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Location: Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point is located on the eastern side of North Carolina within the town of Havelock. The city of Havelock is a military town and has grown in leaps and bounds over the last 10 years.  MCAS Cherry Point is home to the Second Marine Aircraft Wing and to the Marine Corps' only Naval Aviation Depot which performs work on aircraft and aircraft components used by the Marine Corps, Navy, and other services. Other major tenants are the Naval Clinic and Combat Service Support Group-21 (CSSD-21). 

BRAC Status: Realignment will result in a net reduction of 628 positions.

Cost of Living: The cost of living is low.

Base Operator:  252-466-2811.


  • 8,587 Active Duty personnel
  • 28,561 Family Members
  • 5,771 Civilian Employees
  • 6,677 Retirees

Area Population:  Havelock 22,170.

Child Care: MCAS Cherry Point Child Development Center operates a full time, part time, and hourly care program. Care is provided for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. The Child Development Program Before/After Care is a joint effort between the Child Development Program and Youth Activities. The Before/After School Program is offered for children in grades K-5.  Call 252-466-3595.

Schools: MCAS Cherry Point has no DoD schools.  Dependent children attend the Craven County Public Schools.

Youth Services: The Cherry Tree House is located on 4th Street and can be reached by calling 252-466-3861. 

Marine and Family Programs:
  Marine and Family Programs 252-466-4401

Housing: Family housing is available for military personnel reporting to MCAS Cherry Point. Call housing office at 252-466-3602/4794 (DSN) 312-582-3602/4794. Median house price in Havelock is $149,072. Median rent is $883.

Employment: The Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP) assists family members in achieving their goals through employment, education, and volunteerism. Unemployment rate 10.8%.  Median Household Income $52,366.

Base Services:

Medical Services: Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, provides a primary-care facility. All emergency type situations are handled by local ambulance services. Military Health Service users may utilize the Naval Clinic TRICARE Service Center to schedule medical appointments by calling 866-698-5834. Health Care Finders can assist you with medical appointments, information on TRICARE benefits, referrals and civilian network providers.

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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