Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “I went to Mobile Force Protection Course in Melbourne, Florida when I was assigned to the 101st Airborne. It was probably the most hands-on experience I’ve had in my entire career. From the gate, it was go. It wasn’t crawl, walk, run. They were training us on Mobile Force Protection Platforms. It was given by ex-Special Forces members, Delta types, you … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What was the most indispensable part of your training?
By Staff Sgt. Stephen Roberts Special to GUIDON Thousands of recruits enter Basic and Advanced Individual Training each year. Most graduate without any problems. Others, however, are injured or involved in incidents during training that result in the dreaded “hold over” status, which means they don’t earn the title of Soldier with their peers. I was injured during AIT. However, my injury … [Read more...] about A painful reminder — sharing lessons learned
By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge Special to GUIDON Each February, we recognize Black History Month by honoring the monumental contributions of African Americans who have shaped the growth and culture our great nation. Black History Month was pioneered in 1926 by Dr. Carter Woodson’s extraordinary efforts, and it was eventually declared a national month of … [Read more...] about MSCoE command team message: Celebrating Black History Month
The Waynesville Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps hosted its fifth annual Inter-Service Drill Competition Jan. 26 at the Waynesville High School gymnasium. Fort Leonard Wood instructors and drill sergeants graded a total of 23 JROTC teams from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, and Indiana at the drill meet. Staff Sgt. Jason Molczan, Company D, 795 Military Police Company, drill sergeant … [Read more...] about Waynesville holds inter-service drill competition
By Pvt. Carlos Cuebas Fantauzzi Learning how to save a life is a skill that may mean the difference between life and death on the battlefield. That is why when I was given the opportunity to participate in the Combat Lifesaver Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, I leapt at the opportunity. I got to the course, located near the shooting ranges, miles away from any housing or day-to-day … [Read more...] about Combat Lifesaver Course: difference between life, death
Whether planning for a long trip or just a quick stop at the store to pick up the coveted storm essentials of bread and milk, a winter-weather emergency kit is a must have. Being prepared is more than just checking road conditions and weather forecasts. Growing up in Michigan, my father wouldn’t let me out of the house during the winter months without making sure I had a list of items in my car … [Read more...] about Do you have a winter emergency kit ?
With winter weather upon us, the Humane Society of Missouri is sharing tips to make sure pet parents are prepared to keep their animals safe. It’s tempting to think your pet’s fur will keep them warm while they’re outside, but remember — if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet. The Humane Society of Missouri urges all pet owners to keep safety in mind this winter with our … [Read more...] about Pet parents be prepared
By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge Monday, we will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day in recognition of a visionary hero with a courageous voice who called for the social equality so deeply rooted in our nation’s founding principles. We celebrate a man and a movement that transformed our country and helped to align our reality closer with the idea that all … [Read more...] about Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
By Charles Betoney II It’s a typical mid-January Monday morning. The weekend ended too soon, and the long grind of the work week looms ahead. You start your normal morning routine — making coffee, eating breakfast, taking a shower, dressing and warming up the car. The sun still hasn’t peeked over the distant horizon, and the temperature dropped well below freezing last night. Looks like a good … [Read more...] about Black ice — the hidden danger
The Bruce C. Clarke Library will celebrate Martin Luther King Day in January and Black History Month in February with a variety of educational resources like books and media items. This year, the date of Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 21, 2019. The holiday celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – 4 April 4, 1968) who dedicated his life to the … [Read more...] about Bruce C. Clarke Library celebrates MLK Day, Black History Month with variety of educational resources
Part of my job at the GUIDON is to enter the weekly movie listings for Abrams Theater, and as an amateur film buff, it’s usually a lot of fun. However, as a writer and editor, one of my pet peeves is the needlessly nonsensical warnings issued by the Motion Picture Association of America. Take the recent rating for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:” “Rated PG for frenetic sequences of … [Read more...] about Relax: It’s only a movie rating
Christmas music played softly in the background as names were called out one-by-one and loved ones hung handmade ornaments on a large tree already full of past year’s decorations — photos, paper combat boots and dog tags adorned its yet-to-be-lit branches. In all appearances the event looks like your typically holiday party or family get-together, but there will never be any beautifully wrapped … [Read more...] about A holiday filled with love, memories, thankfulness
By Brig. Gen. Robert Whittle and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge Today we celebrate the 382nd birthday of the National Guard — the oldest serving military organization in America. The Massachusetts General Court issued an order on Dec. 13, 1636, to organize a standing Army for the protection of their families and towns. With that order, what we now know as America’s National … [Read more...] about Happy birthday, Army National Guard
By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. As we celebrate the holiday season and approach the New Year, we ask that you be vigilant and obey the law while operating a motor vehicle. Join us in promoting awareness to encourage responsible decision-making that will keep you safe. In 2012, President Barack … [Read more...] about Hand over the keys, let someone else drive