WELCOME TO FORT KNOX
Welcome to Fort Knox where the Army’s vision of establishing a “Human Resource Center of Excellence” has become a reality. With the collocation of many commands from around the country, the post is now responsible for managing all Soldiers’ personnel actions, from initial enlistment through retirement and beyond.
This vision was initially announced by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission in 2005 when it announced that the new Center of Excellence would be established at Fort Knox by moving Army Accessions Command and Cadet Command personnel from Fort Monroe, Va.; and Army Human Resources Command personnel from Alexandria, Va., Indianapolis, Ind., and St. Louis, Mo. They joined with U.S. Army Recruiting Command, already in place at Fort Knox, to form the core of the Human Resource Center of Excellence which became operational in 2010.
But many additional organizations have moved or are in the process of moving to Fort Knox since the BRAC announcement in 2005 bringing with them more than 7,700 new Soldiers and civilian employees. All of these moves will be completed no later than September 2011.
Also as part of BRAC, Fort Knox’s Armor Center relocated to Fort Benning, Ga., to merge with the Infantry Center and form the Maneuver Center of Excellence. In addition, the Armor School is relocating to Fort Benning and, as with the Infantry School, will be subordinate to the MCoE.
While Armor and Cavalry are moving away, their legacy is part of the very fabric of Fort Knox and, as such, will still have a proud and prominent identity here.
When these moves are complete, Fort Knox will have more than 40 units, commands and organizations with nearly 19,000 Soldiers and civilian employees. While each organization has a different mission, Fort Knox’s slogan, “Strength Starts Here,” captures a common thread and connects the Army post under a common purpose and pride.
As a newcomer to Fort Knox, you are part of the new team that is making the Army’s vision a reality.
Just outside Fort Knox’s gates is a friendly, welcoming and supportive community. Fort Knox’s organizations and the surrounding cities have strong partnerships which foster open communication and a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship.
And the Garrison is committed to providing the very best services, support, and facilities necessary for quality of life and organizational missions.
For example, nearly $486 million in construction and renovation work continues at Fort Knox to support transformation decisions related to the 2005 BRAC announcement. Not since WWII has the post seen such an increase in new construction, improvements to infrastructure, and development of quality of life programs that support these organizations, Soldiers and families assigned to Fort Knox.
The post’s transition includes construction of the largest office complex in Kentucky, two new barracks, one dining facility, a Child Development Center, a youth sports complex, and an outdoor amphitheater, as well as upgrades to the hospital, gyms, library, and many administrative facilities. Renovations are on-going.
The post also has outstanding new and renovated family housing. The Department of the Army recently partnered with a community development company to begin a $285 transformation to on-post housing. As part of that development, more than 2,500 homes will be constructed or renovated by 2015. These homes are situated within welcoming communities with community centers, attractive green spaces, and active hiking and biking trails.
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation provides an outstanding selection of recreation, fitness, sports, and leisure activities. While all programs are open to military personnel and their family members, most are also open to Department of Defense civilian employees and their family members. We encourage you to take advantage of these programs.
We also provide the finest heath care available at Ireland Army Community Hospital. The post hospital provides primary and specialty care providers for a population of well over 30,000 Soldiers, family members, and retirees.
There are eight Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools on post that comprise the Fort Knox Community Schools system. Included are four elementary schools with grades pre-K-3rd grade, two intermediate schools with grades 4-6, one middle school with grades 7-8, and a high school with grades 9-12. Based on standardized test outcomes, the Fort Knox Community Schools system is considered one of the best school districts in the nation.
We take pride in providing outstanding programs, facilities and services to all newcomers—Soldiers, civilians, family members, and students. We want to welcome you to the Fort Knox team.
Strength Starts Here!