Sierra Army Depot is a 36,000 acres army facility, designated as the Center for Industrial Technical Excellence (CITE) for all Petroleum and Water Distribution Systems (PAWS). This army base is located in Herlong, a Census-Designated in Lassen County, California, connected by USA Federal Route 395 and county routes A25 and A26. This base is situated in the southeastern region of Honey Lake Valley, approximately 50 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada.

Because of the high desert terrain in which this army base is located, and the low precipitations and humidity in the area, Sierra Army Depot provides long-term sustainable solutions, storage and preservation of ground mechanized vehicles for the Joint Force and Army, as well as fast expeditionary logistics support and maintenance capability including fabrication, machining, rebuild, reset, corrosion control, painting, extensive welding and more.

Sierra Army Depot is the Army's largest facility dedicated to redistribution, re-utilization, and equipment, being an army base that offers the ISO 9001:2008 certification for Quality Management and the ISO 14001:2004 for environmental standard.

Cost of Living: Herlong is considered a somewhat livable place, which has sunny weather and a high income per capita. The cost of living it this place is 21.2% less than the California average, but 6.9% greater than the national average.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Public Affairs phone number is (530) 827-4343, DSN-312-855-4343. Visitors and ID information can be obtained dialing (530) 827-4108, while Public Lodging information is available at (530) 827-4662, DSN-312-855-4154.

Base Population: Sierra Army Depot has a flexible population based on Army demand. Base population as of 2010 consisted of one military personnel supporting a workforce of 1,134 Army civilians.

City/Area Population: Herlong is an isolated place several hours away from Reno, the closest largest populated city, with an estimated population of 233,294 as of 2013, while the population is estimated that Herlong has actually no more than 100 inhabitants. Basically this place was built in 1942 to house the Sierra Army Depot Army civilian workforce, and therefore its population varies upon the base demands. The US census in 2010 showed a population of 298, but reduced to 87 people in 2012. Herlong highest population ever was near 5,000 people.

Child Development Centers: Sierra Army Depot has a School Age Care program, which is part of the base Child, Youth and School Services, aimed to reduce conflicting situations arising from mission requirements and parental responsibilities, supporting in this way Army recruitment, retention, readiness and providing information on Herlong area along with Fort Sage school districts for children enrollment.

Youth Programs: The Child, Youth and School Services at Sierra Army Depot provide youth programs from Monday through Friday, besides youth sponsorship and school liaison services. Further information can be obtained by dialing the phone number of the Parental Central (530)827-4696, Fax (530)827-4294 in Nevada Street, Herlong, CA 96113.

Family Readiness Center: Sierra Army Depot provides family assistance through the Army Family Readiness and Support Network. Call the automated telephone attendant number for further information.

Employment: Sierra Army Depot offers career opportunities whenever this base requires personnel. The Department of Defense (DOD) employment preference for eligible spouses of active duty military personnel can be reached at CPAC's Military spouse preference (MSP) phone (530) 827-4252 DSN: 855-4252, SIAD CPAC phone (530) 827-4252, DSN: 855-4252, or directly at 74 C Street, Herlong, CA, 96113

Base Services: This is an army depot, with a housing area that has very basic services and a hot line for emergency and inclement weather by calling (530) 827-4998.


Sierra Army Depot was established in 1942 for storage of general supplies and Treasury Department inert material. By 1947, the mission expanded to include renovation and demilitarization of ammunition. By 1950, Korean War effort pushed the army depot's workload to all time high, peaking at 5,000 workers on site.

In 1993, Sierra Army Depot was designated a Commission Center of Technical Excellence for Operational Project Stock; however, BRAC realignment reduced the depot ammunition mission in 1995, having the ammunition demilitarization OB/OCD ceasing in 2001. In this year this facility shipped 900 containers within six days in support of OEF. The next year, Sierra Army Depot became a member of the Ground Systems Industrial Enterprise (GSIE) and reverse pipeline of non-army material items began in 2003 and the reception of tactical tracked vehicles in 2004


There are no units or troops stationed in Sierra Army Depot.


There are no on-post housing offered at Sierra Army Depot and buying or renting along with off-post home within the area depends on availability and may include waiting time before assignment. For further information call the Housing Office at (530) 827-5284.






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    Hello, I was born in Herlong and lived on the base until I was five years old; I left in 1954. I remember our address as 300 David S Hall. I’ve searched for maps with street names but none appear. I need to know if my memory serves me correctly. May I be directed to someone who can assist with that?

    Thank you.
    Myrtle Sample


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