Officials at Fort Knox say requirements for access to the base are expected to get stricter next year.
Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. T.J. Edwards told The News-Enterprise that he expects the Army to set a goal of vetting everyone who visits the base by running their information through the Nation Crime Information Center's database.
Edwards said he expects the change, which stems from a review of the 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting, to take place next year.
The Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff plan to speak later this month about their inquiry into the shooting in which a civilian contractor killed 12 and injured three. Their points will focus on changing access to Army installations to prevent the possibility of a similar attack.
About 20 soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox who've been wounded or injured or who are ill are riding bicycles from one post to the other this week.
Warrior Transition Battalion physical therapist Rebecca Murphy is one of the event coordinators. She says while the soldiers will be pedaling the 164 miles, their cadre and chain of command will be with them, pedaling alongside them.
Murphy says biking gives soldiers obvious health benefits of physical activity and positive social interaction with other riders. She says it also relieves stress.
Business organizations in Hardin County, Louisville and southern Indiana are pushing to lure more soldiers who are leaving the military to either move to the area or stay after being discharged from Fort Knox.
The groups founded the Where Opportunity Knox initiative aimed at creating a pipeline for veterans who are looking for a post-military place to live and work.
Retired Col. Walter Herd, who runs the soldier transition program at Fort Knox, said on Tuesday that soldiers look for available jobs as well as quality of life when deciding on a post-military home. Herd says the 26 counties around Fort Knox have much to offer.
The initiative is being managed by three regional chambers of commerce -- Greater Louisville Inc., the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and One Southern Indiana.
Military veterans taking part in the 'Ride 2 Recovery' program take a moment to visit with WKU Public Radio during a lunch break in Cave City
The journey across Kentucky continues Thursday morning for 150 military veterans taking part in the Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge.
Dan Wermuth was an avid cyclist growing up. But a broken back suffered during the Vietnam War kept him away from the bike for years. That was until a Ride 2 Recovery event came through the Florida town in which he was living. Since then, he’s taken part in 10 rides, but many of his fellow cyclists are much younger veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have a lot of connection with them because…especially coming from the era that I did – they didn’t appreciate us so much when we came home. That’s an understatement. We will not let that happen for our young guys,” said Wermuth.
Soldiers from a Fort Knox-based infantry brigade combat team are set to return home from Afghanistan.
The 110 members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division are scheduled to arrive at Ft. Knox Friday at midnight. They’ll be welcomed home during a ceremony at the Natcher Physical Fitness Center at the army post.
The event will be the final redeployment ceremony for the brigade, signaling the end of its nine-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The unit has been stationed in the Zabul province in southern Afghanistan, an area larger than the state of Connecticut. The soldiers have been assisting Afghan security forces, government members, and police forces in the province.
Army officials have moved up the timetable for the departure of Fort Knox's only fighting brigade.
Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith tells the News-Enterprise the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division will fully deactivate by the end of the year.
Last summer, the Army announced that 12 brigade combat teams, including Knox's, would be deactivated by 2017 as part of a force reduction of about 80,000. Fort Knox's brigade has more than 3,000 members.
Smith said many soldiers in the unit have already received new assignments and soon will depart.
The general says the "greater part" of 2,000 soldiers and their families tied to the unit will leave in the next six to eight months. Soldiers nearing retirement or who are exiting the Army will remain at Knox.
A U.S. Army sergeant faces a court-martial hearing this week at Fort Knox in the shooting death of a civilian employee last year.
Sgt. Marquinta Jacobs of Radcliff is charged with premeditated murder and aggravated assault in the April 3 death of 51-year-old Lloyd R. Gibert of Elizabethtown. Investigators say Jacobs approached Gibert in the parking lot near the Human Resources Command building where Gibert worked.
Nearly 300 Ft. Knox soldiers are home for the holidays after serving a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.
The soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division were honored during a ceremony Sunday night at the Hardin County Army post. The 285 troops had been operating in the roughly 7,000–square-mile Zabul Province in southern Afghanistan, assisting Afghan security forces, government representatives, and police forces.
The unit will continue to send soldiers home through next May, with the majority of the brigade home before March.
Elizabethtown, in the shadow of Fort Knox, has been named the number one military boom town in America.
Military spending provides a major boost to the economies of communities like Elizabethtown, which ranks number one in the nation when it comes to population growth, per-capita personal income and gross domestic product.
Other cities in the top five of the list include Clarksville, TN, the home of Fort Campbell.
A 27-year-old Army soldier based at Fort Knox has died after his unit was attacked in Afghanistan last Saturday. The military says Army Spc. Angel L. Lopez of Parma, Ohio died in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. Lopez was a wheeled vehicle mechanic. It was Lopez’s first deployment overseas.
His awards include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, National Defense service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, NATO medal and the Army Service Ribbon.