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Command Message

  • Chairman talks dollars, sense

    By GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    I spent last week on Capitol Hill with our Secretary of Defense. The questions about our defense budget were tough—as they ought to be. The stakes are high.
    There are no easy answers in cutting $487 billion from the budget, but we’re not the first generation to face difficult budget challenges. We’ll figure it out. The nation’s counting on us.

  • Gift highlights freedom of religion in U.S.

    By DAVID HARTMANN
    VAntage Point
    infidel — in – fi- del [in-fi-dl, -del] —-(in Muslim use) a person who does not accept the Islamic faith
    It’s really not derogatory at its basest meaning. One of my favorite quotes from my whole tour was when Wahid, one of my regular interpreters, said at the end of a particularly long day, “You know, you guys are good infidels, I like you.”

  • Fort Knox Turret signing off

    By COL. BRUCE JENKINS
    Fort Knox Garrison Commander

  • Customer service priority for garrison

    By COL. BRUCE JENKINS
    Garrison Commander
    Taking command of Fort Knox Garrison six months ago marked my first assignment at this installation. In the past, garrison commanders here were Armor officers, and thus, already had a familiarity with Fort Knox. So, my basis for getting a gauge on the installation and how its garrison services stacked up was to compare among the installations at which I’ve served numerous times—Fort Bragg, N.C., Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Fort Lewis, Wash., Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Carlisle Barracks, Penn., and several others.

  • Lt. Gen. Freakley bids Knox farewell

    By BRIAN LEPLEY
    Public Affairs Office
    At a discontinuation ceremony Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley bids farewell to Fort Knox as commanding general of U.S. Army Accessions Command and Fort Knox.
    The first part of this interview begins with Lt. Gen Freakley discussing his military experiences during his career, and his work with Accessions Command. The second half of the interview will cover his time at Fort Knox.
    Q. What inspired you to join the military in the first place?

  • Top 10 highlights of 2011 for military Families—end of Iraq war leads

    By ELAINE SANCHEZ
    American Forces Press Service
    It’s that time of year when top 10 lists seem to proliferate across nearly every web and news page in the nation, proclaiming everything from the best movies and TV shows to the most memorable photos and celebrities of the year.
    Since I find it tough to encapsulate a year’s worth of information into a tidy list, I typically steer away from the concept. However, this was such a momentous year for military Families that I decided it was time to hop on the list-making bandwagon.

  • IMCOM improves quality of life

    By LT. GEN. RICK LYNCH
    IMCOM Commander
    When I took command of the Installation Management Command in November 2009, we set out to validate that we were doing the right things and doing things right, and to find better ways of doing business.
    This self-evaluation was particularly important at the time, as the Army was focused on finding the right kinds and levels of support for Soldiers and Families stressed by repeated and extended deployments.

  • Duke Brigade lives Veterans Day

    By COL. CHRISTOPHER TONER
    Commander,
    3rd Bde. Combat Team

  • November pays homage to military’s unsung heroes

    By ELAINE SANCHEZ
    American Forces Press Service
    Tuesday marked the first day of Military Family Appreciation Month. In honor of the occasion, I created a Top 10 list of the qualities I most appreciate about military Families.
    Ten qualities hardly seem enough to encompass the amazing service and sacrifice of our nation’s military Families, but I figured it’s a start.
    What I most appreciate about military Families:

  • Change of season doesn’t deter TF Duke

    By COL. CHRIS TONER
    Commander of 3-1 Bde.
    This October marks our tenth month of being deployed. Incidentally, October also represents the month on the calendar when insurgent activity across eastern Afghanistan has traditionally declined. Regardless of what the enemy chooses to do as winter approaches, what is certain is that Soldiers of Task Force Duke will never let up until our job is done. During our remaining weeks here we intend to finish strong, and hand the mission over to our replacements without either of us having to break stride.