Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Mission Statement

U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), together with other U.S. government agencies, protects and defends the United States, its territories, allies and interests; alongside allies and partners, promotes regional security and deters aggression; and, if deterrence fails, is prepared to respond to the full s...


The United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) area of responsibility (AOR) encompasses about half the earth’s surface, stretching from the waters off the west coast of the U.S. to the western border of India and from Antarctica to the North Pole. There are few regions as culturally, socially, ec...

USPACOM Strategy

This strategy adheres to several guiding principles. Four principles were articulated by the U.S. secretary of defense to elaborate on the president’s guidance in January 2012 that the U.S. “will of necessity rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.” These and three additional principles app...

Planning Your Move

You can find updated and useful newcomer information on PACOM’s website, www.pacom.mil, by clicking on the Newcomers link. Also, an electronic copy of this guide is available.

Upon Your Arrival

Oahu has an excellent public transportation system, appropriately named TheBus, which should serve most of your needs if you do not desire a rental vehicle. Fees for the city bus service are $2.25 for adults, $1.25 for children ages 6 to 17, and $25 for a four-day Oahu Discovery Passport (available ...

Brief History

The U.S. Pacific Command was established as a unified command Jan. 1, 1947, and it is the oldest and largest of the United States’ unified commands. ...

Family Services/Recreation

Please refer to the service-specific sections of this book.

Medical and Dental Services

Please refer to the medical sections in the service-specific sections of this book.

School Liaison Contact Numbers

Air Force........................... 808-422-3770/3771

Army.......................................... 808-655-8326

Coast Guard................................ 808-842-2089

Marine Corps.............................. 808-257-2019 ...

Aloha, E Komo Mai

Undoubtedly, a tour of duty in paradise is one of the most coveted assignments for all branches of the Armed Forces. A recreational heaven, Hawaii has something for everyone to enjoy; beautiful year-round climate, warm ocean waters, sandy beaches, mountains, forests, parks and other facilities. ...

Hawaii Schools and Educational Opportunities

GEAR UP:This P-20 program encourages juniors and seniors to enroll in early college programs which can provide up to two years of college-level coursework. Here are some of the programs GEAR UP supports:

• Running Start Program

• Jump Start Program ...

Picking up your POV and Driving in Hawaii

Your privately owned vehicle (POV) will be shipped to Sand Island, Honolulu. You may call the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO), located at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) complex, to check on the status of your vehicle, or check the tracking website at https://www.wherei...

Pet Information

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that of the 6-8 million dogs and cats taken into companion animal shelters across the country, half are euthanized for health ailments, behavior issues and for lack of space. Fortunately, in Hawaii there are several resources in place to ensure quali...


Although Hawaii’s unemployment rate has been among the nation’s lowest for several years, finding the right jobs for family members can pose a challenge. On the other hand, relocated military dependents often bring with them special skills and experience attractive to Hawaii employers. ...

Dining and Entertainment

There will be a variety of food and entertainment that are new to you in Hawaii, but most of your favorites will also be available. Just about every type of cuisine you can think of is represented on Oahu, and there are several excellent venues for a variety of entertainment.

The Islands of Hawaii

The State of Hawaii (Hawaiian: Moku’aina o Hawaii) became the 50th state of the United States of America on Aug. 21, 1959. The archipelagic state is situated in the North Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles from the mainland. In the 19th century, Hawaii was also known as the Sandwich Islands. ...