By 1st. Sgt. Deidre Perry Special to GUIDON It 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 GUIDON While 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 Breckinridge Every 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
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 GUIDON Growing 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 GUIDON It 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 GUIDON It 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 Breckinridge Special to GUIDON On 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 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