Fort Benning Army Base
198th Infantry Brigade, 199th Infantry Brigade, 194th Armored Brigade, 16th Cavalry Brigade, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, Henry Caro Non-commissioned Officer Academy, 14th Combat Support Hospital, 44th Medical Brigade, Task Force 1-28, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 75th Ranger Regiment, Army Marksmanship Unit, 283d MCOE Band, 17th Air Support Operations Squadron, USAF Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), United States Army Armor School, United States Army Infantry School, Martin Army Community Hospital
7117 Baltzell Avenue, building 7, Fort Benning, GA 31905
Fort Benning is a United States Army Base that spans 182,000 acres and is located near Columbus, Georgia. It is in the top five largest and busiest installations in the country as more than half of all people who decide to serve in the armed forces will receive training here.
It is home to the Maneuver Center of Excellence which provides classes and training programs including: Basic Combat Training, Infantry and Armor One Station Unit Training, U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Sniper School, Pathfinder, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Course School, Combatives School, and Officer Candidate School.
Most of the base is undeveloped and reserved for military training. There is an average of 20,000 troops training in the field on a daily basis.
Fort Benning has 107,627 active duty, support reserve, retirees, family members, civilian employees, DOD and contract employees.
New Soldiers/Service Members to Fort Benning, Georgia need to report to Ridgway Hall (Bldg 35) Room 239, Ridgway Loop, during duty hours (0600-1600 M-F, excluding weekends, holidays and training holidays) for accountability purposes and to start in-processing with their units. After duty hours, Soldiers/Service Members need to report to the post Staff Duty NCOIC or OIC at McGinnis-Wickam Hall, 1 Karker Street, Bldg. 4. From there the unit will be contacted and Standard Operating Procedures will follow.
Staff Duty NCO (During Duty Hours) for Bldg. 35 is 706-545-3608/4577.
In-Processing procedures overall takes on average of 5-10 days and during the first full day of in processing, all Soldiers attend a 4 hour session that involves briefings given by AG MPD, DENTAC, MEDRPROS, TRICARE, HOUSING, and FINANCE. Upon completion of these sessions, Soldiers proceed to complete other in processing requirements identified on their “tailored” checklist.
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located 106 miles north of Fort Benning.
Directions from Hartsfield International Airport:
Get on I-85 South toward Montgomery then merge onto I-85 South/Columbus/Montgomery.
Take exit 21 to merge onto I-85 South towards Columbus and continue to follow on I-85 South.
Fort Benning is directly at the end of I-185 South.
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 Fort Benning. For more information on times and locations please call 706-544-4516.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Georgia school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
On base schools for grades K-8:
Benning Community School District
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Promote, preserve and protect the health of all county residents through disease surveillance, health education, direct services, and health policy development.
Base Operator (706) 545-2011
Chaplain (706) 545-2289
Civilian Personnel Office (706) 545-3374
EFMP Family Support (706) 545-5521
Family Advocacy Program (706) 545-4013
Family Child Center (706) 545-7517
Hospital (706) 544-2273
Housing Services Office (706) 545-2990
ID/CAC Card Processing (706) 545-9085
Information and Referral (706) 545-4043
In-Processing (706) 545-3608
Temporary Lodging (706) 689-0067 ext. 2800
Welcome Center (706) 544-9129
On base housing at Fort Benning is available through The Villages of Benning. Call the housing office at (706) 545-3921 for more information.
15.7 miles from base
Midland Springs is a quiet, family friendly neighborhood in Columbus, GA. The neighborhood has many amenities and is close to shopping areas.
13.9 miles from base
Wrenwood is a small, family friendly neighborhood in Columbus, GA. It has newer homes and is close to shopping areas.
At Fort Benning, the summers are long, hot, and muggy and the winters are short, cold, and wet. It is partly cloudy year round and the temperature typically varies from 36°F to 92°F and is rarely below 23°F or above 98°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 21 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 92°F and low of 71°F. The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from November 30 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 65°F. The coldest day of the year is January 24, with an average low of 36°F and high of 59°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.1 months, from May 27 to August 31, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 48% on July 9. The drier season lasts 8.9 months, from August 31 to May 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on October 16.
The cost of living in Columbus, GA is equal to the average in Georgia and is 7% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Columbus, GA goods and services are 6% higher than the average in Georgia and are 1% higher than the nationwide average.
Fort Benning sits at the heart of the Tri-Community which includes Columbus, Georgia and Phenix city, Alabama. In addition, the major metropolitan areas of Montgomery, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia are both only an hour and a half’s drive away from base. Florida’s Gulf Coast and the mountains of northern Georgia are only a few hours drive away from Fort Benning. Columbus is a growing community with old charm but has the conveniences of a modern city. Phenix city, Alabama is located on the Chattahoochee River with many outdoor activities available. Columbus Historic District stretches 30 blocks and has many early homes from the 1800s. A wide range of cultural sites are available in the Tri-Community area including museums, the Columbus Symphony, and productions at the Springer Opera House.