Fort Polk

About

Established in 1941, shortly before the US entered World War II. Fort Polk was used as the location for the "Louisiana Maneuvers", a large-scale training exercises over 3,400 square miles involving over 500,000 soldiers from August-September in 1941. During the wars in Korea and Vietnam Fort Polk was again used as an infantry training center, with it's humid climate and dense vegetation providing ample substitute for the jungles.

Today Fort Polk houses the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), which provides highly realistic combined arms conflict across a wide range of environments.

Mission Statement: 
Train Soldiers and grow leaders to deploy, fight, and win. Joint Readiness Training Center: Train Brigade Combat Teams for war. Quality Installation: Provide a secure, thriving community for Soldiers, Army Civilians, Retirees, and their Families. Assigned Units: Prepare, deploy, sustain, and redeploy trained and ready forces. Power Projection Platform: Mobilize, validate, deploy, and redeploy active, National Guard, and Army Reserve Force
Home to
Primary Units: 
Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC)
HEADQUARTERS COMMAND (WARRIOR BDE)
1SF BN (ABN), 509TH PARACHUTE INF BATTALION
256TH INFANTRY BRIGADE (MECH)
2D ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT
Nearest City: 
Leesville
State: 
LA
Country: 
US
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