Pope Army Airfield

Location

Welcome to Pope Field, one of the busiest bases in the military, located in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area.

The base is nestled at the northern tip of Fort Bragg, approximately 12 miles northwest of Fayetteville. It is within easy access to many historical and unique sites. For instance, to the west are the Appalachian Mountains, and to the east are the “Outer Banks” and the North Carolina National Seashore. Within the state’s borders, there are many recreational areas and activities to satisfy everyone’s interests. The temperate climate is conducive to year-round outdoor activities. The base operator’s phone number is 910-394-1110.


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History

Pope has played a leading role in the development of U.S. airpower, with missions ranging from providing airlift and close air support to American armed forces, to supporting humanitarian missions worldwide. On March 27, 1919, the area was officially established by the War Department as Pope Field, making it one of the oldest installations in the Air Force. The base is named after 1st Lt. Harley Halbert Pope, who was killed on Jan. 7, 1919, when the JN-4 Jenny he was flying with Sgt, Walter W. Fleming, crashed into the Cape Fear River near Fayetteville. The transfer of Pope Field to the Army’s control is certainly a major event and was the result of the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Pope will continue to put the “air” in airborne for Fort Bragg missionsby providing airlift and close air support to American armed forces and to humanitarian missions flown all over the world.

Mission

The 440th Air Reserve Wing with it’s C-130E Hercules aircraft continues to provide total forces mission ready combat airlifter and equipment, anywhere and anytime to the Fort Bragg community. The 440th Airlift Wing will also works side-by-side with the 43rd Airlift Group.

Population Served

Pope Field is home for approximately 2,100 active duty members and their families. Pope also has approximately 500 plus civilians, non-appropriated fund and contract personnel supporting the mission of the 43 Airlift Group. Fort Bragg’s population is over 57,000 active duty troops.

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.

Sponsorship

A sponsor will send you a sponsor package, answer your questions about the base and the area, make lodging/dorm arrangements for you, and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will help you and your family until you are settled into the new community. A sponsor will be assigned to you by your gaining unit commander’s support staff. Sponsorship is mandatory for all personnel below the grade of colonel. If you do not hear from a sponsor, contact your gaining unit. Department of Defense civilians should contact their selecting official or personnel office for a sponsor. If you still do not receive a sponsor, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center for assistance, 910-394-2538 or DSN 312-424-2538.

Temporary Quarters

There is a great demand for lodging at Pope Field. You should make reservations for temporary lodging as soon as you receive orders, 910-394-4131 or DSN 312-424-4131. While inbound personnel have a priority for reservations, it would benefit any newcomer to contact the Lodging Office, Carolina Inn to make reservations as soon as they know their arrival date.

The Carolina Inn is now managed by the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Office at Fort Bragg. For more information or reservations please, visit their website or call 910-394-4131.

Relocation Assistance

Nothing is more significant to us at the Airman and Family Readiness Center than the well being of service members and their families. If you have just arrived in our area, we would like you to know that the Airman and Family Readiness Center has a Relocation Assistance Team that can provide you with information about this area and assist you in making informed decisions. We can help you get answers to specific questions about the new area. If your household goods have not arrived, you may want to use items from the Loan Closet located at 829 Armistead Street, 910-494-2538 or DSN 312-424-2538. Programs for newcomers include: Heart Link; Pope Newcomers Orientation; Give Parents A Break, and Child Care for PCS. All of these programs provide free child care.

Critical Installation Information

Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.

These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.

Frequently Called Numbers on Base

Base Operator (910) 394-1110 DSN 424-1110

Albritton Junior High School Phone: 910-436-0025

Base Education Office 910-394-4692

Child Care for PCS Program 910-394-2538

Child Development Center (910) 394-2724 DSN: 424-4323

Dental Clinic – Pope AFB (910) 394-2283 DSN: 424-2283

Education Office : (910) 394-4692 DSN: 424-4692

Family Child Care Program (910) 394-2381 DSN: 424-2381

Family Member Dental Plan 1-888-622-2256

Fort Bragg School System 910-436-5410

Housing Management Office 910-394-4867 DSN: 424-4867

Irwin Middle School 910-436-5252

Lodging Office – Carolina Inn 910-394-4131 DSN: 424-4131

Pope AFB Education Office 910-394-4692 DSN: 424-4692

Pope Elementary School 910-497-6136

Primary Care (910) 394-4258

Womack Army Medical Center (910) 907-6000

Youth Center (910) 394-4512