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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg Army Base in Fayetteville, NC North Carolina Military Bases

 

Fort Bragg is a large Army base located in the North Caroline counties of Hoke and Cumberland, just west of Fayetteville. As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) Fort Bragg was slated to absorb Army units and assets from several other locations.

 

In 2011, the already massive base absorbed the Forces Command (FORSCOM) and US Army Reserve Command (USARC) from Fort McPherson in Georgia, increasing the base’s population by 25,000. This addition made Fort Bragg the single largest US Army installation and command in the United States capable of providing sustained combat and support forces for response anywhere in the world.

 

Fort Bragg is known throughout the Army as the training ground for well-known units such as the US Army Special Operations, Airborne Corps and the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. Notable landmarks in the area near Fort Bragg are The Climbing Place in Fayetteville, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens and Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

History

Established as an Army artillery training ground in 1918, Camp Bragg was intended to be a training school for artillery soldiers heading to World War I front lines in Europe. Camp Bragg derived its namesake in honor of the Civil War Confederate General Braxton Bragg. Camp Bragg was renamed to Fort Bragg in 1922 as its size and role in the US Army expanded.

 

Despite its massive size now, Fort Bragg has narrowly skirted closure several times over the last century. The permanent stationing of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg kept the base at full capacity, when it was considered for deactivation in early 1950. In late 1951 the XVIII Airborne Corps found a home at Fort Bragg along with newly established US Army Physiological Warfare Center. Following the end of the Korean War Fort Bragg continued to expand, by the onset of hostilities in Vietnam, Fort Bragg was one of the largest bases in the Army.

 

Throughout the Vietnam War over 200,000 draftees and volunteers into the Army received basic training at Fort Bragg. US involvement in Central America during the 1980s’ saw Fort Bragg units deployed to Panama, Grenada and Honduras. Airborne Units from the base we’re deployed to the Middle East in the 1990s’ in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

 

These same units have been in a consistent deployment cycle for the last decade in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The addition of Force Command and US Army Reserve Command have meant that an even greater number of Fort Bragg units are now deployed to the far corners of the world.

Mission

The mission and primary objective of Fort Bragg is to provide consistent combat and support forces in accordance with America’s Contingency Corps. This tasks the base as being a strategic crisis response force capable of worldwide deployment at any time. Fort Bragg units are to be kept in a constant state of readiness, able to deploy by land, sea and air, and fight immediately upon arrival. Major units of Fort Bragg include the 82nd Airborne, XVIII Airborne Corps, FORSCOM, USARC, 18th Aviation Brigade, 4th Medical Command and the US Army Special Operations Command.

Other Components

 

Fort Bragg is home to several tenant units including US Army Medical Command, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Womack Army Medical Center and the US Army Special Operations Recruiting Command.

Base Area and Population

 

Fort Bragg currently spans 251 square miles, including training areas, live fire ranges, airfields and housing areas. The current population stands at just over 140,000, made up of 77,000 active duty and reserve soldiers and 63,000 dependents and family members.

Housing

 

Fort Bragg currently maintains 5,528 housing units for active duty personnel, consisting of single, two, three and four bedroom dwellings. More housing is scheduled to be constructed to accommodate the influx of soldiers to Fort Bragg as a result of the absorption of FORSCOM and USARC. Picerne Military Housing, a private company, works in conjunction with the base housing office and the local community to provide on post housing and lodging in the community if on base housing is at capacity.

Education and Schooling

 

Fort Bragg maintains an internal district of eight schools. High School students are required to attend school in Cumberland County, however transportation is available for all students. Within the base younger students have six elementary schools, one middle school and one junior high.

Daily Living

 

Fort Bragg has two large commissaries and two large PX’s. Additionally, there are two smaller shopping centers with banks, dry cleaning, fast food options and dine in restaurants. Throughout the base are gas stations, convenience stores, auto repair shops a movie theater and an inline skating rink. Medical care is available from two clinics that serve active duty and retired personnel and Womack Army Medical Center in addition to two dental clinics.

 

Family and Soldier Morale Welfare and Recreation centers provide soldiers and their families with a bowling alley, golf courses, a library, several movie theaters, multiple gyms, pools and tennis courts, horseback riding, camping, fishing and areas for hunting. Religious services are held at 12 chapel’s that serve a wide range of denominations. Finally, Fort Bragg maintains two Army Museums, proceeds from which go to serve retired military personnel.

Visiting

 

Fort Bragg is not open to the general public. Access to the base is restricted to active duty and reserve personnel and Department of Defense employees. There are a handful of historical buildings, however that are open to the public.

 

All visitors over the age of 16 are required to furnish a government issued photo ID, which will be surrendered upon entry in exchange for a visitors pass. Any visitors planning on driving on Fort Bragg will be required to provide current insurance registration.

 

Though certain areas are open to the public, it is recommended that prospective visitors call ahead to ensure operations are under normal conditions that day.

The North Carolina Fort Bragg is considered as a marvelous and extensive United States facility. More precisely it is actually a very important U.S army installation, in the county of Cumberland and Hoke in the North Carolina region, part of it its mostly in the Fayetteville and another part in Spring lake. Coordinates 35 ° 8’21 “N 78 ° 59’57” W, with a population of 39.457 stretching on an area of 251 square miles covering four counties (Hoke, Harnett, Cumberland, Moore).Its better known by military people as the Home of Special Forces and Airborne Forces. Below are more details and history that made a great impact in history of the United States and so on.

 

In 1918 Fort Bragg was artillery training camp first the goal was to have six artillery brigades at the cost of 6 million dollars that was given for this operation and land. This plan was abandoned right after WW 1 ended. This was very important since everything changed.

Later on, September 30, 1922 Camp Bragg is renamed to Fort Bragg so it can become a permanent home for the U.S army post. Four barracks were constructed in that time too which stands even today after 89 years.

 

Moreover, in 1940 World War II was in place and the population in Fort Bragg reached 5.400 and after only one year the population exploded to 67.000 this was because a lot of units were assigned here for training during World War II that includes the 2nd Armored Division, 9th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division and the 100th Infantry Division, the population of Fort Bragg facility reached the peak during the World War II years which was of 159 .000.

 

The Fort Bragg base even participated in the WW 2, Vietnam, 1990 Saudi Arabia, 21st century Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fort Bragg

 

Location

Fort Bragg is the largest Army installation by population covering  about 161,000 acres,  stretching into six counties. Fort Bragg is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina and is home of the Airborne and Special Operations.

 

History

Fort Bragg is the home of the Airborne. For more than half a century, Fort Bragg has had a proud heritage as the Home of the Nation’s finest fighting forces. Originally activated in June 1942 at Camp Polk, LA, the XVIII Airborne Corps was known as the II Armored Corps. It was redesignated XVIII Corps in October 1943, at the Presidio of Monterey, California. The Corp’s birthday is August 25, 1944, the same day the XVIII Airborne Corps assumed command of the 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions.

 

Mission

Our mission is to maintain America’s Contingency Corps as a strategic crisis response force manned and trained to deploy rapidly by air, sea, and land anywhere in the world, in order to fight upon arrival and win. It is known as the Home of the Airborne and Special Operation Force. Fort Bragg houses the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and the U.S. Army Parachute Team (the Golden Knights). Fort Bragg units also include the Corps Support Command, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 16th Military Police Brigade, 20th Engineer Brigade, 108th ADA Brigade, 44th Medical Command, 18th Fires Brigade and more.

 

Population Served

Fort Bragg is the largest US Army base by population, serving a population of 52,280 active duty Soldiers, 12,624 Reserve Components and Temporary Duty students, 8,757 civilian employees, 3,516 Contractors, and 62,962 active duty family members. There are 98,507 Army retirees and family members in the area.

 

Base Transportation

A shuttle bus is provided. The shuttle bus schedule is updated monthly. Please call 910-432-4497 or 910-396-5368 for the monthly schedule.

 

Sponsorship

If you have a pinpoint assignment you can request sponsorship by mailing DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling Information Sheet) to your gaining unit. Soldiers desiring a pin-point assignment and a sponsor to assist them upon arrival at Fort Bragg can contact Strength Management at 910-396-9616, or 910-396-3966, DSN 312-236-9616, or 312-236-3966.

 

All in-processing soldiers will in-process at the Bragg Reception Center, Bldg. 4-2245 (same proximity as the Soldier Support Center), Normandy Street. The Fort Bragg Reception Company is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and can be reached by calling 910-396-9304 or 910 396-2656, DSN 312-236-9304 or 312-236-2656.

 

Soldiers E-6 and below will in-process at the Fort Bragg Reception Company, Bldg. 4-2245 (same vicinity as the Soldier Support Center), Normandy Street, 910-396-4244/4250 or DSN 312-236-4244/4250.

 

Temporary Quarters

Airborne Inn Lodging facilities are open to military personnel (all ranks/grades), their family members, guests, and retired military and their guests. You can make advance reservations up to 6 months ahead of time. Incoming PCS personnel may occupy guest house facilities for up to 30 days without loss of BAH. Outgoing personnel may occupy guest house facilities for up to 10 days. The Standard room rate is $45.00 + $5.00 for each additional person per day for all ranks.  Please note that you are required to pay in advance for 7 days upon check-in. For information, call 910-396-7700 or DSN 312-236-7700. Airborne Inn Lodging Office is located in Bldg. D-3601, Moon Hall, on Darby Loop.

 

Relocation Assistance

A Newcomer’s Orientation is held at ACS on the 1st Tuesday of the month, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Newcomer’s Orientation is a great way for Fort Bragg Soldiers, Family Members, and DoD employees to become familiar with the services and agencies available on the installation. There is also a monthly Newcomer’s Bus Tour of Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville area. Limited FREE childcare is available through CYSS. Please call 910-396-8682/8683, for more information or to register.

 

The Lending Closet is for families PCSing to or from Fort Bragg. Soldier/family members may borrow basic household items for a designated period of time while awaiting shipment of household goods. Call the Relocation Program at 910-396-6013 or DSN 312-236-6013.

 

The Airborne Attic provides Soldiers and family members E4 and below with items of furniture, household goods and clothing free of charge. They can be reached at 910-907-2842 or DSN 312-337-2842.

 

Critical Installation Information

    Fort Bragg is a restricted access base. All persons 16 years and older entering the base are required to show a picture identification.

    Fort Bragg regulations prohibit the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle, except with the use of a hands-free device.

    All active duty military personnel (including allied officers) and their family members assigned to Fort Bragg, DA/DoD civilians employed by Fort Bragg, local Reserve and National Guard members, and contractors working on Fort Bragg must register their privately owned vehicles (POVs) with Vehicle Registration, for more information call 910-432-8193.

    Wearing portable headphones, earphones, or other listening devices while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited.

    The use of radar or laser detection devices to indicate the presence of speed recording instruments or to transmit simulated erroneous speeds is prohibited.

 

Contact Information

Adult Education Centers

Fort Bragg Education Services Branch

Macomb and Reilly Street

Building 2-1105

Fort Bragg, NC 28310