About Fort Stewart, GA
Located in the eastern Georgia city of Hinesville, the United States Army's Fort Stewart is the largest military base east of the Mississippi. Located on over 280,000 acres, Fort Stewart is part of the Hinesville-Fort Stewart Metropolitan area, which has a population of 77,917. The main force garrisoned at Fort Stewart is the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, which specializes in ground combat missions.
Originally named Camp Stewart in 1940, the fort was named after Revolutionary War hero and Georgia native Daniel Stewart. The base has seen plenty of use over the years, including a massive staging of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Stewart during the peak of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart is under the command of Major General James E. Rainey. One of the most prestigious divisions of the U.S. Army, the 3rd Infantry Division has served in both World Wars.