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7117 Baltzell Avenue
Fort Benning, GA 31905
Columbus ,Georgia is 12 % below national average. The cost of living can vary based on factors such as career, salary and the local real estate market.
Fort Benning Visitor Access
Access to the installation is controlled through vehicle checkpoints. All vehicles will be stopped at the gates. Driversand passengers should be prepared to present identification. Children 15 and younger are exempt.
Effective 1 January 2015. Military ID/Retired Military ID/Family Member ID/ Common Access Card (CaC) will be required to access the base. Automated Installation Entry (AIE) card will be issued to contractors, sub-contractors, and vendors. All visitors will be subject to a background check before allowed to enter the installation. You can pick up your visitor's pass at the Visitor Control Center (Lindsey Creek Parkway/I-185).
Effective immediately, driver licenses and identification cards from the states of Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana Washington and the territory of American Samoa do not comply with the REAL ID Act and can no longer be used as the sole source for access to Fort Benning. New Mexico received an extension, so drivers licenses and ID cards from the state are acceptable for access to Fort Benning.
Residents of the five specified states and one territory must possess one of the following accepted authorized government-issued identification cards in lieu of their driver's license: Effective immediately, driver licenses and identification cards from the states of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and the territory of American Samoa do not comply with the REAL ID Act and can no longer be used as the sole source for access to Fort Benning. Federal officials may continue to accept Enhanced Driver's Licenses from these states.
For additional information contact Fort Benning Military Police Desk: 706-545-5223 or visit Fort Benning Gate Information website.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code.
When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN 314 area code must be included for all calls.
Privately owned firearms will only be brought onto the installation for the purpose of engaging in authorized activities such as hunting, dog training, and use of recreational range or marksmanship events.
– IAW MCoE REG 190-11
Mission: The Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning provide trained and combat-ready Soldiers and leaders; develop the doctrine and capabilities of the Maneuver Force and individual Soldier; and provide a world-class quality of life for our Soldiers, civilians, and Army families to ensure our Army's Maneuver Force remains the world's premier combat force ready to "Win in a Complex World"
Vision: Installation is the center of gravity in the Army for producing trained combat Soldiers and is the primary driver for development of the future force.
Fort Benning was established in 1918, is named after Confederate General Henry L. Benning, who lived in Columbus. In 1918, the School of Infantry moved to Columbus, GA, from Fort Sill, OK. The first Infantry School was at Valley Forge where Major General von Steuben created the first model company and unified tactics for the Continental Army. Since 1918, Fort Benning has been the U.S. Army's premier training center, initially for Infantry Soldiers and then for Armor, Cavalry, Airborne and Air Mobility, Rangers and Officer Candidates.
Fort Benning, Georgia, will be renamed Fort Moore after Army Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and his wife, Julia Compton Moore. Moore commanded U.S. forces in the first large-scale battle of the Vietnam War. Dates pending for name change in 2023.
To learn more about the history of Fort Benning, please visit http://www.benning.army.mil/
Fort Benning population has the following: 12,900Military (Permanent Active Duty); 19,912 Military Trainees (weekly average); 26,900 Family Members; and 3,702 Civilian Workers. Fort Benning is the 6th largest installation and 3rd largest troop density.
Current area population is approximately MSA 316,554
Columbus, GA lies 100 miles southwest of Atlanta. Fort Benning is located in an area commonly known as the " Tri-Community", comprised of Columbus, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Phenix City, Alabama. Columbus, known as Georgia' s third-largest city, is a growing community of 260,000. Besides being the home of the Best Army Installation in the World, Fort Benning, Columbus is the corporate headquarters of many leading companies such as AFLAC Insurance, Carmike Cinemas, Realtree, Synovus, TSYS and the W.C. Bradley Company.
Average family income is $42,120. The stunning Florida gulf shores and picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains are only a few hours drive from Fort Benning. To learn more about the surrounding areas please visit Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce.
Fort Benning is located in South West Georgia, in what is fondly called the Tri-Community. This consists of Fort Benning; Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama. Alabama's capital, Montgomery, and Georgia's capital, Atlanta are both only an hour and a half away. Fort Benning is also only a few hours' drive from Florida's Gulf shores and the mountains of North Georgia.
From Hartsfield International Airport
From Savannah International Airport
From Montgomery Alabama Regional Airport
The Fort Benning Shuttle Bus operates Monday thru Saturday except on Federal Holidays. The Shuttle Bus stops at established Bus stops only. These stops are well marked and conveniently located throughout installation.
For more information on times and locations please call 706-544-4516 or visit Transportation Installation Motor Pool website.
Groome Transportation is installation Premier Atlanta Airport Shuttle Service. Offering the most frequent, economical, daily connections between Fort Benning, GA and Atlanta Hartsfield/Jackson International Airport. Departing Columbus approximately every 30 minutes.
Call or schedule a Pick-Up appointment at 706-324-3939 or 800-584-6732
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