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MCAS Cherry Point to break ground on F-35 Aircraft Maintenance Hangar

September 05, 2020

 

Marine and Navy leaders underscored the start of the $105 million military construction project with a groundbreaking ceremony at the air station at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 4. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the size of the audience at the event was limited.

The groundbreaking event was momentous as the air station begins to see tangible modernization of its facilities and infrastructure, and the transformation of the nearly 80-year-old installation into a key base for the future of Marine Aviation and its next generation fighter aircraft, the Joint Strike Fighter. More than one billion dollars of MILCON projects are planned through 2027 to make way for six F-35 Lightning II squadrons.

Marine leaders of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Cherry Point and Navy Facilities Engineering Command will be on hand to accent the historic occasion and to articulate its significance for the Department of Defense, Marine Corps and Eastern North Carolina.

 

MCAS Cherry Point to break ground for first F-35 MILCON project

September 02, 2020

 

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2020) — Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point will break ground to begin construction on the first of three F-35 Aircraft Maintenance Hangars.

Marine and Navy leaders will underscore the start of the $105 million military construction project with a groundbreaking ceremony at the air station at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 4.

The groundbreaking event is momentous as the air station begins to see tangible modernization of its facilities and infrastructure, and the transformation of the nearly 80-year-old installation into a key base for the future of Marine Aviation and its next generation fighter aircraft, the Joint Strike Fighter.

More than one billion dollars of MILCON projects are planned through 2027 to make way for six F-35 Lightning II squadrons.

Marine leaders of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Cherry Point and Navy Facilities Engineering Command will be on hand to accent the historic occasion and to articulate its significance for the Department of Defense, Marine Corps and Eastern North Carolina.

 

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the size of the audience at the event will be limited, but the community is encouraged to tune to stream the event live athttps://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/24776.

 

Transformation, Modernization Underway for F-35

May 18, 2020

 

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
COMMUNICATION STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS _____________________________________________________________________________________
ADVISORY No.: 20200514-001

MCAS Cherry Point: Transformation, modernization underway for F-35

MARINE CORPS STATION CHERRY POINT, NC (May 14, 2020)–Major military construction (MILCON) is underway to transform and modernize Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point into a key base for the future of Marine Aviation and its next-generation fighter aircraft.

More than one billion dollars of MILCON is planned through 2027 to make way for six F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) squadrons. The MCAS Cherry Point F-35 Program will require the complete recapitalization of antiquated aviation operations and support facilities to accept the squadrons over an eight-year period. The modernization program will entail projects to construct new aviation facilities, renovate outmoded facilities, overhaul installation infrastructure, upgrade utilities, improve roadways and enhance airfield security.

“The improvements planned along the flight line will endure for decades and provide the infrastructure and facilities necessary to support Marine Aviation,” said Facilities Asset Manager Don Elliott.

Planning, design and contract negotiation and awards for the program have been underway since 2009. The overall plan includes details such as:

  • Design and construction of three state-of-the-art, two-module aircraft maintenance hangars. Each hangar can support two squadrons. New construction of an air traffic control tower, range support facility, airfield operations building, F-35 simulator facility and aviation maintenance support facilities;
  • Demolition of a number of obsolete airfield and station facilities;
  • Construction and renovation of supporting facilities that will support maintenance personnel and functions; and
  • In depth enhancement of training capabilities;

Elliott stated, there have been three major projects awarded to date including improvements to flight line security, utility and infrastructure improvements along Sixth Avenue and the first two-module F-35 hangar. The projects will be closely followed by the construction of the new airfield operations facility, or air traffic control tower, and the F-35 Simulator Facility this summer.

The facilities asset manager added, there have been other smaller projects underway to help make room for those major projects, which include the planned relocation of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Communication Strategy and Operations, 2nd MAW Air Combat Intelligence, Marine Air Logistics Squadron 14 Individual Material Readiness List (specialized equipment storage facility) and Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 Supply. The relocation of the Central Issue Facility and subsequent demolition of warehouse 144 was also in support of the planned new facilities.

Three of the oldest flight line hangars (Buildings 130, 1700 and 1701) that once served as aviation operations and support facilities were demolished during the first and second quarter of fiscal year 2020, and has left a gaping, noticeable change to the flight line landscape.

According to the ROICC, the demolition project is complete and the cleared area is the future site for the new F-35 hangars.

“It is the first visible evidence a period of transformation is underway,” said MCAS Cherry Point Commanding Officer Col. Mikel Huber.

“The view along Sixth Avenue is wide open,” said MCAS Cherry Point Resident Officer In Charge of Construction (RIOCC) Lt. Cmdr. Dave Dreyer. “The $5.3 million demolition project has cleared the site for construction of the first of the F-35 hangars.”

The first hangar project, has been awarded and is currently in the design phase and construction is scheduled to start in the fall — a $105 million project.

“We’re planning for construction of the hangars and affiliated paraloft facility, which will bring a flurry of additional construction vehicle traffic,” said Dreyer.

Utilities upgrades and road construction

Next is an extensive construction project to upgrade a substantial amount of infrastructure and reconstruct one of the installation’s well-traveled streets. The contract has been awarded and construction is underway to upgrade the utilities along Sixth Avenue and to widen a portion of C Street.

The project will go in phases to lessen the potential impact on the community, said Huber, which begins with the extension of Fifth Avenue as a detour route once Sixth Avenue closes. The ROICC said work is already underway to clear the wooded area at the point where the extension will connect the two streets.

When Sixth Avenue closes, current parking options along the way will be inaccessible. The first of three parking lots in the plan will be added to support tenants of various buildings along Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

C Street will be widened from its intersection of Second Avenue to Sixth Avenue. The street’s widening is aimed at mitigating the effects of the changed traffic pattern and the anticipated increase in traffic volume along the route. According to the ROICC, a turning lane will be added to facilitate optimal traffic flow.

“The reality is there will be a period of inconvenience the air station will endure in order to achieve this significant step forward in capability,” said Huber. “We are hopeful that the phased approach to accomplishing the utility project will lessen the impact to the community.”

Transformation and modernization of MCAS Cherry Point is projected through 2027. Installation leaders and managers will provide periodic updates and applicable information as things progress. Find more information HERE.

 

 

COVID-19 Update from ACT Board President

March 27, 2020

 

We want you to know that ACT and its professional team continue to press hard for Cherry Point. The Air Station and FRC East have been the subject of several conference calls and discussions with Congressional staff and local leaders over the last ten days.

1. The latest federal COVID relief bill, what the media and politicians are calling the CARES Act, should be signed by the President later today. It is a huge 880 page, $2.2 TRILLION package with something for most everyone. For our purposes right now, we are focusing on how it impacts the Defense Department and military contractors.

a. Representative Mac Thornberry, former Chair of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), current senior Republican on the HASC, and friend to ACT said about the CARES Act: “This stimulus package includes provisions important to our men and women in uniform and their families. It pro-vides re-sources vital to the Military’s efforts to assist in pandemic response around the country, from deploying hospital ships to the search for a vaccine. It also provides resources needed to care for those in the military community who are infected with COVID-19. We need to give our military the resources it needs to get on with their important work.”

2. MCAS Cherry Point Slocum and Main gates remain open. However, additional ID checks are being conducted along with strict enforcement of military and retired access only to the commissary; most gathering spots are closed. All visits to base should be limited to an essential purpose. The message from the USMC is to protect our Marines from COVID-19 so they can train and do their duty.

3. FRC East remains fully operational. Those who can telework are doing so, but most employees are on the job in the FRC East buildings. Supporting the warfighter remains their top priority and so far COVID has not stopped their mission.

Please continue to follow CDC guidelines and adhere to any guidance issued by federal, state and local authorities as they are implemented for the health and safety of our community.

Sincerely,

Will Lewis
ACT Board President

 

Marine Corps Aviator is First Pilot to Cross 1,000 Hour Threshold in F-35 Lightning II

January 30, 2020

 

From www.marines.mil
January 29, 2020

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Brian W. Bann, a Marine Corps F-35B pilot, became the first military pilot to accumulate more than 1,000 flight hours in the F-35 Lightning II (U.S. Marine Corps)

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Brian W. Bann, a Marine Corps F-35B pilot, became the first military pilot to accumulate more than 1,000 flight hours in the F-35 Lightning II (U.S. Marine Corps)

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Brian W. Bann, a Marine Corps F-35B pilot, became the first military pilot to accumulate more than 1,000 flight hours in the F-35 Lightning II when he delivered a new production F-35B to Marine Aircraft Group 13 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Ariz. on December 11.

Lt. Col. Bann was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 2000 and has since accumulated over
3,000 hours in fighter aircraft. He previously flew the AV-8B Harrier II with Marine Attack
Squadron 211 at MCAS Yuma, Ariz. and the F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 55th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), S.C. while serving on an inter-service pilot exchange tour with the U.S. Air Force. On April 8, 2013, Bann became one of the first Marine Corps pilots, and the 81st pilot ever, to fly the Joint Strike Fighter at Eglin AFB, Fla. He then served as an F-35B Instructor Pilot and helped stand up Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 at MCAS Beaufort, S.C.

Bann is currently assigned to the Defense Contract Management Agency at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. As the F-35 Acceptance Pilot and Government Flight Representative, Bann conducts acceptance check flights on all three variants of the F-35 (F-35A/B/C) production aircraft, often delivering them to operational F-35 units.

The Marine Corps currently has approximately 100 F-35Bs and F-35Cs in its inventory, based at
MCAS Yuma, Ariz., MCAS Beaufort, S.C., MCAS Miramar, Calif., and MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.