Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point


Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Cherry Point, North Carolina
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Military Training may briefly interrupt local GPS signals

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (April 12, 2019) -- The U.S. Air Force will conduct local tests in the coming weeks to evaluate military aviation unit's' ability to operate without global positioning system data during tactical flights.  The tests are designed to block GPS signals to the target aircraft operating in training areas east of Marine Cops Outlying Landing Field Atlantic, locate in Down East Carteret County.  The tests will vary from day-to-day, and are schedule during the time frames of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 15-19.

The testing is being coordinate with the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard and with other agencies that operate within the test area.  Based on the location of the offshore training areas and type of equipment being used, there is  a low expectation of negative impacts on ground GPS, such as those used by automobiles and boats.  However, in the event of a disruption to those systems, users would likely see a temporary "loss of service" message on their GPS receiver.  Aircraft traveling along the Outer Banks between Beaufort, North Carolina, and Cape Hatteras may encounter GPS signal interruption during the test period.

Anyone experiencing critical GPS interruptions during the test periods can call (252) 466-3015 or (252) 466-6203 to report the issue and request a temporary halt to the testing.

Traffic Delay

Due to construction on Hwy 70, the Slocum Gate will be closing at 9 p.m. on 16, 17, 22, 23, 30 April, and 1-2 May.  The gate will reopen at 6 a.m. the following day.


An unpaved road frequently used by Eastern North Carolina Marines and Sailors is now effectively prohibited for use by military personnel, according to a new order.  The II Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations East joint order, 5100.3 was signed into policy March 19, 2010. The Order is punitive in nature, and service members found in violation are punishable under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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