MCAS Cherry Point Community
Marine & Family Programs
MCCS Marine and Family Programs promotes and supports personal, family and unit readiness. Marine and Family Programs offers a wide variety of services to Marines and Sailors and their families, whether they are active duty, retired or reservists. Marine and Family Programs has four branches: Marine Corps Family Team Building, Family Care, Behavioral Health, and Personal and Professional Development. Marine and Family Programs is located in Building 87 (pending renovation of Building 232) and is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 466-4401.
MCCS Coordinators are here to serve the Marines, Sailors, and their commanders as a single point of contact for all MCCS resources offered at MCAS Cherry Point. Whether you have questions concerning a MCCS activity or just want to navigate setting up a family day, holiday party, sporting event, or section function your MCCS Coordinator is ready to assist. For information on MCCS Coordinators call 466-4201.
Marine Corps Family Team Building
MCFTB provides information, education, and resources that you will need as a Marine, spouse, or family member. Our programs are L.I.N.K.S. (Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills), Readiness & Deployment Support, LifeSkills Training, and Family Readiness Program Training. All of these programs are designed to enhance personal growth and promote family readiness.
A volunteer, team-mentoring program, designed by Marine Corps spouses, offers an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle, helping spouses, Marines and children understand and adapt to the unique challenges military life often presents. While the curriculum targets those who are new to the Marine Corps community, the information is very beneficial at all levels of Marine Corps experience.
Readiness & Deployment Support
The goal of Readiness & Deployment Support is to prepare families for the unique challenges of deployment in addition to maintaining a constant state of readiness independent of deployment. In collaboration with unit family readiness officers, trainers provide pre-deployment briefs, return and reunion workshops for family members, post-deployment reintegration programs, and other workshops to promote family readiness.
Family Readiness Program Training is offered to guide and support command teams, family readiness officers and family readiness volunteers, in their roles of carrying out the unit, personal and family readiness programs. Trainings are offered in both general and unit-specific settings. Our goal is to have a ready Marine and family for all aspects of a military lifestyle.
Lifeskills training and education affords the opportunity for personal and professional growth by providing workshops on life competencies in areas such as relationships, personal wellness, and communication, healthy living, family care plans, and much more.
For additional information on what MCFTB has to offer, please call 466-4637 or visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/MCCS-Cherry-Point-Marine-Corps-Family-Team-Building.
Family Care Branch
Child Development Centers
MCCS provides wonderful accredited childcare programs for your families. Two Child Development Centers, Buildings 4298 and 4629, are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and our newest of the three CDCs, Building 4859, is in process of obtaining NAEYC accreditation. All three are centrally located near the MCX area, and offer full-time, part-time, and hourly child care services at affordable rates. Business hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Family Child Care Program
This program may be an option for those seeking childcare in a home environment, and offers a great home business opportunity for those parents who would like to work from home. The Cherry Tree House, located on 4th Avenue, offers a variety of activities and programs for school-aged youth, including before- and after-school programs, summer, and day camps; dances; Boys and Girls Club of America events; and other family oriented events. The School Age Care Program is by the National Afterschool Association.
Designed for pre-teen youth ages 11-12 years, and teens 13-18 years of age, this program offers enough independence for your tween/teen to feel more mature yet enough structure to keep them actively engaged and learning how to make good choices. You can call the Tween/Teen Center Monday through Friday. 466-4822/4831. The center is located adjacent to the Cedar Creek Pool. Please call 466-3595/5079/5605 for more information and registration for child care and youth programs.
Exceptional Family Member Program
A team of outreach and case managers are available to assist the sponsor or family member with the mandatory enrollment process for persons with special needs. This includes any family member who has a physical, mental or learning disability. The Exceptional Family Member Program provides information, referral and coordination of services for a vast array of military, national and state resources, case management and up to 40 hours a month of family respite care. Call 466-3305/2568/7533 for more information.
Cherry Point School Liaison
The School Liaison is located in Building 1 and is here to support transitioning families. School liaisons network, educate and work in partnership with local schools. They can provide information to parents and military commanders on educational issues and needs, and can assist in solving education-related problems. The liaison educates local schools and communities about the needs of military school-age children and the military lifestyle. For more information and assistance call, 466-4196.
Personal and Professional Development Branch Transition Assistance
Are you a separating or retiring service member? If so, the Transition Assistance Management Program will provide you with useful information through a variety of mandatory briefs and workshops. Let our skilled staff assist you with matters such as the latest trends on writing resumes and cover letters, current job search techniques, and other important information about career and job services that are available to you. In addition to workshops, the mandatory pre-separation brief offers a one-stop approach by providing information on important matters such as Veteran’s Administration benefits and entitlements, Montgomery GI Bill benefits, and provides contact information for the VA representative responsible for assisting those transitioning with their military disability claims. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call 466-4201.
Family Member Employment
Are you a military family member seeking employment? We can assist you! Our program offers a variety of resources such as career counseling, job skills assessment, job search assistance, resume and cover letter critiques, job interview strategies, and volunteer placement opportunities to help you in reaching your employment goal. For more information please call 466-4201.
Relocation Assistance Program
MCCS recognizes that being a part of a military family means you will often be tasked with moving to where your military member is needed most. The challenges of moving often include buying and/or selling a home, becoming familiar with your new duty station and the local area whether it is stateside or abroad, and not having your everyday household items available immediately before or after a move. We want to do our best in making things as convenient as possible. The RAP extends a helping hand by providing information via workshops and services that include Plan Your Move classes, Welcome Aboard briefs, sponsorship information, home buying and selling seminars, Okinawa/Iwakuni classes, and access to a lending locker with hospitality items (i.e., futons, kitchen supplies, irons, ironing boards, cribs, high chairs, strollers, car seats, tables, folding chairs, coffee makers, toasters and more) available for checkout for 30 days.
Automated information is available in the RAP office on all major DoD installations throughout the world. If we can assist you, please call us at 466-4201.
Personal Financial Management Program
Whether you are just looking for advice or if you are in need of regaining control of your finances the PFMP offers personal financial counseling services free of charge to all base military personnel, their family members, and retirees. Through counseling sessions that teach you how to set financial goals and develop a budget, to classes about car buying, credit and debt management, saving and investing and getting out of debt, we have a certified financial counselor ready to help you. Please call us at 466-4201 to make an appointment.
Retired Activities Services
Are you retired and need to know about local regulations, policies and retiree entitlements, benefits and privileges, burial assistance, or survivor benefit paperwork? The Retired Activities Office is fully staffed by volunteers who can assist you with a multitude of questions and referrals. Located in Building 298, RAPIDS lobby area, call 466-5548.
Visit the Education Program, where we provide a wide range of quality programs designed to enhance professional and personal learning opportunities for our entire military community. Through our programs and services we offer a variety of briefs tailored to meet your career and educational goals. Some of our programs and services include the following: Tuition Assistance (TA) Program; Afloat Program; Military Academic Skills Program (MASP); United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP); Academic and Career advisement and counseling services for military, dependents and civilians; Veteran’s Affairs Education Benefits; Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART); Military Academic and Career advisement and counseling services for military, dependents and civilians; Veteran’s Affairs Education Benefits; Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART); Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges for Marines/Navy (SOCMAR/NAV); a full range of testing programs and services, (the National Testing Center, Pearson VUE Certification Certiport Exams, Proctoring, Military Classification, Interest Inventories, etc.)
Please let us help you prepare your education and career road map by visiting us in the Jerry Marvel Training and Education Building 4335, Room 217, or calling 252-466-3500.
The Station Library
Visit the newly renovated Station Library in Building 298 on E Street to explore a new world of information, entertainment, and technology! Let us show you how to access a collection of over 215,000 lendable e-books and audiobooks that you can download for free. You may also borrow a library e-reader for three weeks; choose from our 18 Sony Pocket Edition Readers, 20 Nook Touches, 40 Nook Colors, and 30 Kindle Fires. We offer free Wi-Fi, and you may sign out one of our nine desktop computers, 24 laptops, or 50 iPads for in-library use. Printing and scanning are also available. Online language learning lessons, continuing education courses, magazine and newspaper articles, and research databases are there for you at no charge.
Come check out the exciting changes to the Library facility! Kids will love our new children’s area, tweens and teens will enjoy our expanded young adult zone, and game lovers of all ages will have fun in our Gaming Room. The Station Library continues to provide a wide range of traditional resources, including books, audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines, and offers research assistance and interlibrary loan services. Special programs, including a weekly story program for young children and an annual Summer Reading Program for all ages, are offered throughout the year. Call us at 466-3552 for information about services and programs.
Behavioral Health Branch
New Parent Support Program
There are unique challenges facing military families, who may be trying to cope with stress, isolation, deployment, reunions and meeting the everyday demands of parenthood. Through home visits, support groups and classes, this program offers expectant parents and the parents of newborns through five years of age the opportunity to learn new skills and improve on old ones. The New Parent Support Program is a reliable source for answers to questions in the privacy of one’s home or in the classroom. Call 466-3651 to sign up for classes or home visits.
Family Advocacy & General
We are here to help with family, marital or individual counseling. We offer assistance to families experiencing domestic violence and offer a variety of classes and programs at no cost to service members and their families. Please call 466-3264 for further information, for classes or to arrange for an appointment.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program provides victim support services, promotes sexual assault training and awareness, and provides policy and program assistance to commands located aboard the installation.
The program goals are:
Prevention through training and education
Treatment and support of victims
Please use the MCAS Cherry Point 24/7 Victim Advocate Response Line: 665-4713.
The Substance Abuse Counseling Center
Treatment is offered to active-duty personnel, retired service members, dependents of active or retired members and family members 18 years and older on a space-available basis, based on the individuals’ needs. Outpatient treatment is aimed at patients who have a substance use disorder, (pattern of misuse of alcohol) and meet the placement criteria for treatment. Intensive outpatient treatment is designed for patients who have a substance use disorder, which requires a more intensive treatment. Both programs provide case management, education counseling, treatment planning and aftercare. This center is accredited with the internationally recognized Commission on Accreditation Rehabilitation Facilities. Call 466-7568.
The Drug Demand Reduction Program
The Drug Demand Reduction Team works within the units to support the Marine Corps drug reduction efforts, but is also available to support our local community in the battle against illicit drug use. The DDRP works with the local community in support of the nationally recognized “Red Ribbon Campaign” during the month of October and Havelock’s “National Night Out,” usually held during the month of August. The team also provides smoking and drug information aimed at prevention, through visits to area schools. 466-2273.
food & business operations
When it comes to food, we offer the best choices and fantastic national brands such as Five Guys Burgers and Fries, McDonald’s, Rice King and Subway with more exciting eateries coming in the future.
Conveniently located throughout the station, we offer everything from sandwiches and snacks to elegant catered meals.
Miller’s Landing is the perfect choice for your next meeting or catered event. Nestled on the Neuse River with impeccable panoramic views, Miller’s Landing is ideal for weddings, receptions, military ceremonies, or after-hours gatherings. The three ballrooms (Harrier, Hercules, Prowler) combined are capable of seating in excess of 500 people and have state-of-the-art A/V equipment as well as an elegant ambiance. Building 4843 Club Drive across from the Sound of Freedom Golf Course. 466-9067.
Rockers Bar (SNCO Lounge) and the Alfred A. Cunningham Bar (Officer Lounge) are also housed in Miller’s Landing.
Hancock Creek Lodge is also available for rent for your more casual business meetings or private events. This beautiful, and newly remodeled, rustic facility can seat up to 88 people and also offers a full kitchen. Let us help you make your next event a success! Located at Hancock Marina, 466-9067.
Wings Restaurant has seasonal menus with an American casual flair. Gift Cards available for purchase. Located in Miller’s Landing, Building 4843, 466-9132.
The Shame is an elegant blend of a historic officer lounge and an English countryside mansion. With a comfortable setting and reasonable prices, this club is the place to go. Located on the second deck inside the Cherry Point Inn on Madison Drive, 466-9561. (Please check for information regarding the re-opening of this facility; renovations to this facility currently in progress.)
The Roadhouse, designed for the enlisted Marine, is THE place for food, spirits, music and fun. This recreational complex also houses our exciting Single Marine Program. Imagine a sports bar with over 30 HD TVs with all of the sports packages available, pool tables, video gaming, and great music. Wi-Fi available throughout; bring your own laptop or borrow one from the SMP. iPads are also available for checkout. Grab a bite to eat from the full-service restaurant that offers a pub-style menu and awesome daily lunch specials. In the evening, this is a great venue for our many live entertainment events, including comedy shows, live music, televised UFC fights and poker tournaments. The Roadhouse also has plenty of outside activities including regulation volleyball courts, a huge sundeck with tables and umbrellas, a regulation horseshoe pit, bean bag toss field, and a large gazebo area to enjoy the fun out of the sun. Come hang out at the Roadhouse! Gift cards available for purchase. Located in Building 3542, on the corner of “E” Street and 1st Avenue, adjacent to the Skateboard Park. 466-5555.