Updates | Cherry Point

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.


FRC East Commander to provide keynote remarks

August 14, 2017


The Offices of United States Senator Richard Burr and United States Senator Thom Tillis and the North Carolina Military Business Center are pleased to announce the 2017 Southeast Region Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing Summit on August 15-16 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Colonel Clarence T. Harper, III, Commanding Officer at Fleet Readiness Center East will provide the keynote remarks. 

PROGRAM. The Southeast Region Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (SEASAM) Summit is a regional, business development and teaming event focused on current and future defense, commercial and general aviation business opportunities.
An expansion of previous Aerospace Supplier Conferences, the SEASAM will showcase companies within the Southeast Region engaged in advanced manufacturing and aerospace-related activities, and will connect suppliers and service providers with national aerospace primes, first-tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers. The SEASAM program is functionally organized and will feature sessions focused on manufacturers, product and service providers in the aerospace industry.



Take part in AeroNet, informal networking sessions, in the middle of the expo floor to learn more about the opportunities that exist with federal and Department of Defense agencies, and with prime, first-tier contractors.  The following AeroNet sessions are available:
  • Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
  • Unmanned Systems session panelists
  • Military MRO session panelists
UNMANNED AEROSPACE SYSTEMS: POLICY, PRODUCTION, OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE.  This panel will focus on military and civilian Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) design, manufacturing, deployment, equipping and sustainment in North Carolina and the Southeast. The panel will specifically highlight military requirements, operations and challenges, public policy issues surrounding UAS and the opportunity to develop a comprehensive industry cluster for research, development, production, fielding, operation and maintenance of unmanned aerial systems.
COMMERCIAL MRO: FORECAST, REQUIREMENTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND PROCESSES.  This panel will address the experience, capabilities and leading-edge maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) operations conducted by MRO businesses in support of civilian, military and general aviation customers. The panel will also address their unique workforce requirements and issues, challenges encountered in military and commercial contracting and procurement systems, as well as their processes for engaging suppliers and subcontractors in support of their current and future MRO operations.
MILITARY MRO: FORECAST, REQUIREMENTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND PROCESSES. This panel will focus on current operations, future requirements, supply chain processes, contractor engagement, workforce issues and small business utilization at major military maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) commands, including Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, the US Coast Guard (USCG) Aviation Logistics Center at USCG Base Elizabeth City. The session will also include the perspective of the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Rolls-Royce, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace and major contractors supporting these commands, including their operations, challenges and use of subcontractors and/or suppliers. The panelists may also address any lessons learned, anticipated requirements and potential strategies to increase the utilization and engagement of additional businesses to continuously improve their organizations and to meet their future operational requirements.
HOW TO SAFELY NAVIGATE THE SKIES OF LEGAL DISPUTES.  Learn key information to protect your business on two areas of legal disputes: Products liability issues and Contract dispute issues. Susan Hofer, Aviation partner with CSHLaw, will present on the top tips for defending your company against the risks in aviation products cases for manufacturers (including drones!); Mica Worthy, Aviation partner with CSHLaw, will present on common risks that aerospace suppliers/manufactures face in contract disputes including international payment issues. Q&A to follow.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING FOR MILITARY AND CIVILIAN AEROSPACE. This panel will focus on innovative technologies and advanced manufacturing processes utilized by businesses engaged in the aerospace market. These include rapid prototyping, advanced machining, other advanced additive and subtractive processes, non-invasive quality assurance technologies and integration of specialty metals, composites and other advanced materials into aerospace manufacturing. The panel will also address military additive manufacturing requirements, adoption, and challenges with component qualification/certification and maintenance/security of data files associated with military advanced manufacturing activities.

WEBSITE. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/17seasam/


Opposing Views: Debating The F-35’s Strengths And Weaknesses

August 14, 2017



It is hard to find a more divisive topic in the aerospace world than the Lockheed Martin F-35. Aviation Week Pentagon Editor Lara Seligman sat down with two industry veterans who hold opposite views on the fighter: Marine Corps Lt. Col. (ret.) Dave Berke, a former Top Gun instructor, has flown the F-35, F-22F-16 and F-18; and Pierre Sprey, of “Fighter Mafia” fame, helped conceptualize designs for the A-10 and F-16. Excerpts follow. Listen to their debate in full HERE.