MCB HAWAII
Honolulu, HI 96817, USA

RELOCATION/WELCOME GUIDE

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Information

Mission Statement

Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay is located on Oahu’s Mokapa Peninsula. The base’s position in the Pacific makes it an ideal location for strategic deployment to the Western Pacific.

Planning Your Move

Aloha! E Komo Mai — you are welcome here! May your tour of duty here be a rewarding, enjoyable experience! The key to a successful move to Hawaii is obtaining the correct information beforehand. Reading this publication and taking the time to familiarize yourself with all the services and facilities available to you will better prepare you for your move to Hawaii.

Upon Your Arrival

Your sponsor should meet you at the airport with arrangements for your transportation and lodging. Once on island, Marines can check in at the USO (United Service Organization) Hawaii liaison desk at the airport. They can call your gaining duty station for transportation and provide a variety of assistance.

Housing

Members are eligible for quarters aboard MCB Hawaii if they are on active duty and assigned to duty at MCB Hawaii with accompanying, command-sponsored dependents. Marines assigned to other duty station on Oahu that are supported by family housing at that location will not be eligible for housing at MCB Hawaii unless housing is not available at the location that supports their duty station.

Medical Services

Medical care at NHCH begins with the Welcoming Center, where active-duty members, family members and retired Prime beneficiaries begin a one-stop check-in process to enroll to NHCH for care. Trained staff assists with TRICARE enrollment, medical record updating, primary care manager (PCM) assignment and initial appointments for any needed medical care. Active-duty members also complete the Periodic Health Assessment, part of the Individual Medical Readiness process. TRICARE representatives and Health Benefits Advisors are available to answer TRICARE and enrollment questions. During the check-in process, information about several resources, including TRICARE Online (www.tricareonline.com allows you to make medical appointments), Exceptional Family Member Program and Advance Directives, will be provided.

Dental Services

Makalapa Clinic Dental Department, Makalapa is at the far end of Makalapa Clinic, in Building 1407, and provides full-service dental care except for specialty level orthodontics.

Family Services

Relocation Services provide a support system for Marines, Sailors and their families when arriving and departing the current duty station.

Retail and Shopping

The Marine Corps Exchange is a full-line retail store offering the latest in men’s and women’s fashions, children’s wear, Hawaiian gifts and food products, house wares, home electronics, shoes, sporting goods and much more. Conveniently located next to Mokapu Mall and the commissary, the MCX stands out as one of the most prominent features of the base. Brands and merchandise for all budgets are elegantly displayed, with seasonal exhibits bidding welcome to incoming patrons. Shoppers may smell the rich aromas of fine cuisine from a cooking demonstration or find themselves engrossed in the sights and sounds of the electronics displays.

Convenience Stores

The Flight Line Marine Mart, at the corner of First and B streets, offers grab-and-go products, hot meal items, sushi, pastries, desserts, freshly brewed coffee, sundries and groceries — something for everyone.

Services at Kaneohe Bay

Mokapu Mall, Building 6477
Telephone 808-254-2909
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday and holidays.

Services at Camp H.M. Smith and Manana

Building 4, Second Floor
Telephone 808-486-8015
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Recreation

Hawaii is a recreational paradise. With beautiful year-round climate, warm ocean waters, sandy beaches, mountains, forests, parks and other facilities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Because recreational opportunities in Hawaii are many, it is impossible to list them all here. A wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities are available through your Marine Corps Community Services departments, from renting beach and sports equipment, golf, sailing, racket sports, volleyball, scuba diving and much, much more. As a head start to your Hawaiian experience, some of the many facilities are listed here that are available for military personnel and their families to enjoy.

Brief History

Currently, MCB Hawaii is comprised of the base in Kaneohe Bay on Mokapu Peninsula, Camp H.M. Smith in Halawa Heights, Manana Family Housing, the Pearl City Warehouse Annex, Puuloa Range Training Facility near Ewa Beach and Marine Corps Training Area Bellows beside Waimanalo. The two major installations are at Kaneohe Bay and Camp H.M. Smith. MCB Hawaii is headquartered at Kaneohe Bay on windward Oahu.

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Marines celebrate Hawaiian style

Story by Cpl Nathan Wicks on 07/25/2016
The luau celebrated Hawaiian culture and the friendship between the United States and Japan through hula dancing, swimming in the ocean, games and food.
Shinichi Shishido, cultural coordinator at the Youth and Teen Center, said this luau helps spread the knowledge of Oshima's immigrants and history.
"Today, we celebrate the history of the immigrants from Hawaii to Oshima Island," said Shishido. "The U.S. is familiar with the Hawaiian culture so we created this event to celebrate the culture of the island and the friendship between the U.S. and Japan."
Junko Nishida, a translator for the event, said she hopes this event helps introduce the residents of the base to new places in Japan they may not have known about before.
"We want to show the military members and children of the base, new, interesting parts of Japan," said Nishida. "We want to introduce the children to each other showing both sides what the other's culture has to offer. We do this through the culture of Hawaii because this island has a sister relationship with the island of Kauai, Hawaii. We share our resources, culture and much more with them. Americans seem to be very familiar with the Hawaiian culture so we invite them to celebrate our friendship so they may relax, and explore a new part of Japan."
Marines who attended the event said it was a great way for them to relax and enjoy one of the more exotic areas in Japan.
Cpl. Tyler James Miller, a telephone systems/personal computer repairer, said this event was fun for people of all ages.
"They have activities for everyone," said Miller. "They even have activities for kids so married Marines can bring their families and let their kids run around. My favorite part was that this was all free. You can bring some of your friends out and just have a good time."
Miller said he attended the event with Marines from his unit to build Espirit De Corps.'
"You shouldn't isolate yourself on base," said Miller. "Going out and interacting with new people helps build our relationship with our host nation."
Shishido said he hopes to continue this event in the future and maybe introduce residents of MCAS Iwakuni to even more parts of Japan.
"We want the families to enjoy their time in Japan," said Shishido. "We want to have as much interaction between our service members and the locals so we can start thinking of each other as family."

RIMPAC 16: Scarface squadron CO says Hawaiian range provides training like no other

Story by Cpl Natalie Dillon on 07/25/2016

Lt. Col. Matthew Humphrey, the commanding officer of HMLA-367, compared the training environment here to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. Twentynine Palms is the Marine Corps' biggest and best site for combined arms exercises, he said, but Pohakuloa Training Area offers aviators training opportunities that can't be found anywhere else while still providing ample area to fly complex close air support missions.

Danger! Here be dragons; Red Dragons now dwell aboard MCB Hawaii

Story by LCpl Jesus Sepulveda Torres on 07/24/2016
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION KANEOHE BAY A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the opening of the newly constructed MV-22 Osprey hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay on July 19, 2016.
This is the first hangar built on base since World War II and it now houses Marine Medium Tiltrotor-268, "Red Dragons," making them the first Osprey squadron to be stationed in Hawaii.
The hangar area will include a taxiway, a path connecting runways, and an apron, an area for parked aircraft, which will help to support the entire MV-22 squadron.
Andy Snow, a speaker at the ceremony and the construction manager overseeing the MV-22 hangar, said the 58 million dollar project required approximately 50 thousand square feet of earth to be moved and took almost two years to finish.
Senior military leaders such as Col. Sean C. Killeen, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, members of Hawaii's Congressional delegation and key community partners attended the event.
Killeen, a Mundelein, Ill., native, welcomed the new MV-22 unit to its new home on MCB Hawaii during the ceremony.
"Marine Medium Tiltrotor-268 is a special unit and although I never had the privilege of being a Red Dragon, I had the honor of flying with them in combat, in Iraq, while they performed the number one cannot-fail mission of casualty evacuation," he said. "The machines have changed, but the spirit and commitment of the Red Dragons remains the same. We welcome VM-268, the newest addition to our Marine Air Ground Task Force here in Hawaii."
Killeen said the hangar completion is important for the base's operational capabilities and it is much more than just a building.
"This hangar represents more than just bricks, mortar and steel," he said. "True, it will be the home to the Red Dragons, but for the men and women who constructed this hangar, it represents quite the accomplishment a legacy that will endure for quite some time."
He stated how the hangars on base have played crucial roles in the decades they have been used, from the attacks on December 7, 1941, to the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"This hangar now joins its sisters on the far end of the flight line as she takes her responsibility of sheltering VM-268's Ospreys and the crews that will maintain them," he said. "She will soon be joined by a sister squadron, Marine Medium Tiltrotor-363, the Red Lions,' in a hangar that is currently being constructed near here."
Mazie Hirono, a Senator and Representative for Hawaii, was one of the guests of honor for the ribbon cutting ceremony. She spoke about the significance of the hangar's construction in the Pacific and how much work it took to complete it.
"With nearly half of the world's population, one-third of the global Gross Domestic Revenue and some of the world's most capable militaries, the Asia-Pacific area is one of the world's most political and economic centers of gravity," said Hirono, a Honolulu, native. "Investments like this hangar and strategic force structuring on Hawaii military installations is our visual commitment to the rebalance."
Hirono said the rebalancing in the Pacific is part of the United States' plan to preserve and enhance a stable and diverse relationship with its allied nations through support from U.S. installations, such as the new MV-22 hangar.
"The MV-22s are not here by chance," she said. "The effort to base two MV-22 squadrons here, and complete the necessary preparations took a lot of work by a lot of us. The Marines, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Watts Contrack and our Congressional delegation all worked together to make this happen, and over the past five years, we have been successful in securing over half a billion dollars in military construction funding, which has supported Navy and Marine Corps operations across the Pacific."
Hirono expressed with how proud she was of the newly built hangar and thanked all the military and civilian personnel involved in its construction.
"Our military ohana is a vital part of our island community, closely involved with our lifestyle and culture," Hirono said. "Never forget that service members, whether they are training at home or whether they are serving in combat missions abroad, are putting their lives in harm's way. I extend a heartfelt mahalo to everyone who helped in the hangar construction and who support our collective mission."

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