DLI Presidio of Monterey
DLIFLC Presidio of Monterey Relocation Information
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Welcome to DLI Presidio of Monterey!
Monterey, California, home to the DLIFLC Presidio of Monterey (POM), is not only a military installation but an integral piece of California history. The presidio (fortified military base) is the last active military installation in the U.S. that was established during the Spanish colonial era.
POM operates the prestigious Home of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. The academic regimen at DLIFLC is rigorous. An average school day covers two weeks of a regular college language curriculum, and the typical language course is the equivalent of over five years of college language training. The education trains students to become the warrior-linguists the Nation requires. POM supports a joint-service population of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guard, and their families.
Frequently Asked Questions About DLIFLC Presidio of Monterey
1) How far is Monterey from Disneyland?
Monterey is 5 hours 30 minutes from Disneyland, and about 350 miles via I-5 S.
2) Where do kids stationed at DLIFLC Presidio of Monterey go to school?
The most popular school districts are Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, Pacific Grove Unified School District, and the Carmel Unified School District.
3) Is Fort Ord still open?
Yes, the Army still operates the Ord Military Community with ties to DLIFLC Presidio of Monterey, but it is not an official Army base. It closed in 1994 due to BRAC.
Base Location and Information
Aerial view of Presidio via army.mil
Nearby military installations:
The United States Army Garrison (USAG) Presidio of Monterey is located in Monterey, California, on California's Central Coast. Unlike many other military bases, Monterey does not exist because of the military presence; it has a unique history and culture stemming even before U.S. statehood in 1770.
Monterey Bay Map via Military OneSource
POM’s surrounding cities and Monterey Bay are major tourist draws all year long. The peninsula isn’t large, and the infrastructure reflects the city’s population, except when significant events such as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am golf tournament, the Pebble Beach Food and Wine event, and the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance are on the schedule. Peninsula travel and parking become difficult with the influx of visitors.
The city of Seaside is about two miles north of POM, and if you continue even further north, you will reach Marina, about seven miles away from the base. Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel are all within a four-mile radius of POM.
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IHG Army Hotels operates arrival lodging for POM.
466 Cabrillo Street
Presidio of Monterey, CA93944
DLIFLC Presidio of Monterey Housing
Image from Pinnacle Family Housing
La Mesa Village Leasing Office
1200 Fechteler Drive, Monterey, CA 93940
Contact: 831.644.0400 ext. 2
Fort Ord Village Leasing Office
3301 Monterey Road, Seaside, CA 93955
Contact: 831.644.0400 ext. 5
The Parks at Monterey Bay is the property management company for Pinnacle Family Housing. The Parks is a military housing community comprised of La Mesa Village (Monterey) and Fort Ord Village (Seaside). The Parks serves the Naval Postgraduate School and POM and offers two-, three-, four-, and five-bedroom homes.
All incoming military personnel to the Monterey Bay area are required to report/in-process with the Housing Services Office prior to renting, leasing or buying a home. Presidio of Monterey Housing Services Office: (831) 242-7979
DLIFLC Presidio of Monterey Off-Base Housing
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Many families stationed at POM choose homes in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Pebble Beach, primarily because of the proximity to the base and worthwhile public schools. Housing prices are extreme in these cities. It is common for homes for sale to start with a price close to $1 million. You’ll also find that the best rental houses are priced at a premium.
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Area Weather & Climate
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While many places in California are sunny and warm most days of the year, this is not necessarily true on the Monterey Peninsula. Fog, clouds, and mist are regular features of these coastal towns.
Temperatures typically sit between 65 to 70 degrees, with the warmest days about 75, mostly found in Monterey as it sits closer to sea level instead of in the mountains like Pacific Grove. The summers are typically cooler (you’ll hear the term “June Gloom”), and the winter months are the warmest.
DLIFLC Presidio of Monterey Area Schools
Families who prefer public education will have to look off base, as POM does not offer schooling. The three major school systems in the area include:
If you need help find which school is zoned for your address, use the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District’s School Finder. See a map of Monterey County School Districts.
For help with private school reviews, check out Monterey Bay Parent’s guide. If you need resources for homeschooling try, local homeschool support groups in Monterey. Detailed guidance for school recommendations is available through POM’s School Liaison Officer.
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Support for Military & Families
Image via Presidio MWR
Although POM is an Army base, the Navy and the Coast Guard have significant presences on the peninsula, which means there’s a good bit of support supplied by local military entities, and most serve all branches.
Family, Children, and Volunteer Opportunities
One of the most popular places to start is POM’s MWR. The area is extremely outdoor adventure friendly, so take advantage of the Outdoor Recreation office. The equipment rental is a boon for outdoor enthusiasts to take advantage of affordable equipment. Next, look at the discounted admission tickets in the Travel Office. Tickets for local and regional favorites like the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Disneyland are often available. See also:
If you're looking to further your career while stationed in Monterey, these are the largest employers in the area. Don’t forget the hospitality and tourism sector is a significant employer in the region.
- US Army/DLIFLC
- Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
- Monterey Peninsula College
- Northrup Grumman
- Capital One
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
If this duty station is the perfect time to work on your education, there are multiple opportunities.
Things to Do Near DLIFLC Presidio of Monterey
Big Sur Image from Wikipedia
There is so much to do around POM! Create your top 10 must-see list before the time slips away.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: The region’s crown jewel for conservation and advocacy. The sea otters will steal your heart.
El Estero Park Complex: (Dennis the Menace Playground). Yep, that Dennis the Menace. The comic strip creator donated the money to establish a once-in-a-lifetime playground experience for kids in the area.
Cannery Row: Near the aquarium, this row of eateries, shopping, and hotels are as picturesque as they are fun.
Jacks Peak County Park: Nearly nine miles of horseback riding and hiking trails wind through cathedral-like forests.
17 Mile Drive: A must-do at least once during your stay. You’ll drive by iconic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests, and of course, golf courses.
Food is a way of life in this part of California. Try each category at least once: fine dining, local haunts, Mexican cuisine, farm to table; the list is endless.
California's Wine Country: Monterey and its neighbors do not disappoint! Visit and taste local wines at the Taste of Monterey Wine Club or spend the weekend in Carmel Valley to sample hundreds of wines at dozens of wineries. Or, travel to famed Napa and Sonoma for the quintessential wine and food extravaganza.
Big Sur: There’s nowhere like Big Sur. Ocean views, whale watching, gourmet food, extreme forests, hiking, luxury hotels, and camping are a part of Big Sur and just a few of the reasons tourists from all over the world vacation here.
San Francisco: POM is about 85 miles south of San Francisco and 50 miles from Silicon Valley.
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1759 Lewis Rd, Suite 210