ABOARD A UH-60 BLACK HAWK — Fort Bragg leaders received their first look at the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Florence on Monday, flying over a stretch of North Carolina from Moore County to Lumberton and Elizabethtown.
While the sun — which hadn’t been seen in days — made an appearance, commanders of Fort Bragg, the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command assessed the widespread flooding caused by the slow-moving storm.
More than 70 percent of Fort Bragg’s approximately 57,000 troops live off post. On Monday, leaders continued to assess the needs of those troops and their families impacted by the ongoing disaster.
“We are doing everything we can to provide assistance to them,” said Lt. Col. Mike Burns, spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps. “This is our community and we face the same challenges that our neighbors do.”
A UH-60 Black Hawk flown by the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade carried Maj. Gen. Brian McKiernan, Maj. Gen. James Mingus and Brig. Gen. Christopher Mohan over the region around Fort Bragg.