MCAGCC Twentynine palms

Headquarters Battalion, MAWTS 1, MCCES, MCLOG, MCTOG, MCMWTC, TTECG
1526 7th Street, Twentynine Palms, CA 92278
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ABOUT

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), also known as Twentynine Palms, is located adjacent to the city of Twentynine Palms in southern San Bernardino County, California. It is the largest Marine Corps base in the United States. Twentynine Palms Base is located within the Morongo Basin and the High Desert region of the Mojave Desert in Southern California and covers more than 998 square miles, which makes it larger than some small countries.

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.

In addition, Twentynine Palms seeks additional Special Use Airspace (SUA) to meet Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) sustained, combined-arms, live-fire and maneuver training requirements, including MEB Building Block training. SUA is needed for aircraft, aviation weapons systems, artillery, mortars, tanks and other ground-based systems.

The units located at MCAGCC include: Headquarters Battalion, MAWTS 1, MCCES, MCLOG, MCTOG, MCMWTC, TTECG, Naval Hospital 29 Palms, and 23rd Dental. Tenant commands include: 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Bn 7th Marines, 2nd Bn 7th Marines, 3rd Bn 11th Marines, 1st Tank Bn, 4th Tank Bn, 3rd LAR Bn, Combat Logistics Bn 7, DCo 3rd AA Bn, and MWSS 374.

Twentynine Palms is located within the Morongo Basin and is approximately 98 miles from the Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow.

There are over 61,000 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Twentynine Palms.

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ARRIVAL

The Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is 52 miles south of Twentynine Palms. The LA/Ontario International Airport is 105 from Twentynine Palms.

The USO at the Palm Springs International Airport, located near the baggage claim, is a valuable resource for service members. 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.

When you arrive, one of the below locations will be your first stop:

Headquarters Battalion: Officers – Building 1554 (Officer Assignments), Enlisted – Building 1551 (Center Personnel), 7th Marines; 3/11; 3/4; 3rd LAR; 3rd AAVs;3rd CEB; 1st Tanks Building 1538 (second floor), MWSS-374 Building 1640, VMU-12 Building 1980, VMU-3 Building 1108

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/. 

To learn more about the schools at Twentynine Palms, visit this page, or contact the School Liaison Officer at (760) 830-1574.

The Combat Center is served by the Morongo Unified School District, which has 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school, two state preschool programs and a special education preschool program.

The Palm Springs Unified School District serves Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Thousand Palms, and Rancho Mirage.

There are two private schools in the area: Joshua Springs Christian School in Yucca Valley, and Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert.

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

California Department of Human Resources (916) 324-0455
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.

California Highway Patrol (310) 516-3355

The County of San Bernardino

San Bernardino County Child and Family Services (909) 388-0242
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.

San Bernardino County Humane Society (909) 386-1400
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

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.

San Bernardino County Sheriff (909) 884-0156

San Bernardino County Library (760) 256-4850

The City of Twentynine Palms, California

Morongo Basin Humane Society (760) 366-3786

DMV Office in Twentynine Palms (800) 777-0133

Utility Services in the area:
Twentynine Palms Water District (760) 367-7546
Burrtec Waste and Recycling (760) 365-2015
Southern California Edison (800) 655-4555
So Cal Gas (800) 427-2200

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

MCAGCC Main (760) 830-6000  

Chaplain (760) 830-7200  

Child, Youth & School Services (760) 830-2257  

Commissary (760) 830-7572  

Dental Clinic (760) 830-0957  

Education Center (760) 830-6881  

EFMP Family Support (760) 830-7740  

Exchange (760) 830-6163  

Family Advocacy Program (760) 830-6345  

Hospital (760) 830-2190  

Housing Office (760) 830-6611  

ID Cards/DEERS (760) 830-1922  

Information & Referral (I&R) (760) 830-6344  

Inns of the Corps (760) 830-6583  

Legal Services/JAG (760) 830-6111  

Library (760) 830-6875  

Lincoln Military Housing (760) 368-4500  

Main Gate (760) 830-5287  

Military Clothing Sales (760) 830-5794  

Military Police (760) 830-6800  

Ocotillo Housing Office (760) 368-4021  

Relocation Assistance Program (760) 830-4028  

Roadrunner Inn Reservations (760) 830-6642  

Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital (760) 830-2190  

Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255  

School Liaison Program (760) 830-1574  

Temporary Lodging (760) 830-6583  

Veterinary Services (760) 830-6896  

Welcome Center (760) 830-6794  

Housing

There are ten family housing areas located both aboard the Combat Center and one in the 29 Palms community. There are 2304 home/apartment units and an 83-space mobile home park for married and bachelor personnel.

Lincoln Military Housing offers 2,206 homes within 16 communities, serving the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms. Visit the Ocotillo District Office at 4000 Falcon Street, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 for more information. You can also contact them at (760) 368-4021. For a complete list of all of the housing communities available at Twentynine Palms, visit this page.

Married personnel arriving in Twentynine Palms for permanent duty should report to the Family Housing Welcome Center Bldg. prior to executing any commitment of private or commercial rental agreement.

If you choose to live off base, there are plenty of housing options in the city of Twentynine Palms. Also, some people choose to live in Palm Springs, which is about a 1-hour commute along CA-62.

Sunnyslope
8.6 miles from Twentynine Palms

Located west of Twentynine Palms, Sunnyslope is near the highway, close to Twentynine Palms High School, and offers plenty of shopping nearby.

Desert Heights
9.9 miles from Twentynine Palms

Desert Heights is a beautiful community northwest of MCAGCC with good schools and access to plenty of nearby amenities.

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Community

Twentynine Palms has an elevation of more than 1,900 ft. above sea level, so it has a slightly cooler climate, especially during the winter. Temperatures can reach above 100° F in the summer months, while winters are mild with an average low of 41 ° F in January. Located in the Mojave Desert, Twentynine Palms receives only about 4.5 inches annually.

On average, there are 285 sunny days per year in Twentynine Palms. April, October and March are the most pleasant months in Twentynine Palms, while July and August are the least comfortable months. Fortunately, most evenings offer tolerable temperatures, allowing Twentynine Palms’ modern day desert dwellers to enjoy breathtaking sunsets and unsurpassed stargazing.

Residents in Twentynine Palms, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 93. This index is 32% lower than the California average, and 7% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Twentynine Palms, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 6% lower than it is in California, and it is 4% higher than the national average.

Twentynine Palms is a city in San Bernardino County, California and is home to the Joshua Tree National Park headquarters and north entrance. Located in the Mojave Desert, Twentynine Palms offers a variety of things to do, including birdwatching, rock climbing, hiking, stargazing, dining, and painting. Explore the beautiful terrain of the Mojave National Preserve and Monuments, or visit the Oasis Visitor Center at the north entrance of the Joshua Tree National Park. Yearly visitor passes can be purchased to enter the park, which offers access to the many different hiking and walking trails inside the park that have some incredible and unforgettable sites.

Near the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, the Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hands-on learning opportunities for its visitors.

Other notable sites and attractions in the area include the Tortoise Rock Casino, the 29 Palms Art Gallery, the Old Schoolhouse Museum, and the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery.

Nearby Yucca Valley is the next largest city, which is about a 25-minute drive from Twentynine Palms. Yucca Valley offers additional shopping centers, including a Wal-Mart and a Home Depot.

There are also a variety of recreational activities available at the MCAGCC, including paintballing, youth athletics, swimming, bowling, and woodworking. Visit this page to learn more about what the Command Center has to offer for service members and their families.

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