Fort Polk Guardian 05-24-2019

WARRIOR SPIRIT FORGING THE JRTC & FORT POLK GUARDIAN THE Home of Heroes @ Fort Polk, LA May 24, 2019 Vol. 46, No. 21 Inside the Guardian Ugandans train .......... 3 Soldier with accent ..... 7 Rotation 19-07 ends .... 8 Honoring heritage .... 11 Swine kissing ............ 13 Beating heat ............. 19 Weekend weather Today Saturday Sunday 89 90 92 69 0% 0% 0% 67 68 Rain chance Rain chance Rain chance FORT POLK, La. — Family members, friends and fellow Soldiers gathered for a Memorial Day ceremony May 23 at Fort Polk’s Warrior Memori- al Park to honor the memory of those who gave their lives in the defense of freedom. Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, commander, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, told those who gathered on a warm, humid Louisiana morning that their attendance was appreciated as the installation honored the sacrifices of the Sol- diers, Marines, sailors and airmen who dedicated their lives to defending the nation. Franks said at last year’s ceremony he spoke about the National Cemetery at Arlington, Vir- ginia. He said he was asked after the May 22 dai- ly retreat was sounded in front of the Fort Polk Headquarters Building, why he waited in place for seven minutes while the honor detail took down and folded the American flag. “By regulation, I could have left as soon as the flag was down,” Frank said. “The reason is straightforward — when you have saluted a fall- en Soldier’s flag-draped casket on the back of a U.S. Air Force C-17 that is en route to the United States from locations like Kandahar, Baghram, Baghdad and Mosul, then you can easily wait for seven minutes and render honors to our nation and its fallen.” Frank gave a brief history of Memorial Day, first observed as Decoration Day on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War Soldiers. “Now, 151 years later, Memorial Day is as real for our generation as it was for the Civil War generation in 1868. It is not decades removed — we have lost Soldiers from our own formations during the last 17-plus years of combat opera- tions.” The crowd reflected on the 96 names inscribed on the Fort Polk Global War on Terrorism Memo- rial — Fort Polk Soldiers lost since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. — Frank said few of them are buried in Arlington. “The C-17 that I described in Kandahar, Fort Polk remembers fallen heroes during ceremony CHUCK CANNON / GUARDIAN By CHUCK CANNON Guardian editor Please see Ceremony , page 16 Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Turegano (left foreground) and Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, commander, Joint ReadinessTraining Center and Fort Polk, salute asTaps are played during a Memorial Day ceremony May 23 at Fort Polk’s Warrior Memorial Park.