Fort Knox Transformation Moving Forward

Officials say good progress is being made on conversion of the Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Army base to a new mission.

The armor school is moving to Ft. Benning, Georgia, in March, to make room for a multi-functional U.S. Army command center at Ft. Knox. As armor units move out, human resources, officer recruitment, cadet command and marksmanship units are moving in.

Garrison Commander, Col. Eric Schwartz, is overseeing the transformation.

“We’ve brought in this massive complex called the Human Resource Center of Excellence. About 4,200 civilians and military work in that complex – about a $240 million project that came from the ground up,” he said.

Schwartz says the base’s population has risen from 31,000 to 42,000, which includes contractors and civilians, and there are 14,000 new vehicles on base. Housing remains a problem, with 55 percent of employees still living off base in 28 Kentucky and Indiana counties, but new housing units are being built as fast as possible.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.