The United States Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey is located roughly 117 miles south of San Francisco, California. The Presidio is home to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center-a training school for military specialties that require foreign language education in any of the Presidio’s eight language schools as well as an Emerging Languages Task Force.
Find information about Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PSCing personnel, and inprocessing.
Mission & Units
The primary mission at the U.S. Army Garrison Presidio Of Monterey is the operation of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. There are support units, naturally, but the focus of this military installation is the schoolhouse and the language training that happens there.
Important units at the Presidio include:
- 229th Military Intelligence Battalion – A Company
- 229th Military Intelligence Battalion – B Company
- 229th Military Intelligence Battalion – C Company
- 229th Military Intelligence Battalion – Command Group
- 229th Military Intelligence Battalion – D Company
- 229th Military Intelligence Battalion – E Company
- 229th Military Intelligence Battalion – F Company
- 311th Training Squadron – Air Force
- 314th Training Squadron – Air Force
- California Medical Detachment
- Center for Intelligence Dominance Detachment – Navy
- Defense Language Institute/Foreign Language Center
- Defense Military Pay Office
- DLIFLC/POM Staff Duty Office
- Foreign Area Officer Program
- Headquarters and Headquarters Command USA Element
- HQ 14th Brigade Western Region ROTC
- Marine Corps Detachment – MCD
- U. S. Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey
United States control of what we now know as the Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey started circa 1846 (the time of the Mexican–American War) when Commodore John Sloat, Commander U.S. Navy Pacific Squadron, landed at Monterey.
Sloat claimed the Presidio for the United States and left a group of U.S. Marines to guard the newly claimed land. The Presidio would become inactive off and on until the arrival of U.S. troops in 1902 to build a post called Ord Barracks, later redesignated by the U.S. War Department as the Presidio of Monterey.
The Presidio hosted several types of military training from 1907 to 1917 including musket training and a facility for military cooks. In 1917 the Army purchased land nearby that would become Fort Ord in 1940 and the fort absorbed much of the activity happening at the Presidio.
In 1944 the Presidio was deactivated, but not for long. 1945 saw the area roar to life once more as a training and staging area; in 1946 it was decided that the Presidio should fall under the auspices of Fort Ord.
That decision would affect how operations ran there until 1994 when Fort ord was deactivated and the Presidio was no longer considered an annex or sub-installation of the fort. Around the same time that the Presidio was placed under Fort Ord, a new mission came to the area in the form of the Military Intelligence Service Language School and redesignated as the Army Language School.
1963 brought expanding horizons for the school; it was renamed the Defense Language Institute and later (1976) redesignated again as the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. This is the primary mission of the Presidio in modern times.
Main Address And Phone Numbers
U.S. Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey
1759 Lewis Road
Monterey, CA 93944
- DSN 312-768-6601
Important Contact Numbers:
- Emergency – 911
- Hospital Medical Treatment Facility – (831) 242-5234
- ID CAC Card Processing – (831) 242-5209
- Legal Services JAG – (831) 242-5084
- Base Operator – (831) 242-5119
- Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800 273-8255
- Central Registration Child Development Center – (831) 242-7184
- Family Child Care – (831) 242-5032
- Presidio of Monterey Army Health Clinic – EFMP Enrollment – (831) 242-5741
- Family Advocacy Program Manager – (831) 242-7653
- Family Center – (831) 242-7660
- New Parent Support Program -(831) 242-7653
- School Age Services – (831) 242-7822
- Victim Advocate Services – (831) 242-7653
- Finance Office – DFAS – (831) 242-4782
- Staff Judge Advocate – (831) 242-5084
- Presidio of Monterey Dental Clinic – (831) 242-5613
- Presidio of Monterey Army Health Clinic – (831) 242-5234
- Monterey Bay Military Housing Office – Welcome Center – (831) 644-0400
- Navy Lodge Monterey – (831) 372-6133
- Presidio of Monterey Lodging Reservation Office – (831) 645-1199
- Personnel Support Office
- Personnel Support Office and ID Card Section – (831) 242-5949
- Army Continuing Education Services – (831) 242-5325
- Army School Liaison Officer – (831) 242-6904
The Presidio of Monterey is located on the Pacific coast, approximately 117 miles from San Francisco, California. Whale watching is one of the more unique local things to do in the area, and you can learn plenty about the local seagoing wildlife thanks to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There are private companies that offer boat tours, whale spotting, kayaking, and more water-based activities.
California is famous for its’ wineries and you’ll find plenty of tours and events centered on nearby wine growing operations and cellars. If you are interested in the film industry, you’ll find no shortage of movie tour related activities including bus tours around famous and important movie industry sites in the area.
Golf lovers will find much to appreciate about the Monterey area; the Del Monte Golf Course and Monterey Pines Golf Club are just two of the many facilities you can explore for a round of golf when the weather is just right. Those into golfing should also check out the offerings in nearby Pebble Beach.
Inprocessing and Check-In
Those coming to the Presidio TDY or on permanent change of station orders are directed to contact the gaining unit for instructions on check-in prior to attending mandatory in-processing for all newcomers.
If you arrive at the Presidio during normal duty hours, check in at Building 616, Taylor Hall (ask directions at the gate) or check in with your respective military service office after duty hours.
After unit level in-processing is complete or scheduled, there is a mandatory Joint Service In-processing Brief , which is mandatory for all newly assigned military members of all ranks and services. This appointment is a one-stop in-processing station scheduled every Tuesday.
All personnel should hand carry their records and orders to this briefing as medical records, dental records, and other documentation may be collected that day.
The installation is served by the Presidio of Monterey Army Health Clinic, which offers services to approximately 7,000 patients. There is no emergency room or after hours care available, but same-day appointments are possible. Active Duty Family Members are permitted two urgent care visits without an authorization per fiscal year. Services at the clinic include:
- Medical Readiness Center
- Pediatric Medical Home Clinic
- Optometry Clinic
- Dental Clinic
- Behavioral Health Clinic
- Physical Therapy Clinic
- Occupational Health Services
- Preventive Medicine Services
- Social Services
Make an appointment by calling (866) 957-2256.
Those stationed at the Presidio in need of child care should contact the Monterey Road Child Development Center to learn how to register your child. There is a mandatory orientation that at least one parent must attend as a condition of admission. Services offered include the following:
- Full day care – 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F
- Part-day – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with an option to enroll for care two, three, or five days during the week.
- Strong Beginnings Pre-kindergarten Program 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. M-F
- Hourly care – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for children six weeks to five years old. Reservations may be placed up to 30 days in advance for hourly care.
Call the Monterey Road Child Development Center at (831) 583-1050 for more information. There is also an option for home-based care on-post via the Family Child Care program (FCC) which offers a home environment with a small number of children in approved, inspected, and regulated care environments located in on-base housing. Learn more by calling DSN (312) 768-7765.
Incoming personnel are directed to track and manage their household goods shipments to the Presidio of Monterey via the Defense Personal Property System at Move.mil. You can also contact the inbound TMO Office at Monterey at 831-242-6848 for assistance and advice.
Dependent and Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
Those who need ID card services are encouraged to make their appointments for dependent, retiree ID cards or active duty CAC card needs via the RAPIDS system.
Services are handled by the Presidio ID Card Section in Building 616. Military family members who need ID card services must:
- Be accompanied by the military spouse/parent OR;
- Provide a notarized DD Form 1172 on appointment day OR;
- Have a DD Form 1172 verified by any ID card issuing facility.
Retirees will be required to provide either the old ID card or bring photo identification (driver’s license, or other official photo ID) in cases where the ID card has been lost/stolen. Call (831) 242-5209 for more information.
School-age children will attend school based on location; the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District serves all military housing areas at the Presidio plus the cities of Monterey, Seaside, Marina, Del Rey Oaks, and Sand City.
Those living elsewhere may send their children to schools in one of the following districts depending on location:
- Pacific Grove Unified School District
- Carmel Unified School District
- Salinas Union High School District
- Salinas City Elementary School District
- Washington Union School District
- North Monterey County Unified School District
For information on transfer requirements for students attending school in one of these districts, contact Presidio School Support Services at DSN (312)768-6904. Parents should plan on hand-carrying school records, transcripts, immunization forms and other required documents when PCSing to the area.
The Presidio of Monterey has a high demand for housing and there is a minimum waiting list of 90 days for new arrivals in need of family housing. Off-base housing is expensive and advice from the Presidio official site includes a recommendation that military members PCSing to the area with families should delay moving the family to the area until housing has been secured on or off post.
On-post housing is run by Pinnacle Management and there are on-base facilities for approximately two thousand families with just under half of those homes built after 2003.
Everyone coming to the Presidio with families should be aware that the wait for military family housing can be as long as 90 days during peak moving times, and that civilian housing in the Monterey environs is expensive and scarce. The best decision is to postpone moving families to this area until housing for them has been secured.
According to the Presidio official site, all family housing needs for inprocessing, assignments, and related needs are handled at the MBMH Welcome Center in Monterey. Those who attend classes at the Defense Language School at the Presidio of Monterey are likely to be given housing on the site of the former Fort Ord, in the Ord Military Community.
Apply for on-post housing with the following required paperwork:
- DA FORM 31 Request and Authority for Leave
- DA FORM 137 Installation Clearance Record
- PCS Orders
- DD Form 93 Emergency Data Card
- DD Form 1746 Application for Housing
- Dependent IDs and other identification
Unaccompanied personnel may be assigned housing types (barracks, family housing, off-base accommodations) depending on their status as permanent party military, students, TDY, etc. Check with your gaining unit for procedures that may be required if you are not a student.
Unaccompanied service members will be assigned housing based on the policies and procedures of their branch of service as operating at the Presidio or the schoolhouse they are attending.
PCS and TDY Lodging
The Presidio is a busy training environment and there are high volumes of people PCSing and coming TDY to the local area; it is strongly recommended to make temporary lodging reservations as soon as you are able to do so.
The Presidio is served by The Army Lodge. You can make reservations at the Presidio of Monterey Lodging Office at (831) 645-1199. Space-A reservations are limited-they are generally available in advance in the months of September through May each year. Pet accommodations are limited, ask at reservation time what the current rates and availability might be.
There is no government shuttle service from local airports to the Presidio, but base taxi and shuttle services between on-post destinations may be available depending on demand, mission requirements, etc.
Students assigned to the Defense Foreign Language Institute are encouraged to take advantage of the free Monterey-Salinas shuttle bus service on post designed to alleviate parking congestion due to construction projects on post.
Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
The Presidio is a closed post. All drivers are expected to show military ID, copies of orders, and submit to any required search or inspection as a condition of entry onto the base.
Operating a privately-owned vehicle on-post requires the driver to obtain a base decal. To obtain a base decal, all vehicles must comply with California state law regarding safety equipment, emissions testing, carry valid insurance, and have current vehicle paperwork for registration, license plates, etc.
All vehicles four years or older must get emissions testing/smog check/etc. Motorcycle drivers are required to carry a motorcycle license, and a Motorcycle Defensive Drivers Certification Card.
National Guard members are only authorized a base decal if they are attending classes at the Presidio or are otherwise assigned to the base.
Military and family members should check with the California Department Of Motor Vehicles to learn the current requirements for license and registration; depending on circumstances and current state law (which may change more frequently than in other states) you may be required to obtain a state drivers’ license and vehicle registration even though you are a military member or dependent.