Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL6 ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 6 — ISSUE 2 34 FORT BRAGG • NC INSPECTIONS • OIL AND FILTER SERVICE • NEW TIRES • • CUSTOM WHEELS • LIFT KITS • MAINTENANCE SERVICES • • ALIGNMENTS • MECHANICAL REPAIR • DIAGNOSTICS • 4005 Bragg Blvd. Fayetteville, NC 28303 Look for the special operations forces' display of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Some of the exhibits include a large piece of the World Trade Center given to the USAJFKSWCS from New York City as a remembrance that the fight for freedom is not always across the seas. Many Civil War dead are 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. If you're into the more modern day excursions check the schedule of the Sicily Drop Zone — where you can watch paratroopers during actual training exercises. But Fort Bragg is more than military. Geography and ecology are a major part of its strategic location. Ft. Bragg is the only locality where the endangered Saint Francis' Satyr butterfly (Neonympha mitchellii francisci) is known to occur. St. Francis' satyr is found in wetland habitat dominated by graminoids and sedges such as abandoned beaver dams or along streams with active beaver complexes. Also, in 1990, the endangered, red-cockaded woodpecker came under the protection of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This caused an interesting dilemma for the base, where many of these birds lived. Training stopped, ranges were closed, and troops were temporarily moved to other installations for training. The Army and the conservationists eventually worked out an agreement, which put in place training restrictions around the woodpeckers' habitat with restrictions limiting the scope and duration of training that could take place within 200 feet of these locations. Today, the clusters of woodpeckers have more than doubled in size, and many of the training restrictions have been lifted. Fort Bragg provides an economic stimulus for the entire Sandhills region infusing billions of dollars into the local economy with new jobs, an opportunity for local businesses to grow, and of course as a patriotic tourism destination. If you step back a bit you can really see Fort Bragg as more than a military installation. It truly is "home" "community" "church" to thousands of families. Though some of us might never get used to a "fly over" or some distant "thunder" on a cloudless day… for many, that just lets them know they're home in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. []

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