Since 1941, Camp Lejeune has been home of "Expeditionary Forces in Readiness and throughout the years, it has been the home base for the II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2d Marine Division, 2d Marine Logistics Group and other combat units and support commands.
There are several major Marine Corps commands and one Navy command aboard Camp Lejeune. Marine Corps Base owns all the real estate, hosts entry-level and career-level formal schools and provides support and training for tenant commands. The MEF Headquarters Group, the command element of II MEF, conducts operational planning for MEF units, 2d Marine Division is the Ground Combat Element of II MEF; 2d Marine Logistics Group is the Combat Service Support Element of II MEF; and 2d Marine Air Wing, headquartered at Cherry Point, N.C., is the air combat element of II MEF. Additionally, the Naval Hospital provides primary medical care to Marines and Sailors and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River.
Today, as in the past, Camp Lejeune's mission has remained the same -- to maintain combat ready units for expeditionary deployment. To help prepare warfighters for combat and humanitarian missions aboard, Camp Lejeune takes advantage of 156,000 acres, 11 miles of beach capable of supporting amphibious operations, 32 gun positions, 48 tactical landing zones, three state of the art training facilities for Military Operations in Urban Terrain and 80 live fire ranges to include the Greater Sandy Run Training Area. The base and surrounding community is home to an active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employee population of nearly 180,000 people. The base generates almost $3 billion in commerce each year, coming from payrolls and contracts let to support the structure required to train and equip our modern Marines. Some services available aboard Camp Lejeune include: child care, shopping, education, family support, hunting, fishing, dining, boating, and swimming. From the supporting infrastructure, a tradition of excellence in doing day-to-day business has evolved. From environmental programs that include a state-of-the-art landfill and water treatment system to quality of life programs that ensure Marine families are taken care of, Camp Lejeune stands out as a superior military base.
Camp Lejeune is a six-time recipient of the Commander-in-Chief's Award for Installation Excellence. This award recognizes the base on a Department of Defense-level for effectively managing assets and developing quality programs to accomplish the mission of providing expeditionary forces in readiness. The Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and civilian Marines who provide for the efficient management of Camp Lejeune's assets strive to ensure that even grander goals are realized in the future.
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