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Opinion

  • By MEREDITH LEYVA

    CinCHouse.com

    One of the imprints I hope leaders will leave on the military is a better sense of professionalism.

    It’s difficult for a young service member or civil servant to learn office skills and professionalism if no one ever teaches them, but they are critical to serving military families.

  • Thanks to the Ireland Army Community Hospital cafeteria for another excellent Thanksgiving dinner, as well as a wonderful atmosphere and a very friendly and caring staff.

    It was a pleasure for my husband and me to dine with them.

    Barbara Goode

    Louisville

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday which serves to bring Americans together, and yet many Americans seem to have forgotten its meaning.

    As a school kid growing up on various military posts, I was taught that Thanksgiving was celebrated first by the Pilgrims at Plymouth (Mass.) Plantation in 1621. It was a celebration of the harvest and of the fact that  the settlers had survived in the New World.

  • By BRYCE DUBEE

    Stars and Stripes

    Pacific Edition

    I decided on Feb. 1, 2007, to quit smoking and let the world know in a piece in Stars and Stripes. I figured I’d put myself out there and commit to quitting in public.

    Well, 20 months and a few relapses later, I’m still going strong.

    But it hasn’t been easy.

  • I am retired after serving more than 20 years in the U.S. Army.

    Since I’ve been retired, my wife and I have done a lot of traveling, and when we do we usually stop at the closest military bases, either to stay at the post inns or to use the other facilities.

    I want to give credit to some of the least appreciated but most important employees on Fort Knox, the security guards. I believe Fort Knox has one of the best security guard programs in the entire military, and many other people I have talked to agree.

  • The Fort Knox Army Substance Abuse Program

    It is widely known that driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is risky business. It is a safety concern for every driver on the road, and the consequences or those involved in related accidents—the victim, the perpetrator, and families on both sides—can be devastating.

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    The Department of Defense has declared November as Warrior Care Month, with the goal of increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, their families, and those who care about them.

    I am proud that we are doing so much at Fort Knox toward this important mission with the assistance of our medical team, the garrison team, and strong leadership.

  • By TIM SHANNON

    Public Affairs Officer

    Ireland Army Community Hospital

    Ireland Army Community Hospital’s Health and Wellness clinic is celebrating the Great American Smokeout today.

    Ireland is offering “Adopt-a-Smoker” kits for people wishing to help a friend, co-worker, or family member kick the tobacco habit, and providing displays with information on the dangers of tobacco use. The displays are staffed by volunteers who have successfully participated in past tobacco cessation programs.

  • Come visit with the “new” University of Alabama Alumni Chapter for a “Beat Auburn” football party Nov. 29 at the Fox and Hound behind Kohl’s at Oxmoor Center in Louisville.

    Contact the undersigned at (502) 626-0363 for details.

    Capt. James “Mitch” Leith

    Fort Knox USAREC Health

    Services Directorate

  • By SHARON VANDERHOOF

    Knox Hills

    The Fort Knox Fire Department responded recently to a call of a carbon monoxide detector going off in the home of a Knox Hills resident. The family members were taken to Ireland Army Community Hospital for observation and were released after tests determined that the carbon monoxide levels in their blood were not life-threatening.

  • The Fort Knox Parent to Parent team thanks the following for making the Military Child Education Coalition’s Tell Me A Story event a great success:

    The Fort Knox Spouses and Community Club; Devers Youth Center; Army Family Action Plan; McDonald’s of Radcliff; the Turret, Maj. Gen. Donald Campbell; the facilitators, scribes, and youth volunteers; and all the families that spent an afternoon making reading a family event.

    Thank you all for your support.

    Ruth Hubner

    Fort Knox Parent to Parent

  • By MAJ. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    This month has been designated the Month of the Military Family and has been highlighted by various events across post, including the Yellow Ribbon Formation last Friday on Godman Airfield.

    I’ll start this week’s column by thanking all of you who have supported these events. I especially thank our hard-working ACS and MWR personnel for organizing the creation of the world’s largest human yellow ribbon. It was an awesome sight and we believe it set a Guinness Book world record.

  • By ALLISON GARDNER

    American Cancer Society

    The third Thursday in November is the Great American Smokeout, when smokers are urged to quit for a day.

    Smoking is a serious problem, especially in young Soldiers, according to the latest DoD survey of health-related behaviors (2005).

    In the pay grades E-1 through E-3, those who indicated they’d done any cigarette smoking in the 30 days before they were surveyed was an astonishing 53 percent. Among all Soldiers who answered the survey, 38 percent were smokers.

  • By LARRY BARNES

    Turret Editor

    “Mr. Jones, you just switched off your TV. Would you mind telling us why?”

    “Not a bit. There’s a made-for-television movie just starting. It’s one of those that’s based on a novel written by a former good ol’ boy who now lives in Beverly Hills. I’ve seen it.”

    What do you mean you’ve seen it? Tonight is its premier showing.”

    “When you’ve see one fine old Southern tragedy, you’ve seen’em all.”

  • By MAJ. CHRISTOPHER YOUNG

    Canadian Forces Liaison-Armoured

    Fort Knox

    Remembrance Day 2008 – 90 Years of Reflection

    In Flanders Fields

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow

    Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago

    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:

  • By BRAD TAFT

    Registered Nurse

    U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine

    As a Soldier, you are part of a team that is not just strong, but Army Strong.

    You have physical strength, mental strength, and emotional strength. You are “strong enough to get yourself over” and “strong enough to get over yourself.” This strength can help you win the fight against the fiercest addiction you may ever face—tobacco addiction.

  • Thank you to Turret sports editor Ally Rogers for her article and photos on the Fort Knox Eagles youth football team.

    However I wasn’t pleased with some of the wording that was used in the article, such as paragraphs beginning with “The 2008 Eagles were” and “Also on the team was.”

    This was a team of 10-12-year-olds, and they all played great. They all played together and they all should have been labeled as 2008 Eagles together.

    Valerie Prather

    Fort Knox

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON WILLIAMS

    Fort Knox Commander

    Tuesday we will recognize Veterans Day, a very significant and important holiday to me and my family as I know it is to many of you.

    Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor all those who have served or are serving honorably in the military during war or peace.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    Tomorrow and Saturday, retirees from around our multi-state region will come to Fort Knox for our annual open house. This event is enormously important to those on post and, I hope, brings an opportun-ity for many retirees to gather, see friends, and obtain current information.

  • By JACEY ECKHART/CinCHouse.com

    I’m trying to forget how to read.

    I’d like my eyes to scan right by headlines that detail exactly how many millions we’ve lost in retirement income.

    I’d like to skip over that mailing telling me why we military folks shouldn’t bail out of the Thrift Savings Plan.

    I’d like never to receive e-mails from the president of my insurance company assuring me that even in the midst of this turmoil, they remain strong and stand ready to serve my financial needs.