Post Units and Organizations
In all, Fort Knox has more than 30 units, commands and organizations and employs more than 19,000 Soldiers and civilian employees. While each has a different mission, Fort Knox’s slogan “Strength Starts Here” captures a common thread and connects the Army post under a common purpose and pride.
3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
The 3rd ESC has a proud history of deploying to provide command and control, sustainment and distribution management anywhere, at any time, in any environment, against any adversary. From Japan, Korea, Germany, Iraq, Haiti and beyond, the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) provides logistics command and control for the theater commander supporting the Army Forces (ARFOR) or Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) mission.
Its Soldiers enable the force to support high levels of combat for the duration of major operations. The ESC’s battlefield support facilitates the force commander’s ability to generate combat power at the decisive time and place. When it is not deployed, the ESC supports Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) by providing training and readiness oversight of 7th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Eustis and 49th Quartermaster Group at Fort Lee.
4th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Army Division East
The 4th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Army Division East is a multicomponent training brigade. The brigade consists of the headquarters and two active component battalions located at Fort Knox and two reserve component battalions at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia. The brigade is made up of Soldiers from the active component, the Army Reserve, the Army National Guard and the Operation Warrior Trainer Program (from re-deploying Army National Guard and Army Reserve units). The four subordinate battalions include a cavalry squadron, an artillery battalion and two combat service support battalions. Almost all military occupation specialties are represented in the brigade.
Currently the brigade trains Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) deploying to Afghanistan. This mission is tremendously important for our nation. These PRTs are like no other unit in the Department of Defense. They are led by an active-duty Navy or Air Force officer with an active Army sergeant major as the senior enlisted adviser. The staffs of the PRTs are made up of Navy or Air Force officers and NCOs and a U.S. Army Reserve Civil Affairs Detachment. Each PRT also has a National Guard Security Force platoon attached to it to provide the capability to move around their province with organic security. The brigade conducts this mission while deployed to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, for four months at a time.
The Saber Brigade conducts numerous and diverse missions as a part of the PRT trainings. The mission includes organizing and training on individual training tasks, lanes training, collective unit lanes training, observer/trainer mentor (embedded trainer) and unit mobilization assistor duties. Key individual training tasks include training and administering the warrior training tasks and theater-specific individual readiness training to ensure individual Soldier proficiency.
19th Engineer Battalion
The 19th Engineer Battalion was reactivated Oct. 16, 2005 at Fort Knox as a newly organized modular engineer battalion capable of commanding any type of engineer organization from Sappers to construction effects. The battalion has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2009-2010 and 2013-2014).
Currently, the 19th Engineer Battalion consists of a headquarters and headquarters company and an organic forward support company. Also assigned to the 19th Engineer Battalion at Fort Knox are the 15th Engineer Company (Horizontal), 42nd Engineer Company (Clearance), 76th Engineer Company (Vertical), 502nd Multi Role Bridge Company, 541st Engineer Company (Sapper), and 72nd Survey and Design Detachment.
The mission of the 19th Engineer Battalion is to increase the combat effectiveness of the support brigades or engineer brigades at corps and division level through mobility, countermobility, survivability and general engineering tasks. Additionally, the 19th performs combat missions in the role of infantry, when required, and participates in joint military operations.
With more than 950 Soldiers, the 19th Engineer Battalion is the largest engineer battalion in the Army.
113th Army Band
The Dragoons are one of the oldest and most decorated units on Fort Knox. It was organized in July 1840 as the Band, 1st Regiment of Dragoons, and is now the second-oldest active Army band. The band has been credited with 25 campaign streamers from the Indian and Civil wars through World War II.
The Dragoons represent the Accessions Support Brigade and Fort Knox at on-post activities and parades. The band’s concerts and appearances throughout Kentucky and neighboring states include its annual performance of the national anthem at Churchill Downs before the running of the Kentucky Derby seen on television by audiences throughout the United States and the world.
703rd Ordnance Company
The 703rd Ordnance Company is a Forces Command unit assigned to Fort Knox. It provides explosive ordnance support on post and to surrounding communities primarily in response to reports of unexploded ordnance.
The company also responds to improvised explosive devices, provides support to the United States Secret Service and, on order, deploys to overseas contingency operations in support of combatant commanders wherever needed.
Mission and Installation Contracting Command
Functioning as subordinate units to the Mission and Installation Contracting Command headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission Contracting Center-Fort Knox and the Mission Contracting Office-Fort Knox focus on strategic-level contracting solutions and performing the day-to-day contracting mission in support of the garrison and tenant units. As such, they are engaged in acquisition planning, market research, contract pricing, procurement, contract administration, management and associated support programs to ensure accomplishment of missions to meet the needs of the Army.
Areas of emphasis include contracting for construction, supplies and services; liaison with post organizations to ensure proper acquisition coordination; serving as program coordinator for the Government Purchase Card; and serving as the command’s representative with suppliers and contractors.
Network Enterprise Center (NEC)
Fort Knox Network Enterprise Center provides command, control, communications, computers and information management (C4IM) services for Fort Knox. It is also responsible for information assurance (IA) and computer network defense (CND) for its portion of the Western Region LandWarNet (LWN), known as the Fort Knox Installation Campus Area Network (FKICAN), within the continental U.S. Additionally, the center provides support to operating and generating forces engaged in full-spectrum operations to enhance battle command with the transparent delivery of LWN capabilities.
Human Resources Command
The U.S. Army Human Resources Command executes career management, sustainment, distribution and transition of personnel in order to optimize Army personnel readiness, enable leader development, and strengthen an agile and versatile Army that can prevent, shape and win. HRC manages Soldier schooling, promotions, awards, records, transfers, appointments, benefits, retirement — one agency managing Soldiers’ entire careers from the day they enter basic training until retirement and beyond. HRC operates the Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center. HRC is the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and Army G1’s functional proponent for military personnel management (except for the judge advocate general and the chaplain branches) and personnel systems. HRC also supports the Director, Army National Guard and the Chief, Army Reserve in their management of the Selected Reserve. The HRC commander is the commander of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), the Standby Reserve and the Retired Reserve. The U.S. Army Human Resources Command also provides oversight for the Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) based in Arlington, Virginia.
Recruiting Command’s vision is “America’s Army starts here.” Bringing the most qualified young men and women into the Army — people who aspire to become a Soldier and make a contribution to the nation’s defense — is the objective of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command as it goes about the mission to “provide the strength” for America’s Army.
Recruiting Command is responsible for manning both the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, ensuring security and readiness for our nation. Recruiting operations are conducted throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and at U.S. facilities in Europe and Asia.
The USAREC headquarters provides the command, control and staff support to the recruiting force. The officers, enlisted members and civilian employees of USAREC headquarters work in diverse areas such as personnel, administration, resource management and safety. Many work in specialized fields, such as market research and analysis, advertising and public affairs, and recruiting operations. The command also has its own inspector general, staff judge advocate and headquarters company.
The Recruiting Command’s subordinate structure consists of five recruiting brigades and the Medical Recruiting Brigade. The Medical Recruiting Brigade and the 3rd Recruiting Brigade are also based at Fort Knox. Each recruiting brigade commands and controls up to eight recruiting battalions, giving USAREC 38 recruiting battalions, five medical recruiting battalions and the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion. Each recruiting battalion in turn commands the recruiting companies in its area, which provide support to the more than 1,650 recruiting stations in communities across America.
Six recruiting companies have responsibility for recruiting in Kentucky, operating 16 recruiting centers staffed with over 100 Regular Army and Army Reserve recruiters.
UNITED STATES ARMY RECRUITING & RETENTION SCHOOL
The United States Army Recruiting & Retention School (RRS) is a multicomponent training directorate of the United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC). The school consists of the Retention Department, the Recruiting Department, Proponent (79), and Training & Doctrine responsible for teaching and training nine 79 career management field courses located at Fort Knox. The directorate is made up of Soldiers from the active component, the Army Reserve, the Army National Guard, GS special support staff and the office of the command psychologist.
The mission of the RRS is to “train and educate military and civilian leaders and develop complementary concepts, doctrine, organization, materiel and training across the spectrum of recruiting and retention to support requirements for America’s force of decisive action.”
Vision: “Well-trained, disciplined and values-based professionals collectively known as the Army’s premiere training and learning institution that provides a 21st century, adaptive, collaborative and multi-echeloned education experience, and takes care of its personnel and Family members.”
The U.S. Army Cadet Command’s mission is to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better citizens. As of October 2010, Fort Knox became home to the USACC headquarters, which oversees the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Army ROTC encompasses 273 host programs and 1,066 partner programs at colleges and universities with nearly 32,000 cadets enrolled nationwide and in Puerto Rico. These ROTC programs, known as battalions, are organized into eight brigades geographically dispersed throughout the nation. Army ROTC is responsible for producing nearly 80 percent of all officers entering the Army.
In addition to the USACC headquarters, both 1st and 7th brigades are based at Fort Knox. Each summer, 1st Brigade, with the support of Fort Knox, hosts its national ROTC Leader’s Training Course. During this 29-day period, approximately 1,500 college students, who were unable to participate in Army ROTC during their first two years of college, receive hands-on leadership training to motivate and prepare them to enter into the Army ROTC during their junior and senior years as an undergraduate or graduate student. Close associations are maintained with Army Reserve and National Guard units in every state. These units provide facilities, equipment and personnel to the battalions in support of ROTC training missions.
The ROTC began when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916. Since its inception, Army ROTC has commissioned more than half a million of the second lieutenants who join the active Army, the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. It is the largest commissioning source in the American military. In fact, nearly half of the current active-duty Army general officers were commissioned through ROTC.
In addition to the senior Army ROTC programs offered at colleges and universities nationwide, USACC manages approximately 1,731 Junior ROTC programs at high schools with 316,000 cadets enrolled. Participation in these programs is voluntary, and their focus is to instill solid leadership and citizenship values in high school students. Curriculum and activities are centered on time management, study skills, financial stewardship and character development.
JROTC has an enormously positive effect on our youth, helping young people from across the socio-economic spectrum. Cadets graduate from high school at a higher rate, have higher GPAs and get in trouble less frequently than their classmates. Although the JROTC is a citizenship program, not a recruiting tool, JROTC graduates do enter the armed forces at a much higher rate than their peers.
U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade
The U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade (USAASB) conducts worldwide operations to connect America’s people with America’s Army and to showcase special skills in support of the Army accessions mission. The USAASB is the only brigade in the Army dedicated to marketing and outreach. The brigade supports Army recruiters and ROTC programs at universities and in cities across the U.S. by generating high-quality leads, positive impressions and awareness of what it means to be a Soldier. In addition, the brigade enhances Army warfighting efforts through specialized training and research and development. The brigade serves as the higher headquarters for the U.S. Army Mission Support Battalion at Fort Knox, the U.S. Army Parachute Team (the Golden Knights) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia. The U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade is a direct reporting unit (DRU) to the assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA M&RA) and under the operational control of the Army Marketing and Research Group.