Installation Overview --Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina

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Overview

Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

Marine Corps Air Station New River is a United States Marine Corps helicopter base 4 miles south of downtown Jacksonville, North Carolina, in the eastern part of the state. Near Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, it shares some facilities with Camp Geiger.

Marine Corps Air Station New River was commissioned as Peterfield Point in April 1944. New River was redesignated as an air station on September 1, 1968. In 1972, the airfield was named McCutcheon Field for Brigadier General Keith B. McCutcheon, one of the fathers of Marine Corps helicopter aviation. McCutcheon Field is still the designation of the airstrip to this day.

For more than 60 years, the primary mission of MCAS New River has been to provide combat assault support for Fleet Marine Force units worldwide. New River's dedication and reputation have made it a key part of the II Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations East team.

Official website of MCAS New River

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Location/Driving Directions

MCAS New River is located 4 miles south of downtown Jacksonville on Hwy 17.

If driving from the north:

Take Exit 81 off of 95 South onto 40 East. Approximately 25 minutes later take Exit 373. Make a left turn at the stop sign and go straight for 6 miles until you reach a light and a sign with directions to Jacksonville. Make a right turn onto Hwy 24 East until you get to Jacksonville (49 miles). 24 East flows into Hwy 17, which runs North and South. Make a right when you see the sign for 17 South. The Air Station is approximately 3 miles down the road on the left side. Look for a small green sign on the right indicating "Air Station" to the left.

If driving from the south:

Take Exit 20 off of 95 North onto 41 East (Lumberton). Take 41 East for approximately 76 miles until it turns into 111 at Chinquapin. From Chinquapin it is 18 miles to Hwy 24 (you will pass a small airport on your right which is Ellis Airport) where you will make a right turn. From here it is approximately 5 miles to Jacksonville. 24 East flows into Hwy 17, which runs North and South. Make a right when you see the sign for 17 South. The Air Station is approximately 3 miles down the road on the left side. Look for a small green sign on the right indicating "Air Station" to the left.

If arrving via Ellis Airport in Richlands (approximately 15 miles from MCAS New River):

Make a right turn from Airport Road and drive on Hwy 111 (Catherine Lake Road) until you reach Hwy 24. Follow directions above to get from Hwy 24 to MCAS New River.

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Main Phone Numbers

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chris Hellyar lowers the ramp in order to load a U.S. Marine CH-53 helicopter onto a C-5 Galaxy cargo plane. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps; photo by: Staff Sgt. Joseph L. Swafford Jr.

Atlantic Marine Corps Communities 866-509-2424

Bachelor Housing 910-449-6621

Bachelor Officers Quarters 910-449-6621 DSN: (DSN: 752)

Base Operator 910-451-1113 DSN: 751-1113 The base operators are on Camp Lejeune but cover MCAS New River also

Camp Lejeune Child, Youth, & Teen Programs 910-451-1315

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) (910) 449-5248/5251 DSN: 752-5248/5251

Lejeune Inn 910-451-3041

MCAS New River Child Development Center 910-449-5633

MCAS New River Branch Dental Clinic 910-449-6515/6516

Officer/VIP/DGO Quarters 910-451-2146/1385

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer(SNCO)/VIP Quarters 910-451-5262

Youth Sponsorship Program 910-449-6711

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

The mission of Marine Corps Air Station New River is to provide the necessary support for its tenant units; MAG-26 and 29. Both groups play a major role with their troop transport helicopter, and heavy lift capability in support of the Second Marine Aircraft Wing and Second Marine Division. H&HS is responsible for garrison activities aboard the station; MWSS-272 provides the logistical support to both MAGs.

Approximately 6,000 Marines, sailors, airmen and 600 civilian employees work on a daily basis to meet the demands of operating the Corps’ only East Coast rotary wing and tiltrotor Air Station.

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Temporary Lodging

The Lejeune Inn. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

Temporary lodging is provided at the Lejeune Inn, Holcomb Blvd, MCB, Camp Lejeune Telephone: 910-451-3041.

All rooms are kitchenettes, cable TV, no pool on site. at $65.00 per night. Handicap rooms are available. No daily maid service but there is daily linen exchange service. No pets.

Reservations can be made 30 days in advance for people on Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. A deposit equivalent to one days rent is required.

The Officer/VIP/DGO Quarters are in Building 2617, Seth Williams Blvd (across from the O'Club) MCB, Camp Lejeune, NC Telephone: 910-451-2146/1385.

Rates are $25.00/$35.00 single and $30.00/$40.00 with family. All suites/ efficiencies have kitchenettes. HBO, cable TV, telephone, pool at O'Club, daily maid service, handicap rooms available. Exercise room and sauna available. No pets.

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer(SNCO)/VIP Quarters are in building HP53, Lucy Brewer St, MCB Camp Lejeune, NC Telephone: 910-451-5262

Rates are $20.00 single/$25.00 with family. There is a microwave in the room, HBO, cable TV, telephone, daily maid service. No pets allowed.

Reservations can be made 30 days in advance for people on PCS or TAD orders. Non-duty reservations can be made 7 days in advance.

Bachelor Housing Division quarters are in building 705, MCAS, New River Telephone: 910-449-6621

These quarters are for SNCO and above only. PCS orders is on space-available basis. They cost $8.00 per day / $2.00 each dependent. Facilities have microwaves, TV, telephone, daily maid service, pool, and exercise room.

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Housing

SNCO Housing at McCutcheon Manor. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

Camp Lejeune family housing is considered some of the finest in the Marine Corps. The 4,447 units are well maintained and are continuously updated. Many homes have been renovated, and renovations on other quarters are either in progress or programmed. All quarters offer central air conditioning and heating.

Military personnel accompanied by bona-fide dependents and permanently assigned to Camp Lejeune are eligible for family housing. They may apply for all types of quarters for which they are eligible.

Camp Lejeune housing is assigned on a voluntary basis. Applicants cannot be placed on the waiting list before the military member has officially reported for duty. Generally, there is an eight-month wait for government housing for almost all ranks. The wait varies depending on the time of year, number of family members and rank.

After officially reporting for duty, you may apply for government quarters at the Family Housing Office. An advance application for Base Housing, DD Form 1746, may be sent to the Housing Office prior to reporting for duty. Upon receipt of the application you will be placed on the inactive waiting list until you have physically checked in to your unit and reported to Family Housing.

If you physically report to Family Housing within 30 calendar days after reporting for duty at Camp Lejeune/New River, your control date will be the date of detachment from your last permanent duty station.

BOQ/BEQ housing is available to all members not having bona-fide dependents residing with them. BOQ spaces are located throughout Camp Lejeune and reservations can be made at the desired location, All Points Inn, Camp Geiger, Camp Johnson, Courthouse Bay, and MCAS New River.

Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (E-6 to E-9) are located throughout Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River. Geographical Bachelors are provided with quarters on a space available basis. Many times this is not available to members in the grade of E-4 and up. Enlisted members, E-1 through E-5 are provided with quarters via their unit assigned Barracks.

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Schools

Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station are home to seven Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools. These schools are available to all ranks for all children who reside aboard either MCB Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River. Families who have received a “90-day letter” (The 90 day letter verifies that the housing office expects that you will be offered base quarters within 90 school days) from base housing may also enroll their children in the DoDEA schools; however, transportation is only provided for families living aboard the base and air station.

Families who have received a “90-day letter” (The 90 day letter verifies that the housing office expects that you will be offered base quarters within 90 school days) from base housing may also enroll their children in the DoDEA schools; however, transportation is only provided for families living aboard the base and air station. Schools compete with the local school districts at the 1A level in baseball, softball, football, volleyball, tennis, swimming, golf, and soccer.

All legal dependent children who reside with their military sponsor in permanent base housing are eligible to attend Camp Lejeune Dependents Schools. Military sponsors, living off base, who are certified by the Base Housing Office to receive base housing within 90 school days and who receive a Housing Office letter verifying this fact, may also enroll their children in the school system. School has a Half-day Pre-K program and full-day kindergarten program. Elementary school hours are 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.; Middle and High School hours are 7:50 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

The Onslow County School District serves the Jacksonville area.

Onslow County offers several private schools. Most are religiously affiliated. Please check with individual schools to determine accreditation.

The Lifelong Learning Center is the primary education office for adult education programs at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River and operates under the cognizance of Marine Corps Community Services and Headquarters Marine Corps. No appointment is needed to speak with a counselor.

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Child Care

Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps; photo by: Sgt. Josh Cox

The MCAS New River Child Development Center (CDC) is located at AS-1000, MCAS New River. The Center is open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and is closed on the weekends.

MCAS New River CDC offers a variety of programs including:

* Full Day Care - 172 spaces available
* Part Day-Preschool - 48 spaces available
* Part Day-Toddler - 24 spaces available
* Part Day-School Age - 45 spaces available
* Hourly Care
* Special Needs Care

The fees for all programs are based on family income. The Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) of the military member will be used to determine income. If the spouse is employed, the most current W-2 will be used to determine income.

The Family Child Care Program (FCC)is in operation at MCAS New River. This program offers in home child care by certified providers in their military housing unit. FCC providers participate in an extensive training program before receiving certification.

Boy Scouts of America - Onslow County/Camp Lejeune, Field Director can be reached at (910) 455-9912.

Girl Scouts of America - Onslow County/Camp Lejeune Field Director can be reached at (910) 455-8908.

The Base Curfews for youths are: Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 pm - 5:00 am and Friday and Saturday, 12:00 am - 5:00 am.

Camp Lejeune High School offers many and varied after and in-school programs for teens.

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Medical Care

MCAS New River Medical/Dental Clinic. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

There are three medical facilities available to military family members stationed at MCAS New River. One is the Naval Hospital (Hospital Family Practice Clinic), located aboard Camp Lejeune which provides a wide range of medical services but some may be on a limited basis. Their hours are 8 am until 8 pm seven days a week and can be reached at 910-450-4646.

Next, is the Navy Family Practice Clinic located at 3280 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville. This facility provides services to active duty family members, retired personnel and their family members. Treatment is provided by scheduled and same day appointments. Clinic services are: acute care, chronic care, infant and children physicals, prescription refills. Hours are 8 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am until 2 pm Sat, Sun and holidays. The clinic can be reached at 910-455-1457.

The MCAS Family Practice Clinic aboard the Air Station accommodates family members for medical care as well. They can be reached at 910-449-5527 for 10 am until 6 pm Monday through Friday.

Appointments for any clinic can be made by calling 800-931-9501.