Fort Polk Guardian 10-13-2017

Vol. 44, No. 41 Published for the community of Fort Polk, La. Oct. 13, 2017 Guardian Fort Polk Inside the Guardian New ACP hours ........... 3 Confined spaces ......... 5 Helping habitat ......... 8 Honoring Hispanics .... 12 Warrior Walk ........... 14 True treasure ........... 15 www.thefortpolkguardian.com Weekend weather Today Saturday Sunday 89 90 88 67 0% 20% 30% 69 64 Rain chance Rain chance Rain chance IRAQ — Soldiers serving with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division — the Pa- triot Brigade — were awarded their combat patch from the Texas National Guard’s 36th In- fantry Division, marking their first deployment to a combat zone. Col. Brian Sullivan, commander, 3rd BCT, pre- sented the Wartime Service Shoulder Sleeve In- signia to his Soldiers during a ceremony held at the unit’s forward base in Iraq. Pfc. Dashon Brown, Headquarters and Head- quarters Battery, 5-25 Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div said, “I felt like I accom- plished something that I know most people will never experience in their lifetime. I felt a sense of pride in what I have done.” Brown was so overjoyed by his accomplish- ment he phoned a loved one back home to share the significance of the ceremony. “I called my father, who is active duty Army, and he said ‘welcome to the club’,” said Brown. “He is very proud that his son has deployed and followed in his footsteps.” The Patriot Brigade is the first active duty brigade combat team to be awarded a National Guard patch as a combat patch under the Army’s Associated Unit Pilot program. Many Soldiers and leaders of the Patriot Brigade felt a sense of pride at being part of this significant partnership. “By Army regulation, a Soldier's Former Wartime Service Shoulder Sleeve Insignia is the same as the Soldier's Shoulder Sleeve Insignia when he or she de- ployed,” explained Sullivan. “As we were wearing the 36th Infantry Divi- sion patch as part of the AUP when we deployed, the 36th Infantry Divi- sion patch rightfully became our com- bat patch. Being from Fort Polk, as- signed to 10th Mountain Division, and associated with 36th Infantry Division, I see it as a unique privilege to represent the total Army as we execute this mission.” Sgt. Maj. Vladimir Querales, operations senior enlisted advisor for 3rd BCT, said he was personally touched when Sullivan explained the full significance of the patch. “My favorite part of the ceremony was when the commander spoke to the Soldiers and ex- plained to them the significance of both the unit patch on the left side, and the combat patch on the right side,” Querales said. “He said, ‘The left side patch is close to the U.S. Army name tape and is lined up with unit and mission. The com- bat patch on the right shoulder is lined up with the Soldier’s name tape and signi- fies the sacrifices of the families and friends they have left behind.’ “With this analogy, the Soldiers really embraced the moment.” Sullivan ended the parade with a special message to the families and loved ones of the deployed troops. “I'd like to thank the Soldiers and Families of the Patriot Brigade for their selflessness and their sacrifice,” said Sul- livan. “It is a privilege of a lifetime to command this brigade, particularly at this time and in this place and to be associated with such excep- tional Americans.” The Patriot Brigade recently deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, and is dedicated to defeating ISIS in Iraq and restoring stability and security for the Iraqi people. Proud Patriots awarded unique combat patch By Staff Sgt. NATHAN AKRIDGE 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div Soldiers serving with the Patriot Brigade in Iraq have been awarded their combat patch — from the Texas National Guard's 36th Infantry Division — marking their first deployment to a combat zone. “Being from Fort Polk, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, and associated with the 36th Infantry Division, I see it as a unique privilege to represent the total Army as we execute this mission.” Col. BRIAN SULLIVAN Commander, 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div STAFF SGT. NATHAN AKRIDGE / 3RD BCT, 10TH MTN DIV

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