U. of Louisville, Ft. Knox Agree to Strengthen Relationship
A recent agreement reached between the University of Louisville and Fort Knox is expected to lead to greater collaboration on a variety of initiatives, including medical research, sustainability and support for military families.
Areas of cooperation listed in the memorandum of agreement — signed by Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, commanding general of Accessions Command and James Ramsey, president of the university — include:
- expanded medical research in traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, and comprehensive fitness programs for soldiers and families for combat and deployment readiness;
- participation in sustainability initiatives to reduce energy, including facility audits for improved energy management;
- creation of leadership programs to build an informed corps of military and university leaders;
- fostering a relationship among the installation, the university and the city of Louisville for soldiers and families to enhance “military inclusivity and veteran friendly” atmosphere on campus and in the community; and
- creation of better education programs to meet the needs of soldiers and their families.
The university’s commitment to supporting Knox, its soldiers and military veterans is not new. In September, it was named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s 2012 list of “Military Friendly Schools” for the third straight year.
“U of L’s decision to partner with it neighbor base, Fort Knox, is beneficial to both parties and will have impact on the region as well. A university connection will enhance the opportunities for obtaining higher education for military families as well as continuing the cycle of socio-economic benefits such as new jobs and industry,” said Mark Needham, special assistant to the governor.