Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Feb 9, 2017
Press Release

FORT BENNING, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, welcomes the U.S. Army's announcement that Fort Benning in Georgia will serve as the home for two new army organizations under the Training and Doctrine Command's Maneuver Center of Excellence (TRADOC). These two organizations include the Security Force Assistance (SFA) proponency office and the Military Advisor Training Academy (MATA).

Designating both the SFA proponency office and MATA under Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence supports the Army's preparedness in multinational operations. It also aligns the military training center with its operational component, which is already housed at Fort Benning.

“I am excited that the Army has designated Fort Benning as the home of the Security Force Assistance proponency office and Military Advisor Training Academy,” said Congressman Bishop, “Fort Benning is a premier installation for force development initiatives, and these added capabilities will further enhance Fort Benning’s national security profile.”

The SFA proponency office develops policy and doctrine designed to train brigade-level commands how to assist and sustain host or regional security forces in support of legitimate combined arms operations. The establishment of MATA institutionalizes the policy and doctrine and develops curriculum used to train the force. These organizations are initially expected to add 85 positions to Fort Benning and are a natural fit with TRADOC and the other capabilities currently present at the Fort.

The MATA is set to begin operations on October 1, 2017