FY16 Budget

MCAS Cherry Point Security Included in National Defense Authorization Act

October 01, 2015



HAVELOCK, NC (October 1, 2015): Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow (ACT) and the City of Havelock announced the inclusion of $23.3M for Air Field Security Improvements at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in H.R. 114-270, the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report under Title XXII Navy Military Construction provisions.

Air Field Security Improvements funding is essential for the Marine Corps to base active operational F-35B tactical aircraft at Cherry Point in the future.

This funding was included in the Senate version of the FY16 NDAA and was included in the final House/Senate conference committee report which reconciles differences between the two bills prior to being sent to the President for his signature.

“This is tremendous news as it signals yet another strong commitment by Congress to helping to ensure Cherry Point will remain as the premier base for F-35B 5th generation stealth Marine Corps aircraft on the east coast” said Marc Finlayson, ACT’s Managing Consultant, “ACT took this message to our delegation in Congress in February of this critical security need and we are extremely grateful that our message was heard. Now we must continue work with our delegation and others to ensure that the necessary funds are appropriated as quickly as possible for this purpose.”

Havelock Mayor Will Lewis stated, “This represents a significant step forward for Cherry Point and is further testament that a unified voice between the City, ACT and our regional partners can have a positive impact for our national security, the air station and our region.” He continued: “We commend Senators Tillis and Burr for joining together to insert this language in the Senate bill and, are extremely grateful for the truly bi-partisan efforts of Reps. Jones, Butterfield and Holding to prevail upon their colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee to ensure this critical funding remained in the final bill.”

ACT President Greg Lewis indicated that senior staff for House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released this information to ACT’s lobbying team in Washington, D.C. yesterday.

H.R. 114-270 is scheduled for a vote and is expected to pass the full House later today.


NC Military provides boom to local economy

August 19, 2015

Marine pilots fly over MCAS Cherry Point front gate. Allies for Cherry Point's tomorrow.

A new report by the NC Military Affairs Commission and the NC Department of Commerce underscores the economic impact of the military to this state.

The report (available at http://www.nccommerce.com/Portals/47/Publications/Industry%20Reports/2015-Economic-Impact-of-the-Military-on-North-Carolina.pdf) is an update and improvement on a prior Department of Commerce report from 2012. The most important new information is the calculation of the military’s impact on the State gross domestic product: $66 billion. One error to note in the report: The report states that “The Fleet Readiness Center East claims to be the largest employer of civilians east of Interstate 95 in North Carolina.” Actually, FRC East is the largest industrial employer east of I-95. There are many other entities that employ more civilians in total, but none who employ more skilled labor and industrial engineers. Some important findings:

• The economic impact model estimates that the military supports roughly 10 percent of North
Carolina’s employment
• The military supports 578,000 jobs in North Carolina, nearly $34 billion in state personal income,
and $66 billion in gross state product
• 386,000 of the total military-supported jobs occur in the private sector
• Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Administrative and Waste Management Services,
and Construction are the top three military-supported private industry sectors
• 102,000 active duty military personnel were assigned to units in North Carolina as of June 2015, and
more than 78,000 individuals are projected to leave the military over the next four years
• The North Carolina National Guard has a strength of nearly 12,000, with more than 20,000 in the
• More than 20,000 civilian contractors are employed by the Department of Defense and the North
Carolina National Guard in North Carolina
• Department of Defense prime contracting in FY 2014 totaled $2.5 billion, with 81 percent of that being
performed in the South Central and Southeast prosperity zones
• 79 of 100 counties had prime contracting activity in FY 2014
• North Carolina’s active military personnel have in-demand occupational skills which could contribute to
private industries in the state as personnel separate from the military in the future
• North Carolina has a total of 775,000 veterans that reside in every county across the state
• Military veterans in North Carolina received more than $8.2 billion in pensions, medical care

ACT’s commitment to protecting and growing MCAS Cherry Point, FRC East and its civilian enterprises is critical.

The numbers from the report demonstrate the importance of the base to our community and give us even more reason to continue to educate our local residents about the economic impact to our area as well as the importance of MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East to our state and national defense.

If you are interested in having a member from our group give a presentation about ACT and MCAS Cherry Point to your civic organization, please CONTACT US so we can get a date on the calendar!


Cherry Point projects part of approved unfunded priority list

April 29, 2015


by Drew Wilson, Havelock News

Should any money be left over in the Department of Defense budget, Cherry Point could see benefits with a pair of construction projects.

A new KC-130J Enlisted Air Crew Trainer Facility and new Unmanned Aircraft Systems facilities were part of the unfunded priority list approved by the House Armed Services Committee last week. Also included in the list is six Marine F-35B Joint Strike Fighters to replace six AV-8B Harriers that were destroyed in an attack in Afghanistan.

Approval would not have been possible without efforts from Havelock, the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow lobby group and the region. Rose said U.S. Reps. Walter B. Jones and G.K. Butterfield support the projects.



Cherry Point supporters vow to go on the offensive

April 15, 2015

MCAS Cherry Point update. Lt Col TL Powers. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

by Ken Buday, Havelock News

For members of Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow, protection of the base — and its $2.1 billion annual impact on the region — requires they go on the attack.

“This is not a defensive game we’re playing,” said Marc Finlayson, managing consultant for ACT. “This is an offensive game. We want to see Cherry Point grow.” >>READ MORE


N.C. Communities Request State Funding to Support Military Facilities

April 12, 2015


from Association of Defense Communities

Five defense communities in North Carolina have joined forces to pursue $1 million from Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to support their efforts to combat encroachment, invest in regional infrastructure and form partnerships with neighboring installations.

Havelock Mayor Will Lewis spearheaded the collaboration, which includes Jacksonville, home to Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River; Goldsboro, home to Seymour Johnson AFB; Fayetteville, home to Fort Bragg/Pope Field; and Elizabeth City, home to the U.S. Coast Guard.

“Every municipality that is next to an installation has things that they spend money on to support the citizens on that installation that we don’t really get a tax base from,” Lewis told Havelock News. “We’d do it no matter what, but it would be nice if the state would recognize that and participate with us to make sure we’re doing what we need to around the installations,” he said.

If the state provides the funding, Havelock may spend its share to purchase properties surrounding MCAS Cherry Point.

With state support, communities could find more ways to support the military. Lewis pointed to the role Fayetteville recently assumed to maintain the Special Forces Museum because Fort Bragg could not afford to keep the facility open.

“Fayetteville went through the process and now has the contract, and as a city they can get it done at a much lower cost than the federal government can get it done, and now the museum can stay open,” he said. “Those are the kinds of partnerships that cost all of our municipalities money, real tax dollars, but we do it because we believe in it and we just want the state to participate with us,” the mayor stated.