Fort Campbell

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Fort Campbell is the U.S. Army’s Best Installation of 2016. The base received its first Gold Award in the Installation Management Command’s Army Communities of Excellence competition for supporting soldiers, families, and surrounding communities. 

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Fort Campbell's 101st Airborne Division replaces the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq today. According to the Eagle 6 Facebook page (the official page of Major General Gary J. Volesky), they took charge of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command of Operation Inherent Resolve. 

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Gunfire from training exercises could be heard outside as Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke to a room of 200 troops from Fort Campbell heading to Iraq in the coming weeks. He noted that for some in the 101st Airborne Division, this will be a return trip with a new enemy.

One week after Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced women in the U.S. military can serve in any combat role, a federal appeals court is considering a lawsuit from a men's group that says a male-only draft is unconstitutional.

"Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army" - by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway, army.mil, Wikimedia Commons

UPDATE: Two Army pilots are dead after a helicopter crash  during a training mission near Fort Campbell.

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The Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs has received a $618,437 federal grant to help explore defense-related economic opportunities statewide.

Specifically, those funds come from the Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment, an organization responsible for supporting state and local governments dealing with defense program changes.

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  The U.S. Army has announced the details of its plan to cut 40,000 troops over the next two years and it calls for Fort Campbell’s personnel to be reduced by 363 soldiers - far less than some thought.

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  The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $393,000 grant to the Pennyrile Area Development District in response to military budget cuts.

The grant comes after the DoD deactivated Fort Campbell’s 159th Combat Aviation Brigade last November, a move that decreased the base's active soldier population by 2,400.

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  A decision on possible troop reductions at Fort Campbell, once expected by the end of June, has been pushed to the end of this month.

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  An amendment championed by Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator would change the way deployed military personnel are counted in the Census.

Rand Paul’s amendment would require the Census to count all deployed servicemen and women at the base or port where they lived before deployment. Currently, those individuals are counted as part of the U.S. overseas population.

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