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    Click here to download a fact sheet and here to download a powerpoint. Use both or either to help explain to your friends, neighbors and acquaintances about the proposed troop reduction and how they can help.



    • Encourage everyone you know to sign and send in the sample form letter

    • Arrange a drop-off point for the signed letters

    • Send them in batches to the address below




    • Copy and paste our social media posts into your feeds

    • Click here to download our digital sign to share on social media.



    Letters should be sent via email to:




    or through the U.S. Postal Service to:


    U.S. Army Environmental Command

    ATTN: SPEA Public Comments

    2450 Connell Road (Building 2264)

    Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Same Houston, TX 78234-7664



    On June 26, 2014, the Department of the Army released its Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI).


    The SPEA builds on the foundation of the 2013 Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and assesses the impacts of a potential reduction of an additional 70,000 soldiers and associated reductions in Army civilians, down to an Active Component end-strength of 420,000 soldiers. According to the Department of the Army, these reductions are necessary to achieve the savings required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The SPEA analyzes the impact of force reductions at a total of 30 installations, including Fort Polk.


    Fort Polk Progress has known all along that another round of troop reductions was inevitable, given the current budget environment, and has been proactively planning its response for months, from creating the Education Initiative, which shows the Army just how engaged the local communities are in providing valuable quality of life enhancements for soldiers; to keeping our Congressional Delegation in Washington informed and active in countering force structure decisions; to engaging the Louisiana legislature for funding to help cover the costs of efforts to keep the military a strong economic force throughout the state.


    The SPEA and draft FNSI may be accessed here.


    After 25 years of total service, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Williams retired from the US Army in 2011. His career concluded at Fort Polk as the Chief of Staff of JRTC and Ft. Polk and the Installation Command Inspector General.  He is currently employed by Cubic Applications as an instructor at the Joint Readiness Training Center’s Leader Training Program. He is currently the Chairman for the Military Affairs Committee for the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce a life member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and five Meritorious Service Medals.