CAMP ALLEN

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Sgt. Aeryk Brandon Church, a surface/system embarkation chief at U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, jumps over a series of logs during the obstacle course relay as part of the Titan Challenge on April 14, 2016, aboard Camp Allen. (Photo by Cpl. Jessika Braden)

Most of Camp Allen’s facilities are located on what was formerly known as Camp Elmore. Camp Allen has the distinct honor of being the only Marine Corps camp named posthumously after an enlisted Marine. Pfc. George W. Elmore was a 20-year-old Browning automatic rifleman with George Company, 3/5. Wounded, he exposed himself to lay down a withering fire until his wounded comrades could be evacuated. His attack was effective, but he lost his life in battle.

Camp Elmore once embraced a 15-acre tract in what was known as the naval base’s south annex. During more than 50 years of use by the government, the area has been a Seabee training site, a prisoner of war camp and an Army barracks area.

Today, Camp Allen is home to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and two Marine Corps Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team companies of the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment.

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