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News-Enterprise: Guthrie says 3/1 deactivation may be politically motivated

July 16, 2013

Hardin County’s News-Enterprise reports on Cong. Brett Guthrie’s efforts to get to the bottom of President Obama’s cuts to Ft. Knox:

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie believes the U.S. Army’s decision to deactivate the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, could be political in nature and has asked officials in President Barack Obama’s administration to divulge the data used to reach the decision.

Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, said Fort Knox and Fort Campbell’s brigade combat teams were targeted for deactivation, which has dealt a double blow to Kentucky, while some states were spared entirely. He addressed the media in a news conference Monday morning after meeting on post with new Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. Thomas Edwards Jr. He planned to meet with the CORE Committee, a local agency designed to promote and protect Fort Knox, later in the day to discuss the deactivation.

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“Based on empirical data I have received, the training opportunities at Fort Knox have a high military value and their unique features are unavailable at other installations,” Guthrie wrote in a letter to Hagel.

Guthrie has asked Hagel to produce the data and metrics used to determine the Fort Knox deactivation because data he has obtained shows Fort Knox was one of the more cost-effective installations in the military, based on the BRAC 2005 military value criteria.

“I think it’s a fair question to ask,” Guthrie said.

As a member of Congress, Guthrie believes legislators have the right to know if the deactivation of these particular brigade combat teams will be economically advantageous.