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Fort Polk draws support against cuts

3 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Monday, September 29 2014 Sep 29, 2014 September 29, 2014 2:31 AM September 29, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

FORT POLK - Once more, Fort Polk has drawn more support than any other base facing potential cuts.

Fort Polk Progress, a nonprofit created to advocate for the base, says Army Environmental Command got more than 111,200 comments from 30 communities nationwide - and 34,619 were against cuts at Fort Polk. Last year, Fort Polk supporters sent more than half the 8,000 comments for 20 bases.

Organization chairman Michael Reese says this year's includes people from nearly every state and many countries.

Command spokeswoman Cathy Kropp says other top numbers were 21,886 comments for Fort Benning, Georgia; 17,454 for Fort Jackson, South Carolina; 14,135 for Fort Knox, Kentucky; and 9,233 for Fort Drum, New York.

The Army is considering cutting its active-duty strength from 490,000 to 420,000 by 2020.

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