Category Archives: Military

Cairo native serving in Navy participates in special reunion

A 2011 Cairo High School graduate and Cairo native serving in the U.S. Navy was selected to participate in a special event which reunited service members stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, with their families for Thanksgiving. Airman Brianne Maxwell was one of only 72 sailors and Marines chosen to participate in the reunion event. Her mother and father, Debbie… Read More »




Meet the new deputies and detention officers at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office – Part 1

Recently we had a chance to sit down and interview several new Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies and detention officers at the Decatur County Jail, who have gone to work for Sheriff Wiley Griffin in recent months. The following is Part 1 of 2; please come back to sowegalive.com tomorrow to read profiles of four additional officers! You can… Read More »

Congressman Bishop encourages veterans to apply for Wounded Warriors job position

ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced his office is seeking a Wounded Warrior Fellow to serve as a Veterans’ Advocate and Outreach Coordinator in his Albany, Georgia Congressional Office. Primary responsibilities of the position will include facilitating and coordinating responses to a wide range of requests received from military, veterans, and other stakeholders in… Read More »




Congressman Bishop responds to U.S. Army decision to cut soldiers at Columbus’ Fort Benning

FORT BENNING, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, reacted to the United States Army’s decision to draw down forces from Fort Benning in compliance with the U.S. Army’s overall brigade reduction plan: “Our national security should not… Read More »

Veteran Services reopens Georgia satellite offices, including several in SW Georgia

The Georgia Department of Veteran Services recently resumed operations at multiple satellite offices throughout the state, including Southwest Georgia. The Georgia Department of Veteran Services maintains satellite offices in Toccoa, Blue Ridge, Dawsonville, Adel, Blakely, Cairo, Camilla, Clayton, Cuthbert, Ellijay, Fort Stewart, Greensboro, Jesup, Lakeland, Nashville, Quitman, Statenville, Statesboro, Summerville, Thomaston, Thomson, Trenton, Warrenton and Wrens. Operational hours… Read More »




Citizens, teens team up to honor local veterans with American flags

City of Bainbridge News Release Last week, Kevin Dowdy, representing Flint Media and its Southwest Georgia radio stations, led a fundraising campaign to purchase small American flags which are to be placed on the grave-sites of all veterans buried in City of Bainbridge cemeteries. The fundraising effort proved to be a success…over $1,000 in donations were pledged by… Read More »

Bainbridge’s Anderson graduates from U.S. Military Academy

Second Lieutenant Adam Anderson, Bainbridge High School Class of 2011, graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York this past weekend. Holding the flag during the commissioning ceremony on May 23, 2015 is USMA Cadet Stephen Dunn, BHS Class of 2011, and Harvard University Senior Erick Juarez, BHS Class of 2010. Administering the Oath… Read More »

BHS Air Force JROTC Program and Cadets Earn Top Recognition

On May 8, 2015 the BHS Air Force JROTC conducted its 21st annual awards program. Each year Headquarters Air Force JROTC awards programs the Distinguished Unit Award. The criteria for this recognition is extremely difficult to achieve and only some of the over 800 Air Force JROTC units will earn this distinction. This year marks the 12th year… Read More »




U.S. Marine from Early County is helping victims in Nepal earthquake (Video)

In the video below, Cpl. David Dequeljoe, a Jakin, Ga., native, is among many Marines who are beginning an international joint-service humanitarian mission in Nepal after it was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25th. Credit: Cpl. Isaac Ibarra | Date Taken: 05/07/2015 U.S. Marines and Nepalese soldiers deliver 4,000 pounds of supplies to include food,… Read More »




Mitchell County teen recognized for participation in Georgia National Guard’s ‘Youth ChalleNGe’

CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Ga.– Command Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Greene, recognized a Mitchell County teen, Thursday, Jan. 8, for for his participation in the Georgia National Guard’s 22-week Youth ChalleNGe Academy while attending the Georgia Adjutant General and Commanding General change of command ceremony in Marietta at Clay National Guard Center. Benjamin T. Jackson, of Camilla Ga., is… Read More »

Santa Claus reunites preschooler with her soldier dad

Christmas is a time of joy, especially when a soldier makes it home from Afghanistan just in time for a holiday surprise! Bainbridge Public Safety helped coordinate a very special reunion for one little girl this afternoon. Elcan-King Elementary Pre-K student, Jayla Orange, had no idea when Santa walked through her classroom door this afternoon, that he had… Read More »

Veterans ‘dear to hearts’ at Bainbridge State

Bainbridge State College recognized staff, faculty and student veterans on Tuesday with a Veterans Day Ceremony and luncheon with special guest speaker Senior Master Sargent Scott Morehouse. Pamela Barnes, BSC Director of First Year Experience and Student Life, introduced Morehouse to the audience. He spent 21 and half years in the U.S. Air Force. He and his family… Read More »




Good crowd turns out in downtown Bainbridge to honor veterans’ service

Two to three hundred people attended a Veterans’ Day ceremony held in Bainbridge’s Willis Park on Tuesday morning, Nov. 11. Music from the Bainbridge High School Concert Band, under the direction of Paschal Ward, greeted guests to the ceremony. The Bainbridge High School Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the flags and the BHS band performed the National Anthem.… Read More »

City of Bainbridge to honor Purple Heart medal recipients

The City of Bainbridge is becoming a Purple Heart City! The City will be recognizing and honoring all local Purple Heart recipients, both living and deceased, at the Tuesday, October 21 City Council meeting in the Council chambers of City Hall. If you or someone you know has received a Purple Heart, please contact Allie Godwin at [email protected] Read More »