By MAUREEN ROSE
Gold Standard Acting Editor
Fort Knox will host its annual Retiree Appreciation Days Nov. 1 and 2 this year. The confab is a combination informational update, reunion and errand run all rolled into one due to the many services and knowledge shared during the two days.
According to Col. T.J. Edwards, the Fort Knox garrison commander, “The RAD is a total team effort by the Fort Knox Garrison Command.”
Together with the Retiree Council, Retirement Services Office and many others, Fort Knox will offer its stakeholders from six states—Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan—the chance to take care of necessary business, receive progress reports on the transformation of the installation and enjoy the day catching up with old friends and making new ones.
As usual, retirees will be able to receive their flu shots at the RAD, saving them the time and energy of going to the hospital clinic for the immunizations. In addition, pneumonia vaccine and shingles vaccine will be available for the appropriate group meeting medical criteria. The Medical Activity from Ireland Army Community Hospital will offer vision and glaucoma screenings, blood pressure and cholesterol checks, smoking cessation information, balance and strength testing among other services.
For those who need to renew military ID cards, that process will be available at the One Stop center on post. To ensure speedy processing, appointments for ID cards can be made online by visiting https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/appointment but appointments are not required.
Many other information booths will be set up at the Saber & Quill to supply advice and guidance on wills, powers of attorney and notaries and more. New this year is an opportunity to shred old personal documents that contain confidential information. The Recycling Center—manning the shredders—reminds retirees that items may not contain plastic, binder rings, alligator or paper clips and this offer only extends to paper documents, not newspapers or magazines.
The day isn’t just about completing chores, either. The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate is offering retirees a 25 percent discount at all of its food and recreation outlets, like Lindsey Golf Course, Houston Bowling Center, Anderson Aquatics Center, and French Shooting Club. The Exchange and commissary will both be offering specials, giveaways and promotions.
Luncheon will be offered at the S&Q, but retirees may also wish to take advantage of lunch at the Landing Zone, the Exchange’s Food Court, or MEDDAC’s dining facility, which was named the best dining facility in the Army’s Medical Command last year.
Retirees will want to check out the new interactive exhibits at the newly-rededicated Gen. George S. Patton Museum and see the progress on the World War II barracks restoration.
Due to the ongoing financial uncertainty, there is a possibility the RAD might be cancelled if no federal budget has been approved by the end of October. Dwight Billingsley, the retiree services officer, advises retirees to monitor the Fort Knox home page on the Internet as well as signing up for the retiree bulletin. All those on the e-mailing list will be notified of a cancellation.
The Fort Knox retiree bulletin is no longer distributed by postal mailings due to the expense. To receive the bulletin—as well as any last minute changes—Billingsley said retirees may sign up at email@example.com.
The U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox commander, Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith, said this is “virtually a one-stop shop” experience of support for retirees, especially for those who may come from as far away as Michigan, which is part of the geographic area supported by Fort Knox.
The opening ceremony will be Nov. 1 at 8:30 a.m. and events will continue through 4 p.m. Nov. 2 events
will be 8:30 a.m. to noon.
“This is Fort Knox laying out the red carpet,” said Retiree Council Chairman Mike Weaver. “Make plans to attend.”