• 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



    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.


    Turret Editor


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Magistrate Court Prosecutor

    Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate Office


    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.


    Turret Editor


    “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...?”



    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.”



    “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?


    Turret Editor


    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.”

  • At the Fort Knox, Hardin County Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans celebration, veterans stopped by our booth and filled out an index card. They were informed that we were trying to form a Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America in the Knox area. We had 76 Vietnam-era vets sign up.

    Our first meeting will take place Oct. 31 at Nolin Rural Electric Hall, 411 Ring Road in Elizabethtown from 2- 5 p.m.

    Bring a copy of your 214 or discharge papers. Dues are $20 per year, and payment is due when you fill out a membership form.


    Employee Assistance Program

    What is Red Ribbon Week? It’s an opportunity for the Fort Knox community to unite and take a more visible stand against substance abuse.

    We can take this annual opportunity to raise public awareness, wear red ribbons, and speak up against alcohol, illegal drug use, and tobacco.


    Northwest Guardian

    Domestic abuse is like toxic mold—it thrives in hidden, dark corners, but dies when exposed to open air.

    This used to be a hidden crime, if it was taken seriously at all—either viewed as a normal part of family life, or as too shameful to be mentioned publicly. Many people even thought domestic violence was funny—any of you remember Ralph Kramden, on the old “Honeymooners” TV show raising his fist and promising, “One day Alice—pow—right in the kisser?”


    Turret Associate Editor


    As I often do when an interview with an individual has been scheduled, I read the advance biography and resume of Buddy Bucha so I wouldn’t sound like a total idiot and, hopefully, could ask intelligent questions.

  •   The Turret staff can be proud of its long history of providing its readers a quality weekly newspaper.

    I have kept abreast of its reporting since my first arrival for assignment at Fort Knox in July 1973.

      The thrust of this letter is to bring to the forefront the question, “What’s In A Name?”  I refer of course to the title of the Fort Knox newspaper, the Turret.  We know that the important word “turret” relates to the U.S. Army Armor Branch in the form of an integral composite element of a tank.