A MILITARY POWERHOUSE. Fort Knox’s recent energy resilience test affirmed the post’s ability to survive off the national power grid.

Nolin RECC and LG&E were disconnected, a few minor technical heartaches bypassed and 14 minutes into the test, Fort Knox was utilizing power available right on post including natural gas deposits and solar farms.

It’s an important process because it helps Fort Knox meet its mission. The post has long been a leader in energy independence and this is further proof the multi-million-dollar technical investment has been worthwhile.

While confident of their work, the test was not without some big-name pressure. Sitting in the darkened control room was Jack Surash, acting deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, along with U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie and Maj. Gen. John Evans Jr., the post commander.

“The capabilities at Fort Knox seem to be one of the best with respect to energy resiliency that I’m aware of,” Surash said.

That’s a big endorsement. Fort Knox effectively demonstrated no outside disruption of power — be it manmade or a natural disaster — can interrupt its work.

That should not only ensure its current missions met their obligations to the U.S. military but the test serves as a clear message the post is prepared to provide for more missions and create opportunities for growth.

DANCING FOR A CAUSE. Tapping into the energy of high school students to help cancer research, the annual DanceBlue marathon at Elizabethtown High School continues to impress.

This year, more than 100 students danced and played games for 5½ hours — without ever sitting down — and raised a record $13,681.25 in its third year.

Money raised through Dance­­Blue, a student organi­za­tion at the Univer­sity of Ken­tucky, is donated to the Golden Matrix Funds, which supports the Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pedia­tric Hem­atology/Oncology Clinic and research at UK’s Mar­key Cancer Center. The UK student group raised $1.8 million last year.

Certainly cancer touches families throughout our community and its exciting to see high school students take an active role in their community and join the fight to help others survive.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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