Due to Hurricane Florence’s expected impact on the Fort Bragg area, the installation will operate on a reduced-manning status on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13 and 14.
Maj. Gen. McKiernan, Acting Senior Commander for Fort Bragg and Deputy Commanding General for XVIII ABN Corps, in consultation with the Corps HQs team, are putting out the following guidance due to the dangerous driving conditions on secondary roads throughout the Fort Bragg surrounding area.
Only mission and emergency essential personnel need to report.
All service members need to contact their commanders for guidance.
Department of Army civilian personnel, both NAF and AF, designated as “Adverse Weather Personnel” will report to duty as directed by their supervisor or chain of command. All “Non-Adverse Weather Personnel” will be given Administrative leave while Fort Bragg is directed to minimum or Emergency essential staffing only timeframes. If you have a question on your status, check with your chain of command or supervisor for guidance.
The following Access Control Points will be closed starting Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.: Reilly, Material Maintenance Depot, Manchester, Butner and Yadkin.
The following ACPs will be open during their normal hours: All American, Randolph, Knox, Longstreet, Simmons Army Airfield and Linden Oaks.
Chicken Road ACP may be open unless the low area between it and Patriot Point is flooded. Chicken Road ACP’s traffic will then be routed to Longstreet ACP via Chicken Road, Preachers Road and Longstreet.
Fort Bragg Schools will release students at their normal Wednesday’s release time. All Fort Bragg DODEA schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13 and 14. Parents with questions should contact their children’s school for further information.
Fort Bragg Family and MWR facilities and events will all be closed. This includes all Child Development Centers and Central & Youth Services facilities and fitness centers, except for Callahan Gym. Callahan Gym is a card-swipe gym open 24/7, but you must be registered to gain access.
Womack Army Medical Center will operate business as usual until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, for regular scheduled appointments. For more details, go to Womack’s homepage, www.wamc.amedd.army.
Commissary, Shopette, and Post Exchanges will be open until Thursday afternoon, exact closing times will be posted Wednesday by noon.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for coastal areas from South Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border. Life-threatening storm surge is now highly likely along portions of the coastlines of South Carolina and North Carolina and significant flooding is likely over the eastern portions of North Carolina from late this week into early next week.
Florence is expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast on Friday. Once inland, Florence will weaken rapidly, slow down, and move towards the Fort Bragg area by Saturday afternoon or early evening. According to the latest National Hurricane Center bulletin, the closest approach the center will be to Fort Bragg is about 5 miles at that time.
For the Fort Bragg area, under current track guidance, 35 mph winds are possible beginning just after midnight Wednesday night/Thursday morning through Saturday evening with the strongest winds (near 50mph) occurring between 1000L and 1400L Friday afternoon.
Initial rainfall totals at Fort Bragg are 4″ to 8″ inches through Monday.
Given the size and intensity of the storm, most preparatory actions should strive to be complete by Thursday morning ahead of landfall.
For the latest update, please monitor the National Hurricane Center website at: www.nhc.noaa.gov.
If you have downed power lines, power outages in the barracks or other non-housing buildings, please call (910) 396-0321.
If you have a power outage in an on-post housing neighborhood and/or need to call in a maintenance emergency, please contact the Corvias Work Order Hotline at 1-866-206-1365.
Fort Bragg Community Centers:
Ardennes / Bataan / Pope: 910-436-6054
Casablanca / Corregidor: 910-497-6255
Hammond Hills / Nijmegen / Ste Mere Eglise: 910-436-4066
Linden Oaks: 910-764-5000
Randolph Pointe: (910) 764-5008
If you decide to leave the Fort Bragg area, please ensure your chain of command or supervisor has approved this and knows how to contact you.
Please continue to monitor the local news stations, and Fort Bragg’s Facebook page for more updates.
If you have to drive, drivers are asked to pay attention to road conditions and other drivers as they come onto Fort Bragg and while driving on the installation.
Contact your chain of command for specific unit information.