MCAS Miramar is on the northern edge of San Diego. Directions to the air station when using any of the following major freeways heading northbound are as follows:
From Interstate 15: Take the Miramar Way exit, which leads directly to the East Gate.
From Interstate 5: Take the La Jolla Village Drive exit and travel east. La Jolla Village Drive will turn into Miramar Road after approximately 2 miles. Travel on Miramar Road east for about 4 miles. Look for the Miramar North Gate sign.
From Interstate 805: Take the Miramar Road exit. Travel on Miramar Road for about 4 miles. Look for the Miramar North Gate sign.
Your First Step
Personnel checking in during weekday working hours should first report to the Personnel Office at the Joint Reception Center, Building 2258. The JRC is just inside the North Gate, off Miramar Road. Personnel are processed 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and given orders to report to assigned unit administration offices.
When arriving after working hours or on weekends and holidays, personnel should report to the command duty officer at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Headquarters, Building 8630. The command duty officer will issue orders to return to the JRC on the next available working day.
All service members are required to check in wearing the Service Alpha uniform. It should also be noted that those checking in after working hours will be required to return in Alphas the next working day. Contact the Personnel Office at 858-577-6602 for more details or visit the MCAS Miramar website at www.miramar.marines.mil.
All single personnel arriving under permanent-change-of-station orders should contact the Billeting Office, Building 4312, after checking into the air station. Service members of all ranks are normally assigned temporary rooms in one of the air station’s transient barracks. After unit assignment, E-5s and below will be given permanent rooms. Staff NCOs and officers will normally be required to obtain housing in the local community.
The size and floor plans of barracks rooms vary, depending on the service members’ rank and unit. All barracks rooms are cable-ready, equipped with a refrigerator and have outside phone access. Off-station phone service can be ordered by calling 800-893-2018. Reservations can be made 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; call 858-577-4233/35. Space availability, including personnel on transient orders, begins at 3 p.m. daily. For more information, call 858-577-4235.
Inns of the Corps-Miramar Inn offers modern rooms in a convenient location. The inn is in Building 2516 and is open 24/7. All rooms, plus 18 family suites, feature private baths, flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary hot breakfast. The Miramar Inn is within walking distance of the exchange, commissary, movie theater and 50-meter swimming pool. Department of Defense personnel, family members, retirees and special guests should contact the inn in advance to make reservations by calling 858-271-7111. Please note that the Miramar Inn is not on the DSN system, so on-base callers must dial 99-271-7111.
Housing costs in San Diego are among the highest in the nation, and military personnel often experience long waits for military family housing. Civilian referral services are available through the housing office, 619-556-9610.
Helpful information when making housing decisions can be found on the Internet at www.sandiego.gov or www.sandiegouniontribune.com, both of which provide additional information on a variety of San Diego issues.
Military Family Housing
San Diego military family housing falls under the jurisdiction of the commander of Naval Bases San Diego and is scattered throughout the county. Currently, there are 26 Navy and Marine Corps military family housing areas in San Diego. Additional housing units are being acquired through leases, acquisition of existing structures, public-private ventures and expansion through construction.
When filing for government housing, service members must choose a specific property’s waiting list on which to be placed. The length of the waiting list for any specific housing area depends on a number of factors such as location, current renovations and the ranks allowed in the area. The average waiting period is 6 to 36 months.
Service members can obtain housing application by submitting a transfer order copy, DEERS information (DD form 1172) with a local housing application or DD Form 1746 (application for assignment to housing) showing detachment date. Applications can be submitted in person, faxed or mailed to the housing office. Submissions by mail or fax should be confirmed within 30 days of arrival. A housing referral package is available upon request by calling 619-556-8443 or by writing to:
Commander Naval Bases (Code N7)
P.O. Box 368114
Military Family Housing
2625 LeHardy St.
San Diego, CA 92136-5182
Traffic Management Office
The Traffic Management Office, in Building 2258, handles all receipt, delivery and packing of personal property shipments.
Those arriving aboard the air station can contact TMO at 858-577-1298 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to establish a time for delivery of their personal effects. Call 858-577-1299 for SATO travel information. Those in receipt of Permanent Change of Station orders should contact TMO as soon as possible to set up an appointment to start the pack-up process.
There are no Department of Defense schools aboard MCAS Miramar or any of the San Diego Naval bases. The closest school districts are the San Diego Unified and Poway Unified School districts. Students residing aboard MCAS Miramar will attend school in Mira Mesa from Kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, call San Diego Unified at 619-725-5578 or Poway Unified Learning Support Service at 858-521-2800.
Private Schools: There are a variety of religious and nonsectarian private schools in all communities. For a list of private schools, call the Office of Education at 858-292-3500 or write to:
Office of Education
San Diego County
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111-7399
School Liaison Office
The MCAS Miramar School Liaison program offers the tools to enhance learning and support military children as they successfully navigate the many transitions unique to a military lifestyle. For more information, call 858-577-6633 or 858-577-8625.
Professional Military Education: The Marine Corps University regional coordinator is aboard MCAS Miramar at building 6022. Contact the College of Distance Education and Training at 858-577-1373/74 for more information about services and support.
Special Education: There are 15 schools within San Diego Unified for physically and academically challenged students. Federal and state laws require all public school districts to provide free, appropriate and individualized education for all handicapped children. Both federal and state legislation mandate timeliness for referral, assessment, certification, placement and provisions of appropriate services to all students with exceptional needs. Instruction varies, according to the needs of each student passed on individual plan. Parents will be asked to participate in planning the specific program for their child. Within San Diego Unified, about 10 percent of the total student enrollment, totaling about 12,000 students, receives some sort of special education service.
All special education teachers are certified by the state for the specific education they provide to handicapped children. The Special Education Parent Facilitator Program oversees the program in San Diego City Schools and helps parents of handicapped children and facilitators employed by the district to provide education. For additional information on special education program, call 800-695-0285 or write to:
National Information Center for
Children and Youth with Handicaps
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
Exceptional Family Member Program
The program assists families with a physical, emotional, developmental or learning-disabled member to ensure adequate care and treatment are available. EFMP Case Managers can assist you with schools appropriate for your special needs child. Call 858-577-4668 for details.
All motorized vehicles operated aboard MCAS Miramar must be registered with the Vehicle Registration Section (Pass & ID) of the Provost Marshal’s Office. Permanent decals are issued at the Pass & ID building, in Building 6200, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 7:30 a.m. to noon Thursday; and 8 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturday of each month. For more information, call 858-577-1463.
The following documents are required to obtain a temporary pass: a valid armed forces identification card; valid state vehicle registration; valid state operator’s license; and proof of insurance in the amounts of $15,000 for personal injury, $30,000 for multiple injury/death and $5,000 for damage to private property. In addition to the requirement for a temporary pass, the following information is required for permanent decals:
- Valid insurance with all drivers’ names listed on the policy.
- A valid motor vehicle smog inspection sticker. (Vehicles registered in states that do not require smog certification must be inspected at the Base Service Station or any other California inspection station.)
- Notarized permission from the owner is required when the vehicle belongs to a spouse or other relative.
- Military members under the age of 26 must present evidence of having completed the Driver Improvement Course offered here or at any Marine Corps installation.
Permanent decals are not issued on weekends or holidays.
Firearms, knives with blades more than 3 inches long and any other type of weapon must be registered with the Provost Marshal’s Office upon entrance to the air station. Those arriving during working hours should take weapons to the Pass & ID section for registration. Military family housing residents may then keep personal weapons in their quarters. Barracks residents must check weapons into the armory for safekeeping. Weapons are not allowed in bachelor quarters, temporary housing areas or any other station facility. Weapons may not be stored in vehicles.
Those arriving after working hours, on weekends or holidays should announce to the gate sentry that a weapon is present. The sentry will then direct the person to the Provost Marshal’s Office, where the weapon will be stored in the PMO armory until working hours.
Department of Motor Vehicles
Most California DMV offices are open Monday through Friday. Military drivers may drive on current out-of-state license and auto registration. Family members should obtain a new driver’s license within 10 days of arrival in the state or a citation could be issued. For more information, contact the CaliforniaDMV hotline at 800-777-0133.