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25 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 CAMP LEJEUNE Camp Lejeune BY SERENA STEVENS The Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, is the home of Marine Corps Expeditionary Forces in Readiness. Whether it is a marine's first tour or whether he or she is a returning veteran of the facility, the marine will always find the time fulfilling as part of a team that stands in readiness capable of executing missions across the spectrum of conflict, ranging from humanitarian missions to full-scale combat operations. Camp Lejeune is home to the largest concentration of Marines and sailors in the world and continues to grow in its capabilities and facilities. The camp boasts 156,000 acres with strong ties to the surrounding civilian neighboring communities. As home to an active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employee population of approximately 170,000, the base alone generates almost $3 billion in commerce each year, coming from payrolls and contracts to support the structure required to train and equip Marines. Services available to Camp Lejeune residents include childcare, shopping, family support, hunting and fishing, dining, boating and swimming. Facilities on base also include banks and credit unions, a commissary, library, hobby shops, fitness centers, and theaters. 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 office 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). Since 1941 the camp 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 specific area of the Carolina coast 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. Having received numerous awards recognizing sustained excellence in numerous programs including environmental and safety initiatives, the camp's Department of Defense schools, as well as general energy conservation initiatives, Camp Lejeune remains a stellar example of what a superb military installation should look like. Camp Lejeune Marines are dedicated to upholding the core values of honor, courage and commitment. By incorporating these values into all aspects of life, they continually meet their goals of training and maintaining the nation's expeditionary forces in readiness, while fostering quality of life and strengthening ties with their civilian neighbors. Former President Ronald Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." Nowhere is this statement lived out more on a daily basis than in Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina. [] military-proud, family supportive

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