WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of the Army selected Fort Knox, Ky. to be the home of the new corps headquarters that is urgently needed to fulfill national defense strategy requirements and support U.S. forces and operations in Europe.
According to the Army, Fort Knox will be the fourth corps headquarters location activated and will be called Fifth Corps (V Corps). This new corps headquarters location will bring approximately 635 additional soldiers to Kentucky, which is one of the most military-friendly states in America. The Army plans to activate V Corps Headquarters by the fall of 2020.
“Fort Knox has proven itself as a leader in our nation’s armed forces time and again, and I’m delighted to announce Secretary McCarthy and General McConville answered my call to station V Corps headquarters in Kentucky,” said U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “As the Army continues modernizing its force structure to counter evolving global threats, Fort Knox is best choice to meet our urgent national defense needs. With its unmatched level of community support, Fort Knox will offer V Corps a warm welcome.
“Throughout its 100-plus years of distinguished history, Fort Knox has adapted to complete many high-priority missions. I’ve delivered substantial federal investment to help build facilities and infrastructure at Fort Knox, ensuring there is no installation better prepared to stand-up this headquarters. As Senate Majority Leader, I consistently raise Kentucky’s priorities with military leaders, including by hosting Defense Secretary Mark Esper last year to meet with the Knox Regional Development Alliance, and I’m glad they recognized the great potential of this community. I congratulate Fort Knox’s leadership and the KRDA on this announcement, and I look forward the V Corps’ arrival in the Bluegrass State.”