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Fort Benning is a military community that is a power projection platform which can deploy combat-ready forces by air, rail, and highway. It is home to the United States Army Maneuver Center, Armor School, the Infantry Training Center, and the 14th Combat Support Hospital as well as many other tenant units. Fort Benning is the future home of the Maneuver Center of Excellence which is due to be completed by September 2011. Traveling to the area by air, car, or public transit can be easily achieved. The closest airport to Fort Benning is the Columbus Metropolitan Airport. The main interstate freeway in the area is Interstate 185 which offers convenient exits to local communities near Fort Benning. Columbus also operates the METRA Transit System which takes riders to many locations within the metropolitan area. Greyhouse Lines also offers intercity transportation for travelers.
Top employers in the area include the Fort Benning military installation, the Muscogee County School District, and the Aflac Insurance Company. Health Care is also a primary employer in the area and supports the local economy with St. Francis Hospital in the downtown area. Homes for sale in the area start in the $190ks and up depending on the number of bedrooms desired. Apartments for rent start at $650 a month for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit. Rental homes start at a $1400 monthly rental rate. Attractions in the Columbus area include the Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center located at Columbus State University. Many theaters and museums offer visitors a chance to learn more about the history of the region.