The Army's Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate a potential threat against Fort Benning that was discovered Nov. 19.

A Soldier discovered a suspicious package and note in the area of a motor pool on Kelley Hill. The Soldier notified his supervisor, who called 911.

Military police and the Department of Emergency Services personnel secured the area around the motor pool without incident. The criminal investigation was initiated immediately.

On the same day, the Department of Defense Schools had a planned training exercise to rehearse procedures for lock down in the event of a bomb threat. Additionally, post security forces were preparing for the annual SOA Watch protest, resulting in an increased security presence throughout post.

These separate, unrelated events led to some confusion throughout the community, said Col. Charles Durr, Maneuver Center of Excellence chief of staff.

"It was sheer coincidence that all three events happened on the same day," Durr said. "The school exercise and SOA Watch security concerns are a part of our normal battle rhythm.

"Our focus now is the ongoing criminal investigation into the incident on Kelley Hill."

"As the investigation continues, the post remains open and accessible," said Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commanding general. "The Directorate of Emergency Services, Criminal Investigation Division and military police did an exceptional job responding to this incident and ensuring the community was protected.

"Our number one priority is to ensure Fort Benning is a safe place to live and work," he said. "We have the appropriate force protection measures in place as we approach Thanksgiving and the holiday season."

Anyone with information regarding this incident can call the Criminal Investigation Division office at 706-545-3984.

Page last updated Wed November 25th, 2009 at 11:18