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Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

International Fellows Hall of Fame inducts two new members

 

  March 12, 2007 -- After attaining the highest positions in their armed forces, two former U. S. Army War College international fellows from Japan and Georgia were selected for induction into the U.S. Army War College International Fellows Hall of Fame on March 12.

  At a ceremony held in Bliss Hall auditorium, retired Gen. Hajime Massaki of Japan, and retired Brig. Gen. Vakhtang Kapanadze of Georgia, were inducted as the 27th and 28th honorees to the IF Hall of Fame.

Gen. Hajime Massaki 

    Gen. Hajime Massaki, a member of the USAWC Class of 1988, served as the joint chief of staff of the Japanese Armed Forces.  Unable to attend the ceremony, Massaki was inducted in absentia. 

  Accepting honors on behalf of Gen. Massaki, Lt. Col. Kenichi Kawazu, Japan's liaison officer to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, unveiled the official photo to be hung in the Hall of Fame and received the Certificate of Honor from Ambassador Michael Malinowski, USAWC deputy commandant for international affairs.

    After the presentation, Lt. Col. Kawazu read a thank you letter from Gen. Massaki to the audience. Gen. Massaki retired in August 2006 after 38 years of service.

Brig. Gen. Vakhtang Kapanadze

    Brig. Gen. Vakhtang Kapanadze, graduate of the USAWC Class of 2003, served as the chief of the general staff of the Georgian Armed Forces.

  "He was the perfect choice to be the first officer from the Republic of Georgia to attend the Army War College," said Col. Louis Yuengert, War College chief of staff and a classmate of Kapanadze. He is a bright, engaging, and a real scholar-warrior."

  Kapanadze was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Inga, and ambassador of Georgia to the United Nations, His Excellency Irakl Alasania. 

  Kapanadze, along with Ambassador Malinowski, unveiled the official photo to be hung in the Hall of Fame and was also presented the Certificate of Honor.

  Kapanadze then addressed the audience with his thanks.

 

    "The International Hall of Fame does more than honor those truly remarkable past international graduates. The induction ceremonies are outstanding reminders to the present class of where they are headed," said Col. Cliff Crofford, the director of the Army War College International Fellows program.  "It is always interesting to see the yearbook photo of past graduates beside their photo as a general officer. It really brings home the fact that here at the War College, we associate every day with prominent future leaders."

  The Army War College International Fellows Hall of Fame was established to provide a prestigious and visible means of honoring USAWC International Fellows graduates who have attained the highest positions in their respective nations' armed forces or who have held an equivalent position by rank or responsibility in a multinational organization, according to the IF Hall of Fame website.      

  The first induction was held in March 1988.

 

U.S. Army release

Army activates Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline

    March 18, 2007 -- The Army activated Monday its new Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline, providing wounded and injured Soldiers and their family members with another way to resolve medical issues.

   The hotline also provides an information channel for Soldiers' medical-related issues to go directly to senior Army leadership in order to improve the way the Army serves the medical needs of Soldiers and their families, said the commander of U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Maj. Gen. Sean J. Byrne.

   "We designed this call center to be able to collectively hear what Soldiers say about their health care issues so as issues are raised, we can identify systemic faults or problematic areas and senior leaders can better allocate resources," Byrne said. "It's all about serving our wounded and injured Soldiers and their families. If we can find a way to improve our system, we will. It's that simple."

    Many wounded and injured Soldiers who have supported the Global War on Terror, and their families, are enduring hardships in navigating through the medical care system, Byrne said.

   "Our Army is committed to providing outstanding medical care for the men and women who have volunteered to serve this great nation", Byrne said. "But recent events at Walter Reed Army Medical Center made it clear the Army needs to revise how it meets the needs of our injured and wounded Soldiers and their families. In certain cases, the' chain of command could have done a better job in helping to resolve medically related issues."

    Leaders in the chain of command need to know that this call center exists, and that it was not created to circumvent the chain of command, Byrne said.  

    "In this particularly challenging time, as our senior Army leadership looks to ways to improve our service to wounded and injured Soldiers and their families, this is another step in the direction of improvement, " he said.  "Our wounded and injured Soldiers and their families expect and deserve the very best care and leadership from our Army."

    The "Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline" can be reached from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (800) 984-8523. The call center is under the command of the U.S. Army's Human Resources Command.

 

 

 

GMH Property Management Office has moved

    The GMH Military Housing has relocated its Property Management Office to its new home, right next door to the Residential Communities Office, at 312A Lovell Avenue.

    All contact phone numbers will remain unchanged.

 

Golf Course Snack Bar reopening March 24

    March 19, 2007 -- The Carlisle Barracks Golf Course Snack Bar will reopen for the season on March 24. Normal hours of operation are Monday - Friday:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday:  9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    For soup of the day and daily specials call 245-3267. For booking retirements, outside weddings, farewells, birthdays or any other special event, contact Dave Mallein at 245-3267/243-3262.

 

CID warns against personal computer threat 

'Keylogging' methods can steal Thrift Savings Plan account funds

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia, March 12, 2007 -- Soldiers, family members and Army civilians using their home computers to access Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) accounts online can be vulnerable to having their personal information stolen, according to a recent alert posted on TSP's Web site.

    According to the alert, TSP officials have identified customers who are victims of a computer crime known as "keylogging" or "keystroke logging."  Keylogging is a diagnostic tool used in software development that captures a user's keystrokes, but in the wrong hands, it enables criminals to record all the typing on a keyboard without the user's knowledge.  The technique can capture a computer user's TSP Personal Identification Number (PIN) or other personal account information such as a Social Security Number. 

    The Director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command's Computer Crime Investigative Unit, Michael Milner, said personal information is increasingly available on 'keylogger' lists for sale through criminal networks and so far, all of the TSP cases involve the transfer of electronic funds, since criminals normally prefer the 'paperless' way to steal money.  

    "Computer users should protect themselves from keyloggers and other malicious software and should promptly close the Web browser after they have checked their TSP account information," Milner explained.  "Users must remember that logging off a Web site does not clear a browser's memory, and subsequent users might be able to access the TSP account information."

    Milner said he is unaware of any Army victims at this point, but strongly recommends computer users review their home system's security effectiveness to reduce exposure to these types of attacks.

    According to the TSP's notice, external penetration testing determined the TSP record keeping system was not breached, but concluded personal information was compromised when keyloggers monitored each individual keystroke of some victims when they used home computers to enter their TSP PIN and Social Security Number.  TSP was also able to identify participants who had relatively small amounts withdrawn from their accounts.  As an added security measure, TSP has discontinued making electronic payments for on-line transactions, according to TSP officials.

    Milner also explained that the best advice for computer users is to follow general computer security principles at home and to download antivirus software.  Army personnel can download free antivirus software for their home computers by visiting the Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO) Web site at:  https://www.jtfgno.mil/antivirus/home_use.htm.  They must access the JTF-GNO Web site from a ".mil," or military computer system and authenticate with their government Common Access Card (CAC) and PIN.  After downloading the software, they can then install it on their home computers.

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, will continually release notices such as TSP alert through their "CID Cyber Lookout" program, an initiative aimed at helping Soldiers protect themselves and their families from becoming victims of cyber crime.

    To view the TSP Alert, visit www.tsp.gov/account/login_security-news-ab.html

    To learn more about CID's Computer Crime Investigative Unit, visit http://www.cid.army.mil/CCIU.htm

 

 

 

 

 

Carmen L. Gleason, American Forces Press Service

Coalition servicemembers reach out to America via YouTube

 

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2007 - Coalition military officials in Iraq are hoping to reach out to younger, broader audiences by posting clips of servicemembers in action on a popular video-sharing Web site.

    Clips of combat and support operations have been posted to the YouTube Web site in an effort to inform Americans of the successes of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers in Iraq, Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said during a phone interview today.
    "How do we reach out to those in mid-town America who don't know someone serving here? How do they find out what's going on?" Caldwell asked. "One thing people don't know is what's really going on over here on a daily basis."
    The initiative first came about when soldiers began brainstorming about how to reach out and share stories of what's happening in Iraq with a greater number of people. The group determined that the user-generated Web site would be a perfect venue for the more visually oriented, younger American audience.
    "We want the American public, from an unfiltered vantage point, to be able to see what coalition forces and Iraqi security forces are doing here in Iraq," he said.
    Mechanisms are in place so video clips can quickly and accurately be posted to the Web site, while still adhering to operational security requirements, Caldwell said.
    Since the multi-national force began the initiative on March 7, six videos have been posted, resulting in thousands of viewings.
    The most popular, with more than 2,000 views, is a Jan. 24 clip from Operation Tomahawk Strike 11. The video shows U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division alongside soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army Division engaging insurgents from a high-rise building during a series of targeted raids.
    Clips also have been posted showing footage from an unmanned aerial vehicle and a documentary-like essay on the discovery and destruction of a factory making vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.
    In addition to posting videos on the YouTube site, a "Share our Story" tab has been established on the Multinational Force Iraq Web site, www.mnf-iraq.com, filled with videos, still photos and narratives of the men and women in uniform stationed there.
    "(The link tells) what they're doing over here to serve our country, support the government of Iraq and support the Iraqi people as we try to bring greater security and stability and self-governance to this nation," the general said.

 

Sgt. Sara Wood, American Forces Press Service

Army, DoD reacting 'With Urgency' to fix medical system

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2007 - Motivated by its commitment to those who fight for freedom, the Army is acting quickly to fix problems with the medical system that have come to light since reports surfaced in February of poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here, the Army's top civilian leader said today.

    The reports in February highlighted shoddy facilities and failures of leadership at Walter Reed, but the scrutiny has revealed the larger problem of a disability system that is often complex and confusing, Acting Army Secretary Pete Geren said in an address to the staff of Walter Reed.
    The system has become overly bureaucratic and often stymies the best efforts of public servants trying to give wounded soldiers the care they need, he said.
    "A soldier who fights the battle should not have to come home and fight the battle of bureaucracy," he said. "Motivated by this simple truth, our president, our Army and our nation are reacting with urgency and conviction, born of our profound gratitude to those who defend our freedom."
    President Bush has appointed a bipartisan presidential commission to review servicemembers' health care, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates established an independent review group to assess outpatient treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., Geren noted. The final solution will take time and interagency effort to fully implement, he said, but the Army is not waiting to make positive changes.
    Yesterday, Army Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley resigned from his post as surgeon general of the Army, and Geren said he has directed an advisory board to begin looking for the new surgeon general immediately. In addition, a new commander and sergeant major took over at Walter Reed, and two combat-arms leaders are heading up the new Wounded Warrior Transition Brigade, to fight bureaucracy and ensure soldiers are taken care of.
    Army leaders have started improvements on facilities at Walter Reed, and have implemented a 24-hour hotline and one-stop assistance center for soldiers and families, Geren said. Today, the Army released an inspector general report on the disability system, and leaders at all Army medical facilities will implement those findings, he added.
    "We've made a good start, but much remains to be done," Geren said. "I share in your conviction that we will do whatever it takes to get it right."
    Geren noted that although these recent problems have tarnished the reputation of the Army medical system, Army medical professionals still perform miracles every day and are known for the excellence of their work. Many of the soldiers who have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan would have died if not for advances in medical science and quality of care that the Army medical system has helped develop, he said.
    "Every one of you could receive more compensation elsewhere, work shorter hours, . but you've chosen the Army; you've chosen to care for soldiers and their families, and I thank you for that," Geren said to the staff members. "In a time when much of modern medicine has become all about business, Army medicine and those who practice it are all about people serving people."

 

  

Deadline April 1 for Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial NASA Space Camp Scholarship

    March 22, 2007 -- The deadline is quickly approaching for the 2007 Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial

NASA Space Camp Scholarship. The NASA Space Camp is a five-day program that shows youngsters firsthand what it takes to be an astronaut. The deadline for application is April 1.

     It is a place where military-connected children come together for a journey they will never forget. Your child will learn about astronauts and space travel, but more importantly, they will develop bonds of friendship, according to the scholarship website.

     For more information and an application, please visit the MCEC website at www.militarychild.org or contact Jacqueline Schultz, School Liaison Officer, at 717-245-4638.

 

 

Military culinarians serve up their best for annual Army Competition

 

FORT LEE, Va. (Army News Service, March 12, 2007) -- For many participants in the 2007 Junior Chef of the Year competition the prospect of presenting their best culinary creations to four gray-haired, world-renown master chefs with European accents would be daunting.
    "At first, I must say, I was expecting that my posterior would be handed to me," said Spc. Patrick Alveranga, the U.S. Army Reserve representative in the competition. "But they were actually very nurturing to us in a sense that they told us what we did right, what we did wrong and how to improve. To me, that is very good because they did not try to come down too hard."
   Alveranga is one of the more than 150 military cooks competing during the 32nd Annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition, March 4-16. Prior to the junior competition, the more seasoned chefs took to the stoves to battle for the coveted title of "U.S. Army Chef of the Year." Other categories include the Field Cooking Competition, Nutritional Hot Food Challenge, Student Skills and Ice Carving.
    The entries of these Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guard members are judged by American Culinary Federation certified chefs. "We've all been competitors, and competitors don't want to hear that their work is no good or whatever," said Klaus Friedenreich, a German-educated ACF chef with more than 30 years experience. "We try to be encouraging, not discouraging."
    Alveranga was one of 14 contestants who faced an equivalent of a culinary firing squad in the junior category. That event showcases the talent and skills of the military's best junior food service specialists.
    The junior event features participants in the grade of E-4 and below, who prepare and cook a three-course meal, typically an entr饬 dessert and soup or salad in four hour's time. It is graded in two phases - kitchen techniques and tasting - with a grading weight of 40 percent and 60 percent, respectively.
    "I was thinking that four hours is a lot of time to prepare a meal," said Fort Sill's Spc. Rickey Jones, one of several who hurried and scurried around the kitchen in the last hour to make the deadline. In the end, he said, the four-time limit provided a false sense of security. "Really, every hour, every minute and every second counts." Some of the junior chefs had the advantage of learning the importance of time management while assisting their senior counterparts during the Senior Chef of the Year Competition.
    With four hours to cook four courses, and 30 minutes to serve each course, the senior chefs were virtually in a pressure cooker for time. Adding to the pressure, these seasoned professionals were given a mystery basket to create their culinary masterpieces.
    "The mystery basket requires them to look at the items they've got and decide what they can create in four hours, knowing their skill level, their equipment and capabilities," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert Sparks, chief of the culinary craft skills training branch of the Army Center of Excellence, Subsistence. "The smart thing to do is design a menu they can do reasonably well within that time limit. You don't want to do more than you can practically do in four hours, and that's where some have a problem."
    Fort Bragg's Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Nixon said that time management is the key to winning this event. It requires not only balancing the preparation and cooking time for each course, but coordinating that time so each meal can be served at the proper interval. Nixon's menu started with seafood chowder, followed by a chicken salad with raspberry vinaigrette. The entry plate included a savory roasted lamb, whipped potatoes and vegetable medley. Dessert was an enticing trilogy of flavors - Dutch apple pie, lemon custard and black forest cake. The winners of the junior and senior chef of the year events will be announced March 16 as the largest culinary competition in the United States concludes with an awards ceremony.
 

Sgt. Sara Wood, American Forces Press Service

Army Vice Chief announces Walter Reed leadership changes

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2007 - The Army vice chief of staff yesterday announced leadership changes to the medical hold units at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which he called an important first step in correcting administrative and bureaucratic challenges wounded soldiers face during recovery.

    Army Brig. Gen. Michael S. Tucker will serve as the deputy commanding general of Walter Reed, under newly appointed commander Army Maj. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, Army Gen. Richard Cody, vice chief of staff, announced at a news conference at the medical center.
    Cody also announced the appointment of Army Col. Terrence J. McKenrick to lead the newly formed Wounded Warrior Transition Brigade, and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey S. Hartless as the brigade's top enlisted man.
    Tucker, a combat-arms officer who most recently was deputy commander of the U.S. Army Armor Center and Fort Knox, Ky., goes to fill a new position at Walter Reed, created to deal with the sometimes confusing administrative process wounded soldiers face, Cody said.
    "He's going to be the guy that we look to to be the soldiers' and families' advocate as they go through inpatient and outpatient, but also he's going to be the 'bureaucratic buster' . and take on this bureaucracy that at times frustrates our soldiers," Cody said of Tucker.
    McKenrick and Hartless also come from combat-arms backgrounds, and Hartless spent time recovering at Walter Reed after being injured in Afghanistan. Cody said that combat-arms soldiers were chosen to fill these key leadership positions because the challenges facing soldiers in outpatient care have more to do with administrative issues rather than medical issues, and combat-arms leaders are in the business of taking care of soldiers.
    There is the medical piece to it, but it's more about first sergeant duties, platoon sergeant duties, and we have people that know how to do that," Cody said. "We have depth in our Army right now to be able to put combat-arms noncommissioned officers and officers to do that duty, to free up our medical service corps professionals . to take care of the medical side of this."
    These leadership changes are the first step in fixing the problems in Walter Reed's outpatient care and medical holdover units, which were brought to light through a series of Washington Post articles in February, Cody said.
    The medical holdover units did not have the right ratio of leaders to soldiers or the right type of leaders, he said. McKenrick and Hartless, who are already on board, will be revamping the organization and ensuring soldiers' health, welfare, morale and administrative issues are taken care of.
    "(Wounded soldiers) need to have good, caring leadership to help them make these transitions either back to their units or back to their civilian jobs or back to being regular citizens of this great Army and this great nation," Cody said.
    To help address problems at Walter Reed, the Army also has set up a one-stop family and soldier assistance center in the hospital and a toll-free hotline for soldiers to report problems, Cody said. The Army also has increased the number of caseworkers, personnel specialists and financial specialists at the hospital, he said.
    In addition, Cody said he has deployed a team from Army Medical Command to medical facilities across the country to evaluate conditions, and he is holding a video teleconference today with Army hospital commanders worldwide to talk about eliminating problems for wounded soldiers.
    "There is no higher priority in our United States Army, and in our nation for that matter, than the well-being of our soldiers, whether that well-being is down range in combat, back at home camps and stations preparing to go to combat, and certainly, those soldiers that have borne the burden of combat and have come back to our medical system," he said.
    The most daunting task facing Army leaders is fixing the system so that wounded soldiers don't have a battle when going through the process of establishing their duty status and transitioning out of the medical treatment facilities, Cody said. He pledged that he and other leaders are working hard to fix that system and to restore trust in a medical system that has lost credibility with its most important customers, the servicemembers.
"This national dialogue we're having right now, I think, is very helpful," he said. "It's a national dialogue as to what this country owes to these servicemen and women who have raised their right hand during war and enlisted, or raised their right hand again during war and re-enlisted, and said, 'America, in your time of need, I will go forward and defend you.'
    "What does this country owe them when they do get wounded? Certainly not a bureaucratic system that makes them have to argue or stay longer so they get the right benefits and the right financial security for the sacrifice that they have given."

 

 

Kevin L. Robinson,DeCA

DeCA receives 'clean' audit for fifth straight year

FORT LEE, Va. - Five consecutive years and counting: that's the mark the Defense Commissary Agency has set after independent auditors gave DeCA an unqualified opinion for fiscal 2006. In business, an unqualified opinion says that an organization's financial statements accurately represent the firm's financial standing and were done according to accepted accounting principles.

    The unqualified opinion puts DeCA in a select group with only three other DoD agencies that have received five consecutive unqualified or "clean" opinions. The other agencies are the Military Retirement Trust Fund, the Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

    "We receive about $1 billion a year in federal funding to deliver a commissary benefit that generates more than $5 billion in sales," said Patrick Nixon, DeCA director and chief executive officer. "The public has trusted us to be good managers of their tax dollars, and at DeCA we take that trust very seriously. This fifth clean audit opinion means we are doing the right thing with our expenses and reporting methods."

    DeCA's financial statements and internal controls are reviewed annually by KPMG, an international auditing firm. Internal controls are the methods that an organization creates to ensure that the process of compiling information for its financial reporting is efficient and accurate.

    There are five possible outcomes when KPMG checks DeCA's finances. They range from no opinion at all to an adverse opinion to an unqualified opinion, the top of the ladder.

    Throughout the year, DeCA employees are laying the groundwork for a clean opinion by being accountable for doing their best in delivering an efficient and effective commissary benefit, said Pam Conklin, DeCA's chief financial executive. "This clean opinion is everybody's business."

    Because DeCA is a nonprofit agency, its balance sheet must reflect its net "position," which indicates how well it manages its funds. Profit-making organizations use net "worth." During the evaluation period, KPMG auditors conduct site reviews and testing at various locations including commissaries, DeCA headquarters, regional offices, as well as outside organizations, such as the agency's human resources operations division and Defense Finance and Accounting Service-Columbus. The reviews and testing generally cover such areas as time and attendance, annual inventories of resale stocks, equipment inventories, property accountability, and information technology controls over financial systems.

    "Any system is only as good as its people and DeCA has some of the best," said Carol Burroughs, chief of the accounting compliance and reporting division. "DeCA has been so successful for a number of reasons - conscientious and experienced employees, excellent internal controls, ongoing process reviews and improvements, management involvement and support, and the herculean efforts of the accountants to make it all come together for each quarterly reporting period."

    The audit process for fiscal 2007 is already well under way as DeCA prepares to raise the bar higher to meet revised auditing standards recently put into effect for fiscal 2007 financial statement audits. 

 

The 65th Annual Army Emergency Relief (AER) Campaign

The Carlisle Barracks 2007 Army Emergency Relief Campaign - "Soldiers Helping Soldiers" - is underway and runs through May 15. This year's goal is to reach $25,000 to assist active duty Soldiers, retirees and family members in times of need.  

Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private non-profit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff. AER's primary purpose provides no-interest loans and grants for emergency financial assistance to relieve the distress of Army personnel, retirees, and their families, and to provide financial assistance to widows, and orphans of Army members. Examples of such emergencies include death or serious illness of an immediate family member, vehicle repair and utility or rent assistance. AER also gives undergraduate-level scholarships to children of Soldiers and provides financial assistance to spouses through its Spouse Education Assistance Program.

New this year is the option for Soldiers, civilians and retirees to donate funds electronically at https://aerhq.org/donation.asp.  Please note that Active Duty Army and retired military personnel can use the payroll deduction plan for their contributions.  Civilian employees and Active Duty National Guardsmen are encouraged to donate by cash or check.

"The annual AER Campaign helps to raise funds to continue to provide financial assistance, to raise awareness of AER, and to emphasize that the Army takes care of its own," said Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson. "I want to ensure that all Carlisle Barracks personnel are offered the opportunity to donate and I request that all organizations appoint a key-person to help coordinate the campaign within their organizations.  

"The AER campaign is a Soldiers' campaign. Therefore I have appointed two Soldiers, Master Sgt. Eric Alfieri and Sgt. Charles Herzog, as the AER chairpersons. These Soldiers will be seen through out the installation collecting money for the campaign," explained Dickerson.

For more information on the 2007 Army Emergency Relief (AER) Campaign contact the installation AER Campaign coordinator at 245-4720.

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Drugs 101 Class offered on Carlisle Barracks

Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program will offer a free program to educate parents about the signs, symptoms and current trends associated with drug and alcohol abuse among teenagers.

Drugs 101:  What Parents Need to Know, will be held here on Wednesday, Apr. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bliss Hall auditorium.

Educators from the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center in York will conduct the program.

A mock bedroom of a teenage drug user's room serves as the backdrop to the presentation.  Parents will be able to inspect the room to try to identify possible signs of drug use.  Signs, symptoms and current trends of alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, ecstasy, methamphetamines, cocaine and heroin will also be presented.

"I attended the program that was held at Cumberland Valley Middle School.  For me, I found it very surprising what you can buy over the internet and how easy it is," said Anne Wolf, Carlisle Barracks alcohol and drug abuse program specialist.  "I listened to many questions from the audience and I realized that most people are not up on some of the current trends."

At the end of the program, parents will receive a free comprehensive drug identification book and a free take-home drug testing kit.

This program is open to the Carlisle Barracks community (adults only).  Pre-registration is required.  Seating is limited to the first 100 registrants.  To register, call Ann Wolf at 717-245-4576. These classes are open to family members.

Child care will be provided free at Youth Services for ages 3 and up.  Reservations are required.

 

 Public Affairs staff report

Attention on post housing residents

Within the next couple of weeks, Carlisle Barracks family housing residents will be receiving a "Headquarters, Department of Army Resident Assessment Survey".  The purpose of this survey is to let you and your family tell us how well we are doing in meeting your on-post housing needs.  The information you provide will help guide us in providing future improvements to our housing facilities and services.  Your answers are strictly confidential and we urge you to offer honest responses.  We are not tabulating any personal data, and your survey in no way identifies you or the residence you currently occupy.  This is your opportunity to help make a difference.  Should you have any questions, please contact Maria Jones at 245-4823.

 

Lt. Col. Ty McPhillips

New travel requirements

The Information Listed Below is for Tourist Travel Only

Reminder: Military, DOD Employees and All Family Members must Contact the Nearest Military Installation for Information Pertaining to Government Issued Passports for Official Overseas Travel

Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport.  Additionally,  ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. The land and sea requirement is under review so it is best to check the State Department website: http://travel.state.gov/travel

The passport requirement does NOT apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory. 

The new travel requirements associated with the WHTI has significantly increased the number of people needing passports and has lengthened passport processing time.  To ensure that you can travel as scheduled, start the passport process now. If you go to one of the 8000 passport acceptance facilities (such as your local post offices, municipal offices, courthouses, and libraries) expect the process to take about 10 weeks. There are ways to expedite service from 3-4 weeks and in an emergency with confirmed travel itinerary less than 14 days.  The two closest regional passport agencies (13 total) are:

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PHILADELPHIA Passport Agency
U.S. Custom House
200 Chestnut Street
Room 103
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2970

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., local time, M-F, excluding Federal holidays
Automated Appointment Number: 1-877-487-2778

NOTE: Philadelphia Passport Agency serves customers who are traveling within 2 weeks (14 days), or who need foreign visas for travel.  An appointment is required.

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WASHINGTON Passport Agency
1111 19th Street, N.W.
First Floor, Sidewalk Level
Washington, D.C. 20036

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., local time, M-F, excluding Federal holidays
Automated Appointment Number: 1 (877) 487-2778

NOTE: Washington Passport Agency serves customers who are traveling within 2 weeks (14 days), or who need foreign visas for travel.  An appointment is required.

The passport costs are as follows:

Routine Services (Form DS-11)
Non-Refundable

Age 16 and older: The passport application fee is $67. The execution fee is $30. The total is $97.

Under Age 16: The passport application fee is $52. The execution fee is $30. The total is $82.

Passport Renewal (Form DS-82)
Non-Refundable

The passport application fee is $67.

Expedited Service - Add $60 for each application

Methods of Payment (Verify with Processing Agency)

Required documents include: two colored passport photographs, proof of U.S. citizenship (original birth certificate or previously issued passport), and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver's license.

Plan ahead to ensure your travel arrangements are successful.

 

Army Media Release

Army relieves Walter Reed commanding general

At 10 a.m. March 1 Army Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was relieved of command by Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey. This action has been under consideration for the last several days, with the final decision being made yesterday.

Maj. Gen. Weightman was informed this morning that the senior Army leadership had lost trust and confidence in the commander's leadership abilities to address needed solutions for Soldier-outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Commanding General of U.S. Army Medical Command, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, will be acting temporarily as the Walter Reed commander until a general officer is selected for this important leadership position.

The Army is moving quickly to address issues regarding outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey directed Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody last week to develop and implement an Army Action Plan to address shortcomings at Walter Reed as well as Army-wide. The four focus areas of the Army Action Plan are: 1) Soldier accountability, health and welfare; 2) infrastructure; 3) medical administrative process; and 4) information dissemination. Gen. Cody put a 30-day deadline on many of these actions.

The Army also is participating in a Defense Department Independent Review Group, announced Feb. 20, examining service members' outpatient care and military administrative processes.

Both the Army Action Plan and the DoD Independent Review Group will continue examining military-medical rehabilitative conditions and administrative care in the weeks to come. The Army senior leadership will continue to take prompt corrective action as deficiencies are identified.

We'll fix as we go; we'll fix as we find things wrong, Secretary Harvey said recently. Soldiers are the heart of our Army and the quality of their medical care is non-negotiable."

 

AAFES release

AAFES rolls out green carpet

As the world's energy demands rise, the Department of Defense's oldest and largest exchange service, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, is taking significant steps toward reducing the military's environmental footprint. In addition to a new real estate Energy Management team, complete with an Energy Management consultant, AAFES recently became a 2007 Energy Star partner and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

AAFES' reinvigorated energy program is focused on reducing energy consumption through associate training and education, the building of sustainable facilities and systematic optimization of existing operations to ensure efficient and effective operation. The objectives of AAFES' Energy Program include the elimination of waste in existing facilities, increased energy efficiency in new construction and renovation as well as a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2015.

"It pays to be green," said AAFES' Senior Vice President of Real Estate Dan Metsala. "As the cost of utilities impact AAFES' expenses, operations and ultimately the dividend it annually provides military Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs, this command has to find ways to operate as efficiently as possible. By focusing our attention on reducing our energy footprint, we hope to make military installations, and the world as a whole, a better place to live, work and shop."

Some of the energy management initiatives currently being implemented by AAFES include the development of metrics to measure energy consumption, provision of tools for use in the field and updates of existing prototypes to meet the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Standard of design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. By putting new emphasis on energy use, AAFES expects to realize a savings of roughly $9.4 million over the next four years.

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Former USAWC Commandant to be buried at West Point

  March 15, 2007 -- Former commandant and graduate of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army retired Lt. Gen. William Frew Train, Jr., died on Nov. 27, 2006 in California and will be buried at West Point Military Academy cemetery on March 29, 2007.

  Train was commandant of the USAWC from May 1, 1962 to June 30, 1964.

  Born in Savannah, Ga. in 1908, Train enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army in 1926.  After earning a competitive appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, he entered as a cadet in 1927 and graduated in 1931.

  Train's initial assignment was with the 12th Infantry Regiment at Fort Washington in Maryland.  In 1933, he planned and constructed the first Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in the mountains of Virginia.

Entry of the U.S. into World War II

  Train was assigned to the War Plans Division of the War Department General Staff in Washington, D.C.  In 1944, he joined the 28th Division (Pa. National Guard) and participated in the severe fighting in the Huertgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, and with the French First Army in Alsace.  After returning to the U.S. in 1945, he was again assigned to the War Department General Staff.

  In 1947, Train became the assistant military attaché in London where he attended the Imperial Defence College of the United Kingdom, followed by an assignment as the deputy director of intelligence of the U.S. Forces in Austria.

Invasion of Korea

  After his tour to the Presidio of San Francisco was terminated upon the invasion of Korea in 1950, Train served as the chief planning officer in the Eighth U.S. Army under Generals Walker, Ridgway and Van Fleet.

  Train graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1952 and was then assigned to the Weapons Systems Evaluation Group, Office of the Secretary of Defense followed by an assignment in 1955 as the assistant commandant, Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

  Other assignments include assistant division commander, 8th Infantry Division; comptroller, U.S. Army Europe; commanding general, 4th U.S. Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash.; commanding general, 2nd U.S. Army at Fort Meade, Md., and commanding general, First U.S. Army.

  In 1963, while serving as commandant of the U.S. Army War College, Gen. Train was conferred with an honorary degree of doctor of law from Dickinson School of Law.  In 1964 he was awarded the Pa. Distinguished Service medal by the governor of Pennsylvania.

  Gen. Train retired on June 1, 1967 after 41 years of service.

 

  Factual information was taken from Gen. Train's autobiography from the mid 1980's and an addendum by Mary Beth Train.

 

 

 

Military Family Member Merit Scholarship 

  Applications are now available for the Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club and Thrift Shop Military Family Member Merit Scholarship.

  The postmark deadline is Friday, March 30.

  For information call 249-8956 or e-mail cbscscholarship@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Army Chorus performs free concert at Carlisle Barracks

 

Leaders, Soldiers, retirees and members of the local community gathered inside the U.S. Army War College's Bliss Hall Feb. 26 to enjoy the sounds of one of the nation's most prestigious group of singers.

The U.S. Army Chorus performed a free concert on Carlisle Barracks for the nearly 400 visitors.

The chorus, which is the vocal counterpart of the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," is composed of a select group of the country's finest musicians and has performed on famed stages around the world.

The visit by the group was a rare and welcomed opportunity according to the Army War College Chief of Staff Col. Louis Yuengert. 

"This is the first time in recent memory that the Carlisle community has had the pleasure of listening to one of the world's best vocal groups - who just happen to be Soldiers," he said. 

This performance came at a special time for Carlisle Barracks, as this year marks the historic installation's 250th Anniversary. 

"I can think of no better way to celebrate the event than with these esteemed professionals," said Yuengert before introducing the chorus to the audience. 

Along with the Army Chorus performance, many more events are planned for the upcoming months to celebrate the 250 years of Carlisle Barracks' history in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - honoring the past and shaping the future.

 

 

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Former Army War College Commandant to participate in a panel discussion of the Iraq War at Carlisle Theater

  March 15, 2007 -- "The Situation," a fictional film that depicts the ongoing chaos in Iraq, will make its central Pennsylvania debut on Saturday, March 24 at the Carlisle Theatre in Carlisle, and the director, Philip Haas, will participate in a discussion of the film after it is shown.

  Prior to the film showing, a panel of experts -- including two retired high-ranking Army officers and director of a major Washington think tank -- will participate in a panel discussion of the Iraq War.

  Tickets are $6 and can be purchased in advance during the week of March 19-23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the lower level of the Holland Union Building (HUB) on West High Street, between College and Cherry streets. Tickets will also be available at the Carlisle Theatre box office Monday to Friday, March 12-16 and 19-13 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any remaining tickets will be available on the day of the event at the Carlisle Theatre on 44 West High Street in Carlisle:

  • 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.:  Panel discussion featuring retired Army officers:  Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales, former commandant of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle and decorated Vietnam war veteran (currently an analyst for National Public Radio and Fox News), Col. Lawrence B. Wilkerson, who served as chief of staff for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Steven Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New American Foundation. 

  • 7:45 to 9:30 p.m.: Showing of "The Situation."

  • 9:30 to 10 p.m.: Discussion with Philip Haas, the film's director.

 In its review, The Village Voice said, "Philip Haas' deftly paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent geopolitical hotspot flicks but one that has been designed for maximum agitation." In a recent lecture at Dickinson College, Thomas E. Ricks, author of "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq," said, "'The Situation' is a striking movie. It really captures the feeling of being a reporter in Iraq in '03 and '04.  I think it's one of the best films, probably the best film I've ever seen about being a foreign correspondent.  It's definitely worth your while."

  Haas is director of Angels and Insects, which in 1996 received an Academy Award nomination for best costume design. He also directed "The Music of Chance," "Up at the Villa," and 10 documentaries. Haas' appearance, the panel discussion and the showing of "The Situation" are sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College and the Carlisle Theatre in Carlisle.

 

Army Substance Abuse Program release

National Inhalants and Poisons Week March 18-24

March 15, 2007 -- Most parents are in the dark regarding the popularity and dangers of inhalant use. But children are quickly discovering that common household products are inexpensive to obtain, easy to hide and the easiest way to get high. According to national surveys, inhaling dangerous products is becoming one of the most widespread problems in the country. It is as popular as marijuana with young people. More than a million people used inhalants to get high just last year. By the time a student reaches the 8th grade, one in five will have used inhalants.

What is inhalant use?

    Inhalant use refers to the intentional breathing of gas or vapors with the purpose of reaching a high. Inhalants are legal, everyday products which have a useful purpose, but can be misused. You're probably familiar with many of these substances -- paint, glue and others. But you probably don't know that there are more than 1,000 products that are very dangerous when inhaled -- things like typewriter correction fluid, air-conditioning refrigerant, felt tip markers, spray paint, air freshener, butane and even cooking spray. See Products Abused as Inhalants for more details.

Who is at risk?

    Inhalants are an equal opportunity method of substance abuse. Statistics show that young, white males have the highest usage rates. Hispanic and American Indian populations also show high rates of usage. See Characteristics of Users and Signs of an Inhalant User for more details.

What can inhalants do to the body?

   Nearly all abused products produce effects similar to anesthetics, which slow down the body's function. Varying upon level of dosage, the user can experience slight stimulation, feeling of less inhibition or loss of consciousness. The user can also suffer from Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. This means the user can die the 1st, 10th or 100th time he or she uses an inhalant. Other effects include damage to the heart, kidney, brain, liver, bone marrow and other organs. Results similar to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome may also occur when inhalants are used during pregnancy. Inhalants are physically and psychologically addicting and users suffer withdrawal symptoms. See Damage Inhalants Can Cause to the Body and Brain, Long-Term Effects of Inhalant Usage and Signs and Symptoms of a Long-Term User for more details.

What can I do if someone I know is huffing and appears in a state of crisis?

    If someone you know is huffing, the best thing to do is remain calm and seek help. Agitation may cause the huffer to become violent, experience hallucinations or suffer heart dysfunction which can cause Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. Make sure the room is well ventilated and call EMS. If the person is not breathing, administer CPR. Once recovered, seek professional treatment and counseling. See What To Do If Someone is Huffing for more details.

Can inhalant use be treated?

    Treatment facilities for inhalant users are rare and difficult to find. Users suffer a high rate of relapse, and require thirty to forty days or more of detoxification. Users suffer withdrawal symptoms which can include hallucinations, nausea, excessive sweating, hand tremors, muscle cramps, headaches, chills and delirium tremens. Follow-up treatment is very important. If you or someone you know is seeking help for inhalant abuse, you can contact the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition at 1-800-269-4237 for information on treatment centers and general information on inhalants. Through a network of nationwide contacts, NIPC can help (but not guarantee) finding a center in your area that treats inhalant use.

What should I tell my child or students about inhalants?

    It is never too early to teach your children about the dangers of inhalants. Don't just say "not my kid." Inhalant use starts as early as elementary school and is considered a gateway to further substance abuse. Parents often remain ignorant of inhalant use or do not educate their children until it is too late. Inhalants are not drugs. They are poisons and toxins and should be discussed as such. There are, however, a few age appropriate guidelines that can be useful when educating your children. See Tips for Teachers for more details on how much to tell your children or students in the classroom about inhalants.

   Inhalants are a diverse group of organic solvents, volatile substances, and propellant gases that are intentionally concentrated and inhaled for their psychoactive effects, which range from an alcohol-like intoxication to hallucinations.

    The above information was taken from the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition site and the Army Center for Substance Abuse site. For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Prevention office at 245 - 4576.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
322-A Thompson Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heike Hasenauer, Army.mil

Army Aviator Inducted Into 'Hall of Heroes'

 

A day after President Bush presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to retired Lt. Col. Bruce P. Crandall, Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker inducted Crandall into the prestigious "Hall of Heroes" at the Pentagon.

"Crandall is the latest in a very select group of exceptional Soldiers" to receive this honor, which is "reserved for the bravest of the brave," Harvey said.

"To have one's name entered into the apex of our nation's pyramid of valor," as Schoomaker referred to a MOH recipient's inclusion into the Hall of Heroes, the individual "must have distinguished himself by gallantry, intrepidity ... and must have risked his life," Harvey said.

"We honor a quality at the very foundation of the Army - courage," he added. "The degree of courage is so high that only 1,239 Medals of Honor have been awarded in the last 100 years," Harvey continued. "Only "0.1 percent of all Soldiers who have served the nation have earned the Medal of Honor. Today, only 112 of the recipients are living."

"Crandall unequivocally demonstrated what it means to be 'Army Strong,'" Harvey said, referring to the Army's new recruiting slogan.

Crandall, who was joined at the Pentagon ceremony by his wife, Arlene, and their three sons, five other Vietnam-War MOH recipients, and others, responded with the modesty and good humor for which he is known.

"A person would have to be educated far above what I am to say what I feel," Crandall said. "I have to first thank my wife, Arlene; she's been my Army Strong for 50 years. She always had the hard jobs. I was gone much of the time, and she raised our three sons. Then she raised me some of the time.

"If I had to do it all over again," Crandall said of his service in Vietnam, "I'd thank the Army for taking me. I do feel like a baseball player who said, 'I feel like the luckiest person on the face of the Earth.' People often ask me, 'How could you have gone into a landing zone under siege?'" The question he would have asked himself years afterward would have been, 'How could I not have gone in?" he said.

In conclusion, Crandall said, "Thank God I've lived long enough to be here. Thank you Sir, Sir, Sir," he added, in salutation to the dignitaries present. "There isn't anyone who will wear this medal will more pride and honor. So, from this time on, I'll have to start behaving more reasonably."

Crandall earned the MOH and subsequent inclusion into the Hall of Heroes for his actions at the Battle of Landing Zone X-Ray in Vietnam's Ia Drang Valley in November 1965. At the time, he and his wingman, then-Capt. Ed Freeman, flew 14 missions to resupply and rescue Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, who were being pummeled by North Vietnamese Army troops.

For more information on the Medal of Honor and Crandall, see www.army.mil/medalofhonor/crandall.

 AAFES release

Low prices meet their match at AAFES

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES') "We'll Match It!" initiative has been updated to allow authorized shoppers to compare prices between the exchange and "warehouse clubs."

"Previously, AAFES didn't match 'warehouse clubs' as their shelf prices are offset by required membership fees," said AAFES' Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Bryan Eaton. "Military families made it clear that while they understood the PX and BX do not charge fees, they still considered it to be the original 'members only' club. Honoring 'warehouse club' prices is just another example of AAFES adapting to meet the expectations of those it serves."

It is only through proactive surveying and review that AAFES can ensure its prices are routinely lower than the competition. But even with consistent monitoring, today's competitive retail landscape requires AAFES to rely on its price matching program to guarantee that, in the event the PX or BX doesn't have the lowest price, authorized customers will always receive the best price.

"We'll Match It!" works in two ways:

* Shoppers who see a price differential of less than $10 can tell the cashier who will match it on the spot. * Customers who report a price difference of greater than $10 need only to bring a current local competitor's ad to receive the reduced price.

In either "We'll Match It" scenario the merchandise being compared must be identical.

"AAFES is committed to having low prices," said Chief Eaton. "'We'll Match It!' is simply a last line of defense in our desire to be the military shopper's first choice. After AAFES conducts national surveys and associates from the store level compare local prices, military families have this price matching mechanism to make sure no one missed anything."

"We'll Match It!" promotes AAFES as a price leader with a pledge that its operations will match competitors' current, local price on any identical stock assortment. In addition to this same-day pledge, AAFES also offers a 30-day price guarantee on any item originally purchased from AAFES and subsequently sold at a lower price by AAFES, or another local competitor (excluding unauthorized dealers).

Since AAFES has a dual mission to provide quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generate earnings to supplement MWR programs, there are exceptions to the "We'll Match It!" program. Except for the Exchange Catalog and aafes.com, PXs and BXs cannot accept challenges from any catalog or website. Other exclusions include special offers or promotions, free-with-purchase offers, limited quantity offers, bundled promotions, special financing, "gimmick" promotions, special order automotive parts, gasoline, automotive labor/service, double and triple coupons, clearance items, flat percentage off items and vending items.

"We'll Match It!" is available every day of the year exclusively at AAFES facilities around the world. Purchases from the Exchange generate funds for much needed MWR programs. In the past 10 years, AAFES contributed more than $2.4 billion to Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy MWR/Services programs. These funds are used in support of Youth Services, Armed Forces Recreation Centers, post functions and other quality of life initiatives enjoyed by military families on installations across the globe.

The "We'll Match It!" policy applies to all AAFES retail stores including main stores, shoppettes, Class Six, Car Care and troop stores. Complete details concerning the price matching program are available online at aafes.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Science and Technology Day demonstrates robotic capabilities

Numerous technology-based combat multipliers where on hand at Carlisle Barracks Feb. 22 for this year's Science and Technology Day. Area students and civilians along with Army War College students and Carlisle Barracks personnel were invited to take part in the 4th annual event, which put on display the integration of robots and America's military.

The Command and Control Group sponsored the "Robotics Equipment Exposition," which was designed to increase Army War College students' awareness of current advances in robotics systems and concepts, according to the event's program.

Equipment on site ranged from some that is currently being used and fielded in combat operations like the Army's Shadow Tactical Unmanned Ariel Vehicle, to others like the Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot (BEAR) that are still being tested and fine-tuned.

The BEAR, currently in it's second year of a four-year process, is being developed for the medical field by the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology research Center. Designed basically for what its name suggests, the BEAR will assist in extracting personnel in a combat environment, thus enabling troops to continue the fight rather than having to stop engaging the enemy to evacuate injured servicemembers.

Remote controlled, the BEAR will be equipped with microphones and speakers for communication between operator and casualty, according to Josh Brunson, who helped design the robot.

"This is the second-level prototype, which is only the upper body right now," explained Brunson. "It can pick up about 400 pounds, but we're still working on a sturdy and mobile lower body."

Another robot on display was an inspection tool dubbed ODIS, or Omni Directional Inspection System. The four-inch, 40-pound robot is used to enable troops to inspect vehicles and equipment from a safe distance.

"We're able to put sensors on top, along with a camera," explained Lonnie Freiburger, who deployed with the equipment in 2003. "Now we're able to get complete situational awareness at a checkpoint. This can look in, under and around a vehicle."

One of the key aspects of designing these future tools is getting feedback from those who will be using them in the field. This was very apparent around the equipment exhibition as more and more of the remote-controlled vehicles were designed using commonly used video-game controllers.

"One of the feedbacks we received a lot was regarding the controllers," said Freiburger, who used a modified XBOX 360 controller while navigating the ODIS.

"The controllers that we generally designed were rather big and prone to failure and breaking, which can be very expensive. So now we decided to go with something a bit more 'throw-away' and something that everyone's familiar with. $15 later and now you're able to plug this in and go."

 

Military Saves Week promotes operation financial fitness

The Defense Department has designated Feb. 25 through March 4, as Military Saves Week to encourage service members and their families to establish savings goals and set money aside for emergencies and other needs. USAWC and Carlisle Barracks is proudly supporting this effort by asking military members/civilians to join Military Saves as part of Operation Financial Fitness. 

Lt. Col. Sergio Dickson, Carlisle Barracks garrison commander said that , "Carlisle Barracks is delighted to support Operation Financial Fitness and the Military Saves campaign. We see an incredible need for improved saving habits in today's world. This is a model program for changing lives by creating economic opportunity." 

Saving money and alleviating debt require dedication, sacrifice, and patience.  Military Saves provides the necessary tools to help accomplish that financial mission. Individuals simply make the commitment to save money on a regular basis to achieve their personal financial goals. Participants receive helpful financial tips and the much-needed encouragement to continue the savings habit. Visit www.militarysaves.org for more information or to sign up for the program.

Military Saves is part of the nationwide campaign, America Saves, and is sponsored by Consumer Federation of America, the Department of Defense, the NASD Investor Education Foundation, and a nationwide network of Defense Credit Unions and Military Banks.  Part of the DOD Financial Readiness Campaign, Military Saves encourages leaders to focus attention on encouraging their troops to get out of debt and save money. 

For more information or to register for the workshops contact Cora Johnson, Financial Readiness Manager at 245-4720 or email: cora.johnson@carlisle.army.mil  

 

Financial Fitness Military Saves Campaign Agenda

Date                 Subject                                                 Time                             Place          

 

Mar. 1               Developing A Financial Plan (workshop)   8a.m. - 10a.m.               Army Ed Center

                     Sign up for Military Saves                       12p.m. - 4p.m.               ACS 

                     One on One Counseling               

                     Members First Credit Union                    10a.m. - 4 p.m.              ACS 

  

Mar. 2               Building Wealth (workshop)                     9a.m. - 12p.m.              Army Ed Center           

                     Sign up for Military Saves                       1:30p.m. - 4p.m.           ACS 

 

Generations of women moving history forward

The Carlisle Barracks community is invited to take part in this year's Women's History Month observance at the Upton Hall Auditorium Mar. 23 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The program will cover military and civilian women's contributions to the Nation during times of war. For more information contact Melissa Wiford at 717-245-3161, the Equal Opportunity Office at 717-245-3661 or the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at 717-245-3950.

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Public Affairs Office

Carlisle Barracks names new chief of police

The military police servicemember has been a necessity since the inception of America's armed forces. Military police, in some way, shape or form, have always aided leaders in maintaining discipline and have since evolved into other various functions to meet the needs of the Army.

Part of that evolution has seen Carlisle Barracks MPs leave the installation as their specialties are needed oversees in support of the ongoing war on terror. And while a nearly seamless transition from a military to civilian police force has occurred over the past year - one badge remained un-assigned.

Gary Hunst was officially named the Carlisle Barracks Chief of Police during the installation's quarterly awards ceremony Feb. 8.

The man whose shoes Hunst steps into, former Provost Marshal Lt. Col. Bob Suskie presented the badge to his successor. 

"This is part of the military to civilian transition of the installation's police," explained Suskie. "This badge is the last to be placed."

Suskie then went on to explain the importance of the position and the responsibility it entails.

"The symbolism of the chief of police badge is more than just a badge - it's the symbol of the department. The chief badge is the one that all the officers look to for guidance and support," he said. "He will now be part of a brotherhood that is very small." 

He was then presented with an honor which also carries much symbolism and respect. The Order of the Marechaussee in Bronze was awarded to Hurst for his years of exceptional work as a part of the Military Police Regiment and acknowledges his "outstanding dedication and devotion to the military police corps regiment." 

The award went on to read that his, " degree of professionalism, high standards and morality and promotion of esprit décor are unparalleled. . By becoming a member of the order of the Marechaussee, you enter a unique organization with virtuous heroes." 

A somewhat surprised Hunst briefly spoke following the presentations. "I personally want to thank Lt. Col. Suskie. We have undergone a 100% change since the MPs left. . Thank you, the community, for your support. We couldn't do what we do without your support."

The term Marechaussee was taken from the French term Marecheaux (Marshow), which were the French provost marshal units dating back to the 12 century.  

On June 1, 1778, at Valley Forge, Pa. Gen. George Washington formed a special unit, according to the Fort Leonard Wood website. The unit was a troop of light dragoons Soldiers on horseback and would eventually be called the Marechaussee Corps. 

The original troop consisted of 63 men and had the duty and responsibility that included everything from patrolling camps and ensuring good order and discipline to checking passes and papers in search of spies. They also at times participated in direct combat and in 1781 protected Washington and his headquarters during the siege of Yorktown during the American Revolution. Although they were disbanded in 1783, the men of the corps are credited with establishing the high standard for behavior and dedication to duty that became the modern-day military police motto.

 

 

 

Post education center offers certification, credit, other exams

    March 13, 2007 -- The Carlisle Barracks Education Center offers a variety of education, certification and credit exams. Testing is conducted from 8 a.m. -2 p.m. Monday-Friday.  

 

Certification exams

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Food Protection Certification (FPC)

Financial Counselor Certification (AFC)

 

Credit Exams

ECE (Excelsior College Exams)

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)

Distance Learning exams

Air Force E-exams

 

Other tests

ACT

SAT

PRAXIS

 

Army Personnel Tests (APT)

DLPTs

AFAST

AFCT-GT

DLAB

 

    For eligibility and an appointment call 717-245-3943 or (DSN) 242-3943 or email IMNE-CLB-HRB@carlisle.army.mil.

 

Wilson College Teacher certification classes

     All classes are open to the Carlisle Barracks Community. Students should register with Wilson College

at 1-800-421-4796 or at www.wilson.edu.  Fax: 717-264-1578.

                                               

SUMMER TERM I, 2007

1.  EDU 21820 - Reading and Language Arts in Elementary Education - Staff

Mondays/Wednesdays @ 6:00-9:15 pm

May 14, 16, 21, 23, 30

June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

 

2.  EDU 21720 - Science and Health in Elementary Education - Robin Gilbert

Tuesdays/Thursdays @ 6:00-9:15 pm

            May 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

            June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

  

 SUMMER TERM II, 2007

3.  EDU 21520 - Managing the Inclusive Classroom - Peggy McCleary

Mondays/Wednesdays @ 6:00-9:15 pm

July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22

 

4.   EDU 20520 - Child Growth and Development - Staff

Tuesdays/Thursdays @ 6:00-9:15 pm

July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31

August 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23

 

FALL TERM, 2007

 

5.  EDU 21520 - Managing the Inclusive Classroom - Allen Shank

  Mondays @ 6:00-9:15 pm

            August 27

            September 10, 17, 24

            October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

            November 5, 12, 19, 26

            December 3, 10

 

6.  EDU 20620 - Educational Psychology - Kathleen Kaminski

  Tuesdays @ 6:00-9:15 pm

            August 28

            September 4, 11, 18, 25

            October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

            November 6, 13, 20, 27

            December 4, 11

 

7.   EDU 21620 - Social Studies and Geography in Elementary Schools - James Richardson

  Wednesdays @ 6:00-9:15 pm

            August 29

            September 5, 12, 19, 26

            October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

            November 7, 14, 21, 28

            December 5, 12

 

 

8.  EDU 20520 - Child Growth and Development - Lynn Newman

   Thursdays @ 6:00-9:15 pm

            August 30

            September 6, 13, 20, 27

            October 4, 11, 18, 25

            November 1, 8, 15, 29

            December 6, 13