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MCAS Cherry Point History

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 post office was closed in 1935. The original “Point” was on the south side of the Neuse River east of Hancock Creek, and the word “Cherry” came from cherry trees that at one time grew on the point.

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.

Actual clearing of the site began on Aug. 6, 1941, with extensive drainage and malaria control work. Construction began in November just 17 days before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Cherry Point’s first commanding officer, Lt. Col. Thomas J. Cushman, landed the first plane, a J2F Grumman amphibious biplane, at the air station on March 18, 1942. The air station was commissioned on May 20, 1942, as Cunningham Field, in honor
of the Marine Corp’s first aviator, Lt. Alfred A. Cunningham. In August 1942, one year after land clearing began, the first
Marines arrived.



Cherry Point is one of the world’s largest Marine Corps air stations and one of the best all-weather jet bases in the world. The size of the air station has increased form the original 8,000 acres to more than 13,000 acres at the primary complex, with nearly 16,000 additional acres in associated support locations. In fact, Cherry Point’s runway system is so large that the air station serves as an alternate emergency-landing site for space shuttle launches out of Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Cherry Point is home to Marine Transport Squadron 1. The squadron’s aircraft provide military transportation, as well as search and rescue for Marine aviators. The SAR aircraft also serve the local community with their medical evacuation and search and rescue capabilities.

Cherry Point and its tenant units are very active in the local community. The 2007 Toys for Tots fund drive, run by Cherry Point’s Reserve Support Unit, provided more than $229,000 in toys for 23,604 children in need in 22 counties in eastern North Carolina. In 2007 Cherry Point personnel pledged $240,871 during the Combined Federal Campaign, with $46,416 donated to charity organizations in North Carolina. The Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society collected more than $52,000, while over $327,000 was distributed to those in need in North Carolina. The Memorial Chapel’s religious offering fund presented donations of $37,525
to the local community. Additionally, numerous units aboard Cherry Point volunteer time to many local schools as part of the
Adopt-A-School program.

The air station continues to be a significant contributor to the region’s economic growth. The combined Marine, sailor and civilian payroll for Fiscal Year 2008 is projected to be more than $1.2 billion. During Fiscal Year 2007, contracts awarded to North Carolina companies for construction, maintenance and services neared $85 million. Overall, Cherry Point’s total economic impact was more than $1.6 billion, with more than $1.4 billion of that spent in North Carolina.

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