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  • Fire Department, Knox Hills supporting Fire Prevention Week

    By DOUG BANKSTON

    Fort Knox Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention

    Fire Prevention Week dates back to the Great Chicago Fire of, Oct. 9, 1871. This tragic fire resulted in the deaths of more than 250 people, as well as leaving 100,000 people homeless, and burned more than 2,000 acres in a 72-hour period. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day Proclamation and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week is observed the Sunday through Saturday that encompassed this historical date.

  • Historic fires spark safety observance

    Fort Knox Fire Department

    Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began Oct. 8, 1871, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871.

  • Fire Prevention Week

    By MARVIN GUNDERSON

    Fort Knox Fire Chief

    When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? A year ago?

    If you’re like many people, you may not even remember. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of U.S. households that they’re often taken for granted, and aren’t tested and maintained as they should.

    However, working smoke alarms are a critical fire safety tool that can mean the difference between life and death in a home fire.

  • Flight commander recognized for leadership

    By STAFF SGT. JUSTIN SILVERS and MAJ. JARED AUCHEY

    3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

    Brig. Gen. Donnie Walker Jr., commanding general of 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), recognized Air Force Capt. Nick Burke, flight commander with 17th Airlift Squadron based out of Charleston, South Carolina, and his crew during a coin presentation Sept. 25 at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

    Burke was recognized for his leadership in coordinating the movement of retrograde equipment out of Afghanistan.

  • Knox sets bar high for cemetery maintenance

    By CATRINA FRANCIS

    Gold Standard Senior Staff Writer

    catrina.s.francis2.civ@mail.mil

    When a loved one dies, visiting the deceased in the cemetery is sometimes a form of closure for those left behind, but a 2011 mix up at Arlington National Cemetery changed that for those who had no idea where some of their loved ones were buried.

  • Sense of community helps combat loneliness

    By CHAPLAIN (CAPT.) MATTHEW OLIVER

    Medical Recruiting Brigade

    School is back in session. Summer is officially behind us. Halloween candies and decorations are in the stores. Football season is at hand. Before you know it the holiday season will be upon us. Where does the time go? Most of us are living such busy lives that time quickly slips away from us.

  • Tricare covers flu vaccine

    Tricare

    To prepare for the fall school year and the holiday season, Tricare beneficiaries can protect their families by using Tricare’s vaccine benefit. Vaccines lower the chances of catching serious diseases and reduce long-term health care costs. That’s why it’s good news Tricare is covering more vaccine claims than ever.

    One of the most contagious and common viruses during winter is the flu. Getting the flu vaccine protects you and those around you who are at higher risk from the flu, such as children, older adults and pregnant women.

  • Exchange hosts Prescription Take Back Day

    By CATRINA FRANCIS

    Gold Standard Senior Staff Writer

    catrina.s.francis2.civ@mail.mil

    For a second time this year, the Fort Knox Army Substance Abuse Program sponsored a successful Prescription Take Back Day, which coincided with the national event, Saturday in the lobby of the Main Exchange.

    Sue Lowrie, an ASAP prevention coordinator, said 133 pounds, which equated to 15 boxes, of expired and unused medications were collected.

  • New SJA aims to continue office excellence

    By LYNSIE DICKERSON

    Gold Standard Staff Writer

    lynsie.m.dickerson.ctr@mail.mil

    There is a new face in the Staff Judge Advocate office on Fort Knox—Col. Eugene Bowen, who has been serving as the Staff Judge Advocate on post since July.

  • AROUND KNOX

    Fort Knox Army Wellness Center opens next week

    IRACH PAO

    The Public Health Command and Ireland Army Community Hospital leadership will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. for the grand opening of the Fort Knox Army Wellness Center.

    Army Wellness Centers are a U.S. Army Medical Command initiative that supports the Army Ready and Resilient and Patient-Centered Medical Home initiatives. The Army Wellness Center Operations Program is managed by Public Health Command.