• I commend John Neville’s commentary in last week’s edition of the Turret.

    Neville expressed in a very eloquent and lucid fashion what would have to be the feelings of 99 percent of Americans who owe some sort of debt to any financial institution in the United States.

    His facts and observations are spot on, and he really hit the nail on the head with his analysis.


    Turret Associate Editor


    Most military families have endured this kind of dialogue on long car trips.

    “Isn’t it time for lunch yet?”

    “No, we had breakfast about an hour ago.”

    “Ooo, look, there’s a sign for the world’s largest alligator. Let’s go see it.”



    Too much cuteness is available for me to live my life in peace.

    I mean it. Just this morning I was innocently paging through a back issue of O maga-zine when I saw this adorable book of pictures and personal stories I could make myself. It was so easy! I could just upload my stuff onto heritagemakers.com and I could—according to them—make history.



    Over the holidays, my sister-in-law told me that the economy was so bad in their area that the guys she worked with were thinking of—-gasp!—-joining the military. As if joining the military was the last sad stop on the way to debtor’s prison.


    Stars and Stripes

    European Edition

    Overseas military voters from 16 states and the District of Columbia had little chance of successfully voting in the presidential election this year, according to a new study released Jan. 6.

    Researchers from The Pew Center on the States found that the slow pace of the postal services and the late mailing deadlines for absentee ballots made it nearly impossible for military voters in those 17 areas to have their ballot verified and counted.


    Fort Knox Commander

    As many Soldiers do, I take great pride in serving my country and I take great pride in the Army. I am proud of the Army because it truly gives anyone the opportunity to excel.

    I am proud that in the United States, Soldiers do not judge each other by where they are from or the color of their skin; to a Soldier all other Soldiers are honored and respected for their different skills and abilities.

    We’ve come far, things were not always this way.


    Turret Staff Writer

    I’ve never been one to let creditors make me nervous when they call inquiring about a payment on my student loans or a credit card bill. In fact, I’ve always been cordial.

    Well, forget that. I’ve relegated them to telemarketer status.


    It’s simple. I want a bailout, too.


    Fort Knox Commander

    Happy New Year! And for those who took some leave over the holidays, welcome back!

    As we head into 2009, and my second year of command at Fort Knox, I think it’s pertinent to review my priorities.

  • According to the poet Virgil, Irretrievable time is flying.

    Nowhere does that truth flaunt itself more flagrantly in my face than on my waistline.

    I have vowed—numerous times, I’m afraid—to get serious about a diet and lose some weight.

    Here I am, at the beginning of another year, and the time has gotten away from me again. Not only did I fail to lose weight during 2008, I am reasonably certain I have gained a few pounds.



    Recently I did an interview with Dana Dratch (Google her work. She’s an excellent writer on personal finance and a wonderful human being, too!) We were talking about ways to reduce your grocery budget. One of the strategies that I mentioned was eliminating food waste.

    Wasting food is particularly hard on a food budget. Think about it. You’ve already spent the money. And you get zero benefit from it when it hits the trash. Can’t get much worse than that if you’re a Dollar Stretcher.


    Fort Knox Commander

    Anyone who has served in the military knows breaks during basic training are rare. Transitioning civilians into Soldiers is a serious undertak-ing—one that requires intense, exhaust-ing training with a 24/7 focus. And no one does this better than the drill sergeants and cadre at Fort Knox.

  • The American Red Cross extends a heartfelt thank you to the Fort Knox community for its generous support of the Santa’s Workshop program.

    With your help, Santa’s Workshop has, to date, helped more than 500 children. Their Christmas will certainly be brighter because of your donations.

    Thank you Fort Knox and the surrounding community!

    Happy holidays.

    Cathy Setter

    Station Chairman

    American Red Cross - Fort Knox



    You aren’t really crazy. Your preschooler really is a nutjob during deployment.

    Okay, maybe your particular preschooler really isn’t an actual nutjob. Maybe the word “nutjob” is not a technical term. But there is now proof that preschoolers are a bit off their nut during deployment.

    A new study came out last month that shows children ages 3 to 5 with a parent deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan appear to exhibit more behavior problems than their peers whose parents have not deployed.


    Turret Staff Writer


    While many believe that Jesus was born Dec. 25, most Christians will acknowledge that no one knows the exact day he was born.

    His birth, to many, is the reason Christmas is celebrated throughout the world. Although the Bible doesn’t give the exact date, many others are adamant that Christmas is the correct date of Jesus’ birth.

  • By Kellie Etheridge

    Staff Writer

    Look at the pretty lights. No, not the ones on the Christmas trees or the houses, but the ones flashing red and blue on the emergency vehicles.

    Their flashing is the result of another car pulled over on the side of the road for speeding, or perhaps two SUVs smashed up in the median.

    Everyone is always in such a rush. It’s go, go, GO! It’s stressful out there.

    When did the speed limit on 31W change from 55 to 80?


    Fort Knox Commander

    Tomorrow we celebrate the Armor Birthday, which traces its roots to the birth of the U.S. Cavalry. It was on Dec. 12, 1776, that the Continental Congress authorized Gen. George Washington to establish a mounted force of 3,000 men. Washington converted Maj. Elisha Sheldon’s militia regiment into the Regiment of Light Dragoons. Later, in 1777, he was authorized to form three more cavalry regiments, and horse cavalry became a mainstay in the Continental Army.


    Students Against Destructive Decisions

    In this season of downy flake, it might be tempting to think that poet Robert Frost had teens in mind when he wrote:

    “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.”

    Sound familiar?

  • Tomorrow, the Patriot Guard Riders will conduct another Wreaths Across America event at 8 a.m. at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff.

    Fort Knox Capt. James Beavers of the 46th Adjutant General Battalion will place a wreath on the grave of an American Soldier, and there will be representatives present from other services.

    The public is invited.


    Fort Knox Commander

    As you came onto post this week, you may have noticed that our excellent security force was taking a little more time with the cars in front of you. You may also have noticed that the Visitors Center at the Chaffee Gate is undergoing construction.

    Both of these changes are part of my initiative to tighten post access control measures and to keep our Soldiers, families, and civilians safe.



    I just don’t get it. Why can’t our military folks be like those people on the Starship Enterprise? I always loved those episodes in the old show when the little starship family all happily deployed in their quarters together.

    “I could do that,” I told my husband before his first deployment. “I could zip into one of those velour outfits with the pointy breasts. Strap into a pair of high heeled black go-go boots. Braid my hair into a checkerboard and poof!”