Naval Base Point Loma
Commander Navy Region Southwest, Navy Facilities
140 Sylvester Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma is one of the oldest communities in San Diego. This area is an all Navy town, and is known as “America’s Finest City.” The mission for Point Loma is to provide direct day-to-day operation of base support functions and to ensure that the base best serves the Fleet and tenant commands. Naval Base Point Loma is a regional team dedicated to providing the highest level of base operating support and quality of life services for all operating forces and shore activities on Naval Base Point Loma.
The base is comprised of seven different facilities, each with its own unique purpose and mission. It’s home to the Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center, Submarine Base Point Loma, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), SPAWAR Systems Center, Combat Training Center Pacific, Naval Consolidated Brig, Miramar and the Fleet Intelligence Command Pacific. Point Loma is broken down into three main categories, Air Operations, Port Operations and Other Operations. Air operations include shore and airfield aviation support, maintenance, and management of Naval Air Forces in the region. Port operations cover shore installation support and that of naval forces afloat in Navy Ports. Other operations covers all functions associated with deployment and training f naval forces including but no limited to weapons and ammunition storage, disposal, accounting safety and range training support.
The history of Point Loma began thousands of years ago when prehistoric peoples and Native Americans inhabited the area. Archaeological sites have been dated to as far back as 7000 years. In 1959, Fort Rosecrans was turned over to the U.S. Navy and the Navy Submarine Support Facility was established in November 1963, on 280 acres of the land. In 1974, the base was re-designated as a shore command, serving Submarine Group Five, Submarine Squadron Three, Submarine Development Group One, the Submarine Training Facility and later, Submarine Squadron Eleven. In 1981, the base was designated as Naval Submarine Base. Starting in 1995, several commands were decommissioned or their homeports were changed to meet the down-sizing requirements of the Navy. Commands throughout San Diego were regionalized in an effort to provide equal or better base services while managing a reduced budget. The six naval installations on Point Loma were consolidated as Naval Base Point Loma on October 1, 1998.
Point Loma is broken up in to several installations. NBPL is homeport to five submarines, a floating dry dock (ARCO), and the Navy’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Department (SARD). Other installations are COMTHIRDFLT, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), SPAWAR Systems Center, Fleet NMASW Training Center, Fleet Intelligence Training Center Pacific, and Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific. Point Loma’s population consists of DoD personnel, Military Families, and Civilians.
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 ther 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
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.
Family Forces Counseling
Family Forces has been providing outpatient counseling services for the military community in the San Diego region and surrounding areas for over a decade. They are dedicated to helping those who serve and their families. They understand the unique stressors that the military lifestyle presents and they are here to help you through those challenges. All Tricare members are welcome, whether they are active duty, retirees, reservists or dependents.
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.
California Children’s Services 619-528-4000
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.
San Diego Humane Society 619-299-7012
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
San Diego County Public Health 619-229-5400
Highway Patrol 619-220-5492
Base Operator 619-553-1011
Housing Services Office 619-556-8443
ID/CAC Card Processing 619-556-9520
Medical Appointments 619-532-8225
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
San Diego’s Military Housing Welcome Center offers personalized housing services to help with temporary and long term, apartment, condo, and home rentals, in addition to home buying counseling. All military personnel, unaccompanied and accompanied, their families, and DoD employees are eligible for these services. Call (619) 556-8443 or visit the Metro San Diego Housing Welcome Center, located onboard Naval Base San Diego at 625 LeHardy Street, Bldg 3544, San Diego, CA 92136.
6.2 miles from base
Beautiful homes available. Five minutes away from Hillcrest which offers restaurants, shops and local touring. A little park is available. And it’s close to downtown San Diego by the beach.
Spectrum Center Blvd, Kearny Mesa
11.5 miles from base
Newer apartment complex with town homes and condos available nearby. Dog park in the neighborhood, and walking distance from small restaurants. Ten minutes away from Fashion Valley mall. Twenty to twenty five minutes away from the beach.
In San Diego, the summers are short, warm, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 77°F and is rarely below 44°F or above 84°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit San Diego for warm-weather activities is from early June to mid October.
The cost of living index in San Diego, CA is 146, which is 6% higher than the California average and 46% 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. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in San Diego, CA are 6% lower than the average for California and 3% higher than the rest of the country.
San Diego, California is known for its miles and miles of white-sand beaches and amazing weather, the city offers an abundance of fun attractions for visitors of all ages. It showcases many popular attractions including: Sea World San Diego, LEGOLAND California, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, the Cabrillo National Monument, Balboa Park, several casinos and many historic parks and museums.
Point Loma Trails offers a paved hike and bike pathway. It has may photo worthy stops and goes from Shelter Island, past the marinas and eateries, over to America’s Cup Harbor. Point Loma is also home to one of the Largest commercial fishing fleets on the West Coast. Fisherman’s Landing on Scot Street near Shelter Island offers a full or half day excursion on one of the big fishing boats that regularly bring home healthy catches of yellowtail or sea bass.
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