It is an inevitable fact of military life that moving is quite common. While it is a scary and can seem quite impossible the first time, you will get better at it. So, you just got your orders and are wondering what's next. The first thing is to do as much research as possible into your new location. If you can live off post and want to, then you need to look into housing. If you have children, your new homes location will determine their schools. Your hobbies and passions will also dictate your location. Needless to say, there are many topics that need to be covered to make your move successful.
Hunter Army Airfield is located on the West side of downtown Savannah in Chatham County. Savannah is Georgia's first city. It is also considered America's first planned city. Savannah was founded in 1733 and full of history. If you ignore the paved roads and other modern conveniences, you almost feel you are getting a glimpse into the past. The beautiful old oaks covered with their Spanish Moss, the Victorian homes, and remaining plantations can give you the impression that time has not changed here.
However, time does not stand still anywhere for anyone. While 21 of its original 24 squares remain in existence, there have been many changes. They are even talking about rebuilding and adding new squares. There is something here for everyone whether it be just lounging on the beach, shopping, or learning about the history.
Hunter Army Airfield is considered to be a part of Fort Stewart, which is located further West in Bryan and Liberty counties. Hunter has seen an increase in the number of troops it houses. For that reason, more homes were built on Hunter to try to accommodate some of the new troops. Housing at Hunter can be difficult because of this. Therefore if you are looking for housing on Hunter, you will want to take care of this first. The sooner you notify someone, the better. To talk to the housing office, call 912-459-2133.
Hunter has most of the usual military conveniences. It has the commissary (grocery store), PX (AAFES), a health clinic, guest housing, Post Office, etc. For specialized medical care, you will most likely be sent to Fort Stewart. For recreation, there is the Hunter Lanes, the golf course, and Lotts Island. Lotts Island has a little picnic and play area. There is also a dock and a pier. We enjoyed fishing and crabbing from the pier. We saw a little shark and a pretty big stingray get caught!
The main entrance to Hunter is located on Stephenson Avenue off of Abercorn Street. However, there are two other gates. There is the Montgomery Road gate, that was previously the main gate, and the Rio Road Gate. The Stephenson gate will lead you to the shopping areas near the Oglethorpe Mall and eventually to the beach (navigation is necessary). Montgomery Street will lead you towards Forsythe Park and ultimately to the river. The Rio gate will lead you to the Savannah Mall and the Southside.
If you are looking for a home off post, there are a mind boggling number of communities, schools, and attractions. Just browsing listings via the internet will give you an idea of the home, but it will not tell you about the area. For more information about attractions and housing, a local real estate agent would come in handy. A military relocation package will be given and can be immensely helpful. Being a military spouse, I know too well about the Permanent Change of Station. If you would like more information about housing and Savannah, I will gladly help you with information and a relocation package to help you make this move a smooth one.