LEESVILLE, LA.--A delegation from here visited Washington, D.C. Monday, September 19 through Friday, September 23 in order to communicate with Pentagon officials and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation about issues concerning Louisiana military installations; to be briefed on Department of Defense issues; and to create strategies for ensuring that Louisiana’s military installations remain strong and an integral part of our communities and economy.
Louisiana Senator Michael Reese (R-Leesville); Louisiana Armed Forces Alliance (LAFA) Chairman and Leesville Mayor Rick Allen; along with LAFA members and Leesville City Council members Willie Mae Kennedy, Alice Guess, and Delain Prewitt made up the Leesville delegation.
The agenda included meetings at the Pentagon on Tuesday, September 20 to discuss the quality of life at Louisiana installations as well as Intergovernmental Support Agreements (IGSA’s).
On Wednesday, September 21, the group attended meetings on Capitol Hill with members of the Louisiana Congressional delegation: Senator Bill Cassidy; Congresswoman Julia Letlow; a representative from Senator John Kennedy’s office; and Congressman Mike Johnson.
On Thursday, September 22, the group convened for a defense briefing and then later a planning session, before returning home on Friday, September 23.
The group returned armed with information on the way forward and strategies that will be implemented in the coming months to ensure that military installations in Louisiana remain strong and an integral part of our communities and economy.