Military Ocean Terminal Concord

Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC)

5110 Port Chicago Hwy, Concord, CA 94520

ABOUT

Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) is located just north of the city of Concord California in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area. The base is comprised of two sections, a 115 acre inland facility and a 6,526 tidal area facility. The Port Chicago Highway connects the two sections. The site is boarded to the north by the waters of Suisan Bay and on the south by the California Delta Highway. The east and west boundaries are marked by Walnut Creek and Kinne Boulevard respectively. Military Ocean Terminal Concord also maintains seven offshore islands within Suisan Bay that lay inside the boundaries of Solano County.

The primary mission of Military Ocean Terminal Concord is to serve as the major west coast distribution hub for surface cargo from storage and repair depots nationwide and supply forward operating United States Armed Forces. Military Ocean Terminal Concord falls under the control of the U.S. Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) and is operated in conjunction with its east coast sister facility, Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in North Carolina.

Military Ocean Terminal Concord was originally established as the Concord Naval Weapons Station in 1942 on the shores of the Sacramento River. During World War II the weapons station served as a storage depot and rearmament facility for naval munitions, supplying ships at Port Chicago in Suisan Bay. The base also maintained a Naval Outlying Field at its southern edge that served as an operating airfield. In 1944 Concord Naval Weapons Station was the site of the worst home-front casualties of World War II with the Port Chicago Naval Magazine explosion. On July 17 1944, 3.5 million pounds of explosives unintentionally detonated causing massive destruction to the area. 320 military and civilian personnel were killed, another 390 seriously injured and $12.5 million in property and structural damage sustained. Today, a five acre memorial, the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial Site marks the area of the explosion.

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ARRIVAL

Visitors to Military Ocean Terminal Concord are required to register with the base security office or have a current Common Access Card. Due to the high volume of explosives and ammunition passing through the facility public access is generally not permitted. The expectation to this is visitors to the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial Site. Those visiting the memorial are transported into the base via a National Parks shuttle for the guided tour.
 

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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

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 www.corestandards.org

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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.

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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.

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.

Contra Costa Children Services 925-313-6400
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.

Contra Costa Animal Services 925-279-2247
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Contra Costa Dept of Public Health 925-313-6712

Highway Patrol 925-646-4980

Base Operator 925-246-4041

 

Chaplain 925-674-2629

 

Suicide Prevention Hotline 925-939-1916

Housing

Housing is available to all to active duty military families.

Ellis Lake

4.6 miles from base

Apartment complex with a view of the lake. Some of the rooms are newer than others. It’s within walking distance of the Brendan Theaters, the restaurants and shops along Willow Pass and the nice quiet “downtown” area that surrounds Todos Santos Park.

Cambridge

4.7 miles from base

Cambridge Park is a pretty typical California neighborhood. It has a main drag right off the freeway and a pretty middle of the road residential neighborhood that stretches just to the north of it. There are lots of stores and restaurants on Monument, though they are mostly of the fast food variety: McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Subway. Stores here tend to be of the more practical variety rather than boutiques: Rite-Aid, gas stations, an automobile tinting place (Discovery Tint).

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Community

In Concord, the summers are long, hot, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 88°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 99°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Concord for warm-weather activities is from mid June to late

The cost of living index in Concord is 147, which is 6% higher than the California average and 47% higher than the national average.
Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location and provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. The cost of retail goods and services in Concord, CA are 11% higher than the average for California and 22% higher than the national average.

Located northeast of San Francisco, Concord is a welcoming city with a bustling downtown area, a burgeoning arts and food scene and beautiful surrounding landscapes of mountains, valleys, and vineyards. Conveniently located near to San Francisco and the world-renowned wine country, Concord has an array of attractions and activities to enjoy, including the Briones Regional Park, which boasts breathtaking views of the Diablo Valley, and the Diablo Foothills Regional Park which has several excellent hiking and mountain trails. The Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve features grasslands, pepper trees, and lilies, and the Iron Horse Regional Trail connects Concord to the city of Pleasanton.

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