Fort Polk Guardian 03-13-2020

Viewpoint 2/ Guardian March 13, 2020 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. Ryan K. Roseberry Garrison commander Kim Reischling Public affairs officer Chuck Cannon Command information officer Angie Thorne T.C. Bradford Keith Houin 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 community members, “ What is the biggest issue you face as a military spouse? ” Here are their responses: Rachel Vasen: "Relo- cating, resettling and getting kids into new schools." Gaye Smith: "Being okay with not having control of where my family will live." Ralna Burbank: "Getting connected and getting out of your comfort zone." Katarina Patterson: "Pursuing employ- ment. Licensing is a continuous and ex- pensive process." FORT POLK, La. — Quality of life. Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, com- mander, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, said quality of life is important for an installa- tion like the JRTC and Fort Polk, where Soldiers from across the Army are trained to fight the na- tion’s wars and help maintain peace around the globe. To pro- vide the best training and forge the Warrior Spirit, JRTC and Fort Polk needs the most qualified Soldiers the Army has to offer to serve as observer/controller/train- ers. Frank said the way to do that is to make Fort Polk an installation where Soldiers and their Families want to come. Quality of life. Those words have become a mantra not only at Fort Polk, but across the Army as leadership has opened its collective eyes to the im- portance of providing “quality of life” to not only Soldiers, but to Family members and the civilian work force as well. While the Army is focused on quality of life at every installation, Fort Polk is one of three Army posts that have been singled out for “quality of life” improvements, along with Fort Irwin, California, home of the National Training Cen- ter, and Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Army leaders have identified five priorities to improve quality of life for Soldiers, veterans and their Families: Housing, health care, child care, spouse employment and permanent change of station moves. Their stated hope is that by taking care of Soldiers, they will perform better, stay longer and help make the Army stronger. Already, Fort Polk has seen the effects of the focus on quality of life. Investments have been made to remodel and build new housing units on the installation. Addition- ally, road and sidewalk improve- ments and construction have helped to nurture a more neighbor- hood-friendly atmosphere. Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital continues to provide top- notch care, and ac- cording to latest re- ports, is not among the Army hospitals slated for closure or diminished services. The Army and Air Force Ex- change Service has committed to in- vesting in upgrades to the Main Ex- change and eating establishments in the Food Court. The Commissary continues to improve its selection of goods and has provided higher quality pro- duce and other perishable goods. Even seemingly insignificant im- provements such as a lighted trail through the woods that provides a safer, shorter path for Soldiers walking from the barracks to the PX area is a sign of leadership’s focus on improving quality of life. Col. Ryan K. Roseberry, Fort Polk garrison commander, has stated quality of life improvements should be an area everyone focuses on. He said it’s the least we can do for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day. He also said it’s important those same men and women know their Families are taken care of when they are de- ployed. Over the next few months the Fort Polk Family will continue to see quality of life improvements to the “Home of Heroes.” On March 27 there is a DoD Military Spouse Career Empowerment Expo at the Warrior Center. Residents and visi- tors can expect to see upgrades in housing, roads and services, all to increase the quality of life. If you follow some of the Face- book or satire military sites, you might see peo- ple taking digs at a Fort Polk assignment. I urge you to disregard those posts from people who base their judgment on what they’ve heard or perhaps saw in years past. Instead, look at what the installa- tion has to offer today. The quality of life at Fort Polk is better than it’s ever been, and is improving daily. An assignment to the “Best Home- town in the Army” is a great career move. Just ask those who are here today. Five priorities bring quality of life to Fort Polk By CHUCK CANNON Command information officer Cannon Commentary ti i For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) - E ail: sales