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Around Knox

  • VA updates Veterans Choice Program

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    In order to expand eligibility for the Veter-ans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it will change the calculation used to determine the distance between a veteran’s residence and the nearest VA medical facility from a straight line distance to driving distance. The policy change will be made through regulatory action in the coming weeks. The Veterans Choice Program was authorized by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Account-ability Act of 2014.

  • Army uses energy efficiency as tool to manage budget

    By J.D. LEIPOLD

    Army News Service

    Editor’s note: For information on Fort Knox’s net-zero ability and its energy conservation journey, see Solving Fort Knox's Energy Equation link.

    Katherine Hammack opened the Association of the U.S. Army’s “Hot Topics” forum on installation management, March 10, by telling the packed house about what she had recently testified before the House Appropriations Committee.

  • 3rd ESC Soldiers meet with pen pals

    By STAFF SGT. JUSTIN SILVERS

    3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

    For more than six months, children from Mrs. Karen Gonterman’s class wrote to their pen pals located half way around the globe. On March 20, the children had an opportunity to meet their pen pals face to face.

  • Tricare changes compound drug policy

    By ANDRE BUTLER

    Ireland Army Community Hospital

    Tricare will be making changes to its compound drug policy starting May 1.

    The agencies website outlines the changes to include a screening process for individual ingredients in compound drugs which is the procedure for all other prescriptions.

    “Express Scripts will electronically screen each ingredient to make sure Tricare covers it, the ingredient is safe and effective and if it doesn’t exceed the cost standard,” the website states.

  • A royal visit
  • Rushing for a good cause
  • ‘Soaking up’ Civil War history

    By CAPT. JO SMOKE
    Fort Knox PAO
    The Army adage “if it ain’t raining, we ain’t training” rang true for Fort Knox military leaders last week. With umbrellas at the ready, more than 45 Soldiers from five major installation commands donned their rain jackets Friday to travel 75 miles to Kentucky’s historic Perryville battlefield, which is named from a the Civil War skirmish in October 1862 at a time when the region was suffering from severe drought and scorching temperatures.

  • Exchange holding egg hunt contest with $3,000 in prizes

    By JULIE MITCHELL
    AAFES
    The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is encouraging shoppers worldwide to “hop to it” and take a crack at $3,000 in prizes.
    With the Patriot Family Easter Egg Hunt contest, shoppers can search for clues at their local Exchange and post the correct answers on the Exchange’s Facebook page contest tab at www.facebook.com/AAFES.BX.PX. Shoppers can pick up a clue map at their local Exchange or download one from www.shopmyexchange.com/patriot-family.

  • AAFES offering home makeover

    By JULIE MITCHELL
    AAFES
    The Army & Air Force Exchange Service knows that for Soldiers and Airmen, there truly is no place like home. With this in the mind, the Exchange is offering one lucky winner a home makeover valued at $18,000.
    The $18,000 Home Makeover giveaway is part of the Exchange’s “Because of You” program, a yearlong effort to recognize and reward service members for their sacrifice and dedication to our country.
    One grand-prize winner will receive:

  • Two CHHS teams qualify for world robotics competition in Louisville

    By JOHN WRIGHT
    Hardin County Schools Community Relations Specialist
    The VEX Robotics programs throughout the Hardin County Schools district continue to excel.
    Two Central Hardin High School teams have qualified for the VEX Robotics World Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, April 15-18. The teams qualified one week before the Kentucky State Competition by ranking in the top 30 world skill score rankings.