Fort Polk Guardian 10-12-2018

FORT POLK, La. — The United States Army is steeped in tradition, from saluting to yelling “at ease” when an officer or senior NCO en- ters a building. Most of the traditions were in- stilled to develop discipline, such as drill and ceremonies which accord- ing to Field Manual 3-21.5, “enables a commander or NCO to move his unit from one place to another in an orderly manner, to aid in discipli- nary training by instilling habits of precision and response to the leader’s orders.” As for saluting, it is nothing more than an exchange of greetings be- tween enlisted and warrant or com- missioned officers, or between offi- cers of different ranks. Another Army tradition is bugle calls — musical signals prescribed by the commander that announce scheduled and sometimes non- scheduled events on an Army instal- lation. Most are used during basic training and advanced individual training or other schools. Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, com- mander, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, has directed the following bugle calls be sounded daily: “Reveille,” “Retreat” and “To The Colors,” and Taps. “Reveille” At the JRTC and Fort Polk, “Reveille” is played at 6:30 a.m., co- inciding with the raising of the na- tional colors. According to Army Regulation 600-25, when hearing “Reveille,” Sol- diers outdoors in uniform are re- quired to come to attention and pres- ent a salute. While in forma- tion, Soldiers are brought to the posi- tion of attention and present arms during “Reveille.” Soldiers not in uniform should come to attention, remove their cov- er and place their right hand over their heart at the first notes of “Reveille.” Civilian personnel should stand with their right hand over their heart. Veterans and Sol- diers not in uniform may render a salute. “Retreat” “Retreat” and “To the Colors” are played at 5 p.m. on Fort Polk and co- incide with the lowering of the Unit- ed States flag at the end of the day. “Retreat” should be treated the same as “Reveille,” rendering the proper courtesies. If driving, motorists should stop their vehicles and render the proper courtesy as long as it does not pres- ent a traffic hazard. If in a group on in a military vehicle or bus, only the senior occupant exits the vehicle and renders honors. “Taps” “Taps” was traditionally the last bugle call of the day, letting Soldiers know it was time to turn out the lights and get their rest. It is also of- ten used at the end of military funerals and memorial serv- ices. On Fort Polk, taps is played at 9 p.m. In the early years of the United State’s independence, the Soldier’s life was regulated by bugle calls. The daily routine included calls for reveille, breakfast, dinner, supper, sick call, drill, stable, officer’s call, retreat and taps. “Reveille,” “Retreat” and “To the Colors,” and “Taps” can be heard daily on Fort Polk. The first notes of each call are not meant to be signals sending Soldiers and civilians who happen to be outdoors running for cover. Instead, everyone should ren- der the proper courtesies when hear- ing the calls, paying tribute to a tra- dition that’s as old as the Army it- self. Viewpoint 2/ 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. 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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. Jarrett Thomas II Garrison commander Kim Reischling Information strategies officer Chuck Cannon Editor 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: Trading post ads: Fort Polk Homepage Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: sales@ In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, "Have you had your flu shot? Why or why not?" Here are their responses: Master Sgt. Carlos Campos: "I have — I wanted to assure my Soldiers that if I can take it, they can as well." Pvt. Anthony Harris: "Yes I have. It's im- portant because the more precautions you can take to pre- vent getting sick, the better off you will be." Maj. Michael Kaiser: "Not yet — I'm waiting to get it along with my section Oct. 17." Guardian Oct. 12, 2018 Lt. Col. Connie Lane: "I have. It helps protect my health so I won't get sick this winter and I can continue to do my work." Commentary Bugle calls announce activities on military posts By CHUCK CANNON Guardian editor For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) E ail: sales