FORT STEWART AND HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD
Fort Stewart is 42 miles southwest of Savannah, in Hinesville. Hunter Army Airfield is in Chatham County, approximately 37 miles from Fort Stewart, and is adjacent to the southwest side of Savannah. The two installations are served by the same garrison, and soldiers and their families are authorized to use the support agencies at both locations. Hinesville and Savannah are approximately 800 miles from New York and 120 miles from Jacksonville, Florida. The cities are about 950 miles from Chicago and nearly 2,500 miles from Los Angeles.
The posts have a combined 26,000 military members, 36,000 dependents and 5,000 civilians who work and live at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.
Encompassing 288,000 acres, Fort Stewart provides the 3rd Infantry Division’s soldiers unequalled training opportunities. It contains an administrative bivouac area, seven major drop zones, six impact areas, seven tank and armored fighting vehicle gunnery ranges and three live-fire maneuver areas. Hunter Army Airfield covers 5,370 acres and has the Army’s longest runway (11,375 feet), giving it the capability to support any planes in the U.S. air fleet, including the Air Force’s gigantic C-5 and C-17 aircraft.
About Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield are the home of the 3rd Infantry Division and nearly 30 tenant units that combine to be the Army’s premier power projection platform on the East Coast. As a training base and power projection platform, it is responsible for training, equipping, deploying and redeploying both early deploying and follow-on active component Army units. It is also responsible for mobilizing, training, equipping, deploying and redeploying Army National Guard and Army Reserve units and soldiers.
Location plays a critical role in the post’s deployment capabilities. Both Stewart and Hunter have access to Interstates 16 and 95 — key east-west and north-south travel arteries. Within a 100-mile radius, there are also three primary ports and one alternate port of embarkation: Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; Brunswick, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina.
The largest military aircraft can also land at Hunter, load the biggest equipment in the Army inventory and then deploy both equipment and soldiers within an 18-hour wheels-up timeline to contingency operations anywhere in the world.
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield have consistently proven rapid deployment capabilities in operations ranging from the 1990 Gulf War through subsequent annual deployments to Egypt, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo and currently to operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their primary customer, the 3rd Infantry Division, is home-based at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.
The Installation Management Command is its parent organization.
The training area offers sufficient maneuver space to allow an entire brigade combat team to operate in a tactical field environment. Additionally, the reservation can accommodate training for 50,000 Reserve and National Guard-
component soldiers annually.
Hunter’s Truscott Air Terminal is a self-contained Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group Operations facility. It serves as the focal point for air deployments and provides dramatically improved deployment time and throughput capabilities. It was designed based on experience acquired during the 1990 Gulf War. Truscott was the first of its kind and has been used as a benchmark by many installations ever since.
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield are estimated to have an annual economic impact of $4.9 billion, according to the most recent Economic Impact Statement. It is the third-largest employer in Savannah and the largest in Hinesville.