Eastern Carolina Bases Losing 7,900 Marines

You don't have to be a member of the military to be affected by personnel cuts at area military bases. The bases are an economic engine for the area. New numbers have been released showing the bases in Eastern Carolina will take the biggest brunt of personnel cuts in the Marine Corps over the next five years.

A total of 7,900 troops are projected to be cut from Camp Lejeune, New River and Cherry Point. Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station in Jacksonville will lose 5,800 troops, while Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is due to lose 2,100 troops.

The Marine Corps has been looking to cut 20,000 Marines as it scales back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Officials say the cuts will come over five years, allowing many Marines to serve out their contracts. However, the opportunities for re-enlistment may not be as robust in the future.

Because the cuts will take place over a five-year period, Jacksonville city manager Richard Woodruff believes the impact will be lessened.

Business owners that we talked with said, while they hate to see the Marines and their families go, they also believe it won't be as bad as if they were leaving all at once.

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  • by Georgia Pleach Location: Atlanta on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    This is just CRAZY to cut our Military!!! Lets cut back somewhere else but not our Military Mr.President!
  • by Lunchbox Location: New Bern on Mar 18, 2012 at 05:31 AM
    For all those concerned, Obamacare will cost more than the President is cutting (I mean gutting from the military). All the entitlements the US pays each year is nearly 10 times more (this includes welfare) than the whole defense department DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS. If the President or the Democrats were really serious about saving this country, they would pass and budget and cut WELFARE. No, that can't happen because the big-ears-in-chief would lose his loyal "give me my govt check" voting base. As for the comments about heroes to worship-no one asks a civilian to worship the military-just be thankful. One last thing-Marines sign up for eight (that's right 8)years. Yeah, we know we will be going back to the workforce-but having a military service that only one termers serve will do us no good. Finally, the levels of military President "I am a rock star" Obama wants to get us to through cuts is pre-world war I (not pre-9/11). Even his own secretary of defense warned the cuts will leave us vulnerable.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:35 AM
    Some of these comments about crime going up are really immature. On the other hand, I don't find the cutting back on the number of soldiers unusual. It happens after all wars. Many enlisted only sign up for two years. These guys should have been briefed they would be seeking a different path one day, and receive help to return to U.S. workforce, as many have wonderful training and skills in communications, medics, and mechanics. Making a lifetime career out of the military is not a guarantee. For the poster who complained about their aircraft noises; be thankful they know how to do that job too.
  • by Military Family Member on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:38 AM
    All these comments about the marines are disgusting. You should be thanking them that they volunteer to do what they do so there isn't a draft and you all who post these hateful post won't have to figure out how to get out of it. How easy it is to make these hateful comments from the comfort of your computer. I'm pretty sure if you look at the crime rate across this state it's definately not the marines you should be looking at. It's your local residents.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:33 AM in reply to Military Family Member
      Maybe you need to quit waving the flag and start spouting you militaristic nonsense elsewhere.
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        by Enough on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:12 AM in reply to
        Maybe it's time for you to leave this country if you hate it so much.
  • by Enough Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:23 AM
    It's sickening to see the negative idiotic comments showing no concern for the 7900 Marines and families that will be directly affected or the multitude of businesses that they support. These soldiers volunteered to serve this country, to protect YOU from the evil forces of terrorism and preserve YOUR freedoms. And this is the way you thank them? You tell them to get a job at Burger King, etc...? This is disgusting and I hop You will wake up and recognize what a strong military means to this country and YOU! Wake up NC!!!!!!
  • by Great..... on Mar 16, 2012 at 03:43 AM
    7900 new criminals headed to ENC... Can't wait....
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM
    Maybe the crime problem will now Finally get solved in here. I'm all for it.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:32 PM
  • by Sick Site Location: Enc on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:26 PM
    On a backroad in eastern nc we saw FIVE state Dot vehicles,FOUR workers at work painting lines on the pavement,two flagmen and six men with hardhats on just standing in the middle of the road watching.There were two women and six small kids standing in a yard watching,and one lone Fedex driver(half running)delivering a package,all within the length of 500 yards,the flag guy gave me and my passenger a plenty of time to observe.Don't just think military!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM
    7,900 less "heroes" to worship. Good.

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