North Carolina has one of the largest military footprints of any state in the country, representing three out of the four branches of service and totaling 129, 049 in 2016. Military and defense industries are the second largest employers in our state, and the military has an economic impact of $66 billion annually. The military bases located in North Carolina are major drivers in our communities, allowing families and business to thrive through the synergy and partnerships that have developed between local and state government, military and defense sectors, and local businesses throughout our history.
Seymour Johnson Air Base
The Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (seymourjohnson.af.mil), in Goldsboro, North Carolina, is considered a major Air Combat Command base and is home to the 4th Striker Wing, which consists of four separate groups, the maintenance group, the medical group, the mission support group and the operations group. The base is also the home location of the Air Force's 567th Red Horse squadron and the 916th Air Refueling Reserve Unit.
Mission and primary objective of Fort Bragg is to provide consistent combat and support forces in accordance with America’s Contingency Corps. Major units of Fort Bragg include the 82nd Airborne, XVIII Airborne Corps, FORSCOM, USARC, 18th Aviation Brigade, 4th Medical Command and the US Army Special Operations Command. Fort Bragg, NC is the only Joint Strategic Deployment Platform that provides the National Command Authority the ability to respond in hours versus days, weeks or months. Enabling the US Military to seize the initiative and win the first battle of the next war. Fort Bragg is the largest military post (by population) in the US Military. Fort Bragg is one of the largest military complexes in the world and hosts the only Airborne Corps and Airborne Division known as the 82nd Airborne Division that make 100,000 parachute jumps each year. Fort Bragg spans across 160,700 acres or 251 square miles. The compound is so large that it touches four counties. The compound includes 7 Drop Zones, Four Impact Areas, and 82 Ranges, which 16 or Live Fire Ranges. Fort Bragg houses the largest Military Housing unit in the world. Ten percent of the Army’s forces are assigned to Fort Bragg including 50,662 military and 14,036 DOD Civilians personnel who work there.
Base Support Unit Elizabeth City
The Coast Guard's Base Support Unit Elizabeth City (uscg.mil) in Elizabeth City is the Coast Guard's sole base in the state. The Coast Guard's Aviation Logistics Center and the Aviation Technical Training Center are both located at the base. Base Support Unit, Elizabeth City, is also home to a Small Boat Station that patrols local waterways and an Air Station that sends units along the Atlantic Coast, from Greenland to the southern Caribbean.
Camp Lejeune (lejeune.usmc.mil), a Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, home to several combat units and support commands, is known as the home of "Expeditionary Forces in Readiness." In addition to hosting its own Marine Corps commands, Camp Lejeune is also the site of a Naval command and hospital. Three Military Operations in Urban Terrain training facilities are located on the base, an area with a broad range of support services and facilities for military members and their families living on base or nearby.
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