The Marietta Daily Journal – General to Ga base Brace for more cuts

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The Marietta Daily Journal – General to Ga base Brace for more cuts

FORT STEWART — A new top general took command at Fort Stewart on Friday and told soldiers who have seen a decade of back-to-back war deployments to brace for tougher times at home as the Army downsizes and as Washington budget battles threaten to impose even deeper cuts.

Standing before more than 2,000 soldiers in formation with flags blowing in a hot summer breeze, Maj. Gen. Mike Murray took charge of the largest Army post east of the Mississippi River and its more than 21,000 soldiers. The job puts him in command of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, which has deployed four times to Iraq and sent several smaller units to Afghanistan since 2003.

“Our division and our installation, in fact our entire Army, will be facing some significant challenges over the next few years,” Murray said as he addressed his troops for the first time at Fort Stewart’s parade grounds. “Together as a team, we will tackle them head-on.”

An Army officer for more than 30 years, Murray comes to southeast Georgia from the Pentagon after serving more than a year as the Army’s director of force management. He takes command at Fort Stewart at a time when the 3rd Infantry still has more than 5,000 soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Murray said he expects the pace of overseas deployments to slow as the U.S. starts to draw down its forces in Afghanistan, but he cautioned it’s still too soon to rule out further combat tours.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – General to Ga base Brace for more cuts.

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