Fort Polk Guardian 12-21-2018

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: • Monday 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. • Tuesday VCC closed. ACPs 1 and 7 open 24 hours. ACPs 2, 5 and 6 closed. • Wednesday 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. Chapel services The following Christmas services are slated for Fort Polk: • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Dec. 24, 6 p.m., Showboat Theater. • Christmas Eve Mass, 5 p.m., Dec. 24, Glory Chapel. • Christmas Day Mass, 9 a.m., Dec. 25, Glory Chapel. For more information call 531-2669. Briefs Guardian Dec.21, 2018 /3 Davis tak es command of 46 th Eng Bn FORT POLK, La. — The 46th Engineer Battal- ion change of command ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of its outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Christopher D. Klein, as he passed the colors and command to the battalion’s incoming com- mander, Lt. Col. Ian R. Davis, Dec. 14 at Fort Polk’s Warrior Fitness Center. Col. Patrick J. Sullivan, 20th Engineer Brigade commander and guest speaker at the ceremony, began by thanking those in attendance for honor- ing the Soldiers in front of them. Sullivan expressed gratitude to Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk commanding general, and Com- mand Sgt. Maj. David Bass, JRTC and Fort Polk command sergeant major, for the daily leader- ship and support they provide the 46th Eng Bn. “Distributed mission command situations are inherently difficult, yet you would never think so when considering the selflessness behind every- thing you do for this unit,” he said. “The one thing you are required to do is deliver the 46th to an operational area when called by our nation and you do it better than just about any other in- stallation.” Sullivan said the 46th Eng Bn Soldiers stand- ing before those in attendance are the best in the Engineer Brigade. “I would know because the 20th Engineer Brigade is the best unit of its type in the world and the 46th is our best battalion — full stop,” he said. “Through their qualifications and hard work these Soldiers represent the full spectrum of Army combat engineering capability, which in- cludes everything from sappers, vertical engi- neers and equipment operators to firefighters, surveyors and more.” Sullivan said 46th Eng Bn Soldiers continue to add to a lasting legacy, which began in 1917 when the battalion was constituted. That history has continued through to today, as the battalion deployed the 573rd Engineer Company (Clear- ance) to Afghanistan in support of the 1st Securi- ty Forces Assistance Brigade — the company re- deployed Nov. 19 — and the 524th Engineer De- tachment (Firefighting) to Romania supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve. “Their achievements in the last six months alone are towering, exceeding what most units accomplish in a period of several years,” he said. “In addition to the route clearance operations in Southern Afghanistan and firefighter support for the probable next frontier of contingency opera- tions in Eastern Europe, they have accomplished short notice and multi modal deployment for contingency operations as part of a Corps of En- gineers led task force for disaster response. They have sustained the JRTC construction manage- ment program on behalf of the 18th Airborne Corps and Forces Command, which provides a mechanism of certified construction units for real world missions in the combat training center context. The unit has accomplished total integra- tion with the 10th Mountain Division as part of a divisional alignment program, which will see 46th companies participating in mountain peak exercises in combat training center rotations and their associated training progressions moving forward — the only division in echelon above brigade battalion to accomplish this,” he said. These achievements belong not only to the Sol- diers of the 46th, but also their commander, said Sullivan. “Units reflect their commanders. Ac- cordingly, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Klein de- serves a huge share of the credit for his battal- ion’s achievements. He is known throughout the 18th Airborne Corps and the Engineer Regiment as a smart, innovative and mature leader who gets results on time and to the highest standards, all while maintaining a positive attitude, attend- ing to the needs of his formation and making it look easy,” he said. “But it’s time for Chris to move on. He has mastered the job of battalion commander and the Army has recognized that his future development must lay in new oppor- tunities.” By ANGIE THORNE Guardian staff writer Please see Command , page 5 Col. Patrick J. Sullivan, 20th Engineer Brigade commander, hands the colors to Lt. Col. Ian R. Davis as he assumes command of the 46th Engineer Battalion in a change of command ceremony held Dec. 14. ANGIE THORNE / GUARDIAN