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May 23, 2010

10 things you should know about Fort Benning

1. What’s cool about Fort Benning? Fort Benning is the home of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and the Army’s largest training installation, but so what? Well, with an average daily population of active-duty and reserve soldiers, families, retirees and civilian employees that exceeds 120,000 and a footprint that spreads across 182,000 acres, the place is like its own city. Fort Benning contributes more than $100 million to the local economy and estimates reveal that approximately 11,000 new jobs will be created through the combining of the Armor and Infantry schools on post. Camp Benning was established in 1918 after the Infantry School moved to Columbus from Fort Sill, Okla. It was named after Brigadier Gen. Henry Lewis Benning, a Confederate Army general and Columbus native. Anna Caroline Benning, the daughter of Henry Benning, raised the first American flag over the post. Ninety-two years later it is still a training facility primarily for infantry soldiers. Fort Benning is now also a power projection platform capable of deploying combat-ready forces anywhere in the world on short notice by air, rail and highway.

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