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 $4.9 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 five to one, with 23,149 officers and enlisted military and 4,077 civilians employed at both installations. Ft. Stewart accounts for nearly three-fourths of the military employment in the area.
The 3rd Infantry Division is scheduled to remain in the area throughout 2014 except for training exercises and unscheduled contingency operations.