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 40 fOrt bragg the United Nations Partisan Infantry Force and PsyWar units' involvement in Korea as well as Special Forces actions in Laos and Vietnam. A separate gallery highlights Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Some of the static exhibits include a large piece of the World Trade Center from New York City as a remembrance of the fght here at home as well as abroad. Additionally, there is an exhibit on A-camps in Vietnam. More information on the museum is available at: www.soc.mil/SWCS/museum.html Historically speaking the area is rich with many Civil War dead buried on the site of the Longstreet and Shady Grove Churches and cemeteries. The churches also highlight how people worshipped in the 18th and 19th centuries. Tours of both churches may be arranged by calling Cultural Resources at (910) 396-6680. If you're longing for a little more reality in your visit; check the schedule of the Sicily Drop Zone - where you can watch paratroopers during actual training exercises. The largest annual family-oriented event is the Fourth of July celebration. Held on the Main Post Parade Field, it includes food, games and activities for kids, military equipment displays, and parachute jumps. The day- long event always concludes with freworks and an unforgettable rendition of the 1812 Overture – with real cannons at the appropriate intervals. With all the camoufage, parachutes, barracks and jeeps, it's easy to miss seeing Fort Bragg as the living, breathing community within a community. It's much more than just a military base. In order to serve its thousands of families Fort Bragg ofers the Womack Army Medical Center, a library, schools, shopping centers, a bank and credit union, chapels, recreation centers and of course several residential neighborhoods. Many veterans choose to continue to live in the region even when they leave active duty. In fact, Fort Bragg recently opened a new facility to treat more of our wounded warriors. One of the Army's newest Intrepid Spirit Centers, designed to treat patients with mild traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain and psychological health conditions, just opened its doors at Fort Bragg. The new center is an extension of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland. The NICoE is a Department of Defense institute dedicated to providing cutting-edge evaluation, treatment, planning, research and education for service members and their families dealing with the complex interactions of mild traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and psychological health conditions. Though occasional distant thundering of artillery, helicopters overhead, and the sight of a sky flled with parachutes may not be the sights and sounds of an average neighborhood, for this corner of the world, it's what makes Fort Bragg, North Carolina home! []

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