The top command for Marines in three states will remain at Camp Lejeune.
The II Marine Expeditionary Force had been slated to move to Norfolk, Virginia after merging with U.S. Marine Force Command in 2017.
But Governor Pat McCrory's office said the Marine Corps has decided to keep the II MEF headquarters at Lejeune.
"North Carolina is the most military-friendly state in the nation, and we're excited that the Second Marines Expeditionary Force headquarters will remain at Camp Lejeune," said McCrory. "We've made it clear to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the other service Chiefs that the leadership of North Carolina will do everything in its power to protect the operational integrity of its units and commands."
II MEF has more than 62,000 Marines and sailors assigned to it in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.