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United States Army Infantry School

The United States Army Infantry School is located at Fort Benning, Georgia, is a school dedicated to training infantrymen for service in the United States Army.

United States Army Infantry School
US Army Infantry School DUI.png
School headquarters' and the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade's distinctive unit insignia
Founded1918
Country United States
Branch United States Army
RoleInfantry training
Part ofTRADOC patch.svg US Army Training & Doctrine Command
Garrison/HQFort Benning, Georgia
Motto(s)"Follow Me"
Commanders
Current
commander
BG David Hodne
Insignia
Shoulder sleeve insignia
United States Army Infantry School SSI (1964-2015).gif

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OrganizationEdit

The school is made up of the following components:

For new recruits specializing in infantry, the ITB conducts twenty two weeks[1] of One Station Unit Training (OSUT) consisting of both Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). The mission of the Infantry Training Brigade is to transform civilians into disciplined infantrymen that possess the Army Values, fundamental soldier skills, physical fitness, character, confidence, commitment, and the Warrior Ethos to become adaptive and flexible infantrymen ready to accomplish the mission of the infantry.

Infantry officers who have completed commissioning and the Basic Officer Leadership Course then attend the Infantry Officer Basic Leadership Course in 2nd battalion. This is a course of instruction, as the name implies, in basic infantry skills, including marksmanship, machine gunnery, tactics, and planning.

The brigade also conducts specialized training for soldiers in Basic Airborne, Pathfinder, and Jumpmaster Courses.

Former UnitsEdit

For many years the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 29th Infantry Regiment provided branch specific programs of instruction as part of the Infantry school. In July 2007 the 29th Infantry Regiment was reflagged into the 197th Infantry Brigade as part of the Army's transition to a Brigade focused structure. This organization continued until 12 December 2013 when the 197th Infantry Brigade was deactivated[9]. Shortly thereafter the programs of instruction provided by the 29th Infantry Regiment were consolidated under 1st Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment, reflagged as part of the 316th Cavalry Brigade, and the 2nd Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment was deactivated. Under the purview of the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE), as part of the 316th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment continues to teach combat skills and support MCoE training, the Infantry School, and Infantry Soldiers and leaders by providing the following courses[10]:

Chief of InfantryEdit

The Chief of Infantry is the proponent of the school[11] and its commandant.

No. Image Name Start End
1 Colonel Henry E. Eames October 5, 1918 April 22, 1919
2 Major General Charles S. Farnsworth[12] April 22, 1919 July 31, 1920
3   Brigadier General Walter H. Gordon August 1, 1920 November 8, 1923
4   Brigadier General Briant H. Wells November 9, 1923 March 8, 1926
5 Brigadier General Edgar T. Collins March 9, 1926 May 1, 1929
6   Brigadier General Campbell King May 2, 1929 May 31, 1933
7 Brigadier General George H. Estes June 1, 1933 September 30, 1936
8 Brigadier General Asa L. Singleton October 1, 1936 August 31, 1940
9   Major General Courtney Hodges September 1, 1940 March 3, 1941
10   Major General Omar N. Bradley March 4, 1941 February 10, 1942
11 Major General Leven C. Allen February 11, 1942 September 18, 1943
12   Major General Charles H. Bonesteel Jr. September 19, 1943 June 27, 1944
13   Major General Fred L. Walker June 28, 1944 July 11, 1945
14   Major General John W. O'Daniel July 12, 1945 July 1, 1948
  Major General John W. Foss[13] 1985
47   Major General Benjamin Freakley[14] 2003 2005
48   Major General Walter Wojdakowski[15] 2005 2008
49   Major General Michael Barbero[15] 2008 2009[16]
50   Major General Michael Ferriter[17] 2009 2009
51   Brigadier General Bryan Owens[18] 2009 2011
52   Brigadier General Walter Piatt[19][20] 2011 2012
53   Brigadier General David B. Haight[21] 2012 2013
54   Colonel Robert E. Choppa[22] 2013 2014
55   Brigadier General James E. Rainey[23] 2014 2015
56   Brigadier General Peter Jones[24] 2015 2017
57   Brigadier General Christopher T. Donahue[25] 2017 2018
58   Colonel Townley R. Hedrick[26] 2018 2018
59   Brigadier General David M. Hodne[27] 2018 Current

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 22-Week One Station Unit Training Archived 10 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Fort Benning Office of Public Affairs (22 March 2010). "1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment to be inactivated". WTVM.com. Raycom Media. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  3. ^ Staff (n.d.). "199th Infantry Brigade". www.benning.army.mil. United States Army. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  4. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Henry Caro Noncommissioned Officer Academy". www.benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  5. ^ Maneuver Senior Leaders Course[dead link]
  6. ^ Advanced Leaders Course[dead link]
  7. ^ Warrior Leaders Course[dead link]
  8. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade". www.benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  9. ^ Wright, Ben (12 December 2013). "197th Infantry Brigade officially deactivated at Fort Benning". Ledger-Enquirer. Columbus, Ga. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  10. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Fort Benning Site Map". www.benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Office of the Chief of Infantry". United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence. United States Army. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  12. ^ Emerson, William K. (2004). Marksmanship in the U.S. Army: A History of Medals, Shooting Programs, and Training. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 101. ISBN 9780806135755. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Army's chief of infantry will take over Ford Bragg". Star-News. Associated Press. 26 December 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley". ArmyEdSpace.com. United States Army. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  15. ^ a b Bennett, Doraine (2008). "A Retrospective: MG Walter Wojdakowski, Chief of Infantry, August 2005 – November 2008" (PDF). Infantry Bugler. National Infantry Association: 8–9. ISSN 1933-6225. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  16. ^ Little, Vince (5 June 2009). "CG reflects on tenure at Fort Benning". The Bayonet. United States Army. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  17. ^ Sitter, Bridgett (22 September 2009). "Leaders discuss future of Infantry, Armor". MCOE Public Affairs. United States Army. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  18. ^ Little, Vince (8 June 2011). "Chief of Infantry bids farewell to Benning". The Bayonet. United States Army. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  19. ^ Benning Welcomes new Chief of Infantry. BenningTV. 2011. Event occurs at 0:02:24. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  20. ^ Little, Vince (3 August 2011). "Post hails new chief of Infantry". News Archive. United States Army. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  21. ^ Ben Wright (2 August 2012). "Fort Benning announces new commanders for Infantry and Armor Schools". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  22. ^ "New Infantry chief takes command". The Bayonet. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  23. ^ "Fort Benning welcomes new infantry chief and commandant". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 30 July 2014. Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  24. ^ "Fort Benning to welcome new infantry chief Brig. Gen. Peter Jones". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Brig. Gen. Donahue is 57th chief of infantry at Fort Benning". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  26. ^ "New Commandant Takes Responsibility of US Army Infantry School".
  27. ^ "New Commandant Takes Responsibility of US Army Infantry School".

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