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Wounded soldiers promised continued support

WASHINGTON -- The Army's Wounded Warrior Program will support those it was created to serve for as long as it is needed and for the rest of their lives, the sergeant major of the program told listeners of a blog talk radio show Dec. 4.

December 23, 2008 | By Lt. Jenniffer Cagg Special to American Forces Press Service | Military


U.S. military buildup in Afghanistan taking form

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is poised to announce the deployment of at least one more combat brigade to Afghanistan in the coming weeks, as the expected force buildup of U.S. soldiers and Marines begins to take form.

December 22, 2008 | The Associated Press | Military


Area vet continues Pearl Harbor Day tradition

In 1940, Jim Williams' mother, Carrie Leigh Collins, resided in Bulloch County. Her aunt resided in Hinesville and called Carrie to come stay with her and work at the White Way Café downtown on Main Street. She said there were many contractors building Camp Stewart and most of them ate at the only restaurant in town. The tips were good and expectations were high regarding incoming troops to the military base nearby.

December 22, 2008 | By Gail Aldridge For the Coastal Courier | Military


U.S. beefing up presence in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2008 - The pending deployment of thousands of additional U.S. troops and extra equipment to Afghanistan in tandem with a streamlined command structure will boost the campaign to win the war there, a senior U.S. officer posted in Afghanistan said today.

"We are certainly optimistic," said Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, who wears two hats as a senior operations staff officer for both NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

December 20, 2008 | By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service | Military


Gates: Terror threat moves from Iraq to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- The terrorist threat has shifted from Iraq to the safe havens of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

Gates told reporters at a Pentagon roundtable that coalition and Iraqi forces have their "foot on the neck of al-Qaida in Iraq."

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military


General: Iraq violence at lowest point since war

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Violence in Iraq is at an all-time low since the beginning of the war, but challenges remain as a result of the improved security situation, the commander of coalition ground forces said today during a Baghdad news conference.

"While [coalition forces] are all encouraged by our remarkable success over the past 10 months in our movement towards achieving sustainable security, we must recognize that we are by no means finished," Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told reporters. "In fact, security success has allowed for more challenging issues to surface."

December 18, 2008 | By Army Sgt. Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service | Military


Guardsmen sue over chemical exposure in Iraq

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Sixteen Indiana National Guard soldiers sued the big defense contractor KBR Inc. on Wednesday, saying its employees knowingly allowed them to be exposed to a toxic chemical in Iraq five years ago.

December 18, 2008 | By Charles Wilson Associated Press writer | Military


Divorce rate inches up among troops

WASHINGTON -- The divorce rate among soldiers and Marines increased last year as military marriages suffered continuing stress from America's two ongoing wars.

There were an estimated 10,200 failed marriages in the active duty Army and 3,077 among Marines, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press for the budget year ended Sept. 30.

December 17, 2008 | By Pauline Jelinek Associated Press writer | Military


Gates: Military studying Iraq pullout

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates signaled a willingness Tuesday to forge ahead with two key priorities for the incoming Obama administration: accelerating the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

As the only Republican Cabinet member asked to stay on by President-elect Barack Obama, Gates told reporters that military commanders are looking at ways to more quickly pull troops out of Iraq in light of the 16-month timetable that was a centerpiece of the Democrat's campaign.

December 17, 2008 | By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press writer | Military


Some vindication for sick Gulf War vets

WASHINGTON - Ground combat in the 1991 Persian Gulf War lasted just 100 hours, but it's meant 17 years of pain and anguish for hundreds of thousands of veterans.

Those who came home and complained of symptoms such as memory loss and joint pain are even sicker. As their lives unraveled and their health further deteriorated, many were told their problems were just in their head.

December 17, 2008 | By Kimberly Hefling Associated Press writer | Military


Judge stays Army execution

TOPEKA, Kan. -- A federal judge in Kansas has blocked what would be the military's first execution since 1961, giving the condemned prisoner more time to appeal his conviction and sentence.

U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers issued a stay Nov. 26 in the case of Ronald A. Gray, whose execution was scheduled for Dec. 10.

December 17, 2008 | By John Milburn Associated Press writer | Military


Deputy commander promoted to brigadier general

Thomas S. Vandal, the 3rd Infantry Division's deputy commanding general of support, received his first star.

December 16, 2008 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


Obama taps Gates to head Pentagon

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will remain in the Pentagon's top post when President-elect Barack Obama's administration takes office.

Obama, who also announced his other nominees for top national security posts today, cited the necessity of continuity as the United States fights wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as his rationale for asking Gates to stay.

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military


Local group prepares for wreath ceremony

Their names are marked by numbers: Ssg. George Alexander Jr. is No. 269; Ssg. Steve Butcher is No. 337; and Spc. Ryan Carlock is No. 43.

December 16, 2008 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


It's official: U.S. in a recession

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy has been in a recession since December 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday.

December 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | Military


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Machine Gun Academy sets standards for all units' soldiers

Machine gunners of 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducted Machine Gun Academy Training on Fort Stewart throughout ...

January 31, 2016 | By Sgt. Joshua Laidacker 2nd BCT, 3rd ID Public Affairs | Military


Lighthorse aviators hone skills during gunnery

The pilots of 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, took to the sky at the Multi-Purpose Range Complex at Fort Stewart Jan ...

January 30, 2016 | By Sgt. William Begley 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade | Military


Hedrick: Fort Stewart, Hunter will stay viable

RICHMOND HILL - Coastal Georgia has nothing to worry about when it comes to the viability of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, according to Col ...

January 27, 2016 | By Brent Zell Bryan County News | Military


U.S., Senegalese army officials plan training

DAKAR, Senegal - Planners from U.S. Army Africa, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment and the Senegalese army met Jan. 12-14 to conduct the initial planning ...

January 24, 2016 | By U.S. Army Africa Courtesy story | Military


Two graduate from basic training

Two soldiers with ties to this area have graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

January 20, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Military


24th ID reunion commemorates 25th anniversary of Desert Storm

Editor's note: This was provided by Chaplain Darrell Williams. Contact him at 423-312-4752.

January 20, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Military


Unit prepares for missions in Africa

Brigade and battalion staffs of 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducted a command post exercise, or CPX, at the Mission Training Complex ...

January 19, 2016 | By Sgt. Joshua Laidacker 2nd IBCT, 3rd ID Public Affairs | Military


Delays, access changes are on the way to Fort Stewart

Fort Stewart is facing the possibility of delays at its gates for the next few weeks as new requirements from federal agencies and updated scanning ...

January 16, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Military


Fort Stewart honors Martin Luther King Jr.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance on Fort Stewart at Club Stewart's main ballroom held a room full of military leaders and ...

January 16, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Military


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