Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - Hickam Field

The 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) Report to the President required the relocation of installation management functions and the establishment of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.  On Oct. 1, 2010, NAVSTA Pearl Harbor joined with Hickam Air Force Base to become Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) combining the two historic bases into a single joint installation to support both Air Force and Navy missions in the Pacific, along with tenant commands, service members, and their families.

This overview covers Hickam Field / Air Force Base.

Hickam Air Force Base began as Hickam Field completed in 1938 and serving as home to the U.S. Army’s flying units in the Hawaiian Department, the Hawaiian Air Force.

Between 1948-2010, the Air Force operated the renamed Hickam Air Force Base as the primary U.S. mobility hub in the Pacific, supporting U.S. operations by servicing transient aircraft and facilitating the deployment, return, and supply of service members in Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East, and on humanitarian missions.

Hickam Field is located in the City and County of Honolulu on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. The base is named in honor of aviation pioneer Lt Col Horace Meek Hickam. Hickam AFB consists of 2,850 acres of land and facilities bordering Pearl Harbor.

Hickam AFB is designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition as one of the nation's most significant historic resources associated with World War II in the Pacific. Dominating the area is a large bronze tablet engraved with the names of those who died as a result of the 7 December 1941 attack. Other reminders of the attack can be seen at Hickam today, including the tattered American flag that flew over the base that morning. It is encased and on display in the lobby of the Pacific Air Forces Headquarters building, where bullet-scarred walls have been carefully preserved as a constant reminder to never again be caught unprepared.

Here is the official website of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Location/Driving Directions

Your sponsor should be meeting you at the airport (just outside the baggage claim area) and walking you through everything to make your initial time in Hawaii as stress free as possible.

Hickam Field is located on the island of Oahu, approximately nine miles from downtown Honolulu, situated between Pearl Harbor and Honolulu International Airport.

Transportation from Honolulu International Airport:

Honolulu International functions as a joint military-civilian airport sharing airfield facilities with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Cab fare is approximately $15.00 - $20.00 from the airport. The #19 Bus will travel directly onto Hickam from the airport. Have your military I.D. ready for security personnel.

To reach Hickam AFB from the Airport, follow the signs to H1 Waianae as you leave Honolulu International Airport (HIA). On H1, move immediately to the far right lane and take the next exit to “Hickam AFB”.

If you are going to temporary lodging in Waikiki, follow the signs to H1 Honolulu.  From H1, take the Nimitz cut-off, which becomes Ala Moana Blvd after approximately seven miles. Take a right on Kalia Rd for the Hale Koa Hotel, or continue on Ala Moana for one more block, to Kalakaua Ave.

To reach the Military and Family Support Center Hickham from the main gate, take O'Malley Blvd past the flight line (on left). Proceed into the circle and get into the right lane. This lane will force you to make a right at the second Vickers Ave. At the first road, Scott Circle, take a right. The Military and Family Support Center Hickham, Building 1105, is on the corner to your left with parking in the back.

Main Phone Numbers

Emergency actions controllers from the 15th Airlift Wing command post work at their consoles at the command post at Hickam Air Force Base. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Quarterdeck: (COM) - (808) 473-1222

Base Security (Executive Office) - (808) 474-6186 (Pearl)

Base Security (Physical Security Protection) - (808) 449-1001 (Hickam)

Child Development Center, Naval Station - (808) 473-2669

Child Development Center, Center Drive - (808) 471-1978

Child Development Center, Wahiawa Annex - (808) 653-5305

Child Development Center, Peltier - (808) 471-9336

Child Development Center, Ford Island - (808) 472-0259

Child Development Center, Hickam Main - (808) 449-9880

Child Development Center, Hickam West - (808) 449-5230

Child Development Center, Hickam Harbor - (808) 448-0183

Child Development Homes – (808) 471-8558

Dental Clinic - (808) 448-6000 (option 1, then option 2)

Dental Emergencies - (808) 448-6000

Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) - (808) 448-6170 DSN: 448-6170

Housing, Pearl - Leasing:  (808) 474-1820/21

Housing, Hickam - Leasing:   (808) 423-7788

Lodging, Navy Lodge - (808) 440-2290

Lodging, Hickam - (808) 260-1200

Medical Clinic, Pearl - (808) 473-0247

Medical Clinic, Hickam (808) 448-6000

Military & Family Support Center, Pearl - (808) 474-1999

Military & Family Support Center, Hickam - (808) 449-0300

Morale, Welfare, & Recreation (MWR) (808) 473-0787

Pass and ID: (808) 471-2131 or (808) 471-3627

15th Medical Group Tricare Office 1-888-874-9378

Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (TLA/BAH) - (808) 473-1203 Navy CBH

Population/Major Units Assigned

Members of the 15th Airlift Wing Honor Guard rendering military honors. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

In 2014, JBPHH was home to more than 65 tenant commands, 10 ships, 18 submarines and 6 fixed-wing aviation squadrons. Total base population was noted as 66,300+ Navy and Air Force active duty personnel, civilians and family members.

Hickam Field is home to the 15th Airlift Wing (15 AW) and 67 partner units including Headquarters, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Headquarters - Hawaii Air National Guard and the 154th Wing (154 WG) of the Hawaii Air National Guard, the 735th Air Mobility Squadron, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and 624th Regional Support Group.

The 15th Airlift Wing is composed of four groups each with specific functions. The 15th Operations Group (15 OG) controls all flying and airfield operations. The 15th Maintenance Group (15 MXG) performs aircraft and aircraft ground equipment maintenance. The 647th Air Base Group has a wide range of responsibilities but a few of its functions are Security, Civil Engineering, Communications, Personnel Management, Logistics, Services and Contracting support. The 15th Medical Group (15 MG) provides medical and dental care.

Temporary Lodging

Royal Alaka'i Inn,. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) facilities are for authorized military travelers, DoD civilians, and contractors on official travel orders to Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH).

NGIS has a limited number of rooms for families and also some “pet-friendly” rooms.  This should be identified when making reservations.

Pearl Harbor Lodging

1075 North Rd. Bldg. 1323

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 96860

Military travelers on orders, destined to JBPHH, should contact NGIS for reservations as soon as their travel dates are known. Individual travelers may make on-line reservations or should call 1-877-NAVYBED (628-9233). The local reservations office number for group reservations is (808) 448-5888.

Hickam Lodging

Royal Alaka'i, 15 G St. Bldg. 1153

Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii, 96853

Contact NGIS Royal Alaka`i, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at (808) 448-5400 or DSN (315) 448-5400 for availability and reservations.

There are rooms available that meet requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Individuals needing such should ensure this is noted when making reservations.

Active duty military and their dependents on leave, along with retirees may stay on a space available basis. Reservation requests for Space "A" travelers are being accepted 14 days prior to arrival for a maximum of 7 days, provided space is available. The reservation may be extended for one additional week if subsequent occupancy projections allow.

Also available is recreational lodging at the Barber Point Beach Cottage, located on the west coast of Oahu. Two and three bedroom cottages offer many amenities, and wheelchair accessible units are also available. Call (808) 682-3085 (sorry, they do not accept applications online).


Privatized 2 and 3 Bedroom JNCO Duplex. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Housing - Accompanied

Personnel assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam have an opportunity to be housed in the community, in privatized family housing or in unaccompanied housing.

The Hickam Housing Management Office offers a variety of services depending on whether you are arriving or departing.  Prior to renting, leasing, purchasing or making arrangements for housing, Air Force personnel are required to report to the Hickam Housing Management Office. You must report to housing within 72 hours after your arrival date, even if you do not intend to reside on base. Please call the Housing Management Office to schedule an appointment prior to your arrival.

Hickam Housing Management Office

200 Kokomalei Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818-5402

Building 6500

COM: (808) 448-6888/0856

DSN: (315) 448-6888/0856;

Unaccompanied Personnel/Single: (808) 448-6815

All of the family housing units in Hawaii are privatized, and are referred to as Public-Private Venture (PPV) housing. There are two separate PPV projects that provide family housing to incoming Navy and Air Force personnel.

Air Force personnel receive highest priority to homes owned and maintained by Hickam Communities LLC (HC).  Navy personnel receive highest priority to homes owned and maintained by Forest City Residential Management LLC (FCRM).  Contact information, floor plans, pet policies, full resident guidelines, and other neighborhood specific information regarding PPV housing may be found at the provided links.

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Standard Operating Procedures will be implemented and may provide additional considerations for families enrolled in the EFMP program. Special considerations include family members who are wheelchair bound or have limited mobility and require single level housing.

The Army Housing Services Office (HSO) is located in Building 1004, 111 7th Street, Fort Shafter, Hawaii 96858, is the lead proponent to assist all military personnel stationed on the island of Oahu with living downtown.  Both the Housing Service Center (HSC) and Hickam Housing Management Office (HMO) site provide computer access to the rental listings available on the HSO’s website, as well as HSO services.

Housing - Unaccompanied

The Hawaii Regional Unaccompanied Housing (UH) manages and operates all Navy and Air Force Unaccompanied Housing on the island of Oahu and PMRF Barking Sands, Kauai.

There are over 4,400 beds located in 52 facilities, making Hawaii Regional UH (Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and PMRF Hawaii) one of the Navy’s largest lodging operations for unaccompanied and visiting DoD personnel in the Pacific.

Air Force Personnel:

Unaccompanied E-1s - E-4s, with less than three years of service, will be assigned to a base dormitory. Please notify your sponsor to reserve a room prior to your arrival to Hickam AFB. You should be assigned a dorm room the day you arrive on Oahu. There are 5 dormitory buildings, supporting 28 squadrons. If you have any questions please call (808) 448-2007.

The UH Administration Office is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., M-F.  It is located in Gabrunas Hall, Bldg. 1323, Rm 1,1075 North Road, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 96860.  Contact: (808) 473-1203/5995

Child Care

Main Hickam Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S.Air Force

Military-affiliated pre-schools and child development centers are located on federal property on Oahu.  Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) has eight Child Development Centers (CDC):  Center Drive CDC, Ford Island CDC, Hickam Harbor CDC, Hickam Main CDC, Hickam West CDC, Naval Station CDC, Peltier CDC and Wahiawa Annex CDC.  The CDCs offer the following programs:

Full day care (all centers), Monday through Friday for full-time working parents.  Full day programs open at 6:30 a. m. and close at 5:30 p. m.

Hourly Care / Drop in care on a space available basis at $4 per hour. Reservation request can be made 30 days prior by contacting the CDC programs directly. Registration packet and Current Shot record are required.

Respite care funded by Air Force Aid Society, call 808-449-0190 for details.

Give Parents a Break referral for families of deployed members - call 808-449-0190.

Currently, there are waiting lists in the CDC programs.  Parents PCSing to JBPHH are strongly encouraged to place their child's name on the waiting list in advance. Failure to pre-register can slow down the time it takes to secure childcare. To register for the waitlist for full day care go to Military Childcare and setup an account.

All children turning 5 before July 30, 2015 are eligible to attend the new Navy Pre-K Programs in Hawaii.

Note: the State of Hawaii has changed the kindergarten age in school year 2014-2015. Children must turn 5 on or before 30 July 2015 to attend Kindergarten.

The Child Development Homes program provides high quality childcare through a network of certified home providers living in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam housing. Home providers offer care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years and developmentally appropriate activities in a home atmosphere. Hours are flexible to meet parents' needs. Programs include full time, part time, drop-in, evening, overnight and weekend care.

The School Age Program provides care for school-age children before and after school as well as non-federal holidays and school days off. In addition, they provide fall, winter, spring and summer camps as well as drop-in care on a space-available basis. The two facilities - Catlin School-Age Care & Hickam School-Age Program – provide age appropriate activities and experiences for children ages 5 – 12.  Activities include field trips, homework assistance, arts and crafts, science, cooking, music, cultural, community experiences and learning opportunities in safe environments under the supervision of trained program assistants.

Before and after school care, fall/winter/spring breaks and summer camp are available. Fees are based on family income. Please call for information 808-448-4396.

The Pre-Teen Center (for children ages 10-12) is located at Bldg 1335B, and provides pre-teen children with lesson plans, clubs, fieldtrips, and special visitors that are geared toward this specific age group.

The Youth Programs at Pearl Harbor are affiliated with the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H Clubs.  These programs will help your child develop lifelong skills in good sportsmanship and friendships.


Hickam Elementary School. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

There are no schools operated by the Department of Defense in Hawaii. All public schools are under the state-wide Hawaii Department of Education.

The School Liaison Officer (SLO) serves as the primary liaison between Hawaii’s community schools, commanders, and military parents pertaining to K-12 education, and may be contacted at 808-422-3770/3771.

All Hawaii public schools, except multi-track schools and charter schools, are on a single school calendar. The first day of school is usually in late July. The school year includes a one week Fall Recess, three week Winter Recess, and two week Spring Recess. The last day of school is usually in early June.

The DOE assigns children to public schools based on their place of residence. Until you are assigned housing it is not possible to know which school your child will attend. Students who wish to attend a particular school other than their home school may file a "Request for Geographic Exception" at their assigned ("home") school. Approval of the exception is based on space availability and on four priority considerations: student resides with a responsible adult living in the receiving school's area; student wants to attend a program of study not available in the assigned school; student has parents who are staff members of the receiving school; and student has sibling already enrolled.

The DOE administers 255 regular schools, 27 charter schools, and three special schools. Student Enrollment is approximately 182,000. There are also 11 adult community schools.

There are 5 main schools that service the Hickam Housing area. Three elementary schools - Mokulele Elementary, Hickam Elementary, and Nimitz Elementary - Aliamanu Middle School (located about 5 minutes off base) and Radford High School (also located about 5 minutes from Hickam).

Private schooling is also an option - many private schools are located on the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools website.  Call the School Liaison Office for more information.

Home Schooling is yet another option – parents are required to submit a notice of intent (either a DOE Form 4140 or a letter with the required information) with the local public school principle. Call the School Liaison Office or visit the Hawaii Homeschool Association website for more information

Medical Care

15 Airlift Wing Medical Building. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The 15th Medical Group (15 MDG) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam is committed to delivering the ultimate health care experience.  The clinic operates 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Dental Clinic operates 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both the Medical and Dental clinic is closed for all federal holidays, PACAF family days, week-ends, and  the third Thursday of every month for readiness training (as well as closed on weekends and holidays).  The Appointment Line is (808) 448-6000.

There is no emergency room at Hickam - in case of an emergency, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.  From Hickam, the closest emergency room is located at Tripler Army Medical Center.

Hawaii falls under TRICARE's West region and is serviced by TriWest Healthcare Alliance. All active duty members are scheduled through their gaining unit orderly room to attend a mandatory medical briefing. The collection of medical records and TRICARE benefits will be covered at this briefing. Spouses are encouraged to attend as this will benefit them the most.  The Family Health Clinic provides primary care services to TRICARE Prime beneficiaries enrolled to 15 MDG clinic by appointment only.

The Family Advocacy Program, which offers services for domestic violence counseling and parenting concerns, is provided by the Navy. Family Advocacy can be reached at 474-1999.

The Mental Health Clinic offers individual therapy and a variety of psycho educational classes, including distress tolerance, improving sleep, social skills building and others upon request.  The Mental Health Clinic also includes the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program (ADAPT) which provides evaluation and treatment of substance misuse.

Human Performance & Rehabilitation Center (HPARC) - formerly Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) - provides diet and exercise counseling, tobacco cessation classes, cholesterol education class and a relaxation room to help reduce stress/tension. Also available are resource materials covering a wide range of topics, to include books and video tapes for checkout.