Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual annual meeting.
Fort Knox Update
Maj. Gen. John Evans shared an update on Fort Knox. With the activation of V Corps in October, the community's support was evident in welcoming over 1,650 Soldiers and family members. Evans touted that V Corps activation speaks to Fort Knox’s value.
The Commanding General of the U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox also highlighted three additional assessment programs, Battalion Command Assessment Program (BCAP), Cornel Command Assessment Program (CCAP) and Sergeant Major Assessment Program (SMAP), held at Fort Knox in 2020 bringing hundreds of leaders to the region. According to Evans, Fort Knox will remain on the shortlist when it comes to discussions on standing up missions on an Army installation.
In 2020, Cadet Summer Training (CST), the Army’s single largest training event, did not take place solely on Fort Knox due to the pandemic. Evans announced that CST will be back at Fort Knox this summer, safely bringing over seven thousand cadets to the region.
Evan also gave an update on the construction of Yano Range. Once complete it will be the only Digital Air/Ground Integration Range east of the Rockies. Evans mentioned units are already wanting to sign up for training once the new range is complete in the summer of 2023.
During the annual meeting, KRDA Chairman Ray Springsteen and President and CEO Brig. Gen. (Ret) Jim Iacocca highlighted KRDA’s work to promote and protect Fort Knox and grow defense-related business in the region. Despite COVID-19, our region realized new missions on post, local defense contractor job creation and Fort Knox’s growing strategic value.
With a $2.6 billion annual economic impact, Fort Knox's importance to our regional economy can't be overstated. KRDA’s work to increase Fort Knox’s economic impact is only possible thanks to support of a generous community.