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What Military Bases Are in Hawaii? Not Everybody Know!

Written by Everett Bledsoe / Fact checked by Brain Bartell

what military bases are in hawaii

Hawaii, home to beautiful beaches and mighty mountains, also houses 13 military bases. Do you know what military bases are in Hawaii? We will be exploring each military base in today’s article. There will be information about where the bases are specifically located, who is at the base, and what the residing units do. Are you ready? Let’s get right into it!

Military Bases in Hawaii

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There are 13 Hawaii military bases. Here are the essential information for all of them:

  Location Area (km2) Branch
Wheeler Army Airfield County of Honolulu 5,510 Army
Schofield Barracks County of Honolulu 71.7 Army
Fort Derussy Army Base County of Honolulu N/A Army
Tripler Medical Center County of Honolulu N/A Army
Bellows Air Force Station County of Honolulu 1,570 Air Force
Barking Sands Navy Base Kauai County 110,000 Navy
NCTAMS PAC Navy Base County of Honolulu 1.7 Navy
Marine Corps Base Hawaii County of Honolulu 0.17 Marine Corps
Station Maui Coast Guard Maui County N/A Coast Guard
US Coast Guard Honolulu County of Honolulu N/A Coast Guard
Kunia Field Station County of Honolulu 250,000 Joint
Pohakuloa Training Area Island of Hawaiʻi 440.55 Joint
Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam County of Honolulu N/A Joint

Now that you have a brief introduction to all the military bases in Hawaii, let’s go through each of them in detail!

Army Bases in Hawaii

1. Wheeler Army Airfield

First on our list is the Wheeler Army Airfield. It is on the Island of O’ahu and more specifically, in the County of Honolulu. This base spans roughly 1,389 acres and is positioned right next to the Schofield Barracks, which we will explore in the next paragraph.

At present, the Wheeler Army Airfield is occupied by:

  • The Hawaiian National Guard’s 169th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron
  • The Hawaiian National Guard’s 193rd Aviation Regiment
  • The Hawaiian National Guard’s Detachment 55 Operational Support Airlift
  • The Defense Information Systems Agency
  • The Regular Army’s 25th Aviation Regiment and 2nd Squadron-6th Cavalry Regiment

There are 2 runways and 22 helipads for operational and aerial units and a total population of 2,331 people as of 2019.

2. Schofield Barracks

This second Hawaii army base is also commonly referred to as the Fort Shafter Army Base. It is the oldest military base on O’ahu Island and the largest one in Hawaii:

  • Schofield Barracks was first established in 1908
  • Schofield Barracks covers 71.74 kilometers squared
  • In 2019, Schofield Barracks’ population was 19,499

Currently, it houses the US Army Pacific Command, the Army MACOM for the Pacific Region, and the Army Corps of Engineers (Pacific Ocean Division).

There is the Air Assault School, Land Navigation Course, and Area X for units to train in. The areas include large open areas for air assault operations along with several firing ranges.

Get a glimpse into the base here.

3. Fort DeRussy Army Base

This third army base in our list was built in 1915 as an Army reserve area for the protection of Pearl Harbor during the First World War. It was propped up on Waikiki Beach and became a key player in the area’s coastal defense system. Today, the base is inactive but open to the public as a recreation location. You can visit the Army Museum and enjoy the picnic grounds, parks, etc.

4. Tripler Medical Center Army Base

Originally, this base was Fort Shafter, hosting a small hospital. Now, it is the most important hospital in the Pacific Rim. It has a distinct coral pink coral, which was inspired by the nearby Royal Hawaii Hotel. Aside from supporting the military, the Tripler Medical Center works with other medical centers to provide training sessions for incoming soldiers from all UN countries.

Air Force Base in Hawaii

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Bellows Air Force Station

Bellows Air Force Station This is one of the oldest bases in the United States, tracing back to 1917. Its first name was Waimanalo. Today, it is a low-level training ground for active and retired military troops to stay in shape. Civilians can also apply for training courses here.

Navy Bases in Hawaii

1. Barking Sands Navy Base

Sixth on our list is the Barking Sands Navy Base. It is home to Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, which is the world’s biggest instrumented multi-environmental range with 42,000 square miles of controlled airspace and over 1,100 square miles of underwater range.

Here, air, space, surface, and subsurface operations can occur all at the same time. This implies that planes, spaceships, ships, and submarines can operate simultaneously.

2. NCTAMS PAC Navy Base

This base is where all the communicational services and systems in the Pacific are located. It is run by the Navy but it supports operations led by the DoD (Department of Defense) as well. The base is known for having very high-quality facilities, including:

  • dining halls
  • skating parks
  • basketball courts
  • swimming pools
  • bowling centers
  • picnic spots
  • fitness clubs
  • mini marts

Marine Corps Base in Hawaii

Marine Corps Base Hawaii

This 2,950 acres base is located between two windward communities Kane’ohe and Kallua on O’ahu Island by the Kaneohe Bay, which locals fondly call it the K-Bay. More technically, the base is positioned in Mokapu Peninsula, the County of Honolulu.

This base is home to the Marine Aircraft Group 24, 3rd Marine Regiment, and the Combat Logistics Battalion 3. Interestingly, this base commits to following renewable energy and “green” initiatives, like using solar power and hybrid vehicles.

Coast Guard Bases in Hawaii

1. Station Maui Coast Guard Base

This is a US Coast Guard base and one of the most active in the country. It is tasked with overlooking the entire state of Hawaii and other minor nearby islands, which is a total of 22 million square miles.

There are several residing units, including the 14th District, which is the Coast Guard’s largest division. The troops work with local law enforcement personnel like lifeguards and firefighters for the safety and security of Hawaii. They respond to emergencies, particularly medical ones at sea.

2. United States Coast Guard Honolulu

This final base on our list is just outside of the Honolulu International Airport. It is another facility under the command of the US Coast Guard. The “workforce” here includes 200 civilians, military personnel and rotating tenants.

They are on standby for operation support and for providing health care to local communities. They can avail themselves of the gyms, fitness clubs, post exchange, recreational areas, swimming pools, and snack bars in the area.

Fun Fact: This base was originally a lighthouse (1939). It did not support military troops until 1945.

Joint Bases in Hawaii

1. Kunia Field Station

This is a unique three-storey underground facility that was built in 1941 after the Pearl Harbor attack. Its abbreviated name is KR-SOCK but sometimes, the base is referred to as the Kunia Regional SIGINT Operations Center. Hence, it is a part of the US Cryptologic System, where personnel from all military branches work alongside DoD civilians.

The base occupies 250,000 square feet, including an open bay area and an aircraft-housing area. It is where the Military Intelligence Corps 500th Military Intelligence Brigade and the Naval Security Group Activity reside.

Fun Fact: Another name that this base had was “The Hole” since it was assembled underground to be bomb-proof.

Kunia Field Station is also notoriously known as where whistleblower Edward Snowden worked and revealed top secret files of a surveillance plan for everyone in the United States.

2. Pohakuloa Training Area

This base was founded during the Second World War as a live-fire training area for the Marine Corps. Today, it welcomes all branches of the Armed Forces and shares training opportunities with allied nations.

The Pohakuloa Training Area is on a plateau situated between Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and the Hualalai volcanic mountains. It also provides facilities for public work, logistics, environmental stewardship, and airfield support.

3. Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam

This base is on the south shore of O’ahu, near the historic port of Wai’momi. It houses the US Air Force’s 15th Wing, which supports its mission with its airlift capabilities. More than that, the base shelters the F-22 Raptor C-17 Globemaster III. The base also serves as a submarine maintenance depot when needed. Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam was one of the twelve joint bases that were built as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Law in 2005.

Conclusion

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