See the Getting To & Around in Craven County Section for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights (American and Delta Airlines) land at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern, North Carolina, about 20 miles from MCAS Cherry Point. Rental car agencies and taxi service are available at the airport. Go to www.newbernairport.com for more information.
OAJ-Ellis Airport, near Jacksonville, North Carolina, and about 65 miles from MCAS Cherry Point, also is served by Delta and American Airlines. Go to www.flyoaj.com for more.
For those who prefer riding the rails, Amtrak’s north-south Palmetto and Carolinian trains offer Thruway Bus Service from the Amtrak station in Wilson, North Carolina, to Havelock, home of MCAS Cherry Point, about a hundred miles to the southeast. Go to www.ncbytrain.org/destinations/connect.html.
The closest Greyhound Bus Station is about 20 miles to the northwest in New Bern, North Carolina, at 4010 Martin Luther King Blvd. Call 252-633-3100 for directions or go to http://locations.greyhound.com/us/north-carolina/new-bern.
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.
From Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, New Bern, North Carolina
From the airport, take U.S. 70 south past the community of Riverdale and through the Croatan National Forest for about 20 miles to Havelock, then follow the signs to MCAS Cherry Point.
From OAJ-Ellis Airport, Jacksonville, North Carolina
From the airport, turn right onto NC-111, then bear right onto U.S. 258 South to its intersection with NC-24. Follow NC-24 southeast to 9 Mile Road in Morehead, then head north on 9 Mile Road through Newport and pick up U.S. 70 north into Havelock. Follow the signs to MCAS Cherry Point. Total distance is about 65 miles.
During working hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Station Marines and permanent personnel assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Combat Logistics Company or the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training should go to the main gate at the intersection of Fontana and Roosevelt boulevards for direction to the Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC), Building 298, for their endorsement and join audit.
After working hours (4:31 p.m. to 7:29 a.m. and on weekends and holidays), Station Marines and permanent personnel assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Combat Logistics Company or the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training are to report to the Station Command Duty Officer in Building 1 for an after-hours reporting endorsement. The next business day, they must report to the Installation Personnel Administration Center, Building 298, for an official reporting endorsement and new join audit.
If they require lodging, Marines will receive an endorsement from the Station Command Duty Officer and be directed to Temporary Lodging in Building 3673.
Marines who stay at the Devil Dog Inn and need transportation to the Installation Personnel Administration Center in the morning must be checked out of the inn and have their gear ready by 7:15 a.m. to be picked up by the IPAC duty driver in front of the check-in window. Those who have not been picked up by 7:45 a.m. should call 252-466-6756.
Signs are placed in numerous locations across MCAS Cherry Point to help all new join personnel checking in.
Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training students will check in at Barracks 3742; call 252-466-2722 or 252-466-2672.
Fleet Readiness Center East personnel will check in directly to FRC-East.
Cherry Point Inn
Building 487, Madison Drive 252-466-5169
At Cherry Point Inn, all rooms have queen-size beds, and Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and in common areas. Amenities include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryers, free internet access, cable TV, washer and dryer facilities and complimentary breakfast. No pets.
Check the website for room rates.
Devil Dog Inn
Building 3673, F Street 252-466-3060
The Devil Dog Inn offers single rooms and two-room suite motel-style accommodations for Marines, Sailors and their families. Complimentary Wi-Fi and a business center are available. No pets.
Room rates are posted on the website.