One Knox Seeks Public Support to Stave Off Fort Knox Cuts

OneKnoxThe One Knox Policy Council of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the CORE Committee, the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, area chambers of commerce and community leaders, is asking the public to electronically sign a letter discouraging the Army from making further cuts in personnel at Fort Knox.  The letter can be found at www.oneknox.com/letter.  

In what’s called the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment, the Army is considering how it would be organized if it has to reduce its workforce to 420,000 Soldiers by 2020.  One option being considered calls for cuts of approximately 7,600 military and civilian personnel at Fort Knox.  That includes the 3/1 Brigade Combat Team of 3,500 soldiers, which has already been inactivated.

That means an additional 4,100 cuts are being considered,” said Brad Richardson, CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce.  “That would erase all of the gains we saw as a result of BRAC 2005 and then some.”

Richardson said the cuts could equate to as much as $500 million in lost payroll and spending power in the region.

That obviously would have a severely negative impact, Richardson said, and decision makers should not overlook what the region and the state did to prepare for Fort Knox’s growth as a result of BRAC 2005.

The letter One Knox drafted showcases the many actions taken to support Fort Knox and the Army including local business who helped finance community tours, the development of new college courses, as well as the commonwealth’s $251 million in infrastructure investments.

Richardson says that level of support, coupled with all of the attributes the installation and the region offer, actually make it an ideal location for growth.

“We need the public’s help in making our case,” said Richardson, noting a strong letter-writing campaign will help illustrate the depth of the region’s support of Fort Knox.

The Army designated a public comment period on the SPEA options through Aug. 25.  Those interested in electronically signing can simply fill out the fields at the bottom of the letter and it will be automatically forwarded to a designated email address at the Pentagon. 

About One Knox.  The One Knox Policy Council serves as the central coordinating community partner to help the region respond in the most positive ways to opportunities associated with BRAC 2005 and future Fort Knox growth. Community leaders established One Knox in February 2006 at the encouragement of Fort Knox leadership seeking an integrated and coordinated community effort in response to BRAC 2005.  As BRAC 2005 actions were completed and funding sources declined, One Knox community outreach activities were absorbed into the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce but retain the same 10-county regional focus.  For more information, visit www.oneknox.com.

Comments

  1. Judy Butler says:

    Keep Ft. Knox open and operable.

  2. CARLENE PHILLIPS says:

    KEEP JOBS AT FT. KNOX

  3. Tiff Hansbro says:

    Keep Ft. Knox open!

  4. Chris F. Johnson says:

    First the removal of all things Armored, and now they want to reduce Ft. Knox by another 7,600 soldiers. Unemployment is a large problem so let’s just make even bigger. It’s time for McConnell, Paul, Guthrie & Massie to grow a pair and make it known that we will not allow for this to happen. Stop supporting aliens and there would be plenty money to support Ft. Knox. (“THE REAL HOME OF ARMORED”)

    • Why is it ever few years the government starts the same old thang,move people out of Fort Knox..After all the work an money that has been spent there to create jobs,here it goes again,STOP an leave Fort Knox Alone .keep the jobs at The World famous Fort Knox Stop playing politics with peoples lives. I agree STOP SINDING OUR MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRYS THAT HATE US .an start kipping our money at home .we the people are sick of sending our money out or the USA.

  5. Why is it ever few years the government starts the same old thang,move people out of Fort Knox..After all the work an money that has been spent there to create jobs,here it goes again,STOP an leave Fort Knox Alone .keep the jobs at The World famous Fort Knox Stop playing politics with peoples lives.

  6. warlordblue6d says:

    Where was this outcry when the Army moved the Home of Armor from Fort Knox to (hack, spit) Fort Benning? All it is about now is saving some jobs and recoup some civilian invested money around the area. I want to know where the outcry was when we lost the Armor Center and our history. When it was announced that an IBCT was coming to Knox. People went wild building homes, condos, apartments and were asking well over what it was worth to rent or own in this area. Now they are “butthurt” that no one wants to rent or buy the home they were asking 275,000 for. There was a realtor from E-Town on the local news again “butthurt” that they can not get people to rent the apartment they build because Ft. Knox like other installations is now offering post housing to DoD civilians, Army retirees. It sucks that a lot of businesses will get hit but those are the facts of life. If you all would have raised a stink before when the Army moved the Armor Center to (hack, spit) Benning, maybe things would be a little different. In my military career i have found that most towns don’t like the military, but they sure like our money. All this is just my opinion and if you all don’t like it, claim victim status, buy some tissues, cry alot, and ask for sympathy from Oprah, because you won’t get any from me or people like me , and there are a lot more of us then there are of you. Have a great day and remember, STAY ON THE TANK!

  7. tom hellmann says:

    KEEP FORT KNOX OPEN

  8. Mickey Marche says:

    Make the cuts Army. If you need to downsize the Army, Ft. Knox is a logical place to make the cuts. This place is getting too crowded anyway and Hardin County is under the influence of politicians who want to supersize it. All that means is more traffic traffic traffic and urban sprawl. It was a nice run, you got plenty of government money for years and took jobs from other locations during BRAC. You got BRAC money that helped upgrade the county’s infrastructure. No need to keep growing, lets enjoy the place at it’s current size or smaller. Elizabethtown is a nice location at the crossroads of I-65 and the Parkways. It can attract other types of industry at a nice growth pace. If you need a job, then move like the people from St. Louis and Alexandria VA were forced to do when HRC was consolidated there. No sympathy from me. Make the cuts. For you folks that are always clamoring for smaller government, this is what it looks like.

  9. Bruce Daniel says:

    Keep Fort Knox Open

  10. william cecil says:

    keep fort knox going, we need our military base

  11. Joseph Mark Ray says:

    No more cuts, keep Fort Knox the way it is.
    Let us keep jobs here.

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  13. Jim Hatcher says:

    Ft. Knox has to be one of the most versatile installations the Army has in the U.S. It has strong local support. One part of this is the shear number of RETIRED Army personnel that live in the area.

    My business derives almost 20% from Ft, Knox.

    Please keep the Gold Vault well surrounded!!

  14. Tate R. Lobb says:

    I am very opposed to closing more jobs at Fort Knox. I was a teacher at Fort Knox Schools for 38 years and every year we hear about closings. Why are we closing jobs in the USA and giving our jobs to the other countries. WE never are cutting cost of our congress or our President. WE are always having cuts with our insurance and hear about how our Social Security is going broke. Do we ever hear about anyone in Congress having a cut in pay or for any of them to ever worry about being paid. I want them to be on the same Social security program and have to use our same insurance companies. They are federal employees as I was. Why are they on the best programs. As an American citizen, I am so tired of our political leaders fighting about Republican or Democrat ideas. They are put in office to take care of us and they just fight among themselves. I would love to hear about new jobs coming to the US. I’d love to hear of our economy growing and people finding jobs.
    We need to find Christian Leaders that are honest and really care about the people they represent.’
    I could go on for days, but I don’t think anyone cares to hear what I think.

    But again I am so opposed to closing any part of Fort Knox.

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  19. Monica Watson says:

    Please keep Fort Knox to stay STRONG. It is our only workforce holding up the Hardin County economy. I am a single parent, getting old, and yet I do not qualify to retire too soon. I need the my job at Ft Knox, I have a house to pay for. Please keep Ft Knox to be ready to train and serve for our entire Military needs for our COUNTRY. Please do not let our COUNTRY be helpless WHEN WE NEED OUR MILITARY to serve us!!
    Please DO NOT CLOSE FORT KNOX!! Thank you.

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  22. Regina Bogue says:

    Ft. Knox is a vital part of the Hardin County, Radcliff and Elizabethtown communities. Please fight to keep Ft. Knox open. The many jobs that the post provides are essential to the economy of this region..

  23. Gary R Jackson says:

    Keep Fort Knox open and In full operation and quit cutting. Our safety please

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