Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL8 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 8 — ISSUE 2 28 FORT BRAGG BY LINDSEY GREY "Camp Bragg" was established in 1918 when the Army needed to expand its field artillery training facilities in preparation for World War I. Named for Confederate General Braxton Bragg, a former artillery officer from North Carolina, the camp became Fort Bragg in 1922. Together, Fort Bragg and neighboring Pope Air Force Base form one of the largest and most prestigious military complexes in the world. Fort Bragg's rich "airborne" history and tradition was launched in 1934 with the first military parachute jump. Today, Fort Bragg (251 square miles) is the world's largest airborne facility with more than 55,000 military personnel. The installation is home to the 82nd Airborne Division, the XVIII Airborne Corps and the U.S. Army Parachute Team (the Golden Knights). The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School trains soldiers for Special Forces. The Fort Bragg Open House held every year at Fort Bragg and Pope Field gives military service members and their families the opportunity to tour the base. The event puts on an air show, including an appearance from the world-famous Army's Golden Knights. Staying fit is part of the job at Fort Bragg, and the base uses the outdoors to make it fun and relaxing. Walking/running trails at Coscom Trail, Engineering Trail and Son Tay Trail keep soldiers fit. Thirteen fitness centers on base offer classes, racquetball, sauna and cardio training. Five aquatic facilities (two year-round and three seasonal) on Fort Bragg offer a large number of aquatic classes and programs throughout the year. Parks make for fun outdoor recreation for families and soldiers. Smith Lake Recreation Area features several picnic areas within the 200 acre day-use park. Smith Lake is Fort Bragg's largest park and provides a perfect setting for intimate family and social events or for group gatherings. Wilson Park features a three-acre lake where military families can feed ducks and fish off the pier in McFadden Pond. At Woodland Park, the largest on Pope Army Air Field, families can grill outside, play sand volleyball, horseshoes and relax with nature. Watch planes take off at Flightline Park. Each year, the Fort Bragg Clay Target Center hosts specialty tournaments including the Armed Forces Skeet Championship and the U.S. Open Skeet Shooting Championship. The archery and clay shooting range features 12 competition level skeet fields and six fields. Nature lovers are surprised to learn that the Venus fly trap, a plant associated with mystique, is located at Fort Bragg. The plant native to southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina plays a unique role in the state's natural heritage. Golf enthusiasts go to Ryder and Stryker golf courses for tee time. The Ryder course has fairways that are tree lined and hilly, several water holes and challenges all skill levels. Stryker is a Donald Ross designed course. A favorite event each year for military families and residents is the popular Independence Day ceremony that brings freedom, food and fireworks together. The family-friendly event entertains the crowd each year with various national musical acts. Museums tell the military story on base. The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum established in 1963 spotlights the proud history of the U.S. Army Special Operations and Special Forces units, also known as the Green Berets. The history of unconventional warfare spans more than 250 years, dating back to the French and Indian War. The museum contains many unique items from World War II, The Vietnam War and current operations. >> historic, patriotic, community-spirited FORT BRAGG

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