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Military
4:06 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Companies Seeking to Hire Veterans Holding Jobs Fair at Ft. Knox

Credit 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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Military
2:35 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Voices Multitracked, Overdubbed, Amplified Through An Actor

BASETRACK Live incorporates photographs, videos and interviews to tell the story of warfare, both at home and abroad.
Courtesy of En Garde Arts

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 7:16 am

Basetrack began as a place for embedded journalists to post photos. Later it became a social media site where families could keep up with their troops in Afghanistan. Now it has transformed again, into a new way for the most recent generation of veterans to tell the story of their service and survival.

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Regional
3:51 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Report: Obesity Often Keeps Kentuckians From Serving in Military

A new report finds 73 percent of Kentuckians who attempt to join the military are turned away and the leading cause is obesity.
Credit U.S. Army

A new report shows that many young adults in Kentucky are ineligible for military service due to obesity.

Retired Army Major Gen. Allen Youngman presented the report, "Retreat is not an option for Kentucky," during the Southern Obesity Summit Monday in Louisville.

Youngman says being overweight is the leading medical disqualifier for military service in Kentucky.

Combined with factors like lack of education and having a criminal background, Kentucky’s disqualification rate is 73 percent, three points higher than the national average.

"They don't have to be in perfect shape when they come in but to pass a certain point it's been demonstrated over and over again that it would be doing them a disservice and a disservice to the military to  put them into uniform and expect them to meet the standards," said Youngman.

Obesity doesn't just affect potential recruits.  Youngman says there was a 61 percent increase in obesity among active duty members between 2002 and 2011.

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Military
1:22 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Kentucky Vietnam War Veterans Invited to Event Marking 50th Anniversary

The Kentucky Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Frankfort

Vietnam War-era veterans and their families are being invited to Kentucky's first major event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war.

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs says the event is set for Sept. 25 at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort. The names of Kentucky's 1,103 fallen soldiers in Vietnam are carved into the base of the memorial.

Guests will include Gov. Steve Beshear, Medal of Honor recipient Don Jenkins and Joe Galloway, author of "We Were Soldiers Once."

The event is part of the national 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration, which runs through 2025.

Military
6:17 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Soldiers Biking for Health

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.

Regional
6:03 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kentucky Veterans Affairs Official Pushing for Female Veterans Coordinator

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to better connect female veterans with services designed for them
Credit U.S. Army

One of the state’s leading veterans advocates is imploring state lawmakers to create a new position to connect the rising number of female veterans across the state with new services designed for them.

There are about 30,000 female veterans in Kentucky. But Margaret Plattner, a retired Lt. Col. with the National Guard and the deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, says just under 2,000 of them have applied for benefits.

She says  that the number of homeless female veterans in Kentucky, about 250, is growing faster than that of their male counterparts, and they suffer from domestic violence trauma in greater numbers than men.

Plattner implored a panel of lawmakers in Frankfort to create a position  for the state to bridge the gap.

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Military
4:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

In Hardin County Region, Fingers are Crossed that Cuts to Ft. Knox Will Be Scrapped

The Ft. Knox military post is facing major job losses if proposed cuts are carried out.
Credit Ft. Knox

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.

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Military
4:45 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Object To Military Base Reductions at Ft. Knox and Ft. Campbell

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry (right) and Deputy Commissioner Margaret Plattner (left)
Credit 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.'"

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Military
8:11 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Ft. Knox Welcomes Home 250 Soldiers with 19th Engineer Battalion

Members of the 19th Engineer Battalion were welcomed home to Ft. Knox Saturday morning.
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.

Military
1:00 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Ft. Knox Prepares to Welcome Home Soldiers Who Have Served in Kuwait

Ft. Knox is home to the 19th Engineer Battalion.
Credit Ft. Knox

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.

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