National defense is in our heritage

When it comes to developing the people and the technology to protect America’s freedom, it’s hard to think of an area that has had more experience than Fayetteville and Cumberland County. In fact, our defense presence has endured for so long that insiders often refer to us as “Pentagon South.”

We’re the gateway to Fort Bragg, home of the U.S. Army’s Airborne and Special Operations forces, and site of many of the nation’s most important defense contractors. That’s no wonder, when you consider the priority local residents place upon patriotism and service. In fact, many of the nearly 6,000 men and women who exit the military each year through the Fort Bragg portal are choosing to remain in our community and become a part of our civilian labor force.

Defense contractors benefit from all that, our young workforce, extensive broadband capacity, and the resources of Fayetteville State University, Methodist University, and Fayetteville Technical College. Our highly educated residents have earned many degrees in STEM fields such as Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Computer & Information Sciences, and Mathematics & Statistics.