Every year or so, the Commanding General of Camp Pendleton in San Diego County issues a general order that lists “outlaw motorcycle gangs” the command staff believes pose “a criminal and security threat; inhibits the mission” of the base; “interfere with the loyalty, morale, good order, and discipline of” Camp Pendleton; “and discredit the reputation of the installation and the United States Marine Corps.”
The order “applies to all persons aboard MCB CamPen to include: military personnel, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian personnel, contractors, vendors, community pass holders, and any other customers, guests, or visitors.” The order forbids the display of insignia or other indicators of membership or support for the blacklisted clubs. The order doesn’t mention whether membership or support for the clubs might jeopardize civilian employment at Camp Pendleton.
The general order was distributed on June 30. The current list was assembled on May 16 by Charles Warmuth, the Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Marine Corps West Field Office.
According to Warmuth, the motorcycle clubs on the list are “criminal organizations or MCs that are closely aligned with criminal organizations such that they pose an immediate risk to the safety and integrity of the USMC and USN. MCs closely aligned with known criminal organizations are referred to as support clubs. Support clubs also participate in criminal activities as members are typically required to financially support MC criminal organizations by carrying out tasks, usually in the form of criminal acts, on behalf of that criminal organization.”
Warmuth explains, “The information supporting listing the below MCs is the product of coordination with the San Diego Sheriffs Department, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Gang Threat Assessment.”
The clubs on the list, in alphabetical order are the: “Bandidos, Boozefighters, Chosen Few, Devils Diciples, Diablos, Dirty Dawgs, Green Machine, Hells Angels, Iron Order, Legacy/Vietnam Vets, Mongols, Outcast, Peckerwoods, POBOB, Royal Aces, Sons of Hell, Thunderguards, Vagos, Violators” and the “Wheels of Soul.”
The general order is officially designated as “MCIWEST-MCB CAMPEN ORDER 5530.2.”