Fort Polk Guardian 03-27-2020

Viewpoint 2/ Guardian March 27, 2020 In our view Guardian staff asked the Fort Polk community, “What do you like most and least about telework?” Here are their responses: 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: Stacey Delgado, Employ- ment Readiness program manager, Army Commu- nity Service: “What I like most is that I can be with my fur babies all day. The thing I really dislike is that I am an extrovert and I like talking to people, This is going to be a challenge un- less people start calling me. My office line (337-531- 6922) is transfered and I'm available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Maj. John Ferrell, executive officer, 519 Military Police Battalion: "My fa- vorite part about telework is that I fi- nally have an office with a view, but with a wife and six kids, I'm by far the lowest ranking person in my home office." " Cleophus Graves, patrol branch Chief, Directorate of Emergency Services: "The best part of telework- ing is having my four legged cowork- er here with me, however, with my son out of school and wife telework- ing also, I've been banished to my camper for a quiet and private place to work." Shelby Waryas, chief, Marketing and Special Events, DFMWR: "I love my new staff meetings and coworkers, but what I miss most is my garrison team- mates and doing awesome Movie Nights and other MWR events for Soldiers and Families!" Jonathan Hirsch, adminis- trative law attorney, Office of the Staff Judge Advo- cate: "What I like most is the short commute and the abili- ty to focus on my work with- out interruptions works well for me. What I like least is the lack of interaction with my coworkers and increased communication difficulties." Julie Fitzgerald, human re- source specialist, (labor management employee re- lations), Civilian Personnel Assistance Center ( CPAC) : "I think the thing I like most about telework is that I don’t have to commute, so I can use less fuel and energy. There’s less electricity used by the government. I have an hour and a half more time in the day. I think the thing I like least is that I miss my coworkers." Nicolas Batista, JRTC G3 Plans Offi- cer: "I enjoy the calmness and com- fort, wearing what I want and espres- so anytime, but the things I like least are the lack of access to the X drive and a fear of the wife's "honey do list." For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) E ail: s les t efort ol ar ia .co