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!!