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Six Capabilities Only Possible in the World’s Most Advanced Fighter Jet

October 02, 2017

F-35 Lightning II

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

Imagine flying virtually undetected with a 360-degree view of your surroundings…

With advanced targeting and radar systems, helping you identify and engage air and ground threats…

And with secure datalinks, allowing you to share information across your entire network—on the ground, in the air and over the seas.

There’s only one place on earth this is possible: the cockpit of an F-35 Lightning II.

Check out these six things you need to know about the world’s most advanced 5th generation fighter. >>click here to read more


Emerald Isle secures funding for property

October 01, 2017


EMERALD ISLE — All the funding pieces have come together for a land purchase by the Town of Emerald Isle that will help preserve a buffer between military training in the area and future community uses.

Town officials are finalizing closing on the $3 million property following approval of several documents by the Board of Commissioners at their Sept. 12 board meeting.

The 29.7-acre tract is the last remaining large vacant tract of land within the Town of Emerald Isle and the plan is the preserve 20 acres in its natural state and reserve the remaining 9.7 acres for future recreational uses by the town, such as ballfields.

A critical piece of the purchase plan is federal funding available through the military’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program.

The property, known as the Surfside tract, is located in the flight path for Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue and the town has been working with MCAS Cherry Point on securing the funds to purchase the property to prevent further encroachment of development that could interfere with training at Bogue Field.

One of the documents approved by commissioners was a resolution accepting $1.5 million in REPI funding, a final piece of the funding package.

A Sept. 6 letter from C.E. Schule, at the direction of Cherry Point’s commanding officer, confirms that Cherry Point has secured the funding.

“Through various funding sources, the State of North Carolina has played a prominent role in helping the U.S. Marine Corps address encroachment pressures facing Eastern North Carolina,” the letter states. “We are grateful to have partnered with the State of North Carolina on previous projects and look forward to continued cooperation with the Town of Emerald Isle and our encroachment partnering entity, The Conservation Fund, on this project.”

The federal funding is expected to be released in Spring 2018. The Conservation Fund of North Carolina, a nonprofit and authorized grant recipient for REPI funds, will provide the interim financing for the purchase of the property and hold the land until the federal funds are released. The land will then be conveyed to the town.

According to town information, the town will incur administrative, legal and interest expenses as a result of the arrangement with The Conservation Fund of up to $75,000 but the town will have full rights to use of the land as soon as the Conservation Fund has completed to acquisition in the coming weeks.

The use of the REPI funds will require the execution of easement and/or deed restrictions that will restrict any significant buildings on the property. The easement will allow for active recreational uses on the 9.7 acres such as ball fields, tennis courts, dog park, splash park, pickleball courts and associated facilities such as restrooms or small storage building.

The town has not developed any specific plans for the property at this point.

In addition to the $1.5 million in REPI funds, the town has received a $545,000 N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund grant, a $500,000 N.C. Parks and Recreation grant. The town has committed to the balance of $455,000 and will likely finance it over a 10-year period.

With the town board’s approval at the September meeting, the town manager and town attorney are authorized to execute the necessary agreements to finalize the funding package and property acquisition.

Reporter Jannette Pippin can be reached at Jannette.Pippin@JDNews.com or 910-382-2557.


ACT introduces new video at Sea to Table

September 08, 2017


ACT continues to advocate for the success and growth of MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East. Yesterday at the 2nd Annual Sea to Table benefit dinner, ACT debuted a new video to nearly 200 guests that highlights the reasons why we continue to work so diligently for this valuable asset in Eastern North Carolina. The video will be a critical tool in our advocacy efforts as we prepare to talk with a variety of civic groups within a four-county region.

If you are a member of a civic group and/or business that would like to find out more information about ACT and what we do at local, state and federal levels to protect our base, please contact us and we are happy to schedule a brief presentation at your next meeting. In the meantime, please preview our video and feel free to share with colleagues:


The Marines have landed at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast as 1st Leatherneck in 77 years comes aboard as executive officer

September 05, 2017


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Col. Frederick Schenk, a Marine Corps pilot whose call sign is “Tin Man,” hopes to keep aircraft production at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast moving like a well-oiled machine as the facility’s new executive officer.

Schenk is the first Marine Corps officer to be part of the Navy command’s leadership team in the plant’s 77-year history, joining FRCSE Commanding Officer Capt. Trent DeMoss.

The eight fleet readiness centers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps provide maintenance, repairs and overhauls of the services’ aircraft, aircraft engines and components. The traditional path for a Marine officer in aviation maintenance is to join the command at Fleet Readiness Center East, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. >> READ MORE


Congressman Walter B. Jones Receives Medal of Merit

August 16, 2017


Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.

Congratulations to Congressman Walter Jones, who is the recipient of the Charles Dick Medal of Merit award.

Other winners include:
US Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii
US Representative Andy Barr, Kentucky
State Representative Tim Moore, Kentucky
State Senator Wayne Wallingford, Missouri

Our congressman’s support of the National Guard and the NC State Guard has been tireless for over three decades. The legislation that he has fought for and cosponsored has greatly benefited the National Guard. The North Carolina National Guard’s support of our district has been noteworthy both in combat and at home assisting our constituents during the many hurricanes that have swept through our district.

The medal is named in honor of Major General Charles Dick, President of the National Guard Association of the United States from 1902 to 1909, a major general in the Ohio National Guard, a Congressman and later a Senator. Dick was responsible for the passage of the Dick Acts of 1903 and 1908 that established the foundation of the modern National Guard.

An individual must have distinguished him/herself over an extended period of time in their support to the National Guard through service in a state or national elected legislative body.

Superior performance of normal duty alone does not justify award of this medal. An individual must have provided exceptionally strong support to the National Guard to clearly merit this medal.

The support of the individual must be such that it has had a lasting effect on the future of the National Guard. The positive affect and the results of the act should outlast the tenure in office of the individual.