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U.S. Army to Clip 500 Jobs as Part of Cost-Cutting Measures

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The U.S. Army is deactivating the Army Accessions Command at Fort Knox as part of a move to reduce costs. The decision will result in the elimination of 67 military positions – including two generals – along with 130 civilian jobs and 290 contract positions.

Employees with the Accessions Command were among those brought to Fort Knox as part of the Army’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) reorganization, which has brought thousands of civilian and military personnel to the base. The base currently employs more than 7,800 soldiers, 10,800 civilians and 2,800 contractors.

“The Department of the Army has taken this measure in an effort to remove layers of command structure, make the Army accessions process more efficient and achieve budget savings,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commanding general of the U.S. Army Accessions Command and the senior commander at Fort Knox. “When this process is completed, the Army will realize $50 million in savings.”

The inactivation of the Accessions Command will begin this summer and is expected to be complete by October 2012.