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City, post officials off to accept award
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Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas is traveling with Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo and other Fort Stewart officials to Washington, D.C., to receive the 2008 Commander-in-Chief’s Award of Installation Excellence this week.
This is the fourth time Fort Stewart has received the award. The post also nabbed the honor in 2004, 2005 and 2006. After winning three years in a row, Fort Stewart had to withdraw from the competition for a year before being eligible again.
“This is a very prestigious award and we’re proud of Fort Stewart,” Thomas said.
As part of the award, the installation will receive $1 million dollars to make improvements and updates.
Also regarding Fort Stewart, the mayor and several city council members took a moment during Thursday’s meeting to reflect on the success of
the Independence Day celebration on post, which was a cooperative event between the local community and the installation.
The officials agreed on the importance of community-wide events as morale-boosters.
“I think we fed well over 10,000 people in the span of two hours,” said Thomas, who added that a lot of the food was donated by local businesses and community members. “It really shows how much this community supports Fort Stewart.”
Council member David Anderson also said he was happily surprised at the turnout and Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier said he even learned a thing or two about country music.
“I didn’t know who Trace Adkins was before, but I know. He puts on a heck of a good show,” Frasier said.
In other business, City Manager Billy Edwards asked the council to set tentative dates for its 2010 fiscal year budget workshop. They agreed to meet for two, eight-hour sessions in the middle of August, where they will formulate and finalize a budget.
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