February 12, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 29 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
FORT KNOX; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 29
(Senate - February 12, 2020)
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[Page S999] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] FORT KNOX Mr. McCONNELL. Madam President, yesterday, the U.S. Army and the Commonwealth of Kentucky both received some really great news. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Army Chief of Staff GEN James McConville announced that Fort Knox will be the headquarters for the new Army Corps. They stopped by my office last night to discuss the good news. The new Fifth Corps will support U.S. forces and operations in Europe, helping fulfill requirements of the national defense strategy. It is expected to bring more than 600 additional soldiers to Fort Knox. Along with Congressman Brett Guthrie and Senator Paul, I had urged Army leadership to select Fort Knox for this new corps headquarters, and, obviously, we think they made a great choice. Now Fifth Corps will join the eight commands already stationed there, including the Army's Human Resources, Recruiting, and Cadet Commands. I have worked for years to help ensure that Fort Knox receives the national attention that it deserves. It is really great to see the Army agrees that its high-quality facilities are perfect for this new headquarters. The extraordinary work of the Knox Regional Development Alliance has made it a wonderful place both to live and to work--both for servicemembers and for their families. Last year I was proud to host Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Kentucky to meet with members of the Fort Knox community. I am certainly grateful to him, Secretary McCarthy, and General McConville for recognizing our potential. ____________________