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Department of the Army representatives are set to meet next month at Fort Campbell to discuss proposed budget cuts that could potentially reduce personnel there by 50 percent.

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A partnership between the local utility and state and federal government will build Kentucky’s largest solar array at Fort Campbell. The solar array will cover about 20 acres at the army base, and will produce five megawatts of power.

Kenya Stump, Kentucky’s assistant director of the Division of Renewable Energy, said five megawatts is enough energy to power about 500 homes.

All six of Kentucky’s U.S. congressmen have signed on to a letter supporting Fort Campbell following the Army’s release of the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment, or SPEA, in June. 

The SPEA analyzes the environmental impact of a proposed army force reduction. 1st District Representative Ed Whitfield’s office says if the report’s recommendations are fully implemented, Fort Campbell could lose some 16 thousand soldiers and civilian personnel. 

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A Fort Campbell spokesperson says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed military budget cuts don’t yet have an effect on the Kentucky and Tennessee base.

Garrison spokesperson Bob Jenkins says those cuts are a policy issue.

The Department of Defense has named Brig. Gen. Gary Volesky as Fort Campbell’s new commanding general.

Volesky is being promoted to major general and currently serves as the public affairs chief for the Army in Washington, D.C.

An engineer battalion has a new home at Fort Campbell. The 326th Engineer Battalion moved from Fort Hood in Texas.

The battalion, which is known as the Sapper Eagles, is joining the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. The battalion joins the brigade's ranks before it integrates with the brigade's 1st Special Troops Battalion into the 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion in April.

Ft. Campbell's Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will close or limit services on Fridays in response to mandatory federal budget furloughs.

Last month, the Department of Defense announced eleven mandatory no-pay days starting July 8 until September.

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Army installations in Kentucky and elsewhere began receiving furlough notices this week. 

Under across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget, civilian Defense Department employees must be furloughed 11 days between July and September. At Fort Campbell, that affects about 4,000 workers in support roles such as schools and the commissary.


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Seismologists from the Explosives and Blasting Branch of the Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement are measuring the magnitude of blasts felt in a neighborhood near a plant that disposes of military ordinance in Nortonville. Donovan Commercial Industries and Double Arrow Explosive Services are located 40 minutes north of Fort Campbell  and dispose of military ordinance and temper railroad tracks.