Installation Overview: Presidio of Monterey, California

The Presidio of Monterey (POM) is located in Monterey County, the city of Monterey, California, about 117 miles south of San Francisco, on the Pacific coast. The Monterey Peninsula has a rich history, and its rugged coastline is known for its natural beauty.

Monterey was one of the five presidios, or forts, that was built by Spain in what is now the western United States in the late 1700's. During the war with Mexico, Commodore John D. Sloat, commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Squadron, claimed the territory of Monterey and the Presidio for the United States. In November 1941, the Army established a secret school on the Presidio of San Francisco to teach the Japanese language to American soldiers of Japanese heritage. In June 1946, the school was designated as the Army Language School and later renamed the Defense Language Institute in 1963.

The Presidio of Monterey's mission is to provide professional base support services which facilitate mission readiness and promote well-being for all supported elements. The primary tenant organization is the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLI/FLC). DLI/FLC provides foreign language education, training, evaluation, and sustainment for DoD personnel in order to ensure the success of the Defense Foreign Language Program and enhances the security of the Nation.

Location/Driving Directions

The Presidio of Monterey is located 117 miles south of San Francisco. It overlooks the Monterey Bay, above the coastal cities of Monterey and Pacific Grove.

Driving from the north:
Use Highway 101 South to the Monterey Peninsula exit to Highway 1 South.
Continue along Highway 1 South to the Del Monte exit. Follow Del Monte until you approach the Fisherman's Wharf intersection. At this point there are two ways to climb the hill on to the installation:
Move to the left lane at the Fisherman's Wharf intersection. Follow straight to Pacific Street, turn left. Go one block, turn right and go up to Franklin Street to Franklin Street Gate.
Move to the right lane at the Fisherman's Wharf intersection and follow the signs to Cannery Row. Go through the tunnel, and get in right lane. Veer right onto Foam Street moves directly into the left lane. Take the first left turn. Then take an immediate left again onto Lighthouse Avenue. Turn right onto PVT. Bolio Road. Turn left onto Lawton Road which connects the Franklin Street Gate and Taylor Street Gate.

Driving from the south:
Use Highway 101 to Salinas
Follow Highway 68 signs to Monterey Peninsula/Highway 1 to the Pacific Grove City/17-Mile Drive turnoff. Turn right.
Follow Highway 68 and turn right on Prescott Avenue.
Turn right on Taylor Street to the Presidio

From the east or southeast:
Use Interstate 5 N
Follow Interstate 5 to Highway 152 W
152 West takes you to Interstate 101 S
Take Interstate 101 to Highway 156 W
Travel along Highway 156, which turns into Highway 1 S
Use the same directions to the Presidio as the alternate route from the north given earlier.

Air travel
Go to the limousine service desk for transportation to the post. Keep receipts for ground transportation for reimbursement.

Population/Major Units Assigned

Soldiers from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center run past the headquarters. Official Army graphic

The Presidio of Monterey supports a joint-service population of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guard and their Family members. As of 31 December 2007, the total population was approximately 42,850 of which 27,895 were retirees.


Center for Intelligence Dominance Detachment - Navy

Defense Language Institute/Foreign Language Center

Marine Corps Detachment - MCD

229th Military Intelligence Battalion - A Company

Defense Military Pay Office

Headquarters and Headquarters Command USA Element

    Main Phone Numbers

    Staff Sgt. Daniel Vaz, Spanish Military Language Instructor, fires a round signaling retreat and the conclusion of the Veteran's Day Ceremony at the Presidio of Monterey, CA. Official Army graphic

    Presidio of Monterey's main telephone numbers:

    Commercial (831) 242-5000 or DSN 878-5000

    Housing office (831) 656-2321 or (800) 334-9168

    Temporary lodging (831) 242-5091/5092

    Community Service (888) 607-0001

    Monterey Peninsula United School District; Defense Language Institute (831) 242-5000

    Childcare (831) 583-1050

    Medical Clinic

    Appointments (831) 242-5234/5663

    Tricare (800) 242-6788

    Benefits (831) 242-7561

      Commissary (831) 242-7670

      Temporary Lodging

      Recent upgrades improved privacy, added kitchens and increased living space in barracks at the Presidio of Monterey. Photo courtesy U.S. Army; Photo Credit: Tai Cao

      Temporary lodging is available at the Presidio of Monterey (POM) and at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Reservations must be made in advance. For POM Lodging reservations and information, call the lodging office at 831-242-5091, DSN 312-768-5091.

      Presidio Lodging (PoMLodging) is conveniently located within walking distance of many attractions on- and off-base. The beautiful California coastline, Monterey's famed Cannery, Presidio of Monterey Museum, tennis court, family park, post exchange and more.

      Rooms rates range from $62 to $100 per night based on single occupancy. There is a charge for each additional occupant; $5.00, per night, for guests over 1 year of age. Check-in time is 3 p.m. unless your reservation is guaranteed with a credit card for late arrival. Check-out time is 11:00 am. A complimentary Continental breakfast is provided.

      The phone for Presidio Lodging is (831) 645-1199. They are open daily, 0800 - 1800. If you are arriving after hours please check in with our security personnel, main lobby, building #366.

      The POM lodging only has two (2) units for pets and there is an additional fee. For NPS Lodging call 831-372-6133, or 800-628-9466. They have four (4) rooms for pets. There is an additional charge for pets.

      The Navy Gateway Inn Suites (former BOQ) has rooms available for personnel on PCS orders to Monterey. Those not on orders may call regarding Space Available reservations. They have a strict no pet policy. The number of reservations, rates, and further information is 831-656-2060.

      Monterey and the surrounding area is a very popular tourist attraction year-round. While there are many, many motels, hotels, and other accommodations in the area it is possible for there to be no vacancies. Most of the accommodations are very expensive.


      La Mesa Village. Official Army graphic

      Housing in the Monterey area is among the most expensive in the country. Affordable off-post housing is limited. Rental properties in the Monterey Peninsula area range from $900 for an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment to $2,100 for a house. Most landlords do not accept pets, the ones that do normally charge between $100 and $250 in additional deposits, plus a monthly charge. There are two military housing areas available to personnel assigned to POM: The Parks at Monterey Bay located in La Mesa, and the Ord Military Community located on a portion of what used to be Fort Ord. The best decision is to postpone moving families to this area until housing for them has been secured.

      The military housing in the area is managed by Pinnacle, an American Management Company. The Main Housing Office is located at 1200 Fechteler Drive (La Mesa Village), Monterey, CA Telephone (831) 644-0400 or (800) 334-9168. All service members who opt for "on Post" housing are required to sign a "month-to-month" lease with Pinnacle Management, authorizing their BAH to flow to Pinnacle.

      Monterey Bay Military Housing is located at 1301 Leahy Road, La Mesa Village, Monterey. All family housing business pertaining to in-processing, assignments, terminations and inspections is processed at the MBMH. Personnel assigned to the Presidio of Monterey with duty as students at the Defense Language School will probably be assigned housing on the Ord Military Community (formerly Fort Ord), about 8 miles from the school.

      You will need the following documents to register for housing:

      DA FORM 31 Request and Authority for Leave
      DA FORM 137 Installation Clearance Record (to establish date departed last duty station)
      PCS Orders and verification of dependents
      DD FORM 93 Emergency Data Card
      DD Form 1746 Application for Housing


        Monterey Peninsula Unified School District school. Official Army graphic

        Your School Liaison is the primary link between the military family and the local school system. For further information on local schools contact the School Liaison Office at (831) 242-6904, DSN 768-6904, Fax (831) 242-6128

        Students living off post attend public schools in their neighborhoods. There are also public charter schools, private and parochial schools that serve the area.

        The following documents are needed for registration with the school district: birth certificate, social security number, immunization record, proof of residency, most recent report card, current Individual Education Plan (if applicable), name and address of the previous school. A physical is required for children entering first grade.

        There are no Department of Defense schools in the Monterey area. Children who live in government quarters attend schools administered by the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. MPUSD uses a modified year-round calendar and school always begins in early August.

        MPUSD charges a bus transportation fee. The charge is waived for families that qualify based on income and family size. Generally, MPUSD bus transportation is available for elementary school children residing more than one mile from their school; middle school students residing more than one and one-half miles; and high school students living more than two miles from their school High school students attend nearby Seaside High School. Children living at the Presidio of Monterey attend Bay View Elementary School, Colton K-8 School and Monterey High School Students living in La Mesa Village attend La Mesa Elementary which is located in the housing area, Colton K-8 School and Monterey High. Students living off post attend public schools in their neighborhoods. There are also public charter schools, private and parochial schools that serve the area.

        Child Care

        Presidio of Monterey Child Care and Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Army

        The Monterey Road Child Development Center is located on Monterey Road in the Ord Military Community. The Monterey Road CDC programs include full day care, part-day care, infant and pre-school programming. The phone is 831-583-1050.

        Children must be members of active duty, retired military, DoD civilian, military reserve component service families on continuous active duty or active duty for training, or California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) staff. Ages accepted are 6 weeks old through 5 years old.

        A valid ID card must accompany the immunization record to register a child. The registration fee is $15.

        The Family Child Care, commonly referred to as FCC, is a program offering a home-based alternative to Child Development Services center-based programs. The FCC staff maintains a registry of homes to provide assistance to parents desiring FCC services for children, 4 weeks through 12 years of age. FCC offices are located in Bldg. 4251 and can be reached at 831-242-7197.

        The SAS program is provided at Porter Youth Center. Located in the Ord Military Community, for before and after school care of children. For information about school age care, you may call 831-242-6595.

        Medical Care

        Presidio of Monterey Medical and Dental Clinic. Official Army graphic

        The Army Health Clinic is able to offer pediatric care for family members. All other family members must be directly enrolled to civilian physicians in the surrounding community. Family members need to enroll by going to the TRICARE Service Center (TSC) located at the Stilwell Community Center, Building 4260, at Ord Military Community. The TSC is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Questions or problems with the TRICARE network should be directed to the TSC.

        Presidio of Monterey Army Health Clinic Pediatric Service telephone is (831) 242-5742. The Clinic Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pediatrics after hours phone numbers are Monterey (831) 647-3424 and Salinas (831) 753-6824.

        Presidio of Monterey Army Health Clinic Active Duty Primary Care Service (for both DLI and NPS active duty servicemembers) telephone is.(831) 242-5741. The Clinic hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Except Thursdays: 7 to 11:30 a.m. After hours, page the Provider on Duty at (831) 648-2177 if Active Duty member believes they cannot wait until the clinic opens.