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October 19, 2009

Posted by allthingshavelock in MCAS Cherry Point.
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By Drew C. Wilson
Havelock News

Cherry Point is one of three installations being considered as a home base for an 1,100-member Marine security and anti-terrorism unit.

“It’s one of the possibilities,” said Dennis Neal, deputy public affairs director for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

A meeting on the proposal is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the public about the proposal as well as on an environmental assessment being conducted. The open-house style meeting will include various stations about the project. Marine Corps representatives will be on hand to answer any questions.

The Navy and Marine Corps want to consolidate the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment at one location, Neal said. Currently, the five companies in the regiment operate at four bases in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, including bases at Yorktown, Norfolk, and Chesapeake.

If Cherry Point is selected, an additional 1,110 military personnel assigned to the regiment, as well as their dependants, could come to the area.

A 900,000 square-foot training complex would have to be built for the regiment, the primary function of which is anti- and counter-terrorism missions and protection of Navy and Marine Corps assets internationally.

Mike Jones, a civilian project manager, is overseeing environmental assessments for the three potential sites, which were selected from various locations that stretched from Jacksonville north to Quantico, Va. Virginia bases at Yorktown and Chesapeake are also being considered.

The decision on where to locate the regiment will be made early in 2010, Neal said.

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