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LOUISIANA FARM BUREAU: FORT POLK OVERVIEW

LOUISIANA FARM BUREAU: FORT POLK OVERVIEW



we're coming to you today from Fort Polk and the joint Readiness Training Center here in vernon parish in West Central Louisiana the US Army established this installation near leesville in 1941 as camp poke it was named in honor of the right reverend Leonidas Polk the first Episcopalian Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana and he was a Confederate General camp polk started out as a small training ground for soldiers during World War two today Fort Polk spans nearly 200,000 acres of primary pine forests on lands owned by both the US Army and the u.s. Forest Service in the Kisatchie National Forest Fort Polk has a population of nearly 10,000 soldiers with an average of four thousand rotating in and out for training at the joint Readiness Center aside from the soldiers Fort Polk also employs nearly 7,000 civilians between salaries utilities and construction work Polk has an economic impact of nearly 1.4 billion dollars and according to the Louisiana Department of Economic Development no other single entity in the state has that large of an economic impact


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