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self storage for military Moving and being sent on deployment is a part of daily life for military personnel and their families. Military families can relocate every two years, which is 2.5 times more often than civilian families. Military personnel can be deployed or moved all over the world to over 900 bases in 150 countries worldwide. These assignments can happen on short notice requiring the military members and their families to have to quickly put together a moving or deployment plan therefore, military families learn to easily adapt and plan for any situation.

Military deployments can last anywhere from 6 months to over a year. If they are for over a year, it is a good idea for the soldiers without families to store their personal items into a self storage unit during their time away. Storing items in a self storage unit is a safe and economically viable option for military personnel during deployments or relocations. In fact, active military members rent up to 95% of available storage near U. S. military bases. Military families can use self storage as a place to store items if they know that there is going to be frequent moves or if the housing in a new assignment will be much smaller than a past home. Many self storage facilities, including Stop N Stor, offer military discounts to active duty military personnel.

The most important thing a solider needs to worry about when renting a storage unit during deployment is deciding what items they will need to take with them during the assignment and what items can stay in storage. Storage units are great to place furniture, electronics and appliances. If you have to store an entire home or apartment, it might be a good idea to invest in a climate controlled storage unit to protect your items over long-term storage. Placing a car in self storage during deployment is also a great idea. With the proper pre-storage preparations, the car will be ready for use when the soldier returns home. Soldiers can have peace of mind knowing that their items are protected by state-of-the-art security systems including video cameras, fencing and personalized gate and storage unit access.

Stop N Stor  has storage facilities in Hinesville, Georgia near Ft. Stewart, and facilities in the Savannah Area near Hunter Air Field. Ft. Stewart is the home of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the largest military base east of the Mississippi River.  The base is over 280,000 acres covering portions of five counties including Liberty, Long, Tattnall, Evans and Bryan. There are over 21,000 soldiers and 29,500 family members currently stationed at Ft. Stewart and Hunter Air Field. In March, over 3,000 soldiers from Ft. Stewart were deployed to different countries in Europe to train with NATO allies. Ft Stewart provides informational services to the service members and their families to help during times of relocation or deployment.

The self storage industry supports many different aspects of military life from sending essential gift boxes to supporting our wounded heroes. Stop N Stor is proud of our continued support of Wounded Warrior Outdoors, a non-profit organization that gives therapeutic outdoor adventures to wounded, but active duty service men and women.

Thank you to every member of the military past and present who have fought for and defended our freedoms!  Remember to stop at Stop N Stor for all of your storage needs. We can help during times of deployment, moving or just decluttering your home.

Be Safe in Savannah for the Fourth of July Holiday

Fourth of July Safety TipsFourth of July is this Saturday. It will be a long weekend of picnics with friends and family, parades, fireworks and trips to the beach. There are three major annual fireworks events in the Savannah area: The Independence Day Celebration at Hunter Army Airfield on Thursday, July 2nd,  the fireworks at Tybee Island  on July 3rd and the fireworks over the Savannah River from River Street in historic downtown Savannah.

The 4th of July holiday events are always fun, but they can also be very dangerous due to mishandling and misuse of fireworks, improper grilling techniques or unsafe beach-going practices. Stop N Stor  wants to keep your family safe this holiday weekend by sharing a few fireworks, grilling  and beach safety tips!

Beach Safety Tips

Many families will be heading to the many great beaches on Tybee Island or along the South Carolina coasts during the long holiday weekend.  There are a few simple tips to remember when you spend large amounts of time at the beach that even the avid beach goer should always be reminded of:

  • Only swim in a lifeguarded beach within a designated swimming area. These areas are roped off for safety reasons. If there is a rip current warning, do not go swimming!
  • Keep alert for local weather conditions. Storms can move in off shore very quickly.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Young children should always wear a coast guard approved life jacket.
  • Watch out for aquatic life including turtles and turtle nests. Keep an eye out for reports for shark sightings or attacks at the beaches in the Georgia and South Carolina area.
  • Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm. If you are outside during these times, always wear sunscreen starting at spy 15, if you are fairer, then go with higher spas.
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeine and alcohol when outside in hot weather as these types of beverages will make you more dehydrated.

Grilling Safety Tips

It is very important to be prepared and safe when using both propane and charcoal grills.

  • Propane and charcoal barbeque grills should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed away from the home, deck railings and overhanging branches. Clear away any flammable debris that is in the area where the grill is placed.
  • Make sure that the grill is placed in a well-ventilated area and is firmly in place and cannot be tipped over.
  • Never leave a grill unattended when it is in use.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill at all times.
  • If using a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid to enhance or start the fire. Do not add any other flammable fluids to the fire. When you are finished using the charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before deposing them in a metal container.
  • For propane tank grills use, always check the tank and hoses for leaks before each use. If you smell gas while cooking on the grill, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill!
  • Do not use wire brushes to clean your grill.
  • Use long-handled utensils when cooking on a grill to avoid burns and splatters. Do not wear loose-fitting clothing near the open flame of a grill. Use flame –retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents and grills.

Fireworks Safety Tips

It is recommended to attend public fireworks shows put on by professionals.  If you do plan on setting off any type of fireworks, there are important safety tips that should be followed.

  • Obey all local laws pertaining to fireworks and displaying fireworks.
  • Keep pets indoors if you are setting off fireworks. They could become agitated with the sights, sounds, and smells of fireworks.
  • Keep the children and pets at least 500 feet away from where fireworks are being set off.
  • Only use fireworks outside. Point fireworks away from homes. Keep fireworks away from landing in trees and brush as these materials are extremely flammable.
  • Have a hose, a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher on hand for emergency situations. Soak all of the fireworks after use in a bucket of water before throwing them in a metal thrash can.
  • Light one firework at a time. Never relight a dud firework.
  • Make sure to properly dispose of the dud fireworks in water before depositing in a metal container.
  • Supervise children when using sparklers. It is important to hold on tight to the sparklers when in use. Do not use sparklers while sitting down and never throw them when they are lit. Children do not realize that sparklers can get up to 2,000 degrees and can be extremely dangerous.

 

Stop N Stor wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Wedding Planning 101

Tips for Planning a WeddingOnce the excitement of an engagement settles down, it is time to start planning that special day. The wedding planning process usually starts 9-16 months before the big day. Wedding planning can be just as stressful as the actual wedding days. There are many decisions to be made on the day, location, guest list, and much more.  There are many websites and magazines that can help the new couple create wedding planning checklists to sharing wedding planning tips for both big and small weddings.

According to www.costofwedding.com, most weddings in the United States have an average cost ranging from $18,900 to $31,500, with the majority of weddings costing less than $10,000. Having a checklist will keep the future bride and groom organized for all of the information and advice that is being given to them and keep them within a set budget!

Getting married is one of many life’s many pivotal events. Couples are combining their lives and their households.  If the couple is older, then both bride and groom have household items or furniture that will need to be combined. This means that there could be many duplicates in furniture, kitchen appliances and linens. Instead of getting rid of these items, renting a self storage unit is a great solution for storing these extra items until you decide to keep, sell, donate, throw away or continue to store these items. You can also store wedding presents that you do not yet have room for in your home in a storage unit until you can find room in your new combined household.  A self storage unit is also a source of storage during the planning of your wedding. If you need to rent certain items such as table displays and favors for your wedding that you do not have room for at your home, then store it inside a storage unit until he wedding day.

Wedding Planning Tips

In order to be organized for your wedding day, there are some wedding planning tips that you will need to consider.

  1. Start a wedding binder or folder for all of your wedding planning tips, notes and ideas. Go through bridal, lifestyle, food, and fashion magazine for ideas for your wedding. This is a great time to consult Pinterest and get wedding ideas. Add pins to your Pinterest page of wishes and ideas for the wedding day.
  2. Create wedding planning checklists for every portion of your wedding from dress and tux shopping to the wedding shower wishes (The bridesmaid usually take care of the shower with the bride’s wishes), rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding day and reception. Having a wedding planning checklist that you can check off will help you track what you have done for your planning and what you still need to do.
  3. Attend the wedding shows in your city. Most bridal shows are held after the holidays because the majority of couples get engaged then. Fort Stewart is having a wedding show on Sunday, April 26th at Camp Stewart for future brides. Wedding shows are great places to get ideas for your wedding by gathering pamphlets and information from wedding industry vendors.
  4. Determine the budget for the wedding. In that budget, include the money that you and your family will contribute to the big day. Try to stick to the budget as much as possible during your planning process, but leave a bit of room for the “just in case” events.
  5. Decide who will be on the guest list for the wedding. The list will then determine the size of the venue that you need. The larger the guest list, the larger the cost. If you are looking to cut costs for your wedding, then a smaller guest list would be the best option.
  6. Reserve a date and the venue for the big day. The most popular time of year for weddings is May and June, with September and October following closely behind. If you want an outdoor wedding, then it is best to have it during the summer.
  7. This is also the time to start asking and answering the many questions about the actual wedding day. For example, do you want to have a destination wedding? This would require even more planning and coordinating between the wedding party and the guests. Another consideration for the wedding day is if you want to get married in a church or another location? Will you need to book a minister? Will the ceremony be held separately than the reception? Is a daytime or a nighttime wedding? Once you have the day and the venue then you can really start the planning the events of the wedding day.
  8. Choose who you would like to have in your wedding party. These family and friends will also be great sources for information on planning your wedding.
  9. Research photographers, caterers, florists, bands and disc jockeys. The wedding shows are a great resources for seeing local wedding vendors. Ask friends who recently got married for recommendations for the vendors that they used. Decide if you want to have a band or a DJ for your wedding. A DJ usually costs less than a band and they can also be a master of ceremonies for a wedding.
  10. Once you have a venue and date set, create a save the date postcard, flyer or an email for wedding guests. The save the date could be a part of the invitation package that you purchase.

Good Luck and Congratulation with planning for your big day!

A Visit to Savannah’s Museums

Savannah is a city full of museums
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Savannah is a great city for architecture, food  and art. It is also a very historical city with many museums dedicated to historical homes and the history of the city. There are also more modern art museums, children’s museums and more to be found if you are touring the city. From the founding of Savannah in 1733, to today, there is a rich history of people and stories about life in Savannah. The many area museums share in this history.

The Savannah Visitor Center is a great starting point on your tour of Savannah. The Visitor Center at 301 Martin Luther King Blvd is built in the old passenger terminal of the Central Georgia Railroad Complex. The building, dating back to the 1850’s, is the home to the Savannah Visitor Center, Savannah History Museum , and the Savannah Chamber of Commerce. The Savannah History Museum has over 10,000 artifacts and displays about Savannah’s rich history. There are also multiple visitor booths throughout Savannah and Tybee Island. These visitor centers are the best place to go if you are interested in walking, driving, or biking tours of the city.

Many of the homes in the squares of Historic Downtown Savannah have been turned into museums. When you stroll around the many squares in the historic district, it is like a walk back in time. Many of the homes were built in the early 1800’s. Some of the houses were once homes to famous Savannah residents such as Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, author Flannery O’Connor , and musician, Johnny Mercer . The Davenport House Museum is the best example of federal style architecture and life in 1820’s Savannah. The Green Meldrum House Museum represents the Gothic Revival Style of the 1800’s. As a historical note, the Green Meldrum House was given to General Sherman to use as his headquarters during the Civil War. The Owens Thomas House Museum, built in 1819, occupies a full city block and was dedicated by the owners to be a part of the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences where it houses family furniture and other historical items.

There are museums celebrating Savannah’s link to the sea, transportation and military. The Ships of the Sea Museum shows the connection between the city of Savannah and the river and ocean. The Round House Railroad Museum, is located in buildings that are 170 years old with historical displays as well as newer model train exhibits. The Mighty Eighth Museum tells the story of the World War II Air Force unit, the 8th Air Force. Fort Stewart also has a museum on the grounds of the base that is open to visitors.

Savannah isn’t all history, as it celebrates and encourages new artists. The Savannah College of Arts and Design has a modern art museum on their campus which showcases national, regional and student art shows and exhibits. The Telfair Museum, the oldest art museum in the South, is housed in the former home of the Telfair family. The building, constructed in 1819, is currently home to a variety of historical and modern collections of artwork including American and French paintings, German Impressionist paintings, beautifully designed furniture and paintings by Kahlil Gibran. There is also a Children’s Museum  that was recently built for outdoor learning experiences for the children of Savannah.

There are so many things to do and see in Savannah from taking in a baseball game to touring historic homes to relaxing on a beach! Get out there and see all that the city has to offer!

Military and Self Storage

Military and Self Storage
Moving is a common occurrence for military personnel and their families. Assignment changes and deployments can happen on short notice requiring the military members and their families to quickly develop a moving or deployment plan. Military families learn to easily adapt and plan for any situation. For new military personnel planning for the first deployment or move can be a challenge. It is important to remember that the more that you can plan ahead, the better it is.

Stop N Stor  has 5 storage facilities in the greater Hinesville & Savannah, Georgia areas located near Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field . Ft. Stewart is the home of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the largest military base east of the Mississippi River. There are over 20,000 soldiers stationed at Ft. Stewart and Hunter Air Field. Currently, there are 9,000 soldiers from Ft. Stewart deployed to assignments around the world. If these deployments are for up to a year, it is a good idea to put personal items into a self storage unit during the time away. It is a safe and economic option for military personnel. The most important thing to do when you are renting a self storage unit is decide what items you need to take with you during your assignment and what items can stay in storage. If you have to store an entire home or apartment, it might be a good idea to invest in a climate controlled storage unit to protect your electronic items over long-term storage. Placing a car in self storage during deployment is also a great idea. With the proper pre-storage preparations, the car will be ready for use when you return home.

The self storage industry supports many different aspects of military life from sending essential gift boxes to supporting our wounded heroes. Stop N Stor is proud to support Wounded Warrior Outdoors , a non-profit organization that gives therapeutic outdoor adventures to wounded, but active duty service men and women. Stop N Stor also supports “Enlisted Angels”, a group, based at Ft. Stewart to help empower and support military wives.  Stop N Stor also offers a 10% discount to active duty military personnel . Thank you to every member of the military past and present who have fought for and defended our freedoms!

Thank a Veteran!

Thank a Veteran
Thank you for serving!

November 11th is Veteran’s Day in the United States. This is a day dedicated to thank the men & women who have served (or are currently serving) during war or peacetime to protect the United States. The holiday’s history dates back to the end of World War I. An armistice, a temporary end to the battle, was signed between the Allied forces and the Germans on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. For the next 4 decades, the day was celebrated as Armistice Day in the United States & Remembrance Day in Canada and Europe. The day was mad an official legal holiday in 1938. In the 1950’s, the name was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor the veterans from WW II and the Korean War. Today, we honor all branches of the service and those who are serving and those who have served in our military.

Veteran’s Day is celebrated by parades, wreath-laying ceremonies and other activities throughout the country. Because of the close proximity to Ft. Stewart and Hunter Airfield, the Savannah area has quite a few Veterans’ Day activities. The 2012 Savannah Veterans Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 10th. The parade will have 11 bands and over 100 different units participating in the day’s events. The parade kicks off at 10:15am at the intersection of Abercorn & Gwinnett Streets and goes through the Downtown historic district. Hinesville will have their parade on Monday, November 12th.  The parade is sponsored by the East Liberty American Legion #321. The parade steps off at 2pm at Bradwell Institute. Some local Savannah area museums will also be having special Veterans Day activities all weekend. Old Fort Jackson will be celebrating veterans of different military eras at the fort. The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum will celebrate our veterans and active duty military all weekend with discounted admission tickets. WW II veterans will receive free admission to the museum. Check your local area for your Veterans’ Day activities.

Fort Stewart, home to the Army Third Infantry Division, is located near Hinesville, Georgia. It covers a very large part of Liberty County and is very important to the local economy. The base works with the community and family to make sure that its soldiers and their families are the best that they can be. Currently, there are 3601 soldiers from Ft. Stewart who are deployed in places throughout the world. We celebrate their accomplishments and wish them a speedy return home.

Stop N Stor  is proud to honor our military with a 10% discount on their storage rentals. Stop in to any location to find out more information. Stop N Stor also supports Wounded Warrior Outdoors , which organizes rehabilitation outdoor adventures to injured, but active duty military men and women and Enlisted Angels, which is a support organization for wives of Ft. Stewart soldiers. Stay tuned for updates on these two organizations. This Sunday, remember to thank a current member of our military or a veteran for protecting and serving the United States.

Back to school Time, Already?

Bacl to School Time
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Where did the summer go? It felt like it was only yesterday when it was time to get excited about summer holidays, cookouts and family gatherings? How did it become that dreaded back to school time already? The Liberty County School District  already started classes on August 6, 2012. This also included Britten Elementary school in Ft. Stewart. The other 2 elementary schools at Ft. Stewart  started back to school on August 13, 2012. The Chatham County school district schools  start back to school on Monday, August 27, 2012.  Families with school aged children are starting to get back in their school year routines and schedules. There have been back to school sales at all the stores and the kids are collecting their school supplies, uniforms and sporting equipment for the year.

How does back to school tie in with self storage? Self storage is a great option to store all of your children’s extra sports equipment, uniforms, musical instruments, old projects and documents. All of these items tend to clutter up homes starting at the beginning of the school year. As the year progresses, the collection grows bigger and bigger and takes up more space in the home. Renting a self storage unit can help eliminate the extra clutter of all of the school year activities.

Some Savannah area colleges have already started their fall semester classes this week, including Armstrong Atlantic State University  and Savannah State University . Savannah Tech will start classes at the end of the month at their 5 area campuses. Savannah College of Art & Design  will be starting their classes on September 10, 2012.

This time of year is a big time of transition, especially for new college students. New students, who are living away from home for the first time, need to be highly organized with their belongings. They need to reduce their home bedroom into a few boxes and suitcases. Their dormitory living space will be much less than what they are used to. They will not be able to bring childhood collections and items with them to college. Once, the college students are out of the house, parents might decide to do a major clean or a redecoration of the student’s room. But, where can you store all of the student’s collectible’s, clothes and furniture when you change the room into an office or in-home gym? Store these items in a self storage unit, so you can keep them in good shape for your student to look through them when they are at home. Then, it will be up to the student to decide to keep the items! As we have mentioned earlier this year, college students and self storage are a perfect match. The student who had used self storage in the spring to store their school items for their summer break now needs to clean out their storage unit and move back into the dormitory or college apartment.

Stop N Stor  wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable school year!!! We are here to help with your storage needs through the transitional back to school time.

Take the time to remember our Military Heroes and their families!

Stop N Stor is a proud supporter of our military
Stop N Stor offers a 10% military discount!

This weekend we celebrate the men & women of our military who serve to protect and honor our country. We also have remembrances for those military men & women who have given their lives to protect and serve the United States through the Revolutionary War to Enduring Freedom. There are different events in cities around the United States and specifically around the Savannah area this weekend to celebrate our military heroes. Check your local paper for information on events in your town.

Savannah’s Historic River Street is hosting the Armed Forces Festival along River Street in downtown Savannah this weekend. This festival will feature local & regional artists, live musicians, DJs, great food & more! The proceeds from the event go to benefit the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation . Savannah has many historical forts around the city and surrounding areas. There will be ceremonies celebrating our historical military heroes at Fort Morris  and Fort McAllister State Historical Park . Vietnam Veterans of American are holding a Memorial Candle Light Ceremony at 6:30pm on Sunday, May 27th at Emmet Park. On Memorial Day, May 28th, there will be a ceremony at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery with members of the Glenville Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion and Fort Stewart 3rd Infantry Division. The ceremony starts at 11am.

National parks and museums across the country are showing their support of our military and their families this summer. Military families can have free access to any national part annual pass. This is worth over $80 and can give entry into over 2,000 national parks. Also this summer, 1600 museums across the United States will give free access to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. This includes art museums, such as New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, nature centers, children museums, science centers and history museums. This is another great way to show support for our military and their families.

This weekend as we celebrate our military heroes, take a moment to think about the family and spouses of our current serving military. Stop N Stor is very proud to support Enlisted Angels. This group, based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, is for any Army wife. The main goal of this organization is to empower and support military wives with helpful advice, information and an understanding ear. Stop N Stor facility manager, Asja Turner, is a proud Army wife and a member of this group. Asja says that “only another military wife can truly understand the particular struggles and triumphs that comes with being married to a soldier serving his county.” The group meets once a week in the main chapel at Fort Stewart for programs that encourage and strengthen core military values and in all aspects of life.  During softball season, the group doubles as a softball team, too! Enlisted Angels was created in April, 2011 and is continuing to gain support, members and recognition. Bonnie Day, the president of the organization hopes to expand the group to other Army bases. Giving support to the families of the military is so important. Stop N Stor is very happy to be actively supporting Enlisted Angels and Wounded Warrior Outdoors.

Happy Memorial Day to all of our friends and family who are current members of the military! Thanks also go out to our family and friends who have served to protect the United States in past times.

Its Christmas Time

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is in less than 2 weeks! After all of the shopping, baking, decorating, traveling and prep work, it is time to relax and enjoy the holidays.  You have picked up the items that you purchased on Black Friday and stored in self-storage units. Savannah and its surrounding communities are busy with holiday activities. Hinesville kicked off its holiday celebrations with a tree lighting ceremony in Bradwell Park. The 15th annual Hinesville Christmas parade took place on Friday, December 9, 2011 with the parade route going through downtown Hinesville. 75 floats, cars and trucks took part in this year’s parade. Hundreds of people lined the parade route, including lots of children who were excited to see the bright lights. It was a fun event for families and the community! The parade was sponsored by the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce . Stop n Stor decorated our car with holiday lights to be part of the parade. Thanks to regional manager, Lisa Wilkerson for taking photos of the fun!

There are so many things to see and do in Savannah during the holiday season. Visitors and Savannah citizens looking for a great tour of Savannah’s holiday traditions can take the Holly Jolly Trolley Tour  put on by Old Towne Trolley Tours. The tour is full of stories, carols and sight-seeing and Santa even makes an appearance!  One of the many stops on the tour is the Davenport House and the Owens-Thomas House. Be transported back to holidays past at both of these historical homes. Savannah’s Harbor Foundation sponsors a gingerbread village and tree of life celebration at the Westin Golf Resort & Spa .  Local chefs, businesses and individuals create gingerbread houses and compete for the best creation of the season. The tree of life celebration includes trees decorated by business and community groups. The wonderfully decorated trees are then auctioned off to benefit a local charity. You can’t celebrate Christmas in Savannah without seeing “A Christmas Tradition” . This highly popular and highly rated 2 hour Christmas production runs from December 13th to December 26th. For the runners, there is the 2nd annual Savannah Reindeer Walk/Run 8K on December 17, 2011 at Hutchinson Island. Also, you can take a hayride at Fort Stewart at Holbrook Pond Recreation Center.

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without “Jingle Bells”, composed by Savannah native James S. Pierpont or without hearing “Baby its Cold Outside” sung by Johnny Mercer.  Savannah is known for its hospitality and food! Christmas dinner is no exception. It is another opportunity to feast with family and friends on local favorites such as Savannah red rice, ham, turkey, sweet potato casserole and pecan pie for desert.  Enjoy the holidays and their many traditions and celebrations. Stop n Stor wishes their customers, family and friends the Merriest Christmas and the best for the New Year!

Thank you, Fort Stewart/Hunter Airfield!

Team Stewart
Thank you to the members of the military at Fort Stewart and Hunter AAF!

The Savannah area is proud to be located near Fort Stewart, the home of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division with its 23,000 soldiers. According to Team Stewart , Fort Stewart is the most efficient armor training base east of the Mississippi River. The base, which is nearly 280,000 acres, covers five Georgia counties including: Liberty, Long, Tattnall, Evans and Bryan counties. Hunter Airfield, part of the Fort Stewart complex, is the home of the largest helicopter unit in the United States Coast Guard . The Airfield helps support parts of the 3rd Infantry Division including the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Aviation Brigade and 603rd Aviation Support Battalion.

Camp Stewart was founded in 1940 when the United States government bought 5,000 acres of land near Hinesville to  build an anti-aircraft artillery training center. This camp became a training ground for troops during World War II and at one point staged over 55,000 troops getting ready for the D-Day invasion in 1944. After World War II, the camp went through many transitions during and after the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Camp Stewart was deactivated after the Vietnam War. In 1996, Camp Stewart became a permanent post and the home to the 3rd Infantry Division. At this time, the name changed to Fort Stewart. The 3rd Infantry Division just recently celebrated their 94th year in existence.

Fort Stewart has a $7.13 Billion economic impact on the local communities near the base. When the soldiers are not deployed, local businesses grow. But, when there is a large deployment of troops from the base, it negatively affects the local economy. Currently, there are 652 soldiers from Fort Stewart/Hunter Airfield deployed in fighting around the world. Eleven members of the 90th Human Resources Company returned home the day before Thanksgiving after spending 7 months in various part of Iraq. There are still members of this company serving in Afghanistan and Kuwait. Fort Stewart welcomed home the 416th Transportation Company in late October. Due to the official drawback of troops in Iraq, the November deployment of 700 members of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the 3rd Division has been cancelled.

Our servicemen and women are vital parts of the Savannah area and its economy. Stop n Stor  is only one of multiple businesses that give a military discount. Stop n Stor offers a 10% discount to military personnel. Stop n Stor is also a proud sponsor of Wounded Warrior Outdoors.  This great non-profit organization provides fishing, hunting and outdoor excursions to injured, but active duty military personnel.  The organization plans on hosting 50 wounded warriors on 10 excursions in 2012. Thank you to all of the country’s past and present servicemen and women for your service!!