April 13 - Community SITREP: Expect 10-minute delays at both gates, Wednesday, April 14, at 8:50 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

By Public Affairs Staff    02 April 2021

This SITREP provides Just-In-Time information - need to know and good to know - for residents, workforce, and visitors.

April 13 - Expect 10-minute delays at both gates, Wednesday, April 14, at 8:50 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Drivers should expect delays up to 10 minutes tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14, at 8:50 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., at Claremont and Ashburn Gates as guards conduct severe weather training.


April 7 - Training activity near the Old Mill on Route 11, April 9, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The community and residents along Marshall Ridge may notice military training activity, vehicles, and personnel wearing chemical protective equipment near the Old Mill on Route 11, on April 9, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

During the training, members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, 3rd Chemical Support Team, and U.S. Army North, Civil Support Training Activity, Fox Team, will conduct a Public Safety Hazardous Material Response Exercise.

Fox Team is conducting the exercise to evaluate the 3rd Chemical Support Team's readiness and proficiency in responding to hazardous material incidents.


April 6 - National Alcohol Screening Day is April 7

Join Army Substance Abuse Program staff for their National Alcohol Screening Day event at the Carlisle Barracks Exchange on Wednesday, April 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Stop by and ask questions or take a free and anonymous alcohol usage survey. The survey is available for adults 18 and older.

The National Institutes of Health National first launched the Alcohol Screening Day initiative in 1999. The annual campaign aims to raise awareness about alcoholism and alcohol abuse, which are recognized, treatable behaviors.

Take an anonymous online survey provided by Military Pathways at - www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org.


April 5 -Increased construction traffic starting April 6

The Carlisle Barracks community may notice an increase in construction traffic on the installation starting April 6, as contractors begin pouring concrete for the new Army War College academic building.

Please be mindful of children playing, two-way traffic, and obey the posted speed limits at all times.


March 17 - Installation Awards Ceremony, Friday, March 19, 10 a.m.

The 2020 Installation Awards Ceremony will stream live on Friday, March 19, at 10 a.m., on the Army War College Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/USAWC.

Join Army War College Deputy Commandant, Col. Kimo Gallahue, and Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Courtney Short, as they announce the winners of the 2020 Carlisle Barracks Civilian of the Year and Civilian of the Quarter competitions.


March 17 - Giant Voice test today March 17, from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Carlisle Barracks will test the mass notification system, "Giant Voice," today, March 17, from 1 to 1:30 p.m.


March 16 - Routine gate maintenance March 23, 24

Contractors will perform routine maintenance on Ashburn Gate on March 23, from 1 to 8 p.m., and Claremont Gate on March 24, from 2 to 9 p.m. A flagger force will direct traffic as needed, expect minimal delays.


March 11 - Possible Giant Voice testing today, March 11, noon-3 p.m.

Be aware; a contractor is performing routine maintenance on Carlisle Barracks' mass warning and notification system, the "Giant Voice," and may conduct audio testing to both the internal speaker and external tower systems today, Thursday, March 11, between noon and 3 p.m.


March 7 - Letort Ln. closed, March 8-10

Contractors will close Letort Ln., March 8-10, to install a sewer line for the new Army War College academic building.

Personnel can access and exit Collins Hall, the Bowling Center, Army Community Services, and Veterinary Clinic from Forbes Ave., using Barry Dr., Marshall Rd., and Butler Rd.

Be mindful of children playing, two-way traffic, and obey the posted speed limits at all times.


March 7 - Expanded gym hours starting March 8

Jim Thorpe Fitness Center is expanding its hours starting March 8. New hours: Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday - Sunday & Holidays: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Everyone must wear a mask when entering and leaving the gym. Appointments are required. All eligible MWR patrons can reserve three timeslots per week.


March 7 - Expanded bowling hours

The Strike Zone Bowling Center is expanding its hours. Call 717-245-4109 to reserve a lane and for more details.

New hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 1 pm - 9 p.m.

Cosmic Quartermania is Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Come on out for cosmic good time.


Feb. 24 -- Ashburn Gate will return to regular hours on March 1.

Beginning March 1, 2021, Ashburn Gate will return to its regular hours, open weekly from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Feb. 23 -- Quarterly barrier maintenance at Ashburn and Claremont Gates Thursday, Feb. 25.

Drivers should expect minimal delays as contractors perform quarterly barrier maintenance at Ashburn and Claremont Gates Thursday, Feb. 25. Work will begin at Ashburn Gate from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Claremont Gate from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A flagger force will direct traffic as needed.


Feb. 18 -- Carlisle Barracks will host an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive at the Letort View Community Center on Friday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This blood drive is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

To make an appointment and donate, use the QR Code on the lower right corner of the graphic below. It will direct you to the militarydonor.com site where you can make your appointment.


Feb. 11 - Letort Ln. closed, Feb. 16-19

Contractors will close Letort Ln., Feb. 16-19, to install a sewer line for the new Army War College academic building.

Personnel can access and exit Collins Hall, the Bowling Center, Army Community Services, and Veterinary Clinic from Forbes Ave., using Barry Dr., Marshall Rd., and Butler Rd.

Be mindful of children playing, two-way traffic, and obey the posted speed limits at all times.


Jan. 21 - 911 Service fully restored.

Cumberland County 911 Service has been fully restored.

On Post, call law enforcement: 717.245.4115 or 717.245.3465


Jan. 20 - Carlisle Barracks All-Volunteer Tax Assistance Center remains closed

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Carlisle Barracks All-Volunteer Tax Assistance Center will remain closed.

Online Tax Resources:

• Active Duty Military - militaryonesource.mil/
• Retirees - irs.gov/
• The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals - irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers


Jan. 19 - Facemasks and windows down required for entry onto Carlisle Barracks

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, guards will require persons entering Carlisle Barracks to wear facemasks and have their vehicle's window rolled down as they scan I.D.'s for entry.


Jan. 15 - Contractors to build safety fencing around an area of Upton Hall starting Jan. 19

As part of a project to renovate the HVAC system in Upton Hall, contractors working for the Directorate of Public Works will build safety fencing around an area between Upton Hall and Thorpe Gym beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

The fencing will block one entrance to Upton Hall, nearest the parking lot across Lovell Ave. Thorpe Gym and the main entrance to Upton Hall will be accessible from the sidewalk and the elevator to Upton Hall will remain open for the duration of the project.

DPW expects the construction to take two years to complete.


Oct. 29 - Updated Barber Shop

The Exchange Barber Shop's hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and closed Sun.


Oct. 23 - ACFT equipment will be available for use at Thorpe Gym Mon. Oct. 26.

Two 25-meter lanes and a full complement of Army Combat Fitness Test equipment will be available for use by Army personnel on the south side of Thorpe Gym beginning Mon., Oct. 26.

There is no time limit, and no reservation is required to utilize the ACFT lanes and gear. The equipment is available during regular gym hours. To use the ACFT lanes and gear, enter through the main gym door, scan in your gym pass, so gym personnel can track equipment usage and exit the double doors to the left of the front desk. The equipment is located in two large containers next to the golf cart parking area.

The lanes are painted with markings every 5-meters on the outer lines. The inside lines have 4.5-meter, 6.5-meters, and 8-meter markings to show the minimum standards in the black, gold, and gray standards for the Standing Power Throw event.

Return the equipment to containers after use, and report damaged or missing equipment immediately.


Oct. 13 - The Carlisle Barracks Exchange Optical Shop will temporarily move to Bldg. 842 next to the Commissary on Oct. 14

In the anticipation of upcoming renovations to the Carlisle Barracks Exchange, the Optical Shop will temporarily move to Bldg. 842, next to the Commissary, on Oct. 14. The shop will close on Oct. 14 and reopen in Bldg. 842, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. The shop will remain in 842 during renovations.


Sept. 26 - Update to Commissary operations

Recently the Defense Commissary Agency, the higher headquarters for our local Carlisle Barracks Commissary rescinded their national policy, restricting use to DoD ID cardholders and denying visitors access. DECA instated this policy during COVID19 to ensure supply met demand in stores. As supply has now caught up with demand, DECA rescinded its policy.

Additionally, the installation command decided to suspend the local Commissary policy suspending operations to clean and sanitize shopping carts from 1 to 2 p.m. This decision was made as cleaning and sanitizing are continuous throughout the day.


October 5 - Carlisle Barracks to launch new Automated Installation Entry system, require facemasks

Individuals entering Carlisle Barracks will require facemasks and should expect slight delays as Carlisle Barracks launches a new Automated Installation Entry system on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Training will begin with the new AIE system starting Thursday, Oct. 1. Guards will wear facemasks and approach within 6 feet of vehicles as they register drivers and all passengers into the AIE system.


October 4 - Construction begins on parking area behind Collins Hall -- Fencing installation begins Thursday, Oct. 1

Construction will begin on a new parking area and water containment field behind Collins Hall on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Crews will erect fencing starting on Oct. 1. When complete, the project will add 29 additional parking spaces to Collins Hall. The project should last six weeks.

Be diligent when driving around ACS during this time. Traffic patterns may change, and pedestrians may take different routes during certain times of the project. A flagger force will direct traffic as needed.

The fenced-in areas around Collins Hall are active construction zones. For the safety of all, only access and exit Collins Hall, ACS, the Veterinary Clinic, and the Strike Zone Bowling Center from Forbes Ave., using Letort Ln., Barry Dr., Marshall Rd. and Butler Rd. Vehicles should only park in designated areas, pedestrians should stay in assigned walking areas, and for the safety of the workers, refrain from distracting anyone in the active work zone.


Sep. 21 - ALL prescriptions will be picked up using the drive-up pharmacy operation at the Dunham Health Clinic parking lot on base. Pull into a designated parking space, call the posted phone number, be ready to receive your Rx at your car window -- with both ID card and mask.

The shift in refill pharmacy operations is linked to the construction project slated for the Carlisle Barracks Exchange.

Fitness Classes - on the Tennis Courts - now open for registration: Circuit-360, Body Blast, and Yoga. No walk-ins are allowed. To register for the class, please call Jim Thorpe Gym at 717-245-3418. They will start taking class reservations on Wednesday, 9 September, at noon. Class cost is $3 per class. Methods of payment are credit cards or exact change only. Payment is due the day of the class. All classes are limited to 18 people. Learn more HERE.

Please come dressed for class. Locker rooms are closed. Classes will be held on the tennis court.


Sept. 8, 2020, the Carlisle Barracks DEERS/ID Card office operates on an appointment basis only. Request an appointment at - https://idco.dmdc.osd.mil/idco/locator. Each card requires a unique appointment. Bring all required documents and, if requesting a replacement ID card, bring a police report available at the Carlisle Barracks police station.


Aug, 19 - Strike Zone Bowling Center now serving breakfast and lunch, Mon thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grab-and-Go sandwiches and salads, and eat-in options for no more than 23 people.

August - What to know about the new academic building construction zone --

The fenced-in area around Collins Hall is an active construction zone. Vehicles should only park in designated areas. Pedestrians should stay in assigned walking areas, and for the safety of the workers, refrain from distracting anyone in the active work zone.

To access Collins Hall and ACS and the Veterinary Clinic: from Forbes Ave, follow Barry Drive, Marshall Road, and Butler Road. Or: Letort Lane from Forbes Avenue to Butler Road. NOTE the 10-mile-per-hour speed limit on Letort Lane.


Dec. 2019 - Carlisle Barracks and polyfluoroalkyl substances

Carlisle Barracks' Fire Department historically maintained polyfluoroalkyl substances in its inventory. However, in its history, the department did not train with or deploy the foam. And, in 2016, the department properly removed and disposed of its supply.


Nov. 2019 - Policy for headphones and reflective wear on Carlisle Barracks

Army Regulation 385-10, Chapter 11-11, requires wearing reflective outer garments and/or equipment during hours of limited visibility for personnel running, not in troop formation. It says, wearing portable headphones, earphones, ear or other listening devices while jogging, running, bicycling, skating, or skateboarding on or adjacent to roadways or roadway intersections on DoD installations is prohibited. Carlisle Barracks Regulation 385-1, Chapter 23-6, requires joggers and bicycle riders to wear a reflective belt or vest during the hours of darkness, including the period from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise. Joggers and bicycles, scooters, and rollerblade riders are encouraged to wear a reflective belt or vest at all other times to maximize their visibility and increase their safety. The regulations also, say all persons are prohibited from wearing headphones while jogging, rollerblading, biking, skateboarding, and scooter riding in compliance with AR 385-10, "The Army Safety Program." An exception to this policy is that headphones may be worn on the quarter-mile track on Indian Field and on the 2-mile golf course jogging trail.