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MCAS Cherry Point
Naval Air Maintenance Training

Naval Air Maintenance Training

The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Marine Unit Cherry Point provides technical training in maintenance, operation and repair of aircraft systems and associated equipment. There are five Maintenance Training Units located in three separate locations aboard the air station and Little Rock Air Force Base. CNATT MARU provides technical training for a variety of aircraft communities covering 22 military occupational specialties including organizational and intermediate level AV-8 maintenance, organizational and intermediate level C/KC-130 maintenance, organizational and intermediate level maintenance aviation ordnance, intermediate level avionics, and cryogenics for approximately 1,200 students annually.


Defense logistics agency
DLA Distribution Cherry Point supports the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, numerous Marine aviation logistics squadrons, MCAS Cherry Point and the Naval Air Systems Command’s Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point. Along with full-service distribution support such as receipt, stow, issue, inventory and transportation of customer logistics requirements, DLA Distribution Cherry Point performs all specialized packaging, preservation and crating of components. In addition, DLA Distribution Cherry Point currently operates two preservation, packaging, packing and marking satellite operations embedded within FRC East, and is an integral part of the FRC East production line, which refurbishes DoDs aircraft components, including the custody, preservation, handling and shipping of aircraft parts and engines.

DLA Distribution Cherry Point provides worldwide distribution support of all the Marine Corps deployments, exercises and mobilizations, and provides rigging, loading, blocking, bracing, and transportation services for essential air and ground support equipment, weapons and vehicles. DLA Distribution Cherry Point also supplies all of the preservation and packaging, HAZMAT packaging, central receiving, rigging operations, ordnance transportation certifying and transportation management office requirements to all units on board MCAS Cherry Point and in the local area.

In November 2001, as a result of a mandated cost-savings study, the distribution functions were transitioned to a civilian contractor. A small group of government employees have remained on site as part of DLA Distribution Cherry Point’s Continuing Governmental Activity. Their responsibility is to oversee the contractor’s operations and lend technical assistance, as necessary.

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