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Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield

Hawaii Army Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield

Centrally located on Oahu, on the eastern slope of the Waianae Mountain Range, Schofield Barracks is named in honor of Lt. Gen. John M. Schofield, who, in 1872, recognized the strategic importance of Oahu to the defense of the United States. Construction began on the barracks in 1909.

Today, Schofield’s training areas and cantonment area occupies approximately 18,000 acres. Schofield Barracks supports almost 100,000 military personnel, civilians, retired military personnel and their family members. It is home to the 25th Infantry Division.

Wheeler Army Airfield was established in 1922. The initial air units stationed at the airfield were photo reconnaissance and fighter squadrons. By 1940, the primary units stationed at Wheeler were fighter squadrons, making it a prime target for the Japanese when they attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Wheeler came under the control of the Air Force in 1947 and was returned to the Army in 1991. Wheeler Army Airfield comprises about 1,389 acres of land adjacent to Schofield Barracks, just 20 miles from the state capital of Honolulu. Today, Wheeler Army Airfield is home to the headquarters of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

Units

Hawaii Army Schofield and Wheeler Units


U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

The headquarters for USAG-HI is at Wheeler Army Airfield. USAG-HI provides quality services, installation facilities, training and recreational centers to nearly 100,000 soldiers, civilians and family members stationed on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii.

USAG-HI operates 22 military installations and training areas and provides installation management service and support for nearly 100,000 Army and civilian personnel, as well as military family members and retirees, assigned to Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, Tripler Army Medical Center, Fort Shafter, the Pohakuloa Training Area and other installations throughout the islands of Oahu and Hawaii.

Visit USAG-HI online at:

https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil
www.facebook.com/usaghawaii
www.flickr.com/usaghawaii
www.twitter.com/usaghawaii
www.youtube.com/usaghawaii
www.vimeo.com/usaghi
www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com

25th Infantry Division

The 25th ID at Schofield Barracks shapes the Pacific environment through engagement with regional partners to strengthen relationships, deter adversaries, and build U.S. and partner capacity. On order, the 25th ID rapidly deploys and dominates across the full range of military operations.

The division, which is also known as “Tropic Lightning” and “America’s Pacific Division,” is expeditionary in nature and is prepared to conduct decisive action in support of unified land operations within the Indo-Asia Pacific.

Visit the 25th ID online at:

https://www.25idl.army.mil
www.facebook.com/25thid
www.flickr.com/25th_infantry_division
www.twitter.com/25id
www.youtube.com/pao25id

500th Military Intelligence Brigade

The 500th MI Brigade headquartered at Schofield Barracks provides multidisciplined intelligence support for joint and coalition warfighters in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility. Transforming to meet the intelligence demands of full-spectrum operations, the brigade is engaged in the full range of theater contingencies, from disaster relief and humanitarian assistance to planning for combat operations. Daily, the brigade conducts intelligence collection, analysis and exploitation, as well as force protection and operational overwatch for U.S. forces in the Pacific Command area of responsibility.

Visit the 500th MI Brigade online at:

www.inscom.army.mil/MSC/500MIB
www.facebook.com/500thMIBDE
www.flickr.com/500th_mi_bde

599th Transportation Brigade

The 599th Transportation Brigade is the Pacific arm of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. The brigade provides surface deployment and distribution services in order to project and sustain forces throughout the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations and globally as required. The brigade is responsible for booking all military cargo for surface transportation throughout the Pacific. Headquartered at Wheeler Army Airfield, the unit has battalions in Okinawa and Yokohama, Japan; and Busan, South Korea; and detachments in Guam and Singapore.

Visit the 599th Transportation Brigade at www.fb.com/599thTransportationBrigade.

 

Medical and Dental Services

Hawaii Army Schofield and Wheeler Planning Your Move

U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks provides a wide variety of services and quality health care to the majority of the 36,000 soldiers and their families assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, 8th Theater Sustainment Command and other commands, as well as some military retirees. Schofield’s health clinic provides more than 50 percent of all Army primary health care in Hawaii. USAHC-SB is also responsible for deployment-cycle medicine for most soldiers on Oahu and runs the largest Soldier Readiness Processing site in the Pacific.

See also the Tripler Army Medical Center (located approximately 15 miles from Schofield Barracks) chapter on Page 39.

Scheduling Appointments

Most appointments can be scheduled online at www.tricareonline.com. To schedule an appointment by phone, call 808-433-2778 for U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks.

Dental Services

Schofield Barracks has two dental clinics for active-duty Army personnel. The Na Koa Dental Clinic is on the first floor of Building 678, adjacent to the Schofield Barracks health clinic. The Schofield Barracks Dental Clinic is in Building 660 on McCornack Road. Call 808-433-6825 to schedule an appointment.

Routine dental care for all patients other than active-duty personnel is extremely limited; see the TRICARE Dental Program on Page 14.

Substance Use Disorder Clinical Care Clinic

The Substance Use Disorder Clinical Care Clinic provides intensive outpatient services for alcoholism and drug addiction. The ASAP clinic is at Schofield Barracks, Building 556. No appointment is required for an initial consultation.

Individual, group and family services are provided to increase patients’ awareness of the impact of alcohol and drugs on their lives and to facilitate responsible decision-making for a healthy and productive lifestyle. For more information, call 808-655-8610 or visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/asap.

ASAP provides services to active-duty service members, Army Reserve members and National Guardsmen (while on active duty), family members and Department of Defense civilians.

Sexual Assault Advocacy Program

The Sexual Assault Advocacy 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

Hawaii Army Schofield and Wheeler Family Services

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

https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii
www.facebook.com/fmwr.hawaii
https://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 Schofield Barracks ACS is across the street from the Richardson Pool in Building 2091, Kolekole Avenue.

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 Schofield Barracks ACS at 808-655-4227 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: This program 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.

Blue Star Card Program

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Deployed Military/Civilian Spouse or Guardian’s Blue Star Card Program is a DFMWR discount and activity card for spouses or guardians of children of soldiers and DOD civilians who are currently on a six-month or more deployment, extended overseas TDY or an unaccompanied PCS assignment.

For more information on the Blue Star Card program, call 808-655-0111.

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.

School Age Center: 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.

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.

Integrated Religious Support Team

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 Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist services held weekly at Schofield Barracks’ Main Post Chapel and Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel and Wheeler Army Airfield’s chapel.

Religious education opportunities are available for children, youth and adults. Other services include Bible studies, family nights, prayer breakfasts and more.

For more information or a schedule of services, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/rso. If you have an emergency and need to speak to a chaplain, call the Emergency Operations Center at 808-656-3272 and ask for the on-call duty chaplain. To contact the Schofield Barracks Main Post Chapel, call 808-655-6647. To contact the Schofield Barracks Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel or the Wheeler Army Airfield chapel, call 808-655-9307.

Youth Services

Youth Centers: The CYS Services Youth Centers offer a wide range of positive 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. Youth Centers are on Schofield, Aliamanu Military Reservation and Fort Shafter. Operating hours vary for each location.

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! The EDGE! program is open to first through 12th graders.

The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program provides 15- to 18-year-old youth with meaningful, professionally managed career exploration opportunities in Family and MWR 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. The goal of the SKIES Unlimited 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 such programs as theater, music, dance and martial arts. More information is available at 808-655-9818. Classes are available for ages 2 to 17.

Youth Sports and Fitness Program: CYS Services’ sports and fitness programs offer health, nutrition, fitness, life skills (outreach) and sports activities to children and youth ages 5 to 17.

The Youth Sports and Fitness programs encompass a variety of 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 Schofield Barracks at 808-655-6465.

Schofield Sharks Swim Club: Children 6 to 18 years old may try out for the Sharks Swim Club program at Richardson Pool. For more information, call Richardson Pool at 808-655-9698.

Dining

Hawaii Army Schofield and Wheeler Dining

Whether you’re in the mood for a filling entree, soup and salad or just need to grab a quick meal, Family and MWR Hawaii, the exchange and the Inn at Schofield Barracks offer dining options.

Family and MWR Hawaii dining facilities are ready to serve you. AAFES operates food courts and fast-food restaurants on USAG-HI installations. For more information, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/categories/social-and-dining or www.shopmyexchange.com.

The Inn at Schofield Barracks features a cafe open to all authorized patrons. Kolekole Bar and Grill, a full-service restaurant, offers a variety of menu items, beverages and entertainment with multiple flat screens for your enjoyment. For larger events, Family and MWR Hawaii has a catering and conference center for special events such as hail and farewells, seminars, birthday parties and weddings. The Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center provides you with everything you need for dining, conferences and unwinding at the end of the day. The Nehelani is also an ideal catering or meeting location with banquet and meeting rooms to meet any group size. The facility is open to all ranks. Call the Nehelani at 808-655-4466 and the Kolekole Bar and Grill at 808-655-0660. Nehelani catering can be reached at 808-655-0660.

Recreation

Hawaii Army Schofield and Wheeler Recreation

For more information about these and other recreational opportunities at Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii.

Bowling

Beat the heat at the Army’s air-conditioned bowling centers at Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield.

The larger facility at Schofield Barracks (46 lanes) offers automatic scoring, open and league bowling, snack facilities, pro shops and the latest in glow-in-the-dark cosmic bowling. The eight-lane Wheeler bowling center offers open and league bowling and snack facilities.

Both bowling centers are open to active-duty and retired soldiers, their families, Department of Defense civilians and guests, and they are available for catering and party rentals.

For more information, call the Schofield Bowling Center at 808-655-0573 and the Wheeler bowling facility at 808-656-1745.

Fitness Centers

The Health and Fitness Center at Schofield Barracks offers a variety of classes including cardio kickboxing, cycling, yoga and Zumba. The center also has personal trainers available by appointment. The center provides cardio and weight machines, free weights, punching and kicking bags, a stretch cage and CrossFit equipment. Unique to the center is a climbing wall. For more information, call 808-655-8007.

The Martinez Physical Fitness Center is also at Schofield Barracks. The center offers a full complement of equipment that supports cardiovascular strength and endurance, weight training and circuit training. Racquetball, basketball and tennis courts and a CrossFit room are also available. For more information, call 808-655-0900.

Golf Courses

Leilehua Golf Course is the Army’s premier golf course on Oahu. The 18-hole golf course is nestled between Wheeler Army Airfield and Mililani Tech Park. With a sweeping view of the mountains, the course offers a 33-stall driving range equipped with lights for night use, two large putting greens, a pitching green with a sand bunker, a three-hole chipping green, a pro shop, and a full-service restaurant and snack bar. Call 808-655-4653 for more information and tee times.

Hobby Centers

The Arts and Crafts Center at Schofield Barracks, 808-655-4202, offers classes in ceramics, pottery, painting, quilting and youth art, as well as group activities, birthday parties, seasonal workshops and do-it-yourself framing. Custom framing and laser engraving services, kiln firing and a craft supply store are also available. This facility has a variety of ready-made gifts for farewell presentations or other occasions.

There is also an Auto Skills Center at Schofield Barracks, 808-655-9368. The facility 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 own vehicle, the auto skills center has certified mechanics. Schofield Barrack’s also has a variety of storage solutions for cars, recreational vehicles and other household goods. If you’re going on deployment, Schofield Barracks has a secure storage lot for your vehicle.

Leisure Travel

The Army operates the Leisure Travel Services office on Schofield Barracks, 808-655-9971. 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 also 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. Free Wi-Fi is also 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/categories/libraries or search Facebook for Army Hawaii Libraries.

Movie Theaters

The Sgt. Smith Theater, on Schofield Barracks, is closed for renovation; see the Hickam Air Force Theater on Page 66.

Museums

The Tropic Lightning Museum is in historic Carter Hall, which first served as the post library at Schofield Barracks. Situated in the heart of Schofield Barracks’ National Historic District, the museum displays the history of the 25th Infantry Division since its organization in October 1941, highlighting the conflicts in which the division has fought, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the global war on terrorism. In addition, the museum exhibits the history of Schofield Barracks from its settlement by the Army in 1909 to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/tlm or call 808-655-0438.

Outdoor Recreation Center

The Outdoor Recreation Center, at 435 Ulrich Way, Building 2110 on Schofield Barracks, hosts lots of checkout equipment and fun for all ages. It offers recreational programs such as surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, reball (reusable paintball), kayaking, hiking, biking and cultural excursions. Visit the website for calendars and price information at https://hawaii.army
mwr.com/programs/outdoor-recreation-center.  For more information, call 808-655-0143.

Equipment Checkout: The ODR Checkout Center boasts a wide range of equipment for rent: inflatable bouncers, tents and camping equipment, surfboards, sports equipment and lots of party supplies, including canopies, shave ice machines, large barbecue grills, gas-powered blenders, cotton candy machines, a dunk tank, equipment trailers and many more items. ODR also offers special event packages on the property, which include set up and tear down.

ODR Programs: ODR facilitates Warrior Adventure Quest training for all active-duty soldiers either deploying or redeploying. ODR actively partners with units to conduct mission training and Adventure PT and is proud to offer in-house reball on the facility grounds. ODR instructs, gives tours and shares the island. Swing by and let ODR know if you want to do something — ODR offers custom adventures for groups of six or more.

Scuba: Located in the main ODR building is a full-service scuba contractor, Island Divers. It offers open-water, advanced, specialty and master dive training. Island Divers also has an active diving club and offers boat tours for whale watching. Scuba equipment is available for checkout. Call 808-397-5444 for information or visit www.oahuscubadiving.com.

Pools

The Richardson Pool at Schofield Barracks is open year-round. It is the largest pool in the Department of Defense. At 103 meters long, this pool will challenge the heartiest of swimmers and provides plenty of space water activities. The pool has diving boards, a 146-foot-long slide and a separate kiddie pool play area. Swimming lessons, lifeguard training and camps and first aid and CPR certification classes are also available at Richardson Pool. For more information, call 808-655-9698.

Singles Programs

The Army’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program schedules various monthly activities ranging from sky diving, scuba diving and visiting neighboring islands to entertainment venues. Some activities are held in the Tropics Recreation Center, which boasts numerous big-screen televisions, pool tables, video games and Big BOSS, a mechanical bull.

BOSS is also involved with the local community, participating in the annual NFL Pro Bowl and special events, such as the Family Fun Fest, the Schofield Barracks Fourth of July Spectacular and the islandwide Make a Difference Day. In addition to the helping the local community with special events, BOSS is also involved with community service projects, such as Habitat for Humanity. Call 808-655-1130 for program details.

Tennis Courts

The Army provides tennis courts at several locations. For information on courts at Schofield Barracks, call the Tennis Center for at 808-479-6727.

Tropics Recreation Center

Tropics Recreation Center is a high-energy facility designed to give you a place to relax and have a good time. Enjoy interactive gaming systems, pool and poker tables, a full-service cafe, a bar, a professional music room, an entertainment stage and much more. The facility is open to guests 18 years and older. Events include pool and poker tournaments, holiday celebrations and more. Are you a sports fan? The Tropics offers NFL Sunday Ticket, March Madness, gaming tournaments and numerous Armed Forces Entertainment shows.

The Tropics Recreation Center is in Building 589 on Schofield Barracks. Call 808-655-5698.

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 Army Schofield and Wheeler History

Schofield Barracks

The site which was to become Schofield Barracks was ceded to the U.S. government July 26, 1899, less than a year after Hawaii was annexed to the United States. The Waianae Uka military reservation was part of the former Hawaiian Crown Lands and consisted of 14,400 acres. These acres, between the two major mountain ranges on Oahu, provided central access to both the North Shore of Oahu and the Pearl Harbor naval base and the city of Honolulu to the south. While the area’s strategic defense value was recognized, it was initially passed over as a site for a principal military post because of the lack of a readily available water source.

The Birth of an Army Post

On Dec. 4, 1908, Capt. Joseph C. Castner, construction quartermaster, arrived on Oahu to begin construction of a temporary cantonment on the Waianae Uka military reservation. Castner, with the help of local laborers, constructed tents for the officers and men, followed by temporary wooden barracks.

The cantonment was informally known as Castner Village among military personnel. In April 1909, the War Department named the post after the late Gen. John M. Schofield, former commanding general of the U.S. Army, who had originally called attention to Hawaii’s strategic value.

In 1910, the U.S. Army District of Hawaii was formed under the command of Col. Walter Schuyler at Schofield Barracks. It originally fell under the jurisdiction of the Department of California, then became a department in the newly organized Western Division. The number of troops continued to increase, and in 1913, the Hawaiian Department was formed as an independent command under the War Department. Schofield Barracks’ population numbered about 6,000 men by 1914, with the 1st Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Regiment and 4th Cavalry all garrisoned at Schofield.

Hawaii’s Second City

In April 1917, the United States entered the war in Europe. In August 1917, an officer’s training school was established at Schofield. Out of 100 students, 68 were local Oahu residents of Hawaiian, Chinese and Japanese extraction. Three other training camps followed in 1918. Soon, all of Schofield Barracks was called to war. The 1st and 9th field artilleries were the first to go in December 1917. The 1st Infantry, 32nd Infantry, 25th Infantry and the 4th Cavalry had all gone by October 1918.

The Hawaiian National Guard was mustered into federal service and assigned to Schofield Barracks for training and as post caretakers. The newly formed 1st and 2nd Hawaiian infantry regiments were fully manned at 1,400 men each. With the signing of the Armistice in November 1918, strenuous training of these regiments was no longer essential. The energies of the Hawaiian infantry regiments were turned to beautifying of the post. They planted shrubs, seeded lawns, built roads and landscaped around the existing structures. The great eucalyptus and Norfolk pine trees lining the post roads are part of this body of work.

The 17th Cavalry arrived in August 1919, and the Hawaiian infantry regiments were demobilized. Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Kuhn arrived in 1920 with the 35th and 44th infantry regiments. They were followed in 1921 by the 8th, 11th and 13th field artillery regiments and the 3rd Engineers. After a brief pause for World War I, Schofield Barracks had reached its seven-regiment promise.

In 1921, this became the Hawaiian Division. Schofield housed the only complete division in the U.S. Army and the Army’s largest single garrison. The population rose to 14,000 in 1938, making it the second-largest city in Hawaii.

Day of Infamy

On Oct. 1, 1941, the transition by the War Department from the square division to the triangular division allowed for the formation of two new divisions to replace the Hawaiian Division. The 19th and 21st infantry regiments formed the 24th Infantry Division, while the 35th and 27th infantry regiments formed the 25th Infantry Division. Only 10 weeks after the restructuring, the Japanese flew over Schofield on a Sunday morning and dropped their bombs on Wheeler Army Airfield. War was declared again.

While Schofield received some strafing from Japanese planes flying over the barracks, Schofield was not the focus of the Japanese attack. Their target was nearby Wheeler Army Airfield and the planes located there.

A Host to Millions

Within a year, the newly formed 24th and 25th divisions were sent to fight the war in the Pacific. However, Schofield did not remain a ghost town. The need for soldiers trained to fight under tropical conditions arose and the Jungle Training Center, later called the Ranger Combat Training School, was formed in late 1942. Almost 1 million men went through the training center at Schofield before being sent overseas, and many soldiers were housed on Schofield. Facilities and training areas were increased and the Olympic-size Richardson Pool was built for combat training.

Instead of returning to Schofield at the end of the war, the 24th and 25th infantry divisions remained in Japan with the occupying forces. The population sank to an all-time low of 2,000 in the late 1940s.

Revitalization

When the 25th Infantry Division finally did return in September 1954, it increased Hawaii’s overall population by 5 percent. Military expenditures in the state increased, and the unemployment rate fell.

The soldiers who returned in 1954 were different from the men who had left in 1941. The typical NCO was married and raising a family. Soldiers had more individual freedoms and were better paid. They had their own automobiles and were interested in education and career programs. Schofield Barracks adapted to its new tenants.

To accommodate the new kind of soldier and his family, the Capehart Housing Act allowed for the construction of 1,600 housing units from 1955 to 1962 on old training areas along the road to Kolekole Pass. Older buildings were demolished to make way for parking lots. Schools were built on the post: Hale Kula in 1959 and Solomon Elementary in 1969. A new commissary, post exchange and NCO club were constructed.

Today, the Schofield Barracks area includes Wheeler Army Airfield and Helemano Military Reservation and consists of more than 16,000 acres. The 25th Infantry Division and the many other important units are housed here.

Wheeler Army Airfield

On Feb. 6, 1922, a detachment of 20 enlisted men from Luke Field proceeded to Schofield Barracks, under Lt. William Agee, to clear the flying field and construct housing for the divisional air service. Two canvas hangars were erected, and the field was cleared of weeds, guava and algaroba trees. Thus, Wheeler Field got its modest start.

It was named Wheeler Field Nov. 11, 1922, in honor of Maj. Sheldon H. Wheeler, former commander of Luke Field on Ford Island, who died in a plane crash July 13, 1921.

In June 1923, 13 months after the designation of the new flying field, shop hangars, airplane hangars and oil storage tanks were erected. In 1927, one of the wooden shop hangars was remodeled to provide space for a barracks and a mess hall. Permanent construction was not started until 1930.

Wheeler was the site of several major historic aviation events, including the first nonstop mainland-to-Hawaii flight by Army Air Corps Lts. Lester J. Maitland and Albert F. Hegenberger in 1927; the Great Dole Derby air race from California to Hawaii, also in 1927; the first trans-Pacific flight from the U.S. to Australia by Australian squadron leader Charles E. Kingsford-Smith in 1928; and the first Hawaii-to-mainland solo flight in 1935 by Amelia Earhart, who flew from Wheeler Field to Oakland, California.

When the Japanese attacked military installations in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, 12 pilots assigned to the 15th Pursuit Group at Wheeler (predecessor of the 15th Air Base Wing) succeeded in getting their P-36 and P-40 aircraft off the ground, engaging the enemy in furious dogfights and scoring some of the first American victories of World War II (10 downed enemy aircraft).

Casualties at Wheeler totaled 33 killed and 75 wounded. Of the 233 aircraft assigned to the Hawaiian Air Force, 146 were in commission before the attack; afterward, only 83 were in commission (including 27 P-40s) and 76 had been destroyed.

In 1948, Wheeler Army Air Base was redesignated Wheeler Air Force Base. The following year, the installation was placed on minimum caretaker status; however, with expansion of the Air Force during the Korean conflict, Wheeler Air Force Base was restored to fully operational status in 1952.

In August 1987, the Secretary of the Interior designated Wheeler Air Force Base a National Historic Landmark, recognizing it as a site of national significance in the history of the United States and, in particular, World War II in the Pacific.

On Nov. 1, 1991, the Army held a simple ceremony to signify its takeover of the base and then changed the sign at the main gate to Wheeler Army Airfield.

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