President Biden to visit Fort Bragg for early Thanksgiving with service members
(Tribune News Service) — President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden plan to visit North Carolina on Monday.
White House officials confirmed the president and his wife will visit Fort Bragg for an early Thanksgiving dinner with service members and their families.
Further information about the visit wasn’t immediately available.
First Lady Jill Biden visited North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune in September after the death of 13 service members, which included personnel from both Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg, during a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
It’s traditional for presidents to visit troops over Thanksgiving. Former President Donald Trump visited troops in Afghanistan in 2019 and did a video call with troops in Afghanistan in 2020 during the pandemic.
Fort Bragg bills itself as “the center of the military universe” and is one of the largest military complexes in the world, employing 53,700 troops and 14,000 civilians.
It is home to the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Special Operations Command and Parachute Team.
In 2020, Congress ordered Fort Bragg change its name within three years because it honors a Confederate general.
Fort Bragg’s naming commission plans to have recommendations back to Congress by Oct. 1, 2022.
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