Fort Polk Guardian 07-19-2019

Viewpoint 2/ Guardian July 19, 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: In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk community members, “What makes someone a good friend?” Here are their responses: FORT POLK, La. — Few callings are as admired — and misunder- stood — as that to be a Soldier. Videogames, movies and other pop culture references often fail to por- tray the full picture of what it is like to serve this country. While such a calling was always intensely physical, lately there has been progress in awareness of the importance of mental fitness. How- ever, there is an essential aspect that may be ignored in our generation — spirituality. Here are three reasons why spirituality is so important for the modern warrior. • We see the world in a way that few do It was Gen. Douglas MacArthur who said, “The Soldier above all prays for peace, for it is the Soldier who must suffer and bear the deep- est wounds and scars of war.” Sol- diering is not for everyone, and there is a reason why we serve in a volun- teer Army. The nature of our profession and its sacrifices are such that few out- side the military understand or view the world as we do. We see the good and bad, the comedies and tragedies, the beauty and the ugliness. We all know that there are many things that happen in this world that should not be. If you think about it, in every mis- sion handed to our Soldiers rests the universal truth that somehow, and in some way, this world is not sup- posed to be the way that it is — and this is where our faith traditions help us to understand why. • It is an essential part of who we are Spirituality differs from mental or emo- tional health (al- though certainly they are related). It also differs from morals, ethics or philosophy. Our spiritual beliefs give us meaning and reasoning on the whys and hows of life. They guide us to understand our- selves, our neighbors and our role in this world. They guide us to do what is right and to reject evil. That’s why words usually connected to religion, such as “virtues,” are an essential part of the Army’s ethical doctrine. Without them our standards would be on a fast track to fall into hypocrisy and inconsistency. With them, our Army Values are sustained by something greater than us. • Some of the most spiritual peo- ple in history were Soldiers While we celebrate Independence Day and remember the sacrifices made at the shores of Normandy on D-Day every June 6, there is one im- portant aspect that should not be ig- nored: The revolutionary generation and the generation that fought in World War II were deeply spiritual and devout. In fact, in world history, Soldiers from all cultures and times were expected to have some form of spirituality. It is not hard to imag- ine a footman in forma- tion (in times where you could see the enemy’s entire army on the other side of the field) pray- ing for safety and to be able to sur- vive and go back home after the bat- tle. I would not be surprised if the amount of prayers on battlefields such as Flanders Field, Verdun, Om- aha Beach, Bunker Hill and Gettys- burg exceeded those of the churches in the surrounding areas of that time. Although in our popular view we tend to imagine that being a Soldier is the total opposite of being spiritu- al, the chances are that if you ad- mired any warrior in history, they probably were spiritual people too. Three reasons why spirituality matters in Army By Chap. (1st Lt.) SEBASTIAN KIM Religious Services Commentary Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Hage- man: "Loyalty and the ability to listen. Someone you can vent to, who knows you well enough to know when to take you seriously." Hilair Peters: "Trustworthiness, loyalty and commitment. Some- one who will treat others as they want to be treated." Lorrie Odom: "Someone who is fun to be around and is always there when you need them." Please see View , page 14 For advertising contact Theresa Larue E ail: sales