Fort Shafter Army Base
U.S. Army Pacific, 25th Infantry Division
Funston Rd, Honolulu, HI 96819
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 Nations—designated Peace Operations Institute currently in the United States.
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.
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
Military housing at Fort Shafter is privatized and managed by Island Palm Communities. Call (888) 541-9127 for more information.
Aliamanu Military Reservation
2.1 miles from base
Aliamanu Military Reservation is a family friendly neighborhood in Honolulu. It has updated homes and a community center.
8.3 miles from base
Ewa Beach has beautiful homes with great schools.
In Honolulu, the summers are hot and dry. The winters are comfortable and humid, and it is windy and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 68°F to 87°F and is rarely below 63°F or above 89°F.
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.
The average cost of living in Honolulu, HI is 3% higher than the average of Hawaii and 82% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Honolulu, HI, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Hawaii and 29% higher than the nation’s average.
In Honolulu, there are beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants, shopping areas, historic sites and national parks to visit and enjoy. There are short flights and some ferries available to explore the other islands of Hawaii. Some points of interest inlcude Diamond Head volcano and landmark, Hanauma Bay, Pearl Harbor, Waimea Waterfall, and Manoa Waterfall.
There are many activities available on base, such as a movie theater, 24 hour gyms, fitness facilities, and aquatic centers. Some of the aquatic centers offer special areas just for the kids. Most of these amenities are just a short walk or bike ride away from base housing.