Family & MWR
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of Soldiers, their families, civilian employees, military retirees and other eligible participants. Aside from the many facilities and services listed on the following pages, we also host a number of very popular annual events, including the Independence Day Celebration (which includes the Chattahoochee Valley’s largest fireworks show), Oktoberfest, concerts on Wetherby Field, the Doughboy Football Bowl and holiday celebrations.
While you’re there, be sure to sign up for the weekly MWR email update, and we’ll keep you in the know about upcoming events, classes and discounts.
Child, Youth & School Services
Parent Central Services
At Parent Central Services, located in Building 104, Marchant Street, you can register your children for all Child, Youth & School Services programs and activities. The office is open for walk-in registration 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 5 p.m. by appointment. All fees are based on family income. Proof of income and immunization is required for registration. A health examination is required within 30 days of registration. For more information, call 706-545-2079.
Child Development Centers
There are five full-day care child development centers on Fort Benning: Main Post, Sante Fe, Indianhead, McGraw and 1st Division Child Development Center. Full-day care is designed for parents who need child care services for their children on a regular basis. Care can be provided no more than 13 hours per day. All centers offer breakfast, lunch and a snack. Infants receive formula and baby food. All centers and the School Age Center also provide hourly care on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 706-545-2079.
School Age Center
The School Age Center is located in Building 2653 on Ingersoll Avenue. The program provides before-school, after-school, full-day summer camp and hourly care programs for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. Breakfast is served and transportation is provided to Fort Benning schools. Children are picked up after school, given a snack and supervised during age-appropriate activities. For more information, call 706-545-3605.
For information on Fort Benning and local area schools, please see the Education portion of the Services section on Page 35.
Family Child Care Homes
MWR also offers a Family Child Care program for those who prefer child care in a home setting for children 4 weeks to 12 years old. Child, Youth & School Services maintains a list of certified home care providers located on and off post. All persons providing more than 10 hours of child care per week in their on-post home are required to be certified by CYSS. Certified homes are monitored for health, safety and quality of service. For more information, call 706-545-2079/4368.
Middle School & Teen Program
The Middle School and Teen Hangout is located in Building 2649 on Yeager Avenue. The program provides activities and classes for grades 6-12. For more information, call 706-545-3070.
Youth Sports and Fitness
The Youth Sports and Fitness program offers year-round team and individual sports for family members between 3 and 18 years old. Team sports are offered in soccer, T-ball, football, baseball, basketball and cheerleading. A variety of individual sports, clinics and camps are available throughout the year. For more information, call 706-545-3582.
SKIESUnlimited is located in Building 1056 on the Youth Services Campus on McIver Street. “SKIES” is an acronym for “School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills.” SKIESUnlimited provides classes for children 6 weeks to 18 years old. The program offers classes in culinary arts, dance, taekwondo, art, tumbling, drama, piano, swimming, tutoring and drivers education. For information, call 706-545-2079/0522.
School Liaison Office
The school liaison officer works with Child, Youth & School Services and the local school community to address educational issues involving military children. Through partnering with the local and military community, the liaison uses a variety of resources to provide assistance with issues concerning student transition. The liaison acts as a communication link between the installation and the surrounding school districts. For more information, call 706-545-3062.
For information on Fort Benning and local area schools, please see the Education portion of the Services section on Page 35.
The HIRED! program employs teens between the ages of 15 and 18 in MWR facilities to gain real-world work experience. Participants must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better, complete six classes and participate in the HIRED! interview process. If they are selected to work in an MWR facility, they must work 180 hours to qualify for a $500 cash award. Teens can participate in two terms per year for three consecutive years. The more they participate, the greater the cash award. For more information, call 706-545-3216.
Army Community Service
Army Community Service is a network of services, resources and programs designed to help Soldiers and their families adjust to, embrace and enjoy their time at Fort Benning. ACS services specifically address matters related to career and finance, home and family, moving and deployment, volunteering, professional development and much more. All offices are located in Building 7 unless otherwise noted.
Financial Readiness Program
The Financial Readiness Program provides classes and individual assistance in all aspects of financial management, including check writing, budgeting, insurance, investing, credit management, home buying or selling and financial planning for relocation, deployment and retirement. Individual assistance begins with intake held at 8:15 a.m. every Monday. The program is located in Building 7 on Baltzell Avenue. It is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
For more information, call 706-545-7517. For information on the Employment Readiness Program, please see the Employment portion of the Services section on Page 36.
Army Emergency Relief
AER provides emergency financial assistance and undergraduate scholarships for children of active-duty personnel, retired personnel and children of Soldiers who died on active duty. Scholarship applications are available November through March. Internet address: www.aerhq.org.
For more information, call 706-626-0189. After hours, call the American Red Cross for emergency leave, food, or imminent eviction or foreclosure at 877-272-7337.
Relocation Readiness Program
The Relocation Readiness Program offers comprehensive services to Soldiers and family members that are designed to assist with their move to Fort Benning and make the process as smooth as possible. The Lending Closet provides kitchen totes, irons, ironing boards, sleeping mats, infant items and other household items. These items are loaned to Soldiers and their families awaiting shipment of their household goods. The program is located at 7117 Baltzell Ave., Building 7. It is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Newcomers Orientation is held weekly as part of in-processing, and spouses are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 706-545-4485/0403.
Benning Bus Tour
New to Fort Benning? Register for our free bus tour, and we’ll include a complimentary lunch at the Benning Club and gifts valued at more than $350. Tours are scheduled 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. To register, call 706-545-4468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobilization/Deployment and Stability
and Support Operations Readiness Program
ACS provides deployment and mobilization assistance to active-duty Soldiers, Reservists, National Guardsmen, civilians and family members. The Mobilization/Deployment and Outreach coordinator is the point of contact for all pre-deployment briefings and mission readiness materials for family members. Family Readiness Group leaders may also schedule briefings. FRG and Rear Detachment Commander training sessions are conducted quarterly. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-545-4043/5485.
Army Volunteer Corps
INSTALLATION VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
The AVC manages the Fort Benning volunteer program, recruiting and placing volunteers in all installation agencies and programs, including ACS, American Red Cross, post chapels, Child, Youth & School Services, schools and more. The AVC is located in Building 2624. It is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-545-4043/2536.
ARMY FAMILY TEAM BUILDING
AFTB offers three levels of classes to help spouses and Soldiers become familiar with the Army. Level I includes Army basics, Level II includes time and stress management skills, and Level III helps build leadership skills. AFTB offers great networking, volunteer opportunities and free child care. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-545-5377/2794 or go to www.benningmwr.com.
Army Family Action Plan
AFAP provides a way for Soldiers, family members, retirees and civilians to let Army leadership know what works, what doesn’t and what they think will fix it. AFAP has worked 633 issues and resulted in 107 legislative changes, 154 policy changes, and 173 improved programs and services. Leaders trust and support AFAP, which provides real-time information that enables commanders to respond rapidly to resolve problems, implement good ideas and guide policy formation. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-545-5377/2794 or go to www.benningmwr.com.
Exceptional Family Member Program
EFMP is a Department of the Army program designed to help active-duty Soldiers with special needs family members. Soldiers may request consideration for entry into the EFMP if they have a family member with a physical, emotional or intellectual disorder that limits the person’s ability to take part in activities with peers and requires special treatment, therapy, education, training or counseling. The program allows the Military Personnel Center, Department of the Army, to consider the special needs of family members during the assignment selection process. EFMP offers resource directories and guides of military and civilian specialized educational, medical and professional services. The EFMP manager provides information, referral, crisis intervention, respite care and recreational information, reinforces the benefits of program enrollment, and acts as an advocate for the Soldiers and their families. The Fort Benning office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-545-5521/2679.
Family Advocacy Program
The Family Advocacy Program provides education and training classes about child and spouse abuse prevention, safety education for children, and pre-deployment briefings for Soldiers and their family members. Annual classes are mandatory for all military personnel on the dynamics of spouse and child abuse, the availability of treatment services and the Army’s policies regarding family violence. Units may schedule briefings by calling the FAP training specialist or manager. The FAP manager may provide crisis intervention to Soldiers and family members in emergency situations. Cases involving family violence intervention needing long-term treatment and follow-ups are referred to Social Work Services. The program is located in Building 241 and is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-545-0892.
Sexual Assault.................................................... 706-545-8740
Victim Advocacy............................................. 706-626-2614
New Parent Support Program....................... 706-626-2599
First Steps Program........................................... 706-544-2020
RESPITE CHILD CARE
Respite Care is temporary child care for the purpose of relieving parental stress and to provide a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment. Families may receive respite care when both Soldier and spouse attend parenting classes or counseling. Respite care will not be used in place of foster care or abandoned children.
The Victim Advocacy Program provides support and assistance to victims of domestic violence. The victim advocate coordinator provides direct services to individual victims of spousal abuse.
NEW PARENT SUPPORT/FIRST STEPS
The New Parent Support Plus/First Steps Program provides emotional support, parenting education, referrals to community resources and follow-up contact to parents of newborns, thereby helping develop healthy family relationships to reduce the risk of child abuse or neglect. First-time moms receive tote bags filled with educational materials. Volunteers are assigned to work with new parents for up to one year. New Parent Support provides home visitation to parents of newborns to 3 years of age and conducts play groups the first and third Thursday of the month in Bouton Heights, Building 9608. For more information, call 706-544-2020.
The Family Advocacy Program manager provides immediate intervention to family members for the resolution of an immediate child abuse or neglect or spouse abuse problem, protecting the victim and preventing further maltreatment through the use of community, medical and legal resources. For more information, call the 24-hour help line at 706-327-3999.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT/ASSAULT RESPONSE AND PREVENTION (SHARP)
The Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program provides crisis intervention and support services to victims of sexual assault, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained and professional advocates offer support, information and referrals for service on post and off. For more information, call 706-545-8740/7594 or 706-566-7393.
DOD Sexual Assault Hotline........................... 800-497-6261
Family Advocacy Program........................... 706-626-2614
.... Stateside......................................................... 800-342-9647
.... Overseas....................................................... 800-342-9647
.... Collect from overseas............................... 484-530-5908
National Domestic Violence Hotline.......... 800-799-SAFE
National Sexual Assault Hotline................... 800-656-HOPE
Sexual Assault Support Center...................... 706-571-6010
Soldier and Family Assistance Center
The SFAC provides essential services tailored to the needs of Warriors in Transition and their family members. The SFAC offers a holistic approach to aid in the healing process by promoting physical, emotional, marital, social, educational and vocational wellness. The services are designed to ease the transition back to active duty or to a productive civilian life. Soldiers must meet specific criteria and be assigned to or affiliated with a Warrior in Transition unit to be eligible for services. All services are also available to Survivor Outreach Services. The facility is located in Building 9257 on Marne Road, and it is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-544-5702/5703 or visit www.benningmwr.com/soldier-family-assistance-center.
Survivor Outreach Services
Survivor Outreach Services cares for families of fallen Soldiers by providing services at garrisons and in the communities closest to where the survivors live. Financial counseling and education, grief and bereavement counseling referrals, community agency referrals and support groups are just a few services we offer. Families may also receive expertise on local, state and federal benefits from a benefits coordinator at the Casualty Assistance Office. Survivors include spouses, children, parents and siblings of Soldiers who died while on active duty. For more information, call 706-545-7571 or go to www.benningmwr.com/survivor-outreach-services.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers
At Fort Benning, BOSS means Better Opportunities for all Soldiers! Fort Benning has an energetic, innovative and robust BOSS program. Though Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers was founded in 1989 for the benefit of the more than half of all U.S. Soldiers who are single, these days the program welcomes all Soldiers — all ranks and ages — as well as authorized MWR patrons, including civilians. BOSS members participate in a number of exciting activities, and they benefit from various discounts and free passes to shows and sporting events. Of course, they’re well-known in the community, on post and off, for the many hours they devote to volunteering.
The BOSS program is comprised of three components: Quality of Life/Well-Being, which addresses issues that influence the morale, living environment or growth and development of Soldiers; Community Service, which includes volunteer projects on post and off; and Recreation and Leisure, which includes trips and events planned and supported by BOSS Soldiers.
For more information, call the BOSS president at 706-604-7675 or the MWR BOSS adviser at 706-527-1597.
The Fort Benning Family and MWR events planner is here to make all of your special events memorable and affordable. Whether you’re planning a birthday party for 10 children or a wedding reception for 1,000 guests, our planner has just what you’re looking for on Fort Benning. The event planner will help you find a suitable location, formal or informal, indoors or out, and arrange for entertainment, food and lodging should your guests be traveling from out of town. For more information, call 706-687-1861 or 706-325-9490.
Whether you’re joining our Fort Benning community or simply passing through, you will be treated like family at MWR Lodging. Please let us know how we can make your visit comfortable and pleasant. We offer Internet access, cable, continental breakfast, laundry facilities, kitchenettes and more.
Room rates range from $36 to $75 per night for single and double guest rooms. A fee of $5 is assessed for each additional guest. Check-in is between 2 and 6 p.m. unless your reservation is guaranteed with a credit card for late arrival. After 6 p.m., vacant rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Checkout time is 11 a.m.
We have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms. Contact us for current vacancy information. As an alternative, Uchee Creek Army Campground and Marina has a number of pet-friendly accommodations and is conveniently located a few miles from Main Post. More information on Uchee Creek Army Campground and Marina, see Page 53 in the MWR Travel and Leisure section.
Soldiers traveling on official orders (PCS/TDY) have priority and may make reservations in advance. Travelers who are not on official orders may make reservations 30 days in advance on a space-available basis. Requests for reservations and further assistance can be made by telephone at 706-689-0067, ext. 2800 or 2538 or by visiting Olson Hall, Building 399 on Gillespie Street. Website reservations are accepted 24 hours a day at www.benningmwr.com.
Dining & Clubs
The Lexington Room at the Benning Club
The Benning Club is open to the entire military community. A buffet lunch is served 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays in the Lexington Room. The club also offers catering options for groups of four to 400. We have rooms for meeting space and parties. For more information, see Event Planning on Page 48. For more information, call 706-682-0640.
Benning Brew Pub
Benning’s own microbrewery and your Ultimate Fighting Championship spot! BBP offers DJs, live bands, big-screen TVs and the perfect place for your social parties inside or on the deck. For more information, call 706-687-1233.
El Zapata Mexican Restaurant and Bar
El Zapata is the place for authentic Mexican cuisine. With a banquet room that can accommodate up to 150 guests, El Zapata is a great choice for your next meeting, party or class. For more information, call 706-689-9009.
Now in three locations across post, Java Cafe is more than just a coffee shop! Here you will find Starbucks coffees and teas, breakfast and lunch options, pastries, pizza, sandwiches, soups and fresh salads. You’ll find Java Cafe on Gaudette on Main Post, in the WHINSEC headquarters on Baltzell, and on Jamestown Road in Harmony Church. For more information on these facilities, call 706-682-0232, 706-544-7290 or 706-626-2971 respectively.
Huddle House Fort Benning features a look that’s bright, colorful and reminiscent of America’s classic neighborhood diners. The menu has grown to include a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees that take their place beside the “House” classic favorites. It is located on Ingersoll Street. For more information and hours of operation, call 706-683-0066.
Recreation & Entertainment
Family and MWR operates five pools on Fort Benning: one year-round, three seasonal and one reserved for training. We offer a number of classes and programs throughout the year. Course times, dates and locations vary. Courses include swim lessons, lifeguarding certification, WSI certification, senior swim, water aerobics, physical therapy and military training. For more information, go to www.benningmwr.com.
Smith Fitness Center Pool
This facility features a three-lane, 100,000-gallon pool that is 25 meters long and reserved mostly for lap swimming. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, aqua aerobics classes are conducted here. The Smith pool complex also has a 40,000-gallon recreational pool with mushroom and bubblers for recreational use, except during scheduled senior swim and swim lessons. A 2,000-gallon hot tub is available during all hours. You will find a pool schedule and information on classes at www.benningmwr.com.
This newly renovated outdoor pool offers a baby pool, splash area, volleyball and more. There are great concession areas, complete with a shaded seating area and TVs to catch up on the game. The pool is ideal for families, parties and unit functions.
Briant Wells Indoor Pool
This 25-meter lap lane pool is open for lap swimming all year. It is open 5:30 to 7 a.m. and 11a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays for lap swimming only. For more information, call 706-604-0981.
Kelley Hill Outdoor Pool
The Kelley Hill pool is a 600,000-gallon, Olympic-size pool. Half the pool is roped off for 3-by-50-meter laps lanes for lap swimming; the other half is used for recreation swim at all times. The pool has a 6-by-12-foot rock climbing wall and a 1-meter diving board. Look for summer hours at www.benningmwr.com.
Carey Outdoor Pool
Look for the helicopter! This 600,000-gallon, Olympic-size pool and zero-depth entry, 5,000-gallon baby pool opens Memorial Day weekend each year. The pool also has a slide, rock climbing wall, diving boards and a splash pad. Look for summer hours at www.benningmwr.com.
Fort Benning Golf Course
The Fort Benning Golf Course has three distinct nine-hole courses: The Bradley, The Marshall and The Patton. Each offers you a chance to use every club in your bag. Our large TifEagle greens, the tightly mowed 419 Bermuda fairways, strategically placed bunkers and four sets of tees make these courses challenging. You will especially enjoy our signature hole, a par 3 with a 7,700-square-foot green surrounded by water. If you’re game, play this par 3 from the championship tees at 230 yards.
The Fort Benning Golf Course is located on Main Post about 1 mile from Interstate 185. Nestled among Georgia pines, the course is green year-round and particularly pretty in the spring when the dogwoods bloom. We offer a pro shop stocked with the latest equipment, in-house special ordering, handicap services from the Georgia State Golf Association, lessons from a Class A PGA Professional, tournament packages and golf outings.
Purchase an annual pass if you play regularly, a green fee card if it suits your schedule, or a daily fee plan with a popular twilight reduced-fee plan. The Fort Benning Golf Course is a full-service facility open to the public. Ask about our corporate membership and guest specials. Tee times are recommended, especially on weekends. Call the pro shop to make your reservations.
For more information, call 706-687-1940.
The Benning Club is a great place to dine, host a function or contract catering services for your next big event. Our facility has everything you need for your holiday party, office party, unit function or social. Our menu offers everything from hors d’oeuvres to five-course seating, with the most experienced catering staff and competitive prices. We have a full-service bar and a number of meeting rooms for groups of five to 425. Decorate with your favorite theme or let us do the work. We want to be your first choice for catering services. The club is located in Building 128. For more information, call 706-682-0640.
Uchee Creek Archery Club is located at Uchee Creek Army Campground and Marina on the Alabama side of Fort Benning. The range is comprised of a state-of-the-art zero range, a 10-target, 3-D practice range, a broad head practice range, a picnic area and four 3-D competition ranges. The range is provided for Soldiers and families, but is also open to the public. The archery club is a membership club with annual membership dues. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Members’ children 12 and younger may participate at no charge. For more information, call 706-685-3060, ext. 204.
Test your luck with an inexpensive game of bingo, open to all military personnel, retirees, family members, sponsored guests and DOD civilians. You must be at least 13 years old to play bingo. The sponsor must purchase bingo cards and claim prizes.
Regular bingo packets are $9 each and $24 for three packets. Super Bingo packets are $18 each. Look for Super Bingo on the MWR calendar at www.benningmwr.com and win up to $10,000! First-time players receive one free add-on bingo packet when they purchase one or more packets.
You will also find video bingo machines at the Family Entertainment Center and Mall Bowling Center, located in Building 9236 on Marne Road. For more information, call 706-544-1964.
Family Entertainment and Bowling Centers
Our facilities offer a variety of entertainment options for all ages, including Wi-Fi, snack bars, league bowling, a digital jukebox with more than 1,500 songs to choose from, and Cosmic Bowling with black lights and glow-in-the-dark pins and balls. Schedule your next unit function, birthday party or team party today.
Family Entertainment Center
The FEC has 12 bowling lanes, an indoor playground featuring a pirate ship and rock climbing wall, an interactive game floor, a toddler area, exclusive party rooms and party packages, high-definition televisions and much more! The indoor playground is reserved for ages 2 to 12. Two hours of play costs $4 per child, $3 per child in groups of 30 or more. We have seasonal, annual and family passes and punch cards — the more they play, the less you pay! The Family Entertainment Center is located in Building 2785. For more information, call 706-544-2233.
Mall Bowling Center
Bowling is fun and exciting for all ages. The Fort Benning Bowling Center offers a first-class bowling experience, video games, a snack bar, a lounge and automatic bumpers for children. Choose from a variety of leagues and take advantage of special discount pricing as low as $1.50 per game (inquire for more information).
We have a full house with league bowling 5 p.m. to closing Tuesday. During these times, we encourage you to visit our newest bowling facility, the Family Entertainment Center. The Mall Bowling Center is located in Building 9232. For more information, call 706-682-7781.
The Community Recreation Division operates three activity centers for the military community. We provide a friendly, safe and attractive facility for relaxation, recreation, unit functions, meetings, parties and workshops.
Sand Hill Recreation Center
The Sand Hill Recreation Center has a large ballroom with a seating capacity of over 500 along with a stage and A/V equipment. The center is equipped with an Internet cafe of 18 computers with printing capability and free Wi-Fi and 13 pay phones to email and chat with family members. The center also features Xbox gaming stations and three movie rooms where you can check out the latest games and movies. We also have eight billiard tables, two foosball tables, two pingpong tables, two air hockey tables, arcade games and a digital jukebox. If you want to explore your musical talents, you can do that too in one of our eight soundproof music booths with several musical instruments available to check out. If you are looking for a bite to eat, Subway is located inside of the Sand Hill Recreation Center. Soldier Photo is also on-site for your one-stop shop for pictures and keepsakes.
Contact the manager for a schedule of programming or to reserve the ballroom for parties, unit functions and more. Sand Hill Recreation Center is located in Building 3308. For more information, call 706-544-9161.
Kelley Hill Recreation Center
The Kelley Hill Recreation Center has a large ballroom with a seating capacity of over 380 along with a stage and A/V equipment. The center is equipped with an Internet cafe of 22 computers with printing capabilities and free Wi-Fi. The center also has several gaming stations featuring the latest gaming systems and games for checkout. Don’t forget to check out the movie room featuring a 10-foot projection screen and plush recliners. The center also features two pingpong tables, two foosball tables, six billiard tables and two air hockey tables. If you want to explore your musical talents, you can do so in our professionally sound-proofed music room featuring the latest in musical instruments and self-guided DVDs. Hungry? The center operates two snack bars featuring Hunt Brothers Pizza and Subway. Kelley Hill Recreation Center is also home to the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program.
Contact the manager for a schedule of programming or to reserve the ballroom for parties, unit functions and more. Kelley Hill Recreation Center is located in Building 9079. For more information, call 706-544-3079.
Harmony Church Recreation Center
MWR’s newest recreation center has a movie room, TV viewing areas and gaming stations where you can watch the newest released movies or play the latest games. The center also features two pool tables and an Internet cafe of 20 computers with printing capability and free Wi-Fi. If you are hungry, we operate a small snack bar featuring several sandwiches to choose from.
Contact the manager for a schedule of programming or to reserve the movie room for a unit function. Harmony Church Recreation Center is located in Building 4203 on Old Cusseta Road. For more information, call 706-626-1265.
Game Link is an Xbox 360-based gaming lounge designed to satisfy the most demanding gamer and promote communal play by providing 36 stations of gaming interactivity. Our community is wireless and Xbox Live enabled. Each station consists of high-end, comfortable leather seating, 47-inch LCD HDTVs and advanced surround-sound audio dome technology. The audio quality is amazing. We also carry boatloads of GRUB and tons of drinks. You’ve got to see this place! Game Link is located in Building 2505 in the Community Activity Center on Main Post.
In a partnership between Fort Benning Family and MWR and AAFES, Fort Benning is the proud home of the Carmike Wynnsong Theater 10, at 7290 Ingersoll St., which includes auditorium seating and THX surround sound. Ticket prices are: adults $7, children $5.50 and seniors (65 and older) $4.75. Show times are at 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11:30 a.m. weekends and holidays. For more information, call 706-685-8266. For movie listings and times, call 706-571-3456.
Travel & Leisure
Tickets & Travel, Leisure Travel Services
Visit your MWR Tickets & Travel office, located at 9230 Marne Road, in the commissary mall. A travel agent will help you design a travel or vacation package that’s just right for you and your budget. Tickets & Travel also offers discounted local, regional and national attraction tickets at savings as great as 50 percent off regular priced tickets. Tickets & Travel is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-626-7644.
Uchee Creek Campground and Marina
Nestled along the banks of the Chattahoochee River is Fort Benning’s Uchee Creek Campground and Marina. The 385-acre park has 85 RV sites, 40 cabins, 15 chalets, tent sites, numerous recreation areas, rental facilities and a wealth of outdoor activities. Come relax with us and experience nature’s charm, just 7 miles from Main Post — but worlds away!
This 415-acre recreation area offers fishing boats with motors, canoes, johnboats, bass boats, pontoon boats, barbecue smokers and cookers, portable range and swimming pool.
Visitors may also choose to rent one of the many log cabins available, including classic cabins and executive chalets. All recreational vehicle sites have full hookups, comfort stations with shower and toilet, and laundry facilities. Uchee Creek also has 18- and 29-foot campers available to rent for use on-site or on the road. The Uchee Creek Country Store offers snacks, drinks, live bait, fishing supplies, ice, and state hunting and fishing permits.
Staying at Uchee Creek? Ask about our guest discount rates at the Fort Benning Golf Course.
Uchee Creek is located at 7 Uchee Creek Road, Fort Mitchell, AL 36856. For more information or to make reservations, call 706-545-4053/7238.
Destin Army Recreation Area
Welcome to Fort Benning’s premier vacation destination, a gated resort in the heart of Old Destin, Florida, near the Harbor Walk Village. Just 220 miles south of Fort Benning, between Pensacola and Panama City, the resort is sprawled across 15 acres along the Choctawhatchee Bay, minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.
Destin is known as “the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” with pristine beaches and emerald green waters. It was voted No. 1 best beach in 2009 by Southern Living magazine. Destin also received awards for best family destination, best city and best weekend getaway and was featured as one of the hottest kayaking spots in Florida.
Recently renovated villas, newly constructed studios, beautiful landscaping on the pristine waters of the bay and a new swimming pool and splash park, playgrounds and picnic areas will make your stay memorable and enjoyable. The full-service marina located on the property operates two charter fishing boats and rents pontoons, WaveRunners, kayaks and bikes. We even sell zero ethanol fuel. Reservations can be made by calling 850-837-6423 or via email at email@example.com or check us out at www.benningmwr.com/destin-resort.
Guests of the Destin Army Recreation Area have access to a private beach, reserved for use by military personnel and located less than 3 miles from the resort. We have two- and three-bedroom villas, one-bedroom suites, hotels and studios, an RV site and a full-service marina, where you can charter a fishing or sightseeing tour.
View our lodging prices on the Fort Benning Family and MWR website at www.benningmwr.com/destin-resort.
All our accommodations are nonsmoking and many are pet-friendly and handicapped-accessible.
The Destin Army Recreation Area is open year-round to active-duty and retired military personnel, their families and DOD civilians. For more information, call 850-837-6423 or email Reservations@DestinRecreation.com
Audie Murphy Athletic Performance Center
The 36,344-square-foot Audie Murphy Athletic Performance Center is equipped for athletes and Soldiers focused on improving their performance on the field or in the field. We’ve stocked the newly renovated center with equipment geared toward functional training, including kettle bells, medicine balls, sleds, power racks, dumbbells, TRX, rowers, ladders, Versa Climbers, stability balls, battling ropes, slide boards and more.
Between 5:30 and 11 a.m., Soldiers in PT gear are our primary clients and our first priority. Please schedule your visit accordingly and always yield equipment, classroom or floor space to these Soldiers. Aside from peak PT hours, you will find Audie Murphy to be a quiet, uncongested facility, perfect for those serious about their workout.
The Audie Murphy Athletic Performance Center is located in Building 2818 on 6561 Way Ave. For more information, call 706-545-1940.
Smith Fitness Center
Smith Fitness Center is a 100,000-square-foot, two-story facility with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. The aquatics area includes an indoor warm water pool, a whirlpool spa and a four-lane lap pool. The gymnasium can be configured into three practice basketball courts or two volleyball courts. The center has 12,500 square feet of cardiovascular and weight training space; 7,500 square feet of exercise and training rooms; a rock climbing wall and tower; and two racquetball courts. At Smith Fitness Center, we offer personal training, massage therapy and fitness classes. After your workout, stop by the Smoothie King conveniently located inside of the fitness center.
Need help developing an effective workout routine or professional advice to help you achieve desired results? At Smith Fitness Center, we have personal trainers who will help you accomplish your fitness goals. We offer consultations and individual or group sessions. Our prices are competitive, and we’re confident you will be satisfied with the quality of our trainers. For more information, call 706-527-2393.
Kefurt Fitness Center
Kefurt opened in 1961. The 20,322-square-foot facility has plate-loaded, free and selectorized weight equipment; cardio equipment; basketball and racquetball courts; rooms for mixed martial arts and boxing; locker rooms; and a coed sauna. The Fitness Center is located in Building 9001, Kelley Hill. For more information, call 706-544-4449.
Outpost Harry Fitness Center
The Outpost Harry Fitness Center is popular among the Soldiers of the 3rd ID’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. Though smaller than the other centers on Fort Benning, it has a wide assortment of plate and free weights, selectorized and cardio equipment, and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. Outpost Harry Fitness Center is located in Building 9079. For more information, call 706-544-2149.
Harmony Church Fitness Facility
MWR’s newest fitness center offers a variety of Nautilus Nitro Plus selectorized equipment, treadmills, summit trainers, bikes, elliptical cross-trainers, steppers and stair-climbers, and free weights. Harmony Church Fitness Center is located in Building 5303, 10375 Eight Division Road. For more information, call 706-604-9342.
Santiago Fitness Center on Sand Hill
The 23,728-square-foot facility was renovated in 2008 and has since become a favorite among the Sand Hill cadre and military retirees, who find the center more quiet and convenient than the facilities on Main Post. Santiago Fitness Center has basketball and racquetball courts; plate-loaded, free and selectorized weight equipment; cardio equipment; locker rooms; and a coed sauna.
Santiago Fitness Center is located in Building 3350, 23rd Infantry Regiment Road. For more information, call 706-544-9486.
The Sports Branch is responsible for organizing and conducting Department of the Army sports programs hosted by Fort Benning, post-level sports programs, the Commander’s Cup unit-level intramural sports program, and various other sports and fitness programs. Commanders Cup intramural sports are reserved for active-duty Soldiers. Sports include basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, softball and volleyball.
Active-duty Soldiers interested in participating in All Army Sports must submit applications to the sports coordinator. Visit www.benningmwr.com for a sports calendar, entry deadlines and application information.
We also offer sports, races and outdoor events for all military, family members, DOD civilians and local residents.
For more information, call 706-984-1994 or 706-527-2275. Information on youth sports and fitness programs is available in the Child, Youth & School Services section.
Fort Benning Outdoor Recreation programs provide Soldiers and their families opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors through an array of activities, including paintball, camping, backpacking, fishing, hunting and more. Our goal is to help Soldiers and family members acquire skills and develop interests that will last a lifetime. Events are posted at www.benningmwr.com, where you will find locations, times and contact details.
Outdoor Recreation is located in Building 1707 on Gillespie Street. It is open Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 706-545-7978.
Parks and Ponds
There are a number of recreational areas on Fort Benning that offer a variety of amenities, including picnic areas, gazebos, primitive camping and fishing. To reserve a pavilion or gazebo, call 706-545-7978. Apply for a fishing permit and rent camping, boating and outdoor recreation equipment of all kinds at Outdoor Recreation, Building 1707 on Gillespie Street.
Kings Pond Recreation Area is a 74-acre recreation area located in Harmony Church. Canoes, kayaks and small boats powered by trolling motors may be used on the pond. Fishing is allowed with a Fort Benning permit and a Georgia state-issued license.
Russ Park is located on Main Post on Clark Road and has a picnic pavilion with playground equipment. Fishing at Russ Pond is open to children under the age of 16 only.
With a 40-by-80-foot open-air pavilion, picnic tables and grills, Twilight Pond is the perfect place to schedule your next unit activity or party. Though swimming is not permitted, an abundance of bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie makes Twilight ideal for fishing. Directions are available at www.benningmwr.com.
Weems Pond is great for bass, brim, catfish, crappie fishing and more. To get to Weems Pond, take 8th Division to Jamestown Road, turn right and follow it for approximately 4.5 miles. The pond is on the left.
Victory Pond is frequently used for training Soldiers, so please be mindful and avoid this area when it is being used. Victory Pond is located near Harmony Church. Take Eighth Division Road past the Armor School area. The pond will be on the right.
For information on any of these parks or ponds, go to www.benningmwr.com.
Follow Me Fitness Trail
This rugged trail is a 2-mile loop with a 1-mile shortcut that weaves through a large wooded area on Main Post. The entrance is located on 1st Division Road near the Dixie Road intersection. The trail is equipped with eight fitness stations and 15 exercise challenges, great for running and walking. Please plan carefully to avoid being on the trail after dark.
Hunting and Fishing
Fort Benning is a sportsman’s paradise. To rent a boat at Outdoor Recreation’s Equipment Resource Center, you must have a current Boater Safety Card. A link to the online course is available at www.benningmwr.com. You must bring your printed certificate at the time of rental.
Who is authorized to hunt or fish on post?
Active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel.
Veterans with a service-connected disability of
30 percent or greater.
Medal of Honor recipients.
Current or retired full-time DOD civilian employees.
Federal civilian employees working full-time or equivalent status on Fort Benning and retired federal civilian employees who were employed at Fort Benning immediately prior to retirement.
National Guardsmen and Reservists on active status.
Surviving spouses of military personnel who possess a valid dependent ID.
Foreign military personnel assigned to Fort Benning.
Primary dependents of sponsors.
Guests, provided they obtain a Fort Benning guest permit.
Anyone who is 18 years or older may sponsor up to three guests per day to hunt or fish on Fort Benning. There is no limit to the number of guests an individual may sponsor in a year but no more than three at one time.
Permits and Vehicle Passes
Personnel authorized to hunt and fish on Fort Benning and who possess a valid state license may purchase annual hunting and fishing permits from the date of issuance. Fort Benning permits are available at the MWR Equipment Resource Center, Building 1707, the Country Store at Uchee Creek Army Campground and Marina, or at the Recreational Shooting Complex.
While hunting or fishing, the Hunting and Fishing Access Pass must be displayed in the front windshield. For more information, call 706-545-7978.
Equipment Resource Center
The Outdoor Recreation Equipment Resource Center rents boats, campers, motor homes, inflatable bounce houses, party equipment, box trailers, utility trailers, car haulers, tillers, mowers, super cookers, generators and much more. The facility has storage units, ranging from 5 by 10 feet to 10 by 20 feet, and storage for cars, boats and RVs. Hunting and fishing permits are available at the center as well.
The center, located in Building 1707 on Gillespie Street, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-545-7978 or visit www.benningmwr.com/outdoor-recreation-equipment-rental.
Used Vehicle Lot
The Equipment Resource Center manages a POV resale lot on Gaudette Street, behind the Auto Skills Center. To register your vehicle at Building 1707, bring registration, insurance and ID card. The vehicle must be registered to the ID cardholder. The cost is $11 for 30 days. Information on purchasing the vehicles is posted on the windshield. Remember, the Auto Skills Center offers a free prepurchase inspection.
Sayers Memorial Library
Aside from our extensive collection of books and periodicals, Sayers Memorial Library offers a large variety of materials, equipment and services, including free wireless Internet access, more than 40 computers, thousands of DVDs and CDs, palm-size digital audio books with earbuds, book clubs and children’s programs. All located in Building 93, our research and reference resources are second to none, and our librarians are always happy to help. If you don’t find what you’re looking for at Sayers, perhaps we can borrow it from another library.
For more information, call 706-626-2550. Information on the MCoE Research Library and the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Research Library can be found in the Schools section of this guide.
Programs & Resources
Summer Reading Program — Stay tuned to www.benningmwr.com for information about the annual summer reading program.
Preschool Story Time — Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Come join us for fun stories and activities with your youngster!
American Girls Book Club — The first Wednesday of each month. Learn and read about a different American Girl every month. Great for girls 7 to 12. We supply the books and refreshments. To register, call 706-626-2550.
Free downloadable electronic books — You must have an AKO account. More information and a link are available on the Family and MWR website, www.benningmwr.com.
Free fax services — Send or receive fax messages at no charge.
Check out the Family and MWR events calendar online at www.benningmwr.com for the dates, times and other pertinent information regarding activities and events at the library.
Automotive Skills Center
Whether you want to work on your car or prefer to have a mechanic do it, the Fort Benning Automotive Skills Center has what you’re looking for. The facility features 42 bays for auto repair and do-it-yourself servicing, with a large variety of state-of-the-art equipment available to you. Trained staff members will answer questions on technical issues and guide you through your self-service project.
Services include tuneups, brake inspections and repairs, tire services, air conditioning checks and charges, and more to keep your vehicle running efficiently and safely. A wide variety of supplies and parts are sold at the service center. Long-term vehicle storage is available for lengthy auto repairs or refurbishments.
The Automotive Skills Center is open to all active-duty military personnel, retirees, National Guardsmen and Reservists, DOD civilians and family members. Prices are very affordable, typically tens to hundreds of dollars less than most civilian car care agencies. Visa, MasterCard, cash and checks are accepted.
Located in Building 111, Marchant Street, the Automotive Skills Center services include: towing, rebuilds, tuneups, tire rotation and balancing, checking and filling fluids, general repairs and free prepurchase vehicle inspections. Drop off vehicles for repair 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The do-it-yourself shop is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call 706-545-2337.
Car Wash Facilities
MWR has three car washes: one located on Main Post, Building 105, Marchant Street; one next to the commissary in Building 9231 on Marne Road; and the third on Jamestown Road in Harmony Church. All locations have automatic and self-serve options. Locations are open 24 hours daily.
The Fort Benning Veterinary Treatment Facility provides wellness care, routine outpatient services, vaccinations, minor medical care, dermatology consultations, surgeries, spaying and neutering, heartworm prevention, flea control products, health certificates for travel and prescription foods to privately owned animals of military ID card holders of all branches. The VTF also monitors animal public health issues for the Fort Benning community. All animals residing on post or using the post dog parks must be registered at the VTF within 14 days of arrival. Pit bulls and Staffordshire terriers are banned on post. The friendly staff is ready to help you with any questions you have about your pets’ health.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 706-545-4444/1127.
We do not provide pet adoption services. Tri-County Animal Rescue picks up stray animals on post and can be reached at 478-862-2226.
The Veterinary Treatment Facility is located in Building 265, 10th Mountain Division Road.
A fit dog is a happy, well-behaved dog. Fort Benning has two dog parks: one on the corner of Edwards and Carpenter streets on Main Post and another at the youth sports complex (Blue and French fields) on 1st Division Road. These parks, managed by Outdoor Recreation, include agility playground equipment. Pet owners must clean up after their dogs immediately and monitor their behavior. All dogs must:
Be registered at Fort Benning Vet Services and have shot records on file there. Call 706-545-4444.
Wear a collar with current rabies tag.
Be off-leash only in the park and leashed upon exiting.
Be under voice control of owner at all times.
Be accompanied by an adult, 18 or older.
Attached to the Main Post car wash, our do-it-yourself, climate-controlled dog wash is the first of its kind on a U.S. military installation. The coin-operated booth offers washing, drying, and flea and tick bathing options. The booth is automatically sterilized after each use.
Dog wash is located in Building 105, Marchant Street. For more information, call 706-545-7298.
You can clean just about anything, including your TA-50 or king-size linens, at the Main Post Laundromat, Building 1683 on Gaudette Avenue. The facility has 69 washing machines, six heavy-duty, triple-washing machines, 12 single-loader machines and 44 commercial dryers. You won’t need a pocketful of quarters with our CCI card system. Simply put wash credits on your card and insert it into the machines. The more you use the post laundromat, the more free credit you earn on your card! While waiting for your wash, play pool or arcade games or have a snack from our vending machines. Unit laundry parties can be arranged by appointment between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. The laundromat is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; last wash is at 9 p.m. For more information, call 706-545-3398.