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June 26 - CenturyLink Wins Fort Stewart Army Base Contract Company to Provide $2.1 Million in Telecommunications Services

June 26, 2012 - CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently won a contract renewal worth $2.1 million over the next five years to provide telecommunications services to the U.S. Army base at Fort Stewart.

The contract is for one year with four one-year options. The award decision was based on CenturyLink's past performance, technical solution and total cost.

CenturyLink will continue to provide Internet, data services, local telephone exchange and other telecommunications products and services to support Fort Stewart's operations and soldiers, including the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division. Fort Stewart covers 280,000 acres, including Hunter Army Airfield and parts of five different counties in southeast Georgia.

"CenturyLink is honored to have won a renewed agreement with Fort Stewart that means we will continue to supply telecommunications, data and Internet services to the soldiers and operations at the largest Army installation east of the Mississippi River," said Diana Gowen, CenturyLink senior vice president and general manager, who oversees solutions for federal, state and local government customers.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice, wireless and managed services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV(r) brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to enterprise, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink's customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country's largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information, visit
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Liberty County to Hold Community Health Expo 2013 on June 1

May 17, 2013 – Liberty County is holding Community Health Expo 2013 on Saturday, June 1 in the Shuman Center at James Brown Park, 800 Tupelo Trail in Hinesville.

The event is being sponsored by Liberty Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the Coastal Health District Health Departments for Liberty and Long counties, Liberty County EMS, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Coastal Georgia.

The event will include free health screenings, including blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and hemoglobin, as well as clinical breast exams and mammograms.  There will also be representatives on hand from local healthcare agencies, physicians’ offices, and other companies providing health and wellness & nutrition information.

In addition to the health services provided, there will be a blood drive, CPR and AED demonstrations, fingerprinting for kids, a rollover accident simulator, Air Evac demonstrations, and child safety seat proper installation checks.

You can even give yourself a boost by partaking in the free facials and chair massages offered, or really get moving with one of the Zumba or Tai Chi classes provided.  There will also be a fashion show, live music, raffles and door prizes, and multiple food vendors on site..

The kids will have plenty of entertainment as well, with face painting, a hula-hoop contest, bouncy houses and the chance to get an up-close look at a fire truck or ambulance.  Liberty Regional Medical Center will also be sponsoring a Lil’ Patches Clinic – bring in your doll or stuffed animal, and they will give them a free checkup.

 A 3K Fun Run/Walk will kick off the event at 10 a.m. The first 50 participants to register will receive a free t-shirt.  The Expo will wrap up at 2 p.m.

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Project Homeless Connect Holding Outreach Event in Hinesville

June 3, 2013 – Project Homeless Connect will be holding an outreach event for homeless and at risk individuals in the Liberty County area on Saturday June 8, 2013.

The event is sponsored by the Hinesville Homeless Prevention Program in conjunction with the City of Hinesville, Liberty County Homeless Coalition, Townsend Family Dental, Aire Serv Heating and Air, Unique Social Club, A-1 Discount Flooring, Lynette’s Professional Cleaning Service and The Heritage Bank.

Billed as a “One day, one stop, one shop for the Homeless and At Risk”, the event will feature a wide variety of services, including free haircuts, food distribution, clothing and shoes, health and dental services (including HIV/AIDS and STD screening),  and lunch provided by Café Connect.

Local volunteers will also be on hand to offer information concerning mental and emotional health, employment assistance, substance abuse prevention, prescription assistance, veteran’s benefits information, domestic violence aid, housing information, financial and consumer credit counseling, community advocacy and legislative assistance, legal assistance and notary services, and adult education and GED program information.  Door prizes will also be awarded, and there will be face painting and a children’s book giveaway for the kids.

The event will be held from 12-2:00 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Community Center, 1370 Shaw Road, in Hinesville.

For more information, please call 912-876-6573.

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DOD's desired Army Restructuring Could Impact Fort Stewart

Army Restructuring to Impact Fort Stewart

June 25, 2013 – It was the announcement that Liberty County and the entire Savannah metro area has been dreading:  yesterday the Department of the Army announced force structure and stationing decisions associated with the active component end-strength reduction of 80,000 soldiers, resulting in an Army end-strength of 490,000 by 2017.

Ft. Stewart will lose a full brigade of 1,300 soldiers which will have a ripple effect out to civilian jobs at the base and at area installations.  The loss of the soldiers is magnified by the loss of their families which impacts area businesses and schools.

“These reductions are consistent with fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and defense planning guidance issued in 2012, but do not reflect additional reductions that will be required if sequestration-driven funding reductions remain unmitigated,” the DOA added. 
Based on extensive analysis, the Army explained, and “the lessons of a dozen years of combat and the need to increase operational capability and flexibility,” the Army will make the following changes to its force structure:

• Reorganize infantry and armor brigade combat teams (BCTs) to restore the third maneuver battalion and increase engineer and fires capability

• Reduce active component BCTs from 45 modular to 33 reorganized BCTs.

• Continue growth in aviation, special operations, missile defense and cyber capabilities.

This active component force structure, in conjunction with Army National Guard and Army Reserve capabilities, supports the current defense strategy and meets combatant command requirements through regional alignment of forces and global responsiveness for contingencies.  The decision to restructure armor and infantry BCTs helps mitigate the loss of BCTs by eliminating the headquarters but preserving 13 armor and infantry battalions that would be lost without the reorganization.

Stationing decisions necessitated by the reductions and reorganization were based on a comprehensive analysis of installation quantitative and qualitative considerations to include training, power projection, well-being, expansibility, regeneration, geographic distribution, environmental and socio-economic impacts, cost and alignment with the defense strategy. Opportunities for community input were included through both the programmatic environment assessment public comment period and community listening sessions conducted in parallel with the military value analysis and qualitative stationing analysis, prior to the final decision.

Based on this comprehensive analysis, a BCT will inactivate at each of the following locations by 2017:  Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Campbell, Ky; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Stewart, Ga., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.  Two BCTs, stationed at Baumholder and Grafenwoehr, Germany, will complete their inactivation in Fiscal Year 2013, leaving two BCTs in Europe to fulfill strategic commitments.

The reduction of 80,000 soldiers from the force represents a 14 percent reduction across the AC force. The specific impacts of these decisions on individual installations are being provided to affected Congressional delegations. The Army will conduct Congressional notification in accordance with Section 993, Title 10 U.S.C. prior to taking any irrevocable actions to implement these decisions.

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