Fort Polk Guardian 03-29-2019

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: sales m Guardian March 29, 2019 In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk community members, “What military occupational specialty would you like to explore?” Here are their responses: Sgt. Elisa Battle: "I'd like to be a 68X, which is a mental health spe- cialist. Since high school I've wanted to study the mind and help people with men- tal problems." Spc. Lachundra Pegues: "I'd like to try the veterinary field, a 68T, because I like working with animals." Spc. Hezekiah Pen- der: "A 25D — cyber defender. It's basi- cally a hacker for the Army. I like comput- ers and I'd like to get into that side of it." Sgt. Traheem Williams: "I have al- ready changed my MOS. I joined as a 91B mechanic but re- classed as a 68V, res- piratory therapist, so I can get into the medical field when I leave the Army." DGC Corner My name is Johnny Bevers and I am your Fort Polk deputy garri- son commander. I support the gar- rison commander and the senior commander to ensure our installa- tion is the best place in the Army to work, live and play. The garrison commander and I are responsible for everything from child care to facility mainte- nance. Our mission is to make your life as good as we can so you can focus on your day-to-day job. To that end, we are laser-fo- cused on Fort Polk’s infrastruc- ture, military Family housing and all aspects of life in the military. We read every single ICE com- ment that you submit and hold the garrison staff accountable to our customers. We have more than 800 employ- ees whose sole mission is to support you. We’re currently working with our housing partner (Corvias) so your on-post quarters represent the quality that you deserve as members of our great Army. Com- mand teams and civilian volun- teers recently inspected 3,661 mili- tary family homes re- sulting in more than 1,000 work orders being submitted to Corvias. During the process, we heard some concerns about potential reprisal for submitting work or- ders for the repair of housing. If any of you feel that you have been the subject of such reprisal, please contact me directly at 531- 1601. This should never happen to our military members. We are also working on a num- ber of initiatives around the instal- lation and encourage you to sub- mit your ideas through ICE or by sending an email directly to me at johnny.d.bevers.civ@mail. mil . I’d also like you and your Fami- ly member to download our Fort Polk app at either the Google or Apple App stores. It’s free to download and is packed with an incredible amount of useful infor- mation. We will be making a series of announcements through the app and have integrated multiple ways for you to send us concerns that you have about the installa- tion. I will publish regular updates about the installation in the Guardian to keep you up-to-date on our programs and look for- ward to hearing from you. Message By JOHNNY BEVERS Deputy garrison commander Bevers For advertising contact Theresa Larue E ail: sales