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Vassar professor asks and answers, 'Is Iraq Another Vietnam?'


    October 12, 2006 -- Tonight at 6:45 in Ridgway Hall, AHEC presents .."Is Iraq Another Vietnam?" a military history reading by Dr. Robert K. Brigham, Vassar College professor of history.  "U.S. policymakers went to war in Vietnam and Iraq," writes Brigham, "with the expectation that a distinctively American story would emerge," wrote Brigham in his book of the same name, published by Public Affairs, 2006.

    Brigham's analysis identifies similarities and differences between the two conflicts, and identifies significant trends. Doors open to the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Military History Reading at 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 245-3803.

    "Since the first days of the Iraqi invasion, supporters of the war have cautioned the public not to view this conflict as another Vietnam. They rightfully point to many important distinctions. There is no unified resistance in Iraq. No political or religious leader has been able to galvanize opposition to U.S. intervention the way that Ho Chi Minh did in Vietnam. And it is not likely that 580,000 American troops will find their way to Iraq," according to Brigham.

    "However, there are two similarities that may dwarf the thousands of differences. First, in Iraq, like Vietnam, the original rationale for going to war has been discredited and public support has dwindled. Second, in both cases the new justification became building stable societies. There are enormous pitfalls in America's nation building efforts in Iraq as there were in Vietnam. But it is the business we now find ourselves in, and there is no easy retreat from it morally. As American frustration increases, some policy makers are making the deadly mistake of approaching problems in Iraq as if we are facing them for the first time. It is crucial that we apply the lessons of Vietnam wisely and selectively," according to Brigham.

    Brigham is also author of these books and essays on American foreign relations: Guerrilla Diplomacy: The NLF's Foreign Relations and the Vietnam War (Cornell, 1998); Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (Public Affairs, 1999) written with Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight; ARVN: Life and Death in the South Vietnamese Army (Kansas, 2006).



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

CFC 2006 well underway

   September 26, 2006 -- The winds are getting chillier, the days are getting shorter, and the thermometers have appeared on post, which can only mean one thing-- it's time for the 2006 Combined Federal Campaign.

    The CFC, which will run at Carlisle Barracks from Sept. 22 through Nov. 1, enables community members to contribute to more than 2,000 local, national and international health, welfare and emergency relief organizations.

     From Water for the People to the Armed Forces Foundation and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, donors can decide where they want their contribution to go.  Contributions not directed toward a specific organization will be split up between all organizations.

     The program works on a bi-weekly payroll deduction, and participants can donate any amount over $1.00 per pay period.  Participants have the option to select which agencies they wish to contribute to. Any federal employee may contribute to the program by check, cash or payroll deduction.

    "CFC is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations," said Cora Johnson, Carlisle Barracks CFC Campaign Manager. "It continues to be the largest and most successful workplace fundraising model in the world. This year, many local, national and international voluntary agencies will benefit from your thoughtfulness and generosity."

    Carlisle Barracks raised $119,897 last year and exceeded their goal by $9,897 and was recognized by the Greater Harrisburg United Way for exceeding their goal for two years running. This year's goal is $115,000.
    These charities range from military, veteran and patriotic organizations to human and civil rights organizations to environmental organizations to religious and cultural organizations.
    To receive CFC funds, organizations must meet strict standards - they must have tax-exempt non-profit status; they must provide service, benefits or assistance to activities that promote human well-being; they must spend no more than 25 percent of their revenue on fundraising; and they must not disclose the names of CFC contributors, among other rules.

    "All of the money donated to CFC during this drive can stay in the Central Pennsylvania area," said  Johnson. "That's one of the great things about CFC you can help out those agencies in your own community."

2006 CFC representatives

    Donations can be made by contacting any of the following:


Key worker


Jean Bahner


Patrick Shane /Sgt. 1st Class Toombs


Sgt. Herzog


Laura Popielski


Sgt 1st Class Goyt


Christine Celona


1st Sgt. Scott


Sgt. Forand


Sgt. Mckissen


Daniel Lorenz


Sgt. Forand


Candi Smith


Patricia  Kenyon


Master Sgt. Alfieri


Kay Preslar


Roy Carte


Liz Walton


Larry Piper


Karen Wright


Donna Jones


Marcia Kaseman


Carol Wentzel


Susan Kennedy


William Metcalf


Kimberly McConnell  



Chris Shoffner

Connie Weekly 

     The key workers training will take place on Wed, Thurs, and Fri, Sept 27, 28, and 29th, 10:30am at 632 Wright Ave., in the DMWR conference room.






Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Alumni Association gift shop unveils new look

September 26, 2006 -- The Army War College Alumni Association Barracks Sutler Gift Shop is now full-service and inviting all to stop in for some shopping or a visit.

    The Alumni Association, located in Root Hall, is difficult to pass by without noticing now. With all new display cases, a larger variety of merchandise and curtains, the gift has an all-new look and feel.

    "We have many new women's jewelry items that subtly display the war college logo and gifts perfect for kids too," said Angie McPhillips, sales and marketing specialist. "We even have our very own war college logo coffee: War College Brew.

    In addition to the revamped look and more merchandise, there is more to anticipate in the upcoming future.

    "The grand opening will be this fall and online shopping will be available in the near future, available via the Alumni Association web page," said Brenda George, Alumni Association director. "We're hoping a lot of people just stop in to say hi and check out the changes until then.





Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks responds to multiple 'emergencies' during exercise


September 19, 2006 -- Two terrorists infiltrated Carlisle Barracks early this evening, detonating an explosion near the Directorate of Public Works area, destroying a car parked nearby. Of course, this was only an exercise designed to train and test the post's ability to react to an emergency situation.

    As it turns out, post law enforcement officers were so good, the exercise was almost over before it started. Shortly before the exercise was to kick off, the guards at the gate spotted one of the "terrorists" driving by the installation and immediately detained their vehicle once they attempted entry to post. After a few phone calls were made, the exercise was reset and went on as planned.

    "In designing and executing an exercise, too much information can adversely affect the goals you are trying to achieve. In the development of an exercise, it is crucial to "war game" all aspects and expected actions, because it will not go as planned," said Barry Shughart, post anti-terrorism officer. 

    As part of the exercise the response to emergency situation was tested by multiple events occurring at multiple locations at nearly the same times. Law enforcement and emergency first responders had to deal with a suspicious package and car explosion to name a few.

    "We don't plan exercises to be smooth and successful, we try to tax the system and see where we need to improve," said Shughart. "We did that, and learned some great lessons. It also exposes new personnel to our SOPs, so that when and if we have an incident, everyone has an idea of what to do."


 One of the agencies called into respond was the post fire department.

    "I think our folks did a great job responding to the situation and followed the standard operation procedures we have set in place," said Jim O'Connell, post fire chief.

    These exercises also help iron out some of the kinks and identify some possible problems in the event of an actual emergency. Theses lessons learned can be applied to any situation.

    "Communication is a consistent problem that we need to continually improve upon," said Shughart.

    The exercise was a successful one in the eyes of Shughart.

    "Overall I think the exercise was a success," said Shughart. "It didn't go as planned but I think we still were able to exercise all of our goals and objectives."




Strategic and Operational Art Film and Discussion Program kicks off Oct. 3

    September 17, 2006 -- The AY07 Campaign Analysis Course is offering an optional Strategic and Operational Art Film and Discussion Program.  The first film show will be Alexander the Great and the Battle of Issus. The purpose of this program is to offer interested students insight into selected episodes in the evolution of warfare from antiquity to the present.  A series of films addressing strategic and operational themes will be shown Tuesday evenings, 7- 9 p.m., in Wil Waschoe Auditorium, according to the schedule below.  Each film will be followed by a discussion period moderated by a faculty instructor familiar with the period and events addressed in the film.  The program is supported by the Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations and is open to all students, staff, faculty, retirees, and their dependents.

    For the complete schedule go here



Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

New Omar Bradley Chair a prominent civil-military relations scholar

eptember 21, 2006--Recently the U.S. Army War College welcomed Dr. Richard Kohn as the fifth Omar N. Bradley Professor of Strategic Leadership.  

    Kohn wears the hats of a historian, teacher, author and civil-military relations specialist, all of which will allow him to offer a wealth of knowledge, experience and guidance to this year's USAWC senior strategic leaders. The Bradley Chair is a visiting scholar serving as a shared educational resource, instructor and mentor to USAWC students and Dickinson College students. 

    Kohn said he anticipates an intellectually powerful year from the USAWC college students and faculty.

    "I am interested in the perspective of the students and faculty on the Global War on Terror. I want to know how they think we are doing," said Kohn. "I find the learning process here completely fascinating. History provides the lessons of the past, but these are lessons each must discover for themselves."

    Kohn said the USAWC has fine-tuned a unique style of educating.

    "The war college provides an opportunity for these strategic leaders to interpret and to learn skepticism. They will learn and pursue individual ways of thinking most fundamentally," said Kohn.

    As a specialist in American military history, national security policy and civil-military relations, Kohn will have much to offer the USAWC class of 2007. He will lead an elective this upcoming spring here that uses the typical seminar format, with required readings and discussion. The three course objectives are summed as follows:

  • To develop student understanding of the system of civilian control of the military in the United States: its origin and rationale, how it has functioned in the past, and its contemporary effectiveness, tensions and difficulties.

  • Prepare officers for the civil military interactions they will face as senior leaders in various states and that will be critical in policy and decision-making: in peacetime, contingencies, peace keeping and enforcement, multi-national operations, and war.

  • Provide an opportunity for students to interact with the chair holder of the General Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership, with fellow students on contemporary issues of leadership, civilian and military.

    Kohn is currently teaching a senior seminar at Dickinson College.

Kohn not new to Carlisle Barracks

    This is not Kohn's first experience at Carlisle Barracks. During the academic year 1981 he held the Harold Keith Johnson Visiting Chair of Military History at the US Army Military History Institute and Army War College.

    "The experience and knowledge that I gained here in the 80's led me to pursue a lot. I was mentored by wonderful people," said Kohn.

Kohn will be working with senior level leaders and undergraduate students during the upcoming weeks, which will keep his schedule and academic focus varied.

    "I've been blessed in my career because as a professor I teach and write. This is going to be a great year," said Kohn. "Between the students at Dickinson and the USAWC, I am sure this will be an extremely enriching experience. And yes, I am looking forward to writing, as well," said Kohn."

    His experience has afforded him some thoughtful recommendations for the Class of 2007 students.

    I would give this year's class some very important advice," said Kohn. "Play softball with your seminar! My seminar did win the championship, so I might be partial, but it really provides an opportunity to know each other in ways you wouldn't otherwise," said Kohn.

    A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kohn, was educated at Harvard College, 1962, and earned a master's degree and PhD at the University of Wisconsin.

    Kohn chairs the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is a Professor of History. He directed the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, a consortium of faculty at Duke, Carolina and North Carolina State with the focus on national and international security, from 1992 to 2000. He has taught at the University of New York and Rutgers University.

    Kohn has consulted widely for academic and government organizations, was president of the Society of Military History for two terms (1989 -1993), an elected member of the Council of the American Historical Association, and chair of the Public History Committee for the Organization of American Historians, however, teaching has been his mainstay passion.

    Kohn is currently working on a study of presidential war leadership in American history. The majority of his recent publications have focused on civil-military relations and civilian control of the military, including Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military and American National Security (2001).



    The United States Army War College and Dickinson College jointly established the General Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership in order to provide a visiting scholar the opportunity to explore with students and faculty the nature of leadership and how it can best and most ethically be exercised in a world transformed by globalization, technology and cultural change. The chair is intended to enhance the study of leadership and to encourage civilian-military dialogue.

    The Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership was named in memory of the World War II hero and is a position co-funded by the Army War College Foundation through a generous gift from Mutual of America, in honor of William J. Flynn, Chairman of the Board.


Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Seminar 21 connects families from around the globe

      September 21, 2006 -- Family members from across the northeast made their way to Carlisle Barracks Saturday, Sept. 16, for an opportunity to see their deployed servicemembers.

    Seminar 21, a local version of a Family Readiness Group, along with Army Community Services organizes regular video-teleconferences at Collins Hall. VTCs that are enabling Soldiers and civilian contractors serving around the world to reconnect with their spouses and children back home.

    "It's designed for family members here on post as a way to kind of spend time with their deployed loved ones," explained Donna Jones, the ACS relocation and mobile deployment program manager. "We've been doing these for about two years now and we have a families that come regularly.

    At their second VTC in as many months, Cathy Kioussis, the wife of a deployed civilian contractor in Afghanistan, and her two children Theo and Katie, say that the chance to see and speak to their loved one not only helps for the moment, but also gives them something to look forward to.

    "It's a good morale booster," explained Kioussis. "You go through the first week after seeing him [during the VTC ] and then it starts to wane. Then by the second week you know you're going to get to see him again."

    As important as it is for the families, it's just as important for the servicemembers, according to Brenda Magnin, the leader of Seminar 21.

    "These morale VTCs, I would say, are even more essential for [the Soldiers]," said Magnin. "We get to see our kids, and we're going through just the every day motions back here. They don't get to see the kids - and they grow up awfully fast when you're gone."

    The monthly-VTCs aren't the only thing that Seminar 21 does though.

    Initially established as merely a news and communications tool for spouses, the added seminar to the war college - Seminar 21 - has evolved as the nation's military missions have extended deployments and separations around the world.

    "It really was just set up as an information-hotline-type program," explained Magnin. "Because once these Soldiers deploy, their families are kind of left out of the loop - they're no longer in the war college anymore, they're not really involved, per se, with Carlisle barracks - so this kind of brings them back into the loop."

    Along with returning them back into the "loop," Seminar 21 also creates an advantageous environment for families. As the wife of a deployed Master Sgt., Magnin is very familiar with the comfort of having access to things like the monthly VTCs as well as the benefits of spending time around others who may be experiencing similar situations. That is why Seminar 21 now has activities throughout the year.

     "We do day trips to places like Gettysburg and Lancaster, just to get the ladies out," Magnin said. "Donna and I set up a meeting with Chaplain Pace (Installation Chaplain). He's going to go over what to expect when our Soldiers come home on their R&R leave. We also now do the chili cook off and basically participate in everything that all of the seminars participate in."

    While getting back into the loop with things here on Carlisle Barracks helps give a little peace of mind, for the family members being able to remain in their loved one's loop via the VTCs helps refresh the spirit.

    "We send emails and letters which is nice," Kioussis said. "So you see the written words and you know it's ok.  But when you actually get the visible look - then you know it here," pointing to her heart.



Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Pulitzer awardee James MacGregor Burns initiates AHEC lectures series

    September 20, 2006 -- He opened by correcting an apparent rumor - that he is not quite 89 years old - and went on to pepper his speech with personal anecdotes about John F. Kennedy and other U.S. presidents. 

   Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. James MacGregor Burns spoke to almost 200 USAWC students, faculty and staff, a fair number of their children and community members at the annual Roberge lecture at an evening event in Bliss Hall, Sep. 20.  

    He recounted the time when president-elect Kennedy broke the news to Burns, then a Massachusetts politician, that he was considered number two or three in line for appointment to Kennedy's vacated Senate seat. "I was so euphoric about being promoted from number 95 to 2 or 3 that it was only later I realized: there's only 1, and I did not get that seat."  Burns' insight into Kennedy's appealing character set the stage for his argument that a president who runs alone, without his party, will undoubtedly govern alone. Since President Kennedy's time, he said, presidents have tended to run alone - with implications for political parties and citizens' voting habits.

    "Parties I consider to be absolutely fundamental to democracy," said Burns.

    Political parties play out the conflict over the enduring values of the nation: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  "I think that by 'life' they meant the security of the nation. It's security modified by liberty," he said. "Happiness is a mystery, but I think I know what they meant: equality."  

    Burns' address launched this year's monthly Perspectives in Military History series sponsored by the Army Heritage and Education Center; the Roberge lecture is supported by the Army War College Foundation.



Rose Aguigui, EEO Office

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month


    Each year, October is celebrated as "National Disability Employment Awareness Month" to recognize the significant contributions of our disabled citizens to America's workforce and our Nation's future economic growth.  Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced this year's theme: "Americans with Disabilities: Ready for the Global Workforce"

    The EEO Office has invited Ernestine Moya, Director, Program for Individuals with Disabilities at the Department of the Army, to conduct a presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 9-11 a.m. in the Wil Washcoe Auditorium in Root Hall.

    Moya will cover the following topics:

  • Army's Strategic Plan for PIWD

  • Reasonable Accommodation

  • Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) for College Students with Disabilities

  • New Guidance for Schedule A (Special Hiring Authority for disabled applicants)

    In conjunction with this event, Youth Services is holding poster and essay contests, which run Oct. 10-26. All entries must be turned-in by the close of business on Monday, Oct. 23 to the Youth Services Administration Office.  Additional details may be addressed to Cora Johnson, PIWD Manager, 245-4720 or the EEO Office, 245-3151/3950.





Tip from the Post Judge Advocate: Deadline approaching for filing body armor claims

    September 20, 2006 -- The claims filing deadline for Soldiers seeking reimbursement for certain private purchases of protective, health, and safety equipment - such as personal body armor - is rapidly approaching.  The Department of Defense has established October 3, 2006, as the deadline date.

    Pursuant to a 2004 Act of Congress, the Armed Services began reimbursing Service Members last November for private purchases of qualifying equipment made between September 11, 2001 and April 1, 2006, if such purchases were made in anticipation of or during the Service Member's deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan.  Soldiers who made a purchase that qualifies for reimbursement, and have yet to file a claim, must do so by October 3.  Claims should be filed with the Soldier's current unit.  Former Soldiers should mail their claims to the United States Army Claims Service at Fort Meade, Maryland, and ensure that the claims are post-marked by October 3.

     For more information on the reimbursement program - including qualifying details, instructions on how and where to file a claim, and a copy of the requisite claims form - please access, and follow the link to the "Protective Gear Reimbursement Program."  You can also contact MAJ Paul Cucuzzella at the Claims Service at (301) 677-7009, ext. 431, or by e-mail at

    Local POC Rosa A. Ortiz, Legal Admin Spec (Claims) for forms or basic information 245-3242.    


Department of Defense site highlights 'Faces of Defense'

   September 21, 2006 -- An ongoing web series highlights the "Heroes in the Global War on Terror." One of this months honorees is Kentucky Army National Guard Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester.

    Sgt. Hester's squad was following a supply convoy on March 20, 2005, in Iraq when insurgents ambushed the convoy. Her squad quickly moved into position, cutting off the enemy's escape route. Hester led her team directly into the line of fire into a flanking position, and then began an assault on a trench line. She and her squad leader cleared two trenches. When the attack was over, 27 insurgents were dead, six were wounded, and one was captured. In June 2005, Hester was the first woman soldier since World War II to be awarded the Silver Star Medal. For more on her story go here.

    Also honored this month are Marine 1st Lt. Alfred L. Butler IV, and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Benito E. Baylosis. The series can be found at



Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips, Holiday Tea Coordinator

Carlisle Barracks Gears Up for the Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea

September 21, 2006 --Carlisle Barracks is preparing to host the 51st annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea on Dec. 6 and 7, 2006. 

    Three hundred senior citizens from eight-area nursing homes are invited to this two-day event. Attendees are selected by each nursing home.  Some of the guests have attended the Holiday Tea year after year, often this being the only chance to get out of the nursing home environment.

    Volunteer escorts from the greater Carlisle Barracks community (military, civilians, spouses) are paired with a nursing home guest and escort that guest throughout the event. 

In addition to providing an escort for each senior citizen, a wonderful entertainment program is arranged to delight the guests. 

    Prior to the event, volunteers bake over 700 dozen cookies with 25% being sugar free for guests with dietary needs. The cookies are collected at one central location, where they are sorted and arranged on trays to serve to our guests; or placed in holiday bags for the guests to take back to the nursing homes and enjoy. 

    Upon arrival at the Holiday Tea, guests have individual photos taken with their escorts in a holiday setting.  The photo is framed on-the-spot and presented to the guests as a token to remember this wonderful holiday event.   

  The Senior Citizens' Holiday Tea provides a wonderful opportunity for the greater Carlisle Barracks community to volunteer to help an extraordinary cause.  Volunteers decorate the LeTort View Community Center, transport and escort the guests, provide entertainment, take photos, bake cookies, design the program, work on publicity, solicit donations for the over $4,000 required to fund this event, and other various tasks that are required to make this event successful.

    You can help make this year's Holiday Tea a great success by volunteering your time or by giving a donation!    

    For your convenience, a volunteer/donation sign-up form is posted on the Carlisle Barracks Web site: along with a posting on the internal CBnet. 

    For additional information, please contact Lt.Col. Ty McPhillips, Holiday Tea Chairperson, at 245-3086.



Maureen D'Arcy, Army Community Services

Exhibits to highlight Domestic Violence Awareness month

    September 20, 2006 -- Take note of the red, life-size silhouettes placed throughout Carlisle Barracks during the month of October. These silhouettes portraying a woman or child are but one example of the several special events, actions and awareness efforts which will be taking place to support Domestic Violence Awareness Month beginning in two weeks.

    The Silent Witness Project represents homicide victims whose deaths occurred as a result of domestic violence. In addition to the red silhouettes, there will be small tables with place settings at the Letort View Community Center and the U.S. Army War College cafeteria in the name of awareness and to signify the absence of these victims in the lives of their loved ones.

    Purple ribbons will be distributed throughout the month to increase awareness and to show support of taking a stand against domestic violence. Please show your support this October by visiting the exhibits.

    Emotional, physical, sexual abuse and economic neglect are all forms of domestic maltreatment. Emotional abuse is the most prevalent type of domestic abuse and economic neglect is the least understood. Any means of coercive control, even in the form of withholding resources, is seen as something that needs to be reported. It is necessary that all individuals take a responsibility in reporting domestic abuse because this is a societal issue, as opposed to just an individual or family problem. In order to ensure the victim's medical and emotional needs are met without requirement of command or law enforcement notification, restricted reporting is available.

    If you are a victim who requires services please contact Carlisle Barracks' victim advocate, Maureen D'Arcy, Army Community Services. D'Arcy is available at 245-3788 or the 24 hr. mobile 386-7094. 


Bob Bellin, Fort Jackson Leader

Ramadan begins for Muslim Soldiers

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 21, 2006) - Muslim believers around the world will begin observing the month of Ramadan on Saturday, and many Muslim Soldiers will join them.
    Ramadan is named after the ninth month on the Islamic Lunar calendar when the Qu'ran commands Muslims to abstain from food, drink and other physical comforts and pleasures, from dawn to sunset, every day until the end of the month.
    "It's one of the five pillars of faith, fasting in the month of Ramadan," said Chaplain (Capt.) Abdullah Hulwe, battalion chaplain for Fort Jackson's 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment. "Muslims pray five times a day, perform pilgrimage during the month of Ramadan, fast during Ramadan, give charity - or alms - and declare faith."
    Traditional Ramadan practices, according to Hulwe, include breaking the daily fast with water and dates, reading through the entire Qu'ran, and visiting family and friends.
    One of the most important festivals in Islam is the three-day Eid ul-Fitr, or Festival of Bread-Breaking, which begins sundown on the last day of Ramadan, which this year is Oct. 23.
    "It's a month of giving, a month of mercy," said Hulwe. "It's a month of learning for Muslims, and for people of other faiths to learn about Islam."
   By fasting, believers experience spiritual renewal and learn self-discipline and generosity, Hulwe said. "It's part of the Army values, selfless service to others ... you give a little bit of yourself, a little bit of your skill, and you give money (to the poor)."
   When believers are hungry and thirsty during the day, they also learn to empathize with the poor, Hulwe said "You can pity a poor person, but when you actually fast, you feel what they feel."
   Because the purpose of Ramadan is to preserve and encourage life - not to endanger it - the Qu'ran and its interpreters make exceptions to fasting for believers whose health may be harmed by it.
    "The scholars have exceptions for women when they are pregnant or breast-feeding," Hulwe said. Scholars also make exception for pre-pubescent children, the sick and Muslims who are traveling.
    Since all Soldiers have the constitutional right to freely exercise their religions, commanders and other leaders are required to try and accommodate Soldiers, within certain limits, he said.
    "To fast during training is religious accommodation," Hulwe said, "and the United States Army policy is to accommodate, unless it has adverse impact on the mission or the health of the Soldier."
    The love of life in Islam, Hulwe said, is in stark opposition to terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden, who speak of a "love of death" in their version of Islam.
    Hulwe has a simple explanation for those of any religion, at any time, who espouse such views.
    "God almighty has good people," Hulwe said, "but bad people use God. It is up to people of understanding to know the difference."
    With more than 1 billion Muslims of different races and different nationalities, Hulwe said, Ramadan also emphasizes the unity of God, the unity of religion and the "unity of humanity, that we are all descendants of two people, Adam and Eve."




Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army War College remembers 9/11 tragedy


September 11, 2006 -- On a cloudy-gray Monday morning, Soldiers, civilian workers of Carlisle Barracks, along with area firefighters, policemen and members of the local community gathered in front of the U.S. Army War College to pay tribute to the thousands that lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    On a day that will forever be remembered for both horrific tragedy and remarkable acts of heroism, those present at the small ceremony on the steps of the college reflected the nation's unwillingness to forget the events that took place five years ago.

    Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr., commandant of the U.S. Army War College, recalled the tragedy during the ceremony. "Many of us still mourn friends and comrades at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or even west of here in the fields of Somerset County, Pa. They will never be forgotten," he said.

    Huntoon also spoke of the world's remarkable determination in combating terrorism after the attacks.

    "We were united in remembering those who lost their lives and united to honor their sacrifice by going after the terrorists responsible, while remaining steadfast to our values of justice and compassion," he said.

    Here on Carlisle Barracks rests a simple bronze plaque commemorating the sacrifice made by two War College graduates on 9/11, explained Huntoon.

    Lt. Gen. Tim Maude, class of 1990, was killed by the terrorists who hijacked Flight 77 and crashed it into the Pentagon five years ago. retired Col. Rick Rescorla, class of 1988, led countless men and women to safety out of the south tower of the World Trade Center, where he continued to help until the collapse of the tower took his life.

    "Tim Maude and Rick Rescorla, both Soldiers who demonstrated the virtues of compassion, selfless service, courage and sacrifice. Over time that is what defeats terrorists," said Huntoon. "Their weapon is fear, and ours is the light of hope and reason."

    "Today we remember and honor all the military and civilian heroes of the last five years who have carried forward the fight. We salute all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, civilians and our allies who have put themselves in harm's way to ensure our safety."




Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks hosts annual retiree day

    September 9, 2006 -- Hundreds of retirees from across the area made their way onto Carlisle Barracks Saturday for the 32nd Annual Retiree Appreciation Day, held at Bliss Hall.

    Representing every branch of military service from the Army to the Merchant Marines, the retirees spent the day gleaning information regarding all of the various benefits and on-post services that are available to them. 

    "Today is a great occasion to get to know some other fine ladies and gentlemen, and to learn more about what services and benefits are out there for you as retirees," said Ted Kelley, a retired Navy Chaplain and head of a local retiree counsel.

    For some it was their first time attending a Retiree Appreciation Day at Carlisle Barracks.

    "I just wanted to get out here and meet some other retirees and also to find out what some of my benefits are," explained Michael Copeland, who retired as a staff sergeant in 1995.

    For others, the retiree day is a yearly opportunity to catch up with changes to benefits.

    "This is my sixth [retiree day] here," said 23-year veteran Robert Focer.

    "Everything changes, especially with TRICARE Prime. This gives us an opportunity to get a lot of good information."

    Also available to the retirees throughout the day were free mini-health screenings, a booth set up to register vehicles for on-post access and an opportunity to receive updated identification cards.

    Maj. Gen. David H. Huntoon, Jr., U.S. Army War College commandant, thanked the retirees for their many years of dedicated service, and briefly spoke to them about some of the upcoming changes that are scheduled to take place here in the future.

    "The most dramatic thing that you will see over the next three years will be the changes and renovations to the housing here on the Barracks," said Huntoon.

    He went on to ask that while we take time to recognize and honor their years of service that they keep in mind the servicemembers currently serving around the world.

    "If you just do one thing for us today, as you learn more about your benefits and what we owe to you, I ask that you just take a moment and remember the sacrifice of those still wearing the uniform today," said Huntoon.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Malinowski brings USAWC, world experience to position

September 13, 2006 - It didn't take very long for the new deputy commandant for international affairs to settle into his new position at the U.S. Army War College. Of course, he was helped by the fact that he had spent the last two years as a professor of International Relations in the college's Department of National Security and Strategy.

    Ambassador Michael Malinowski assumed the duties as the DCIA in August of 2006, but his expertise in international relations spans more than 30 years.

    "In my career I've been to more than 14 different places and they've all been different and great places to be," said Malinowski. "Many times people ask me which one was my favorite place and I tell them that they all were."

    His desire to work in international relations started in high school, and was influenced by one of his teachers.

    "I had a teacher who served previously in the Foreign Service and he exposed all of his students to it," Malinowski said. "I went to college for a political science degree and during my third year abroad I was in Italy. I met a lot of people from the embassy and decided that was something I wanted to do."

    Malinowski did say that he didn't plan on making a career out of it though.

    "I only planned on doing this for a couple of years," he said. "Well look now, it's 30 years later and I still enjoying doing it."

    In his over thirty-year career in the Foreign Service, Ambassador Malinowski served as Ambassador to Nepal from October 2001 to April 2004.  He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in the Philippines, Swaziland, and Nepal.  During his duties in Manila and earlier in Katmandu, Ambassador Malinowski served as Chargé d'affaires, AI, for over a year in absence of the ambassadors.
     Ambassador Malinowski also served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulates in Peshawar, Pakistan and in Maracaibo, Venezuela.  He also served abroad in Mexico City, Mexico; Kabul, Afghanistan, and Colombo, Sri Lanka.  In the Department of State in Washington, Ambassador Malinowski served as Special Assistant for the Near East and South Asia and for Counter-terrorism to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.  He served as Director for the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, briefly as the Deputy Special Envoy to the Afghan Resistance, and a political analyst for South Asia.

    Responsibilities for the DCIA include overseeing the International Fellows program and acting as a liaison between the college and the State Department. When asked about his time at the war college, Malinowski described it in two words, "interesting and fun."

    "When you're a professor you are exposed to a lot, but now I see how the college fits into the Army and the entire government," he said. "This is a truly enjoyable place to live and work."

    He also said that one of the best parts of the war college is the people who work here.

    "I've had an opportunity to work with many of the different organizations here at the war college," he said. "Everyone here is extremely capable and great to work with."  

   During his time as DCIA, Malinowski hopes to help strengthen the program for the international students of the college.

    "I want to maximize the IF students experience during their time here as much as possible, and help others learn from their experiences as well," he said. Malinowski also said he hopes to strengthen the relationship between the USAWC and the State Department.

    Ambassador Malinowski's awards include the Presidential Meritorious Service Performance Award for his work in the Philippines, three individual State Department Superior Honor Awards for his work in Katmandu, on the First Gulf War, and in Peshawar.  He has been included in three other Group Superior Honor Awards and has received a Meritorious Honor Award.  He has four other Senior Officer Performance Awards.


Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Annual homework tutor program begins at Youth Services

September 14, 2006 -- Orientation for the Youth Services Homework Tutor Program took place Sept. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Youth Services Center but it's not too late to take advantage of the program. 

    The free annual program, which begins next week, is aimed at helping Carlisle Barracks students in four core-curriculum subjects - reading, writing, math and science - two days a week throughout the school year, according to Bob Salviano, the director of Child and Youth Services on Carlisle Barracks.

    "This Thursday will be an orientation for the students and the parents," explained Salviano. "The actual program starts Monday and will be on Mondays and Thursdays for an hour and a half each day from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m."

    Now in it's fourth year, it has evolved from a situation where spouses who had teaching degrees simply came and helped students after school, to a program that now has two full-time certified teachers to tutor students from grades 2 through 10 who may need a little extra instruction. To participate, the students are only asked to adhere to two minor requirements.

    "They have to be registered as a member of Youth Services, and they have to show up each time," said Salviano. "They can't just come in once in a while when they feel like it. This is a program where they have to come to the tutoring class each week."

    The program is also much more than just a place that the children can come and receive help with their homework, according to Salviano.

    "They can bring their homework in and work on that. But if they don't have homework, or they finish with that, than these two teachers are there and will be able to provide lessons for them," Salviano said.

    Salviano also says that the program gets results.

    "We look at [the students'] grades in the first term and then again in the second and third terms. You can definitely see some improvement," he said.

    "[The teachers] really do help these children out at all levels. It doesn't matter what the subject is.

    "If [the students] will come in twice a week throughout the school year, they're going to gain something out of this," said Salviano.

    The program currently has 13 students registered to participate and while Salviano expects the program to fill up in the near future, he says that Youth Services will do what it can to provide assistance to students who want it.

    "After the school year starts and parents get some of the first-term grades, they'll show up asking if there's any more room left in the homework tutor program," he said. "If we have room we'll take them."

    For more information call 245-4555 or 245-3801.


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Ex-POWs acclaim new and improved ACUs

   September 13, 2006- Soldiers and heroes of the past were given the opportunity to understand, in detail, today's Army in regards to transformation, retention and uniform, when Carlisle Barracks Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Houston, attended the monthly City Capital Chapter of the National Organization of Ex-POWs as the keynote speaker.

    Frank Kusner, Jr., the chapter commander, presides over these monthly meetings with an average attendance of 35 individuals. These Ex-POWs discuss and act on a variety of subjects and areas of interest ranging from recent legislation to social event details.         

    Houston satisfied many of the audience members' curiosity when he went over the differences and benefits of the new-style ACUs.

    "All parts of the uniform are useful now," said Houston. "One of the greatest parts of the new ACU is that it is lightweight, so it is cooler and dries out more quickly."

    The list of improvements and uniform built-ins that serve a specific purpose are numerous. The boots are also completely different and no longer need to be shined.

    The changes Houston discussed went beyond just the uniforms. 

    "Soldiers today are receiving much more training than in the past and it is at the finest level ever. The final product is ready to go to war; these are extremely disciplined and professional, young soldiers," said Houston.  

    Amidst the learning, there was story telling and reminiscing among the members and guests.

    "I've been around a long time and have seen a lot of things. I remember seeing Jim Thorpe at Carlisle Barracks, even," said Richard Mumper, Ex-POW, WWII. "I think it's really great that CSM Houston makes it a priority to meet with us. I think these uniforms are a big improvement too. Our Soldiers deserve the best, no doubt about that."

    The spouses of the Ex-POWs are equally impressed by innovation in the Army garb.

    "My husband and I weren't married until after the war in 1948, but I know how it feels to worry about someone you love. This progress will give more people peace of mind at home too," said Velma Mumper.



Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Post holds safety driving competition

September 14, 2006- Last year over three trillion miles were traveled by vehicles in the United States. With this much road traffic, it is obvious why safe driving is critical.

    The Carlisle Barracks Department of Public Safety held a driving safety course in order to make the roads a safer place to be by providing individuals with an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses.

    The course consisted of a written exam portion and an in-car driving assessment. Robb Mott, coordinator for South Central PA Highway Safety, set up the driving course in the parking lot of the Army Community Services building on post.

    "This course provides the opportunity for people to recognize their weaknesses and improve upon them," said Mott. "For some people it is more the written portion of the analysis, for some it is the hands-on, driving portion. Awareness is a preventative."

    The course participants enjoyed taking the brand new cars through the course and learned a lot about where they stand in terms of driving safety.

    "With so many people on the road and so many accidents, I think this is the sort of thing everyone should do," said Sgt. Ricky Woods. "Everyone can improve and at the very least be more aware of driving safety."

    The in-car portion of the course included a range of challenges, from parallel parking to vehicle control and maneuverability.

    The course was educational, but also jovial in that it included a friendly competition with prizes for the persons with the highest overall scores. Capt. Peter Plante earned 1st place, winning Sunday brunch for two at Letort View Community Center.

    After completing the course, these conscientious drivers celebrated with grilled hotdogs and other refreshments, provided by the safety department.



Army Heritage Center Foundation release

Army Heritage Center Foundation Selected for Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (Act 4)

September 11, 2006 Carlisle, Pa. -- The Army Heritage Center Foundation announced today that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has selected the Foundation as an educational improvement organization under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program for the period July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007.  During this period, businesses which make contributions to specific Foundation programs can be considered for Educational Improvement Tax Credits from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

    The Foundation's application to participate as an educational improvement organization was reviewed by the staff of the  Department of Community and Economic Development who determined that the following programs constituted "innovative education programs" eligible for the tax credit program:

·         Into the Woods:  The Forbes Road and Westward Movement

·         Carlisle Indian Industrial School Cooperative Exhibits

·         Army Heritage Timeline Living History Presentations

·         Army Heritage Timeline Living History Program

·         High School and "School to Career" Internship Program

·         Army Heritage Center Foundation Educational CD-ROM reproduction

·         Foundation support to National History Day in Pennsylvania

·         Perspectives in Military History Lecture Program.

    Lorraine Luciano, the Foundation's Education Director, stated that "the selection of these programs validates our efforts to develop new approaches to encourage Pennsylvania students to gain a greater knowledge of our nation's history and heritage."   Mike Perry, the Foundation's Executive Director, stated that he hoped "the Foundation's selection would increase the number of businesses partnering with the Foundation to provide greater access to the educational programs at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

    Pennsylvania implemented the tax credit program in 2001 (Act 4 of 2001) to allow businesses to receive a tax credit equal to seventy-five (75) percent of their contributions to approved educational improvement organizations for a single year contribution and up to ninety (90) percent for a two year commitment.  A business may receive a credit of up to $200,000 per taxable year.

    The Army Heritage Center Foundation is leading a public-private partnership to raise funds to construct the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and to build an endowment to provide margin of excellence support to the Center's educational programs.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has committed $10 million towards the building's construction, and the Foundation is raising the remaining funds.  Upon completion, the Army will fund the Center's operation and maintenance.  For information, please visit


Army Substance Abuse Program prevention and education training opportunities

    September 13, 2006 -- The ASAP/Prevention Office will be providing a variety of training opportunities throughout the year. Numerous sites and topics will be available for all personnel. The following is a schedule of (no more than) one-hour sessions for FY 07.

    If you can not attend one of the scheduled classes call the Prevention Office and make arrangements to come by and view one of our training videos/DVD at your leisure.

    You must call and register, class size is limited for the Education Center and the ASAP Training Room. For additional information or to schedule individual organization training, contact the Prevention Office at 245- 4576.


Army Substance Abuse training schedule


DATE                         TIME               LOCATION                                     TOPIC


Oct. 2. Mon                1 p.m.             Education Center                 ASAP Overview

Oct. 12 Thurs             1 p.m.              ASAP - Bldg 632                ASAP Overview

Oct. 16 Mon               1 p.m.             Education Center                 ASAP Overview

Oct. 20 Fri                  noon                Education Center                ASAP Overview


Nov. 2 Thurs                1 p.m.             Upton Hall                       EAP for Supervisors

Nov. 6 Mon                  1 p.m.             Education Center             EAP for Employees

Nov. 8 Wed                 1 p.m.             ASAP - Bldg 632             EAP for Supervisors

Nov. 9 Thurs                1 p.m.             ASAP - Bldg 632             EAP for Employees

Nov. 17 Fri                  noon                Education Center             EAP for Employees

Nov. 20 Mon               1 p.m.             Education Center              EAP for Employees

Nov. 29 Wed               1 p.m.             Upton Hall                        EAP for Supervisors


Dec. 4 Mon                 1 p.m.             Education Center           Alcohol - Holiday Tips

Dec. 5 Tues                noon                ASAP - Bldg 632          Alcohol - Holiday Tips

Dec. 8 Fri                   noon                Education Center           Alcohol - Holiday Tips

Dec. 12 Tues              noon                ASAP - Bldg 632           Alcohol - Holiday Tips

Dec. 13 Wed              1 p.m.             Upton Hall                      Alcohol - Holiday Tips

Dec. 18  Mon              1 p.m.             Education Center           Alcohol - Holiday Tips

Dec. 20 Wed              1 p.m.             Upton Hall                      Alcohol - Holiday Tips




New law expands IRA options for military; many can still contribute for 2004 and 2005

WASHINGTON - Members of the military serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat zone localities can now put money into an individual retirement account, even if they received tax-free combat pay, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

    Under the Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities (HERO) Act, signed into law on Memorial Day, taxpayers can now count tax-free combat pay when determining whether they qualify to contribute to either a Roth or traditional IRA. Before this change, members of the military whose earnings came entirely from tax-free combat pay were generally barred from using IRAs to save for retirement. 

    "The HERO act is one more way to let our fighting forces in combat areas know that we support them," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. "This is a good way for people serving in combat zones to save more of their earnings for retirement."

    In addition, the HERO Act allows military personnel who received tax-free combat pay in either 2004 or 2005 to go back and make IRA contributions for those years. Eligible military members will have extra time, until May 28, 2009, to make these special back-year contributions. 

    For those under the age of 50, the IRA contribution limit was $3,000 for 2004 and $4,000 for 2005. For those 50 and over, the limit was $3,500 for 2004 and $4,500 for 2005.

    Taxpayers choosing to put money into a Roth IRA don't need to report these contributions on their individual tax return. Roth contributions are not deductible, but distributions, usually after retirement, are normally tax-free. Income limits and other special rules apply.

   On the other hand, contributions to a traditional IRA are often, though not always, deductible, and distributions are generally taxable.

    Deductible or not, contributions to a traditional IRA must be reported on the return for the year made. Deductible contributions are claimed on Form 1040, 1040A or 1040NR. Nondeductible contributions are reported on Form 8606, which is normally attached to one of these individual return Forms.

    If a return has already been filed for a particular year, contributions should be reported on an amended return, Form 1040x. Depending upon the circumstances, military personnel who choose to put money into a traditional IRA for 2004 or 2005 may qualify for additional tax refunds. 

    For those planning ahead, the IRA contribution limit for 2006 is $4,000 for those under age 50 and $5,000 for those 50 and over.



Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Volunteers needed for National Public Lands Day

September 14, 2006 -- The Army Heritage Trail will bloom with activity as area volunteers join the largest single-day restoration effort for America's public lands. This local effort is part of the 13th annual National Public Lands Day and will take place on Saturday, September 30, from 9 a.m. through noon, near the Army Heritage and Education Center campus.

    Volunteers from area scouting programs, Carlisle Barracks residents and employees will roll up their sleeves and devote the morning to planting, digging and mulching along the trail.  

    "We are expecting more than 50 volunteers to come help us improve and beautify the trail," said Keith Bailey, post biological technician and project manager.  

    "Additional volunteers are always needed, even if it is just for an hour or two."  We'll take whatever time people are willing to give," added Bailey. 

    National Public Lands Day maintains the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an army of 3 million Americans who in the 1930's countered the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the American chestnut blight by planting more than 3 billion trees, building 800 state parks, and fighting forest fires.

    This nationwide event gives Americans an opportunity to give back to the very lands they use to hike, bike, and climb, swim, explore, picnic or just plain relax.

    For more information about volunteering and what to bring, contact Bailey at 717-245-3612.  


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

101 Days of Summer, kids' bowling program rolls a strike

    September 8, 2006 -- A summer of fun concluded last week at the Carlisle Barracks' Bowling Center as the final event of 101 Days of Summer, a children's summer bowling league at Carlisle Barracks ended its season with a raffle for the top bowlers.

    101 Days of Summer was a new program developed this year by the Community Family Support Center, located in Washington, D.C. CFSC supplied the big prizes for the culmination of the summer program. Prizes included CDs, games and DVD players. The program began on Memorial Day and ended on Labor Day.

    The program offered a free game to kids after one paid game. More than 80 kids signed up and grades K through 12 were welcomed.

    "The program was good for the center and great for the kids. We gave away 225 free games with 375 paid games," said Bill Foster, program coordinator and Business Manager, Bowling. "The kids didn't want to stop after two games because they were having so much fun. We want to offer this again next year since this year was such a success."



Spc. Kyndal Hernandez, 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

Sept. 11 remembrance: Captain survives WTC, fights war on terror

FORWARD OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq (Army News Service, Sept. 6, 2006) - Five years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, an Army captain and World Trade Center survivor commands a New York unit deployed to Iraq.
    Capt. Thomas Sullivan, commander of the 773rd Transportation Company at Q-West, experienced the attacks on the World Trade Center from the 95th floor of the South Tower.
    Sullivan worked for Fiduciary Trust Company International as a performance analyst since 1996. Until the attacks, the company's office occupied four floors of the South Tower.
    On that day, Sullivan arrived at work at 7:30 a.m. just like any other day, but a broader smile may have revealed he had good news to share.
    "I had gone into my office to send out e-mails to friends and family members to tell them the news that my wife was pregnant with twins," Sullivan said.
    After clicking the "send" key, he made his way to his boss' office to share the exciting news with him.
    "As we sat there in his office laughing and joking," Sullivan explained. "I noticed something out of the corner of my eye."
    At that moment - about 8:46 a.m. - the first plane hit the North Tower.
    "We both jumped to the floor, and I could feel the concussion and the heat immediately," Sullivan said.
    As the deputy fire warden for his floor, Sullivan instinctively began evacuating all personnel on his floor after the explosion.
    Within minutes his section was clear, and Sullivan made his way to the stairwell. He began his descent running and jumping down the stairs.
    Sullivan was 30 floors closer to escape - on the 65th floor stairwell - when the second plane hit the South Tower just 13 stories above him.
    "The building shook unbelievably. I could feel a subtle burst of warm air and light debris and dust coming down the stairwell."
    By then, a throng of people poured into the stairwell for the long journey to the ground floor. But when they finally made it, they could not exit the building because of falling glass and debris.
    Sullivan turned back to the stairwell in hopes of finding another exit through the basement.
    "When we finally exited the building, there was fire, smoke and debris everywhere," Sullivan said. "I told my coworkers that I was going to head to the Staten Island Ferry."
    A few minutes after he made it to the street, the South Tower began to collapse.
    "When the building started to collapse, I started to run but the thick cloud of dust that came made it very difficult to see and breathe," Sullivan said.
    He made it to the Staten Island Ferry but to his dismay, it was closed. Like thousands of other people, he began walking toward the Brooklyn Bridge for the long journey home.
    "As we were walking to the bridge, the North Tower collapsed. It collapsed right in front of our eyes."
    After walking about eight miles, Sullivan found a phone to call his family. He said it had been more than two hours since anyone had heard from him. His family had feared the worst.
    "The next few days were worse than the event itself," Sullivan explained. "I had received dozens of calls from my friends' and coworkers' family members, asking if I had seen their loved ones."
    Months later, Sullivan continued to have trouble coping with the tragedy he had been through.
   "I went to ground zero once to assist, but I could not bear for too long. They seemed to have all the help they needed, and I was not up for the task physically or mentally."
    Sullivan said it took him a few months to deal with the events that transpired that day.
    "My service to this country and being here on the memorable day of Sept. 11 is how I honor the people who lost their lives that day. That was a day that should be remembered forever, a day we as Americans should pay tribute to, and a day that I will never forget."

Program for Soldiers to Earn $1,000 Referral Bonus Expanded
    The latest recruiting incentive that will pay Soldiers a $1,000 lump payment for referring applicants who enlist, complete basic training, and graduate advanced individual training has been expanded. Effective 1 June 2006, Army Retirees are eligible to provide referrals under this program and receive the $1K bonus by referring persons that have not previously conducted an appointment with a recruiter.
    The Secretary of the Army may pay a bonus to any Soldier who refers to an Army recruiter a person who has not previously served in the Armed Forces and enlists in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserves. The referral may not be an immediate family member and the Soldier referring may not be serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.


New and improved library, trades rain drops for sun rays

September 7, 2006 -- Now, the  Army War College library will not only make you a brighter person intellectually, but will literally brighten your day with a brand new and complete skylight.

    Bohdon Kohutiak, USAWC librarian, saw a vision of his own come true this week when the Root Hall library lost its leaky roof and gained a skylight. The $593,000 project to repair and replace parts of the roof began this past March.  

    The introduction of the skylight to the U.S. Army War College was as momentous as the light it lets in.

    Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC commandant, captured the mood of the audience during the library skylight ribbon cutting ceremony.   

    "Today is a glorious event. This occasion allows me to say something else important, thank you to the library personnel. You are central to our purpose here at the war college. Libraries open up so many vistas and dimensions," said Huntoon.

    Kohutiak was quick to extend recognition to the large number of individuals involved in the construction process.

    "From the library staff to the Directorate of Public Works, thank you for helping us trade in the rain for drops of sunshine," said Kohutiak.





Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

CFC 2006 kicks-off Sept. 22



Sept. 14, 2006-- You can make a difference this year in someone's life by donating to the Combined Federal Campaign, the largest workplace charity drive in the country.
     The CFC, which will run at Carlisle Barracks from Sept. 22 through Nov. 1, enables community members to contribute to more than 2,000 local, national and international health, welfare and emergency relief organizations.

     The program works on a bi-weekly payroll deduction, and participants can donate any amount over $1.00 per pay period.  Participants have the option to select which agencies they wish to contribute to. Any federal employee may contribute to the program by check, cash or payroll deduction.

    "CFC is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations," said Cora Johnson, Carlisle Barracks CFC Campaign Manager. "It continues to be the largest and most successful workplace fundraising model in the world. This year, many local, national and international voluntary agencies will benefit from your thoughtfulness and generosity."

    Carlisle Barracks raised $119,897 last year and exceeded their goal by $9,897 and was recognized by the Greater Harrisburg United Way for exceeding their goal for two years running. This years goal is $115,000.
    These charities range from military, veteran and patriotic organizations to human and civil rights organizations to environmental organizations to religious and cultural organizations.
    To receive CFC funds, organizations must meet strict standards - they must have tax-exempt non-profit status; they must provide service, benefits or assistance to activities that promote human well-being; they must spend no more than 25 percent of their revenue on fundraising; and they must not disclose the names of CFC contributors, among other rules.
    Unit representatives will be soon be announced. 


For $10 per pay period, you've got the power to:
 · Help environmental advocates in Nepal draft that country's first standards for water and air quality
 · Improve Medicare coverage for 50 low-income elderly people
 · Provide 18 hours of training in leadership, conflict resolution, cross-cultural sensitivity, and community organizing for a teenager
 · Provide school supplies, food, and medical care for AIDS orphans in Africa
 · Provide two hearing aids for low income, hearing-impaired people this year
 · Support a mobile clinic in remote rural area for an entire day
 · Provide a student with lunch at school each day
 · Bring a waiting American child together with a loving, lifetime adoptive family
 For $15 per pay period, you've got the power to:
 · Save the life of an abused child
 · Provide a homebound AIDS patient with groceries for a full year
 · Provide a hungry preschooler who lives in the slums of Bombay an education and a nutritious meal
 · Open a student's eyes to the conditions of the world's poor through a short-term mission trip
 · Provide a solar energy system for an entire village
 · Help efforts to configure compounds so that the children can take medicines orally as opposed to injection
 · Provide a scholarship for an underprivileged person to travel to Central America or Haiti to document and witness human rights abuses, then return to the US to work for change
 · Make and sustain one school-based mentoring match for an at risk youth
 Data from the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Town Hall meeting to introduce civilian workforce to NSPS

    Sept. 16, 2006 -- A new vocabulary is the leading edge of changes ahead for Carlisle Barracks civilian employees with the National Security Personnel System. The new NSPS system for DoD civilians will introduce terms like, spirals and pay bands.  More substantial changes will affect classification, compensation, performance management, staffing, and workforce shaping.                

    The effective date is not locked for civilian employees at Carlisle Barracks, but it's not too soon to learn about pay bands, impact on pay checks, performance evaluations, and more.  At Carlisle Barracks, two town hall meetings in Bliss Hall on Tuesday, Sept 26 will give two options for all employees to attend an information briefing and ask questions of TRADOC's personnelist, Debbie Mitchell.  A session will be taped, as well.

    Employees can get a head start on understanding NSPS by visiting the web site at  NSPS 101 is an online tool to help employees know which career group and pay band they'll be in, and estimate the value of within-grade increase buy-in. The online resources will answer many questions, and help employees identify the questions to bring to the town hall meeting.

    More than 66,000 Department of Defense employees in Spiral 1.2 will transition to NSPS between October 2006 and January 2007.   Early indications are that MEDDAC  personnel at Dunham Army Health Clinic will transition to NSPS during fiscal 2007.  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.

     Fiscal 2008 is tentatively identified for Spiral 2, including Army War College and Carlisle Barracks garrison civilians.  NSPS will not affect non-appropriated funds, or NAF, workers.

 "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."

   Employees will be given new performance plans clearly linked to their organization's mission and strategic goals, according to NSPS briefings.  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.

   The first phase of 11,000 employees in Spiral 1.1 converted to the system in late April.  Mary Lacey, NSPS program executive officer, recently met with Spiral 1.1 senior leaders to identify what worked well during the conversion 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."


GMH hosting Town Hall meeting Sept. 25

    September 13, 2006 -- GMH Military Housing will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, September 25th at 6 p.m. in the Vandenberg Room at the LVCC. All residents are encouraged to attend to meet and greet the team of GMH Military Housing.

    "Come hear about all the exciting changes we have planned for the future," said Heidi Puente, the community manager for GMH at Carlisle Barracks.

    GMH will provide hors d'oeuvres and refreshments so bring your appetite and spread the word with your neighbors.

    "Make sure to mark the date on your calendar and we look forward to meeting you soon," said Puente.



Bonnie Powell, Defense Commissary Agency  

Contest to win a family dinner in New York kicks off 'Family Day' emphasis

FORT LEE, Va. - A military family will win a trip to New York and a special dinner courtesy of a worldwide contest to draw attention to "Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children."

    Created by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, "Family Day" is the fourth Monday of September each year. This year it falls on Sept. 25.  According to CASA research, the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. And they get better grades. Last year 1.3 million Americans "pledged" to have dinner with their children on "Family Day."

    "The military community certainly has a strong sense of family, but focusing on an event like this reminds us just how important something as simple as eating dinner together is to the health of our families," said Patrick Nixon, director of the Defense Commissary Agency.

    To draw even greater attention to Family Day, the military sales team of The Coca-Cola Company is sponsoring a three-day, two-night trip to New York. The winner will also get a family dinner cooked by Sandra Lee, best-selling author and host of the Food Network show "Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee." Lee's latest cookbook "Semi-Homemade Grilling" will be awarded to second-place winners.

    Commissary shoppers can go to the DeCA Web site at to access links to the contest, make a "symbolic" pledge to have a family dinner on Sept. 25, get more information about "Family Day," or find healthy recipes. The contest is open from Sept. 1-30.

    "This is a unique event for us," said Doug McAlister, director of the Coca-Cola worldwide military sales team. "Coca-Cola is the national corporate sponsor of 'Family Day,' but the military sales team is taking it a step further for the benefit of the entire military community. Conducting the contest online gives military retirees, Guard/Reserve and active duty a chance to enter - whether they are in Germany or Guam, Illinois or Iraq."

    Being the eldest of five children, Sandra Lee appreciates the importance of family dinners. "Growing up in a small town in Washington state, we always ate dinners together," she said. "It gave us a chance to talk about school, our day - and I think it made a difference in my life."

    Lee specializes in meals made by spicing up everyday, store-bought products. "We requested she prepare a 'healthy' meal for the winner and she agreed immediately," said McAlister.

    Coincidently, Sandra Lee is working on a new cookbook for 2007 focusing on light and healthy cooking. "That is certainly the trend for America right now," she said. "People have busy lives and not a lot of time to spend on cooking, but there isn't any reason light and healthy meals can't also be fast and delicious."

    "That's great," said Nixon. "It really fits in with DeCA's 'It's Your Choice, Make it Healthy' initiative encouraging military families to think of the commissary as the place for healthy food, healthy savings, and healthy family!"

    DoD schools, TRICARE and family organizations such as the National Military Family Association as well as military Web sites and many others are supporting the Family Day concept.

    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.


Carlisle Barracks holding exercise Sept. 19

    Post residents, employees and visitors are advised that Carlisle Barracks will be holding a force protection exercise Sept. 19, between 5 and 10 p.m. There may be temporary road closures and traffic delays during the exercise.


Operation Market Garden Anniversary Commemorated

Carlisle Barracks, Pa. - The Army Heritage and Education Center here, will mark the 62nd anniversary of Operation Market Garden with a special program on the Army Heritage Trail on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16, 2006.

    Operation Market Garden, immortalized in the book and subsequent movie, A Bridge Too Far, began on Sept. 17, 1944 and was the largest airborne operation in World War II.

    The commemoration this weekend will feature living history interpreters portraying the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, describing their unit's missions during the battle, their history, and specialized equipment. The interpretations will take place at the World War II building and will run throughout the day.

    Weekend activities on the Army Heritage Trail also include living history interpreters from World War I and the Civil War. These interpreters are located on the trail in the areas depicting the time periods they represent.

    All activities run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays, and are free and open to the public.

    The Army Heritage Trail, adjacent to Ridgway Hall, is on Army Heritage Drive, between Claremont and Trindle roads, Carlisle.  I-81 exit 48 from the South and 49 from the North.

    Check for calendar updates at or phone (717) 245 3803. 


Time for the Fall Yard Sale

August 31, 2006--Need to clear some space, make some money, find a good deal?

    On Saturday, September 16, 2006 the fall yard sale will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. This yard sale is open to the local community but ONLY Carlisle Barracks residents, students, staff and any other valid DOD ID card holder (retirees and Department of the Army civilians working at Carlisle Barracks) may participate as vendors.

    Carlisle Barracks residents may set up displays in their yards. Spaces will also be available in the grassy area surrounding the Army and Air Force Exchange Service parking lot for vendors.

    Individuals requiring space in the AAFES parking lot area must coordinate with the Sports Director at 245-4029/4343. Set-up should not begin earlier than 6 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2006.  


Reynolds Theater hosting free advance screening Sept. 19

    Carlisle Barracks will once again host a free screening of a major motion picture release on Sept 19 at 7:30 p.m. The movie is Rated PG-13 and Tickets will be available at the bookstore, main store and Anthony's Pizza and Subway. 


Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office

Roberge lecture to feature Pulitzer Prize winning author


    August 29, 2006 -- Dr. James MacGregor Burns, Pulitzer Prize winning author, will launch the AHEC military history series with a lecture on "Running Alone: Presidential Leadership from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush," on Wednesday, Sep. 20 at 7:15 p.m. in the Army War College lecture hall, Bliss Hall, on Carlisle Barracks. 

    In the opening lecture of this year's Perspectives in Military History series, James MacGregor Burns will set the presidency of George W. Bush in the context of half a century of presidential politics. America's "dean" of presidential leadership studies, Burns authored the Pulitzer-awarded book, Roosevelt: the Lion and the Fox [1956] and earned the National Book Award for his biography, Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom [1970].  

    His most recent book, with Susan Dunn, is The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America (Grove Atlantic, 2001).  Prior to that he published, with Georgia Sorenson, Dead Center: Clinton-Gore Leadership and the Perils of Moderation (Scribner, 1999). 

    His book, Leadership, published in 1978, is still considered the seminal work in the field of leadership studies.  His theory on transformational leadership has been the basis of more than 400 doctoral dissertations. Burns received his doctorate in political science from Harvard, attended the London School of Economics, and taught at Williams College. Burns was a Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District of Massachusetts in 1958 and also served as a delegate to four Democratic National Conventions. While in the military, Burns served as combat historian in the Pacific Theater from 1943-1946; he was awarded the Bronze Star and four Battle Stars.

    Dr. Burns' address is sponsored by the Army Heritage and Education Center as the Ronald A.Roberge Memorial lecture, which is underwritten by the Army War College Foundation. The Roberge lecture opens the annual military history series, most recently with Pulitzer awardees Dr. David Hackett Fischer and Rick Atkinson.  It is the first in the free monthly public lecture series, "Perspectives in Military History."  Monthly topics span the range of military history and provide a variety of perspectives on the exercise of generalship, strategic leadership, and the war fighting institutions of land power.   All other military history lectures will be held at Ridgway Hall, starting next month. "The French and Indian War and the Fate of the British Empire in North America," will feature Dr. David Dixon, Slippery Rock University professor of history on Oct. 25 at 7:15 p.m. in Ridgway Hall.  For more details on this and other Army Heritage and Education Center events, visit 

    Visitors should allow time to present photo ID, vehicle registration and insurance for access to the barracks at the Claremont Road entrance; follow signs from the entrance to Bliss Hall.


Spouses Club hosting luncheon Sept. 20  

  September 12, 2006 -- The Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club is holding its first luncheon of the fall season Wednesday, September 20.

    The social hour and time to shop at the vendors' tables starts at 10:45 a.m. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and costs $12.25. There is a choice of salads, a sandwich buffet and a sundae bar. This month we're playing BUNCO--a great time to meet new friends and have some fun.

Resurfacing of roads to cause traffic detours

    Repairs and Resurfacing of Forbes Ave from Ashburn Drive to Wright Ave is scheduled for 6-15 Sep 06. Work will be done in phases and detours and flagman in place to maintain traffic flow throughout the Installation. Please observe and obey all detours. All work is weather dependant.


Sabrina Oliver, GMH Military Housing Outreach Coordinator

Club offers friendship from far away

    September 12, 2006 -- With email, cell phones and text messaging, letter writing has become a thing of the past.  What might have been a familiar activity for the 30-and-over crowd is almost an unknown practice to the current generation.

    GMH Military Housing is starting a pen pal club that introduces letter writing to children ages 8 - 18.  At the first meeting, participants write an introduction letter.  The class facilitator goes over the important parts of the letter and answers questions.

    The first letter the members write describes themselves, their interests and other important information.  After the letter is written, members make and design their own envelopes.

    The letter will be sent off to be matched up with a pen pal from another military installation with the same interests as the writer.  Pen pals can request to have a boy or girl pen pal or they can elect no preference.  If a pen pal is not immediately available, the letter will be kept until a match is found.

    The club meets every month and members write a themed letter to their pen pal.  For example, the September theme will be "Back to School".  The club is still new and theme ideas are welcome.

    All supplies are provided to pen pal club members at no charge.  Light refreshments are also provided.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate with their children.

    People who don't attend the first meeting can still begin the process during any of the other scheduled meetings.  The Pen Pal Club will meet monthly at the GMH community management office in Bldg. 25 Guardhouse Lane.

    The first meeting is September 20 at 4:00pm.  R.S.V.P's are needed to provide sufficient supplies and refreshments. 

    Interested housing residents can make reservations and get more information by calling 243-7177.

Area back-to-school nights


Carlisle Area School Districts Back-to-School Nights

Crestview                      Sept. 12            6:00 PM        

LeTort                           Sept. 14            6:30 PM

Mooreland                     Sept. 13            7:00 PM        

Mount Holly                   Sept. 12            6:00 PM

Lamberton                     Sept. 19            7:00 PM        

Wilson                          Sept. 14            7:00 PM        

Carlisle HS                    Sept. 18            7:00 PM


South Middleton School District Back-to-School Nights

Rice                                          Completed  in  August

Iron Forge                                  Sept. 14            7:00 PM        

Yellow Breeches                        Sept. 21            6:00 PM        

Boiling Springs HS                     Sept. 13            6:30 PM        


    For questions contact Jacqueline Schultz, School Liaison Officer, 245-4638.




Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

NCO, Soldier of the Year 'keep the Army rolling along'

August 29, 2006 -- From the missile fields of Alaska to the halls of the U.S. Army War College, Soldiers must carry their roles along with them. There must be a commitment to excel," said Command Sgt. Maj. David Lady, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command, guest speaker at the 2006 NCO and Solider of the Year ceremony.

    The excellence of Soldiers at Carlisle Barracks was recognized at the ceremony held on Aug. 29, in the LVCC.  The Carlisle Barracks 2006 Noncommissioned Officer is Sgt. Charles Herzog and Soldier of the Year is Spc. Douglas Aroca.

    Soldiers are boarded quarterly by the Command Sgt. Maj. and members of Headquarters Company. The selected Soldiers and NCOs competed with all the quarterly board winners for the chance to represent Carlisle Barracks at the Installation Management Agency North Eastern Region Office (NERO) NCO/SOY board.

    During the ceremony, Lady emphasized the honor of being chosen for such prestigious awards, but more important was the responsibility that comes with the acknowledgment of being the best.

    "You are our expectation. You have set the standard of what a Soldier must be at Carlisle Barracks. Eyes and ears are attuned to you. Sustain the standard," said Lady.

  Herzog viewed the honor in a similar fashion.

    "Being NCO of the Year allows me to show Soldiers, by example, what hard work and goals can accomplish. It allows me to lead by example," said Herzog.

    As the ceremony progressed, Lady's words glided from the specific Soldier to the broader Army ideal.

    "It is the Army way to select, train and counsel natural leaders. You will become more than you believe you can be. For over 230 years this has been the Army way. At all grades and levels of authority, in this way, we will accomplish our mission," said Lady. "Carry your role and you'll be doing a seemingly small, but significant part to keep the Army rolling along."

    Herzog entered the U.S. Army in 2003 and has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions to include Platoon Sgt., Personnel Admin Specialist, Convoy NCOIC, Barracks NCO, Team Leader, to name a few. His assignments include HHC, 501st MI BDE, Yongsan, Korea and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Some of Herzog's awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and six certificates of achievement. 

    Aroca joined the Army right out of high school in 2003. After completing his first phase of his MOS, 91K, he went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to finish his OJT training, then to Carlisle Barracks, Pa. Aroca's earned an associate's degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from George Washington University and is also certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician from the American Society of Clinical Pathologist (ASCP). He has received the Army Achievement Medal, Nation Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. 



Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

APFRI jumps into action to keep class of 2007 healthy


August 26, 2006 -- The U.S. Army War College class of 2007 is digesting a lot of information during their first few weeks with the intention of blanketing the strategic future of these senior leaders in a vision of good health.

    After absorbing insight and fast facts from the Steelers' dietician, last week, the class of 2007 now begins a personalized and detailed program to further assist students track health. The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, (APFRI) begins this year's individualized assessment and analysis of every USAWC student with commitment, flair and expertise.

    "During your 40's it's crucial to recognize health status and habits. Now is the time to focus on strategic futures," said Col. Thomas Williams, APFRI director.

    The students check in at different levels of awareness, status and background, but even the most health conscious are gaining much from an up-to-date and thorough analysis.

    "I'm pretty conscientious, but this analysis has provided me with tools to fine-tune my diet and exercise," said David Deist, a reservist in the Marine Corp. "The whole process was topped off with the helpfulness from every person involved, truly a group effort and success,"

    The AFPRI staff impresses upon these senior leaders just how seriously they must take their own health.

    "This is just an amazing opportunity. The fact that the leadership at the top exhibits such an interest in our health and well-being leaves me thoroughly impressed," said Col. Greg Cantwell, a USAWC student.

New and Improved APFRI

    This year APFRI will be conducting assessments in a speedier fashion. The self-report survey segment of the assessment is now computer automated.

    "The survey portions of the assessments, in the past years, took around two-and-a-half hours, start to finish, and now the process is down to just half an hour," said Williams. 

Assessment Details

    The assessment process ends with an overall analysis made up of each individual portion. After combining individual information on nutritional intake, aerobic capacity, strength and flexibility, body composition, blood pressure and heart rate, it is possible to create a tailor-made plan of betterment for each student.

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.

Assessment program spreads

    The APFRI program was recently exported to the Sergeants Major Academy, Ft. Bliss, TX, to improve NCO senior leader health and knowledge. In turn, the information and perspective gained will be passed down to the Soldiers they lead. The program is being held as close as possible to the example set at the Carlisle Barracks.




Katisha Draughn, Army News Service

AKO homepage gets new look, easy features

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Aug. 30, 2006) - Computer users landing on the Army Knowledge Online homepage are finding a new format.
    AKO launched a new homepage Aug. 26 to help users easily navigate the site and find information quickly.
    "We received a lot of feedback from our customer base stating that the old AKO homepage was overwhelming and had too much information," said Col. Taylor Chasteen, project director, AKO. "We thought that better organization and a more elegant design would facilitate the user experience."
    Users now see a new design; easier navigation tools like scrolling tabs, drop-down menus and picture icons; important news items on the top of the page and a change in how information is organized. The left navigation bar on the former homepage was also removed to allow additional space for content from administrators.
   The AKO homepage was last revised two years ago, but the AKO team says users can expect to see more frequent updates.
   "We tried to focus on the concept of continuous improvement and increase usability," said Diane Bartley, leader of the AKO team. "We wanted to make things cleaner and easier to find, and we tried to eliminate the number of clicks and scrolling the users would have to utilize."
   Users have responded positively to the new look, according to Bartley.
    "We have a very vocal user community and we have received so many positive comments," she said.
   Users visiting AKO for the first time since the modification can click on the "AKO Homepage Upgrade Page" link for more information on all the changes. Users can also take an interactive tour of the new homepage and look at a cheat sheet which gives a before and after version of the homepage.
    With the current upgrade complete, the team is now working to improve the search function, according to Lt. Col. Kenneth Fritzsche, chief of operations.
    "We have only just begun. We are still going to continue to improve the homepage," Nallo said. "The goal is to always strive to modify things and make them better."


Melissa Stahl, Public Affairs Office

Behind the scenes: bringing sight and sound to the war college

 August 22, 2006--The U.S. Army War College's commitment to excellence is just as evident in the back stage roles as it is in the front and center positions. One of the more important people works behind the scenes, hidden from the eye of the audience, but crucial to their experience.

    Sam DeProspo, audiovisual productions specialist, is known for his omnipotent style when it comes to audiovisual creation at the Carlisle Barracks.

    "It's cool to be the TV guy here for a lot of reasons. It's a very independent work environment, although ultimate approval is left up to the client. Also, in the process of producing here I often find a new challenge. It's the type of job where you're always learning," said DeProspo.

    DeProspo has known he wanted a career in TV production since he was young.

    "When I was a kid I did some commercials for boy scouts with Lynn Swann and while I was on the set they were also working on Battlestar Galactica productions. Ever since then I was hooked," said DeProspo.

    DeProspo has been working at Carlisle Barracks for three years. DeProspo works for Metro Productions, a sub-contract for Remtech Services Inc. Remtech, Metro and Cordev, are responsible for nearly all information technology functions, computer and telephone work. This work also encompasses the mail room, photo lab and graphics. In addition, DeProspo is part of a four-member team that operates all of the audiovisual equipment at Bliss Hall and is responsible for its maintenance, all 20 seminar rooms, the Mary Walker room, and Wil Washcoe. He also takes the raw footage from post events like graduations and ceremonies and turns them into slick, stylized productions.   

    Working at Carlisle Barracks is the latest step of DeProspo's experience working with the military.   

    DeProspo was in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1993. He was stationed in Denver, Colo., San Francisco, Calif. and Frankfurt, Germany. DeProspo's work experience continued in the field with the Armed Forces Network before taking his current position with the Carlisle Barracks.

    Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sam and his wife, Jen, currently live in Lebanon, Pa. with their daughter, Devon. DeProspo also has a 17-year-old son, Tony.


New hours for ID card section starting in Sept   

    Starting September 1, 2006, the ID Office hours at Upton Hall, Floor #2 are changing to:

    Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm except the 2nd and the 4th Wednesday of each month the hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    CAC Hours:  Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 2:00 pm except the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, the hours are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sgt. Sara Wood, American Forces Press Service

Armed Forces Voters Week focuses on electronic options

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 7, 2006) - The Defense Department is focusing efforts to ensure servicemembers stationed overseas and in the United States know their options for voting in the 2006 congressional and local elections.
    Sept. 3-9 is Armed Forces Voters Week. Officials caution that this is the last safe week to submit a Federal Post Card Application, or request voter registration forms and absentee ballots that meet most state deadlines.
    The Defense Department is responsible for ensuring the right to vote for military members and their families, and also for U.S. citizens living overseas. It accomplishes this through the Federal Voting Assistance Program, said Michael L. Dominguez, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.
   In the last several years, DoD has been challenged to reach deployed servicemembers, whose particular circumstances make it hard for them to participate in the by-mail absentee voting process, Dominguez said. DoD officials have been working on this problem, he said, noting that servicemembers and U.S. citizens living overseas now have an ever-expanding array of electronic voting options available.
    DoD has launched a new Web site outlining electronic voting options for residents of each state. The Integrated Voting Alternative Site was launched Sept. 1 and includes information from all 55 states and territories on the various electronic ballot requests and delivery alternatives available to U.S. citizens living overseas covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, said Scott Wiedmann, deputy director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. The IVAS can be found on the Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site, and will be updated to reflect changes to state laws, he said.
    "What we wanted to do was to use our Web site to communicate, as we had done for several years, out to the citizens covered by the act, all the electronic alternatives offered to them by their home state," Wiedmann said. "So they would be aware of all this, if they're on the move or in a remote location. We wanted to let them know that mail is not the only option from every state."
    Most states allow at least part of the voting process by fax, and states are slowly embracing the use of e-mail for ballot requests and delivery, said Polli Brunelli, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Currently, 50 voting jurisdictions allow the use of fax for the registration process; 34 states allow the faxing of blank ballots to the voter; and six to 10 states are interested in using Web technologies for the voting process, she said.
    DoD has developed two Web-based tools that states can use in the voting process, Wiedmann said. Both involve an online, automated version of the Federal Post Card Application, which is the form used for voter registration and request of absentee ballots. Both are designed for individuals who are already registered to vote in their home states. The first tool would allow registered voters covered under the overseas act to log into a secure Web site, fill out automated Federal Post Card Applications, and e-mail them to their local election officials, Wiedmann said. The second tool would allow registered voters to upload the completed applications to a secure server, where the local election officials can log on and download the forms and then possibly upload blank ballots to the same site for the voters to access, he said.
    Both of these tools would only be open to military members and their families and DoD civilian employees and contractors stationed overseas, Wiedmann said. Security of this site would be ensured because individuals in these categories already have unique identifiers from DoD that could be used for verification, he said.
    In addition to electronic voting options, DoD continues to work with the U.S. Postal Service and the military postal system to ensure ballots are delivered on time to military members and U.S. citizens living overseas, Brunelli said. Brunelli said she has been working with state and local election officials, encouraging them to send ballots out early, so overseas voters have plenty of time to complete and return them to be counted.
Related Sites:
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Armed Forces Voters Week



Ann Marie Wolf, Prevention Coordinator Army Substance Abuse Program

Drug of the Quarter: Ephedrine

    The following information is taken from the Army Center for Substance Abuse E-prevention newsletter dated August 2006.

What is Ephedrine?

   Ephedrine, a central nervous system stimulant, is the principal active constituent found within Ephedra. Ephedrine can be found in many over the counter products, typically within several medicines (decongestion, asthma, concentration aid, bronchial issues) and supplements (weight/fat loss, appetite suppressant, energy products) that are typically used within the body building community.

History of Ephedrine

    Ephedrine, or Ma Huang, was first documented to be used by the Chinese, who have used the drug to treat bronchial problems for thousands of years. Within North America, widespread use of Ephedrine based products has only recently grown in popularity. This rise in use came at the same time that other herbal supplements such as ginseng rose in popularity.

Today, ephedrine and its stimulants effects are sometimes abused as a way to get high with a legal product. For example, ephedrine has been linked to products such as herbal ecstasy and is a primary ingredient of methamphetamine.

How is Ephedrine Consumed?

   Because of its use within over the counter medication and supplements, the primary method of ingestion is orally either by pill or liquid form. But, like many other drugs, ephedrine based products can be ingested in a variety of ways:

Ĝ       Inhaled - primarily used to treat asthma and other bronchial conditions.

Ĝ       Injected - ephedrine based products are sometimes ingested intravenously to assist in reversing hypotension from spinal anesthesia.

What are the Effects of Ephedrine?

    Because it is found in so many over the counter products, it is common belief that ephedrine is a safe drug to use. Unfortunately, a recent FDA funded study showed that there are several adverse effects that can be directly associated with ephedrine use, including: tremors, anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, palpitations, cardiac arrest, stroke and seizure.

Is Ephedrine Legal to Use?

    According to the FDA, ephedrine itself has never been illegal and can be found in many over the counter medications. Purchase of products containing the drug, however, is severely limited.

Where Can I find More Information?




Tom Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

CFC 2006 kicks-off Sept. 22


Sept. 6, 2006-- You can make a difference this year in someone's life by donating to the Combined Federal Campaign, the largest workplace charity drive in the country.
     The CFC, which will run at Carlisle Barracks from Sept. 22 through Nov. 1, enables community members to contribute to more than 2,000 local, national and international health, welfare and emergency relief organizations.

    This years CFC kicked-off with a luncheon Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the LVCC. Dennis Owens co-anchor of WHTM ABC-27's "Live at Five" was the key note speaker.

    The program works on a bi-weekly payroll deduction, and participants can donate any amount over $1.00 per pay period.  Participants have the option to select which agencies they wish to contribute to. Any federal employee may contribute to the program by check, cash or payroll deduction.

    "CFC is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations," said Cora Johnson, Carlisle Barracks CFC Campaign Manager. "It continues to be the largest and most successful workplace fundraising model in the world. This year, many local, national and international voluntary agencies will benefit from your thoughtfulness and generosity."

    Carlisle Barracks raised $119,897 last year and exceeded their goal by $9,897 and was recognized by the Greater Harrisburg United Way for exceeding their goal for two years running. This years goal is $115,000.
    These charities range from military, veteran and patriotic organizations to human and civil rights organizations to environmental organizations to religious and cultural organizations.
    To receive CFC funds, organizations must meet strict standards - they must have tax-exempt non-profit status; they must provide service, benefits or assistance to activities that promote human well-being; they must spend no more than 25 percent of their revenue on fundraising; and they must not disclose the names of CFC contributors, among other rules.
    Unit representatives will be soon be announced. 


For $10 per pay period, you've got the power to:
 · Help environmental advocates in Nepal draft that country's first standards for water and air quality
 · Improve Medicare coverage for 50 low-income elderly people
 · Provide 18 hours of training in leadership, conflict resolution, cross-cultural sensitivity, and community organizing for a teenager
 · Provide school supplies, food, and medical care for AIDS orphans in Africa
 · Provide two hearing aids for low income, hearing-impaired people this year
 · Support a mobile clinic in remote rural area for an entire day
 · Provide a student with lunch at school each day
 · Bring a waiting American child together with a loving, lifetime adoptive family
 For $15 per pay period, you've got the power to:
 · Save the life of an abused child
 · Provide a homebound AIDS patient with groceries for a full year
 · Provide a hungry preschooler who lives in the slums of Bombay an education and a nutritious meal
 · Open a student's eyes to the conditions of the world's poor through a short-term mission trip
 · Provide a solar energy system for an entire village
 · Help efforts to configure compounds so that the children can take medicines orally as opposed to injection
 · Provide a scholarship for an underprivileged person to travel to Central America or Haiti to document and witness human rights abuses, then return to the US to work for change
 · Make and sustain one school-based mentoring match for an at risk youth
 Data from the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (




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