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New RCI partner here to 'keep life easy for post residents'

 

    April 12, 2006 -- Under the Army's Residential Communities Initiative, Carlisle Barracks families will have new houses to call home in the near future. GMH Military Housing (GMH), along with their business partners, Niles Bolton Associates and Centex Construction, is poised to move ahead with plans to develop, redevelop, construct, own, manage, maintain the housing units; maintain the grounds, roads and infrastructure; and reinvest profits for future renovations and replacements for the next 50 years.

    Carlisle Barracks and Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., are part of a combined project under the Residential Communities Initiative, a partnership between the Department of the Army and the private sector to improve housing for military families. 

    GMW will assumption control of operations on May 1. 

    "GMH is keeping the process of renting a home as easy as possible for service members and their families at Carlisle Barracks," said Diane Borges, with GMH.

GMH to perform maintenance

    GMH Military Housing will provide all maintenance services. 

    "This covers normal housing maintenance including maintaining the landscape and common areas. GMH will also provide routine preventive maintenance services on each of the homes," said Borges.

    All of these services begin once GMH assumes operations at Carlisle Barracks, on May 1, 2006. Until that time, the American Eagle Management Office remains responsible for all activities.   

GMH to manage overall project

    GMH will provide the management services for the duration of the project and will also act as the managing entity of the overall RCI partnership.

    "The cornerstone of GMH Military Housing's approach to community management and operation is clearly defined through its management philosophy of superior customer service," said Borges. "GMH will be the single source to fully manage and care for each family's home and community with its in-house professionals augmented at times by subcontractors, primarily small and local businesses. The GMH Community Management and Maintenance staff is committed to respond to every resident's need and manage each community and home as if it were its own." 

    Make sure to check the Banner Online each week for updates on the RCI project.  

 

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Sgt. Audie Murphy Club inducts two post NCOs

March 21, 2006-In honor of the most decorated Soldier of WWII, two post Noncommissioned Officers were inducted into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club in a ceremony on March 21, at the Letort View Community Center.

    Staff Sgt. Arletta Gibson and Staff Sgt. Angela Hampton had to pass boards, hands-on skill tests and exemplify the hard work and dedication that Sgt. Audie Murphy lived by.

    "This is an honor and a blessing," said Hampton. "It represents all the Soldiers, throughout my career, who helped me grow and develop as a leader."

    At the beginning of the ceremony, Soldiers wearing authentic uniforms from all the major American wars stood before the crowd, representing the NCOs who fought, bled and died for their country. The uniforms were borrowed from Frederick Maisel of Baltimore, who collects uniforms.

    "Our collection runs from the Revolutionary War through the current War in Iraq," said Maisel. "What was displayed here today is only a drop in the ocean of what we have."

    Command Sgt. Maj. John Sparks, Command Sergeant Major of TRADOC, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. He told stories of great NCOs he has known and worked with in his more than 30 years of military service. He believes in the ability of NCOs, the backbone of the army.

    "Always expect the best from your NCOs," said Sparks. "Always expect that they will do the right thing. Give them your confidence and know that they will do the right thing."

    After Sparks spoke, the two new Sgt. Audie Murphy Club members were officially inducted. Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant, placed their medals over their heads and congratulated them on a job well done.

    "Everyone who hears me talk about the Soldiers here knows I am enormously proud of the NCOs at Carlisle Barracks," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "And these two standing up here have shown that they can beyond their normal duties to take care of Soldiers and accomplish their missions." 

    The inductees were thankful for the ceremony and the support they received.

    "The ceremony was even beyond my expectations, from the invocation to the period Soldiers, and especially the outpouring of support from the War College and the Carlisle community," said Hampton. "It was fantastic."

    Being part of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club means more to the inductees than just being in a club.

    "Being part of the Audie Murphy Club represents leading from the front by caring for Soldiers and their family members, and also giving back to the community," said Hampton.

    Other members of the club were proud of and welcomed the new members.

    "The NCOs who were newly inducted have joined the ranks of some of the best NCOs the Army has to offer our Soldiers," said Staff Sgt. Lolien Toombs, judge advocate general NCOIC I am ecstatic to have them in the club, they were already demonstrating the qualities that us as NCOs always should strive to have, so, its great to see that their qualities and consistency as leaders didn't go unnoticed. I wish to welcome them and I look forward to us working with them to make this club and its members an even greater asset to the Army."

 

Sgt. Audie Murphy, an American hero

    Audie Leon Murphy, son of poor Texas sharecroppers, rose to national fame as the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II. Among his 33 awards and decorations was the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for bravery that can be given to any individual in the United States of America, for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." He also received every decoration for valor that his country had to offer, some of them more than once, including 5 decorations by France and Belgium. Credited with killing over 240 of the enemy while wounding and capturing many others. He became a legend within the 3rd Infantry Division. Beginning his service as an Army Private, Audie quickly rose to the enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant, was given a "battle field" commission as 2nd Lieutenant, was wounded three times, fought in 9 major campaigns across the European Theater, and survived the war.

    During Murphy's three years active service as a combat soldier in World War II, Audie became one of the best fighting combat soldiers of this or any other century. What Audie accomplished during this period is most significant and probably will never be repeated by another soldier, given today's high-tech type of warfare. The U.S. Army has always declared that there will never be another Audie Murphy.

   

TSP release

Email scam targets Thrift Savings Program users

    On March 16, some TSP participants received a fraudulent e-mail purporting to be from the TSP.

    The e-mail asked for confirmation that the person had added an e-mail address to his or her TSP account. The link in the e-mail took the person to a bogus version of the TSP account access screen where it asked for the person's Social Security number and PIN. It then took you to another screen where it asked for credit card and banking information. It appears that on March 17, the link to the bogus web site was disabled and the site closed.

   Please be advised the e-mail is not an official Thrift Savings Plan communication. If you did provide this information, contact your credit card company/bank immediately and seek guidance. In addition, please call the TSP (1-877-968-3778); you can assist us in our investigation of this matter and you should change your TSP PIN immediately.

    Although the transactions portion of the web site was suspended that  night, TSP is still processing all of the transactions that were received prior to that time, except for loans and withdrawals (i.e., money out transactions).  Interfund transfers and contribution allocations, which make up the bulk of our web transactions are being processed as normal.  Account access has been restored with an alert message, and loans and withdrawals that can be completed on the web site may be delayed for two days as we review the requests.

    Please note that the TSP does not keep e-mail addresses for its participants and the scammers have sent this phishing e-mail to both participants and nonparticipants.  There is no evidence that TSP security has been breached.  Only the participant can compromise his or her data by responding to the e-mail and being fooled into releasing that information. 

What you can do to safeguard your privacy

   You should never give any personal, credit, or banking information in response to unsolicited e-mails or use an embedded link to a site that requests this information. The TSP would never ask for this information via an e-mail.

    If you want more information regarding "phishing", you can click on this link to www.onlineonguard.gov/phishing. The site is sponsored by a consortium of Federal agencies (including the Federal Trade Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Department of Commerce, and Department of Homeland Security) and is designed to educate people about "phishing" and how to avoid getting hooked by one of these scams.

    The key to remember is not to access the TSP Web site by clicking on links in an e-mail - you may not get where you think you are going. Always access your TSP account by opening a new Browser window and typing http://www.tsp.gov into the Address/URL field.

    The TSP is actively investigating this matter In the meantime, it has temporarily suspended the Account Transactions portion of Account Access.

     For more information visit the TSP website at http://www.tsp.gov/.

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

PX cracking down on theft

March 21, 2006 -- Is a pack of gum worth $200? That's how much it will cost if you steal from the Post Exchange.

    The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) implemented a civil recovery program for shoplifters in March 2002 after the Department of Defense and AAFES received legislation allowing federal retailers (such as AAFES) to pursue losses and administrative costs directly related to shoplifting, theft detection and theft prevention.

    Under the Civil Recovery Program, AAFES demands the full retail value of the stolen merchandise in addition to a $200 fee which will cover administrative costs for processing the   incident. Military sponsors are responsible for their family members.

    "This fee is completely separate from any sort of fine or other prosecution and will be required no matter how little the stolen item is worth", said Jack Scott, PX manager.

    "Shoplifting is committed by all age groups. We watch for suspicious activity such as wearing a heavy coat on a warm day. And for the suspicious ones we might miss with our eyes, we will then catch them on tape. The Post Exchange at Carlisle Barracks has over 20 screens in the security room which cover all areas of the store because they are mobile," said Scott.

Stealing hurts the community

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

    Scott said, "It all goes back to the community, why hurt yourselves?"

  

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Collins Center hosts Senior Leader Symposium on Hurricane Katrina

March 21, 2006-The United States Army War College's Center for Strategic Leadership recently hosted the eighth "Collins Center Senior Symposium," an annual event bringing together retired general officers and their civilian counterparts to examine issues of strategic concern to the nation. 

    This year's forum, "Orchestration Through Catastrophe," examined lessons of command, control, coordination and cooperation that came out of the nation's recent experience with Hurricane Katrina.

    "The symposium focused on the elements of orchestration that went beyond our normal concept of unity of command," said Prof. Bert Tussing, CSL's Director of Homeland Defense and Security Issues.  "In dealing with an event like Katrina, involving governmental response across federal, state, and local jurisdictions, the best that we can hope for at times is unity of effort; and unity of effort can be inefficient."

    "One of the issues the symposium examined was coordinating military response following a catastrophe," Tussing said. "U.S. Northern Command is the combatant command charged with overseeing military assistance to civil authorities, but their direct control in most circumstances is only over the active component. The National Guard remains under the control of their respective state governors, and under the command of their Adjutants General, not NORTHCOM.  We have to ensure, somehow, that the efforts of the Guard and the active duty forces are maximized-coordinated and complementary. "

    Attendees in the symposium included; Retired (Maj. Gen) Angel Stroud Jr., former Adjutant General , La., Retired Maj. Gen. Ronald Harrison, former Adjutant General Fl., Retired Gen. Dennis Reimer, former Chief of Staff of the Army, Thomas Frazier, executive director, Major Cities Police Chiefs Association, Retired Gen. Mike Williams, former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Retired Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers, former Chief of Engineers U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chief Edward Plaugher, former Chief, Arlington County Fire Department,  Retired Lt. Gen. Edward Anderson former Deputy CDR, USNORTHCOM, Theodore Gold Defense Science Board, Retired Gen. Ralph Eberhart, former Commander, USNORTHCOM, and Stephen Sharro, former Superintendent of the Homeland Securities Emergency Management Institute.

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

War College faculty members receive academic honors

March 22, 2006 - Several War College faculty members were honored on Friday, March 17 with various academic awards including the Madigan Writing Award, tenure, and academic chairs.

   The Madigan Writing Award is given in honor of John J. Madigan III, who was the editor of parameters from March 1993 to January 1999. The award is open to all military and civilian staff and faculty members of the college and other Carlisle Barracks organizations. All books and articles must deal with a subject taught in the War College curriculum.

   The Madigan Writing Award is presented for excellence in writing.  Each award winner sent in a book, manuscript, or article. This awards were presented to:

         Dr. Tami Biddle, "Sifting Dresden's Ashes," Wilson Quarterly

         Dr. Antulio Echevarria, "Transforming the Army's way of Battle: Revising our Abstract Knowledge," The Future of the Army Profession

         Dr. Larry Goodson, "Building Democracy after Conflict: Bullets, Ballots, and Poppies in Afghanistan," Journal of Democracy

         Dr. Craig Nation, "The New International Relations of Central and Eastern Europe," Post-Communist Transition in Europe and Its Broader International Implications

         Col. Joseph Nunez, "Canada's Global Role: A Strategic Assessment of Its Military Powers," Parameters

         Dr. Marybeth Ulrich, "Presidential Leadership and National Security Policymaking," U.S. Army War College Guide to National Security Policy and Strategy

         Col. George Reed, Dr. Craig Bullis, Prof. Ruth Collins, "Mapping the Route of Leadership Education: Caution Ahead," Parameters

         Dr. Steve Biddle, Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle

   Biddle's book has also won the Harvard University Oline Institute's 2004 Huntington Prize for the best book published each year in the field of National Security Studies. Biddle is also nationally recognized for his scholarship, having published several articles in Foreign Affairs and International Security.

   Recently, the Chief of Staff of the Army approved twelve tenured positions for military faculty at the War College. This year the Col. Jiyul Kim, director of Asian Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy was granted tenure. Kim was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and served in Seoul, Republic of Korea from January to July 2005.

   Numerous faculty members were also recognized and given the honor of an academic chair. An individual is honored with an academic chair position as a result of their extraordinary teaching, research, and outreach contributions which have advanced the mission and accomplishments of the War College.

   There are several different kinds of chair positions both appointed chairs and honorific. The foundation presents each chair with an armchair as a symbol of their achievements. The following individuals were awarded academic chairs:

         Dr. Ronald Spector -Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History

         Lt. Gen (Ret.) Don Holder - General Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership

         Dr. Georgia Sorenson - Defense Transformation Chair

         Dr. Steve Biddle - Elihu Root Chair of Military Studies

         Dr. David Perry - General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair of the Profession of Arms

         Col. Steve Buteau - General Hoyt S. Vandenberg Chair of Aerospace Studies

 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Thousands of miles of travel pay off for faculty member

    March 22, 2006 -- What could possibly be worth driving to Philadelphia from Carlisle twice a week for ten years? That's over 1,000 two-hour trips, each way. For John Bonin, it's what was necessary to get his Ph.D.  

    Bonin, Professor of Concepts & Doctrine at the U.S. Army War College, successfully defended his dissertation, "Army Aviation Becomes an Essential Arm: From the Howze Board to the Modular Force, 1962-2004," on March 2. Bonin began working on his doctorate at Temple in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1996.

    "The deal is you have to start your Ph.D. in order to get tenure. So, I was an instructor during the day and would attend classes at night. Sometimes I was not home until one in the morning. It became apparent that working full-time and driving to classes was not working as well as hoped. Now (at the War College) it is standard to send faculty away for two years to get all but the dissertation accomplished. I was the guinea pig," said Bonin. "It has been a lot of work and it feels great to be done. Of course there is still some paperwork and such, but for the most part we are now looking forward to the big celebration party in May."

    Bonin graduated from West Point and then earned a Master of History from Duke in 1982. He retired as a Colonel in 2002 and graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1995.Two of his most recent publications are The Modular Army, Military Review, 2004 and U.S. Army Forces Central Command in Afghanistan.   

 

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

CFSC Commanding General visit Carlisle Barracks

March 23, 2006 - Brigadier General John Macdonald, Commanding General, U.S. Army Community and Support Center visited Carlisle Barracks on Thursday, March 23, to give an update on family readiness and tour some of the posts facilities.

   Macdonald toured the Child Development Center and Youth Services and gave a noontime lecture as well. The lecture focused on a Family Readiness update and included Moral, Welfare, and Recreation support for Soldier and family readiness, Army community service partnerships, child and youth services deployment support, and updating Armed Forces Recreation Centers.

   MWR support for Soldiers and families includes Operation READY, web databases, and family readiness groups.

Operation Ready

   Operation READY, Resources for Educating about Deployment and You, was developed by civilian personnel and scholars and military personnel. The curriculum includes the Army Family Readiness Handbook, Army Leaders Desk Reference for Soldiers and Family Readiness, Soldier/Family Deployment Survival Handbook, age appropriate books for children, and help during pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment phases. All of the materials can be acquired by contacting the Army Community Service Office.

Web database

   My Army Life Too is a web database which acts much like Army Knowledge Online. It provides a knowledge center were spouses can fine tune their skills and connect to other family members. It also includes a resource library, e-learning center, a personal portfolio, self assessment tools, personal file storage, and chat rooms and bulletin boards.

Family Readiness Groups

  CFSC also created Yellow Ribbon Rooms. Ribbon Rooms are places where families of deployed service members can meet with other family members, socialize and hold meetings. Some rooms also contain computer equipment or video teleconferencing equipment to communicate with deployed Soldiers.

  Family Readiness Groups have existed in CFSC for numerous years. Now, CFCS is making these FRGs virtual. Currently over 200 battalions have virtual FRGs. For more information on virtual FRGs, visit http://www.armyfrg.org.

Army Community Service Partnerships

   ACS has also developed three partnerships: Army Spouse Employment Partnership, Council of Better Business Bureaus, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. ASEP has developed agreements with 17 fortune 500 companies and 4 military agencies to provide career and employment opportunity for Army spouses.  The CBBB provides consumer education and protection, and the VFW provides services to Reserve components and geographically isolated families.

Child & Youth Services and Armed Forces Recreational Centers

  Child and Youth Services will be expanded to include Army sponsored community based child care space for families of Active duty Soldiers who do not live near a post or when garrison CDC are full. The fees charged for these facilities are similar to those on post. For more information, visit www.naccrra.com.

  AFRCs in Hawaii, Korea, Florida, and Germany will be focused on this fiscal year. The Honolulu facility is being renovated and the Korea and Germany facilities are developing new business plans.

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

MOAA makes donation to USAWC Foundation

March 22, 2006--   The Military Officer's Association of America made a donation of $10,000 to the U.S. Army War College Foundation on March. 22.

    "The U.S. Army War College Foundation is very grateful for the generous support from the Military Officers Association of American," said Stephen Riley, executive director of the USAWC Foundation. "Without the generosity of organizations like MOAA, we would not be able to provide that 'Margin of Excellence' to our students, faculty and staff and their families." 

    The USAWC Foundation helps support the following programs:

  • Jim Thorpe Sports Day

  • Basic Strategy Art Program (BSAP)

  • Deputy Commandant's Reading Program

  • Madigan Writing Awards

  • Student Writing Awards

  • DDE Writing Awards

 

 

Post hosting EEO Women's Professional Development Symposium

    The EEO Women's Professional Development Symposium will take place Monday, April 10 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Carlisle Barracks Chapel. The symposium is free and open to all military and civilian personnel, from Carlisle Barracks and neighboring civic communities.

    The topics addressed are as follows:

  • DA training and development opportunities
  • Expectations and success
  • Communication of the future: the Interaction of women and technology
  • Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
  • Mentorship

     A 'make your own sandwich' lunch will be provided by LVCC  on-site for $10.00.

    Make checks payable to IMWRF.

    This event is co-sponsored by the EEO Federal Women's Program (FWP) and Minority College Relations Program (MCRP) Committees. Other POCs include the EEO Special Emphasis Program Committee (SEPC) and the military EO Office.

    For registration details, contact the following members of the FWP Committee (FWPC): Dot Overcash, FWP Manager, Room C10, DMPSO, 245-3191; Connie Weekley, Room B208, DDE, 245-3558; Cindy Coffee, HRD, Bldg 22, 2d floor, 245-4685; Mickey Cooper, HRD, Bldg 22, 2d floor, 245-4684, Melisa  Wiford, MCRP Manager, AHEC, 245-3161 or Melinda Torres, Hispanic Employment (HEP) Manager, AHEC, 245-3193.

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Spouses Club Rubber Duck Derby raising money for community outreach  

 

March 23, 2006 - Ladies and gentlemen, start your ducks!

    The annual rubber duck derby hosted by the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club will take place on Saturday, April 8 at 11:00 am on the Letort Spring Run. Ducks cost $5 each or a family of five ducks can be purchased for $20. The race starts at the foot bridge behind Quarters One and ends at the bridge behind Collins Hall. All proceeds will go to community outreach.

   A junior ducky dash will precede the main race. Every child who enters the race will get a free slice of pizza, a movie pass, and a souvenir duck. Ducks for the junior dash can only be purchased during Jim Thorpe Days.

Prizes

            Rubber Duck Derby

         1st place: $300

         2nd place: $150

         3rd place: $75

         Other prizes will be donated by local sponsors

Junior Ducky Derby

         Winning ducks will receive "kid sized" prizes

   For more information or to purchase a duck contact Stella Wilson at 249-1373 or grumbee@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

Ann Marie Wolf, Army Substance Abuse

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

   March 22, 2006 --  When many people think of alcohol abusers, they picture teenagers sneaking drinks before high school football games or at unsupervised parties. However, alcohol abuse is prevalent within many demographic groups in the United States. People who abuse alcohol can also be college students who binge drink at local bars, pregnant women who put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome when they drink, professionals who drink after a long day of work, or senior citizens who drink out of loneliness.

Alcohol in the workplace

   About 15 percent of U.S. workers said they either used alcohol at work or were impaired on the job, according to research from the University of Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions.

    Researchers interviewed 2,805 adult workers between January 2002 and June 2003, and asked them about workplace alcohol use and impairment over the previous 12 months. Questions included how often they drank within two hours of reporting to work, drank during the work day, worked under the influence of alcohol, or worked with a hangover.

    Lead author Michael R. Frone, PH.D., and colleagues found that 1.8 percent of the workforce drank alcohol at least once before coming to work, and 7.1 percent drank during the workday - often during lunch breaks but also during other breaks or while on the job. An estimated 1.7 percent of employees worked under the influence of alcohol, and approximately 9.2 percent had gone to work with a hangover, the authors said.

    "Of all psychoactive substances with the potential to impair cognitive and behavioral performance, alcohol is the mostly widely used and misused substance in the general population and in the workforce," Frone said. "The misuse of alcohol by employed adults is an important social policy issue with the potential to undermine employee productivity and safety."

    Alcohol use and impairment was more common among men than women, among younger employees, and more prevalent among evening and night shift workers. This study was reported in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol.

    As reported on Join Together online. The above information provided by the Army Center for Substance Abuse E-prevention newsletter.

 

Army Substance Abuse Program continues to offer training:

    The Army Substance Abuse Program is to ensure that all military and civilian personnel are provided prevention education/training services (that is a minimum of four hours for military and three hours for civilian personnel). In a continuing effort to accomplish this requirement the ASAP/Prevention staff will be providing several classes during April and May. The following one hour classes will be offered at the Education Center, across from Collins Hall and at Upton Hall, second floor auditorium. All participants must pre-register by calling 245-4576 or 5-3790. Class size is limited. 

Topic: Responsible Drinking and Tip's For a Safe Summer.

Friday, April 7                             noon- 1 p.m.                  Education Center

Friday, April 28                           noon- 1 p.m.                  Education Center

Monday, May 1                           1- 2 p.m.                       Education Center

Friday, May 12                           noon- 1 p.m.                  Education Center

Monday, May 15                        1- 2 p.m.                        Education Center

Wednesday, May 17                  11 a.m.- noon                 Upton Hall, 2nd floor

Wednesday, May 24                  noon- 1 p.m.                   Upton Hall, 2nd floor

 

    For more information or to schedule individual organization training, call 245-4576/3790.

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Commissary to close in April for re-shelving

    March 22, 2006 -- The Commissary will be closed on April 3 and 4 for re-shelving.

    The new shelves will be taller and provide more linear footage, according to Larry Hoover, Commissary manager.  This will allow for more items to be stocked on the shelves each day. The commissary will also be able to expand their item selection.

   A reopening reception will take place at 9 a.m. on April 5. Patrons are invited to enjoy coffee and cake.

 

TRICARE release

Information on TRICARE retroactive and ASAP/Urgent referrals

    March 22, 2006 -- Did you know that TRICARE Prime beneficiaries must have an authorized referral from their primary care manager (PCM) prior to obtaining routine health care services from any civilian medical provider?

    Referrals requested after a beneficiary has received health care services from a civilian specialist or ancillary provider are called "retroactive referrals" and are not authorized.

   It is the function of the Managed Care Support Contractor (MCSC), Health Net Federal Services (HNFS), to review all electronically generated referral requests for routine specialty care and to determine if the following three conditions are met:  whether the requested service is a covered benefit, whether the patient is actually eligible for the requested services, and which civilian provider can deliver those services within the mandated TRICARE access standards.  All of this must be done before routine care or services are received, or the beneficiary will incur additional charges in the form of a Point of Service (POS) option and corresponding cost share.

   The POS option exists to permit TRICARE Prime beneficiaries to obtain medically necessary services inside or outside of the network, from someone other than his or her PCM, without first obtaining a referral and authorization.  It is designed to give an additional option to those TRICARE Prime beneficiaries wanting specialty care without having to comply with the referral and authorization process.  As a result, patients desiring to utilize the POS option will incur greater out-of-pocket expenses.  For unauthorized care, the TRICARE Prime POS deductible is $300 per person and $600 per family.  The beneficiary cost-share is 50 percent of the allowable charges after the deductible is met.  PCMs at Dunham US Army Health Clinic do not have the ability to authorize care.  That function is the responsibility of the MCSC.

    Non-routine referrals entered by the PCM with a priority of "Urgent" or "As Soon As Possible" (ASAP) are used to identify a patient with a medical condition that could cause serious illness or pain if not evaluated by a specialist within 72 hours.  ASAP referrals are not to be utilized to simply speed up the authorization process for a beneficiary who has taken the initiative to make their own appointment without an authorized referral.  Those beneficiaries will be charged the POS amount and be personally responsible for all deductibles and corresponding co-pays.  It is the responsibility of the beneficiary to ensure prior approval is obtained from HNFS before seeking care from a medical professional other than their PCM.

    For additional information on your TRICARE benefits, please contact the Health Benefits Advisors located at the Dunham US Army Health Clinic, TRICARE Service Center, or call 1-877-TRICARE.

 

Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC Commandant

Commandant to continue USAWC leadership

    March 16, 2006 -- With the many important initiatives that our U.S. Army War College is doing to support the Combatant Commanders, the Joint Staff, other Executive Branch Departments and the Department of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army has asked that I continue to lead our effort through Academic Year 06-07. 

  We have treasured our time here with each and every one of you, for it is your selfless service, competence, and integrity that makes this such an extraordinary center of excellence in professional military education. We proudly look forward to another great year here at Carlisle Barracks with this winning team!

 

Public Affairs staff report

Post employees reminded to use DSN when making long distance phone calls     

    March 15, 2006 -- Quiz time: You need to make an official phone call, what prefix do you use, 94(DSN) or 95 (FTS)?

    If you answered DSN, 94, then you are correct!

     "NETCOM guidance urges the use of 94 (DSN) whenever possible instead of using 95 (FTS) to make long distance telephone calls," said Maj. Carla Campbell, head of the post DOIM.

    Defense Switched Network (DSN) is the official Command and Control (C2) service for all communications and should be the first choice for military business.

    "Federal Telecommunications Service (FTS) and Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) should only be used for commercial communications not related to C2, and should only be used when DSN services are not available," said Campbell.

    All personnel should dial 94 to access the DSN network. 

    For example, if you are going to call Fort Huachuca, dial 94-879-7111. For more information on DSN use click the "General" and/or DSN Conversion links within the online phonebook application on the CBNet.

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Team effort gives one Soldier the memory of a lifetime

    March 16, 2006 -- How does it feel to be the only one not in on a big secret? In this particular situation, being out of the loop was A-OK. 

    Lt. Emily Moore was the key ingredient to this secret mission. Spc. Jhassel De Los Santos, soon to PCS to Korea, was to be promoted to the rank of Specialist during his PCS recognition ceremony. Moore knew that De Los Santos's mother lived in Brooklyn, New York and had never been to Carlisle Barracks, where her son lives and works. Since De Los Santos is leaving the U.S., First Sgt. Gerald Scott thought it would be nice if his mother could attend the ceremony presentation.

    "First Sgt. and I were just having lunch one day and talking. I thought it was a great idea for Specialist De Los Santos to have his mother there and I would be more than happy to drive up to Brooklyn to get her for the surprise," said Moore.

  Moore's mission wouldn't be complete until she organized and executed the plan to have De Los Santos's mom at his special day. Moore collaborated with Spc. Douglas Aroca, as she needed a translator because Mrs. De Los Santos speaks only Spanish. Coordinating the pickup time and date, directions and other technicalities was an effort that several Soldiers took part of.

    "I know a little bit of Spanish so I could understand the basics, such as Mrs. De Los Santos saying she was thirsty, but to organize the visit and pickup it was such a help to have Specialist Aroca's help. Specialist Devone Landers is from Brooklyn so he had his brother meet me so I could follow him for the last part of the trip." said Moore.

    On the day of the ceremony presentation De Los Santos still had no idea his mother was on post.

    "I would say 80% of the audience was in on the surprise. We had a little skit planned out for the surprise. During the ceremony when awards were about to be presented Col. Gordon Miller (Dunham Clinic commander) got a phone call and we interrupted his speech to tell him he needed to take the call. That's when we brought her in. Specialist De Los Santos couldn't believe it," said Moore.

    Mission complete.

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Spouses Club Auction a 'roaring success'

March 3, 2006 -- There was more speed than expected in the final laps. After months of preparation and planning this team of racers flew past their finish line which was a goal of $15, 000.

   "The Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club Sixth Annual Auction was a huge triumph in terms of funds raised to benefit the CBSC Scholarship Fund and Outreach YWCA, Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence, Boys and Girls Club, Project SHARE, to name a few organizations in the community that frequently request support," said Esse Muskopf, 2006 auction chair.  "The Silent Auction portion alone accounted for more than a quarter of the total auction take-in, bringing in over $6,000. Generous donors contributed over 200 items in total, worth more than $20,000."

    One of the most popular items of the night was the "Faux Elegant Affair" which included "an evening of entertainment and pampered fun at Quarters One with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres." It sold for $2,500, easily making it the highest bid of the evening. The litho-signed Pittsburgh Steelers football went for $300.

    Muskopf wanted to thank those who helped her organize and run the event.

    "The night was made possible by people such as Kristen Christy, the auction donations chair, Suzy Hurtado, the co-chair and Diana Smith, the publicity chair. These are only a few of the people that made large contributions to the event and I thank them all of their hard work."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post Soldiers become leaders

 

March 9, 2006 -- Five post Soldiers took the next step in their Army careers when they were officially inducted into the NCO Corps in a ceremony March 9 in Reynolds Theater.

    "Today is truly a special day," said Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Houston, post Command Sgt. Maj. "We're here to officially induct these great Soldiers into the time-honored NCO Corps."

    The Soldiers inducted were Sgt. Nathaniel Burney, Sgt. David Dorville, Sgt. Charles Herzog, Sgt. David Hopkins, and Sgt. Tamika Torres.  

    Guest speaker Command Sgt. Maj. James Vail, Commandant of the Noncommissioned Officer Training Battalion at Fort Indiantown Gap, welcomed them and stressed the complexity of their responsibility as noncommissioned officers.

    "Your life has changed as a result of this accomplishment," said Vail. "You're no longer one of the gang, you've become a leader of Soldiers. NCOs are the backbone of the Army, especially Sergeants."

    During the ceremony, three candles were lit; red, symbolizing heartiness and valor, white, symbolizing  purity and innocence, and blue, symbolizing vigilance, perseverance and justice. After the candles were lit, the inductees recited the NCO Creed, and performed their rite of passage, walking across a bridge onstage while being sprinkled with water by their leaders.

    "I thought it was a real nice ceremony," said Sgt. Chucky Herzog. "I'm glad so many people were able to come out and see and take part in it."

    Before wrapping up the ceremony, Vail challenged the new members of the NCO Corps.

    "You are now the members of a time-honored Corps, make us proud."     

 

Public Affairs Staff report

AER expands spouses education assistance program

    March 16, 2006 -- Army Emergency Relief is expanding their Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP) to the United States. 

    The Stateside SEAP is a need based education assistance program designed to provide spouses of active duty Army Soldiers and widow(ers) of Army Soldiers who died while on active duty with financial assistance in pursuing their educational goals. 

    Financial assistance is provided as a grant and is awarded based on financial need as evidenced by income, assets, family size, special financial obligations and circumstances, with the maximum amount of $2,500 for academic year 2006/2007.

    The scholarships are awarded annually for up to four academic years to attend post secondary school full time as undergraduate level students.  Second undergraduate or graduate level courses are not included.  The scholarship money can be used for tuition, books, supplies and fees and will be paid by AER directly to the college or university.

    Applications are now available for downloading on AER's Web Site, www.aerhq.org.

    The deadline for receipt of complete applications for the upcoming Academic Year (AY) 2006-2007 is May 22, 2006. 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks celebrates accomplishments of women

  March 10, 2006 -- "Become the change you want to see, those are words I live by," Oprah Winfrey has often said. Women who put these words into action such as Sandra Day O'Connor, Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou were highlighted last week during Carlisle Barracks observance of Women's History Month, March 10, in Reynolds Theatre.

    The Women's History Month Observance titled, Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams kicked off on a celebratory note when Sgt. 1st Class Kingsley Thomas said, "Today, it's not a rarity to see a female ambassador, a senior NCO, etc. The opportunities are great."

    "You have an opportunity to make a difference," said guest speaker, Brig. Gen. Mari Eder, Army Deputy Chief of Public Affairs.

    Eder recently spent time abroad in places where women are treated differently than in the United States.

    "In these countries I often felt I was invisible. In one country, I was allowed to be an honorary man. This honorary position made it possible for me to be in the room or among important men. In the United States we [women] truly have an abundance of opportunity," said Eder.

    Eder told stories of great women she has known and of the sacrifices they have made and are making in order to make a difference in the world.

    "We need to remember stories of everyday people making a difference here and now. Think of all of those at home and in places such as Iraq, families and Army spouses. We all answer our own call of duty in our own way", said Eder.

    Women's History month celebrates its 26th birthday this year. In 1980, President Carter called on the people of the United States to remember the contributions of women. Then, seven years later, Congress and President Reagan declared the entire month of March as Women's History Month. The goal was to ensure that the multitude of ways in which women have changed America would be included in our children's education.   

 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

AHEC hosts regional school superintendents

March 8, 2006 -- "The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center [AHEC] is bound for glory. Today we hope to give you a sense of AHEC and we invite you to take advantage of our resources," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC Commandant.  

    On March 8, approximately 25 regional school superintendents gathered at Ridgway Hall, home of the Army Heritage and Education Center, for an organizational meeting and they took the opportunity to tour the facility they can use for future meetings and events.

    "Enjoy the facility. This is a great place to have a meeting," said Col. Robert Dalessandro, AHEC director.

    Huntoon emphasized the important role educators' play and the connections shared between educators and the Army.

    "The students here at the U.S. Army War College are quite remarkable. Sixty one percent came to us from Iraq or Afghanistan, they are leaders from the toughest places. The students and faculty are marvelous women and men, in addition to subject experts. We would love to send them to you to speak on anything." said Huntoon.

    The connection between your school and the children of our faculty and students, especially international students, is powerful Huntoon believes.

    "There is a heartfelt linkage; you help assimilate the children of these wonderful students and leaders," Huntoon said. "There is a lot of history here as this is the second oldest post, founded in 1757, in the United States. The U.S. Army War College has always been a center for education which is why we are delighted to have you here."

  

Some Background on AHEC

    The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center (AHEC) preserves and interprets the story of the American Soldier and educates a broad spectrum of audiences on the soldier's story in Peace and War. It is the nation's preeminent historical institution for telling the story of America's Army through the stories of the men and women who have served in it.  AHEC is an institute of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), Carlisle, PA and supports its education research and strategic communications functions. AHEC consists of the U.S. Army Military History Institute and the U.S. Army Heritage Museum. Future plans include a Visitors and Education Center and the U.S. Army Conservation Center.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Civil War era cannon newest component of exhibit

March 15, 2006 -- You may have seen the movie Gettysburg, now you can see a reproduction of a cannon used in one of the bloodiest battles on American soil, here in Carlisle.    

    The Army Heritage and Education Center received a reproduction 10-lb Parrott Rifle on loan from the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park, March 15 at the Heritage Trail. 

    "This is a piece of Civil War artillery that was cutting edge in its day," said Capt Ginger Shaw, AHEC Operations officer.  Designed by Robert Parker Parrott, it was constructed of iron, with a reinforcing wrought iron band around its breech, which is one of its identifying characteristics. A rifled cannon, rather than a smooth-bore, it fired an iron conical projectile that was detonated by a timed fuse.  It's range was well over a mile and was a revolutionary development in its day. 

    "Although by the Battle of Gettysburg this particular type of gun was being phased out by the U.S. Army, many were still in use when that battle was fought.  It saw service throughout the war on both sides," said Shaw.

Why a reproduction?

   Over the years some original artillery pieces have been removed from display on the battlefield and replaced with reproductions.  Also, due to shortages of original pieces, some reproductions have been used to mark artillery locations. As a result, the Park has a substantial holding of original and reproduction pieces, many dating back to the early 20th Century. 

    This piece is mounted on a cast iron carriage, rather than the original wood carriages, because the cast iron carriages weather better.

    The addition of the cannon to the trail is one more step in making the exhibit more authentic, according to Shaw.  

    "By providing a small artillery emplacement, with gun in place, we can offer a visual piece of history that talks to the Civil War, but also how that war has been used by the Army to study military history, and how it has been used to interpret military history to a civilian audience."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Computer program have you stumped? Call the CEC

March 15, 2006 - Almost everyone who knows how to use a computer can navigate their way around Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, but for more complex programs the Computer Education Center can provide assistance or point you in the right direction.

    "DOIM does not provide formal classroom training on USAWC desktop software products," said Murray. "However, the CEC does provide general assistance on many of the desktop software products used here."

    For applications that the CEC cannot provide assistance on, the Army e-Learning Program is available. Accessible through AKO, courses are available to all active duty soldiers, members of the National Guard or Reserves, Department of the Army civilian employees, and USMA and ROTC cadets.

    Outlined below are the current desktop software products used at the USAWC, the level of support available for each product and the agency to contact for support. 

Product

Level of Support

Support POC

Remarks

ActivCard Gold 3.0

Intermediate

CEC (5-4213)

 

Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0

Basic

CEC (5-4213)

Courses available through Skillport

Apple QuickTime

Basic

CEC (5-4213)

 

Cyberlink Power DVD

Basic

CEC (5-4213)

 

EPSQ

Advanced

Security (5-4440)

 

FlashPlayer,

Shockwave Player

Basic

CEC (5-4213)

 

FormFlow

Advanced

Rec & Pubs (5-3176)

 

MS Access

None

 

Courses available through Skillport

MS Excel

Basic

CEC (5-4213)

Courses available through Skillport

MS Image ReSizer

None

 

 

MS InfoPath

None

 

Courses available through Skillport

MS Internet Explorer 6.0

Intermediate

CEC (5-4213)

Courses available through Skillport

MS Media Player 10

Basic

CEC (5-4213)

 

MS Outlook

Advanced

CEC (5-4213)

Courses available through Skillport

MS Picture Manager 2003

None

 

 

MS PowerPoint

Advanced

CEC (5-4213)

Courses available through Skillport

MS Project Pro

None

 

Courses available through Skillport

MS Publisher

None

 

Courses available through Skillport

MS Visio

None

 

Courses available through Skillport

MS Windows XP Professional

Intermediate

Service Desk (5-3000)

Courses available through Skillport

MS Word

Advanced

CEC (5-4213)

Courses available through Skillport

Power DVD

Basic

CEC (5-4213)

 

Roxio CD Creator 6.0

Intermediate

CEC (5-4213)

 

Symantec AV 10.0

Basic

CEC (5-4213)

User guides available from ACERT

ToolBook Viewer

(Neuron 8.5)

None

 

 

VBrick Stream Client

Basic

CEC (5-4213)

 

WinZip 9.0

Basic

CEC (54213)

 

 

 

Other sources also available

Federal Government

Site:  The Gov Online Learning Center located at http://www.golearn.gov/MaestroD/

 

Eligibility:  While anyone is able to browse through the Gov Online Learning Center, courses are only available to users that have an email address that ends with ".gov" or ".mil"

 

United States Air Force

Site:  Air Force Information Technology E-Learning Program:  This site is only accessible through the Air Force Portal located at:  https://www.my.af.mil

 

Eligibility:  Courses are available to all active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel.

 

United States Army

Site:  Army E-learning:  This site is only accessible through the Army Knowledge Online Portal located at:  https://www.us.army.mil/suite/portal/index.jsp

 

Eligibility:  Courses are available to all active duty soldiers, members of the National Guard or Reserves, Department of the Army civilian employees, and USMA and ROTC cadets.

 

United States Coast Guard

Site:  Coast Guard Learning Network located at:  http://uscg.skillport.com/

 

Eligibility:  Courses are available to all Coast Guard uniformed personnel (regular and reserve), civilian civil service employees, and Auxiliarists. 

 

United States Marine Corps

Site:  MarineNet located at:  https://www.marinenet.usmc.mil/portal/

 

Eligibility:  Courses are available to all active duty, reserve, and civilian Marines.  Selected courses are also available to military family members.

 

United States Navy

Site:  NAVY E-LEARNING:  This site is only accessible through the Navy Knowledge Online Portal located at:  https://www.nko.navy.mil

 

Eligibility:  Courses are available to all active duty Sailors, Marines, Department of the Navy civilian employees, reservists, retirees, and family members of active duty military.

 

Maj. Lisa M. Giese, Army Physical Fitness Research Institute

March is National Nutrition Month

    March 17, 2006 -- March is National Nutrition Month and the perfect time to initiate positive changes in your diet and physical activity.  Since its commencement in 1973, the American Dietetic Association has reinforced the importance of nutrition and physical activity as the cornerstone of good health.  This year's theme of "Step Up to Nutrition and Health" signifies the importance of making lifestyle choices to improve your health as well as your families' by eating smarter and staying physically active not only this month, but all year long.

    Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 recommendations, this year's five key messages are as follows:

1)  The food and physical activity choices you make today --and everyday-- affect your health and how you feel today and in the future.  Eating right and being physically active are keys to a healthy lifestyle.  Eating a nutritious diet and regular physical activity may reduce many causes of death to include coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, renal disease, and certain cancers.  Furthermore, improving your diet and activity may help decrease the rise in obesity in this country.

2)  Make smart choices from every food group.  Give your body the balanced nutrition it needs by eating a variety of nutrient-packed foods every day. Just be sure to stay within your daily calorie needs.  Choose foods based on flavor, texture, and colors that are tasty and healthy.  Enjoy fruits and vegetables of various colors, since they contain disease-fighting phytochemicals - natural substances that protect the body against certain cancers, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. 

3)  Get the most nutrition out of your calories.  Choose the most nutritionally rich foods you can get from each food group -- those packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients but lower in calories.  Consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein sources improves the nutrient density of your diet.  Choosing the right balance of foods helps you get the right combination of nutrients.  The more color in your diet; the more nutrients you will likely consume.  

4)  Find your balance between food and physical activity.  Regular physical activity is important for your overall health and fitness plus it helps control body weight, promotes a feeling of well-being, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.  Balance your food choices with your physical activities to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.  Be aware of the extra calories that come with larger portion sizes.  A savings of 250 to 500 calories per day leads to 0.5 to 1 pound of weight loss per week.  You should have some form of physical activity most days of the week.

5)  Play it safe with foods.  Prepare, handle, and store food properly to keep you and your family safe.  Frequent handwashing is essential for keeping everyone safe.  When shopping, preparing, or storing foods, separate raw, cooked, and fresh ready-to-eat foods.  Refrigerate perishable food promptly.  Never defrost foods at room temperature; instead thaw in the refrigerator or microwave.  Keep foods out of the danger zone, 40 F - 140 F.

    The new "Food Guide Pyramid" recommendations complement this year's theme well.  They include making half of your grains whole grains, varying your vegetables, focusing on fruits, selecting calcium-rich foods, eating lean protein sources, finding a balance between food and physical activity, and knowing your limits on fats, sugars, and salt.  Please see the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute website for additional nutrition and fitness resources:  https://apfri.carlisle.army.mil/web/education/links.htm

    Small changes can have big rewards on your (and your family's) health.  Gradually incorporating healthy habits is well worth the effort.  During March and beyond, step up to improving your overall health by eating smart and staying physically active.  Remember to "Step Up to Nutrition and Health."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Medical records go electronic

Patients can expect fewer available appointments during implementation period

 

IMAGINE.

.your medical information securely stored with restricted and monitored access

.never waiting for your medical record to be retrieved

.always having your medical record available at each clinic visit

.always being able to read your medical documents

.your medical record being computerized and maintained for life

.a decrease in medical errors, improving your healthcare management

.being automatically reminded of your upcoming prevention evaluations

.your entire medical record available to any Military Emergency Room staff in the world

 

    March 9, 2006 -- Starting this month, Dunham Clinic will begin participating in a new program that will make your medical records safer and easier for your provider to access anywhere in the world.  

    Beginning March 20, Dunham will implement the Department of Defense-directed electronic medical record system, AHLTA, that will ultimately lead to the replacement of the old paper medical record. 
    "This implementation phase will last until approximately May 1, 2006," said Lt. Col. Mike Hershman, the clinic's deputy commander for administration.  "The electronic medical record will provide an in-depth record, allowing everything-every medical complaint, diagnosis and test-to be included."

    Patients receiving care at Dunham during the electronic record implementation phase can expect visits to be a bit longer as staff members work to learn the new system. This will also result in your provider having fewer available appointments to see you. 

Dunham has fix for fewer appointments available...   

     "In the event that you require care and care is not available at Dunham, the clinic has arranged for care to be provided by a TRICARE Network provider," said Hershman. There will be a co-payment for select beneficiary categories.  

    Once fully implemented worldwide, this new system will offer numerous benefits to military beneficiaries wherever they may be. 

    "Every visit will be instantly recorded in your electronic record and become available throughout the medical facility and everywhere else in the military healthcare system that has AHLTA," said Hershman. "All laboratory, radiology and pharmacy orders will be sent immediately to the appropriate department and test results permanently recorded in your record, saving time and reducing the need for repeat procedures. You will never need to worry about a medical record being lost again. It cannot be misplaced or misfiled."

    Another advantage of the new system is that you no longer have to wait for your medical records to arrive at a new duty station or while you are TDY.

    "If you need medical care at a military treatment facility enroute to your new duty station, your electronic medical record will be there," said Hershman. "Your record will always be up to date and legible."

    Any questions concerning the implementation of the electronic medical record should be directed to 1st Lt. Emily Moore at 245-3933, for more information on AHLTA visit their website at http://www.ha.osd.mil/AHLTA/

(Editors note: Information used in the story was provided by the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic and the AHLTA website)

 

 

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

AHEC expands exhibits along Heritage Trail

March 9, 2006-- Work on the Heritage Trail is heating up to prepare for a summer full of programs for families, children, schools, and history buffs.

   The Army Heritage and Education Center will kick off its summer programs the weekend of June 9, with a major event, with educational and entertainment highlights.  The event, currently in its planning phase, will focus on different time periods in history with emphasis on the Vietnam War era.

Construction underway

    Work has begun on a French and Indian War era block house, which will be one of 16 exhibits along the trail. The Brooks Kleber group donated $15,000 for the lumber used to construct the building. The block house will be a replica of one used to issue supplies during the War.

  The Civil War "Core" of the trail is almost complete, with the final addition of the corduroy road. Currently, the Civil War exhibit includes four cabins, which replicate both enlisted and officer quarters during the War.

   Two of the cabins are made in the American style and the other two are based on the French architectural style.  Work for the corduroy road is partially complete and once finished will lead into the French and Indian War "Core" era. The Antietam Road exhibit is scheduled for completion at the end of March.

What's a corduroy road?

   If you're unsure of the answer, then you're not alone. A corduroy road is a road made by placing logs perpendicular to the direction of the road, according to Wikipedia. Corduroy roads were common during the Civil War.

   The weekend trail programs will include living historians, and educators to explain the exhibits along the trail.  The educators will also explain details and little known facts about the exhibits.  

Summer and fall additions

   Work is scheduled to begin this summer on a 20th century mobilization barracks, a Revolution War fortress, the arrival of a Huey helicopter from the Vietnam War era, and camouflage netting for the Omaha beach exhibit. The mobilization barracks will be part of the 20th Century "Core" area, which will also include a mess hall, an orderly/supply building, and a Quonset hut to house 20th century military vehicles.

   The Revolution War redoubt fortress will be located on the trail parallel to Interstate 81. The fortress will be a smaller replica of what redoubts looked like during the Revolutionary War.

   The Huey Helicopter will be assembled on the trail during the summer. The Huey was the most widely used military helicopter during the Vietnam War, and they were often used for MedEvac transports and as gun ships.

  A grandstand is planned to accompany Traditions Field, where some of the weekend programs will be held. One of the events, a 19th century baseball game, will take place sometime this summer. The field will also be used to replicate various military traditions, including parades.

    The M18 tank that currently marks the entrance to the Heritage Trail will be moved to the other side of Ridgway Hall this spring. In its place will be a newly designed burnt out farmhouse.

    "The farmhouse will be a stand alone exhibit and will provide a backdrop for the living history of the trail," said Capt. Ginger Shaw, AHEC operations officer.

 

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Town hall meeting to focus on underage drinking

    What would you do if your child said, "My name is Peter, and in eight years I'll be an alcoholic?"  "Start talking before they start drinking," is an advertisement campaign by stopalcoholabuse.gov that aims at helping parents find answers to this question.

   On March 23, Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will host a town hall meeting at Empire Fire Company to discuss ways to prevent underage drinking.

   "Town meetings serve as a catalyst for change in the community by beginning a process that ultimately brings together and mobilizes the community. [This creates] a comprehensive action plan that brings about change," said Mike Louther, Director of Division of Knowledge Application and Systems Improvement Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

    The meeting will consist of an open panel discussion. The panel consists of Pa. Senator Pat Vance, Pa. State Trooper Ed Asbury, Lynne Diehl of Shippensburg High School, Jim Robertson, principal of Camp Hill High School, and Jake June and Dan Miller, Camp Hill High School students and members of the Partnership Against Underage Substance Abuse.

   "The objective of the meeting is to get parents and educators to talk to children at a young age to prevent them from starting to drink in middle school and high school," said Anne Wolf of Carlisle Barracks's Army Substance Abuse Prevention Office.

   The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and run until 9 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Empire Fire Company is located at 177 Carlisle Springs Road. 

   For additional information contact ASAP at 245-4576 or call Cumberland-Perry Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition at 240-6300.

 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Passion for knowledge inspires faculty member

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    March 8, 2006 -- "The Army War College is a national treasure, this is an historic installation," said Col.  George Reed, Ph.D., director of Command and Leadership Studies at the United States Army War College.

    Reed's strong feelings toward the USAWC are matched with an equal passion for knowledge, learning and most importantly, teaching.

    "It is both an honor and a humbling experience to teach the future strategic leaders of the United States. Teaching at the War College is unique because the types of information we deal with have a shelf life; the situations and challenges are constantly changing. Teaching here revolves around 'ways of thinking'. This style creates a foundation of critical thinking which will be valuable for any and all challenges encountered," Reed said. Reed has been Director of Command and Leadership at the USAWC for five years, and enjoys his job as it is interdisciplinary by nature.

    "I like that you get to teach across a range. A friend of mine and I agree that good learning takes place at the margins of disciplines," Reed said.

Education priority to Reed

    Reed, a native of Ironton, Missouri, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central Missouri University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. He earned a Master of Science in Forensic Science in 1988 from The George Washington University, D.C. and then a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis Administration from St. Louis University, Mo. in 2001. Reed's military education ranges from Military Police Officer Advanced Courses to United States Army War College.

    Reed's career history includes a diverse assortment of military police assignments, service at United States Disciplinary Barracks and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory in Europe only to name a few experiences.

    Reed is a National Security Management Fellow of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He is also a member of several professional organizations including the American Society for Public Administration, International Leadership Association, and International Association of Chiefs of Police.

    Currently, Reed serves as advisor to the Board of Directors of the USAWC and in the past served on the Board of Trustees of the Army War College Alumni Association. Reed is also an adjunct faculty member of Dickinson College.

    Two of Reed's recent publications are titled: Extremism in the Military, Chapter 17, Prentice Hall and Toxic Leadership, Military Review.

    Reed is married and he and his wife Lucy have two sons, Benjamin and George, and a daughter, Stephanie.

(Editors note: This is the first in a series of U.S. Army War College faculty member profiles)

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affair Office

Coalition building exercise challenges Fellows

March 9, 2006 - Historically, coalitions have been an integral part American military operations. This is even more evident today as we continue the global war on terror. To help students learn more about coalition building, the War College hosted the International Fellows Coalition Building exercise.   

    Negotiating techniques, strategic decision making, and coalition building were the major themes of the two-day exercise, which took place in Collins Hall on March 6 and 7.

   The exercise consisted of two parts: education and training and a table top seminar game. The first portion of the exercise focused on strategic negotiation techniques, strategic gaming, role playing, and team forming.  After students completed the first portion of the exercise, they were divided into seven teams, representing the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijani, Georgia, Iran, Russia, Turkey, and the United States.

   "The students were divided into teams which were diverse, to ensure that no team had several members from the same country," said Ritchie Dion of the Center for Strategic Leadership.

   During the second portion of the exercise, students applied the techniques learned on the previous day to a fictional exercise.

Exercise scenario driven

    The exercise was based in the Caucasus region, which consists of the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia and is engulfed in conflict in the scenario.  The region is bordered by Turkey, Iran, and Russia.

    "The scenario takes place in 2019 and is plausible but certainly not predictive," said Dion.

    Students met with their mentors, subject matter experts from the Department of State, Joint Staff, Joint Forces Strategic Command, and the War College to discuss individual country backgrounds and negotiation procedures.

   As part of the exercise, bilateral negotiations took place and in order to keep the scenario realistic, media was present at both bilateral and ad hoc negotiations. Each country participated in two sets of negotiations in both the morning and afternoon. Morning negotiations were led by each country's Prime Minister, who attempted to negotiate a solution to the crisis. Afternoon negotiations were led by the Defense Ministers of each country, who discussed the deployment of peace-keeping forces to the region.

   Each country also had the opportunity to set up ad hoc negotiations with other countries. Each country had to agree to the ad hoc meeting and the ministry team could accept or reject the negotiation agreements.

Baltic Defense College visit coincided with exercise

    A three member delegation from the Baltic Defense College also visited the War College this week.

    "The group consisted of three faculty members from their Higher Command Studies Course directing staff, which is a a course akin to our War College level curriculum," said Mary Beth Ulrich, Professor of Government, Department of National Security and Strategy at the USAWC. A Latvian Lieutenant Colonel, a Lithuanian Lieutenant Colonel and an Estonian civilian academic made up the group.  Their mission was to learn as much as they could about our curriculum and to get feedback on how their curriculum is shaping up."

    "The group observed the seminar learning model and met with SMEs on particular strategy topics of interest," said Ulrich. "They also briefed and received feedback from USAWC IFs on their proposed curriculum." The BDC group also had the opportunity to observe the IF coalition building exercise and meet with faculty to assist them in building a strategy exercise for their own course.

    The visit was a result of Ulrich's visit to the BDC in October to lecture and teach for two weeks.  That visit was supported by EUCOM, The Joint Staff, and the US embassy in Estonia, at the invitation of the US Army War College.. 

 

 

Sgt. David Hopkins and Spc. Brian Wilson

Personal business slows government computers

    March 6, 2006-Millions of bytes of information are streaming through government computer networks everyday, but users may be cluttering up the system with unnecessary and sometimes illegal activities.

    The networks can only process so much information before they fill up and important communications get lost, work slows and security is jeopardized.

    "The computer and phone systems are here to provide military and government employees the ability to communicate quickly and effectively to complete their missions, not for personal business," said Maj. Carla Campbell, DOIM director.  "We all have a responsibility to maintain the security and integrity of these systems. Using them properly and following the rules and regulations set forth-and some common sense-will help keep the network safe, secure and the information flowing."

    Here are some of the areas users need to pay attention to:

  • Excessive personal use of phones and network (email and internet)

  • Chain letters

  • Bulk emails and large files (use hyperlinks instead of attachments)

  • Personal subscriptions to non-government affiliated mailings (do not use government email addresses for personal subscriptions)

  • Personal use of phones and phone numbers for subscriptions to non-government affiliated offers and mailings (do not use government phone numbers for personal subscriptions)

    All of these items are addressed in multiple DoD, Army, and Carlisle Barracks documents.

    The primary local documents are Carlisle Barracks regulation 25-77, and Carlisle Barracks Form 117-R-E. The form contains the Acceptable Use Policy and requires a signature acknowledging the policies prior to obtaining access to the post Network.

 

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Need a CAC reset? Visit the bottom floor of Root Hall

 

March 9, 2006 -- Mandatory CAC network login is coming soon, and when it is implemented it will disable the current network login user ID and password.  If you haven't done so yet, you need to get your ID updated and know your PIN. 

    The PIN Reset station is located in Root Hall Room # B02, the office of Records & Publications Management. Hours of operation are Monday- Friday 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

    For more information call 245-3000.

    Note: Pin reset does not affect your certificates, and the office in Root Hall is only for PIN re-sets, for a new CAC you must go to the ID card section, which will re-open in Upton Hall next week. 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

A new face for Family Advocacy Program

March 8, 2006 -- There is a new addition to the Family Advocacy Program at Carlisle Barracks. Maureen D'Arcy, an experienced victims advocate, is offering some new services on post.

    "I am eager to promote the expanding program here at Carlisle Barracks. Awareness and educational sessions are also at the top of my priority list," said D'Arcy.

    D'Arcy is excited for many reasons to be at Carlisle Barracks.

    "It is great to be here because I can bring all of the good, the successful programs and approaches, from my last military installation in New Mexico to Carlisle Barracks and I look forward to starting and implementing some new strategies. It is such a great opportunity," she said.

    D'Arcy said she is passionate about making a difference in people's lives.

     "I am here to help. Abusive situations know no difference in gender, socioeconomic status or rank," said D'Arcy. "In my experience, abusive situations often go unreported out of fear, but there is a need to do away with this type of living; help is necessary for the entire family," she said.

    The Family Advocacy Program is offered to active duty service members, family members and Department of Defense employees and includes 24 hour contact, support, safety planning, appropriate referrals and accompaniments to medical, legal and court appointments.

    "The DoD in conjunction with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, recently announced the public awareness/intervention campaign, Take a Stand against Domestic Violence, to educate service men, women and the military family about domestic violence. Studies reveal that domestic violence incidents are high and reporting rates are low. Society's attitudes towards domestic violence must follow the same positive trend as two previously successful awareness campaigns that led to seat belt safety and public smoking reform," said D'Arcy.

    "Look for the brochures, posters, and resource cards throughout the barracks as we kick-off the 'Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence' campaign," said D'Arcy.

    The FAP office is located at Army Community Services, 632 Wright Avenue. For more information call 245-3788/386-7094.  

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Household products give children quick access to drugs

March 9, 2006 - Is cooking spray and typewriter fluid harmful?  Yes, when sniffed or snorted they can be deadly.

     This month, the Army Substance and Abuse Program will conduct prevention education classes on inhalant awareness and abuse as part of National Inhalant Awareness week, March 19-25.

    "By the time children reach the eighth grade level, one in five have used inhalants to get high," according to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition. "Many common household goods are characterized as inhalants and over one million people used inhalants last year."

    Death from inhalant use is often caused by sudden cardiac arrest. An individual causes damage to their body each and every time they "huff," according to the E-Prevention Newsletter from the Army Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Signs and Symptoms of Inhalant Abuse

   If you suspect your child is huffing, there are certain signals and symptoms to look for. Symptoms include lack of appetite, weight loss, nausea, nervousness, restlessness, and sudden outbursts of anger.  Inhalants take approximately two weeks to leave the body and usually leave the individual's breath smelling of chemicals.

Class fulfills prevention education requirement    

    All military and civilian employees are required to attend a number of prevention education programs each year. Military personnel are required to attend four hours of training while civilian personnel are required to attend three hours.

   The ASAP offers classes to fulfill these training requirements and the Inhalant awareness is one of them. Four of these classes will be offered in March.

    All classes are one hour in length and will take place at the Education Center, located adjacent to Collins Hall. The dates and times are listed below:

         Friday, March 10            12 p.m.-1p.m.

         Monday, March 13         1- 2 p.m.

         Friday, March 24            12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

         Monday, March 27         1-2 p.m.

    If you are interested in attending one of these classes or would like to schedule individual organization training, contact Anne Wolf at 245-4576.

 

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Operation Purple offers camp for kids of deployed parents

March 9, 2006 - Soldiers, and their spouses, who are deployed overseas aren't the only ones affected by the Global War on Terror, their children are, too.

    More than 140,000 children have at least one parent deployed in the global war on terror, according to the Operation Purple website. To help the children of deployed servicemembers the National Military Family Association is offering a free summer camp. The camp was created in the summer of 2004 and is expanding to include new locations each year.

    The summer camp, Operation Purple, is held at 26 locations across the country, including one in Lebanon, Pa.  

    "Operation Purple was created by NMFA to help children deal with the deployment of a parent by building their own support networks. Children can build these networks by making friends with children in similar situations," according to the NMFA website.

    Activities at the camp include swimming, horseback riding, archery, climbing, boating, and a ropes course. The camp, one week in length, is open to children of all ages but can vary from camp to camp.

    Camp registration begins on March 15 and applications and registration forms are available at http://www.operationpurple.org/.

 

Sgt David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Families who fight together stay together

Members of the family-only Tae Kwon Do class earn promotion, belts

March 7, 2006-Members of the family-only Tae Kwon Do class earned new belts on March 2, at a ceremony in Thorpe Hall Gym.

    One by one, the 21 students who received their new belts-yellow and green-bowed to their instructors, then knelt in a formation before wrapping their new belts around themselves, ceremoniously in unison.

    "The rankings are based on the knowledge of the individuals in the class," said John Cerifko, master instructor. "The colors of the belts signify the different level of knowledge of the students."

    There are two different Tae Kwon Do classes offered on post: the adult class and the family class.

    "There are six families in this class," said Col. Thomas Kruegler, one of the instructors. "It's a family-only class. At least one parent must participate with their child or children in order to be in the program."

    The class, which meets two times a week, focuses on the fundamentals of Tae Kwon Do, one of the disciplines of martial arts. The program not only teaches the students how to defend themselves, it helps them stay physically fit.

Family-only class

   "It's a great introduction to overall physical fitness training for children," said Kruegler. "Strength training through calisthenics is built into the regime. For both children and parents, Tae Kwon Do, like most martial arts, significantly increases and maintains flexibility, range of motion, and agility."

    The class isn't limited to just youngsters; there is a large range of ages and ability levels.

    "This year's students ranged in aged from seven to over 50," said Kruegler.

    For information on the family-only Tae Kwon Do class contact Youth Services at 245-4555. For information on the adult class contact the Sports Office at 245-4375.

The meaning of Tae Kwon Do belts

  • White represents innocence, being for a student with no experience in Tae Kwon Do.

  • Yellow signifies the Earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root. It is analogous to a student as the Tae Kwon Do foundation is being laid.

  • Green is symbolic of a plant's (student's) growth as their Tae Kwon Do skills begin to develop.
    Blue represents the Heavens toward which the plant matures into a towering tree, like the growing student as he/she trains and progresses in Tae Kwon Do.

  • Red represents danger, cautioning the student to exercise control while also warning the opponent to stay away.
    Black the opposite of white, it represents maturity and proficiency in Tae Kwon Do. Black also indicates the student's imperviousness to the darkness of fear.

 

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Post receives TRADOC Safety Certificate of Achievement

March 2, 2006 -- Carlisle Barracks takes safety seriously and was rewarded with a Safety Certificate of Achievement from Gen. William Wallace, TRADOC Commander, on March 1. 

    The award was presented to Jim Aiello, safety manager and his staff, Rick Pokrowka, safety technician, James Strutskie, industrial hygiene, Bill Berger, occupational health nurse, for their dedication to keeping post employees, residents and visitors safe.

   "We have never given out a safety award to an installation," said Wallace during the ceremony held in Root Hall. "In the past, these awards have been given only to office staff. What you have done to advance safety is a model for all of us to emulate."

   The posts safety program includes a POV safety competition, motorcycle safety course, seatbelt surveys, accident avoidance training, child care seat checks, safety awareness day, and a risk management leadership course.

   "The programs offered here wouldn't be possible without the police support. We're all part of a team and we work together," said Aiello.

Two new programs helped lead to award

   The POV safety competition was sponsored by South Central Pa. Highway Safety, who lent the post two Saturn vehicles, and the post's safety office. The contest consisted of driving through an obstacle course, a pre-trip vehicle check, a slide perception test and a written test. The written test was provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

    The Motorcycle rider's education program was brought to Carlisle Barracks through a partnership with PennDOT. The program is free to service members. Each class holds approximately 20 students and a new class begins every two weeks beginning March 27. Upon completion of the program, a motorcycle identification card is issued, and required if driving the cycle on post.

   For more information on any of the post's safety programs, contact Aiello at 245-4353.

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

First visit for new TRADOC commander

March 2, 2006-The new commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command visited Carlisle Barracks this week to observe the Joint Forces Land Component Command course and the operations of the U.S. Army War College.

    Gen. William Wallace, TRADOC commander, who took command in October 2005, planned his visit to coincide with JFLCC so he could observe both in one visit, said Maj. Roger Kuykendall, aide-de-camp for the USAWC commandant.

    While here, Wallace visited the Army physical Fitness Research Institute, toured the Army Heritage Education Center and reviewed the War College educational program, presented certificates for achievement in safety, and visited with several other departments on post.

    Gen. Wallace says the fighting of wars is not only done on the front lines.

    "No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you have a role ... the fact is that one's contribution to this fight is not measured by proximity to the enemy," said Wallace. "It is measured by being fully engaged and fully dedicated without bias of process, position or organization."

 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Post offers class so you can have boating fun, not boating fines

New Pa. law requires safety training for boat, jet ski users

March 1, 2006 -- Sunny days, swimming and boating are in the near future, but you might not be as ready for summer as you think.

    "You might be in for a surprise if you want to go boating this summer; there have been some big changes," said Jim Aiello, post Welfare and Safety Manager.

    A new Pa. law states persons may not operate boats with motors of 25 horsepower or more without a Boating Safety Education Certificate unless they are born on or before January 1, 1982.

    "This new law will even pertain to Jet Skis, which will likely affect more folks because so many kids run Skidoos. It is also noteworthy that New Jersey and D.C. have enacted this new law to be effective for all persons, regardless of birth date." said George Lawrence, the instructor of a new boating safety class being held at Carlisle Barracks

    This free course, which meets Tuesday evenings from 7- 9 p.m., began Feb. 14 and will finish April 11.  

    "The 22 students taking advantage of this opportunity are a diverse group, ranging from long-time boaters to youth," said Aiello.

    The students aren't just learning about rules and regulations, but are also acquiring a wealth of knowledge on topics ranging from how to pick a boat to the differences between state and federal rules.

   One of the students, Anne Wolf, has a boat in Ocean City, Md. and while Pa. boating regulations would not pertain to her, she has been hoping this course would be offered at the Carlisle Barracks for quite some time.

    "I want my friends and family to have a safe water experience when with me. I think it is really important to know everything about my own boat and about the types of equipment I must have and use," said Wolf. Personally, I am really hoping for a better understanding about the rules of the water such as signage and overtaking (passing) situations."  

   The boating safety course is taught by boating safety instructor George Lawrence. Lawrence, a retired engineer and currently an auxiliary Vic Captain, emphasizes that boating safety is getting more attention than ever.

    "As boating accidents have been steadily rising in the recent past, waters are being increasingly polled by the Coast Guard and Auxiliary Members. Patrollers check for various requirements such as a proper displays on boat (registration, capacity plates, hull identification number, floatation devices and legal operation on the water," said Lawrence.

    Aiello said he believes it's important to enjoy summer activities to the fullest by participating in them safely. He realizes that with all the fun activities available to engage in one might be tempted to overlook the debatably less fun side of "summer-safety."

    "We always have water safety programs including classes such as life guarding, but this year we are offering the boating safety course. It is never too early to get ready for summer," said Aiello.

    Aiello and Lawrence anticipate offering an advanced course to ensure the boating safety certificate program taking place now.

    "It all depends on the level of interest out there. It is highly likely that more courses similar to this one will be offered in the future; it has really been a hit."

 

Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service

Pentagon to appeal court ruling against new personnel system

 

 March 1, 2006 - The Pentagon plans to appeal a recent federal court decision that stalled some labor-management provisions of the new National Security Personnel System, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

    "Clearly, the department will be working with the Department of Justice on the appeal of that decision," DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters.

    U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled Feb. 27 that proposed NSPS provisions would not protect civilian employees' ability to bargain collectively. The cited provisions involve labor relations, collective bargaining, independent third-party review, adverse actions and the National Security Labor Relations Board, DoD's proposed internal labor relations panel, according to the court's 77-page decision.

    In 2003, DoD began work to establish a new civilian personnel compensation and management process that rewards employees according to performance. Old civil service rules mostly tied employees' raises to an individual's length of service. In February 2005, the American Federation of Government Employees and a dozen other labor unions filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department over the establishment of the NSPS.

    Defense Department officials believe the department needs to transform its 50-year-old civilian personnel system into one that's more capable and flexible in order to better meet 21st-century challenges, Whitman said. DoD and the Office of Personnel Management have worked together to create the NSPS, a personnel management process that'll eventually apply to more than 650,000 DoD civilian employees.

Related Sites:
National Security Personnel System
DoD Lawyers to Review Judge's Block of New Personnel System

 

 

Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks hosts future Soldiers

  March 1, 2006 - You may have noticed dozens of teens walking around post in "Army of One" t-shirts lately. One hundred and twenty one future Soldiers visited Carlisle Barracks over the past two weeks as part of a new recruiting requirement which gives recruiters the task of teaching certain basic Soldier skills.      

    The recruiters now teach topics found in the "Smart Book" before recruits attend basic training. In the past, all Soldier skills were taught by drill sergeants at Basic Training.  The recruiters plan on conducting their new program on post quarterly.

   As part of the recent visit, Command Sgt. Major Raymond Houston gave the would-be Soldiers a post tour. The tour included a lesson on the history of Carlisle Barracks and stops at several key locations around post.

    "We also talked about the importance of the military family, wartime experience and what to expect in combat," said Houston.

    After the walking tour was complete, the students had the opportunity to visit the enlisted barracks at  Shughart Hall and see what kind of building they might be living in.

   "The recruits no longer do a PT test at reception when they go to Basic Training. We handle that and go over basic Soldier skills like land navigation, rank structure, and the phonetic alphabet before they ship out. This program makes a better Soldier for drill sergeants to train," said Savada.

     Students also had the opportunity to visit the Engagement Skills Trainer and shoot both the 9mm and the M16 A1 rifle.

   "The tours are extremely important from a motivational standpoint", said Savada. "When they are at school they always hear that they've made a mistake. When they come to Carlisle Barracks they hear what the Army is really about. It keeps in their minds that they made a good decision."

 

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AHEC wants you--- to volunteer

 

    March 3, 2006 -- The Army Heritage and Education Center is now seeking volunteers for work in all divisions. Positions exist for:

  • Program coordinators

  • Tour guides/docents,

Other opportunities are also available in:

  • Archival processing

  • Artifact curation

  • Exhibit construction

  • Library processing

  • Conservation

  • Patron inquiries

    All positions require good interpersonal, organizational, and administrative skills, and some may require a minimum professional experience.

    Volunteer Orientation will take place at Ridgway Hall on March 24 at 10 a.m.

    To be considered for an AHEC volunteer position, submit a resume before March 17 to:

Michael E. Lynch

AHEC Visitor Services

950 Soldiers Drive

Carlisle, PA 17013

(717) 245-3803

Or email to: Michael.lynch@carlisle.army.mil