Commanding Officers Welcome Letter
On behalf of the men and women of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMS PAC), I want to extend a warm and sincere welcome. The mission of NCTAMS PAC is to provide diversified communications, network monitoring and control, and electronic maintenance to fleet units and all echelons of shore commands in Hawaii and across the pacific. The command is located in Wahiawa, on the island of Oahu, with outlying departments at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, and Camp H. M. Smith. NCTAMS PAC is comprised of approximately 30 officers, 500 enlisted personnel and 120 civilians.
I encourage you to contact your sponsor at the earliest opportunity to discuss your transfer to NCTAMS PAC and to raise any questions you may have. If you don't have a sponsor yet, email the Sponsor Coordinator or feel free to call DSN 315-453-7700 or COMM 808-653-7700 to inquire about your sponsor. If you wish to write, the address is 500 Center Street, Wahiawa, HI 96786-3050.
If your family members are accompanying you, it is important to notify your sponsor. Provide your sponsor with a letter or e-mail with information about your family size and how many bedrooms you are looking for, your sponsor will be able to assist you in the right direction for base housing or civilian housing. As a service to all command sponsored families, upon request, family housing will provide refrigerators, washers, dryers and ranges to all command sponsored families, whether residing on or off base. You are encouraged to use these appliances and consider not shipping your major appliances to Hawaii. All other furniture support is provided for a maximum of 90 days. Information about the base and surrounding cities will be provided in the welcome aboard package your sponsor will be mailing.
Because Hawaii is a high cost of living area, I strongly encourage you to plan accordingly to cover PCS costs. Additionally, if possible I suggest you ship your privately owned vehicle at least 30 days prior to your transfer to Hawaii due to high rental car costs. Some departments of NCTAMS PAC are not near Wahiawa, but are widely dispersed on the island of Oahu. Therefore privately owned transportation is recommended. To obtain the shipping status of your Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) you can log onto the web and access www.whereismypov.com. You will be required to enter your shipping number along with your last name.
Hawaii has strict quarantine regulations for all animals entering Hawaii. The quarantine period is either 30 or 120 days, depending on the requirements that are fulfilled prior to the animal being shipped. If you plan to ship an animal, contact the animal quarantine station as soon as possible to receive further information on the requirements of shipping animals to Hawaii. The office phone number for animal quarantine is 808-483-7171. After a brief recording you have the option to transfer to the main office.
The USO aloha lounge is available at the airport for your convenience in the event you should need to wait for your trip to NCTAMS PAC. In the unlikely event you are not met at the airport, call the quarterdeck and transportation will be provided. Any difficulties or changes experienced in arriving on the island (i.e. Order modification, flight dates or times, etc.) can be easily adjusted by contacting your sponsor or by notifying the OOD at the quarterdeck, COMM 808-653-5385/5386 or DSN 315-453-5385/5386. Directions to NCTAMS PAC from Honolulu International Airport and/or Waikiki are as follows: Take H-1 west, exit H-2 Wahiawa, then exit 8 Wahiawa. When you exit, stay in the left lane and keep going straight until you see Whitmore Avenue. Turn right on Whitmore Ave. and keep going straight until you reach the main gate.
We firmly believe that your tour at NCTAMS PAC will be both a personally gratifying and professionally challenging experience.
Aloha and welcome aboard.
CAPT John MacMichael