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MCLB Barstow 2018 History

MCLB, the second-largest employer in the Barstow area, was established as the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies at its present location on Dec. 28, 1942, when the Navy turned it over to the Marine Corps as a storage site for supplies and equipment needed for Fleet Marine Forces (FMF) in the Pacific theater during World War II.

By the end of World War II, the base had outgrown its facilities. As a result, 2,000 acres of land, approximately 7 miles east of the Nebo side of the base, were annexed from the Army in October 1946. In 1954, the commanding general, Marine Corps Depot of Supplies, moved his flag from San Francisco to Barstow. Since then, the base has grown in stature, strength and size.

In March 1961, the importance of MCLB Barstow increased dramatically with the establishment of the Depot Maintenance Activity. In November 1978, the base was redesignated to its present title of Marine Corps Logistics Base to emphasize its broad logistics support mission. In the early 1980s, MCLB Albany and Headquarters Marine Corps worked aggressively to integrate logistics support for the FMF and eliminate duplications. As a result, all operational logistics functions moved to Albany and in January 1990, the commanding general, MCLB Albany, was redesignated commander Marine Corps Logistics Bases. In 2003, the Marine Requirements Oversight Council re-evaluated how the Corps’ logistics operations can best support its operating forces. Council members determined refining the acquisition and how the total life cycle management of weapons systems and equipment would make an immediate improvement in the excellence in warfighting campaign. The result: Marine Corps Logistics Bases merged with the Marine Corps Materiel Command to become the Marine Corps Logistics Command (LOGCOM).

Headquartered in Albany, Georgia, LOGCOM was composed of five major components: MCLB Albany; MCLB Barstow; Blount Island Command Jacksonville, Florida; Maintenance Center Albany; and Maintenance Center Barstow.

In general, MCLB Albany furnishes supplies for Marine Corps forces east of the Mississippi and to forces that are part of the Atlantic Fleet. MCLB Barstow supports Marine forces west of the Mississippi, the Far East and Asia, while Blount Island Command provides logistical support for the Marine Corps’ Maritime Prepositioning Ships and the Norway Geo-Prepositioning programs.

On Oct. 1, 2005, MCLB Barstow was realigned from LOGCOM to the newly formed Marine Corps Installations West, Camp Pendleton, as a result of the regionalization of Marine Corps bases and stations. Maintenance Center Barstow and Fleet Support Division remain under LOGCOM.

MCLB Barstow is composed of three principal sites: Nebo, which encompasses 1,879 acres and functions as base headquarters and is the main facility for administration, storage, recreational activities, shopping and housing functions; the Yermo Annex, which encompasses 1,859 acres and is primarily a storage and industrial complex; and the third site, 2,438 acres, which serves as the rifle and pistol ranges.

The base is near Interstate 40, 3.5 miles east of the city of Barstow. MCLB Barstow is a vital link in the logistics complex that provides the weapons systems, equipment and special logistics essential to supporting the assigned missions of the Fleet Marine Forces. To accomplish this, Barstow is positioned in a strategic geographical location. It lies at the junction to three major highway systems of Interstate 15, Interstate 40 and Highway 58. It’s the hub of all West Coast rail traffic for the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and the Union Pacific railroads. It’s in the immediate proximity to the Daggett Airport, and the city is within 150 miles of the two major seaports of Los Angeles and San Diego. Because of its arid desert climate, equipment can be stored outdoors with minimal maintenance required.



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