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FORT POLK, LA (KPLC) -

In response to thousands of comments people from across the nation submitted to the Department of the Army concerning possible troop reductions at Fort Polk, Army officials have scheduled a community listening meeting for 5 p.m. Monday, April 15 at the United Pentecostal Church in Leesville.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the Department of the Army to gather additional information concerning the Army 2020 Force Restructure decision, according Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress, an organization dedicated to growing Fort Polk.

Fort Polk Progress urges every person with the least interest in Fort Polk to attend the meeting.

"This will be our last opportunity to engage the Army publicly before a final decision concerning the future of Fort Polk is made," Reese said.

"This has to be big. This has to be powerful. This is our last chance to make an impression on the decision makers about the future of this base, the support it enjoys from this Region, the potential negative economic impact, the military value of Fort Polk's assets, the impact on schools, and other important information submitted in the PEA," Reese said.

"Our hope is to not only line the streets with Fort Polk supporters but to also fill the sanctuary and the fellowship hall of the church with those who have invested their lives into making Fort Polk the best hometown in the Army," he continued.

The seating capacity of the United Pentecostal Church of Leesville where the meeting will take place is 1,500.

Officials from the Department of the Army will first visit Fort Polk before driving to the church.

The exact route Army officials will use is still being planned; however, Fort Polk Progress hopes to release that route before April 15 to enable as many supporters as possible to be on hand.

Fort Polk supporters from throughout the state and East Texas are encouraged to line the streets with signs of support that show just how far Fort Polk's impact is felt.

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