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Congressman Asks Navy to Drop Possible N.C. Landing Field Site

Posted April 23, 2008
Updated April 24, 2008

— A congressman has asked the Navy to drop a North Carolina site from consideration for a proposed military landing field because of local opposition.

Rep. Walter Jones' office said Wednesday that the congressman sent a letter to Navy Secretary Donald Winter asking that the Hale's Lake site in Camden and Currituck counties be dropped.

Jones, a Republican, said local residents opposed the landing field and that locating it there would take valuable farmland out of production. Jones urged the Navy to locate a field at or near property of a Marine Corps air station at Havelock.

The Navy is seeking a site for the field after opposition forced it to give up a site near Plymouth. It is preparing environmental assessments on five possible sites in North Carolina and Virginia.

It plans to hold a number of public meetings for comments and concerns. They include:

Currituck County, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center, 120 Community Way, Barco, N.C. 27917, on April 28, 2008, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Prince George County, Va., J.E.J Moore Middle School, 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta, Va. 23842, on April 29, 2008, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sussex County, Va., Sussex Central High School, 21394 Sussex Drive, Sussex, Va. 23884, on April 30, 2008, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Southampton County, Va., Southampton High School, 23350 Southampton Parkway, Courtland, Va. 23837, on May 1, 2008, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Gates County, Gates County High School, 088 U.S. Highway 158 West, Gatesville, N.C. 27938, on May 2, 2008, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Camden County, Camden County High School, 103 U.S. Highway 158 West, Camden, N.C, 27921, on May 5, 2008, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Surry County, Va., Surry Central High School, 1675 Hollybush Road, Dendron, Va. 23839, on May 7, 2008, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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  • Alert5 May 1, 2008

    You have obviously never been a pilot from your absurd remark.
    Talk is cheap!

  • RLFSTOP Apr 24, 2008

    Yes,Yes, I,m practicing my aircraft carrier landing on this rolling, yawing, "dry airstrip.....and Im in deep concentration on the politics of the day!!!

    Give us a break!

    p.s. I LOVE AMERICA too

  • They call me CATMAN Apr 24, 2008

    Alert5 Thank You you are right on the Money. THANK YOU AGAIN, I know it has been used so many times but "Freedom is not Free"

  • Alert5 Apr 24, 2008

    Shame on all of you! I lived in and around both civilian and military landing fields most of my life. Forget that these fields are for young pilots to learn how to land on a aircraft carrier - the point usually being, that they are protecting our interest and safety.
    I am embarrassed at both Jones and his constituents.
    Has patriotism gone to the wayside?
    Is the liberal bent on "anti military" won the day?
    Just remember that young man in the cockpit who is protecting our interest and how he and his peers feels about the selfish and self-centered people who they are protecting.

  • Hip-Shot Apr 24, 2008

    They're getting closer. I have suggested on the board that they try to re-use and expand the old OLF at Atlantic N.C. Its already government property, its remote, and would end up saving the taxpayers money. Guess that makes TOO MUCH SENSE.

  • fredssmithisnotmysenator Apr 24, 2008

    I propose putting the landing field where Fred Smith's Riverwood community is currently located. Maybe the military will pave the roads and mowe the grass which apparently all his "yes men" have a very dificult time achieving.

  • jdlewis76 Apr 24, 2008

    Forget party affiliation. His constituents were opposed to it. He's doing what a Congressman is supposed to do, represent the interests of his district. Too bad a lot more in Washington won't follow his example.

  • wildervb Apr 24, 2008

    I thought Republicans were in favor of the military. I guess as long as it's not in your own back yard.