The Defense Department is taking a look at how it educates military children. And two Georgia military bases are part of the study. The department's education officials will be looking at graduation rates, test results and community involvement at Ft. Benning in Columbus and Ft. Stewart near Savannah.
U.S. Army officials say three soldiers from the Marksmanship Unit have been named to the USA Shooting Paralympic National and Development teams. The three participate in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's wounded warrior program.
Authorities say federal budget cuts have trimmed about 75 slots from the JROTC Cadet Challenge Camp at Fort Benning in west Georgia, but 310 students will still take part in the week-long event. Students from about 30 schools will take part in the June 10-14 events, which include rappelling, water safety, and obstacle courses.
Six elementary schools and a middle school at Fort Benning will close for up to five days in September because of teacher furloughs. Department of Defense Education Activity director Marilee Fitzgerald said the furloughs will affect some 11,000 educators working in the nine-month category throughout the department.
With the U.S. Army developing plans to cut 80,000 troops from its active-duty roster, one military expert says it will be nearly impossible for Georgia’s three major Army bases to avoid some reduction in personnel. The question is what those cuts will look like, said Gary Jones a retired Army colonel and now executive vice president for military affairs at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will be hosting a job fair at Fort Benning for spouses of active duty, National Guard, the Reserves and veterans. The "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Benning Conference Center.
Fort Gordon in eastern Georgia will hold a listening session tomorrow/Thursday (Noon-2pm). Officials want to hear from the community on force reductions. J.C. Matthews, a spokesman for the Fort, says the Army plans to reduce its troops by 80 thousand worldwide.