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One Knox: Send more letters to save Fort Knox

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SPECIAL TO THE LARUE COUNTY HERALD NEWS

With less than two weeks of a public comment period remaining, community leaders continue to encourage Fort Knox supporters to join thousands of citizens who have electronically signed a letter discouraging the Army from making further cuts in personnel at the post. The letter can be found at www.oneknox.com/letter.

Options for reducing the Army workforce include cutting an additional 4,100 soldiers and civilian personnel at Fort Knox. This is in addition to the 3,500 soldiers of the 3/1 Brigade Combat Team, which already has been inactivated.

The One Knox Council of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the CORE Committee, the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, area chambers and community leaders, launched the electronic letter-writing campaign last month in an effort to illustrate the region’s broad support of Fort Knox.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Army Environmental Command, which is collecting the public comments, had received 14,500 comments from 29 installations. About 6,000 – or about 40 percent - of those were from Fort Knox.

As of Monday morning, the number of letters submitted at www.oneknox.com/letter had grown to more than 10,000.

“We appreciate everyone who has signed a letter, but we still need the public’s help,” said Brad Richardson, CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce. “Other communities are getting similar campaigns off the ground, and we don’t want them to overshadow the support this region has displayed. We want our voice to remain loud and clear: There’s no community that supports the U.S. Army like the Fort Knox community.”

The public comment period ends 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 the designated email address.