After World War II, Fort Shafter remained the senior Army headquarters post for the Asia-Pacific region, while the 25th Infantry Division occupied the more spacious Schofield Barracks. In 1947, the headquarters became the U.S. Army, Pacific, while the post continued to adapt to meet the Army's evolving requirements. In the 1960s, the Moanalua Freeway split Fort Shafter in two, but it survived into the post-Vietnam era. In late 1974, the Army replaced U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) with two smaller elements: U.S. Army Support Command, Hawaii, and CINCPAC Support Group. That same year the Army Corps of Engineers relocated its Pacific Ocean Division from Fort Armstrong to the post.
The senior Army headquarters at Fort Shafter was reborn in 1979 as U.S. Army Western Command. Several years later, Fort Shafter itself was reduced in area by over half when the Army conveyed 750 undeveloped acres to the state. The headquarters once again became U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC), in 1990.
Today Fort Shafter remains the focal point for command, control, and support of Army forces in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. The oldest military post in Hawaii also stands in the forefront of the Army's transformation into the premier land power for the 21st century. The major headquarters on post, USARPAC provides trained and ready land forces to the commander, U.S. Pacific Command. In step with the changing Army, USARPAC is also transforming into a deployable headquarters capable of employment anywhere in the region. In addition to USARPAC, several other military agencies also call Fort Shafter home. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean Division manages military construction and civil works throughout the region from its headquarters, while the U.S. Army Installation Command's Pacific Region Office oversees all Army installations in Hawaii, Alaska, and Japan. Fort Shafter Flats is home to the 9th Mission Support Command which controls Army Reserve forces in Hawaii, Alaska, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
More than 5,000 Soldiers, civilians, contractors, and military families live and work on the 589-acre post. In fact, if USARPAC were a business, it would rank as one of the state's largest employers with more than 25,000 full-time Soldiers and civilians employed throughout the Pacific and 9,000 more in the National Guard and Army Reserve.
For one hundred years, Fort Shafter has served the nation in a variety of ways and will continue to do so in the years ahead as more chapters are added to reflect the enduring legacy of America's Army in the Pacific.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks