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Carter Urges Army to House Fourth Army Corps Headquarters at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield

Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) this week urged the United States Army to choose Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield to be the new home of the Fourth Army Corps Headquarters. The Army recently announced they have shortened their list of possible locations to 31. 

In a letter to General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, Carter wrote, "I wanted to contact you on behalf of the constituents who live with and proudly support our soldiers and their families stationed at Fort Stewart / Hunter Army Airfield (FS/HAAF) to voice support for the Army selecting Coastal Georgia to house the Fourth Army Corps Headquarters. 

Regarding Military Value Analysis (MVA), FS/HAAF is the ideal power projection platform along the East Coast, ideally located geo-strategically to respond to operations in Europe and the Middle East and located near the ports of Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville.  FS/HAAF has the longest runway and aircraft parking capacity east of the Mississippi River, and has existing capacity to support the initial set-up of a corps headquarters.  With respect to training, Fort Stewart includes 284,924 acres with a digital, multi-purpose range complex, providing land necessary to exercise a corps headquarters with the capacity for two brigades to conduct training maneuvers concurrently, with 24/7/365 availability.  A robust frequency spectrum can accommodate deployments, combat operations and training.  Current tenet units—including the 3rd Infantry Division, Special Operations Command (SOCOM) strategic units and U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command units—complement a corps headquarters quite well.  Additionally, a population of 27,000 soldiers and civilians would provide a constant pool of experienced leaders who could serve in the headquarters.
Regarding Community Support Value Analysis (CSVA), FS/HAAF has won the Army Community of Excellence award seven times over the last 15 years as the Army’s best place to live, train, work, and raise a family.  The entire community along Coastal Georgia has forged an incredibly close and enduring bond with soldiers and families who are stationed in the area, and it is one of the most family friendly and affordable places to live in the United States.  The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is ideally suited to support soldiers who require frequent travel to Europe.  Lastly, FS/HAAF has little to no environmental impacts. 
When coastal community leaders met with  you and your staff in the Pentagon  last June 26th, Lieutenant General Flynn (Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7)  asked the community to consider developing a public-private partnership (PPP) to help the Army deploy out of coastal ports as the National Defense Strategy (NDS) highlights anti access/area denial threats (both kinetic and cyber) to our ports of embarkation.  I am proud to say the community has taken this task to heart and has organized a standing committee including leaders from 3rd Infantry Division, the Georgia Ports Authority, the airport and local law enforcement."

According to the United States Army, a fourth corps headquarters, of approximately 630 Soldiers, will be based in the continental United States and maintain a rotational Operational Command Post (OCP), of approximately 200 Soldiers, forward in Europe.

To view Carter's full letter, click here