• Re: Changing Army Basic Training

    A basic training alumni shares his thoughts on the changes being made to basic combat training, one of which involves bayonet training. Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, deputy commanding general for Initial Military Training, writes back:

    Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 6:21 AM


    Subject: Changing Army Basic Training


    National Guard Bureau

    Leadership at all levels is the key to lowering the suicide rate among

    service members, a Medal of Honor recipient told National Guard members Sunday.

    Retired Army Maj. Drew Dix received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam. Now, he has been talking with service members about resiliency and suicide prevention.

    Suicide rates have spiked in the Army and Air National Guard, as they have in other components of the armed forces.



    I suspect most money experts are like my mom.

    I sat at her kitchen table in Ohio just last week watching her alpha-betize her coupons. I kid you not. A little flush built in her cheeks as she got ready to go to the commissary. She organized the fridge and planned meals around the scraps inside. Then she laid out her coupons, snapping corners on the counter like cards in a deck.

    Woo boy. I turned away to give her some privacy.

  • By Lt. Gen. RICK LYNCH

    Commander, U.S. Army IMCOM

    Our Soldiers have been steadfast in their service to the nation during the past nine years of conflict. Their families have been just as constant in their own dedicated service, providing the strength and support that enables Soldiers to do their jobs. Our Soldiers and families persevere in their service to the nation in the face of repeated deployments and even greater challenges.

  • Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate

    Election time in November is fast approaching, and with it comes a vast array of tweets, blogs, e-mails and texts praising one candidate, political party, or issue and criticizing the opposing side.

    Quite likely you will receive one or more of these in your inbox very soon. But think twice before forwarding it on to your co-workers at the office.


    U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors

    Today, we have more ways to communicate with one another than ever before with U.S. mail, landlines, cell phones, voice mail, e-mail and texting, just to name a few.

    And while mail continues to play a vital role in the personal and commercial lives of Americans, there is no doubt that since the advent of e-mail and e-commerce, use of the mail has declined dramatically. And in the coming years the pace of that decline will only accelerate.


    Tri Counties Blue Star Moms

    Lori Danby is the president and founder of the Tri Counties Blue Star Moms in Northern California. Her son, Marine Corps Cpl. Brian Danby is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    In this blog, Lori shares Brian’s story of joining the Marines, how his deployment to Iraq prodded her to found the local chapter of Blue Star Moms, and what she learned from both of his wartime deployments.

    A Blue Star Mom Offers Tips for Deployments



    American Forces Press Service

    Heather Forsgren Weaver, a colleague at American Forces Press Service, is a regular contributor to Family Matters. Heather’s been heavily involved in this blog from the start. She edits, helps write, and posts content on a daily basis.

    In this blog, Heather writes about the messages of Dr. Jill Biden and top military leaders to the Military Child Education Coalition’s 12 annual conference in suburban Maryland.

  • American Forces Press Service

    President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring July 27 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, to mark the signing of the Military Armistice Agreement at Panmunjom.

    “As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War and the eventual conclusion of hostilities at Panmunjom, let us raise our flags high to honor the service and valor of our veterans, to reflect on the principles for which they fought, and to reaffirm the unshakeable bond between South Korea and our nation,” Obama said.


    Fort Knox Commander

    Sometimes being Army Strong is a difficult concept, and it has different meanings for everyone.

    I am concerned about our well-being; for you, your family and the effect of your health on the strength of our Army. If you are not serving at one hundred percent, you put others in danger, and that is a risk we cannot afford. Well-being is directly linked to the relevance and readiness of our Army. It is what connects the Soldier/Civilian needs with the Army needs.



    Marriage has always fascinated me; it is such a unique relationship. I love seeing newlyweds walk down the street hand in hand. I think that I love it even more though to see an older man and his wife still holding hands after 50 years together. There is something beautiful in the longevity. There is something significant in two people dedicating their lives to each other through thick and thin, and following through on that promise.


    Social Worker

    U.S. Army Public Health Command (Provisional)

    With summer at its peak, many people will be outside enjoying the warm weather. For those who like being outside, whether gardening, mowing the lawn, playing sports, boating, or just getting some sun, it’s wise to remember that reaching for a “cold one” should be reaching for a non-alcoholic drink such as water or a sports beverage.


    Fort Knox Commander



    The images are heart-rending and horrifying. Birds covered in oil, plumes of inky black gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, and people outraged over corporate and governmental responses to the worst oil disaster in U.S. history.

    Since April 20, when an explosion tore through BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig 50 miles from the Louisiana coast, oil has been spilling into the Gulf, and experts have yet to figure out a way to stop it.

  • No one can make you serve customers well. That’s because great service is a choice.

    Harvey Mackay tells a wonderful story about a cab driver that proves this point.

    He was waiting in line at the airport for a taxi when a cab pulled up. The first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey.


    Fort Knox Commander

    Our Army has shown remarkable resolve in the face of nine years of sustained combat, despite multiple deployments and rigorous training during dwell time.

    There’s no sugar-coating war. It’s a trying time. Yet we have kept rolling along because of our unwavering dedication to accomplishing the missions at hand.


    IMCOM Commander

    Army Families deal with unique challenges associated with military life, especially when it comes to relocation. Not only do Families have to find a new place to call home, they also have to find new health care and child care providers, enroll children in new schools and activities, and build new networks of friends and support.

    These challenges are not easy for any Army Family, but for Families with special needs, they are magnified.



    When I married my husband, we had five babies in seven years and moved 11 times in 13 years. I left a nice job as a broker to have a more rewarding career as a stay-at-home mom. One of the questions I frequently heard was: Do you work?

    “What do you mean do I work?” I would think even though I politely answered, “Yes, I work very hard as a stay-at-home mom.” Sometimes, an unsuspecting troglodyte would say something totally thoughtless such as “Well, I meant do you really work. Do you have a job?”


    Fort Knox Commander

    There are defining moments in history that shape our sense of who we are as a nation. Sunday we celebrate one such moment. On July 4, 234 years ago, a group of brave American colonists took a bold step: the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary document, the Declaration of Independence.



    When Kelsey was 6 days old, we argued. I wanted to sleep. She wanted to be up all night cooing at the world.

    When she was in sixth grade, we argued. I wanted her to look like a 12-year-old. Kelsey wanted to wear daisy dukes that showed off all but six inches of her entire body.

    Now that she is living 6,000 miles away, we are still arguing.