MCB Camp Pendleton
Ideal Terrain for Training Marines
One of the Marine Corps' largest West Coast expeditionary training sites is Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton. Located on the Southern California coast, the terrain is ideal for multiple training scenarios: sea-to-shore, mountain warfare and special operations.
- The coastal and mountain terrain support a variety of military training. Fleet Marine Force units use Camp Pendleton's ranges and training areas to maintain combat readiness.
- Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton encompasses more than 125,000 acres of Southern California terrain.
- Camp Pendleton is one of the Department of Defense's busiest installations and offers a broad spectrum of training facilities for many active and reserve Marine, Army and Navy units, as well as national, state and local agencies.
- More than 38,000 military family members occupy base housing complexes.
- Camp Pendleton contains the largest undeveloped portion of coastline in Southern California. The ecosystem includes beaches, bluffs, mesas, canyons, mountains and Southern California's only free-flowing river.
- The Base is home to:
- I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF): a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) responsible for maintaining combat readiness for any type of mission.
- Assault Amphibian School Battalion: This unit consists of experienced Marines who instruct new Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Marines and repairmen. The Assault Amphibian School offers premier training for driving and operating the AAV.
- Marine Aircraft Group 39: five light attack helicopter squadrons and two CH-46E Sea Knight squadrons that support Marine units on land and at sea.
- 1st Marine Division
- 1st Marine Logistics Group
- Many tenant units, including Marine Corps Installation-West
- 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion
- Marine Corps Air Station at Munn Field
- Assault Craft Unit 5 (U.S. Navy)