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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.