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Opinion

  • By TANYA BIANK

    Homefrontonline.com

    Looking back on this past year of deployment, I have some regrets.

    I wish I’d had more champagne and fewer bowls of Dora the Explorer cereal. I wish I’d listened to more Jimmy Buffet and less Bill O’Reilly. I wish I’d taken in more calcium and less caffeine. I should have seen more than one movie. And I regret not knowing what the interior of the post gym looks like.

    One thing I don’t regret is writing about the lighter side of military life during a trying year.

  • By LT. GEN. BENJAMIN FREAKLEY

    Fort Knox Commander

    It was 12:48 p.m. eastern standard time that Sunday in 1947. Unlike today, the vast majority of the United States population lived in the same time zone. Most families were home from church, eating Sunday dinner.

    Moments earlier at a U.S. Army SCR-270 radar at Opana Point, Oahu, Privates George Elliot Jr. and Joseph Lockard reported a target to the watch officer. Anticipating the classified arrival of six B-17 bombers, the watch officer did not give the report much attention.

  • By LT. GEN. BENJAMIN FREAKLEY

    Fort Knox Commander

    We celebrate Thanksgiving, an American holiday with traditional customs.

     Familiar Thanksgiving customs include distant members returning home, a time to give thanks for all we enjoy as Americans, a hearty meal of many courses, football games and parades to enjoy on television, and the start of Christmas shopping.

    Many of us will pause for a long weekend during which friends and leftovers of the holiday meal will be enjoyed.

  • By LARRY BARNES

    Turret Editor

    larry.barnes2@us.army.mil

    It’s the day before Thanksgiving. Down in hell Artie Yak, the former TV comedy writer, has been summoned before the devil for his daily dose of punishment.

    “Mr. Yak,” says the devil, “in view of tomorrow, I’m going to let you off lightly today. All you have to do is prepare for our entertainment tomorrow evening a little comedy about Thanksgiving. Think you can do that?”

    Artie nearly swoons.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinChouse.com

    Melissa said that K9 and Jan and Christine put together a spread sheet to figure out how to get all the Wisconsin relatives to and from the airport, back and forth from the funeral home, the viewing, the church, the burial at Quantico.

    When 17 year-old Forrest Peterson died in a car crash, an entire cadre of Peterson friends—so many military friends—poured in to help. The way we do.

  • I thank the Nutrition Care staff at Ireland Army Community Hospital for the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. As in every year the dinner, and the staff were superb. The staff as always showed great respect and interest in its guests.

    Barbara Goode

    Louisville

  • By LT. GEN. BENJAMIN FREAKLEY

    Fort Knox Commander

    There are several thousand Soldiers, civilians, and family members who have made Fort Knox their new home in the last year. It’s a pleasure to see the welcoming outreach to all of us from our neighbors on and off post.

  • By LARRY BARNES

    Turret Editor

    larry.barnes2@us.army.mil

    Ruminations, afterthoughts, and other odds-and-ends meanderings on this pre-Thanks-giving week Thurs-day... 

    * Those of you who are tooling around Fort Knox—or anywhere else in Kentucky, for that matter—with a handicap placard dangling from your vehicle’s rear-view mirror are apparently blissfully unaware that you’re in violation of state law.

  • By LINDA TURNER

    U.S. Army Medical Command

    Staff Judge Advocate

    Despite the fact that in today’s world we like to think of ourselves as culturally and socially advanced, taboos from the past linger.

    Apparently, if you are a nursing mother, you should breastfeed your baby in the restroom or the privacy of your car or home… anywhere but in public.

    Recently the news has been filled with stories of women who chose to do otherwise and paid the price.

  • By LT. GEN BENJAMIN FREAKLEY

    Fort Knox Commander

    As we recognize Veterans Day today, we must give this holiday a fresh focus and renewed respect.

    We all know that on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the fighting between the Allies and Germany ended with the signing of the Armistice, formally declaring a cease-fire between the nations.

    Nov. 11th became known as Armistice Day, and was officially changed to Veterans Day in 1954. Its intent is to honor all veterans who have served in the U.S. military.

  • By GARY SHEFTICK

    Army News Service

    Today on Veterans Day, young Americans are being issued a challenge: reach out to World War II veterans and listen to their stories.

    “America’s families need to hear the stories of our Greatest Generation,” says Dr. Gordon Mueller, the president of the National World War II Museum.

    Dr. Mueller and his staff have issued a “call to ears, not arms.” They want us to take some time Nov. 11 and seek out at least one World War II veteran – before it’s too late.

  • By LT. GEN. RICK LYNCH

    IMCOM commander

    Given the Army’s 235-year history, resiliency is a relatively new word in our vocabulary. We hear it often nowadays, from the highest levels of leadership on down, as we talk about how we are addressing the effects of nine years of conflict.

  • By NEAL SNYDER

    U.S. Army Installation Management Command

    November marks the return of Military Family Appreciation Month. Throughout November, the Army, the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the Families of the nation’s service members.

    More Soldiers have Families today than in any time history. According to the latest report by the Office of Army Demographics (2009), 58 percent of Soldiers are married, and another 6.7 percent are single with children. The Army counted more than 850,000 Family members.

  • By COL. JEFFREY BAILEY, M.D.

    Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills

    Combat veterans, now equipped with better body armor and armored vehicles, are surviving injuries that were once fatal, but are often returning from war zones with brain injuries.

    For those who are shown a conventional image of their brain that reveals no damage, it can be extremely frustrating that science cannot demonstrate what those Soldiers know—that they suffer from cognitive impairment.

  • By CAPT. MARTISSE DETTMER

    Magistrate Court Prosecutor

    Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate Office

    SAUSA?

    What exactly is SAUSA?

    It isn’t a new version of the dance called “salsa.” Rather it’s a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Basically, a SAUSA is an active duty Army captain who prosecutes civilian felony, misdemeanor, and traffic violation cases that occur on Fort Knox, a federal enclave in the Western District of Kentucky.

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Fall back Nov. 7.

    Benjamin Franklin is credited with the concept of Daylight Saving Time. The basic idea is to make the best use of daylight hours by shifting the clock forward in the spring and backward in the fall.

    Daylight Saving Time has been in use throughout much of the United States, Canada, and Europe since World War I. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed an act into law whereby Daylight Saving Time begins on the last Sunday of April and ends on the last Sunday of October each year.

  • By LARRY BARNES

    Turret Editor

    larry.barnes2@us.army.mil

    “Excuse me, sir. I’m taking an informal poll concerning Tuesday’s election. What are your thoughts?

    “If I was a campaign manager, I would urge my candidate to offer larger rewards for slander research.”

    “Larger rewards for...?”

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    Sue Diaz watched her student Ernie take the microphone to read his story.

    “All these memories had been neatly boxed up and compartmentalized into a safe little area in the back of his mind,” read Ernie, a Vietnam vet. “But as the years progressed, the box began to deteriorate and the recollections that he harbored began to seep through the façade.”

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” “God Hates Your Feelings.” “Fag Troops.”

    Would you believe these are the kinds of signs carried by members of the Westboro Baptist Church at military funerals all over the country? Would you believe these are the signs these church members carried outside the Supreme Court two weeks ago as the justices reviewed their case as a free speech issue?

  • By LARRY BARNES

    Turret Editor

    larry.barnes2@us.army.mil

    It’s around 6 p.m. on Halloween. Waldo Gypp, the owner of the neighborhood novelty store, is about to close his shop for the evening.

    Sud-denly, a man and a small boy burst through the front door. The boy is screaming.

    “Aha!” exclaims Waldo. “I’ll bet this young man wants a nice Halloween mask.”