MEDIA RELEASE: HAWAII AIR NATIONAL GUARD TO CONDUCT SENTRY ALOHA EXERCISEPosted on Aug 19, 2019 in News Release
#2019-004 August 19, 2019
For Immediate Release
HAWAII AIR NATIONAL GUARD TO CONDUCT SENTRY ALOHA EXERCISE
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HI- The Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) will be conducting a large-scale Sentry Aloha fighter exercise, which will run from August 21 through September 4, 2019. Oahu residents, particularly those along Oahu’s southern coast may see an increase in military aircraft as they approach the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for landing.
Sentry Aloha is an ongoing series of exercises, hosted by the HIANG’s 154th Wing, involving multiple types of aircraft and services. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective, and realistic combat training for the Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force, and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions.
Sentry Aloha exercises have been conducted by the HIANG, two to four times per year for several decades. This iteration of the exercise will involve over 700 personnel and more than 25 aircraft from more than 10 other states and territories.
Visiting flying units will include fighters from Oregon and Oklahoma, tanker support from Utah and Nebraska and radar aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The visiting aircraft will be taking part in simulated combat exercises in and around the air space of Hawaii with F-22 Raptors flown by the HIANG’s 199th Fighter Squadron and active duty’s 19th Fighter Squadron.
The 199th Fighter Squadron is part of the 154th Wing, the largest Air National Guard wing in the nation. The Hawaii Air National Guard is comprised of nearly 2,500 Airmen whose federal mission is to be trained and available for active duty Air Force operational missions.
MAJ (RET) Jeff Hickman, Director, Public Affairs
State of HI, Dept. of Defense
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