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Gov. Steve Beshear speaks out about Ft. Knox cuts

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Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear says he's deeply disappointed at the news of planned cuts at Ft. Knox. Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear says he's deeply disappointed at the news of planned cuts at Ft. Knox.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear says he's deeply disappointed at the news of planned cuts at Ft. Knox.

The Pentagon says it will deactivate an entire brigade at the post because of reduced defense spending. That's a cut of 43-percent of the active duty force.

The decision will likely remove nearly 10,000 soldiers and their families from the area.

The governor says the decision will have an impact on the region's economy, but he believes the post is positioned to grow in the future.

"You always look down to the future," Gov. Beshear said. "We've got that Human Resources Command out there that does all of the Army's Human Resource work. Well, why not have the Navy and the Marines and the Air Force all running their stuff through the same Human Resources Command? So, we're working on things like that,  and down the road, I feel like you're going to see Ft. Knox continue and thrive and do well."

The cuts will impact Fort Campbell to a lesser degree.

Beshear says that post may only lose about 300 to 400 people.

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