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Located within the western Riverside County region of Southern California, March Air Force Base (AFB) encompassed approximately 6,500 acres straddling Interstate 215 (Highway 395) just south of Highway 60. March AFB was first established as a military installation in 1918, and has operated almost continually since. In July, 1993, March AFB was selected to be realigned, and subsequently converted from an active duty base to a Reserve Base, effective April 1, 1996. The decision to realign March AFB resulted in approximately 4,400 acres of property and facilities being declared surplus and available for disposal actions, as well as joint use of the airfield.

Prior to base realignment, the base employed over 10,000 military personnel and civilian employees. The existence of the base in its pre-realignment condition contributed an estimated $500 million annually to the regional economy. With the announcement of realignment, the regional economic loss with the change in military mission at March was immediately recognized. While base realignment and the associated loss to the region came at an inopportune time, the opportunities relative to the planning and implementation of new uses and providing for unmet needs of the region have arisen. The March JPA is planning and implementing new uses for currently vacant lands, reuse of existing facilities, and joint use of the airfield facilities for the development of an air cargo facility. In short, long-term economic gains in the form of developing a civilian air cargo center, and the growth and development of an employment center to account for 38,000 jobs, are projected.



Responsibilities


The March JPA, in addition to being designated as the federally recognized reuse authority for the former active duty base, has also assumed other responsibilities. These authorities include:

California Redevelopment Agency
The March Joint Powers Redevelopment Agency was established with the formation of the March AFB Redevelopment Project Area, which includes the entire 6,500-acre former active duty base area, and approximately 450 acres adjacent to the base in the industrial area of the City of Moreno Valley.

Land Use Authority
On March 11, 1997, land use authority was transferred to March JPA from the County of Riverside. The March JPA has adopted development and building codes and standards. The March JPA General Plan has been developed by the March JPA in accordance with state statutes, as well as the associated Master Environmental Impact Report. The March JPA General Plan is designed to implement the March Final Reuse Plan and related activities.

Airport Authority
March Inland Port Airport Authority (MIPAA), is a governing body under the governance umbrella of the March JPA. MIPAA is responsible for the development and operation of the March Inland Port (MIP), a joint-use aviation facility targeted for air cargo operations.

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History of the JPA


March Air Force Base (AFB), California, a military installation in use almost continually since 1918, served as an active duty aerial refueling and deployment base, and encompassed approximately 6,500 acres. Recommended for realignment by BRAC in 1993, March AFB converted to March Air Reserve Base (ARB) on April 1, 1996, resulting in the surplusing of approximately 4,400 acres of property and a number of buildings. Base realignment resulted in a significant impact to the local economy. The impacts are measured in direct loss of military and civilian jobs, loss of contract spending by the base, and loss of indirect economic activity as a result of the changes. Prior to realignment, the base employed more than 9,000 military personnel and civilian employees. The existence of the base in its pre-realignment condition contributed an estimated $500 million annually to the regional economy.

The March Joint Powers Authority (JPA), formed in 1993 and is charged with the responsibility of base reuse, planning, and development, including establishing a joint-use aviation facility. While base realignment and the associated loss to the region came at an inopportune time, the opportunities relative to the planning and implementation of new uses and providing for unmet needs of the region have arisen. The March JPA is planning and implementing new uses for currently vacant lands, reuse of existing facilities, and joint use of the airfield facilities for the development of an air cargo facility. Overall, long-term economic gains in the form of developing a civilian air cargo center and the growth and development of an employment center to account for 38,000 jobs are projected.

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Jurisdictions


With the announcement of base realignment at March, the adjacent jurisdictions immediately formed a joint powers authority. March Joint Powers Authority (JPA) is a public entity, created for the purpose of addressing the use, reuse, and joint use of realigned March AFB. The four individual public entities that cooperatively formed the JPA are the cities of Perris, Moreno Valley, and Riverside, and the County of Riverside. The JPA was created by separate resolutions of the four jurisdictions in September, 1993.

The JPA is governed by the provisions of the Joint Powers Agreement that created the Authority. The JPA Agreement created the March Joint Powers Commission (JPC). This Commission is the decision- and policy-making body for the Authority. It consists of eight elected officials (two from each of the four jurisdictions). In addition to completing the organizational requirements of initiating a new governmental jurisdiction, the JPA quickly assumed the leadership position in looking toward the future of March, as was designated by the federal government as the Local Redevelopment Agency (LRA).

Riverside County
City of Riverside
City of Moreno Valley
City of Perris


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Chronology of Base Realignment Activities


Outline of Chronology Milestones of the March AFB Realignment

MILESTONE DATE ACTION
March Field Established 1918 Riverside community purchases property to convey to the US Army at Alessandro Heights.
MAFB - Pre- Realignment 1947-1996 Multiple Air Force, Reserve, and National Guard missions. Over 8,000 full-time employees at realignment.
Pre-BRAC 1992-1993 Communities generate support to keep MAFB open and make their position to the public and the BRAC Commission.
BRAC Decision July 1993 BRAC Commission announced the realignment of MAFB to an Air Force Reserve installation, effective April 1996, with the President accepting the proposal.
Formation of March JPA September 1993 Resolutions from Riverside County and the Cities of Perris, Moreno Valley, and Riverside.
JPA Operations January 1994 Joint Powers Commission sets policies; hires initial staff; procures first grant from Office of Economic Adjustment; initiates base reuse planning process.
MAFB Master Reuse Plan September 1994 Assembly Bill 3769 was passed by the California Legislature, granting special authority to permit the development of the Base.
AB 3769 September 1994 Assembly Bill 3769 was passed by the California Legislature, granting special authority to permit the development of the Base.
Federal Real Property Screening May 1994 Air Force publishes a listing of properties that are excess to its needs in Federal Register; other agencies have opportunity to "claim" for their use.
Homeless Assistance Planning December 1994 JPA submitted request to Secretary of Defense to conduct homeless assistance screening and planning under new legislation.
Homeless Assistance Plan December 1995 JPA adopted the homeless assistance plan.
Interim Leases 1995-1998 The JPA and the Air Force agree to terms on a number of interim leases; the JPA sub-lease the facilities to tenants.
Establish March JPA Redevelopment Agency January 1996 The JPA established the Agency, after July 1995 the JPA instituted feasibility analyses to examine the potential of establishing a redevelopment agency.
Final EIS March 1996 The Air Force issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).
Adoption of Redevelopment Plan July 1996 Certification of Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), and adoption of March JPA Redevelopment Agency Project Area & Plan.
Golf Course Public Benefit Conveyance December 1996 The National Park Service approved the JPA's application for a no-cost conveyance of the March AFB Golf Course.
General Plan March 1997 JPA assumes land use control for all surplus property; JPA staff begins process of completing California General Plan.
"Joint Use Agreement" May 1997 The Air Force and the JPA formally signed a "Joint Use Agreement" for the shared use of the airfield facilities.
First Partial "Record of Decision" (ROD) May 1997 The Air Force signed the first Partial ROD designating the final cantonment area boundaries and the properties to be designated as "airport related" in a future conveyance.
Airport Public Benefit Conveyance June 1997 The Federal Aviation Administration approved the JPA's public benefit conveyance application for the "airport related" properties.
Adopted Development Code July 1997 The March JPA with receiving land use authority adopts "civilian" development codes and standards, and the Uniform Building and Fire Codes.
Green Acres for Lease February 1998 Green Acres historic housing is available to the public for lease.
Record of Decision - Utilities April 1999 A Supplemental Record of Decision issued on the surplus utility systems at March, including the entire water and wastewater system.
Issuance of Biological Opinion November 1999 The Air Force and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service complete the Section 7 consultation relative to endangered species at March AFB, and a new biological opinion is issued.
Approval of Homeless Assistance Plan TBD The Federal agencies approve the March JPA Homeless Assistance Plan.
Record of Decision TBD The Air Force will issue a Record of Decision on the remaining surplused property at March to facilitate transfer of property to end users.
Economic Development Conveyance TBD The Air Force and the JPA negotiate the terms and conditions of an economic development conveyance, which is the sale of the remaining surplus property to the JPA.
Property Conveyance TBD The Air Force conveys property to new owners per the multiple ROD.





History of March Air Force Base


Located within the western Riverside County region of Southern California, March Air Force Base (AFB) encompassed approximately 6,500 acres straddling Interstate 215 (Highway 395) just south of Highway 60. March AFB was first established as a military installation in 1918, and has operated almost continually since. In July, 1993, March AFB was selected to be realigned, and subsequently converted from an active duty base to a Reserve Base, effective April 1, 1996. The decision to realign March AFB resulted in approximately 4,400 acres of property and facilities being declared surplus and available for disposal actions, as well as joint use of the airfield.

Prior to base realignment, the base employed over 10,000 military personnel and civilian employees. The existence of the base in its pre-realignment condition contributed an estimated $500 million annually to the regional economy. With the announcement of realignment, the regional economic loss with the change in military mission at March was immediately recognized. While base realignment and the associated loss to the region came at an inopportune time, the opportunities relative to the planning and implementation of new uses and providing for unmet needs of the region have arisen. The March JPA is planning and implementing new uses for currently vacant lands, reuse of existing facilities, and joint use of the airfield facilities for the development of an air cargo facility. In short, long-term economic gains in the form of developing a civilian air cargo center, and the growth and development of an employment center to account for 38,000 jobs, are projected.


DATE MILESTONE
1917 As World War I dragged on, stalemated by trench warfare, the U.S. government determined to restore the initiative by gaining aerial supremacy. The establishment of nearly two dozen additional training fields during 1917 was capped by the activation of a field that was later to become March Field.
1918 On February 7, 1918, the War Department accepted the Alessandro Aviation Field site as an aviation training camp, consisting of 640 acres plus three nearby sites of 160 acres each. Original lease was for five months and thirteen days at a cost of $1 with an option for renewal and purchase. The Riverside Chamber of Commerce carried a $64,000 bond to guarantee the cost.

This barley field alongside the railroad and the Alessandro station had been used since the fall of 1917 as a cross-country stop for aviators from Rockwell Field, San Diego, where they shared a station with the U.S. Navy on an island now called Coronado Naval Station.

On February 16, Sergeant Garlick and three other enlisted men arrived by truck with tents, cookstove, provisions, and fuel. The first official landing was by Cadet Harold Compare on March 1. On March 11, Captain William Carruthers relieved Sgt. Garlick as commander of the 818th Aero Squadron.

On March 20, the field was renamed in honor of Lt. Peyton C. March, an aviator who died in Texas from injuries suffered in an aircraft crash.

The first cadets arrived in April and their 96 planes, unassembled Curtiss JN-4D "Jennys," were put together by the cadets and housed in 12 wood and tarpaper hangars.

In July, cadets in the first class to graduate were commissioned "2nd Lt." and sent to Kelly Field, Texas, for advanced training.

When the Armistice came in November, the cadets had recorded 35,468 flying hours, with 185 cadets earning their wings.
1919 In May, 1919, the Federal government purchased the field and it became a permanent base. A primary flight school was in operation until 1921 when training was discontinued. This was followed in 1922 when the base was reduced to caretaker status and was closed in 1926.
1927 1927 marked the reactivation of March as a primary training base, and permanent construction of "Spanish Mission" architecture was authorized.
1931 It became a tactical base in 1931 with the 7th Bombardment Group and the 17th Pursuit Group, both in the 1st Bombardment wing.

Being near the aircraft industrial center of Los Angeles, many planes were test-flown from March by famous flyers, both civilian and military. Much of this activity was due to the inspired leadership of "Hap" Arnold, the base commander from 1931 to 1936.
1942 With the attack on Pearl Harbor, March entered its third training era, with the B-17 and later the B-24 heavy bombers. The base doubled in area and supported 75,000 troops.
1946 The Tactical Air Command took over control, and the 12th Air Force was assigned with P-80 jet-equipped fighter groups.
1947 When the U.S. Air Force was activated in 1947, March Field became March Air Force Base.
1949 The Strategic Air Command came in 1949 when the 15th Air Force and the 22nd Bomb Group with B-29s arrived.
1953 In 1953, the 22nd Bomb Group was converted to B-47s ,and the 22nd Air Refueling Squadron was activated with KC-97s.
1960 Air Force Reserve units were assigned in 1960 to carry out rescue and troop carrier missions.
1963 The B-47s were phased out in 1963 by the arrival of the B-52, and the jet-powered KC-135 replaced the KC-997 tanker.
1966 By 1966, two bomber squadrons and two air refueling squadrons formed the largest bomb wing in the Strategic Command. The men and aircraft supported the combat troops in Vietnam by deploying to mid-Pacific bases and flying lengthy missions over enemy targets.
1980s The 1980s saw the removal of the B-52s, and the replacement of the KC-135s by the KC-10 air refueler.
1992 Communities generate support to keep MAFB open and make their position to the public and the BRAC Commission.
1993 Command was transferred from the Strategic Air Command to the Air Mobility Command, and the 15th AF moved to Travis AFB.

In June, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recommended that March AFB be included in the "third round" (BRAC 3) of military base closures or realignments. The recommendation was approved by the President in July. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units remained at March AFB and the base was redesignated "March Air Reserve Base." The Base decreased to approximately 1/3 of its previous size.

Resolutions from Riverside County and the cities of Perris, Moreno Valley, and Riverside formed the March Joint Powers Authority in September.
1994 In January the Joint Powers Commission set policies, hired initial staff, procured first grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment, and initiated the base reuse planning process.

In May, the Air Force published a listing of properties that were excess to its needs in the Federal Register; other agencies have the opportunity to "claim" for their use.

The first draft MAFB Master Reuse Plan was completed to include Land Use and Circulation sections; used as preferred alternative for EIS in September.

Assembly Bill 3769 was passed by the California Legislature, granting special authority to permit the development of the base in September.

In December, the JPA submitted a request to the Secretary of Defense to conduct homeless assistance screening and planning under new legislation.
1995 The JPA adopted the Homeless Assistance Plan in December.

The JPA and the Air Force agreed to terms on a number of interim leases, and the JPA sub-leased the facilities to tenants.
1996 The JPA established the Redevelopment Agency in January. After July, 1995, the JPA instituted feasibility analyses to examine the potential of establishing a redevelopment agency.

The Air Force issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in March.

In July, Certification of Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), and adoption of March JPA Redevelopment Agency Project Area & Plan.

The National Park Service approved the JPA's application for a no-cost conveyance of the March AFB Golf Course in December.
1997 The JPA assumed land use control for all surplus property, and the JPA staff began the process of completing the California General Plan in January.

In May, The Air Force and the JPA formally signed a "Joint Use Agreement" for the shared use of the airfield facilities. The Air Force signed the first Partial "Record of Decision" (ROD) designating the final cantonment area boundaries and the properties to be designated as "airport related" in a future conveyance.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved the JPA's public benefit conveyance application for the "airport related" properties in June.
TBD The Air Force conveyed property to new owners per the multiple ROD.
Today March AFB is an Air Mobility Command facility, and the home of the 163rd Air Refueling Wing and the 452nd Air Mobility Wing. The KC-10 operates from March, as well as the reserve-flown C-141 and the KC-135 flown by the Guard. U.S. Customs maintains a fleet of smaller planes including two Blackhawk helicopters in their efforts against drug delivery.

452d Air Mobility Wing Logo




March Joint Powers Commission


The March Joint Powers Authority is comprised of four jurisdictions whose boundaries touch March Air Force Base. The four jurisdictions include the County of Riverside, and the cities of Moreno Valley, Perris, and Riverside. Each jurisdiction selects two of its elected officials to serve on the March Joint Powers Commission, the governing body of the Authority.

2017 JPC Members

Mike Gardner
Chairman
City of Riverside
(Councilmember)
  Marion Ashley
Vice-Chair
County of Riverside
(Supervisor)
  Andy Melendrez
Past Chairman
City of Riverside
(Councilmember)
  Yxstian Gutierrez
Member
City of Moreno Valley
(Mayor)

Rita Rogers
Member
City of Perris
(Councilmember)
  Kevin Jeffries
Member
County of Riverside
(Supervisor)
  Victoria Baca
Member
City of Moreno Valley
(Mayor Pro Tem)
  Michael Vargas
Member
City of Perris
(Mayor)


JPC Meetings
The March Joint Powers Commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise specified).
Meeting Agendas & Archives


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Personnel Directory


Below is a list of Personnel and Officials associated with the March JPA.
Please select a name to contact an individual via e-mail.



Our Team

Dr. Danielle Wheeler
Executive Director
  Dr. Grace Williams
Economic and Community Development Manager
  Gary Gosliga
Airport Director
  Dan Fairbanks, AICP
Planning Director

Matthew Schenk, CPA
Finance Manager/Controller
  Carey Allen, CMC
Administrative/Property Service Manager
  Danny Whaley
Maintenance Division Manager
  Cindy Camargo
Executive Assistant

Jeffrey Smith, AICP
Senior Planner
  Lauren Sotelo
Associate Planner
  Katie Dunlap
Admin. Assistant / Plans Expeditor
  Dee Meggerson
Senior Accountant

Nina Schumacher
Accounting Clerk
  Brittney Escandon
Property Management Associate
  Receptionist
Receptionist/Office Assistant
  Nick Gonzalez
Maintenance Worker III




2017 Technical Advisory Committee

Gary Christmas
Chairman
  Tom DeSantis
Member
City of Moreno Valley - Assistant City Manager
  Clara Miramontes
Member
City of Perris - Director of Development Services
  Moises Lopez
Member
City of Riverside - Intergovernmental Relations Officer

Alex Gann
Member
Riverside County - Executive Office Deputy County Executive Officer
 



Finance Sub-Committee

Mike Gardner
City of Riverside
  Marion Ashley
County of Riverside
  Michael Vargas
City of Perris



JPA Consultants

Willdan
Building & Safety
  Tri Lake
Engineering
  VRPA Technologies
Traffic Engineering
  CGRME Resources
NPDES/Water Quality



Legal Council


John Brown
Partner
  Michelle Ouellette
Partner
  Thomas A. Rice
Associate
  Charity Schiller
Partner


Alisha Winterswyk
Partner
 







March Joint Powers Authority
14205 Meridian Parkway, Suite 140
Riverside, CA 92518
Office: 951-656-7000    Fax: 951-653-5558
Email: info@marchjpa.com

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED
Engineering, Building and Safety, and Green Acres Showings by appointment only.




March Joint Powers Authority
14205 Meridian Parkway, Suite 140
Riverside, CA 92518
Office: 951-656-7000    Fax: 951-653-5558

Email: info@marchjpa.com

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED
Engineering, Building and Safety, and Green Acres Showings by appointment only.