FY16 Budget

Year in Review: Goodbyes and Welcomes at Cherry Point

December 28, 2015

MCAS Cherry Point conducts final H-46 flight. Pedro. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

by Drew C. Wilson, Halifax Media

Cherry Point – and indeed the entire region – said goodbye to a friend in 2015.

Sept. 25 marked the final flight for Pedro, the HH-46E search and rescue helicopters flown by Marine Transport Squadron 1.

Yet, 2015 wasn’t an entire year of farewells, as Cherry Point also welcomed a new commanding general.

Here are some of the military highlights of 2015. >>READ MORE


F-35 Lightning II Program meets 2015 aircraft delivery goal of 45 aircraft

December 21, 2015

F-36 Lightning II Program meets 2015 aircraft delivery. Ultimate goal of 45. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

The Department of Defense accepted its 45th F-35 Lightning II aircraft delivery for 2015 meeting the program production goal for the year. With this delivery, Lockheed Martin has delivered 154 operational aircraft to the DOD and partner nations since program inception.

“Meeting aircraft production goals is a critical stepping stone in demonstrating the program is ready for the expected significant production ramp up,” said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 Program Executive Officer. “It took thousands of people around the world to achieve this milestone and they should all be proud of what they accomplished.”

The 45 F-35 deliveries include:

• 26 F-35A – U.S. Air Force
• 2 F-35A – Royal Norwegian Air Force (first two)
• 1 F-35A – Aeronautica Militare (first Italian Air Force)
• 8 F-35B – U.S. Marine Corps
• 8 F-35C – U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps

The 45 F-35 Lightning II aircraft are assigned to the following installations:

• 17 – Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, AZ – including all international jets
• 8 – Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, SC
• 8 – Eglin Air Force Base, Valparaiso, FL
• 5 – Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, UT
• 7 – Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV

“Delivering the most F-35s in program history is a clear demonstration of our growing maturity and stability,” said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin F-35 Program General Manager. “Congratulations to the entire government and industry team for their work to deliver 45 aircraft.”

The F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combines advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries.


Lockheed meets goal of delivering 45 F-35 jets in 2015

December 21, 2015


WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp LMT.N met its goal of delivering 45 F-35 fighter jets to the U.S. government and key allies in 2015, a 25 percent increase from 2014 that brought the total number of jets delivered to 154, the Pentagon said on Monday.

By hitting its target, Lockheed was on track to receive most associated performance fees, and marked a key milestone for the $391 billion project, the Pentagon’s largest arms program, as it prepared for a large production increase in coming years.

“Meeting aircraft production goals is a critical stepping stone in demonstrating the program is ready for the expected significant production ramp-up,” said Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, who heads the F-35 program for the Pentagon.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe) ((Andrea.shalal@thomsonreuters.com; 202-321-7839; Reuters Messaging: andrea.shalal.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))


ACT Plays Critical Role in Base Longevity

October 07, 2015



Each year, our base faces the threats of Congressional budget cuts, military manpower and mission reductions and even a potential BRAC, which would hinder future growth in our area. ACT plays an integral part in making sure that MCAS Cherry Point is in the forefront of key military supporters not only on a local level, but in Raleigh and Washington, DC. When budgets are cut and bases are closed, we do not want MCAS Cherry Point to be on those lists. Since 2008, we have helped secure over $200 million in governmental funding to build/acquire the following facilities/upgrades:
– Bldg 245 Utility Upgrades for F-35
– H-1 Helicopter Gearbox Repair & Test Facility
– Missile and Ordinance Magazines
– Station Infrastructure Upgrades
– Mariners Bay Land Acquisition
– EMS / Fire Vehicle Facility
– 2nd MAW Command Operations Facility
– Hangar Renovation for F/A 18 E/F

Planned projects that we will continue to monitor include the following:
– Airfield Security Enhancements
– F-35 Vertical Lift Fan Repair & test Facility
– Engineering and Logistics Center
– F-35 Maintenance Hangar, Phase 1
– Adv. Manufacturing & Composites Center
– B.245 Paint Booth Renovation & Expansion
– Building 137 Service Life Recapitalization
– Building 4225 Plating Shop Upgrade

The above projects will cost approximately $325 million over the next six years and will ensure MCAS Cherry Point is prepared to transition from Harrier squadrons to the new F-35B squadrons in 2022. By 2031, MCAS Cherry Point will become home to six operational F-35 squadrons, with a seventh reserve squadron expected by 2033.

Provided budget cuts are manageable and we do not incur any BRACS between now and then, MCAS Cherry Point will have the largest number of F-35B aircraft on the East Coast. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighters have been touted as the most advanced weapons system of the modern era, combining the best of the best in stealth, speed, agility and technology.


Congress approves security enhancements for Cherry Point

October 02, 2015


Congress has approved funding for security improvements at Cherry Point, clearing the way for future basing of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter at the air station.

The $23.3 million project was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016 after a committee reconciled differences between House and Senate versions of the bill before it was sent to President Obama for his signature. >>READ MORE