In order to spur development in San Diego following post-World War I, leaders looked to the United States Navy (USN) as a
way to secure a steady supply of contracts, revenue, and development. The USN’s earlier commitment to San Diego had been inconsistent,
despite efforts by General Pendleton and others. In January 1920, Rear Admiral Roger Welles assumed the newly created position
of Commandant, Naval Base San Diego, in charge of all San Diego naval commands. On 26 January 1921, the 11th Naval District
was created encompassing San Diego and five other counties stretching from California to New Mexico. The Public Works Department,
11th Naval District, was also established, with the District Public Works Officer serving on the 11th Naval District staff
headquartered in San Diego. The Navy Public Works Department is responsible for design, construction, and maintenance of naval
facilities and installations.