Cherry Point Officials Brace for Defense Cutbacks
Monday’s meeting of Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow (ACT) was intended to discuss the possibility of new BRAC rounds and substantial cuts in DOD spending, but local and state officials from eastern North Carolina first heard about personnel cuts already affecting Fleet Readiness Center East.
“Our numbers are going to be going down,” said Mary Beth Fennell, the facility’s business operations director, reported Havelock News. Fennell outlined the workload forecast for the logistics depot located at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, before adding, “I can’t tell you it will be funded.”
The meeting also discussed a reorganization of ACT in advance of changes affecting defense spending. One overriding concern is the delay in production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, with officials worried about a potential gap in aircraft for the air station and depot.