- The Army is evaluating how it would reduce its manpower to 420,000 Soldiers by 2020, if it has to based on funding.
- The Army is considering several options including one that would reduce the workforce at Fort Knox by 7,600 personnel (military and civilian).
- 3,500 of the 7,600 have already been cut with the inactivation of the 3/1 Brigade Combat Team.
- The Army designated a public comment period about these possible personnel cuts through Aug. 25.
- The various changes under consideration are detailed in the Army’s Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA).
Public Comment Campaign
- One Knox is spearheading a public comment letter-writing campaign to Army officials detailing the severely negative impact such cuts would have.
- One Knox is encouraging 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.
- While the communities closest to the Fort Knox would be hardest hit, it should be noted that the effect would be far-reaching with a workforce that commutes from 39 counties and three states.
- The cuts would erase all growth realized by BRAC 2005 and could equate to as much as $500 million in lost payroll and spending power in the region.
- Such cuts would also overlook the commitment this region and the commonwealth made to prepare for BRAC 2005.
- In the midst of the Great Recession, Kentucky committed $251 million in new schools, roads and other needed infrastructure investments to accommodate the anticipated growth.
- Colleges and universities established new curriculum to ensure local job seekers were prepared to fill any vacancies within the new commands.
- Community leaders traveled to relocating units to meet with the workforce and answer questions.
- Local business and community organizations partnered to host hundreds of civilian employees and their families who were considering the move to Kentucky, a workforce the Army needed to move in order to meet its mission.
Fort Knox Ideal for Growth
- The installation’s many attributes coupled with the region’s and state’s support and commitment to the Army make Fort Knox an ideal location to realize additional missions as a result of Army reorganization.
- The installation touts world class ranges, capacity for growth, net zero energy efforts and a centralized location.
- That coupled with the low cost of living, high quality of life and this region’s and state’s proven commitment make Fort Knox an ideal and cost effective location for new missions not just for the Army but all branches of service.