Fort Bragg opens school named for Somalia hero

Posted October 6, 2011 6:23 p.m. EDT

— Hundreds of students on Fort Bragg have a new place to go to school, and it bears the name of an Army hero.

Maj. Gen. Bennett Sacolick, of the JFK Special Warfare School, said it is appropriate that the new elementary and middle schools are named after Randall Shoegart. The Special Operations soldier was killed in action in Somalia in 1993.

"I can tell you that things we did to prepare for Somalia were off the chart -- and it wasn't about training. It was about education," Sacolick said. "It was about creativity, imagination and doing things we've never done before."

The schools will accommodate more than 700 elementary students and more than 500 middle school students. The new classrooms were built to keep up with an expansion of on-base family housing.