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Fri
23
Jun

Morris headlines Polk FreedomFest 2017

FORT POLK, La. — For those who enjoy country music, games, food and fireworks, the 2017 Fort Polk FreedomFest, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. July 1 on Headquarters Field, is a must see event.

Country music sensation Maren Morris is the featured performer for the evening. She 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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Fri
23
Jun

Army Surgeon General visits BJACH, JRTC, Fort Polk

By KATHY PORTS

FORT POLK, La. — Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Nadja West, recently visited Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk. The visit, a first for West to Fort Polk, centered on the hospital and the impact it plays here and in the surrounding communities.

During a town hall meeting, she stated that everyone contributes to readiness. “Readiness is (Army Chief of Staff) General (Mark) Milley's top priority,” she said to a crosssection of BJACH staff.

 

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Fri
23
Jun

Eight ball course sharpens mental skills

By JEAN DUBIEL

FORT POLK, La. — Imagine you are running through an obstacle course. Next to one of the obstacles you see a poster depicting a group of Soldiers huddled together looking over a map. You go through the next three obstacles, run a mile then return to your starting point. Someone asks you about the poster — “How many of those Soldiers were wearing glasses?” You draw a blank. You cannot remember anyone with glasses. In fact, you cannot remember exactly how many Soldiers were in the poster, what kind of map they were looking at, or much of anything else you saw.

It’s no surprise that you forgot, as you were never instructed to pay attention. But when it comes to situational awareness, no one is going to tell you to pay attention — you have to be mindful on your own.

 

Fri
23
Jun

Kayaking campers at North Toledo Bend

Campers attending Fort Polk's Camp Warrior, held June 13-16 at North Toledo Bend State Park, spend time on the lake kayaking, one of the outdoor activities fourth- through sixth-graders participated in including hiking, swimming, archery and more. Children also learn about leadership and teamwork. Another camp will be held Aug. 1-4 for children in sixth through 12th grades.

 

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Thu
15
Jun

Fort Polk Army garrison gets new commander, CSM

By CHUCK CANNON

FORT POLK, La. — Col. Jarrett Thomas II and Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Dodson Jr. took the helm of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Polk during a change of command and responsibility ceremony June 13 at Parkway Elementary School in Leesville.

The duo replaced Col. David “Gregg” Athey and Command Sgt. Maj. David Pitt. Athey leaves for the Installation Management Command Headquarters at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, while Pitt is headed to Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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Thu
15
Jun

MICC Fort Polk welcomes new commander

By JEAN DUBIEL

FORT POLK, La. — In the presence of Family, friends and coworkers, command of the Mission Installation Contracting Command Fort Polk was passed from Lt. Col. Thomas Kelley to Lt. Col. David L. Taylor June 9 at the Warrior Community Center.

After Col. Carol M. Tschida, commander, 419th Contract Support Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, passed the mantle of command from Kelley to Taylor, she recognized Kelley for his accomplishments and thanked him for his devotion to the MICC.

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Thu
15
Jun

Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital welcomes new commander

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

FORT POLK, La. — Col. Marla J. Ferguson assumed leadership of Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital as its new commander in a change of command ceremony June 8 at Warrior Field.

Her predecessor, Col. Carlene A.S Blanding, moves on to serve as branch chief of the Medical Service Corps Human Resources Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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Thu
15
Jun

BOSS banishes boredom with Beach Bash summer fun held at TBRS

By ANGIE THORNE

TOLEDO BEND, La. — Jet skiing, kayaking, swimming, playing games, eating, socializing and just having fun in the sun were priorities of the day as Fort Polk’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers hosted a Beach Bash at the Toledo Bend Recreation Site June 9.

Command Sgt. Maj. David Pitt, then garrison command sergeant major (change of responsibility took place June 13), said the beach bash took place because Fort Polk has the best BOSS program in the Army. “I’m not the only one who has said that, those words are coming directly from Installation Management Command,” he said.

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Mon
12
Jun

485th Medical Detachment guards against disease, injury

By Sgt. TOM WADE

Editor’s note: The 485th Medical Detachment Preventive Medicine is assigned to Fort Polk and deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — For centuries, doctors and scientists have fought a war against preventable diseases and injuries. Events such as World War I have made them revisit how medical care was given to service members on the battlefield and in hospitals. Today’s medicine has advanced to a level where service members, Department of Defense civilians and contractors no longer die from easily treatable diseases or injuries.

The 485th Medical Detachment Preventive Medicine continues the fight against preventable diseases and injuries by providing role three field preventive medicine support and consultation to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

 

Mon
12
Jun

Thomas, Dodson to take garrison command reins

FORT POLK, La. — The Fort Polk garrison changes command in a ceremony set for Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Parkway Elementary School on La. Hwy 467. Col. David “Gregg” Athey, garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Pitt, garrison command sergeant major, will be replaced by Col. Jarrett Thomas II and Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Dodson. Keynote speaker is Brenda Lee McCullough, Installation Management Command readiness director.

Thomas is a native of Ohio. He received a U.S. Army commission as an adjutant general officer in 1996. His early assignments include duty as an executive officer, battalion S1 and detachment commander in the 55th Personnel Services Battalion; operations officer for the El Paso Military Entrance Processing Station;, detachment commander and battalion S3, 546th Personnel Services Battalion; enlisted strength manager in 3rd Corps; and company commander and chief of G1 Plans and Operations in United States Army North (Fifth Army).

 

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