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Opinion

  • By LT. GEN. RICK LYNCH
    IMCOM

  • By JOHN HELTZEL
    KYEM Director
    and MAJ. PHILLIP MAY
    FEMA Region IV Administrator
    Every year, nearly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions. This year, we’re asking you to make a resolution that could save your life—resolve to be ready for disasters.
    It only takes a few simple steps and it starts with making a family emergency communications plan. How would you get a hold of loved ones in an emergency evacuation? What should you have in your disaster kit?

  • U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks Dec. 16, to thank the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces for their service:

  • By LT. GEN. RICK LYNCH
    IMCOM Commander
    As the assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, I have an important responsibility to oversee the Army Family Action Plan process, which is a program that enables Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members to communicate quality of life issues to Army leaders. Information provided through this process allows leaders the opportunity to affect changes that will lead to a more satisfied and resilient Army community.

  • By LT. GEN. BENJAMIN FREAKLEY
    Fort Knox CommanderTwo of America’s most revered and popular institutions, football and the Army, join forces Saturday for a traditional display of teamwork, partnership, and athletic ability.

  • By LT. GEN. RICK LYNCH

    IMCOM Commander

    The Army made significant promises when it unveiled the Army Family Covenant in October 2007. With the covenant, the Army commits to providing Soldiers and Families a quality of life that acknowledges their service, sacrifice and dedication. Practically speaking, that means providing programs and services—including family programs, health care, housing, recreation, education and employment opportunities, and child, school and youth services—that build Soldier and family well-being, resilience and readiness.

  • Thanksgiving is a day for remembering our blessings, but my family was blessed again on Nov. 26. This blessing came in the form of three Fort Knox Soldiers.

  • By LT. GEN. BENJAMIN FREAKLEY

    Fort Knox Commander

    “Trees stuck on top of the (German) trenches, lit up with candles, and all of the men sitting on top of the trenches. So of course we got out of ours and passed a few remarks, inviting each other to come over and have a drink and a smoke, but we did not like to trust each other at first.”

    —Private Mullard,

       London Rifle Brigade *

    As midnight neared on Christmas Eve, 1914, the British noticed that firing from the German trenches slowly stopped.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    Get ready for a load of sarcasm here. Because as a military family member I was just so excited to hear that presidential committee offered to freeze military pay and benefits for three whole years. Woo boy. I thought they would never ask! A freeze is exactly what I’ve been hoping for! In fact, I’m thinking the government can do their three year freeze and I can do my three year freeze. Because, really, I need a break from all this war stuff.

  • By LARRY BARNES

    Turret Editor

    Lots of you have decorated your homes and Christmas trees in white lights. You may have chosen that lack-of-color scheme because you think it looks tasteful and dignified, or serves as your personal reproach to your more gaudy neighbors.

    For me, however, Christmas is a multi-colored, joyous, laugh-out-loud time of year. That doesn’t equate to sterile white.

  • 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.