By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge Special to GUIDONIn April, we observe Month of the Military Child to show extra appreciation for military children and the strength they provide to our service members and their families.The nearly 2 million dependent children across all branches of our military are some of the most resilient and selfless members of … [Read more...] about MSCoE command team message: Kicking off Month of the Military Child
By George Wyatt Special to GUIDONAdverse 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 GUIDONMy 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?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“The one that comes to mind for myself is our home got hit by a tornado here in Missouri. In between losing the home, we had to relocate.Of course, we had insurance but there are still additional costs that come with losing everything. So, because we lived below our means, we had emergency savings already established. It came in handy because otherwise … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What significant life event tested your financial readiness?
By Tim Hopper Special to GUIDONThe weather forecast was typical of a warm, North Carolina spring afternoon — visibility was great with 10 miles and a 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms.We had based our mission operations out of a local airport. As lead aircraft in a flight of three Black Hawks, we were completing our last leg of what was considered a routine … [Read more...] about Lightning makes human grounding rod
By Lisa Molinari Special to GUIDONIn 1998, our son, Hayden, was diagnosed with “atypical autism.”My husband and I inundated ourselves with information, desperate to provide our 3 year-old boy with whatever might help him lead a relatively normal life.We embarked on a home therapy program called “Floortime,”in which the primary caregiver, often a parent, follows the child’s lead … [Read more...] about Autism awareness: what a difference 20 years makes
Special to GUIDONFlooding is the most common natural disaster and can occur anywhere.It can be localized in a particular neighborhood or widespread, affecting entire cities or large portions of states and territories.Floods can develop over a period of days, giving you adequate time to prepare; however, flash floods can develop in a matter of minutes. Flash flood waters can be … [Read more...] about Turn around, don’t drown
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“In reference to a flood, we actually have analysis that we can do (where) we can look at a prediction from the weather as to how much rain an area will get or how much is coming from upstream, and then fairly accurately predict those areas that need to be evacuated.That’s the key thing about the geospatial capability — it’s a capability that saves … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What are you doing to better understand the changes happening on Earth’s surface?
By 1st. Sgt. Deidre Perry Special to GUIDONIt was a crisp night in Qalat, Afghanistan, and my crew was in the midst of a 24-hour mission.Intel information indicated it would be a quiet evening. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.We’d worked throughout the day refueling all types of aircraft. Even though we’d had some downtime between missions, we knew to always be ready to refuel … [Read more...] about Sand storm finds Soldier without PPE
Story by Larry Kennedy Special to GUIDONWhile stationed in the Southwest as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist, one of our unit’s missions was to clear Air Force aerial bombing and gunnery ranges of unexploded and practice ordnance.Practice ordnance, while sounding innocuous, contains explosive charges to produce a white marking smoke and can, depending on the particular round, … [Read more...] about Communication saves lives
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“During AIT, I had this spiritual experience. I was always a Christian, always a little more religious than my friends. There’s no greater parish in the world. You get to live with your parish, which is pretty neat. You literally go to the field, you’re sleeping next to the people that the next day, you’re going to get up and go to church service for them. … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: Why did you become a chaplain?
By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James BreckinridgeEvery March, we take the time to observe National Women’s History Month.It is an observance devoted to celebrating, promoting, and educating the American public on women who have played a critical role in shaping our history by making tremendous contributions to our great nation.This year’s theme, “Visionary Women: … [Read more...] about MSCoE command team message: Celebrating Women’s History Month