SENTRY ALOHA” EXERCISES TO BEGIN THIS WEEKPosted on Mar 3, 2015 in FY2015, In The News, News Release
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DAVID Y. IGE
BRIG. GEN. ARTHUR J. LOGAN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mar. 3, 2015
“SENTRY ALOHA” EXERCISES TO BEGIN THIS WEEK
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii –The Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) will host its second large-scale “Sentry Aloha” fighter exercise in 2015, beginning this week. Area residents may see an increase in fighter aircraft activity as they take off and land at Honolulu International Airport. The exercise officially begins on Thursday, March 5, but residents may see additional aircraft arriving at Honolulu International Airport today.
For this exercise, F-15 Eagles from Oregon and Florida will be participating. The Arizona Air National Guard (ANG) will send F-16 Falcons, A-10 Warthogs, C-130 Hercules transports, and a KC-135 Stratotanker. ANG KC-135 refueling tankers will also be coming from Iowa and Maine. U.S. Naval aviators will be flying variants of the F/A-18 Hornet from California out of Kaneohe Marine Corps Base-Hawaii. There are a total of 45 aircraft and over 1000 servicemen from seven states participating.
“Sentry Aloha” exercises have been conducted by the HIANG several times per year, for decades. It has been growing in size and complexity following the HIANG’s conversion in 2010 to the F-22 Raptor, the U.S. Air Force’s premier fighter aircraft. “Sentry Aloha” is now the premier and primary training exercise to prepare multiple elements of the Air National Guard in the mission of our nation’s defense and augmentation of active duty forces should these ANG units be called upon for conflict or war.
Under the Total Force Integration construct, the 154th Wing, the largest ANG wing in the nation, operates the F-22, KC-135, and C-17 in conjunction with active duty units maintained under Pacific Air Forces’ 15th Wing. The Hawaii Air National Guard is comprised of approximately 2,500 airmen whose federal mission is to be trained and available for active duty operational missions. It is also tasked with Hawaii’s air defense mission, protecting Hawaii’s airspace around-the-clock, 365 days a year. Its State mission is to be trained and available for domestic operations at home, including relief and recovery operations following a natural disaster.
For more information, please contact Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, Director of Public Affairs, at 733-4258.
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The Hawaii National Guard plans to post video of today’s aircraft arrivals to DVIDS this afternoon.
The Hawaii Air National Guard will hold a Sentry Aloha media availability on Wednesday, March 11. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. More details will be provided early next week regarding scheduled meeting time, location, etc.
CHARLES J. ANTHONY, Lt. Col. , HIANG
JF HQ Hawaii National Guard
Director, Public Affairs