FORT KNOX, Ky. – The governor of the commonwealth of Kentucky visited Fort Knox Tuesday to receive updates on the installation and Cadet Summer Training from post leaders.
Governor Andy Beshear arrived in a Blackhawk helicopter, landing on Brooks Parade Field, located in front of post headquarters. He was greeted by the Commanding General of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Maj. Gen. John R. Evans Jr. and his senior enlisted advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Jerimiah E. Gan.
This is the governor’s first visit to Fort Knox since he took office December 10, 2019. Beshear said the installation is an important part of the state of Kentucky, and pointed out the vital role it serves.
“It’s such a driver of our economy, and it’s exciting to be here and be able to talk with the senior leadership and know we’re all driving for the same things,” said Beshear.
Beshear also talked about how honored he felt knowing thousands of the nation’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets come through Fort Knox each year for Cadet Summer Training – the Army’s single largest training event.
“It’s something we can be proud of,” said Beshear. “That we’re helping to build up young men and women all over the country with Kentucky being a part of it.”
Before departing, Beshear and Evans presented one another with challenge coins representing each of their offices. Beshear said while he was saddened knowing Evans would soon be leaving his position at Fort Knox in August, he was also hopeful about the new incoming leadership and what’s ahead for the installation.
“We couldn’t be prouder as Kentuckians to be the home of Fort Knox and we hope it continues in a vibrant way long into the future.”