Pope Airfield in Fort Bragg, NC has been a pivotal piece of America’s effort to wage war since WWII. The airfield serves as an extremely vital tactical jump-off point for the 82nd Airborne and units of the Army Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC): Delta Force uses it in case of a counterterrorism contingency anywhere in the world.

Inside the 82nd Airborne’s arsenal is the Immediate Response Force — capable of deploying worldwide, within 18 hours of being alerted, with the help of C-17 Globemasters. In January, these guys were put into action and flown to Kuwait, in case tensions between Iran and the United States flared into a conflict.

Pope Airfield was also used to deploy Paratroopers to Grenada in 1983, Panama in 1989, and Special Forces soldiers into northern Iraq in 2003.

Pope Airfield was owned by the Air Force until the Army took it over in 2011.