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Ceremony marks closing of Fort Knox Armor Center

FORT KNOX, KY (AP) - The last remnants of Fort Knox's historic armor school departed the Kentucky Army post on Friday, the final step of a relocation to a new home in Georgia.

The flags for the post's primary armor training units, the 194th Armored Brigade and the 316th Cavalry Brigade, were rolled and covered for their journey to Fort Benning, Ga.

The ceremony Friday on the field that once hosted armor training maneuvers symbolized the end of the training units' mission at Fort Knox.

The armored vehicles' history at the central Kentucky post dates to World War II.

Retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston, who trained armor students at Fort Knox, called it a "bittersweet" day.

The units that departed Fort Knox will unfurl their flags at Fort Benning on June 20.

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