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  • Coley puts exclamation on breakthrough year

    Oct 31, 2012

    Spc. Shane Coley, with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, won the 2012 United States Practical Shooting Association open division national championship, Oct. 19, 2012, at the Desert Sportsman's Rifle and Pistol Club in Las Vegas. Coley won his first national championship and, at the age of 21, became the youngest champion in the sport's history.

  • U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit holds action-packed camp for junior shooters

    Oct 31, 2012

    Junior shooters from across the country descended on Fort Benning, Ga., Oct. 26-28, 2012, for the Fifth-Annual U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Action Shooting Junior Clinic at Krilling Range.

  • Deer Crossing

    Oct 31, 2012

    Living in northeastern Pennsylvania, where the deer population is abundant, I've had more than my fair share of run-ins with our four-legged friends while riding my motorcycle. Despite my previous encounters, it took a more serious accident before I truly learned to expect the unexpected.

  • Out in the Cold

    Oct 31, 2012

    Driving in winter weather can create many challenges for motorists who aren't properly prepared. Growing up in the South, I didn't have many encounters with snowy days and icy roads. That lack of experience nearly proved costly for me one winter on a long trip from Colorado to Georgia.

  • Currahees take the Spur Ride Challenge

    Oct 30, 2012

    The cavalry tradition within the U.S. Army is called the Order of the Spur. Any Soldier serving with cavalry units (referred to as troopers) can be inducted into the Order of the Spur after successfully completing a "Spur Ride" or for having served during combat as a member of or with a Cavalry unit.

  • National Guard responds to Hurricane Sandy, monitors tsunami

    Oct 28, 2012

    As more governors declared states of emergency in advance of Hurricane Sandy, the National Guard stood ready to respond to the aftermath of the storm.

  • JSC-A S.A.M.C. sponsors TAPS 5K

    Oct 24, 2012

    The Joint Sustainment Command - Afghanistan chapter of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club sponsored a 5K run/walk at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on Friday, October 19.

  • 822nd MCT ends mission in Afghanistan

    Oct 24, 2012

    The 822nd Movement Control Team officially ended its mission in Afghanistan during a transfer of authority ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20.

  • Iraqi officer trains at MCoE

    Oct 24, 2012

    When the Maneuver Center of Excellence provides training to soldiers from partner countries, it's not just international students who benefit. For military on both sides, it's a learning experience, said Maj. Manny Acosta, who has been instructing both foreign and American military for almost two years with the Maneuver Captains Career Course. "American Soldiers see everything through American eyes," he said. "The international soldiers see things a little differently. When we get their point of view on an operation we planned or a vignette we're discussing, they bring a whole different perspective." A Special Forces Soldier who also speaks Arabic, Acosta is currently a small group instructor for an Iraqi captain whose name is omitted for security reasons. Acosta said the student has been able to provide insightful feedback during tactical discussions in the classroom.

  • Engineers learn skills from DPW

    Oct 24, 2012

    Army engineers are getting top quality, hands-on training in practical tasks relating to their MOS, thanks to a partnership between the 60th Engineer Company and Fort Benning's Directorate of Public Works.

  • US, Kuwaiti service members bond in gas chamber

    Oct 24, 2012

    Soldiers of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, alongside Kuwaiti soldiers from the 94th Brigade, Kuwaiti Land Forces, conducted chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training Oct. 3-4, near Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Partnership training is conducted regularly, building military ties and promoting security and stability in the region.

  • Students learn teamwork, leadership in Bully Boot Camp

    Oct 24, 2012

    Bully and boot camp are two words that may not sit well with many -- but Bully Boot Camp, which took place Thursday at Dexter Elementary School, was created to foster positive behaviors in students.

  • JRTC rotation demonstrates force of future

    Oct 22, 2012

    Under Secretary Joseph W. Westphal visits the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. to underscore the extensive capabilities and interdependence of combined operations between Army Conventional and Special Operations Forces as well as to highlight the vital role of the JRTC as the Army trains Soldiers for current missions and prepares for future requirements. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • Safely sharing the road

    Oct 22, 2012

    While two things can't occupy the same place at the same time, some people try it anyway. When one of those people is a driver and the other a pedestrian, it's pretty obvious who's going to lose.

  • Research & Development underway for Abrams modernization

    Oct 22, 2012

    To help alleviate space, weight, and power constraints, the Army has launched the Abrams Engineering Change Proposal program designed to buy back as much space, weight, and power as possible by redesigning and modernizing many elements of the tank.

  • Iron Brigade soldiers combine dirt bikes, ATVs with tanks

    Oct 20, 2012

    Iron Brigade soldiers are incorporating the use of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles with tanks to reinvigorate the concept of lightweight, fast and agile forward reconnaissance teams during the Network Integration Evaluation 13.1 at Doña Ana Range Complex, N.M., Oct. 17, 2012.

  • Vets observe 70 years of history

    Oct 19, 2012

    Veterans, part of the 317th Troop Carrier Group, came out to Fort Benning Friday to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the unit, which started in 1942, during World War II. More than 100 veterans and their spouses attended the Heritage Flight and Troop Drop event, where they watched the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team drop from a World War II C-47 Transport Aircraft used by the 317th. The demonstration team wore vintage paratrooper uniforms.

  • Fort Benning breaks ground on Main Post hotel

    Oct 19, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (Oct. 17, 2012) -- Construction began recently on a new 860-room hotel on Main Post. Scheduled to open late in 2014, the hotel will be situated just outside Fort Benning's historic district, on Ingersoll Street across from the movie theater.

  • Basic training battalion celebrates graduation with range of activities

    Oct 19, 2012

    The standard basic training graduation is traditionally summed up in a ceremony lasting one to two hours, but on Sand Hill, it's more than that. Leading up to the main event, many of the battalions host related activities for visiting Families to help them better understand the Soldier experience, so they can in turn better support their Soldier.

  • Infantrymen get first dose of urban ops

    Oct 19, 2012

    Urban operations -- for Infantrymen, it's a foundational skill they'll use frequently throughout their careers. For the 210 Infantrymen in F Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, it's the newest skill they've learned. Spc. Matthew Batzel, who chose the Special Forces Enlistment Option when he joined the Army, said the realistic urban operations training helped him feel more ready to fill his role as a Soldier. "We haven't done anything quite like this yet," he said. "This is the exciting stuff. This is why a lot of people joined. The little things are starting to make sense -- why we do certain things. I definitely feel more comfortable becoming a Soldier."

  • Breast Cancer: A demographic I would have rather avoided

    Oct 19, 2012

    Cancer and malignancy aren't words one wants to hear before the word biopsy, before lunch or -- well -- ever. But one minute I'm joking about American colloquialisms with the radiologist who read my second mammogram and the next I have cancer.

  • Iron Triangle neighborhood to lose power

    Oct 19, 2012

    The families who live in Fort Benning's Iron Triangle neighborhood will be without power for 12 hours on Oct. 23.

  • Submit your issues to AFAP

    Oct 19, 2012

    The Fort Benning Army Family Action Plan Conference is set for Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Those interested in submitting an issue for the conference should do so by Oct. 26, said Starla de Saussure, AFAP program manager. Soldiers, Family members, retirees, survivors, and Department of the Army civilians are eligible to submit issues.

  • Post observes Hispanic Heritage Month

    Oct 19, 2012

    Fort Benning observed Hispanic American Heritage Month, sponsored by the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation which boasts Soldiers and Families from many Spanish countries. Col. Glenn Huber, WHINSEC commandant, said he found it fitting for WHINSEC to sponsor the event because Hispanic Americans make up the majority of WHINSEC.

  • What Fort Benning parents, students should know about high school choices

    Oct 19, 2012

    'Be aware' of high school choices What Fort Benning parents, students should know about high school

  • Doughboys can't win rematch, fall 14-6

    Oct 19, 2012

    The Fort Benning Doughboys failed to avenge their loss from two weeks ago and fell once again to Faulkner University, losing this time, 14-6. The game turned out to be quite different from the 60-27 shootout in Montgomery, Ala., however, with both defenses giving the offense more than it could handle.

  • Bringing confidence out on the mat

    Oct 19, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- A punch to the face isn't exactly the rendezvous with destiny most people envision when they think of finding self-confidence. But Staff Sgt. Marcus Edwards knows that when it comes to Modern Army Combatives class, it's often the moment where faith in self comes out in its strongest form.

  • Westphal: Roles of the Army Reserve and National Guard critical to the Army of the future

    Oct 18, 2012

    Under Secretary Joseph W. Westphal discusses the future of the Army with the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee's fall session at the Pentagon, 17 October, 2012, Washington, DC. The Committee is chaired by Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, Commanding General of the Militia of the District of Columbia National Guard, and meets quarterly to advise the Secretary of the Army on key issues regarding the roles of the Army Reserve and National Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • A Final Salute

    Oct 18, 2012

    Command Sgt. Major Basil Plumley, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, died Oct. 10 after a short battle with cancer. He was 92. Plumley was the command sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, during the November 1965 Ia Drang battle. Plumley's bravery in Vietnam was probably a mixture of inherent character and confidence gained on the battle field. The West Virginia native, who was born on the first day of 1920, earned the Combat Infantryman Badge in World War II, Korea and Vietnam (where he served two tours.) He was one of only 324 Soldiers to claim that honor.

  • 14th CSH Soldiers deploy

    Oct 3, 2012

    Soldiers from 14th Combat Support Hospital deploy to several locations in Afghanistan to conduct medical operations including preventive medicine, veterinary care and medical logistics.

  • Army successfully demonstrates tactical operations smart grid

    Oct 3, 2012

    The U.S. Army demonstrated a proof of concept for a smart grid that could support tactical operations, this summer at its integrated capabilities testbed at Fort Dix, N.J.

  • Post honors Gold Star Mothers

    Oct 3, 2012

    Always held on the last Sunday of September, Gold Star Mother's Day is set aside to honor the mothers of service members who have given their lives for their country. The organization, founded in 1928, includes nearly 150 chapters nationwide.

  • TACOM FMX dedicates buildings

    Oct 3, 2012

    Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command's Fleet Management Expansion Directorate dedicated two of its newest buildings Thursday during a ceremony on Harmony Church. Buildings 5405 and 5415, which collectively make up the Maneuver Center of Excellence Combat Equipment Maintenance Complex, were named in honor of Joseph Williams and 1st Lt. G. Murl Conner, respectively. Together, the Joe Williams Maintenance Facility and Conner Hall service hundreds of tanks and Bradleys in a given year.

  • Flu vaccines ready at MACH

    Oct 3, 2012

    Martin Army Community Hospital has announced the 2012-2013 influenza immunization schedule.

  • Rangers remember tragic training accident

    Oct 3, 2012

    On the bank of a slough winding off the Yellow River, Army Ranger instructors took a moment Oct. 3, 2012, to remember one of the worst training accidents in the group's history.

  • WHINSEC earns 2012 Dr. William J. Perry Award

    Oct 3, 2012

    The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation has received the Dr. William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education from the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, a component of the U.S. National Defense University, Washington, DC.

  • Groups work to repair, fix widow's home

    Oct 3, 2012

    Members of the U.S. Army Combatives School and Both Hands organization came together with House of Heroes Friday and Saturday to work on the home of Gertrude Collins of Smith Stations, Ala. Gertrude's husband, retired 1st Sgt. Thomas Collins, who was a 21-year Army veteran, passed away 10-weeks ago.

  • 'Tough to Talk' promotes dialogue

    Oct 3, 2012

    Faith Middle School's "Tough to Talk" series explores issues teens face including surviving high school, sex, drugs and alcohol, and bullying. The sessions are facilitated by Military Family Life Consultant and gives parents opportunities to explore issues that may be difficult for them to discuss with their children. The school held it's first session Thursday and discussed the issue of suicide to coincide with the Armywide Suicide Stand Down. The discussion centered on what parents and children can do if they notice signs that someone might be thinking about committing suicide by exploring the signs, statistics and those most vulnerable.

  • Soldier Show concludes 2012 season, creates memories

    Oct 2, 2012

    The U.S. Army Soldier Show concluded its 2012 season Sept. 30 in front of a full house at the historic Fort Sam Houston Theater.

  • Hunting: The adventure, and the risk

    Oct 1, 2012

    Hunters who bag a buck, a bird or nothing at all still agree it's great just to be outdoors.

  • When Risk Rides the Road

    Oct 1, 2012

    In 1995, I was a drill instructor stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. Recently divorced and financially burdened, I couldn't afford a car. Instead, I purchased a 1994 red and silver Suzuki 750 motorcycle so I could get out and enjoy the San Diego weather and activities. The Suzuki was the first motorcycle I had ever ridden, so I began by riding it around base to get accustomed to it.

  • Take care of each other, have a safe, great Columbus Day

    Oct 1, 2012

    SAN ANTONIO -- Columbus Day commemorates the spirit of exploration and the discovery of our great nation.

  • Social media on the home front

    Sep 12, 2012

    Facebook has become one the biggest mediums for deployed Soldiers to keep in touch with their family and friends. Melissa Anderson shows us how those on the home front can use this social networking site for good, but also what can happen if things go bad.

  • Message to the IMCOM Workforce from LTG Mike Ferriter and CSM Earl Rice

    Sep 5, 2012

    The Installation Management Command has the best workforce we have seen in each of our 30-plus years of service. At every installation, base and depot we visit, we are impressed by the spirit, energy and teamwork exhibited by the IMCOM team.

  • Wounded warriors build 'resilience' during weekend fishing excursion

    Sep 5, 2012

    Wounded warriors developed closer friendships, stronger self-esteem and a brighter outlook on life -- all tools in building individual resilience -- and brought home several pounds of bass during a three-day outing on Lake Lanier in Georgia..

  • U.S., Afghan Soldiers bond through training

    Sep 5, 2012

    As the U.S. eyes a 2014 withdrawal date from Afghanistan, a big push is under way to prepare Afghan forces to assume the nation's lead security role. Fort Benning is playing a key part in that. Afghan and American Soldiers are not only fighting alongside each other, they're also attending the same schools and courses together at installations across the United States, which is strengthening the strategic partnership, Maneuver Center of Excellence officials said.

  • Dangerous distractions

    Sep 4, 2012

    What's the first image that comes to mind when someone mentions distracted driving? Is it someone texting or talking on a cellphone? If so, here are a few Army accident reports that might surprise you:

  • CFC set for kickoff

    Aug 29, 2012

    The Combined Federal Campaign, which allows federal employees to support a range of charities through periodic payroll deductions, will run from Saturday through Dec. 15. "The CFC is the world's largest workplace-giving campaign," said Laura Walker, Fort Benning CFC manager. "Last year, the Fort Benning community raised $879,000 for local, national and international charities."

  • Exercise 'forges' agile, adaptive leaders

    Aug 29, 2012

    "Leader Forge" -- the name refers to a 10-day period of continuous operations conducted by students in Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course and held about two weeks from graduation. Another round of lieutenants, 130 in D Company, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, have just wrapped up the exercise, which started early last week.

  • Suicide Prevention Stand Down set for Sept. 27

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning's first Suicide Prevention Stand Down will be Sept. 27. A culminating activity for Suicide Prevention Month, the stand down will encompass the duty day and include a range of educational and recreational activities geared toward enhancing individual resilience.

  • MCoE Soldier named TRADOC's Reserve Career Counselor of the Year for 2012

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Of 27 Reserve career counselors across U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, one has been singled out for excellence -- and he's a Fort Benning Soldier. Sgt. 1st Class Octavious Rogers was named the Reserve Career Counselor of the Year during last month's TRADOC competition, which measured the top career counselors, Reserve career counselors and retention NCOs against each other, selecting the best from each category.

  • Infantry School changes CSMs

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Infantry School has a new top enlisted Soldier out in front. Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Guden took over the position during a change of responsibility ceremony Friday at Marshall Auditorium in McGinnis-Wickam Hall. He replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Steven McClaflin, who retired after more than 27 years on active duty.

  • Fire in the sky: Lightning-related injuries, deaths climb across US

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - As afternoon thunderstorms continue to flare up across the Chattahoochee Valley, your odds of getting struck by lightning might be greater than you think, Fort Benning safety officials said.

  • Top leaders hold forum

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Senior Army and civilian officials representing the major subordinate commands and organizations around post gathered Friday for an MCoE Onsite forum.

  • Georgia active-duty Purple Heart recipients get special license plate

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Prior to the signing of the changed Purple Heart license plate bill, HB 732, which went into effect in Georgia on July 1, there was ambiguity in the code section governing "veterans." Active-duty Soldiers who received Purple Hearts were unable to acquire the free Purple Heart license plate. The plate was given only to retired Purple Heart recipients.

  • Post schools begin healthier food plan

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning Schools are joining those across the nation in changing the meals they serve students. The goal, said Ginny Sims, Fort Benning food service director, is to combat childhood obesity.

  • DES fire department wins DoD award

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning's Directorate of Emergency Services fire department has won the Department of Defense Large Fire Department of the Year Award for 2011.

  • FORSCOM general bids farewell to Army

    Aug 15, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Brig. Gen. Rodney Barham, the deputy commanding general who was in charge of Reserve components for U.S. Army Forces Command, retired Wednesday during a ceremony under the National Infantry Museum's rotunda -- in front of the original "Follow Me" statue. He had been based at Fort McPherson near Atlanta until FORSCOM's move last year to Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • MCoE gets new commandants

    Aug 8, 2012

    Cols. David Haight and Paul Laughlin were formally welcomed to the Maneuver Center of Excellence during a ceremony at McGinnis-Wickam Hall's Marshall Auditorium. They are the 53rd and 47th commandants of their respective schools, replacing Col. Walter Piatt and Brig. Gen. Thomas James, who left in June.

  • Fourteen battle for Best Warrior

    Aug 8, 2012

    More than 300,000 Army National Guardsmen were winnowed down to the top 14 for the 2012 Best Warrior Competition, held on Fort Benning last week. By Thursday, two winners emerged, claiming the title of NCO of the Year and Soldier of the Year for the National Guard. NCO of the Year, Sgt. Matthew Howard, represents the Arkansas National Guard. Soldier of the Year, Spc. Mark Fuggiti, is from the Pennsylvania National Guard.

  • TRADOC names top Soldier, NCO

    Aug 8, 2012

    Staff Sgt. Brenden Shannon was named the TRADOC NCO of the Year, and Spc. Jesse Jacklyn was named the TRADOC Soldier of the Year. Both Shannon and Jacklyn are from Fort Benning.

  • Expert Infantryman Badge forum addresses relevancy

    Aug 8, 2012

    Senior enlisted and civilian leaders from Army installations worldwide gathered at Fort Benning, Ga., last week for a two-day Expert Infantryman Badge symposium.

  • CID opens mock crime scene to Families

    Aug 8, 2012

    Yellow tape reading "Police Line Do Not Cross" marked off a section of Fort Benning Wednesday where a crowd of more than 50 Soldiers and Family members explored a simulated crime scene -- set up to help spouses and children understand what a Criminal Investigation Command agent does on the job.

  • Facebook town hall: Thousands take part in online forum

    Aug 8, 2012

    More than 31,000 people logged in Wednesday to view the comment thread at Fort Benning's third virtual town hall via Facebook Aug. 1. For 90 minutes, families had the undivided attention of the installation's garrison command and directorates.

  • DSTS: First immersive virtual training system fielded

    Aug 1, 2012

    The first fully immersive virtual simulation training system for Soldiers was fielded at Fort Bragg last week, and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., gets the Dismounted Soldier Training System this week. The Maneuver Center of Excellence's Directorate of Training and Doctrine spent more than five years developing the DSTS with Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager for Virtual Systems and the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.

  • MCoE still targets 'squad' strategy

    Aug 1, 2012

    Fort Benning installed a new command team this summer, but strengthening the dismounted tactical small unit remains a top objective at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, the Infantry School's assistant commandant said. Col. Jay Peterson said leaders continue to sharpen concepts, tactics and techniques in the "Squad: Foundation of the Decisive Force" initiative as the MCoE works to gain overmatch and eliminate the enemy's comparable effectiveness at that level on today's complex battlefield. It's part of the Army of 2020 blueprint.

  • Callaway Homecoming Initiative: Event blends education, relaxation to strengthen Families

    Aug 1, 2012

    Callaway Homecoming Initiative covers issues ranging from marriage and lifestyles to post-traumatic stress disorder and redeployment. 20 Soldiers have the opportunity to not only disconnect from their day-to-day obligations but also reconnect with their Families during the program.

  • Officials: Stay alert for threats

    Aug 1, 2012

    August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month, but Fort Benning leaders say vigilance and a heightened understanding of potential threats are solid practices throughout the year. The theme in 2012 is "Know Your Surroundings," an effort to reinforce the importance of individual situational awareness by highlighting factors to look for in any security environment. As part of the Armywide campaign -- now in its third year -- Soldiers, civilians, retirees and Family members are reminded to participate in iWATCH, set up as a neighborhood watch program on installations.

  • Infantrymen conquer 16 obstacles

    Aug 1, 2012

    More than 140 second lieutenants in B Company, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, are on their way to becoming the Army's next generation of Infantry leaders. One of the first steps in the journey? An obstacle course featuring cargo nets, logs, ropes, beams and barbed wire.

  • Wrestling camp preps excellence

    Aug 1, 2012

    5th RTB commander inspires youth wrestlers at intensive camp J. Robinson prepared him for athletics, Ranger School and life

  • Soldier captures second gold medal

    Aug 1, 2012

    LONDON -- In the early hours Tuesday, Vincent Hancock of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit made Olympic history and put the U.S. over the top, temporarily, of China by winning his second gold medal in men's skeet at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

  • Post leaders renew Army Family Covenant

    Aug 1, 2012

  • Wood turning helps Soldiers heal

    Aug 1, 2012

    If you look up "wood turning" in the dictionary, you will find its meaning: taking a piece of wood and turning it into a functional object or a work of art. What the dictionary won't tell you is the activity began to blossom after World War II, according to the American Association of Woodturning, and it is helping Soldiers heal.

  • Suicide Prevention

    Aug 1, 2012

    Suicide is a serious issue in today's army, so the command structure is taking strides to prevent these tragedies. In an effort to help stem the loss of life, Melissa Bell brings you risk factors and warning signs, so you can recognize them when you see them. With more knowledge and communication we can all help prevent suicide.

  • Post Traumatic Stress

    Aug 1, 2012

    Post Traumatic Stress Part 3- As we continue our series on post traumatic stress, we attempt to unravel this affliction that some soldiers live with. Now we bring you a different perspective on this burden and what can be done to set those affected on the right path to healing.

  • Spotlight on schools at Fort Benning's third virtual town hall

    Aug 1, 2012

    As students prepare for their return to the classroom, Fort Benning is giving parents a forum to discuss concerns and get answers. The installation's third virtual town hall through Facebook is set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. Garrison Commander Col. Jeffrey Fletcher and nearly 70 representatives will gather inside the Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters to field questions from hundreds of Families via Facebook during the 90-minute event.

  • Olympics a family affair for two service members

    Jul 25, 2012

    Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft, with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, was an Olympian at the 1996 Atlanta games. Navy Reserve Petty Officer 1st Class Sandra Uptagrafft competed in four Olympic trials in Women's air and sport pistol, and left each one without a position on the Olympic team.

  • 'An amazing homecoming' -- medical unit redeploys

    Jul 25, 2012

    More than 50 Soldiers who deployed last July with the 463rd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) returned safely Saturday to Fort Benning to the applause of waiting friends and Family.

  • Heat-mitigation tools promote safety

    Jul 25, 2012

    According to the Fort Benning Safety Office, the number of yearly heat injuries has been in decline since 2009. Typically the installation averages 64 incidents per year, among trainees and cadre, that require a day or more of hospitalization.

  • 233rd Transportation Company returns home

    Jul 18, 2012

    More than 50 Soldiers from the 233rd Transportation Company are back at Fort Benning after a yearlong deployment to Southwest Asia. The Soldiers spent last year in Kuwait, conducting convoys into and out of Iraq for Operation New Dawn and the exodus of U.S. forces and equipment. Then, the unit was dispatched to Afghanistan in the past six months.

  • MCoE team builds training apps to reach Soldiers at 'point of need'

    Jul 18, 2012

    Army training at Fort Benning, Ga., has never been just in the classroom -- now it's virtually everywhere -- available in virtual form on Soldiers' smartphones, tablets and other devices.

  • Judge, retired colonel laid to rest

    Jul 18, 2012

    Retired Col. Aaron Cohn, a Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit judge who spent 46 years on the bench and participated in Europe's liberation as a Soldier fighting in World War II, died July Fourth in Columbus. He was 96.

  • Medics train 789th EOD Soldiers on combat lifesaving

    Jul 18, 2012

    While the Combat Lifesaver Course is offered periodically postwide, sometimes a unit can't make one of the scheduled classes, so the 690th Medical Company (Ground Ambulance) provides the needed instructors and curriculum, said Sgt. Tamara Bracey, treatment NCO, who helped teach the course last week to 789th Explosive Ordnance Detachment Soldiers.

  • ABOLC lieutenants work to enhance situational awareness

    Jul 18, 2012

    Advanced Situational Awareness Training, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning

  • Military children focus of bill adopted by 43 states

    Jul 18, 2012

    Georgia is the 42nd state to sign the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The purpose is to ease the transition for school-aged children of military families, according to the compact. So far, 43 states have signed the compact.

  • 3rd ID looks to dethrone 2-time defending combatives champs

    Jul 18, 2012

    The 3rd Infantry Division combatives team surprised people at the 2011 U.S. Army Combatives Championship, but with a third-place finish, it won't be flying under anyone's radar at this year's tournament.

  • Policy could limit outdoor workouts

    Jul 18, 2012

    After two Georgia teens died from heat-related illnesses in 2011, the Georgia High School Association is implementing a new policy to make sure another death never happens again. That means Columbus and Fort Benning coaches and players may see more indoor practice in the weeks leading up to the 2012 football season.

  • Army releases third quarter accident data

    Jul 12, 2012

    U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center data show the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 has been the deadliest yet this year regarding accidents, with 42 Soldiers lost between April 1 and June 30.

  • WHINSEC board of visitors meet

    Jul 12, 2012

    The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation's board of visitors, a federally chartered oversight committee, met in its annual Columbus session June 27-28. The June 27 session, held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Columbus, included information updates from Michael Fortin, Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy Division; Francisco Palmieri, Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Brig. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, representing U.S. Northern Command; and Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander of U.S. Southern Command.

  • Fort Benning school district wins award

    Jul 12, 2012

    he Military Child Education Coalition awarded Fort Benning Schools in the Georgia and Alabama districts the 2012 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award on June 28 at the organization's 14th National Training Seminar in Grapevine, Texas. The award, established in 2004, recognizes retired Lt. Gen. H.G. "Pete" Taylor and his dedication to helping military children. It honors partnerships between military installations and school districts, according to the MCEC website.

  • Drop and give me 30: H2 the 0: Keep hydrated

    Jul 12, 2012

    Drop and give me 30 fitness column H2 the 0: Keep hydrated

  • Marksmanship Unit Soldier reinvents career, set to make history

    Jul 11, 2012

    Nine years after losing his leg in a rocket-propelled grenade attack while on patrol in Iraq, Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson has reinvented his Army career. Going from an Infantry squad leader to a wounded warrior, he is now a Paralympic shooter.

  • Fort Benning's Good Hope Training Area opens

    Jul 11, 2012

    The first class of lieutenants to begin training at the Armor School's Basic Officer Leader Course after it moved to Fort Benning, Ga., is now the first group to conduct a field-training exercise in the Good Hope Maneuver Training Area, which officially opened July 9, 2012.

  • Post cracks down on TA-50 storage in POVs

    Jul 11, 2012

    The Directorate of Emergency Services has a bulletin for all personnel: Don't leave military-issued equipment or high-value items lying around inside your personally owned car or truck. Fort Benning has adopted an Army policy prohibiting service members assigned here from storing gear known as TA-50 in vehicles parked on or off post. It may be transported for duty requirements but cannot be left unsecured or unattended.

  • Join vanpool to save money on commute

    Jul 11, 2012

    Across the Army, any service member or DA civilian using a bus, train or vanpool to commute to work is eligible for the Army Mass Transportation Benefit Program. By signing up, commuters receive a voucher for up to $125 per month that they can take to any qualified van rental business.

  • 'The Bayonet' ranked among state's best; Earns five awards from Georgia Press Association

    Jul 11, 2012

    "The Bayonet" took five awards Saturday during the annual Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest at Miramar Beach, Fla. Representing Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence, the newspaper is judged in Division I along with 16 other weekly newspapers with a circulation of 15,000 or more and all media associate members, including magazines and other publications.

  • Robotics rodeo showcases new technologies

    Jul 9, 2012

    More than 40 vendors and five universities showcased nearly 75 different technologies during the 2012 Robotics Rodeo at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • DS graduates entire platoon

    Jul 6, 2012

    Forty-five Soldiers in 1st Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, graduated from basic training Tuesday. Standing in formation on Soldier Field at the National Infantry Museum, they represented 100 percent of the Soldiers who first joined the platoon nine-and-a-half weeks ago, which was a goal set by Staff Sgt. Deon Pearman.

  • NCO Academy sharpens leadership

    Jul 6, 2012

    The NCO creed states: "All Soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership." But how does an NCO learn leadership? One could argue that much of it begins at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy's Warrior Leader Course. The 17-day course is geared toward specialists and sergeants. Most have either recently taken a position of responsibility over Soldiers or will upon return to their unit.

  • DoDEA adopts standards to ease student moves

    Jul 6, 2012

    The Department of Defense Education Activity recently adopted the Common Core State Standards for math and languages arts. The CCSS initiative is coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers and is a state-led effort without federal government involvement. Forty-six states -- including Georgia and Alabama, two territories and the District of Columbia -- have accepted the standards.