Fort Polk Guardian 05-10-2019

WARRIOR SPIRIT FORGING THE JRTC & FORT POLK GUARDIAN THE Home of Heroes @ Fort Polk, LA May 10, 2019 Vol. 46, No. 19 Inside the Guardian Career skills ............... 3 Rotation 19-07 begins .. 6 Honoring police .......... 8 Fire safet y tips ........... 9 Hurricane prep ......... 10 Delta music .............. 12 Weekend weather Today Saturday Sunday 75 77 79 67 80% 30% 80% 65 61 Rain chance Rain chance Rain chance FORT POLK, La. — Graduate students from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs visited the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk April 19 to gain a broader understanding of how the U.S. military trains for war against a near peer competitive threat. The experience introduced them to the organi- zation of the Joint Force Brigade Combat Team structure and capabilities; the sustainable readi- ness model; and unit training methodology and development. The students also visited with brigade, battalion and company level leaders as they observed tactical combined arms maneuver operations on a simulated decisive action battle- field. Lt. Colonel Peter L. Gilbert, the inaugural U.S. Army War College Fellow at Princeton Universi- ty, led the visit. He recognized the mutually ben- eficial opportunity to bring security studies stu- dents to one of the Army’s three combat training centers to observe first-hand how military organ- izations prepare for ground combat. “I recently participated in a graduate level seminar on American foreign policy and the re- turn of great power competition,” Gilbert said. “I was able to offer military context to the dis- cussion, however, I quickly realized that many of my colleagues were interested in learning more about unit training methodologies, sustaining combat readiness and Army modernization ini- tiatives. This led me to draft a proposal as part of the Center for International Security Studies Strategic Education Initiative to bring future diplomats and policymakers ‘out of the class- room and into the box’ to our premier combat training center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.” The visit began with an operations overview of the training center and an aerial tour of the nearly 90,000 acres of training area known as “the Princeton graduate students visit JRTC, Fort Polk By JOHN BECKWITH JRTC Ops Gp PAO Please see Students , page 5 Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk Commander Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank dis- cusses the importance of the Decisive Action Training Environment with students from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Center for International Security Studies during their visit to JRTC April 19. JOHN BECKWITH / JRTC OPS GP