Weeks ago it was announced that the U.S. Army was considering massive cuts at Fort Polk in nearby Leesville and since that time numerous individuals in groups in both west Louisiana and east Texas have responded by writing letters to the army and congressmen.
In fact, both the Jasper City Council and the Jasper County Commissioners Court passed resolutions criticizing the cuts by pointing out the negative impact the reductions would have here in Jasper County, due to the amount of people who work for the Army and its various contractors at Fort Polk.
In response, officials with the U.S. Army have announced that they will hold what they term a “community listening meeting” at the United Pentecostal Church in Leesville at 5:00 pm on Monday, April 15th.
It is hoped that the meeting will allow the Army to gather more information and input before making a decision on the Army’s 2020 force restructure decision, according to Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress, an organization dedicated to growing Fort Polk.
Reese, along with Leesville Mayor Robert Rose, is asking everyone on both sides of the Sabine River to attend the meeting if possible. He says the more that turn out will hopefully impress the Army with support behind Fort Polk.
Rose says the church in Leesville was chosen because it will hold over just over 1,500 people.