Congressmen Ferguson, Bishop Praise Army Decision to Station a New Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Benning
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Drew Ferguson (GA-03) and Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) praised the United States Army’s decision to add a Security Force Assistance (SFA) Brigade to Fort Benning. This brigade will add 500 positions to Fort Benning and is in addition to the 85 positions that were announced last week.
“This announcement is a testament to Fort Benning’s key role as one of our nation’s most valuable Army bases,” said Ferguson. “For almost a hundred years, Fort Benning has been an anchor to the greater Columbus community, and I proudly welcome these new troops to our area. The addition of the new mission reinforces the central role that Fort Benning and the Columbus area play in strengthening our national security.”
“It is a great day for Columbus and Southwest Georgia,” said Congressman Bishop. “The addition of a Security Force Assistance Brigade further enhances the already vital role that Fort Benning has in global operations. The Army's decision underscores Fort Benning’s ability to efficiently develop and provide support for our foreign allies, and highlights Fort Benning’s role as a key national security asset."
The SFA brigade is the first of six newly established units responsible for security force assistance operations in support of U.S. Combatant Commander requirements. The 500 position team will train, advise, and assist U.S. allies with military operations. Standing up the brigade is essential to achieving the nation’s security policies and objectives.
Stationing the SFA brigade at Fort Benning aligns the unit with the Training and Doctrine Command's Maneuver Center of Excellence, which owns the Army's security assistance training mission. Last week, the Army announced that 85 positions would move to Fort Benning to support the SFA proponency office and the Military SFA Adviser Training Academy (MATA). The Army plans to activate the new brigade in October 2017.