Updates | Cherry Point

Walter Jones Remembered as Veterans Advocate

February 12, 2019


During his more than 30 years of service to Eastern North Carolina, Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr. was known for his conviction and integrity, whether standing by his belief in an issue or as an advocate for his constituents. When asked about Congressman Jones, ACT’s Marc Finlayson said that when it came to Cherry Point, or any of the military installations, Jones saw their importance to more than just the national defense. “We did not have a better supporter than Walter Jones,” he said. “He was always concerned about not just Cherry Point, but all military assets in Eastern North Carolina, and not only because of their importance to our national defense or as their part as an economic engine in the area, but also because he loved the Marines and their families.>>READ MORE



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)

Marine Corps Installations East Welcomes New Base Commander

December 20, 2018

Brigadier General Benjamin T. Watson is the on-coming commander general of Marine Corps Installations East.

Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Installations East gained a new commanding general Tuesday.

Brig. Gen. Benjamin T. Watson, whose most recent position was serving as commanding general for Task Force Southwest, will now oversee the six installations of MCI-East: Camp Lejeune; New River, Cherry Point and Beaufort, South air stations; Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia and Blount Island Command in Florida.

He replaces Col. Scott A. Baldwin, who was serving as interim base commander after prior commander Brig. Gen. Julian D. Alford deployed in August.>>READ MORE


Armed Forces See STEM Education as Ensuring a Bright Future

November 07, 2018

STEM and the military, allies for cherry points tomorrow, ACT

Employers in fields that utilize science, technology, engineering and mathematics have consistently sounded a warning bell about the future of STEM in the United States, cautioning that there is a coming gap in qualified applicants for employers.

The rates of STEM graduates are not keeping up with the amount of job openings in related fields, and the issue could worsen, as the U.S. will add about one million new STEM jobs by 2020. >>READ MORE



The sun’s setting on Corps’ last EA-6B Prowler squadron with end of final deployment

November 05, 2018

ACT, Marines deployed with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 on the ramp at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Aug. 16. Marines with VMAQ-2 are taking part in the final EA-6B Prowler deployment before the final six aircraft in the U.S. military inventory are retired. (Spc. Jose Diaz/Army)

The EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare platform has been jamming enemy communications and conducting electronic attacks since the Vietnam War.

But, its sun is now setting.

The Corps is down to one final Prowler squadron, Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2, or VMAQ-2, which is slated to return home in early November from its final deployment, according to Christopher Harrison, a Marine spokesman. >>READ MORE