The U.S. Navy is heading to court in Georgia Thursday, where environmental groups say plans for an offshore range for military training poses threats to endangered right whales. The Navy says it already takes precautions to avoid harming whales and the judge should strongly consider its needs for military readiness.
Officials say construction to repair three military buildings damaged by a tornado should be completed by April 15, one year after the storm struck at Fort Benning. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that work crews are repairing Building 5124 and Building 2122, both barracks.
Around Georgia’s nine military bases, companies that cater to the military are bracing for millions of dollars in Defense Department budget cuts. President Obama will release a budget next month that’s likely to include $500 million in cuts to the Defense Department.
Intended for the base’s C-130 maintenance program, the hanger can house up to four of the transport aircraft at one time. Robins Air Force Base performs regular maintenance on the planes, completing work on six to seven C-130’s per month before returning them to normal service.
A new initiative aims to help combat veterans transition to civilian life. It will be based at Callaway Gardens near Columbus, and the idea is to bring service members and their families for recreation and counseling to help with the return from combat. The program’s creators say they’re trying to reduce record levels of divorce in the military and a suicide rate four times that of the civilian population.
President Obama's plan to freeze federal spending could have big budget implications in Georgia. The state is expected to spend about $11 billion of federal funds in the coming year. Most of it goes to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor and disabled. But about a billion also goes to education.
The Georgia Supreme Court says MCG Health has no claim to a $50,000 settlement awarded to an Augusta soldier who was injured in a car accident. The decision could affect the way hospitals in Georgia are able to collect on bills.