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29 Palms Personal and Professional Development LibGuide: Welcome Aboard

Welcome Aboard

The Commanding General's Welcome Aboard Brief provides everything you need to know about life aboard MCAGCC. You will learn about different activities and services available on base and the surrounding communities. Per Marine Corps order 1754.10A Military Personnel in grades of E-1 through E-6, O-1 through O-2, and WO-1 must attend Mandatory Settling in Services at Contiguous United States locations. Family members are highly encouraged to attend.  Others aboard MCAGCC that are interested in what MCCS 29 Palms has to offer are also welcome to attend.  

Following the presentations, there is an information fair where you learn more details about each program. Those services on the tabs and have electronic information that will help you better understand their program. To learn more about the Personal and Professional Development branch which includes: Education Center, Career Resource Office, Library Program, Family Member Employment Assistance, Personal Financial Management, and Information & Referral Services please access their tabs above.  For more information, please call or email Information and Referral:

(760) 830-6344

Nicole.horta@usmc.mil

Family Advocacy Program Counseling Services 

Building 1438

General information: (760) 830-6345

The Family Advocacy Program provides services to reduce the risk of abuse in military families. Services include prevention and education, clinical counseling, and assessment and response to reports of abuse. The program also receives reports of problematic sexual behaviors among children and youth and works with parents to obtain services to address these types of behaviors. Victim advocates are available to provide services to victims of family abuse. 

Individual Counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, child & teen, referrals and case management 

TRICARE

Vanda Stanley, Health Benefits Advisor: vanda.j.stanley.civ@mail.mil

(760) 830-2961/2903

TriWest (United Healthcare)

(877) 988-9378

TRICARE Nurse Advice Line:

(800) 874-2273

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Bldg 1447

(760) 830-7740

Ensuring continuity of care for exceptional family members enhances the quality of life for enrolled Marine Corps families in order to support the mission of the Marine Corps.

FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress)

Building 693 (Family Service Center)

Joelle Borja and Maritza Flores: twentyninepalms@focusproject.org

(760) 830-3818 

FOCUS provides consultations and resilience training to military children, families, and couples. It teaches practical skills to help families and couples overcome common challenges related to a military life such as transitions, injury and stress, including stress and uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. It helps build on current strengths and teach new strategies to enhance communication and problem solving, goal setting and creating a shared family story. 

New Parent Support Program (NPSP)

Building 1438 North 

Markescia Corker (760) 830-6345 

The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) is a professional team of registered nurses and licensed clinicians who provide supportive and caring services to military families who are expecting and/or with children from birth to five years of age. Through a variety of voluntary programs, including home visits and classes, the NPSP helps families learn to cope with stress, isolation, post deployment reunions, and the everyday demands of parenthood. 

Child and Youth Programs Resource & Referral (CDC)

Building 694 

(760) 830-3450

Resource and Referral is your one-stop contact for any questions about enrollment in any of the CYP childcare programs. 

Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) 

Building 1417N (4th and Brown St.) 

(760) 830-4997 or (760) 830-0273 

The SAPR Program provides training and education to Marines, Sailors, dependents, and eligible civilians in an effort to foster an environment where sexual assault is not tolerated, provides guidance on how to respond and report, and works with key stakeholders to hold offenders accountable. 

Stroller Warriors Running Club 

Jill Hawkins: strollerwarriors29palms@gmail.com

Stroller Warriors is a free running club that seeks to bring together military spouses or those looking to get together to run, providing a free, safe, and encouraging environment. We host runs twice a week as well as special events throughout the year, and have runs in stroller friendly locations so that those with small children can run with their strollers. 

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)

Building 693, Suite 106

Jaime Farrell: twentyninepalms@nmcrs.org

(760) 830-6323

Liberty Military Housing

Building 1003

(760) 368-4500

If you plan to live in military housing, Liberty is  your housing contact.  Housing applications are available on Liberty's website: www.LiveLMH.com 

Religious Ministries

Building 1541

(760) 830-6464, (760) 830-6892, (760)  830-6646, (760) 830-4739

COVID related anxiety counseling, resilience counseling, virtual spiritual, moral and emotional support to exposed and infected Marines and family members. 

Bob Hope USO

Palm Springs International Airport

North end adjacent to the airport near customs.  Follow airport signage.

(760) 866-1100

Airport comfort lounge for traveling military and their families. Also extensive on-base event programming such as BBQs, Movie Nights, Holiday Parties, Family Days, and more that are coordinated though the units.

Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (NREA)

Building 1418 

Shanese Risper Shanese.risper.ctr@usmc.mil 

Environmental Affairs, Natural and Cultural Resources, Water Resources, Compliance Section, National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), Air Resource Management Office, Pollution Prevention, Recycling, Range Sustainment and Hazardous Waste Management Branch. 

Wood Hobby Shop 

Building 1342

Robert Henry: (760)  830-7214 

The Wood Hobby Shop / Laser Engraving and More Service is located near the main area of the base in the warehouse area. The location is at Building 1342 between 2nd & 3rd Street off of Sturgis. 

The Wood Hobby Shop is a recreational woodworking facility that offers our Marines, Sailors, Family Members and Civilian Counterparts a full-service woodworking hobby, crafts, and furniture building environment. We maintain a complete inventory of woodworking tools and equipment as well and a modest inventory of lumber and supplies to aid in all aspects of project creation and completion. 

The Laser Engraving and More Service allows us to enhance and expand the creativity of our patrons and to provide plaques, plates and other finished products for gifts or presentation at a discounted price. 

American Red Cross

Building 693 (Family Service Center)

(760) 830-6685

(877) 272-7337

Providing assistance in times of emergency and access to financial assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  We serve active duty service members and their families as well as DoD civilians and families serving overseas, National Guard, Reserves, and veterans.

Single Marine Program Spike’s Place 

Building 1532 (Next to Dominions) 

(760) 830-4767

Spikes’ Place, home of the Single Marine Program, is an integral part of the recreation opportunities and programming offered aboard the installation for over 10,000 active-duty Marines and Sailors, and 6,000 Single Marine and Sailors. Spike’s Place is open to ALL ACTIVE DUTY. We house over 800 movies from new school to old school with the Navy Motion pictures programs, a wide array of gaming consoles.  We have computers for gaming, surfing the web, or professional uses, as well as Dell laptop computers.  Entertainment will be no problem. For physical indoor challenges, we offer championship grade pool tables, poker tables, ping pong tables, and a top-quality shuffleboard. To complement the atmosphere of a home away from home, the Single Marine program offers lounging areas equipped with full size flat screen televisions to view UFC, NFL, NBA, MLB, or the latest in the world news. This facility is fully equipped with free Wi-Fi for all patrons within the facility to receive connectivity. For on location activities such as Barracks Bashes, Marine Got Talents talent shows, and outdoor movies nights, patrons can have fun and entertainment close to their living quarters free of charge and hassle free. When getting out and about to Southern California’s most popular recreation areas whether for fun or volunteerism, all ranks are encouraged to partake of these events to continue and help create morale and comradeship out in the communities. 

Opportunities such as these and many more are made possible by Sponsors such as AFAF (American Friends of our Armed Forces), HQMC, and a few others. Ensuring we provide all the Active-duty populations needs in Quality of Life, Volunteerism, and recreation, the facility is open throughout the whole year, 365 days. 

Armed Services YMCA 

Building 693, Suite 102 

(760) 830-7481

The Armed Services YMCA Twentynine Palms branch was opened in 1992. Our focus is to assist the junior enlisted, Sergeant and below, and their families, as they are often most vulnerable to the frequent transitions and obstacles of military life. We seek to make military life easier by offering low-cost and free programs that have been specifically tailored to meet the needs of this unique lifestyle. The ASYMCA cooperates closely with unity and base commands to give back to the men and women who make such a great sacrifice to our nation. We are here to make a difference. We are here to serve.