Voting Members Present: Patsy Carson, Erwin; Tad Davis, Spring Lake; Edwin Deaver, Hope Mills; Robert Farrell (Proxy for Harry Southerland), Hoke County; Tracy Jackson (Proxy for Charles Evans), Cumberland County; Mark Locklear, Harnett County (Secretary); Mike Mandville, Laurinburg; Robert McLaughlin, Wagram (Chairman); John K. McNeill, Raeford (Vice Chairman); Kim Nazarzik, Eastover; Bart Nuckols, Southern Pines; & Scott Shufford (Proxy for Ted Mohn), Fayetteville.
Voting Members Absent: Tony Buzzard, Lillington; Bob Davis, Scotland County; Debra Ensminger, Moore County; Pam Graham, Aberdeen; Roland Hall, Sampson County; Kris Kosem, Vass; Dixon Ivey, Jr, Robeson County; Tracy Parris, Richmond County; & Jeff Sanborn, Pinehurst.
Additional Board of Directors Present: Greg Bean, At Large; Will Best, NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Jim Caldwell, Mid Carolina COG; Mike Lynch, At Large; & Glen Prillaman, Fort Bragg.
Non-Voting Members Present:Snow Bowden, Erwin; Jim Dougherty, Executive Director RLUAC; John Ellis, Hope Mills; & David Nash, Fayetteville;
Guests Present: Drew Brooks, Fayetteville Observer; Elisa Cooper, Fort Bragg; Pete Edmonds, Fort Bragg; Wendy Harris, Fayetteville Region Association of Realtors; Angie Hedgepeth, Fayetteville Region Association of Realtors; Richard Hicks, Erwin; Barry Hull, Fort Bragg; Christine Hull, Fort Bragg; Julia Love, Fort Bragg ; Tami Lovell, Mid- Carolina COG; Justin Mitchell, Ft Bragg Garrison Command Group; Linda Pfau, Fort Bragg; Monica Stevenson, Fort Bragg; Elton Turner, Moore County; Roger Vickers, Fort Bragg; & Eric Vitale, FAMPO.
I. CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Robert McLaughlin called the meeting to order at 12:03 PM. He then asked the attendees to introduce themselves and their status (Voting Member, Non-Voting Member, Board Member or guest).
II. INVOCATION – Jim Caldwell offered the invocation for the meeting.
III. PRESENTATION– – “Fort Bragg’s Annual Construction Update” – Monica Stevenson, Director of Fort Bragg’s Directorate of Public Works (DPW) –Monica explained that Fort Bragg currently has 162,816 acres of property. In terms of the built environment, it has grown from 23 million square feet in 1985 to 52.3 million square feet in 2015. Throughout the past thirty-one years construction expenditures have averaged $185 million per year, yielding a net growth of 29.3 million square feet of building space.
Fort Bragg is by far the largest army installation in the US:
Building Space Military & Civilian Population
Fort Bragg 51.9 M Sq.Ft. 73,143
JB Lewis-McChord 40.3 M Sq.Ft. 52,737
Fort Hood 37.9 M Sq.Ft. 60,846
Fort Bliss 33.5 M Sq.Ft. 44,828
Fort Benning 31.5 M Sq.Ft. 39,546
Fort Campbell 26.0 M Sq.Ft. 34,115
Fort Steward 22.2 M Sq.Ft. 22,847
Fort Carson 20.9 M Sq.Ft. 31,956
Fort Drum 20.9 M Sq.Ft 20,365
Area Development Plans have been completed for Camp Mackall and Pope Field in April, and Bragg East in November 2015. In addition, an Area Development Plan has been scheduled to begin for Smoke Bomb Hill District in late Fall.
The total value of Fort Bragg projects currently under construction is $546.1 million, broken out as follows:
USACAPOC Head Quarters - $ 24.7 million
New Elementary Schools - $ 79 million
JFK Special Warfare Center – $171.2 million
Patriot Point - $164.6 million
Camp Mackall - $ 71.7 million
Major road projects include completion of I-295 (from Bragg Blvd to I-95) and the Murchison Road freeway by the end of the year.
Continuing construction money at Fort Bragg through FY 2020 will be driven by the Special Operations MILCON:
FY 16 AAFES & Schools Construction $42.0 million
FY 16 Special Ops MILCON $122.4 million
Total $164.4 million
FY 17 AAFES Construction $35.6 million
FY 17 Special Ops MILCON $98.0 million
Total $133.6 million
FY 18 MILCON $0.
FY 18 Special Ops MILCON $48.1 million
Total $48.1 million
FY 19 AAFES Construction $4.5 million
FY 19 Special Ops MILCON $114.4 million
Total $118.9 million
FY 20 AAFES Construction $1.8 million
FY 20 Special Ops MILCON $106.6 million
Total $ 108.4 milli
IV. PRESENTATION – “Fort Bragg’s Troop Strength Updates / Changes & Status of the Gray Eagle UAV Bed Down”, Roger Vickers, Fort Bragg’s Army Stationing and Installation Plan Manager - Roger reported that according to the detailed population data developed by the Army for Fort Bragg, its population will see, at worst, only a slight decline in size over the next several years as a result of the deactivation of the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope AAF. However, with announced changes in Army stationing, the fort may actually see an increase in population with the regional realignment of MEDCOM and the 690th Ground Ambulance Company.