Departing joint base commander bids aloha to Hawaii

Capt. Stanley Keeve, Jr.
Commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

On June 15, I turned over command of what has been an amazing three-year chapter as commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Having served on a frigate, USS Reuben James (FFG 57), homeported at Pearl Harbor more than 20 years ago, I’ve always had fond memories of my time on Oahu. Getting the opportunity to come back and serve again on the island, and command such an important and historic joint installation has been a great honor.

As the base commander, I had the responsibility to provide the highest quality of service to more than 87,000 Sailors, Airmen, and civilians and 176 tenant commands at the Navy’s most complex shore installation and the Air Force’s key strategic flight line in the Pacific.

This has been no small feat considering Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was established only seven years ago. But with the rich histories that have spanned decades of (the former) Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field bases, yet we continue to make history.

Where else can you meet the President of the United States Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister and numerous dignitaries and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in one year?

During my tenure, we were able to successfully execute two Rim of the Pacific exercises that supported more than 250 ships, submarines, and aircraft from 26 nations. We hosted a historical meeting between Japanese Prime Minister and President Barack Obama. We also successfully organized many large public events, which brought in thousands of guests to showcase our Joint Base. The Wings Over the Pacific Air Show featuring the Blue Angels, 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II in the Pacific featuring the famous Nagaoka Fireworks, and the inaugural Rock the Troops concert starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, were huge “firsts” for the base that we should be proud of.

To the countless Sailors, Airmen, civilians that have assisted in these efforts, I want to say that I have enjoyed your dedication, professionalism, and commitment to the unique mission of our base.

Perhaps the biggest legacy I hope to leave behind as I pass the torch to Capt. Jeff Bernard is as service members, we are not divided by which uniform we wear, but rather, we all are “one team and one fight.”

As the base continues to grow and evolve, rest assured your Joint Base leadership is part of your ohana as we work with you to provide the best ever community for our Airmen, Sailors, their families, and civilians.

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