Fort Polk, National Guard Soldiers earn air assault wings

By CHUCK CANNON

FORT POLK, La. — More than 130 Soldiers from Fort Polk and the Louisiana National Guard began a two-week trek Feb. 24 to earn air assault wings. When the dust and chaff had settled, 49 survivors pinned the coveted badge to their uniforms during a graduation ceremony at Fort Polk’s Honor Field March 10.

Lt. Col. Joel Vernetti, senior intelligence trainer for the Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group, was guest speaker for the ceremony. He told the crowd of Family members and fellow Soldiers what air assault Soldiers bring to the fight for today’s Army.

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