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Opinion

  • Women With a Mission is a group of 23 from Fort Knox (active duty, DoD employees, active duty spouses, reservists, and retired spouses).

    We thank everyone who has supported us and donated to us. You have made it possible for us to exceed our goal.

    We ask that you join us at North Hardin High tomorrow and Saturday from 5 p.m.-5 a.m. as we walk the track to fight cancer.

    Women With a Mission

    Fort Knox

  • By BOB VAN ELSBERG

    U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

    The Army remains steadfast in its commitment to foster an environment of responsible motorcycle riding by providing Soldiers with the education and tools to help prevent accidents and stay safe on the road.

    One aspect of motorcycle safety, however, is often beyond the control of riders.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    A few months ago I was in the middle of an interview with a therapist when she popped out with a notion I could not believe.

    “I just feel so sorry for you military wives,” the therapist mused. “Your lives are not your own.”

    “I beg your pardon?” I replied, looking up from my notebook.

    “You wives. You aren’t living your OWN life. You’re really living HIS life.”

  • By SGT. DAVE LANKFORD

    316TH Expeditionary Sustainment Command

    (This article was recognized as the best commentary written by an Army journalist during 2007).

    “Dear Mrs. Lankford, we regret to inform your that you son was killed by a big friggin’ bird.”

    It may sound crazy, but back in ’96, I spent a few months with the 2nd Royal Australian Regiment in Townsville, Australia.

  • I thank the community for allowing Fort Knox High School’s Career Practicum class to participate in a school-to-career experience.

    The community’s continuous support has allowed our students to grow and experience a life-long learning journey that will help open doors for their future endeavors.

    An unknown author wrote: “One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

  • The Missing In America Project has located 23 veterans buried in Louisville’s River Valley Cemetery for the indigent. Many that have not been provided headstones. Several are WWII and Vietnam veterans.

    The Jefferson County Parks Department maintains the grounds.

    The bugle has been blown for the call to honor the military men and women who served their country honorably and now rest in the potters field for the indigent.

    We are going to honor them. They deserve a ceremony.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    To be a kid again….  The last day of school and a great summer to look forward to.  Friends, pools, vacations, sleeping in, summer jobs, summer sports, not a care in the world…..those were the good old days. 

    As their schedules become fun and exciting, we adults are not on summer break.  With all of our daily responsibilities, the stress of entertaining our children while still trying to accomplish our own duties can become overwhelming.

  • I am pleased to once again hear the military bugle sounds that remind me where I live.

    The sound of Reveille in the morning reminds me to appreciate the comforts of my warm bed while others are sleeping on the ground or in tents.

    Those individuals who are complaining about the sounds probably don’t know what they mean. They don’t know that the 15-minute bugle sound prior to Taps has a meaning. This is probably among the bugle noises they are referring to at odd hours.

  • By TERRI HELUS

    U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

    The Army reinforces its commitment to “Never Give Safety a Day Off” with the launch of the 101 Critical Days of Summer safety campaign.

    This campaign emphasizes prevention and vigilance during the summer season—a time when Soldiers, their families, and Army civilians are at greater risk.

    The Army experiences an

    increase in accidental fatalities during the summer months.  The majority of these accidents occur off-duty—most often during outdoor activities.

  • By LT. GEN. N. ROSS THOMPSON

    Army News Service

    If you owned a 1978 Chevy Impala, you’ll remember that it was big, powered by a 12-mile-per-gallon V-8 engine. Its advanced safety features were lap seatbelts and drum brakes. It had a push-button radio and—if you were lucky—an 8-track player.

  • Fort Knox High School thanks the following organizations and individuals for their continuous support and dedication to the school’s annual Celebration Day:

    Fort Knox Federal Credit Union; Wal-Mart; McDonald’s; Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Army National Guard Recruiting Center in Brandenburg; Marines Recruiting Center in Elizabethtown; Mission Support Battalion; USAREC and ROTC, Jose Rivera; Army Recruiting Center in Radcliff, 113th Army Band; parents of FKHS, and the 16th Calvary Regiment.

    Fort Knox

    High School

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    Picture me in a huge white bathtub plopped right under an enormous window.

    On sunny Sunday afternoons, I fill that bad dog with bubbles, open the window, and lean back until I can see the hot air balloons cresting Black Mountain. I tend to drink frosty lemonade and wear sunglasses during this activity. Believe me, it is as decadent as it sounds.

    And that’s why I want a picture of me loving it—because I’m losing it. We are PCSing in just a few weeks and moving to a house with a much less fabulous bathtub.

  • By RACHEL FRIEDMAN

    Special to the Turret

    Somewhere out there is the mind that will produce the next great American novel.

    If, however, that would-be author is under the age of 18, the words he or she writes may be more of “SOZ” and “TGGTG” than beautiful, flowing prose.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    Decoration Day began on May 5, 1868, to commemorate the fallen Soldiers of the Civil War.

    On that day, Gen. John Logan declared in General Order No. 11 that:

    The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.

  • On May 8 Sigrid Duffy was shopping for a baby shower gift at the main PX when her heart went berserk. As a result, she stopped breathing, passed out, and fell, breaking her nose, smashing her lip and bruising her jaw.

    Two heroes (one a staff sergeant, the other an EMT certified) brought my wife back to life and attended to her until EMS arrived. She was transported to the emergency room at Ireland Hospital.

    Those humble Soldiers would not leave their names, saying that

    they were just happy to help.

  • Twenty-thousand U.S. flags will fly in downtown Louisville this weekend as hundreds of Kentuckiana citizens place the flags at Jefferson Square to honor America’s fallen veterans, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel.

    The Flags4Vets Organization, the administrator of the event, along with spokesperson and Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry, began placing 20,000 flags on the square, one-by-one Thursday morning.

  • Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate

    Fifty years ago President Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 as the first “Law Day,” and stated that it was a “day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.”

    Due to the importance of law to military operations around the world, this year Fort Knox is celebrating Law Day, throughout May and June.

  • The Fort Knox High School junior class and sponsors thank the parents and community for supporting this year’s prom.

    A special thanks goes to Theresa Cota-Robles, the junior class parent representative, who spent much time ensuring that the prom would be a success.

    FKHS is fortunate to have such a great support system from our community.

    Fort Knox High junior class

     

    Clara Barton’s legacy lives on One hundred and twenty seven years ago this month, on May 21, 1881, a 60-year-old woman founded the American Red Cross.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    Saturday is Armed Forces Day, and our civilian neighbors are taking the time and making a great effort to recognize our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines with a day-long event, Hooray for Heroes.

  • Fort Knox Safety Office

    The weather’s turning warmer as the days are getting longer, and more and more cyclists are taking to the roads.

    Along with using personal protective equipment, rider actions and reactions play a major role in contributing to injury-free cycling enjoyment. The following safety tips will help ensure safe summer cycling:

    n Bicycle helmets that have been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission must be worn by all personnel on bicycles, including family members who ride bicycles on Army installations.