Fort Knox-Based Combat Team Inactivated

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) -- A war fighting unit at Fort Knox has been inactivated and cased its colors during a ceremony at the central Kentucky military post.

About 1,200 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division took part in Wednesday's ceremony.

The ceremony marked the end for the "Big Red 1" infantry division that arrived at Fort Knox from Fort Hood, Texas, in October 2009.

The unit has served multiple deployments in Afghanistan. It is one of 10 Brigade Combat Teams scheduled for inactivation as the Army works toward an end-strength of 490,000 soldiers by the end of 2015.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team is the fifth brigade inactivated this fiscal year.

The brigade was originally activated in May 1917 and has been inactivated two other times in its history.

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