Monument to be dedicated in Fort Benning Thursday for 4th Infantry Division

Fort Benning will soon construct a new monument to honor past and future veterans and family members of the 4th Infantry Division.

The monument will be dedicated at The National Infantry Museum on Thursday – July 18, 2013 and the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. The event will be had at the stadium behind the museum.  Spectators may park in the museum parking lot and walk over to the event.

Guest speaker at the dedication will be United States Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno.  Odierno served as the Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division during its initial deployment to Iraq in 2003.

This division was responsible for the search and capture of Saddam Hussein.

Others attending the dedication will include former SSG Clint Romesha, The 4th Infantry’s most recent Medal of Honor recipient. The Medal of Honor is the military’s highest award.  He received this honor for his actions in Afghanistan in October 2009, during a deadly ambush on Combat Outpost Keating.  Eight American soldiers were killed during the attack when hundreds of enemies swarmed the base.

The dedication will also be held during the same time as the National 4th Infantry Division’s annual reunion, being held at Fort Benning this July 15-20.

 

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Fort Benning Carnival

CarnivalRides, funnel cakes, games, and laughter all bring the conclusion that there’s a carnival in town. In order to honor our heroes in the military, there is a carnival at Fort Benning open to the public. The carnival opened on Thursday, May 16 and will remain open until Sunday, May 19.  It is located at Stewart-Watson Field and the Family Entertainment Center on Eckel Avenue.  There will be more than 30 rides ranging from the adult thriller rides to the easy going kiddy rides. Typical carnival food and games will also be available.

The admission is free but ticket prices for rides are $1 per ticket or an unlimited rides wristband is $20.  Adult rides will not exceed 5 tickets per ride and children rides will not exceed 3 tickets per ride. Don’t forget to bring cash because this is a cash only event. Tickets, food, and games all require cash. There is free parking around the Stewart-Watson Field.

Thursday, May 16 was active duty soldiers and family members appreciation day. By showing valid military ID cards, they were able to receive free wristbands for rides. It also included fireworks at 9 P.M and closed at 10 P.M. The carnival was open from 5 P.M through 11 P.M on Friday, May 17. On Saturday, May 18 the carnival is open from 1 P.M through midnight. On Sunday, May 19 the carnival is open from noon through 4 P.M.

For more information you can go to this website: http://www.benningmwr.com/SFAD.php

Go enjoy the fun of the carnival while supporting our military heroes!

White Water Watch

While the excitement continues to grow as we inch closer to the completion of the Chattahoochee white water project, local business owners are looking forward to what the project will mean for Columbus and surrounding areas. Jason McKenzie, owner of Ride On Bikes, offers his views on how white water will enliven and invigorate our community.

Are you involved in the project in any way?
I am not really directly involved with the project, but I am really excited about the potential.
When do you expect it to be completed?
I am hoping for this project to be complete summer 2013.
How do you think white water rafting will change Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley?
I sit on a few boards and I am often asked “why does my generation not stay in Columbus?”  I am 27 years old.  Columbus has been kind of stuck in that old-school mentality — that people will move where there are jobs.  We need and are motivated by culture and lifestyle.  To prove my point, take any ski town in Colorado.  “Kids” with degrees are working for minumum wage in order to live in an area where the can ski in the winter and ride mountain bikes in the summer. I think that bringing white water to Columbus will bring the same effect to our town.  They are estimating an extra 400 visitors per day. Even if it is half of that, it will be a huge success.  The money that will come to our motels, restaurants and bike shops!  Let’s face it: outdoor people pretty much enjoy all outdoor sports.
Do you plan to get involved with any business ventures (Kayak shops, rafting stores, guided tours) based on the rafting project? 
I looked at this industry very closely and put a pencil to a business plan around white water.  It has mad potential!  After meeting with several reps and learning how complex the industry is, I decided to stick with what I am good at.  I don’t want to be Dick’s sporting goods.  I want to be really good at bikes, not just okay at several different things.
How excited are you about white water in the Valley? 
I am super stoked about this project!  It is what Columbus needs to go to the next level!
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Doughboy Revival: Army Spring Football at Ft. Benning

Experiencing those pig-skin withdrawals that always seem to surface this time of year?  Well we’ve got a great way for you to get your grid-iron fix!

For the first time ever, Fort Benning will be hosting the Army football team of West Point for their Spring game. The annual intersquad contest has never taken place away from the West Point campus, and Fort Benning has undertaken a $1.5 million renovation of the historic Doughboy Stadium to get ready for this exciting event. To help celebrate the occasion, Nike has donated jerseys featuring both the Infantry and Armor insignia for the teams.

The two teams, Army Black and Army Gold, will take the field at 2 P.M. Friday afternoon. Go check out this great game to shake off those no-football blues!

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