MG Michael Ferriter, commander of Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, presented charters Aug. 25 to BG Bryan Owens, U.S. Army Infantry School commandant, and COL Ted Martin, U.S. Army Armor School commandant.
The ceremony, held in the Doughboy Room of Ridgway Hall, coincides with the assignment of Fort Benning’s first Armor School commandant and the decision to migrate the 192nd Infantry Brigade from the Infantry School to the Armor School, said COL Terry Sellers, chief of staff.
The charters, printed on parchment and signed by Ferriter, formally outline the duties, roles and responsibilities the commandants bear to their respective branches and the Maneuver Center.
Previously, the commander of the Training and Doctrine Command gave the school charters, but in recent years the practice had fallen by the wayside, Sellers said.
Ferriter is bringing the tradition back to the post, he said.
Wednesday’s ceremony was attended by brigade commanders and primary staff from across post as well as the commanders of Fort Knox’s 316th Cavalry Brigade and 194th Armor Brigade via video teleconference. The two brigades currently have advanced parties at Harmony Church preparing for their arrival in the coming months.
COL Michael Wadsworth, deputy commandant of the Armor School, said Armor School training at Fort Benning will begin in January with the Bradley Maintainer class, a 14-week advanced individual training course.
In September, five tank crews from Fort Knox will come down to validate the digital multi-purpose range complex for the Maneuver Center.
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