By LYNSIE DICKERSON
Gold Standard Staff Writer
The Fort Knox Directorate of Emergency Services provides emergency response and other operations to ensure that the safety, security and quality of life of those who live and work on Fort Knox are protected. Leading this mission is Lt. Col. Brian Sankey, who took over as director of Emergency Services and provost marshal in May.
“I’ve been looking forward to doing this job for a long time,” Sankey said. “I’ve done police work for, I would say, on and off for the last 25 years. I enlisted in 1987 for the expressed purpose of becoming a policeman.”
Sankey was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. He joined the Army in 1987, receiving basic military training and basic military police training at Fort McClellan, Ala. He remained at Fort McClellan for three and a half years, where he served as a gate guard, physical security and performed patrolman and military police radio and telephone operator duties.
Following a deployment to Central Command Headquarters in Tampa, Fla., during Operation Desert Storm, Sankey attended Western Oregon State University, Ore., graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and spent three and a half years in the Adjutant General’s Corps in Fort Richardson, Alaska and Sacramento, Calif.
After attending the Military Police Officer’s Advance Course in 1996 and then the Combined Arms Staff Service School, Sankey served as the commander of the 571st MP Company, and then as the assistant operations officer for the 1st MP Brigade (Prov) at Fort Lewis, Wash. After that, he served as the provost marshal for Camp Darby, Italy, a recruiting company commander in Beckly, W.Va., and operations officer and executive officer for the 1001st MP Battalion (Criminal Investiga-tion Department) at Fort Riley, Kan.
He also worked as an operations and training officer for Western Region U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Lewis following completion of a combat tour working detainee operations and briefly working in the 1st Infantry Division Provost Marshal’s Office.
Although Sankey is the new director of Emergency Services on Fort Knox, this is not his first time working on the post. Before deploying to Afghanistan in 2012 as a mentor for the Afghan Public Protection Force, he served four years as the chief of assistance and investigations for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command Office of the Inspector General.
Sankey said he welcomes input from the community as to how emergency services can make improvements.
“The vision I have would be that we ensure a safe, secure living and working environment for the Fort Knox community,” Sankey said, adding that he and the emergency services team would do this by working with the community and responding to emergency calls for service in a timely manner.
Emergency Services consists of the fire department and law enforcement, as well as military police investigators, K-9, traffic accident investigators, Special Reactionary Team, game warden and the crash response team. It also provides services like Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) school programs and coordinating security for Fort Knox visitors, when necessary.
The Directorate of Emergency Services is currently working on upgrades and improvements to safety-related procedures and services.
One initiative is an automated installation entry system, or AIE2. This will allow those entering Fort Knox to scan their driver’s license or CAC card at the gate, and the system will essentially perform a background check and make sure the ID is still valid. A picture of the cardholder will appear for the gate guard to compare to the person actually presenting the ID.
After the ID is scanned, either a green or red light will appear to grant or deny access to the post. Sankey said this should allow one gate guard to operate two lanes of traffic as opposed to one.
“That is hopefully going to give us the ability to make our gate operations more efficient,” he said. He expects that the new system will be in place and working by August 2014.
Additional DES initiatives include fence upgrades and maintenance, a patrol supervisor certification program, more training for law enforcement and fire department personnel during off-hours and, in accordance with federal law, the collection of fingerprints and DNA samples for all those apprehended who are titled with a federal offense, Sankey said. They would also like to upgrade the current 911 system to the latest technology, e-911.
“I look forward to being a full partner with the garrison commander and furthering the goals and vision he has for Fort Knox, and addressing the day to day issues of the community,” he said.
For nonemergency calls, emergency services can be reached at (502) 964-2111 and (502) 964-2112. In case of emergency, always dial 911.