Fort Knox’s energy resiliency program is the best in the entire U.S. Department of Defense, Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. C.J. King confidently declared Wednesday at a community gathering.
“And that is a fact. That is not just my opinion,” King said at the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.
Fort Knox had an energy resilience test in October. Within 11 minutes of going off the grid, King said the post was back up and running with power generated internally.
“If you look up and see who else has tried this, there has been limited success but nothing on the scale of what we were able to do,” he said.
From a strategic viewpoint, King said energy resiliency allows critical missions at the installation to continue uninterrupted should the area lose power for whatever reason, whether it be natural disaster or, worst case scenario, an enemy attack on the power grid.
“The fact of the matter is that within 11 minutes, if anything happens upstream of us, we can be running on internally produced power,” he said.
From a local and operational position, King said the post’s self efficiency means one less major customer power companies need to serve in the midst of an outage, which should equate to power issues being resolved sooner in the local communities.
“They are able to focus on you versus us,” he said.
Energy resiliency at the installation also allows for millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers, King said.
The commander also said the size and operations of Fort Knox and training that occurs there, potential for continued growth and improvements and the transition of soldiers to civilians.
“Today’s army is just the greatest in the world (and) it is as good as it has ever been,” he said.