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California Air Force Bases (7)


  • Beale AFB Marysville

  • Beale AFB, operated by Air Combat Command, is located in Yuba County, California near Marysville. The air base was established in 1942 and is named after Edward Fitzgerald Beale, an American Navy Lieutenant and Brigadier General in the California Militia. Beale is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing commanded by Colonel Paul H. McGillicuddy. The Wing is assigned to train and deploy reconnaissance units such as the U-2R Dragonlady and the RQ-4 UAV, Global Hawk. The base, considered to be one of the United States Air Force show places, covers 23,000 hectares and is home to 4,000 military personnel. The Air Base was originally named Camp Beale when it was operated by the United States Army until it was activated by the USAF in late 1948.

  • Edwards AFB Edwards

  • Edwards AFB was built in 1933 and became an air base in 1948. Commanded by Brigadier General Robert C. Nolan II, it is home to the Air Force Flight Test Center, The USAF Test Pilot School, Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA Dryden Flight Research Institute. Edwards has been the site of more worlds records, roughly 300 and counting, than any other place on Earth. Edwards has been behind many technological advances in American aerospace technology such as the P-59 which was America’s first jet aircraft; the Bell X-1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier; the highly valued X-15 which could reach up to Mach 6 and the first aircraft to fly into space, the YF-12A which would later be developed into the SR-71, the B-2, the Airborne Laser and the space shuttle program. The base hosts an average of 200 special test programs, at the cutting edge of our nations aerospace arsenal, at any one time and has tested nearly all the aircraft used in our nation’s defense for more than half a century. For information about Edwards call (661) 277-3517.

  • Los Angeles AFB El Segundo

  • The Los Angeles Air Force Base is located in the city of El Segundu, California near the Los Angeles Airport and garrisoned by the 61st Air Base Wing. The base is currently home to the Air Force Space Command’s Space Missile Systems Center headquarters, a major satellite development organization. Los Angeles AFB has an annual SMC budget of at least $4 billion each year. Los Angeles, with an area of 112 acres, employs about 3,000 people. Military personnel who work at the base are housed at Fort Macarthur, San Fernando and in Pacific Heights. Some facilities housed in the SMC are located in Kirtland Air Force Base, Philips Lab, and Norton Air Force Base.

  • March Air Reserve Base Riverside

  • March ARB is one of the oldest airfields, run by the Air Force, established in 1918. It was renamed shortly after its creation as Alessandro Flying Training Field in honor of Peyton C. March, Jr. The base completed a 78-year stretch of active duty in 1996 and today as a joint base has many different tenants. March Joint Air Reserve Base is home to reserve units of every military branch. There is also a Border Protection unit and California Dept. of Forestry air unit. The base is also used by civilian organizations and a 16 year agreement between the Air Force and DHL recently ended after only four. Like many air bases moving towards joint or full civilian use there is much debate and protest about the use of the land.

  • McClellan AFB N/A

  • The McClellan AFB in California was one of the major bases of the United States Air Force in the western part of the country. The base is located 7 miles northeast of the city of Sacramento and was home to several key units of the Air Force, including the Logistics Command and the Materiel Command and its successor, the Materiel Command. Under the Bases Reorganization and Closure program of the United States government, it was decided to close down McClellan in 1995. The base was officially shut down in 2001, with the units moving out at the same time. As of current, the base is operated as a joint civilian and military airfield, as well as a tourist destination. Parts of the United States Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento have also been stationed here.

  • Travis AFB Fairfield

  • Travis AFB is operated by Air Mobility Command and located in Fairfield, California. It was built in June of 1942 and is currently home to the 60th Air Mobility Wing. The air base is named after Brigadier General Robert F. Travis who died when the B-29 he was in crashed while transporting a nuclear weapon. Right across the San Francisco Bay Area, Travis is also known as the Gateway to the Pacific. Currently, the base can handle the most cargo and passenger traffic than any other United States military air terminal. Travis AFB is home to at least 7,000 active duty personnel, at least 4,000 air force reservists, and 3,770 civilians.

  • Vandenberg AFB Lompoc

  • Vandenberg Air Force Base is operated by AFSC and located in Santa Barbara County, near Lompoc, California, USA. It is home to the 30th Space Wing and currently houses a spaceport. The air base is named after former Air Force Chief of Staff General Hoyt S. Vandenberg. Vandenberg AFB is often called America’s quiet launch site. The site was chosen because rockets launched from the air base can fly due south without crossing over land until reaching Antarctica. This assures no threat to inhabited land in the event that a spent rocket stage falls back to earth or during failed launches. Vandenberg currently has 6 active space launch complexes responsible for launching missiles.

California Army Bases (4)


  • Camp Parks (PRFTA) N/A

  • Commissioned in 1943, Camp Parks has seen three military branches. The Navy opened the base and used it for WWII, but disestablished the base and others nearby afterwards. It was for a time used by Alameda County for a prison. The Air Force used the area for basic training during the Korean War and it was known as Parks Air Force Base during that time. In 1959 the Army gained control of the base, but in a standby capacity. Since 1980 the base has remained semi-active as Parks Reserve Forces Training Area and is ready for mobilization in the event of war or natural disaster. It is still used for training, administration, servicing, and other normal operational missions.

  • Fort Hunter Liggett Monterey

  • Fort Hunter Ligget was built in 1940 and then named after General Hunter Liggett, who served from Indian campaigns to World War I, in 1941. It is the largest US Army Reserve command post at one time covering 200,000 acres, down to 165,000 today. The permanent military and civilian population is quite small for the size of Hunter Liggett, but during training rotations thousands of personnel are on base. Since 1995, FHL has been a sub-installation of Fort McCoy in Wisconcsin.

  • Fort Irwin Barstow

  • The National Training Center of Fort Irwin is a major training Center of the United States Army and the only facility in the world capable of supporting training operations including force-on-force and live fire training for large scale units such as brigade-sized forces. The facility, located in the Mojave Desert, North Bernardino, California, is operated by the Installation Management Command. It provides real life simulated combat situations for 4000-5000 soldiers of the United States Army each month. Built in 1940, Fort Irwin was established as the Mojave Anti-Aircraft Gunner Range. It was later reestablished as Camp Irwin, named in honor of Major General George Irwin of the 57th Field Artillery Brigade in World War I. The National Training Center was established on Fort Irwin in August of 1979. It is now the premier Combat Training Center for the United States Army.

  • Presidio of Monterey Monterey

  • The Presidio of Monterey is a US Army facility located in Monterey, California, housing the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. This institute has the primary mission of providing foreign language instruction and education to elements of all military services of the United States Military. Although being directly under the control of the United States Army, members of the other services such as the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Air Force maintains a strong presence on the post. This is attributed to the number of students the facility trains from the different branches of the military. Aside from military units, federal agencies and law enforcement agencies also receive Spanish language training in the post. 40 languages are taught in the facility as of 2009. Currently, the facility has been busy teaching military units the Iraqi dialect.

California Coast Guard Bases (2)


  • ISC Alameda Alameda

  • ISC Alameda, located on CG Island and part of District 11, is now split between BSU Alameda, PSSU Alameda, and HSWL Alameda. All Intergrated Support Commands have been split in this manner as part of the USCG’s modernization efforts. Alameda manages around 1,200 Coast Guard owned homes and warehouses, health services, work service, transportation of household goods, and personal support services. It is home port to: – USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750) – USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751) – USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719) – USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720) – USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722)

  • TRACEN Petaluma Petaluma

  • Petaluma began as Two Rock Ranch, an Army post with the secret mission of listening to Japanese communications. It became obsolete in that purpose and the Coast Guard saved it from closing because they needed more space for training during the Vietnam War. The USCG renamed the base after relieving the Army of its command. Today the Training Center covers 800 acres of land and has 219 buildings. The 10 schools on base train 4,000 students annually in the 200,000 square feet of facilities.

California Marine Corps Bases (6)


  • Camp Pendleton San Diego

  • Camp Pendleton is a Marine Corps base located in northern San Diego County, California. The base is the primary amphibious training installation for the United States Marine Corps, on the West Coast of the United States. This can be attributed to the 17.1 miles of shoreline and 125,000 acres of land used for large training maneuvers by various Marine Corps Units. The base was created in 1942 and named in honor of Marine General Joseph Henry Pendleton who pushed for the creation of a Marine Corps training base on the West Coast. Camp Pendleton is currently home to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. Because of the excellent facilities and training grounds in the base, it has been host to 40,000 active-duty as well as 26,000 reserve military personnel training from all services including the Army and the Air Force among others, in addition to foreign military services.

  • MCAS Miramar San Diego

  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is a Marine Corps air base located in San Diego, California. Formerly called Naval Air Station Miramar before the Department of Defense Realignment Program, it is now home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. Mitscher airfield, located in the air station, is named in honor of Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher, who was the former commander of the Fast Carrier Task Force in the Pacific during World War II. The air station itself took its name from the Native American word Miramar, meaning view of the sea. MCAS Miramar is one of the largest military bases in the San Diego area. With an average of 250 aircraft stationed in the station each day, Miramar averages up to 200,000 sorties per year.

  • MCLB Barstow Barstow

  • MCLB Barstow is a supply and logistics facility of the Marine Corps located in Barstow, California. It is tasked with procuring, maintaining, repairing, rebuilding, storing, and distributing combat and combat-support supplies and equipment to other installations on the United State’s West Coast. It is one of only two facilities of its kind operated by the Marine Corps Logistics Bases’ Maintenance Center together with MCLB Albany which is assigned to the East Coast. During the transfer of ownership of the base from the United States Navy to the Marine Corps on December 28, 1942, the base was originally named Marine Corps Depot of Supplies. It served the Fleet Marine Forces of the Pacific Theatre in World War II by providing logistical and equipment support.

  • MCRD San Diego San Diego

  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is a US Marine base located in San Diego, California. MCRD San Diego and MCRD Parris Island are the only US Marine recruiting bases in the United States. The base has the primary mission of training recruits, drill instructors, as well as recruiters. The base houses the Marine Corps Recruiter School as well as the Drill Instructors School of the Western Recruiting Region. The base annually trains 21,000 recruits. Even though the base had not been included in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure commission, some government officials have questioned the importance of operating the base in valuable land. Thankfully, stubborn resistance from the Marine Corps has kept the base intact. The original plan of transferring the facilities and units of the base to Parris Island has not been pushed through.

  • Mountain Training Center Pickel Meadows

  • The Mountain Warfare Training Center is located 21 miles north or Bridgeport, California on Route 108. Training for mountainous, high altitude, and cold weather conditions is conducted here by the USMC and Allied Forces. The base was established for training during the Korean War. Today, the MTC prepares soldiers for deployment in places like Norway, or more recently the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. 46,000 acres of land with elevations from 6,000ft to 11,000 ft are utilized for training courses like the: Mountain Sniper Course, Mountain Survival Course, and Mountain Communications Course.

  • Twentynine Palms Twentynine Palms

  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, with an area occupying 596,000 acres of the southern Mojave Desert, houses the largest of the United States Marine Corps’ Bases. Built in 1949, the base is now home to the 7th Marine Regiment, the 1st Tank Battalion, the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, the 3rd Battalion 11th Marines, and the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. The Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command headquartered at Twentynine Palms has the primary mission of operating the combat center for live fire combined arms exercises to train soldiers for combat duty preparedness. The base is now considered the premier training facility for Marine operations and hosts active-duty soldiers from other countries around the world for Combined Arms Exercises.

California Navy Bases (14)


  • Chocolate Mountain Gunnery Range N/A

  • The Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range is used by the U.S. Navy and Marines for the purpose of aerial gunnery practice with live fire, as well as aerial bombing. It is also a restricted area approximately 456,000 acre in size, located in the northern part of the Chocolate Mountains, and has restricted airspace in the states of California and Arizona. The Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range was established during World War II for the purpose of providing aerial gunnery and bombing training which was much needed at the time. Today, it continues the same trend, supporting training essential for the effectiveness of the U.S. Marine Corps and Naval Air Forces. The range is expected to t be used to providing training in relation to new aircrafts such as the MV-22 and the F-35.

  • NAS Lemoore Lemoore

  • Naval Air Station Lemoore is home to the West Coast fighter/attack operations of the Navy’s West Coast. It was built in 1961 as a Master Jet Base and is now the largest master jet air station of the United States Navy. The base is the home port of the Strike Fighter Wing Pacific. It is also host to four Carrier Air Wings. The station possesses 30,000 acres of land, of which 18,784 are considered Navy property, and the rest are used under contract for air easement. The air arsenal of Naval Air Station Lemoore is composed of F/A-18 Hornets. The air station’s F-14s which were recently decommissioned by the Navy have now been replaced with F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets. 175 Hornets and Super Hornets are now housed in the air station.

  • NAS Point Mugu Point Mugu

  • Naval Air Station Point Mugu is a military base in Point Mugu, Ventura County, near Oxnard, California. Unfortunately, the Base Realignment and Closure policy realigned the base to the control of Naval Base Ventura County. The California National Guard frequently uses its runways at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station. Prior to the realignment, the base operated and maintained station facilities to provide support for the Naval Air Warfare Center, the Weapons Division, and to the units assigned to the air station. Point Mugu used to be under the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. This division was in charge of the Navy’s research and development of air warfare weapons systems, missile and missile subsystems, aircraft weapons integration, and electronic warfare systems for airborne units.

  • Naval Air Facility El Centro El Centro

  • Located around six miles to the northeast from the main town of El Centro, Naval Air Facility El Centro is one of the training centers for the Navy forces in the region. El Centro has two runways that used by new and veteran pilots for training purposes. Each runaway is equipped with a Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System, which allow pilots to train for simulated landings in aircraft carriers (the above equipment is the one used in carriers). The site is also used as a training area for combat operations, like ordnance delivery and dog fighting. Aside from purely military purposes, the El Centro facility is also the winter home of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, more popularly known as the Blue Angels. Visitors to the base can catch a glimpse of their practice routines on a regular basis.

  • Naval Base Coronado San Diego

  • Naval Base Coronado is a military installation located in San Diego, California. The base is one of the navy’s major shore commands with 27 tenant units under its name. At present, the naval base serves as the center for special and expeditionary warfare training and operations for the West Coast. Currently, some of the major commands in Coronado are: the Commander Naval Surface Force, the US Pacific Fleet, the Commander Naval Special Warfare Command, as well as most of the Pacific Fleet’s Naval Special Warfare units and Expeditionary units. Naval Base Coronado is home to eight facilities, namely: Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Outlying Field Imperial Beach, Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island, Silver Strand Training Complex, SERE Facility Warner Springs, La Posta Mountain Warfare Training Facility, and Camp Morena.

  • Naval Battalion Center Port Hueneme

  • Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme is the homeport of the Navy Construction Battalions of the West Coast. The Center is tasked with training for the mobilization of the 2,600 active duty personnel of its Construction Battalions in short notice. The Construction Battalion Center operates a 1,600 acre naval base. It is located in the Southern Coast of California. The base was established on May 18, 1942 and is currently under the command of Captain James J. McHugh. The primary mission of the Center is to establish a homeport where extensive training and logistical support for Construction Battalions can be undertaken. The Construction Battalions housed in Port Hueneme are Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, 4, 5, and 40. The port is also home to Underwater Construction Team 2, 1st Naval Construction Regiment, 30th Naval Construction Regiment, and the 31st Seabee Readiness Group.

  • Naval Hospital Pendleton Camp Pendleton

  • The Naval Hospital in Camp Pendleton in San Diego serves both active duty and retired personnel in the Southern California area, as well as civilians in and around the base. The hospital is housed 10 miles from the main gate of the camp, which is one of the country’s major bases in the West Coast. The hospital offers a wide variety of general patient care and services, being able to handle around 120 patients at any given time. Aside from that, the staff of the hospital are also ready to conduct both surgical and non surgical operation as needed. The hospital also has a pharmacy, which gives patients access to affordable medicine. The hospital also conducts seminars for health awareness.

  • Naval Medical Center San Diego

  • The Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California is currently the leadership of Rear Admiral C. Forrest Faison III. The hospital can be found at the Bob Wilson Drive in San Diego, California. Aside from providing care for both military and civilian patients, NMC California also has a wide variety of services to assist patients. The Online Refill service allow patients to reserve a new set of medications from the pharmacy if their supplies run out. The center also has several specialty clinics under its helm, which can respond to the needs of specific patients. This has also been enhanced with the Medical Home service, which allows patients to get in touch with their doctors immediately.

  • Naval Postgraduate School Monterey

  • The Naval Postgraduate School in California is the main educational institute for United States Armed Forces service wishing to pursue their studies beyond the graduate level. The Naval Postgraduate School was created in 1909, initially offering degrees in marine engineering. The current President of NPS is Retired Vice Admiral Daniel T. Oliver. The NPS has its main campus in Monterey. The School now offers both masters and doctorate degree level education. The entire school is subdivided into five component schools which focus on a specific area of study, including Engineering, Business Administration, and Public Relations. As part of the Bases Reorganization and Closure program, the courses offered in the NPS was realigned to avoid the duplication of courses with the of the Air Force institute of Technology.

  • NAWS China Lake China Lake

  • Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, home to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, has been behind almost every successful airborne weapon systems for more than 50 years. The facility is located in the northeastern region of the Mojave Desert in California’s San Bernardino County. The installation was established in 1943 and is now home to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine, the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31, and a training detachment from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal group. With more than 1.1 million acres of land, China Lake maintains the United States Navy’s largest land property. This tract of land alone comprises more than a third of all the Navy’s land holdings around the world.

  • North Island Naval Complex San Diego

  • Naval Air Station North Island is a Navy installation located in San Diego and Coronado, California. The Air Station, together with Naval Base Coronado, Outlying Field Imperial Beach, and Naval Air Landing Facility is part of the largest aerospace-industrial complex in the United States Navy. The air station was established in 1917 and was called Naval Air Station, San Diego until it adopted its present name in 1955. On August 15, 1953, the air station was recognized as the Birthplace of Naval Aviation. North Island has two other Southern Californian airfields under its watch, Naval Auxiliary Landing Facility San Clemente Island and Outlying Field Imperial Beach. Together with these airfields, the station operates 230 aircraft as well as three aircraft carriers. The base is home to 35,000 military personnel, reservists, and civilian employees.

  • NS San Diego San Diego

  • Naval Base San Diego is the United States Navy’s largest base on the United States West Coast, located in San Diego, California. It was built in 1922 and is currently under the command of Captain Ricky L. Williamson. With 14 piers covering 977 acres and 12 miles of coast to service over 54 ships and 120 tenant commands, it is the Pacific Fleet’s main homeport. The base is now considered to be the largest surface support installation in the United States Navy. Naval Base San Diego is home to the Public Works Center, the Ship Intermediate Maintenance Activity, and the Fleet Training Center. The base was originally the site of the Emergency Fleet Corporation of the Pacific Marine Construction in 1918. After the bankruptcy of the Corporation, the land was returned to the City of San Diego and was later acquired by the Navy. NS San Diego is home to over 40,000 personnel people of which 7,000 are civilian employees.

  • NWS Seal Beach Seal Beach

  • The Naval Weapons Station in Seal Beach, California is a major weapons storage facility for the United States Nave in West Coast area. Aside from the main facility in Seal Beach, the station also has three other detachments in the area, namely in Concord, Falibrook and in San Diego. The main facility is located in a 21 square kilometer area, with around 128 ammunition dumps sprawled across for weapons storage. The installation is also serviced by a large network of railroads and cranes for easier loading and transport of equipment. Because of the inherently dangerous nature of weapons storage, some of the facility’s areas are highly off limits to civilians. The personnel at the station are also currently conducting an Installation Rehabilitation program to clean up environmental contamination in the base.

  • Point Loma San Diego

  • Naval Base Point Loma is a Navy Installation located in Point Loma, San Diego, California. Formerly Fort Rosecrans, the base was reestablished as Point Loma in October of 1988 due to the consolidation of the Navy Region Southwest Commander. The base is currently garrisoned by the United States Navy Third Fleet and is under the command of Captain Paul A. Marconi. The base is home to seven Naval Facilities including Point Loma Submarine Base, Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center, Fleet Command Training Center Pacific, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, SPAWAR Systems Center, Fleet Intelligence Command Pacific, and Naval Consolidated Brigade, Miramar. Point Loma has the primary mission of providing daily operations that make sure it best supports and serves the Fleets assigned to it.