Marine Corps Base Hawaii Mission
The mission of Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii is to provide facilities, programs and services in direct support of units, individuals, and their families in order to enhance and sustain combat readiness for all operating forces and tenant organizations aboard the installation. MCB Hawaii contains the only Marine-managed training areas and ranges between the West Coast of the United States and Japan. Home to air, ground, and logistics elements of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) and to the command headquarters of U.S. Pacific Command and Marine Forces Pacific, MCB Hawaii provides critical facilities in support of U.S. military efforts in the Pacific. The installation provides certain land, air, sea, and amphibious training capabilities to enable Marines and other U.S. and foreign military services and non-federal agencies to prepare across the continuum of potential operations, from large-scale joint operations to humanitarian relief. The installation also provides logistics, garrison support, mobilization and deployment support, security, explosive ordnance disposal, dental care, family services, off duty services and recreation.
Since the first permanent garrison of Marines was established on Hawaii in 1904, the Marine Corps has proudly maintained a presence on the island. This presence was greatly increased in the 1930s when war in the Pacific loomed, and has been streamlined in the decades since World War II. Currently, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, which encompasses all Marine Corps Installations in the Hawaiian Islands, consists of seven properties on the Island of Oahu and one on Molokai. In 1994, the Marine Corps consolidated its properties in Hawaii under a new command, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. MCB Hawaii-Kaneohe Bay is the headquarters of MCB Hawaii and the largest property in the installation.