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NC’s Premier Defense & Economic Development Trade Show

The Offices of Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis, Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) will host the 16th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show on August 7th, 2017 at FTCC’s Horace Sisk Gymnasium (2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC) from 10:15 am – 3:30 pm. The kick-off of the DTS will occur with an official ribbon cutting at 10:15 AM, press and media are encouraged to attend.  Military, state and federal leadership will be in attendance. 

The DTS reflects the business community’s support for military and civilians who protect our freedoms everyday.  Attendance at the DTS is free and open to the public.  Over 750 individuals will attend the DTS. 

“The Defense Trade Show at FTCC brings together more major defense contractors, North Carolina businesses, military and federal agencies and Congressional delegation members than any other event in our State,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “This full day includes a trade show with over 100 indoor and outdoor exhibitors, military static displays and personnel from Fort Bragg’s XVIII Airborne Corps and procurement-related educational activities.  This combination of activities, and the Fort Bragg contracting office’s 4th quarter forecast event, make the Defense Trade Show a unique, ‘must attend’ event for businesses interested or currently working in the defense and federal marketplace.”

At the Defense Trade Show, businesses have the opportunity to build relationships with senior representatives from the Congressional delegation, the Department of Defense (DoD), other federal agencies and numerous defense contracting firms, including North Carolina small businesses. 


  • VIP Guests. 
  • Lieutenant General Laura J. Richardson, Deputy Commanding General, US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
  • Major General Gregory A. Lusk, Adjutant General, North Carolina National Guard
  • Major General (Ret) Al Aycock
  • Major General (Ret) Rodney Anderson
  • Tommy Bolton, Senior Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
  • Robert L. Wilkie, Jr., Senior Advisor, US Senator Thom Tillis; President Trump announced nomination for Mr. Wilkie on July 19th for Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
  • Secretary Larry Hall, North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
  • Secretary Anthony M. Copeland, North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Assistant Secretary Jim Prosser, North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
  • Brigadier General Marc Gagne, XVIII Airborne Corps, Deputy Commanding General – Operations
  • Commander Robert Higgins, II Marine Expeditionary Force (IIMEF)
  • Command Sergeant Major Michael Stoddard, Womack Army Medical Center
  • Justin Mitchell, Deputy Garrison Commander, Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg’s Contracting Office 4th Quarter Forecast Event.

  • Conducted in conjunction with the DTS.
  • Located in Cumberland Hall Auditorium on the FTCC campus from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. 

 Military Installation and Federal Participation.

  • Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN6
  • US Special Operations Command
  • XVIII Airborne Corps (Fort Bragg)
  • US Army Special Operations Command (Fort Bragg)
  • Army Research Office
  • General Services Administration
  • Mission & Installation Contracting Command (Fort Bragg)
  • Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
  • Marine Corps Installations East (Camp Lejeune)
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (Wilmington District)
  • US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • US Small Business Administration
  • US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)
  • 419th  Contracting Support Brigade
  • 900th Contracting Battalion
  • Womack Army Medical Center

Fort Bragg & Pope Army Airfield Static Displays and Military Demonstrations.

  • XVIII Airborne Corps:
    • Infantry Squad Static Display
    • MRZR Static Display
    • Uparmored HMMWV w/weapon system static display and crew
    • Parachute Packing Demonstration
    • EOD Static Display
    • And more to be announced
  • Special Military Demonstration.  XVIII Airborne Corps soldiers will demonstrate the controlled opening of multiple parachute systems.  These parachutes are currently employed to deliver paratroopers and equipment during forced entry operations.   The demonstration will occur at 12:00 PM outside of the Culinary Arts Dining Room.

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The NCMBC is a component of the NC Community College System, headquartered at

Fayetteville Technical Community College (2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC, 28303)

The NC Military Business Center, the NC Community College System, and the State of North Carolina do not officially endorse events. These items are posted strictly for the information and convenience of NCMBC customers.

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