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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
Promotion and Command Photo Information

Promotion and Command Photo Information

Due to lack of resources, MARFORCOM does not have a dedicated Combat Camera section to handle promotion and command photos. The MARFORCOM Public Affairs Section does set aside one day a month to take Marines’ photos by appointment only. Walk-ins are not accepted. Contact the MARFORCOM Public Affairs Office at 757-836-4376 to request an appointment. At least 3 working days prior to your appointment, please obtain your height and weight certification letter from HQSVCBN S-3 or from your respective command. Green-on-green PT uniform is required for the height/weight certification. Promotion photos will not be submitted to MMSB without the height/weight certification letter.

MARFORCOM PAO will send promotion photos directly to MMSB unless a Marine's command has communicated its intent to submit such photos to MMSB after receiving them from MARFORCOM PAO. Upon request, you will receive a courtesy copy of the photo for your records via your official government email account.  Please note that the photo preparation process for submission is not immediate and allow a minimum of 72 hours for your photo to be processed and forwarded to MMSB or your command. Additionally, it may take 3 to 5 working days for MMSB to post photos after receiving them.

Promotion Photo Information

According to MARADMIN 0003/09:

"The prescribed uniform is service 'C' for males, service 'C' with slacks for females..."

"All Marines are reminded that they are individually responsible for ensuring promotion photographs are properly taken and timely submission requirements are met..."


Photographs are valid for 12 months from the date taken and will be used for any promotion boards for which the Marine is eligible within that 12 months.

It takes a MINIMUM of 3-5 working days for processed photos to reach MMSB. Each individual takes approximately 20-30 minutes to get their uniform prepped and photo completed. There are restrooms on site which can be used to change clothing. Please bring someone with you to assist with your uniform if necessary.

Locating the Studio

The photo studio is located in Room 129 of Building SP-367 at the corner of 5th Avenue and A Street aboard Naval Station Norfolk. Turn right onto 5th Ave. from Bellinger soon after entering NS Norfolk from the Gate 4 (Bay Ave.) entrance. After entering through the building through the entrance on 5th Avenue, keep walking on the first deck until you see the studio hatch on the left side near an “On Air” sign. The phone number to the studio is 757.444.7295 (Ext. 2200 or 2210).

Alternate Photo Studio Sites

Navy Public Affairs Support Element East (NPASE) - The NPASE photo studio on Naval Station Norfolk is located at 9420 Third Ave. Full length photos (Marine Corps selection board photos) are done on Tuesday afternoons and all day Thursdays. Hours of operation on studio days are 0800-1440 with a lunch break from 1130-1300 on both days. Please call 444-4659 to schedule appointments. Since appointments quickly fill up, it is recommended to make an appointment well in advance (e.g., two weeks before the desired photo date).

Quantico Photo Lab - The Combat Visual Information Center photo studio is open from 0800 to 1600. A command-signed height/weight verification form is required for promotion/official photos. The customer service number is 703-784-2302