Ft. Knox 3rd brigade may inactivate by 2015

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 7:21 PM

HARDIN COUNTY (WHAS11) -- Dozens of community members and military families packed the Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School to learn more about the inactivation of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

The announcement came down from the Department of Defense in June. There are 3,500 soldiers in the unit. On Tuesday, Major General Jeff Smith, commander of US Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, said the inactivation could take place in the Fall of 2015. 

The combat unit is currently overseas. Jennifer Pagan's husband is a part of the unit. She and her family moved to Kentucky in January with the intentions of settling down and for her husband to retire in the next few years.

"I don't know what type of job he'll have without the brigade," Pagan said.

The inactivation comes as the Department of Defense looks to cut billions.

At this point it's unclear if the entire unit will be reassigned to a different post or if some soldiers will stay. Maj. General Smith said he believes some soldiers could get sent to Fort Campbell.

It is estimated nearly 10,000 people will leave the area because of this inactivation.

Maj. General Smith did add at the town hall meeting there will be a new cadet training program that will start in 2016 and is expected to bring close to 1,000 more cadets to the area each summer.

 

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