2 KY Army Posts to Lose Combat Brigades
FORT CAMPBELL, FORT KNOX KY - Kentucky's Fort Campbell and Fort Knox are each going to lose an active duty combat brigade under a restructuring plan announced by the U.S. Army.
The brigades that will be eliminated by 2017 are the 4th Brigade Combat Team, in Fort Campbell's 101st Airborne Division, which is currently deployed to Afghanistan, and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, which is Fort Knox's only combat brigade.
A brigade is usually about 3,500 soldiers.
This is part of an overall plan to eliminate brigades at 10 Army bases nationwide, as well as two brigades in Germany. The Army will also cut thousands of other jobs across the service, many related to supporting the brigades.
Robert Jenkins, a Fort Campbell spokesman, said Tuesday that the community should not necessarily expect a mass exodus of troops because the soldiers in the deactivated brigades would be transferred to other units.
Additional troop reductions could be necessary later, if automatic Congressional budget cuts are allowed to continue into next year.