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Army looks at possible troop reductions at Fort Polk; schedules March meeting with residents


FORT POLK, Louisiana — The military is again looking at downsizing the Fort Polk Army base in central Louisiana.

The Town Talk reports ( ) the Army will hold a meeting on March 3 in Leesville and listen to concerns from residents and the community about the effects reducing the number of troops stationed at Fort Polk could have.

As the Army faces a drawdown from 490,000 troops to as few as 420,000, Fort Polk is one of the bases being considered for the cuts. The newspaper reports that the base could lose up to 6,500 of its military population of 10,836. The military is considering troop reductions at 30 bases.

The base is an important economic driver for Leesville and the surrounding area in Vernon Parish.

Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk,

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