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Fort Polk Army Base

Joint Readiness Training Center, 10th Mountain Division, 115th Combat Support Hospital,
162nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
Bldg. 5903 Louisiana Ave, Fort Polk, LA 71459

Fort Polk

Fort Polk is a United States Army Base in beautiful west-central Louisiana and is the home of the Joint Readiness Training Center. Fort Polk’s mission is to provide installation support for power projection, combat readiness and mission execution for all tenant units as well as JRTC rotational units. It is the only training center in the Army which both trains and deploys units for combat missions.


Fort Polk is the second largest employer in the state of Louisiana and has a huge economic impact on the entire state. The Army is situated on 198,000 acres. The Department of the Army actually owns 100,000 acres with the remaining acreage belonging to the United States Forest Service and part of the Kisatchie National Forest. The land that the post is on is both of historical and archeological value.


It was named in honor of the Right Reverend Leonidas Polk, the first Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana, and a distinguished Confederate general in the American Civil War.


Soldiers of Fort Polk have been called to serve around the world. They have fought in operations Just Cause, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom.

Arriving at Fort Polk
Fort Polk is an Army post located in Vernon Parish in Louisiana seven miles from Leesville, Louisiana. The city of Leesville is situated between Shreveport and Lake Charles. It is 63 miles to Lake Charles, Louisiana and 50 miles to Alexandria where the nearest municipal airport is located.
Upon arrival to the Alexandria Airport, report to the Fort Polk welcome desk (adjacent to the baggage claim area) to arrange for transportation to Fort Polk. If you arrive on post between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, report to the Consolidated In- and Out-Processing Center in Building 250 on Third Street, across from BJACH. If you arrive on a nonduty day or after hours, report to the Warriors Keep on Third Street in Building 240. ​


Base Population

9,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, family members, civilians, DoD members, and retirees