Wheeler Army Airfield (or simply Wheeler Field) is an army base located one mile southwest of Wahiawa city, Hawaii. Formerly known as Wheeler Air Force Base, it is situated in between Wahiawa District of the Island of O'ahu and Honolulu County. This 1,389-acre post includes Wheeler Field, just next to Schofield Barracks, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, listed number #87001297 on May 28, 1987, after being the target of the Japanese attack to Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Wheeler Army Airfield also includes in its 1,389-acre land the Schofield Barracks that house several Department of Defense services and activities such as the 169 ACWS of the Hawaii Air National Guard, the Defense Information Systems Agency, the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade, and the 193rd Aviation Regiment and Detachment 55 of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Nowadays, the base has an operational airport for private army base use, with traffic control tower runway, which is 5,607 feet x 294 feet in length situated 16 miles north of Honolulu.
Cost of Living: The cost of living in Wahiawa is 5% less than the cost of living in other areas of Hawaii. Nonetheless, the average cost of living in this city is 69% greater than the national average. The cost of living index in this city ranges between 162.5 and 173, which is very high if we take into account that the US average cost of living index base is 100.
Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Base Operator phone number is 808-656-1665 and 808-656-1647, DSN 315-456-1665 and 315-456-1647.
Base Population: Population in Wheeler Army Airfield is part of the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI), with a total population that accounts for 94,000 active duty and civilian personnel, plus military retirees and family members from the 22 military facilities on the island.
City/Area Population: Wahiawa is a tourist city with a population of 16,545 inhabitants, whose median age is 40.6, while the population of the Oahu island, where Wheeler Army Airfield sits is approximately one million people as of the Census 2013.
Child Development Centers: Wheeler Army Airfield offers a Child Development Center, Child Day Care programs, schools and education programs for children.
Youth Programs: There are several youth programs running at Wheeler Army Airfield.
Family Readiness Center: Family programs are run by USAG-HI at all the Army facilities in Hawaii and includes over 100 programs and services including Family Readiness Centers, the Warrior Adventure Quest Program, and the Blue Star Card program, a one of its kind program that recognizes and awards the sacrifice of the families of deployed personnel in the Hawaiian Army bases.
Employment: Careers and employment opportunities are usually posted at the federal USAJOBS website, when available.
Base Services: Wheeler Army Airfield provides medical and dental care services, housing facilities, a museum, and a multipurpose recreation center called the Tropics, among other on-post services.
Wheeler Army Airfield is a history-rich place, with the Wheeler Field that was established in 1922, named in honor of the previous commander Major Sheldon H. Wheeler, who was killed in a plane crash the year before. This airfield served the nation actively for two decades, and turned worldwide famous when Amelia Earhart, went on her first solo flight from Hawaii to California in 1935. However, it was destroyed shortly before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. After the attack, the base was reconstructed and Wheeler Army Airfield was officially established.
Throughout the days Wheeler Army Airfield was named Wheeler Field, the base was populated by The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC,) who occupied the airfield until this was disbanded in 1947 and then after the 7th Air Service Command established here.
Units: The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) is permanently stationed here operating a total of 22 Army bases and sub-installations in the Hawaiian territory.
Housing: Housing is provided by the Official Government Lodging service in Oahu, The Schofield Inn, which is located in the Schofield Barracks. Phone for reservations is 808-624-9650, or toll free at 1-800-490-9638. Wheeler Army Airfield has scheduled power outages on base, at which the housing service is reachable calling to the Front Desk at 808-624-1314, a phone number that expressly attends incoming phone calls when scheduled power outages occur.
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