Oceanside, CA 92058, USA


Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


Welcome to MCB Camp Pendleton

Located 42 miles north of San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field) and 88 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Camp Pendleton is home to Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, I Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Logistics Group and many tenant units, including Marine Aircraft Group 39 and School of Infantry-West.


From San Diego International Airport

If you are coming from San Diego, take Interstate 5 north toward Los Angeles. Once in Oceanside, take the Camp Pendleton exit, which will lead you to the main gate. If you are coming from Los Angeles, take Interstate 5 south toward San Diego. Once in Oceanside, take the Oceanside Harbor Drive exit and make a left to the main gate.


The Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital is 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).

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


The Athletics Department provides organized sports opportunities for Marines, sailors, authorized patrons and youth athletes at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton under the direct supervision of the athletic director, deputy director and director of the Semper Fit Division. The athletics program provides our customers, regardless of skill or experience level, an opportunity to take part in a competitive sports program of varying levels to include Intramural Sports, Varsity Sports, All Marine Sports, All Armed Forces Sports, international-level competitions and Youth Sports. This program helps promote combat readiness, esprit de corps, leadership, teamwork and loyalty.

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 Marine & Family Programs consists of four branches: Behavioral Health, Family Care, Family Readiness and Personal & Professional Development.

Major Commands at 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.

Tenant Organizations

Located in the 31 Area, the Marine Corps Tactical Support Systems Activity (MCTSSA) is a subordinate command of the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) 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.

Formal Schools

The Assault Amphibian School Battalion (Building 210568) is 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, CampPendleton.


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, southeast of Pendleton, and eventually came into the private ownership of Pio Pico and his brother, Andre, in 1841.

Local Areas

MCB Camp Pendleton and its surrounding communities, most of which are in San Diego County, date 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, 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.


1st Medical Battalion completes combat evaluation

Story by LCpl Joseph Sorci on 10/25/2016
U.S. Navy Sailors with 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group and Marines from within the group completed a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation from Oct. 17-21 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif.
A MCCRE is designed to test the combat effectiveness of Sailors and Marines.
"We are able to do all levels of care here, whether that's administering medicine, conducting surgery, or even just giving them a place to rest until they're back on their feet," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Apollo Silva, a field medical technician with 1st Med Bn. "Every medical technician has their role and everyone is integral to getting the patient the care they need to potentially save their lives."
The scenarios given to the Marines and Sailors were specifically designed to push them to their limits and test their ability to respond quickly.
"We're inserting patient scenarios that we would be likely to see in a field environment such as mass casualty, a downed helicopter and an explosion," said Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Bowlin, the company senior nurse for 1st Med Bn.
Although the services administered by the medical technicians in this field environment were highly successful, the goal is to evacuate priority patients to a full service medical facility.
"During these drills we're looking for a fast response from our Marines and Sailors," said Bowlin. "In a life or death scenario you don't have time to lollygag."
Bowlin explained how he felt the varied experience levels of medical technicians was an advantage for this exercise.
"During this MCCRE we have people with a wide range of experience that can help the people who may not be as experienced to learn from those that are," said Bowlin. "A big part of this exercise is to share what you know and get better."
Navy medical technicians are trained to provide a wide range of treatment and services.
"Once the patient is stabilized, if we have the means to move them to a higher echelon of care we will as quickly as possible," said Silva.
Getting this hands-on experience is instrumental for the Marines and Sailors here, he explains.
"Exercises like this are really important because they prepare us for the fight; they give us that experience of training and doing exactly what we would be doing in a war-time scenario," said Silva. "It also gives us a higher level of confidence with the equipment we use."
Marines from 1st MLG participated in the exercise mainly to provide transportation and security for the Sailors.
"Navy medicine is here to make sure everyone gets home safe, but they wouldn't be able to do what they do without the Marines," said Bowlin. "Whether it's providing utilities or motor transport support, or setting up security. This MCCRE is about working as a team."
Marines and Sailors rely on each other and their collective skills to ensure they're combat effective.
"Working with and being alongside Marines is another [challenge] from being in the hospital; Marines carry themselves different and I like working with them because of that." said Silva. "Just being able to help out the Marines while they're doing their job and working towards mission completion is an honor."

New Marine Fights Through Constant Set Backs

Story by LCpl Kailey Maraglia on 10/24/2016
As an infant, Moore was involved in a tragic accident and grew up dealing with a constant series of unfortunate events. With time, he learned that maturity made dealing with pain and stress easier on him, and people around him, especially when it came to overcoming those difficult obstacles.
In his first few months of life, Moore and his mother were involved in a major vehicle crash. The accident forced his mother's femur to lodge six inches into her pelvis, leaving her constantly in and out of hospitals.
"My mom has had sixteen hip surgeries, two hip replacements, back fusions, everything, and she is now finally able to walk," said Moore. "The first time she was able to walk was when I was eight. It was actually at my dad's funeral."
Moore's father was 35 years old when he suffered his second heart attack that took his life. At that point, Moore's older sisters worked tirelessly to keep the household together.
After his father died, Moore became frustrated trying to balance learning at school and dealing with his life at home. He was making life difficult on his family and realized how he was affecting those close to him. He knew he needed to make a change in his attitude and actions.
"I wanted to show what I was capable of instead of being a little trouble maker who caused more pain and more stress," said Moore.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after graduating high school. After arriving to recruit training, Moore noticed that just as he started to adapt to things, something would happen to change it.
"There has been nothing but changes," said Moore. "I've had a little bit of experience with [change], but it was harder for a lot of people."
Moore got used to his way of life on the depot by his third phase of training. Unfortunately, he developed pneumonia and was dropped from his original platoon and placed into the Medical Holding Platoon.
"The good thing about it was I got to see more of a picture," said Moore. "Some recruits were there for months. I was only there for a week."
Full of resilience, Moore began training again with India Company, where the recruits welcomed him like he was part of the family.
"We get along with each other, but we bicker," said Moore. "That's always going to happen."
Moore always knew that his maturity would be a helpful trait that would allow him to deal with and overcome stressful situations through his whole life. However, going through recruit training re-enforced that belief even more.
"Maturitythat's the most important thing to learn from boot camp," said Moore. "I learned how to set things aside, let things go and do what you need to do."
Following recruit training, Moore will report to the School of Infantry at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and then to his military occupational specialty school. India Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 28.

Amaya Steps Up To The Challenge

Story by LCpl Anthony Leite on 10/21/2016
"Always strive to be better than yesterday," said Pvt. Edgar F. Amaya. "Don't be afraid to step up to the challenges given to you."
The Anthony, Texas, native believes challenges can come in many different ways. His parents separated when he was just a toddler, and his mother moved the family from Colorado to start a new life with more opportunities.
Growing up with a single income meant a tight budget, but his mother's priority was always him and his siblings.
"My mother always found a way to provide for me," said Amaya. "I always had food and fresh clothes on my back."
Amaya is the second oldest of four children, but he was especially close with his older brother. The two were together all the time and he believes that his sibling significantly impacted his life by keeping him on a path to success and out of trouble.
"We always had to take care of each other," said Amaya. "He was always there for me and was the person I looked up to."
When Amaya was just ten years old, his mother remarried and his stepfather filled the role of the father that he and his siblings never had.
"He definitely filled in the spot as my dad," said Amaya. "He's the man I knew I wanted to become."
To keep himself busy, Amaya played multiple sports including baseball, basketball, golf and track.
However, his real passion was music. Beginning in 6th grade, and all the way through high school, he played in the school band. He excelled by playing numerous instruments and maintaining the role of first chair.
Then, one day Marine recruiters visited his school one day during his senior year.
"I was sitting in class wearing the USMC shirt my brother gave me when the recruiter came to my class," said Amaya. "He gave me his card after I showed interest."
But it didn't take that encounter to solidify his decision to enlist. He already knew that was what he wanted to do.
"When I heard about all the terrorism on the news, I wanted to join," said Amaya. "Somebody has to do it, and I wanted to make sure the right people were doing it."
When Amaya told his family about enlisting, they were understanding.
"My family never said no," said Amaya. "They supported me with my decision and wanted me to do what would make me happy."
During his time at the depot, Amaya was selected to be the guide for Platoon 2110. Although recruit training, and his drill instructors, were demanding, he stayed positive and found the strength to persevere. When he was lost and unsure of himself, he thought back to his role models, his stepfather and brother, and knew he couldn't give up.
Recruit training taught Amaya that being a confident person and keeping a positive mind and attitude can take him the distance.
"It's a challenging place," said Amaya. "Even something as simple as drill was hard. The changes were not just in myself, but also my fellow recruits."
Recruit training gave Amaya more than just strength and endurance. It gave him the mental strength to overcome any obstacle in life.
"I'm more confident in my actions and how I speak as a person." said Amaya. "I know I can accomplish any challenges given to me."
Following recruit training, Amaya will report to the School of Infantry at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and then to his military occupation specialty school to become an air traffic controller.
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