Fort Polk Guardian 06-15-2018

Guardian June 15, 2018 NewScope Crosswalk striping The crosswalk striping and signs along Alabama Avenue in front of bldg 1562 will be repaired June 25-30. There will be intermittent lane closures of Alabama Avenue between 10th and 11th streets during these dates. The lane clo- sures will be clearly marked with signage, cones and barricades. Pedestrian and ve- hicular traffic will need to exercise caution in this area when work is occurring and obey posted signage and contractor in- struction. Special ops brief A Special Operations brief is held Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., in room 101 of the Fort Polk Educa- tion Center, bldg 660, 7460 Colorado Ave. Special Ops command is seeking sergeants first class and below with a GT score of 107 or higher, and year grade 15 officers. For more information call (706) 464- 6154. Road work The Directorate of Public Works an- nounces the following road closures dur- ing June and July: • Monday through June 25 — Texas Av- enue from Pennsylvania Avenue to the 317th Engineer Battalion motor pool, bldg 2002, is closed to traffic. • June 26-July 17 — Texas Avenue from the 317th Engineer Battalion motor pool, bldg 2002, to Louisiana Avenue. Road closures begin each day at 8 a.m. Motorists are required to use alternate routes during closure and pedestrians should avoid the area. There will also be pot hole and asphalt repairs in June at the following locations: • June 21, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Louisiana Avenue immediately east of the Kansas City Southern railroad overpass. Although the traffic flow will be maintained during the repair, motorists are urged to use alter- nate routes. • June 22, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., bldg 400 service entrance driveway. The area is closed for the duration of the repair. • June 28, 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., east shoulder on North Fort Entrance Road near bldg 7841. Although the traffic flow will be maintained during the repair, mo- torists are urged to use alternate routes. The work area will be barricaded, marked with appropriate road construc- tion signage and traffic cones, with flag- gers to maintain traffic flow. For more information call 531- 0438/2421. Briefs /3 Brigade uncases colors, has change of responsibility FORT POLK, La. — The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division is “officially” home from Iraq. The unit held an uncasing cere- mony and change of responsibility June 11 at Fort Polk’s Warrior Field. Fort Polk command, distinguished guests, Sol- diers, Family members and visitors attended the ceremony. Lending an air of musical flair was the Texas Army National Guard 36th Infantry Divi- sion Band. Col. Brian Sullivan, 3rd BCT com- mander, thanked the band for their effort. “Your presence today makes this ceremony that much more special,” he said. Army tradition denotes that the colors, cased at the conclusion of the brigade’s most recent de- ployment to Iraq, be uncased — a gesture that signifies the official reestablishment of command at Fort Polk and welcomes returning Soldiers. The units uncasing their colors were: • 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, “Ram- rod” • 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, “War- riors” • 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, “Wild Boars” • 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, “Slugger” • 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, “Thunder” • 317th Brigade Engineer Battalion, “Buffalo” • 710th Brigade Support Battalion, “Strength” Acknowledging his bias, Sullivan said the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk and the 10th Mountain Division of Fort Drum, New York, should be proud of the these seven ex- ceptional command teams, their colors and the extraordinary achievements of each over the past nine months in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Soldiers enlist in the Army to fight for a good team and a good cause, said Sullivan. He said those Soldiers want a leader who will endure the same hardships as them and small comforts such as good food, reliable Wi-Fi and equipment that works, but these are secondary to what they want most: Victory. “Without fail, these command teams met their obligations to their Soldiers and maintained re- lentless lethal pressure on ISIS. These are the only command teams in our Army that were on the ground December 9 in Iraq as victory was pro- claimed against the Islamic state. Every time an ISIS fighter attempted to reemerge, it was a Patri- ot and his partner that reburied him,” said Sulli- van. Once the colors were uncased, the change of responsibility commenced. Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Bly relin- quished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth R. Franco. Sullivan praised Bly. “If any Soldier thinks he has given enough to our Army and our nation, they need to read Bly’s enlisted record brief. It’s only when you exploit opportunity, like Bly has, that you generate a legacy and become a legend. On his brief you will see a Soldier’s Medal (he should have two), two Purple Hearts, numerous valor awards and countless meritorious awards,” he said. After arriving at the brigade, Sullivan said Bly By ANGIE THORNE Guardian staff writer Please see Colors , page 5 ANGIE THORNE / GUARDIAN Col. Brian Sullivan, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division commander, center, relinquishes the colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth R. Franco (left) at the change of re- sponibilty ceremony held at Fort Polk'sWarrior Field June 11.