At AHRN.com, we want to offer our readers a place to turn to when facing the challenge of a PCS. You know how it is when you get orders. You go to your Facebook friends list, find someone who is there or has been recently and get all the details! We are sharing the little things that help you to make a home at Joint Base Bragg-Pope!
What are the best neighborhoods to live in?
JB Bragg-Pope is physically a large installation, so the best neighborhood for you might depend on where the service member will be working. Raeford, Anderson Creek and Sanford are popular areas with easy access to the installations, although commute time will depend on where you work. Spring Lake is also popular. The installation itself has some wonderful amenities (the pools and splash pads are especially great in the hot Carolina summer!) that make on post housing a great option if the wait list isn’t too long. Some of the post housing, like Linden Oaks, is located off the installation, so it feels like living off post.
If you don’t mind a bit of a commute, Southern Pines and Pinehurst are wonderful small towns with well rated schools and a classic “small southern town” feel.
What schools are considered the best in the area?
Raeford, Southern Pines and Pinehurst schools are generally well regarded. The area is large enough that are a number of private and charter options as well. Check specific school’s ratings at greatschools.org.
Is there anywhere traffic is especially bad? A shortcut that is useful to have access to?
Traffic in and around post is quite bad. As a large installation, rush times can cause significant delays. Raeford and Sanford can see evening commutes of an hour depending on where you work. Travel times can also prevent going home after PT and lunch.
What is easiest gate to get in during high traffic times?
The back gate is a great option for people who live in that direction. Not all gates are 24 hours, so make sure to check gate times!
Where do I actually report to when I arrive?
Service members should check in at the Fort Bragg Reception Company (FBRC) – located in Building 4-1437, on the corner of Normandy Drive and Reilly Road. FBRC is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – or can be called at (910) 396-4244.
Can I get off post for lunch?
Unless you live on post, it is unlikely you will be able to go home. There are a variety of lunch options either right outside the gate or on post.
Where do you like to do your grocery shopping?
The Fresh Market in Southern Pines is a wonderful store if you’re looking for organic produce and health foods! If you’re on post, or can go outside of peak times to avoid the traffic, the commissary is a great option.
What are your favorite local restaurants?
Where do you like to do your clothes/home shopping? Is it worth the drive to go out of town anywhere?
Raleigh is not far and has all the urban shopping needs you could want, from boutiques to malls.
Best spot for a date night?
For a night of laughs, check out Goodnight’s Comedy Club in Raleigh and enjoy dinner out at one of the many, many delicious restaurants in town. Closer in, check out the locally sourced food and comfortable atmosphere at Ashten‘s in Southern Pines.
What do you LOVE about your duty station?
Just an hour and a half from Bragg, you can visit the beach. Enjoy Wilmington and Freeman Park! And if you like military tradition, you can’t beat the storied history of the 82nd Airborne!
What else would you tell your friend who has just received orders?
As one of the largest installations in the Army, Ft Bragg has plenty of opportunities to be both the best and worst duty station. But if you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone, North Carolina is beautiful and there is plenty to do!
We want to know:
Have you lived at Joint Base Bragg-Pope? What suggestions do you have?