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Today's News

  • SMA Preston visits Knox ROTC cadets

    By MARIANNE HALE

    Eastern Region ROTC

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston joined Leaders Training Course Cadets of Company A, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment Tuesday in Haszard Auditorium to talk about the Army now and the Army of the future, of which the cadets will be a part.

    “We are growing future leaders for the Army of ten years from now,” Preston said.

    Preston addressed cadets’ Army-related concerns and explained why the American soldier is the “cream of our society.”

  • Sustainment Command Soldiers receive combat patches

    By SPC. MICHAEL BEHLIN

    3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

    Third Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Soldiers officially marked their deployment to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, July 15 by receiving their combat patch, which signifies wartime service during a ceremony here.

    Brig. Gen. Michael Lally, commander of the 3d ESC, presided over the ceremony as the “Sustainers” officially became a part of history by receiving the 3d ESC shoulder insignia.

  • New law designed to boost safety for children

    By Catrina Francis

    Turret staff writer

    According to www.wndu.com/home/headlines, studies shows that 90 percent of children between the ages of four and eight who are injured in auto accidents are not restrained in a booster seat.

    To help combat this growing problem, Gov. Steve Beshear signed Kentucky Revised Statute 189.125 into legislation a new child booster seat law that went into effect July 15. The new law is being phased in over the next year.

  • Leadership directs more changes in WTU

    Office of the Surgeon General U.S. Army Medical Command

    To preserve its primary focus on wounded and severely injured Soldiers, the Army moved to increase staffing of its Warrior Transition Units, streamline the disability evaluation process, and revise WTU admission criteria to reflect a priority on Soldiers requiring intensive case management.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Smith rides off into the sunset after 33 years

    By Ally Burtner

    Turret Staff Writer

    After 33 years of service in the Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Otis Smith will be retiring tomorrow. He has been the Armor Center’s Command Sergeant Major which for three years. But before he leaves he took a few minutes for an interview with the Turret.

    Q: What made you want to join the Army?

  • Compact designed to ease education burden

    By RYAN BRUS

    Public Affairs Office

    Fort Knox officials and families visited Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear in Frankfort July 16 to thank the state of Kentucky for signing into law a compact that will ease the burden military children face as they move from school to school due to their parents’ military obligations.

    On April 10, Kentucky became the second state to sign into law the Compact on Education Transition for Military Children, which aims to streamline the course content and graduation requirements among participant states. 

  • Soldiers die in motorcycle wrecks

    U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

    Accidents for the week of June 20-26

    A Soldier was killed in a motorcycle accident June 21 at approximately 7 p.m. in Fort Riley, Kan. The Soldier was operating a 2002 Suzuki GSX-R600 at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the motorcycle and hit the perimeter fence. The Soldier was licensed, wearing the required personal protective equipment and had completed an Army-approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation course.    

  • All-terrain vehicle riding presents unique hazards

    Commonwealth of Kentucky

    Monday, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo took the lead in the promotion of All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety statewide by completing his ATV certification training at the ATV Safety Institute in Knott County.

  • McKinley an uphill climb for Soldiers

    By DAVID BEDARD

    Army News Service

    Two officers from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, reached the 20,320-foot Mount McKinley summit May 17, despite some debilitating challenges during various stages of the expedition.

    The first major challenge for expedition leader and UH-60 Black Hawk pilot Capt. Keelan McNulty was finding a partner to accompany him on the arduous trek. He said he planned for three years to make the climb by taking a mountaineering course at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, buying equipment and training.

  • Hot, humid two-a-days kick off 2008 Eagle season

    By JOHN NEVILLE

    Turret Sports Editor

    The Knox High Eagles’ 2008 football season officially began Tuesday as the team took to the practice facilities behind McAdams Field early in the morning.

    Any player thinking the first official day was going to be fun and games was mistaken. Line coaches Harold Fass and Conrad Garcia were trying to get the big men to aggressively explode from the three-point stance, dodge a blocker, and pursue the ball carrier. Some did it right, and some didn’t.