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  • Purple Heart OK’d for concussions, mild TBI

    May 25, 2011

    Army Secretary John McHugh has approved a policy allowing Soldiers to receive the Purple Heart for concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries not resulting in loss of consciousness.

  • Building Strong Bonds: 3rd HBCT couples work on marriages, emotional resiliency at retreat

    May 25, 2011

    Strong Bonds program helps teach resiliency. Couples use Panama City, Fla., retreat to strengthen marriages.

  • 2011 Drill Sergeant of the Year Competition

    May 25, 2011

    The Army's top six drill sergeants from across the nation will gather at Fort Jackson, S.C. Jun. 13-17 to compete for the title of 2011 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year (DSOY).

  • Georgia Tech researchers examine foreign UAS

    May 25, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Georgia Tech Research Institute officials were here May 12-13 for another peek at a foreign-made unmanned aircraft system built with off-the-shelf commercial parts.

  • We Got Him! author returns to Fort Benning

    May 25, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. " Long before the fall of Osama bin Laden, another polarizing Middle East figure fell to U.S. forces " Saddam Hussein.

  • Resilience App set for release

    May 25, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - An online program aimed at strengthening Soldiers’ resolve and behavioral health skill sets in pursuit of their objectives will debut Wednesday. The Resilience App features a multitude of resources to help service members, Army civilians and family members optimize performance, build strong minds and bodies, and develop better coping mechanisms for traumatic events.

  • Toby Keith to rock crowds Memorial Day weekend

    May 25, 2011

    Coming off his ninth USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East, Toby Keith is still performing for troops, this time at the home of Infantry and Armor.

  • Prescribed burns under way

    May 24, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Environmental Management Division's Land Management Branch is fighting fire with fire - literally. The Directorate of Public Works agency has ignited its annual round of prescribed burns in post training areas. They're needed to maintain longleaf pine forests, control vegetation in the understory and reduce fuel sources for potentially catastrophic wildfires, said Land Management Branch chief James Parker. It's also an important tool in managing the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker habitat. On average, the impact areas are burned every two to three years, totaling about 30,000 to 40,000 acres of upland pine forests annually, he said. Most controlled burns on Fort Benning occur between December and June. Read more:

  • U.S. Army builds on 'Army Strong' campaign with new advertising

    May 24, 2011

    The U.S. Army is introducing its latest extension of "Army Strong" through its newest advertising campaign, "Symbol of Strength."

  • The basics of sustainment

    May 23, 2011

    Sustainment Week affords leaders from around the Army an opportunity to gather yearly to talk about issues, gain valuable insights and discuss the future of the sustainment community. This year's conference kicked off May 9 with a common theme of 'getting back to the basics.'

  • Warrant Officers Look To The Future

    May 23, 2011

    Warrant Officers are the technical experts of their fields, often called upon to provide the knowledge required to successfully complete tough missions.

  • Army orders unit commanders to comply with Army Substance Abuse Program

    May 20, 2011

  • Registration continues for MCOE combatives

    May 18, 2011

    The 197th Infantry Brigade, 192nd Infantry Brigade and 198th Infantry Brigade are among the units with the most participants already registered for the 2011 Maneuver Center of Excellence Modern Army Combatives Tournament, which will be held Friday at Smith Fitness Center. Fifty-four participants are registered as of Wednesday. Registration ends Thursday and all competitors will be weighed in the same day.

  • Four Soldiers honored with building dedication

    May 18, 2011

    Four fallen Soldiers were honored Saturday in a 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, building dedication ceremony on Sand Hill. Three training barracks and a battalion headquarters were named in honor of Capt. Gerry Harr, Lt. Col. George Marshall, Capt. Richard Knight Jr., and Sgt. 1st Class Jason Bishop

  • Runners prepare to race across Georgia

    May 18, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Runners are gearing up for the 3rd annual Run For The Heroes to benefit the Columbus-based House of Heroes. Ten military relay teams are signed up to run, with seven coming from Fort Benning.

  • Soldiers take part in Braves-Phillies festivities

    May 18, 2011

    Fort Benning played a role in Major League Baseball's fifth annual Civil Rights Game on Sunday at Turner Field, while a Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier stepped out of the dugout as the day's "Hometown Hero."

  • Double amputee happy to fill NCO leader role

    May 18, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Ray Castillo's 10th combat deployment with the 75th Ranger Regiment resulted in a life-changing event on the dusty battlefield of northern Iraq. Today, he's a double amputee, but is set to graduate next week from Fort Benning's seven-week Maneuver Senior Leaders Course.

  • USAMU hosts Olympic hopefuls

    May 18, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - France's Pierre Edmond Piasecki fired first. Niccolo Campriani of Italy took a deep breath, let off his stance and gave a smile to the crowd Monday as he prepared to fire his last shot of the Men's Air Rifle final in the 2011 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup, which the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is hosting this week.

  • Ostrander shares story of tragedy, resiliency

    May 18, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Leslie Ostrander knows about resilience. At age 4, Ostrander was paralyzed from the waist down in a fatal car accident on a county road between Columbus and Auburn, Ala., that killed her grandmother and injured her mother.

  • Army publishes draft Environmental Impact Statement

    May 18, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Army published a draft Environmental Impact Statement Friday concerning the comprehensive study of the impact Fort Benning's Training Land Expansion Program may have on local economies and the environment.

  • Special Forces vet reflects on 63-year Army career

    May 17, 2011

    Arif R. Zaky will retire at a May 24 luncheon at the APG-North recreation center. By his accounting, he will have completed 63 years, 5 months and 13 days of federal service. He is 80 years and 8 months old.

  • Honoring the past while planning for tomorrow

    May 13, 2011

    The ordnance Soldier creed states, "I will utilize every available talent and means to ensure that superior mobility, fire power, and communications are advantages enjoyed by the United States Army over its enemies." These words were the foundation for the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps' celebration of 199 years of excellence, professionalism and ordnance during their 2011 Ordnance Week, held here May 2 - 5.

  • Soldiers try new PT test at Benning

    May 12, 2011

    The Army's new physical fitness test was administered to a group of Fort Benning Soldiers this week as part of the service's pilot program.

  • Army wife sheds light on education

    May 12, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - An Army wife who recently moved here as part of the Armor School arrival wants to bring more attention to spouse educational opportunities and hurdles. Alicia Hayes, an online adjunct professor of education for Park University, completed a quantitative study last year on the educational needs of Army spouses during deployment and nondeployment cycles.

  • Soldiers' artwork salvaged from Sand Hill 'starship'

    May 12, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Bob Gehricke has a special gift for his son's birthday this summer: a large skull surrounded by bullet holes painted on a double-door. While going through Infantry one station unit training in 2009, Jared Gehricke and two battle buddies from 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment, completed the rendering on the entrance to their barracks bay at Sand Hill.

  • Facebook page puts 'death row' pets in spotlight

    May 11, 2011

    pet-lovers, it's an emotional issue. For animal control facilities, it's an economic one: what to do with the nearly 7,000 dogs and cats dumped at the city's Animal Care and Control Center every year'

  • Rangers roll in post competition

    May 11, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Ranger Training Brigade dominated Fort Benning's NCO and Soldier of the Year competitions Friday.

  • Fort Benning's top drill sergeant named

    May 11, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Staff Sgt. John Heslin was named the Drill Sergeant of the Year Friday after squaring off against Fort Benning's top drill sergeants in a weeklong competition.

  • NFL contingent comes to Fort Benning

    May 11, 2011

    Lockout or no lockout, the NFL made an appearance on post last week. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick, and ex-players Spencer Tillman, Randy Cross and Jim Miller visited Soldiers here as part of Ron Barr's Sports Byline USA tour. The nationally syndicated sports-talk radio host broadcast a two-hour show live Friday afternoon from the Sand Hill Recreation Center.

  • Snipers take aim at 'interoperability'

    May 9, 2011

    They are some of the most lethal Soldiers in the world. And they are woven of a tight-knit fabric unlike the rest of us. Their bond transcends nationality and knows no service branch, no language barrier, no particular army. At least that's the indication from the 12 German and five American snipers sharpening their skills together and trading best practices during a recent three-week sniper training course here. The combined training, organized by both German and American Army officials, brings together the two groups at the infantry school, or Infanterieschule - the only one in all of Germany and located just 30 kilometers west of the U.S. Army garrison in Schweinfurt.

  • BEAMS system improves weapon-pointing accuracy

    May 9, 2011

  • Ground broken on MACH replacement

    May 4, 2011

  • MCoE opens registration for combatives tourney

    May 4, 2011

    MCoE combatives tournament is May 20. Combatives brings out warrior ethos, confidence in self.

  • Two Soldiers honored at memorial

    May 4, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A memorial and dedication ceremony was held Wednesday on Kelley Hill for two Soldiers killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Captain presumed dead by comrades alive, recognized for heroism after 43 years

    May 4, 2011

    The men of 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment assumed Capt. Jay C. Copley was dead after they watched him be evacuated from Vietnam 40 years ago, until they noticed his name wasn't on the Vietnam Wall. Copley stood in front of his comrades, family members, and distinguished guests to receive the Distinguished Service Cross at the National Infantry Museum parade field.

  • Severe weather doesn't deter homecoming

    May 4, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 598th Maintenance Company arrived home just ahead of a powerful tornado outbreak that swept across Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Nearly 120 Soldiers returned Wednesday evening from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, when the storm system moved south toward the tricommunity area.

  • New fiscal reality, same commitment to Soldiers, Families

    May 4, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. - A fundamentally different fiscal reality. We will be hearing some variation of that phrase from Army leaders for a long time to come. The Army's budget is smaller than it has been in previous years, and it will get smaller still. However, a different fiscal reality does not change the reality of what we owe to Soldiers and Families for their service and sacrifice. The Army's commitment to Soldiers and Families remains as strong as ever.

  • Military recognizes role of spouses

    May 3, 2011

    Today is being set aside to recognize the wives and husbands of more than one million active-duty servicemembers, Guardsmen and Reservists.

  • U.S. kills bin Laden in intelligence-driven operation

    May 2, 2011

    An intelligence-driven U.S. operation in Pakistan killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden yesterday, President Barack Obama announced in a nationally televised address from the White House late last night.

  • Troops in Afghanistan watch news about Osama Bin Laden's death

    May 2, 2011

    U.S. Servicemembers watch on television as President Barack Obama talks about the details of the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden, inside the USO at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, May 2, 2011.

  • Gen. Robert W. Cone assumes command of TRADOC

    Apr 29, 2011

    FORT MONROE, Va. - Gen. Robert W. Cone assumed command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command in a ceremony today on Fort Monroe, Va. Earlier this morning, Cone was promoted from lieutenant general to general in a ceremony in the Chamberlin Hotel on Fort Monroe, prior to becoming the 14th commanding general of TRADOC.

  • Officers interested in becoming military science professors may compete this summer

    Apr 28, 2011

    Active duty and Active Guard Reserve lieutenant colonels and majors interested in becoming professors of military science need to have their master's or higher degree by May 31, 2011, to be considered for positions in the August board at U.S. Army Human Resources Command.

  • DoD Issues Purple Heart standards for brain injury

    Apr 28, 2011

    U.S. servicemembers have long been eligible to receive the Purple Heart Medal for the signature wounds of the current wars -- mild traumatic brain injuries and concussions -- but now there is more clarity on how medical criteria for the award are applied, Defense Department officials said yesterday.

  • Senate Military Family Caucus recognizes Month of the Military Child

    Apr 27, 2011

    The Senate Military Family Caucus co-chairs, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Richard Burr, signed a letter recognizing April as Month of the Military Child. In the letter, the two senators thank the children of U.S servicemembers for their "strength, courage and optimism."

  • Post CSM leads team to Fort Riley

    Apr 27, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Now that the Maneuver Center of Excellence is coming into full view at Fort Benning, leaders here want to tell the rest of the Army all about it.

  • Nine Soldiers inducted into Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

    Apr 27, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Fort Benning chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club staged its first induction ceremony Wednesday in almost two years.

  • Lack of injuries from severe weather attributed to composite risk management

    Apr 27, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning officials believe the lack of injuries during the severe weather April 15-16 is a direct result of the effective use of composite risk management.

  • Medal of Honor recipient shares story with Fort Benning troops

    Apr 27, 2011

    In Cai Lay, Vietnam, Nov. 18, 1967, a young Soldier helped rescue his injured comrades by swimming across a river on an air mattress despite having a broken back, three broken ribs, shrapnel wounds, a gunshot wound and not being able to swim.

  • 497th MCC deploys to Afghanistan

    Apr 27, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Twenty-one Soldiers with Fort Benning's first active movement control company deployed Wednesday to Afghanistan.

  • Army seeking 'frank' Soldier feedback on power sources

    Apr 27, 2011

    The "Power Sources Feedback" user group is designed so that Warfighters can share frank observations and recommendations directly with CERDEC Army Power engineers as they prepare to host the Joint Services Power Expo, May 2-5, 2011, at the Myrtle Beach, S.C., Convention Center.

  • LT. Gen. Michael Barbero visits Spin Boldak, Afghanistan

    Apr 25, 2011

  • New Army PT Tests: Army Physical Readiness Test, Army Combat Readiness Test

    Apr 24, 2011

    <b>What is it' </b> Since 1980, the U.S. Army has assessed a Soldier's physical ability through the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). Commonly known as the "PT Test," Soldiers are required to complete three events; two-minutes of pushups, two-minutes of sit-ups, and a two-mile run. Together, these events lack the ability to adequately measure components of muscular strength, endurance, or mobility needed for success on today's battlefield.

  • First stop: 37th Chief of Staff of the Army visits troops in Iraq

    Apr 22, 2011

    The Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, made his first visit to Iraq since being sworn in on April 11. The general met with more than 70 service members in the Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, April 20.

  • Net Threats: Knowing the dos and don'ts of posting on social media

    Apr 22, 2011

    During World War II, the U.S. government adopted the slogan "loose lips might sink ships" to warn people to be careful when talking in public. Almost 70 years later, the same slogan could be used in relation to today's tweets, posts and published photos in the online world of social media.

  • Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden program focuses on military, education

    Apr 21, 2011

    For Brea Harper, getting to travel to Coors Field in Denver to play on the field with cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy, seeing the Rockies' clubhouse and watching Jessica Simpson perform for military Families paled in comparison to meeting her hero: Michelle Obama.

  • Fingerprints give parents tools to help locate missing children

    Apr 21, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Roughly 800,000 children in the U.S. are reported missing each year, according to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Of that number, an estimated 450,000 run away, 200,000 are abducted by family members and 115 are kidnapped by strangers with the intention of killing them, holding them for ransom or keeping them permanently.

  • At 1-year anniversary of cancer diagnosis, teen gets dream visit to Fort Benning

    Apr 20, 2011

    Christopher McNally received his orders April 6, to report to Fort Benning, Ga. Like others before him, his first stop on post was the 30th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception). Unlike the others, McNally is 16 and has been battling osteosarcoma for a year.

  • Methane gas conversion to be tested at Fort Benning landfill

    Apr 20, 2011

    Fort Benning, Ga., is the first military installation to acquire the Flex Powerstation, which will be tested at Fort Benning this summer to see if it can successfully generate cost-effective electricity.

  • Fort Benning boasts Army's top bomb-disposal unit

    Apr 20, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Army's best bomb-disposal unit calls Fort Benning home. The 789th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company outperformed detachments from Fort Stewart, Ga., and Fort Bragg, N.C., to capture first place in a competition March 28-30 at Fort Campbell, Ky. Because of the high operations tempo since 9/11, it marked the first Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Year event since 2001.

  • Drill sergeants, recruiters team up for 'Ask a Drill Sergeant'

    Apr 20, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The message is simple: You've answered the call to duty, now we will answer you.

  • Panthers receive Quality of Life award

    Apr 20, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A Fort Benning basic training battalion is among nine Quality of Life Award winners announced April 8 by the Secretary of Defense.

  • Support key for competitors

    Apr 20, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Best Ranger Competition teams traveled more than 60 miles by foot leading up to Sunday's Darby Queen Obstacle Course, said Ranger Training Brigade's event officer in charge, Capt. Joshua Ollek, more mileage at this point than in previous years.

  • Sergeant major of the Army makes first visit to Fort Benning

    Apr 20, 2011

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III was at Fort Benning, Ga., for the 28th annual Best Ranger Competition, but also took part in a working lunch with 10 drill sergeants at the Kouma Dining Facility on Harmony Church.

  • Tornado, lightning delay BRC

    Apr 20, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A tornado touched down about a mile away from the Ranger Training Brigade compound in Harmony Church early Saturday morning, which forced organizers to delay the start of the night orienteering course at the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition.

  • Residents urged to beware of dryer fires in housing

    Apr 20, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Officials have a message for post residents: Dryers could do more than simply take the dampness out of your clothes if they're not maintained properly. Three small dryer fires, including one at Smith Fitness Center, have broken out at Fort Benning in the last few months, said Steven Lowell, the installation's assistant chief of fire prevention.

  • USASOC Ranger team comes out on top

    Apr 20, 2011

    The "super team" of Sgt. Maj. Walter Zajkowski and Master Sgt. Eric Turk is the winner of the 28th annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition.

  • World War II veteran a regular at Best Ranger Competition

    Apr 20, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - William Boyd said he rarely misses the Best Ranger Competition - even if it means not telling relatives about his weekend travel plans. The 87-year-old former Soldier who trained at Fort Benning in the early 1940s and participated in D-Day was back on Harmony Church for this year's installment. He began attending BRC in the late 1990s and drives up to Columbus every year from his home in Sun City, Fla.

  • Supplying excellence, sustaining the force

    Apr 20, 2011

    Regardless of where they're fighting, operating or training, Soldiers require supplies to accomplish their mission. The Supply Excellence Award recognizes those who keep the Army moving by providing superior supply operations for the active Army, National Guard and Reserve components. The SEA program started in 1986 to highlight the critical role sustainers play in supporting the warfighter. The purpose is to increase the logistical readiness of all Army units; enforce the Command Supply Discipline Program; encourage the use of available resources; and provide a structure for recognition of group and individual initiatives.

  • Maneuver Center Sgt. Maj. invites you to "Ask a Drill Sgt." on Facebook

    Apr 19, 2011

    If you have questions about this Army journey, mark your calendars to participate in the Ask a Drill Sergeant discussion on Fort Benning's Facebook Fan Page from 6-8:30 p.m. April 21. Drill Sergeant's (also called Cadre) from two training units at Fort Benning - the 192nd and 198th Infantry Brigades - will answer questions.

  • Secretary of Army awards 'best Ranger'

    Apr 18, 2011

    The "super team" of Sgt. Maj. Walter Zajkowski and Master Sgt. Eric Turk are the winners of the 2011 Best Ranger Competition. At an awards ceremony today at Freedom Hall, Secretary of the Army John McHugh congratulated the teams on their accomplishment.

  • Special Ops Soldier wins Best Ranger second consecutive year

    Apr 18, 2011

    For the second year in a row, Master Sgt. Eric Turk has taken the title of Best Ranger, along with his partner Sgt. Maj. Walter Zajkowski, also a previous winner. Zajkowski claimed the top spot in 2007 with his then-teammate Maj. Liam Collins. The competition has only been won by the same Soldier in two consecutive years once before.

  • Army develops smartphone framework, applications for the front lines

    Apr 18, 2011

    The device known as a Joint Battle Command-Platform, or JBC-P Handheld, is the first developed under an Army effort to devise an Android-based smartphone framework and suite of applications for tactical operations.

  • Key tactical communications applications to join in Army network exercise

    Apr 18, 2011

    With more than 100,000 systems in the field and a lifesaving track record in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army's friendly force tracking and messaging software is preparing for the future with a new version that is faster, more versatile and better connected to the Marine Corps. Next up: a tryout with Soldiers as part of the Army's unprecedented combined test and evaluation at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. in June. The Limited User Test for the new version of Force XXI Battle Command Brigade-and-Below/Blue Force Tracking (FBCB2/BFT), called Joint Capabilities Release (JCR), will support a decision on wider fielding of the capability - which thus far has been fielded to several brigades inside the United States. The LUT also marks a step toward a broader plan to move to the next-generation FBCB2/BFT technology for tactical aircraft, vehicles and dismounted forces, called Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P). JCR is one of several programs of record undergoing simultaneous testing with the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division during the six-week event, known as the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE). Several other systems that are not part of the formal tests are also participating, including applications that provide Warfighters with fires planning, protection from rocket and mortar attacks and efficient energy sources.

  • Best Ranger 2011 comes to close

    Apr 17, 2011

    The 2011 Best Ranger Competition 2011 came to a close April 17 at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • 31 teams remain in Best Ranger as end draws near

    Apr 17, 2011

    Teams picked up the pace overnight leading into the final day of the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition. Injuries eliminated three teams and narrowed the field to 31 following a 12-mile road march and night orienteering course

  • Photo Gallery: 2011 Best Ranger Competition Day 2

    Apr 17, 2011

    Thirty-four teams continued on to day 2 of the 28th Annual Best Ranger Competition on Todd Field at Fort Benning, Ga. Day 2 consists of Ranger Day Stakes, which use skills every Ranger should know, including shooting, first aid, climbing and rappeling. The events are executed round-robin style as Ranger teams rotate from one event to the next. At the conclusion of the Day Stakes events, teams begin a foot march of more than 12 miles.

  • Competition narrows as Best Ranger 2011 continues

    Apr 16, 2011

    Soldiers competing in the 2011 Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Ga., spent day two of competition completing several Rangering tasks including a mystery event. At the end of day two, only 33 out of 50 teams remained. The Best Ranger Competition is an ultimate test of fitness, endurance and grit for the Army's most elite Soldiers and includes three days of events such as running, ruck marching, swimming, completing obstacle courses, airborne drops, land navigation, and displaying weapons proficiency with little planned rest time.

  • Day 2 under way at Best Ranger Competition after rocky weather

    Apr 16, 2011

    Action resumed Saturday morning at the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition - after a tumultuous night of thunderstorms rocked the local area. Ironically, the weather left the field more intact than in previous years at this stage as officials were forced to delay the start of the night orienteering course, a grueling 10-mile trek that wreaks havoc on competitors.

  • Photo gallery: 2011 Best Ranger Competition Day 1

    Apr 15, 2011

    Fifty teams kicked off the 28th annual Best Ranger Competition with a three-mile buddy run before dawn today. The teams head into a foot movement and canoe race to round out the morning. Events are scheduled around the clock, with teams moving to the firing ranges in the afternoon to conduct machine gun and moving target events before heading out for day orienteering, fast-rope insertion and their first obstacle course. The day ends with teams navigating an approximately ten mile night orienteering course well into the early hours of Day 2. "It's the greatest thing in the Army ... I look forward to it each year," said retired Col. Ralph Puckett, a former Ranger and two-time Distinguished Service Cross recipient who will be on the sidelines throughout most of the competition. "When you come out to Benning, you walk with giants. They're not rock stars, they're not sports heroes, they're not actors playing Soldiers. They're the real deal."

  • Training for Best Ranger: Guard team talks extreme PT

    Apr 15, 2011

    Held at Fort Benning, Ga., the Best Ranger Competition is an ultimate test of fitness, endurance and grit for the Army's most elite Soldiers. Fifty two-man teams will compete for the title of "Best Ranger" by running, ruck marching, swimming, completing obstacle courses, airborne drops, land navigation, and displaying weapons proficiency in a three-day marathon-style competition without sleep.

  • Best Ranger Competition kicks off with run

    Apr 15, 2011

    Fifty teams kicked off the 28th annual Best Ranger Competition with a three-mile buddy run before dawn today. The teams head into a foot movement and canoe race to round out the morning. Events are scheduled around the clock, with teams moving to the firing ranges in the afternoon to conduct machine gun and moving target events before heading out for day orienteering, fast-rope insertion and their first obstacle course. The day ends with teams navigating an approximately ten mile night orienteering course well into the early hours of Day 2.

  • 2011 Best Ranger Competition Standings

    Apr 14, 2011

  • Competitors gear up for Best Ranger this weekend

    Apr 13, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The events are set for another grueling 60-hour demonstration of mental toughness and physical strength among contestants in the 28th annual Best Ranger Competition.

  • Senior leaders discuss capabilities at 2011 Reconnaissance Summit

    Apr 13, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Army must define a future strategy to deal with hybrid threats that operate along increasingly intricate networks in a "realm of uncertainty" on the battlefield, officials said last week at the 2011 Reconnaissance Summit.

  • Airborne Battle Memorial dedicated

    Apr 13, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 2011 Airborne Awards Festival's Fort Benning stop was highlighted by the dedication of a new $112,000 monument Friday on Eubanks Field. The Airborne Battle Memorial commemorates every major parachute and glider combat assault carried out by U.S. paratroopers and glidermen, from Operation Torch in 1942 during World War II to Operation Northern Delay eight years ago in Iraq.

  • From Bagram to the mountains

    Apr 11, 2011

    Ammunition Supply Company ensures Soldiers are well-stocked with resources to defend themselves.

  • Avoided shutdown reinforces need for financial planning

    Apr 11, 2011

    The avoided government shutdown serves as a stark reminder for the need to save money for a rainy day.

  • Overcoming personal, professional challenges key to success in U.S. Army officer's most recent

    Apr 10, 2011

    BAGHDAD - U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin J. Butler received a Joint Service Commendation Medal at Forward Operating Base Union III April 7, for accomplishments during his most recent deployment.

  • 13th CSSB returns from Iraq

    Apr 6, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Family and friends gathered in Freedom Hall Saturday to welcome home 75 returning Soldiers of the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

  • Capabilities discussed at MCoE Industry Day

    Apr 6, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Top Army and civilian leaders highlighted the past, present and future Wednesday during MCoE Industry Day at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

  • Post prepares for emergencies

    Apr 6, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - When crisis strikes, Fort Benning's Emergency Operations Center stands ready to respond.

  • Tankers go digital with Abrams upgrade

    Apr 5, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Army's Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems is rolling out its newest fleet of Abrams tanks.

  • IMCOM expanding Army Substance Abuse Program workforce

    Apr 5, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. - In this unprecedented era of persistent conflict, the risk for substance abuse among our Soldiers and their Families has never been greater.

  • MTT trains 29 new Pathfinders at JBLM

    Apr 4, 2011

    The MTT brings training to a local unit or base and saves the Army money by bring the training to the local unit.

  • BCTC course plays key role in Iraqi Army's future

    Apr 2, 2011

    As the Iraqi Army continues to increase their defense capabilities, Iraqi soldiers are learning not only how to operate new equipment, but how to properly recover and maintain damaged equipment.

  • I A.M. Strong: Stand with me, take action

    Apr 1, 2011

    Recently, I attended the Army's fourth annual I. A.M. (Intervene, Act, Motivate) Strong Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Summit in Alexandria, Va., and thought it was important to share my views on this serious subject so significant to our Army.

  • Commentary: Military children adapt well to change

    Apr 1, 2011

    A Family member shares her feelings about being a military child in a commentary that outlines how much being a military brat has given her so much. It gave her the opportunity to live and experience other cultures, and taught her to make friends quickly and to say goodbye. It has taught her independence right from wrong.

  • Getting America Involved in Recruiting its Army

    Mar 31, 2011

    Recruiting Command's grassroots outreach program -- launched in 2007 with one community advisory board in Dallas/Fort Worth -- now includes more than 40 active boards across the country. One of the fundamental goals: Get America involved in recruiting its Army.

  • Survivor Outreach Services center opens its doors

    Mar 30, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Survivor Outreach Services center opened its doors March 22 when Maj. Gen. Robert Brown, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning commanding general, and Andrea Jones and Sue Peney, family members of fallen Soldiers, cut the ribbon during the opening ceremony.

  • Military police unit wins Stem Award

    Mar 30, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning's 209th Military Police Detachment received the Stem Award, which recognizes TRADOC's best Military Police unit Wednesday.