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Posted on : October 29, 2010
Officer Candidate School conducts 'trial run' of Spencer High School partnership
Students of the Officer Candidate School's Direct Commissioning Course began a partnership with Spencer High School in Columbus, Georgia, so that the high school students could learn about careers in law and military law. ...»

A 'map' for the multidomain megacity
Army scientists pursue advances in situational awareness, 3-D modeling and real-time data updating to help units make better decisions faster in urban combat. ...»

Historian Max Boot talks 20th century intelligence officer Edward Lansdale with MCoE students
Historian Max Boot delivered a presentation at Fort Benning to students of the Maneuver Center of Excellence Feb. 6 in Marshall Auditorium. ...»

CID warns Army community about social media impersonation of Soldier accounts
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command's (CID) Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU) is once again warning Soldiers and the Army community to be on the lookout for "social media scams" where cybercriminals impersonate service members by using actual and fictitious information, not just for "trust-based relationship scams," also known as Romance Scams, but for other impersonation crimes such as sales schemes and advance fee schemes. ...»

City of Columbus, Fort Benning celebrate centennial at Georgia Capitol Feb. 7
Local officials from the city of Columbus, Georgia, and Army leadership from Fort Benning visited the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta Feb. 7, 2018, a date officially designated as "Columbus Day at the Capitol." ...»

Where the Rail Meets the Road
Will you be crossing a railroad track today? If so, your life could be in danger. ...»

The Changing Face of Soldier Lethality
From the tangible to the cognitive, squad weapons to casualty care to performance-enhancing training, Army S&T is exploring and finding materials, technologies and methods in six focus areas to provide land forces the capabilities they'll need for overmatch. What makes a Soldier and a small unit lethal? The Army's S&T investment strategy addresses this question in both tangible and intangible ways. ...»

1st SFAB EOD specialists prepare for upcoming deployment at JRTC
As a Soldier in the Army, Spc. Christian Klinefelter, an explosive ordnance disposal specialist from 5th Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, was excelling in his career - even looking forward to competing for the title of Soldier of the Quarter. ...»

Fort Benning forecasts future during Maneuver Warfighter Conference
The Maneuver Center of Excellence held the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Benning, Georgia, Jan. 8 through 11. ...»

Joint Readiness Training Center evolves to meet today's battlefield threats
FORT POLK, La. -- Assignments to units within the United States Army Forces Command are synonymous with rotations at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. ...»

Panelists discuss cross-functional teams as way forward through acquisition
The role of the cross-functional team in the Army was the focus during a final-day session of the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, Jan. 11. ...»

BG McGee frames cyberspace as significant, rapidly changing component of operations
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 16, 2018) -- The deputy commanding general (Operations) of the U.S. Army Cyber Command talked about the cyber and electromagnetic spectrum capabilities of the brigade combat team and lower echelons during the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Benning, Georgia, Jan. 10. ...»

MCOE leaders continue to adjust course syllabuses to meet changing Army objectives
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 16, 2018) -- Military leadership largely from Fort Benning, Georgia, comprised a panel on training and leader development during the second day of the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Benning Jan. 10. ...»

Gen. Abrams emphasizes mission command during Maneuver Warfighter Conference
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 16, 2018) -- Gen. Robert B. Abrams, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command, spoke to attendees of the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Benning, Georgia, about mission command as it relates to cross-domain maneuver, the subject of the conference Jan. 10. ...»

Futurist P.W. Singer takes stage to talk trending tech, cybersecurity at Maneuver Warfighter Confere
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 16, 2018) -- Writer and futurist P.W. Singer opened the second full day of the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia, with a talk on the future of technology, security and threats Jan. 10. ...»

MG Wesley places cross-domain maneuver in context of threat environment, new maneuver concept
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 11, 2018) -- The commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence talked about the Maneuver Functional Concept during the first day of the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Benning, Georgia, Jan. 9. ...»

Panel of Army senior leaders discusses current challenges for operations overseas
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 11, 2018) -- A panel discussion took place on current operations and their implications for the maneuver force during the first full day of the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Benning, Georgia, Jan. 9. ...»

MG Wesley opens conference with call to action to prepare Army for future
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 11, 2018) -- A Maneuver Warfighter Conference began Jan. 9 with remarks from the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia, commanding general. ...»

TRADOC Commander Gen. Perkins talks transition to cross-domain maneuver, multi-domain battle
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 16, 2018) -- Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, spoke about the "Battlefield Framework of the Future" during the final day of the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, Jan. 11. ...»

Newt Gingrich talks adapting to rapid change during Maneuver Warfighter Conference
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 16, 2018) -- Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives, opened the final day of the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia, Jan. 11 by delivering a strategic overview of the U.S.'s global standing via video teleconference. ...»

Mass exodus of Soldiers in training go home for holidays
Thousands of Soldiers and their families are traveling home for the holidays, including about 44,000 trainees and cadre from initial-entry training centers. ...»

'Don't come here unless you are prepared': U.S. Army Sniper School sets high bar for candidates
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- At first glance, the U.S. Army Sniper School may seem like a reality TV elimination show akin to "Survivor." Of the 46 candidates who entered the course in August, only four remained by the end of week five. ...»

A team effort: Army sniper candidates work together to pass grueling training
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- For candidates at the U.S. Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, Georgia, their first three weeks at the school tested their physical limits as they crawled through mud trenches in ghillie suits and patiently crouching in marshy, bug-infested terrain for hours, practicing target detection and reconnaissance. By week four, the remaining students had surmounted the most physically difficult portion of the school, but the course's mental trials were just beginning. ...»

The "why" as Regional Health Command - Atlantic Warrior Games Trials concludes
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- After a week of training, more than 100 Army wounded warriors completed five days of fun and friendly competition Thursday, December 7 at the Regional Health Command -- Atlantic 2017 Regional Trials at Fort Benning. ...»

MCoE celebrates the holidays with 27th Annual Tower Lighting Ceremony
Santa Claus made a grand entrance into Eubanks Field here when he jumped out of a commercial aircraft for a crowd of Soldiers, Families and other community members during the Maneuver Center of Excellence 27th Annual Tower Lighting Celebration Dec. 11. ...»

Army Sniper school candidates discover the key to lethality is 'a high tolerance for discomfort'
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- For the candidates who made it to week two of the U.S. Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, Georgia, their greatest challenges where just beginning. Students in their ghillie suits were dispersed throughout the wooded hills and hid under leaves and branches. Instructors with high-powered optics were trying to locate them. If part of a student's body became exposed, or if he became impatient and moved suddenly, his position was given away. When that happened, the student failed. ...»

A labor of love: Lead organizer opens up about hosting Regional Trials at Fort Benning
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- If you ask Jarnetta Fowler just what goes into hosting an event like the 2017 Atlantic Regional Trials, she can identify a list of key tasks without hesitation. ...»

Ready, set, go -- Regional Health Command-Atlantic Regional Warrior Games Trials begins
FORT BENNING, Ga. --More than 100 Army wounded warriors from Warrior Transition Battalions and Community Care Units in the Regional Health Command Atlantic and Central regions began their quest to join 40 other athletes from Regional Health Command-Pacific at the Army's Warrior Care and Transition 2018 Army Trials scheduled for February 25 thru March 9 at Fort Bliss, Texas. ...»

Outside the wire: Intelligence analysts in 1st SFAB get invaluable, rewarding experience
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- "Our job is to think like the bad guy," said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Robert J. Altizer, a Peachtree City, Georgia native and senior intelligence analyst for the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade located in Fort Benning, Georgia. "We try to figure out their next move before it happens in order to better assist the commander in his or her decision-making process." ...»

Finding his place: Great-grandson of Medal of Honor recipient graduates Army training
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Pvt. Dakota Beahn never had the chance to get to know his great-grandfather, James E. Williams, who passed away shortly after Beahn was born, and yet Williams is known by so many and is somewhat of a legend in the U.S. Navy. ...»

Army jumpmaster instructor's pride in Native American heritage transfers to mission focus
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Staff Sgt. Nacona Oxendine's military family extends through generations. His father served in the Marine Corps and the Army before retiring from military service in 1996. His father's father served in the military along with many of his uncles. ...»

Fort Benning Graduates First Gender-Integrated Infantry One Station Unit Training
Fort Benning gradates its first gender-integrated Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT), May 19, 2017. ...»

TRADOC welcomes MacFarland as new deputy commanding general
FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command welcomed its newest deputy commanding general and chief of staff during a ceremony outside TRADOC headquarters on Fort Eustis, Virginia, May 15, 2017. ...»

75th Ranger Regiment team captures 2017 Best Ranger Competition
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The 75th Ranger Regiment team of Capt. Michael Rose and Master Sgt. Josh Horsager captured the 2017 Best Ranger title April 9 after three-days of grueling competition. The team maintained the number one ranking going into the third d ...»

First Gender-Integrated Infantry One Station Unit Training Company Graduates
FORT BENNING, Georgia - One hundred forty-five Soldiers became the U.S. Army's newest Infantrymen to join the ranks of the Army's oldest branch today. The graduating class 7-010, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, is the Army's first ...»

ABOLC Students Conduct M1 Abrams Live Fire Training
Cadre from 2nd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment, Armor Basic Officer Leader Course (ABOLC) teach 2nd Lieutenants tank skills that will be needed once they take command as platoon leaders at their unit after graduation. The students learn how to bore sight ...»

New Fort Benning Wellness Center to focus on "Soldier athlete"
Fort Benning's new Army Wellness Center officially opened for business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 30 featuring remarks from Maj. Gen. Eric Wesley, Commanding General, Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence. ...»

Newest Rangers don their tan berets
Forty-two Soldiers from 12 career fields earned the title of U.S. Army Ranger and donned the coveted tan beret upon completion of the eight-week 75th Ranger Regiment Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1 class today in a ceremony held at Fort Benning's Marshall Auditorium inside of McGinnis-Wickham Hall. ...»

Network hub gets super switch
The Army completed major upgrades to the Regional Hub Node (RHN) in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, the last of the five worldwide RHNs to receive the upgrade. The effort significantly improves operational flexibility and sets the stage for new early entry satellite communications capability and network transport convergence efforts. ...»

TRADOC CSM meets Operational Test Command NCOs for professional development
WEST FORT HOOD, Texas -- The top NCO of the unit charged with recruiting and training Soldiers stopped and talked with Operational Test Command NCOs on a wide range of topics Friday. ...»

Distracted Driving - A Handful of Danger
It was Thursday afternoon and my company was having its end-of-the-day formation. I was looking forward to the beginning of a four-day weekend. When it was time for the safety briefing, my company commander spoke first, saying the usual, "Don't drink and drive, don't drink underage, etc." Next up was the first sergeant. He began by saying how important every Soldier was to the company. From that point on, I didn't hear a word he was saying because I was too busy mentally planning my weekend. I was thinking about getting my hair and nails done, what I would wear to the club that night and calling my boyfriend to arrange to meet up afterward. ...»

Richmond snags MMA 2016 Soldier of the Year
Sgt. 1st Class Josh Richmond, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Shotgun Team, was named the 2016 Soldier of the Year by the Military Marksmanship Association during its annual meeting at the Pool Range Finals Hall Oct. 14. ...»

Grueling testing shows who the true expert infantry Soldiers are
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The sun had not yet risen, but the Soldiers were pushing forward toward their objective. Sweat was dripping off the chins of some, hitting the ground as each mile passed. Their rucksacks seemed heavier with each passing step. Their helmets seemed like lead covers on their heads. They had to complete a full 12 miles before their trek was done. Once they reached their destination, there was one more task at hand: each Soldier had to treat a simulated casualty and carry him out on a litter. This was the final event for the Expert Infantryman Badge testing that took place Oct. 17-21, 2016, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. ...»

Fort Benning to host Warrior Games regional trials
Nearly 100 wounded, ill or injured active-duty Soldiers and veterans are expected to converge on Fort Benning's Warrior Transition Battalion, Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, as the unit plays host to the 2016 U.S. Army Regional Health Command-Atlantic's annual Warrior Games Regional Trials. ...»

System tested for urban mapping: Battle Lab tests unmanned aircraft
The Maneuver Battle Lab hosted the Technical Cooperation Program for a week of testing unmanned aircraft systems at the McKenna Urban Operations Complex Oct. 17-21. Specialists from Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia also participated in the weeklong testing. ...»

Team vows to improve in 2017: Doughboys fall 34-24 in finale
Despite lacking team depth, the Fort Benning Doughboys put up a spirited fight Oct. 20 against the bigger and more experienced Columbus State Cougars during the annual Doughboy Bowl on Fort Benning. ...»

Chaplain's Corner: "Here's lookin' at you, kid."
Someone should write a book on "burnout" among parents. It's a real thing! One father I recently counseled declared to me that "No one should be a parent who enjoys photography." His theory: If you have a need to look at the world through a small aperture; if you need to get everyone fixed and in focus, you will be miserable as a parent. ...»

CFC, administrative and fundraising expense rate explained
It takes money to run a business. Charities are no exception, non-profits have operating costs. For-profit business use money from profits while charities have to use money from donations to operate. These costs vary by organization and the percentage of donations spent on running the charity is readily available. ...»

Army doctor's speech on sleep will keep you awake
Army Lt. Col. Robert V. Parish, commander of the 254th Medical Detachment and a clinical neuropsychiatrist, gave a "train the trainer" lesson in the science of sleep in a briefing conducted at Daenner Kaserne on Oct. 22. ...»

Orient Shield Mortar Fire
U.S. Army mortar teams with Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, fire the M120 Battalion Mortar System at Aibano Training Area, Japan, Sept. 13, 2016 as part of Orient Shield 2016. Orient Shield is an annual bilateral training exercise held in Japan. (U.S. Photo by Spc. Patrick Kirby/released) ...»

Orient Shield Mortar Fire
U.S. Army mortar teams with Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, fire the M120 Battalion Mortar System at Aibano Training Area, Japan, Sept. 13, 2016 as part of Orient Shield 2016. Orient Shield is an annual bilateral training exercise held in Japan. (U.S. Photo by Spc. Patrick Kirby/released) ...»

Tiger Balm '16
Scout teams assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division were implemented and placed with the support by fire positions during the combine arms live fire exercise (CALFEX) at the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, on July 28, 2016. U.S. and Singapore Armed Forces troops trained together during the bilateral exercise Tiger Balm 16. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Patrick Kirby, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division) ...»

National Guard uniquely positioned to contribute in cyber realm
The civilian-acquired skills of its members enable the National Guard to make unique contributions in the cyber realm, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel said here today. ...»

Three honored with USAMU Hall of Fame induction at 60th Reunion ceremony
Three former Soldiers were inducted into the 2016 U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) Hall of Fame during a ceremony Oct. 15 at Hook Range. The induction ceremony occurred the second day of a two-day, 60th USAMU Reunion. ...»

14th Combat Support Hospital Soldiers head to Kosovo
The 14th Combat Support Hospital Kosovo Force 22 Task Force Medical unit was formally sent off with a deployment ceremony Oct. 14 at Freedom Hall. The KFOR 22 TF MED unit is deploying for nine months to Kosovo in support of the Kosovo Forces of Multinational Battle Group-East at Camp Bondsteel. ...»

Infantry and Armor students partner in CCME
Students in the Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course and the Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course collaborated in a Combined Competitive Maneuver Exercise Oct. 13 at the Good Hope Training Area. ...»

Education Center celebrates start of new MSSA Course
The Fort Benning Army Education Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 17 to celebrate the beginning of the first Cloud Application Developer Course, a component of the Microsoft Career Skills Program for transitioning Soldiers. ...»

CFC, Did You Know - How to Pledge
With literally thousands of charities eligible for CFC donations the hardest part of the process is deciding which charities to support. The actual pledging part isn't difficult at all. There are three methods to donate, with two of them being on-line. Pledging on-line reduces the required amount of paper and required man-hours required to process pledges. It also reduces the off chance of human error in data entry. In each method the donor defines which charities they wish to support. ...»

Live fire training focuses on urban warfare
Soldiers in 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment trained in a buddy live fire exercise as part of One Station Unit Training at the Malone Complex Oct. 14 to increase proficiency in urban warfare. Sgt. 1st Class Frank Soto, an instructor with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, stated the exercise has grown over the years to accommodate a more urban way of fighting. ...»

Women's Health Clinic focuses on contact, hydrotherapy for expectant mothers
The Martin Army Community Hospital Women's Health Clinic provides numerous invaluable services to ensure the proper health and wellness of women within the Fort Benning Community. Two particular services are increasing in popularity with expectant mothers. They are skin-to-skin contact, and hydrotherapy. ...»

Substance abuse program realigned
For years the Army Substance Abuse Program has been an installation asset and separate entity in treating Soldiers who are dealing with alcoholism and substance abuse issues. On Oct. 1, the program underwent changes to better align it with the Army Medical Command to provide a clinical approach in its treatment procedures. ...»

Faith Middle School 'hangs out' with published author
Seventh-graders at Faith Middle School spoke with Hanne Moon, published author and owner of Heritage Press Publications, Oct. 11 via Google hangouts as part of their English Language Arts classes. ...»

DPW, community support Help the Hooch
Over 600 volunteers participated in a post wide cleanup Oct. 14 in support of Columbus' Help the Hooch, the Southeast's largest watershed cleanup event, centering around the Chattahoochee River. ...»

Oktoberfest to bring fun, diversity to Fort Benning
The Fort Benning Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host its annual Oktoberfest Oct. 21-23 at Uchee Creek. Oktoberfest is free and open to the public. There will be a variety of events to attend including a Dachshund Derby, a keg tossing competition and stein hoisting contests. Festivities will begin Friday at 4 p.m. ...»

Soldiers support Talbot County Fall Line Festival
The 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment is developing their newly formed partnership with Talbot County. The 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment supported the Talbot County Fall Line Festival Oct. 15 by providing a static display of two HMMWVs with mounted .50 caliber machine guns. The static display allowed visitors to climb around the vehicles and familiarize themselves with a M1151 up-armored HMMWV. ...»

Chaplain's Corner: Life's Lessons
The Army life teaches us a lot of lessons, and as a chaplain for IET and AIT Soldiers over at Harmony Church, I share the following six lessons with new Soldiers. ...»

Benning boxers defend title at Ballroom Boxing
Fort Benning, Fort Drum, Fort Jackson and West Point boxers competed for the title belt at Ballroom Boxing Oct. 15 at Uchee Creek Army Campground. The evening event featured 18 bouts, with Benning Boxers competing in 14 of the fights. ...»

Fort Benning Soldier brings home powerlifting gold
A Fort Benning Soldier captured nine gold medals and broke two unofficial world records at the 2016 USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals Oct. 13-16 in Atlanta, Georgia. "I came out nine for nine," said Maj. Donald Bigham, Fort Benning Human Performance Integrative Office. "Meaning, that I didn't miss a lift. It's a perfect performance. I felt very strong and confident coming in, and it reflected in my results." ...»

Fort Drum Soldiers endure 60-hour Ranger qualifying assessment
Before the sun had risen over the horizon, 25 U.S. Army Rangers from across the 10th Mountain Division (LI) had gathered Oct. 5 at Fort Drum's Light Fighters School to fight for the chance to represent the division in next year's Best Ranger Competition to be held at Fort Benning, Ga. ...»

Watson tabbed as 194th Drill Sergeant of the Year
Staff Sgt. Dennis Watson, 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, was selected as the 194th Armored Brigade Drill Sergeant of the Year Oct. 6 for his exemplary knowledge and performance. ...»

Fort Benning leads the way for energy sustainability
October is energy action month with a focus on energy conservation and responsible consumption by Soldiers, civilians and family members. Executive Order 13693 proposes to cut the Federal Government's greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over the next decade. The executive order provides new energy goal reductions of 2.5 percent per year for FY 2016 through FY 2025. ...»

Fall Winter Safety Campaign emphasizes personal responsibility
The Fort Benning Fall Winter Safety Campaign aims to inform Soldiers, civilians and family members on safety precautions for fall and winter hazards. This campaign and pilot program stresses the importance of leaders, directors and supervisors taking direct action to ensure all personnel are trained in accident prevention by utilizing the Risk Management process, which includes inspecting all work areas and creating job safety hazard assessments. ...»

Martin Army Community Hospital celebrates Midwifery service
Martin Army Community Hospital's Midwifery Service celebrated National Midwifery Week and its first year of service with a birthday celebration on Oct. 5. ...»

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Oct. 21
The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Fort Benning Main Exchange off Marne Road, near the Main Entrance. The event is an opportunity for community members to dispose of any accumulated, unwanted, or expired medications. ...»

McBride Elementary School receives Blue Ribbon award
Each year the U.S. Department of Education recognizes select public and private schools with the National Blue Ribbon award. This year Fort Benning's own McBride Elementary School was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. ...»

National survey to assist with travel research
The Georgia Department of Transportation has partnered with the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct the National Household Travel Survey. The survey runs from April 2016 to April 2017, said Adella Santos, the Federal Highway Administration program manager. ...»

Education Center offers exams for college advancement
Both civilians and service members are encouraged to take advantage of resources available through the Fort Benning Education Center to help them advance in their college degrees. ...»

Chaplain's Corner: Once Upon A Time
Once upon a time, 1968(ish) to be exact(ish), there were two boys growing up in the huge metropolis of Opp, Alabama. These boys we will call Mark and David. We will call them that since these were their name. ...»

Doughboys improving despite 0-4 start
The Faulkner University Eagles showcased their team depth, especially during the second half, as they cruised past the Fort Benning Doughboys 38-14 Oct. 9 at Doughboy Stadium. "We played a really good game," said Thomas Charles Threatt Jr, 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. "People stepped up in this game by playing roles they have never played before. Not only did they play those roles, but they understood what to do in those roles and I think that this game really showed that. ...»

Fort Benning prepares for annual Doughboy Bowl
The Fort Benning Doughboys will face off against the Columbus State University Cougars Oct. 20 in the fifth annual Doughboy Bowl at Doughboy Stadium. There's a lot of anticipation going into this, said Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Threatt, the assistant coach. ...»

Army marksman successfully defends 3 Gun Nation Pro Series title
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), proved he too was a force to be reckoned with as he successfully defended his championship title in the 3 Gun Nation (3 GN) Pro Series Finale for the third year in a row Oct. 9 at the Virginia International Raceway. ...»

Safeguarding readiness during winter
It's an annual ritual: With fall and winter approaching, the days get shorter and the temperature slowly drops. As cooler weather approaches, it's crucial that Soldiers understand the importance of protecting themselves to avoid becoming a cold weather injury statistic. ...»

Leadership forum provides opportunities to mentor, connect
The Maneuver Center of Excellence held its first Women's Leadership and Mentorship Forum Oct. 3 in McGinnis-Wickam Hall. Col. David Fivecoat, the director of the Directorate of Training and Doctrine, created the Women's Leadership and Mentorship Forum to encourage mentoring, share leadership ideas and to provide a chance for networking. ...»

Fort Benning strengthens ties with German Army
Six Armor officers with the German army spent Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 visiting Fort Benning to observe training and attend briefings. Sgt. Maj. Carsten Dreblow, the German Liaison Officer at Fort Benning, accompanied the German officers during their visit. ...»

Register to vote - It's not too late
The Installation Voting Assistance Office is highlighting early voting Oct. 17-Nov. 4, and continues to push voter registration ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. "This is something the Armed Forces do every year," said Vincent Cohran installation voting assistant officer. "This is the big push since general elections are coming up Nov. 8. For those individuals who have not registered to vote we want them to be part of the election. ...»

Military Working Dog Zita retires, honored at ceremony
Zita has officially brought her last Soldier safely home, and after removing her working harness Sept. 30 on Fort Benning, she was retired after seven years of active duty service. Zita is a nine-year-old Czechoslovakian Shepard Military Working Dog who has been with her handler Sgt. David Collett since July 2013. She is an attack dog with explosive detection specialty. ...»

Brigade conducts mortar live fire training for realistic mission plan
Units from the 199th Infantry Brigade conducted mortar live fire training Sept. 28 at the Malone Complex on Fort Benning. Sgt. 1st Class Paul Dorris, an instructor with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, stated that the purpose of the exercise was to give a realistic expectation on how to integrate fire into a Soldier's mission plan. ...»

Zika Toolkit provides information, preventative tips
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released a Zika Toolkit for the public to learn about the virus and how to protect themselves against it. Maj. Scott Robinson, the Chief of Preventive Medicine at the Martin Army Community Hospital, encourages people to visit the CDC site to gain more information about Zika. ...»

Benning honors Hispanic Heritage Month
The Fort Benning community came together Sept. 29 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Martin Army Community Hospital. ...»

Survivors offer insight, encourage awareness
The Fort Benning Army Substance Abuse Program sponsored a presentation Sept. 29 in McGinnis-Wickam Hall to raise suicide prevention awareness. Stephen Akinduro and veteran Phil Corbett, outreach specialists for the Columbus branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, were the guest speakers. As part of their presentation, Akinduro and Corbett often referred to their accompanying interactive video. ...»

Recovery program helps Soldiers with PTSD
"Don't ever live in a box that someone created for you," said Sgt. Brian Ellis, creator of the Post Deployment and Transitional Recovery Coach Program. "Take control and advocate for yourself." Ellis began the free program in April of 2015. "The program started right after I finished my treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs." ...»

Stowers Elementary School book fair encourages reading, raises funds
Framed by a pirate ship, Stowers Elementary School held its annual Scholastic Book fair Sept. 27-30. "It is a fundraiser for us," said Debbie Parks, the school's principal. "The profits can be turned into activities for the students to do, such as special assemblies. Overall, it just benefits the students in their learning." ...»

Chaplain's Corner: Transformational families: God's design
I remember growing up trying to build model cars. One year I got my very own Pinewood Derby Car. I started whittling that bad boy into the coolest rocket shaped red, white and blue racing machine I could imagine. There was no stopping me. Except it didn't turn out like I planned, it looked more like a doorstop on 4 wheels, and poorly painted at that. Still I brought the car to the race and when I got there, I realized just how bad it was. The car didn't even finish the race! ...»

Want to help your community? Support charities
A charity is a type of nonprofit organization operated for purposes that are beneficial to the public interest. There are many different kinds of charities that provide services in just about every imaginable discipline. Public charity generally receives grants from individuals, government and private foundations. ...»

Alpha Warrior challenges Benning Soldiers
The Alpha Warrior competition challenged Soldiers in a timed obstacle course run Sept. 27 at Smith Fitness Center. "We are trying to promote health and fitness," said Ronnie Duckworth, facility manager at the Audie Murphy Athletic Performance Center. "We want everyone to get fit and have a good time working out." ...»

Former bodybuilder invites Fort Benning to his physique and fitness games
Eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney visited the Maneuver Center of Excellence Oct. 4 to share tickets with Soldiers to his second annual Physique and Fitness Games. "We want to honor the Soldiers and make sure they know that we appreciate them," said Haney. "Several of my training partners were once Soldiers. This is a way to say thank you for all their sacrifices and hard work." ...»

Ballroom Boxing is a blast from the past
Travel back 75 years for some old-fashioned Ballroom Boxing Oct. 15 at Uchee Creek Army Campground and Marina. The opening ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 6 p.m. ...»

Soldiers, families benefit from $4.6 billion in contract support
More than 32,000 contract actions valued at $4.6 billion were executed in support of Soldiers and their families by Mission and Installation Contracting Command acquisition members from throughout the country during fiscal 2016. ...»

Accidental discharge: I'm shot
It was a Sunday like any other as a 15-year-old and his father prepared for a morning of duck hunting in central Arkansas. There was a nice chill in the early morning air with a slight fog coming off the warmer water. The decoys were out and the canoe was well hidden behind a blind. The only thing left to do was wait for the sun to rise and the ducks to start flying in. ...»

U.S. Army 2016 Best Warrior Competition
Contestants of the U.S. Army 2016 Best Warrior Competition wrapped up Day Two by conducting a day and night land navigation course, Sept 27, 2016, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The BWC is an annual weeklong event that will test 20 Soldiers from 10 major commands on their physical and mental capabilities. The top NCO and top Soldier will be announced Oct. 3, in Washington DC. ...»