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Opinion

  • Taken from FEMCOM (CinCHouse)

    Recently a fellow FEMCOM-er was relating a very common tale. She had met the wife of one of her male colleagues and got the cold shoulder.

    To be fair, my friend is a knockout and I’m not sure I’d react well in that situation either given her annoying leggy-blondness; but all the same it was a tale I had heard and experienced before.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    I got an e-mail from a chick whose best friend just told her that her husband was seen “flirting” with a female Marine.

    The young wife went into a tail-spin.

    The couple had only been married a few months. They’d been fighting a lot before he deployed. So the minute she got this news the chick was sure that the most important thing was finding out whether this was the TRUTH.

    I just didn’t think that the search for the TRUTH about flirting was the most important thing.

  • This is a profound thank-you to the people who kept me from falling at the commissary on Dec. 5 when I had a fainting episode.

    I have no idea about any names, but I just know several people assisted me and I sincerely thank each one who helped me in any way that day.

    May God bless you.

    Mary Collins

    Brandenburg

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    Next week begins our recognition of Black History Month, an excellent time to celebrate the rich history of African Americans in our history and, for Soldiers, I encourage you to learn about some little-known heroic exploits in our military.

  • A previous command sergeant major from 1-46 Infantry was giving his in-brief to a new class of BCT Soldiers when he stated one of the most blindingly obvious facts in the Army. He told the 240 new Soldiers in training that, “Basic training sucks! It’s supposed to suck.”

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs and former Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki once said, “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

    I believe that sentiment wholeheartedly. While change is admittedly uncomfortable at times, we in the military owe it to the American people to continually improve the way we operate so that we can continue to do our best to protect and defend our nation and its interests.

  • The wounds of war are not always easy to see.

    In addition to the physical injuries sustained in conflict, countless servicemen and women have experienced psychological symptoms directly related to their deployment.

  • By (Retired) MAJ. GEN. TERRY TUCKER

    Former Fort Knox Commander

    Volunteerism has always been an important aspect to military life. The word ‘volunteer’ comes from the Middle French around 1600 and, literally translated, means “one who offers himself for military service.”

    While the definition has expanded since the 1600s, at its core the spirit of volunteerism is ingrained in the military. Whether it’s military or civilians volunteering to help the local community, both have contributed to the successes at Fort Knox.

  • By MAUREEN ROSE

    Turret Associate Editor

    maureen.rose@us.army.mil

    New Year’s resolutions.

    I wonder how many of them are kept—beyond January, anyway.

    I pondered the wisdom, or even necessity, of making any resolutions as I looked into the long tunnel formed by the year’s worth of Turret folders waiting to be filled with text for the editions of this year.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    Many of us made New Year’s resolutions, and about now is the time where we have to decide whether we intend to keep them. I encourage everyone to commit to their resolutions to make our future—and that of Fort Knox—a brighter one. You can do it!

  • By LT. GEN. RICK LYNCH

    IMCOM Commander

    On Oct. 8, 2007, the Army unveiled the Army Family Covenant, institutionalizing the Army’s commitment to providing Soldiers and Families—active, guard, and reserve—a quality of life commensurate with their quality of service.

    However, as I travel around the Army meeting with Soldiers and Families, I’m surprised to find that many are not familiar with the Army Family Covenant and the commitment Army leadership has made to provide a better quality of life to Soldiers and Families.

  • Each Christmas, many parents wonder how they are going to provide for their children.

    The Fort Knox Red Cross tries to help ease the financial burden on these families during the Christmas season with their Santa’s Workshop program.

    As the coordinator of this program, I thank the Fort Knox community for its support. This year we saw the demand for our program double, and through the generosity of area business and individuals we were able to meet the need.

  • By BRIAN BARNES

    Contributing Columnist

    The tree is down, the wrappings discarded, and the cards have all been sent. You’ve made the visits and returned. In all of this activity, how respon-sible have you been for the world around you and for your relationships?

    Is the holiday season a net positive time of year for you, or do you find yourself, after all has been said and done, poorer and less satisfied than before the holidays?

    Take responsibility for what you have created.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    It is with a heavy heart that I note the passing of a legend in Armor history—Col. James “Jimmy” H. Leach, who died at the age of 87 on Dec. 17.

    Col. Leach was one of the storied men from the “greatest generation” of Americans. As a career Armored Warrior, he enlisted with the Texas National Guard and began his service in the 36th Tank Company.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    The creation of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and the Armor School relocation realized great progress throughout 2009.

    For example:

    * The integration of the Armor and Infantry Centers into the MCoE became reality and was established at Fort Benning on Oct. 1. The MCoE is currently in an initial operational status as we work to achieve a fully operational center by the BRAC completion deadline of Sept. 15, 2011.

  • By LT. GEN. Rick Lynch

    IMCOM Commander

    In recent years, the Army and its installations have enjoyed unprecedented levels of funding. In fiscal 2008, the Army hit a high water mark in its fiscal history with a total annual budget exceeding $250 billion –three times more than fiscal 2001 funding level.

    Much of this growth is attributed to funding the war, rebalancing our Army through investments in Army’s force structure, equipment, infrastructure, and key Soldier and Family programs.

  • By STACIE SHAIN

    Turret Contributing Columnist

    It was 1982 and the start of the first fitness craze. Olivia Newton-John had been getting “Physical” for a few months and Jane Fonda’s workout books and video were all the rage. Tights, leotards, leg warmers, and headbands were at the fashion forefront, in or out of the gym.

    For my mom and my Aunt Linda, the fitness fad became their New Year’s Resolution. And their resolution became a lesson in living and laughing for me.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    I hate to tell you this, but I think some of our mothers-in-law must be getting together on the sly.

    The good MILs out there are too busy sending packages and musical greeting cards to our guys overseas to go to a meeting. They are calling us to see if we’re OK and to exclaim how cute the school pictures were.

    Then there are the others.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    It’s the season for generosity and good feelings toward our fellow man.

    Despite dire reports of a bad economic year, we all continue to hear stories of individual and group giving that warm our hearts. Our Combined Federal Campaign fundraiser on post was a great success, and the generous gifts of toys at Santa’s Workshop will make it possible for many of our Soldiers’ families to have a merry Christmas.

  • With major accidents on both West Point bridges Monday morning, causing up to an hour and half delay for personnel who commute from Louisville down 31W, the need for alternate access routes into the garrison has once again raised its head.

    It seems that every few months there is a wreck of one sort or another on the stretch

    of 31W between Muldraugh Hill and KY 144 that brings traffic to a complete stop. Yet, it seems as if there is nothing being done to open up additional access points onto post for those of us who live north of Fort Knox.