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Last piece of armor delivered by rail to Fort Benning

When an M1A1 Abrams tanks was steered from a rail car about 9 a.m. Thursday, it was the last piece of armor delivered by rail from Fort Knox to Fort Benning.

The tank was part of the final shipment to Fort Benning as the U.S. Armor School completes the 500-mile move. Personnel from the Directorate of Training Sustainment and Ground Systems Material Management Directorate unloaded 17 rail cars with 39 pieces of equipment.

Cindy Andruss, a public affairs spokeswoman, said the shipment included 21 tanks, 11 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, four Strykers and three M88 recovery vehicles.

Combined with two earlier shipments, the post has received more than 169 pieces of armor from Fort Knox. The largest shipment was on June 21 with 70 pieces of equipment.

By the end of this month, 26 trucks will deliver the last 63 pieces of wheeled equipment from the post.

All equipment will be used by the 194th Armored Brigade and the 316th Cavalry Brigade, the main training units of the school headquartered at Harmony Church.