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Violence in Iraq at six-year low

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 - Violent attacks in Iraq are at their lowest levels since August 2003, a U.S. commander in Iraq said yesterday.

February 24, 2009 | By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service | Military


Alleged Benning deserter arrested in Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. - Authorities say a New York man wanted by the U.S. Army for desertion has been arrested in Boulder on an anonymous tip.

Police say they received a tip Saturday that 21-year-old Christopher Mauger, who had a nationwide felony warrant for desertion, was at an apartment in Boulder.

February 24, 2009 | Associated Press | Military


Ex-chief of staff visits soldiers here

"George Washington had it, Benedict Arnold didn't."

February 23, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


Army signs health covenant

The 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield commit themselves to the Soldiers and Families of the Army Warrior Healthcare Covenant with a signing ceremony 2 p.m. Thursday at the Main Post Chapel.

February 23, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Military


Long Co. native promoted to general

Long County native Al Berry was promoted Dec. 15 to brigadier general in the U.S. Army. He has served on active duty and in the reserves for 26 years.

February 23, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Military


Soldier charged with desertion

The Coastal Courier has learned that Cliff Cornell, 28, a Fort Stewart soldier who went absent without leave and became a deserter for nearly four years after moving to Canada, has been charged with desertion.

February 23, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


Afghan generals visit post

An exchange of cultures and ideas took place on Fort Stewart when two Afghan generals and one Afghan border police officer visited with soldiers and officers on post Wednesday.

February 20, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones | Military


Chairmain wants more 'dwell time' for troops

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., Feb. 20, 2009 - The nation's top military officer expressed concern here yesterday about servicemembers and their families "toughing it out" with frequent deployments and little time together between those deployments.

February 20, 2009 | By Samantha L. Quigley American Forces Press Service | Military


Soldiers earn Expert Infantry Badges

On Friday, Feb. 6, family and friends of more than 100 3rd Infantry Division soldiers gathered at Fort Stewart for the Expert Infantry Badge pinning ceremony.

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


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


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