North Carolina's Southeast and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership have recently partnered with the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance to assist with marketing the Fort Bragg region to the Defense Industry. Please visit the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance website for additional information.
Southeastern North Carolina has a long and proud heritage with the presence of military installations in the region. Ft. Bragg, located near Fayetteville, is one of the nation’s largest and most important Army installations. Ft. Bragg hosts the 82nd Airborne Division, the US Army Special Operations Command, and Pope Army Airfield. With the relocation of US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and the US Army Reserve Command (USARC) completed, Fort Bragg is now home to the highest concentration of starred generals other than the Pentagon. These moves are bringing thousands of new personnel and defense contractors to the region. The defense industry encompasses 7% of North Carolina’s statewide gross domestic product (GDP) and brings $23 billion into the State annually. According to the NC Department of Commerce, Department of Defense spending was $3.6 billion in 2008, a 22% increase over FY07.
Defense Presence in and around the Region:
- Fort Bragg & Pope Army Airfield near Fayetteville - Units on base include the US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), the US Army Reserve Command (USARC), the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division, the US Army Special Operations Command, and the US Army JFK Special Warfare Center, as well as the AF 43rd Airlift Wing and the 440th Airlift Wing. Ft. Bragg supports a population of over 150,000 military and civilian personnel on base.
- Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU) near Southport- is the largest munitions installation in the world.
- US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington is the regional operations center with forty personnel.
- Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville - Units on base include the II Marine Expeditionary Force and the US Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, making the base one of the Marine Corps' most important strategic assets.
- Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is home to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, the Navy's Fleet Readiness Center East and the nation's only Vertical Lift Center of Excellence.
- Marine Corps Air Station New River just outside of Camp Lejeune, supports and enhances the Marine Corps Aviation Combat Element.
- Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro is home to the 4th Fighter Wing and the multi-role, all-weather F-15E Strike Eagle.
- The US Navy's Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC East) at MCAS Cherry Point provides extensive maintenance and engineering support to Navy and Marine Corps aviation, as well as other armed services, federal agencies and foreign governments.