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Carteret County’s Military Connections With The Marine Corps And Coast Guard In Eastern NC

Carteret County NC is surrounded by several U.S. Marine Corps bases and the U.S. Coast Guard has a large military presence in Eastern NC that is charged with protecting coastal waters. In this article we are going to document these connections and then ask the public to use the comment form after this article to give us their insights on just how important the military is to the county. Readers are encouraged to share on Facebook and Twitter so that others can learn more about the military connections to the county, in addition to using the discussion form below to ask us questions and engage with other readers.

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Additionally, at the bottom, we have a section for military relocation in which we ask readers to provide us information on.

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Walsh Federal Contractors broke ground on a new maintenance hangar to support the new P-199 F-35 aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. This hangar is the first of three to be added on base according to Commanding Officer Col. Mikel Huber and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Maj. Gen. Michael Cedarholm. The first F-35 squadron is expected in the summer of 2023 bringing about 400 new military personnel to the area.

VA Clinic in Morehead City NC Address: 5420 US-70, Morehead City, NC 28557 Phone: (252) 240-2349 GPS Navigation

Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, NC

Outlying landing field located between Cape Carteret and Newport on Hwy 24 that is used by the USMC for Harrier landing training.

Outlying Field (MCOLF) in Atlantic, NC

Small outlying airfield under the control of the USMC and used for training. Located in Atlantic, NC

Camp Lejeune – Home of the II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and other combat units and support commands

While not located in Carteret County, Camp Lejeune is a very large U.S. Marine Corps base in Jacksonville NC that employs a large amount of local residents as military contractors and support staff. Many military service women and men live in Carteret County.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Again, while not located in Carteret County, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is a moderate sized air base in Havelock NC (Eastern NC) that employs many residents in support positions and contractor positions at NADEP. MCAS Cherry Point has deep roots in the county.

U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Macon Address: 2301 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 Phone: (252) 247-4583

GPS Directions The Coast Guard Station at the easternmost part of Bogue Banks and Atlantic Beach is responsible for protecting coastal waters, search and rescue operations, and enforcement. This base is very active logistically and strategically.

Radio Island Public Beach Access

Discussions and Comments As someone local, what impact do you feel the military has on Eastern NC and specifically in Carteret County? Do you know anyone that works as a contractor or in a support role with the Marine Corps or Coast Guard? Do you know any service people living in Emerald Isle, Peletier, Cape Carteret, Newport, or Morehead City?

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What impact does NADEP at Cherry Point play in the community as far as employment? Note: The USCG base at Fort Macon and USMC at Cherry point typically coordinate and work with each other during search and rescue operations and in training exercises.

The Port In Morehead City

The port in Morehead City NC and Radio Island is used by the military in Eastern NC for rapid deployment and sea operations off the Carteret coast.

Piners Island

10,000 acre island on the very northeast tip of the county that is used as an electronic bombing range by Cherry Point.

Military Relocation

If you are a veteran or service member who in the past has moved to the county communities of Newport, Morehead City, Beaufort, or Atlantic Beach while you (or family) was stationed at Cherry Point, what advice can you give readers about these areas? If stationed at Camp Lejeune, are areas in Emerald Isle, Cape Carteret, or Cedar Point a good place to live? If in the Coast Guard stationed in either Atlantic Beach or Emerald Isle, what housing and home opportunities are there in the local area?

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

4 thoughts on “Carteret County’s Military Connections With The Marine Corps And Coast Guard In Eastern NC

  • July 22, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    In 2021, the county received an honorary designation as a Coast Guard community outlining how well our local area accepts and works with the USCG family. This honorary designation was also received in 2015.

  • August 6, 2019 at 11:22 am

    In August of 2019, Col. Mikel Huber took command of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Outgoing commander Col. Todd Ferry served as the local commander since July 28, 2016.

    Cherry Point is strategic in it’s importance in the county and is a central hub for East Coast Marine Corps aviation, pioneering the transition for basing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    This military base is expected to double in size and strategic importance as the new I-42 interstate and Havelock bypass comes online.

  • January 17, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I am very happy to see the local Carteret Community helping out the Coast Guard at Fort Macon and Emerald Isle during their furlough and government shutdown. As I understand it the Coast Guard is funded through Homeland Security while other military branches are funded through the Defense Department. Either way seeing Carteret County businesses and others stepping up is really great to see.

  • November 4, 2018 at 8:29 am

    The entire 6 years that I was stationed at Camp Lejeune as an officer my wife and I lived in Emerald Isle and loved it. The beaches are incredible and Carteret County is definitely more sane than Onslow County.


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