The US Army Secretary visited Ft. Stewart on Tuesday. Secretary John McHugh spoke with troops preparting to deploy to Afghanistan in June. He also talked with post leaders about budget cuts that will shrink the installation by about 1,400 soldiers by next year.
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.
Twelve organizations are uniting their efforts to restore longleaf pine forests in Georgia. The forests are seen as critical for wildlife. They also benefit timber production. The effort is part of a multi-state coming together of public and private groups aimed at longleaf restoration.
While Congress works to iron out a budget, the so called sequester still stands. With it, areas that rely on federal spending are bracing for across the board cuts. Military communities are particularly hit.
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.
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.
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.