Public Affairs Office
The Public Affairs Office supports Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk by communicating on behalf of the installation and its leadership - providing clear, accurate, timely information to internal & external audiences. We employ a variety of communication strategies- including internal news and information products, media engagement, and public outreach.
The Public Affairs Office assists members of the news media in reporting on Fort Polk, ensuring the American public has access to the information they need to understand the military's role in the community, in support of the nation, and in the world. The Public Affairs Office is responsible for:
- Releasing information, arranging interviews, responding to media queries, and coordinating access to the installation for news media representatives,
- Inviting reporters to significant events that highlight missions, programs, or issues of interest to the public,
- Providing media awareness and media engagement training to members of the Fort Polk community.
The Command Information section provides news and information to members of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk community, by producing an array of command information products for our internal audiences to include the Fort Polk Guardian, the JRTC and Fort Polk website and social media sites. Fort Polk Guardian archives can be accessed here. To submit a story idea call (337) 531-1392.
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Community Relations programs support and sustain relationships between service members and leaders of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort with neighboring civilian communities and their local, state and federal representatives. The JRTC and Fort Polk work closely with resident units, including 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division; the 115th Combat Support Hospital; the 1st Battalion, 5TH Aviation Regiment; Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital; the 46th Engineer Battalion; and the 519th Military Police Battalion, to fulfill community requests.
Community Relations programs support and sustain relationships between service members and leaders of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort with neighboring civilian communities and their local, state and federal representatives.
- Community Requests: Request a guest speaker, marching unit, honor guard, military equipment display, or military band. Requests should be submitted using DD Form 2536 via email, fax or mail (see below for contact info). Most requests require a legal review and direct coordination with units - please submit requests at least 60 days prior to your event.
Aviation requests are not reviewed by JRTC and Fort Polk PAO. Use DD Form 2535 and submit directly to the service component public affairs office - Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine Corps - using the contact info listed in the directions for that form.
- Submit forms by email to: email@example.com
- Noise and Public Disturbance Complaints: The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk makes every effort to minimize impact of military activities on the community. However, due to the nature of our training and operations, some disruptions are unavoidable. Disturbances caused by military training - Report noise, smoke, low-flying aircraft, or other disturbance caused by military activity using firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, a contact phone number, location of the disturbance, date and time of disturbance, duration of the disturbance, and any property damage sustained.
The Media Relations section assists members of the news media in reporting on Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, ensuring the American public has access to the information they need to understand the military's role in the community, in support of the nation, and in the world. For information regarding different aspects of Fort Polk, click the tabs below.
Reporting on Fort Polk
High-profile military missions, high-tech military equipment, high-intensity training opportunities and our innovative installation and family support programs are among the many reasons local, national, and international news organizations cover activities at Fort Polk on a regular basis. Media office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time. Call (337) 531-1392. For urgent issues after duty hours, call the Fort Polk Emergency Operations Center at (337) 531-4916, and ask for the Public Affairs Officer on call.
Media Escort Requirements
Fort Polk is a closed military installation. For security reasons, installation access rules require a public affairs escort to be present any time members of the media conduct news-gathering activities on post. For invited events, media should RSVP in accordance with the instructions provided in the news release to coordinate a public affairs escort onto the installation. For other stories, news media representatives may request assistance from the Media Relations section. Requests are granted based on available resources and U.S. Army and DoD regulations. Service members and military family members who are interested in engaging the media are encouraged to contact our office for assistance. If the story is of limited official interest, we may suggest meeting with the reporter off-base (where a public affairs escort is not required). For stories not related to the subject's military affiliation, we can generally provide an escort onto the installation only if the story cannot be adequately reported without such access.
Please note: Our office does not facilitate "reaction" stories (stories seeking service member or military family member reactions to issues of current interest or events) and "person-on-the-street" interviews - reporters may solicit military personnel and their families for their reactions to current events via other means, but we will not use military resources to provide an escort onto the installation for these types of stories. Possession of a military-issued ID card or visitor pass does not constitute permission to conduct news gathering activities on any part of the installation - including family housing - without a public affairs escort. Pass-holders and/or the visitor's military sponsor may be held responsible if a pass or military ID is misused.
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