Camp Parks

Parks Reserve Forces Training Area (PRFTA), also known as Camp Parks is a premier academic institution, military intelligence facility, and battlefield simulation center that supports military readiness for both the Army Reserve and the entire Joint Force. Additionally, PRFTA proactively plans for future military deployments and natural disasters by ensuring that the installation footprint and facilities are capable of housing, feeding, and caring for those who serve. PRFTA is a sub-installation of Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon, California.

Special & critical installation message
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area is located in Dublin, California. The Quad-City area of Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, and San Ramon is a high cost of living area with homes and rents significantly higher than the national average. Service members are highly encouraged to visit their local Army Community Service, Airmen & Family Readiness Center, or Fleet and Family Support and speak with a Personal Financial Readiness Counselor to develop a realistic budget plan to prepare for the PCS and relocation expenses.

For additional information/resources contact PRFTA ACS at 925-875-4678.

Mission
United States Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett and Parks Reserve Forces Training Area are one garrison located on two installations that provide complementary training capabilities in support of America’s Army Reserve and other DOD partners. USAG FHL is the pinnacle place to live, work and train. It provides critical base support that enables our Commanders to build mission readiness and provides an enhanced quality of life that our Service members, Families and Civilian employees deserve.

Our support is provided in several different ways:

-> Training – We must provide ranges, training areas and maneuver spaces that are well kept and support current and future weapons systems and platforms.

-> Training Support – We must have a streamlined, user friendly, customer focused atmosphere that allows our training partners to quickly deploy, conduct Reception and Integration, execute the training they planned and then quickly redeploy to home station.

-> Base Operations – We must always take care of our tenants that live and work on our installations by affording them the very best housing, facilities and installation support activities.

History
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 1945, on its huge paved parade ground, Camp Parks could muster more than 20,000 men and hundreds of officers. It was the home for Seabee battalions returning from the Pacific Theater of Operations after a year or more of arduous construction duty. They came to Camp Parks for medical treatment, military training and reorganization.

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.

In 1973, the U.S. Army determined that Camp Parks was needed as a mobilization and training center for Reserve Components in the event of war or natural disaster. On December 11, 1980, the Army officially designated Camp Parks as a semi-active installation, renaming it Parks Reserve Forces Training Area. Today, Parks is a direct-reporting installation of Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

Location
Camp Parks 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 near the intersection of Interstate Highways 580 and 680.

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. Camp Parks’ assets include a Rappel Tower, Leadership Reaction Course, NBC Chamber, state-of-the-art Medical Skills Lab, Battle Projection Center, Distance Learning Center equipped with 24 computers, and bed space for more than 800. There are 25 military tenant organizations at Camp Parks.

Parks Reserve Forces Training Area offers a small AAFES Shoppette. Due to unavailability of Child and Youth Services, please contact ACS for information on local child care centers in the area as well as applying for Child Care Aware assistance, ACS can be reached at 925-875-4678.

Directions
From Oakland International Airport ~ 20.6 mi – about 28 mins

Proceed toward the airport exit on Airport Drive
Continue on 98th Ave
Turn right onto I-880 SOUTH toward San Jose
Take Exit #31 on I-238 toward Fresno/Stockton
Merge onto I-580 EAST
Take the Hopyard Road/Dougherty Road exit toward Dougherty Road
Turn left on Dougherty Road
Turn right on Dublin Blvd
Follow signs to Camp Parks
Turn left into Camp Parks Main Entrance

Contact
Building 620, 6th Street
Dublin, CA 94568

925-875-4650
925-875-4200