As we begin recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence, I wanted to thank everyone associated with Fort Bragg for their efforts to prepare for and keep the installation operational. We especially appreciate maintaining the accountability of our service members and their Families, DA Civilian workforce and contractors.

Our success was remarkable when you realize we faced continuous winds over 35 mph and gusts up to 68 mph for many days and more than 19” of rain. By working together across all directorates, tenant units and our local communities, we were able to remain mission capable while keeping most of our roads open, the power on for most of the installation and the post secure. It is remarkable that we only had to move nine Families from their quarters and return to providing services as fast as we have.

Many lessons were learned and we can build off of them to better prepare us for our next mission. Two areas that need improvement are up to date phone rosters and input into the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System or ADPASS, https://adpaas.army.mil/cas/login.

This data base will help us quickly identify who is not accounted for and who needs help.

All that being stated, we are far from being complete. Now that we have returned to work and duty, we are learning the full extent of damages to our buildings, roads and the rest of our infrastructure.

We are asking for everyone’s assistance in identifying damages, additional problems in their assigned areas and procedures that can be improved.

Please work through your chains of command, supervisors, DPW, and Corvias points of contact for addressing these concerns. As part of this, the phases of our operations are mitigation, preparation, reaction/damage control, and lastly, recovery and restoration. We are happy to report that we are now in the last phase with assessments on going!

Please assist us in capturing this historical event where impacts were greater in some areas compared to Hurricane Matthew two years ago. We ask everyone to be careful during recovery due to wildlife and other dangers previously not present to ensure Families remain safe. Please let us know how we can help you with the support from our partners!!

We also appreciate neighbors helping neighbors. “Many hands make light work” — if all of us pitch in gathering and properly dispose of debris, we will be back to normal much quicker.

Again, thank you for your support to our community.