Navy Responds To Public's Opposition To Outlying Landing Field

On Friday, opponents of a proposed outlying landing field in Eastern Carolina voiced their concerns. Monday, the Navy countered arguing an additional jet strip is a matter of national security. During a two hour press conference staged at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, Navy officials contend they went above and beyond gathering information and data for the court ordered supplemental draft environmental impact statement released last week. Navy officials were adamant that the building an OLF site in Eastern Carolina isn't dumping Virginia's problems on North Carolina, but rather a need of national security. Navy officials also say they have plans that would address the concerns of safety for the pilots and planes, things like eliminating the grain near the proposed site migratory birds feed on. For a complete list of public comment meetings concerning the Navy's preferred OLF site in Washington County, head to our website