Ft. Stewart, located just outside of the Savannah MSA, and Hunter Army Airfield generate sufficient economic activity to warrant inclusion of Liberty and Long counties in the larger Savannah CMSA. Ft. Stewart and Hunter AAF have an annual financial impact of about $4 billion. Fort Stewart is the largest military installation east of the Mississippi River and covers nearly 285,000 acres.
Ft. Stewart and Hunter AAF together are one of Coastal Georgia’s largest employers. The ratio of military to civilian employees is approximately six to one, with 22,422 officers and enlisted military and 3,891 civilians employed at both installations. Ft. Stewart accounts for nearly three-fourths of the military employment in the area.
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Fort Stewart is not only the largest military installation east of the Mississippi River covering nearly 285,000 acres but, combined with Hunter Army Airfield, is one of the largest employers in Coastal Georgia. In 2015, there were 22,422 officers and enlisted military and 3,891 federal civilian employees totaling to 26,313 workers. Total payroll for both bases is estimated at well over one billion dollars and with an annual financial impact of four to five billion dollars. Fort Stewart and Hunter AAF continue to play an important role in the regional economy.
In 2015, the Department of Defense deactivated the 3,500-soldier 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the Third Infantry Division. Several elements of the unit are being transferred to other Fort Stewart units and the 4th Brigade Combat Team was reflagged as the 2nd Brigade Combat Team.