FORT POLK, La. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, keeping up to date with recommended immunizations is the best defense against meningococcal disease — any of a group of illnesses caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus (muh-ning-goh-KOK-us).
These illnesses are often severe and can be deadly. They include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia).
FORT POLK, La. — Corvias is asking current and recently departed residents to complete the 2017 Headquarters Department of the Army Resident Communities Initiative Resident Survey. Resident feedback helps the Army and Corvias plan future improvements to on-post living. Feedback is also important when it comes to improving sidewalk repairs, road repairs and esthetic improvements such as exterior renovations.
The survey takes less than 20 minutes to complete and asks questions about resident homes and the overall appearance of the community, playgrounds, maintenance and community centers.
FORT POLK, La. — Each day 700 kids become regular smokers. Another 3,000 kids try their first cigarette or oral tobacco. Ninety percent of all tobacco users started using it regularly by the time they were 18.
The Surgeon General’s December 2016 Report states that nearly 3 million middle school and high school students have used electronic cigarettes.
Tobacco remains the number one preventable cause of death among Americans, killing more than 480,000 people every year.
FORT POLK, La. — Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital’s Women’s Health Wing offers prenatal and family education classes the last Friday of each month. The next class is set for April 28. The free classes, taught by specially trained BJACH Labor Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum staff, include detailed information about labor and delivery, breathing and relaxation techniques, postpartum and newborn care and breastfeeding basics.
Classes are scheduled for about an hour and 45 minutes each and open to all pregnant mothers 32 weeks or greater. Fathers or support persons are also welcome.
FORT POLK, La. — Some adults can be quick to make light of teens by failing to understand their untapped potential. That’s a disservice that Fort Polk’s Child and Youth Services Middle School and Teen program, with the help of the Boys and Girls Club of America, hopes to change. The fact is, youth can accomplish some pretty amazing things on their journey to adulthood.
For example, Markleen Moussignac, 15, a Fort Polk Child and Youth Services Middle School and Teen program youth, exemplifies accomplishment. Moussignac participated in the Louisiana Boys and Girls Club Military Youth of the Year competition held March 30-31, and walked away the winner.
The Boys and Girls Club of America is a program for teens and adults which helps develop leadership skills and applies those skills to personal and community issues, according to Loretta McGowan, CYS workforce preparation specialist.
ALEXANDRIA, La. — Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) offers the 2017 “Do It Right” Scholarship. Applications are available at www.cltcc.edu on the home page and under the “Financial Aid” tab. Interested applicants also can go to www.doitright.com to download.
The scholarship is for individuals who always wanted to go to college but couldn’t afford it. This is their chance to “Do It Right.” There is no age limit. Students currently enrolled at CLTCC, seniors graduating from high school in May or spring 2017, and adults who have earned their high school equivalency diploma or GED are eligible to apply.
FORT POLK, LA. — The Fort Polk Main Post Chapel has announced the following services and activities slated for the days leading up to Easter, April 16. Events take place at the Main Post Chapel unless otherwise specified:
Catholic Holy Week observances
• Sunday Mass, main sanctuary, 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
FORT POLK, La. — Learning to care for a child when you are still considered one can be a challenge. That’s why Fort Polk’s Child and Youth Services and the School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills program offers a quarterly babysitting course for youth ages 12- 18 who are enrolled with CYS. This 4-H and Department of the Army certification course allows youth to babysit on post.
“The purpose of the course is to prepare youth by providing an overview of what it takes to be a babysitter and try to prepare them for situations that may arise, including emergencies,” said Elyse Roques, CYS SKIES director and instructional program specialist. “The course lasts two days: One full day of babysitting instruction and a half-day of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid instruction.
Editor’s note: In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the Guardian features a series highlighting the careers of accomplished women that work and serve at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk.
FORT POLK, La. — The military serves the public by defending the nation’s interests at home and abroad. Emergency responders serve the public by responding to fires, accidents, criminal activity and more. Both are admirable career choices that require selflessness, courage and dedication — qualities that are amplified in those that chose to be both. Here is a look at two women that have taken on that dual role.