Fort Benning News

  MILITARY MATTERS: Former army drill sergeant now leading a diverse church

Before taking over as lead pastor of Christ Community Church in Columbus, Pastor Derrick Shields served 20 years in the army, wearing a variety of hats.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Alabama National Guard helping with COVID-19 vaccinations in rural areas

  MILITARY MATTERS: Movie star and filmmaker deliver faith on the big screen in new Army story

  MILITARY MATTERS: Military women’s memorial group honoring thousands of female soldiers

  MILITARY MATTERS: Army vet & singer opens up about near-death bout with COVID-19

  MILITARY MATTERS: Soldiers pitch innovative ideas to better streamline administrative process at Ft. Benning

  MILITARY MATTERS: Thousands of veterans getting COVID-19 vaccinations at new S.C. clinic

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  MILITARY MATTERS: Commanding general talks Fort Benning name change

  Ft. Benning lifting some COVID-19 restrictions with new general order

Coast Guard awards $200M contract to Troy helicopter plant

  MILITARY MATTERS: War sole survivor remembers his brothers in ‘Three Wise Men’ book

  MILITARY MATTERS: Ft. Benning Commanding General gives update on COVID-19

  Ft. Benning commanding general gives COVID-19 update

  Ft. Benning enforcing stricter COVID-19 control measures after troops return from holiday leave

Fort Benning will enforce stricter COVID-19 control measures beginning January 4, which is the day after thousands of soldiers are due to return from holiday leave.

  Fort Benning troops head home for the holidays, National Infantry Museum opens to public

Thousands of soldiers on Fort Benning put training to a halt and returned home to their families for the holidays.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Retired army colonel writes book to get people ready for Armageddon

A Columbus veteran and longtime army chaplain co-authored a new book about preparing for the end times.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Army mom sending holiday care packages to soldiers overseas

The wife of a veteran and mom of an active duty soldier is doing her part behind the scenes in Columbus to help those who are deployed over the holidays.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Fort Benning battalion ruck marches to help feed the needy

  Soldiers at Ft. Benning served meal for Thanksgiving holiday

  Ft. Benning soldiers participate in ruck march food drive

  MILITARY MATTERS: Veterans walk thousands of miles to help save other vets' lives

National Infantry Museum to reopen to the public for three weeks

  Veterans walking to raise awareness of veteran suicide and military issues

Ft. Benning conducting weapons firing throughout Nov.

Community members may notice more sounds during these times.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Army Helping to Fight COVID

Before and after the election, the military has been focused on their job of defending our country while also stepping in to help with the coronavirus pandemic, including a rollout of a future COVID-19 vaccine.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Sgt. Maj. of the army tours Ft. Benning and talks military housing challenges

A top leader with the U.S. Army talked about solutions and responded to concerns over military housing while on Fort Benning recently, touring places where some local soldiers live.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Former soldier returns home after prison time for war crimes

It was a homecoming for a veteran who says he was wrongly imprisoned for war crimes, and supporters say his release was a long time coming.

  Sgt. Maj. of the army tours military housing at Ft. Benning

The tour came after continued concerns over conditions with reports of mold and pest infestations, along with lead poisoning that could affect children.

  Dr. Jill Biden makes stop in Columbus on Georgia’s first day of early voting

Dr. Biden spoke with several military families Monday. Those families said the Biden’s know what it means to be a service family and our sacred obligation to those who give up their lives for this country.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Fort Benning firefighters win national honors from DOD

The honor was in part for rescuing soldiers and protecting those on the army installation during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Ft. Benning holds change of responsibility ceremony

MCOE Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Celestine relinquished his responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick Garner.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Army officer’s spouse bikes 3,000 miles across USA

A military wife in Columbus is back home after bicycling 3,018 miles across America, raising money for several causes.

  Plans in the works to honor former Mayor and Colonel Retired Robert ‘Bob’ Poydasheff

Loncher said if you want to remember ‘Uncle Bob,’ he would not want flowers. He’d want folks to contribute to organizations that help soldiers... for example the National Ranger Foundation or National Infantry Association.

  Fort Benning eases up on restrictions from COVID-19

Fort Benning has issued General Order Number Six that now allows soldiers to ease up on restrictions that were initially limited due to COVID.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Dr. Jill Biden and Ga. military veterans take part in Zoom roundtable

While President Trump has been giving high honors to soldiers across the nation, the wife of Democratic nominee Joe Biden participated in an online roundtable with some Georgia veterans.

  National Infantry Museum honoring Columbus activist, Ranger instructor

The National Infantry Museum is unveiling a new display that will a honor a beloved Columbus activist and the Army’s first African-American Ranger Instructor.

  Gold Star families travel from across the nation for Global War on Terrorism Memorial re-dedication

Gold Star families from across the nation traveled to the Global War on Terrorism Memorial at the National Infantry Museum to honor their loved ones.

  Additional VA Clinic coming to downtown Columbus in 2021

The veterans clinic in Columbus received a special visit from Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie Friday afternoon, where plans were announced to create a second clinic in downtown Columbus.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Columbus man gives medal to 99-year-old singing WWII vet

A World War II veteran in Columbus recently celebrated his 99th birthday, prompting a stranger to give him some important military memorabilia from his family.

  Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop tours Fort Benning

He was able to learn how the base is keeping all personnel safe from contracting coronavirus and more.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Fort Benning Army Nurse Defends Her Titan Title on TV Show

Titan Games host Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson helped pick 1st Lt. Haley Johnson, an Army nurse on Fort Benning.

Garrison Fort Benning command sergeant major change of responsibility ceremony scheduled for Aug. 25

Command Sergeant Major Connie L. Rounds will renounce his responsibility as the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Benning command sergeant major to Command Sgt. Maj. Brett W. Johnson during a change of responsibility ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. on August 25.

  Ft. Benning cancels Oktoberfest as a safety precaution

Fort Benning announced Monday that this year’s Oktoberfest is canceled.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Army Ranger transitions from Black Hawk Down to the ministry

Jeff Struecker, in telling his story of military and faith, said a defining moment on that journey happened in Mogadishu, a bloody battle portrayed in the movie “Black Hawk Down.”

  MILITARY MATTERS: Veterans take part in wounded hero fishing

Sixty veterans from six different states enjoyed time on the water recently at a wounded warrior fishing event near Green Bay.

  Veterans ask VA secretary to consider different location for clinic in Columbus

The back-and-forth debate about where a new Columbus VA clinic will be built continues with veterans asking leaders to consider a different space.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Major General discusses COVID-19 response on Fort Benning

With the spike in COVID-19 cases in Georgia, Fort Benning is remaining vigilant to keep soldiers and their family members healthy.

  MILITARY MATTERS: New commanding general opens up on race, Ft. Benning history, Army’s future

Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe talked about everything from racism and the Army’s future, to COVID-19 and the Columbus community.

3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment conducts military exercise at Fort Benning this week

Rangers from the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment station at Ft. Benning will conduct a military exercise this week.

  MILITARY MATTERS: House of Heroes back to work with church volunteers

Their goal at the most recent project was to honor a decorated veteran and his family at their home.

  Fort Benning’s first African American commanding general departs for Pentagon

The change of command ceremony took place Friday morning at Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence with Maj. Gen. Gary Brito passing the baton to Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe.

Ft. Benning’s commanding general to be promoted to rank of lieutenant general

Maj. General Gary Brito is moving on to higher ground at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Army honors healthcare workers with parachute jump

The U.S. Army recently honored health care workers with a parachute jump in Louisiana featuring a special operations command parachute demonstration team.

  Veterans debate location of new VA clinic coming to North Columbus

The all-inclusive clinic has been in the works for years now. But as the start of construction nears, some veterans are not happy with the location of the 70,000 square-foot facility.

Fort Benning names new commanding general

Major General Gary Brito is stepping down from his command as commanding general of Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence, and his replacement has now been named.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Army wants donations COVID-19 convalescent plasma

Officials at a medical facility on Fort Benning recently did a callout, saying the need for COVID-19 convalesent plasma is “huge.”

House of Heroes resuming efforts with $50,000 grant

House of Heroes of the Chattahoochee Valley are set to return to their work serving veterans in the valley thanks to a large grant.

  MILITARY MATTERS: East Alabama retreat helps veterans considering suicide

Recently, President Trump outlined a national plan to address the 6,000 suicides every year by U.S. military veterans. To help with this crisis, groups partnered for an event in East Alabama to help vets fight their problems.

  MILITARY MATTERS: From pageants to the Army National Guard

A former Miss Rhode Island is part of a group of second lieutenants finishing up the Basic Officer Leader Course at an Army installation in Oklahoma.

MILITARY MATTERS: Will Fort Benning be renamed because of Confederate connection?

On the heels of nationwide protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy is reportedly open to renaming military bases named after Confederate generals, which includes Fort Benning.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Buffalo Soldiers ride for justice

The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club and other riders, showed up in full force.

  U.S. Marine dies after airborne training accident at Fort Benning

A U.S. Marine undergoing training at Fort Benning has passed away following an accident.

  Ft. Benning responds to growing calls to rename army bases named after Confederate generals

Fort Benning is named after Henry Benning, a Confederate general who was present at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Columbus State University ROTC cadets to be sworn in virtually

Four Columbus State University ROTC cadets will be sworn into office Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

  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.

  Man killed in Harris Co. hit-and-run was a Ft. Benning soldier

A man killed over the weekend in a fatal hit-and-run in Waverly Hall has been identified as a Fort Benning soldier.

  Chattahoochee Valley residents honoring fallen soldiers over Memorial Day weekend

While Memorial Day weekend may be a three day weekend for some, other families in the Chattahoochee Valley are making an effort to honor the lives of fallen soldiers.

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

As Memorial Day weekend begins, veterans in the Chattahoochee Valley want you to reflect on the true meaning of the day.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Iraq blast survivor becomes Army chaplain

A chaplain on Fort Benning knows about those losses first-hand. He shared his story from a deadly explosion to faith and redemption.

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

News Leader 9 talked to a former general with ties to Fort Benning about leading men and woman in uniform through financial hardships.

  Gold Star family members remembering loved ones on Memorial Day

Many people will be celebrating by grilling out or maybe even heading out to the lake for some fun in the sun. But for some families, they will be celebrating for the true meaning – remembering the lives they lost.

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

Major General Gary Brito, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, will be leaving his current position for an appointment to a position in Washington D.C.

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

They call themselves “Rolling Thunder.” The Maneuver Center of Excellence’s (MCOE) Rock Band on Fort Benning hasn’t stopped playing and singing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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

Senator David Perdue and Ryan McCarthy met with soldiers, viewed training exercises, and observed COVID-19 safeguards at Martin Army Community Hospital.

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

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and Ryan McCarthy, Secretary of the Army, visited Fort Benning on Wednesday, April 29, to observe COVID-19 response protocols and risk mitigation techniques in training.

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

Roughly 25,000 people have responded to the Army’s call for volunteers to assist with the COVID-19 Response Initiative.

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

Monique Jefferson is helping her family adapt, but she’s also helping other military families as co-founder of the My Ultimate PCS app.

Army to resume moving future soldiers to Ft. Benning

This includes soldiers scheduled to report to the Maneuver Center of Excellence’s (MCOE) one-station unit training brigades.

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

Despite the Pentagon’s extended orders for a freeze on service member movement until May 11, Fort Benning okayed 40 soldiers to leave the Army installation a few days ago.

  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.