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The complete post guide to Fort Bragg

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Airborne operations at Fort Bragg
U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret

Are you heading to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina? Well if you are, you’re in for a treat! The Tar Heel state has a lot to offer and Ft. Bragg is no exception. In fact, when you call this massive Army installation home, it means you’ll now be part of its extensive history! It’s also the largest Army base by population so be prepared for learning your way around a whole new city, basically. In addition to the installation’s nearly 53,000 active duty Soldiers, the surrounding area is home to almost 100,000 retirees. You’re going to feel right at home at Ft. Bragg, that’s for sure.

Overview

Ft. Bragg is home to the Army’s Airborne. As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure commission, Bragg absorbed several Army units from other locations. It’s known throughout the Army as the training ground for Special Ops, the Airborne Corps, and the Golden Knights Parachute team. Bragg boasts having been, at one time, home to all five Airborne Divisions – the11th, 13th, 17th, 82nd and 101st. In fact, did you know the 11th was recently reactivated in order to focus on Arctic warfare? Ft. Bragg weather is about what you’d expect. It’s sort of muggy and hot but there are several stunningly gorgeous days each year, too.

Ft. Bragg Location

This massive Army installation is located within Hoke and Cumberland counties. It borders the towns of Fayetteville, Southern Pines, and Spring Lake.  

units at Fort Bragg
Brig. Gen. James E. Rogers commander of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, leads his unit in an early morning formation run on Feb. 6 down Logistics Road at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Directions

From the south, take I-95 South to exit 56 toward Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope AFB, US 301 South. Then, make a right at the first light onto Grove Street. Next, turn right onto Bragg Blvd. Continue to Santa Fe Drive. Merge onto the All American Freeway and this will bring you to Ft. Bragg. 

From the north, use I015 North. Merge onto 1-95 Business Route North toward Fayetteville/ Fort Bragg/ Pope AAF. Continue on US-301 for about seven miles. Then, turn left onto Owen Drive. This becomes the All American Freeway, which takes you to Fort Bragg. 

Transportation

The closest airport is the Fayetteville Regional Airport. Even though it’s a regional airport, it supports major airlines such as American and Delta. The airport also offers daily flights to hub airports, making travel into and out of Ft. Bragg very easy. Additionally, the airport is about 12 miles from the installation, so it shouldn’t take very long to reach post at all. 

You can arrive by bus as well, using the Fayetteville Area System of Transit. Amtrak runs a service via the Atlantic Coastline Railroad Station. 

Ft. Bragg Transportation Motor Pool is fully operational and free to military, DoD civilians, and contractors on official business. Family members may also ride the shuttle if space permits. Call the Shuttle Dispatch for more information.  

Gates and Hours

It’s no surprise that a post this size has a lot of gates. There are 13 access points to the installation. Several are 24-hours. Some are only open twice a day. The Visitor Control Center is located at the All American Main Gate. 

All American – Main Gate 5 open 24/7

Butner Gate 12 Monday – Friday 0500-1000 and 1600-1900, closed weekends and holidays 

Chicken Gate 2 open 24/7

Gate 18 Manchester – Pope Field – Gate 18 Monday – Friday 0500-1000 and 1600-1900, closed weekends and holidays 

Honeycutt/210 Gate 10 open 24/7

Knox Gate 8 closed

Knox St. East (MMD) Gate 8A Monday – Friday 0500-1000 and 1600-1900, closed weekends and holidays 

Longstreet Gate 1 open 24/7

Randolph Gate 11 open 24/7

Reilly Gate 3 Monday – Friday 0500-1000 and 1600-1900, closed weekends and holidays 

Simmons Airfield Gate 13 open 24/7

Truck Plaza Gate 16 Commercial vehicles only

Yadkin Gate 4 open 24/7

chinook at Fort Bragg
Soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group load a CH-47 Chinook assigned to the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade following partnered training with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman/ 82nd CAB PAO)

Contacts at Ft. Bragg

AER (Army Emergency Relief) (910) 396-2507

Armed Services YMCA (910) 436-0500

Army Community Service (910) 396-8682

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) (910) 396-7751

Chaplain and Religious Services (910) 396-1121

Child Development Center (910) 396-1136

Citizenship and Immigration Services (910) 396-6120

Civilian Personnel Office (910) 908-2722

Deployment & Mobilization Support (910) 432-3742

Education Services Office (910) 396-6721

EFMP – Enrollment (910) 907-3367

Family Child Care (910) 396-3415

Finance Office (82nd) (910) 432-0109

Household Goods/Transportation Office (910) 396-2903

Housing Services Office (910) 396-8516

ID/CAC Card Processing (910) 396-9339

Information and Referral Services (910) 396-8682

Legal Assistance Office (910) 396-0396

Leisure Travel Services (910) 396-8747

Lending Closet (910) 396-6013

Library (910) 396-2665

Military Clothing Sales (910) 436-2200

MWR Outdoor Recreation (910) 396-7060

New Parent Support Program (910) 396-7951

Non-appropriated Funds (NAF) Human Resources (910) 396-8933

North Commissary (910) 396-2316

Personal Financial Management Services (910) 907-3670

Relocation Readiness Program (910) 396-8682

Robinson Health Clinic (910) 907-8282

School Liaison Office (910) 432-1023

Shuttle Dispatch (910) 396-1992 

Soldier & Family Assistance Center (910) 432-7322

South Commissary (910) 436-5320

Spouse Education, Training and Careers (910) 396-2390

Substance Abuse Program (910) 396-4100

Tax Center (910) 396-8299

Temporary Lodging/Billeting (910) 396-7700

Transition Assistance Program (910) 396-8682

Travel Office (910) 436-1185

Unaccompanied Member Housing (910) 643-4675

Vehicle Registration Center (910) 432-8193

Veterinary Services (910) 396-9120

Victim Advocate Services (910) 396-5521

Womack Army Medical Center (910) 907-6000

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC & WIC-O) (910) 433-3730

Youth Sports & Fitness (910) 396-9123

airborne at Fort Bragg
A crew of U.S. Army jump masters take a break after completing a jump from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, July 17, 2020. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)

Mission and Units

Ft. Bragg is home to the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps of the Special Ops command. This Corps also oversees the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) and 75th Ranger Regiment. Ft. Moreover, the post is home to the Army Forces Command, Army Reserve Command, and Womack Army Medical Center. 

Additionally, Bragg maintains two airfields. Pope Field is an Air Force satellite base that stages special operations assets and the AF Combat Control School. Simmons Army Airfield is also active. This is where Army aviation units support Airborne and Special Ops needs. 

Ft. Bragg History

Ft. Bragg is one of several Army installations that will soon receive a new name, as it’s currently named for a Confederate general. It got its start as an artillery training site in 1918. Then, it was used for infantry, plane, and balloon spotting in the last year of WWI. Later, the aviation field was named Pope Field in honor of a lieutenant whose plane crashed into a nearby river.

Unlike several DoD installations, the inter-war years saw rapid growth for the installation. It expanded as a field artillery training location and experiment site. At the onset of America’s involvement in WWII, Ft. Bragg trained troops who later rapidly deployed to North Africa and the European theater. Several units trained at Bragg but of course the most famous are the airborne divisions. In addition to the five Airborne Divisions, the all-Black 555th Parachute Infantry Brigade trained here, too.

Did you know that the Triple Nickles, as the 555th were known, were the first all-Black paratroopers in the country? 

After WWII, Ft. Bragg became the home of the 82nd Airborne Division. Here’s what it’s like to jump with the 82nd.

The Special Ops command joined the installation in 1952. Since then, Soldiers stationed at Ft. Bragg have participated in several deployments, including OIF, OEF. Most recently, several units have deployed to Poland as part of posturing support to NATO allies. 

soldier at Fort Bragg
Staff Sgt. Rachael Hays, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), shares a moment with her son, Colton, before a jump from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, July 17, 2020. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)

Things to Do Around Ft. Bragg

Nearby Fayetteville is a reasonably sized city so you’ll find all the basic city amenities you might need there for a night on the town or a day shopping and enjoying a long lunch. Travel to Fayetteville generally takes about 20 minutes, but can vary widely especially during PT hours. 

Hotels

Courtyard Fayetteville (910) 487-5557

Embassy Suites by Hilton (910) 826-3600 

Hampton Inn Spring Lake (910) 438-0945

Holiday Inn Express and Suites (910) 867-6777

SpringHill Suites by Marriott (910) 960-3000

Food Scene

When you think about North Carolina, barbecue probably comes to mind! Of course you’ll definitely want to add some to your plate, but there are also lots of other Tar Heel specialties you should try, too! Fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese is definitely a regional favorite. Don’t skimp on the shrimp and grits either. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try a Cheerwine float. It’s like a root beer float but better.  

Activities

Because it’s such a massive post, the Army MWR programming is excellent, so there should be plenty of things for you and your family to do on the installation and within the military community. Additionally, the North Carolina music scene is vibrant, so live music fans will always find something to do. Of course, there are also several outdoor spots you should visit nearby. Arnette is about 15 miles from the installation and is a 100-acre park. It’s open to the public and includes picnic pavilions and a great biking/running trail.  

spartan race at Fort Bragg
Participants climb the rope obstacle during a Spartan Sprint Race at Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 10, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos)

Ft. Bragg Housing

Ft. Bragg is a very large installation so housing wait times can be exceptionally long. Be sure you call the Military Housing Office as soon as you receive orders. The MHO can provide information regarding current wait times. 

Corvias owns and manages housing on post. Residences range from two to four bedroom homes. Ore housing is scheduled to be constructed as Ft. Bragg continues to grow. 

Off base housing is also an option. 

Of course, single Soldiers ranks E1-E5 are required to live in the barracks. 

Schools Near Ft. Bragg

Mik-kids who live on post can attend DoDEA schools. Off post, students will attend either Cumberland County or Harnett County schools, depending on where you live. Speak with the School Liaison Office for enrollment information and guidance about selecting the best choice for your children. 

wildlife at Fort Bragg
Photo by Dave Pavlik, photo contributor – Brian Ball, Fort Bragg wildlife biologist with the Directorate of Public Works, clears trees for habitat restoration at a range on Fort Bragg.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Fort Bragg the largest military base?

Currently, it’s one of the largest in the world, but not the largest. 

Is Fort Bragg only for the Army?

Sort of. It’s a permanent duty station for Army Soldiers, but sometimes Marines are stationed there for annual training. 

What is so special about Fort Bragg?

Ft. Bragg is home of the Army Airborne and Special Operations units. That makes it stand out a lot. It’s also one of several DoD installations slated to get a new name. 

Can civilians enter Fort Bragg?

Of course! First though, you’ll have to visit the Visitor’s Control Center first and be accompanied by a DoD ID card holder to gain access.