Camp Lejeune – Jacksonville, North Carolina
Camp Lejeune is a Marine Corps Base which is home to the II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Divios and three other major Marine commands. The camp also has a Naval hospital.
In the area of Jacksonville Camp Lejeune has more than 400 miles of roadways, 50 miles of sidewalks, 50 miles of railroads and 6800 buildings, to support it’s approximately 123,500 Marines and Sailors. It is Onslow County’s largest employer with approximately 4,700 civilian employees. The base which occupies 170 square miles. There are 14 miles of beaches which make a perfect spot for amphibious assault training. With the base being located between two deep-water ports (Wilmington and Morehead City) the opportunity for fast deployment is superb.
There are four satellite facilities associated with Camp Lejeune, Camp Geiger, Stone Bay, Courthouse Bay, Camp Johnson, and the latest addition to the facility, the Greater Sandy Run Training Area. With these being added to the main base and MCAS Cherry Point, the combined group make up the largest concentration of Marines and US Navy sailors in the world. There are six major Marine Corps commands and two Navy commands aboard Camp Lejeune. Camp Lejeune
The base was established in 1941. It was named after the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune.
Camp Lejeune has 54 live firing ranges, 15 major training & maneuvering areas subdivided into 56 individual training and maneuvering sections with 34 gun positions, 23 tactical landing zones, 26 administrative landing zones, 12 parachute drop zones and a state of the art Military Operations in Urban Terrain training facility. The base is used by military forces from around the world for bilateral and NATO sponsored exercises.
The military prison at Camp Lejeune has been in operation since 1968 and currently has a maximum capacity of 280 inmates who are locked up between 30 and 90 days.
The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommended in 2005 that the brig be closed, and the Secretary of Defense has to implement the commission’s recommendations at the latest on September 15, 2011. A new brig is scheduled to be built in Chesapeake, Virginia. Instead a small detention facility will be built at Camp Lejeune to hold detainees awaiting court martial.
The Museum of the Marine is under development to provide exhibits on individual Marines, Marine unites, Marine families and support to Marines by local communities. The Museum of the Marine will have three main galleries, an orientation theater, a special exhibits gallery, and a remembrance memorial. The site for the Museum was dedicated on May 1, 2008.
There are tours of Camp Lejeune available, self guided tours where you follow the 25 points of interest marked by large white signs with numbers that are coordinated with the tour book. To take the tour, a visitor need only obtain a visitor’s pass from the Camp Lejeune Visitor Center, located at the main gate.
Base Self-Guided Tour, call 451-7426