The Congressional delegation serving the region issued a joint letter encouraging the U.S. Army to establish its anticipated new corps headquarters at Fort Knox.
U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and 2nd District Congressman Brett Guthrie co-authored the message sent to Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff of the Army General James McConville advocating for Fort Knox to be the home of a new corps headquarters.
In a news release from his office, McConnell also pledged to use his position as Senate majority leader in the cause. He said he was pleased to announce Fort Knox is one of the top installations under consideration.
The Army plans to choose a location soon and activate the new headquarters in October.
If assigned to Fort Knox, the new headquarters will mean an 600 additional soldiers for the post to support U.S. forces and operations in Europe and help meet the Army’s modernization and readiness needs, the Congressional statement said.
The delegation wrote, “As strong advocates for our nation’s military, we have been proud to support full funding for the defense budget in support of the selfless patriots in our all-volunteer force …As you consider potential headquarters locations that best meet the Army’s readiness needs, we ask you keep Fort Knox’s many assets foremost in mind. … Locating the new headquarters at Fort Knox would clearly provide a significant return on investment for the Army.”
Selecting Fort Knox would be a money-saving move for the military, the letter said.
“Fort Knox has the capacity to accommodate the necessary headquarters complex and support facilities without the need for new military construction. This would not only allow the Army to make the most fiscally responsible use of taxpayer dollars, but also facilitate the timely and efficient establishment of the headquarters to help meet our national defense needs.
Guthrie has addressed the issue in two previous letters, according to his staff, and personal spoke Tuesday with Defense Secretary Mark Esper about placing the headquarters at Fort Knox at the State of the Union address.
Jim Iacocca, president and CEO of the Knox Regional Development Alliance which advocates for greater use of the post, thanked the lawmakers for “using their clout” to influence Army leadership.
A retired Army brigadier general, Iacocca said Kentucky is one of America’s most military-friendly states. He said the area and the post are ready to accept and support the corps’ mission.
“With its exceptional military value and highly-recognized energy savings program, Fort Knox is well-equipped to lead the Army’s modernization efforts in a cost-effective way,” Iacocca said.