About Fort Polk, LA
Located near Leesville, Louisiana, Fort Polk provides training for the United States Army, Air Force and Navy. It currently trains forces such as light infantry and special operations for Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Established in 1941, Fort Polk was named for Lieutenant Leonides Polk. The base trained soldiers for important wars in United States history, such as World War II and the Vietnam War. In 1993, Fort Polk acquired the Joint Readiness Training Center, which provides realistic training reflective of actual missions and operations.
On the cutting edge of military standards of quality, Fort Polk boasts a new Consolidated Library and Education Center, Post Headquarters and processing center for soldier readiness. The total base population of Fort Polk is 31,873, 8,240 of which are Army personnel and 5,919 of which are non-military employees. The retiree population within 40 miles of the base exceeds 16,000.