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Fort Polk

Vol. 38, No. 50 Published for the community of Fort Polk, La. Dec. 16, 2011

The Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce’s annual

Leesville Christmas parade was held downtown Dec. 10 and

Weekend weather

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Today Saturday Sunday

Sgt. 1st Class MATT MEADOWS/4TH BCT, 10TH MTN DIV

Inside the Guardian

Honors Part y ........... 2A

4/10 leadership ........ 3A

Gold Star Families .... 5A

www.thefortpolkguardian.com

‘I’ll be home for Christmas’ parade celebrates Soldiers

MATTHEW EBARB/TASC

featured more than 4,000 marching Soldiers. See more photos

and stories throughout today’s Guardian.

DCERF training ......... 7A

VA clinic opens ......... 1B

Fort Polk graduates .. 2B

CHUCK CANNON / GUARDIAN

Sgt. ERIC PROVOST/4TH BCT, 10TH MTN DIV


Viewpoint

Awestruck threefold:

Patriotism meets honor at party

By JEAN DUBIEL

Guardian editor

The Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce

sponsored a party to celebrate Fort Polk’s Soldiers Dec.

10 in an area next to the Leesville High School football

field. It was called an “Honors Party,” and included

mountains of food and drink, all for free, plenty of seating,

activities for children, a

large cake and more.

During the course of this

party, three things struck me.

The first hit me as I entered

the dining area: How

many Soldiers there were ––

not hundreds, but thousands. Just when I thought the

place couldn’t hold any more, there came a few dozen

more busloads. I began taking photographs, meander-

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Dec. 16, 2011

Commentary

ing around at an easy pace near the food vendors, trying

to see what edibles were most desirable, when something

else struck me. Nearly every time a Soldier visited

a booth, be it for food, drinks or just a napkin, someone

always addressed them: “Welcome home,” or “Thank

you for your service.”

I know that sometimes people say things because

someone else directs them to, (“Welcome to Fort Polk,

Home of Heroes,” springs to

mind) but with this group of volunteers,

the sentiment seemed

deeply heartfelt. If a hand was

available, it was thrust out to be

shaken by an American hero. The

spirit of community support was

evident in every detail of the “Honors Party” for Soldiers

and Families, from homemade signs that read

“Welcome home” and “We support our troops” to the

red, white and blue ribbons that

adorned the booths.

The enormous task of feeding all of

these people seemed to be a labor of

love –– not a cross word spoken, no

disgruntled servers, not a single complaint

from any volunteer. They were

there on a Saturday to do something

for the Soldiers and Families, and they

were all pleased to do it –– some even

said it was an honor. Many were looking

forward to watching these men and

women lead their parade later, as it

was a rare opportunity to see so many

Soldiers at once.

Please see Party, page 6A

Editor’s note: Parade photos are featured on pages 8A-9A and throughout today’s edition.

JEAN DUBIEL / GUARDIAN

Top:This was the

sentiment of the

day, shared with

one other: "Thank

you for your service."

These phrases

were often uttered

throughout the

day.

Left: Barbecued

beef sandwiches

were a big hit at

the Honor Party

Dec. 10, held in

Leesville prior to

the 4th Brigade

Combat Team, 10th

Mountain Division's

change of

command ceremony

and the

Leesville Christmas

parade.

Guardian

Editorial Staff

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Joint Readiness Training Center

and Fort Polk commanding general

Col. Roger L. Shuck

Garrison commander

Jim Beinkemper

Public Affairs officer

Kim Reischling

Command information officer

Chuck Cannon

Jean Dubiel

Editors

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After Hours editor

Jennifer Dorval

Rachel Reischling

Sarah Peachey

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NewScope

Briefs

94th BSB CoC

The 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th

Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division,

hosts a change of command ceremony

for outgoing commander Lt. Col. Anthony

M. Coston and incoming commander Lt.

Col. Mark A. Walker today at 10 a.m. on

Fort Polk’s Mountain Field at the corner of

Alabama and Fourth avenues.

BJACH clinic closures

All Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital

clinics and labs will close at 1 p.m. today.

The outpatient pharmacy will remain

open until 6 p.m. Clinics and labs will be

closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2 for the

holidays.

The pharmacy will be open Dec. 24 and

31 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and closed

Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2.

The emergency room and inpatient

wards will remain open 24 hours a day.

DLA closure

The Defense Logistics Agency Disposition

Services Polk will be closed Dec. 26-30.

Call 531-4609 for more information.

Laundry mat closed

The 24-hour laundry mat, bldg 1455, will

be closed through Jan. 8 for renovation.

Service is available at North Fort Polk, bldg

8202, during closure.

Call 537-0858 for more information.

NAF positions

Applications are being accepted for the

following nonappropriated-fund jobs on

Fort Polk.

For details call the NAF Branch, 531-

6301/6631/4955, or visit the web site at

www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/cpac/naf.htm.

• Child and youth program assistant,

$10.95-$13.41 per hour; flexible, closes Dec.

31, SCNAFEP1104OC.

For more information call 531-6714.

ACP 6 to close

Repairs on Chaffee Road are scheduled

through Jan. 20.

This construction requires temporary closure

of ACP 6, allowing for school bus traffic

only.

Hours of construction are from 9 a.m.-4

p.m. Monday through Friday. Traffic will be

detoured around the construction site.

Drive with caution and be prepared for a

reduced speed limit in the immediate construction

area with possible delays.

For more information call 531-1371 or

(337) 397-5777.

The change of command ceremony for the 4th Brtigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division,

as seen from the air Dec. 10.

Diaz takes reins of ‘Patriot Brigade’

By Sgt. 1st Class MATT MEADOWS

4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div

FORT POLK, La. — The 4th Brigade Combat

Team, 10th Mountain Division conducted an uncasing

and change-of-command ceremony in the

football stadium at Leesville High School Dec.

10.

During the ceremony, the brigade, battalion

and 705th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company

command teams uncased their units’ colors

and attached battle streamers indicative of their

recent campaigns in Afghanistan. Then Col.

Bruce P. Antonia and Command Sgt. Maj. Steven

L. Womack, the outgoing brigade commander

and command sergeant major, handed command

of the Patriot Brigade to Col. Mario A. Diaz and

Command Sgt. Maj. Noe R. Salinas.

Several distinguished visitors attended the

ceremony including guest speaker U.S. Sen.

David Vitter; Secretary of the Army (retired)

Robert Gates; Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commanding

general of 10th Mountain Division;

Brig. Gen. Clarence K. K. Chinn, commanding

general of Joint Readiness Training Center and

Fort Polk; several city mayors from the surrounding

area; wounded warriors; and Family members

of fallen heroes. Vitter welcomed the opportunity

to recognize the accomplishments of the

redeployed Soldiers and the outpouring of community

support.

“I am honored to be here, I am delighted to be

here, because I came for one very important but

simple reason –– to join all of you to say to these

brave men in uniform, ‘Thank you so much for

your service and sacrifice. We are proud of you.

We love you. Job well done; and welcome home

for Christmas,’” said Vitter. “And we are also

here to celebrate this community support that

these folks and all of Fort Polk have –– thank you

all and the local community and local leadership

for that.”

Leesville Mayor Robert Rose addressed the

Soldiers and acknowledged that more than a

year ago, the Soldiers and their Families undertook

a mission requiring great sacrifices. Rose

said it is good to have the brigade home and the

Soldiers “represent the best of what our nation

(has) and what each and every one of us hopes to

be.”

“The city salutes you and your Families and

thanks you for honoring our city and parish by

your presence here today, and by uncasing your

colors in our city,” said Rose. “The parade following

this ceremony is our humble way of honoring

you and demonstrating our gratitude. You

represent the message of the season –– ‘Hope for

a better tomorrow.’”

The city of Leesville hosted the ceremony

amid several celebratory events, including the

Please see Change, page 4A

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ROGER LEJEUNE / FORT POLK TASC


Obama: ‘On behalf of grateful nation, welcome home’

By Sgt. JESSICA M. KUHN

Army News

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — "As your commander

in chief and on behalf of a grateful nation, I am

proud to finally say these two words — welcome

home," President Barack Obama said, causing a

loud joyful roar from the crowd at Pope Army

Airfield on Fort Bragg, Dec. 14.

More than 3,000 service members gathered to

witness Obama's speech marking the end of the

war in Iraq.

"Fort Bragg, we are here to mark a historic moment,"

Obama said. "For nearly nine years, our

nation has been at war in Iraq, and you the incredible

men and women of Fort Bragg have

been there every step of the way serving with

honor while sacrificing greatly from the first

waves of the invasion to some of the last troops

to come home."

Prior to the president's speech First Lady

Change

Continued from page 3A

“Honors Party,” where local and regional

businesses provided food to

thousands of Soldiers and their

Family members free of charge before

the ceremony. Also, more than

3,000 Soldiers and a wounded warrior

float led an “Honor Parade”

and kicked off the city’s annual

Christmas parade through downtown

Leesville, themed “I’ll be

home for Christmas,” that followed

the ceremony.

During his remarks, Milley mentioned

the significance of acknowledging

fallen Soldiers, their Families

and wounded warriors. He asked

the audience to continually honor

their sacrifices through remembering

them every time they exercise

the freedoms they have as American

citizens.

“I think it is important … that we

should recognize the Families of our

fallen. To them, I wish you welcome.

There are … Family members

of (19) fallen (heroes) that are here,

and there is no amount of thanks

that could ever ease your pain,”

said Milley. “Each of the men in

front of you standing next to those

colors is a commander. Their company

commanders are behind them,

the brigade commanders are there

and I am a division commander;

and each of us who have done multiple

tours in combat have lost Soldiers.

“Those were our brothers that fell

on the fields of combat that day, and

they are our Family and you are our

Family; and you will always be a

member of the Army family. We

honor the fallen in many ways. Today

we have a change of command

ceremony. We have funerals; we

have plaques; we have mementos;

we have gold pins; we have flags.

There are so many ways to honor

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Dec. 16, 2011

Michelle Obama expressed her admiration to all

the service members as well as their Families.

"When I look out at this crowd, I have to tell

you I am simply overwhelmed and proud because

I know the level of strength and commitment

that you all display every single day," she

said. "Although your children, spouses, siblings

and Family members don't wear a uniform, they

serve right beside you."

The president spoke of how the U.S. military's

work during both Operation Iraqi Freedom and

Operation New Dawn hasn't gone unnoticed.

"All the fighting, all the crying and all the

bleeding as well as the building, training and

partnering has all led to this moment of success,"

Obama said. "Iraq is not a perfect place. It has

many challenges ahead, but we are leaving behind

a solid, stable and self-reliant government

that was elected by its people. We are building a

new partnership between our nations, and we

are ending a war not with a final battle but a final

the fallen –– the 24 Soldiers of this

brigade killed in action.”

Milley said he first met the outgoing

commander when Antonia was

a ranger regiment captain during a

rotation at JRTC during the 1990s.

Even back then, it was obvious that

Antonia would “rise to very high

levels,” he said.

“Bruce Antonia is absolutely one

of the finest brigade commanders

our Army has ever produced. He

has an extraordinarily bright future,

and he has done an incredible job

leading this brigade in places like

Charkh District, or Tangi Valley or

Sayed Abad or defending Highway

1 or Logar and Wardak (provinces)

in the southern gates of Kabul,” said

Milley. “Today is also not only a sad

day for the Antonias and the Womacks

to be giving up command, but

it is also a great day for our Army

because we are welcoming Colonel

Diaz, who has a tremendous reputation

as well, and his wife Shawn. We

know that they will provide this

brigade with tremendous leadership

in whatever challenges lie ahead.”

After thanking the Family members

of fallen heroes for travelling to

share in the ceremony “with the

brothers and sisters of … (their)

loved ones,” Antonia asked everyone

in attendance to keep in mind

the Soldiers who made the ultimate

sacrifice as well as their Family

members in the stadium and those

who could not be present.

“These men are American heroes

and will forever be remembered and

honored; not only by their brothers

and sisters in arms, not only by their

Families and friends, but through

the annals of history,” said Antonia.

“In this chapter of our great nation,

these men will be revered by all

Americans who come after us. Let

Col. Mario Diaz, incoming commander of 4th Brigade Combat

Team, 10th Mountain Division, receives the brigade’s colors from

Maj. Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of 10th Mountain Division,

during a change of command ceremony at Leesville High

School, Dec. 10.

us pause for a moment to respect

the sacrifices made by these men

and their Families.”

Antonia addressed the wounded

warriors in attendance and spoke of

their sacrifices to the nation. He detailed

how everyone around him ––

including his comrades, subordinates

and superiors, civilians and

Family members –– have supported

him during his time as commander

of the Patriot Brigade, and he

march home — an extraordinary achievement

that was nine years in the making."

After hearing the president's praise during his

speech, many Soldiers felt they had really contributed

to the success in Iraq, said Staff Sgt. Luis

Figueroa, a paratrooper with 3rd Brigade Combat

Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

"His speech made me feel like I accomplished

something while serving in the Army," Figueroa

said. "We helped build Iraq to where we can

leave and let them run their own country."

However, the war in Iraq ending only meant

one thing to the airborne Soldiers of Fort Bragg:

Now they can focus all their training and attention

on Afghanistan, said Sgt. Michael Way, a

paratrooper with 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute

Infantry Regiment, 82nd Abn. Div.

"It's nice to know the war in Iraq is ending so

we can close that chapter and focus primarily on

Afghanistan," Way said. "We will always do what

we need to do.”

thanked them all for their contributions.

“I have been privileged and

proud to have served beside the

professional Soldiers of the 4th

Brigade, 10th Mountain Division,

the supportive and working Soldiers

and civilians of Fort Polk, the

proud and distinctive 10th Mountain

Division and the caring community

surrounding Fort Polk,”

said Antonia.

Sgt. 1st Class MATT MEADOWS / 4th BCT, 10th MTN DIV


Families of fallen heroes get ‘Gold Star’ treatment

By Sgt. 1st Class MATT MEADOWS

4th BCT, 10th MTN DIV

FORT POLK, La. –– Soldiers and

Family members of the 4th Brigade

Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

enjoyed food, uncased colors,

attached battle streamers, changed

commanders and marched in an

“honor parade” in downtown

Leesville Dec. 10. Fallen heroes were

prevalent in thoughts and prayers

that day, but another group of related

people was represented and high

on the priority list of those participating

in the celebrations –– Gold

Star Families.

Gold Star Family members are

relatives of Soldiers who have made

the ultimate sacrifice in defense of

this nation and its freedoms. The

Patriot Brigade suffered 24 fallen

heroes during its latest deployment

to Afghanistan, and Gold Star Families

of 19 of those Soldiers were able

to attend and partake in events honoring

them and their heroes.

Units of the fallen Soldiers provided

escorts for the Gold Star Families

and enabled them to meet and

further friendships with Soldiers

who best knew and served with

their Soldiers.

“It was something that we knew

we wanted to be here, and we

wouldn’t have missed it for the

world –– not only for the honoring

of Cody but for the opportunity to

meet these other fine Soldiers,” said

Gold Star Family member Mike Mc-

Manigal of Holton, Kan. “They are a

part of our family now; and, sadly,

we didn’t really recognize that so

much until this event happened.”

McManigal and his wife Candy

were attending a rededication ceremony

of a hero wall at 3rd

Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment

for four of the Task Force Slugger

Soldiers who died in Afghanistan.

The McManigals are the parents of

Pfc. Cody G. Baker, who died Aug.

3 at the age of 19. Baker was part of

TF Slugger, but his assigned unit

was Company A, 2nd Battalion,

30th Infantry Regiment.

McManigal said he and his wife

“are on a very slow mend,” and that

the Army has been wonderful to

them. They said they have met

many great people and believe it is

because of the Army’s outreach that

they are progressing the way they

are.

“We definitely have peaks and

valleys that we go through, but we

are trying to see as much positive in

everything as we can, and I think

because of the support that we receive,

it helps us do that, helps us to

heal,” said McManigal. “Cody is a

great kid. He is quiet by nature, until

you get to know him. He has a

very contagious smile, and he can

be a friend to anybody.”

The McManigals said they are extremely

proud of Baker, everything

he represented and everything he

did. Their pride extends to other

Soldiers who died as well.

“We do feel that support, and it is

an amazing thing,” said McManigal.

“We had no idea that this type of

bond and support (exists). There is a

lot more to the military than we

even imagined, and it is one of the

good things left in this country, I believe.

“We understand when you hear

Soldiers talk about the camaraderie

and the family part of it, we know

what that means now,” continued

McManigal. “And even though

Cody will not be here with us, we

do feel (we are) a part of this family.”

McManigal said it has been a

pleasure getting to meet many of his

son’s comrades through Facebook,

even being able to meet their parents.

They have a new “small ring

of friends on Facebook” and plan to

continue to communicate with them

that way, he said.

Gold Star Family members Tom

Buzinski and his wife Carol, of Calabash,

N.C., their daughter Lauren

and six-year-old grandson Joey, attended

the brigade’s color uncasing

and change of command ceremony.

Their fallen hero, Sgt. Keith Buzinski

of Company B, 2nd Bn, 30th Inf

Reg, died in Afghanistan April 7.

“We probably still have our moments,”

said Buzinski speaking of

his son’s death. “There are more

times that we can talk about it than

we used to, and this is helping us

bring closure into our lives –– meeting

these troops that were with Keith

on that day.”

He said they knew instantly they

would attend the ceremony when

they first heard about it. They wanted

to show their appreciation for

the treatment they had received first

hand.

“We want to meet these people,

and thank them and give them a

hug for what they did for our son,”

said Buzinski. “It was just a great

day yesterday meeting a lot of these

people for the first time. The picnic

was just a wonderful experience.

They had a big 2-by-3 foot picture of

‘Buzz’ sitting at the table, and reserving

a table for us. That meant a

lot to us.”

Buzinski said the Amy has offered

him and his Family support 24

hours a day, if needed. This type of

support for the Buzinski Gold Star

Family began from the day they

were notified of their son’s death

and continues to this day, he said.

“I can’t imagine anything else

Lt. Col. Phillip Chambers, commander of 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry

Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division,

unveils a photo of fallen Soldier Pfc. Cody G. Baker as Baker’s parents,

Mike and Candy McManigal, attend a rededication ceremony

of a hero wall at squadron headquarters Dec. 10. Baker died in

Afghanistan Aug. 3 at the age of 19 and was part of 3/89 Cav’s Task

Force Slugger, but was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion,

30th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div.

Tom and Carol Buzinski of Calabash, N.C., along with their daughter

Lauren, pose for a picture with leaders and Soldiers of 2nd Battalion,

30th Infantry Regiment during a free event for Fort Polk Soldiers

and Family members at Leesville High School Dec. 10. The

Buzinskis are a Gold Star family who were invited to attend an uncasing

and change of command ceremony for the 4th Brigade

Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. They wanted to meet comrades

and leaders who knew and worked with their son, Sgt. Keith

Buzinski, a fallen hero of Company B, 2nd Bn, 30th Inf Reg, who

died in Afghanistan April 7.

that the Army could have done for

us besides bring our son back,

which is impossible to do,” said

Buzinski. “Other than that, we just

feel the support every day that the

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Sgt. 1sr Class MATT MEADOWS


Legion of Merit awarded

Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commander of the 10th

Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y., presents Command

Sgt. Maj. Steven Womack, 4th Brigade Combat

Team, 10th Mountain Division, with the Legion of

Merit Dec. 10 in the gym of Leesville High School

during a private award ceremony. Womack led the

4th BCT during their recent deployment in support of

Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Staff Sgt. ERIC A. RODRIGEUZ/4th BCT, 10th MTN DIV

These party-goers, led

by Army spouse

Cheryl Alexander,

started an impromptu

dance line amidst the

festivities at the Honor

Party in Leesville Dec.

10.

Party

Continued from page 2A

But what about the guests at this patriotic

yuletide soiree? Many of them were

packed into buses, ordered to be there, in

uniform, for a change of command ceremony,

then to march down Third Street

to lead Leesville’s annual Christmas parade.

This was their Saturday, too. What

did they think of all this?

As I heard one Soldier put it, “If these

people want to be out here for me, to

honor me, then I want to be here for

them.” I watched hundreds of Soldiers

eating mightily, nodding their heads in

approval, and smiles must have been

part of their uniform of the day.

Several Families took advantage of the

inflatable jump houses and slides to keep

their kids entertained, but mostly they

just sat together, bathed in sunlight that

illuminated their love for each other.

Baby strollers and blankets were

grouped in sections, with mommies and

daddies cradling children, bouncing

them on their laps, kissing them, making

Joshua Jordan Ingo, 2

(left) and Bravlio Pescina,

3, reach into one of

the barrels that were

filled with free drink s

for everyone at the

Honors Party.

Soldiers enjoy free food and beverages offered at the Honors Party in Leesville

Dec. 10 .

them laugh and giggle. Husbands and

wives, recently reunited, kept close to

each other.

I spoke to a police officer that was stationed

near the exit. There was no concern

about crime –– “Heck, these are

about 5,000 of the best-behaved people

you could ask for,” he said.

And that’s when the third thing struck

me. These Soldiers, and their Families,

really were happy to be there. They were

looking forward to marching in the parade,

not because they were the stars of

it, but because all of these people in the

community were counting on them to be

there. So the turnout was tremendous,

the warm and fuzzy feelings floated

around as freely as the smell of barbecue,

and, as cliché as it sounds, a good time

really was had by all. The events of that

day make me proud to be both a member

of an appreciative community and an

employee of an equally appreciative

Army.

Some of the hundreds of volunteers

providing food and service

during the Honor Party in Leesville

Dec. 10 walk ed around with trays

of food, handing out hot dogs and

other treats to anyone that ask ed.

JEAN DUBIEL / GUARDIAN

Master Sgt. Robert Theriot, Headquarters

and Headquarters Company, 4th

Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain

Division, bundles up against the chilly

weather with spouse Nicole, who wore

her self-designed sock monkey hat for

the occasion.


Exercise tests 1st MEBs DCRF response ability

By CHUCK CANNON

Guardian staff writer

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part

look at the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade’s

Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological and

Nuclear Response Force training exercise conducted

on Fort Polk Dec. 4-9. See the Dec. 23 edition

of The Guardian for the conclusion.

FORT POLK, La. — Before taking on the role

of the Army’s lead element in the Defense Chemical,

Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response

Force, or DCRF, on Sept. 30, Fort Polk’s

1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade took part in

a training exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

During the 1st MEB’s transfer of authority ceremony,

Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort

Polk commander Brig. Gen. Clarence K. K.

Chinn, said the unit’s Soldiers were the best

trained fighting force in the world and the best

trained when it came to the DCRF mission.

“Our nation can sleep soundly at night knowing

that in the event of a natural disaster or

chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident,

the 1st MEB is fully prepared and trained to

deploy on a moment’s notice anywhere in the nation,”

Chinn said.

The DCRF mission includes taking command

of Task Force Operations. TF-OPS must be ready

to deploy forces within 24 hours upon receipt of

orders to respond to a crisis. Its mission is to deploy

forces in support of DCRF to save lives and

minimize human suffering, while under the Operational

Control of Joint Task Force-Civil Support,

by providing support to civil authorities,

protecting personnel and providing a corridor of

relief to restore the Joint Operations Area to operational

levels.

JTF-CS, a subordinate command of United

States Northern Command and headquartered at

Fort Eustis, Va., provides command and control

for Department of Defense forces deployed in

support of the National Response plan, specifically

managing the consequences of a domestic

chemical, biologial, radiological, nuclear and

high-yield explosive situation or natural disaster.

Its activation is prompted by a request for support

from civil leaders.

The 1st MEB had an opportunity to corroborate

Chinn’s statement — and justify the Army’s

confidence in its ability — during an exercise

Dec. 4-9 that tested the force’s ability to deploy

on a short time-line and handle a plethora of

problems, including crowd control, debris removal,

life-saving operations and humanitarian

assistance.

“For our Soldiers, it allows us to lay out and

practice the things we didn’t get to do at Camp

Atterbury, Indiana, like how we move, how we

move our vehicles, equipment and systems,”

said Col. David T. Theisen, commander, 1st MEB.

“It gives the Soldiers confidence and gets them

comfortable with the systems they’ll be using.

Plus, it’s great training.”

The training scenario revolved around an

earthquake striking near Memphis, Tenn., along

the New Madrid fault line that traverses the midsection

of the U.S. The exercise began with Soldiers

moving vehicles to Fort Polk’s rail yard

Dec. 4 to prep for movement to the Memphis

area. Vehicles were prepped for loading onto rail

cars.

At the rear, from left, Col. David. T. Theisen, commander, 1st Maneuver Enhancement

Brigade; Brig. Gen. Clarence K. K. Chinn, commander, Joint Readiness Training Center and

Fort Polk; Lt. Col. Robert Molinari, JRTC Operations Group; Lt. Col. Glenn Schmick, commander,

519th Military Police Battalion; and Col. Richard Harris, JRTC Ops Group, look on

as a Soldier with the 204th Military Police Company, 519th MP Bn, 1st MEB, tends a victim

during a mass casualty event, part of a DCRF training exercise conducted by 1st MEB Dec.

4-9.

After rail operations were complete, Soldiers

and equipment moved out Dec. 5 to set up unit

tactical operations centers and make contact with

local civilian leaders to determine what help was

needed. The unit used villages in Fort Polk’s

training area — normally designed to replicate

towns in Afghanistan and Iraq — to simulate

portions of Memphis and nearby towns.

Among the 1st MEB units tasked with various

missions was the 204th Military Police Company,

519th Military Police Battalion. The MPs found

themselves conducting convoy security, humanitarian

assistance, crowd control and mass casualty

triage during the week-long exercise.

Capt. Curtis Allen, commander, 204th MP Co,

said it was hard not to be happy with his Soldiers’

efforts.

“It’s all about building on what we’ve

learned,” Allen said. “There are a lot of lessons

learned.”

One of the biggest lessons Allen noted was the

change of mindset among Soldiers.

“We have to change from a combat focus to

one of helping Americans,” Allen said. “We’re

not dealing with battlefields and enemy combatants;

we’re dealing with Americans, our fellow

Sgt. Thomas Rivera, left, and Spc. Jason

Brown, 204th MP Co, tend to a victim during

a mass casualty exercise, part of a

DCRF exercise conducted by 1st MEB

Dec.4-9 on Fort Polk.

countrymen. There’s a big difference — we’re not

doing law enforcement, we’re providing assistance.”

Allen pointed to one of the mass casualty exer-

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Crowds line streets to celebrate holiday, honor 4,000 troops’ return with Leesville Christmas Parade

GUARDIAN STAFF

FORT POLK, La. — The city of Leesville managed

to combine the spirit of Christmas and patriotism

in one huge tribute to the season and

4,000 Fort Polk 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th

Mountain Division Soldiers upon their recent

return from a year-long deployment in

Afghanistan.

The happy occasion centered around the annual

Leesville Christmas parade Dec. 10 hosted

by the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce.

The parade celebrated the holidays with carolers,

motorcycle riders and bands — ending with

a special appearance from Jolly Old St. Nick.

Soldiers from Fort Polk's 4th Brigade Combat

Team, 10th Mountain Division Wounded

Warriors ride atop a float adorned with

Christmas decorations. The Soldiers, along

with 4,000 troops, were "welcomed home"

Dec. 10 by Leesville Christmas parade

crowds who lined the streets of downtown

Leesville.

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Santa Claus and Ms. Claus made a special appearance, marking the

close of the Leesville Christmas parade Dec. 10 in downtown

Leesville. The couple tossed candy atop a firetruck to the crowds below.

Students from Leesville Middle School sing Christmas carols on the steps of the Vernon Parish

Courthouse prior to the start of the Leesville Christmas parade Dec.10. More than 4,000 Fort

Polk Soldiers marched in the parade that served as a welcome home event for their return

from Afghanistan and Iraq.

JENNIFER DORVAL/ GUARDIAN

Soldiers with Fort Polk's 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, march through

downtown Leesville during a city-wide welcome home ceremony in the town's annual Christmas

parade and festivities. Nearly 4,000 Soldiers participated in the parade. The City of

Leesville fed the Soldiers and their Families prior to the parade.

CHUCK CANNON/ GUARDIAN

A motorcycle rider from American Legion Riders Leesville revs her

engine for the crowd during the Leesville Christmas parade Dec. 10 in

Downtown Leesville.

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JENNIFER DORVAL/ GUARDIAN

Children atop a parade float toss candy to the crowd Dec. 10 during

Leesville Christmas day parade in downtown Leesville.

Paradegoers went all out in showing their holiday spirit — decorating

their cars, floats and even tractors with Christmas cheer.

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Local bakery creates patriotic cake, feeds more than 5,000

By Sgt. 1st Class MATT MEADOWS

4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div

FORT POLK, La. –– “Let them

eat cake,” is how Russell Bailey responded

when the Greater Vernon

Parish Chamber of Commerce decided

to feed about 5,000 Fort Polk

Soldiers and their Families free of

charge at an “Honors Party,” held

prior to the 4th Brigade Combat

Team, 10th Mountain Division’s

change of command ceremony and

the Leesville Christmas parade

Dec. 10.

Bailey is the owner of Bailey’s

Bakery. When chamber members

told him no one was making

desserts for the feast to help celebrate,

honor and show appreciation

for Fort Polk Soldiers and military

Families, he had the idea to

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serve a cake decorated as an American

flag big enough to feed thousands

of people.

“I told my mom (Sue Bailey),

who is my lead decorator. When I

told her about my idea of making

a cake, she said, ‘What, are you going

to make one to feed 500 or

600?’ I said no, we need to make it

big, like for 4,000,” said Bailey.

“And then I found out the families

were coming … and so I said we

need to go bigger. We need to

make it at least 5,000, so we made

it for 5,200.”

Bailey contacted Dawn Food

Products of Houston and some of

his other bakery suppliers and told

them his idea and that he “wanted

to go big or go home.”

He said they all supported the

idea and donated the supplies he

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His supplier even threw in 100

dozen cookies just to ensure there

would be enough to feed everyone

and no one went without.

“And so we hatched the plan,”

said Bailey. “I told her (Sue Bailey)

I want to make an American flag

cake. That’s obvious, we had to

make it a flag, you know.”

Bailey did all of the baking,

which required 52 full sheet cakes

each using 12 pounds of batter.

He said the cake weighed about

748 pounds, and the blue icing

alone weighed 64 pounds.

The stars were made out of fondant,

and the bakery used a special

template just to make sure their

placement was correct.

While the total actual baking

time was about 12 hours, it took

about three days just to decorate

the cake, equaling at least about 40

to 50 man hours to include planning.

Bailey said his commitment for

the project to provide a cake for

Soldiers and their Families comes

from his pride and patriotism at

being an American.

This is not so unusual for the

Leesville area, especially when one

considers his background.

“I grew up here, and my dad is

a retired railroader. In fact, he took

basic training at Fort Polk back in

the 60s,” said Bailey. “So, we’ve always

had Soldiers and Families

that have moved in and out. I have

a lot of friends who are military

now and (who) are retired. It has

always been quite a good connection

to the military here in our

community.”

Bailey, who serves on the board

of directors for the chamber, believes

celebrating and honoring

Fort Polk Soldiers should become

a yearly event and not just a onetime

thing.

He doesn’t think Soldiers

should have to redeploy from

harm’s way for such an event to

occur.

“It has been quite an honor to be

able to serve (Soldiers),” Bailey

continued. “We are really trying to

give back to our community, because

Leesville is a military town.

As you can see from the response

from local businesses, we are all

for doing what we can to give back

to the Army community and give

back to those who serve us to protect

our freedoms.”

Lt. Col Dennis Yates (left), Joint Readiness Training Center and

Fort Polk chief of staff, and Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Womack,

outgoing brigade command sergeant major of 4th Brigade Combat

Team, 10th Mountain Division, cut a 20-by-40-foot flag cake at

the Honors Party in Leesville Dec. 10. Bailey’s Bakery made the

748-pound cake and their suppliers donated the ingredients to

serve about 5,200 Fort Polk Soldiers and their Family members.

Sgt. 1st Class MATT MEADOWS / 4TH BCT, 10TH MTN DIV


Fort Polk officially welcomes 115th Combat Support Hospital home

By ANGIE THORNE

After hours editor

The 115th Combat Support Hospital redeployment

ceremony took place Dec. 9 at 1st Maneuver

Enhancement Brigade Field. As the doctors,

nurses and medics of the CSH stood in formation

on the cold, blustery day, they were officially

welcomed home by Fort Polk and their commanding

officers.

After the uncasing of the colors, Commander

of the 1st Medical Brigade, Col. Bruce McVeigh,

spoke to those in attendance. “We gather to honor

these brave warriors as they return home safe

and sound from their year-long deployment in

the Afghanistan theater of operation in support

of Operation Enduring Freedom,” said McVeigh.

“Their medical efforts on the battlefield sustained

United States and coalition forces as they took

the fight to an enduring enemy, pushed to maintain

stability and enabled the Afghanistan Army

to stand on their own and allow other civilian

leadership to form a new government that will

attain success long after U.S. operations in that

part of the world end,” said McVeigh.

He said the CSH’s health care successes

helped save thousands of lives and was a true

force multiplier on a complex battlefield and liaisons

with civic operations and did an outstanding

job in their cooperative working engagement.

“Though never easy to work with coalition

forces, this unit did it with pride, professionalism

and dedication saving lives,” said McVeigh.

“This CSH took on a mission and had the

daunting task of setting up health care in an area

that a year ago had nothing. They endured tough

conditions at every turn, experienced uncertainty

and other challenges, but they did so with an

Army Strong spirit and, in the end, made sure

everyone came back home. For that, we are all

truly thankful,” he said.

Col. Patricia Darnauer, the CSH commander,

took her place at the podium. She said it was less

than two weeks ago that 115th CSH relinquished

the mission of providing level one, two and three

health service preventive medicine support,

while also leading a medical task force more than

400 strong that spanned the southwestern and

western regions of Afghanistan. “The warrior

medics before you accomplished their medical

mission. They treated more than 1,500 in-patients

and 15,500 outpatients since the beginning of this

year. This year, we created a synchronized medical

delivery system supported by a functional

task force headquarters that facilitated communication,

ensured adherence to standards of clinical

practice and provided administrative support to

direct reporting units,” said Darnauer.

She said she couldn’t help but be incredibly

proud of the “magnificent members” of the

115th. “What an inspiring group they are. Our

clinicians invested themselves in research and

publication, ensuring best practices, case studies

and research protocols were documented for our

successors. Junior officers and the vast majority

of our enlisted members pursued lofty personal

and educational goals. In the course of this year,

we earned multiple degrees, completed hundreds

of hours of college coursework, earned

three battlefield promotions to sergeant, reenlisted

scores of Soldiers and completed enough education

hours to validate every 68 Whiskey for his

or her 2012 Emergency Medical Technician certification.

The members of this team rose above

any personal strife and recommitted themselves

to mission accomplishment. To all members of

the 115th CSH, thank you again for your steadfastness

and professionalism,” said Darnauer.

Darnauer then spoke directly to the 115th

Families. “You were the foundation upon which

our hospital and task force was built. You were

our motivation during our separation.”

Wendy Branconier, a 115th CSH spouse attending

the ceremony, said it was awesome to

have her husband home, especially for the holidays.

“I feel complete again and the kids are super

excited. Spending time with us is his No. 1

priority,” said Branconier.

Lelia Payne, another spouse at the event, said

this was her husband’s third deployment. “It’s

absolutely wonderful to have him home again,”

said Payne.

Capt. Elvis Gonzalez, a returning 115th CSH

Soldier, said that the best thing about his mission

was the gratification of seeing the treatment given

to Soldiers and nationals, especially the children.

“People were treated equally. I’ve seen

everyone from surgeons to nurses show their patients

how much they cared in the course of performing

their duties,” said Gonzalez. “Now that

I’m home, I’m enjoying spending time with my

Family and relaxing.”

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Polk people

With Christmas nearly here, Guardian staff asked members of the Fort Polk

community, “Do you have a holiday tradition?” Here are their replies:

Staff Sgt. Lloyd

Terry: “The only

thing we really do is

have a big family get

together to exchange

gifts.”

Spc. Delana Hefner:

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Family makes

Christmas cookies.

Sometimes we even

do holiday shapes."

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“We get together to

decorate the Christmas

tree and hang

lights.”

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"My Family is Hispanic,

so we do a

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and stay up until

midnight to open

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: "Every

Christmas Eve

we open one

present and

read a Christmas

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also decorate

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Army has given us (including) getting here and

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cises to make his point.

“When one of our platoons

comes up on a mass casualty event,

and there are bodies strewn all

around, the concern should be treating

the injured and getting the more

seriously injured to medical care at

hospitals, instead of making sure

there are rubber oil pans under each

vehicle and a convoy is set up to

move patients,” Allen said. “We’re

not moving through a combat zone

— we’re evacuating injured Americans.

We’re not moving through a

firefight; we need to get the casualties

where they can be treated.”

Second Lt. Brittany Bowen, 2nd

Platoon Leader, 204th MP Co, said

that when she received her MP

branch assignment, she never

dreamed she’d be called on to conduct

triage operations during a

mass casualty event.

“But it’s pretty cool to be able to

do this,” she said. “We’re defending

and saving the lives of actual Americans.”

Bowen said she was pleased with

the effort put forth by the Soldiers

in her platoon.

“I have the best NCOs and Soldiers

on post,” she said “We did all

of our practice earlier in the week

and today we came in, everyone

knew their tasks and we knocked it

out. If we get called out for a real

world mission, we will be ready.”

First Sgt. Nathaniel Campbell, the

204th MP Co’s top enlisted Soldier,

watched as his second platoon went

through their paces in the mass casualty

event.

“We set the standard,

and whatever we’re

called out to do, we’ll

do.”

Pvt. NICHOLAS HUNT

204th MP Co, 519th MP Bn

“This is what we do as MPs, “ he

said. “It’s ordinary law enforcement,

just in the field, hooah. For 10

years we’ve been fighting a war

concentrating our efforts in the

desert, protecting and defending

people from other countries. Now,

we can take care of our own. The

National Guard and Reserves get to

do that all of the time, but we don’t.

It’s a nice change.”

Pvt. Nicholas Hunt, 204th MP Co,

said being part of the DCRF was “a

huge responsibility.”

“We have to put in a lot of effort

and hard work,” Hunt said. “We

provide as much help as possible. I

honestly never thought I would be

doing patient triage as an MP. But

you know, we set the standard, and

whatever we’re called out to do,

we’ll do.”

Soldiers with the 204th MP Co remove and carry an injured person to an

ambulance during a mass casualty event, part of a DCRF training exercise

conducted by 1st MEB on Fort Polk Dec. 4-9.

Sgt. Jessie Swinyer, 204th Military Police Company, 519th Military

Police Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, explains to

two earthquake "victims" where they can receive aid during a 1st

MEB Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response

Force training exercise on Fort Polk Dec. 4-8.

Military policemen with the 1st Maneuver Enhancement

Brigade process a survivor and provide him with food during

a DCRF training exercise simulating an earthquake in

the Memphis, Tenn., area. The event took place on Fort Polk

Dec. 4-9.

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for three months. Classes start Jan. 6. Preballet

classes are Mondays, 5:15-6 p.m., in

bldg 2070. Classes cost $30 per month or

$90 for three months and begin Jan. 9.

For more information call 531-

1955/1956.

PWOC

Protestant Women of the Chapel will not

meet through Jan. 10. The Wednesday

evening study resumes Jan. 11 and Tuesday

morning meetings resume Jan. 17.

For more information call (337) 353-

2185.

CYSS Sports

Child, Youth and School Services offers

the following youth sports activities:

• Soccer: Registration runs through Jan.

7. Practice starts mid-January and the season

is Feb. 4 through March 24.

Cost for 3-year-olds is $20 and ages 4-17

is $40.

• Winter swim team: Registration runs

through Dec. 31. This team is for youth

ages 5-18 and costs $65.

• Shooting adventures: Registration

runs through Tuesday for ages 8-16 and

costs $15. Events include .22/skeet

(Wednesday), paintball (Thursday) and

archery/rockwall climb (Dec. 23).

Cost includes range fees, transportation,

equipment and a snack.

The bus leaves Perez Field at 11 a.m. and

returns at 2:30 p.m. each day.

Intramural basketball

The Fort Polk Intramural Sports Office

begins its basketball season Jan. 9. Games

are played at the 1st Maneuver Enhancement

Brigade Gym. The championship will

be held at the end of February.

Teams must have 10 players and one

coach.

The coach is responsible for completing

the team and unit alpha rosters, securing

two points of contact and compiling a list

of all military commitments.

This information must be submitted by

Jan. 4 to the Soldiers Athletic Complex.

Basketball is open to authorized Directorate

of Family Morale, Welfare and

Recreation users. For more information call

531-2056.

Please see Briefs, page 4B

Section B

VA outpatient clinic opens

By RACHEL REISCHLING

Guardian staff writer

FORT POLK, La. — Local veterans used

words like “tremendous” and “spectacular”

when speaking of the new Alexandria Veterans

Affairs Medical Center’s Fort Polk Community-

Based Outpatient Clinic Tuesday.

They were not waxing poetic or speaking in

hyperbole, but telling frankly of the long wait

area veterans have endured for a facility of this

kind.

Retired Col. Wade Jenkins, of the Community

Chapter of Disabled Veterans,

Alexandria/Pineville, said, “As a 30-year veteran,

this is a huge help to the veterans, who can

now be taken care of locally rather than driving a

half or whole day for health care. This is a

tremendous event.”

Guest speaker Simon Muntean Jr., who lives in

Burkeville, Texas and used to commute nearly

two hours to the VA hospital in Beaumont, said,

“It’s a huge difference having this clinic.”

Muntean, who has already made use of the

clinic more than once, spoke positively of his experiences

there.

“The entire staff is out of sight,” he said.

The new 15,500-square-foot clinic will serve

about 2,500 veterans and provide about 7,000

clinic visits each year.

The clinic staff includes two primary care

providers, a clinical psychologist, two social

workers, a handful of nurses and a pharmacist.

Veterans weren’t the only ones who spoke

highly of the clinic.

Gracie Specks, director of the Alexandria VA

Medical Center, spoke with enthusiasm of honoring

veterans during the opening, as did George

Gray Jr., network director of South Central VA

Health Care; Lane Carson, Secretary of the

Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs; C.

Robert Rose, Leesville’s mayor; and Brig. Gen.

Clarence K.K. Chinn, commander of the Joint

Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk.

“We didn’t just want to build a building,” said

Specks. “We wanted a team of employees serving

the needs of the veterans of this area, because

you deserve the best.”

Gray spoke of one of the VA’s goals: “To move

as close to the veteran as possible and to be as

convenient to them as possible.”

He added that the VA is constantly improving,

referencing a new outpatient clinic for veterans

in Natchitoches and a renovation of facilities in

Lake Charles and Lafayette.

Carson, who lauded central Louisiana as a

“strongly patriotic, pro-vet area,” added that the

opening of the clinic “has been a hard-earned

partnership of all levels of our government.”

Rose spoke of the moment being “significant

to the city and the region. Today we celebrate a

new chapter in the development of this area.

“Today is not just about the opening of a clinic.

It’s an investment. For years to come this

building will stand as a reminder of the trust the

Department of Veterans Affairs invested in our

community to care for one of America’s prized

assets: Our men and women who served.”

He added, “The construction may be finished,

but our committment is not.”

Chinn, the keynote speaker, said, “This clinic

is a small token of appreciation. It makes a difference

because right now it’s in this community. It

used to be a whole day’s drive.

“It’s about people who make a difference.

You’re our most valuable resource and we need

to honor that and give back to you.”

Gary McCain, 1st vice commander of American

Legion Post 145, came with no prepared

speech. He said, simply, “We’ve needed this clinic

for a long time. We’ve got it and we’re going to

use it.”

RACHEL REISCHLING / GUARDIAN

State and local officials participate

in a ribbon cutting ceremony

for the Alexandria VA Medical

Center's Fort Polk Community-

Based Outpatient Clinic Tuesday.

On hand were (from left) Gracie

Specks, medical center director at

the Alexandria VA; Leesville Mayor

Robert Rose; Simon Montean

Jr., a clinic patron who spoke

positively of his experience there;

Gary McCain, 1st Vice Commander

of the American Legion, Post

145, of Leesville; Secretary of the

Louisiana Department of Veterans

Affairs Lane Carson; Joint Readiness

Training Center and Fort Polk

commander Brig. Gen. Clarence

K.K. Chinn; and George H. Gray

Jr., network director of the South

Central VA Health Care Network.

Guardian

Dec. 16, 2011/1B


Fort Polk celebrates college graduates’ accomplishments

By JENNIFER DORVAL

Guardian staff writer

FORT POLK, La. — Being in college

is challenging for nearly every

student. From late night study sessions

to financial aid, homework assignments

and final exams, the dedication

it takes to graduate with a

degree can open doors and welcome

opportunities for a successful future.

That dedication paid off for students

from Central Texas College,

Northwestern State University, Upper

Iowa University, Central Michigan

University, Louisiana State University,

Columbia Southern University

and Phoenix University as they

celebrated their accomplishments

Dec. 8 during the Joint Readiness

Training Center and Fort Polk College

Graduate Recognition Ceremony

at the Main Post Chapel.

JRTC and Fort Polk commanding

general Brig. Gen. Clarence K.K.

Chinn delivered the commencement

address and congratulated the graduates

for obtaining their degrees.

“A difficult task once started

must be completed, so tonight we

honor 125 graduates, 71 of whom

are walking across the stage tonight

who understand that,” Chinn said.

“You demonstrated that you are not

afraid to sacrifice in pursuit of a

goal, and in doing so, you remind

us of the importance in facing life’s

challenges head on, knocking down

obstacles placed in our way and

paving a road for others to follow.”

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and as long as you have that drive

and motivation from your Family

and friends, you can keep going.”

Graduates

From Central Texas College:

Noel Jaco and Diana Watson received

an associate of applied science

in criminal justice; Linda Winston

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Nicole Crabb received an associate

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assistant; Kenneth Holmes received

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Graduates representing seven colleges get ready to walk the stage

Dec. 8 at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk college

graduate recognition ceremony at the Main Post Chapel. Top row

from left: Trennell Brown, Columbia Southern University;

Matthew Wallace, Northwestern State University; Daniel Hochstatter,

Louisiana State University; Michael Keiss, Upper Iowa University.

Front row from left: Walquidia Sanchez, Central Texas College;

Kamela Hall, Central Michigan University; and Fredrick Davis Sr.,

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McIntire, Kenneth McKinney, Lyn

Moss, Sandra Parnell, Louis Payne,

Henry Portillo, Walquidia Sanchez,

Ricky Smith, Shannon Smith, Jason

Sweeney, Angel Thomas, Reinaldo

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Sherita Yarbrough and Zahyra Yates

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Rickie Buley, Jr., Raymond

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Wayne Lund, Ronald Mammano,

LaTonya Martin, Jeffery Morgan,

Gabriela Nazario, Monicalee

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Rhonda Weeks, Tyronica White and

Virginia Wisdom received an associate

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DFMWR announces holiday operating hours on Fort Polk

DFMWR

FORT POLK, La. –– Stay informed

of happenings on post with

the Directorate of Family Morale,

Welfare and Recreation’s announcement

of holiday hours:

• 1st Maneuver Enhancement

Brigade Gym: Open Sunday from 10

a.m.-6 p.m. and Monday through

Dec. 23 from 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed

Dec. 24-26; open Dec. 27-30 from 5

a.m.-8 p.m. and Dec. 31 from 10

a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Jan. 1-2; open

Jan. 3 from 5 a.m.-8 p.m.

• 162nd Infantry Brigade Gym:

Open Sunday through Dec. 24 from

11 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Dec. 25; open

Dec. 26-31 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.;

closed Jan. 1; open Jan. 2 from 8

a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Jan. 3 from 6

a.m.-10 p.m.

• Allen Memorial Library: Open

Sunday from 2-6 p.m., Monday

through Thursday from 10 a.m.-7

p.m., Dec. 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Dec. 24 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed

Dec. 25-26; open Dec. 27-29 from 10

a.m.-7 p.m., Dec. 30 from 10 a.m.-5

p.m., Dec. 31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;

closed Jan. 1-2; open Jan. 3 from 10

a.m.-7 p.m.

• Alligator Lake Recreation Site:

Closed Sunday; open Monday

through Dec. 23 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.;

closed Dec. 24-26; open Dec. 27-30

from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Dec. 31-

Jan. 2; open Jan. 3 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Arts and Crafts Center: Closed

Sunday and Monday; open Tuesday

from noon-8 p.m., Wednesday and

Thursday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Dec.

23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed from

Dec. 24-26; open Dec. 27 from noon-

8 p.m., Dec. 28-29 from 11 a.m.-7

p.m., Dec. 30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;

closed from Dec. 31-Jan. 2; open

Jan. 3 from noon-8 p.m.

The

• Auto Skills Center: Open Sunday

from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday

from 1:30-9 p.m.; closed Tuesday

and Wednesday; open Thursday

from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 23 from

1:30-9 p.m., Dec. 24 from 8:30 a.m.-4

p.m.; closed Dec. 25; open Dec. 26

from 1:30-9 p.m.; closed Dec. 27-28;

open Dec. 29 from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.,

Dec. 30 from 1:30-9 p.m., Dec. 31

from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Jan. 1;

open Jan. 2 from 1:30-9 p.m.; closed

Jan. 3.

• Cantrell Fitness Center: Closed

Sunday; open Monday through Dec.

23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Dec.

24-26; open Dec. 27-30 from 9 a.m.-5

p.m.; closed Dec. 31-Jan. 3.

• Mulligan’s restaurant and bar:

Open Sunday through Dec. 24 from

10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Dec. 25;

open Dec. 26-29 from 10:30 a.m.-5

p.m., Dec. 30 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.,

Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed

Jan. 1; open Jan. 2 from 10:30 a.m.-5

p.m., Jan. 3 from 4:30-6 p.m.

• Recreational shooting complex:

Open Sunday and Monday from 10

a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesday; open

Wednesday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;

closed Thursday; open Dec. 23-24

from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Dec. 25;

open Dec. 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;

closed Dec. 27; open Dec. 28 from 10

a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Dec. 29; open

Dec. 30-Jan. 2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;

closed Jan. 3.

• Rental Center: Closed Sunday;

open Monday through Dec. 23 from

8 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 24 from 8 a.m.noon;

closed Dec. 25-26; open Dec.

27-30 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 31

from 8 a.m.-noon; closed Jan. 1-2;

open Jan. 3 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

• South Fort 50-meter Pool: Open

Sunday from noon-7 p.m.; closed

Monday; open Tuesday through

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• Spare Time Lounge: Open Sunday

from noon-9 p.m., Monday

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Dec. 24 from noon-6 p.m.; closed

Dec. 25; open Dec. 26 from 3:30-9

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Dec. 31 from 3 p.m.-1 a.m., Jan. 1

from noon-8 p.m., Jan. 2-3 from

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3 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

• Warrior Hills Golf Course:

Open Sunday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.;

closed Monday; open Tuesday

through Thursday from 8 a.m.-5

p.m., Dec. 23-24 from 7:30 a.m.-5

p.m.; closed Dec. 25; open Dec. 26-

30 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 31 from

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Jan. 1-2;

open Jan. 3 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Open Sunday from 7 a.m.-8

p.m., Monday through Dec. 23 from

5 a.m.-10 p.m., Dec. 24 from 8 a.m.-

4:30 p.m.; closed Dec. 25; open Dec.

26 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Dec. 27-30

from 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Dec. 31 from

noon-10 p.m.; closed Jan. 1; open

Jan. 2 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Jan. 3 from

5 a.m.-10 p.m.

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Dec. 16, 2011/3B


Military Police participate in Armed Forces Appreciation Day

519th MILITARY POLICE BATTALION

SULPHUR, La. — More than 150 Soldiers and

Family members of the 519th Military Police Battalion

joined the community of Sulphur, La., in

celebration of its annual Armed Forces Appreciation

Day Nov. 12 at the Recreation and Aquatic

Center.

Each year, the city of Sulphur conducts an

Armed Forces Appreciation Day following Veteran’s

Day in recognition of the achievements, sacrifices

and dedication of veterans, service members

and their Families.

The 519th MP Bn’s chain of command and Soldiers

shared quality time with local veterans and

the community.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8107, American

Legion Post 171, the Armed Forces Committee of

Sulphur, Victory Worship Center and many other

volunteers in the community organized the

event.

Chris Duncan, mayor of Sulphur, said he was

happy to see all of the support the Viper Family

Briefs

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Cantrell closure

Cantrell Fitness Center closes for renovations

Jan. 1 for about one year. Renovations include interior

and exterior upgrades. During the closure,

fitness needs may be met at Wheelock Fitness

Center, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade

Gym, 162nd Infantry Brigade Gym and the Operations

Group Gym.

Teen lock-in

Child, Youth and School Services’ Middle

School and Teen program hosts a lock-in today

and Saturday from 6 p.m.-7 a.m. at the Siegfried

Youth Center. Youth will enjoy dinner and breakfast,

skating, movies and bowling.

The lock-in is open to youth in grades six

through 12 that are registered with CYSS. The

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clothing and footwear to participate in competitive

activities. Lounge or sleepwear will not be

allowed in the bowling center. For more information

call 531-1992.

Commissary hours

The Fort Polk Commissary operates under the

following holiday hours: Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Monday through Dec. 23, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Dec.

24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dec. 25-26, closed; Dec. 27, 9:30

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9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Jan. 1-2, closed; Jan. 3, 9:30 a.m.-8

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Special openings

Child, Youth and School Services offers special

openings Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for children

ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. To reserve a

space, reservations must be made by noon today.

Cost is $35 per day per child and must be paid in

full at the time of reservation.

Parents must bring hourly care packets for all

children on the day of care. Children must be

registered with CYSS to attend.Call 531-1955 for

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Brunch update

Sunday Brunch at the Warrior Community

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Jan. 8 at 10 a.m.

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dependents, ages 12-18, Monday

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attached garage. Located in the Rosepine school district in

a very desirable subdivision, this is one you need to see. Call

Century 21 for an appointment to see 02-2677.

AWESOME NEW HOME... With over 2100 sq. ft. of

heated space, this beautiful home offers 4 bedrooms (all

with tray ceilings), 2 baths, a living room, separate dining

room, eat-in kitchen with custom built cabinets and

granite countertops, tile floors throughout the living areas

and a 2-car attached garage. This one is a “MUST SEE”.

Call for your private viewing of 02-2635.

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BEAUTIFUL HOME WITH ACREAGE... With

over 3900 sq. ft. of heated living space, this beautiful,

remodeled home offers 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, living room

with fireplace, family room, formal dining room, breakfast

room plus much more. Situated only minutes from

DeRidder on 23 acres, this home is “A MUST SEE”. Call

Century 21 for your private viewing of 02-2713.

GREAT INVESTMENT PROPERTY... Great 3

bedroom, 2 bath home, located just minutes from Fort Polk,

offers an attached one car carport and fenced backyard.

This home already has a tenant in place with a lease. If

you're looking to add to your portfolio, this is the one. Call

Century 21 to view 02-2707.

RIDGEBROOK SUBDIVISION... This beautiful new

construction, offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, separate dining and

a 2-car attached garage. The kitchen features granite

countertops and ceramic tile floors. It has double tray ceiling

in the living room and brick pavers at the front porch

entrance. Call Century 21 today for more on 02-2697.

ONLY MINUTES FROM LEESVILLE, this new

construction offers 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, tile floors plus brick

arches in the living area, granite countertops plus more.

Conveniently located to Vernon Lake, the airport and Fort

Polk, call us about 02-2676 today.

LOCATED IN A PRIVATE CUL-DE-SAC... Like

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wood laminate flooring open to the kitchen and dining area

plus granite countertops and stainless appliances in the

kitchen. It also has a 2-car attached garage and a privacy

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ready for occupancy.

SPACIOUS HOME AT A GREAT PRICE Situated

on 2 peaceful acres, this home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a

large living room plus a large kitchen/dining room and

there is also a bonus room, great for a playroom or as a guest

room. It also has a 2-car garage and a pond. Call us for

more information on 02-2703.

PERFECT RETIREMENT OR STARTER

HOME... Charming home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a

large living room, eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and a

cozy enclosed back porch. It features beautiful hardwood

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show you 02-2712 today.

LOCATED NEAR SEVERAL SCHOOLS,

SHOPPING AND THE PARK, this great home offers 3

bedrooms, 2 baths, beautiful large windows in the formal living

room, a sunroom off the dining area plus a bar in the kitchen.

The garage has been converted to a spacious family room with

fireplace and lots of windows. Call us about 02-2699 today.

SPRING LAKE ESTATES... Beautiful new

construction, with an open floor plan, offers 4 bedrooms, 2

baths and a 2-car attached garage. Among the custom

features are granite countertops in the kitchen and baths,

high ceilings plus more. Call Century 21 for more

information on 02-2668.

AWESOME HOME, offers 3 large bedrooms, 2.5 baths

(master features his/her vanities, garden tub and separate shower),

an office which could be used as a 4th bedroom, formal dining and

beautiful cabinets and stainless appliances in the kitchen with

breakfast area. There is also a bonus room upstairs. All this on 2

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Leesville

337-239-2121

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www.century21.com

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NEW CONSTRUCTION... Spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bath

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private viewing of 02-2689.

HOME WITH ACREAGE... Situated on 31 acres, this

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library, living room with fireplace plus a dining area in the

kitchen. Among the many extras are a whole house

generator, a pole barn, metal sheds, a 34' x 50' metal

building and a stocked pond. Located in the Fairview

school district, let us show you 02-2694 today.

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in the Rosepine school district offers 4 bedrooms, 2 baths,

custom cabinets with granite countertops plus tile floors

throughout with carpet in bedrooms and closets. It also has

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garage. It features a huge fenced backyard, perfect for

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one is ready to move into. Let us show you 02-2646 today.

Guardian / 5B

Dec. 16, 2011


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bachelor of science in management;

Allison N. Boswell received a bachelor

of science in human service

with a minor in psychology; Shelia

M. Cook and Anthony D. Cook received

a bachelor of science in management

and human resources management;

MontaQua D. Austin,

Izetta W. Johnson, Tykeria L.

Thomas and Willie E. Wilson received

a bachelor of science in psychology;

Jeremy A. Dose and Jack

W. LaRue received a bachelor of science

in public administration;

Manuel Manrriquez received a

bachelor of science in public administration

with law emphasis; Greg

O. Bumfield, Mark A. Brunner, Veralene

Johnson, Winnfred K. Jones,

Sabrina Mecado, Richard Myers and

Johnathan R. Walker received a

bachelor of science in social science;

John P. Billiot received a bachelor of

science in technology and information

management and human resources

management; Jennie L.

Davis received a master of business

administration in human resources

management; and Sonja L. Mathews

received a master of public administration

in justice administration.

From Central Michigan University:

Kimberly Miller received a

master of science in administration

in general administration; Mary

Magsanoc-Deoki, Kendra Price and

Timothy Thomas received master of

science in administration in health

service administration; Kamela

Hall, Cindy Holland and Martin

Pukis received a master of science in

administration in human resources

administration; and Laticia Davis

received a master of science in administration

in leadership.

From Louisiana State University:

Phillip Bergeron, Joshua J. Blizzard,

David Bursac, Jeremy Hartung,

Daniel Hochstatter, Joseph P.

Johnson, Charles Overby, Gary

Pickens and Mario Roberts received

a master of arts in military history.

Columbia Southern University:

Trennell Brown received a bachelor

of science in criminal justice.

University of Phoenix: Fredrick

Davis, Sr. received a masters of science

in health administration.

Have a grrrrreat

holiday!

Looking for a pet

who needs tender

loving care? Visit

the Fort Polk

Stray Animal Facility:

There are

plenty of adorable

dogs and pretty

kitties for you to

take home.

The facility is located

off of La.

Hwy 10 after you

pass La. Hwy 467

heading south

and is open Monday

through Friday

from 10 a.m.-

3 p.m. It closes at

noon on the last

day of each

month.

For more information

call 531-

1322.

Among the Top

in the Nation.

Right Down the Street. Out of 3,099 hospitals

submitting accountability

measure data to

It might sound simple but it’s true.

By focusing on quality care for patients and doing what’s right, we have received national

recognition. The Joint Commission has recognized Byrd Regional Hospital for achieving

excellence in performance on its accountability measures during 2010 for Heart Failure,

Pneumonia, and Surgical Care.

So what does our being a top performer in using evidence-based care mean for you?

Peace of mind in knowing that our local care is tops in the nation.

Find out more at our website: ByrdRegional.com.

ANGIE THORNE/ GUARDIAN

Heart Failure

Pneumonia

Surgical Care

The Joint Commission,

BYRD REGIONAL HOSPITAL

was one of only 405 to meet

or exceed the target rates

of performance for 2010.

Top Performer on

The Joint Commission

Key Quality Measures

2010

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Dec. 16, 2011/7B


Bulletin board

Unit Encounters

1st MEB

93rd Eng Co, 46th Eng Bn — Hosts a change

of command today at the 1st Maneuver Enhancement

Brigade field at 10 a.m. Capt.

Shawn Woodard relinquishes command to

Capt. Mark Peer. After the change of command,

a reception takes place at the 46th Engineer

Battalion classroom. For more information

call 531-0800.

83rd CBRNE Bn

HHD — Hosts a Christmas wrap and bake

sale at the Main Post Exchange Monday at 5:30

p.m. For more information call 531-2569 or

email Jeffery.stuhlman@conus.army.mil.

1st Bn (Abn), 509th Inf

Regiment wide — Meets weekly (every Friday

morning) at 8 a.m. at the BJACH trailhead

for a run/walk. Children and strollers are welcome.

For more information call 537-8219.

Miscellaneous

Christmas dinner

Join in holiday fellowship at Historic DeRidder

Army Air Base for a traditional Christmas

dinner Dec. 25 at 1 p.m. This meal is a repetition

of the Christmas meal shared by 200

World War II Soldiers in Dec. 1943. These Soldiers

were part of the 642nd Bombardment

Squadron, 409th Bombardment Group stationed

at DAAB before deploying to the European

Theater in Feb. 1944.

Rumor has it that Santa has loaded his plane

with door prizes for those in attendance at the

modern spread. A special invitation is extended

to Soldiers and veterans who may not have

Family in the area. RSVP by Dec. 21. For more

information call (337) 462-8039/(337) 238-1024

or visit

www.deridderarmyairbase.com/Christmas

Dinner.html.

Grant applications

The Fort Polk Spouses’ Club offers the Fort

Polk community the opportunity to apply for

grant disbursements for the 2011-2012 fiscal

year. Applications will be available Jan. 9. The

deadline for submissions is March 1. For more

information contact Tammy Triplett for grant

guidelines and applications at (205) 616-3125 or

email FPSCcommunitygrants@gmail.com.

School lunch

The Vernon Parish School Board announces

the lunch menu for Monday and Tuesday.

Meals come with choice of milk. Monday: Barbecue

riblette on a bun; baked potato rounds;

mixed fruit; chocolate chip cookie; Tuesday:

Burrito with chili and cheese; Mexicali corn; re-

fried beans; mixed fruit; snicker doodle cookie.

Hospice help sought

Hospice of Leesville seeks individuals interested

in donating time. No special training or

experience is needed. For more information

call (337) 239-1020.

Trade Days

Main Street Trade Days is held the first and

third Saturday of each month on Third Street at

the Third Street Market in historic downtown

Leesville from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The next Trade

Days is Saturday. Call (337) 392-1776 for more

information.

Vernon Resource Center

The Vernon Pregnancy Resource Center, 110

East Lula St., Leesville, offers free testing and

supplies to women of Vernon Parish. Call (337)

239-9863 for more information.

Clubs and Groups

Join Girl Scouts today

Discover the excitement of being a Girl

Scout by connecting with your community or

becoming an adult volunteer. New programs

are being developed to teach girls leadership

development, courage, confidence, integrity

and compassion. No matter what your skills,

there are short and long-term assignments for

volunteers and you don’t have to have a

daughter to participate. For more information

call Pat Lore at (800) 960-2093 or (337) 984-1142.

Gem show

The Gem and Mineral Club meets the second

Tuesday of each month at the Vernon

Parish Library, 1401 Nolan Trace, Leesville. The

next meeting is Jan. 10. Meetings begin with a

potluck at 6:30 p.m. and conclude with auctions

of mineral specimens. Bring a dessert or

side dish. For more information visit

www.lutheransonline.com/gems.

Leesville TOPS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Thursdays

at the Vernon Parish Library, 1401 Nolan Trace,

in Leesville. Weigh-in runs from 5:05-5:55 p.m.

Meetings start at 6 p.m. For more information

call (337) 208-6025.

DeRidder TOPS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Tuesdays at

the Wesley United Methodist Church, 701 N.

Texas Street in DeRidder. Weigh-in runs from

5:30-5:55 p.m. Meetings start at 6 p.m. For more

information call 531-8107.

Running club

The CenLa Runners Club meets Saturdays at

7 a.m. in the parking lot of Maple Terrace

Housing Area on North Fort. Runs vary in distance

and terrain.

Call (337) 348-2924 for details.

Purple Heart meeting

The Military Order of the Purple Heart

Chapter 727 meets the third Saturday of each

month at 10 a.m. in the New Llano American

Legion Hall.

Recipients of the Purple Heart are welcome.

The next meeting is Jan. 14. For details call

(337) 238-0170.

Chapter meeting

The Korean War Veterans Association, chapter

180, meets at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of

each month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Post 3106 in Leesville. The next meeting is Saturday.

Call (337) 239-7341 for more information.

Eastern Star

The Order of the Eastern Star hosts meetings

the second and fourth Monday of each month

at the Pride of Leesville Lodge, 1106 Butler St.,

Leesville. Prince Hall affiliated members are invited.

The next meeting is Dec. 26. For more information

call (337) 348-9697/6334.

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts of America meets Tuesdays at 6

p.m. at Rivers of Living Waters Church, 509 N.

Third St., Leesville.

Omega Psi Phi

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity meets the second

Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is

Jan. 10. For details call (337) 208-7059 or (337)

424-2286.

Garden club

The Vernon Parish Garden Club meets the

second Saturday of each month from 2-4 p.m.

at the Vernon Parish Library. The meeting features

refreshments and a guest speaker. The

next meeting is Jan. 14. For details call (337)

239-5919.

Experimental aircraft

The East Texas and West Louisiana chapter

of the Experimental Aircraft Association meets

for lunch the first Saturday of each month at

the Leesville Airport on Texas Highway west of

Leesville. The next meeting is Jan. 7. For more

information call (337) 238-1024.

Support groups

Plant a seed

The Alcoholics Anonymous Plant A Seed

group hosts meetings just outside the North

Fort gate on 1745 Chaffee Rd.

Meetings are held Mondays at 7:15 p.m.,

Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Wednesdays at noon and

Fridays at 5 p.m. For more information call

(337) 537-3913.

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For interview call:

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1 yr lease $425/mo

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on a Harley and the best

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Leesville. $3 per person,

$5 a couple.

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Leesville 71446

Call 337-404-3934.

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warranty, $15,495. Call

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2010 Nissan Altima S,

auto, sporty, 2 to choose

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2010 Honda Civic LX

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2010 VW Jetta 2.5L auto,

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2011 Dodge Dakota Crew

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2010 Dodge Charger

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2011 Kia Soul + auto,

great MPG, factory warranty,

$15,995. Call 337-

478-5100.

2008 Hyundai Tiburon

Coupe, auto, sunroof, low

miles, $11,995. Call 337-

478-5100.

2006 Honda Accord EX-

L, auto, loaded, super

clean. $12,995. Call 337-

478-5100.

2008 Toyota Tacoma Pre-

Runner, SR5, TRD package,

Only $17,495. Call

337-478-5100.

2006 GMC Canyon

Crewcab, auto, 3.5L,

power pkg. $14,495. Call

337-478-5100.

2007 Ford F150

Supercrew FX4, 4WD,

leather. Only 29,000 miles,

$26,495. Call 337-478-

5100.

2008 Dodge Quad Cab,

auto, V8, nice clean truck.

Only $16,495. Call 337-

478-5100.

MOTORCYCLES

2007 TITAN Soft tail,

Sidewinder, Custom

Chopper, This bike has

polished S&S 107" motorw/

Super G produces

112HP and is one of the

most reliable motors S&S

produced. 6 speed transmission.

250 series Avon

rear tire. Massive 63mm

inverted front end.

Performance Machine

"PM" brakes, Titan custom

billet wheels, Brake & pulley

combo w/ wide 1.5"

belt for added strength &

durability. All chrome handlebar

controls, chrome

inner primary, Burgundy

paint and all Chrome with

Custom rims and Garage

kept. This bike is a must

see! Runs great, runs

Loud, and rides like a

chopper. I am taking a tour

overseas and would rather

see someone enjoy it

instead of storage, this

bike needs to be seen and

heard not stored! Asking

$16,995. Please Call 239-

2211. TFN

SPORTING

GOODS

Honda 90cc ATV Model

TRX90. One 2005 other

2006. Good condition,

low hours, $1,200 each or

best offer. Call 337-397-

1778.

P I CKETT FENCE

Lil Resale Shop

With a BIG

Vendors

Welcome

100 W. Arkansas

Leesville, LA 71446

Next to Blockbuster on 171

Hours:

Sat - Sun: Closed

Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm

TWO RIDING CHEST

PLATES. Size 40-60 lbs

children, $30 each. Riding

boots-children size 1 and

size 2, $30 each and children’s

softball equipment

for sale, Call 337-397-

1778.

21 FOOT MARINER

SPORT FISHERMAN,

Off shore fishing boat.

Call 337-423-7660.

RIVERSIDE ARMS single

shot 16 gauge shotgun

with a 32 inch full choke

barrel. $115.00.

Remington Sportsman 48

16 gauge semi-auto shotgun

with a 26 inch IC

choke barrel $275.00. Call

337-238-2970.

BERETTA WHITE

ONYX 28 GAUGE

over/under Ducks

Unlimited presentation

shotgun. As new condition

in DU case with all accessories.

Unused and in

beautiful condition.

$2100.00 Call 337-238-

2970.

FURNITURE

* * W H I T E

MULTIPURPOSE

CABINETS FOR

GARAGE * Kitchen *

Camp*, Featuring

VersaKit - One cabinet

with three possibilities.

Total 8 Cabinet , All ready

Assemble , Less than 6

months old. Raised panel

doors with durable scratch

and chip resistant finish

Made by, ESTATE by RSI

(2) 70.5"H x 47.5"W x

20.75"D (3) 34.5"H x

23.75"W x 16.5"D (3)

30"H x 23.75"W x 12.5"D

Multi-Purpose Cabinet.

Paid $ 1,133.98 Must Go $

900.00, please call 239-

2211 -TFN

Four real wood stackable

living room cabinets.

Two are 2 _ feet tall, two

are 2 feet tall. $50 each.

Call 337-397-1778.

ELECTRONICS

HP Officejet 5610 All-in-

One fax, copier, printer,

scanner. Gently used, great

condition. $60. Call 917-

845-8853.

• WARRANTY - SERVICE - REPAIR

• OUTDOOR ARCHERY RANGE

NRA MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS

HP PSC 1510 All-in-One

inkjet printer/copier/scanner,

gently used, good condition

still has plastic film,

$50 obo. Call 917-745-

8853.

PETS

AKC TINY YORKIE

puppies for sale. $500 for

male, $600 for female.

Call 337-239-4146 or 337-

309-9230. 12-24

RAT TERRIER PUP-

PIES, ready for

Christmas, one male-$250,

one female- $300, registered.

First shot, wormed,

tails docked. Call 337-

718-7166. 12-24

MINI AUSTRALIAN

SHEPHERDS.2 females,

both almost a year-old.

Call for info. 337-383-

7508.

CHRISTMAS PUPPIES.

5 Mini Australian

Shepherds and 2 Shih

Tzu's. Taking deposits.

RTG around Dec. 22nd.

Call for details. 337-383-

7508

RAT TERRIERS-3

MALES, 1 FEMALE. No

papers, $100. Yorkies-1

males, 1 female, $$500.

All have shots and worming.

These will be ready

before Christmas. Call

337-208-5593.

FREE Full Bread

Shihtzu puppies, one

male and two females. No

papers, I own both the

mother and father. They

are ready to go to a good

home for Christmas.

FREE. Call 337-424-1867

-12/16

HUNTING HEADQUARTERS

AMMO & GUN

ACCESSORIES

ARCHERY PRO SHOP

IF WE DON ’ T HAVE IT

WE CAN GET IT

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TAILS-A-WAGGIN

DOG GROOMING

All Breeds

337-238-5156

Mon. - Fri. 7am - 5pm

Sat. 9am - 2pm

Located off Hwy 184 (Chaffee Rd)

W E S UPPORT O UR T ROOPS

CYPRESS

BOARDING

KENNELS

The Best for Your Pets

35 Years in Business

(318)565-3832

337-537-1756

1074 Entrance Road

Leesville, La

Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm

Sat. 10am-3pm

PUPPY LOOKING FOR

A HOME. Small

dachsund puppy with

sweet disposition available.

(337) 463-6913

MISC.

**I WILL PAY 20X face

value for U.S. Silver coins

dated 1964 or prior. Call

337-353-2923 -TFN

HIGH SCHOOL

MUSICAL SING IT! For

PS2,includes all songs

from HSM2, a total of 30

songs. Also comes with a

Logitech microphone. $15.

Call 917-745-8853.

FOUR WHEELER

TIRE WITH RIMS. In

great shape, all for $100.

Fits a Honda. Call 318-

430-0072.

LIKE NEW! HIGH

SCHOOL MUSICAL 3:

Senior Year Dance!

Bundle for PS2 includes

game and dance mat, $25.

Call 917-745-8853.

FISHER PRICE My

Little Lamb Cradle ‘n

Swing. Very good condition,

$70 obo. Stationary

jumper, four height adjustments,

lights and sounds,

$30 obo. Call 917-745-

8853.

GIRAFFALAFF

LIMBO, never used-still

in box-for ages three and

up. Practically new, $10.

Call 917-745-8853.

GRACO SNUGRIDE

Mickey Mouse Infant Car

Seat. Like new $70/ Graco

Mickey Mouse Pack-n-

Play Playard like new $80.

Will combine both for

$140. Call 917-845-8853.

RAYMOND WEIL

NABUCCO 05207 Swiss

Automatic Movement

44mm wide Brushed and

Polished Stainless Steel

Sapphire Crystal Blue

Dial Water resistant to

200m Retail's for $1,849

Sale for $ 500.00 This

watch is rated 96% Call

337-348-0755.

PINKLADY

Now Hiring

Waitress

& Bartenders

Call: 337-208-4415

daytime or call

337-392-5992

after 6:30 PM

(Must be 21 years old)

Walk-ins Welcome

Apply at HWY 171 S.


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We Also Build on Your

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Call: 337-208-5680

337-208-5577

Office 337-239-2077

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