Home of Heroes 

    Fort Polk

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  • In an effort to counter national negative trends in education across the United States, Vernon Parish schools are working closely with students to help spark interests in some of the country’s weakest areas.

    Donell Evans, science teacher at Leesville High School, explains the importance of educational awareness

  • That’s exactly what Leesville did. Each year, the school provides students an opportunity to compete and advance from a local fair, to a regional fair, to a state fair, and ultimately, the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).


    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.