Fort Polk Guardian 01-11-2019

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Jarrett Thomas II Garrison commander Kim Reischling Information strategies officer Chuck Cannon Editor Jean Dubiel Angie Thorne Staff writers Editorial Offices Building 4919, Magnolia Street Fort Polk, LA 71459-5060 Voice (337) 531-4033 Fax (337) 531-1401 Email: Trading post ads: Fort Polk Homepage Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: sales@ In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, "Who is your favorite super hero?" Here are their responses: Guardian Jan. 11, 2019 Charles Young: "Superman because he stands for the values and morals I try to uphold." Spc. Dakota Van- derpool: "Thor. I can relate to him because he and his dad had issues, but as they got older they made peace and better under- stood each other. My dad and I were the same way." Marione Gibbons: "Harley Quinn. I know she is more like an anti super- hero, but I like her craziness." Jasmine Washing- ton and Sophia, 9 months: "Wonder Woman. She is re- silient and strong. She knows who she is and inspires oth- er women to be the same "positive way." Reading books can bring knowlege, joy to 2019 FORT POLK, La. —As the new year begins, many people tend to concentrate their efforts on resolu- tions that focus on the physical. They want to lose weight, tone their mus- cles and be healthier overall. That’s an excellent plan — one I try to ad- here to myself as I get rid of the last of the junk food and holiday left- overs in my pantry and refrigerator and look forward to taking part in Fort Polk’s 10k a Day Team Walking Challenge set to begin Jan. 21. (Go PAO Peram- bulators!) But I think there’s more to starting anew than just working toward a better body. Improving yourself in other ways is also a great way to begin a positive trend as folks dive head first into January. For myself, that centers on books. Now wait. I know a lot of you aren’t readers. It’s been a huge heart- break that my son cares more about video games than opening and read- ing a book, so I un- derstand the lure of the digital age. How- ever, that doesn’t mean I’m ever going to stop encouraging him and others to read. For me, reading is a gift, whether the book’s purpose is ed- ucation, fun or relax- ation. As a child, I had diffi- culty reading. I would try, but it’s like my brain wasn’t making the connection. I was placed in special classes and given one on one attention by teach- ers who wanted to help me succeed. In the meantime, my mother nev- er gave up on encouraging a love of reading — I guess that’s where I get that persistence. She would make a big deal about going to the library on Saturdays and picking fun books to read. Then we would have lunch out. Later, she would read those books to me. I loved it and wanted to be able to read the words myself. She made those days special for me and I think that’s where my love of words be- gan. At some point all that ef- fort on my behalf paid off and it was like a light bulb going off in my head. I finally got it. From then on I read like a house afire — still making those trips to the library in addition to any reading I had to do to further my education. To this day I get the most wonder- ful, nostalgic feeling when I walk through the doors of a library. Every- thing from seeing the shelves upon By ANGIE THORNE Guardian staff writer Commentary Please see Books , page 3 Access control police get thanks I would like to thank all the Sol- diers and Depart- ment of the Army police who staff the access control points to the instal- lation. For many of us, you are the first human interaction we have each morning. Your attitude can set the tone for someone’s entire day. Very seldom have I ever arrived at the gate and not been greeted with a smile and a friendly, “How are you doing to- day?” You probably don’t hear it often enough, so I just wanted to let you know how much you are appreciat- ed. Thank you. Jeanne Resler Cyber Security Division Network Enterprise Center Letter For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) E ail: sales