Nowhere does the military mission so closely integrate spouses with a range of opportunities to select from and enhance your personal interests, professional development, fitness, resiliency, and social networking. In fact, the Military Family Program sponsored by the Strategic Leader Development and Resiliency Program, is wholly focused on programs, classes, and workshops for spouses whose voices help shape the program offerings and the Military Family Program optional annual project.
MFP is a graduate level, complementary program that will offer the student and his/her spouse a range of educational opportunities and experiences to develop skills, talents, and abilities to more effectively address personal and professional challenges. [Each year, a group of interested spouses conceive and develop a spouse-to-spouse book, video or web product, with MFP assistance, e.g., the Company Commander's Spouse Battle Book and, this year, an update of popular past MFP products available online and used by military spouses worldwide.]
From day one, spouses (and often, families) are encouraged to participate in USAWC activities so as to enhance your experience and your student's experience. Check the First 30 Days section of this web site to see the layered schedule of icebreakers and orientations for student AND spouse: seminar icebreaker, Convocation & Coffee, Chapel ice cream social/welcome, Spouses Club orientation & sign-up, County Info Fair, Downtown Carlisle's Welcome, and more. These early events are an important investment in your network of fellow spouses and friends.
Army War College student spouses can audit USAWC courses (when space is available and faculty member agrees), sit in on open Bliss Hall lectures, and become familiar with much of the curriculum offerings. A wealth of events and activities that are designed to complement the students' curriculum are open to family members.
The month-by-month calendar below suggests the span of activities. Military Family Program activities, in black, are scheduled. A renowned Military Family Program is FLAGS: Facilitating, Leadership and Group Skills is a one-week workshop to refine skills in leading, guiding, and supporting work in groups. FLAGS helps participants develop skills for working with community groups, volunteer groups, and professional groups. There are two ways to participate in FLAGS: as a participant in workshop offered twice in Winter, or as a facilitator for the Winter workshops with a preparatory train-the-trainer-style facilitator workshop in the Fall. Conversation & Culture events, in blue, reflect the ay2014 schedule; this year's schedule will be similarly designed as a series of events, trips, and classes to introduce the spouses of international officers – the International Fellows – to American culture and to share their own with each other and with you: it's educational, informal, supportive, and fun. The Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club is open to all who seek any of the following: fun, charitable efforts, learn something new, meet new people, find an interest group, and more. The Spouses Club actual 2015 schedule has yet to be scheduled but the listing here, in green, gives good idea of what may lie ahead.
CBSC International Fellows Spouses' Welcome Tea
Downtown Carlisle: SummerFair events for all around town for the long Independence Day weekend.
Downtown Carlisle: Farmer's Market on the Square Wednesday afternoons throughout Summer … and, First Friday events vary Summer-long to entice you to get to know all that downtown offers
MFP Dress for Success presentation, in Zero Week
Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club sign-up
Post Chapel Ice Cream Social ('ice' breaker)
MWR Leisure Travel will offer bus trips to destinations of fun, interest, shopping and tourist value
MWR Babysitter Course
Otto Kroger presents: Understanding MBTI for you and your family (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
C&C Visits to B&B Grocery and Meadowbrooke Gourds, Mennonite Church, Beulah's Gardens …. Tour the Pennsylvania Governor's Mansion and State Capitol … apple-picking at Bremer Farm … American Fall traditions
MFP - FLAGS interest meeting
CBSC Game Show luncheon
MFP Financial Series (Sep-Oct)
FLAGS Facilitator Training (4 weeks, Sep-Oct)
MFP Caring for Aging Parents, Part I
MWR Doggie Swim at the post pool – your dog will love the final pool day of the year
MFP Caring for Aging Parents, Part II
C&C Shopping mall trip … Milton Hershey School and Hershey Outlets … Time Traveler Trunks and "Know Your World" preview … Visit the US Naval Academy … learn to play BUNCO
CBSC "History and Legends" luncheon
MFP College Financing, presented by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, one of the nation's leading student aid organizations
CBSC Denim-to-Diamonds Auction, evening event, couples invited, charity fundraising
"Know Your World" event for all IF and American families & friends
C&C Thanksgiving lunch at Quarters One … Visit Cumberland County Historical Society and History on High
Commandant's Reception at Quarters One
Senior Citizens Holiday Socials with USAWC Students
Holiday Crafts … visit Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet …. King of Prussia Mall …. Holiday Social at Quarters One
CBSC Annual Dessert Auction (funds this year were donated to Philippine hurricane relief efforts)
MWR Christkindlmarkt German-style holiday craft fair – and Santa Brunch, at the club (LVCC)
MFP FLAGS: 1 week workshop in peer-to-peer skills development in Facilitation, Leadership And Group Skills – priority for participation goes to USAWC resident student spouses (choose 1 of 2: last week in Jan or last week in Feb)
Country Presentations … IF Luncheon Menu Tasting
CBSC Army Wellness Center presentation & luncheon
MFP Income Tax workshop
Country Presentations … Introducing: Bingo … Trip to the Pennsylvania Garden Expo
CBSC Bingo luncheon
MFP FLAGS: (choose 1 of 2: last week of Jan or last week of Feb) 1 week workshop in peer-to-peer skills development in Facilitation, Leadership And Group Skills – priority for participation goes to USAWC resident student spouses
International fellows Spouses' Luncheon
CBSC Touristas to Philadelphia Flower Show and Reading Market
MFP Advanced FLAGS
CBSC Girls' Night Out, evening event
CBSC Touristas to Gettysburg
MPF FLAGS Design Workshop (early April)
MFP Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar is a three-day workshop and mentorship forum attended by senior level spouses and Carlisle Barracks spouses
CBSC Outreach & Scholarship luncheon (includes $15,000 in scholarships for members only)
CBSC "KenDucky" Derby on the Letort Spring Run
MFP Resiliency in Children presentation
MFP Student Spouse Party
Mother's Day Brunch at LVCC
Perspective in Military History are military history presentations offered monthly in the evening, and open to all who love history and learning. Kleber Readings invite prominent authors of history to share from a recent publication and discuss audience questions.
The archives of the Army Heritage and Education Center are available for research: military history topics, unit histories, and genealogical research. And, there are unique volunteer opportunities.
From walking paths to running club and biking club… from treadmills to TRX workouts with professional guidance … from zumba classes to free weights … tennis courts, racquetball, bowling, golf, swimming – these are part of the Fitness Campus of Carlisle Barracks, packing more than you would guess into 500 or so square miles of this pretty, compact post that's more like a campus than a military base. The Fitness Campus is centered around the three Fitness Centers but the reality extends to a wide range of classes and pro guidance for your personal fitness program.
The Army Wellness Center, on post, uses a range of measures to offer you a comprehensive look at your fitness and nutrition – with customized suggestions and classes available to you for a deeper dive into wellness. The Strategic Leader Development Program & Fitness Campus have teamed to plan a yearlong program of fitness challenges – the Strength for Wisdom Challenges -- to make it interesting, to mix it up, and to offer degrees of challenge in cardio and strength fitness. All the fitness equipment, classes, and professional guidance are fully available to spouses. Special hours at the Grandstand Fitness Center are set aside for women-only workouts.
Volunteer activities offer meaningful work and resume additions. The Volunteer Coordinator with Army Community Service (ACS) can explain options across the post, from historical services to Youth Sports coaching Scout leadership, Red Cross volunteer work, and more. The FLAGS program is an investment in skills for a future work environment.
Contact Jeff Hanks at ACS, 717.245.HELP, for an insider's look at job opportunities in the area.
Protestant Women of the Chapel invite all women to attend PWOC, scheduled every Thursday morning, with child care provided, to sing, pray, study and serve the community. Evening Bible studies are offered. Adult choir meets Thursday evenings to prepare for Sunday 11 a.m. worship services.
Catholic Women of the Chapel offers friendship and faith for women of the parish, meeting first Friday mornings for rosary, Mass and a program. CWOC offers faith-enriching events, Bible study and pilgrimages to a basilica, monastery or special place of interest.