The Army says it plans to deploy about 1,600 soldiers stationed in southeast Georgia to Afghanistan later this year. The announcement came from Fort Stewart, which says it will deploy two battalions from its 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. No other units in the division have received deployment orders.
Fort-Stewart has about $515 million worth of active construction projects going on. The work represents some of the largest physical transformations the coastal-area Army base has seen. The projects also will provide new services to soldiers. The Warrior Transition Battalion this week broke ground on new living space for soldiers receiving complex medical treatment.
A fallen soldier from Columbus is the latest to have a memorial tree planted in his honor at Fort Stewart. The Army post today dedicated an eastern redbud tree for Sgt. Johnny W. Lumpkin. He died July 2 in Iraq.