The United States Marine Corps is one of the country’s oldest branch of the armed forces, formed in November 1775 to fight both on sea and shore in the Revolutionary War. Since then, in 1834, it became a department of the United States Navy, which helps ferry its troops to hotspots around the world. As of 2017, there is over 180,000 active-duty personnel in the Corps and around 39,000 in reserve.
Supporting all these Marines are over a dozen bases around the country, including seven in California and three in North Carolina, and two in states such as Hawaii, South Carolina, and Virginia. Some of these include:
- Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton – One of the Marines’ largest bases and also their major base on the U.S. west coast. Established in 1942 during World War II, the base also has its own airbase known as Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton. Taking up about 125,000 acres of Southern California coastline, the base is most known for its year-round training programs.
- Marine Corps Air Station Miramar – Located not too far from Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is the major west coast aviation unit of the Marine Corps. As the former home of the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, Miramar’s nickname was “Fightertown USA” at one point.
- Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Created just after World War I in 1919, Marine Corps Base Hawaii — formerly known as Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay — houses around 10,000 enlisted personnel and their families and civilian support personnel. The base is home to the 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Aircraft Group 24, and several other wings and battalions.
- Marine Corps Base Quantico – Taking up a big slice of Virginia, the Marines use many of its 55,000 acres as one of its primary training bases. The base is also home to the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School and the Marine Corps Research Center. The base is also home to the FBI Academy!
- Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort – This airbase was created in 1943 during World War II. Located in South Carolina, this base is primarily focused on supporting four Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet attack-fighter squadrons, and also supports two F-35B Lightning II training squadrons.
As a Marine Officer and Judge Advocate, Aaron Meyer has dedicated himself to helping the Marines on bases like these and others find protection upon being unjustly accused under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.