Fort Hood gunman trained at Fort Benning

benw@ledger-enquirer.comApril 8, 2014 

The soldier who killed three people and wounded 16 others at Fort Hood last week was briefly assigned to Fort Benning for infantry training, Pentagon records show.

Spc. Ivan Antonio Lopez, 34, completed the 11B one station unit training at the post on Jan. 16, 2004, a public affairs spokesman said.

On April 2, the Army truck driver from Puerto Rico gunned down three fellow soldiers before killing himself with a .45-caliber pistol in a parking lot at the Texas post. Authorities say their investigation has found Lopez had an altercation with soldiers in his unit that prompted the shooting.

As part of the one station unit training, Lopez completed his basic training at Fort Benning. Thousands of soldiers go through the post each year for initial training where they are transformed from a civilian to a soldier.

Fort Benning, the sixth largest post in the Army, is expected to train 70,857 soldiers this fiscal year.

After basic training, soldiers then move to Advanced Individual Training at different posts depending on their job specialty.

As a result of the Base Realignment and Closure, Fort Benning is the only location that receives and trains male-only personnel for both Basic Combat Training and Infantry/Armor One Station Unit Training.

The Armor School was relocated more than 500 miles from Fort Knox, Ky., to Fort Benning in October 2010, creating the Meneuver Center of Excellence.

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