Army soldiers from Fort Stewart are returning home to Georgia from their first deployment to Afghanistan. About 100 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment were scheduled to arrive home Wednesday after a 9-month tour.
A funeral service has been set for a soldier from central Georgia who was killed in Afghanistan. A Defense Department statement Wednesday said Spc. Erica P. Alecksen of Eatonton was among six soldiers who were killed in a bombing in Afghanistan.
Fort Stewart's top general and his command staff of about 700 soldiers have received orders to deploy to Afghanistan by late summer. Officials at the southeast Georgia Army post said Thursday that commander Maj. Gen. Robert A. Abrams and his headquarters battalion from the 3rd Infantry Division are expected to deploy in August.
Deal and Reed unveiled two banners bearing their names and reading "Welcome Our Troops Home" at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Tuesday. Also on hand were officials with the Georgia National Guard, the Military Affairs Council of Georgia and the USO, which has a welcome station at the airport and greeters to cheer returning or departing troops.
Communities around the state held ceremonies to honor those who have served the country in battle. Over the weekend in Marietta, there was a ceremony that named four of the unknown soliders buried in the city’s National Cemetery.
The US Army is using a study involving 21,000 soldiers at Ft. Stewart to implement new mental health policies. Psychiatrists gave a group of Georgia-based soldiers additional mental health screenings before deploying to Iraq. Army psychiatrists says, incidents of mental health problems went down by about half among soldiers who got the additional screening.
Nearly 240 soldiers returned to Hunter Army Airfield just in time for Thanksgiving. While those soldiers returned home, another group of Hunter soldiers worked to prepare a holiday meal at the Ranger Dining Facility. Annually, that facility competes against four dining halls at Fort Stewart to provide soldiers with the best Thanksgiving feast.