MCB Hawaii Kaneohe Bay
1st Battalion 12th Marines (1/12 Bn) Field Artillery, 1st Battalion 3rd Marines (1/3 Bn),
2nd Battalion 3rd Marines (2/3 Bn), 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines (3/3 Bn), 3rd Marine Regiment,
3rd Marine Regimental Aid Station (RAS), 3rd Radio Battalion – FMF, Combat Logistics Battalion 3 (CLB-3),
Headquarters Battalion (Hq Bn), MCBH, Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG 24),
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS 24, Marine Side),
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS 24, Navy Side), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS),
Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), Camp H.M. Smith, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH 463),
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMLA 367), Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU 3),
Marine Wing Support Detachment 24 (MWSD 24), VR 51 (USN Reserve Unit), Wounded Warrior Detachment (WW Det)
Reed Road, MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863
MCB Hawaii Kaneohe Bay is fondly referred to as K-Bay. It is located on the island of Oahu’s Windward side on Mokapu Peninsula, and is 20 miles northeast of the Honolulu International Airport. K-Bay is the largest Marine Corps element on Oahu. The other major installation comprising MCBH is Camp H.M. Smith, overlooking Pearl Harbor, and it is the headquarters for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Joint Task Force Full Accounting, Commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and the Commander Special Operations Command Pacific.
There is a long history of U.S. military presence in Hawaii prior to it becoming the 50th state in the union on August 21, 1959. On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked. However, it’s a little known fact the Japanese first attacked Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay minutes prior to Pearl Harbor. In 1949, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, was decommissioned and the Navy relocated to Naval Air Station Barbers Point at Ewa Beach. In 1951, The Marines assumed control of the former naval air station since it seemed to be an ideal site for a combined air-ground team. Then on January 15, 1952, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay was commissioned. In April 1994, the Marine Corps consolidated all Marine Corps installations in Hawaii under a single command that became known as Marine Corps Base Hawaii. MCBH is ideally positioned in the Pacific for a strategic deployment to the Western Pacific. Once you arrive at Marine Corps Base Hawaii be sure to visit the base library on the second deck of building 219 (near the base theater) to get more information on local history and culture.
MCBH’s mission is to provide facilities and services that support Combat Readiness and promote the well-being, morale, and safety of military and civilian personnel that live and work aboard the installation. We enhance Combat Readiness by providing the best training facilities in the world and by providing the best quality of service.
Arriving at MCB Hawaii
The closest airport is Honolulu International Airport.
From the airport, take H1 West towards Waianae. Then H3 East for Kaneohe. Once on H3 East, do not get off the highway as it ends at Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s front gate entrance.
There is no public transportation directly to the installation. Taxi/cab fare is a reimbursable travel expense up to $75.00. Be sure to ask for a military discount and for a receipt. Rental cars are NOT reimbursable expenses. It is highly recommended that you avoid the high cost of getting a rental car and either ship your car to Hawaii in advance or get your sponsor or unit rep to pick you up and assist you until your vehicle arrives.
Upon arrival in Hawaii, all Marines assigned to a Marine command must report to the IPAC Customer Support Branch located on MCBH K-Bay Bldg 1043 1st Deck, 808-257-3197.
It’s recommended to use the USO services to contact your future command and/or request for transportation assistance if needed. The USO office is located on ground level in the main tower terminal between sections “E” & “F” at the baggage claim area. The USO is also a great place to stop and refresh with a free meal/snack and refreshments before heading on to the base. For inquiries, please call the USO Hawaii Office at the Honolulu International Airport at 808-422-1213.
Marines must complete the check-in process. Marines may delay or forfeit arrival entitlements if they go on leave status after checking into the command but fail to check into IPAC. There are non-retroactive entitlements/reimbursements which cannot be recouped should this occur.
There are over 25,000 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to MCB Hawaii Kaneohe Bay.