Fort Ord

Krista Almanzan

On the central coast, there are more homeless veterans than housing to serve them.  The Veterans Transition Center wants to change that.

Krista Almanzan

Since the day Fort Ord closed there’s been talk of opening a museum to commemorate the near 80 years it served as a training ground for Army soldiers.  That effort has always had more enthusiasm than money and that’s still the case, but now the clock is ticking. 

Erika Mahoney

The smoke plume over the Monterey Bay Thursday came from two controlled burns on the former Fort Ord. The burns are part of the ongoing cleanup of the old Army base.

Erika Mahoney

A new health clinic opening on the former Fort Ord will serve both active duty military and veterans. It’s an early effort by the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs to work together on health care.

Steven L. Shepard, Presidio of Monterey Public Affairs

The Pentagon is pushing Congress to shut down more military bases. The objective is to save money, just as it was 20 years ago when Fort Ord closed. 

Many lawmakers don’t like the idea because it means cutting jobs in their communities. So Congress has fought base closure for more than a decade.

Military communities like Monterey, have used that time to get ready.

Erika Mahoney

A new campground is coming to a former Fort Ord firing range.  The California Coastal Commission approved a permit for California State Parks to build the campground in Fort Ord Dunes State Park. 

Doug McKnight

Since the day it opened last year, the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery has been a cemetery that lacked in-ground burials.  Right now, it only has space for cremated remains.  But that will change with a new infusion of funds. 

Doug McKnight

The new veteran’s cemetery on the former Fort Ord just opened Tuesday and has already added additional staff to handle a flood of burial inquiries. With nearly 2000 applications approved, the Central Coast Veteran’s Cemetery is performing five services a day.

Doug McKnight

 

Land where soldiers once trained for war is now a final resting place for those who served. The Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on the former Fort Ord opened Tuesday with a dedication ceremony.   

Krista Almanzan

Any day now the Army hopes to resume prescribed burns on the former Fort Ord.  It’s part of the clean-up process, which began when the Army base closed more than 20 years ago.

To find out what happens after the smoke clears, I took a rare trip into the burn area with Lyle Shurtleff.  He’s Munitions Response Manager for the Fort Ord Environmental Cleanup.  

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