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Friends of Fort Stewart heading to D.C.
Clay Sikes
Clay Sikes - photo by Courier file photo
Local proponents of a now-defunct fifth brigade are traveling to Washington, D.C., today to discuss future actions that could make up for the loss of additional troops that were once promised to the Hinesville-Fort Stewart area.
Hinesville businessman Clay Sikes, Mayor Jim Thomas and Liberty County Commission Chairman John McIver are scheduled to meet with Secretary
of the Army John McHugh, along with state Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
“The purpose of the meeting is to discuss troop movements and the overall growth of Fort Stewart,” Sikes said. “These discussions are centered around efforts to mitigate the loss created by the Army’s recent decision to not send the promised fifth brigade.”
The brigade was expected to bring with it an $800 million payroll, he said, and to prepare for the addition “many millions were spent to accommodate the Army’s expected needs, especially in housing.”
Sikes added that ongoing discussions with key administration officials may produce a third visit to the White House during the group’s three-day trip.
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