Fort Knox, Kentucky
Community Programs and Services
Keeneland's Military Days
Keeneland Race Track in Lexington hosts an annual Military Day where all service members and family members with a military ID receive free admission, a food voucher and a free program, in addition to reserved seating.
Military Appreciation Days at the Louisville Bats
To show their appreciation for the military the Louisville Bats invite Soldiers to attend a professional league baseball game with reserved seating each year. The Ft. Knox commanding general throws the first pitch. Over 900 Soldiers in training attended in 2008.
Hooray For Heroes
The Radcliff community hosts an annual "Hooray for Heroes". Designed by the community leaders to thank our military for their service, the event has no admission fees and is open to the general public. All service members and their family members, to include retirees, receive a free meal. Entertainment is provided throughout the day and representatives from more than 100 organizations and businesses set up booths and offer free give-away items. The evening event includes a patriotic program with entertainment from the community, accompanied by the Fort Knox Band, for community members and Soldiers. www.radcliffchamber.org
Community Relations Dinners
In an attempt to share information between the five primary surrounding communities to Fort Knox, a plan was developed by the communities to rotate a hosted dinner among them and include Fort Knox leaders and families. The event has been an area tradition for approximately 20 years with attendees from local businesses, elected officials and Ft. Knox leaders and families. Presentations are made from each of the six communities (including Fort Knox) about current events and community happenings. The emphasis is on activities available for Soldiers and their Families; such as free events, discounts, festivals, and parades.
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Roadshows
Community leaders and business owners asked to find ways to communicate with the incoming personnel who would be transferred to Fort Knox with BRAC transformation. The Garrison Commander worked with these community members to form a group of local representatives from the Chambers of Commerce, Realty Association, local school systems, universities, tourism bureaus, elected officials, and key Fort Knox assets such as MWR. Through the local community's dedication to this project, hundreds of people were swayed to move to Ft. Knox with their organization. Through the joint initiative of the community and the garrison leadership, the community members gained a better appreciation of the changes upcoming for Fort Knox and have worked to increase school capacity where needed and learned of Soldier and family member needs and desires.
Operation Military Kids of Hardin County
The Hardin County Regional Operation Military Kids Committee meets once a month to develop ideas of how to support military children. They have hosted camps, family fun days, and sponsored children's festivals and similar events.
Helmets To Hard Hats
Elizabethtown and Louisville, Kentucky Carpenters' Union adopted this specific national certified apprenticeship program to support separating Soldiers and retirees with the mission to retrain them in the fields of welding, carpentry, plumbing, and electrician vocations focusing on career transition to certified and trained building and construction workers.
Sullivan College (Fort Knox) campus offers tuition reduction assistance for Soldiers and their Family Members who attend this school on post.
University Expansion/Tuition Reduction
Western Kentucky University opened a campus in Radcliff which is located in the vicinity of Fort Knox as a Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission related initiative. This university offers classes directly related to potential employment within Human Resources Command which will relocate to Fort Knox in the future. This university charges a flat rate of $250 per semester hour to Soldiers regardless of the class level or residency status.