Training exercises at Fort Polk labeled 'critical' to Army's fut - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Training exercises at Fort Polk labeled 'critical' to Army's future

FORT POLK, LA (KPLC) -

Fort Polk is widely known Army post throughout Louisiana and the South, but what people may not know is that the post is home to one of the only two Joint Readiness Training Centers (JRTC) in the United States.

The installation is an asset that U.S. Army Undersecretary, Dr. Joseph Westphal, says is important during a time of transformation for the Army.

"JRTC incorporates training that includes multiple agencies," said Westphal. "That makes it unique and that makes it critically important for the future of our Army.

Specifically, the Decisive Action Training Exercises (DATE) at the JRTC provides an approach to training Brigade Combat Teams in a joint, inter-agency, intergovernmental and multinational environment.

Unlike other training exercises, DATE allows units to train in more flexible scenarios that encompass more facets of service than combat. DATE rotations generally take one month to complete.

Maj. Gabriel Ramirez has had his tours of deployment, previously being stationed in Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He said his experience training at the JRTC at Fort Polk was helpful in his mission in Bosnia.

"Having gone through certain scenarios while I was here prepared me tactfully and trained me how to interact with other cultures," said Ramirez.

On 7News at 5, hear more about training from the Undersecretary's first trip to Fort Polk and on 7News at 6, take a look inside one of JRTC's training villages.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • #breaking

    Kinder man struck and killed by vehicle overnight near Iowa

    Kinder man struck and killed by vehicle overnight near Iowa

    Thursday, November 23 2017 12:26 PM EST2017-11-23 17:26:28 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A Kinder man is dead after he darted into the path of a vehicle near Iowa Wednesday night, according to authorities.

    More >>

    A Kinder man is dead after he darted into the path of a vehicle near Iowa Wednesday night, according to authorities.

    More >>
  • breaking

    Sasol to end GTL projects worldwide

    Sasol to end GTL projects worldwide

    Thursday, November 23 2017 10:15 AM EST2017-11-23 15:15:35 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    Sasol announced today that it will no longer pursue equity investments in greenfield gas-to-liquids projects. 

    More >>

    Sasol announced today that it will no longer pursue equity investments in greenfield gas-to-liquids projects. 

    More >>
  • SWLA teen going to Carnegie Hall - again

    SWLA teen going to Carnegie Hall - again

    Thursday, November 23 2017 9:38 AM EST2017-11-23 14:38:31 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV
    Ethyn Evans is going to be getting plenty of air miles on his tuba next year.  He starts the new year off marching in the U.S. Army's All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Later trips in 2018 include Carnegie Hall and Sydney Australia. For him , it's the second trip to Carnegie. "It was absolutely amazing," remembers Evans. "It's been one of my dreams since I was a little kid. Ever since I began playing tuba, to play at a nice concert hall like that. So it was really ...More >>
    Ethyn Evans is going to be getting plenty of air miles on his tuba next year.  He starts the new year off marching in the U.S. Army's All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Later trips in 2018 include Carnegie Hall and Sydney Australia. For him , it's the second trip to Carnegie. "It was absolutely amazing," remembers Evans. "It's been one of my dreams since I was a little kid. Ever since I began playing tuba, to play at a nice concert hall like that. So it was really ...More >>
Powered by Frankly