US Army Training Center - Yearbook (Fort Polk, LA)

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY HEADQUARTERS US ARMY TRAINING CENTER, INFANTRY AND FORT POLK Fort Polk, Louisiana The weeks leading up to your graduation from Basic Combat Training have probably been the most hectic, bewildering and hopefully beneficial weeks of your life to date. They have changed you in many ways as you made your transition from civilian to military life. This book attempts to document that change and points the way to your future in the United States Army. My sincere wishes go with you for a professionally rewarding and personally satisfying career. 2 ' ROBERT HALDANE ' Major General, USA Commanding ROBERT HALDANE Major General, US Army Commandlng General Robert Haldane was born in Glen Rock, New Jersey, on 30 September 1924. After serving as a Corporal in the United State Army Air Corps from 2 April 1943 to 15 June 1944, he entered the United States Military Academy in July 1944 and graduated as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1947. During 1947-1948 he attended the Ground Gen- eral School at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1948 he was assigned to the 18th Infantry Regiment, First Infantry Division in Germany where he served as Platoon Leader and Company Commander until 1952. In 1952 he joined the 3d Infantry Regiment, Fort Myer, Virginia and served as Company Commander and Battalion 3-3 until 1953. During 1953 and 1954 he attended the Airborne School and the Infantry School tAdvanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. After graduating from the Infantry School, he served in Korea as a Project Officer with Headquarters, Armed Forces Far East. In 1955 he returned to West Point, New York, where he served as Company Tacti- cal Officer until 1958. In 1958 and 1959 he attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After completion of the Command and General Staff College, he was assigned as 8-3. 2d Airborne Battle Group, 503d Infantry. Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He accompanied the Battle Group to Okinawa in 1960. After serving 32 months as Battle Group 8-3, he became Assistant G3. IX Corps. In 1963 he attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. He was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of Personnel, United States Army. in 1963. In 1964 he was assigned as an Assistant Secretary of the General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff, United States Army. In 1965 he joined the lst Infantry Division at Fort RiIey. Kansas. as Commanding Officer, lst Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment. He ac- companied the Battalion to Vietnam and remained Battalion Com- mander until August 1966 when he returned to the US Army Com- bat Developments Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In 1967 he attended the National War College in Washington, DC. Upon completion, he rejoined the lst Infantry Division as Comman- der, Division Support Command, then Commanding Officer, 3d Bri- gade. until August 1969. He rejoined the Department of Tactics at West Point, New York, serv- ing as the Commanding Officer, 2d Regiment, United State Corps of Cadets from August 1969 to June 1970. During this period tfrom 9 February to 8 May 19701 he attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. In June 1970 he assumed the duties of Commander of Camp Buckner, West Point, New York. General Haldane became Deputy Commanding General of Fort Dix, New Jersey, in August 1970 and was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in March 1971. In 1972 General Haldane was assigned as the Commanding General, lst Infantry Division tFWDI at Goeppingen, Germany, his fourth as- signment with the Big Red One. General Haldane became Chief of Staff. VII Corps, on 30 March 1974 and was promoted to Major General on 1 September 1974. General Haldane assumed his present position as Commander of the United States Army Training Center, Infantry and Fort Polk, Fort Polk, Louisiana, on 6January 1975. HISTORY OF FORT POLK FORT POLK, the largest military installation in Louisiana, is located in the western part of the state. near the bur- geoning communities of DeRidder and Leesville. The training center covers more than 199,000 acres t311 square milest in picturesque Kisatchie National Forest. The Army post. originally called Camp Polk, was establish- ed in 1941 and named in honor of the Right Reverend Leonidas Polk, the first Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana, known as the "Fighting Bishop." He was killed while serving as a Confederate lieutenant general in 1864 in Marietta. Georgia. During World War II, former President Dwight D. Eisen- hower. Generals Mark Clark, Omar Bradley, Alfred Gruen- ther. George S. Patton, Jr., and Walter Krueger were among the famous leaders who directed the training of soldiers at Fort Polk. The units receiving training included the 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th Armored Divisions, the 95th Infantry Division and the 11th Airborne Division. After the war, Camp Polk was deactivated and put on a stand-by basis, but the summers National Guardsmen and Reservists kept it partially open for two-week training periods. The Korean War brought Camp Polk back to life in Sep- tember 1950 when the 45th Infantry Division, Oklahoma National Guard, was activated and trained for duty, leaving for Japan in 1951. The camp has also served as headquarters for the XV Corps and later the 37th Infantry Division from Ohio and the lst Armored Division. The post closed in 1954 and was reopened and designated a Fort in 1955 with headquarters for Operation Sage Brush in which over 85,000 troops took part. Exercise King Cole was subsequently held at Polk before the post was deacti- vated in June 1959. Summer encampments were the only military activity until September 1961, when Polk faciiities were again required to support another national emergency - the Berlin Crisis. POST HEADQUARTERS GUEST HOUSE MAIN GATE AIRPORT BOWLING x .- Wm mm x .4 ,pv - PICN IC ALLIGATOR INFORMATION CENTER BUS STATION During 1961-62. the 49th Armored Division served a year of active duty at Fort Polk along with other tactical and support units. On 1 June 1962 the post was designated an Infantry Training Center. A planning group of Regular Army personnel was assigned to establish a training pro- gram. The first trainees arrived in July, and by early fall units providing basic combat. advanced individual an com- bat support training were fully operational. Rehabilitation of post facilities was a gigantic task. Train- ing and recreational resources had to be developed to' accomodate the Fort's new mission as a training center. An intensive beautification program was begun in 1962 and is still continuing. A new Honor Gate. magnolia and cypress trees, verdant lawns, lakes. and widened post roads provide scenic welcome to visitors. Forty-seven picnic sites have been developed for use by military personnel, their families and friends. Alligator Lake and Toledo Bend are other recreational sites undergoing constant improvement. These projects are transforming Fort Polk into a garden spot of Louisiana. In December 1965 Polk was selected to Conduct jungle oriented advanced training and was named a permanent installation 23 October 1968. By 21 April 1972, the post had graduated more than l-million trainees in basic combat. advanced Infantry and combat support like cooks. clerks. wiremen and mechanics. Construction of new building began in 1967; among those completed are six brigade classrooms, cold storage plant, gas station. bowling alley. lOO-man theater. 60-man batche- lor quarters. Main Post Chapel, with a religious educational facility, 28 chair dental clinic, an Information Center, and one of the largest post exchange complexes west of the Mississippi. Since the declaration of permanency, a total of 260 sets of on-post housing is under construction. Other projects nearly completed include batchelor enlisted quarters. a family area with a new commissary, theater, NCO Ciub. and 18-holegolf course. Northwestern State University has extended its courses on-post so that military and civilian students may now attend college year-round and receive degrees without IeaVo ing the post's campus. The ranges and training areas. which include modern electrically controlled target systems, alleweather access roads, and many varieties of ideal terrain, make available to Fort Polk trainees the finest area and facilities in the Army for Infantry training. A closed-circuit educational tele- vision system is included among the newest training meth- ods and used in the six modern 1,000-man brigade class- rooms. In addition to material facilities, a dynamic training phi- losophy has been developed. It is best expressed by General Creighton Abrams' comment made during his visit to the command in 1965. "At Polk they don't recognize that there is anything they can't do." its worth has been proved. Trainees have matched and topped qualification scores in physical training. combat proficiency tests. and marksman- ship. ALLIGATOR LAKE 'V POST THEATER 9V nu i'm- POST EXCHANGE BOWLING ALLEY POST EXCHANGE GOLF COURSE . , "max; DENT LCLINIC EM CLUB EM CLUB yrs :uw POST POST EXCHANGE CHAPEL K RECEPTiON STATION This is the gateway to the Army. How do they get everything accomplished here? This may be one of the thoughts that occurs to a trainee as he processes through the Fort Polk reception station. it becomes quite clear to him that they do get a great deal accomplished during his brief few days stay. Aptitude tests, physical examination, a classification interview, orientation meet- ings, a clothing issue and the creation of a permanent fiIe-all are completed within the few days of processing at the Recep- tion Station. The change from civilian to trainee has to be a swift one. for in the next eight weeks he will receive intensive training in the tun- damentals of combat soldiering that he may have to apply in the defense of his country and his own life. Even as the trainees move to their train- ing companies, they have begun to under- stand a littIe of the routine that will be- come such an important part of their eight weeks in Basic Combat Training. DRILL 8t CEREMONIES Sharp commands echo across the drill field and marching feet beat a tatoo across the ground; another order sounds, and doz- ens of rifles snap in unison. Thesekare the sounds of an institution as old as organized armies: dismounted drill. The hours spent on the drill field have one aim: to develop in the trainee an in- stinct for precision, an ingrained habit of obedience to command, a sense of team- work. He learns squad. platoon. and com- pany drill; the manual of arms, the school of the Soldier without arms. And in the training, he acquires habits which are the foundation of all else he will learn in the Army: discipline. alertness. and trigger-quick response. m can Ill! 2 o E :1: nd Ft: D PHYSICAL READINESS TRAINING A soldier must be tough-tough enough to stand a demanding daily routine; tough enough to enter combat with a full mea- sure of strength. Physical fitness, there- fore, is an essential part of a Soldier's training, The physical training program of the US. Army is designed to develop strength, endurance, agility, and coordination-and to promote confidence. aggressiveness and team spirit. What does it take? Miles of running, hundreds of push-ups, dozens of repetitions of the Hdaily dozen" exercises. The result: strong men for a time which demands strong men. -n........ "$P1 i l "1',me CHEMICAL 8: BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE C B The battlefield of the future-what may it be like? In the face of uncertainty. preparedness is essential; the U.S. Army prepares its Soldiers with rigorous training in defense against chemical, biological and radioiogicai agents. How do you recognize a CB attack? How do you protect yourself? What first aid measures can be taken? The Army trainee learns the questions and the an- swers. Practical training in the use of the M17 Protective Mask is an essential phase of CB training-one of the many drills nec- essary in training Soldiers to deal with the unknown weapons of the future. FIRST AID A Soldier must be versatile and self- relianth In the clamor of battle, at a dis- tance from complete medical facilities. a life can depend upon his knowledge of first aid. Through lectures. demonstrations and practical exercises, the trainee becomes expert in first aid. He learns to deal with splints, ties and bandages: to give emer- gency treatment in case of shock. bleeding, fractures, or insect bites and drowning. He acquires skills which will prove valuabie to him both in the Army and in civilian life a. $0Q 0060' v! $2525. 8. szSEE :z E: 2a: Ft: 4:3 E ecfi m x . f . f? 25 METER FIRE The rifle is basic to the Soldier's train- ing. He must know the rifle-and how to use it. Basic Rifle Marksmanship is the U.S. Army course in rifle technique-and it be- gins on the 25 meter range, a "minia- ture" range which teaches the trainee the fundamentals of marksmanship. He learns to sight and aim, allowing for variations in wind, terrain and range: he learns to analyze his own firing actions and to judge his performance. Then he is ready to move on to further rifle training. FIRE 25 METER KITCHEN POLICE tK.P.t During the first week in his training company, the trainee becomes familiar with many of the duties and responsie bilities that will be his sometimes his Army career. As in civiiian life. t'housekeeping" plays an important part in the duties of the day From early morning to the late hours, the mess hall kitchen is alive with the clatter of pots and pans An Army moves on its stomachrand the trainee learns early in his Army career that t'kitchen police" is an important part of his responsibility. Each man, in turn, has his round at aiding mess personnel in feeding his com- pany three times a day. Each man faces, sooner or later, the wearying lot of the K? And each man knows that. however ungiamourous the work may be. it's one of his most essential duties, FIELD FiRING The 25-meter range stressed the fund- amentals of rifle firing, grounding the trainee in the basic skills of sighting and aiming. In Fieid Firing, the trainee en- counters more complicated conditions. He Iearns different firing positions. He encounters the "pop-up" target-the dark silhouette which will become the measure of hisfiringskill. Placed at distances from 75 to 300 met- ers, the targets are centrally controlled to appear and disappear in varied times and sequences. As the training progresses, it becomes more difficult; the trainee at first knows the target sequence; later he deals with "surprise" targets. The targets are "kiilable"-when hit by a bullet. they fall automatically. This system adds interest and realism to the training, and gives the trainee instant evidence of hisfiringaccuracy. a LOADING AMMO :5 E 93 E a 9'3 :3 CD :1: n: $ 52 a D E 3 2' E E m U E. hi :5. 3. Ft: 9: III! In M D E d - Wm; w w Np gum: n HAND GRENADE Flat on his stomach the trainee feels the ground tremble from the blast of a hand grenade he threw six seconds ear- lier. In the block of instruction that pre- cedes this exercise, types, characteristics and capabilities of the grenade are out- lined. In addition, rigid safety precautions are enforced. Positions and throw tech- niques are practiced and lead to throw of a live grenade. WWW mm:qu3 mgzmmw 4955:: 3. GUARD DUTY This training prepares the trainee for duties as a member of an interior guard. : Process for interior guard mount. duties of a special guard, challenging and the duties of a sentinel on post are included in the instruction. GUARD DUTY, wk; Fill CD p-u . ; 9'3. F1: to Q .4 Fr: hi1 Flu .xmvgm, rmmm mag; ma 5 5'5 o E D E E C :3 C5 5 m 3 3:3 :9 E H 93 E"! m iqnii i?! :iiifii T l i MORTAR FIRING INFANTRY MORTARS h , mw v; M .n-am. . FT: u-l In H 9?. VJ m B: n-l II-I O E3 9:? E E O 63 Fri 1-3 Fla I-I n: m m Iii I-J id O E CD a 1-4 m Er: U H F- E II: m m D a C5 p-q 5 p4 D Z O l... 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Nelson PVT Walter Skinner Fourth Platoon Supply Sergeant Dining Steward General Clerk SP5 Ricky D. Oliver JOdY CPL Jewell Henry PFC Lowell Hall Company Clerk Company Mascot Armorer General Clerk SP6 Gary Southworth SP4 Glenn Rivers PFC Alfred Norton PFC Edward Herrin First Cook Cook Cook Cook PFC Donald Rawlins Cook Ashford, Terry Austin, Timothy Babauta, Junior Baron, Daniel Beal, Bart Bedini, Louis, Jr. Bell, Randy Benson, Larry Berscheidt, William Blanchard, Scott Bloom, Brain BoganyJ Andrew Bremmeyer, Roger Bromley, Richard Brown, john, Jr. Brown, Michael Brymer, Russell Bunn, Jeffery Burger, Terence Bussey, Lawrence Cabatic, Ricardo Cain, Daryl Cameron, James Campbell, Gary Capp, Dwayne Carney, Jackie, Jr. Chan, Ping Chernak, Richard Chidester, Joseph Clark, Russell Cochran, james Conlon, William Connell, james Copeland, Phillip Coppcns, Donn Cross, Paul Davis, john Davis, Lloyd Defoe, Derome Dickerson, Calvin, jr. 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