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Fort Bragg Offers Tire Changing Training

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FORT BRAGG — Few drivers have escaped the trouble caused by a flat tire. While many people simply change the flat and go on, many others must call for help, but now, that help may be only a classroom away.

Some unlikely students, such as 63-year-old Florence Smith, are learning how to change flat tires at Fort Bragg. The military widow is taking part in an auto skills class with other military spouses on post.

Other than keeping their cars clean, many women don't know much about car maintenance. This class is geared to change that.

Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation spokesperson Katy Norton says military spouses need these skills perhaps more than the public at large.

Even if these students decide to leave it to the professionals, organizers hope this new found knowledge will prevent them from being taken advantage of by unscrupulous mechanics.

Smith thinks she could now fix a flat if she had to.

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In the next class, smith and others will learn about brakes

The classes are being held to let military families know about two self-service auto shops on post. Officials say several men have also expressed interest in the automotive classes.