Newcomers

Introduction

Welcome to Fort Benning the Home of the Best Soldiers, Leaders and Families in the Army! As you and your family are preparing to relocate, please search the links to the left and you should find all the information needed to make this the best move of your career. If you have any questions, please submit them through the FAQ page and we'll quickly provide you with an answer. Finally, please let us know how we are doing simply by clicking on an "ICE" comment link throughout this site. Again, welcome to the Fort Benning family!

Fort Benning is located in an area commonly known as the "Tri-Community", comprised of Columbus, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Phenix City, Alabama. Columbus, known as Georgia's third-largest city, is a growing community of 250,000. Besides being the home of the Best Army Installation in the World, Fort Benning, Columbus is the corporate headquarters of many leading companies such as AFLAC Insurance. Average family income is $36,405. The stunning Florida gulf shores and picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains are only a few hours drive from Fort Benning. The base operator's phone number is 706-545-2011 or DSN 312-835-2011.

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Welcome from Garrison Command
COL Huerter

Welcome to Fort Benning the Home of the Best Soldiers, Leaders and Families in the Army! As you and your family are preparing to relocate, please search the links to the left and you should find all the information needed to make this the best move of your career. If you have any questions, please submit them to: usarmy.benning.imcom.mbx.gar-web@mail.mil and we'll quickly provide you with an answer. Finally, please let us know how we are doing simply by clicking on an "ICE" comment link throughout this site. Again, welcome to the Fort Benning family!

View the Fort Benning Tour Guide and Post Directory

View Garrison Commander's Bio

View Garrison Command Sergeant Major's Bio

Off-Limits List

In-Processing Soldiers/Service Members

New Soldiers/Service Members to Fort Benning, Georgia need to report to 7240 Linskey Avenue, Bldg. 2607(view on Google Maps) during duty hours for accountability purposes and to start in-processing with their units. After duty hours, Soldiers/Service Members need to report to the post Staff Duty NCOIC or OIC at McGinnis-Wickam Hall, 1 Karker Street, Bldg. 4.(view on Google Maps) From there the unit will be contacted and Standard Operating Procedures will follow.

Staff Duty NCO (During Duty Hours) for Bldg. 2607 706-545-3608/4577.

Post SDNCO numbers (After Duty Hours) McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Bldg.4: 706-545-6814/2218.

Reporting in casual/serviceable civilian attire is authorized.
Grooming Standards (in civilian or military uniform) IAW 670-1 at all times.


Inprocessing Procedures

The Fort Benning in processing and Replacement Operations focuses on the installation in processing requirements and individual Soldier readiness verification. AG Military Personnel Division (MPD) organizes the various installation agencies needed to welcome permanent party Soldiers and their Families to Fort Benning, 706-545-4577.

Mandatory: DENTAC, MEDPROS, ON-POST HOUSING, OFF-POST HOUSING, FINANCE, Army Community Service, NEWCOMERS ORIENTATION, SPONSORSHIP, FINANCIAL READINESS TRAINING (1ST TERM SOLDIERS ON 1ST PCS) AND AG MPD.

Optional: CHILD & YOUTH SERVICES, GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD. During the first full day of in processing, all Soldiers attend a 4 hour session that involves briefings given by AG MPD, DENTAC, MEDPROS, TRICARE,, Housing, and Finance. Upon completion of these sessions, Soldiers proceed to complete other in processing requirements identified on their "tailored" checklist. Overall, it takes on average of 5 -10 days based on your own needs. Other in processing requirements will be conducted at the unit of assignment (i.e., Central Issue Facility, Security Clearance, etc.).

If you are coming to Fort Benning to attend training/Schools, in processing of Students and Trainees is coordinated by the Commander operating the course of instruction that the Soldier is attending.

Sponsorship

Sponsorship Logo

To initiate the Fort Benning Sponsorship Program it is essential that Soldiers complete the DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet) during their reassignment processing at their last duty station. The DA Form 5434 advises the command of any special needs and support mechanisms that the Total Army Sponsorship Program must muster to help the Soldier and his family. The completed DA Form 5434 should be sent to: Chief, Personnel Operations Branch, Military Personnel Division, ATTN: IMSE-BEN-HRM-M, Enlisted Strength Management Section, Fort Benning, GA 31905. All military personnel are required to sign-in at Installation Replacement Operations, Building 2607, Soldiers' Plaza, 706-545-4577, for in-processing.

Request a sponsor: Fill out this form, DA5434, then save it to your computer as "LASTNAME_DA5434" and Click here to email.

If you are unable to open the DA5434 zip file above, please go to this website for the form http://armypubs.army.mil/eforms/pureEdge/A5434.XFDL

The Newcomers Orientation will help you feel right at home. Here you will learn about resources, programs, activities and organizations on Fort Benning and in the local communities that will help you and your family enjoy life in the Chattahoochee Valley. The orientation is held every Wednesday at 9am at Building 7, 7117 Baltzell Ave., on Main Post. (view on Google Maps). Free child care is provided with pre-registration. Click here for more information


Relocation Readiness Program

Moving is part of life for Soldiers and their families. The Relocation Readiness Program offers a comprehensive support system to help you and your family make permanent change of station moves as smoothly as possible. The mission of RRP is to minimize the stress of relocation by offering skills and resources to Soldiers and families that will simplify the moving process throughout their military career.


Hours & Contact Information

Address (view on Google Maps)
Building 7,
7117 Baltzell Ave
Phone: 706-545-4043/0403
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm
Email: Contact the Relocation Readiness Program
Submit an ICE Comment Card

Moving

The Personal Property Shipment Office is a division of the Directorate of Logistics. The website includes necessary property and moving forms, programs, points of contact and other important things to know to ensure a successful move. (view on Google Maps)

The PPSO is located at 6650 Meloy Drive, Bldg 6, Rm 105, and can be reached at (706) 545-4900. Office Hours are 0800-1630 M-F.

Frequently Asked Questions


Pets

Click here for helpful information on moving with pets


Airports

Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Birmingham - Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
Columbus - Columbus Metropolitan (CSG) Airport
Montgomery - Montgomery Regional Airport


ACS Relocation Readiness Program

Moving is a natural part of life for Soldiers and their Families. The Relocation Readiness Program (RRP) offers a comprehensive personal and family support system designed to help you and your Family make any Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move as smoothly as possible. The mission of RRP is to minimize the stressors of relocation by offering skills and resources to Soldiers and Families that simplify the moving process. We envision quality relocation support for Soldiers and their Families throughout the military career lifecycle. Click here to go to the ACS Relocation website for more information.

Click here to get a Fort Benning Resource booklet and type in Fort Benning under Enter an installation.

Click here to Take charge of your PCS move. Plan My Move provides you with access to information about your entitlements and benefits, to points of contact, checklists, planning tools, and information on education and employment. Plan My Move will put you and your family in charge of a smooth relocation to your new duty assignment. Fill in the following information about your move, click "Get Moving" and we will get started


Newcomers Orientation: Every Wednesday at 9am

Newcomers Orientation is held at Building 7, 7117 Baltzell Ave. Spouses are welcome to attend. Here you will learn about resources, programs, activities and organizations on Fort Benning and in the local communities that will help you and your family enjoy life in the Chattahoochee Valley.

The Lending Closet has basic household items available for Soldiers and families while their household goods are in transit. Items include basic kitchen equipment, high chairs, car seats, pack-n-plays, sleeping mats, microwaves, ironing boards, irons and alarm clocks. You may borrow for up to 30 days when you present your orders to Fort Benning, an ID card and a unit POC.


Hours & Contact Information

Address (view on Google Maps)
Building 7, 7117 Baltzell Ave
Phone: 706-545-4043/0403
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm
Email: Contact the Relocation Readiness Program
Submit an ICE Comment Card

Housing

The Villages of Benning is comprised of pre-existing, new and renovated homes and offers a large variety of floor plans for Service Members and their families stationed at Fort Benning. Community amenities include Village Centers complete with game rooms, fitness centers, business centers, event centers, resort style pools, splash parks, tot lots/playgrounds, basketball courts, and more!


Contact On-Post Privatized Housing

Fort Benning Housing Welcome Center:
Address (view on Google Maps)
601 Lumpkin Street
Fort Benning, GA 31905
Phone: (888) 880-6530 or (706) 685-3939
Fax: (706) 689-9897
Email: benningleasing@themichaelsorg.com


HOUSING SERVICES OFFICE (HSO)

http://www.benning.army.mil/garrison/dpw/Housing_HSO.html

All Soldiers that are new to Ft Benning and will be living on or off post are required to in process through the Housing Services Office (HSO) located off Dixie Road at Soldier's Plaza in Bldg 2619. Office Hours are Hours Mon-Wed, Fri, 0800-1630 and Thur 0800-1500. You can contact a Housing Service Office Specialist at (706) 545-6610/3921. NOTE: HSO will stamp inprocessing checklist for families, single soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians residing on and off post.

The HSO provides off-post housing referral services to families and single soldiers. Off-Post referrals are made by the HSO to ensure the health, safety and morale of Soldiers and their families.

Permissive TDY: Personnel arriving to Ft Benning on Permissive TDY for house hunting and have their Request and Authority for Leave (DA 31) approved by a 05 (LTC) and above can report to the HSO to have DA 31 stamped and signed by a Housing Specialist. NOTE: PTDY can be granted to soldiers residing on or off post.


UNACCOMPANIED PERSONNEL HOUSING (UPH)

http://www.benning.army.mil/garrison/dpw/Housing_UPH.html

As of 29 February 2012, management of permanent party personnel assignment/termination has been reverted back to unit control. All incoming personnel should contact their new unit Chain of Command S-1 section for billeting arrangements. Single Soldiers with rank, PVT through SGT are eligible to be assigned to UPH facilities. Personnel with rank of SSG and above are not eligible to reside on-post. There is no temporary housing on the installation.

Main Post: Bldg 2896, (706) 545-4086
Kelly Hill/3rd Bde, Harmony Church: Bldg 9180, (706)-544-5832

BATTLE PARK HOMES, INC.
(Not affiliated with the Villages of Benning/Privatized Housing)

On-Post Private Housing for Active Duty, Allied Soldiers and Military
Retirees
Battle Park Homes, Inc.
http://www.battleparkhomesinc.com/
50 Arrowhead Road
(706)689-1282
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Temporary Lodging: The Lodging Office is located at Bldg 399, Gillespie Street. On-Post lodging is very limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. We have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms. Soldiers traveling on official orders have priority and may make reservations in advance. Travelers who are not on official orders may make reservations 30 days in advance.

Reservations can be made 24 hours a day by calling: (706) 689-0067, ext 2800/2538, Website: www.benningmwr.com/lodging.php.

Other Temporary Lodging: Uchee Creek Campground is located at Uchee Creek Rd, Ft Mitchell, AL 36856

ID Cards, Vehicle & Weapons Registration

Identification Cards

There are two different identification card sections servicing the Fort Benning area. The main ID card section provides services for all permanent party personnel (with the exception of Soldiers with the 3HBCT, 3rd Infantry Division), Soldiers attending Officer Candidate School, Ranger School, Airborne School, Infantry officer advanced or basic course, military retiree’s, disabled veterans and all Family members. The section operates only by appointments. It is located in Building 2638 in Soldiers’ Plaza and it is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The section is closed all federal and training holidays and may close without advance notice to support contingency operations. For more information call (706) 545-4068/9085.

The ID card section for the 3BCT, 3rd Infantry Division is located in Building 9058, Apache Hall, Kelley Hill. You can also make an online appointment by visiting https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil and clicking on 3rd BDE link.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call (706) 545-4068 or (706) 545-9085. You can also make an online appointment by visiting https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil and clicking on the Fort Benning link.

Eligible persons seeking ID cards or DEERS enrollment for their Family Members must present appropriate documentation. Details on specific documentation required for eligibility and issuance of an ID card may be obtained by contacting the appropriate ID card section.


Registering your vehicle

You are no longer required to register your vehicle on Fort Benning


Registering your weapons

The following items are required to register your weapons on Fort Benning:

  • Valid Military ID Card
  • FORSCOM/TRADOC Form 563-R (Completely filled out, signed and dated by the unit commander)

NOTE: DO NOT bring any weapons into the buildings.

Weapons can be registered at Vehicle Registration Building 217. Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. (view on Google Maps)

Medical
MACH Picture

Welcome to Fort Benning and the United States Army Medical Department Activity and Martin Army Community Hospital (which opened in 1958) the largest community hospital in the Army. MACH provides care for more than 84, 807 TRICARE-enrolled beneficiaries - approximately 25 inpatients and 2,441 outpatient visits daily in one of nine primary-care clinics both at Fort Benning, North Columbus and at remote locations in Georgia and Florida. Appointment Procedures - Fort Benning MEDDAC has a Central Appointment Line referred to as the CARE Line. The CARE Line is accessible Monday – Friday during the hours 0700 – 1600. After 1600 patients can leave a message for their PCM. All appointments, cancellations, and reschedules are made through the CARE Line. Active Duty soldiers reporting to sick call are not required to have an appointment. Simply report to the assigned TMC at the appropriate time with a signed Sick Call Slip. Sick Call times vary with each clinic. Check for TMC sick call times in the Primary Care portion of this book. All other appointments are made through the CARE Line.

Construction on a new 745,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility began in 2011 and will open in November 2014. The Military Health System (MHS) “World Class” facility is 745,000 square feet which is almost double the size of the current hospital. There are 70 private, 8 ICU, 24 Med-Surg, 24 Behavioral Health and 14 postpartum rooms. The new facility has 5 operating, 1 orthopedic, 2 endoscopy suites and 6 oral surgery rooms. Pharmacy and Radiology services are also enhanced with more windows to serve patients and two internal MRI units.

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Newcomers

Sponsors must ensure that DEERS information for their Families is up-to-date. Active-duty Soldiers will complete TRICARE enrollment during in-processing at Soldiers Plaza. Enrollment forms for Family members are taken at the TRICARE Service Center, Building 9204 on the MACH campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. TRICARE information is available by calling 1-800-444-5445. www.tricare.mil.

For appointments, call 706-544-2273 (CARE), or visit www.tricareonline.com


Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Children with medical issues requiring more than basic medical care are mandated to enroll in EFMP. Sponsors need to have a DA Form 5888 completed by the child’s primary care manager (PCM). The EFMP office is next door to the Peds Too Clinic in the hospital’s first-floor clinic wing. For information, call 544-1939.


Pregnant Patients

Pregnant patients are seen in either the Family Medical Home or OB/GYN Clinic once enrolled for care at MACH. Patients may participate in the hospital’s new Centering Pregnancy program - care with a provider and a midwife. For information, call 544-3201.


School Screenings, Physicals and Immunizations

Students enrolling in Georgia and Alabama schools for the first time require certain screenings. Georgia requires a Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231 Revised) and a completed Vision, Hearing and Dental Certificate (DHR Form 3300). Alabama requires a Certificate of Immunization (IMM-50). Call 544-2273 for appointments for these enrollment screenings as well as appointments for school and sports physicals.

Employment

ACS Employment Readiness Program

The Army knows that employment is one of the most significant issues for military families. The goal of the ACS Employment Readiness Program is to assist families with the challenges associated with the job search, particularly as they are impacted by the Army's mobile lifestyle.


Hours & Contact Information

Address: Building 7
7117 Baltzell Ave(view on Google Maps)
Phone: 706-545-4043
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Email: Contact the Employment Readiness Program Manager
Submit an ICE comment card

The Employment Readiness Website provides weekly job lists, and helpful resources and programs like career counseling and job coaching.

http://www.benningmwr.com/acs-employmentreadiness.php


Civilian Personnel Online

Become a member of the Army Civilian Team. Visit the Civilian Personnel Online Employment page and discover countless opportunities to join the Army as a Civilian. The Army has a wealth of challenging jobs with progressive employment practices, a family friendly atmosphere, exceptional benefits, and a diverse workforce.

Finances

ACS Financial Readiness Program

The Financial Readiness Program FRP offers counseling and training for Soldiers and their families and ensures emergency assistance is available when needed. The misson of FRP is to reduce indebtedness, minimize the need for emergency financial assistance and prevent financial difficulties before they arise. Services include classes on money management, credit, financial planning, insurance and consumer issues. We help Soldiers and Army Families live within their means and provide for a brighter financial future.

Click here to visit the Financial Readiness Program website.


Hours & Contact Information

Address: Building 7 7117 Baltzell Ave
(view on Google Maps)
Phone: 706-545-7517
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Email: Contact the Financial Readiness Program Manager
Submit an ICE comment Card


Defense Military Pay Office (DMPO)

It is our mission to provide timely and accurate military pay services to the Soldiers assigned to and supported by Fort Benning.


In/Out processing

In-Processing

Soldiers arriving to Ft Benning are required to attend the Finance Inprocessing briefing at Soldiers Plaza, Bldg 2622, on day one of their inprocessing.

At a minimum the following must be submitted:

  1. DD Form 1351-2 (travel voucher): original and five copies. A separate DD Form 1351-2 will be submitted if the soldier also performed a DITY (Do It Yourself) move. If the soldier moved his dependents to the new duty station and did not accompany them, then a separate DD Form 1351-2 will also have to be submitted for his dependents period of travel. Receipts for any reimbursable expenses exceeding $75 must also be submitted (4 copies + original). All lodging receipts, regardless of amount, must be submitted.
  2. DA Form 5960 (To start or recertify BAH): This form must be filled out in its entirety. Lease and mortgage agreements are not required. However, the bottom of the 5960 must show the zip code to where the soldier is stationed for this information is required to start BAH. Ensure that the 5960 is signed and dated by the soldier in blocks 13 and 14. Blocks 15 and 16 are to be left blank.
  3. DA Form 31 (leave form): Original and one copy. The leave form must have a sign in and sign out date. If the soldier went TDY enroute, then the same leave form or a separate DA Form 31 must also cover the period the soldier was TDY. If the soldier requested Permissive TDY the DA Form 31 needs to be signed by a LTC and the dates that the soldier took PTDY must also be annotated in the remarks. The soldier is also required to get the DA31 stamped by the Housing Office noting when the PTDY began.
  4. Orders: Four copies of the soldier's orders to include any amendments or DD Form 1610's covering TDY period.

Click here for more information

Outprocessing

You must attend a PCS Briefing prior to starting your outprocessing. Every Tuesday there is a finance briefing at 0900 hrs.

Appointments made by AG (central clearance). Bring one copy of orders and DA Form 31 to 2622.

Be prepared to answer the following questions during the briefing:

  1. Your permanent mailing address. Any travel or payment vouchers will be sent to this address.
  2. Your current home and duty telephone number.

Click here for more information


Contact Information

Finance In/Out processing - Bldg 2622 in Soldiers Plaza
Phone: 706-545-5085/1895
Hours: M-F 0730-1600

Travel Pay - Bldg 2622 in Soldiers Plaza
Phone: 706-545-3481/5914
Hours: M-F 0730-1600

Customer Service - Bldg 89, 6761 Vibbert Ave.
Phone: 706-545-7969/2967
Hours: M-F 0730-1600

Submit an ICE comment card link

Education

Our schools belong to the Georgia/Alabama district and are a part of the Department of Defense Domestic Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS). The military command, school board and parents provide wonderful community support to us and we feel fortunate to serve the families of our military sponsors.

If you are living on the installation and have school aged children in pre-k to eighth grade your child/children will attend DoDEA Fort Benning Schools. We have a total of 7 schools (6 elementary and 1 middle) which serve the families living on the Ft. Benning installation. Only residents of Fort Benning are permitted to attend Fort Benning schools. High school students that live on Fort Benning are given school of choice in Muscogee, Chattahoochee and Russell Counties. Families with children living off the installation will attend schools in their assigned community school zone.

The School Support Program is designed to improve the educational environment and academics of K-12 school-age family members whose parents are assigned to Army installations and activities. Our mission is to help parents become informed, confident advocates for their child's education, to help them deal with varying school-to-school academic curriculums, schedules and graduation requirements. We also address issues involving the development of parenting skills, school violence, bullying and home schooling.

The School Support Officer works with Child, Youth, and School Services and the local school community to address educational issues involving military children. It is our mission to "level the playing field" for military children by:

  • Mobilizing community resources to reduce the impact of military lifestyle on school-age children.
  • Implementing services to help children achieve academic success.
  • Providing access for parents, children, school, commanders and communities to a wide range of resources to facilitate smoother school transitions.

Hours & Contact Information:

School Support Officer
Address: Building 2783, 6529 Eckel Avenue
Phone: (706)545-3062 or (706)626-0388
Hours: M-F 0800-1700
Contact the School Support Officer

Click here for more information on Public, Private, Christian, or Magnet Schools.

Muscogee County Schools
Chattahoochee County Schools
Russell County Schools
Harris County Schools
Lee County Schools
Phenix City Schools

Click here to learn more about Fort Benning Primary Schools

Click here to learn more about School Support Services


Army Continuing Education Services

ACES, through its many programs, promotes lifelong learning opportunities and sharpens the competitive edge of the current Army and beyond. ACES is committed to excellence in service, innovation and deployability. In addition, ACES has been providing quality education support for over 50 years to soldiers and their family members.

Army Education Center
Building 2602, Soldier's Plaza
7184 Collins Loop
Fort Benning, GA 31905
(706) 545-7397

Testing Center
Building 2612, Soldiers Plaza
(706)545-2911/3708

Army Learning Center
Building 2614, Soldiers Plaza
(706)545-8096

Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP)
Building 2614, Soldiers Plaza
(706)545-1665


Resources

GI Bill
GoArmyEd
Troops to Teachers

Click here to learn more ACES helpful programs and resources

Fun

The Fort Benning Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation welcomes you! Family and MWR hosts programs, services, leisure activities and special events designed to enhance the lives of Soldiers, family members and military retirees. Check out their website to find something fun to do on Fort Benning.

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Website

Benning MWR Event Calendar