About Fort Benning, GA
Fort Benning, located near Columbus, Georgia, is a large United States Army base. Known as the "Home of the Infantry," Fort Benning was founded in 1918 as part of the United States' involvement in World War I; among the first servicemembers stationed at Fort Benning was a young Dwight D. Eisenhower.
After playing a pivotal role as a staging location for Europe-bound troops during World War II, the base grew dramatically during the Cold War. Today, more than 120,000 people live or work at Fort Benning. The base has earned particular renown as a training center for infantry divisions, a role it took over from Fort Knox.
Left-wing protesters have frequently gathered at Fort Benning to challenge the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas. While these individuals charge the school has trained Latin American military dictators, Congress has continued to fund the institute.