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  • Attend the Listening Session at a location near you!

    To encourage as many people as possible to participate in the March 3 Listening Session with the Department of the Army concerning possible troop reductions at Fort Polk, Fort Polk Progress, the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance will conduct concurrent Listening Sessions in Leesville, Alexandria and Lake Charles. 


    The Alexandria and Lake Charles sessions will be streamed via the Internet to the Leesville Listening Session. 


    All three sessions will begin promptly at 6 p.m. with doors opening early for seating. We encourage you to attend the session that is closest to you geographically and to arrive early and to be seated as soon as possible so that there is no delay in beginning the sessions.  If you would like to make a public comment, attendees at each session will make every effort to accommodate you.


    First United Pentecostal Church
    101 Nolan Trace, Leesville, LA 71446
    Contact: Tammy Sharp 337-378-9329



    Convention Hall at Alexandria City Hall

    915 Third Street, Alexandria, LA 71301

    Contact: Deborah Randolph  318-442-6671



    Lake Charles Civic Center, 2nd Floor Contraband Room

    900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Contact: Avon Knowlton 337-433-3632



    Individuals who require an accommodation of a disability in order to attend any of the the Listening Sessions are asked to contact the appropriate person for each location.


    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.