WWE heads to Fort Benning: What you need to know about the home of WWE Tribute to the Troops 2014
For more than 10 years, WWE’s Superstars and Divas have performed for the valiant men and women of the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan and military bases across the United States. Since bringing the annual WWE Tribute to the Troops stateside in 2010, service members stationed at Fort Hood, Tex., Fort Bragg., Ga., Virginia’s Norfolk Naval Station and Joint Base Lewis-McChord have experienced the excitement of WWE with their friends and families firsthand. WWE Tribute to the Troops 2014 continues the tradition of WWE’s commitment to the U.S. military, with this year’s event taking place at Fort Benning in Georgia.
Built in 1918, Fort Benning is one of the United States Army’s most important installations, supporting more than 120,000 active-duty troops, reserves and civilians. Since its inception as a post to provide basic training during World War I, the base has served as the home of the Army’s infantry division, housing the Infantry School on site. As the installation expanded over the years, its commitment to training tomorrow’s soldiers has also grown. In addition to the Infantry School, Benning houses the Armor School — designed to effectively train soldiers in the use of armored vehicles. The base is also committed to the advancement of soldiers not only on the battlefield, but at home, as well, through the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
During their visit, WWE Superstars will see first-hand the training and capability of the units stationed at Fort Benning. Some of the units were established during World War I, including the 11th Engineer Battalion and the 3rd Armor Brigade Combat Team. Other units stationed at the base include the 198th and 199th Infantry Divisions, the 316th Calvary Brigade, the 194th Armor Brigade and the 14th Combat Support Hospital.
Also stationed at Benning is the Airborne Ranger and Training Brigade, making the installation the home of the legendary Ranger school. U.S. Army Rangers are specialized infantry units that can trace their lineage to the Revolutionary War and have seen combat in nearly every major conflict since 1942.
One specialized group of Rangers is also stationed at Fort Benning is the 75th Ranger Regiment. The 75th Rangers are part of the United States’ special operations forces under Special Operations Command (SOCOM) alongside Navy SEALs, Green Berets and other counter-terrorism units. The 75th Rangers serve as a light infantry unit with the ability to conduct and support high-risk special operations.
Check back with WWE.com for exclusive coverage of WWE’s visit Fort Benning, and tune in to the two-hour WWE Tribute to the Troops on Dec. 17 at 8/7 CT on USA Network, plus, the one-hour special on Dec. 27 at 8/7 CT on NBC.