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BRAC is "on our doorstep"

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -  The Army is in the process of moving it's Armor School from Fort Knox in Kentucky to Fort Benning where it will combine with the Infantry Center to become the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Fort Benning will officially become the Maneuver Center in October and officials say the move of the Armor School is already evident.  

"It is on our doorstep. Advanced parties are here and construction is going on all around post from the housing for our families, to the schools for our children, to state-of-the-art training facilities. It's undeniable that it's on its way," said Major General Michael Ferriter, the Commanding General of Fort Benning and the Infantry Center.

"We're excited about it. A lot of people just don't realize the Armor Center is coming back to Fort Benning where it was from 1935-1937," added Major General James M. Milano, Commanding General of the Armor Center.

More than 4,000 people are moving here in the shift and the Army is spending $3.5 billion  in construction on the influx.

"October/November of next year is the first wave and then January of 2011 is the next wave and then into early summer of 2011 is the third big wave," Major General Ferriter explained.

"We have to make very sure that we take care of all the people involved in that transition- the soldiers and their families- and that we do this right. But the biggest point throughout it all is that we are not allowed any degradation to our product- training ready soldiers and leaders," said Major General Milano.

Army officials say they're required to have the Armor Center completely relocated to Fort Benning by September of 2011.

As for Fort Knox, it will become the Army's Human Resource Center of Excellence.

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