History


Brief Historical Timeline


On August 19, 1933, General Douglas MacArthur memorialized individuals for their extraordinary heroism by naming flying fields in their honor. “The auxiliary flying field at Waimanalo Military Reservation, Territory of Hawaii, as designated as Bellows Field in honor of Second Lieutenant Franklin Barney Bellows, 50th Aero Squadron.” Lieutenant Bellows was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action near Saint Mihiel, France. He was killed September 13, 1918 while performing a reconnaissance mission.


1917
Waimanalo Military Reservation was established by Presidential Executive Order. The land was leased from Waimanalo Sugar Plantation.

1933
The land was renamed to Bellows Field, honoring the memory of 2nd Lt Franklin Barney Bellows, a World War I hero.
 
1941
Bellows Field became a separate permanent military post under the jurisdiction of the Commanding General, Hawaiian Department.

1947
The first beach cabins began construction.

1958
The runways were closed and Bellows Field became Bellows Air Force Station.

1973
Bellows was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for archeological significance. Artifacts found here proved that the land was one of the oldest places of human habitation in the Hawaiian Islands.
 
PRESENT
Detachment 2, 18th Force Support Squadron presently operates Bellows Air Force Station. Much of the Waimanalo community remains the same as it was more than 50 years ago.