Fort Polk Guardian 04-19-2019

WARRIOR SPIRIT FORGING THE JRTC & FORT POLK GUARDIAN THE Home of Heroes @ Fort Polk, LA April 19, 2019 Vol. 46, No. 16 Inside the Guardian New MTC platform ....... 3 Couple challenges ...... 5 Holocaust revisited ...... 6 3/10 trains ................ 7 VFW seeks members ... 9 BJACH boaters .......... 14 Weekend weather Today Thursday Friday 69 76 79 47 0% 0% 0% 54 60 Rain chance Rain chance Rain chance FORT POLK, La. — The U.S. Army Best Ranger competition be- gan at 6 a.m. April 12 with a mass run from Camp Rogers, Georgia and continued at Fort Benning, Georgia with an obstacle courses, a swim in uniform, weighted car- ries, weapons ranges, marches, night land navigation and more.  Each day of the competition lowered the number of teams from the initial 28, and during the third and final day April 14, only 16 teams were allowed to continue and finish. A team from the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regi- ment participated in the grueling event, and though an injury pre- vented them from completing the race, their efforts were lauded by their leadership and the installa- tion command team. First Lt. Morgan Ashmead and 1st Lt. Russell Mortinger were rec- ognized by Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, commanding general, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, and Command Sgt. Maj. David W. Bass, JRTC and Fort Polk command sergeant major, who presented the two-man team with coins as a thank you for their dedi- cation to the warrior spirit and taking on such an immense chal- lenge. The Best Ranger competition was just one of three multi-day races taking place during Infantry Week at Fort Benning. Other events included the Best Mortar Competition the Lacerda Cup combatives tournament. While Ashmead and Mortinger were en- grossed in their challenges, anoth- er 509th team was working hard to achieve fifth place in the Best Mor- tar competition.  The four-man team, Staff Sgt. Steven Oser, Sgt. Antonio Hernan- dez, Spc. Orlando Iniguez and Spc. Dylan Tratton, endured nu- merous physical and mental chal- lenges that tested their skill levels, pushed their limits and challenged their abilities. They placed fifth overall, and were also awarded coins from the command. See the April 26 edition of the Guardian for a full story on these Geronimos compete at Best Ranger event GUARDIAN STAFF