FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) - The new year will be busy for Fort Knox
under the Army's base realignment, as a sprawling new human
resources complex is expected to open its doors.
Planners expect about 1,400 new jobs to be created through the
latest round of the Base Realignment and Closure initiative that
was introduced in 2005.
"The transformation of Fort Knox will be most evident in 2010
as the majority of our new units and organizations move here,"
Col. Rick Schwartz said in a statement. "I refer to (2010) as our
big inhale, as we grow with new commands and continue to be the
home for most of the Armor School for another year."
The Human Resource Center of Excellence is 90 percent complete,
with carpet and drywall work still left to be done, according to
the Army. It is scheduled to open in the summer. Human Resources
and Accessions Command workers will arrive next year from Virginia,
Missouri and Indiana.
The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, which has
about 3,400 personnel, will be at full strength by spring, The
News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown reported. More than 75 percent of
the troops have arrived at Fort Knox and construction related to
the brigade is finished.
The regional population is expected to increase by 11,500
because of the realignment, military officials have said.