Cherry Point cancels 2014 air show

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 04:42 PM.

“Until this country can get its priorities in order, these kinds of things will continue to happen. It’s going to have an impact on the economy, but Cherry Point’s priority is not to support the local economy. It’s to maintain a highly trained fighting force to defend the country.”

Sanders said he understood the tough decision Pappas made.

“I know that was a hard decision for Col. Pappas to make, but I support the decision that he has made,” Sanders said. “I am continually amazed at how the Congress and the other folks in Washington can be so dysfunctional.”

Havelock City Manager Frank Bottorff once served as Cherry Point’s commanding officer.

“Clearly we are disappointed that we won’t have an air show at Cherry Point in 2014,” he said. “It’s obviously an important event in the community, but we fully support Col. Pappas’ decision. We have a great relationship with the installation, and we understand that because of limited financial resources this decision had to be made. We completely understand and support their making this decision.

“Obviously the air show does have a very positive impact on the economy for a short period of time, so hopefully we will be able to put it back on in the following years.”

The next possible air show for the Cherry Point would be 2016, according to the base statement.

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