A funeral service has been set for a soldier from central Georgia who was killed in Afghanistan. A Defense Department statement Wednesday said Spc. Erica P. Alecksen of Eatonton was among six soldiers who were killed in a bombing in Afghanistan.
Spc. Bryant J. Luxmore of New Windsor, Ill., died Sunday when he was on patrol with Afghan security forces near Panjwai and was hit by gunfire. The 25-year-old soldier was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart.
The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed that a 24-year-old Marine from Leesburg was killed in Afghanistan May 26. Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton died while conducting combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
More Fort Stewart soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan this year as part of the Army's plan to shift from a combat mission to one primarily focused on advising and training Afghan forces. Some members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Fort Stewart will depart between April and August.
Nearly 700 Ft. Stewart soldiers are getting ready to say goodbye to their families before leaving for their first deployment to Afghanistan. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment held a ceremony Wednesday to pack the unit's battle flag, a symbol that the troops and their flag will soon be heading overseas.
Fort Stewart's top general and his command staff of about 700 soldiers have received orders to deploy to Afghanistan by late summer. Officials at the southeast Georgia Army post said Thursday that commander Maj. Gen. Robert A. Abrams and his headquarters battalion from the 3rd Infantry Division are expected to deploy in August.
The Army says it plans to deploy about 1,600 soldiers stationed in southeast Georgia to Afghanistan later this year. The announcement came from Fort Stewart, which says it will deploy two battalions from its 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. No other units in the division have received deployment orders.