Fight for Fort Polk continues with DC trip

By Special to the American Press

Eighteen Fort Polk Progress members,

including the mayors of Leesville and DeRidder, will travel to

Washington, D.C., to advocate

their cause to congressional and defense officials April 23-24.

They will meet with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who is on the Senate Committee on Appropriations; Sen. David Vitter, R-La.;

and Reps. John Fleming and Rodney Alexander to ask for their support.

The team also plans to meet at the

Pentagon with Army leaders. Group chairman Michael Reese will provide

them with an audio-visual

package of last week’s community meeting in Leesville with Army


About 2,000 people lined Leesville’s streets and crowded into First United Pentecostal Church during the meeting.

“This is a critical time in the Army’s process of planning for downsizing,” said Deborah Randolph, president of the Central

Louisiana Chamber of Commerce.“It is important to keep up the momentum resulting from the successful community meeting.”