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Operation Military Rendezvous

Follow the steps of the American Infantry across two centuries of courage and determination, explore Civil War naval artifacts and be amazed at the Airborne Action Show as you tour the area’s military heritage.

Operation Military Rendezvous

3 Days - 2 Nights

Day One

Time

Event

10:00 a.m.

Arrive at the

11:30 a.m.

Brad Castleberry 706.545.2238 of the Public Affairs Office can arrange all tours of the base. Your tour can vary depending on the day of the week your visit is planned. Among those activities include the following:

Lunch on the base for visitors is scheduled for the NCO (Non-Commissioned Officers) Club. Costs for meals average $5.

Airborne in Action Show. Takes place at Eubanks Field on the main post. Show dates are usually Monday, however, days vary.

Mass Parachute Jump Exercise. Held every Monday and Tuesday (unless there is a Federal holiday). Exercise takes place at Fryar Drop Zone on base. Times are usually from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., but can vary.

Riverside Plantation. Built in 1909 by businessman Arthur Bussey, Riverside is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the commandant’s residence.

POW Monument. Erected in 1946, this monument was originally built to honor U.S. prisoners of World War II, however, it later moved to its current location — it was altered to also reflect the POWs of World War I, Korea, and Vietnam.

WHINSEC. This building, where officers of foreign countries are currently trained, originally served as the U.S. Army Infantry School and Fort Benning Headquarters.

Doughboy Stadium. Built by U.S. Army Infantrymen as a memorial to their dead comrades of World War I.

Cuartels. Designed and constructed in the 1920s, this building serves as offices and quarters for visiting officers. The building appeared in the 1941 edition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not for the world’s longest continuous porch.

4:30 p.m.

Depart base for hotel.

5:00 p.m.

Arrive hotel. Check in. Overnight in Columbus

Day Two

Time

Event

10:00 a.m.

For those veterans and enlisted men interested in the Civil War, a visit to the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus in Columbus will allow you to experience 19th-century naval combat firsthand in this one-of-a-kind facility. The CSS Jackson and the CSS Chattahoochee remnants, which were dredged from the Chattahoochee River, are on display among other Civil War artifacts.  You’ll be amazed at the full-size replica of the USS Water Witch on the grounds of Port Columbus.

11:00 a.m.

Depart for Andersonville Historic Site and Village.

12:00 a.m.

Lunch in the Andersonville Village.

1:00 p.m.

Browse the Village.

2:00 p.m.

Visit the cemetery where nearly 13,000 Union prisoners died during the Civil War.

3:00 p.m.

Depart Andersonville.

(Optional Activities).

Venture back to Columbus for dinner and overnight.

Continue on to Ozark/Fort Rucker, Alabama area. Dinner and overnight in Ozark or Daleville, Alabama.

Day Three

Time

Event

9:00 a.m. CST

If overnighting in Ozark or Daleville, depart hotel for Army Aviation Museum on the base at Fort Rucker. The largest helicopter training base in the world, Fort Rucker boasts of this modern museum displaying the earliest in military flight equipment. Allow at least 1 hour. Options for additional military touring in Alabama: Visit Tuskegee to discover the history of the Tuskegee Airman Black Aviators. (East of Montgomery, AL, approx. 40 minutes) Visit the USS Alabama in Mobile. (South of Montgomery approx. 3 hours)

9:00 a.m. EST

If overnighting in Columbus, depart hotel for Warner Robins, Georgia.

11:00 a.m.

Arrive at the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in Warner Robins. Allow an hour to tour this museum created to honor both living and deceased military and civilian aviators.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch in Warner Robins.

1:00 p.m.

Tour Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins. View 100,000 square feet of indoor displays and 85 historic aircraft. Allow 1 hour.

2:00 p.m.

Depart for home.