Andrews Air Force Base also known as Naval Air Station Point Mugu, and Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) after its merge with the Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme is a 36,000 square feet U.S. Navy base located on the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County, west of Los Angeles, California, and bordering with Santa Barbara to the north, and Santa Monica to the south. This favorable coastal setting made this facility home to Point Mugu Weapons Division.

Naval Air Station Point Mugu operates two runways, being a military premier mobilization facility for the Pacific Fleet, this base is in charge of testing and tracking weapons systems within a restricted airspace over the sea, using telemetry data and technology housed at Point Mugu, San Nicolas Island, and Tier 1 Laguna Peak facility.

In addition to its deep water port, Naval Air Station Point Mugu has also an airfield and a rail head, what makes of it a three-operating base, summing up to San Nicolas Island and Point Mugu, the facility at Port Hueneme overlooking Camarillo and Oxnard plains.

Cost of Living: The cost of living in Point Mugu is cheaper that the average cost of living in the USA, while the cost of living in the nearby city of Los Angeles is 4.9% greater than the California average and 42.2% greater than the national average.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Point Mugu Site: (805) 989-7209, DSN: (312) 551-7209, Fax: (805) 989-1707.

Base Population: Naval Air Station Point Mugu has a population consisting of 4,400 Department of Defense Civil Service employees, 6,500 Active Duty, 4,400 Contractors, 2,500 Ready Reserve, and 2,500 family members.

City/Area Population: Taking into account the closeness of the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Metro Area, the population here is 798,364 people. Considering the Los Angeles area as the next closest area the population in this city was 3.884 million inhabitants as of 2013.

Child Development Centers: Naval Air Station Point Mugu has full time daycare and child development programs and development centers, beside elementary schools at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme, along with the Ventura County school districts. For further information call (805) 989-3675 in Port Mugu, (805) 982-4663 in Port Hueneme, and (805) 383-1900 to reach Ventura County Superintendent of Schools.

Youth Programs: Call the Youth Center office at (805) 982-4218 to learn more about available after-school care and kids programs available through The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department's Youth Centers or the local offices in Port Hueneme, phone (805) 982-5037 and Point Mugu, phone (805) 989-8146.

Family Readiness Center: There is an Ombudsman Coordinator in charge of the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) at Naval Air Station. To learn more call (805) 989-1682.

Employment: The median household income at this base is $74,979, while the unemployment rate roses 10.9%.  Employments opportunities within any of the three facilities comprised in Naval Air Station can only be obtained through the federal job boards.

Base Services: This base has several facilities and services including medical services such as the Branch Dental Clinic, phone (805) 982-5584 and the Naval Ambulatory Care Center, phone (805) 982-6370. Other facilities can be found mainly in the Port Hueneme territory.

History

Point Mugu was first established to be a U.S. Navy anti-aircraft training center during the time of World War II, but also a Seabees training area, putting down a Marston Mat runway section, which was the first airstrip in this facility. With the endorsement of the Secretary of the Navy, Naval Air Station Point Mugu was established immediately after President Truman approved the setting of a Naval Air Missile Test Center in this area.

However, it was not until the end of the 1940 decade when the Naval Air Station Point Mugu began to take shape with the development as a major test facility and missile development setting for the Navy. Throughout the decades of the 1950’s and 1960’s, this Air Station was the place where most military missiles were tested, including surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missiles.

Naval Air Station Point Mugu has undergone many changes throughout time, but remains as one of the best U.S. bases in its specialty.

Units

As of 2009, there were no units stationed here but 120 Military, 1,198 Civilians, and 888 Contractors.

Housing

There is on-base and off-base housing facilities available at both Point Mugu and Port Hueneme, besides a military housing complex situated within a 20 minute drive from Point Mugu, in the nearby city of Camarillo. Availability and further information can be obtained through the Navy Family Housing Office dialing (805) 982-4321.

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