I started seriously writing in 1974 when I was accepted to enroll in Mrs. Kaiser’s journalism class during my senior year at Paola High School. I wrote articles, created editorial cartoons, and did whatever else was needed. Mrs. Kaiser gave me the end of year “award” for “diversity” of skills I brought to The Reporter publication and yearbook.
During my 22-year Regular Army active duty career, my writing skills continued to develop progressively and inherently through the nature of the various company organization administrative jobs and personnel leadership positions I held. I wrote everything from personnel evaluations for subordinates and staffing papers reviewed by flag officers; to concert program notes and press releases for respective public affairs office usages.
The Lamp is the newspaper for the military installation and community of Fort Leavenworth.
The Lamp newspaper is part of the Public Affairs Office and located within the Garrison Command headquarters.
I am very happy about this appointment and look forward to many cool experiences as well.
I am especially looking forward to working with the team and interacting with the DoD community again.
*NOTES: My article archive is linked below at FtLeavenworthLamp.com and also provided in PDF. These are the final edited versions of the work I submitted on the respective assignments. Edits are made to conform with AP and Lamp style guides, and also to fit the layout of a particular edition of the newspaper. It is interesting to watch our editor work. Original versions are available upon request to select inquiries. As always, I’m enjoying the work and learning lots …
2017 Article Archive
- Online 12 January 2017 – First cohort starts corporate fellowships /
- PDF First cohort starts corporate fellowships – Gate House
- Online 12 January 2017 – Hitting the gym (photo essay) /
Hitting the gym (photo essay) – Gate House
- Online 19 January 2017 – Awards presented to Munson responders /
- PDF Awards presented to Munson responders – Gate House
- Online 19 January 2017 – Fort Leavenworth Tax Center opens Jan. 23 /
- PDF Fort Leavenworth Tax Center opens Jan. 23 – Gate House
- Online 19 January 2017 – Clinic helps runners improve technique /
- PDF Clinic helps runners improve technique – Gate House
- Online 19 January 2017 – Spouse pens bilingual children’s books /
- PDF Spouse pens bilingual children’s books – Gate House
- Online 26 January 2017 – 256th MP Company claims Barr Award /
- PDF 256th MP Company claims Barr Award – Gate House
- Online 26 January 2017 – Post honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. /
- PDF Post honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Gate House
- Online 26 January 2017 – Arts, Crafts Center offers variety of classes /
- PDF Arts, Crafts Center offers variety of classes – Gate House
- Online 26 January 2017 – Harrold Youth Center hosts art contest /
- PDF Harrold Youth Center hosts art contest – Gate House
- Online 2 February 2017 – Audie Murphy Club welcomes 3 NCOs /
- PDF Audie Murphy Club welcomes 3 NCOs – Gate House
- Online 2 February 2017 – Inmate art sale benefits community /
- PDF Inmate art sale benefits community – Gate House
- Online 2 February 2017 – Frontier life, history focus of Kansas Day /
- PDF Frontier life, history focus of Kansas Day – Gate House
- Online 9 February 2017 – Co-op supports home-schooling families /
- PDF Co-op supports home-schooling families – Gate House
- Online 9 February 2017 – Students compete at county spelling bee /
- PDF Students compete at county spelling bee – Gate House
- Online 9 February 2017 – Month focused on children’s dental health /
- PDF Month focused on children’s dental health – Gate House
- Online 16 February 2017 – Protocol officer goes downrange with Civilian Expeditionary Force /
- PDF Protocol officer goes downrange with Civilian Expeditionary Force – Gate House
- Online 16 February 2017 – Top cadets gather for leadership seminar /
- PDF Top cadets gather for leadership seminar – Gate House
- Online 16 February 2017 – Army Emergency Relief campaign kicks off /
- PDF Army Emergency Relief campaign kicks off – Gate House
- Online 16 February 2017 – MP detachment headed to Afghanistan /
- PDF MP detachment headed to Afghanistan – Gate House
2016 Article Archive
- Online 22 September 2016 – Board honors Allred at monthly meeting /
- PDF board-honors-allred-at-monthly-meeting-gate-house
- Online 29 September 2016 – Mission Command Center of Excellence welcomes new leader /
- PDF mission-command-center-of-excellence-welcomes-new-leader-gate-house
- Online 29 September 2016 – Bus safari tours post’s historic sites /
- PDF bus-safari-tours-posts-historic-sites-gate-house
- Online 29 September 2016 – Fall sports underway at Patton Junior High /
- PDF fall-sports-underway-at-patton-junior-high-gate-house
- Online 6 October 2016 International families share culture, fashion /
- PDF 6oct2016-thelamp-paradeofnations
- Online 6 October 2016 Experts discuss Eurasian politics, beliefs /
- PDF 6oct2016-thelamp-crelmo
- Online 6 October 2016 Families of fallen honored at Oktoberfest /
- PDF 6oct2016-lamp-oktoberfest
- Online 13 October 2016 International Hall of Fame welcomes 3 officers /
- PDF 13oct2016-ihof-gatehouse
- Online 13 October 2016 Hunt celebrates 90 years of equestrian pursuit /
- PDF 13oct2016-hunt90th
- Online 13 October 2016 Cooking demo focuses on kitchen fire safety /
- PDF 13oct2016-firesafetymonth
- Online 20 October 2016 Post celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month /
- PDF 20oct2016-hispanicheritage
- Online 20 October 2016 Flu shots available at Munson health center /
- PDF 20oct2016-flushotsavailable
- Online 20 October 2016 Preschoolers learn about community helpers /
- PDF 20oct2016-preschoolerslearn
- Online 27 October 2016 Audie Murphy Club adds 2 new members /
- PDF 27oct2016-AudieMurphyClub
- Online 27 October 2016 Haunted Tours continue Oct. 29 /
- PDF 27oct2016-HauntedTourscontinue
- Online 27 October 2016 15th MP Bde. hosts annual fall festival /
- PDF 27oct2016-15thMPBdefallfestival
- Online 3 November 2016 Vietnam veterans honored at traveling wall /
- PDF 3nov2016-Vietnamtravelingwall
- Online 3 November 2016 Families turn out for Halloweenie Roast /
- PDF 3nov2016-HalloweenieRoast
- Online 3 November 2016 Area retirees flock to annual event /
- PDF 3nov2016-RetireeAppreciation
- Online 10 November 2016 Education leaders, influencers visit CAC /
- PDF 10nov2016-EducatorsvisitCAC
- Online 10 November Museum professionals visit historic fort /
- PDF 10nov2016-MuseumProfessionals
- Online 10 November 2016 Bricks added to Frontier Tribute Trail /
- PDF 10nov2016-BricksTributeTrail
- Online 10 November 2016 DARE program emphasizes responsibility /
- PDF 10nov2016-DAREprogram
- Online 17 November 2016 Renewed emphasis on dental readiness
- PDF 17nov2016-DentalReadiness
- Online 17 November 2016 BOSS starts program with local school /
- PDF 17nov2016-BOSS
- Online 17 November 2016 Leavenworth celebrates Veterans Day /
- PDF 17nov2016-VeteransDay
- Online 17 November 2016 Post celebrates Native American Heritage Month /
- PDF 17nov2016-NativeAmerican
- Online 23 November 2016 Exhibit highlights Army’s role in Park Service history /
- PDF 23nov2016-FAMparks
- Online 23 November 2016 FLSC holiday bazaar benefits community /
- PDF 23nov2016-FLSCbazaar
- Online 23 November 2016 Friends surprise K-State educator with quilt /
- PDF 23nov2016-SurpriseDr.Polson
- Online 01 December 2016 Schools, BOSS offer giving opportunities /
- PDF 1dec2016-holidaygiving
- Online 01 December 2016 USDB Sales Store offers array of products /
- PDF 1dec2016-USDBstore
- Online 08 December 2016 Army spouse pens romance novel /
- PDF 8dec2016-SpouseNovelist /
- Online 08 December 2016 Zais Park lights up for holidays /
- PDF 8dec2016ZaisLights /
- Online 08 December 2016 School for Command Prep earns award /
- PDF 8dec2016-SCPUnitAward /
- Online 15 December 2016 CGSC announces Educators of Year /
- PDF 15dec2016-CGSSeducators /
- Online 15 December 2016 Employees honored for years of federal service /
- PDF 15dec2016-FederalService /
- Online 15 December 2016 Museum gift shop items include local arts, crafts /
- PDF 15dec2016-FAMgiftshop /
- Online 15 December 2016 Program plants live trees in housing areas /
- PDF 15dec2016-LiveTreesProgram /
- Online 22 December 2016 Soldiers, Commissary team up to feed families /
- PDF 22dec2016-Soldiers+Commissary /
- Online 22 December 2016 Wreaths Across America tradition continues /
- PDF 22dec2016-WAAcontinues /
- Online 22 December 2016 FLFHC hosts holiday cookie decorating /
- PDF 22dec2016-FLFHCcookies /
About Fort Leavenworth
Fort Leavenworth is a United States Army installation located in Leavenworth County, Kansas, immediately north of the city of Leavenworth in the upper northeast portion of the state. Built in 1827, it is the oldest active United States Army post west of Washington, D.C. and the oldest permanent settlement in Kansas. Fort Leavenworth has been historically known as the “Intellectual Center of the Army”.
Fort Leavenworth was also the base of African-American soldiers of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on 21 September 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. They became known as Buffalo Soldiers, nicknamed by the Native American tribes whom they fought. This term eventually was applied to all of the African-American regiments formed in 1866.
During the country’s westward expansion, Fort Leavenworth was a forward destination for thousands of soldiers, surveyors, immigrants, American Indians, preachers and settlers who passed through. On August 1, 1846, a Mormon Battalion, led by Col. James Allen, arrived at Fort Leavenworth. Colonel Allen became ill and died at the fort; his headstone marks his grave at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Today, the garrison supports the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) by managing and maintaining the home of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC). CAC’s mission involves leader development, collective training, Army doctrine and battle command (current and future).
Fort Leavenworth is home to the Military Corrections Complex, consisting of the United States Disciplinary Barracks, the Department of Defense’s only maximum security prison, and the Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility. In addition, the Fort Leavenworth Garrison supports numerous tenant organizations that directly and indirectly relate to the functions of the CAC, including the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Foreign Military Studies Office.
The fort occupies 5,600 ac (2,300 ha) and 7,000,000 ft2 (700,000 m2) of space in 1,000 buildings and 1,500 quarters. It is located on the Frontier Military Scenic Byway (U.S. Route 69 and K-7 corridor), which was originally a military road connecting to Fort Scott National Historic Site and Fort Gibson.
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More Portfolio Samples
Following are samples of articles, columns and press items I’ve produced most recently.
@All About Jazz
I have a column titled “Musings In Cb” at the world’s largest jazz news website, All About Jazz.
The column was active between 2001 through 2006, but the archives remain. I have an open invitation to resume the column at any time by the publisher. Click the respective images to read the individual articles.
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The mission of the KCJA is to help preserve the rich cultural heritage of jazz in Kansas City, and to support and promote the musicians, students, businesses and fans of the Kansas City jazz community.
As part of my duties as Marketing Manager and Director of Communications with the American Jazz Museum, I wrote the “Off The Vine” column in JAM for five years. Following are PDF downloads of the most recent issues with my work.
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