ABOUT THE NATIONAL INFANTRY ASSOCIATION

The mission of the National Infantry AssociationĀ® is to support the Chief of Infantry and the entire U.S. Army Infantry Branch (the only organization with this primary function); to share the camaraderie of like minded soldiers and citizens who believe in maintaining the Infantry spirit; to recognize, through our awards program, outstanding Infantrymen and Infantry supporters; and to preserve the Infantry heritage through support of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park.

History

  • 1893, the Infantry Society was created.

  • In 1921, The Infantry Society became the Infantry Association

  • Mid 1950s, merged with other military associations to create the Association of the United States Army

  • April 1982, the Infantry Association was reestablished at Fort Benning, Georgia and operated as a titular organization for the subscribers of “Infantry” magazine

  • 1994, the Infantry Association was restructured and incorporated as the National Infantryman’s Association, Georgia non-profit corporation and IRS approved as a 501(c) (19) organization.

  • 1998, The National Infantryman’s Association began doing business as (dba) the National Infantry Association

  • 1999, The premier edition of the Infantry Bugler was created and published

The National Infantry Museum

The NIA gave birth to and is supporting the National Infantry Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt corporation, to construct and operate the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park. The former National Infantry Museum could house only 5-10% of its collection, which is valued at over 30 million dollars, in the original main building of Fort Benning’s hospital, which was constructed in 1925. The museum dedicated the Inouye Parade Field and opened its theater, gift shop and restaurant on March 19, 2009. The grand opening ceremony for the main building and galleries was held on June 19, 2009 with GEN Colin Powell as the keynote speaker. For more information, or to make a tax deductible contribution, go to the National Infantry Foundation.