In 2015, the U.S. Army expects to cut around 20,000 troops as part of the drawdown efforts that seek to reduce the force by 50,000-70,000 soldiers by 2020. Obviously, the folks at Fort Knox and Department of the Army headquarters are concerned. Options for reducing the Army workforce include cutting an additional 4,100 soldiers and civilian personnel at Fort Knox. That number does not include the loss of the 3,500 soldiers of the 3/1 Brigade Combat Team, which already has been inactivated.
Fort Knox officials are conducting a Community Listening Session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School to discuss these concerns. According to the news release, “the event, open to the public, is an opportunity for area leaders and citizens to comment on factors they believe Army leadership should consider when making decisions about force reductions and restructuring that could affect the greater Fort Knox area.”
Recently, Fort Knox-area military and civilians conducted a letter writing campaign that sent more than 14,000 letters in support of the base to Army officials. Fort Knox ranked fourth in number of letters sent out of 30 bases that launched campaigns.
These efforts — the Community Listening Session and the letter-writing campaign — are being led by One Knox, the central coordinating community partner for the 10 counties surrounding the base. It was founded as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure action.
The Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center is located at 384 W.A. Jenkins Road in Elizabethtown.