Location: Twentynine Palms, CA 92278
Years of Operation: 1940-Present
Twentynine Palms became a Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in 1979 and has continued operations since. However, the base has been a training site since 1940. The army began training glider crews and shifted to training fighter pilots in 1943. The military also used the site as a bombing range until 1945. The Marine Corps obtained the base in 1952 after it was briefly in the hands of the county.
Currently, the base is the largest military training center in the U.S. It’s home to the Mojave Viper training program, and many troops spend time at the base before deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|PFAS (Firefighting Foam)||Increased cholesterol|
Reproductive, developmental, liver, kidney, and immunological issues in laboratory animals. Tumors in animals. (Source)
If you were present at Twentynine Palms and have experienced adverse health effects, you may be eligible for compensation.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.