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      Wide impact expected as Third Army moves to SC

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The men and women who supply and support U.S. Army forces throughout the Middle East are celebrating the opening of their new home at South Carolina's Shaw Air Force Base.

      Military and local spokesmen say Friday's opening of the Third Army's $100 million headquarters will have a long-term impact on the central portion of the state.

      The move marks the formal shift of 1,200 military men and women and their families from Atlanta's Fort McPherson. It was ordered in 2005 by the Pentagon's base closure and realignment panel.

      The Third Army is in charge of logistics for Army forces from Iraq to Afghanistan. The move puts them alongside the Ninth Air Force, in charge of all air forces in the same region.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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