MCB CAMP PENDLETON

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Arrival

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Getting Here

From San Diego International Airport

The United Service Organization (USO) is located in Terminal 2 of the airport and is open 6 a.m. to midnight 365 days a year. The facility offers active-duty members, their family members and retirees referrals for shuttle service to Camp Pendleton, directions to base and hospitality services. The facility contains a television lounge and sitting area, video games, movies, Internet service, an ATM, showers, coffee and refreshments. For more information, call 619-296-3192.

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Services

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Health Care Services at NH Camp Pendleton

The Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital is located just inside the main gate.

The Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton’s health services phone line is 760-725-HELP (4357) (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on weekends and federal holidays).

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Marine Corps Community Services

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Marine Corps Community Services

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) is comprised of Business Operations (retail shopping, food services, contracted services, temporary lodging facilities and commercial recreation); Marine & Family Programs (active-duty, family and retiree programs and services); and Semper Fit (recreational activities including fitness centers, Single Marine Program and more). In addition, MCCS Camp Pendleton maintains support divisions, including Financial Management, Human Resources, Logistics, Procurement and Marketing. MCCS (formerly MWR) supports our active-duty members, families and retirees through shopping, events, programs, recreational services and family services. MCCS is dedicated to the support of our military and strives to maintain readiness during and after this current wartime footing. For more information, visit us at www.mccsCP.com. read more

Recreation

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Bulldog Box Office Theater

Movies are shown Wednesday through Saturday at the Base Theater for service members, DOD employees and their guests. Free “retro” movies are shown Sunday. The theater is located inside the Base Training Center, Building 1330. For the movie schedule, see the theater marquee, visit the website at www.mccsCP.com/theateror call 760-725-9217. read more

Family Programs

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Marine & Family Programs

This division of MCCS consists of more than 600 professionals — certified counselors, administrators and technicians — whose goal is to make every Marine, sailor and their family members highly successful in life. The Information and Referral office in Building 13150 can refer you to the following programs. For more information, call 760-725-3400/6090 or visit www.mccsCP.com. Marine & Family Programs consists of four branches: Behavioral Health, Family Care, Family Readiness and Personal & Professional Development. read more

Major Commands at Camp Pendleton

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Marine Corps Installations West-MCB Camp Pendleton

Marine Corps Installations West and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton merged into a single command April 5, 2012. Marine Corps Installations West consists of five Marine Corps bases and stations in the Southwestern United States, including MCB Camp Pendleton, MCAS Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar, MCAS Yuma and MCLB Barstow. MCI West also performs various support functions for MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, MWTC Bridgeport and MCRD San Diego. MCI West provides the installation and training infrastructure to enable Marine Corps air and ground forces to develop and sustain operational readiness. To this end, the primary mission is to support training, sustaining and deploying the warfighter and to provide their families with services that enrich their lives.

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Tenant Organizations

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Marine Corps Tactical Support Systems Activity

Located in the 31 Area, the Marine Corps Tactical Support Systems Activity (MCTSSA) is a subordinate command of the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) located aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Employing more than 400 military and civilian personnel, MCTSSA provides a broad spectrum of subject matter expertise (SME) in support of Command, Control, Computer, Communication and Intelligence (C4I) systems used by the U.S. Marine Corps. For the U.S. Marine Corps’ C4I systems, MCTSSA provides test and evaluation, engineering and support to the operating forces.

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Formal Schools

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Assault Amphibian School Battalion

The Assault Amphibian School Battalion (Building 210568) is located by the Del Mar Boat Basin, facing the Del Mar Beach in the 21 Area. The battalion is composed of two companies, Support Company and Schools Company. The battalion commander is also the 21 Area commander for Camp Del Mar, Camp Pendleton.

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History

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History

Spanish explorer Don Gasper de Portola first scouted the area where Camp Pendleton is located in 1769. He named the Santa Margarita Valley in honor of St. Margaret of Antioch, after sighting it July 20, St. Margaret’s Day. The Spanish land grants, the Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores y San Onofre, came in existence. Custody of these lands was originally held by the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, located southeast of Pendleton, and eventually came into the private ownership of Pio Pico and his brother Andre, in 1841.

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Local Areas

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Local Area

MCB Camp Pendleton and its surrounding communities, most of which are located in San Diego County, date back to the nomadic Indian tribes that once inhabited the area. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator hired by Spain, explored the coast of California and in 1542, sailed into the harbor of what is now San Diego. In 1812, California underwent a change when Mexico gained its independence from Spain. San Diego was still regarded as an agricultural center rather than an aspiring city such as Los Angeles, located 100 miles to the north. Not until 1850, when the United States finally gained control of California, did both the cities of San Diego and Los Angeles become incorporated. read more