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Fort Polk hosts town hall

CHRIS SCHOONOVER | Sports Editor
Leesville Daily Leader

JRTC and Fort Polk Commander Brigadier General Patrick Frank discussed CG’s General Order Number One, which was released on Wednesday.

The order outlines prohibited activities and restrictions on Fort Polk, some of which were already being enacted.

Under the order, soldiers and civilians living on Fort Polk must comply with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ Stay-At-Home order, which was extended through April 30. They are also not allowed to travel outside of 50 miles from post, unless it is an essential activity or business service. 

Gatherings of over five people are prohibited, with the exceptions of the Commissary, the Exchange, BJACH and similar facilities. 

Soldiers living in the barracks now have a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, and service members and family members living on the installation that do not follow isolation and quarantine orders can be punished. Those living off post under quarantine or isolation must follow the same orders and are also subject to punishment and can have their access to Fort Polk restricted.

Non-service members requiring entrance to post may be required to undergo a physical examination or testing to determine if they have COVID-19.

After discussing General Order Number One, Brig. Gen. Frank went on to discuss the many questions that are surrounding PCS moves.

Currently, 84 soldiers and family members are without their household goods, due to the stoppage. Their items were packed up and moved as the stoppage happened. 

There were 182 soldiers approaching PCS, and 828 soldiers and family members that were slated to move March through July.

They are prioritizing soldiers and families whose PCS timelines have been affected. 

BJACH Commander Colonel Jody Dugai is encouraging people to follow the health guidelines to help flatten the curve. 

"The disease doesn't move – we do," she said. "As people, we have to make sure that we are doing the discipline of self distancing and making sure we are maintaining those six feet. We are talking about the lines at the Commissary or the lines at AAFES or standing in the aisles. Please, make sure we are doing the self distancing, because if you read the CDC guidelines, that will significantly reduce your risk of someone coughing or sneezing and those particles getting on you." 

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS 

  • The Guardian is going digital for now. 

  • Retirement services are still going on with social distancing measures taking place and online streaming of the ceremony.

  • Those with voting questions can visit www.FVAP.gov. 

  • You can download the Fort Polk Home of Heroes app to stay up-to-date on what is happening on post.