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Building boom at Fort Knox continues

It's the changing face of Fort Knox, as the building boom at the army post, 30 miles south of Louisville, is continuing.

Several years ago the future of Fort Knox was uncertain -- but today it's in the process of changing from an armor training post to what the army calls an administrative and personnel center.

Right now it's in the midst of nearly a billion dollar upgrade.  Old barracks, some of which date back to the 1950's, are being replaced with new ones.

The first of seven new barracks for 600 soldiers has now been completed.  It will house the 3rd Brigade, First Infantry Division, now based in Texas, but scheduled to move to Fort Knox next year.

Commanding General Donald Campbell explains, "They are looking forward to returning from Afghanistan, and they are also looking forward to being a part of this great community and moving into these first-class facilities.

These are not your father's barracks.  They are for professional soldiers, and each living unit is actually a two-bedroom apartment with a kitchen.  Rooms are handicapped-accessible with Internet hookups.  The complex uses geothermal power to save energy costs.

And Major Gregory Stokes, Brigade Commander, says, "When we come here, it's a brigade coming home, a brigade coming to a facility that belongs to them, that was built for them and it's home.

More construction projects are coming as a result of the transfer of the 3rd Brigade and its 3500 soldiers.

Tom McQuary with the Army Corps of Engineers explains, "We're building a dining facility, about $12 million, that will feed all of the soldiers of the brigade.  We're renovating some motor pool space and we also have a separate project for the Air Force squadron that will be here to support the brigade."

Other projects include the construction of a Human Resource Center of Excellence.  It will employ up to 4,000 civilian workers as the military combines some of its operations here.

McQuary says, "All of these soliders coming to this brigade and certainly all the people coming to the Human Resource Center of Excellence get a paycheck, live in a home, spend their money here in the local area, so that's the big impact to the local area."

About 16,000 people work at Fort Knox.  By 2013 that number is expected to climb to 20,000 -- good news for Radcliff and that part of Hardin County.

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