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


NC State Reps work to find replacement for Pedro

November 23, 2015


HAVELOCK, Craven County – State representatives are working to find a search and rescue unit to replace Pedro. The search and rescue team of four helicopters was retired about two months ago due to federal budget cuts.

“If we lost a boat or somebody were to fall off a boat and was drowning, or we had someone who was swept away in a flood, right now we have the capability to search for those people, but we can’t rescue them,” said State House Majority Whip John Bell. >>READ MORE


Legislators try to gain support for Pedro

November 19, 2015

Pedro, H-46, in flight. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

by Wes Wolfe, Halifax Media

Looking to bring Pedro back?

Two state legislators aren’t looking for votes for Pedro, but they do seek support.

Rep. George Graham, D-Lenoir, said at the Wake Up Lenoir event that he and House Majority Whip John Bell, R-Wayne, are working to bring the Marine Corps search and rescue unit back after federal budget cuts shuttered the program at Cherry Point in September. >>READ MORE


Eight things to know about Pedro

October 05, 2015


excerpt from Havelock News
Sunday, October 4

The Pedro search and rescue mission at Cherry Point officially ended on Sept. 30. Three of the helicopters took their final flights in front of military personnel and community leaders on Sept. 25 over the Neuse River. Here are eight things about Pedro you may not know. >>READ MORE


MCAS Cherry Point conducts final H-46 flight

September 28, 2015

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

With the heavy thump-whump of spinning rotors, the end of an era was signaled at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, with the take-off of the Department of Defense’s last flying H-46 helicopters Sept. 26. One of the three remaining HH-46E search and rescue models of the venerable war machine, commonly known as “Pedro,” departed from a ceremonial sendoff under gloomy skies at the air station’s Miller’s Landing facility, and joined up with its two brethren over the Neuse River to return to the Marine Transport Squadron 1 flight line for the last time. The squadron is scheduled to turn the well-aged SAR birds over to the Navy Sept. 29 to meet their Oct. 1 transfer deadline.

Friday’s ceremony was attended by hundreds of friends and members of the “Phrog” family, the term historically and affectionately applied to the H-46 due to its squat, typically green, fuselage and ability to hop into the air from remote clearings. Pilots, maintainers, local dignitaries and others who have developed deep connections with Pedro over the years gathered to reminisce and say goodbye. It was clear that Pedro’s ability to build bridges between military and civilian communities will be a legacy that will stand for years to come. >>READ MORE