Tue., April 12, 2011 4:37pm (EDT)

Fort Stewart Could Receive New Brigade
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Three members of Congress from Georgia are pressing the Army to make Fort Stewart the new home of a combat brigade that the Pentagon plans to move from Germany back to the U.S. in 2015. (Photo by Genevieve Bailey)
Three members of Congress from Georgia are pressing the Army to make Fort Stewart the new home of a combat brigade that the Pentagon plans to move from Germany back to the U.S. in 2015. (Photo by Genevieve Bailey)
Three members of Congress from Georgia are pressing the Army to make Fort Stewart the new home of a combat brigade that the Pentagon plans to move from Germany back to the U.S. in 2015.

Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, along with Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah, all signed a letter to the Army secretary saying Fort Stewart is practically ready for an influx of about 4,000 new troops.

That's because Fort Stewart and neighboring Liberty County spent millions of dollars on new housing, schools and other improvements a few years ago after the Army announced it would locate a new brigade there.

Those plans were scrapped in 2009 despite the hefty investment.

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas said Tuesday he expects other military communities will compete for the brigade.