Fort Campbell

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Soldiers, civilians and nearby community members all with connections to Fort Campbell are anxiously awaiting a decision from the federal government that could threaten their financial livelihood.

The Army is conducting a series of listening sessions to determine just how large cuts could be at a number of military bases, Fort Campbell being one of them. The post has already been hit once with the deactivation of a combat aviation brigade in 2014.

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More than 1,500 western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee residents gathered at Fort Campbell Tuesday night to share concerns about potential cuts.

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With the possibility of troop reductions at Fort Campbell looming overhead, community leaders are urging for a high turnout at Tuesday’s public listening session. 

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The city of Hopkinsville is showing its support for keeping Fort Campbell troop levels where they are with a symbolic resolution.

With possible troop reductions looming at Fort Campbell, officials there have organized a community listening session set to take place next month.

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The Department of Defense has decided to deactivate the 159th Combat Aviation “Thunder” Brigade from Fort Campbell Army Base as part of its Army Aviation Force Restructure.

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The Christian County Chamber of Commerce has extended an offer to its next military affairs director as it prepares for potential cuts.

Chamber President and CEO Marian Mason says Katie Lopez will start Nov. 17, almost two months after Kensley Marcus left the position. Lopez has served as regional coordinator with Fort Campbell’s In Gear Career and as co-director at the Southern Kentucky Veteran Council.

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Fort Campbell officials say an offensive Halloween display at an on-post residence has been removed. Authorities responded to a report yesterday of decorations that depict what appears to be the lynching of an African-American family.

Whitfield Calls For Travel Ban

Oct 21, 2014
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Kentucky U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield has asked President Barack Obama to call for an immediate travel ban from West African countries affected by Ebola. Whitfield says recent events have tragically demonstrated how U.S. transportation networks can serve as conduits for dangerous pathogens.  

“Ebola appears to be spreading even within the hospital setting, we should not delay in taking action to prevent individuals carrying the virus from traveling to our country,” Whitfield said . “A concise and immediate travel ban for such individuals who live in or have traveled from certain West African countries is necessary to ensure the safety of the American people.” 

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One of the military’s most heavily deployed Army divisions since 9/11 is prepping for a mission where flack jackets will do very little and rubber gloves save lives. The 101st Airborne leaves for Liberia over the next few weeks. And soldiers say in some ways, Ebola is a more intimidating enemy than insurgents.

“I mean, it’s nice that we’re not worried about getting shot at. But the threat is everywhere now,” says Spec. Cody Adams, an MP who got back from Afghanistan a year ago.

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