Welcome Aboard MCAS Cherry Point.
MCAS Cherry Point is located on the eastern side of North Carolina within the town of Havelock. It is home to the Second Marine Aircraft Wing and to the Marine Corps’ only Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East which performs work on aircraft and aircraft components used by the Marine Corps, Navy, and other services. Other major tenants are the Naval Health Clinic and Combat Service Support Group-21 (CSSD-21).
Congress authorized Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point on July 9, 1941, with an initial appropriation of $14,990,000 for construction and clearing of an 8,000-acre tract of swamps, farms and timberland. On May 20, 1942, the facility was commissioned Cunningham Field, named in honor of the Marine Corps’ first aviator, LtCol Alfred A. Cunningham. The completed facility was later renamed Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point.
It is said that the name “Cherry Point” comes from a post office established in the area for the Blades Lumber people some years ago. The original “Point” was on the south side of the Neuse River east of Hancock Creek, and the word “Cherry” came from the cherry trees that at one time grew on the point.
The pine forests were the source of livelihood for early settlers of the Havelock area. A gum-like substance produced by the trees was turned into turpentine and used for waterproofing and sealing wooden ships. Tar, produced by burning the wood, was also used to coat and preserve wood. This is where we get the name “tar heels.” One quarter of the world’s supply of these products came from Slocum’s Creek during that time. In the 1860’s, the primary material used to build ships shifted from wood to iron as steam engines began to become more common. The shift brought about a depression in the area for 75 years until Cherry Point was built.
Today the city of Havelock is a military town and has grown in leaps and bounds. More than 50,000 people make up the Cherry Point-related population, including active duty and retired Marines, the civilian workforce, and their dependents.
Fun Fact: MajGen. Burnside of the Union forces invaded Havelock during the Civil War. He wore his facial hair in a unique way. It is from him that we got the name sideburns.
Here are a collection of resources for you to check out.
Information and Referral/Relocation Services
The mission of the I&R Program is to support service members and their families by helping Marines and families navigate through the mobile military lifestyle by providing information and referral functions. The I&R Program is the central connector between military and community resources. One of the I&R Program’s primary goals is to link individuals with unresolved information needs to the source(s) and/or resource(s) that are most capable of addressing those needs. The I&R Program is also the primary point of contact for all mandatory relocation assistance services on the installation as well as the Lending Locker.
Our Lending Locker is items are available for check-out and are intended to assist those just arriving for duty at Cherry Point, or those preparing to depart on their next PCS. Items include dishes, toasters, coffee-makers, pots, pans, silverware and other kitchen accessories.
The I&R Program Specialist can be reached at 252-466-4201.
Application and waitlist inquiries should be directed to the Military Family Housing Office.
Military Housing Office / Housing Referral Office
Hours of Operation: 0730 – 1615, Monday – Friday
Address: Building 286, 4th Avenue, MCAS Cherry Point, NC 28533
There are convenient lodging and hospitality options available aboard the air station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They strive to lead hospitality services in the military community through efficient management and quality of operations. Each facility operates independently of MCCS, so please contact them with any specific questions or concerns about your stay.
Family Care Programs (Children Youth Program, Exceptional Family Member Program and School Liaison Program) provides care for children and youth and support for the unique educational and developmental needs of each family on base.
The Cherry Point Veterinary Treatment Facility offers services for pets of Cherry Point’s active duty and retired service members and their dependent families.
Services offered by the clinic include wellness exams, annual physicals, minor appointments and vaccinations. The clinic also provides heartworm testing and all the essential vaccinations and examinations for puppies and kittens beginning as early as seven weeks old.
The clinic can also assist air station residents with meeting registration requirements for having pets in base housing, including microchipping services.
The Naval Health Clinic’s mission is to enable readiness, wellness and health care to Sailors,
Marines, their families and all others entrusted to them worldwide– be it on land or at sea. The clinic is an outpatient medical facility with Navy Medicine’s only stand-alone Ambulatory Procedures Unit, providing General Surgery, Gynecology, Orthopedic, Oral/Maxillofacial and Podiatry surgical services.
Cherry Point Commissary – 466-0800
The commissary opens at 0800 for early bird shopping daily Tuesday – Sunday. Self Check-out lanes will be no more than 20 items or less. You can order fresh fruit trays from the Produce department.. 24 hours notice is required.. Come on in and check with the Produce Department. Our bakery can make cakes for all celebrations, including the MC Ball. Order your today!
The Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP ) offers services to assist with employment needs of active duty family members and will help you to identify goals and the steps needed to achieve them. FMEAP provides job search guidance, one-on-one assistance with federal and civilian resumes, resume cover letter critiques, career counseling, mock interviewing and other employment related services.
The Personal Financial Management (PFM) Program provides financial education, training and counseling geared to increase the financial literacy of Marines, Sailors and their families. The PFM training curriculum includes workshops on Money Management, Investing, Estate Planning, TSP, Home Buying and much more.
The Marine Warrior Library houses a collection designed to support the education, personal development and entertainment needs of all Service members and their families. There is a wide range of both print and digital resources, as well as a computer lab, study and gaming rooms, café and a children’s area complete with early learning computers.
Whether you want to enroll in vocational or technical school, get your associate, bachelor, graduate, or postgraduate degree, we can get you there. Our mission is to enrich the quality of the Cherry Point community by providing you with a broad range of high-quality personal and professional learning opportunities.
Installation Personnel Administration Center
MCAS Cherry Point’s Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC) is committed to providing the best personnel administrative support to the commanders and Marines aboard the station. The Mission of the IPAC is to provide quality personnel administrative support to all Commanders, Marines, and family members aboard MCAS Cherry Point. Call 252-466-6777 for more information.
The Mission of the MCAS Cherry Point Distribution Management Office (DMO) is to provide fast, friendly, and effective services for shipment, receipt, pickup, delivery, and storage of all personal property for military and civilian members.