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Fri
08
Dec

‘What do you want for Christmas?’

Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk Commanding General Maj. Gen. Gary Brito asks a little girl what gifts she hopes Santa will bring her for Christmas before the tree lighting at the Snowflake Festival Dec. 2 at the Main Post Exchange. The event, hosted by the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation, featured a carousel, inflatables, fun children’s activities, Trees for Troops and more. There was also a tree lighting ceremony and Santa and Mrs. Claus made their appearance.

 

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Fri
08
Dec

3rd BCT Soldier dies, another injured

FORT POLK, La. — Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers were involved in a single car accident near Fort Polk Nov. 30, resulting in the death of one of the Soldiers.

Spc. William A. Rhodes, 22, was a native of Hurricane, West Virginia. He served as an infantry rifleman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

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Fri
08
Dec

Soldiers exercise sustainable practices at JRTC

By JENNA WOOD

FORT POLK, La. — A resilient Army conducts business with sustainable practices that go beyond internal boundaries.

In October Fort Carson Soldiers from 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, visited Fort Polk to conduct training at the Joint Readiness Training Center, and their sustainable practices were not left at home. At the end of their rotation, their instincts from back home kicked in when the unit sorted MREs for turn in and reissue to those still in need.

 

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Fri
08
Dec

Sec Army commits to lethal, agile force during NTC visit

By CODI KOZACEK

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper underscored his commitment to building an even more agile, lethal and technologically advanced combat force during a visit to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, Dec. 1.

Just two weeks after his confirmation as the Army's top civilian leader, Esper traveled to NTC to observe firsthand how units prepare for battle. Enhancing Army readiness is a top priority for the secretary, and NTC is a key component of that effort.

 

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Fri
01
Dec

Army Strong

Fifty Soldiers with 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, here on rotation, reenlist for a cumulative 235 years of service during a ceremony conducted by Maj. Gen.

Randy A. George, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division, at the Joint Readiness Training Center War Memorial Nov. 15.

 

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Fri
01
Dec

Road work continues on, near Fort Polk

FORT POLK, La. — Two ongoing construction projects are creating some delays at Fort Polk gates:

• Active vehicle barriers are being installed on Louisiana Avenue near the intersection of Holmund and the old South Polk Elementary School to improve the security of Fort Polk.

The construction — which began Nov. 27 — is expected to take about 30 days. Traffic will be rerouted around the construction site and the roadway reduced to one lane in both directions.

 

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Fri
01
Dec

Reenlistment marks end of rigorous JRTC training cycle

By Capt. RICHARD BARKET

Editor’s note: The 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division recently concluded a rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

FORT POLK, La. — About 50 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Soldiers raised their right hands to extend their service contracts during a mass reenlistment ceremony conducted by Maj. Gen. Randy A. George, commanding general, 4th Inf Div and Fort Carson at the Joint Readiness Training Center War Memorial on Fort Polk Nov. 15.

The ceremony followed several months of military training that included a combined arms live fire exercise, brigade-level field exercise Warrior Strike, and culminated with a Combined Training Center Validation Exercise at JRTC.

 

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Fri
01
Dec

Check out Fort Polk, local community Santa sightings, holiday festivities

GUARDIAN STAFF

FORT POLK, La. — The holiday season is in full swing, bringing with it a calendar full of jolly events to get in the Christmas spirit.

Kicking off the season at Fort Polk is the Snowflake Festival and Installation Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, hosted by the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which takes place Saturday at the Main Post Exchange from 3-9 p.m.

The Exchange transforms into a winter wonderland with free fun for the entire Family. Festivities include inflatables, a full-sized carousel, balloon artists, Christmas cookie decorating and real snow. There will also be free hot dogs and cocoa.

 

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Wed
22
Nov

Happy Thanksgiving from the Guardian Staff

Happy Thanksgiving from the Guardian Staff

 

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Wed
22
Nov

West Point grad confirmed as new secretary of Army

WASHINGTON — Dr. Mark T. Esper was confirmed by a vote in the Senate, 89-6, to become the 23rd secretary of the Army shortly after noon on Nov. 15.

President Donald Trump nominated Esper in July to become secretary of the Army.

In testimony before the U.S. Senate, Nov. 2, 2017, Esper laid out for lawmakers his priorities if confirmed as secretary.

“If confirmed, my first priority will be readiness — ensuring the total Army is prepared to fight across the full spectrum of conflict,” Esper said. “With the Army engaged in more than 140 countries around the world, to include combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, training rotations to Europe to deter Russia, and forward deployed units in the Pacific defending against a bellicose North Korea, readiness must be our top priority.”

 

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