Ft. Knox

Communities around Fort Knox have launched a capital campaign to help grow the Hardin County army post and the regional economy. 

A new partnership called the Knox Regional Development Alliance was announced Thursday in Elizabethtown.  Co-chairman Ray Springsteen said part of the goal is to bring new missions to the post and retain existing ones.

"A few years ago, we certainly had some contraction in the military, and in some cases, this is driven by that," Springsteen told WKU Public Radio.  "Instead of us reacting when there's a problem, someone is getting up every day, going out, and finding ways to protect this incredible asset."

Another goal of the alliance is to attract and retain military-related businesses to Hardin, Meade, Larue, Bullitt, and Jefferson counties.

Ft. Knox Army Post

Maj. Gen. Christopher Hughes is the new Commanding General at Fort Knox.

He assumes the position previously held by Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs, who was the post's first female commander. She'll be the new chief of staff of the Northern Command Headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hughes comes to Fort Knox after serving a two year term as chief of staff for the Army's Pacific Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

One of the Commanding General's major responsibilities is guiding the Cadet Command at Fort Knox.

Ft. Knox

Veterans and their dependents are being encouraged to attend a military jobs fair at Fort Knox Thursday. The Hardin County military post is hosting about 70 organizations that are looking to hire veterans and their spouses.

Jake Hutchings is director of the group Civilianjobs.com, which is overseeing the event. He says veterans should be prepared to explain how their military service can translate into success at a corporate workforce.

“How do you take that 15-year, 20-year career—or even a five-year career with a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan--and compartmentalize that down to two minutes of, ‘hey, this is what I’ve done in the service, these are the skills I’ve learned, and this is the value I bring to your organization’? So if there’s a veteran out there listening, that’s the first place to start.”

Hutchings says many civilian employers have come to appreciate the leadership and technical skills many veterans possess. Hutchings is himself a veteran, and says employers are seeking out veterans out of respect, not pity.

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Hardin County area business and political leaders are in the final stages of an effort to stave off proposed cuts at the Fort Knox military post.

The Army has said Ft. Knox could lose up to 4,100 soldier and civilian jobs if maximum cuts are implemented in 2016. That would be on top of the 3,500 positions already eliminated with the inactivation of the Third Brigade Infantry Combat Team, which is winding down operations by the close of this year.

Under the worst-case scenario facing the post, $500 million in payroll would be lost if the latest cuts become a reality.

Jonathan Meador

FRANKFORT—A group of state lawmakers are calling for the U.S. Department of Defense to abandon its plan to reduce personnel at military bases in Kentucky and across the country.

The reductions would mean a loss of 16,000 positions at Ft. Campbell and 7,605 spots at Ft. Knox, as well a combined income loss of $1.29 billion in Kentucky, according to data from from the U.S. Army's 2020 Force Structure Realignment report, which was provided to the state committee by the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs.

The state's Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety wants intends to fight the reductions and voted Thursday to send a resolution to the U.S. Department of Defense.

David Thompson, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, said the $1.29 billion figure only includes income, thus the total economic effect of the base reductions could be much greater.

"It's definitely fodder for a letter to the Army," Thompson said. "If we think they're going low on their estimates of economic impact, it's up to us to illuminate that to them and say 'hey, it's a much bigger impact than you're indicating.'"

Fort Knox Garrison Public Affairs

Family and friends welcomed home 250 Ft. Knox soldiers with the 19th Engineer Battalion who are back in Kentucky after a nine month deployment to Kuwait.  This was the battalion's  fourth deployment since they were reactivated at Ft. Knox in 2005.   

A total of 450 soldiers from the battalion will return home in the coming months. Sixty soldiers were welcomed home Thursday evening. While overseas, they carried out several construction projects at forward operating bases in Kuwait, and assisted in infrastructure improvement projects in Tajikistan.

Upon arriving home in Kentucky, the soldiers will occupy the newly reconstructed 19th Engineer Battalion Complex, a $41 million facility with administrative, barracks, and training space.

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Sixty Ft. Knox soldiers will be welcomed home from the Middle East at a ceremony on the Hardin County post Thursday evening. The 19th Engineer Battalion soldiers are returning after a nine- month deployment to Kuwait, the group’s fourth deployment since they were reactivated at Ft. Knox in 2005.   

A total of 450 soldiers from the battalion will return home in the coming months. While overseas, they carried out several construction projects at forward operating bases in Kuwait, and assisted in infrastructure improvement projects in Tajikistan.

Upon arriving home in Kentucky, the soldiers will occupy the newly reconstructed 19th Engineer Battalion Complex, a $41 million facility with administrative, barracks, and training space.

Army Recruiting and Retention Center Coming to Ft. Knox

Mar 12, 2014

Fort Knox will become the new home of the U.S. Army's Recruiting and Retention School come October.

The Department of the Army is moving the school from Fort Jackson, S.C., to the military post in central Kentucky where the U.S. Army Recruiting Command is housed.

The school's mission statement is to train and educate military and civilian leaders and develop complementary concepts, doctrine, organization, materiel and training across the spectrum of recruiting and retention.

Army officials say the move will improve synchronization within the command, enhance the training needs of Army recruiters and better support the development of recruiting doctrine and curriculum development.

The relocation will also result in an annual savings of $14 million and a projected savings of $138 million to the Army over a 10-year period.

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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.

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.

The News-Enterprise reports Jacobs' court-martial begins at 8:30 a.m. EST Thursday and Friday.

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.

Lisa Autry

Inside a gym on the Fort Knox Army post, a group of soldiers show up ready to play ball, but not in jerseys and cleats. 

The uniform here is camouflage.

BJ Levis has come to Fort Knox to introduce Beep Baseball.  Levis works for Metro Parks and Recreation in Louisville.  One of the programs she oversees is adaptive sports for people with disabilities. 

“A lot of times when people have a recent injury and their life has changed it’s like 'I’m not going to be able to do anything I could do before,'" says Levis.  "We like to introduce different sports and say 'Yes you can.'  There’s just some simple adaptations or some simple equipment you might need so you still can participate in sports or start some you’ve never even done before which is really cool.”

Ft. Knox

Nearly 250 Ft. Knox soldiers will be welcomed home Wednesday following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

The members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division have been operating in the southern province of Zabul, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Ft. Knox soldiers assisted Afghan security forces, government, and police forces as they transitioned to independent security and governance.

Soldiers in the unit will continue to return to Ft. Knox in small groups through May of next year.

Wednesday’s welcome home ceremony is being held at 4:30 am eastern, at the Natcher Physical Fitness Center.

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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.

Audit: Army Paid $16M to Deserters, AWOL Soldiers

Sep 27, 2013

Even as the Army faces shrinking budgets, an audit shows it paid out $16 million in paychecks over a two-and-a-half-year period to soldiers designated as AWOL or as deserters. It's the second time since 2006 the military has been dinged for the error.

A memo issued by Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky., found that the Army lacked sufficient controls to enforce policies for reporting deserters and absentee soldiers to cut off their pay and benefits immediately. The oversight was blamed primarily on a failure by commanders to fill out paperwork in a timely manner.

The payments from 2010 to 2012 represent only a fraction of the Army's nearly $44 billion projected payroll for 2013. Auditors and a watchdog group derided the waste as government agencies grapple with automatic spending cuts.

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