Fort Polk Guardian 02-08-2019

Viewpoint 2/ The Guardian , a civilian enter- prise newspaper, is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Guardian are not necessarily official views of, or en- dorsed by, the U.S. Government, De- partment of Defense, Department of the Army or Fort Polk. The Guardian is published weekly by the Public Affairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. Printed circulation is 13,000. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage with- out regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation of this policy of equal opportunity by an ad- vertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. All editorial content of the Guardian is prepared, edited, pro- vided and approved by the Public Af- fairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. The Guardian is printed by the Natchitoches Times , a private firm in no way connected with the Depart- ment of the Army, under exclusive written contract with Fort Polk. The civilian printer is responsible for com- mercial advertising. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, does not constitute en- dorsement by the Department of the Army or the Natchitoches Times of the products or services advertised. Guardian Editorial Staff Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk commanding general Col. Jarrett Thomas II Garrison commander Kim Reischling Public affairs 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, “Other than your parents, who do you admire most and why?" Here are their responses: Guardian Feb. 8, 2019 Spc. Marqui Harris: "My platoon ser- geant because he has a lot of great knowledge and lead- ership skills." Janole Threatt: "I'd say minority rappers be- cause of the things they have gone through and were still able to rise above the adversity, achieve suc- cess and give back." Sgt. Moises Vasquez: "Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson because of his steady rise to success while maintaining a pos- itive outlook and influ- ence over others." Pfc. Glovanny Aponte: "My previ- ous NCO because he helped me learn how to be a better Soldier which has helped me succeed." There are times when employees find themselves less than enthusiastic about their jobs. The reasons why are as varied and unique as the individuals affected, but they have common out- comes: Disinterest in current assignments, lackluster per- formance and frequent tar- diness and absences. Even- tually the employee leaves the organization through resignation or attrition. For the Department of the Army, that can mean losing crucial talent How can such an exodus be halted or at least mitigat- ed? One way, as demon- strated by my own recent experience, is the develop- mental assignment pro- gram, or DAP. A DAP offered me a chance to leave the Fort Polk Public Affairs Office and see how another directorate works. I was given a chance to tackle interesting and challenging projects, learned and applied new skills, and found a deeper significance in what it means to be a DA civilian. Now I had the good fortune of being assigned to the nerve center of Fort Polk – the Installation Operations Center, or IOC, which is managed by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobi- lization and Security. Everything that happens on post is tracked through the IOC 24 hours a day, and many events are developed, coordinated and initiated there as well. If it concerns installation planning, training events, unit mobilization or security issues it is addressed there. I found the issues fascinating and the process for manag- ing them equally so. Knowing I had a limited amount of time at DPTMS Plans and Operations, I made the most of it. I learned about the art of military leadership and how decisions are reached, who makes those de- cisions, and — most importantly — what leadership looks like. I saw the model for it, studied it through coursework made avail- able to me during my time there, asked questions about it and looked for ways to apply it. I watched it in action during brief- ings, meetings and working groups, taking note of its influ- ence throughout the development and eventual completion of proj- ects. Leadership is often the cor- nerstone for teamwork, as some- one usually takes the lead or drives the actions of any group — and teamwork is more effective when there is a mutual regard and respect between the parties involved. The professionalism and dedication to duty demon- strated by the people I worked with at DPTMS reinvigorated my pride in serving in the Army Civilian Corps. Since my return to the PAO, I have applied some of my new- found knowledge and motivation to offer a benefit to the organization. I am confident I can assume more and greater responsibility, which will prove useful to the leadership and improve the overall operations and per- formance of the entire directorate. DPTMS Plans and Operations welcomed my contri- butions to projects, and according to my leadership there, they will have a lasting effect and have helped that directorate tremendously. DAP broadens view of civilian service to Army By JEAN DUBIEL Guardian staff writer Commentary My boss, Mark Leslie (right), chief, DPTMS Plans and Operations, and I stand by the plans and operations tracking board in his office Jan. 25. JEAN DUBIEL / GUARDIAN Please see DAP , page 3 Adv For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) - Email: