Guardian 01-25-2019

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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: In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, "Do you have a celebrity you admire? Why?" Here are their responses: Guardian Jan. 25, 2019 Staff Sgt. Kevin Rhodes: "Beyonce be- cause she is fierce." Spc Anthony Holmes: "Denzel Washington be- cause he is a hard core actor." Pvt. Antoine Sink- field: "Samuel L. Jackson because he is a great actor." Pfc. Jerrina Barnes: "Cardi B. I love her story. Her background is in- spiring." FORT POLK, La. —When Army Chief of Staff Mark A. Milley visited the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade Jan. 22 at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk it empha- sized the signifi- cance of both the SFAB’s role in to- day’s Army, as well as the confidence Army leadership has in the JRTC to prepare SFABs to competently com- plete their missions. During Milley’s visit, Brig. Gen. Patrick Frank, commander, JRTC and Fort Polk, accompanied the chief of staff to the JRTC training area where he met Brig. Gen. Donn Hill, com- mander, 2nd SFAB and other SFAB leaders. Milley was given a first- hand look at the training JRTC’s ob- servers/controller/trainers provided the visiting Soldiers, as well as role- playing efforts by Afghan National contractors, supporting forces pro- vided by 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, opposing forces consisting of 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment Soldiers, and interpreters and O/C/Ts from the 353rd Infantry Regiment. Milley hosted a working lunch with SFAB Soldiers and visited some of the train- ing sites where SFAB team mem- bers shared what they had learned from their three-week long crucible in the piney woods and mock villages of the JRTC training area. SFABs are specialized units with the core mission to conduct training, advising, assisting, enabling and ac- companying operations with allied and partner nations. Soldiers in SFABs are highly trained, and among the top tactical leaders in the Army. Their work will strengthen U.S. allies and partners while sup- porting security objectives and the combatant commanders’ warfighting needs. There is no better place for SFAB Soldiers to develop those skills than at Fort Polk’s JRTC. The best O/C/Ts the Army has to offer com- pose the cadre at JRTC and they are the most qualified to help visiting Soldiers focus on what remains the Army’s top priority — Readiness. A readiness “Stand-To” posted on stated Soldiers must al- ways be ready to fight. The Army must prepare the Total Army Force to meet global demands while remain- ing optimally postured for major contingencies that may require the ability to conduct the full range of military operations. The perfect place to train Soldiers how to do that is at the Joint Readi- ness Training Center. The JRTC and Fort Polk team, from Frank to the lowest private, take their jobs seri- ously, and are proud to be forging the Warrior Spirit and train Soldiers to accomplish whatever mission they face. Commentary Milley visit highlights importance of SFABs, JRTC By CHUCK CANNON Guardian editor Cannon For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) E ail: sales