Fort Bragg leaders remind soldiers, families of DOD protest policies
By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer | Published: June 2, 2020
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — Fort Bragg officials are reminding the community that protests are not allowed on the installation and service members protesting off post may do so but not in uniform.
Officials issued the reminder, following weekend protests in the city of Fayetteville and Cumberland County related to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25, after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground.
"The Fort Bragg leadership respects the right of its service members and families to peacefully assemble and exercise free speech," officials said. "Demonstrations on military installations, however, are prohibited if they have the ability to impact orderly mission accomplishment, safety, morale, or good order and discipline."
Officials said soldiers and leaders should "safeguard" the Department of Defense's political neutrality; and because of social distancing guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic and "volatility of protests around the nation," demonstrations at Fort Bragg are not permitted.
Officials said service members and family members have the right to participate in peaceful demonstrations off Fort Bragg out of uniform.
"And if asked, they must state they do not represent the military nor its policies," officials said.