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  • 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.

  • Former Army chief of staff visits post

    Mar 30, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The retired general who served as the nation's 32nd Army chief of staff added his endorsement to the Armor-Infantry consolidation taking place here and praised the "breathtaking" facilities built at Harmony Church to accommodate troops moving in from Fort Knox, Ky.

  • Torchlight Ceremony carried on at Fort Benning

    Mar 30, 2011

    A quarter-century-old Fort Knox, Ky., tradition has unfolded at Fort Benning, Ga., for the first time. The 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, staged its annual Torchlight Ceremony at dusk Sunday in Memorial Grove outside the unit's headquarters on Sand Hill.

  • Ranger family seeks treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

    Mar 30, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Ever heard of Spinal Muscular Atrophy'

  • Work to increase emotional resiliency

    Mar 30, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Resiliency. The word has crept its way into our military vocabulary and everyone is using it, from top Army leadership to the squad leader. There are five areas where resiliency applies - family, social, physical, spiritual and emotional. All of this falls under the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

  • Army Values: Treat others with dignity

    Mar 30, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - In the United States Army and at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, military discipline is founded upon self-discipline and embracing the Army Values.

  • As competition nears, RTB puts finishing touches on events

    Mar 30, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - With less than three weeks to go, Best Ranger Competition planners are adding finishing touches and ensuring event schedules remain under tight guard.

  • Statement on land expansion to be released in April

    Mar 30, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The next round of meetings for the Training Land Expansion Program is set for May, pending the approval and release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement in mid-April.

  • Record number of shooters attend Army Small Arms Championship

    Mar 29, 2011

    More than 300 Soldiers from across the Army descended on Fort Benning, Ga., March 19-28, to take part in the 2011 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship, the preeminent marksmanship training and competition event the military has to offer.

  • Beyond the Basics

    Mar 28, 2011

    Cpl. Eric Bell of the 82nd Airborne Division trains for the Best Ranger Competition.

  • Afghans lead Aussies on 14-hour patrol through Taliban hotspot

    Mar 25, 2011

    Afghan National Army soldiers and their Australian Army mentors conducted one of their longest patrols through Tangi Valley, Afghanistan March 22.

  • Unmanned Aircraft Soar Into Future Roles

    Mar 24, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--The message came across loud and clear - unmanned aircraft systems are here to stay in the Department of Defense's joint forces fleet. From keynote presenter Dr. Steve Messervy of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command to Navy Capt. Gregory McGuire of the Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence, the speakers at the Pathfinder Symposium sponsored by Pathfinder Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Systems International at the Von Braun Center on March 16-17 reviewed technologies and new initiatives that will grow the role of unmanned aircraft systems across the services. The theme of the symposium was Unmanned Systems - A Roadmap to the Future.

  • Lifeliners renovate aid station, expand medical care to troops

    Mar 24, 2011

    101st Sustainment Brigade re-opens newly renovated TMC

  • Army to celebrate Month of the Military Child

    Mar 24, 2011

    During April, U.S. military installations around the globe will recognize the contributions and sacrifices that servicemembers' sons and daughters make daily.

  • Army Combatives Championship moving to Fort Hood

    Mar 23, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - For the first time since its inception in 2005, the U.S. Army Combatives Tournament will be staged somewhere other than Fort Benning. This year's installment is headed to Fort Hood, Texas, which was given the opportunity to host after III Corps won the Lacerda Cup here last fall as team champion. The 2011 All-Army showdown is set for July 20-23.

  • Green to Gold provides troops a way back to school

    Mar 23, 2011

    The Army's Green to Gold program provides eligible active-duty Soldiers an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate or graduate degree and be commissioned as officers. There are three application routes for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at more than 270 colleges and universities around the country.

  • Minnesota unseats Illinois as National Guard combatives champ

    Mar 23, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - More than 90 fighters turned out for the fourth annual Army National Guard Combatives Tournament - and Minnesota continued to make its mark on the sport.

  • Drill sergeant exchange could lead to changes in how sister services train troops

    Mar 23, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A drill sergeant exchange between Army and Air Force cadre may yield insight into possible training improvements for both services.

  • MCoE preps for 2011 Reconnaissance Summit

    Mar 23, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Senior leaders from around the Army will gather here early next month for the 2011 Maneuver Center of Excellence Reconnaissance Summit. The conference makes its Fort Benning debut April 6-8 at Harmony Church, the Armor School's new home.

  • Friend, follow or blog' Get expanded BRC coverage through social media sites

    Mar 23, 2011

    The Army's official website for the 2011 Best Ranger Competition launched Friday. The unveiled site at www.army.mil/ranger is the one-stop shop for information about the competition, which is April 15-17.

  • Get ready for BRC

    Mar 23, 2011

    Under lock and key, Best Ranger Competition events remain elusively secret until the last possible moment prior to the three-day competition. Even the order of events is closely guarded. However, some events have become a fixture over the years. The following are a handful of popular viewer-friendly events from previous years.

  • Gates cites efforts to avoid civilian casualties in Libya

    Mar 23, 2011

    Coalition forces enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya to halt the slaughter of citizens by Moammar Gadhafi "have gone to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

  • Brain injuries: Recovery is possible

    Mar 22, 2011

    Many people have experienced the effects of a concussion at some point whether on the battlefield or at home, but unless the injury is severe, it can be difficult to determine if treatment is needed.

  • The 27th Annual Army Family Action Plan Conference identifies 16 new quality-of-life issues

    Mar 22, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- Earlier this month, I discussed the progress we made resolving 17 of 40 quality-of-life issues at the AFAP General Officer Steering Committee held in February.

  • Minnesota dominates National Guard Combatives Tournament

    Mar 21, 2011

    Soldiers from the state of Minnesota were a dominating presence at the fourth annual Army National Guard Combatives Tournament March 19 and 20, where they took four first-place titles in addition to walking away with the overall team award.

  • Female aviators defy reported odds

    Mar 21, 2011

    According to a study released earlier this month by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, women account for only 16 percent of leadership positions in the military - a seemingly staggering statistic to release during National Women's History Month. The numbers aren't so shocking when compared to the overall statistic of women serving in the military, which is 16.4 percent, according to a Sept. 30 report released by the Department of Defense.

  • Soldiers watch as Afghans do infantry the Aussie way

    Mar 19, 2011

    For the past five months, a group of Afghan National Army soldiers have been working with a company of Australian Army infantrymen and learning the finer points of ground warfare.

  • Gen. Martin Dempsey, TRADOC commander, departs to become 37th Chief of Staff of the Army

    Mar 17, 2011

    Fort Monroe, Va. - General Martin E. Dempsey, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, will depart here Monday to become Chief of Staff, Army, at the Pentagon during an 11 a.m. ceremony in Continental Park hosted by Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., the current Chief of Staff, Army. Gen. Dempsey has commanded TRADOC since December 2008, and was confirmed by the United States Senate during a vote March 16 to become the next CSA. Gen. Casey has been CSA since April 2007.

  • Engineers build tank display pads for Armor School

    Mar 16, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - An Armor School need turned into a chance for the 11th Engineer Battalion to train - and the endeavor paid dividends for both. The 63rd Engineer Company's Construction Platoon has built two tank display pads along Benning Boulevard at what's set to become an entrance to the future Armor and Cavalry Museum.

  • Restrepo Soldiers put charge into basic trainees

    Mar 16, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Two Soldiers from the platoon depicted in Restrepo delivered some motivation to a basic training unit in its fourth week on Sand Hill. Staff Sgts. Elliott Alcantara and Teodoro Buno, who appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary, spoke to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, during its Warrior Ethos class March 8.

  • Antiterrorism exercise March 30

    Mar 16, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Installation officials are scheduled to conduct the annual antiterrorism/force protection exercise March 30.

  • Army Strong Experience inspires civilian leaders, students

    Mar 16, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - What does a Soldier do' Hundreds of businessmen, educators, academic leaders and students from across the country got an up-close look Thursday, converging on Fort Benning for a day of activities centered on teaching the public about the military.

  • The 27th annual Army Family Action Plan General Officer Steering Committee resolves 17 quality-of-li

    Mar 15, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- I often say you can read about history or make history. This year, the voices of Soldiers, Civilians and Families that have contributed to the Army Family Action Plan process were heard and history was made at the recent AFAP General Officer Steering Committee held the first week of February.

  • Picatinny advances EOD training with video game technology

    Mar 15, 2011

    Picatinny recently received a patent for a realistic video game that simulates combat environments and uses the same controls as actual robots to safely train Soldiers how to detonate improvised explosive devices.

  • Blackhorse Troopers take plunge into Pre-Ranger course

    Mar 10, 2011

    11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Blackhorse Troopers participate in a Pre-Ranger Assessment Course at Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 28-March 2.

  • Putting theory in perspective: Rangers stage demonstration for National War College students

    Mar 9, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A contingent from the National War College in Washington learned what it's like to be Soldiers during a three-day visit to Fort Benning last week.

  • Burbelo: Model tactics of world-class athletes to build strong minds

    Mar 9, 2011

    COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Army Center for Enhanced Performance wants Soldiers, leaders and basic trainees to build strong minds and bodies by tapping into the science behind an Olympic training model, the organization's director said Thursday.

  • Smartphones combine with tactical radios to boost ground troops

    Mar 9, 2011

    Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division communicated via voice, data and images as they swarmed a mock village to capture a high value target. Information traveled rapidly up and down the chain of command through a cutting-edge combination of smartphones plugged into tactical radios.

  • Avoid deceptive e-mails by staying alert, informed

    Mar 9, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Did you win a lottery in the United Kingdom even though you live in the United States' Receive an e-mail offering a get-rich-quick scheme' Or maybe you received an e-mail asking to log in to a merchant or bank site and update your account information.

  • DoD helps spouses compete for federal jobs

    Mar 9, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - It's no secret that military spouses make sacrifices. They raise children while their spouses are deployed and leave behind jobs when it's time to relocate to a new duty station.

  • Ranger School seeks to fortify NCO numbers

    Mar 9, 2011

    The number of Ranger School instructors has grown from a "critical" deficit of 60 percent in September to 80 percent, with the number expected to grow in the next few months, officials at the Ranger Training Brigade reported.

  • Granddaughter's research yields Bronze Star for WWII hero

    Mar 8, 2011

    The family of a New Jersey World War II-era veteran received a posthumous Bronze Star commending the heroic actions of their loved one, Technician Fifth Grade John F. Morgan Jr., nearly 70 years after his heroic action in World War II.

  • Survivor Outreach Services: Supporting Survivors and honoring Soldiers

    Mar 7, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- I commanded the 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Ga., as part of the surge in Iraq in 2007-8.

  • RTB selects representatives for BRC

    Mar 3, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Nine teams have been selected to represent the Ranger Training Brigade at the 28th annual Best Ranger Competition April 15-17.

  • VTCs keep Soldiers, Families connected during deployments

    Mar 3, 2011

    Video teleconferencing is one of the many ways Soldiers of the Task Force Thunder, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, can communicate with their families while deployed here.

  • School welcomes first female combatives instructor

    Mar 3, 2011

    Remember what your mother taught you about hitting girls. Combatives instructor Spc. Teddra Rodriguez wants you to try, but you better be prepared to defend yourself.

  • Cottonmouths coach talks hockey at post Teen Center

    Mar 2, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Jerome "Boom Boom" Bechard has been the face of hockey in Columbus for 15 years. On Wednesday, the Columbus Cottonmouths head coach and general manager spoke to a group of middle and high school students about perseverance and chasing dreams during an appearance at the Teen Center.

  • Former command sergeant major overcame challenges in and out of Army

    Mar 2, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Vickie Dikes climbed the ranks to command sergeant major during her 28-year Soldier career. Outside the Army, she's still knocking down obstacles. Last summer, Dikes became just the second female commander of Samuel G. Cooke American Legion Post 267 in Columbus, the largest in Georgia with 2,327 members, including 120 who are Paid Up For Life.

  • Prescribed burns under way

    Mar 2, 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.

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