FORT POLK, La. (KALB) - Fort Polk is proud to be the home of heroes, housing the Joint Readiness Training Center where combat teams from across the Army train for battle.
Saturday Army families and community members got an inside look at that training during Fort Polk's annual Box Tour.
They were bused to 'The Box' which is the area designed to look and feel like a village in the Middle East. They got to watch a battlefield demonstration with explosions and gun fire happening right in front of them. They also were able to see airborne operations and operation vehicle displays from every unit on post.
The best part for soldiers was the extra family time.
"As a father of four and married for 15 years, that is my motivation to put the uniform on everyday, besides doing some great training," said Major Donald Sulpizio. "Just beyond the story telling to really share what it is like to be a soldier for a day with our families, it has been incredible."
That motivation goes both ways. Army wife Sarah Glass hopes her young daughter Emilia is soaking up the experience.
"I want her one, to be proud of her dad," Glass said. "And two to show her she can do anything. Her dad just jumped out of an airplane, so you know if she puts her mind to it, she can do anything she wants."