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Opinion

  • By KELLIE ETHERIDGE

    Turret Staff Writer

    I’m so excited—tomorrow is Halloween, my favorite holiday.

    Okay, some of you may not consider Oct. 31 a “holiday.” Sure, most of us still have to get up and go to work or school, and the banks and post offices are open, but to me it’s a holiday. I’ve always loved Halloween.

    Why?

    At the end of October, autumn is in full swing. The trees are a crimson and gold and leaves are falling off the trees, creating a snowglobe effect.

  • Compiled by the Turret Staff

    We’re falling back Nov. 2.

    Starting in 2007, daylight time began in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ended on the first Sunday in November.

    On the second Sunday in March, clocks are set ahead one hour at 2 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3 a.m. local daylight time.

    On the first Sunday in November, clocks are set back one hour at 2 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1 a.m. local standard time.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    Two weeks ago I attended International Night at the Fort Knox Leaders Club, and this week I’m visiting the French and British Armor Schools.

    Both of these events have brought to mind how important our international students are to Fort Knox, and how important our International Military Student Office is on post. The friendships this program fosters with our allies and the lessons our students learn from having these international students in our classrooms are invaluable to our training. 

  • By TIM SHANNON

    Public Affairs Officers

    Ireland Army Community Hospital

    “I’m sorry, we’re looking for someone with a little more experience.”

    It’s the ultimate catch-22 for any person looking to break into the job market. To get a job, you have to have experience in the job that cannot be gained unless you do the job! So, what’s a person wanting to break into the job market do?

    It’s simple, actually. Volunteer your time.

    The benefits of volunteering are real and tangible.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    As I have written before, I travel a lot. This week I was in Virginia, Texas, and Georgia before I got a chance to come to home sweet home—Fort Knox.

    While in Virginia, I attended a summit led by TRADOC to discuss BRAC. It is my belief that the BRAC process needs to be as seamless as possible, and so I thought I would discuss with you some of the common themes we have talked about in an effort to keep you up to date.

  • By ALLISON PERKINS

    CinCHouse.com

    Ahh, fall. The time of year when the leaves turn, the air cools, and many husbands disappear into the glow of the television, just in time for kick-off.

    It’s the time of year when every Saturday afternoon, some Friday nights, and many Mondays are filled with the televised sounds of crowds cheering, refs’ whistles blowing, and husbands booing or cheering loudly enough to wake up the kids.

  • By DOUGLAS BANKSTON

    Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention

    Directorate of Emergency Services

    As fire safety educators, firefighters do their best to educate Fort Knox residents about ways to prevent fires in our community.

    But as we all know, the highest level of vigilance regarding home fire safety may not be enough.

  • Fort Knox Fire Department

    A pot holder too close to a lit burner, or a space heater left on overnight, could be all it takes to start a home fire.

    In fact, cooking and heating are among the leading causes of home fires in the United States, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association.

    That’s why the Fort Knox Fire Department has teamed up with NFPA through Saturday to urge Fort Knox residents to “Prevent Home Fires” during Fire Prevention Week.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    Because fall is upon us and winter is nearing, I felt it prudent to remind everyone once again how important it is to use our Composite Risk Management procedures and Oak Tree counseling to remain safe during the change in seasons.

  • By TERRI HELUS

    U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

    With the launch of the Peer to Peer video competition, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., hopes to harness the power of peer influence to help prevent accidents and save lives.

    The competition tagline, “Make a movie—save a life,” challenges Soldiers to personalize safety messaging by creating short videos which promote off-duty safety awareness. The goal is to have Soldiers create safety messages that speak directly to their peers.

  • By DR. JOHN CLEMENTS

    Jordan Dental Clinic

    I have always wanted to be in the Army. Now, at age 68, my wish has come true.

    After graduating from the University of Kentucky College Of Dentistry in 1967, I volunteered, but the dental quota for the Army was already filled. Later, when my sister’s husband, Capt. Bradley Ransom, was killed in Vietnam, I volunteered once more, but the Army Dental Corps was again full.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    During the first week of September, I attended the TRADOC Senior Commander’s Seminar on Prevention of Sexual Assault, and it really hit home for me.

    In 2007, the Army’s rate of reported sexual assault cases was more than twice our fellow services’ rates. This week I’m writing about what I learned a few weeks ago and help shed some light on the new direction the Army and Fort Knox are going with this program.

  • By JACEY ECKHART

    CinCHouse.com

    In the Court of Mommy Opinion at our bus stop, I have been judged and found wanting. This time I committed the unpardonable act of making my freshman in high school (gasp!) walk to school.

    That’s right. He missed the bus so I made him walk 1.62 miles across flat ground under a blue sky to get to school.

    I know, I know. I ought to be shot. Or at least yelled at.

    “But what if he is late!” asked the lawyer mom.

  • By JOHN NEVILLE

    Turret Staff Writer

    john.neville@us.army.mil

    I’ll be the first to admit it. I haven’t been too good about seeing my parents in North Canton, Ohio, ever since they moved there from Columbus a few years ago.

    Well, they finally took matters into their own hands and drove down to Louisville two weeks ago.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    The Central Kentucky area experienced some rough winds Sept. 14 and Fort Knox was included in the area that experienced damage.

    The winds knocked down trees and power lines on post and beyond. We fared pretty well compared to some of our friends and partners outside the gate and the rest of the nation. I thank all of the folks on Fort Knox for working so hard to keep power and water running to all our residents and work force.

  • The Secretary of Defense has designated the week of Oct. 12-18 as Absentee Voters Week. Every leader must continue to encourage Soldiers and eligible family members who want to vote to complete and return their ballots to their state of legal residence to ensure they are received in time to be counted.

  • Fort Knox High School has had a rich athletic heritage with state football, track and field, and wrestling titles. One of our alumni, Romeo Crennel, head coach of the Cleveland Browns, first distinguished himself as an athlete on the fields at Fort Knox.

    Sadly, in recent years the Fort Knox High School athletic programs have been unable to sustain this level of excellence. To stay competitive in high school athletics today requires resources beyond the capability of the Department of Defense school system.

  • By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

    Fort Knox Commander

    This week I had the pleasure of attending the Infantry Warfighting Symposium at Fort Benning and checking on the progress of the Armor School. I have to say things are moving along nicely, and I wanted to take a few minutes to touch upon some of the changes going on at Fort Benning.

    It was great to spend a few days with our maneuver brethren at the future home of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, and I look forward to the Infantry School joining us this spring for our own Armor Warfighting Symposium.

  • Life is better with electricity. But aside from the warm nights, it hasn’t been too bad.

    I was actually asleep when the flat-line wind gusts of up to 81 mph, remnants of Ike, hit the Louisville area Sunday morning.