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Fort Irwin is a major training area for the United States Military. Located approx 39 miles northest of Barstow California, the base is also a National Training Center as well as part of the Installation Management Command. The Blackhorse Cavalry, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, are stationed here to provide an enemy force to units on a training rotation.
Housing is available on base, however, if you are interested in an off base home, Barstow is the nearest city to the base.
Ft. Irwin's History
Bitter Springs is nestled on the eastern edge of what is now known as Ft. Irwin. In the early days of the pioneers it become a popular resting spot on the Old Spanish Trail which linked Sante Fe to Los Angeles. In 1844 Captain John C. Fremont accompanied by Kit Carson established a camp near Bitter Springs to serve travelers on the Old Spanish Trail and the Mormon Trail.California's Gold Rush brought many travelers through the camp, raids and horse stealing began to be problematic so the Army's Mormon battalion began patrolling Bitter Springs.
In 1940, President Franklin D. Rosevelt established the Mojave Anti-Aircraft Range and in 1942 the camp was renamed Camp Irwin. In 1961 the camp was again renamed, to its final designation as Fort Irwin.