Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Aircraft Group 46 (Reserve), Naval Consolidated Brig, Company A – 4th Tanks
2258 Mitscher Way, San Diego, CA 9214
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Marine Corps Air Station Miramar was originally used by the Navy and the Marine Corps for advanced pilot training during World War II. After the war, the Navy occupied the base for over 50 years, and Miramar became “Fightertown USA”, home to F-14 squadrons and the popular movie Top Gun. Currently, MCAS Miramar is home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is the aviation element of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. The base contains 23,116 acres and is bisected by Kearny Villa Road and Interstate 15. There is an undeveloped area east of Kearny Villa Road that is used for military training.

Marines and Sailors from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing continue to deploy throughout the world in support of the United States’ contingency operations. “In any clime and place,” these outstanding young men and women proudly serve their country and defend our nation’s freedom. Their dedication to duty and the many sacrifices they willingly make while serving thousands of miles away from home, leave a lasting impression on all those who come in contact with them. The mission of MWHS-3 is to provide operational, personnel, administrative, training, logistical, and family readiness support to all 3d MAW Headquarters personnel in order to facilitate fluid, efficient staff functions.

MCAS Miramar’s strategic location and mission are essential elements in the preparation of these young Marines and Sailors for combat. MCAS Miramar is located in the center of a constellation of Marine and Navy installations and ranges in the Southwestern United States. This ideal location allows for unimpeded access to the training needed to succeed in combat. The Marine Corps prides itself in being ready when the nation needs them and in its ability to train.

More than 15,000 Marines, Sailors and civilians are attached to MCAS Miramar.



MCAS Miramar is located approximately 20 miles north of the San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field) and 128 miles south of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

All personnel checking in to MCAS Miramar will report to the Joint Reception Center (JRC) building 2258. Marines should report in Service Alphas. Hours of operation for the JRC are Monday – Friday from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM. JRC phone numbers: (858) 307-1421, DSN 267-1421

Personnel who will be checking in after hours, holidays or weekends will report to the Command Duty Officer (CDO) located at building 8630. CDO phone number: (858) 307-1141. Personnel who will be checking in to the CDO will be required to report to the JRC at 7:30 a.m. the next business day to conduct an audit and travel claim.

Main Gate/East Gate (Miramar Way)
The Main Gate, also known as the East Gate, is located off of I-15 on Miramar Way.
Inbound/Outbound – 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

North Gate (Miramar Road)
The North Gate is located off of Miramar Road and is also known as the housing gate.
Inbound/Outbound – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

West Gate (Miramar Road)
The West Gate is the gate closest to the 805.
Inbound/Outbound – 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed weekends and holidays)


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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

There are no Department of Defense schools aboard MCAS Miramar or any of the San Diego Naval bases. The closest school districts are the San Diego Unified and Poway Unified School districts. Students residing aboard MCAS Miramar will attend school in Mira Mesa from kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, call San Diego Unified at (619) 725-5578 or Poway Unified Learning Support Service at (858) 521-2800.

There are a variety of religious and nonsectarian private schools in all communities. For a list of private schools, call the Office of Education at (858) 292-3500 or write to:

Office of Education
San Diego County
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111-7399

You can visit this page to learn more about the School Liaison Program in San Diego.

The majority of the public schools in the city are served by the San Diego Unified School District, the second-largest school district in California, which includes 11 K–8 schools, 107 elementary schools, 24 middle schools, 13 atypical and alternative schools, 28 high schools, and 45 charter schools.

Several adjacent school districts which are headquartered outside the city limits serve some schools within the city; these include the Poway Unified School DistrictDel Mar Union School DistrictSan Dieguito Union High School District, and Sweetwater Union High School District. In addition, there are a number of private schools in the city.

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

San Diego County

San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency

San Diego County Department of Human Resources (619) 236-2191
We are committed to provide and retain a skilled, adaptable, and diverse workforce for County departments so they may deliver superior services to the residents and visitors of the County of San Diego.

Child and Family Services (877) 792-KIDS (5437)

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

California State Highway Patrol (760) 255-5900

San Diego Humane Society (619) 299-7012

San Diego County Library

DMV Office in San Diego, California (800) 777-0133

Utility Services in the area:

Water is supplied to residents by the Water Department of the City of San Diego. The city receives most of its water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Gas and electric utilities are provided by San Diego Gas & Electric, a division of Sempra Energy.

Local Internet and service providers in the area:
Google Fiber

NOTE:  MCAS Miramar phone number prefixes changed from (858) 577-XXXX to (858) 307-XXXX,
beginning on November 21, 2019.

Base Operator (858) 307-1011  

Billeting Reservations (858) 307-4235  

Branch Health Clinic Appointments (858) 307-4656  

Chapel (858) 307-1333  

Child, Youth & School Services (858) 307-4136  

Commissary (858) 307-4516  

Dental Clinic (858) 307-1825  

Emergency Relief services (858) 307-4233  

Exceptional Family Member Program (858) 307-8644  

Housing at Miramar (619) 556-8443  

ID Cards/DEERS (858) 307-1421  

Inns of the Corps Miramar (858) 307-7111  

Legal Services (858) 307-6260  

Medical Appointments (858) 307-7754  

New Parent Support Program (858) 307-9812  

School Liaison (858) 307-7111  

Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255  


MCAS Miramar has military housing units aboard the station as well as units located throughout San Diego County. In addition to the housing office located at MCAS Miramar, a housing office is also located aboard Naval Station San Diego, which can also assist with military housing sign up. The waitlist for housing on MCAS Miramar can vary throughout the year, so it is best to sign up as soon as possible.

The main housing office is located at 2625 LeHardy St. Bldg. 3544 San Diego, CA 92136. You can learn more about housing options on this page or at Lincoln Military Housing; or you may contact the housing office at (619) 556-8443.

Spectrum Center Blvd., Kearny Mesa
3.3 miles from MCAS Miramar

Located just south of MCAS Miramar, this newer area is family-friendly, offers some some shopping, has walking trails nearby and a dog park.

Canyon View
4.5 miles from MCAS Miramar

Canyon View is worth the wait because of its great schools, its nearby recreational opportunities, and its close proximity to Miramar.

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San Diego is known for its year-round moderate climate characterized by war, dry summers and mild winters. Most of the annual precipitation occurs between December and March, bringing in about 11 inches of rain each year. On average, San Diego has 201 days, which are above 70° F, making it a comfortable place to live with low humidity.

Frequently, particularly during the “May gray/June gloom” period, a thick “marine layer” cloud cover keeps the air cool and damp within a few miles of the coast, but yields to bright cloudless sunshine approximately 5–10 miles inland. Sometimes the June gloom lasts into July, causing cloudy skies over most of San Diego for the entire day.

The average temperature varies between 46°F to 82°F and hardly ever goes below 39°F or above 91°F. The most comfortable months are from early June to early October. The warmest months are from June to September, with the average high being around 73° F. December is typically the coldest month of the year with an average temperature of 55° F. The average high temperatures range from 64 °F to 77 °F, while the average low temperatures range from 45 °F to 64 °F.

The cost of living index in Miramar, San Diego, CA is 145, which is 1% less than the main area of San Diego, CA. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Miramar, CA goods and services come in at 7% lower than the average in California and are 3% higher than compared to the nationwide average. The cost of housing in Miramar is 125% higher than the national average.

Miramar is a neighborhood in northeastern San Diego and is home to MCAS Miramar. Most residents live on the MCAS Miramar, formerly Naval Air Station Miramar. Miramar is one of San Diego County’s most recognized real estate markets due in part to its central location, size, and traditional industrial characteristics. It is also known for the location of the popular movie Top Gun, released in 1986.

The economy of San Diego is influenced by its deepwater port, which includes the only major submarine and shipbuilding yards on the West Coast. In addition, the city hosts the largest naval fleet in the world. There are also many military bases in San Diego and the surrounding areas, including: Naval Base San DiegoMCB Camp Pendleton, and MCRD San Diego.

The city of Miramar is a thriving and prosperous community, offering many family-friendly things to do and see, including zoos, museums, and a variety of outdoor water sports.

Balboa Park is an area that plays home to 15 museums, several performing arts and international culture organizations, plus the San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park is renowned for the horticultural treasures abound full of brilliant displays of seasonal flowers, themed gardens, rare exotic plants species, and shady groves of trees. You can also see the architecture that was created for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition and the 1934-1936 California Pacific International Exposition and the classic carousel that was built in 1910 which still plays the brass ring game.

Some other points of interest in the area include: the USS Midway Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the San Diego ZooLegoland, and SeaWorld San Diego.

There are also several beautiful parks in the area, including Torrey Pines State Natural PreserveLos Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and Mission Trails Regional Park.

In addition, San Diego is home to several popular annual events, including the Miramar Air ShowComic-Con in San Diego, and the San Diego Black Film Festival.

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