Fort Polk Guardian 09-13-2019

Viewpoint 2/ Guardian Sept. 13, 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: Kimberly.Reischling@us.army.mil Trading post ads: tradingpostads@yahoo.com Fort Polk Homepage http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: sales@thefortpolkguardian.com In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk community members, “Where were you when 9/11 happened?” Here are their responses: Kim Moltz: "I was doing graduate research in Mor- ganstown, West Virginia, and the plane that went down in Pennsylvania was about 45 minutes away from us. We were in a study room and someone came in and told us what happened. They closed the university and sent us home." Command Sgt. Maj. Vladimir Querales: “I was part of the Expert Infantry Badge committee at Fort Bragg and was on my way to a synch meeting for the training. As I was parking, I heard about the first plane that hit the tower on the radio.They were won- dering if it was an acci- dent. When the second plane hit, I knew some- thing else was going on. We had to place the EIB on pause and get everyone back to their compa- nies and battalions for follow on instructions.” Chad Estes: "I was at a union meeting at (Fire) Sta- tion 2 at Fort Polk. We got a call to stop the meeting and turn on theTV, and that's when the second plane hit. Everyone was shocked. When the plane hit the pen- tagon, we knew it was go- ing to go south from there." Chief Bill Nowlin: "I was stationed at Royal Air Force — Alconbury, England, as the fire chief there. I was in the emergency operations center with a major talking about the EOC set up, when a firefighter came in and said theWorld Trade Center was on fire. We turned on theTV just in time to see the second plane hit, and the major shouted 'Oh my God, we're at war!' and ran out to find the com- mander." Master Sgt. Andrew Mes- sick: I was on my computer working on a project and my mom came home from work and told me to turn on the news. I had just enlisted and was waiting to ship out. I called my recruiter that day to see what I should expect and he said he didn't know, but I could be deploying." Adrian Todd: "I was at a training for social workers in Baton Rouge. I saw it on the news that morning in my hotel room and my ini- tial reaction was confusion. By the time I got to the conference, we all realized this was intentional and all sense of safety was gone at that point." Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Comp- ton: "I was on PCS leave from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and saw it on the news. I had only been in the Army about three years at that time. I signed in to my new unit early to see what was go- ing on because of what I saw." Donna Lungrin: "My hus- band was stationed here at Fort Polk and I was working for Cubic in the simulation center.There was a rotation going on so I was working, and we had Soldiers here from NewYork. I remember it was a traumatic and stressful time for them." For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) - Email: sales@thefortpolkguardian.com

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