The state of Kentucky’s strategic location bordering the Ohio River made it a contested territory during the early years of the United States. Residents of the area have played a part in every major conflict since the French and Indian War. Bases have been stood up and decommissioned over its long history, but now the state is now home to two military installations:

    • Fort Campbell
    • Fort Knox

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Fort Campbell

Named after Brigadier General William Bowen Campbell, this base was established after the Pearl Harbor attack when the U.S. needed to expand its training grounds to prepare for the war. During World War II it primarily functioned as a training ground for armored divisions such as the 12th, 14th, and 20th Armored Divisions. Today, the base is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).

For more information, please see the base website: Fort Campbell

Fort Knox

Fort Knox was established in 1918 and was named after Major General Henry Knox who was the first U.S. Secretary of War. During World War I, the camp served as a training area for soldiers preparing for deployment to Europe, specifically infantry divisions. In 1933, the camp was chosen as the ideal location for the U.S. Bullion Depository due to its central location, existing infrastructure, and suitable terrain and was redesignated to a fort to mark its permanent status. 

For more information, please see the base website: Fort Knox

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