Turret Associate Editor


    As I often do when an interview with an individual has been scheduled, I read the advance biography and resume of Buddy Bucha so I wouldn’t sound like a total idiot and, hopefully, could ask intelligent questions.

  •   The Turret staff can be proud of its long history of providing its readers a quality weekly newspaper.

    I have kept abreast of its reporting since my first arrival for assignment at Fort Knox in July 1973.

      The thrust of this letter is to bring to the forefront the question, “What’s In A Name?”  I refer of course to the title of the Fort Knox newspaper, the Turret.  We know that the important word “turret” relates to the U.S. Army Armor Branch in the form of an integral composite element of a tank.


    Army Medicine

    The Army marks National Depression Awareness Month in October, with a theme of “Depression is Treatable—Get Screened—Seek Care.”

    Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that, if left untreated, may lead to other complicated medical conditions. Seeking treatment for a medical condition is not a sign of weakness. It may prevent a good Soldier from becoming a casualty.

  • By LT. GEN.


    IMCOM commander


    Fort Knox Employee Assistance Program

    Drug-Free Work Week is a dedicated time each year to highlight the benefits that drug-free workplace programs bring to employers, workers, and communities.

    Your Fort Knox Army Substance Abuse Program is highlighting this national awareness campaign. Join us to work toward making not only this week a drug- free work week, but every week a drug-free work week.

    The Drug-Free Work Week campaign is designed to spread the word that working drug free promotes:



    Did you get one of those spouse questionnaires about whether gays should serve in the military?

    I did not.

  • Fort Knox American Red  Cross

    When the Pilgrims first set foot on the new continent in 1620, they were shown how to raise crops by the native Indians. Because of that demonstrated kindness, the Pilgrims were able to celebrate the first Thanksgiving in 1621, one year after they landed in Plymouth, Mass.


    Fort Knox Commander

    On Sept. 17, 1968, Public Law 90-498 authorized the President a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week.  The resolution called upon the people of the United States to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

    On Aug. 17, 1988, Public Law 100-402 amended Public Law 90-498, changing National Hispanic Heritage Week to National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.



    I could have been a statistic. Without a choice. Without a say.

    But thanks to my mother’s decision to quit smoking as I began growing in her womb, I’m not.

    Instead, at 28 years old, I get to tell the world why quitting smoking is not always just a personal choice—it’s a lifesaving choice for someone else. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that on average, about 49,000 people die from secondhand smoke in the United States each year.



    My husband was deployed overseas as I sat in the dermatologist office waiting for my bi-annual skin cancer screening to end.

    I was not prepared for how that visit ended.

    “I think this may be basal cell carcinoma,” the dermatologist said.

    My mind was a million miles away. The fact that basal cell carcinoma is skin cancer didn’t fully click until I returned home. It was then I freaked out. For the next agonizing 48 hours, I waited for the phone to ring with news of my results.



    As a new military wife, Shauna happened to be on post during Retreat.

    As the cannon fired, she was sure the post was under attack. She rushed back to her friend’s home to instruct her to take cover. The other wives stifled their laughter and told her to relax. Then they filled her in on protocol during Reveille and Retreat on post.


    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Time is running out for those who qualify to receive their Stop Loss Special Pay. The deadline to claim it is Oct. 21, but less than half of the more than 145,000 people eligible have submitted claims.

    It’s not a scam. And it’s not a joke. It’s YOUR money, so come get it.

    Just in case you had forgotten, the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act authorized retroactive stop loss special pay of $500 for every month or partial month served in stop loss status.

  • Department of Veterans Affairs

    Mortgage loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs continue to have the lowest rate for serious delinquency and foreclosures in the industry.


    Fort Knox commander

    September is Suicide Prevention Month. It is not the only month we pay attention to the issue, but it is the month that highlights what we’ve learned and what we need to do in the future.

    When we lose a Soldier, family member, or civilian to suicide, we lose a vital part of our team for whom we all grieve.



    My 8-year-old came up sputtering.

    “I have an announcement,” Pete said, struggling to his feet. “Always pay attention. Otherwise, the waves can knock you down.”

    Mr. Life Lessons had been making these “announcements”

    all day long. Although we made half a dozen trips to Delaware and Virginia beaches this year, Pete had zero interest in actually getting in the ocean. Pete is little. Waves are scary.

  • Citizens and Soldiers of Elizabethtown, Fort Knox, Radcliff, Vine Grove, and West Point:

    On behalf of all the Vietnam veterans who attended the incredible “Heartland Salute to Vietnam Veterans” held in your communities Aug. 26-29, we extend sincerest thanks. Your patriotism at each event uplifted and energized us.

    We felt humbled by your recognition of our past military service, yet full of gratitude to you for removing the blanket of shame that enshrouded us for so long.

  • I read the letter from Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bill Michitsch in the Sept. 2 Turret. What a lovely heartfelt sentiment! As I read his letter it brought tears to my eyes.

    I am the wife of a Vietnam/Thailand veteran. We must never forget that right on the border of Vietnam was the U.S. Air Force, protecting those perimeters so our pilots could get out and run their bombing missions

    We must remember that the men and women who worked those bases, were as much in harm’s way as those fighting right in the midst.



    The phenomenon of Geographic Bachelors—those guys who move to their new duty station and leave their families behind—has always puzzled me. Now that Brad and I are going the GeoBach route during the next year, I’m more curious than ever.

    Because there is no way that this is easier for families. It can’t possibly be costing the military less money. So where is the research? Where are the numbers? Why isn’t GeoBach one of those military social problems under intense scrutiny?


    Turret Associate Editor


    Watching Soldiers carry the coffin of a warrior who has been killed in action is a tough story to cover.  Seeing a uniformed brother struggle to maintain his professional composure as he renders a salute, then follows the coffin to its destination, makes my throat tighten with emotion. Hearing the sobs of a bereaved mother starts the tears down my own face.