By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge Special to GUIDONOur country observes Armed Forces Day each year on the third Saturday in May. On May 20, 1950, the first official Armed Forces Day was championed by President Harry S. Truman as a day for citizens to unite and honor our military members for their patriotic service.Saturday, we will honor those … [Read more...] about MSCoE command team message: Celebrating Armed Forces Day
By Eric Pilgrim Special to GUIDONMy son’s frustration grew with each move, but I chose to ignore it.I had a new job with unique stressors to focus on, so I didn’t feel I had the luxury of devoting time to my son’s feelings; he would get through it. By the time we reached Fort Knox in September 2017, his frustration had reached a tipping point.“Dad,” he said shortly after we … [Read more...] about Take time to listen to children during moves, deployments
Interviews by Sam Campbell“EEO is important because it enforces federal regulations regarding equality in the workplace that everyone is treated fairly throughout their employment. It is about addressing the balance so everyone feels equal, treated fairly and ensures that employers do not discriminate against employees based upon characteristics, such as race, color, religion, national origin, … [Read more...] about Why is equal employment opportunity important?
Photos and interviews by Amanda Sullivan“I love working with military dependents – they have a wealth of experiences to draw from. Their excitement and enthusiasm are infectious. I also appreciate the outstandingly positive culture at Partridge Elementary.I truly love my job and can’t imagine doing anything else.”“My favorite part of teaching is building those relationships with … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What do you love most about teaching?
By James Reddick Special to GUIDONI have a muzzle magnet. As best as I can tell, it’s located just in front of my navel.Firearm muzzles just seem to swing mindlessly toward it whenever I’m in or near a group of shooters. When a shooter carelessly points a muzzle at me, I immediately say something and they usually get upset that I implied they handled their weapon unsafely.Try this … [Read more...] about Control your firearm’s muzzle
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“I had a couple of family members who struggled with mental health issues. I saw the difficulty they had accessing care and feeling like they weren’t supported all the time.I really wanted to give back in a way and make a difference in peoples’ lives. I really enjoy celebrating the little victories with my patients. I think that’s my favorite part of my … [Read more...] about Who or what was your inspiration to go into the medical field?
By Chief Warrant Officer 3 Alphonso White Special to GUIDONI was headed home from a 15-month tour in Iraq when I boarded a plane in Stuttgart, Germany.I sat impatiently on the plane, my mind filled with thoughts of seeing my family and friends once again. The trip from Germany was long, but it passed quickly as I thought about home. In all that excitement, not once did I imagine what … [Read more...] about Rest cycles and driving safety
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“I’m from Fort Walton Beach, so it’s obviously the hurricane. It’s absolutely fascinating — just (because of) the enormous size of it, the power, the beauty.I was there for (Hurricane Katrina). I wasn’t in any danger because I evacuated at once. But I was at Fort Walton and we went to the beach and we saw the waves. I’ve never seen anything like … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What weather-related phenomenon do you find most fascinating?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“We keep our house at about 65 (degrees) in the winter, and in the summer we keep it at about 72 (degrees). We (keep) all the lights off, and all the doors are closed to the rooms we (aren’t using).”“I built (my home) with two-by-six construction, so I could have added insulation. From there, I installed heat pumps, which make use of heat transfer, … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: How do you conserve energy at home?
By Megan Conn Special to GUIDONI was finishing a long day of lake patrol when I heard a voice over the radio say, “There has been a report of a potential drowning.”Immediately, my body went numb. All I could think was, “Please don’t let it be true.”At the time, I’d spent four years as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and, unfortunately, seen the same scenario … [Read more...] about Reach, throw, row and don’t go