While it has been a year like no other as we all tackled the challenges of living and working in the midst of a pandemic, we’re excited that our region was still able to celebrate growth both on and off post. We saw the activation of the Army’s V Corps headquarters on Fort Knox. The 644-Soldier unit will provide command and control of operational forces in Europe and maintain a forward operating headquarters in Poland. We also welcomed new defense contractor, Polynesian (Poly) A&M, to our business community.
We were pleased to be able to participate in Poly A&M’s ribbon cutting and commemorate the V Corps’ arrival with a special presentation of an engraved brick - a replica of the one installed at the Hardin County Veterans Tribute. We look forward to holding a much larger V Corps community welcome reception in 2021 if conditions allow.
The new Corps headquarters is one of only four in the Army, adding to Fort Knox’s strategic importance. Fort Knox is already home to numerous strategic missions, including Cadet Command, Human Resource Command and Army Recruiting Command, that touch the entire Soldier life cycle and talent management continuum.
We expect Fort Knox’s strategic value to continue to grow when construction of the Digital Air Ground Integration Range (DAGIR) is complete in early 2023, making it one of only two installations in the Army to have a DAGIR. Once the DAGIR is open, we expect more units to come to Fort Knox to train and a major uptick in those “sounds of freedom.”
We are grateful for our community that continues to welcome Soldiers and their families like no other. KRDA appreciates the support you provide them and your continued support of our work to promote and protect Fort Knox.
As we close, we want to recognize one of the stalwarts of community support – Gerry Lynn. The former Meade County Judge Executive and ardent supporter of Fort Knox and KRDA passed away in September. Judge Lynn was active in countless organizations and initiatives that helped make our community and our region stronger and more prosperous. He will be remembered for his leadership and his kind, generous spirit. He leaves a legacy few in our region can match but one to which we can all aspire.
Ray and Jim
CEO, Abound Credit Union
KRDA Board Chairman
Brig. Gen. (Ret)
Knox Regional Development Alliance