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Posted: Wednesday, 05 March 2014 8:01AM

4 schools at Fort Knox to close

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four schools at the Fort Knox military post in central Kentucky will be shut down as the post loses its lone combat brigade as part of military base realignment.

The four schools — Kingsolver Elementary, Mudge Elementary, Pierce Elementary and Walker Intermediate — account for 877 students.

The shutdown will take place at the end of the current school year. Fort Knox's lone combat unit, the 3rd Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is being deactivated.

Department of Defense spokeswoman Cindy Gibson says it is unclear if schools at other posts will be shut down as the military tries to shrink to about 450,000 active-duty soldiers over the next five years.

The Defense Department spends about $375 million annually to operate its schools.

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