One of the Army's top generals based in Georgia is getting ready to retire. A retirement ceremony for Brig. Gen. Rodney J. Barham is scheduled for Saturday morning at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning.
There are still seven spots open on the U.S. Olympic shooting team, and trials at Fort Benning could determine who fills them. The shooting team trials are to begin Friday and run through June 12 at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.
Its soldiers fought in both world wars and in Vietnam, and now the Army's 47th Infantry Regiment is getting a stone monument placed outside the National Infantry Museum in west Georgia. A dedication ceremony was scheduled Thursday at the museum on Fort Benning. Veterans of the unit raised $22,000 to place the marker at the museum's outdoor Walk of Honor.
Fort Benning is scheduled to welcome a new commanding general in June. The Pentagon announced Wednesday it has named Brig. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to lead the Army post outside Columbus after he is promoted to major general.
Officials say construction to repair three military buildings damaged by a tornado should be completed by April 15, one year after the storm struck at Fort Benning. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that work crews are repairing Building 5124 and Building 2122, both barracks.
Fort Benning's expansion and a new marketing push have helped increase tourism in Columbus. A Columbus State University study showed the west Georgia city welcomed 1.4 million visitors in the fiscal year that ended last June.
Around Georgia’s nine military bases, companies that cater to the military are bracing for millions of dollars in Defense Department budget cuts. President Obama will release a budget next month that’s likely to include $500 million in cuts to the Defense Department.
A Fort Benning Army infantryman is suing an Atlanta-based title pawn lender for making loans he argued are illegal under the Military Lending Act. The Military Lending Act prohibits lenders from charging service members more than 36 percent interest or requiring a car title to secure a loan.