Hickam’s PAX terminal renovations enter phase II

The temporary layout of the 735th Air Mobility Squadron’s Space Available (Space-A) Terminal. Courtesy Image

Story and photos by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

15th Wing Public Affairs

The tents are up and open for business as the Hickam Space Available (Space-A) terminal enters phase II of its renovation schedule.

According to 2nd Lt. Justin Rees, 735th Air Mobility Squadron passenger services officer in charge, the remodeling here is set to take place in three stages, and is expected to be finished by June 2018.

The 735th Air Mobility Squadron Space-A Passenger Terminal Phase I is completed and features a family center with an outdoor play area.

“The renovations primarily focus on infrastructure improvements,” Rees said. “The primary focus is on updating the plumbing, HVAC, fire suppression system, and some cosmetic updates as well.”

Phase 1 began in April of this year, and included renovations to the Shoppette, food court, public restrooms, and the installation of a family center.

Phase 2 is expected to last from May to December 2017, and will involve upgrades to the passenger selection center.

Phase 3 is currently scheduled for January to June 2018, and will include upgrades to the security checkpoint and passenger terminal.

The USO is open and operating out of the temporary tents during Phase II renovations.

“The biggest change our customers will have to deal with is the location to the passenger selection location,” said Master Sgt. Joaquin Chacon, 735th Air Mobility Squadron passenger services superintendent. “Anyone who is planning on taking a Space-A flight will have to first report to passenger selection, which is now in the middle tent.”

Also located in the tents is a waiting area and the United Services Organizations (USO).

“The USO will continue to operate during the construction of the passenger terminal,” said Denise Solis, USO field program manager. “The USO is open to all military members and dependents on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and is open Monday-Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.”

For more information about Space A travel please visit www.15wing.af.mil/UNITS/735th-Air-Mobility-Squadron/.

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