Fort Benning was established in 1918 and is named for Major General Henry L. Benning. Known as the "Home of the Infantry," the installation spreads over 182,000 acres and is home to the U.S. Army Infantry Training Brigade, U.S. Infantry School, Ranger Training Brigade, and US Army Airborne School.
From 1918 until present the development of Fort Benning has been proportional to the schools progress. Through out the years, the mission of Benning and the Infantry School has remained fundamentally the same.
"To produce the world's finest combat Infantrymen"
Although Benning is a Training and Doctrine command installation, units of Forces Command make up 50 percent of permanent party personnel on post. They are the 3rd Brigade, 3d Infantry Division , and 3d Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and its Regimental Headquarters are also located at Benning. Fort Benning is south of Columbus, Georgia on U.S. highway 27.
It has an active duty population of 34,834 which includes reserve components. The Fort Benning military community can also be reached on Interstate 85 south, to Interstate 185 south, this route will lead you directly into the installation. You may then travel (right) on 1st Division Rd. to Dixie Rd.
The Welcome Center phone number is (706) 545-7510 or DSN 835-7510.
Fort Benning is fortunate in its relationship with what is fondly called the Tri-Community. This consists of Fort Benning; Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama. Columbus, Georgia is a growing, thriving community with more than 275,000 people in its metropolitan statistical area. Also, neighboring Fort Benning is Phenix City, Alabama. The city is located on the western banks of the Chattahoochee River and completes the Tri-Community.