The Joint Forces Training Base is a full-service joint military training center and airfield. Centered in the greater Los Angeles-Orange County area, this installation serves a wide variety of government and public interests, while making critical assets available to the Nation and State in the event of a regional disaster or emergency.
The Department of the Navy established the Base in 1942 as a Naval Air Station supporting the war effort. Today there are 87 tenant entities representing military services, federal, state, municipal, public, private and nonprofit organizations. The larger of these agencies are the 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) of the California Army National Guard, the 63rd Regional Readiness Command (US Army Reserve), Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Southern Region) and Operation Medfly of California’s Department of Food and Agriculture. Other JFTB tenants include the National Aquatic Center, home of the US Women’s Olympic Water Polo Team, the 9th Civil Support Team for Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Air Force Civil Patrol, the Marine G Company and the Army Airfield. The JFTB also houses the nation’s first Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). The JFTB has a daily average of 850 employees and supports 3,500 military members for Guard and Reserve duty.