Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Guide to Fort Benning Graduation Day at the National Infantry Museum

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is the home of all Fort Benning graduations for BCT (Basic Combat Training, 10 weeks for non-combat MOS soldiers who will attend Advanced Individual Training at another post) and OSUT (One Station Unit Training, 14 weeks of combined BCT and AIT for combat MOS's, such as Infantry).

Every Thursday and Friday, the National Infantry Museum's grandstands are filled with 2,100+ proud family members and friends who have come from all over the country to see their soldiers march across the parade grounds of Soldier Field. The grass they walk on is seeded with "sacred soil," taken from major battles in U.S. Army Infantry history (Yorktown, Antietam, Soissons, Normandy, Corregidor, Hill 180, LZ X-Ray, and multiple locations in Afghanistan and Iraq), creating a tangible link between the heroes who have secured our liberty in the past and the new soldiers who will now defend it.

If you are planning a trip to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center for a loved one's graduation, these videos will serve as a Guide to Graduation Day. The first video answers frequently asked questions about the event itself (stadium location, parking procedures, etc.).

The second video is a brief overview of the museum and attractions, including our immersive galleries, IMAX theatre, Fife & Drum Restaurant and Soldier Store. Even if you won't be coming for a graduation, this video will give you some ideas of what to expect when you visit this world-class facility.

We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any additional questions, please call us at (706) 685-5800 or ask online by commenting on this blog or friending us on Facebook.


The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center
1775 Legacy Way | Columbus, GA | 706.685.5800

Monday, April 18, 2011

National Infantry Museum to Host Desert Storm/Desert Shield 20th Anniversary National Tribute to Honor Service Members Who Lost Lives in Decisive Military Action | May 26, 2011


The National Infantry Museum located outside Fort Benning in Columbus, GA, will host a Gulf War Twentieth Anniversary National Tribute to the men and women killed in service during the Gulf War, on Thursday, May 26, leading off Memorial Day Weekend, from 9-11 a.m. The event will feature laying commemorative granite paved stones to each of the dead during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and will include participation by the top service commanders from the conflict. Families and unit members will attend and thousands are expected.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Infantry Foundation Chairman LTG (Ret.) Carmen Cavezza said, "This event is a long overdue national tribute to the sacrifices our military heroes made to enable a clear victory by the United States and coalition forces. This will be the first official recognition of all Gulf War men and women who died in service."

The National Infantry Museum and Foundation is seeking information from families and unit members of the 382 service members killed in the Gulf War to include at the event. All are invited to come. Persons with information or photos of the 382 are asked to send them to Cyndy Cerbin at ccerbin@nationalinfantryfoundation.org. "We want families and friends to feel that this is home for recognition of their heroes," said Ben Williams, Executive Director of National Infantry Foundation.

The event's emcee will be retired Four-Star General Barry R. McCaffrey, a division commander in the Gulf War. The top Air Force and Navy commanders in the Gulf War have already indicated participation; Gen. Charles Horner (Ret), and Admiral Stanley Arthur (Ret), as well as LtGen. William M. Keys, USMC (Ret.), who commanded the 2nd Marine Division in the Gulf War. Other leaders from all branches are expected. In addition to the stone pavers and speeches, a military honor guard will march. Taps will be played following the unveiling of the stones and the raising of a new, special, dedicated flag for the Gulf War.

McCaffrey stated, "The Gulf War was a decisive military action. Anyone who comes to the Infantry Museum and sees the powerful exhibits from all of America's wars will understand how appropriate it is that the Gulf War commemoration be hosted here. As a participant in the Gulf War, I am proud that America is giving recognition to those who served and died for their country."

In addition to the May 26 main events, media are invited to a reception with VIP's the night before (time TBD) at the National Infantry Museum and will have the opportunity for advance one-on-one interviews.

In partnership with the Army and the Maneuver Center of Excellence, the Gulf War ceremony will be a special event included at the conclusion of the graduation of a company of new Infantry School soldiers, a powerful message of continuity for the graduates.

For planning purposes, Columbus' airport is served by Delta and American Airlines, or media may wish to fly to Atlanta and rent a car or take a shuttle to Columbus, which has many hotels. Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International airport (ATL) is approximately an hour drive from the National Infantry Museum, and Columbus Airport (CSG) is a twenty minute drive.

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park, a 200-acre tract linking Columbus, Georgia, and Fort Benning, the Home of the Infantry, is the first world-class site to pay tribute to the U.S. Army Infantryman and those who fight alongside him. As the only interactive Army Museum in the United States, the museum showcases the contributions of the Infantry Soldier in every war fought by the U.S. by offering immersive participation and engaging visitors in the unique experiences of the Infantry Soldier. The complex also includes a parade field, memorial walk of honor, authentic World War II Company Street and 3-D IMAX® Theatre. For more information, visit www.nationalinfantrymuseum.com

Bob Weiner: 301-283-0821 (office) | 202-306-1200 (cell) | weinerpublic@comcast.net

Cyndy Cerbin: 706-685-5808 (office) | 706-575-4621 (cell) | ccerbin@nationalinfantryfoundation.org

To learn about event sponsorship opportunities, contact Jane Bayer:
706.685.2604 (office) | jbayer@nationalinfantryfoundation.org

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center
1775 Legacy Way | Columbus, GA | 706.685.5800

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Blog Launch | National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center | Fort Benning/Columbus, Georgia

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is proud to announce the launch of its new blog! This will be the e-home for the latest news releases and event announcements, as well as a place to get in-depth analysis of specific artifacts, stories from Infantry history, and tour/curriculum guides for educators and future visitors.
Check back regularly for progress. In the meantime, please check us out and friend us through your favorite social media service:

What is the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center?
Since opening in June 2009, the new
National Infantry Museum has proven
to be the #1 attraction in
Columbus, GA!
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center opened in 2009 with one mission: to honor Soldiers, both past and present. This state-of-the-art facility tells the story of the United States Army Infantryman, from the fields of the American Revolution to the sands of Afghanistan. This 190,000 square-foot museum houses an amazing display of artifacts from all eras of American history and contains numerous interactive multimedia exhibits, telling the story of our nation's past with the latest in technological innovation. Also located inside the Museum are: 

• The Patriot Park IMAX Theatre, which shows the best documentaries and the most immersive Hollywood films on the largest screen in the Southeast

• The Fife and Drum Restaurant, one of the premier dining establishments in Columbus
• The Soldier Store, offering a variety of unique items to commemorate your visit or to serve as great gifts
• The EST2000 Rifle Range, which offers you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shoot on the same rifle simulator that is currently used by the US Army to train our troops

Where is the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center?
One Force, One Fight!
1775 Legacy Way
Columbus, GA 31903
(706) 685-5800

The Museum is located right outside the Fort Benning Rd. gates to the Maneuver Center of Excellence, home of the United States Army Infantry and Armor schools.

What is Patriot Park?
To learn more about paver dedications,
Lauren Pastwik: (706) 685-5810
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is part of Patriot Park, a growing complex of historic monuments, educational institutions and recreational areas, which also includes:
• Heritage Walk, a 20-foot-wide, flag-lined walkway that runs the length of the building, from the parking lot to the grandstands at Soldier Field. On either side of the path, granite pavers can be purchased to honor loved ones.

• World War II Company Street, a collection of buildings from Ft. Benning circa 1940 - including Gen. George S. Patton's quarters - with free tours offered daily

• Soldier Field, a 5-acre parade field with grandstands capable of seating 2,000+ guests, used for all Ft. Benning BCT & OSUT graduations

• Memorial Walk of Honor, a still-expanding collection of monuments to honor those who gave all for the cause of freedom

How much does admission cost?
There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per visitor to help us preserve the legacy of the U.S. Army Infantry. The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is owned and operated by the National Infantry Foundation, a private, non-profit corporation.
There is a separate cost to experience the Rifle Range and the IMAX Theatre at Patriot Park, with all proceeds from ticket and concession sales going to benefit the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.