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Seeking ‘Stripes’ memories from the community

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Dear Friends: This year commemorates the 35th anniversary of the famed military-themed comedy “Stripes” and its strong historical connection and partnership to Fort Knox, Kentucky, and the local community. Like many of you, we take a lot of pride not only in our great installation but also this community. We want to celebrate this and have fun with it at the same time.

We are seeking memories from those who lived in the community 35 years ago and maybe even helped on the production to share at the anniversary celebration.

Filming of the movie started in Kentucky in November 1980 and ended January 1981, also including scenes filmed in California. The production was allowed to shoot
the Army post scenes
and some of its ‘Czechoslovakian’ scenes at Fort Knox. Ivan Reitman, the movie’s director, was amazed they received the Department of Defense’s approval at the time.

Fort Knox is hosting an anniversary dinner and a movie July as we honor this unique occasion in which the military base and surrounding communities were part of this remembered comedy. “That’s the fact, Jack!”

Please contact our Public Affairs Office at usarmy.knox.imcom-atlantic.mbx.pao@mail.mil
with your “Stripes” stories and contact information. We will provide more details as the event nears. Thank you for helping
us get the word out—we look forward to hearing from you.

S.C. Zemp

Colonel, US Army

Chief of Staff

US Army Human Resources Command

Fort Knox, KY