☷Reserve Component orientation previews the Carlisle Experience
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Brig . Gen . Janeen Birckhead , Deputy Commanding General Reserve Affairs , welcomed the group on the first day of their orientation , April 6 , Birckhead is dual hatted , serving also as the Maryland Assistant Adjutant General – Army . A three - day orientation at Carlisle Barracks introduced 57 Reserve and Guard officers and their spouses to the services offered here . Current students , in the class of 2022 , sat down with incoming students for candid , first person perspectives about what to expect - - academic , social , community , sports , housing , and more . Brig . Gen . Janeen Birckhead , Deputy Commanding General Reserve Affairs , welcomed the group on the first day of their orientation , April 6 , Birckhead is dual hatted , serving also as the Maryland Assistant Adjutant General – Army . “Congratulations on the next journey of your career and being selected to attend the Army War College , ” said Birckhead . “Attending here , you will develop lifelong friends , lifelong contacts you will use throughout your career . “I encourage you to study , contemplate , create a synergy of ideas and consider our Army and your service for the future . “What got you here will not get you there , ” she said , about readiness for future responsibilities . “The War College curriculum builds upon your career of experience and professionalism . Grow and broaden from what you will learn here . Take this time to improve your reading , writing , critical thinking , and communicating skills , ” she said . Dean Edward Kaplan of the Army War College also touched on the curriculum . “Overall , your curriculum is challenging , ” said Dean Kaplan . “What we have been working for as we develop our curriculum is to go from “one size fits all curriculum” to one that is tailorable . We will offer you many ways to measure yourself to develop and tailor your education program , ” he said . The orientation provided information about housing , local schools , TRICARE , and child and youth services . “We have never done anything like this , ” said Tara Dukes , spouse of incoming student Lt . Col . Brian Dukes of the Oregon National Guard . “It is all exciting . Coming to the orientation was very beneficial for me , to see the post and the campus . ” “Being able to hear from other spouses and their perspectives during spouse group meeting was very valuable . For someone that has never moved their tips about when movers come from those who have done it several times , it was nice to hear what they had to say . They also discussed the many things offered for spouses , FLAGS , and the different classes and activities , ” she said . For most reserve and guard officers , military careers do not require the regular changes of station that make moving a routine event for active military families . “I am happy to have been chosen . It is exciting , ” said Army Reserve Col . Garold Sherlock . “In the process of reaching out to the service components , they assigned me with an AGR mentor in academic year ‘22 . There is so much value in the orientation . To bring us in , the compo 2 and 3 individuals , to talk us through things and identify that there are differences , for instance , most people here have never PCS’d , ” he said “That we can come together as a community , we are now communicating with each other , creating an internal network - - I cannot say enough good things about the orientation . “The orientation has been a class act all the way through , ” said Sherlock . The orientation includes 24 officers from the Army Reserve and National Guard , four Air Force Reserve and Air Guard OFFICERS , and one Navy Reservist . In August 2022 , they join the Army War College class of 2023 , including 80 international officers , 247 active service officers , from all U . S . military branches , and 24 civil agency students who will make up the class of 2023 .
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