Fort Bragg is a US Army base located near Feyettevill, North Carlina. The US Census bureau designates Fort Bragg as its own place with a 2010 population of about 40,000 people. The fort is over 250 square miles in size, and is named after the Confederate general Braxton Bragg. It is the home of the US Army airborne forces and Special Forces, as well as U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command.
World War I
Camp Bragg was established in 1918 as an artillery training ground. The goal was to have six artillery brigades stationed at the fort. Over million was spent on the land and cantonments. An airfield was located on the camp and was by aircraft and balloons for artillery spotters. Construction was completed on November 1, 1919, and was named to honor a native North Carolinian - General Braxton Bragg. General Bragg was a commander in the Confederate States Army forces in the Civil War.
After World War 1, the original plan for six brigades was abandoned. The number of brigades was reduced from six to two. An army garrison was build as well as a National Guard training center. In 1921 two field artillery units the 13th and 17th Field Artillery Brigades started to train at Camp Bragg.
The camp was almost shut down due to post war cutbacks and an order to close down was issued on August 7, 1921. The commander at Camp Bragg at the time (General Albert J. Bowley) successfully lobbied to keep the camp open. The closing order was canceled on September 16, 1921.
Camp Bragg was renamed Fort Bragg on Septermber 30, 1922. The renaming of the camp signified that the establishment was a permanent Army post. During the next two years, permanent structures were constructed on the Fort, including four barracks, which still stand today.
Other Fort Bragg Links
Official Fort Bragg Army Site: www.bragg.army.mil/Pages/Default.aspx
Visting Fort Bragg: VisitFayettevilleNC.com/herefor/visiting/fort-bragg
Fort Bragg Golf Courses: FortBraggMWR.com/recreation/golf/
FayetteVille State University, Ft. Bragg Campus: uncfsu.edu/ftbraggcampus