Petreaus Joins Camp Toccoa at Currahee Board

May 9, 2013

The man who once led U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is signing up for a new mission that involves Stephens County.

Retired general and former CIA Director David Petreaus has agreed to join the “Camp Toccoa at Currahee” board.

The “Camp Toccoa at Currahee” project is an effort to preserve and develop the original site of Camp Toccoa on Currahee Mountain, where paratroopers including the “Band of Brothers” trained during World War II.

Camp Toccoa at Currahee Board President Robin Sink-McClelland, the daughter of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Commander Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sink, said adding Petraeus to their effort is great news.

“I am delighted that he responded as he did and he sees this as a way he can give back,” said Sink-McClelland. “I think it will just be of great benefit to the project and it gives us great gravitas.”

Sink-McClelland said a board member indicated to her that Petraeus might be interested in getting involved and he agreed after she reached out to him.

As for what role Petraeus will play on the board, Sink-McClelland said that has not been decided.

She did say that he is ready and willing to help.

“I suppose that we will be using him in our capital campaign,” said Sink-McClelland.

According to the Camp Toccoa at Currahee website, the first phase calls for restoration of the last remaining structure on the property and reconstruction of barracks from the early training days at Camp Toccoa. Organizers say the plan is restore the remaining building into a facility suitable for meetings and other activities.

In the announcement on the board’s website, Petraeus said he is delighted to have been invited to support the effort to remember and honor the members of the four great airborne regiments that trained at Camp Toccoa during World War II.

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