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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 5:15am

Fort Stewart Adds 'Warrior Diplomat' Battalion

Fort Stewart is adding a battalion of soldiers the Army refers to as its "warrior diplomats."

Officials at the southeast Georgia Army post will gather Thursday for a ceremony to activate the 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion. The unit of 150 troops is trained to provide humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and assistance to foreign nations. It's part of the Army command responsible for operations in Africa.

The new Fort Stewart battalion, which will be commanded by Lt. Col. Simon Gardner, is attached to the Army's 85th Civil Affairs Brigade based at Fort Hood, Texas.

Fort Stewart is the largest Army post east of the Mississippi River. It's home to more than 20,000 soldiers.