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United States Marine Corps
6200 Miramar Way
San Diego, CA 92145-2008
Information & Referral
The cost of living in San Diego, California is 44% higher than the national average.
Housing, Utilities & Transportation
San Diego's housing expenses are 136% higher than the national average and the utility prices are 15% higher than the national average. Transportation expenses like bus fares and gas prices are 29% higher than the national average. The following are estimates based on the cost of living percentage in San Diego compared to the national average:
Food & Grocery
San Diego has grocery prices that are 13% higher than the national average. The following are estimates based on the cost of living percentage in San Diego compared to the national average:
Quality of life construction is ongoing on MCAS Miramar.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 267 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial 858-307-1011. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
The mission of MCAS Miramar is to maintain and operate Air Station facilities and property while providing services, material support, and training venues that promote combat readiness and support the missions of 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and other tenants aboard the installation. On order, MCAS Miramar will act as a power projection platform to support Joint Force operations in the Indo-Pacific Command.
For more information on MCAS Miramar, visit https://www.miramar.marines.mil.
Miramar is a former cattle and citrus ranch that was first acquired by the military for Army Infantry Training in 1914, and was named Camp Kearny. After World War I, aviation had secured a foothold in San Diego and in military strategy. Miramar became an Auxiliary field for the Navy and a major air base for the Marine Corps.
Miramar quickly expanded when World War II broke out. Redesigned in 1946 as MCAS Miramar, the Marines soon moved to El Toro in 1947. On April 1, 1952, Miramar was developed as a Master Jet Station of the Pacific fleet.
In 1960, the eastern-most portion of present-day MCAS Miramar was transferred to the Air Force, and later to NASA for missile testing. The remaining portion of Camp Elliot and NASA training sites were transferred back to Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar in 1997.
On October 1, 1997, Naval Air Station Miramar officially became MCAS Miramar again following the closure of MCAS El Toro and Tustin. For more information, please visit Miramar's homepage.
Mira Mesa has a population of approximately 80,000 and is the largest community in San Diego. San Diego County has a population of 3,095,313.
MCAS Miramar Population:
MCAS Miramar is located approximately 15 miles north of downtown San Diego, near I-15 and town of Mira Mesa. The installation is close to the Navy ships that our Marines deploy on, the areas in which our aviation units train, and the ground combat troops we support. MCAS Miramar is strategically positioned approximately 40 miles south of Camp Pendleton, the Corps' largest amphibious assault training area. The Naval Air Station North Island, the largest aerospace industrial complex, is 20 miles south of Miramar.
If arriving by car from the West on I-8, take I-15 North to the Miramar Way exit and follow signs to the Main Gate. If you are arriving from the North on I-15, turn west on Miramar Road and go 1/2 mile. The North Gate is on your left at the next light after Black Mountain Road. Please note: the North Gate is open daily Mon-Fri (except for holidays) from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
If arriving from I-5 North take I-805 and then go east on Miramar Road and drive 4 miles to the North gate on the right of Miramar Road, after Camino Ruiz. Or, from I-5 North take 56 East exit to I-15 North , turn west on Miramar Road and go about 1/2 mile to North Gate.
San Diego, once reputed to be a sleepy little Navy town, is rapidly growing into an internationally recognized city with a technologically dynamic economy making it the nation's sixth largest city. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, it is known worldwide as one of the best tourist destinations. San Diego is considered a high-cost area. The base operator's phone number is 858-307-1011. To view a Welcome Aboard video visit their website at www.miramar.marines.mil/Arriving/Welcome-Aboard-Video/.
San Diego's main airport is San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field), located downtown near San Diego Bay and Harbor. The busiest single-runway commercial airport in the country with about 600 flights a day, the Airport is served by 21 commercial airlines, three terminals, state-of-the-art facilities and free terminal-to-terminal transportation. San Diego is also served by two municipal airports and eight general aviation airports operated by the County of San Diego.
USO Neil Ash Airport
This center is reserved for Active and Reserve Service Members and their dependents who are in transit at the airport. Retirees with appropriate DoD ID card will be allowed in on a space available basis at the discretion of the Staff on duty. Overnight requests are not available at this time.
Transportation from the Airport to MCAS Miramar is available through their shuttle service for $21.00. This reduced rate is available only at USO Center and applies to all active duty members and families, retired personnel, and DOD civilian.
Upon arrival at MCAS front gate when driving a rental car, ensure rental agreement is readily available. All military personnel needing to check in, proceed to the JRC (Joint Reception Center) bldg. 2258 between 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. If arriving after 4:00 p.m., and needing to check-in, then proceed to the Headquarters Building (bldg. 8630) and check in with the Command Duty Officer. The CDO can be reached at 858-307-1141.
If you have a reservation at the Inns of the Corps - Miramar, proceed to building 2515 located on Bauer Road or contact the Inn for assistance at 858-271-7111.
From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Starting from:LAX - Los Angeles International AirportLAX, Los Angeles, CA
Arriving at:Miramar Way At I-15, San Diego, CA
Distance:128.1 milesApproximate Travel Time:1 hour 56 mins
1. Start going towards the AIRPORT EXIT on DEPARTURES ACC/WORLD WAY N - go 0.1 mi
2. Turn Left on EAST WAY/PARKING 1 AND 7 ACC - go 0.2 mi
3. Turn Left on DEPARTURES ACC/WORLD WAY S - go 0.2 mi
4. Continue towards CENTURY BLVD/SEPULVEDA BLVD SOUTH/CA-1 SOUTH/(I-105)/AIRPORT EXIT - go 0.3 mi
5. Continue on S SEPULVEDA BLVD - go 0.4 mi
6. Take IMPERIAL HWY WEST/I-105 EAST towards NORWALK - go 0.4 mi
7. Take I-105 EAST towards NORWALK - go 16.7 mi
8. Take the I-605 NORTH/I-605 SOUTH exit - go 0.2 mi
9. Continue on I-605 SOUTH RAMP - go 0.9 mi
10. Merge on I-605 SOUTH - go 8.3 mi
11. Take the I-405 SOUTH/CA-22 RAMP exit - go 0.3 mi
12. Continue on I-405 SOUTH/CA-22 EAST RAMP towards GARDEN GROVE/SAN DIEGO - go 0.6 mi
13. Merge on I-405 SOUTH - go 23.4 mi
14. Continue on I-5 SOUTH - go 42.3 mi
15. Take the CA-78 EAST exit towards VISTAWAY/ESCONDIDO/SAN MARCOS/VISTA - go 0.3 mi
16. Take the CA-78 EAST exit - go 16.1 mi
17. Take the I-15 SOUTH exit towards SAN DIEGO - go 17.5 mi
18. Arrive at MIRAMAR WAY AT I-15, SAN DIEGO
From San Diego International Lindbergh Field Airport
Starting from:San Diego International Lindbergh Field AirportSAN, San Diego, CA
Distance:17.5 milesApproximate Travel Time:24 mins
1. Start going towards the AIRPORT EXIT on TERMINAL 2 - go 0.3 mi
2. Continue on AIRPORT EXIT towards AIRPORT EXIT/COMMUTER TERMINAL/HARBOR ISLAND/POINT LOMA - go 0.1 mi
3. Turn Left on N HARBOR DR - go 2.0 mi
4. Turn Left on W GRAPE ST - go 0.4 mi
5. Turn Right to take I-5 SOUTH - go 0.5 mi
6. Take the 10TH AVE/CA-163 NORTH exit towards ESCONDIDO - go 0.6 mi
7. Take the CA-163 NORTH exit towards ESCONDIDO - go 9.8 mi
8. Take the I-15 NORTH exit - go 2.5 mi
9. Take the MIRAMAR RD/POMERADO RD exit - go 0.3 mi
10. Turn Left on POMERADO RD - go 0.1 mi
11. POMERADO RD becomes MIRAMAR RD/POMERADO RD - go < 0.1 mi
12. MIRAMAR RD/POMERADO RD becomes MIRAMAR RD - go 0.9 mi
13. Arrive at MIRAMAR WAY AT I-15, SAN DIEGO
When using any driving directions or map, it's a good idea to do a check and make sure the road still exists, watch out for construction, and follow all traffic safety precautions. This is only to be used as an aid in planning.
There are 7 Uber/Lyft pickup/drop-off locations aboard the installation. All drivers must have DBIDS access to enter the base.
Miramar Road has a bus line and the closest bus stop is near the Shell Station on Miramar Road and Camino Ruiz - approximately 1 block outside the north gate. Please note: the North Gate is only open Mon-Fri (including holidays) from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
To reach the base operation, dial 858-307-1011.