Fort Polk Guardian 01-11-2019

NewScope Right arm night The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk’s Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosts Right Arm Night Jan. 25 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Showboat Theatre. Admission is free and you must be 18 or older to participate. For more information call 531-1959 or visit . Laundry point The Laundry Drop-off and Pick-up Point, bldg 2375, is temporarily closed pending the award of a new contract. If pa- trons have items that have been returned for pickup, they may contact Ronale Cole- man at 531-1814 or 238-8718 to coordinate pick-up. BJACH training Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital clinics, lab, radiology and pharmacy are closed for training Jan. 18 until 1 p.m. The BJACH dining facility will not service breakfast but will open at 11 a.m. for lunch. Entrance B (upper level) is locked until 12:45 p.m. Enter at Entrance A (lower lever) prior to 1 p.m. Inpatient and emergency department services remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Weingarten notice Title 5 of the United States Code, section 7114(a)(2)(B), Representation Rights and Duties, provides that when an agency rep- resentative questions a bargaining unit em- ployee, and the employee reasonably be- lieves the questioning may result in disci- plinary action against that employee and the employee requests union representa- tion, the employee is entitled to representa- tion if the investigation continues. Once the employee requests union representation, management has three options: • Grant the request and notify the union that a meeting to examine a bargaining unit employee is going to take place and that the employee has requested union rep- resentation; • Stop questioning the employee and continue the investigation without inter- viewing that employee; or • Offer the employee a clear choice to ei- ther continue the interview without repre- sentation or have no interview. Additional information regarding Wein- garten rights can be obtained in the De- partment of the Army Civilian Personnel Management Policy and Guidance Library on the Army Civilian HR MilSuite page at . The Weingarten right applies only to bar- gaining unit employees. Briefs Guardian Jan. 11, 2019 /3 Please see UCMJ , page 4 Books Continued from page 2 shelves of unread books to the smells and feel of the books in my hands leads me down a sensory memory lane. It feels a bit like coming home. So it’s no surprise that enhancing my mental and emotional capacity in 2019 also centers on books. For myself, that means reading the best of the best. So I decided to read books on the 100 best books booklist. The challenge when you put that search into Google is several different lists pop up. After looking through my choices, the one that appealed to me the most was The Great American Read, compiled by the Public Broad- casting System. The list had a good mix of both classics — books I had heard about all of my life but never found the time to read — and contem- porary offerings with a range of genres including science fiction, fantasy, suspense, romance and more. As I perused the listing of books, I was happi- ly surprised to have read quite a few already — “Pride & Prejudice,” by Jane Austen, the “Harry Potter” series, by J.K Rowling, “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett and more. These books have all opened doors to my imagination. The authors pulled me into worlds they created while telling their story. Another thing I love about books is when your world isn’t going so well and you are stressed or sad, they give you a new world to occupy for a time and introduce you to new friends as you learn to care about and walk in the shoes of the characters you meet. Often I have cried for char- acters and the hardships they endure or laughed with them through their joys. I can’t tell you how many times that escape has helped me keep my sanity. Sometimes books have a particular lesson they want you to learn while others tell a story about every day life. No matter the plot, you can’t help but aquire a better understanding of the world and yourself. That’s why I’m excited about beginning my journey through this list. There are plenty of books I haven’t had a chance to crack open and I look forward to entering the worlds found in “Wuthering Heights,” by Emily Bronte, “Dune,” by Frank Herbert, “Ready Player One,” by Ernest Cline and more — no, watching the movie or tel- evision show doesn’t count. Even if you don’t read often, winter is the per- fect time to cozy up under the covers with hot co- coa or the tea of your choice and a good book as you while away a few hours in another world. So, why not join me on my quest to improve myself this year by choosing to read at least one of these books? You never know, you might just enjoy it. FORT MEADE, Md. — A host of changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice became ef- fective Jan. 1, modernizing definitions for many offenses, adjusting maximum penalties, stan- dardizing court-martial panels, creating new computer-crime laws and more. The changes strike a balance between protect- ing the rights of the accused and empowering commanders to affect good order and discipline, said Col. Sara Root, chief of the Army’s Military Justice Legislation Training Team. “We're pretty excited,” Root said. “It's a healthy growth of our military justice system.” Root and three members of her team spent the last year traveling to 48 installations to train 6,000 legal personnel and law-enforcement agents about the changes. Her two-day classes included everyone from judges to law clerks, and privates to generals, she said, and even 600 serv- ice members from other military services. Codifying changes Many of the changes came about after a re- view by the Military Justice Review Group, con- sisting of military and criminal justice experts whose report made recommendations to Con- gress. “We’ve had a lot of changes to our system (over the years), but piecemeal,” Root said. She explained that the review group convened to take a thorough and holistic look at the system to standardize military law and update the Manual for Courts Martial. Many of the changes were incorporated into the Military Justice Act of 2016, the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, and Executive Order 13825 signed by the president March 8. Addition- ally, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper signed a directive Dec. 20 that clarifies definitions for dozens of offenses taking effect this week. “We've really needed that much time, from 2017 to now, to train all members of the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps,” Root said. Those attending her classes then needed time to train commanders and others on the installa- tions, she added. Adultery changed One of the changes replaces the offense of adultery with “extra-marital sexual conduct.” The new offense broadens the definition of sexu- al intercourse, which now includes same-sex af- fairs. The amendments also now provide legal separation as a defense. In the past, service members could be charged with adultery even if they had been legally sepa- rated for years but were not divorced. Now legal separation from a court of competent jurisdiction can be used as an affirmative defense, Root said. Also in the past, prosecutors had to prove tra- ditional intercourse to obtain a conviction for adultery, Root said. Now oral sex and other types of sexual intercourse are included. 2019 brings changes to UCMJ By GARY SHEFTICK Army News Service