PRIDE and Fort Polk Army Installation
Since 2009, PRIDE Industries has provided Base Operating Support Services to Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC); managing over 2,243 buildings and more than 1,000 miles of paved and unpaved roads, bridges, ranges, and railroads, and providing range support services for over 233,775 acres, utilities, maintenance and repair, preventative maintenance, facilities improvement, and minor construction.
In December 2019, the Ft. Polk Directorate of Public Works asked PRIDE to help renovate the Geronimo Trail, named for the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, that links the South Ft. Polk Barracks to the Main Post Exchange area.
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Fort Polk Army Installation
Fort Polk is a United States Army installation located in Vernon Parish. It houses the premier Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), supporting combat readiness in state-of-the-art training facilities.
Due to the constant use by the soldiers who live on base, the Geronimo trail was beginning to pose a safety risk; it had poor lighting, the bridge needed repairs, and the dirt trail was covered in brush – raising the risk of encounters with wildlife.
On December 12, 2019, the Commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, provided improvement recommendations to the Directorate of Public Works, Operations and Maintenance Division, which included adding aggregate (gravel) to the trail, safety lighting, and an identification sign at both ends.
The Fort Polk Directorate of Public Works decided to complete the project in-house and asked PRIDE Industries to partner with them.
The PRIDE Solution
Within three weeks, PRIDE’s Operations, Electrical, and Carpentry departments developed a plan to quickly renovate the trail.
Lighting repair included replacing two utility poles, substituting 14 existing lights with LED lights, and installing 800 ft. of overhead service wire along with two disconnects.
To repair the bridge, PRIDE’s carpentry team replaced the handrails and decking on existing beams.
PRIDE’s Operations team poured 610 (limestone aggregate) over the existing trail base, rolling for compaction, and seeding for erosion to further define the trail.
The open communication throughout the project allowed the team to better support each other, delivering quality results. The trail improvements were completed on January 9, 2020.
“Soldiers always take the shortest point (the Geronimo Trail) from their barracks to the commissary, PX, or barbershop, but it was in need of repair. Providing a Geronimo Trail that’s a respectable path from point to point allows our soldiers a better quality of life. ”
Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, Commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk
- The repairs and the addition of lighting created a safer environment for soldiers, civilians, and other personnel to travel around the base.
- With the added aggregate (gravel), the trail is better equipped to handle rain and is protected against erosion.
- The success of this project increased morale among the soldiers, and solidified PRIDE’s capabilities and commitment to our customer.