2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

Marines construct high power run up system for 2nd MAW aircraft

May 02, 2017


Photo by Cpl. Mackenzie Gibson
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

The safety of Marines and equipment is paramount in any operational environment. A series of tests and pre-flight checks are conducted regularly by Marines to ensure optimal engine safety of all Marine Corps aircraft.

Heavy equipment operators and expeditionary airfield Marines assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 274, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing worked together to construct a high power run up system at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, March 27-April 27, 2017.

“Our main purpose is to ensure that the flight line is operational in order to get aircraft safely into the sky,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Scott, the operations chief assigned to MWSS-274. “With any type of big project like this, the Marines can see it start from nothing and watch it grow into something important. Once the Marines see the finished product, it gives them a sense of accomplishment.”

The project was conducted by 25 Marines overall and required a total of 2,000 work hours to complete. The HPRU system is used to test aircraft engines before flight by securing them to the ground on anchoring points and running the engine at full power to ensure they can operate at full capacity. Pfc. Ian Andrek, an expeditionary airfield systems technician with MWSS-274, states the building of the system was a hands-on project that the unit rarely gets to experience.

“It provides the ability to perform a live test on the engines without having to go in the air,” said Andrek. “It’s cool because we can set up the system anywhere and it gives the aviation units that deploy the ability to do what they do here at home, anywhere around the world.”

The system is slated to be fully operational within the next few weeks. The completion of the project will continue to ensure the training missions of squadrons aboard MCAS Cherry Point are accomplished safely and effectively.


New Bern’s July 4th Celebration

June 26, 2016

New Bern NC July 4th Celebration 2016. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

2nd MAW Band to perform at New Bern’s July 4th Celebration

Join the fun at Union Point Park in Historic Downtown New Bern at 4pm for the city’s July 4th festivities! Children will have the opportunity to dig for sharks teeth (be sure to bring a plastic shovel) and the 2d MAW Band from MCAS Cherry Point will perform patriotic music from 6pm-7:30pm, followed by a DJ entertaining the crowd with music and games.

The spectacular fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:15pm.


Union Point Park in Historic Downtown New Bern
210 East Front Street
New Bern, NC 28560


New commander at Cherry Point

June 09, 2016


by Drew C. Wilson, Havelock News

CHERRY POINT | The incoming commander of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing called his predecessor “the ultimate gentleman, the ultimate professional.”

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Matthew G. Glavy made the comments Thursday after Maj. Gen. Gary L. Thomas relinquished command of more than 15,000 Marines and sailors of the 2nd MAW, based at Cherry Point. >>READ MORE


ACT hosts Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis on Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00am

May 10, 2016


ACT is pleased to announce Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis on Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00am at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center!

LtGen Jon M. Davis is coming to the Havelock Tourist & Event Center on May 17, 2016 beginning at 11:00am. With so much at stake for both MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East, it is an honor to have him in our area, so please join us as we support and celebrate 75 years of MCAS Cherry Point.

Join us at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 beginning at 11:00am.
LtGen Jon M. Davis will give public remarks at 11:15am until noon.

Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis assumed his current position as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps in 2014. He commanded the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Cherry Point from July 2010 to May 2012. From May 2012 to June 2014, he served as the Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command.

His staff billets include a two year tour as a member of the 31st Commandant’s Staff Group, and two years as the Junior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. In 2003, he served as an Assistant Operations Officer on the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing staff in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004, he served in Iraq as the Officer in Charge of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Red Team. He served as the Deputy Assistant Commandant for Aviation from 2008 to 2010. In the course of his career, he has flown over 4,500 mishap free hours in the AV-8, F-5 and FA-18 and as a co-pilot in every type model series tilt-rotor, rotary winged and air refueler aircraft in the USMC inventory.

His personal decorations include the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation (three awards) as well as other campaign and service awards.


F-35 Lightening II JSF Economic Impact on NC

May 03, 2016

US Marine Corps declares F-35B operational. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

F-35 Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter Economic Impact on North Carolina

by James Norment, Government Affairs Director for ACT

Allies for Cherry Point supports the F-35 program because it is critical to the future of MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East. In addition, ACT believes that the F-35 manufacturing and maintenance contract with Lockheed Martin also has a significant positive economic impact throughout the State.

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 is delivering more than just air combat superiority to the men and women of the United States armed forces. As an added benefit for the nation’s economy, it’s simultaneously delivering tens of thousands of high paying, high quality jobs to American workers across the country, and around the world.

NC Private Sector
(2015 data provided by Lockheed Martin)

  • 12 supplier/contractor locations
  • 1,220 Direct and indirect jobs
  • $103,000,000 in salaries, contracting, and materials for NC economy
  • Lockheed Martin expects these numbers to increase for NC as production continues to accelerate.
  • NC Military Sector
    (Based on Department of Defense 2014-2016 data)
  • New construction and infrastructure improvements at MCAS Cherry Point: $1.3 BILLION through 2027.
  • Facility upgrades and new construction at FRC East: $300 MILLION through 2024.
    Up to 128 F-35B may be stationed at MCAS Cherry Point; additional F-35Bs will be repaired and upgraded at FRC East.
  • An additional 1,194 military personnel and 2,323 dependents are anticipated to be located to the Cherry Point area as a result of the F-35B presence.

Future MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East Military Construction Projects

Unprecedented new construction is planned for MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East over the next 20 years. ACT is engaged in supporting these projects and working to ensure inclusion in the DOD proposed budgets and approval by the Congress.

These projects are designated priorities according to our contacts in the USMC and Congress. All subject to change based on USMC priorities and Congressional actions.

PROJECT FISCAL YEAR Appropriation Required

P-991 H-1Y/Z Gearbox Repair and 2012 (funded, contract $15.2 Million Test Facility* closeout 2015)

P-996 Bldg. 245 Utility Upgrades (F- 2015 (funded and contract $1.3 Million 35 Paint Booth)* awarded)

Unmanned Aircraft System Facilities 2016 (funded, contract $29.6 million (MCAS) award pending)

KC130J Enlisted Air Crew Trainer 2016 (funded, contract $4.8 million Facility process beginning)

P-990 F-35 Vertical Lift Fan Repair 2017 $43.7 Million and Test Facility*

P-992 Engineering and Logistics 2018 $21.3 Million Center*

P-199 JSF Hangar 2019 $120 Million

P-997 B.245 Paint Booth Renovation 2019 $35 Million and Expansion*

P-998 Building 137 Service Lift 2018 $116 Million Recapitalization*

P-999 Building 4225 Plating Shop 2019 $45 Million Upgrade*

P-235 Flight line utilities 2019 $30 Million

P-995 Adv. Manufacturing and 2020 $26.2 Million Composites Center*

P-167 Ordnance Magazines 2020 $15.3 Million

P-204 Training and Simulator 2020 $40 Million Facility

P-210 MCALF Bogue Airfield 2020 $25 Million Improvements

P-222 Airfield Security Upgrades 2020 $23.3 Million

P-228 ATC Tower/Airfield Ops 2020 $35 Million

P-197 JSF Hanger 2021 $130 Million

P-202 Support Equipment Storage 2021 $5.2 Million

P-203 Aviation Armament Shop 2021 $2 Million

P-993 F-35 Maintenance Hangar, 2021 $55.6 Million Phase 1*

P-205 Vertical Landing Pad 2022 $5.4 Million Improvements

P-206 Arm/De-arm Pads 2022 $7.5 Million

P-207 Ground Support Equipment 2022 $12.8 Million Shop

P-209 Construct Engine Maintenance 2022 $8 Million Facility*

P-225 MALS 14 Maintenance Hangar 2022 $60 Million with MAG-HQ

P-234 JSF Maintenance Training 2022 $18 Million Facility

P-200 JSF Hangar 2024 $110 Million

P-201 JSF Hangar 2027 $50 Million

2012 Total: $15.2 Million
2015 Total: $1.3 Million
2016 Total: $34.4 Million
2017 Total: $43.7 Million
2018 Total: $137.3 Million
2019 Total: $230 Million
2020 Total: $192.8 Million
2021 Total: $689.6 Million
2022 Total: $111.7 Million
2024 Total: $110 Million
2027 Total: $50 Million

Overall Total: $1,616,000,000
Total MCAS: $1,248,700,000
*Total FRC East: $367,300,000

MCAS Cherry Point is an Exceptional National Defense Asset

We are all well aware of MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East’s economic impact. But why are these assets important for national security? Below is a list of some of the more impressive ways our local military neighbors are essential components of our Nation’s defense.

1. MCAS Cherry Point is the largest Marine Corps Air Station in the world. Cherry Point has over 13,000 acres inside the fence and access to over 16,000 acres in bombing ranges and outlying fields that Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force aviators use for training. Nearly 14,000 Marines, Sailors and civilians work aboard Cherry Point.

2. The Navy’s Infrastructure Analysis Team ranked Cherry Point as the most valuable USMC air station. The Marine Corps is planning to make MCAS Cherry Point the largest F-35B base in the nation.

3. Cherry Point is home to a unique and massive four-point runway system consisting of four runways of over 8,000 feet in each direction. The air station’s runways are so long they served as an alternate emergency landing site during NASA’s space shuttle program.

4. Cherry Point is the headquarters of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), the aviation component of the II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). The mission of the MAW is to conduct air operations in support of the USMC to include offensive air support, anti-air warfare, assault support, aerial reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and control of aircraft and missiles. At Cherry Point, the MAW bases its Harrier and Prowler squadrons, including the USMC’s only Harrier training squadrons.

5. Cherry Point is the Aerial Port of Embarkation/Debarkation (APOE) for II MEF. The APOE also serves occasionally as the point of departure for other U.S. forces and international militaries. APOE serves around 50,000 troops and 10,000 short tons of supplies every year.

6. As of 2015 Cherry Point’s air traffic controllers manage more than 9,000 square miles of airspace for military, civil and commercial air traffic.

7. The major tenant command at Cherry Point is Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East, a Naval Air maintenance and repair depot that is the nation’s “Vertical Lift Center of Excellence.” FRC East provides depot level maintenance for every fixed wing and rotor winged vertical lift aircraft flown by the USMC and the Navy, as well as providing limited support for other military services and federal agencies. More than 3,500 civilian employees work at FRC East. The replacement value of FRC East is at least $1.36 BILLION.

8. FRC East has access to approximately 100 acres of expansion property. Between MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East, there is significant room for additional structures and capabilities, making Cherry Point attractive for future industrial facility expansion to accommodate growing demands.