Fort Polk Guardian 12-20-2019

Viewpoint 2/ Guardian Dec. 20, 2019 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. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage with- out regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation of this policy of equal opportunity by an ad- vertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. All editorial content of the Guardian is prepared, edited, pro- vided and approved by the Public Af- fairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. The Guardian is printed by the Natchitoches Times , a private firm in no way connected with the Depart- ment of the Army, under exclusive written contract with Fort Polk. The civilian printer is responsible for com- mercial advertising. 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. Ryan K. Roseberry Garrison commander Kim Reischling Public affairs officer Chuck Cannon Command information officer Angie Thorne T.C. Bradford Keith Houin Staff writers Editorial Offices Building 4919, Magnolia Street Fort Polk, LA 71459-5060 Voice (337) 531-4033 Fax (337) 531-1401 Email: Kimberly.K.Reischling.civ@mail.mil Trading post ads: tradingpostads@yahoo.com Fort Polk Homepage home.army.mil/polk/ Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: sales@thefortpolkguardian.com In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk community members, “ What is your favorite Christmas tradition? ” Here are their responses: Olivia Kirkland: "Making cookies. My kids love it, but it’s hard to keep them from eating them all" Sgt. Dillon Rees: "I love to deer hunt and serve wild game with the Christmas turkey." Linda Green: "I en- joy decorating the tree and my house for Christmas." Paulina Vidrine: "Gathering together and spending time with my family." FORT POLK, La. — The preamble to the Manual for Courts-Martial states, “The purpose of military law is to promote justice, to assist in maintaining good order and disci- pline in the armed forces, to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the military establishment and thereby strengthen the national security of the United States.” At the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, the command- ing general and subordinate com- manders take good order and disci- pline seriously. Across Fort Polk, the following disciplinary issues continue to be prevalent: Driving under the influ- ence, wrongful use or possession of controlled substances, sexual assault, fraternization, inappropriate rela- tionships and domestic violence. Be- low are recent examples of adverse legal actions across the installation. • A sergeant, assigned to 317th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Moun- tain Division, was punished under Article 15 for disobeying a lawful or- der by wrongfully purchasing and consuming alcohol on the Southwest Border Mission, in violation of Arti- cle 92, Uniform Code of Military Jus- tice (UCMJ). The service member was sen- tenced to a reduction to the grade of E-4, forfeiture of $1,332 pay for two months, 30 days of extra duty and 30 days of restriction. • A specialist, assigned to 317th BEB, 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div, was punished under Article 15 for dis- obeying a lawful order by wrongful- ly purchasing and consuming alco- hol on the Southwest Border Mis- sion, in violation of Article 92, UCMJ. The service member was sen- tenced to a reduction to the grade of E-3, forfeiture of $1,116 pay for two months, 45 days of extra duty and 45 days of restriction. • A specialist, assigned to 2nd Bat- talion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div, was punished under Article 15 for falsifying an offi- cial document, in violation of Article 107, UCMJ. The service member was sentenced to a reduction to the grade of E-3, forfeiture of $521 pay for 1 month, 14 days of extra duty and 14 days of restriction. • A specialist, assigned to 519th Military Police Battalion, was issued a General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand for driving under the in- fluence of alcohol and providing a breath sample that indicated a breath alcohol content of .134%. • A private first class, assigned to 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regi- ment, 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div, was is- sued a General Officer Memoran- dum of Reprimand for driving under the influence of alcohol and provid- ing a breath sample that indicated a breath alcohol content of .209%. • A private, assigned to 519th MP Bn, was administratively separated under Chapter 14-12c with an Other than Honorable characterization of service, for testing positive during for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) during a urinalysis, willfully dis- obeying a lawful order, and fraudu- lently using a government travel charge card to obtain money and services of a value of more than $800. Generally, an Other Than Honor- able characterization makes a Soldier ineligible for a majority of VA bene- fits. Justice beat: Soldiers punished for UCMJ violations STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE Amber Thompson with Eliana, 2, and Roman, 4: "Reading the nativity story on Christmas morning." Sgt. Crystal Hayes: "My favorite thing is glazing and baking the Christmas ham." Curtis Hubbard: "My favorite thing is ruin- ing the surprise of Christmas presents." Conner Howell: "Opening one Christmas present on Christmas eve." For advertising contact Theresa Larue ail: s l s t f rt l r i .

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