Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) spans an area of about 1,100 square miles and is located on the desert county of San Bernardino in Southern California. The base with this huge area is larger than some of the small countries. Located in the desert of Twentynine Palms in California, the base is used for training of the marine corps in a different living experience. The cost of living is moderate in the area.

Cost Of Living: Estimated to be around 86.10 on the cost of living index, Twentynine Palms, California has cheaper cost of living than that of the US.

Automated Telephone Attendant Numbers: 760-830-6000

Base Population: A huge strength of 12,500 active duty staffs with over 24,000 family members, 21,000 DoD/ Contractors and about 1,200 retirees makes the total population of the base.

City/Area Population: The population of Twentynine Palms is about 24,646.

Child Development Centers: Bright Beginnings, Leaps and Bounds, New Horizons and Youth and Teen Oasis are the programs that are run by the Child Development Center on the base aiming at the overall development of children. Unfortunately, the base does not have any school run by the DoD. Children on the base attend schools which are run by the Morongo Unified School District (MUSD). There are many elementary schools, middle schools and high schools run by MUSD.

Youth Programs: The Youth Program on the base is meant for children in the age group of 6-18 years. The Youth and Teen Oasis (YATO) gives the MCAGCC teens the fun of video games, lessons in music, recreational activities like watching television etc. Only the wards of authorized MCCS staffs can avail the benefits of this program.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: 760-830-6344

Employment: As the base is located on the high desert, job opportunities are not very sure in the area. The Morongo Basin is not a great tourist location and hence professional and industrial positions are scanty in the area. At a distance of about 30 miles from the base is the Palm Springs area which offers good tourism related job opportunities. In and around the base, most of the job opportunities can be seen in small businesses. There is a Career Resources Office on the base which assists in finding jobs.

Base Services: For meeting the daily needs of the staffs and their families on the base, there are retail stores run by MCCS and MCX. There is also a commissary available along with other MCCS facilities.

Medical Services: In-patient and out-patient medical care is provided by the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital. The hospital delivers general medical and surgical treatment to the staffs on the base. Specialty and emergency support in some cases may not be available locally within the base. For such cases, the nearby Hi-Desert Medical Center and the Naval Medical center can be contacted. There is also Desert Regional Medical center located about 30 miles away in Palm Springs.  


During the World War II, the ‘Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center’ was serving as a naval auxiliary station. After the end of WWII, the future of this station seemed uncertain. The Navy was using the area as a bombing range till 1945. Later on it was transferred to the San Bernardino County. It was on August 20, 1949, the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Headquarters issued Post Order 343, thereby creating the Marine Corps Training Center, Twentynine Palms. In 1952, the center was given to the marine corps and the Maine Corps Training Center Headquarters was established. In 1957, it was renamed as the Marine Corps Base. In 1979, the base finally became the Maine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.


Some of the major units of MCAGCC base are 1st Tank Bn, 23rd Dental Co, 3rd AAV BN, 3rd LAR Bn, 4th Tank Bn, 7th Marines, ATG, Headquarters Bn, MCCES, MCCES Communication Training Battalion Administration, MCLOG, MCTOG, Naval Hospital etc.


The Combat Center accommodates 10 housing center in its premises. One housing center is located in the 29 Palms Community. There are about 2,304 homes and apartments for married and bachelor staffs. There are also 83 mobile home park for the staffs. Lincoln Military Housing is responsible for maintaining the housing facility both on the base and on the twentynine springs. Married personnel who are going to join the twentynine springs are supposed to report to the Family Housing Welcome Center.

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