Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“I’m from Fort Walton Beach, so it’s obviously the hurricane. It’s absolutely fascinating — just (because of) the enormous size of it, the power, the beauty.I was there for (Hurricane Katrina). I wasn’t in any danger because I evacuated at once. But I was at Fort Walton and we went to the beach and we saw the waves. I’ve never seen anything like … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What weather-related phenomenon do you find most fascinating?
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 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
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
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