Fort Polk Guardian 03-15-2019

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: Guardian March 8, 2019 In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, “What is the best thing about being in the Army?” Here are their responses: Spc. Dajon Davis: "I like the opportunities and experiences it af- fords. It can set you up for a long, successful career, and you meet people from different lifestyles and cultures — that's interesting." Sgt. 1st Class Bernardo Fuller: "I get to learn some- thing new every day. I have has three differ- ent military occupa- tional specialties, and have found that no matter how boring a day may be, I can still learn something." Sgt. Ashley Morris: "Meeting new peo- ple from all different backgrounds and seeing how they work together and interact." Cpl. Bianca Ortiz: "The friendships forged with people from all over the world, helping those in need, being able to travel and getting the kind of training and education that I may not have had in the civilian world." Editor’s note: In honor of Women’s History Month, the Guardian is publishing stories of fe- male Soldiers who have excelled in their fields. FORT BENNING, Ga. — I was ex- cited when I learned I was selected to become the first female instructor for the U.S. Army Ordnance School's 91M, Bradley Systems Maintainer course. This assignment offered me a unique chance to be a part of a team that is shaping the Army's future. When I arrived at Fort Benning's Bradley Training Division, the in- structors welcomed me as one of their own. My fellow noncommis- sioned officers assisted me in prepar- ing for the most important job in the Army — training ordnance Soldiers. The technical certification was tough and challenging but many years of ordnance experience fully prepared me to be successful. I am thankful to have the oppor- tunity to teach, train and mentor fu- ture Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainers. One of the highlights of my career, has been to contribute to the success- ful integration of females into this career field. The Ordnance Corps is leading the way and helping ensure the Army's future strength, because the strength of our Army has always been its people. I'm proud to play a small role in this historical transition. I have a strong passion for teaching and mentoring these young War- riors, as they transition into Army Strong Soldiers. The Advanced Individual Train- ing for 91M Sol- diers lasts 12 weeks and four days. The com- mon core train- ing is conduct- ed in the first two weeks. We teach students how to read technical manuals, use main- tenance support forms, the Army Oil Analysis Program, safety, basic elec- tronics, reading schematics and oth- er knowledge skills they need to be successful in the course. The remain- der of the course teaches students how to troubleshoot, remove and in- stall components, perform preven- tive maintenance checks and services and the other technical aspects of their job. The course becomes progressively more difficult throughout the train- ing, culminating in a Sustainment Warrior's Field Training Exercise. The exercise provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and expertise in a simulated tactical environment. The training provides Soldiers with a broad tech- nical skills base so they can immedi- ately contribute to maintaining unit equipment readiness once they ar- rive at their duty stations. Women have been serving in oth- er ordnance military occupational specialties, performing these same tasks and I am thankful for the op- portunities that are avail- able to all of us now. As an in- structor, I think the most im- portant part of my job is to empower young Soldiers to develop as profes- sionals. The training is very rigorous and challenging, with the bar set high. Training to standard is our motto, our creed; the means to reach a professional stature is our goal. It is so important that we get it right at the school, because we set the stage for everything that follows in the career of a 91M Soldier. It is an honor to be the first female 91M instructor, yet I serve every day with the realization that I will not be the last. My goal is to be highly suc- cessful in shaping and developing future leaders in this field. I am ex- cited and look forward to the many challenges that this unique opportu- nity will provide in helping shape the future of our Army. Ordnance School instructor helps shape future By Staff Sgt. RENEE’ M. WALKER Army News Service Commentary For advertising contact Theresa Larue E ail: sales 15, 2019