Congressman Maneuvers To Block OLF

There is another maneuver to report to block the Navy from building an outlying landing field in some of the sites they've been eying in Eastern Carolina.

Congressman Walter Jones attached an amendment to a defense bill that would prohibit the establishment of an OLF at Hale's Lake in Camden County and Sandbanks in Gates County.

“The people of Eastern North Carolina have spoken loud and clear on this issue. If the OLF is needed to support F/A-18’s operating out of Oceana Naval Air Station, then Virginia should bear the burden," Jones said in a press release.

The defense bill still requires the approval of the full House of Representatives and Senate, along with the signature of President Barack Obama.


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  • by Stovepipe Location: Camden Co. on Jun 19, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    Kudos to Rep. Jones for standing up for the people of eastern NC! For more than a century, eastern NC has been dumped on, put down, and otherwise degraded by Virginia. Anybody remember the Lake Gaston fiasco? Virginia never has had any respect for us and this OLF business is just another example. If you don't know, the Navy has worked out a deal with Va. Beach through the Hampton Roads Joint Land Use Study (Chapter 4 especially - google it). Their deal is to restrict flight operations at night at Oceana, the East Coast Master Jet Base, and to alter flight patterns at their existing OLF, Fentress Field, in Chesapeake, all to appease jet noise complaints by Virginia residents. The Navy has been trying to get this OLF for 10 years now. Ten years ago the reason was to export the jet noise out of the Va. Beach/Chesapeake metro area. That has not changed. That is the wrong reason to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer money on an unnecessary OLF project. NO OLF!!
  • by C on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    Call me crazy, but the little boy in me would thoroughly enjoy living near an OLF. Being able to watch all those cool military aircraft would be great. In fact, if I could have an OLF nearby, PLUS live right beside the railroad tracks [love trains also]...my wife would have a tough time getting me to come back inside !
  • by rainbow Location: Chowan River on Jun 18, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    For those people in NE NC that may not know the true story, it's all about shifting the negative impacts to NC. Back in 2005 when BRAC was making decisions on where to base the F-18's Superhornet, Senator John Warner (VA)inluenced the decisions to have 8 squadrons sent to Va and 2 squadrons to Cherry Point. There were 6 or 7 alternatives, like Cherry Point getting 8 Va 2, CP 6 Va 4, splitting all between NC,SC and Va. Guess who got the most? And it was well documented by BRAC that NO ADDITIONAL OLF was needed for Oceana to get all 8 squadrons, so NC got cut short on boosting our military bases, and now that VA has them all, resients are complaining to the tune of $500 MILLION law suit. The Navy has already settled one for $34 Million. The only reason they claim they are out of capacity is they do not practice after 11:00pm-7:00am, a deal they made with Virginia Beach. Oceana is the EAST MASTER JET BASE, shouldn't they be performing these missions, and stopping encroachment?
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Jun 18, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    OSOS- Don't forget the Huey's,Cobra's,refuelers,Harriers, and Osprey's.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    While I read the comments posted, some of the facts are created here. First, the military doesn't cut grass and take care of the infrastructure, Civil Service does. This will create jobs and tax revenue. Sort of like the witn story on Apple wanting to build in NC. Some opposed it due to the tax incentives. Well, this could go to Virginia or any place that gives a better incentive. We already have jet noised folks, just look up, trust me, I have seen them. We have F-15s, C-130s, C-17s and Warthogs flying over eastern NC. So, some of you say we don't want it, then come up with an excuse as to why we cannot, if its not the noise, well, then its the birds, then its....get it? I do.
  • by Janet Location: NC resident on Jun 18, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Virginia Beach and the entire metropolitan area has outgrown Oceana. BRAC saw this coming many years ago. NC has offered a solution. safety risk posed by these high performance aircraft are at the highest danger during decent and arrival. You could build 10 OLF’s; it will not fix this problem. At least splitting the squadrons would lessen the percentage of risk to the dim-witted people who have decided to build up to the fence line. Thank you Cong. Jones
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    Can we have it in Goldsboro? I mean, we already have an Air Force Base, couldn't the Navy build a runway beside Seymour Johnson's?
  • by no olf Location: beaufort county on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:35 AM
    Please do your research before you say you support the OLF. The jobs created by the OLF will be for military personel. There will be very few jobs created for anyone not in the military.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    Isn't there a plan to put some F-18's in Cherry Point, therefore making this a NC issue, not just a VA issue?
  • by Bob on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    mom2oneboy: One more thing: I support our military, too. I'm a decorated Vietnam War veteran. But this project has boondoggle written all over it. Kudos to Congressman Jones for standing up for the people of eastern NC.
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