Fort Fisher, your affordable vacation Published April 8, 2010 By Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs FORT FISHER AIR FORCE RECREATION AREA, N.C. -- To avoid expensive contractors, Airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base volunteered their time to help replace siding on cottages here, April 7. "This was a great Team Seymour effort to care for base assets" said Lt. Col. Debra Lovette, 4th Force Support Squadron commander. All funds raised by Fort Fisher go back into Seymour Johnson's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. The MWR provides activities and events for all Airmen and families on the base. Fort Fisher, located in Wilmington N.C., was a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. Soldiers stationed here protected the vital trading routes to Wilmington port from 1861 until captured by the Union in 1865. The fort later became an Air Force radar complex, until it closed in the late 1980s. Fort Fisher has been declared a national landmark. Fort Fisher now serves as an inexpensive beach getaway for Department of Defense personnel and as an official training center for the North Carolina National Guard during non-summer months. Fort Fisher also offers a state historic site museum and visitor center. The fort features the North Carolina Aquarium, and is also used as an undersea archaeology training area. For more information or reservation information on the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area contact Outdoor Recreation at 722-1104/1103 or visit http://ftfishermilrec.com/.