Intertwined with all the cultural elements of Scotland County is a unique commitment to America’s military community, a a sympathy with deep roots in the rural south.
Part of this is due to our proximity to both Fort Bragg, home of the 82nd Airborne and Special Forces, and to the USAF Air Operations Support Group at Pope AFB. But the singular history of Camp Mackall sheds further light on why many military personnel live and train in Scotland County.
Begun in 1942, Camp Mackall was originally a basic training area for the Airborne troops garrisoned at Fort Bragg, though it eventually housed the U.S. Army Airborne Command.
Today’s servicemen are more apt to have fond memories of Camp Mackall as the primary training area for Special Forces personnel, one which includes a mock prisoner of war camp as well as “Nasty Nick,” the Col. James “Nick” Rowe Training Compound, considered by many the toughest obstacle course in the U.S. Army.
With these influences, it’s not hard to see why all the ethnic cultures making up the county continue to be a significant part of the U.S. Armed Forces.