A Fort Stewart spokesman says six soldiers based at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield have died this week in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad of Edmond, Okla., was killed Monday by small arms fire. Five others died in a helicopter crash.
While most federal spending cuts from the sequester could take time to work their way down to local school districts, communities with military bases are bracing for a more immediate impact. That's because many districts already have budgeted for a program called Impact Aid. The funds are used to offset property tax losses.
Middle Georgia officials have warned of an immediate $83 million impact around Robins Air Force base if automatic federal spending cuts take effect Friday. Retired Major General David Bockel talks more about the defense-related impacts of the federal sequester in Georgia.
The US Supreme Court is keeping alive an international custody case involving a Georgia-based solider. Justices ruled Tuesday that Ft. Stewart-based Sgt. Jeffrey Chafin can continue his legal battle for his five year old daughter. The child has lived in Scotland with Chafin's estranged Scottish wife ever since a lower court ruled that US courts have no say in the case.
Pres. Obama will deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday. There’s talk about whether federal lawmakers can make a deal to avoid military-related cuts as part of the sequestration. State lawmakers are concerned about cuts impacting thousands of Georgians employed in the defense industry.
The US Army is expanding its unmanned aerial vehicle program at Ft. Stewart near Savannah. The project will include construction of new facilities for what is already the largest military base on the East Coast. Officials say the buildings under construction include a training center and storage area for the Army's latest weapon in the global war on terror.
About 2,200 soldiers from Fort Stewart will be heading to Afghanistan in the coming weeks. Fort Stewart officials say the departing soldiers have been training for the deployment since July. They completed a month-long mission readiness exercise at Fort Polk, La., in November.