Fort Knox spared from massive troop cuts; adding 67 new troops

Fort Knox spared from massive troop cuts; adding 67 new troops

FORT KNOX, KY (WAVE) - Fort Knox will gain 67 troops by 2017, despite a decision to cut 40,000 troops nationwide.

The Army post is one of only three posts that will grow following the reduction announcement, according to a news release from Fort Knox. The others are Fort Meade, Maryland, which will gain 99 personnel and Fort Gordon, Georgia with a net increase of 41 personnel.

Montgomery County, Tennessee Mayor Jim Durrett said his office has received confirmation that Fort Campbell will lose 363 soldiers.

A U.S. Army document obtained by WAVE 3 News detailing the cuts states that the reductions are "driven by fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and defense strategic and budgetary guidance."

The reductions will amount to a total of 120,000 soldiers cut from the regular Army since 2012. That's a 21 percent reduction, the document states.

"Servicemembers and Army civilians at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox are critical to the security of our country," U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. "While Kentucky's Army installations will not face the substantial reductions announced today impacting facilities in several other states, I remain deeply concerned that the Obama administration's far-reaching cuts to our armed forces are dangerous to our country's national security, particularly in light of significant conflict across the globe."

"It's encouraging that the number of soldiers stationed at Fort Knox will not be cut as part of the Army's plans to reduce troop size by 40,000. In fact, the base will gain soldiers," U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth said in a written statement. "We won't know what effects these Army-wide reductions may have on civilian employment at the base until September or October, but the concern doesn't end there. If Congress doesn't stop the scheduled sequestration budget cuts from being implemented over the next several years, we should brace ourselves for more rounds of substantial downsizing at our military facilities."

This story will be updated.

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