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Discussion in Leesville about possible troop drawdown

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LEESVILLE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The City of Leesville, the Vernon Parish Police Jury and Fort Polk Progress will conduct a press conference at today, Thursday the 14th, at the upstairs courtroom of the historic Vernon Parish Courthouse in downtown Leesville to address a recent assessment by the Department of the Army concerning a possible troop reduction of approximately 5,300 soldiers and Army civilians at Fort Polk. Not included in that figure are contractors, support personnel and dependents.

Such a reduction of force at Fort Polk would have a tremendous negative impact on the economy of Vernon Parish, the region and the state of Louisiana, since Fort Polk is the largest employer in the state.

The press conference will address information contained in the Department of the Army's Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur from Fiscal Years 2013-2020, specifically in reference to the evaluation of the impact of force structure reductions at Fort Polk.

Elected officials and local business leaders will brief the public on time-sensitive information and an action plan that can have a significant impact on the Department of the Army's decision concerning the number of troops at Fort Polk.

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