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Fri
13
Oct

Women: Reset your health-care habits

By Vice Adm. RAQUEL BONO

WASHINGTON — I was recently a speaker at a women’s leadership symposium and was asked for strategies for proactively managing one’s health when faced with hectic schedules and numerous responsibilities. I could relate and the timing couldn’t be better.

October is Women’s Health Month and a great time to remember that we, as women, owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to make our health a priority. Focusing on healthy lifestyle habits, ensuring we get regular checkups and immunizations, and being our own best advocates for care will help us live healthier and happier lives. I’m encouraging women to take command of their health by resolving to do three things today that will make a difference in your tomorrows.

 

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Fri
13
Oct

Chaplain: ‘Are you holding on to trash or treasure?’

By Chap. (Capt.) JONATHAN AVERILL

FORT POLK, La. — Are you clinging to trash thinking as if it were a treasure?

On my shelf sits a book written by Francis Kalmy, entitled “The Richest Boy in the World.”

In this book, set during WWI in Hungary, the main character “Tony” at the age of 10 is placed in a state-run boy’s boarding school in the Carpathian Mountains.

He was placed there because his father was a Soldier in the war and his mother died when he was very young.

 

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Thu
14
Sep

My first year as a working mom: Overcoming stigmas, challenges

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

FORT POLK, La. — Where has the time gone? It seems just yesterday I was holding my newborn peacefully in my arms and now I’m chasing around a one-year-old as she walks around the house leaving traces of her mischief wherever she goes.

Today is my baby girl Emma’s first birthday, and while people tell you that time flies when you have children, you never know how quickly it flies until you live it yourself.

I found myself celebrating Emma’s achievements as she learned to sit up, crawl and walk, but I was also sad my baby girl was growing up before my eyes and on her way to toddlerhood.

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Fri
08
Sep

JRTC, Fort Polk sends best to help those going through worst

By JEAN DUBIEL 

FORT POLK, La. — A group of Soldiers and bus drivers from Fort Polk traveled to Lake Charles Sept. 1 to stage buses bound for Texas. The mission was to help move evacuees from flood-rav-aged areas around Vidor, Texas, a community that was drowning in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. A team of about 15 Soldiers decided to grab a bite at a local fast food restaurant before heading out for this humanitarian mission. Once they were seated, a local man asked for everyone’s attention in the restaurant.

“In case you haven’t noticed, the Army is here,” he began.“They are here to help rescue some folks over in Texas. I want to ask everyone two things: First, let’s give these guys around of applause.” The diner sall clapped and cheered for the group, smiling and nodding their heads in approval. “And secondly,” the man said, “let’s offer up a prayer for these guys and the people they are going to help today.”

 

Fri
08
Sep

Fort Polk’s warriors depart for deployment overseas

FORT POLK, La. — Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, departed for service overseas this week.

About 2,100 troops from the brigade make up this deployment.

The 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div is the first brigadeszed unit to deploy under the Associated Units Pilot Program, which groups Army Reserve and National Guard units with active component units for training before mobilization.

The brigade has served with the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard since March 2016.

 

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Fri
08
Sep

U.S., partner forces make progress in Iraq, Syria

by By JIM GARAMONE 

WASHINGTON — There is evil in the world, and good people of all faiths and nations have joined together and made progress against the evil that is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the commander of Operation Inherent Resolve said Aug. 31.

Army Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, who also commands the Army's 18th Airborne Corps, told Pentagon reporters via satellite from Baghdad that ISIS "is the most evil entity I have encountered in my lifetime. 

"In 2014, ISIS swept across Syria and Iraq and declared it as the heart of its new caliphate, with a capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

 

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Fri
18
Aug

Home of Heroes Recreation Center

The Home of Heroes Recreation Center, located at 2165 Ninth St., offers 15,000 square feet of recreational opportunities. Here you will find access to WiFi, gaming systems, computer lab, mini movie theater, music room with instruments, batting cages, pool tables, a ping pong table, dart boards and plenty of comfy couches and chairs, tables for cards and other games, and large televisions. The staff stands ready to answer any questions and assist with equipment check out.

 

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Thu
10
Aug

How to overcome ‘emotional cycle of deployment’ as a military spouse

By VIVIAN LOPEZ
Guardian staff writer

FORT POLK, La. — For many military couples, the possibility of a deployment is the constant “elephant in the room.” We know it can happen at any time, but do not want to dwell on that fact. When my husband enlisted in the

Army, I knew this was the case, but I don’t think I ever fully processed the idea of him actually going on a deployment until his orders came in.

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Thu
06
Jul

GC’s NZW vision for Fort Polk achievable

By Col. JARRETT THOMAS II

FORT POLK, La. — Imagine an Army installation that values environmental sustainability not just for its financial benefits, but also because it enhances quality of life, mission capabilities, relationships with local communities and preservation of the Army's future; where items are not thrown away to occupy landfills, but instead are viewed as valuable resources to be used for multiple purposes.

This is the vision of Fort Polk's future — and it’s a vision that’s achievable as long as we work together.

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Thu
29
Jun

Chaplain: ‘More listening, less talking needed today’

By WAYNE VANDEKROL

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” James 1:19-20.

How well are we listening? Sounds like a simple question but often I think we are only hearing what we want to hear.

The story is told of how President Franklin D. Roosevelt got tired of smiling that big smile and saying all the usual things at those White House receptions. So, one evening he decided to find out whether anybody was paying attention to what he was saying.

 

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