Fort Polk Guardian 08-02-2019

Guardian Aug. 2, 2019 NewScope DFAC closure The Patriot Inn Dining Facility is closed through Sunday. It will reopen Monday at 7:30 a.m. During the closure, the Guardian Inn, bldg 2382, will operate as the post din- ing facility, serving scheduled meals of breakfast, lunch an dinner through today, and brunch and supper meals Saturday and Sunday. Benefits briefing A Social Security Benefits briefing is scheduled for Aug. 19, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Bayou Theater, 7830 Mississippi Ave. A So- cial Security Administration employee will discuss program benefits, disability, bene- fits calculations, eligibility, Medicare and special veterans benefits. Call (337) 531- 1799 for more information. TSP brief A Thrift Savings Plan benefits briefing is held Sept. 5 at Bayou Theater, 7830 Missis- sippi Ave. Two separate sessions are held from 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. A TSP In- vestment Board training specialist will brief employees and military service mem- bers on making smart decisions with their TSP savings. Participants will learn how TSP contributions work, the difference be- tween traditional and Roth contributions, TSP withdrawal options and death bene- fits, various retirement options and how to manage their accounts. Appropriated fund civil service employees and military mem- bers are welcome to attend. Call 531-1799 for more information. DAV assistance Chapter No. 20 of the Disabled Ameri- can Veterans, located behind the Vernon Parish Courthouse in the Railroad Suite on La. Hwy 468, has claims officers available by appointment. Call John at (337) 244- 5613 or Robert at (337) 317-6947 to set up an appointment. GI Bill extension The Office of the Undersecretary of De- fense has issued an extension to the dead- line date on the limits of transferability of education benefits for service members with greater than 16 years of service. Previ- ously, the policy was to go into effect July 12, but an extension was issued until Jan. 12. Official guidance from Human Re- source Command is pending and will be distributed when received. Should Soldiers have questions, they can contact their re- tention officer or visit or call the Education Center in bldg 660, Colorado Avenue, at 531-5269. Briefs /3 FORT POLK, La. — Finding a job is part preparation and part luck, but it’s always chal- lenging, especially in a tough job market. Mili- tary spouses probably know that better than any- one because they have to start from scratch in a new job market after every permanent change of station move. That’s why an event like the Military and Community Spouses Hiring Fair, held at Fort Polk’s Child and Youth Services Gym, bldg 2070, July 26, is so important to the military communi- ty as a whole. The event hosted 30 employers and four service organizations on the hunt for good employees. A total of 126 job seekers at- tended the event. The day saw 93 resumes ac- cepted, 63 interviews conducted and 30 tentative job offers made — a new record for Fort Polk hir- ing events. Dan Smith, senior manager for the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Program, said in hard economic times, it’s outstanding for an installa- tion like Fort Polk to post these kinds of num- bers. “In fact, the Fort Polk hiring fair has had the highest military spouse preregistered job seeker numbers for the past three years,” he said. Smith said he couldn’t be happier with the success of the job fair, in large part thanks to Fort Polk’s Stacey Delgado, Employment Readiness Program manager, and her team at Fort Polk’s Army Community Service. “We received a lot of support when it came to organizing this event. Stacey and her team reached out to local chambers of commerce and employers willing to take part in the job fair and I think we’ve had a great turn out,” he said. Smith said it’s essential to give spouses and transitioning Soldiers an opportunity to talk to employers and discover jobs that might be right for them. “Job seekers show up at an event like this and may only plan to talk to one or two employers. But then they see all these other opportunities that they never would have had otherwise and their chances of finding a job expand exponen- tially,” he said. Col. Ryan K. Roseberry, Fort Polk garrison commander, said Fort Polk spouses are a treas- ured asset to the area. “This is a diverse group of well educated indi- viduals who have learned to manage stress and overcome the multiple challenges of being a mili- tary spouses. They are strong, dedicated, self as- sured, demonstrate loyalty and are premier em- ployment candidates for the employers of Cen- tral Louisiana,” he said. Tanja Ortwein, a military spouse attending the fair, moved to Fort Polk recently from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Ortwein had a child a few months ago and said she felt like she was ready to get back to work. “I saw the information about the job fair on Facebook and decided to sign up to see what the fair had to offer,” she said. Ortwein said her employment background is in banking and insurance, but this is her first job fair and she was open to something different. “I was a bit intimidated by all the employers, but after the first positive interview I realized I By ANGIE THORNE Guardian staff writer Spouses wait in line to talk to employers at Fort Polk's military and community hiring fair held July 26 at the Child andYouth Services Gym, bldg 2070. Please see Hiring , page 7 Hiring fair brings Soldiers, spouses, employers together ANGIE THORNE / GUARDIAN