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POSTED: April 3, 2007 5:14 a.m.
Speed-limit reduction temporary
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield officials have said the reduced speed limits are temporary.
“They were only done to make sure we have a safe environment for the training still occurring. Because we have so many units, so much maneuver by both wheeled and track vehicles, we put that in place to ensure complete safety. As soon as the unit training is completed this month, we will raise the speed limit back up to 55,” garrison commander Col. Todd Buchs said.
The speed limit on Highway 144 east returned to 55 mph and caution signs for the field exercises were removed this week. The 45 mph speed limit and caution signs will remain in effect on Highway 144 west and Highway 119 north until field training exercises are over.

Legal, claims offices relocate
The Fort Stewart Legal Assistance and Claims offices have moved to Building 621, Army Welcome Center on the second floor. Call the Legal Assistance office at 767-8819 for more information.

DAV office moves
The Disable American Veterans office has moved to 110 A Bagley St., Hinesville, to assist veterans and their families. The DAV is open to all veterans and meets at 7 p.m. every third Monday at the Western Sizzlin.’

Operation Yellow Bow
The Hinesville Military Affairs Committee will host an Operation Yellow Bow Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Veterans Park at the corner of Main Street and Memorial Drive.
“We’ve hung a lot of yellow bows already. This is our official ceremony,” HMAC member P.J. Schnieder said. “We do this to show our support to our soldiers and their families. We also do it to hope for the quick and safe return for all the soldiers.”
3rd Infantry Division commanding general Maj. General Rick Lynch, Hinesville Mayor Pro Tem David Anderson and Liberty County Commission Chairman John McIver are expected to speak. For more information, call 884-5599 or visit hinesvillemac.org. The HMAC meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Monday at the Hinesville Police Department.

Parent education
Fort Stewart’s Parents as Teachers/Heroes at Home Program provides parent educational support for military families with children, prenatal to 36 months. For more information, call Central Registration at 767-0016.

Change in tour lengths?
The commander of U.S. forces in Korea, Army Gen. Burwell B. Bell, said last week he wants to end one-year tours there and replace them with standard three-year tours, enabling more family members to move to the region.
Bell made the statement to members of the House Armed Services Committee.
U.S. and Republic of Korea forces have reached a transformation and re-stationing agreement that will move troops away from the northern, more hostile combat zones to two safer “hubs” south of Seoul, he said. “It’s time to end our one-year, war-zone rotational tours, which needlessly add to our high worldwide operational tempo, while handicapping our engagement opportunities with our longtime Korean ally.
“I’m advocating three-year, normal family-accompanied tours for our small force in Korea. It is absolutely the right thing to do,” he said.
Under the plan, the combined forces will transition command and control of the Korean military to Korean leaders by 2012.
The Republic of Korea has agreed to fund most of the costs associated with moving the troops, and the move will allow U.S. officials to focus on improving living and working conditions there, Bell said.
He noted only two percent, or 30,000, of active-duty service members are stationed in Korea. More than 60 percent are married. Currently about 5,000 family members are stationed in Korea. Only about 3,000 are authorized.
Family members are sometimes allowed to move there at their own expense and can use military facilities on a space-available basis, he said.
 

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