Current Issue Banner Archives      

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Dunham command transfers to Smith

August 4, 2006 -- The new face in command of the Dunham Army Health Clinic should look familiar; he's a graduate of the USAWC Class of 2006.

    The new commander, Col. Ronald Smith, Jr., comes to the clinic after 10-months of study at the war college, and those experiences have him ready to start taking care of the Army's former and future leaders.

    "The experiences I've had as a student here have really helped me gain an appreciation for everything that is done at Carlisle Barracks," said Smith. "I really enjoyed my experiences as a student and look forward to the challenges at Dunham."

    Smith said he hopes to enhance the relationship between the clinic and the other tenants of Carlisle Barracks.

    "My time as a student has really helped me to think about things more strategically, and I plan to look for ways to help create opportunities for dialogue and discussions between the staff of the clinic and the staffs of the war college, Army Physical Fitness Research Institute and others," he said.

    Smith also wants to strengthen the clinic's relationship with the other health organizations in the area.

    "I want to try and look for ways to integrate what we do with the state, and local health organizations to help provide better care for everyone," he said. "Strengthening those relationships will really pay off for our beneficiaries."

    The health and care of the beneficiaries though, is the top priority for Smith.

    "We've got a great clinic and a great staff that I look forward to commanding," he said. "They all do a great job of taking care of our Soldiers, their families and retirees and I look forward to continuing that tradition."

    Smith came on active duty in 1989 after completing medical school, and has served in various leadership positions including being assigned as the division surgeon for the 10th Mountain Division while deployed in Afghanistan in 2002.

    "I felt a very strong obligation to serve my country," said Smith. "I think that it's very important to do a national service."

     When asked what has kept him in the military, he said it was the people he has served with and for.

    "The people truly keep you in," he said. "I've met some fabulous people while serving and admire their desire to sacrifice and give their all." 


Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks welcomes new installation chaplain


    August 9 2006 -- Carlisle Barracks recently welcomed its new Chaplain, (Col.) Arthur Pace to post. Chaplain Pace is joined in Carlisle by his wife, Mary and their two daughters, Megan and Theresa.

    Pace and his wife are originally from New Jersey and were delighted to be assigned this close to their hometown.

     "This is the closest I have been to home since I joined the military," said Pace, whose last assignment was at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.

     Pace has been in the military for 24 years.  He holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Divinity.

    "I was very impressed to find the people of Carlisle to be very friendly and supportive of me and my family.  This is proving to be a wonderful experience that I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to have," said Pace.

    "Come be our guest anytime and see what we have to offer here at the Chapel," encourages Pace.

    The Pace replaced the prior Chaplain, (Col.) Richard Pace.





Anne Wolf, Army Substance Abuse Office

'Extreme Drinking,' alcohol abuse common among college students

    Get ready to learn a new term about over-the-top alcohol use among college students.

    The term is "extreme drinking," and it's described in June's issue of "Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research." Extreme drinking goes way beyond the minimum threshold for binge drinking, note Aaron White, PhD, and colleagues.

   Binge drinking is defined as at least four drinks per occasion for women and at least five drinks per occasion for men. Extreme drinking doubles or even triples those minimum amounts, notes White, who works in Duke University Medical Center's psychiatry department.

    White's team studied data from an online survey of 10,424 first-year students at 14 unnamed U.S. colleges. The students took the surveys in 2003 before taking an alcohol education and prevention course.

   The students reported how many drinks they'd had each day for the two previous weeks. Their answers were anonymous.

Levels of Extreme Drinking

    The surveys showed that a "surprisingly large percentage of students, particularly males, drink at peak levels well beyond the binge threshold," write White and colleagues.

The findings include:

--1 in 5 men reported drinking 10 or more drinks on at least one day (double men's binge-drinking threshold).

--1 in 10 women reported drinking 8 or more drinks on at least one day (double women's binge-drinking threshold).

--Nearly 8 percent of men reported drinking 15 or more drinks on at least one day (triple men's binge-drinking threshold).

--Nearly 2 percent of women reported drinking 12 or more drinks on at least one day (triple women's binge-drinking threshold).

    Extreme drinking was most common among men. People who frequently passed the binge-drinking threshold were the most likely to have at least one extreme drinking episode in the previous two weeks.

    About 55 percent of all students reported drinking alcohol in the two weeks before the survey. Most didn't engage in extreme drinking, the researchers also report.

   The average number of drinks per occasion were almost six for men and nearly four for women. Underage men and women averaged slightly fewer drinks per occasion (about four for men and three for women).

Extreme Drinking Underestimated?

    If the students underestimated a drink's size, they might have underestimated how much they drank, the researchers note.

    In 2005, White and colleagues reported that college students tend to underestimate how much alcohol is in a standard drink. A standard drink is 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled liquor in a shot or mixed drink.

    Obviously, extreme drinking can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Colleges might do well to target extreme drinking when trying to curb alcohol's consequences among students, note White and colleagues.

    Information provided by the Army Center for Substance Abuse. For additional information contact the ASAP office at 245 - 4576.



Public Affairs staff report

Inside facts to help newcomers fit in fast

    August 2, 2006 -- Moving can be confusing.  Every area has things about it that make it different from everywhere else - new customs, rules and laws; as well as different services that are available.  Becoming accustomed to a new locale can be difficult without adequate guidance.  The following can help you more quickly get used to life at Carlisle Barracks and will hopefully make your transition into the community smoother. 

ACS lending closet

    Donna Jones, Relocation Readiness Program manager, recommends that interested people call her at 245-3685 or 245-4357 first to see if the items needed are available. Otherwise, they can walk in anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to see what the closet has available. In order to borrow an item however, you will need to bring a copy of your PCS status and work orders. The lending closet is located at 632 Wright Avenue.

   Items available include:

*       Military lending kits (8, 6, and 4 piece set of dishes/pots and pans)

*       Chairs, cots, and tables

*       Irons and ironing boards

*       Coffee pots, toasters, and casserole dishes

*       High chairs, play pens, strollers, and child safety gates

*       Humidifiers and dehumidifiers (for special needs children)

*       Blankets

*       Vacuum cleaners and shampooers (48-hour loan)

Vehicle registration

    Everyone relocating to Carlisle Barracks with a privately owned vehicle is required to register it on post, regardless of whether or not they have registered it at another installation. This service is provided by the Provost Marshal's Office, located at 842 Sumner Road. A valid driver's license, military ID, current registration card with the name matching the name on the military ID, and proof of current insurance are all needed.

    Incoming personnel new to Pennsylvania may also eventually have to register their POV in the state.  For a list of locations where this can be done, people are encouraged to visit the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles web site at:  A "Locations Near You" link will take visitors to the list.  Related forms, fact sheets relating to things such as "The Point System," and "Temporary Registration," online photo ID services, fee and license plate information, and a list of answers to frequently asked questions can also be found on the site.

Cell phone policy   

    In addition to registration, a new federal policy restricts military and civilian motorists from speaking on hand-held cell phones while driving on Department of Defense installations unless the vehicle is parked. The policy extends to driving DoD vehicles off the installation as well.

    "Vehicle operators on DoD installation and operators of government-owned vehicles shall not use cell phones unless the vehicle is safely parked or unless they are using a hands-free device," according to the Code of Federation Regulations affecting installation traffic codes.

     For additional vehicle registration information please contact Dave Eckenrode at 245-4972 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Key post policies

  • Dogs are required to be under control at all times with leashes, regardless of were they're at on the installation.  All waste pets leave anywhere on the post needs to be picked up by owners as well.

  • Speed limit is 15 miles per hour

  • No motorcycle or moped may be registered or operated on Carlisle Barracks unless the operator has attended a motorcycle safety foundation course and possesses an MSF card. 

  • Also, motorcycle and moped riders are required to wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet, goggles or full- shield properly attached to helmet, full- fingered gloves, long trousers and a long sleeved shirt or jacket, and sturdy footwear, a brightly colored outer upper garment during the day and reflective upper garment during the night. 

  • Nobody's allowed in the Letort Spring Run to swim or wade for safety reasons

Chapel services

       Catholic Masses are Saturdays (Anticipatory Mass) at 5 p.m., Sundays at 9:15 a.m., and Mondays- Fridays at noon.  Confession is Saturdays from 4:30 to 5 p.m. and following the 5 p.m. Mass and the Choir Rehearsal is on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.  Protestant Services are also offered on Sundays at 11 a.m.  The Middle School Youth Group meets Sundays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the High School Youth Group meets on Sundays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  There is also a Choir Rehearsal on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 

    The Chapel's schedule for July is as follows:

*       Wednesdays at 7 a.m., Weekly Prayer Breakfast (open to all members of the Carlisle Barracks community).

*       Thursdays at 9 a.m., Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) weekly meeting.

*       Friday July 7 at 9 a.m., Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW) monthly meeting.

Child Development Center

    The Child Development Center offers several child care programs that reflect the Center's National Association for the Education of Young Children developmental approach to appropriate child care and are designed to meet the social, emotional, and developmental needs of all children, regardless of the length of them they spend in the Center. The Child Development Center is a NAEYC accredited program.

    The center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Fees for each care program are determined according to total family income.  Children must be registered with the Child Development Services before care can be provided at the center. 

    Programs offered include full-day care, part-day care, hourly care for children ages six weeks to five years (or six if they have not yet started kindergarten) and family child care for children up to 12 years of age if accepted for care. 

    Further information can be obtained by contacting the Family Child Care Director's office located in the Child Development Center or by calling 245-3701. 

GMH Military Housing

    GMH was selected by the Department of Defense as the partner to privatize family housing at Carlisle Barracks. 

    Caring and professional GMH management and maintenance staff is committed to providing each resident and their family with a quality home and satisfying their needs with uncompromising integrity.  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the GMH management and maintenance staff is standing ready to make your living experience at Carlisle Barracks a pleasure.

    GMH family housing consists of spacious two, three and four bedroom homes.  Quiet, bright and inviting, each home offers comfortable, luxurious living for any lifestyle with on-site management, numerous amenities, relaxation, recreation and location.

    GMH Community Manager is Heidi Puente.  The office is open from 7: 30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The office is located at 25 Guardhouse Lane. 

    For more information about GMH housing, or for maintenance issues, call 243-7177.

Health Care

    Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic offers routine and same- day acute care appointments to both soldiers and their family members Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. 

    Active duty service members can pick up any on- post telephone line and dial 106 to put them in direct contact with the appointing personnel who will help them with scheduling their sick call appointment.  Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 245-3400.

    The Dunham Army Health Clinic has added a convenient feature to help improve service to the community. If you are outside the local dialing area for Carlisle, you can now access the clinic by using a newly acquired toll free number 1-877-787-2569

    This number will connect you with the clinic appointment line (717-245-3400) and provide you options to be transferred throughout the clinic. 

    Dunham is essentially an outpatient, family practice clinic with no emergency services, so anyone in need of emergency medical care is urged to dial 911.  If an ambulance is not needed, the Carlisle Regional Medical Center Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The hospital is located at 246 Parker Street in Carlisle and can be reached at 245-5252.

    Newcomers are reminded to enroll themselves and their family members to Dunham and into this TRICARE region if new to it.  This can be done at the clinic's Patient Service Center from 7:30 a.m. to 4:3o p.m., Monday - Friday.  Health Benefits Advisors are also available to assist incoming families with any medically related relocation needs they may have.

    For more information about clinic operations, call 245-3915.  You can also stop by the clinic and pick up a handbook of services or visit our website at



Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Post VBS a fiesta with a twist

    August 3, 2006 -- Vacation Bible School at the Carlisle Barracks chapel was true to its' title, "Fiesta! Where kids are fired up about Jesus."

    This year's VBS week drew 150 children and over 100 volunteers. With children's ages ranging from four years to sixth grade, participants said the week was a great mix of activity, learning and fun.

    "Our activities range from hot Bible adventures, which is a bible lesson that the entire day is themed around, to 'maraca munchies,' which is snack time. I just think it is neat that every event throughout the day enforces the bible story," said Laura Barko, Protestant Religious Education Coordinator.

    The youths have the opportunity to learn about the bible, working together and doing good things for others.

    "We are making fleece blankets to send to children in Mexico. The blankets say Jesus loves me in both English and Spanish. Hearts with each child's name attending Carlisle Barracks' VBS will also be sent with the blankets, said JoEllen Frist, Catholic Religious Education Coordinator.

    Some of the kids say they are having a blast and don't want the week to end.

    "My favorite things are the hot Bible adventures and the music," said Catherine Lynch, VBS attendee.

    "I like arts and crafts because I get to take them home to show my parents," said Sydnie Lundy.

    This years VBS also coincides with the arrival of the new students and their families' at the U.S. Army War College.

    "We got a large portion of our volunteers just last week because families were signing up as they were coming in. VBS has been a great way for the new to post students, spouses and children to get acquainted," said Barko.

Even though there is sadness that the week is coming to an end, plans are already being made for next years event.

    "My sister, Tara, and I helped organize this year's VBS for our senior projects, but we will definitely come back next year to help. I've just had so much fun," said Erin Dowling.

    VBS at Carlisle Barracks is a combined Catholic, Protestant and community event.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

New garrison commander focused on people, community

August 1, 2006 - It has only taken the new "mayor" of Carlisle Barracks a few days on the job to experience the charm of the second oldest active Army installation.

    "This is truly a special place, you couldn't ask for a better place to live and raise a family," said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, the new garrison commander. "Bringing my family here was a conscious choice, and one that we welcomed. The opportunity to command at Carlisle Barracks is fantastic."

    Dickerson said what makes the post special is the relationship it has with the surrounding community as well.

    "It's really amazing and impressive how much the Carlisle community supports the War College and Carlisle Barracks," he said. "Events like the 'Welcome Jam' show that the community truly cares about the new military and civilian people who are coming here, you don't see that in too many places."

    One of Dickerson's primary goals is making sure that the post remains in his words "one of the truly special places in the Army."

    "Myself and the leadership here are going to make sure that we do everything we can to keep Carlisle Barracks one of the showcases of the Army, even with the current budget constraints," he said. "Projects like RCI will continue to show how beautiful and important this installation is to the Army and the nation."

    The budget pinch felt by all military installations will also be an obstacle for Dickerson.

    "Like everyone has heard and deals with each day, we are an Army supporting a nation at war, and at times that can lead to some budget challenges," he said. "But that's not an excuse that we'll use, we'll continue to execute our missions and support our Soldiers and civilians with the funds we have."

    Dickerson also said he's realized one of the sometimes overlooked treasures of the post are the people who work here.

    "This has to be one of the best, most experienced garrison staffs I've ever seen," said Dickerson. "I am very fortunate to have such a top-notch staff to help me through the challenges ahead."

    Dickerson, 40,  is a graduate of The Citadel with a bachelor's in political science, and earned a master's in management from Webster University. An Army Chemical officer, his military education included the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Infantry and Chemical Advanced Courses and Chemical Basic Course.

    Dickerson's prior assignment was as the Chief Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Officer for the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.  He previously held staff and command positions, to include several assignments in The Republic of Korea. He is a veteran of Operations DESERT SHIELD/ DESERT STORM, having served as the chemical officer for the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Battalion.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Distance education class of 2006 graduates

July 28, 2006 -- More than 300 U.S. Army War College students wrapped up their two-year program of studies with a graduation ceremony July 28.

Three hundred and twenty-six students received their Master's of Strategic Studies degrees at the Wheelock Bandstand. 

 The keynote address was given by Gen. William S. Wallace, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Va.

"The beauty of distance education is that you have opportunity to apply what you learn as you learn it in your daily jobs," said Wallace. "It takes enormous dedication to complete this program while holding a full time military or civilian job, your sacrifice does not go unnoticed."

 The USAWC Distance Education Class of 2006 consists of 326 students, which include 111 Army National Guard, 120 Army Reserve, 54 active Army, one Air Force, two Marines, two Marine Reserve, five Navy Reserve, 20 civilians from the Department of the Army, Defense Leadership and Management Program, and the Department of State.   Also in attendance were 10 International Fellows--foreign officers, from Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, New Zealand, The Philippines and Poland.

The students will take their experiences with them to continue leading the nation's armed forces.

"This class is about to undertake, as many classes before them, a great responsibility. You will go forth with confidence, candor, and courage. Good luck to you and Godspeed," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant.



Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Battlefield Archaeology: free public lecture offers new insights into 'Custer's Last Stand'


  August 10, 2006 -- Dr. Douglas D. Scott will discuss battlefield archeology through the case of the Little Bighorn battlefield in a free, public lecture at Ridgway Hall on Army Heritage Drive on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7:15 p.m. [doors open at 6:45 p.m.] for the AHEC Perspectives in Military History lecture series.
    Scott will explore new knowledge about combat positions and fighting patterns of the Battle of Little Bighorn, thanks to new archaeological investigations and new analytical techniques.  His battlefield archaeological work adds to understanding of where the soldiers and the Indian warriors moved over the battlefield, and new understanding of how the Indians achieved victory over Gen. Custer's men.  Scott is the author of Archaeological Perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn, published in 2000 by University of Oklahoma Press.
    Scott is an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Nebraska and author of multiple books and articles on 19th century military battlefield archaeology and firearms identification. He is the recipient of the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award, 2002, for innovative research in battlefield archaeology that started with his work at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

Call now for workshop space with Dr. Scott on battlefield archaeology

    Do history and memory agree? Sometimes they do, sometimes they do not, and sometimes they agree in the larger picture but not in detail. Physical evidence derived through archaeology can often help resolve the problem - this is the real value of archaeology, as explained in the public workshop and teachers' workshop.  

Battlefields: Using History, Memory, and Archaeology in Teaching 

    The teachers' archaeology workshop - Aug 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., will show the teachers how to use artifacts and recover them, make something of the data, and then to use the physical evidence to make more complete interpretations of the past.  This will enable teachers to use artifacts to tell a more complete and accurate story as well as stimulate interest using artifacts for tactile purposes. The teachers' workshop is open to secondary and post-secondary educators and can provide professional development hours for State of Pennsylvania Act 48 requirements. Class size is limited to 25 on a first-come-first-serve basis; find the registration form and information at There is a small registration fee. Call 717-245-3803 for more information.

Battlefields: Using History, Memory, and Archaeology

    The public archaeology workshop - Aug 11 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. -- is open to the public ages 12 and up. The public workshop will demonstrate how to use artifacts and recover them, make something of the data, and then to use the physical evidence to make more complete interpretations of the past.  Class size is limited to 25 on a first-come-first-serve basis; find the registration form at There is a small registration fee. Call 717-245-3803 for more information.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Archaeologist, USAWC author to speak at AHEC events

Archaeologist offers new insights into 'Custer's last stand' at AHEC event

    Dr. Douglas D. Scott will discuss battlefield archaeology through the case of the Little Bighorn battlefield in a lecture at Ridgway Hall on Army Heritage Drive on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7:15 p.m. [doors open at 6:45 p.m.] for the AHEC Perspective in Military History lecture series. Scott will explore the interpretation and understanding about combat positions and fighting patterns of the Battle of Little Bighorn, thanks to new archaeological investigations, in 2004, and new analytical techniques.

   Scott is an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska and author of multiple books and articles on 19th century military battlefield archaeology and firearms identification. He is the recipient of the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award, 2002, for innovative research in battlefield archaeology that started with his work at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

USAWC author to tell 'rest of story' about Civil War Admiral du Pont

    Strategic leadership, technological transformation, and the urgencies of war will be explored in a historical context by USAWC deputy dean, Col. Kevin J. Weddle, in a Kleber presentation at Ridgway Hall, on Army Heritage Drive, on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6:45 p.m. [doors open at 6 p.m.] as a presentation of the  Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History.

    Weddle will discuss his book, Lincoln's Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont, which was awarded the prestigious Colby Award for significant contribution to the public's understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. Weddle presents new conclusions about the Civil War leader whose early reputation as one of the finest officers in the U.S. Navy was supplanted by criticism for resisting technological advances and half-hearted leadership of the disastrous all-ironclad Union naval attack on Charleston. Weddle credits du Pont for his work in modernizing the navy between the Mexican and Civil wars and his push for transitioning the Navy from wood to iron.

    Weddle has previously served as the director of the USAWC Advanced Strategic Art Program and as USAWC faculty member. He earned master's degrees in history and civil engineering from the University Minnesota and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University.  Weddle's publications have appeared in the Journal of Military History, Civil War History, Military Review, Maryland Historical Magazine, America's Civil War, Blue and Gray, Engineer Magazine and Sky and Telescope.  His first book, Lincoln's Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont, was published by the University of Virginia Press in June 2005. 


Army Substance Abuse Program

What parents need to know about college drinking

    The following information was gathered from The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

    A Snapshot of Annual High-risk College Drinking Consequences.

It is important to remember that these consequences may affect your son or daughter whether or not they drink.

  • Death: 1,400 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.

  • Injury: 500,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.

  • Assault: More than 600,00 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

  • Sexual Abuse: More than 70,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

  • Unsafe Sex: 400,00 students between the ages of 18 and 24 have unprotected sex and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex.

  • Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.

  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More that 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use.

  • Drunk Driving: 2.1 million students between the ages of 18 and 24 report driving under the influence of alcohol last year.

  • Vandalism: About 11 percent of college students report that they have damaged property while under the influence of alcohol.

  • Property Damage: More than 25 percent of administrators from schools with relatively low drinking levels and over 50 percent from schools with high drinking levels say their campuses have a "moderate" or "major" problem with alcohol-related property damage.

  • Police Involvement: About 5 percent of 4-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking. An estimated 110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence.

  • Alcohol Abuse and Dependence: 31 percent of college students met criteria for diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for diagnoses of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking.

Parents are a primary influence

     As a parent of a College Freshman - Stay involved:

  • Pay special attention to your son's or daughter's experiences and activities during the crucial first 6 weeks on campus. With a great deal of free time, many students initiate heavy drinking during these early days of college, and the potential exists for excessive alcohol consumption to interfere with successful adaptation to campus life. You should know that about one-third of first-year students fail to enroll for their second year.

  • Find out if there is a program during orientation that educates students about campus policies related to alcohol use. If there is one, attend with your son or daughter, or at least be familiar with the name of the person who is responsible for campus counseling programs.

  • Inquire about and make certain you understand the college's "parental notification" policy.

  • Call your son or daughter frequently during the first 6 weeks of college.

  • Inquire about their roommates, the roommates' behavior, and how disagreements are settled or disruptive behavior dealt with.

  • Make sure that your son or daughter understands the penalties for underage drinking, public drunkenness, using a fake ID, driving under the influence, assault, and other alcohol-related offenses. Indicate to them that you have asked the college/university to keep you informed of infractions to school alcohol policies.  (for alcohol policies on college campuses see

  • Make certain that they understand how alcohol use can lead to date rape, violence, and academic failure.

  • Stay actively involved in the life of your child.


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


America Supports You "Freedom Walk"

  "America Supports You" is a nationwide program launched by the Department of Defense recognizing citizens' support for our military men and women and communicating that support to members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad.

  A few examples of how "America Supports You" members demonstrate their support include:  writing letters, compiling and mailing care packages, helping the wounded when they return home, assisting military families, or by sending a show of support via email or text messaging.

  Last year as part of this program, DoD organized the first America Supports You "Freedom Walk".  The walk began at the Pentagon and culminated on the National Mall. 

  The purpose is to establish a national tradition to honor the lives lost on September 11, to reflect on our freedoms and the values of our country, and to show our appreciation for our military men and women around the world who protect that freedom.

  It is a commemorative event about remembrance, reflection and respect.

  The second annual "Freedom Walk" will take place in Washington, D.C. on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.  The walk will begin at the Washington Monument and will follow a route across Arlington Memorial Bridge to the crash site at the Pentagon. 

  The walk is free of charge and open to the public.  You must register in advance to participate. 

  For more information on this event and others, or to organize your own event, go to


Bonnie Powell, DECA

Commissaries encourage quality time through family dinners

    "Family Day" is Monday, Sept. 25 and it involves the favorite sport of most Americans - eating. It's also an opportunity for a military family to win a dinner cooked by a renowned chef from the Food Network. But, "Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children" is about more than just dinner.

    "Research shows that something as simple as having family meals is an important part of decreasing the likelihood of substance abuse in children," said Patrick Nixon, director of the Defense Commissary Agency. "It indicates the importance of parental involvement in the lives of their children. We're excited about getting involved in 'Family Day' as an extension of our 'It's Your Choice, Make it Healthy' program."

    The Coca-Cola Company, national sponsor of "Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children" is helping to increase awareness, and show support of military families, by sponsoring a special event for commissary shoppers. "A military family will have a chance to win a dinner cooked by Sandra Lee, host of the popular Food Network show 'Semi-Homemade Cooking,'" said Douglas McAlister, director of the Coca-Cola worldwide military sales team. The contest will be worldwide and additional prizes of Sandra Lee's new cookbook "Semi-HomeMade Grilling" will also be up for grabs.

    The "Family Day" initiative has had the support of President Bush every year of its celebration and the event originator, CASA, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, signed up more than 1.3 million Americans for Family Day in 2005. Active-duty military, Guard and Reserve, and military retirees and families could increase that figure substantially in 2006.

    "We are delighted that the Defense Commissary Agency is partnering with CASA to promote 'Family Day' on September 25, 2006," said Joseph A. Califano, Jr., chairman and president of CASA, and former U.S. secretary of health, education and welfare. "By frequently gathering around the dinner table together, military families are defending America's youth from the ravaging effects of substance abuse. CASA commends the Defense Commissary Agency."

    "Like the Great American Smokeout, this represents an opportunity to focus on a change in lifestyle by rallying around a single event," said Nixon. "With deployments, and defending our country 24/7, military families face many challenges. It makes it more important than ever for parents to have quality time with their children whenever possible."

    DeCA has established commissaries as the nutritional leader for the military as part of a partnership with TRICARE to create awareness of weight management and better nutrition. DeCA officials believe Family Day extends the opportunity to influence patterns of substance abuse, oddly enough, through an eating event. "Our focus on 'healthy food, healthy savings' can now extend to 'healthy family' as well," said Nixon.

    "This is a natural tie-in to our 'Healthy Choices' partnership with DeCA, which addresses alcohol abuse, tobacco use, healthy eating and active living to combat obesity," said Dian Lawhon, director, communications and customer service directorate, TRICARE Management Activity. "DoD and TRICARE are committed to encouraging healthy choices by service members and their families. Families that are actively involved in the lives of their children have a profoundly positive effect on their development, health and well-being."

    Other family-focused organizations have already stepped up to support commissary efforts surrounding "Family Day" including the National Military Family Association and the Fisher House Foundation, which operates a network of comfort homes near military medical facilities where families can stay near loved ones undergoing medical treatment.

    A special Web page with a link to "pledge" participation in Family Day and information on how to enter for a chance to win a family dinner cooked by Sandra Lee will be available on in mid-August.

    The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure

shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of 30 percent or more on their purchases compared to commercial prices - savings worth about $2,700 annually for a family of four. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

New housing looms on post horizon

July 27, 2006 -- New or renewed military family housing is in store for Carlisle Barracks, with the finalization of finances to bring private investment here for the Residential Communities Initiative.
    The Carlisle project will include 277 family housing units to be built or renovated during the Initial Development Period, the first five years of the project.  GMH is expected to build 198 new family housing units, renovate Young Hall, and renovate 53 historic homes.  
    Details of the plan will be developed over the next few months, noted Tom Kelly, the Army's project manager and the post's director of public works.  An initial plan indicates that Young Hall will be an early project for renovation. And, new construction is expected to start in late Fall or early Winter, pending the necessary county and state permits. First construction projects will be the Meadows - a new housing area along Claremont Road enroute to the golf course - and Marshall Ridge.

    GMH plans to hold public meetings to share information about future plans with residents; dates will be publicized throughout the community. Soon,  GMH will post color renderings of housing designs in key locations on the installation.
    The military housing privatization initiative allows the Defense Department, and the Army, to work with the private sector to upgrade the quality of family housing and operate and maintain that housing.  The family housing assets are typically leveraged with private investment to accomplish housing construction and renovation goals faster and at a lower cost than military construction.
    The military housing division of GMH announced July 24 that financing has been secured for the joint military family housing project at Carlisle Barracks and Picatinny Arsenal.  "The financing will be used for the design, development and construction/renovation of an aggregate of 347 end-state housing units at the two installations located in Carlisle, PA and Dover, NJ.," according to GMH.    
    Carlisle Barracks is aligned with Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. as the Carlisle/Picatinny Family Housing, Limited Partnership.
    GMH has been providing property management and maintenance services at Carlisle and Picatinny since May 1, when one of its subsidiaries entered into agreements with the Army, including a 50-year ground lease, for the purpose of owning and managing the housing inventory at the two installations. In addition to management fees, the company will earn development and construction/renovation fees throughout the term of the Project.
    GMH, based in Newtown Square, Pa., employs more than 1700 people throughout the United States, according to public statements. The company currently performs similar services for projects covering 19 other military installations/bases throughout the United States through joint ventures with the Department of the Army and the Department of the Navy. Communities Trust is a specialty housing company providing housing to college students and to members of the US military and their families. GMH Communities provides property management services to third party owners of student housing properties, including colleges, universities, and other private owners.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Distance education program adds new, invaluable twist to final resident phase

    July 26, 2006 --  "The security of this great nation is a matter of concern, not just to those of us in government or in the military, but to all of our people," said retired Gen. J.W. Vessey, Jr, in a well-known quote. This idea was in action during the last week at Carlisle Barracks. 

    This week the Army War College hosted the 1st annual Strategy Implementation Seminar (SIS) in order to enrich the Distance Education students' two weeks of resident education at Carlisle. 

    "We bring in keynote speakers and experts in order to gain various perspectives on national security and national security strategy," said retired Col. Rob Smith, SIS coordinator for the Department of Distance Education.

    There are twenty seminars and around 60 guests, so each seminar is joined by three guests to engage in open discussion with the group in reference to the matter discussed by the keynote speaker earlier in the day.

    "We recruited specialists from four categories, including Capitol Hill staffers, media, academia and interagency experts," said Smith. "This level of expertise and varied perspective allows for invaluable exchanges to take place, for the students and the guests."

    Keynote speaker, Adm. William Fallon, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, spoke about national security strategy, and discussed the role of combatant commands.

    "The U.S. Pacific Command has a tremendous responsibility; 60 percent of the world's population lives within this command reach. The linkage between national security strategy and military strategy is so strong," said Fallon.

    Fallon emphasized the vast impact of military command and strategy, calling on details that only an expert could reveal. He offered insights about issues ranging from active insurgency in Thailand to devastating corruption in Baghdad. 

    "We must work to develop agendas of cooperative action for other powers in the region," said Fallon.

    The three-day-program included a keynote presentation on implementing national security strategy. An international media panel presentation included representatives of the British, Chinese and Lebanese and South Africans news media.  The seminar also featured a Congressional panel presentation, and  a final capstone presentation on policy development at the strategic level.

    "It is within the free and relatively unstructured framework of seminar discussion that the fundamental purposes of the SIS are best served," said Smith.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Dunham commander prepares to wrap up 22-year Army career


July 26, 2006 - An Army career that started in ROTC in 1977 will soon come to an end for the man who is the face of healthcare at Carlisle Barracks.

    Col. Gordon Miller, who has been the commander of Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic since 2002, will soon retire and transfer command to Col. Ronald Smith. Smith is a graduate of the USAWC Class of 2006.

    "It's been a great four years here at Carlisle," said Miller. "It has flown by and I'm honored to have had the opportunity to lead such a great facility, filled with some many great people."

    The time that Miller has spent at Carlisle was anything but uneventful.

    "Nothing is ever the same," said Miller when talking about the challenges of the position. "Just because you did something one way doesn't mean that it will work the exact same way the next year."

     A particular challenge was planning for the possible effects of the numerous emerging infectious diseases, like SARS, Smallpox and West Nile Virus that came to the forefront in recent years.

    "I think that educating people about the emerging health threats is one of the most important things we do here," said Miller. "Education is important, we need to meet the challenges head-on and make sure we are able to put the threats into perspective."

    As Miller prepares to leave the military to take the Medical Director position at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, he thanks the Army for the opportunities it's given him.

    "I've truly enjoyed my time serving in the Army, "said Miller. "It was a great decision and the Army has always given me exactly what I needed to get to where I am today. They have always supported me and my family."

    Miller also said that he now understand why so many people retire in Carlisle after their Army careers end.

    "This is  a great installation and surrounding community," he said. "We've enjoyed it immensely here and I couldn't have had a better opportunity than serving here."

    Miller will officially transfer command to Smith at a change of command ceremony Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. on the grounds of the clinic. 




Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

New position maximizes civilian students' war college experience


     July 26, 2006 -- Change is the means to the end: improvement. In today's globalized world there is high demand for change as the needs of people, nations and missions evolve more quickly than ever. The U.S. Army War College is seizing an opportunity for improvement with the creation of a new position.

    Dr. Sara Morgan has recently been assigned to the Army War College as the Senior Civilian Advisor and Human Resources Specialist. This new position will act as a support for the unique needs associated with civilian war college students, but the duties will be far more expansive than what is implicit in the job title.

    "This position will aid civilian students with job placement. The goal is to have their future position lined up for post-graduation," said Morgan. Morgan will not only serve as an advisor for the civilian students, but will be an instructor for the Department of Command, Leadership and Management.

    Morgan will be able to help students on a individual basis and on a large scale level as well she said.

    "Developing the best possible civilian work force will allow for many things in the Army, one of which is flexibility. Flexibility will improve the Army's ability to meet diverse and changing needs. The Army's concerns today lay with more than one theater of support, ranging from Southeast Asia to Europe," said Morgan. "Change is necessary to best defend our nation."

    Morgan has served in human resource management positions the U. S. and Europe. Prior to this assignment, Morgan was the Civilian Resource Regional Director in the Pacific Region, at Ft. Richardson, Alaska. Morgan has received the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, among many other awards.

    Morgan is a native of Tennessee and a graduate of Dillard University in Louisiana. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Human Relations, and then a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Oklahoma. Morgan and her husband, Larry, a retired Soldier, have one daughter.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Meet the RCI community manager: Heidi Puente

July 26, 2006 - GMH may be a relatively new resident of Carlisle Barracks, but their manager here brings a wealth of experience to help families with their housing needs.

     Heidi Puente, the community manager for GMH at Carlisle Barracks, has been working in property management since 1989.

    "I originally started in vacation rentals before moving into conventional apartment homes.  I'm looking forward to serving the  military families here at Carlisle Barracks," said Puente. "This is an exciting opportunity, and a truly beautiful post."

    The York, Pa., resident has developed an appreciation for the post after being here for a few short months.

    "It's a great community, from the charming landscape and building to the great people who live and work here," she said. "I love the military sense of community. There seems to be a common thread that brings everyone together. That is amazing to see."

    GMH has a history of working with the armed forces. GMH is partnering in a number of Army Residential Communities Initiative projects, including those at Ft. Bliss, Tx., Ft. Detrick, Md., and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. GMH Communities Trust, parent organization of GMH Military Housing, LLC, is headquartered in Newtown Square, Pa., and has been associated with the construction of housing and commercial properties throughout the United States since 1985.

    "We're proud to be a part of the military community," said Puente.

    As part of being a good neighbor, GMH has contests and other events planned each month.

    "We've continued the tradition of the 'Yard of the Month,' " she said. This month's winner is Col. James Oman from DCLM. GMH has also sponsored a youth coloring contest and will have a cutest pet contest during the month of August. The previous months winner was Lt. Col. Mark Fetter.

    Also, each month, GMH hosts one or two events designed to bring people to the GMH office for some fun. The month of July includes "Popsicle Day," on July 27 from 12 to 3 p.m., and will celebrate National Hot Dog month with a cookout from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    "We encourage all residents to stop by, have some food and say hello," said Puente.


Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Army Statement on readiness and the costs of war          

     July 26, 2006 -- The Army has been at war for close to five years now and I am extremely proud of all of our Soldiers, civilians, and families.  We have asked a lot of them, from repetitive combat tours, to transforming the Army, to expanding our training base, to resetting our combat equipment. Simply put, this is the finest Army this nation has ever put into combat.  Our Soldiers' collective efforts have been magnificent. I have testified to the facts about our readiness and I remain concerned about the serious demands we face.  

    "During my recent House Armed Services Committee testimony I made clear that the Army needed four things to address our readiness: 1) timely passage of a Defense Bill, 2) growth of the Army's Base Budget, 3) $17.1 billion in supplemental funding for the Army's reset in Fiscal Year 2007, and 4) $12-13 billion a year, for two to three years following this conflict, to reset the Army if we remain at the current level of consumption. The Army and the Defense Department staff are addressing these issues.  The President, the Secretary of Defense and the Congress have worked very closely with the Secretary of the Army and me in the past, and I am confident we will have a way to meet the many challenges that lie ahead during these dangerous times." 


Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Security badges get new colors

    July 30, 2006 -- By now, almost everyone with an authorized security clearance is aware that they will be receiving a new badge.  Along with the new badge also comes a change of color. 

    According to the security office, issuing updated badges is a procedure that is conducted every three years.

    Memos will be sent to the office mailboxes to let the departments know when they should report to the security office to obtain their new badges.  Faculty and staff will need to complete a Carlisle Barracks Form 603 in the security office prior to receiving their new badge.  The entire process should take no more than 10 minutes.   

    If you currently have a badge and require access to Collins Hall or Root Hall's restricted areas, schedule an appointment for a new badge with Alyson Salisbury or Diane Pharo, at 245-3233.


County Fair to be held Aug. 10

Post shuttle service provided

July 25, 2006 -- The 2006 Carlisle Barracks County Fair will be held Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Letort View Community Center and Thorpe Hall Gym.

    The fair provides newcomers to Carlisle Barracks and their family members with information about the various activities and agencies on Carlisle Barracks and in the local Carlisle community.

    The County Fair is composed of five distinct sections:  Main Street - Downtown Carlisle Association businesses (Thorpe Hall); Morale, Welfare and Recreation Midway (LVCC), Community Support Activities (LVCC), College Fair (LVCC) and Non-Downtown Carlisle Association businesses.

    Free Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN Etching) will be provided by DES in the parking lot adjacent to buildings 314 and 315. Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers (BOSS) will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs and more from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. between  LVCC and building 314 on Pratt Avenue.   

    The parking lot adjacent to buildings 314 and 315 on Lovell Avenue and a portion of the DPW parking lot will be blocked off to accommodate vehicles from the participating organizations and off-post newcomers.  Lovell Avenue will be one-way traffic from Pratt Avenue to Guard House Lane due to vehicles parked on both sides.

    To help reduce some of the traffic and parking problems, a shuttle bus will run from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., and stop every 15 minutes at three designated locations: Post Exchange parking lot, next to the ATM machine; corner of Wright Avenue and Butler Road, adjacent to Collins Hall; and between Anne Ely Hall and Washington Hall on Garrison Lane.


Andricka Hammonds, Army News Service

Army Civilian Corps established


   July 27, 2006 -- Top Army leaders announced the establishment of the Army Civilian Corps last month.
    "The Army Civilian Corps is meant to unify the Army civilian service and embody the commitment of civilians who serve as an integral part of our Army team," said Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker in a joint memorandum to Army personnel.
    Army civilians work side by side with Soldiers deployed around the world. They have played many roles in America's fight against terror, from assisting in reconstruction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan to training Soldiers for deployment.
    "The Corps provides identity for the civilian force comparable to their military counterparts - the officer, enlisted and NCO Corps," said Melinda McMillon Darby, Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel.
    The Army Civilian Corps Creed and the memorandum establishing the Corps are available at the civilian personnel Web site at under "Top Army Initiatives."
    Establishment of the Corps is a result of a study conducted by the Army Training and Leadership Development Panel from August 2001 to February 2003. Through written and online surveys with civilians, focus-group sessions and personal interviews, an executive panel comprised of senior civilian and military subject-matter-experts concluded the needs and concerns of Army civilians.
    The study also resulted in the November 2004 establishment of the Civilian Advisory Board, which serves as an advocate for civilian matters raised to the Army chief of staff.


Jack Giblin, Army Heritage and Education Center

Army Heritage and Education Center to host "hands-on" history

     The Army Heritage and Education Center will host a series of "hands-on" history workshops that focus on early 18th and 19th century timber construction techniques. "Under Construction: Building the Army," will teach a variety of historic construction techniques to 15 students each week.  The course is being taught by Mr. Roland Cadle, nationally known historic preservation and restoration expert.

     The course will run the last Friday and Saturday of each month starting July 28th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The course is offered free of charge and open to the first 15 students, age 16 and above, who register each month. Registration must be completed prior to the Monday before the class is offered and will be taken until the class is full.  To register, call 717-245-3803 or e-mail the center at

     The public is welcome to visit the site and watch the class build a late 18th century military blacksmith and farrier's shop. All work will be conducted on the Army Heritage Trail at AHEC, 220 Army Heritage Drive, Carlisle, Pa.


Michael Lynch, Army Heritage and Education Center

Army Heritage and Education Center to feature Archeology Public Workshop

     Do history and memory agree? Sometimes they do, sometimes they do not, and sometimes they agree in the larger picture but not in detail. Physical evidence derived through archaeology can often help resolve the problem - this is the real value of archaeology.  This workshop will demonstrate how to use artifacts and recover them, make something of the data, and then to use the physical evidence to make more complete interpretations of the past. 

"Battlefields: Using History, Memory and Archeology"

DATE:  Friday, August 11, 2006

TIME:  9 - 10:30 a.m.

PLACE:  Ridgway Hall, Carlisle Barracks

For more information, please call (717) 245-3803.
This workshop is open to the public ages 12 and up. Class size is limited to 25, so please send in a completed registration form [available at] by email to; by FAX to AHCF (717) 258-1576 or by regular mail to  AHCF, Education Department,  P.O. Box 839, Carlisle, PA 17013 no later than Aug. 1 2006. There will be a $10.00 conference registration fee to cover refreshments.
Dr. Doug Scott received his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1977 from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is currently an Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology and Geography, University of Nebraska, Lincoln and an Adjunct Professor, Master's of Forensic Science Program, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln. Scott retired from National Park Service after more than 30 years, his last position was as Great Plains Team Leader, Park Programs, Midwest Archeological Center, U.S. National Park Service, Lincoln, NE, where he worked for 22 years. Before coming to the Center he was a park superintendent and curator for the Oklahoma Historical Society at Fort Towson Historic Site. He also served as the District Archeologist for Montrose, Colorado District, Bureau of Land Management from 1975 to 1983.  He has worked throughout the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West on a variety of archeological projects.  He is the author with five books and over 100 monographs and articles on nineteenth century military sites archeology. He has served as President of the Colorado Council of Professional Archeologists and the Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists, and on the Board of Directors of the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Plains Anthropological Society.  He is the president of the Society for Historical Archaeology for 2006-2007.



Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Annual education fair scheduled for Aug.10

    The Carlisle Barracks Education Center is sponsoring the 13th Annual Education Fair at Letort View Community Center Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Vandenberg Room.

    The education fair is open to everyone on the installation and the general public.

    Participating educational institutions include:  Academy of Medical Arts & Business, Salve Regina University, Central Pennsylvania College, Columbia Southern University, Dickinson College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Liberty University, North Central University, Penn State Harrisburg, Shippensburg University, University of Maryland College, Temple University Harrisburg, Thomas Edison State College, University of Phoenix, Valley Forge Military College, Veterans Affairs, Wilson College,  and others. 

    For additional information, call the Education Center 245-3943 or DSN 242-3943




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

New Dunham Commander eager to tackle job

August 1, 2006 - The new face in command of the Dunham Army Health Clinic should look familiar; he's a graduate of the USAWC Class of 2006.

    The new commander, Col. Ronald Smith, Jr., comes to the clinic after 10-months of study at the war college, and those experiences have him ready to start taking care of the Army's former and future leaders.

    "The experiences I've had as a student here have really helped me gain an appreciation for everything that is done at Carlisle Barracks," said Smith. "I really enjoyed my experiences as a student and look forward to the challenges at Dunham."

    Smith said he hopes to enhance the relationship between the clinic and the other tenants of Carlisle Barracks.

    "My time as a student has really helped me to think about things more strategically, and I plan to look for ways to help create opportunities for dialogue and discussions between the staff of the clinic and the staffs of the war college, Army Physical Fitness Research Institute and others," he said.

    Smith also wants to strengthen the clinic's relationship with the other health organizations in the area.

    "I want to try and look for ways to integrate what we do with the state, and local health organizations to help provide better care for everyone," he said. "Strengthening those relationships will really pay off for our beneficiaries."

    The health and care of the beneficiaries though, is the top priority for Smith.

    "We've got a great clinic and a great staff that I look forward to commanding," he said. "They all do a great job of taking care of our Soldiers, their families and retirees and I look forward to continuing that tradition."

    Smith came on active duty in 1989 after completing medical school, and has served in various leadership positions including being assigned as the division surgeon for the 10th Mountain Division while deployed in Afghanistan in 2002.

    "I felt a very strong obligation to serve my country," said Smith. "I think that it's very important to do a national service."

     When asked what has kept him in the military, he said it was the people he has served with and for.

    "The people truly keep you in," he said. "I've met some fabulous people while serving and admire their desire to sacrifice and give their all." 

    Col. Gordon Miller, who has been the commander of Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic since 2002, will soon retire and transfer command to Smith. Miller will officially transfer command to Smith at a change of command ceremony Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. at Wheelock Bandstand. The inclement weather site with be Reynolds Theater.  




Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks Welcome Jam Aug. 4

  July 27, 2006 -- The Carlisle Barracks Welcome Jam for the U.S. Army War College Class of 2007 and their families will be held on Friday, August 4, from 5-8 p.m.

  A "Mix & Mingle Cook Out" for USAWC students and their families is scheduled from 5-6 p.m. at the Cumberland County Historical Society Courtyard (in the first block of West High Street, across from the Carlisle Theatre).  Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and beverages will be provided by the Letort View Community Center. A local magician will amaze kids with his talents, and goodie bags filled with community items will be handed out to families. The mix and mingle will be cancelled if there is inclement weather.   

  Following the cook out, from 6:15 to 8 p.m., students and their families will join the Carlisle community for a free, outdoor concert at the Square featuring the U.S. Army Field Band "Volunteers".  The Carlisle Square is at the intersection of Hanover and High Streets.  In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Comfort Suites at 10 South Hanover Street.

  This event to welcome the Class of 2007 is sponsored by the Carlisle Regional Medical Center with continued support from the Carlisle Barracks Commissary and Post Exchange, and brought to you by the Downtown Carlisle Association, the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce and Carlisle Barracks.


Free Army Field Band concert in Carlisle Aug. 4


    July 27, 2006 -- In conjunction with Downtown Carlisle Association's First Friday, The United States Army Field Band "Volunteers," the musical ambassadors of the Army, will perform a free concert on August 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Square in Downtown Carlisle.

    The Volunteers - a five-piece group -- has performed in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Belgium, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Performances by the Volunteers have included Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Indianapolis 500, Nashville Now, the Calgary Stampede, and many state fairs and festivals across the country. Performances by the Volunteers have been described as "outstanding entertainment with energy and inspiration." The entire family will enjoy their exciting blend of popular American music, including rock 'n' roll, standards, country, jazz, and patriotic.

    Don't forget your lawn chairs!




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Post welcomes new garrison commander

July 20, 2006 -- Carlisle Barracks Soldiers and civilians stood in platoon formation, July 20, at the Wheelock Bandstand to witness the transfer of command of the U.S. Army Garrison from Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips to Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson.

    "To be a commander is the ultimate honor the Army confers upon its leaders, but it is an honor that flies by incredibly fast," said Diane Devens, director, Northeast Region, Installation Management Agency. Devens officiated the ceremony as Carlisle Barracks is an IMA installation. 

    "Through his insightful leadership and grasp of the Army strategy in personnel management, Ty has made changes that have laid the foundation to ensure the future success of the garrison."

    McPhillips has served as the garrison commander since July 2004 and will move to a staff position at the U.S. Army War College's planning division.

    The new garrison commander was charged with maintaining the high standards set by his predecessors.

    "Good leadership is about taking care of the mission and the people," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "Great leadership is doing it to a high standard."

Devens said she felt that Dickerson will perform at that standard.

    "Lieutenant Colonel Dickerson is a superbly capable officer who I have confidence will excel here," she said.

    Also highlighted was the importance of the work done at Carlisle Barracks to support a nation at war.

    "What happens here has an effect that's felt in the rocky mountains of Afghanistan and other places around the world," said Devens. "Everything we do here is designed to give the nation a strong military for years ahead."

    Dickerson, 40,  is a graduate of The Citadel with a bachelor's in political science, and earned a master's in management from Webster University. An Army Chemical officer, his military education included the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Infantry and Chemical Advanced Courses and Chemical Basic Course.

    Dickerson's prior assignment was as the Chief Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Officer for the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.  He previously held staff and command positions, to include several assignments in The Republic of Korea. He is a veteran of Operations DESERT SHIELD/ DESERT STORM, having served as the chemical officer for the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Battalion.

     "Thank you for the opportunity to command here," said Dickerson. "It is with great humility that I accept this challenge."


Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

IF orientation program helps make transition easier for foreign students

   July 19, 2006 -- Imagine moving with your family to a new country, and knowing little more than how to speak the language? That can be quite a daunting experience, but the U.S. Army War College sponsors a program to help the international students who come here every year.

   An extensive orientation program eases the transition and diminishes the sense of a "stranger in a strange land" for the International Fellows of the Army War College Class of 2007.  The IF Program Office provides information and orientation. Medical and dental briefings that orient the IFs to the health systems here are among the information sessions. Trips engage the fellows and their families to their new neighborhood. A trip to the State Capitol introduces state government; a briefing and tour of the Hershey School exposes international guests to an example of American sense of community.

    The international officers spend much of July in a customized 24-day orientation program set up to help prepare both fellows and family members for their year-long stay here. The program provides briefings on such broad topics as -- English as a second language for family members, USAWC orientation, health and dental resources, the U.S. judicial system, and the organization and missions of the U.S. military services.

   The fellows' sponsors give customized assistance in the American "ways" of banking, car insurance and traffic laws, and introductions to local businesses, schools and recreation. The International Fellows Program Office coordinates three volunteer sponsors for each IF:  a college faculty/staff sponsor, a community sponsor and a USAWC student sponsor.

    "As a barracks sponsor for the International Fellows Program, it is my responsibility to meet the IF and his family at the airport as well as to secure any licenses, insurances or temporary lodging needed until permanent housing can be acquired," said Bill Lord, barracks sponsor. 

    The role of the community sponsor is to integrate the IF into the professional and social life of the community.

    "Being a sponsor really is a better opportunity to develop a personal relationship with an IF and his family than any other circumstance would allow," explained Lord, who has been a barracks sponsor for 10 years.

    "The orientation program here is excellent. It provided me a way to quickly acclimate myself to the new surroundings and the people," said Jordanian Col. Mohammed Jaradat.  

     Sponsorship also happen at the seminar level. The student sponsor is a volunteer from the same seminar as the IF, who sits next to him all year and explains cultural references. This sponsor acts as an academic mentor.

    The acclimation program doesn't end however with sponsorship. The IF program also coordinates will also be attending several day trips throughout the course of the year as a part of the program.

    Including Jaradat, there are 41 international fellows in the AY07 Resident Class. This is the first year the college will host a fellow from Rwanda. The Norwegian Fellow will be the first woman in the USAWC International Fellow program.

IF Program background

    Each year approximately 40 senior military officers from different countries are extended an invitation from the Chief of Staff of the United States Army to attend the U.S. Army War College. The academic year is full of studying, research, and fellowship as these officers are exposed to and instructed in areas ranging from military concepts and doctrine to national and theater level strategies.  

    The main objectives of the program are to establish mutual understanding and good working relationships between senior U.S. officers and senior officers of selected foreign countries and  offer an opportunity for senior military officers from allied and friendly countries to study, research, and write on subjects of significance to the security interests of their own and allied nations, as well as to extend and deepen the professional qualifications of military leaders of other nations, to enrich the educational environment of the USAWC, and to improve the Fellows' firsthand knowledge of the U.S. culture and institutions through study and travel in the Continental United States.


Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Post Office renovations near completion

July 19, 2006 -- One of the renovation projects at Anne Ely Hall is nearly complete.

    "We are pleased to report the renovations of the permanent United States Postal Service Office annex are nearly complete and mail operations will be returning to the permanent annex," said Deamer Davidson, engineer technician for DPW.

    For the renovations to be considered complete, the post office must first receive new windows.  According to Davidson, these windows are on order and will be installed upon delivery in early fall.

    The temporary post office facing the Anne Ely parking lot will permanently close at 2 p.m. on Friday July 21 to relocate the USPS operations to their original, newly renovated annex along Garrison Lane.  The lobby will open for service at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 22.

    The hours of operation will remain the same.  The lobby will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday -Friday and the regular business hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday -Friday.

    The newly renovated facility includes new post office boxes in addition to a limited number of parcel lockers to better serve patrons.

    "Patron's addresses and mailbox numbers will remain the same, but all patrons will be required to exchange their current keys for keys to their new mailbox," said Davidson.

    The lobby service desk will be open from 9 -11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22 for patrons to exchange their keys.



Public Affairs staff report

New faculty introduced to USAWC

July 18, 2006 -  Maj. Gen. David Huntoon welcomed 34 new members of the U.S. Army War College faculty during a July orientation program here, and retired Col. Bill Lord shared instructor insights in a "seminar survival" session.

    The new faculty members bring extensive experience to the student seminar; the USAWC and International Fellows bring their own expertise and experience. The roles of the faculty member range from instruction to seminar discussion facilitation and more. Dr. Anna Waggener, the college's director of institutional assessment, develops/ leads the faculty orientation program to introduce curriculum, philosophy, and resources like the USAWC Library. 

    "This event is designed to indoctrinate the new faculty into the USAWC teaching philosophy," said Waggener.  "The seminar preparation included events that we believe our faculty need to know to start the year. 

    "Some of the value of the experiential learning may not be realized until well into the year but the events were selected on what we think they need at the start," said Waggener, who manages all faculty development programs on behalf of the Department of Academic Affairs.

     The new faculty slate for academic 2007 reflect the new standards of Joint Professional Military Education II.

     "We are implementing the faculty mix requirements of JMPE-II, which has resulted in a 20 percent increase in other services' representation throughout the resident teaching departments," noted Dr. Bill Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academic Affairs.

  • In the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management: Air Force Col. Lee DeRemer, Col. Bob Driscoll, Col. Dallas Hack, Dr. John Hawkins, Dr. Louis Hicks, Air Force Col. Benjamin Leitzel, Dr. Sara Morgan, Navy Cmdr. Carolyn Owens, and Air Force Col. Steve Weiler. 

  • In the Department of National Security and Strategy:  Mr. Kirk Augustine, Navy Capt. Bill Davis, Col. Terry DeRouchey, Navy Cmdr. Jim Greenburg, Dr. Janeen Klinger, Canada Army Col. Guy Maillet, Prof. Richard Smyth, Col. Charles Van Bebber, Air Force Col. Rod Zastrow, USAF, and Col. Joe Charsagua.

  • In the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations:  Col. Ken Bolster, Lt. Col. Mike George, Air Force Col. Clair Gilk, Navy Capt. Steve Knott, Air Force Col. Mike Marra, Col. Tom Reilly, and Navy Cmdr. Mark Stroh. 

  • In the Department of Distance Education:  Navy Cmdr. Joe Andreatti, Lt. Col. Cheryl McAuley, Col. Alan Phaneuf, Col. Dean Stodter, and Col. Lisa Windsor.

  • With the Center for Strategic Leadership:  Col. Eric Ashworth, Ms. Elena Brineman, and Lt. Col. Bob Hume.


Babysitter training course Aug 8-9 

    The Babysitter Training Course for young adults (12 yrs and older) will be held Aug. 8 & 9.   CPR, first aid, developmental activities, fire and safety are some of the trainings being offered.  Pick up a registration packet at Children and Youth Services, 637 Liggett Road or the Child Development Center, 455 Mara Circle.  

    For more information contact Betsy Ferguson at 245-3701.


J.T. Coleman, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center Public Affairs Office

Cell phones compete for drivers' attention
July 12, 2006 -Psychologists at the University of Utah published a study June 29 showing that motorists who talk on handheld or hands-free cellular phones are as impaired while driving as drunks.
    Driver inattention is the leading factor in 80 percent of vehicle crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
    "Just as you put yourself and other people at risk when you drive drunk, you put yourself and others at risk when you use a cell phone and drive. The level of impairment is very similar," said David Strayer, a psychology professor and the study's lead author.
    Army Regulation 190-5, "Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision," states that anyone driving a motor vehicle on a Department of Defense installation cannot use a cell phone unless the vehicle is safely parked or the driver is using a hands-free device.
    "The regulation covering cell phone use while driving is the minimum standard to be enforced. Posts and individual commanders can make it more stringent," said Fred Bucher, acting Policy Branch chief of the Law Enforcement Branch in the Pentagon.
    Training and Doctrine Command has initiated a policy that active-duty members must also use a hands-free device while driving their vehicles off post, added Bucher.
    Information in the Army's Risk Management Information System, or RMIS data base, shows that a Soldier distracted by her cell phone while driving accidentally steered into oncoming traffic. The Soldier overcorrected the vehicle trying to get back in her lane and lost control. The vehicle rolled three times and injured the Soldier.
    Military statistics don't directly link cell phone use while driving to accidents.
    "However, many officers are writing in the remarks section of citations that drivers were on the phone when they violated rules of the road with illegal lane changes or speeding," said Bucher.
    Since April, more than 212 million people in the United States are using cell phones compared to about 4.3 million during 1990, according to the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association.
     "The bottom line is driving requires your full attention," said Bucher.




Distance Education Class of 2006 graduation July 28


July 26, 2006 -- Graduation exercises for the U.S. Army War College Distance Education Class of 2006, will take place at 9 a.m., Friday, July 28, at Wheelock Bandstand. 

    All guests and friends are invited to sit in the guest seating areas to observe the ceremony.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Bliss Hall with guest seating in Reynolds Theater and throughout Root Hall.  In addition, the ceremony will be broadcast over the cable channel so it can be viewed throughout on-post housing.  Should the bandstand not be used for the ceremony, information on the graduation location will be recorded on the Carlisle Barracks Information Line (245-3700), on TV Channel 14; Carlisle Barracks Police will make announcements throughout the post, and signs will be posted at entrances. 

     Three hundred and twenty-six students will not only earn the Master's of Strategic Studies degree, but will graduate with prestige, awareness, and strategic leadership knowledge.

     The keynote address will be given by Gen. William S. Wallace, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Va.

     The USAWC Distance Education Class of 2006 consists of 326 students, which include 111 Army National Guard, 120 Army Reserve, 54 active Army, one Air Force, two Marines, two Marine Reserve, five Navy Reserve, 20 civilians from the Department of the Army, Defense Leadership and Management Program, and the

Department of State.   Also in attendance are 10 International Fellows--foreign officers, from Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, New Zealand, The Philippines and Poland.

     The Pa. Army National Guard's 28th Infantry Division Band from Hollidaysburg  will provide the music during the ceremony, to include a medley of service songs. 

Change to normal walking, driving patterns

  On  July 28, Lovell Ave will be one-way traffic from Pratt Avenue to Guardhouse Lane, and Flower Road will be changed to two-way traffic from 8 a.m. until the ceremony is concluded.  Traffic will remain two-way on Garrison Lane.  Once the ceremony starts, Lovell Avenue, Guardhouse Lane, and Garrison Lane will be closed to traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles and properly placarded LVCC/DPW vehicles.  Several main intersections on Carlisle Barracks will be controlled by Carlisle Barracks Police, and you are asked to obey all directions received.  Normal traffic routes are expected to open by noon.  

Shuttle bus for graduation ceremony

    Bus service will be provided from area motels to Root Hall every half hour from 6:30-8 a.m.  After graduation, buses will run every half hour from Root Hall to motels until noon.  Shuttle service on-post will run from 8 - 9:15 a.m. to transport students and guests to the USAWC graduation ceremony. 

    The graduation site unloading/loading point will be behind Anne Ely Hall.  Return shuttle will be provided following the ceremony.  In the event of inclement weather, the bus route will change to drop off guests in front of Reynolds Theater, and graduates at Bliss Hall. 

Reserved parking for USAWC graduation

    The following parking areas will be reserved for graduation: DRM/APFRI/HRD (Bldgs 314/315/22) parking lot for parking of VIPs and the handicapped; parking lot adjacent to Reynolds Theatre for the civilian press; Anne Ely Hall (Bldg 46) parking lot for guests.  Guests may also park in the PX parking lot and Collins Hall Parking lot, which will have shuttle service to the graduation site.  These lots should be open to the public after noon. 


New CBNet to debut Aug. 1

    On-post computer users will notice some changes Aug. 1 when they direct their web browsers to the Carlisle Barracks intranet page.

   After months or work, the new, redesigned CBNet will be launched that day, just in time for the new academic year. The new page is better organized into categories and will contact a spotlight where Carlisle Barracks users can submit items they deem are appropriate to share with the entire CBNet community.


Jack Scott, PX manager

AAFES and Lionsgate deliver 'The Descent' preview and sweepstakes-

    On Sunday July 30 at 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Theater will host a FREE sneak preview of the new Lionsgate horror "The Descent," five days before its nationwide opening on Aug. 4. Military members and their families can visit the Carlisle PX, Bookstore or Anthonys Pizza for  FREE tickets.

    "The Army & Air Force Exchange Service wants to be military service members' first choice for entertainment," said Carlisle General Manager Jack Scott. "Teaming with distributors to offer military-exclusive previews is just one of the many ways we aim to make that easier." 

    In addition to the free screening, a special AAFES-only "The Descent" sweepstakes will run through Aug. 11. Carlisle Barracks moviegoers can enter-to-win by visiting their Reynolds Theater snack stand.

    One lucky grand prize winner, drawn from entries received worldwide, will enjoy a private complimentary screening of "The Descent" for themselves and 50 friends, five first place winners will be awarded three Lionsgate horror DVDs, and 25 runners-up will receive goody bags from the film.



Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

National Night Out-America's night out against crime

  July 19, 2006 -- A unique crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the Carlisle Police Department, Dickinson College Public Safety and the  National Association of Town Watch, will be held at Dickinson Park, 1240 Ritner Highway, Carlisle, on August 1 from 5 to 9 p.m.

  A wide variety of activities and displays are scheduled with the assistance of federal, state and local agencies.

  Displays will include Fire, EMS and Police equipment to include emergency vehicles, helicopters and K-9 units, along with Carlisle Barracks DA Police and Safety Office.  Also included will be Child I.Ds, Zoo America, a petting zoo, bike helmet giveaway, clowns, moon jumpers and more.

  There will be a softball tournament featuring teams from the Carlisle Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Cumberland County District Attorney's office, Cumberland County Probation and Carlisle Regional Medical Center.

  The program includes live music and food. 


Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Old Guard Drill Team and Green Beret Parachute Demonstration Team to perform at the Keystone State Games

  July 19, 2006 -- On Friday evening, July 28, 7:30 p.m. at the York Expo Center, the U. S. Army's Old Guard Drill Team and Green Beret Parachute Demonstration Team will perform in conjunction with the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion-Harrisburg, during ceremonies at the Keystone State Games.

  The Olympic-styled Keystone State Games are being hosted this year by York County.  The games, Pennsylvania's largest athletic festival, scheduled from July 25-30, consist of multi-sport competitions at the York Expo Center and at several locations throughout York County.

  For the game's schedule and directions, visit the Keystone State Games website:


College Age Social July 26

     Are you new to Carlisle Barracks and have college-aged family members? Then you should tell them about the College Age Social, sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club, Wednesday, July 26, 7-9 p.m. at the Letort Swimming Pool. They can swim and enjoy snacks, door prizes, and it's a great way to meet new people.

    For more information call Jackie Syverson at 249-8968.


Hunting, Fishing and Boating Orientation July 26

    The USAWC and Carlisle Barracks Hunting, Fishing and Boating Orientation will be July 26 at 6 p.m. in  Wil Waschoe Auditorium in Root Hall.

    Guest speakers include representatives from the Pa. Game, Boat and Fish Commission and Letterkenny Army Depot.

    For more information call Bill Hoffer, 245-3889.


Garrison to implement pilot recycling program

    July 13, 2006 -- The Directorate of Public Works recently completed an Environmental Management System or "EMS" study of the installation environmental program. 

    According to Tom Kelly, DPW Director, the EMS study determined that Carlisle Barracks needed to "re -evaluate its recycling program in the non -housing buildings to determine if the post can improve its recycling rate and reduce the amount of solid waste going to landfills." 

    "We are now in the process of distributing new recycling containers to employees in the DPW and garrison staff and will provide them with training on how to utilize the containers," said Kelly.

    If the program is deemed successful, the plan is to implement it post-wide in the future.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

APFRI's new additions continue to save lives

July 10, 2006-- A fluctuation in one's health condition is usually cut and dry (good or bad), but some fluctuations in life can bring mixed emotions. The recent flux of APFRI (Army Physical Fitness Research Institute) personnel on post does exactly this; it brings a lot of excitement, but a bit of remorse too.

    Sgt. Thomas Goyt, Physical Therapy NCO, Maj. Patricia Coburn, nurse practitioner, Capt. Dave Cotting, Department Director of Executive Research Programs, are recent additions to APFRI. They are quickly becoming familiar with the Army War College support mission, as well as the APFRI mission, which is to develop a comprehensive health and fitness program designed to fit the needs of senior middle-aged officers. APFRI staff has designed programs to assist in lowering blood pressure, improving nutrition, managing stress, and increasing flexibility, strength, and aerobic fitness.    

    At APFRI, the educational focus ranges from "portion distortion", educating about healthy serving sizes of foods, to the optimal heart rate for each individual during exercise.

    "By tracking individuals with high cholesterol or elevated levels of blood sugar we coordinate case management. We give people the knowledge and, with their own will and determination, great things happen. It is our addition to the equation, the education, that makes the job so rewarding for me," said Coburn.

    "I find that leaders often put themselves last on their list of priorities because they are always taking care of their Soldiers 100%," said Cotting. "We believe that the longer these leaders stay in good health, the longer they will be able to take care of their Soldiers. This perspective often changes the way leaders view the importance of their health in the scheme of it all," said Cotting.

    Coburn was last stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and in the midst of her time there spent one year in Iraq, working as a nurse practitioner.

    Sgt. Goyt has been at the Carlisle Barracks for two months and is already finding the change of environment rewarding.

    "This is certainly a change from my last assignment where I was doing rehabilitation at a hospital and I really love it here. I have the opportunity to carry so many hats because my responsibilities are varied, ranging from training individuals to credit card holder," said Goyt.  

    Goyt's last assignment was William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas.

    Despite personnel changes, the heart behind APFRI stays the same.   

    Cotting joins APFRI from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. During his three years at Walter Reed, he spent 450 days traveling to various locations worldwide educating military on mental health and combating stress. 

    Beyond APFRI's most evident goals, the new members are finding the job to be more than hoped for on a personal level.

    "I'm really excited to be here. I love taking care of patients. A lot of times, once you get high enough up you start doing administrative work only, but here I can do both," said Coburn. "I've only been here for about a month, but already I see how great the people here are to work with, every single one of them."

    The new personnel have already been working with the USAWC Distance Education students.

    "Working with the students and the extremely strong team interaction are my favorite parts of the job, so far" said Cotting.

Background on APFRI

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

    In 1982, the TRADOC Commander directed the establishment of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute on the grounds of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Ambassador McMillion prepares to end distinguished 30+ year career


July 10, 2006 -- A career that spanned 30 years of distinguished service, with roots starting in high school, will soon end for Ambassador Margaret McMillion, deputy commandant for international affairs. 

    McMillion came to Carlisle Barracks in 2004 after serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda. She has spent her career working on African and Asian affairs, an interest that was sparked during her high school years.

    "I was born in New Brighton, Pa., but grew up in Beaver Falls. When I was in high school, I participated in a student study program and I had a wonderful experience. I wanted a job where I could work and live in different countries and learn about them," McMillion said.

    And for more than 30 years, she has done so. Having served in such countries as Thailand, South Africa, and Laos, McMillion brought a wealth of international knowledge and experience to the U.S. Army War College. McMillion is a graduate of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh and Eisenhower College. She speaks French, Afrikaans, Thai and Lao. McMillion has received the Department of State's Superior Honor award three times, and she was runner-up for the Director General's award for reporting and analysis in 1989.     

    Being a graduate of the National War College, McMillion always wanted to come back and be involved at a senior service college.

    "I think these schools are very important. The students here learn to think more strategically than tactically, and are able to step away from the demands of their jobs to do so. That's very important to be able to refresh their perspectives."

    Another important part of the senior service college system is the coordination skills and connections that are being developed, she noted.

    "Only at places like these do all the departments of the executive branch learn to work together to advance U.S. international interests," said McMillion. "That's very important in today's environment."

    Responsibilities for the DCIA include overseeing the International Fellows program, acting as a liaison between the college and the State Department, and, until this summer, acting as the advisor for the civilian students.   

    "I'm glad to have had the opportunity to meet and engage in discussion with the students and faculty of the War College," said McMillion. "I've been able to learn from everyone I've met; that's very stimulating." Dr. Sara Morgan will be the new advisor for the civilian students.

    Those who work with McMillion also appreciated her contributions to the War College.


   "Ambassador McMillion has been a superb catalyst for strategic change here at the Army War College. She has opened several high level State Department doors to our team, increasing both our access to State and the quality and relevance of our interagency education," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant.

    "She has also brought to the resident and non- resident programs a highly skilled set of State Department students and faculty who are more critical to our program here than at any other time in our history."

   Her work with the IF program was also invaluable to the success of the USAWC program, said Huntoon.

    "Ambassador McMillion has also overseen the continued increase in quality and relevance of our International Fellows program," he said. "Few elements at the Army War College are more important than the extraordinary perspectives and operational experience of our talented IFs.  Their future strategic leadership roles will be paramount to their own nations.  Ambassador McMillion's thoughtful leadership has set the right conditions for their certain future success and their lifelong connection to this institution." 

    After she completes her retirement transition with the State Department, McMillion will move to Bangkok, Thailand, to live with her husband,  Peter Yangpichit, who has a business there.

    "It's been a great two years here,' said McMillion. "I hope to see some of these people again in Bangkok in the next few years."

    McMillion will be replaced in mid-August by Ambassador Michael Malinowski, who has been a faculty member of the Department of National Security and Strategy.   


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Changes, challenges, common for garrison commander

July 12, 2006 ---BRAC, major housing projects, budget constraints, military-to-civilian conversions and a dwindling company of Soldiers are usually events that occur during an entire military career. But for Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, U.S. Army Garrison commander, they sum up his past two years as the "mayor" of Carlisle Barracks.

    "It's been challenging, for sure, but I have loved my time here as garrison commander at Carlisle Barracks," said McPhillps.

    He became garrison commander in July of 2004, and has since guided the installation through a period of unprecedented change.

    "I'd have to say that the BRAC process was probably one of the events that will stick out in my mind when I look back," said McPhillips. "It was a major emotional event for everyone involved, including our workforce. I give them a lot of credit for not ever losing focus during the entire process.

    "At the end, it was a vote of confidence from the DoD senior leaders about how important our mission is here at Carlisle Barracks," said McPhillips.

    One of the other major hurdles for McPhillips and the entire Army, were budget constraints due to the need to support multiple missions worldwide. 

    "It's a credit to everyone here and their determination, diligence and patience in making sure we still did what we needed to do to support the important missions here," McPhillips said. "That was probably the toughest part of being garrison commander, but I appreciate the support from the War College and the other tenants for their patience and understanding during this process. "

    Despite budgets constraints, the last few years still have been marked by growth and change for the post.

    "I'm proud that we were still able to still be successful when it came to our facilities," he said. "We've been able to start and complete important renovation or construction projects like Bliss Hall, Anne Ely, move garrison headquarters, and Ridgway Hall even with constraints." The Residential Communities Initiative is also an important project that has made major strides during McPhillps' tenure. The financial closing is scheduled for next week.

    Another large change for McPhillips was the reduction in Solders at Carlisle Barracks. One of the major DoD initiatives during his time as garrison commander was a military-to-civilian conversion program with the largest impact on security positions.

   "One of the most visible changes was with our military police," said McPhillips. "We transitioned our security force from uniformed military Soldiers to civilian DA Police. We realized that those Soldiers were needed elsewhere and the DA Police have stepped in and done an outstanding job." 

    While the demands come along with any command position, McPhillps said he appreciated those who served with and for him during his time here. When asked what he will miss most about his time at Carlisle, McPhillips responded simply, "the people."

    "I've really enjoyed my time here, and the people of the barracks and the Carlisle community are a large reason for that," he said. "There are so many people I'd like to thank for everything they've done since I've been at Carlisle Barracks. They've all become such good friends of mine, and that's one of the reasons we've decided to stay here." McPhillps is renovating a historic church in Carlisle into his family's home, and will next work on the USAWC staff.

    For those that work with and for McPhillips, the admiration is mutual.

    "His leadership, mentorship, and philosophy of 'taking care of his workforce and doing what is right' have led us to where we are today - a successful garrison," said George Fritz, command executive assistant. "His personality and wit have brought us through some tough times. He has been a true friend to everyone on the installation and we wish him and his family the best."

    Putting the installation and its people first was something that was recognized by others.

    "Leaders first and foremost should be about character, about leading from the front, and about taking care of their people," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant. "In all those things Lt. Col. McPhillips has been a superb role model.   In the face of continuous, difficult fiscal constraints Lt. Col. McPhillips has maintained the high standards of this special place, and always looked out first for the people of Carlisle Barracks."

     Those comments were echoed by others who worked with McPhillips.

     "The past two years have flown by and I wish we could extend the tour for a garrison commander to three or four years," said Susan Wise, command executive assistant secretary. "He's always welcomed our ideas and suggestions. He has provided superb leadership and it's been a pleasure working on his team."  

     While being the garrison commander were challenging at times, when asked to sum up his time in one word, McPhillps replied, "without a doubt -- fun."

     McPhillips will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson on Thursday, July 20 at at 9 a.m. on the historic parade grounds. All members of the Carlisle Barracks community are invited to attend. Diane Devens, IMA Northeast Region Director, will officiate the ceremony. A reception will follow at the LVCC.


Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Anne Ely Hall renovations on schedule

 July 11, 2006 - Recent rains and warm temperatures haven't delayed the renovations of Anne Ely Hall.  

    "The work at Anne Ely Hall is progressing well and is on schedule, with a projected completion date of April 2007," said Deamer Davidson, engineer technician for DPW. "First floor demolition and framing is in progress, as well as drywall finishing on the second floor."

    Along with carpentry work on the second floor, the installations of HVAC systems, plumbing, sprinkler piping, and electrical work are about 85% complete for the floor. 

    As for the exterior of the building, installations of new ramps, steps, sidewalks, equipment pads, and masonry repairs are ongoing. 

    "We are in the process of installing architectural finishes to the original post office, not to be confused with its now temporary location. The target date for the reopening of the post office at its original location, facing Garrison Lane, is late July or early August," said Davidson.

    The installation of a new HVAC system for the building as well as an electrical distribution system, elevator, windows and doors is still pending.


Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

USAWC welcomes new IF Director


    July 11, 2006 - There's a new face in the International Fellows office, and it's not just the new students.

    Col. Cliff Crofford, a USAWC Class of 2006 graduate, took over the role of International Fellows Program Director just in time to welcome the new IFs to post. 

    "Having spent a year in the Army War College, I had the opportunity to see what the IFs bring to the classes as well as the community. It is very beneficial," Crofford said. 

    Crofford came to the War College after spending a year in Iraq. He was able to stay at Carlisle Barracks because of the high school stabilization program, so his daughter would be able to finish her senior year here.

    "I am very fortunate to have this opportunity," said Crofford.   

    One of the first projects for Crofford was to coordinate the IF orientation.

    "The orientation process is extensive. This is a crucial step in the process of the IF program so that the IFs have a firm base to build on.  We communicate with them on a very personal level," explained Crofford.

    He also said he was thrilled to be surrounded by experienced people.

    "The people here are very experienced and very good at what they do. They really know how to take care of the IFs and I am very fortunate to have been placed here," Crofford said.     

    Crofford is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He also holds a master's degree in Civil Engineering and a second master's degree in International Policy and Studies from Stanford University. 



Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Vacation Bible School registration ongoing

    July 10, 2006 -- The U.S. Army War College Memorial Chapel invites children age 4-years-old through 6th grade to a combined Protestant/ Catholic Community Vacation Bible School from July 31 through August 4.

    Activities begin each day at 8:30 a.m., and conclude at noon. Best of all it's free!  This year's theme is, "Fiesta: Where kids are fired up about Jesus!" 

     "The Fiesta program will provide fun, memorable Bible-learning activities for kids of all ages," said Laura Barko, Protestant Religious Education Coordinator. "Each day, kids will sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, nibble Maraca Munchies, take on a Daily Challenge to let Jesus' love grow into their homes, experience electrifying Bible adventures, and create Bible Point Crafts they'll take home and play with all summer long."

     Carlisle Barracks youth will also join nearly a million children in North America and take part in a hands-on mission project that will reach needy children in Latin American countries.

     Each day concludes with a Fiesta Finale - a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they've learned.  Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:30 a.m.

    Anyone entering 7th grade or higher as well as adults are encouraged to volunteer as crew leaders, or help with music or games. There is a need for volunteers this year. 

    "Vacation Bible School is a great way to meet new families on post," said Barko.     

    To register or volunteer, stop by the chapel or contact Laura Barko at 241-0081 or Joellen Frist, at 215-1853.


Army Substance Abuse Program offering training

   The Army Substance Abuse Office ensures that all military and civilian personnel are provided prevention education/training services. The ASAP/Prevention Office will be providing the following schedule of one-hour sessions for July and August FY 06. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Bring your lunch.

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

    The training will cover the four areas of the ASAP program: Prevention, Deterrence, Employee Assistance Program and Counseling.


Friday July 21,               noon- 1 p.m.                  Education Center           ASAP PROGRAM

Monday July 24              1-2 p.m.                        Education Center           ASAP PROGRAM

Monday July 31,             noon- 1 p.m.                 Education Center           ASAP PROGRAM


Friday August 11            11 a.m.- noon                Upton Hall Auditorium     ASAP PROGRAM

Monday August 21          1-2 p.m.                        Education Center           ASAP PROGRAM


Ryan D. Smith, The Paraglide

Bush praises Bragg's 'All Americans'

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (July 5, 2006) - President George W. Bush addressed Soldiers, civilians and their families in front of Ft. Bragg's Iron Mike statue yesterday. The President's remarks focused on his gratitude to the troops, the meaning of independence and the continued war in Iraq.
    "I can't think of a better way to spend the Fourth of July than with the All Americans of the 82nd Airborne (Division)," he said. "You're airborne all the way, and I'm proud to be here with you."
   Bush also praised the families of service members.
    "It's a privilege to be here with so many military families who've born the hardships of war with dignity and devotion," he said. "By supporting your loved one in uniform, you are serving our country, and America is grateful for your service."
    Bush reminded the crowd that American independence would never have happened without service members' efforts.
   "Today we honor the 230th anniversary of American independence, and on this day when we give thanks for our freedom, we also give thanks to the men and women who make our freedom possible," he said. "You are serving your country at a time when your country needs you. Because of your courage, every day is Independence Day in America.
    "Two hundred thirty years ago, 56 brave men signed their names to a document that set the course of our nation and changed the history of the world," Bush continued. "Our Declaration of Independence was a bold statement of revolutionary principles. Yet without the Soldiers of our Continental Army, the words of our declaration would have been forgotten by history, dismissed as the radical musings of a failed revolution.
    "We celebrate Independence Day each year because that ragtag group of citizen-Soldiers challenged the world's most powerful military, secured our liberty and planted a standard of freedom to which the entire world has aspired.
    "Since that first Fourth of July, some 43 million Americans have defended our freedom in times of war. These great men and women crossed oceans and continents to defeat murderous ideologies and secure the peace for generations that followed. We live in liberty because of the courage they displayed - from Bunker Hill to Baghdad, from Concord to Kabul."
    The President noted the critical contribution made by Soldiers from Ft. Bragg in the recent takedown of Al Qaeda leader Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi in Iraq.
   "A couple weeks ago I had a chance to visit Baghdad and visit some of the Army's finest Soldiers: special operations forces who helped bring justice to Zarqawi. They were the first coalition forces to arrive on the scene after the bombing of Zarqawi's safe house. They administered compassionate medical care to a man who showed no compassion to his victims. And when this brutal terrorist took his final breath, one of the last things he saw was the face of an American Soldier from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina."
    Bush also stressed his intention to stay the course in Iraq.
    "(Iraqis) want to live in a free and peaceful society. Their mothers are no different than mothers here, who want their children to be able to grow up and realize dreams," he said. "There is more work to be done in Iraq. The Iraqi people face deadly enemies, who are determined to keep Iraq's new government from succeeding. They can't stand the thought of liberty.
    "Our strategy is clear," he continued. "Our goals are easy to understand. We will help Iraq's new leaders. We will help the people of Iraq. Our troops will help the Iraqi people succeed because it's in our national interest. A free Iraq in the heart of the Middle East will make America and the world more secure.
    "I'll make you this promise - I'm not going to allow the sacrifice of 2,527 troops who died in Iraq to be in vain by pulling out before the job is done."
    The President cautioned against setting a hard date for American forces to pull out of Iraq, and said he would make decisions about troop levels in Iraq based on the advice and measured judgment of military commanders.
   "At a moment when the terrorists have suffered a series of significant blows, setting an artificial timetable would breathe new life into their cause. It would send a signal to Iraq's enemies that if they wait a little bit longer, America will just give up.
    "Victory in Iraq will not, in itself, end the war on terror," he said. "It's a global struggle, against  the followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom, crushes dissent and has territorial ambitions."
    President Bush ended his remarks by once again praising the Soldiers of Ft. Bragg.
    "The men and women who serve here at Ft. Bragg are making a difference," he said. "You're part of a great history. Two hundred and thirty years after America declared her independence, the spirit of '76 lives on in the courage that you show each day. You've kept America what our founders meant it to be - a light to the nations, spreading the good news of freedom to the darkest corners of the world."


IRS release

Government to stop collecting long-distance telephone tax

    The Internal Revenue Service announced recently that it will stop collecting the federal excise tax on long-distance telephone service. 

   The tax on telephone services was first imposed in 1898. The current rate is 3% of the charges billed for these services. The IRS announcement follows decisions in five federal appeals courts holding that the tax does not apply to long-distance service as it is billed today.

   Taxpayers will be eligible to file for refunds of all excise tax they have paid on long-distance service billed to them after Feb. 28, 2003. Interest will be paid on these refunds.

    Taxpayers will claim this refund on their 2006 tax returns. In order to minimize burden, the IRS expects to announce soon a simplified method that individuals may use. 

    "So taxpayers won't have to spend time digging through old telephone bills, we're designing a straightforward process that taxpayers may use when they file their tax returns next year," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. "Claiming a refund will be simple and fair."   

    The IRS announcement does not affect the federal excise tax on local telephone service, which remains in effect. Likewise, various state and local taxes and fees paid by telephone customers are also unaffected.

    More information can be found in IRS Notice 2006-50, posted on It will also be published in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2006-25, dated June, 19, 2006.




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Are you feeding the enemy information?

OPSEC and the World Wide Web


June 29, 2006 -- OPSEC, what does it mean to you? What does it mean to all of us? Operational Security refers to the protection of information that is not classified, but possibly sensitive.

    Small pieces of information by themselves may seem irrelevant but, when pieced together, show our adversaries, how we operate, what our tactics are, how our security functions and what our weaknesses may be.

    "We do a good job of protecting our classified information, but most of the intelligence in the world is collected from open sources," said Barry Shughart, Carlisle Barracks Force Protection Division.  "Our adversaries can hide in the woodwork and anonymously capture our most precious secrets from the internet.  They can call us on the phone and we'll tell them.  We give them access to our business, to our infrastructure, and to our families.  Not on purpose, but it's all out there."

    Maybe you think that since your work isn't classified or you believe that your work isn't important that OPSEC doesn't apply to you.  Think again. The information you possess could be the critical data needed to complete an adversary's operational mosaic. Many seemingly unimportant and unrelated items of information from multiple sources can be pieced together to form a comprehensive and damaging picture of our intentions and capabilities.

    The following is an excerpt from an article written in 2003 by Dafna Linzer, of the Associated Press, titled "Al Qaeda Uses Internet Extensively." It shows the importance of computers and the internet to Al Qaeda intelligence gathering.
    "In the tiny towns that dot the Pakistani mountains east of the Afghan border, small shops that seemingly offer residents little more than dusty packs of cigarettes and canned goods are stocked with one more essential - computers with Internet access. It is from this area, in northwest Pakistan, that U.S. intelligence in recent weeks has picked up on increased communications among al Qaeda members, according to U.S. officials."

    So, what does this mean to all the people living and working on Carlisle Barracks?

    "Have you taken a picture of a family member standing by a piece of military equipment? Have you been in Iraq or Afghanistan and had your photo taken and e-mailed it home?" asked Shughart. "Did you e-mail the pictures, or post them on a family web site. If so, they can be accessed by anyone. Pictures like this are showing up on the internet, in BLOGS and most disturbingly in the hands of the enemy."

    This issue is so critical to the safety and security of our country that the Chief of Staff of the Army has directed that all organizations review OPSEC programs and re-emphasize its importance.


What OPSEC means to you

Some advice from Barry Farquhar, post Force Protection Officer. 

What is OPSEC?

Operations Security (OPSEC) is an analytic process used to deny an adversary information - generally unclassified - concerning our intentions and capabilities by identifying, controlling, and protecting indicators associated with our planning processes or operations. OPSEC does not replace other security disciplines - it supplements them.


OPSEC - A New Mindset

Our attention to security must change now. The events of September 11th, 2001 proved there is a demonstrated and known threat. How many times have we heard that terrorism is a threat? But, most of us thought it could only happen elsewhere - not in America.

Unfortunately, we have suffered several terrorist attacks in recent years - the Oklahoma City and U.S.S. Cole attacks, and the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. In these cases, the adversary was successful because they knew our vulnerabilities. Americans at large provided much of what was used against us. The only thing our enemies brought to the table was their personal agenda and their resolve.

As federal employees, we are the representatives of the people. We develop, we plan, we execute - the American people trust us to do our jobs and keep them safe. The mishandling of information can put everything at risk and cost the lives of many Americans.


Why is it important that we learn about OPSEC?

The information that is often used against us is not classified information; it is information that is openly available to anyone who knows where to look and what to ask.

Operations Security is a tool that our adversaries believe in ... and one that we in the United States Government need to understand and integrate into our daily routine. Our work is information, and not all of it is classified. What we don't always realize is how much we are giving away by our predictable behavior, casual conversations, routine acquisitions and other Internet information. We must be careful of what we are revealing - failure to do so could provide our adversaries with the information they need to execute additional terrorist acts.


What can I do to help thwart any future attempts to harm the United States of America?

We can all incorporate OPSEC into our everyday work routine. Practicing operations security will help you accomplish your goals. When you do something, ask yourself, "What could an adversary glean from the knowledge of this activity? Is it revealing information about what we do and how we do it?" It is helpful to view yourself and what you're doing as an adversary would. For example, what can be gained by observing your actions or reading what you place on a website?


What are OPSEC indicators?

What do people observe about your schedule? What do you do when you go to work? What are you revealing by your predictable routines and the way you do business - these are indicators. OPSEC helps people identify the indicators that are giving away information about missions, activities, and operations.


Who is the adversary?

Let's not focus strictly on terrorists right now. Remember that there are other adversaries - for example, foreign intelligence services that continue to collect information on us that could be used to hurt us in the future.

We sometimes only focus on what just happened - but it is a certainty that our adversaries will continually look for and find any weak links.     


What are the capabilities of our adversary?

We can never underestimate the capabilities or strength of conviction of terrorists or any other adversary. Nothing is more dangerous than people who are willing to die for a cause.


What is the risk?

The terrorist threat existed prior to September 11th, 2001. We just did not believe that such a horrific thing could ever happen. Everything we do involves risk - the application of the OPSEC process develops effective countermeasures to help us accomplish our future missions - by analyzing and minimizing the risk that we may inadvertently reveal critical information to our adversaries.


    If you suspect an OPSEC violation has occurred, please call the Force Protection Division at 245-4934 or Security at 245-3233.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

USAWC international alumnus killed on duty 


    June 29, 2006 -- An international alumnus of the Army War College was killed June 26 by a suicide bomber in Sri Lanka, according to news reports.

    Maj. Gen. Parami Kulatunge, the 3rd ranking military officer in the Sri Lanka military forces, was a member of the USAWC Class of 2003.

    Kulatunge was a veteran combat commander of numerous operations against the rebels in the Sri Lanka's northeast, the main theater of fighting during nearly two decades of full-scale war.  The general was driving along a main highway when his car was hit in an explosion that killed three others and wounded several more, "dealing another blow to the island's rapidly unraveling peace process, officials said in an Agence France-Presse report.

    Kulatunge is remembered well by those who knew him here - and others who've come to know him since his academic year in Carlisle.

    "Paara was my seminar-mate during my student year, AY'03," said Capt. Albert Lord, who is now a member of the USAWC faculty. "He was a great classmate, full of life and good humor and will be missed greatly by all who knew him."

    "He loved this place and spoke of his great experience at the War College," said retired Col. William Barko, former director of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute here. He was proud of being an Army War College graduate, said Barko.

    Barko met Kulatunge recently while working medical programs on behalf of Sri Lankan soldiers, with Olive Branch International. Barko noted that thousands of soldiers there have been severely wounded by mines and IEDs in that country's struggle with rebels. The insurgent group, the Tamil Tigers, has been widely blamed for the attack that killed Kulatunge.  

    Lord plans to commemorate Maj. Gen. Kulatunge's service in the Global War on Terror and his overwhelmingly positive impact on his fellow classmates here at the Army War College.



Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

New security badges coming for USAWC

    June 29, 2006 -- The staff and faculty of the United States Army War College will be required to get new security badges in the upcoming weeks. 

    "We are getting the staff and faculty of Root Hall done first, as well as the DDE students while they are here," said Alyson Salisbury of the Security Office. "After that, we will be moving on to Collins Hall and then the contractors and anyone else who still needs to be re-badged," added Salisbury. Security Point of Contacts will be receiving emails telling them when their department should report to the Security Office for their new badges.

    According to the Security office, this is a procedure that is conducted every three years. 

    In order to obtain a new badge, a staff member must complete the Carlisle Barracks Form 603 from the Security Office.  Once the form is submitted, staff will need to bring their existing security badge with them to the Security Office, and if desired, have a new photo taken.

    "The process should take no longer than 10 minutes," said Salisbury. 

    The new badges will have a December 31, 2009 expiration date. (Because the badges are issued for three years, summer hires will not be required to obtain new badges.) 



Chapel bids farewell to installation chaplain

Also, July chapel schedule of events

Chapel events for July 2006--


July 5, 12, 19, 26, at 7 a.m.:  weekly prayer breakfast (open to all members of the Carlisle Barracks community)

July 6, 13, 20, 27, at 9 a.m.:  Protestant Women of the Chapel weekly meeting

July 7,at  9 a.m.:  Military Council of Catholic Women monthly meeting




Saturday (Anticipatory Mass), 5 p.m.

Sunday Mass, 9:15 a.m.

Daily Mass (Mon-Fri), noon

Confession: Sat, 4:30-5 p.m. and following the 5 p.m. Mass

Choir Rehearsal: Tue, 7 p.m.



Sunday Worship Service, 11 a.m.

Middle School Youth Group: Sun, 4- 6 p.m.

High School Youth Group: Sun, 6-8 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal: Wed, 7 p.m.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Electronic official forms shifting to Pure Edge

    June 28, 2006 -- Tired of being frustrated by Form Flow? Well help is on the way.

    "The Army Publishing Directorate has selected Pure Edge Viewer as a replacement for Form Flow Filler and as the new Army standard for electronic forms software," said Shawn Mosholder, mission support manager for Remtech Services Inc. "Pure Edge Viewer 6.5. has already been installed on all Carlisle Barracks computers. Form Flow Filler will continue to be available to users until such time as all Form Flow forms are obsolete."

    Beginning July 7, all non Carlisle Barracks forms (DA, DD, SF, etc.) will be accessed from their respective proponent activities via the following link from the Carlisle Barracks DOIM site: http://cbnet/orgs/doim/records_mngt/forms.cfm.   

    "These forms were previously stored on the Carlisle Barracks network and were available through Form Flow," said Mosholder. "As of July 7, these forms will no longer be available via the Carlisle Barracks network, but will only be available through their official sites. This will ensure that our customers receive the most recent version of all non Carlisle Barracks forms. Carlisle Barracks forms will continue to be available from within Form Flow Filler as per the current process." 

    Carlisle Barracks forms are currently being converted over to the Pure Edge format and once converted each form will be available through the DOIM link above.

    "We will announce the completion of the Carlisle Barracks Form Library conversion in approximately seven months,' said Mosholder.

    The Department of the Army is also in the process of converting DA forms to Pure Edge format, some are currently available. With this information in mind, here are a few recommendations:

         Pure Edge forms (XFDL format) should be your first choice, if available

         Form Flow forms (FF22 format) would be second choice,

         PDF forms should be your last resort because you may not be able to enter or save data.



Use of BB guns, air rifles and pellet guns prohibited on post     

    IAW PA State Law (PA 18 CSA 6304: Sale and Use of Air Rifles), Carlisle Barracks Pamphlet 210-1 (dated 1984), and Garrison Commander guidance, the use of air rifles, BB guns and pellet guns is prohibited on the Carlisle Barracks Installation. 

     For further information please refer to the PA State Law and CBKS Pamphlet 210-1. 



Installation Picnic scheduled for July 14

    July 13, 2006 -- Don't miss this year's Annual Installation Picnic on Friday, July 14th from 12 - 4:30 p.m. at the pool pavilion.

    There will be free swimming, horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, DJ, dancing, kids' face painting, games and prizes!

    Tickets at the event are $9  for adults and $5 for kids. Children 5 and under are free.

    The menu will include pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans, macaroni salad, coleslaw and beverages. Food will be served from noon until 2:30 p.m.

Contact any of the following for tickets:

  • USAG (Susan Wise) - 245-3520

  • LVCC (Marcia Kaseman) - 245-3991

  • USAWC (Rene Singley) - 245-4002

  • CSL (Sgt. First Class Whisenant) - 245-4044

  • DSES (Roy Carte) - 245-4481

  • CYS (Karen Comello) - 245-4555

  • DAHC/Dental Clinic (Private Matthews) - 245-4559

  • SDC (Carol McNeil or Bobbi Hill) - 245-3020

  • AVSSD (Staff Sgt. Butler or Spc. Cooper) - 245-3430

  • DPW (Marla Shade) - 245-4040

  • AHEC/MHI (Angie Lehr) - 245-3099

  • DRM/DOC (Judy Vetock) - 245-4911

  • ITR (Barb Yeager) - 245-3309

  • Sports (Karen Wright) - 245-4029.


Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service

NORTHCOM detected missile launches; world evaluates next step

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2006 - U.S. Northern Command detected "each and every" North Korean missile launch and had interceptors operational and ready to respond if needed, a senior defense official told Pentagon reporters today.

    NORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command officials quickly recognized that the seven ballistic missiles fired yesterday and early today did not pose a threat to the United States or its territories, Bryan Whitman, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, said today.

   North Korea fired a long-range Taepodong-2 missile and six short- and medium-range Scud and Nodong missiles. All landed in the Sea of Japan without incident, with the Taepondong-2 failing on its own shortly after launch, according to NORTHCOM statements released yesterday and today.

   Ground-based Midcourse Defense System interceptors at Fort Greeley, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., were operational during the launches, but were not deployed, the statements confirmed.

   The United States has "well-established procedures for dealing with missile launches that potentially pose a threat to the United States or its territories," Whitman said today. "Those procedures were followed for these activities last night and this morning."

    U.S. and world leaders joined today to condemn North Korea's missile tests and determine the best step forward.

   "The United States strongly condemns these missile launches and North Korea's unwillingness to heed calls for restraint from the international community," White House spokesman Tony Snow said last night.

    "In doing this, the North Koreans have once again isolated themselves," Snow said. "They have defied their neighbors who urged them not to have a launch. The South Koreans, the Japanese and the Chinese all have asked them not to do it."

    Meanwhile, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today called the launches a "provocation" and urged North Korea to return to the stalled Six-Party Talks.

    The United Nations Security Council convened an emergency session today to discuss the situation.

    Snow said last night that the United States will take necessary measures to protect itself and its allies. The GMD interceptor system, while not used for any of the launches, is available when needed to defend the United States, its allies, infrastructure and population centers, according to the NORTHCOM statements.

     "Our missile defense crews are trained, and our systems are ready to respond as necessary," the statements said. "U.S. Northern Command has the preliminary responsibility to direct missile defense operations to protect the homeland, allies, friends and other national interests from potentially hostile acts."


Melissa Stahl and Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Distance Class of 2007 begins first resident course

   June 22, 2006 - After a year of distance studies, members of the U.S. Army War College Distance Education Class of 2007 began their first two-week resident phase here, Monday, June 19. 

  The Distance Education program takes two years to complete and has an average student population of 300 in each year group.

  Among the 300 students in this year's class, are eight International Fellows representing Canada, Mexico, Latvia, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

  Canadian Army Col. Douglas MacLean, a member of the class, hails from New Brunswick in East Canada.

  MacLean has been serving as the Chief of Staff of the American, British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Army's Program in Rosslyn, Va., for a year and will remain in that position until July 2008. 

  ABCA is a multi-national program which aims to optimize interoperability between the armies of the five nations.  Strategic guidance is provided by the U.S. Army's Vice Chief of Staff and his counterparts from the other four nations.

  The ABCA program office, manned by ten military and civilians, coordinates everything from developing the strategic direction, to deriving concrete tasks to include interoperability, to facilitating the completion of the tasks.                                       

  "Each of the five nations contributes about 60 people who work in their country on tasks to improve our armies' ability to work together on operations," said MacLean. "We look at what we do in operations - what works and what doesn't, and fix what doesn't work," he said.  "A lot of the success from operations together comes as a result of previous ABCA successes."

    MacLean also felt that the program will help him later in his career.

    "The Distance Education Course gives me an opportunity to complete my professional development and is a great opportunity to get in a discussion with American Armed Forces and U. S. government civilians that I wouldn't normally get to meet.  I am finding the course fascinating with lots of reading.  I really enjoy the discussions-and the very good interaction through the internet portals," MacLean said.

    In addition to International Fellows and military, 11 government civilians participating are in the Distance Education Class of 2007 resident phase.

    Linda Hartley, Press Officer for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, said she thinks that these two weeks at the War College will be invaluable.

    "Distance learning without the opportunity to bring everything together would leave a vacancy in the material covered. The vacuum is being filled during these two weeks creating an extremely rich and lifelike educational experience; each student has a lifetime of experiences to offer to each of their peers," said Hartley.  

    The online forums have created a bond between peers and an idea of what each classmate is like, but being at the War College goes beyond feeding off of one another's knowledge and the social experience.

    "This is a chance to pull the last year's worth of material together and to introduce the material which will be covered in the next year. We also bring in guest speakers to speak on leadership and incorporate exercises that would be impossible on the web, such as negotiation exercises," said Dr. Clay Chun, Chairman of the Department of Distance Education.

    Guest speaker, Gen. Gordon Sullivan, former Army Chief of Staff, spoke during the first week.

    "Learning about decision-making at that level and hearing the honor in his voice, it is just amazing; his words brought tears to the crowd. General Sullivan stressed his belief, several times, during his speech, that leaders need to foremost say thank-you to the boots on the ground," said Hartley.


Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

80th Division hosts 'Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen' program at Carlisle Barracks

June 17, 2006 -- More than 30 Army Reserve Soldiers of the 80th Division who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and/or Enduring Freedom were honored in a recognition ceremony in Bliss Hall on Carlisle Barracks June 17.
    The "Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen" program was recently enacted by Congress and signed into law by President George Bush. The Warrior Citizen Award "ensures that Soldiers receive tangible recognition and provides an appropriate and enduring memento for those who participated in the Global War on Terrorism," according to an Army news release.

    Another important part of the ceremony was the awarding of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart to one of the division's members, Staff Sgt. Ryan Hallberg.

    Hallberg and two other Soldiers were returning to Baghdad about 2 p.m. on March 30, when their convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device. The three were riding in a Humvee. One of the Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Robert Hernandez, of Silver Spring, Md., was killed in the attack. Hallberg's legs were shattered when a roadside bomb went off while he was driving in a convoy in Iraq. He was given the awards in front of his parents who traveled from Minnesota to attend.

    Maj. Gen. David Evans, commander of the 80th Division, said this ceremony was an opportunity to honor soldiers who have been away from their families and spouses.
    "These ceremonies are important to recognize the sacrifices not only you, but your families have made as well," said Evans. Other distinguished guests included Pa. Rep.Will Gabig, Ambassador Michael Zang and a representative of Senator Rick Santorum. 

    "I want to thank you for all you have done and will continue to do for our nation," said Gabig. Soldiers from Carlisle Barracks served as the color guard for the event.    

     Eventually, all Army Reserve Soldiers who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom will receive the award.
    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 deployed state-side as well as to locations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Classroom remodel project becoming a reality


June 21, 2006 -- The classroom of the future will soon be making its debut at the U.S. Army War College.

    "The first classroom being remodeled currently is the pilot of the project. We intend to learn from this sample classroom," said Sonja Borden, senior instructors systems support specialist.

    Renovation of the model classroom, B219 in Root Hall, began in April 2006 and the goal is to have the model classroom complete in one month.

    "If we can have the model up and running by mid-July, it will give the instructors a good amount of time to try it out and see what they like. Before we implement the plan in all of the classrooms we want to see what we need and what we don't need. We want this project to be as efficient and effective as possible," said Tom Deremer, general engineer for the Directorate of Public Works.

    Others point out that while the project has seen a great deal of expert planning, only through trials will the project meet the needs the actual instructors and students.

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

    Each end of the model classroom will be equipped with a PC, projector and SMART Board (an interactive white board and display screen). Instructors will have the ability to present the same material on both screens, or SMART Boards can be controlled independently, which will be convenient for dividing students into workgroups.

    The project will give the classrooms a whole new look and feel. "With everything from new carpeting to new furniture, it is plain to see why this project is one we meet with a lot of anticipation. The model classroom will even be wireless," said Deremer.

      The classroom will not only have wireless internet access, but all equipment and functions within the classroom, including the lighting, will be controlled by a hand-held device.

    "Wall mounted cameras, speakers and ceiling mounted microphones will allow for integrated VTC/conference calls for communication and collaboration with the outside world, as well as with other seminar rooms. The classroom will also be equipped with a ceiling mounted document camera, among other technological advancements" said Border.


Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Splash Zone opening welcomes Summer


    June 19, 2006 -- The Splash Zone pool, located behind Letort View Community Center, officially opened for the summer season on May 27. 

    All active duty military, National Guard, Reserve, retired military, their family members and those in possession of valid DoD ID cards, including civilian employees,  are permitted to use the pool. 

    All eligible users over the age of ten may also bring guests to the pool.  Guests are permitted to sign in by themselves but must abide by all pool rules, which include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Children nine years of age and younger must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or family member 16 years of age or older.

  • Smoking is not permitted in the pool area.

  • Glass containers are not permitted within the pool area.

  • Swimmers with open wounds, bandages, and/or communicable diseases will not be permitted in the pool area.

  • Only inflatable devices and pool toys issued by thee Carlisle Barracks pool staff will be permitted in the pool.  Masks, snorkels and fins must be approved by the on-duty lifeguard.

  • Squirt guns are not permitted in the pool area.

  • Cut-offs and t-shirts are not permitted in the pool.

    "While at the pool, patrons can also take advantage of the volleyball sandpit court, basketball court, and the baseball and soccer fields, as well as a covered picnic area, " mentioned Jim Price, pool manager.  

    The Splash Zone also offers swimming lessons at a cost of $35 per student. Each lesson is 50 minutes in duration, over two weeks and begin on June 19, July 10, and July 31. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and can be completed by calling 245-4027 or by stopping by the pool or the Sports Office during regular hours.

    The cost of admission to the pool varies. A daily pass ranges from $3 for patrons ages 6-17 and seniors over age 65, to $4 for those 18 years of age and over. Children under age five are admitted free of charge. Guest passes cost $4 for swimmers ages 6-17 as well as seniors over age 65, and $5 for those ages 18 and over. 

    One-month, two-month, and season passes as well as party packages are available for birthdays and other events, in which case, the pavilion, canopies and the pool are available for rental.

    Additional information or reservations can be obtained by calling the pool office at 245-4072.


Toll Free access now available for Dunham Clinic

    The Dunham Army Health Clinic has added a convenient feature to help improve service to the community. If you are outside the local dialing area for Carlisle, you can now access the clinic by using a newly acquired toll free number 1-877-787-2569

    This number will connect you with the clinic appointment line (717-245-3400) and provide you options to be transferred throughout the clinic.