In the Southeastern North Carolina, within the realms of Onslow County stands proudly the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The camp encircles a total area of 153,439 acres which is inclusive of the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean (14 miles). The Camp Lejeune and the military town of Jacksonville are both situated alongside the New River which falls into the Onslow Beach. The adjacent town of Jacksonville is relatively cheaper and is quite popular within the tourism sector. This acts as an advantage to the Camp Lejeune. The objective of this installation is to cater to the needs of Marine Corps Commands, and orders of Coast Guard and a Major Navy.

Cost of Living: The cost of living index in the County of Onslow is 92.90 as compared to the U.S average of 100.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: 910-451-1113; DSN 312-751-1113

Base Population: The population of Camp Lejeune is quite high as it includes 45,622 military personnel, and 52,853 dependent members, 27,121 retired personnel and their dependent members, and 5,857 non-combatants.

City/Area Population: The adjoining Jacksonville, North Carolina area has population strength of 183,275.

Child Development Center: The base of Camp Lejeune does have a child care center to fulfill the demands of the child populace within it. It has hourly and full time program for the children on the base to avail. It organizes special programs and also has a Saturday Care facility. To know more dial: 910-451-1315.

Youth Programs: To cater to the needs of the youth population in the base, the camp has developed Camp Lejeune Child, Youth and Teen Programs, (CYT). It supports various teen programs to offer. They have different teen sports like basketball, baseball, golf, soccer, wrestling etc. They have various Scout Programs for various Age groups. The clubs proffer such activities like dance, Arts, Keyettes, Jazz band, chorus etc.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: 910-451-2106; TT-910-450-1687; MP-910-451-1807.

Employment: To offer the personnel and their family members with various career prospects, the Career Resource Management Center (CRMC) has been created. They provide them with needful knowledge and advices within the fields of civil employment. The Camp Lejeune has restricted recruitment capacity for Federal Civil Service. Jacksonville does not ensure much industrial holding as well. The unemployment rate is 8.3% where the average family income accounts to $40,846.

Base Services:

Financial Facilities:  The Marine Federal Credit Union and the First Citizens Bank provide financial services to the population in this base area.

MWS Facilities: Overseas Workshop, Bowling, Beach activities, various indoor and outdoor activities are proffered within the base.

There is 1 Exchange facility available; the exchange mall has several branches in the base itself.

Medical Services: The Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune provides health care facilities to the populace. To get more information, contact: 910-450-4300. Another supplement for the health care is the Active duty Dental Clinic. To know more dial: 910-450-4740.

History

The establishment of Camp Lejeune dates back to 1940’s when the New River region was proposed as the most favorable for the installation of a Marine training center. This area was ideal as it is flanked by ports of Wilmington and Morehead City with great depths. The construction started in 1941. The name was christened in December 1942 after Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune of the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Units

The major units that sums up the base of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina are 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 2D Marine Division (2D MARDIV) (MCC 122), 2D Marine Logistics Group (MCC 151), Field Medical Service school, II Marine Expeditionary Forces (MCC 1F1), Marine Corps Base (MCC 013), Marine Corps Combat Service Support School, Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Installations East, Marine Special Operations Command, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Reserve Support Unit Deployment Processing Command, School of Infantry East, U.S. Coast Guard special Missions Training Center, Weapons Training Battalion,  and Wounded Warrior Battalion East.

Units

Major units include 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 2D Marine Division (2d MARDIV) (MCC 122), and  2D Marine Logistics Group (MCC 151).

Housing

One of the most exclusive housing complexes is sighted in the Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. There are 4,447 housing units which are taken care of regularly. The units have centralized air cooling and heating facilities. These houses are upgraded frequently. The housing units are designated voluntarily and one cannot enlist their name on the waiting list unless they join the base officially.

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Historic Postcard of the Administration Building, Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune

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