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  • 1. The Official Publication of Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion APR/MAY 2010 Vol 1, Issue 5 “I had a great time at the ‘Our Community Salutes’ event. It was an honor to be recognized in front of my mother and peers. I also had a lot of fun meeting and talking with other future soldiers joining the Army. It felt awesome to know that the people around us care enough to have created this day for high school seniors joining the military. It’s really great to know that we have the support of those around us as we embark on our new adventures in the military.” ~ Pvt. Brittany Garber Army Enlistee Enlistee Joint Operation page 6 STAND PROUD. STAND UNITED. STAND ARMY STRONG
  • 2. CONTENTS APR/MAY 2010 Vol 1, Issue 5 LEADERSHIP CORNER Departments 3 LEADERSHIP CORNER GoinG “Old SchOOl” 4 BATTALION NEWS G reetings Steel Battalion! Once again we are entering that critical time of year which requires each leader to go “Old School” by refocusing their efforts and energy toward executing the battalion school plan. As you are aware, the Blue Ribbon Battalion earned its reputation as one dedicated to provide high 8 COLD STEEL FAMILY quality men and women to our force. In order to continue this tradition and achieve victory in our high schools, we must accomplish four fundamental tasks from our school plan with absolute integrity, dignity, 9 EDUCATION and purpose: 1. Obtain Student Directory Information at High Schools and Colleges - EARLY Commander 10 COMPANY CORNER Lt. Col. Stephen B. Lockridge 2. Achieve USAREC Contact Milestone Standards – Prospect Daily Lt. Col. Stephen B. Lockridge 12 ARMY NEWS 6 Battalion Commander Command Sgt. Major 3. Establish Positive School and COI Relations – Foster Long Term Relationships Command Sgt. Maj. Reginald K. Washington 4. Develop Partnerships with Senior and Junior ROTC Programs. Harrisburg Battalion Vision Chief of Advertising & Harrisburg Battalion is committed to deliver excellence from recruiting with integrity and providing In addition to executing these tasks with integrity and dignity, I ask each of you to dedicate yourself toward achieving excellence. As with Public Affairs quality service members as the strength of our all-volunteer Army. We strive to consistently achieve mis- any other unit in the Army, excellence in our battalion is measured by consistently exceeding the standard, not by merely achieving the mis- Staci Cretu sion and inspire Americans to proudly serve within the profession of arms in support of their Nation. sion. Consequently, we must establish training and prospecting standards that ensure mission accomplishment while taking care of Soldiers and Families. These practices enable our Army to win our nation’s wars in any environment and will ensure that we consistently meet our Public Affairs Specialist, Harrisburg Battalion Mission recruiting mission requirements. Associate Editor With integrity and selfless service, the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion provides strength to the Army, It continues to be a distinct pleasure to serve with you as we meet the challenges to provide the strength for our Army. Stay safe and Army Bill Irwin cares for the Soldiers, civilians, and families and develops community support for the military. Strong! Administrative Assistant, Steel 6 Layout Design Angela D. Walter The Battalion Newsletter is authorized by 1st Brigade Mission Victory Brigade prospects, processes, and sustains future soldiers to achieve its FY10 precision mission 100 Days of summer afety S AR360-1 for members of the U.S. Army. Con- requirements within the DA quality marks and resources allocated while simultaneously expanding “Are we there yet”? tents of this publication are not necessarily the both its market and number of partners; executes specified training and Command initiatives though official views, or endorsement by the U.S. Gov- discipline and adhering to standards in accordance with Army Values and Ethos all the while ensuring ernment, Department of Defense, Department the quality of life of its Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members. “Ah, my leave is approved, the vehicle and bags are packed, and we have been hydrated prior to of the Army, or the U.S. Army Recruiting Com- are on our way at sunrise! I’ve packed lots of soda and movies for the departure; the appropriate mand. kids’ enjoyment and mom packed the trunks and bathing suits for the sunscreen would have been beach. I just don’t understand why the oldest is complaining of head- packed and applied for the The Newsletter is published bi-monthly by the aches after an hour on the beach; the youngest looks like a lobster and planned weather exposed Advertising and Public Affairs (A&PA) Office, U.S. the resort security says the grill is too close to the bungalow without an events. Don’t sell your fam- Recruiting Battalion - Harrisburg. extinguisher?” said Command Sgt. Maj. Washington. ily short when “Assessing the Please mail or e-mai submissions and Hazards” of your vacation T Command Sgt. Maj. Reginald K. Washington letters to: he agony of summer fun has begun, and we thought we learned or “Developing Controls & Battalion Command Sgt. Major A&PA U.S. Army Recruiting from last summer’s escape from disaster. Safety which is part of our Making Decisions”. While Battalion - Harrisburg, recurring operations of fun, adventure, and excitement, seems to elude “Implementing Controls”, take into account personal and detailed 54 M Ave., Suite 11 the savviest senior Officer, experienced non-commissioned Officer, and knowledge of each individual family member while “Supervising & New Cumberland, PA 17070 the civilian cornerstone of our organizations. Evaluating” those controls. COMM: (717) 770-6721 After a winter solstice in Pa., we request time for leave or pass, dust Finally, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website FAX: (717) 770-2707 off the Harley hiding in the garage, clean out the camper, confirm ( E-mail: amusement park reservations, and ask our closest friend or neighbor SummerSafety2010/tabid/1838/Default.aspx) is a great source of infor- The Newsletter is currently distributed electron- to watch the fort until our return from vacation. The temperature is 20 mation to familiarize your unit, and family on POV, Motorcycle, Boating, ically and will be sent to everyone on the bat- degrees greater than our home of record, it’s been two years since the and ATV safety measures. talion distribution list and to those who request last service on the Harley, and the kids are having so much fun on the Please, I would be amiss if I did give notice to our expert BBQ grillers, a copy. beach that consumption of water is an afterthought. who surely knows that more lighter fluid is not the answer to a tasty However, we must still apply and use the Composite Risk Manage- burger or steak (“now that’s a fire”)! Have a great 100 days of summer Deadline submissions for Jun/Jul. ment Process as Soldiers when we plan our summer fun. If the first fun and we look forward to your attendance at Oktoberfest... edition is Jul. 15. process is “Identifying the Hazard” the Harley tires would have been Cold Steel, Victory, and Army Strong! checked for dry rout during the winter, the family members would 2• APR/MAY 2010 • 3
  • 3. BATTALION NEWS BATTALION NEWS strength In actIon Zone’s SPOTLIGHT School challenge SIGNIFICANT EVENTS CG’s Four Pilars: Teamwork, Quality of Life, Army Values, and Standards JUNE 3 Newcomer’s Orientation 5 5-6 Millcreek Adventure Race - 1E4 Army Strong Tour - PA Passing League West B h was a Ig It 11 New Recruiter Board Story and photo by Bill Irwin 13 Legion Headquarters Community Covenant Public Affairs Specialist o Courtesy Phot Signing - 1E2 14 Flag Day - Army Birthday 14-18 East West All Star Game Jessica Owen T 15 Army Birthday at PNC Park he new Strength In Action Zone Battalion Secretary 17 Jubilee Day - 1E2 (SIAZ) received Army Strong high marks during its’ recent visit through 24-27 Thunder in the Valley - 1E7 (L-R) Will Freeman, Army One Source, Capt. Eric Sutton, Harrisburg Company Commander, Q: Where did you grow up? Lt. Col. L. McHugh ,PA ARNG, Lt. Col. Robert Trayers USAF, Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson Harrisburg Battalion, it visited four 26 Gilmore/Henne All Star Weekend - 1E3 ,Capt. Chris Vitt ,USN, Lt. Col. Adrienne Eckstein, Dickinson ROTC, Lt. Col. Chris Cleaver PA ANG. Students at Cedar Cliff High School attempt the team push up schools and made a stop-over at Sign Harrisburg’s Community Covenant proclaiming the cities support during Armed Forces challenge at the Strength In Action Zone school challenge visit. Harrisburg City Island to set up for the York, PA 27-30 Battalion Educators Tour - Fort Lee, Va. Week celebration. Armed Forces Day celebration. Each stop offered a glimpse of different Q: What’s your background? How did you Story and photo by Bill Irwin equipment carried on the mobile asset ranging from the push up competition to the aviation end up with the Harrisburg Battalion? JULY Public Affairs Specialist simulator. City Island even experienced the EOD pacbot in operation, which was highlighted 2-10 Freedom Fest - 1E4 during a live television remote where the pacbot held the microphone during one interview I was born and raised in York, Pa. until moving 3 Juniata River Fest - 1E7 H arrisburg battalion’s efforts to garner community support for Soldiers and Future Soldiers marches on with more Community Covenant signings in our footprint. with Harrisburg Assistant Station Commander Staff Sgt. James Slough. Visitors through the school zone were put through team competitions that pitted them to Ft. Drum, NY in 2000. After settling, I started working at Guthrie Health Clinic for the Specialty 4 Independence Day Clinic. In 2006, my daughter and I moved to Ft. Last quarter covenants were signed with the Gettysburg Notre Dame Club, against time and challenged their team work and analytical skills as well as their fitness level. 8 New Recruiter Board the City of Harrisburg and WHP580 and BOB 94.9 radio stations. Each of these Soldiers from local ROTC units were on hand at each outing guiding individuals through Bragg, NC where I worked at Robinson Health signings brings something different to the table. leadership challenges and presenting opportunities available through on campus ROTC Clinic for the 82nd Airborne. Prior to starting 9 Newcomer’s Orientation The Notre Dame Club, comprised of local Notre Dame Graduates, has programs. at Harrisburg Battalion, I worked on the Carlisle 18 Country Music Show - 1E1 promised Carlisle Company Commander Maj. Bill Hammac, and Hanover Station While the school visits generated more than 200 leads, many of the student registrations Barracks. Commander Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Koskey a closer working relationship with appeared to be from students already engaged with our recruiters through JROTC or gym 24 Army Strong Tour - PA Passing League East the recruiting station and Delone Catholic High School, a school they work Q: What has been your most memorable 16-17 American Legion State Convention -1E3 classes that have climbed the battalion rock wall. On the other hand the City Island event extensively with. The club also expressed a desire to create a bond with the moment working with the U.S. Army? Gettysburg High School JROTC and school counselor’s office. These overtures that typically is a bust for our recruiters turned into a bonanza as the SIAZ was billed as the were welcomed by Lt. Col. Michael Wertz, JROTC Commander. feature event on the island. Radio stations WHP580 and BOB 94.9 asked for a covenant to be drafted This combined with excellent weather brought central Pennsylvania residents to the Working at the Specialty clinic in Fort Drum. AUGUST island to say thanks to those currently serving and produced more than 2,200 registered and signed during their annual “Support the Troops Rally” held on the capitol 6 New Recruiter Board steps in Harrisburg. This covenant paired the radio stations with companies leads. Staci Cretu, Chief Advertising and Public Affairs even witnesed a line of Navy recruits and organizations that provide support to military service-members and their waiting in line for the aviation simulator. 13 Battalion Organization Day families, organizations and companies like Giant Foods, the USO, and State The best comments gleaned from the after action reports are,” The Commanders from the American Legion, VFW and Sons of the American SIAZ made us a lot more competitive with the other branches,” and,“This Legion. The day also offered an opportunity for Battalion Commander Lt. is the best asset that I have been able to use.” Col. Stephen Lockridge to address more than 800 participants at the rally and introduce them to William Freeman, the regional coordinator for Army One Source. At the end of the rally we asked would be supporters to sign a larger Right - Visitors to City Island gather than life “Peoples Covenant” which produced more than 100 signatures. waiting for opening ceremonies The City of Harrisburg also signed a Covenant with representatives from all during the May 15 Armed Forces Day the services and the Army One Source Coordinator. This signing was indicative celebration. Estimates place 7,000 on of the type of support the city has shown every year is physically expressed at the island at the one day celebration. the Armed Forces day celebration held on Harrisburg’s City Island every year. The City also continues to be an active PaYS partner. Left - Harrisburg Assistant Station While the Covenant program continues to seek the support of local Commander, Staff Sgt. James Slough, communities and organizations it is important that all of the battalion’s explains the EOD pacbot to WHP TV 21 companies and stations that have had a covenant signing continue to reporter during a live interview at City maintain and grow the relationship with the centers of Influence that have Island’s Armed Forces day celebration extended their hand and offered to partner with us and help. on May 15. The Community Covenant is a formal affirmation of support by state and local communities to Service members and their Families –Active, Guard and Reserve. 4• APR/MAY 2010 • 5
  • 4. BATTALION NEWS BATTALION NEWS General l. Colin Powell ServiCe award winner harrIsBurg BattalIon conDucts week-long enlIstee JoInt operatIon Story and photos by Staci Cretu Chief, A&PA TEAMWORK is key to continued success. W hat began in New Jersey as a dinner to recognize high school students who have chosen military service after graduation evolved into a weeklong celebration honoring all military past, present Left - Capt. Ivan Castro, blind runner and Lt. Col. Fred honored at the ceremony. “As member of this family you are L. to. R.: Capt. Terry Redd, Greensburg Recruiting Company joining the ranks of millions of young and future in western Pennysylvania. Dummar, finish the men and woman from all walks of life Commander; Zeb Jansante, Bethel Park Principal, Mark Render, “Our Community Salutes of Pittsburgh” in support of National 2010DicksSporting Colin L. Powell Winner, Brig. Gen. Mark Bellini, USAREUR, Sgt. 1st who will shape the future and some of Military Appreciation Month, has given Western Pa. residents and Goods Pittsburgh Class Will Foy, Uniontown Recruiting Company Commander. Marathon on May 2 you one day will become officers, our schools a greater reason to give recognition to our armed forces future leaders.” Army Brig. Gen. Arnold tethered. through a weeklong celebration at key events throughout Pittsburgh Gordon-Bray, Deputy Commanding the first week of May. D General, U. S. Army Cadet Command. uring the Our Community Salutes tribute to future These recognition efforts started two years ago when former Cherry As these future service members service members, Mark Render, a Bethel Park High Hill, NJ. school director, Dr. Ken Hartman asked what his school district stepped on stage, some of them School educator was presented with the “General L. Colin did to recognize graduates opting for military service. Realizing that receiving this great thank you for L to R: Brig. Gen. Bellini, Lt. Gen. William “Gus” Pagonis Powell Service Award” honoring an educator, administrator, very little was being done, Hartman founded Our Community Salutes Right - Castro wears a shirt indicating the first time, their senior service (Ret.), Mrs. Terrie Suica-Reed, Lt. Col. Stephen Lockridge, counselor or coach who best represents, and presents career of South Jersey, a non-profit organization, to honor graduating seniors on the back that he’s a blind runner, representative presented each a Col. Frank Hall, Maj. Gen. Joseph Martz, Brig. Gen. (military and civilian) opportunities, not only to the student (and their parents) who plan to serve after graduation. With support along with a phrase from the Soldiers proclamation on behalf of Governor Michael Garrett at PNC Park. Creed, “I’ll never quit.” Guide, friend body, but also at a district wide level. from the Mid-Atlantic Battalion, Our Community Salutes – South Rendell, Senator Sean Logan, and the and boss, Dummar’s shirt indicates “Educators have a strong tradition of service to their Jersey held a recognition dinner in June 2009, honoring 54 students PA Auditor General in honor of their he’s a guide, along with the phrase, students and community,” said Suica-Reed, “These educators with 230 in attendance. self-less commitment. “I’ll never leave a fallen comrade have a direct part in molding our future leaders and heroes Hartman said he was hoping that “two or three years from now “During the ceremony we’ve behind.” who have selected to join the military. This award is but a we’ll have a couple of dozen of these groups doing these all across honored a group of individuals very token of our appreciation to them.” the country.” The Pittsburgh community, led by Terrie Suica-Reed, different than other high school Render received this coveted award due to his exemplary President and CEO of PHASE 4 Learning Centers, and the Harrisburg genuine focus was on raduating high school students (and their graduates. These kids are making efforts in supporting Army programs within his school Battalion Advisory Board, took this military recognition program a step parents) who plan to serve. a critical commitment to serve our district. Over the past year, Render has provided access to a further. “Our Community Salutes of Pittsburgh” recognized veterans, On May 4, more than 180 Future Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and country.” said Suica-Reed. school that, in the past, was very limited to recruiting efforts. current servicemembers and soon-to-be enlistees from all branches Marines—all high school seniors, representing both active and reserve “Walking into the Soldiers and His commitment to Army programs started one year ago of the service during its weeklong celebration, May 2-6, 2010. components stepped out on the field of PNC Park during a Pirates Sailors Memorial on May 6 was when he and Principal, Zeb Jansante attended the educator Events included the Pittsburgh Marathon, an on-field swear-in game to be sworn in by retired Lt. Gen. William Pagonis. “These are exciting for me but the reason that tour. This opportunity provided both with the knowledge ceremony at a Pittsburgh Pirates game, and a formal ceremony and the kinds of celebrations they should be doing,” Kimberly Dunkovich, I was there was even more inspiring. of Army programs in which they never knew before. “He put banquet recognizing future enlistees at historic Soldiers and Sailors watching as her son lined up with fellow service members to walk It was an honor to be recognized in his reputation on the line with the school administrators the Memorial Hall. onto the field, “they are making a conscious effort to improve various front of my mother and peers. It’s Students taking their seats during the Our Community Army’s behalf when he approached them about conducting “Recognizing these selfless men and women and their choice to parts of their lives.” really great to know that we have Salutes ceremony and banquet on May 6. ASVAB which resulted in over 400 students tested and serve their country is just so important. We need to do this,” said Suica- “High school graduation is a milestone that brings mixed the support of those around us as we contributed to Pittsburgh MEPS reaching its testing goal in Reed. emotions to every student and their family. To add to the emotions of 2009,” said Sgt. 1st Class Will Foy, Uniontown Recruiting Station Our Community Salutes of Pittsburgh kicked off at 6:00 A.M. on graduating are the emotions of joining the military. The truth also is embark on our new adventures in the Commander. Render works as a liaison between the Army May 2 at the Pittsburgh Marathon when Brig. Gen. Peter Talleri, U.S. that sometimes individuals need something to make a big change in military. I felt a great amount of pride and the school; utilizing Army Values as a teaching tool. Marine Corps, Commander Defense Distribution, New Cumberland, their life to get them started.” said Suica-Reed. seeing the majority of the seniors there Without programs such as the educator tour and educator welcomed all military personnel. Approximately thirty active duty Concluding the week-long celebration, was the formal banquet at were joining the Army. As I entered the support like Renders, the Army’s recruiting efforts and personnel from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum on the campus of the stage, as usual, I started to get a small relationship within the schools would not be what they National Guard ran the race, with more than 100 military volunteers University of Pittsburgh honoring more than 300 high school seniors case of stage fright, and I wanted to are today. “The program is a great way to recognize those staffing the marathon. from 13 Western Pennsylvania counties and 211 school districts. The run back down to my seat. But then, educators who stand out in supporting young men and Among these 16,000 participants from 47 states and 12 countries, organization raised more than $40,000 to provide this event at no cost I remembered why I was standing up women’s choice to serve their nation upon graduation, as two stood out, Capt. Ivan Castro and Lt. Col. Dummar of the Special to all participants. there and, once again, felt pride as I well as to affirm their decisions to become part of the military Operations Recruiting Battalion. Brothers-in-arms, Castro, blind and “By stepping on this stage today you are making a step in the was able to shake Brig. Gen. Bellini’s team. Having the community and educators involved by Dummar guide and eyes in the race, completed the 26.2 miles tethered right direction, you are joining a select group that have served or Our Community Salutes Military Planning hand. All of the young men and women showing support at the beginning of the decision will go a together with a shoe string. Sept. 2006, Castro, while serving during are currently serving in the military and our Nation with distinction; Committee were there to jump-start their lives by long way for the morale of the individuals during training.” Operation Iraqi Freedom, was severely injured resulting in loss of sight. you are now part of something larger than what you were before, L to R: Army Lt. Col Stephen Lockridge; Marine Capt. joining the military and I have to admit, Justin Nickola; Army Lt. Gen. William “Gus” Pagonis stated Sgt. 1st Class Will Foy who nominated Mr. Render for Castro and Dummar have completed eleven marathons together but congratulations and welcome. HOOAH, Army Strong!” said Brig. Gen. I’m very privileged to be among them.” (Ret.); Chairperson, Mrs. Terrie Suica-Reed; Navy the award. this was the first they were there to support a bigger initiative and a Mark Bellini, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4,U.S. Army Europe and Seventh explained Brittany Garber, Bethel Park larger celebration, Our Community Salutes of Pittsburgh. Comdr. Louis Lazzara; Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Army, and alumnus of Bethel Park High School which had six enlistees Force Michael Gasparetto, Coast Guard Chief Petty senior of the banquet. Throughout the week all military members were honored but the Officer Ben Blackwood 6• APR/MAY 2010 • 7
  • 5. THE “COLD STEEL” FAMILY EDUCATION is key Dantes to DIscontInue OUALITY OF LIFE. Families are as important as the annual recruiting mission. h ouseholD g ooDs : h elp wanteD : m ove . mIl m IlItary s pouses ! By Randy Readshaw funDIng retests Soldier & Family Assistance Program Manager By Mark Mazarella Education Services Specialist (ESS) By Randy Readshaw B oth the Civilian Personnel Management Service (CPMS) and the Civilian Human Resources Agency (CHRA) have launched new re- E Soldier & Family Assistance Program Manager ffective Dec. 11, 2010, DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) will no longer fund retesting on a previously funded cruitment websites targeted at military spouses. exam title for College Level Exam program (CLEP), Standardized Subject Tests (DSST) and Excelsior College Exams (ECE) paper-based or As the summer moving season is now upon us, it’s time CHRA Talent Acquisition—Military Spouse Recruitment website computer-based exams. However, Soldiers (and spouses of Reserve Component Soldiers--AR Soldiers’ spouses are funded by DANTES, active to begin coordinating shipment of your household goods. duty spouses are not) may personally fund a retest after waiting the requisite period of time. Soldiers who retake a previously funded exam The Defense Department has a new do-it-yourself Defense CHRA’s Talent Acquisition website serves as an information portal without paying the requisite fees at the time of testing will not have their scores transmitted to their AARTS transcript. Personal property System (DPS) for arranging permanent for HR professionals. Highlights include: To prevent test familiarity and safeguard test security, examinees must wait the required 180 calendar days from the last test date to person- change-of-station moves, known fittingly as Of ally fund a retest on the same title exam. Testing on an alternate form of the same title does not change this policy. If an examinee tests before course you can still use the Transportation Office if you choose ▲ Military Spouse Preference wizard ▲ Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) Requirements by the 180 calendar days waiting period has elapsed, the test score will be invalidated, the waiting period will start over and the test fee will not be but the new system is designed to allow service members to refunded. For ECE, examinees must wait 60 days after the first failure and 120 days after the second and subsequent failures before retesting. state book their shipments on-line, and maintain direct contact with To retest by computer at a National Test Center (NTC), Soldiers are required to pay the examination fee required by the testing agency and ▲CPAC Locator the carrier throughout the process. Upon arrival at the new the administration fees required by the institution administering the exam. Examinees must check with the test site to determine the form of duty station, the member arranges with the moving company The CHRA Military Spouse website is located at http://www.chra. payment required. To retest at a paper-based DANTES Test Site, for CLEP and DSST payment must be either by certified check or money order. for either temporary storage or delivery of the property, and if For ECE, exam registration fees may be made by personal check, credit card, or money order. there are any damages, will guide members through tary_spouse.htm#Non-Competitive0 Retest scores are not automatically posted to the Soldier’s AARTS transcript. If taken for a particular degree requirement, a Designated Insti- the claims process. is the culmination of 15 years of tution (DI) code must be identified at the time of testing. For an official transcript to be shipped to the AARTS transcript service or to a college often fitful efforts to overhaul the military’s household goods CPMS Hire Military Spouses Website at a later date, the individual must contact the individual testing agencies to order a transcript. moving system, which had sparked years of criticism from Since on average the first-time pass rate for most of the exams is about 50%, individuals who choose to take exams to fulfill degree require- service members and their families. CPMS launched a new website to encourage federal man- ments can lose several months if they do not pass the exams the first time. Additionally, of those who do not pass the first time around, about agers to hire military spouses! Here are just a few highlights 65% fail the exam again. Therefore, it is in the individual’s best interest to invest the time before testing to properly prepare for these exams to The process works like this: of the Hire Military Spouses website: increase the probability that they pass it on the first attempt. DANTES provides many tools to help guide potential examinees. The DANTES Examination Program is a great benefit enabling Soldiers and eligible spouses to earn a post high school credential, satisfy un- Upon receipt of your reassignment orders, your first step, if ▲Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on military spouse dergraduate and graduate level college admission requirements, earn college credit, or gain professional certification. For more information, using DPS, is to log on to to register for a user employment in the Federal Government contact the Battalion ESS at (717) 770-6318, or the Carlisle Barracks Education Center at (717) 245-3943. ID and password that are needed to log on to DPS. The website ▲ 2010 Military Spouse Internship Program Coming Soon! also provides information about the process for movement ▲Information about Department of Defense reimburse- of household goods, and includes tips for moving, weight ment to Federal agencies scholar-athlete awarD allowance, details for arranging the pickup for shipment of presentatIon at wheelIng your household goods, delivery, storage, shipping firearms The Hire Military Spouses website is located at http://www. and privately owned vehicles, and much more. EDUCATOR S!! park hIgh school ATTENTION Army Educa tors’ Tour! the 2010 US Announcing 2010 sday, June 30, e 27 – Wedne t Lee, VA! Once you log on, the system will ask you a series of 2010 Sunday, Jun School at For y Logistics s Provided! Visit the U.S. Arm Hotel Acc ommodation n, Meals and Transportatio questions to guide you through the entire move process. tour, participan ts will: During this training, and educational By Staci Cretu Once you’ve completed the self-counseling, select the nearest Learn first han d about the many careers, eDucator tour opportunitie s available in the Army l facilities that employ inte ractive Chief, A&PA transportation counseling office form the drop-down menu (ours would be Carlisle Barracks) Observe stat simulations to e-of-the-art train and edu educationa cate Soldier s ion with high -tec h virtual Iraq ugh interact hanistan or fort lee, va. A and forward the required documents to that office. After receiving your request, a counselor Experience experiences— the Army thro feel what it’s like to lead a convoy in Afg cational reso urces to sup port your rmy Reserve National Scholar/ y’s free edu Athlete Awards were presented On May 14, Staff Sgt. Lanos presented Mal- the Arm will verify your input data and then your shipment will be booked with the best qualified carrier Learn about students and your school’ s curriculum tary dining faci lity and talk with them to two outstanding individuals lory Morris with the Scholar Athlete Award diers in a mili ! Dine with Sol training and experience – rather than the one offering the lowest bid, as was the case in the past. about their Arm y best professio nal “This was the for her achievement in academics and sports that I have during an assembly at Wheeling Park to include basketball, volleyball and softball. June 27 - 30 development years as in my 16 experienced The moving company will contact you to initiate a pre-move survey and negotiate packing a guidance counselor.” icipant --2009 Tour Part High School on May 14, 2010. Staff and pickup dates for your personal property. The carrier should stay in direct contact with you Sgt. Lanos presented the awards to Mallory Morris whose sporting events included basketball, volleyball and throughout the entire process. the Army, hot el, softball, and Logan Wojcik for his running abilities in cross country and track. A 24/7 Resource for As a guest of , and all meals transportation provided at no cost! “The awards presentation was a good opportunity for the Army to get into Upon arrival at the new duty station, the member arranges with the moving company for Submit your application today!! the school and be seen as well as demonstrate to the students and faculty that Military Members, in today! reverse and fax ion form on either temporary storage or delivery of the property, and if there are any damages, Space is limit ed—fill out app licat the Army supports education. This event served to strengthen the relationship will guide members through the claims process. with the school. ” said Capt. Swaray, Pittsburgh Company Commander. Spouses & Families The U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award recognizes high school students throughout the nation who have demonstrated outstanding One last step: Complete the Customer Satisfaction Survey about the move experience, which nomInatIon forms neeD to Be returneD to ess By Jun. 15. achievement in both academics and athletics. Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion will help defense officials select the best movers for service members in the future. forms can Be faxeD or e-maIleD to angela walter at has given out over 489 awards at 248 schools in FY10. Since the program Call and Talk Anytime (717) 770-2707 began in 1981, the National Scholar/Athlete Award has been presented to more than 285,000 well-deserving students nationwide. 8• APR/MAY 2010 • 9
  • 6. COMPANY CORNER COMPANY CORNER smIlIng through the raIn… somerset recruIters work wIth stuDents not as recruIters, But as eDucators. This Just In... whIle pounDIng the pavement By Staci Cretu Chief, A&PA and activities and I have never seen our students more engaged and motivated as they were throughout this three-day educational event.” said Berkhimer. change of commanD Greensburg Company Recruiters Participate as a Relay Team D uring April 13-15, 2010, students not taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests at Shady Side Junior/Senior High School The events took place in the gymnasium where mini-stations were set-up around the perimeter. The students’ day started out at 8:00 a.m. Each morning participated in three days of Army education lead by Staff Sgt. Janet Bailey, began with a typical Army “PT” session to include stretching and conditioning. Photo by Staci Cretu, A&PA Somerset Station Commander. Bailey along with Sgt. Sean Blackburn, Sgt. After a morning of fitness each student, grouped by grade, moved throughout Kevin Lewis and Staff Sgt. Steven Domser facilitated Army training to over 150 the gym through various Army stations where the recruiters taught mini- ninth, tenth and twelfth grade students. They learned about character, team lessons to include Army history. building, first-aid, physical fitness, drill and ceremony. “The feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive and The recruiters were invited to the school by Principal, Allan Berkhimer to I think this something we’ll be trying to continue in subsequent years.” said provide students with team-building and educational activities during PSSA Berkhimer. Somerset Recruiting Station spent three days at Shade Junior/ testing. “We bring in speakers and experts every year for various assemblies Senior High School not as recruiters, but as educators. Photo by Bill Irwin, A&PA Lt. Col. Stephen Lockridge, Battalion Commander passes the State College Company guidon to Capt. Gary Wheeler, in a Change of Command ceremony, May. 14. mega future solDIer functIons Story and photos by Bill Irwin Public Affairs Specialist A native of Sayre, Pa., Wheeler’s previous assignment was Detachment Commander, HHD, 330th Transporta- tion Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC. Wheeler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Pennsylvania Drill Sergeants put Carlisle Johnstown Recruiters pose for a photo before the Pittsburgh Marathon Company Future Soldiers State University. through drills at Fort Indiantown Gap. By Mrs. Chris Domser Photo by Staci Cretu, A&PA Johnstown Recruiting Station, Greensburg Company “T here is no I in TEAM.” By far, it’s probably one of the most cliché terms that I heard while growing up. Yet, time and time again the phrase has rang true and became rather poignant in viewing what five recruiters from Greensburg ARMY VALUES Future Soldiers from Harrisburg Company over-run the Recruiters Company did on May 2, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. artillery field position during an interactive exercise and tour at Sgt. 1st Class Edward Dugas, Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Ladisic, Staff Sgt. (P) Steven Gettysburg National Park. Outgoing company commander, Capt. Paul Dangelantonio with Lt. Col. Stephen Lockridge. Domser, Staff Sgt. Joseph Crystaloski, and Sgt. Thaddeaus Lamb accepted the challenge of running 26.2 miles, as a relay team, in the 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon. re-enlIstment Not only did they have to overcome the challenge of the treacherous course, but also the rain and a bomb threat. Rain is something that could cause most runners stress but the members of the relay team took it, if you’ll pardon the pun, in stride. A few companies have returned to hosting mega Future Soldier events in their area’s in an effort to make their Future Soldiers feel more like Soldiers and part of a larger team. This effort is actually paying off in lower losses and stronger bonds between the Recruiters and Future Soldiers as well as between the Future Soldiers and their comrades. The Future Soldiers are getting to see a larger picture of the Army, Photo by Staci Cretu, A&PA Ladisic stated, “I ran the last leg of the race. By the time it was my turn to run, including the diversity the Army embraces. the rain had pretty much fizzled out. I did stand there for about 3 hours in the rain, At every event Future Soldiers stand and tell about their chosen Army job. Following this, Recruiters tell their Army story which typically which wasn’t fun, waiting for the baton to be passed off to me. In the meantime, elicits comments from the Future Soldiers like “Hey that’s what I’m going to do, or Wow what a cool job.” my fellow competitors could be heard complaining about the elements. I thrived Carlisle Company invited their Future Soldiers to experience a little taste of basic training at Fort Indiantown Gap, pairing them with Drill off their misery and used it to my benefit. Making the best of the worst is part of Sergeants from the local Army Reserve. They participated in everything from PT, to battle drill exercises, and an open question time. And what I learned in my Army career and in my MOS (Cav Scout).” how could any of them forget their gourmet lunch right off the “Take an MRE out of the box and eat it,” menu. Still, rain or not, running long distances can be a difficult task. The shortest leg, Harrisburg Company opted to transport their Future Soldiers to the Army of the past, right back to the battle lines at Gettysburg. Exit- ran by Domser, was 4.2 miles while Dugas had the longest (and first) leg of roughly ing the bus at the new visitors center in Gettysburg National Park the Future Soldiers were afforded some free time to browse through the On April 24 at 10:30 A.M., Staff Sgt. Brian L. Gibson took 7.2 miles. Neither distance is one that most of the general populous would deem museum before being assembled around the flagpole for push-ups and a march to a nearby patio. This exercise drew remarks from other the Oath of Enlistment during his re-enlistment cer- as being “easy” especially in trying to maneuver around 16,000 other participants. visitors to the park thanking them for their service and at one point riders from the Veteran’s motorcycle group “Rolling Thunder” stopped to emony performed by Brig. Gen. Frank Cipolla, Deputy The hours of training logged by the relay team proved essential. shake all the Recruiters hands thanking them for their and the Future Soldier’s service. This gesture was quickly returned by 1st. Sgt. Nathan Commanding General of the United State Army, 88th Regional Support Command. “I would train three days a week and run an average of four miles,” stated Lamb. Billips and Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Smith who let the vets know that because of their service and inspiration of pride of service, several Future “The key to getting through the run was to make it fun, do it often, and use it as a Soldiers made the decision to now serve. Discipline with stress release. For someone who is just starting out, I’d advise them to start with a Following a brief introduction to the three day battle and a quick lunch the group was marched to the waiting tour bus and their guide, small distance. Train and strive to achieve that goal before deciding to run a longer who just happened to be the recently retired Public Affairs Chief, Gary Vezza, who is now a licensed battlefield guide. Vezza immersed the distance. With time, you will find success!” group into the civil war with stories from the battle and at one point conducted an exercise pitting recruiters versus their charges. Don’t have enough credits to order PPIs or RPIs for large The team of five did rather well with a chip time of 4:07:28. Good enough for a The recruiters and 1st Lt. Kevin Carpenter manned a civil war era artillery piece and it was the Future Soldiers mission to see if they could events? The Battalion A&PA office can help. We can 53rd place among the Men’s Relay Team entrants; and a 271st finish among all relay over run the position. After several minutes of practice the Harrisburg Company unit was ready for battle. Fifteen seconds after firing one order PPIs and RPIs and have them sent to your station. teams. simulated shot, they surrendered the position, granting victory to the Future Soldiers. All members of the relay team stated that they had a lot of fun and would Two hours later the tour was over and the Future Soldiers high off their victory over their Recruiters, traveled back to present day, each Send your request via e-mail to participate again next year. Congratulations to the men for their achievement. We waiting to create their own Army history. Ms. Angela Walter at are proud of you! 10 • APR/MAY 2010 • 11
  • 7. ARMY NEWS ARMY NEWS wounDeD warrIors BegIn theIr Journey from ‘sea to shInIng sea’ gates can accept ‘Don’t ask, By Scott Nielsen U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division ‘army strong’ Blog opens to worlD Don’t tell’ amenDment Photo by World T.E.A.M. Sports gles of injured veterans and to help them and others’ understand that By Brian Lepley there is life after injury. Army Accessions Command PAO By Donna Miles “If I can demonstrate to at least one wounded vet that there is life American Forces Press Service after an injury, then this journey is worth it,” said Rankin. Wounded warriors begin As they move across the country, they will be joined by other WASHINGTON (May 25, 2010) -- Defense Sec- their journey across the wounded warriors and their friends and families to show support. Not retary Robert M. Gates can accept a proposed con- U.S. by dipping their tires all participants are able to go the entire way, but at each stop, they will gressional amendment overturning the ban on gay in the San Francisco Bay. SAN FRANCISCO men and lesbians serving openly in the military, but be greeted by other wounded warriors. Their 63-day, 4000-mile -- Through much would prefer that lawmakers wait until a Defense journey began May 21. “Hopefully we can help other wounded veterans see that there is fanfare and the still so much they can do,” said Hartzell. Department review to assess its full impact is com- support of family members and the local community of San Francisco, Bay Area military community groups and veterans organizations pleted, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said 18 of our nation’s heroes embarked on a journey from San Francisco paid tribute to the riders as they signed the Army Community Cove- today. to Virginia Beach Va. nant which is an agreement between local communities and the Army “Secretary Gates continues to believe that ideal- Communicate and Enforce Standards Their 63-day, 4000-mile journey began Friday, May 21, with a sign- to improve the quality of life for servicemembers and their families, ly, the [Defense Department] review should be com- ing of San Francisco’s first Army Community Covenant at the Presidio both at their current duty stations and while they are deployed. pleted before there is any legislation to repeal the Officer’s Club dinner to honor the riders. “All of us gathered from the San Francisco Bay Community send ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ law,” Morrell said in a statement Unlike other bike rides across the U.S., the Sea to Shining Sea Ride out our well wishes and prayers with you on your journey. Please be issued today. “With Congress having indicated that is is composed of wounded warriors, veterans who are overcoming in- assured we will be with you in spirit,” said Brig. Gen. Rock Donahue, not possible, the secretary can accept the language juries they received while serving their country. the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Divi- in the proposed amendment.” Rider Andrew Hartzell shattered his right femur and spent three sion. Congress has made clear it won’t wait for results years at Walter Reed Medical Center, undergoing surgeries and physi- “The strength of our servicemembers comes from the strength of the Defense Comprehensive Review on the Imple- Courtesy Graphic cal therapy. He wants to let other wounded veterans know that there of their families; and the strength of the families is supported by the mentation of Repeal of 10 U.S.C. 654, due Dec. 1, and is still a lot they can accomplish. strength of the community; and the strength of the community ulti- expects to put the issue to a vote this week. “Since I learned I was able to ride a bike again, it has been my mately comes from the support of employers, educators, civic and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter dream to ride across the country,” said Hartzell. business leaders, and of course, its citizens,” said Donahue. R. Orszag expressed the Obama administration’s sup- The journey holds special significance for the riders, each one with The Sea to Shining Sea trek is a great opportunity for communities port for the proposed amendment in a May 24 letter a story of struggling to recover from their injuries and finding ways to across America to connect with our military-especially our wounded to its sponsors. cope with their new lives. warriors-and change the way the world perceives all athletes, said Do- Even if Congress passes the measure this week, Clay Rankin uses a special bike that lets him lie flat relieving the nahue. the policy would remain in effect until after the re- pressure on his back so he can pedal. “Since most riders are disabled veterans - many from Iraq and Af- FORT KNOX, Ky. (May 25, 2010) --, an Army blog previously limited view is completed and the president and military He said the adjustment to life after his injury was really difficult. ghanistan - the ride is providing Americans dramatic proof that dis- to Soldiers and civilian employees, is now open to anyone who wants to tell an Army leaders have certified that a policy change wouldn’t “Realizing that I always need someone to help me move around abled veterans can accomplish amazing feats most people dream story. threaten the military’s ability to carry out its missions, was not easy, but I get on my bike, and I am able to move, and I can about”, said Donahue. Launched in January 2008 by Army Accessions Command as a social media outreach defense officials explained. have that freedom again,” he said. The Sea to Shining Sea Bike Ride is sponsored by World TEAM effort, also has an updated look, easy-to-navigate layout, and “The proposed amendment will allow for com- After a spinal cord Injury in Iraq in 2003, Rankin said he needed Sports, a non-profit dedicated to changing the way the world perceives pletion of the comprehensive review, enable the greater integration with video and Facebook. two years to heal, but since then, he has worked as an advocate for athletes by creating sports opportunities for individuals of all abilities. Department of Defense to assess the results of the “Everyone connected to our Army is invited to visit and share review, and ensure that the implementation of the other wounded veterans. The riders will update their progress and write about their trip on the Rankin said the ride is an opportunity to shed light on the strug- their story,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, Army Accessions commander. “Your experi- repeal is consistent with standards of military readi- website ences - as a spouse, parent, grandparent, child or friend of our men and women in uniform ness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and re- - are invaluable to all Army supporters. We’re pleased to offer a program that brings these accessIons takes helm from armor at knox stories to life in an online platform that encourages conversation and participation.” tention,” Orszag wrote. The amendment also will guarantee that the de- As of the first week of May when the website relaunched, more than 160 Soldiers with partment “has prepared the necessary polices and By Maureen Rose backgrounds ranging from medical and human resources to legal and public affairs have regulations needed to successfully implement the Turret at Fort Knox written more than 860 blog posts. repeal,” he continued. “Furthermore, such an approach recognizes the FORT KNOX, Ky. (Army News Service, May 28, 2010) -- Fort Knox witnessed the One of those Soldiers is Staff Sgt. Genevieve Chase, a Reserve Soldier with the 301st Photo by Kellie Etheridge critical need to allow our military and their families last chapter of the Armor Center here, during a transfer of authority ceremony Military Intelligence Battalion. the full opportunity to inform and shape the imple- May 27. “Soldiers should join Army Strong Stories for a number of reasons, not the least of mentation process through a thorough understand- During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. James Milano, the Fort Knox commander and which is that the Army doesn’t always do the best job at telling its own story,” she said. ing of their concerns, insights and suggestions,” he 44th Chief of Armor, relinquished command of the installation to Lt. Gen. Benja- Online and in the media, the negative stories are always given a platform. Soldiers, every wrote. “The administration therefore supports the min Freakley, commander, U.S. Army Accessions Command. one of us, have some of the best stories to tell.” proposed amendment.” The Armor and Infantry centers will be abolished as separate entities and in- Born at Fort Campbell, Ky., and raised around and on military bases, Chase brings many Like Gates, the administration ideally would like corporated into the new Maneuver Center of Excellence. That new organization perspectives to her blogging: NCO, Afghanistan deployment veteran, female, and active- to see the Defense Department review completed will be located at Fort Benning, Ga. Accessions Commander Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, unfurls the Ac- duty and Reserve service. before Congress takes any legislative action, Orszag The U.S. Army Accessions Command, Cadet Command, and Human Resourc- cessions colors at the transfer of authority ceremony May 27 on Fort conceded. But recognizing that Congress has “cho- es Command, which are now in Virginia, will join the U.S. Army Recruiting Com- Knox, Ky. “Soldiers see things the average American never gets to see or experience. We’ve been sen to move forward now,” he said the administration mand at Fort Knox in order to consolidate the Army’s personnel managers under places and done things that 95 percent of Americans will never do or see,” Chase said. “We can support the proposed amendment. one roof and form the Human Resource Center of Excellence. learn to not take our liberties, our freedoms, our families, our lives for granted. Commu- Gates, who supports the law’s repeal, announced Maj. Gen. John Sterling, the ceremony host and deputy commander of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, said the Base Realignment nicating that experience to Americans can help narrow the gap between what they don’t in February that he had ordered a review to under- and Closure act changes are far-reaching, but none were more complex than the Fort Knox experience. know and what they should know about the military, Soldiers, and the world.” stand the implications of a possible repeal of the 17- “The face of the Army presence to the surrounding community changes, but all to the good,” Sterling assured the audience. “It will be a huge The service range of the contributors is wide. From Chase’s 10 year-old law. President Barack Obama has called on boon to the Army. Enormous synergy is created by the centers of excellence. Merging all the human resource elements at Fort Knox is a great idea. years, to Col. Congress to repeal the law. It puts us in a better position to manage our human capital and should yield huge benefits.” 12 • APR/MAY 2010 • 13
  • 8. Two hundred and thirty-five years ago, the United States Army was established to defend our Nation. From the Revolutionary War to the current operations taking place around the world, our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a deep commitment to our core values and beliefs. This 235th birthday commemorates America’s Army – Soldiers, Families and Civilians – who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong. Being Army Strong goes beyond physical endurance and mental preparedness. It encompasses an indomitable spirit, and high ethical and moral values. These are not only desirable traits in a person, but in a Nation that wishes to live up to the ideals and vision of its founders. We are “America’s Army: The Strength of the Nation.” June 14th 1175 - 2010