Fort Polk Guardian 12-14-2018

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 holiday season: • Dec. 24 Visitor Control Center closed. ACPs 1 (main gate, Louisiana Avenue) and 7 (K Avenue and Alligator Lake) 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) closed. • Dec. 25 VCC closed. ACPs 1 and 7 open 24 hours. ACPs 2, 5 and 6 closed. • Dec. 26 VCC open 24 hours. ACPs 1 and 7 open 24 hours. ACPs 2, 5 and 6 open 5 a.m.-9 p.m. • Dec. 31 VCC closed. ACPs 1 and 7 open 24 hours. ACPs 2, 5 and 6 closed. • Jan. 1 VCC closed. ACPs 1 and 7 open 24 hours. ACPs 2, 5 and 6 closed. • Jan. 2 VCC open 24 hours. ACPs 1 and 7 open 24 hours. ACPs 2, 5 and 6 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. This includes rifles, handguns, black powder weapons and historical firearms that may be part of a collection. Personnel residing on Fort Polk have five business days to register it with the Visitors Control Center, located just outside of access con- trol point 1 on Louisiana Avenue. BJACH accredited The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies health care programs in the United States, conducted a follow-up sus- tainment survey at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital Dec. 10. BJACH re- mains fully accredited. Briefs Guardian Dec.14, 2018 /3 FORT POLK, La. — More spouses can now ap- ply for federal jobs after recent changes to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 and Executive Order 13473, which covers non-relo- cating military spouses of active-duty members of the armed forces in Program “S” of the Priori- ty Placement Program. A significant program change as applied in the past allows spouses who were married after their spouse’s arrival at Fort Polk to register in the program. Previously, spouses must have been married to the active- duty sponsor prior to their relocation to Fort Polk. To register, spouses must be otherwise eligible and meet the following criteria: • Must be married to the active-duty sponsor and reside within the commuting area of the sponsor's permanent duty station. • Must not have received a permanent offer of federal employment to an appropriated or non- appropriated funded position. Until new implementation guidance is issued from the Office of Personnel Management and Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service, spouses are permitted to provide the following documentation as proof of their eligibility through the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, affording them an opportunity to register in PPP and receive spousal preference: • Proof of marriage to an active-duty sponsor (even if they were married after they moved to Fort Polk); • Proof of military member's active-duty sta- tus (active-duty sponsor’s approved military or- ders); • That the spouse is residing within the com- muting area of the sponsor's permanent duty sta- tion (documents that substantiate such as hous- ing letter or bill providing address); • That the spouse has not received a perma- nent offer of federal employment (this must be confirmed at time of registration counseling). If all criteria are met, then the Fort Polk CPAC will assist the spouse with registering in Program S of the PPP. For additional questions or assistance with registration in the Military Spouse Program, please contact Ronald Camp, human resources assistant, Fort Polk CPAC, at 531-4020. Changes open door to more spousal hires By RONALD CAMP Human resources assistant FORT POLK, La. — Fort Polk Home of Heroes has a new smartphone app. Fort Polk’s app, which is free, pro- vides critical two-way communication between Fort Polk and its residents or anyone who wants to be connected with the installation. This will be the exclusive app for communications from the installation with press releases, bulletins, alerts, an event calendar and more. Communications to Fort Polk can be made as well. Your smartphone will now be your plat- form for submitting tips that may help in solving crimes and locating missing persons or vehicles. Fort Polk’s app also provides easy one touch calling for non-emergency calls. To get the full benefits of the applica- tion, users should enable location serv- ices. This will give exact gps and grid coordinates should you be sending in a crime tip or a picture of a facility or area that needs attention. You should also allow push notifica- tion which will allow you to stay up- to-date on important Fort Polk infor- mation. To get the app, Type “Fort Polk Home of He- roes” in the search box of your app store and download for free. Fort Polk unveils new smartphone app PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE