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  • Hammer Brigade ready for joint training

    Jun 6, 2012

    Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, loaded track vehicles and equipment aboard C-17 Globemaster III aircraft Sunday at Lawson Army Airfield as they prepared to participate in a joint training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Post's senior enlisted Soldier to bid farewell

    Jun 6, 2012

    After more than 10 deployments -- including combat rotations to Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq -- and 26 years in the Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Hardy, Fort Benning's top NCO, is calling it a career. He's set to relinquish his position to Command Sgt. Maj. James Carabello during a change-of-responsibility ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday in Marshall Auditorium at McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

  • Former NBA referee visits Fort Benning

    Jun 6, 2012

    A former undercover New Jersey state trooper who went on to spend 25 years as an NBA referee returned to Fort Benning last week to share his message of resilience, leadership and struggles with post-traumatic stress. Bob Delaney, author of the book Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post-Traumatic Stress, gave a presentation Thursday to Maneuver Captains Career Course students and cadre in Derby Auditorium at McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

  • Harmony Church barracks named for Silver Star recipient

    Jun 6, 2012

    Harmony Church troop barracks named for Sgt. Patrick Tainsh, who was killed in action in Baghdad in February 2004 while on patrol. For his actions, Tainsh was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry. He wrote to his parents: "Hi, I'm writing you this letter because something went wrong … I just want you to know I tried to do the right thing. I came here to help some people who couldn't help the situation they were subject to. Maybe some day they will be able to enjoy freedom as we do. As for me, it was an honor to experience that freedom. It was an honor to fight and die with the American flag on my shoulder. Honor, that's a big word and some people don't know what it means. It's not something that happens right away. It's something that builds up inside your soul."

  • MACH uses RelayHealth for communication

    Jun 6, 2012

    No waiting. No phone tag. Martin Army Community Hospital has made it easier for patients to communicate with their doctors when it launched RelayHealth's secure messaging.

  • Spouses take CSF-PREP course

    Jun 6, 2012

    Whether leading a company attack or planning a company social, there's a mission to complete, and an individual's ability to perform comes into play. That's the theory behind the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness-Performance and Resilience Enhancement Program.

  • 'A heart for India' Four families adopt six children from India

    Jun 6, 2012

    Of the 31 million orphans* in India, six will soon be coming home to the Chattahoochee Valley. The four Families adopting them -- three active duty and one former military -- have followed different paths to reach this decision and now they're months away from meeting their children for the first time. This is their story.

  • Residents urged to help prevent mold, humidity makes it a constant fight

    Jun 6, 2012

    Mold and mildew haven't been major issues for residents in housing or barracks at Fort Benning, post officials said. They intend to keep it that way. Both can be found just about anywhere -- especially in the warm, humid climates of Georgia and Alabama -- but there have been no documented cases here of known toxin-producing molds such as Stachybotrys chartarum, said officials from Martin Army Community Hospital and the Residential Communities Initiative.

  • House of Heroes repairs Army widow's home

    Jun 6, 2012

    Working with the House of Heroes, TIYA Support Services from Fort Benning and other volunteers came out Saturday to do repair work on the house of 98-year-old Phyllis Rosiak.

  • Army takes important step towards enabling a Global Energy Grid for the battlefield

    May 30, 2012

    U.S. Army CERDEC engineers hosted the DISA CTO to discuss the Global Energy Grid, a CERDEC concept to leverage civilian smart grid technoogies to more efficiently deliver energy to U.S. forces worldwide. The GEG would use DISA-owned data command and control links to coordinate and schedule the generation and usage of military power sources. This could maximize the delivery of power from available sources to where it is needed most, and efficiently manage these resources.

  • Army Gold Book authors visit Fort Benning

    May 30, 2012

    Bruce Shahbaz and Lt. Col. Thomas Denzler, who released "Generating Health and Discipline in the Force -- Ahead of the Strategic Reset 2012" earlier this year, offered potential solutions to challenges facing Soldiers and Family members during a discussion with installation leaders and the heads of various support agencies. After more than a decade of war in two theaters, the Gold Book was written as a thorough assessment of what the Army has learned about physical and behavioral health conditions, disciplinary problems and remaining gaps in policy, the authors said. The report serves as a resource for leaders, policymakers, commanders and service providers as they work together to address the unique and difficult issues that lie ahead.

  • Kelley Hill Pool now open for summer

    May 30, 2012

    As Sledgehammer Week came to a conclusion, Soldiers, Families and friends of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team beat the heat when the Kelley Hill Pool opened its gates Thursday.

  • Ceremony recognizes Fort Benning's top volunteers

    May 30, 2012

    More than 50 volunteers and organizations were honored at the Volunteer Awards Ceremony May 22 at the Benning Conference Center's Supper Club. Starla De Saussure, Fort Benning's Army Volunteer Corps program manager, presented Fort Benning Garrison Commander Col. Jeffrey Fletcher with a check worth $1.9 million. The check reflected the more than 89,500 hours of volunteer service for Fort Benning. Each hour was valued at $21.79.

  • Don't Sweat It: Post gyms offer something for everyone

    May 30, 2012

    Fort Benning's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation operates five fitness facilities on post and caters to the needs of Soldiers and civilians who work on Harmony Church, Kelley Hill and Sand Hill.

  • CHS vaulter sets AAA record at state meet

    May 30, 2012

    Columbus High School senior sets Georgia record in pole vault, will compete for Duke. Megan Clark vaulted 12 feet, 2 inches at the track and field state meet May 4, setting a new class AAA girls high school record. The year before, the record was 12 feet. "Ultimately, my goal is to go to the Olympics," said the 17-year-old daughter of Col. Ron Clark, commander of the 192 Infantry Brigade, "but I hope in the next couple years to better my technique and increase my height because I'll just be focusing on pole vault."

  • Females proud to wear Sapper tab

    May 25, 2012

    Women are not allowed to serve in certain combat occupations -- but that's not stopping female engineers from taking on the grueling 28-day Sapper Leader Course, becoming Sapper qualified and wearing the coveted Sapper tab.

  • Army promotes National Safety Month

    May 24, 2012

    June is National Safety Month, and senior Army Leaders are asking Soldiers at all levels to use this opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to safety.

  • Maneuver Battle Lab assesses vehicles to develop Army ground combat vehicle

    May 23, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (May 23, 2012) -- The Maneuver Battle Lab is wrapping up the second phase of the Ground Combat Vehicle Non Developmental Vehicle assessments, which has Soldiers from Fort Benning's experimentation force conducting platoon-level operations on five different platforms.

  • Soldiers prefer lighter machine gun during assessment

    May 23, 2012

    A military utility assessment held at Fort Benning, Ga., in September 2011 has concluded that all participating Soldiers immediately noticed the reduced weight of a prototype light machine gun and most would prefer it to the current squad automatic weapon used in battle.

  • MCoE names top warriors from annual competition

    May 23, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Three names stood out from among the rest during the 2012 Best Warrior Competition -- Staff Sgt. Cesar Ruiz, Sgt. Brenden Shannon and Spc. Jesse Jacklyn. They were dubbed the Maneuver Center of Excellence Drill Sergeant of the Year, NCO of the Year and Soldier of the Year, respectively, at Friday's award ceremony.

  • Armor branch aims to get more Ranger tabs for scouts

    May 23, 2012

    Now that the Armor School has planted new roots in the Maneuver Center of Excellence, it has a new mission: get more Cavalry scouts into Ranger School.

  • Stay safe, be smart in summer heat, humidity

    May 23, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - It's that time of year when the weather heats up.

  • IBOLC executes combined-arms live fire, company attack

    May 23, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Like countless cycles of classes before them, students in the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course successfully completed a live fire followed by a company attack exercise last week on post. Unlike any before them, the missions were combined-arms endeavors conducted at the tank-accessible Digital Multi-Purpose Range Complex.

  • Fort Bliss tank crew captures Sullivan Cup

    May 16, 2012

    Fort Bliss tank crew wins inaugural Sullivan Cup, earns title of Army's best tankers. A look at the top five finishers (with point total) in the 2012 Sullivan Cup, which began May 7 and ends Thursday at Fort Benning: Champion -- 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas: Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Dilling, Sgt. Zach Shaffer, Pfc. Mark Backer and Pfc. Kyle Braun (719.5) Runner-up -- 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas: Sgt. 1st Class Oscar Ayala, Sgt. Owen Zechman, Spc. Sam Garcia and Spc. Jason Dickens (712.7) 3) 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood: Staff Sgt. Lou Rodriguez, Sgt. Roman Villareal, Pfc. Robert Reyna and Spc. Joseph Henry (703.5) 4) 194th Armored Brigade, Fort Benning: Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hansford, Staff Sgt. Edwin Rodriguez, Pfc. Jarod Birkett and Spc. Brian Blanchette (700.6) 5) 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Fort Benning: Sgt. 1st Class John Swalley, Sgt. William Freincle, Pfc. Dylan Robertson and Pfc. Milan Savich (690.9)

  • Fort Benning Soldiers aim for Best Warrior

    May 16, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (May 16, 2012) -- The 2012 Best Warrior competition got under way Monday as 16 Soldiers endure a four-day event that will determine the Maneuver Center of Excellence Drill Sergeant of the Year, NCO of the Year and Soldier of the Year. All three will be announced Friday at an awards ceremony at the Benning Conference Center, and each winner will have the opportunity to represent the MCoE at the TRADOC level competitions.

  • Ranger named Army's premier paralegal

    May 16, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (May 16, 2012) -- A Fort Benning Soldier has been named the Army's top junior enlisted paralegal specialist. Staff Sgt. Raymond Richardson Jr. of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, is the 2012 Sergeant Eric L. Coggins Award for Excellence recipient. He was honored Friday during a ceremony at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. Next month, Richardson will receive the award from Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman, the Judge Advocate General, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

  • 'Squirrel issues': Post residents reminded to call in pest problems, even outside the home

    May 16, 2012

    Squirrels can be a nuisance -- especially when they invade your car or home. For on-post residents at The Villages of Benning, when rodents cause damage in or around the house, it's time to put in a work order. "Just like you call in someone to fix your dishwasher, you can call if you're having squirrel issues," said Keith Lovejoy, housing chief with the Residential Communities Initiative.

  • Faith Middle School holds town hall meeting

    May 16, 2012

    Administrators, post leaders discuss vision for next year during Faith Middle School's town hall meeting

  • Columbus brothers serve up cake the size of a tank

    May 16, 2012

    Columbus brothers and co-owners of Masterbuilt Manufacturing, John and Don McLemore unveiled a cake the shape and size of an M1A2 Abrams tank Thursday at the basic training graduation of two Armor units on Harmony Church. Part of the pilot episode of a TV show called Big Food, the McLemores constructed the strawberry shortcake in three days. They said it's a tribute to Soldiers. The pilot is slated to air in late July or early August on Country Music Television.

  • Olympians build 'foundation' at Fort Bennning's Audie Murphy Fitness Center

    May 16, 2012

    If Dremiel Byers and Spenser Mango win medals for Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2012 Olympic Games this summer in London, they may look back on two weeks of CrossFit training as a key to their success. Byers and Mango, along with fellow wrestlers from the World Class Athlete Program, paid a visit to Fort Benning from Colorado Springs, Colo., to train at the newly renovated Audie Murphy Fitness Center. Out of six available berths, Byers and Mango are two of three WCAP wrestlers who will represent Team USA in London.

  • Tankers compete for inaugural Sullivan Cup at Fort Benning

    May 10, 2012

    Four-man tank crews from installations all over the world are putting their precision gunnery skills to the test this week at Fort Benning, Ga., for a chance to be called the Army's best.

  • Reception battalion dedicates new complex

    May 10, 2012

    30th AG Battalion (Reception) was dedicated to Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude, who was killed Sept. 11, 2001, during the attack on the Pentagon. All Soldiers entering the Army for training at Fort Benning, one station unit or basic, will process through the Maude Reception Complex. Maude's wife, Teri, said her husband was all about Soldiers and the complex being named for him would "tickle" him.

  • Patton's grandson discusses leadership

    May 10, 2012

    "I haven't missed a meal or heard a shot fired in anger, and my dad reminded me of that every morning," said Benjamin Patton, a documentary filmmaker in New York. "I'm able to do the things I do because of folks like you, so the first thing I'd like to do is just say 'thank you.'" Benjamin Patton said he never served himself but was raised in an Army household. He now works with Soldiers affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and recently wrote a book titled, "Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History and Family Wisdom."

  • Memorial Day ceremony integrated with graduation

    May 10, 2012

    Fort Benning will observe Memorial Day during a basic training graduation May 24 on the parade field at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.

  • Bus tour highlights best of Fort Benning

    May 10, 2012

    New to post? Take the Newcomers Tour and you'll learn enough about Fort Benning's geography, history and amenities to make the installation as familiar as home. "This tour is, essentially, the 21st-century version of the welcome wagon," said Bridgett Siter, tour guide and Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing specialist.

  • 'Heart of Armor School' named for Army legend

    May 9, 2012

    316th Cavalry Brigade's General Instruction Building was formally dedicated as Patton Hall during a ceremony Wednesday in honor of Gen. George S. Patton Jr. Bronze plaques also were unveiled for seven other buildings at the unit complex in tribute to influential Armor and Cavalry Soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

  • MCoE Combatives Tournament: 198th earns eight All-Army slots

    May 9, 2012

    The 198th Infantry Brigade dominated the field Friday at the Maneuver Center of Excellence Combatives Tournament -- earning eight slots to the U.S. Army Combatives Championships in July at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Defense secretary visits Fort Benning

    May 7, 2012

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visited the Maneuver Center of Excellence May 4, 2012, where he observed training and leaders and observed training across the installation and addressed about 1,300 troops from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team in an all-hands session.

  • TRADOC Instructors of the Year announced during fourth Annual Army Learning Summit

    May 7, 2012

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Seven Soldiers and civilians from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command were recognized as Instructors of the Year and presented awards by Gen. Robert W. Cone, TRADOC's commanding general during the fourth Annual Army Learning Summit May 3 at the TRADOC Headquarters on Fort Eustis.

  • USAMU shotgun shooter wins gold at World Cup

    May 7, 2012

    Staff Sgt. Josh Richmond, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, added another milestone to an already stellar 2012, winning a gold medal in Men's Double Trap at the Lonato (Italy) World Cup May 5. This title, his second medal-winning performance in as many World Cup competitions this year, comes just two weeks after the birth of his and wife Scharri's second son, Beaux. With two World Cup medals and a new baby boy, it is safe to say 2012 can be classified as a great year.

  • Army civilian blows doors off career progression

    May 4, 2012

    Army civilian Tacoma Anderson is literally busting down doors to progress her career. The 15-year Army careerist recently traveled to the Kingdom of Bahrain where the Coast Guard taught her how to breach structures and apprehend bad guys holed up inside.

  • Veterans on new mission make stop at Fort Benning

    May 4, 2012

    Two Iraqi combat veterans on bikes passed through Fort Benning May 3 as they continue on their trek from California to Washington D.C. to raise awareness for our nations veterans. Jeremy Staat and Wesley Barrientos visited with Soldiers and civilians with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and spoke about their current mission, which will be end in our nation's capital at the Vietnam War Memorial during Memorial Day Weekend.

  • Amputee speaks on resilience

    May 3, 2012

    In 2005, Kyle Maynard said he was just going through the motions as a motivational speaker. Born a congenital amputee -- with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees -- he shot to national fame after capturing a state high school wrestling title in metro Atlanta, setting weightlifting records and overcoming major obstacles in what he calls the "pursuit of normalcy."

  • Ia Drang Valley veterans attend Ranger reunion

    May 3, 2012

    The Soldiers who fought in the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, the U.S. military's first large-scale engagement in the Vietnam War, came together at the downtown Marriott for what could be a final time to share memories and discuss their roles in an event chronicled in the 1992 memoir, "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young." It also got adapted into the 2002 film, "We Were Soldiers," part of which was filmed at Fort Benning. The two-hour Ia Drang Valley program kicked off the reunion's final day. It featured a question-and-answer session with some of the battle's key players, including retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley, who led Fort Benning's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment.

  • POTUS, First Lady speak with Marne community

    May 3, 2012

    The roar of more than 10,000 "Dog Face" Soldiers, Family Members and members of the Marne Division's community rose above the melody of "Hail to the Chief" to announce the arrival of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to Fort Stewart, April 27. The event marked the first appearance of a president on Marne Division soil in almost 10 years; President George W. Bush visited the installation in 2003 to present the Presidential Unit Citation to the division for its role in the military campaign in Iraq that ended the reign of former dictator Saddam Hussein.

  • Transporters tackle new mission in Afghanistan

    May 3, 2012

    If there's one thing Soldiers of the 233rd Transportation Company know, they definitely know how to get heavy equipment from one point to another in austere environments.

  • Military Families in the forefront as AFAP delegates choose top issues to address

    May 2, 2012

    When issues arise throughout military installations and become concerns for our military Families, our leaders step in to help resolve these issues.

  • Armor School rolls out Sullivan Cup

    May 2, 2012

    Fort Benning is bracing for a tank invasion next week as the Armor School stages its first-ever Sullivan Cup. Teams of four Soldiers each are en route from installations around the globe to lock up in the four-day competition, a test of their precision gunnery skills that'll determine the Army's top tank crew. It's scheduled to begin Monday and continue through May 10 at various venues on Harmony Church.

  • TAP workshop prepares Soldiers for life after Army

    Apr 26, 2012

    The Army Career and Alumni Program helps Soldiers transition from their military career to a civilian career. The mandatory three-day Transition Assistance Program workshop helps Soldiers choose a career path and how to be successful. Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Hardy, who will retire this summer after 26 years was one of more than 200 participants who completed the TAP workshop last week.

  • Bass club to send three to division championship

    Apr 26, 2012

    Fort Benning chief of police wins state tournament with 8-pound bass. Three members of the Benning Bass Club will head to Lake Okeechobee in Florida June 6-8 to compete in The Bass Federation Southern Division Championship.

  • Leaving the battlefield: Soldier shares story of PTSD

    Apr 25, 2012

    My name is Huerta. I am an American Soldier and I have PTSD. I refused to admit it to myself even when the Army doctors told me I had it in 2004. I refused to talk to anyone about it even when Army health professionals told me I needed to in 2005. I was afraid how Army leadership would react if I had that on my record. I was a Soldier, I was tough, I just needed to rub the patch and drive on.

  • Army tests new medical air beam shelter

    Apr 25, 2012

    The 14th Combat Support Hospital and U.S. Army Medical Department board are wrapping up an assessment of a new air beam shelter that could lead to faster care of wounded troops on the battlefield.

  • Civilian workforce town hall set for Monday

    Apr 25, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Garrison leaders will touch base with Fort Benning's civilian workforce next week to discuss command philosophy, Army values and manpower. Two town hall meetings are set for Monday at Marshall Auditorium in McGinnis-Wickam Hall, the Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters on Main Post. The forums begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Workers on post may attend either session.

  • Reception Station Barracks certified LEED silver

    Apr 25, 2012

    The Green Building Certification Institute has certified the Reception Station Barracks on Sand Hill as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver. The two buildings opened last summer as part of a 300,000-square-foot complex for the 30th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception). It includes a new headquarters, dining facility and Soldier community center.

  • Units tap JCATS to measure training goals

    Apr 25, 2012

    The Clarke Simulation Center on Harmony Church has a place where all units can practice mission command. A multipurpose tool called Joint Combat and Tactical Simulation can be tailored around an "infinite number of scenarios" to prepare leaders in planning, creating staff positions, battle tracking and proper communication procedures before and after live training events, said George Ford, the facility's constructive simulations chief. Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below, or FBCB2, and Command Post of the Future capabilities are fully integrated into JCATS exercises.

  • McHugh: Important time for the TRADOC mission

    Apr 23, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh traveled to U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters at Fort Eustis, Va., April 20, 2012, to receive briefings from TRADOC leaders on the Army Profession, doctrine, leader development, and training and education.

  • Armed Forces Reserve Center holds ribbon cutting ceremony

    Apr 20, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The 81st Regional Support Command hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Armed Forces Reserve Center here on April 14, 2012.

  • Using combatives to address customer service

    Apr 20, 2012

    SAN ANTONIO -- LTG Mike Ferriter, commander of Installation Management Command, held a training session today with Garrison Leaders Course attendees. The general tied in combatives, customer service and inspired leadership to demonstrate the command's role in supporting Soldiers and Families.

  • Nearly 35 teams survive three-day battle of endurance

    Apr 19, 2012

    Fort Bragg, N.C., can lay claim to the world's sharpest, most durable set of Army Rangers -- at least for the next year. Master Sgt. Kevin Foutz and Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Payne, representing U.S. Army Special Operations Command, emerged from a pack of 50 teams to win the 2012 David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition. They outdistanced Staff Sgt. Raymond Santiago and Staff Sgt. Chad Acton of Fort Benning's Ranger Training Brigade and Sgt. 1st Class Zach Phillips and Staff Sgt. Matt Madiar, both of the Army National Guard, who wound up second and third, respectively.

  • SMA: 'Smaller Army' still full of opportunity

    Apr 19, 2012

    Troops back from Iraq and beginning the move out of Afghanistan will find a "smaller Army" as the U.S. military enters an era of shrinking budgets, but advancement possibilities are alive and well for those who wish to stay in uniform, the top enlisted Soldier said Thursday.

  • Best Ranger Competition under way at Fort Benning

    Apr 13, 2012

  • Fort Benning prepares for female trainees

    Apr 11, 2012

    Officials at the 194th Armored Brigade said they could begin training female Soldiers right now, if necessary. It's just a matter of when the Army decides to send them here.

  • Phase 2 re-enlistment window open for Soldiers

    Apr 11, 2012

    The Army is now six weeks into Phase 2 of this fiscal year's re-enlistment window, open to Soldiers whose expiration of term of service falls between Oct. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2012.

  • Program to cut energy use

    Apr 11, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (April 11, 2012) -- Fort Benning wants its units, directorates and agencies to lower excess energy use and promote awareness about power consumption. Officials will make it worth their while. In an effort to enhance stewardship of taxpayer money and the environment, the installation has rolled out the Energy Conservation and Incentive Program, which is aimed at getting personnel to do their part in facilities around post, said Peter Lukken, the garrison's strategic sustainability planner.

  • First responders remove 'casualty' by air, ground

    Apr 11, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (April 11, 2012) -- Cadre and students in the Heavy Vehicle Recovery Course recently rehearsed the exchange and loading of a casualty with first responders who came by air and ground. The medevac drill was staged for the first time here following the Armor School's move last year from Fort Knox, Ky. But unit officials said this took place on a larger scale as the members of 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment's Ordnance Training Detachment added some new wrinkles.

  • Field set for 29th annual Best Ranger Competition

    Apr 11, 2012

    The 29th installment of the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition begins April 13, 2012, at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Suicide Awareness Walk to shed light on 'stigma'

    Apr 11, 2012

    Suicide is preventable. Tricia Radenz, an Army wife who lost her youngest son to suicide three years ago, said she believes the tragedy, which stems from a mental illness, can be avoided through greater awareness -- both for those suffering and those around them.

  • Sergeant major moves on after winning two Commander's Cup trophies

    Apr 11, 2012

    Fort Benning Sports, Fitness and Aquatics intramural coordinator Spencer Folds said hardly a game goes by where he doesn't see John Etter in the stands. And Etter, the 11th Engineer Battalion's command sergeant major, does more than just cheer for his Soldiers.

  • Non-Lethal Weapons Testing on Fort Benning

    Apr 11, 2012

    Non-Lethal Weapons Testing on Fort Benning

  • McMaster tapped for promotion, command of Benning

    Apr 4, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (April 4, 2012) -- The Chief of Staff of the Army announced March 27 the selection of Brig. Gen. Herbert .R. McMaster Jr., for promotion to major general and Command of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) and Fort Benning.

  • On a much bigger scale: Infantry lieutenants introduced to Armor elements

    Apr 4, 2012

    The home of the Maneuver Center of Excellence is living up to its name with the inclusion of Armor instruction in the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course.

  • Marine combat instructors share Infantry tactics

    Apr 4, 2012

    The Army and Marine Corps Infantry schools are seeing how the other half lives this spring.

  • Regiment honors veterans at Torchlight Ceremony

    Apr 4, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (April 4, 2012) -- The 46th Infantry Regiment honored its combat heritage and switched gears a bit at this year's Torchlight Ceremony. The annual tradition took place at dusk March 27 in Memorial Grove, a small patch outside the unit's headquarters on Sand Hill that represents "strength, purity and rebirth," its leaders said. The event pays tribute to all regimental veterans from World War II through Vietnam and up to today. It began in 1987 at Fort Knox, Ky., and continued a second year on Fort Benning. In a largely symbolic move, the regiment also re-designated 2nd Battalion -- the first Fort Knox battalion headquarters to arrive here under Base Realignment and Closure at the end of 2010 -- as 1st Battalion, casing the old colors and shifting responsibility for the unit's basic combat training mission.

  • Pride of Ownership in Personal Safety

    Mar 29, 2012

    As the spring and summer seasons approach, the likelihood a Soldier will become an accident statistic increases. To counter that trend, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center is asking service members to take pride of ownership in their personal safety.

  • Regimental headquarters named for decorated veteran

    Mar 29, 2012

    3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, headquarters dedicated in honor of Distinguished Service Cross recipient

  • Top Fort Benning NCO starts ACAP process

    Mar 29, 2012

    The Army Career and Alumni Program is here to assist Soldiers transitioning from the military to a civilian workforce -- whether a Soldier is transitioning from the military after a short career, a long one or if he is the command sergeant major of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

  • Maneuver Battle Lab assists with Department of Defense assessment

    Mar 28, 2012

    A two-week assessment by the Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, Marine Corps Forces Pacific Experimentation Center and Fort Benning's Maneuver Battle Lab to see how effective a batch of nonlethal devices could be in halting the approach of motorists and vehicles. It involved nine Soldiers from D Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, out of Fort Stewart, Ga. The evaluation began March 12.

  • SQUAD: ASAT concept takes shape

    Mar 28, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The Maneuver Center of Excellence has launched a pilot program aimed at turning Soldiers into battlefield detectors, capable of picking out battlefield anomalies before a surprise attack or ambush through behavior profiling skills. Advanced Situational Awareness Training is designed to power leader development and build the human dimension part of the command's "Squad: Foundation of the Decisive Force" strategy, said Command Sgt. Maj. Steven McClaflin, the Infantry School's command sergeant major. ASAT is being taught directly to cadre and students in the Infantry and Armor Basic Officer Leader Courses, Infantry and Armor Advanced Leader Courses and the Maneuver Senior Leaders Course.

  • TRADOC strengthens ties with international partners

    Mar 27, 2012

    In continuing to build partner capacity within U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. Robert W. Cone, TRADOC commanding general, hosted a Foreign Liaison Officers quarterly meeting at TRADOC headquarters March 19 to discuss initiatives with mutual interest among the nations.

  • TRADOC chief attends 2012 Recon Summit; Annual MCoE forum examines 2020 force concepts

    Mar 13, 2012

    Training and Doctrine Command's commanding general weighed in on several key issues during the outbrief at this year's Maneuver Center of Excellence Reconnaissance Summit. Gen. Robert Cone attended the final session Thursday at Derby Auditorium in McGinnis-Wickam Hall, where participants discussed the Army's Strategic Narrative 2020, corps and division-level reconnaissance needs, brigade combat team recon operations and the MCoE Reconnaissance Training Strategy.

  • Infantry Soldiers get pep talk from Army chief of staff

    Mar 12, 2012

    Infantry Soldiers in one-station unit training at Fort Benning, Ga., heard directly from Army chief of staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Friday.

  • Fort Benning to host West Point spring football scrimmage

    Mar 7, 2012

    Fort Benning, Ga., will host the West Point spring football scrimmage at Doughboy Stadium, Friday at 2 p.m.

  • Geotagging poses security risks

    Mar 7, 2012

    "Is a badge on Foursquare worth your life?" asked Brittany Brown, social media manager of the Online and Social Media Division at the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs.

  • Post tracks noise zones; terrain, weather key factors

    Mar 7, 2012

    Fort Benning's newest range opened Thursday along the installation's northern border, bringing another layer of noise management for post planners to contend with. But they said an effective strategy already is in place to monitor range activity and limit any impact on local homes, schools and churches.

  • HOTEX, public meeting set for March 15

    Mar 7, 2012

    Soldiers here are set to deliver a firepower demonstration March 15 on Red Cloud Range. Afterward, post leaders plan to highlight Fort Benning's mission as part of a noise-mitigation and awareness campaign.

  • MCoE Ceremonial Band wins inaugural award; group named Music Performance Team of the Year

    Mar 7, 2012

    The MCoE Ceremonial Band was named the 2011 Music Performance Team of the Year Feb. 22. It's the first band to hold this honor since the Armywide band contest kicked off last year.

  • AER campaign kicks off Friday; Director, MoH recipient speaks about nonprofit organization

    Mar 7, 2012

    Retired Lt. Gen. Robert Foley, director of Army Emergency Relief and a Medal of Honor recipient, traveled to Fort Benning Friday to kick off the installation's fundraising campaign and talk about the program.

  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

    Mar 7, 2012

    Traumatic brain injury has been called the "signature wound" of America's current wars. The rate of combat-related brain injuries in service members returning from war is higher than in previous conflicts. The U.S. military estimates 144,000-plus service members in the last decade have suffered from some type of TBI, either as a result of combat operations or by accidents in training.

  • BOSS president talks to Auburn High students

    Mar 7, 2012

    AUBURN, Ala. -- A group of Auburn High School students embarking on a care package campaign for deployed Soldiers got a boost last week from the BOSS. Spc. Salah Al Hakim, president of Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers at Fort Benning, addressed members of the Hal Moore Leadership Academy after school Wednesday. The 4th Ranger Training Battalion Soldier shared his experiences from Iraq, discussed leadership attributes and highlighted the Army values.

  • U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit aims to shape Vanguard's 'light fighters'

    Mar 5, 2012

    Forty Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, took a shot at sharpening their shooting skills, Feb. 13-24, 2012, with the help of a professional rifle team.

  • AFAP delegates choose 8 issues to help military families

    Mar 5, 2012

    Extending the time allotted to invest survivor benefits and granting per diem for families to attend therapy sessions were the top issues requested this week during the Army Family Action Plan conference.

  • New coin honors Infantry

    Feb 24, 2012

    Each of the 174 Infantrymen who graduated Feb. 17, 2012, at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Fort Benning, Ga., received a 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar.

  • Armor School gets new top NCO

    Feb 22, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The Armor School has a new top enlisted Soldier up on the mount. Command Sgt. Maj. Miles Wilson took over the position during a change of responsibility ceremony Thursday at Derby Auditorium in McGinnis-Wickam Hall. He replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Young, who retired after more than 28 years on active duty.

  • 4 light robots put through paces at Fort Benning

    Feb 22, 2012

    Soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga., tested four small robots last week to get a better idea how they might help Soldiers in recon missions and the detection of improvised explosive devices.

  • Vietnam vet shares war lessons

    Feb 22, 2012

    Fort Benning brought in a seasoned Hawaiian warrior Wednesday to revive its Combat Leader Speaker Program. Allen Hoe, who served in Vietnam and is now a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, addressed an estimated 1,000 Soldiers, NCOs and junior officers in various courses here during a presentation at Marshall Auditorium in McGinnis-Wickam Hall. He also spoke about the personal pain and heartache he's faced since losing his oldest son, Nainoa, to a sniper's bullet in Iraq near Mosul in 2005.

  • Columbus native dreams achieved despite adversity

    Feb 22, 2012

    However, the story of the first African-American fighter pilot begins not with the Tuskegee Airmen but here in Columbus, Ga., many years before. Eugene Jacques Bullard was born in Columbus on Oct. 9, 1894. During World War I, he took it upon himself to learn to fly and joined the French Air Force as a member of the Lafayette Flying Corps. He flew over 20 combat missions and was confirmed with shooting down two enemy aircraft. Because of his aggressive combat tactics, he earned the nickname "The Black Swallow of Death." The Lafayette Flying Corps had many foreigners as pilots, particularly Americans. When America finally entered the war, Bullard, like the other Americans flying for the French, sought to fly for the Americans in their fight for freedom.

  • 3rd HBCT trains Soldiers about suicide

    Feb 22, 2012

  • Black history observance honors women, diversity

    Feb 22, 2012

    Fort Benning's annual Black History Month ceremony Feb. 14 observed diversity and the accomplishments of black women.

  • Tools for Driving Success Only a Click Away

    Feb 21, 2012

    If you're looking for materials to set up, maintain or improve your unit's driver's training program, then check out Driver's Training Toolbox from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. The toolbox is a web-based program and repository of drivers training resources aimed to assist Leaders, commanders, master drivers and instructors.

  • Air Assault Course has new home at Fort Hood

    Feb 17, 2012

    The Air Assault Course is coming to Fort Hood, Texas. The 10-day course, which trains and tests Soldiers in air assault combat operations, sling load and rigging operations, and rappelling from a helicopter, will now have a permanent place at the installation.


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