Travel: Hawaii

Retrograde is the return of deployed Marines, better known as homecoming for our Marine parents, spouses, family and friends. Retrograde includes return from MEUs/floats as well as in-country deployments (overseas stations)


For Marines stationed in Hawaii prior to deploying, the homecomings will be at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The homecomings are held at one of the hangars on the base. The Marines arrive at the hangar by plane or buses depending on the weather. If they land at nearby Hickam AFB, they are transported over on buses. Families will not be allowed to meet the Marines at the Air Force Base.

When driving on the base, you will be asked for ID, proof of vehicle insurance, and possibly title of the vehicle. If you are driving a rental car, you may also be asked for those documents. Each person traveling with you should have a photo ID. For homecoming, you need to tell them that is what you are there for and they will direct you into an office to get a visitor pass and you will need your ID. If you are there for a few days, you will need to ask for a visitor pass for that time and they will verify it with your Marine. Be sure you know your Marine's name, rank, and battalion.

Unit/Battalion Information Pages

For specifics about homecoming dates and other information, your primary contact for parents of Marines and loved ones will be the FRO, or Family Readiness Officer. Contact information for the FRO can be found on the, Inc. Unit Information Pages.

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