Fort Polk Guardian 02-01-2019

NewScope February CIF A Community Information Forum is held Feb. 6 at Army Community Service, bldg 920 from 10-11 a.m. Installation directorates will brief fol- lowed by a question and answer period. Call 531-1392 for more information. Tax help The Fort Polk Tax Center, located in bldg 2502, Alabama Avenue, is open Monday through Wednesday and Fridays, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon by appointment only, except from noon-1 p.m. Thursdays. The grand opening is set for Monday at 10 a.m. Call 531-1040 to sched- ule an appointment. Nominations due Nominations are due Feb. 21 for Volun- teer of the Year. Nominees must be registered in the Vol- unteer Management Information System (VMIS) and have certified, logged hours for the period Jan. 1-Dec. 18. Volunteer hours must be logged prior to submission of the nomination. To register for the VMIS go to . Call 531- 1895 for more information. ASIST training An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training class is held Thursday and Feb. 8, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Fort Polk Edu- cation Center, Colorado Avenue, room 107. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of sui- cide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. The class is limited to 15 participants. Call 531-6187/4999 for more information or to enroll. Special Ops brief A Special Operations brief is held Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Thursday at 10 a.m. in room 101 of the Fort Polk Education Center, bldg 660, 7460 Col- orado Ave. For interested applicants, a Special Ops physical fitness test is held Tuesday at 7 a.m. on Honor Field. Applicants should wear appropriate PT clothing. Special Ops command is seeking sergeant first class and below with a GT score of 107 or higher, and year grade 15 officers. For more information call (253) 208-3723. Briefs Guardian Feb. 1, 2019 /3 SFL-TAP relocat es to Educat ion Cent er FORT POLK, La. — The Soldier for Life-Tran- sition Assistance Program celebrated its reloca- tion Jan. 24 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held within the halls of its new home, Fort Polk’s Edu- cation Center. The SFL-TAP program provides Soldiers the counseling, resources and training necessary to transition to civilian life. At the ceremony, the SFL-TAP team vowed its commitment to customers with the SFL-TAP pledge. The pledge states the team is committed to providing programs and services delivered with a sense of individual pride, professionalism and in keeping with the spirit of Army values. The team also pledged to deliver quality prod- ucts and services and build relationships with communities and customers while communicat- ing, listening, welcoming and encouraging feed- back. Each team member signed a copy of the pledge. Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk commanding gen- eral, was the guest speaker at the event. Frank praised the SFL-TAP counselors as a great team of professionals. “I know how important their job is and I ap- preciate what they do for Fort Polk Soldiers every day,” he said. Frank said he sees the positive impact SFL- TAP has thanks to feedback from Soldiers transi- tioning out of the Army. “This is a great program. When Soldiers de- cide to depart the uniformed portion of their life and transition back into their civilian clothes, they have this knowledgeable team of profes- sionals to assist them as they build their resume, confidence and training,” he said. Frank said he was excited about the program’s relocation. “I am glad that you are here in the Education Center because you are now in the heart of South Fort Polk. This is the right place for the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program,” he said. Janice Breland, SFL-TAP transition service manager, said the move is great because Soldiers now have access to what she feels is the one- stop-shop convenience of educational and transitional needs in one place. “They can come to one building for classes, have easy access to the college of their choice and walk across the hall to make use of the library,” she said. Michelle Howell, SFL-TAP contractor installation manag- er, said she thinks the move is terrific, adding there are more people in the building and it’s a central location with ease of access. “That means Soldiers will be able to easily obtain the facts they need be- fore they transition out of the Army. The sooner they have that information, the easier it is for them to begin the process,” she said. One of the vendors set up for Soldiers and at- tendees to talk to at the ribbon-cutting celebra- tion was Michael Pornovets, a business counselor with the Veterans Business Outreach Center, Jen- nings, Louisiana. Pornovets teaches two-day workshops that help Soldiers who want to start their own busi- ness. He said when he transitioned out of the Navy there weren’t opportunities like this. “I like to give back to transition- ing veterans by helping future en- trepreneurs like myself,” he said. Staff Sgt. Cornell Lockette, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, said the SFL-TAP program helps him by providing better options and seeing a real future outside of the Army. Lockette said the move to the Education Center will help Soldiers better find the classes they need to take. “They didn’t always know where to go when the program was at the airfield and it’s always better to make things easier for Soldiers,” he said. By ANGIE THORNE Guardian staff writer From left to right: Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Dodson Jr., garrison command sergeant major; Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk commanding general; Janice Breland, Sol- dier for Life-Transition Assistance Program service manager; and Col. Jarrett A. Thomas II, Fort Polk garrison commander, cut the ribbon to celebrate SFL-TAP’s relocation to the Fort Polk Education Center Jan. 24. ANGIE THORNE / GUARDIAN