Fort Polk Guardian 09-20-2019

Guardian Sept. 20, 2019 NewScope RCCC brief A Reserve Component career counselors brief for first term Soldiers who are slated to ETS within six months is held Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in bldg 250, 1716 Third Ave., the installation In/Out Processing, bldg 250. The brief provides professional guid- ance and career counseling to Soldiers leaving the active Army. For more information call 531-1850. Branch visit The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk host an infantry officer branch visit Oct. 16-17 at 9 a.m. in the Fort Polk Mis- sion Training Center theater. Officers in the grades of sec- ond lieutenant through major will be given the oppor- tunity to meet their branch manager, re- ceive an informational brief and individually discuss their careers. POC is 1st Lt. Madeline Platt, made- or call 531-1107. For more information see Fort Polk OPORD 19-073. Road repair The contract to repair Louisiana Avenue from the visitor control center to La. Hwy 467 was awarded with a required comple- tion date of Nov. 15. Work requirements include base failure repairs, removing (milling) the asphalt and repaving with a new asphalt overlay and new pavement markings. The work is planned for a phased execution to mini- mize disruptions to access control point 1 operations for both inbound and outbound traffic. The first phase of the project will require the contractor to place one lane closures at multiple locations along Louisiana Avenue to execute the base failure repairs. Motorists should expect aggregate trav- el surfaces at the locations the contractor has executed base failure repairs and should be aware of construction crews and equipment adjacent to travel ways. ACP 1 will remain open for both in- bound and outbound traffic for phase 1, but alternate routes are encouraged to min- imize delays and traffic congestion at these sites. Updates will be provided when the Fort Polk Directorate of Public Works receives detailed schedules and traffic impacts for each phase. Briefs /3 FORT POLK, La. — On Sept. 14 a tree fell on power lines at Fort Polk which created a power surge that knocked out some of the installation’s electrical infrastructure, including HVACs and appliances in about 154 occupied homes in Corvias’ Maple Terrace Housing Area. Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, commander, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, JRTC and Fort Polk Command Sgt. Maj. David Bass, Col. Ryan K. Roseberry, Fort Polk garrison com- mander, and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Ausbun, along with Corvias local leadership and other members of the garrison staff, scheduled a town hall Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Maple Terrace Neighborhood Center to ad- dress residents’ concerns. Although no residents attended the town hall, Frank took the opportunity to conduct an after action review with the leadership in attendance to see what lessons could be learned and what improvements could be made in the event a simi- lar event occurs again. “The fact that no residents showed up this evening is a testament to how this was ap- proached across the board,” Frank said. “I think communicating with our residents, to include the garrison commander and command sergeant major, along with Corvias leadership walking through the affected neighborhood was important in allaying fears they might have had and reassuring them that help was not only on the way, but imminent.” Some of issues discussed included: • How can issues like the one experienced Sept. 14 be seen earlier so it can be reacted to ear- lier. Frank said that perhaps the only reaction for installation staff is using social media. “You guys (Corvias) did the physical reaction, and there is probably not much more that we could have done on Sunday,” Frank said. “There’s always something that we can do on social media. The PAO can help us out with Face- book posts. We’ve seen that be massively effec- tive in the past with notifying Fort Bragg Fami- lies when their Soldiers were here on rotation and it looked as if a hurricane might hit us. That’s probably where we swing into action, and we can lessen that initial blow and get the word out.” • Use unit commanders to contact Soldiers/Families who could not be reached. “We should be able to contact a company com- mander and ask him if a Soldier is on leave or deployed, and if deployed, did his Family leave,” Bass said. “If he’s deployed or in school, we can have the commander attempt to reach him and let him know there is an issue with his house and we need permission to enter. If that fails, then we can use Permission to Enter (PTE).” • Establish a command post at the neighbor- hood affected in its neighborhood center. Corvias’ Matt McGee said this would alleviate phone calls going to a call center in South Caroli- na if the event were to occur on a weekend, and misinformation put out by people who are not on the ground here. Also, residents could cvisit the Neighborhood Center for information. Roseberry said that in addition to Corvias per- sonnel, installation staff that were vital to the event could also be on hand to provide informa- tion when needed. • Flatten the hierarchy. Frank said it is impera- tive to notify the garrison commander, who TuckTownsend, a maintenance techni- cian with Corvias Military Housing on Fort Polk, makes re- pairs to the HVAC unit in one of the houses on Howard Street Sept. 19. A tree fell across pow- erlines Sept. 14 knocking out HVAC units and some ap- pliances to more than 150 residences on Fort Polk. Matthew McGee, operations director for Corvias Military Housing on Fort Polk said repairs were explected to be completed no lat- er than today. Communication key to keeping installation informed By CHUCK CANNON Guardian editor Please see AAR , page 4