Cherry Point Jet Hearings Begin

The "Sound of Freedom" could get louder at one military base in the East. The Navy is holding its first of three meetings Tuesday about stationing new fighter jet squadrons at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock.

The Navy wants to station thirteen sqaudrons of fighter jets between Cherry Point and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. Cherry Point could get as many as eleven squadrons.

Before the Navy can add squadrons, it must go through a lengthy environmental impact process. That begins with meetings to inform the community of what the military wants to do.

Tuesday's meeting is at the Havelock Tourism and Event Center, from 4 to 7 pm. Meetings will be held at the same times Wednesday at the Emerald Isle Community Center, and Thursday at Anderson Elementary School in Bayboro.

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