Fort Polk Could Lose Thousands of Soldiers

LEESVILLE, La.  -- Fort Polk could lose more than half of its soldiers as part an army troop reduction plan.

Over the next few years, the army says it will have to downsize from 570,000 to 420,000 troops -- leaving the smallest force in decades.

At Fort Polk - the possible loss of 6,500 troops is turning into a battle cry.

"The people of Louisiana care about this Army base, they care about the future of this Army base," said Michael Reese, the Fort Polk Progress chairman.

The Pentagon will be looking at how this reduction would affect 30 army installations around the country.

"We're organizing a marketing campaign to make sure people are aware they can play a huge role in keeping Fort Polk here, stable and growing," said Tammy Sharp with Fort Polk Progress.

Mayor Rick Allen of Leesville says other bases might be able to sustain a cut but Louisiana's economy would not.

The government is expected to make a decision by June of next year.

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