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Thu
18
May

Chaplain cautions vigilance in defending freedoms

By Chap. (Maj.) BERNARD BUZULAK

FORT POLK, La. — While our brave soldiers are dying in foreign lands to defend the freedoms of other nations, it is grave concern for our own liberties and freedoms that cause me to write this article.

Daily we see a slow erosion of the laws that grant Americans freedoms — especially religious freedoms.

I am concerned that we are forgetting the very laws that gave us our liberties and freedoms.

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Thu
11
May

Mother’s Day: Five lessons learned on motherhood

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

FORT POLK, La. — Being a mom has been one of the most exhausting, challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life. Every day of motherhood comes with a lesson learned and story to tell, but here are five of the most important things I’ve discovered as my daughter nears her eighth month of life:

1. Make sure your moments with your kids are captured. As moms, it’s easy to get so caught up in taking pictures of our kids that we forget that it is equally important that we be in these photos with them. Being military spouses, it may be even harder to have candid moments with our children captured because our spouses aren’t always there to take pictures. But sometimes the lack of photos is also because we think we need to look perfect for these pictures to share them.

Fri
05
May

‘Familiar with pain’ vital to effective counseling

By Chap. (Maj.) W. JERROD GLENN

FORT POLK, La. — It is not uncommon for counselors to be intimidated by difficult cases. When I say difficult, I mean individuals who have troubling stories that may go way beyond the care giver’s personal experience.

Topics range from drug addiction and sexual trauma to extreme physical or emotional abuse. Even some cases of severe combat trauma can make counselors feel unqualified and limited in their ability to provide quality care.

Although many of my clients do not use faith as a resource, I find the anchor I need for these challenging cases from the Bible.

In Isaiah’s prophecy describing what the Messiah would go through during the passion, the verse reads: “…a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief… (Isaiah 53:3).”

Upon reading this, it occurred to me that the standard for Jesus of Nazareth to help the multitudes was simply by being familiar with pain.

 

Fri
05
May

Remember area police on National Fallen Peace Officer Memorial Day

By MARK S. LESLIE

FORT POLK, La. — In the military and around the country each May, the country takes time to recognize the fallen heroes of the military that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom on Memorial Day.

For the most part, I don’t take this day to grill out or do any celebrating in the traditional sense. I do take a moment to reflect upon the lives of those that I had the honor and privilege to serve with in a 30-year career that are no longer with us. I celebrate their lives by remembering just how much richer I am for having known them. I feel cheated that we no longer have their contributions to family, country and community.

Thu
13
Apr

Changing perspective can result in pleasant surprises

By Chap. (Capt.) JONATHAN AVERILL

FORT POLK, La. — I’ll admit that when I got my orders for Fort Polk I was not thrilled. However, after being in the Army for more than years I realize that every base has its good points and bad points; often all you need to do is to look for positives in a PCS and usually they are easy to find.

I am reminded of a story I was told by a veteran from the Vietnam era named Don. Don, like many in the late 1960s, chose to volunteer for the Army after graduating from college rather than being drafted. Shortly after joining the Army he had a training accident, in which he severely injured his back and subsequently suffered blackouts. Because of these injuries, he was shuffled off to a desk job as a casualty clerk handling death notifications coming out of Vietnam.

 

Fri
07
Apr

JRTC, Fort Polk leadership stands tall

by CHUCK CANNON 

FORT POLK, La. — In March, the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk had opportunities to show the rest of the Army its importance as a premier training center, platform for deployable units and the reason behind its moniker — the Home of Heroes.

In the early days of the month, Fort Polk hosted a mobile training team from the 10th Mountain Division’s Light Fighter for an air assault course.

More than 150 Soldiers from across Fort Polk and area National Guard units vied for the chance to earn coveted air assault wings.

 

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Fri
31
Mar

Glenn joins Team Polk as Family Life Chaplain

By Chap. (Maj.) W. JERRON GLENN

FORT POLK, La. — Greetings! I’m Chaplain Jerrod Glenn, the new Family Life Chaplain at Fort Polk. It has been a while since Fort Polk has had a dedicated position for Family Life. FLCs are chosen for advance civilian schooling to essentially become “chaplain-therapists.” These chaplains have a unique blend of pastoral and therapy skills that provides highly specialized support for Soldiers with extreme PTSD and couples/families/individuals experiencing crisis.

Thu
16
Mar

Parenting comes in different forms; that’s OK

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

FORT POLK, La. — Parenthood brings with it many decisions: Breastfeeding or formula? Disposable or cloth diapers? Stroller or baby carrier? Work or be a stay-at-home mom? Feed baby food or practice baby-led weaning?

When my daughter was born, I was overwhelmed with the choices I had to make, worrying I would make the wrong parenting move.

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Fri
03
Mar

Polk Places

Editor’s note: “Polk Places” features interesting places around Fort Polk. If you would like to submit a photo you have taken for “Polk Places,” please e-mail your jpg-format photo sized at 150 pixels and no smaller than 4 inches across to tradingpostads@yahoo.com, and you may see it in a future edition of the Guardian.

 

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Fri
03
Mar

Polk People

Editor’s note: The weekly Guardian feature “Polk People” has changed its format. The question remains the same from week to week, but answers will vary. If you would like to submit your answer to the question, please e-mail your response to the question, “Fort Polk is a nice place to live because ...” to tradingpostads@yahoo.com, or post to facebook at www.facebook.com/JRTCandFort Polk.

 

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