Unit HomeResources240th Birthday Ball Information

The History and Location of Camp Allen/Camp Elmore




                Although we are now known as Camp Allen, most of our facilities are located on what was formerly known as Camp Elmore. We have the distinct honor of being the only Marine Corps camp named posthumously after an enlisted Marine. Pfc George W. Elmore, USMCR, was a 20-year-old Browning Automatic Rifleman with George Co., 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Wounded, he exposed himself to lay down effective fire until his wounded comrades could be evacuated. His attack was effective, but he lost his life in battle.


                Camp Elmore once embraced a 15-acre tract in what was known as the naval base's "South Annex." During more than 50 years of use by the government, the area has been a Seabee training site, prisoner of war camp and U.S. Army barracks area.


                Today, Camp Allen is home to a Marine Corps Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) company of the U.S. Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment, which provides security for a number of high-priority sites and convoys across the globe. Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) at Camp Allen is responsible for serving not only those units stationed at Camp Allen, but all Marine commands in the Hampton Roads area.




                Camp Allen, home to both Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM) and one Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment (MCSFR) FAST company, is located in Norfolk, Virginia. Situated in the far southeastern corner of the state and comprised of seven cities- Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News and Hampton- the Hampton Roads area has a combined

population of nearly 1.7 million people.


                Predominately a "Navy town," Norfolk is home to the largest naval installation in the world; Hampton Roads is truly a joint forces dream. With local Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard bases and installations, it's a military melting pot. Nearly 3,500 Marines reporting to ten local Marine commands call Hampton Roads home, with 1,400 of them based locally at Camp Allen. Other local Marine commands in the area include the Joint Forces Staff College, Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG), EWTGLANT, The School of Music, MATSG-33, MARDET Dam Neck and three reserve units including, MACS-24, MAG-49/VMM-774, and Co. A 4th AA Bn.


                With a rich history dating back more than 400 years, Norfolk is within an hour's drive of Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg, an area known as the Historic Triangle. Norfolk offers a wide array of cultural and entertainment options including the Norfolk Admirals hockey team and the Norfolk Tides baseball team, as well as museums, zoos, concert arenas and historic battlefields and sites.


U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command


U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command

Norfolk, Virginia
240th Birthday Ball Information

Ticket sales are closed for the 2015 MARFORCOM USMC Birthday Ball

For additional information, call 757-836-1556

November 7, 2015

The Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Ticket Price
All Retirees and guests - $55 per person
General Officer/Flag Officer and guests - $55 per person
04-06, W4-W5, and E8-E9 and guests - $55 per person
01-03, W1-W3, and E6-E7 and guests - $45 per person
E5 and below and guests - $30 per person
GS12 and above (or equivalent) and guests - $55 per person
GS7-GS11 (or equivalent) and guests - $45 per person
GS1-GS6 (or equivalent) and guests - $30 per person

Military: Evening Dress
Civilian: Black Tie

Schedule of Events
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour (Grand Ballroom)
6:50 p.m. Guest Seating
7:00 p.m. Ceremony Begins (Grand Ballroom)
8:00 p.m. Dinner
9:30 p.m. Dancing
12:00 a.m. Ball Concludes

Directions from Naval Station Norfolk
Take I-64E to
Exit 264A to merge onto I-264E toward Virginia Beach
Turn right onto Parks Avenue
Take 1st right onto 19th St.
Convention center will be on your right

Directions from Portsmouth
Take onto I-264E toward Virginia Beach
Turn right onto Parks Avenue
Take 1st right onto 19th St.
Convention center will be on your right

Directions from Chesapeake
Take I-64W toward Virginia Beach
Exit 284B to merge onto I-264E
Turn right onto Parks Avenue
Take 1st right onto 19th St.
Convention center will be on your right