By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge Special to GUIDON Each year during the month of May, we celebrate National Military Appreciation Month — a time when we pay tribute to past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. This month, there are multiple observances and ways to honor our military members for their contributions to our great … [Read more...] about MSCoE command team message: May is Military Appreciation Month
By James Reddick Special to GUIDON I 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 GUIDON I 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 GUIDON I 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
By George Wyatt Special to GUIDON Adverse weather occurs nationwide, so what can we do to protect ourselves? The answer is be prepared for variable weather emergency scenarios, have an emergency action plan, stay aware of the situation and conditions as they change around you and react as necessary. A number of federal, state and local agencies work to monitor meteorological activity … [Read more...] about Storm season approaches Midwest
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “To be a part of the (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers means that we get to be in an essential position in risk management. Anytime they are to go down range, our job is not to blow anything up. Our job is to protect those who are protecting us. We want to give them as much support as they give us — and (that applies) even beyond the engineers. When you’re … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What does being an engineer mean to you?
By Chief Warrant Officer 3 John Fouch Special to GUIDON My house is located in the middle of 25 acres I own. Giant oak and hickory trees are scattered across my yard. The canopy provided by these trees has many benefits to include shade on hot Missouri summer days. On the downside, the trees make it difficult to maintain a grass-covered yard. This is especially true if the leaves are … [Read more...] about Planned fire nearly spirals out of control
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “Ensuring the safety of everybody on Fort Leonard Wood, working with the Soldiers, and still being part of the Army — that’s probably the most rewarding part. I used to live on Fort Leonard Wood and I’m retired Army, so I’ve worked (here) too.” “I think the most rewarding part of my job is the people we come in contact with on a daily basis and also the … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is the most rewarding part of your job at the gate?