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.


    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!”


    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.


    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,


    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.


    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.”


    Turret Associate Editor


    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.


    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.



    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.



    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.”


    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.



    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.”


    Turret Editor


    “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?”



    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