WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed August 24, 2005
BRAC Approves Military Changes
Washington, DC – The Base Realignment and Closure Commission in Washington has unanimously approved realignment for Fort Campbell and Fort Knox.
The Fort Knox Armor Center and School would be sent to Ft. Benning, GA to make room for the combat team and the relocation of engineer, military police and combat service support units from Europe and Korea. The Armor Center and Schools employs about 4,000 military and civilian personnel.
Fort Knox would also receive the U. S. Army Accessions Command and U.S. Army Cadet Command from Ft. Monroe, VA, the 84th Army Reserve Regional Training Center from Ft. McCoy, WI and the Army Human Resources Command.
Fort Campbell would lose an attack aviation battalion under the Pentagon's plan. That unit would be sent to Ft. Riley, KS as part of a multi-functional aviation brigade.
But the base would gain and Armed Forces Reserve Center and soldiers from the 52nd Ordnance Group based at Ft. Gillem, GA which the Pentagon has recommended shutting down.
In Tennessee, BRAC unanimously approved the relaignment and closure of several reserve components.
Under the recommendations, six Tennessee Army reserve Centers and one National Guard Readiness Center would be closed. Included is the Army Reserve Readiness Center in Kingston, which would lose 30 military and two civilian jobs.
Tennessee's Air Guard stations, including the 118th Airlift Wing in nashville, will be voted on later this week.