Fort Polk Guardian 03-27-2020

NewScope /3 Guardian March 27, 2020 FORT POLK, La. — The Joint Readiness Train- ing Center and Fort Polk bid farewell to Com- mand Sgt. Maj. David Bass and welcomed Com- mand Sgt. Maj. Michael Henry during a change of responsibility ceremony March 20 in the War- rior Community Center. Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, commander, JRTC and Fort Polk, was guest speaker for the ceremo- ny, which was limited to the Families of the Sol- diers being recognized due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. The event was live-streamed on the installation Facebook page. Frank thanked Bass for his service and wel- comed Henry to the JRTC and Fort Polk Family. After Frank’s remarks, Bass took the podium and thanked those who made his assignment a suc- cess, including Family, friends and fellow Sol- diers. As he spoke about his battle buddy and commander, Bass said Frank did three things NCOs need from the officer corps to be success- ful. “He trusted me, he empowered me, and the one thing that really changes the dynamic — that many will never admit to because it sometimes doesn’t feel good — is he held me accountable,” Bass said. “Thank you, sir, for your leadership and your unwavering and relentless love for Sol- diers and Families.” Bass reminded those listening that when he was chosen as JRTC and Fort command sergeant major, he told everyone he did not come to the Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, commander, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, passes the installation’s colors to incoming JRTC and Fort Polk Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Henry as outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. David Bass looks on during a change of responsibility ceremony March 20 at Fort Polk’sWarrior Center. CHUCK CANNON / GUARDIAN Henry takes reins as Fort Polk’s top NCO HPCON C guidelines The Army has raised the Health Protec- tion Condition level to Charlie with addi- tional HPCON Delta measures across all installations to align with the National Capital Regionto maintain operational readiness and protect the force. Under HPCON Charlie installations will limit access to essential personnel and limit the numbers of access points. Unit person- nel are expected to follow all social distanc- ing guidance to continue protecting ther force. HPCON Delta, Soldiers are expected to remain at home for extended periods of time as movement in the community may be restricted. For the Soldiers, civilians, retirees and Family members who call Fort Polk home the following applies: • Commanders have been directed to be in a mission essential personnel posture, to include the following: Commanders, senior enlisted leaders, critical staff members, pla- toon sergeants and squad leaders. Other individuals include medical personnel, lo- gisticians, clean teams (on recall), MPs and Directorate of Emergency Services officers and aviators. The commanding general expects three contact points per day per Soldier. One contact point must be face-to-face. The oth- er two may be done via text, telephone or facetime. • Soldier will continue to do daily phys- ical training. • The Louisiana governor’s stay-at- home order remains in force. Social dis- tancing should be maintained and individ- uals should only leave home for essential needs. • Drive through screening (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) and drive through pharmacy (8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.) will continue. • The school lunch program has been discontinued. Schools plan to reopen April 20. • Individuals are being quarantined to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allow time to get tests back. • Always call first before entering a health facility. • More than half of the garrison is tele- working to help in preventing the spread of COVID-19. • The tax center is closed as taxes are no longer due April 15. The new due date is tentatively scheduled for July. • Access control points will continue on the current schedule. As on noon March 26 there were 2,305 cases of COVID-19 reported in Louisiana, with 83 deaths. The majority of the cases continue to be centered near New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. Briefs Please see CoR , page 6 By CHUCK CANNON Command information officer