The effects of sequestration are starting to be felt at Fort Stewart with the cancellation of an event planned by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. According to special events coordinator Chris Dent, the U.S. Army Soldier Show’s stop at Fort Stewart has been canceled.
“This is the only event that has been canceled to date,” Dent said. “I can only say it has to do with our new fiscal reality.”
Dent said the soldier show, which used to be staged at Stewart then Hunter Army Airfield, stopped playing at Hunter last year. He said the overseas tour of the soldier show has been canceled entirely but noted that Fort Stewart is the first stateside show to be canceled this year.
“With the cancellation of this big event, we’re looking at ramping up some of our smaller family events and children’s programs,” he said, “We’re planning a Family Adventure Quest for outdoor activities this fall and an animal-cracker program that’s an environmental education program for kids.”
In addition to the event cancellation, the venue for an upcoming bass tournament has been changed. Outdoor recreation-specialist Bill Cooney said the bass tournament that is scheduled for March 23 at the Canoochee River is being moved to Pineview Lake.
Cooney said this was not a budget-based decision but a safety decision. Recent rains have caused the Canoochee River to rise too high to safely launch boats, he said. Cooney said Pineview Lake, also called Pond 1, is located off Highway 144 near the installation’s western border.