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Letter-writing campaign to support Fort Knox closes with 15,852 signatures

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By Gina Clear

A letter-writing campaign to the U.S. Army opposing further cuts at Fort Knox collected a total of 15,852 signatures over almost a two-month period.

The campaign was sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber’s One Knox Policy Council in partnership with the CORE Committee and was developed in response to a Supplemental Pro­gram­matic Environmental Assess­ment that could reduce the total number of soldiers in the Army to 420,000 across 29 installations by 2020, if sequestration cuts are enacted in 2016 and beyond. Those cuts could include 4,100 potential cuts at Fort Knox in addition to the more than 3,500 personnel that departed with the inactivation of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

“Such a response shows that great things happen when people work together,” said Brad Richardson, CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, in a news release. “So many individuals, businesses and organizations embraced the campaign. People not only signed the letter, but they also were quick to encourage friends, family, colleagues and customers to do the same.”