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McCrory: Marine headquarters to remain at Lejeune

Posted June 11, 2014

— Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday that the Pentagon has decided to keep the Second Marine Expeditionary Force headquarters at Camp Lejeune, nixing plans to shift the command to Norfolk, Va., by 2017.

McCrory, who was in Washington, D.C., applauded the change in plans.

“North Carolina is the most military-friendly state in the nation," he said in a statement. “We’ve made it clear to the commandant of the Marine Corps and the other service chiefs that the leadership of North Carolina will do everything in its power to protect the operational integrity of its units and commands.”

Military officials said last fall that they expected the II MEF headquarters to merge with U.S. Marine Forces Command in Norfolk as the Marine Corps slimmed down to meet troop needs after the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan.

About 50,000 Marines are assigned to II MEF at Camp Lejeune.

“Retaining a two-star command (at Camp Lejeune) is very significant and evidence that North Carolina is more resolute than ever in fulfilling its historic role of providing our military and the nation with the support it needs to base and train the forces on the cutting edge of our defense,” Cornell Wilson, a retired Marine general and McCrory's military adviser, said in a statement.


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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 11, 2014

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    Anyone with a knowledge of thei history behind this would know it wasn't the DENR who was involved in it from the beginning.
    Base leadership hid this from EVERYONE for decades.
    It finally took a Congressional Investigation to get the DENR involved.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 11, 2014

    SEMPER FI!!!
    Exceedingly blessed to hear this.
    The 2MEF has been there for decades. I hate to see it changed or moved.
    And hey - slim down the Army, Navy or Air Force, NEVER the Marines who can do the functions of all three of those branches, often even better than they do themselves.

  • Mike Berthold Jun 11, 2014
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    How? It would have been our US Senators and House members (a mix of both Dems and Repubs) that would have had a more direct influence. But, if it helps you sleep at night.

  • ncprr1 Jun 11, 2014

    Yet another huge NC GOP victory.

  • dirtydozen431 Jun 11, 2014

    DENR under the Democrats failed to detect poison water at the Marine base.

  • hppyhourhero Jun 11, 2014

    Just don't drink the water.....

  • Ginger Lynn Jun 11, 2014
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    Semper Fi!

  • Mike Berthold Jun 11, 2014
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    I'd agree. Texas, California, Virginia would all rank above NC. Maybe even Florida though that would be close.

  • superflames Jun 11, 2014

    I'm glad it stays in NC, but I'm not sure I can count NC as the most military friendly state. I would speculate that there are many states just as military friendly as NC. I would assert that VA is one of those - just as military friendly, if not more so.

  • Michael Hart Jun 11, 2014
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    Thank you Senator Kay Hagen for working so hard to make this so,