Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow

Headquarters Battalion, 1st Force Storage Battalion
Wake Ave. & Joseph L. Boll Ave., Barstow, CA 92311
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ABOUT

Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Barstow is a United States military training facility 3.5 miles east of the city of Barstow, California. The installation is located on Interstate 40 in the San Bernardino County high desert. MCLB Barstow is at the mid-point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, NV as it is approximately 120 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 150 miles southwest of Las Vegas. It is approximately 98 miles from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. The Fort Irwin National Training Center is located about 40 miles northeast of MCLB Barstow.

The base comprises three principal sites: Nebo Annex, Yermo Annex, and a 2,438 acre site serving as rifle and pistol ranges. The Nebo Annex encompasses 1,879 acres and functions as base headquarters. It is the main facility for administration, storage, recreational activities, shopping, and housing functions. The Yermo Annex, in the town of Yermo, encompasses 1,859 acres and is primarily a storage and industrial complex. The base is within 150 miles of the two major seaports of Los Angeles and San Diego.

The mission of MCLB Barstow is to enable operational readiness through infrastructure, logistics and services in order to support Marine Corps, Army, and other government components – to rebuild and repair ground-combat and combat-support equipment and to support installations on the west coast of the United States.

One of MCLB Barstow’s most important facilities is the Marine Corps Logistics Bases’ Maintenance Center. MCLB is currently the second largest employer in the Barstow area. Established as the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies at its present location on December 28, 1942. In November 1978, the base was re-designated to its present title of Marine Corps Logistics Base to emphasize its broad logistics support mission.

There are three tenants operating at MCLB Barstow: 1st Force Storage Battalion, DLA Disposition Services, and Production Plant Barstow (PPB).

There are approximately 100 active duty Marines and Sailors, and 1,900 civilians assigned to MCLB Barstow.

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ARRIVAL

All personnel reporting to MCLB Barstow must report to the Administration Section in Building 15. From here, use your check-in sheet, along with your sponsor, to guide you through the process. Please hand carry the following information or documents, if applicable: medical and dental records, copy of official orders, school records (for you and your children), personnel file (SRB), training records, birth certificates, Social Security cards, pink slips/titles for vehicles, resumes, insurance papers, passports, warranties, road hazard insurance papers, prescriptions, etc.

After 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, weekends and holidays, personnel should report to the BDO in Base Headquarters, Building 15. The BDO’s phone number is (760) 577-6749.

The San Bernardino International Airport is 77 miles south of MCLB Barstow, which is about a 1.5-hour drive by car. The Ontario International Airport (ONT) is 79 miles from MCLB, which is also about a 1.5-hour drive by car.

Directions from the Ontario International Airport:
From the airport, take Interstate 10 east to Interstate 15 north for about 80 miles. Once you reach Barstow, take Interstate 40 for two miles until reaching the installation.

MCLB Barstow is halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas on Interstate 40. It is approximately 120 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 150 miles southwest of Las Vegas in the Mojave high desert. The city of Barstow has a population of more than 23,000.

If you are flying into Ontario International Airport to reach MCLB Barstow, you will need to take ground transportation from the airport to Barstow. From the airport, take Interstate 10 East toward San Bernardino. Merge onto Interstate 15 North toward Barstow/Las Vegas for about 80 miles. Once you reach Barstow, take Interstate 40 for 2 miles until you reach the installation.
If you are coming in from the east, Barstow is the second to the last stop on Interstate 40.

If you are arriving by bus, you will arrive in Barstow at the famous Barstow Station on Main Street; if you are arriving by train, you will arrive at the Harvey House, at 685 N. 1st Ave., in Barstow. If you need transportation, take a taxi to MCLB Barstow (Nebo) and check in at Building 15 with the base duty officer (BDO). If you cannot take a taxi, call the BDO at (760) 577-6749 or by cell at (760) 578-4652.

If you do not have transportation, contact your assigned sponsor and make arrangements with him or her to coordinate your transportation requirements. Sponsorship assignment is mandatory at MCLB Barstow. For more information, call (760) 577-6662/6375.

It is important to hand carry the following information or documents, if applicable: medical and dental records, copy of official orders, school records (for you and your children), personnel file (SRB), training records, birth certificates, Social Security cards, pink slips/titles for vehicles, resumes, insurance papers, passports, warranties, road hazard insurance papers, prescriptions, etc.

The Barstow Area Transit (BAT) serves the city of Barstow and the surrounding areas in San Bernardino County.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
  

School districts in California must admit children at the beginning of the school year (or whenever they move into a district) if they will be five years of age on or before September 1. Children who are age-eligible for kindergarten may attend any pre-kindergarten summer program maintained by the 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 http://www.corestandards.org/. 

The school liaison officer can help you with registration information and can provide information about schools in the area. You can contact the school liaison office at (760) 577-6287.

Students living on base will attend schools within the Barstow Unified School District. You can reach the district office at (760) 255-6000.

Excelsior Public Charter School (Grades 7-12) (760) 255-2764

Other school districts in the area:

Silver Valley Unified School District (about 10 miles from MCLB)
Helendale School District (about 27 miles from MCLB)

California Content Standards

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

 
 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
  

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. 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

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

 

The City of Barstow, California

The County of San Bernardino

San Bernardino Child and Family Services (909) 388-0242
The mission of Children and Family Services is to protect endangered children, preserve and strengthen their families, and develop alternative family settings. Services as mandated by law and regulation, will be provided in the least intrusive manner with a family centered focus.

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (800) 722-4777
Working in partnership to promote and improve health, wellness, safety and quality of life in San Bernardino County.

California State Highway Patrol (760) 255-5900

The Barstow Humane Society (760) 252-4800

San Bernardino County Library (760) 256-4850

DMV in Barstow (800) 777-0133

San Bernardino County Sheriff (909) 884-0156

Utility Services in the area:
Golden State Water Co. (800) 999-4033 / (760) 256-2275
Southern California Edison (800) 655-4555
Southwest Gas (877) 860-6020

Local Internet and service providers in the area:
AT&T
DIRECTV
HughesNet
Frontier
Mediacom
Race
Spectrum
Viasat

Base Operator (760) 577-6211  

1st Force Storage Battalion (760) 577-7048  

DLA Disposition Services/DRMO (760) 577-5877  

Production Plant Barstow (760) 577-7225  

Barracks (760) 577-6494  

Chaplain (760) 725-2929  

Civilian Personnel Office (760) 577-6478  

Commissary (760) 577-6403  

Dental Headquarters (760) 577-6497  

Education Services (760) 577-6118  

EFMP Family Support (760) 577-5854  

Family Advocacy Program (760) 577-6533  

Family Center (760) 577-6675  

Family Child Care Homes (760) 577-6049  

Family Readiness Center (760) 577-6408  

Hospital Main (760) 380-3114  

Housing Services Office (760) 577-6872  

ID/CAC Card Processing (760) 577-6371  

Information and Referral (760) 577-6582  

Legal Services/JAG (760) 577-6748  

Library (760) 577-6395  

NAF Human Resources Officer (760) 577-6124  

Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255  

Temporary Lodging (760) 577-6418  

Welcome Center (760) 577-6582  

Housing

Currently, there are 74 government quarters for married families aboard the base. To minimize or avoid a delay in housing assignment upon arrival, military personnel with accompanying family members should contact the Housing Office as soon as they become aware of their duty station change. You can contact the MCLB Barstow Housing Office at (760) 577-6707.

There are two housing areas in Barstow: Desert View and Day Street. All married personnel arriving at MCLB Barstow for permanent duty should report to the Family Housing Office in the Community Center building 363 prior to executing any commitment of private commercial rental agreement.

Although base housing is not mandatory, Marines must contact the MCLB Command before securing off-base housing.
Additional housing may be found in the surrounding areas of Yermo, Newberry, Daggett, or Fort Irwin.

Fort Irwin is located about 45 minutes northeast of MCLB Barstow. Housing Referral Office at Fort Irwin: (760) 380-3576, DSN: 470-3576.

Barstow Heights
6.1 miles from base

Just a short drive to base, Barstow Heights offers lots of housing options with schools, an outlet, and shopping nearby.

Lenwood, CA
9.5 miles from base

Located west of the base just off of Interstate 15, Lenwood offers additional housing options with shopping and schools nearby.

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Community

Barstow experiences four distinct seasons throughout the year. The high desert climate brings hot and dry summers, and fairly moderate winters, with an average temperature of 44.8° F. The mornings during the winter can be cold, with temperatures near 30° F.

There are an average of 140 days with highs of 90 °F or higher, an average of 82 days with highs of 100° F degrees or higher, and an average of 25 days with lows of 32 °F or lower. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35° F to 102° F. In Barstow, it is rarely below 26° F or above 109° F.

The wetter season lasts 7.3 months, from August 19 to March 28, with a greater than 7% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 14% on February 21. The average annual precipitation is about 4 inches, with 70% of rain typically falling during the cooler months between November and April. The drier season lasts 4.7 months, from March 28 to August 19. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on June 13.

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. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, 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.

MCLB Barstow is located in the city of Barstow, CA in San Bernardino County. The motto of the city of Barstow is “Crossroads of Opportunity” because it is a major transportation corridor with more than 60 million people traveling through Barstow each year. The base has recreational facilities and community centers available for service members and their families to enjoy. There is also a swimming pool available on base with DoD ID card.

The city of Barstow has a rich history with the Armed Forces and offers museums, outlets and natural areas. Museums such as the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, the Western American Railroad Museum and the Mojave River Valley Museum are perfect for visitors to enjoy. The Desert Discovery Center offers exhibits, a desert trail, and is home to the Old Woman Springs Meteorite, which is the second largest space rock ever found in the United States.

Barstow also offers multiple shopping opportunities both at the Tanger Outlet Center, the Barstow Factory Outlet, and the Treasure House Mall. Also, it is home to many outdoor areas of interest including the amazing Rainbow Basin Natural Area on Fossil Bed Road.

Other points of interest in the area include the California Welcome Center, the NASA Goldstone Visitor Center, the Barstow Harvey House, and the Skyline Drive-In.

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