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Legislation to boost military spouse employment in the CSRA

“Georgia is home to 11 military installations that contribute more than $19 billion in economic impact annually to our state,” said Georgia Chamber President and CEO, Chris Clark in a news release. “The spouses of our active-duty service members deserve the opportunity to live, work, and raise their families here in Georgia without the burden of excessive wait times for their occupational licenses.” A bill that will have a far-reaching impact on the families of soldiers stationed at Fort Eisenhower is awaiting Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) signature. The Georgia House

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CSRA businesses help military spouses looking for work

No one would argue that military life is hard. It’s a commitment like few others. While service members know that no matter where they are sent, they will have a job, it’s very different for their spouses. A comprehensive Military Family Lifestyle Report (the largest annual study of military families, conducted by Blue Star Families) found that 20% of military spouses in the labor force are unemployed and actively seeking work. For perspective, the unemployment rate in Augusta/Richmond County is 4.4%. In partnership with Fort Eisenhower, the U.S. Chamber of

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Veteran wins big at Fort Eisenhower PX

Retired Staff Sgt. James Mabry uses his MILITARY STAR® card whenever he shops at the Fort Eisenhower Exchange because he likes earning rewards points on his purchases. A swipe of the card late last year led to an entirely different reward: having his entire card balance paid off. Mabry was randomly selected as one of five grand prize winners in the 10th Annual MILITARY STAR Your Holiday Bill Is on Us sweepstakes. He was presented with a mock check representing his $8,122.50 balance—now paid in full—during a celebration at the Fort Eisenhower

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Hundreds of soldiers heading home for the holidays

Augusta Regional Airport was awash with Army BDUs as soldiers participated in the annual tradition of “Holiday Block Leave.” As Augusta’s largest employer, with roughly 30,000 military and civilian employees, this marks the beginning of the holidays for enlisted men and women. More than 4,500 soldiers participated in the departure. The Army anticipates more than 38,000 service members nationwide will travel home from posts across the country. “I’ve been looking forward to it the past 28 weeks that I’ve been in basic training. Then, I’ve been in AIT (Advanced Individual

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Building contractor gets to fix poor CSRA conditions

Efforts were underway to provide adequate housing for soldiers at Fort Eisenhower. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 31 for a new housing development on Fort Eisenhower named Pine Tree Terrace. This development aims to improve living conditions for young soldiers living on-post at Fort Eisenhower. A total of 76 homes will be built in the development, including four that are handicapped accessible. “There’ll be three and four-bedroom townhomes, modern floor plans, and modern amenities for our soldiers and service members,” said Chuck Parker, executive VP of Balfour Beatty

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Eisenhower family and top military brass mark beginning of new era in the CSRA

On a pleasant October morning ceremony, when President Dwight Eisenhower would likely have taken advantage of the weather to play golf at Augusta National, instead all eyes were on a ceremony which marked the re-designation from Fort Gordon to Fort Eisenhower, named in his honor. Before his presidency, Eisenhower served as a 5-star general in the U.S. Army, serving in World War I and II. Enlisted personnel and invitees gathered on Barton Field to mark the transition to the name selected by The Commission on the Naming of Items of

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Quanta training story

Blaine Bilbruck spent four years in Georgia as a soldier at Fort Benning outside of Columbus. When the Illinois native was honorably discharged from the Army, he wanted to parlay his experiences into a new career that allowed him to leverage his military background. “I started looking into line work,” Bilbruck told ABD. It was a similar scenario for Navy Veteran, Tyler Rhodes. “Whenever I decided it was time for me to get out of the military, I knew I wanted to get into the trades.” Jayden Berry, a Marine

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‘Energizing’ The Next Generation

Blaine Bilbruck spent four years in Georgia as a soldier at Fort Benning outside of Columbus. When the Illinois native was honorably discharged from the Army, he wanted to parlay his experiences into a new career that allowed him to leverage his military background. “I started looking into line work,” Bilbruck told ABD. It was a similar scenario for Navy Veteran, Tyler Rhodes. “Whenever I decided it was time for me to get out of the military, I knew I wanted to get into the trades.” Jayden Berry, a Marine

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Eisenhower family and top military brass mark the beginning of new era in the CSRA

On a pleasant October morning ceremony, when President Dwight Eisenhower would likely have taken advantage of the weather to play golf at Augusta National, instead all eyes were on a ceremony which marked the re-designation from Fort Gordon to Fort Eisenhower, named in his honor. Before his presidency, Eisenhower served as a 5-star general in the U.S. Army, serving in World War I and II. Enlisted personnel and invitees gathered on Barton Field to mark the transition to the name selected by The Commission on the Naming of Items of

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Organization changing its name to conform with the new Fort Eisenhower

While most of the attention is centered on the Oct. 27 redesignation ceremony, as it is officially called, the renaming of Fort Gordon to Fort Eisenhower is having a ripple effect on the CSRA. One of the largest impacts is on a local organization dedicated to supporting the Army post, its missions, and its enlisted personnel and families. The Alliance for Fort Gordon is transforming into the Alliance for Fort Eisenhower to reflect its ongoing support. “The alliance will continue to advocate for big projects like an I-20 interchange and

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