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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Story by Adele Uphaus-Conner on 08/16/2016
Not many doctor's offices have framed photographs of their patients on the wall, but images of Fannie, Agar, Sara, Benik, Patrick, Jesi, Andy, and Segal are displayed prominently in the hallway of the Eugene Kuhns clinic aboard Marine Corps Base QuanticoSegal with his tongue fully extended.
Segal and his colleagues are eight of the 18 military working dogs stationed aboard MCBQ. They receive 24/7 care at the base veterinary clinic, which is staffed by a doctor from the Army Veterinary Corps as well as a civilian veterinarian.
"These dogs do amazing jobs," said Capt. Brittany Beavis, the officer in charge at the clinic. "My job is to keep them healthy so they can do their jobssniffing out a bomb to save a service member's life or preventing bad people from coming on base."
The working dogs visit the clinic for routine check-ups every six months and are seen more frequently as needed, Beavis said. She is also on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for them. But the second part of the clinic's missionand the one that takes up most of its timeis providing veterinary care for animals owned by active duty and retired service members.
"Essentially, if you have commissary privileges, we can see your pet here," Beavis explained.
Beavis, the civilian doctor, and a staff of two veterinary technicians and two receptionists have 3,500 active client files. They are currently down one technician, but when they are fully-staffed, they can schedule 27-30 appointments a day.
"We provide general wellness services: vaccines, routine exams, blood work, microchips," Beavis said. "We can take limited sick calls but we're not equipped to handle emergencies so we refer those to local civilian facilities."
Prices for veterinary services are standardized across the Department of Defense, Beavis said, so a Quantico Marine pays the same for a distemper vaccine as an Okinawa Marine would. In the Northern Virginia area, the clinic's rates tend to be much cheaper than those at civilian facilities.
"We encourage all base residents to get their pets in our system, especially if they're micro-chipped," Beavis said. "We've been able to reunite animals that have been picked up by Good Samaritans with their owners because the pet was in our system."
The majority of her patients are dogs and cats but she also cares for the rabbits and guinea pigs that live at the Quantico Youth Center. And while neither she nor the other doctor is an expert in exotic pets, she'd try not to turn one away.
"If someone showed up with a snake, I'd see what I could do!" Beavis said.
An inevitable part of a veterinarian's job is having to deliver bad news to an owner about a beloved pet's health. Beavis said she copes with this reality by focusing on the illnesses she is able to cure and the cases she is able to turn around.
"The thank-you cards that we get are a big help on the really bad days," she said. "I keep a binder of those and I read them every time I have a sad day at work."
On a recent Tuesday morning, the clinic saw Biggie, a German shepherd/husky mix who came in to get micro-chipped; Maya and Scruffy, two dogs getting blood work done in preparation for a permanent change of station to Hawaii this fall; and Teddy, a five-month-old dachshund getting his puppy shots.
Retired Marine David Barr and his wife Yumiko, who live in Fredericksburg, brought their dogs May and Mako to the clinic for distemper vaccines.
"We've been coming here for, gosh, more than 10 years," Barr said. "We like the doctors, we love Linda [the receptionist]. We get very good service for a reasonable price."

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