Task Force Created To Help With Military Population Boom

A task force is being set up to help ready seven counties here in Eastern Carolina get ready for the influx of thousands of new Marines and their families.

The task force creation was announced this morning in Jacksonville.

The Marine Corps estimates some 25,000 Marines, civilian staff and familiy members will relocate to the area through 2011. Another 15,000 new residents are expected due to in-direct growth.

The Military Growth Task Force will include leaders from Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender counties, all of which will be affected by growth at Camp Lejeune, New River and Cherry Point.

The Marine Corps' growth plans at Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point and New River are not related to changes at North Carolina military bases related to the most recent round of Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommendations.