FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Fort Bragg began a new chapter in its storied history as Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, the acting commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command, and Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, cut the ribbon to Marshall Hall, Aug. 1.
Marshall Hall, named after Gen. George C. Marshall, serves as the headquarters building for FORSCOM, USARC and more than 2,400 soldiers and civilians who will work there. The two major commands moved to Fort Bragg as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005.
“This is a significant milestone in the Base Realignment and Closure,” Bromberg said. “We’ve successfully relocated a major four star headquarters from Fort McPherson Ga., to here.”
A native of California, Bromberg said that being a dual headquarters at the ‘center of the America’s military universe’ will help improve the Army’s efficiency.
“It’s great for the Army and the nation to bring this type of capability here to Fort Bragg,” Bromberg said. “It allows the organizations to work together, collaborate and cooperate even better.”
Stultz, a native of Dillon, S.C., agreed with Bromberg and likes the type of mindset the dual headquarters brings to USARC.
“We are one Army and this building signifies that,” Stultz said. “It gives the Army much more effectiveness by having two of the three major players—Active, Guard and Reserve—right here working together.”
“It gives us as an Army more agility, flexibility and makes us more responsive to the nation’s needs,” Stultz continued. “When you are together in one location, it makes it much quicker to make a decision and make things happen.”
Besides the increased efficiency of being a dual headquarters at Fort Bragg, the two commanding officers were excited to be in the greater Fayetteville, N.C., area.
“It feels great to be back in Fayetteville,” Stultz said. “It feels like I’m back home, since I grew up and went to school in North Carolina.”
Bromberg also shares Stultz feelings on being in the area.
“It’s very nice to be here,” Bromberg said. “I’m glad to be here because there’s a great team and a great community. Fayetteville supports the Army and has supported us since 1918.”