McCrory flies F-35 simulator, vows to keep fighting for military

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 04:53 PM.

“We’re feeling pretty confident about the future of Cherry Point from all indications that we’re getting from the Pentagon,” he said. “We’re getting very, very positive feedback primarily because of the infrastructure that we have available in that area, and the support of the surrounding community of the base is very, very important. We aren’t taking anything for granted, but so far, the indications are very positive even during these tough times in and around the area of Cherry Point from the military personnel that we’ve been meeting for the past six months.”

However, he said the state needed to be in a position to have jobs available for those getting out of the military.

“We’ve got to be on top of this from here on out. With the reduction in forces due to the withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq, this is a priority issue,” McCrory said. “I’m using the availability of military personnel that are returning home to North Carolina as a recruitment tool to grow existing businesses and recruit new businesses. Many of these military personnel have the technical and leadership skills that companies are looking for.”

Though uncertain of his exact schedule, McCrory said he is expecting to visit Havelock and Cherry Point soon, perhaps for the Cherry Point Air Show May 16 to 18. But, he said he’s not willing to test his newfound flying skills.

“Let me put it this way: I don’t think I’ll be asked to fly an airplane after the simulator experience,” McCrory joked. “They’re expensive and I’m a conservative who doesn’t want to waste any tax dollars on an accident.”

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