Ask the Garrison Commander: Mulbury addresses animal policies on post and housing BAH issues

| December 10, 2010 | 0 Comments


The “Ask the Garrison Commander” program is designed as a communication tool to allow Soldiers, civilians and family members to have their concerns addressed and questions answered by the garrison commander.

All submitted questions go directly to the garrison commander; directorates and support staff research queries and provide responses to the commander.

Due to newspaper space limitations, only a sampling of questions are printed or broadcast on TV2, a channel available on Army installations. Generally, the garrison commander answers questions of community-wide impact.

Several community members submitted questions to me via the Ask the Garrison Commander e-mail address, as well as at the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii web link at

These communication tools are provided to allow you — Soldiers, family members and civilians who live and work on the installation — to get your concerns addressed and answered.

Q: Where can I find out more about Army Hawaii’s animal policies?

A: Several Army policies specifically address pets and other animals on Army installations in Hawaii. The most comprehensive of these policies is Installation-1, “Discipline, Law and Order.” Section F of this policy focuses on pets and covers pet registration and records, and control and care of domestic animals. Section F also includes clauses prohibiting animal abandonment, as well as the feeding of feral animals, on Army installations.

USAG-HI Policy 35, “Army Installation Microchip Program,” requires all cats and dogs kept on Army installations to be microchipped. It also requires owners to register pets that are 16 weeks or older with the City and County of Honolulu and Army Veterinary Treatment Facility, within 14 days of arriving on Army Hawaii installations.

USAG-HI Policy 36, “Pit Bulls Prohibited on Army Installation on Oahu,” prohibits pit bulls and related breeds on Army installations in Hawaii.

Each of these policies applies to all Soldiers, family members, Department of the Army civilians, contractors and other personnel who work on, reside on or visit Army installations and facilities in Hawaii. The policies are available at, under “Command Policies.”

Individuals who do not abide by the policies can face a range of consequences, including citations, removal of pet privileges and potential Uniform Code of Military Justice punishment.

Pet owners should also be familiar with non-Army laws and policies specific to their communities. Off-post pet owners can view Hawaii state and county laws on the Hawaiian Humane Society’s website,, under “Animal-Related Information.” These local laws make animal abandonment illegal, require identification for cats six months and older, and require mandatory spay/neuter services for cats six months and older that are allowed outside.

Army housing residents can read about post housing pet policies in Section 4 of Island Palm Communities’ “Resident Guide and Community Standards Handbook,” which is available at, under “Current Residents,” then “Resident Resources.”

Here is one of the questions from the live TV town hall held Dec. 1.

Q: Why do those of us who live in the older housing at Aliamanu Military Reservation, which does not have air conditioning or security, have to pay the same Basic Housing Allowance as those who live in new homes with central air, garages, secure windows, etc.? Shouldn’t there be a discounted rate for those of us who live in this older housing?

A: While it may seem appropriate that residents of older housing should pay less BAH than they would if they were assigned to some of our newer homes, this is not an option available to our housing partner, Island Palm Communities.

IPC, like all managers of Army installations’ privatized housing communities, are required to comply with Army policy that states the rent they charge must equal the BAH received by the Soldier and his or her family.

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