Bogue Field called important training ground for Marines

Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 03:06 PM.

Because Bogue Field is centrally located in the Town of Bogue and only a mile or so from the densely populated Emerald Isle, Tyler Harris, community plans and liaison officer for Cherry Point, said noise complaints from area residents are expected, but not exactly common.

"We get a complaint maybe once a month," Harris said, adding that Bogue Field’s location was selected in the 1940s because it was a rural area with a small population.

However, Harris said, those circumstances have since changed, as the area has become more populated.

"The water has attracted residential growth, but residential growth is not always compatible with the training," Harris said, adding that the low patterns the pilots are required to fly during their training at Bogue Field only exacerbates the noise issue.

Harris said commanders have no intention of relocating the highly necessary field, but the governing body of Emerald Isle has gone to great lengths to ensure residents know why they’re hearing the planes fly overhead almost daily.

The Town of Emerald Isle has a page on its website — complete with an up-to-date flight schedule — informing residents about the Marine Corps flight operations.

Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush said the town has strived to maintain a close relationship with Bogue Field and Cherry Point officials, a process that was simplified with the completion of the Eastern Carolina Joint Land Use Study in 2003. The study establishes land use guidelines for the military and regulations for the development of civilian properties within Cherry Point and Bogue Field training areas.

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