Updates | Cherry Point

MCAS Cherry Point to break ground on F-35 Aircraft Maintenance Hangar

September 05, 2020

 

Marine and Navy leaders underscored the start of the $105 million military construction project with a groundbreaking ceremony at the air station at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 4. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the size of the audience at the event was limited.

The groundbreaking event was momentous as the air station begins to see tangible modernization of its facilities and infrastructure, and the transformation of the nearly 80-year-old installation into a key base for the future of Marine Aviation and its next generation fighter aircraft, the Joint Strike Fighter. More than one billion dollars of MILCON projects are planned through 2027 to make way for six F-35 Lightning II squadrons.

Marine leaders of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Cherry Point and Navy Facilities Engineering Command will be on hand to accent the historic occasion and to articulate its significance for the Department of Defense, Marine Corps and Eastern North Carolina.

 

MCAS Cherry Point to break ground for first F-35 MILCON project

September 02, 2020

 

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2020) — Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point will break ground to begin construction on the first of three F-35 Aircraft Maintenance Hangars.

Marine and Navy leaders will underscore the start of the $105 million military construction project with a groundbreaking ceremony at the air station at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 4.

The groundbreaking event is momentous as the air station begins to see tangible modernization of its facilities and infrastructure, and the transformation of the nearly 80-year-old installation into a key base for the future of Marine Aviation and its next generation fighter aircraft, the Joint Strike Fighter.

More than one billion dollars of MILCON projects are planned through 2027 to make way for six F-35 Lightning II squadrons.

Marine leaders of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Cherry Point and Navy Facilities Engineering Command will be on hand to accent the historic occasion and to articulate its significance for the Department of Defense, Marine Corps and Eastern North Carolina.

 

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the size of the audience at the event will be limited, but the community is encouraged to tune to stream the event live athttps://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/24776.

 

Congressman Murphy Supports Increasing FRC East Funding Levels

August 25, 2020

 

Greg Murphy's letter to Navy Secretary stressing importance of upgrades to FRCE.In July, ACT helped coordinate a tour of FRC East for Congressman Murphy and his senior staff. They met with the civilian and military leadership at FRC East and experienced a complete walk through of the depot.  As a result of the tour, Congressman Murphy sent the attached letter to the Secretary of the Navy.  ACT thanks Congressman Murphy and his staff for their support for increasing FRC East funding levels.

 

Congressman Focuses on Future During Visit to Fleet Readiness Center East

July 21, 2020

 
By Heather Wilburn

Fleet Readiness Center East Public Affairs

Congressman Greg Murphy visits FRC East

Fleet Readiness Center East Commanding Officer Capt. Mark E. Nieto, right, and Rep. Greg Murphy, second from right, discuss operations on FRCE’s H-53 heavy-lift helicopter line during Murphy’s visit to the facility Friday, July 17. Murphy, who represents North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, visited FRCE to receive updates on the future of naval aviation, the current status of operations and the economic opportunities FRCE brings to Eastern North Carolina.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (NNS) — During a visit to Fleet Readiness Center East Friday, July 17, Rep. GregMurphy, who represents North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, toured the facility with FRCE Commanding Officer Capt. Mark E. Nieto. The itinerary focused on the F-35 Lightning II and future plans for F-35 maintenance and capabilities at FRCE.

“I was pleased to introduce Congressman Murphy to our facility at Fleet Readiness Center East, and familiarize him with the vital work we’re doing to support naval aviation.” Nieto said. “This visit gave us an excellent opportunity to provide him with a firsthand look at how FRCE operations contribute to defense readiness, and what we need to be successful, now and in the future.”

Murphy, along with a group of his staff and local leaders, made additional stops at the H-53 heavy lift helicopter and V-22 Osprey lines. During the tour, he also had the opportunity to speak with FRCE’s aircraft maintenance professionals, learn about their workload, and discuss measures the command has implemented to keep the workforce safe while still meeting the needs of the nation’s warfighters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Murphy made his first official visit to FRCE two days after he toured Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River with Charles Williams Jr., the assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment; Rear Adm. John Korka, commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command; and Maj. Gen. Edward Banta, commander, Marine Corps Installation Command. The congressman is a member of the House Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus, a bipartisan group of House members dedicated to policy issues that affect military industrial facilities, including aviation depots, arsenals, ammunition plants, shipyards and energetic material production facilities. Caucus members work to educate other members of Congress on matters of importance to the military depot and industrial facility community, and advocate for necessary changes in policy.

FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $835 million. The facility generates combat air power for America’s Marines and naval forces while serving as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.

For more news from Fleet Readiness Center East, visit www.navy.mil/local/FRCE/.

 

Marines Spend a Day Off Digging a Ditch to Help the Community

July 18, 2020

 

From New Bern Sun Journal
by Charlie Hall, July 18, 2020

Marines from Cherry Point volunteer to dig ditch at New Bern historical site. Guess how Cherry Point Marines spend free time from their training schedule before an upcoming deployment to the Middle East.

It’s not at the beach.

Armed with pickaxes and shovels, members of the 2d Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion at Cherry Point air station recently volunteered to carve out a 75-meter drainage ditch along the New Bern Battlefield Park entrance road.

The New Bern Historical Society’s Civil War battlefield off U.S. 70 East at Taberna has become a popular getaway spot during the COVID-19 restrictions.

But, there have been drainage problems along the dirt road and it was more of a physical undertaking than the battlefield volunteer guides could handle. They are mostly in their 60s and 70s.

Enter the Marines, with 35-year-old 1st Lt Christopher J. Burkard, a nine-year Marine from Detroit, and his men, mostly in their mid-20s.

Burkard had volunteered at the battlefield and heard about the need to create a ditch.

He and his men handled the project before a lunchtime barbecue and then took a tour of the park, site of the 1862 one-day Civil War battle that left New Bern under Union control for the remainder of the war.

“We thought that coming out here and doing a little bit of work, it gets us out of the shop, it helps out the community and everybody wins,” Burkard said. “It gives us a chance to have a barbecue, too”

It wasn’t the first time Marines from Cherry Point air station, as well as Camp Lejeune, have stepped up to handle battlefield projects requiring muscle.

“They have done great work in the past,” said Jon Miller, head of the battlefield volunteers.

“It is the first community project we have done together,” said Burkard. “But, we have been training together for the last few months since we were all picked for this deployment, everything from operating various weapon and communication systems, to casualty care, to even just humping with our packs.”

But, it wasn’t easy work.

“Even though Marines dig holes on the regular, this was a deceptively tough project,” Burkard said. “We were fighting against the heat and humidity and against some tough earth with a lot of mud and clay. Fortunately, we had some strong leadership. The guys from the Historical Society were the ones with the vision. We were there just to provide some strong backs. And, any reason to get the Marines of 2d LAAD Battalion doing good in the community is a good reason.”

There was one aspect he hadn’t anticipated.

“What I didn’t expect was that the guys from the Historical Society, all retirees in their 60s and 70s, would be working just as hard as us,” he said.

Now, the society can have the road graded and covered with gravel so visitors don’t have to navigate the potholes.

The Marine volunteers included 1st Lt. Christopher J. Burkard, Staff Sgt. Matthew S. Reyes, Sgt. Joshua L. Field, Cpl. Jack E. Benedict, Cpl. Justin L. Hernandez, Cpl. Anthony R. Sielaw, Cpl. Andrew J. Strait, Cpl. Joshua C. Sutton, Cpl. Toviah J. Viel, Lance Cpl. Kyle H. Almskog, Lance Cpl.Hadon L. Board, Lance Cpl. Alejandro Contreras and Lance Cpl. Dustin P. Demack.

Charlie Hall can be reached at 252-635-5667 or 252-259-7585, or charlie.hall@newbernsj.com. Follow him on Facebook at Charlie Hall.