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Carlisle Barracks Education Center release

VA National Testing Program Q & A

Current list of Tests approved for reimbursement for VETERANS:

  • SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)

  • LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

  • AP (Advanced Placement Exam)

  • CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)

  • ACT (American College Testing Program)

  • DAT (Dental Admissions Test)

  • MAT (Miller Analogies Test)

  • MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)

  • OAT (Optometry Admissions Testing)

  • PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

  • DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)


What test fees does VA reimburse?

While VA will reimburse a person for required test fees, VA has no authority to reimburse a person for any optional costs related to the testing process.

Test fees that VA will reimburse include

  • registration fees

  • fees for specialized tests

  • administrative fees.

Fees VA will not reimburse include:

  • fees to take pre-tests (such as Kaplan tests)

  • fees to receive scores quickly

  • other costs or fees for optional items that are not required to take an approved test.


Does every applicant for a national test need to have filed an original claim for benefits?

Yes. Every applicant for reimbursement for a national test must have filed an original application for chapter 30, 32 (or sec. 903), or 35 at some point and have been found eligible.


Is there a particular form that I must submit to receive reimbursement for a national test?

No. The best way to claim the benefit to submit the following:

  1. a copy of your test results and

  2. a signed note or a signed VA Form 21-4138, Statement in Support of Claim, stating that you are requesting reimbursement for the cost of a national test.

The following information is required:

  • Name of the Test

  • Name of the organization offering the test

  • Date the person took the test

  • Cost of taking the test


General Rule Regarding Receipts: You do not normally have to submit a receipt or proof of payment for the cost. However, in certain instances, it is necessary to submit this evidence. These situations are the following

  • DSST Tests (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)

  • Certain situations regarding the CLEP, MAT, and PCAT tests


    For more information contact the education center at 245-3943.



Transportation Security Administration release

TSA Holiday 3-1-1 Tips

    Nov. 22, 2006 -- Knowing that holiday travel brings inexperienced and infrequent travelers to airports, we'd like to provide holiday-specific 3-1-1 information to help you get through the security checkpoints smoothly and quickly.

TSA's 3-1-1 program means:

  • Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers three ounces or less,
  • Items must be put in a one quart, clear plastic zip-top bag, and
  • Only one zip-top bag per passenger.
  • Do not wrap gifts. If a security officer needs to inspect a package they may have to unwrap your gift. Please wrap gifts after arriving at your destination.

  • Apply 3-1-1 to gifts. 3-1-1 isn't just about shampoo and toothpaste. Food items such as jams, salsas, sauces, syrups and dips will not be allowed through the checkpoint unless they are in containers three ounces or less and in the passenger's one quart zip-top bag. This applies to gift items including lotions, creams, scented oil, liquid soaps, perfumes, and even snow globes, that are in excess of three ounces -- even if they are in sealed gift packs. We suggest you ship these items prior to your trip or put them in your checked baggage.

  • Any of these items WILL be allowed on the plane IF you purchase them after the security checkpoint. TSA allows liquid items purchased after the checkpoint onto planes because these items have been previously screened.

  • Know what items are prohibited on planes. A gift you plan to bring in your carry-on bag might be on TSA's Prohibited Item list. These items delay the screening process for you and other passengers. If you're not sure which items are allowed, click here to see the list of prohibited items.

  • Arrive on time. Check with your carrier for suggested arrival times. You must have a boarding pass and valid government photo ID to enter the security checkpoint. Give yourself adequate time to check your baggage and move through security.

  • Dress the part. Metal in your clothing may set off the walk-through metal detector. Pack coins, keys, jewelry, belt buckles and other metal items in your carry-on bag. Shoes must be removed and screened by TSA, so wear shoes you can easily take on and off to speed the process. Winter coats, blazers, suit jackets and bulky sweaters also must be removed and put in the bin for screening. Learn more about the screening experience, dressing the part, and what to expect.

  • Be considerate and save jokes for after the checkpoint. Our security officers are working to keep bombs off of airplanes. Please follow their directions. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats will not be tolerated, and will result in delays and possibly missed flights.



Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs and the Carlisle Barracks Safety Office

Holiday tips that last all year long

    Nov. 21, 2006 -- Many people will travel a long way to reach their Holiday destination.  Holidays are the busiest time for highway traffic.  Before embarking on a journey, make sure the vehicle is ready. 

    Check and top off all fluids and tire pressure, and be sure windows are clear and the mirrors are adjusted.

    Weather, especially at this time of year, can be unpredictable.  An emergency package kept in the vehicle trunk may save lives.  The package should contain a blanket and some extra clothes, in case you become stranded.  It should also include maps, a flashlight and batteries, a portable radio, matches, flares and some type of rations such as nutrition bars and water.

    And, always, always buckle up your entire family.  Use lap belts and shoulder straps together, and place all children in the back seat in proper child restraint systems for maximum protection.  Drive sober at a safe speed for weather and road conditions.  It is better to spend a little less time at your destination than no time at all because of an accident.

Look out for animals

    Highways and byways are posted with many types of caution signs warning motorists of possible dangers.  Speed limits, sharp curves, and changing road conditions, and on military roads signs alert you to troop formations and reduced speed are all important warnings that most motorists heed.  In addition to these rather predictable situations is one of the biggest inherent dangers on roads. 

    Consider the risks associated with deer, and other animals while traveling on sparsely populated roads, on and off the installation.  Most states report between 1 and 5 percent of motor vehicle accidents involve hitting an animal. In Pennsylvania, out of 1,500 such accidents, there were five fatalities and approximately one-third resulted in personal injury. 

Tips for a safe holiday season

    The holiday season is a happy and joyous time for friends and family to come together, celebrate and be thankful for all that is good. Unfortunately, the holiday season also brings a dramatic increase of drunk and drugged driving. Every year, hundreds of families are faced with the devastating consequences of someone driving after consuming too much alcohol.  The following information offers suggestions on how to have a safe and happy holiday season.  Remember "it's always OK NOT to drink."

How to have a safe holiday party:

v      Always know who is driving - Make sure the designated drivers have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.

v      Serve food - Especially foods such as cheese, nuts, and meat as these foods help slow the body's alcohol absorption rate.

v      Obey the law - ID anyone you may not know at your party. Never serve anyone who is under 21 or is already intoxicated.

v      Focus on fun - Have games, music, entertainment or other activities to shift the emphasis from drinking to socializing.

v      Know what to look for - Signs of impairment can include lack of coordination, aggressive behavior, very talkative, very indifferent, slurred speech and incoherent speech.

v      Offer Safe Rides - Whether it is providing taxi company numbers or having a designated driver available, make sure no one leaves the party to drive impaired.

Safe drinking tips:

v      Eat before and during drinking.

v      Before you celebrate, designate; identify a responsible driver or use public transportation.

v      Don't chug your drinks; drink slowly and make your drinks last.

v      Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

v      Remember the word HALT, don't drink if you're Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.

v      Drink responsibly, stay in control of yourself.

v      Remember, it's ALWAYS ok NOT to drink. 

FACT - the loss of lives to impaired driving is completely preventable. There are alternatives.


Public Affairs staff report

Winters presents historical print to AHEC

November 15, 2006 -- In a small ceremony at his home Nov. 13, retired Major Dick Winters presented a limited edition of the print "Hang Tough" by noted military artist, John D. Shaw to the Army Heritage and Education Center.   

    "The special edition printed on canvas is one of fifteen copies signed by fifteen remaining members of Easy Company," according to Col. Robert Dalessandro, AHEC director. The print depicts the afternoon of December 24, 1944 in Bois Jacques forest near Bastogne. It captures the moment when the men of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment filter back to their foxholes having repelled an attack earlier in the day.  In the painting Captain Dick Winters encourages his men with his trademark phrase "Hang Tough." 

    "Ultimately the actions of the men of Easy Company would turn the tide in the Battle of the Bulge," said Winters. "Dick Winters has been a strong supporter of the Army Heritage and Education Center which he chose as the official repository of his personal papers."

    These and other personal papers are available to the public for study at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) Monday through Friday 0900-1645.  Please see for more information on the unique holdings and public programs offered at the USAHEC.




Army News Service

Soldiers Media Center tells Army story better, faster

 WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 9, 2006) - The Soldiers Media Center was activated today in a Pentagon ceremony that consolidates the Army's key command information organizations and represents an evolution in how the Army communicates.
   The change brings together the producers of, Soldiers magazine, Army News Service, Hometown News Service, Soldiers Radio and Television, and the Army's Armed Forces Radio and Television Service outlets.
   "From Soldiers magazine to podcasts to video on the Web, the SMC will get information to those who need it," said Stephanie L. Hoehne, principal deputy director of Army Public Affairs.
   The SMC will give Soldiers multiple ways to learn about what is happening in the Army, from changes in pay and policies to the activities and accomplishments of fellow Soldiers, added Hoehne.
   News told through weekly installation newspapers can be a week old by the time it reaches audiences. "But we can post that story or photo immediately on the Web. And if video is available, we can use it for a wide range of other products," said Col. Richard Breen, SMC commander. "This enhances public affairs professionals' ability to tell their story locally, and also provides them a larger platform."
    "What we've not been able to do before is cross-promote our products and information. Now, we will be able to do a television story and send viewers to the magazine article, which is more detailed, or to the Web site, which has links to even more information," he said.
    The SMC will use new technologies to share information from headquarters to the field, from the field to headquarters and between field units. "The SMC's biggest strategic advantage will be its ability to share products worldwide," said Breen.
    As the top communicators to the Army family, the SMC will promote selected strategic messages.
    "The SMC is our production engine for Army Strategic Communication, ensuring that video, print and Web products tell the Army story to our audiences," said Hoehne.
    The new organization will incorporate the Army Broadcast Service, which will deactivate in the same ceremony. Established in 1980, ABS has financial and managerial oversight of the Army's Armed Forces Radio and Television Service outlets: AFN Europe, AFN Korea, AFN Honduras and AFN Kwajalein.
    "While most people probably aren't impacted by the Army Broadcasting Service as a command, if they've been stationed overseas they've benefited from the products of the Armed Forces Networks that we own and operate, as well as the services provided by AFRTS," Breen said.
    "Our audiences will not lose that," he said. "What they gain is more relevant information delivered to them faster and in their preferred formats - Web, print, podcast, broadcast, radio and video podcast."


Army News Service

Army homepage gets extreme makeover   

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 9, 2006) - The Army homepage,, got a new look today.
    Users will find a new format designed to better meets their needs.
    "The new Army homepage will serve as the online public entryway, providing instant access to information about the Army, by the Army," said Lt. Col. Joseph Yoswa, director of Web Communications.
    The look shifts from the black, grey and gold palette begun four years ago to the camouflage colors of the Army Combat Uniform.
    "We've adopted a corporate approach to the Web site, with fewer links on the front page but more variety of information and a more intuitive navigation scheme," Yoswa said. Information has been grouped into sections more easily understood by those who are new to the Army family and the general public, he added.
   The site features a revamped news section at with such regional focuses as Europe, Asia and South Africa, and sectional focuses on technology, health and human interest. These sections capitalize on the capabilities of the newly activated Soldiers Media Center, which collects print and broadcast products from throughout the Army.
   The former homepage featured three images that randomly displayed each time the main page loaded.
    "We have increased the capability to now have up to six pieces of content represented, to include an image, news story, video, slide show, audio show or various combinations of these contents," said Yoswa.
    "As the SMC collects information from across the Army, this new format amplifies those stories, messages and experiences that are the Army," said Col. Richard Breen, SMC commander.
    This is not the first effort of Army Public Affairs, SMC's headquarters element, to provide a collaborative capability online. More than a year ago, Army Community Relations launched an online Outreach calendar that is now included on multiple pages of
    The Army maintains a Web site to meet its legislative requirements to communicate with Soldiers and the American people.
    " is a proven success, continually ranking within the top 1,100 Web sites in the world, out of a field of over a million Web sites. Between six to twelve million visitors come to in any given month," Yoswa said.
    "The Web site gives the Army the largest reach and widest dissemination, as well as a more varied capability to tell the Army story," Breen added.


The making of Army Strong

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 9, 2006) - The Army's new advertising campaign will begin with the launch of three television ads Nov. 9, just before Veterans Day.
   "Army Strong," a 30- and 60-second English-language spot, showcases powerful images from the lives of Soldiers. "Interview," a 30-second English-language spot, and "Entrevista," a 30-second Spanish-language spot, feature the story and transformation of a Soldier through his and his parents' own words.
   Army Strong is inspired by the heart of the Army: the Soldier, according to Jonathan Cranin, creative director for McCann Worldgroup, the Army's marketing communications agency.
   To identify the defining character of today's Soldiers and the motivations of tomorrow's Soldiers, McCann Worldgroup held in-depth research among future Soldiers and their influencers, and interacted with hundreds of current Soldiers. The creative team also took part in a three-day mini basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C.
    "This allowed us, if only for 80 hours, to stand in the boots of American Soldiers," said Cranin, who said those experiences led to the naming of "Army Strong" as the theme for the new ads.
    "Army Strong tested extremely well in research, garnering some of the most positive feedback among prospective Soldiers that the Army has seen in years. The feedback was that this campaign - this brand of strength - provided a powerful and distinctive insight into what the Army offers its Soldiers," Cranin added.
    All uniformed Soldiers in the new ads are real Soldiers.
   "No actor could ever authentically convey the power and intensity of an Army Strong Soldier," said Cranin. "That's why every Soldier featured in the new Army Strong advertising campaign is an actual Soldier. While the spots include leading-edge technology and equipment, the focus is on the experiences of Soldiers."
   The ads were shot during 14 days of casting calls and in-person interviews with hundreds of Soldiers at Fort Riley, Kan,; Fort Lewis, Wash.; and Camp Pendleton, Ca. Soldiers appearing in the ads were chosen to best represent the careers, skills, experiences and cultural diversity that comprises today's Army, Cranin said.
    The original musical score in the ads includes undertones from the 29-member Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, and is the work of Mark Isham.
    The ads were directed by Samuel Bayer, who has produced videos for such artists as Green Day, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow and Metallica. He has also created advertising campaigns for Nike, Coke, Pepsi, Nissan, Lexus and Mountain Dew.


Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

AHEC takes visitors back in time to 'Camp at Carlisle 1757'

 Nov. 7, 2006 -- Saturday and Sunday More than 2,000 visitors braved the cold-crisp-November air to experience the Camp at Carlisle 1757.

   Held at the Army Heritage and Education Center, the weekend's events not only gave visitors a chance to explore the center's Ridgeway Hall facility, it also enabled them to take a step back in time to the French and Indian War.

    Inside Ridgeway Hall guests could view sample exhibits, a model of the future facilities planned for the AHEC complex and peruse through countless historical writings and documents. Meanwhile, outside on the Army Heritage Trail visitors had the opportunity to see history in action as numerous living historians were dressed in authentic clothing from the 1775 time period.

    Re-enactors of all ages represented various aspects of the French and Indian War time period. Native American re-enactors kept warm next to fires or inside of an authentic teepee while other re-enactors prepared lunch in their 1757 era cabins.

    "I was pretty impressed by the re-enactors," said Kelly Greene, of Cumberland County. "They definitely knew their roles very well which made it pretty interesting."

    Being able to be a spokesman for such an important piece of American history is both a privilege and a pleasure for the re-enactors, according to Joyce Bucci.

    "We're portraying the French and Indian War time frame - manning this 1757 way-station," she explained. "The 18th century in general has a special place for me, and our history is so important. If we don't teach it, eventually it's going to get lost, so I think this is very important."

    Aside from the daytime events, AHEC also held a Saturday evening candlelight tour.

    "Visitors who braved the cold were rewarded with campfire stories in the British encampment, sing alongs in the French and Indian War way-station and spicy hot cider to complete their evening," said Capt. Ginger Shaw, the operations officer for AHEC.

    The weekend's events were just a glimpse of what is in the future for the center as it continues to grow, and Bucci can't wait.

    "It think this place is awesome," she said. "This building is just beautiful, and the whole timeline trail is going to be great when it's finished."

French and Indian War  

    Near the middle of the 18th century, British and French representatives met in Paris in an attempt to solve territorial disputes over land including the Great Lakes and the Ohio River valley. However, no progress was made.

    In 1753, French troops were ordered to western Pennsylvania as the French and Indian War was being set into motion.

For more information about the Army Heritage and Education Center call 717-245-3971 or go to


Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Redoubt #10 officially opens

Nov. 4, 2006 -- Visitors to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center November 4 were also able to witness the official opening of a one of a kind monument to the U.S. Army's past.

    "What you're looking at here, is the first full-scale reproduction of Redoubt #10 that's ever been attempted," explained Col. Robert Dalessandro, the director of the Army Heritage and Education Center.

    The redoubt, a small defensive fortification being used by the British troops in Yorktown, was seized by 400 American troops the night of October 14, 1781 as 400 French troops secured nearby Redoubt #9. The capture of the two defensive positions essentially was the beginning of the end for General Lord Charles Cornwallis and his British soldiers.

    "The redoubt played a pivotal role in Washington's victory at Yorktown and in the creation of our Nation," said Dalessandro.

    The opening of the redoubt is just another in the line of planned exhibits and structures for the AHEC complex.

    "Enjoy watching the growth of the Army Heritage and Education Center - the active component of the National Museum of the United States Army - as our programs out here grow," Dalessandro said.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Women's Health Symposium -- better your life, understand your body and mind

November 7, 2006--This year's Women's Health Symposium got off to a captivating start with a lesson on the importance of good nutrition and health, Nov. 1 and 2 in Bliss Hall. The event was sponsored by the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute.    

    "I don't think it is a good idea to totally overhaul your eating habits or lifestyle because it's difficult to sustain. I believe more in tweaking, something you can maintain permanently," said Leslie Bonci, the Pittsburgh Steelers' dietician. "It is important to pull away from our societal habits of grubbing, gulping and going. I mean, we have drinks called the Big Gulp and the Big Slurp. Portion control is crucial to good health."

    Bonci suggested various ways to ease more healthy eating habits into ones' lifestyle. She relayed stories of her experiences with the professional football players she works with on a daily basis. 

    "I always tell the Steelers that they must eat more reds, yellows, greens and oranges and I make sure they know I don't mean gummy bears or fruit loops; I mean more vegetables and fruits," said Bonci.

    Some more recommendations from Bonci:

  • ENERGY BALANCE: Find a balance between the energy you burn and the food you take in. This is different for everyone

  • Weight loss, if overweight

  • Seven+ fruits/vegetables per day

  • Try to work things like almonds, soy protein (nuts, milk, etc) and oatmeal into your diet.

  • 100% whole grain

  • Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, halibut, sardines, etc) two-three times per week

  • Fiber (25-38 grams per day)

  • Plant sterol margarine (if you have high cholesterol)

  • Reduce sodium intake


    Bonci, R.D., M.P.H., L.D.N., is the director of sports medicine nutrition for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  

Health important for spouses

    Kickoff speaker Margaret Huntoon stressed the importance of finding an emotional and physical balance in one's life. She also focused on the specificities of women's versus men's brain make up. She said she hoped that the audience would gain information and practical leadership skills during the symposium.

    "You will hopefully find yourself as a senior leader sharing with others," said Huntoon.

    Huntoon also said that female senior leaders and senior leader spouses have an opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge by the trickle effect. Health education, just as other types of information, can move through the ranks, causing an impact with exponential reach. 

     "The health choices you make impact the health of others, especially your family," said Huntoon.

Returning to family rhythms

    Karen Jaskot, who works for Franco Psychological Associates, touched a subject that military families can truly relate to, the unique difficulty of military lifestyle.   

    By identifying the challenges a military spouse goes through, a plan of action is able to take form.

    "You deal with all the difficult things a person goes through in a lifetime (child birth, adolescents, etc) while your husband has two spouses. Your husband is also married to the military."

Resilience in a time of war

·         Make connections: keep in touch with family, friends and others

·         Help yourself by helping others: volunteer or community work

·         Maintain a daily routine: sticking to old activities is comforting for all

·         Take care of yourself: make time to eat properly, exercise and rest

·         Give yourself a "news" break: Keep up with war-related news, but feel OK turning it off.

·         Have a plan: emergency plan's will help you feel in control and prepared

·         Prepare a security kit: journal, photos of loved ones, etc

·         Nurture a positive view of yourself: recall all the hardships you've overcome in the past

·         Keep things in perspective: consider stressful situations in the broader context

·         Maintain a hopeful outlook: focus on the good things in your life, identify and appreciate



Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

APFRI assessment nixes the guess work: understand your health, completely


November 8, 2006--Most people would agree that the more closely you examine something, the closer you will get to the truth. I now know, first hand, that this ideal holds true regarding one's health. Having been given the opportunity to have professionals analyze my health (some of it surprising, read on), I'd like to share my new-found knowledge, post-APFRI health and fitness assessment.

    Undergoing the APFRI assessment process was not only an eye opener, but a first-class chance to become proactive regarding my health. While I am a non-smoker and a health conscientious individual, I realize now it is crucial to not only understand what to focus on, but why and how that specificity relates to your overall health.

    For example, the word out on the magazine rack is keep your weight low, in terms of pounds, however, body fat is what really counts.
    "In order to calculate your BMI [body mass index] you use your weight, height and age. The Bod Pod is a far more accurate measure. It is within 2% of your actual body fat percentage," said Maj. Patricia Coburn, nurse practitioner.

    So, while my BMI was on the low side of average, my body fat, measured in the $36,000 Bod Pod, indicated that my percentage was actually on the high side of average. During counseling, I learned that I can improve my Bod Pod body fat percentage by increasing my muscle mass, by working more weight lifting into my schedule.

    The analysis ranged from flexibility, nutrition, strength and vital signs, just to name a few of the areas covered. There was a gamut of information covered within each of these subsets. Not only was I informed what my personal numbers were, but what these numbers actually meant and how I could improve upon them. I am proud to say I now know the difference between HDL, high density lipoproteins (the good cholesterol), and LDL, low density lipoproteins (the bad stuff) and I learned how to maintain and improve these numbers.

    Some surprising facts I learned during my analysis:

  • You only need one serving of animal protein a day

  • Servings are much smaller than I thought (ex: half of an average banana = one serving)

  • Numbers on your scale aren't the end all of health, low weight doesn't necessarily mean low body fat, and vice-versa

  • Five-Nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day!

  • It is crucial to be aware of and understand your personal risk factors to heart disease, etc. Family history, smoking, high blood pressure and age have a major impact on recommended health practice

  • It's important to keep on top of your numbers (cholesterol, aerobic capacity, strength), as they are easier to maintain than drastically change

    Perhaps a "Current State of your Health" speech should be given to Americans yearly because after my counseling session at APFRI, I felt completely inspired to recharge my workout routine, fine-tune my eating habits and spread the good word of healthful living to everyone. Being sent home with a packet full of a personalized and detailed health analysis, depicting not only where I ranked in regard to where I should rank based on the averages other Americans my age, but also additional information to reinforce what I learned during my counseling session, including an educational DVD! After my assessment, I felt equipped, motivated and encouraged to further improve the current state of my health.

The process

  • Complete the on-line surveys

  • Blood test analysis

  • Assessment Preparation

  • Assessment Day

Background on APFRI

    APFRI seeks to achieve national preeminence in age 40 and over health and fitness programming through research, education and outreach.  APFRI seeks to establish, promote, and sustain a culture that measurably impacts the overall health of the US military and allied senior leadership in support of the national military strategy.

    In 1982, the TRADOC Commander directed the establishment of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute (APFRI) on the grounds of the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Its mission was to develop a comprehensive health and fitness program designed to fit the needs of senior middle-aged officers. A key focus was reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Over the years, the APFRI staff designed programs for stopping smoking, lowering blood pressure, improving nutrition, managing stress, and increasing flexibility, strength, and aerobic fitness.


Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

First Night Carlisle 2007

Nov. 7, 2006 -- First Night Carlisle is one of the best nights of the year to be in Carlisle. 

  This is when a community-and family-oriented; alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration takes place, featuring performances by a variety of musical, magic and comedy acts in locations in downtown Carlisle.

  There will be over 27 acts in fourteen different venues, all safe and within walking distance. All but two of the venues (Carriage Rides and the Fireworks) are indoors.  The event begins at 6 p.m. and the night's performances will be capped off with a fireworks display at midnight.

  Admission buttons sell for $10. On December 31, 2006 the admission buttons will be $15. Children under five are free.

  Buttons are available at the following locations:  Carlisle Theatre, Member's 1st Federal Credit Unions, M & T Banks, Giant Foods, United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County, Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Cumberland County Historical Society and the Downtown Carlisle Association.

  For further information call (717) 240-0970 or check out the website at


Public Affairs staff report

USAWC student spouse wins bodybuilding championship


Nov. 7, 2006 -- A Carlisle Barracks military spouse recently competed and won at the 2006 U.S. Forces Europe Bodybuilding Championships held in Darmstadt, Germany.

    Tracey Briggs, the wife of USAWC Class of 2007 student Lt. Col. Dave Briggs, defended her 2005 US Forces title in this year's competition held on Oct. 15, 2006 at the Cambrai Fritsch Kaserne.

     "To have the opportunity to pursue my passion for bodybuilding on a competitive level makes me realize each and every day just how blessed I am," said Briggs. "To hold the title of U.S. Forces Europe Female Bodybuilding Champion is just icing on the cake!"

    Briggs, along with 28 other competitors, took the stage to display their dedication to the sport and she came away with a 1st Place win in the Women's Heavyweight Division.

    On November 4th, she also competed in a International Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (INBF) competition in Marlborough, Massachusetts and placed 4th in the Women's Heavyweight class in a show of over 130 competitors.

    Tracey has been married for 25 years and is the mother of three children, ages 20, 14 & 9. She is the owner of LadyLifter Fitness offering personal training services to the military communities in which she lives and she has been a military spouse for over 21 years. The Briggs' moved from Heidelberg, Germany to Carlisle Barracks, Pa. in July.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Attention-- volunteer income tax assistance program needs you

    "It's Income Tax season again!

"VITA provides income tax assistance to the military community.  You can be one of our volunteers - no experience necessary," said Sgt. First Class Lolien Toombs, PJA Paralegal NCOIC. "Thanks to our volunteers, our program last year was very successful."

    The VITA Program offers participants the benefit of learning more about the Federal and Pennsylvania State Income Tax and how to prepare them.  The Carlisle Barracks VITA program volunteers assisted over 517 taxpayers last year and save them in excess of $101,000 in preparation fees.  

   "The success of the VITA program is based on YOU, our volunteers," said Toombs. If you or someone you know wants to be a VITA Volunteer, contact Sergeant First Class Toombs at 717-245-3986 or 717-245-4940. 



Public Affairs staff report

2006 Madigan Award winners announced

    Nov. 7, 2006 -- The winners of the 2006 Colonel John J. Madigan III U.S. Army War College Staff and Faculty Published Writing Competition, the annual USAWC Staff and Faculty Published Writing Awards competition, have been announced.


  • Dr. Tami Davis Biddle, DNSS, "Curtis E. LeMay and the Ascent of American Strategic Airpower," Realizing the Dream of Flight.

  • Dr. Conrad C. Crane, AHEC, "Phase IV Operations:  Where Wars are Really Won," Military Review.

  • Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II, SSI, "The Trouble with History," Parameters.

  • Colonel Jiyul Kim, DNSS, "Pan-Korean Nationalism, Anti-Great Power-ism and U.S.-South Korean Relations," Japan Focus.

  • Dr. Charles M. Krupnick, DDE, "Expecting More from Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe," The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations.

  • Colonel Kevin J. Weddle, Deputy Dean of Academics, "The Blockade Board of 1861 and Union Naval Strategy," The American Civil War.


  • Colonel Kevin J. Weddle, Deputy Dean of Academics, Lincoln's Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont.

    Awards will be presented in the amount of $350 for each winning article and $700 for the winning book, which are funded by the Army War College Foundation, Inc. An award ceremony will be held this fall at a time to be announced.

    "Congratulations to all members of the Carlisle Barracks community who published professional articles or books during the past year," said Col. Louis Yuengert, USAWC Chief of Staff. "Publication of a professional article or book is a significant accomplishment, with or without a subsequent award."



Army to battle Navy in 107th America's Classic

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 28, 2006) - One of the most revered rivalries in all of sports will be revisited Saturday when Army and Navy battle for the 107th time.
   The Army-Navy Classic pits the 3-8 Black Knights opposite the 8-3 Midshipmen in Philadelphia, Pa.
   The Black Knights will be looking to forge a three-way tie for this year's Commander in Chief's Trophy title by beating Navy. Navy defeated Air Force in October and Army lost to the Falcons earlier this month. An Army win would allow Navy to retain possession of the trophy, without any additional glory, according to tie-breaking rules set forth by the academies. In the event of a three-way tie, the team that previously captured the Trophy retains its possession.
    The Midshipmen have a chance to equal their longest winning streak of five games, which last took place from 1959 to 1963. No team has won six consecutive games.
    A sellout crowd of more than 68,000 is expected to fill Lincoln Financial Field with worldwide television and radio audiences tuning in.
    Navy leads the all-time series by a narrow 50-49-7 margin, grabbing its first lead in the match-up since 1991. Army must find a way to control Navy's top-rated rushing attack, which averages 333.2 yards per game.
    While Army enjoyed the upper hand against Navy during most of the 1990s, Navy has turned the tide in recent years. The Midshipmen have captured seven of the last nine engagements, including the past four, to grab a 50-49-7 advantage in the classic rivalry.
    On a broader scope, Army has prevailed in 11 of the last 20 meetings (and 7 of 14) with its arch rival, a revered series that dates back to 1890. Hard-fought Army victories were commonplace last decade, with the Black Knights prevailing in seven of those 10 match-ups. Those seven Army victories came by a total of just 24 points, with an amazing six-game stretch of cadet wins decided by a total of only 14 points.
    The point differential over the course of the 106-game series stands at a rather microscopic 214 points (an average of 2.0 points per game). That figure stood at 92 entering the 2002 contest, but Navy has outscored Army 176-54 the last four years. The Mids blasted Army 58-12 in 2002, setting a series-record scoring total in the process, then followed with 34-6, 42-13 and 42-23 victories the past three years.
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Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Volunteers still needed for annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea

Nov. 21, 2006 --  Carlisle Barracks is preparing to host the 51st annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea on December 6 and 7. More than 300 senior citizens from eight area nursing homes are invited to this two-day event.

    Volunteer escorts from the greater Carlisle Barracks community (military, civilians, spouses) are paired with a nursing home guest to escort throughout the Tea. Volunteers work from approximately noon to 3:30 p.m. each day, with the arrival of guests at 12:30 p.m. and their departure at 3 p.m. 

    "To date, we still need additional Escort Volunteers (61 for Dec. 6 Dec and 74 for Dec. 7)  and Vehicle Attendants (seven for both days) to meet the requirements," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, 2006 Holiday Tea Chairperson. "In making the registration as convenient as possible, you can still sign up on line at the following link (Carlisle Barracks - Holiday Tea Event ) or print a hard copy of the registration form and drop it off in the DPO Office (Root Hall, A102).  Further financial and cookie donations are also appreciated."

    A short training and information session will be held next week for those who have volunteered.  

    "Next week, we have the escort and attendant briefs (Bliss Hall) scheduled on Nov. 28 and 30 from noon- 12:30," said McPhillips. "All escorts and attendants are required to attend one of the briefs where they will receive the concept of the operation and how to safely assist our Senior Guests."  

    "In addition to providing an escort for each senior citizen, the post arranges a wonderful entertainment program to delight the guests," said McPhillips.  

    For further details, you can contact the Project Coordinator, Lt. Col. McPhillips, via email or by phone at 717-245-3086.



Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service

Bush says Gates right man to meet challenges, praises Rumsfeld


WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2006 - President Bush called Robert M. Gates, his choice to be the next secretary of defense, the right man to meet the challenges facing the United States.

    During a brief White House news conference today, the president also thanked Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, telling him that America is more secure because of his service.
    "America remains a nation at war," Bush said. "We face brutal enemies that despise our freedom and want to destroy our way of life. These enemies attacked our country on Sept. 11, 2001; they fight us in Afghanistan and Iraq; and they remain determined to attack our country again.
     "Against such enemies there's only one way to protect the American people: We must stay on the offense and bring our enemies to justice before they hurt us again."
    The president said that Rumsfeld will remain in office until the Senate confirms Gates.
    Bush said the defense secretary must have the vision to see threats still over the horizon and prepare the United States to meet them. "Bob Gates is the right man to meet these critical challenges," he said.
    Gates, who is the president of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, said the war on terrorism will shape the world for decades to come. "Because our long-term strategic interests and our national and homeland security are at risk, because so many of America's sons and daughters in our armed forces are in harm's way, I did not hesitate when the president asked me to return to duty," he said. "If confirmed by the Senate, I will serve with all my heart and with gratitude to the president for giving me the opportunity to do so."
    Gates has served as a member of the Iraq study group, chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Congressman Lee Hamilton. He has met with political and military leaders in Iraq. "He will provide the department with a fresh perspective and new ideas on how America can achieve our goals in Iraq," Bush said.
     Bush also stressed Gates' service under presidents of both parties. "He is a man of integrity, candor and sound judgment," the president said. "He knows that the challenge of protecting our country is larger than any political party, and he has a record of working with leaders on both sides of the aisle to strengthen our national security."
    Bush praised Rumsfeld for his almost six years of service in the administration. "Don has served in times of great consequence for our nation," Bush said. "Few will forget the image of Don Rumsfeld as he helped rescue workers carry the victims from the rubble of the Pentagon."
    The president listed some of the secretary's accomplishments at the helm of the department. He said Rumsfeld helped shape one of the most innovative campaigns in modern warfare, driving the Taliban and their al Qaeda allies from power in a matter of weeks.
    "In 2003, on my orders, he led the planning and execution of another historic campaign, Operation Iraqi Freedom that drove Saddam Hussein from power and helped the Iraqi people establish a constitutional democracy in the heart of the Middle East," the president said. "History will record that on Don Rumsfeld's watch the men and women of our military overthrew two terrorist regimes, liberated some 50 million people, brought justice to the terrorist (Abu Musab al-) Zarqawi and scores of senior Al Qaeda operatives, and helped stop new terrorist attacks on our people."
    Yet, even as the U.S. military fought in the war on terror, Rumsfeld kept preparing the department for the threats of the future, Bush said. "He developed a new defense strategy. He established a new Northern Command to protect the homeland, a new Joint Forces Command to focus on transformation, a new Strategic Command to defend against long-range attack and transformed U.S. Special Operations Command for the war on terror," he said.
    He praised Rumsfeld for his efforts to create a new NATO response force, to restructure the U.S. military's global footprint and to revitalize America's efforts to develop and deploy ballistic missile defenses.
    "Over the past six years, I've relied on Don Rumsfeld's advice and counsel. I've come to know his character and his integrity," Bush said. "As the secretary of defense, he has been dedicated to his mission, loyal to his president, and devoted to the courageous men and women of our armed forces."
    Rumsfeld thanked the president for his praise and for the opportunity to serve in the Defense Department again. "I must say that it's been the highest honor of my life to serve with the talented men and women of the Department of Defense, the amazing men and women, young men and women in uniform," the secretary said. "It's a privilege. And their patriotism, their professionalism, their dedication is truly an inspiration. They have my respect. They will remain in my prayers always."



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

CFC 2006 nears half-way point


Nov. 7, 2006 - It's still not too late to make your contribution to this years Combined Federal Campaign.

    "We've just completed the third week of the campaign and we are well on our way to our goal," said Cora Johnson, CFC manager for Carlisle Barracks.

    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.

   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.

    Donations may also be made by dropping them off in the CFC secured drop box in the lobby of the Army Community Services building, 632 Wright Ave.

    "CFC is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations," said Johnson. "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."

    To find your chairperson see the related Banner article.



Michelle L. Gordon, Army News Service

Army increases weight limit for females, standards remain same

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 3, 2006) - Weight limits for female Soldiers have changed to incorporate current research regarding differences between male and female body types.
    The change allows most females to weigh 5 to 19 pounds more under Army Regulation 600-9, "The Army Weight Control Program," which establishes guidance for body-fat standards within the Army.
    The previous version of the regulation was last updated 17 years ago.
    "Training NCOs were telling us they had been needlessly taping female Soldiers," said Hank Minitrez, public affairs officer for the Army G-1 Human Resources Policy Directorate. "It seems women were failing the weight portion of the test, but they were well under the maximum body-fat percentage allowed for their age group. In fact, we found that more than half of all female Soldiers who were taped did not need to be."
    A team of Army and civilian physicians and scientists was appointed to find a better way to measure body fat in women, who carry weight differently than males, Minitrez said.
    "We took their findings and changed the screening weight table for female Soldiers. The screening table weight is the maximum you can weigh before you have to be taped or tested for body-fat percentage," he said.
    Instead of being taped at the wrist, forearm, neck and hips, females will now be taped around the abdomen, neck and hips.
    "Measuring the abdomen will give a more accurate portrayal of a female Soldier's body-fat percentage," Minitrez said. "We don't want fat Soldiers, we want fit Soldiers. The tape test is still going to help determine body-fat and fitness levels compared to lean muscle-mass levels."
    Repercussions for Soldiers failing to meet Army weight standards remain unchanged. They will still be enrolled in the Army Weight Control Program, through which Soldiers seek counseling from a nutritionist on eating properly and incorporating exercise into their daily routines. They must also receive a blood test from their local military treatment facility to rule out medical problems.
   Enrollment in the program does not prohibit a Soldier from deployment, but it does prevent positive actions such as awards or attendance at professional development schools.
    "The program is designed to assist Soldiers in creating a healthy, fit lifestyle that the Army requires in a time of war," Minitrez said. "We want all of our Soldiers to be Army Strong."
    The revised AR 600-9 was published Sept. 1 and implemented Oct. 2, but Army leaders decided to give active-duty and reserve-component Soldiers a six-month transitional period. March 31 is the mandatory effective date.
    "This revision didn't happen overnight," Minitrez said. "Researchers have been working for at least a decade to determine if current systems of measuring body fat were the best systems out there. Research is always ongoing and the Army, just like any other agency, has to keep evolving and using the latest data available - whether it's with equipment, technology or in this case, medicine."




Important change for official mail overseas  

   Nov. 6, 2006 -- Official mail to International & APO/FPO addresses is exempt from Custom Declarations, EXCEPT the following APO/FPO zip codes - these will require a customs form PS 2976-A for mail that weighs 16 ounces or more.  

  • 09727

  • 09730

  • 09731

  • 09734

  • 09736

  • 09737

  • 09738

  • 09739

  • 09742

  • 09743

  • 09744

  • 09817

  • 09825

  • 96562

     Please stop by the OMDC window to obtain and complete the form.


TRADOC news release

TRADOC debuts online video feature

Nov. 7, 2006 -- Soldiers interested in the future of training can see what's on the horizon at "TRADOC In-Depth," the Training and Doctrine Command's online video feature where TRADOC leaders discuss ongoing innovations.

    "TRADOC In-Depth brings the senior leaders of our organization to the Soldier," said John Harlow, host and producer of the program.  "We explore how TRADOC is changing the way we train, the tactics we use to fight, and other issues Soldiers will find relevant.

    Current video programs feature a two-part interview with General William Wallace, TRADOC Commanding General, who speaks about the link between TRADOC and the operational Army. 

    The commanding general of the U.S. Army Accessions Command, Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp discusses the tough task facing Army recruiters, as well as the benefits of serving as a recruiter.  The Director of the Joint and Army Experimentation Division, Col. Arnold Bray, talks about the experiments that have been conducted during his tour with TRADOC and how the results of the experiments may help shape the battlefield.

    "Our mission is to tell the Army story, to our Soldiers and to the public," said Col. Jody Draves, TRADOC Public Affairs Officer.  "TRADOC In-Depth brings our audience face to face with TRADOC's senior leaders."

    TRADOC In-Depth does not require a login or password entry.  TRADOC In-Depth is located at

    Story ideas may be submitted to


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Storm sewer replacement may cause delays, traffic detours

Nov. 1, 2006 -- Employees, residents and visitors to post may soon encounter some road repair related delays and detours in the coming weeks.

    Work is scheduled to begin Nov. 6 on a project that will replace the storm sewer pipe that collects water from Anne Ely Hall. The new pipe will run under Ashburn Drive, from the intersection of Ashburn Drive and Garrison Lane to behind 315 Lovell Ave. The project will include installation of new pipes, catch basins, and manholes, plus site restoration.

    "During the repairs, motorists can expect some delays due to the installation of the new pipe," said Tom Kelly, head of the post Directorate of Public Works. The work will begin behind the APFRI building on Lovell and will progress up Ashburn Drive towards Anne Ely Hall.  "Please exercise caution and watch for equipment, workers, barricades, flagmen and detours during this project. The goal is to have the project completed before the asphalt plants close for the winter.

   The repairs are necessary because the existing piping has deteriorated and can no longer handle storm water during heavy rains. 

    The work will be scheduled to not interfere with post events like the Senior Citizens Holiday Tea.

   "We will try to minimize the impact on traffic as much as we can," said Kelly.  



Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Vice Chief of Staff of Army gives leading insights for Army Leader Day

Oct. 31, 2006 -- Release of Army recruiting numbers and reenlistment rates roughly coincided with the address of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army to the USAWC Class, October 17.  Reenlistments represent Soldiers telling us they feel good about their units, trust their leaders, notice that leaders stay and keep the team together, and think our mission is important, said Gen. Richard Cody in Bliss Hall.        

    The keynote speaker for the college's Army Leader Day spoke about transforming while at war. It's not a new theme, but Cody's words captured a sense of urgency in his message to leaders who will guide the Army through a high tempo of change.  Young men and women have seen combat and are raising their hands to stay. The role of leaders cannot be understated for executing war with an irregular force that uses terror, seeks WMD, is urban based on a 360 degree battlefield, uses technology eagerly and operates worldwide. Equally compelling are the leadership challenges for creating a new army, according to the details he shared on modularity, stationing, future combat systems, expeditionary mindset, joint capabilities, warrior ethos, Army values, ARFORGEN. 

    When restationing is completed, 85 percent of the force will be CONUS-based, bringing change to education, leadership, rotations and more. Quality of life must equal the quality of service of the all-volunteer force. The plan is in play, and leaders must make the paradigm shift. See Army Stationing, below.

    After the Bliss Hall address, leaders from the Army staff moved into seminars for in-depth discussions. Each had a story to tell of the work being executed, but students were most rewarded, they said, when the visiting general officer shared personal insights about senior leadership. But before he dismissed the USAWC students, Cody clarified the importance of Army War College studies. Despite the demands of the operational force, "we think enough of long term leadership development to keep you in this class."


Army Stationing

The Army is repositioning units into a new global joint basing posture that supports the National Military Strategy and improves readiness and quality of life at each installation. The Vice Chief of Staff reviewed with the USAWC students and faculty, Oct. 17, some key elements of a 'huge paradigm shift:' moving Air Defense Artillery to join Artillery at Fort Sill, Okla., for the artillery center of excellence; partnering Armor and Infantry for the maneuver center; moving divisions to Fort Bliss; and creating multifunctional logistics center.  These stationing decisions are intended to focus Army resources to more efficiently and more effectively support forces and to increase operational readiness.

.          Stationing is the integration of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Global Defense Posture Realignment (GDPR), and Army Modular Force initiative decisions.

.          Restationing is a collective effort to transform to a joint power projection force, and establish centers of excellence. 

.          Stationing decisions enhance installations that provide the best military value and best postures units for responsiveness and readiness. 

.          Eliminating Cold War Era infrastructure, employing modern technology, and consolidating activities frees up financial and human resources for the Army to focus on its core warfighting mission. 

.          Stationing is complex, and requires the synchronization of many efforts to ensure that the Army sustains its global commitments, while becoming dramatically more efficient.

.          Included in all stationing actions and decisions are considerations regarding standardized construction design, quality of life, and the impact on surrounding communities.





Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Education center celebrates American Education Week Nov. 13-17

   Nov. 7, 2006 -- The Carlisle Barracks Army Education & Training Support Center will observe "American Education Week" from Nov. 13-17.

    "Installation and community focus on Army Education provides us an excellent opportunity to promote the importance of lifelong learning within the Army," said Olivia Jones, Education Services Officer at Carlisle Barracks. "This year marks our 22nd year of supporting American Education Week.  Please join the education staff for an open house each day from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. There will be refreshments and door prizes for visitors." The Education Center is located at 609 Butler Road.

    The Army's American Education Week theme for 2006 is: "Boots on the Ground, Educated Soldiers at the Forefront."  

    "We are a major player in the Army's efforts to prepare our Soldiers and Officers for 'Army 2010 and Beyond', a knowledge-and capabilities-based force organized around information and information technologies," said Jones.  

    The Army Continuing Education's (ACES) efforts to create effective education programs are on target with academic changes in the civilian world. 

    "The support of American Education Week continues our commitment as an advocate for the needs of the Army's adult learners," said Jones. "With every leap in technology, ACES is there to work on faster and better ways for delivering educational programs. ACES continues to bring more programs to Soldiers and Officers that translate Army career training into college credits and certification or licensure opportunities."

   The new portal launched April 1 and serves as the new gateway to Tuition Assistance (TA) and postsecondary courses online for Soldiers and Officers anytime and anywhere.


Army Strong public ad campaign to start Nov. 9

    The first three Army Strong TV ads will begin airing Thursday, 9 Nov at 8p.m. EDT.  The 30- and 60-second ads will appear on the following national networks: The CW, CMT, Court TV, Discovery, Food, Fuse, G4, Hallmark, HGTV, History Channel, Lifetime, MTV, MTV2, MTVU, Sci Fi, Soap, Spike, TNT, TVLand and USA.  They will also air later during NCAA and NFL football games on NBC, CBS and Fox; and NBA games on TNT.

    One of the Army Strong spots is in Spanish will appear on the following networks: Azteca America, Telemundo, Telefutura, Univision, ESPN Deportes and Galavision.

    View the ads on the PA portal$p=216363#

Halloween parade prize winners 

4 years & younger:

Storybook                              Easter Bunny & Carrot           Sidney Kindsvater

Funniest                                Baby Chick                            Ryleigh Hoag

Most original                          Boy in Car                              Joseph Lynch


5-7 years:

Storybook                              Thumbelina                            Yukimi Maeda

Funniest                                 Zorro                                     BJ Nelson

Most original                          Pinocchio                               Mackenzie Cooper


8-10 years:

Storybook                              Starwars Jawa                      Tyler Douglas

Most original                          Knight                                   Sam Bowyer

                                             Diet Pepsi can                      Catherine Lynch

11-18 years:

Storybook                               Raggedy Ann & Andy           Courtney Plante & Kim Olson

Funniest                                 Cleopatra                             Ariana Maloney

Most original                           Smurf                                  Tara McCaffrey






Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

APFRI assessment program enhances health of students at Sgt. Maj. Academy

    November 1, 2006--Now that the first 100 out of 250 physical assessments are complete, it is safe to say that the participants at the U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Academy are well on the way to better health.

    The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute's distinctive program at Ft. Bliss, Texas, with offerings ranging from personalized feedback to an interdisciplinary focus of testing and analysis, makes it easy to understand why 641 out of a possible 649 students wanted to be a part of the physical analyses.

    "We expected around 450 students to want to participate based on last year's trend, but our numbers were much higher, thanks to the APFRI staff, Maj. Gen. Huntoon and Col. Abramowitz [Commandant of USASMA] it was all possible," said Col. Thomas Williams, APFRI director. "Colonel Abramowitz was totally committed to the health of each of these leaders."

   In February, the APFRI team traveled to Ft. Bliss, Texas to conduct health and fitness assessments for the USASMA students identified at greatest risk for cardiovascular disease. The APFRI team trained health and fitness experts of three Fort Bliss organizations: USASMA, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and MWR.

    This new collaboration brought 24 years of APFRI expertise to the senior noncommissioned officers attending USASMA. APFRI has conducted applied research to improve and sustain the physical and mental readiness of senior leaders attending the USAWC. Their mission includes designing and implementing intervention strategies, education, and training programs for the Carlisle Barracks community.

    Williams said that individuals check in at different levels of awareness, status and background, but even the most health conscious are gaining much from an up-to-date and thorough analysis. A special emphasis was placed on the affects smoking has on one's health.

    "Dramatic shifts will occur with few small changes. If one stops smoking, on average, this change will lower cholesterol 20 points and will lower blood pressure ten points," said Williams.

    Williams felt the knowledge and insight gained through these assessments will not only better the health of the Sgt. Majors, but all Soldiers as the information is passed through the ranks. Even though the programs are taking place at two different geographic locations, they are both held to the same standards.  

    "We hold the same standard of excellence no matter where the assessments are offered," said Williams.

Background on APFRI

    APFRI seeks to achieve national preeminence in age 40 and over health and fitness programming through research, education and outreach.  APFRI seeks to establish, promote, and sustain a culture that measurably impacts the overall health of the US military and allied senior leadership in support of the national military strategy.

    In 1982, the TRADOC Commander directed the establishment of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute (APFRI) on the grounds of the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Its mission was to develop a comprehensive health and fitness program designed to fit the needs of senior middle-aged officers. A key focus was reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Over the years, the APFRI staff designed programs for stopping smoking, lowering blood pressure, improving nutrition, managing stress, and increasing flexibility, strength, and aerobic fitness.




Public Affairs staff report

Winners of poster contest announced

Oct. 31, 2006 -- Carlisle Barracks recently sponsored a Program for Individuals with Disabilities poster contest and the winners have been announced. Prizes were prizes were donated by AAFES and MWR and each winner receives a Garrison Certificate of Appreciation and a "treat" from the PIWD Committee.

    The winning posters are displayed at the PX. The contest was held in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

  • Grand Prize winner- Erin Newcomer

  • 1st Place-Christina Hoss

  • 2nd Place- Glenna Sorrell

  • 3rd Place- Ana Biddle

  • 4th Place -Christine Wicker

  • 5th Place - Kurtis Revenel


Honorable Mention

  • Sabrina Wicker

  • Jordan March

  • Allyson Cunningham

  • DeAndro Cumberbatch

  • Alex Newton

  • Morgan Ceprish

  • Kobe Delgado


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

APFRI staff member receives award for innovation

November 2, 2006- A member of Army Physical Fitness Research Institute staff was recently recognized for his work developing a program to help Soldiers when they come back from deployments.  

    Capt. Dave Cotting was part of a five member team at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research that created Battlemind, a product created to help deployed Soldiers transition home.      

     "Battlemind is a training program that will benefit every Soldier coming back from theater," said Cotting.

    Cotting solely created the protocol that validated the process showing the Battlemind training makes a difference above and beyond the former training available. His creation is now part of the Army's deployment cycle support plan.

    Army-wide there were ten awards total for the U.S. Army Greatest Inventions Program, 2005. The Army-wide awards program is dedicated to recognizing the best technology solutions for Soldiers.  The Army -- from active-duty divisions to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command -- chose the ten winning programs for their impact on Army capabilities (breath of use and magnitude of improvement over existing systems), inventiveness, and potential benefit outside the Army.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Roosevelt Lecturer uses history's lessons for present guidance

Oct. 28, 2006-This year's Kermit Roosevelt British Lecturer encouraged qualities of activism, realism and optimism in regard to decision making and overall perspective of the United State's engagement in Iraq.

    General Sir Redmond Watt, Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, CBE Commander in Chief, Land Command, spent five days in the United States offering experience and perspective to several military groups, including the U.S. Army War College.

    Watt highlighted problematic trends, such as illiteracy, which necessitate out of the box thinking, problem solving, and strategy.

    "We need to find clever ways of making development happen. Only 8% of Iraqis have access to electricity, TV, and radio," said Watt.  

    The British Army has been deployed in Northern Ireland (Ulster) for 37 years under Operation Banner and while this operation is currently in its final phase, Watt used this British commitment to emphasize key learning points which could be well-applied to Iraq.

    Watt draws lessons from Operation Banner. The following are lessons of reality, scale and time.

·         It takes time to understand a problem.

·         Time to build an effective structure (police, army, etc).

·         Time to operate the structure to the point of conflict termination.

    Watt offered thoughtful words of recognition and cooperation to his nation's ally.

    "No other nation has done so much for so many and received so little credit outside the nation. I represent the junior support." said Watt. "We cannot spend 37 years on this campaign as the British Army did in Ireland. We also must do this shoulder in shoulder."

Background on Watt

    Watt was commissioned into the Welsh Guards in 1972. In the early part of his career, he served in regimental appointments in England, Germany and Northern Ireland, and staff appointments in the Ministry of Defense. Watt has a wealth of experience ranging from commander of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, 1990 - 1992, to Lieutenant General, serving as Commander, Field Army 2003 - 2005, and General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland 2005 - 2006. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief at HQ Land Command in August 2006.



Ashley Stetter, Army News Service

Mail early to meet postal deadlines

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 30, 2006) - Military postal workers across the world are "making a list and checking it twice" to ensure that Soldiers serving far from home receive packages in time for the holiday season.
    Mail is abundant November through December, and postal workers advise all those sending packages overseas to obey official holiday Mail-By deadlines to guarantee timely delivery.
    According to statistics by the Joint Military Terminal, Kuwait, postal workers in the terminal's 10-post-office region processed approximately 2.5 million pounds of incoming and 3 million pounds of outgoing mail in November 2005.
     A similar work load is expected for 2006, with Mail-By-dates beginning Nov. 13 for parcel post and extending to Dec. 4-19 for priority and express mail services.
    These deadlines are rapidly approaching, and military postal officials have issued suggestions and other helpful resources to make mailing fast and easy.
    For the convenience of spouses, friends and family members sending mail overseas, pre-addressed, printable, postage paid APO/FPO address labels are available at the United States Postal Service's Click-N-Ship® web-site, and free packing materials are available by calling 1-800-610-8734.
    DOD mailing guidelines require use of the service member's full name (with or without rank or rating), return address, military organization or unit, APO/FPO address and the nine-digit ZIP code, if one is assigned.
    Following these guidelines will get mail overseas sooner, giving Soldiers like Sgt. Normajean Pangelinan, who is currently serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq, a taste of the holiday season.
    "Holiday packages from home improve Soldier morale because we are constantly reminded that people are thinking of us," said Pangelinan. "Mail reminds us that Americans appreciate what we are doing and will continue to support us."
   As for what to send, Command Sgt. Maj. James B. Roth, who served in Afghanistan with the XVIII Airborne Corps, offers a simple suggestion.
   "It's not the cost of the item that counts; it's the thought. New socks, underwear, toiletries, batteries, telephone cards, books and holiday items are always welcome and greatly appreciated," he said.
    Holiday items are fine, but postal officials say packages going to Iraq and Afghanistan may not include: pork or pork by-products, alcoholic beverages, pornographic or sexually related items or unauthorized political materials. If any of these items are found, postal officials say, none of the contents will be delivered.
    In addition, programs that once allowed the general public to send mail addressed to "Any Service Member" no longer exist, and packages addressed as such will not reach their destination.
    There are many organizations out there for those wishing to send to unspecified Soldiers. Please visit to find organizations that help support all those serving.
    Remember that Mail-By-dates vary by destination and mailing method and promise delivery by Christmas Day. Senders preferring delivery before Dec. 25 should mail 10 days earlier than the suggested deadlines.
    The following shipping dates are recommended for military mail:

APO AE Zip 093

Parcel Post: Nov. 13
Space Available Mail: Nov. 27
Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 2
Priority Mail/First-Class Mail, Letter and Cards: Dec. 4
Express Mail Military Service: Not Available

APO AE Zips 090-092, 094-098; APO AA Zip 340; APO AP Zip 962-966

Parcel Post: Nov. 13
Space Available Mail: Nov. 27
Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 4
Priority Mail/First-Class Mail, Letter and Cards: Dec. 11
Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 19

    For further answers to your mailing questions please contact (800) ASK-USPS or the Military Postal Agency at 1- 800-810-6098.


Public Affairs staff report

Traditional Thanksgiving feast at LVCC Nov. 23

    The Letort View Community Center will have a "Traditional Thanksgiving Feast" on Nov, 23 with two seating's, one at 11:30 a.m. and one at 2:30 p.m.  The fare will include turkey, hickory smoked ham, seafood au gratin, stuffing, mashed potatoes and other holiday favorites.

    Prices are $19.95 for adults, $7.95 for children 6-12 and free for kids five and under.

    Reservations are required; call 245-3991 for more information.


Public Affairs staff report

Resumix Briefing at Carlisle Barracks

    There will be a Resumix Briefing at Carlisle Barracks at the education center on Nov. 21, from 10 a.m.- noon and from 2-4 p.m.

Workshop Topics:              Instructor:                Title: Northeast Region CPO

Intro to Resumix                  Jennifer Brooks          Sr. Human Resources Specialist

Questions and Answers       Jennifer Brooks          Sr. Human Resources Specialist 

    Registration is required.

    For more information contact Jeffrey Hanks at 245-3684 or e-mail,



Public Affairs staff report

American Indian/Alaskan Native Observance Nov. 21

    Carlisle Barracks will recognize the accomplishments and contributions of American Indians and Alaskan Native on Nov. 21, from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the Letort View Community Center.

    As part of the observance, Kevin "Talking Crow" Ord, village chief of the Achsinnink Standing Stone Village Intertribal Village, Huntingdon.  


TSA release

TSA seeks public's help to keep security lines moving

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) urged air travelers to plan ahead for air travel security procedures this holiday season.  The agency expects heavy passenger volume throughout the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays.  

    To minimize delays, TSA has created a Holiday Checklist so passengers can prepare for the screening process.  By following a few simple guidelines, travelers can help make passenger screening as efficient as possible.  

    "TSA's security officers' primary focus is ensuring the security of the traveling public," said Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley. "We're asking the traveling public to contribute to the effort and the Holiday Checklist is a great resource to use in planning your next trip."

    Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) also emphasizes preparedness as the key to successful holiday travel.

    "The typical busy travel seasons means passengers should be prepared and security-ready when they arrive at the airport," said ACI-NA president Greg Principato.  "Passengers will have a better experience if they have important travel documents out, coats and jackets off, and carry-on items ready for inspection prior to reaching the security checkpoints."

A few other important items to note:

  • TSA's checkpoint protocols require all passengers to remove outer coats and jackets for X-ray before proceeding through the metal detectors.  That includes suit and sport coats, athletic warm-up jackets and blazers.  If a jacket or blazer is being worn as the innermost garment - not over a blouse or sweater, for example - it does not have to come off.  

  • Passengers who attempt to take firearms and ammunition through the checkpoint in their carry-on luggage continue to be a problem. More than 3,000 firearms had been intercepted since TSA assumed responsibility for security at the nation's 450 airports in February 2002.  Nationwide, ammunition is intercepted more than 2,000 times each month.  All firearms and ammunition must be declared to airline ticket agents and properly stored in checked baggage.  

  • When traveling with children, a discussion in advance of airport security may be helpful.  At the checkpoint, children will need to temporarily part with such things as blankets and stuffed animals, and older children need to know that any comment suggesting a threat to an aircraft or its passengers is taken seriously by TSA security officers.

    Air travelers can help ensure the security process is smooth by following the Holiday Checklist available at  The Web site has a prohibited items list, advice for packing, and information on what types of jewelry, shoes or clothing may set off a metal detector. TSA has also partnered with airlines and airports to make the checklist available at airport ticket counters and on airline Web sites.

Other important TSA travel tips include:

  • Travel with unwrapped gifts.  If a wrapped gift sets off an alarm, TSA security officers will need to unwrap the gift to resolve the alarm.

  • To minimize the risk of damage or loss, don't pack fragile or valuable items in checked baggage. Take them with you in carry-on baggage, or ship them to your destination instead.

  • Put undeveloped film in carry-on baggage because equipment used to screen checked baggage will damage film.  Also, high-speed and specialty film should not be put through X-ray machines, so passengers may ask security officers at the checkpoint to physically inspect film.

  • Remember to put identification tags in and on all baggage including laptops.

  • Everyone, even frequent fliers, should double check the contents of their pockets and bags, particularly carry-on luggage, to ensure no prohibited items were inadvertently packed.

  • Don't over pack bags.  If security officers have to open them, closing overstuffed bags can be difficult and may result in that checked bag being delayed until a later flight.

  • If TSA security officers need to open a locked bag for inspection, they may have to break the lock. If you choose to lock your bag, we recommend using a TSA-approved lock, which has a locking system that enables security officers to open and relock the bag.  


Gen Peter Schoomaker, Chief of Staff of the Army and Francis J. Harvey, Secretary of the Army

Thanksgiving safety message

    In 1789, President George Washington declared the first National Day of Thanksgiving.  Years later, with America engaged in a costly civil war, President Abraham Lincoln revived what is now an annual tradition.

    As American Soldiers, Army civilians, and their families pause to consider and rejoice in our many blessings, we re personally thankful for your hard work and dedication in defense of America s ideals and liberty.

    Your efforts in this time of war are as monumental as they are critical.

    Sergeant Major of the Army Preston joins us in wishing each of you a joyous and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

    Because hazards increase with personal travel, it is important that you concentrate on safety, check your equipment, increase your risk mitigation efforts, and remain defensive at all times.  Plan ahead and don't be in a hurry to arrive.

    Commanders and first line leaders must continue to take an active role. The Army Safety Management Information System-2 (ASMIS 2) privately owned vehicle (POV) risk assessment is a proven tool to help identify travel hazards and implement risk controls  Ensure risk assessments and safety awareness briefings are completed prior to Soldiers

travels.   Leaders must stay engaged to eliminate loss.

    The combat readiness center stands ready to assist.  Visit

     Army Strong!


Carlisle Barracks Safety Office

Make sure you have a safe Thanksgiving

    Nov. 21, 2006 -- This holiday season, follow these fire prevention tips to help you and your family have a safe Thanksgiving.

  • Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.

  • Keep the kitchen off - limits to young children that are not helping with food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.

  • When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove or have someone else monitor what is being cooked.

  • Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.


    Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Candles should never be left burning when you are away from home, or after going to bed. Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them.


Public Affairs staff report

USAWC to celebrate 105th birthday  

    Nov. 6, 2006 -- Celebrate the 105th U.S. Army War College birthday with guest speaker Lt. Gen. Richard Trefry at 11:45 a.m. on November 20th. Cake, punch and finger foods will be served. The event will take place in the Root Hall Gym



Public Affairs staff report

2006 Flu Season is almost here

     Nov. 15, 2006 -- Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic has NOT YET received its allocation of flu vaccine, but expects to administer over 3,000 flu vaccinations this year, once the allocation of vaccine arrives. 

    Immunization will be available by injection (flu shot) or by an intranasal spray (flu mist). 

  • Beneficiaries who qualify to receive the flu mist are those without high risk conditions between 5 to 49 years of age.  

  • Beneficiaries who qualify to receive the flu shots, according to the Center for Disease Control, are those individuals who have had a serious reaction to intranasal influenza vaccine in the past, those who are younger than 5 or older than 49 years of age, those who have long-term health problems, such as being immunocompromised, or those with chronic diseases.

  • Pediatric immunizations for those younger than 10 years old will be administered by the Dunham Allergy and Immunization Clinic, when vaccine arrives.

      The Carlisle Barracks community will be notified of "flu fair" dates once a significant amount of vaccine is received.

      For those who are especially concerned about obtaining flu immunization at the earliest possible time, vaccinations are available in the local community at your own expense and are not reimbursable.

     The following general hygiene practices should be instituted for personal protection against all potential respiratory infections:  

  • turn away from other people before coughing or sneezing

  • cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

  • practice periodic handwashing before handling food and eating, after touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, and after contact with body fluids, using the restroom, touching pets, or changing diapers.



Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Local Veterans Day events

  • Crestview Elementary School, Carlisle, will hold their Veterans Day Program on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.  The speakers for this program are Col. Clark LeMasters and Lt. Col. Richard Bowyer, USAWC, Class of 2007.

  • Mooreland Elementary School, Carlisle, will hold their Veterans Day Program on Friday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.  The speakers for this program are Lt. Col. Brian Reinwald and Lt. Col. William Mitchell, USAWC, Class of 2007.

  • Boiling Springs High School Interact Club will hold their annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m.  The speaker for this event is Col. George Akin, USAWC, Class of 2007. Veterans, if you are interested in attending, please call 258-6484 for reservations.

  • Bellaire Elementary School, Carlisle, will hold their Veterans Day Program on Friday, Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m.  The speakers for this program are Col. Anthony Arcuri and Lt. Col. Charles Salvo, USAWC, Class of 2007.

  • The Carlisle Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m., at Veterans Memorial Courtyard (corner of High and Hanover Streets). The program will include opening and closing remarks from Mayor Kirk Wilson, musical selections by the Carlindian Chorus, invocation and benediction by Rev. Walter Reed, a Veterans Day message by Col. Thomas Torrance, USAWC Deputy Commandant, a rifle salute by the Veterans Honor Guard of Cumberland County and Taps played by Curt Long.

  • Historic Carlisle Inc. will present a Veterans Day 2006 World War II Commemorative Weekend -November 11, 9:30 a.m. - Parade (downtown Carlisle) - The largest number of Cumberland County WWII veterans will march or ride in this parade.

                         10:30 a.m. - Presentation at Square

                         11 a.m.-3 p.m. - AHEC Tours

                         2 p.m. - "Saving Private Ryan" at the Carlisle Theatre

                         7-11 p.m. - USO Show at the Comfort Suite

  • November 12, 10:15 a.m. - Services at St. Johns Episcopal Church on the Square

  • McConnellsburg VFW will hold their Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Courthouse Square.  The speaker for this event is Lt. Col. Frank Hall, USAWC, Class of 2007.

  • Newville Joint Veterans Council will hold their Veterans Day Commemoration on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.  The speaker for this event is Lt. Col. Todd Wheeler, Center for Strategic Leadership, USAWC.

  • South Mountain American Legion, Mt. Holly Springs, will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.  The speaker for this event is Col. Thomas Cowan, USAWC, Class of 2007.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Temple U. historian revisits, "When Freedom Wore a Red Coat: A Social History of Cornwallis' 1781 Virginia Campaign"

    Nov. 2, 2006 -- Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7:15 p.m. in Ridgway Hall, AHEC presents .. "When Freedom Wore a Red Coat: A Social History of Cornwallis' 1781 Virginia Campaign," a free public history lecture by Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin, Temple University professor of history, whose expertise led to appearances in historical documentaries, and work as a troop trainer and extra in the 1989 Civil War film Glory.

    British General Cornwallis came closer to victory in Virginia in 1781 than most Americans realize; he moved rapidly, destroying property and temporarily paralyzing both the Continental and state forces that tried to oppose him.  Urwin taps into previously ignored British and American sources to provide a fuller view of the critical military campaign, exploring political and social factors that could have made things turn out dramatically differently. Doors open to the Perspectives in Military History lecture at 6:45. For more information, check or phone 717-245-3803. Ridgway Hall is on Army Heritage Drive between Trindle and Claremont roads, Carlisle.    

    Urwin authored or edited Facing Fearful Odds:  The Siege of Wake Island; Custer Victorious:  The Civil War Battles of General George Armstrong Custer; The United States Infantry:  An Illustrated History, 1775-1918The United States Cavalry:  An Illustrated History;  and his latest,  Black Flag over Dixie:  Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in the Civil War.  He is general editor of the Campaigns and Commanders Series at University of Oklahoma Press and associate editor of Military Chronicles: The Magazine of Warfare & History.  Urwin earned his B.A. at Borromeo College of Ohio, a master's in American history at John Carroll University and a Ph.D. with the University of Notre Dame.



Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Breaking ground on the future of Carlisle Barracks

October 23, 2006 -- On a lush piece of land that will become known as The Meadows, Soldiers, family members, military and community leaders and GHM Military Housing representatives braved the windy weather to witness the Carlisle Barracks residential community initiative groundbreaking October 23.

In an area that will soon host more than 50 new modern-styled homes, 14 representatives ceremoniously dug their shovels into the dirt, breaking ground for what will be a long lasting addition to the Carlisle Barracks installation and the surrounding communities.

"This begins a 50-year partnership between the folks at Carlisle Barracks, the Army and GMH to lead to very good improvements for quality of life here at Carlisle Barracks," said Ron Hansen, the vice president project management, GMH Military Housing.

The groundbreaking officially starts the work to bring to life a project that began more than four years ago. The residential community initiative has three major objectives, according to the Army War College Deputy Commandant, Col. Tom Torrance. To provide Soldiers and their families with quality affordable housing; to strengthen the Carlisle Barracks partnership with the local communities; and to allow Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army War College to focus on its principle mission of training strategic leaders.

"It is not just simply construction that we're doing, we're building communities." said Bill Armbruster, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Privatization and Partnerships. "And we're building quality of life into that community that is totally different than anything we've done in the past."

Pennsylvania Congressman Todd Platts agreed, saying that the groundbreaking is truly a celebration of our nation doing right by the country's military families.

"As a nation at war, we need to appreciate the service of those on the war front who are courageous in their service, and those on the home front who are holding down the responsibilities of the family," Platts said.

New construction will also soon begin on a community center which will be built across from the Post Chapel, Marshall Ridge, as well as the renovation of historic Young Hall.



Ned Christensen, Installation Management Command

Army activates IMCOM to improve support to Soldiers

Oct. 24, 2006 - The Army activated the Installation Management Command Oct. 24 to consolidate and strengthen installation support services to Soldiers and their families through the full authority of command.

    Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson assumed the IMCOM command at a Pentagon ceremony hosted by Lt. Gen. James Campbell, Director of the Army Staff.  The new command places the former Installation Management Agency, the former Community and Family Support Center and the Former Army Environmental Center under a single command as a direct reporting unit.

    "Today we take the next step in the evolution of Army installation order to create a more efficient, effective and agile organization to ensure the best Army in the world is supported by the best installations in the world," Wilson said. 

    "The Army has never been in greater need of installations as flagships of readiness than it is now," Wilson said, citing the construction, personnel and equipment realignments required to support Base Realignment and Closure, Army Modular Force, and Global Defense Posture Repositioning.  BRAC alone accounts for more than 1,200 actions that impact the IMCOM mission, he said.

    As IMCOM commander, Wilson is dual-hatted as the Army's Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, reporting directly to the Army Chief of Staff.  Brig. Gen. John A. Macdonald, former IMA director, became IMCOM's deputy commander.

Changes affect CGSC, AEC, IMA regions  

    Under IMCOM, CFSC is renamed the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, and

becomes a subordinate command of IMCOM, commanded by Brig. Gen. Belinda Pinckney.  The AEC is now the Army Environmental Command-also a subordinate command, commanded by Col. Michael O'Keefe.

    The new command also will consolidate the four Installation Management Agency regions within the continental United States into two, as required by BRAC. The Western Region will stand up in November at Fort Sam Houston, with consolidation taking place over the next few years. The Eastern Region will locate at Fort Eustis, Va., in 2010.

    The new command, currently headquartered in Virginia and Maryland, will relocate in 2010 to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in accordance with requirements of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure round.  The deputy commanding general will locate in Texas, while the commanding general and ACSIM functions remain at the Pentagon.

    The Army announced in August the establishment of the Installation Management Command as a direct reporting unit. This initiative is part of Army efforts to reorganize its commands and specified headquarters to obtain the most agile command and control structures to support the expeditionary, modular force.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

War College classrooms to receive new equipment

October 25, 2006 - Army War College students and faculty will soon start to see some new equipment and capabilities coming to their seminar rooms.

    In an attempt to standardize and upgrade the equipment on the Root Hall seminar rooms,

    "We want the rooms, across the board, to offer the same teaching tools and equipment. It is difficult to teach when each room has its own idiosyncrasies," said Dr. Thomas McManus, director of Educational Methodology and Technology. "From technology updates to refurbishing the classrooms, this project will no doubt better support active learning strategies." 

    Each of the classrooms will be equipped with a PC, projector, a SMART Board (an interactive white board and display screen) at the back of the room and a standard screen at the front. The classroom will also be equipped with a ceiling mounted document camera. A portable VTC system will also be available for the seminars. The existing equipment, some of which is more than 10 years old, will be replaced or upgraded. 

    "One of the main reasons for the necessity of the upgrades is that much of the existing equipment cannot be fixed or repaired because the parts simply aren't made anymore," said McManus.

    The upgrades are welcomed by one faculty instructor.

    "Some of our equipment hit the end of its effective lifecycle and as a result we're seeing more failures.  It is quite discomforting to have a video clip or graphic aide fail during a seminar presentation," said Col. George Reed, Director of Command and Leadership Studies. "The planned acquisitions should reduce the number of panic calls to the help desk and minimize seminar disruptions due to equipment failure."

    During the renovations, the existing equipment will be replaced, and the rooms re-wired to match the current technologies. Also part of the renovations is a plan to allow the 20 seminar rooms to be wireless as well.

    "Each of the seminar rooms, the library, Wil Waschoe Auditorium, the command conference room and Root Hall cafeteria will be enabled to allow wireless PC access for those with government laptops," said McManus. "Users will be able to access their shared network drives, and other DoD and Army sites just like they were sitting at their office or seminar PC." A plan is being developed for DSL, non-government wireless access in the library/

    The project, which started in late 2005, will pick up steam in the next few weeks as the Otto Cheney room is the first seminar room schedule to receive new equipment.

    "The Otto Cheney room, once finished, is where the seminars will rotate in and out of while their rooms are being renovated," said McManus. Each room is expedited to take about two weeks to complete. The entire renovation of the seminar rooms is expected to be competed in Sept. of 2007. The Mary Walker Room is also being readied as a possible alternative seminar room if the need should arise." The project originally began when B219, home of seminar 20 was renovated.

    Renovations and keeping up with the times are one of the things that make the War College special according to Reed.

    "The U.S. Army War College strives to be on the educational leading edge, and that includes technology," he said. "I think we should be open to new ways of doing things and when new educational technology opens a learning pathway then we should not hesitate to take it."


Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Tour through plant makes one believe in the ugly duckling to swan tale

October 24, 2006 -- Ladies in the U.S. Army War College Conversation and Culture group enjoyed a fall outing to Meadowbrooke Gourds in Carlisle on Oct. 24. 

  While there, they toured the gourd plant and saw firsthand how a dirty, ugly gourd from the growing fields is transformed into a thing of beauty.  The ladies spent a few hours, enticed by both the process and the ingenuity behind the craft. 

  A Meadowbrooke representative escorted the ladies through the plant and discussed the growing, drying, cleaning and painting processes.

 The items are many and include painted and decorated jack-o-lanterns, penguins, angels, snowmen, and santas -- some with lights and some without lights, but all definitely with personality plus. 





Army News Service

Commentary: Why Army Strong?


WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 31, 2006) - I have to admit when I first heard 'Army Strong' I thought, "That's it?" But as I've thought about it, Army Strong is much more than two words. It represents the best of the Army; the best of America; the best of each and every Soldier.
    I think Army Strong works better if you imply "I am, You are or We are" Army Strong, but what does it mean to be Army Strong?
-- Army Strong is more than muscles; it's the Soldiers who can endure long patrols constantly alert for hidden dangers, or run faster and further than they ever thought they could.
-- Army Strong is more than sheer military might (tanks, helicopters, artillery, missiles, etc.); it's the Soldiers who drive, fly or shoot all that hardware.
-- Army Strong is more than completing tough training; it's parachuting out of an airplane at 800 feet when you're scared to death of heights.
-- Army Strong is more than being smart; it's having the knowledge and tenacity to develop a way to solve seemingly impossible problems.
-- Army Strong is more than combat operations that destroy an enemy; it's the Soldiers and leaders who plan and execute it - it's Boots on the Ground.
-- Army Strong is more than the pungent smell of burnt gunpowder after a firefight; it's the Soldiers whose well aimed fire protected their buddies.
-- Army Strong is more than intelligence systems, UAVs and GPS; it's the Soldiers who bring that information to the leaders who can use it to stop an insurgent attack.
-- Army Strong is more than beans, bullets and repair parts; it's the Soldiers who ship, manage, prepare, repair and move all the things that keep the Army rolling along.
-- Army Strong is more than just doing what's right; it's the Army values embodied by Soldiers who carry out their duties everyday.
-- Army Strong is more than a "Welcome Home" sign taped to a fence; it's the "Daddy, daddy, daddy!" yelled across a tarmac late at night and a long embrace at the end of a deployment.
-- Army Strong is more than an individual Soldier's strength; it's the teamwork of a well-trained squad executing actions on contact.
    In short, Army Strong is far more than two words; it's the underlying moral fiber, the deep-seated emotions and the total determination every Soldier carries.
    No one can stop this team - it's Army Strong.


USMA Cadet carves pumpkin featuring new Army slogan


Oct. 31, 2006 -- U.S. Military Academy Cadet Third Class Jason Schreuder is doing his part to help the Army advertise the new "Army Strong" campaign.
    Schreuder, from Kalamazoo, Mich., and a member of the class of 2009, plans on majoring in mechanical engineering. Last year, he carved the crest of the U.S. Corps of Cadets onto a pumpkin, and this year decided to honor the Army's new advertising slogan, which was announced earlier this month and will kick off nationwide on Nov. 9, just before Veterans Day.
    "Every year I carve pumpkins, I try to look for something that's relevant to the Army and that inspires me to continue to excel," Schreuder explained. "I chose the "Army Strong" slogan because it encompasses how we live our lives as members of the United States Army and acts as a constant reminder of why we serve.
    "I did a bit of searching on the internet and got some ideas from some Army posters that I found," he said. "I combined a few designs to get the final product."
    Schreuder spent approximately 12 hours creating the pumpkin, complete with a detailed Abrams Main Battle Tank and the "Army Strong" campaign slogan.

Angela Yarbrough, Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club

Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club prepares for holidays



    Nov. 1, 2006 -- The annual Wreath and Tree Auction sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Spouse Club will start with lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 8 at LVCC. Come early to check out the trees and wreaths decorated by various seminars and groups on post. Themes are only limited to the imagination and range from the traditional to items you can eat or drink.   The auction will follow the Italian Pasta and salad buffet lunch.  Reservations for lunch are required.    

    A popular event for December is the New York One-Day Trip featuring the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes on December 5. Day trippers can shop and sightsee or plan to see the show. Point of contact is Jackie Lipscomb at 243-9366.

    The Spouse Club provides outreach to the Carlisle community and scholarships as well as the of monthly luncheons.



Public Affairs staff report

USAWC grad appointed Ohio CASA

October 27 - Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey invested a USAWC alumnus as one of three new civilians aides in a Pentagon ceremony. Bill LaPrise,  USAWC Class of 1984, was appointed as the Ohio (South) civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, or CASA.

    "I'm honored by the appointment as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army," he said. "Thousands of Soldiers and their families are making huge sacrifices on a daily basis to protect our American values and way of life. This appointment affords me the opportunity to keep that story in the front of my fellow citizens in Ohio."

    CASAs, are typically business or civic leaders who are appointed, without compensation, to represent the Army in their communities for a two-year term. LaPrise is a former school psychologist, elementary principal, pupil service director and deputy superintendent in Miamisburg. He works now with the Montgomery County Education Service Center as director of the center's student assessment team. His military service includes both reserve and active duty service in the U.S. Army, to include service in Vietnam.


Bonnie Powell, DeCA

Scholarships for Military Children program opens for 2007


    FORT LEE, Va. - Gas prices are biting into the family budget, interest rates are rising, and college tuition is outpacing inflation. At least some relief is in sight for military families as the Scholarships for Military Children program opens for 2007. Applications for the $1,500 scholarships are available at 264 commissaries worldwide, or can be downloaded through links at,, or

    "Scholarships for Military Children is a wonderful military community program," said Patrick Nixon, DeCA director and chief executive officer. "Nearly 3,000 scholarships totaling over $4 million have been awarded since the first awards were given in 2001."

    The $1,500 scholarships are available for children of military active-duty, retired, and Guard and Reserve service members. Most of the funds are donated by manufacturers, brokers and suppliers selling groceries in commissaries, and every dollar donated to the program by industry or the general public goes to fund the scholarships. The program is administered by the Fisher House Foundation.

    A significant number of scholarships, about 10 percent every year, go to high school students at DoD schools overseas. "Every cent that community organizations can mobilize to support college-bound students is an investment in the future," said Joseph Tafoya, director of the Department of Defense Education Activity.

    "With college costs soaring, our DoD students and their parents appreciate every available scholarship to help defray the cost, and the scholarships enable many of our families to better afford the tuition and provide an incentive for students to work hard," said Tafoya. "They also demonstrate that military communities are committed to education and increased opportunities for all students."

    The scholarship program has also made inroads to increasing support from the "nonmilitary" community. California high school students sponsoring golf tournaments in 2006 raised thousands of dollars to donate to the program, and already for 2007, a private foundation has made a substantial donation.

    "We're excited to see this worthwhile program gaining recognition and funding from the community at large, said Jim Weiskopf, vice president of communications at Fisher House Foundation. "Commissary industry support has been amazing and increased public support can only help ensure that the Scholarships for Military Children program continues to benefit the military community for many years to come." Donations can be made through the link at, the official program Web site.

    Applications for 2007, which includes an essay on "how and why" the applicant would change an historical event, must be turned in at a commissary by close of business on Feb. 21, 2007. At least one $1,500 scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants.

    The program is open to unmarried children under the age of 21 (23 if enrolled in school) of military active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired personnel. Eligibility will be determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current ID card.

    The applicant must be planning to attend, or already attending, an accredited college or university full-time in the fall term of 2007, or enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Post employee receives award for work in ID card section

October 24, 2006-A Carlisle Barracks employee was caught in the act --- of excellence.

    Karen Balestrini was selected as the recipient of the "Extra Mile Award" for the 3rd Quarter of 2006 by SERCO which is contracted by the Department of the Army to provide support to ID card facilities world wide.

    Balestrini excelled as a Common Access Card operator and site security manager by demonstrating attention to detail, meeting all deadlines and consistently receiving 100% ratings on customer comment cards.

    "She does her job very well and is extremely personable. She is proof that there are still individuals out there that go the extra mile to take care of their clients," said Christi Mackie, SERCO regional project manager.