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Adult Education — Professional Military Education Center (Air Force)

The Binnicker Professional Military Education Center is a world-class institute that prepares enlisted air expeditionary warriors (ALS and NCOA) for the challenges of combat leadership. Most programs are offered in Hangar 2,Building 2060. In addition to Air Force professional and career development, all active-duty, ANG and Reserve personnel, dependents, retirees, federal employees, and adult family members with military ID cards can draw on the resources of seven colleges and one adult learning center. Call 808-449-2946 for more information.

Airman Leadership School improves the skills, leadership abilities and understanding of the military profession of first-time supervisors. The ALS course is five weeks long.

NCO Academy prepares NCOs for increased leadership roles and responsibilities, and lasts for six weeks.

The course curriculum for both the ALS and NCOA includes leadership, fit-to-fight, the profession of arms and communication skills.

Airman and Family Readiness Section (Air Force)

The Airman and Family Readiness Section provides Air Force Aid Society, Survivor Benefit Plan and casualty services for active-duty Air Force, retired Air Force personnel and their families. It is at 655 Vickers Ave., Building 1105, JBPHH. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 808-474-1999.

  • Air Force Aid Society 808-449-0314/0301
  • Air Force Casualty Assistance 808-449-0310
  • Survivor Benefit Plan 808-449-0313

Air Force Aid Society: The AFAS is the official charity of the Air Force. It provides financial assistance with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, essential car repair, medical and dental expenses not covered by TRICARE, and emergency expenses resulting from a death or illness in the family. Assistance is provided as an interest-free loan, grant or a combination of both. The AFAS also sponsors numerous community enhancement programs:

  • Bundles for Babies provides parents-to-be with a free layette after attending the Military Family Support Center’s New Moms and Dads class.
  • Child Care for PCS or Retirement provides up to 20 hours of child care expenses for members who are within 60 days of a departure PCS move or retirement.
  • Give Parents a Break provides eligible parents with five hours of free child care a month.
  • Child Care for Volunteers provides free child care for volunteers who support the 647th Air Base Group, 15th Wing, Pacific Air Forces and tenant organizations.
  • Car Care Because We Care provides grant assistance for a free oil change for first duty station personnel and spouses of deployed members.
  • Youth Employment Skills provides high school volunteers an opportunity to “bank” volunteer dollar credits toward their postsecondary education.
  • Respite Care provides a break for individuals and families who care for an ill or disabled family member 24/7.
  • Spouse Employment Program provides entry-level, short-term training (three to six weeks) to spouses with the goal being immediate and viable employment.
  • Gen. Henry H. Arnold Education Grant provides $2,000 grants for undergraduate studies to selected sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses (stateside) of active-duty members and Title 10 AGR/reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel.

Child and Youth Programs

Child Development Centers: CDCs provide a safe, healthy learning environment where children from 6 weeks to 5 years old can discover, learn and explore the world around them. Open to children of military and DOD families, there are several CDC locations on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam: Hickam Harbor, Hickam Main, Hickam West, Naval Station, Ford Island and Center Drive. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, CDC staff are certified in CPR and first aid and trained in developmentally appropriate activities for young children. Sponsor of the USDA Child Care Food Program, CDCs offer nutritious meals and healthy snacks. For more information, call 808-471-5437.

Child Development Homes: This program provides quality child care through a network of certified home providers who live in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam housing. Home providers offer care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years and provide developmentally appropriate activities in a home atmosphere. Child care hours are flexible to meet parents’ needs. For more information, call 808-471-8658.

Kids Line: This free, convenient resource and referral service for child care is offered at Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Call 808-471-KIDS (5437) for info such as child care availability, subsidy and financial figures, waiting lists for CDCs, Child Development Homes and School-Age Care programs as well as programs offered throughout Hawaii.

MWR Youth Camps: During those much-anticipated school breaks, MWR Youth Programs offer day camps that are jam-packed with fun, trips and activities. Children can enroll in summer camps that focus on sports, outdoors or culture. For the winter, spring and summer breaks, children can play with other kids their age and have a blast at Camp Adventure. For more information, call 808-421-1556.

MWR Youth Programs: MWR has youth programs affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H Extension Services on Oahu. The School-age Care Program operates sites at the Catlin Clubhouse and the Hickam SAC Building to offer child care before and after school hours. Serving children 5 to 12 years old, the centers offer fun activities in arts and crafts, games, healthy snacks and help with homework. Catlin is open only to children attending Aliamanu, Pearl Harbor and Pearl Harbor Kai elementary schools. The Teen Center also provides a safe after-school environment for kids 12 and older to go to work on homework, play and participate in clubs. For more information, call the Catlin Clubhouse at 808-421-1556, Hickam SAC at 808-448-4396 or the Teen Center at 808-448-0418.

MWR Youth Sports: When they join the MWR Youth Sports Program children and teens, ages 3 to 18, will learn teamwork, sportsmanship and other valuable lessons. Most youth sports teams are part of the Hawaii Military Youth Athletic Association, and sports including soccer, basketball, baseball and football are offered. Spirited sideliners can help lead the team to victory by cheerleading, and volunteer coaches are always needed. Get involved and be a part of this winning team. For more information, call 808-473-0789.

Force Development Flight

Located in Building 2060, Hangar 2 at900 Hangar Ave., Force Development Flight provides educational opportunities through eight on-base institutions. The flight is responsible for base training, formal training, military testing, First Term Airman’s Center and Career Assistance Advisor programs. The Base Training and Education Services element provides tuition assistance support, educational and vocational advising, testing opportunities and distance learning information. Several degree programs are available on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for military, DOD personnel and family members.

Central Michigan University


Fields of Study: General administration, health services administration, human resources administration, leadership, public administration

Chaminade University


Fields of Study: English, social studies, criminal justice

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Fields of Study: Professional aeronautics, technical management, aeronautical science

Hawaii Pacific University


Fields of Study: Accounting, business economics, computer information systems, computer science, diplomacy and military studies, finance, management, marketing

Honolulu Community College


Fields of Study: Pre-nursing, pre-education, applied trades, justice administration, and information and computer science

McKinley Community School for Adults


Fields of Study: English as a second language, computer courses, English review, math review

University of Oklahoma


Fields of Study: Economics, human relations, international relations

Wayland Baptist University


Fields of Study: Human services, business administration, management information systems, management, occupational education, religion.

For more information, call 808-449-6363 or email 15mss.dpe@hickam.af.mil. Active-duty Air Force members can access information on the Air Force Virtual Education Center via the Air Force Portal.

Military and Family Support Center

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.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s MFSC provides services to support sustained mission readiness and strengthen personnel and family competencies to meet the unique challenges of the military lifestyle. Professional services through educational classes and counseling are available for active-duty Navy, Air Force, Reserve and retired personnel, their families and Department of Defense civilians.

MFSC-Pearl Harbor is in the Moanalua Navy Services Center Building, 4827 Bougainville Drive, Honolulu.

The MFSC-Hickam Loan Closet is at 655 Vickers Ave., Building 1105, JBPHH.

Hours for MFSC-Pearl Harbor are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

MFSC-Hickam’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Program and class information is available at www.greatlifehawaii.com or call 808-474-1999.

Counseling and Advocacy Services: Professional counseling is offered to eligible individuals, couples, families and children. Immediate intervention, safety and support are provided to victims of child and domestic abuse, and rehabilitation and counseling are offered to offenders to eliminate the risk of future abuse. Services include crisis intervention, short-term counseling, victim advocacy, referrals, groups and classes facilitated by licensed clinicians.

For information on confidential reporting of domestic abuse, call MFSC and ask to speak to a victim advocate.

Crisis Response: The center stands ready to offer assistance and support to families during natural disasters, mobilization, repatriation and mass casualties.

Deployment Support: The center plays a key role by helping commands prepare crew and family members for the various phases of deployment. MFSC participates in predeployment, deployment and reunion programs.

Exceptional Family Member Program: This program assists families with special needs (for example, physical or emotional disability, long-term chronic illness or special education) so that the command, the EFMP at Tripler Army Medical Center and the EFMP liaison at MFSC can work together to ensure needs are met.

Family Employment Readiness Program: The center helps with career decisions and to develop employment search skills through education, information, referral and assistance programs, giving family members the competitive edge to secure employment. Some of the employment classes offered are resume writing, interviewing skills, starting your own business and federal employment.

Information and Referral: The center provides on- and off-base information and resources and maintains a resource databank with military and civilian resources providing community educational, life-enhancing and therapeutic resources. I&R also processes requests for registration for classes and workshops, schedules appointments and provides assistance. Through assessment, I&R refers crisis issues.

Joint Employment Management System: JEMS is an employment program open to all eligible military ID card holders. Its online job bank links military community job-seekers with employers in Hawaii. JEMS lists positions on the main Hawaiian Islands. At www.JEMSjobs.com you can search for jobs, post your resume and receive notification when new jobs are posted.

The JEMS Job Fair is held every September on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. It is the largest military job fair in Hawaii. More than 100 employers attend with local, mainland and international jobs. For more information, call 808-474-1999.

Life Skills Education: Provides education, awareness and prevention programs to promote understanding of risk factors and dynamics of child abuse and domestic abuse to commands, individuals, couples, families and community groups. The classes and programs address parenting, suicide prevention, stress and anger management, and new military spouse orientation.

Loan Closet: The loan closet at MFSC-Hickam, 655 Vickers Ave., Building 1105, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, offers kitchen kits while your belongings are in transit. Call 808-449-0319 for more information.

Military School Liaison Office: Call the School Liaison Office at 808-422-3770/3771.

New Parent Support Home Visitation Program: A voluntary early intervention program serving Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard families who are expecting a child or with a child under 3 years of age. Services promote healthy family functioning, teach new skills and support military families facing the unique challenges of parenting. A New Parent Support Group is also available. The New Moms and Dads class is offered monthly by the New Parent Support staff.

Personal Financial Management Program: Provides financial counseling, education and training that emphasizes long-term financial responsibility through instruction on sound money management, debt management, saving, investing and retirement planning. Classes include Million Dollar Sailor/Airman, command financial specialist training, home-buying skills and Thrift Savings Plan briefings.

Readiness Program: MFSC offers mobility and deployment assistance to single and married active-duty Air Force personnel and families. MFSC provides predeployment education briefings for deploying members and families; sustainment support services such as morale calls, information and referral services; and referral to applicable Air Force Aid Society programs such as “Give Parents a Break” and “Car Care Because We Care.”

Relocation Assistance Program: Arrival and departure services and resources — such as Sponsor Training and Smooth Move — are available to assist families during a PCS move. Go to www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil and www.greatlifehawaii.com.

Retired Activities Office: Volunteers help retirees, their survivors and family members to obtain their rights and benefits. The office holds an annual retired personnel seminar and publishes a biannual newsletter.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: The Hickam Sexual Assault Response Coordinator office provides 24/7 sexual assault response for all victims on the installation and assigned geographically separated units. Anyone who feels he or she has been a victim of sexual assault may contact the SARC office. The Hickam SARC Response Helpline is available 24/7 at 808-722-6192. For more information, go to www.15wing.af.mil/UNITS/15thWingSAPR.aspx.

The SARC recruits, coordinates and trains active-duty and DOD civilian personnel to become SAPR victim advocates who are available 24/7 to provide immediate support to adult active-duty personnel and family members of sexual assault. The SARC also conducts training for command personnel designated to be the SAPR Command POC, command liaison and data collection coordinator.

Spouse Support Groups — Key Spouse: Key Spouses are a part of the command team and are an essential link to a healthy family. The program is an official communication network designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of community among unit leaders, airmen and their families.

Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success): Whether you are retiring or separating, the center can help with your transition from the military life to the civilian world. Transition seminars for retiring and separating personnel are available.

Volunteer Program: Volunteering may lead to employment in addition to the satisfaction of helping others. Ask for the MFSC volunteer coordinator for more information.

Religious Ministry

Whatever one’s faith, finding a place to worship after a PCS move can be challenging. The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam chaplains are available to help you find a place of worship and take the next step with you in your spiritual journey. There are a number of opportunities to get plugged into a worshipping community at the installation chapels. Besides worship services, religious programming is available for people of all ages, including Bible studies, Vacation Bible School, other services and social events. For more information, call 808-473-3971 (Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel) or 808-449-1754 (Hickam Chapel Center).

Aloha Jewish Chapel

Building 1511, near Makalapa Gate,
Pearl Harbor 808-473-3971/224-0437

Weekend Services
8:15 a.m. Saturday: Shabbat morning service (call for confirmation)

Weekday Services
7:30 p.m. Friday: Kabbalat Shabbat

Hickam Chapel Center

Building 1750, Kuntz Avenue,
Hickam 808-449-1754

Weekend Services
5 p.m. Saturday: Roman Catholic Mass
8:30 a.m. Sunday: Contemporary worship service
11 a.m. Sunday: Roman Catholic Mass

Weekday Services
11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday: Roman Catholic Mass

Nelles Chapel

Building 500, Corner of Singer Boulevard
and Ninth Street, Hickam 808-449-6562

Weekend Services
9 a.m. Sunday: Traditional Protestant service
10:45 a.m. Sunday: Gospel worship service
12:30 p.m. Sunday: Gospel Praise Hula

Weekday Services
6 p.m. Thursday: Youth ministry

Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel

Building 1601, Pearl Harbor Boulevard,
Pearl Harbor 808-473-3971

Weekend Services
9 a.m. Sunday: Roman Catholic Mass
11 a.m. Sunday: Protestant worship service

Weekday Services

11:35 a.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday: Roman Catholic Mass
9 a.m. Tuesday: Women’s Bible study
6:15 p.m. Wednesday: Youth and adult Bible study

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