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Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, HI Hawaii Military Bases
The base is often called Hickam Air Force Base, however, an official name change was made in 2010. At that time, Naval Station Pearl Harbor joined with Hickam in accordance with the Base Realignment and Closure Law. The 2005 law realigned 26 separate bases into 12 combined bases, and Hickam was renamed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is located close to Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. JBPHH is spread over multiple locations, occupying a combined area of approximately 28,000 acres.
The U.S. Air Force 15th Wing supplies strategic and tactical airlift capabilities to the mission. Its C-17 Globemaster III aircraft is the military’s largest and speediest cargo plane, and it is capable of rapid deployment of troops/cargo. Additionally, the F-22 Raptor strengthens the mission with its power, reach and versatile air-to-ground or air-to-air capabilities.
JBPHH also supports the ships of the Pacific Fleet. It functions as a naval submarine maintenance depot, and plays host to many visiting submariners.
In the early 1900s, Hawaii’s location presented an ideal base from which to promote and monitor U.S. interests in the Far East, and Pearl Harbor was built. In 1911, the USS California was the first of the large warships to enter Pearl Harbor.
In 1917, the War Department procured land on nearby Ford Island, and the U.S. Army built an air facility called Luke Field. Six years later, the U.S. Navy bought the land on the other side of the island and created a naval facility. The naval and air units co-existed side-by-side for many years until they each outgrew their available space. Consequently, the Army Air Corps built a new air base. It was completed and activated in 1938 under the name of Hickam Field.
Housing is provided through a public-private association. There are more than 4,000 housing units but, given the ratio of personnel to units, housing is somewhat limited. Housing applications are coordinated by the Family Housing Office. The office also assists with off-base housing, and it provides listings of temporary accommodations in neighboring communities and Honolulu.
Honolulu is the state capital, as well as its largest city. It is a financial and commercial hub, and the center of Hawaiian government.
The city has a host of sporting and cultural attractions, and there are many fascinating neighborhoods for visitors to explore.
The main airport is Honolulu International Airport. The USO maintains a lounge at the airport, and the staff is happy to assist military members with issues such as transportation to the base – an approximate distance of two miles.
Oahu is a volcanic island, and the third largest of the eight Hawaiian Islands. It is also the most populated. The island is a shoppers’ paradise and a popular tourist destination, especially with mainland Americans and Japanese travelers.
Oahu’s place in U.S. and military history is irrevocably tied to the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Two waves of planes from Japanese aircraft carriers attacked the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet on December 7, 1941. The attack caused thousands of American deaths, and destruction of American ships and aircraft. It also provided the impetus for the United States to enter the Second World War.
Today, the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oahu benefits from the combined strengths of the United States Navy and the United States Air Force. Together, they present a powerful front in the Global War on Terrorism.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) is a United States military facility adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaii. It is a combination of the former United States Air Force Hickam Air Force Base and the United States Navy Naval Base Pearl Harbor, which were merged in 2010
Naval Base Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base were realigned to form Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH), which became fully operational in October 2010.
Pearl Harbor Naval Station and Hickam Air Force Base have grown up together around the historic port, known as Wai’momi to the native Hawaiians, on Oahu’s south shore. The naval station was constructed shortly after the turn of the 20th Century as the United States began to take an active interest in Pacific affairs. Hawaii’s central Pacific location made it an ideal base by which to promote America’s interests in the Far East and to protect the vital shipping lanes from the Panama Canal to the U.S. west coast and beyond to the western Pacific. In December of 1911 the USS California, an Armored Cruiser, became the first large warship to enter Pearl Harbor and launch it into the future. Within a very few years a coaling station, shipyard, submarine base, naval magazine, Marine barracks, naval hospital and naval air station had been built.
Interestingly, it was the advent of aviation that drew the first connection between these two historic bases. In 1917 the War Department purchased land on Ford Island for the construction of an Army air facility which would eventually be named Luke Field. In 1923 the Navy acquired the opposite side of the island and established a naval air station. The two fledgling air bases would operate side by side until it was recognized that the Army and Navy air arms had grown sufficiently to warrant larger facilities. In 1934, the Army Air Corps oversaw the construction of a new air base on 2,200 acres of land adjacent to Pearl Harbor. Hickam Field was completed and activated in 1938, becoming the principal airfield in Hawaii. For its part the Navy would now take ownership of the former Army facilities on Ford Island, which would become the home to the Pacific Fleet’s carrier operations.
“Customer service is our core competency. Team Pearl Harbor-Hickam provides service with aloha to the Commands, Warfighters and Families of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at a level recognized as the benchmark among all military installations. Every member of Team Pearl Harbor-Hickam knows they are valued and appreciated, and they contribute to making Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam the best place to work on Oahu. Individually and collectively we are good neighbors and active partners in the Oahu community, exercising uncompromising stewardship of the fiscal, environmental, cultural and historic resources under our care.”
Navy – Over 55,000 people
Air Force – 9,007 Air Force military members who have 22,518 dependents
The free Navy Exchange shuttle bus provides services around Pearl Harbor. For more information on the NEX shuttle call 808-423-3344. The only authorized taxi service for military bases is “The Cab,” 808-422-2222.
Personnel on PCS orders will have priority. Please make reservations at 1-800-NAVY-INN or visit the Navy Lodge website.
Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) facilities are for authorized military travelers, DoD civilians, and contractors on official travel orders to Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH). Active duty military and their dependents on leave, along with retirees may stay on a space available basis.
All military travelers on orders, destined to JBPHH, should contact NGIS for reservations as soon as their travel dates are known. Individual travelers may log-in to the link below to make on-line reservations or should call 1-877-NAVYBED (628-9233). The local reservations office number for group reservations is (808) 448-5888.
Upon arrival, call the Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) for any assistance you might need.
Call 808-474-1999 or 808-449-0300
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Quarterdeck: (COM) – (808) 473-1222
Region Operations Center: (ROC) – (808) 474-0302
Housing Office: (COM) – (808) 474-1820
Navy Federal Credit Union: 1-800-914-9494 (toll free)
Pass and ID: (808) 471-2131 or (808) 471-3627