Chocolate Mountain Range

Training facility used for practice courses in bombing and aerial gunning

Imperial and Riverside, California


Chocolate Mountain Range is one of the widest and most important training sites in the United States of America. The range covers not less than 1850 square kilometers and is about 30 kilometers in breadth and 75 kilometers in length. The area is restricted and no one can get in, except for the authorized personnel. The facility is operated and controlled by both the Marines and the US Navy. It is only used for practice courses in bombing and aerial gunning. The range was picked in the northern side of the Chocolate Mountains and covers some airspace in both Arizona and California, although the mountains are located in California only.

Chocolate Mountain Range is not among those old bases established around a century ago. Instead, it is part of the comprehensive process led by the United States of America in order to consolidate for the upcoming World War II. Dozens of military installations were established in those years, while many others were renovated and upgraded. This range is just one of the new bases. Back then, the need for such a range was obvious. The bombing and aerial gunnery training courses were mandatory. However, the government didn’t have too many sites to rely on. When this place was picked, it came like an excellent opportunity for both the aspirant and advanced pilots.

It is more than a decade into the 21-st century and things haven’t changed too much. These days, the primary mission of this site is the same. It is mostly use by the Marine Corps to perfect its troops, but the Naval Air Forces also share it to support the essential training courses. The only things that changed are the actual aircrafts. As new models were released, Chocolate Mountain Range was among the first spots to be tested in. Today, some rumors talk about the prolific F 35 and MV 22 models too, which are expected to arrive at the range anytime.

The range played a major role in most of the conflicts that started after its establishment, starting with World War II and ending with the latest invasions from the Middle East.

The wide Chocolate Mountain Range has the ability to support any type of mission due to its size. Among the most common techniques exercised on site, you can count strafing, laser attacks, bombing, rocket exercises or air to ground attacks. There are more than 2,000 different types of bombs used in the tests. Some of the most popular ones include Rockeye – MK 20 – or cluster models – CBU.
The aggressive training missions may take place in an isolated and restricted site, but the sound is still hard to support by the nearby communities. Therefore, a recent ordinance forbids any training sessions before 7 AM and after 9 PM, local timezone.
The training sessions are extremely varied. The troops can train for basically any mission you can imagine. Chocolate Mountain Range has five particular areas that are only designated for targeting. Some of the targets include convoys, vehicles or building samples.

The Chocolate Mountains of California are located in Imperial and Riverside counties. Imperial county has an overall population of 174,528. Riverside has an overall population of 2,189,641.




TRICARE Information and News


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, children should be five years old by September 1st to be eligible for kindergarten. The law also required school districts to develop a transitional kindergarten program for children who will no longer be age-eligible. Check with the school for requirements.

In 2010, California along with the majority of other 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

Imperial County School District
Riverside County School District

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.

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.

California Department of Human Resources 916-324-0455
Helps 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.

Imperial County Children Services 442-265-1455
Riverside County Children Services 951-358-4000
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.

Imperial County Animal Services 760-352-1911
Riverside County Animal Services 760-921-7857
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Imperial County Dept of Public Health 442-265-1444
Riverside County of Public Health 951-358-5000

Imperial Highway Patrol 760-312-1800
Riverside Highway Patrol 951-637-8000


Housing is available to all to active duty military families.

Submit information about your neighborhood

We vet for Vets

Report To Base is the #1 site for vetted military friendly realtors that work with active duty, are well versed in VA purchases and virtual tours. We feature mortgage brokers who specialize in VA loans with competitive rates so you do not have to shop for low rates we do it for you. All our home inspectors are VA friendly and are backed by our community. At Report To Base we do all the work for you. All you have to do is click and call.

Be sure to let our partners know you found them at Report to Base!


In Riverside, the summers are hot, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 43°F to 94°F and is rarely below 36°F or above 103°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Riverside for warm-weather activities is from late May to mid October.

In Imperial, the summers are sweltering and arid, the winters are cool and dry, and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 107°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 113°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Imperial for hot-weather activities are from early June to late July and from mid August to late September.

The cost of living index in Riverside, CA is 122, which is 12% lower than the California average and 22% higher than that for the entire country. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. The cost of retail goods and services in Riverside, CA are 1% lower than the average for California and 8% higher than the rest of the country.

The overall cost of living index in Imperial, CA is 104, which is 25% lower than the California average and 4% higher than the national average. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Imperial, CA are 15% lower than the California average and 6% lower than the national average.

Imperial County includes the El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is also part of the Southern California border region, the smallest but most economically diverse region in the state. It is located in the Imperial Valley, in the far southeast of California, bordering both Arizona and Mexico. Imperial Valley Expo & fairgrounds is home to the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta which is the local county fair, held in late February to early March and known throughout North America. It is also home to the Imperial Valley Speedway, a race track of 3⁄8 mile (600 m). A unique attraction of the town of Felicity is the Museum of History in Granite. The museum exhibits granite monuments made from Missouri Red Granite. Each is 100 feet (30 m) long. Subjects include a Korean War Memorial, History of Arizona, The Wall for the Ages and the eight monument History of Humanity. The History of the United States of America Dedication is on Washington’s Birthday 2014.

Riverside County is included in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as the Inland Empire. The county is also included in the Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA Combined Statistical Area. Mission Inn Museum is a nonprofit Museum and Foundation which preserves, interprets, and promotes the history of the National Historic Landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. California Citrus State Historic Park 300-acre park preserves some of the rapidly vanishing cultural landscape of the citrus industry and tells the story of this industry’s role in the history and development of California. Fruit Tastings at the Visitor Center/Museum Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, please stop by our museum/visitor center.

Local Churches

Join our community

Receive great PCS tips and additional resources