Commander’s Message: A new Soldier’s first Thanksgiving …

Fort Benning officers and senior noncommissioned officers will work the serving lines in the time-honored tradition of serving Soldiers and family members for their annual pre-Thanksgiving meal scheduled for Nov. 23, 2016 at the NCOA Dining Facility on Fort Benning. (Photo by Chris Warner/MCoE PAO)

Fort Benning officers and senior non-commissioned officers will work the serving lines in the time-honored tradition of serving Soldiers and family members for their Thanksgiving meal on Fort Benning. (Photo by Chris Warner/MCoE PAO)

From Maj. Gen. Eric Wesley, Commanding General, Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence /


Something special occurs here at Fort Benning every Thanksgiving.

Soon to be Infantrymen, Tankers, and Scouts, share their first Thanksgiving meal away from home with their new family,Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence the Army family.  These future combined arms Soldiers were civilians just a few weeks ago, but over that brief time they have shared and endured the rigors of initial Army training as they transition into the Army.

This Thanksgiving meal with their new family will leave a lasting impression.  The camaraderie and the spread of food will be something to behold.

But most importantly, our newest Soldiers will witness their Drill Sergeants, commanders, and first sergeants serving them.  A powerful Army tradition that reinforces our Army Values; Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with these new Soldiers and the great non-commissioned officers, officers, and civilians that train and support the IET mission, which involves everyone here at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year.  We should all reflect on our blessings and remember those from our ranks who are deployed in harm’s way.

Thank you for your service and untiring devotion to our important mission.

One Force, One Fight!


  • It’s beautiful! I had no idea what would happen while my son was in boot camp for Thanksgiving. I am so glad I checked out the website and see the decorations and read about the soldier’s dinner. So glad he will get a taste of home while away!

  • Thank you for your perseverance in seeking to find creative ways to teach these newest soldiers what it really means to “serve”. Your efforts are very much appreciated. A BIG thank you for the generous bounty of food that is being provided and and God’s blessing for everyone who helped with the dinner preparation and the serving of it as well. I just want y’all to know one mom in Illinois really appreciates the efforts you have put into everything.

    My son, PVT Justin Denton, is in G-TRP/5-15 CAV roster 208. The thing that strikes me most of all about his letters is how upbeat he is and that he seems to be truly loving his experience there. The few pics I’ve seen of him show him to be smiling. I truly think he he is finally following the path God has called him to follow at this time. Thank you Fort Benning for providing this.

  • Thank you so much for this information, it’s a bit sad and scary when your child is away and you’re not sure what is going on. Thanks for the thanksgiving blessing 🦃🍁

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