- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fort Knox in Kentucky will gain 67 personnel and Fort Campbell will see a reduction of about 360 military positions under a cost-saving plan to reduce the Army’s active-duty force by 40,000 troops over the coming two years, officials said Thursday.

Fort Campbell said reductions at the base that straddles Kentucky and Tennessee will come from the inactivation of a company from the 52nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, a cut in the size of the 101st Division Headquarters and other small training and base support reductions. No civilian reductions were announced.

The Fort Campbell cuts amount to 1 percent of the post’s total population. The small number of reductions was a relief to Kim McMillian, mayor of Clarksville, Tennessee, where some of the roughly 26,000 soldiers who live off-post and many civilian employees own homes, she said.

The base is the largest single employer in the city of about 150,000 people located in Middle Tennessee.

“They’re part of our community, so losing soldiers is like losing your family,” McMillan said. “That’s why it would have been such a loss and a tragedy for those of us in government in Clarksville to lose so many people we consider part of our community.”

Fort Knox said the base is gaining 67 personnel, making it one of only three Army installations that will grow under the plan. The base’s 3rd Sustainment Command, Expeditionary, and its 280 positions are being moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 1st Theater Sustainment Command and its 550 positions is being relocated from Fort Bragg to Fort Knox.

Brig. Gen. Donnie Walker Jr., commander of the 3rd Sustainment Command, Expeditionary, said he supports the move.

“However, it is very bittersweet as Fort Knox and the surrounding communities have been tremendous partners and supporters,” he said in a statement. “I know my Soldiers and I will certainly miss the community.”

Also, the Army announced that all 2-star commands across the Army will be reduced by 25 percent. The Fort Knox organizations commanded by 2-star generals are U.S. Army Cadet Command, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, U.S. Army Human Resources Command and 84th Training Command.

The decision to shrink the Army from 490,000 active-duty soldiers to 450,000 was made months ago, but details on how it would be accomplished were briefed to Congress only in recent days.

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