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Petition aims to stop job cuts at Fort Knox

Laura Boozer Laura Boozer
Brad Richardson Brad Richardson
HARDIN COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – An online petition is seeking to stop the Army from eliminating more jobs at Fort Knox.

There are plans for the Army to draw down the amount of troops nationally to 420,000 by 2020. About 7,600 positions would be cut from Fort Knox, including the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of 3,500 soldiers which has already been inactivated, according to the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment released June, 2014.

Business owners in the surrounding areas are nervous about the effects the population loss would have on the local economy.

Laura Boozer, of NTouch Massage & Wellness Center in Elizabethtown expanded her business in 2011 to meet the demands of a growing population. About 30 percent of her clientele derives from Fort Knox, even when appointment are made from overseas.

"Three in one day making a complete spa day for their spouse while they're in Afghanistan," Boozer explained.

She is also concerned about losing some of her employees.

"To think about having to lay people off because of losing jobs there, we grew because of Fort Knox," she said.

CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Brad Richardson says they are aware of the ups and downs of hosting a military post. He says the amount of cuts that would be made at Fort Knox would disproportionate to the amount of cuts made at other military installations. 


Richardson believes the Department of Defense should not overlook the amount of effort the region and the State put in to support the growth, especially because of BRAC in 2005. As part of the petition, the letter to the Army points to the $251 million investment the state made towards infrastructure. It states “The worst case recommendation being evaluated would result in as much as a $500 million loss in payroll.”

"I think we've done our part and we think that the community and the state has shown its support for the Army," Richardson said.

He is urging people to sign the petition to stop the job cuts. The effort is being coordinated by the One Knox Policy Council of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the CORE Committee, the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, area chambers of commerce and community leaders.

The Army designated a public comment period on the SPEA options through Aug. 25. Those interested in electronically signing can simply fill out the fields at the bottom of the letter and it will be automatically forwarded to a designated email address at the Pentagon, a Chamber press release states.

The letter can be found by clicking here. 

  

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