New corps headquarters to locate at Fort Knox

FORT KNOX — The Army has selected Fort Knox for a new corps headquarters, which will bring 635 additional soldiers to the central Kentucky post, federal officials announced.

The Army plans to activate V Corps Headquarters by October 2020, officials said.

“Fort Knox was chosen based on time required to facilitate activation of the headquarters, cost, the ability to facilitate future expansion if required and minimizing disruption to other, current missions at the installation,” according to a letter of notification from the Pentagon, The News-Enterprise reported.

The move came at the request U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, according to a joint statement from the three Tuesday that said the headquarters is needed for national defense and to support U.S. forces and operations in Europe.

“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,” McConnell said. “With its unmatched level of community support, Fort Knox will offer V Corps a warm welcome.”

In addition to boosting the post, the headquarters is expected to have a positive effect on nearby towns.

“Because of what this is, it will mean growth and contractors interested in locating here,” Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall told the newspaper. “This will be huge for the community around the post.”

Bill would change process to select transportation chief

FRANKFORT — A bill that would rein in Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s power to select the state’s transportation secretary won initial approval from a Republican-led Senate committee Wednesday.

The measure would limit the governor’s choice to a list of candidates submitted by a newly created transportation board. The board members would be appointed by the governor from a list of nominations submitted by influential business and government groups.

The proposal drew immediate pushback from Beshear.

The governor’s spokeswoman, Crystal Staley, said the measure would strip Beshear of “authority that has been held by every previous governor of both parties.” She said it would create a Transportation Cabinet “effectively run by committee.”

The bill, which cleared the Senate Transportation Committee, goes next to the full Senate.

Committee Chairman Ernie Harris said the goal is to “take the politics out of road building” as much as possible. He said the bill was prefiled before the outcome of last year’s governor’s race.

Republican Sen. Jimmy Higdon, the bill’s lead sponsor, said it would bring more transparency and public input to transportation policies.

The bill would require an “objective, data-driven” process to prioritize road project, he said. Lawmakers would retain their role in selecting and funding road projects.

The legislation is Senate Bill 4.

Kentucky native posthumously made honorary brigadier general

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Kentucky native who attended the U.S. Military Academy and achieved the rank of colonel was promoted posthumously to the honorary rank of brigadier general in Kentucky by Gov. Andy Beshear.

Charles Young was born in Mays Lick, Kentucky, in 1864 to enslaved parents. He graduated from high school in Ohio, where his parents escaped slavery, Beshear’s office said in a news release.

As an Army officer, Young served in assignments ranging from Haiti and Liberia to Mexico and Nigeria. When he was medically discharged from active duty, Young had been promoted to colonel and was the highest-ranking African American in the military, the release said.

Young was buried in Arlington National Cemetery and was given full military honors.

The event was held in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday as part of the Legislative Black History Month Celebration.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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