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North Carolina Air Force Bases (2)


  • Pope AFB Manchester

  • Pope AFB is located in Cumberland County, near Fayettville, North Carolina. It was built in 1919 and is currently home to the 43rd Airlift Wing, the 23rd Fighter Group, and the 18th Air Support Operations Group. It is named after First Lieutenant Harley Harbert Hope. The base has a total land area of 2,194 hectares. The 43rd Airlift Wing stationed in Pope Air Force Base is tasked to provide airlift aid to the 82nd Airborne Division and other Fort Bragg units. The base supports the Air Force through providing Rapid Global Mobility. Its C-130s fly people, equipment, and supplies anywhere in the world to support United States Military and Civic operations.

  • Seymour Johnson AFB Goldsboro

  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is operated by the Air Combat Command and located in Goldsboro, North Carolina. It was built in 1942 and is currently home to the 4th Fighter Wing and the 916th Air Refueling Wing. The base was named after Seymour Johnson, a test pilot and native of Goldsboro. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base encompasses 3,300 hectares of land. It was originally named Headquarters, Technical School, Army Air Forces Technical Training Command. 4th Fighter Wing, housed in Seymour Johnson AFB trains and operates missions with its 92 F-15E Strike Eagles. The unit is capable of deploying anywhere in the world on short notice and establishing air power. The unit is also responsible for training all other F-15E pilots of the United States Air Force.

North Carolina Army Bases (1)


  • Fort Bragg Fayetteville

  • Fort Bragg is an Army installation located left of Fayetteville, North Carolina. At 251 square miles covering four counties, the installation is one of the largest and busiest of all military complexes in the whole world. It was established in 1918 and named in honor of General Braxton Bragg, who served as the Confederate States Army commander in the Civil War. The base is home to the Special Operations Command’s Green Berets, the only airborne corps and airborne division of the United States. The base supports the 100,000 parachute jumps practiced each year by the 82nd Airborne Division. Because it comprises almost 10 percent of the United States Army’s active component forces, Fort Bragg is now recognized as the largest installation of the US Army worldwide. This is evident in the population count in the installation which numbers 43,000 active duty personnel, and 8,000 civilian personnel.

North Carolina Coast Guard Bases (2)


  • Air Station Elizabeth City Elizabeth City

  • The United States Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City is located near the mouth of the Pasquotank River in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The base serves as one of the major air station of the Coast Guard in the region. Along with several other departments, including the Aviation Technical Training Center, it comprises the US Coast Guard’s Support Center Elizabeth City complex. Much of the operations of the CGAS Elizabeth City base is centered on search and rescue missions. However, it is also part of the International Ice Patrol, which monitors the oceans for icebergs veering close to Atlantic ship routes. For these purposes, the base has six HC-130J aircraft and five HH-60 helicopters at its disposal. It is lead by commanding officer Capt. John T. Hardin.

  • National Strike Force Elizabeth City

  • The National Strike force is the United States Coast Guard’s immediate incident response unit. It mainly handles specialized tasks such as oil spill and hazardous waste clean up, as well those dealing with biological and chemical weapons. The NSF is currently headed by Capt. Roderick E. Walker. For its tasks, the NSF has around 200 active personnel on duty. These are divided into three strike teams that cover the entire country. The Atlantic Strike Team covers the eastern states, while the Pacific Strike Team is responsible for the western section of the country. Meanwhile, the Gulf Strike Tem is charged with the southern states all the way to Puerto Rico and Mexico. In order to respond to threats, the NSF has the necessary equipment and are trained at handling these particular situations.

North Carolina Marine Corps Bases (3)


  • Camp Lejeune Onslow

  • Camp Lejeune is a Marine Corps training base located in Onslow County, North Carolina. It has long been home to the II Marine Expeditionary Force, the Marine Special Operations Command, the 2d Marine Division, the 2d Force Service Group, and a multitude of other tenant combat units and support commands. The base has five satellite installations under its command: Marine Corps Air Station New River, the Greater Sandy Run Training Area, Camp Geiger, Stone Bay, Courthouse Bay, and Camp Johnson. The base was constructed in April of 1941 and is named in honor of John A. Lejeune, the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps. During training, the base offers active and reserve combat commands with support such as logistics, transportation, and coordination for deployments.

  • MCAS Cherry Point Havelock

  • Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is located between New Bern and Morehead City, North Carolina. The base was built in 1941 and with 13,164 acres on the air station proper and another 15,975 acres of usable land for auxiliary activities, it is currently the largest Marine Corps Air Station in the world. The base is now home to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. It is also host to the Marine Air Group 14 and the Commander Marine Corps Air Bases East. MCAS Cherry Point has the primary mission of supporting the 2nd Marine Air Wing in training and other operations in preparation for deployment anywhere in the world at any time. The base is home to more than 49,000 people composed of active duty and retired Marines, civilian employees, and family members.

  • MCAS New River Jacksonville

  • MCAS New River is a Marine Corps air base located in Jacksonville, North Carolina that operates several helicopters and VM-22 Ospreys. The McCutcheon Field located in the air base is named in honor of Brigadier General Keith B. McCutcheon, one of the pioneering figures of Marine helicopter aviation. The base shares its facilities with nearby Camp Geiger. The base is the primary United States Marine Corps helicopter base on the East Coast and supports aircrew training for the helicopters operated by Marine Corps aviation units. It has been fulfilling this mission since 1954. It also manages two Marine Corps Outlying Landing Fields, MCOLF Oak Grove and MCOLF Camp Davis. New River was the first Marine Corps base to be supplied with the new VM-22 Ospreys.