I'd like to extend my congratulations to Waynesville High School students Grant Kindred, Bryan O'Barr and William Schenkenfelder, who were recently selected to attend the 2020 American Legion Boys State of Missouri program. The COVID-19 crisis notwithstanding, if all goes as scheduled, these three students, currently between their junior and senior years, will spend eight days this June on … [Read more...] about Boys State, Girls State programs – the ultimate civics lessons
Turn your tabletop into an entertainment destination Games: They’re everywhere, from our phones and entertainment centers to our hall closets and toy chests. Games of all types entertain us and help pass the time — which makes them especially valuable in the age of COVID-19. But games can also help us learn. Many are designed to help players learn to adapt, manage resources, create new … [Read more...] about Bored? Games!
Coming in on the tail end of winter, the COVID-19 pandemic has already had a significant impact on millions of Americans who — like me — are essentially stuck at home. In some ways, it’s like the depths of winter never ended. We’re snowed in, just without the snow. And just like winter, cabin fever can ensue, creating feelings of irritability and restlessness or, on the opposite end of the … [Read more...] about Try these tactics to keep cabin fever at bay
By Steve Standifird Public Affairs Office I joined the Army team as a civilian a little more than five years ago after spending 10 years as a U.S. Marine. The differences are the topics of friendly banter between the services. But the similarities are what made the transition easier. Those similarities included having a defined set of organizational values that contribute to forming the … [Read more...] about What do the Army Values mean to you?
Military Staff Sgt. David Tracy is the G-3 Current Operations Division’s ammunition account manager for the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence. Since his arrival, he has coordinated the Range Burn plan with the Directorate of Emergency Services, providing the Combat Training Company commander the ability to plan around needed fire-mitigation operations on the post’s range complex. In a … [Read more...] about MSCoE Heroes of the Week
By Michael Campbell Special to GUIDON Flammable and combustible liquids exist in almost all kitchens on post and around the country. Their presence continues to be a contributing factor in fires. I’m not referring to poisonous liquids; rather, cooking oil and grease. However, we sometimes fail to underestimate the dangers associated in cooking with combustible liquids. Despite the fire … [Read more...] about Never leave your cooking unattended
When I get down about the state of the world, I watch professional tennis. I feel that in no other sport, no other entertainment or escapism, exists such an optimistic force for good — a realization of humanity working harmoniously across nationalities, politics and religion. There’s nothing else I can think of like it that’s permanently put in place week upon week as a true meritocracy across … [Read more...] about Tennis: A great equalizer and model for humanity
By Capt. Cortland Henderson Special to GUIDON The Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers Best Sapper Competition is set to kick off March 30, and it has a strong 14-year history behind it. The competition’s first year, 2005, marked a significant moment in engineer history. At the time, the Sapper tab had just been authorized for wear thanks to the efforts of Flowers, who served as the 50th Chief of … [Read more...] about Best Sapper: Then & now
Special to GUIDON Military Sgt. 1st Class Doxton Johnson, Combat Engineer Skills Division instructor, established a study hall, assisting drill sergeants after the duty day to conduct retraining for trainees requiring additional support. For example, during demolitions combination system instruction, several trainees from one company failed the initial test. Johnson reported to the … [Read more...] about MSCoE Heroes of the Week
By Capt. Jordan Dawsey Special to GUIDON If you have spent more than three years in the Army, it is likely you have completed a rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, or the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana. Whether it be the intense heat of the Mojave Desert or the rat-sized mosquitos in Louisiana, each of these training centers … [Read more...] about Staying vigilant: No cell phones in “the box”
By Capt. Cortland Henderson Special to GUIDON Throughout my tenure in the Army, I have had countless Soldiers ask me to define the term Sapper. My answer is that what makes a Sapper is not so cut and dry. For those who have attended the demanding Sapper Leader Course, they may think of the first two lines of the Sapper Creed: I am a Sapper. The cutting edge of my country’s … [Read more...] about What does a Sapper bring to the fight?
Special to GUIDON Military Staff Sgt. Danette Rosadomaldonado, a drill sergeant with Company E, 787th Military Police Battalion, quickly assessed a trainee’s health after she suffered what appeared to be a seizure and coordinated medical support through cadre. The trainee was transported to the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Emergency Room and subsequently air evacuated … [Read more...] about MSCoE Heroes of the Week
By Heather Kline GUIDON Volunteer Serving as a mentor provides benefits to those building and strengthening professional and organizational relationships. According to an article by the University of Washington, a mentor may share with a mentee (or protege) information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support and role modeling; a mentor … [Read more...] about FLW Soldier Q&A: How has being a mentor affected your life?
Special to GUIDON Flooding is the leading cause of severe weather-related deaths in the U.S. claiming on average nearly 100 lives a year. Most of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Many other lives are lost when people walk into or near flood waters. This happens because people underestimate the force and power of water, … [Read more...] about Stay educated on flooding
Special to GUIDON Military Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Maloney, a trainee in Company D, 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment who transitioned from the Air Force after 18 years, positively impacted the life of another trainee while attending basic combat training. Maloney decided to join the Army and aspires to become a warrant officer. He overheard a conversation between several trainees that led … [Read more...] about MSCoE Heroes of the Week