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Opinion

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    There used to be three kinds of chicks when it came to military spouse employment. The employed chick and the unemployed chick and the wannabe employed chick. Those were all the chicks the government could count.

    Not anymore.

  • American Forces Press Service

    The Defense Department released its Open Government Plan April 8, which articulates how the department seeks to make its operations and data more transparent to the public, officials said.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    Today marks the 40-year anniversary of Earth Day—an occasion for us all to consider the “boot print” we make and the impact our actions have on the environment, whether we’re at installations, our homes, or serving in different locations around the globe.

    Even if we think we’re already good stewards of the environment, we can and should strive

    to do more. It’s a moral obligation to take seriously. After all, the countless

  • National Volunteer Week is being celebrated through Saturday. This year’s theme, “Celebrating People in Action!” reflects the Army tradition of volunteerism, leadership, mentoring, and the President’s call to service.

  • By MAUREEN ROSE

    Turret Associate Editor

    Government employees have never liked April much.

    There are no federal holidays in April, taxes are due in April, and we can’t forget that this month harbors National Scoop the Poop week, World Rat Day, and National Hairball Awareness Week.

  • By ALLY ROGERS

    Turret Staff Writer

    ally.rogers@us.army.mil

    If being a Soldier allows you to jump out of helicopters, rappel down towers, ruck march 30 miles, beat the tar out of dummies, run through team development courses, take on a confidence course, and so much more, I’m in!

  • By LT. GEN. RICK LYNCH

    Commander

    Installation Management Command

    Resilience, among other definitions, is the ability to bounce back in the face of adversity. It’s mental toughness!

    Webster defines resilience as, “the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress” and “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.”

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    If you’re dreaming of the open road, you aren’t alone. Motorcycling is more popular than ever, and according to a Motorcycle Industry Council survey, the sport is attracting a surprisingly wide range of new riders.

    The 2010 motorcycle riding season has begun. This year, Fort Knox has 1,948 bikes registered on post, and the number is expected to steadily increase.

    I ask all of you vehicle drivers to watch for our friends on two wheels.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    My neighborhood girlfriend is married to a teacher. Rich doesn’t have one measly week off at spring break. This guy has two. So every day last week we got treated to CariLyn flaunting her behusbandedness in front of all of us whose partners do not have leave.

    We witnessed these two holding hands. Drinking coffee at the bus stop. Going off for romantic little hikes. Taking afternoon naps. Mulching. And their kids weren’t home.

  • Narconon International

    April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, situated squarely between spring break partying and the upcoming prom and graduation season.

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, youth binge and heavy drinking rates are 8.8 and 2 percent, respectively. The rate of binge drinking is 41 percent for young adults aged 18 to 25, while heavy drinking was reported by 14.5 percent in that age range.

  • Due to the outstanding generosity of commissary shoppers on April 1, the Fort Knox High School track and field team was able to meet its goal for Gatorade donations.

    Thanks to everyone’s support, the team no longer needs to have another fundraiser on April 15.

    The team, its booster club, and parents of the athletes thank all of you for your support.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    For the second time in as many months, Fort Knox will welcome back one of its units from deployment.

    As I noted in a recent column, the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) returned to Fort Knox March 9 after several weeks in Haiti helping with the relief efforts. And now the main body of the 19th Engineer Battalion is set to arrive back from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

  • By STACIE SHAIN

    Turret Contributing Writer

    stacie.shain@amedd.army.mil

    It’s spring!

    Well, sort of. The calendar says it’s spring, and every few days, Mother Nature says it is, too. 

    Growing up in Kentuckiana, I thought I’d seen every strange swing in weather imaginable. I’ve seen it frosty on Derby Day, darn near too warm to feel like Christmas, and sun, rain, sleet, and hail all in an hour’s time.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    As members of the Army family, we forge a unique bond with each other. We work together, train together, risk our lives together, share life’s triumphs and disappointments, and derive much gratification from the camaraderie we share.

    We are a team.

    That’s why it’s so difficult to understand why Soldiers would violate the trust placed in them.

  • By COL. DEBORAH GRAYS

    The American Red Cross—we’re confident it’ll be on hand to lend support when a major disaster occurs, but did you know it’s also there to help individual service members and their families in times of need?

    In the mid-1800s, Clara Barton, the American Red Cross founder, risked her life on Civil War battlefields to tend to fallen Soldiers.

  • Better Business Bureau

    High school students and their parents are often concerned about upcoming college expenses. The Better Business Bureau urges students and parents to be cautious regarding offers from scholarship services and organizations that require upfront fees to apply for or search for scholarships.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    I don’t think Judy Mezzacappo thought I was a reliable character.

    When Brad and I announced our engage-ment, my mom’s workmate pulled her aside and asked, “What if Jacey sneaks down to Florida and gets married before the wedding?”

    My mom told me later  that she just stood there in the credit union stammering like an idiot.

    “I just couldn’t imagine that you would do that,” Mom said.

    I could.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    Sir Francis Bacon is famous for saying that knowledge is power. With the many BRAC changes at Fort Knox and in our surrounding community, there is no better time than the present to arm our citizens on post and off.

    Next Thursday, April 1, we will hold a town hall meeting at 1 p.m in John Hardin High School’s Performing Arts Center. I invite everyone to attend and become informed about the latest BRAC updates.

  • U.S. Census Bureau

    The 2010 Census questionnaire should have arrived at households throughout Kentucky Monday through yesterday. Census Bureau officials ask that recipients fill out the 10-question form and mail it back immediately in the provided, postage-paid envelope. This is the easiest way to participate in the census that takes place every decade, as required by the U.S. Constitution.

  • By TANYA BIANK

    Operation Homefront

    The only compliment I’ve ever received on my driving came a few weeks ago as I drove my 3-year-old son home from preschool.

    “Good dwy-ving, Mommy!”

    I looked into the rearview mirror.

    “What did you say?”

    “Good dwy-ving, Mommy.”

    “Did you say I’m a good driver?”

    “Yes, Mommy. Good dwy-vah.”

    “I am?”

    “Yes, you am!”