Army Bases in Georgia

There are 5 Army bases in Georgia

  1. Fort Benning Army Base in Columbus, GA
  2. Fort Gordon Army Base in Augusta, GA
  3. Fort Stewart Army Base in Liberty, GA
  4. Hunter Army Airfield Army Base in Savannah, GA
  5. Camp Frank D Merrill Army Base in Dahlonega, GA

Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia

Fort Bening is a US Army base in Columbus, Georgia covering 182,000 acres, with a small portion of this land in Alabama. It is where Basic Combat Training is held.

It was established in 1909 as Camp Benning and has been in use since 1918. It was named after General Henry Benning, a Confederate General during the American Civil War between 1861-1865.

What is Fort Benning known for?

Fort Benning carries the moniker, Home of the Infantry. It aims to be “First in training, First in readiness, and First in quality of life,” and possesses the capability to deploy combat-ready forces.

How long is basic training at Fort Benning?

Fort Benning is one of the four locations for Basic Combat Training (BCT) which is 10 weeks long.

Fort Gordon Army Base in Augusta, GA

Fort Gordon is an Army base in Augusta that was established in October 1941. It is the current home of the United States Army Center of Excellence, the U.S. Army Cyber Corps. and the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Its role is to provide base support to enable mission readiness.

Fort Gordon covers 56,000 acres of land and a huge training facility for the Army.
It was named after John Brown Gordon, a businessman who was also in the Confederate army and the US senate.

Fort Stewart Army Base in Liberty, GA

Fort Stewart is a sprawling Army base in Liberty, Georgia, covering 280,000 acres of land. Established in January 1941, it is home to the 3rd Infantry Division. It is the largest military installation east of the United States with over 50,000 reservists in training.

Fort Stewart is named in honor of Daniel Stewart (Brigadier General), a Revolutionary War hero and political leader from Liberty County, Georgia.

Hunter Army Airfield Army Base in Savannah, GA

Hunter Army Airfield is located in Savannah, Georgia and subordinated to a larger base, Fort Steward. It has a long runway at measuring,375 feet long with a large parking space for aircraft, covering 350 acres.

This base was established in 1929 and named after Frank O’Driscoll Hunter, a World War I hero. Although an Army base, it has about 5,500 soldiers, airmen, coast guardsmen and Marines on station.

Camp Frank D. Merrill Army Base in Dahlonega, GA

Camp Frank D. Merrill is one of the less important Army bases and one of the few in its area. It serves as a meeting point of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion. It is not highly advanced as the main function of this base is to train and adapt in various environments, from mountainous to ground movement. 

After they pass this rigid training that tests their stamina, resistance and dedication, they are taken to another base, to Camp Rudder in Florida for the final exams.

Camp Frank Merill is 290 acres in size and 75 miles north of Atlanta Georgia. Its construction started in 1960 as Mountain Ranger Camp, then later on named after Frank Dow Merrill, who led multiple armies in Burma during World War II.

Through his leadership, his division was able to advance over 750 miles through the deep jungles in order to harass the Japanese soldiers, a feat that no other division managed to accomplish. He received multiple decorations and awards before he passed away in 1955.

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