Until you live here, you may not appreciate the importance of having a military base so central to everyday living. MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East (Fleet Readiness Center East) have played a vital role in Craven County since 1941. Beyond its critical role in or national security, our base wields a substantial local economic influence, contributing nearly $2 billion annually.

We are proud to have this honorable group of men and women working to serve our country, as well as our community. MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East employ thousands of people, providing limitless opportunities for both active duty, civilian personnel and veterans.

MCAS Cherry Point

Located only 20 miles from some of the Atlantic’s most beautiful beaches and less than 100 miles southwest of the Outer Banks, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point is one of the country’s largest Marine Corps air stations, occupying nearly 29,000 acres in Craven County.

More than 53,000 people make up the total Cherry Point-related population, including active duty and retired Marines, the civilian workforce, and their families. The surrounding off-base community of Craven County offers continuous support for our neighbors.

We acknowledge that life in the military presents numerous challenges, one being the frequent relocation and readjustment to new environments. Service members and their families hail from diverse backgrounds worldwide, having to adapt to a new climate and culture. It is therefore our goal to welcome and empower our military community with resources to thrive in Craven County.

FRC East

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC East) opened its doors Dec. 16, 1943 as the Assembly and Repair Department at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The name has changed over the years, but its focus remains the same: to give our nation’s war fighters the highest quality airframes, engines, components and services on time and at the best value. Located in Havelock on the MCAS Cherry Point base, FRC East is one of nine main subsidiaries of the Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center Command. It is also the Department of Defense Vertical Lift Center of Excellence.


FRC East is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair and overhaul and technical services provider with more than 4,000 military, civilian and contract workers. Many of the employees are members of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, American Federation of Government Employees, and National Association of Aeronautical Examiners unions.


FRC East’s primary facility is centrally located on the eastern seaboard, accessible by air, rail, highway, waterway, and deep-water port facilities. The command also has permanent sites at Marine Corps Air Stations New River, North Carolina; Beaufort, South Carolina; and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The main facility is spread across 147 acres and includes 119 structures covering a total of 2.1 million square feet with 1.7 million square feet of production space.