Near Barstow in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
National Training Center and Fort Irwin
In 1844, Captain John C. Fremont, accompanied by Kit Carson, was the first member of the US Army to visit the Fort Irwin area.
8 August 1940: Mojave Anti-Aircraft Range established by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
4 November 1942: Camp Irwin named after MG G. Leroy Irwin, Battle Commander 57th Field Artillery Brigade.
18 May 1951: Activated as U.S. Army Armored Combat and Desert Training Area.
9 August 1979: The Department of the Army selected Fort Irwin as the National Training Center.
June 1985, The 197th Infantry BDE participated in the first extended (BDE level) NTC Rotation.
26 October 1994: The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment serves as the Army's Opposing Force at the National Training Center.
August 2021, The 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division completed the 400th NTC Rotation.
37 Miles South of Death Valley, 37 Miles NW of Barstow in the Mojave Desert.
Training area: 1200 Square Miles.
Restricted Air Space: 0-25,000 ft.
Located just 150 miles from Los Angeles and 180 miles from Las Vegas.
Altitude: 2505 ft. above sea
Highest point is 6148 ft., in the Avawatz Mtns.
Annual rainfall: 4 inches.
Average High Temperature: 78.
Record High Temperature: 114.
Average Low Temperature: 58.
Record Low Temperature: 7.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Military.
Location. 35° 12.19′ N, 116° 45.027′ W. Marker is near Barstow, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on Fort Irwin Road, 26 miles north of Interstate 15, on the right when traveling north. Located at Painted Rocks, one mile south of the military base. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barstow CA 92311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Irwin (approx. 1.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on March 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 2, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.