I can’t even begin to count the number of Soldiers and veterans who’ve trashed talked Fort Benning and its neighboring town of Columbus, GA to me when I got my orders. While it’s mostly humorous, it always begs the question, “When were you last at Fort Benning?” Realistically, if you haven’t been to Fort Benning since 2010 or if your most recent experience was Basic Training or AIT then pay attention. Your opinion is likely outdated and/or skewed as your exposure as a Private during your 24 hours of freedom on Family Day was probably restricted. So, step away from the hater-ade and allow me to explain why you should give Fort Benning another chance.
Gather ’round kids. First Sergeant is going to tell you a little story about how he had the lake all to himself one fall at Fort Benning and how he…