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Fort Shafter Army Base

U.S. Army Pacific, 25th Infantry Division
Funston Rd, Honolulu, HI 96819

Fort Shafter

Fort Shafter is the headquarters of the United States Army Pacific Command, the MACOM of U.S. Army forces in Asia and the Pacific Basin. It is located 8 miles west of Honolulu, on the island of Oahu and a few miles from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.  Fort Shafter is one of the older military bases in the United States, but it has been well kept and advanced over the years with modern facilities.


Schofield Barracks is located at the foot of the Waianae mountain range and includes Wheeler Army Airfield and Helemano Military Reservation.  It spans across more than 17,000 acres and is home to the 25th Infantry Division, as well as many other important units.  The 25th Infantry division of the Army has been responsible for defending Hawaii since 1921. On December 7, 1941 the 25th Infantry Division was rapidly deployed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor to protect the southern and eastern coasts of the island against invasion from the Japanese. They were made famous in 1942 when they relieved the Marines at Guadalcanal. Their performance during this operation earned them the nickname “Tropic Lightning”.


Wheeler Army Airfield is located 20 miles outside of Honolulu and is apart of Schofield Barracks.  The primary mission of Wheeler Army Air Field is to provide operational support and aerial combat units in the Asian Pacific area of command in addition to serving as the command center for U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii. Wheeler Army Air Field is host to a wide range of Defense Departments including the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a combat support agency composed of federal civilians, military personnel and contractors. The installation is also home to the 169th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron, 193rd Aviation Regiment (Medium Lift), Regular Army’s 25th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade, Detachment 55 Operational Support Airlift and the Hawaii Army National Guard. The base contains 22 helipads and 2 fixed wing runways to support the massive aviation component of the area.


Tripler Medical Center is located at Fort Shafter and is situated on the slopes of Moanalua Ridge overlooking the Honolulu neighborhoods of Moanalua and Salt Lake.  The massive coral pink structure can be seen from any point in the Honolulu District.  Today, it is the only federal tertiary care hospital in the Pacific Basin.

The Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance is located at Tripler Medical Center.  The Center of Excellence works with the United States Pacific Command, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Pacific Regional Medical Command for research, education and training.  United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations has designated the Center of Excellence as a Peace Operations Institute, the only United Nationsdesignated Peace Operations Institute currently in the United States.

Arriving at Fort Shafter

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.

Base Population

There are over 71,675 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military family members, DoD personnel and retirees assigned to Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, and Tripler Medical Center.