Fort Polk Guardian 08-09-2019

FORT POLK, La. —August is Army Antiter- rorism Awareness month. The Fort Polk Antiter- rorism office has a host of events and public awareness activities, to include displays in high traffic venues like the PX and commissary, train- ing with unit antiterrorism officers, a radio broadcast, public service announcements and week- ly articles in the Guardian this month to help educate, inform and prepare the community for the uncertain world we live in. I spoke about several of these events in this month’s Community Information Forum Aug. 7. The importance of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign cannot be overstated. The Fort Polk Directorate of Emergency Serv- ices is always preparing for the unthinkable, whether it be a natural disaster or an active shooter. DES trains every day to mitigate any and all threats to Fort Polk. A few weeks ago you likely read the article on the active shooter train- ing that DES did with the schools in preparation for the upcoming school year. Five active shooter events have occured across the country over the past two weeks — two of them last weekend were within hours of each other. These are painful reminders that no matter where you go, the threat is there and real. Rest assured that Fort Polk is prepared and as safe as it can be. Training, evaluation and as- sessments are constant to en- sure it stays that way. This month, every facility on Fort Polk will conduct required active shooter training. As the horrific events in El Paso showed, (the employees had just completed ac- tive shooter training the month prior), this train- ing is critical in saving lives. Guardian Aug. 9, 2019 NewScope 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 informa- tion. TSP brief Two Thrift Savings Plan benefits briefin- gs are held Sept. 5 at Bayou Theater, 7830 Mississippi Ave. The first is held from 8:30- 11 a.m. and the second from 1-3:30 p.m. A TSP Investment Board training specialist will discuss how TSP contributions work, the difference between traditional and Roth contributions, TSP withdrawal op- tions and death benefits, various retire- ment options and how to manage their ac- counts. Appropriated fund civil service employees and military members are wel- come to attend. Call 531-1799 for more information. Law enforcement jobs Fort Polk’s Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program offers an opportunity for Soldiers to learn about employment with federal and other law enforcement agencies Sept. 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Library and Education Center in bldg 660. For more information call 531-1591. Abandoned vehicles The Directorate of Emergency Services traffic section will release the following Ve- hicles to a towing company for disposal Sept. 9 if they remain unclaimed. Vehicles are listed with the last four numbers of their VIN number. If one of these vehicles belongs to you please contact the Fort Polk Police Traffic Section at 531-1806/2677: 2004 Ford Explorer 4462 2014 Ford Fiesta 7482 2007 Nissan Altima 9565 2015 Ford Focus 9482 2003 Hyundai Elantra 4309 1993 Ford F150 7911 2004 Saab 93 1559 2006 Dodge Charger 4366 2006 Audi AA4 2899 2009 Ford Focus 5947 2000 Honda Prelude 7268 2002 Chevrolet 1500 2885 2008 Kia Sorento 0551 2001 Volkswagon Jetta 2900 2004 Volkswagon Jetta 5636 2004 Chevrolet Impala 5629 1995 Nissan Maxima 8470 Briefs /3 Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk command- ing general (left), and Col. Ryan K. Roseberry, garrison commander, sign an antiter- rorism proclamation Aug. 7 at the Warrior Community Center. The proclamation de- clares August 2019 as Antiterrorism Awareness Month at the JRTC and Fort Polk. JEAN DUBIEL / GUARDIAN Events highlight Antiterrorism Awareness By MARK LESLIE Deputy Director DES Commentary Free community training seminar Surviving an active shooter event After Action Review Theater at Berry Mission Training Center, bldg 2675 Aug. 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants learn how to: • Prepare for a potential active shooter incident • Recognize your options • Quickly determine a plan • Take the most effective action Reserve your seat by registering at For more information call 531-7911 Please see Antiterrorism , page 5