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Apr

Something’s fishy here

Fort Polk Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. David Pitt (right) tags one of many catfish released April 19 in Fort Polk’s Youth Catfish Cove as part of the preparation for the installation’s annual Earth Day Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday from 7 a.m.-noon.

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Apr

Pure Praxis brings message of social change to JRTC, Fort Polk

PURE PRAXIS

FORT POLK, La. — The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk welcomes Pure Praxis to the Showboat Theater for a five-day event as part of the installation’s Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month activities.

Performances are slated for 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 28. According to the Pure Praxis website, www.purepraxis.com, the organization was created out of a commitment and passion for social change.

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Thu
20
Apr

EpiPen auto-injector recall expanded

DLA TROOP SUPPORT

WASHINGTON — Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan’s manufacturing partner for EpiPen Auto-Injector, has expanded a volunteer recall of select lots of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto-injectors.

All patients impacted by this recall must arrange for the return of their affected EpiPen auto-injectors and will receive their replacement product.

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Thu
20
Apr

Godwin-Stremler juggles duties as Army/preacher spouse, minister

By CHUCK CANNON

FORT POLK, La. — It’s often said that being a Soldier’s spouse is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. The spouse often serves as both mother and father when the Soldier is deployed, whether on a local field exercise or for an extended stay in combat zones.

Another demanding job is a minister’s spouse. Not only does the minister’s spouse serve as host or hostess to events within her spouse’s congregation, she also has to fulfill spousal duties at home.

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Thu
13
Apr

Fort Polk Fire Station officially opens

By JEAN DUBIEL

FORT POLK, La. — Command Sgt. Maj. Melissa A. Judkins, command sergeant major, U.S. Army Installation Management Command, once called it a “Taj Mahal of a fire station,” but the men and women who spend most of their time there simply call it home.

The new Fort Polk Fire Station 1, bldg 001, located on the corner of Louisiana and Mississippi avenues, was officially opened with a ribboncutting ceremony April 12. Several members of the firefighting and law enforcement community, Directorate of Public Works, Army Corps of Engineers and Ross Group Construction Corporation, as well as the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk command group, attended the event.

 

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Thu
13
Apr

OCT Academy teaches Soldiers how to coach, facilitate training

By JEAN DUBIEL

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about observer-controller-trainers at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

 

FORT POLK, La. — Games must have rules. A simple game may have its rules printed on the game board while a complex one has its rules lined out in a booklet. Some games, like football or baseball, also use referees or umpires to help enforce the rules.

For Army units, a combat training center rotation works like a game in that it, too, has rules, and because of the complexities of this war “game,” referees are also required. They are called observer-controller-trainers, or OCTs.

 

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Thu
13
Apr

Creole Nature Trail offers glimpse of state

By CHUCK CANNON

Editor’s note: In the March 31 edition of the Guardian, readers were urged to visit points of interest throughout the state of Louisiana. A list of top spots has been complied and dubbed the Fort Polk Bucket List (You can find it on page 14 of the March 31 edition). If you visit one of these places and post photos or comments about it to social media, please use the hashtag #FortPolk- BucketList so your post can be found and shared with other readers. This article is the first in a series that highlights bucket list locations.

 

FORT POLK, La. — If you’re looking for a way to spend the day with family or friends, while at the same time experiencing a bit of the culture that is south Louisiana, a day trip along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road Scenic Byway could be just the ticket.

The trail takes visitors south from Sulphur to the Louisiana Gulf Coast then back north to Lake Charles.

Thu
13
Apr

Month of Military Child: Polk kids take action in school, community

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

Editor’s Note: In honor of Month of the Military Child, Guardian staff asked the Fort Polk community for nominations for children going above and beyond in school or in their community. We received two nominations. This article chronicles their stories.

 

FORT POLK, La. — Being a military child is hard. From a young age, they must deal with the emotional and physical impacts of relocating, being away from one or both of their parents during deployments and training, and adapting to new duty stations. Despite these challenges, Adeline Honeysuckle, 6, and Caden Guy, 12, have embraced their lives at Fort Polk, taking it upon themselves to get out of their comfort zones and take action in school and the community.

Adeline, daughter of Capt. Denard Honeysuckle, 3rd Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment, and Asia Honeysuckle, collects trash in the surrounding neighborhoods at Fort Polk at least twice a month to help the environment.

 

Thu
13
Apr

Fort Polk, local communities bring awareness to child abuse, military children

By ANGIE THORNE

FORT POLK, La. — Bringing attention to challenging issues such as child abuse and neglect and the difficulties of being a military child are attainable when people work together. Spearheading that push, Fort Polk’s Army Community Service hosted the Child Abuse Prevention Month proclamation signing April 12. Members of the community watched as Fort Polk leadership and local mayors signed the proclamation centered on preventing child abuse and neglect and recognized the importance of military children during Month of the Military Child.

Fri
07
Apr

Sexual assault, harassment: Not at Fort Polk

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Soldiers from the Fort Polk Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Team are featured in one of the Army’s 2017 SAAPM campaign posters as a result of the team winning the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award in the 2016 fiscal year. The award recognizes groups or individuals who contribute innovative approaches or ideas to positively impact sexual assault prevention and response programs within the armed forces. Fort Polk SHARP team members received this recognition by launching Soldier education programs to raise awareness and prevent sexual assault. Pictured are from left: Sgt. 1st Class Tiffiny China, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital SHARP victim advocate; Maj. Hilary Camphouse, Fort Polk Installation SHARP program manager, and Sgt. 1st Class Bethany Cortes, installation alternate lead sexual assault response coordinator.

 

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