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Joint Task Force-Red Hill (JTF-RH) ensures the safe and expeditious defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) through coordination with State and Federal stakeholders in order to set conditions for closure while continuing to rebuild trust with the State of Hawaii and the local community of Oahu.
JTF-Red Hill Hosts Inaugural Defueling Information Sharing Forum
Joint Task Force - Red Hill hosted the members of the Defueling Information Sharing Forum for their first meeting, today at the JTF headquarters on Ford Island.
During the meeting, JTF Commander Rear Adm. John Wade shared the latest defueling timeline with forum members and discussed the major challenges faced by the task force. Forum members shared questions and concerns from their communities and constituents and offered ideas to better involve the community in the defueling plan and ensure communities and the people of Oahu have a voice in the defueling process.
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JTF-Red Hill establishes Defueling Information Sharing Forum
HONOLULU – Joint Task Force - Red Hill has established a Defueling Information Sharing Forum and will host its initial meeting Nov. 18, 2022.
The forum brings local community members, elected representatives and other stakeholders together with JTF leadership to discuss the defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) and to provide critical community feedback. The forum will meet regularly until defueling is completed.
Joint Task Force - Red Hill Organizational Chart
Members of the public who wish to contact the JTF may email JTFRH-PAO@us.navy.mil. To address a particular individual, include their name in the subject line.
Rear Admiral John F.G. Wade
Rear Adm. John F.G. Wade, the commander of Joint Task Force-Red Hill (JTF-RH), is a native of Port Washington, New York. He is a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, District of Columbia.
Defense Official Addresses Progress on Hawaii Fuel Facility Closure - 15 November 2022
One year ago this month, families on Oahu, Hawaii, faced a crisis when fuel spills at Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility contaminated the Navy's drinking water system.
Joint Task Force - Red Hill Completes Pipeline Unpacking - 03 November 2022
HONOLULU – Joint Task Force - Red Hill (JTF-RH) safely completed the unpacking of fuel pipelines connecting the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) with fuel points on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 3.
Secretary of Defense Visits Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, Meets with Hawaii State Officials and Families - 30 September 2022
CAMP H.M. SMITH, HI – Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility today where he received an update from Rear Admiral John Wade on efforts to safely and expeditiously defuel the facility.
Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Appointment of Rear Adm. John Wade as the Commander of the Joint Task Force of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility - 19 September 2022
Today I am pleased to announce U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John Wade as the Commander of the Joint Task Force – Red Hill. Upon taking command, RADM Wade’s sole responsibility is to ensure the Department's safe and expeditious defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.
Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Closure of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility - 7 March 2022
After close consultation with senior civilian and military leaders, I have decided to defuel and permanently close the Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility in Hawaii.
This is a multi-step process. Throughout the process, we will work closely with the Hawaii Department of Health and with the Environmental Protection Agency to safely defuel the Red Hill facility.
Statement by Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks Following Her Visit to the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility in Hawaii - 14 December 2021
Attributable to Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks:
I touched down in Hawaii late last night and the first thing I did this morning was head right to Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.
What is Unpacking? Unpacking is the first step required for removing fuel from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. It involves removing fuel from the pipelines connecting the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage tanks with outlets on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Daytime Phone: 808-472-0353
Duty Officer Phone: 808-501-8320
For information about the Pearl Harbor Hickam water supply and health information visit this link:
Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Water Updates
For information on water quality please visit the following websites:
Water Quality Reports from the City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Red Hill website
The Hawaii Department of Health’s Red Hill website