Fort Polk Guardian 12-07-2018

NewScope ACP holiday hours The Fort Polk Directorate of Emergency Services announces the following hours for the installation Visitor Control Center and access control points during the Christmas and New Years holiday season: • Visitor Control Center — Dec. 24, 26, 31, Jan. 2, open 24 hours; Dec. 25, Jan. 1, closed. • ACPs 1 (main gate, Louisiana Av- enue) and 7 (K Avenue and Alligator Lake) — Dec. 24-26, 31, Jan. 1-2, open 24 hours. • ACPs 2 (University Parkway, La. Hwy 476 North), 5 (La. Hwy 467 South and La. Hwy 10) and 6 (Chaffee Road at North Fort housing) — Dec. 24 and 31, open 5 a.m.-7 p.m.; Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, closed; Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, open 5 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information call 531-2677. Weapons registration The Fort Polk Directorate of Emergency Services reminds residents and those who work on or visit the installation that pri- vately owned weapons or firearms, must be registered on post if they are to be brought on the installation for any reason, including, but not limited to the following: Sales, hunting, use at Family Morale, Wel- fare and Recreation ranges, and exhibi- tions. The requirement applies whether the weapons are loaded or unloaded, regard- less of ammunition availability. This in- cludes rifles, handguns, black powder weapons and historical firearms that may be part of a collection. Personnel residing on Fort Polk have five business days from the time of arrival or acquisition of the firearm to register it with the Visitors Con- trol Center, located just outside of access control point 1 on Louisiana Avenue. Abandoned vehicles The Directorate of Emergency Services Traffic Section will release the following vehicles, boats and trailers to a towing company for disposal on Saturday if they remain unclaimed. Items are listed with the last four numbers of their VIN. If one of these vehicles belongs to you, please con- tact the Fort Polk Police Traffic Section at 531-1806/2677. 2006 Chevy Impala 4120 1999 Olds Delta 88 5892 1999 VW Jetta 2885 2001 Jeep Cherokee 7542 1977 Chevy 1500 0524 2010 Chevy Cavalier 8440 1999 Honda Civic 0284 2005 Pontiac Grand Am 2953 2001 Saturn 8648 UNKAstroglass 176Sk boat Briefs Guardian Dec. 7, 2018 /3 FORT POLK, La. — Corvias has completed substantial energy upgrades within its housing partnership with the U.S. Army at Fort Polk. The upgrades, which include installations of geother- mal heat pumps, ENERGY STAR energy and wa- ter-saving devices, will save more than $1 million annually and are part of the U.S. Military Hous- ing Privatization Initiative, in which the Depart- ment of Defense can work with the private sector to revitalize military family housing. “This milestone marks a significant step in achievement of Fort Polk’s energy conservation goals,” said Col. Jarrett A. Thomas II, Fort Polk garrison commander. “Through this project we are demonstrating our dedication to our military Families and our commitment to energy security and sustainability. Projects like this allow the Army to build smart installations, inspired by the growing trend of smart cities, while at the same time ensuring security.” Heath Burleson, partnership advisor at Corvias, said the partnership with Fort Polk re- sulted in significant innovations that save money and leads to the Army’s goal of energy inde- pendence. “The Corvias partnership with Fort Polk lends itself to continuous improvement, to finding and implementing ways in which Corvias and the Army can improve military housing quality, op- erations, maintenance and resilience, to continu- ally evolve and reinvest in the partnership and ultimately provide greater benefits to our part- ners, Soldiers, their Families and the general public,” Burleson said. For these upgrades, Corvias raised $34 million of capital infusion to implement operational effi- ciencies, create cost savings, and replace and up- grade outdated infrastructure within Fort Polk’s housing portfolio. The program will average $1.5 million per year in energy savings and opera- tional cost avoidance, totaling more than $40 mil- lion in savings throughout the remaining 35 years of the program. In turn, those cost savings are reinvested into the program as part of an as- set management platform for capital improve- ments. Corvias has installed: • 30 percent of the 2,400 planned geothermal heat pumps and is on schedule for the remaining residences. • 100 percent of 3,500 residences with water and energy conservation fixtures, including low- flow faucets, shower heads and toilets, and the ENERGY STAR certified Nest Learning Thermo- stat. The resulting savings of more than 9 million kilowatt-hours per year of electricity equates to removing the CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions from 1,400 passenger vehicles from the road. In addition, water upgrades will save 71 million gallons of water annually, the equivalent of 750 average-sized swimming pools. “Since 2004, Corvias has worked with the Army at Fort Polk to solve long-standing de- ferred maintenance needs and increase its hous- ing inventory, all to provide a more comfortable on-base living experience for military Families,” added Burleson. “Corvias is doing so by integrat- ing energy efficiency and building improve- ments, while reducing environmental impacts.” Corvias improvements saves millions CORVIAS Corvias contract workers install upgrades to military housing units on Fort Polk that will save more than $1.5 million a year and significantly cut CO2 emissions. CORVIAS