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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.


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 Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM), 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.

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The IPAC advises the Headquarters and Service Battalion Commander on pay and entitlement matters and provides personnel administrative service support to MARFORCOM, MCSCG and all outer MCCs.  The IPAC ensures that military personnel records and pay accounts are accurately and properly maintained in order to administratively prepare individuals for worldwide deployment.

The MARFORCOM IPAC is comprised of the Inbound, Outbound, Customer Service, and Travel Sections.  Our hours of operation are 0730 – 1630 Monday thru Friday (except Thursday).  Closed from 1300-1630 on Thursdays for PME and field day.

Inbound Section

The Inbound Section processes all new joins for MARFORCOM and the Outer MCC’s in the Hampton Roads Area that are ADCON to MARFORCOM. They ensure that all pay and entitlements are started in a timely manner upon reporting and that all travel claims are submitted and processed in a timely manner through the Camp Lejeune Disbursing Office.



Once you receive your reporting endorsement, either that same day (during normal working hours) or on the first working day (for after hours, weekend, or holiday check-ins), you must report to the MARFORCOM IPAC (bldg MCA-495) to complete your new join check-in procedures.  Marines must check-in in their Service Alphas (to check-in with the Bn CO and/or Bn SgtMaj) and have with them their original orders, all documents pertaining to their travels (for completion of their travel claim)and their Govt Credit Card (Marines will check-in with the Unit GTCC APC and Unit DTS Coordinator).  Sponsors are required to escort you around due to security access to buildings.

Customer Service Section

The Customer Service Section handles pay, allotments, dependency, legal, service record maintenance, promotions, limited duty and routine personnel administrative service and support.

Outbound Section

The Outbound Section processes PCS/PCA orders and all information related to the orders process; all officer and enlisted retirements, officer resignations and transfers to the FMCR for enlisted Marines; and all regular separations, administrative separations, and physical evaluation board separations (PEB).


Marines who are considering retirement need to stop by the Outbound Section to pick up a Retirement Counseling Checklist w/ Appendix J, a retirement timeline package, and to ask questions that they may have.  The Appendix J can be submitted 4-14 months from the requested retirement date. Any requests outside of the 4-14 months parameter must submit an AA form through the Bn S-1.

Travel Section

The Travel Section is responsible for administering all aspects of the Defense Travel System (DTS) and the Government Travel Charge Card Program (GTCCP) for the command.  All new join personnel must check-in with the Travel Section prior to any official travel. The section is responsible for processing all Marines who travel in a TAD status both outbound and inbound to the command for MARFORCOM and the Outer MCC's in the Hampton Roads area that are ADCON to MARFORCOM.

Contact Information

IPAC Director                     - (757)444-6469

IPAC Personnel Chief        - (757)444-6468

IPAC Admin Chief              - (757)445-2891

Inbound Clerks                   - (757)445-8264

                                           - (757)445-4235

Customer Service Clerks   - (757)445-4245

                                           - (757)445-4349

                                           - (757)445-4413

Outbound Supervisor         - (757)445-8267

Outbound Clerks                - (757)445-4179

                                           - (757)445-2329

Travel Supervisor               - (757)445-4098

Travel Clerk                        - (757)445-4244

                                            - (757)445-4246

GTCC APC                         - (757)445-8262

DTS ODTA                          - (757)445-5238

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