U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell received word today from Army officials that Fort Knox will be gaining the Army’s Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) that will bring several hundred ROTC cadets to the Kentucky base.
“This is great news for the Ft. Knox community,” Senator McConnell said. “The leadership development training course is expected to bring hundreds of ROTC cadets to Ft. Knox for annual summer training, providing an economic boost to the installation and the community. This news could not have come at a better time for the local community.”
Senator McConnell is a long-time champion on behalf of Ft. Knox and its servicemembers and has advocated vigorously to bring the Army course to the installation.
On December 4, 2012, Senator McConnell sent a letter to the Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal regarding the leadership training course and expressing why the Army should move the LDAC to Ft. Knox. In the letter, McConnell mentioned a number of reasons why a relocation of the LDAC to Ft. Knox would be a prudent move by the Army.
Also on July 19, 2013, Senator McConnell also wrote the Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh urging him to approve the relocation of LDAC to Ft. Knox.
In the letter, Sen. McConnell wrote that “not only would LDAC’s moving to Fort Knox make sense on the ground of quality of training and cost, it would also be prudent from a quality-of-life perspective. The Fort Knox community has been recognized by the Army for providing a high quality of life for service members and their families.”
Major General (Ret) Bill Barron, the executive director of the Association of the United States Army’s CORE Committee in Ft. Knox, was pleased with the announcement, “The recent decision by the Army to move the Cadet Command’s ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) to Fort Knox is certainly welcome news and reflects once again the effective, long running partnership between the local community and Senator McConnell.”