FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Benning, Georgia, held an exposition Aug. 10 to orient newcomers to life on post and to introduce on- and off-post organizations to the on-post population.

Organizations in attendance staffed tables in the Supper Club hall, and the crowd, largely the Family members of active-duty service members assigned to Fort Benning, wended their way through, talking to the organizational representatives.

Organizations included DFMWR organizations, other on-post organizations and many off-post groups. The Fort Benning Golf Course, on-post libraries, Army Community Services, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, Exceptional Family Members Program, Child and Youth Services, Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program, Outdoor Recreation, the fitness centers, bingo and bowling represented DFMWR. Also on hand was were the Defense Commissary Agency, the Directorate of Emergency Services, Fort Benning Catholic Women of the Chapel, Fort Benning Protestant Women of the Chapel, Crossroads, the Humane Society of the Chattahoochee Valley, Parent to Parent, Historic Westville, Military Child Education Coalition, the Russell County School District and Chattahoochee County School District.

"We bring together on-post organizations, off-post organizations that impact the lives of our Fort Benning Families in one way or the other," said Bridgett Siter, marketing and publicity representative with DFMWR.

The representatives talked about what their organizations could do for members of the Fort Benning community and handed out totes, deskside squeezable stress relievers, pens, bottles, books and a wide assortment of other items. Outside in the parking lot, Outdoor Recreation had some of its camping and recreational equipment on display and personnel cooked and passed out s'mores. During the event, DFMWR held a giveaway, including two-night stays at Uchee Creek on the Alabama side of Fort Benning and at Destin, Florida. They gave away a free oil change, free fitness classes, and much more.

"The goal is to help our Fort Benning Families get acquainted with life in the Chattahoochee Valley," said Siter.

"It was a bombardment of knowledge," said Ashley Simon, a spouse new to Fort Benning who had arrived from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. "It will help anybody and everybody who walks through those doors."

According to Siter, the expo had reached capacity for the Supper Club, and that the event had grown significantly.

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