For Immediate Release

July 15, 2015

Contact: Tammy Sharp

Public Information Director

Airmen Volunteer at City Park

LEESVILLE, La.-- Airmen of the 548 Combat Training Squadron and the 20th Asos Detachment volunteered their time at the Leesville City Park July 14-15, 2015.

The 548 Combat Training Squadron is the largest air force unit on Fort Polk. Lt. Col. Gage Evert and 10 other airmen from his unit had spare time during July between training exercises and wanted to volunteer their time to the City of Leesville.

"We're grateful to have these airmen volunteer their time to help update the park," said Leesville Mayor Rick Allen. "We are not only thankful for the service that they give to our country, but also for going above their duties to help the City out."

"Leesville is a big supporter of the military and Fort Polk," said Evert. "We wanted to give back to the community that gives so much support to us. I believe this is a good air force team building activity for us."

Evert said that his squadron is busy throughout most of the year. They participate in 10 training exercises in conjunction with the Joint Readiness Training Center. He said that July is typically their best time to complete a service project an so contacted the City to set up a time and place to volunteer.

Mike Carter, manager of the park and the Leesville Municipal Golf Course said the volunteer work has saved the City thousands of dollars.

"We had already started accepting quotations to have the work done at the park," he said. "It was going to cost roughly $6,000 to do all the updating. We are grateful that the airmen volunteered their time to do majority of this work."

The airmen performed prep work at the park July 14 by sanding down picnic tables, swing sets, and other equipment.  

Staff Sergeant Daniel Doyle said, "We are happy we are able to help out the community. We hope the kids like it. We are always willing to support the community."

The following is a list of airmen that were at the park Wednesday morning:

548 Combat Training Squadron

Staff Sergeant Khalil Chamma

Staff Sergeant Justin Priniski

Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Fleming

Staff Sergeant Jesse Cheyney

Staff Sergeant Daniel Doyle

Staff Sergeant Tyler Miller

Technical Sergeant Lucas Heckman

Captain Bryson Kreighbaum

Major Erich Prade

Lt. Col. Gage Evert

20th Asos Detachment

Sr. Airmen Austin Childs

Sr. Airmen Yousef Asdallah

Sr. Airmen Kenneth Leo

Sr. Airmen Saint Shabazz

Sr. Airmen David Qualls

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The City of Leesville, the best hometown in the world, is a historic yet visionary community. As the parish seat of Vernon Parish, where Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center are located, the City of Leesville is home to military families, retired veterans and a growing and strongly patriotic citizenry that provides the basis of a well-rounded and work-ready workforce.   


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