The Army has analyzed the impact of cutting 16,000 personnel from Fort Campbell, which would be about half of its current population.
This analysis was part of the Army’s Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment 2020 Force Structure Realignment,(SPEA) which studied the impacts of reducing the force from around 500,000 to between 440,000 to 450,000. The draft study found there would be no significant impact from the Army’s force reductions, though there are many factors to be assessed before reduction numbers are finalized for the 30 individual locations, including Fort Campbell.
The assessment indicates Fort Campbell is a major economic influence in Christian County, Kentucky, and Montgomery County, Tennessee, where the Armed Forces accounts for 23 percent and 14 percent of the workforce respectively. Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says the SPEA is only a study and has not affected Hopkinsville’s planning. He says there was no impact on Fort Campbell after a similar evaluation was done two years ago.
“We don’t know if anything will happen but we expect that there would not be a significant reduction at Fort Campbell because Fort Campbell is one of the most strategic military posts in the country,” Kemp said. “We’ve been briefed at Fort Campbell by the command down there and we’ve endeavored to obtain as much information as we can.”
The Department of Defense announced that 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Scott Studenmund of Pasadena, CA and 28 year-old Staff Sgt. Jason McDonald of Butler, GA., were among five soldiers killed June 9 while engaged in a combat operation in Gaza Village, Afghanistan.
Studenmund and McDonald were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group at Ft. Campbell. The Defense Department says the incident remains under investigation.
Earlier this month, the Department reported the death of another Ft. Campbell soldier. Twenty-five-year-old PFC Matthew Walker of Hillsboro, MO., died June 5 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire.
A Fort Campbell-based battalion is set to case its colors before deploying to Afghanistan later this year.
The 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment will conduct the ceremony Jan. 10 at the sprawling military post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.
The unit colors are a flag that represents the unit on the battlefield, and casing it symbolizes the unit is prepared for movement.
Once in Afghanistan, the battalion will provide protection for coalition forces across Afghanistan against the threat of indirect fire.
The "Strike Fear" battalion deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, when its members worked to protect Forward Operating Base Shank in the Logar province of eastern Afghanistan, in the north of the city of Gardez.
When U.S. Air Force veteran Staff Sgt. Karl Edward Stempien was laid to rest Thursday, he became the 3,000th person buried at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central since it opened just outside Fort Knox in June 2007.
Stempien had served 11 years in the Air Force.
The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs oversees the state's regional military cemeteries. The cemetery in Radcliff contains the remains of 2,489 veterans and 510 dependent spouses and children. The total includes 11 service members who died on active duty, four of whom were killed in action.
The cemetery also serves portions of Ohio and Indiana.
A Louisville organization that helps homeless people has been awarded a $300,000 grant to provide homeless female veterans and veterans with families with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers.
Volunteers of America in Louisville will receive the funding from the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service. The agency announced Monday it is awarding 22 grants totaling more than $5 million to help about 1,900 veterans.
The Labor Department said services provided will include job placement, on-the-job and classroom training, career counseling, life skills and money management mentoring and help in finding housing.
Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Wednesday in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Corey E. Garver, 26, of Topsham, Maine, died June 23rd, in Zormat, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell, Ky.
Funeral services and interment for Sgt. Garver will be held July 10 at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is recognizing the latest Ft. Campbell soldier to die in Afghanistan. The U.S. Defense Department has announced that 25-year old Sergeant Justin Rogers died Friday in Bagram from a non-combat related incident that is still under investigation.
The Barton, New York, native was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell.
Gov. Beshear will order that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Sgt. Rogers’ interment. Arrangements are still pending.
Governor Steve Beshear says he will be working with Kentucky's Congressional delegation to hopefully soften the loss of a brigade at Fort Knox.
The cuts announced Tuesday will deactivate the Third Brigade Combat Team, which has about 3,500 soldiers. The number of active duty combat brigades is being slashed as the military returns to pre-9\11 troop levels.
Beshear says not much can be done about the federal decision, but the state can continue to position Fort Knox as a vital resource to the Defense Department. He suggests building on changes the post made under the military's base re-alignment some five years go.
"We ended up building the biggest office building in this state on Fort Knox to house the Human Resources Command that handles all human resources for the Army," Beshear remarks. "Why not move human resources for the Air Force, Marines, Navy to that location?"
Beshear claims having human resources for every military branch at one location could be an efficiency measure for the Department of Defense. In addition, he says officials will be looking at other ways to maximize the use of Fort Knox.