Fort Benning

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Fort Benning (1918-Present) - A U.S. Army post established as Camp Benning in 1918 during World War I in Columbus, Chattahoochee County, Georgia and Russell County, Alabama. Named for Confederate General Henry Lewis Benning, a native of Columbus, Ga. Renamed Fort Benning on 8 Feb 1922. Active military post.

Fort Benning World War II 37mm Anti-Tank Gun Training
Fort Benning World War II West Point cadets in a Jeep
Fort Benning 1941, Parachute Training Tower on the Left.

Fort Benning History

Established just before the end of World War I in October 1918 as an basic training post for infantry troops headed overseas. The post became a permanent post in 1920 and was renamed Fort Benning on 8 Feb 1922. An Infantry School of Arms was established that later became the Infantry School.

During World War II the post was expanded to 197,159 acres and a capacity for 3,970 officers and 94,873 enlisted men. Training included infantry and airborne units. Four 249' jump towers were built to provide parachute jump training.

Current Status

Active military post in Columbus, Chattahoochee County, Georgia. Training areas include the Maneuver Center, the Infantry School and the Armor School. The post has four major cantonment areas: Main Post, Kelley Hill, Sand Hill, and Harmony Church.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry:

  • Name: Fort Benning Type: Historical Class: Military ID: 2512185
  • Location: Chattahoochee County, Georgia, US, FIPS Code: 13053
  • Latitude: 32.3893392, Longitude: -84.829424, Elevation: 430 Map: Ochillee
  • As Of: 17 Nov 2008
Source: U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Location: Columbus, Chattahoochee County, Georgia.

Maps & Images

Lat: 32.4084256 Long: -84.9101543

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