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'We Were Soldiers...' character dies

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Basil L. Plumley, a renowned career soldier whose exploits as an Army infantryman were portrayed in a book and the movie "We Were Soldiers," has died at 92 - an age his friends are amazed that he lived to see.

October 11, 2012 | Associated Press | News+Opinion

Deaths reach record level in US

NEW YORK - U.S. deaths surpassed 2.5 million for the first time last year, reflecting the nation's growing and aging population.

October 11, 2012 | By Mike Stobbe Associated Press writer | News+Opinion

Troops redeploying

Nine months after they left, hundreds of soldiers are returning home to Fort Stewart after their first deployment to Afghanistan.

October 10, 2012 | Associated Press | News+Opinion

Habitat called key to saving endangered species

Restoring, protecting and enhancing habitat are a key part of Fort Stewart's endangered-species program, according to Tim Beaty, chief of the Fish and Wildlife Branch of the Environmental and Natural Resource Division of the Directorate of Public Works.

October 10, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | News+Opinion

State cracking down on online sales tax

ATLANTA - With changes in the tax law taking effect this month, Georgia intends to begin treating some online retailers the same way it treats those with stores here: by collecting sales tax.

October 09, 2012 | Associated Press | News+Opinion

Soldiers case colors, ready to go

The 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team cased its colors Sept. 27 in a formal ceremony on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field.

October 03, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray Staff writer | News+Opinion

Retiring soldiers choose to settle in area

Eight soldiers and two Department of the Army civilians were retired Sept. 27 in an official ceremony held at Club Stewart. Two of those newly retired soldiers said they're not going anywhere. They're already home.

October 03, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | News+Opinion

Army 'stand down' focuses on suicide training

In a service-wide "stand down," the Army has ordered soldiers to put aside their usual duties Thursday and spend the day on suicide prevention training as the military struggles with a spike in the number of self-inflicted deaths this year.

September 26, 2012 | By Pauline Jelinek AP | News+Opinion

Firefight in Afghanistan kills soldier

A Fort Stewart soldier has been killed in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the Department of Defense announced over the weekend.

September 24, 2012 | Special to Connect | News+Opinion

Chick-fil-A ceasing funding to groups who oppose same-sex marriage

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia-based restaurant chain that drew national attention when its owner reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage says it's leaving the debate to politicians in the future.

September 24, 2012 | AP | News+Opinion

Fishing Rodeo reels in wounded warriors

Gratitude - and the faint smell of fresh fish and saltwater - filled the air last Saturday afternoon at Fort McAllister Marina as the catch from more than 50 boats with crews of soldiers was hauled in to be weighed.

September 24, 2012 | By Julia Harrison | News+Opinion

Furor fades a year after military's gay ban lifted

NEW YORK (AP) - They are images Americans had never seen before. Jubilant young men and women in military uniforms marching beneath a rainbow flag in a gay-pride parade. Soldiers and sailors returning from deployment and, in time-honored tradition, embracing their beloved - only this time with same-sex kisses.

September 18, 2012 | By David Crary AP | News+Opinion

‘Maintainers’ develop teamwork during convoy live fire training

FORT STEWART, Ga. – The 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducted convoy life fire training, Sept. 10-21, during the 4th IBCT "Vanguard" Focus field training exercise on Fort Stewart, Ga.

September 18, 2012 | By Spc. Sarah Bailey 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs | News+Opinion

As US troop 'surge' ends, setbacks are piling up

The end game in Afghanistan is off to a shaky start.

September 18, 2012 | By Robert Burns AP | News+Opinion

Travel showcase invites military community

Soldiers, their family members and Department of Defense civilians recently learned what the community has to offer for fun activities at the 2012 Community Showcase and Travel Show on Wednesday at Hunter Club and Thursday at Club Stewart.

September 18, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | News+Opinion

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