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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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DOD Official Broaches Prospect of Extending Military Assignments

December 27, 2017


Long-standing military practices, such as the one requiring military personnel and their families to relocate every two or three years, are outdated and inhibit retention, Robert Wilkie, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said last week during a visit to Fort Bragg, N.C. Frequent moves limit the careers of military spouses, require children to transfer schools and are a “tremendous strain” on the defense budget, said Wilkie, who is the first individual to be confirmed for his position since 2015. The policy was created at a time when few service members had families, Wilkie said, reported the Fayetteville Observer. “Today, 70 percent have families.”

Upending the current system would be part of a larger cultural shift and, so far, no changes have been agreed upon, he said. DOD also is taking a closer look at the support it provides families through childcare, health care and other programs, Wilkie said. >>READ MORE


Texas Awards $20 Million to Seven Defense Communities to Boost Military Value

December 14, 2017


Seven Texas communities on Wednesday were awarded grants totaling $20 million by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission for projects supporting active and closed installations. The biggest winner was the city of Corpus Christi, which will receive $6.0 million for two initiatives. A $2.7 million project will replace the water supply line for Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, which also houses Corpus Christi Army Depot; the pipeline has not been replaced since the base was commissioned in 1941. Operations at the installation would be jeopardized if the aging, 16-inch pipe were to fail, reported the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Separately, the city was awarded $3.3 million for upgrades and repairs to perimeter fencing and access control gates for helicopter repair facilities at the depot. Both projects are scheduled to begin next summer with a tentative completion date of August 31, 2019, a required deadline set by the grant program.

Tom Green County picked up the single largest award for $4.5 million to cover the cost of infrastructure for mission expansion at Goodfellow AFB, according to a news release. Last year, the commission awarded the county $2.0 million for a project supporting the installation. The remaining awards announced Wednesday under the fiscal 2018-2019 defense economic adjustment assistance grant program include:

·    Bell County — $3.1 million for security improvements at Fort Hood’s Robert Gray Army Airfield;
·    Kingsville — $144,000 to purchase property to prevent encroachment around NAS Kingsville;
·    Abilene — $282,000 for security upgrades at Dyess AFB;
·    Port San Antonio — $5 million for airfield operations upgrades and improvements (former Kelly AFB); and
·    Wichita Falls — $900,000 for security upgrades at Sheppard AFB.


Former Newport mayor remembered for dedicated service

December 05, 2017


NEWPORT | Derryl Garner’s advice to the mayor to follow him was simple: “Love Your People.”

He was remembered Monday for doing just that during his 36 years as mayor of the Town of Newport, a post he held until 2013.

“He was a top-notch guy and he cared about everyone,” said Jim Bristle, who has worked for the town for 27 years and remembers Garner’s time in office from the beginning.

“He loved the town,” Bristle added.

Garner, a lifelong resident of Newport, died Sunday at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport. He was 85.

During his time as mayor he was involved with many boards and organizations and was active with Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow and the State Ports Committee. He was a lifetime member of the N.C. League of Municipalities. >>READ MORE

Statement from ACT Managing Consultant Marc Finlayson:

All of us associated with Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow were saddened to learn of the passing of long-time Newport Mayor Derryl Garner. Derryl was one of the founders of the organization we now call ACT because he understood the importance of Cherry Point to his beloved Newport and to Carteret County. Derryl was a leader in ACT for nearly three decades, and even after he stepped aside from an active role on our board of directors, he stilled graced us with his wisdom and wit from time to time as an emeritus member of the board.

On a personal note, I knew Derry for many years and considered him to be one of the most gracious gentlemen I ever met. Whenever we spoke, on whatever topic, I always learned something and I always felt better having had the conversation. Derryl was a patriot, a public servant and a man generous with his time and talents. He will be sorely missed.