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Fast Facts

Location: Pope Army Airfield is located in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area. The base is nestled at the northern tip of Fort Bragg, approximately 12 miles northwest of Fayetteville. To the west are the Appalachian Mountains and to the east are the "Outer Banks" and the North Carolina National Seashore.

The USO now has an office at the Fayetteville Regional Airport to welcome any new military members and their families to Pope Army Airfield and Fort Bragg. They have a variety of services and information to assist newcomers to the area. Hours of operations are 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. each day. They also have an office on the first floor of the Solkier support Center on Normandy Drive, Fort Bragg. For more information call 910-482-8200 or visit USO of North Carolina. The address for USO office at the airport is 400 Airport Road, Fayetteville NC.

Cost of Living: Compared to the rest of the country, Fayetteville Metro Area's cost of living is 15.93% lower than the U.S. average.

Base Operator:  910-396-0011 (Information Directory)


  • 2,500 active duty/fulltime reservist/civilians (approximately)
  • 4,235 family members
  • 345 civilians

Area Population:  Fayetteville metro: 348,940

Child Development Centers:  The Child Development Center offers child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Programs include full day care, hourly care, Before and After School Care, pre-school program and special needs care. Call 910-396-4313 or 910-908-4564.

Family Child Care (FCC) homes are available on Fort Bragg.  FCC offers in-home care for your children ages 4 weeks  - 12 years and are nationally accredited and state certified providers. Call 910-396-3415 or visit their website.

Pope AF members who have children and want to utilize the Child Development Centers or the Youth Center must register with the Fort Bragg Child and Youth Services Section (CYSS) which has relocated from the Soldier Support Center to Bldg 1-4157 on Knox Street. They share a building with the Wonderful World for Kids and can be reach at comm 910-396-8810 or 5128.

A new Child Development Center, Alexander CDC, has opened it's doors in the Linden Oaks Housing Area. Linden Oaks is located off of Highway 87 going towards Sanford, NC. It is part of the Corvias Military Housing but is not located on the Fort Bragg Installation. It also has 2 elementary schools in the subdivision. For more information contact Corvias Military Living at 910-495-0878 or 1-888-525-HOME or visit their website.

Schools: If you live on base, or will receive government housing within 90 school days, you may enroll your children in the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) run Fort Bragg Schools system:

  • The Pope Elementary School has closed it's doors and those families living on base with children will be assigned to one of the 10 elementary schools location on Fort Bragg's Installation.
  • Albritton Middle School - Located on Fort Bragg, it serves children from grades sixth to eight. Students will be bused from Pope Army Airfield.
  • E. E. Smith High School - Children in grades nine to twelve and living in base housing will be bused to Cumberland County Schools E. E. Smith High School.

Standardized test scores for the Pope Army Airfield Schools listed above are available through the DoDEA Data Center (see them listed under Fort Bragg).

Local School Districts:

Visit the School Liaison website for more information.

Education News: Two new schools opened their doors this year in the area. Capitol Encore Academy, a charter school with a focus on the arts, opened at 126 Hay Street in downtown Fayetteville. The school plans to integrate the arts into core academics for about 260 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. On Fort Bragg, Kimberly Hampton Primary School opened with approximately 620 students in kindergarten through second grade. The school will be the first 21st -century school for the Defense Department's Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools office and will have many digital resources. For more information on Fort Bragg schools visit the website or call 910-907-0200.

Youth Programs: Pope Army Airfield no longer has a Youth Program Facility. It is now located at Fort Bragg and the John J. Tolson II Youth Center is the largest youth center under one roof. The 64,000-square center features a variety of programs to include gymnasiums, computer lab, fitness center, game room and much, much more. You can contact the center at 910-396-5437 or 910-907-5437 for more information. 

Airman and Family Readiness Center: Airman and Family Readiness Center, 910-394-2538

Housing: On Pope Army Airfield, there are 627 privatized two, three and four bedroom units available for both Officers and enlisted personnel. In addition, privatized Family housing is available on Fort Bragg in nine different neighborhoods. Please visit the Corvias Military Living and add their website, or email Corvias Military Living Office is located at 426 Souter Place, Fort Bragg NC 28307.

For Single or unaccompanied Service Members (E6 and above) Fort Bragg has a Luxury Apartment Community called Randolph Pointe located at 2850 Compass Court. It is within walking distance of popular on-post landmarks: Norh Post PX, Commissary, Class Six Store, and the food court. One or two bedrooms are available and no deposit is required. For more information call (910) 764-5008 or visit the Randolph Pointe website.

NOTE: Beginning 1 December 2014, military retirees, Department of Defense civilians and Gold Star Families will be eligible to live on post at Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield. Families interested in moving onto Fort Bragg/Pope Army Airfield are encouraged to request information from the Corvias Military Living Leasing Center at 910-495-0878 or online at Several home types will be available to the newly added categories including two, three and four-bedroom floor plans. Additionally, the children of federal vivilians that live on base will be able to attend the installation's renowned Department of Defense Schools.

DID YOU KNOW? Corvias Military Living (on base housing) has opened up their housing communities to families of military retirees and DoD civilians. When you live on post at Fort Bragg or Pope Army Airfield you are close to work, school and numerous on post amenities and services. Corvias offers several floor plans to choose from, 24-hour emergency maintenance service, lawn care and on-post living is comfortable, convenient and a great value. For more information go to or call 877-703-6540. Fort Bragg's Corvias office is located at 426 Souter Place, Fort Bragg NC 28307.

Employment: The area's largest employers are Fort Bragg, Cumberland County Schools and Goodyear Tire Co. The unemployment rate in Fayetteville Metro Area is 9.5%. The median household income is $42,549.

Base Services:  

MWR Services: In addition to the regular programs, activities, and services offered by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office at Fort Bragg, AF members can view a comprehensive list of services at Fort Bragg MWR.

Commissaries: There are no commissaries on Pope Army Airfield but Fort Bragg has 2 -- North Post and South Post

Exchanges System: There are 2 large Exchanges on Fort Bragg (none on Pope Army Airfield)

Financial Institutions on Pope: First Citizens Bank & Trust and Pentagon Federal Credit Union

All MWR facilities are managed by Fort Bragg and you can visit Fort Bragg MWR for more detailed information.

Medical Services:  The Pope Clinic has moved and has changed names. Pope Clinic is now the Troop and Family Medical Clinic and is located on the coners of Knox and McComb Streets, Fort Bragg. For more information please contact the Air Force representative at (910) 570-3104 or DSN 670-3104.

Base Transportation: The Sustainable Shuttle has added new routes, new stops and new transfer points to keep Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield on the move! For a user guide, maps and schedules go to Installation Transportation Office or Facebook. For the most current information call 910-396-1992 or DSN: 236-1992.

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There is a great demand for lodging at Pope Army Airfield. You should make reservations for temporary lodging as soon as you receive orders, 910-394-4131 or DSN 312-424-4131.

Dining Facility and MWR Facilities

The Kitty Hawk Dining Facility is now closed and singel Airmen now receive their BAS.

The Pope Bowling Center is now closed. Fort Bragg has 2 bowling centers to meet the needs of our military members and their families. Services are provided at the Airborne Lanes Bowling Center or at Dragon Lanes Bowling Center. For more information go to Fort Bragg MWR or call (910) 432-6899 or (910) 907-2695 respectfully.

Looking for a place to host that special Squadron event? Fort Bragg's Conference and Catering Center is now open for lunch and other events. The Center is located at 2658 Reilly Road and has space large enough to seat 1,000 people or be divided into seven different rooms. It also has two (2) board rooms that hold 40 people each. They offer a lunch buffet area that seats 125 people. The 49,200 square-foot building will host several family friendly events throughout the year such as Easter brunch, the father-daughter ball, and Mother's Day brunch. These events will be open to the public. For more information please call 910-907-2582 or visit Fort Bragg MWR.

Thrift Shop

Did you know? Pope Army Airfield and Fort Bragg has a great Thrift Shop on the installation. The Bragg 'N Barn Thrift Shop is open to the public for shopping; but only military and their families, retirees and DoD civilians may consign items. It provides a means of exchange of used clothing and merchandise through consignment. They also have lots of opportunities for volunteers and they provide the training. They are located on Woodruff Street, Bldg 2-2412 and can be contacted at 910-907-4053. For more information go to the website.

Key Spouse

Key Spouse meetings are held on bimonthly basis, usually on Thursdays at 1200-1400 & 1800-2000 at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center. Light refreshments are served at both times.

Operation Homefront

Operation Ride Home Program which is funded through the Armed Services YMCA has now been implemented throughout the year vice only the holiday season. For more information please contact the ASYMCA directly at (910) 436-0500 with any questions, issues or submission of applications.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

Financial Institutions on Pope AAF: First Citizens Bank has closed the branch located on Pope AAF; however, there remains a branch on Fort Bragg near the North Post BX/PX and Commissary located on Reilly Street, Bldg 41571.

The Military Personnel Office has relocated back to it's newly renovated building, Bldg #308, on Maynard Street. They are located in the basement and you can contact them at 910-394-1934/2224 or DSN 424-1934/2224. Services available include ID cards, DEERs, In-processing for military members, and much more.

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