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  • Bayonet's history stretches back to WWII

    Apr 5, 2013

    Last week, The Bayonet was honored with first place in the MG Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards Communication Competition. However, that was just the latest honor in the long and storied history of The Bayonet, a history that stretches back to the days of World War II. For more than 70 years, The Bayonet has served as the official newspaper of Fort Benning, and has been the only continuously published weekly newspaper during that timeframe.

  • Suicide prevention: Know the indicators

    Apr 5, 2013

    Suicide is always a tragedy, but it is one with certain earmarks individuals can often spot in advance if they're attentive. In the health-care industry, these are called suicide indicators.

  • Torches lit to remember Soldiers' sacrifices

    Apr 5, 2013

    1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, ceremony commemorates overseas campaigns, Mary Ann tragedy For more than a quarter of a century, veterans and Soldiers of the 46th Infantry Regiment have staged a memorial torchlight ceremony to remember those who came before them -- particularly those who gave their lives in service to their country.

  • Dedications preserve Armor heroes' legacy

    Apr 5, 2013

    Six members of the Cavalry lineage were memorialized forever Wednesday as the Soldiers of 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, gathered to dedicate the unit's headquarters and barracks facilities.

  • Military motorcycle riding courses zero in on safety

    Apr 5, 2013

    From 600 to 900 Soldiers take a motorcycle riding course every year through the Maneuver Center of Excellence Safety Office. The goal is to encourage safe driving and, ultimately, fewer motorcycle-related injuries and deaths. "Approximately 75 percent of the Army's fatalities are associated with riding a motorcycle or driving a car," said Brian Blanton, safety and occupational health specialist for the Safety Office. "The Army Traffic Safety Training Program is required for all Soldiers who operate a motorcycle on or off post, on or off duty, anywhere in the world. It's another tool for Soldiers to better and hone their riding skill."

  • Church offers rest, relaxation for Soldiers

    Apr 5, 2013

    For Soldiers looking to get a little rest and relaxation on the weekends, Edgewood Baptist Church in Columbus is now opening its doors on Saturdays to all active duty military.

  • 'Giant Voice' reducing live testing

    Apr 5, 2013

    Members of the Fort Benning community should soon find their Saturdays a bit quieter than usual. The Giant Voice, Fort Benning's emergency warning siren system, is reducing its live testing schedule from every Saturday at noon to the first Saturday of each month at noon.

  • Annual ACS Relay for Life coming April, May

    Apr 5, 2013

    The American Cancer Society's Relays for Life are coming up in Columbus, Harris County and Phenix City. Each year, the event honors those who have survived cancer, those who lost their lives and raises money for cancer research.

  • Pilot course focuses on Mobile Gun System

    Mar 29, 2013

    The first pilot course for Mobile Gun System master gunners finished Tuesday with a graduation on Harmony Church. The course is designed to offer a more efficient and cost-effective training option for Stryker units who need MGS master gunners.

  • Soldiers strive to earn Expert Infantryman Badge

    Mar 29, 2013

    More than 500 Infantrymen hope to wear the Expert Infantryman Badge on their uniform by the end of the week. But based on previous success rates, only about 50 of them will, said Master Sgt. James Hill, NCOIC for the EIB testing, which started Monday on Fort Benning.

  • Soldiers learn Chinese in pilot

    Mar 29, 2013

    A group of 13 Armor officers and eight OCS candidates are currently undergoing Chinese language training as part of a pilot program at Fort Benning. The program is sponsored by the University of North Georgia's Language Training Center, and consists of five days per week. "It's an intensive program, so it's a heavy load, but I think most of them are excited about that, and you can really tell they're interested in Chinese," Jiaqi Cai, one of the class's instructors, said. "We are happy to see that."

  • Tanks get new life at museum

    Mar 29, 2013

    If you think refurbishing an old car is hard, try doing it with an 80-ton tank. But that's exactly what goes on each day at the National Armor and Cavalry Museum on Sand Hill. Located off of Fifth Street, the museum is the world's second-largest collection of Armor-related artifacts. It currently includes about 400 vehicles such as tanks, tank destroyers, amphibious and airborne tanks and Cavalry items such as a Harley-Davidson motorcycle used in World War II. The primary goal of the collection is to preserve historic artifacts for the future so Soldiers can learn from them, said Len Dyer, the museum's director.

  • MPs, DES make PIE Day 'a blast' at Faith

    Mar 29, 2013

    March 14 marked Faith Middle School's annual Partner in Education Day. The Directorate of Emergency Services and 209th Military Police Company, which worked with DES during PIE Day, spent the entire school day with the students. "PIE Day offers a fun way for our faculty and staff to interact with the people that provide so much support throughout the year," said Kristy Griffin, PIE coordinator at Faith.

  • Military spouses face unique career situations

    Mar 29, 2013

    Military Families are 10 times more likely to move across state lines compared to non-military families. And 57 percent of civilian spouses of active-duty military members participate in the labor market, according to a report called "Supporting our military Families: Best practices for streamlining occupational licensing across state lines," by the Department of Defense and Department of the Treasury.

  • Post pushes forward on furloughs

    Mar 29, 2013

    Civilian government employees should not expect to receive a furlough notice this week. The Department of Defense announced Thursday it will delay sending notifications until about April 5 to give the department time to analyze the impact of the pending continuing resolution legislation that is now before Congress.

  • Ready & Resilient: 'Getting left of the boom' with new campaign

    Mar 29, 2013

    Last year, there were 324 suicides in the Army -- active, Reserve component and National Guard. That's 41 more than the year before. This year, there were 68 suicides as of March 18, 19 more than last year, Maj. Gen. Michael Tucker, assistant deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, told Fort Benning's brigade commanders and command sergeants major during a briefing in McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

  • Barracks program puts Soldier safety first

    Mar 29, 2013

    According to IMCOM, since the summer of last year, more than two thirds of Installation Management Command posts have transitioned barracks management from the garrison back to NCO leadership -- and Fort Benning is among them.

  • 173rd remembers fallen on 50th anniversary

    Mar 29, 2013

    On the night before he read the name of his deceased son at the 50th anniversary celebration of the 173rd Airborne Brigade at the National Infantry Museum, Martin Madden went to the brigade's memorial alone with his guitar, and played for several hours. It was the night before the birthday of his son, Russell, who would have been 32, had he not been killed in Afghanistan on June 23, 2010.

  • The Bayonet wins first place in Army contest

    Mar 29, 2013

    Fort Benning saw several of its own bring home awards this year during the MG Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards Communication Competition. The Bayonet won first place in the metro-format newspaper category, while Fort Benning TV won second place in the local television newscast category for The Benning Report.

  • Personnel matters addressed regarding sequestration and furlough

    Mar 15, 2013

    Questions on sequestration abound, but many answers are readily available. "We want to ensure our Fort Benning employees are informed on all aspects of how sequestration will affect them," said Gary Jones, MCoE Public Affairs director, "so they can at least understand the issues and plan accordingly."

  • Gainey Cup highlights recon forces

    Mar 15, 2013

    Nineteen teams competed at the inaugural Gainey Cup competition, but only one came away the victor. 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, was given the top prize at the awards ceremony March 5, the final day of the competition. Hailing from Fort Richardson, Alaska, the team included Staff Sgt. Justin Miller, Sgt. Zachary Adkins, Spc. Alexander Berlin, Spc. Mitchell Sanderson and Pfc. Joseph Calderon.

  • 63rd Engineers return from nine-month deployment in Afghanistan

    Mar 15, 2013

    Nearly 130 Soldiers in the 63rd Engineer Company (Horizontal), 11th Engineer Battalion, returned from Afghanistan March 4. Their arrival was hailed in a welcome home ceremony with hundreds of guests -- fellow Soldiers, community volunteers and Family members.

  • Soldiers reunite with Family

    Mar 15, 2013

    The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team landed at Fort Benning Thursday following a nine-month deployment to Kuwait. More than 150 Soldiers came home on the flight, the final one in a series of eight that brought home about 2,000 warriors.

  • 3rd ABCT focuses on reintegration

    Mar 15, 2013

    Day zero of redeployment was a happy day for Soldiers of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, as they reunited with Family and friends following a nine-month deployment to Kuwait. After the returning Soldiers went on a 48-hour pass to enjoy being back at home, they began Army-mandated reintegration training, part of the Deployment Cycle Support Process -- 10 days designed to successfully transition Soldiers from the front lines to the home front.

  • Exchange fills important role in community

    Mar 15, 2013

    The Exchange at Fort Benning doesn't just provide its customers with convenient on-post shopping options; it also gives back to the community in other ways, Exchange officials said. Roughly two-thirds of Exchange earnings are paid to the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, with the other third used to renovate Exchange facilities or build new facilities, such as the new facilities at Patton Village and Harmony Church.

  • Marine visits Fort Benning on way to 50 state capitals

    Mar 15, 2013

    Many Soldiers have passed through Fort Benning on their way to completing a larger mission. On March 4, Leonard "Mac" McQuown, a former Marine, did the same. McQuown is in the midst of a six-year journey to walk to every state capital in an effort to raise awareness and funds for veterans.

  • Collaboration: Aviation CoE supports MCoE's RTB

    Mar 13, 2013

    In last week's exercise, initial entry rotary wing pilots, or those who are learning to specialize in flying specific rotary wing aircraft, used Chinook helicopters to insert Ranger students from one landing zone at Camp Darby into another ... working with Fort Rucker provides expanded training opportunities

  • Preserve Your Sight To Fight

    Mar 11, 2013

    Today's Soldiers understand the importance of mission readiness. We prepare our equipment and we train to ensure we are ready to go. But what about your eyes? Are they ready to go? You know you need protection from dust, wind and ultraviolet and bright sunlight, but how about a 0.15-caliber steel fragment coming at you at 660 feet per second?

  • Tips for weary travelers

    Mar 6, 2013

    Jet lag can take the fun out of traveling. Experts recommend ways to combat it

  • Missed appointments cost hospital

    Mar 6, 2013

    Meeting the health-care demands of the Fort Benning community is already a challenging job, but officials at Martin Army Community Hospital said patients who miss appointments are adding to that challenge. One of the primary concerns with missed appointments is that they limit access to care for multiple patients.

  • Surveys affect funding

    Mar 6, 2013

    Patients of Martin Army Community Hospital can help the hospital gain additional funding by giving the hospital positive reviews on a patient satisfaction survey. The Army Provider Level Satisfaction Survey is mailed to patients who are randomly selected. Based on the number of surveys returned and the responses MACH receives, the hospital could earn more money, or if the responses are negative, lose funding.

  • Gainey Cup: Scouts take on inaugural competition

    Mar 6, 2013

    Nearly 100 of the military's best Scouts convened on Fort Benning over the weekend for the inaugural Gainey Cup competition.

  • 2ID Air Assault Course

    Mar 6, 2013

    Candidates continue to master the basic rappelling fundamentals on the rappel tower during the 2nd Infantry Division's Air Assault Course at Camp Hovey, South Korea, March 6, 2013. The 10-day course is the first on the Korean Peninsula in 15 years. The instructors, from the Warrior Training Center in Fort Benning, Ga., are teaching students the skills and knowledge required to be competent in the conduct of combat air assault operations. Upon successful completion of the course, students are awarded the Air Assault Badge. The training shows that 2nd Inf. Div. is committed to maintaining and strengthening the republic to fight tonight in order to deter aggression toward the Republic of Korea. (Photo by Park Chin-u, 2ID PAO)

  • Twins teach future leaders for MCCC

    Mar 6, 2013

    It's nothing unusual in the Army. An ROTC cadet elects to join the Infantry; he comes to Fort Benning for the basic officer course, PCSes to a new unit as a platoon leader, then deploys. Along the way, he learns not just about Army doctrine but also about the Army way of life. He might marry, have kids. He might deploy a second or third time. It's the story of hundreds of Infantry officers over the past decade. It's more unusual, however, when it's twins, in this case, Capts. Mark and Eric Evans -- who, incidentally, married sisters as well. But that comes later.

  • Check Your Weather

    Mar 6, 2013

    On my most recent deployment, I was assigned to Task Force ODIN to operate and eventually provide instruction on the MQ-1B Warrior Alpha unmanned aircraft system. Shortly after reporting to Fort Hood, Texas, each UAS operator was assigned to a small 10- to 12-Soldier element as they attended their airframe qualification course. They were then deployed to their theater of operation. All of these events would occur within a six- to eight-month period, so, for the majority of the personnel assigned, this was quite a unique experience.

  • Medical hardship doesn't have to end Army service

    Mar 6, 2013

    While every Soldier would prefer to go through their military career without experiencing any medical hardships, many are not that fortunate. Soldiers face the obvious risks of battlefield injuries, but can also experience more common medical issues like any civilian.

  • Reservist 'happy' with job, ACAP services

    Mar 6, 2013

    Spc. Alfred Hermitt of Columbus, Ga., a former active-duty Soldier who is now in the Reserves, said he achieved his goal of working for a military-friendly company that works with his drill duties as a Reservist. Hermitt was able to land the job with Waggoners Trucking, a truck driving company that regularly hires Soldiers, with assistance from the Army Career and Alumni Program at Fort Benning.

  • Fort Benning holds case study for Legacy Project

    Mar 6, 2013

    When you think of historic structures on Fort Benning, more than one comes to mind: Doughboy Stadium, Ridgway Hall, the jump towers, Riverside, the cuartels. And there are many others. Fort Benning includes approximately 600 historic properties, said Susanne Perry, architectural historian with Cultural Resource Management on post. In fact, across DOD, there are more than 350,000 historic properties, she said.

  • Soldiers help build houses

    Mar 6, 2013

    Despite the cold weather, Soldiers and community volunteers hammered away on three houses for Habitat for Humanity Saturday.

  • CID warns of email scam, criminals posing as police

    Mar 5, 2013

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is warning both the Army community and the public about a new Internet phishing scam where criminals are attempting to pose as Army CID officials.

  • Brief Smart

    Mar 1, 2013

    It's March, and that means it's time for another talk about driving safety. As a leader, you know that's just what your Soldiers want to hear, right? Few things elicit more groans from Soldiers than the mandatory safety brief. I'm of the belief, however, that since safety briefings are required, we might as well make them useful and enjoyable experiences.

  • U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit hosts Army National Junior Rifle Championship

    Feb 28, 2013

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit continued its full-fledged support of America's youth when it hosted the 2013 U.S. Army National Junior Air Rifle Championship, Feb. 25-27, at the unit's world-class Pool Indoor Range at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • You Don't Have to Leave the Hooah Behind

    Feb 27, 2013

    The Army Reserve's Individual Mobilization Augumentee Program lets Soldiers transitioning from the active component or traditional Army Reserve units to continuing serving without the traditional "one weekend a month, two weeks a year". The IMA program lets Soldiers earn pay and credit towards retirement, receive benefits and entitlements, all while maintaining the flexibility to pursue your career and family aspirations without a "drilling reservist" schedule.

  • MCoE braces for civilian furloughs

    Feb 27, 2013

    A Fort Benning GS-9 federal employee could expect to see $600-$800 less in monthly take-home pay if Congress does not avert sequestration in the coming days. Civilian employees could be furloughed for 22 discontinuous days -- roughly a day per week -- beginning in April and face a 20 percent loss in income under sequestration. These automatic across-the-board spending cuts will be triggered Friday unless Congress agrees to an alternative.

  • National Guardsmen prep for Gainey Cup

    Feb 27, 2013

    For the first time, the Army has invited Cavalry Scouts from across the nation to showcase their skills and vie for top honors with the Gainey Cup, an inaugural four-day competition, kicking off March 2, 2012.

  • Town hall set for Monday

    Feb 21, 2013

    Fort Benning officials will host a town hall meeting at 1:30 p.m. for TRADOC civilian employees Feb. 25 in McGinnis-Wickam Hall's Marshall Auditorium.

  • Construction on new hospital over halfway complete

    Feb 21, 2013

    Construction on the new hospital is 51 percent complete. While Martin Army Community Hospital comprises roughly 400,000 square feet, the new facility will span 745,000. That means an overall increased capacity, said Lt. Col. Ross Davidson, southeast program manager for the Health Facility Planning Agency. And not just more beds but more space for behavior health care, physical therapy, separate out-patient and in-patient areas, adjacent clinics for treating wellness and even more parking.

  • Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment conducts newest spiral evaluation

    Feb 21, 2013

    Experimentation for Spiral H, the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment's project for fiscal year 2013, is currently under way on Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Initiative focuses on civilian health

    Feb 21, 2013

    For Soldiers at Fort Benning and throughout the Army, health and overall fitness has long been a priority. Within the civilian workforce, however, the emphasis placed on one's physical fitness is often not as high. However, a new program may soon change the emphasis placed on civilian health.

  • Seminar, camp to help survivors heal

    Feb 21, 2013

    Fort Benning's Survivor Outreach Services is hosting the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors seminar March 22-23. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides long- and short-term emotional help for the survivors of military service members. Each year, the organization holds a National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp, as well as regional survivor seminars and camps like the one that will be held at Fort Benning.

  • Fort Benning schools get more than $2,000 through Box Tops 4 Education

    Feb 21, 2013

    Fort Benning schools Parent Teacher Organization were awarded more than $2,000 through the Box Tops 4 Education program. General Mills held a contest in which commissaries across the nation competed to bring in the most box tops.

  • CYSS letter

    Feb 21, 2013

    Letter to Child, Youth and School Services team members

  • Stryker Brigade Combat Teams showcase capabilities

    Feb 14, 2013

    Envisioned in the late '90s and developed a few years later, the Stryker Brigade Combat Team combines maneuverability with functional firepower, serving as an effective tool in the fight to gain overmatch against the enemy. But more than just Soldiers go into this formation, the only one of its kind to feature three maneuver battalions.

  • Guardsman claims top small arms honors

    Feb 14, 2013

    A California National Guardsman needed an extra suitcase to haul away the hardware he collected at this year's U.S. Army Small Arms Championship.

  • Exchange takes steps to stop shoplifters

    Feb 14, 2013

    While the Exchange and other on-post shopping options are here to serve Soldiers and their Families, some people try to take advantage of these businesses through shoplifting and theft.

  • Transitioning Soldiers get earlier start with ACAP

    Feb 14, 2013

    Gone are the days when transitioning Soldiers elected to go through the Army Career and Alumni Program 90 days before their separation from service.

  • GI benefits can transfer to child, spouse

    Feb 13, 2013

    While Soldiers are provided with a variety of benefits during their military career, educational benefits may be among the most well known and often used.

  • 3rd ABCT Soldiers, Families reunited after deployment

    Feb 7, 2013

    It was an emotional scene Friday at Freedom Hall, as about 250 Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were reunited with their friends and Families after a seven-month deployment to Kuwait.

  • 194th Armored Brigade names 'best warriors'

    Feb 7, 2013

    Three men earned a unique distinction last week during the 194th Armored Brigade's annual Best Warrior Competition. They are Staff Sgt. Adam Krause, Drill Sergeant of the Year, Sgt. 1st Class Erik Hall, NCO of the Year, and Spc. Neil Weaver, Soldier of the Year.

  • Trainees drive tanks, Humvees for first time

    Feb 7, 2013

    More than 100 future Armor crewman took a big step last week toward completing their training as they got behind the wheel and drove -- for the first time -- a Humvee and an M1A2 Abrams tank.

  • SAMC to induct 10 members

    Feb 7, 2013

    A group of 10 NCOs will have an honor bestowed upon them Wednesday when they are inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

  • Post observes anniversary of Dorchester

    Feb 7, 2013

    Fort Benning observed the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester Sunday at the Field of Four Chaplains. The Dorchester carried 902 people including the four chaplains who sacrificed their lives for others: George Fox, Alexander Goode, John Washington and Clark Poling.

  • Club provides fellowship for religious teens

    Feb 7, 2013

    It's called The Shack, located across from Gowdy Field, and it's like a second home to dozens of Fort Benning teens who are members of Club Beyond. It's the place where high school students gather every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday nights, after dinner at The Infantry Center Chapel, teens meet there for Bible study and fellowship.

  • Yellow Means Stop

    Feb 7, 2013

    How many times have you approached a traffic light just as it turned yellow and said to yourself, "I can make it"? As you punch the gas and fly through the intersection, you look up and see the light change to red. With a devious grin, you praise your great driving skills. I'll be the first to admit that I've done this countless times with no thought of the danger I might avoid if I would have just slowed down and stopped. However, an accident I wasn't even involved in forever changed my thinking.

  • Ranger looks back on birth of Army club hockey program

    Feb 7, 2013

    When Capt. Patrick Toffler failed to make the West Point hockey team, he didn't hang up his skates. He changed them out for a different pair.

  • Benning forward serves as Soldier, skates as Snake

    Feb 7, 2013

    For most Soldiers, their dreams of athletic glory are limited to heated intramural competition. For a select few, however, the chance to play their sport at the highest level still remains. Capt. Biff McNally, a forward on Fort Benning's hockey team, falls somewhere in between.

  • 3rd ABCT Soldiers, Families reunite after deployment

    Feb 5, 2013

    The first wave of Soldiers from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, returned to Fort Benning, Ga., and their families Feb. 1 after a seven-month deployment to Kuwait.

  • Soldiers stage combined arms exercise

    Feb 1, 2013

    More than 140 future rifle platoon leaders got a taste of realistic combat Jan. 22 as they participated in a staged company attack at Selby Combined Arms Collective Training Facility. In previous Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course classes, the presence of Air Force joint terminal attack controllers has been simulated. For this class, however, JTACs were included as part of the preparation for and execution of the attack. In addition to JTACs, the attack also included tanks, as well as scouts and humvees. "They're going to have artillery, they're going to have close air support, they'll have the UAV, they'll have the tanks, they'll have the scouts," said Capt. Christopher Mercado, IBOLC instructor. "They're going to have all these assets, and what we're trying to do is train them on how to control all of these assets at one time. It's extremely tough."

  • MCoE leaders talk doctrine, combat development

    Feb 1, 2013

    Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, MCoE commanding general, has outlined several priorities for Fort Benning. They comprise multiple aspects of combat development, including leader development, doctrine, joint training and capabilities development, among others. This article, the first in a biweekly series of three, will focus on doctrine and combat development.

  • ROTC cadets enter virtual world with DSTS

    Feb 1, 2013

    A group of Columbus State University ROTC cadets were exposed to the role technology can play in training Soldiers on Friday when they visited Clarke Simulation Center to try their hands at the Dismounted Soldier Training System. DSTS is a fully immersive virtual simulation training system that places users into a virtual environment, complete with enemy forces and environmental obstacles.

  • DoDEA keeps post schools on the 'cutting edge' of technology

    Feb 1, 2013

    The Department of Defense Education Activity's technology initiative is "21st century teaching and learning." "When you look at the 21st century skills," said Lorri Blanchard, the educational technologist for the Georgia and Alabama school district, "employers want critical thinking skills, people who can think outside of the box, who don't need to be spoon fed everything. So a lot of 21st century teaching is problem-solving -- looking at a situation and coming up with ideas that are out of the box. And so we use technology to help us do that."

  • Fort Gordon wins fourth regional cup

    Feb 1, 2013

    The total points favored Fort Benning, but the rules favored Fort Gordon, Ga. Fort Gordon won its fourth consecutive Four Post Games, hosted by the Fort Benning Warrior Transition Battalion, which began Jan. 22 and concluded Friday.

  • Health of the Force: Action teams promote injury prevention for trainees

    Jan 23, 2013

    If injuries can be prevented early on in basic training, it will create a healthier force for tomorrow. That's the idea behind a two-year pilot program under way on Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Home for wounded vet breaks ground

    Jan 23, 2013

    Soldiers, veterans and members of the Columbus-area community came together Jan. 21, 2013, to honor wounded veteran Sgt. 1st Class Michael Schlitz during a groundbreaking ceremony for his new home in Fortson, Ga.

  • Maneuver Center key player in Centers of Excellence collaboration

    Jan 23, 2013

    The Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., is playing a key role in one of the Army's largest internal collaboration efforts.

  • CG highlights MCoE priorities

    Nov 28, 2012

    The way training is conducted on Fort Benning is continuously changing -- changes that are a result of feedback directly from the field, said Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence. "There's a saying that war is the great auditor of all military organizations," McMaster said. "We've learned so much after 11 years of combat, and we're also making a grounded projection into the future, trying to anticipate the demands of future war, future armed conflict, and to make sure our Soldiers, our leaders and our units are prepared for those challenges."

  • Are you on drugs?

    Nov 28, 2012

    Are you taking Lortab? Wellbutrin? Topamax? Xanax? Demerol? Benadryl? Aspirin? Do you know how they interact with other drugs? Are they addictive? Should you operate a vehicle or go to the range? Can you drink a beer while taking any of them? People expect prescribed medicines to make them feel better, said Lt. Col. Stacey Causey, chief of the Department of Pharmacy at Martin Army Community Hospital. But are they compliant -- are they taking the medicine as it was prescribed?

  • AMC welcomes Logistics directorates

    Nov 28, 2012

    Years of planning went into a structural change this fall that brought the Army's Directorates of Logistics under the Army Materiel Command. The change, which went into effect Oct. 1, affects 73 directorates: 49 in the U.S. and 24 abroad. "Our mission is to provide installation-level logistics services to all organizations on Fort Benning as well as about 112 counties of area support across western Georgia, eastern Alabama and the panhandle of Florida," said Dave Shepherd, Fort Benning director of logistics.

  • TBI linked to range of vision problems

    Nov 28, 2012

    Traumatic brain injuries can result in many visual problems such as binocular vision dysfunction, light sensitivity, and visual field defects. Although progress has been made in recent years, the pathophysiology of these injuries is not well understood and continues to affect soldiers in their activities of daily living.

  • Volunteers deliver on tough home challenge

    Nov 28, 2012

    Woman, whose home was wait-listed for three years, has wish granted. After living in a hotel for more than two weeks, 77-year-old Dora Henderson, the widow of Navy veteran Clifford Henderson who died in 1989, returned to her home Saturday in Phenix City, Ala. Her newly renovated home was in thanks to the efforts of Soldiers, volunteers, House of Heroes and the Sergeants Major Association.

  • Tour of Homes gives look into post history

    Nov 28, 2012

  • Warriors winless in second year

    Nov 28, 2012

    The Faith Middle School Warriors lost 34-0 Tuesday to the Fort Middle School Patriots at Doughboy Stadium, bringing the team's record to 0-6 for the season and 0-12 since it began competing in the Muscogee County School District.

  • Columbus senior signs for softball

    Nov 28, 2012

    Syerra Askew showed a knack for softball when she was 5 years old. Her father, Jonathan Askew, said he first noticed it as he looked out the window of his Family's apartment complex in East Columbus and watched her throw a tennis ball against the brick wall of an outside staircase.

  • USAMU takes first in sniper competition

    Nov 16, 2012

    A first-place plaque inscribed with the phrase "12th annual International Sniper Competition" was awarded Nov. 7 to Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner and Spc. Tyler Payne, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit duo who beat out 35 teams to take the top title in the open class at this year's event, held Nov. 2-5 on Fort Benning.

  • CSF2 program helps 'health of the force'

    Nov 16, 2012

    Sgt. Denise Rangel is a new arrival to Fort Benning. A newlywed, she left Fort Campbell, Ky., and her husband who is still stationed there, in October for her new job on Sand Hill. As part of an Army pilot program, she participated in two days of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness resilience training during inprocessing instead of two hours. Two other groups of Soldiers will participate in the program that supports health of the force initiatives. The two resilience training modules will be taught Thursday and Friday to newly arrived Soldiers and again in December, said Sam Rhodes, the Maneuver Center of Excellence's CSF2 program manager. "The training equips an individual with valuable life skills that help one to better cope in stressful situations, bounce back from adversity and avoid self-defeating behavior," Rhodes said.

  • 194th Armored Brigade names headquarters for fallen Soldier

    Nov 16, 2012

    A year and a half after uncasing its colors at Harmony Church's Brave Rifles Field, the 194th Armored Brigade dedicated its headquarters facility Thursday, which sits beside the field, after Staff Sgt. William C. Moore. Moore was killed in action in 2007 while helping save the lives of Soldiers in his section. "Staff Sgt. William C. Moore loved serving his country and Army," 1st Sgt. William Lillie said. "He loved being around Soldiers whether at Fort Bragg or in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Moore was also an exceptionally disciplined Soldier who always accomplished what was asked of him, and more."

  • Prescribed burns maintain training lands

    Nov 16, 2012

    A prescribed fire is a planned fire used as a management tool by many area landowners. Each year, Fort Benning's Land Management Branch burns approximately 30,000 acres of Fort Benning training lands using prescribed fire methods.

  • McGruff visits post day care center

    Nov 16, 2012

    McGruff The Crime Dog has been seen on Fort Benning over the past couple of weeks, and with the help of the Physical Security Office has been getting his message out by visiting children Oct. 30 at the Main Post Child Development Center.

  • Thanksgiving 2012

    Nov 15, 2012

    This Thanksgiving, our Army has many blessings to count. But you -- our Soldiers, Family members and Army Civilians -- are the most precious blessings of all. Whether you celebrate the holiday with loved ones at home or with your battle buddies in the fight overseas, please know you and yours are in our thoughts. Thank you for your dedication to our nation and our way of life, and for the sacrifices youmake every day!

  • Stidley asks spouses to focus on safety

    Nov 15, 2012

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Command Sgt. Maj. Richard D. Stidley, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, recently addressed the Fort Rucker Community Spouses Club on the importance of Family involvement in Soldier safety.

  • USACR/Safety Center reaches CFC milestone

    Nov 14, 2012

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- As this year's Combined Federal Campaign reached its end, officials at the USACR/Safety Center were celebrating a historic milestone.

  • Army units and individuals rewarded for safety efforts

    Nov 14, 2012

    Twelve Army units and individuals have been named recipients of the Director of Army Safety Risk Management Award for their efforts in reducing accident rates and promoting safety awareness.

  • Travel planning matters

    Nov 13, 2012

    If you're driving slowly past the big rigs parked alongside the interstate because of snow and ice, you know you're in a situation.

  • Edens maintains standard for motorcycle training

    Nov 13, 2012

    Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, USACR/Safety Center, recently joined a group of new and returning riders here for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic RiderCourse.

  • FGR2: Meeting of the minds to achieve Force Readiness

    Nov 13, 2012

    Check out video clip for our interviews with Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commanding general, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Maj. Gen. Luis R. Visot, deputy commanding general for operations, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and Lt. Col. Philmore Williams, deputy commanding officer, 302nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

  • November 11, 2012--America's enduring obligation: Honoring Soldiers for Life

    Nov 11, 2012

    As we celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I, we remember the fallen, and show our solemn pride for the heroism, strength, and dedication of those still among us -- the veterans we know as our friends, neighbors, and relatives.

  • 31 service members deployed to Afghanistan earn U.S. citizenship

    Nov 7, 2012

    Thirty one servicemembers from 19 different countries became naturalized U.S. citizens in a ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 2, 2012.

  • USAMU duo wins 2012 International Sniper Competition

    Nov 7, 2012

    Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner and Spc. Tyler Payne, from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, outlasted 35 other teams from around the globe to win the 2012 International Sniper Competition.

  • McMaster: We will unleash power of combined arms

    Nov 7, 2012

    Now 21 weeks into his tenure as commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster shared how combined arms is the foundation of the effective Army training that takes place at Fort Benning.

  • Top snipers compete on Fort Benning

    Nov 7, 2012

    The world's premier snipers converged on Fort Benning, Ga., Nov. 2-5, 2012, for the 12th annual International Sniper Competition.