Apparently the Navy wants to build an outlying landing field (OLF), and two of the five possible sites are located in northeastern North Carolina.
According to the Citizens Against OLF web site:
An OLF is a concrete landing strip where (a) repetitive flight operations
are conducted by military pilots, (b) aircraft carrier touch-and-go practice by
F/A-18 E/F (Super Hornet) aircraft occurs, and (c) constant low-level flying at
the airstrip and surrounding area will regularly take place.
The organization is primarily concerned about the effect on the environment in an area that is rich with wildlife, and they have been successful in getting the state of North Carolina to enact legislation that will make it more difficult but not impossible for the Navy to build an OLF in that area of North Carolina. Interestingly enough, the state would like the Navy to build an OLF further south near Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, and the legislation allows for that. Cherry Point, however, is not on the Navy's short list.