Fort Bragg is the headquarters of the U.S. Special Forces Command and U.S. Army Airborne Forces. It is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Major units stationed here include the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division.
The fort is a World War I era artillery training camp and was also used for balloon and early airplane training near the end of the war. With the advent of a second world war, Fort Bragg grew in size and in its training mission; infantry soldiers were trained here before being sent overseas and Bragg saw more than its share of “famous” airborne units including the all black 555th Parachute Infantry Brigade and the 101st Airborne Division.
This area of inland, southern North Carolina has a humid climate. Summer temperatures range from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter gets to be about 30-50 degrees. Fayetteville receives fairly constant rain throughout the year, with an annual average of about 45 inches.
Off post housing can be found in the large city of Fayetteville or the smaller communities of Spring Lake and Raeford which are all within a 30 minute commute. Home prices in Fayetteville are generally less expensive than those in the rest of North Carolina. The larger cities of Raleigh and Durham are just about an hour north of base and the coastal city of Wilmington is about an hour and a half to the southeast.