Updates | Cherry Point

Approved plan is great news for City of Havelock

April 16, 2018


There is now a green light for a plan that shortens your drive to the beach and keeps you from all the stop-and-go traffic in Havelock. >>READ MORE


3rd Annual Brews & Bites scheduled for Friday, April 27

April 16, 2018


Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow is hosting the 3rd Annual Brews & Bites on the River featuring craft brew, wine, food trucks and music from Hot Buttered Grits. Proceeds benefit ACT, so get your tickets online at www.alliesforcherrypoint.com/events.


ACT supports Military Child of the Month at Craven County Schools

April 12, 2018


Today we presented Craven County Schools with a check to purchase a supply of kits to distribute to children who have a parent who is deployed. We are so pleased to be part of the amazing efforts of Craven County Schools to honor the military children in our community. These families sacrifice so much to protect our democracy and we will be forever grateful. This was a joint effort with the Havelock Chamber of Commerce.

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Mark Finlayson and Mayor Will Lewis present a check to Craven County Schools to cover the purchase of these deployment kits.

Military deployment kits are distributed to children who have a parent deployed to help them adjust to the time away.

Mayor Will Lewis, president of ACT, talks with the children who performed two songs prior to the check presentation.



Watch: Lockheed Martin F-35B Tests Vertical Landing in North Carolina

January 29, 2018


The Lockheed Martin F-35B is taking to the skies at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field (MCALF) Bogue in North Carolina. According to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, the short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing fighter is scheduled to conduct sloped surface vertical-landing tests through late February.

The Marine Corp. hopes the tests, conducted by the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) team, will expand the expeditionary envelope for the F-35B, MCAS Cherry Point said.

“We hope to be able to relax the landing pad certification limits in terms of maximum slope/gradients in the context of expeditionary pads — existing and future,” said Bob Nantz, F-35 Pax River ITF Performance/Environmental Technical Specialist.

For the sloped surface vertical landings tests, Marines from 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Cherry Point and MCALF Bogue built four expeditionary landing pads of different slopes: left, right, forward and back. The pads were constructed out of material similar to the AM-2 matting, according to the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Navair). Marines use the material to build expeditionary runways or landing pads while on deployment.

MCAS Cherry Point said the test team will assess how well the F-35B operates on varying slopes in different combinations of environmental and takeoff/landing conditions.

During the month of testing, the Pax River ITF is set to analyze nearly 200 data test points. Navair said this includes how well the F-35B operates on varying slopes, impacts of head and tailwinds, and the effect of aft center of gravity in conjunction with ground slopes. MCAS Cherry Point said testing is done on a graduated basis, which means that the program starts by conducting less risk tests and increases from there.

According to Maj. Michael Lippert, F-35 Pax River ITF test pilot and detachment officer-in-charge, some test results will be instantaneous, as real-time lessons learned are capture. Other results will require more attention, as much of the data needs to undergo significant analysis before any actions are taken.

“These updates will eventually make it to our fleet aircraft while the capabilities of the F-35 will continue to transform the way we fight and win,” Lippert said.

If conditions are ideal and the schedule goes as written, however, the testing could wrap up sooner. When the tests are complete, the aircraft and test team are to depart MCALF Bogue and head back to Pax River in Maryland.

“Bogue is a unique testing location because the expeditionary landing field and the landing pads were constructed entirely by Marines. Conducting the testing at Bogue Field provides the Marine Corps with an opportunity to continue the test and development of the F-35 in the STOVL mode, while simultaneously exercising components of the MAGTF’s Air Combat Element, specifically the Marine Wing Support Squadrons resident aboard Bogue and MCAS Cherry Point,” MCAS Cherry Point told R&WI. “This is significant because it demonstrates the ability for our Marines and their equipment to precisely build expeditionary sites suitable for the conduct of F-35 operations and showcases the unique skillsets these organizations have.”


Base access restrictions compliant with Real ID Act

January 22, 2018


Media Advisory

Base access restrictions compliant with Real ID Act

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Beginning Jan. 22, non-DoD cardholding visitors to Marine Corps Installations with a driver’s license or ID that is not compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005 will need to provide an alternate form of acceptable identification to gain entry.

The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.

In absence of a compliant state issued driver’s license or ID, one of the following federally approved forms of identification must also be provided in addition to the non-compliant driver’s license or ID:

1. U.S. Passport

2. U.S. Passport Card

3. U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card

4. Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card

5. Personal Identity Verification – Interoperable (PIV-I)

6. U.S. State Department Driver’s License

7. Veteran’s Health Identification Card (Issued by the U.S.

Department of Veterans Affairs)

8. U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)

9. U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship

(Form N-550)

10. Department of Homeland Security Employment Authorization

Document (Form I-766)

If no alternate form of ID is presented, persons requesting access to base must be escorted by a sponsor who meets installation requirements otherwise they will be refused access.

Individual state’s compliance status can be viewed by visiting https://www.dhs.gov/real-id.

Although the state may be compliant, the state resident will still need to personally obtain a Real ID compliant DL or other ID. (Markings of Real ID compliant licenses varies by state. North Carolina compliant licenses and IDs are marked with a gold star in the upper right hand corner https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/driver/realid.)

For clarification on what the REAL ID Act means personally, visit http://dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs or http://tsa.gov and search “REAL ID.”

Specifically for NC, individuals can visit https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/driver/realid.

This information is subject to change on a daily basis and everyone is encouraged to continue to monitor the web for modifications.

The Real ID Act does not affect installation access for any who already possess a current acceptable identification.

Contact: Mr. Nat Fahy • E-mail: Nat.Fahy@usmc.mil • Office: (910) 451-5655 ext. 5 • Cell: (910) 526-2303

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