Fort Polk Guardian 02-07-2020

Guardian Feb. 7, 2020 NewScope Toby Keith headlines Country music superstar Toby Keith is slated to headline Fort Polk’s annual Free- domFest July 18. More details will be re- leased as they become available. For ven- dor or sponsorship questions call 531- 1959/1787 or email fortpolkmwr@gmail .com . Polk drill Fort Polk will conduct a Force Protection Condition Elevation Drill March 6. Sol- diers, employees, Families, residents, guests and visitors may see Soldiers with weapons responding to planned events as part of the drill. Do not be alarmed; this is part of the drill to ensure Fort Polk is prepared for any contingency and the safety of everyone on Fort Polk. Any questions or inquiries should be directed to the Installation An- titerrorism Office at 531-6007 or the War- rior Operations Center at 531-4916. BJACH holiday hours Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital clinics, laboratory, radiology, dining facility and pharmacy are closed Feb. 17 in honor of Presidents Day. BJACH services will remain open Feb. 14. The emergency room and inpatient services are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. FPSC grants The Fort Polk Spouses’ Club announces the launch of the 2019-2020 Community Grants application period through March 2. The FPSC seeks to promote community interests, support worthy causes and im- prove the quality of life for Fort Polk and its surrounding communities. Its goal is to support as many needs as possible; howev- er, the amount of funds disbursed depends on the success of ongoing Fort Polk Spous- es' Club fundraisers and the number of ap- plications received. You can find the community grants ap- plication at https://fortpolkspousesclub .wildapricot.org . Please have completed applications post marked no later than March 2. Mail completed application pack- ets to the address on the form or submitted by email to FPSCCommunityGrants@gmail.com . Once the applications are reviewed and ap- proved all disbursements will be made in May. For more information contact the Com- munity Grants Chair at fpsccommunity- grants@gmail.com . Subject: ATTN: Com- munity Grants Eligibility or Application Process. Briefs /3 Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk commanding general, and his spouse Jennifer, offer congratulations and thanks to outgoing Directoate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation director Loretta L. Nale as she stands next her husband, Billy, in a receiving line after the Director Transition held at the Warrior Center Jan. 31. ANGIE THORNE / GUARDIAN Fort Polk honors outgoing, incoming DFMWR Directors FORT POLK, La. — A United States Army Garrison Director Transition was held at the Fort Polk Warrior Center Jan. 31. Outgoing Director of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Loretta L. Nale, passed the mantle of leadership to in- coming director, K. Wayne Bardell. Nale began her career at Fort Polk as a tempo- rary clerk typist in 1975. She retires from DFMWR after more than 44 years of service. Col. Ryan K. Roseberry, Fort Polk garrison commander, was guest speaker at the event. Roseberry said DFMWR’s scope and responsi- bilities span farther than gyms and activities to include everything from family advocacy, finan- cial readiness and spouse employment to child development centers, youth sports, The Warrior Golf Course, The Anvil, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, movie night under the stars, Freedom Fest and more. “The individuals that run these programs — more than 40 strong — aren’t just bartenders, fit- ness professionals or financial advisors, they are readiness and resiliency professionals focused on the care and support of our Soldiers and their Families so that we can win our nation’s wars,” he said. Roseberry said the event highlights the transi- tion between the two directors that have led and will lead Fort Polk’s DFMWR team. “Loretta Nale has supported, led and defend- ed the programs at Fort Polk. She is the most humble person I know. She lives to serve others, including our Soldiers and Fort Polk as a whole. She has dedicated her en- tire life to this installation and is responsible for all the programs, facilities and activities that we benefit from today,” he said. Roseberry noted while other installations lost their arts and crafts centers, automotive skill cen- ters, golf courses and youth programs, Fort Polk kept theirs. “That’s because Loretta fought for them, even when it was uncomfortable and un- popular,” he said. Roseberry said even with budget cuts, Fort Polk sustains what it currently provides and im- proves and transforms where needed. “Now we are one of three installations target- ed for quality of life improvements with $10 mil- lion to build programs, facilities and activities that will impact the wellbeing of our Soldiers and Families,” he said. Roseberry thanked Nale for her leadership, selfless service and life of dedication to the Army, Fort Polk, its Soldiers and Families. Nale said the transition ceremony wasn’t about her or the past, but about the future of Fort Polk’s quality of life. Please see DFMWR , page 9 By ANGIE THORNE Guardian staff writer

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