Veterans group pushes to save Cherry Point Prowlers

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 09:34 AM.

The veterans group has focused its efforts to have the plan to deactivate the Prowler squadrons revisited by the Senate Armed Services Committee, Whitten said. That committee is currently working on its draft proposal of the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.

Whitten hopes the association has a supporter in Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat representing North Carolina who has ties to the military, has made visits to Cherry Point and is a subcommittee chairman.

The effort comes as Cherry Point is set to take over training of Prowler pilots, a process that had been taking place by the Navy at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.

The Navy is transitioning from the Prowler to the EA-18G Growler, which requires the Marine Corps to take over Prowler training, according to a release from Cherry Point.

As such, Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 at Cherry Point will be redesignated as Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron 1 during a ceremony Friday on the base. 

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