Naval Station San Diego
Hosts around 120 different tenant units including: Afloat Training Group Pacific, the Medical Center San Diego, the Marine Corps Relief Society, the Training Support Center and the Sea Logistics Center.
3455 Senn St, San Diego, CA 92136
Naval Station San Diego is one of the multitude of military bases in California owned and operated by the United States Navy. In fact, this is the largest one located on the West Coast. It is the base with the most important operations in the Pacific. It hosts more than 50 ships on 13 piers. However, it only spreads on four square kilometers, plus 1.3 square kilometers on the water. The base is located in San Diego and is commanded by Captain Winton Smith.
There are also a lot of ships “parked” there, including 18 destroyers, 10 amphibious ships, 7 cruisers, 6 frigates, a couple of cutters and littoral ships. The base is as complete as it can be if you count all the units and ships representing it.
The land occupied by NS San Diego today belonged to a ship building corporation. If the business was very profitable throughout World War I, things changed a little when the war reached to an end. In fact, the profit began to drop until the whole business became worthless. This is why the owner decided to hand the land back to the local authorities for some small costs. Meanwhile, the United States Navy was carefully exploring the West Coast to find a perfect place for a new base. Around 1920, the Navy found the site that was once owned by the ship manufacturer and picked it right away. After a long bureaucratic process and a lot of problems raising out of nowhere, the base was finally over and the groundbreaking ceremony was held in 1922.
Currently, the base hosts more than 20,000 military troops. At the same time, there are about 6,000 civilians on site. They are mostly families and independent contractors.
Locations to check in vary according to the command to which you are assigned. Call your command or check their website for specific information. Generally, your first stop will be at the Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) Main Gate, Gate 6. Gate 6 is located at the intersection of Harbor Drive and 32nd Street. This is the best place to get current information on ships in port and directions to your ship or command.
Personnel reporting to NBSD during normal working hours will typically be directed to the Administrative Department in Building 72. After work hours and on weekends, contact the Naval Base San Diego’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 619-556-7615 or DSN 312-526-7615. If reporting to another command, the personnel at Gate 6 can assist the service member in locating their command.
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
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.
San Diego Children 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 Animal Services 619-767-2675
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
San Diego Dept of Public Health 619-229-5400
Highway Patrol 619-220-5492
Base Operator 619-556-1011
Dental Headquarters 619-556-8240
EFMP Family Support 619-556-7404
ID/CAC Card Processing 619-556-9248
Legal Services and JAG 619-556-2211
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) is located in San Diego, CA. Comprised of over 2,000 land acres, NBSD’s mission is to deliver the highest standard of support and quality of life services to the Fleet, Fighter and Family.
5.4 miles from base
Subdivision located centrally between Hillcrest and Old Town. It’s within walking distance to many restaurants, shops and other tourist attractions.
7.5 miles from base
Del Cerro is right off the freeway across from SDSU. Easy commute to 32nd street, trips to the beach, La Jolla and shopping at both mission valley and fashion valley malls. Neighborhood is established with large trees and sidewalks, community pool near by as well as local grocery store and several restaurants.
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. 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.
Welcome to San Diego, California’s second-largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of beaches and a gentle Mediterranean climate means paradise every day. Bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, San Diego County’s 4,200 square miles offer immense options for business and pleasure. It can take years to discover all this diverse area has to offer; the following are just some of the highlights. Remember to check for MWR discount tickets to attractions and theme parks. Current pricing is available at www.navylifesw.com/tickets.
Located in the heart of the city, the Gaslamp Quarter has become the hub of cultural activities and bustling nightlife. Encompassing 16 blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter has a predominantly Victorian feel among the skyscrapers surrounding the district. With more than 200 restaurants, shops, galleries and clubs, and music ranging from jazz to country and western, this locality promises quality time in a quality setting. Visit www.gaslamp.org for more information. San Diego Botanic Garden is a place of year-round beauty. Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in Encinitas, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, and the largest interactive children’s garden on the West Coast. Visit www.sdbgarden.org for more information.
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