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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Fort Polk to lose 388 troops; Abraham outraged

July 8, 2015
In The News

Fort Polk will lose 388 troops as part of the U.S. Army's plan to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years, 5th District U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham confirmed Wednesday.

The central Louisiana base is one of 14 with brigades that are losing troops, some as high as 3,000. The official list of cuts will be released Thursday.

"I'm outraged that there were any cuts at all," said Abraham, R-Alto "At a time where we face threats from ISIS, Iran, North Korea and a host of other threats, our national security should be our paramount concern.

"Yet, the President has chosen to draw down 40,000 troops nationwide. It defies logic to cut troops when our nation is facing so many threats. If anything, Fort Polk should be adding troops because it is a world-renowned Joint Readiness Center. We need leadership, not troop drawdowns."

Abraham said he has been assured Ford Polk is in no danger of closing under future cuts, in part because of Fort Polk's Joint Readiness Center.

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