El Centro Rocket Target Range #1 - Imperial County, CA

El Centro Rocket Target No.1 (#92) is a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) located approximately 11 miles northwest of the city of El Centro in Imperial County, California. The property has one Munitions Response Site (MRS-01) named “El Centro Rocket Target No.1 (#92) which was acquired by the Eleventh Naval District in 1945 for use as a practice rocket, bombing and strafing target for Fleet Unit training. The Navy discontinued use of the site in October 1946. The Rocket Range is approximately 1,110 acres and is mostly owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and several private owners. The BLM portion of the MRS is uncultivated, undeveloped, rough desert land while the privately owned portion is used as agricultural land.

Upcoming Public Engagements

USACE will conduct a virtual public meeting to present information on the upcoming Remedial Investigation at the El Centro Rocket Target No.1 (#92) Munition Response Site. This site is a Formerly Used Defense Site located in Imperial County, California and was used during World War II by the U.S. Navy for training purposes. 

Virtual Public Meeting #1 Information:

Tuesday, January 23, 2024
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 


Join by Phone: 

Meeting #/Access Code:
2494 082 4379

Meeting Password:
Zy2UrH7Xj4?   (99287479, if using a telephone)

What are Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS)?

During the past two centuries, the Department of Defense (DOD) has used land throughout the United States to train soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines to ensure the nation's military readiness. As training and testing needs changed, DOD obtained property or returned the property to private or public uses.  Today, the DOD is responsible for the environmental restoration (cleanup) of contamination caused by the DOD on properties that were formerly owned by, leased to, or otherwise possessed by the United States and under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Defense prior to October 1986. Such properties are known as Formerly Used Defense Sites or FUDS. The U.S. Army is the DOD’s lead agent for the FUDS Program. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) executes the FUDS Program on behalf of the U.S. Army and DOD. The U.S. Army and DOD are dedicated to protecting human health and the environment by investigating and, if required, cleaning up possible contamination that may remain on these properties from past DOD activities.

graphic explaining 3 Rs of munitions safety: Recognize, Retreat, Report.

Site Location Map for El Centro Rocket Target Range #1
Site Location Map

Site Layout of El Centro Rocket Target Range #1 Project Area
Site Layout Map

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding either
the USACE FUDS Program or
the El Centro Rocket Target Range #1,
please contact:

Sacramento District Public Affairs Office
(916) 557-5100

Sacramento FUDS Program Manager: 
(916) 557-6884