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    New F-35 Modification Facility Brings Strategic Capability to Fleet Readiness Center East

    August 22, 2019

    By Heather Wilburn, Fleet Readiness Center Public Affairs MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (NNS) — A recently-completed facility will bring a new strategic capability to Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) and the F-35B Lightning aircraft line next year. When the new F-35 laser shock peening facility is fully operational in 2020, FRCE will be one of two sites in the world that will use laser technology to strengthen F-35 structural components. Construction of the $6 million facility wrapped in July, and…

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    • Did you know that on August 12, FRC East welcomed its first round of participants in the National Apprenticeship Program?…

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    • There is a brand new $6 million laser shock peening facility up and running at Fleet Readiness Center East. Once…

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    • National Aviation Day on August 19 should make us stop and think about the power of flight. Aviation has had…

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    • Did you know that three teachers from Craven County Schools participated in an industry externship at Fleet Readiness Center East…

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    • Suggested Reading

      ACT advocates for the protection and growth of MCAS Cherry Point. A large part of our mission includes educating and informing our community about important issues affecting our base. We encourage you to read about the 2016 NC Strategic Military Plan and the JLUS Compatibility Report on our Resources Page.

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