Aloha! Welcome RIMPAC 2018 partners

Service members and their families gather for a Fourth of July Fireworks celebration in 2017 in honor of Independence Day. U.S. Navy file photo by MC3 Justin Pacheco

Capt. Jeff Bernard
Commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

On behalf of the men and women of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, welcome to your primary base of operations for the 26th Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

As base commander, I am focused on several priorities in support of RIMPAC, chief among them: safety and security aboard our installation.

My team and I will do our best to ensure a safe, healthy, clean and secure environment for you. RIMPAC provides unique, relevant and realistic training opportunities, and we want to keep safety front-of-mind at all times.

We also want to do everything possible to make our guests feel welcomed and at home.

Here at the end of June we’ve already seen our sports fields filled with friendly soccer games and our fitness centers buzzing with activity. The Navy Exchange and Army-Air Force Exchange welcome all authorized RIMPAC visitors.

Next Wednesday, July 4, we will offer a big American-style Independence Day celebration, complete with the largest fireworks event on the island, to commemorate our nation’s birthday.

Our team has a huge celebration planned for the 4th, with a musical performance by Stone Temple Pilots and lots of other attractions at Ward Field near Nimitz Gate starting in the late afternoon and going well into the evening.

It should be a lot of fun. Sometime in the weeks you’re here I hope you’ll have an opportunity to venture off base where, as you know, we have some of the world’s best beaches and some gorgeous hiking trails. Hawaii is rich in history and culture. Our staff at Morale, Welfare and Recreation can help you choose where to go and how to explore safely.

Some areas of our island are safer than others. We advise being informed about where you’re going and to always travel with companions.

Recent editions of the Ho‘okele – our most valued means of communication each week at JBPHH – are dedicated to welcoming and informing our RIMPAC guests.

I’ve asked our Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy and Air Force ohana (family), as well as our neighbors, to be extra patient in the weeks ahead as we share the aloha with our 25,000 guests here for RIMPAC.

We can expect even greater traffic delays, more noise and more distractions.

After a decline statewide in 2017, traffic accidents involving pedestrians have spiked upward this year. Please help us prevent injuries by staying aware and defensive on and off base.

As long as we’re all focused on safety and security we can look forward to a safe and enjoyable and successful RIMPAC 2018.

Welcome aboard!

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