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Today's News

  • Blind, visually impaired vets to compete

    The United States Association of Blind Athletes

    The United States Association of Blind Athletes, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Service, the Blinded Veterans Association, and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, is extending an invitation for blind and visually impaired service members and veterans to participate in the USABA National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 22-28.

  • Jim Beam donates $175K to Operation Homefront

    By SAMANTHA QUIGLEY

    American Forces Press Service

    With symbolic glasses raised on high, Jim Beam distillery in Clermont, Ky., near Bardstown about 30 miles from Fort Knox, offered a toast to U.S. service members and their families with a $175,000 donation to Operation Homefront.

    Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to the nation’s troops, to the families they leave

    behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home.

  • DoDDS-Europe team gives up soccer title after drug violations

    By RUSTY BRYAN

    Stars and Stripes

    European Edition

    Black Forest Academy has relinquished its boys soccer championship after it was found that two of its players violated the DODDS-Europe substance abuse policy.

    As a result, SHAPE has been awarded the 2008 Division II boys title.

    BFA defeated SHAPE 3-2 in overtime of the championship game May 24.

  • Around Knox

    Recruiting Command hosting

    Army birthday celebration

    U.S. Army Recruiting Command

    Brig. Gen. David Mann, the deputy commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, is hosting an Army Birthday celebration at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

    On Flagg Field in front of the Recruiting Command Headquarters on Third Avenue.

    The ceremony, which will include a reenlistment and reaffirmation of oaths, will be followed by a Friends of Recruiting Association fundraiser barbecue.

    For more information, call 626-0773.

    USAREC deputy command

  • Language Web site launched

    By LISA BURGESS

    Stars and Stripes

    Mideast Edition

    Is the Iraqi contractor you are talking to a Sunni or a Shiite?

    Knowing that might make a life-or-death difference, but how? He’s not wearing a sign.

    His name is a clue, according to a Web site set up by the Defense Department’s Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center: If his first name is Bakir, he’s probably a Sunni. If it’s Haydar, he’s likely to be Shiite.

  • Army Family Covenant big plus on Knox

    By KELLIE ETHERIDGE

    Turret Staff Writer

    kellie.etheridge@us.army.mil

    If the Army wanted you to have a family, it would have issued you one.

    That statement, a staple from Army commanders and first sergeants of prior decades, is no longer heard. In fact, the family is an integral part of Army life, thanks to the Army Family Covenant.

  • Fort Knox Community Schools

    Now is the time

    for school physicals

    Families with Tricare Prime-enrolled children entering kindergarten through the 12th grade can avoid the end-of-summer rush by booking school physicals now at Ireland Army Community Hospital.

    Parents should bring in school-required medical forms, including sports physical forms, if needed. Note that all MWR youth sports and fitness activities require a sports physical.

    Immunizations will be offered, so bring your child’s immunizations records to your school physical appointment.

  • Bell’s career ends where it began

    By MAUREEN ROSE

    Turret Associate Editor

    maureen.rose@us.army.mil

    After 39 years of active military service, Gen. Burwell B. Bell retired Monday from the Army to civilian life in Ooltewah, Tenn.

    He and his wife, Katie Bell, were both born and raised in eastern Tennessee and look forward to returning to their

    “neck of the woods.”

  • Around the Force

    DoD decides to keep

    Baumholder open

    Stars and Stripes, European Edition

    Baumholder stays.

    U.S. Army Europe is “pleased to confirm that the U.S. Department of Defense has added Baumholder to the enduring base list for Europe,” officials said Wednesday in a press release.

    The decision to keep the base open despite Army Transformation plans has been eagerly anticipated for years, and was championed by USAREUR officials, U.S. European Command officials and the local German government.

  • Sports can remind us of our mortality

    By JOHN NEVILLE

    Turret Sports Editor

    We are reminded daily of our mortality, and our sports are just another mirror. We grow up with players, commentators, radio, television, movies, and the rest of the culture. As we watch it age, we pause and check our stopwatch to see where we’re at in our game.

    Here’s a short list of just some mile markers that appear from time to time.