Fort Irwin Army Base

11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Blackhorse Cavalry

Building #109 Langford Lake Rd Fort Irwin, CA 92310

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The Fort Irwin area has a history dating back almost 15,000 years, when Native Americans of the Lake Mojave Period were believed to live in the area.

On 9 August 1979, the Department of the Army announced that Fort Irwin had been selected as the site for the National Training Center. With over 1,000 square miles (2,600 km2) for maneuver and ranges, an uncluttered electromagnetic spectrum, airspace restricted to military use, and its isolation from densely populated areas, Fort Irwin was an ideal site for this facility. The National Training Center was officially activated 16 October 1980, and Fort Irwin was transferred from the California Army National Guard back to the Regular Army and returned to active status on 1 July 1981. The opposing force at the National Training Center (NTC) is the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Blackhorse Cavalry, who are stationed at the base to provide an opposing force to units on a training rotation at Fort Irwin. Fort Irwin works within the R-2508 Special Use Airspace Complex.


Additionally, the NTC provides a crucial supply of experience-based information and data vital to doctrine, equipment, training and force development to prepare for success in the Global War on Terrorism and future joint battlefields. Fort Irwin provides realistic joint and combined arms training focused on developing Soldiers, leaders, and units of America’s Army for success on the 21st century battlefield.


In September 2017, a state-of-the-art hospital was opened that provides healthcare services to the Fort Irwin beneficiaries.


Approximately 4,000-5,000 soldiers from other installations rotate through the NTC each month.



Fort Irwin is located approximately 37 miles northeast of Barstow, Calif., midway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The nearest airports are located in Ontario, Calif. (120 miles), Los Angeles (175 miles) and Las Vegas (180 miles). Because of the distance to the airports, it is highly recommended that Soldiers arrive to Fort Irwin with a privately owned vehicle. Another option for transportation from the airport to the post is a Greyhound Bus.

All Soldiers must report to the NTC Replacement Detachment at the Reception Campus at Building 109 to begin in-processing. The Replacement Detachment is open 24 hours daily. While in-processing lodging is provided for unaccompanied SGT’s and below at the Replacement Detachment. Temporary lodging on post is available at the Landmark Inn (760) 386-4040, or there are several hotel options in Barstow.


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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at


Check the US News Health directory online at to find the best doctor for your family.


The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


To be enrolled in a California school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Decemer 2 and must have completed a physical within the last six months. Students going into the first grade are required to have a physical as well. Check with the school for other requirements.

Silver Valley Unified School District provides educational services to Fort Irwin. Families residing off post in communities generally to the east of Barstow will be within the district. Those who live in Barstow, or in communities to the west of the city, will be within the Barstow Unified School District.


In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit




If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.


​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.


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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.


Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

Helps California families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe. 
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more. 
California Highway Patrol    310-516-3355

Base Operator 760-380-1111​


Chaplain 760-380-3562


Child, Youth & School Services 760-380-2257


Dental Headquarters 760-380-4990


EFMP Family Support 760-380-9195


Family Advocacy Program 760-380-5467


Housing Services Office 760-380-3576


ID/CAC Card Processing 760-380-3100

Legal Services and JAG 760-577-6874


Medical Appointments 866-460-5305


Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255


School Liaison Office 760-577-6675


Temporary Lodging 760-380-4040


Weed Army Community Hospital 760-380-4876


Welcome Center 760-577-6533


Women Infants and Children (WIC) 334-774-5146


On-post housing for most families and some single soldiers is often not immediately available upon arrival. For more information Visit The Villages at Fort Irwin or call 760-386-4663.

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Beautiful sunsets, blue skies, sunny days and wide-open vistas are some of the pleasures of the desert that give many a sense of freedom. However, expect the primary colors to be tan and brown.


In Fort Irwin, the summers are sweltering and mostly clear, the winters are cold and partly cloudy, and it is dry year round.


The hot season lasts from June 4 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 90°F. The cold season lasts from November 20 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 63°F.


The most rain falls in February, with an average total accumulation of 0.9 inches.

In Barstow, CA, the overall cost of living index is 96, which is 31% lower than the California average and 4% lower than the U.S. average.​


Everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Barstow, CA, the city’s goods and services are 1% lower than the California average and 8% higher than the U.S. average.

The High Desert includes Baker, Barstow, Victorville, Silver Lakes and Apple Valley; some of these communities are located on what used to be U.S. Route 66.


The travel, recreational, cultural, and entertainment opportunities in proximity to Fort Irwin and the NTC are numerous and extraordinary. Historical and cultural activities are substantial. Nearby Calico Ghost Town presents a look at the booming days of silver mining that took place in the area. Recreational attractions range from off-road areas to National Parks. The High Desert is home to a thriving community of off-road enthusiasts. National Parks nearby include: Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Sequoia, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.The river serves as the state line with Arizona; boating, swimming and fishing is allowed in areas such as Lake Havasu, Needles, and Laughlin.


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