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                                                                            Fort Polk


Vol. 39, No. 50                          Published for the community of Fort Polk, La.                                    Dec. 14, 2012

                                                                                                                                        KELLI NEIMAN/GUARDIAN
                                                              Nice view
   1st Lt. Matthew Vanderlugt (left), 61st Multifunctional Medical    Center and Fort Polk and was hosted by the 115th Combat Sup-
   Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, leads a four-man casualty evacua-     port Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade. Of the 131 Soldiers who be-
   tion during testing for the Expert Medical Field Medical Badge     gan the test, only four earned the coveted badge. For story and
   Dec. 1-6. The testing took place at the Joint Readiness Training   more photos see pages 6A and 7A.

      Weekend weather                                                 Inside the Guardian
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                                                   New school for Polk ... 3A Athlete to play bowl .. 1B

     54              61            48              Tree lighting, Santa .. 8A Snowflake festival .... 2B
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                                                   Net Zero Hero .......... 12A College graduation ... 7B
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                                   Polk People                                                                         Guardian
                                                                                                                              Editorial Staff
                                                                                                                      Brig. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn
                   Guardian staf f asked members of the Fort Polk community, “What                                        Joint Readiness Training Center
                   is your favorite Christmas movie and why?” Here are their replies:                                    and Fort Polk commanding general
                                                                                                                            Col. Roger L. Shuck
                                                                                                                                Garrison commander
                                                                                                                               Kim Reischling
                                                                                                                            Command information officer
                                                                                                                                  Jean Dubiel
                                                                                                                                 Angie Thorne
                                                                                                                                Chuck Cannon
                                                                                                                                 After Hours editor
                                                                                                                              Rachel Reischling
                                                                                                                                Kelli Neiman
                                                                                                                                    Staff writers
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   Sgt. 1st Class Dennis                 Pfc. Kevin McCool: "My                  Michell Clark: “‘The                 Email:
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   Christmas’ because of the             ‘Elf.’ Will Ferrell is hilari-          funny and does a good job        
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   Story’ because it is funny.
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   Sgt. 1st Class Frederick               Sgt. 1st Class Avant Pear-             Staff Sgt. Heather South-            physical handicap, political affiliation
   Brown: "I like ‘Bad Santa.’            son: "I like to watch Dis-             ern: "’The Christmas Sto-            or any other nonmerit factor of the
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   Billy Bob Thornton is so               ney's ‘Toy Story’ at Christ-           ry.’ I think it's so funny and           A confirmed violation of this
   harsh. He is like a modern             mas. It reminds me of                  realistic. It shows that fam-        policy of equal opportunity by an ad-
                                                                                                                      vertiser will result in the refusal to
   day Scrooge in a Santa suit,           what it was like to be a lit-          ilies aren't happy all the           print advertising from that source.
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  God bless you all                    response was overwhelming and re-      Angel and Damaris, I would like to      in no way connected with the Depart-
                                       sulted in more than 120 units of do-   say thank you to everyone. Words        ment of the Army, under exclusive
                                                                                                                      written contract with Fort Polk. The
   Editor’s note: In early October,    nated blood.                                  cannot express the gratitude     civilian printer is responsible for com-
Staff Sgt. Angel Figueroa, 1st Ma-                                                   that we feel in our hearts to-
                                                                                                                      mercial advertising.
neuver Enhancement Brigade, was           My name is                                 wards our military family, our       The appearance of advertising in
                                       Maria Figueroa and                            church family and the sur-       this publication, including inserts and
involved in a serious motorcycle ac-                                                                                  supplements, does not constitute en-
cident. Figueroa has a rare blood      I am Staff Sgt. An-                           rounding Fort Polk commu-        dorsement by the Department of the
type, A-, so the 1st MEB organized a   gel Figueroa’s wife. On behalf of my                                           Army or the Natchitoches Times of
blood drive for him on Oct. 9. The     husband, myself and our children,        Please see Letter, page 5A            the products or services advertised.

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        Dec. 14, 2012
NewScope                                                                                                                        Section A

Guardian deadlines
  Due to the upcoming holidays, the
Guardian has amended deadlines for sub-
  All ads, announcements and bulletin
board submissions must be placed by
Wednesday for the Dec. 27 issue.

22nd Street closure
   A new facility is under construction at
the intersection of Alabama Avenue and
22nd Street to provide the 1st Maneuver
Enhancement Brigade with additional per-
manent assets.
   Today through Dec. 23, 22nd Street will
be closed to through traffic.
   Motorists are asked to drive with cau-
tion, be prepared for reduced speed limits       Landrieu: Fort Polk children one step
and delays, and avoid this area if possible
during construction.
                                                 closer to new post elementary school
Employer days                                    SENATOR LANDRIEU’S OFFICE                             bringing together stakeholders from the Depart-
   The Army Career and Alumni Program                                                                  ment of Defense down to meet with local leaders
Center, now located at 7438 California Ave.,        WASHINGTON –– U.S. Senator Mary L. Lan-            in and around Vernon Parish. The federal fund-
bldg 4275 at Polk Army Airfield, hosts the       drieu announced Tuesday that the Department of        ing she has secured is invaluable to helping us
following employers:                             Defense is releasing $18.3 million to the Vernon      build a new school that will help our children re-
   • WyoTech technical school visits ACAP        Parish School Board to build a new South Polk         ceive a high quality education. A sincere thank
Monday and Jan. 8 from 9 a.m.-noon.              Elementary School. In addition to the state and       you to all concerned for their efforts. We look for-
   • The Troops to Teachers program visits       local government’s $2 million investment, Tues-       ward to the beginning of this project.”
ACAP Tuesday from 8 a.m.-noon.                   day’s action will allow construction to begin on         In July, Landrieu announced that she had se-
   • Government Personnel Mutual life in-        the $20-million school for 800 first- through         cured the federal funding for the new elementary
surance company talks to prospective em-         fourth- graders of military families stationed at     school. A longtime supporter of Fort Polk, Lan-
ployees at ACAP Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.-3         Fort Polk.                                            drieu has worked to bring together federal and
p.m.                                                “The children of Fort Polk and their families      local stakeholders to expand and improve the
   • PEC Premier Safety, a company that          are one step closer today to receiving a quality      quality of life at Fort Polk. She organized and fa-
provides safety and skills training to the oil   education in a new, state-of-the-art school that      cilitated meetings in November 2011 between
and gas contractor workforce, visits ACAP        they deserve,” Landrieu said. “Our Soldiers’ chil-    Fort Polk Progress and DoD personnel. Included
Thursday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.                      dren must have every chance for success and that      among these meetings were: The Office of Eco-
   • Universal Technical Institute visits        means providing them with the best education          nomic Adjustment regarding improvement of
ACAP Dec. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon.                facilities possible.”                                 South Polk Elementary School; the Office of the
                                                    “Through the efforts of the Office of Economic     Secretary of Defense about Fort Polk's growth
BJACH hours                                      Adjustment, the Vernon Parish School Board, the       potential; and the G 3/5/7 to discuss land acqui-
   Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital           Fort Polk command, and the State of Louisiana,        sition for Fort Polk. Landrieu visited Fort Polk in
clinics, lab and outpatient pharmacy are         our goal of constructing a new elementary school      June 2011 for the grand opening of Camellia Ter-
closed for Christmas Dec. 23-25. The clinics     on Fort Polk is becoming a reality,” said Jackie D.   race Neighborhood Center and to hear from mili-
and lab are also closed Dec. 29-Jan. 1.          Self, superintendent of Vernon Parish Schools.        tary families on the support they need on and off
   The outpatient pharmacy is open Dec. 22          “Senator Landrieu has been instrumental in         post.
from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Dec. 31 from
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. but closed Jan. 1. The emer-    Holiday schedule for Fort Polk ACPS announced
gency room is open 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.                                                                                           through Friday from 5 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and
                                                                                                       Sunday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
                                                    FORT POLK, La. –– When travelling on and              • ACP 4 (Louisiana Avenue and La. Hwy 10),
Musician needed                                  off post, be aware of gate closures during the        Monday through Friday from 5 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat-
   The Fort Polk Gospel Service seeks a          holidays. Access control points 1 and 6 (main         urday and Sunday closed.
Christian keyboard player to join the praise     gate and Chaffee Road, respectively) will be the         • ACP 5 (La. Hwy 467 south), Monday
and worship team.                                only available entry and exit points at Fort Polk     through Friday from 5 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and
   The team practices Thursdays at 6:30          Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. All other ACPs will be closed     Sunday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
p.m. at Glory Chapel, bldg 1168, Mississip-      on these two holidays. Normal ACP operations             • ACP 6 (Chaffee Road), 24 hours a day, 7
pi Avenue. If you are interested, visit the      resume Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Motorists should plan      days a week.
team during a practice. For more informa-        accordingly. For more details call 531-7907.             • ACP 7 (K Avenue, Alligator Lake), closed
tion call Don Robinson at (337) 375-1663.           Normal ACP operating hours are as follows:         until further notice for construction.
      Please see Briefs, page 5A                    • ACP 1 (main gate), 24 hours a day, seven            • ACP 8 (Artillery Road), Monday through
                                                 days a week                                           Friday from 5 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
                                                    • ACP 2 (La. Hwy 467 north), Monday                closed.
                                                                                                                                          Dec. 14 2012
A rmy n e w s
 Golden Knights team takes gold, silver at championship
                                        team five or six years to develop
                                        into world-class competitors. This
  Army News Service
                                        year the Knights' 8-way and
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates         Ladies 4-way teams proudly lead
 — The U.S. Army Golden Knights         the way as they competed at the
 Formation Flying 8-Way Team            2012 FAI Mondial Championships.
 won the Gold Medal, and the All-          In 8-Way Formation Skydiving,
 Female Golden Knights 4-Way            the team leaps from an aircraft
 Team brought home the Silver           more than two miles above the
 Medal, at the 2012 World Para-         ground and then races against the
 chuting Championships in Dubai,        clock to form prescribed geometric
 United Arab Emirates.                  formations in freefall while falling
    The 8-way competition team          at speeds upward of 120 m.p.h.,
 brought home the Gold in the 8-        before opening their parachutes.

                                                                                                                                                        JUAN MEYER/ ARMY NEWS SERVICE
 way Open Formation Skydiving              Formation 8-Way teams have 50
 with a winning score of 229 points.    seconds working time with each
    The Knights' conquered France,      jump to perform and gain the most
 who came in second with a score        points to win a medal. What it
 of 225 and Russia took third with      boils down to is how many forma-
 192.                                   tions can then complete in the al-
    The United Arab Emirates host-      lotted time.
 ed the 2012 World Parachuting             The Golden Knights were pre-
 Championships for the first time in    sented a unique trophy that the
 Dubai, the capital of sports in the    team has not held in 15 years: an       Golden Knight Female 4-Way Team and photographer Sgt. 1st
 Middle East, which lasted from         Excalibur-style blade known as the      Class Scott Janise fly over the Palm in Dubai in the United Arab
 Nov. 28 to Dec. 9.                     Ottley Sword, named after Bill Ott-     Emirates.
    The Golden Knights 8-Way            ley, which was crafted in 1982 from
 Team was lead to victory repre-        polished mahogany.                      how all of the hard work, training    place in women's 4-way.
 senting the Army's only Depart-           "Hard training, personal sacri-      and dedication has paid off. It is       They fought a head-to-head bat-
 ment of Defense Parachute              fice of time and a deep desire and      such a great accomplishment. They     tle and were defeated by only one
 Demonstration Team by Sgt. 1st         commitment to being number              are truly Ambassadors of the          point to France.
 Class Brian Krause, Team Leader.       ‘One’ was what made the team            Army. They are not only World            GKF4 made their historic debut
    Krause has surely put together a    successful," Krause said.               Champions, but three time volun-      this year when they won the
 world-class team consisting of vet-       Davidson, who has been with          teers.                                Bronze Medal at the U.S. National
 eran parachutists: Sgt. 1st Class      the team for 17 years, is the only         They all volunteered to join the   Championships in Eloy. This is the
 Sean Sweeney, Sgt. 1st Class Kurt      member still assigned to the team       Army, to go to airborne school and    first time that an all-female team
 Isenbarger, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew     and was serving as an alternate         to attended Assessment and Selec-     has ever earned a medal in the 4-
 Davidson, Sgt. 1st Class Justin Ble-   when the team brought home the          tion program to qualify as a U.S.     way Open event.
 witt, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Cole-      Ottley Sword in 1997.                   Army Parachute Team, Golden              Sgt. 1st Class Angela Nichols,
 man, Sgt. 1st Class Michael               Isenbarger, a world medal hold-      Knight."                              the GKF4 team leader, started
 LaRoche, Sgt. 1st Class Lawrence       er said, "I wanted to win this for         The Golden Knights were fresh      jumping 18 years ago on her 18th
 Miller, Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Starr,   the new guys on the team so they        off an impressive 50 Gold Medals      birthday with her father, and now
 along with videographer and cam-       could experience the same feeling       and eight Bronze medal win at the     has approximately 10,000 jumps.
 eraman Sgt. Jesse Stahler.             that teammates felt fifty-three         2012 U.S. National Skydiving          She has worked with her team-
    Krause embarked on an incredi-      years ago when the team was orig-       Championships, held in Eloy,          mates, diligently producing a fear-
 ble journey several years ago by       inally formed."                         Ariz., and were favored as medal      some foursome.
 bringing "young bloods" into the          Starr brought back some breath-      winners at the world champi-             Her team members are: Sgt. 1st
 reign of established parachuting       taking photographs of the team          onship competition.                   Class Dannielle Woosley (3,000+
 royalty.                               flying high over the Palms.                Krause also helped develop an      jumps), married with two small
    In the beginning, Krause               Starr said, "I love being the cam-   All-Female 4-Way Team, which is       children; and Sgt. 1st Class Laura
 brought on young new teammates         eraman. I see everything. It makes      now known as GKF4-way around          Dickmeyer (3,200+ jumps), who
 to form the 8-way team. He dili-       you in tune with every move each        the world.                            started skydiving as an extra credit
 gently worked to produce another       individual makes. Tent City was            Krause's expertise and love of     assignment in her high school
 team of champions to represent the     absolutely phenomenal to look out       the sport helped develop enhanced     physics class; freefly expert Staff
 team and Army. Krause's persist-       over and see hundreds of people         training for this newly formed        Sgt. Jen Schaben; and Sgt. 1st Class
 ent, painstaking drive has been the    from all different countries. Each      team and allowed the new team to      Scott Janise, videographer and
 edge needed to bring home more         country has their own structure         medal in record time.                 photographer.
 Gold Medals than the team has          where everyone gathers and they            The Golden Knights Formation          "I attribute the success of the
 seen in more than a decade.            all run into a central gathering cen-   Skydiving Women's 4-way team,         ladies team taking second place in
    Krause helped hone the skills of    ter."                                   or GKF4, have only been together      the women's 4-way formation divi-
 his team in historically short time       "I am so very proud of both          for two years, but have already       sion to the expertise and leader-
 period, which enabled them to          teams," said Lt. Col. Jose Melen-       made their mark on the world sky-     ship of Sergeant First Class
 compete as the official United         dez, commander of the U.S. Army         diving stage.                         Nichols, the camaraderie, hard
 States Team.                           Parachute Team.                            The lady Knights brought home      work and training of GKF4,"
    Traditionally it has taken a new       "It is extremely gratifying to see   Silver with an impressive second      Krause explained.

       Dec. 14, 2012
                                                      Fans view equipment at Army-Navy game
Continued from page 3A                                ARMY NEWS SERVICE
                                                                                                          uation, or NIE, which is a semi-annual, Sol-
                                                                                                          dier-driven evaluation designed to rapidly
                                                         PHILADELPHIA –– To communicate as a              modernize and integrate the tactical communi-
Suicide prevention                                    sergeant in Vietnam, Bill Sim would sit on a        cations network.
   The Army Suicide Prevention theme for 2012         sandbag with a radio and wait.                         For veterans like Bill Sim, the demonstra-
is "A healthy force is a ready force."                   When his son Brett fought in Iraq 40 years       tions are a chance to check in on the Army's
   The Army is committed to the health, safety        later, the then-captain had a tactical operations   progress since they wore the uniform, said Lt.
and wellbeing of its Soldiers, Army civilians and     center full of digital systems to instantly con-    Col. Thomas Ryan, product manager for crew-
Families.                                             nect with fellow troops over vast distances.        served weapons with the Army's Program Ex-
   Leaders are encouraged to identify and elimi-         "We would go without seeing or hearing           ecutive Office Soldier. He oversaw a popular
nate all stigma-related barriers that negatively      from guys for days –– they (now) know where         display that allowed game-goers to handle an
impact help-seeking behavior. For more informa-       they are every second," Sim said. "To me, it's      array of weapons in use in the field today ––
tion visit the Army’s suicide prevention website      amazing that they can do that."                     from the widely known M-4 Carbine to the M-
at                       On Dec. 8, the elder Sim got to see some of      107 .50-caliber sniper rifle.
                                                      the technologies available to his son for the          "A lot of the veterans had the M-16. They're
Road construction                                     first time as he joined thousands of football       now able to see where we've come with the M-
   Construction on La. Hwy 469 (Alligator Lake        fans at the 113th match up between Army and         4 Carbine," Ryan said.
Road) from La. Hwy 8 to Fort Polk continues           Navy, held at Lincoln Financial Field. At the          Other visitors did not have an existing con-
through Dec. 23, weather permitting. Access Fort      stadium, the Army displayed new equipment           nection with the military, but said the displays
Polk and Alligator Lake by traveling west on La.      and technologies, including the tactical opera-     gave them new insight into how the Army is
Hwy 28 and turning south onto La. Hwy 184             tions center, mine-resistant, ambush-protected      advancing technologies in response to Soldier
(which becomes Chaffee Road) where access             all-terrain vehicles, or M-ATVs, a Stryker vehi-    needs.
control point 6 is located.                           cle, small and large military robots and a vari-       Tom Koelsch attended the rivalry game for
   During construction, ACP 6 will remain open        ety of Soldier weapons, uniforms, helmets and       the first time with his 13-year-old son, whose
24 hours a day, seven days per week. Visitor          body armor.                                         goal is to someday attend the United States
passes will also be available at ACP 6. La. Hwy          "Everyone I've met out here has been really      Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The
469 from the intersection of La. Hwy 28 to Fort       supportive," said Sgt. Matthew Ackles, 2nd          Koelschs checked out several technologies, in-
Polk will be accessible to local traffic only. For    Brigade, 1st Armored Division, who fielded          cluding hand-held devices that leverage com-
questions contact Fort Polk's military police at      questions on the M-ATV and how the Army is          mercial smartphone technology to help dis-
531-4869.                                             introducing mobile network capabilities to ve-      mounted leaders and Soldiers navigate and
                                                      hicles so Soldiers can communicate while on         communicate on the battlefield, and solar pan-
                                                      the move. He said the general public could un-      els that can be used to recharge batteries for
Trail upgrades                                        derstand the importance of the complex              the devices.
   The following trails are undergoing improve-       equipment.                                             "The way it's all integrated is what I think is
ments at Fort Polk:                                      "It's easy to explain to most people –– they     most fascinating –– they have the battery here
   • The Warrior Hills Golf Course run/walk           know what a wireless network is," said Ackles,      and it integrates with all the smartphone stuff
trail is being upgraded from a running trail to a     who operated some of the displayed commu-           they're doing elsewhere," Koelsch said. "It
multi-purpose trail. It will be widened from its      nications technologies and others during the        seems like they are putting the Soldier first,
current width of 5.5 feet to 10 feet. This will al-   Army's most recent Network Integration Eval-        which is great."
low for the use of bicycles and rollerblades on
the trail.
   Upgrades will be made on about 5,511 feet of
trail, adding three new bridges, four message            Be sure to like the Guardian on
centers and a rest area overlooking the pond and
   Construction is expected to be complete in
late April. Hours of construction are from 9 a.m.-
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   • The Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospi-                 or simply use this QR code
tal running trail is also being upgraded to a mul-
ti-purpose trail, widening from 5.5 feet to 10 feet          with your smartphone.
to allow for bicycles and rollerblades.
   About 2,775 feet of trail will be upgraded in-
cluding new crossings and signage.
   Surfaces will be leveled and paved with as-
phalt and concrete. Construction is expected to
end April 24. Hours of construction are 9 a.m.-4
                                                      Continued from page 3A
   Patrons are asked to detour around construc-
tion areas.                                           nities. The outpouring of love, prayers, sup-       Fordham and all those that jumped to action
                                                      port and encouragement that we received             with him. Had it not been for Staff Sgt. Ryan-
Thrift Shop                                           from everyone was just overwhelming. It is          Fordham, my family and I strongly believe my
   Fort Polk’s Thrift Shop, located in bldg 2531      because of this love and support that my hus-       husband would not be here with us today.
on Alabama Avenue (last building on the right),       band is doing so well. He is recuperating           Selfless service is what our Soldiers are made
is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-        above and beyond what is expected only two          of and what makes us Army Strong.
4:30 p.m., the first Saturday of the month from       months after the accident.                             Again, our most sincerest gratitude. Thank
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and the third Wednesday of           I would like to thank all of those that gave     you, Fort Polk Home of Heroes, for taking care
the month from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.                       blood for my husband and to replenish the           of one of your own and his family.
   Donations can be dropped off any time. Con-        blood banks. My husband is an avid blood               May you all have a very blessed holiday
signment are accepted on Thursdays only. Vol-         donor and when he saw the outpouring of             season –– I know we are. Keep those prayers
unteers are needed. Call 537-0459 for more infor-     people responding to the call he was over-          going up because the miracles are coming
mation.                                               whelmed with joy and excitement.                    down.
                                                         There are so many things to be grateful for,
                                                      but most of all I want to thank Staff Sgt. Ryan       Maria Figueroa
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Expert Field Medic al Badge t est s medic s’ t rue met t le
Guardian staff writer

   FORT POLK, La. — Although the sky was
overcast and a fine mist sprinkled the air at Hon-
or Field on Dec. 6, a crowd gathered to witness
four Soldiers reach the culmination of a grueling
two-week course designed to delineate the elite
of combat field medics.
   Three hours to complete a 12-mile road march
may seem doable, but after two weeks se-
questered in the field, eating rations, studying for
and passing a 60-question exam, performing day
and night land navigation tasks and completing
warrior, communication, tactical combat casualty
care and casualty evacuation lanes — the physi-
cal, mental and emotional strain of this grueling
course takes a toll on a Soldier.
   The words “duty,” “honor,” “courage” and
“service” exemplify the standards of the men and
women who serve this nation. One elite skills

                                                                                                                                                       KELLI NEIMAN / GUARDIAN
award, the prestigious Expert Field Medical
Badge, earned by roughly 15 percent of Army
medical personnel, recognizes these standards
through exceptional competence and outstand-
ing performance in a combat field scenario.
   At the beginning of the course, 131 Soldiers
from across the nation signed up to challenge
their personal stamina and expertise as combat
field medics, but by the last leg of the test — the
road march — the participant pool had been             Cpt. Nicholas Bland, U.S. Army Dental Activity, Fort Stewart, Ga., prepares to move a
whittled down to five contestants. Of those five,      "wounded" Soldier during the tactical combat casualty care and evacuation portion of the
only four earned the distinguished badge.
   One hour after the road march ended, badge
                                                       Expert Medical Field Badge testing conducted at Fort Polk Dec. 1-6.
winners lined up to receive their coveted awards
at the 115th CSH, 1st Medical Brigade, Joint
Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk Expert
Medical Field Medical Badge award ceremony.
Earning the EFMB were Cpt. Nicholas Bland,
U.S. Army Dental Activity, Fort Stewart, Ga.; Pfc.
Marcus McIntyre, 21st CSH, Fort Hood, Texas;
Staff Sgt. Timothy Heater, Army National Guard
Warrior Training Center, Fort Benning, Ga.; and
1st Lt. Matthew Vanderlugt, 61st Multifunctional
Medical Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. In addition,
Vanderlugt also received the EFMB coin of excel-
lence and the title of distinguished honor gradu-
ate for obtaining the highest score on the written
test and finishing the road march first. Badges
were delivered via Medevac in an Army ambu-
   Adopted by the Department of the Army in
1965, the EFMB was designed as a special skill
award to recognize exceptional competence and
outstanding performance by Soldier medics. Sol-
diers in the medical career management field, as
well as medical personnel from other services,
are authorized to compete for and be awarded
this prestigious badge. The EFMB, the most
sought after peacetime Army Medical Depart-
ment award, is equivalent to the Expert Infantry-
man’s Badge.
   Col. Bruce McVeigh, 1st Med Bde commander,          Pfc. Marcus McIntyre, 21st CSH, Fort Hood, Texas, completes the communications portion
Fort Hood, Texas, was on hand to address the           of the Expert Field Medical Badge testing held at Fort Polk Dec. 1-6.
Soldiers and civilians attending the award cere-
mony. He highlighted the arduous demands of              Col. Kevin J. Stevens, 115th CSH commander,      115th CSH. Bayne-Jones Army Community Hos-
testing and the credibility associated with earn-      commended the four Soldiers for their drive and    pital; 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain
ing this highly esteemed medical badge. “A             determination throughout the course. “One of       Division; 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade;
wounded Soldier’s survival is directly linked to       the lanes had over 200 steps to memorize and       JRTC Operations Group; 162nd Infantry Brigade
the speed and expertise of care given on and off       perform in order. Candidates get two chances for   and DENTAC provided support. “I’d like to
the battlefield. What makes the difference is well-    the written exam, but only one shot at the rest.   thank all the Fort Polk units for showing true
trained medics. These Soldiers who earned the          These men that stand before us today will always   teamwork and camaraderie and working tireless-
EFMB today are a sampling of the very best our         be expert field medics,” Stevens said.             ly to make this massive logistical endeavor a
nation has to offer America’s sons and daughters         The JRTC and Fort Polk 2013 Installation
in need of care.”                                      EFMB training and testing was hosted by the                  Please see EFMB, page 7A
        Dec. 14, 2012
Continued from page 6A
huge success,” McVeigh said.                myself and set myself above my
   The 115th CSH trained for six weeks      peers.” This was his second attempt at
prior to the beginning of the two-week      the award. “I learned from my mis-
course. “It’s a mighty task that takes      takes from the first try. It’s hard sleep-
the support of the entire post. And         ing outside on a cot for two weeks
we’ve gotten that backing. From the         with little sleep coupled with studying
initialization of setting up on Nov. 13     and preparing for the tasks.”
through the validation of our lanes on         The medical lane proved the most
Nov. 20 and to where we received our        difficult for McIntyre. “I don’t have as
first candidates on Nov. 26, Fort Polk      much experience as combat medics do
has done a spectacular job supporting       because I’m dental. I had to come out
the 115th CSH. This combined effort         here and learn everything from
has produced invaluable training for        scratch. It was overwhelming. I stayed
the entire post,” said Maj. Daniel          up all night before the lane testing and
Woodlock, Executive Officer, 115th          went through everything in my head
CSH, who also served as the exercise’s      over and over.”
test board chairman.                           The lack of sleep didn’t deter McIn-
   Woodlock earned his EFMB in 1999         tyre from his task of successfully com-
while stationed in Korea. When asked        pleting the medical lanes.
what constitutes the most difficult part       McIntyre’s parents, retired Sgt. 1st
of the EFMP he replied, “It’s the total     Class Mike and Vickie McIntyre, made
package. Candidates have to possess         the trip to Fort Polk from South Caroli-
endurance and stamina to get through        na to support their son. They left home
the lanes. They must have the mental        before they knew he had successfully
skills to maneuver through the indi-        worked through the testing lanes the
vidual tasks of those lanes, as well.       day before the ceremony. They were
The top stumbling block for the candi-      confident he would complete the road
dates at Fort Polk has been land navi-      march in ample time.
gation. It takes a lot of training, prac-      “He’s an amazing man and Soldier.
tice and skill. There’s no formula to       He does everything he sets his mind
say what will make a good run for a         to,” his father said.
Soldier.”                                      After McIntyre crossed the finish
   After he successfully completed the      line he said, “Having my parents here                Staff Sgt.
three lanes the day before the road         gave me extra motivation. I hit a phys-          Timothy Heater,
march, McIntyre explained his desire        ical wall at mile 9, but I pushed                 Army National
to earn the badge. “The EFMB carries        through. I’m glad it’s over and I don’t
prestige, but I also wanted to challenge    have to do it again.”
                                                                                              Guard Warrior
                                                                                             Training Center,
                                                                                              Fort Benning,
                                                                                             Ga., confidently
                                                                                             crosses the Ex-
                                                                                             pert Field Med-
                                                                                             ical Badge road

                                                                                                                                           KELLI NEIMAN / GUARDIAN
                                                                                            march finish line
                                                                                             with 20 seconds
                                                                                            to spare Dec. 6 at
                                                                                            Fort Polk's Honor

                                                                                         Left : Joint Readiness Train-
                                                                                         ing Center and Fort Polk
                                                                                         Commander       Brig.   Gen.
                                                                                         William B. Hickman pins the
                                                                                         Expert Field Medical Badge
                                                                                         on 1st Lt. Matthew Vander-
                                                                                         lugt, 61st Multifunctional
                                                                                         Medical     Battalion,   Fort
                                                                                         Hood, Texas, Dec. 6.

                                                                                         Right: Sgt. 1st Class Mike
                                                                                         and Vickie McIntyre, parents
                                                                                         of Pfc. Marcus McIntyre,
                                                                                         21st Combat Support Hospi-
                                                                                         tal, Fort Hood, Texas, share
                                                                                         a victory hug after their son
                                                                                         completes the road march
                                                                                         for the Expert Field Medical
                                                                                         Badge Dec. 6 held at Honor

                                                                                                                         Dec. 14, 2012   /7A
Post tree lighting highlighted by visit from Santa

                                                                                                                         Santa had his picture taken with
                                                                                                                       lots of kids at the Main Post Chapel
                                                                                                                       Dec. 7, including Andrew Pons (left),
                                                                                                                            3, and his brother Kalel, 6.

                                                                       JEAN DUBIEL / GUARDIAN

                          A boy with balloons gazes at Fort
                      Polk's Christmas tree during the installa-                                    The tiniest carolers prepare for their
                     tion tree lighting ceremony and visit from                                 performance at the installation tree lighting
                        Santa at the Main Post Chapel Dec. 7.                                       ceremony at the Main Post Chapel.

                                                                                                        With a couple of fresh cookies in hand, an appre-
                                                                                                       ciative Larissa Mora, 5, says "thank you" to church
     The youth choir performs at the installation tree lighting cer-                                   volunteer Linda Bowers during the installation tree
               emony Dec. 7. at the Main Post Chapel.                                                                  lighting ceremony.

     Dec. 14, 2012
Ho-ho-hot fires in trees are no-no-not fun
                                               As you deck the halls this holiday season, be      for indoor or outdoor use.
                                            fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christ-       • Replace any string of lights with worn or
    FORT POLK, LA. –– In recognition        mas tree can quickly grow large. If you are using     broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect
  of holiday safe toys and gifts month,     a live tree this Christmas, make your holiday a       no more than three strands of mini string sets
  the health promotion program at           safe one. Follow these guidelines provided by         and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
   Bayne-Jones Army Community Hos-          The National Fire Protection Association:             Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of
    pital is providing health awareness        Picking the tree                                   LED strands to connect.
     at the Main Post Exchange today           • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that        • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
     from 10 a.m.-noon. For more infor-     do not fall off when touched.                            • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before
      mation visit         Placing the tree                                   leaving home or going to bed.
      tion or call 531-6880.                   • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1–2       Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is
        Did you know that one-third of      from the base of the trunk.                           dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should
     home Christmas tree fires are             • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away   not be left in the home or garage, or placed out-
          caused by electrical problems?    from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators,     side against the home. Check with your local
          Each year in the U.S., fire de-   candles, heat vents or lights.                        community to find a recycling program.
           partments respond to roughly        • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.         Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the
           260 structure fires that begin      • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add      holiday to prevent hazards and make them last
           with Christmas trees. One in     water daily.                                          longer. To download a handout on Christmas
            every five of those fires is       Lighting the tree                                  safety go to the Bayne-Jones Army Community
            caused by a heat source too        • Use lights that have the label of an inde-       Hospital web page, click on Preventive Medicine
            close to the tree.              pendent testing laboratory. Some lights are only      and then Health Promotion.

           Recycling trees makes tree-mendous difference
                                                         ational areas on post. The trees are used to    to evade predators, make nests and raise
             ENRMD                                       provide habitat and cover for fish. Sub-        their young.
                FORT POLK, La. –– The Environmen-        merged trees tend to attract fish, especially      Recycling is easy –– just remove all
             tal and Natural Resources Management        in summer months.                               trimming, such as tinsel, garland, lights
                  Division, in cooperation with the         As a result, fishing is improved around      and ornaments (including hooks).
                  Fort Polk Girl Scouts, Picerne Mili-   the trees.                                         Residents in Picerne Military Housing
                  tary Housing and IESI, offer to re-       Recycled trees can also be used to pro-      can place trees on their curb side and offi-
                  cycle your live Christmas tree free    vide wildlife habitat when used as brush        cials will pick them up. Christmas trees
                   of charge.                            piles. These piles provide cover from harsh     can also be dropped off at the ENRMD of-
                       Recycled trees will be used to    weather for small mammals, birds, am-           fice, bldg 2543.
                    improve aquatic habitat in recre-    phibians and reptiles, giving them a place         For more information call 531-6011.

                    DFMWR facilities have amended hours for holidays
                                                                                       from 1-8 p.m., closed Jan. 1-2.
                      DFMWR                                                               • Home of Heroes Rec Center: Open Dec. 24-Jan. 2 from
                        FORT POLK, La. –– The Directorate of Family Morale,            noon to 8 p.m.
                      Welfare and Recreation announces the following hours of             • Mulligan’s Grill: Open Dec. 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
                      operation for Dec. 24 through Jan. 2:                            closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26-Jan. 2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
                           • 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Gym: Closed                 • Mulligan’s Bar: Open Dec. 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed
                       Dec. 24-26, open Dec. 27-31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed         Dec. 25, open Dec. 26-Jan. 2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
                       Jan. 1- 2.                                                         • North Fort recreation center B: Open Dec. 24 from 10
                           • 162nd Infantry Brigade Gym: Open Dec. 24 from 9           a.m.-6 p.m., closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26-31 from 10 a.m.-6
                         a.m.-5 p.m., closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26-31 from 9 a.m.-     p.m., closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
                            5 p.m., closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 from 5 a.m.-8 p.m.         • Recreational shooting complex: Open Dec. 24 from 10
                                • Allen Memorial Library: Open Dec. 24 from 10         a.m.-5 p.m., closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
                             a.m.-7 p.m., closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26-27 from 10      closed Dec. 27, open Dec. 28-31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed
                            a.m.-7 p.m., Dec. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 29 from     Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
                             10 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 30 from 2-6 p.m., Dec. 31 from          • Rental Center: Closed Dec. 24-25, open Dec. 26-27 from 8
                                  10 a.m.-7 p.m., closed Jan. 1, and open Jan. 2       a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 29 from 7 a.m.-3
                                  from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.                                  p.m., closed Dec. 30-Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
                                     • Alligator Lake Recreation Site: Closed Dec.        • Showboat Theatre: Closed for renovations.
                                  24-25, open Dec. 26-28 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,              • Spare Time Lounge: Closed Dec. 24-25, open Dec. 26-27
                                     closed Dec. 29-Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 from 8 a.m.-   from 4:30-10 p.m., Dec. 28 from 4:40 p.m.-midnight, Dec. 29
                                      4 p.m.                                           from 2 p.m.-midnight, Dec. 30 from noon to 9 p.m., Dec. 31
                                          • Arts and Crafts Center: Closed Dec. 24-    from 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Jan. 1 from 2-9 p.m. and Jan. 2 from
                                       25, open Dec. 26-29 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,         4:30-10 p.m.
                                      closed Dec. 30-Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 from 10          • Strike Zone Bowling Center: Open Dec. 24 from 11 a.m.-
                                      a.m.-6 p.m.                                      5 p.m., Dec. 25 from3-9 p.m., Dec. 26-27 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,
                                         • Auto Skills Center: Closed Dec. 24-26,      Dec. 28 from 11 a.m.-midnight, Dec. 29 from noon to mid-
                                          open Dec. 27-30 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.,       night, Dec. 30 from noon to 9 p.m., Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.-1
                                           closed Dec. 31-Jan. 2.                      p.m., Jan. 1 from 2-9 p.m., and Jan. 2 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
                                              • Child, Youth and School Services:         • Toledo Bend Army Recreation Site: Open Dec. 24 from 8
                                          Open Dec. 24 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., closed      a.m.-5 p.m., closed Dec. 25, Open Dec. 26-31 from 8 a.m.-5
                                          Dec. 25, open Dec. 26-28 from 8 a.m.-5       p.m., closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
                                         p.m., closed Dec. 29-30, open Dec. 31 from       • Warrior Hills Golf Course: Open Dec. 24 from 8 a.m.-5
                                        8 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2      p.m., closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26-Jan. 2 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
                                        from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.                                • Wheelock Bayou Fitness Center: Open Dec. 24 from 7
                                         • Go-carts, mini golf: Open Dec. 24 from      a.m.-8 p.m., closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26-28 from 5 a.m.-10
                                     1-8 p.m., closed Dec. 25-26, open Dec. 27-31      p.m., Dec. 29-Jan. 2 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

                                                                                                                                    Dec. 14, 2012   /9A
                                                                                                                                                                        Col. Matthew F  .
                                                                                                                                                                        McKenna, com-
                                                                                                                                                                        mander of the
                                                                                                                                                                        162nd Infantry
                                                                                                                                                                        Brigade, leads his
                                                                                                                                                                        Soldiers on a 4-
                                                                                                                                                                        mile run the
                                                                                                                                                                        morning of Dec.
                                                                                                                                                                        12. The brigade
                                                                                                                                                                        run was held to
                                                                                                                                                                        build esprit de
                                                                                                                                                                        corps and assess
                                                                                                                                                                        overall fitness of
                                                                                                                                                                        the brigade's Sol-

                                                                                                                           Sgt. 1st Class ken mccooey / 162nd Inf Bde
Task Force Tiger II receives warm welcome home
By Sgt. 1st Class KEN MCCOOEY
                                               “We are extremely proud of what
                                           these Soldiers accomplished over the
162nd Inf Bde
                                           past months, as their deployment came
   FORT POLK, La. –– The 162nd In-         at a critical time in our nation’s effort to
fantry Brigade welcomed home three of      improve Afghan National Security
the five Security Force Assistance Teams   Forces,” said Col. Matthew F. McKenna,
that were deployed to Afghanistan in       162nd Infantry Brigade commander, dur-
April and May of this year. During two     ing his remarks to welcome home the
separate redeployment ceremonies held      Soldiers.
on Dec. 6 and 9, Families and friends         The return of the Tiger Brigade Sol-
greeted the returning Soldiers of Task     diers is of a great benefit not only be-
Force Tiger.                                              cause it returns Soldiers
   In all, 24 Soldiers                                     safely from deployment,
were welcomed back to                                       but also provides the
the Tiger Brigade and                                      brigade with recent first-
Fort Polk. This included                                   hand experience in advis-

                                                                                                                                                                                             Sgt. 1st Class KEN MCCOOEY / 162nd Ind Bde
two of the brigade’s bat-                                  ing host nation security
talion commanders, Lt.                                     forces in key leadership po-
Col. Scott Coulson,                                        sitions.
commander of 3rd Bat-                                         “They return to us with
talion, 353rd Infantry                                     current and relevant experi-
Regiment, and Lt. Col.                                     ence, and we look forward
Michael Konczey, com-                                     to the knowledge they will
mander of 4th Battalion,                                 impart to future advisors,”
353rd Infantry Regiment.                                McKenna said.
   The teams were com-                                   Redeployments and deploy-
prised of Soldiers from the                      ments will continue for Soldiers of
162nd Infantry Brigade, Joint Readiness    the Tiger Brigade.                             Lt. Col. Michael Konczey, commander, 4th Battalion,
Training Center Operations Group and          Two more Task Force Tiger teams will
the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.      redeploy in the next few months, and the
                                                                                          353rd Infantry Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade, em-
They served as advisors to the Afgan Na-   next group of Task Force Tiger Security        braces his spouse following a redeployment ceremony
tional Security Forces at Operations Co-   Force Assistance Teams are currently fin-      Dec. 7 on North Fort Polk. Konczey and 23 other Soldiers
ordination Centers (Provincial), or OC-    ishing their training and preparing to de-     of Task Force Tiger II were welcomed home in two sepa-
CPs, during their time in Afghanistan.     ploy.                                          rate ceremonies Dec. 7 and 9.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dec. 14, 2012                 /11A
93rd Engineers take Net Zero Waste mandate to heart
After Hours editor

   Editor’s note: This is another in a series of arti-
cles about Fort Polk’s Net Zero Heroes — com-
munity members who go above and beyond to
make the post a more environmentally green
place to live. Net Zero is an initiative to eliminate
waste created by the community. If there is some-
one you would like to nominate as a Net Zero
Hero, contact Kimberly Reischling at 531-1392.
   FORT POLK, La. — As The Guardian contin-
ues to recognize individuals who do their best to
lessen their carbon footprint and follow the
Army’s Net Zero Waste goal of eliminating all
landfill waste and becoming energy independent
by the year 2020, it’s been pointed out that some-
times an entire unit or organization should re-
ceive a pat on the back.

                                                                                                                                                                                            CHUCK CANNON / GUARDIAN
   Such is the case with Fort Polk’s 93rd Engineer
Company, 46th Engineer Battalion, 1st Maneuver
Enhancement Brigade. The unit’s Soldiers recent-
ly saved Fort Polk’s coffers more than $200,000
by recycling useable material and taking on a job
that ordinarily would have been completed by
   Abi Franklin, sustainability coordinator for
Fort Polk, said the project completed by the 93rd        First Lt. Jacob Brakeman, third platoon leader, 93rd Engineer Company, 46th Engineer Bat-
                            Eng Co — refurbishing        talion, points out repurposed angle iron used on window frames in a recently refurbished
                            an access control point      access control point building at K Street and Artillery Road on North Fort Polk. The unit
                            building at the inter-       saved the Army more than $200,000.
                            section of K Street and
                            Artillery     Road     on       First Lt. Jacob Brakeman, 3rd platoon leader         great training out of it at the same time.”
                            North Fort — was a           for 93rd Eng Co, said it took a little investigation,      Other cash and landfill savings came in
                            perfect example of           but his unit was able to find items that could be       preparing the site for the building.
                            what the Net Zero            repurposed instead of purchasing new materials             “We had to raise the ground level up by four
                            Waste program is all         for the building.                                                                    feet,” Brakeman said.
                            about.                          “We talked to real property at DPW (Direc-                                        “We took repurposed
                               “The Net Zero pro-        torate of Public Works) and got a door and water                                     material from around
                            gram is about the five       fountain from an old building on 22nd Street that                                    post, a total of about 80
                            Rs — reduce, reuse, re-      was being demolished,” he said. “That alone                                          yards of fill material,
      Franklin              cycle, recover and re-       saved about $1,600.”                                                                 which is not cheap.”
                            culture,” Franklin said.        Brakeman said they were also able to scavenge                                        Franklin said the
“Not only was this project good for the environ-         pieces of angle iron from the unit’s motor pool.                                     project was a great ex-
ment by keeping waste out of landfills and not              “The angle iron had been cut up and we got                                        ample of a unit follow-
consuming more resources and new materials,              them out of the dumpster before they were car-                                       ing Army guidelines
there was also a cost avoidance factor that saved        ried off,” he said. “We saved a total of about                                       with its Net Zero
the post real dollars.”                                  $2,000 by reusing these items.”                                                      Waste program.
                                                            But that wasn’t the only savings.                                                    “We have our recy-
                                                            “We built the building for a little less than                                     cling program, which
              sSports                                    $25,000,” Brakeman said. “DES (Directorate of                Brakeman                is wonderful, but the

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                                                                                                                 but in addition to not putting this into a landfill,
                                                                                                                 we also didn’t have to buy new materials, so the
                                                                                                                 savings are even greater.”
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Commissary recycling nets $5.3 million for surcharge
                                                     maintain commissaries around the world.”
                                                        The process used by commissaries in fiscal
DeCA mass communications specialist
                                                     2012 was 70 percent efficient, meaning that 70
   FORT LEE, Va. — Recycling cardboard to the        percent of all recyclable material brought into
tune of 63,000 tons a year helps save the environ-   stores got recycled, according to Mark Leeper, a
ment and build new com-                                                   DeCA environmental engi-
missaries.                                                                neer. It surpassed the
   Here’s how. Cardboard                                                  agency’s recycling goal of 55
used to ship products to                                                  percent and its stretch goal
commissaries isn’t thrown                                                 of 60,000 tons.
away. Instead, it’s collected                                                Leeper said the increase
by storeworkers and sold to                                               in the amount recycled is the
recycling companies. Money                                                result of the overall aware-
generated from those sales                                                ness of the program among
— $5.33 million in fiscal 2012                                            commissary employees and
— goes to the Defense Com-                                                the benefit it provides. Also,
misary Agency’s surcharge                                                 the agency is using an im-
fund. This fund then goes                                                 proved reporting system,
directly into building and                                                which allows DeCA to cap-
renovating commissaries.                                                  ture more data on the recy-
   “It’s a great ecosystem.”                                              cling efforts at all commis-
said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA di-                                              saries worldwide.
rector and chief executive of-                                               “This reflects the culture
ficer.                                                                    in which DeCA operates,
   “As a Department of De-                                                one that takes into consider-
fense agency, good environ-                                               ation the big picture of bene-
mental stewardship is a big part of the mission of   fits gained through environmentally friendly ac-
providing the commissary benefit. These recy-        tions,” Leeper said. “The stores, and the diligent
cling efforts directly benefit customers through     efforts of their employees who have caught the
the surcharge funds generated because they help      vision, make the program work.”

Public invited to review range documents
                                                     turb less than 40 acres of military grounds that
                                                     currently or previously have been used as a mili-
U.S. Army Environmental Command
                                                     tary training range.
   FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — The Army                   All interested members of the public, federal-
announces the availability of the Programmatic       ly-recognized Indian Tribes, Native Alaskans,
Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of        Native Hawaiian groups, federal, state, and local
No Significant Impact for Modernizing and Op-        agencies are invited to review and provide com-
erating Training Ranges on Previous or Existing      ments on the National Environmental Policy Act
Range Sites on Army Training Areas and invites       documentation titled Programmatic Environ-
the public to provide comments.                      mental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Sig-
   The Army needs to modernize many of its           nificant Impact for Range Construction of up to
training ranges to meet future wartime require-      40 acres on Previously Disturbed Sites.
ments and provide facilities better aligned to          Interested parties may view or download a
changes in training, doctrine and weapons sys-       copy from the U.S. Army Environmental Com-
tems. To streamline the documentation process, a     mand website at
programmatic environmental assessment has            topics00.html.
been prepared to analyze the effects of construct-      U.S. Army Environmental Command will ac-
ing a variety of types of ranges that would dis-     cept written comments until Jan. 11, 2013.

  Continued from page 12A
  able training the unit’s Soldiers received.        go Net Zero,” Franklin said. “Budget wise,
     “That’s a hidden cost we can’t really cap-      these types of projects make sense; it would be
  ture,” he said. “It was great training. We used    crazy not to do this.”
  skills we don’t normally use, like the masonry        Franklin said if people on Fort Polk do their
  work. We don’t do that too often. And in look-     part, the post could reach the Army’s goal of
  ing for materials for this project, we were able   net zero waste by the year 2020.
  to get other materials from around post to use        “We are asking everyone to reduce the
  for training.”                                     waste they’re producing,” she said. “If every-
     In the days to come, Franklin said more         one would take advantage of the recycling
  units will be called on to follow the 93rd Eng     programs available across post, we can reach
  Co’s lead as the post moves toward net zero        our goal of net zero waste and save the Army
  waste.                                             money at the same time. That’s good for each
     “We have this mandate from the Army to          of us, the environment and the Army.”

                                                                                                           Dec. 14, 2012   /13A
DeCA helps future of military families with scholarships
                                                      funds designated for that commissary are award-        program of studies designed to transfer directly
                                                      ed as an additional scholarship at another store.      into a four-year program.
                                                         To apply for a scholarship, the student must be        Applicants must submit an essay on a topic
   FORT LEE, Va. — It’s that time of year again.      a dependent, an unmarried child, younger than          chosen by the Fisher House. The 2013 essay topic
Applications for the Defense Commissary               21 — or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a    is “Discuss in detail how one of the First Ladies
Agency’s 2013 Scholarships for Military Children      college or university — of a service member on         (since 1933) has made an impact on a social issue
Program are available at commissaries world-          active duty, Reserve, Guard, retiree or survivor of    in the United States.”
wide. The Scholarships for Military Children,         a military member who died while on active                Essays must be 500 words or less, typewritten
now in its 12th year, has awarded more than $10       duty or survivor of a retiree. Eligibility is deter-   or computer-generated, double spaced, no longer
million to 6,742 children of Defense Commissary       mined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility         than two pages and stapled to the application.
Agency commissary patrons. You can also find          Reporting System database.                             Applicant’s name must be in the upper right-
applications online through a link at           Applicants should ensure that they, as well as      hand corner of each page of the essay. Applica- and at         their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database      tions must be turned in to a commissary by close
   Scholarship awards are based on funds avail-       and have a current military ID card. The appli-        of business Feb. 22. The scholarship program is
able, but the scholarship program awards at least     cant must also be planning to attend or already        administered by Fisher House Foundation, a
$1,500 at each commissary. If there are no eligible   be attending an accredited college or university,      nonprofit organization that provides assistance
applicants from a particular commissary, the          full time, in the fall of 2013 or be enrolled in a     to service members and their families.
                                                                                                                Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit,
                                                                                                             scholarship-management services organization,
                                                                                                             manages and awards the military scholarships. If
                                                                                                             students have questions about the scholarship
                                                                                                             program application, call Scholarship Managers
                                                                                                             at (856) 616-9311 or email militaryscholar@schol-
                                                                                                    No government funds are
                                                                                                             used to support the Scholarships for Military
                                                                                                             Children Program. Commissary vendors, manu-
                                                                                                             facturers, suppliers and the general public do-
                                                                                                             nate money to fund the program. Every dollar
                                                                                                             donated goes to funding the scholarships.

                                                                                                             STAR card gives back
                                                                                                                FORT POLK — The convenience and use of
                                                                                                             bank-issued debit and credit cards at Army and
                                                                                                             Air Force Exchange Service facilities cost the mil-
                                                                                                             itary community dearly. This year alone, bank-is-
                                                                                                             sued card processing expenses at Fort Polk facili-
                                                                                                             ties are up 9.73 percent compared to this time last
                                                                                                             year, sapping $655,976 from the Exchange and, in
                                                                                                             turn, critical funds that could be used for Morale,
                                                                                                             Welfare and Recreation programs. In 2011, total
                                                                                                             credit card fees for the entire year at Fort Polk
                                                                                                             were $801,450.
                                                                                                                “A dual mission to provide quality merchan-
                                                                                                             dise and services at competitively low prices and
                                                                                                             generate earnings for MWR programs means that
                                                                                                             something as minor as a credit or debit fee can
                                                                                                             have a real effect on military quality of life,” said
                                                                                                             the Fort Polk Exchange’s general manager Beth
                                                                                                                One way shoppers can help reduce costs and
                                                                                                             strengthen their Exchange benefit is by using the
                                                                                                             Military Star Card. Unlike bank cards, swiping a
                                                                                                             Military Star Card produces no fees because the
                                                                                                             card is administered by the Exchange and rev-
                                                                                                             enue generated is shared with military communi-
                                                                                                             ties through contributions to quality-of-life pro-
                                                                                                                “Traditionally, two-thirds of earnings generat-
                                                                                                             ed at exchange activities are paid to MWR pro-
                                                                                                             grams, while the other third is invested in im-
                                                                                                             provements that enhance the shopping experi-
                                                                                                             ence,” said Pritchard. “This structure means that
                                                                                                             decreased fees can quickly provide additional
                                                                                                             arts and crafts supplies, reduced green fees or
                                                                                                             maybe even a new aquatics center.”
                                                                                                                The Military Star Card is accepted at all Army
                                                                                                             and Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
                                                                                                             Guard exchange activities, as well as the ex-
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           Dec. 14, 2012
Wounded warrior, Afghanistan vet advocates suicide prevention
                                                                      Nathan Smith Soldiers an many others through-              ans as counselors have had a successful track
                                                                      out the trip, in hopes that those they will be more        record.
Army News Service
                                                                      vigilant and take steps to see the potential signs            Earl attributed much of his post-injury recov-
   KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan –– Twin                             of suicide.                                                ery to counseling, and is now going to school full
brothers Earl and Joseph Granville were brothers                         The Army has implemented several programs               time to become a counselor focused on veterans'
by blood as well as brothers in arms. They were                       to reduce its suicide rates and keep Soldiers re-          needs He urges rank-and-file Soldiers, or "Joes,"
bunk mates in basic training and deployed twice                       silient, and is now working to consolidate those           currently in the combat theater to get help while
together overseas. But everything changed after                       programs into a more streamlined pool of re-               they're deployed if they feel like they might be in
retired Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville's third de-                    sources according to Jackie Garrick, the interim           trouble.
ployment with the Pennsylvania National Guard.                        director of the Defense Suicide Office.                       "Leaders, look after your Joes and look after
   "This time I cut the cord and went by myself,"                        Garrick told the Defense Health Board she               yourselves as well," he said.
Earl said. He deployed to Afghanistan with the                        wants to focus on outreach more than emphasize                "See those signs. If somebody's having a bad
1/109th Infantry Regiment in December 2007,                           a reduction of the perceived stigma of seeking             day that turns into a bad month, encourage them
and lost his left leg to a roadside bomb.                             help. She also noted that programs using veter-            to talk to someone."
   "Of everyone in my family, my twin brother
took it pretty hard," said Earl. "After I got hurt,
he was told he couldn't go to Iraq on a deploy-
ment he already had orders for. They sent his
wife instead and it was just a downward spiral
from there."
   On Dec. 18, 2010, Joseph, a staff sergeant, took
his own life. "The signs were there. I just didn't
realize there were signs until he left," said Earl.
   Suicide rates across the military have been on
the rise for the past decade with the Army re-

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sgt. BRENDAN MACKIE / ARMY NEWS SERVICE
porting the highest rates, according to the Ameri-
can Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The foun-
dation also noted that deployed and previously
deployed Soldiers have the highest suicide rate
of all active duty service members.
   Earl recently took a trip to Afghanistan as part
of Operation Proper Exit. The operation allows
wounded Soldiers to go back to the combat the-
ater they were medically evacuated from to
check progress in the region and leave on their
own terms.
   During the visit, the wounded warriors spoke
to Soldiers at Camp Nathan Smith, located in the                      Retired Staff Sgt. Earl Granville and several
middle of Kandahar City. Most of the service                          other service members participating in Op-
members told stories about their injuries and the                     eration Proper Exit, get off of a CH-47 Chi-
long recovery process. After briefly introducing                      nook helicopter at Camp Nathan Smith,
himself and his injury, Earl began to tell his                        Afghanistan Dec. 6.
brother's heartbreaking story to the group of
young Soldiers, much like the Granvilles them-
   "When the Soldier talked about his brother
taking his own life after he got injured, it made
me realize that I need to be thankful for the peo-
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Community                                                                                                                         Section B

 Community Briefs
Batting cages
   Don’t miss the grand opening of Morale,
Welfare and Recreation’s new batting cages
Dec. 21 from noon-4 p.m., located behind
the Strike Zone Bowling Center. The cages
offer five stations, baseball speeds of 50 to
80 miles per hour and softball. This open-
ing will offer free use of the cages from
noon-4 p.m. Free hotdogs and popcorn will
be available from noon-2 p.m. or while
supplies last. There will be bats and hel-
mets available to use for the grand open-
ing, but you’re welcome to bring your
   Normal operating hours are from noon-
9 p.m., with a cost of $1 per 20 balls. You
are encouraged to bring your own bat.
There are a limited amount of bats and hel-
mets for use at the cages, but they are only
available through the Home of Heroes
Recreation Center to authorized users.
Kids under 16 years of age are not allowed
in the “very fast cage.” For more informa-

                                                                                                                                                                ARELY D. CASTILLO / THE NEWS-STAR
tion please call 531-5870.

Golf events
   Fort Polk’s Warrior Hills Golf Course of-
fers events and fun for the whole Family.
   • Christmas Shamble — The shamble is
Saturday and begins at 10 a.m. with a shot-
gun start. The cost is $30 per player, four
players per team. The price includes golf,
golf cart, Christmas ornament and prizes.          University of Louisiana at Monroe wide receiver Je'Ron Hamm, a Leesville High School
For shamble rules or to sign up call the golf      graduate and son of ret. 1st Sgt. Ronald and Sonya Hamm, runs past a sprawled Universi-
shop at 531-4661.                                  ty of Louisiana at Lafayette defensive back Nov. 3 in ULM's Malone Stadium. Hamm’s
   • Order a shirt — The Warrior Hills Golf        ULM team will make its first-ever appearance in a bowl game after its selection to the In-
Shop can now order polo shirts with the lo-
                                                   dependence Bowl in Shreveport Dec. 28.
gos of any battalion, division, unit, branch
and more. Top quality polo shirts are now
available with most styles only $25. Con-
tact the Warrior Hills Golf Shop to find out
how you can take advantage of this great
                                                   Hamm rides military upbringing
program and show your pride around Fort
   • Gift certificates — A great Christmas
                                                   to collegiate success, bowl trip
idea is to get your favorite golfer lessons to                                                              “I had always thought I’d play basketball,”
help them learn or improve their golf              By CHUCK CANNON
                                                                                                         Je’Ron said. “I went out for football when I was
swing. Gift certificates are available for         Guardian staff writer
                                                                                                         at Leesville Junior High School, but it was only
$100 for three full length lessons, plus a            When Je’Ron Hamm was just a baby in                because my friends were playing and I wanted to
putting lesson and a round of golf. Or get a       Sulzbach, Germany, his dad said he got an indi-       hang with them.”
gift certificate for one lesson at $30. Call the   cation sports would be a big part of his child’s         But as he moved into high school, Leesville
Pro Shop at 531-4661 to find out about the         life — albeit not the sport he expected.              High School football coach Terrence Williams
Christmas golf instruction package.                   “We had a bunch of balloons on the floor and       cornered the 6-foot tall wide receiver and told
                                                   he would grab them and dribble them like a bas-       him he should take football seriously.
Lock in                                            ketball,” said Ronald Hamm, who retired as a             “Coach Williams told me I was too tall and too
   Siegfried Teen Center hosts a Dance             first sergeant at Fort Polk in 2003 after a 20-year   big not to be a good football player,” Je’Ron said.
Revolution Lock-in today and Saturday for          Army career. “I thought for sure he would be a        “ I started working at it and went to summer
sixth to 12th grade Child, Youth and School        basketball player.”                                   camps with friends like (former LHS and current
Services registered youth. Youth should be            And why not — both the elder Hamm and his          LSU Tiger) Michael Ford and got better and
dropped off today at 7 p.m. and picked up          spouse, Sonya, were high school basketball stars      wound up having an excellent senior year.”
no later than 7 a.m. Saturday.                     and all-round athletes. It was only natural their        Je’Ron earned first team all-district, first team
                                                   son would follow in their footsteps. But a chance     all-Vernon Parish and first team all-central
       Please see Briefs, page 4B                  meeting occurred as the youngster entered his         Louisiana honors as a senior after setting the sin-
                                                   junior year of high school — a football coach got
                                                   his attention.                                                 Please see Football, page 9B
                                                                                                                                          Dec. 14, 2012   /1B
   Fort Polk celebrates winter wonderland at Snowflake Festival
   Fort Polk’s Soldiers and Family members
   celebrated the holiday season Dec. 8 as
   the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare
   and Recreation held a Snowflake Festival
   at Army Community Service Center. Fes-
   tivities included crafts, contests, games,
   outdoors activities and refreshments.

                                                                                                                                   KELLI NEIMAN/ GUARDIAN
                                                                                        Above: After multiple attempts, 7-year-
                                                                                        old Wyatt Montgomery prepares to make
                                                                                        it under the inflatable candy cane limbo
                                                                                        stick at the Snowflake Festival held at the
   Darla Coombs, daughter of Bethany and                                                Army Community Service Center on Dec.
   Staff Sgt. Clayton Coombs, concentrates                                              8.
   on adding a sticker to a picture frame
   she makes to hold her photo with Santa                                               Left : Zoe Lowe, 8-year-old daughter of
   at the Snowflake Festival held at the                                                Spc. Ron and Lisa Lowe, gets her picture
   Army Community Service Center on                                                     taken with Santa during the Snowflake
   Dec. 8.                                                                              Festival at the Army
                       Get a                                                            Service Center
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If you would like to take home one of these lovely
homeless animals, then make a visit to the Fort Polk
Stray Animal Facility. The facility, located off of La. Hwy
10, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
and closes at noon on the last day of each month. Why
not drop by and adopt one of these lonely, would-be
Family members? For more information or to ensure
someone is there for your visit, call 531-1322.

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Continued from page B1
 The cost for the event is $20 (non-refundable).                                        Christmas week:
Activities include a trip to Strike Zone Bowling                                        Dec. 22-24 and Dec. 27-28 — 1-8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                           Turkey shoot
Center, movies, competitions, skating and more.                                         Dec. 25-26 — Closed.                                  The Fort Polk Shooting Complex hosts a
Youth should bring pillows, blankets or sleeping                                        Dec. 31 — 1-7:30 p.m.                              turkey shoot Saturday from noon-3 p.m. at
bags. They must wear regular clothing and                                               Beginning Jan 13:                                  Range 23A. Competitors are allowed to use only
footwear for competitive activities; loungewear                                         Saturdays and Sundays 1–8 p.m.                     12 gauge shotguns for the competition. There is a
or sleepwear cannot be worn to the bowling facil-                                       Mondays and Fridays — 4–8 p.m.                     minimum of five people per group. To partici-
ity. All clothing must be appropriate. For more                                         Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thurs-          pate, competitors must be at least 10 years of age.
information call 531-1992.                                                            days.                                                The cost is $5 per competitor. Sign up before or
                                                                                        Just for fun, stop by the track and have a race    on the day of the event at Range 23A, bldg 4111.
Basketball League                                                                     with Santa Sunday from 1-3 p.m. for $5.              For more information call 531-6591.
   The Intramural Sports Basketball League be-
gins Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the 1st Maneuver En-                                      SKIES notice                                         Lemon Lot
hancement Brigade Gym. Registration is open                                              The Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Explo-        Sell your vehicle at Fort Polk’s Lemon Lot.
through Jan. 3 at the Soldiers Athletic Complex.                                      ration and Skills dance and Zumbatomic classes       Registration is $5 for 30 days. Register in the
Teams must consist of 10 players and one coach                                        are not offered in December. The classes will re-    Home of Heroes Recreation Center, 2165 Ninth
from the same unit.                                                                   sume in January. For more information call 531-      St, bldg 1455. Register Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-
   Coaches must turn in a typed team roster, two                                      1955.                                                4:30 p.m. Required information for the registra-
points of contact with contact information, a unit                                                                                         tion includes: Name, phone number, license
alpha roster and a list of all military commit-                                       ACS volunteers                                       plate, year, make, model and color of the vehicle.
ments. All information must be turned in no later                                                                                          For more information call 531-1948.
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than Jan. 3. The league is open to all authorized                                     cacy Victim Advocate program needs volunteers
MWR users 18 and older. For more information                                          to serve as advocates for victims of domestic vio-   New service
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son begins. Take note of the hours of operation                                       and more.                                            in their Christian walk with Christ while show-
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Stop by Parent Central Services at CYSS to complete paperwork
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                                                   temporary duty or rear detachment assignment           Monday–Thursday and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on Fridays.
   FORT POLK La. — Child, Youth and School         benefits.                                              Building 701 offers Saturday care available on the
Services advises parents to check their child’s       Benefits for Families are:                          first and third Saturday from noon–5 p.m. Par-
registration, shot records and health assess-         • Up to $300 for SKIES Classes per deploy-          ents Night Out is held the first Friday of the
ment/sports physicals for the com-                            ment per child such as tae kwan do,         month, Jan. 4, from 6:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. FCC
ing year. A little effort now means                             mixed martial arts, zumba and             homes offer extended care that covers night and
avoiding long lines and delays in                                dance.                                   weekends. In December, Parents Night Out is
enrollment for spring activities.                                   • Up to $100 toward CYSS team         held Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
If you are unsure about your                                      or individual sports per deploy-           Full time care is available for infants, 6 weeks
child’s status, call parent                                           ment per child (football, basket-   to age 5, in buildings 744, 702 and 3349 from 5:45
central services and they                                              ball, baseball, cheerleading,      a.m.–6 p.m. FCC homes offer full time and ex-
will     review       your                                               soccer).                         tended hours care for infants 4 weeks to age 12.
records.                                                                    • Free hourly care for           Part Day Preschool and Toddler Care is avail-
   Those records are                                                     support group meetings.          able for children ages 2 to 5 at building 701 from
important because to partici-                                              • 16 hours of respite care     8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. on a Monday, Wednesday
pate in most CYSS-sponsored                                          per child/youth; $2 per hour for     and Friday schedule or a Tuesday and Thursday
activities on post, your child                                     hourly child care beyond the free      schedule. There are no fees for the Teen Center.
must be registered.                                                respite hours.                         There will be fees for teens participating in a
   • Sports — To participate in                                       • 20 percent reduction of fees      group field trip (fees vary according to the type
sports, a child must have a current                               for regular full or part time day       of activity).
registration and sports physical                                  care (spouse must be working or a          CYSS programs are available for active duty,
good through the end of that sport.                             student).                                             Please see CYSS, page 8B
Sports physicals are current for one year                          CYSS also offers Families hourly
from the date of the health profes-                           care, avail-
sional’s signature.                                        able at build-
   • Special programs — To partici-                    ings 701 and 3349,
pate in School of Knowledge, Inspi-                    through       Family
ration, Exploration and Skills pro-                    Child Care. Build-
grams, enroll in School Age Services summer        ing 701, located at 7576
camps, participate in any CYSS programs or         Colorado Ave., offers
Family Readiness Group child care, registration    hourly care from 8
must be current. To participate in Warrior Camp,   a.m.–5              p.m.
youth must have a health assessment/sports         Monday–Friday. Build-
physical current throughout the camp and an up-    ing 3349, located at
dated shot record at enrollment time.              7687 Georgia Ave., of-
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 holidays are all about.                               personifies what you believe. If you love chil-
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 ward to each year that center on Family or            mals are something you enjoy, talk to your local
 friends. It can be a great way to knock those         animal shelter. If you miss a grandparent and
 presents out of their starring role and put           would like to spend time with the elderly, help
 meaning back into the holidays.                       out at a nursing home over the holidays. Share
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 your own candles. If you enjoy the Family trip        of gift giving remembered from childhood is                                                  terms of gift giving and holiday traditions. Put-
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                       Recent college graduates earn diplomas at ceremony
                                     By KELLI NEIMAN
                                     Guardian staff writer

                                        FORT POLK, La. — Graduation — whether
                                     from kindergarten, high school or college —
                                     serves as a capstone of hard work and dedica-
                                     tion. Donning a cap and gown right before
                                     walking down the aisle toward a well-de-
                                     served diploma makes all the studying and
                                     perseverance well worth the expended effort.
                                     Graduates, comprised of members of the
                                     Leesville and Fort Polk community who
                                     earned college degrees, were honored Dec. 6
                                     during a ceremony held at the Main Post
                                        Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KELLI NEIMAN / GUARDIAN
                                     Polk Commander Brig. Gen. William B. Hick-
                                     man acknowledged the demanding schedules
                                     of individuals fulfilling a role as student while
                                     working or raising a Family. Recognizing the
                                     specific demands Soldiers face while attaining
                                     higher education, Hickman said, “There are 57
                                     active duty Soldiers and one National Guards-
                                     man graduating today, many of whom contin-                                              These graduates earned college degrees during the Joint Readiness Training Center and
                                     ued their education while going through a de-
                                     ployment. That’s truly impressive.”                                                     Fort Polk's College Graduate Recognition Ceremony Dec. 6. From left to right: Pfc.
                                        Special congratulations went to Staff Sgt.                                           Johnea Sherrod of Hibbing Community College; Staff Sgt. Wayne Davis of American
                                     Edward Johnson, who earned a Masters of Sci-                                            Military University; Department of Defense civilian Queenetta Parris of University of
                                     ence Degree in General Administration from                                              Phoenix; Elizabeth Gautreaux of Northwestern State University; Staff Sgt. Christopher
                                     Central Michigan University. Johnson was se-                                            Sandles of Central Texas College; Staff Sgt. Edward Johnson of Central Michigan Uni-
                                     verely wounded in combat in Afghanistan. Af-                                            versity Global Campus; retired Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Doucet of Upper Iowa Universi-
                                     ter three surgeries and rehabilitation, he com-                                         ty; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Donald L. Druitt Jr. of Grantham University; and Maj. Walter
                                     pleted his six remaining classes at CMU. Al-                                            Floyd of Trident University.
                                     though Johnson required two additional sur-
                                     geries, he continued to work toward his de-                                             Iowa; Northwestern State University from                            studies; Amanda Hackett, associates, general
                                     gree.                                                                                   Natchitoches, La.; Central Michigan University                      studies; Jamie Hammontree, associates, gener-
                                        “In spite of physical pain and emotional                                             Global Campus from Mount Pleasant, Mich.;                           al studies; Johnnie Hodge-Carpenter, associ-
                                     trauma, Staff Sergeant Johnson never quit. He                                           Hibbing Community College from Hibbing,                             ates, general studies; Jason Hughes, associates,
                                     could not be derailed from his personal                                                 Minn.; American Military University from                            general studies; Dancy Lavour, associates, gen-
                                     dreams and desire to achieve a higher educa-                                            Charles Town, W.Va.; Grantham University                            eral studies; Herman Lipford, associates, gen-
                                     tion. In my book, he epitomizes the words                                               from Kansas City, Mo.; Trident University                           eral studies; Sefo Luafalemana, associates, gen-
                                     ‘hero’ and ‘never give up,’” Hickman said.                                              from Cypress, Calif.; and University of                             eral studies; Arleen Lucas, associates, general
                                        Staff Sgt. Wayne Davis, who earned a Bach-                                           Phoenix from Phoenix, Ariz.                                         studies; Jamie Martinez, associates, general
                                     elor of Science in public health from American                                             The following is a list of graduates from                        studies; Josè Mercado, associates, general stud-
                                     Military University said, “It took 10 years to                                          each university:                                                    ies; DeQuincey Merchant, associates, general
                                     finish this degree and I feel a great sense of ac-                                         Central Texas College                                            studies; Jeremy Montgomery, associates, gen-
                                     complishment.” Many of the graduates shared                                                Reynaldo Recinosperla, associates, applied                       eral studies; Sharisse Montgomery, associates,
                                     the same sentiment right before the com-                                                technology; Issa Kamara, associates, criminal                       general studies; Kristen Murzyn, associates,
                                     mencement ceremony began — they were                                                    justice; Doniel Lee, associates, criminal justice;                  general studies; Elena Nguyen, associates,
                                     proud of their achievements, yet grateful the                                           Carroll Houck, associates, information tech-                        general studies; Dwayne Rhymes, associates,
                                     experience had come to a close.                                                         nology; Jerry Anderson, associates, general                         general studies; David Rivera, associates, gen-
                                        “All of our graduates bear a mark of excel-                                          studies; Andrew Brown, associates, general                          eral studies; Christopher Sandles, associates,
                                     lence that is distinct to our military and civil-                                       studies; Antwain Burks, associates, general                         general studies; Brian Sullivan, associates, gen-
                                     ian communities. You have completed a mon-                                              studies; Kevin E. Calderon, associates, general                     eral studies; Amber Swan, associates, general
                                     umental task and prevailed,” Hickman said.                                              studies; Latoysha Carter, associates, general                       studies; Christopher Turple, associates, general
                                        The colleges represented at the ceremony                                             studies; Edward Cummings, associates, gener-                        studies; Paul Vanderlugt, associates, general
                                     included Central Texas College out of Killeen,                                          al studies; LaPortee Dixon, associates, general
                                     Texas; Upper Iowa University from Fayette,                                              studies; Joel Fantauzzi, associates, general                                  Please see Grads, page 8B

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     studies; Christopher Varian, associates, general        ence; April Walters, bachelor’s, social science;     ter’s, elementary education; Elizabeth Creasey,
     studies; Ronica Warfield-Graham, associates,            Jacqueline Watkins, bachelor’s, social science;      master’s, elementary education; Therisa
     general studies; Maurice Watson, associates,            Lamont Watkins, bachelor’s, social science; Joe      Sesvoid, master’s, elementary education; Zan-
     general studies; LaTanya White, associates,             Williams, bachelor’s, social science; Sherry         dra Grady, master’s, special education.
     general studies; Rachel Williams, associates,           Williams, bachelor’s, social science; Raymond           Central Michigan University
     general studies; Adam Zaleski, associates, gen-         Williams Jr., bachelor’s, social science; Jessica       Naomi Angelle, master’s, general adminis-
     eral studies; Emmanuel Bonilla, associates, so-         Woodard, bachelor’s, social science.                 tration; Edward Johnson, master’s, general ad-
     cial science.                                              Northwestern State University                     ministration; Patsey Burkes, master’s, health
        Upper Iowa University                                   Stephen Young, associates, business admin-        services administration; John Gerrie, master’s,
        Melynda Hill, bachelor’s, business adminis-          istration; Tiffany Harris, associates, general       human resources; Gwen Halliburton, master’s,
     tration and management; Jennifer Reeves,                studies; Clarice Tanguilig, associates, general      human resources; Ron Miceli, master’s, human
     bachelor’s, business administration and man-            studies; Christopher Young, associates, crimi-       resources; Tameka Williams, master’s, human
     agement; Charmaine Joseph, bachelor’s, crimi-           nal justice; Savannah Cooley, bachelor’s, crimi-     resources; Samuel Bates, master’s, leadership;
     nal justice; Marc Wilson, bachelor’s criminal           nal justice; Emily Odom, bachelor’s, criminal        Lorenzo Eason, master’s, leadership; Kirsten
     justice; Victoria Davis, bachelor’s, criminal jus-      justice; Anthony Alfonso, bachelor’s, criminal       Wheeler, master’s, leadership.
     tice and human services, Michael English,               justice; Lindsey Post, bachelor’s, history; Jared       Louisiana State University
     bachelor’s, criminal justice with a minor in               Roy, bachelor’s, fine and graphic arts; Maria        Frederick Adolphus, master’s, liberal arts;
     psychology; Angela Harrell, bachelor’s,                           Figueroa, bachelor’s, general studies;     Lloyd Alderton, master’s, liberal arts; Aaron
     health services administration with a                                  Lawrence Hummel, bachelor’s,          Bright, master’s, liberal arts; Johannes Castro,
     minor in general business; Benjamin                                      general studies; Tyshia Jackson,    master’s, liberal arts; William Conger, mas-
     Austin, bachelor’s, human resources                                        bachelor’s, general studies;      ter’s, liberal arts; Michael Entrekin, master’s,
     management, Capriya Williams,                                               Charles Kiely, bachelor’s,       liberal arts; Garrett Guitreau, master’s, liberal
     bachelor’s, human resources man-                                            general studies; Destiny Mid-    arts; Timothy Hahn, master’s, liberal arts;
     agement; Quinton Crain, bachelor’s,                                        kiff, bachelor’s, general stud-   Ryan Kort, master’s, liberal arts; Jason W.
     human resources management and                                            ies; Tommy Peek, bachelor’s,       Lopez, master’s, liberal arts; Albert Marte,
     management; ShaTerrica Washing-                                          general studies; Elizabeth          master’s, liberal arts; Ian Palmer, master’s, lib-
     ton, bachelor’s, human services;                                       Gautreaux, bachelor’s, business       eral arts; Robin Semple, master’s, liberal arts;
     Christina Brown, bachelor’s, manage-                               administration, Peggy Gore, bache-        John B. White Jr., master’s, liberal arts.
     ment; Shannon Doucet, bachelor’s,                            lor’s, business administration; Clayton Iles,      Hibbing Community College
     management; Alimameh Fatty, bachelor’s,                 bachelor’s, biology; Erin Dupuis, bachelor’s,           Johnea Sherrod, associates, liberal arts
     management; Landolph James, bachelor’s,                 elementary education; Deborah Harrell, bache-           American Military University
     psychology; Mark Witson, bachelor’s, public             lor’s, elementary education; Misty Vidrine,             Wayne A. Davis, bachelor’s, public health
     administration; Carlisha Ashley, bachelor’s,            bachelor’s, family and consumer science; La-            Grantham University
     social science; Ulysses Bell Jr., bachelor’s, so-       Toya Guillory, bachelor’s, psychology; Au-              Donald L. Druitt Jr., bachelor’s, business
     cial science; Shawnna Bevel, bachelor’s, social         tumn Krenek, bachelor’s, psychology; Danell          management
     science; Ernesto Diaz, bachelor’s, social sci-          Rahni, bachelor’s, psychology; Caitlin McKen-           Trident University
     ence; Margaret Gines, bachelor’s, social sci-           zie, bachelor’s, nursing, Matthew Howell,               Walter E. Floyd, master’s, business adminis-
     ence; Michael Mosby, bachelor’s, social sci-            bachelor’s, social work; Arielle Jackson, bache-     tration
     ence; Aronica Russell-James, bachelor’s, social         lor’s, social work; Joyce Barnes, master’s, edu-        University of Phoenix
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Department of Defense civilians and contractors            the sixth grade.                                       contact parent central services for clarification.
working on Fort Polk. Programs are limited for                4.   Current health assessment/sports physi-           8.    If the child has a different last name than
retirees and their children.                               cal. The physical must be current through the          the sponsor, either a birth certificate or Defense
   Items needed for registration vary depending            end of the season for all sports.                      Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System enroll-
on the age of the child and may include:                      5.   Health screening tool (7625-1).                ment form is required.
   1.     Leave and earning statement or pay                  6.   United States Department of Agriculture           9.    Two local emergency contacts and one
stubs for total Family income. Full-time employ-           income eligibility form food program (for chil-        emergency release designee are required (they
ees require one pay stub. Part-time employees re-          dren below sixth grade. This is available at par-      must be within an hour’s distance of Fort Polk).
quire three months worth of pay stubs.                     ent central service in bldg 400).                         10. For single/dual military Families, a Fam-
   2.    Department of Defense child care fees                7.   If the child has a special need (allergy,      ily care plan is required. This person needs to be
(DD Form 2652).                                            asthma, diabetes, seizure), they will need a care      within two hour’s distance of Fort Polk.
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gle-season school record for receiving yards (750)        said. “It’s nerve-wracking, watching him play
and receiving touchdowns (8). He helped lead              against guys that are huge and hit hard. But we
LHS to back-to-back district championships.               pray for God to cover him and all the players.”
   Je’Ron received a football scholarship to the             Je’Ron’s mom, Sonya Hamm, said she’s proud
University of Louisiana at Monroe. That might             of how her son has developed into a man.
have been the end of the story as ULM is a school            “My favorite saying is, ‘You play until you win
that had fallen on hard times since its move to           and quitting is not an option,’” she said. “I am in
big time college football in the                          awe, amazed, it’s surreal. I’m trying to embrace
1990s. But this past summer,                                   the moment.”
Je’Ron said he and his teammates                                        As for a football career post-college,
committed themselves to be the                                        Je’Ron still has one game left this sea-
best they could be.                                                   son and his senior year. But based on
   “I gained about 15 pounds of                                          the numbers the proto-typical wide
muscle and dropped my time in the                                         receiver posted this season — 58
40 (yard dash),” he said. “And                                             catches, 862 yards, 6 touchdowns
then, the first game of the year, we                                         and selection as second-team all-
played Arkansas.”                                                               Sun Belt Conference — it’s a
   The Razorbacks, a member of                                                  good bet professional teams
                                                                                                                                                         University of Louisiana at
the powerful Southeastern Con-                                                  will be watching him closely.                                                  Monroe (8-4)
ference and ranked No. 8 in the                                                   “I had not thought much
nation, were expected to run                                                  about the pros, but when we
roughshod over Sunbelt Conference                                         played Arkansas, and I was able to                                                                VS
also-ran ULM. But someone forgot to tell the              get open against SEC-caliber players and run
Warhawks they were supposed to lose. With                 over them, I began to think I might have a shot in
Hamm as one of the catalysts with six receptions          the pros,” he said.
for 92 yards, ULM pulled off the upset of the                Dad sounded surer.
year, tackling Arkansas 34-31 in overtime.                   “I definitely think he’ll be in the NFL,” Ronald
   “They beat us bad my true freshman year (31-           Hamm said. “He has the poise, mindset and
7),” Je’Ron said. “We put in a lot of work. The           physical ability to be successful.”
only difference in them and us was their big                 And mom said she even hears from people she
name and the stickers on the sides of our hel-            doesn’t know that her son is destined for the
mets.                                                     NFL.
   “It was a great feeling to see our fans travel up         “It’s (NFL career) not something I thought
there (Little Rock) and to be able to give them a         would happen, but I was in Atlanta last week,
win. When we got back at about 2 a.m., there              talking to a man I had not met before,” she said.                                                    Ohio University (8-4)
were about 1,000 students and fans at our stadi-          “He knew Je’Ron was my son and played at
um to welcome us home.”                                   ULM and told me, ‘I think we’ll be seeing your
   The victory laid the groundwork to a success-          son play on Sunday afternoons one day.’”                                                                         Dec. 28, 1 p.m.
ful 2012 season that saw ULM finish 8-4 with a               Which is a long way from bouncing a balloon                                                               Independence Stadium
first-ever invitation to a bowl game — the Inde-          on the floor of military quarters in Sulzbach, Ger-                                                               Shreveport
pendence Bowl Dec. 28 in Shreveport.                      many.
   Je’Ron said being a military dependent in-
stilled in him a sense of discipline.
   “It taught me to have a strategy and finish
what I started,” he said. “I never thought about
   Je’Ron’s mom and dad said they are both
proud — and amazed — to see their son shine on
the gridiron.
   “It’s amazing to see him play, not just on the
football field, but also on television in front of
millions of people and hear the announcer talk
about how talented your son is,” Ronald Hamm

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                                                       until after Feb. 15.) W-2s will become available
   FORT POLK, La. –– Tax season is approaching         for military and retirees under their “My Pay”
in January. Don’t give part of your refund to a        account in mid-January. Employers have until
commercial tax preparer –– these businesses            Jan. 30 to mail their W-2s to you.
charge separately for a federal and state return           • If you have any interest income from banks
plus the expense of transmitting the information       or stocks, bring Form 1099.
to Internal Revenue Service and state.                     • If you received any unemployment compen-
   The Fort Polk Installation Tax Center offers the    sation, retirement pay or mortgage interest paid,
same assistance for free to Soldiers, retirees and     bring Form 1098.                                                                                                   2013
their Family members.
   The Tax Center opens Jan. 22 in bldg 2502 on
                                                           • If you expect the armed forces to pay on
                                                       your student loan, inquire about the W-2 or re-                                                                    SCION IQ Coupe
the corner of Alabama Avenue and 25th Street.          quest a duplicate W-2 from finance. For any other
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remains open until April 15. Appointments will         tion. If you don’t receive that confirmation of
have priority so call 531-1040. Walk-ins for prepa-    payments, contact that organization.
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of camps to hone skills                                          skills assessment will be held Jan. 8 or
and keep fit.                                                      Jan. 10 at Perez Field. Parents of youth
   • Baseball and Soft-                                              4 and under will meet at 5:30 p.m.
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   CYSS hosts a base-                                                 quired to attend, as no skills assess-                                                                                                                             All offers end 1/7/13.
ball and softball skills                                               ment is required.                                                                                                                                                   Not all customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            will qualify for
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from 1-3 p.m. Register through                                          meet at 6 p.m. at Perez Field.         BOBBY STROTHER           STEVE KNOLES              DAVID COOK                DAN McKAY            WILL COULSTON              See dealer for details.
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youth registered with CYSS. Youth                                      skills assessment is required.
must have a current sports physical to partici-                           For more information on the
pate.                                                                  season call Youth Sports and Fit-                         5735 Coliseum Blvd., Alexandria, LA
   • Soccer                                                           ness at 531-6004. For registration in-
   CYSS is now registering youth for the spring                    formation, call Parent Central Services
soccer season. Registration continues through          at 531-1955 or visit bldg 400.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dec. 14, 2012                /11B
B u l l e t i n b o a rd
                                                     Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. Bring cookies          baby food and baby clothes. For more informa-
      Unit Encounters                                to eat and take home. There is also a command-
                                                     er story time. For more information on the
                                                                                                          tion call (337) 463-9500.

                                                     event email                       Bass Masters
  519th MP Bn                                                                                                If you like to fish and want to be part of a
      HHD, 519th MP Bn — Take note of all that
  is happening during the holidays:
                                                             Miscellaneous                                group with common interests, whether or not
                                                                                                          you have a boat, the Fort Polk Community Bass
      • The battalion hosts a gift wrapping and                                                           Masters is the right club for you. The club
  bake sale at the Main Post Exchange today
  from 2-4 p.m.
                                                     Christmas performance                                meets monthly at 7 p.m. at the American Le-
                                                                                                          gion, 500 Vernon St., New Llano. The next
      • The battalion hosts a commissary bagging        The First Baptist Church of Leesville, 1400
                                                                                                          meeting will be in January and to be an-
  event Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.                Nolan Trace, presents the children's choir pro-
                                                                                                          nounced at a later date. For more information
                                                     gram; the choir sings"The Christmas Shoe Tree"
      • The battalion hosts its company Christmas                                                         call (337) 208-8185, (337) 238-3314, (337) 397-
                                                     Sunday at 6 p.m.
  party at Dogwood Community Center today at                                                              0745 or visit www.fortpolkcommunitybass-
                                                        The church also hosts a Christmas Eve can-
  5 p.m.                                                                                        
                                                     dlelight service Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. For more in-
      For more information call 531-2468.
                                                     formation call (337) 239-6535.
      91st MP Det, 519th MP Bn — Watch for hol-
  iday events:
                                                                                                          Home school
      • The detachment hosts its company Christ-     Youth Christmas Program                                 GRACE Home School Fellowship serves
  mas party at the Showboat Theater from 6-8            Rev. Joseph L. Garner and Pleasant Hill Bap-      Beauregard and Vernon parishes, including the
  p.m. For information call 531-9720.                tist Church of Leesville announce their annual       Fort Polk community. The organization sup-
      • The detachment hosts a gift wrapping and     youth Christmas program Sunday at 7 p.m. For         ports, encourages and enhances the education
  bake sale at the Main Post Exchange Monday         more information call the church office at (337)     of local home school Families. For more infor-
  from 2-4 p.m.                                      238-1779.                                            mation call (337) 202-1448.
      • The detachment hosts a Family Readiness         The church also hosts a Ride for Christ Sat-
  Group commissary bagging event Dec. 23 from        urday. Registration is held from 10-11 a.m.          Trade Days
  10 a.m.-2 p.m.                                     Wheels/kick stands up at 11:30 a.m. The regis-          Main Street Trade Days is held the first and
      • The company hosts a gift wrapping and        tration fee is $10 for all participants. Following   third Saturday of each month on Third Street at
  bake sale at the Main Post Exchange Dec. 24        the ride there will be free food and refresh-        the Third Street Market in historic downtown
  from 4-6 p.m.                                      ments. For more information call (912) 980-          Leesville from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The next Trade
      • The company hosts a commissary bagging       1003.                                                Days is held Saturday. Call (337) 392-1776 for
  event Dec. 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.                                                                       more information.
      For more information about any of these        Christmas play
  events call 531-9720.                                 Crystal Springs Baptist Church, located on
      HHD, 209th MP Co, 519th MP Bn — Hosts
  a gift wrapping and bake sale Saturday at the
                                                     La. Hwy 111 outside of Anacoco, hosts a Christ-          Clubs and groups
                                                     mas play Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. Call
  Exchange from 2-4 p.m. For more information        the church office at (337) 238-4333 for more in-
  call 531-2648.                                     formation.                                           Warrant Association
      209th MP Co, 519th MP Bn — The holiday                                                                 The Fort Polk chapter of the United States
  is full of events to take part in:
      • The company hosts its Christmas party to-
                                                     Vernon Resource Center                               Army Warrant Officers Association meets the
                                                        The New Life Crisis Pregnancy Center, 505         second Thursday of each month from 11:45
  day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Dogwood Com-                                                             a.m.-12:45p.m. The next meeting is Jan. 10 at
                                                     East Mechanic St., Leesville, offers free testing
  munity Center. For more information call 531-
                                                     and supplies to women of Vernon Parish. Call         FireBomb Wings on Entrance Road.For more
                                                     (337) 239-9863 for more information.                 information email
      204th MP Co, 519th MP Bn — The 204th MP
  Co has plenty of holiday cheer:
      • The company hosts an FRG commissary          School lunch                                         Join Girl Scouts today
  bagging event Tuesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.             This is the lunch menu for Vernon Parish             Discover the excitement of being a Girl Scout
      • The company hosts a gift wrapping and        schools for Monday through Dec. 21. Monday:          by connecting with your community or becom-
  bake sale at the Main Post Exchange Dec. 24        Barbecue riblette on bun, baked potato rounds,       ing an adult volunteer. New programs are be-
  from 9:15-11:15 a.m.                               cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber with dressing,       ing developed to teach girls leadership devel-
      For more information call 531-5364.            mixed fruit; Tuesday: Pinto beans with               opment, courage, confidence, integrity and
      258th MP Co, 519th MP Bn — Keep track of       sausage, steamed rice, steamed green cabbage,        compassion. You don’t have to have a daughter
  258th MP FRG events during the holiday:            applesauce, cornbread; Wednesday: Hamburg-           to participate. For more information call Pat
      • The company hosts a commissary bagging       er on bun, oven fries, orange wedges; Thurs-         Lore at (800) 960-2093 or (337) 984-1142.
  event Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Com-       day: Sliced turkey, cornbread dressing, giblet
  missary.                                           gravy, cranberry sauce, English peas, fresh fruit    Leesville TOPS
      • The company hosts its Christmas party at     salad, hot roll; Dec. 21: Grilled cheese sand-          Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Thursdays
  the Showboat Theater Monday from 6-8 p.m.          wich, vegetable soup, cucumber, cauliflower,         at the Vernon Parish Library, 1401 Nolan Trace,
      For more information on any of these events    carrot sticks with ranch dressing, chilled sliced    in Leesville. Weigh-in runs from 5:05-5:40 p.m.
  call 531-4919.                                     peaches.                                             Meetings start at 5:45 p.m. For more informa-
      272nd MP Co, 519th MP Bn — Hosts a gift                                                             tion call (337) 208-6025.
  wrapping and bake sale at the Exchange from        Pregnancy center
  2-4 p.m. Dec. 22. For more information call 531-
                                                        If you are pregnant, contact the Community        DeRidder TOPS
                                                     Pregnancy Center, 420 McMahon St., Leesville.           Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Tuesdays at
                                                     Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-         the Wesley United Methodist Church, 701 N.
  1st Bn (Abn), 509th Inf                            2 p.m. The center provides free pregnancy tests,     Texas Street in DeRidder. Weigh-in runs from
    Battalion wide — The Showboat Theater            Medicaid and WIC referrals, individual counsel-      5:30-5:55 p.m. Meetings start at 6 p.m.
  hosts the 1-509th Christmas Cookie Exchange        ing and furnishes clients with diapers, formula,        For more information call 531-8107.

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