Sunday Talk: Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville sits down for an exclusive interview


COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The US Army’s top general visited Fort Benning and Columbus last week.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville was one of the guest speakers at the combatant conference on Tuesday morning. Later that day, he had lunch in downtown Columbus with community leaders from across the Chattahoochee Valley.

After that lunch, General McConville sat down with WRBL’s Chuck Williams for an exclusive interview.

McConville said 83% of those joining the military had a family member in the service. 44% come from high schools that have Junior ROTC programs.

Here’s what General McConville had to say about Columbus and its ties to Fort Benning. We will also hear from CSU Acting President Dr. John Fuchko…

“Having commanded in a community similar to Columbus, it’s like you’re your hometown team,” McConville told WRBL. “And the soldiers, the families, the civilians who work there really appreciate being welcomed by the community. And it’s a community that truly embraces Fort Benning.

Dr. John Fuchko III, acting president of Columbus State University and colonel in the Georgia National Guard, welcomed Gen. McConville’s visit and his willingness to listen to community leaders.

“Being able to understand the challenges they face across the military and how we can be part of that solution was a welcome opportunity,” Fuchko said.


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