Commanding Officer's Welcome Letter
On behalf of the men and women of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMS PAC), I would like to extend a warm and sincere Aloha!
NCTAMS PAC assures command and control (C2) and provides vital Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) Warfighting support to Naval, Joint, Agency, and Coalition Forces afloat and ashore in the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas of operation. Our mission is critical to Navy Information Warfare and the Great Power Competitions in this region.
The Command is largely located at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH) Wahiawa Annex on the island of Oahu, with outlying departments at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (Makalapa) and Camp H. M. Smith. The NCTAMS PAC family is roughly 700 strong and we welcome your addition to our magnificent team.
I encourage you to contact your sponsor at the earliest opportunity to discuss your transfer to NCTAMS PAC and to ask any questions you might have. If you do not have a sponsor assigned, e-mail the Sponsor Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to call COMM 808-653-1119 or 808-653-1119 to inquire about your sponsor. In addition, the Command Ombudsman may be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
If family members will accompany you, it is important that you notify your sponsor. Provide your sponsor with a letter or e-mail with information about your family size and how many bedrooms you desire in a residence. Your sponsor will be able to assist you in connecting with base housing or civilian housing options. As a service to all Command-sponsored families, upon request, family housing will provide refrigerators and stoves for those who reside on base. If you are able to reside on base, you are encouraged to use these appliances and consider not shipping your major appliances to Hawaii. Family housing no longer provides washers and dryers, so you will have to bring your own or purchase them once you arrive. All other temporary furniture support is provided for a maximum of 90 days. Information about the base and surrounding cities is available on line at www.greatlifehawaii.com and www.militaryonesource.com.
Because Hawaii is a high cost of living area, I strongly encourage you to plan accordingly to cover PCS costs upfront: hotel, rental car, housing and utilities expenses. Additionally, if possible, I suggest you ship your privately owned vehicle (POV) at least 30 days prior to your transfer to Hawaii, due to high rental car costs. Some NCTAMS PAC Departments are not near Wahiawa, but are widely dispersed on the island of Oahu, so privately owned transportation is recommended. To obtain the shipping status of your POV you may log onto the website and access www.pcsmypov.com. You will be required to enter your confirmation number or shipping instruction number.
Hawaii has strict regulations for dogs, cats, and other pets. No dogs, cats, or other pets may be granted entry into the state unless certain, specific requirements are met, including such pre-shipment requirements as current (recent) blood tests (for rabies), health certificates, and vaccinations. If all requirements are met prior to arrival (some prerequisites may require up to 120 days lead time), you may not be required to quarantine your pet. Additional information can be found at the following website: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/
The USO Aloha Lounge is available at the airport for your convenience in the event you need to wait for ground transportation following your arrival. In the unlikely event you are not met at the airport, call the Quarterdeck and transportation will be provided. Any difficulties or changes experienced prior to arriving on the island (i.e. order modification, flight dates or times, etc.) may be easily adjusted by contacting your sponsor or by notifying the Officer of the Deck at the Quarterdeck, COMM 808-653-5385/5386 or DSN 315-453-5385/5386.
I firmly believe that your tour at NCTAMS PAC will be both personally gratifying and a professionally challenging and rewarding experience. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you aboard in person.