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Thu
18
May

Athey, Pitt near end of garrison tenure

GUARDIAN STAFF

FORT POLK, La. — The Fort Polk garrison changes command in a ceremony set for June 13 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.

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Thu
18
May

Snoring issue? Potential CPAP alternative available at Chesser

By JEAN DUBIEL

FORT POLK, La. — Snoring is the hoarse or harsh sound that occurs when breathing is partially obstructed in some way during sleep. It occurs when air flows across relaxed tissues in the throat, causing vibration that creates the sound. More than half of adults occasionally snore, according to the Mayo Clinic, but usually self-correct during sleep by rolling over or getting an “assist” from a partner’s elbow during the night. While mildly irritating, snoring is generally harmless.

However, when snoring results in the total obstruction of the airway, it is called sleep apnea and can be dangerous. Not only is the snorer at risk — lack of deep sleep due to mild suffocation — but anyone else whose sleep is disturbed by the loud noise also suffers. This can be a spouse or other family members in the home, or a group of Soldiers that have to bunk with the snorer.

Thu
18
May

509th paratrooper pays homage to airborne heritage

A paratrooper with Able Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, hugs former World War II and 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper Joseph “Jack” C. Rogillio during a visit to Rogillio’s home May 9. Seven Fort Polk Soldiers with 1st Bn, 509th Inf Reg visited with Rogillio and swapped war stories.

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Thu
18
May

New incentives bundled into retention bonus program

By DAVID VERGUN

WASHINGTON — Active-duty Soldiers have a two-week decision window until Tuesday to apply for the Selective Retention Bonus Program, which has some new sweeteners added as a way to entice those now on active duty to continue serving.

For some Soldiers, re-enlistment during the two-week period will mean lump-sum bonuses — extra money to spend over the summer months, perhaps.

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Thu
11
May

Ed Center guides, enlightens Soldiers

By ANGIE THORNE

FORT POLK, La. — Knowledge can be the key to unlocking success, which makes education a crucial component to a student’s future — regardless of whether that student is a Soldier or Family member. That’s why Fort Polk’s Education Center should be the next step in furthering your scholastic plans.

Linda Bowers, Fort Polk Education Center education guidance counselor, said there are many colleges housed at the center that offer a variety of degree programs with options for both classroom and online studies. Those colleges include Central Louisiana Technical Community College, Central Texas College, McNeese State University, Upper Iowa University, Central Michigan University and Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Beyond the colleges accessible on site, Bowers said, there are a slew of universities Soldiers can attend online.

Thu
11
May

‘These are good kids’

Fort Polk BOSS program hosts Youth Challenge event to give cadets fun day

By ANGIE THORNE

FORT POLK, La. — On a sunny day with just the right amount of cool breezes and potential for fun, Fort Polk’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers spearheaded an event for 225 Youth Challenge cadets from Camp Beauregard, Pineville, May 5. The all-day activity lined up about 50 BOSS volunteers and a few from Fort Polk’s Sergeant Audie Murphy Club to participate with youth while bowling, having paint ball fights, chilling at the Home of Heroes Recreation Center, hitting at the batting cages, touring the Fort Polk museum and challenging the 1st Battalion, (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment obstacle course.

Thu
11
May

Fort Polk Spouses’ Club 2017 scholarship awardees announced

FORT POLK, LA. — The Fort Polk Spouses’ Club has announced the winners of its annual Scholarship Program. The response to this year’s program was unprecedented. Nearly 40 students submitted application packets.

This year’s applicant pool was exceptionally diverse. High school seniors, current undergraduates, and graduate students applied. They are the dependents of active duty Soldiers, retirees and Reservists. Together they embodied the population of Fort Polk

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Thu
11
May

Nurses appreciated as role models for health, wellness

By KATHY PORTS

FORT POLK, La. — A caring touch, a gentle hand and hourly patient rounds to ensure patient safety is a daily routine for nurses at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital. Nurses play a very important role on the health care team and BJACH honored its dedicated nurses during National Nurses Week, which ran through today.

National observation of Nurses Week increases awareness of the nursing profession, honors and celebrates nurses’ contributions to society and their commitment to health, wellness, safety and the community.

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Thu
11
May

‘I can paint pretty’

Lilah Lopez, 1, and her mom, Rachel, paint a ceramic cupcake piggy bank at a children's ceramics class, hosted by Corvias Military Living, at the Palmetto Community Center May 9.

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Fri
05
May

Top students, teachers, principals recognized during ceremony

By CHUCK CANNON

FORT POLK, La. — A ceremony honoring Vernon Parish School District’s principals, teachers and students of the year was held at Fort Polk’s Warrior Community Center on May 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Fort Polk Garrison Commander Col. David “Gregg” Athey welcomed those in attendance and said the nine principals, teachers and students recognized made a difference in their schools and communities. He referred to them as heroes.

“The success our parish has realized in education stems from the quality of education occurring in the classroom and the leadership provided from administrators,” Athey said. “Today, we want to recognize our partnership in education and spotlight three teachers, three principals and three students.”

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