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29 THe oRIGINAl ReloCATIoN GuIDe — CoAsTAl NC | Volume 12—Issue 1 caMp lejeune Camp lejeune by laurel hyatt Since 1941 Camp Lejeune has been the home of "Expeditionary Forces in Readiness." Not only has it become the home base for the II Marine Expeditionary Force, but also the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and other combat units and support commands. The area of Camp Lejeune was chosen because its 11 miles of beaches make it an ideal area for amphibious assault training, and its location between the two deep-water ports of Wilmington and Morehead City allows for fast deployments. Today, the 246-square-mile United States military training facility's mission remains the same — to maintain combat-ready units for expeditionary deployment. Camp Lejeune takes every advantage of its 156,000 acres, miles of beaches, 34 gun positions, 50 tactical landing zones, three state-of-the-art training facilities for Military Operations in Urban Terrain and 80 live fre ranges to help prepare warfghters for combat and humanitarian missions abroad. One thing we fail to realize in all the military signifcance assigned to area is that the region is also home to an active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employee population of approximately 170,000. Generating almost $3 billion in commerce each year, coming from payrolls and contracts to support the structure required to train and equip Marines, the Camp's residents are also afforded services like childcare, shopping, family support, hunting and fshing, dining, boating and swimming. There are banks and credit unions, a commissary, library, hobby shops, ftness centers, and theaters to make living on the base a complete "residential" experience in the midst of such a tight and orderly military presence. Education is and always has been a top priority for the families of base. Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station share seven Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools. These schools are available to all ranks for all children who reside aboard either Camp Lejeune or New River. While transportation is only provided for families living aboard the base and air station, any families who have received a "90-day letter" (verifying that the housing offce expects that the family will be offered base quarters within 90 school days) from base housing may also enroll their children in the DoDEA schools. One of the things that sets these schools apart from perhaps any in the country is the fact that these educators understand the unique challenges that accompany military moves and deployments. Camp Lejeune District Schools provide a strong element of stability for children. The most important contribution may be that of remaining focused on the educational mission while providing a stable environment for students, especially during times of stress. The seven schools include: Lejeune High School, Brewster Middle School (grades 6-8), Delalio Elementary (PK-5th grade), Johnson Primary (preschool – 2nd grade), Bitz Intermediate (3rd- 5th grade), Tarawa Terrace II (PK-2nd grade), and Heroes Elementary (PK-5th grade). One of the proudest additions to the area, the Museum of the Marine, is a facility dedicated to celebrate and commemorate nearly seven decades of distinguished Marine Corps history, and it just got a big boost toward becoming a reality. The Museum of the Marine was pleased to announce its gift offer was received by the Secretary of the Navy for creating the Refection and Celebration Park. The Refection and Celebration Park will be located in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens. The estimated value for the gift is between $1.3 - $1.5 million. Upon completion of the Park, the Secretary of the Navy will formally accept the gift from the Museum of the Marine. The museum will capture and preserve the Marine story for future generations. The park's focal point will be an 11-foot bronze sculpture of an eagle, globe and anchor. Included in Phase One is the design and landscaping of this outdoor space, whose permanent walkways will be bordered by memorial bricks given by more than 4,000 donors. Support components such as parking lots and utility rights of way will also be included in Phase One. For more information or to contribute to the building of the museum, go to: [] military-proud, family-centered

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