Army’s expected announcement of cuts could affect Fort Polk

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The Army is expected to announce cuts that could significantly affect Fort Polk and the surrounding communities.

The announcement is expected Thursday.

Army officials, who are under a mandate to cut at least 40,000 troops and personnel, are considering cuts at 30 bases, including Fort Polk.

If the brigade stationed at Fort Polk is eliminated, the base would lose more than half its military population, which stakeholders say would have a significant effect on the central Louisiana economy and a devastating impact on Vernon Parish.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, stationed at the Vernon Parish base, is one of the teams targeted for potential elimination to meet the mandated personnel reduction.

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