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  • Lookout Mountains offers triple play of fun

    Apr 29, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Straddling the Georgia-Tennessee border, Lookout Mountain isn't your typical 2,392-foot mountain. This lofty peak is home to three renowned tourist destinations: Ruby Falls, the world's largest underground commercial waterfall, the Incline Railway, the world's steepest passenger railway, and Rock City, a wonderland of gardens, rock formations and breathtaking views.

  • Military pay competitive with private sector

    Apr 29, 2010

    Military compensation is competing well against the private sector, as evidenced by the high rate of recruitment and retention, a Defense Department official told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

  • Army releases 2010 modernization strategy

    Apr 29, 2010

    The Department of the Army released the 2010 Army Modernization Strategy, commonly referred to as the AMS, Wednesday.

  • Army program captures and stores wisdom

    Apr 26, 2010

    U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has launched a program to harvest and store knowledge in a single, searchable location. The goal is to build a wisdom infrastructure in order to mitigate potential knowledge loss within the command as members of its workforce begin to retire.

  • Is Korea in Your Future'

    Apr 26, 2010

    The commander of the Korea-based 2nd Infantry Division and his wife will address Fort Benning Soldiers and families with Korean assignments in their future from 3:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 28 in Pratt Hall (Room 328), which is located in Ridgway Hall (Bldg. 35).

  • The Army's Starfish Program and an emphasis on decentralization

    Apr 26, 2010

    The past eight-plus years of war has taught us many things as an Army. One particular lesson we've learned is that decentralized threats are best countered by also decentralizing our own capabilities. To adapt to what we've learned, the Army is training its leaders to think, act, and operate more decentralized. Now, through the promotion of mission orders, commander's intent and a new pilot program titled "The Army's Starfish Program", we are taking additional steps to promote decentralization as yet another tool to counter decentralized and networked threats.

  • Sledgehammer squads square-off

    Apr 24, 2010

    Squads representing each of the six battalions that make up the 3rd Heavy Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division met at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, April 15, 2010, to compete in a two-day event designed to test their strength and teamwork.

  • Future Leader Course prepares Soldiers

    Apr 24, 2010

    Noncommissioned officers lower-enlisted Soldiers of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade celebrated their graduation of the four-day Future Leader Course with a speech by United States Division - South Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Champagne on Contingency Operating Base Adder, April 15, 2010.

  • Veteran military working dog remembered

    Apr 23, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 209th Military Police Detachment lost a veteran military working dog two weeks ago. Luigi, a 9-year-old German Shepherd who made two combat deployments to Iraq, was euthanized April 9, said SFC James Allred, kennel master for the unit's military working dog section.

  • Fort Benning cuts ribbon on $2.6 million kennel

    Apr 23, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Turns out, the doghouse isn't such a bad place to be after all. Fort Benning's military working dogs have a brand new living facility on Main Post after Tuesday's grand opening of the $2.6 million kennel and office complex built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 209th Military Police Detachment had operated the section at an adjacent temporary site since moving from Harmony Church last July.

  • Military improves do-it-yourself moves

    Apr 23, 2010

    After extensive testing and evaluation, the military has launched an improved system to better compensate servicemembers who personally move their household goods on military orders.

  • Chattanooga Aca,!" 'Scenic City'

    Apr 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The home of MoonPies and miniature golf, claiming both the world's longest pedestrian bridge and the world's steepest passenger railway - that's Chattanooga, Tenn. The city is about four hours away from Fort Benning, and with dozens of unique attractions you can't find anywhere else, it's perfect for a weekend getaway.

  • Concentration camp liberator shares story

    Apr 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - For 94-year-old World War II veteran COL(R) Aaron Cohn, serving as guest speaker for the Days of Remembrance service helped fulfill a promise he made nearly 65 years ago to an Austrian who, like Cohn, was Jewish.

  • Volunteer ceremony set for Thursday

    Apr 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning, here's your chance to meet some of the people behind the scenes of many of the services offered on post. Volunteers involved in everything from the Red Cross to area schools will be honored at the Fort Benning Volunteer Awards Ceremony Thursday at Riverside.

  • Teen Advisors, Velocity Program help students become leaders with integrity

    Apr 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "Have you ever been really super depressed for a long time and had thoughts of suicide'" "If people in your family drink a lot, will you drink a lot'" "What could I do about bullies who pick on me for my disabilities'" "Is it wrong to hurt yourself on the inside to look better on the outside'" These are just a few of the questions on the minds of local teenagers in the Chattahoochee Valley area. There to provide the answers and an honest look at living with integrity is Teen Advisors, a Columbus-based organization that uses positive peer pressure to help students make right choices.

  • Stand Down helps homeless vets 'get back on track'

    Apr 22, 2010

    Two hundred and fifty-three homeless veterans and nearly 500 needy veterans who came to Operation Stand Down 2010 Saturday at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Hosted by the South Atlantic Center for Veterans Education and Training Inc., the event featured 158 organizations offering aide to veterans.

  • Fort Benning gets OK to study land purchase

    Apr 22, 2010

    The Department of the Army has approved a plan allowing Fort Benning to go forward with a study on the possibility of expanding its training lands by 82,800 acres over the next five to six years.

  • Rangers blast CRC Thunder 10-0

    Apr 22, 2010

    The Rangers blanked CRC Thunder 10-0 in an intramural soccer game Monday at Doughboy Stadium. The Rangers of 75th Ranger Regiment missed several early scoring opportunities, until James Grady scored in the first half. Rangers Jon Graves and Benjamin French added goals to take a 3-0 lead, while CRC Thunder came within scoring range, but came away without a goal. Anthony Vasquez and Grady scored goals to increase the Rangers' lead to 6-0 at the half. In the second half, with an assist by Dale Henny, Ranger Jeff Duncan added a goal, and Graves scored his second goal to lead 8-0. CRC Thunder had a shot at scoring when the Rangers' goalie Henny left the goalie area. Henny and French scored late to seal a 10-0 win.

  • Running for veterans

    Apr 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Ultra-marathon runner John Teeples is running for the heroes and hopes you will join him. Teeples, a supporter of the Columbus-based House of Heroes, is expanding his annual Run for the Heroes to include individual runners and relay teams who would like to participate in the 260-mile trek from Fort Benning to Savannah, Ga., over Memorial Day weekend to drum up donations for the nonprofit organization.

  • Family Entertainment Center open for fun

    Apr 22, 2010

    During the grand opening ceremony of the Family Entertainment Center Friday, the community was introduced to a new on-post entertainment option.

  • Pirates tie for first place in division

    Apr 22, 2010

    After defeating the A's Tuesday at Shirley Winston Park in Columbus, the Fort Benning Pirates are tied with the Red Sox at 6-1 for first place in the 11-and 12-year-old Sally Little League baseball, A-ball division. The Pirates, an off-post Child, Youth and School Services team, got off to a quick start in the top of the first inning with a Max Ashe RBI single to lead 1-0. Pirates pitcher Ashe kept the A's scoreless to end the first. Keith Hudson got an RBI triple in the top of the second inning to increase the Pirates' lead to 2-0, while Ashe held the A's to a base hit in the bottom of the second.

  • Running for veterans

    Apr 22, 2010

    Ultra-marathon runner John Teeples is running for the heroes and hopes you will join him. Teeples, a supporter of the Columbus-based House of Heroes, is expanding his annual Run for the Heroes to include individual runners and relay teams who would like to participate in the 260-mile trek from Fort Benning to Savannah, Ga., over Memorial Day weekend to drum up donations for the nonprofit organization. House of Heroes provides minor repairs and improvements to the homes of elderly or disabled military and public safety veterans and their spouses at no cost. Since 2000, it has repaired more than 360 homes in the tricommunity area, said Susan Gerkin, executive director of House of Heroes-Chattahoochee Valley Chapter. Teeples' inaugural run last year raised $15,000 for the organization. This year, he hopes to raise $40,000 - a little over half of what House of Heroes needs to repair its goal of 40 to 50 homes this year.

  • Post's top drill sergeant recognized at cadre call

    Apr 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning's Drill Sergeant of the Year was recognized Friday at a cadre call for the 198th Infantry Brigade.

  • Salute to the South features arts, crafts: Family-friendly event in its second year

    Apr 22, 2010

    If spitting sunflower seeds, eating barbecue and clogging spark your fancy, you'll want to hurry on down to Uchee Creek Campground Saturday between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

  • Post awards Expert Infantryman Badge as annual testing draws more than 440 candidates

    Apr 16, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A few hundred Soldiers are expected to earn the Expert Infantryman Badge today after a week of testing punctuated by a 12-mile foot march early this morning.

  • 13th CSSB headquarters company leaves for Iraq

    Apr 16, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion's Headquarters and Headquarters Company shoved off Monday for a yearlong deployment to Iraq in which the unit will "virtually complete" President Barack Obama's directive to withdraw U.S. forces and equipment, the battalion commander said.

  • Benning Soldier named All-Army coach

    Apr 15, 2010

    SGT Corey Shaffer said he has waited a long time to be where he is now - to be exact, it's been a nine-year wait. The 30-year-old paralegal with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate left April 7 for Fort Bragg, N.C., to participate in the All-Army men's and women's volleyball trial camp. He was selected as the head coach of the women's camp and All-Army team. "This is a dream for me," he said. "This is something I have always wanted to do -coach a high level of volleyball." When he joined the Army nearly nine years ago, he said he always wanted to participate in All-Army volleyball, but because of training and other assignments, he wasn't able to. When he arrived Wednesday at Fort Bragg, Shaffer wasn't expecting to be asked to take over as the head coach. He filled out an application to play on the men's team and another to coach, he said, but was initially told he would play on the men's team and be the assistant coach of the women's team.

  • DoD personnel get hands-on training with Army engineers

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A group of more than 60 Department of Defense civilians from installations around the world got a hands-on introduction Tuesday to what military engineers do at Fort Benning. The bridge-building demonstration was one of the many exercises participants in the Executive Leadership Development Program have taken part in since they began the 10-month professional development program in October.

  • Army combatives debuts in Pan Am competition

    Apr 15, 2010

    Fort Benning sent Soldiers who are combatives experts to Irvine, Calif., to compete in the Pan Am Jiu Jitsu Championships, hosted April 8-12 by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.

  • MACH nurse returns from Haiti mission

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - CPT Manuel Galaviz is a Soldier with two jobs. In his first, he's the company commander for A Company, Martin Army Community Hospital Troop Command. In his second, he's the brigade nurse for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, the unit currently tasked as the country's Global Response Force.

  • 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.