Fort Polk Guardian 04-12-2019

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. 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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 April 12, 2019 Editor’s note: Jean Graves, Public Affairs Office, took a professional development opportunity in Wash- ington, D.C. March 10-14. In the edi- torial below she writes about a few of here experiences. FORT POLK, La. —As I found myself heading the wrong direction on the Washington D.C. Metro at 6 p.m. on Mar. 10, I started wondering what I was doing and longing to be home with my husband, son and dogs. After going the wrong direction for fifteen min- utes, I decided to get on with it. I jumped off the train at the next stop and got on one heading in the cor- rect direction. After a full day of travel from Fort Polk, to our nations’ Capitol, I arrived at my hotel off DuPont Circle just in time for a com- plimentary glass of wine. I was here for a training opportu- nity, the Congressional Operations Seminar offered by the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown Uni- versity. I would be attending class across the street from the U.S. Capi- tol in the Rayburn House of Repre- sentatives Office building for the week. I was excited for the opportu- nity to learn more about the legisla- tive process, interact with my elected representative and his staff and im- prove my understanding of the rela- tionship between the Army, the leg- islative branch of government — all to improve my role as a public af- fairs specialist on the community re- lations team. Early on in my career I learned the importance of taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. Opportunities come in a variety of forms: Train- ing, work or volunteerism. New and chal- lenging assign- ments on the job or in personal en- deavors with continuing educational units, certifications and advanced degree programs are all opportuni- ties I’ve taken advantage of along the way. Joining the Army was an opportu- nity I took advantage of, too. After college I discovered a bachelor’s de- gree in history and sociology was not as valuable as the tuition I paid would suggest. Despite a degree from a prestigious university, I found myself struggling in the real world. In 1996 the Army had a pro- gram called student loan repayment, and you best believe that was an op- portunity I eagerly took. The Army, to me, was not only a means to pay off my student loan debt, but a way for me to serve my country and gain discipline and direction that I was desperately needing. Unlike my friends from college, I was an Army veteran and spouse who moved around the country and world with my Soldier. Every move forced me to reinvent myself profes- sionally and sell my skills to my next employer by illustrating how what I did at a previous installation and or- ganization translated to the new or- ganization. Every opportunity filled holes in my resume and showed po- tential employers that not only do I have what it takes to enhance their organization, I am willing and able to take the necessary steps to im- prove myself professionally. My re- sume is long and varied. I’ve worked as a secretary, program oper- ations specialist, human resources supervisor, administrative officer, ca- sualty notification and assistance trainer, an education counselor, pro- gram director and transition service specialist. Each job was unique and rewarding, but keeping up-to-date on training was always important Commentary By Jean Clavette Graves Public affairs specialist Please see Find, page 4 Find opportunities everywhere, just take them In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk community members, “Who is your favorite cartoon charcter and why?” Here are their responses: Darlene Goit: "I like Bugs Bunny. My dad passed away when I was 4 and I have fond memories of watching those car- toons with him when he came home from work." Staff Sgt. Steven Salas: "Rock Lee, from the Naruto se- ries. He is a powerful ninja without the benefit of super pow- ers. I like that he works hard to be one of the best." Staff Sgt. Larry Os- che: "I've always likedTom and Jerry. It's quick, funny hu- mor and I don't have to worry about a plot or storyline." Pierce Matthews: "I like Zuko from Avatar:The Last Air Bender. He started out as a bad guy, but by the end he was the good guy. I liked that he could grow and change." 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