MCAS Cherry Point

A Final Salute to the EA-6B Prowler

June 13, 2019

 
EA-6B Prowler on a final flight.

When the last EA-6B Prowler made its final bank over the North Carolina coastline and touched its wheels down on the runway at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point this past March, a lot of people may have missed it. However, the occasion marked not just the end of the line for the unique old warbird but also the end of a long and remarkable run in U.S. combat aviation.

For nearly 50 years, the primary duty of the Prowler—which was the longest-serving tactical fighter jet in the history of the U.S. military—was to quietly find and disrupt enemy radar, communications, and other signals to allow surrounding U.S. and allied air, land, and sea forces to successfully execute their missions. And the aircraft did just that through more than 260,000 hours of service and 70 different deployments, including in every major U.S. military operation over the last half century and against every major U.S. enemy from Ho Chi Minh to Isis [1, 2]. >>read more

 

Nieto Assumes Command of FRC East

June 03, 2019

 
Navy Captain Mark Nieto assumes command of FRC East, Allies for Cherry Point.

CHERRY POINT — For the first time ever Friday afternoon, an officer in the U.S. Navy took command of Fleet Readiness Center East aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

Navy Capt. Mark E. Nieto assumed the role of commanding officer during a change of command ceremony in hangar No. 3 aboard the air station. Capt. Nieto, who has been executive officer of FRC East for the past two years, took over the top spot from Col. Clarence Harper III, who retired Friday after 27 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. << read more

 

 

 

A-6 Intruder Association Unveils New Havelock Tribute

May 20, 2019

 
A-6 Intruder Association unveils new Havelock tribute. ACT. MCAS Cherry Point

On Friday, May 17, commanders, pilots, aircraft maintainers from both the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as tech reps, family members and interested civilians gathered at the Havelock Tourist and Event center to listen to guest speakers and see the unveiling of a 9-foot granite tribute erected in honor of the A-6 Intruder – a brawny, workhorse attack aircraft that has seen conflicts from Vietnam to the Gulf War. >>>read more

 

ACT Representatives Attend Presentation

April 15, 2019

 

Reps from ACT attend presentation of $5 million to support Navy F-35 infrastructure at FRC East.

On April 4, 2019, Representatives from Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow were delighted to attend the presentation of a $5 million grant from the state of North Carolina to to support F-35 Lightning II related infrastructure at FRC East located at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. From left, Marc Finlayson (ACT), James Norment (ACT), James Ogburn, Col Clarence “Bubba” Harper, Commissioner ET Mitchell (ACT), Governor Roy Cooper, Captain Mark Nieto, Mayor William Lewis (ACT.)

 

HURRICANE FLORENCE RECOVERY: TESTING THE MARINE CORPS’ RESILIENCE

January 14, 2019

 
Hurricane Florence approaches the coast of NC MCAS Cherry Point still recovering
From working in comprised facilities and temporary trailers to repairing damaged homes, the Marine Corps community continues to face daily challenges following Hurricane Florence. Although the storm made landfall on September 14, 2018, Marines at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, and MCAS Cherry Point are still recovering. <<<READ MORE
(By Maj. Simba Chigwida, Marine Corps Installations Command, MCICOM)