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Oct

Polk military spouses unite through faith during deployment

By VIVIAN LOPEZ 

FORT POLK, La. — “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, New International Version)

This scripture is the theme of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Lady Warriors Deployed Spouses Devotional Group.

The group is run by Melissa Baggett, wife of 2nd Bn, 4th Inf Reg Chap. (Capt.) Bryan Baggett, who said the group, while biblically-based, is for all military spouses within the battalion, regardless of their religious beliefs, looking for support during the deployment of their Soldiers.

 

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Fri
20
Oct

UXO presents clear, present danger

FORT POLK, LA. — Unexploded ordnance (UXO), unexploded bombs (UXBs), or explosive remnants of war (ERW) are explosive weapons (such as bombs, shells, grenades, land mines, naval mines, cluster munition) that did not explode when they were employed and still pose a risk of detonation, sometimes many decades after they were used or discarded.

UXO does not always originate from wars; areas such as military training grounds like those at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk can also hold significant numbers, even after the area has been abandoned. When unwanted munitions are found, they are sometimes destroyed in controlled explosions, but accidental detonation of even very old explosives also occurs, sometimes with fatal results.

Fri
20
Oct

Tame trick or treating troubles with top-notch tips

Whether you are going out on Halloween night with your kids — dressed to the hilt to beg for candy — or your older children are heading out on their own, there are some important safety tips to remember.

•Children 12 years and younger should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three adults to go along and keep an eye on things.

 

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Fri
20
Oct

3/10 Families kick off Halloween with fun trunks, treats

FORT POLK, La. — The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division kicked off Halloween for its Soldiers and Families by hosting a brigade Trunk or Treat Spookfest 2017 Oct. 13 at the Warrior Community Center parking lot.

The brigade’s Soldiers and Families decorated trunks in different themes, including traditional Halloween, Disney, superheroes and more, and passed out candy to children in attendance.

 

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Fri
13
Oct

Hurricane help

Col. Ted Godwin-Stremler, Fort Polk installation chaplain, presents a check for $4,157.41 to Les Comeaux, president of the Leesville Area Ministerial Alliance Oct. 4. The money was collected by Protestant services at the Fort Polk Main Post Chapel to support victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. “The money will help with local flood victims in Vernon Parish, as well as provide money for gas and vehicles to transport supplies to Texas, fund care packages, cleaning supplies and more,” Comeaux says. The money raised is amazing says Godwin-Stremler. “I’ve never been at a post that has this kind of support.”

 

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Fri
13
Oct

Polk firefighters teach fire safety to Parkway students

Fort Polk firefighters, along with Sparky the Fire Dog, teach children at Parkway Elementary School how to stop, drop and roll in the event of a fire Oct. 10. The safety exercise was part of a presentation by the Fort Polk Fire Department for Fire Prevention Week. The firefighters spoke to the students about fire safety, passed out informational activity books and kicked off a coloring contest.

 

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Fri
13
Oct

Enjoy Family Halloween fun at Zoo Boo

By ALEXANDRIA ZOO

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Get ready to have some spooktacular scare-free Halloween Family fun at the Alexandria Zoo’s annual Zoo Boo Oct. 26-28 from 6-8:30 p.m.

The event features a trick-ortreat trail for children age 13 and under to meet superheroes, pirates, princesses and more as well as collect goodies from trick-or-treat stations located throughout the trail leading to the exit of Zoo Boo.

Trick-or-treat bags are provided for kids at the start of the trail.

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Fort Polk MOPS brings moms together for support, fellowship

FORT POLK, La. — There are many stages to motherhood and Fort Polk MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) represents these. The group brings together moms of young children up to kindergarten level and “mentor moms” of older children or adults to interact and share their parenting experiences and challenges in a positive set-ting.

“It’s a great outreach group (for moms) to meet new people,” said Stephanie Laderer, Fort Polk MOPS coordinator.

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Wear purple Oct. 20 for National Domestic Violence Awareness

Editor’s note: Some of the information for this article was obtained from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

If you or someone you know is avictim of domestic violence, the Family Advocacy Victim Advocacy Program has a 24-hour hotline that can be reached by calling (337) 424-7494.

Tue
10
Oct

DFMWR sets amended hours for Columbus Day

FORT POLK, La. — The Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation announces amended hours of operation for its facilities to-day through Monday in observance of the Columbus Day holiday:

• 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Gym: Closed.

 

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