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Posted on : October 29, 2010
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. ...»

Survivor Outreach Services offers support, inspiration to Gold Star Mothers
"I want them to know that the sacrifice of their service members have not been forgotten and that we are here for them not just today on Gold Star Mother's Day, but every day of the year," said Megan Baumgartner, a Survivor Outreach Services coordinator. "They can always come to us because they're part of the Fort Benning family no matter what." Fort Benning's Survivor Outreach Services held the fifth annual Gold Star Mother's Brunch Sept. 25 at the Benning Club. ...»

Fort Benning, local fire departments collaborate for high-line certification
The Fort Benning Fire Department hosted local and neighboring fire departments to conduct high-line certification Sept. 21 on Eubanks Field. ...»

National PrepareAthon Day to support safety with NOAA promo
Sept. 30 is the national day of action, National PrepareAthon Day, in which Fort Benning's Emergency Management Office will team up with WTVM meteorologist Derek Kinkade to promote emergency preparedness from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Main Post Exchange. ...»

Fort Benning's Army Ten-Miler Team motivated to compete
(FORT BENNING, Ga.) -- Fort Benning's 2016 Army Ten-Miler Team is ready to compete in this year's ten-miler Oct. 9 in Washington, D.C. ...»

7th Armored Division celebrates 'great legacy'
The 7th Armored Division association spent their 70th and final reunion visiting Fort Benning Sept. 21-24. On the third day of their farewell reunion, the World War II veterans and their family members attended Rangers in Action at Victory Pond, had lunch at the Benning Club and visited the Armor Restoration shop on Sand Hill. ...»

Military Police celebrate 75th anniversary, honor fallen
The 209th Military Police Detachment celebrated the MP Corps 75th anniversary Sept. 23 on Fort Benning with food, floats for children and other games. Capt. Benjamin North, Commander of the 209th Military Police Detachment, said the event also featured a working dog demonstration and police cars for kids to check out. ...»

Mobile Ops and surgical training stresses importance of teamwork
The 14th Combat Support Hospital and Martin Army Community Hospital teamed up for mobile operating training Sept. 20 - Sept. 22 in front of the old Martin Army Community Hospital. The three days of training covered treating head trauma, orthopedic surgery and dental surgery in a combat environment. ...»

Soldiers, civilians practice gun safety at 194th Armored Brigade range event
The 194th Armored Brigade held a privately owned weapons safety shoot Sept. 23 at Coursen Range to teach Soldiers, family members and Department of the Army civilians about weapons safety and the Maneuver Center of Excellence POW regulations. ...»

Physical therapists, athletic trainers assist family members
Final in a 3-part series It's well known that Army physical therapy plays a big part in healing wounded Soldiers and reintegrating them back into the ranks to continue their service in the nation's defense. What is not so well known is the treatment is also extended to family members when they suffer injuries and require rehabilitative therapy. ...»

Comedy hour brings laughs, fun to post
Comedian, actress and author Kerri Pomarolli took the stage in McGinnis-Wickam Hall's Marshall Auditorium Sept. 21 for a comedy hour organized by Fort Benning's Family Advocacy Program. ...»

Fall Flea Market features a variety of vendors
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation held the annual Fall Flea Market Sept. 24 on Stilwell Field. Soldiers, civilian employees and their families had the opportunity to see what vendors had to offer, which included woodcut furniture, jewelry, clothing, beauty products and hand-sewn pillows. ...»

MCoE Soldiers support annual Plains Peanut Festival
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, and the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band supported the 20th annual Plains Peanut Festival Sept. 24 in Plains, Georgia. The annual Plains Peanut Festival is an all-day event centered around one of the Sumter County community's claims to fame, its peanut production, and features the community's most famous residents in active roles. ...»

Troop 169 improves cemetery, gives back to community
Ten Boy Scouts with Troop 169 of Midland, Georgia, built five benches and two markers for the Porterdale Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia, Sept. 24. Pearse King, Life Scout and organizer of the event, planned and coordinated the task in order to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts organization. ...»

Nonprofit provides outdoor activities for wounded Soldiers and veterans
In 2009, Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Moak started Freedom Outdoor Adventures Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists wounded Soldiers, veterans and their families with getting back into spending time outdoors and hunting. ...»

Employment Readiness Program offers education to military spouses
Military spouses seeking to further their education or employment opportunities should take advantage of the professional guidance offered by the Employment Readiness Program at Fort Benning Army Community Services. ...»

Chaplain's Corner: Daniel's Unimpeachable character
Daniel did well as a servant of King Nebuchadnezzar in the ancient kingdom of Babylon. He had served the king faithfully for more than 30 years. But as time passed, Nebuchadnezzar died, and the kingdom of Babylon weakened. In time it was conquered by a different kingdom - the kingdom of Medo-Persia. Daniel survived this overthrow and lived to serve the new king, Cyrus. King Cyrus eventually made Daniel the ruler over a portion of his kingdom. In fact, King Cyrus had determined to put Daniel over the whole nation as the prime minister! ...»

Go for Green encourages healthy options, better performance
Go for Green, a program that ensures Soldiers are making healthier choices while dining on post, is getting a face lift. "The Army has had Go for Green, the original version, for quite a while," said Capt. Michael Noyes, Nutrition Care Division chief at Martin Army Community Hospital. "It wasn't really standard or codified, so it was kind of hard for us to say across the Army that every cheeseburger you get is a red item." ...»

JIDA challenge aims to counter enemy IED in culverts
The Joint Improvised-threat Defeat Agency challenge Sept. 13-21 tested industry vendor equipment from around the U.S. in order to counter enemy improvised explosive devices in culverts at Fort Benning. ...»

2016 Kickoff Conference stresses the importance of partners in education
The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce held the 2016 Partners in Education Kickoff Conference Sept. 16 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. ...»

Tri-City Latino Festival celebrates diversity
The Tri-City Latino Association held the 4th annual Tri-City Latino Festival Sept. 17 at the Columbus Civic Center. "This festival was created by Harold "Lefty" Encarnacion and myself," said Mimi Woodson, the chair of the Tri-City Latino Festival Association. "Lefty is no longer here with us today. He passed away last year. ...»

Hundreds attend free Whisky Bent concert
The Fort Benning Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted a free community concert featuring Whisky Bent at Wetherby Field Sept. 17. ...»

552nd Military Police celebrate 50th anniversary with tour
Vietnam veterans with the 552nd Military Police spent their 50th anniversary with a reunion tour of Fort Benning's military police facilities, including the working dog kennel Sept. 20. ...»

Chaplain's Corner: You are your Battle Buddy's Keeper
Ask, Care, Escort - the first letter of these three words form an easy-to-remember acronym, ACE. We Soldiers are given an ACE card that we carry around with us to remind us of our duty to look out for our battle buddy - to Ask him what's going on in his life when we notice he's down, to Care for him when he expresses risk to himself or others and to Escort him to get help. ...»

Doughboys face off against the Point University Skyhawks
The Fort Benning Doughboys completed their second season game against the Point University Skyhawks Sept. 18 at Doughboy Stadium, finishing the game with seven points to the Skyhawks' 33 points. ...»

Maneuver Warfighter Conference tackles competitors
The Maneuver Warfighter Conference ran from Sept. 14-16 in McGinnis-Wickam Hall with this year's theme, Future Maneuver, focusing on near-peer competitors for the U.S. Army. The three-day conference included briefings, discussions and presentations addressing current and future issues affecting the warfighting capability, training and lethality of the maneuver force. ...»

Soldiers experiment with new sight system for M3 Carl Gustaf
Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, in conjunction with the 75th Ranger Regiment and the Maneuver Center of Excellence Maneuver Battle Lab, experimented with a new sight system for the M3 Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle at Patton Range Sept. 14. ...»

US Army Infantry School welcomes new senior enlisted leader
The U.S. Army Infantry School held a change of responsibility ceremony Sept. 19 in Derby Auditorium. Command Sgt. Maj. Wilbert Engram relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. John Brady. ...»

National Infantry Association presents 2016 Doughboy Awards
The 2016 Doughboy Award dinner was held Sept. 13 at the National Infantry Museum. Retired Gen. David Bramlett, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Merritt and Ben E. Williams Jr. were the recipients of this year's award. ...»

Personal responsibility is at the core of National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month is in full swing and the theme for the week of Sept. 18 to Sept. 24 is Individual Preparedness, which stresses the importance of taking the necessary steps to prepare for an emergency situation before it occurs. ...»

WHINSEC students learn from visit to FDR's Little White House
Students in WHINSEC's Command and General Staff Officers Course class of '17 conducted a staff ride to Warm Springs, Georgia, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's home known as the Little White House. The trip helped students understand key aspects of President Roosevelt's leadership as Commander-in-Chief and his role in establishing social welfare, political stability in the U.S. and the international community during his presidency from 1933 to 1945. ...»

MACH hosts RHC-A Best Medic Competition
Staff Sgt. Colin Whyte, from Fort Benning, and Capt. Robert Malloy, from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, will team up to compete in the 2016 Jack L. Clark Jr. U.S. Army Best Medic Competition later this year at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, Texas, after finishing first and second place in the Regional Health Command-Atlantic Best Medic Competition at Fort Benning Sept. 13-16. ...»