Military Affairs Committee

ACT representative attend DC Parade for July 4

July 12, 2016


WASHINGTON – The United States Marine Band performs during the Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., July 1, 2016. The guest of honor for the parade was the Honorable Richard M. Burr and the Honorable Thom Tillis, United States Senators from North Carolina. The hosting official was Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis, deputy commandant for aviation. >>READ MORE

Representatives from ACT, including Will Lewis, Marc Finlayson, James Norment, Pete Rose and Randy West attended the Friday Evening Parade and the ceremony to follow. It was another opportunity to meet with the NC Military Affairs Commission to further advocate for MCAS Cherry Point.

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LtGen Jon M. Davis to speak at Havelock Tourist & Event Center

May 13, 2016

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

Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps of Aviation to speak at Havelock Tourist & Event Center

Havelock, NC — Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis, Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps of Aviation has accepted the invitation of ACT and regional leaders to the Havelock Tourist & Event Center on May 17, 2016 at 11:00am to speak to the future of MCAS Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE).

Lt. Gen. Davis will first tour MCAS Cherry Point and FRCE, both of which face tremendous growth opportunities as the future of Cherry Point relies on the success of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. As head of Marine Corps Aviation, Lt. Gen. Davis will then shed light on the expectations and realities of what’s in store for Eastern North Carolina over the next several years. “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am grateful to Lieutenant General Davis for visiting the Third District and for the USMC’s continued commitment to MCAS Cherry Point and FRCE,” said Congressman Walter B. Jones.

MCAS Cherry Point will host the largest fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the country, as our efforts continue to ensure our base is fully equipped and ready for their arrival, beginning 2022.

ACT and its government affairs team have worked closely with the NC delegation and key members of Congress over the last 24 months to help secure the funds necessary for security enhancements and facility upgrades. “All of us in the Cherry Point community understand how important it is to prepare the air station to receive the maximum number of F-35Bs at the earliest possible time,” said Will Lewis, President of ACT. “Our mission is to press ahead with facilities improvements for as we all learned from the movie Field of Dreams “if you build it they will come.”  ACT continues to work with the delegation on many other military construction projects that will enhance the F-35 mission at MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East, he added.

The major tenant command at Cherry Point is FRC East, the nation’s “Vertical Lift Center of Excellence.” FRC East provides maintenance for every fixed wing and rotor winged vertical lift aircraft flown by the USMC and the Navy, as well as provides limited support for other military services and federal agencies. “I greatly appreciated Gen. Davis’s response to my questioning in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee recently of how critical it is that the F-35B Lift Fan Maintenance and Repair facility is built as quickly as possible at FRCE,” said Senator Thom Tillis.

More than 3,500 civilian employees work at FRC East. The replacement value of this facility is at least $1.36 BILLION.

FRC East has access to approximately 100 acres of expansion property with significant room for additional structures and capabilities. This makes Cherry Point attractive for future industrial facility expansion to accommodate growing demands. As our area prepares for this growth, ACT has helped lead programs like the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to protect military operational demands and mission changes with regional plans for land use, economic development, infrastructure needs, and environmental sustainability.  The community must understand the importance of these ongoing efforts so we can protect and grow MCAS Cherry Point, FRC East and its civilian enterprises.  This is ACT’s primary mission.

Over the next 20 years, unprecedented new construction is planned for MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East. $1.3 billion has been requested for new construction and infrastructure improvements at MCAS Cherry Point and $300 million for facility upgrades and new construction at FRC East over the next ten years alone. “I thank Lt. Gen. Davis for his visit on May 17th.  I am frequently reminded of what an important national asset MCAS Cherry Point is and the critical role that it plays in defending our nation,” said Senator Richard Burr.

ACT also continues to work closely with the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission, state legislators and Congressmen, as well as various military and local leaders. MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East generate over $2 billion in economic impact annually, so it is necessary to protect these assets not only for our national security, but for our local economic stability.

Attendance to hear Lt. Gen. Jon Davis’ remarks is encouraged to demonstrate our local and regional commitment to MCAS Cherry Point during this pivotal time.

As we celebrate 75 years, we must not forget the importance of this base to our history and look forward to future years of economic growth as a key component of our national security.

Lt. Gen. Davis will make remarks upon celebration of the 75th Anniversary of MCAS Cherry Point and its importance to the future of Marine Corps aviation. Prior to assuming his current position as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps, he commanded the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Cherry Point and served as the Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command.

For more information about the Lt. Gen. Davis and the special event on May 17th, please visit the ACT website at

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ACT hosts Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis on Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00am

May 10, 2016


ACT is pleased to announce Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis on Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00am at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center!

LtGen Jon M. Davis is coming to the Havelock Tourist & Event Center on May 17, 2016 beginning at 11:00am. With so much at stake for both MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East, it is an honor to have him in our area, so please join us as we support and celebrate 75 years of MCAS Cherry Point.

Join us at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 beginning at 11:00am.
LtGen Jon M. Davis will give public remarks at 11:15am until noon.

Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis assumed his current position as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps in 2014. He commanded the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Cherry Point from July 2010 to May 2012. From May 2012 to June 2014, he served as the Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command.

His staff billets include a two year tour as a member of the 31st Commandant’s Staff Group, and two years as the Junior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. In 2003, he served as an Assistant Operations Officer on the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing staff in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004, he served in Iraq as the Officer in Charge of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Red Team. He served as the Deputy Assistant Commandant for Aviation from 2008 to 2010. In the course of his career, he has flown over 4,500 mishap free hours in the AV-8, F-5 and FA-18 and as a co-pilot in every type model series tilt-rotor, rotary winged and air refueler aircraft in the USMC inventory.

His personal decorations include the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation (three awards) as well as other campaign and service awards.


NC Announces New Strategic Plan for Military Preparedness

April 20, 2016


The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission have unveiled the state’s new Strategic Plan for Supporting and Enhancing North Carolina Military Missions and Installations. The Strategic Plan builds on Governor Pat McCrory’s forward-leaning strategy to ensure North Carolina’s leadership in military preparedness for decades to come.  The full report is available on the department’s website at:

Governor McCrory has led numerous successful initiatives to enhance the state’s military value including the recently approved Connect NC bond package, which will allocate $70 million to update the aging infrastructure at National Guard armories and future regional readiness centers.  He has also established buffer zones around bases, and implemented initiatives for military families to improve the quality of life for veterans, service members and their families.

North Carolina’s military community makes an enormous contribution to our country’s national security,” said Governor McCrory. “It is a crucial priority for me and for my administration to protect and support the significant military presence in our state, including the interests of the servicemen and women who call North Carolina home.”



ACT participates in Association of Defense Communities Conference

March 04, 2016


ACT leads way for installation and community communication and collaboration

Charleston, SC: This week representatives from Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow (ACT) took part in a national conference examining the relationship between military installations and their host states, regions and communities. The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) hosted the conference in Charleston, SC in which over 350 defense and community leaders took part. Representing ACT were Havelock Mayor Will Lewis, Havelock City Manager Frank Bottorff, James Norment, attorney with Ward and Smith, P.A. and ACT’s government affairs coordinator, and Marc Finlayson, ACT’s managing consultant.

Over three days of presentations, forums and idea exchanges conference participants examined topics such as how communities can support their installations’ military missions; synchronizing military missions and infrastructure with economic development; and the importance of education to the military mission. Of particular interest to the ACT delegation were a forum and working lunch with Steve Iselin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and the Environment, and Tom Ruffini, Director of Government and External Affairs, Marine Corps Installations Command. The discussion covered Navy and Marine Corps facility maintenance and modernization, civilian and uniformed workforce needs and the viability of public-public partnerships between the installations and their host communities.

“I am very pleased that ACT was so well represented at the conference,” said ACT board member and Havelock Mayor Will Lewis. “It’s important for us to understand how our relationship with Cherry Point and its missions fits within the broader view of the Marine Corps and Navy.” Mayor Lewis added that it’s also important to engage and exchange ideas with counterparts from other installations and communities from across the country.

As part of the conference, Mr. Norment and Mr. Finlayson participated in a briefing and tour of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The tour gave participants a first-hand view of how the Marine Corps is investing in infrastructure to support training squadrons of aviators flying the new vertical lift F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Similar investment will have to take place at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to support the eventual deployment of F-35B operational squadrons there.

“ACT, in support of Cherry Point and our communities, should be a leading voice for installation and community communication and collaboration. ADC provides a great opportunity to lead and to learn,” said Mayor Lewis. “It was good to be with our partners from the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission and the state’s other military installations and communities. Together we can make Cherry Point and the entire military presence in North Carolina stronger.”

ACT has been a formal member of ADC since 2013 and helped host a southeastern US regional meeting last year in Fayetteville. More information about ADC can be found at and about ACT at



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