Fort Stewart Army Base
3rd Infantry Division
55 Pony Soldier Avenue Building 253, Fort Stewart, GA 31314
Fort Stewart is a United States Army Base located in Liberty County just outside of Savannah, Georgia. The base spans across 279,270 acres and is the largest installation east of the Mississippi River. Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field partner to manage the Stewart/Hunter Military Complex operated by the Garrison Command which trains, educates, deploys and assigns soldiers for their complete mission-readiness as well as offer support education for civilians and personnel family members to ensure the well-being and overall safety of everyone in the Fort Stewart base. Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield are the Army’s world-class training, and military armored power projection combination on the eastern seaboard of the United States. This dynamic platform allows military units in the region to deploy rapidly throughout the world.
There are 81,500 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, military family members, DoD personnel, contract employees, and retirees assigned to Fort Stewart.
All incoming Soldiers and Family Members are invited to attend the Post Orientation and Tour every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in the Soldier Service Center, Building 253.
All Soldiers assigned to Hunter Army Field and Fort Stewart must sign in at the Reception Center on Fort Stewart unless you have specific directions to do otherwise. In-processing takes a several days to complete. Make sure to bring all the items listed under Documents to Hand Carry.
During in-processing, Soldiers will get assignments and briefings on Standards of Conduct and the Marne Standard. Files are screened to determine in-processing requirements and a Preparation for Overseas Redeployment (POR) checklist is created. All incoming Soldiers without a defensive driving course card must complete the four-hour course of instruction. Soldiers will be expected to have made living arrangements by the time they finish initial processing and report to assigned unit. Some assistance from Army Emergency Relief (AER) is available; however, monies should be budgeted in advance to avoid taking on new debt. Plan to pay move-in expenses such as initial rent, deposit, and utility connection fees. If you own a weapon, you must register it in accordance with Fort Stewart Regulation 109-2. The owner of the weapon must complete AFZP form 2027 at Building 419. Please do not bring any weapons into the registration office. If you would like to receive a sponsor to help with the transition, you must fill out the DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet).
Hilton Head International Airport is about 41 miles away from Fort Stewart.
Directions from Hilton Head International Airport:
- Follow the signs from the airport to I-95 South.
- From 95, take the exit for GA Hwy 144 (Fort Stewart and Richmond Hill).
- Turn right at the off-ramp stop sign, and stay on 144 through post.
- Follow the signs to the Marne Reception Center.
Fort Stewart is located about 41 miles southwest of Savannah and readily accessible by way of the major East Coast Highways (U.S.17, I-16 and I-95). The major highway passing through Hinesville is U.S. 84. The routes to Fort Stewart from the east and west edges of town are clearly marked on this road.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Georgia school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Georgia Department of Community Social Services 1‑800‑436‑7442
Promoting self-sufficiency, health and well-being to help ensure the protection of children, the elderly and dependent adults, and provide a safety net for individuals and families who need assistance with basic necessities, such as food, housing and health care.
Liberty County Department of Health (912) 876-2173
Promote, preserve and protect the health of all county residents through disease surveillance, health education, direct services, and health policy development.
Liberty Humane Society (912) 876-3647
Chatham County Sheriff (912) 652-7600
Base Operator (912) 767-1411
Barracks (912) 767-0111
Chaplain (912) 767-8666
Civilian Personnel Office (912) 767-2283
Dental Headquarters (912) 767-8513
EFMP Family Support (912) 767-5058
Family Child Care (912) 767-3202
Housing Services Office (912) 408-2460
ID/CAC Card Processing (912) 767-4909
Information and Referral (912) 767-5058
Legal Services and JAG (912) 767-8809
Medical Appointments (912) 435-5364
NAF Human Resources Officer (912) 767-5051
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Family Housing is privatized and operated by Balfour Beatty Communities. There are 168 officer family units, 1,955 enlisted family units, 114 unaccompanied units, and 86 mobile-home spaces. For more information contact (912) 408-2460.
Horse Creek Farms
6.5 miles from base
Horse Creek Farms is a quiet, family friendly neighborhood with newer constructed homes and only 15 minutes from base.
Villages at Marne
3.5 miles from base
The Villages at Marne is a peaceful, family friendly and social neighborhood conveniently located close to base.
In Fort Stewart, the summers are hot and humid, and the winters are short and cold. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 92°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 97°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 21 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 92°F and low of 72°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 29 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 40°F and high of 61°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 15, with a greater than 36% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 54% on August 7. The drier season lasts 8.5 months, from September 15 to May 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on October 30.
The average cost of living in Fort Stewart is 13% higher than the average of Georgia and 6% higher than our nation’s average. The cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Fort Stewart, GA, the price of goods and services are 2% higher than the average of Georgia as well as 2% lower than the nation’s average.
Hinesville and Savannah offer many historical and cultural attractions as well as the modern amenities expected of a big city. The area provides several outdoor recreational areas including fishing ponds, river landings and hunting areas. There are many shopping, dining, and nightlife opportunities as well as annual events and festivals to take part in.
Some interesting sites to visit include Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Tybee Island, Jekyll Island, River Street Market, Disney World, and Oatland Island Wildlife Center.