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Opinion

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Senior Commander

    Two-hundred-thirty-three years ago, our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. With a flourish of a pen, they pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for the pursuit of freedom.

    That willingness to fight for freedom has seen us liberate not only our own nation but the nations of Western Europe, the Philippines, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan from the tyrannical bonds that threatened to bind a people for generations.

  • This Independence Day, we celebrate our nation’s 233rd birthday. For the men and women in uniform, July Fourth is more than the birthday of our nation, it is a day we celebrate freedom.

    As Americans, we continue to value our liberty with the same passion as those who signed the Declaration of Independence.

    Freedom is cherished the most by those who defend it. The proud members of today’s great Army steadfastly pledge to defend the United States of America, just as those who fought to establish her.

  • By LARRY BARNES

    Turret Editor

    “Listen, my children,

    and you shall hear,

     a lot of cow dung

    about Paul Revere.”

    And so begins Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s stirring narrative poem of “The Landlord’s Tale: Paul Revere’s Ride” or, as it’s been drilled into the resistant brains of a bazillion American schoolchildren over the past 170-or-so years, “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”

  • By MAUREEN ROSE

    Turret Associate Editor

    Computer.

    One that computes, according to the dictionary.

    Specifically, an electronic device that stores, retrieves and processes data.

  • Fort Knox CPAC

    The Army’s New Strategic Recruitment Process was created to satisfy customers and improve the recruitment process.

    The goals of the new process are to improve customer service and satisfaction, expedite the recruitment process, improve the quality of candidates, reduce vacancy fill time, and eliminate re-work.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Senior Commander

    One thing that has remained a constant in the Army throughout the years is that change is inevitable and usually right around the corner.

     This is a truism that has been used time and again and may be more applicable to today’s Army than ever before.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    After eight years of war, the hurrying passengers in Savannah airport must have been used to this scene. I was. A military mom chased a toddler in a purple shirt. A preschooler with tight blonde curls zoomed around with a Welcome Home Daddy sign that he had scribbled all over.

    It was some-thing about his sister that stopped me in my tracks. She looked like every other ten year old in the country. One of those ruffly peasant shirts. Fresh jeans. Bright white sneakers pressed together in the spot where her mom told her to stand.

  • Smithsonian Magazine

    This Father’s Day, enjoy a look at fathers and sons in one of America’s most famous—and complicated—families.

    The June issue of Smithsonian Magazine highlights the relationships between the flamboyant and highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, and former Fort Knox Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. George S. Patton; his father, the famous WWII commander; and his own son Ben, a NY-based documentary filmmaker.

  • By DAVID KUHSN SR.

    Fort Lewis, Wash.

    The traditions of service in the Army sometimes seem a bit disconnected from this what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world we live in.

    But those traditions became part of the fabric of the Army for very practical reasons. We should be very careful about turning away from those hard-earned lessons.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Senior Commander

    For many years Army installations have posted signs at their gates declaring how many days had transpired since the last traffic fatality.

    No one can remember if the signs at our

    gates ever reached 400 days without a fatality, but we’ve reached that number

    and it continues to grow daily.

    How has Fort Knox managed to go so long without a traffic fatality when  the post couldn’t accomplish it in all those prior years?

  • By Jacey Eckhart

    CinCHouse.com

    My husband’s commanding officer drove a Mercedes SL convertible. OK, it wasn’t exactly fresh off the lot, not even on an 06’s salary. But it was a sweet ride just the same. The fact that the CO himself looked like Tom-Cruise-circa-Top-Gun was a really good thing, too. The whole package meant that Brad could see himself behind the wheel of a Mercedes later in his career.

    It meant I could see myself making out with some hot old guy in a uniform. Gave a girl cause to hope.

  • By MIKE TURNER and GEORGE DESARIO

    Members, U.S. Armor Association

    The United States Armor Association is the professional organization for Soldiers and civilians who serve in and support armor and cavalry units.

    The association was established as the United States cavalry association by a small group of Cavalry Officers at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. in 1885. Since those days on the plains, the association’s charter has been to preserve and foster the spirit, the traditions, and the solidarity of cavalry and armor in the Marine Corps and Army.

  • AAA Traveler Kentucky

    “Bill, can I borrow your truck? I have to pick up a new mattress.”

    Questions like this are routine. Friends and neighbors borrow and lend their vehicles. College roommates borrow their friends’ cars.

    Six cars are parked in a driveway at a party and one needs to be moved so another can pull out. The owner tosses someone the keys and tells him to move it.

    When situations like these end with an auto accident, whose insurance pays—the owner’s or the borrower’s?

  • By GERRY GILMORE

    American Forces Press Service

    As the Army continues to battle radical extremists in Iraq and Afghanistan, global trends and conditions portend the likelihood that “persistent conflict” will occur around the world for some years to come, the Army’s top military officer said in Washington, D.C., May 28.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    On Memorial Day, the Washington Post ran a touching story about a woman who was engaged to an Army sergeant who deployed to Iraq.

    Sgt. Michael Hull-ender died in action before they could marry. Although the family included the fiancée in the funeral service and returned to her mementos of the time the two were together, the story focused on how fiancées of military members have no legal standing. No grief counseling. No rights to the deceased’s effects. No benefits. No SGLI. No say.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Senior Commander

    June is National Safety Month. It’s also the kick-off of the summer change of command “season.” There are two programs that have kept our Soldiers safe over the past months and will keep us safe through this period of leadership transition—Oak Tree Counseling and Composite Risk Management.

  • By BETH LAMBERT

    homefrontonline.com

    “Do you miss him?”

    “Oh, just stay busy and it will go by quickly. It’s only a year.”

    “You signed up for this when you married him. You knew it was going to happen eventually.”

    “After he gets home, you’ll get tired of him and want to send him right back.”

    “I don’t know how you do it. I wouldn’t be able to be apart from my man like that.”

    “When is he going to quit that deployment thing anyway?”

  • By NAVY LT. JENNIFER CRAGG

    Special to American Forces Press Service

    The Defense Department has unveiled “DoDLive,” a centrally linked and unified platform from which services can create and maintain blogs.

    “This blogging tool allows all branches of the military an opportunity to establish an official blog about their command, organization or unit,” said Brian Natwick, acting director of the Defense Media Activity’s emerging media directorate and general manager of the Pentagon Channel.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Senior Commander

    In 1992, Congress designated May to be a month-long celebration to commemorate the contributions made by people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States.

    May was chosen because of two important dates in history: the first Japanese immigration to America on May 7, 1864, and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    I’ve always thought that certain parts of our military lives ought to come with their own private cheerleader. Farewells, overseas childbirths, those precious moments when you try to use your cash card at the commissary only to discover that Direct Deposit paid everyone else in the military except you. Those moments require some additional encouragement.