Residents, Soldiers ‘help the Hooch’ during river cleanup

By Courtney Woody, Maneuver Center of Excellence / Fort Benning Public Affairs

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Oct. 16, 2017) – Fort Benning Soldiers and civilians set out to maintain the natural integrity of post waterways with this year’s “Help The Hooch” effort here Thursday.

Arranged through the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, this annual effort seeks to remove the bottles and trash left near the Chattahoochee River.

The event also gives residents the opportunity to celebrate the venues that make life “Better At Benning.”

“Giving back and pretty much just cleaning up our area, that just shows we care about where we stay, where we live,” said Spc. Jamaal Butler, who was at the event on behalf of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program. “It’s rewarding in itself. You know, it’s ‘selfless service’, which is one of the Army values.”

Events like the Army Ten-Miler Qualifier, hunting and fishing programs for Department of Defense civilians, and Fort Benning historical sites depend on support from Soldiers and their families’ conservation efforts. Conservation efforts also encourage area beautification.

The Chattahoochee River is the main waterway running between Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama.

To learn more about Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Fort Benning, visit

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