Fort Benning News

  Ft. Benning hosts ceremony in honor of German Memorial Day

A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the main post cemetery where German veterans of World War II lay in rest.

Opelika Career Center and Southern Union State Community College hosting veteran job fair

  Several Columbus city services closed for Veterans Day

  MILITARY MATTERS: Inside look at school on Fort Benning facing protests

  Two non-profit organizations are teaming together to help disabled veterans by hosting nature retreats

  Ft. Benning hosts 37th annual Retiree Appreciation Day

  Former Ft. Benning Ranger breaks world record near anniversary of mom’s death

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  Ga. man walking from coast to coast to raise awareness of veterans’ issues

  MILITARY MATTERS: Auburn baseball team trains like Army Rangers

  Family, friends of Columbus double homicide victim express hurt after their loss

  Victim of deadly Circle K robbery in Columbus laid to rest

Army sergeant faces charges in fatal West Point accident

Former Fort Benning soldier arrested by FBI in Kansas

  Ind. soldier dies during Ft. Benning training exercise

A solider has passed away during a training exercise at Fort Benning, according to his obituary.

  Fort Benning to become home to a new U.S. ICE training facility

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement will be building a training facility to expand their special response team program.

  Military Matters: Columbus car dealership team with House of Heroes to aid military widow

Dozens of employees with a Columbus car dealership took some time away from work to help the widow of a military veteran.

  Retired Ft. Benning Col., Chamber of Commerce VP passes away

The Fort Benning and Columbus communities are mourning the loss of a retired Fort Benning Colonel.

  2019 Maneuver Warfighter Conference underway at Ft. Benning

Majority of Army families would move off-base to escape poor conditions, report shows

  Former NBA player graduates Ft. Benning Ranger school

Fort Benning being proactive about noise and smoke concerns

  Military Matters: ‘Battle Buddies’ Army family writes about military journey

  Ft. Benning celebrates opening of new legal office

  Local businessman celebrates ‘National Hire a Veteran Day’ with service member employees

July 25 marks “National Hire a Veteran Hire Day” reminding employers to consider veterans for open job positions.

  EXCLUSIVE: Columbus Veterans Affairs Clinic construction delayed

The new veterans affairs clinic coming to Columbus was originally expected to open in 2021, but now the construction is being delayed at least 8 more months.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Ft. Benning Army brigade simulating tactical training

Soldiers with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade on Fort Benning is preparing for intense combat situations that could arise as they advise our foreign partners. We had the chance recently to go behind the scenes during their training.

  Ga. Army National Guard actively recruiting new members

The Georgia Army National Guard wants you to be a part of their legacy.

  75th Ranger Regiment hosts biannual Change of Command ceremony

The ceremony took place at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus

  Rangers conduct capabilities demonstration at Ft. Benning

Around 800 rangers from the 75th Ranger Regiment directed a Ranger Capabilities Demonstration and Mass Tactical Airborne Operation.

  Fort Benning’s annual Independence Day Celebration happening this weekend

Fort Benning likes to get the Independence Day celebrations started early, celebrating the holiday before the rest of the nation and this year is no different.

  Concentra Clinic offers urgent care to Veterans in Columbus

The healthcare services are being offered as part of a new contract between the Clinic and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

LaGrange native graduates from basic training in Texas

Kiarra recently completed the intensive, eight-week program that included training in Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  Fort Benning looking to fill more than 100 positions at Columbus job fair

Fort Benning MWR has more than 100 open positions they need to fill, so dust off your résumé.

Smith’s Station native participates in naval exercise in Baltic Sea

Harrelson, a midshipman from the U.S. Naval Academy, credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons he learned growing up in Smiths Station.

  Community members recognize Flag Day with ceremony

The nation celebrates National Flag Day on June 14th. The American Legion Post 135 held its 9th Annual Flag Day Ceremony Friday at the War Memorial in Phenix City.

Columbus native graduates from West Point Military Academy

Columbus native, Cadet Walker Vernal Seldon, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, May 25th.

  National Infantry Museum commemorates 75th anniversary of D-Day

On this day 75 years ago, World War II troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

  Soldiers injured in West Point crash reportedly based at Fort Benning

Training at the United States Military Academy at West Point turned deadly after an accident involving one of their military vehicles killed one cadet and injured 19 others.

  Covenant Woods in Columbus recognizes 75th anniversary of D-Day, honors vet

The retirement community even honored one of their own residents, who was a soldier at D-Day in Normandy.

  Fort Benning observes Memorial Day with annual ceremony

The annual observance included a moment of silence for those heroes who’ve given their lives, as well as the laying of a ceremonial wreath.

NIM dedicates 170 Pavers in Memorial Day Ceremony

Granite Pavers, bearing the names of soldiers and others who have sacrificed for our country, were placed along the museum’s Heritage Walk.

  Headquarter Nissan honors military members during Memorial Day Weekend

A sales manager at Headquarter Nissan says they’ve been dedicated to honoring the military community since they first opened in 2010.

  Military Matters: Lighthouse Brigade JROTC Honors Students

The awards celebrate students' military leadership potential, selfless service, and excellent academic performance.

  82nd Airborne Division wins 2019 Gainey Cup at Fort Benning

The 5th Squadron earned the victory win after competing against squads from across the U.S., Canada, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands.

Unknown fallen soldier identified, returning home to GA to be laid to rest

A fallen soldier will continue his journey back home to Georgia on Thursday, May 2.

  NIM reopens gallery showcasing the life of military families

Organizers say the gallery illustrates both the unique challenges and the happy moments that come with being a military family.

  196 Ranger students graduate from intense Fort Benning program

Leaders say the newest class of Rangers have all have proven impressive determination, stamina, and mental toughness over the course of 62-day program

Kohl’s starts ‘Military Monday’ discount

Members of the military and their families can enjoy a 15% discount at their local Kohl’s department store

  Military Matters: Ft. Benning drill sergeants cleaning up storm damage

In the past two decades, the local House of Heroes has had more than 17,000 volunteers, honoring more than 900 military veterans and/or their spouses with home repairs and improvements, but for the first time ever, a team of Fort Benning drill sergeants are working with the non-profit, showing a sof

  Former pair of Best Rangers reclaim throne after annual Ft. Benning competition

A former pair of Best Rangers have reclaimed the throne after Fort Benning’s annual Best Ranger Competition.

  Best Mortar Competition at Fort Benning wraps up with one final day

Thursday marks the third and final day of the Best Mortar Competition at Fort Benning, making today their last chance to put the pedal to the metal with live fires.

  Fort Benning kicks off second annual Best Mortar Competition

Twenty four-man teams from multiple branches of the military are trying their hand at the Best Mortar Competition to bring home the title at their second annual competition.

  Fort Benning gearing up for second annual Infantry Week

Fort Benning is a busy place this week as the Army post recognizes its second annual Infantry Week.

  Military Matters: Ft. Benning gives first look at new combat fitness test

For the first time in decades, the military branch is implementing a new fitness test to better prepare soldiers for combat. Fort Benning gave News Leader 9 a first look.

  Military Matters: New movie and art at National Infantry Museum

here’s a lot going on at the National Infantry Museum, including a new portrait gallery that was just unveiled.

Ft. Benning’s Northside After Hours Clinic to move to new location

Fort Benning’s After Hours Clinic located in north Columbus is getting a new home.

  Military Matters: Fort Benning commanding general breaking racial barriers

The Army is honoring African-American soldiers - who make up nearly a quarter of those enlisted, and 11 percent of the officer corps, but only six percent commissioned into combat arms.

  Ft. Benning commanding general discusses the post’s 100-year history

Major General Gary Brito was promoted to the position last year. He said the foundation of being a soldier, begins with the Army values and oath to defend an protect the U.S. Constitution.

  Military Matters: Army veterans with hearing loss sue earplug manufacturer

Thousands of soldiers have permanent hearing loss, and now many are pointing the finger at a manufacturer of earplugs.

Fort Benning investigating death of soldier

Fort Benning is currently investigating the death of a soldier.

Fort Benning taking preventative measures against strep after multiple soldiers infected

After multiple soldiers have been diagnosed with serious strep infections, Fort Benning is putting preventative measures in place to keep the illness from spreading.

  Fort Benning holding prescribed burns over the weekend

A prescribed burn is taking place at Fort Benning Saturday, Feb. 9.

Suicide rates among Marines, Navy reached 10-year high in 2018

Many of the cases are young Marines who have not been deployed overseas nor been in combat, a situation that has also been seen in other military branches.

  House Bill 7 could eliminate state income tax for retired Georgia veterans

Changing how retired military receive their benefits, that could happen through a new bill in the Georgia House of Representatives. It would exclude retired veterans from paying state income tax in the Peach State.

  Fort Benning hosts national junior rifle competition

Fort Benning host national junior rifle competition.

  Transgender ban has no impact on current military personnel

The Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s transgender ban Tuesday.

Veteran denied surgery for rare condition that causes constant pain, severe weight loss

After almost a decade of tests with the VA, the veteran sought outside care, but when he found a possible treatment, he was denied surgery twice.

  Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery participating in Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a nation-wide activity that others those who have given their lives in service of our country.

  Family and friends welcome Ft. Benning soldiers back home from deployment

Soldiers serving the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) have been deployed since March 2018 and were part of the first SFAB on a combat deployment.

  Robins Air Force Base turns former Publix into training center

Georgia has become the home to a new high-tech Air Force training center.

  Secretary of the U.S. Army visits Ft. Benning

Dr. Mark T. Esper was sworn in just under a year ago and spent time with members of the armed forces on post.

  100+ soldiers deployed in Afghanistan return to Ft. Benning

More than 100 soldiers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade returned home to Fort Benning Thursday afternoon.

  Ft. Benning celebrates German and Italian Day at Main Post Cemetery

German and Italian veterans of World War II lay rest in Fort Benning’s cemetery. Each year, Fort Benning takes the time to reach out to the local German and Italian communities in recognition of that history.

A Vietnam veteran died with no family, so other vets stepped up to remember him

The community also provided the funeral home with the proper paperwork to ensure the Marine veteran got military honors at the service.

  Healing 4 Heroes helping veterans transition with trained service dogs

Healing 4 Heroes is a non-profit group in Atlanta who trains service dogs for veterans for free, helping them with their transition out of the military.

11 Chattahoochee Valley brothers serve more than 150 years in the military

Eleven of the Davis brothers all made the choice to serve in the military at some point during their lives.

Fox NFL Sunday to broadcast live from York Field at Fort Benning

Fox NFL will broadcast live from York Field on Fort Benning on November 11 at 11 a.m.

  Korean War soldier, Columbus native laid to rest in Fort Benning

The remains of a Korean War soldier from Columbus has made it home.

  With evidence of Russian buildup in European foothold, US military is at the ready

With concern that Russia is upgrading its capabilities at NATO’s doorstep, the U.S. is increasingly on guard.

Medal of Honor awarded to Sgt. Maj. John Canley, who saved fellow Marines during Vietnam battle

Canley fended off numerous attacks during the Battle of Hue and repeatedly charged across fire-swept battle grounds to take wounded marines to safety.

Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson becomes first woman to lead largest command in US Army

The command Richardson will lead, United States Army Forces Command, is composed of 776,000 soldiers.