Located in North Carolina, Fort Bragg is one of the largest U..S Army bases in operation today. It was first established as Camp Bragg in 1918 for artillery training.
It was named after Civil War veteran Gen. Braxton Bragg. It became an official Army post and became Fort Bragg in 1922. While the numbers of troops stationed there was around 5,000 in 1940, that number soon soared to over 60,000 as the US entered World War II.
During the war, the population at Fort Bragg peaked at over 150,000 people. After WW2, the 82nd Airborne Division was the only large unit stationed there. Then, in 1952, it became a place for unconventional warfare with the creation of the Psychological Warfare Center.
Today, the most notable airborne units who call Fort Bragg home are the XVIII Airborne Corps HQ and the 82nd Airborne Division. Many other units are headquartered here as well, including the 101st Chemical Company, the 189th Infantry Brigade, the U.S. Army Parachute Team, and the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) to name just a few. The Special Warfare Memorial Statue (known as Bronze Bruce) is located at Fort Bragg.