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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
Step 1

We encourage complainants to first attempt to resolve their issue using the chain of command. We also refer complainants to other processes established by the Department of the Defense or the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

The Common Complaints list provides the appropriate
offices for you to contact in order to best resolve your
concerns. If you don't find your issue, contact your legal
officer, Staff Judge Advocate, Public Affairs Officer, or
local Command Inspector General for assistance.

First, contact your chain of command to solve the problem. Start at the lowest possible level and use command channels before elevating them to the next higher level.

Discuss your problem with members in your chain of command such as the legal staff, union representative, chaplain, human resource personnel, equal opportunity advisor, your immediate supervisor, and Commanding Officer. Our experience has shown, with few exceptions, that commands are responsive to complainant's issues.

Military members may want to bring the issue to the attention of:

His/Her immediate or second level supervisor
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Commanding Officer (see "Commanding Officer Request Mast")

Civilian personnel

His/Her immediate or 2nd level supervisor
Commanding Officer
Local Human Resource Office
Human Resource Service Center, etc.

If you are unable to resolve the matter using the chain of command, you may consider filing a formal grievance. These grievance procedures differ depending on you employment status.
Military members may consider filing one of the following grievances:
  • Complaint of Wrongs Against the Commanding Officer (Article 138)
  • Complaint of Wrongs Against a superior outside your chain of command (Article 1150)
  • Equal Opportunity (EO) complaint, if you think you have been sexually harassed or discriminated against
Military members who feel they have been reprised against by a superior in their chain of command, may file a Military Whistleblower Complaint with DoD IG or the office of the Inspector General for Marine Corps Matters.

Navy/Marine Corps federal civilian employees may file grievances with the:
  • Your Human Resource Office or Human Resource Service Center
  • Merit Systems Protection Board
  • Administrative Grievance Procedure
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint, if you think you have been sexually harassed or discriminated against
Navy Federal civilian employees who feel they have been reprised against by a superior in their chain of command, may file a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel.