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Unit commander preps for chief of staff job

Col. Thomas James sat at a table in Club Stewart's rocket room Wednesday morning after attending another battalion change-of-command reception, signifying more of the formal modifications taking place as the 4th Brigade Combat Team transitions from a heavy to a light brigade.

March 20, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


Stop-loss may take two years to end

WASHINGTON - The Army this summer will start cutting back on use of the unpopular practice of holding troops beyond their enlistment dates and hopes to almost completely eliminate it in two years.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, though, that it may never be possible to completely get rid of the policy called "stop-loss," under which some 13,000 soldiers whose time is already up are still being forced to continue serving.

March 19, 2009 | By Pauline Jelinek Associated Press writer | Military


Local soldier charged with assault in Florida

Pensacola, Fla., police have charged a Fort Stewart soldier with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old female sailor.

Army Maj. Lee Peters, a deputy public affairs officer, said 20-year-old Jeremy Boze was arrested Sunday.

March 19, 2009 | Associated Press | Military


Army to end Stop Loss this year

The Department of Defense announced today a comprehensive plan to eliminate the current use of Stop Loss, while retaining the authority for future use under extraordinary circumstances. This is an important step along the path in adapting the Army into an expeditionary force.

The Army Reserve and Army National Guard will mobilize units without employing Stop Loss beginning in August and September 2009, respectively. The Regular (active duty) Army will deploy its first unit without Stop Loss by January 2010.

March 18, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Military


Training mission ends

The mission continues: on to the next operation

March 16, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


1st BCT trains for homeland emergencies

It's 3 a.m. on Monday and Fort Stewart's 1st Heavy Brigade Combat team has just been alerted that several chemical and radiological attacks were launched near Orlando, Fla.

March 14, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


4th brigade hangs up armor, become light infantry

With a trumpet signaling every change in its ranks, the 4th Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, officially became the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment on Monday.

March 11, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


Troops train with $180,000 missiles

TOW-to-TOW they line up in the sand.

March 06, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


92nd Checmical Co. coming home

FORT STEWART - The 92nd Chemical Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, is returning to Fort Stewart from Kuwait. The unit's Welcome Home ceremony is to take place Friday on Cottrell Field.

The ceremony was to be Friday morning.

March 06, 2009 | Fort Stewart Public Affairs | Military


Pentagon deployment schedule doesn't mention 3rd ID

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2009 - Defense Department officials today announced replacement units scheduled for 12-month deployments later this year to Iraq and Afghanistan.

March 02, 2009 | By Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service | Military


Mom: Deployment leaves no one to care for kids

DAVIDSON, N.C. - When Lisa Pagan reports for duty Sunday, four long years after she was honorably discharged from the Army, she'll arrive with more than her old uniform. She's bringing her kids, too.

"I have to bring them with me," she said. "I don't have a choice."

February 28, 2009 | By Mitch Weiss Associated Press writer | Military


Suicides prompt action on post, Army-wide

Battling the war on suicide appears to be the latest mission for military leaders across the nation.

February 25, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


24-year-old soldier earns Bronze Star

It has been said that it is hard to make a grown man cry, especially one who is Army strong.

February 25, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


Vet advocates riled by report on Army charity

Veterans advocates are venting anger and frustration toward the biggest charity within the U.S. military after revelations that it has been packing more money into reserves than it has spent on aid during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We have so many soldiers, reservists and National Guard who are in dire need, and for the Army to be holding this much money in reserve is despicable," chairman Bob Handy of Veterans United for Truth, of Santa Barbara, Calif., said Monday.

February 24, 2009 | By Jeff Donn Associated Press writer | Military


More troops, families to get GI Bill benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 - Troops nearing retirement eligibility may be able to tap into the transferability benefits provided in the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, even if they're unable to serve four more years of duty due to service policies, a senior defense official said.

February 24, 2009 | By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service | Military


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