The U.S. Army will maintain Fort Polk's current 162nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade for the remainder of this year, according to U.S. Sen. David Vitter.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Army will maintain Fort Polk's current 162nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade for the remainder of this year, according to U.S. Sen. David Vitter.
Through his position on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Vitter has pressured the U.S. Department of Defense to postpone making drastic cuts.
"I'll remain committed to working with the Army to find a viable solution and path forward that allows the Army to be as strong as possible and keeps its presence in Fort Polk," Vitter said. "This is obviously not a permanent solution, but its great news for the time being to have the Army realize how vital Fort Polk and the 162nd Security Forces are to our national defense."
The brigade is responsible for Security Forces Assistance – Security Cooperation training for deploying Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Due to the ongoing withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, and increased budget pressures, Fort Polk's 162nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade was awaiting the announcement of its inactivation which could have seen over 800 service members leave Louisiana. Without Vitter's and the delegations' persistence, the authorization for the 162nd and for U.S. DOD Security Forces Assistance was set to expire at the beginning of this year.
The Army Forces Command has committed to continue critical training capabilities of the 162nd that must be retained as vital training, and to its willingness to engage on the issue. This is not a permanent solution, but postpones the proposed cuts for the remainder of this year.