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Post becomes Maneuver Center Oct. 1

Sep 3, 2009

By Bridgett Siter, MCOE Public Affairs

FORT BENNING, GA - Fort Benning will become the Maneuver Center of Excellence effective Oct. 1, with the post commander, MG Michael Ferriter, designated commanding general of the MCOE, announced Jay Brown, Base Realignment and Closure project manager, during the monthly BRAC community update Tuesday at the National Infantry Museum.

The commander of the Armor Center will retain the position of chief of Armor until the consolidation is complete.

During the update, Gary Jones, executive vice president of military affairs for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, urged local communities to prepare for an increase in demand for housing and a population increase in schools over the next two years as the Armor School moves here from Fort Knox, Ky.

Jones, speaking to the local residents, elected officials and business leaders, said growth on the installation directly impacts local economies, and BRAC growth specifically may impact 10 counties in Georgia and Alabama if those counties plan to attract and accommodate new residents.

Jones introduced the Valley Partnership's Regional Growth Management Plan to help officials identify issues in the areas of affordable housing, education, public safety and health and social services that might inhibit their ability to leverage BRAC-related growth. Information on the management plan is available at

The next BRAC update will start at 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at the National Infantry Museum. For more information, call 706-545-6169.

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