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Commentaries

  • ‘Three Cups of Tea,’ a hot pepper lead to mission success

    By CAPT. CARLA GETCHELL

    133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    With March being Women’s His-tory month kentuckyguard.com is publishing a series of stories cele-brating Kentucky women and the roles they played in our military history. Following is one such story:

  • Cybercrimes target service members

    By SPECIAL AGENT MONTE STEPHENS
    Air Force Office of Special Investigations
    Cybercrime is the fastest growing and most dynamic area of crime. Ever-increasing reliance on cyber technology is allowing criminals to operate with virtual impunity across a range of criminal activities and jurisdictions.

  • ID theft causes multiple problems

    By CATRINA FRANCIS
    Gold Standard Senior Staff Writer
    We all know there are a few constants in life and one of them is taxes. But identity theft isn’t one of those constants.
    A few years ago I found what I thought was a more efficient way of doing taxes from the comfort of my home. I began using Turbo Tax because it was accessible from my PC and it was cost effective.

  • Camaraderie in military changes definition of ‘friendship’

    Lisa Smith Molinari

    Navy wife, mom and author, meatandpotatoesoflife.com

    What makes a true friend?

    We could wax philosophic on the issue, carefully tempering real life accounts with the well-researched results of valid clinical studies of human behavior and sociology.

    Or, we could just Google it.

  • Salute to female trailblazers’ lasting mark in American history

    By CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH LYDDANE

    138th Field Artillery Brigade

    There are many reasons why every year in March the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom (Canada in October) reserve a full month of recognition to celebrate women. Among them are the many contributions made by females that have impacted the world.

  • Safety should be priority, mission should take second place

    By AIR FORCE CAPT. DAVID LIAPIS
    92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
    A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life.

  • Snow days provide unique Family time

    By LISA SMITH MOLINARI
    Navy wife, mom and author; meatandpotatoesoflife.com
    At the time, I thought it was a good idea. At the time, I thought it would be fun. At the time, I thought it would make me look like Mother of the Year.
    Yes, at the time.
    My brain must’ve been frozen when I had the bright idea to allow our teenage daughters, Anna and Lilly, to invite friends to a “snow day slumber party,” because it didn’t exactly turn out as I had envisioned.

  • Army’s past led the way in equal rights

    By BRIG. GEN. BARBARA OWENS

    Deputy Commanding General, Army Human Resources Command

    As we celebrate Black History Month this year, we all look back together as Americans at more than half a century of progress, which has fundamentally changed America for the better.

    The historic civil rights movement of the mid-20th century pushed America forward into a period of significant change, which culminated with the adoption of the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act of the 1960s.

  • Is it possible to be overprepared for bad weather?

    By LISA SMITH MOLINARI

    themeatpotatoesoflife.com

    “Do you think you bought enough?” I asked sarcastically, as my husband dropped multiple Stop and Shop bags on the kitchen floor.

    Winter Storm Juno was on its way, and Francis was determined to be prepared. I had casually mentioned that we might need a gallon of milk and maybe a loaf of bread. Two hours later, he returned to the house with enough supplies for our entire base neighborhood: bags of food, packages of batteries, five cases of water, two lighters, and twenty-seven candles.

  • Armed forces at forefront of integration

    By CATRINA FRANCIS

    Senior Staff Writer

    Since the formation of America, its citizens have used protests as a way of fighting against tyranny. But, a forgotten population has been fighting in its wars since formation of this country. These forgotten Soldiers fought and helped America gain its independence through the face of adversity.

    Although we weren’t held in high regard, African-Americans have served honorably since the Battle of Lexington during the Revolutionary War.