An Army Reserve installation operated by Installation Management Command, Fort Hunter Liggett is adjacent to Los Padres National Forest in southern Monterey County. Active and Reserve Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard units from across the country train at the Fort. Military training operations at Fort Hunter Liggett’s 162,000 acres include live fire, bivouac, and convoy training, and use of different training areas based on the activities involved.
Fort Hunter Liggett and the California National Guard's nearby Camp Roberts both have restricted airspace over their installations. While some of the units training at Fort Hunter Liggett include air operations, these operations are not managed by Fort Hunter Liggett, as air traffic control is not provided locally.
The Federal Aviation Administration has established Military Operations Areas (MOA) across the country, including the "Hunter MOA" over southwestern Monterey County and northwestern San Luis Obispo County. The airspace is designated and regulated by the FAA and controlled by Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center. It extends over Fort Hunter Liggett, portions of Los Padres National Forest, and west of the coastline (see map). In a portion of Hunter MOA ("Hunter Low A") aircraft may fly as low as 200 feet. Use of Hunter MOA by military jet aircraft is scheduled by Naval Air Station Lemoore, with the routes prescribed by their training needs, following FAA rules and air traffic control direction.
Questions or complaints concerning flight operations in the Hunter MOA should be directed to FAA-Oakland, 1029 Grumman Street, Oakland, CA 94621 (510) 273-7754 and/or Naval Air Station Lemoore Public Affairs Office, 700 Avenger Avenue, Lemoore, CA 93246-5001 (559) 582-0471.