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Fort Bragg Holds Ribbon Cutting to Open New Career Resource Center

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Fayetteville, NC – Secretary Larry Hall, head of the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs joined the Fort Bragg’s Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program, in partnership with Columbia Sothern Education Group, on July 20th to launch a new Career Resource Center on the Base. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place in the Fort Bragg’s Modular Village.

The new Career Resource Center will provide current service members, veterans and their families the skills needed to successfully transition into the civilian workforce for new employment opportunities.

Companies partnering with the training program included CVS Health, Charter Communications, Onward to Opportunity, North Carolina State University Agriculture Institute, North Carolina Truck Driving Training School, Adaptive Construction Solutions and Veteran Assembled Electronics.

Government and business leaders in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony included Robert Mayes, President of Columbia Southern University and Lisa Bisaccia with CVS Health.

During his remarks, Secretary Hall stressed the value that veterans bring to the private sector thanks to the skill and training that they receive during their time in military service. Secretary Hall also pointed out that pairing veterans with engaged partners in the private sector is a win-win for the state of North Carolina and the country as a whole.

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), created in 2015, focuses on protecting North Carolina’s military installations, working with the communities around military bases, helping military families and veterans get the support and services they need, and helping connect veterans with jobs.

The agency manages the NC4VETS website, a one-stop-shop for information on services, benefits and programs for veterans, service members and their families:

  • Employment
  • Healthcare
  • VA Benefits
  • Housing
  • Personal Services
  • Education

The goals of the DMVA Military Division are:

  • Goal 1:   Protect North Carolina’s existing military installations and missions
  • Goal 2:   Expand defense related economic development in North Carolina
  • Goal 3:   Improve quality of life for military members and families
  • Goal 4:   Provide legislative and state agency coordination for military related             issues
  • Goal 5:   Lead the state’s efforts to prepare for the next base realignment and             closure (BRAC) process.

For more information, visit or call 984-204-8366.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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