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Fort Knox, KY

Fort Knox, KY 40121  |  Post Operator: DSN: 464-1181, (502) 624-1181

Fort Knox: Overview

Fort Knox is the home of the U.S. Army Armor Center and the U.S. Army Armor School. Soldiers, NCO’s, and officers in the U.S. Army are trained in their roles regarding the armored equipment utilized by the military today. The training includes becoming proficient in the operations of these technically advanced pieces of weaponry. In addition, the training covers tactical excellence and the maintenance of armored vehicles. U.S. Marines are sent here to train on the M1 Abrams. The Army Human Resource Center is now located at Fort Knox as well.

Fort Duffield was constructed during the Civil War on the land that is now occupied by Fort Knox. Following the Civil War, the land was used for a variety of purposes, including training and conducting maneuvers. The role of the post was expanded and was named after Henry Knox in 1918. Prior to WWII, the post became a training site for mechanized warfare. That role was greatly expanded during the war in an effort to counter the armored threat established by German armored units. Fort Knox has maintained the mission of training crews in mechanized warfare to this day.

Fort Knox: Education

While stationed at Fort Knox in Kentucky, you may want to use the Tuition Assistance (TA) Program and the GI Bill to earn your college degree. Online schools are provide programs geared toward individuals with busy lifestyles, so as a service member, you may want to consider earning a degree online. The benefits of attending an online school include being able to complete coursework whenever you want, wherever you are located. Learn more by requesting information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

Fort Knox: Location

Fort Knox is a large U.S. Army installation that spans 109,000 acres and covers portions of Bullitt County, Hardin County, and Meade County in Kentucky. It is positioned on the banks of the Ohio River, which is also the southern border of Indiana. The Otter Creek Park and Knobs State Forest are nearby. Louisville is only about 26 miles to the northeast of Fort Knox. Other communities in the area include Flaherty, KY, Muldraugh, KY, Radcliff, KY, Vine Grove, KY, West Point, KY, Laconia, IN, Ekron, KY, Elizabethtown, KY, and Brandenburg, KY.

Fort Knox: Interesting Facts

  • The Patton Museum is on Fort Knox. This museum is a tribute to General George S. Patton and contains numerous items that the General personally used during his life.
  • The Bullion Depository, which is maintained by the United States Department of the Treasury, has been located at Fort Knox since 1937.
  • Scenes from the James Bond movie Goldfinger, which starred Sean Connery, were filmed at Fort Knox. In addition, several scenes from the movie Stripes, which starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy, were filmed at the post.
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