Director's Letter - October 2015

With brisk mornings and leaves just starting to change, it must be October in central Pennsylvania! Time for corn mazes, pumpkin carving and apple picking. Having spent time across the country, there is certainly no better time to be in PA than in the fall. There is so much to see and do, it can be difficult to get it all in just before winter sets in. Family and MWR is here to help you experience it all!
What better way to experience fall at Carlisle Barracks than to join us for the Annual Oktoberfest! This year’s Oktoberfest will be held Thursday-Sunday, October 8-11 at The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. There will be fun for all ages with a terrific music line up of live-local entertainment. No Oktoberfest would be complete without the Happy Wanderers Oomph Band. Please come out and join the Family and MWR team celebrating live-local entertainment and tons of food! A full schedule of entertainment, games and tapping of the Official War College MWR Brew. We will once again host the crowd loving competitions such as the Hot Dog Eating Contest, Kids Apple Pie Eating Contest, Keg Toss, Stein Holding Contest, Sauerkraut Eating Contest and even the Wife Carrying Contest. We hope to see you there!

October is also the March For The Fallen, Saturday, October 10. It is a community event hosted by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Training Center, Fort Indiantown Gap. This event is held to honor the memory of all that have fallen in the defense of our Nation. The March For The Fallen is a march that consists of a 28 mile Path to Honor, 14 mile Hawk Watch Challenge, and a 5K and 1K Kids Honor Run to honor those who have fallen. This year is also the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. All proceeds from registrations benefit Service Members, Veterans and Family Programs. Come out and support our troops and those who have fallen in honor.

If you are looking for places to go this October, our facilities here on Post offer a variety of trips and tours around the area. Leisure Travel Services has a Disney on Ice Tickets available which is sure to please all ages. For you New York City explorers, a trip planned to the Statue of Liberty is at the end of the month and they also have Radio City “Rockettes” Christmas Show tickets available for purchase. Outdoor Recreation also has trips planned for those who love the outdoors. There are half day bike rides, kayaking trips to explore the beautiful scenery and even a day hiking trip with lunch provided. Spending time with your family is important to us in MWR and we love being able to plan trips for the whole family to enjoy. Making memories for your family is what we do!

Looking for ways to improve your community and services? The Army Family Action Plan is the Army’s primary tool to communicate to leaders issues of importance to Soldiers, Retirees, Family Members and Civilians. This gives leaders different perspectives of adjustments and improvements that will improve recruitment, retention and work-life satisfaction. You can submit issues at any time to the Army Community Service’s website at or give them a call, they are always willing to help! ACS is also seeking volunteers for a one day workshop in November to serve as delegates, recorders, facilitators, subject matter experts and event planners. Please call the Army Community Service AFAP Coordinator at 717-245-4357 to volunteer today

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