Fort Polk Guardian 01-17-2020

Guardian Jan. 17, 2020 NewScope Prescribed burns Prescribed burns are taking place across the installation throughout housing areas. Prescribed burns ARE the burning of un- derbrush, debris and detritus that chars the forest ground into a black carpet. The fires are slow enough that any woodland creatures can easily escape or take cover, and the charcoal produced adds nutrients to the soil that improves the health of local flora. Burning dead or fallen trees in addition to the underbrush also re- duces the amount of fuel available for po- tential wildfires. Prescribed burns take place about every three years. Appropriate notification of burn days will be coordinated to allow Families to make appropriate plans. If you don’t want to smell the smoke, you will have enough time to leave before the fires are lit. Alternatively, you can stay indoors with the windows and doors closed. The fires are kept small and any smoke produced is short-lived. MLK Day observance An observance honoring the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is held Wednesday at noon in Fort Polk’s Bayou Theater. Everyone is invited. Call 531-1911 for more information. Abandoned vehicles The Directorate of Emergency Services Traffic Section will release the following vehicles to a towing company for disposal on Feb. 1( if they remain unclaimed). Vehi- cles are listed with the last four numbers of their VIN number. If one of these vehicles belongs to you please contact the Fort Polk Police Traffic Section at 531-1806/2677. 2016 Nissan Altima 5322 2008 Pontiac G8 5694 2005 Lincoln LS 0097 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix 1317 2000 Chevy Malibu 5243 2002 Toyota Corolla 6686 2013 Chevy Camaro 1112 1990 Sdow Trailer 3351 2008 Jeep Commander 0690 2005 Chevy Malibu 5875 2000 Chevy S10 6812 2009 BMW 328i 5454 2008 Kia SPORTAGE 7546 2011 Chevy 1500 4608 2001 Kia RIO 5378 1999 Chevy 1500 5469 2002 Saturn VUE 7797 2009 VW JETTA 0049 2006 Kia OPTIMA 9904 Briefs /3 Please see Briefs , page 7 FORT POLK, La. — Maj. Trevor Joseph, the 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment Soldier who was killed in a helicopter crash at Fort Polk Sept. 26, 2019, was inducted into the Leesville Wall of Heroes Wednesday at the Leesville City Hall. Joseph was the first to be inducted into this new Leesville program. Leesville Mayor Rick Allen said Joseph’s death was part of the inspira- tion for the wall. “At Joseph’s memorial service I saw the pain and sadness of the family and the Soldiers’ lives he had been part of. I felt as a city we needed to do something to demonstrate just how much every Soldier here means to our community. At the same time I remembered my visit to Wash- ington D.C. where I had the opportunity to speak in the Hall of Heroes,” Allen said. Nearly 100 Soldiers and area citizens filled city hall to support Joseph’s family for the ceremony. Joseph’s wife, Erin Joseph, said it was an ex- tremely emotional event. “I can’t put into words what this means to us. I knew how wonderful Trevor was, but for peo- ple who didn’t even know him to do this for him is amazing. Just that people have heard the sto- ries about him and through the stories know what kind of man he was,“ she said. “It really means a lot to the family to know he will be re- membered by so many.” It was also emotional and meaningful for the Soldiers. “I knew Trevor when he was a cadet and we have crossed paths many times. I am humbled and honored that the City of Leesville recognized him in this way, and that his plaque will always hang in the Leesville City Hall,” Maj. Ralph Salazar, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Avia- tion Regiment commander, said. “Today is about Trevor. Today is a celebration of his life and his sacrifice to Fort Polk and to Army medevac. He is a representative of all of us and he will never be forgotten.” KEITH HOUIN / GUARDIAN From left: Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk Command Sgt. Maj. David Bass, Brig. Gen. Patrick Frank, commander, JRTC and Fort Polk, Nancy Joseph and Peter Joseph, stand beside the LeesvilleWall of Heroes plaque dedicated to the Jospeh's son, Maj.Trevor Joseph, Wednesday, at Leesville City Hall. Joseph, who was killed in a helicopter crash at Fort Polk Sept. 26, 2019, was the first inductee into the memorial. Joseph first inductee toWall of Heroes By KEITH HOUIN Guardian staff writer Spc. David Semyck (right) greets Maj. Trevor Joseph's parents Peter and Nancy Joseph.