Charles D. Allen

Charles D. Allen

Opinion contributor Col. Charles D. Allen (U.S. Army, ret’d) is a professor of Leadership and Cultural Studies in the School of Strategic Land Power at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. His work appears frequently on the Capital-Star’s Commentary Page.


My reflections on the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg | Charles D. Allen  

By: - July 4, 2023

Let us strive on to finish the work we are in. 


Through a visitor’s eyes: What you say when you fly confederate colors in Pa. | Charles D. Allen

By: - May 17, 2023

North of the Mason-Dixon, it's more difficult to claim 'Heritage, not Hate,' a visiting military officer observed.   

A snapping turtle crossing a highway.

What an encounter with a snapping turtle taught me about my own family | Charles D. Allen

By: - April 5, 2023

We must stay vigilant, work with others, and provide help when necessary. Sometimes that is all we can do.


Black History Month 2023: How far Black soldiers have come — and the road ahead | Charles D. Allen

By: - February 8, 2023

The true story of three officers who persevered as patriots in service to the nation. Remember them.

Martin Luther King Selma March

Dr. King’s ‘Road Ahead’ — and what it means to one Pa. community | Charles D. Allen

By: - January 16, 2023

Our commemoration committee invites you to be part of this celebration as we seek to unite our Carlisle Community in truth and love.

Replica of the United States Bill of Rights (Getty Images).

Freedom and democracy in America 2022. What it means. Why we guard it | Charles D. Allen

By: - November 24, 2022

To believe in the American democracy requires us to act to address all forms of injustice within our nation.


What will the next generation of military leaders learn from our years of upheaval? | Opinion

By: - June 15, 2022

From the pandemic to Jan. 6 and the Ukraine War, there has been no shortage of lessons.