What are some facts about USMC Camp Lejeune?


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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is the home of the II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group among its stationed combat units and commands. The base opened in 1941 in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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The base states its goal as ensuring combat readiness among its military units. The base measures 156,000 acres and includes 11 miles of beach front, 50 tactical landing zones and 34 gun placements. Additionally, the base houses three training facilities specializing in military operations in urban terrain and 80 live fire ranges.

Over 150,000 service members and their families, retirees and employees make the base their home. The base provides on-site amenities such as a shopping, theaters, fitness centers, a library and banks. Additionally, the base features activities such as hunting, swimming, fishing and boating, and it impacts the local economy by generating almost $3 billion in commerce per year, as of 2015.

The base gets its name from Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune, who was the 13th Commandant of the Marines. He served in World War I and received the Distinguished Medal of Honor from General John J. Pershing.

Over the years, the base received the Commander-in-Chief's Award for Installation Excellence six times due to its excellence in preparing its troops for force readiness.

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