Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Updated: September 11, 2023
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    Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, located in Havelock, North Carolina, is a United States Marine Corps airfield.

    Base Operator:

    MCAS Cherry Point, NC 28533

    Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point History

    Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is home to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and has a profound history. It played a significant role in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Operation Desert Storm, among other conflicts. Established in 1941 and commissioned in 1942, the base was initially named Cunningham Field after Lieutenant Colonel Alfred A. Cunningham, the Marine Corps’ first aviator. It later adopted its name after a local post office set among cherry trees. Over the decades, Cherry Point has consistently supported military efforts, from training missions during World War II to strike missions in Operation Enduring Freedom.
    The base suffered a setback on September 8, 2007, when a fire devastated the headquarters building. However, a new building began construction with a groundbreaking ceremony on July 29, 2009.


    Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Housing

    On station housing is available at MCAS Cherry Point. Atlantic Marine Corps Communities (AMCC) works with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to manage housing needs for service members and their families.

    Off-base housing is also an option, with the surrounding areas of Havelock and the Crystal Coast offering a variety of rental and purchase options.

    For more information, call the Cherry Point Housing Office at 252-466-3602.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    MCAS Cherry Point offers temporary housing options. It offers the Cherry Point Inn. The front dest number is 252-466-5169.


    What is the BAH for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the North Carolina state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.



    Military Housing Area: NC177

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,629 $1,473
    E02 $1,629 $1,473
    E03 $1,629 $1,473
    E04 $1,629 $1,473
    E05 $1,671 $1,533
    E06 $1,839 $1,584
    E07 $1,959 $1,629
    E08 $2,094 $1,710
    E09 $2,220 $1,749
    W01 $1,854 $1,626
    W02 $2,016 $1,707
    W03 $2,181 $1,758
    W04 $2,238 $1,863
    W05 $2,310 $1,989
    O01E $1,983 $1,668
    O02E $2,154 $1,740
    O03E $2,247 $1,827
    O01 $1,701 $1,581
    O02 $1,836 $1,659
    O03 $2,175 $1,773
    O04 $2,328 $1,962
    O05 $2,436 $2,037
    O06 $2,451 $2,160
    O07 $2,469 $2,193

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Surrounding Area

    Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is situated in the city of Havelock, in the eastern part of North Carolina. The base is surrounded by the counties of Craven, Carteret, Pamlico, and Jones, and is approximately 20 miles west of Morehead City/Atlantic Beach off of Highway 101. The air station is also close to the stunning Atlantic Beach, part of the Crystal Coast. The base is also near several historical and cultural sites, including the site of a German U-boat sinking off the North Carolina coast during World War II. It’s about a 3 and a half hour drive to Myrtle Beach, SC.


    On station, the Cherry Point Naval Health Clinic offers healthcare options. It specializes in primary care services. There’s also a pharmacy and dental clinic available for active personnel.

    Note: The clinic does not offer emergency services. Off station care would be required in emergency situations.


    One Child Development Center (CDC) calls the MCAS Cherry Point home. It offers full day care for infants, toddlers and preschool aged children. There is also a school year care program offering childcare options for students.


    There are no on station schools. Craven County Public Schools offer education options for families of those stationed, working or living at or around MCAS Cherry Point. There are also private school options available.

    To learn more about the options, call the School Liaison at 252-446-7648.

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