The U.S. armed forces is represented by five separate branches: the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard. Each offers something important to the defense of our nation. Military bases across the country bring prosperity to nearby towns, and North Carolina has benefited in many ways from their presence in the state.
Originally commissioned for amphibious training in World War II, Camp Lejeune houses the II Marine Expeditionary Force and many other tenant units. Camp Lejeune is the site of the USMC School of Infantry on the East Coast where Parris Island, S.C., boot camp graduates, and women graduates from San Diego boot camp, go for infantry training. Lejeune also has one of the largest MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) school complexes in the United States. The camp is flanked by six adjunct installations, including Geiger, New River and Courthouse Bay. Camp Lejeune supports about 150,000 people, including active-duty personnel, dependents, civilian workers and retirees.
Camp Lejeune 14 McHugh Blvd. Camp Lejeune, NC 28547 910-451-7440 lejeune.usmc.mil
Fort Bragg hosts the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division and several other tenant units. Founded in roughly the same time frame as Pope Field, the two installations have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship. The Army Golden Knights parachute team is stationed here. Fort Bragg is the largest of all Army bases and supports a population of well more than 50,000, including active-duty personnel, families, civilian workers and others.
Fort Bragg HQS XVIII Abn Corps & Fort Bragg, AFZA-CAS-CA Fort Bragg, NC 28310 910-396-0011 bragg.army.mil
Pope Air Force Base houses the USAF Air Mobility Command, 43rd Airlift Wing. The base was first established as an Army field artillery site in 1918 as part of Fort Bragg. It became Pope Field a year later when an airfield was built on site. The 2005 BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure plan) will reunite Pope with Fort Bragg by the fall of 2011, and it will be called Pope Army Airfield. The base and its facilities support approximately 6,500 people, including active-duty personnel, civilian personnel and families.
Pope Air Force Base 829 Armistead St. 43 MSS/DPF Pope AFB, NC 28308 901-394-1110 pope.af.ml
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base houses the 4th Fighter Wing in addition to several other units, including the 916th Air Refueling Wing. Opened in 1942, the base supported several training and fighting missions before closing after the end of the war. In 1956, it reopened and has been open since. The base and its facilities support approximately 15,000 people, including active-duty personnel, civilian personnel, reserve personnel, families and retirees.
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
1200 Wright Brothers Ave. Suite 100
Seymour Johnson AFB, NC 27531 919-722-1110 seymourjohnson.af.mil
Cherry Point is home to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and several other tenant units. The base has been in business since 1942. Originally commissioned as a training facility in World War II for combat in the Pacific, Cherry Point has subsequently been involved with missions in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. With runways more than ample for the task, Cherry Point is one of several locations designated as alternate landing sites for space shuttle launch emergencies. The base supports nearly 50,000 people, including active-duty, dependents, civilian personnel and others.
Cherry Point Naval Air Depot PSC Box 8009 Cherry Point, NC 28533 252-466-2811 militarynewcomers.com