Havelock Not Anticipating Impact From Military Cuts

There are many questions on just what Defense Secretary Robert Gates' proposed 78-billion dollars in cuts to the military will mean for bases here in Eastern Carolina and their communities.

The cuts are a pre-emptive attack in Washington's budget battles. Part of that includes a 10-percent cut in Marine Corps personnel.

The city of Havelock, home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, is just one of the communities waiting and watching.

Hugh Overholt, a spokesperson for Allies of Cherry Point's Tomorrow, says he knew there were going to be cuts at some point, especially as troops pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. "I think we'll have some cuts but hopefully we won't take the brunt of it."

Havelock community leaders hope for that too. Commissioner Danny Walsh says he doesn't think there will be too many, if any cuts to Cherry Point. "Cherry Point is pretty solid in the amount of people we need to keep the airplanes flying and the jobs here."

Community leaders also believe businesses will be okay if cuts to the Marine Corps hit Cherry Point.

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