Spouse U.S. Army, class of 2015
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 Senior 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’s annual Spouse Project.
The Military Family Program is a graduate-level, complementary program offering spouses and USAWC students 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. Examples of their work are used by military spouses worldwide, e.g., the Company Commander's Spouse Battle Book. The 2014-2015 spouse group decided to create a multi-media product of written stories and videos about military family which are intended to humor, encourage, and inspire others.
From day one, spouses are invited to participate in USAWC activities so as to enhance your experience and your spouse’s student experience. Many of these events and activities are open to the whole family. 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, Chapel ice cream social/welcome, Spouses Club orientation & sign-up, County Info Fair, Downtown Carlisle's Welcome, and more. These early events are an 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.
No matter what you do, you’ll want to attend the Know Your World event sponsored by International families for their US colleagues. A beloved 50-plus year tradition is the Senior Citizens Holiday Socials with USAWC students and spouses.
Month by month, there are a wide range of choices for spouses to engage in your own interests: no cookie-cutter expectations for spouses, here.
Typically, the Military Family Program will offer classes like these: Dress for Success, Myers-Briggs for families, financial classes and income tax workshop, preparing for college financing, and caring for aging parents, among others.
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: participate in the FLAGS workshop offered twice in winter or, lead the Winter FLAGS workshops, using the skills honed during the preparatory train-the-trainer-style facilitator workshop in the fall.
Conversation & Culture is 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. ‘Unique’ is an over-used phrase but entirely true when describing the friendships made while apple-picking, for example, with Conversation & Culture.
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 2016 calendar of monthly events has yet to be scheduled. Popular events include the International Fellows’ Spouses Luncheon and Denim-to-Diamonds Auction (an evening event, couples invited, raising funds for scholarships and charity donations), among others. “Clubs-within-the-club” include the Touristas who enjoy group tours to destinations like the famous Philadelphia Flower Show (when you need it, in March), Gettysburg, etc.
Family, Morale, Welfare & Recreation (a Carlisle Barracks agency) plans activities that include the Practical, the Ridiculously Funny, and the Fun. A selection of MWR events: Babysitter course in September; Doggie Swim on the final pool day of the year; Color Run in the Fall, Christkindlmarkt German-style holiday craft fair; New Year’s Eve party at the Letort View Community Center; Mother’s Day and Graduation Day brunch at the club.
MWR sponsors Youth Sports – this could be the year to volunteer as your child’s coach.
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 questions and interests posed by the audience.
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 on the three Fitness Centers – and extends to a wide range of classes and pro guidance for your personal fitness program. 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.
The Army Wellness Center, on post, promotes healthy lifestyles and uses a range of measures to offer you a comprehensive look at your fitness and nutrition. Your personal assessment becomes the basis for customized suggestions and classes for a deeper dive into wellness. Your year at the Army War College provides you a great opportunity to address medical concerns and well-being at the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic and Army Wellness Center; to become more physically active though the fitness programs offered by MWR Fitness Centers, and to enhance your physical and mental performance with SLDR’s resiliency programs focused on senior leaders and their Spouses.
The Senior Leader Development and Resiliency Program and MWR have teamed to plan a yearlong program of fitness challenges – Strength for Wisdom Challenges -- to make it interesting, to mix it up, and to offer degrees of challenge in cardio and strength fitness. (See the graphic on the Academic page)
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.
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.