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Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Sicily offers Advanced Strategic Arts Program students military educational experience

May 31, 2006 -- Students of the Advanced Strategic Arts Program from the U.S. Army War College traveled across the globe to learn lessons from battles of the past in order to lead in battles of the future.

    In Sicily, a land where armies have been fighting for centuries, there is knowledge to be gained that can help today's military leaders, giving them the expertise that will help them be leaders in current and future wars, said Len Fullenkamp, ASAP professor.

    "We had five days to cover 38 days of campaigning involving two armies engaged in combat on land, at sea, and in the air," said Fullenkamp. "That's a lot to see in so short a time." 

    The students, faculty and USAWC commandant traveled to Sicily to study how the terrain affected the battles of the 1943 HUSKY campaign. The 14 ASAP students are selected from a group of volunteers to learn more about strategic planning.

    "The trip to study the campaign of the U.S. and British forces in Sicily in October 1943-Operation HUSKY-- is an exceptional capstone experience for the Advanced Studies Military Program," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "It brings together a year-long examination of operational and strategic level campaign planning and execution, and takes a superb on-the-ground look at the actions of strategic and operational leaders of both the Allied and Axis commands."

    Each student was responsible to do research on the different battle sites and give presentations to the other students. The presentations prompted discussion on the battles and a deeper understanding of what happened.

    Through the descriptive discussions, the students were able to visualize the battles taking place as if they were there. From the defining explosions of artillery, to rifle rounds ripping through salty air, to heavy footsteps pounding into the sand, to the screams of victory and the cries of defeat, the students were there for a moment.

    "You have a vision in your mind from doing the readings and research," said Lt. Col. David Dworak, ASAP student, "but it isn't until you are here that you feel the battles taking place in your mind."

    The students, in a convoy of vans, traveled from site to site, exploring the sandy terrain of beaches, the rocky terrain of the mountains and the bunker-covered rolling hills.

    "When privileged to study a campaign on the ground over which it was fought, the physical dimensions come sharply into focus," said Fullenkamp. "When combined with a thoughtful intellectual understanding of the details of a campaign it enables the student to attain a fuller, more complete understanding of the complexities associated with planning and executing military operations."

    The students have been given countless printed resources on the battles, but those documents leave out many parts of the puzzle that can only be gained through a thorough scrutiny of the terrain and a discussion of the intricacies of the campaign.

    "When one has the opportunity to immerse oneself in the study of a campaign on the very ground over which it was fought, one quickly begins to see where history and facts diverge," said Fullenkamp.

    The battlefield staff rider experience is designed to shape their strategic planning skills.

     "I've been blessed with the opportunity to visit several different countries prior to my time in ASAP," said Lt. Col. Karlton Johnson, ASAP student, "Like those times, the ASAP experience inculcates one with a new level of cultural intelligence that helps them see the world through lenses of diversity. Seeing international places helps us to understand the world around us and the influences that shape and affect that world and those who dwell within it."

    "ASAP allows us to understand the cultural DNA of the world, a key skill for any strategic leader," said Johnson.

    The organizers of the trip were pleased with the success of the program.

    "The trip exceeded our highest expectations," said Fullenkamp. "The students had prepared well for the trip and were eager to share insights.  We had many interesting and informed discussions on theory and doctrine, with a heavy emphasis on what the HUSKY campaign suggested about today's joint and combined operations in Afghanistan and Iraq."

    The Advanced Strategic Arts Program will continue to help strategic leaders into the future of the military.

    "The U.S. military is required to succeed across a spectrum of operations that ranges from peacekeeping operations to full scale general war," said Huntoon. "Cultural competency is essential in today's contemporary operating environment for operational and strategic level success.  Whether we study Allied landings in Sicily in 1943 or Hannibal's defense of Agrigento with his 40 elephants against the Romans, we learn something about our own capacity to accomplish the mission through the lessons of the past."

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Newville honors 'American hero'

May 31, 2006 -- A "true American hero," and Newville, Pa., native was honored May 29 for giving his life to save another in Somalia in 1993.

    The Newville Post Office was renamed in honor of Sgt. First Class Randall Shughart, who grew up on a farm near the town.

     "This shows we know who our true American heroes are," said U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, the co-sponsor of a bill that was signed by President George Bush in December to rename the building. Rep. Todd Platts also sponsored the bill.

    The ceremony marked the end of a 15-month process to rename the Newville Post Office in honor of Shughart, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the military's highest decoration, for his service in Mogadishu, Somalia. Shughart fought under Special Operations Command in October of 1993 and  was killed defending downed helicopter pilot Chief Warrant Officer Michael Durant. His actions are credited with saving Durant's life and was featured in the book and movie "Black Hawk Down."

    Durant traveled from his home in Alabama to speak at the ceremony.

    "Not only did he affect my life and my children's lives in a way that goes beyond my ability to describe, but he touched each and every one of us," Durant said. "Folks like Randall Shughart set the standard that Soldiers in the war on terror are living up to."

Post Office to retain original name

    Visitors looking for the Shughart post office won't see the name on the outside of the brick building though. The large type on the front of the building will still say "Newville Post Office." A small, black plaque with silver lettering will be hung inside the lobby. An additional plaque, from Penn State University Harrisburg's Chi Gamma Iota veterans fraternity, has a color photo of Shughart. 

   Randall Shughart's parents, Herbert and Lois Shughart, and his widow, Stephanie, were parade marshals and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell also spoke at the ceremony. The parade also included a flyover by two Black hawk helicopters.

    "There's nowhere in Pennsylvania I'd rather be today," Rendell said. The governor pointed out that Shughart is one of more than 60,000 Pennsylvanians who have died in military conflicts.

Local servicemember attends ceremony

    Newville was the perfect place to honor Shughart on Memorial Day, noted Newville native Lt. Col. Todd Wheeler, CSL operations officer. .

    "Newville has a long tradition of supporting the military," said Wheeler. "There are several yellow ribbons in the front window of the local grocery store honoring all the 'Home Town Heroes' who are currently serving and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice."

    Recognizing what Shughart had done was especially important to Wheeler.

    "My twin brother Tedd and I were deployed to Somalia as part of the initial entry force from December of 1992 to March of 1993," he said. "I am very proud of the example that Sgt. First Class Shughart provides to the Army on leadership but also that fact that our community has a hometown hero to motivate young students from the local schools."

    Shuster said that Shughart will continue to have an impact on Soldiers even after his death.

    "Randall Shughart is an example of the truly remarkable men and women we have serving our nation today protecting all of us and our freedoms," he said. ""His selfless actions protected a country of Americans who love freedom, cherish liberty and enjoy a way of life unparalleled anywhere."

 

Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Post recognizes accomplishments of Soldiers and Civilians

May 31, 2006 -- Soldiers and civilians gathered at the LVCC for the Quarterly Awards Ceremony, on May 31.  

    Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC Commandant opened the ceremony by saying that he would "Like to recognize the wonderful folks who continue to exemplify the terrific teamwork here at Carlisle Barracks."

    They include--

  • Deborah Knowles, DMSPO - 2005 Civilian Employee of the Year

  • Sgt. Charles Herzog, HRD - NCO of the Quarter

  • Spc. Douglas Aroca, DUSAHC - Soldier of the Quarter

  • Teresa Highlands, DDE - Civilian Employee of the Quarter

  • Staff Sgt. Lolien Toombs, PJA - Army Achievement Medal (2006 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program)

  • Marianne Barrick, DPW - Commander's Award for Civilian Service (Bliss Hall Renovation)

  • Michael Marshall, CSL - Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (Strategic Crisis Exercise)

  • Rhonda Newcomer, CPAC - Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (Acting CPAC Director)

Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (Honor Guard for Burial Service - Nelson Mohammed)

  • Alf Alexis

  • Brent Boggess

  • Robert Cordery, Jr.

  • Bradley Cramer

  • Michael Finkenbinder

  • David Laughner

  • Charles Martin

  • Paul Withun

  • Michael Yurek

  • Robert Zglenski

Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (Honor Guard for Burial Service - Rodney Scafidi)

  • Ivan Aguigui

  • Brian Earnshaw

  • John Lund

  • Ryan Martin

  • Sidney Walker

  • Leon Wiley

Communicator Awards 2006 Print Competition

        Jay Percoco- Award of Distinction

        Roxann Wallace - Award of Excellence

United Way "Day of Caring" Letters of Appreciation:

  • Rosita Aguigui, EEO

  • Gyutae Bae, IFP

  • Mihee Bae, IFP

  • Sgt. Nathaniel Burney, DUSAHC

  • Sgt. Radesha Dantzler, CEA

  • Sgt. David Dorville, HRD

  • Sgt. Sandra Gaines, HRD

  • Staff Sgt.  Arletta Gibson, HHC

  • Sgt. Catherine Hutson, HRD

  • Hansung Jeon, IFP

  • Sang Jo Jeon, IFP

  • Pvt. Glenn Matthews, DUSAHC

  • Suzanne Reynolds, PAO

  • Gretchen Smith, Remtech Svcs

  • Sgt. 1st Class Kingsley Thomas, EO

  • Chief Warrant Officer McArthur Thomas, HRD

  • Staff Sgt. Lolien Toombs, PJA

  • Pfc. Jessica Tyrrell

  • Roxann Wallace, Remtech Svcs

  • Pfc. Edward Webb, Chapel

  • Spc. Brian Wilson, DOIM

  • Megan Zeller, Remtech Svcs

Length of Service Awards:

  • Bif Coyle, DPW Housing - 30 Years

  • Jeff Kunkleman, DOC - 20 Years

  • John Thoman, DOC - 15 Years

USAG Certificate of Appreciation

  • Jim O'Connell, DES Fire Dept

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Humanitarian Efforts provide much needed items for children in Afghanistan

June 1, 2006 -- One of the nine U.S. Army War College students in the Class of 2005 deployed halfway through their studies here, Col. Michael Chesney was the only student deployed to Afghanistan.

    Chesney served as the Director of the Joint Interagency Effects, Combined Forces Command in Kabul.  While there, he made a special connection with the local community through the Afghan Americans who worked with him.

    In March 2005, nine members of Chesney's organization delivered backpacks filled with school supplies, stuffed animals and soccer balls to the Khoshal Khan boarding school.  Khoshal Khan is an all-boys school for students in grades six through 12 on the outskirts of Kabul.  It was established in 1948 for children of the Kuchi tribe, a nomadic people whose tribes are scattered throughout the country.

Humanitarian effort with St. Patrick School in Carlisle

     Chesney returned from Afghanistan to rejoin classes at the Army War College in January 2006 and will graduate with the U.S. Army War College Class of 2006 on June 10.

  Even though he was back in the States, Chesney still wanted to connect in Afghanistan.  He remembered the kids in Afghanistan did not have shoes on their feet or, if they wore shoes, the shoes were too small and in disrepair.  So, in conjunction with Rick Fly, the principal of St. Patrick School in Carlisle, a shoe drive was organized for orphans in Afghanistan. 

  Chesney's daughters, Nicole Rosalie and, both attend St. Patrick School.   The 4th grader and kindergartner are among the 375 students in grades K through 8.

  "We do service projects throughout the year," said Fly.  "Catholic schools week is the last week in January and we always do a service project at that time."   

   In mid-January, Chesney met with St. Patrick School students in their cafeteria to kick off the shoe drive.  He informed them of the great need in Afghanistan with more than 4,000 orphans.  He gave a presentation on the background of the country, the security situation, democratic reform, and also showed a video with photos of many kids.

  Within a few weeks of starting the project, St. Patrick School students collected more than 900 pairs of second-hand and new shoes.  "They were very eager and showed great passion," said Chesney.   "The kids did all the work.  They packed and decorated the boxes and enclosed messages, notes and cards."  

 

  "It was really fun and we got to get out of class," said Dominick Arp, a 5th grade student at the school. 

   "Colonel Chesney gave us a chance to make a difference, said Arp. "I will be looking for more ways to help out in the future."

  A total of 26 dish-pack boxes were mailed around March 1 to Chesney's former office in Kabul.  The shoes were delivered to the orphanage around Easter time by the soldiers in his former unit.  

  Because the Soldiers do not have a lot of free time, the humanitarian efforts provide a dramatic effect and special meaning to them, remarked Chesney.

  The soldiers took digital photos of the shoe delivery and sent them back here so the students at St. Patrick School could see the results from their effort.

  According to the principle, students remarked how neat it was to see their old pair of shoes.  "This was a great example of feedback, very positive and a direct kind of thing," said Fly.

  "From the expressions on their faces and in their eyes, you can tell the donations were very well received."     

 

AHEC presents: The Barbary Wars lessons in foreign policy

     "The Barbary Wars: Lessons from America's First Foreign War" is a free, public lecture by Dr. Franklin T. Lambert, professor of history at Purdue University on Wednesday, June 21, at the Army Heritage and Education Center here. Dr. Lambert will examine the Barbary Wars as a case study in assessing the enemy, devising a strategy and conducting military operations.      

    A generation after the United States was born, it struggled to control the threat of Barbary pirates. U.S. merchantmen were captured and enslaved by the Barbary States of N. Africa  -- and closed the Mediterranean to American shipping within a year of British recognition of the United States of America. The new nation was unprepared to wage war against the Barbary pirates - with no navy, a reduced army, no federal taxing authority.  From 1784 to 1816, the United States struggled through strategies, logistics challenges, constitutional crisis and partisan politics. The 1801 naval campaign of shock and awe foundered at Tripoli harbour, only to be eclipsed by the victory of a daring overland assault on Tripoli.

    Lambert's first career was in professional football for the Pittsburgh Steelers, 1965-66. Since then, Lambert received his doctorate from Northwestern University and has been a Purdue faculty member since 1991.

    His publications include -- The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World (Hill & Wang, 2005); James Habersham: Loyalty, Politics, and Commerce in Colonial Georgia (Georgia, 2005); The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America  (Princeton, 2003 -- Named Choice's Outstanding Academic Books for 2003); Inventing the "Great Awakening," (Princeton, 1999 - Alternate Book of the Month Club selection, 2000); and Pedlar in Divinity:  George Whitefield and the Transatlantic Revivals, 1737-1770 (Princeton, 1994).

The military history lecture is sponsored by the Army Heritage & Education Center's Perspectives in Military History lecture series. Learn more at www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec.

    The AHEC's Ridgway Hall is on Army Heritage Drive between Trindle and Claremont roads - minutes from the Interstate 81 exits 48 and 49.

        

DATE:  Wednesday, June 21, 2006

TIME:  The doors open at 6:45 p.m.; the talk begins at 7:15.

PLACE:  Ridgway Hall, Carlisle Barracks, PA.

For more information, please call (717) 245-3472.

For updates and any last-minute changes in "Perspectives" meeting times and places, please check the AHEC homepage: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/index.htm.

 

 

Sgt. Tarah Brown Jackson, HQ, 80th Division, Public Affairs Office

Army Reserve brigade to host 'Welcome Home' ceremony

    June 15, 2006 -- Army Reserve Soldiers of the 80th Division's 3rd Brigade who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and/or Enduring Freedom will be honored in a ceremony with a Soldier recognition program enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Bush.

    The "Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen" event begins at 10 a.m. on June 17th in Bliss Hall of the U.S. Army War College - Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle, Pa.  A small reception will follow.

    Several state, local and military dignitaries have been invited to the ceremony and it is open to the public.

    The Warrior Citizen Award ensures that Soldiers receive tangible recognition and provides an appropriate and enduring memento for those who participated.  Eventually, all Army Reserve Soldiers who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom will receive the award. It consists of an encased American flag, a specially designed commemorative coin, a lapel pin set for the Soldier and spouse and a Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen flag.

    The 80th Division, over 3,000 Soldiers strong, has units located in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  Soldiers within the Division have been mobilized state-side and have been deployed to many countries, including locations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East.  The most recent mission included more than 700 Division Soldiers who were deployed to Iraq to help train the country's military forces.

 

 

 

Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Post recognizes contributions of Asian Pacific Americans

May 25, 2006 -- Carlisle Barracks took the time May 25 in the Root Hall Gym to celebrate the contributions and heritage of Asian Pacific Americans. 

    This year's observance was titled "Dreams and Challenges for Asian Pacific Americans."  The celebration included cultural displays and ethnic food from the countries of Japan, Vietnam, Korea, China, Singapore, Pakistan, Philippine Islands, Thailand, India, and Samoa, as well as a collection of books written by Asian Pacific American authors

    A special guest at the event was Park Yeon-Hee, who performed the customary Korean Swan and Worship dances in traditional Korean costumes.

    The guest speaker for the event, Patty Kim Sider, addressed the issues she faced while growing up as a Korean American in San Diego.

    "The stereotype is that all Asians are shy and good at math and science.  I hated math and science, and I wasn't very good at them.  I like being different.  I like to break the mold," said Sider.  By speaking at events such as these she hopes to encourage people to be open and respect other cultures because, "We aren't really as different as we may look," she said.

    Sider, Councilwoman for the Harrisburg City Council, is the first Asian American to hold the position. 

    Asian Pacific American awareness was first recognized in 1978, for one week every year.  Then, in 1992, the month of May was officially declared Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 

 

Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Bowling Center hands out awards for No-Tap tournament

May 31, 2006 - Bowling stars were recognized in the Strike Zone Bowling Center May 31.

    From April 1 through May 21, 17 teams, each consisting of an adult and a child, competed in the Adult/Child No-Tap Bowling Tournament hosted by Strike Zone Bowling Center. Under the rules of No-Tap, the number of pins needed for a strike increases with the corresponding age bracket with six pins being the lowest required. The respective age brackets were eight and under, nine to twelve, thirteen to eighteen or adult female, and adult male. 

    First place winners were the mother and son team of Korynn and Chad Drake with a total score of 1441 points.  Chad, 14, also made up the younger half of the second place team on which he competed with his father, Mark Drake to earn 1394 points.  Third place winners were Pat and Ian White with a score of 1282 points. 

    Bill Foster, manager of Strike Zone, presented the winners with their prizes, which ranged from new bowling balls and bags to 10 free games. Each team also received a trophy.

    The Strike Zone also offers free lessons to anyone who is interested in learning how to bowl.

    For more information call 245-4109.

 

Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Employment Readiness Program at Carlisle Barracks

    May 31, 2006 -- Are you new to the area and looking for a job? Carlisle Barracks has a program designed to help.

    The Employment Readiness Program was developed to assist family members of career Soldiers seeking employment due to relocation and transition. ERP is designed to help spouses, transitioning Soldiers and youth find and secure employment. 

    "This program is designed to offer resume help and job skills and to link employees directly to employers who are offering positions, "said Jeffrey Hanks, Employment and Transition Manager with ACS. 

    ERP facilitates this process through a job bank, which is divided into the categories of light lndustrial, administrative/clerical, technical, and professional.  Employers may advertise in any or all categories and prospective employees may submit resumes in the same manner.

    ERP, which started in 1990, is a free service and also offers volunteer services.  Currently, there are 1,040 volunteers at the Carlisle Barracks.

    The program will be hosting a Human Relations Conference with Cumberland County employers on July 25 to seek out employment opportunities.  They will also be hosting a Job Fair on August 24 for anyone interested in seeking out further career options.

 

Army Substance Abuse Program

Summer sense campaign

    As part of the Summer Sense Campaign the Substance Abuse Prevention Office will be offering several classes during the month of June. The topic will be Methamphetamines. The class will cover the following:

  • Facts about Methamphetamine

  • Methamphetamine Labs - Identification and Hazards

  • The many faces of Meth

    The following one hour classes are scheduled for June. All participants must pre-register by calling 245-4576. Class size is limited.

Methamphetamines

Monday, June 5                               1- 2 p.m.                           Education Center

Friday, June 9                                  noon - 1 p.m.                  Education Center

Monday, June 12                             1 - 2 p.m.                         Education Center

Friday, June 16                                11 a.m.- noon                  Upton Hall Auditorium

 

    For additional information or to schedule individual organization training, contact the office at 245-4576.

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Post hosting Senior Games June 15

  On June 15 senior citizens from Cumberland and Dauphin Counties will show off their athletic skills at the 2006 Senior Games to be held on Carlisle Barracks. 

  This event is sponsored by Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department and the Cumberland County Office of Aging.

  Participants will compete in golf, bowling, track events, pinochle, tennis, basketball, racquetball, horseshoes, billiards, table tennis and darts.

  Ribbons will be awarded in each event in the following age categories:  50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 and over.

  Pre-registration is required.  A $10 per person fee includes unlimited registration in events of your choice, lunch and ice cream social.

  For more information or a detailed registration form, call the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department at 717-599-5188.

 

 

 

AHEC release

231 years of Army History on display

Army Heritage Trail comes alive with 'living history'

    Army Heritage Day, June 10, will recognize 231 years of Soldiers' contributions to our nation, with Living History activities representing a timeline of Soldier history along the Army Heritage Trail, a one-mile circular walking trail. Visit the Army equipment, weapons and buildings that re-create key moments in American history.

    From 9 a.m. program launch on the Army Heritage Trail to 7 pm when the crowd applauds for the winning vintage baseball team; indoors with exhibits and lectures or outdoors with re-enactors and historians, the experience will educate and entertain the whole family.

Handicapped parking is available, as is handicapped vehicle assistance on the trail.

Rain or shine, living history will take place.

Indoors -

  • Find military photos from World War I through Vietnam in the exhibit, "Eye on the Army: Form Kahki to OD Green"

  • Explore gallery exhibits featuring material from the Donald A. Heckaman Collection of military equipment and weapons

  • 10 a.m. -- Dick Sherman will display and discuss his collection of weapons of the Spanish-American War

  • 3 p.m. -- Sam Lombardo, of Carlisle, will share memories of World War II

  • Book sale--military history and others will be available

 

Outdoors -- special presentations are scheduled, below, AND re-enactors will discuss their displays and answer questions throughout the day -

  • 9:30 Citizen-Soldier program at the French & Indian War Cabin:

  • 10:30 Revolutionary War Drill and Marching

  • 11:00 Lewis and Clark Air Gun Demonstration - an early 'stealth' weapon, the air gun fires silently; learn why some say it was key to the Lewis and Clark expedition's survival 

  • 1:00 "The Army Nurse in World War II" at the WWII Barracks

  • 1:30 "In the Trenches: the life of an AEF Soldier ," in the WWI Camp

  • 2:00 Artillery demonstration by the 2nd Maryland Artillery  

  • 2:30 Civil War Company Fire

  • 4:00 The Gun Trucks of Vietnam:  "Wild Thing" and "Ace" --the only two Vietnam gun trucks in the US with original crews. The "Wild Thing" was crafted in early 1969 in Pleiku, Vietnam, to protect engineers while building roads and bridges and running convoys between Pleiku to Cam Ranh Bay and Saigon.  The first version on a 2.5 ton truck was too light. The next version on a 5-ton cargo truck was mounted with a .50 cal machinegun and, later, twin M60 machineguns and the Vulcan mini-gun. "Awesome firepower made Wild Thing one of the top in her class," according to the crew. Meet the Vietnam veterans and learn about the three times Wild Thing saw action and how it kept the supplies and ammo running to US Soldiers. The replica WILD THING is owned by John Pentangelo and operated by Randy Recht, veteran of D Co, 815th Engineers, 1971.

  • 4:45 Army Birthday Cake to be cut by the most junior and senior service member at Traditional Field field immediately before baseball game.

  • 5:00 - 7:00 at Traditions Field: Army Camp Baseball of the 1870s, vintage baseball club "Gettysburg Sentinels" in its debut game will play historical-baseball buffs, the "Flemington Neshanock Baseball Club."  Vintage baseball attracts thousands at unique games that partner history and sports; the Gettysburg club members are Civil War reenactors who have taken on a new way to re-create history.

    Eighteen re-enactors groups will populate the Trail all day, Saturday, to engage visitors in their recreation of moments from the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam War and the years in between --

  • French and Indian War

-- 3rd Battalion of the Pa. Regiment

-- Muskets of the Crown

  • Revolutionary War

-- 1st PA Regiment

-- Royal Welsh Fusiliers in America

  • Civil War

-- Liberty Rifles

-- 2nd Maryland Artillery

-- 1st Minnesota

-- 9th Pa Regiment

-- Phoenix Iron Pards

  • 1870s Army Camp life - post-Civil War vintage baseball

-- Flemington Neshanock Baseball Club

-- Gettysburg Sentinels

  • Spanish American War

-- General Miles Marching and Chowder Society -

  • World War I

-- 80th Infantry Division -

-- 28th Infantry Division -

  • World War II

-- 29th Infantry Division

-- 29th Infantry Division

-- Paper Dolls - World War II

-- US Military Women Historical Impressions

  • Vietnam

-- Wild Thing and Ace Gun truck crews

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks' spouses improve the Army chapter by chapter

May 23, 2006 -- A handful of women will improve the lives of U.S. Army men, women and children.

    A small group of Army spouses at Carlisle Barracks came together and created a guide book intended to serve as a support for military spouses' life challenges called the Company Commanders' Spouses Battle Book.

    "In today's Army it is difficult to know how to best play your role as a commander's spouse. This book was created to serve as a support. This guideline offers a voice of military experience and perspective, including expert advice and insight," said Lisa Towery, head of the book compilation committee.

    This project is all encompassing in terms of the types of matters addressed within the book. This is largely because the Spouses Battle Book is being created by 12 individuals, allowing for a broader range of information than if the book was written by just one author.

    "Margaret Huntoon is advisor to the project. The project committee members are Brandie Sinkler, Lisa Williams, Michi Carl, Laurie Westin, Mona Hain, Teresa Perkins and Cindy Botters. Trish Reeves, Lynn De Yeso and Esse Muskopf make up the formatting and edit team. Everyone has really pulled together," said Towery.

    The guide book is currently in the final editing stage and is scheduled to be published on June 1. In 140 pages, many topics pertinent to a commander's spouse will be covered.

New battle book an update of 15-year-old version

    A book similar to this one was published around 15 years ago, so an update was highly necessary in order to include the information pertinent to the challenges today's Army families and support networks are experiencing.

    "Not only is this book valuable because the Army has changed a lot in the recent past, but this book is unique in that it speaks to all levels of service members and families. This guidebook is not geared towards a specific subset, but is written for all levels of Army service, whether you've been Army for four years or 24 years," said Towery.

    After a great deal of hard work and planning the ladies are ready for their book to set sail.

    "We are all really excited about getting the book out there. It's an honor and joy to have the opportunity to create something like this for the U.S. Army," said Margaret Huntoon.

    After publication, The Company Commanders' Spouses Battle Book will be accessible online on the Army War College web site and by contacting Joe York at joseph.york@carlisle.army.mil or (717)-245-4787. The book will not be available in print until later this summer.

 

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

AHEC's World War II Barracks 'opens for business'

Event first of many to be held on Heritage Trail this summer, next is June 9 and 10

    

    May 24, 2006 -- A veterans' reunion tested the scope of educational programs, re-enactors' stories, and indoor and outdoor exhibits Wednesday, May 24, at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

    It was the 'grand opening' and first use of the World War II barracks constructed in historically-authentic speed by volunteer labor of the Members of the Lebanon Training Center of the Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters.

    Members of the Atlantic chapter of the 104th Infantry Division, the "Timberwolves," tapped into a cross section of what the public can see and do at the growing Army history center.  With the guidance of the Army Heritage and Education Center staff, they built the day around their own reenactment of activities in the re-created World War II air-droppable barracks building on the Army Heritage Trail.

    The group started at the Ridgway Hall display of 104th Division holdings within the Military History Institute. Characteristic of the tailored attention that AHEC staff give their visitors, they created an exhibit about 104th veteran surveys. The veterans will record their own memories in the veterans survey program that has captured details from thousands of veterans who served in the Spanish-American War and many campaigns since then.

    The reunion included a special "Soldier's Story" presentation about 104th Division commander Maj. Gen. Terry Allen who has been called one of the American finest combat leaders and a flamboyant, controversial general.  After morning activities indoors, the veterans moved to the World War II barracks on the Army Heritage Trail for a WW2 re-enactor program, followed by guided interpretive tours of the multiple buildings, military artifacts and stories posted along the one-mile circular walking trail.    

    The 104th was an active unit for a mere handful of WW2 years, but the unit's history is rich, especially over 195 consecutive days of combat, from its landing in France on September 7, 1944, through Holland and Germany in bitter struggles, combat patrols, marches, defensive operations, and urban fighting, making contact with the Red Army in Pretzsch on April 26, and leaving Europe in June 1945 to be inactivated in December that year.

    Similar 'you are there' experiences will be offered to groups, by reservation only, on June 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Schedule a tour with Mike Lynch at (717) 245-3012 or Michael.lynch@carlisle.army.mil.  Historic guides and re-enactors will tailor the Army Heritage Trail experience for veterans, civic, youth and other groups - tapping into the timeline of history re-created on the trail for groups on June 9 . and for families, singles, history buffs, hikers, nature lovers and everyone on June 10.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC and Foundation establish new Strategic and Theater Intelligence Chair

May 22, 2006 - At this time of year, graduates of academic institutions often talk about coming back one day and giving back to their institution. For Francis De Serio, that wasn't just talk. Thanks to hard work by the U.S. Army War College Foundation and the Russell Pearce Heuer and Elizabeth Crimian Heuer Foundation, the 1972 graduate has done it.

    De Serio passed away in January 2002. However his death did not mean the end of his contributions to the War College. The Francis De Serio Chair of Strategic and Theater Intelligence was officially established in a ceremony May 22 in Root Hall.

     "Fran was a long-time friend of the Army War College," said Steve Riley, USAWC Foundation director. "Establishing an academic chair for strategic and theater intelligence was always something that he wanted to do and I'm happy that day has finally come." The work on establishing the chair began in 1994.

    The endowment of the chair will happen later this year, and it will officially become a part of the War College starting with the 2008 academic year. The chair will be a fully-funded teaching and research position in the Department of National Security and Strategy.

    "This chair will have a lasting impact on the students and what we do here at the Army War College," said Dr. Bill Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academics. "Not only will we honor his memory with this chair, but he will continue to have an impact on the lives and career of the students who pass through this institution."

    This sentiment was echoed by retired Lt. Gen. Richard Timmons, U.S. Army War College Foundation President.

    "Their education will directly affect the future of our nation," said Timmons. "De Serio knew that the students of the college and the intelligence community will directly benefit from that."

    De Serio's career was characterized by assignments of ever-increasing responsibility beginning as an ordnance engineer specializing in optical fire control and ground weapons technology. He was later responsible for planning and executing the closure of communications sites including facilities in Iran, Vietnam, and Northern Ethiopa. He was believed to have been the last American to leave Eriteria during the Marxist revolution o f 1974. Serio retired in 1987 after 34 years of federal service.

    According to the chair description, "The De Serio Chair will provide the incumbent with opportunities to expand and exchange knowledge with students, faculty, the National Intelligence Community, and Unified Command intelligence organizations on the crucial role of intelligence in the formulation of national and theater security and strategy, and to enhance public understanding of the vital contributions of strategic intelligence to national security affairs."

    The chair will be supported by the Russell Pearce Heuer and Elizabeth Crimian Heuer Foundation. Its chairman is Charlotte Heuer de Serio, Francis's widow.

     One of De Serio's classmates also attended the ceremony and agreed that the chair was the perfect way to honor De Serio's memory.

    "Given his career, it's very appropriate that it is a strategic intelligence chair," said retired Maj. Gen. William Burns, fellow USAWC Class of 1972 graduate and President Emeritus of the USAWC Foundation. "He always wanted to remain connected to the Army and the Army War College and now he will be able to."    

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army celebrates 231 Years of service June 14

  May 25, 2006 -- The Army will celebrate its 231st birthday on June 14, 2006. 

  The birth of the U.S. Army took place on June 14, 1775, when Congress adopted "the American continental army."

  In honor of this historic event, Carlisle Barracks will celebrate an installation-wide event to commemorate the 231st birthday.

  The celebration will be conducted in the Bliss Hall Foyer at 9 a.m. on June 14.

The master of ceremonies, Lt. Col. Joel Roberts, U.S. Army War College operations officer, will provide opening remarks followed by the invocation from Chaplain Richard Pace, remarks by the Deputy Commandant, Col. Craig Madden, cutting of the birthday cake by Pfc. Edward Webb, the youngest enlisted Soldier on Carlisle Barracks, along with Col. Madden, the playing of the Army Song, and refreshments.  

    Pennsylvania's strong involvement in the birth of the U.S. Army is noted in Robert Wright's publication, The Continental Army.  Pennsylvania was allocated six companies but on June 22, 1775, the response from Pennsylvania's western and northern frontier was so great that the colony's quota was increased from six to eight companies, organized as a regiment.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Common Access Card log-in starting May 31

May 24, 2006 --  The day that you've been hearing about for months is finally almost here.

    Effective May 31, most post PC users will log-into their computers using their Common Access card (CAC) card.

    "You'll need to use your CAC to log onto the network on May 31, unless you are a Resident or DDE USAWC student," said Maj. Carla Campbell, head of the post DOIM. "Seminar room and Study room PCs will require CAC login only after July 28. The later date enables the DDE students to still utilize the seminar room and study room PCs during their return to post prior to graduation."  For the rest of us, the CAC will be the only method to log-into your computer after 31 May.

    What this means for most post users is that they only have a few days to get ready for the new log-in if they haven't done so already.

    "Each user must first provision their CAC card so it can be recognized by the system," said Campbell. Each CAC has an Electronic Data Interchange Personal Identifier 10 digit number, which helps identify the user.

    The CAC provisioning is one step in a process that will require users to use the CACs to log onto Department of Defense computer systems.

    "The Army has established a June 30 deadline for all Army computer systems and users to only use their CACs for log-ins. The traditional username and passwords will no longer be available," said Shawn Mosholder, Mission Support Manager for Remtech Services Inc. 

    Users can prepare by having their CAC in their possession, ensuring the card isn't expired and knowing their personal identification number (PIN). If you need to reset your PIN, visit the CAC PIN Reset station 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.

    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, located in Upton Hall.  

CAC log-in for remote users--

     It's important to note that the new CAC log-in will only be available for users who are connecting directly to the network, (i.e. a user's Government PC Workstation.) Plans are still being developed for off-post remote access.  For now, your username and password can continue to be used to access services such as remote web access to your exchange e-mail account.

Other important CAC notes-

  • Logging into your workstation with your CAC does not require you to leave your CAC in your machine all day long. It can be removed once logon has completed.

  • If you type in your PIN incorrectly 3 consecutive times, your card will lock and you will need to have it reset.

    For more information call 245-3000.

 

TRADOC Staff Judge Advocate

Department of Veterans Affairs Lost Personal Data

    May 23, 2006 -- In May 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) discovered that personal information for over 26 million veterans and their spouses was stolen during a robbery at the home of a VA data analyst.  The analyst took the information home in violation of VA policy and is currently on administrative leave pending the result of the investigation.  The stolen information includes names, social security numbers, disability ratings and dates of birth of veterans who have retired since 1972.  No medical records were stolen.   

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a dedicated toll free telephone number (1-800-FED-INFO) for questions or concerns connected with this loss of data.  You can also visit their website at www.firstgov.gov for updates.

    The FBI and the VA are conducting a full-scale investigation into this matter.   Authorities believe it is unlikely the perpetrators targeted the personal data or are aware they have this sensitive information. To date, authorities have not detected any suspicious activity connected with the lost data.  In an effort to fully inform those potentially affected, the VA will send out individual notification letters to veterans and their families.     

Report suspicious activities 

    If you receive a notification letter from the VA, it is because your personal information was stolen.  You should be especially vigilant for any signs that other people may have attempted to exploit your personal information.  While there is no evidence yet that any missing data has been used illegally, all veterans should carefully monitor bank statements, credit card statements and any other statements relating to recent financial transactions.  If there is any suspicious activity on your statements, you should report it immediately to the financial institution involved and contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or at 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) for further guidance.  Such complaints will be added to the FTC's Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse, where it will be accessible to law enforcement agencies for their investigations.  You should also contact the local police.  Be sure to get a copy of the police report because many creditors require an official report to absolve you of fraudulent debts. 

    If you receive a notification letter, you should seriously consider placing a fraud alert on your credit files.  Initiating a fraud alert would be the most prudent action for most victims, with the exception of those persons who are about to seek a substantial credit line (such as buying a house).  A fraud alert stays on a credit file for 90 days and may be extended.  The alert tells creditors to contact you before opening any new credit accounts or changing any of your existing accounts.  To place a fraud alert, call any one of the three major credit bureaus listed below: 

  • Equifax at 1-800-525-6285 or write to P.O. Box 740250, Atlanta, GA 30374-0250 or visit their website at http://www.equifax.com/.

  • Experian (formerly TRW) at 1-888-397-3742, or fax at 1-800-301-7196 or write to P.O. Box 1017, Allen, TX 75013 or visit their website at http://www.experian.com/.

  • Trans Union at 1-800-680-7289 or write to P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92634 or visit their website at http://www.transunion.com/.       

    When you notify one credit bureau, they are required to alert the others.  All three credit bureaus will then send credit reports, free of charge, for your review.  You should review your credit reports for any suspicious activity regularly for at least eighteen months. 

 

Army Substance Abuse Office

Summer Sense: Throwing a party responsibly

   While everyone loves a great party, it's the hosts' responsibility to ensure everything runs smoothly.  The following are some tips to make sure everyone has a safe AND fun time:

         Get together a list of emergency numbers (police, fire, etc) as well as that of some taxi companies to have available beforehand

         Have a bartender (someone not drinking) to help keep an eye on how much everyone is drinking

         Make sure you have non-alcoholic beverages available

         Keep food available throughout the entire time you have guests (high protein foods like meat and cheese are best)

         Avoid having drinks that mix alcohol and carbonated beverages available.  Carbonations speeds up the body's alcohol consumption rate

         Stop serving alcohol about two hours before the party's anticipated end

         Encourage the Designated Driver Program.

         Never ever let anyone who's had too much to drink drive!

 

Drinking, boating and the law

Did you know:

  • Boating under the influence carries stiffer penalties than DUI?  The lowest possible fine is $500.

  • An operator is considered impaired at .08 BAC in PA.

  • Last summer, 70 BUI arrests were made in a 3 month time frame by the PA Fish and Boat Commission alone.  This does not include arrests by the Coast Guard, Philly or Pittsburgh Marine Police. 

  • Your vision, judgment, and balance are impaired with the first drink, all of which you need when boating.

 

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

 

Banner community highlight

Boy Scout recognized in Carlisle Barracks chapel congregation

May 25, 2006 -- The Carlisle Barracks Catholic community honored a parish member with Boy Scouting's Catholic religious emblem at the Mother's Day Mass, May 14.

    Chap. (Maj.) Rob Glasgow presented the Ad Altare Dei to Frank Miller, age 14, son of USAWC student Lt. Col and Mrs. Frank Miller. Frank is a member of local Boy Scout Troop 173 and has earned Life Scout.       

    Tom Kane, legal officer with the Carlisle Barracks Legal Office, worked with Frank over a six-month period of weekly instruction to help him complete the Scouting achievement. Kane is a long-time active member of the local Boy Scout Council.

 

 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

New CPO head is 'All about people'

 

 May 17, 2006 -- One of the newest people on post is concerned solely about the people of Carlisle Barracks.

    "The way I see it, it has to be all about the people. People are an unlimited resource of competitive strength," said Lynn Ramsey, the new civilian personnel director.

    Ramsey's goal is to take care of the people, first and foremost.

    "My specific aim is to unleash people's under-utilized skills and talents. It's important to recognize the natural gifts and ability. In the long run, what is good for the people is good for Carlisle Barracks and vice versa," said Ramsey.

    Ramsey believes Carlisle Barracks is filled with highly engaged individuals and is proud to be a part of what is going on at this installation. He realizes people don't just work for money.

    "Put two kids in a sandbox. They aren't paid, but they will put their hearts into whatever it is they decide to create. People are like this, they want to create something they feel good about and proud of," he said.

    The U.S. Army War College creates future leaders and this is something Ramsey said he feels passionate about.

    "In my early career days, I spent a lot of time building missile systems, hummers, you name it, and I loved the idea of starting with parts and making them a great whole. Here we are building leaders, which is completely inspiring," said Ramsey.

    Ramsey has a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management. He also holds a master's degree is in Business Administration from a joint program through Columbia University and University of Michigan. In 2001, he was awarded the Commander's Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. Before coming to Carlisle, Ramsey was the Human Resources Officer at Letterkenny Army Depot. Ramsey started work at Carlisle Barracks on May 1st.

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

Softball field repairs underway

May 16, 2006-Renovations on the post softball fields are underway and the changes will create a safer, drier playing surface.

    In the past, when it rained, softball games had to be delayed or canceled until the field was able to drain and dry out. Puddles would sit on the field for days.

    Carlisle Barracks rented the equipment for the renovations to the field, but Lt. Col. Dave Brown, a USAWC student who used to own Athletic Field Incorporated in Georgia, did the actual work to the field.

    "I told Chuck Gentile (sports director) that if the post would pay for the equipment I would do the work on the field," said Brown. "It really feels great to get on the tractor again. I haven't been on one since the beginning of the school year."

    Brown sat up a tripod, which has a spinning laser mounted on top that communicates with a computer on the blade of the grater. The blade automatically goes up or down to grate the field to his specifications.

    "I've got the laser set to grate the field with a one-degree drop on the outfield side," said Brown.

    The fields are not finished being grated yet, but the impact is already obvious to the sports staff.

    "So far it's draining great," said Chuck Gentile, sports director. "We got about an inch of rain last night and there was no standing water on the field at all today. Before, there would have been puddles all over the infield."

    Besides being drier, the fields will be safe, too.

    "We moved the infield and the foul line over several feet further away from the track," said Brown. "That will keep foul balls from going on the track and hitting runners."

    Not only will the fields be renovated, the fencing and dugouts will be replaced and upgraded.

    "When the field is finished there will be new dugouts and backstops installed," said Brown. "The floors of the dugouts will be concrete slabs instead of the gravel floors they had before."

    The work will be complete in time for summer games on the field.

    "We're excited about the changes," said Gentile. "It's really going to help with scheduling games.

 

 

Reminder: If you forget your ID, use the Claremont Road gate

    May 18, 2006 -  Forgetting your CAC card may not only cause problems getting on to your computer, it means you'll have to enter post through the Claremont Road gate as well.

    "If someone shows up at the gate without an ID card, they must go to the Claremont Gate to process through they guards," said Lt. Col. Bob Suskie, post provost marshal. "In order to keep traffic flowing at the Ashburn Gate, we do not in-process visitors, or people who have decals but no DoD ID Card at this gate. Therefore, people can save themselves some time by going directly to Claremont Gate once they discover they have forgotten their ID Card." 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

1st Armored Division CSM visits Carlisle Barracks

 

May 16, 2006 -- The tradition of Army senior leaders coming to the U.S. Army War College continued recently as the Carlisle Barracks hosted the senior enlisted Soldier of the 1st Armored Division.  

    Post Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Houston invited 1st Armored Division Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Blackwood to speak to the USAWC on leadership, including his perspective, thoughts and encouragement for the USAWC class of 2006, enlisted soldiers and personnel of the Carlisle Barracks.

    "CSM Blackwood has two combat brigades in Iraq, so he has firsthand knowledge of what's currently going on there. I am very pleased that he came to share his knowledge," said Houston. "I think this was an exciting and valuable visit for both the U.S. Army War College and Sgt. Maj. Blackwood."

    Blackwood agreed.

    "I feel so honored to be here. CSM Houston and I served together in Iraq, so not only is it a great honor to speak to the senior service officers being trained here at the USAWC, but it is always important to support another Soldier with whom you were in combat," said Blackwood.

    Blackwood said he has a glass-half full perspective on life and people. His positive outlook extends to the way he views Soldiers.

    "We are all Soldiers, no matter what rank. We have different levels of authority, but our roles are all equally important. Everybody serves in their own way, in one form or another," said Blackwood.

Senior Leader Combat Training

   The visit was the first part of at Carlisle Barracks focused on senior leader combat skills training to maintain a standard of excellence among senior leaders.

   "The program was designed primarily for Soldiers who are going to deploy after graduation to Iraq or Afghanistan," said Lt. Col. Joel Roberts, a college operations officer. 

Project Manager Soldier

   Project Manager Soldier Equipment, Rite-in-Rain, Gore-Tex, and Gerber were just a few of the booths on display in the Root Hall gym on May 2-3 for students, employees, and faculty to view and learn about equipment initiatives for Soldiers.

   "The expo lets the students look at current equipment, equipment that will be issued soon, and conceptual equipment," said Roberts.

   As the largest display at the event, PM Soldier provided attendees with fact sheets and the opportunity to look at the equipment of the future.  Some of the clothing and individual equipment on display included the Cupola Protective Ensemble, Interceptor Body Armor, and the Advanced Combat Helmet.  Weapons systems on display ranged from grenade launchers to machine guns.

Classes offered as well

  Other events included classes on Combat Stress, Medical Training, a Senior Spouse program, Close Quarters Marksmanship, Iraqi Cultural Awareness, and Improved Explosive Device training.

   "We've had a great response from the students who've attended the events," said Roberts.

    Two noontime lectures, "Command in Theater" given by Maj. Gen. William Webster, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division and "CSM in Theater" given by Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Blackwood, 1st Armored Division Command Sgt. Maj., took place in Bliss Hall on May 4-5.  

   "Maj. Gen. Webster just recently returned from Iraq and is a senior leader with very current experiences. His wife also participated in the week by talking to students' spouses and provided them with a picture from the other side," said Col. Elton Manske, Department of Planning and Operations director.

    Another lecture, "Islamic Terrorism," given by George Akklequist, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, took place in Bliss Hall May 5, and provided students with a non-military viewpoint on the Global War on Terror.

 

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Students can score an A+ with 'You Made the Grade'

May 17, 2006  -- Attention kids--- All that hard work you do in class may not just help you get into a good college some day, it might help pay for some of it as well.

    Initiated in February 2000, the Post Exchange's "You Made the Grade" education rewards effort is designed to recognize Carlisle Barrack students for above-average academic achievement.

    "Qualifying students receive a coupon booklet that includes free admission to an Army & Air Force Exchange Service Reel Time movie, a free magazine and a free slice of Anthony's pizza with drink, as well as other coupons," said Jack Scott, Carlisle Barracks PX manager. "AAFES recognizes the value of education and is pleased to provide students an incentive for diligent studying and success. 'You Made the Grade' is an incentive for students to not only stay in school, but to excel as well," said Scott.

    Each booklet also contains an entry form for a quarterly savings bond drawing in which three winners are randomly awarded savings bonds in $2,000, $3,000 or $5,000 denominations. To receive the booklet, students must bring a valid military ID card and proof of an overall "B" or better average to the Carlisle Barracks PX customer service counter.

    Students may receive one "You Made the Grade" coupon package for every grade report they receive, but may enter the savings bond drawing only once per calendar quarter. Carlisle Barracks families can contact the exchange at 243-2463 for more information.

 

Post drinking water report for 2005 now available

    The U.S. Army Garrison, Directorate of Public Works has released the Drinking Water Quality Report for 2005.  This report is designed to inform residents and employees about the quality water and services at Carlisle Barracks.

    "Our goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water," said Keith Bailey, DPW engineering and environmental division. "Carlisle Barracks routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to State and Federal laws. Carlisle Barracks is proud that our drinking water meets or exceeds all State and Federal requirements."

    The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005 can be found on the Carlisle Barracks United States Army War College here

 

U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center Public Affairs

New Web site puts CRM tools at Soldiers' fingertips

    The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center launched a new design for its web site today making it even easier to provide essential Composite Risk Management tools and programs to commanders, first-line supervisors and individual Soldiers.

     The initiative is one aspect of the Army's ongoing "Own the Edge" campaign, which is a critical component of the total Army transformation, acceleration of future force capabilities and reduction of loss to enhance the current force.

     The USACRC, which serves as the knowledge center for all Army losses, focuses on sustaining readiness and achieving overall reduction of these losses. This requires an increased emphasis, development and implementation of specific safety programs and the CRM concept via interactive Web-based tools, said Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Smith, USACRC commander.

     Quick links, tabbed categories and a new search engine coupled with a new structure are just a few features that make the CRM tools, programs and information more easily accessible on the web site, which helps Soldiers connect the dots on loss prevention.

     A safety program is not successful if it does not provide the means and tools for each Soldier and civilian to participate in maintaining our combat force said Smith.  Our goal with the new Web site is to provide those means and tools within a few clicks and better serve our Soldiers.

     High hit programs on the site include the Commanders Corner, Got Risk, POV Assessment, Loss Reporting, and media and training tools. Additionally, the Combat Readiness University is current offering and linking to more than 1700 courses and resources.

     "The programs like Risk Management Information System (RMIS) and the POV risk assessment (ASMIS-2) are tools that Soldiers need to have at their fingertips," said Col. Scott Ciluffo, USACRC director of future operations. "The new design and search capabilities give the Web site those user friendly features."

     Combined, the USACRC web site and Own the Edge campaign are part of a knowledge-based strategy emphasizing Army tools and programs to support and improve combat readiness and reduce Army loss. Once Soldiers internalize CRM, they begin making smart risk decisions wherever they are - be it in theater, in garrison, at home or on the road.

     To find out more information about CRM and the tools that can help you "Own the Edge", visit the USACRC Web site at https://crc.army.mil

 

 

Sgt. David Hopkins, Public Affairs Office

From students to Civil War Soldiers

May 10, 2006-Twenty-eight eighth graders from Mechanicsburg Middle School, along with several teachers, worked on a combined history and English project and took advantage of the resources on AHEC to learn what life was like for Civil War Soldiers.

    "The students are working in small groups to do research on individual Civil War battles," said Jane Killian, English teacher. "They are going to be writing stories and creating a newspaper with a bias for one side or the other. Half of the class is for the South and the other half is for the North."

    The students used documents, books, magazines and other resources from AHEC to do the research for their project.

    "This is a great resource," said Joe Fludovich, eighth grade student. "We are creating our own newspaper and writing the stories as if they were written right after the battle."

    The teachers have been trying to help the students see the Civil War period from a different perspective.

    "The students all got new identities at the beginning of the project," said Tanya Morret, history teacher. "They have to apply what they have learned to their new identity for a way to try to get them to put themselves in the period, at least in their minds."

    Giving the students the identity of a Civil War Soldier helps them better understand their lifestyles, but Morret tries to get them to visualize the period by creating the illusion in their minds of looking through Soldiers' eyes.

    "To show the kids a new perspective, I ask them to imagine what it's like to wear someone else's glasses," said Morret. "I ask them about how different things look through someone else's glasses. Then I relate that to looking through the eyes of a Civil War Soldier and how different things would look for them."

    During their visit to AHEC the students also met a living historian by the Civil War cabins on the Army Heritage Trail to learn about the lives of Soldiers from the Civil War period.

    "The lives of the Soldiers often get overlooked when people study wars," said Kyle Pfalzer, living historian for AHEC. "People focus on the battles, but the real struggle was the difficult daily lives the Soldiers had to live."

    Pfalzer, who was dressed in period clothing, spoke to the students about the ammunition, weapons, drill and ceremony and the living conditions of Soldiers during the Civil War. He even gave them wooden muskets and marched them in formation around the cabins to give them a feel for how it must have been.

    AHEC is building for school students and youth groups.

    "We are working on building an education program for all ages," said Michael Lynch, chief of visitor services and historical programs for AHEC. "We are taking baby steps for now, but by next year we plan to have a lot more."

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Seminar 14: A glimpse at War College seminar life

May 10, 2006 -- All you need to know about seminar 14 is their motto: We don't need no stinkin' shirts. But these U.S. Army War College students are anything but pre-historic cave men.

    The story behind this humorous one-liner is simple; seminar 14 didn't get their seminar t-shirts in time for their first big softball game, so they were unable to appear as a uniform team. As it turns out, they didn't need the shirts to be a uniform group.

    "We were united without matching t-shirts," joked Lt. Col. Tracey Settle, a member of seminar 14, "the dynamics of each seminar are very different based on the students and instructors of which the group consists. Ours blended exceptionally well."

    The group came together quite well and the mixture of experiences and backgrounds created an atmosphere for optimal learning.

     "Seminar 14 is diverse and engaged in what is going on here at the U.S. Army War College. Basically they are a first-class, hodge-podge group," said Col. Michael Woolley, seminar 14 instructor and 2002 USAWC graduate. "The variation in their fields of professional work illustrates this quite a bit; we have a pilot, a navy seal, lawyers, engineers, logisticians, and one former FAO (Foreign Area Officer), just to name a few."

    Classmates, friends and family are all words that accurately describe the relationships of this seminar.

    "They are self-motivated, make group decisions well and are beyond supportive of each other. With only 335 students in total at the War College, it is not surprising that they are friendly. But within seminars, relationships can really flourish," said Col. Julie Manta, seminar 14 instructor and 2001 USAWC graduate.

    This group believes it's very important to help other people.

    "This past Christmas, seminar 14 donated gift cards for the injured soldiers at Walter Reed through the Red Cross," said Woolley.

    This gesture of appreciation and respect was something the entire seminar found valuable.

    "We all agreed the men and women making sacrifices for our country should be honored with a special token of our appreciation," said Settle.

    Seminar 14 is focused on learning in the classroom. They help others and they like to have a good time, but the students are also creating lasting memories.

    "Phil Rainforth, one of the students in seminar 14 is a brew master. He's had the seminar over a few times this year after he brews some of his own beer. Also, Mark Westin is throwing a pool party after graduation on June 9. This group knows how to have a good time and that was evident right away during our welcome picnic, last August," said Woolley.

    Seminar traditions also help make the year more memorable.

    "Every Wednesday night the seminar meets for dinner at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle. Their traditions will make for some nice memories," said Manta.

    The relationships seminar 14 has created will change after graduation, but will not disappear.

    "We have built close relationships and will certainly stay in touch. These good connections are valuable on a personal level, but also at a professional level. In the future we will be able to bounce ideas off of each other and ask for advice; even after graduation we will only be an email apart," said Settle.

 

Background

    The heart of the college's mission addresses senior service college level education for lieutenant colonels and colonels (or equivalent). The college offers three concurrent classes: 10-month resident education program and the first and second-year phases of a two-year Distance Education Program. Graduates of both programs receive Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 certification; earn the Army's Military Education Level 1 identifier or equivalent, and the U.S. Army War College Diploma.

    The Army War College education centers on the development and employment of land power and addresses Strategic Leadership; War, National Security Policy and Strategy; Joint Processes and Land Power Development; Implementing National Military Strategy; and Regional Strategic Appraisals. The intent is to focus students on how to think versus what to think. Students are encouraged to explore and debate a variety of positions in order to develop a range of viable options vice a single solution.

    Each seminar consists of 17 students, including three international fellows. Students are assigned mentors/advisors to help them reach their goals while at the USAWC. The ten-month program consists of classroom learning, various programs/activities (ranging from sports to educational events) and trips.

 

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Students tell tales to touch head and heart at Army War College speech contest

 

May 9, 2006 -- They told stories. They tapped into the Revolutionary, Civil, frontier and "great" wars of the 20th century to tell stories of Soldiers who have answered the call to duty.

    Five Army War College students - representing each of five Executive Public Speaking elective seminars - battled with word pictures, poise, presentation skills and inspiration to be named the USAWC Top Speaker of 2006 in the college's 8th annual competition, May 9 at the Letort View Community Center here.

    As the 100 audience members learned, you can cover a lot of ground in five to seven minutes. The speakers tied in historic anecdotes and personal commentary to address the evening's theme, "Call to Duty:  230 Years of Service to Our Nation."

    Lt. Col. Becky Samson launched the theme with her personal story of a young girl in the Philippines who so admired the U.S. servicemembers she met and the nation they represented that she answered her call to uniformed service on behalf of her adopted United States.  Navy Cmdr. (Chap.) Larry Greenslit told a small story, by his account, of a mid-19th century Soldier, Lt. Enis. He was not a Civil War hero; he served on dusty roads long forgotten in America's west. "Not many of us will be in the history books," noted Greenslit. "The call to duty is not about money or fame but about the call to build a nation. The call to duty casts a wide net" he said about the man who served his country, community and family - and passed the call to duty to his children's children. 

    Col. Bob Waltemeyer and Lt. Col. Brian Vines each reminded us of the scale of Americans' duty - the many generations who recognized the opportunity to be part of our nation's history.  Some are famous, some are forgotten. "When the man on the stadium seat next to you rises and takes his oil-stained John Deere hat off for the National Anthem, you can recognize a Korean War veteran," said Vines, 'though you may not know his name.

   And the top speaker - named by a panel of five judges - enlarged the theme one more time as he spoke of the U.S. character. "The United States began as a social experiment grounded in the idea that every citizen could take their destiny into their own hands," began award-winner Col. Warren Gunderman. "And, every citizen had the duty to serve one another and, in so doing, serve the nation.

    "The call to duty can come unexpectedly," he said, recounting the sacrifice of those on Flight 93, the men and women of the civil rights movement, and the "Rosie the Riveter" women supporting America's fight in World War II factories. In uniform or not, volunteer or volunteered, the American character is to answer the call to duty, Gunderman concluded.

    Gunderman was awarded a "shooting star" trophy and $250 prize, thanks to the US Army War College Foundation. He will be acknowledged at the Army War College graduation ceremony in June. Each of the contestants received cash and trophy prizes from the USAWC Foundation, recognizing the accomplishments that brought them to the best-of-the-best competition. 

    The 8th annual USAWC Executive Public Speaking Contest was made possible by the support and financial contributions of the USAWC Alumni Association, the Association of the U.S. Army and Toastmasters International.

 

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Robots invade Carlisle Barracks

 May 9, 2006 - U.S. Army War College students and staff got a glimpse into the future of Army vehicles and tools on Indian Field May 9 as part of Robotics Day.

    Hosted by the Information Warfare Group, the day-long event was the culmination of months of effort by the IWG, part of the Center for Strategic Leadership. The purpose of the event was to showcase some of the technologies of tomorrow for the leaders of tomorrow.   

    "We want to introduce students, staff and faculty to the latest in robotic research and development as it is being applied to the global war on terror and military operations," said Bill Waddell, director of the command and control group in CSL. "Robotics Day provides vendors with an opportunity to introduce their technology and military capabilities to future leaders, and prepares future leaders with information on current technology being used in the field."

    Displays included a Gladiator Unmanned Ground Vehicle, Shadow 200 Tactical unmanned aerial vehicle display, and a remote-controlled HUMVEE.

    This year's event was more exciting than previous years because about 1/3 of the exhibitors were new. Exhibits and demonstrations included systems being fielded for use in on-going operations as well as those in development at the Army Research Laboratory, iRobot Corporation, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and other military and commercial organizations.

 

 

 

Public Affairs staff report

Newville post office to be renamed Monday to honor local Medal of Honor winner

May 24, 2006 - A special ceremony will be held on Memorial Day, May 29, when the Newville, Post Office will be named in honor of Newville native Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart.

    Shughart was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the military's highest decoration, for his service in Mogadishu, Somalia, where he fought under Special Operations Command in October of 1993. Shughart was killed defending downed helicopter pilot Michael Durant. Durant will speak at the dedication ceremony, and Black Hawk helicopters will fly over the town and land in the community ball field. The dedication ceremony takes place about 3 p.m., immediately following the 1 p.m. parade.

    "Shughart's heroic actions are an example of the exemplary men and women we have serving abroad today to defend our freedoms.  Not every community is privileged to have a Medal of Honor recipient - in fact it is rare," said Congressman Bill Shuster, who along with Congressman Todd Platts sponsored legislation to designate the post office facility in Newville, Pennsylvania, as the "Randall D. Shughart United States Post Office Building." Shughart grew up in Newville.

    "It is a great privilege for me to help sponsor this legislation honoring Medal of Honor recipient Randall Shughart, Platts said.  The unparalleled liberties and freedoms that all Americans enjoy would not be but for the selfless and courageous sacrifice of true American heroes such as Sergeant First Class Shughart.  We are forever indebted to him and all of our Nation's men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf." 

    Randall Shughart's parents, Herbert and Lois Shughart, and his widow, Stephanie, have been named parade marshals and will ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell may also speak at the ceremony.

    Sergeant First Class Shughart served as a Sniper Team Member, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu.

    The Soldiers Barracks at Carlisle Barracks is also named in honor of Shughart.  

Editors note: Some information used in the story came from a Congressional press release

 

 

Carlisle Area School District Strike update

Updated May 22

  • Classes resumed May 25th -  School will continue for the duration of the year until Thursday, June 15th.  School will be in session on Friday, May 26.  There will be no school on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. 

  • Graduation - Graduation will be held June 8.

  • Prearranged Absences/Family Vacation - In the event that families have made vacation plans the week of June 12, they should complete a prearranged absence form and submit it to their building principal.  The district will be liberal in granting excuses for vacation during that week.

  • Transportation will be provided for non-public school students, out of district vocational students and out of district special education students. This includes transportation for CASD students attending the Yellow Breeches program, the Manito program, Wordsworth, Capital Area Intermediate Unit classes and consortium classes offered outside of Carlisle Area School District.. 

  • Requests for transcripts - The district will make every attempt to have transfer packets available for AWC students withdrawing from the district.  Parents should complete the request form and submit it to the appropriate school office.  They should include a self addressed envelope so the district can mail them their final grades.

  • Summer school - Secondary summer school will be held June 26th - July 21st on Mondays through Fridays.  Middle level summer school will be held June 26th - July 28th on Mondays through Fridays.  

    For additional information regarding school district operations visit the district's webpage (www.carlisleschools.org).

 

Carlisle PX and Class VI open Memorial Day

    The Carlisle Post Exchange and Class VI store will be open on Memorial Day Monday May 29 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

    "We will be giving out 20% off coupons through the cash registers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday which will be valid for Monday, May 29," said Jack Scott, PX manager. "There will be other great deals such as 10% off all televisions and 15% off all portable DVD players and 15% off all boomboxes all weekend long."

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Local Memorial Day events

    May 25, 2006 -- Memorial Day events scheduled throughout Cumberland and nearby counties by veterans organizations and townships.      

Saturday, May 27, 2006

    Bendersville (sponsored by the Biglerville American Legion) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony.  The parade will form at 2:45 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick Fogarty, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

     Biglerville (Biglerville American Legion) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony.  The parade will form at 2:45 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Marine Lt. Col. Kevin Iiams, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006.

    Boiling Springs (Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8851) will hold a memorial service at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2d and Walnut Streets beginning at 8 a.m.  The annual Memorial Day Parade will form at 1 p.m. at the Iron Forge Elementary School on Forge Road and start promptly at 1:30 p.m.  The parade will end at the Memorial Clock Tower at Children's Lake where ceremonies will be held.  In the event of inclement weather the ceremonies will be held in the Boiling Springs High School Auditorium. The guest speakers are Col. Linda Norman, U.S. Army, Ret. and Sgt. Rick Barber, U.S. Army.

    Jefferson will hold a Memorial Day community service with a parade beginning at 1:15 p.m. followed by a service at the cemetery.  The guest speaker will be Col. Rebecca Samson, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006. 

     Landisville will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m., Hempfield Fire Department park pavilion.  The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Steven Bullimore, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006. 

    Mt. Holly Springs (American Legion Post 674 and VFW Post 7343) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery on Watts St. Guest speakers will be Marine Col. John W. Guthrie, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006, Col. Thomas E. Faley, U.S. Army, Ret. and Mayor Bob Otto of Mt. Holly Springs.  In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be held at the American Legion Post 674 at 601 Pine St.

    Spring Grove (Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5265) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Post, 1st Water Street.  The guest speaker will be Air Force Col. William Lane, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006.  

Monday, May 29, 2006

    Carlisle (The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle) will hold the Annual Memorial Day Parade forming at 8:30 a.m. and starting promptly at 9 a.m. with services following the parade at Veterans' Memorial Courtyard.  In the event of inclement weather the parade will be cancelled and the ceremonies will be held in the Old Courthouse. The guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Kenneth Chrosniak, U.S. Army, Ret.   

    Carlisle (American Legion Post 826) will hold a memorial service in Memorial Park at 11 a.m. followed immediately by a roll call and service at Union Cemetery at noon.  The guest speaker is Lt. Col. David Miller, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006.

    Gettysburg (Joint Veterans Commission) will hold its 139th Memorial Day parade and services beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon at the VFW home located on East Middle Street.  The speaker at the luncheon will be Troy High, deputy director of security, Mechanicsburg Naval Support Activity.  The parade will form along Lefever Street at 1 p.m. and begin at 2 p.m.  The services in the National Cemetery will begin at 3 p.m. with featured speakers Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr., commandant, U.S. Army War College and Capt. Gary Ryan, U.S. Navy Ret.

     Wounded veterans from Walter Reed Army Medical Center who served in the GWOT will be VIP guests at the Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade and Services.  Maj Gen. David Huntoon, Chris Wallace, Fox News, and Mayor Bill Troxell will greet and provide welcoming remarks to the special guests upon arrival at the Gateway Theater, Gateway Gettysburg at 10:30 a.m.   

    Hanover (Allied Veterans Council) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 8:30 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Marine Lt. Col Brennan Byrne, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006.

    McConnellsburg (Bishop Raker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 561) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery at 10 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Navy Capt. William Davis, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006.      

    Mechanicsburg (The Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council) will hold a Memorial Day Parade starting at 10 a.m. from Filbert St, to the Mechanicsburg Cemetery.  The parade will be followed by a ceremony at the cemetery at 11 a.m.  In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held at American Legion Post 109, 224 West Main St. Lunch will be served at American Legion Post 109 to all attending the ceremony.

    Newville (The Joint Veterans Council of Newville) will hold a Memorial Day service at noon at the fountain. Its annual parade will form at 11:30 a.m. and commence promptly at 1 p.m., followed immediately by the dedication of the Newville Post Office in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart, Medal of Honor recipient.  Guest speaker is Chief Warrant Officer Michael Durant, U.S. Army, Ret.

    Red Lion (American Legion Post 543) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony.  The parade will form at 9:30 a.m. followed by a service at Fairmount Park at 10:45 a.m.  The inclement weather site will be Red Lion High School.  The guest speaker will be Col. Cecil Lewis, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006. 

    Shippensburg (The Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg) will hold Memorial Day services at Locust Grove on North Queen St at 10 a.m., at Spring Hill Cemetery on North Morris St. at 11 a.m. and at the Branch Bridge on West King St. at 1:15 p.m.  The annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at 2 p.m.

    Dillsburg (South Mountain Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6771) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at noon.  The guest speaker will be Col. Steven Carney, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

    Littlestown (Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6994) will hold a Memorial Day ceremony beginning with a parade at 5:30 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Juan Arcocha, U.S. Army War College Class of 2006.   

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Hats Galore at IF wives farewell tea

    May 9, 2006 --  The International Fellows' Wives were treated to a unique experience at their farewell tea on May 9.

    At Camellia's "Sin" Tea Parlor and Gift Shop in Carlisle, the ladies donned vintage hats and experienced the ambience of a high tea and Victorian setting. 

    Just choosing the right hat from the wide variety on display was a fun experience.  The vintage hats included a variety of styles--wide brim, pill box, feather, straw, veiled and much more from the 1940-50's, an era long gone. 

    The afternoon tea menu included Camellia's own brewed tea, mandarin orange salad, scones, cold strawberry soup, finger sandwiches, cake and sorbet.

    Sheila Hawkins, director of the Conversation and Culture Program, and Wiebke Jablonsky, Conversation and Culture Program assistant, presented Certificates of Appreciation and volunteer pins to the ladies along with the Conversation and Culture "Cooking with IF Ladies" cookbooks, and group photos.  

    Margaret Huntoon praised Hawkins for everything she has done over the last three years as director of the program. Huntoon also thanked Sophia Lilley for her many years of teaching English as a second language to the International Fellow's wives.

    In a teary farewell, Sheila Hawkins thanked Margaret Huntoon, Donna Madden, Wiebke Jablonsky and the International Fellow's wives for all their support in making the program so special.


 

AHEC release

231 Army years featured in flashback birthday event 'Battles and Between' at Army Heritage and Education Center

    Carlisle, PA, -- 1870s camp baseball, the extraordinary Lewis and Clark air gun, campaign life in the Civil War, and veteran-manned Vietnam gun trucks will create an All-American display of creativity, passion and ingenuity at a living history review of 231 years of Army heritage.

    The Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle will celebrate the incredible variety of Battles and Between on the Army Heritage Trail when it kicks off its free, public "Summer on the Army Heritage Trail" June 9 and 10 with a living history program spanning the timeline of the American Soldier.  In one busy day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the timeline event will recreate moments in U.S. history.  The Army Heritage Trail and AHEC are located on Army Heritage Drive between Claremont and Trindle roads -- minutes from Interstate 81 exits 48 or 49. 

    The Army Birthday event, on June 10, will recreate historically accurate activities along the Heritage Trail - at buildings or equipment representing key points in history -

  • Interact with a 3rd Battalion Pennsylvania Regiment 'of foot' while they man the French and Indian War way station just as they did 250 years ago along the Blue Ridge.  See construction throughout the day by laborers in period clothes, using authentic 18th century techniques.

  • Chat with a Revolutionary War Soldier who spins his own back story as he recreates history

  • See demonstrations of a unique Lewis and Clark Air Gun replica that fires without making a sound - bringing 19th century "shock and awe" to the Indian tribes encountered by the Lewis and Clark expedition. Learn the story of how the Air Gun was key to their survival.

  • Check out the South Mountain Artillery unit when it demonstrates the basics of Civil War artillery, and Liberty Rifles demonstrate Civil War company fire drills. Daylong, a living history soldier will display and discuss the "kit" used by Confederate and Federal Soldiers, demonstrate loading and firing procedures for a musket, and welcome visitors into the Federal and Confederate cabins to demonstrate a Soldiers' personal life during campaigns.

  • Spend time with a World War II Army nurse who is assisting a wounded Soldier just returned from the front

  • Experience 1870s Army Camp Baseball as period baseball players bring to life the uniforms, the rules and the fun of baseball as it was played in Army camps.  Pennsylvania teams from Neschannock and Gettysburg, costumed audience members in the stands, and the roasted peanuts and other period baseball traditions will create a virtual time warp.

  • Speak with the men who made history during the Vietnam Conflict. Hear the true-life exploits of the men who learned to create the "gun truck" in Vietnam. The crews of the "Wild Thing" from D Company, 815th Engineers and "Ace" from the 523rd Transportation Company will tell the stories of devastating enemy ambushes that led to the "American Ingenuity" solution to make supply and ammunition cargo convoys untouchable as they rolled from coastal ports to inland locations like An Khe, Pleiku, and Da Lat.

  • Groups can schedule guided activity-filled tours for Friday between 1 and 4 p.m by calling for a reservation. Contact Michael Lynch at 717.245.3012.  The Army Heritage and Education Center specializes in interpreting military history for middle schools and veterans groups. 

  • Ridgway Hall, adjacent to the trail, will offer indoor activities throughout the day -

  • Tours and gallery exhibit America's renowned Military History Institute collection of military photos dating to the Civil War; personal and unit diaries, letters, reports, maps and more.

  • Historians' lectures and group discussions.

    Call 717 245 3127 for details about participation and check www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec for event updates.

 

 

Transition Assistance Program--You earned it, use it

    The Transition Assistance Program is for all service members who are retiring or who will ETS in the next year.  Information on the civilian job market and military career alternatives will be discussed along with following topics:

         Unemployment compensation

         Stress management

         Analyzing your skills

         Preparing the right resume

         Interviewing

         V.A. Educational, vocational rehabilitation benefits to include completion of V.A. forms

         State employment applications

         Army Community Service resource center

         Employer panel

    The Army Community Service, Family Member Employment Assistance program at Carlisle Barracks, PA, is offering this four-day course.  The Department of Veterans Affairs, Pennsylvania Job Service, Veterans Employment Representative and the Career Link will present the program.

    The sessions will be held July 11-14 and Sept. 5-8.

    These services are extended to spouses accompanied by their sponsors.  To sign up for the next 4-day session or to obtain additional information, contact Jeffrey Hanks at Army Community Services at (717) 245-4357/3684 

 

Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Post celebrates 15 years of being a Tree City USA

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April 28, 2006 -- Beautiful trees are something that Carlisle Barracks is well known for, and during the posts Arbor Day celebration that message was passed on to the youngest residents of the post.   

    "Close your eyes and try to think about where you live. Carlisle Barracks wouldn't be as nice without all the beautiful trees would it," asked Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.  "We think it is very important for us to teach you the value of trees in our world." More than 30 kids from the post Child Development Center attended the ceremony.

    To celebrate Arbor Day the CDC children created art, learned and sang songs and came out to plant a tree at the Arbor Day event. Oak tree acorns were potted in cups and sent home with all in attendance.  

    Robert McBride, Pa. Forest Ranger, spoke to the group and brought his friend Smokey Bear to visit the kids.

Post recognized as a Tree City USA

    Carlisle Barracks was also recognized for its 15th year of being a Tree City USA. McBride presented McPhillips with a special flag to fly.

 

Tree City standards:

  • A Tree Board or Department

  • A Tree Care Ordinance

  • A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.

  • An Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Arbor Day history

    The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn't disclose that the state was once a treeless plain. Yet, it was the lack of trees that led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800's.

    Among pioneers moving into the Nebraska territory in 1854 was J. Sterling Morton. He and his wife had a great love of nature. As Morton was a journalist and soon became editor of Nebraska's first newspaper, he was able to spread agricultural information and his enthusiasm for trees to an equally enthusiastic audience.

    Arbor Day was officially proclaimed by the young state's Governor Robert W. Furnas on March 12, 1874. Later in 1885, the date was switched to Morton's birthday, April 22, for permanent observance.

 

Tom Zimmerman and Heidi Lawrence, Public Affairs Office

Zoltick honored for 24 years of helping APFRI

ay 1, 2006 - One of the most influential people in the health of senior leaders was recognized for his work at a ceremony April 29, in the LVCC.

    Cardiologist Col. (Dr.) Jerel Zoltick was recognized in part for his 24 years of work in association with APFRI.  

    Zoltick returns to Carlisle for a minimum of six weeks every year to examine the students of the War College and listen to their hearts and supervises their evaluations.

    "Zoltick is the heart and soul of the APFRI program and has been the one main stay since 1982," said Col. Thomas Williams, APFRI director. "He is an innovator and has used medication to lower [student's] cholesterols and prevent heart disease."

     Zoltick usually returns later in the term to help the students who have discovered they are in the early stages of heart disease as a result of their fitness assessments. Normally students would have to go to Walter Reed, but Zoltick makes the trip to Carlisle so students do not have to miss any classes.

    Retired General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, spoke at Zoltick's appreciation dinner.  

    "Doctor Zoltick is responsible for helping save the lives of countless military officers," said Clark. "Thank you for all of your years of service to our nation."

   Zoltick joined the Army in 1982, after being hand picked to participate in a special program that focused on reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in senior leaders over the age of 40. 

  "He keeps people alive by using the art of science and medicine to affect change in people who would have otherwise been at great risk for heart disease," said Williams.

    Zoltick said what he would miss the most was the ability to keep in touch and take care of his patients.

    "I really will miss taking care of my patients on a day-to-day basis," said Zoltick. "That was a very special part of my job that I will truly miss."

    Currently Zoltick also works for the Cardiac Research Center at the Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y. He will continue to work there after his retirement and is attempting to create a research affiliation with APFRI so he can continue doing student assessments.

  

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Post recognizes efforts of volunteers

May 2, 2006 - Carlisle Barracks took time on May 2 at the LVCC to honor the many volunteers who donated their time and talents to the post. 

   This year's volunteer theme was "Inspire by Example." Volunteers entering the LVCC were greeted by ACS representatives handing out red-white and-blue carnations, programs, and copies of the Carlisle Barracks' Volunteer prayer. 

    In addition to the brightly colored display tables set up by Carlisle Barracks organizations, an array of appetizers, cake, and refreshments were provided.

    About 30 organizations and groups were awarded certificates of appreciation by Col. Craig Madden, deputy commandant, for all they do here on Carlisle Barracks and in the communities.

    "Heroes keep the post up and running," said Madden. "Thank you for all you do."

    Nick Mineo, volunteer, presented a "Volunteer Check" in the amount of $1,857,549.44 to Madden and Lt. Col Ty McPhillips, garrison commander.  The amount represented the money saved for the time the volunteers donated to the installation.

    Mineo was also singled out for his extraordinary volunteerism over the years working with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in the Staff Judge Advocate Office, assisting at the Carlisle Barracks Bowling Alley and Post Chapel.

    McPhillips thanked everyone across the entire post for their volunteer efforts.

    "Keep up the good work," McPhillips remarked.

 

 

 

'Summer Sense Campaign' kicks off May 19

Learn how to have a fun, but safe summer

    May 18, 2006 -- Summer is upon us and once again the Army Substance Abuse Program will support the Summer Sense Campaign, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    For many people summer time means more time outside with friends and family. Be it at the beach, the pool, a BBQ or any other outdoor activity, summer means more social time for many. Unfortunately, summer brings with it an increased rate of alcohol abuse and drunk driving.

    To help deter and combat the increase of these high risk behaviors, two national substance abuse awareness campaigns take place every summer.

    The first is the "Summer Sense" campaign. The primary goal is to illustrate how alcohol and other drugs increase the risk to accidents and injury while providing alternate, alcohol free activities. Examples of activities to offer might be intramural sports leagues, BBQ's where no alcohol is offered or fishing trips.

    The other major summer campaign is National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration's "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign. This annual campaign takes a two pronged approach to reducing impaired driving.

   The first part, education, reminds the public of the dangers and consequences of impaired driving via both the radio and TV public service announcements.

    Increased education combined with the second prong, an increased law enforcement presence on the roads and at sobriety checkpoints, will result in more people realizing that if they're going to drink they need to stay at home or identify a sober designated driver.

    This summer program will emphasize healthy and safe ways to engage in summer activities. The event kicks off with the Installation Safety Awareness Day, May 19, at the  LVCC. Resource information about safe and healthy activities; laws regarding drinking and driving, drinking and boating will be available.

    To raise the awareness level of the community, the Army Substance Abuse Program will be highlighting a variety of topics, and will increase public awareness through a variety of media sources. Check the Banner, Current Events, and bulletin boards throughout the installation for important facts and information that will help you and your family enjoy a safe summer.

    Additional information on both campaigns can be found at: www.acsap.army.mil or www.nhtsa.gov.

    To schedule unit or organization training contact the ASAP office at 245-4576.

 

 

Public Affairs Office

Parents cautioned about TV documentary

    May 18, 2006 -- The television documentary, BAGHDAD ER,  is scheduled to premier on HBO Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m. Production assistance was approved by DA and DoD, and supported by the 86th Combat Support Hospital, 44th MEDCOM. It is a candid documentary that captures the humanity, hardships and heroism of the US military and medical personnel of the 86th Combat Support Hospital, the Army's premier medical facility in Iraq. Sometimes graphic in its depiction of combat-related wounds, BAGHDAD ER offers an unflinching and honest account of the realities of war.

    The documentary is a tribute to the medical personnel who give their medical and personal 'best' on behalf of our men and women.  Ninety percent of troops wounded in Iraq survive, as the documentary notes. This is the highest survival rate in U.S. history. Those who have seen it consider it accurate and fair.

    However, parents are advised to consider limiting children's exposure. From the first scene, the camera presents intensely graphic detail. And, viewing this documentary and "The War Tapes" may stir powerful emotions for both military members and their families.  These emotions can range from sadness, worry, fear and anxiety to actual pain and flashbacks.

Some who view the show may want to talk about it. Carlisle Barracks counselors and chaplains welcome a call.  

    Additionally, Social Work Services, Dunham Army Health Clinic, will be open for walk-ins Monday, May 22, from 8 am to 4 pm, or call 245-3400.

   This documentary is rated TVMA: for adult content, nudity, graphic violence, adult language.

 Military psychiatrists have prepared the following guidance to help answer such questions as, Should we watch? If so when, and with whom?

  • Consider watching the movie after reading more about what is in the movie.

  • Consider recording the movie to watch in the day time rather than the evening.

  • If you are watching the movie with someone who has been to this or another war, remember some deployed persons feel they just can't explain the situation or show their feelings to loved ones during a movie.  You may want to watch with a friend. It is often helpful to have a friend who understands your family's experience and is available to talk with during or after a movie that stirs powerful emotions or memories.

  • If your spouse or loved one has been deployed to war and chooses not to watch with you but still wants to watch the movie, encourage him or her to watch with a buddy.

  • These movies may not be helpful for your family or children of any age. Hearing the soundtrack even if not seeing the video can be very frightening for children.

  • War movies are not appropriate for young children and may not be appropriate for older children (e.g. those with a history of emotional problems or traumas, or those that are less mature). In children, intellectual maturity is not the same thing as emotional maturity.

  • Talk about your feelings. If your spouse has returned from this deployment or another, they may need to express their feelings first. But talk with someone - your spouse, significant other, close friend or a parent. Talking about strong emotions can be difficult but it is often a good first step in reducing distress and restoring a sense of normalcy.

-- prepared by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress,

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Sweppenhiser, DPW

Helpful hints to keep cooling costs down

   As everyone knows, skyrocketing energy prices have added a huge strain to installation budgets. Here are some of the things you can do to help reduce energy consumption:

  • Set thermostats at no higher than 70 degrees for heating and no lower than 78 degrees for cooling. 

  • Keep blinds and drapes, (on the sunny side), closed during the cooling season to minimize solar heat gain.

  • Exterior lights should be turned off, unless required for safety, security or mission reasons.

  • Do not use hot water, if cold water is adequate for the purpose, use cold water for rinsing clothes.

  • Keep doors and windows closed when the heat or air conditioning is operating.

  • Use 60 watts or less light bulbs; even better, consider compact fluorescent lights which are energy efficient and last up to 10 times longer.

  • Run full loads in your dishwasher and clothes washer

  • Use the "air dry" and "energy saver" features on the dishwasher.           

  • Clean the lint trap on the dryer before every load.

  • Turn off your office monitors (not computers) at night. This simple action will save Carlisle Barracks about $1500 per month in electricity.

  • Review these web sites for additional tips to save energy (including gas for your car). "Alliance to Save Energy", http://www.ase.org/ and "U.S. Department of Energy", http://www.energy.gov/