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Fort Polk to train nearly 6,000 soldiers during Aug. 7-31 rotation

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(Source: U.S. Army) (Source: U.S. Army)

About 5,900 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army Special Forces Command's 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, other key Army units and the U.S. Air Force will participate in a major Decisive Action Training Environment rotation Aug. 7-31 at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, according to Army officials.

Officials, in a release, said the Joint Readiness Training Center's training rotation 13-09 includes "emphasis on Joint Forcible Entry, as well as a phased deployment with an airborne parachute operation, a combined Noncombatant Evacuation, combined arms maneuver, wide-area security, unconventional warfare and unified land operations in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment."

"Decisive Action training seeks to assure service capabilities are fully interoperable and interdependent to bolster unity of effort in Unified Land Operations. It supports the goals shaping the Army of 2020: Developing adaptive leaders and organizations, modernizing equipment and revolutionizing training," the release states. "Decisive Action Training Environment rotations expose the training audience to this hybrid threat, woven together in a realistic and unforgiving environment reflective of the complexities posed by potential adversaries in the 21st century." 

Officials said because of the increase in the number of soldiers and equipment in Fort Polk training areas, residents should be aware of increased convoy traffic between Fort Polk and England Air Park along Highways 28, 121 and 489.

The intersections of La. 469 and La. 28, La. 469 and La. 8, and La. 117 and Tank Trail Road will be high traffic areas as units convoy from Fort Polk to Peason Ridge for training.

The rotation will also incorporate aircraft training, which may bring low-flying aircraft over the DeRidder, Oakdale, Alexandria and Leesville areas.

Residents are urged to exercise caution when approaching or following convoys and do not attempt to pass them, especially at night.

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