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Family Housing

Ft Benning Services & Organizations Family Housing

The Villages of Benning — Family Housing

Michaels Management Services is responsible for the Villages of Fort Benning private housing on Fort Benning under the Residential Communities Initiative. We provide a high standard of living for military families, with amenities that include parks, playgrounds, community centers and swimming pools. Most of the villages on the installation are near an elementary school, and only residents of on-post family housing are eligible to enroll their children in post schools. Residents enjoy a variety of free community events and activities. Each village has an on-site management and maintenance team.

Families choosing to live in RCI housing receive a basic allowance for housing. Rent is taken from the Soldier’s pay as an allotment. There are no additional move-in expenses, no credit checks, no application fees, security deposits or pet deposits for the first two pets. Eligibility for neighborhoods is determined by grade, and eligibility for home size is determined by family size.

For more information, visit The Villages of Benning Welcome Center at 601 Lumpkin Road or call 706-685-3939. You may also visit www.villagesofbenning.com.

Bouton Village

Bouton Village is on the east side of Main Post. Bouton offers three- and four-bedroom units ranging between 1,074 and 1,205 square feet. Of the 340 units, each comes equipped with an optional fenced-in backyard.

Custer Village

On the north side of post, Custer Village has more than 600 new or newly renovated homes with at least three bedrooms and two baths. Some of these new units feature laminate hardwood flooring, fenced-in backyards, laminate counter-tops, custom designed kitchens and attached garages.

Porter Village

Porter Village is in Dahlonega, Georgia, and is open to all ranks. These 77 homes range in size from 995 to 2,135 square feet and come with laminate hardwood flooring, garages, decks, a community swimming pool and two tot parks.

Davis Village

On the east side of post, Davis Village is home to enlisted Soldiers and their families. These homes, 286 of which are newly renovated, have two to four bedrooms and plenty of floor space. Davis Village is conveniently located near Martin Army Hospital, the PX and the commissary mall.

East Main Post Village

East Main Post Village on Main Post, offers historic living. Select homes, in East Main, feature hardwood floors, fireplaces and basements. Most homes have three to four bedrooms, with two to three baths, and range in size from 1,350 to 3,164 square feet.

Upatoi Village

Upatoi is near Sand Hill and shares the management office of Custer Village. These homes are offered to rank bands E-9, O-4 and O-5. They feature hardwood floors, garages, carpet and keeping rooms in select units. These 107 newly built homes range in size from 1,718 to 2,135 square feet.

Norton Village

Norton Village is on Main Post and is offered to single Soldiers. These three-bedroom and two-bath homes feature hardwood floors and basements. Living areas within these 110 homes range from 982 to 1,078 square feet.

Indianhead Village

Indianhead Village is comprised of approximately 400 homes and is on the west side of post. Residents may enjoy newly renovated three- and four-bedroom duplexes and townhomes. Homes range between 992 and 1,365 square feet, with updated amenities, such as laminate hardwood floors, granite countertops, fenced-in backyards and a new community center, tot lot and splash park.

McDonald Village

McDonald Village is comprised of 83 units that are on Main Post. Each home has two bedrooms and one bath, basements and screened-in porches. These historic homes were constructed around 1930 and are approximately 961 to 992 square feet.

McGraw Village

McGraw Village is on the north side of post. This quiet and peaceful village of 591 units 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 2,903 square feet depending on the number of bedrooms.

Patton Village

Patton Village is also on the north side of post. Patton Village is similar to McGraw Village in amenities, floor plans and square footage and offers homes ranging in size from three- to five-bedrooms.

Community Centers

The Villages of Benning offers four community centers within the vicinity for residents who live in on-post 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, and 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.

Housing Services Office

The HSO helps Army families and Department of the Army civilians moving to the tri-community find housing off post. All military personnel assigned to Fort Benning are required to report to this office before entering into any lease, rental or purchase agreement. Lists of apartments and houses for rent or sale are updated weekly. You can access the Automated Housing Referral Network online and view available properties.

Several motels in the area provide special rates for military and civilians either on an overnight visit or on a permanent basis. For temporary on-post lodging information, please see the Lodging portion of the MWR section on Page 39.

The HSO is in Room 385 of Building 35. For more information, call 706-545-3921/6610.

Health Care

Ft Benning Services & Organizations Health Care

TRICARE

TRICARE is the DOD’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 adviser, call 706-544-3461/1347.

MEDDAC & Martin Army Community Hospital

Fort Benning’s MEDDAC, a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Medical Command, provides an extensive variety of services to more than 100,000 beneficiaries, including active-duty Soldiers, military retirees, family members and surviving spouses who are enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Prime Plus. 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. Soldiers with dependents are given a family member enrollment packet during in-processing. Enrollment also can be completed online at www.tricare.mil or by calling TRICARE South at 800-444-5445. Once enrolled, TRICARE will assign a primary care manager to all family members.

Martin Army Community Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care to about 2,500 patients daily. It maintains a fully-accredited laboratory service, diagnostic radiology with computerized tomography and nuclear medicine, pharmacy and many other ancillary support services.

MACH offers adult primary care, family medical home and pediatrics clinics, and troop medical clinics. Specialty clinics include allergy/immunology, dermatology, gastroenterology, neurology, spine, interdisciplinary pain management, internal medicine specialized services, sleep medicine, chiropractic, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, optometry, nutrition care, women’s wellness, orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, podiatry, urology and behavioral health.

For more information, visit MACH at 6600 Van Aalst Blvd., call 762-408-2604/2605 or visit www.martin.amedd.army.mil.

Teaching and Training Mission

MACH’s three-year Family Practice Residency Program produces the best physicians in the U.S. Army. Other specialty training programs include the clinical portion of the Army’s Physician Assistant Program, a residency in health care administration, training in several military occupational specialties and numerous clinical rotations and externships with local colleges and universities.

Specialty Care

Eighteen specialty clinics are available within Martin Army Community Hospital. If the primary care manager determines there is a need for a referral to a specialist, a request will be entered into the TRICARE system. Patients are then contacted by phone or mail with the details of the referral 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 to receive authorization for medical care in the civilian sector to ensure 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 to receive an authorization code. If authorization is not granted, patients will be responsible for all costs incurred.

Appointments

Routine medical appointments, cancellations and reschedules for clinics at MACH are made through the Central Appointment CARE Line 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. After hours, patients may leave messages for their primary care managers. It is important that patients arrive 15 minutes prior to appointments. If it is not possible to keep an appointment, call the CARE Line at 762-408-2273.

Army Secure Messaging Service

Army Secure Messaging Service powered by Relay Health is a secure online service through which providers and patients can communicate. Using Army Secure Messaging Service, you can consult your doctor about specific health symptoms, request a prescription refill, request appointments, receive lab or test results, and access patient education resources on more than 5,000 health topics and 6,000 medications. To set up your account, visit www.relayhealth.com or call 866-735-2963.

Patient and Family Advocate Office

Patients with questions or comments about hospital procedures may visit the hospital’s Patient and Family Advocate Office or call 762-408-2602/2603/2420.

Volunteering with the Red Cross at MACH

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, allowing teens to volunteer in the hospital. Individuals who would like to gain valuable health care experience should contact the hospital volunteer coordinator at 762-408-0484 or the American Red Cross at 706-545-5194.

Additional Clinics and Services

A reception station clinic and several medical clinics support training activities on the installation. Additional troop medical clinics are at Dahlonega, Georgia, and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, in support of the Ranger Training Program. Also part of the Fort Benning MEDDAC: Warrior Transition Unit, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program, Physical Examination Service, Social Work Service, Community Mental Health Service and Veterinary Service. The Combined Troop Medical Clinic on Main Post serves more than 10,000 active-duty troops.

North Columbus Medical Home is a Community-Based Primary Care Clinic at 1100 Brookstone Centre Parkway, Suite 101 in Columbus, Georgia. Women’s health, well baby and child exams, school and sports physicals, pharmacy and lab services are available for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. Call 762-408-CARE (2273) to schedule an appointment. The After Hours Care Clinic at North Columbus Medical Home is available 5:30 to 8 p.m. weekdays for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries with minor illnesses or injuries arising when Primary Care Clinics are closed. Call 706-626-3838 for more information.

Fort Benning VA Clinic

The Fort Benning VA Clinic offers mental health services, dietary, social work, clinical pharmacy and laboratory services. The clinic is in Building 9214, 6635 Bass Road. Call 706-257-7205 for more information.

Dental

The Fort Benning Dental Health Activity is the fourth-largest in the United States and is a major subordinate command of the Dental Health Command-Atlantic at Fort Belvoir Virginia. DENTAC conducts an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (12–month) residency, graduating eight residents per year. This program is approved and accredited by the American Dental Association.

Members of the uniformed services receive routine dental care during normal duty hours at the clinic designated to support their unit. Clinics are open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Phone numbers are listed in the Telephone Directory at the back of your Tour Guide.

Dental care for family members is provided by local civilian dentists participating in the Tricare Dental Program. A list of participating dentists is available at all dental facilities. Retirees are eligible for the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program.

Military personnel and family members requiring emergency dental care after duty hours should report to the Emergency Room at Martin Army Community Hospital. Family members should seek care with their civilian dentist first.

Army Substance Abuse Program

The ASAP provides services to deter alcohol and drug abuse. Programs include counseling, prevention education, employee assistance, drug testing, risk reduction and suicide prevention. For more information, call 706-545-1138/4415.

ASAP Counseling Center

The ASAP Counseling Center provides unit commanders with a clinical staff to evaluate and treat alcohol and drug abusers. The clinical program manager is your POC for counseling and rehabilitation services. Counselors evaluate Soldiers, DA civilians and adult family members with potential substance abuse problems and provide rehabilitation services. For more information, call 706-545-8362/4821.

Prevention and Education

The ASAP prevention coordinator administers substance abuse prevention programs with the installation training officer. ASAP helps commanders and directors provide education in accordance with Army Regulation 600-85. Coordinators also conducts the 16-hour Prime For Life course. For more information, call 706-545-7027.

Employee Assistance

The Employee Assistance program provides intervention and referral services and educates civilians on stress management, relationship and substance abuse and more. For more information, call 706-545-5137.

Drug Testing

The Drug Testing coordinator operates a secure collection point and serves as the installation subject matter expert on urinalysis collection and testing. For more information, call 706-545-2123/5880.

Risk Reduction

The Risk Reduction Program is designed to decrease high-risk behaviors among Soldiers to reduce deaths, injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide attempts, drug and alcohol offenses, criminal behaviors, domestic violence, financial distress and more. For more information, call 706-545-5718/6049/7446.

Suicide Prevention

The Suicide Prevention program manager coordinates installation suicide prevention initiatives. This program 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.

Education

Ft Benning Services & Organizations Education

Fort Benning Schools

Fort Benning’s five elementary schools and one middle school offer a top quality education for all children of military personnel living on post. Programs are designed to serve the unique needs of military families. 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 from each school 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 DOD Domestic Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Fort Benning schools offer programs for students with special needs, including learning disabilities, intellectual and emotional impairments, developmental delays and speech-language impairments. Services are also provided for 3- and 4-year-old preschool 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 kindergarten through eighth grades. The students receive various service models, including differentiated instruction and flexible grouping to challenge and support intellectual development.

The English as a Second Language program helps children attain proficiency in English. School counselors and nurses work in each school to provide services to allchildren. For more information about Fort Benning schools, visit www.dodea.edu/Americas.

Dexter Elementary 706-545-3424
McBride Elementary 706-544-9411
Stowers Elementary 706-544-2312
White Elementary 706-545-4623
Wilson Elementary 706-545-5723
Faith Middle 706-545-0310

School Liaison Office

The school liaison officer works with Child & Youth Services and local schools to address educational issues involving military children. The liaison is a communication link between the installation and the surrounding school districts. For more information, call 706-545-3062.

For information on child development centers, preschool and other school age services, see the Child & Youth Services portion of the MWR section.

Local High Schools

Students on Fort Benning may attend Spencer High School in Columbus or Chattahoochee County High School. 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 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.

Army Continuing Education System

The Army Continuing Education System serves Soldiers and family members through the Army Education Center in Building 9230 in the Commissary Mall on Marne Road. Counselors provide information on the GoArmyEd portal, Army Tuition Assistance, GI Bill, various grants, scholarships and more. For more information, call 706-545-7397/6258/2911.

Legal & Advisory

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Building 2839 on Way Street, houses Client Services, Legal Assistance and Claims, Criminal Law, Installation Hearing Officer, Administrative and Civil Law. Legal Assistance offers advice on family law, consumer law, wills and estates, landlord-tenant and real property, military administrative law, taxes and more. To make an appointment, call 706-545-3281.

Ad valorem forms, notary services and powers of attorney are available on a walk-in basis. Claims accepts and processes initial notices of loss or damage and the actual claims based on shipment damage, household goods or POVs. It also provides help filing claims directly against the moving company. Claims also handles damages stemming from incidents related to military service and all fault-based claims, such as auto accidents, against the Army, AAFES or DFMWR. All claims services are available on a walk-in basis.

Inspector General

The IG advises the commanding general on the state of economy, efficiency, discipline, morale and readiness of all Fort Benning units and activities. For more information, call 706-545-9076.

Emergency Services

Ft Benning Services & Organziations Emergency Services

Department of Emergency Services

The Fort Benning DES, temporarily located in Building 71, provides 24-hour force protection, law enforcement, fire protection and community assistance. DES maintains liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and supports installation contingency operations. If you have a nonemergency complaint, call 706-545-5222/5223/5224. For more information, go to www.benning.army.mil/garrison/des. Upon completion of renovations, DES will return to the historic Provost Marshal’s headquarters in Building 215 on Wold Avenue.

Red Cross Emergency Communications

When a Soldier or military family experiences a crisis, the American Red Cross provides emergency communications 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Red Cross relays urgent messages to service members anywhere in the world. Red Cross puts 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. Red Cross information helps commanding officers make decisions regarding emergency leave. To contact the Red Cross, call 877-272-7337 toll free within the continental United States. For more information on the Red Cross on Fort Benning, call 706-545-5194. For information on volunteering, see the Red Cross portion of the medical section on Page 23.

Religious Services

Ft Benning Services & Organizations Religious Services

Fort Benning’s religious support program conducts more than 20 services each week in seven chapels. Bible studies, Sunday school, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Faith Formation Classes are a few of the programs offered on Fort Benning.

The Fort Benning Unit Ministry Team consists of chaplains, assistants, DA civilians and contract personnel. Chapel volunteers also conduct key programs. Every unit receives religious support through a unit chaplain or one who has been tasked to provide religious support.

You will find a list of chapels and phone numbers in the Telephone Directory in this Tour Guide. For more information, call 706-545-2289. In case of emergencies after duty hours, call 706-545-2218.

Chaplain Family Life Center

The Chaplain Family Life Center, Building 974 on Lincoln Avenue, is staffed with a team of chaplains and civilian residents with specialized training in counseling. The center is also home to the Family Life Chaplain Training Program. Chaplains provide pastoral counseling for a wide range of issues for individuals, couples and families. The Family Life Center offers premarital counseling the first Friday of each month.

Shopping

Commissary

The Fort Benning Commissary, Building 9230 on Marne Road, includes a grocery, bakery, rotisserie and sushi bar. Customers must show their ID at the checkout. Personal checks are accepted for up to $25 over the amount of purchase. Telephone orders are accepted with 24-hour notice for special-order meat cuts, deli meat, cheese trays, fruit baskets and fruit and vegetable trays. The commissary is open daily except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 706-544-3965.

AAFES Post Exchange Mall

At 247,000 square feet, Fort Benning’s Post Exchange Mall has a great variety of dining options, concessionaires and merchandise, clothing, cosmetics, fragrances, home decor, electronics, appliances, recreation equipment, toys and garden supplies. The PX, at 9220 Marne Road, is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 706-685-3242.

Concessionaires

Alterations/Dry Cleaning 706-687-7755
Barbershop 706-687-2436
Beauty Shop 706-687-2743
Beauty Supplies 706-405-3939
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
GameStop 706-689-6893
GNC 706-689-1832
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
Starbucks 706-685-3257, ext. 215-216
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, 103 Ingersoll St., is open 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call concessionaires for individual store hours. For more information, call 706-682-0473.

Concessionaires

Alterations/Dry Cleaning 706-687-4700
Barbershop 706-682-0011
Bruster’s Ice Cream 706-683-9585
Charley’s Grilled Subs 706-687-4995
GNC 706-689-3137
Hertz Car Rental 706-682-4070
Kim’s Boot & Shoe Repair 706-689-2175
UPS Store 706-685-3535

Sand Hill Mini Mall

The Mini Mall is at 3218 11th Airborne Division Road on Sand Hill.

Concessionaires

Barbershop 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 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. For more information, call 706-682-2756.

Military Clothing Sales

In addition to clothing, Military Clothing Sales also carries a large selection of books and supplies for the student Soldier. MCSS in the Main PX Mall is open daily. For more information, call 706-689-7981.

The Sand Hill Troop Store 3355 is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. It is closed Monday. For more information, call 706-685-1174.

Shoppettes and Troop Stores

Camp Rogers Troop Store
5022 Blackhawk Road 706-682-2833

Custer Road Shoppette/Gas/Car Wash
10598 Custer Road 706-682-0854

Dixie Road Shoppette/Gas/Car Wash
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

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

Food

Arby’s 706-683-0933 Dixie Road Popeye’s Chicken 706-685-9645
McGraw Village Starbucks 706-225-7688
Main Post Burger King 706-689-0934

Additional Services

Firestone Complete Auto Care
9233 Marne Road 706-687-6520

Bikes and Beyond
9230 Marne Road 706-687-9253

Banking & Credit Unions

Columbus Bank and Trust

Columbus Bank and Trust has a full-service office on post and 16 locations in Columbus. CB&T programs include the Lifetime Bankpack Account, Deployment Account, Mobile Banking and internet banking. It has 25 ATMs on Fort Benning. 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. Most branches are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 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. Stop by the Commissary Banking Center on Marne Road.

For more information, call 800-641-2268. Automated telephone banking is available 24/7, and representatives are available 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Kinetic Credit Union

Kinetic Credit Union provides financial products and services for active-duty and retired military personnel, civilian employees and contractors. Services include checking and savings accounts, free home banking, bill pay and presentment, electronic statements, electronic balance notifications, money market and certificate accounts, low-cost loans, retirement and investment planning, and mortgage and home equity loans. For more information, call 877-332-1269. Be sure to visit our on-post drive-thru branch at 2786 Eckel Street or any of our other branches or ATMs throughout the Columbus-Fort Benning community.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

There are 18 Wells Fargo financial centers in the Columbus area and two on post. The Wells Fargo Main Post branch, 109 Wold Avenue, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The drive-thru closes one hour earlier Friday. For more information, call 706-685-7001. The Wells Fargo mall branch, 9230 Marne Road, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Army Community Service

Ft Benning Services & Organizations Army Community Service

Army Community Service is a network of services, resources and programs designed to help Soldiers and their families enjoy their time at Fort Benning. ACS addresses matters related to career and finance, retirement, home and family, moving and deployment, volunteering, 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, see the MWR section on Page 37.

Santa's Castle

Ft Benning Services & Organizations Santa's Castle

Santa’s Castle is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers to provide toys for children of Fort Benning Soldiers who cannot afford gifts at Christmas. Each child receives about $125 worth of toys, and each family receives a board game. Gifts are new and age appropriate.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. To request an application, email fortbenningsantascastle@gmail.com. If you would like to make a donation or hold a fundraising event to benefit Santa’s Castle, email fortbenningsantas castle@gmail.com.

Employment/Pay

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Equal Employment Opportunity Office advises post commanders and officials on the Equal Employment Opportunity Program’s policies and procedures for DOD civilian personnel. EEO provides educational support for civilian and military personnel regarding EEO concerns. The office is in Room 121 of Building 6 at 6650 Meloy Drive and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-545-1872.

Civilian Personnel Advisory Center

CPAC provides Fort Benning personnel administration services and support through recruitment strategies to seek and hire the best candidates available; job oriented training to empower employees; and, retention of the force by developing a proud, supportive atmosphere where employees can excel. CPAC is in Building 6, Meloy Hall, off Eckel Avenue. For more information, call 706-545-2655/3374.

Defense Military Pay Office

For in- and out-processing, travel claims and separations, report to Building 35 on Morrison Avenue 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-545-5086/7963. The branch that handles Reserve pay, debt management collections, military pay inquiries, mobilization and demobilization operations, and wounded warrior pay is in Building 89 on Vibbert Avenue. It is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 706-545-7969.

Employment Readiness Program

The Employment Readiness Program offers resources to help with your career plan and job search. Whether you’re a new military spouse or family member, a retiree, DOD civilian, active duty military (including Reserve and National Guard) or a Wounded Warrior, we’re here to help. We provide information on local, national, and international employment opportunities, job market trends and education, and volunteer resources. We offer classes on self-assessment and career exploration, resume writing, interviewing techniques, dressing for success, networking, and entrepreneurship. For more information, call 706-545-4043.

Installation Retention Office

The Installation Retention Office is in Building 35. This office has oversight on all career counselors assigned to the Maneuver Center of Excellence. The IRO is also where separating Soldiers can find the Reserve component career counselors. Contact your unit career counselor for additional information or call 706-545-6759/6157.

Soldier for Life ? Transition Assistance Program

The Transition Assistance Program provides information and training to ensure service members separating from active duty are prepared for the next step in life, whether pursuing education, finding a job or starting a business. Fort Benning’s Soldier for Life Center is located in Building 9230 on Marne Road. For more information, call 706-545-2308.

Libraries

MWR Library

At the MWR Library on Eckel Avenue, you’ll find a vast selection of reading material for all ages, as well as movies, music and more. Each summer, we host a popular reading program for school-age children, and throughout the school year, they’ll enjoy book clubs, chess club and special activities. Preschool Story Hour, from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays through the school year, offers big fun for the little ones. In addition to stories, preschoolers will enjoy games, songs and crafts.

While the little ones are having fun, browse our collection of books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals and databases or enjoy free internet access and Wi-Fi. Our librarians will help you with your homework or access language learning software and genealogy databases that typically cost money. For more information, call 706-545-4911.

Donovan Research Library

MCoE Donovan Research Library provides reference and research services. Resources include books, magazines, newspapers, audio books and DVDs in standard and e-formats. Collections include historical documents, student papers and post newspapers. Virtual service is available at www.benning.army.mil/library.

Patrons have access to computers, Wi-Fi, scanners, copiers, a fax machine and microform reader/printers. Donovan Research Library is on the first floor of Building 70, on the east side of McGinnis-Wickam Hall. The MCoE Virtual Branch Library, at www.benning.army.mil/library, provides access to the online catalog, information databases, digitized collections, e-books and audio collections. For more information, call 706-545-5661/6411.

Human Resources

Ft Benning Services & Organziations Human Resources

Military Personnel Division, Directorate of Human Resources

The Military Personnel Division provides personnel services required upon arrival and departure from the installation and other personnel actions initiated by the customer, including in- and out-processing, installation strength management services, eMILPO automation support services, reassignment actions, passport and visa applications, Soldier actions, OCS, Soldier Readiness Processing (deployment and redeployment), retirement and transition services processing, trainee and student personnel operations, processing of identification cards and tags, document certification, Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) enrollment, line of duty investigations, casualty reporting assistance, military personnel files records maintenance, emergency forms preparation, personal affairs, DOD Forms 214 and publishing of orders. The following lists the branches that fall under MPD and services they provide. For more information about MPD, call 706-545-4002.

Personnel Readiness Branch

The functions of the Personnel Readiness Branch involve notifying Soldiers of reassignment, verification of assignment eligibility, preparation of permanent change of station and family travel orders, and processing of deletion and deferment action by commanders. Except for TRADOC organizations, PRB is responsible for personnel manning for officer assignments, enlisted assignments and unit readiness, review of HQDA manning targets, requisitions for special skills, processing of incoming installation permanent party gains to units, assignment verification during in-processing, unit readiness reporting for personnel (NetUnit Status Reporting for FORSCOM units), classifications and special duty pay for permanent party personnel. The Personnel Automation Section handles the management of and access to eMILPO (Electronic Military Personnel Office) and is the point of contact for military personnel accountability for Fort Benning. It is responsible for installation access to the Enterprise Datastore application as well as monitoring AWOL situations and forward dropped from rolls (DFR) packets for the installation with the exception of 3rd Brigade. PAS is the point of contact for Personnel Asset Inventories. Within PAS also is a mobilization section responsible for all Reserve and Guard federalizations for contingency operations. For more information, call 706-545-3768.

Personnel Operations Branch

The Personnel Operations Branch functions involve Casualty Operations (NOK notification, casualty assistance, funeral honors, etc.); Retirement Services Operations (retirement applications, Survivor Benefit Plan counseling, assistance to retirees and families, etc.); Deployment Cycle Support Operations (Administrative SRP for CRC and redeployment services, DD214 preparation, REFRAD orders, etc.); and Transition Services Operations (separation orders and DD214 and DD220 preparation for trainees, students and permanent party personnel). For more information, call 706-545-0160.

Trainee/Student Branch

The Trainee/Student Branch provides all military personnel support services to trainees and Soldiers attending Initial Entry Training or professional development schools on Fort Benning. TSB also manages the Army Training Requirement & Resources System. For more information, call 706-545-8811.

Personnel Services Branch

The Personnel Services Branch provides support to permanent party Soldiers upon arrival and departure from the installation. Services include in-processing and out-processing, military awards, promotions, Soldiers Actions, OCS applications, Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) enrollment, ID cards and tags, military personnel files and voting assistance. For more information, call 706-545-9017.

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