Political Notes — A new combat unit announced for Ft. Stewart

[private]The U.S. Army will create a new Armor Brigade Combat Team at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, converting the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team to an Armor Brigade Combat team.

The announcement of the conversion, which will begin next summer, was hailed by Georgia’s congressional delegation.

“The addition of another Armor Brigade Combat Team to Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division continues to highlight Georgia’s role in our nation’s ability to project power and provide security assurance to our allies,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson.

“As the threats we face around the world continue to increase and evolve, the additional Armored Brigade Combat team will be critical in addressing them,” said U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler).

Sen. David Perdue contended that the addition of an armored brigade “provides us with a more lethal army, increasing our ability to counter the rise of Russian aggression against our European allies as well as other threats around the globe.”

Actually, the chances of American military units moving against Russian forces appear to be a more remote possibility over the next four years, given the fondness president-elect Donald Trump has displayed toward Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.

Georgia dominates ‘poorest cities’ list

This is a ranking that the state’s business and political leaders probably won’t brag about:  a recent list of “America’s Poorest Cities” compiled by MSN’s WallSt. 24/7 includes five Georgia cities on the list of 25 municipalities.

The “winning” cities are Albany (No. 23 on the list), Macon (No. 22), Athens-Clarke County (No. 13), Hinesville (No. 9), and Valdosta (No. 6).

Steven Peters of WallSt. 24/7 said the publication identified the poorest cities by comparing median household income data from the U.S. Census Bureau. He added:

“The typical household in all of the 25 poorest cities earns at least $15,000 less annually than the typical American household. . . .

“In addition to having fewer jobs in some of the most competitive industries, the poorest cities tend to have a higher share of residents who are unemployed, which further drives down median incomes. The jobless rate is higher than the national rate of 4.9% in 20 of the 25 poorest cities.”

Inaugural gala

The Georgia State Society of Washington, D.C., announced it will host a “Presidential Inaugural Gala” to celebrate the swearing-in of Donald Trump on Jan. 19, 2017 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

“We hope any Georgians traveling to Washington for the presidential Inauguration will consider joining us the night before for a truly memorable event,” said Phil Aftuck, president of Georgia State Society.

© 2016 by The Georgia Report

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