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Once more, Fort Polk gets more support than any other installation facing potential cuts

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FORT POLK, Louisiana — Once more, Fort Polk has drawn more support than any other Army base facing potential cuts, with nearly one-third of all comments sent to support 30 bases across the country.

Fort Polk Progress, a nonprofit created to advocate for the base, says Army Environmental Command got more than 111,200 comments, including 34,619 against cuts at Fort Polk.

"I am awed by this response," said organization chairman Michael Reese. "We were keeping a tally of our own, but this number far exceeds what we were expecting."

Online responses came from nearly every state and many countries, he said. "This incredible response will be difficult to ignore."

Command spokeswoman Cathy Kropp says that compares to 21,886 for Fort Benning, Georgia; 17,454 for Fort Jackson, South Carolina; 14,135 for Fort Knox, Kentucky; and 9,233 for Fort Drum, New York. All but about 5,000 were form letters or petitions, Kropp said.

The Army is considering the environmental and economic impacts of cutting its active-duty strength from 490,000 to 420,000 by 2020.

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