Yes To OLF

Many citizens in the Navy's proposed outlying landing field counties are saying no to a military training ground in their background. But the town of Havelock and home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is saying bring it on.

Town leaders and business owners are displaying their support for an OLF in eastern Carolina. "Yes OLF" signs are visible inside the tourism building. Town commissioner Danny Walsh says if the OLF is built outside of the state, they may lose the squadrons slated to come to Cherry Point.

Many residents and counties across eastern Carolina have been waging a "No OLF" campaign for years, concerned about the environment, quality of life, economy, and pilot safety.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is accepting comments about the proposed OLF sites by e-mail at olfstudygroup@ncmail.net.


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  • by Michael Location: Onslow County on Jan 3, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    NO, to the OLF, here in Onslow County about 1/3 of the county is in Camp Lejeune. The base does help our local economy tremendously, but we do not need the government taking over anymore land in this county like they have done in the past.
  • by Sue Location: Washington on Nov 3, 2007 at 02:15 PM
    Bulldozing us didn't work, now they are resorting to Blackmail. Wake up...the Pentagon is wasting billions, they have OLF's all over USE THEM Wait till the tax burden hits for this war, I don;t think you will be so ready for more waste!
  • by Michael Location: Edenton on Nov 2, 2007 at 03:13 AM
    Outside MCAS Cherry Point a sign reads "Pardon our noise. It's the sound of freedom". Jets often fly over my home on the Chowan River. My wife says it makes her feel safe. I'm former Navy and fully understand the need for a facility of this type. All the crybaby yahoos just need to suck it up and do their part for national security. Personally I think someone stands to profit from opposing the OLF and is leading a gaggle of mindless geese.
  • by ANDY Location: GREENE COUNTY on Nov 1, 2007 at 01:18 PM
    BRING IT TO GREENE COUNTY. WE HAVE NOTHING.
  • by George Location: Cape Carteret on Nov 1, 2007 at 09:34 AM
    No, to the new OLF. It is a waste of American tax dollars. The Military already has 3, OLF in Eastern NC. Two in Carteret County; Atlantic and Bogue Fields, one in Jones County; Oak Grove. Bogue Field,at one was setup for Carrier Qualifications; in the late 80's. A-6 A&B models and F-14 Tomcats performed Carrier Qualifications. Wye, waste tax dollars on a new OLF when the government already owns 3 within 80 miles of Cherry Point. Take the money wants to spend on displacing families, place it on one of the 3 OLF they already owns. Putting the left over on CHILD HEALTH CARE.
  • by Richard Location: Washington on Nov 1, 2007 at 05:23 AM
    I think its great that Havelock is willing to continue to support our military, and the Navy should do everything possible to both accommodate training needs, and respect the quality of life and safety of those near Havelock. This can be helped by considerate flight scheduling and varying take-off/landing patterns to balance the noise distribution. I hope our Navy has what it takes to capitalize on this opportunity.
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Nov 1, 2007 at 04:06 AM
    Your report was very one sided and failed to take account for an entire towns perspective. The commissioner you spoke with, Mr. Walsh, represents the view of very few people in Havelock. The ones he does represent are business owners who see the OLF as the key to an additional squadron and additional revenue. Many of us that live in Havelock love the small town atmosphere and are very displeased with our current administration's trend towards maximum growth. Mr. Walsh has not asked the people of the town for their views, nor do I think he's interested in hearing them. You reported on his views, and his alone; not the views of the town. The people of Havelock are not so driven by commerce as to over look the environmental impact the OLF carries with it. We are not so driven by commerce as to over look the environmental impact the OLF carries with it. We are not so shallow as to not care about other counties and towns that would be adversely affected by a poorly thought out OLF.
  • by Tom Location: Newport, NC on Nov 1, 2007 at 03:09 AM
    I would venture to say that the Fat-Cat legislators and "conscientious" citizens residing in the proposed OLF counties would not be so quick to play the environmental card if a corporation that they had business interests in wanted to build a factory on the same land. It's all about the money. They have absolutely no interest in protecting anything but their wallets. By the way, this OLF is kind of like the dump. The well-to-do's surely want to be able to send their trash somewhere, but just try to build a waste collection facility next to their neighborhood and see what happens. The proposed OLF counties surely want the protection of the military, but ...........
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