Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the county seat of Onslow County and home to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River. The geographically adjacent installations are centrally bordered by the New River and the Atlantic Ocean. Onslow County is about 500 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida, 600 miles south of New York and almost 2,700 miles from Los Angeles.
The Camp Lejeune complex encompasses 156,000 acres, 11 miles of beach suited to amphibious operations, 27 gun positions, seven mortar positions, 47 tactical landing zones, 21 administrative landing zones, 15 parachute drop zones, 40 splash points, six state-of-the-art training facilities for military operations in urban terrain, two airfield seizure facilities, 10 engineer training areas and 98 live fire ranges, including the Greater Sandy Run Training Area.
The base currently has the largest concentration of Marines and Sailors in the world, and it continues to grow. It has won the Commander-in-Chief’s Award for Installation Excellence eight times, most recently in 2017 for its fiscal year 2016 performance. These Department of Defense awards honor the base and its Marines, Sailors and civilians for their extraordinary performance or innovation across all support functions to benefit tenant commands and resident Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen members and their families. The base continues to relentlessly strive for excellence in all areas.
Since September 1941, Camp Lejeune has been the home of “Expeditionary Forces in Readiness,” and over the years it has become the home base for the II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF), 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and other combat units and support commands.
Several major Marine Corps commands and one Navy command are aboard Camp Lejeune. Tenant commands include Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and the Naval Medical Center, to mention a few. Marine Corps Base owns all the real estate, hosts entry-level and career-level formal schools and provides support and training for tenant commands; II Marine Expeditionary Force conducts operational planning for Fleet Marine Force commands; 2nd Marine Division is the ground combat element of II MEF; 2nd Marine Logistics Group is the combat service support element of II MEF; and 2nd Marine Air Wing, headquartered at Cherry Point, North Carolina, is the air combat element of II MEF. Additionally, the Naval Medical Center provides primary medical care to service members and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River.
Today as in the past, Camp Lejeune’s mission is to maintain combat-ready units for expeditionary deployment.
The MCIEAST region — including MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River — contributes billions of dollars to state and local economies through the operation and development of its installations. The Marine Corps remains a significant business enterprise and employer throughout the region by employing thousands of personnel across a wide range of sections and funding dozens of military construction projects and defense contracts.
MCB Camp Lejeune’s total impact on the local economy in fiscal year 2017 totaled approximately $3.1 billion. At the same time MCAS New River’s total economic impact was more than $400 million.
The bases and their surrounding communities have more than 130,000 active-duty personnel, dependents, retirees and civilian employees.