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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton


Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

"The West Coast's Premier Expeditionary Training Base"

Command Sponsored Events

Forms and instructions for sponsoring visitors to attend retirements, change of commands, and other official command/MCCS functions aboard Camp Pendleton are provided below:


Unit and activity commanders may request to process visitors for command sponsored events at Entry Control Points (ECP) via by-name rosters. This process will require one Staff Non-Commissioned Officer and one assistant to present at the gate(s) to coordinate with the Gate NCOIC.

This process is intended for unit commander approved events where a letter of instruction is produced and the commander accepts responsibility for all invited visitors.  Additionally, the command must have evaluated other means of ingress (trusted traveler) and has determined that this process is required to accommodate the number of invited visitors. 

Command, MCCS, and other authorized activity representatives will complete the Command Sponsored Event Notification and Command Sponsored Events Visitor Roster and submit at least seven business days (Mon-Fri) in advance to: pndl_cmdsponsored_events@usmc.mil.  The submission must be from a unit representative with “by direction” authority.   

In the event a submission or individual visitor is rejected, the unit/ activity representative will be notified via email.

Command, MCCS, and other authorized activity representatives will proceed to the gate(s) as indicated in the submission with a by-name roster of attendees and will coordinate with the Provost Marshal’s Office to approve the visitors’ access.

Visitor Center

The Camp Pendleton Visitor Center is located in Bldg. 20255T, adjacent to the Main Gate near Interstate 5. (See Map) The Center is intended to process visitors who have been pre-sponsored by base personnel.  Those visitors who have not been pre-sponsored should expect long delays or should arrange to have their sponsor meet them at the gate.

Business hours are:

• Mon., Tue., Thur., and Fri. - 7:30am - 3:30pm 

• Wed. - 7:45am - 3:30pm

Phone: (760) 763-8435

Gate Hours

• Main Gate - 24 hrs
• San Luis Rey - 24 hrs     
• Del Mar - 6am - 8pm
• Las Pulgas - 24 hrs
• San Onofre - 24 hrs
• Cristianitos - 5am - midnight