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Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


Our Military

Just south of the beachfront city of Oxnard, California, lie the two mainland components of Naval Base Ventura County: Port Hueneme and Point Mugu; the third, San Nicolas Island, 60 miles southwest of Point Mugu, is one of the eight storied Channel Islands of the Pacific and part of the Sea Test Range. The Seabees (“We build, we fight”) stationed at Port Hueneme also train at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett, 215 miles north of NBVC near Jolon, California.


Welcome to Southern California, famous for its mild climate, stunning coastlines, national forests and fertile growing valleys. Ventura County, the southernmost county on California’s central coast, has a population of 846,178, according to the 2014 U.S. Census. San Buenaventura, commonly known as Ventura, is the county seat, with 109,484 residents in 2014. U.S. Route 101, also known as Ventura Freeway, is the major highway in the region.

Getting To & Around

U.S. Highway 101 — The Ventura Freeway — runs from the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line in Southern California south to Pasadena and is the principal east-west route (designated north-south) through Ventura County. Interstate 5 is the primary interstate on the West Coast, running largely parallel to the California coastline from Mexico to Canada. It serves some of the largest cities on the West Coast, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle and Portland.

Housing & Real Estate

A beautiful coastline, temperate climate, vibrant arts scene and abundance of year-round recreation in Ventura County contribute to a high quality of life not found in other metropolitan areas. In 2014, 846,178 people called Ventura County home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Employment & Economy

Lying along the Pacific coast, Naval Base Ventura County is the county’s largest employer with more than 11,000 military and 9,000 civilian employees, most of whom live in southwest Ventura County where the installation is situated. Nearby Oxnard, with 204,437 residents, is the county’s largest city. Other nearby cities are Camarillo (population 66,923) and Port Hueneme (population 22,139).

Health Care

There are many health care services in Ventura County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act may change established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. California is among the states that implemented its own health care plan, Medi-Cal, and today there are 8.8 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries in all 58 California counties enrolled in one of the six main models of managed care offered by a dozen carriers. Go to the Covered California website, www.coveredca.com, for additional information.

Family Resources

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

Education & Academics

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Ventura County, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in Ventura County as well.


UCT2 Deployment Supports Theater Engagement and U.S. PACFLT

Story by PO1 Charles White on 07/08/2016

During the deployment the team participated in joint/combined exercises Angkor Opening, at Ream Naval Base, Cambodia, Balikatan at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Philippines and Foal Eagle in Chinhae, Republic of Korea (ROK). CDD/A also conducted diving and equipment maintenance subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force in Honiara, Solomon Islands as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) program, which assists countries contaminated by explosive remnants of war by developing indigenous mine action capabilities. Their deployment was also bundled with major port repairs and maintenance projects at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickham (JBPHH), Hawaii.

West Coast Seabees Welcome New Commodore

Story by CPO Lowell Whitman on 07/06/2016

During the ceremony, Capt. Mike Saum relieved Capt. Christopher Kurgan, who has led the Pacific Seabee force of more than 4,500 Seabees and civilians since June, 2014.

NAVFAC EXWC hosts day one of NBVC STEM Day Camp

Story by Michael Ard on 07/05/2016
Story by Lieutenant Timothy Palik
PORT HUENEME, Calif. - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) hosted day one of a weeklong Naval Base Ventura County Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Day Camp June 20-24. Twenty high school students from the Ventura County area began their week with EXWC Commanding Officer, Capt. Jay Mitchell. Using real-world examples of future and current projects, Mitchell illustrated where STEM-profession opportunities could lead the students due to an increasing need for graduates in STEM-related fields, even future opportunities within NAVFAC EXWC.
After the opening remarks, EXWC Expeditionary Engineering Director, Cody Reese, spoke on a number of engineering topics including his own experiences working at EXWC. After the brief, small teams were formed to perform hands-on projects regarding water sanitation, 3-D printing, and rapid-set cement.
For the rapid-set cement project, each team was given a mixing tub, trowel, box of cement, and vague instructions. Their task was to determine without any measuring devices the appropriate amount of water to add to achieve a proper mix of cement by developing their own method of measurement and mixing. During the mixing phase, cement and concrete properties and the curing process were discussed. Within the hour, students saw the results of their work in a very warm container of firm, cured cement.
Following the Engineering Division's cement project, Vern Novstrup of the EXWC Environmental Department, highlighted the importance of environmental engineering in today's society and introduced a water filtration competition. Students had to develop the best and most cost efficient filter using a variety of filter media. Novstrup described all filter media properties and the groups designed and estimated the cost of their filters. In a time-constrained environment to simulate a real-world schedule, the teams moved to the general use laboratory to begin constructing their filters. Each filter was placed in the testing apparatus and filled with unclean water. The resulting filtered water samples were tested for a handful of variables including conductivity, pH, and turbidity.
During lunch, ten EXWC employees representing various divisions and departments were paired up with small groups of students to conduct a mentoring session. Students and mentors were provided lists of questions to initiate discussion regarding the steps from high school to college, then to their first job, potentially in a STEM-related field. Mentors used the opportunity to discuss some of their first-hand experiences and lessons learned along the way.
The culminating hands-on project, started with a trip outside to the Ocean Facilities Program test tank. Students received a concise set of instructions regarding operation of one of the Program's underwater Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV). Each student was given a chance to learn the movements of the ROV inside the tank and experience its ability to become neutrally buoyant. After the familiarization time, students were given the challenge of using the ROV hand to grab a floating rope in less than two minutes. It was very quickly understood that precise operation of the ROV was no easy task. After the challenge concluded, students were given instruction on a much larger and more capable ROV. Engineering principles and mechanics were discussed as they related to the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of this much larger ROV, in contrast to the small ROV the students had operated.
As the EXWC portion of STEM-week concluded, all students were able to leave with an increased exposure to the vast capabilities and opportunities that exist within NAVFAC EXWC. The students were challenged to recall important information discussed during the opening remarks with the NAVFAC EXWC Commanding Officer and reminded that throughout the day the question was asked, "Why do we do this." To support the warfighter!

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