The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Navy base at Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base next door are due to become a single installation as the military strives to become more efficient.

The military said Wednesday that Pentagon, Navy and Air Force officials recently signed an agreement finalizing the long-planned move.

The transition is due to begin in January. By October 2010, the bases will be united.

Other bases around the country are also combining. In Alaska, Elmendorf Air Force Base is to be merged with the Army's Fort Richardson.

Naval Station Pearl Harbor commander Capt. Richard W. Kitchens is due to lead the combined Pearl Harbor-Hickam base.

His deputy is expected to be Col. Charles Baumgardner, the current commander of Hickam's 15th Mission Support Group, 15th Airlift Wing.