Fort Polk Guardian 03-22-2019

WASHINGTON —As members of the United States Army, each of us has an obligation to promote a cli- mate of trust — our profession’s bedrock — throughout our organiza- tion. The way we do this is by living the Army Values: Loyalty, duty, re- spect, selfless service, honor, integri- ty and personal courage. From the newest Soldiers in basic training, to our most senior leaders, the Army Values bind us together as a profes- sion. While much is changing for the Army right now, our Values will not. They are enduring and remain as rel- evant today as they were when first created. When it comes to living the Army Values, there can be no by- standers. Across the Total Army, we contin- ue to focus on eradicating sexual ha- rassment and sexual assault from our ranks. We must do everything within our power to rid the Army of these crimes. This is a readiness issue that affects our ability to accomplish our mission. Over the past several years, we have placed a high priority on our prevention efforts, and although we are on the right trajectory, we still have significant room to improve. In all components, sexual assault re- porting is increasing, which is an in- dication that our Soldiers trust their leaders to address the situation in a professional manner. We all have a responsibility to look out for one another — there can be no bystanders. Stay alert when the warning signs become present, and if you see some- thing, ACT! Leaders and Soldiers have an ethical obligation to intervene to stop sexual harassment and sexual assault from happening. The Army will continue to im- prove the effectiveness of our pre- vention efforts moving forward. In April, we will co-lead a Joint SHARP Conference hosted by the military service academies that will bring to- gether college and university leaders from across the country to share best practices. As our society wrestles with this difficult problem, the Army will continue to take a leading role in developing solutions. This starts by ensuring that the perpetrators of sex- ual harassment and sexual assault are held accountable and that the victims are protected without fear of retribution. Throughout the force, we must also continue to focus on preventing suicides. Although suicides fell by 1.3 percent across the Total Army in 2018, Regular Army suicides in- creased by a troubling 18 percent. Our most vulnerable population consists of our junior Soldiers. Lead- ers and teammates must watch at- tentively for indicators of suicides and inform their chain of command when they know trouble is on the horizon. Every loss of life from sui- cide is a tragedy that could have been pre- vented. Our NCOs are the first line of defense — we expect you to know your Sol- diers, visit them in the barracks and provide them the care and assistance they need and deserve. We’re counting on each of you to help solve these problems. Every in- stance of sexual assault or suicide has a moment when someone could have intervened to change the out- come. Have the courage to stand up and act when you see something wrong. Seize the opportunity to get your teammate help or to remove your battle buddy from the environ- ment when warning signs become present. We need everyone on this team to be ready to fight when called upon, which can only happen if we look out for one another. Let us all reaf- firm our commitment to our values and to one another. In doing so, we will remain the strongest Army on the face of the earth. Gen. Mark A Milley, U.S Army Chief of Staff Mark T. Esper, Secretaryof the Army 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: sales@ Guardian March 22, 2019 In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk community members, “What’s the hardest part of the new Army Combat Fitness Test?” Here are their responses: Cpl. Kyle Bartolucci: "The pushup resting position (with hands up) is hardest because it is strenuous on the arms, chest and back to keep the body aligned." Sgt. Joshua Ed- wards: "The 2-mile run at the end is hardest because you have to do that after all the other events." 1st Lt. Jonathan Morton: "The sprint/drag/carry was hardest — it works a lot of mus- cle groups. It shows you what (muscles) you need to work on." Spc. Antonio Torres: "Teaching good form for the weightlifting events. Many Sol- diers need to be in- structed so they don't injure them- selves." Message Army senior leaders — Don’t be bystanders For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) E ail: sales