Soldiers and civilians stood shoulder to shoulder Friday evening to celebrate the grand opening of the Anvil Bar at the newly branded Warrior Lanes Bowling Center on Fort Polk.

It took approximately five-years, from idea to grand opening, for the Anvil to become a reality.

The previous bar, the Spare Time Lounge, closed for renovations seven months ago.

“That’s a pretty fast turn around and a testament to our Garrison and JRTC staff,” said COL Ryan Roseberry, JRTC and Fort Polk Garrison Commander, at the grand opening ceremony.

COL Roseberry explained that the name The Anvil Bar was chosen because of its symbolism.

“If you Google it, you’re going to get something like this: The anvil is a forging tool made of heat-treated steel unyielding the strongest metals, forcing iron to submit to its sheer strength. Shaping and molding metal into precise weapons required to fight and win wars.

“This is very symbolic to our mission here at JRTC, also heat treated. We mold and develop the worlds strongest soldiers of the most envied and feared force around the world. That’s why we have the slogan, ‘forge the warrior spirit’, and that’s what this represents,” said COL Roseberry.

With eighteen large screen televisions, four pool tables and sis beers on tap, the bar will feature regularly scheduled karaoke and a DJ, and will host Texas Hold'em tournaments, UFC and NFL watch parties and other special events like unit Hail and Farewells.

“There is no other bar anywhere in the United States Army like this one. This is your bar, this is our bar and we take pride in it.” COL Roseberry said to conclude his comments before cutting the ribbon.

Civilians have access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities such as the bowling center, golf course, mini-golf, go-karts, swimming pool and fishing ponds to name a few on Fort Polk. All that’s needed is a valid identification and a stop at the visitors center on Entrance Road to request a pass to access the base.

The Anvil Bar is located in the Warrior Lanes Bowling Center at 2087 9th Street, Building 1457. For more information call (337) 531-8139.

For more information on MWR facilities and programs call (337) 531-1979.