"Fort Polk is vital to the area. We hope to unite
the installation and the surrounding communities
to care for its soldiers and their families. It's our
-Michael Reese, Fort Polk Progress President
The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) is an agency of the United States federal government, which aims to dispose of unnecessary United States Department of Defense (DoD) real estate in order to increase efficiency and lower costs to the federal government. More than 350 installations have been closed in five BRAC rounds: 1989, 1991, 1993,1995 and the most recent round of BRAC completed and entered into law in November 2005.
In mid-June of 2013 a Senate panel rejected the Defense Department’s request to shutter installations and facilities in the United States that are no longer needed as the military branches cut the number of troops in uniform.
In their markup of this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the US House Armed Services Committee rejected the Pentagon's request to have another Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission. Ranking Member Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., planned to offer an amendment authorizing a 2017 BRAC round when the bill went to the floor, but the House Rules Committee refused to rule it in order, preventing Smith's amendment from being debated or voted on.
According to a report from the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), the Army is expected shortly to release its preliminary analysis of the local impacts that would result from a reduction in its active-duty end strength to a range of between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers. This year, the Army is looking at a total of 30 installations, including Fort Polk, and will again conduct commenting periods and hold listening session at affected communities.
Fort Polk Progress is taking a proactive stance in addressing the possibility of a Base Realignment and Closure at Fort Polk by proactively engaging Louisiana Congressional Delegation as well as military leaders on the cost effectiveness, or military value, Fort Polk continues to offer when it comes to training soldiers.
Fort Polk Progress Chairman Michael Reese recently appeared on Louisiana Public Broadcasting as part of the McLeod Series, and explained in detail the mission and purpose of Fort Polk Progress and how it relates to BRAC. The video below is courtesy of LPB: