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Aug

SHARP working group brings people together

By ANGIE THORNE
Guardian staff writer

FORT POLK, La. — Representatives from Fort Polk agencies such as Army Community Service, Army Substance Abuse Program, Judge Advocate General and Criminal Investigation Division as well as agencies off post gathered for a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention program work group Aug. 7 at Fort Polk’s Warrior Community Center.

The working group introduced the people on and off post who strive to help victims of sexual assault and abuse, said Neila Lawrence, SHARP program manager.

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10
Aug

JRTC CALL cell collects, shares best practices in training

By JEAN DUBIEL
Guardian staff writer

FORT POLK, La. — At the Joint Readiness Training Center, rotational units are tested on the tactics, techniques and procedures they intend to use during deployment. They prepare for that test through home station training.

As with any test, the more you study or rehearse, the better your score will be. One way to prepare is through the use of study guides. But where can an Army unit get study guides that address war fighting functions as they apply to training?

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Thu
10
Aug

Francis: OC cadre ‘second to none’

By JEAN DUBIEL
Guardian staff writer

FORT POLK, La. — Brig. Gen. David J. Francis became the 29th commander of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center and director of Army Safety at Fort Rucker, Alabama, June 29. One of the first things he wanted to do as the new commander is visit the Army’s combat training centers, and he began his tour Aug. 2 at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

During his visit, Francis observed rotational training in “the box,” JRTC’s primary training area.

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Thu
03
Aug

Let learning begin

The first official day of the 2017-2018 school year is Wednesday as students across Vernon Parish head back to the classroom. Motorists are cautioned to be aware of youngsters at bus stops and school buses stopping along roadways, as well as school area speed limits.

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Thu
03
Aug

Ceremony celebrating airborne activation set

FORT POLK, La. — Fort Polk, the Kisatchie National Forest, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, cordially invite the public to attend the 75th anniversary of the activation of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions on Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.

Maj. Gen. Gary Brito, commanding general, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, is the guest speaker. Representatives from Fort Bragg and Fort Campbell are also expected to attend.

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Thu
03
Aug

Military student transition consultant available at Vernon Parish schools

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

FORT POLK, La. — One of the hardest challenges military children face is transitioning to different schools when their parents receive orders to a new duty station.

The Department of Defense Education Activity recognized this and awarded Vernon Parish schools a $1.25 million four-year grant to fund additional academic, social and emotional support to military children transitioning in and out of the community — known as Project LEVEL. From this, Sue Lopez’s position as a military student transition consultant for Vernon Parish was created.

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Thu
03
Aug

Polk residents in line for spectacular eclipse view

By JEAN GRAVES

FORT POLK, La. — From the first time humans gazed upon the heavens and contemplated the universe, a love affair with space began. With the popularity of science fiction literature, movies and television shows, the obsession with the solar system, galaxy and beyond is apparent. People are infatuated with space and the universe and vicariously go where no one has gone before through the imagination and pursuit of academic study.

Americans will have the rare opportunity to witness a total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Watching the beauty of the sun rising and setting day-to-day has become commonplace, but an event like this is rare.

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Fri
28
Jul

Nighthawks in action

Soldiers assigned to the Indiana National Guard’s 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team pull security duty at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk during rotation 17-08 July 23.

The Soldiers are among 6,000 Soldiers from more than 20 states participating in the rotation.

 

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Fri
28
Jul

Wong speaks on deployment impacts on kids

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

FORT POLK, La. — One of the hardest parts of being military parents is when deployment orders come in. How will the kids handle it? What can one do to help them through it? What factors contribute to their stress as military children?

These are some of the questions that Dr.Leonard Wong, a research professor of military strategy in the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College, sought to tackle in hisresearch on the impacts of Soldier deploymenton children ages 11-17.

 

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Fri
28
Jul

In-flight mission command creates more agile, lethal Army

By AMY WALKER

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — During are cent Joint Forcible Entry training mission, the Army's Global Response Force successfully used Enroute Mission Command to enable realtime joint intelligence, communications and collaboration capabilities as they flew cross country to battle simulated enemy forces.

EMC delivers critical in-flight-mission command, plane-to-plane and plane-to-ground network communications and situational awareness on board the aircraft, so commanders can continue planning enroute and their paratroopers are well prepared to jump into potentially hostile territory.

 

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