In its inaugural event, the Fort Bragg Good Neighbor Program recognized four outstanding local community members Jan. 13, at the Fort Bragg club.
The program was designed to annually recognize those civilians from the surrounding communities who, through their efforts, have enhanced the quality of life for Fort Bragg Soldiers and their Families.
The 82nd Airborne Division Band Brass Quintet opened the inaugural dinner and social by playing the national anthem. Remarks and the presentation of the 2014 Good Neighbors was presented by Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg commanding general and Don Price.
This year’s ceremony recognized Keith Allison, Karen Long and Graham Moore and Don Price.
According to the event’s program, Allison spent numerous years working and training with Fort Bragg Soldiers. He is a member of the Military Affairs Council, and he was a pioneer in creating the Fayetteville Police Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that supports the city police. Allison was also instrumental in coordinating the Iron Mike Rally of the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, an assembly of rare, vintage automobiles that travel each spring from Pinehurst, N.C. to a culminating event at Fort Bragg.
Each year, the event continues to grow in size and popularity.
Price is known as a phenomenal leader with tremendous commitment to the local community and the Air Force. He served the Pope Field community as honorary commander of the 440th Airlift Wing and has been a member of the Pope Special Activities Committee for more than 10 years. Price is recognized and respected as a Pope Field champion and Airman advocate to the Fayetteville community and business leaders. His leadership has consistently focused on maximizing the contributions of the Fayetteville community to the wing’s warfighting partners.
“His insight, professionalism, experience and expertise have been essential to forging professional relationships between our surrounding communities, active duty and Reserve component forces,” said post officials of Price.
Long, an Air Force veteran, was named the Civic Center Commission’s interim chief executive officer and general manager in October 2008. It was a position she would assume permanently nearly a year later. After retiring from serving Cumberland County in December 2013, Long serves as senior director of events at the Crown Center, which is now under the management of Global Spectrum.
For more than 20 years, Long has served on numerous local committees, such as the Association of the U.S. Army, Military Spouses Sandhills Military Council, Shoeboxes for Military Spouses, Boots & Booties and Fayetteville Cares, in support of military members and their Families.
Moore, a native of Oxford, N.C. and a graduate of N.C. State University, has been a member of the Bragg Special Activity Committee for about 20 years. He has helped with various projects, ranging from helping a unit get commemorative coins to planning and supporting Operation Celebrate Freedom.
Graham has chaired the Military Affairs Council and is currently on the board of the Sandhills Military Council. He also helped fund and produce the Iron Mike Rally of the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance.
A selfless supporter of Soldiers, Graham and other members of the committee went to Afghanistan in 2010 to spend time with troops deployed to Bagram and Kandahar.
“A lot of us live off the military,” he said, “but a lot of us really give back to the military.”