Lloyd G. LeClain spent much of his career serving in the United States Navy, where he reached the rank of captain. Lloyd G. LeClain’s wife also served in the Navy for over 30 years. In recognition of his continued support of the U.S. Navy community, a classroom at the Naval Readiness Center at Naval Base Ventura County in California is dedicated to Captain LeClain.

One of Southern California’s largest military bases, Naval Base Ventura County encompasses three major facilities: Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, and San Nicolas Island. Over 19,000 people work on the base, and over 80 commands, including three warfare centers, occupy space there.

The base’s deployable units include the Pacific Seabees, the Navy’s construction force who also have a museum on site. Additionally, four Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadrons operate from Naval Base Ventura County, where they run the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, a surveillance and command aircraft.

Amenities on the base include medical and dental facilities, a movie theater, and a commissary open seven days a week.

Comprising the functioning naval facilities Point Mugu, San Nicolas Island, and Port Hueneme, Naval Base Ventura County is located in a valuable spot in Southern California. Starting as a temporary depot during World War II, it was originally used to train the newly developed Seabees, the Navy’s Construction Battalion. Throughout the war, it served as the home to the Naval Construction Battalion Center and to the Naval Air Missile Test Center. The Korean War saw an increase in activity at Naval Base Ventura County as most of the Navy’s supplies traveled through it.

Today, Naval Base Ventura County provides shore services to those in the Sea Services. Its facilities contain air and port operations as well as legal, public affairs, safety, training, and emergency management services. Additionally, the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, the second-oldest official Navy museum, sits on its premises.

About the Author:

Currently the Chief Executive Officer of Executive Concepts in Washington, D.C., Lloyd G. LeCain spent more than three decades in the Navy and the Naval Reserves before retiring as a captain. Recently, Naval Base Ventura County dedicated a classroom to him at its Naval Readiness Center.