News Briefs

By Guardian Staff

May 17, 2019

News Briefs

Geronimo DZ 10K

The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, along with the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation, will host the Geronimo DZ 10K June 1 from 7-11 a.m. The event consists of an adult 10K run, adult 10K bike race, youth 10K bike race and youth 5K run. There are categories for both male and female in each race and will start at the Geronimo War Memorial and take place on the running trails around Geronimo Drop Zone. Check-in and same day registration begins at 6 a.m. Online registration continues through May 30 at Eventbrite.com. The event is free and open to authorized DFMWR users ages 8 and older. Race packet pick up is May 31 at Alligator Lake Recreation Site. Call (337) 531-2056 or email sean.p.mccroary.naf@mail.mil for more information.

Memorial Day

The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk hosts a Memorial Day Ceremony May 23 at 11 a.m. in Warrior Memorial Park. Everyone is invited to attend.

Asian American and Pacific Islander observance

An Asian American and Pacific Islander observance is held May 22 at Bayou Theater from noon-1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Unite Our Mission by Engaging Each Other.” Call (337) 531-1911 for more information.

3rd Bn, 353rd Inf Change of Command

The 3rd Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment “Tiger Battalion” will host a change of command ceremony May 31 at 10 a.m. on Fort Polk’s Warrior Field. Lt. Col. Francisco J. Lopez will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Mark K. Snakenberg.

DENTAC CoC

The Fort Polk U.S. Army Dental Health Activity will hold a change of command ceremony June 7 at 10 a.m. on Warrior Field. Lt. Col. Paul Colthirst will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Melissa Tucker. Call (337) 531-2327 for more information.

Fitness program

The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk offers Army civilians up to three hours of excused absences per week, for up to six months, to participate in command sponsored physical training or education, provided these activities are an integral part of a total fitness program.

Participants can begin the program after supervisors approve and submit packets to the Community Ready and Resilient Integrator.

For more information about the program or to pick up a packet call Luewana Hannon at (337) 531-1191 or email luewanna.l.hannon.civ@mail.mil.

Road repairs

The following road repairs are slated for two areas of Fort Polk over the next few months:

  • The contract to repair Fourth Street has a required completion date of May 24. Work includes shoulder repairs, culvert replacement, removing asphalt, repaving with new asphalt overlay and new pavement markings. The work will require closures, detours and flagging operations to complete the repairs while ensuring safety for motorists and construction crews. Repairs are planned for three phases to minimize impact to motorists. Alternate routes are encouraged to minimize delays and traffic congestion. At the completion of Fourth Street repairs, Mississippi Avenue repairs will begin and include shoulder work, crosswalks, milling, repaving and pavement markings.
  • The contract to repair erosion along La. Hwy 467 has a required completion date of June 6. Work includes repairing a slope failure just southeast of access control point 2 and eroded sites between Louisiana Avenue and access control point 2. The slope failure site requires a lane shift for in-bound and outbound traffic April 15-26 to ensure safety for motorist and construction crews. Alternate routes are encouraged to minimize delays and traffic congestion.

Community Briefs

Diva dash

In honor of May’s designation as Women’s Health Month, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital Preventive Medicine host a Diva Dash 5K, Saturday, from 8-11 a.m. in the BJACH and Army Wellness Center parking lot on Third Street. Check in time is 7:30 a.m. the day of the dash. Register at www.2019DivaDashwalkrun.Eventbrite.com. Call (337) 531-6880/7945 for more information.

Sports physicals

Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital Family Practice Clinic will host an after hours clinic for Child and Youth Services, school and sports physicals on Tuesday and May 28 from 4-7 p.m. TRICARE Prime beneficiaries will be seen by appointment, one patient per slot. Appoints must be booked through the BJACH appointment line at (337) 531-3011 or (800) 278-9920.

Movie night

The Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosts a Movie Night featuring The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, May 18 at Warrior Field. Free concessions start at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m. Call (337) 531-1959 for more information.

Beach strong

A Beach Strong Man/Woman Competition is held May 25 from 9-11 a.m. at the Toledo Bend Recreation Site. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the events. Advanced registered participants receive a T-shirt. The event consists of a farmer’s carry, atlas stone, tire flip and overhead medley, and is open to active duty, Family members, retirees and Department of Defense civilians age 18 and older. To register or for more information call (318) 565-4235 or (888) 718-9088.

Surplus sale

The Fort Polk Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation Spring Surplus Outdoor Recreation and Boat Sale will take place via an online auction. Customers can visit the website www.equip-bid.com/auction/5269 for details regarding available items. Links are also posted via the Fort Polk DFMWR website at www.polk.armymwr.com and its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fortpolkmwr. There are two physical viewing dates for customers to see items in person. Those dates and times are: May 17 and May 22, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Call (337) 531-1787 for more information.

Superman 5K

In honor of June’s designation as Men’s Health Month, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital Preventive Medicine hosts a Superman 5K, June 8, from 8-11 a.m. in the BJACH and Army Wellness Center parking lot on Third Street. Check in time is 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. Register at www.superman5kfunwalkrun.Eventbrite.com. Everyone is invited to wear Superman or super hero T-shirts. There are free raffle prizes. Call (337) 531-6880/4818 for more information.

Exchange pets

The Fort Polk Main Exchange offers a Patriot Pet Just Say “Treat” Photo Contest. Through May 31, Fort Polk shoppers can submit a patriotically-themed photo of their furry friends at ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes. One grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 Exchange gift card, while four first-place winners will receive $500 Exchange gift cards. Complete contest rules can be found at ShopMyExchange.com /sweepstakes. Winners will be selected on or around June 6. Call (337) 537-1792 for more information.

Housing survey

The Department of the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative Privatized Housing annual survey began April 23.

Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, said that recently, housing conditions and management practices that are unacceptable were uncovered. The survey was shortened from 2018 and concentrates on questions that focus on priority customer service areas. It guides Army and RCI partners in future improvements to privatized housing facilities and services, leading to a better quality of life for all residents and Families. The respondent information is kept confidential and not linked to survey results shared with DA and RCI partners. Only one member of each household will receive a survey. If no is received residents should contact their RCI property management office at (337) 537-5036.

PX hiring

Fort Polk Exchange has immediate job opportunities for people with a passion for serving the best customers in the world. Those interested in applying for Fort Polk job opportunities can visit ApplMyExchange.com or contact the Fort Polk Human Resources office at (337) 537-0268, ext. 202.

Sidewalk sale

The Fort Polk Commissary is hosting a side walk sale May 16-18, from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Shoppers can purchase limited items by the case at bargain prices. Call  (337)531-7678 for more information.

Right arm night

The Fort Polk Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosts a Right Arm Night May 31 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at The Warrior Center. The event is open to DFMWR patrons ages 18 and older, and includes a hamburger bar, prices and more. Call (337) 531-1959 or visit www.polk.armymwr.com for more information.

Exchange events

The Fort Polk Main Exchange offers the following events:

  •  Patriot Pet Just Say “Treat” Photo Contest. Through May 31, Fort Polk shoppers can submit a patriotically-themed photo of their furry friends at ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes for a chance to win a. One grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 Exchange gift card, while four first-place winners will receive $500 Exchange gift cards. Complete contest rules can be found at ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes. Winners will be selected on or around June 6.
  • Fort Polk Soldiers and their families can receive 15 percent off all purchases made the first day when they open and use a new Military Star account from May 16 to 30.

Call  (337) 537-1792 for more information.

Arts, crafts contest

The 2019 U.S. Army Arts and Crafts Contest recognizes the artistic talent and creativity in two experience levels and nine categories. Entry deadline is July 8. Enter online at www.armymwr.com/artsandcrafts. For more information call the Fort Polk Arts and Crafts Center at (337) 531-4348.

ARC VolunTeens

The American Red Cross’ summer Volunteen Program is open to youth ages 13-17 and runs from June 10-July 26.

Applications are due no later than May 17 at 4 p.m. and are available for pick-up between 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-noon Friday, at the ARC office, 1778 Third St., bldg 220.

For more information and to see if you qualify call Leslie Jones at (804) 385-0966.

Soccer camp

Challenger International Soccer Camp is back at Fort Polk by popular demand for two sessions: June 3-7 and July 22-26. Classes for TinyTykes (ages 3-5) are 8-9 a.m. and cost $96.

Classes for ages 6-12 are from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and cost $149.

Applications can be picked up at Child and Youth Services, bldg 400, 6880 Radio Road.

Mail applications and payment (checks payable to Challenger Sports) to:

Mike Rees

Challenger Sports

4403 Manchaca Road, Suite C

Austin, Texas  78745

Email mrees@challengersports.com for more information.

Mulligan’s hours

Hours of operation for Mulligan’s Deli, Bar and Warrior Center Catering are as follows:

• Warrior Center Catering, Monday through Friday, 8-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.; call  (337) 531-4440.

• Mulligan’s Deli, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; call  (337) 531-7668.

• Mulligan’s Bar, Tuesday through Friday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; call  (337) 531-7668.

For details visit polk.armymwr.com.

Toasmasters meet

Toastmasters meets from noon-1 p.m. at the Fort Polk Education Center, 7460 Colorado Ave., room 208, on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

The next meeting is Wednesday. For more information call LaVersa Wiltz at (337) 208-8557.

Lagniappe (Recreation) Briefs

BOSS

Check out Fort Polk’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers. The organization offers single Soldiers the opportunity to volunteer, as well as participate in fun events. Don’t miss your chance to take part. BOSS meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. at the Home of Heroes Recreation Center. The next meeting is May 22.

Festivals

Meat festival

This celebration speaks to the carnivore in everyone. Head south from Fort Polk for an hour and a half to visit Ville Platte, “smoked meat capital of the world,” and stop into the North Side Civic Center and pavilion, 704 North Soileau St. You’ll probably smell the smoked meat before you get out of your vehicle. The festival began in 1992 and was dedicated to the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association. Today, the festival’s goal is to honor all military veterans. Everyone is invited to take part in the two-day celebration of culture, cuisine and heroes. Enjoy good food and live music by Ashton Dupre, Side Show, One Trick Pony and more. For more information visit www.facebook.com/lasmokedmeatfestival

Fair fun

The 30th annual Cajun Heartland State Fair, May 23-June 2, is an annual state fair that offers ride specials, food, free attractions, live entertainment and family oriented games make an outstanding summer experience. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at the midway and around the fairgrounds. The fair takes place at the Cajundome, 444Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette. For more information call (337) 265-2104 or visit www.cajundome.com.

Miscellaneous

Concert series

Downtown at Sundown is a "can't miss" event in Lake Charles. The concert series starts May 17 and continues for the next four Fridays — May 24, 31 and June 7 from 2-10 p.m. on Ryan Street. This annual outdoor music and art event is held in downtown Lake Charles and features a different local or regional artist for each concert, performing favorite music genres of the region such as Cajun, Zydeco swamp-pop and classic rock. The event also offers food and beverage booths, tabletop galleries, art sales and activities for kids.

The 2019 Line Up includes:

  • May 24 — Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
  • May 31 — Bluesiana RED
  • June 7 — The Tugboats

In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be held inside the Lake Charles Civic Center. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music. No pets or outside beverages are permitted on site. For more information call (337) 491-9159 or go to www.CityOfLakeCharles.com.

Clubs/groups

Language club

Immerse yourself in learning a foreign language such as Russian, Spanish, Brazilian, Portuguese or Tagalog by attending the Language Immersion Table.

The club meets the first Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. The next meeting is June 5. For more information call Miguel Moyeno at (636) 577-4274.

Bass Masters

Join the Fort Polk Community Bass Masters. The club meets monthly on the Tuesday before each tournament. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the New Llano American Legion, Post 387, 500 Vernon St., New Llano.

The May tournament takes place at Toledo Bend May 25. The entry fee is $40.

For more information visit www.fortpolkcommunitybassmasters.com.

Lose weight

Join Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) every Thursday at the Vernon Parish Library meeting room. Weigh in is from 5-5:50 p.m.

The meeting starts at 5:50 p.m. For more information call (337) 208-0896.