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Fort Benning, GA

Fort Benning, GA 31905  |  Post Operator: DSN: 835-2011, (706) 545-2011

Fort Benning: Overview

Fort Benning is the home of a number of proud units, including the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 36th Engineer Group. The Regimental Headquarters for the 75th Ranger Regiment is also located here. The mission of Fort Benning is to act as a power projection platform which maintains the ability to deploy and redeploy Soldiers, Reservists, members of the National Guard, and civilians anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. Additionally, this post strives to develop the most proficiently trained Infantry Soldiers and leaders, all of whom are instilled with the “Warrior Ethos.” In order to prepare for this mission, Fort Benning operates the U.S. Army Infantry Training Brigade, U.S. Infantry School, Ranger Training Brigade, Airborne School, and School of the Americas.

The installation was established in 1918 in order to provide basic training to soldiers preparing for deployment to Europe during World War I. It was initially named Camp Benning in honor of Brigadier General Henry L. Benning who was a Confederate officer and a native of Columbus, GA. Following WWI, the post was closed since its mission was no longer needed at that time. However, in 1934, the Army reopened the post and established the Infantry School there commanded by General George Marshall. During WWII, Fort Benning, as it was now known, was home to a number of units, including the 2nd Armored Division and the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion. During the years that followed, the installation hosted a number of different elements, but maintained its basic mission.

Fort Benning: Education

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Fort Benning: Location

The three communities of Fort Benning, Columbus, GA, and Phenix City, AL, make up what is considered the “Tri-Community.” This area is located in the eastern part of Georgia in Chattahoochee County. The post is just a shade over 100 miles to the south of Atlanta. Other communities in the area include Opelika, AL, Valley, AL, Auburn, AL, Eufaula, AL, Tuskegee, AL, Thomaston, GA, Americus, GA, Dawson, GA, Newnan, GA, Alexander City, AL, Peachtree, GA, Griffin, GA, Troy, AL, and Perry, GA.

Fort Benning: Interesting Facts

  • The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, which replaced the School of the Americas in 2001, has trained and educated over 11,000 U.S. and Partner Nation Students. The mission of the Institute is to foster “mutual knowledge, transparency, confidence, and cooperation by promoting democratic values; respect for human rights; and an understanding of U.S. customs and traditions.”
  • As of September 2011, Fort Benning is the home of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, which is comprised of the former United States Army Armor Center and School of Fort Knox and the Infantry Center and School.
  • The movies The Green Berets, The General’s Daughter, Black Hawk Down, and We Were Soldiers were all filmed at Fort Benning.
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