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Opinion

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    This week brought us the start of one of the best tournaments in all of sports: March Madness.

    To some, it may seem like a simple college basketball tournament where the winning team will be crowned the national champion. While this is certainly true, it’s also so much more.

    It’s about pageantry, traditions, Cinderella and powerhouse teams, and loyal fans. And the games themselves aren’t too bad, either.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    Two major earthquakes this year caused near incomprehensible tragedies in the countries of Haiti and Chile. Hundreds of thousands lost their lives, and millions more had their lives forever changed.

  • Effective immediately, the MyCAA program is temporarily halting operations.

    We are reviewing all procedures, financial assistance docu-ments, and the overall program. This pause will not affect approved financial assistance documents. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check back for updates.

    We have panicked the government. Yay us! Now I’m not usually an anarchist, but when the MyCAA program was halted last week, I was positively gleeful.

  • Over the last few seasons, the installation has noticed a repeated trend on the Youth Sports fields.

    Whether it is anchored soccer goals being relocated or excessive field damage from adults playing on fields meant for children ages 3-12, the trend has caused safety concerns for our children and hours and hours of additional maintenance manpower to insure that the fields are safe and playable for our Fort Knox youth.

  • I am a manager at O’Charley’s in Elizabethtown. On March 4 a Solider came in and asked if we had found a wedding ring. He had been dining with his family Jan. 31 and thought it must have slipped off his finger when he was playing around with his 4-year-old son while waiting for an open table.

    I had several rings that I brought up front to show him, but none belonged to him. We looked under booths and seats, but no ring. I asked him if he was in trouble with his wife. He said “big trouble.”

    I remembered seeing a very nice ring,

  • By LT. GEN. RICK LYNCH

    Commander of the Installation Management Command

    As our nation commits to preserving freedom through the uncertainty of deployments and conflicts across the world, Americans give us a special gift: embracing Soldiers and their Families with sincere support.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a great time to celebrate past and current women who have contributed to our nation’s strength.

    According to the Congressional resolution that designated March as Women’s History Month, “American women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways.”

  • By MAUREEN ROSE

    Turret Associate Editor

    maureen.rose@us.army.mil

    My mother taught me that the most meaningful gifts are not usually those measured in dollars and cents. In most cases, the gift of time is unbelie-vably precious. 

    Last Friday a young Marine’s body was returned to Fort Knox’s Godman Army Airfield for its final trip home to Hodgenville, 35 miles away.

  • Reader suggests attention to dysfunctional behavior

    When I read the Feb. 18 article “New post firearms policy tightens requirement” in the Turret, I couldn’t help but think of the terrible tragedy at Fort Hood, the latest shooting in Huntsville, and the 1993 shootings on Fort Knox.

    Let’s see, Maj. Hasan the terrorist, and Amy Bishop and Arthur Hill, disgruntled employees. How would “tightening” the firearms policy have prevented those acts? It wouldn’t.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    The Army frequently revamps policies to reflect changes to the situation on the ground. This adaptability is a cornerstone of our Army’s success and progress.

    One such policy change is to the privately-owned firearms regulation 210-1, Control of Firearms and Weapons on Fort Knox. This new regulation will be implemented in March and will affect civilians, Family members, and Soldiers.

  • By ELLIE KAY

    Operationhomefrontonline.com

    When my husband Bob and I wanted to get a jump-start on reducing our credit card debt, we began to chip away at it here and there.

    When we got a refund check from the insurance, we put it toward debt. When I saved money at the commissary, we put it toward debt.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    Sometimes the Unfair Bucket runneth over.

    Last week, it was runnething over with 40 inches of snow while my husband was training on the West Coast.

    “I don’t wanna shovel the sidewalk,” 16-year-old Sam protested. “Have you seen how much snow is out there?! I am OVER the snow.”

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    We’ve had a very challenging winter with lots of snow and ice. Everyone keeps telling me this is unusual for Kentucky, but I’m getting accustomed to weekly meetings with the Garrison commander about the latest winter weather issues.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    I met Laura last fall at a workshop at 29 Palms, Calif. If you have never been to 29 Palms your-self, I want you to picture the blaze of desert sunsets. The exotic twist of a Joshua tree. Raking your lawn for snakes.

    “I remember you said something along the lines of how you like (less than fabulous) bases like 29 Palms because they are a proving ground for the family,” Laura said on Facebook. “I was just curious to hear more about what you meant by that.”

  • By LARRY BARNES

    Turret Editor

    larry.barnes2@us.army.mil

    “Well, now, that’s a merry little street scene, isn’t it, Ralph? A layer of ice, a few inches of snow, and 6,000 federal employees skating their way south along Dixie Highway from Metro Louisville toward Fort Knox.

    Ever see such confusion?”

  • By TANYA BIANK

    homefrontonline.com

    In my mother’s 45 years of commissary shopping, she’s seen it all: payday mayhem, screaming kids, long lines, bad fruit, child abuse, dress codes, and the occasional catfight over the last store coupon for Cheese Whiz.

    Thankfully, commissary courtesy has evolved along with our kinder, gentler Army. These days, customer service is taken seriously, and shoppers are courteous.

    For the most part, that is.

  • The Fort Knox Religious Support Office thanks all who contributed to the Army Chief of Chaplains designated offering for Haiti Relief.

    The Fort Knox worship community contributed more than $6,600 in much-needed assistance to the Haitian people through the American Red Cross.

    Again thank you!

    Fort Knox Religious

    Support Office

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    Our Armor Ball in Louisville Saturday was a great occasion, one that I will remember for years to come.

    Throughout the past year we found ourselves focused on the jobs expected of us, putting in countless hours training the Armor leaders of tomorrow, continually improving our branch, and developing the future of Armor. These are serious and important missions that create far-reaching impacts, and we did them while planning and preparing to move the Armor School to Fort Benning.

  • By MAJ. GEN. JAMES MILANO

    Fort Knox Commander

    We enjoy a great relationship with our civilian neighbors in this region, and they are moving forward in their efforts to support the growth at Fort Knox and the community.

  • 555th Parachute Infantry Association

    In the winter of 1943-1944 20 young African-American enlisted men were ordered to Fort Benning, Ga., to train as parachutists.

    Never before in the segregated U.S. military system then prevalent, had “coloreds” been considered capable of being paratroopers.