The installation hosted a Community Leaders’ Day with mayors, city managers and other leaders within the coastal Georgia community, May 26.
During this event, community leaders got an inside look into military operations and received a number of briefings to help them understand how Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield fits within their communities.
“We have a great relationship with our surrounding communities. This opportunity gave us a chance to shake each other’s hands and build those enduring relationships,” said Col. Bryan Logan, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield garrison commander.
The day started with community leaders boarding three UH-60 Black Hawks on Fort Stewart. After which, the group was transported to Truscott Air Terminal on Hunter Army Airfield. Greeted by the Lt. Col. Bolton, Hunter Army Airfield garrison commander, the group started their tour with a historical brief and static display where leader had the opportunity to learn more about the installation.
During the static display portion, community leaders met with several service members representing different units on the installation. These units included U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, 224th Military Intelligence Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and various garrison units.
“They’re our kids, they’re our friends, they’re our neighbors,” said Allen Brown, mayor of the City of Hinesville. “We feel like one of the major missions in the City of Hinesville is taking care of active duty and retired military in the area.”
After the static display, the groups toured the installation until reaching the Hunter Club where they learned about the overall impact Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield has on the local communities.
“The takeaway is that we are a Power Projection Platform,” said Logan. “We provide the capability of being able to deploy forces worldwide at a moment’s notice. We also bring over $4.99 billion of economic impact to the local community.”
Before leaving Hunter Army Airfield to finish out the day, Logan and Brown signed an intergovernmental support agreement between the installation and the City of Hinesville for water tower maintenance.
“Our military relies on a lot of contracts to support our operations,” said Logan. “These Intergovernmental service agreements allow us to reduce the administrative costs and really focus on the partnership.”
Intergovernmental support agreements allow the installation and partner to realize cost savings while providing a needed service. Benefiting both partners, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield have worked on establishing these partnerships since the program began in 2013. Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield has signed several partnerships with neighboring cities for services ranging from animal control to water tower maintenance.
Once the group arrived back at Fort Stewart, they had the opportunity to visit with Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and display their marksmanship skills at the Squad Advanced Marksmanship-Trainer. The community leaders ended their visit with a tour of Warriors Walk, where they honored the installation’s fallen Soldiers.