Fort Benning,Columbus to kick-off Centennial Celebration
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Oct. 6, 2017) – The City of Columbus, Georgia, in conjunction with Fort Benning are scheduled to hold a Centennial Kick-Off Ceremony at 1 p.m., Oct. 12 at the round-a-bout behind the City Service Center in Columbus.
The event begins a yearlong celebration commemorating the establishment of Camp Benning, which was eventually named Fort Benning.
Camp Benning was originally established on October 19, 1918. However, after it became clear that the Macon Road location was not large enough for the needs of the post, a new site was chosen to the south of the city where Fort Benning is currently located. Historically, Fort Benning has been the center for innovation in Infantry and Armor Maneuver along with the home of Airborne Training and the birth of Air Cavalry.
The ceremony will recognize the descendants of the personnel who lobbied Congress bring a military post to the city. A groundbreaking event will also take place during the ceremony to designate the future location of a monument honoring the original location of the camp.
Additionally, Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and the Maneuver Center of Excellence Commander Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley will offer remarks. Wesley will give the State of Fort Benning address at the Columbus Public Library at 3 p.m.
Wesley, who accepted a proclamation from the city during a ceremony at the Columbus City Council on Oct. 3 emphasized the importance of the relationship between the post and the city over the last 100 years.
“Most installations, Army posts around the nation, were originated because of some tactical requirement of a battle from a long time past,” said Wesley. “Fort Benning is different. It’s here because of the wisdom of the people of Columbus who realized the world was changing in 1917, and they wanted to be a part of it and lobbied Washington, and we’re here now because of you.”
Fort Benning will continue the celebration through October 2018 with special, themed weeks and special events.
For more information about the upcoming centennial events, visit: http://www.benning.army.mil/100/