Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New Faculty Tour: West Point to Ft. Benning

Written by Todd Carlisle, business consultant, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center

Today, our tour across Georgia took us to West Point and Fort Benning. In West Point, we learned how local government, economic development professionals, higher education, local landowners and one large company can transform a region and the state. This great change was the establishment of KIA in West Point. In touring the plant, it is evident that KIA is vested in its people, the community and growing in the state. The facility is on the cutting edge of automotive production; KIA employees more than 3,000 people and has a manufacturing capacity of 360,000 automobiles.

In Fort Benning, we were hosted by "The Black Hats" of the Airborne School, the expertise that mold and prepare the elite paratroopers of the Army. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. This is the Warrior's Creed and a perfect testament to the atmosphere we experienced at Fort Benning. On our tour through the base museum, we saw memoribilia from all wars and conflicts in the past 200-plus years all the way through the second Iraq conflict. We also watched the Black Hats take soldiers through training exercises as they progress and strive to be part of the Airborne Creed.

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