The Office of the Inspector General will be closed July 12 for training. The office reopens July 13.
Defense Travel Service classes are ongoing at Fort Polk’s Library and Education Center, bldg 660. Each class has 15 computers, so space is limited. Medical Department Activity personnel can take advantage of classes in room 215 as no common access card is needed. Registration is required. Here’s the schedule:
• Approving/reviewing officials class, room 111, Thursday from 1-3:30 p.m.
• Organizational Defense Travel Administrator (requires certifying officers legislation training certificate to attend), room 229, June 19-21 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. For more information call 531-0421 or email Rene.Pardue@us.army.mil.
The Directorate of Emergency Services traffic section announces the following vehicles will be released to a towing company for disposal if they remain unclaimed:
1988 Chevrolet truck, VIN#4798
1989 Dodge Ram, VIN#3335
1997 Lincoln Continental, VIN#6765
1998 Isuzu Hombre, VIN#4270
1999 Oldsmobile Alero, VIN#7896
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, VIN#3259
1999 Ford Mustang, VIN#5992
2001 Toyota Avalon, VIN#6286
2004 Utility trailer, VIN#1088
Utility trailer, no VIN
SSR ATV, VIN#0861
For more information call 531-6675.
The Directorate of Public Works replaces a culvert under Orlando Street on North Fort Polk June 18-11 from Entrance Road to E Avenue. This will require closing the road. There will be a minimal impact to traffic.
The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, has rebuilt its facebook page. To check out the new look, search 4th Brigade 10th Mountain “Patriots” on facebook.
Fort Polk’s Thrift Shop, located in bldg 2531 on Alabama Avenue (last building on the right), is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the first Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information call 537-0459.
“Armed Forces Boxing” is a weekly series with hosts Van Stokes and Bert Sugar calling the action. The show airs on WSTV (channel 3 on and off post) Tuesdays at 8 a.m., Wednesdays at 2 a.m., Thursdays at 4:30 a.m., Fridays at 12:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 a.m. and 9 p.m., Sundays at noon and Mondays at 4 a.m.
Pursuant to the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board meeting of June 28, off limits restrictions have been placed on the following local businesses:
• Junior Snider, S&S Construction, 1801 South Fifth St., Leesville
• Reflections Lounge, 1408 South Fifth St., Leesville
• Pipes Emporium, 1304 Centenary, Bossier City
• Kokopellis, 630 Commerce St., Shreveport.
Military personnel are prohibited from entering or doing business with these establishments or businesses. Violators are subject to Uniform Code of Military Justice disciplinary actions. Call 531-7020.
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Check out what is going on around the United States Army with these news briefs. For more Army news visit www.army.mil/news/.
• Army engineers spur development of tactical microgrids — U.S. Army engineers are leading research on tactical micogrids to deliver more efficient power to Soldiers across combat zones. These microgrids are designed and built to provide power independently of traditional grids and to integrate multiple sources of energy for use and storage. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s primary goals in this field are to improve the efficiency and reliability of tactical power grids through the implementation of intelligence into power distribution systems.
• Army claims five Secretary of Defense environmental awards — The Army captured five of the nine Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for 2012. Fort Hood, Texas, won both the installation and team categories for Environmental Quality; Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the industrial installation Sustainability award; the Oahu Army Natural Resource Team from U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, won the team award for Natural Resources Conservation; and the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based in Warren, Mich., won the team award for Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition.
• Vietnam opens sites to Joint POW/MIA investigators — The Vietnamese government will open three areas to help resolve the fate of Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War, Department of Defense officials said June 4. The three sites Vietnam opened to exploration are in the central part of the country. The first site is in Quang Binh province and involves the crash of an Air Force F-4C. Specialists located the site in 2008, but were not allowed to examine it. The second site is in Kontum province and involves the loss of an Army private first class in January 1968 during the Tet Offensive. The third site in Quang Tri province involves the loss of a Marine F-4J Wild Weasel aircraft. One of the crew of two punched out of the aircraft and was rescued. To date, the Joint Prisoner of War Missing in Action Accounting Command has repatriated and identified 687 remains in Vietnam. A total of 1,284 Americans remain missing.