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Monthly magazine for the Soldiers, Families, civilian employees and Retirees at Fort Knox, Kentucky.


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  • FORT KNOX CHAPTERProceeds benefi t the Fort Knox AUSA Chapter and the AUSA Institute of Land Warfare

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  • 23 Military SpouseAppreciation DayHow we say thank you toMilitary Spouses.

    4 Summer at Fort KnoxThere is lots to do this summerat Fort Knox.

    6 Run for the RedAnnual American Red Cross run andwalk and the MWR Fitness Fair.

    8 Right Arm NightShow your buddy how much youappreciate them at the Saber and Quill.

    10 May Calendar of Events

    14 Deployment ReadinessHelp you prepare for the nextdeployment and get information onthe Fort Knox Blue Star Program.

    16 Let the Good Times RollInformation on the soon to openSadowski Center.

    18 Library CornerJoin Tanya Biank and NathanielPhilbrick this month at the Barr Memorial Library to discuss their new books

    20 Event Program Guide

    FEATURES - May 2013





  • First proclaimed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan torecognize the critical role that spouses play in the readiness and well-being of our nations Armed Forces, Military Spouse Appreciation Day was standardized in 1985 as the Friday precedingMothers Day by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger.Since then, the President of the United States typically commemorates this day with a ceremonial speech, and proclamation to emphasize the vital role the Military Spouse plays incommunities across America and around the world.

    Military Spouses deserve acknowledgement because theydo far more than sit and wait. They frequently volunteer for groups both Military and non-Military for a variety of reasons. It could belooking to meet new friends with similar interests after yet anothermove, wanting to stay busy while a Spouse is deployed, or simplyhaving time available because the average unemployment rate forMilitary Spouses is over 26%. Family Support Groups, nonprofit andreligious organizations, schools, libraries and animal shelters are onlysome of the places where Military Spouses donate their time.

    Due to deployment and frequent moves, job and career dis-placement are a burden that the Military Spouse must cope withdisproportionately to the American population as a whole. WithMilitary Spouse unemployment above the national average portable, career-oriented job opportunities are what they need.The Department of Defense (DoD), led by efforts from the WhiteHouse, has instituted the Military Spouse EmploymentPartnership (MSEP), which helps connect MilitarySpouses to jobs. The Partnerships membercompanies have pledged to recruit, hire,promote and retain Military Spouses inportable careers. As of 2012, the MSEPhas helped more than 22,000 MilitarySpouses get hired and job postings onthe MSEP jobs web portal have approached 500,000(https://msepjobs.militaryone-source.mil/-webform/become-partner).

    Beyond help in finding employment, Military Spouses deserve recognition and support fromall Americans for their resilience andservice to their country. They are required to frequently move andkeep their households running, aswell as to manage the stress causedby deployments. And just like theirpartners in Military service, MilitarySpouses serve their country on a

    daily basis -- helping to keep the Armed Forces strong and the country safe.

    If you know a Military Spouse, thank them for their service. If their Spouse is deployed, ask if they would like to come todinner. Other ideas include organizing a Ladies or Guys Night Out.Ladies might appreciate a visit to the spa for beauty treatments ormassages, crafts, a movie or just a relaxing meal with an opportunityto socialize. Guys might enjoy the chance to view sports on a largeflat screen, a good steak dinner or a friendly card game. And if youare one -- Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

    For more information on Military Spouse Appreciation Day eventsaround Fort Knox, visit www.knoxmwr.com.


    Military SpouseAppreciation Day

    by Iva Pearlstein


  • 4Summer is almost here, do you have what it takes to survive? Summer means fun but as the temperatures rise and kids are released for summer vacation, parents may struggle to fill their dayswith Family activities and may find themselves counting down for the first day back to school. Whetheryou travel or stay close to post, Fort Knox Family andMWR offers plenty of ways to keep those summertimeblues in check.

    Camp Carlson is a great place to get in touchwith nature without going too far from home. Threemiles from post, the camp has everything a nature enthusiast needs to get away without giving up the creature comforts. Camp Carlson offers scenic walkingtrails, a large recreational field, cabin and RV slotrentals, picnic areas, a Grand Lodge for hosting events,and tent pitches. A 25-acre state-licensed fishing lakeis onsite thats stocked regularly with catfish, bluegill,crappie and bass.

    The Equipment Checkout Center (ECC) is aone-stop rental shop for recreational and rental opportunities. Some of the many available rental itemsinclude campers and equipment, ski and pontoonboats, canoes, fishing boats, picnic and party supplies,sports equipment, and more! ECC offers information onthe best places to fish and camp on and off post. Lawnand garden equipment are also available to spruce upyards this summer.

    Seeking a simple, budget-friendly day that doesnt require a lotof preplanning? Take a picnicand spend an afternoon atone of the many parks onpost. Keyes Park is located off Chaffee Avenue. EastmanPark, located by Wilson gate,has an all-inclusive bound-less playground for childrenof all abilities and an amphitheater that hosts different festivals and con-certs throughout the summer.Even the pooches have theirown dog park next to CarusoSports Complex!

    Searching for a placeto host your next party? Lookno further. Falls Landing,Family and MWRs mini-golfcourse is the perfect facilitywith a party room for birth-days, sports celebrations, or for a quick round of

    mini-golf. The challenging 18-hole course displays both waterfalls androck formations. Its easy on the pocketbook as its inexpensive to play around and groups of 10 or more qualify for a discount. Dollar Day

    Wednesdays offers a round for just a dollar! Falls Landing is located adjacent to the Fort Knox Water Park. Combo tickets are available forboth facilities.

    Fort Knox has two places that offer refreshing relief from theheat. The Fort Knox Water Park opens Memorial Day weekend and isopen all summer. It boasts a 70-foot tube slide, a 70-foot open slide, awater challenge course with floating logs and lily pads, water spouts, asnack bar, and an enclosed toddler area with a wading pool and playground. Anderson Indoor Aquatic Center is open all year long andhas water slides, outdoor patios for sunbathing and a newly renovatedSplash Town which includes an interactive spray park. Aquatic passes areavailable offering several options to accommodate your budget.

    Summer wouldnt be summer without camps. Child, Youth &School Services and SKIESUnlimited offer events for school age children throughout the summer. There are programs planned for all in-terests. Visit www.knoxmwr.com for more details.

    If you have plans to travel this summer, check out the ITRLeisure Travel for travel packages that are discounted for local and distant locations, including popular theme parks, cruises, and hotels.Make an appointment or stop by their office located inside the Hansen Center.

    Visit www.knoxmwr.com to find specifics on all Fort Knox Family andMWR facilities, events, and promotions. With so many things to do, theopportunities are endless!

    Dont Sweat Over Finding Something to Do This Summerby Stephanie G.J. Powell

  • Anderson Indoor Aquatics Center (502) 624-6217Automotive Skills & Service Center (502) 624-5410Barr Memorial Library (502) 624-1232Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers(BOSS) (502) 624-2677Camp Carlson (502) 624-4836Eastman Park (502) 624-1838Falls Landing Miniature Golf Course (502) 624-2435Fencing (502) 624-2314French Shooting Club (502) 624-7754Gammon Physical Fitness Center (502) 624-4033Hansen Community Center (502) 624-1838Hansen Gallery (Frame Shop) (502) 624-4725Houston Bowling Center (502) 624-4740Houston Bowling - Strike Zone (502) 942-8754HRCoE Caf (502) 942-4033ITR Information Tic