WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, this week questioned Defense Department leadership including Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin E. Dempsey on the Department of Defense five-year plan and 2015 budget proposal outlined. The budgets were released on March 3.
“Fort Polk and Barksdale continue to be huge priorities both for our national security and for communities in Louisiana,” Vitter said. “I’ll continue to fight to make sure our troops have the support they need.”
The Army recently announced it will begin its second force restructuring evaluation on how it will meet the newly released troop numbers. Last year the Army released their 2020 evaluation which resulted in minimal force reduction at Fort Polk, and the Army made commitments for improved forces capabilities at the base. Vitter will be meeting with General Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, to discuss troop levels.
Vitter also pressed Lieutenant General Stephen W. Wilson, USAF, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, on the importance of maintaining a strong and viable Global Strike Command and the risk of not having a second nuclear Weapons Storage Area (WSA). Vitter has previously introduced legislation that would reconstitute the WSA at Barksdale.