Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL6 ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUmE 6 — ISSUE 1 30 fayetteVille/Cumberland COunty Material Donations and Volunteers Welcome! 3833 Bragg Boulevard Corner of Bragg Blvd. and Bargain Street Appliances • Lighting • Flooring • Furniture • Tools & More! Up to 70% below retail cost! (910) 920-4657 Visit us at fayettevillenchabitat.org with sections of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade in the Middle East and the 82nd Airborne Division headquar- ters in Iraq. The 3rd Special Forces Group is expected to return to Africa, where the unit has had a historical pres- ence. At the base in Fort Bragg a new $22 million head- quarters for the U.S. Army Civil Afairs & Psychological Operations Command is expected to open in late 2016. Museums and memorials throughout the county tell the story of our military history. The region's premiere museum is the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville. Permanent and visiting exhib- its tell the story of the highly trained units from 1940 to Iraq and Afghanistan. The original "Iron Mike" statue, dedicated to the airborne trooper, welcomes visitors at the entrance to the museum. The museum's Task Force Ranger and the Battle of Mogadishu exhibit will continue through the end of 2016. The exhibit was seen on CBS 60 Minutes television show and won the prestigious John Wesley Powell Prize that recognizes exemplary works of history. The exhibit marks the frst time that Special Operations veterans were given permission to share their experiences in a public venue, and the frst time their families were inter- viewed regarding their experiences. "Our museums try to tell the story of our county," said Bruce Daws, city historian. His love of history keeps him involved with the Fayetteville Area Transportation & Lo- cal History Museum, North Carolina Veterans Park and other military organizations. Daws points out highlights of the museum: the bed that General Lafayette slept in, and an exhibit of Mexican Revolutionary General Pancho Villa, who unintention- ally gave the National Guard military experience used in WWI, among other interesting exhibits. In February, the museum will honor the life of prominent educator and African American civic leader, Edward Evans. In March, artifacts from a blockade-runner sunk in 1862 will be on display. The vessel, Modern Greece, was a screw steam freighter used as a blockade-runner by Confederate forces during the Civil War. A popular farmers' market sells produce, meats, honey and crafts outside the museum for most of the year excluding winter. The North Carolina Veterans Park is the frst state park dedicated to military veterans – young and old, living or deceased – and recognizes all branches of the Armed Ser- vices: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. The scenic park is stafed by retired veterans and features modern sculptures made from military equipment and ponds. A highlight is the wall made from soil from all 100 counties displaying bronze hand sculptures. The multi- million dollar park is sectioned by life before, during and after the military. >>

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