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Fort Benning

Fort Benning
Columbus GA
Part of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
Forces Command (FORSCOM)
Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
Columbus, Georgia, Metropolitan Statistical Area
Russell County, Alabama (7%)
≈182,000 acres (737 km²)
The Chattahoochee River runs through Fort Benning.
Maneuver Center of Excellence
Type Army post
Site information
Controlled by  United States Army
Site history
Built October 1918
In use 1918–present
Garrison information

Units and tenant units

Location of Fort Benning in Georgia.

Fort Benning is a United States Army Armor School, United States Army Infantry School, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as the School of the Americas), elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Brigade – 3rd Infantry Division, and many other additional tenant units.

It is named after Henry L. Benning, a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.[1][2]

Since 1918, Fort Benning has served as the Home of the Infantry. Since 2005, Fort Benning has been transformed into the Maneuver Center of Excellence, as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission's decision to consolidate a number of schools and installations to create various "centers of excellence." Included in this transformation was the move of the Armor School from Fort Knox to Fort Benning.[3]


  • History 1
    • World War II 1.1
    • Commanding Generals of Fort Benning, GA 1.2
  • Controversy 2
  • Mission 3
  • Post Information 4
    • Main Post 4.1
    • Kelley Hill 4.2
    • Sand Hill 4.3
    • Harmony Church 4.4
  • Command group 5
    • Units and tenant units 5.1
  • Future 6
  • In popular culture 7
    • Movies 7.1
    • Television 7.2
    • Books 7.3
    • Video games 7.4
    • Music 7.5
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Camp Benning was established in October 1918, after President Woodrow Wilson called for a special session of Congress, culminating Congressional work in the creation of the Revenue Act of 1913, reintroducing an income tax which lowered tariffs, (tariffs-a schedule of rates or charges of a business or a public utility) assigning permanent status in 1918. Initially providing Camp Meade from February 19–21, 1919.[7]

In February 1920, Congress voted to declare Camp Benning a permanent military post and appropriated more than $1 million of additional building funds for the Infantry School of Arms, which later became the Infantry School.[8] By the fall of 1920, more than 350 officers, 7,000 troops and 650 student officers lived at Camp Benning.[8] The post was renamed to Fort Benning in 1922, after Henry L. Benning, a general in the army of the Confederate States of America.[1][9] In 1924, Brig. Gen. Briant Wells became the fourth commandant of the Infantry School and established the Wells Plan for permanent construction on the installation, emphasizing the importance of the outdoor environment and recreation opportunities for military personnel. During Wells' tenure, the post developed recreational facilities such as Doughboy Stadium, Gowdy Field, the post theater and Russ swimming pool. Doughboy Stadium was erected as a memorial by soldiers to their fallen comrades of WWI. One of the Doughboys' original coaches was a young captain named Dwight D. Eisenhower.[10][11][12]

Lt. Col

  • Official Site
  • Fort Benning Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
  • Fort Benning at
  • , the military-authorized newspaperFort Benning Bayonet
  • FORSCOM homepage official site

External links

  1. ^ a b Rhea, Gordon (January 25, 2011). "Why Non-Slaveholding Southerners Fought". Civil War Trust. Civil War Trust. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Benning, Henry L. (February 18, 1861). "Speech of Henry Benning to the Virginia Convention". Proceedings of the Virginia State Convention of 1861 1. pp. 62–75. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ Maneuver Center of Excellence
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  5. ^ "Eisenhower General Information". 
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  8. ^ a b Kane, Sharyn (May 2003). Fort Benning: The Land and the People. p. 172. 
  9. ^ Benning, Henry L. (July 1, 1849). "Letter from Henry Benning to Howell Cobb". Civil War Causes. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ Ninke, Joshua. "Doughboys to honor veterans at Doughboy Stadium". Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Fort Benning Historic Trail". Doughboy Stadium. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Kane, Sharyn (May 2003). Fort Benning: The Land and the People. pp. 173–174. 
  13. ^  
  14. ^ Stelpflug, Peggy A.; Richard Hyatt (2007). Home of the Infantry: The History of Fort Benning. Macon:  
  15. ^ "82nd Recon History". 
  16. ^ "After action report 82nd Armored Recon Battalion, 2nd Armored Division, June 44 thru May 45.". 
  17. ^ "World War II unit histories & officers". 
  18. ^ "Hell On Wheels"
  19. ^ American Armored Divisions 1941–1945
  20. ^ Maneuver and Firepower, Chapter 11
  21. ^ Rubinstein, Wain (June 1969). "Enemy's Worst Enemy...". Danger Forward. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
  22. ^ Maneuver Center Of Excellence Hall of Portraits, Fort Benning, GA
  23. ^ House Select Committee on Assassinations, LUIS POSADA CARRILES, ca. 1978
  24. ^ Candiotti, Susan (May 18, 2005). "Alleged anti-Castro terrorist Posada arrested". CNN. Archived from the original on June 2, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2008. 
  25. ^ "The Oklahoma Bombing Conspirators". University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Fort Benning - The United States Army". 
  27. ^ Infantry School Mission
  28. ^ "Home". 
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  31. ^ a b "The United States Army - Fort Benning - Home". 
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  39. ^ Mr. George W. Steuber
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  41. ^ Maureen Rose (June 13, 2011). "Final units depart Fort Knox Armor School". 
  42. ^ Vince Little, The Bayonet (October 22, 2009). "Activation ceremony formally links Infantry, Armor under new command at Fort Benning". 
  43. ^ Fort Benning BRAC-related Growth Update
  44. ^ "Page not found (404)". Kentucky Living. 
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  46. ^ joeyarnoldsmith (January 1, 2010). "Return to El Salvador (Video 2010)". IMDb. 
  47. ^ BohmPS (January 7, 1986). "A Time to Triumph (TV Movie 1986)". IMDb. 
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17th Armored Engineer Battalion

See also

Song: Fort Benning Blues
Album: Steel Guitar Rag
Artist: Jimmie Tarlton
Year: 2009[48]


  • Part of America's Army (designed and distributed by the United States Army) takes place at Fort Benning.
  • In Clive Barker's Jericho, Lt. Abigail Black learns her rifle skills at Fort Benning's sniper school.

Video games

  • Fort Benning United States. Infantry school Ga. (1921). Battle of Blandensburg. Fort Benning, GA: Camp Benning Infantry School Press. 
  • The Infantry Journal Incorporated (1939). Infantry in Battle (PDF). Washington, DC: Garrett and Massey. 
  • Fort Benning Officer's Wives Club and Mrs. Richard B. Stoltz (1973). 50th Anniversary Fort Benning Officers Wives Club Cookbook.  
  • Nelson DeMille (1992). The General's Daughter.  
  • Sharyn & Richard Keeton Kane (1994). Fort Benning; The Land and The People. Fort Benning, Georgia: U.S. Army Infantry Center. 
  • John Vasquez and Bruce Stephen Holms (2000). Incident at Fort Benning. Fort Benning, Georgia: Timeless Voyager Press.  
  • Mark Busby (2001). Fort Benning Blues. Fort Benning, Georgia:  
  • Monroe Mann (2002). To Benning and Back: The Making of a Citizen Soldier. Fort Benning, Georgia: Unlimited Publishing.  
  • Kenneth H. Thomas Jr. (2003). Fort Benning (Images of America: Georgia). Fort Benning, Georgia:  
  • Peggy A. Stelpflug and Richard Hyatt (2007). Home of the Infantry: The History Of Fort Benning. Macon, GA:  
  • Cilla McCain (2010). Murder in Baker Company: How Four American Soldiers Killed One of Their Own. Fort Benning, GA:  


  • In the pilot episode of M*A*S*H, it is revealed that Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan first met Brigadier General Hammond at Fort Benning; a flashback shows they had a physical relationship.
  • In summer 2008, chef Gordon Ramsay filmed a segment for his British magazine and cooking television series, The F Word, season 4, episode 6. He went wild boar hunting, cooked an entire pig, and served it to troops.
  • In the X-Files episode E.B.E., Mulder and Scully receive information from Deep Throat about a UFO that was shot down over Iraq and had been secretly transported to Fort Benning.
  • In a later episode of Stargate SG-1 (Babylon), Col. Cameron Mitchell comments that airborne training in Fort Benning is extremely difficult.
  • A Time to Triumph (1986), Television movie filmed at Fort Benning.[47]
  • During Day 2 of the television series 24, the special forces team, Coral Snake, was said to have been out of Fort Benning.
  • In AMC's zombie television series, The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes' group of survivors eventually decide to travel to Fort Benning through the ruins of Atlanta in the hopes of finding a safe haven there. However, they are waylaid by several events and end up giving up on the journey. In the fourth season, a character mentions escaping Fort Benning, implying it had been overrun.
  • In season one of ABC Family's Switched at Birth it is reveled that Bay's boyfriend Tye is being sent to Fort Benning for basic training.
  • In season two of Army Wives, Jeremy Sherwood goes through basic training at Fort Benning.
  • In the season three finale of the Fox hit Glee, Finn Hudson reveals he is heading to Fort Benning.
  • In Episode 8 of Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, he fires the AT 4 rocket launcher at Fort Benning.


Many movies and a number of documentary films have been filmed at Fort Benning. Among the notable ones:


In popular culture

Fort Benning was selected by the Base Realignment and Closing Commission to be the home of the new Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE). This realignment co-located the United States Army Armor Center and School,[41] formerly located at Fort Knox, Kentucky, with the Infantry Center and School.[42] This transformation was completed September 2011.[43][44]


Units and tenant units

  • Post Commanding General, MCoE: Major General Austin S. Miller[30]
  • Post Command Sergeant Major, MCoE: CSM Timothy A. Guden[31]
  • Commandant, U.S. Army Infantry School: Brigadier General James E. Rainey[32]
  • Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Infantry School: CSM Wilbert E. Engram Jr.[33]
  • Commandant, U.S. Army Armor School: Brigadier General Scott McKean[34]
  • Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Armor School: CSM Michael S. Clemens[35]
  • Director of Capabilities Development and Integration, MCoE: Mr. Donald M. Sando[36]
  • Chief of Staff, MCoE: COL Patrick J. Donahoe[31]
  • Garrison Commander, MCoE: COL Michail S. Huerter[37]
  • Garrison Command Sergeant Major, MCoE: CSM Richard Sullivan III[38]
  • Deputy Garrison Commander, MCoE: Mr. George W. Steuber[39]

Current Command[29]

Command group

Harmony Church area houses the 194th Armor Brigade, 316th Cavalry Brigade US Army Armor School and the first phase of Ranger School, 4th Ranger Training Battalion (ARTB). After the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission's decision to create the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE), Harmony Church is now the new home of the US Army Armor School.

Harmony Church

Sand Hill is the primary location of the 198th Infantry Brigade, responsible for training Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT), and the location of the 30th AG Reception Battalion at Fort Benning. Home of 1-19 Infantry Battalion 2-19 Infantry Battalion, 1-50 Infantry Battalion, 1-46 Infantry Battalion, 2-47 Infantry Battalion, 3-47 Infantry Battalion 2-58 Infantry Battalion, and 2-54 Infantry Battalion.

Sand Hill

Kelley Hill houses the 3d Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), the parent unit of two combined armed battalions; 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 2d Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, as well as 3d Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, and two support battalions; 3-3 BSTB, and 203d BSB.

Kelley Hill

Main Post houses various garrison and smaller FORSCOM units of Fort Benning such as 14th Combat Support Hospital and 11th Engineer Battalion FORSCOM as well as a number of TRADOC-related tenants, e.g. the Officer Candidate School, the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, and the Airborne School. McGinnis-Wickham Hall (formerly known as Infantry Hall) is the post headquarters and Maneuver Center of Excellence. Adjacent is a monument, the Ranger Memorial.

Main Post

There are four main cantonment areas on Fort Benning: Main Post, Kelley Hill, Sand Hill, and Harmony Church.

Post Information

The Armor School educates, trains, and inspires America's Armored Soldiers and Leaders for a lifetime of service to the Nation; prepared to close with & destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver as part of a combined arms team.[28]

The Infantry School transforms civilians into disciplined Infantrymen that possess the Army Values, fundamental Soldier skills, physical fitness, character, confidence, commitment, and the Warrior Ethos to become adaptive and flexible Infantrymen ready to accomplish the mission of the Infantry.[27]

Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center provide Agile, Trained, Adaptive, and Ready Soldiers and Leaders for an Army at War, while developing Future requirements for the Individual Soldier and the Maneuver Force, and providing a World Class Quality of Life for our Soldiers and Army Families![26]


In 1988 Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier (the Oklahoma City bombing conspirators) met while in training at Fort Benning.[25]

In 1984, following the signing of the Panama Canal Treaty, the School of the Americas relocated from Fort Gulick (Panama) to Fort Benning. After criticism concerning human rights violations committed by a number of graduates in Latin America, the school was renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

Between 1963 and 1964, in Fort Benning, Luis Posada Carriles received CIA training in explosives and sabotage.[23][24]


  • MG Austin S Miller July 2014 – present
  • MG H.R. McMaster Jun 2012 – July 2014
  • MG Robert B. Brown Nov 2010 – Jun 2012
  • MG Michael Ferriter Jun 2009 – Nov 2010
  • MG Michael Barbero Nov 2008 – Jun 2009
  • MG Walter Wojdakowski Aug 2005 – Nov 2008
  • MG Benjamin C. Freakley Jul 2003 – Aug 2005
  • MG Paul D. Eaton Oct 2001 – Jun 2003
  • MG John M. Le Moyne Sep 1999 – Oct 2001
  • MG Carl F. Ernst Jul 1996 – Sep 1999
  • MG John W. Hendrik Sep 1994 – Jul 1996
  • MG Jerry A. White Oct 1991 – Sept 1994
  • MG Carmen J. Cavezza Jun 1990 – Oct 1991
  • MG Michael F. Spigelmire Sep 1988 – Jun 1990
  • MG Kenneth C. Leuer Jun 1987 – Sep 1988
  • MG Edwin H. Burba Jr. Jan 1986 – Jun 1987
  • MG John W. Foss Mar 1984 – Jan 1986
  • MG James J. Lindsay Jul 1983 – Mar 1984
  • MG RL "Sam" Wetzel Aug 1981 – Jul 1983
  • MG David E. Grange Jr. Jun 1979 – Aug 1981
  • MG William J. Livsey Jul 1977 – Apr 1979
  • MG Willard Latham Aug 1975 – Jul 1977
  • MG Thomas M. Tarpley Feb 1973 – Aug 1975
  • MG Orwin C. Talbott Sep 1969 – Feb 1973
  • MG George I. Forsythe May 1969 – Aug 1969
  • MG John M. Wright Jr. Jul 1967 – May 1969
  • MG Robert H. York Jul 1965 – Jul 1967
  • MG John Heintges Aug 1964 – Jul 1965
  • MG Charles W. G. Rich Feb 1963 – Aug 1964
  • MG Ben Harrell Aug 1961 – Feb 1963
  • MG Hugh P. Harris Apr 1960 – Jul 1961
  • MG Paul L. Freeman May 1958 – Apr 1960
  • MG Herbert B. Powell Aug 1956 – Apr 1958
  • MG George E. Lynch May 1956 – Aug 1956
  • MG Joseph H. Harper Jun 1954 – May 1956
  • MG Guy S. Meloy Jr. Jan 1953 – June 1954
  • MG Robert M. Young Jun 1952 – Jan 1953
  • MG John H. Church Mar 1951 – May 1952
  • MG Withers A. Burress Jul 1948 – Jan 1951
  • MG John W. O'Daniel Jul 1945 – June 1948
  • MG Fred L. Walker Jul 1944 – Jul 1945
  • MG Charles H. Bonesteel Sep 1943 – Jun 1944
  • MG Leven C. Allen Feb 1942 – Sep 1943
  • BG Omar N. Bradley Mar 1941 – Feb 1942
  • BG Courtney H. Hodges Oct 1940 – Mar 1941
  • BG Asa L. Singleton Oct 1936 – Aug 1940
  • BG George H. Estes Sep 1933 – Sep 1936
  • MG Campbell King May 1929 – May 1933
  • BG Edgar T. Collins Mar 1926 – May 1929
  • BG Briant H. Wells Nov 1923 – Mar 1926
  • MG Walter H. Gordon Sep 1920 – Nov 1923
  • MG Charles S. Farnsworth Apr 1919 – Jul 1920
  • COL Henry E. Eames Oct 1918 – Apr 1919[22]

Commanding Generals of Fort Benning, GA

Fort Benning was the site of the Scout dog school of the United States during the Vietnam War, where the dogs trained to detect ambushes in enemy terrain got their initial training, before being transferred to Vietnam for further advanced courses.[21]

During the spring of 1962 General 1st Infantry Brigade under a ROAD structure. Instead, the Army Staff decided to inactivate the Pentomic-structured brigade and replace it with a new ROAD unit, the 197th Infantry Brigade, which resolved a unit designation issue. With the designation 1st Infantry Brigade slated to return to the 1st Infantry Division when it converted to ROAD, the existing unit at Fort Benning required a new title. The staff selected an infantry brigade number that had been associated with an Organized Reserve division that was no longer in the force. For the new ROAD brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia, the adjutant general on August 1, 1962 restored elements of the 99th Reconnaissance Troop, which thirty years earlier had been organized by consolidating infantry brigade headquarters and headquarters companies of the 99th Infantry Division, as Headquarters and Headquarters Companies, 197th and 198th Infantry Brigades.

The Airborne School on Main Post has three 249-foot (76 m) drop towers called "Free Towers." They are used to train paratroopers. The towers were modeled after the parachute towers at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Only three towers stand today; the fourth tower was toppled by a tornado on March 14, 1954.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, reorganized and completed its basic training at Fort Benning (Sand Hill and Harmony Church areas) from October 1950 to May 1951, when it deployed to Germany for five years.

During World War II Fort Benning had 197,159 acres (797.87 km²) with billeting space for 3,970 officers and 94,873 enlisted persons. Among many other units, Fort Benning was the home of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (United States), their training began in December 1943 and was an important milestone for black Americans, as was explored in the first narrative history of the installation, Home of the Infantry.[13][14] The battalion, later expanded to become the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, was trained at Fort Benning but did not deploy overseas and never saw combat during World War II. During this period, the specialized duties of the Triple Nickel were primarily in a firefighting role, with over one thousand parachute jumps as smoke jumpers. The 555th was deployed to the Pacific Northwest of the United States in response to the concern that forest fires were being set by the Japanese military using long-range incendiary balloons. The 82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion was activated July 15, 1940 and trained at the Fort.[15][16][17][18] The 17th Armored Engineer Battalion became active and started training July 15, 1940.[19]

World War II


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