By Eric Pilgrim Special to GUIDONMy son’s frustration grew with each move, but I chose to ignore it.I had a new job with unique stressors to focus on, so I didn’t feel I had the luxury of devoting time to my son’s feelings; he would get through it. By the time we reached Fort Knox in September 2017, his frustration had reached a tipping point.“Dad,” he said shortly after we … [Read more...] about Take time to listen to children during moves, deployments
Photos and interviews by Amanda Sullivan“I love working with military dependents – they have a wealth of experiences to draw from. Their excitement and enthusiasm are infectious. I also appreciate the outstandingly positive culture at Partridge Elementary.I truly love my job and can’t imagine doing anything else.”“My favorite part of teaching is building those relationships with … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What do you love most about teaching?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“I had a couple of family members who struggled with mental health issues. I saw the difficulty they had accessing care and feeling like they weren’t supported all the time.I really wanted to give back in a way and make a difference in peoples’ lives. I really enjoy celebrating the little victories with my patients. I think that’s my favorite part of my … [Read more...] about Who or what was your inspiration to go into the medical field?
By Chief Warrant Officer 3 Alphonso White Special to GUIDONI was headed home from a 15-month tour in Iraq when I boarded a plane in Stuttgart, Germany.I sat impatiently on the plane, my mind filled with thoughts of seeing my family and friends once again. The trip from Germany was long, but it passed quickly as I thought about home. In all that excitement, not once did I imagine what … [Read more...] about Rest cycles and driving safety
By Megan Conn Special to GUIDONI was finishing a long day of lake patrol when I heard a voice over the radio say, “There has been a report of a potential drowning.”Immediately, my body went numb. All I could think was, “Please don’t let it be true.”At the time, I’d spent four years as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and, unfortunately, seen the same scenario … [Read more...] about Reach, throw, row and don’t go
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
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
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
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