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Gen. David H. Berger Becomes 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps

July 11, 2019

General David Berger 38th commandant of the USMC.

General David H. Berger received the battle colors of the Marine Corps from Gen. Robert B. Neller during a passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, July 11, signifying his new position as the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Berger, a Woodbine, Maryland native and 38-year Marine veteran, assumes responsibility as the senior ranking officer of the Corps.

“This is a special generation of Marines and Sailors, and I am quite confident that we will continue to be the force the nation needs us to be,” said Berger. “I am honored for the opportunity to continue serving in this cloth.”

Neller, an East Lansing, Michigan native, relinquished command of the Marine Corps after serving in the top post since 2015.

During his time as the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Neller moved forward to meet challenges with his planning guidance stressing innovation, adaptation and winning America’s battles.

“Thanks to all Marines, Sailors and their families that I have had the honor and privilege to serve with,” said Neller. “Your efforts and sacrifices as warfighters and citizens make the nation proud. Every day strive to be men and women of virtue and honor. Protect what you’ve earned.”


Senate Passes NDAA With Tillis’ Major Wins for NC Servicemembers, Military Families, and Military Installations

July 01, 2019

Senator Thom Tillis helps pass NDAA 2020 and gives military largest payraise in history.

Washington, DC — On June 27, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The legislation passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis and supports $750 billion in funding national defense for fiscal year 2020. The bill also includes several key provisions championed by Senator Tillis to improve the lives of our service members and military families, and makes critical improvements to North Carolina’s military installations in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Additionally, Senator Tillis worked to secure a number of reforms in the FY20 NDAA to take meaningful steps to address the serious issues with the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI). Senator Tillis’ personnel subcommittee markup also addresses military sexual assault prevention and response, provides impact aid for local educational agencies, supports military spouse employment, and expands health care for military members and their families. read more>>>


ACT Resolution of Support

June 14, 2019


Yesterday, the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow (ACT) Board of Directors adopted the attached resolution.  In summary, the resolution calls on our General Assembly to protect military aviation from encroachment by industrial wind turbine developments.  Specifically:

ACT calls on the General Assembly, and especially Senators Brown, Davis, Perry, Sanderson, E. Smith, and Steinberg and Representatives Bell, Cleveland, Kidwell, Goodwin, McElraft, Murphy, Shepard, and Speciale, all of whom represent the counties impacted by military aviation training, to fully support efforts to stop wind turbine encroachment on military aviation training.

ACT Board of Directors:

Will Lewis, President
David Heath, Vice President
Christine Mele, Treasurer
Sonny Roberts, Secretary
Owen Andrews
April Aycock
Denny Bucher
Bob Cavanaugh
Millie Chalk
(Wm.) Fred Fulcher
Tyler Harris
E.T. Mitchell
Amanda Ohlensehlen
Danny Walsh
David Williams

Please contact Jamie Norment (jwn@wardandsmith.com) or ACT President Will Lewis (WLewis@havelocknc.us) if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.


ACT Wind Resolution




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


F-35B Conducts First-Time Flyover Above White House

June 12, 2019

F-35 makes White House Flyover. Marine Corps, Allies for Cherry Point

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 12, 2019 – A rare F-35 flyover occurred today above the White House South Lawn in Washington, D.C. today. The first-ever F-35 White House flyover was flown by a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B, from VMFAT-501, based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. The flyover commemorates Polish President Andrzej Duda’s visit to the White House today.  >>read more