Located in Miramar, San Diego, California, about 10 miles north of Downtown San Diego, MCAS Miramar Marine Corps Base is the home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. MCAS Miramar is located in the center where it is surrounded with more than 10 West Coast Navy and Marine Corps installations. Its ideal location helps to maximize training effectiveness and prepares the employed force to work for the required operational duties needed at U.S. armed forces. It is named after Admiral M.A. Mitscher who served as the commander of Task Force 58 during World War II.

Cost Of Living: San Diego has very high cost of living, almost 65% more than that of major cities of United States.

Automated Telephone Attendant Numbers:  (858) 577-1011

Base Population: The base comprises of 11,202 Active Duty people and 918 reserves. 319 civilian stays on the base.

City/Area Population: As per the latest statistics, 1,266,731 is the population of San Diego. Out of this, Mira Mesa comprises approximately 80,000 and is the largest community.

Child Development Centers: For children between the age of 6 weeks and 5 years, the child development center offers weekly care. The contact number is (858) 577-4144. Some of the major programs offered at CDC are the Preschool Program, drop-in Child Care, post, and pre-school events. Child Development Centers (CDC) and Child Development Homes are the certified to provide childcare. For all six centers located in Metro San Diego, consolidated wait list is maintained at The Regional Child care Resource and Referral Office (CCRR).

Youth Programs: For 3 to 5 year olds, 5 to 12 year olds and the 12 to 17 year olds, there are youth program on offer. National Afterschool Association for the Education has recently re-accredited the Youth Center. Specialized sports teams and other programs are organized regularly, which encourage learning with fun. For those who need homework help, the computer lab is opened daily. Call 8585774136 for detailed information.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: Call (858) 577-1962

Employment: To provide employment assistance to military spouses, call 8585776710/6491, the Career Resource Center contact number. Unemployment rate in San Diego is 10.2%. There are jobs available both on base and off base. The median household income is $61,863 approximately.

Base Services: The base services include MCCS Facilities and a Commissary. There are a number of specialty stores on the base and MCX has a single main exchange. A branch of Navy Federal Credit Union in present on the base and banking service is also available through the different commercial banks available in the surrounding locale

Medical Services: The Branch Medical Clinic on Station caters to the active-duty members. Plus, there is a family practice clinic, along with a Tricare office. For emergency attention at the Acute Care Area services, there is no need for any appointment. It is located in building 2496. Call Central Appointments at 619-532-8225.


Miramar has its history rooted back to 1917; the U.S. Army purchased the area to establish Camp Kearny. The base was re-designated after World War II which was occupied by the Navy and Marine Corps during the 1940s. After a 50-year hiatus, on October 1, 1997, Miramar once again became a Marine Corps air station. This event marked the end to a 56-year Marine presence in Orange County. Formerly renowned as the Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, this airfield is named as Mitscher Field as an honor to Admiral M.A.

Units: Major units include - Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Aircraft Group,  3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Aircraft Group, Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 , and Marine Air Control Group.


Military housing units are available across Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The Lincoln Military Housing office is located on 2625 LeHardy St., Bldg. 3544 San Diego, California 92136. Dial 6195568443 if you need to sign up for military housing. Housing residents of MCAS Miramar are also provided with assistance and can contact at 8585771121. Depending on the housing unit selected, the wait list may vary from immediate occupancy to 24 months. For detailed information on the housing call (619) 556-9610.

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