Welcome to Fort Knox
Updated On: 4/3/2013 2:26:06 PM
Fort Knox is one of the most multifunctional installations in the Army. The units and organizations stationed here run the gamut from U.S. Army Forces Command warfighting units and Reserve component training units to commands such as U.S. Army Cadet Command and U.S. Army Recruiting Command, which are responsible for identifying, educating and recruiting the Army’s newest officers and Soldiers. In addition, the Human Resources Command — now consolidated into one location at the LTG Timothy J. Maude Complex — manages all Soldiers’ personnel actions, from initial enlistment through retirement. The commander of Cadet Command also serves as the installation’s commanding general.
Fort Knox recently underwent a major transformation directed by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decision, which was completed in September 2011. Since then, 17 units have moved to Fort Knox, bringing with them more than 5,300 Soldiers and civilian employees. Also as part of BRAC, the Armor School relocated to Fort Benning, Ga., to merge with the Infantry Center and form the Maneuver Center of Excellence. While Armor and Cavalry moved away, their legacy is part of the very fabric of Fort Knox and, as such, will still have a proud and prominent identity here.
Fort Knox is now home to more than 40 units, commands and organizations with a daytime population of about 26,000 Soldiers, civilian employees and Family members. While each organization 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.
As a newcomer to Fort Knox, you are part of the team of teams that is making the Army’s vision a reality. Just outside Fort Knox’s gates is a friendly, welcoming and supportive community. Fort Knox’s organizations and the surrounding cities have strong partnerships which foster open communication and a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship.
The Garrison is committed to providing the best services, programs, support and facilities necessary for quality of life and organizational missions. For example, nearly $486 million in construction and renovation work was accomplished at Fort Knox to support transformation decisions related to the 2005 BRAC announcement. Not since World War II has the post seen such an increase in new construction, improvements to infrastructure and development of quality-of-life programs that support these organizations, Soldiers and Families assigned to Fort Knox.
The post’s transition included construction of the largest office complex in Kentucky — the LTG Timothy J. Maude Complex, three new barracks complexes, a youth sports complex, an outdoor amphitheater and a child development center, as well as upgrades to the hospital, gyms, library and many administrative facilities.
The post also has outstanding new and renovated family housing. The Department of the Army partnered with a community development company — Lend Lease — to execute a $285 million transformation of on-post housing. As part of that development, more than 2,500 homes will be constructed or renovated by 2014. These homes are situated within welcoming communities with community centers, attractive green spaces and one of the most extensive networks of active hiking and biking trails in the area.
The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate provides a wide selection of recreation, fitness, sports and leisure activities. While all programs are open to military personnel and their Family members, most are also open to Department of Defense civilian employees and their family members.
Fort Knox also provides quality health care at Ireland Army Community Hospital. The post hospital provides primary and specialty care providers for Soldiers, Family members and retirees.
There are eight schools on post that are a part of the Fort Knox Community Schools system. Included are four elementary schools with grades pre-K through three, two intermediate schools with grades four through six, one middle school with grades seven and eight, and a high school with grades nine through 12. Based on standardized test outcomes, the Fort Knox Community Schools system is considered one of the best school districts in the nation.