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One Knox letter-writing campaign discouraging funding cuts at Fort Knox

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An online campaign designed to discourage personnel cuts at Fort Knox has generated over 15,000 letters in support of the Army base, according to a news release.

"As the public comment period on options for reducing the Army workforce ended at 5 p.m. Monday, the number of letters signed and sent to the Army via climbed to 15,852," the release stated.

Earlier this year, the only combat unit at Fort Knox -- the Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team 1st Infantry Division, otherwise known as the Duke Brigade -- was inactivated, resulting in the exodus of thousands of Fort Knox soldiers from Hardin County. The One Knox online campaign was organized by One Knox Policy Council to publicly lobby against further cuts from the Army base.

Click HERE for more on the inactivation of Duke Brigade.

"Such a response shows that great things happen when people work together," said Brad Richardson, CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce. "So many individuals, businesses and organizations embraced the campaign. People not only signed the letter, but they also were quick to encourage friends, family, colleagues and customers to do the same."

Numerous volunteers were part of a sign brigade on U.S. 31W and collected signatures at the Heartland Festival in the Park in Elizabethtown and the Kentucky State Fair.

Officials noted that digital media helped the campaign achieve such high volume.

"Nearly half of the traffic at during the letter-writing campaign was driven by links shared on social media and other websites," said Kenny Rambo, senior vice president of Heartland Communications Consultants, a communications firm for One Knox and the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce.

Richardson also credited Chambers of Commerce in Meade, LaRue, Bullitt, Grayson, Nelson, Breckinridge, Marion and Washington counties as well as Greater Louisville Inc., which recognize Fort Knox's regional importance and helped promote the campaign.

The 15,852 letters sent through do not include letters sent by postal mail or emailed directly to the U.S. Army Environmental Command, which is collecting public comments.

One Knox is now working to reconcile the number of letters submitted through the site with the Army's count.

"We anticipate that there are some duplicate entries and the final count will be lower," Richardson said. "But regardless of the final number, the campaign clearly was a tremendous success."

The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce One Knox Council in partnership with the CORE Committee, the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs and others launched the campaign as options for reducing the Army workforce include cutting 4,100 more soldiers and civilian personnel at Fort Knox.

The Army will plan a community listening session in regards to reducing the Army workforce in the coming months.

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