State commerce secretary tours Cherry Point

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 02:59 PM.

"How exciting is that? I also recognize that that kind of access will soon be changing, but I was really appreciative of having the chance to understand that mission and the opportunity that’s there for the F-35. I can’t wait until they’re on the property."

Decker said she wasn’t aware of any trips Gov. Pat McCrory would be making to Cherry Point in the near future, but she did say that she has expressed to him the idea of taking a tour.

"He’s very interested in doing that and I’m confident that we’ll get that scheduled soon," Decker said.

She said that the military is high on the administration’s priority list.

"We are identifying the most important growth sectors for the state, and one of those is aviation and defense support and aeronautics, and that’s why this is such a sweet spot at Havelock and this multi-county area," she said.

She said the state administration thinks the proposed Base Realignment and Closure Commission is a concern but believes work is being done to minimize the threat.

"I think the leadership at the base is being very forward thinking as they try to position themselves to ensure that any concerns in the last BRAC are addressed," Decker said.

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