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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.


EXWC, UCSB host PIPELINES Design Challenge Awards

Story by Michael Ard on 08/16/2016

"I think what you're going to see today is a lot of great collaborative work and meaningful design that was done here," said NAVFAC EXWC Technical Director and event moderator, Kail Macias. "I'll just tell you, eight weeks to come up with a design is extremely difficult. But these students did it and they did a great job. All of them are a success regardless of who wins."

NAVFAC EXWC hosts Wave Energy Test Site blessing ceremony

Story by Michael Ard on 08/02/2016

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) hosted a Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) Blessing Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) July 26, to mark a renewable ocean energy milestone. The event signified the opening of deep water berths at the WETS, which, in addition to the existing shallow-water berth, comprise the grid-connected infrastructure.

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.

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