Mojave Gunnery Range “C” is located in Kern County, California, and most of the property lies within the California City limits. The Corps of Engineers is investigating and monitoring the former training area through the Formerly Used Defense Sites, or FUDS, Program for munitions and explosive hazards that may remain from previous military activity. This page provides information on the Rocket Range 101 project, which is part of the former Mojave Gunnery Range “C” FUDS.
The Rocket Range 101 project encompasses 289 acres and is located in the south-central portion of the Mojave Gunnery Range “C” FUDS. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps used the range for rocket firing and other air-to-ground training between 1944 and 1951. Today the project area is largely undeveloped with some unpaved roads and is used for off-highway vehicle recreation, recreational target practice and seasonal sheep grazing. The majority of Rocket Range 101 is owned by the Bureau of Land Management and the remaining portion is privately owned.
The Corps of Engineers began investigating the former Mojave Gunnery Range “C” FUDS, including Rocket Range 101, in 1999. During Corps of Engineers’ site visits, munitions and explosives of concern and munitions debris from the following items were identified: small arms ammunition, projectiles, rockets, practice bombs and high explosive bombs.
In June 2018, the Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Rocket Range 101 Decision Document, which records the selected remedial alternative as Removal of Department of Defense Military Munitions from the Surface with Institutional Controls to Protect Current and Future Site Users.
An Administrative Record containing project documents and reports for Mojave Gunnery Range “C” is available at the Kern County Library, California City Branch, and at the Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District office.