City Conducts Letter Signing Campaign; City Council
Approves Resolution in Support of Fort Polk

The City of Lake Charles, with the assistance of members of the Mayor’s Armed Forces Commission, has garnered over 320 signatures along with letters of support asking the U.S. Army to not make any further cuts to Fort Polk. The letters address the uniqueness of Fort Polk and its ability to accommodate a variety of new missions, its strong partnership with the Army, and the Army’s cost advantage of doing business with Fort Polk. The letter also addresses the many services provided to veterans by Fort Polk and the “tremendous partnership” that the community and Army have built together.

The City of Lake Charles letter signing initiative -- in conjunction with Fort Polk Progress -- began on Saturday, August 16, at the Lake Charles Civic Center and has continued through the week with visits by veterans of the Mayor’s Armed Forces Commission to various veterans organizations in the area where a number of veterans offered their signatures of support.

Said Randy Roach, Mayor of the City of Lake Charles:
“With Fort Polk being the number one non-state government employer in Louisiana, a troop reduction would do nothing but cause a ripple effect throughout the state, the region and the City of Lake Charles. This area plays home to many social, recreational and professional services utilized by Fort Polk, and Fort Polk plays home to many military and veterans services utilized by our local residents.”

At the Wednesday, August 20 City Council Meeting, the City Council voted in favor of a Resolution “urging the U.S. Army not to reduce Fort Polk’s present troop strength through the Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment.” The resolution addresses Fort Polk’s geographic uniqueness and how it translates into a sustained, strong economy for the region and how it also has an impact on the nation’s national security; the Community Covenant with Fort Polk signed in 2011 by the community of Southwest Louisiana; the successful business model that Fort Polk represents; Fort Polk’s leadership role with the military community and the American public; and, the negative impact that a draw down in troop strength would have to present Fort Polk services.
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