy in harbors around the world were known as "bumboaters." These merchants sold hard goods and all sorts of edibles, including canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables. They provided a valuable service, but many of them overcharged or sold inferior goods.

    During the Civil War, while men on both sides complained about prices and quality, some unscrupulous sutlers grew rich. After the war, Congress began to phase the sutlers out of business. In 1866, it authorized the Army to sell goods at cost from its subsistence warehouses to officers and enlisted men alike. These sales, which began on July 1, 1867, were the start of the modern commissary system. In 1868, there was an official 82-item stock list from which customers could choose.

    Congress established sales stores "wherever needed," with no restrictions on their geographical locations. The notion that commissaries were originally established for remote frontier posts is untrue; in fact, "remote" or "frontier" posts were actually the last places to have commissary sales stores. They were the very places where fully stocked commissaries could not be maintained due to distance, bad roads, hostile tribes and bad winter weather. Such forts were supplied by a combination of "issue" commissaries, "sales" commissaries and "post traders," who were under Army contract and could not sell anything available at the commissaries. By 1895, when railroads were bringing supplies to most forts, sutlers were no longer needed.

    Overseas commissaries followed the acquisition of territory during the Spanish-American War. The first store overseas opened in Manila in 1899, and soon there were more than 30 other stores throughout the Philippines. Suppression of the Boxer Rebellion in China prompted the establishment of a commissary in Peking in 1900, and construction of the Panama Canal prompted a series of military and civilian stores to open in Panama after 1904.

     Following the around-the-world voyage of the Navy's "Great White Fleet" in 1907-09, the Navy realized bumboats were inadequate for supplying the needs of a modern fleet. Consequently, in 1909 Congress provided for ships' stores afloat and ashore for the Navy and Marine Corps; the "stores ashore" would later become known as commissaries. The first of these opened in 1910 at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard, just down the street from Congress - a clear example of Congress' intent to establish the commissaries "wherever necessary" and not only at "remote posts." By 1930, the Navy disallowed doing business with bumboats. 

    Commissaries' customer base gradually expanded. Initially established for the benefit of active-duty personnel, commissaries began selling to retirees in 1879, and reaffirmed the practice in 1916. In the decade before World War II, store privileges were extended to members of the Lighthouse Service, as well as spouses and widows of uniformed personnel. 

    Other changes came quickly following the war. Perishable goods were officially placed on the commissary stock list in 1945. The first Air Force commissaries opened in 1947, the year the Air Force was established. In 1949, the Armed Services Commissary Store Regulation standardized the stock list, terminology and other criteria for all the armed services, and specified the qualifications for commissary patrons. 

    To help cover the stores' expenses, in 1952 the Department of Defense ordered an across-the-board 2-percent surcharge; this was gradually increased until it reached the current level, 5 percent, in 1983. Funds generated by the surcharge pay for construction, renovation, and maintenance of commissary structures, as well as for some supplies and equipment.

    More recently, members of the Guard and Reserve received full-time shopping privileges in 2003. Stock lists, limited to 82 items in 1867, today offer more than 14,000 items.  

     Each service continued to maintain its own commissary procedures, and several large organizations gradually emerged: the Navy Resale System in 1967, followed by the Navy Resale Support Office, which directed operations of Navy commissaries. The Army Troop Support Agency was activated in 1972, and the Air Force Commissary Service began operations in 1976.

    In 1990, Congress and the Defense Department decided to consolidate the individual service systems. Army Maj. Gen. John P. Dreska was named the agency's first director, and Fort Lee, Va., became home to its headquarters. The agency officially took control of 410 military commissaries and multiple-related operations (such as Air Force troop support operations, and sales to U.S. Embassy personnel) on Oct. 1, 1991. After Dreska, the agency was led by Army Maj. Gen. Richard E. Beale Jr. and Air Force Maj. Gens. Robert J. Courter and Michael P. Wiedemer. Its current director is Senior Executive Service civilian Patrick B. Nixon. 

    After a decade of base closures and realignments, DeCA now has 264 stores. Of these, more than 140 are new or have undergone extensive renovation. Today's commissaries are much like their civilian supermarket counterparts, using scanning and other technologies to provide customers with a modern shopping experience, and establishing various cost-saving initiatives that have earned the agency several governmental awards. The agency is constantly reviewing, adjusting and improving its procedures, bringing the benefit into the 21st century.


Angela Yarbrough, Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club

Spouses' Club rolls the dice with new fall line-up


    October 2, 2006 -- Dozens of women "mixed it up"  playing Bunco, a fast-moving dice game at the Carlisle Barracks Spouse Club luncheon on September 20. The spouses moved from table to table as they played. According to game rules, players can't keep the same partner so it was a terrific opportunity to meet new people.

    The next club luncheon is on Wednesday, October 18 at the Letort View Community Center. David Deutsch, owner of The Whimsical Poppy in Mt. Holly Springs, will share simple techniques for creating easy to make wreaths for autumn.  The social time starts at 10:45 a.m. and includes opportunities to purchase items from several local vendors.  The luncheon begins at 11:30 p.m. Cost is $12.45 and reservations are required. 

    In addition to monthly luncheons, the Spouses' Club hosts opportunities for day trips, a book club and a gourmet club throughout the year as well as fund-raising activities for it's scholarship fund and community outreach program.   





Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Gainey stresses empowerment of NCOs during barracks visit

October 3, 2006 -- One of the top enlisted servicemembers in the U.S. armed forces visited Carlisle Barracks Sept. 29.

    Command Sgt. Maj. William Gainey, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, visited various facilities on the installation and met with both senior and junior leaders alike.

    The focus of Gainey's trip was to speak to the students at the U.S. Army War College about the empowerment of the noncommissioned officer corps in the joint environment.

    Gainey began by talking to the group of field grade officers about what they should expect from the military's NCOs, telling the students that NCOs must be professional beyond reproach.

    "You have to expect us to be professional both on and off duty, 24/7," Gainey said. "NCOs have to be actively, technically and strategically proficient at their level of responsibility, you have to insist on that."

    He went on to share some of his experiences during operations while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Gainey stressed the importance of senior leaders respecting their junior leaders enough to give them responsibility and the authority to make decisions.

   "It doesn't matter what uniform you wear, respect them enough to give them responsibility," said Gainey. "If I ask Private Gainey to be in charge of this stage, and then I tell him 'don't do anything unless you ask me first,' well he's going to look at me and say why don't you just do it yourself. Because I don't respect him enough to give him the responsibility."

    Lastly, Gainey told them that accountability and assistance go hand-in-hand with delegation and respect.

    "You have to be willing to assist them - coaching, teaching, mentoring and training to raise junior leaders up," he said.

    The brief lecture left a memorable impact on members of the class according to Col. Roger Wilson, a War College student.

    "I thought it was an extraordinary breath of fresh air dealing with some extraordinary topics," Wilson said. "His sense of communication and style and delivery of his message was very personable. He seemed to be talking from the heart, and I think that's what struck most of us in the room today."

    During his time at Carlisle, Gainey toured the main portion of historic Carlisle Barracks, and was guided through the Army Heritage and Education Center. He also received a briefing about the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute and the positive contributions that a facility of its nature is capable of making.   




Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Central Pennsylvania's largest celebration of reading

    October 10, 2006 -- The 6th Annual HealthAmerica Children's Literacy Festival will be held Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg, Pa.

    Families are invited to attend.  The festival will feature HealthAmerica FitKidz Challenge and other fitness activities. Tons of books and other goodies will be given away.  The day includes a community reading station where principals, teachers, abc27 television personalities, fathers, and other community members will read throughout the day.  Sonya Toler, executive director of the Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs and George Hartwick and Nick DiFrancesco, Dauphin County Commissioners will read and give remarks. 

    Over 30 non-profit and community organizations will provide fun literacy activities and crafts.  Entertainment includes: The Harrisburg Youth Symphony String Quartet, Kinder Dance, Lena McGinley School of Irish Dance, Suzuki Violinists, and John Fortino (Books with a Twist). 

    For more information, call 717 232-6656.


Public Affairs staff report

Army Field Band to give free performance at Cumberland Valley High School

 October 11, 2006 -- The Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus will perform at the Cumberland Valley High School's performing arts center, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 18 at 6746 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg.  

  Free tickets are available at the Public Affairs Office, Root Hall -  Garrison Headquarters in Upton Hall - and, Army Heritage and Education Center.

    Tickets are available in the community at --

--The Sentinel - 457 E. North Street, Carlisle

--The Sentinel - Shippensburg office - 79 W. King, St., Shippensburg

--Cumberland Valley High School - 6746 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg

--Carlisle Chamber of Commerce - 212 N. Hanover St., Carlisle  

--Cumberland County Tourism Office - 18 N. Hanover St, Carlisle

  The 65-piece concert band will perform pop-style music with its 35-member chorus The community will enjoy a quality performance by professional musicians who perform around the world on behalf of the United States.

            Student musicians of Cumberland Valley High School will accompany the band for one of the selections.

The performance will be offered free of charge to the public, with tickets. Parking is free on site; doors will be open by 7 p.m.

Army's band: versatile and inspiring  

As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad. Through these concerts, the Field Band showcases quality performances that represents the high quality of our Nation and our Soldiers. Since its formation in March 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all fifty states and in more than thirty countries on four continents.

The United States Army Field Band is considered by music critics to be one of the most versatile and inspiring musical organizations in the world. Its members, selected by highly-competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than five decades as the military's most traveled musicians have earned them the title, "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army."

      The performance is sponsored by The Sentinel Newspaper, with support from Cumberland Valley High School and Carlisle Barracks.

      For further ticketing information, contact: 243-2611.




Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks to host Jim Thorpe 5-K Run/Walk

    September 27, 2006 -- Historic Carlisle Barracks will be the site for the Jim Thorpe 5-K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 14. 

  • Named in honor of Jim Thorpe, the great American athlete, the Jim Thorpe 5-K Run/Walk is an annual event that dates to 1994.

  • Registration/check-in time for all participants begins at 7-7:45 a.m. at the pavilion on Indian Field.  The race begins at 8 a.m. with a start and finish at Indian Field Track.

  • Registration fees after October 10 fees are $8.

  • Tee-shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 participants.

  • Divisions include male and female - 11 and under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-45, 46-49, 50-55, 56 and older, and USAWC Seminar Teams - maximum of eight and minimum of five runners on each team, with the first five places counting for team score.

    Registration forms are available in the Thorpe Hall and Root Hall gyms or contact the Carlisle Barracks Sports Office at 717-245-4029, 4343 or 4375 for more information.




Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Downtown Carlisle rolls out music, arts, and more: Harvest of Arts & Octubafest

    Looking for some fun fall activities in Carlisle?  Why not check out the Harvest of the Arts Festival & Octubafest, Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown Carlisle - rain or shine.  

    More than 175 artisans will line the first three blocks of W. High Street; a food court will be located along Pitt Street; and the Old Pomfret Farmers' Market featuring locally grown produce will be located at the Square.

    Free games and crafts, tattoos and more will entertain kids from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Kids' Alley, located on N. West Street.

    From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. listen to a variety of music from jazz to brass to a tuba ensemble at Octubafest.   The Weiss Center at Dickinson College will be the location for this annual event.


Harrisburg hosting salute to military families Oct. 14

    The Veterans Resource Central will host "VRC Purple Day - A Salute to Military Families" at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa., on Saturday, October 14th from 10- 11:30 a.m. Guest speakers include, Master of Ceremony Rick Wagner, Senator Jeffrey Piccola, Frank Piacine and Keynote Speaker Maj. Gen. Robert French.

     For more information, visit



Public Affairs staff report

MWR hosting hiring event Oct. 16

    Kroll Government Services will conduct interviews on Oct. 16 from 10 am through 2: p.m. at the Letort View Community Center for positions for investigators to conduct background investigations.  Personnel need to have a current security clearance. 

    For more information contact Jeffrey Hanks at 717 245-3684 or email




Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office   

TRADOC lays out NSPS playbook: new rules, players, ratings, rewards

September 26, 2006 -- NSPS will show us what 'transformation' really means. The new personnel system will transform more than the process by which civilian employees are hired, fired, and retired. It will transform the way people think about their jobs, and how they measure success -- the way employees are motivated, evaluated and rewarded.

    "We've got a great workforce, and this will further promote that. Employees who perform will be incentivized," said John Nerger, TRADOC deputy chief of staff for Personnel, Infrastructure and Logistics. Nerger formally introduced NSPS to about 200 employees in Bliss Hall, Sept. 26, and others who tuned into the broadcast. His NSPS powerpoint presentation is HERE.

    "We have a performance culture already in the Army - and the new human resources system will more accurately reflect that performance culture," said Nerger.

    DoD will roll out NSPS in spirals; employees will experience NSPS in phases: education, introduction, experience, performance rating.   

    Most are now in the education phase - coming to terms with new terms, preparing for change and for opportunity. An online tool to translate your current GS grade and occupation into an NSPS payband is one example of 'news you can use' on the NSPS web sites:;;

    In the introduction phase, employees will experience no salary drop; most will see a pay bump of some amount. The introductory salary will include a pro-rated portion of the next 'step' increase you would have otherwise expected. More significant will be the new way of working with a boss to identify three or so measurable job goals, NSPS is all about results, and results are measured by three or so job goals that help meet the overall organization/agency mission. The manager and the employee will work together to set the goals and the measures.  TRADOC's Nerger encouraged employees to understand the system, communicate well and often with supervisor, and focus on performance.

    During the experiential, or break-in, phase, employees will learn to track progress and record results. Both employee and manager will use counseling sessions to review progress and give feedback.

    The performance rating phase will introduce a new evaluation process.  Performance ratings drive the performance-based monetary rewards that can be divided among members of the pay pool; division of the pay pool rewards is accomplished according to performance-based share value. The pay pool is normally organized according to the organizational structure, occupational lines, geographical location, missions, or other shared characteristic. The pay pool(s) for Carlisle Barracks are not yet identified. The pay pool's are transparent, noted Nerger, who said that pay pools oversight and performance evaluations of supervisors will create a system that employees will understand and believe to be fair.

    "NSPS is a major change," said USAWC Chief of Staff Col. Lou Yuengert, the senior personnel manager here. "It is exactly the right change but it will be challenging. The ability for supervisors to understand and communicate with their employees is vital."










Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Lewis and Clark rifle donated to AHEC

September 27, 2006 -- The historic Girandoni air rifle that research indicates was carried by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their 1803-1807 Corps of Discovery expedition was donated to the Army Heritage Center Foundation Sept. 25th.

   Dr. Robert Beeman and his wife, Toshika, the Girandoni's owners, formally signed over the one-of-a-kind weapon to the foundation, which supports the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, in a brief ceremony at the center.

    "This is a great honor for the foundation and the ultimate recipient of this gift, which will be the U.S. Army and the Army Heritage Education Center," said Mike Perry, the executive director of the foundation.

Beeman, who explained that he decided to donate the repeating air rifle to the foundation because of its ties to the U.S. Army and also due to the center's ability to give the historic rifle the acknowledgment that it warranted.

   "I thought long and hard about if and where this gun should go - whether it be the National Fire Arms Museum [or one of several other] museums that we considered," said Beeman. "But we wanted this gun to have the recognition that we feel it really deserved."

   Recognition that is indeed well deserved, according to Jim Adair, the chairman of the board of the foundation.

   "Lewis and Clark carried a repeating air rifle to impress Indian tribes with modern weaponry which was available to the new United States - this was high-tech in its day," Adair said. "In the words of the appraiser, 'there is no other weapon in American history that can compare with this one - neither the technology it represents, the expedition it accompanied, or the role it played within that expedition'."  

Beeman then went on to give the crowd a bit of a lesson on the original repeating rifle's interesting past.

    "A lot of the public doesn't fully understand that these men who were supposedly running around rugged in ragged buckskin most of the time - that this was an Army expedition," Beeman explained.

   "When they gave their 'dog-and-pony shows,' as it were, with the air gun there was no doubt that it was an Army expedition. They were there in their best uniforms - a full bell-and-whistle kind of thing - and they were letting the Indians know, on no uncertain terms, that it indeed was an Army expedition and a presentation of firepower," Beeman said.

    And while the initial reaction to the small air rifle may not have caused any shock or awe, the second impression most certainly raised some of the Indians' eyebrows.

    "It looks a bit different from the guns that they were used to. Then they fired it. And this was astonishing. It didn't make any smoke, it didn't have any fire, it didn't even make a puff in the back, and it even made very little sound. They couldn't believe that it had really even gone off. Then Lewis did the most amazing thing of all - he fired AGAIN.

    "The Indians all knew that a gun could only go off one time [without reloading], and that's point when you would rush the intruders and take their weapons. They couldn't comprehend the gun being fired a second time. But then he fired it again, and again, and again - maybe 15 or 16 times," said Beeman.

   The implication to the Indians was that this gun could basically shoot forever.

    After seeing the gun fired, the Indians, still in disbelief that the weapon had even fired, ran to the tree that was being targeted and there saw several rounds of the 46-caliber ammunition buried into the wood.

    "And the word went out then that the white man indeed had 'powerful medicine'," said Beeman

    They gave many such demonstrations throughout their travels and similar messages followed after the firing of the repeating air rifle.

    Traveling across some 8,000 miles of terrain, through nation after nation of Indians, some who were surely rather hostile, the word that spread across the land of these demonstrations may have very well been the key to the survival of the small band of 55 men, and the success of the Lewis and Clark     expedition.

    "They survived, and it may well be that this was the key to their survival. This may be the key to the American west," Beeman said.









Bif Coyle, Housing Management Specialist, Residential Housing Office

DPW working to reduce sodium levels in water

September 26, 2006 -- The Directorate of Public Works is actively working a water supply maintenance issue with a concern for high levels of sodium in the water supply at this time. Some residents have experienced solidified sodium on their dishes due to the degree of heat used in dishwashers. This issue will decrease as the sodium levels are reduced. 

  The water quality on Carlisle Barracks is continually monitored as a normal safeguard.   Additionally, random sampling will be made throughout various locations of the installation to ensure the safe quality. 

     Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Residential Communities Office, 245-4951.



Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Hourly child care soon available at CDC, YS


    September 28, 2006 -- Carlisle Barracks will soon be offering child care by the hour just in time for the busy holiday season. Whether hourly care is needed for a doctor appointment or errands during the day, this service is sure to increase convenience and flexibility in any household.

    Starting October 10, hourly child-care will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be eight spaces per day for children under 3 at the Children's Development Center. For 3 to 12 year-olds there will be 20 spaces at Children and Youth Service. Reservations are required, but if a last-minute situation arises it may be possible to make accommodations, said Liz Knouse, Chief, Child and Youth Services. 

    Annual Children and Youth Services Registration is required, but it is not a time-consuming process.

    "We are offering express registration. It only takes 20 minutes and once completed, you're done for the year," said Knouse.

    The average rate is $3.50 per hour per child, but it varies from family to family, based on income.

    There may be another extension of services provided in the near future, if interest is shown.

    "We are considering making care available one weekend evening a month. This would be great for those wanting a night out among adults or for holiday shopping," said Knouse.

    All interested families should call Central Registration Monday through Friday at 245-3801 or stop by the Youth Services Office, 637 Liggett Road.