Fort Stewart is a United States Army post located in the southeastern part of the state of Georgia, near the city of Hinesville. It was established in 1940 as Camp Stewart and was later renamed Fort Stewart in honor of General Daniel Stewart, a Revolutionary War hero. Prior to its official recognition as a military fort, the area was designated by Oglethorpe as a buffer between the Carolina colonies to the north and Spanish soldiers to the south. General Stewart is buried in the Midway Cemetary of the Midway Congregational Church, just a few minutes away. A monument erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution stands in his and fellow Revolutionary War hero, General Screven.
Fort Stewart is home to the 3rd Infantry Division, which is one of the Army’s most storied and distinguished units. The base covers over 280,000 acres and has over 20,000 soldiers and civilians stationed there; the largest of the east coast.
The primary mission of Fort Stewart is to provide combat-ready forces to support the Army’s worldwide mission. The base is also responsible for maintaining and training soldiers in a wide variety of combat and support skills.
Fort Stewart, Georgia is known for its outstanding training facilities, which include ranges for live-fire exercises, maneuver areas, and urban training sites. The base is also home to a large wildlife management area and provides recreational opportunities for soldiers and their families. Sitting just outside the base, within Hinesville, Georgia, and the surrounding areas are multiple neighborhoods and communities.
Fort Stewart plays an important role in the defense of the United States and is a vital part of the Army’s global mission. Today, Fort Stewart is one of the U.S. Army’s top bases and boasts a record of earning the Army Community of Excellence Award a total of six times.