The most important mission of Navy Region Hawaii is coordinating the Navy’s local support of the Pacific Fleet. This support involves port and housekeeping services for 11 surface warships and 18 submarines homeported in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and over 60 Navy shore commands and activities. These services extend to transiting fleet units as well as many ships of friendly allied navies that rely on support when they visit Pearl Harbor. During a major fleet exercise such as the Rim of the Pacific, the logistic support for more than 75 ships is coordinated by COMNAVREG in a team effort with local commands.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was created Oct. 1, 2010, when the former Naval Station Pearl Harbor joined Hickam Air Force Base. The 2005 Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission report to the president required the relocation of installation management functions and the establishment of JBPHH with Navy as the lead agency in providing these functions to the Joint Base.
Military service members, civilian employees and contractors work together to achieve common goals using similar processes.
The establishment of JBPHH brings together the best practices of both the Air Force and the Navy to realize efficiencies in providing enhanced support of operational capabilities. With an appreciation for the rich history of Hickam Air Force Base and Naval Station Pearl Harbor, JBPHH supports its partner services, tenant commands and mission readiness of the Navy and the AirForce.
The offerings of Hickam’s 15th Services Squadron and Navy Region Hawaii’s Morale Welfare and Recreation have transitioned and operate as Joint Base MWR. Likewise, the programs of Hickam’s Airman & Family Readiness Center and Navy Region’s Military & Family Support Center have united to become the Military and Family Support Center.Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command conducts global search, recovery and laboratory operations to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts to support the DOD’s personnel accounting efforts.
The command is on the island of Oahu and was activated Oct. 1, 2003. Employing more than 500 joint military and civilian personnel, JPAC continues its search for the more than 83,000 Americans still unaccounted for from past conflicts. The laboratory portion of JPAC, referred to as the Central Identification Laboratory, is the largest and most diverse forensic skeletal laboratory in the world.
The command maintains three permanent detachments to assist with command and control, logistics and in-country support during investigation and recovery operations. Detachment 1 is in Bangkok, Thailand; Detachment 2 in Hanoi, Vietnam; and Detachment 3 in Vientiane, Laos.
The core of JPAC’s day-to-day operations involves researching case files, investigating leads, excavating sites and identifying Americans who were killed in action but were never brought home. This process involves close coordination with U.S. agencies involved in the POW/MIA issue, including the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, the appropriate Service Casualty Office, U.S. Pacific Command, Department of State, the Joint Staff, Defense Intelligence Agency, the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and the U.S. Air Force’s Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory.