Friday, August 30, 2013

Gov. Beshear Announces Army Cadet Training to Move

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that the U.S. Army Cadet Command Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) will move to Fort Knox, bringing thousands of cadets and their training cadre to Kentucky for summer training.

“I am very pleased with the Army decision to relocate the Leader Development and Assessment Course to Fort Knox,” Gov. Beshear said. “This move indicates the importance of Fort Knox as a premier installation that provides considerable military training resources, provides cost efficiency and enables Cadet Command to streamline its operations.”

LDAC is currently located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

The Army announced in June it would inactivate the brigade combat team based at Fort Knox, which will remove nearly 10,000 military and dependents from the area. With today’s announcement, LDAC will bring approximately 7,000 Army ROTC cadets from across the country during summer for their advanced training. The move will also bring approximately 2,500 additional cadre personnel during the summer in support of the training. The move will take place for the summer training of 2014.

Gov. Beshear continues to communicate with the Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure that Fort Knox is leveraged to the fullest extent for its proven capability, as well as its potential to become a point of consolidation for Human Resources and Recruiting functions DOD-wide.

“The Commonwealth of Kentucky will continue to partner with our military as they work hard to accomplish their mission, despite resource constraints,” said Gov. Beshear.

Major active Army commands at the installation include Human Resources Command, Cadet Command and Recruiting Command. The U.S. Army Reserve’s 84th Training Command, 100th Division, and 11th Aviation Command are also headquartered at Fort Knox.