Parks Reserve Forces Training Area
Definition/Scope: Camp Parks, home of the Army's 91st Division (Reserve), and part of the U.S. Army Combat Support Training Center (CSTC) at Fort Hunter Liggett, is located in the eastern reaches of the San Francisco Bay Area near the City of Livermore, California in Alameda County. The Parks Reserve Forces Area (PRFTA), historically known as Camp Parks, is located in the city of Dublin, California, 28 miles South East of Oakland. Camp Parks is the second largest garrison under Fort Hunter Liggett Installation operational control. It services more than 250 units with more than 20,000 Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers in the greater San Francisco area. The facility was built during World War II, and was commissioned 19 January 1943 as Camp Parks and was home to the Navy Seabees. It was named after Rear Admiral Charles W. Parks, CEC, USN. Adjacent to Camp Parks to the east, was Camp Shoemaker and the U.S. Naval Hospital Shoemaker, also built during the war. The three Navy bases laying side by side were called "Fleet City." In 1946, at the end of World War II, the Secretary of the Navy disestablished the three facilities, and from 1946 to 1951, the Navy leased the land to the County of Alameda for use as a rehabilitation center. The sea of Quonset huts and two-story wooden barracks were dismantled in the following years. Camp Parks sat unused until the Air Force established a basic training center in 1951, during the Korean War, and renamed the facility Parks Air Force Base, and made it a Basic Military Training Center. The Air Force had to completely rebuild the base. In July 1959, the installation was transferred to the United States Army. Established in October 2005, the U.S. Army Combat Support Training Center (CSTC) at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., has a mission to provide world class training for Combat Support (CS) and Combat Service Support (CSS) units and to become the best training center in the Western United States for the U.S. Army Reserve. The CSTC in California encompasses four unique, diverse and geographically dispersed Army installations located in the northern and central part of the state. The headquarters at Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL) oversees the base operations, training facilities, and housing assets of FHL and Camp Parks. It also provides military housing at Moffett Field, and lodging and dining facilities at the B.T. Collins Army Reserve Center.
Related Terms:104th Division (Institutional Training)