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.
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.
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.
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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FORT POLK, La. — Military chaplains are not ordinary pastors nor are their parishioners. Chaplains are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year.
In most countries, in every part of the world, and certainly where the United States deploys its military, the chaplain is right there.
Military chaplains have parishioners who “come as they are”, un-showered, tired and carrying a weapon.
They may have just returned from a mission to help a civilian family or village, snatch and grab, identify a high value target or on patrol.
They may have received bad news from home: Someone is sick, dying or dead, or just returned from a firefight where they had to kill. Our makeshift parking lot is filled with HUMMWVs, tanks and armored personal carriers.
Life is surely about more than just the daily grind of routine.
Some people look out there and can’t see a thing. What does your future look like to you? Vaclav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic, wrote that all human institutions fail. The pursuit of the good life will not help us. Turning to and serving God is needed. Without God we forget who we are. From that perspective then, the only remedy for a broken world is for us to remember who we really are and what we need is relationship with God.
The world will change for the better only as we seek and speak of peace, trust and love even when others don't deserve it. This beacon of peace will attract others to it. It is my desire to become like human super glue, where friends, co-workers and family will sense peace in my life that will attract others in.
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Super Bowl LI kicks off Sunday evening and that means one thing for true fans — catchers and pitchers report to major league baseball camps in less than two weeks. I know, you probably thought I was going to wax poetic about how the Atlanta Falcons seem to be a team of destiny and are poised to pull an upset over the team that most of the country loves to hate, those alleged cheaters, the New England Patriots.