Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base is one of the most strategic and important marine bases in US. It is situated across the Pacific Ocean and located in between San Diego and Los Angeles. The actual distance of Camp Pendleton from San Diego is about 48 miles. This base acts as a primary amphibious and marine training base. Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, was built during WWII. Marines from Pendleton have proudly participated in each major military action since its founding.
History of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base
During World War 2, US military formed Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in the year 1942. In the year 1944, it was declared as a Permanent Installation. During 1946, this base was converted into the main marine base and it became the First Marine Division’s home. The first initiation of creating a marine base across the west coast was taken by Mr. Joseph Henry Pendleton. So this Marine Corps Base was named after this Marine General. Recently it has become one of the strongest marine bases across US due to I Marine Expeditionary Force as well as other important training commands.
MCB Camp Pendleton Facilities
- Temporary Lodging Facility: The Inn of the Corps
- On-Post Housing: The Family Housing Office oversees family housing at the base. Lincoln Military Housing provides the San Onofre, Stuart Mesa, Mesa, Del Mar and Mountain Districts with privatized housing. Hunt Military Communities oversees privatized housing at the DeLuz District.
- Medical Care: The Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.
- Shopping Services: There are two commissaries, one at Camp Pendleton and another at San Onofre. The Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Exchange (MCE) provides savings on consumer goods.
- Family Services: Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS)
Other Interesting Facts About Camp Pendleton
The actual geographic area of this Marine base is very vast and it spans over 126,000 acres of rolling hills. It has got around 17 miles of seashore which is usually used for amphibious and marine training. The major area of the base is situated at the southeastern end and remote northern interior part is used as a training area. The daytime population of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base is around 100,000. The field training is provided on Edson Range which is usually lasts for 30 days. This training is given to the new recruits from Marine Corps Recruit Depot of San Diego. When these recruits graduate from their respective boot camps, they take further training at Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry. Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base acts as an important training bridge between San Diego base and Orange County base.
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