About MCAS New River, NC
Located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Marine Corps Air Station New River is operated by the United States Marine Corps. It is primarily a helicopter base. The air station's guiding principles are operational competence, leadership, priorities and expeditionary readiness. Its primary mission is to provide combat support.
Established in 1943, after breaking formal ties with Camp Lejeune, Air Station New River began as a host of amphibious aircraft. The station's historical function was to deploy helicopters to the Pacific region in the Second World War. It now provides support for efforts in Central America and the Middle East.
Currently, Air Station New River serves as a training facility for pilots of Marine-operated helicopters. It is home to MV-22 Osprey, an advanced aircraft that combines the advantages of flying a plane with landing a helicopter. The population of Air Station New River is roughly 7,000 military personnel and 1,000 civilian employees.