Fort Polk Guardian 10-04-2019

Guardian Oct. 4, 2019 NewScope 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 execu- tion to minimize disruptions to access con- trol 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. Mo- torists should expect aggregate travel sur- faces at the locations the contractor has ex- ecuted base failure repairs and should be aware of construction crews and equip- ment 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. Access Control Point 4 (Louisiana Av- enue near La. Hwy 10 and Lookout Road) is open 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday for outbound traffic to relieve congestion cause by road construction on Entrance Road and will remain open until construc- tion is complete. DAV assistance Chapter 20 Disabled American Veterans in Leesville has a service officer available to file VA disability claims. The officer is lo- cated in the Railway Suites behind the Ver- non Parish Court House. For more infor- mation and to setup a appointment call 531-5614. Branch visit The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk hosts an infantry officer branch visit Oct. 16-17 at 9 a.m. in the Fort Polk Mission Training Center theater. Officers in the grades of second lieu- tenant through major will be given the op- portunity to meet their branch manager, re- ceive an informational brief and individu- ally discuss their careers. POC is 1st Lt. Madeline Platt, or 531-1107. For more information see Fort Polk OPORD 19-073. Briefs /3 FORT POLK, La. — Maj. Trevor Joseph, the commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment MEDEVAC unit known across the Army as “Cajun Dustoff,” was killed Sept. 26 at about 12:50 a.m. in a UH-60 Black- hawk helicopter accident during a Joint Readi- ness Training Center rotation within the Fort Polk training area. Three other 1-5 AV Soldiers were injured. Joseph, from Collierville, Tennessee, comes from a family with a tradition of proud military service. He was commissioned in 2008 as a med- ical services officer and began his exceptional service to the U.S. Army as a pilot. Joseph took command of C/1-5 AV in July 2018. During the course of his career he deployed twice to combat in Afghanistan (2010 and 2017). Previous duty assignments include Fort Riley, Kansas (2015- 2017), Fort Rucker, Alabama (2011-2013) and Fort Bragg, North Carolina (2008-2010). Among his awards and decorations are the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Senior Service Medal. "The Army, JRTC and Fort Polk, and 1-5 AV have lost an exceptional leader, warrior, officer and pilot,” said Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, com- mander, JRTC and Fort Polk. “Major Trevor Joseph led the most active MEDEVAC Company in our Army; he excelled leading Cajun Dustoff and ensuring Soldiers in rotation at JRTC had rapid access to medical coverage — his team built readiness for the US Army. Trevor’s spouse, Erin, and his entire Family are in our thoughts and prayers.” During a speech Frank made at Fort Riley, Kansas, for the 98th year of the Annual Officers of the First Division Dinner, he recognized Joseph’s actions under fire in Afghanistan. "Captain Trevor Joseph a MEDEVAC pilot, serves as the Company Commander of Charlie Company, 2-1 Aviation.,” Frank said. “Last fall, on the 3rd of November in Eastern Afghanistan, the DUSTOFF Medevac crew was notified of U.S. and Afghan Army forces involved in a fierce bat- tle against the Taliban. “Responding to the call, DUSTOFF-62 maneu- vered to a small, dusty landing zone — only big enough for one helicopter. Immediately the ene- my engaged the Blackhawk with intense fire. DUSTOFF-62 was advised to evacuate the area, but Captain Joseph refused to depart. Instead, he calmly identified Taliban fighters and called out their locations to his door gunners allowing the flight medics to load two wounded American Soldiers and four injured Afghan Army soldiers — all while under constant enemy fire. “As DUSTOFF-62 pulled off the landing zone, Taliban machine guns fired on the aircraft, but a series of evasive maneuvers allowed the Black- hawk to avoid accurate enemy fire and rapidly move the injured Soldiers to a surgical team. Trevor's courageous actions and leadership saved the lives of multiple Soldiers. He and his crew were awarded the Air Medal with 'V' De- vice for Valor. A 1st ID combat hero, Captain Trevor Joseph is here with us tonight with his wife Erin.” Joseph is survived by his wife, Erin Joseph. “All 8,000 Soldiers assigned to JRTC and Fort Polk salute Major Joseph and his proud service to our Army and Nation,” Frank said. The three injured Soldiers are in stable condi- tion. The cause of the accident is under investiga- tion. Accident claims life of JRTC Soldier A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter accident claimed the life of Maj.Trevor Joseph, commander, Charlie Company, 1-5 Avia- tion, at about 12:50 a.m., Sept. 26.The other Soldiers were injured and are in stable condition. Joseph was com- missioned in 2008 and served two combat tours in Afghanistan (2010 and 2017). Among his awards and dec- orations are the Bronze Star, Merito- rious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor and Parachutist Badge. GUARDIAN STAFF Joseph