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U.S. Army Bases and Divisions in Hawaii

Information about United States Army bases, divisions, units, and operations in Hawaii.

Army Facilities in Hawaii

Fort Shafter
Fort Shafter is the Headquarters of the United States Army Pacific Command, which includes army forces in Asia and the Pacific Basin. Construction of the fort began in 1905, making it more then 100 years old and the oldest military base on the island of Oahu. The Palm Circle National Historic Landmark is located on the grounds of Fort Shafter.

Schofield Barracks
This 17,725 acre army base is located across Lake Wilson from Wahiawa and it is named after Lieutenant General John McAllister Schofield, the U.S. Secretary of War who recommended establishing a naval base at Pearl Harbor after he visited Hawaii in 1872. Schofield Barracks has been the home of the 25th Infantry Division (aka the "Tropic Lightning") since 1941. The Tropic Lightning Museum is located in a historic building on the grounds of Schofield Barracks.

Tripler Army Medical Center
This large, bright pink colored hospital on a hill overlooking Honolulu was built and officially dedicated on September 10, 1948. Tripler Hospital was established in 1907 but at that time is was housed in several wooden buildings on the grounds of Fort Shafter.

Army Divisions and Commands in Hawaii

25th Infantry Division aka "Tropic Lightning"
The Army division known as "Tropic Lightning" was activated in Hawaii on October 1, 1941 as part of a build-up of a mobilization and strength build-up in anticipation of the United States entry into World War II. The division fought in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War. The 25th Infantry Division is primarily used for operations in the Pacific Region but some of them also fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.

25th Infantry Division Association
This association of members and former members of the 25th Infantry "Tropic Lightning" Division of the U.S. Army was formed in 1949 by World War II Veterans. Their Web site features A detailed history of the organization's activities, vintage photos, a memorabilia shop, information about the different units of the division, and more.

U.S. Army Pacific Command (USARPAC)
The jurisdiction of the Army component of the United States Pacific Command includes Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, and the Pacific Ocean region, and it also performs missions in other parts of Asia. USARPAC has also participated in humanitarian missions different parts of the world.

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
The Joint POW/MIA Account Command is based on the Island of Oahu and their mission is to arrange for the return of U.S. military personnel who are prisoners of war and obtain the fullest possible accounting of all military reported as missing in action. JPAC was activated October 1, 2003 when two former organizations merged: The "U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory of Hawaii" and the "Joint Task Force Full Accounting".

Army Newspapers in Hawaii

Hawaii Army Weekly
This weekly U.S. army newspaper is published at Schofield Barracks in Wahiawa on the island of Oahu.

See also:
- Military Museums in Hawaii
- Military Memorials in Hawaii
- Military Bases on Other Islands

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