Time to Support Cherry Point is Now, Eastern N.C. Officials Urge
In anticipation of a BRAC round coming in the next several years, officials in eastern North Carolina believe time is running out to coordinate community support on behalf of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East.
One of their primary worries is progress on the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B, the short-takeoff variant under development for the Marine Corps, reported the Havelock News. The region’s Washington lobbyist says its efforts to provide up-to-date information to the military have paid off so far.
“We are very, very happy with the success of many voices but one message” from supporters of the F-35B and Cherry Point,” a retired Marine Corps general who works with the lobbying firm told the paper.
The missions at the two installations represent a $1.7 billion annual economic impact.