North Carolina is home to six major military installations, all within a seventy-mile radius of the town of Wallace. These bases are home to 151,000 active duty personnel - nearly fifty percent of the nation's east coast, active duty ground combat forces. Our military region is also home to two deep water maritime ports (Wilmington and Morehead City); four aerial ports of embarkation (Pope Field, MCAS Cherry Point, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and the Global TransPark): and capable east-west and north-south road and rail networks. Amid shrinking defense budgets, the military and defense contractors are increasingly locating military supply chain activities here. By doing so, the savings in transportation costs as well as the decrease in delivery time (owing to close proximity to military end-users) is an established fact. Contact us to learn more about how your firm can partner with us on this initiative.
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Defense Logistics Brochure
Norfolk Southern and CSX are the main suppliers of railroad freight service in the region. Norfolk Southern has a Class One Railroad system that serves the Morehead City port and surrounding areas. Freight service is also available through CSX. Passenger rail service is available daily at stations in Rocky Mount and Wilson. Nash County Railroad is a short line that serves areas around Rocky Mount.
Interstate 40 runs through Duplin County and connects the Region with Wilmington, Raleigh - Durham, Greensboro and the western U.S.
Interstate 95, running through Wilson and Nash Counties, is one of the most important north-south travel routes on the East Coast.
U.S. Highway 70 is the Region's "Main Street," linking area cities with the port at Morehead City to the east, the Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle area to the west, and serving as a connector to I-40 and I-95.
Other key regional routes include Interstate 795, U.S. Highways 64, 264, 17, 117, and 258, and state routes 58, 55 and 24.
Regional airports in Greenville, New Bern and Jacksonville offer daily flights to Charlotte, Atlanta and Philadelphia. The Kinston Regional Jetport's 11,500 foot Category II ILS runway (the longest commercial runway between Washington DC and Atlanta) is the centerpiece of the 5,000 acre Global TransPark-GTP business park. Two major airports, Raleigh-Durham and Wilmington-New Hanover County, provide international connections and are within easy driving distance. The region is also served by numerous General Aviation Airports with excellent facilities.
The Port of Morehead City is the second largest of the North Carolina ports and is the major deepwater port serving the Region. The Port of Wilmington, the state's largest, is also easily accessible from all eastern North Carolina counties.