• This photo displays the condition of Cowley Cemetery before members Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) volunteered to help clean up the cemetery during post cleanup.  The cleanup came as part of Fort Knox's post-wide cleanup involving most of the units on post. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers restore Cowley Cemetery

    This photo displays the condition of Cowley Cemetery before members Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) volunteered to help clean up the cemetery during post cleanup. The cleanup came as part of Fort Knox's post-wide cleanup involving...

  • Spc. Lili Looper, an administrative assistant with the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), uses scissors to cut weeds during the command's cleanup of Cowley Cemetery on Nov. 3. Looper was one of several Soldiers who volunteered to help clean the overgrown cemetery. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers restore Cowley Cemetery

    Spc. Lili Looper, an administrative assistant with the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), uses scissors to cut weeds during the command's cleanup of Cowley Cemetery on Nov. 3. Looper was one of several Soldiers who volunteered to help clean the...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Elaine Cantrell, the 3d ESC's command group noncommissioned officer in charge and Rolla, Mo. native, mows grass at Fort Knox's Cowley Cemetery during post cleanup on Nov. 3. Cantrell was one of several Soldiers who volunteered to clean the cemetery and praised her Soldiers efforts despite not having lots of equipment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers restore Cowley Cemetery

    Sgt. 1st Class Elaine Cantrell, the 3d ESC's command group noncommissioned officer in charge and Rolla, Mo. native, mows grass at Fort Knox's Cowley Cemetery during post cleanup on Nov. 3. Cantrell was one of several Soldiers who volunteered to clean...

  • Spc. Truman Claytor, the 3d ESC's chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear noncommissioned officer in charge, adjusts his weed trimmer during the 3d ESC's cleanup of Cowley Cemetery.  Claytor said he enjoyed helping the unit clean the cemetery because it gave him a chance to volunteer for a good cause. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers restore Cowley Cemetery

    Spc. Truman Claytor, the 3d ESC's chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear noncommissioned officer in charge, adjusts his weed trimmer during the 3d ESC's cleanup of Cowley Cemetery. Claytor said he enjoyed helping the unit clean the cemetery...

  • Soldiers from the 3d recently cleaned Fort Knox's Cowley Cemetery. The cemetery is one of several cemeteries on post that were cleaned during post cleanup.  According to R. Criss Helmkamp, Fort Knox's Cultural Resources Manager, there are 7 known individuals buried at Cowley Cemetery, with the first dated at 1852 and the last at 1914. Helmkamp acknowledged that there could possibly be more graves at the site that are unmarked.

    Sustainers restore Cowley Cemetery

    Soldiers from the 3d recently cleaned Fort Knox's Cowley Cemetery. The cemetery is one of several cemeteries on post that were cleaned during post cleanup. According to R. Criss Helmkamp, Fort Knox's Cultural Resources Manager, there are 7 known...

FORT KNOX, Ky. - Members of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) volunteered during Fort Knox\'s post cleanup to clean Cowley Cemetery on Nov. 3.

The cleanup came as part of Fort Knox's post-wide cleanup involving most of the units on post. The purpose of the cleanup was to focus the full weight of the installation's available resources to maintain a high state of appearance for all Fort Knox facilities and grounds.

While grossly undermanned given the cemetery's condition, the Soldiers taking part in the Cowley Cemetery cleanup were more than willing to lend a helping hand.

"Believe it or not, I actually had a very good time out cleaning Cowley Cemetery," said Spc. Truman Claytor. "Living on post, I don't get a chance to do many outdoor chores and this gave me the opportunity to do something I love for a good cause."

During the cleanup of Cowley Cemetery, the Soldiers were responsible for providing all materials and manpower needed to accomplish their tasks. This included lawn mowers, hand tools, fuel, personal protective equipment and transportation, most of it brought from their homes.

Throughout the cleanup process, the Soldiers were responsible for trimming grass, removal of dead, dying or broken limbs, fence repair and debris removal.

Overall the 3d ESC's leadership was pleased with their Soldiers efforts and hard work throughout the process.

Sgt. Maj. Mark Kimmons, the 3d ESC's plans sergeant major, said that unit's leadership was impressed with the Soldiers' efforts during the cleanup process and praised them for their hard work.

Cowley Cemetery is one of several cemeteries on post that were cleaned during post cleanup. According to R. Criss Helmkamp, Fort Knox's Cultural Resources Manager, there are 7 known individuals buried at Cowley Cemetery, with the first interment dated to 1852 and the last in 1914. Helmkamp acknowledged that there could possibly be more graves at the site that are unmarked.

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