LEESVILLE, La.--Fort Polk Progress, in response to the Department of the Army's Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI), released in June, has engaged the services of Business Development Advisors (BDA) to analyze: 1) the economic impact of Fort Polk on surrounding communities in Louisiana, and 2) the expected negative impact of a proposed force reduction of 6,500 troops and Army civilians on the same locations.
LEESVILLE, La.--Communities and organizations surrounding Fort Polk have organized letter-signing events to make it as easy as possible for area residents to voice their concerns and help stop a troop reduction at the base.
The events are an effort to gather as many comments as possible in the week leading up to the Aug. 25 deadline for commenting on the Department of the Army's proposal to cut troops at Fort Polk. The following communities will be hosting events:
Fort Polk Progress Chairman Michael Reese announced today that the group's trip to Washington, D.C. July 28-30 was a resounding success.
Members of Fort Polk Progress visited with Senators Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) and David Vitter (R-Louisiana) as well as Congressmen John Fleming (R-LA 4th District) and Vance McAllister (R-LA 5th District) and staff members of Congressmen Bill Cassidy (R-LA 6th District) and Steve Scalise (R-LA 1st District), the current United States House of Representatives Majority Whip. Fort Polk Progress members updated the Louisiana Congressional Delegation on the Army's current process to reduce force structure.