Family housing on Fort Benning was privatized on Jan. 1, 2006, under the Residential Communities Initiative. Through privatization, property management responsibilities were transferred from the government to a company called Inter-state Realty Management. IRM is proud to be a part of the Fort Benning team. Their goal is to provide a high standard of living for military families at Fort Benning. One of the many benefits of the RCI Program will be revitalized with the re-placement or renovation of nearly all family housing at Fort Benning. Numerous amenities such as parks, playgrounds, tot lots, community centers and swimming pools will be added to the housing areas as well. Additionally, only residents of on-post family housing are eligible to enroll their children in on-post schools.
Families choosing to live in RCI housing receive a basic allowance for housing and their monthly rent is equal to their BAH. Payment for the monthly rent is set-up as an allotment and is automatically taken out of the Soldier’s pay. This eliminates the need to write a monthly check. Other than rental payments, there are no additional move-in expens-es. Eligibility for neighborhoods is determined by grade and the eligibility for home size is determined by family size.
For more information, visit The Villages of Benning Welcome Center located at 601 Lumpkin Road or call 706-685-3939, extension 600 or 213. You may also visit the website www.villagesofbenning.com. Some ranks may have a small waiting list. Please call and talk to a leasing agent today.
The Villages of Benning — Family Housing
Fort Benning Family Communities is proud to be part of a new era in military family housing at Fort Benning. The Villages of Benning is comprised of pre-existing, new and renovated housing and offers a large variety of floor plans for service members and their families stationed at Fort Benning.
Residents are offered an extensive array of events and activities to participate in free of charge. Each village has its own professional, on-site management and maintenance team.
Homes include no credit check, no application fee, no security deposit and no pet deposit. Renter’s insurance is also included in the monthly rental payment.
For more information, please contact the Villages of Benning at 706-685-3939 or drop by the Welcome Center lo-cated at 601 Lumpkin Road (directly across from Soldier’s Plaza). You may also visit our website online at www.villagesofbenning.com.
Bouton Village is located on the east side of Main Post. Bouton offers three and four bedroom units ranging between 1,057 and 1,436 square-feet. Of the 325 units, each one comes equipped with an optional fenced-in backyard.
Custer VillageCuster Village is located on the north side of post. This village contains 600 newly renovated or completely brand new homes. All homes consist of three bedrooms or more with at least two bathrooms. Some of these new units feature laminate hardwood flooring, fenced-in backyards, lami- nate countertops, custom designed kitchens and attached garages.
Porter is located in Dahlonega, Ga. and open to all ranks. These 77 homes range in size from 995 to 1,987 square-feet and come equipped with laminate hardwood flooring, one and two car garages decks, backyards, a swimming pool and two tot parks.
Davis Village is located on the east side of post and is available for enlisted soldiers and their families. Built in 1975, these two, three, four, five and six bedrooms villas offer ample square footage. Out of the 368 available units, fenced-in backyards are a wonderful amenity for your children and pets! Davis Village is conveniently lo-cated close to Martin Army Hospital, the Exchange, Commissary and so much more.
East Main Post Village
East Main Post Village offers historic living for officers and Key & Essential service members. East Main consists of 556 homes located on Main Post and features certain amenities such as hardwood floors, fireplaces and basements in some units. Most homes are three and four bedrooms with two to three baths and range in size from 1,323 to 3,164 square-feet of living space.
Upatoi is conveniently located near Sand Hill and is considered part of East Main Post Village. These homes are offered to ranks: E9, O4-O5. They feature hardwood floors, garages, carpet and keeping rooms in some units. These 107 newly built homes range in size from 1,718 to 2,028 square-feet.
Norton is located on Main Post and is offered to officer single Soldiers. These three bedroom/two bath homes feature hardwood floors and basements. The living areas within these 110 homes range from 982 to 1,078 square-feet.
Indianhead Village is comprised of 321 homes and is located on the west side of post. Enlisted service members and their families may enjoy newly renovated three and four bedroom townhomes. Homes range between 992 and 1141 square-feet, with most updated amenities, such as laminate hardwood floors, granite countertops, fenced-in backyards and a brand new community center, tot lot and splash park.
McDonald Village is comprised of 83 units that are located on main post. This is enlisted housing for service members with smaller families. Each home has 2 bedrooms/ 1 bath, basements and screened-in porches. These historic homes were constructed around 1930 and are 992 square-feet.
McGraw Village is located in the north side of post. This quiet and peaceful village of 591 units was opened to enlisted service members in 2007. These homes offer open floor plans, two car garages, carpet and hardwood flooring. Square footage ranges from 1,718 to 2,028 depending on the number of bedrooms.
Patton Village is located on the north side of post. Patton is very similar to McGraw village with amenities, floor plans and square footage. Patton homes are offered to enlisted service members and their families needing three to five bedroom homes.
The Villages of Benning offers four community centers on Fort Benning main post and within the vicinity for the families who live in on-base housing. These centers are custom decorated and feature: Swimming Pools, Splash Parks, Tot Lots, Fitness Centers, Functional kitchens with large serving counters, Game Rooms, Comfortable couches, coffee and end tables.
Rooms within the village centers are available for reservation by any resident of VOB housing for any personal event. To reserve a room, call your village management office.
Centralized Barracks Management
The Centralized Barracks Management program was implemented at Fort Benning on Nov. 15, 2005. The program started with five buildings at Dixie Road, Yeager Avenue and in the MEDDAC area. The program now encompasses more than 42 buildings and 3365 troop billet spaces for housing permanent party single Soldiers.
The contractor assigns/terminates residents’ rooms, assesses and documents condition of rooms and furnishings, and validates occupancy rate for Certificates of Non-Availability. The contractor also submits and tracks service orders and between occupancy repairs, prepares Barracks Utilization Reports, controls keys, performs weekly common area and monthly room inspections with reports, and prepares statements of charges and cash collection.
Vouchers for Damages
The program relieves the military chain of command of the responsibility of assigning/terminating Soldiers in the troop billets and focus on their unit missions. This concept allows better utilization of government facilities and furnishings. In addition, the program assists the command in having better control of the assets and improves building maintenance providing for a better quality of life for single Soldiers. The CBM Offices are located in Buildings, 2896 (Main Post) and 9180 (Kelley Hill).
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 706-545-7197.
Housing Services Office
The HSO Office provides assistance to all military, their family members and Department of the Army civilians moving to the tri-community areas of Columbus, Phenix City and Fort Benning in securing off-post living accommodations. All military personnel assigned to Fort Benning are required to report to this office before entering into any lease, rental or purchase agreement for off-post housing. Current listings of furnished and unfurnished apartments and houses for rent or sale is maintained and updated weekly. Prior to arriving to the area, you can access via the Internet the Automated Housing Referral Network, where you can see available properties.
For assistance in planning your move, visit the DoD website, Military HOMEFRONT or Military OneSource.
There are numerous apartment and single-family housing complexes in the Tri-community area, some complete with sports and recreation facilities. Most require a one-year lease for houses and a six-month lease for apartments; however, some offer short term leases. Several motels in the area provide special rates for military and civilians either on an over-night visit or on a permanent basis.
For temporary on-post lodging information, please see the Fort Benning Lodging portion of the MWR Services section on page 43.
The HSO Office is located in Building 2619, in Soldiers’ Plaza. For more information, call 706-545-3921/6610. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TRICARE is the Department of Defense’s worldwide health care program available to active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System determines eligibility for TRICARE.
The options are TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra. The Prime Program involves enrolling and selecting a primary care manager who will oversee the member’s medical care. TRICARE Prime offers fewer out-of-pocket costs than any other option. TRICARE Extra and Standard are available to eligible beneficiaries who are unable to, or who choose not to, enroll in TRICARE Prime. Enrollment is not required for either option, and there are no annual enrollment fees. Beneficiaries are responsible for annual deductibles and cost-shares. Information on enrollment in TRICARE Prime can be obtained at the local TRICARE Service Center in Building 9204, Stairwell C, adjacent to Martin Army Community Hospital.
For more information, call 800-444-5445. MACH Health Benefits Advisors are available to assist patients with questions regarding TRICARE benefits and billing concerns. To reach an advisor, call 706-544-3461/1347.
The Chattahoochee Valley area offers a wide variety of medical facilities, including an orthopedic/sports medicine teaching hospital, dialysis treatment clinics, several psychiatric facilities providing inpatient and outpatient care, chemical dependency rehabilitation centers, cancer research and treatment center, a specialized coronary care hospital offering cardiovascular surgical procedures and local/regional critical care hospitals and trauma centers.
Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning provides an extensive variety of inpatient and outpatient medical services to eligible military medical beneficiaries, including all active-duty Soldiers, military retirees, family members and surviving spouses who are enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Prime Plus. The main hospital and most outpatient clinics are located at Building 9200, 7950 Martin Loop, directly off the Marne Road exit near the Main Post Exchange.
Martin Army Community Hospital provides comprehensive medical services and is a 72-bed facility. The hospital has four patient wards, a surgical suite with same-day capabilities, a labor and delivery suite and more than 30 ambulatory care clinics. The hospital maintains a fully accredited laboratory service, diagnostic radiology with computerized tomography and nuclear medicine, pharmacy and many other ancillary support services.
MEDDAC employs approximately 1,287 civilian and 490 service members. Daily, the hospital provides inpatient care to approximately 37 patients and averages nearly 1,876 outpatient visits.
On average, there are two babies born every day, and the hospital’s outpatient pharmacy dispenses more than 2,600 prescriptions.
Currently, MACH offers Adult Primary Care, Family Medical Home and Pediatrics Clinics and Troop Medical Clinics. Specialty clinics include allergy, audiology, behavioral health, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, neurology, nutrition, obstetrics and gynecology, occupational and physical therapy, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, podiatry, preventive medicine, otolaryngology (ENT), optometry, traumatic brain injury and urology. MACH has a 24-hour ambulance and ER service.
MEDDAC also has an extensive professional teaching and training mission. MACH established the Army’s first Family Practice Residency Program in 1972. This three-year program trains approximately 30 residents who provide medical ser-vices throughout the hospital. Other specialty training programs include the clinical portion of the Army’s Physician Assis-tant Program, a residency in healthcare administration, training in several military occupational specialties and numerous clinical rotations or externships in cooperation with local colleges and universities.
In addition to MACH, a reception station clinic and nine troop medical clinics support training activities on the installa-tion, and two additional troop medical clinics are located at Dahlonega, Ga. and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in support of the Ranger Training Program. Also, external to the main hospital are the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program, Physical Examination Service, Social Work Service, Community Mental Health Service, Preventive Medicine Service and Veterinary Service.
The Combined Troop Medical Clinic on Main Post serves more than 10,500 active duty troops, providing sick call, primary care, immunizations, audiology, pharmacy services, physical therapy, digital radiology and minor procedures and treatments.
The Harmony Church Medical and Dental Clinic is a full services outpatient facility providing primary care and a full range of ancillary care. Medical services include trainee sick call, cadre open access appointments for sick call, routine care, physicals, PHA, triage of emergent medical conditions, immunizations, optometry, laboratory, general audiology, behavioral health, sports medicine, physical and occupational therapy, pharmacy, minor surgery and more.
The MEDDAC also has command and control of the Warrior Transition Unit, which is responsible for wounded warriors as they recover from injury.
Next day, routine medical appointments for clinics at MACH are made through the Central Appointment Line, re-ferred to as the CARE Line, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patients may also leave messages after hours for their primary care managers. All appointments, cancellations and reschedules are made through the CARE line. It is important that patients arrive 15 minutes prior to medical appointments in order to avoid a breakdown of the appointment schedule. If it is not possible to keep an appointment, call the CARE line in advance to cancel and reschedule at 706-544-2273.
TRICARE Prime access standards for appointments are as follows:
Routine care patients will be seen within 7 days.
Urgent acute care patients will be seen within 24-hours.
Wellness, prevention or specialty care appointments may take up to 28 days.
Pathway to Care
The primary pathway to care is through the Primary Care Manager. All active-duty Soldiers are enrolled in TRICARE Prime and assigned to a troop medical center or the Family Medicine Clinic upon arrival at Fort Benning. Active-duty Soldiers with dependents are given a family member enrollment packet during in-processing.
Completed packets must be turned in at the TRICARE Service Center in Building 9204, next to MACH, to enroll their family members in TRICARE Prime. Once enrolled, TRICARE will assign a PCM to all family members.
There are times when the primary care manager determines there is a need for a referral to a specialist. He or she will enter a referral request into the TRICARE system. Patients are then contacted by phone or mail with the details of the re-ferral appointment. The referral may be with a specialist in the Fort Benning MEDDAC or with an outside TRICARE Network civilian provider.
To access care while traveling, patients must contact their PCM at 888-293-2148 to receive authorization for medical care in the civilian sector. By doing so, patients are ensured maximum TRICARE reimbursement and less out-of-pocket expense.
If a medical emergency occurs when traveling, please call 911 or report to the nearest Emergency Room, military or civilian, with your military ID card. Contact your PCM within 24 hours of receiving medical attention in order to receive an authorization code. If this does not occur, patients are responsible for all costs incurred.
The Future of Martin Army Community Hospital
In 2008, Fort Benning celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the hospital, and plans for a new facility were announced. The Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will oversee the construction of the new hospital, which will likely be completed in 2015. The new hospital will have 745,000 square-feet and 70 inpatient beds, and the Emergency Room will be larger than the current facility, with more than 16,000 square-feet.
Questions and Concerns
Patients with questions concerning hospital procedures or wishing to voice a complaint may visit the hospital’s Patient and Family Advocate Offices, in Rooms 103A and 103B, across from the Information Desk at Martin Army Community Hospital, or call 706-544-2788/1817.
Suggestions or compliments should also be directed to the PFA Office. Patient and Family Advocates are available during duty hours to offer assistance, provide information and promote communications between patients and staff. An answering machine is available 24-hours a day to take calls when the patient representative is not available.
American Red Cross Volunteers
Volunteers play an important part at Martin Army Community Hospital. Every week, hundreds of volunteer hours are logged in hospital clinics, wards and administrative areas through the American Red Cross. The ARC sponsors a summer youth program, which allows teens to work in the hospital. Individuals who would like to gain valuable healthcare ex-perience and donate their time are encouraged to contact the hospital volunteer coordinator at 706-544-3213, or call the Red Cross at 706-545-5194.
The Fort Benning Dental Activity (DENTAC) is a subordinate command of the South East Regional Dental Command at Fort Gordon, Ga., and of the U.S. Army Dental Command at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
DENTAC is responsible for the treatment and maintenance of the oral and dental health of all Soldiers assigned to Fort Benning and Fort Rucker, Ala., to maximize readiness and timely mobilization and deployment. DENTAC provides dental support to the CONUS Replacement Center for personnel preparing for deployment and the demobilization of rede-ploying Soldiers.
The Fort Benning DENTAC conducts the Advanced Education in General Dentistry, a 12-month residency program for new dentists. This additional training prepares them to perform the full scope of comprehensive dentistry required in remote or isolated sites where U.S. Army Soldiers live and work.
The Fort Benning DENTAC consists of a Headquarters element, five local dental clinics, an in-processing area located in 30th Adjutant General Battalion on Sand Hill, an in-processing section at Soldier’s Plaza, and a subordinate Dental Clinic Command at Fort Rucker.
Building 9240, Hoff St……………………………….. 706-544-2118
Bernheim Dental Clinic
Building 2828, Sightseeing Road………………. 706-545-2901
Love Dental Clinic
Building 9240, Hoff St……………………………….. 706-544-2967
Martin Army Dental Clinic
Building 9200…………………………………………… 706-544-3386
Salomon Dental Clinic
11th Airborne Division Road…………………….. 706-544-9071
Harmony Church Dental Clinic
6998 Old Cusseta Road…………………………… 706-544-3176
Building 3020, Sand Hill…………………………….. 706-544-8994
SRP Site Dental Clinic
Building 9224…………………………………………… 706-544-5853
Building 2636, Soldiers Plaza…………………….. 706-544-5853
Army Substance Abuse Program
The Army Substance Abuse Program is a command program that emphasizes readiness and personal responsibility. ASAP provides services to deter alcohol abuse and the use of illegal drugs. ASAP is managed by the Alcohol and Drug Control Officer. Programs include Prevention and Education, Employee Assistance, Biochemical Testing, Risk Reduction Program and Suicide Prevention. For more information, call 706-545-4415 or go to www.benning.army.mil/garrison/DHR/ASAP.
Prevention and Education Program
The ASAP Prevention Coordinator develops and administers substance abuse prevention education programs with the Installation Training Officer. ASAP helps commanders and directors achieve substance abuse prevention education in accordance with Army Regulation 600-85 with four hours of annual training for military and two hours for civilian em-ployees. The PC also manages the ADAPT and UPL Course. For more information, call 706-545-7027.
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program Coordinator provides intervention and referral services, including screening, short term counseling and referral services. The EAP also provides education for civilians on topics such as stress management, relationships and substance abuse prevention. For more information, call 706-545-5137.
Drug Testing Program
The Drug Testing Coordinator operates a secure installation drug and alcohol testing control point. The DTC also serves as the installation subject matter expert on urinalysis collection and testing. For more information, call 706-545-2123/5880.
Risk Reduction Program
The Risk Reduction Program is a commander’s tool designed to identify and decrease Soldiers high-risk behaviors to reduce deaths, accidents, injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide attempts, AWOL, drug offenses, alcohol offenses, traffic violations, criminal behaviors, spouse abuse, child abuse and financial problems.
The program focuses on effective use of installation resources and coordinated efforts between commanders and installation agencies to implement effective interventions. For more information, call 706-545-5718/6049.
Suicide Prevention Program
The Suicide Prevention Program Manager coordinates and supports installation-wide suicide prevention. It integrates the efforts of commanders, chaplains, staff and relevant agencies to develop goals and objectives for the installation. For more information, call 706-545-5441.
Fort Benning Schools
The Fort Benning School System offers a top quality educational program for all children of military personnel living on post. Six elementary schools and one middle school provide a wide variety of educational experiences for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Educational programs are designed to serve the unique needs of military families. Special emphasis is placed on accepting children at their current achievement levels and challenging them to progress as much as possible while they are in Fort Benning schools.
A school board made up of parents elected to serve from each school community serves in an advisory role to the school district. Parental involvement is encouraged. Each Fort Benning school has a parent-teacher organization.
Eligibility to attend the Fort Benning schools is based upon residency and age. Students must reside on post in family housing or have a billeting assignment for occupancy within 180 days. The student must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current year to enter pre-kindergarten, and 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current year to enter kindergarten. The area schools belong to the Georgia/Alabama District and are part of the Department of Defense Domestic Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Don C. Faith Middle School
1375 Ingersoll St……………………………………….. 706-545-0310
Edward A. White Elementary School
300 1st Division Road……………………………….. 706 545-4623
Frank R. Loyd Elementary School
5701 Santa Fe Road………………………………… 706-544-8964
Freddie Stowers Elementary School
7791 Stowers Drive…………………………………… 706-544-2312
Herbert J. Dexter Elementary School
9 Yeager Ave………………………………………….. 706-545-3424
Morris R. McBride Elementary School
700 Custer Road……………………………………… 706-544-9411
Richard G. Wilson Elementary School
School Liaison Office
The School Liaison Officer works with Child, Youth & School Services and the local schools to address educational issues involving military children. The SLO acts as a communication link between the installation and the surrounding school districts.
For more information, call 706-545-3062. For information on full-day child development, Benning Pre-School and other school age services, see the Child, Youth & School Services portion of the MWR section.
Fort Benning schools offers programs for students with special needs, including learning disabilities, intellectual and emotional impairments, developmental delays and speech-language impairments. Services are also provided for our 3 and 4 year old pre-school children with disabilities. If the needs exceed the services available on post, services may be provided through programs in the Muscogee County School System. Sponsors of children needing special education services should call Fort Benning’s director of special education at 706-545-8263.
Gifted education services are provided to eligible students in grades K through eighth. The students receive various service models, including a resource room, differentiated instruction and flexible grouping to challenge and support intellectual development.
English as a Second Language program assists children in attaining proficiency in English. School counselors and nurses work in each school to provide services to all children. For more information about Fort Benning schools visit www.am.dodea.edu/Benning.
High school students on Fort Benning may attend Spencer High School in Columbus or Chattahoochee County High School. Both are considered assigned neighborhood high schools and both provide advanced, on-grade level and remedial classes to accommodate all academic levels.
All Columbus high schools offer magnet academies, which are specialized schools of study. Fort Benning students may apply to any of these magnets. The magnet application process and requirements vary. Students who qualify for these programs may be required to meet and maintain a minimum GPA, submit report cards signed by their eighth-grade counselor, pass an entrance exam, provide teacher recommendations and interview with school officials. Students interested in attending a magnet academy are encouraged to call the school for more information regarding the application process.
For more information on schools in the Chattahoochee Valley, see the Local Area section on page 54.
Army Continuing Education System
The Army Continuing Education System provides help for Soldiers and family members through the Army Education Center in Soldier’s Plaza on Dixie Road. This program supports Army goals, enhances the quality of life within the military community and offers personal growth through career development and education. Programs range from on-duty Basic Skills instruction to vocational and college programs. Education counselors provide information on the GoArmyEd portal, Army Tuition Assistance, GI Bill, various grants, scholarships and more. On-post classes are provided through Central Texas College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Columbus State University, Columbus Technical College, Georgia Military College, Troy State University and Vincennes University.
Education Center Building 2602…………………… 706-545-7397
Building 2614…………………………………………… 706-545-6258
Testing Center, Military & Civilians
Building 2612…………………………………………… 706-545-2911
112 Lavoie Ave……………………………………….. 706-545-5723
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center provides personnel administration services and support to help Fort Benning hire the best candidates available. We offer training to enable employees to succeed and to promote a supportive atmosphere where employees can excel. CPAC is located in room 134 of Meloy Hall, Building 6. For more information, call 706-545-3517 or go to www.benning.army.mil/CPAC.
Employment Readiness Program
Employment is a significant issue for mobile military families. The Army Community Service, ACS, Employment Readiness Program helps families with the challenges of a job search. Fort Benning ERP offers information and referral services and assistance in the areas of employment, training and volunteer opportunities. The services are designed to give all active duty, retired military personnel, DoD employees, their family members and eligible personnel the competitive edge necessary to secure employment. Services include job counseling, job search training, self-development workshops, employment and educational information, information on volunteer opportunities, Internet job search and assistance in resume writing and goal setting. Additionally, ERP clients have access to a computer lab, education guides, resume writing software, fax machine, copier, video tutorials and more. For information on current community job listings and jobs with MWR, please visit www.benningmwr. com/acsemploymentreadiness.php, for helpful links.
For information on other ACS services, please see the MWR section on page 40. Located in Building 7, Baltzell Avenue. For more information, call 706-545-4043.
LEGAL & ADVISORY
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (Client Services, Legal Assistance and Claims, Criminal Law, Installation Hearing Officer, and Administrative and Civil Law) is located at Building 2839 on Way Street.
Client Services is open Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office is closed on federal and training holidays. Legal Assistance provides advice on family law, consumer law, wills and other estate matters, landlord-tenant and real property, military administrative law, federal and state income tax, and other non-business related legal issues. Individual legal assistance is provided by appointment only. You may make an appointment by calling 706-545-3281.
Ad Valorem Forms, Notary Services and Powers of Attorney are available on a walk-in basis. Claims accepts and processes both the initial notices of loss or damage and the actual claims based on shipment damage, household goods or POVs. It also provides information and assistance for filing such claims directly against the moving company. Claims also handles some damages stemming from incidents related to military service and all fault-based claims, such as vehicular accidents, against the Army, AAFES or DFMWR. All claims services are available on a walk-in basis.
The Inspector General advises the commanding general on the state of economy, efficiency, discipline, morale, esprit de corps and readiness of all Fort Benning units and activities through inspections, teaching and training. For more information, call 706-545-9076.
Red Cross Emergency
Both active duty and community-based military can count on the Red Cross to provide emergency communications that link them with their families back home, access to financial assistance in partnership with the military aid societies, and assistance to veterans.
When a military family experiences a crisis, the American Red Cross is there to assist by providing emergency communications twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. The Red Cross relays urgent messages containing accurate, factual, complete and verified descriptions of the emergency to service members stationed anywhere in the world, including embassies and remote locations.
Red Cross emergency communications services keep military personnel in touch with their families following the death or serious illness of an immediate family member, the birth of a service member’s child or grandchild, or when a family experiences other emergencies.
No matter where a military member and their family are stationed, they can rest assured the Red Cross will deliver their notifications in times of crisis. Even if the service member receives notification of an emergency through an e-mail or a phone call, Red Cross-verified information assists commanding officers in making a decision regarding emergency leave. Without this verification, the service member may not be able to come home during a family emergency.
To contact the Red Cross for emergency assistance, call 877-272-7337 (toll-free within the continental United States), 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information on the Red Cross on Fort Benning, call 706-545-5194. For information on volunteering, please see the Red Cross portion of the Medical section on page 30.
Chaplain Religious Support Services
Fort Benning’s religious support program is one of the most comprehensive in the U.S. Army. More than 20 services are conducted each week in seven chapels. Bible studies, Sunday school, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, Faith Formation Classes (C.C.D.), are only a few of the religious support programs offered on Fort Benning. The Fort Benning Unit Ministry Team consists of chaplains, chaplain assistants, DA civilians and contract personnel.
Chapel volunteers also conduct key programs. Every unit on Fort Benning receives religious support through an as-signed unit chaplain or one who has been tasked to provide religious support.
For more information, including times and locations of weekly worship services, call the Garrison Chaplain’s Office at 706-545-2288. In case of emergencies after duty hours, call 706-545-2218.
Chaplain Family Life Center
The Chaplain Family Life Center, located in building 2606 in Soldier’s Plaza, is staffed with a team of chaplains and ci-vilian residents with specialized training in counseling. The center houses the office of Family Life Chaplain. It is also home to the Family Life Chaplain Training Program, one of three DA Chief of Chaplain’s advanced schooling programs. Through this program, chaplains receive special-ized training in Family Life counseling. The chaplains provide pastoral counseling for a wide range of interpersonal and intra-personal issues. Skilled and confidential counseling for individuals, couples, and families is available by appointment.
A wide variety of hours are available for counseling, including evening hours. The Family Life Center offers a pre-marital counseling course on the first Friday of each month. The Family Life Center also has more than 600 books, videos and DVDs at Sayers Memorial Library and the Family Life Center.
Chapel Phone Numbers
Airborne Chapel (199th Infantry)
Building 2766 706-545-1314/3677/1549
Chaplain Family Life Center
Building 2606 706-545-1760/5301/9013
MCoE Main Post Chapel
Building 1680 706-545-7059/0938
The Infantry Center Chapel
Building 101 706-545-2050/1452
Kelley Hill Chapel
Building 9023 706-544-3070/2712/1692
Martin Army Community Hospital Chapel
Building 9200 706-544-2511/1382/3864
Building 3220 706-544-9017/9019/9269/9496
Garrison Chaplain’s Office
Building 102 706-545-2289/2288
Sightseeing Road Chapel
Building 2820 706-545-2169/6787/3716
Building 3420 706-544-9764/8892/9601
The Fort Benning Commissary is located across the street from the Main Exchange Mall in Building 9230 on Marne Road. In addition to groceries, the commissary includes a bakery, rotisserie chickens and a sushi bar. A CB&T bank branch is also located inside.
All customers, excluding military personnel in uniform, must show their ID at the checkout before their order is pro-cessed. Personal checks will be accepted with proper identification and will be approved for up to $25 over the amount of purchase, if requested. Telephone orders will be accepted with 24-hours advance notice for special order meat cuts, deli meat and cheese trays, fruit baskets and fruit and vegetable trays. The commissary is open every day except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 706-544-3965.
Army & Air Force Exchange Service
At 247,000 square feet, Fort Benning’s four-year-old Post Exchange Mall is the third largest PX in the world.
It offers a great variety of dining options, concessionaires and merchandise, clothing, cosmetics, fragrances, home décor, electronics, appliances, outdoor recreation equipment, toys and garden supplies. The PX, at 9220 Marne Road, is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 706-685-3242.
Post Exchange Mall
Exchange Mall Food and Concessionaires
Alterations/Dry Cleaning 706-687-7755
Barber Shop 706-687-2436
Beauty Supplies 706-405-3939
Baskin Robbins Ice Cream 706-685-3257, ext. 215-216
Beauty Shop 706-687-2743
Burger King 706-685-3257, ext 215-216
Charley’s Grilled Subs 706-685-3257, ext. 215-216
Customs Awards & Engraving 706-682-4727
Day Spa 706-685-9000
Flower Shop 706-687-5535
Game Stop 706-689-6893
International Fine Foods 706-687-9364
Manchu Wok 706-685-3257, ext. 215-216
MMA Express 706-208-2376
Optical Center 706-685-4448
Optometry Clinic 706-682-3938
Pizza Hut 706-685-3257, ext. 215-216
Robin Hood Sandwich Shoppe 706-685-3257
Starbucks Coffee Company 706-685-3257
Sunglass Hut No Number
T-Shirt Shop 706-685-4845
Taco Bell 706-685-3257, ext. 215-216
U.S. Cavalry 706-682-1003
Wireless Accessories 706-682-0290
Main Post Mini Mall
The AAFES Mini Mall is one of the largest stores of its type on any military installation. The facility, located at 103 Ingersoll St., provides a wide variety of food, sportswear and convenience items. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Call mall concessionaires for individual store hours. For more information, call 706-682-0473. Food and Concessionaires
Alterations/Dry Cleaning 706-687-4700
Barber Shop 706-682-0011
Brusters Ice Cream 706-683-9585
Charley’s Grilled Subs 706-687-4995
Kim’s Boot & Shoe Repair 706-689-2175
Pizza Hut 706-687-3665
Hertz Car Rental 706-682-4070
UPS Store 706-685-3535
Sand Hill Mini Mall
The Mini Mall is located at 3218 11th Airborne Division Road on Sand Hill.
Barber Shop 706-687-8618
Computer Portraits 706-332-5102
Military Rings 706-687-9688
MMA Express 706-763-8463
Sand Hill Snack Bar 706-682-9430
Sand Hill Troop Store 706-682-9493
Sweet Shop 706-718-8187
T-Shirt Shop 706-617-1943
Class Six Store
The package store, 9235 Marne Road, offers assorted liqueurs, beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. It is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 706-682-2756.
The furniture store at 223 Edwards St. offers brand name furniture and appliances, including Ashley, Cottage Lane, Kathy Ireland, Franklin, Lazy Boy, Whirlpool, Kenmore and General Electric. They also carry Serta and Sealy mattresses. Open weekdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 706-687-5380.
Military Clothing Sales Stores
In addition to clothing, Military Clothing Sales also carries a large selection of books and supplies for the student Sol-dier. MCSS in the Main PX Mall is open seven days a week. For more information, call 706-689-7981.
The Sand Hill Troop Store 3355 location is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Monday. For more information, call 706-685-1174.
Shoppettes and Troop Stores
Airborne Shoppette / Gas
1622 Marchant St. 706-687-4994
Camp Rogers Troop Store
5022 Blackhawk Road 706-682-2833
Car Care Center (Booth)
9233 Marne Road 706-689-7736
CRC Troop Store
4711-B El Caney Ave. 706-682-4638
Custer Road Shoppette / Gas / Carwash
10598 Custer Road 706-682-0854
Dixie Road Shoppette / Gas / Carwash
2650 Dixie Road 706-687-1033
Harmony Church Shoppette / Gas
4218 8th Division Road 706-687-8295
Harmony Church Troop Store 4308
15th Calvary Road 706-685-4519
9200 Marne Road 706-687-8350
Kelley Hill Shoppette / Gas
9177 Marne Road 706-685-8387
Main Post Mini Mall
103 Ingersoll St. 706-682-0473
Sand Hill Reception Center Troop Store
3022 Johnston Drive 706-682-7887
Sightseeing Road Troop Store
2821 Sightseeing Road 706-687-6806
Dixie Road Church’s Chicken
2650 Dixie Rd. 706-685-9645
McGraw Village Starbucks
6020 Muscogee 706-225-7688
Kelley Hill Burger King
9177 Marne Road 706-685-9622
Hospital Main Street Xpresso
9200 Marne Road 706-687-4789
Main Post Burger King
107 Ingersol Street 706-689-0934
Main Post Taco John
107 Ingersol Street 706-689-3672
Firestone Complete Auto Care
9233 Marne Road 706-687-6520
Bikes and Beyond
9230 Marne Road 706-687-9253
Banking and Credit Unions
Fort Benning has two full-service banks and a credit union — Columbus Bank and Trust Company, Wells Fargo and TIC Federal Credit Union. They offer a full range of traditional financial services, such as checking and savings accounts, money market accounts, loans, conventional and VA mortgages, home equity lines of credit, VISA and MasterCard, check cards, wire transfers, Internet banking and capital asset management accounts.
Columbus Bank and Trust
Columbus Bank and Trust has been serving the Fort Benning military community for more than 85 years. With two full-service CB&T banking offices on post and 16 in Columbus, you are sure to find a branch location near where you work, shop and live. CB&T understands your unique needs and offers products designed for your active lifestyle. Banking programs, like the Lifetime Bankpack Account, Deployment Account, Mobile Banking and graphics-free Internet banking options make banking easier wherever duty takes you. Plus, we have more than 70 local area ATMs, including 25 on Fort Benning — from the CONUS Replacement Center to the Main Exchange and Sand Hill — and free access to a network of more than 1,000 Publix Presto! ATMs and hundreds of other Synovus ATMs. You can access your money at other Synovus bank offices throughout the Synovus five-state region, which includes offices at CB&T of East Alabama in Phenix City and Opelika.
Visit any CB&T branch to learn more about the benefits of being a CB&T Military Banking customer. Most branches are open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with many offering extended drive-thru hours and Saturday banking. Through our partner Synovus, you’ll also have access to a team of experts for mortgage, financial planning and retirement services. We offer bilingual assistance in both on-post branches and in several other branches throughout the community.
Stop by the Main Post Branch next to the Wynnsong Theater at Ingersoll and Gaudette or the Commissary Banking Center on Marne Road today. For a complete listing of our branches and operating hours, visit www.columbusbankandtrust.com. For more information, call 800-641-2268. Automated telephone banking is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, and representatives are available Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
TI C Federal Credit Union
TIC Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving the needs of the Fort Benning community for more than 50 years. TIC provides a full range of low or no-cost financial products and services for our active duty and retired military personnel, civilian employees and contractors. Products and services include checking and savings accounts, free home banking, bill pay and presentment, electronic statements, electronic balance notifications, money market and certificate accounts, competitive low-cost loans, retirement and investment planning, and mortgage and home equity loans.
For more information, go to www.ticfcu.com or call 706-320-8500 or toll-free at 877-332-1269. Be sure to visit our on-post branch located at 2786 Eckel St. or any of our other branches or ATMs located throughout the Columbus/ Fort Benning community.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
For your convenience, there are 18 Wells Fargo financial centers in the Columbus area and two on post. The Wells Fargo Main Post branch, 109 Wold Ave., is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. The drivethru closes one hour earlier on Friday. For more information, call 706-685-7001.
The Wells Fargo Mall branch, 9230 Marne Road, is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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, as they experience the full spectrum of Army life and successfully transition to a post Army career or retirement. ACS services address matters related to Career and Finance, Home and Family, Moving and Deployment, Volunteering and Professional Development and much more. Programs include the Family Advocacy Program, The Soldier and Family Assistance Center, Survivor Outreach Services, Employment Readiness Program, Financial Readiness Program, Relocation Readiness Program, Mobilization/Deployment and Stability and Support Operations Readiness Program, Army Volunteer Corps, and the Exceptional Family Member Program.
For information on all of the ACS programs on Fort Benning, please see the MWR section on page 40.