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AUSA sets soldier appreciation

The Coastal Empire Chapter of AUSA has set a soldier appreciation.

The salute to active duty, Reserve, retired soldiers and civilian members of the Association of the United States Army will be Feb. 18 at Fort Stewart's Club Stewart, starting at 5 p.m.

February 13, 2009 | Staff report | Military

Post criticized for animal treatment

On Wednesday, the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested the use of live pigs in training on Fort Stewart.

February 13, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military

Gates hopes to increase troop dwell time

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces are stretched, but they are resilient, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

February 12, 2009 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military

ATF called in to investigate Benning fire

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - The National Response Team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been called in to investigate a fire that destroyed the Judge Advocate General's office at Fort Benning.

The ATF team arrived Monday and began working the scene alongside military investigators conducting interviews and sifting through debris to determine the cause of Friday's fire.

February 10, 2009 | Associated Press | Military

Soldiers train virtually

They leave boot-prints in the dust.

February 09, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military

Obama said to be wavering on withdrawal plan

WASHINGTON - The White House is considering at least two troop withdrawal options as it weighs a new Iraq strategy - one that would preserve President Barack Obama's campaign pledge to get all combat brigades out within 16 months and a second that would stretch it to 23 months, two officials said Friday.

A third, in-between option of 19 months is also being weighed, according to the officials, neither of whom would discuss the sensitive topic without being granted anonymity. One of the officials said the main focus appears to be on the 16-month and 23-month options; 23 months would run ...

February 07, 2009 | By Robert Burns Associated Press writer | Military

AWOL war resistor says he'll turn himself in here

BLAINE, Wash. - Iraq War resistor Cliff Cornell, who fled to Canada, is returning to Fort Stewart, Ga., to face a charge of being absent without leave.

His lawyer, James Branum in Lawton, Okla., said Friday that Cornell would turn himself in Tuesday at the Army base near Savannah.

February 07, 2009 | Associated Press | Military

4th Brigade transitioning to light infantry

FORT STEWART (Feb. 6, 2009) -- With their recent return from Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Soldiers in the 4th Brigade Combat Team are set to begin implementing big changes within the next few months.

The Vanguard Brigade is slated to begin the process of transforming from a heavy brigade combat team to an infantry brigade combat team after the brigade's official change of command ceremony set for March 19.

February 06, 2009 | By Spc. Amanda McBride 4th BCT Public Affairs writer | Military

General praises Iraqi elections

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2009 - Iraq's government and its security forces deserve praise for overseeing the successful and mostly violence-free provincial elections that were held countrywide Jan. 31, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said today.

"First and foremost, I'd like to congratulate the government of Iraq for a successful, legitimate and credible election," Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told reporters during a Baghdad news conference.

February 04, 2009 | By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service | Military

48th Infantry Brigade training up for Afghanistan

Some 800-900 National Guard soldiers from the Coastal Empire will head to Fort Polk, La., this weekend as the 48th Infantry Brigade prepares for a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan sometime in mid-2009.

February 04, 2009 | By French Jones Staff writer | Military

Soldiers vie for expertise

"Grab the charging handle," an Army test qualifier said to a soldier holding an M-249 machine gun. "Complete the five-point safety check.

February 02, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military

1st Brigade conducts live fires

Paladins from 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team fire off artillery rounds into the impact training area on Fort Stewart. The live fire exercise is the first since 1st HBCT Soldier came back from Iraq last April.

January 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Military

Army works to combat rising suicide rate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2009 - The Army is committed to finding out why more soldiers committed suicide in 2008 than ever recorded, Army officials told reporters during a media roundtable today at the Pentagon.

January 30, 2009 | By Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service | Military

Troop sucide rate at record high

WASHINGTON - Stressed by war and long overseas tours, U.S. soldiers killed themselves last year at the highest rate on record, the toll rising for a fourth straight year and even surpassing the suicide rate among comparable civilians.

Army leaders said they were doing everything they could think of to curb the deaths and appealed for more mental health professionals to join and help out.

January 30, 2009 | By Pauline Jelinek and Kimberly Hefling Associated Press writers | Military

Gates calls withdrawal agreement 'watershed'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2009 - The status-of-forces agreement between the United States and Iraq is a "watershed" in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the House Armed Services Committee today.

January 28, 2009 | By Jim Garamon American Forces Press Service | Military

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