Garrison Commander Addresses Community Leaders on Army's Birthday

Today, on the United States Army's 230th birthday, Col. John Kidd, garrison commander of Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart, spoke to business and community leaders.

Col. Kidd says the relationship between the bases and their surrounding communities is strong and will only continue to grow. And that it was those relationships that helped keep the bases open during the latest round of base closures, and in fact helped them to get stronger.

Kidd says the Army plans to put more resources into Hunter and Stewart in the future. "Both Hunter and Stewart have tremendous capability, but also a tremendous amount of ability to expand, and that's what the Army is going to concentrate on is expansion of these installations to perform future missions. This is the premier power place in the East and we're going to make sure it remains that way for years."

More than 1,500 soldiers and at least 50 more aircraft will soon be stationed at Hunter Army Airfield-Fort Stewart.

Reported by: WTOC staff