Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam makes history with new app

Story and photos by Brandon Bosworth

Staff Writer

The new Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Historic Sites app for iPhone and iPad was released officially today after two weeks of online evaluation.

The JBPHH Historic Sites app allows users to pull up information about various points of interest around the base, including vintage photographs, historical data and more. The launch of the new app is particularly timely with the commemoration of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor next week.

Capt. Jeffrey James, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, is enthusiastic about the new app.

“This app is a way for anyone to learn more about our historic and strategic base,” he said.

“As the Department of Defense rebalances to Asia-Pacific, we are the focal point here for the Navy and Air Force in Hawaii. I encourage everyone who can to learn more about Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The new history app is a great tool, and I invite you to give it a try,” James said.

Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, recently had the opportunity to try the new app.

Jim Neuman, Navy Region Hawaii historian, showed Adm. Ponds how the app worked and explained its potential.

“Commander Navy Region Hawaii is committed to preserving history through innovation and new technologies, and the new Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam history app will provide a guide to learn more about the rich history of the base,” Neuman said. “This application will provide a guide to learn more about the rich history at Pearl Harbor-Hickam.”

“Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is one of the nation`s most historically significant military bases,” said Neuman. “Since its establishment in 1913, Pearl Harbor has been at the fore-front of the United States naval operations in the Pacific while the flight line at Hickam completed in 1938 has served as America’s aerial hub in the region.”

“In the century that has followed, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam has established its place as America’s premier forward base for the United States prosecution of Pacific operations to ensure America’s security in times of war and peace,” Neuman added.

James talked about the importance of communication and its evolution in the military.

“From Morse code to cyber communication, cannonballs to cruise missiles, the military has found new and powerful ways to get the message out. Whether in energy, warfighting or communication- including communicating history-we are committed to being on the cutting edge of science and technology,” he said.

“As Rear Adm. Frank Ponds has said, ‘Here in Hawaii, we embrace innovation while preserving history and maintaining force readiness.’ This app is a good example of how we’re moving forward in preserving and sharing history through innovation and new technologies,” James continued.

Ponds was impressed with the new history app. “This helps move history forward,” he said. “It will make our past readily available in the future.”

The admiral was anxious to give the new app a try.

“I have an iPad in my office,” he told Neuman at the end of their meeting. “I’m going to go load this app right now.”

The Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Historic Sites app for iPhone and iPad is available for free on iTunes. It is a 200 megabyte file.

Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, tries out the new Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Historic Sites app with Jim Neuman, Navy Region Hawaii historian. (Right) Screenshots of the JBPHH Historic Sites app.

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