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State military secretary delivers school supplies to Fort Bragg

By Rachael Riley, Staff writer

Fayetteville Observer
Fort Bragg | August 31, 2019

Larry Hall, third from right, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, delivered school supplies Wednesday to Fort Bragg schools.  Hall is shown with retired Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew McFowler, president of Braxton Bragg-AUSA; Jimmy Spencer, executive vice president of Braxton Bragg-AUSA; NC DMVA Assistant Secretary Ariel Ponte; Irwin Intermediate School Principal Miriam Breece and staff.
Larry Hall, third from right, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, delivered school supplies Wednesday to Fort Bragg schools. Hall is shown with retired Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew McFowler, president of Braxton Bragg-AUSA; Jimmy Spencer, executive vice president of Braxton Bragg-AUSA; NC DMVA Assistant Secretary Ariel Ponte; Irwin Intermediate School Principal Miriam Breece and staff. | Photo: contributed

In August, Gov. Roy Cooper called upon state agencies and organizations to collect school supplies, and now, Fort Bragg students are the recipients of some of the collected supplies.

Larry Hall, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, delivered the supplies Wednesday to Department of Defense Education Activity schools at Fort Bragg.

Those supplies were collected by the department, the Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the United States Army and Long Beverage.

“Anytime we can assist our military students and teachers, we gladly do so,” Hall said. “We are delighted to help them get off to a good start this year.”

Hall was joined by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew McFowler, president of the Braxton Bragg-AUSA, and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie Spencer, executive vice president of the Braxton-Bragg AUSA.

During the visit, the trio toured Irwin Intermediate School and met with Fort Bragg Community Superintendent Kathryn Downs and District Superintendent Donato Cuadrado.

“As a member of one of the largest chapters in the country, supporting soldiers and their families is one of the main goals of our chapter and we are grateful for this opportunity,” McFowler said.

Officials said the school supply drive sponsored by Cooper was held July 29 to Aug. 16 to address the need for school supplies in classrooms across North Carolina.

The annual drive was held in partnership with cabinet agencies, the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, State Employees Credit Union and Communities In Schools of North Carolina.

Crockett Long, owner of Long Beverage and a lifelong veteran advocate, said the company considered it “an honor to be part of the effort.”

Officials said more school supplies collected during the drive will be delivered to Camp Lejeune this week.

Staff writer Rachael Riley can be reached at rriley@fayobserver.comor 910-486-3628.


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