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Naval Support Activity Monterey 

Multi-function organization dedicated to: –Providing responsive, high quality base operations support 
Monterey, CA 93943


Naval Support Activity Monterey is home to over 15 tenant commands. They provide primary support to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Navy Research Lab (NRL), and the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC). NPS is the largest producer of advanced graduate degrees for the Department of Defense and has thousands of annual graduates from all services and over 50 countries.


Before World War II one of the finest luxury hotels in North America, the Hotel Del Monte, occupied the present site of the Naval Postgraduate School. From the time railroad pioneer Charles Crocker first opened the hotel in June 1880, it was an immediate success. Fire completely destroyed the hotel in 1887, but the second Hotel Del Monte rose promptly at the same location and was more splendid than its predecessor. In the early morning of September 27, 1924, fire again devastated the central wooden structure of the hotel. Reconstruction was again immediate and the more modern building continued to make the Del Monte one of the showplaces of the world.


By this time, Samuel F.B. Morse, the president of the Del Monte Properties Company, had acquired the hotel and began developing the Del Monte as a “sports empire” where guests could enjoy playing golf, polo, tennis, swimming, yachting and deep-sea fishing. Coined “the most elegant seaside resort in the world,” the hotel played host to world leaders, dignitaries, American presidents, film stars and famous artists until 1942, when it was taken over by the U.S. Navy and used as a pre-flight school for aviators.


Naval Support Activity Monterey (NSAM) is a multi-function organization dedicated to: –Providing responsive, high quality base operations support to enable our tenants to accomplish their mission. Taking care of our employees and customers to enhance their quality of life as well as –being a responsible civic partner by building and nurturing effective relationships with local communities.

Arriving at Monterey
To request a sponsor, please call Student Services 831-656-7848, DSN 312-756-7848. In an effort to provide you with the best possible service and support Student Services have developed a web in-processing system. This website will greatly reduce your in-processing time once you arrive at the Naval Postgraduate School and must be completed prior to your arrival. Userids and passwords are e-mailed out approximately two months before the beginning of a quarter. Please call us and we will give you an email address to email us your email address where you wish to receive this information. Once you’ve arrived, report to Student Services, located in Herrmann Hall (basement – Rm 033). The office is open Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please Wear the Uniform of the Day. Winter uniforms are required as of 1 October. Summer uniforms are required as of 1 April.

Base Population

The overall population in Monterey, California is 28,639.