FORT POLK, La. — A military exercise is underway through Aug. 31 at North Fort Polk, La., Camp Minden, La., and in the vicinity of the communities of New Iberia, La., Lake Charles, La., Houma, La., Belle Chasse, La., Orange, Texas, Houston, Texas, Hattiesburg, Miss., and Pascagoula, Miss.
Soldiers from 1st Special Forces Group, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. are conducting the military exercise with assistance from units based out of Fort Polk.
This is a routine exercise, conducted to maintain a high level of readiness for the military personnel involved. All movements and events have been
coordinated with public safety officials throughout and within the towns where training will occur. Safety surveys and risk assessments were conducted to ensure the safety of the citizens of the local communities and the Soldiers involved in the exercises. Every measure has been taken to reduce the amount of noise and inconveniences associated with the exercise. Fort Polk officials appreciate the support of the citizens and public safety officials of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Soldiers assigned to U.S. Special Forces conduct the most complex missions in varied terrains across the world. Tough, realistic and relevant military exercises are essential to their training. Exercises such as this are the best method to maintain their readiness capabilities.
Questions concerning the exercise should be referred to the Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group Public Affairs Office at (337) 531-5352 or the United States Army Special Forces Command Public Affairs Office at (910) 689-6187.