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Fort Shafter Army Base in Honolulu, HI Hawaii Military Bases
Fort Shafter is a United States military base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fort Shafter was established by the Army on June 22, 1907. The base is listed as a National Historic Landmark, and is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Shafter is the home base of the United States Army Pacific Command, the Major Command of US Army Forces for the Pacific Region, and the Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean Division. Fort Shafter is the oldest military base on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
The 25th Infantry division of the Army has been responsible for defending Hawaii since 1921. On December 7, 1941 the 25th Infantry Division was rapidly deployed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor to protect the southern and eastern coasts of the island against invasion from the Japanese. The 25th Infantry Division was made famous in 1942 when they relieved the Marines at Guadalcanal. Their performance during this operation earned them the nickname “Tropic Lightning”.
Today there are 7,897 active duty service men and women, 11,686 family members, and 8,172 civilians currently stationed at Fort Shafter. There are close to 7,000 three and four bedroom housing units that are designated by family size and rank. Fort Shafter does not have any schools on base for children instead they attend local public or private schools. There are, however, classes available at the Tripler Army Education Center for furthering your college degree or Army leadership.
Military personnel and their families can receive excellent medical care at the US Army Health Center located at Schofield Barracks. The Schofield Health Clinic provides care for more than 35,000 soldiers, family members, and retirees. In fact, Schofield Health Clinic provides more than 50% of primary health care for the Army in Hawaii. Schofield Barracks Dental Clinic and Tripler Army Dental Clinic both whom provide dental care for Armed Services personnel along with their families. There are Child Development Centers and the Family Child Care Program which provides childcare services on base. Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years are eligible to attend different programs at very reasonable rates.
On base at Fort Shafter you will find 24 hour gyms and fitness facilities, as well as aquatic centers. Some of these aquatic centers offer special areas just for the kids. There is also a movie theater on base here. Most of these amenities are just a short walk or bike ride away from base housing.
Military personnel and their families can find lots of things to experience off base in Hawaii as well. There are beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants and great shopping all located nearby. Fort Shafter is very close to Honolulu, which is largely supported by tourism so you will find much to do there. There are many historic sites and National parks to visit on the island of Honolulu as well.
Fort Shafter may be one of the older military bases in the United States, but it has been well kept and advanced over the years with modern facilities. The scenery is beautiful with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean all around and many exciting things for you and your family to see and explore.
Schofield Barracks/Fort Shafter
Schofield Barracks is a United States Army installation and home to the 25th Infantry Division. Fort Shafter is the headquarters of the United States Army Pacific Command, the MACOM of U.S. Army forces in Asia and the Pacific Basin.
Schofield Barracks is nestled at the foot of the Waianae mountain range on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The installation is located a few miles from the towns of Wahiawa and Mililani. Fort Shafter is situated among stately plantation-style homes and royal palm trees in south Oahu in the town of Kalihi. Hawaii’s cost of living is among the highest in the nation. The major source of that high cost of living can be attributed to the cost of housing.
The 25th Infantry Division traces its lineage to the Hawaiian Division, which has defended Hawaii since 1921. On December 7, 1941, the 25th Infantry Division received its debut of fire when Japanese forces attacked military facilities on the island of Oahu. The division without delay deployed to southern and eastern coasts of the island, ready to defend against a possible Japanese invasion. The division was made famous after relieving the Marines at Guadalcanal in 1942. Due to their superior performance during this operation, the 25th Infantry Division (25th ID) earned its nickname “Tropic Lightning.”
The 25th Infantry Division prepares for deployment to a theater of operations to perform combat operations as part of a corps counterattack. On order, it conducts theater-wide deployment within 54 hours of notification to perform combat operations in support of USCINCPAC theater strategy.
Active Duty Family Members 25,319
Retired Military 4,877
Retiree Family Members 11,826
Reserve Component 1,828
Reserve Component Family Members 3,134
Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.
To obtain a sponsor contact the Garrison Sponsorship Coordinater at 808-655-8276; DSN 312-455-8276 prior to your arrival.
If you are in transit to Schofield Barracks and have made reservations in advance you will be staying at the Inn at Schofield Barracks. Contact them at 800-490 9638, 808-624 9650, or by fax, 808-624 5606.
For all personnel in transit to the Fort Shafter area who had have made reservations in advance will be staying at the Tripler Lodging Facility, 808-839-2336, fax 808-433-6905.
The Relocation Readiness Program offers a newcomer’s island tour and cultural orientation every Tuesday. For more assistance, contact us at 808-655-4227.
Critical Installation Information
Pit-bulls or any type of pit-bull breeding combinations such as American Pit-Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terriers or Staffordshire Terriers are strictly prohibited on installation.
The base operator’s phone number is 808.449-7110.