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New HQ to bring people, jobs, prestige to Bragg

Posted December 8, 2008

— Fort Bragg broke ground Monday on a massive headquarters building that will bring two new commands and thousands of soldiers and their families to the post.

The headquarters will house the Army's largest command – U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) – responsible for more than 750,000 soldiers. The Army Reserve Command, which oversees all Army Reserve forces, will share the building. Both will move to North Carolina from Fort McPherson, Ga., when the project is complete.

An estimated 2,700 people, some of them four-star generals, will work in the 700,000-square-foot, $300 million building when it opens in 2011.

High-paying jobs associated with the headquarters are expected to be a boon to the local economy. Salaries in the FORSCOM average $93,000 per year.

Along with the leadership, an additional 20,000 soldiers and civilians could be added to Fort Bragg's population, increasing the total to about 70,000.

In the short term, the project will bring about 400 construction jobs at a time when local builders, hurt by the nationwide economic situation, are struggling to find work.

The federal government is investing nearly $289 million in the project, which is a centerpiece of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

The long-term benefits of BRAC could bring Fort Bragg added significance in matters of national defense. And, as defense contractors establish headquarters and jobs near the post, an additional 40,000 people could find the 11-county region around Fort Bragg an attractive place to work and live.

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  • Bob3425 Dec 9, 2008

    wife-of-a-concrete-man-- actually it is not, it's the third largest. My main concern is the city infrastructure; Fayetteville will do nothing to improve it. When the units arrive in 2011 the city planner will still be sitting on it, if you have doubts look at Yadkin road. I don’t believe it had improvement on it since the first mule used it. Salaries in the FORSCOM average $93,000 per year? with the cola rate in Atlanta maybe, not here. WRAL can you get anymore wrong, like one person pointed out the soldier don’t pay state income tax or vehicle tax, but they do pay property tax, however most live in the barracks or rent. The schools get more federal income for the additional student but I doubt if we’ll any improvement in the schools. Wal-Mart, Bars and used car lot might see some sale increase but for jobs a lot will be filled by the same people who have them now and for more contractors I would not hold my breath on that one.

  • SWEET-N-SOUR Dec 8, 2008

    I live in Fayettnam....oh its great if you own a resturant or strip bar....more money for them..the traffic here is already horrible...I can only imagine where they think they or how they will be able to get around...I live 6 miles from work and it takes me 30 min to get home...oh did I mention anyone that claims another state as their residence don't pay state taxes...I am sure they will be driving on our roads. I have been military and now civilian...oh if you have a military ID you get sooooo many discounts on everything....but what about the civilians that still have to pay the high prices...I guess instead of complaining I should just move!!!!

  • kitelover110 Dec 8, 2008

    I agree that someone needs to look at what it will cost to increase the infrastructure to support this kind of operatio - water sewage, roads, schools, etc. and who is going to pay for all of these additions?

  • manofjustice Dec 8, 2008

    I love Fayetville. Fayettnam is what they call it down there. I used to live in Parkton. I miss that area. When they move all those people there... man the traffic is really gonna suck. They need some kind of rapid rail.

  • sportie Dec 8, 2008

    Tarheels:
    The buildings at Pope have already been accounted for and there are not too many empty buildings here that are not being torn down and rebuilt. Plus the FORSCOM Headquarters is too large for any of those. You are stafing about 1000 people once you include all the staff if not more.This is not one building, this is a group of buildings

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 8, 2008

    With all of the empty buildings and offices at Bragg and Pope AFB, what are they wasting $300 Million on a new building.

  • PaulRevere Dec 8, 2008

    Too bad Senator Dole's pull won't be able to bring such projects anymore.

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Dec 8, 2008

    " Ft. Bragg is going to be one of the biggest bases in the U.S. "

    ummm... it already is and has been.

  • simracer68 Dec 8, 2008

    Build a new Womack? They just built the thing within the past 10 years. I doubt very much that they'll build *another* new one in such a short time. Plus, there are clinics spread around Ft. Bragg that are designed to take the non-emergency load off the hospital. I think they may even have some clinics in the "old" Womack building too, right around the corner from the new Womack.

  • west3205 Dec 8, 2008

    It would be nice if they could expand The Womack Hospital also or build a new one. With the increase in troops they will need more providers.

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