The state of Georgia has a number of military installations, including Army bases. Fort McPherson, which was located in the south Atlanta suburb of East Point, was founded in 1885 and closed in 2011. For many years, the base served as a training facility. Formerly, situated around 500 acres of land, it was home to Forces Command (FORSCOM), United States Army Reserve Command (USARC) and the Third Army. The majority of Fort McPherson’s Third Army relocated to SHAW AFB in Sumter, South Carolina. Listed below are Army bases in Georgia.
Located outside of Columbus, Georgia, Fort Benning opened in October 1918. The base actively supports over 120,000 military members and their families along with reserve soldiers, civilian employees and retirees. Named after the Civil War era’s Brigadier General Henry L. Benning, the base was not used much until World War II and remains very active when it comes to training soldiers. Movies such as “The Green Berets” (1967), “The General’s Daughter” (1999) and an episode of the FOX hit “24” were filmed at Fort Benning. Ironically, Oklahoma City bombing conspirators Timothy McVeigh, Michael Fortier and Terry Nichols met during training at Fort Benning in 1988.
Nestled inside the Atlanta suburb of Forest Park, Georgia, is Fort Gillem. The small Army base was founded in 1941 and like Fort McPherson, it too employed a large number of civilians. In 2011, an exit ceremony took place wherein First Army troops were transferred to the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. With departments phasing out and land being sold, all that is pretty much left of Fort Gillem is the responsibility for a cleanup effort regarding a 165 acre swath of contaminated water.
Formerly known as Camp Gordon and founded in 1941, this army installation is located in Augusta, Georgia. A large employer of both military and civilian personnel, Fort Gordon is also home to the United States Army Signal Corps, a military police detachment and the Cyber Center of Excellence.
Established in 1941 and sprawled over 280,000 acres of land near Hinesville, Georgia, Fort Stewart is the largest Army base in the eastern portion of the United States. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the base was used to house POWs and for various types of training such as baking and cooking.
Hunter Army Airfield’s standout feature is a runway that is over 11,000 feet long. Oftentimes, military jet and turboprop aircraft from bases like: Dobbins ARB, Moody AFB, Charleston AFB and Shaw AFB use Hunter AAF’s runway for training practice approaches and landings. NASA even declared Hunter as an alternate landing area for Space Shuttle orbiters. The base was named after Lieutenant Colonel Frank O’Driscoll Hunter in 1941. Serving as training ground for light bomber and dive bomber groups, a B-47E was forced to drop a nuclear payload into the Savannah River in 1958. It never detonated nor had it ever been recovered.