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.
The public has one week left to get involved in the fight to spare Fort Polk from major cutbacks.
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.
DERIDDER, La.--In a 5:15 press conference Tuesday afternoon, Fort Polk Progress, in conjunction with the City of DeRidder, continued its call to action to elected officials and residents throughout Louisiana and East Texas to respond in force to the Army's Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment released June 26 which analyses the effects of a possible reduction in force b
Please note: The press conference scheduled for 5:15 Tuesday, July 8, in DeRidder, La. at the Civic Center is still scheduled to take place.
LEESVILLE-In a press conference this morning, Fort Polk Progress, in conjunction with the City of Leesville, issued a call to action to elected officials and residents throughout Louisiana and East Texas.
Courtesy of the Town Talk
Written by: Jeff Matthews
Central Louisiana would experience significant adverse effects from a downsizing at Fort Polk, Army officials acknowledge in a recent report detailing proposed cuts at several installations.
Encourage everyone you know to sign and send in the
Letters should be sent via email to:
or through the U.S. Postal Service to:
U.S. Army Environmental Command
ATTN: SPEA Public Comments
2450 Connell Road (Building 2264)
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Same Houston, TX 78234-7664