Ft. Benning soldiers banned from Auburn bar due to issues with behavior

Ft. Benning soldiers banned from Auburn bar due to issues with behavior
Published: Jun. 25, 2018 at 8:23 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 26, 2018 at 10:10 PM EDT
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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Fort Benning is responding to a sign posted on a door at Auburn's Skybar Cafe.


The bar owner says he respects the military, but cites issues with behavior from Fort Benning soldiers that led to the temporary ban.  The bar cites Alabama law and says it has the right to refuse entry for any reason.

On Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the military post sent News Leader 9 the following statement:

The Ft Benning Commanding General has not approved any action against the SkyBar Cafe. The claim by SkyBar Cafe that the Commanding General of Ft Benning has instructed Soldiers not to patronize their establishment is inaccurate. SkyBar Cafe is not recorded on any approved Ft Benning Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board off limits list.

Recently the AFDCB was informed of some complaints that could affect the wellbeing of our Military members. The President of the AFDCB notified SkyBar Cafe that the AFDCB is aware of these complaints and conducting an investigation to determine the validity of the complaints against the SkyBar Cafe. AFDCB is established by local commands to ensure the health and safety of Military members as well as to enforce good order and discipline.

AFDCB investigates allegations and complaints against establishments and if determined by the board, recommends placing the establishment off limits to Military personnel. If an establishment is placed on the off-limits list, a representative of an off-limits establishment may petition the decision. The AFDCB and the Commanding General have not taken any action regarding SkyBar Cafe." Ben Garrett, Ft Benning spokesman.

On Tuesday, Skybar owner, Pat Grider, released this statement:

"Sky Bar Cafe supports our military. Our father, a 100 percent disabled Purple Heart Navy Veteran, served our country bravely, and we respect the men and women in our armed forces. Unfortunately, Friday night we felt obligated to institute a temporary ban on Fort Benning soldiers due to a large increase of incidents involving soldiers and a complete lack of respect to our customers and staff.

The ban supports Fort Benning's Command Major General's Gary Brito's instructions that soldiers are not to visit our Auburn establishment. In 2012 my father visited the Provost Marshal at Ft Benning, and he was told: "Just arrest them if they cause trouble."  We do not want to continually be involved in the arresting of any soldiers.

We have never had any trouble with any other military branches or Army bases.  It is on them, if they can straighten up and start acting right, we would be open to changing this policy.   For now, the ban is in the best interest of everyone's safety. Summed up in two words 'Tough Love'."

Some members of the Auburn community have also expressed their feelings on the temporary ban.

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