On a warm spring day at Ft. Stewart, a handful of soldiers dressed in combat garb are loading fake ammunition into a tank gun. It’s a simulation, but the long, dark cylinders they’re hoisting into white plastic tubes, one after another, are just as heavy as the real thing. Maj. Brad Warr times the soldiers to see how quickly they can complete the task. He says this 55-pound ammunition is among the toughest to load in a confined space like the interior of a tank.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put the brakes on the Army’s new hairstyle guidelines Tuesday when he ordered a review of the changes. The guidelines, which fall under a new regulation formally known as AR 670-1, include a ban of hairstyles such as twists, large cornrows, braids, and dreadlocks. The Pentagon says the rules are an effort to ensure uniformity. Opponents, however, say the guidelines are part of a cultural pressure for women in the military to conform to an unrealistic standard.
The Army's elite helicopter unit based in Savannah is promoting a longtime member to take over as its new commander. Lt. Col. Chris Black was scheduled Friday to assume command of the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
An elite Army helicopter unit based in coastal Georgia is building a memorial to its fallen members. A ground breaking ceremony was scheduled Thursday at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah for the new memorial for the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed three people to leadership positions in several state departments. One of those is a new agency: the Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry. The newly-created program is part of Deal's criminal justice reform initiative.
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.