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Information related to the transformation of MCAS Cherry Point from the AV-8 and EA-6 platforms to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.


Extended Closures

Coming construction requires an extended closure of Sixth Avenue starting Dec. 5, 2021, as work continues toward completing the Flight Line Utility Modernization Project on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

Closure of Sixth Avenue from its intersection at A Street to C Street and from D Street to the Fifth Avenue extension marks a preliminary phase of construction that is fundamental to the air station’s overall F-35 site activation projects.

The project is expected to have major impacts on travel, parking and access to facilities and the flight line.

The first phase of the closure will block flight line access at Gate 9, requiring personnel to use a temporary access control point at Reindeer Road (Gate 5 next to the flight line Fuel Farm). Access to Gate 9 is expected to be restored within nine months.

Drivers and patrons of facilities along the route are advised, when conducting business in the area, to consider alternative routes and to factor in details such as increased pedestrian activity, longer walking distances from parking areas and detours. 

Drivers can use Fifth Avenue as the primary alternative route during the Sixth Avenue’s closure. The street was extended to intersect Sixth Avenue to ease some of the traffic burden the closure is expected to cause.

Since the spring, two parking lots have been constructed including one along 5th Avenue to facilitate the need for parking of tenants and patrons of the facilities in the area.

The construction will continue in phases and is projected to last about 18 months.

[Attached is a graphic depicting the extension of the closure of Sixth Avenue and the suggested alternate route of Fifth Avenue, with Reindeer Road and the new parking lot marked.]


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March 21, 2022 - F-35 squadrons still on schedule for Cherry Point - News Release

The realization of Cherry Point being home to six F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), or F-35 Lightning II, squadrons is nearing as transformation continues to shift away from the legacy AV-8B Harrier to the fifth generation joint strike fighter.

More than $1 billion in military construction projects are underway to enable the air station to support the next generation fighter aircraft. Military construction (MILCON) projects in progress or planned include three dual-module hangars, which will house two squadrons each, a training and simulator facility, and various support upgrades along the airfield that will enable maintenance and training, and security requirements for the F-35.  Read More...


October 22, 2021 - Cherry Point hosts second F-35 activation conference - News Release

Wednesday, the F-35 Site Activation Task Force (SATAF) returned for its second semiannual meeting to prepare the air station to permanently house six Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), or F-35 Lightning II, squadrons.

The conference began with opening comments from U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Clifford Sutcliffe, SATAF officer-in-charge, who introduced significant personnel and organizations, and provided a comprehensive update of requirements, tasks, and a long-term timeline of events. Read More...


March 19, 2021 - F-35 activation task force holds first meeting at Cherry Point - News Release

Thursday, the F-35 Site Activation Task Force (SATAF) concluded its first semi-annual meeting in preparation for the station to become a home base for six Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), or F-35 Lightning II, squadrons.

The three-day session allowed key players and stakeholders from the air station, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 14, Lockheed Martin, Pratt and Whitney, Headquarters Marine Corps and the JSF Joint Program Office to assemble and identify site-specific activation requirements...Read More


Sep 4, 2020 - F-35 Maintenance Hanger Groundbreaking Ceremony - DVIDS Video - DVIDS Images 

MCAS Cherry Point along with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and Navy Facilities Engineering Command broke ground for the first of three F-35 aircraft maintenance hangars at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, Sept. 4, 2020. The groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of fully modernizing the installation, bringing MCAS Cherry Point squadrons and their support components from the World War II era into the modern day. Supporting the Marines and the extending their warfighting abilities to maintaining strategic deterrence and discouraging aggression from our enemies foreign and domestic by bringing the fifth generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the installation.


May 15, 2020 - MCAS Cherry Point: Transformation, modernization underway for F-35 - DVIDS Image

The flight line is documented during the transformation and modernization project at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, May 15, 2020. The flight line is being prepared for the arrival of the F-35.


Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point