Never ask me how my flight went. Because I’ll tell you.

    The flight switched gates three times. My seatmate ate a muffaletta sandwich with extra garlic on a six-hour flight and didn’t even offer me a bite.

    The flight attendants were older than my mother and their foot fat bulged out of their ugly shoes and blah blah blah blah. Blah.

  • I’m writing in reference to a KNOXINFO message that circulated around post last week. The message stated that beginning Nov. 1, motorcycle riders will have to show proof that they possess a Motorcycle Safety Foundation card, as well as an ID card, when they come onto post.

    To date, this post policy memo does not appear on the Fort Knox Homepage, however, I have attached an excerpt from FK Policy Memo, 16-08, “Motorcycle Riding Rules,” dated May 22, 08, as my reference (see bottom of my article).

    There are two issues I have with this new policy.


    Fort Knox Commander

    Sept. 11 is unquestionably the most significant day in the current history of Americans. Like D Day and Pearl Harbor Day, it strikes a chord in the hearts of Americans. We painfully remember where we were seven years ago and the slow realization then that this impenetrable great nation of ours had been attacked.

  • Is it just me, or do we seem to have an increased dog population in Clark area housing since the beginning of summer?

    We have had many new folks move in, so it shouldn’t be surprising that we have many new furry faces in the neighborhood.

    With that, maybe we should talk about the social protocol that comes with owning a pet in a community.

  • The girl picked up the Old English Sheepdog puppy and held it to her face. She turned so that her boyfriend could see how adorable they were together.

    “Isn’t he soooo cuuuuuuute?” she asked.

    The Soldier’s face softened. The girl and dog were pretty cute, all big eyes and artfully scraggy bangs—Angelina Jolie on a post-partum day. Irresistible.

    “You know,” the Soldier said, stroking the dog behind the ears. “If we got him, he’d be almost grown by the time I deployed. He’d take care of you.”



    Not every battle is worth the war, so it’s important to know how to sift through the details of your situation to determine whether it’s worth making a complaint to resolve it.

    One way to find out how far up the food chain you can climb is to inquire about an establishment’s customer service policy. Look for a Customer’s Bill of Rights at the service counter so there’s no question about what consumers should expect and what to do if they don’t get it.


    Fort Knox Commander

    Next week begins our Suicide Prevention Week at Fort Knox, and I want everyone on post to realize how important this training is. We must remain Army Strong and remember our creed.

    We have a few major themes for this program. They are: every life is important, suicide is preventable, and there is nothing wrong with getting help.  

  • Ally Burtner’s column stated that a cheerleader is one who LEADS (leads being the key word here) or participates in cheering.

    I have attended many sporting events and have never seen a mother convince all spectators to continuously yell her son’s name. Nor have I seen a teacher get everyone in the stands on their feet to yell “Green and White” or “Let’s Go Eagles!” I believe that takes talent and skill, and I wouldn’t call that mother or teacher a cheerLEADER.

  • In light of 100 percent ID checks (at Fort Knox gates) since 9/11, why is this still a requirement?

    I’m not being a smart aleck—just wondering what value it actually serves, especially for those of us who don’t get the numbered sticker that goes with the other three.

    Thank you for your time and attention.

    Keith Carter

    Fort Knox

    The requirement for 100 percent  ID card checks and the requirement for all post employees, Soldiers, and family members to have their vehicles registered serve two purposes.

  • I believe Ally Burtner might want to define which type of cheerleading she is referring to when stating that it isn’t a sport.

    Competitive cheerleading falls under the “sport” category just as football does. Middle school “pep” cheerleading does not. Mat maids are not in that category either, but All-Star cheerleaders most definitely belong in the sports category.

  • Ally Burtner wrote that in a dictionary you may find the word “sport” defined as a “physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.”

    All Star cheerleading is undeniably a physical activity that is governed by a set of rules (most often set by the United States All Star Federation) and ONLY engaged in competitively.

    The USASF has set rules regarding the age requirements, safety and routine requirements for All Star Cheerleading.


    Stars and Stripes

    Pacific Edition

    A new Defense Department virtual anti-smoking campaign targets junior enlisted personnel between the ages of 18 and 25.

    “Quit Tobacco. Make Everyone Proud” is centered on an interactive Web site that allows users to develop a personal plan for quitting, keep an online journal, play online video games, create a buddy list for support, listen to podcasts, and communicate privately with trained cessation counselors, according to the Air Force.

  • First, thanks to John Neville for the job he does reporting news in the Turret.

    This is not an issue for me but I do believe it needs attention because it’s the sort of story that irritates the heck out of folks in the work force.

    On the Aug. 21 Turret front page, above the fold was the article “Pay grade guaranteed for MCOE transfers” written by Neville. It is, I think, technically correct but misses the issue raised during the afternoon BRAC information briefing at Waybur Theater.

  • Bravo! A voice of common sense has once again been heard in the pages of the Turret.

    The “Cheerleading is not a sport” column by Ally Burtner in the Aug. 21 edition was nothing short of brilliant. It was insightful and wonderfully written.

    In such a politically correct world where badminton and ping pong are sadly allowed to become events in the Olympic Games, I am glad to see that some people still have a firm grip on reality, and what is truly right.


    Fort Knox Commander

    Today we welcome the rear detachment commander and NCOIC from the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division as they assist Sen. Mitch McConnell and me with the ribbon-cutting that officially opens their new barracks complex.


    Fort Knox Commander

    As most of you know, in my position I travel frequently. During these travels I have noticed that when people realize I am military, they smile and they thank me for my service.

    This statement takes me off guard at times because I am happy to serve, am proud to serve, and certainly do not expect anyone to thank me for doing something I believe is so important to our nation.


    CinCHouse Editor

    New to the military life?

    Regardless of the service in which your spouse serves, with that ring you did wed and now you’re a full-fledged member of the collective military family.

    Please allow me to let you in on some family secrets. There are a few things you should know about your relatives…

    First things first: Your spouse.

    Your spouse is among the one percent of Americans who is currently serving in the U.S. military—thank goodness someone stepped up to the plate.


    Stars and Stripes

    Mideast Edition

    Dozens of House and Senate members are asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the federal agency responsible for assisting overseas military voters, saying the potential exists for troops to be denied their chance to cast a ballot this year.

  • Let us first address John Neville’s column last week.

    At 54 mph in a 55 mph posted speed limit (Dixie Highway) you are absolutely correct in how others should not be behaving in such a manner toward you.


    Turret Associate


    If you have the assignment or choice to write an article to submit to the Turret, please know that we are happy to print articles submitted by our readers.

    However, since many of you were not journalism majors, you might not be aware of some of the limitations and guidelines by which the Turret staff must live. These tips may prove helpful to you.