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.
A 22-year-old Georgia man has pleaded guilty to more than 30 charges for his involvement with a group of Army soldiers who authorities say planned acts of domestic terrorism. Prosecutor Isabel Pauley says Timothy Joiner, a former soldier who served in Iraq, pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary, theft, violations of the street gang terrorism and prevention act and financial transaction card thefts among other offenses.
A group of Army soldiers from Fort Stewart is returning home from Afghanistan in time to spend the holiday season with their families. About 200 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment were scheduled to arrive Tuesday after spending the past nine months deployed overseas.
A former Navy recruit has been charged in connection with a militia group that Georgia prosecutors say plotted terrorist attacks while members operated inside the U.S. military. District Attorney Tom Durden of southeast Georgia's Atlantic Judicial Circuit said Wednesday that 27-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Roberts of Savannah is the 11th person charged in the case. Authorities say the group was led by Army soldiers from Fort Stewart.