A mandatory preretirement briefing is held Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fort Polk’s Bayou Theater. Civilian attire may be worn. Information on retirement processing, moving household goods, selecting a retirement location, obtaining new ID cards, finding civilian employment, making a Survivor Benefit Plan decision, benefits and entitlements such as retired pay, military and civilian health care, and veteran’s benefits are some of the subjects covered. Spouses are encouraged to attend. For more information call 531-0402/0363.
The following agencies visit the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, bldg 3304, 2271 Louisiana Ave., to discuss insurance needs with clients (this is not open season). No appointments are needed:
• Mail Handlers, Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Blue Cross/Blue Shield, March 1 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Legal office closure
The Legal Assistance and Claim offices in bldg 1454 are closed today. For more information call 531-2580/1197.
Due to recent changes in the Army’s access control program, vehicles are no longer registered on Army installations as an access control procedure. Current Department of Defense decals are still accepted for installation access, however, existing decals will expire in October. Once they expire, people will no longer be allowed access using only the DoD decal. The Directorate of Emergency Services encourages those who do not have a government ID or common access card and have a yellow, green or black Fort Polk decal to get an access credential prior to Oct. 1. The access credential can be obtained at the Visitors Center in bldg 5903, adjacent to the main gate on Louisiana Avenue. Requirements for access are a valid driver’s license and current DoD decal. If the decal is expired, you should be on an access roster along with the name of the employer or government sponsor.
11th Street closure
Due to barracks renovations, a portion of 11th Street between Mississippi and Alabama avenues is closed to through traffic through 5 p.m. Feb. 26. Access and parking for bldgs 1562, 1563, 1628, 1629, 1630, 1632, 1636 and 1566 will remain available.
ACAP closure, visitors
The Army Career and Alumni Program Center, 7950 Alabama Ave., bldg 2155, suite 105, closes for renovations today through Tuesday.
The following employers visit the ACAP Center at these dates and times:
• Universal Technical Institute, a school offering education in automotive, diesel and industrial technology fields, visits ACAP Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon.
• Government Personnel Mutual and Military Benefit Association has openings for agents and managers in the insurance field. A company representative is available at ACAP Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Central Texas College has openings for a registration clerk and adjunct faculty members for math and speech. Visit with a CTC representative Thursday and March 1 from 3-5 p.m.
• The Texas Highway Patrol visits ACAP Feb. 28 from 8 a.m.-noon to speak with potential police officer candidates.
• For more information call 531-1591.
BJACH holiday hours
Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital’s clinics and lab are closed Today through Monday for President’s Day.
The outpatient pharmacy will be open today from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday.
The emergency room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Defense Travel Service classes are ongoing at Fort Polk’s Library and Education Center, bldg 660. Each class has 20 computers, so space is limited.
The next class, Organizational Defense Travel Administrator (requires certifying officers legislation training certificate to attend), is held Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in room 111. For more information call 531-0421 or send email to Rene.Pardue@us.army.mil.
Tax Office open
Fort Polk’s Tax Office, 1881 23rd St., bldg 2502 (corner of Alabama Avenue and 23rd Street), is open through April 17 and offers free tax preparation to Soldiers, Family members and retirees. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. For appointments call 531-1040.
Applications are being accepted for the following nonappropriated-fund job on Fort Polk. For details call the NAF Branch, 531-6301/6631/4955, or visit the web site at www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/cpac/naf.htm.
• Maintenance worker, $10.30 hourly, regular, part-time, closes Tuesday, SCNAFEP120011.
For more information call 531-6714.