MCAS Cherry Point Says Its Economic Impact Tops $2 Billion

A new report shows the economic impact of one military base in the east tops $2 billion.

Recently released numbers from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point indicate the total economic output for the air station and Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East exceeded $2.1 billion in 2013.

"The numbers show how vital Cherry Point is to our regional economy," says ACT President Greg Lewis. "Not only do our policy makers need to recognize the importance of Cherry Point to our national defense, they also need to recognize its economic importance to our state and region."

Over 14,000 people work at the base, including some 9,300 active duty military personnel and 5,100 civilians. Salaries to active duty military personnel, civilian employees and retirees make up $1.2 billion of the total economic output.

Spending by the air station and FRC East on procurement, contracts, health care, utilities and other categories makes up the balance of more than $904 million.