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Military Bases in California

California is a large state, and with that come a large number of military bases.

The military bases in California have a diverse background, serving all five branches of the US military and having been founded at widely different times in history.

Like many states, a large number of military bases in California were started around the time of World War II. Others were founded in the early 1900s (One as early as 1842) and some were even started as late as the late 1900s.

Below, you’ll find a quick rundown on each of the military bases in California. They are organized by military branch, with California’s one joint-branch military base at the end.

Feel free to click on the links to the bases’ official websites if there are installations you’d like to learn more about.

Air Force Bases in California

Beale Air Force Base

Location: Marysville, California

In Use: 1942- Present

beale air force base in california
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Overall Mission: This base works to provide the best air, space, and cyber services for combat commanders. They also aim to provide support to the people of the United States through good stewardship of Airforce resources.

Units Stationed:

  • 9th Recon Wing
  • 940th Air Refueling Wing

Official Site: https://www.beale.af.mil/

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Channel Islands Air National Guard Base

Location: Oxnard, California

In Use: 1943- Present

Channel Islands Air National Guard Base in california
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Overall Mission: The main units at this base work to support the US and allies through combat when necessary.

Units Stationed:

  • 146th Airlift Wing

Official Site: https://www.goang.com/locations/california/channel-islands-air-guard-station.html

Edwards Air Force Base

Location: Kern County, California

Edwards Air Force Base in california
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In Use: 1933- Present

Overall Mission: Each of the units stationed at Edwards Air Force Base holds its own, unique mission.

Units Stationed:

  • 412th Mission Support Group
  • 412th Medical Group
  • 412th Test Wing Legal Office
  • 772nd Test Squadron

Official Site: https://www.edwards.af.mil/

Fresno Air National Guard Base

Location: Fresno, California

Fresno Air National Guard Base
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In Use: 1948- Present

Overall Mission: This base, along with the California Air National Guard, works to provide air defense for its home state of California.

Units Stationed:

  • 144th Fighter Wing

Official Site: https://www.144fw.ang.af.mil/

Los Angeles Air Force Base

Location: El Segundo, California

Los Angeles Air Force Base
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In Use: 1962- Present

Overall Mission: This base maintains space force and runs the Space and Missile Systems Center.

Units Stationed:

  • 61st Air Base Group
  • Space and Missile Systems Center

Official Site: https://www.losangeles.af.mil/

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March Air Reserve Base

Location: Riverside, California

March Air Reserve Base
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In Use: 1917- Present

Overall Mission: This base works to organize, train, and equip air refueling systems.

Units Stationed:

  • 452nd Air Mobility Wing
  • 4th Air Force
  • Air Force Reserve Command
  • Air National Guard units

Official Site: https://www.march.afrc.af.mil/

Travis Air Force Base

Location: Solano County, California

Travis Air Force Base
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In Use: 1942- Present

Overall Mission: The main unit at this base has a mission of “Rapidly projecting American power anytime and anywhere.”

Units Stationed:

  • 60th Air Mobility Wing
  • 349th Air Mobility Wing
  • 621st Contingency Response Wing

Official Site: https://www.travis.af.mil/

Vandenburg Air Force Base

Location: Lompoc, California

Vandenburg Air Force Base
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In Use: 1941- Present

Overall Mission: This base has units focusing on construction and space force, “creating the range of the future.”

Units Stationed:

  • 30th Space Wing
  • 30th Medical Group
  • 30th Operations Group
  • 30th Mission Support Group

Official Site: https://www.vandenberg.af.mil/

Army Bases in California

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Camp Parks

Location: Dublin, California

Camp Parks
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In Use: 1943- Present

Overall Mission: This base runs under the command of Fort Hunter Liggett. It hosts excellent academics, battlefield simulation, and an intelligence facility.

Units Stationed:

  • California Reserve units

Official Site: https://home.army.mil/parks/index.php

Camp Roberts

Location: San Miguel, California

Camp Roberts
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In Use: 1940- 1970 (Active Units), Used by the National Guard 1970- Present

Overall Mission: This base started as a support base in WWII, and is now used for National Guard training and civilian hunting and fishing.

Units Stationed:

  • California National Guard

Official Site: https://calguard.ca.gov/cr/

Camp San Luis Obispo

Location: San Luis Obispo, California

Camp San Luis Obispo
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In Use: 1928- Present

Overall Mission: This camp was founded for the first National Guard troops in California, and was later used by Active units during the Vietnam war. Now, the base serves as a training site for the California National Guard.

Units Stationed:

  • California National Guard

Official Site: https://calguard.ca.gov/cslo/

Fort Hunter Liggett

Location: Southern Monterey County

Southern Monterey County
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In Use: 1940- Present

Overall Mission: This base is a place to “live, work, and train.” Its main goals are mission readiness and an excellent quality of life for its soldiers and families.

Units Stationed:

  • 91st Training Division
  • 80th Training Command
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Logistics Readiness Center

Official Site: https://home.army.mil/liggett/index.php

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Fort Irwin

Location: Barstow, California

Fort Irwin
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In Use: 1800s- Present

Overall Mission: This base aims to provide “tough and realistic” training, prepare Brigade Combat Teams for combat, and to take care of the community, including soldiers, families, and civilians.

Units Stationed:

  • 1st Squadron
  • 57th WG “Ravens Air Warriors”
  • 11th ACR “Ironhorse”
  • 11th ACR “Eagkehorse
  • NTC Support Battalion

Official Site: https://home.army.mil/irwin/index.php

Presidio of Monterey

Location: Monterey, California

presidio of monterey
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In Use: 1846- Present

Overall Mission:  This base provides BASPOS support to the units and people they serve, and to enhance overall readiness.

Units Stationed:

  • 29th Military Intelligence Battalion
  • 517th Training Group
  • Center for Intelligence Dominance Detachment
  • Defense Military Pay Office

Official Site: https://home.army.mil/monterey/index.php

Sierra Army Depot

Location: Susanville, California

sierra army depot
Image: Google Maps

In Use: 1942- Present

Overall Mission: This base holds an important role in the readiness of equipment operations, craftsmen, machinists, and support personnel.

Units Stationed:

  • 104th Quarter Master
  • Combat Support Units
  • Medical Material Agency
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency

Official Site: https://www.sierra.army.mil/index.html

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Navy Bases in California

Navy Air Facility El Centro

Location: Southern California’s Imperial Valley

Navy Air Facility El Centro
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In Use: 1946- Present

Overall Mission: This base has a mission to “support combat training and readiness of the Warfighter,” including air operations, operational fleet, and training.

Units Stationed:

  • Navy Region Southwest
  • Blue Angels
  • Training Squadrons

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/naf_el_centro.html

Naval Air Station Lemoore

Location: Lemoore, California

Naval Air Station Lemoore
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In Use: 1961- Present

Overall Mission: This base supports the Strike-Fighter Wing, US Pacific Fleet, and shares its mission to train, man, and equip all of the west coast Strike-Fighter squadrons.

Units Stationed:

  • Strike Fighter Wing, Pacific Fleet

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/nas_lemoore.html

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake

Location: Western Mojave Desert Region, California

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake
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In Use: 1943- Present

Overall Mission: This base is the provider and maintainer of facilities and land that are used for Navy research, testing, acquisition, and evaluation of weapons systems.

Units Stationed:

  • Naval Air Weapons Division
  • Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Three One
  • Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine
  • Marine Aviation Department
  • Explosive Ordinance Disposal
  • Navy Facilities Engineering Command

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/naws_china_lake.html

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Naval Base Coronado

Location: San Diego, California

Naval Base Coronado
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In Use: 1997- Present

Overall Mission: Naval Base Coronado supports the services and programs that ensure the readiness of both afloat and ashore squadrons.

Units Stationed:

  • 16 Helicopter Squadrons
  • 2 Fixed Wing Squadrons
  • 4 SEAL Teams
  • 2 Aircraft Carriers
  • Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Squadrons

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/navbase_coronado.html

Naval Base Point Lama

Location: San Diego, California

Naval Base Point Lama
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In Use: 1959- Present

Overall Mission: This base provides maximum fleet combat readiness by providing top-level support to shore and fleet commands.

Units Stationed:

  • Submarine Base
  • Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command
  • Fleet Combat Training Center- Pacific
  • SPAWAR
  • Naval Consolidated Brig, Miramar
  • Fleet Intelligence Command- Pacific

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/navbase_point_loma.html

Naval Base San Diego

Location: San Diego, California

Naval Base San Diego
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In Use: 1922- Present

Overall Mission: Naval Base San Diego is committed to providing both the best support and the best quality of life to the “Fleet, Fighter, and Family.”

Units Stationed:

  • Pacific Fleet

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/navbase_san_diego.html

Naval Base Ventura County

Location: Port Migu, San Nicolas Island, and Port Hueneme

Naval Base Ventura County
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In Use: 1941 (First Built), 2000- Present (in use)

Overall Mission: This base has a mission to “deliver proactive quality support” to tenants, allowing them to complete safe, secure, and diverse base operations.

Units Stationed:

  • Pacific Seabees
  • E-2C Hawkeyes
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center- Port Hueneme
  • Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center
  • Naval Air Warfare Center- Weapons Division

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/navbase_ventura_county.html

Naval Support Activity Monterey

Location: Monterey, California

Naval Support Activity Monterey
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In Use: 1942- Present

Overall Mission: This base aims to provide high-quality operations for on-base missions as well as to care for the quality of life of its tenants, employees, and customers.

Units Stationed:

  • Naval Post Graduate School
  • Defense Training Recourse Analysis
  • FISC San Diego Detachment- Monterey
  • Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center- Monterey

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/nsa_monterey.html

Naval Weapons Station Seal Branch

Location: Seal Beach, California

Naval Weapons Station Seal Branch
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In Use: 1944- Present

Overall Mission: This bases’ mission is to provide infrastructure support to both the Naval Ordinance mission and fleet support missions and activities.

Units Stationed:

  • Navy Munitions Command

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/installations/nws_seal_beach.html

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Marine Corps Bases in California

Camp Pendleton

Location: North San Diego County, California

Camp Pendleton
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In Use: 1942- Present

Overall Mission: This base serves as a place for training and aims to promote combat readiness, as well as the missions of all tenants and training units.

Units Stationed:

  • 1st Marine Division
  • 1st Marine Logistics Group
  • I Marine Expeditionary Force
  • Marine Corps Installations- West
  • 1st Marine Raider Battalion
  • Wounded Warrior Battalion- West
  • Marine Corps Air Station- Camp Pendleton

Official Site: https://www.pendleton.marines.mil/

Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow

Location: Barstow, California

Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow
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In Use: 1942- Present

Overall Mission: This base provides infrastructure, logistics, and services that support Marine Corps operational readiness.

Units Stationed:

  • 1st Force Storage Battalion
  • DLA Disposition Services
  • Production Plant Barstow

Official Site: https://www.mclbbarstow.marines.mil/

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Location: San Diego, California

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
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In Use: 1917- 1920 (as Camp Kearny), 1929- Present 

Overall Mission: This base supports contingency operations and the units that are deployed to do the same.

Units Stationed:

  • 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
  • 3rd MAW
  • CLC-11
  • Naval Brig Miramar
  • MCI- West

Official Site: https://www.miramar.marines.mil/

Twentynine Palms

Location: San Bernadino County, California

Twentynine Palms
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In Use: 1952- Present

Overall Mission: This base serves as one of the largest deployment training facilities in the country.

Units Stationed:

  • Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center
  • 7th Marine Regiment
  • 1st Tank Battalion
  • 3rd LAR Battalion
  • 3rd Battalion 11th Marines
  • 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion
  • 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion
  • CLB-7
  • MCCES
  • 4th Tank Battalion

Official Site: https://www.29palms.marines.mil/

Coast Guard Bases in California

Integrated Support Command Alameda

Location: Alameda, California (Coast Guard Island)

Integrated Support Command Alameda
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In Use: 1926- Present

Overall Mission: This base provides direct support to the US Coast Guard in a multitude of fashions.

Units Stationed:

  • Coast Guard District 11
  • Training Team One
  • Electronics Support Unit- Alameda
  • Commander- Pacific Area
  • Commander- Maintenance and Logistics Pacific Command

Official Site: https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/our-organization/director-of-operational-logistics-dol/bases/base-alameda/

Training Center Petaluma Coast Guard Base

Location: Petaluma, California

Training Center Petaluma Coast Guard Base
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In Use: 1942- Present

Overall Mission: This base “trains and supports leaders” of and for the US Coast Guard.

Units Stationed:

  • Coast Guard training units

Official Site: https://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Petaluma/

Joint Military Bases in California

Joint Forces Training Base- Los Alamitos

Location: Los Alamitos, California

Joint Forces Training Base- Los Alamitos
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In Use: 1942- Present

Overall Mission: This base aims to operate an air field that also suits the needs of the US Army.

Units Stationed:

  • California Air and Army National Guard

Official Site: https://calguard.ca.gov/jftb_losalamitos/

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