Third Infantry's new commander said Fort Stewart has changed and plenty since the last time he saw it on a visit 30 years ago. But he knew it would be one of the Army's best long before he arrived because of the person who relinquished command to him.
"I'd known (Major General-Promotable) Abe Abrams since 1982, so I knew the division would be in great shape. I knew the installation could be in great shape."
He arrives as Third Infantry winds down a decade with five division-wide deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He said the plans for the division to lose a brigade will begin sometime during his command as part of the Army's reduction in force. The general helped draft those Army-wide plans during his assignment at the Pentagon before he came to Third Infantry.
""Installations are gonna have less money. Divisions will have less money to train. We'll have some unique challenges because we haven't had those challenges for the past 10 years," MG Murray explained. "When all's said and done, we'll still have the best soldiers in the best division at the best installation in the best army the world has ever seen."
The general said Coastal Georgia's communities will play a significan role in how the division and the post adjust to the changes. He was impressed by the welcome he received.
"There are very few places I go where people are genuinely happy to be where they are and doing. But the reception we got, not only from the staff but the people in the surrounding community, was just phenomenal," he said.