Layoffs At Fort Knox

Army spokesman Brian Lepley said that some 500 jobs will be lost at Fort Knox when a human resources department is shut down in a cost-cutting move.

The army announced the layoffs in a news release Wednesday.

Lepley says the department, the U.S. Army Accessions Command, is the only unit of its kind in the U.S.

Lepley says closing the unit will shave $50 million off the Army’s expense budget.

Located at the base 35 miles from Louisville, the accessions command had been relocated last year to Fort Knox from Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va.

The Army says the workers will find out in 60 days how long it will take to deactivate the unit.