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Fort Knox losing brigade, not its reputation

Mon., July 1, 2013, midnight

FORT KNOX, Ky. – Few military posts have a place in pop culture as rock solid as Fort Knox, thanks to its mysterious gold vault.

The name of the historic base is practically synonymous with impenetrability. In addition to housing the Treasury Department’s U.S. Bullion Depository and its stacks of gold, the Army’s tank training school was started at Fort Knox. And the sprawling central Kentucky Army post has been the setting for Hollywood films.

But Knox’s days as a war-fighting post may be over with the Pentagon’s decision last week to strip its only combat brigade, which follows the loss of its famed armor school and thousands of tank personnel just a few years ago. The base will remain the site of the gold vault, but otherwise it could be destined to function less as a tip-of-the-spear military facility and more as a home to office and support workers.

During World War II, the fortress housed the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.


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