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Congressman Mike Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Louisiana


December 4, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Fort Polk was awarded the 2018 Army Community Partnership Award today for demonstrating partnerships that enhance Army readiness, modernize Army processes and improve business reform, while building stronger community relationships.

The ceremony, which took place in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., recognized only seven installations across the nation. Fort Polk was honored for partnerships with the Vernon Parish Police Jury, the City of Leesville and the Town of Rosepine.


"Fort Polk has a long, proud history and continues to build its reputation still today. To be one of only seven installations recognized for this award nationwide speaks volumes about our base and the surrounding community. The leaders on and off the base share a joint commitment to excellence, and that mutual cooperation and community spirit is paying huge dividends. It is my great honor to represent the brave men and women at Fort Polk and everyone involved in this effort. They make our entire state proud.”


According to the Army, the Army Community Partnership Recognition Ceremony seeks to highlight examples of exceptional cooperation and diligence that will encourage continued collaboration to achieve the full potential of community partnerships. The awardees represent partnerships that have improved readiness, driven modernization and contributed to reform initiatives throughout the Army.

Awardees included partnerships signed in fiscal years 2016-2018 by garrisons, reserve centers and armories. Eligible partnerships included memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, educational agreements, leases or licenses, mutual aid agreements or intergovernmental support agreements. Submissions were evaluated using the following criteria: improves or enhances readiness, supports reform initiatives, modernizes a service, system or process, expands capability, and improves soldier/family life or community relations.