Fort Hunter Liggett

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Duty Station (or best approximation)
Public Address
Infantry Rd Jolon, CA 93928 ‎
latitude
36.01
longitude
-121.24

Contact Info

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831-386-2506 | +1 831-386-2505
Operating Hours
Open 24 hours a Day, 7 Days a Week.

There are hundreds of military bases scattered all throughout the United States as well as many other countries. They are owned and operated by each of the five branches of the military. Among these bases is Fort Hunter Liggett, one of four bases operated under the Army in the state of California.

Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base in Monterey, CA

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Phone: (831) 386-2506

There are hundreds of military bases scattered all throughout the United States as well as many other countries. They are owned and operated by each of the five branches of the military. Among these bases is Fort Hunter Liggett, one of four bases operated under the Army in the state of California.

Fort Hunter Liggett Geography

Fort Hunter Liggett is located in Southern Monterey Country, California, approximately 250 miles north of Los Angeles and 150 miles south of San Francisco. The fort is bordered on the north by the Salinas Valley, on the east by Los Padres National Forest, on the west by Monterey, and on the south by San Luis Obispo. It is the largest reserve command post in the country, with over 165,000 acres of land. The fort used to be larger; however, 52 acres of land was donated by the army base to Mission San Antonio de Padua, a Christian religious institution. The army base has also been involved with several trades with the United States National Park Service, donating land to Los Padres National Forest. The fort is also surrounded by Junipero Serra Peak, formerly known as Santa Lucia Peak, and contains part of the Sacramento River.

The History of Fort Hunter Liggett

Fort Hunter Liggett was born in the 1940s. The land the fort is built on was purchased from William Randolph Hearst and a few other landowners. It was under the authority of Camp Roberts, California until around 1952 when it became part of Fort Ord. Later in the century, it came to serve two main purposes: a training area for the 7th Light Infantry Division and the home of the USACDEC (or CDEC or Training and Experimentation Command). The primary function of CDEC was to test and evaluate new weapons systems designed by the Army and Marine Corps. They did this by providing a simulated Soviet Mechanized Rifle Company to act as opposing forces. This system of testing is what validated the Marine’s LAV vehicle.

When Fort Ord closed down in 1991, Fort Hunter Liggett was transferred from the Army to the Army Reserves, which made it a sub-installation of For McCoy, located in Wisconsin. It is still under the operation of the Army Reserves today.

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