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Old 07-08-2008, 10:44 PM
 
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Hey all, first time posting to this site so hello. My wife and I are looking to relocate to the coast and I'm considering a transfer to Chery Point since I'm already a civilian employee of the DoD (definitely makes the transition easier). Are there a lot of civilian jobs on post? Does anyone on the forum work at Cherry Point? What is the work environment like and what kind of work is available for mechanical engineers? I know the Navy's FRC is located at Cherry Point but I'm unsure of the job availability (there's only a blanket Mech. Eng announcement on www.usajobs.gov for the Navy).

We are also planning a trip to the area in August on our way home from a wedding. We'll be staying in Beaufort...any suggestions on how to make the most out of 4 days? We really want to get a feel for the area and aren't very interested in the "touristy" type activities except maybe an afternoon at Cape Lookout.

Any information would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to email me as well.

Thanks!
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile Welcome to the coast

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Hey all, first time posting to this site so hello. My wife and I are looking to relocate to the coast and I'm considering a transfer to Chery Point since I'm already a civilian employee of the DoD (definitely makes the transition easier). Are there a lot of civilian jobs on post? Does anyone on the forum work at Cherry Point? What is the work environment like and what kind of work is available for mechanical engineers? I know the Navy's FRC is located at Cherry Point but I'm unsure of the job availability (there's only a blanket Mech. Eng announcement on www.usajobs.gov for the Navy).

We are also planning a trip to the area in August on our way home from a wedding. We'll be staying in Beaufort...any suggestions on how to make the most out of 4 days? We really want to get a feel for the area and aren't very interested in the "touristy" type activities except maybe an afternoon at Cape Lookout.

Any information would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to email me as well.

Thanks!
We're from Roanoke, and I used to do consulting for VT. We have been living in Cape Carteret about 21 miles from Cherry Point for about two years.

You can check out my Beaufort (http://coastalnc.org/beaufortnctravelguidecd - broken link), Swansboro, and Emerald Isle (http://coastalnc.org/emeraldislenctravelguidecd - broken link) travel guides for information on what to do.

I also have a blog dedicated to information about living in Carteret County and this is a diary of our first year on the coast.

I am fond of telling people that we only saw 19 hours of below freezing temperature in January of 2007. We also had twelve days with high temperatures of over 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

We have a lot of folks living in Cape Carteret area who work at either Cherry Point or Camp Lejeune. One of the online networking services that I use has a pretty good listing of jobs on the base. I'll have to do some digging to figure out which one, but I will send you that information when I have some time.

I have a post about visiting Cape Lookout which is definitely a great thing to do. If the weather is good, a boat trip is a great way to see the area.

I often tell people that the area roads are really just our service roads and the Intracoastal is our main street.

It is a great area and we absolutely love living here. You can do stuff out of doors all year and not freeze to death or worry about breaking your neck on ice.

We live on the White Oak River which is between Cedar Point and Swansboro. I really enjoy kayaking on the river.

It's a great year round area with some fantastic trails in the Croatan National Forest. Beach access is a little better down in our end of the county, but each part of the county has it own character and good points.

I'll be glad to answer questions. I worked in Blacksburg for a while, I still miss the bread from Our Daily Bread.

Here is a recent slide show of some fishing we did, the Swansboro Art Festival, and some shots taken around the fourth of July.

I can also recommend the Maritime Museum in Beaufort. It's not a normal museum and it is a great place to go to get out of the heat.

Here's a beach picture to hold you until you get to visit.


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Old 07-09-2008, 01:10 PM
 
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Thank you so much for the reply and the information. It's nice to know there are people so willing to help us.

It's also nice to see someone who is familiar with Blacksburg. I'm not there now but those were definitely some of the best years of my life. I still make it back for a couple football games each year and I can't believe how much the town has changed. Blacksburg is literally growing UP with all the taller buildings. They've managed to keep a lot of the small town feel so far...hopefully they don't lose it since that's what makes it so nice (plus the people are wonderful).

Cape Carteret sounds like a nice place...I'm sure we'll be making multiple trips to experience what each area has to offer. I'm definitely looking for easy boating access. I grew up sailing in Cape Cod (where my family is originally from) and loved how easy it was to walk to the end of the street and jump in the boat for an early morning or afternoon sail. Like so many on this forum, it was always a goal to have that again and I'm happy to see that it is now a possibility.

Anyway, thanks again and if you have a chance would you mind sending me the networking site you mentioned? If you'd feel more comfortable, you can send it in a personal message instead of on the open forum. I'm definitely very interested.

Thanks again!
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile I sent you a note on the networking site

Let me know if you have problems receiving it.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:21 AM
 
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What do you think of the New Bern area, will be relocating there from Christiansburg to work at CarolinaEast. Do you have kids? What activities do you recommend for families/kids?
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