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Fort Benning welcomes new Commander

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

Fort Benning, GA (WTVM) - It has been nearly thirty years since Major General Robert Brown last set foot in Columbus. He completed infantry school at Fort Benning.

And now years later he's back as the commanding general.

"I think the most important thing is preparing soldiers for an army at war training them and preparing them as well as we can for the future," Major General Robert Brown said.

Brown comes to the Chattahoochee valley after serving as the chief of staff for the United States Army in Europe. He has served at a number of places all over the world and has extensive experience.

Major General Brown was born in Pennsylvania his call to serve the United States armed forces came towards the end of high school. His plan was to attend the University of Michigan on a basketball scholarship. Brown had no idea that wise words from his basketball coach would lead him to a life in the army.

"A guy named Coach Cade came by and talked to me about visiting this place called West Point, I went and fell in love with the idea of service to others."

Now Brown's career will continue at Fort Benning, preparing soldiers for army life.

"For the soldier it is a complete package of physical, spiritual, emotional fitness that we work on constantly right from the start in their basic training," Brown said   

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