- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Fort Polk Army base in central Louisiana is in line to lose 388 troops as the Army announces cuts in active duty forces.

Members of the state’s congressional delegation said Thursday they were disappointed in the cuts, but added that the reduction at Fort Polk could have been worse, as other bases face cuts numbering in the thousands.

Fort Polk Progress, a Leesville-based community organization that supports the base, described the cuts as “minor” and said in a news release that the decision “reinforces that the Army finds great military value in Fort Polk….”

The sentiments were echoed by the state’s Republican U.S. Sens. David Vitter and Bill Cassidy, and members of Louisiana’s House delegation, including Republican Reps. Charles Boustany, Garret Graves, Ralph Abraham, Steve Scalise and John Fleming.

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