The land that is the community of East Garrison was once the East Garrison of Fort Ord, an Army Base from the late 19th Century until 1994. We have a deep sense of stewardship to this legacy. This timeline provides a glimpse of East Garrison’s proud history.
July 2, 1846 — The Frigate Savannah, the flagship of Commodore John Drake Sloat, sailded into the Port of Monterey. Five days later, the stars and stripes were raised above the customs house with a 21-gun salute to proclaim the area as territory of th United Sttes. Since that day, the United States Army has played a prominent role in the development of the Monterey Bay Area.
The 15th Infantry Regiment and the 9th "Buffalo Soldiers" Cavalry were assigned to the fort after duty in the Philippines.
15,000 acres of land were purchased north of Monterey in the area known today as East Garrison. This land was originally referred to as the Gigling Reservation and was used as a maneuver and training ground for cavalry troops.
Mess halls were the first permanent structures established on Fort Ord.
The artillery field at Camp Gigling became Camp Ord, named in honor of Maj. Gen. Edward Ord, a Union Army leader during the American Civil War.
January 4, 1940 - The first joint Army and Navy maneuvers were held at the fort. A Total of 10,000 troops and 1,000 vehicles, boats and horses took place in the maneuvers or training operations.
The 23-year-old Camp Ord was expanded, army barracks were constructed and the 7th Infantry Division was reactivated, becoming the first major unit to occupy the permanent Army post.
An estimated 1.5 million soldiers were trained at Fort Ord.
Camp Ord became Ford Ord. For the next 30 years, the fort was the primary facility for basic training for the Army.
The 738th Field Artillery Battalion was activated and assigned to Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army.
'The Lady Says No' with David Niven was filmed at Fort Ord.
'The Girl He Left Behind' with Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood was filmed at Fort Ord.
Drill Sergeant School was opened.
The training area was deactivated and Fort Ord again became the home of the 7th Infantry Division, following their return from South Korea after twenty-five years on the demilitarized zone.
7th Infantry Division joined the troops in the Middle East to defeat Iraq during Desert Storm.
One of the last deployments was to the Los Angeles riots.
September 1994 - Fort Ord was officially closed. The fort was the largest U.S. military base to be closed at the time. Most of the land was returned to the state of California and became the home of the California State University, Monterey Bay. The remainder was given th UC Santa Cruz to be developed into the UC MBEST (Monterey Bay Education, Science and Technology) Center.
Part of the Fort Ord land was used for development, including The Dunes shopping mall along Highway 1. A large portion of the land on the east side was also set aside as a preservation for open space, including hiking trails.
Fort Ord Dunes State Park, a coastal strip overlooking Monterey Bay, became California's newest State Park, just minutes from East Garrison.
April 20, 2012 - President Obama signed a presidential proclamation establishing Fort Ord National Monument.
"UCP has a deep emotional tie and sense of stewardship to this community and its service to America over the last 100 years. It is our desire that the history of this base remains in the forefront of our hearts and minds as a testament to those who have sacrificed so much for us." - UCP, LLC