Marine Aviation Plan

LtGen Jon M. Davis: the F-35’s are still on track to arrive in Cherry Point

May 18, 2016

Lt. Gen Jon Davis addresses community about F-35's at MCAS Cherry Point. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

LtGen Jon M. Davis, Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps of Aviation, arrived at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center on Tuesday morning to deliver a positive message for the local community: the F-35’s are still on track to arrive in Cherry Point beginning 2022. “I can’t get that airplane into the hands of my Marines and maintainers fast enough,” said Davis. “You want to know what you can do to help? Help me fight the fight to get F-35s as quickly as you can.”

He went on to say, “The F-35 is quantitatively changing the way that we fly, much like the V-22 did,” said Davis. “When the big one happens, when the really big day happens, you are going to want your sons and daughters and your Marines to deploy from this base in the F-35 to go carry the day.”

Davis spoke to a crowd of about 100 to give his remarks, followed by lunch and a debrief of the 2016 Marine Corps Aviation Plan. Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow was integral in getting Lt. Gen. Davis to our area and appreciates the task at hand. We are here to advocate for MCAS Cherry Point, FRC East and its civilian enterprises and that’s what we’ll continue to do. Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow relies on grants, private donations and memberships to continue advocacy work and educate our community. If you are interested in becoming a member, please click here.

For more information about LtGen Davis’ visit, please check out the links below for area coverage:

WCTI-12: Military General: 94 F-35 jets coming to Cherry Point in 2021

WITN: Marine Corps official: F-35’s still on track for Cherry Point

Havelock News: General: F-35B reshaping how marines fight

Carteret News-Times: General: F-35s remain on track for air base

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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.


Construction projects could transform Cherry Point

February 11, 2016


Marine Corps calls for $1.6 billion investment in base

February 11, 2016: New Bern Sun Journal

Over the coming decades, the Navy and Marine Corps will transform Cherry Point from a 20th century air station once home to squadrons of propeller-driven planes to a 21st century base home to a fleet of fifth generation jet fighters.

A list of aviation military construction items projects considered “essential to achieving the Commandant’s vision for Marine Corps aviation” from the 2016 Marine Aviation Plan paint a transformative picture for Cherry Point through the year 2027. >>READ MORE


Marine aviation plan outlines future of Cherry Point

February 04, 2016


by Drew C. Wilson, Havelock News

Cherry Point will continue playing a vital role in the service of the nation in the coming years, according to the recently released 2016 Marine Aviation Plan.

An expanding role of unmanned aerial systems and the possibility of an additional training squadron are highlighted in the plan, which outlays the aviation goals of the Corps for the next decade. >>READ MORE