It is the nation’s largest military installation, in terms of population, with approximately 54,000 troops and another 14,000 civilians who work on post. But for many people who live outside the gates, what happens on Fort Bragg stays on Fort Bragg.
On Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, one of the Army’s leading commanders, offered an insider’s guide to life on the post that sprawls across several counties and influences much of this part of North Carolina.
Townsend, who is the commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, and commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, addressed the Moore County Partners in Progress Board of Directors. The buck stops with him on a base known as the Home of the Airborne and Special Operations.
The facility originally called Camp Bragg was founded in 1918 as an artillery training post. Geographically, it covers approximately 254 square miles and, altogether, Fort Bragg supports a population of roughly 260,000, including military families, contractors, veterans and retirees.