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Opinion

  • By LARRY BARNES

    Turret Editor

    larry.barnes2@us.army.mil

    Okay, let’s clear this up right now:

    Coupon is properly pronounced “coo-pon.”

    It is NOT properly pronounced “kew-pon.”

    No way, no how.

    I don’t know how this miserable mispro-nunciation came to be accepted, but you must immediately cease using it, particularly in public.

    Today.

    This moment.

    Because frankly, you’re embarrassing yourself.

    And me.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    I travelled to Fort Benning, Ga., last week for our Quarterly Maneuver Center of Excellence Board of Directors meeting, and once again I came away impress-ed with the progress we are making as we build the MCOE at Benning.

  • American Forces Press Service

    The Defense Department and communities throughout the world are continuing the

    23-year tradition of recognizing the importance of military children in April.

    The Month of the Military Child, first celebrated in 1986, is especially important today, said Arthur Myers, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy.

  • By MARK ABRAMSON

    Stars and Stripes

    European Edition

    The U.S. military overseas is playing a pivotal role in ensuring that Americans living abroad are counted for the 2010 census—but the data collected overseas is far less detailed than what is gathered in the states.

    Officials from the Department of Defense Manpower Data Center have met, and plan to meet again, with the U.S. Census Bureau to get a final tally of how many service members, dependents and DoD civilians live abroad.

  • National Volunteer Week will be celebrated April 19-25. This year’s theme, “Celebrate the Power of Volunteers Making A Difference!” reflects the Army tradition of volunteerism, leadership, mentoring, and the president’s call to service.

    During National Volunteer Week, we salute our dedicated volunteers—Soldiers, retirees, civilians, spouses, and youth—for their contributions and their commitment to service.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox commander

    April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    Recently, the Army revamped its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program in the wake of an increase in sexual assaults within the Army.

    The new program, which is overseen by the Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention office, is

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    Every time we PCSd to a new place, my brothers would make friends first. I would beg to be included and cry when the boys left me out. Then my mom would call Steve and Dan inside and say, “Your friends will come and go, but you’ll know your brothers and sisters all of your life.”

  • By ALLY ROGERS

    Sports editor

    Basic trainees must undergo the gas chamber experience as part of their training. I realized, of course, that being gassed couldn’t be fun, but I never thought it could be as dramatic—or traumatic—as people who have experienced it make it seem.

    Man, was I wrong!

  • By RICH WHITE

    Executive Director

    Car Care Council

    It’s a common misconception that consumers must return to the new car dealership for their vehicle’s maintenance and repair in order to protect the warranty.

    In fact, there is a law that protects  consumers’ rights to have maintenance and repairs done by their local independent repair shop without affecting the warranty.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    Fort Knox and the Armor Center are facing a lot of changes in the future as the Armor Center and School move to Fort Benning,  Ga. and Fort Knox transi-tions into the Human Resources Center of Excellence with several deployable units on post.

    During this process, it is reassuring to know that none of these changes are being executed “in a vacuum,” and we have the support of our senior leaders who know how critical our missions are.

  • By R. KEITH LANE

    Director of Safety

    Fort Knox Safety Office

    In an effort to reduce accidents among Army motorcycle riders and heighten motor-cycle safety aware-ness, the Fort Knox Instal-lation Safety Office and the post Motorcycle Mentorship Program will present a Motorcycle Safety Day April 15.

    Beginning at Olive Theater and concluding at Kilianski Sports Complex, locations of the day’s activities will be the official duty stations for all Soldiers and civilians who operate a motorcycle on Fort Knox.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    Last week I was part of a team giving speeches to a deployed squadron that was about to head home. The chaplain prepared his ‘Ten Com-mandments of Home-coming’ brief. The lady from family services dropped by to remind everybody not to take over the checkbook.

    Me, I was busy forgetting important stuff I wanted to

    tell these service members.

  • By STAFF SGT. LEONARD TALLEY

    Fort Knox

    I think too many of us take for granted the level of knowledge and expertise that it takes to build the military equipment that we have.

    As a combat Soldier I can recall many Soldiers on many occasions ranting about how horrible the vehicles and equipment are, all the while never giving a real thought into what it took just to get that so-called “piece of crap” that they currently have. Usually the only compliment they do have is to say that it’s little better than what they had before.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    My sons aren’t really silky robe kinda guys. We don’t have a silky robe kinda life. But this week when I was on Okinawa, I spent an hour searching the concessionaires to find silky Japanese robes for my boys.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    In addition to March being recognized as Women’s History Month, President Obama has recently signed a Presiden-tial Pro-clamation declaring it Amer-ican Red Cross Month.

    The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton—a teacher who began working on humanitarian causes as a result of the Civil War.

  • By REGINA GALVIN

    Operation Homefrontonline.com

    I am a senior spouse, or so the Army tells me. Senior spouse? Ouch. That designation makes me think I should be gumming down oatmeal and wearing Depends.

    As a senior spouse, I get invited to lots of mandatory fun events; I’m asked (expected?) to serve on committees; I am approached by younger wives who seek my wisdom on all things military—yeah, right.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    March celebrates Women’s History Month, and on March 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the Candlelight Room of the Leaders Club, the entire post is invited to honor the event.

    This year’s theme is “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet,” and focuses on women who have been instrumental in our country’s “Green” environmental movement.

  • By JACEY ECKHART/CinCHouse.com

    I held the platter aloft. If I passed it to my husband on my right, my mother-in-law would be insulted because she would get last pick of the steaks. If I passed the platter to my mother-in-law on my left, she would be mad because Emily Post says that the only proper way to pass a dish at table is to the right.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    Some troubling statistics about suicide in the Army, which were recently released have prompted an Army-wide suicide stand down.

    In January, 24 U.S. Soldiers are believed to have committed suicide. The number is not just the highest monthly total since the Army started tracking suicide rates in 1980; it is more deaths than were sustained in combat that month by all branches of the armed forces combined.

    By comparison, in January 2008 there were only five suicides in the Army.

  • Ally Rogers wrote a great article on the Cirque de Soleil in last week’s Turret. My wife and I are hoping to see the Louisville show.

    There is one minor clarification to make: Canada was founded as a nation in 1867, and only recently celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2007. In 1983, the Canadian province of Quebec celebrated the 450th anniversary of