02 Jul Jacksonville NC – Home to our country’s protectors
Jacksonville NC has been home to Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune and its related facilities for close to 80 years. Construction began on the 246-square-mile training base a few months before the United States entered World War II. The base includes 14 miles of beachfront property that serves as excellent turf for amphibious assault training. Additionally, the base is conveniently located between two deep-water ports, Morehead City and Wilmington, which aids in speedy deployments in defense of the U.S.
Jacksonville’s Chamber of Commerce website, states that the Marine base brings in a population of approximately 100,000 people, both transitory and permanent. Active duty Marines and their dependents, retirees and civilian employees live in or near the Jacksonville area.
Camp Lejeune’s positive financial influence in Jacksonville
According to a 2017 Economic Impact report, the Marine Corps Installations East (MCIEAST) “contributes billions of dollars to state and local economies through the operation and development of its installations.”
In fact, the MCIEAST in Jacksonville is not just comprised of Camp LeJeune, but the Marine Corps Air Stations at Cherry Point and New River serve as satellite facilities to Camp Lejeune.
For instance, Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps Air Station at New River and the Air Station at Cherry Point pay the following salary categories. This translates to those pay recipients spending money in the surrounding community and promoting prosperity.
- Active Duty military personnel – $242,899,282
- All civilian salary categories – $19,075,801
- Military retirees – $55,771,200
- Civilian retirees – $12,365,618
Here are a few other economic contributions these Marine Corps facilities offer the Jacksonville area:
Total construction outlay – $44,742,439
Purchasing and contracting – $771,231
Supplies and materials – $967,628
Equipment – $293,572
Communications and utilities: $5,376,964
These are just a few examples of the economic benefits the Jacksonville area receives from the Marine Corps facilities in the area.
The contributions the Marine Corps makes in the Jacksonville area are not limited to economics though. The Marine installations conduct annual exercises in preparation for the Atlantic hurricane season that runs June 1 through Nov. 30. These training exercises help the Marines to be prepared with emergency shelters in case of any weather disaster that may befall the community.
Local Marine Corps installations have partnered with the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program in an event to kick off the week-long campaign called “Booze It or Lose It.” The goal of the campaign is reducing impaired driving during the Fourth of July holiday to save lives.
The state highway safety program collaborated with Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station Monday, July 1, to produce an event in downtown Jacksonville. The event provided informative demonstrations such as a mobile unit for testing blood alcohol levels and drunken driving simulators. The goal is to prevent highway fatalities over the holiday by increasing public awareness.
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