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CPAC, HRD, EEO offices to close March 10, move to new locations

    The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) offices will be closed to customer service from March 10-1 in order to move from Anne Ely Hall to the second floor of Upton Hall. The offices are scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, March 14. All phone numbers will remain the same. 

    The Human Resources Directorate, including the Personnel Admin Center, Military Personnel Division, and ID Card Sections and the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will be closed March 10-14, as they move to their new locations, also on the second floor of Upton Hall.

    HRD is scheduled to re-open for customer service March 15. All phone numbers will remain the same. 

   The offices relocating to the second floor of Upton Hall will be located in the following rooms:

  • 200 -   DEERS/ID Card Office

  • 200A -   Military Transition Center

  • 200B -   Military Retirement Services Office

  • 201 - CPAC

  • 203 - CPAC

  • 205A - Military Management/ Actions

  • 205B - Military Reassignments/Orders

  • 206 - HRD Military Personnel Administration Center

  • 206A - Personnel Officer

  • 206B - PAC Supervisor

  • 207 - DHR Military Personnel Services - Records

  • 207A - System Admin/Records Branch Chief

  • 207B -  Chief, Military Personnel Services

  • 208 - HRD Operations Officer

  • 209 - EO

  • 209A - EEO

  • 210 - HRD Director

  • 211 - EEO

  • 212 - USAG DHR

 

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

BOSS: under new management

 

    February 28, 2006-The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program has an entirely new board and are eager to get down to business.

    On March 1, a new board took charge of the program and they are using their fresh ideas and enthusiasm to put the program back on the map. The program lost some momentum over the last year due to the reduction in the number of Soldiers on post.

    "I think I bring enthusiasm and ideas to the program," said Spc. Brian Wilson, BOSS secretary.

    The board consists of president, Sgt. David Dorville; vice president, Pfc. Edward Webb; secretary, Spc. Brian Wilson and treasure, Pfc. Ryan Tuazon.

    The name of the program, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, implies that it is only for single Soldiers, but that is misleading.

    "I want all the Soldiers to be involved and contribute to our team because this program is here for all Soldiers," said Dorville.

    Since the reduction in the number of Soldiers on post they don't have as many opportunities to bond with each other and the BOSS board wants to bring those Soldiers closer together.

    "We want to bring cohesion to the Soldiers since we don't all live and work together," said Wilson.

Community service key mission in BOSS

    The program isn't just focused on fun and games.  They are also involved in fund raisers and volunteer work in the community.

    "We want to not only build stronger ties with each other, but also with the community," said Wilson.

    The new board has plans for working with Project SHARE and other volunteer groups in the area.  They also have fund raisers planned over the next couple of months to raise money for trips to basketball games, ski trips and other events.

    The new board is focused on making the program a success, but they can't do it alone.

    "We are striving to make BOSS a successful program here at Carlisle, but can't do this alone and this is why we want feedback and involvement from all the Soldiers," said Dorville. "We have the support of the garrison commander the sergeant major and our 1st sergeant to make our program successful and with the help of our Soldiers we will make it a success."

 

Army News release

Army expands eligibility for $1,000 Referral Bonus

    ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Feb. 27, 2006) - The Army has expanded the list of eligible Soldiers who can earn $1,000 for referrals that lead to Army enlistment.
    The Referral Bonus Pilot Program was expanded to include Soldiers performing duty in the Hometown Recruiter Assistance Program, Special Recruiter Assistance Program, as well as in the Additional Duty Special Work Program.
    The referral bonus was authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act.
    Soldiers may receive the $1,000 referral bonuses for referring anyone, except a member of their immediate family, which is defined as a spouse, parent (including step-parent), child (natural, adopted, or step-child), brother or sister.
    A lump-sum bonus will be paid to a referring Soldier once the referred applicant completes Basic and Advanced Individual Training, regardless of component. There are no retroactive provisions to this pilot program. Payments will be made directly to the referring Soldier's military pay account within 45 days of the referral completing AIT
    Those not eligible to receive a referral bonus include anyone who serves in a recruiting or retention assignment or who receives Special Duty Assignment Pay while in those capacities.
     "Soldiers continue to play an important role in the recruiting process and with this program we are able to recognize their contributions," said Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck, deputy chief of staff, Army G1 (Personnel). "We thank Congress for their recent legislation to provide bonuses such as these," he said.
    Under this program, referrals will be made via the Sergeant Major of the Army Recruiting Team (SMART) process. The Soldier must either submit the referral through a process via the SMART link or through the USAREC 1-800 line dedicated to the program. To receive a bonus, the sponsor (Soldier making the referral) must provide the name of the applicant prior to the applicant's interview with an Army recruiter.
    For more information on the $1,000 referral bonus, visit: https://www.usarec.army.mil/smart/

or call 1-800-223-3735, ext. 6-0473.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Police welcome two veterans to DA Guard force

    March 1, 2006 -- The post police force welcomed two new members in a short ceremony Feb. 28 in the Upton Hall foyer.

    Guards John Brown and Charles Martin both recently completed their training and are now Department of the Army Guards.

    "I look forward to having you serve protecting the employees and residents of Carlisle Barracks," said Lt. Col. Bob Suskie, post provost marshal.

   Both Brown and Martin are military veterans and served in recent conflicts.

   Brown served in the Army Signal Corps and was deployed to Afghanistan. Martin served in the Marine Corps Infantry and was cross-trained into their MP Corps. Martin was deployed to Iraq.

    Others in attendance at the graduation agreed the experience that the officers gained while deployed will only benefit the installation.

    "It's great to be able to welcome these former military service members into our family," said Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips at the ceremony. "I'm sure they will both be an asset to the installation."

   

IRS warns of tax refund email scam

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today issued a consumer alert about an Internet scam in which consumers receive an e-mail informing them of a tax refund. The e-mail, which claims to be from the IRS, directs the consumer to a link that requests personal information, such as Social Security number and credit card information.

This scheme is an attempt to trick the e-mail recipients into disclosing their personal and financial data. The practice is called "phishing" for information.

The information fraudulently obtained is then used to steal the taxpayer's identity and financial assets. Generally, identity thieves use someone's personal data to steal his or her financial accounts, run up charges on the victim's existing credit cards, apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim's name and even file fraudulent tax returns.

The bogus e-mail, which claims to come from "tax-refunds@irs.gov" tells the recipient that he or she is eligible to receive a tax refund for a given amount. It then says that, to access a form for the tax refund, the recipient must use a link contained in the e-mail. The link then asks for the personal and financial information.

The IRS does not ask for personal identifying or financial information via unsolicited e-mail. Additionally, taxpayers do not have to complete a special form to obtain a refund.

If you receive an unsolicited e-mail purporting to be from the IRS, take the following steps:

  • Do not open any attachments to the e-mail, in case they contain malicious code that will infect your computer.

  • Contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine whether the IRS is trying to contact you about a tax refund.

The IRS has seen numerous attempts over the years to defraud the public and the federal government through a variety of schemes, including abusive tax avoidance transactions, identity theft, claims for slavery reparations, frivolous arguments and more. More information on these schemes may be found on the criminal enforcement page at www.IRS.gov

 

Father/Daughter Dance at the LVCC March 10

    There will be a Father/Daughter Dance at the Letort View Community Center on Friday, March 10, from 7 - 10 p.m. The cost is $45 per couple and includes a DJ, free 5x7 Photo and lapel flowers for the fathers. There is also a dinner buffet included.

   Call 245-3991 for reservations or more information.  

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Soldiers helping fellow Soldiers

Army Emergency Relief fundraising campaign began March 1

 

    February 13, 2006 -- Stressed about money? You're not alone; studies show that worrying about money is a major cause of stress for many individuals.

    The Army Emergency Relief program is designed to help soldiers and their families in times of financial need. Established in 1942, the AER can help with emergency financial support for food, rent, vehicle repair, emergency transportation, funeral expenses, and medical expenses.  The agency also gives undergraduate-level education scholarships to children of soldiers, according to the AER website.

     The money for AER is raised through fundraising on installations and the fundraising campaign began on March 1 and runs through May 15. Carlisle Barracks campaign goal this year is to raise $25,000.

      "Donations can be made in the form of cash, check, money order, or allotment," said Cora Johnson, consumer affairs financial assistant program manager.   All contributions are fully tax deductible. 

   Every organization on post has identified a key representative, who can help individuals make donations or obtain more information. 

Spouse Education Program Expanded

   This year, AER is expanding the Spouse Education Assistance Program.

    "This program used to only be offered overseas, but this academic year it is being offered stateside," said Johnson. "The program's purpose is to assist spouses of active duty Soldiers and the widows and widowers of Soldiers who have died while on active duty with furthering their education. This will provide them with increased occupational opportunities."

    Spouses would receive a grant based on financial need, as determined by filling out a free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). This form can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The maximum award based on financial assistance is $2,500. 

Undergraduate Scholarship Deadline Approaches

    The Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Fund deadline is approaching. All applicants need to apply for the scholarship by May 1 in order to be eligible for the funds.  The scholarship fund is administered by the AER. 

    All applicants must be dependent children, stepchildren, or legally adopted children of Army soldiers on active duty, retired, or deceased while on active duty or after retirement. The children of Gray Area Retirees are also eligible. Applicants must be registered in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Report System, be unmarried for the entire academic year, and be under the age of 22 on May 1.

   For more information about AER, call Army Community Services at 245-4720/4357 or visit the AER website at http://www.aerhq.org.

 

 

Story and photos Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

APFRI exports health and fitness program to senior enlisted leaders

    February 18, 2006 -- Twenty four years of experience in helping improve the health of officers at the U.S. Army War College has now been exported to help improve the overall fitness of NCO senior leaders.

    Since 1982, the Army Physical Fitness and Research Institute has assessed the health of senior officers during their time at the War College. They have developed a state of the art health and fitness program specializing in the over 40 population. 

    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. These trainees will begin conducting assessments under an approved research protocol that mirrors the program offered to senior officers attending the War College.

    This new collaboration brings 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.

    APFRI director Col. Thomas Williams credits the tireless efforts of the APFRI staff and key leaders whose strong support made possible "a collaboration of this magnitude." USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USASMA Commandant Col. David Abramowitz, Beaumont Medical Center Commander Col. James Leach, the War College's former Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Saunders, USAWC's Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Houston and USASMA Command Sgt. Maj. James Dale were key to the successful initiative, said Williams.

A healthier Army

    The program was exported to the Sergeants Major Academy to improve NCO senior leader health and fitness knowledge, allowing them to live healthier lives and to pass the knowledge down to the Soldiers they lead.

    "From start to finish, we've exported everything," said Maj. Maurice Sipos, APFRI's deputy director for research. "We are trying to keep it as close as possible to the program in Carlisle."

    "When the sergeant majors graduate they will be dealing directly with Soldiers," said Col. David Abramowitz. "If those sergeant majors can help their Soldiers by teaching them what to eat, teaching them the importance of not smoking, and show them the importance of exercise, they will greatly improve the Soldiers' health. This may also reduce the number of injuries and reduce the number of Soldiers going on sick call."

Traditionally, the fitness levels of enlisted Soldiers have been narrowly focused, making them strong in only the limited areas assessed by the Army Physical Fitness Test.

    "For most of our Soldiers' careers we focus on push-ups, sit-ups and running so they can pass the PT test," said Command Sgt. Maj. James Dale, command sergeant major of the Fort Bliss-based academy. "This program is intended to focus on total fitness."

The program in transition

     At the beginning of the assessment process, the APFRI staff led the program, but "after the first couple of days the Bliss staff took over the responsibilities," said Williams. When the Bliss team performed the assessments the APFRI staff were available to provide advice and assistance, allowing the Bliss team to learn how to run the program.

    "The APFRI staff will always be connected to the USASMA through the internet to provide additional support," said Williams. The web-based program allows anyone to access research material, education classes, and fitness and nutrition programs and more health-related information.

How the assessments work

    Williams provided the USASMA students an overview of the APFRI research protocol and the health and fitness assessment program at Fort Bliss in January, and invited students to participate.

    Interested students started their APFRI assessment process via the web site, completing an informed consent and online surveys on their health, fitness, nutrition and well-being.

    In addition, students were directed to have blood drawn for a lab study of their cholesterol, glucose and, for males, prostate specific antigen levels. The 100 students at greatest risk for cardiovascular disease were invited to participate in the more comprehensive assessment during the week of Feb. 13-16.

    Each comprehensive assessment started at the in-processing station where students were asked to sit quietly for five minutes before blood pressure and resting heart rate were measured. Afterwards, the students were  asked to sign an  informed consent form and to review the information provided in the online surveys and update medical information that may have changed.

    "This allows the staff to get clarification on information that may be important for the student to conduct the assessment safely," said Sipos. Students are only permitted to perform each assessment station if it is safe for them to do so. Results were entered into the APFRI Information Management System as they progressed through the assessment stations.

    Body composition was measured at the second station, beginning with an Army tape test in accordance with Army Regulation 600-9, and measurement of waist and hip circumference. Next, students were asked to sit in the "Bod Pod," a chamber that helps measure body composition. 

    "The 'Bod Pod' uses air displacement to determine a person's body fat percentage," said Sipos.

    The next station tested strength and flexibility. They warmed up on a stationary bicycle to prepare the muscles for the test, and then completed a series of stretches before performing a sit-and-reach test to assess the flexibility of their legs and lower back. The flexibility test was followed by a test for leg strength. And, the upper body strength test, too, began with a warm-up, using an upper-body ergometer, which is a stationary bike for the arms.

     Each student's aerobic fitness, or capacity, was tested next. During the stationary bike test, students wore a heart rate monitor that measured heart rate response to increasing work loads which  can predict their aerobic fitness. Blood pressure was also monitored during the test to ensure students' safety.

   The student's nutritional intake was the final area tested. Food models depicting accurate portion sizes were arranged on a table with examples from all the food groups.

    "Students are asked to total the number of servings of foods from each food group that they typically consume in a day so the dietitian could assess their dietary intake," said Sipos.

    At the outbrief station, the results from each of the assessment stations were compiled and reviewed by an APFRI health care provider. The outbriefer identified each individual's strengths and areas where they could improve. Each student received their results and educational materials to reinforce the importance of their assessment results, in terms of cardiovascular disease.

    Student feedback, by way of an online survey, evaluate the  assessment program and enables the staff to sustain and/or improve the assessments in the future.

The future of the program

    In the future, the Sergeants Major Academy would like more students to participate and have access to the program. Only 100 of the more than 600 USASMA students went through the assessments this time due to time and resource constraints.

    The USASMA would like to double the number of participants next year.

    "Our vision is to get every student of the academy through the program," said Abramowitz, "but to make that happen we need more resources. We need a building, equipment and a larger staff. The benefits of the program by far outweigh the cost."

    The USASMA program benefits will not end with the students; it will trickle down through the ranks and all Soldiers will have access to healthier lives.

    "This is a great program," said Sgt. Maj. Calvin Parker, USASMA student. "I think it should be part of in-processing. We are supposed to help our Soldiers with their lifestyles, but if we don't know how to live healthy lives, how can we show them the right way?"

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Baby It's cold outside

Check the community calendar for ways to have fun, stay warm

February 22, 2006 - It finally feels like winter, so do you want to enjoy a day on the slopes or warm up at a buffet at the LVCC? You can find out what's going on at Carlisle Barracks by checking out the new community calendar.

    Located here, the community calendar lists everything from Youth Services events to special services or events held at the post chapel. The calendar is also linked off of the Carlisle Barracks homepage. Whether you're looking for something to do next week or next month the calendar has you covered.

    The calendar is updated every day, so you'll always have the most up-to-date listings and events. There's also a handy print function if you want to print it out a month and hang it on your calendar.

    So go ahead and check it out today and find out what great services and opportunities Carlisle Barracks has to offer.  

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Rare Lunar Eclipse March 14

March 9, 2006 - On March 14, from approximately 6:08 p.m.- 9:13 p.m., a penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible from the Carlisle area.

    A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's penumbra, or shadow, and the Earth lies between the sun and the moon, according to NASA. This type of lunar eclipse is particularly rare because the moon will lie completely within the Earth's penumbra shadow.

    This is one of only five times this type of eclipse will occur in the 21st Century, according to the NASA website. Lunar eclipses generally occur at least twice during the year.

    The eclipse will be most visible just after moonrise at 6:47 p.m. The eclipse will only be at moonrise because of the Earth's current position in its orbit around the sun. Residents of Carlisle will see the moon become more shadowed than is normal.

    This eclipse is very rare because it is a total penumbra eclipse. The moon will lie completely within the Earth's shadow for one hour. This phase of the eclipse will not be visible in the Northwestern region of America, according to NASA, and Europe and Africa will have the best view.  

 

 

 

 

Story and photos Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Anne Ely Hall facelift starting March 1

 

February 22, 2006 -- Most people know Anne Ely Hall as the home of the Civilian Personnel Office, the Post Office and the Army Substance Abuse Program, but did you know it was also once the home of the Class Six and Youth Library Annex?

    One of the most used and storied buildings on post will get a facelift starting in the next few weeks after years of planning.

    "This was originally scheduled to be a fiscal 2003 project," said Bill Tarman, DPW Engineering and Environmental Division Chief. Now that the funding has been received, the renovations will help bring back to life a building that was beginning to show its age. As part of the $3 million dollar renovation project, all of the offices in Anne Ely will be re-configured to better use the space.

    First are to get the treatment will be the second floor, which is currently home to ASAP, the Alutiiq and Wackenhut Security guards and storage for the post chapel.

    "The second floor right now has a lot of unused office space since the building has begun to show signs of its age," said Tarman. "These renovations will give the building a whole new layout on both floors."

    One of the major improvements in the 1930s-era building will be to upgrade the heating and air conditioning systems.

    "The system here has really been patched together and given some minor upgrades over the last few years," said Tarman. "The new system will provide heat with a new gas fired hot water boiler and cooling system. Both heating and cooling will be provided through a new ducted air distribution system and individual zone controls will be provided through variable air volume boxes mounted above the ceiling in the air ducts." This system is similar to the one in Ridgeway Hall and Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic. 

 

     Another benefit of the new system is that it will also open up new office space on the buildings first floor. The room that currently houses the equipment will be renovated and the equipment that controls the heating and air conditioning will be moved to the second floor.

    Just as important are additions that will make the building more accessible to those with disabilities.

    "As you can see, the building has no elevator," said Tarman. "As part of this project we'll be installing an elevator and making sure each entrance is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant." One of the ramps will be installed outside the door of the post office.

Offices will re-locate to other buildings    

    To make room for the renovations, many of the offices will re-locate to other buildings on post. The first will be ASAP, which will relocate to the ACS building, 632 Wright Ave.

    "We expect to be moved out of here starting Tuesday (Feb. 28)," said Bradley Nielsen, ASAP director. The office will re-open for business at the new building that same week.

 

Upton Hall readied for new occupants

    In conjunction with the Anne Ely renovations, Upton Hall has also undergone modifications for its new occupants.

    "Minor renovations have been done in Upton Hall, since many of the offices displaced by the renovations will move there temporarily," said Tarman. The renovations on Upton Hall included painting, carpeting, and replacing worn ceiling tiles. New computer network and telephone hook-ups, bathroom renovations and some temporary walls have also been completed.

Post Office to relocate to CPO area

     During the renovations, the post office will move to the other side of the building.

    "The lobby will be totally re-designed, and should make it easier for people to come in, get their mail and mail things," said Tarman. The post office will also be placed on its own heating and air conditioning system and a bathroom will be installed for their employees. The post office is scheduled to move in the first two weeks of April and move back to its new location after approximately 60 days.

Other offices to relocate later in March

    Work on the first floor of Anne Ely is scheduled to begin on April 1. The other offices will relocate later in March, their new interim locations can be found below and more detailed information will be published in the Banner as it becomes available. 

    The entire project is scheduled for completion in Feb. 2007.

Organization

Current location

Scheduled moving data

Interim location

Final location

CPO

Anne Ely

Week of March 13

Upton second floor

Anne Ely

EEO/EO

Anne Ely

Week of March 13

Upton Hall 2nd Floor

Anne Ely

ASAP

Anne Ely

First week of March

632 Wright Ave.

Upton Hall

APFRI

Anne Ely

March 27, 28

315 Lovell Ave.

Upton Hall

HRD

315 Lovell Ave.

Week of March 13

Upton Hall second floor

Anne Ely

USPS

Anne Ely

First two weeks of April

Anne Ely (CPO area) for 45 to 60 days

Anne Ely

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Industry Day encourages unified Civilian-Military readiness

 February 23, 2006 -- Technology has transformed the way wars are fought. Industry Day, held March 23 in Bliss Hall, provided students with the opportunity to examine these changes and the relationship the military has with the defense industry.

    "Industry Day is a chance for students to learn the importance of defense industry to the overall national defense by giving them a chance to interact with leaders of the defense industry," said Ret. Navy Cmdr. Robert Kedney.

   The keynote speaker was Ron Abbott, vice president and mission assurance executive of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. At one time, he served as the vice president of Tactical Missiles for Lockheed and has also worked with products such as Multiple Launch Rocket System and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

  Panelists for the event included Abbott; Helen Greiner, co-founder and chairman of iRobot; Maj. Gen. David Fastabend, TRADOC Futures Center deputy director and chief of staff; and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson, deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management for the Asst Secretary of the Army.

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Conserving Army treasures

AHEC object conservationist preserves pieces of Army history

February 23, 2006-There is more going on behind the scenes at the Army Heritage Education Center to preserve the 1 million artifacts and documents than anyone can see when visiting the displays.

    Amber Tarnowski, objects conservator, spends her days preserving the AHEC holdings and keeping them from deteriorating more than they already have.

    "It's a very spontaneous job," said Tarnowski. "You need to think on your feet and be ready for anything when you walk in the door."

    Many of the items that are donated to AHEC have been stored in attics or garages and are in need of some "TLC."  Many objects are dirty, rotting, rusting, have holes or are broken, but it's not Tarnowski's job to bring them back to their original condition.

   "There is a difference between conservation and restoration," said Tarnowski. "Conservationists try to maintain the historical value of the items. For example, if you had the blood-soaked shirt that Lincoln was wearing when he was shot you wouldn't clean the blood off. We do some cleaning, but my focus is on keeping them from deteriorating more so they maintain their current condition."

    One of Tarnowski's biggest jobs isn't peeling years of dust off documents or preserving WWII uniforms-it's dealing with pests.

    "A lot of what I do deals with pests," said Tarnowski. "If an item comes in and it has one beetle larva on it that hatches, everything stored with it will become infested."

    Tarnowski has to decontaminate all the new collections that come into AHEC and attempt to keep all the insects out of the building.

    "I've been in museums that have had bugs flying around in their displays," said Tarnowski. "That will not happen here."

    Besides dealing with the big problem of tiny insects, Tarnowski has to control the deterioration of the items on the Heritage Trail, set up displays in the building, concoct specific chemicals to clean many different materials and make sure everyone who handles the artifacts has been trained so they don't damage them.

The roots of a conservationist

    Tarnowski's interest in artifact conservation came from a youth full of art and antiques. Many of her family members were involved in molding her interests.

    "My mother is an artist and I had seven aunts that were antique dealers," said Tarnowski. "So it's true, you are a product of your environment."

    Even though her upbringing had a large impact on her career direction and she had an art history degree, it wasn't until the early '90s and a trip overseas that she was able to narrow down what she wanted to do for a living.

    "I was in Italy in 1992 when I first started doing conservation," said Tarnowski. "I was in the Sistine Chapel. They were working on conserving the paintings on the ceiling. A professor took my hand and placed it on 'The Last Judgment' painting so I could feel the texture of the different materials used in the paint. That convinced me.  I was hooked."

    Her focus was set and she began a Master's program at Queens University, which she finished in 2003. During her studies she completed 12 internships and ran a framing business, too.

    Tarnowski has also published papers through a post graduate fellowship at Harvard University.

Tarnowski's future at AHEC

    When the position at AHEC became available, Tarnowski jumped on it.

    "A chance to completely set up a conservation program only comes along once every 10 years," said Tarnowski. "I always wanted to start a conservation program from scratch."

    "If you really like problem solving it's a great job," said Tarnowski. "Each day is different and each piece is unique. There are different materials and different challenges with each piece."

    The program that Tarnowski is setting up at AHEC is only in the beginning stages. She is in the process of writing standard operating procedures for the handling of artifacts, pest control and procedures to take in the event of a terrorist attack.

    With the large collection of artifacts and documents, Tarnowski has high hopes for the reputation of AHEC.

    "I want to pull our image up to the national and international level," said Tarnowski.

    The job keeps Tarnowski busy, sometimes seven days a week, but she still likes to take time out of her busy schedule to show people what she does.

    "I really like showing people what I do," said Tarnowski. "I love to get visitors from post who want to see the facility and I love showing off the collection."

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Fact or fiction: Bird Flu and what you can do

    February 23, 2006 -- The World Health Organization upholds the following ideal: "Knowledge = Prevention." With this ideal in mind, it is good news that avian influenza (bird flu) is getting a lot of attention as of late. However, for this principle to work effectively it is crucial to have the correct knowledge; here are some facts.

 

How are avian, pandemic, and seasonal flu different?

  • Avian flu is caused by avian influenza viruses, which occur naturally among birds

  • Pandemic flu is flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness that spreads easily from person to person. Currently there is no pandemic flu

  • Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.

 

What is Avian influenza in birds?

    Avian influenza is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. First identified in Italy over 100 years ago, these influenza viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. However, avian influenza is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, very sick and kill them.

 

How can humans contact Avian flu?

    During an outbreak of avian influenza among poultry, there is a possible risk to people who have contact with infected birds or surfaces that have been contaminated with secretions or excretions from infected birds.

 

Human symptoms of Avian flu

    Symptoms of avian influenza in humans have ranged from typical human influenza-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches) to eye infections, pneumonia, severe respiratory diseases (such as acute respiratory distress), and other severe and life-threatening complications. The symptoms of avian influenza may depend on which virus caused the infection.

 

What can be done if someone contracts Avian flu?

   Studies done in laboratories suggest that some of the prescription medicines approved in the United States for human influenza viruses should work in treating avian influenza infection in humans. However, influenza viruses can become resistant to these drugs, so these medications may not always work. Additional studies are needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of these medicines.

 

What you can do

    WHO is encouraging governments and individuals to begin or continue with their pandemic preparedness.

    Col. Gordon Miller, Dunham Health Clinic commander, agrees and says there are things each person can do to help prepare in the event of a pandemic outbreak.  

    "The best thing people can do is to keep supplies at home appropriate to any sort of emergency situation where public services could be shut down or it is necessary to stay inside one's home for a certain amount of time," he said.

What your kit should include --

  • A few days worth of bottled water

  • Non-perishable food items

  • Candles

  • Any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.

     "The type of situation we'd want to avoid would be everyone making a mad dash for the commissary all at once."

    To help limit the spread of germs and prevent infection --

  • Teach your children to wash hands frequently with soap and water, and model the correct behavior.

  • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, and be sure to model that behavior.

  • Teach your children to stay away from others as much as possible if they are sick. Stay home from work and school if sick.

 

Facts about Avian Flu

Fact: Worldwide, 92 people have died from the H5N1 virus, only after close contact with infected birds

     "As with many animal diseases, humans can sporadically become infected under special conditions. Sporadic transmission of the H5N1 virus in humans has taken place in affected countries. The major concern in relation to avian influenza is the possibility of avian virus transforming to a human influenza virus," according to the WHO website. 

 

Fact: It is not believed that the virus can be contracted from eating infected poultry

    However, safe food handling and cooking practices are always recommended by the WHO as any type of virus or bacteria existing in food will be killed if thoroughly cooked.

 

Fact: This could potentially become a pandemic as there  is a possibility of avian virus transforming to a human influenza virus, then  it could maybe spread human to human

    To date, the WHO has not advised any travel restriction. However, when visiting affected countries avoid farms, birds and no matter the location adopt good hygiene practices.

 

Fact: The bird flu is confirmed in various parts of Europe

    "Avian influenza (H5N1) was first detected in the WHO European Region in late July 2005. Since then, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has reported confirmed cases of H5N1 in birds in eleven countries in the region," the WHO reports.

     Avian influenza has been turning up in the last two weeks in various parts of Europe in wild migratory birds. Mute swans carrying the disease were found dead in Germany, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria. The swans were infected with H5N1, the same strain originally identified in Asia. There are also suspicious cases involving the same species in Austria, Denmark, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia.

 

Knowledge=Prevention

    Miller stresses that awareness of the situation is the key.

    "The media is out there to hype up these situations, but it is crucial to stay accurately informed and prepare according to an official guideline such as those provided by the WHO or the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]," he says.

    Miller recommends those interested in more detailed information pertaining to pandemic preparedness to access the Dunham Army web site at -- http://www.carlisle.army.mil/dahc/dunhamhome.htm or visit the CDC Avian Flu website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/

 

American Red Cross release

Local Red Cross hosting Shelter Workshop Weekend March 24 - 26

    On March 24 - 26, the American Red Cross of Cumberland County will be holding an educational training for individuals that have a need to assist in the event that the communities of Cumberland County would sustain a disaster. These classes are open to the public, with the intent to allow each person to acquire the skills and knowledge of how the American Red Cross works in events of disaster.

     It will officially kick off on March 24th at 5:30 p.m. with a Community Services Overview. This course will provide each person with a look at what happens when a mass care relief effort is needed.

     On the morning of March 25, the weekend will begin with the Shelter Operation Course starting at 9 a.m. A shelter simulation will then begin at 1:30 p.m. for any person interested in the day to day activities that are performed in a shelter. Workshops will be provided for those that want to participate in damage assessment of an affected area, health services for nurses, and food preparation in bulk quantity. An evening meal prepared from the food preparation workshop will then be provided.

     Each person that attends will have the opportunity to spend the night at the shelter. On March 26th, activities will conclude with breakfast for those that stayed, followed by a wrap-up question and answer session.

     Anyone who participates in these classes will be able to assist as a volunteer when a local disaster requires mass care in the community. It will also allow for individuals to take the training and apply it, by traveling to other relief efforts in areas that have been affected by disaster such as hurricanes, tsunamis, and tornadoes.

    By attaining the training now, you allow the American Red Cross of Cumberland County to aid in future relief efforts like those that operated during Hurricane Katrina or future events that occur in our community.

    For any one that wishes to participate in any of the classes that are being offered this weekend, please log on to http://www.cumberlandcountyarc

 

 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Looking for something to do this Friday? How about dinner and an auction

   March 3, 2006 -- Are you a big Steelers fan or know one? Bring home a gift from the Super Bowl champions available at the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Committee fundraising auction and dinner Friday, March 3.  The dinner starts at 5 p.m., and the auction starts at 7 p.m.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers litho-signed football is only one item that will go home with a lucky bidder.

    With over 200 donations were contributed by corporations, businesses and individuals, there is certainly something for everyone. Items for bid include:

  • A signed copy of Clive Cussler's newest release

  • Vietnam War Veteran and hero Lt. Gen. Hal Moore's signed book, "We Were Soldiers Once.And Young "

  • An all inclusive (including meals, spa treatment and parking) two-night package with tickets to a museum, or the Franklin Institute, and an afternoon, with Philadelphia's finest, at a shooting range.  This package is valued at $1,000

    The auction will also include items ranging from restaurant gift certificates to jewelry to cigars.

   The proceeds benefit area organizations like the YWCA, Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Violence, Boys and Girls Club, Project SHARE, to name only a few, and the CBSC scholarship fund.

    If you already have dinner plans elsewhere Friday night, stop by the auction anyway around 7 p.m. There is no charge to participate in the bidding.  

 

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Helping people get back on their feet

Post Soldiers volunteer at Project S.H.A.R.E.

February 23 - "The volunteers from Carlisle Barracks are an inspiration to the [former] Soldiers that are helping us and we are proud of their service," said Elaine Livas, executive director of Project S.H.A.R.E.

   Project S.H.A.R.E is a ministry of the Carlisle Area Religious Council. They provide supplementary food on a monthly basis to Carlisle, Carlisle Springs, Mount Holly Springs, Boiling Sprints, Gardners, Plainfield, Middlesex, and New Kingston. Project S.H.A.R.E. feeds approximately 750 families a month or 1800 people, according to Livas.

  The organization has about 900 volunteers a year, with a large majority of those volunteers being individuals who utilize the food bank.

   "Many individuals won't accept the food unless they can help in some way," said Livas. "The idea is to help people feed themselves and get them back on their feet. We try to fix the root causes of the problem, maybe their car isn't reliable and they can't get to work so they lose their job. Some people may have just lost their way; our goal is to help people find it again."

Post Volunteers

   "We want to encourage everyone on Carlisle Barracks to participate," said Command Sgt. Major Houston.

   Soldiers from the post usually volunteer on Saturdays. Three members of the Audie Murphy club, Staff Sgt. Angela Hampton, Staff Sgt. Arlette Gibson, and Staff Sgt. Lolien Toombs, volunteer at Project S.H.A.R.E. on a regular basis. Hampton works in the infant room and distributes formula, diapers, baby food, toys. Both Gibson and Toombs pack groceries, distribute food, and collect shopping carts

   "The help from the War College is wonderful. The Soldiers are usually in better shape and younger than our normal volunteers," said Livas.

    Volunteers said they enjoyed a chance to give back to their community.

   "I remember when I was in that situation growing up," said Hampton. "I look at them [the patrons] and know I made it so they can make it too. This was a great way to give back to the community."

   Houston also wanted to thank those who donate their time to help others.

  "On behalf of myself and Gen. Huntoon, I want to express my thanks to the Soldiers and civilians who spend time away from their families.  We'd also like to thank Elaine Livas and the staff for letting us have the opportunity to support Project S.H.A.R.E. Our community in Carlisle is a direct reflection of what our Army is. It means something special to us that you help the way you do," said Houston.

   Contact Hampton at 245-4023 if you would like to volunteer.

Volunteers and Donations are welcome

   Project S.H.A.R.E is always looking for help. The next food distribution days are March 15, 16, and 18. Volunteers are needed for all three days.

   Donations are accepted by mail, website, or by dropping them off at 5 North Orange Street, Suite 4, Carlisle.  

   "[Individuals] can donate clothing and shoes as long as they are in-season. They can also donate toys, puzzles, and shampoo. We stretch donation money because we buy food at auctions and package it ourselves," said Livas

      For more information, visit www.projectshare.net or call 249-7773.

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Metro employees compete against 4,500 entries, receive national awards

February 14, 2006 -- The Carlisle Barracks Visual Information Division recently received awards from a competition that places their works alongside those of PR and business powerhouses Booz Allen Hamilton, Public Relations Society of America, T. Rowe Price and others.

    Employees of Metro Productions, the Visual Information arm of the Remtech Services Inc./DOIM team, were recently presented their awards from the MarCom Awards 2005 Competition. There were more than 4,500 entries in the competition.

    "The MarCom prestigious Platinum Award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding entries in the competition," said Jim MacNeil, director, visual information department. "I am very proud to present these new awards and add them to our gallery room." 

    The group entered two pieces of work into the competition, each winning awards. The first was a photographic exhibit brochure designed by Roxann Wallace. The brochure, U.S. Army Photographer-A Photographic Exhibit, won a Gold Award in the Brochure, Creativity and Design category.

   "It was a total shock. I didn't know I was being entered. Jim MacNeil and Larry Miller are very good to our team by entering work into appropriate awards recognition competitions," said Wallace. "Our company as a whole is great at that and I think it has a good effect on the work we produce. It pushes us to reach beyond our last accomplishments to produce better quality products for the Soldiers of Carlisle Barracks and the students and faculty of the War College."

Another entry won not one, but two awards.

 

    "Our big winner was the U.S. Army War College brochure designed by Gretchen Smith and Andrea Cassell," said MacNeil. Smith is a graphic artist with the VID and Cassell is a former intern with the Public Affairs Office. The brochure won a Gold Award in the Brochure, Company Overview category and a Platinum Award in the Brochure, Creativity and Design category.

    "I knew they had submitted the brochure but I didn't know the scale of the competition," said Smith. "I was surprised and honored to win an international award." 

    Each winner was presented with an award certificate and a trophy which are on display in the VID customer gallery area. 

    The MarCom Creative Awards are an international competition for marketing and communication professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of marketing and communication programs and print, visual and audio materials. Entries come from corporate marketing and communications departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, graphic design shop and freelancers. For each competition there were less than 500 Platinum and 700 Gold Awards given out. 

 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

A multicultural glimpse of marriage on Valentine's Day

February 16, 2006 -- The post chapel played host to something a little different this Valentine's day. After a slideshow and presentation given by Lizma Gilani, there was a live simulation of an authentic Pakistani wedding. The United States Army War College's Conversation and Culture group showcased Pakistani culture in their meeting Feb. 14.

    A few minutes before the presentation began, the ladies of Conversation and Culture were so excited one might have mistaken this sharing of culture in Carlisle, Pa. for a genuine wedding in Pakistan. Throughout the event there were frequent whispers between audience members of "how beautiful," as the ladies wore authentic, finely crafted garb for the wedding simulation.

    "A wedding lasts three days in Pakistan. The first day is the pre-wedding celebration and the bride usually wears yellow on this day. The second day is the regular wedding day and the bride wears red. The third day is for the reception. On this day the groom gives gifts to the bride's younger sisters," Gilani explains.

    The wedding simulation included all three days highlighting the special activities, traditions and clothes worn for each occasion. After the simulation there was a sampling of Pakistani food and several displays to browse, which included clothes, art and other objects. 

    Donna Castle, an USAWC sponsor, said she was delighted with the event and the program.

    "It is so great that this is open to anyone in the community. I hope it will introduce everyone to all of these fascinating cultures," she said. "Last week the presentation was on Mexico. During last week's event they crafted a Mexican piñata and when completed each lady took a swing. The ladies always have fun."

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

 

Former U.S. Army War College commandant dies at age 91

 

    Retired Lt. Gen. William McCaffrey, a World War II, Korea and Vietnam veteran, died on Feb.13 in Arlington, Va., at the age of 91. McCaffrey served as Commandant of the U.S. Army War College from September 15, 1967 to July 6, 1969.

    McCaffrey retired in 1973 after 34 years of distinguished service to the nation as an Infantry officer.

    During the latter part of his career he served as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Vietnam, and later as the Inspector General, U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Mary McCaffrey, of Arlington, Va., and son, Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, of Alexandria, Va. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Bliss Hall open for business

February 16, 2006 -- A ceremony today marked the completion of the Bliss Hall renovations and re-dedication of the building.

    With only a few items left to be completed, Bliss Hall was re-opened for business with a short ribbon cutting ceremony in the foyer.

    "It's great to be here to re-dedicate this building," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "This building is important to the War College and it's great to see how it looks today."

    The original Bliss Hall was the site of the first four classrooms of the U.S. Army War College. That original building was torn down and replaced by the existing structure in 1968.

    Huntoon also took time to thank all of those who have been involved in the project.

    "I know it took a tremendous amount of time and effort to make this happen and I thank you all for your hard work."

    The chairs, carpet, stage, and rigging system are some of the items that were replaced. Much of the equipment in the control room of Bliss Hall was also replaced or upgraded.

   "The new equipment will make our presentations much more professional," said Sam DeProspo, a/v manager. "Now we won't feel like Macguyver trying to make it all work together."     

    Attendees had the first glimpse of the new seats and carpet after the ribbon was cut while enjoying refreshments. 

    "The seats are really comfortable," said Dominic Kristofek, who works with the service desk.

    While the auditorium was ceremoniously re-opened, some work still needs to be completed and should be done by the end of February. 

 

   

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post again responds to suspicious package

February 17, 2006 -- For the second time in a matter of weeks, Carlisle Barracks had to deal with a suspicious package. And for the second time, the package was handled professionally, and was found to not be an explosive device.

    Residents and employees must have felt a sense of déja vu when they were alerted that a package seemed suspicious when it was run through an x-ray machine at the mail sorting building near DPW.

    "On Friday the mail room screening team identified a package as suspicious based on routine x-ray screening. As a result they initiated the procedures for a suspicious package and notified the installation police," said Barry Farquhar, post force protection officer. "Within minutes the installation police established the necessary security and safety procedures required by our installation SOPs, notified the appropriate personnel in the chain of command, and requested assistance from our off-post partners in the local to state law enforcement and emergency management agencies."

    Assisting agencies included the Cumberland County sheriff's office, Carlisle and North Middleton police and Pa. State Police explosives squad.

    "As the Pennsylvania State Police Hazardous Devices Disposal Unit responded, the installation police contacted the intended recipient of the suspicious package, and with his help, determined its probable contents," said Farquhar. "The information about the package and its probable contents were provided to the PA State Police HDDU and they were able to determine the contents were consistent with the description and examples provided by the intended recipient."

    At the end of the day, the situation was handled and the package was determined to not be an explosive device.

    "All in all, this incident was handled in an excellent, professional manner by all personnel and agencies involved," said Farquhar. "The mail room team in particular did an outstanding job screening the mail and should be commended for their fine work protecting the employees of the installation."

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Commissary donates fruit and vegetables to Project S.H.A.R.E

   February 16, 2006 -- Ever wonder what happens to the fruits and vegetables that don't get sold at the Commissary?

   Here at Carlisle Barracks it doesn't go to waste. The Commissary donates 800 pounds of fruit and vegetables each month to Project S.H.A.R.E of Carlisle.

    "I'd rather have someone get value out of the food rather than having it rot in a landfill," said Larry Hoover, manager of the Commissary, who oversees the weekly donations.

   This is the Commissary's sixth year donating to Project S.H.A.R.E. Donations are mainly the slightly bruised fruits and vegetables that shoppers generally skip over.

    "We 'cull the case' frequently, and pull out the ones [fruits and vegetables] that are still edible and nutritious, and maybe just aren't as pretty," said Hoover.

   Project S.H.A.R.E is a ministry of the Carlisle Area Religious Council. They provide supplementary food to the Carlisle, Carlisle Springs, Mount Holly Springs, Boiling Springs, Gardners, Plainfield, Middlesex, and the New Kingston communities.

    Food is distributed to approximately 540 families each month. Main food distribution days are the third Thursday of every month and the following Saturday.

    They are located at 5 North Orange Street, Suite 4, Carlisle in a 10,000 foot warehouse they received on a ten year no-cost lease from Dickinson College. For more information, visit www.projectshare.net

 

 

 

Bill Yamanaka

DoD considering ways to control healthcare costs

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Feb. 14, 2006) - The Department of Defense is considering raising TRICARE premiums for retirees under age 65, as a way to control the long-term costs of military healthcare and save the benefits for future service members.
    Without this increase, there is concern that long-term costs may eventually diminish the benefits provided and impact the nation's defense capability and national security.
   DoD provides truly outstanding health benefits for active-duty and reserve-component members, retirees, and their families under TRICARE, and plans to continue this service.
    "TRICARE has improved steadily in recent years," said Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. "Independent surveys show TRICARE ranks as one of the nation's best health plans," he said. Unique benefits include a national network of more than 220,000 physicians, all U.S. hospitals, and 55,000 retail pharmacies. Military medical facilities have one of the best electronic health record systems in the world.

For more on this story go here

 

Pennsylvania residents in Army may find state taxes due

    February 15, 2006 -- If you're in the Army and pay Pennsylvania taxes, you'll find that the DFAS pay system did not withhold the full amount of Pennsylvania taxes during tax year 2005.  The system continues to withhold 2.8 percent, although the state tax rate is now 3.07. Some taxpayers may find they owe additional Pa. taxes. This applies to all Active, Reserve and National Guard military members who are Pa. residents.

    The same situation will apply for tax year 2006, according to military pay specialist Carolyn Humphrey. She's been advised that the DFAS pay system will not be updated to automatically withhold the full Pennsylvania tax rate of 3.07. 

    You can change your personal withholding to equal the 3.07 rate by completing a form available from Humphrey. Contact her at 245-4032, or visit her 2nd-floor office in the Human Resources division, 315 Lovell Avenue.

 

Public Affairs staff report

Post shifts to electronic based timecard system

    February 15, 2006 -- Carlisle Barracks has transitioned to a new electronic-based payroll system for civilian employees that will mean less time and wasted paper.

    "The Automated Time Attendance and Production System (ATAAPS) has been selected as the time recording system for Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army War College," said Donna Horton, post payroll customer service rep.   "ATAAPS is a DFAS system that has been used by various Army agencies for several years and is in the process of being implemented across IMA to capture accurate workload data. It will interface with the existing payroll system (DCPS) and with current accounting systems." 

    Benefits of ATAAPS include:   

  • Approved Army time and attendance (T&A) system

  • Web-based, single source input for T&A and labor

  • Eliminates the need for hard copy time cards

  • Eliminates manual processing of hard copy time cards

  • Able to locally develop standard reports

  • Individual employees can input their T&A via the internet

  • Employees can query their own T&A for previously submitted pay periods

 

       The new system will be effective starting Feb. 19.

    "All timekeepers have been trained and will train the employees and certifiers," said Horton.

    Questions or comments should be sent to DRM, Donna Horton, 245-4077 or Dan Lorenz, 245-3231.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Check the date on your CAC to avoid trouble down the line

February 16,  -- Do you know when your Common Access Card (CAC) expires? If not, you may want to check and see when it does so you can save yourself a headache down the line.

    Most of the employees on Carlisle Barracks have CACs for identification, and to send and receive encrypted and digitally signed emails.

    "The Department of the Army began fielding them about three years ago," said Maj. Carla Campbell, director of the post DOIM. "They are designed to last three years, which means that many CACs may begin to expire soon." A new CAC can be obtained from the ID Card Section in 315 Lovell Ave. CAC cards cannot be replaced until 30 days before their expiration date.

    The ID Card office is open from 7 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. daily for CAC issuance and until 4 p.m. for all other IDs.

    For more on what needs to be done after getting your new CAC read the related banner article.

 

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Regional Medical Center opens new facility

Emergency services provided at new location

   February 9, 2006 -- The new Carlisle Regional Medical Center officially opens its doors for operation Sunday, February 12, at 7 a.m.

   Starting that day, post residents and Carlisle community members who are in need of emergency care will go to the new facility located on 45 Sprint Dr. Sprint Drive is located off of Walnut Bottom Road, across from the Kmart shopping center. A map with directions is located here.

New emergency room
   The new emergency room will be much larger than its Parker St. predecessor. It includes a large waiting area and children's play zone. The emergency room is a 23 bed facility including two trauma rooms and a heli-stop site to transfer patients to other facilities.

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

The Tuskegee Experiment Experience

Tuskegee Airmen speak of their experiences at African American/Black History Month Observance

February 8, 2006-At a time when America was preparing to fight in Europe for the equality of foreign men, blacks were fighting for equality at home, and the "Tuskegee Experience" was about to narrow the social gap.

    Tuskegee Airmen, Maj. (Ret.) Robert Owens and Maj. (Ret.) William Peterson, shared information about their life struggles with visitors at the Letort View Community Center on February 8, at the African American/Black History Month Observance.

    Owens and Peterson are members of the East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen.

    The Tuskegee Airmen originated as a group of African American men who were trained to fly fighter airplanes to escort bombers in WWII.

    "They called it an 'experiment' to see if blacks could operate sophisticated equipment like airplanes," said Peterson. "It wasn't an experiment; it was an experience."

    The Tuskegee Airmen proved that they could not only learn to operate aircraft, but they excelled at the task.

    "During WWII a lot of things happened that you don't see in history books," said Peterson. "We were treated differently, but we overcame the obstacles to do a mission."

    These men were not only a minority in the military; they were often the only black officers on an installation.

    "Everywhere I went I was the only black flying officer," said Peterson.

    The obstacles they overcame taught them valuable lessons that they try to teach young people today.

    Owens, who was the first black person ever voted into city government in Carlisle, says he feels he is setting an example for others through his accomplishments in the military and in life.

    "The younger kids looked at me and said, if he did it I can do it," said Owens.

    The main message the visiting Tuskegee Airmen wanted to emphasize is that you have to work hard to achieve your goals no matter what your color.

    "You do what you have to do to get where you want to go," said Peterson.

 

A brief history of the Tuskegee Airmen

    On July 19, 1941, the Army began a program in Alabama to train black Americans as military pilots.

    The primary flight training was conducted by the Division of Aeronautics of Tuskegee Institute, the school of learning founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881.

    After the cadets completed primary training at Tuskegee's Moton Field, they were sent to Tuskegee Army Air Field to complete flight training and transition to combat aircraft.

    The Tuskegee Airmen accomplished many things during WWII.

  • 111 German airplanes destroyed in the air and 150 on the ground.

  • 950 railcars, trucks and other motor vehicles destroyed.

  • One destroyer sunk by P-47 machine gun fire.

  • 66 pilots killed in action or accidents.

  • 32 pilots downed and captured.

  • No U.S. bombers lost while being escorted by the 332nd.

  • 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses earned.

  • 744 Air Medals.

  • One Legion of Merit.

  • One Silver Star.

  • 14 Bronze Stars.

  • Two Soldier Medals.

  • Eight Purple Hearts.

    There are currently 40 chapters of Tuskegee Airmen across the country.

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Stay alert, stay alive

Everyone needs to take suspicious packages and bomb threats seriously

    February 7, 2006-After Sept. 11, 2001 the world has become a place where suspicion and caution are the rule of the land, but as a result of years of false alarms it is possible for people to become complacent.

    On Feb. 3, a suitcase was spotted between the dumpsters behind the Class Six store on Carlisle Barracks. The suitcase was immediately reported as being suspicious, and emergency crews went to work securing the area. The suitcase proved to be empty, but did post employees and residents take the possible threat seriously?

    "People reacted well," said Barry Shughart, post antiterrorism officer, "but they could have been a little more receptive to what the guards and police were telling them to do.  The biggest problem was that onlookers kept coming back to see what was going on.  With some incidences it isn't a problem, but with bombs there can be shrapnel flying through the air and people could get seriously injured."

    Within 30 minutes of the reported package a bomb sniffing dog arrived on the scene. Three times the dog went by the suitcase and three times he alerted that there were explosives inside.

    Local law enforcement blocked off the area and the bomb squad prepared to deal with the suspicious suitcase.

    Ultimately, the suitcase was sprayed with a high power water hose from a robot and it turned out to be empty.

    "You are never wrong to do the safest thing," said Barry Farquhar, post force protection officer, about the serious way in which post officials dealt with the threat.

Small suitcase, big explosion   

 A suitcase the size of the one behind the Class Six could have held up to 50 pounds of explosives, which would make the safe outdoor evacuation area a 1,850 feet radius, said Shughart.

    A bomb that size could have caused damage to all the buildings and vehicles from the commissary to the post chapel.

    "It would have knocked out windows of all the houses facing the PX, all the windows in the commissary and the chapel would have been on the edge of the blast zone," said Shughart.

    When there is a bomb threat everyone, including businesses, need to take it seriously and listen to law enforcement officials.

    "People don't need to worry about losing money or being late somewhere, they need to listen to directions and do what they need to do to stay alive," said Shughart. "It's better to react too seriously than it is to have people get hurt and then think about what we should have done."

    Even though the suitcase turned out to be empty there were lessons learned from the event.

"The biggest lesson is that when people are told there is a suspected bomb people need to stay away," said Shughart. "They need to listen to the experts and do the right thing."

   Organizations involved in the emergency response were the Carlisle Police, the North Middleton Police, the Pennsylvania State Bomb Squad, the Cumberland County Sheriff, the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency, the Department of the Army Police and guards, the post fire department, the post Force Protection Division and the post chapel.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

First book earns writer prestigious Colby Award

February 7, 2006 - An obscure naval officer during the Civil War was the subject of a faculty members prize-winning first book.

    Colonel Kevin Weddle, USAWC deputy dean of academics, was recently named as one of the winners of the 2006 Colby Awards for his book on a military leader during the Civil War.

    "Lincoln's Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont (University of Virginia Press 2005) by Kevin J. Weddle is both the biography of one of the Civil War's most underrated military figures and a compelling history of the naval side of the war," according to a release naming the 2006 Colby winners.

    Weddle was introduced to DuPont's' story while working on his Ph.D. at Princeton.

    "I was looking for a topic that would relate to the material I would be teaching as a faculty member; military strategy, campaign planning and joint operations. My advisor was the great Civil War historian, Jim McPherson and he suggested that I take a look at a rather obscure board of officers who helped formulate naval strategy in the Civil War - the only known example of this kind of thing during that war," said Weddle. "As I started to look into this episode, I came across Admiral Du Pont who chaired this strategy board. The more I dug into his background, the more interested I became. The illustration of key topics drew me to Du Pont, but the fascinating story of his life kept me hooked."

    It took five years to research and write the book, but fortunately most of the research was within driving distance.

    "I was fortunate that all of Du Pont's personal papers are in the Du Pont family archives near Wilmington, Delaware. Also, many of the papers of the other major players from his life are located in the Library of Congress. Both places are only about two, to two and a half hours from Carlisle, so it was relatively easy to conduct the bulk of my research close to home," said Weddle. He also pointed out the Army Heritage and Education Center, the Princeton University library and archives, among others were vital resources.

    Though this is the first book that Weddle has written, it is not the first time he has been recognized for academic excellence.

    "I won a Madigan faculty writing award two years ago for an article published in the Journal of Military History," he said.

    Weddle said he was surprised at being named a Colby Award winner.

    "The Colby Award is an interesting competition because only first books are eligible and fiction and non-fiction works are considered," said Weddle. "As someone who has never won so much as a door prize, this is very exciting."

Colby Award background

    Named for the late Ambassador and former CIA Director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public's understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs.  The Award will be presented on behalf of the members of the Colby Circle by co-founder Carlo D'Este and Colby's son, Paul Colby, on April 4, 2006 at Norwich University, the nation's oldest private military college, in Northfield, Vermont.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Three child and youth services employees certified as experts in their field

February 6, 2006 -- Carlisle Barracks Child and Youth Services can boast that it has not one, but three employees who have been certified as experts in their fields.

    "It's quite an accomplishment to be one of the only Army installations to have three employees who have each been fully certified," said Bob Salviano, YS director. "It's a testament to the hard work of these three folks and it will definitely benefit our program."

    Alan Campbell, Dave Myers and Kathleen Rowland received their certificates during a ceremony held Jan. 31 at the Youth Services building. Kathleen Rowland is the Lead for the School Age Services Program, which is with Youth Services and Campbell and Myers work with the middle school and teen age-youths at YS.

    Rowland received her professional credentials for Military School Age Services, and was inspected and credentialed by a team from the Council for Professional Recognition, an outside civilian education accrediting organization.

    "Kathleen has been working on these credentials for almost two years," said Salviano. These credentials are good for three years and can be renewed with additional classes and training.

    Myers and Campbell were among the first child and youth Program assistants in the Army to complete the "new" certification for Military Middle School and Teen Programs.  This was the first year the new certification was available. Campbell works with the middle school and teen-age children at YS.

    "It feels pretty good being one of the first people to get the Middle School/Teen certification," said Campbell. "I felt really proud of myself but more so for the CYS team. I like to think I did it not only for myself but for the family of workers at CYS."

    Campbell went on to explain that the process of certification was hard, but was well worth it.

    "It starts with lots of reading and tests from the new teen modules the Army put together, and large amounts of research, training and studying," said Campbell. "It felt like doing a year of college projects for graduation, but more intense."

     Salviano said he feels that the certifications will benefit not just the employees, but all of the youths at Carlisle Barracks.

    "We are very proud of Kathleen, Allen, and Dave for completing this very intense program; and are very happy to say that all of the staff at Youth Services are now either degreed or professionally credentialed to better serve our youth at Carlisle Barracks."

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

PX to undergo an 'image upgrade

February 6, 2006 -- The smallest Post Exchange in the region is soon to be the hippest.

    Jack Scott, PX manager, explains the already in progress, PX "Image Upgrade", is a notable improvement for Carlisle Barracks.

    "The PX image upgrade will include a new layout, new flooring and self-select shoes [versus full-service], just to name a few," says Scott.   

    The renovations will be done with little to no inconvenience to customers, according to Scott.

    "We won't be closing or changing hours or anything, as we will be working section by section." The total cost of the renovations is expected be around half a million dollars." 

    The Carlisle Barracks PX was built in 1976 and has undergone several renovations in the last thirty years. The latest upgrade is to be completed in the spring of this year. 

    The renovations will also include a lighting upgrade, wall replacements and a new ceiling. Scott noted that the electronics section will be more prominent and conveniently located to the PX entrance.

 

  "Instead of hiding one of our most popular sections, electronics, in the back corner, now, when you walk into the PX it will be the first thing you see, straight back."

    "We are also getting new jewelry cabinets and upgrading the cosmetics section," added Scott.

    Some of the renovations will be completed by contractors, such as the flooring, but the majority of the work will be done by AAFES personnel.

    In total, Scott said he felt that not only will the PX have a new look with increased convenience and practicality for the customer, but PX improvement means good things for the post community.  

    "This past year, the PX has contributed over $330,000 to the Carlisle Barracks Morale, Welfare and Recreation Organization."

 

 

 

 

Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr. USAWC Commandant

Presidents Day holiday safety message

    On Feb. 20, 2006, we will celebrate President's Day, paying homage to all of the distinguished individuals who have held this highest office of our nation.

    Many of us will be on the road over the upcoming weekend.  It is essential that all individuals be reminded of the need for extra caution during the holiday period.  I urge everyone in this command to obey the laws of the road, buckle up, and don't drink and drive.  By observing safe practices at home and on the highways, we can all enjoy a safe holiday.

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

'It's not about me'

New Command Sgt. Maj. serves the Soldiers, leaders, civilians and retirees of Carlisle Barracks

February 1, 2006-There is a new energetic face in the Command Sergeant Major's office and he is here to make a difference in the lives of everyone on post.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Houston, post command sergeant major, has been going around post for the past few weeks talking with nearly everyone he encounters. There are two recurring topics that he brings up in his conversations; he is happy to be here and he is here to serve the Soldiers, leaders, civilians and retirees of the community.

    "The people of Carlisle Barracks are my number one priority," said Houston.

    Houston came from a military background, which helped form him into the person he is and helped him decide on a career in the Army, he said.

    "I was born at Fort Benning, Ga.," said Houston. "My father is a retired NCO. He was in the Navy and then retired from the Army. I was brought up in a family that was dedicated to serve the people. My father preached that."

    Throughout his childhood, Houston went from post to post with his family, but it was the balance between discipline and the opportunity to enjoy normal childhood activities that helped prepare him for a career in the Army.

    "The balance in my childhood laid down a good foundation for me coming into the military," said Houston. "I had the discipline that the Army requires, but was also able to relate to people on a personal level."

    In 1978, Houston enlisted in the Army with no intention of staying in for a career. His brother got out of the military after reaching the rank of E-5. Houston never imagined he would achieve a higher rank than that.

    "Becoming a sergeant major was beyond my wildest dream," said Houston. "My brother was an E-5 and that was a huge deal. It's a real tribute to all the leaders I had over my career and to my family."

    Houston has served at 12 different posts through his career, but it was a deployment to Iraq that he says was the biggest eye-opening experience of his career.

    "One of the biggest contributions to making me who I am as a leader was my time in Iraq," said Houston. "It was just the realization that Soldiers will put their lives on the line every day for the people of Iraq and for the people of our nation. Soldiers make sacrifices every day that go unrecognized by most people.  I saw their sacrifices in Iraq, and they really made me think about their true dedication."

    Houston moved to Carlisle Barracks with his wife, Natalie, and together they want to become a part of the community and have an effect on the people here.

    "It's a privilege and an honor to serve in this position," said Houston. "My wife and I are thankful to Maj. Gen. Huntoon for having the confidence in me to let me serve here.

    "Nothing that I do is about me," said Houston. "It's about putting the Soldiers, leader, civilians and retirees in front of me to ensure we are accomplishing our goals. Taking care of these people is the most important thing to me."

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

War College graduate returns for National Prayer Breakfast

 

February 1, 2006- A U.S. Army War College Distance Education program graduate returned to post Feb. 1 to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast about the selfless sacrifices of American Soldiers.

    Chap. (Brig.Gen.) Douglas Carver, Army deputy chief of chaplains, a 2001 graduate of the War College, spoke to more than 140 attendees of the 63rd annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Letort View Community Center.

    The first thing Carver did when he introduced himself was to thank the faculty and staff of the War College for their contributions to his career success.

    "I am a graduate of this great institution," said Carver. "I will be forever grateful for the time I spent here. It prepared me for what I have to do as a division chaplain."

    The theme of Carver's sermon was sacrifice. He referred to the bible when he related the sacrifices of Abraham with the sacrifices that Soldiers make in service of their country.

    "Abraham is a great picture of sacrifice," said Carver. "He left everything behind and began a nomadic life in the desert. He made more moves than any of us will ever know. He moved in accordance to the needs of the Lord."

    In comparison to Abraham's sacrifice, Carver spoke of some Soldiers who sacrificed. He spoke of 1st Lt. Laura Walker who died in Afghanistan on August 18, 2005. Carver said she gave everything she had to the Soldiers under her. In the last letter she wrote before her death she wrote, "Am I doing absolutely everything I can for my Soldiers? They deserve no less."

    Carver also spoke of the selfless sacrifices of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Iraq.

    "He faced 100 enemy troops and sacrificed his life for his comrades," said Carver.

    He concluded that, "sacrifice is about bringing us closer to God." 

History of the National Prayer Breakfast

     In 1775, the Continental Congress made the first national call to prayer, asking the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of "humiliation, fasting, and prayer." And, in 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Harry Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer.

    The tradition of the National Prayer Breakfast dates to 1942. The Senate and House of Representatives gathered for breakfast and prayer. In 1953 the first Presidential Prayer Breakfast was established by members of the Senate and House prayer groups.

    In 1970, the name was changed to the National Prayer Breakfast.

 

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Red Cross volunteers donate time, talents to Carlisle Barracks

February 2, 2006 -- The American Red Cross has been in the news very much this year for its efforts on the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina relief. Volunteers have been a vital part of those relief efforts and have also helped Carlisle Barracks.  

    "The American Red Cross, through the efforts of its trained and dedicated volunteers has provided more than a century of humanitarian aid," said Laurie Harkey, Red Cross Volunteer Coordinator for Carlisle Barracks.

Dunham Clinic volunteers

    Carlisle Barracks has had the support of ARC volunteers since 1917. Dunham Clinic has twenty-five ARC volunteers, providing assistance in the pharmacy, medical Records, ambulatory services, and with the health benefit advisors. Clinic volunteers include Marianne Crenshaw and Vincent Brazier.

    Crenshaw works at the pharmacy check-in desk and has been a Red Cross volunteer for 49 years.  Originally from Germany, she took Red Cross courses because she thought it would be a good place to volunteer.

    "I began volunteering at Carlisle Barracks when my husband was a student here in 1963," she said.  After he completed school they return to Italy but returned to the United States in 1970 and she's been volunteering ever since. She has volunteered for so long because she believes "people should give something back to the community in which they live."

    Brazier also volunteers at the pharmacy and helps with special events, such as flu shot clinics. Brazier retired after 35 years in the Army. After he and his wife moved to Carlisle, they both joined the Red Cross to stay active.

    "I volunteer because I know the Red Cross does good work and wanted to help."

Volunteers at APFRI

    Volunteers also support the staff of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute. These volunteers support the staff during in and out-processing assessments. According to Harkey, ARC volunteers has provided more that 2800 hours of service since April 1st, 2005.

    One volunteer, Joe Trombly, has volunteered 330 hours since last April alone. He's been an Army Physical Fitness Research institute volunteer for eight years. Trombly aids staff in conducting incoming students' health assessments by taking students' blood pressure, weight and conducting eye exams.

    "Volunteering at APFRI helps me help others and I also learn how to maintain my physical fitness as well," said Trombly.

Cumberland County ARC history

    The Cumberland County Chapter of the ARC received its Congressional charter in 1917 and has been in continuous operation since that time.

    The chapter provides a wide array of service to the community. Health and Safety Services offer classes in Infant and Child CPR, Adult CPR, First Aid, Pet First Aid, Babysitting Certification for those 9 years and older, Nurses Aid Certification, water safety programs, and Disaster Training. In 2005 more than 4,880 individuals in the county received Health and Safety training.

    To learn more about the Cumberland County Chapter of the ARC, visit their website at www.cumberlandcountyarc.org, call at 243-5211, or visit them at 1710 Ritner Highway.

    Their website offers information on upcoming events, Health Safety courses, Disaster Training, volunteer opportunities, and more.

    For information on Red Cross volunteer opportunities on Carlisle Barracks, contact Laurie Harkey at 960-9650 or whharkey@earthlink.net.

    For information on other volunteer opportunities contact Elizabeth Marin, volunteer coordinator at 245-4925.

 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Devens meets with USAWC civilian students

January 27, 2006 -- One of the Army's top civilians, Diane Devens, IMA, Northeast Region Director, spoke with USAWC civilian students Jan. 27 in Wil Washcoe Auditorium in Root Hall. Devens, a 1998 USAWC graduate, led a professional development session with the current class. Devens included much information that was directly beneficial to the USAWC students, but she also spent a notable portion of the session aimed at any and all supervisors.

    Devens emphasized that the Army must operate strategically at senior levels.

    "I consider you as catches," said Devens. "One person at a time is the way to strong leadership; that is the way to build the installation management arena."

    She stressed that a truly merited supervisor will not only play the "cop" of a group, but will "become a mentor capable of recognizing potential, encouraging further education, and most importantly, will be of earnest help in areas where experienced understanding is paramount."

    Devens hoped that at the end of one's career everyone would be able to look back and say, I am the reason so and so is where they are; I facilitated something better for that deserving person and the Army.

 

Heidi Lawrence and Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Long-time dental worker Lucidi retiring

   February 2, 2006 -- Dr. Richard Lucidi, who works on Tuesday and Thursdays at the Dental Health Clinic, will be retiring at the end of February.

     "I became a dentist because I wasn't sure what to do with my undergraduate degree in chemistry. One of my fraternity brothers was applying to dental school and it sounded like a good idea, so I applied too," said Lucidi. He volunteered for the Army after dental school.

    Lucidi retired as colonel in 1989 after being stationed at Carlisle Barracks and working in the Dental Clinic. Ten years ago he received a government contract to return to work part-time at the Dental Clinic.

    "I am very happy to retire," said Lucidi who admits he may miss the students who came through the clinic. "I particularly enjoyed treating the Soldiers and their families."

    Lucidi will remain in the Carlisle area after his retirement and will not be a stranger to the post.

    "I'll miss Carlisle Barracks and I plan to enjoy my retirement to its fullest." As soon as he retires he and his wife will go to Hawaii for three weeks to visit their son, an Army physician, and his children.

 

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Keeping the streets safe

Department of the Army police and guards train for annual certification

Carlisle Barracks may not be like working a beat on the streets of New York City or Detroit, but the Department of the Army police and guards need to be ready for anything to happen at any time.

    In January, the DA police and guards had certification training to fine tune their law enforcement skills to better serve the community.

    "Our goal is to recertify each police officer and guard annually," said police Capt. Ronald Hillegass.

    From radio techniques to apprehending a suspect, the guards and police trained in classrooms and with hands-on instruction.

    "Training is always important," said Hillegass. "Although, the guards and police may have been taught a certain skill during their initial training and may not have used the skill at all since receiving their initial training."

    Some of the training involved classroom lectures. Many of the police and guards gave input from their personal experience, adding to the effectiveness of the training.

    "A lot of the guys have stories about things they've done and seen on the job," said police Sgt. 1st Class Alf Alexis, an instructor for portions of the certification. "It all adds to the training and makes more rounded.

    The trainees also went over physical training in the certification process. Alexis trained the police and guards on the proper ways to apprehend and search a suspect.

    "The key is to search the suspect thoroughly without causing serious harm to them," said Alexis.

    They went over several different scenarios during the exercise so they will be ready to apprehend suspects in different situations.

    "We go over a wall search, a standing search and searching the suspect in the prone position," said Alexis.

    The most difficult part of the training is the amount of information the police and guards have to retain in a short period of time. Their schedule only allows them to do the training over one week.

    "It's difficult to schedule the instructors and those attending the training," said Hillegass.

    "A mix of eight police officers and guards were in this class,' said Alexis. "There will be another class starting in a few weeks so we can get everyone certified."

 

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

FEW sponsored program provides education on Federal Retirement Systems   

  January 20, 2006 -- On Jan. 30, the Carlisle Chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) sponsored a pre-retirement workshop for civilian federal employees on Carlisle Barracks.

  "It was very informative," said Linda Walker, USAWC Executive Services.  "I learned a great deal more on the TSP and health insurance benefits, and I am also rethinking my decision on long-term health care."

  FEW coordinated with Wienken & Associates Financial Services of Camp Hill to educate employees on the process of retirement planning. 

    Started in 1971, Wienken & Associates went into Federal Employee Benefits education in 2004 and has three of the only four designated certified federal employee benefits specialists in the state of Pennsylvania.

  According to Lisa Ecker, FEW program chairperson, a total of 90 civilian employees attended the two four-hour sessions-55 in the Civil Service Retirement (CSRS) morning session and 35 in the Federal Employee Retirement (FERS) afternoon session. 

   "The Carlisle Chapter of FEW would like to thank the Chief of Staff for his support in authorizing this program as official government training, allowing civilian employees to attend without charge to leave," said Ecker.

  Registered representatives from Wienken & Associates provided an array of information on federal retirement beginning with the ABC's of retirement planning to in-depth coverage on survivor benefits, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), health and life insurance, long term care, social security, and medicare.

  For more information on the Carlisle Chapter of FEW and the programs that are offered contact Ecker, Judy Greenawalt, membership chairperson, or any Carlisle FEW member.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Has something got you down and you need someone to talk to?

Call the Employee Assistance Program

    February 2, 2006 -- Sometimes in life we are presented with challenges. Whether it's financial, emotional or professional, sometimes it helps to talk to someone about those problems. To help with times like these the Army offers the Employee Assistance Pogram for civilian employees and their family members.

    "The EAP provides free, confidential services, to include screening to identify the employee's problem, and, when appropriate, a referral to a facility or program (within or outside the Army) that can assist the employee in resolving his or her problem," said Anne Wolf, post EAP coordinator. "The EAP acts like a 'triage,' we listen to you, and help point you in the right direction for any help you might need." 

    At Carlisle Barracks, the EAP is located on the second floor of Anne Ely Hall. The post EAP also supports employees at Letterkenny Army Depot.

    Participation in the EAP is voluntary and, ultimately is the employee's decision to participate or not.

    "In addition to substance abuse problems, the Army EAPs provide referral services to help employees achieve a balance between their work, family and other personal responsibilities," said Wolf.

 

EAP services for employees and supervisors

  • Assessment and problem identification

  • Referral for treatment and rehabilitation to appropriate community counseling/treatment resources

  • Follow-up services to aid an employee in achieving an effective readjustment to his or her job after treatment

  • Training and education for supervisors and employees about alcohol and drugs

 

EAP can assist employees and their families in finding help for:

  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues

  • Grief and loss

  • Marital / relational issues

  • Divorce and separation

  • Alcohol and drug problems

  • Job stress / anger issues

  • Parent / child relationships

  • Child / elder care

  • Financial / legal issues

 

How do I contact the EAP? 

    Contact the EAP office at 245-4576. EAP representatives are available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

    "Appointments may be scheduled at other times if you are unable to come during these hours," said Wolf.
 

Who can use it?

    The Employee Assistance Program is available to federal employees and their family members. Family members may contact the EAP directly and do not need to be accompanied by the employee when meeting with the EAP Representative.

 

Is it confidential?

    YES.

    "One of the EAP professional's highest priorities is to protect the rights of the EAP client," said Wolf.  The meetings and all records are subject to the same regulations as other Occupational Health Services files.

    "No one may be informed of your participation in any of the Employee Assistance Program's without your written permission."

 

Will using the it affect my job?

    Your job security and promotional opportunities will not be affected because you seek assistance.

    "By working with the EAP professional to resolve your problems before they interfere with your job, you can remain an effective and productive employee," said Wolf.

 

EAP supervisor referrals

    Occasionally, workers' personal problems manifest themselves and interfere with their work. A supervisor may elect to refer an employee to the EAP for assistance.

    "This is the supervisor's way of saying that he or she cares and is concerned about you," said Wolf. "Their interest is in helping you to resolve any personal problem, which may be adversely affecting your job performance."

 

    For more information contact the EAP at 245-4576 or email annemarie.wolf@carlisle.army.mil