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Opinion

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    School is out and the summer surge is upon us once again. 

    At Fort Knox, we expect approximately 10,000 new recruits by the end of September. That’s almost three times our normal load of trainees.  I’m very pleased to see so many fine future Soldiers eager to serve their country. 

    I welcome all of you to the Army family.  Thank you for your voluntary service.  Your decision to join the U.S. Army will be a rewarding experience for you, mentally and physically. 

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    For more than a year, my senior in high school talked about joining the military. She’d met some women who served on the ship with my husband and suddenly saw herself as one of them—strong, tough, and doing jobs a lot more important than making copies at the copier.

  • By REGINA GALVIN

    CinChouse editor

    A few years back, on one of our summer vacation travels, my husband and I stopped by an Army post to pick up some items from the PX.

    As we drove through the parking lot, I saw a familiar sight. I made an immediate emotional connection to a group of strangers.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    Saturday we celebrate the 233rd birthday of the United States Army. We will also observe Flag Day and honor the American flag, our treasured national symbol of patriotism, pride, hope, and perse-verance.

    Our Army was born in 1775, one year before the founding of our nation and two years before the birth of our national colors.

    The excerpt below is from the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. It embodies the very reason our Army exists and why the strength of our Army is more important than ever.

  • By LATASHA HEINZEN

    Fort Knox 911 Center

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since we began upgrading Fort Knox’s Fire Department facilities and equipment. A part of those upgrades, as you may recall, is the new 911 Center.

    We have incorporated numerous systems to better serve our community, and we have also hired staff to man the center. Twenty-four hours a day there are two operators on staff in the center.

  • By MAJ. CHRIS YOUNG

    Canadian Liaison Officer and

    Fort Knox High Project Grad Coordinator

    How many times have we seen a news report on a tragedy and wished that something positive could come out of it? That some lesson could be learned and that similar tragedies could be avoided?

    It’s not always possible, but I’ll share with you an example of one positive outcome that has come from a tragedy, and how the community leaders in the Fort Knox area have helped make that positive outcome a reality.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    Gen. B. B. and Katie Bell are national treasures.

    For 39 years Gen. Bell has donned the uniform of a United States Soldier and served this nation with integrity, class, and a dedication to excellence. It is a tremendous honor for Fort Knox to recognize this great leader’s accomplishments as we host his retirement ceremony Monday.

  • 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.