Letter campaign exceeds 15,000

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Effort aimed at avoiding further cuts at Fort Knox

The One Knox letter-writing campaign aimed at diverting potential cuts at the local Army post exceeded its 15,000 goal.

The count at 4 p.m. showed 15,606 had been collected. Although the deadline was 5 p.m. today, officials said the final count would not be available until Tuesday morning.

"Fifteen thousand letters is a very credible response for our region," said Bill Barron, a retired general and former Fort Knox commander who helped lead the campaign, which collected letters for the U.S. Army Environmental Command which addresses the economic impact of possible supplemental cuts to Fort Knox military and civilian staffing.

The local effort has been driven by the CORE Committee, which works to promote and protect Fort Knox interests, and the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce's One Knox Policy Council.

For a final count and details about the letter-writing effort, see Tuesday's print edition of The News-Enterprise.