San Diego, CA 92136, USA


Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


Welcome Aboard San Diego

To make your move as worry-free as possible, Navy Region Southwest Community Support Programs has created this booklet to help acquaint you with San Diego and the surrounding areas.


San Diego dates back to the nomadic Indian tribes who once inhabited the area. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator hired by Spain, explored the coast of California and in September 1542, sailed into the harbor of San Diego. He named the port San Miguel since their arrival coincided with the eve of the feast of St. Michael the archangel. What he found was an excellent harbor for shipping, a temperate climate and an abundance of fertile soil.

Getting Around

The California Department of Motor Vehicles website is the best source for all of your vehicle-related questions. Visit for California driver’s license requirements and local vehicle requirements such as smog tests. If you’re thinking about registering your car in California, you may receive a reduced fee as a service member. Also check with Navy Legal as you may qualify for benefits afforded by the 2009 Military Spouse Residency Relief Act.

The Navy San Diego

As the naval shore installation management headquarters for the Southwest region (California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico), Navy Region Southwest provides coordination of base operating support functions for operating forces throughout the region. This includes providing expertise in areas such as housing, environmental, security, family services, port services, air services, bachelor quarters, supply, medical and logistical concerns for the hundreds of thousands of active-duty, Reserve and retired military members in the area.


Temporary Navy and Marine Corps lodging is readily available in San Diego to support you during your transition to the area. We recommend that you make advance reservations in order to ensure you have a place to stay while seeking permanent housing.

Fleet and Family Support Center

Fleet and Family Support Center, San Diego (FFSC) welcomes all military members and their families to San Diego. FFSC is located in multiple locations on and off base to serve you, including: Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Coronado and Naval Base Point Loma, and in the Navy housing areas of Murphy Canyon, the Village at Serra Mesa, Bayview Hills and Gateway Village and Santee.

Parenting Resources

This section highlights parental resources for the many stages of childhood: infant to toddler, to kindergarten, transitioning into primary and secondary education, and finally preparation for higher education options. As a military family, you have many resources available to support you and your family throughout these many stages.

School Days

Navy Region Southwest employs School Liaison Officers (SLOs) who serve as liaisons between the Navy installation commander, military agencies and schools by providing assistance in matters pertaining to student education. The SLOs also implement the Navy’s Strategic Planning for Education Advocacy K-12 recommendations in order to ensure Navy families have access to quality educational opportunities. SLOs level the playing field for military children by ensuring maximum educational opportunities for academic success. Visit for more information. The San Diego Metro Navy SLO Team is comprised of one regional SLO and four installation SLOs. The installation SLOs are each assigned an area in San Diego in which they actively engage with the military families, school districts and their installation commanding officer. Every SLO maintains an office located on their assigned installation and is actively engaged in school districts with high concentrations of enrolled military children. If you are new to San Diego, deciding on what district and school site your children will attend can be overwhelming. Your installation SLO can assist you in locating and provide information regarding your neighborhood school district. Please visit for more information or review the following Navy installation SLOs’ area of responsibility.

Family Resources

Navy Region Southwest Military School Liaison Officers specialize in creating connectivity between military installations, local school administrations and military families. With the average military family moving every 2.9 years, School Liaison Officers provide such services as school transition, deployment support, post-secondary preparation and special needs navigation to assist with the unique challenges facing military children. Find your School Liaison Officer at

Health Care

TRICARE/UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans administers the TRICARE program for military service members and their families in the 21-state western region. Once you’re in California call 877-988-9378 to register with UnitedHealthcare, update your address and find a provider. TRICARE offers three programs: Prime, Extra and Standard. For more information about TRICARE or UnitedHealthcare, visit or

Morale, Welfare & Recreation

Welcome to the world of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Navy Region Southwest, where our goal is to bring you the widest variety of recreational and leisure activities.

Welcome to San Diego, America's Finest City

Welcome to San Diego, California’s second-largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of beaches and a gentle Mediterranean climate means paradise every day. Bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, San Diego County’s 4,200 square miles offer immense options for business and pleasure. It can take years to discover all this diverse area has to offer — following are some of the highlights. Remember to check for MWR discount tickets to attractions and theme parks; current pricing is available at

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