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Installation Overview

Location

MCAS Miramar is located approximately 15 miles north of downtown San Diego, near I-15 and town of Mira Mesa. The installation is close to the Navy ships that our Marines deploy on, the areas in which our aviation units train, and the ground combat troops we support. MCAS Miramar is strategically positioned approximately 40 miles south of Camp Pendleton, the Corps’ largest amphibious assault training area. the Naval Air Station North Island, the largest aerospace industrial complex, is 20 miles south of Miramar.

If arriving by car from the West on I-8, take I-15 North to the Miramar Way exit and follow signs to the Main Gate. If you are arriving from the North on I-15, turn west on Miramar Road and go 1/2 mile. The North Gate is on your left at the next light after Black Mountain Road. If arriving from I-5 North take I-805 and then go east on Miramar Road and drive 4 miles to the North gate on the right of Miramar Road, after Camino Ruiz. Or, from I-5 North take 56 East exit to I-15 North , turn west on Miramar Road and go about 1/2 mile to North Gate.

San Diego, once reputed to be a sleepy little Navy town, is rapidly growing into an internationally recognized city with a technologically dynamic economy making it the nation’s sixth largest city. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, it is known worldwide as one of the best tourist destinations. San Diego is considered a high-cost area. The base operator's phone number is 858-577-1011. To view a Welcome Aboard video visit this website.

History

Miramar is a former cattle and citrus ranch that was first acquired by the military for Army Infantry Training in 1914, and was named Camp Kearny. After World War I, aviation had secured a foothold in San Diego and in military strategy. Miramar became an Auxiliary field for the Navy and a major air base for the Marine Corps.

Miramar quickly expanded when World War II broke out. Redesigned in 1946 as MCAS Miramar, the Marines soon moved to El Toro in 1947. On April 1, 1952, Miramar was developed as a Master Jet Station of the Pacific fleet.

In 1960, the eastern-most portion of present-day MCAS Miramar was transferred to the Air Force, and later to the NASA for missile testing. The remaining portion of the Camp Elliot and NASA training sites were transferred back to NAS Miramar in 1997.

On October 1, 1997, Naval Air Station Miramar officially became MCAS Miramar again following the closure of MCAS El Toro and Tustin. For more information, please visit Miramar's homepage.

Mission

Strategically located close to the Navy ships, its mission is to support all aircraft operations occurring on MCAS Miramar and serve as vital player in carrying out the Marine Corps’ mission to train, equip and deploy forces to fulfill its expeditionary mission should the situation arise and to respond to a variety of crises around the world.

Population Served

Personnel assigned to MCAS Miramar:

MCAS Miramar

3rd marine Aircraft Wing

Marine Aircraft Group 46 (Reserve)

Naval Consolidated Brig

Company A, 4th Tanks

Military (including Fleet Assistance program), 898

Military 9,686

Active Duty Military, 351

Military, 171

Military, 96

Civilian, 278

Civilians, 10

Reserve Military, 918

Civilians, 31

Civilians, 0

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.

Sponsorship

The sponsorship program on MCAS Miramar is provided to inbound personnel on PCS orders by their prospective command or unit. Personnel requesting a sponsor should contact their gaining command’s sponsor coordinator prior to their PCS transfer. Relocation specialists are available to assist members with their sponsorship request, and can be contacted at 858-577-1428 or DSN 312-267-1428.

Change of address for those living out in the community or military housing: Before you leave your duty station, fill out a change of address card. If you do not have a forwarding address you can send your mail to "General Delivery" and address it to San Diego, CA 92138. The Post Office will hold your mail for up to a month. You do, however, have to come in and check your mail every 10 days from the time it was sent or it will be sent back.

Upon your arrival you can go to the Midway Post Office at 2535 Midway Dr., San Diego, CA; 619-758-7125 to pick up your mail or check on it within the 10-day time requirement. Change of address for those who will be living in the barracks need to check in at the Military side of the Post Office upon your arrival and you will be issued a P.O. Box.

Temporary Quarters

MCAS Miramar temporary lodging is the Miramar Inn. It is located in building 2515 on Bauer Road. For reservation, contact 800-628-9466 or 858-271-7111. Please be advised, the Miramar Inn does not have accommodation for pets. For information on hotels that accepts pets, check out the PetsWelcome website.

The Miramar Inn is located near the commissary and exchange complex which includes a variety of food outlets, a 50-member pool, the Bob Hope Theater, and Mills Park. It is conveniently close to the Miramar Memorial golf course, the Officer, Staff NCO and Enlisted Clubs, and the museum.

If you are active duty, retired, a reservist or a Department of Defense employee, you can sponsor friends and family to stay at the Miramar Inn. Family members and guests of military personnel may stay at Miramar Inn, but the military member must be present at check-in. Call 858-271-7111 x 0 to take advantage of this great deal.

Military members with dependents traveling accompanied or unaccompanied and who are entitled to TLE (Temporary Lodging Expense) must first try to stay in billeting or the Miramar Inn. For billeting information, you may call 858-577-4233. You must get a statement of non-availability before using a hotel in the community upon arrival. You will only be reimbursed if you have a non-availability statement from billeting.

Relocation Assistance

Welcome to MCAS Miramar. Upon receiving PCS orders you may contact the Relocation Office. You may request that a welcome aboard package be mailed to you. Providing your e-mail address will also allow the Relocation Office to send you information immediately. This is valuable information to help with your move and settling in to the new location.

A lending locker is available, upon arrival, if your household goods have not arrived by the time you are ready to move into your apartment or house (bring a copy of your orders with you).

A numbers of services are available to you as well for when you get ready to depart. These include videos, base and community information and request for a sponsor.

A welcome aboard brief is provided to our inbound personnel after completion of their check in to the command. The brief is held at the Station Headquarters, Building 8630 and dates of the Welcome Aboard Brief are provided by IPAC upon check in.

Contact the Relocation Assistance Office for additional information at 858-577-1428 or DSN 312-267-1428. To learn more about MCAS Miramar, visit our website.

Critical Installation Information

Quality of life construction is ongoing on MCAS Miramar. 

  • Miramar housing complex has added 77 new housing units available for Marines and dependents in pay grade E-1 thru Officers.
  • A new child care center with capacity for 200 children is fully operational.
  • A brand new facility Youth and Teen Center is fully operational and has received a prestigious Merit Awards for Program Excellence. The Youth Center has something for everyone under 18.  
  • A major expansion and renovation of the Marine Corps Exchange has been completed and fully operational. This new and existing building has the appearance of one large department store.

Associated Links

Military OneSource
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families.

Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

DS Logon (formerly DEERS)
TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Stars and Stripes
Current editions for European, Mid East and Pacific newspapers.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides infomation on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

Marine Corps Community Service
Provides QOL services to marines and families.

Marine Corps Homepage
The USMC homepage for all marines and families.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Provides access to resources needed in times of emergency.

Military ID/CAC Card -- Locator
Find all military ID and CAC card facilities worldwide.

MilitaryKidsConnect.org
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Explore the links to the left for in-depth information.

Need personal assistance?

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