Welcome to the Official MarineParents.com page for PDS MCAGCC 29 Palms. If your Marine is stationed at Twentynine Palms, California then you are in the right place.
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Unit Information Page™
MarineParents.com has Unit Information Pages (UIP) that contain unit history and location, USMC contact information, and web sites for each unit. The following links are UIP's for units aboard this Permanent Duty Station (PDS):
- MCAGCC Twentynine Palms
- 7th Marine Regiment
- 1st Battalion 7th Marines (1/7)
- 2nd Battalion 7th Marines (2/7)
- 3rd Battalion 7th Marines (3/7)
- 3rd Battalion 11th Marines (3/11)
- 3rd Battalion 4th Marines (3/4)
- 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion (3rd CEB)
- 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (3r LAR)
- Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 (MWSS 374)
- 1st Tank Battalion (1st Tanks)
- Combat Logistics Battalion 7 (CLB-7 )
PDS MCAGCC 29 Palms: Mission
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC): Provide a standard of excellence in managing facilities, services and support to the operating forces, and families in order to ensure readiness of the tenant and resident commands aboard the Combat Center.
Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command (MAGTFTC): Manage the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Program (MAGTFTP) and conduct service level Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) combined arms training to enhance the combat readiness of the operating forces and support the Marine Corps' responsibilities to national security.
- Bachelor Billeting
- Base Access
- Check In Locations
- Civilian Human Resources
- DEERS ID Card
- Distribution Management Office
- Family Housing
- Legal Assistance
- Off Limits Establishments
- Provost Marshal (Military Police)
- Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital
- Sound Reporting
Information taken from https://www.29palms.marines.mil/ on 6/1/2018.
A Place to Connect & Share®
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Bridgeport: Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center
The Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC) is one of the Corps most remote and isolated post. The center was established in 1951 as a Cold Weather Battalion with a mission of providing cold weather training for replacement personnel bound for Korea. After the Korea conflict the name was changed to the Marine Corps Cold Weather Training Center. As a result of its expanded role it was renamed the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in 1963. MCMWTC operated on a full time basis until 1967 when it was placed in a caretaker status as a result of the Vietnam War. The training center was reactivated to a full-time command on May 19th 1976.
The center occupies 46,000 acres of Toiyabe National Forrest under management of the U.S. Forrest Service. A letter of agreement between the Forrest Service an the Marine Corps permits the use of the area to train Marines in mountain and cold weather operations.
The center is cited at 6,762 feet, with elevations in the training areas ranging to just under 12,000 feet. During the winter season (October - April) snow accumulation can rear 6 to 8 feet. Further, sever storms can deposit as much as four feet in a 12 hour period. Annual temperatures range from -20 degrees to +90 degrees Fahrenheit.
The MCMWTC conducts formal schools for individuals and battalion training in summer and winter mountain operations. The training emphasis on enhancing overall combat capability.
Marines at the center are also involved in testing cold weather equipment and clothing, and developing doctrine and concepts to enhance our Corps ability to fight and win in mountain and cold weather environments.
The Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center conducts service-level MAGTF integrated exercises and supporting formal schools, develops warfighting doctrine, supports RDT&E for specialized equipment for use in mountain warfare operations, and maintains installation infrastructure and services in order to facilitate increased USMC readiness.
Information taken from https://www.29palms.marines.mil/mcmwtc on 6/8/2018.
Travel to Twentynine Palms
There are three gates for access to Twentynine Palms; the Main Gate, Ocotillo Gate, and the Condor Gate. The Main Gate is the only one that is accessible 24/7. The Condor and Ocotillo Gates are open Monday-Friday from 0530-0900 & 1400-1730. If you want to enter the base where the shops, movie theater, and other activities are located, we recommend using the Main Gate.
There are several small airports near Twentynine Palms, however, it seems there are two you're more likely to want to use. Depending on where you're flying from you may be able to get lucky and fly into Palm Springs International Airport. This airport is a little over an hour from the base so the drive won't be so bad. If you're not fortunate enough to be able to fly into Palm Springs you'll most likely have to fly into Ontario International Airport. The drive will be a little more than two hours.
From Palm Springs International Airport:
Take N Farrell Drive and turn right onto E Vista Chino. Get on I-10 W for about three miles and then get on CA-62 E for 46 miles. Turn left onto Lear Ave, turn right onto Indian Trail and finally turn left onto Adobe Rd. Adobe will take you all the way to the Main Gate.
From Ontario International Airport:
Head northwest on E Airport Dr toward Rental Car Rd. Turn right onto N Archibald Ave and then turn right onto the Interstate 10 E ramp. You'll stay on I-10 for about 60 miles and then take exit 117 for CA-62 toward 29 Palms/Yucca Valley. You'll stay on CA-62 E all the way until you're in Twentynine Palms. Turn left onto Lear Ave, turn right onto Indian Trail and finally turn left onto Adobe Rd. Adobe will take you all the way to the Main Gate.
There are several activities near the base to take part in. There are a few hotels such as the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, which preserves and shares the history and artifacts related to Twentynine Palms and the Morongo Basin area. The view from atop the Kelso Dunes is said to be amazing if you're able to make it to the top. In the area, there is also the Historic Dale Mining District, historic Pioneertown, and the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Joshua Tree National Park is only a few miles away and offers 12 self-guided nature trails as well as Ranger-led programs. There is also mountain biking and rock climbing available. The most popular destination is probably Big Bear Lake, known best for the Bear Mountain Ski Resort. It's about an hour and a half drive away but quite enjoyable once you're there.
Local Climate and Weather
Despite the climate being slightly cooler than on the valley floor, temperatures can still reach near 100 degrees in the summer. The average temperature in the winter is around 50 degrees. The average annual precipitation is about 8 inches and snow is rare. Earthquakes in Twentynine Palms are less likely than the average California city but are still higher than the national average.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Twentynine Palms-Joshua Tree National Park
The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is the first all-suite hotel in the Morongo Basin (Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree) offering an expanded complimentary breakfast buffet, fitness center, business center and both wired and wireless internet.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Twentynine Palms-Joshua Tree
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Twentynine Palms-Joshua Tree is situated along Highway 62 and provides easy access to area attractions. The hotel is located three miles from the Oasis Visitor Center and seven miles from Joshua Tree National Park. The hotel's proximity to the US Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) or 29 Palms Marine Base makes it an ideal choice for those on official or unofficial duty.