Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) is located in San Bernardino County in Southern California. MCAGCC covers more than 998 square miles of the high desert, which makes it larger than some small countries. The premier training facility is nestled in the quiet desert paradise of Twentynine Palms, and together they make up one of the most unique living environments in the western United States. The small military community of Twentynine Palms boasts a moderate cost of living, clean air and acts as the Gateway to the great California Outback.
The MCAGCC’s two-fold mission is to operate live-fire combined arms training that promotes readiness of operating forces and to provide facilities, services and support, responsive to the needs of tenant commands, Marines, Sailors and their families.
The population of Twentynine Palms is quite large. It includes 12,500 active duty, 24,000 family members and 21,000 DoD/contractors. Because California is a popular retirement location, Twentynine Palms also has about 1,200 retirees in the area.
Directions to MCA GCC Arriving via Interstate 40 East: Take Highway 95 South at Needles, Calif., to Highway 62 West (29 Palms Highway) at the Vidal Junction. Take Highway 62 West to Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms then turn right. Adobe Road runs into the main gate.
Transportation from Palm Springs Airport
The USO, located near the baggage claim, is a valuable resource for servicemembers. It will assist in finding transportation from the airport to base though it does not provide transportation. More information is available at www.palmspringsuso.com.
Soldier Organized Service (SOS) is a volunteer group that will provide free transportation to and from MCAGCC for Marines and Sailors. Marines may make transportation reservations in advance by calling (760) 799-5488 or visit www.sosride.org.
Transportation through the Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA) is also available. There are three pick up times Monday through Thursday at Palm Springs Airport: 7:50 a.m., 10:10 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. with an additional pick up at 7 p.m. on Friday; pickup times on Saturday are noon and 6 p.m.; and on Sunday a 6 p.m. pickup is available. The cost ranges from $10 to $25.
MCAGCC is about 55 miles from the airport, and a taxi can cost from $150 to $175.
Check with the taxi dispatcher in the front of the airport.
Keep receipts as you may be reimbursed.
Main Gate: Open 24/7
Ocotillo Gate: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Condor Gate: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
If you already have a permanent DoD decal on your POV, all you need is your military ID card. If you are driving a rental car, you will need the rental agreement and your military ID card. If you are driving a POV without a DoD decal, you will need the following documents to gain access:
Visitors Pass: Valid state drivers license, valid vehicle registration, proof of insurance and military ID.
Permanent DoD Decal: Permanent state drivers license, permanent vehicle registration, proof of insurance, California smog inspection report or waiver, DoD or government ID card, Driver Improvement certificate (military under 26) and Motorcycle Safety Course certificate if applicable.
For more information visit the Provost Marshal’s Office online at: www.marines.mil/unit/29palms/g7/pmo/Pages/default.aspx.