Families of Army 7th Special Forces Group still settling into new home

Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM.

Outdoors activities are a big draw. She said families enjoy the beach, fishing and living close to the water, much like so many other people making their homes in the area.

The military-friendly community also has helped, Brownlee said.

“Everywhere I went (when I first moved here) — and it continues today — people are so energized and welcoming to have us here,” he said. “In my 20 years, without reservation, this is the best assignment I’ve had.”

A new and improved home

It’s also helped that the new cantonment is a big step up from the 7th Special Forces’ previous headquarters at Fort Bragg.

On any given day, soldiers train to keep combat ready, from rappelling from helicopters to practicing hand grenade skills at their state-of-the-art home.

The group is made up of 18 12-man teams trained for special operation warfare and defense. Their primary area is Central and South America, but they have had a large presence in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years.

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