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Fri
23
Jun

Alligator Lake Recreation Area and RV Park

Are you looking for a taste of nature that’s not too far away? Look no further than Alligator Lake Recreation Site and RV Park, located right outside the back post gate on K Avenue in North Fort. Alligator Lake is perfect for both a weekend outdoors or a Family day trip. The park itself is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week but its office hours for reservations and information is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Alligator Lake has something for everyone with playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer fields, picnic areas and more. Boat rentals are $2 hourly or $10 daily for canoes, row boats and kayaks, and $4 hourly for paddle boats. Rental sports equipment is also available. Pavilion rentals for larger events such as Family Readiness Group meetings start at $25 and vary by area needed. RV Park sites are $20 daily, $105 weekly and $370 monthly. Check-in is at 1 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m.

Thu
01
Jun

Polk Places

Palmetto clubhouse pool

The heat of Louisiana is here and with it comes the opening of the Corvias Military Living community pools. Pictured is a Family having fun at the Palmetto Clubhouse pool. However, all community centers on post have pools and they are open to residents from any of the on-post communities.

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Fri
26
May

Polk Places

Heritage Family cemeteries

As you drive around the installation, ranges and and training areas, you may see signs pointing the way to cemeteries like this one — Burns Cemetery, located on Texas Avenue, North Fort.

These are the final resting places for people that date back to the Civil War and Fort Polk strives to preserve them for their historical significance. There are about 17 such cemeteries. For more information call the Fort Polk Cultural Resources Office at 531-7417.

 

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Fri
26
May

Polk People

Fort Polk is a nice place to live because ...

Spc. Daniel Aisuro: “We have great people here, a nice commissary where you can get almost anything you want, and you can hang out with your friends at the bowling alley on the weekends. People here greet you with a smile.”

Jose Blanco: “The fellowship here between Army Families and civilians is great. The communities support Fort Polk 100 percent, we have a great medical facility (Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital) and it is a great place to raise a family. It’s close to a lot of metropolitan areas also, without being too close.”

 

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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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