Monica Manganaro Fort Benning Director of Public Affairs /
Whether you referred to it as “The Bayonet,” or knew it by its newest name, “Bayonet and Saber,” the ending is the same. The paper we’ve come to identify as Fort Benning’s own published its last issue Oct. 26.
It’s truly the end of an era and a sad day for those who have been faithful readers, some perhaps as far back as Sept. 17, 1942, when The Bayonet was founded by Maynard Ashworth.
But take heart, while the newspaper will no longer exist from its roots as the Infantry School News in 1922, you’ll still get the same great coverage of life at Fort Benning you’ve come to expect. Instead of print, however, we’re going digital as www.benningnews.org.
It was just a matter of time, quite frankly, with the survival of newspapers in question. The truth is, most people get their news online now. So we decided to make the transition, which offers our readers opportunities we couldn’t provide with a newspaper. We now have a single location to showcase our stories and complement those with many more photos than the paper would ever allow. Plus, you’ll get to see supporting video of training and events that you might have missed before.
While the prospect of the new online version is exciting, the feelings are bittersweet. I grew up with newspapers, and am comfortable folding and flipping the pages to read front to back or just scan the headlines and pictures. But I’m also adaptable and I am embracing the lure of what online news sources offer.
So, you are more than likely reading this article right now on www.benningnews.org, let us know what you think, and if you’d like to contribute, click on the “About” tab and submit your story or story ideas. While this may be the end of an era, it’s the beginning of one too and we think you’re going to like it.