Fort Polk Guardian 06-14-2019

Viewpoint 2/ Guardian June 14, 2019 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. Ryan K. Roseberry Garrison commander Kim Reischling Public affairs officer Chuck Cannon Command information officer 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: Political activity guidelines addressed by Secretary of Defense WASHINGTON — Department of Defense personnel — both service members and civilian employees — swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Those of us privileged to serve our nation, in and out of uniform in the DoD, must be the epitome of American values and ethics. Our mission, to protect and defend the nation is apo- litical. DoD has a long-standing policy of encouraging its personnel to carry out the obligations of citizenship, which includes permitting certain political activities. However, our policy and tradition also limit active partisan political ac- tivities or actions that could appear to imply DoD spon- sorship, approval or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign or cause. Service members should familiar- ize themselves with the policy in DoD Directive 1344.10. While many civilian DoD employ- ees may take an active part in certain political activities, the extent and na- ture of their participation is limited by the Hatch Act and DoD policy. Regardless of whether civilian employees may engage in political activity, they may never engage in such activity while on duty or in a federal building. I call on leaders at all levels in the DoD to reinforce the apolitical na- ture of military and civilian service and professionalism, while ensuring all personnel remain free to exercise the responsibilities of citizenship as laws and regulations allow. By PATRICK M. SHANAHAN Acting Secretary of Defense Message In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk community members,“What plans do you have for summer vacation?” Here are their responses: Spc. Rashard Pringle: "I want to do lots of fish- ing, barbecuing and camping on the beach." Spc. Nicholas Glass: "I plan to work to- ward getting promoted, go- ing to school and then go home to spend some time with my stepmom." Erika Acosta: "We will prob- ably have a staycation filled with grilling, pool trips and home proj- ects." Spc. Clay Jack- son: "I'm mostly going to fish and boar hunt with my family." For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) - Email: sales