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Today's News

  • Fuel price jump pushes commissary prices up

    By SANDRA JONTZ

    Stars and Stripes

    European Edition

    The rising cost of fuel is driving up prices at military commissaries worldwide, Defense Commissary officials said May 15.

    “Like any retail operation in the grocery industry today, we are not insulated from market conditions that are affected by rising fuel costs and other external economic factors,” said Kevin Robinson, a DeCA spokesman in Virginia and a former Turret associate editor.

  • Sincere privates ignore protocol

    By CHAPLAIN (LT. COL.) JEFFREY WATTERS

    194th Armored Brigade Chaplain

    I watched intently as they prepared for the service.

    The choir was rehearsing. The speaker was checking to see if the wireless microphone worked. People were milling about, some on the outside, some on the inside, and some walking in and out of the side door. There was a gaggle outside the front door.

    It was my first time visiting this chapel. I had been in lots and lots of chapel services. But this one was one that I will not soon forget.

  • Louisville ceremony featuring flags to honor vets

    Twenty-thousand U.S. flags will fly in downtown Louisville this weekend as hundreds of Kentuckiana citizens place the flags at Jefferson Square to honor America’s fallen veterans, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel.

    The Flags4Vets Organization, the administrator of the event, along with spokesperson and Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry, began placing 20,000 flags on the square, one-by-one Thursday morning.

  • Senior not one to punt responsibility

    By JOHN NEVILLE

    Turret Sports Editor

    john.neville@us.army.mil

    Ryan Ogden didn’t play a lot last season for the Fort Knox High school football team.

    But he wasn’t really expected to.

    Coaches wanted to save his leg for kicking field goals, punting, and kickoffs.

    But Ogden’s athletic talents don’t end at the hip.

  • Knox’s 3rd ESC preparing for June Iraq deployment

    By JOSHUA COFFMAN

    Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

    Not long after settling in to their new offices, members of the Army’s 3rd Sustainment Command Expeditionary will depart soon for Iraq.

    The division’s headquarters began moving to Fort Knox from Germany last summer as part of the Pentagon’s base realignment plan.

    With nearly 250 Soldiers stationed in its command, and more than 20,000 active, reserve, and National Guard members, the 3rd ESC will provide logistics and distribution for all forces in Iraq.

  • Louisville Bats bring Soldiers out to the old ball game

    By JOHN NEVILLE

    Turret Sports Editor

    john.neville@us.army.mil

    Benjamin Brockington and his fellow Soldiers from Troop L of the 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment are two weeks from becoming the Army’s newest scouts.

    The unit was among several from Fort Knox attending Sunday’s Louisville Bats game at Slugger Field as part of the team’s annual military Appreciation Day.

  • DoD begins dropping use of first 5 digits

    By CHARLIE REED

    Stars and Stripes

    European Edition

    When Social Security numbers were essentially worthless, they used to be stitched and spray-painted on troops’ duffel bags.

    Now that identity thieves can parlay the numbers into thousands of dollars or more, the Department of Defense is trying to make them invisible. And not just to the naked eye.

    The DoD recently announced it will begin truncating Social Security numbers on military identification cards in December. Only the last four digits of the number will appear on the card.

  • Around the Force

    D.C. clinic aids veterans with free legal assistance

    Stars and Stripes, Online Edition

    Iraq veterans who needed legal help with the service-connected disability claims got it free during a clinic held Tuesday in the Washington, D.C. area.

    The clinic was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1401 Eye Street, Northwest, sponsored by the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association and local offices of the legal firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC.

  • Central blanks Knox

    By NATHANIEL BRYAN

    Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

    Kristina Krupinski was one of only two Central Hardin players not to reach base safely at least once Tuesday night.

    But that’s perfectly fine for Lady Bruin coach Mark Martin because of what Krupinski did to Fort Knox from inside the pitchers’ circle.

    A freshman, Krupinski struck out six, walked one and limited Fort Knox to just two hits as the second-seeded Lady Bruins downed the third-seeded Lady Eagles, 2-0 in the second semifinal of the 17th District Softball Tourna-ment at Elizabethtown.

  • German POW art donated to U.S.

    By NANCY

    MONTGOMERY

    Stars and Stripes

    European Edition

    No one’s quite sure how long he was a prisoner or exactly how he’d come to be confined at the former Stalag V-A.

    What is known is that Rudolf Menge was one of hundreds of thousands of “disarmed enemy forces” after Nazi Germany surrendered to Allied Forces in 1945.