Pohakuloa Training Area
U.S. Army Pacific, 25th Infantry Division
Bldg. 93, POB 4607, Saddle Road, Hilo, HI 96720
Pohakuloa Training Area is located on Hawaii’s Big Island and spans across 133,000 acres including an 80-acre cantonment area with a fuel yard, fire and police departments and an airfield with a 3,700-foot runway. The mission of PTA is to provide a quality joint/combined arms facility that provides logistics, public works, airfield support, and environmental and cultural stewardship in support of the USARPAC training strategy while maintaining an enduring partnership with the local Hawaiian community.
In addition to being a prime training area for military forces in the Pacific region, PTA is a vanguard of environmental and cultural protection. PTA Natural and Cultural Resources staff include more than 50 professionals dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered and threatened plants and safeguarding cultural resources at PTA.
Today, PTA stands as the premier military training area in the Pacific region. Units from all U.S. military services, as well as allied militaries, train at PTA, because it offers realistic training opportunities not found elsewhere. With several new construction projects underway, PTA stands ready to support military training well into the future.
The PTA command team and staff embody the IMCOM motto: “Sustain, Support, and Defend.”
Pohakuloa Training Area can support up to 2,300 military personnel.
At the Honolulu International Airport, sign in at the Replacement Detachment Liaison desk that is located between baggage claims F and G. If you do not sign in you could experience difficulties and delays during your in-processing.
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 (i.e., 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.
Upon arrival at the Honolulu National Airport you will need to collect your bags and go directly to the USO located in the baggage claim area. There you will find information on how to contact the Staff Duty NCO and/or the Sponsorship Coordinator. The Staff Duty may be reached at 808- 433-6661/6662. If it is during the duty hours of 8:00 a.m and 3:30 p.m., you will need to contact the Sponsorship Coordinator at Troop Command Headquarters at 808-433-9160/9187. He or she will get a hold of your sponsor or quickly assign one for you and send them out your way to get you started.
PACOM, Camp Smith personnel contact Army J1 Manpower, 808-477-9139.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Hawaiian school, a child must be at least 5 years old by July 31st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
School Support Services (SSS) provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. A branch of Child, Youth Services (CYS), SSS is home to the School Liaison Office, where School Liaison Officers (SLOs) help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children.
We specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services/programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling. We also help parents better understand the education process, school organization and interaction strategies. Call (808) 655-8326 for more information.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Hawaii Department of Human Services (808) 586-4997
Promoting self-sufficiency, health and well-being to help ensure the protection of children, the elderly and dependent adults, and provide a safety net for individuals and families who need assistance with basic necessities, such as food, housing and health care.
Hawaii Health Department (808) 586-4400
Promote, preserve and protect the health of all residents through disease surveillance, health education, direct services, and health policy development.
Hawaii Humane Society (808) 356-2200
Hawaii Sheriff (808) 587-3632
Base Operator (808) 449-7110
Chaplain (808) 655-9307
Civilian Personnel Office (808) 438-8446
Dental Headquarters (808) 433-6825
EFMP Family Support (808) 655-4777
Family Center (808) 655-4227
Family Child Care (808) 655-8373
Housing Services Office (808) 275-3700
ID/CAC Card Processing (808) 655-4104
Information and Referral (808) 655-4227
Legal Services and JAG (808) 655-8607
NAF Human Resources Officer (808) 438-2560
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
Temporary Lodging (800) 490-9638
There are no on-base housing options at Pohakuloa Training Area.
30 miles from base
Hilo is a medium-sized city on the eastern side of Hawaii’s Big Island. Most of the military families live in this area.
50 miles from base
Waikoloa is a small, quiet town on the western side of Hawaii’s Big Island.
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The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 27 to October 14, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is August 23, with an average high of 87°F and low of 76°F. The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from December 13 to April 1, with an average daily high temperature below 81°F. The coldest day of the year is January 28, with an average low of 68°F and high of 79°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from October 15 to March 31, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 25% on January 11. The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from March 31 to October 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on June 20.
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