18 Facts About Fort Benning


Fort Benning is a United States Army post near Columbus, Georgia, adjacent to the Alabama–Georgia border.

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Fort Benning is the home of the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, the United States Army Armor School, United States Army Infantry School, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, and other tenant units.

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Fort Benning is one of ten US Army installations named for former Confederate generals.

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The congressionally mandated Naming Commission on August 8,2022, issued its recommendation that Fort Benning be renamed Fort Moore after Lieutenant General Hal and Julia Moore, both of whom are buried on post as are Julia's parents.

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Since 2005, Fort Benning has been transformed into the Maneuver Center of Excellence, as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's decision to consolidate a number of schools and installations to create various "centers of excellence".

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Camp Benning was established October 19,1918, initially providing basic training for World War I units, post-war.

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Fort Benning fought against US Army troops in the Civil War as commander of Confederate States Army forces.

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Fort Benning was determined to prevent a lack of preparation from costing more lives in future conflicts.

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The battalion, later expanded to become the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, was trained at Fort Benning but did not deploy overseas and never saw combat during World War II.

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Fort Benning was assigned to serve in the 24th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, an all-Black segregated unit formed after the Civil War.

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Fort Benning did not appear at bugle call the next morning, and was declared a deserter nearly a month after his disappearance.

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Fort Benning's body was found by soldiers on March 28,1941, hanging against the edge of a ravine in a wooded area.

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Fort Benning's death was officially declared a homicide, although military officials speculated he had committed suicide.

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Fort Benning's murder became widely reported in Black newspapers throughout the country, and the only known publicly available photograph of Felix was published in The Pittsburgh Courier.

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Fort Benning's name is inscribed at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

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Fort Benning was the site of the Scout dog school of the United States during the Vietnam War, where the dogs trained to detect ambushes in enemy terrain got their initial training, before being transferred to Vietnam for further advanced courses.

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Fort Benning had an urban village, McKenna Military Operations in Urban Terrain, built by Army engineers for urban training of soldiers.

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Fort Benning was selected by the Base Realignment and Closing Commission to be the home of the new Maneuver Center of Excellence.

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