Fort Benning News

  MILITARY MATTERS: House of Heroes suffers financially amid coronavirus pandemic

The House of Heroes has helped veterans for two decades. But now they need the public’s help to stay afloat.

  Veterans of Foreign Wars in Phenix City share the meaning of Memorial Day

  MILITARY MATTERS: Iraq blast survivor becomes Army chaplain

MILITARY MATTERS: Army Emergency Relief helping soldiers through tough financial times

  Gold Star family members remembering loved ones on Memorial Day

  Commanding general leaving Fort Benning, promoted to Washington D.C. position

  MILITARY MATTERS: Band at Fort Benning puts on rock concert online

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  Senators David Perdue, Kelley Loeffler visit Ft. Benning with U.S. Army secretary

Senators David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Army Secretary visit Fort Benning

MILITARY MATTERS: Georgia National Guard assisting healthcare workers at hospitals amid COVID-19 pandemic

MILITARY MATTERS: Soldier’s spouse, turned entrepreneur, helps families during COVID-19 pandemic

Army to resume moving future soldiers to Ft. Benning

  First group of newly-trained soldiers depart Fort Benning amid elaborate health precautions

  Fort Benning reschedules Independence Celebration due to COVID-19

Fort Benning’s annual Independence Celebration has been rescheduled from late June to late August.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Changes at Ft. Benning in response to COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus spreads across America, the military is taking action to keep soldiers healthy.

  Dream Delayed: Fort Benning Olympians talk 2020 postponement

Two Fort Benning soldiers qualified for the U.S. Olympic skeet shooting team earlier this month, but now with the 2020 games delayed, their dream is on hold.

  Second Ft. Benning soldier tests positive for COVID-19

A second soldier at Fort Benning has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, marking the fifth case associated with the U.S. Army base.

Fort Mitchell National Cemetery funeral scheduled for homeless Columbus veteran

  MCOE reactivating 197th Infantry Brigade at Ft. Benning; 500+ troops expected in summer

  Ft. Benning loses bid for Army corps headquarters

Fort Benning loses bid for Army Corps headquarters despite Senators urging

  U.S. soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan has ties to Fort Benning

MILITARY MATTERS: Equipment Arrives for New Army Combat Fitness Test

  MILITARY MATTERS: Former Ft. Benning drill sergeant, one of world’s fittest people leading CrossFit in Phenix City

After an early end to his military career on Fort Benning, a former soldier is getting a second chance thanks to CrossFit. Now, he is one of the fittest people in the world.

  WHINSEC holds 4th annual Women, Peace, and Security Conference at Ft. Benning

The event is part of the military organization’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security initiative.

MILITARY MATTERS: Army Reservist shooter aiming for the Olympics

A young shooter on Fort Benning is hoping to take part in this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. In early February, she competes to earn a spot on Team USA.

  Retired military leaders in the Chattahoochee Valley respond to crisis in Iran

While all are happy there are no casualties in the Iraqi base where U.S. soldiers are housed, these leaders said they believe the rockets were a last-minute attempt at revenge.

  Soldiers from Ft. Benning’s 75th Ranger Regiment may be deployed to Middle East

There is a chance soldiers from the 75th Ranger Regiment out of Fort Benning will be deploying to the Middle East, according to the Army Times.

Former Ft. Benning Garrison Commander promoted to Ft. Rucker’s Brigadier General

Col. Andrew C. Hilmes is now the Brigadier General.

  Medal of Honor recipient speaks at Maneuver Center of Excellence graduation at Ft. Benning

The Medal of Honor is the highest award a soldier in the Army can receive. David Bellavia was welcomed with a standing ovation.

  MLK Elementary School student surprised as soldier brother comes home to Columbus

A Columbus elementary school student received an amazing surprise while telling his class about his brother who serves in the military.

Wreaths Across America is scheduled to lay 1000 wreaths at Fort Benning

Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization, is scheduled to lay over 1000 wreaths for veterans and their families at the Fort Benning Cemetery in Georgia.

  Ft. Benning serves meals to soldiers for Thanksgiving

Soldiers who were unable to go home for the holidays got a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday.

  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.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Final Soldier Marathon

The Soldier Marathon, which is Saturday, Nov.16, has been a tradition in Columbus and on Fort Benning for a decade, with people running for troops who have died fighting for our freedom.

  Hiring Heroes Job Fair will be held at Troy University

Another job fair will be held in Phenix City this week if people cannot make the travel to East Alabama.

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

The Opelika Career Center and Southern Union State Community College are hosting a Veteran Job Fair. The job fair will take place on Tuesday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  Several Columbus city services closed for Veterans Day

Several Columbus city services will be closed Monday for the Veteran’s Day holiday.

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

Next week, a potentially large group will gather at Fort Benning to protest the former School of the Americas, on the 30th anniversary of an event that prompted the annual rallies: the Central American University massacre.

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

The Wounded Warrior Project and The Barn Group are two non-profits that are coming together and providing three-day nature retreats for disabled Veterans.

  Ft. Benning hosts 37th annual Retiree Appreciation Day

Multiple counties and health vendors were on site to give information on programs and provide resources to those who need them.

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

A retired ranger from Fort Benning successfully broke the Guinness World Record for the most pull-ups in 24 hours. Brandon Tucker is the man who braved the challenge.

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

John Ring is raising awareness about different issues that veterans face. For example, he said 22 vets commit suicide every day. Now he’s hoping his journey across the country can help make a difference.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Auburn baseball team trains like Army Rangers

It was a team-building event for the Auburn University baseball team as they took on an obstacle course that’s part of rigorous Army Ranger training.

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

The family of one of the victims, Deontae Joseph, says these senseless killings have to stop. And they're especially heartbroken because both young men had their whole lives ahead of them.

  Victim of deadly Circle K robbery in Columbus laid to rest

Hundreds of people gathered for Dontrell Williams' funeral service. It was standing room only at the church. Then, at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, dozens stood by with tears in their eyes as the Williams received his military honors.

Army sergeant faces charges in fatal West Point accident

A staff sergeant is facing charges in a rollover accident that killed a U.S. Military Academy cadet from New Jersey during training exercises

Former Fort Benning soldier arrested by FBI in Kansas

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

The annual conference provides a forum for leadership across the Army to discuss and focus on training soldiers to prepare the Maneuver force for the future.

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

A report released by the office of the Army Inspector General shows that a majority of families living on Army bases are dissatisfied with their living conditions and would move off-base, if they could afford it.

  Former NBA player graduates Ft. Benning Ranger school

A former NBA player is now a Ranger after graduating from Ft. Benning’s Ranger school.

Fort Benning being proactive about noise and smoke concerns

Some call it the “sounds of freedom,” but others complain.

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

Many agree that having a successful marriage isn’t easy. Throw military service in the mix, there are even more obstacles. A Fort Benning couple survived those battles and wrote a book about it.

  Ft. Benning celebrates opening of new legal office

The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new consolidated 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.