Fort Polk Strong

Dear Friend,

"This is not your grandfather's Fort Polk."

That was Leesville Mayor Robert Rose's message at an Army community-listening meeting in Leesville last week, proudly explaining how far the Army post has come over the years thanks to an overwhelming outpouring of community support and significant federal investments.

Fort Polk- Public Meeting April 15

April 3, 2013
For Immediate Release

Fort Polk Progress to host Department of the Army for Community Listening Meeting

Central Louisiana rallies with comments to save Fort Polk

Courtesy of The Town Talk
Written by: Jeff Mathews

Fort Polk is not the biggest installation targeted for possible cutbacks in a recent Army report, but the base in Vernon Parish has thus far generated the most public support.

Landrieu: Vernon Parish's Fort Polk is in position to stave off cuts

Courtesy of The Town Talk
Written by: Leigh Guidry

The button Sen. Mary Landrieu wore to the Rotary Club of Alexandria’s meeting on Tuesday said it all – “Fort Polk Strong.”

That was her message as she discussed the future of the military base near Leesville.

Fort Polk, State's largest employer, posts largest ever economic impact

March 22, 2013

LEESVILLE - Fort Polk Progress chairman Michael Reese announced today the release of the fiscal year 2012 Fort Polk economic impact statement, which details $1.86 billion in spending at the installation. Of that total, $980 million is payroll.

Fort Polk Progress elicits strong comment from Special House Committee concerning possible Polk reductions

March 21, 2013
BATON ROUGE-Members of Fort Polk Progress, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana Army National, elicited a strong response from members of the Louisiana House of Representatives Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs Tuesday after providing testimony concerning Fort Polk and possible troop reductions at the base.

Central Louisiana officials team up to protect Fort Polk from proposed cuts

Courtesy of The Town Talk
Written by Jeff Mathews

Stakeholders are gearing up for "a long fight" to protect Fort Polk in Vernon Parish from personnel losses as the armed services cut forces over the next several years.

"This is not a fight that's going to be over by the summer or the fall," said Jon Grafton, executive director of the England Authority, which operates England Airpark. "We want to fight like crazy to make sure everybody understands the importance of Fort Polk."

Fort Polk Progress Press Release from Avon Knowlton

March 4, 2013

DeRidder – A public meeting will be held on Friday March 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the War Memorial Civic Center located at 250 W. 7th. Street in DeRidder to hear updates and gather information on the proposed Army Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Fort Polk.

Vernon Parish Police Jury

February 20, 2013

LEESVILLE-The Vernon Parish Police Jury passed two unanimous resolutions Monday, February 19, 2013 concerning possible force reductions at Fort Polk and sequestration.

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