Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansion

Marine air base

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. — The military’s big expansion in North Carolina continues as the Marine Corps builds a $140 million mega-hangar to hold four squadrons of a revolutionary aircraft.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that officials at the New River Air Station are preparing to break ground on one of the Marine Corps’ largest single structures. The super hangar will house dozens of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

The base also is getting a new $14 million fitness center, athletic fields, a renovated marina, and the largest skate park in eastern North Carolina.

New River fitness director Richard Cole says skateboarding is one of the adrenaline-rush activities important to help returning war veterans step down into stateside life.

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