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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- 150 soldiers are scheduled to be relocated to Fort Knox. The 42nd Clearance Company will arrive from Bamberg, Germany.
The unit conducts reconnaissance, minesweeping, and minefield clearance operations. It will be part of the 19th Engineer Battalion, making it the largest engineer battalion in the Army.
"I'm really excited about the 42nd Clearance Company's move to Fort Knox," said 19th Engineer Battalion Commander Lt. Col. John Lloyd in a news release. "The addition of the unit will greatly enhance the 19th Engineer Battalion's effectiveness and ability to provide true full spectrum engineering support."
"As the unit's primary missions are area and route clearance of explosive hazards, Fort Knox's extensive network of ranges and training areas will provide the perfect platform for the unit to train in real-world environments and enhance its skill sets," said 42nd Clearance Company Commander Capt. Eder Ramirez.
The soldiers are expected to bring about 200 family members along with them -- the Army estimates an economic impact of more than $6 million in the surrounding communities.