Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton


Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

"The West Coast's Premiere Expeditionary Training Base"
The I Marine Expeditionary Force is composed of the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 11th, 13th and 15th Marine Expeditionary Units, the MEF Headquarters Group, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Other major commands on base include: Marine Corps Installations-West, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, Wounded Warrior Battalion West, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego's Weapons & Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps and Army Reserve Forces, Navy's Assault Craft Unit 5, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, and the 1st Dental Battalion.

These commands, with more than 42,000 active duty personnel, work together to form a flexible, capable readiness group able to deploy worldwide at a moment's notice to support numerous DoD missions worldwide.

Approximately 2,000 personnel from six units completed their annual two-week training along with approximately 19,500 personnel from 200 units that completed their weekend reserve training. A Marine Air Ground Task Force level exercise and an Amphibious Orientation Training were also conducted, which consisted of nine units and more than 2000 reservists.

More than 77,000 retired military personnel reside within a 50-mile radius of Camp Pendleton with all the privileges to Base recreation facilities, commissary, exchange and medical services.

Camp Pendleton is a major training base for reserve units and civilian organizations. In addition to thousands of Marine reservists trained at the School of Infantry, nearly 23,500 reserve personnel work and train via the Mobilization Support Battalion each year. Camp Pendleton hosts training areas, firing ranges, gas chambers, swimming pools, Urban Terrain facilities, rappel towers, and several military occupational specialty schools.

Included in these numbers are civilian organizations that use Camp Pendleton's vast training facilities. Some groups taking advantage of Camp Pendleton for training are: the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs, Boarder Patrol, Orange County Sheriff's Dept., Los Angeles Police Dept., Young Marines, Sea Cadets, and Devil Pups.

In addition, Marine reservists train with units assigned full-time to Camp Pendleton and most of them reside and work in the surrounding communities. Reserve units include:

Marine Corps:  4th LAR Battalion ,3rd Civil Affairs Group, 4th MLG (FWD West), MAG 46, Detachment A, MAG 42, HMLA-775, 31st Interrogator-Debriefer Team, I MEF Command Element IMA Detachment Pendleton.

Army:  478th Transportation Company 316th Quarter Master Company 1394th Deployment Support Brigade Joint Reserve Intelligence Center.