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 38 fOrt bragg by stuart james Fort Bragg, North Carolina came into existence in 1918 when around 130,000 acres of sand, rolling hills, and pine groves were designated as a U.S. Army installation. Since that time Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville area has become home to over 10 percent of the Army's active forces with America's Airborne and Special Operations Forces and the Army's largest support command, Forces Command, all rolled into an installation that now covers about 161,000 acres, or 251 square miles, stretching into six counties. Fort Bragg is one of the largest and busiest military complexes in the world. More than 55,000 military service members, over 12,000 civilian personnel, and about 25,000 family members call it home. The climate in the Fayetteville region of the state was perfect for the Army needs plus it had an added bonus of an adequate water supply and rail facilities. The 82d Airborne Division was assigned to Fort Bragg in 1946 upon its return from WWII but it wasn't until 1951 that the camp became widely known as the "home of the airborne" when the XVIII Airborne Corps was reactivated. By population Fort Bragg is the largest US Army base. It not only houses the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and 1st Corps Support Command; but also is home to the U.S. Army Parachute Team (the Golden Knights), the 44th Medical Command, XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, 18th Aviation Brigade, 35th Signal Brigade, and more. The camp maintains America's Contingency Corps as a strategic crisis response force ready to deploy rapidly by air, sea, and land anywhere in the world at a moment's notice. Of course Fort Bragg is more than just military response. The troops also answer calls to natural catastrophes throughout the world, bringing supplies and relief to assist victims of earthquakes, foods or other large-scale disasters. Attractions on post include the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum telling the history of the 82nd from WWI (pre-airborne) to today. The museum ofers free admission, a main exhibit gallery, a four-story tall theater, video theater and a motion simulator ride. It is located in Historic Downtown Fayetteville on the corner of Bragg Boulevard and Hay Street, adjacent to the city's Freedom Memorial Park and the recently built North Carolina Veteran's Park. The main gallery is designed as a self-guiding tour, in chronological order, through the history of the airborne and special operations soldiers, from 1940 FORT BRAGG to the present. There is a temporary gallery that changes throughout the year and displays a myriad of exhibits pertaining to the United States Army, airborne and special operation units through their history and conficts from World War II to the present. Anytime is a great time to visit the museum but each year on a Saturday near August 16th the United States Army's Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM) Honors and recognizes the men who paved the way for all United States paratroopers. On the day of celebration you will fnd an elaborate display of military equipment manned by the soldiers from the XVIIIth Airborne Corps, United States Special Operations Command (USASOC), and the 82D Airborne Division. For more information and the exact celebration date as well as other special events check out their website: www.asomf.org/ The interests for military or history bufs do not stop with the Airborne Museum. Established in 1963 the JFK Special Warfare Museum includes a history of the Special Forces and psychological operations. The Museum collection is comprised of many one-of-a-kind items including numerous ethnographic items acquired by teams in Vietnam, Africa and Burma. There is also an extensive World War I and II propaganda poster collection. Visitors will fnd displays on such diverse units as the U.S. Army Indian Scouts in the 19th Century, the Ofce of Strategic Services, 1st Special Service Force and Merrill's Marauders in World War II. It showcases the Airborne Ranger Companies, >> military, museums, home of the brave

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