Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“I grew up around aviation. My dad and grandfather were both Air Traffic Controllers. I remember going to work (with them), going up to the tower and watching them work their shifts. I just grew up fascinated with airplanes. I kind of wanted to be a pilot growing up and didn’t have the eyesight for it. So, air traffic control is the next best thing. I knew … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What drew you to working in aviation?
By Matthew Brown Special to GUIDONGrowing up in a small town in Idaho, my family supplemented the household heating costs in the wintertime by burning wood in an old cast iron stove.For more than 20 years, my late summer weekends consisted of getting up before sunrise and loading my dad’s old Chevy pickup (and an even older homemade truck bed trailer) to head into the woods.We … [Read more...] about Off-duty mishap results in amputation
By John Salguero Special to GUIDONIt was a warm Sunday in Iraq, and I was at a combat outpost in the far west as the officer in charge of a detachment of construction engineers.They were working like bees to upgrade the living conditions at a particularly austere base. We were ahead of schedule on all of our projects, so I decided to give the troops a well-deserved half-day off. Time … [Read more...] about Accident prevention
By June Whitlock Special to GUIDONIt was early morning when I arrived at work for a 24-hour shift as the section leader at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting.After taking care of some routine tasks around the office and meeting with the departing section leader, I gathered my notes and headed outside to hold morning formation.The day was going … [Read more...] about Wear it right — PPE worn properly
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“‘Red Seas over Red Skies’ has got fun characters and originally I started reading it because the author wrote a very strongly-worded letter to a fan who did not like the fact that it was unrealistic. He wasn’t happy with how the author told the story. ‘The Clocktaur War’ duology by T. Kingfisher is a good fantasy set of books. There’s no filler to it. It’s … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is your favorite book?
By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James BreckinridgeSpecial to GUIDONOn Monday, we celebrate Presidents’ Day — a time to recognize the lives and achievements of those who served in America’s highest elected position as the President of the United States and as the Commander-in-Chief of our military.Our nation’s presidents have provided unity for Americans by leading us … [Read more...] about MSCoE command team message: Celebrating President’s Day
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 GUIDONThousands 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 BreckinridgeSpecial to GUIDONEach 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 FantauzziLearning 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 BreckinridgeMonday, 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 IIIt’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