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United States Marine Corps
1526 7th Street
Twentynine Palms, CA 92278-8150
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There are some important rules and regulations that you need to be aware of when coming to 29 Palms.
The telephone automatic information number to obtain command listing and phone numbers to the various facilities aboard MCAGCC is 760-830-6000 DSN 312-230-6000.
All official activities aboard the Combat Center have an area code and prefix of 760-830-xxxx, unless otherwise noted. All off-base, local activities have an area code of 760.
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 312 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 (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
The Information and Referral Program (I&R) is located in bldg 1526. I & R provides Welcome Aboard packages, (WAP), as well as eWAP which includes maps and other resources for those PCSing to 29 Palms. For information about the CG's Welcome Aboard Orientation, contact the I &R at 760-830-6344. Loan Lockers/Hospitality Kits are available with general kitchen items (furniture is not available) for families checking in or out of 29 Palms, contact the I&R for information. Telework number 760-422-5338
The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center's (MCAGCC) two-fold mission is to operate live fire combined arms training that promotes readiness of operating forces and to provide facilities, services, and support, responsive to the needs of tenant commands, marines, sailors and their families.
The land has a history of military use dating back to 1940, when the Army used the area for training glider crews. Glider training ended in 1943, when the Army switched to training fighter pilots. At the end of World War II, the Navy used the area as a bombing range until 1945, when it was transferred to San Bernardino County. In 1952, the Marine Corps took charge and was designated Headquarters Marine Corps Training Center. In 1957, it was commissioned as a Marine Corps Base. In 1979, the Base finally became what we know it as today, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. For more information, please visit Twentynine Palms' homepage.
The population of Twentynine Palms is quite large. It includes
Twentynine Palms has a population of 24,646.
The population of 29 Palms is quite large. It includes 12,500 active duty, 24,000 family members, and another 21,000 DoD/Contractors. Because CA is a popular retirement location 29 Palms has about 1,200 retirees in the area.
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is located in San Bernardino County in Southern California. MCGACC covers more than 1100 square miles of the high desert, which makes it larger than some small countries. The premier training facility is nestled in the quiet desert paradise of Twentynine Palms, and together, makes up one of the most unique living environments in the western United States. The small military community of Twentynine Palms boasts a moderate cost of living, clean air and acts as the Gateway to the great California Outback.
If you are coming in on Interstate 40 East, get on Highway 95 South at Needles, CA to Highway 62 West (29 Palms Highway) at the Vidal Junction. Take Highway 62 West to Adobe Road in 29 Palms then turn right. Adobe Road runs into the main gate.
The Combat Center is located approximately 60 miles from Palm Springs Airport (PSP). The only public transportation from the airport to the Combat Center is the Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA) bus service. Please call 1-800-794-6282 (in CA only) for more information.
Additional Area AirportsOther Airports utilized are Las Vegas (3 1/2 hours drive time); Ontario (2 1/2 hours drive time); Los Angeles (3 1/2 hours drive time) and Palm Springs (1 hour away).
Whatever form of transportation you use, request a receipt to turn in with a travel claim. Make sure you agree upon a fare before departing the area and get a receipt upon arrival.
Arriving at Front Gate
If you arrive at the front gate with a valid ID card, a valid real state drivers license, proof of insurance and valid vehicle registration and then proceed to your unit for in processing.
760-830-6000 DSN 312-230-6000 is automatic system. You can also call 760-830-6344 for the Information & Referral with Relocation Services Office