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Army - Fort Shafter

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Outside Honolulu, Fort Shafter has been home to the senior Army headquarters in Hawaii for almost a century. When the post opened in 1907, it was named for Maj. Gen. William R. Shafter (1835-1906), who led the U.S. expedition to Cuba in 1898. Tripler Army Medical Center, Fort DeRussy and the U.S. Army Museum in Waikiki are also nearby.

Today, Fort Shafter remains the focal point for command, control and support of Army forces in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region; it supports nearly 19,600 soldiers, civilians, contractors and family members.

Fort Shafter

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Fort Shafter, outside Honolulu, has been home to the senior Army headquarters in Hawaii for almost a century. Principal tenants include U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the 311th Signal Command, the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, the 9th Mission Support Command (U.S. Army Reserve) and the Army Corps of Engineers - Pacific Ocean Division and Honolulu District.

When the post opened in 1907, it was named for Maj. Gen. William R. Shafter (1835-1906), who led the U.S. expedition to Cuba in 1898. Tripler Army Medical Center, Fort DeRussy and the U.S. Army Museum in Waikiki are also nearby.

Fort Shafter supports nearly 19,600 soldiers, civilians, contractors and family members. Today, Fort Shafter remains the focal point for command, control and support of Army forces in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.

Units

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U.S. Army, Pacific

USARPAC commands Army forces in the Asia-Pacific region, the largest area of responsibility in the Department of Defense, covering half the globe, including 36 countries, from its headquarters at Fort Shafter.

Major USARPAC units include 8th Army; 25th Infantry Division; U.S. Army, Alaska; U.S. Army, Japan and I Corps (Forward); 8th Theater Sustainment Command; 311th Signal Command Theater; 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command; 9th Mission Support Command; 18th Medical Command; 196th Infantry Brigade; and 500th Military Intelligence Brigade.

Visit USARPAC online at:

8th Theater Sustainment Command

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command is a complex organization of about 5,000 soldiers with sustainment responsibilities spanning the Pacific Command area of responsibility. Major subordinate commands include the 8th Military Police Brigade, the 130th Engineer Brigade and the45th Sustainment Brigade on Schofield Barracks. The 8th TSC also has logistics operational control over the 10th Support Group in Okinawa, Japan.

As the senior Army logistics command in the USPACOM AOR, the 8th TSC sets the theater to integrate and conduct sustainment of unified land operations, advance regional relationships and provide ready forces to the global force pool to enable operational freedom of action across the full range of military operations to shape and posture for a stable and secure USPACOM AOR.

The 8th TSC functions as a fully capable, theater-enabling command, integrating multifunctional skill sets across the Pacific theater while continuing to support overseas contingency operations with trained and ready forces. As a credible enabler with an expanding mission set in a complex environment, the 8th TSC continues to train technically and tactically adaptive leaders to successfully execute the mission safely and autonomously.

Visit the 8th TSC online at:

311th Signal Command (Theater)

Headquartered at Fort Shafter, the 311th Signal Command Theater combines the strengths of more than 3,000 active-duty and Reserve soldiers and Army civilians to bring expertise, experience and commitment to meet the Army’s communications mission in the Pacific. As a USARPAC Theater Enabling Command, the 311th SC(T) exercises operational control over the 516th Signal Brigade, headquartered in Hawaii, and the 1st Signal Brigade, in Korea.

The 516th Signal Brigade commands five battalions and a Regional Cyber Center. Battalions include the 30th Signal Battalion in Hawaii; the 58th Signal Battalion in Okinawa, Japan; the 78th Signal Battalion in Japan; the 59th Signal Battalion in Alaska; and the 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion in Hawaii and Alaska.

The 1st Signal Brigade commands three battalions and an RCC in Korea. Battalions include the 36th Signal Battalion, the 41st Signal Battalion and the 304th ESB.

The 311th SC(T) plans, engineers, operates, maintains, defends and extends Army and Joint networks throughout the Pacific theater to enable mission command for unified land operations across all Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational operational phases and, as directed, supports cyberspace operations to ensure U.S. and allied freedom of action in cyberspace and to deny the same to adversaries.

The vision of the 311th SC(T) is “One Team” of proud and trusted professionals delivering responsive, reliable and operationally relevant network capabilities to fellow USARPAC and USPACOM warfighters — on time and on target, regardless of location or mission.

Visit the 311th SC(T) online at:

94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command is responsible for conducting joint and combined theater air and missile defense in support of designated operational plans and contingency operations within the Pacific Command area of responsibility. The command has its headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to enhance close mission relationships with the other services.

Initially constituted as the 94th Air Defense Artillery Dec. 16, 1940, the command has gone through many reorganizations and redesignations during its storied history. The current command was activated Oct. 16, 2005, at Fort Shafter under the USARPAC headquarters.

The 94th AAMDC serves as a joint integrator providing synchronization with the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps in joint theater air and missile defense operations. During multinational operations, the 94th AAMDC, with subordinate units in Japan, Korea and Guam, also integrates combined air and missile defense assets to provide protection for all coalition forces.

Visit the 94th AAMDC online at:

9th Mission Support Command

About 3,700 9th Mission Support Command soldiers and civilians proudly serve in Hawaii, Alaska, American Samoa, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Guam and Saipan.

The 9th MSC provides peacetime mission command and sustainment of assigned and attached U.S. Army Reserve units and personnel as a direct reporting unit and senior Army Reserve Headquarters to the Commander, U.S. Army, Pacific. It provides trained and ready USAR forces for mobilization and support for all USAR demobilization requirements and executes all USAR Title 10 responsibilities on behalf of the Commander, USARPAC.

The 9th MSC serves as an enduring flexible, relevant Pacific-focused operational force that provides key capabilities to execute critical missions in support of USARPAC and the Pacific theater.

Major subordinate units include the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 658th Regional Support Group, 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, 3rd Mobilization Support Group, U.S. Army Pacific-Support Unit, 1984th U.S. Army Hospital, U.S. Army Reserve Theater Support Group-Pacific, 4960th Multifunctional Training Brigade, 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry, 302nd Transportation Terminal Battalion and the 411th Engineer Battalion.

The 9th MSC is the most geographically dispersed, ethnically diverse Army Reserve organization. It is home to the only infantry battalion in the Army Reserve. In addition, it has the Logistics Support Vessel (LSV-7) SSGT Robert T. Kuroda, which is manned by a crew of Army Reserve mariners.

Visit the 9th MSC online at www.facebook.com/9thMissionSupportCommand.

18th Medical Command (Deployment Support)

The 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support), known as MEDCOM (DS), is the premier expeditionary medical theater enabling command, ensuring seamless health service support throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Region. It provides mission command, administrative assistance and technical supervision of assigned and attached medical units within the Indo-Asia Pacific Region. The 18th MEDCOM (DS) also coordinates and executes all medical Theater Security Cooperation Program projects with appropriate specialists and expertise, helping to build defense relationships; partners and trains with host nation and multinational medical units; and cultivates medical professional contacts with host nation partners.

Visit the 18th MEDCOM (DS) online at:

196th Infantry Brigade

The 196th Infantry Brigade (Training Support Brigade) is one of 17 TSBs Army-wide. It is a multicomponent organization and Major Subordinate Command within USARPAC. Soldiers provide professional, high-quality and responsive training support to Reserve component units throughout USARPAC by planning, resourcing and executing pre- and post-mobilization training for all Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve units assigned throughout Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and Arizona. The brigade also provides training readiness oversight for three civil support teams (93rd CST, 94th CST and 103rd CST) in Hawaii, Guam and Alaska.

Visit the 196th Infantry Brigade online at:

Pacific Ocean Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Pacific Ocean Division is the engineering, design and construction agent for the Army and Air Force in Alaska, the Army in Hawaii and for all Department of Defense agencies in Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Most notably, the division contributes significantly to the peace and security in the Pacific region through the execution of multibillion-dollar construction programs for U.S. forces in Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Pacific Ocean Division also supports U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Army Pacific’s Theater Security Cooperation strategies, the Humanitarian Assistance Program and Civil Military Emergency Preparedness with projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

The division’s 1,500-plus-strong workforce produces every type of construction in support of service members and their families, from barracks to high-rise family housing, from fitness centers to child care centers and from ship berths to aircraft runways and hangars.

In addition, POD has a civil works mission in Alaska and Hawaii. The division is responsible for executing federal water resources development programs in Alaska and Hawaii as well as in U.S.-controlled land in the Pacific.

Ancillary to these duties are environmental services that include studies and hazardous and toxic waste cleanup.

The POD has the largest AOR of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ nine divisions. The division’s mission is executed through its four districts: Honolulu, Alaska, Japan and the Far East (Korea).

Visit the POD online at:

The Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ area of operations stretches across five time zones, the equator and the International Dateline. It covers an estimated 12 million square miles from the Hawaiian Islands to American Samoa, through Micronesia to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The district accomplishes military missions, including military construction, real estate and environmental services for the Army and Air Force in Hawaii, for all DOD agencies in Kwajalein Atoll and for other defense agencies in its area of operations, as assigned.

The Honolulu District’s missions include federal water resource management and development or civil works; it focuses on navigation, flood reduction and shore protection in Hawaii, the U.S. territories of Guam and American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The district has regulatory jurisdiction governing work in waters and wetlands of the U.S. within its area of operations.

Visit the district online at:

Or, call the district at 808-835-4004.

Headquarters, U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Pacific

The Army activated the Installation Management Command Oct. 24, 2006, to consolidate and strengthen installation support services to soldiers, civilians and their families. The Pacific Region, headquartered at Fort Shafter, has garrison installations in Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, Korea and Kwajalein.

IMCOM-Pacific replaces the former agency and marks the next step in the evolution of Army installation management.

IMCOM evolved out of the Installation Management Agency, established in 2002 to reduce bureaucracy and apply a uniform business structure to manage U.S. Army installations worldwide. IMCOM continues to oversee such facets of installation management as construction, family care, food management, environmental programs, well-being, public works and installation funding.

IMCOM presently has more than 100 installations in four regions: two regions in the continental United States, one region in Europe and one in the Pacific.

IMCOM oversees a standardization process that provides soldiers, civilians and families a consistent quality of services at all installations. It also streamlines how installations receive money and ensures that installation funds are used for installation services.

By assuming installation management duties, IMCOM relieves warfighters and mission commanders of garrison tasks so they can focus on training and missions.

The full authority of command is vital to effectively direct the vast resources necessary to support troop deployments while meeting the needs of their families. Consolidating the installation management structure under IMCOM optimizes resources, protects the environment and enhances the well-being of the Army community.

IMCOM provides fast, efficient and agile support to commanders in the performance of their tactical and strategic missions.

The Installation Management Command is headquartered on Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Visit IMCOM-P online at:

Units

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U.S. Army, Pacific

USARPAC commands Army forces in the Asia-Pacific region, the largest area of responsibility in the Department of Defense, covering half the globe, including dozens of countries, from its headquarters at Fort Shafter.

Major USARPAC subordinate commands include 8th Army; I Corps; U.S. Army Alaska; U.S. Army Japan; 8th Theater Sustainment Command; 311th Signal Command (Theater); 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command; 9th Mission Support Command; 18th Medical Command; 196th Infantry Brigade; 500th Military Intelligence Brigade; and 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment.

Other units include U.S. Army Garrisons, Corp of Engineers, Alaska National Guard, Hawaii National Guard and Tripler Army Medical Center.

Visit USARPAC online at:

https://www.usarpac.army.mil
www.facebook.com/usarpac
www.twitter.com/usarpac
www.youtube.com/usarpacpao
www.flickr.com/usarpac


8th Theater Sustainment Command

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command is a complex organization of soldiers with sustainment responsibilities spanning the Pacific Command area of responsibility. Major subordinate commands include the 8th Special Troops Battalion, the 8th Military Police Brigade and the 130th Engineer Brigade.

The 8TSC enables readiness of assigned units, plans and synchronizes theater distribution and sustainment, protects the force and builds partner capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure Indo-Asia Pacific Region.

Visit the 8th TSC online at:

https://www.army.mil/8thTSC
www.facebook.com/8thTSC
www.twitter.com/8thTSC
www.vimeo.com/the8thTSC
www.flickr.com/photos/8TSC


311th Signal Command (Theater)

As the designated Signal command for the Army Service Component Commands within the Pacific and Korean theaters, the 311th Signal Command combines the strengths of more than 3,000 active-duty soldiers, U.S. Army Reserve soldiers and Army civilians to bring expertise, experience and commitment to meet the Army’s communications mission in the Pacific. Headquartered at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, the 311th SC and its subordinate units are stationed across 16 time zones, ranging from Alaska to Korea and from Hawaii to California.

Visit the 311th SC(T) online at:

www.army.mil/311SC
www.facebook.com/311th-Signal-Command-101727249863028
www.twitter.com/311thSignalCmd
www.youtube.com/311thSignalCommand
www.vimeo.com/the311thSignal
www.flickr.com/photos/311thSC


94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command provides Joint and Combined Theater Air and Missile Defense to meet OPLAN requirements through the assurance of allies and deterrence within the Asia-Pacific AOR. It serves as the first line of defense in the Pacific.

Initially constituted as the 94th Air Defense Artillery Dec. 16, 1940, the command has gone through many reorganizations and redesignations during its storied history. The current command was activated Oct. 16, 2005, at Fort Shafter under the USARPAC headquarters.

Visit the 94th AAMDC online at:

https://www.94aamdc.army.mil
www.facebook.com/pg/94thArmyAMDC
www.twitter.com/94thArmyAMDC
www.youtube.com/94thAAMDC
www.flickr.com/40680125@N02


9th Mission Support Command

The 9th Mission Support Command is a U.S. Army Reserve Command with units serving in Honolulu, Hawaii; forts Richardson and Wainwright, Alaska; and Radio Barrigada, Guam. The 9th MSC is engaged throughout the Asia-Pacific realm, providing trained and ready forces to overseas contingency operations, playing a vital role in approximately 20 U.S. Army Pacific Theater Security Cooperation Program exercises, and providing key battle staff in support of Joint Task Force Homeland Defense.

The 9th MSC Headquarters and assigned units contain a U.S. Army Hospital and provide a ready force of engineers, military police, infantry, civil affairs and public affairs, as well as the mariners who operate the Logistical Support Vessel SSGT Robert T. Kuroda.

Visit the 9th MSC online at:

www.usar.army.mil/9thMSC
www.facebook.com/9thMSC
www.twitter.com/9thmsc


18th Medical Command (Deployment Support)

The 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support), known as MEDCOM (DS), is the premier expeditionary medical theater enabling command, ensuring seamless health service support throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Region. It provides mission command, administrative assistance and technical supervision of assigned and attached medical units within the Indo-Asia Pacific Region. The 18th MEDCOM (DS) also coordinates and executes all medical Theater Security Cooperation Program projects with appropriate specialists and expertise, helping to build defense relationships; partners and trains with host nation and multinational medical units; and cultivates medical professional contacts with host nation partners.

Visit the 18th MEDCOM (DS) online at:

www.usarpac.army.mil/18thMEDCOM
www.facebook.com/18thMEDCOM
www.flickr.com/18thMEDCOMDS


196th Infantry Brigade

The 196th Infantry Brigade (Training Support Brigade) is a multicomponent organization and Major Subordinate Command within USARPAC. Soldiers provide professional, high-quality and responsive training support to Reserve component units throughout USARPAC by planning, resourcing and executing pre- and post-mobilization training for all Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve units assigned throughout Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and Arizona. The brigade also provides training readiness oversight for three civil support teams (93rd CST, 94th CST and 103rd CST) in Hawaii, Guam and Alaska.

Visit the 196th Infantry Brigade online at:

www.usarpac.army.mil/196th
www.facebook.com/196thinbde


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean Division

The Pacific Ocean Division is the engineering, design and construction agent for the Army and Air Force in Alaska, the Army in Hawaii and for all Department of Defense agencies in Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Most notably, the division contributes significantly to the peace and security in the Pacific region through the execution of multibillion-dollar construction programs for U.S. forces in Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Pacific Ocean Division also supports U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Army Pacific’s Theater Security Cooperation strategies, the Humanitarian Assistance Program and Civil Military Emergency Preparedness with projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

The division’s workforce produces every type of construction in support of service members and their families, from barracks to high-rise family housing, from fitness centers to child care centers and from ship berths to aircraft runways and hangars.

In addition, POD has a civil works mission in Alaska and Hawaii. The division is responsible for executing federal water resources development programs in Alaska and Hawaii as well as in U.S.-controlled land in the Pacific.

Ancillary to these duties are environmental services that include studies and hazardous and toxic waste cleanup.

The POD has the largest AOR of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ nine divisions. The division’s mission is executed through its four districts: Honolulu, Alaska, Japan and the Far East (Korea).

Visit the POD online at:

www.pod.usace.army.mil
www.facebook.com/PODCorps


The Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ area of operations stretches across five time zones, the equator and the International Dateline. It covers an estimated 12 million square miles from the Hawaiian Islands to American Samoa, through Micronesia to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The district accomplishes military missions, including military construction, real estate and environmental services for the Army and Air Force in Hawaii, for all DOD agencies in Kwajalein Atoll and for other defense agencies in its area of operations, as assigned.

The Honolulu District’s missions include federal water resource management and development or civil works; it focuses on navigation, flood reduction and shore protection in Hawaii, the U.S. territories of Guam and American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The district has regulatory jurisdiction governing work in waters and wetlands of the U.S. within its area of operations.

Visit the district online at:

www.poh.usace.army.mil
www.facebook.com/HonoluluDistrict
www.twitter.com/CorpsHonolulu
www.youtube.com/HonoluluDistrict
www.flickr.com/HonoluluDistrict


Headquarters, U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Pacific

The Army activated the Installation Management Command Oct. 24, 2006, to consolidate and strengthen installation support services to soldiers, civilians and their families. The Pacific Region, headquartered at Fort Shafter, has garrison installations in Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, Korea and Kwajalein.

IMCOM-Pacific replaces the former agency and marks the next step in the evolution of Army installation management.

IMCOM evolved out of the Installation Management Agency, established in 2002 to reduce bureaucracy and apply a uniform business structure to manage U.S. Army installations worldwide. IMCOM continues to oversee such facets of installation management as construction, family care, food management, environmental programs, well-being, public works and installation funding.

IMCOM presently has more than 100 installations in four regions: two regions in the continental United States, one region in Europe and one in the Pacific.

IMCOM oversees a standardization process that provides soldiers, civilians and families a consistent quality of services at all installations. It also streamlines how installations receive money and ensures that installation funds are used for installation services.

By assuming installation management duties, IMCOM relieves warfighters and mission commanders of garrison tasks so they can focus on training and missions.

The full authority of command is vital to effectively direct the vast resources necessary to support troop deployments while meeting the needs of their families. Consolidating the installation management structure under IMCOM optimizes resources, protects the environment and enhances the well-being of the Army community.

IMCOM provides fast, efficient and agile support to commanders in the performance of their tactical and strategic missions.

The Installation Management Command is headquartered on Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Visit IMCOM-P online at:

www.fb.com/pg/IMCOMPAC
www.flickr.com/imcom-p

Medical and Dental Services

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Tripler Army Medical Center provides medical care for active and retired military personnel and their eligible family members on Oahu. See the TAMC chapter on Page 39 for more information. TAMC offers a range of medical and surgical specialties such as internal medicine, dermatology, pediatrics, general surgery, orthopedics, psychiatry, OB-GYN, behavioral health, diet and nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, optometry, audiology, podiatry, and community and occupational health. TAMC is on Moanalua Ridge, near Fort Shafter and Aliamanu Military Reservation.

The Warrior Ohana Medical Home is a full-service family medicine and primary care clinic in Kapolei. It is a community-based medical home, composed of Army-run primary care clinics off post in communities where Army families live. The Warrior Ohana Medical Home offers full-scope family medicine, behavioral health, pharmacy, laboratory and immunization services. Enrollment is open to family members of active-duty service members and retirees and their families.

Visit www.tamc.amedd.army.mil for more information.

Scheduling Appointments

Most appointments can be scheduled online at www.tricareonline.com or call 808-433-2778 for Tripler Army Medical Center and Warrior Ohana Medical Home.

Dental Services

The Tripler Dental Clinic is in the D wing at Tripler Army Medical Center. Call 808-433-6825 to schedule an appointment.

Routine dental care for patients who are not active-duty is extremely limited. For more information, see TRICARE Dental Program on Planning Your Move.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program is designed to put focus and priority on the victim’s safety and emotional well-being. This program is open 24/7 to soldiers and adult family members. Call 808-624-7233.

Planning Your Move

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The key to a successful transition is your sponsor; however, reading this guide and taking the time to familiarize yourself with all the services and facilities available to you will better prepare you for your move to Hawaii.

May your tour of duty here be a rewarding, enjoyable experience.

Another key to a successful move to Hawaii is obtaining the correct information beforehand, so it would be wise to visit Army Community Service at your installation.

Before you arrive, you should have your orders with you.

Commands are required to assign a sponsor to ease the transition of your move. A sponsor at your new duty station can assist you in many ways, such as making pet quarantine arrangements, providing transportation from the airport to temporary quarters and showing you around post. If you have not been assigned a sponsor, request one at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/newcomers/newcomers.htm.

Your sponsor has probably lived here for a while and can assist you in finding the best places to live, schools, education, recreation and important information for pets.

You can also find military relocation and moving information at www.militaryonesource.mil.

Temporary Lodging

Hale Koa Hotel Armed Forces Recreation Center: Imagine the sparkling waters of Waikiki Beach at your doorstep and majestic DiamondHead in the distance, and you’ll find yourself at the Hale Koa Hotel, Armed Forces Recreation Center. Hale Koa, translated from Hawaiian as “House of the Warrior,” is a premier destination resort for the military, their families and their guests. Located on Fort DeRussy, Hale Koa Hotel isapproximately 7 miles from Fort Shafter. This Hawaiian oasis is surrounded by lush tropical gardens within a beautifully landscaped 72-acre green space and offers more than just fun in the sun. So, whether you are visiting, on temporary duty or a permanent change of station ( PCS) move, or residing on the island, create lasting memories by enjoying Hale Koa Hotel’s outstanding hospitality, accommodations, food and beverage venues, private banquet facilities, entertainment, amenities, and recreation.

Accommodations consist of 818 guest rooms in two towers with views of the Pacific Ocean or verdant mountain range. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and equipped with a refrigerator; coffee maker; flat-screen, high definition television; free internet, and in-room safes.

Even if you are not staying overnight, eligible users can enjoy a day at the beach; dine in any of the restaurants, snack bars or lounges, and take in an evening show, or picnic on the beautiful park grounds. Hale Koa Hotel entertainment line up includes a Hawaiian luau, Magic in Paradise Dinner Show, High and Right Comedy Nights, and live entertainment at the Barefoot Bar. In addition, Hale Koa Hotel offers catering and conference services, ample parking and outdoor recreational activities.

Eligible patrons include active or retired members of the armed forces, Department of Defense personnel, reservists and National Guardsmen, their families and sponsored guests.

Rates vary by single and double occupancy, rank and room category. Reservations are taken up to a year in advance and can be made by calling 800-367-6027 (CONUS) or 808-955-0555 locally. For more information or to book online, visit www.halekoa.com.

Note: Recreation centers such as the Hale Koa Hotel are not government lodging facilities.

Family Services

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Family and MWR Hawaii is a valuable resource guide to family services for the soldiers, family members, retirees and DOD civilians stationed with the Army in Hawaii.

For information about special events, entertainment, dining, recreation, ongoing programs and support services, visit:

https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii
www.facebook.com/fmwr.hawaii
www.twitter.com/FMWRArmyHawaii
www.youtube.com/mwrarmyhawaii
www.flickr.com/himwr
www.pinterest.com/fmwrhawaii

Army Community Service

ACS is an Army-wide activity designed to assist personnel and family members with relocation and other quality-of-life concerns. A full-time professional staff and volunteer corps provide information, referrals, guidance and resources. The ACS Fort Shafter Outreach Center is in Building 330 on 217 Montgomery Drive.

Programs include family advocacy; employment readiness; the Exceptional Family Member Program; mobilization, deployment and support stability operations; new parent support; relocation readiness; a Soldier and Family Assistance Center; and more.

For assistance or information on any of the following services, call the Fort Shafter ACS at 808-438-4227 or visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/acs-welcome.

Army Family Action Plan: The AFAP is your platform to voice quality-of-life issues and provide feedback, ideas and suggestions. It’s the best way to let Army leadership know about what works, what doesn’t and how you think problems can be resolved.

Army Family Team Building: AFTB is a family resiliency and readiness training program that provides participants with an understanding of Army culture and the skills and resources they need to become self-reliant, self-sufficient members of the military community.

Army Volunteer Program: This program is designed to help you find local volunteering opportunities with organizations that benefit the Army community.

Employment Readiness Program: ERP offers resources to help you with your career plan and job search.

Exceptional Family Member Program: EFMP provides comprehensive support to family members with special needs. EFMP takes an all-inclusive approach to coordinate military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing and personnel services to help soldiers and their families with special needs.

Family Advocacy Program: FAP helps soldiers and their families recognize and prepare for the unique challenges of military lifestyles. Services include seminars, workshops, counseling and intervention to help strengthen the relationships of Army families.

Mobilization, Deployment and Support Stability Operations: This program helps support community readiness during deployments and emergencies.

New Parent Support Program: Services including home visits, support groups and parenting classes.

Relocation Readiness Program: This program has a comprehensive support system, information and resources to help you and your family navigate your next military move.

Soldier and Family Assistance Center: SFAC is a one-stop location built to equip and aid wounded, ill and injured soldiers who are assigned or attached to Warrior Transition Units.

Survivor Outreach Services: SOS offers the families of fallen soldiers access to support, information and services. Services are offered closest to where you live, when you need it and for as long as you need it.

Unit Services Coordinator: USC assists commanders and rear-detachment commanders with meeting the needs of their soldiers and families.

Victim Advocacy Program: VAP provides emergency and follow-up support services to adult victims of domestic abuse.

Child Care Programs

Child Development Center: The CDC delivery system offers full-day and part-day care in six facilities at Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation and Aliamanu Military Reservation housing areas. The CDCs are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Child care fees are based on total family income.

The CDCs offer full-time, part-time and hourly child care service options. The CDCs are open 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on registration requirements, eligibility and waiting lists, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/register-parent-central-services.

Family Child Care: This program is a professionally managed network of individuals who provide child care in their government quarters. Military family members who become child care providers receive formal training and must comply with established standards. Certified homes are monitored regularly by FCC, safety, fire safety and health staff.

FCC homes offer flexible hours and a wide range of services for children. This service is convenient for the shift workers and for parents of young children who prefer a home atmosphere for child care. Call 808-655-8373 for more information.

School Age Centers: Provides year-round child care options for school-age children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Options include before- and after-school care and fall, winter, spring and summer day camps. The school-age programs are nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and have partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.

The SACs are at Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation, Fort Shafter and Aliamanu Military Reservation. A monthly fee is required to participate. Fees are based on total family income. Call the Fort Shafter SAC at 808-438-5164.

Integrated Religious Support Team

Religious worship, programs, educational opportunities and pastoral care are available at facilities on all principal Army installations in Hawaii. Families arriving in Hawaii are invited to attend the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist services held weekly. Religious education opportunities are available for children, youth and adults.

For more information or an up-to-date schedule, visit https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/rso.

Legal Services

The Staff Judge Advocate’s area offices serve all Army personnel and their families assigned to units and organizations in Hawaii. The Schofield Barracks legal assistance and claims offices are in Building 2037 at the corner of Humphreys Road and Aleshire Avenue. Powers of attorney and notary services are available on a walk-in basis; most other services require an appointment. For more information on legal and claims services and hours of operation, visit https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/legal. For legal assistance, call 808-655-8607. For claims assistance, call 808-655-9279.

Youth Services

Youth Centers: The CYSS Youth Centers offer options for youth and teens in grades six through 12 that promote healthy youth development and ease the transition to adulthood with activities in life skills, citizenship, leadership, sports, fitness, academic support, mentoring, arts and recreation. The Fort Shafter Youth Center is in Building 351 at 240 Montgomery Drive. Call 808-438-1487 for information.

SKIES (Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills) Unlimited Program: See Schofield Barracks chapter on Page 28.

Youth Sports and Fitness Programs: Offers health, nutrition, fitness, life skills (outreach) and sports activities to children ages 5 to 17.

The Youth Sports and Fitness programs encompass age-appropriate, safe and supervised activities including basketball, flag football, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, softball, wrestling, track and field, field trips and events, such as PT in the park and gym.

Mini sports (ages 3 to 5) include basketball, soccer, flag football and baseball.

For more information, contact the youth sports center at Fort Shafter at 808-438-1487.

Housing

Island Palm Communities — South Regional Leasing Office

111 Seventh St.
Honolulu, HI 96819
808-275-3800


Email IPC-Leasing@ipchawaii.com

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Island Palm Communities serves Army installations on Oahu, including Fort Shafter. IPC offers a great on-post living experience to families from all military branches.

In addition to excellent property management support, residents can enjoy recreational amenities, such as playgrounds, basketball courts, spray parks and swimming pools as well as neighborhood activities year-round. Community centers are a gathering place for friends and neighbors. They feature a 24-hour fitness facility, a spacious multipurpose room with a complete kitchen — perfect for get-togethers — and a theater, great for movie nights. Property management teams are based at community centers, offering residents convenient access to property services and resources.

Residents receive complimentary lawn services for front and side yards, maintenance support seven days a week and a utility allowance. Another great benefit of living on post is the convenient access to work, schools, the commissary and exchange, shoppettes and more.

Applying for a Home

Island Palm Communities looks forward to helping you find a home and community that can best meet your family’s needs. Apply online at www.islandpalmcommunities.com.

An IPC leasing consultant will then contact you to start the process. Your leasing consultant will work with you every step of the way — from pre-arrival preparations to getting you the key to your home.

IPC’s online leasing guide is a great one-stop source for information.

Once you arrive, provide your leasing consultant with:

  • Marriage license (if spouse is not listed on orders or is not command sponsored)
  • Birth certificates (if children are not listed on orders or are not command sponsored)
  • Custody or adoption paperwork, if applicable
  • Pregnancy verification, if applicable
  • Copy of DA 31 (leave form)
  • Copy of flight itinerary for dependents

Nearby Schools

The Hawaii State Department of Education operates public elementary, middle and intermediate, and high schools on post, near IPC housing areas and off post as well. To find out what school your children will attend, call the Army School Liaison Office at 808-655-8326.

For information on school registration requirements, the Youth Sponsorship Program, home school support and additional resources, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/school-support-services.

A number of private schools are also in Oahu. Log on to the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools at www.hais.us for more information.

Family Pets

Your pets are part of your family, so it’s important to take the time to understand Hawaii state law and Island Palm Communities’ policies about them prior to your move.

Family pets are welcome in Island Palm Communities, but some breeds of dogs and types of animals are restricted for the safety and health of all families.

Families may not board in privatized housing any dog of a breed (including a mixed breed) that is deemed “aggressive or potentially aggressive,” unless the dog is a certified military working dog that is being boarded by its handler or trainer. Aggressive or potentially aggressive breeds of dogs are defined as pit bulls (American Staffordshire bull terriers or English Staffordshire bull terriers), Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, chows and wolf hybrids.

Prohibition also extends to other dogs that demonstrate a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior. Also restricted from family housing are wild animals, farm animals and exotic animals. Examples include pigs, rats, mice, chickens, monkeys, reptiles, spiders and snakes.

For information about IPC’s pet policy, go to www.islandpalmcommunities.com/resident-resources. For more information about state laws regarding shipping pets to Hawaii, visit http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page.

Rental Housing and Real Estate Costs

Rentals on Oahu are expensive, and square footage is limited. The median rent on Oahu is more than $1,500 per month, and housing costs in the area are significantly higher than the national average. Nearly all rentals require first and last month’s rent, which doubles rental costs upon move-in. Members can request an advance of Basic Allowance for Housing to help pay for these upfront costs.

The median value of owner-occupied housing units in Oahu is $580,200. Volunteer Realtors are available at the Fort Shafter Housing Services Office 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. daily and provide professional assistance.

Housing Services Office

The HSO provides a range of services, including issuance of Temporary Lodging Allowance memorandums, in-depth briefings on renting in the community, scheduling appointments to view rental properties, transportation to view prospective rentals, lease review, complaint mediation, discrimination complaint processing, inspecting rentals for adequacy, rental listings, BAH rates, school information, in-depth maps of Oahu and security deposit waiver information (utilities).

The HSO South Office is in Building 1004,111 Seventh St., Fort Shafter, HI 96858. Assistance is provided 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on a walk-in basis. For more information, call 808-438-6198/0149/3820.

The Automated Housing Referral Network website is accessible 24/7, and those seeking rentals or properties for sale can view photos, maps and detailed descriptions of property listings. Listings include information on available amenities, availability dates, prices and mileage from military installations.

For more information, go to www.ahrn.com or call 808-438-6198/0149.

Dining

Hale Ikena: The picturesque Hale Ikena (meaning “house with a view”) dining and meeting facility at Fort Shafter is next to Walter J. Nagorski Golf Course.

Mulligan’s Bar and Grill, inside Hale Ikena, serves up weekday specials that are sure to keep you coming back for more. With a variety of rooms to choose from, the Hale Ikena is available for catering and business meetings. Call the Hale Ikena and Mulligan’s Bar & Grill at 808-438-1974; catering at 808-438-6712.

For more information, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/categories/social-and-dining.

Medical and Dental Services

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If you and your family are moving to Hawaii, work with your health care provider, whether it’s TRICARE (service members and their families) or another provider (Department of the Army civilians and their families) before you arrive to ensure a seamless transition in care.

Civilians

For TRICARE self-service options, visit www.tricare.mil. Call 877-988-9378 for TRICARE West Region.

Soldiers

Before you move, contact the TRICARE region office you’re leaving from to see if you need to switch to a new region. Hawaii is part of the West region; the regional TRICARE provider is UnitedHealthcare.

You must update DEERS (the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System) with your new address so you do not have any disruptions in service and your enrollment moves with you.

Contact information and more TRICARE moving tips are available online at www.tricare.mil. If you have questions about DEERS, call 800-538-9552.

As an active-duty military service member arriving in Hawaii, your personnel office will ensure that you in-process through your service’s medical Military Treatment Facility. TRICARE actions (enrollment and PCM transfers) are completed by calling the TRICARE West Region at 877-988-9378 or online via www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect. Each primary care clinic offers orientation for newcomers. Spouses are encouraged to attend the orientation with active-duty service members. You will be assigned a primary care manager at your respective service clinic that will manage your health care. Eligible nonactive-duty beneficiaries may enroll into TRICARE Prime at any Hawaii Military Treatment Facility that has capacity.

Tripler Army Medical Center provides medical care for active and retired military personnel and their eligible family members on Oahu. TAMC offers a range of medical and surgical specialties such as internal medicine, dermatology, pediatrics, general surgery, orthopedics, psychiatry, OB-GYN, behavioral health, diet and nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, optometry, audiology, podiatry, and community and occupational health. TAMC is on Moanalua Ridge, near Fort Shafter and Aliamanu Military Reservation.

The Warrior Ohana Medical Home is a full-service family medicine and primary care clinic in Kapolei. It is a community-based medical home, composed of Army-run primary care clinics off post in communities where Army families live. The Warrior Ohana Medical Home offers full-scope family medicine, behavioral health, pharmacy, laboratory and immunization services. Enrollment is open to family members of active-duty service members and retirees and their families.

Visit www.tamc.amedd.army.mil for more information.

Scheduling Appointments

Most appointments can be scheduled online at www.tricareonline.com or call 808-433-2778 for Tripler Army Medical Center and Warrior Ohana Medical Home.

Dental Services

The Tripler Dental Clinic is in the D wing at Tripler Army Medical Center. Call 808-433-6825 to schedule an appointment.

Routine dental care for patients who are not active-duty is extremely limited.

The TRICARE Dental Program is a voluntary, comprehensive dental insurance program offered worldwide by the Department of Defense to family members of active-duty service members, family members of National Guard or reserve members, and National Guard or reserve members who aren’t on active duty. Active-duty military are encouraged to enroll their family members in TDP; otherwise, they should be prepared to pay 100 percent of their family members’ dental costs in the civilian community.

For more information, to enroll or find participating dentists, go to www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP or call 855-638-8371.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program is designed to put focus and priority on the victim’s safety and emotional well-being. This program is open 24/7 to soldiers and adult family members. Call 808-624-7233.

Family Services

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With locations on all military installations, Armed Services YMCA offers deployment support programs, its award-winning after-school program Operation Hero, emergency financial assistance, Food for Families, Operation Kid Comfort and special events like father-daughter dances and summer camps. Please contact the branch nearest you for more information regarding these programs designed to help alleviate the stress associated with military life.

Family and MWR Hawaii is a valuable resource guide to family services for the soldiers, family members, retirees and DOD civilians stationed with the Army in Hawaii.

For information about special events, entertainment, dining, recreation, ongoing programs and support services, go to:

Army Community Service

ACS is an Army-wide activity designed to assist personnel and family members with relocation and other quality-of-life concerns. A full-time professional staff and volunteer corps provide information, referrals, guidance and resources. The ACS Fort Shafter Outreach Center is in Building 330 on 217 Montgomery Drive.

Programs include family advocacy; employment readiness; the Exceptional Family Member Program; mobilization, deployment and support stability operations; new parent support; relocation readiness; a Soldier and Family Assistance Center; and more.

For assistance or information on any of the following services, call the Fort Shafter ACS at 808-438-4227 or visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/acs-welcome.

Army Family Action Plan: The AFAP is your platform to voice quality-of-life issues and provide feedback, ideas and suggestions. It’s the best way to let Army leadership know about what works, what doesn’t and how you think problems can be resolved.

Army Family Team Building: AFTB is a family resiliency and readiness training program that provides participants with an understanding of Army culture and the skills and resources they need to become self-reliant, self-sufficient members of the military community.

Army Volunteer Program: This program is designed to help you find local volunteering opportunities with organizations that benefit the Army community.

Employment Readiness Program: ERP offers resources to help you with your career plan and job search.

Exceptional Family Member Program: EFMP provides comprehensive support to family members with special needs. EFMP takes an all-inclusive approach to coordinate military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing and personnel services to help soldiers and their families with special needs.

Family Advocacy Program: FAP helps soldiers and their families recognize and prepare for the unique challenges of military lifestyles. Services include seminars, workshops, counseling and intervention to help strengthen the relationships of Army families.

Mobilization, Deployment and Support Stability Operations: This program helps support community readiness during deployments and emergencies.

New Parent Support Program: Services including home visits, support groups and parenting classes.

Relocation Readiness Program: This program has a comprehensive support system, information and resources to help you and your family navigate your next military move.

Soldier and Family Assistance Center: SFAC is a one-stop location built to equip and aid wounded, ill and injured soldiers who are assigned or attached to Warrior Transition Units.

Survivor Outreach Services: SOS offers the families of fallen soldiers access to support, information and services. Services are offered closest to where you live, when you need it and for as long as you need it.

Victim Advocacy Program: VAP provides emergency and follow-up support services to adult victims of domestic abuse.

Blue Star Card Program

The Family and MWR Blue Star Card is a discount and activities program for Army spouses and families of deployed, TDY and unaccompanied PCS soldiers overseas for a period of 90 days or longer. The program is a joint effort of all Family and MWR facilities with the goal of supporting families and thanking them for the sacrifices that they go through as a spouse, son or daughter of a soldier serving overseas. Family and MWR realizes the difficulty of long-term separation and is committed to doing its best to make deployments, long TDYs and unaccompanied PCS scenarios in Hawaii as pleasant of an experience as possible.

The Blue Star Card program is able to provide discounts* at many Family and MWR facilities and extensive child care benefits through CYS Services, as well as special events and activities for families.

Events include monthly countdown parties and bus trips to local attractions. Cardholders are also provided specials at large Family and MWR events, such as meet-and-greets. These events allow for the unique camaraderie and support that is only found with others who truly understand what it means to have a loved one serving overseas.

Any Army spouse or family care plan provider of a deployed, TDY or unaccompanied PCS soldier overseas, for longer than 90 days, is eligible for a Blue Star Card, which can be used for the duration of the soldier’s mission. Cards are issued as early as 30 days prior to the date on orders for combat deployment at ACS on Fort Shafter. Child care benefits carry over for 90 days after soldier’s return.

For more information on the Blue Star Card program, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/blue-star-card, or call 808-655-0111.

*Discounts and activities are subject to change.

Child Care Programs

With locations on all military installations, Armed Services YMCA offers various high-quality, low-cost early learning programs, from Early Learning Readiness to Little Learners’ Playmorning to Parent Participation Preschool. Please contact the branch nearest you for more information regarding these exciting programs for children ages 0 to 5.

Child Development Center: The CDC delivery system offers full-day and part-day care in six facilities at Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation and Aliamanu Military Reservation housing areas. The CDCs are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Child care fees are based on total family income.

The CDCs offer full-time, part-time and hourly child care service options. The CDCs are open 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on registration requirements, eligibility and waiting lists, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/register-parent-central-services.

Family Child Care: This program is a professionally managed network of individuals who provide child care in their government quarters. Military family members who become child care providers receive formal training and must comply with established standards. Certified homes are monitored regularly by FCC, safety, fire safety and health staff.

FCC homes offer flexible hours and a wide range of services for children. This service is convenient for the shift workers and for parents of young children who prefer a home atmosphere for child care.

School Age Center: Provides year-round child care options for school-age children in grades K-5. Options include before- and after-school care, and fall, winter, spring and summer day camps. The school-age programs are nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and have partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.

The SACs are at Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation, Fort Shafter and Aliamanu Military Reservation. A monthly fee is required to participate. Fees are based on total family income.

Legal Services

The Staff Judge Advocate’s area offices serve all Army personnel and their families assigned to units and organizations in Hawaii. The Schofield Barracks legal assistance and claims offices are in Building 2037 at the corner of Humphreys Road and Aleshire Avenue. Powers of attorney and notary services are available on a walk-in basis; most other services require an appointment. For more information on legal and claims services and hours of operation, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/legal. For legal assistance, call 808-655-8607. For claims assistance, call 808-655-9279.

Religious Support Office

Religious worship, programs, educational opportunities and pastoral care are available at RSO facilities on all principal Army installations in Hawaii.

Families arriving in Hawaii are invited to attend the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist services held weekly. Religious education opportunities are available for children, youth and adults.

For more information or an up-to-date schedule, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/rso.

Youth Services

Youth Centers: The CYSS Youth Centers offer options for youth and teens in grades six through 12 that promote healthy youth development and ease the transition to adulthood with activities in life skills, citizenship, leadership, sports, fitness, academic support, mentoring, arts and recreation. The Fort Shafter Youth Center is in Building 351 at 240 Montgomery Drive. Call 808-438-1487 for information.

The EDGE! program offers out-of-school opportunities for children and youth to excel, develop, grow and experience (EDGE!) by participating in cutting-edge art, fitness, life skills and adventure activities known as Art EDGE!, Fit EDGE!, Life EDGE! and Adventure EDGE! This program is open to firstthrough 12th graders.

The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program: provides 15- to 18-year-old youth with meaningful, professionally managed career exploration opportunities in Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation operations. The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program offers valuable paid work experience and training to better equip each participant with the skills needed for a highly competitive job market.

The SKIES (Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills) Unlimited Program: encompasses instructional programs and classes designed to complement and support the experiences of military children ages 2 to 17. The goal of the program is to ensure predictability and consistency in the availability, affordability and quality of instructional classes offered. The programs are designed for students to expand their knowledge, be inspired, explore and acquire skills. SKIES Unlimited offers programs in theater, music, dance and martial arts. More information is available at 808-655-9818.

Youth Sports and Fitness Programs: offers health, nutrition, fitness, life skills (outreach) and sports activities to children ages 5 to 17.

The Youth Sports & Fitness programs encompass age-appropriate, safe and supervised activities including basketball, flag football, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, softball, wrestling, track and field, field trips and events, such as PT in the park and gym.

Mini sports (ages 3 to 5) include basketball, soccer, flag football and baseball.

For more information, contact the youth sports center at Fort Shafter at 808-836-1923.

Recreation

For more information about these and other recreational opportunities at Fort Shafter, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii.

Auto Skills Center

The Auto Skills Center at Fort Shafter, 808-438-9402, is a state of Hawaii-certified safety inspection station. The center offers everything you need to work on your vehicle, including automotive bays, lifts and tools for checkout.

If you are unable to repair your vehicle, The Fort Shafter Auto Skills Center has certified mechanics to help.

Bowling

You can beat the heat, but you can’t beat the bowling at the Army’s air-conditioned bowling center at Fort Shafter.

It offers 22 lanes, automatic scoring, open and league bowling, snack facilities, a pro shop and the latest in glow-in-the-dark cosmic bowling.

The bowling center is open to active-duty and retired soldiers, their families, Department of Defense civilians and guests, and is available for catering and party rentals.

For more information, call 808-438-6733.

Fitness Centers

The Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center offers a full complement of equipment that supports cardiovascular strength and endurance, weight training and circuit training. A racquetball and basketball court is also available. For information, call 808-438-1152.

Golf Courses

The Walter J. Nagorski Golf Course at Fort Shafter features a par-68, 5,661-yard, nine-hole course played from two sets of tees. Golfers have a practice putting green, practice bunker and fully stocked pro shop featuring all major brands of equipment and clothing. Golf lessons for a variety of ages and skill levels are available. For information, call 808-438-9587.

Leisure Travel Services

The Army operates the Leisure Travel Services office on Fort Shafter, 808-438-1985. It provides special military rates and discounts on travel essentials like airline tickets, hotels and car rentals. Discounted tickets are available for dinner cruises and other attractions, cruises to the neighbor islands and select locations worldwide, luaus, sports events, theme park attractions and other exciting offerings.

Leisure Travel Services also offers international escorted tours, mainland travel and bus trips.

For more information, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/leisure-travel-services.

Will you need someone to take care of your four-legged family members while you’re away on vacation? The Family and MWR Pet Kennels have dog and cat kennels, grassy lawns and large exercise play areas for your pets. For information and rates, call 808-368-3456 or visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/family-and-mwr-pet-kennels.

Libraries

Army Hawaii libraries are at Schofield Barracks (808-655-8002) and Fort Shafter (808-438-9521). The libraries’ total holdings exceed 110,000 items with more than 90,000 of them at Sgt. Yano Library on Schofield Barracks. Items are shared among the two libraries, and interlibrary loans from other institutions are available.

Both libraries circulate books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and video games, and offer reference materials, periodicals, internet-accessible workstations for in-library use and free access to online databases (to include e-books and e-audio books). Free Wi-Fi is available.

Adults, teens and children’s programs are offered year-round. Examples include the Summer Reading Program, preschool story times, book clubs, online database tutorials, culture workshops and holiday presentations. Visit the website at https://hawaii.armymwr.com/categories/libraries or search Facebook for Army Hawaii Libraries.

Dining

Hale Ikena: The picturesque Hale Ikena (meaning “house with a view”) dining and meeting facility at Fort Shafter is next to Walter J. Nagorski Golf Course.

Mulligan’s Bar and Grill, inside Hale Ikena, serves up weekday specials that are sure to keep you coming back for more. With a variety of rooms to choose from, the Hale Ikena is available for catering and business meetings. Call the Hale Ikena and Mulligan’s Bar & Grill at 808-438-1974; catering at 808-438-6712.

For more information, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/categories/social-and-dining.

Planning Your Move

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Relocating to a new home can be one of the most stressful situations in life. Whether moving across town or the nation, preparation and organization make all the difference. For military moves, visit www.move.mil for information about moving resources and to learn about the allowances and responsibilities of a military-sponsored move.

The first step should be to inventory your personal belongings. The list, with photographs of any valuables, will be important for both insurance purposes and to help keep you organized during transit.

Plan for one full day to pack each room — though the kitchen and garage may take longer. Make a rough estimate of your packing schedule and then add 50 percent more time. It always takes longer than predicted to pack. Toss or donate unused items to lighten your load. Visit www.goodwill.org, www.salvationarmyusa.org or www.clothingdonations.org for locations near you or to arrange a pickup.

Pack for success:
  • Consider what you are packing and control box weight. Books should go in small boxes while bedding can easily fill a larger box.
  • Wrap fragile items with cardboard dividers, tissue paper or air bubble wrapping.
  • Use bright colors when wrapping small items so they don’t get thrown out accidentally.
  • Use crumpled paper or newspaper to line the top and bottom of boxes.
  • Tape a copy of your inventory list to boxes to identify what’s inside and where it should go.

 

SPONSORS

The key to a successful transition is your sponsor. Commands are required to provide you with a sponsor to ease your transition during your move. Your sponsor at your new duty station can assist you in many ways such as helping arrange your Temporary Lodging Allowance, providing transportation from the airport to temporary quarters, helping make pet quarantine arrangements, showing you around the base and giving you general information about the community and on-base facilities.

Your sponsor has probably lived here for a while and can assist you in finding the best places to live, schools, education, recreation and important information for pets. Contact your sponsor as soon as possible before leaving for Hawaii.

A sponsor is assigned by a newcomer’s gaining unit and helps the newcomer before, during and after a move. If you haven’t been assigned a sponsor, you can request a sponsor through your new unit. Units try to match sponsors and service members by rank and family status.

If you do not receive a sponsor, visit www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil. Other sources of information include your local military and family support center at your current command.

PETS

If you are planning to bring a pet to Hawaii, it is imperative that you or your sponsor email the state’s Animal Quarantine Station at rabiesfree@hawaii.gov for a copy of the animal quarantine packet. Hawaii is a rabies-free state and has a strict quarantine law; required documents must be received by Hawaii’s Animal Quarantine Station at least 30 days prior to arrival. For more information, visit the Animal Quarantine Branch’s FAQ page at http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/faq-for-animal-quarantine.

Pet restrictions apply to families living on the installation in privatized housing. Inquire with your housing office for information.

Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.

ARRANGING HOUSEHOLD GOODS SHIPMENTS

As soon as you are alerted to your upcoming permanent change of station move, you can start getting your house and family ready. Clean up and get rid of junk. Hold a yard sale or donate serviceable items you no longer need. Gather important family records.

If you are moving overseas, begin to plan what items will go in unaccompanied baggage, in your household goods shipment and in permanent storage.

Accompanied members are authorized to ship their full weight allowance, but keep in mind that homes in Hawaii are sometimes smaller than those on the mainland. It may be best to leave personally owned ranges, refrigerators, washers, dryers, oversized furniture and cold-weather clothing and equipment in storage on the mainland. If you have any gas appliances (i.e., stove, dryer), you may want to consider selling or storing these before you arrive. Gas appliance fixtures do not exist in privatized family housing and are uncommon on the economy. Consider shipping lawn care equipment such as lawn mowers and weed eaters. These items are available for use to family housing residents through self-help stores but may not be available at the time you want them.

Unaccompanied members should contact their military shipping and personal property office to find out their shipping weight allowances.

Storage

In general, housing in Hawaii is smaller and of different design than most CONUS locations. Although Hawaii is a full weight allowance area for the shipment of household goods, it is a good idea to contact the housing office in Hawaii before PCSing for a pre-move assessment on what to ship and what to put into storage.

All privatized family housing units on post are equipped with an oven/stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Complimentary front and side lawn care is provided year-round.

 

Unaccompanied Shipment/Express Shipment

You are authorized an unaccompanied baggage shipment (often called an express shipment). This shipment should be limited to clothing, linens, dishes, towels, cooking utensils and other housekeeping items. You may also ship cribs, playpens, baby carriages and articles necessary for the care of your children. Small radios, portable televisions, sewing machines and small appliances may also be shipped.

The Lending Closet has household items that are available for families PCSing to or from USAG Hawaii. Items are loaned while waiting for your household goods shipment. Items available include small electrical appliances, pots, pans, dishes, ironing boards, high chairs, cribs and more. Your ID card and copy of orders are required. Call the Relocation Readiness Program at 808-655-4227 for more information.

 

Automobile Shipments

Each service member is authorized to ship one privately owned vehicle at government expense. You must have permission from the lien holder to transport the vehicle to Hawaii. If the vehicle is co-registered, you must also show that person’s permission to ship the vehicle. If you are shipping a privately owned vehicle, it will require more time to arrive from the East Coast and Southeast portion of the continental United States. Allow at least three weeks for a vehicle to arrive from the West Coast.

All personal vehicles must be safety inspected and registered within 30 days after arrival. The City & County of Honolulu Pearl Harbor Satellite Vehicle Registration Office is at 1705 O’Malley Blvd., Building 192H, the former Hickam Control Center at O’Malley Gate. The office is open to all military personnel, their family members and civilian personnel who have base access. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online at https://jbphhwindow1.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php.

TEMPORARY LODGING

Be sure to make your reservations early. Hotel accommodations are usually plentiful except during high tourist seasons (December through March and May through August). Accommodations must be Temporary Lodging Allowance approved. TLA is authorized for all command-sponsored military personnel arriving on permanent change of station orders pending availability or completion of permanent living arrangements. TLA is an allowance to help offset the cost of living in hotels during your PCS move; it is not an advance but a reimbursement.

TLA commences the date your PCS orders are endorsed as having reported aboard, so have your orders endorsed with the time and date reported as soon as possible after arriving. You will not be reimbursed for temporary lodging prior to the report date endorsed on your orders.

Fort Shafter, Tripler Army Medical Center
Camp H.M. Smith

Temporary government quarters for Tripler Army Medical Center, Fort Shafter and Camp Smith is offered by Tripler Lodging, located conveniently behind Tripler Medical Center. Tripler Lodging has two-room suites with two double beds or one queen, TV, microwave, small refrigerator, coffee pot, internet access, lanai and private bath.

Reservations for PCS or TDY may be made as soon as you have orders. All guests that cannot be accommodated at Tripler are automatically referred to the Inn at Schofield Barracks. For more information, call 808-839-2336, ext. 0.

The Hale Koa Hotel* on Fort DeRussy Armed Forces Recreation Center is approximately 7 miles from Fort Shafter and 9 miles from Tripler Army Medical Center. Accommodations consist of guest rooms in two towers, some with views of the Pacific Ocean. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a mini refrigerator, coffeemaker, flat-screen HD TV, free internet and in-room security safes. Eligible patrons include active or retired members of the armed forces, Department of Defense personnel, reservists and National Guardsmen, their families and sponsored guests. For more information, visit www.halekoa.com.

* Recreation centers such as the Hale Koa Hotel are not government lodging facilities.

Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield

The Inn at Schofield Barracks is the official temporary lodging for all Army personnel on Oahu and is the only facility authorized to issue a certificate of non-availability (CNAs are not issued if the inn is unable to lodge your pet).

The inn is within walking distance of the commissary, exchange and Richardson Pool. Rooms include small refrigerators, coffee pots and microwaves. Other amenities include wireless internet, air conditioning, laundry facilities, on-site parking, a 24-hour convenience store and an onsite deli. For more information, call 808-624-9650 or go to www.innatschofield.com.

Pililaau Army Recreation Center* is about 16 miles from Schofield Barracks and 17 miles from Wheeler Army Airfield. Eligible patrons include active or retired members of the armed forces, reserve and National Guard personnel, Department of Defense civilian personnel, their families and sponsored guests.

Accommodations range from studios to three-bedroom cottages for families. Each has a private sundeck and a barbecue grill. All cottages are air-conditioned and have ceiling fans, cable TV and phones. Kitchens are equipped with cooking utensils, tableware and dishes. Linen and daily maid service are provided.

For more information or to book online, visit www.pililaauarmyrecreationcenter.com or call 808-696-4158.

* Recreation facilities such as the Pililaau Army Recreation Center are not government lodging facilities.

 

AIRPORT ARRIVAL

All flights lead to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport about 2 miles southeast of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s main gate and 7.5 miles south of Camp H.M. Smith’s main gate. The airport is 9 miles west of Waikiki Beach and 4 miles west of central Honolulu. Travel time to Waikiki is about 20 to 30 minutes by car, 40 minutes during rush hour. Your sponsor will greet you at the airport and help you get settled into your accommodations.

If you are not met by anyone at the airport and require lodging, contact your command duty officer or go to the USO. The USO of Hawaii’s lounge in the Overseas Terminal, at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, is available for use by all military personnel and their family members, reservists on active duty, retirees and Department of Defense civilians on orders. Call 808-836-3351 for more information.

Transportation options from the airport include taxis, shuttles, rental vehicles and Oahu’s public transportation system, TheBus (www.thebus.org or 808-848-4500). For more information about airport transportation, visit http://airports.hawaii.gov/hnl/getting-to-from/ground-transportation.

CHECKING IN

 

Once you arrive at the airport in Honolulu, sign in at the Replacement Detachment Liaison desk between baggage claims F and G. Soldiers are authorized to report in civilian clothes; however, you must be clean-shaven and in accordance with AR 670-1 (i.e., no piercing, etc.) Soldiers should bring all initial issue uniforms and hand-carry all-important documents such as orders, leave form, marriage certificates and prescriptions.

Personnel assigned to 25th Infantry Division, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, USAG-HI, 130th Engineers, 8th Military Police, 45th STB, 500th MI, 205th MI, 715th MI will in-process at Schofield Barracks through Replacement Detachment. All other personnel assigned to USARPAC, 8TSC HQ, will in-process at Fort Shafter.

Medical Services personnel assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center will in-process through Tripler Military Personnel Office. If your sponsor isn’t there to meet you, go to the USO in the baggage claim area for information on how to contact the Staff Duty NCO and/or the Sponsorship Coordinator. Call the Staff Duty at 808-433-6661/6662; during the duty hours from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., you will need to contact the Sponsorship Coordinator at Troop Command Headquarters at 808-433-9160/9187. They will contact your sponsor or quickly assign one for you.

All incoming personnel should have their PCS orders, Command Sponsorship orders for spouse and family members, 201 file, leave form, and medical and dental records. For questions, contact your sponsor or email pacom.J111.Army.fct@pacom.mil or call 808-477-8187.

Personally owned firearms must be registered with the state of Hawaii and either the Schofield Barracks Provost Marshall Office or the Fort Shafter PMO with 72 hours of arrival. Visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/newcomers/newcomers.htm to learn more.

 

 

HOUSING

Hawaii is a high-cost area, and housing can be one of the most expensive items. The first month’s rent and an additional deposit equal to one month’s rent are usually required. You should expect that utilities will not be included in your monthly rent with utility deposits required, but deposit waivers are usually granted to military personnel. In general, housing in Hawaii is smaller and of different design than most CONUS locations. Although Hawaii is a full weight allowance area for the shipment of household goods, it is a good idea to contact the housing office in Hawaii before PCSing for a pre-move assessment on what to ship and what to put into storage.

Your pets are part of your family, so it’s important to take the time to understand Hawaii state law and your housing community’s policies about them prior to your move.

 

Prior to renting, leasing, purchasing or making arrangements for any housing, all military personnel are required to report to their respective Housing Services Office.

The HSO prepares TLA paperwork and offers services such as in-depth briefings on renting in the community, scheduling appointments to view rentals, transportation to view prospective rentals, lease review, complaint mediation, discrimination complaint processing, inspecting rentals for adequacy, rental listings, BAH rates, school information, in-depth maps of Oahu, security deposit waiver information (utilities) and information on the Housing Relocation Assistance Program.

The North Regional Office is in Building 950, 215 Duck Road, Schofield Barracks; phone 808-275-3700. The South Regional Office is in Building 1004, 111 Seventh St., Fort Shafter; phone 808-275-3800.

Island Palm Communities Hawaii

215 Duck Road, Building 950,
Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
Telephone: 808-275-3700
www.islandpalmcommunities.com

Island Palm Communities serves Army installations on Oahu with housing options on and off the installations. The North Region covers Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Air Field and Helemano Military Reservation; the South Region covers Fort Shafter, Tripler Army Medical Center, Aliamanu Military Reservation and Red Hill.

IPC offers a great on-post living experience to families from all military branches with property management support and recreational amenities — playgrounds, basketball courts, spray parks and swimming pools — as well as neighborhood activities year-round. Community centers are a gathering place for friends and neighbors with a 24-hour fitness facility, a multipurpose room with a complete kitchen and a theater.

Residents receive complimentary lawn services for front and side yards, maintenance support seven days a week and a utility allowance. Another great benefit of living on post is the convenient access to work, schools, the commissary and exchange, shoppettes and more.

 

TRICARE

Work with your health care provider, whether it’s TRICARE or another provider before you arrive in Hawaii to ensure a seamless transition in care.

Prime and Select

TRICARE is the health care program for active-duty and retired service members, their families and survivors. TRICARE provides health plans, prescriptions, dental plans and other special health programs to its beneficiaries. TRICARE’s mission is to enhance the Department of Defense and the nation’s security by providing health support for the full range of military operations and sustaining the health of all those entrusted to their care.

TRICARE offers a range of health care plans. TRICARE Prime is the mandatory health care option for active-duty service members. Family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families may also use this option. If you use TRICARE Prime, you are assigned a primary care manager at a military or network provider who delivers most of your care. If you need care your PCM cannot provide, you are referred to a specialist. Active-duty service members and their families pay nothing out of pocket for this option; however, there is less freedom to choose your provider. On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Standard and Extra were combined into a new plan, TRICARE Select. Select is a standardized fee-for-service plan available to family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families. After you enroll in TRICARE Select, you may schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized provider. Referrals are not required, but you may need prior authorization from your regional contractor for some services. You will pay a copay or cost share based on the type of care and provider you see. Costs for Select vary, but you will pay an annual deductible as well as a percentage of covered services. Non-network providers may charge up to 15 percent more than the TRICARE allowable charge; you are responsible for these extra charges. TRICARE also offers plans for remote and overseas locations, reserve military members, young adults who are no longer covered under regular TRICARE coverage and other scenarios.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable, so it moves with you when you relocate. Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:

  • Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
  • Update your personal information in DEERS immediately when you arrive at your new location.
  • Select a new primary care manager.

If you are already using TRICARE Select, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area. Remember, you may have a new regional contractor and claims filing address.

TRICARE’s online tools can help you find and compare plans that you are qualified to use. Beginning in 2019, however, TRICARE will allow you to switch between plans only if you have a “qualifying life event” such as the birth of a baby or a move. For a complete description of the types of coverage programs and regions, visit www.tricare.mil. For more information about recent changes to TRICARE, visit https://tricare.mil/changes.

Dental Services

Routine dental care for patients who are not active-duty is limited.

The TRICARE Dental Program is a voluntary, comprehensive dental insurance program offered worldwide by the Department of Defense to family members of active-duty service members, family members of National Guard or reserve members, and National Guard or reserve members who aren’t on active duty. Active-duty military are encouraged to enroll their family members in TDP; otherwise, they should be prepared to pay 100 percent of their family members’ dental costs in the civilian community.

Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs:

  • Are the dentist’s office hours convenient for your schedule?
  • Is the dental office close to your home or office?
  • How are dental emergencies handled?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?
  • Is the staff helpful and friendly?
  • What are the dental office’s financial policies and how is insurance handled?

For more information, to enroll or find participating dentists, go to www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP or call 855-638-8371.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

American Red Cross

www.redcross.org

The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.

The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.

Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This key Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.

The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.

Armed Services YMCA

www.asymca.org

The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Ys and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.

It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.

Signature programs include: Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.

Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.

Operation Homefront

www.operationhomefront.org

Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.

Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help and that is why Hearts of Valor was formed.

Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.

Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.

United Service Organization

www.uso.org

Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.

The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.

Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.

History

Hawaii_2018_ Summer Fall Ft Shafter History

The Early Years

Construction of Fort Shafter began in 1905 on the ahupua’a of Kahauiki, former Hawaiian Crown Lands ceded to the U.S. government after annexation. The fort was part of an ambitious War Department building program that included the Army’s Fort DeRussy, Fort Ruger and Schofield Barracks. When the post opened in 1907, it was named for Maj. Gen. William R. Shafter, who led the U.S. expedition to Cuba in 1898.

The 2nd Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment was the first unit stationed at the new post. After they marched onto the field June 24, 1907, the battalion soldiers became the first unit stationed in the barracks facing stately Palm Circle. In October 1984, the U.S. Department of the Interior added Palm Circle to the National Register of Historic Places.

Fort Shafter gradually spread out from Palm Circle. Over the decades, the post’s key location between Pearl Harbor and Honolulu led to the additions of a hospital, ordnance depot, anti-aircraft regiment and signal depot. Tripler General Hospital once stood where the highway intersection is today (the hospital moved to its present location in 1948). In 1914, engineers built a regimental-sized cantonment area in the area where Richardson Theater now stands. The Hawaiian Ordnance Depot was built in 1917 as a separate post (near today’s post exchange). In June 1921, the Hawaiian Department moved to Fort Shafter from the old Alexander Young Hotel in downtown Honolulu. A new area was constructed in 1940 for Signal Corps elements.

From 1921 through World War II, Fort Shafter served as an anti-aircraft artillery post, and on Dec. 7, 1941, the Coast Artillery batteries established gun positions on the parade field and sustained the only known casualties on the post.

The Day of Infamy

War came suddenly to Fort Shafter on Dec. 7, 1941. The new Hawaiian Department commander, Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, had his headquarters at Fort Shafter. Short took command of the Hawaiian Department in February 1941 and moved into Quarters 5, the commanding general’s residence on Palm Circle. On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, he was preparing for his regular Sunday golf match with his Navy counterpart, Adm. Husband E. Kimmel, when he heard heavy firing from the direction of Pearl Harbor. He ordered his command to the highest alert and moved to his forward command post in Aliamanu Crater to direct the deployment of his command. He was relieved Dec. 17, 1941, and retired shortly afterward.

On Dec. 7, the Hawaiian Department suffered far fewer casualties than the Navy or Marines. In all, 228 soldiers were killed or died of wounds, 110 were seriously wounded and 358 were slightly wounded. Only 16 of the soldiers killed were not from the Air Corps. At Fort Shafter, one soldier, Cpl. Arthur A. Favreau from the 64th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft), was killed in his barracks on post by an errant Navy shell.

Fort Shafter quickly became a busy headquarters, and the command converted the barracks on Palm Circle to offices. In 1944, the Army Corps of Engineers erected the “Pineapple Pentagon” (Richardson Hall and two other adjoining buildings) in just 49 days. Army engineers filled in two large fishponds to form Shafter Flats.

Post-War Years

After World War II, Fort Shafter remained the senior Army headquarters post for the Asia-Pacific region, while the 25th Infantry Division occupied the more spacious Schofield Barracks. In 1947, the headquarters became the U.S. Army, Pacific, while the post continued to adapt to meet the Army’s evolving requirements. In the 1960s, the Moanalua Freeway split Fort Shafter in two, but it survived into the post-Vietnam era. In late 1974, the Army replaced U.S. Army, Pacific with two smaller elements: U.S. Army Support Command, Hawaii, and CINCPAC Support Group. That same year, the Army Corps of Engineers relocated its Pacific Ocean Division from Fort Armstrong to the post.

The senior Army headquarters at Fort Shafter was reborn in 1979 as U.S. Army Western Command. Several years later, Fort Shafter itself was reduced in area by over half when the Army conveyed 750 undeveloped acres to the state. The headquarters once again became U.S. Army, Pacific, in 1990.

Today, Fort Shafter remains the focal point for command, control and support of Army forces in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. The oldest military post in Hawaii also stands in the forefront of the Army’s transformation into the premier land power for the 21st century.

Recreation

Hawaii-29C Fort Shafter Recreation

 

For more information about these and other recreational opportunities at Fort Shafter, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii.

Auto Skills Center

The Auto Skills Center at Fort Shafter, 808-438-9402, is a state of Hawaii-certified safety inspection station. The center offers everything you need to work on your vehicle, including automotive bays, lifts and tools for checkout.

If you are unable to repair your vehicle, The Fort Shafter Auto Skills Center has a contract mechanic.

Bowling

You can beat the heat but you can’t beat the bowling at the Army’s air-conditioned bowling center at Fort Shafter.

It offers 22 lanes, automatic scoring, open and league bowling, snack facilities, a pro shop and the latest in glow-in-the-dark cosmic bowling.

The bowling center is open to active-duty and retired soldiers, their families, Department of Defense civilians and guests, and is available for catering and party rentals.

For more information, call 808-438-6733.

Fitness Centers

The Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center offers a full complement of equipment that supports cardiovascular strength and endurance, weight training and circuit training. A racquetball and basketball court is also available. For information, call 808-438-1152.

Golf Courses

The Walter J. Nagorski Golf Course at Fort Shafter features a par-68, 5,661-yard, nine-hole course played from two sets of tees. Golfers have a practice putting green, practice bunker and fully stocked pro shop featuring all major brands of equipment and clothing. Golf lessons for a variety of ages and skill levels are available. For information, call 808-438-9587.

Leisure Travel Services

The Army operates the Leisure Travel Services office on Fort Shafter, 808-438-1985. It provides special military rates and discounts on travel essentials like airline tickets, hotels and car rentals. Discounted tickets are available for dinner cruises and other attractions, cruises to the neighbor islands and select locations worldwide, luaus, sports events, theme park attractions and other exciting offerings.

Leisure Travel Services also offers international escorted tours, mainland travel and bus trips.

For more information, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/leisure-travel-services.

Will you need someone to take care of your four-legged family members while you’re away on vacation? The Family and MWR Pet Kennels have dog and cat kennels, grassy lawns and large exercise play areas for your pets. For information and rates, call 808-368-3456 or visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/family-and-mwr-pet-kennels?query=kennel.

Libraries

Army Hawaii libraries are at Schofield Barracks (808-655-8002) and Fort Shafter (808-438-9521). The libraries’ total holdings exceed 110,000 items with more than 90,000 of them at Sgt. Yano Library on Schofield Barracks. Items are shared among the two libraries, and Interlibrary Loans from other institutions are available.

Both libraries circulate books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and video games, and offer reference materials, periodicals, internet-accessible workstations for in-library use and free access to online databases (to include e-books and e-audio books). Free Wi-Fi is available.

Adults, teens and children’s programs are offered year-round. Examples include the Summer Reading Program, preschool story times, book clubs, online database tutorials, culture workshops and holiday presentations. Visit the website at https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs or Facebook Army Hawaii Libraries.

Tennis Courts

The Army provides tennis courts at several locations. For information on courts at Fort Shafter, call 808-438-1152. Contact the Tennis Office for information on availability and classes at 808-479-6727.

History

Hawaii 29_C Fort Shafter History

 

Fort Shafter

The Early Years

Construction of Fort Shafter began in 1905 on the ahupua’a of Kahauiki, former Hawaiian Crown Lands ceded to the U.S. government after annexation. The fort was part of an ambitious War Department building program that included the Army’s Fort DeRussy, Fort Ruger and Schofield Barracks. When the post opened in 1907, it was named for Maj. Gen. William R. Shafter, who led the U.S. expedition to Cuba in 1898.

The 2nd Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment was the first unit stationed at the new post. After they marched onto the field June 24, 1907, the battalion soldiers became the first unit stationed in the barracks facing stately Palm Circle. In October 1984, the U.S. Department of the Interior added Palm Circle to the National Register of Historic Places.

Fort Shafter gradually spread out from Palm Circle. Over the decades, the post’s key location between Pearl Harbor and Honolulu led to the additions of a hospital, ordnance depot, anti-aircraft regiment and signal depot. Tripler General Hospital once stood where the highway intersection is today (the hospital moved to its present location in 1948). In 1914, engineers built a regimental-sized cantonment area in the area where Richardson Theater now stands. The Hawaiian Ordnance Depot was built in 1917 as a separate post (near today’s post exchange). In June 1921, the Hawaiian Department moved to Fort Shafter from the old Alexander Young Hotel in downtown Honolulu. A new area was constructed in 1940 for Signal Corps elements.

From 1921 through World War II, Fort Shafter served as an anti-aircraft artillery post and on Dec. 7, 1941, the Coast Artillery batteries established gun positions on the parade field and sustained the only known casualties on the post.

The Day of Infamy

War came suddenly to Fort Shafter on Dec. 7, 1941. The new Hawaiian Department commander, Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, had his headquarters at Fort Shafter. Short took command of the Hawaiian Department in February 1941 and moved into Quarters 5, the commanding general’s residence on Palm Circle. On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, he was preparing for his regular Sunday morning golf match with his Navy counterpart, Adm. Husband E. Kimmel, when he heard heavy firing from the direction of Pearl Harbor. He ordered his command to the highest alert and moved to his forward command post in Aliamanu Crater to direct the deployment of his command. He was relieved Dec. 17, 1941, and retired shortly afterward.

On Dec. 7, the Hawaiian Department suffered far fewer casualties than the Navy or Marines. In all, 228 soldiers were killed or died of wounds, 110 were seriously wounded and 358 were slightly wounded. Only 16 of the soldiers killed were not from the Air Corps. At Fort Shafter, one soldier, Cpl. Arthur A. Favreau from the 64th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft), was killed in his barracks on post by an errant Navy shell.

Fort Shafter quickly became a busy headquarters and the command converted the barracks on Palm Circle to offices. In 1944, the Army Corps of Engineers erected the “Pineapple Pentagon” (Richardson Hall and two other adjoining buildings) in just 49 days. Army engineers filled in two large fishponds to form Shafter Flats.

Post-War Years

After World War II, Fort Shafter remained the senior Army headquarters post for the Asia-Pacific region, while the 25th Infantry Division occupied the more spacious Schofield Barracks. In 1947, the headquarters became the U.S. Army, Pacific, while the post continued to adapt to meet the Army’s evolving requirements. In the 1960s, the Moanalua Freeway split Fort Shafter in two, but it survived into the post-Vietnam era. In late 1974, the Army replaced U.S. Army, Pacific with two smaller elements: U.S. Army Support Command, Hawaii, and CINCPAC Support Group. That same year, the Army Corps of Engineers relocated its Pacific Ocean Division from Fort Armstrong to the post.

The senior Army headquarters at Fort Shafter was reborn in 1979 as U.S. Army Western Command. Several years later, Fort Shafter itself was reduced in area by over half when the Army conveyed 750 undeveloped acres to the state. The headquarters once again became U.S. Army, Pacific, in 1990.

Today, Fort Shafter remains the focal point for command, control and support of Army forces in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. The oldest military post in Hawaii also stands in the forefront of the Army’s transformation into the premier land power for the 21st century.

 

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