First M1A2 battle tanks arrive at Fort Benning from Fort Knox

The first M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks have arrived at Fort Benning from Fort Knox.

These five tanks will initially be used to validate the new digital tank ranges nearing completion on post and will subsequently be used to train initial entry armor lieutenants and privates.

This morning the tanks drove from the Ochille Rail Head at Harmony Church to the motor pool on Kelley Hill where they will be maintained.

"This is a historic moment," said Support Operations Director Joe Massouda who was in charge of getting the vehicles to Kelley Hill.

By next summer, 183 more of the tanks should be on post.