Cherry Point Jet Hearings Begin

The "Sound of Freedom" could get louder at one military base in the East. The Navy is holding its first of three meetings Tuesday about stationing new fighter jet squadrons at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock.

The Navy wants to station thirteen sqaudrons of fighter jets between Cherry Point and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. Cherry Point could get as many as eleven squadrons.

Before the Navy can add squadrons, it must go through a lengthy environmental impact process. That begins with meetings to inform the community of what the military wants to do.

Tuesday's meeting is at the Havelock Tourism and Event Center, from 4 to 7 pm. Meetings will be held at the same times Wednesday at the Emerald Isle Community Center, and Thursday at Anderson Elementary School in Bayboro.


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  • by Anonymous2 on Mar 28, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    The Cost Of Freedom!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    Delta; Just in case you hadn't noticed, we have the largest naval base in the world 200 miles north of us, we have Seymour Johnson Air Force base 90 miles to our west, and we have Fort Bragg & Pope Air Force base about 140 miles south west of us. Last but not least, we have Camp Lejeune 40 miles away. My point is this: In a nuclear attack on the U.S. another 11 jet squadrons stationed in the area aren't going to change a single thing. We will all still be toast on the east coast. Nuclear weapons being detonated all around us will make our little communities here completely uninhabitable even in the event that some survived.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    I work at Cherry Point, What a Waste of money...You have to see it to believe it...No, I'm not a gov. employee, I am a sub...UNREAL.
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    Hope you guys like the smell of nukes raining down on you too because with such a large force of military in our state we would also be a primary target in such an event god forbid would ever occur. So there"s two ways to look at that situation. When the economy sucks people are often more willing too accept whatever.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 10, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    I love to hear those jets fly over, the roar of the jet spells "FREEDOM". Thanks guys and gals, let them roar.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    I love the smell of jet fuel! It smells like power, safety, and freedom. Fly on!!
  • by Carmen Location: NC on Feb 10, 2009 at 04:48 AM
    I live in Bayboro, and I can tell you right now, I don't mind the noise. I feel that we should hear those jets every chance we get. They are protecting us, and we need that protection. We are not getting attacked right now, but some day we could and those jets being right here near the water will someday save our lives. Thank you all Flyers~ Freedom!
  • by John L Location: New Bern on Feb 10, 2009 at 04:42 AM
    I hope they bring all 11 squadrons to Cherry Point, where I work. It will be great for the economy in this area and everyone will benefit from it. I just hope the communities around here accept the responsibility of building up the infrastructure (roads, etc.) to handle the influx of troops and their families.
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