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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit Warriors Walk at Fort Stewart, Ga., Friday, April 27, 2012, before speaking to troops, veterans and military families at the Third Infantry Division Headquarters. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Fort Stewart soldiers who turned out to see their commander-in-chief say they're starting families, looking to buy their first homes and considering civilian careers.
Few seemed put off that President Barack Obama's visit Friday to the southeast Georgia Army post focused on college benefits rather than combat missions. Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division say that, after four tours of duty in the recently ended Iraq war, they're also looking beyond a life of constant deployments.
Pfc. Brandon DeVries says he and his wife are expecting their first child in November. Capt. Nicole Ballentine says she and her husband are considering buying a house.
That doesn't mean wartime is over at Fort Stewart. More than 2,000 troops here have deployed to Afghanistan or are slated to go this year.