Fort Polk Guardian 01-18-2019

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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: Kimberly.Reischling@us.army.mil Trading post ads: tradingpostads@yahoo.com Fort Polk Homepage http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: sales@ thefortpolkguardian.com In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, "Do you prefer hot or cold weather?" Here are their responses: Guardian Jan. 18, 2019 Kenneth Grace: "I love cold weather because I was born in December, but I prefer hot weath- er because you get to do fun things like swim." Pvt. Kawahn Brad- ford: "I prefer the cold because the hot weather here is- n't just hot, it's also wet.The humidity makes it tough." Spc. Anthony Lelle: "Cold weath- er because I'm from the North and it's what I'm used to." Spc. Jacob Rager: "Cold weather be- cause I'm from Pennsylvania and I love the snow." Editor’s note: Col. Kendall J. Clarke, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Divi- sion made this speech during a Fort Polk Martin Luther King Jr. obser- vance ceremony Jan. 16. The infor- mation seerves as an appropriate commentary as we celebrate the not- ed civil rights champion’s life. FORT POLK, La. — It is truly an honor to be a part of Fort Polk’s trib- ute to a man, a patriot, whose legacy remains timeless because of who he was and what he stood for. Today’s theme or message is the message of intent. I am grateful to be a part of that great legacy and have the privilege to celebrate it year after year. This is not just another federal holiday, another day off, or other things that could easily distract us from the true meaning of what we are observing. But we’re not just ob- serving Martin Luther King Jr. Day — we are observing our actions, our beliefs, our convictions and most im- portantly our patriotism. That is what this is really about. Across America, there are hun- dreds of ceremonies, parades, marches, reenactments and speeches. Elementary school book reports about King are written. The flare of King’s life and powerful dream is on display for the world to see. Here at Fort Polk, we should ask these questions: What does King’s legacy teach us? What do his actions during the civil rights movement teach us about what we should do each day? These are the questions I feel com- pelled to frame for you. Answer them for yourselves, and then act. Consider yourself tasked. We Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, Family members and partners believe exactly what King believed in: That to ensure success in advancing our nation’s resolve lead- ers must provide purpose, direction, motivation, inspiration, intent and the will to act. Classic transforma- tional leader- ship is used to influence others, not to stand out, but to stand up for what is right. This style of leadership is en- gaging and intrusive, but highly ef- fective in changing behaviors. King’s, “I Have A Dream,” speech is more than what it was famous for: It was a blueprint for what it takes for a strong nation to survive. As a nation, this week we collec- tively mourn the loss of Dr. Martin Luther King, but it allows us to look deep in our lives and reflect on the principles that make this nation great: Loyalty; duty; respect; selfless service, honor, integrity; personal courage. Sound familiar? It is amazing to realize that King lived the Army Val- ues. He faced jails, firehoses, dogs, aggressive police and constant threat to his own life and family. Aman that never served in our ranks demonstrated Army Values during a time when our country still faced complex challenges. These challenges impacted the American experience for what it was. Our nation’s most crucible experi- ences are best known as “-isms.” During the last century the nation partnered with the world to end fas- cism. We then quickly recalibrated our instruments of national power to end the spread of communism. To- day we are forward deployed to ad- dress the evils of terrorism. Unfortu- nately, there is one -ism that remains a challenge for modern societies: Racism. I do not want to talk about racism, but it is disap- pointing that we have yet to eradi- cate it. This evil festers at the far reaches of our society and in many cases in our ranks of the greatest and most powerful military ever assem- bled. Decades ago King and others or- ganized to face this determined ene- my for the greater good of humanity. A few themes that remind us of those dark days are social injustice, unjust treatment, non-violence in the face of violence, consequences for standing up and bold action without clear outcome. We must remain committed to Commentary King’s legacy: Call to action By Col. KENDALL J. CLARKE 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div commander Please see King, page 9 For advertising contact Theresa Larue E ail: sales thefortpolkguardian.co

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