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Ft Knox Army Post Review (2)

1. Your name (as you would like it to appear):Buckles Family

2. Army Post Name: Fort Knox

3. Army Post Location: Fort Knox, KY

4. Dates When You Lived Here (please include year): Oct 2009 – August 2010

5. How is housing? On-post? On-post housing is nice and has quite a few neighborhoods of new houses. Also, most of the barracks were built within the
past few years.

Off-post? Just outside of post has some bad neighborhoods and maybe not quite as family friendly but there are also plenty of nicer areas. There are a lot of
places out in the country which I think would be ideal in an area like this. Prices vary but are all reasonably priced.

6. Rate the PX and Commissary.
Well I honestly can’t say that I have ever went into a PX or Commissary that I didn’t like. I could care less about how old the building is, prices are better
than any other off post stores.

7. Are there activities on post? Is there lodging on post? There is a bowling alley and the MWR offers programs for the soldiers and families and things for
teens and children to do.

8. What is there to do in the area? Since it’s Kentucky there is of course a lot of fishing, hunting, some hiking, etc. They also have the Patton museum and a
lot of historical things to see.

9. Rate the school system. I don’t have any children in school.

10. Are there colleges in the area? Please list. Kentucky University and Elizabethtown Community College.

11. How is the job situation? What types of jobs are in the area for spouses?

I haven’t had to job search in this area but I wouldn’t say it’s good because I have never seen any places that i would even considering applying for. They are
building a new Human Resource Center soon, not sure when it is supposed to open and it could already be open and i don’t know it as i am staying with family in
Illinois while my husband is at NTC but the center should be opening up around 4,000 jobs. The only problem i see here is that the 3rd Brigade of 1st Infantry
Division has been relocated from Fort Hood, TX to Fort Knox. So around 3,000 soldiers and their families, including mine, were recently moved to the area.
Like any post though, I’m sure that ACS is very helpful.

12. Favorite aspect of the post and surrounding area?

For me, I love Fort Knox because it close to where I’m from, Illinois. The weather is similar and there is plenty of fishing, hunting and the other outdoors activities that i love and have grown up with.

13. Least favorite aspect? The appearance of everything. I feel like the area just needed updated. New landscaping, buildings, signs, etc. and to take care of
things and keep them clean.

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  • Kristen January 30, 2012, 5:31 pm

    1. Your name (as you would like it to appear):Kristen G

    2. Army Post Name: Fort Knox

    3. Army Post Location: Fort Knox, KY

    4. Dates When You Lived Here (please include year)
    Feb 2009- Aug 2012 (PCSing this summer)

    5. How is housing on-post?
    Housing on post has several different neighborhoods to choose from. There are really nice new housing for lower & higher ranks. They are about to tear down more E1-E-5 housing to build more new housing as well. We lived in North Dietz when we first move here in 09. It was ok housing (kinda old & feels crowded, but good size) & convenient to Wilson gate (which is not even a mile to the Radcliff Walmart). We now live (since Nov 2010) in Chesnut Glenn & we love it! It’s duplex flat housing that is newly renovated & has the best layout (so we hear from others; even those who have the newer housing). Walls are either painted tan or soft green. Floors are a tile wood flooring (wood that are in tile form). Very open floor plan & convienantly close to schools, playgrounds, & shopette. We are def going to miss this house!

    Off-post? The city right outside the gate is Radcliff. Its pretty rundown & is not a place I would recommend to live. About 10-15 mins from post & the city after Radcliff is Elizabethtown. There are more nicer & newer apartments that range from $650 & up. When we moved back after my husbands deployment (April 2010), we got an apartment in Elizabethtown behind the hospital. It was a 15-20 drive for my husband & wasn’t as convenient when he needed to go home for something & the gas wasn’t so great when gas peaked. However, it was right there in the middle of everything you needed like Walmart, Target, Town Mall, restaurants, & shopping. If your used to a 15 min + drive then this wouldn’t bother you.

    6. Rate the PX and Commissary.
    I love the commissary! It has everything we need (except for our preferred water brand & soda which we typically get at Walmart right off post at a better price). The only thing I’m not crazy about, but I think may be the same at all posts is the baggers. Once I get to check out I feel a bit stressed because I don’t feel like I should have to pay someone to bag my groceries & they don’t typically do the best job at separating colds & pantry products, so I bag my own. I have seen some attitude from a few, but I’m sorry I pay for these groceries & since we’re on a budget, I’d rather save the money & do it myself. The PX is not a place we visit often, but it’s a typical PX with some vendors selling various items in the halls & has different fast food places inside.

    7. Are there activities on post? Is there lodging on post?
    There are lots of advertised events through MWR including, sports, movies, & other events. There is also a bowling alley & a Pool with a slide. There are 2 really nice hotels on post. Very convenient for family members coming to visit.

    8. What is there to do in the area?
    There is LOTS of great hunting & BIG deer for those who like to hunt or married to outdoor country boy 🙂 There is also lots of fishing & great places to hike/ walk & see the scenery. There’s a skating rink & movie theatre right off post in Radcliff. Also a few decent restaurants & plenty of fast food places. There is a great place for kids called Blazers. It has an inflatable zone, skating rink, small arcade, mini golf, a rock wall, & lots of food like pizza, icees, fries, burgers, etc. We’ve never seen it real busy which is great & prices are pretty good too. Great local cheap fun for little ones. Then in Etown like I said before, there is adequate shopping, restaurants, Mall, a movie theatre, Target, Walmart, BB&B, Kirklands, Michaels, Best Buy, a new Gap Outlet, Pier One, Lifeway, Cato’s, etc. Then about 35 min – 1 hr away (depending on where your going) is a Toys R Us, different restaurants, a great Zoo, a Children’s Museum (pretty good little children’s area), some historical places, a couple great Malls (St. Mathews), 4th Street for the adult night life, a Bass Pro past dowtown Louisville right in Indiana, etc.

    9. Rate the school system.
    I have a daughter, but she doesn’t start school till this year, so I’m not sure.

    10. Are there colleges in the area?
    There are several… There’s Elizabethtown Community College, WKU, The Hair Design School, etc

    11. How is the job situation? What types of jobs are in the area for spouses?
    Well there are plenty of retail & restaurants in the area. There are also jobs on post or so they say, but when I applied (back when my husband was deployed) with Spouse Preference even, there were so much competetion & locals working on post. I hear there aren’t as many locals on post now so it should be a little better.

    12. Favorite aspect of the post and surrounding area?
    I love the convenience of everything & having my husband so close to home. I love our home, our neighborhood, & how everything we need is right at our finger tips. This post is laid out really nice & close enough to every place you need to go & yet spaced out enough so the traffic & crowding isnt bad. We are def gonna miss this place when we leave, but after 4 years were def ready to see a new place with new experiences 🙂

    13. Least favorite aspect?
    I wish there were more roads/ streets/ highways to get to & from Etown to Radlciff to Post to Louisville. The main road which you will take to get anywhere is Highway 31 W (aka Dixie Highway). There is I65 in Radcliff & Etown, but you have to drive a bit to get to it & it’s not convienent from Fort Knox (making it better to take 31 if your going to Louisville).

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