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  • 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.

  • Weapons safety video : 'Privately Owned and Assigned'

    Feb 16, 2012

    Here's a weapons safety video from the latest series on weapons safety produced at the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. Our thanks to the pros at the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga., for their assistance. Safe shooting and remember: Army Safe is Army Strong!

  • Green to Gold briefings: Earn your commission

    Feb 15, 2012

    If you're an NCO who is curious about earning your commission, or if you're a junior enlisted Soldier who has what it takes for leadership in the Army, attend today's briefing on Green to Gold. Led by Columbus State University's ROTC, the information session starts at 10 a.m. in Building 2611, Soldiers' Plaza.

  • Post reclamation sale saves Soldiers money

    Feb 15, 2012

    Soldiers who want to save money on uniforms and other Army gear should check out the post reclamation sale the first Friday of every month. Fort Benning's next reclamation sale begins at 8 a.m. March 2 at the Salie Complex, Building 9057, 6883 Ivey Road.

  • Listen live as leaders discuss how TRADOC is leading the transition to the Army of the Future during

    Feb 15, 2012

    Senior leaders from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command will discuss how TRADOC is leading the Army's transition to the Army of the Future during the upcoming Association of the U.S. Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 22 through 24.

  • Pick it up: Post too pretty for litter

    Feb 15, 2012

  • Pioneer Battalion completes team exercise

    Feb 15, 2012

    The Pioneer Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, conducts quarterly senior leader off-site events to bolster esprit de corps and further increase the Soldiers' knowledge of leadership, teamwork and military history.

  • Organization offers free photos for military Families facing deployments

    Feb 15, 2012

  • Donovan Research Library hosts grand opening

    Feb 15, 2012

  • Post team falls to Legends, prevails over Marines

    Feb 15, 2012

  • Shorter field gives Doughboys edge

    Feb 15, 2012

    Post team thumps Marines, 68-0

  • Columbus senior lands scholarship to Duke

    Feb 15, 2012

    Megan Clark was an all-state athlete as a sophomore at O'Neill High School in Highland Falls, N.Y., and a National Scholastic Sports Foundation track and field All-American as a junior, signed with Duke on a track and field scholarship.

  • Ranger Re-enlistment

    Feb 10, 2012

  • Social media misuse punishable under UCMJ

    Feb 9, 2012

    Soldiers who use social media must abide by the terms outlined in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

  • Spice, speeding among issues at law enforcement forum

    Feb 9, 2012

    Law enforcement forum part of an outreach effort with area and federal authorities in surrounding communities to build stronger alliances and promote safety inside and outside the gates, Fort Benning police chief Kevin Clarke said. The Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board and its role in cracking down on off-post shops that legally sell a synthetic drug called Spice were among issues discussed at Fort Benning's second law enforcement forum.

  • MCoE names instructors of first quarter

    Feb 9, 2012

    The Maneuver Center of Excellence, Staff and Faculty Development Division recently announced the Soldiers and the civilian of the Quarter for the first quarter.

  • Combatives instructor finds success in MMA circuit

    Feb 9, 2012

    A three-time U.S. Army Combatives champion and current instructor at the Army Combatives School on Fort Benning, Staff Sgt. Brandon Sayles is midway through a five-fight contract with Xtreme Fighting Championships, a professional fighting league below UFC.

  • Post hockey team gears up for games

    Feb 9, 2012

    WHAT: There will be a weekend of events over the course of Saturday and Sunday. The Fort Benning Ice Hockey team will play the Columbus Cottonmouths Legends at 6 p.m. Saturday and the Marine Corps, Camp LeJuene (N.C.) at noon Sunday. Sunday. The Cottonmouths will host military appreciation night as they host the Mississippi Surge, Saturday at 7 p.m. There will be a youth football skills clinic from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. The Military Football Classic includes an arena football game between the Georgia High School All-Stars and the Alabama High School All-Stars at 3 p.m. Sunday and a game between the Fort Benning Doughboys and the Marine Corps, Cherry Hill (N.C.). WHERE: Columbus Civic Center WHEN: Saturday, 6 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m. COST: Price for admission Saturday to the Fort Benning and Cottonmouths games is $5 for anyone with a military ID. Regular price for all others. Fort Benning game is included in price of Cottonmouths ticket. Prices for the Military Football Classic can be found at One price allows you to attend both games.

  • White Elementary School celebrates 50 years

    Feb 9, 2012

    E.A. White Elementary School celebrated its golden anniversary Jan. 31 with a special program for former and current students and faculty. The event highlighted the school's history -- including its namesake, 1st Lt. Edward White, the Korean War veteran for whom the school was dedicated in 1962.

  • Sappers keep it simple getting back to basics

    Feb 9, 2012

    The week began as two Chinooks landed in a field, lowering their back ramps to allow the squads to exit quickly and secure the area.

  • Army JROTC shooters aim for championships this weekend

    Feb 8, 2012

    Some of the top Army JROTC marksmen from high schools across the country and from overseas take part this weekend in the Army JROTC Service Championship at Anniston, Ala., and Camp Perry, Ohio.

  • Soldier hopes to adopt military dog

    Feb 8, 2012

  • USACR/Safety Center safe weapons handling video series, topic: 'Negligent discharges'

    Feb 8, 2012

    One of the latest video series on safe weapons handling. Check it out and use it to keep our Soldiers, Families and Civilians safe!

  • Safety: Officials urge watchfulness

    Feb 8, 2012

    Vigilance is the key. I-Watch is the Army's campaign to enhance terrorism awareness -- encourage community members to help out leaders by identifying any type of behavior out there that may suggest terrorist activity.

  • MWR Tickets & Travel office open

    Feb 8, 2012

    The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Tickets & Travel held its open house Wednesday -- taking over from Omega Travel following the expiration of their contract.

  • SOS seeks to expand services, assistance

    Feb 8, 2012

    Survivor Outreach Services is looking to raise its profile and reach around west Georgia and east central Alabama.

  • Civilian Record Brief provides snapshot of employee's data

    Feb 7, 2012

    The Army has developed a Civilian Record Brief for civilian employees and their supervisors.

  • TRADOC leads Army-wide leader development forum

    Feb 7, 2012

    Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, led an Army-wide forum Jan. 30, 2012, to discuss the Army leader development strategy to shape the Army of 2020.

  • Resiliency app available on Androids

    Feb 1, 2012

    The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Resiliency Goals Book, previously released as an app for iPhones and iPads, is now available for Android users.

  • Program helps wounded warriors with employment readiness

    Feb 1, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Soldiers of the Warrior Transition Battalion are given opportunity to demonstrate their employment readiness with Operation Warfighter.

  • CPAC launches yearlong ICARE campaign

    Feb 1, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning has a new ICARE program, but this one's got nothing to do with people's vision.

  • Protect your property against larceny

    Feb 1, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Over the last few months, housing area larcenies have slightly increased. These larcenies are mostly opportunity crimes due to unsecured and unattended private property.

  • Braves caravan honors warriors at Gowdy

    Feb 1, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Staff Sgt. Jonathan Evans said he remembers watching Tim Hudson pitch one of the most dominant games of his career at Turner Field in 2011. It was memorable because he took his son, Timothy, to see a game for the first time.

  • Racing with Destiny

    Jan 31, 2012

    It's hard to resist rolling the throttle when you're straddling a motorcycle that can go from zero to 100 mph in less than six seconds. But that's what Staff Sgt. William Whiteside's potent 2005 Yamaha YZF-R1 sport bike could do. In 2007, the prior-service Sailor had been racing on a MotoGP track in Jerez, Spain, close to his assignment in Rota. Now back stateside, he was exiting Highway 167 North in Renton, Wash., onto the onramp to Interstate 405 North when he encountered some easy curves and a decent straightaway. With 165 horsepower at his fingertips and an agile bike, the onramp didn't have to be boring. At least that's what he thought as he entered the first curve.

  • Maj. Gen. Justice recognizes Army's newest officers

    Jan 27, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The U.S. Army's 85 newest officers left McGinnis-Wickham Hall Jan. 26 charged with a tremendous honor and responsibility -- to guard and protect their nation. Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, shared lessons he learned during his 42-year career as an enlisted Soldier and officer. "This is the most significant step in your military career and every additional promotion is a reaffirmation of your accomplishment today," Justice said. "One who is grounded in Army values, whose ethical behavior and conduct meet the highest standard, will never fail."

  • USAMU earns Army Superior Unit Award

    Jan 27, 2012

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit distinguished itself for extraordinary accomplishments in raising the Army's overall combat readiness through outstanding devotion and superior performance in executing its wide-ranging mission and with it earned the Army Superior Unit Award for 2010.

  • MCoE expands CSF-PREP with Brown Hall opening

    Jan 27, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Maneuver Center of Excellence wants to cultivate the science that powers elite athletes and apply it to Soldiers.

  • Corps of Engineers offers internships for warriors in transition

    Jan 25, 2012

    Soldiers in Warrior Transition Units at four installations now have the option to learn valuable construction and engineering skills through internships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

  • Deployed Soldiers connect with Army scientists for technical solutions

    Jan 24, 2012

    American Soldiers deployed across Afghanistan are asking questions and making suggestions about their equipment, weapons and vehicles to U.S. Army scientists at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Wounded Warrior headed to Paralympic Games

    Jan 23, 2012

    Showcasing courage, determination and inspiration, USA Shooting has announced the nomination of Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team contingent on the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Olson is the first active-duty Soldier to be nominated for the Paralympic Games and first active-duty servicemember to ever be nominated to compete in shooting sports at the games.

  • Miami Soldier attends 'State of the Union' Address

    Jan 23, 2012

    2nd Lt. Brittany Ramos, assigned to the 841st Engineer Battalion, had the chance of a lifetime at the State of the Union address Jan. 24, 2012, thanks to an invitation from Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The 22-year old was selected for the opportunity following an impressive interview with Schultz's District Office staff. Ramos, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, and an Honors BOLC graduate last year, is proud of her family's Army strong heritage.

  • Signal Soldier becomes unlikely hero

    Jan 20, 2012

    A hero doesn't always wear tights and go by an alias. Sometimes if you look hard enough, you may find a hero among your own ranks. Someone like Spc. Michael Steven Cox.

  • Olympic hopeful Sgt. Charles Blackwell: Boxing is pure

    Jan 19, 2012

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- Five years ago, Sgt. Charles Blackwell --then a civilian -- did something ridiculous. He brazenly walked into the University of Las Vegas boxing club and said he wanted to lace up the gloves. UNLV wasn't just any team; the University had just won the 2006 National title. Blackwell wasn't just any boxing hopeful; he was a novice with absolutely zero experience. He wasn't even a student, just a campus visitor to where his sister was attending.

  • Army shooters hit their mark at All-American Bowl

    Jan 12, 2012

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's Shotgun team started off the New Year in Texas displaying their skills as part of the week's long worth of activities leading up to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 3-7. The team hosted dozens of civilian Army advocates, commonly known as Centers of Influence, at the San Antonio Gun Club. COIs guide young people down the right path towards their future and provide them with all of the information that the Army and ROTC offer our nation's youth.

  • Army environmental secretary touts post efficiency efforts

    Jan 12, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Army's assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment put her stamp of approval on Fort Benning's management of the $3.5 billion in construction and restoration that went into building the Maneuver Center of Excellence while making her first post visit this week.

  • Assistant Army Secretary meets with USACE, MCoE, and Fort Benning military and community leaders

    Jan 12, 2012

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment met with the South Atlantic Division - Corps of Engineers Fort Benning leaders during her visit to U.S. army Maneuver Center of Excellence this week.

  • 209th MP Detachment earns Holland Award

    Jan 11, 2012

    Fort Benning was home to the Army's top military police unit last year. The 209th Military Police Detachment has won the Brig. Gen. Jeremiah P. Holland Award for fiscal 2011, the Pentagon announced Friday. Nominations were considered on the basis of mission performance, command programs, major accomplishments and significant achievements.

  • Military skills transfer to civilian career

    Jan 11, 2012

    Soldiers exiting the military can use that experience gained to find a job. Pvt. Fred Reed said the skills from his MOS, 15J, electrical and electronic avionic work on aircraft, directly translate to a civilian career.

  • Former Ranger runs to raise awareness of veteran joblessness

    Jan 11, 2012

    FORT BENNING -- Ranger Cory "Smitty" Smith is certainly not the fictitious Forrest Gump, but when he became a civilian this week, he decided to run the 565-mile trip to his hometown near Indianapolis. Although Forrest Gump didn't know why he was running, Smith began his trek Jan. 3 to raise awareness of the challenges facing transitional and homeless veterans. The 28-year-old veteran had two tours in Afghanistan and served almost four years with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

  • MACH spotlights refractive eye surgery program

    Jan 11, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Martin Army Community Hospital has streamlined the application process for Soldiers seeking refractive eye surgery. Officials said active-duty service members looking to eliminate their dependency on eyeglasses or contact lenses no longer have to apply through Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart, Ga. While the surgery is still performed there, MACH now manages the entire course of action, including preoperative evaluations and post-op care.

  • Tax center to open at new location

    Jan 11, 2012

    The Fort Benning tax center will open Wednesday at its new location in the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Building 2839, located on Way Street. Capt. Natalie West, officer in charge for the center, said, last year the tax center saved more than $550,000 in tax preparation fees for Soldiers, family members and retirees in the Fort Benning community. The total amount of refunds issued by state and federal agencies for those returns was more than $8,770,000.

  • Sniper classmates break culture barriers

    Dec 16, 2011

    Young Soldiers from both the U.S. and Germany received awards and praise from the commanders at a recent sniper course held in Hammelburg at the German Army's Infantry School. Troops from the Bundeswehr and USAG Bamberg's 42nd Route Clearance Company, 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade took part in the three week school.

  • Getting into the holiday spirit, even away from home

    Dec 15, 2011

    For most, the holiday season is a time to gather with Family and friends, spend some time around a fireplace, and generally enjoy the time spent together.

  • Hunter Soldier ends Rugby career with spot on All-Army squad

    Dec 15, 2011

    Rugby isn't your typical American family sport -- that is, unless you're part of the Rutkowski Family. Sergeant Matt Rutkowski, a section sergeant with Company D, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, has played rugby since his adolescence in Delaware. He even married a rugby player -- he met wife Annessa on the rugby pitch in Hawaii.

  • Drill sergeant saves private's life

    Dec 15, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Darius Andrus said he doesn't consider himself a hero. Others on Sand Hill, including the Soldier he saved in the barracks who had slipped into unconsciousness and stopped breathing last month, would disagree.

  • Army's first Buddhist chaplain serving 11th Engineer Bn.

    Dec 15, 2011

    Capt. Thomas Dyer became the Army's first Buddhist chaplain in 2008 when he was accessioned through the Tennessee National Guard. Last year, a second-generation Thai joined him in the chaplain corps. In the early 1990s, the Army endorsed both the Islamic and Buddhist faiths, creating positions for chaplains, he said. The branch got its first Muslim chaplain in 1996, but the Buddhist slot went unfilled for another dozen years.

  • Soldier sheds 190 pounds to join Army

    Dec 15, 2011

    n October 2010, Scott Jones was studying computer graphics and Web design at a local community and technical college in Kentucky when he came to a personal crossroads. At the time, he topped the scales at nearly 440 pounds. "I literally got up one morning, stood in front of my computer ready to jump in on an online class and I said, 'I'm fed up with it,'" he recalled. "It was a snap decision just to go out and start doing it. … I tried (losing weight) before, but I didn't stick with it." That day, the 6-foot-2 Jones set in motion a chain of events that changed his entire life and led to the realization of a dream, he said. The 22-year- old now weighs 250 pounds, will graduate Thursday from Cavalry scout one station unit training on Harmony Church and is headed to Airborne School after the New Year.

  • Captain signs with minor league hockey team

    Dec 15, 2011

    3rd HBCT Soldier signs with Southern Professional Hockey League

  • Fort Benning addresses civilian reductions, Reshaping efforts underway since July

    Dec 15, 2011