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Fri
23
Jun

Drinking too much water can be dangerous

By CHRIS FRAZIER

FORT RUCKER, Ala. — The profession of arms is inherently dangerous. Every Soldier knows they could lose their life when they take the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But not every loss occurs in a desert or mountain range halfway around the world. The risks back home are just as deadly.

What happened?

It was early morning when the Soldiers assembled for training, which would include a water survival assessment, combatives and equipment layout and inspections for an upcoming land navigation exam. Following a physical evaluation and breakfast at the dining facility, the Soldiers returned to the battalion S4 area for issuance of personal gear. They were then given a one-hour dead reckoning familiarization course before walking two kilometers to a pond for water survival assessments.

 

Fri
23
Jun

Fort Polk kids attend Camp Warrior for tons of outdoor adventure, summer fun

By ANGIE THORNE

FORT POLK, La. — Kids have lots of energy. Summer can be exhausting for parents who want to keep their school-age children learning, happy and engaged. A great way to do that is with a summer camp geared to not only educate them, but also provide opportunities for outdoor activities, games and fun. Fort Polk’s Child and Youth Services Camp Warrior — a youth leadership camp held at North Toledo Bend State Park that is open to kids in grades 4-12 — is that kind of camp.

Camp Warrior 1 was held June 13-16 for grades 4-6 and Camp Warrior 2 will be held Aug. 1-4 for grades 6-12.

Fri
23
Jun

Corvias Foundation awards scholarship to Fort Polk student

By MELISSA BALLOU

FORT POLK, La. — Corvias Foundation, a private charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias Military Living, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year the foundation has awarded a college scholarship of up to $30,000 to an outstanding student from Fort Polk, Chesna Castro, as part of the 12th class of scholarship recipients.

Castro, from DeRidder High School, is the daughter of Maj. Venancio and Veronica Castro, and has participated in soccer, peer tutoring and volunteers in her community. Chesna plans to study chemical engineering at Louisiana Tech University.

 

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Fri
23
Jun

Travel Leisure Office makes vacations affordable

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

FORT POLK, La. — Summer is here — the time of year many Soldiers and Families choose to take a vacation to get away from their daily busy routines. However, sometimes vacation plans can get expensive and that is when the Fort Polk Leisure Travel Office, located in Allen Memorial Library at 7460 Colorado Ave., can help.

There’s much to take into account when planning a vacation. Leisure Travel Office offers a range of options for hotel accommodations, local and out-of-state attractions, all-inclusive trips, cruises and more at discounted prices for active duty Soldiers and their Families, retirees, Department of Defense civilian employees and contract employees.

 

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Thu
15
Jun

Coaches needed

Fort Polk Child and Youth Service’s Youth Sports is seeking coaches for youth soccer, tackle and flag football and basketball referees for the upcoming seasons.

Referees must be at least 15 years old. Training is provided and the positions are paid contractor slots.

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Thu
15
Jun

LA4 registration

The Vernon Parish LA4 preschool program is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.

Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2017.

Classes are available at these schools: Anacoco, Simpson, Pitkin, Evans, North Polk Elementary School and East Leesville Elementary School.

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Thu
15
Jun

Morris tops FreedomFest entertainment

FORT POLK, La. — Country music sensation Maren Morris highlights the 2017 version of Fort Polk’s annual FreedomFest, slated to begin at 5 p.m. July 1.

Morris is a Grammy Award winner and the Academy of Country Music’s New Female Artist of the Year. Her album “Hero” is currently in the I-tunes top 10.

The Texas native started singing at karaoke parties in her hometown hair salon, hosted by her parents. She began playing across her home state in bars and clubs, singing songs from such stars as Clint Black and Chaka Kahn, developing into what she call a “gangster June Carter.”

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Mon
12
Jun

Soak up history while celebrating heritage at Juneteenth festival

SWLA JUNETEENTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

LAFAYETTE, La. — Have you ever heard of a celebration called Juneteenth? No? Well, this is your chance to learn a little history and have fun at the same time.

The Southwest Louisiana Juneteenth Music Festival takes place at Heymann Park, 1500 South Orange St., Lafayette, June 18 from 2-7 p.m. The focus of the festival is a celebration of the anniversary of the emancipation of Southern slaves. Similar events will be taking place all over Louisiana and the nation in June.

 

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Mon
12
Jun

Happy Birthday U.S. Army

America’s oldest national institution celebrates 242 years June 14

U.S. ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since its official birth, June 14, 1775 — more than a year before the Declaration of Independence — the U.S. Army has played a vital role in the growth and development of the American nation.

Drawing on both long-standing militia traditions and recently introduced professional standards, it won the new republic’s independence in an arduous eight-year struggle against Great Britain. At times, the Army provided the lone symbol of nationhood around which patriots rallied.

 

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Mon
12
Jun

Men’s Health Month: Making smart choices every day

WASHINGTON — June is Men’s Health Month, a time to remind the almost 4.8 million male beneficiaries in the Military Health System to get age-appropriate screenings for high blood pressure, testicular cancer, cholesterol, diabetes and glaucoma; and to schedule annual exams starting between ages 45 and 50, based on race and risk, for prostate and colorectal cancers.

These are important issues, of course, but being healthy means more than clinicians checking off boxes. It means men making smart choices every day about the amount and intensity of physical activity, the quantity and quality of food and beverages consumed, and the number of hours of sleep. It means avoiding tobacco products and limiting alcohol. Men must take responsibility for their own health and make it a priority.

 

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