Jacksonville and Onslow County are proud to be home to Marine Corps Bases Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station. The Marine Corps is our largest economic engine and has a significant economic impact on our community.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is a 246-square-mile training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The base's 14 miles of beaches make it a superior area for amphibious assault training, and its location between two North Carolina deep-water ports (Wilmington and Morehead City) allows for fast deployments.

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Economic Impact

Marine Corps Installations East

Economic Impact Statement

Marine Corps Installations East (MCI EAST) implements policies, develops regional strategies and plans, prioritizes resources and provides services, direction, and oversight through assigned U.S. Marine Corps Installations in order to support the Operating Forces, tenant commands and activities.

Download the 2017 MCI East Economic Impact Statement (2.15 MB) (Published 2019)

Download the 2015 MCI East Economic Impact Statement (6MB) (Published 2016)

Download the 2014 MCI East Economic Impact Statement (Published 2015)

Download the 2013 MCI East Economic Impact Statement (Published 2014)

Note: Marine Corps Installations East publishes the economic impact statement on a biennial basis. 

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune 

Since September 1941, Camp Lejeune (luh-jern) has been the home of “Expeditionary Forces in Readiness”, and throughout the years, it has become the home base for the II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and other combat units and support commands.

 Additionally, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune provides primary medical care to service members and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River.

Marine Corps Air Station New River

Provides aviation support and services, facilities and logistics support, security and force protection, and to promote and enhance readiness, sustainment and quality of life for operating forces, tenant commands, military personnel and families.