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  • Construction begins on school near Fort Polk

    August 16, 2014 1:13 PM

    LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - Construction has begun on a $21 million elementary school designed to serve military children in Vernon Parish. The American Press reports the new South Polk Elementary School will have a capacity of 1,000 students in first through fourth grades. The Vernon Parish School Board plans to... more »
  • Program Helps Service Members Keep Their Pets

    March 8, 2013 4:26 PM

    Instead of giving up their dogs for good, a foster program is helping service men and women come home to their pets. Staff Sergeant Bethany Morgan-Taylor is back at Fort Polk after serving a tour overseas. Her dogs have been living in Lafayette with a foster parent through a... more »
  • New Vernon school will serve Fort Polk

    December 12, 2012 6:28 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - The Department of Defense is releasing more than $18 million to the Vernon Parish School Board for a school that will serve military families at Fort Polk. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office says the action announced Tuesday will allow construction to begin on the $20 million... more »
  • New elementary school planned for Fort Polk

    July 23, 2012 6:58 AM

    LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - A new elementary school will be built just outside Fort Polk. The Town Talk reports the new $20 million South Polk Elementary School will be built with mostly federal funds. Officials say the school will ease crowding and improve conditions at the two elementary schools that... more »
  • Fort Polk plans memorial ceremonies

    May 22, 2012 6:10 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - The Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk plans Memorial Day activities on Thursday to honor fallen members of the armed forces. The ceremonies are planned for 9 a.m. at Warrior Memorial Park. The keynote speaker is retired Sgt. Major of the Army Bill Gates.
  • Fort Polk soldier killed in hunting accident

    January 27, 2012 6:16 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Fort Polk soldier was killed in an accidental shooting while hunting in the Kisatchie National Forest over the weekend. The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office on Thursday told The Town Talk Saturday's shooting left 30-year-old Louis Alamo dead. The soldier and three Leesville residents were hunting... more »
  • Home for the Holidays, Soldiers Reunited with their Families

    December 11, 2011 9:13 PM

    After a year in Afghanistan, almost 4,000 troops from the 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Division are finally all home, save 24 who lost their lives in service. To mark the homecoming, the city of Leesville, hometown to Fort Polk, hosted a huge party, ceremony and parade in their honor. ... more »
  • 4,000 Fort Polk Soldiers Home for the Holidays

    December 10, 2011 11:12 PM

    Just in time for the holidays was a homecoming for soldiers based out of Fort Polk. In all, about 4-thousand soldiers were welcomed home today from Afghanistan, and quite the party was thrown in their honor. Since September, they've been returning home in the hundreds. And finally, all of... more »
  • Fort Polk in Army program for no landfill waste

    April 21, 2011 6:01 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - The Army names Fort Polk to a pilot program to reduce and reuse waste with an aim of reducing or eliminating the need for landfills. Col. Francis Burns, the garrison commander, says Fort Polk is working with surrounding communities and Louisiana Economic Development to establish... more »
  • Transportation unit relocates to Fort Polk

    March 1, 2011 10:22 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center continue to grow. On Monday, Fort Polk welcomed the addition of 165 new soldiers in an unfurling ceremony for the 41st Transportation Company, which relocated from Germany. Along with their family members, it's an increase of about... more »
  • Transportation unit arrives at Fort Polk

    February 28, 2011 5:46 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - An activation ceremony is set for Monday for a new unit which is relocating to Fort Polk. The 41st Transportation Company will be welcomed in a ceremony set for 1 p.m. Monday. The unit has 164 soldiers. Counting family members, the Fort Polk population will... more »
  • Fort Polk soldier killed in Afghanistan

    November 29, 2010 10:01 PM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - A Fort Polk soldier has died of injuries from a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army says 24-year-old Pvt. Devon J. Harris of Mesquite, Texas, died Saturday in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Harris was a combat engineer with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th... more »
  • LDWF Announces Hunting Closure

    October 25, 2010 5:02 PM

    Due to military training exercises, the Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) scheduled Oct. 30-31 either sex hunt. The Fort Polk WMA may be open in limited areas for the Oct. 30-31 either sex hunt. LDWF previously... more »
  • Fort Polk Soldiers Prepare to Deploy

    October 1, 2010 8:51 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - It was clear that the brigade about to ship out to eastern Afghanistan was so ready that they didn't want to wait any longer, Brig. Gen. James Yarbrough told the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. Soldiers get a "Nike attitude" before deployment, said Yarbrough, commander... more »
  • Fort Polk bells to toll on Sept. 11

    September 9, 2010 9:22 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk will hold a ceremony Friday to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks - and to remind people that the United States is still at war. The 9/11 Day of Remembrance ceremony will also... more »
  • Fort Polk Combat Brigade Deploys Sept., Oct.

    August 26, 2010 6:25 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - The Army combat brigade stationed at Fort Polk will leave for Afghanistan in October. A deployment ceremony for the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is scheduled Sept. 30 at Fort Polk's Honor Field. Fort Polk spokesman Scott Stearns says it will take about... more »
  • Fort Polk unit receives orders to deploy to Haiti

    January 22, 2010 11:38 AM

    A Fort Polk unit has received orders to deploy to Haiti to assist with earthquake recovery and humanitarian assistance. About 130 Soldiers from the 209th Military Police Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, are expected leave next week.

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