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The U.S. military increased the threat level Friday at installations across North America including Carlisle Barracks.

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Carlisle Barracks will host its 42nd annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at various locations on post.

The event features a variety of presentations and information sessions throughout the day for retiree ID card holders, said Thomas Zimmerman, post public affairs officer.

“Retirees and their families are a vital part of the Army family,” he said. “We truly believe every retiree is a soldier for life and that it’s important for us to keep them informed.”

Being the only active duty military installation in the area, Carlisle Barracks provides services to about 24,000 retirees in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. This includes about 4,000 retirees living in Cumberland County, according to Jack Lentz, post retirement services officer.

Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m. There will be a keynote address at 9:20 a.m. by Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College commandant. There will be a mini-health screening all day in the Root Hall gym and a TRICARE representative will be available in Reynolds Theater to answer questions.

There will be briefings during the day on health care, legal issues, Veterans Affairs benefits and updates on commissary and Post Exchange projects. Tables will be set up in the Root Hall gym where retirees and their families can talk one-on-one with experts on topics that include local veterans’ organizations, voting assistance and health programs.

The Dunham pharmacy will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 8. Commissary hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while Post Exchange hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Below is an event schedule:

ID cards: Anne Ely Hall, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dunham Army Health Clinic briefing, 10:10 a.m.

TRICARE briefings (TRICARE-FOR-LIFE, Bliss Hall; Under-65, Reynolds Theater): 10:45 a.m.

Retiree council presentation: 1:05 p.m.

Exchange and commissary updates: 1:20 p.m.

Legal briefing: 1:50 p.m.

Veterans Affairs benefits briefing: 2:05 p.m.

Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com

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