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  • Airborne Awards

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - More than 200 paratroopers gathered for the 33rd annual Airborne Awards ceremony Friday at Eubanks Field. The event included an Airborne 5000 demonstration, a wreath-laying ceremony and the dedication of 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, headquarters building.

  • Fort Benning begins to file claims under DES pilot program

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A pilot program to streamline the disability compensation application process for service members retiring or leaving the military due to service-connected disabilities has reached Fort Benning.

  • Female Soldiers conquer German proficiency badge

    Apr 15, 2010

    Three Fort Benning Soldiers were among the first women to receive the gold German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge April 6, German liaison office noncommissioned officer SGM Bernd Rabenstein said.

  • 192nd CSM retires at the place where it all began

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - CSM Todd Hibbs capped his military career today at a retirement ceremony feet away from the benches he sat on as a young private in his first days in the Army.

  • Color you won't believe

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Don't wait, or you'll miss it. The azaleas at Callaway Gardens are reaching their peak color right now, and if you want to see all the different shades - red, pink, purple, orange, lavender, cream and fuchsia - you should grab your camera, a bottle of sunscreen and go. It's not too late.

  • From Civilians to Soldiers: Graduation Day

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The long-awaited graduation day arrived Thursday for C Company's Soldiers. After a week spent reviewing military tactics, cleaning equipment and packing bags, the more than 230 Soldiers of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 192nd Infantry Brigade, are ready for their next step in the Army - advanced individual training.

  • Soldier finds healing through craniosacral therapy

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - It was during his second mobilization that SFC Dale Kessler, a Reserve Soldier with the 198th Infantry Brigade, was injured. After finishing his term as a drill sergeant on Sand Hill, Kessler relocated to the Warrior Transition Battalion. While there, he found an unexpected treatment that worked wonders for his strained back, thanks to a massage therapy demonstration at the battalion Feb. 22.

  • Army Chief of Staff outlines future for ROTC top cadets

    Apr 15, 2010

    Facing a future rife with unpredictability, the one certainty the Army's chief of staff knows George C. Marshall Award winners will encounter throughout the infancy of their careers is a period of "persistent conflict."

  • SACVET stand down scheduled for Saturday: Event to provide one-stop aid to area homeless veterans

    Apr 15, 2010

    As many as 600 homeless veterans will be helped Saturday during the South Atlantic Center for Veterans Education and Training Inc.'s Operation Stand Down 2010, representatives from the organization said.

  • Army releases March suicide data

    Apr 14, 2010

    The Army released suicide data Wednesday for the month of March.

  • US Army conducts board with Iraqi counterparts

    Apr 13, 2010

    Boards, in which a Soldier stands before a group of senior leaders and is examined for technical and general proficiency, are a common experience in the Army, but it is not so often that Soldiers have the opportunity to be examined by leadership from a host nation.

  • Japanese ministry aids Babil Province

    Apr 11, 2010

    The minister of the Japanese Embassy in Iraq signed a contract at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu March 24, 2010, to provide funding for two grassroots projects, which will benefit widows in Babil Province.

  • U.S. troops advise at Iranian border

    Apr 11, 2010

    Soldiers of the 17th Fires Brigade, currently deployed to southern Iraq's Basrah Province out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, conduct joint operations with Iraqis Security Forces along Iraq's border with Iran.

  • Look out below

    Apr 9, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Ever stick your hand out of the car window as you're barreling down the highway' That's the feeling you get over your whole body when you jump out of an airplane, said SSG Kyle Seamans, event coordinator and assistant team leader for the Silver Wings.

  • Sand Hill gets new BCT unit

    Apr 9, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A new unit has cranked up on Sand Hill and will spend the next year turning civilians into Soldiers as an additional basic combat training agent for the 192nd Infantry Brigade.

  • Peek into the past

    Apr 9, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Who is Carson McCullers' If you've never heard the name before, you're not alone. Although not a household name like Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, Carson McCullers is considered one of the major writers of 20th-century Southern fiction.

  • OCS hosts relay run in honor of missing Soldiers

    Apr 9, 2010

    Almost 150 Officer Candidate School Soldiers will run nearly 50 miles to Andersonville, Ga., in honor of past and present prisoners of war and missing in action comrades. The esprit de corps run will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday and end at the Andersonville National Prisoner of War Museum and Historic Park.

  • Soldier's dad walks for warriors

    Apr 9, 2010

    John Cote hit the road April 1 to tackle a 2,140-mile walk in the name of wounded warriors and their families. Cote, 56, is walking from Camp Pendleton, Calif., to Fort Benning in hopes of raising $2 million to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.

  • Families gear up for new fishing season

    Apr 8, 2010

    Children ages 15 and younger can participate in the first Family Fishing Night of the season, from 5 to 7 p.m. April 20 at Russ Pond, hosted by Outdoor Recreation. The event, open to military ID cardholders and families, is free. "You just can't beat free," said Brittany Beadle, Outdoor Recreation specialist with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "And families don't have to travel far. Russ Pond is right at Fort Benning."

  • Jungle Cats II down Rock Force

    Apr 8, 2010

    The Jungle Cats Team II slipped past Rock Force 2-0 in an overtime penalty kick shootout during intramural soccer Monday at Doughboy Stadium. Five minutes into the first half, Rock Force's Matt Apostol, of 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, scored to take a 1-0 lead. After a throw-in by Rock Force's Thomas Schlichter, Apostol headed the ball past the goalie increasing Rock Force's lead to 2-0. Twenty minutes into the first half, The Jungle Cats Team II of 11th Engineer Battalion closed the gap, with Jonathan Espino kicking a goal, trailing 2-1. Espino tied the score at 2-2 to end the first half.

  • Mustangs pass Rock Steady for win

    Apr 8, 2010

    The Mustangs crept past Team Rock Steady in a best-of-three match Tuesday in the first round of the Commander's Cup Preseason Volleyball Tournament at Smith Fitness Center. In game one, both teams remained close, tying six times during the game, but with the score tied at 23, Rock Steady of 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, hit out of bounds to give the Mustangs of CONUS Replacement Center a 24-23 lead. With the game point on the line, Rock Steady missed another hit, securing a 25-23 Mustangs win. Rock Steady began the second game with a 6-2 lead, but allowed the Mustangs to take a 9-8 lead off several missed shots. The Mustangs' defense remained strong, while Rock Steady worked on closing a 3-point deficit. Leading 14-11, the Mustangs increased their lead to 22-17 and with two missed hits by Rock Steady, and a spike by the Mustangs' Dennis Watts, sealed a 25-17 victory.

  • Wildcats defeat Black Knights

    Apr 8, 2010

    By RACHEL JACKSON rachel.watkins@thebayonet.com The 9-and 10-year-old Wildcats added to their undefeated record April 1 after clawing their way to a 9-5 win over the Black Knights at the Youth Sports Complex. The Black Knights took a 1-0 lead on a Gilberto Contreras RBI single in the top of the first inning. Wildcat Jesse Volkman hit an RBI single to tie at 1-1 and the Wildcats took a 2-1 lead after Caleb Youngblood scored on an outfielder's error. Wildcats pitcher Volkman shut the Black Knights down in the top of the second inning, while the Wildcats added two more runs to lead 4-1. The Black Knights scored two runs on walks and tacked on two more runs to lead 5-4 in the bottom of the inning.

  • 'King of Comedy' hits PX: Nearly 300 catch Steve Harvey's visit, fashion show

    Apr 8, 2010

    The Post Exchange mall temporarily was transformed April 1 into a runway suited for kings when nationally renowned comedian, author and radio morning show host Steve Harvey dropped by to promote his Young Kings suit collection.

  • Want to learn CPR' Free training available

    Apr 8, 2010

    The West Central Georgia Red Cross will offer free CPR training to the public at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. April 17 at Freedom Hall. This year's theme for the annual event is "Each 1 Save 1."

  • Elections herald noticeable changes in Iraqi security

    Apr 8, 2010

    March 7, 2010, marked the second Iraqi national elections since the fall of Saddam's regime in 2003. "In 2003, things were very different. Circumstances were tough. We were living under martial law and our government was weak," said Maj. Mohammad Ghassan Mohammad, operations officer for the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Iraqi Army Brigade.

  • Helping deployed Soldiers maintain bonds

    Apr 8, 2010

    The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division is helping married Soldiers improve their relationships with their spouses during their current mission in Iraq.

  • Women honored at COS Kalsu

    Apr 8, 2010

    Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, commemorated Women's History Month March 25, 2010, at the Contingency Operating Site Kalsu dining facility. The theme of the event was "Writing Women Back into History."

  • Chief of Staff cites goals to be met in 2011

    Apr 6, 2010

    The Army has succeeded in changing and adapting over the last few years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told leaders at the Pentagon.

  • National Guard Combatives Tournament draws record field

    Apr 5, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A record number of entries showed up for the third annual Army National Guard Combatives Tournament - and a female Soldier from Idaho nearly stole the show.

  • Ability rather than disability: Wounded warriors prepare for Warrior Games with help from USAMU expe

    Apr 5, 2010

    Wounded Soldiers from around the Army came to Fort Benning and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Mar. 29-Apr. 1 to learn from the military's best shooters in preparation for the inaugural Warrior Games. Air Rifle and Pistol are among the athletic events wounded, ill and injured servicemembers from all branches will compete in at the inaugural games May 10-14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Books for the Doughboys

    Apr 4, 2010

    The American Library Association's Support of World War I

  • New top NCO takes charge at Fort Benning

    Apr 2, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning swapped out its top enlisted Soldiers on Monday. CSM Chris Hardy took over the position during a change of responsibility ceremony behind the Ridgway Hall headquarters building.

  • 'Selfless service': OCS volunteers make over school

    Apr 1, 2010

    The 153 officer candidates in E Company, 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, knew they had their work cut out for them Saturday when they arrived at Mount Olive Elementary School in Fort Mitchell, Ala., for a community service project.

  • Homes for Our Troops, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization, is donating the house.

    Apr 1, 2010

    RyAnne Noss said she has received a number of gifts since her husband, SFC Scot Noss of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was injured in Afghanistan during his eighth deployment. Last month, a group of Rangers helped kick off the construction of RyAnne and Scot's new home in Trussville, Ala. The house is being donated by Homes for Our Troops, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted homes for injured Soldiers.

  • Soldier, 79, asks, 'What can I do now''

    Apr 1, 2010

    With four military retirements behind him, Col. William Bernhard said former President John F. Kennedy's plea to the nation nearly 50 years ago inspires him to keep going.

  • On the road

    Apr 1, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Instead of class periods, crowded hallways and a cafeteria lunch, 54 students from Faith Middle School spent a day exploring the world of higher learning Friday during a road trip to Columbus State University.

  • National Guard Combatives Tournament draws record field (OLD)

    Apr 1, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. Aca,!" A record number of entries showed up for the third annual Army National Guard Combatives Tournament Aca,!" and a female Soldier from Idaho nearly stole the show.

  • Holocaust remembrance ceremony set for April 15

    Apr 1, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Days of Remembrance Commemorative Service, an annual ceremony held in remembrance of the Holocaust, will be from 11 a.m. to noon April 15 at the Benning Conference Center. The guest speaker will be COL(R) Aaron Cohn, a Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit judge and World War II veteran.

  • Eufaula Pilgrimage

    Apr 1, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - If you like Southern charm and elegant antebellum homes, consider visiting Eufaula, Ala. This tiny city - the population is fewer than 15,000 - sits about 50 miles south of Fort Benning on the 45,000-acre Walter F. George Lake. It boasts excellent fishing, quaint shopping and everything else you'd expect in your typical small town, and their biggest shindig of the year is April 9 to 11.

  • Yellow Jackets defeat Patriots 14-6

    Apr 1, 2010

    The 9- and 10-year-old Waverly Hall Yellow Jackets stung the Fort Benning Patriots 14-6 Saturday in youth indoor football at the Columbus Civic Center. Elliott Manuel scored on the Patriots' second possession with a 5-yard touchdown run to lead 6-0 at the half. With 16 minutes remaining in the game, Waverly Hall's Reed Mallard scored from 2 yards out to tie the score at 6. Mallard threw a touchdown pass to Sebastian Russell with less than seven minutes remaining in the game to take a 12-6 lead. T.J. Pass tacked on a 2-point conversion to seal a 14-6 win for the Yellow Jackets.

  • Junior Air Rifle Championships return to Benning for fourth year

    Apr 1, 2010

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit continued its support of America's youth when it hosted the 2010 U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle Championships March 21-23 at Fort Benning's Pool Indoor Range. This was the fourth year the Army sponsored the event, fostering junior participation in state and national rifle competitions, promoting firearms safety and connecting the youngsters with the expertise of the USAMU. "Youth shooting programs require dedicated mentors in order to be successful and U.S. Army Soldiers are the ideal mentors and role models for our Nation's youth," said LTC Daniel Hodne, commander, USAMU. "The Army's involvement in youth shooting programs is a perfect fit; the USAMU is designed to fill this role. We teach, coach, and mentor junior shooters on a weekly basis."

  • New Army strategy provides fresh approach to training leaders

    Apr 1, 2010

    The Army wants to develop critical thinkers who are better prepared for "hybrid" enemies and complex situations - such as those being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Current role models 'write women back into history' at Monroe observance

    Apr 1, 2010

    Four extraordinary women of different calibers took the stage for the Women's History Observance March 29, a collaborative effort of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe and Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

  • From civilians to Soldiers: Weeks Six and Seven

    Apr 1, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Soldiers of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 192nd Infantry Brigade, transitioned from white phase to blue phase this week and are hitting their training stride going into the final two weeks of basic training.

  • MCoE undergoes name change

    Apr 1, 2010

    When the decision was made to combine the Armor and Infantry schools in 2005 most people thought it was a good idea to form the Maneuver Center of Excellence. Now Army official have decided that while the concept is good, the name is not.

  • Medics of 3-1 Cav apply healing hands

    Apr 1, 2010

    The call for aid came early in the evening, March 28, 2010: an Iraqi officer needed help from U.S. Soldiers in treating a burn victim. What made this particular request unusual was that the patient was a 2-year-old girl.

  • Al Kut welcomes fish and meat market

    Apr 1, 2010

    Since March 2008, the Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team, along with U.S. forces and Iraqi Security Forces at Contingency Operating Base Delta near al-Kut, has been working to establish economic stability in the region by giving local merchants sanitary places to sell their meat and fish.

  • Army looks to relocate Pentagon

    Apr 1, 2010

    Top Army officials unveiled plans early today to relocate the massive Pentagon building to the western part of Kansas sometime this summer.

  • Iraqi, US students make connections over Web

    Mar 29, 2010

    A student at the Hillah High School for Exceptional Students accepts gifts from the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division before communicating over the internet with students at Brookstone High School, in Columbus, Ga., March 17, 2010. Students from both schools shared information and asked questions about one another's culture during the session.

  • USAMU hosts junior championship

    Mar 29, 2010

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit continued its full-fledging support of America's youth when it hosted the 2010 U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle Championships Mar. 21-23 at Fort Benning's Pool Indoor Range. This was the fourth year the U.S. Army sponsored the event, fostering junior participation in prestigious state and national rifle competitions, promoting firearms safety and connecting the youngsters with the expertise and professionalism of the USAMU.

  • Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

    Mar 29, 2010

    President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan, delivering a message of praise to American servicemembers on behalf of the United States.

  • Army launches sexual assault prevention month with summit

    Mar 26, 2010

    The Army will sponsor its third Sexual Harassment / Sexual Assault Prevention Summit in Arlington, Va., from March 29 - April 1.

  • Post aims to streamline reception, housing efforts across installation

    Mar 26, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning is making a push to refine the reception process for all incoming Soldiers and strike a balance between housing priorities and availability.

  • Soldiers remember lost comrade

    Mar 26, 2010

    They gathered in the Contingency Operating Station Kalsu chapel with heavy hearts and somber silence. The tiny chapel was filled to capacity, but the overwhelming stillness that filled the small building signaled the somberness of the event.

  • 1-10 FA Regt. Artillerymen say farewell

    Mar 26, 2010

    Members of the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, filed into the auditorium at Contingency Operating Station Delta, Iraq, March 12, 2010, for a memorial ceremony.

  • Watching history unfold: national elections in Iraq

    Mar 26, 2010

    The night before the Iraqi national elections, Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were still going through their system checks. While they would not be in charge of security for the polling sites in the Najaf, Babil, Wasit, Diwaniyah and Karbala provinces, they were determined to be ready if a call for help came.

  • 3rd BSTB welcomes new level-one fighters

    Mar 26, 2010

    Soldiers of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division graduate from a one-week, level one combatives course at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu in southern Iraq.

  • A day in the life

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "I did it. I faced my fears," said Christy Benitez after scaling the 45-foot Eagle Tower during Jane Wayne Day with 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment, Saturday.

  • More than 200 gather for women's luncheon

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The theme for the 2010 Women's History Month Luncheon was "Writing Women Back into History." The annual celebration - held March 18 and attended by more than 200 Soldiers and civilians - showcased the accomplishments of women whose efforts are often omitted from history books.

  • Want a day just for you' Carpe diem.

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Are liverwurst sandwiches your favorite food' Is competitive cloud gazing your thing' Do you represent a group of duck herding enthusiasts' If so, today is your day.

  • Cherry Blossom Festival

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - You are invited to "the Pinkest Party on Earth." It's going on this weekend in Macon, Ga., - the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World - where more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom every March.

  • Army emphasizes alcohol-awareness program

    Mar 25, 2010

    The Fort Benning Army Substance Abuse Program will kickoff Alcohol Awareness Month with two informational workshops Thursday.

  • Fort Benning Open Softball Tourney: Six teams battle for title

    Mar 25, 2010

    Six teams from Columbus, Fort Benning and McDonough, Ga., faced off in the Fort Benning Open Softball Tournament Friday and Saturday at Gowdy Field. The two post teams, Team Benning and Benning II, competed in the round-robin, single-elimination tournament. Team Benning missed its shot at winning the tournament, losing to Team T & W, of Columbus, 19-7 in the quarterfinals. Benning II held on a little longer after winning 21-6 over the Bulldawgs to advance to the semifinals before being eliminated from championship contention with a 29-4 loss to team Midwest, of McDonough. In the semifinals, Midwest erupted for 16 runs in the top of the first inning with RBIs from Chris Jones, Carlton Griffin, Doug Horton and Jay Field, and a three-up, three-down inning from Midwest pitcher Mark Knight. Midwest tacked on three runs in the top of the second half, while Benning II was held to one run in the second inning.

  • Son welcomes stepfather to active duty

    Mar 25, 2010

    The situation was out of the ordinary when SGT Gary Turmelle placed the blue Infantry cord on PFC Daniel Enos during the Turning Blue ceremony March 18. While on leave from his third deployment to Iraq, the 24-year-old Turmelle did the honors of welcoming Enos, his 41-year-old stepfather, to the Infantry brotherhood.

  • Cyclist earns spot on Puerto Rico national team

    Mar 25, 2010

    In his second year of cycling, 22-year-old Jose Solis Jr., son of LTC Jose and Magaly Solis, earned a spot on the Puerto Rico National Cycling Team. "When I heard I made the team, I couldn't believe it," Solis Jr. said. "It's not every day you can say you're on a national team." Solis Jr. found out he made the team after competing in a 90-mile race March 14 in Puerto Rico. Although he said he didn't do well in the race, Puerto Rico National Racing coach Diego Ramirez took notice of him. "The coach was following a group behind us and I guess he saw me race for a few laps and he liked what he saw," Solis Jr. said. He never expected to make a national team so early in his cycling career, he said, but is ecstatic about the accomplishment. After competing with his family in the Fort Benning Reverse Sprint Triathlon in the summer of 2008, Solis Jr. became hooked on cycling and has been doing it ever since. He trains and competes with his dad and typically trains four days a week while competing in races in Georgia and Florida on the weekends. Solis Jr. averages riding 200 to 300 miles per week and in April, will compete with the national team in Puerto Rico. As a member of the team, he could have a shot at cycling in the Central American Games in July, where 31 Latin American and Caribbean countries compete. Right now, he's an alternate for the games, but Ramirez is going to evaluate Solis Jr.'s skills based on the races in April.

  • The Internationals down Jungle Cats 4-2

    Mar 25, 2010

    The Internationals defeated the Jungle Cats Team One 4-2 in the opening round of the Preseason Commander's Cup Soccer Tournament Tuesday at Doughboy Stadium to advance in the winners' bracket of the double-elimination tournament. Both teams missed early scoring opportunities until Jungle Cat Alla Jabu Amaz of the 11th Engineer Battalion scored the first goal 10 minutes into the first half. The Internationals' Jeffrey Lopez, of Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, tied the score. And with three minutes remaining in the first half, Jose Guandique broke the stalemate to give the Internationals the lead 2-1 at the half.

  • Airborne School graduates first class of T-11 jumpers

    Mar 25, 2010

    U.S. Army Airborne School students jumped with the T-11 parachute for the first time March 16. Three hundred sixty-one students in C Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment exited the aircraft at Fort Benning.

  • An Lac orphans return to Fort Benning for reunion

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Thirty-five years ago the tricommunity came together to help 219 orphans of the Vietnam War. On Saturday, nearly 60 of these orphans will return to Fort Benning to revisit their first steps on American soil and to meet Betty Tisdale, the woman who helped coordinate their airlift from Vietnam in the days prior to the fall of Saigon.

  • OCS Hall of Fame induction today

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Six former and current Fort Benning Soldiers are among 38 Officer Candidate School graduates to be inducted today into the Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

  • Team announced for Rigger Rodeo competition

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - E Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment announced the four parachute riggers who will represent Fort Benning at the annual Rigger Rodeo competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., this fall. Team leader SGT Johnny Delgado, PFC Ismael Navarro, PFC Brandon Curtis and PFC Terrence Smith, all of Pack Platoon, beat out three other rigger teams during a three-phase competition here March 5-12. The individual overall winner and Distinguished Rigger of the Year is SGT Jonathan Lopez, whose team finished a close second to Delgado's.

  • Army to stem overuse of prescription drugs, Congress told

    Mar 25, 2010

    Overuse of prescription painkillers by Soldiers -- as reported recently in the civilian press -- may be the result of seemingly unrelenting deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Patterson Award winner honored at OCS Hall of Fame dinner

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - 2LT Kyle Soler was named 2009's most distinguished Infantry graduate Thursday during the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame and Patterson Award dinner at the Benning Conference Center.

  • Cavalry Soldier becomes US citizen

    Mar 23, 2010

    During a ceremony inside the Al-Fal Palace at Camp Victory in Baghdad, a young Soldier of Pakistani descent became the first person in his family to earn his U.S. citizenship, Feb. 15, 2010.

  • Army, Apple meet to discuss hand-held solutions for Soldiers

    Mar 22, 2010

    Leaders from the Army's technology command visited Apple, Inc. to discuss the use of Apple products in Army business and battlefield operations.

  • A rich heritage: Battalion reflects on past ahead of inactivation

    Mar 19, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, can trace its heritage back more than two centuries - when the United States was a burgeoning power on the world stage and Soldiers still wielded sharp bayonets.

  • Leaders look at road ahead in Iraq

    Mar 19, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Iraqi authorities were "clearly out front" in providing security during the country's recent national elections, but the mission is not over as the groundwork continues being laid for an eventual pullout of U.S. forces, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team leaders said during a video teleconference Monday.

  • MCoE to welcome post CSM

    Mar 19, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - CSM James C. Hardy will become the second NCO to serve as the senior enlisted for the Maneuver Center of Excellence when he replaces CSM Earl Rice in a change of responsibility ceremony behind Ridgway Hall, Building 35, at 10 a.m. March 29.

  • Engaging Senior Leaders in Africa

    Mar 18, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> U.S. Army Africa is increasing partnership efforts in Africa through a series of senior leader engagements, part of the command's strategy to build solid relationships with African military leaders that will ultimately lead toward the goal of strengthening professional African land forces capable of supporting security, stability and peace in Africa. Senior leader interactions are one of the tools Army components traditionally use to execute capacity-building efforts. U.S. Army Africa engages senior African officers to encourage follow-on initiatives such as military-to-military familiarization events and combined exercises.

  • Spyder Monkeys win MCCC Mega Bowl

    Mar 18, 2010

    After recording a 6-0 regular season record, the Spyder Monkeys capped off a perfect season defeating Los Conquistadores 10-7 in the Maneuver Captains' Career Course Mega Bowl No. 6 March 11 at Doughboy Stadium.

  • Sand Hill cadre take on their own tests

    Mar 18, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The leaders of 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, mustered well before sunrise Friday to lock up in the inaugural CSM Quarterly Physical Fitness Challenge at Sand Hill.

  • Columbus Blue Devils blank Pacelli Vikings

    Mar 18, 2010

    The Columbus High School Blue Devils (Region 2-AAA) defeated the Pacelli High School Vikings (6AA/A) 8-0 Monday at Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex. After several missed shots by the Blue Devils, Blue Devil Nathan Harrison scored on a penalty shot nine minutes into the first half to lead 1-0. The Vikings had a chance to score on a penalty kick, but missed, while the Blue Devils' Chase Braxton added one more goal during the final seconds of the first half, increasing Columbus' lead to 2-0 at the half. Both teams battled back and forth for the ball in the second half. In the second half, Matt Majestic, Paul Anderson and Tyler Chappel added goals for Columbus. Braxton finished the game with a goal, sealing the 8-0 win. "We had a lot of chances the first half and we could have put them away a lot earlier in the game, but we kept kicking (the ball) right at the keeper - he made six or seven saves," Blue Devils head coach Tom Perry said.

  • Adventure race at Kings Pond

    Mar 18, 2010

    Mud, briars, and a little rain didn't stop 16 teams from competing Saturday in the first Fort Benning Adventure Race at Kings Pond. "We didn't know what to expect when we arrived here - what the course was like or what we would have to do," said Sean Reeves, from Fort Rucker, Ala., who has never competed in an adventure race before. "It turned out to be a lot of fun." Teams of two and three completed two skill tests. One test involved shooting an azimuth across Kings Pond to find different points. In the other test, teams used two wooden boards and a piece of rope to carry a full water cooler around a course - without dropping more than four inches of water. And they couldn't touch the handles or nozzle.

  • Bucket Fillers at Loyd volunteer

    Mar 18, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - They give hugs. They collect donations. They smile at people. Those are some of the simple ideas behind being a bucket filler, said Linda Turner, the counselor at Loyd Elementary School and club facilitator for the Bucket Fillers.

  • Loyd students think green

    Mar 18, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "Can you LRAP' Yes, we can!" The signs started appearing in the hallways of Loyd Elementary School about three weeks ago. Students tried to guess what LRAP stood for by asking their teachers for hints. Then the secret was out.

  • Faith Middle School presents: Happily Ever After & Holka Polka!

    Mar 18, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Gnomes, princesses, wicked witches and the big bad, though perhaps just misunderstood, wolf - you'll see it all at Faith Middle School's annual dinner theater Friday.

  • Soldiers place sights on paintball

    Mar 18, 2010

    690th Medical Company retuned home Christmas Day and was the third to participate in the Army's Warrior Adventure Quest program at Fort Benning.

  • Potential paratroopers tackle Tower Week

    Mar 18, 2010

    With one week of Airborne instruction behind them, students in C Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, moved on to training week two, better known as Tower Week.

  • Recreation complex, dog park open

    Mar 18, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Hundreds turned out for the grand opening of the youth recreation complex and new dog park on post Saturday.

  • From civilians to Soldiers: Weeks Four and Five

    Mar 18, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "The golden rule of basic training is you get what you put into it," said PV2 Jonathan Dunlap. "Put in 110 percent and you will reap the rewards."

  • Maj. Gen. Cucolo discusses drawdown, election

    Mar 18, 2010

    In a conference call from his headquarters in Northern Iraq March 11, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commanding general of Task Force Marne and U.S. Division-North, as well as the 3rd Infantry Division, told reporters that the number of troops in his area of responsibility will decrease from 22,000 to 8,600 by Sept. 1.

  • McChrystal reports on progress in Afghanistan

    Mar 18, 2010

    The commander of NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan said he is pleased with the progress in the country so far while acknowledging that much more needs to be done.

  • Army to reach 1:2 dwell in 2011, vice says

    Mar 17, 2010

    The Army's vice chief of staff said by 2011, Soldiers should find themselves spending twice as much time at home station as they do deployed.

  • Fort Benning paratroopers make first jump using T-11

    Mar 17, 2010

    Airborne School students on Fort Benning, Ga., completed the first jump March 16 using the Army's new T-11 parachute, which is replacing the decades old T-10.

  • Soldier receives tribal honor for service in Iraq

    Mar 16, 2010

    Throughout the history of the U.S. military, troops have been honored with awards and commendations for their service, especially for the times they have gone beyond what was required of them.

  • TRADOC Starts New Mentoring Component for Senior Leader Development Program

    Mar 15, 2010

    The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Senior Leader Development Program (SLD) is developing a structured and formal mentoring program for its civilian leaders, according to Ellen Helmerson, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1/4. In addition to one-on-one mentoring, the program includes content-driven discussion guides and interactive webinars and seminars targeted at developing this next generation of Army civilian leadership.

  • Deadline for Global Assessment Tool approaching

    Mar 15, 2010

    The deadline is approaching for Soldiers to complete the Global Assessment Tool, part of a new Army-wide holistic initiative focused on building resilience: Comprehensive Soldier Fitness.

  • Covering Your Head Can Save Your Life

    Mar 12, 2010

    For an item weighing only three ounces, the Army's Light Weight Performance Hood (LPH) is a key piece of gear. It can save Soldiers from severe, disfiguring, even life-threatening burns to the face, ears, and neck.

  • Soldier gets pit-row peek during NASCAR race

    Mar 12, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A Fort Benning Soldier severely wounded in Iraq six years ago got a pit-row peek at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Atlanta last weekend. SSG Javier Villanueva, 41, was picked by ExtenZe Racing to be the honorary crew chief for rookie driver Kevin Conway during Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.

  • BOLC II ends as 1-11 Battalion prepares for exit

    Mar 12, 2010

    Fort Benning is about to bid farewell to the 11th Infantry Regiment's 1st Battalion. The unit is being inactivated because the Army has eliminated its primary mission: conducting the six-week Basic Officer Leader Course II, said LTC David Bottcher, the battalion commander. A ceremony is set for 10 a.m. March 23 at Stilwell Field on Main Post.

  • ASAP chosen to test intervention program

    Mar 11, 2010

    The Fort Benning Army Substance Abuse Program tested a new online version of PRIME For Life, the drug and alcohol intervention program used for high-risk Soldiers.

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