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Attention animal lovers: PX holding 'Pet Extravaganza'

    The Post Exchange will host a "Pet Extravaganza" on Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event will include pet adoptions, contests, discounts on pet supplies, giveaways, pet information, pet portraits and more.


TRICARE release

Preventive and diagnostic services with no deductible or maximums add to TRDP value

Major services are also available to help keep good dental health on track

    August 31, 2006 -- Early diagnosis and prevention of dental disease is key to good dental health. The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) provides the coverage necessary to help enrollees maintain good oral health and often prevent the need for major dental treatment down the road.

    Benefits available to TRDP enrollees include diagnostic and preventive care such as regular oral exams and x-rays, routine cleanings and fluoride treatments. 

    Diagnostic dental procedures like oral exams and x-rays -which are covered by the TRDP at 100 percent of the program's allowable amount and are not applicable to the annual deductible and maximums-help the dentist screen for changes in the oral tissues and detect some diseases at a stage when they can be more successfully treated.

    Preventive care can also help enrollees avoid more serious dental problems in the future.  Enrollees should start by developing good dental habits at home along with a program of professional care.  Maintaining a balanced diet, limiting snacks, brushing and flossing daily, and making sure to have regular dental checkups are all important steps in maintaining good dental health.

    The TRDP also covers such preventive services as cleanings and fluoride treatments for adults and children at 100 percent of the program's allowable amount, with no applicable deductible or maximum. 

   Coverage for preventive and diagnostic services with no deductibles or maximum gives enrollees the incentive to take good care of one of their most valuable assets:  their smile.  And when enrollees need more than just the basics to maintain their smile, the TRDP offers coverage for major services like crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, and even braces for both children and adults.

    Visit for complete information about all the benefits available under the TRDP, or call Delta Dental of California, TRDP contract administrator, toll-free at 888-838-8737.




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

USAWC graduate returns as deputy commandant

August 24, 2006 - The charm and fond memories of the U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks continues to bring people back as the post welcomes its new deputy commandant, Col. Tom Torrance.

    Torrance, a native of Milledgeville, Georgia and USAWC Class of 2001 graduate, is the new second in charge of the War College.

    "It's great to be back here at the War College," said Torrance. "Being the deputy gives me such a different perspective on how the college and post run; so much goes into it that is transparent to the students. The ability to balance academic and military goals is quite fascinating."

    As the deputy, Torrance is responsible for a number of tasks, each constantly evolving and changing to meet the needs of the school and installation.

    "One of my primary duties is to work to support the commandant and garrison commander to ensure the college is a great place to live, work and learn," said Torrance. "We do that in a number of different ways, and it's my job to make sure that each organization has the support it needs to support the USAWC mission and vision."

    One of his other duties is serving as a college liaison to the local community.

    "Since this is such a great community, I really look forward to working with them," said Torrance. "You can tell how much people fall in love with the area when you look and see how many people have decided to stay here, long after their military careers have ended." 

    That aspect of the community, as well as a few others, made coming back to Carlisle Barracks an easy decision for Torrance.

    "It's great to be back here," Torrance said. "It's great to be back in a job where you get to step back, analyze problems and identify a long-term solution instead of constantly operating in crisis mode." Prior to his assignment as the Deputy Commandant, Torrance served on the Joint Staff in the Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) as Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for the Middle East and Division Chief of the Middle East Regional Division. 

    Torrance wasn't the only member of his family anxious to return to Carlisle.

    "When we left as a student, my wife asked if there was a chance we could ever return to the War College, and I told her I wasn't sure," he said. "When this opportunity unexpectedly presented itself I jumped at the opportunity."

    One of the only drawbacks to the position is that it moves Torrance even farther from his two children.

    "Both of my daughters are working or going to school in Georgia," he said. "My oldest, Leighann, is a seventh grade special education teacher and I also have a 20-year-old, Kelly, who is a student at Georgia Southern University."

    Torrance said he looks forward to the opportunity to be an integral part in shaping the USAWC experiences for the next generation of strategic leaders.

    "I hope that each student that comes here has the same great experience I did."

    His past unit assignments include service as a Fire Direction Officer, Executive Officer, and Fire Support Officer in the 3d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Bad Hersfeld, Germany; Assistant Professor of Military Science at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., Target analyst and liaison officer to the Battlefield Coordination Element at Osan Air Force Base, Republic of Korea; Adjutant, 24th Infantry Division Artillery, Fort Stewart, Ga.,; Exercise planner in the G-3 Plans and Exercise Division III Corps and S-3 of the 2d Battalion, 82d Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Brigade Fire Support Trainer and Deputy Senior Fire Support Trainer at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; and Deputy Director of the Combined Arms and Tactics Directorate, United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia.

        His command experience includes, Commander, Charlie Battery, 2d Battalion, 92d Field Artillery, in Giessen, Germany, Commander 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Commander 3rd Infantry Division Artillery during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

        In addition to Operation Iraqi Freedom, other operational assignments include Brigade Fire Support Officer for the 2d Brigade, 24th Infantry Division during Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm and Chief of Staff for Task Force Eagle and Multi-National Division North in Bosnia during Stabilization Force 9. 

        Torrance's awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal. 


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Action Badge received at quarterly awards ceremony

August 22, 2006-The quarterly awards ceremony began with a new voice this week. Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander, presided over his first Carlisle Barracks quarterly awards ceremony.

    Dickerson called on all present to realize that the U.S. Army War College does a vast number of things at high levels of excellence because of each individual here.

    "This really is a momentous occasion. Carlisle Barracks does several things well and more importantly they are done every year very well. Today we will recognize the outstanding individuals that make this possible," said Dickerson.

    This ceremony included a special recognition and the awarding of a Combat Action Badge. This honor was bestowed upon Sgt. Frederick Woods, CJSOTF-AP J4 NCOIC, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula, 10th group Special Forces, for his service while deployed to Iraq.

    "This award is a special recognition for Soldiers engaged in combat. Sgt. Woods, even after seeing direct combat continued to nobly fulfill his responsibilities," said Dickerson. "During his deployment he made runs everyday through Mosul, Iraq, was part of Road Warrior through Baghdad, and the list goes on. This young man was ambushed with mortars, yet he displayed the finest of calm, courage under fire."

   Woods quickly shifted the focus of the ceremony into an opportunity to thank some important people in his life; both his mother, Cheryl Evans, and mentor, Staff Sgt. John Hennessey, were offered words of appreciation and gratitude.  

    Several other awards were given at the ceremony which took place at the Letort View Community Center.

    The other award recipients are as follows:

Civilian of the Quarter was awarded to Ellie Sonksi, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic Data Quality Manager

Impact Award was awarded to Spc. Brian Wilson, DOIM

Certificate of Accreditation to Army Community Service

USAWC Certificates of Appreciation  to the Carlisle Barracks Motorcycle Program; Gary Jones, site coordinator; George Lawrence, US Coast Guard Auxiliary Vice Captain and Robert Mott, South Central PA Highway Safety Coordinator

Length of service award recipients as follows: Rosa Ortiz, Claims Examiner (30 years); Karen Wright, MWR Sports (10 years); Jennifer Buck, MWR, CDC (5 years); Wahida Faiz, MWR Army Lodging (5 years).


Volunteers Needed to help "Feed The Troops"

Bryce Jordan Center to host statewide homecoming for the Pennsylvania National Guard Sunday, September 10 - 1:00 p.m.


    UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - On September 10, 2006 Pennsylvania National Guard members who have served, and continue to serve, their state and nation in support of the war on terrorism since September 11, 2001, are scheduled to assemble for "Operation Salute" at the Pennsylvania State University's Bryce Jordan Center. The event will also recognize the Pennsylvania Guard members who were deployed to Louisiana and Mississippi in response to Hurricane Katrina.

     This patriotic "thank you" event will feature a huge tailgate for the troops and their families, a special formal ceremony, and musical entertainment.

     With over 20,000 people to feed, seat, and entertain, the Bryce Jordan Center is looking for approximately 800-community volunteers to support this event.

    If you and your group of ten or more are interested in volunteering your time for this worthy event, please contact us at or call (814) 863-5501.  We will be happy to give you specific information on what we will need from your group (helping with the tailgate, etc) and what time we will need you.



Carlisle Barracks hosts bicycle rodeo for kids

On Aug. 19, the Carlisle Barracks Police hosted their annual bicycle rodeo to help teach post youth about bike safety.   

    "The bicycle rodeo is designed to educate the children of the community in promoting bicycle safety," said Sgt. Michael Yurek, DA Police Traffic Supervisor. More than 40 children attended this years event.

    The "rodeo" was really a safety course which consisted of eight stations ranging from fitting the bicycle helmet, hand and arm signals and to a skills course. 

    "The Skills Course consisted of various stations that taught children how to be safe when riding their bicycles," said Yurek. "The skills course taught the children stop at stop signs, what to do at stop lights, what to do at intersections, and what to do when leaving the driveway.  This bicycle rodeo is a win, win system.  They had Police officers, Security guards, Boy Scouts, and parents helping them to ride and giving tips and advice and praise." 

    Two bicycles donated by the Post Exchange were given away as part of a drawing and refreshments were provided by the LVCC.  


ACU marches to a new order

DALLAS - With the latest edition to the Exchange Online Store, busy troops can now assemble their uniforms with just a few clicks of the mouse.

    The virtual exchange's new "Uniform Ready-to-Wear" site makes it easy to complete uniform orders through one easy-to-use webpage. The final product is shipped to the Soldier's door, ready to wear right out of the box with no assembly required.

    Uniforms can be ordered along with add-on items such as boots, belts, t-shirts and socks. A local alterations contractor will even attach all nametapes, rank, insignia, badges and patches.

    "This is a great opportunity for active and reserve Soldiers in remote locations to purchase their ACUs," said AAFES Army Program Manager, Military Clothing Maj. Lula Hart-Evans. "Assembling a complete uniform is now as simple as using a pull down menu." 

    Operational since July 24, the "Uniform Ready-to-Wear" site may be accessed by logging on to From there, military service members need only to select "Military Uniforms Ready-to-Wear" to begin creating their custom uniform.



Public Affairs staff report

USAWC resident class kicks off year

August 16, 2006 -- The U.S. Army War College officially kicked off it's academic year Aug. 16 with an opening ceremony held on Indian Field.

    The hour-long event featured colorful, traditional military performances by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps, and the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," and a Review with a Retreat. The United States Army drill team demonstrated its spectacular precision drill routine. After a march-on by the Old Guard Honor Platoon, Color Guard and Commander-in-Chief's Guard, a reviewing party inspected the troops, and a "pass in review" completed the ceremony.

    The U.S. Army War College Class of 2007 includes 41 international fellows, 29 senior federal civilian employees, and lieutenant colonels or colonels of the Army [199], Navy [26], Marine Corps [19], Air Force [33], and Coast Guard [1].

    The average military officer in the class has completed 21 years of service, having achieved expertise within their military branch so as to be competitively selected for attendance at the senior service college.  More than half the military student body has campaign experience in Southwest Asia, and 21 percent have served in the Afghanistan campaign, 11 percent in Bosnia.

    Eighteen students are Pennsylvania natives. Ten Army, two Navy, two Marines and four senior federal civilians reflect the multi-service composition of the class, as well as the role of civilians in the student body.

    With the formal opening ceremony, the students begin a yearlong curriculum that provides a strategic perspective, equipping them with personal and professional qualities and capabilities needed in a strategic environment

    USAWC studies include senior-level leadership, national military strategy, joint doctrine, regional studies and strategies, theater campaign planning - with military history, strategy, operational planning and ethics integrated throughout the course offerings. The Army War College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    The class will be in residence through graduation on June 9, 2007, when the students receive the Master of Strategic Studies and credit for the top level of military education.



Retiree Appreciation Day Sept. 9

    Retiree Appreciation Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. in Root Hall and Bliss Hall. Informational briefings and activities sponsored by the Retirement Services Office are planned and all retired and soon-to-be retired personnel are invited.

    For more information call 245-4501.


Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Remembrance ceremonies to honor fallen heroes of 9/11

  A 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will be conducted on Carlisle Barracks at the flagpole in front of the entrance to Root Hall on Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 at 11:45 a.m.

  The ceremony will include an Invocation and Benediction from Col. (CH) Arthur Pace, Carlisle Barracks Post Chaplain, a Scripture reading by Detective Roy Carte, DA Police, Comments from Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, Commanding General, a Moment of Silence, and Taps.

  Forbes Avenue will be blocked to traffic from 11:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

  The inclement weather site will be Bliss Hall Auditorium.

Carlisle also holding ceremony 

  Later that day, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial Courtyard (corner of High and Hanover Streets) in downtown Carlisle.

  The ceremony will include Welcoming and Closing Remarks from Richard Shaffner, detachment chaplain, Lewis B. Puller, Jr., Marine Corps League, an Invocation and Benediction from Rev. Walter Reed, pastor, St. Peter AME Church, musical selection from Father Mark Scheneman, pastor, St. John's Episcopal Church, a 9/11 Message from the speaker, and a Rifle Salute and Taps by the Cumberland County Honor Guard.

  This event is open to the public.





Army Substance Abuse Program

Tips for a safe Labor Day weekend

    The summer season is coming to an end and we are gearing up for that last big celebration or picnic. Everyone needs to relax, unwind and say good-bye to summer. Many of us will share this time with our families or close friends. It is up to us to enjoy this weekend in a responsible, safe way.

Every year, hundreds of families are faced with the devastating consequences of someone driving after consuming too much alcohol.  The following information offers suggestions on how to have a safe Labor Day Weekend.

Remember "Its Always OK NOT To Drink".

Safe picnic/party planning

    When throwing a picnic/party, it is important to remember that you have a responsibility to your guests that they all have a safe afternoon or evening at your party.

    If alcohol is being served it is important to always offer your guests non-alcoholic beverages and food. You should also have activities such as dancing or games so as to not make alcohol the main-focus of the event. By offering your guests other activities, you are encouraging them to spend their time socializing instead of drinking.

   As host of the party, be prepared to help identify safe and sober transportation for all of your guests. This can be accomplished by identifying a safe-ride program in your area, providing your guests with the telephone number for a local taxi company or simply offering all of your guests a good nights sleep in your home. Ensuring a safe and sober ride home for all your guests is the easiest way to ensure a safe holiday event.

How to have a safe Labor Day event

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to be safe at a Labor Day event

  • Decide beforehand who will be the designated driver.

  • Make a pact with your friends that someone will call the Police. While this may be hard to do, it will help deter anyone from leaving the party drunk.

  • Leave Early - Statistics show that the highest percentage of drunk drivers, are on the road between 12:30 and 3:00 AM.

  • Be extremely cautious and observant when driving, even if it is early. Remember that many people begin drinking early at office holiday celebrations.

  • If you have too much to drink and/or do not feel comfortable with your designated driver, call a taxi or ask the host to help you identify a safe, sober ride home.

Designated driver program

   A designated driver is a person in a group of two or more drinking age adults who agrees not to drink any alcoholic beverages and to safely transport the other group members home.

    If it is a large group, more than one Designated Driver may be needed.

    Designated Drivers should not drink any alcoholic beverages and are therefore never the person least drunk.

    Designated Drivers are also important if someone is taking medication that makes them drowsy or otherwise impaired.

    When you use the Designated Driver Program, this does not mean that you should drink beyond control, you too need to be responsible.

Tips for celebrating safely -

1. Eat before and during drinking.

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

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

4. Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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

6. Drink responsibly, stay in control of your-self.

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

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

Safety tips for safe driving

  • Keep your children in the car's back seat.

  • On long trips, keep your children occupied.

  • Bring plenty of healthy snacks.

  • Be sure your child car seat fits your child.

  • Have your car seat facing the correct position. INFANT CAR SEATS MUST FACE THE REAR.

  • Don't leave your children alone in the car.

  • Don't overload the car with people.

  • When your child needs care or attention, don't try to drive while tending to his or her needs.

  • Don't keep children on your lap while driving.

  • Practice safe family travel for both short and long trips.

  • Check on weather conditions.

  • NEVER "Drink and Drive"


    For additional information contact your ASAP office at 245-4576 or Safety Office at 245-4353.



Bowling Center to close Labor Day weekend

    The Strike Zone Bowling Center will be closed Sat., Sept 2- Mon, Sept. 4.


Public Affairs staff report

Junior archaeologists get a chance to explore during AHEC workshop

Educational program planed for this weekend as well

August 16, 2006 -- An archeology event held Aug. 11 was one of many educational programs to be held this summer.

    "The Army Heritage and Education Center runs a series of educational programs throughout the summer designed to educate and inform our visitors about a variety of historic military subjects," said Mike Lynch, director of the  educational and historical programs at AHEC.

     "The next monthly event is this weekend, Aug. 18 & 19  (Friday and Saturday) entitled, 'Under Construction! Building the Army.'" said Lynch. "It is a "hands-on" history workshop that focuses on early 18th and 19th century timber construction techniques."

    The workshop will teach a variety of historic construction techniques to 15 students each week.  The course is being taught by Roland Cadle, a nationally known historic preservation and restoration expert. 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. 

    The course is offered free of charge and open to the public (age 16 and above). Registration for this workshop is ongoing and places are still available. To register, call 245-3803 or e-mail the center at



Public Affairs staff report

Women's Equality day commemoration Aug. 25 on Heritage Trail   

August 24, 2006 -- The Army Heritage and Education Center will host the Carlisle Barracks Women's Equality Day commemoration on August 25, 2006, 1000-1400, with a special lunchtime presentation from noon-12:30, at the World War II building on the Army Heritage Trail.  

    The presentation will commemorate women's contributions during World War II. The event features living history interpreters portraying two enlisted women arriving at their first assignment. They will discuss their experiences and motivations for joining the Army and will relate the story of Dorothy Davis, the famous WWII nurse, who was at the Battle of the Bulge.

Concert performance by Carlisle Town Band

The Carlisle Town Band will be performing a concert at the Wheelock Bandstand (gazebo) on Monday, August 28, 2006 from 7-8 p.m. Please bring your own chair, or blanket and snacks to enjoy this show with the rest of the Carlisle Barracks community.

Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Redoubt construction well underway

    August 16, 2006 -- Redoubts 9 and 10 belonged to part of British General Charles Cornwallis' outer defenses around Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781, but the fall of both redoubts ultimately brought his surrender. French troops took Redoubt 9, while Americans took Redoubt 10.

    In order to honor that climactic part of American history, the Army Heritage and Education Center plans to recreate a redoubt to interpret the story of the capture of those redoubts on the night of October 14, 1781. The story focus for the individual soldier will be taken from the biography of a minor and sapper who witnessed the defeat of the British and General Cornwallis and stood beside General George Washington as he looked out across the battlefield

   According to Edward Farrow's Military Encyclopedia, a redoubt is "a small fort of varying shape, constructed for a temporary purpose, and usually without flanking defenses. . . . Redoubts are made square, pentagonal, and even circular. Each redoubt had a parapet, ditch, scarps, banquette, etc., as in regular fortifications; but it is commonly rather roughly constructed, haste and unprofessional labor precluding mathematical accuracy."

   Construction is expected to be completed by the end of September.



Registration ongoing for Youth Services programs

    Youth Services is now registering for:

  • Art Classes (September - December)

  • Youth Soccer Leagues (Ages 3 - 17)

  • Tae Kwon Do (Parent MUST Participate in Class)

  • School Age Services (Before and/or After School Program)

  • Homework Tutor Program (This is a FREE Program starting the middle of September)

  • Paintball Trip (August 23, 1:00 to 6:00 at Ski Round Top - bus provided)

    For more information or to register call 245-3354 or stop by YS at 637 Liggett Road.


Veterans Appreciation Day on City Island, Harrisburg

   August 22, 2006 -- To honor our current and former U.S. Military members for their selfless service to our country, the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society invites all current and former Military members and their immediate families to a picnic celebration on City Island, Harrisburg, on Sunday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, assisted by vendors on Harrisburg's City Island, have organized a picnic celebration to include free food and refreshments, free rides on the City Island train, carousel, and Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, and free water golf.  Music and games will also be included.

  A ceremony including the 28th Division Band from Holidaysburg, posting of the Colors, a Tribute to our Fallen with Taps, and ending with the Pipes and Drums of the Lochiel Emerald Society will be held at 11 a.m. at the soccer field on City Island. 

  Starting at 1:05 p.m., all are invited to be guests of the Harrisburg Senators Baseball Team at their last home game of the season.

  In order to prepare enough food for the event, please RSVP your attendance to the JDK Caterers website: or call 717-774-1333 between 1 and 7 p.m.


Department of Defense release

DoD announces next phase of NSPS implementation

    August 16, 2006 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) announced in late July that it will implement Spiral 1.2 of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), a new civilian human resources system, to over 66,000 employees between October 2006 and January 2007.

    The human resources system includes classification, compensation, performance management, staffing, and workforce shaping elements.  The department will continue to implement NSPS to the DoD civilian workforce in phases.

    "NSPS is critical to the department's transformation to a results-oriented, mission-focused culture," said Michael Dominguez, principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness.  "The performance-based system will create an environment, where our employees will be focused on outcomes that support our national security mission and they will be rewarded for results."

    Civilian employees from organizations throughout DoD, including overseas, are included in this group.  Each component considered mission, organization and operations, wholeness of units and readiness to implement.

    "Organizations have the discretion to convert their workforce at anytime during the four- month period," said Mary Lacey, NSPS program executive officer.  "Training is critical to the successful transition to NSPS.  We want to give organizations sufficient time to train employees, do it right and implement when they are ready."

    Employees will be given new performance plans clearly linked to their organization's mission and strategic goals.  They will also be converted to pay bands that replace the General Schedule.  Employees will not lose pay upon conversion to NSPS and most will receive an initial adjustment in pay to account for time already earned toward their next within grade increase.

    Lacey recently met with Spiral 1.1 senior leaders to identify what worked well during the conversion of the first 11,000 employees, and where improvements need to be made.  This information will assist in planning for implementation of this next phase, referred to as Spiral 1.2.

    "We are already assessing implementation for the first group of employees," said Lacey.  "We are pleased with what we are seeing thus far, at least with the technical aspects of conversion."

    Lacey said, personnel actions were completed for the first 11,000 employees with a 99.9 percent accuracy rate and all pay transactions processed successfully at DFAS.

    Employees have access to training materials, including a conversion tool in the NSPS 101 Course located on the NSPS Web site.  This tool lets employees see an estimate of the value of their within-grade increase (WGI) buy-in as well as their career group and pay band.

    The performance appraisal cycle for Spiral 1.2 employees begins on their actual day of conversion and ends Sept. 30, 2007.  These employees will receive their first performance pay increases in January 2008.

    Lacey will meet with Spiral 1.2 leaders and employees throughout the coming months.  She will continue to seek feedback from Spiral 1.1 organizations, who converted to the system in late April, to determine if adjustments to the system are necessary prior to implementation to the next group of employees.

    The complete list of organizations included in Spiral 1.2 is available on the NSPS Web site at

Post hosting Job Fair Aug. 24

    Are you currently unemployed?  Are you looking for work?  If you answered yes, to either question then this could be the year you land your new career!  Where?  At the Carlisle Barracks Job Fair. 

    On Thursday, August 24, Carlisle Barracks will host its 18th annual Job Fair at the Letort View Community Center from noon -4 p.m.

    The Job Fair is presented by the Army Community Services and the Employment Readiness Program.

    Central Pennsylvania business in all fields will be represented at the fair, giving both civilian and military jobseekers a chance to network and find help reaching their professional goals.

    Over 30 employers are expected to attend, so jobseekers should come with a resume and a smile, and of course, dressed for success.

    The Job Fair is open to all civilian and military in central Pennsylvania.

    For more information, contact Jeffrey Hanks or Cora Johnson at 245-3684 or 245-4357.


Spouses club welcome tea Aug. 30  

  The Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club is sponsoring a Welcome Tea on August 30th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Letort View Community Center.

    The event is a chance to sign up for some interesting experiences planned for the coming year including: Gourmet Club, Book Club, Retired Members, Conversation and Culture, Thrift Shop, Tours, the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show plus much more! There also will be opportunities to assist in community events such as the Senior Citizens Holiday Tea.

    No reservations necessary, join new friends and "old" at the Spouses Club Welcome Tea.

    For more information, contact Melissa Zielinski at 241-4814.


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

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

    August 10, 2006  --  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. 


DECA release

Commissaries encourage quality time through family dinners

     August 16, 2006 -- "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.



Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Steelers' dietician speaks to new class -- be as fit as professional athletes

August 10, 2006--Leslie Bonci, the Pittsburgh Steelers' dietician, spoke to the U.S. Army War College this week as part of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institutes Health Day on the importance of good nutrition and health.

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

    Bonci suggested various ways to ease more healthy eating habits into ones' lifestyle. She was able to make every suggestion colorful and comic, including several stories about the players that she works with on a daily basis.  

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

    Some more recommendations from Bonci:

  • Energy balance-- find a balance between the energy you burn and the food you take in. This is different for everyone

  • Weight loss, if overweight

  • 7 + fruits/vegetables per day

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

  • 100% whole grain

  • Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, halibut, sardines, etc) 2-3 times per week

  • Fiber (25-38 grams per day)

  • Plant sterol margarine (if you have high cholesterol)

  • Reduce sodium intake

  • Don't eliminate, discriminate

    Leslie J. Bonci, R.D., M.P.H., L.D.N., is the director of sports medicine nutrition for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She is an adjunct assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and an adjunct assistant instructor in pediatric dentistry at the university's School of Dental Medicine. She also serves on the faculty of Pitt's sports medicine fellowship training program.

    Bonci is a registered dietitian and Pennsylvania-licensed dietitian/nutrition with a Bachelor of Science degree in biopsychology from Vassar College and a master's degree in public health from Pitt.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office 

Mind over matter wins in the heat of this race

August 7, 2006  --  Combine physical and emotional exhaustion, sweltering heat and a ten-day expedition challenge that daunts you to push yourself to unexplored limits and you will have one man's summer vacation.

    Samuel Mummert, a post security guard, didn't completely comprehend the challenge he brought upon himself when he entered a raffle for a chance to compete in Primal Quest Utah, a 500 mile, expedition adventure race in Moab, Utah, in the dead of summer 2006.   

    "I couldn't believe we were eligible to compete," said Mummert. "The 90 teams in the expedition were from all over the world. I'd never done something like this before. Sure, I'd done lots of three to six hour races, triathlons, even a weekend long challenge, but this was something that would greatly surpass my past experiences."

    After winning one of the team spots for the Primal Quest race, Mummert had to assemble his crew. After some networking, Mummert was able to recruit three teammates, two from Louisiana and one from Virginia. Mummert needed to get a sponsor, obtain the necessary certifications and purchase all the necessary gear for the adventure race.

    "It was so great of Hummer (Sutliff Hummer in Mechanicsburg, Pa) to sponsor the team and donate the $10,000 entrance fee, especially because it wasn't a local race," said Mummert. "Hummer is our sponsor for our local racing team, but since the race was in Utah, it was very different," said Mummert.

    The race called for a variety of skills and tons of athletic ability.

    "I've been an avid mountain bike racer since 1996, but adventure racing requires a much broader skill and fitness range, as it requires paddling, roping, trekking and more," said Mummert. "I had to obtain several certifications in the months prior to the event. The organizer of the race was Don Mann, a retired Navy Seal, and he was very thorough and safety was of high importance."

    Keeping their bodies running on incredibly low amounts of sleep, in the desert heat and subsisting only on what they could carry, made the race a strain on many levels.

    "Emotions ran high among individuals and within teams. It was incredibly emotional not only because you were pushed to your ultimate limit, but the fact that we were doing so well was just as overwhelming. Every one of us cried out there," said Mummert. "We finished the race paddling and I can't describe how it felt to know we had made it, unbelievable."

      You will be able to watch Primal Quest Utah in high definition on ESPN2 starting in October. The premier airing schedule: October 9th - 12th (Episodes 1-4): ESPN2  at  7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.



Bryrony Foltz, Public Affairs Office

Civilian of the Quarter: Ellie Sonski

(courtesy photo)

    August 8, 2006 -- Ellie Sonski was recently recognized as the Carlisle Barracks Civilian of the Quarter.   

    Sonski has been an employee of the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic since May of 2004 as a medical records technician and recently became the Data Quality Manager for the clinic.  

    In her day to day activities, Ellie performs technical analyses for a system that converts a patient's medical condition and what treatment was rendered for that condition into a recognized standardized nomenclature. 

    "The data she is responsible for helps insurance companies in order to pay for patient's coverage, as well by hospitals and public health organizations to help determine the need for specific types of facilities and medical practitioners in any given geographical area," said Jerre Hubley, Dunham Business manager and the person who nominated her for the award.  "This data is also used to track the spread of communicable diseases, such as of Avian Flu and West Nile Virus, instances of injury and progression of disease."

    Sonski said was pleased with the award.

    "I have enjoyed my time working here at Carlisle Barracks and to be associated with this clinic is indeed an honor and a privilege. I have been blessed with convivial co-workers and an atmosphere which is instructive and appreciative," said Sonski.

    As Civilian of the Quarter, Sonski is receive a designated parking spot and has received special recognition from Col. Gordon Miller, the former clinic commander and entire Dunham staff at the quarterly awards ceremony, as well as a cash award.

    "Ellie Sonski not only brings dedication and hard work to the job, but a sense of humor that makes the demands of work easier to bear. It's clear to everyone who works with her that she likes her job and is determined to do it as well as she can," said Hubley.  

    Ellie resides in Camp Hill with her husband, Alex, and their 3 children Melia, Nick, and Dan.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Babysitters now abound on post: this year's course draws 60 young adults

August 9, 2006- Attention all parents-want to take a night to paint the town red? Well you are in luck as this year's babysitting course is now complete and there are more than 60 kids just waiting to stay at home and watch your kids.

    This two-day training course is organized by Betsy Ferguson, training and curriculum specialist for the Child Development Center and Youth Services. The course covers developmental activities, fire and safety training, CPR and first aid, just to name a few.

    "Barb Coons, Sgt. Jason Forand, and Sara Ellwood work at Dunham and are teaching first aid and CPR to the young adults this week. They have such a vast range of knowledge between the three of them," said Ferguson.

    Attendees said they wanted to take the opportunity to use the class to learn important life-saving skills.  

    "I already baby-sit, but I thought this would be a good way to be sure I am 100% capable of reacting in an emergency situation. Plus, CPR and first aid are good skills to master no matter what you do in life," said Carina Hanks, a 15 year-old enrolled in the course.

    Not only does taking the class benefit the children they watch some day, it can help the babysitter out as well.

    "Last summer, one of the young ladies that took the course made enough money over the summer to pay her way to France. These young people are very motivated and impressive," said Ferguson.

    This course is free and volunteer run. More than 60 youths attended the two day course. Upon completion the program, kids 13 and older are added to a babysitting list which will is available at the CDC or YS.