Political Notebook: Chambliss meets with Georgia Guardsmen in Afghanistan

January 31, 2014 

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, toured Camp Phoenix in Afghanistan last week to meet with Guardsmen in the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Macon.

Brigade staff guided Chambliss through the camp to explain their capabilities and provided insight into the current missions overseas.

Speaking to a formation of soldiers, Chambliss said, “The other reason we are here is to look you in the eye with your boots on the ground, appreciate what a great job you are doing, how much we know you have sacrificed and your families have sacrificed, to protect America and protect Americans. I am very proud of every one of you for your commitment to freedom.”

The 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as the “Macon Volunteers,” is a modular infantry brigade of the Georgia Army National Guard, one of the oldest units in U.S. Army history. Col. Randall V. Simmons Jr., the Task Force Volunteer commander, praised the 48th Brigade from Georgia as “the best combat brigade team in the Army National Guard.”

Scott staff schedules appearances

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, an Ashburn Republican who represents much of Middle Georgia in the 8th Congressional District, has scheduled mobile office hours for his staff. They include Forsyth on Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Monroe County Public Library, 62 W. Main St.; Gordon, from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 6 at the Gordon Library, 284 Milledgeville Highway; Eastman, from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 12. at the Murrell Memorial Library, 531 2nd Ave.; and Gray, from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 13 at the Jones County Government Center, 166 Industrial Blvd.

Gubernatorial candidate at Houston GOP

David Pennington, a Republican candidate for governor, will be the special guest at the Houston County GOP meeting Saturday.

Pennington, who is the mayor of Dalton, will face incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal and state schools Superintendent John Barge in the Republican primary May 20.

He will hold a meet and greet with Houston County GOP at 9 a.m., and the meeting is 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the VFW, 1011 Corder Road, Warner Robins. For more information, call 478-719-3533.

Better late than never?

Warner Robins sent out emergency notifications that City Hall would close at noon Tuesday. The emails and text messages went out about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Writers Jennifer Burk and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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